• The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
• City of Las Vegas Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All routes both commercial and residential will run as scheduled, but the transfer station/recycling center will be closed. For more information, call 426-3217.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I’m the Best” by Lucy Cousins. Free and open to the public.
• Northern New Mexico students aiming to pursue four-year college degrees are eligible for tuition help from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be announced in March for the next school year. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Jan. 21. Awards are based on academic performance, leadership potential, critical thinking skills and career goals. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also part of the selection process. Eligible students must live in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel, Sandoval or Mora counties. Requirements and applications are on line at www.lanlfoundation.org.
• Robertson High School Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Mike Marr Gymnasium. To set-up an appointment or for more information, call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698.
• Call for writing submissions, the Literacy Council of Northern New Mexico is asking for short story writings to be displayed at the Literacy Fair on Saturday, Jan. 25. Everyone is invited to submit a short story of four letter size pages or less with a size 10 font. All adult, high school, middle school and elementary writers will be recognized. Submissions may be mailed to The Literacy Council, P.O. Box 481, Las Vegas, N.M., 87701. All entries must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 22.
• Literacy Fair, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Literacy Council of Northern New Mexico.
• African Connections: Images & Art exhibit featured at Las Vegas Arts Council Gallery 140 (140 Bridge St) until Thursday, Feb 27. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
• The Tri-county Farmers Market is continuing through the winter months. You can buy fresh produce and beautiful crafts at our winter location in the Travelers’ Cafe on the Plaza. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call 426-1468.
• The Las Vegas Children’s Chorus, a free community service sponsored by the United World College, meets from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Old Mission Church, Chavez at Socorro streets. Singers ages 6 to 12 are welcome. The group meets each Wednesday. The fall session will culminate in a December performance. No prior experience necessary. Contact coordinator Kevin Zoernig at 505-699 6624.
• UWC-USA offers free Chinese (Mandarin) classes in Las Vegas — for ages 15 and up. If you are interested in studying beginning Mandarin Chinese and learning about China through language, the class is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday at the Old Town Mission, Chavez Street at Socorro. Free, but an ongoing commitment is necessary. Contact email@example.com or Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org or 454-4206.
• Committee for Clean Air, Water, and Earth weekly meetings, 6 p.m. Mondays at Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave. The meeting is about fracking and ongoing projects in Las Vegas and San Miguel County. For more information, call 426-1468.
• The Mora/Colfax Head Start Program still has slots available for this school year. Children born before Sept. 1, 2010 are age eligible and also any child who is three years of age. Head Start offers services for children with disabilities and special needs, and other child development services. Applications may be picked up at the Mora/Colfax Head Start Office in Holman. If you have any questions, contact Pauline Espinoza at 575-387-3136.