Que Pasa - Jan. 21, 2011

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• Sustainable Las Vegas will be hold its third annual Sustainable Homes Tour (formerly Solar Homes Tour) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. The self-paced tour of four sites features a variety of renewable energy techniques and conservation measures. These examples range from very low- to higher-tech: drying clothes on clotheslines, rainwater catchment, passive solar water and space heating, photovoltaic installations, etc. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. with a free “weatherization” demonstration, at the Las Vegas Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St. The public is invited to come and learn simple ways to save energy dollars in their homes. A map of the tour will be available there. For more information, call Emelie Olson at 454-3920.

• The El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Association Board will hold a planning retreat/workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.  The location of the meeting is tentatively set for the NMHU Campus, but is still being determined.  This is an open meeting as always and you are most welcome to attend, the more community involvement the better. For more information regarding the meeting, contact Joe Zebrowski at 505-562-2146 or 425-6008.

• Dog and Cat Adoption Event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2200 N. 7th Street. For more information, call 505-264-3830

• Artist Reception, 2  p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23 at El Zocalo Gallery at 212 Plaza Park. For more information, call 454-9904 or email elzocaloartesanos@gmail.com.

• JT and the Clouds music performance with special guest Allison Russell of Po’ Girl, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, at Travelers Cafe on the plaza. For more information, call 426-8638.

• Amigos de Rio Gallinas , a non-profit organization benefiting Rio Gallinas Charter school will have their monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Travelers Cafe. Everyone is welcome to the meeting.

• The Kiwanis Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, Wednesday Jan. 26 with a lunch serving from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a dinner serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at
Hillcrest Flamingo Room. For more information call, 505-718-6655.

• Annual meeting of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 at Luna Community College’s Technology Building.

• The GFWC Las Vegas Women's club will hold there regular monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m on Feb. 10 at the Plaza Hotel. For more information call Linda Cunningham at 425-3007.

• New Mexico Highlands University WinterFest - A Mariachi Valentine’s concert, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at historic Ilfeld Auditorium. Performers include London Bound, 2012 Summer Olympic performers: Reynaldo Maestas, New Mexico’s first all-female mariachi - Mariachi Buenaventura and New Mexico’s premier ballet folklorico - Baila Baila from Albuquerque. For tickets and more information, call 454-3238.

• Catholic Daughters Court #1796 (Immaculate Conception Parish) is sponsoring the 2011 National Catholic Daughters of the Americas Education Contest which is open to catholic and non-catholic students in grades four through 12 and Catholic Daughter members. The themes for this year are: “The Lord is My Light” and “The Light Others Give to Me.” Monetary awards will be given for first, second and third place winning entries in each division and category at the local, state and national level. Top local winners will advance to state competition and top state winners will advance to national competition. Awards at the national level are $100, $ 50 and $25 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Local contest deadline is Feb.15. For information or contest entry forms, call Sandra at 454-8203 or information can be picked up at the Immaculate Conception Parish Office.

• Knights of Columbus council #804 free throw contest, 11 a.m registration and contest at noon on Sunday, Jan. 30, at West Las Vegas High School gym. All boys and girls from 10 to 14 are invited to participate. The contest is sponsored annually, with winners progression through local, district and state competition. Participants are required to furnish a proof of age and written personal consent. For entry forms and information, call Manuel Carrillo at 454-3228.

•Tai Chi Sword is also known as “spiritual swordsmanship.” In ancient times, humans had to deal with external enemies. In modern times, our enemies are more internal and self-created. The goal of Tai Chi Sword is to help one cut through one’s own obstacles such as fear, anger, laziness, insecurity, temptation, and negativity on the path of spiritual development. This is a beautiful yet simple form that is also an excellent form of physical exercise. It consists of 33 movements as well as an opening and closing mediation that will be learned over an eight-week period. This is a non-martial form that uses a wooden sword. Swords may be purchased at the first class for about $15.Tai Chi Sword Class meets Monday and Wednesday beginning Feb. 14 for eight weeks. Last class April 6. Wear loose fitting clothing and shoes with a soft sole. Group A meets 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Group B meets 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Choose one group. Each group limited to five students. Cost is $10 per class or $60 per month (8 classes). Location: Riverwalk Movement Arts Studio 1214 National Ave Las Vegas, NM. Instructor: Peter Stege, D.O.M. Certified Instructor. Call 454-1386 or 454-0003 for more information.