• Museum Cafe Series — The Long Road to Statehood, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the City Museum. Rick Hendricks, state historian, will talk about the 62-year effort leading to statehood. Issues involved in the struggle included the Civil War, bigotry, Texas expansionism, and dysfunctional politics. A participatory discussion will follow the presentation.
• The Fourth Annual Literacy Fair, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme is “Reach for the Stars: Read, Read, Read.” The event is free, and all ages are welcome.
• El Creston MDWCA special board meeting, 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the First Presbyterian Church. Discussion on joining fee, an annual member assessment and a rate structure for water service for residents are on the agenda. The meeting is open to the public.
• Knights of Columbus, Council #804 Free Throw Championship, registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with competition starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the West Las Vegas High School Gymnasium. Open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of Jan. 1 and a proof of age is required. For more information, contact Manuel Carrillo at 454-3828 or Raymond Lujan at 429-0532 after 6 p.m.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Las Vegas Little League Registration, 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Bring three copies of proof of residency and original state-issued birth certificate. Anyone interested in coaching must submit a letter of interest by Jan. 31. For more information, call Kathy Duran at 617-0759.
• The Citizens Police Academy, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 1 for seven sessions at New Mexico Highlands University Sininger Hall 100. Free and open to the public - certificate upon completion. Instruction by New Mexico State Police Capt. Tommy Hooper and Lt. Martin. Hosted by NMHU, Social and Behavioral Sciences and visiting professor Jill Baskerville. For more information, call Cpt. Hooper or Lt. Martin at 425-6771.
• Donnelly Library Civil War Reading Group, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, March 22 and April 26 at the library. For more information, stop by the library on the NMHU campus or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Mora County Pre-Primary Democratic Convention, 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the VFW Post 1131 in Mora. Open to all registered Democrats. For more information, call Paula Garcia at 575-387-5228 or Duane Martinez at 505-699-2491.
• Sweetheart Dance: Stepping Back in Time, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at NMHU’s Sala de Madrid. Theme is around the 1920s to 1940s featuring the live band “The Smooth Riders.” Friends of the Museum will hold their raffle drawing at the same time. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the city of Las Vegas museum at 426-3204.
• NMHU Wearable Art Show - New Mexico Skies, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the NMHU Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10 single and $15 for a couple and the night of the event are $15 student and $20 for the public. This is a benefit fundraiser for the NMHU Crossroads Art Club. Tickets available at Traveler’s Cafe and NMHU Burris Hall.
• The Eagles is having an Indoor Swap Meet/Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 211 South Grand. Table Rental available, contact Sandra 429-8937 for more information.
• The Eagles is having a dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Also a College Dance from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost is $3 per person or $5 a couple. For more information contact Sandra 429-8937.
• Catholic Daughters Court #1796 (Immaculate Conception Church) is sponsoring the 2012 Education Contest, open to Catholic and non-Catholic students in grades 4 through 12 and Catholic Daughter members. The themes for this year are: “Planting Seeds of Faith” or “Inspiring Others to Grow.” Monetary awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in each division and category at the local, state and national level. Top winners will advance to state competition and top state winners to nationals. Local contest deadline is Feb. 15. Go by the Immaculate Conception parish at 813 Sixth St. Call Sandra at 454-8203.
• Health Fair and Women’s Expo, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Night Owl, sponsored by Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Speaker Lisa Smartt will speak on “Embracing Failure on the Road to Success.” For information, call 426-3772.
• Selected art works by Antonio Madera will be exhibited in the Ray Drew Gallery until Feb. 17. For more information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.
• Museum Cafe Series - popular lecturer for The Santa Fe Opera Oliver Prezant on “Discovering Opera in the Wild West.” He will be talking about the in and outs of opera and how it came to Northern New Mexico. Talk starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the local museum on Grand Avenue. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 426-3204.
• Creative Children’s Workshop - Ready Set ... Opera! The event will allow children and families to learn about plot, character and music. Workshop starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the museum. All participants will help create an opera that is uniquely Las Vegas. Pre-registration is required for this workshop. The program is free and open to children seven and older and requires their parent or guardian, 21 and older, to accompany them. Space is limited for this workshop. To register or for more information, call Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204 or e-mail at email@example.com.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico is raffling a red 2010 Chevrolet Camaro with black leather seats and Pirelli tires. Tickets are $100 each, and 500 tickets will be sold. To buy a ticket, call 426-8510 or 426-7594.