• Interpretive Talk, Talking about Climate Change - Elevator Sales Pitches to Climate Change Deniers, 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Located on Highway 281, East of Las Vegas, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife haven filled with sandhill cranes, bald eagles, snow geese, and a variety of other wildlife species all winter will host an afternoon lecture on one of the hottest topics of our time, climate change. Are you confused about the conflicting information portrayed in the media about climate change science? Join Eileen Everett, Climate Change Educator, as we explore the science behind our changing climate and learn tools to find reliable sources of scientific information.
Eileen Everett has been the Climate Change Educator with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science since Spring 2009. For more information, contact Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring a Miss America Pageant Princess Party on Saturday Jan. 15 at La Piedra Grill at the NMHU Golf Course. Girls of all ages are invited. The party will introduce the Princesses to the Miss America Organization and they will get to interact and watch the Miss America Pageant with the local titleholders and the 2011 Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Pageant Contestants. Tickets are $30. The ticket includes a princess tiara, princess sash, appetizers and punch, autographs, and a ticket to the Miss Las Vegas / Miss San Miguel County Pageant Feb. 5. R.S.V.P. by calling Philip Ortiz, Executive Director at 505-718-5656 by Friday, Jan. 7.
• Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announces its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation “The Stars Along the Santa Fe Trail.” The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. Have you ever gazed at the expansive sea of stars above and wondered what it was you were looking at? Join Ranger Ron Harvey Jr. for an exploration of the Southwestern nighttime sky and discover the stories and wonders that wait for you once the sun goes down. Weather permitting, participants will also have the opportunity to observe a multitude of these evening marvels through a telescope. Warm winter clothing is recommended. The “Glimpses of the Past” series are free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025
• 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 am 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.
•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. This form consists of 33 movements as well as an opening and closing mediation that will be learned over an 8 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 February 14 for eight weeks. Last class April 6. Wear loose fitting clothing and shoes with a soft sole. Group A meets 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Group B meets 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Choose one group. Each group limited to five students. Cost: $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