• Monthly Glimpses of the Past program, “Loma Parda and Fort Union” to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas. Today, the ruins of Loma Parda are but a memory of a once-vibrant Hispanic village that eventually became a favored place for soldiers from nearby Fort Union to visit. But the village, whose residents dammed the nearby Mora River and built an elaborate community irrigation system, had a more important role in providing food and recreational opportunities (both legal and illegal) for the soldiers of Fort Union. Join David L. Geary and learn about the role this community once played in the lives of those stationed at Fort Union. Geary is a historian and volunteer at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, New Mexico's living history museum near Santa Fe. The “Glimpses of the Past” series is free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.
• Casting for Recovery Retreat at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron on Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. Applications are open until Friday, July 22, for women who have had breast cancer and are in any phase of their recovery. Selection of the participants is by lottery. There is no cost to apply or for those selected to participate in the retreat. The weekend incorporates flyfishing to promote physical and emotional healing. Participants learn the fundamentals of flycasting, entomology, knot tying, equipment basics but most importantly, participants spend time on the water practicing catch and release fishing. If anyone would like to talk about the retreat or how to apply, contact: Deborah Blanche by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at 425-5004.
• KBKZ “Coyote Country” to host the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown in Raton. The local showdown will be held at noon on Sunday, August 12 in Raton. There is no charge for the event, however there is a $20 entry fee for the contestants. KBKZ-FM will host America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion. Designed to find the most promising country music talent in the United States for the past 30 years, the Country Showdown gives aspiring artists a chance to launch their professional careers. Thousands of performers compete annually for this chance. The Country Showdown is open to vocal and/or instrumental performers. The deadline for contestants to enter is Friday, July 22. Entry forms and more information is available by calling 1-800-791-8028, or go online for an entry form at www.kbkzradio.com.
• Dia de Santiago Fiesta at our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Villanueva. Fiesta mass at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. There will be music, food and games.
• New Mexico Highlands University electronics recycling day on Saturday, July 23. Community members are invited to drop off their unwanted electronics in the Wilson Complex parking lot at Ninth Street and Raynolds Avenue. Items that can be recycled for free include computers, computer monitors and peripherals, fax machines, scanners, cell phones, batteries, microwaves and coffee makers. Televisions can be recycled for $10 per set to help offset the additional costs associated with their recycling. Air conditioners, refrigerators and fluorescent bulbs will not be accepted. For more information about the electronic recycling program, call 454-3168 or 426-2222.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed on July 19 to July 22. Court employees will be attending the annual Judicial Conference out of town.
• Public meetings regarding the proposal to establish convervation partnership and a New National Wildlife Refuge in Northern New Mexico, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at the Mora High School Lecture Hall in Mora and on Tuesday, July 26 in the Donnelly Library Lecture Hall G-35 on the campus of NMHU. For more information, call 425-3581.
• City of Las Vegas “Preliminary Engineering Report” meeting starting a 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 at City Council chambers. Engineering options to make the city's long term water situation less tenuous. The engineers will be presenting project options, cost estimates, trade-offs and a recommended overall plan for the city to address its water and wastewater systems. Issues will include possible/allowable sources water, treatment processes to make water usable, storage capacities for drought reliability, historically deferred infrastructure maintenance and the possible sources of the necessary funds. The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the various proposals.
• Guitarist Carl Bernstein concert at 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday until July 26 at the Dwan Light Sanctuary on the campus of United World College in Montezuma. The performances begin with a brief introduction followed by an hour of music without interruption. He will perform classical guitar repertory, original compositions, jazz and vocal work. There is no charge for the concert series, which is sponsored by the UWC.
• Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas, July 29, 30 and 31 in Mora, N.M., beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot.
• Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge presents a Photography Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30, at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located on Highway 281, East of Las Vegas.” Artistic Nature Compositions, A Photography Workshop" With Judy Smith, award winning photographer-painter-writer. Workshop will include instruction on how to set up lighting, composition and colors, how to print in different sizes and explore various materials for printing. Attendance limited to 15, ages 9 to 90 welcome. Registration required. Workshop fee: Members: $50; non-members: $65 or 2 for $100. To Register or for more information call Sonya Berg at 425-6680 or Lou Myers at 454-3959.
• International non-profit Project HOPE and UnitedHealthcare launched a statewide mobile health initiative aimed at increasing access to primary care for rural parts of New Mexico. The program’s 64-foot doctor’s office on wheels, the HOPEmobile, will be stopping in Las Vegas on Thursday, August 11, and Saturday, August 13, and will provide free screenings and health education.
• The Las Vegas Arts Council announces the 33rd annual Las Vegas People’s Faire. This year’s faire is scheduled for the culminating weekend of Heritage Week, Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine) in the Carnegie Library park. The 2011 People’s Faire will host over 50 arts, crafts and food vendors from around northern New Mexico and beyond. In addition, the fair will feature a variety of local and regional performing artists periodically throughout the hours of the fair. For additional information visit www.lasvegasartscouncil.org or call 425-1085.
• All Ages Playgroup at Vida Encantada. A free activity for kids, ages zero to 18, where they will be able to play with other kids and build relationships with our Older Friends at Vida Encantada. Every Monday at 3 p.m. Parents must attend with their children, and it would be great for them to bring toys/activities to share. Contact Etirsa Gamez at 505-510-0185 or Shena Galla 505-425-9362.
• Volunteers needed for Biblioteca de David Cargo located in El Valle Community Center. Plans for the library consist of combining a children’s corner and adult section for lending out reading materials. Volunteering will consist of alphabetizing and sorting books into categories: fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books to checking books out. The amount of time volunteering is totally up to you. If you have some time and would like to help call or contact Deb Seavey the 429-2440 or email@example.com or leave a message at the community center at 421-0808.