Que Pasa - June 24, 2011

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• The Santa Fe Animal Shelter Mobile Clinic will be offering vaccinations and microchipping for dogs and cats from noon to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday, June 24 to June 26 at the West Las Vegas Middle School gym. Shot clinics sponsored by The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society are an easy and inexpensive way to vaccinate your pets. No appointment necessary! Dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers. Volunteers are also needed. To make an appointment for low-cost spay/neuter services, all 505-983-4309 x 129. To help make these clinics possible, call 305-479-3618!

• The Public Employees Retirement Association will be conducting an open meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 24 at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom; PERA members and retirees are encouraged to attend. We hope that they will. PERA Board Members are elected officials and are interested in hearing feedback and comment during the public comment period at 9 a.m. The PERA Board will be in Las Vegas for meetings and training with investment staff and advisors on Wednesday and Thursday, however the training sessions will be private. This is a good opportunity for Las Vegas to leave a positive impression.

• Decreasing stress and improving life through laughter therapy workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at the Luna Community College Student Services Conference Room. Participants will learn the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of laughter and its application as a tool for social intervention as well as its positive effects on health, education, family and business practices in relation to stress awareness. To register or for more information, call Nancy Quintana at 575-387-6669.

• Family Support Group picnic, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at El Valle Community Center, Frank V. Gallegos Sr. Resource Room. For more information, call 421-0808 or RSVP at 718-8610 or 1(800)432-4682 ext. 2460.

• Fort Union National Monument is holding the annual “Cultural Encounters” weekend, June 25 and June 26. The park is waiving all entrance fees. As part of the weekend activities, visitors may take self-guided tours of Fort Union. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park  hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

• CCHP is sponsoring a Home Garden Show in Las Vegas on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Donations for this event are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the CCHP, Plaza Hotel and Pink Carnation. Maps can be picked up at the CCHP on the day of the event. While heat, wind and drought have taken a toll on Las Vegas gardens, some gardeners have had some successes. Learn what works and also what doesn't during these difficult gardening times. Also, the tour will begin with a presentation by Lee Einer at the CCHP Office on Bridge St. at 9:00 am on June 25. He will be discussing his views on gardening and sustainability within our community.

• Child safety seat clinic sponsored by NMDOT from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 25 at the Walmart parking lot. The clinics will take place in eight cities and nine different locations as part of the “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign that was kicked off along with the Safe Summer Project late last month. The clinics are held on a first-come, first-served basis and the service is free and open to the public.

• Amnesty International Group 463, Las Vegas will hold the annual solemn vigil to remember all victims of torture throughout the world.  from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the corner of Farmers' Market 6th and University, Las Vegas. Everyone concerned about torture and its victims are urged to join.

• The movie To Sir With Love will show at Movie in the Park at dusk on Saturday, June 25 at Carnegie Library Park (weather permitting: including winds exceeding 30 mph). Popcorn, drinks and snacks will be for sale by the Friends of the Library.

• The New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in San Miguel County throughout the remainder of the month of June.  The purpose of our Sobriety Checkpoints is to prevent alcohol and drug related crashes within our communities.  Furthermore, Sobriety Checkpoints also serve as a deterrent against alcohol and drug related crimes and to protect our communities from the negative affects they cause.

• West Las Vegas Seamless Summer feeding program available for school age children 18 and younger started on June 6. Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at West Las Vegas High School Monday through Fridays. Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday at Armijo Elementary. For more information, call 426-2529.

• Las Vegas City Schools Summer Food Service program started on June 7 to July 29. Breakfast and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sierra Vista Elementary. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at Lincoln Park, Los Niños Elementary, Legion Park Elementary, Paul D. Henry Elementary, Memorial Middle School and Early Childhood Center. For more information, call 454-5700.

• The NMHU Las Vegas Alumni Club and Athletics Club Fiesta Golf Tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Fiesta cookout from 6 p.m.-11 p.m.on July 2. All events will be held at Gene Torres Golf Course. Registration for the Golf Tournament is $100 per player, which includes cart, lunch and one ticket for the cookout. Tickets for the Fiesta cookout will be $10/person, $15/couple. Come for raffles and dancing with cowboys! Tickets and registrations go to support scholarships. Call 454-3199 or email alumni@nmhu.edu to register or for more information.

• Guitarist Carl Bernstein concert at 8:15 p.m. started on Tuesday, June 14 for a series of seven concerts 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 as part of their summer teacher training workshops.

•The West Las Vegas class of 1965 will hold its 46-year reunion on Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 in Las Vegas. If you are a class member and have not received a letter or been contacted, call Rosita Gonzales Ellis at 429-0887, Della Marquez Gonzales at 429-3869 or Lenore Padilla Ortega at 425-8014 with a mailing address and contact information.

• Robertson High School class of 1981 is having its 30-year class reunion on July 1 to July 3. For more information, call 429-2731.

• The RHS class of 1971 will hold it's 40th class reunion on July 1 and 2.  It is not too late to register.  If you have not been contacted or would like more information, call Annette at 429-1085, or e-mail at turquoiseskyag@hotmail.com.