Que Pasa - March 18, 2011

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• Las Vegas Senior Center Improvement Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18 at 500 Sabino Street. The improvements will include a new flagpole, automatic water closet flush valves and faucets and, with the push of a button, automatic restroom doors. In addition, the existing fenced vehicle area will be covered with a metal roof, adding to ease of operation and overnight vehicle security. The Daily Congregate Meal will be sponsored by the Mayor’s Community Initiative Fund. For more information, call 454-1401.

• “Return Path,” Chris Hill will be sharing oral traditions and a photo collection passed on by elders which reflect the way of living in harmony and balance with nature. The presentations will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 18 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at Clarity store front, 166 Bridge Street.

• Las Vegas historian Marcus Gottschalk discussion on why Las Vegas, from a commercial and cultural perspective, was the most important town in the American Southwest between 1858-1886. The talk, sponsored by the End of the Trail chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 in the Eldorado Community Center. For information, call George Donoho Bayless at 505-920-4123.


• “SLIDE-Ireland” — Celtic music from Ireland, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 at NMHU’s llfeld Auditorium. Ticket prices: General admission: $10, NMHU students w/valid I.D.’s: free and local band/choir students: free. Advance tickets on sale from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at KEDP radio station, studio 103 on the NMHU campus for more information, contact Donna Martinez at martinezda@nmhu.edu or 454-3238.

• The 17th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $4 with ticket sales available now from Donna Martinez, 454-3238, at the NMHU KEDP radio station across the street from Ilfeld from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Event sponsored by Community First Bank, NMHU President Jim Fries, and the NMHU School of Social Work. For more information, call 454-0438.

• A low-cost, dog and cat shot clinic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday to Sunday, March 25-27 at the West Las Vegas Middle School Gym. Rabies and Distemper shots are available for $10 per shot. Microchipping is available for $16. No appointment necessary. Also, drop off any donations of unopened cans and bags of dog and cat/puppy and kitten food for the Pet Food Pantry. Volunteers are also needed to help with this clinic. Contact 305-479-3618 to volunteer or for more information.

• 2011 Northern New Mexico Devotional Art Show is on exhibition until March 30 at the Ray Drew Gallery on the first floor of the Library on the NMHU campus. For more information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.

• The Hermit's Peak Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting it's 12th annual banquet and fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. The event will feature fundraising efforts to enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife. Money raised from the event will be used to enhance habitat for wildlife in New Mexico. There will be lots of games, live and silent auctions all for a good cause for New Mexico's wildlife. For more information, contact John Olivas at 575-387-2665 or at avidelksman@yahoo.com

• El Valle Community Center in Villanueva is hosting a Grand Opening of the Frank V. Gallegos Sr. Resource Room Open House Fair from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 8. More than 20 providers will be available with information about their services. Art show, Zumba Dance, massages, free meal, and open mic session will be available for your enjoyment. They are located on New Mexico State Road 3 in San Miguel County. Take I-25 exit 323 south 12 miles behind Villanueva Post Office. Physical address 11 Pueblos Rd. Villanueva, N.M. 87583. For more information or to volunteer call 575-421-0808.

• The Eighth Annual SynergyFest will be taking place on Saturday, April 30 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Melody Park. SynergyFest celebrates the potential of a sustainable future for the community surrounding Las Vegas, New Mexico. We promote local businesses, local artisans, and sustainable products. Entertainment powered by a solar stage and children's activities are all part of this event. Go to www.synergyfest.com to register online or print out a form.