• The 2011 Michael William Marr Annual Scholarship will be awarded at the Las Vegas Robertson High School Senior Awards Night Ceremony. Applications must be post-marked no later than May 10. Applications are available from the counselors at Robertson High School. The scholarship has been awarded annually for the past 29 years. Donations to the Marr Scholarship are always accepted and can be made at the Community First Bank in Las Vegas.
• Public Input meeting on University Avenue Gateway Project, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at the council chambers at City Hall. The University Avenue Gateway Project consists of improvements along University Avenue from the University exit through New Mexico Highlands University to Bridge Street and Plaza. The project will consist of landscaping starting at I-25 Exit 345 and entering University Avenue with a welcoming arch on Fifth Street. Additional streetscape improvements along University will add beauty, guidance and function to public spaces. The streetscape will act as a gateway into Downtown Las Vegas. Community Input on design, traffic and function is important as the City and its partners develop this project. Your ideas and opinions are important to this catalytic project. For more information please contact Melanie Gallegos, City Planner 426-3276.
• Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. This week’s theme is “Spring Flowers and Butterflies,” the book is ”My Garden” by Kevin Henkes and the craft is “flower basket.”
• Teatro de la Luna production “Twiste Minds” 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at The Plaza Hotel. The students will present their written and twisted plays based on classic fairytales.
• The next meeting of Sustainable Las Vegas (the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association) will be Thursday, May 12, at 5:15 p.m., at NMHU Donnelly Library, Rm. 325. Molly Brook, Junior Lobbyist and Program Associate, Conservation Voters New Mexico, will speak on the topic, "Our land, Our water, Our communities: A Summary of the 2011 Legislative Session". Each year, important decisions are made by state leaders during the legislative session that have critical impacts on the air we breathe, and water we drink, and our open spaces. Please join Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund as we review and discuss the impacts of the 2011 legislative session, and how to make sure your voice is heard on critical issues moving forward. For further information, call Emelie Olson at 454-3920.
• Amnesty International Group #463 is presenting a forum on "Maternal Health is a Human Rights", 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at Faith Hall, St. Paul's Peace Church, 8th and National. For more information, all Sonya Berg at 425-6680.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• The Las Vegas Letter Carriers annual food drive is Saturday, May 14. Leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox on this day.
• International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 15. Visitor Center Open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Located on Highway 281, East of Las Vegas: 1 p.m. “Happy Birthday Rachel Carson” by Ranger Chris Ranger Chris will tell the story of scientist and writer Rachel Carson and her role as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the conservation of migratory birds. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.