• Pictures retakes will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the A-Plus Grill at Robertson High School. Packet information is available in the main office from Annie. If you need picture retakes, you will need to bring in your picture packets and return them before there are retakes. For more information, call Charlene at 454-5770, ext. 212.
• The city will be picking up trash on Wednesday, Nov. 24, for both its Wednesday and Thursday routes. The trash for all residents on the handicapped list will be picked up throughout the week.
• The Las Vegas Ministerial Fellowship is holding an ecumenical Thahksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at St. Paul’s Peace Church at Eighth Street and National Avenue. Clergy from area churches will take part in the event, and the choir from First United Presbyterian Church will sing. The public is welcome.
• Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Thanksgiving.” The book will be “A Plump and Perky Turkey” by Teresa Bateman. The craft will be a place mat and turkey place cards. All programs are open to the public.
• El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Ave., is holding its annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Takeout orders will be available. For more information, call 425-3705.
• Fort Union National Monument and its visitor center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25. The fort and visitor center will reopen on Friday, Nov. 26, resuming its normal operating hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.
• The city of Las Vegas’ transfer station will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 25, to Saturday, Nov. 27, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
• Storrie Lake State Park will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. For more information, call 425-7278.
• San Miguel County offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, and will reopen Monday, Nov. 29.
• A benefit Christmas fair will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with 7:30 a.m. as setup time) Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, at Highlands University’s ballroom. The event will benefit the Lorenzo Miguel Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 617-0565.
• A 4-1/2-mile self-guided wildlife drive will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. An interpretive talk, “Protecting Nature, a Personal Journey,” by Brian Miller, manager of the Wind River Ranch, will be at noon and 1:30 p.m. Miller will address how, for him, nature protection has moved from single species to important places to recognizing the need for ecologically functional landscapes. Children’s wildlife crafts will be at 1 p.m. at “Fish Printing.” All refuge events are free. For more information, call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115. In case of inclement weather, it could be necessary for some events to be canceled or postponed.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• The theme for the 21st annual Electric Light Parade is “Toyland.” The parade will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and will wind through downtown Las Vegas. The parade lineup will take place on Second Street, next to the Robertson Cardinals football field at 3 p.m. It will go down Second, right on Baca, left on Sixth Street, right on Douglas, right on Eighth Street, left on University Avenue onto National to Bridge Street and end at the Plaza.
• Our Lady of Sorrows Church will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at its parish hall on the Plaza. Refreshments will be sold before and during the Electric Light Parade. Funds will go to the church. For more information or to arrange for donations, call Donna Romero at (505) 603-3399, Sarah Duran at 429-2274 or Annette Sanchez at (505) 603-0670.
• A benefit Christmas fair will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with 7:30 a.m. as setup time) Saturday, Dec. 4, at Highlands University’s ballroom. The event will benefit the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Empress 1796. For more information, call Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 617-0565.
• The San Miguel County Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in its chambers on the second floor of the old county courthouse, 500 W. National Ave. The meeting will be to present the findings of the recently completed assessment of the San Miguel County economy by the University of new Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Jeffrey Mitchell, a senior research scientist at the bureau, will present the findings of the assessment in a 40-minute presentation. The presentation will look at the historical strengths and weaknesses of the local economy, existing economic conditions, challenges for county economic development and opportunities and recommendations to renew growth. For more information, call the county manager’s office at 425-9333
• The Gingerbread House/Biscochito baking contest will take place this year from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the lobby of El Fidel Hotel.