• The Las Vegas Optic will be closed Friday, Nov. 23. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 26.
• San Miguel County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.
• Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. The Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival features a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. Special events include a Bird-a-thon and Kids Wildlife Crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “A Birder’s Guide to Duck Butts” at noon and at 1:30 p.m., with Raymond Van Buskirk, a 22-year-old conservation biology student at the University of New Mexico and a popular speaker at our refuge. He has been birding since he was seven, seriously birding since 12. He will give a slide presentation exploring the various species of ducks, and their allies, that can be found at the refuge, and learn how to identify them by plumage, sound, habits, and most importantly by looking at their butts. All events at the refuge are free. For further information, contact Jan Arrott at 454-6115. In case of inclement weather, it could be necessary for some events to be canceled or postponed. Call the Visitor Services Office at the refuge at 425-358 ext 205.
• Memorial Mass for the deceased who were cared for by Esperanza Home Health Care, 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 at St. Gertrude’s Church in Mora.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Victorian Christmas Ornament Hands-on workshop, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Sponsored by Princess Party Wednesday. For more information, call Bambi Doe Blake at 425-2684.
• Ties that Bind, BFA exhibit by Amanda Medina, will be on display through Dec. 8 at the United World College Kluge Gallery. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
• Christmas Fairs, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Student Center Ballroom on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. For more information contact, Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 505-652-6943.
• Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets are $10 general admission and children 10 and younger and NMHU students with valid IDs are $7. Tickets may be purchased in advance at KEDP radio station, 901 University Ave., Studio 103 or by calling 454-3238.
• Vietnam Veterans of American Local Chapter 1063 meeting, 3 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Miguel Encinias Veterans Center, 917 Douglas Ave. The group meets every last Thursday of the month. For more information, call Victor Cordova at 505-718-9856.
• Electric Light Parade, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas.” For more information, call 454-1401 ext. 3277.
• A Time to Bead in New Mexico, Cancer Assistance and Support Fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation at 116 Bridge Street. A local group of volunteers established a fund at the Cancer Foundation dedicated exclusively to the needs of cancer patients in the Las Vegas area, the “Celeste Martin Memorial Fund.” Periodic fund-raising events, primarily titled “A Time to Bead in New Mexico,” are held in Las Vegas to raise money for the fund and the need continues to grow. For example, in 2011, reimbursement was provided to local residents for 40,725 miles while so far in 2012, reimbursement for 52,229 miles has gone to patients traveling from San Miguel County.
• Huge Craft Fair hosted by the Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the church located at 201 Mountain View Drive. There will be a free spaghetti lunch, homemade crafts, original artwork and unique gift ideas. For information or to become a vendor, contact Raychel Hosch at 426-7466.
• Members of Amnesty International group 463 will write cards of support to Prisoners of Conscience around the world from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Travelers Café. For details contact 425-8980.
• Las Vegas Elks Lodge #408 is sponsoring the 2013 Most Valuable Student Scholarship. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to graduating high school seniors based on financial need, leadership and scholarship. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. The Most Valuable Student scholarship deadline is Dec. 7. Applications can be downloaded from www.elks.org/enf/scholars/downloadmvs.cfm or picked up at the Elks Lodge at 2305 Collins Drive. Contact ENF Chairman Michael Romero at (505)429-1606. for more information.
• Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation,11th Annual Holiday Tour, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets $10. Refreshment at CCHP Office starting at 4:30 p.m. Ticket can be purchase at CCHP, 116 Bridge St.
• Christmas Fair, 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the American Legion Hall on Collins Drive. For more information, call 425-9545.
• Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair at the Eagles, 211 S. Grand., 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 15. Call Sandra to reserve your space. $10 a booth. Call 429-8937 for more information.
• Santa Fe National Forest Christmas Tree sales have begun, starting on Nov. 10 through Dec. 24 forest service offices along with various vendors in Pecos and Las Vegas are selling personal-use Christmas Tree permits for $10. Permits may be purchased at Pecos Canyon Station, Griego’s Market, Pancho’s Minute Men Shell Station, Laguna Vista Quick-Stop and at the forest service offices.
• Lions Club 6th Annual Holiday Pecan Sale is underway to fund eye exams and glasses for in-need residents of San Miguel County. New crop pecans are available at Shoes ‘n Boots, 1606 7th St. They have roasted, chocolate coated, cinnamon glazed, caramel clusters, toffee glazed pecans and pecan logs, roasted cashews, giant plain pecans and English walnuts too. Prices begin at just $3 for pecan logs to $24 for a grande 7-variety tin. Call 454-8095 for information or delivery.