• 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 Thanksgiving 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.
• The Mental Health Association of New Mexico is offering a free Thanksgiving meal to the public at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at its building at 128 Bridge St. In time, he group hopes to move into a larger building on Grand Avenue. For more information, call Shela Silverman at 718-9186.
• 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.
• David Rovics will be live in concert from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at the Traveler's Cafe in Las Vegas inside Tapetes de Lana on the Plaza. The suggested donation is $10. For more information, call (505) 425-3840. It will be a fundraiser for the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center. Tickets are available at Semilla Natural Foods, Love Music and Traveler's Cafe, and at the door if they aren't sold out.
• 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.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the U.S. Forest Service office, 1926 Seventh St. For more information, call 425-9088.
• 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.