• Aaron Juarros will hold a sculpture exhibition titled “From Here” from Nov. 5-Dec. 10. An artist’s reception is planned for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Ray Drew Gallery, which is on the first floor of Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.
• The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service will not be operating on Friday, Nov. 5, but will resume from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 6. Call 429-0336 for services.
• The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will hold its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the
Tecolote Community Center.
• A 4-1/2-mile self-guided wildlife drive will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. An interpretive talk, “Live Raptor Presentation,” by Santa Fe Raptor Center Volunteers will be at noon and 1:30 p.m. Volunteers from the Santa Fe Raptor Center care for injured birds in order to release them back into their natural habitat. Those raptors, which cannot be released because of extensive injuries, are given a loving home and used in educational programs such as this. Children’s wildlife crafts will be at 1 p.m. at “Raptor Clay Necklaces.” 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.
• Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Honoring Veterans Day.” The book will be “The Littlest Lighthouse Keeper to the Rescue” by Heidi and Daniel Howarth. The craft will be the stand-alone star. All programs are open to the public.
• Sustainable Las Vegas (the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association) will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Highlands University’s Donnelly Library, Room 325. Joaquin Karcher will speak on the topic, “The most affordable approach to Zero Energy Homes.” Karcher is an architect with zero e design (www.zeroedesign.com) in Taos and his homes conform to the principles of the passive house, a design concept from Germany (www.passivehouse.us). Because affordability is a major concern in northern New Mexico, he will focus on that. For more information, call Emelie Olson at 454-3920.
• The Las Vegas Women’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Plaza Hotel. For more information, call Linda Cunningham at 425-3007.
• A veterans breakfast is planned for 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Las Vegas Elks Lodge No. 408, 2305 Collins Drive. All veterans are invited.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• The exhibition of northern New Mexico tinwork, both contemporary and traditional, will last through Nov. 29 at the Las Vegas Arts Council gallery, 140 Bridge St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A reception is set for 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.
• Art Essentials, Gallery and Art Supplies, Eighth Street and Washington Avenue, will hold another art show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.
• El Zocalo, 212 Plaza, an artists cooperative in Las Vegas, celebrates fall and Thanksgiving at Second Saturday, Nov. 13. In addition to the usual Second Saturday reception from 3 to 5 p.m., the gallery is adding an artist’s talk highlighting the work of one of the members— to be a monthly event. The November Artist of the Month is Jo Rita Jordan, a photographer who produces digital images ranging from black and white photos with a traditional appearance to images extracted from photographic files and transformed into wildly colored graphic art. She will talk at 2 p.m.
• 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.
• The Gingerbread House/Bizcochito baking contest will take place this year from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the lobby of El Fidel Hotel.
• The home and storefront decoration contest will be judged from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Applications for these events are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 503 Sixth St. For more information, call 425-8631.