Que Pasa - Oct. 14, 2011

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• Ride To Pride hosts its 5th Annual Benefit Dinner, Auction and Dance starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Night Owl. Proceeds will provide direct support to Project Hope and to many of the other equine-assisted and volunteer services of Ride To Pride. Ride To Pride has been “Helping Kids Be Kids” since 1997. Call 454-9738 with questions or for more information.

• Keep Las Vegas Beautiful is sponsoring a citywide cleanup as part of New Mexico's Toss No Mas program at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Hannah Park on Legion Drive.

• Las Vegas CROP Hunger WALK starting at 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the United World College Soccer Field. CROPWALK is a fundraiser to support the efforts of Church World Service here and around the world to alleviate hunger. Twenty five percent of the money raised in Las Vegas is returned to Las Vegas to support the work of the Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen, the Samaritan House and the Comedor de San Pascual Soup Kitchen. There are two walking routes — a one-mile level walk and a 3.5 mile walk up behind the Castle and down into Sebastian Canyon. Participants can also go on a tour of the Castle after the walk.

• Interpretive talk to Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the refuge, on Highway 281, East of Las Vegas. “Grasses of New Mexico's Front Range and Plains" with Chick Keller, Past President of Native Plant Society of New Mexico. Grasses seem daunting for people to identify with their strange names and plant parts such as culms, glumes, palea, auricles, and lemmas. Keller will use drawings to introduce different plant types and parts. Immediately after the talk, the audience will have the opportunity to examine grasses under the microscope and take a walk with Keller to identify grasses in the field. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information, call Jan Arrott at 454-6115

• Fort Union National Monument announces its monthly Glimpses of the Past presentation, “Quest for Quivira.” The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the CCHP Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street. In 1540, Vasquez De Coronado began exploring the area that is now regarded as New Mexico. For almost 300 years afterwards, Spanish explorers and traders traveled throughout the Great Plains before William Becknell “blazed” the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. Join historian and author Thomas E. Chavez on a look at the pioneering Spaniards who explored, traded, and traveled throughout the southwest and how their actions would help to forge the distinctive culture and vibrant communities of New Mexico. Chavez is a historian with a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. In December of 2004, he retired as the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque. The “Glimpses of the Past series are free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

• Halloween Party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave., for children and youth. Entry fee $2 each plus 1 canned food item or 1 bag of candy. Free Pizza and refreshments, games, prizes, music and more.

• The local VFW is hosting a bingo on Sunday, Oct. 30, to help cover the costs of the upcoming 720th reunion and ceremony scheduled for Veteran’s Day. For more information, call Nancy at 429-1331 or Betty at 429-1402.

• Craft Fair at the Las Vegas First Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the church at 201 Mountain View. Drive. Table or space is $15. For more information, call 505-206-8931.

• The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department has re-opened its city utility payment center at City Hall located at 1700 North Grand Ave. The hours of service are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is for payments only.