Que Pasa - Oct. 19, 2011

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• Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Even Monsters Need Haircuts” by Matthew McElligott and the theme is “Trick or Treat.” All programs are free and open to the public.

• New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell will present a status report on public land in the White Peak area and will be available to address public concerns about access for hunters to state trust land. The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at New Mexico Highlands University’s Sala de Madrid Auditorium, 801 University Ave.    For more information, contact, Karin Stangl, Assistant Commissioner of Communication, 505-827-5739 work or 505-699-1018.

• 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. degree 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.

• Mothers of Preschoolers meeting, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Calvary Chapel (located in the alley behind Lowes and next to the Elks Lodge). Moms with children of any age are welcome. Through this group moms help each other become better moms while learning new parenting skills and developing new friendships. Child care provided. For more information, call Lena Atencio at 454-0572 or 575-496-2920 or email her at lena.atencio@ yahoo.com

• Casa de Cultura 5th Annual Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit and reception, 6 p.m. on 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at Burris Hall, NMHU campus.

• The parking lot located near Marr Gym at Robertson High School is closed for three weeks due to paving and finishing work. Students, parents and residents are advised that during this time students will be utilizing parking on 4th St. near the Quintana Building, south side parking lot, Fifer Education Building, near the tennis courts and along Friedman. For more information, contact Darlene Ulibarri at 454-5770.

• City of Las Vegas Pumpkin Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 22 at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Avenue (across the street from the City Recreation Center).  Activities include a costume contest, pumpkin painting, games, relay race, ponies, jumper, pumpkin sale and much more!  For more information, please call the City of Las Vegas at 505-454-1401 or emaillhill@ci.las-vegas.nm.us.

• West Las Vegas High School Open House, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. All parents, guardians and community members are encouraged to attend.

• 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 ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3815 is having an indoor swap meet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. They are renting out tables to anyone interested. Contact Sandra at 429-8937 for more information.

• The ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3815 is having a Halloween Extravaganza from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. There will be a dinner, dancing, and costume contest for all ages. Contact Sandra at 429-8937 for more information.

• 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.

• Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is now taking applications for volunteers to work with children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. All of these children are currently in state custody and living in foster care.If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer,contact either Barbara or JoAnn at 454-0223 or drop by the CASA office at 1308 Grant St. at the Rodriguez Softball Complex. The office is open mornings only. The next volunteer training is scheduled for October.

• The next meeting of Sustainable Las Vegas (the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association) will be at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 in Lecture Hall 100 in Sininger Hall on the NMHU campus. Note — this is a different location from our usual one. The event will be co-sponsored by the NMHU chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, as one of their Science Cafe events.  The topic will be “Gasland – Natural Gas Extraction Issues and Information.” Jennifer Lindline and other members of the geology faculty at NMHU will lead the conversation. Science Cafés are venues for the Sigma Xi chapter to connect the public with science.  The idea is that scientists (faculty and others) can informally share their knowledge during a conversational exchange in a friendly setting. Phone Emelie at 454-3920 or Lloyd at 454-9122.

• The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual food drive, on Nov. 19. All food collected stays in the Las Vegas area food banks. Leave non-perishable items by or in your mail box so the letter carrier can pick it up whilc making their daily delivery. For more information, call Charlotte at 425-9387.