• The Kenya Safari Acrobats will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The Kenya Safari Acrobats, who perform across the country, include death-defying stunts, comedy, audience participation, and heart-pounding music to create a production that will have all ages on the edge of their seats. General admission tickets are $5, Highlands faculty and staff tickets are $3, and Highlands students with a valid HU ID get in free.
• West Las Vegas High School will host an open house 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Report cards will be handed out, refreshments will be available, and door prizes will be awarded. All parents and guardians of West students are urged to attend.
• Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Trick or Treat-Halloween Costume Party.” Participants are urged to dress in their favorite costumes. The book will be “Froggy’s Halloween” by Jonathan London. The craft will be a midnight mobile.
• Robertson High School is holding an open house called Mathematics Night from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the school’s media center. The other open houses will be during the same hour: Spanish and Bilingual Education Night on Nov. 17, Science Night on Dec. 15, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education Night on Jan. 26, Social Studies Night on Feb. 23, Special Programs Night on March 23, English Night on April 27 and Career Technical Education Night on May 18. Refreshments will be offered, provided by Community First Bank.
• A reception for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit of altars, or ofrendas, will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Highlands University’s Burris Hall. The event will include live music and food. The exhibit will be from Monday, Oct. 25, to Friday, Nov. 5. It is sponsored by Casa de Cultura and Highlands’ art department.
• A meeting of a task force to address issues of homelessness has been set for 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Samaritan House, 220 Bernalillo Ave. The group has been convened by Samaritan House and the city of Las Vegas. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Naomi Swinton at 454 4228.
• A haunted house is set for 4-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30, and 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Highlands University’s Hewett Hall on National Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. Admission is $3. Organizers said it will be child safe and family friendly.
• The Cerebral Cavernous Angiomas (Malformations) informational seminar and support group for patients, family members, and caregivers is set for 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Highlands University’s Victoria D. deSanchez Teacher Education Building, Room 203, 1031 11th St. For more information, call Beth Baca at (505) 272-3194 or e-mail email@example.com.
• Vida Encantada Rehabilitation and Nursing, 2301 Collins Drive, will hold an all-ages Halloween carnival 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. The event will include carnival booths, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and a cake walk. The costume contest will be judged at 3:30 p.m.
• A haunted hay ride will be held the night of Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Tecolote Volunteer Fire Department. Refreshments will be sold. The costs are $3 for adults, $2 for children 10 and older and $1 for children younger than 10. The first ride starts at dusk.
• Halloween Fright Night will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva. It will feature a haunted house, a food concession, a costume contest, a movie, crafts, goodie bags and face painting. Admission is $5 a person. Children younger than 3 get in free.
• The ShelterBox demonstration and talk will be at 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Highlands University's Melody Park. Haw and Carolyn Thomas, who are riding across the United States on a tandem bicycle, will be setting up a ShelterBox tent and its contents and explaining the work of ShelterBox International in meeting the emergency shelter needs of victims of natural disasters around the world.At the United World College, a fund-raising barbeque and auction will take place, along with activities related to emergency response.
• Carnegie Public Library will be showing “Center of Nowhere” at dusk (about 6 p.m.) Saturday, Oct. 30, at Carnegie Park. The movie was filmed in 2009 in the woods of Las Dispensas, about 20 minutes outside of Las Vegas. The movie was created by Las Vegas native Darren Martinez under the stage-name of Dar Warison. The film stars Las Vegas native Jerome Encinias and Albuquerque natives Nichole Otero and Everette Scott Ortiz.
This marks the second movie created by Martinez. The first film he made was a documentary about Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
• Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is encouraging children to trick or treat on Saturday, Oct. 30, rather than Sunday, Oct. 31. Trick or treating on Bridge Street and the Plaza is set for the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 29.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• 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.