Que Pasa - Oct. 31, 2011

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• Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Toy Story; Move Out!” by Apple Jordan and the character theme is “Woody and Buzz.” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.”All programs are free and open to the public.

• 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 using parking on Fourth Street near the Quintana Building, south-side parking lot, Fifth Street in front of the Career Education Building, near the tennis courts and along Friedman. Contact Darlene Ulibarri at 454-5770.

• 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. Call 505-206-8931.

• Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Fall Flight Festival 2011 is on Sunday, Nov. 6. Self-guided Wildlife Drive open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bird-a-thon Competition. Go to www.flvnwr.org for details and registration form. Live raptor presentation and talk from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the refuge headquarters by Santa Fe Raptor Center Volunteers. 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 due to extensive injuries, are given a loving home and used in educational programs such as this. Kids Wildlife Crafts at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. In case of inclement weather, it could be necessary for some events to be canceled or postponed. In that case, call the refuge 425-3581 on the day of the event for the latest information.

• Free Senior Jubilee a Senior Citizen Celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at El Valle Community Center, 11 Los Pueblos Road in Villanueva. Topics: Senior Safety Kit; Joy of Repujos (tinwork); Frauds and Scams; Healthy Aging and the Hispanic Family. Followed by a dance honoring veterans from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with musician Bonifacio Benavidez. Reservations by Nov. 7 call George or Sally at 575-421-2256.

• 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, whereby science faculty and others can informally share their knowledge during an exchange in a friendly setting. Call Emelie at 454-3920 or Lloyd at 454-9122 for more information.

• Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Daughters of the Americas is sponsoring a Bingo at 1 p.m on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Immaculate Conception Church Religious Education Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from member for $5. For more information, contact Elain Marquez at 429-2689.

• Students at Sierra Vista Elementary, Legion Park Elementary, Los Niños Elementary, Early Childhood Center, Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and Memorial Middle School may be eligible to receive free tutoring under Title 1 Supplemental Educational Services part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goals of this program are to help students succeed in school and do well on the upcoming state test, NMSBA. For more information, call the Las Vegas City Schools Bilingual/ Federal Programs office at 454-5700 ext. 111. Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 14.

• The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is seeking young women ages 17-24 to compete in the 2012 Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at West Las Vegas High School. The pageant is a preliminary of the Miss America Pageant. The phases of competition are interview, talent, swimsuit, evening wear and on-stage question. Miss Las Vegas 2012 and Miss San Miguel County 2012 will each receive a scholarship, crown, sash and the opportunity to represent the area in the 2012 Miss New Mexico Pageant in June. Entry Forms may be picked up at the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, the Abe Montoya Recreation Center or from Margaret Gonzales at New Mexico Highlands University Student Center Room 206. No entry fee is required. Entry deadline is Sunday Nov. 13. Call Philip Ortiz, Executive Director at 718-5656.

• The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual food drive, on Nov. 19. Food stays in the Las Vegas area food banks. Leave non-perishable items by or in your mail box so letter carriers can pick it up while making their delivery. Call Charlotte at 425-9387.

• Two upcoming Christmas Fairs, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. For more information, contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 505-617-0565.