Que Pasa - Oct. 7, 2011

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• Breaking the Silence: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training, 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall. This is a free "Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention" training available to educate individuals about mental health/suicide prevention and how to get professional help. Suicide currently ranks as the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24-years old and is currently the fastest cause of death for 10-14-year olds. Participants will be provided with the basic steps on how to they can become a link to save a life. Ane Romero resides in Washington, D.C. She is trained and certified in suicide prevention through “The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.” In 2005, Ane was crowned Miss New Mexico and competed at the nationally televised Miss America Pageant. Providing numerous mental health trainings since 2004 and has been asked to speak on behalf of national mental health issues, such as the Mental Health Parity Act in Washington, DC. In 2006 she served as the national spokesperson for the 1-800-YOUTHLINE, a suicide prevention peer to peer hotline and in 2003, was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education representing more than 100,000 college students.

• Parade entries are now being accepted for the NMHU Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 8. Contact John Bentley at 454-3201 to sign up.

• Carl Bernstein and Friends in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at La Risa Restaurant in Ribera, N.M. Tickets available at the door or at the Las Vegas Arts Council. For more information, call 425-3019.

• Luna Community College SkillsUSA Automotive Technology Club swap meet from 8 a.m. to 3 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the LCC campus. This swap meet is where a vendor can sell new and used automotive and motorcycle parts. The vendor fee is $10 per booth. For more information, call Anthony Baca at 454-2591 or any SkillsUSA member.

• “Sixteen Years, A Selection” art exhibition by G.J. Marranca, will be on display until Oct. 31, at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ray Drew Gallery - located on the first floor of Donnelly Library. An artist reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the gallery. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

• Fiesta del Espiritu-Trails, Tunes and Tacos celebration sponsored by the Cimarron United Methodist Church starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the church in Cimarron, N.M. Dennis Ditmanson, association manager for the Old Spanish Trail, will bring a program on the economic, historical and political significance of the trail. The musical group Amistad will present traditional and contemporary music. The event is free and open to the public.

• The San Miguel County Commission has declared Monday, Oct. 10 as “Paint the County Pink Day” to promote breast cancer awareness. Decorate your business, your home and even your car with pink. People are also asked to dress in pink that day.

• In observance of Columbus Day the San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 and will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

• Public planning meeting on recycling in San Miguel County and Las Vegas, 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the New Mexico Highlands University Student Center Ballroom. For more information, call 426-2506.

• 13th Annual Enchilada Dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Hillcrest Restaurant. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door, any First United Presbyterian Church member and at the church office. For more information, call 425-7763.

• Interpretive talk to Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the local refuge located 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

• 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 located 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.