• SolanoFest IX, Saturday, Sept. 14 at Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County, Dutch Oven Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m., arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dance to the music of Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.
• The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance will hold a community event, the Gallinas Watershed Olympics, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the UWC-USA. Deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 16. The event requires six teams of six individuals each, ages 16 and older, to compete in games: wood splitting, fly-casting, performance, watershed trivia, horseshoes, and a biodiversity scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams, and all teams will receive HPWA t-shirts. Contact email@example.com for more information and for registration.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• New Mexico Public Defender Commission Meeting, 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Albuquerque Public Defender Office, 505 Marquette NW, Training Room, 17th Floor in Albuquerque. A copy of the meeting agenda may be found at www.pdd.state.nm.us when it becomes available. For more information call Judy Gonzales, Public Defender Department Administration, at 505-476-0714, or Michael Stout, Chair of the Commission, at 575-524-1471
• The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization’s Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19. The competition is open to little girls, ages six to 12. Phases of competition are Casual Wear, Talent, Party/Formal Wear and On-Stage Question. No entry fee is required. Entry forms may be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Carnegie Library or the Chamber of Commerce. Entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 18. For information call Philip Ortiz at 718-5656.
• Fort Union National Monument’s Glimpses of the Past presents Chester Nez at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. Nez, 92, is the last of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII – the 29 Navajo Marines who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. Chester is the sole Navajo code talker to publish a memoir, sharing his view of history. The program will be held at The Glimpses of the Past series and is 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
• Kimberly Reed-Deemer Art Exhibit containing 25 works will be on display to Thursday, Oct. 10 at Burris Hall Gallery on the campus of Highlands University. A reception with light refreshments will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the gallery. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free and open to the public.
• Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance and Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge hike to Burro Canyon, the headwaters of the Gallinas River, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, meet at trailhead for trail #216. Attendees are asked to bring water, lunch, boots, a camera and sunscreen. For more information, contact Lea at 425-5514 or Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• First Fort and Arsenal Tours at Fort Union National Monument, Saturday, Sept. 21. The public may visit the site of the original fort, and see the remnants of Fort Union’s arsenal, which was crucial in keeping the army of the Southwest supplied with arms and munitions. Join a ranger for guided programs at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2 p.m. Visitors and park staff will meet at the Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to the program time, then caravan out to the First Fort site. This program is brought to you in partnership with the Fort Union Ranch. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, ext. 0, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.
• Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s Community-Wide Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center Gymnasium. Free health screenings and information will be featured from area health care and insurance providers, consumer advocates and groups, social service and volunteer organizations. Health screenings will include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. The United Blood Services will be on site to accept blood donations. Other offerings at the health fair include face painting and games for the kids and much more. For more information about the health fair contact Linda Leyba at 426-3959 or email email@example.com.
• San Miguel/Mora County Fair Board meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the fairgrounds. For more information, call 575-447-2138.
• Ledoux Community Water meeting, 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Ledoux Fire Department.