Que Pasa - Sept. 16, 2011

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• Third Annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival, 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 16 with Wayne Roper and Unfinished Business and the Kenny Skywolf Band at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are needed for the Friday evening concert and may be purchased at the Plaza Hotel, Love Music and Travelers Cafe. Free concert from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Plaza Park featuring Jeff Romero and the Rainy Morning Blues Band, Wayne Roper and Unfinished Business, Kenny Skywolf Band and the Albuquerque Blues Connection. For more information, call 454-6771.

• Alta Vista Regional Hospital Life Run and Health Fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. and a one mile Kid Run will start at 8:15 a.m. both starting and finishing at the local hospital’s parking lot. The Health Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, visit: AltaVistaRegionalHospital.com/healthfairandrun or call 426-3772.

• PEO and Chapter AC’s Annual Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1019 Douglas Ave. All proceeds go to women’s scholarships.

• Nominations being sought for Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation Annual awards. Nominations for awards must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays to the CCHP building at 116 Bridge Street in Las Vegas. All nominations must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Award winners will be announced the first week of October and recognized at the annual dinner on Oct. 22. For more information, call CCHP from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 425-8803.

• Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun Day at the refuge starting at noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge Headquarters located on east of Las Vegas. This is a free event and will feature Las Vegas City Schools’ Mariachi Cardenal Infantil under the direction of Gary Sena. For more information, call Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

• Pecos Studio Art Tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, in Pecos, N.M. Visit more than 20 artists in their studios. For more information, call 505-670-7045 or visit www.pecosstudioarttour.com.

• The West Las Vegas Class of 1986 will be having its 25th Year Reunion on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. Classes from 1987, 1988 and 1989 are also invited to participate. RSVP by Aug. 31. You can Facebook West Las Vegas Class of 1986. For more information call Dawna Ortega Gallegos at 505-718-8774, Gary Gold at 505-718-2300 or Lori Trujillo Gonzales at 505-718-9640. The itinerary is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 23 —Tailgate Party at 4 p.m. outside Perkins Stadium; Attend Dons’ Football Game at 7 p.m.; Social gathering after the game at El Rialto Rye Lounge. Saturday, Sept. 24—Dinner on your own from 5-7 p.m. at El Rialto; Social gathering at Leger’s at 9 p.m.

• Fort Union National Monument presents its annual First Fort Tours. Constructed in 1851, Fort Union established a permanent military presence in the area to protect trade and traffic on the Santa Fe Trail, and for the protection of the people in the nearby townships and communities. The one hour tours are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Attendees are asked to arrive at the visitor center at least 15 minutes before each scheduled tour. Visitors will be escorted via car caravan to the First Fort before the start of each program. Expect moderate walking and standing on uneven dirt surfaces. Accommodations for handicap accessibility at this site are limited. Visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably, wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring water. For more information call 425-8025 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.

• The El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Association will hold a public meeting and a special board meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Sheridan Fire Station. The purpose of the public meeting is to provide information regarding El Creston’s Community Development Block Grant proposal and to seek public input. Both meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Karyl Lyne at lyne@desertgate.com.

• The local VFW is hosting a bingo on Sunday, Sept. 25, to help 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.

• Learn how to play guitar with Jonathan Tapia at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. A four week introduction to guitar class will start on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the recreation center. The class is $25 for a total of eight 45 minute sessions starting at 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 29th and continuing Oct. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20. For more information, call Chelsea at 426-3207.

• The Border: Closer to Home Than You Think” conference to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Las Vegas. Keynote speakers, John Fife and Gene LeFebvre, human rights activists and co-founders of No More Deaths from Tuscon, Arizona will open the conference at 7 p.m. on Friday at United World College’s Kluge Auditorium.The conference will continue all day Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at Immaculate Conception School at 6th and National in Las Vegas with more speakers, breakout sessions and discussions. Sunday worship services at IC Church and First United Presbyterian Church will end the conference. For more information regarding breakout sessions, presenters, resources and registration forms, visit http://theborder.wikispaces.com. For more information, call 454-9707.

• Fourth Judicial District CASA (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. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check. Volunteers meet the children, monitor their court cases, find out about the children from social workers, teachers, foster parents, counselors and make recommendations to the district judge regarding what they think is in the best interest of the children. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please 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 Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open to mourning dove hunting. For more information, call Lori Casados at 425-3581 x203.