• A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets will be held on from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the West Las Vegas middle school gym. Services offered include: Rabies - $10; Parvo/Distemper - $10; Feline/Distemper - $10; Deworming - $5; Tape Deworming - $5 to $15 and Microchipping - $16. No appointment necessary. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. Volunteers are needed. To make an appointment for low-cost spay/neuter services, call 505-983-4309x129.
• Mothers of Preschoolers open house meet and greet, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at Calvary Chapel (located in the alley behind Lowes and next to the Elks Lodge). Moms with children of any age are welcome. Through this group moms help each other become better moms while learning new parenting skills and developing new friendships. Child care provided. There will be food, door prizes and fun. For more information, call Lena Atencio at 454-0572 or 575-496-2920 or email her at lena.atencio@ yahoo.com
• 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 Tucson, 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 I.C. 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.
• Parent and Community Awareness and Education Institute by the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Luna Community College Rough Rider Grill. For more information, call 426-2262.
• Pecos National Historical Park is hosting a Night Sky program at dusk on Saturday, Oct 1. There will be a telescope available for viewing. Flashlights and lawn chairs are recommended. The event will be free and open to the public. For directions to the park, or more information about the program, call the visitor center at (505) 757-7241 or visit the park website www.nps.gov/peco
• Chapter H PEO will sponsor a garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the First Baptist Church, 201 Mountain View Drive, to raise funds for educational projects.
• Sustainable Las Vegas (the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association) and the Las Vegas Community Water Board will be co-sponsoring a Waterwise Garden Tour on Saturday, Oct. 1. Come to 1327 Fourth St. between 10 a.m. and noon to see what can be done without using potable city water. With intensive mulching and other permaculture techniques, the owners kept not only drought-tolerant plants but an "edible landscape" alive through the use of rainwater and greywater catchment and distribution. This event will substitute for Sustainable Las Vegas’ usual presentation on the second Thursday evening of the month.
• Bernal Community Center Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, at the center. There will be a flea market, raffles, food and music. For more information, call Liz McKay at 575-421-2818.
• Cimarron United Methodist Church is hosting a blessing of animals at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the church parking lot on Collison St. in Cimarron, N.M. This is to celebrate the beauty of the fall and in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Attendees are asked to bring their pets for special prayers, scripture and song during this short service.
• The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the 10th Annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. Nine beautiful and talented little girls will be competing for the title in talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For more information call Philip Ortiz, Executive Director at 505-718-5656
• 1st Annual Toys por Los Niños Del Valle starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. Run will lead you to El Valle Community Center 11 Los Pueblos Road in Villanueva, N.M. Starting locations: from Santa Fe meet at the I-25 Rowe exit 307; from I-40 and Highway 3 meet at exit 230; from Las
Vegas meet at Lincoln Park; from I-25 meet at Alto Bar exit 319 off I-25 at noon. Music and food event starts at 1 p.m. Admissions is 1 toy or $20 per person. Everyone welcome. For more information or to assist in this event, call Patricia Gallegos at 505-617-5281 or the Community Center at 575-421-0808.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Parade entries are now being accepted for the NMHU Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 8. Contact John Bentley at 454-3201 to sign up.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer,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.
• Booth space available for the Christmas Bazaar in Clayton, N.M., the 16th annual bazaar will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Clayton Civic Center in downtown Clayton, N.M. The bazaar is sponsored by the non-profit Clayton Federated Women’s Club. For more information, call Sue Richardson at 575-374-1090 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.