• Saturday event will feature local writer

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    What would you do if you were a widow living alone suddenly faced with taking in your niece whom you haven’t seen in 15 years, her three children and their dog? Lilly Irish does the only thing she can; she opens her door on a windy fall night and welcomes them in. The humorous and touching story of family coming together begins with Krank the dog marking his territory, and the children doubtful and wary.

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  • Dr. Robert Bell fine art lecture series scheduled

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    New Mexico Highlands University will present the Dr. Robert Bell Fine Art Print Lecture Series for fall semester, with four talks remaining in the ongoing series.

    All lectures except the Hogarth engravings lecture will be in the George and Sheryl Talbot Print Study Room in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. The public is welcome.

    All lectures begin at 4 p.m.:

  • Refuge concert time

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    The Tenth Annual Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge takes place this Sunday.

    This free event will be held on Sunday afternoon. Bring the kids, the old folks and your lawn chair; join the Friends and staff of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge for a Tenth Annual Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day.

    Kids Fun in Nature activities start at noon at the refuge visitor center on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas.

  • Howell art reception
  • Celebrating 57s
  • Health fair Saturday at Abe Montoya center

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    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is once again sponsoring its free community Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center Gymnasium. Free health screenings and information will be featured from area health care providers, consumer advocates and groups, social service organizations and voluntary organizations.

  • Senior Center fun
  • Recruiting Cub Scouts
  • State Fair parade Saturday

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    In honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th anniversary as official “spokesbear” for wildfire prevention across the United States, the New Mexico State Fair has invited him to be the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

    Dan Mourning, EXPO New Mexico’s general manager, announced that Smokey and his friends from the New Mexico State Forestry Division have said yes.