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Today's Features

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    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.

  • SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • 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.

    MONDAY LUNES

  • TODAY HOY
    • Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 and the city of Las Vegas are hosting an Honor and Remembrance Ceremony, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Carnegie Library Park, east side. Public invited.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo” by Jonathan Allen. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • TODAY HOY
    • Kimberly Reed-Deemer Art Exhibit containing 25 works will be on display from Monday, Sept. 9 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.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant monthly meeting, 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Tecolote Community Center. For more information, call Joe I. Herrera at 575-427-1141.
    • Flea market, Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3815. The women’s auxiliary will be hosting. $10 per table. For information, call Sandra at 429-8937.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents well-known poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today (Friday) in the theater of the university’s new Student Union Building.

    The free keynote talk is titled “Life Gives Me Too Much Laughter.” A book signing will follow, with a number of Baca’s books available for purchase.

    The student union is at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street.

  • Monday afternoon a large group of the Mora citizens met at the St Gertrude’s Parish Hall to have a round table discussion with U.S. Senator Tom Udall. The meeting was hosted by Collaborative Visions, an organization promoting substantial economic growth for their rural community by bringing everyone to the table to listen to one another and work together.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Saturday
    9 a.m. — Mora Cross Country, Santa Fe
    Sunday
    2 p.m. — Ladies VFW Auxiliary meeting, VFW Hall
    5 p.m. — VFW meeting, VFW Hall
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board meeting, administration building
    Tuesday
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, Mora School Board Room
    4:30 p.m. — Mora Mutual Water & Sewage Board meeting, office

  • My father’s Webster’s Dictionary (very well worn, obviously carried in his vest pocket around 1915 or so) uses very few words to define a word. I just looked up “grief.”

    This dictionary describes grief in two words: sorrow; misfortune. Yes I am sad as I write this column.