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Today's Features

  • By Jennifer Rowland
    United World College-USA

    Armand Hammer loved a challenge. When Lord Louis Mountbatten wondered out loud how Hammer might succeed in founding a United World College in the United States when others before him had failed, Hammer was confident. “I’d be happy to help you,” he told Mountbatten and His Royal Highness Prince Charles in 1978.

  • By Emily Withnall
    United World College

    Ted Lockwood may have been United World College-USA’s first president, but as anyone who has read his book “Dreams & Promises: The Story of the Armand Hammer United World College” knows, he also played a critical role in the school’s founding.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dora’s Pirate Adventure" by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.
    • Fine Art Print lecture series talk by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of Donnelly Library. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts today.

    Dress up days are: Monday - Super Hero day, Tuesday - Disney Day, Wednesday - Gender Bender Day, Thursday - Class Color Day (Freshman - orange, sophomores - pink, juniors - blue and seniors - purple) and Friday - Green and Gold day.

    A pep assembly is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday at the high school gymnasium followed by a car rally.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Committee for Clean Water, Air, and Earth working meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 the Presbyterian Church Community Room. For more information, call 426-1468.

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Highlands Foundation and Las Vegas First Entrepreneurial Networking Program is hosting a Breakfast Entrepreneurship Forum from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept.18 at Kennedy Hall. Call Valerie Hayden at 454-1205.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    VAULT, an internationally acclaimed aerial dance company, is coming to Peñasco Theatre this Saturday and Sunday.

    The brainchild of Amy Ell, a performance artist with more than 20 years of dance and theatre under her belt, VAULT tours nationally and internationally and challenges the conventions of contemporary dance.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival, 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept 14 at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Plaza Park Gazebo. The dance on Friday evening is $8; however, the concert on Saturday is free. For more information, call 454-6771.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • The rainy morning last Saturday didn’t put a damper on the dedication ceremony for the newly restored Cleveland Park.

    Work on the park began on June 4 and continued for 10 weeks. Eight youth, ages 16 to 20, partnered with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp and the local restoration committee on the project.

    Mora County Manager Tomas Sanchez welcomed the group and made the introductions. Among those present were Carl Colonius, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp in Taos, and Mary Passaglie, assistant director of the RMYC.