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Today's Features

  • I know there are different schools of thought when it comes to travel — taking a trip into unknown lands. Some just strike out on their own, often with a guidebook in hand, and discover the new area, country or whatever by themselves. I come from a very different school. My family always thought one should go on a tour with a guide who has the knowledge to enlighten and build a base of knowledge for the area.

    Then you, the traveler, can decide whether you want to see and learn more about wherever you are.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    This summer, celebrate the power of music through the 29th Season of Music from Angel Fire, the Festival that brings exquisite chamber music to the magnificent mountains of Northern New Mexico.

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    Music from Angel Fire will present a free concert entitled “The Rejected Masterpiece,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Shuler Theater in Raton.

    The all-too-human professors at the Paris Conservatory made an infamous mistake when they rejected Ravel’s attempt at winning the Prix du Rome with his submission of the first movement of his glorious String Quartet.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Salads can be a great way to pile on the vegetables, not to mention serve as a fine canvas for showing off summer's bounty.

    But sometimes — OK, a lot of times — eating a plate full of greens can be a bit boring. Then there are the toppings. Too often, we are tempted to pile on fatty toppings like cheese, bacon, seeds and nuts, or rich dressings, all in an attempt to amplify the flavor.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Summer makes us long for the grill. But by the end of the season, even our favorite burgers and dogs can feel a bit tired.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Teacher’s Pets” by Dayle Ann Dodds. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees August Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Plaza Hotel / Conservatory. Planning and Update for the 2012 NMAER State Convention. For more information, call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Las Vegas City Schools has a new Dress Code with lots of changes. A copy is available on the district’s website (www.cybercardinal.com) or at the Central Office, the office of the Director for Instruction at Robertson’s Patio Building, or at Wal-Mart.Call 454-5700.