Today's Features

    • Media Arts and Technology Fall Show 2012, 5 p.m. reception followed by a fashion show and film screening at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Media Arts building on the NMHU campus. For more information, contact Eli Gonzales at 454-3449.
    • Las Vegas Area of Educational Retirees December Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Hillcrest Restaurant, Flamingo Dining Room. Events including installation of 2013 officers and the Christmas program. For more information, call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

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  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra presents a concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The award-winning mariachi group will perform a variety of musical selections, including huapangos, rancheras, boleros and sones. The group will also perform a number of classic mariachi Christmas songs as well as arrangements of Christmas songs for mariachi.

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    • The Interested Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Toy Drive for the children of Las Vegas this Holiday Season. The donated toys will be distributed on Dec. 8. Donations boxes are located at Douglas Hall and the Student Center on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University for donations through Dec. 7. If you know of any children who would benefit from this toy drive or to donate, call (505) 340-9569 or email gao.nmhu@gmail.com.

  • On Nov. 27, Esperanza Home Health Care and Hospice in Buena Vista completed their 22nd year in serving the area. At present, they are serving Mora, San Miguel, Colfax, and Harding counties. The staff covers more than 100 miles in their duties.


    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. West Las Vegas, away, junior varsity and varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes basketball at Lady Lions Classic, Santa Rosa, varsity
    6 p.m. — The Christmas Story program, Mora Valley Baptist Church, Cleveland
    Lady Lions Classic Basketball continues, Santa Rosa
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Chamber of Commerce, Winter Fest, crafts, food, entertainment, Santa Claus, door prizes, Mora Elementary Gym
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, Los Alamos
    1 to 4 p.m. — Bingo, Helping Hands Inc.

  • At a recent get- together, my friends and I seem to visit once again about the memories stirred up in our “older” brains about those horrific dust bowl days chronicled masterfully by Ken Burns on PBS. I popped into this world in 1934 so I was too small to actually remember those horror stories, but I do remember my parents often talking about that drought and the dust storms.


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Frosty’s New Friends” based on the character and original song lyrics by Steve Nelson        and Jack Rollins. Free and open to the public.


    • Ties that Bind, BFA exhibit by Amanda Medina, will be on display through Dec. 8 at the United World College Kluge Gallery. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

    • Electric Light Parade, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas.” For more information, call 454-1401 ext. 3277.