Today's Features

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents a faculty lecture series on a wide variety of topics  Oct. 4-5 during homecoming week. The lectures are free and open to the public.

    The Oct. 4 lectures include:

    Belinda Laumbach, Ph.D., education professor, presents on “The Latest Middle School Drama: New Common Core State Standards and Research” at 10 a.m., Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

    • The Las Vegas Area Unit of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees is hosting this year’s state convention on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 in Las Vegas. The conference theme is “Celebrating with Las Vegas, the Jubilees of Education.” Sessions will be held at the Plaza Hotel and local educational retirees are invited to attend. For more information, contact Darleen Ortiz at 425-8315 or ortiz_darleen@yahoo.com or Rebecca Baca at 425-8550 or rebeccabaca8550@yahoo.com.

  • The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily

    Monday — Spaghetti with sauce, broccoli with cheese sauce, garlic bread, and peaches
    Tuesday — Red chile beef enchilada, salsa corn, salad with dressing, and apple cobbler
    Wednesday — Chicken pot pie, green beans with mushrooms, salad, dinner roll, and fruit salad
    Thursday — Pork posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread, and pumpkin spice cookies

  • Friday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Escalante, home
    10 a.m. — Mora cross country, Robertson, away
    10 a.m. — 7th and 8th Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Rosa, home
    All day — National Public Lands Day, visit Fort Union National Park, Free                                

  • Mora’s Farmers’ Market has been very successful this summer. When it started in July the vendors had fresh lettuce, radishes and other early vegetables. People came to get the fresh produce that was home grown. It was picked fresh the day of market and cleaned and ready for use. They honor WIC and food stamps now.

  • I continue to be amazed at how fast time flies, particularly when I get into area history. This was brought home to me just last week  when I learned that the Chapman Lodge Number 2 of the Masonic Lodge in Las Vegas will soon be 99 years old. Yes, it is still active and does much for our community.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Eighth annual Outdoor Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, just east of the city.

    There are many fun events throughout the day. This year there will be very popular hayride beginning at noon. Another event will be archery lessons beginning at 1 p.m.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dumpy’s Apple Shop” by Julie Andrews Edwards. Free and open to the public.


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    • 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.