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Today's Features

  • I will admit I have to give up on this one! Someone just asked me how many hummingbirds I have at my three feeders.

    Yes, I often take pencil and paper, plus the essential cup of coffee, out on the front deck when it is time to write this column. The many visiting hummers do set the mood:

    How can one be lazy and just do nothing when the tiny birds never stop, other than to perch on their feeders?

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Making maps of the land in which we live is long standing. For example, the first map to show North and South America as two distinct continents yet joined together by land was produced in 1550. At the same time maps are not always realistic representations of the natural world.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Luna Community College Student Orientation has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2. For more information, contact Janice Medrano at 454-2546 or Melissa Lopez at 454-5357.
    • Over the Edge VI, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, Saturday, Aug. 3 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at Sala de Madrid on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and $5 students with valid ID. Tickets available at Tome on the Range, Em Krall and at the door.

  • THURSDAY JUEVES
    • Las Vegas First Networking event to learn more about the opportunities New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program and their partners provide to help with business growth, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Kennedy Hall, 905 University. For more information, contact Valerie Hayden at 454-1205.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • Luna Community College Student Orientation has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2. For more information, contact Janice Medrano at 454-2546 or Melissa Lopez at 454-5357.
    • Las Vegas Arts Council has space available for the People’s Faire, scheduled for Aug. 17 at Carnegie Library Park. Artists, craftspersons and food vendors are welcome. Applications available online at Las Vegas Arts Council.org or at CCHP and Arts Council Gallery on Bridge Street. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

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

  • TODAY HOY
    • Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, vender booths open at noon on Friday, July 26 at Plaza Park; DJ music from noon to 6 p.m.; 4 p.m. My Old Man’s Coming Competition, Bike Parks Swap Meet from noon to 6 p.m., and the Unfinished Business Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Plaza Park.

  • Organizers of the Miranda Serna Memorial Basketball Camp are calling the event a success, saying that 62 youths ages 7 to 10 participated.
    The camp took place July 15-17, and there were plenty of volunteers to help participants learn the basics of basketball. The idea to start the camp came from Miranda’s cousin Aaron Chavez, a former Ranger and now a Bakersfield College coach in California, and from Miranda’s former coach and Mora Middle School Coach Jeannie Abeyta.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    4:30 p.m. — Fiesta Mass-honoring Santiago and Santa Ana-St. Gertrudes Church. There will be an after mass processional to the post office
    9 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Fiesta Dance –American Legion Pavilion
    10:30 p.m. — Crowning of Fiesta Queen Candidates Amber Scarver and Jesselle Gold
    Saturday
    9 am. — Line up for the parade in front of Helping Hands
    10 a.m. — Fiesta Parade- those who want to be in the parade should apply by Friday at the latest

  • Suddenly it is summer, and it is time to move the geranium jungle out of the living room and out on the deck. Hiding in plain sight is one of my two camel saddles. With Egypt now in the news, my two camel saddles and their history came to mind.

    Yes, my Aunt Elvira and I rode camels around the pyramids in Egypt during our big trip in 1953. Neither one of us knew what a camel saddle looked like, but there are the usual tourist photos of us riding these camels.