Today's Features

  • 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.

    • 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.


  • 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.

  • Community Calendar

    Friday and Saturday
    TBA — Seventh and eighth grade Rangerette volleyball tournament, Tucumcari
    10 a.m. — Mora cross country, Taos, away
    1 p.m. — Rangerette volleyball vs. Taos, junior varsity, varsity, away
    4 p.m. — Seventh and eighth grade Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Springer, junior varsity, away

  • Nope, I don’t know where our summer went, either. Seems like only yesterday I was planting containers of spindly flowers and a few zucchini seeds, because that’s what we have always done both when I was a kid at Valmora and here on the ranch.

    My parents were too busy to work a garden, and I don’t think my doctor father knew a carrot plant from a squash plant. Furthermore, he really didn’t want to know, either. He thrived on good German foods, and he loved both sauerkraut and pickles of almost any kind.

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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.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Chocolate-Covered Cookie" by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.

    • Las Vegas Senior Olympics meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, call Denise McElroy at 454-1379.

  • Submitted to the Optic
    The Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocate program will be holding a Silent Auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. This event is to raise money so that CASA can continue to serve children in foster care in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

    • Robertson High School “Cardinal Meet and Greet,” 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the school’s amphitheater. Parents are invited to attend to meet their children’s teachers at the school. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 429-0445.
    • Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the Presbyterian Church community room. For more information, call 426-1468.