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Today's Features

  • Well, I always thought every household owned a pressure cooker, and if you live above 8,000 feet, as I do, you automatically cook beans and so much more in a pressure cooker.

    Two different friends and neighbors have asked me about their new found art that they are so afraid of — that dangerous pressure cooker they have never used. Yes, it is still in its box, sadly.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College will be hosting a Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Rough Rider Grill (LCC Cafeteria.)

    The LCC Holiday Fair will feature vendors and is a great venue for last-minute shoppers. They will be selling a variety of items including handmade jewelry, baked goods, homemade arts and crafts, Christmas wreaths and ornaments, purses and homemade blankets.

    About 15 percent of all vendors will be Luna Community College students, staff and faculty.

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    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Storrie Lake State Park will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Storrie Lake State Park will re-open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. For questions or for more information, call 425-7278.

    • The Las Vegas Optic business office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen for regular hours on Monday, Nov. 28.

  • By Elizabeth Orem
    Submitted to the Optic

    Debbie Pike hadn’t unpacked before she took a group of Cub Scouts on a hike, spent a day at Maxwell National Refuge, attended a lecture on grasses, and started work on the Junior Duck Stamp contest.

    And that’s all in less than a week. She’s had help: Debbie smiles gratefully at Lori Casados of the Refuge staff. “Lori is an awesome lady,” Pike said.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.” All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR
    • Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Avenue.

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

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    FARMINGTON — When kids with cancer lace up the personalized shoes Madison Steiner hand paints for them, big smiles come to their brave faces, and for a moment they forget their battle against the illness.

    Since she launched Peach’s Neet Feet in July, Steiner, 21, has donated 55 shoes to children in 23 states through her grassroots cancer outreach. The colorful canvas shoes are emblazoned with the children’s names and what they love, from superheros to butterflies.

  • J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    There is a crazy delicious new trend in milkshakes. It involves adding a slice of pie to the blender along with the milk and ice cream.

    That’s right — a whole slice of pie.

    Which sounds simply too delicious for its own good. I wanted it, except that the winter holidays aren’t exactly milkshake season. So I started playing winter-friendly ways to borrow this idea of blending baked goods and sweet drinks.

    Hot chocolate was the natural choice. But pie just didn’t seem right.