Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Take advantage of Jazz Sunday at the Pendaries Community Center when the talented and versatile Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet present their 2012 tone mix from San Miguel County’s ready bounty of acoustic adventures. Their show starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pendaries Community Center.  Here is what’s in store for you:

    • Wagon Mound Bean Day festivities begin, 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, traditional bean cleaning party, firehouse. For a full schedule, visit www.wagonmoundnm.com/BeanDay
    • The San Miguel DWI Program is featuring “The Best of San Miguel County” placemat art created by students from West Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Schools, and Pecos Schools. The art is on display at Traveler’s Cafe on the Plaza through the end of August.


  • The Mora Research Center was established in 1972 to serve a statewide mission in forestry research, working with landowners and federal and state agencies to steward our forests, range, wildlife and water.  

    For more than 20 years, John T. Harrington was professor and superintendent of the center.  To honor his dedication and service to New Mexico State University, the Board of Regents approved naming the center the John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center at Mora.  

  • Community Calendar

    6 p.m. — Bean Cleaning Party, Wagon Mound
    9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Free Street Dance, Wagon Mound
    Bean Day Festivities, Wagon Mound
    7 a.m. — Softball tourney
    11 a.m. — Mud Bog Races
    3 p.m. — Open rodeo
    9 p.m. — Dance, school gym

  • I wasn’t sure whether I had lost my wits or just gone to the dogs recently when I decided to walk a mile for a scholarship in John Harrington’s name. Our beautiful, very successful Mora Tree Research center was just renamed the John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center in his memory, and part of the festivities included a 10K run and a one-mile dog friendly run/walk.

    The flier said, “Join us to celebrate John, his passion for running, the mountains, and his dogs.”

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Henry Hikes to Fitchburg” by D.B. Johnson. Free and open to the public.


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    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to  help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help with paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.
    • The Children’s Workshop is offering free child development screenings. The schedule an appointment, call 426-1760 or 454-0348.