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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks, including “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”

    By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Santa Fe Opera will present a four-day symposium on Oscar Wilde in conjunction with the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera Oscar.

    The symposium begins on Thursday with a keynote address by Merlin Holland, author and only grandchild of Wilde. The keynote address takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Backyard Adventures, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from July 22 to July 26, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall on the Plaza. Price is $50 per child and includes two field trips to National Refuges. Backyard adventures is for children between the ages of 8 to 12. Registration is open at the City Museum and refuge. For more information, contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204 or khsueh@desertgate.com. The event is sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Museum in partnership with the Denver Zoo Rio More Program and the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), a non-profit organization based in Taos, has been awarded a contract through the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to implement the federal Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.  

    Qualified low income homes in Taos, Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Quay counties receive services to improve residential energy efficiency.