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Today's Features

  • SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • New Mexico Highlands University WinterFest — A Mariachi Valentine’s concert, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at historic Ilfeld Auditorium. Performers include London-bound 2012 Summer Olympic performers: Reynaldo Maestas, New Mexico’s first all-female mariachi - Mariachi Buenaventura and New Mexico’s premier ballet folklorico - Baila Baila from Albuquerque. For tickets and more information, call 454-3238.

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

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

    • Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth Street. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico office at 505-292-7414.

  • By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    The world exhales a stark and lonely breath this time of year. Trees as gray and naked as your great grandmother’s bones line the Las Vegas Plaza.

    February makes you consider the world through muddy-colored glasses. Everyone’s a world-class curmudgeon with spit to share. Everyone wants spring, wants tulips and dandelions to sprout from aching, frozen brain.    Any groundhog will tell you that you ain’t gonna get your wish, not for at least four weeks and most likely six.

  • The children of Annie Vigil honored her on her 80th birthday with a lovely family gathering at the St.Gertrude’s Parish Hall in Mora on Saturday, Feb. 5. The large family gathered, bringing much love, gifts, food and music and poems honoring their mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Kathy, her daughter. representing the children, presented her with a dozen red roses, one for each child she bore, and a white rose to honor her late husband, Gabino, who passed away on June 27, 2010.

  • It is not one world out there. So many of us who live and work in these more-or-less remote areas of New Mexico tend to forget how fortunate we are to live in such a safe and secure area.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    College Night 2011 is rescheduled to Feb. 28 due to a winter storm forecast for Feb. 9.

    New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 12th annual College Night 2011 from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center on North Grand  in Las Vegas.    

  • TODAY HOY

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument, a part of the National Park Service, has announced its monthly Glimpses of the Past program, “Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,” to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas.

  • WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    • Fine Art Print Lecture series, By Dr. Robert Bell on Japanese wood block prints, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Art Viewing room on the second floor of Donnelly Library on the NMHU campus. For more information, call 454-3338.

  • SATURDAY
    SÁBADO