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Today's Features

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    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • The Meadow City Music Festival kicks off next Friday with a free performance by Floozy at Plaza Park. The event will run until Monday.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

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    • Mora/San Miguel County Fair events for Friday, Aug. 14 include a lamb show followed by goats, steers, and breeding stock at 8:30 a.m.; indoor exhibit hall open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Southwest Diary Milking Demonstration at 10 a.m.; Horse Show at 2 p.m.; Watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. and branding iron social at 7 p.m. All events take place at the county fairgrounds located off Hot Springs Boulevard heading toward Montezuma. Free and open to the public.

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    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.

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    For nearly 100 years the economy of the Mora Valley thrived on farming and milling as the primary source of grain and flour for much of the Western United States.

    The Cleveland Roller Mill, constructed near the turn of the century would become one of the largest and most successful mills built during this period, and would continue to operate until its closing in 1940. Today, the three story adobe flour mill operates as a museum dedicated to the rich past of farming and milling on which this place once thrived.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Friday
    3 to 6 p.m. —  Mora Valley Farmers Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Southwest Capital Bank in Mora. For more information about the market, call Betsy at 505-220-1845.

    Saturday
    4:30 p.m. —  Benefit dance for the Cleveland Roller Mill, starts with a potluck at 4:30 p.m. followed by music by Mark Eaglehart and Friends and the Rifters. Tickets are $20 per person at the door or in advance. For more information, call 575-387-2645.

    Upcoming

  • Books have a way of showing up here when I least expect them, and my friends know I like to read and I also like to paint word pictures as well. A recent addition to my reading list is “Welcome to Querecho Flats” by Curt Brummett. What a fun book this is! Brummett is a humorous writer with a gift for painting word pictures, and this book has numerous short stories about his home and where he lives.

  • A century ago, Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, set off for the West with a group of friends. They traveled from Detroit to San Francisco in a 1915 Model T. During their outing one of Edsel Ford’s documented stops included an overnight stay at a Harvey House Hotel in Las Vegas.

    He wrote, “Arrived in Las Vegas at 10:30 p.m. — Harvey Hotel,” dated on Monday, July 5, 1915.

    The group arrived from Walsenburg, Colo., making its way down Raton Pass and stopping for dinner in Wagon Mound.

    From Las Vegas they departed for Santa Fe.

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    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “The Sandcastle” by MP Robertson. All programs are free and open to the public.
    • Mora/San Miguel County Fair starts on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and ends on Saturday, Aug. 15. Wednesday’s events include a donut on a strong contest at 6 p.m. at the pole barn. Thursday’s events include a swine show at 4 p.m. and a pie eating contest at 6:30 p.m. at the pole barn.