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Today's Features

  • I have an audience of one as I write this column on Nov. 17. It is 10:30 in the morning and it has warmed up to 32 degrees. It was 1 degree at 8 this morning and there are 7 to 8 inches of snow on the ground. The snow has finally melted off the deck railing and because it is iron it is obviously the only warm perch around here at the moment.

    My visitor is a very cold mourning dove. Her feathers are fluffed out to the maximum, and she is watching the houseflies that have suddenly come alive and are crawling up the picture windows here.

  • TODAY
    HOY
    • No Story Time at Carnegie Library on Wednesday, Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • 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. From November through March, the shelter is open for overnight stays. Their 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.

  • TODAY
    HOY
    • La Plaza Little League Annual Meeting, 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The purposes of the meeting is to elect board members.
    • The Committee for Clean Water Air and Earth is having no meeting on Monday, Nov. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church on Douglas. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

    WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES
    • No Story Time at Carnegie Library on Wednesday, Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

    THURSDAY
    JUEVES

  • SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • The Tri-county Farmers Market will be opening a Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Mallette’s Farm Supply store on Highway. 518. For more information, call 426-1468.

    SUNDAY
    DOMINGO

  • From StatePoint

    Thanksgiving can mean too many cooks in the kitchen, so consider taking some prep outside. While grilling is usually associated with summer, more Americans are recognizing its year-round potential.

    In fact, 80 percent of North American households own a grill or smoker and 60 percent use it year-round, according to recent statistics from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. It’s no surprise that many Thanksgiving recipes can be reinvented outdoors.

  • By Dorie Greespan
    The Associated Press

    Around the world, it’s time for holiday cookies: German springerles rolled out with patterned rolling pins; Dutch speculoos as tall as St. Nick and as intricately detailed as a stained glass window; internationally beloved gingerbread men, women, children and pets; and, of course, the icon of American holiday baking, the butter cookie, a cookie so satisfying we crave it all year long.

  • By Melissa D’Arabian
    The Associated Press

    When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. That tradition turned into an annual holiday ritual, and I grew up equating the holiday season with massive amounts of baking, particularly cookies.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Rough Riders 4-H club gathered last Saturday at the Mora VFW to end their year with an annual banquet. As a youth development program, the 4-H organization can be found in almost every school community. By supporting youth from elementary school through high school with programs and hands-on activities, the 4-H club is designed to engage them in science, citizenship and healthy living.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Raton, junior varsity and varsity, home

    Monday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. West Las Vegas, seventh and eighth, home

    Tuesday
    TBA —  CASSM meeting at Mora Elementary School, Chompers the Mastadon with Dr. Kate Zeigler, a paleontologist at Highlands University, and Sarah Brown of the forestry department.

    Wednesday
    12:30 p.m. — Mora Schools early release