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  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University HU Singers will present “My Story” at 7 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will direct the musical production and accompany on piano.

    Tickets for “My Story” are $5 for general admission. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

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    A healing service open to all members of the community will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church in Las Vegas. The church, located at the corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street, has had a long history of prayers for healing, including the regular practice of the laying on of hands and anointing the sick with oil blessed for healing.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students and alumni have the opportunity to meet a record number of employers and recruiters at the university’s annual Spring Career Fair on Thursday.

    The free event requires no preregistration and will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, 800 National Ave. The Office of Career Services organizes the career fair.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents an exhibit, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! — Photographs by Joe and Martha McCaffrey, with an artists’ reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Kennedy Hall Gallery.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents concerts for jazz and Brahms lovers in April.

    The Jazz Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Student Union Building Theater, 800 National Ave. The Madrigal Choir performs All About Brahms at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Ticket prices for both concerts are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University campus and Las Vegas community have the chance to come together from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to fold origami cranes symbolizing hope for sexual assault survivors — while also encouraging survivors to get the help they need.  

    The free event marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is in the Student Union Building Atrium at 800 National Ave. HU-CARES, the Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support, is sponsoring the event.

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    Nat Gold Players one-act play, “Sheltered Women,” will be one of two plays representing the State of New Mexico in the Region VI (New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana) AACTFest competition this weekend.

    Theatre New Mexico is hosting the Region VI competition, and all plays will be performed at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque.  

    Nat Gold Players are slated to perform today (Friday), with the box office open at 1 p.m. and performance at 2 p.m.   

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    The Miss Las Vegas and Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen pageant will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. Four young women will compete for the title of Miss Las Vegas 2015, a $250 cash scholarship, the NMHU Presidential Scholarship, and a chance to represent the community at the Miss New Mexico Pageant this summer in Portales. One young lady will compete for the title of Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen and a chance to represent the area at the Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents “A Joyful Noise – Schubert and Jazz” at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will conduct the concert.

  • Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed or closing early in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

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    Luna Community College will again offer an enhanced college credit summer program for upcoming classified high school juniors and seniors. For several years, Luna Community College has offered the Student Academic Advancement Institute (SAAI). This year, it will run from Monday, June 1 to Friday, July 24. Registration begins on Wednesday and runs through Friday, June 5.

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    The UNM Anderson School of Management Foundation Board will celebrate and honor its 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees on Tuesday, April 7. This is the 26th year for the event that celebrates the best and brightest of our alumni, faculty and community leaders.

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    Alta Vista Regional Hospital announces it will celebrate its seventh annual Healthy Woman Anniversary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Luna Community College Allied Health Building in Las Vegas.

    The free event will begin with stretch and balance exercises presented by Curves for Women, followed by a beginner zumba session with zumba instructor, Louie Trujillo. The fun continues with a brunch and health expo, where local business representatives will distribute information on health, wellness and women-related topics and services.

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    Pecos National Historical Park is set to come alive with the tension and noise of the Civil War in the West, complete with artillery demonstrations, music by a fife and drum corps, a look at period military medicine, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate both camp and homefront life.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Community members and alumni will have the chance to join two Highlands University biology professors on an expedition this summer to the tropical Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve near Veracruz, Mexico.

    The expedition will be Aug. 9 to Aug. 20.

  • United World College-USA is giving back to the community once again. On Saturday, the college will host a community fundraiser “The Big Gala” to benefit Samaritan House. The event scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Montezuma Castle ballroom on the campus will include an international cuisine, special activities, a silent auction and a cultural performance.

    All proceeds from the event will donated to the local Samaritan House in support of its mission to provide food and shelter to homeless and people in the community.

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    The original one-act play, “Sheltered Women,” will have its premiere performance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20, 21, and 22. Nat Gold Players will present the play at Charlie’s Spic and Span event center at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be obtained from Tome on the Range or any cast member or Nat Gold Player board member.