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  • Submitted to the Optic

    This past August, a “video treasure hunt” around Las Vegas drew plenty of participants for 20 prize tokens for thousands of dollars worth of books, artwork, meal and gift certificates from local businesses, to benefit the Dana Konno Nursing Scholarship Fund at Luna Technical Institute.

    This Sunday, another Treasure Hunt will be held for the benefit of Nepal relief, in light of the recent disastrous earthquakes there.

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    St. Paul’s Peace Church will hold its Third Annual Memorial Day service for veterans, their families and friends in the Las Vegas and surrounding area at its 10 a.m. service on Sunday.

  • By Amanda Lucero
    Luna Community College

    Five Luna Community College School of Business students were inducted into the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society, recently. The Alpha Beta Delta Chapter was formally installed on Nov. 20, 2014.

    They were Christina R. Cooley, Raymond A. Benavidez, Anna C. Provencio, Jordan Milliano and Anyssa D. Romero.

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    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) is offering a fly-fishing workshop for beginners or experienced anglers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gallinas Canyon.

    Fly-fishing, like hunting, helps keep us connected with reading the land and water ways. Discussion will focus on whether the river is healthy enough to support trout and how to enhance the river’s ability to sustain a healthy trout population.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents a Brush Up Your Shakespeare concert Sunday with professional musicians singing musical compositions based upon the Elizabethan playwright and poet’s work.

    The concert is at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The concert features Christina Martos, soprano vocalist, Carlos Archuleta, baritone vocalist, and Debra Ayers, pianist.  

  • With wildland fire season upon us the CHET fire station has organized a Wildland Interface Summit starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Mora Elementary School gym.

    Shawn Alvey, a captain at CHET Fire Department near Cleveland, said the event will include presentations by representatives of the state forestry department, National Resource Conservation Service, the National Forest Service and Mora County officials.

    They will discuss fire, defensible spacing, and funding available for landowners pertaining to cross fencing, thinning and farming.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents an Original Music Concert starting at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Ticket prices for the Original Music Concert are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The concert features works written and produced by Highlands University music students, many of whom are in the Music Technology Program. Music professor Edward Harrington directs the program and the concert.

  • 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.