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  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents French playwright, actress and director Isabelle Kessler in a one-person theatrical performance on Tuesday evening that gives the audience a chance to explore the active and artistic role they play as spectators.

    “The Art of Being a Spectator” is a free public performance at 7 p.m. in the university’s Student Union Building Theatre at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

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    The First United Presbyterian Church (USA) of Las Vegas is announces its 17th offering of Mustard Seed Grants. The grant was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund special projects of various groups.

    The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, and needing seed money.

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    As doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active, with hospitalization rates close to what they were two years ago. Flu is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications. Latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the flu hitting hard in all but seven states.

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    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its seventh annual Literacy Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is based on the four seasons: “At Every Season There is Every Reason to Read, Read, Read!”  

    To encourage writing, youngsters are invited to submit a short essay and/or drawing about their favorite season. These will be displayed at the fair.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant moon floats in a deep blue New Mexico night sky above purple mountains framed by golden autumn foliage.

    Abstract blocks of vivid orange, violet, green and yellow curve across the canvas, hinting at a mountain silhouetted at sunset. These are two of the 30 paintings featured in the “Frank McCulloch 50 Year Retrospective — The Abstract Years” art exhibit that opened on Monday at Highlands University, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The RJE Comedy Cabaret Tour performs at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave., on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    RJE Comedy Cabaret Tour is the largest and highest grossing college comedy tour in the country. The university’s Office of Campus Life is sponsoring the show to kick off spring semester for the campus and community.

    The comedy show may contain adult language and content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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    Alumbra Women’s Health welcomes a new nurse-midwife dually certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner Elizabeth “Lisa” Carlson. She has joined nurse-midwife Connie Trujillo at Alumbra Women’s Health & Maternity Care, LLC.

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    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road.

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    Casting call will be held by Nat Gold Players from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the El Zocolo Art Gallery on the Plaza. Cast will be selected for two original one-act plays to be performed at Charlie’s Spic and Span special events center Feb. 20 to Feb. 22. In addition, one of the two plays will be the Nat Gold Players’ entry in the 2015 New Mexico AACTFest in Artesia slated for Feb. 25 to March 21.

  • Las Vegas Optic
    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays.
    City of Las Vegas — Closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26
    Trash Pickup — None on Dec. 25
    Abelino Montoya Recreation Center — Closed  Dec. 25 and Dec. 26
    Carnegie Public Library — Closed  Dec. 25 and Dec. 26
    NMDOT District 4 offices — half day Dec. 24, Closed on Dec. 25
    San Miguel County Offices — Closed  Dec. 25 and Dec. 26

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    The 13th Annual Little Miss and Miss Pre-Teen Las Vegas Pageant was held earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.  

    Six talented little girls competed for the titles in four phases of competition: talent, holiday wear, party wear and on-stage question.

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    Uncle Billy’s Pocket  Circus comes to Las Vegas for a special appearance at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church. The service will consist of a performance of Uncle Billy’s Pocket Circus, a one-man show consisting of fire eating, juggling, magic, and mine the church’s pastor, Tom Woodward, has performed in nearly every state as well  as in South America and Europe followed by a clown or fool’s vision of the service of the Holy Communion.

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    Late last month several children presented shoebox gifts as part of the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift ministry that Calvary Chapel Las Vegas sponsors every year. The ministry is part of Samaritan’s Purse is a non-profit Christian relief and evangelical organization that  is headed by Franklin Graham.  

  • CARAMEL PEANUT THUMBPRINTS

    Start to finish: 1 hour
    Servings: 4 dozen

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 egg
    2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups chopped salted peanuts
    48 cream center caramel candies (such as Caramel Creams)

    Heat the oven to 350 F.

  • 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.