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  • Submitted to the Optic

    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.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    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.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    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

  • Submitted to the Optic

    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.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    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.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    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.

  • 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

    ALBUQUERQUE — If you were, or know, a New Mexico Air National Guardsman stationed in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, in 1968, Art Sena is looking for you. The reason goes back to a long-ago wish to make Christmas merrier for service personnel at war, and a long-lost box of film.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University English professor Donna Woodford-Gormley was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend to complete her book that explores Cuban cultural adaptations of Shakespeare.

    Woodford-Gormley is the only Shakespeare scholar conducting research in Cuba.