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  • Environmental friendliness, or what we call “green,” is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Hollywood celebrities can now be seen on cable TV showing off the solar panels on their multi-million dollar mansions.

    Indeed, you will even hear that “green is the new black.”

    On one level, that’s great. It’s hard to find fault with people seeking to reduce their environmental footprint. But on another level, it’s troubling.

  • Say solar energy and people immediately think about high tech solar panels and sophisticated electronics. While that’s one way to capture solar energy, price puts it out of the hands of many. There’s one form of solar, though, that is within the grasp of of most of us, and that is passive solar heating.

    In its simplest form, passive solar heating means  setting up your home and land to make maximum use of the sun’s heat.

  • It’s a funny show about serious issues — an evening of song,  dance and good clean musical fun on the themes of racism, naziism, homosexuality, and other adult topics.

  • It’s sad to see that even today people are judged by the color of their skin, the way they talk, their hair, the way they look, etc. It’s not right! But it still happens.

    Everywhere you go, you can be judged by either the way you look or talk.

    Because of judgment, a lot of people are afraid to be who they really are, because they are afraid of what people may say.

  • Change is definitely something that this country needs. During these past months this country has seen great change taking over.

    A women was nominated to be a candidate for presidency and an African-American man might just be our next president. What’s even more incredible is that now, more than ever, people are starting to let their voices be heard.

  • The National Park Service and Fort Union National Monument announces its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation. The program will be held at the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Thursday Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

  • Well-known artist Eddie Dominguez is working with fine art students on the Highlands University campus as part of the new Nina Tesla Ballen Visiting Professor Gift Program. The program includes events for the public.

    David Lobdell, Fine Art Department professor and program coordinator, said Dominguez is the first to visit the Highlands campus as part of the new visiting professor program. The program will allow Highlands to host visiting professors from different academic disciplines.

  • The bent, tortured wail  of an electric guitar slices through the smoke and the noise like a razor. A singer shouts  out from the heart, his voice full of hurt and gravel, singing of lost love and hard luck. He cries out and his guitar cries back.

    It could only be the blues.

    This Sunday, Nov. 16, local blues and rock band Unfinished Business with bring this soulful music to the El Fidel Hotel. The band will perform from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There is a $6 cover charge, and rooms are available for those who wish to stay for the night.

  • Sun salutations, yoga for fitness, yoga flow: what’s it all about?

    The ancient practice of yoga came to America about 40  years ago from India but now is “mainstream” in America according to Henrietta Griego, a certified and registered yoga teacher. It offers people these basic benefits: balance, strength, flexibility along with focusing attention and calming the mind.

  • Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on it.

    Levi Strauss jeans were originally made from it.

    Spaniards first brought it to the Americas and cultivated it in Chile. Wide-spread cultivation of it in the USA occurred during WWII.

    What is it?

    It is Cannabis sativa … better known as industrial hemp.

    The cultivation and use of hemp in goes back at least 10,000 years. Today more than 30 nations produce industrial hemp including the major players: Canada, China, Ukraine and other European Union nations.

  • “Those who can’t do, teach.”

    That might be the slogan of the injured birds, unable to live in the wild, who will be teaching program participants about raptors and their habits this weekend at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.  

    Presentations will be held at the Refuge at noon and 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9. volunteers from the Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring predatory birds which have been injured too severely to be returned to the wild.  

  • Remember all those little stories grandparents used to tell us when we were little, about the Chupacabra and La Llorona? Well, I do.

    I was always fascinated with those stories. I was one of those little kids that believed everything that their grandparents told them. But now that I look back and remember these stories, I start to believe that maybe they’re just an urban legend.

    For Halloween, my grandma use to tell me stories about La Llorona and La Chupacabra. My favorites were the ones about La Llorona.

  • The Highlands Department of music will present an afternoon ofromantic waltzes and lively gypsy songs when the Madrigal choir performs “Brahms In Love” in Ilfeld Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Directed by Andr Garca-Nuthmann with Linda King at the piano, theall-Brahms program includes vocal works, “Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes,”a portion of “Ein Deutches Requiem” and “Zigeunerlieder.”Inaddition, Linda King will solo in the “Piano Ballade in G. Minor.”

  • World Beat music. Social Justice. Halloween. Raging Grannies.

    Raging Grannies?

    What do these things have in common? It could only be the Wagogo halloween fundraiser for the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center.

    Every Halloween for several years, the Albuquerque world beat band Wagogo has come to Las Vegas to raise funds for the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center.

  • Starlings make an awful racket. They start at dusk when coming home to roost. Unfortunately the elm tree was in my front yard in Illinois was that roost. Under the elm tree on the sidewalk and grass, layers of bird droppings reminded us of the floor of a bat cave.

    But it was bird squawks and cries that finally got us on the phone with our local Department of Agriculture. They hooked us up with Dave, the bird man.

  • Kate Alderete, children’s librarian for the Carnegie Public Library in Las Vegas is passionate about writing and youth.

    That’s why she created the “Green Light to Write Project,” a program of the Carnegie Library which gives students hands-on experience and professional training in writing in a variety of genres.

    “I grew up here, and I write,” Alderete said. “I’ve been writing all my life. I wanted to do something kind of academic, but in a different setting, for kids interested in creative writing.”

  • Willa, age 3, runs up to her mom with a library book in hand.“Read me a story,” she begs. Maria Seefz, Willa’s mom, is delighted to read to her daughter.Seefz is an elementary education teacher and is passionate about the value of reading out loud and talking about story books with Willa.

    Seefz only hopes she will find the same strong support for reading in Alamosa, Colo., that they have found at the Carnegie Public Library’s children’s program. The Carnegie program has meant a lot to them both. But they are leaving for Colorado in two weeks.

  • Fear can be many different things to people, not just the bogeyman in the closet.

    Fear for some people is the doll sitting on the shelf, the darkness of the closet or the unknown.

    I was watching this movie where the girl goes to a psychiatric center because she is terrified of the bogeyman. One of the guys there ends up being her really good friend, and he is terrified of the dark. The light in her closet goes out, and he just stands there and won't even help her change it because he is so afraid of what might be in there and what he can't see.

  • Casa de Cultura director Miguel Angel sees the Day of the Dead as a celebration of life. “It is a way to poke fun at death,” Angel said.

    “Since we are all going in that direction, why not laugh at death while we are alive? The flowers and the sugar skulls, the pan dulce, all are reminders that life is sweet.”

    Central features of the day of the dead, or dia de los muertos, are the “ofrendas,” which are altars or memorials to the deceased, and “calaveras,” various representations of skulls and skeletons.

  • In permaculture, we often talk about the design and creation of “invisible structures.” Invisible structures are the cultural constructs which make a community a community rather than just an assortment of isolated individuals in proximity.

    Such invisible systems are all around us. One such invisible structure is the system of currency.