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  • 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.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A “Flores and Friends” music faculty concert at Highlands University Friday evening features 19th and 20th century music ranging from romantic to avant-garde compositions.

    The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Ticket prices are $10. To purchase advance tickets, call Flores at 426-2176.

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    Pecos National Historical Park and other National Park Service units that collect entrance fees are beginning to gauge support for possible changes in park fee rates.

    Pecos National Historical Park has not increased its daily entrance fee since 1998, when it was set at $3 per person age 15 or over. The Pecos National Historical Park annual pass, which allows free annual access for up to four people, has remained at $10 since 1998.

  • 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.

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    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.