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Today's Features

  • Sunday, July 8 — Sunday, Aug. 22
    New Mexico Highlands presents a National Day of the Cowboy Art Exhibition in the university’s Ray Drew Gallery from July 8 – Aug. 22. The exhibit features New Mexico artists who have lived the cowboy way. The artists reception will be July 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the gallery, which is in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave. Hours for the Ray Drew Gallery are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sundays from1 to 5 p.m.

    Friday-Sunday, July 20-22

  • Saturday, July 21
    Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia? Do you know someone who is impacted by dementia? Come learn about the disease, caregiving strategies and free resources available at a community information session. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s classroom A/B.  Call 1-800-272-3900 or 505-424-1710 for information.

    Monday-Friday, July 23-27

  • Suddenly, it is summer. And suddenly it is hot. Yes, it is so hot, even here in our mountains, that our creeks have now dried up. Our mountain meadows are brown.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • Wednesday, July 11
    A free legal fair will be held in Highlands University’s Student Union Building, 800 National Ave., Las Vegas, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attorneys and paralegals from New Mexico Legal Aid will offer free legal advice to eligible low-income people and families who are facing legal issues involving public benefits, landlord-tenant matters, consumer rights, unemployment benefits, foreclosure, and creditor-debtor matters. For information about the event or to register, contact New Mexico Legal Aid at 505-425-3514.

  • Sunday, July 8
    The Rev. Laurie Lyter Bright, Executive Director of Pilgrims of Ibillin, will make a presentation on peace and reconciliation through education agency in Israel and Palestine in the Fellowship Hall of First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas, at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served at noon. There is no charge; the public is welcome to attend.

    Monday, July 9

  • Thursday, July 5
    The West Las Vegas High School Class of 1998 is hosting a Gallinas River cleanup from 10 a.m. to  noon. Family, friends, and community members are welcome. Bring leather work gloves or garden gloves. Bags will be supplied. Meet at the riverwalk on the north side of Bridge Street. For more information, call 505-803-6099 or 505-920-3009.

    Thursday, July 5

  • This column was originally published in the Optc in July of 2012.

    An old saying says: “if the shoe fits, wear it.” I just discovered a column that I wrote for the June 4, 1971 Las Vegas Livestock Journal.

    This was written for its “This Woman’s World” page and this is editor Brumbelow’s introduction for it:

    “There’s at least one place in New Mexico where there’s been some moisture. Editha Bartley of the Gascon Ranch near Rociada tells you about it."

  • Monday-Sunday, June 25-July 1
    The Pendaries Community Center is hosting a a series of free Wellness Week events in Pendaries, beginning Monday, June 25. Events include a vegetarian or vegan cooking class, walking meditation, yoga, laughter wellness, Tai Chi and more. Call Rebecca Wood at 800-515-3195 or Lisa O’Hair at 316-516-6199 for more information.

    June 18-27

  • Monday-Sunday, June 25-July 1
    The Pendaries Community Center is hosting a series of free Wellness Week events in Pendaries, beginning Monday, June 25. Events include a vegitarian or vegan cooking class, walking meditation, yoga, laughter wellness, Tai Chi and more. Call Rebecca Wood at 800-515-3195 or Lisa O’Hair at 316-516-6199 for more information.

    Monday-Wednesday, June 18-27