Today's Features

  • My friends know how unorganized I am, but once in a while I actually discover something that was put where it belonged. This time, Yes­—it does happen... I noticed some folders or something of that nature in a bookshelf totally devoted to children’s books. I must say I don’t get into that bookcase often now because I don’t have small children nearby, in my family now.

    • Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, Casa de Cultura and La Milpa Community Garden’s community volunteer day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 at La Milpa Community Garden located at 319 Taos St. The day is in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Volunteers will build raised garden beds, remove trees and weeds, and perform basic garden cleaning duties to get the community garden ready for spring planting. For more information, contact lgarcia@hermitspeakwatersheds.org.

  • 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.

    • American Association of University Women will sponsor a public forum and buffet luncheon to discuss legislation for the upcoming state legislature from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. n Saturday, Jan. 17 at Charlie’s Spic and Span. Rep. Tomas Salazar and Sen. Pete Campus will present during this forum. Luncheon cost is $12 and features red and green enchiladas. For reservations, contact Sonya Berg at berg.sonya42@gmail.com.


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    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

    Ranger and Rangerette Spirit Day  
    2 p.m. —  Mora Homecoming Parade with line-up at 1:30 p.m.
    2 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball vs. Pecos, junior varsity and varsity, home
    4 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangers basketball vs. Pecos, junior varsity and varsity, home
    Coronation of homecoming royalty will take place after boys varsity game

    School Day due to schedule change

  • December can be a sad month for many of us. Both of my parents died Christmas week a long time ago. And this year a lot of us lost some very special people who impacted our lives in many and varied ways.

    I still can’t believe there were three funerals in just five days last month: Edith Moore, Ruth Fort and Charlie Hillis.

  • 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.

  • 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.