Congressman seeks art contest entries

Last week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., the assistant speaker of the House, announced he is seeking submissions for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in young people.

The winning entry from New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In honor of Earth Day, the theme of this year’s Art Competition is Mother Earth.

The competition is open to all high school students within the 3rd District. All entries must be submitted to Luján’s Santa Fe district office by 5 p.m. on April 26. A panel of local artists will judge the artwork, and Luján will announce the winners May 26. The office address is 1611 Calle Lorca Street, Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Winners will be flown to Washington, D.C., for the annual Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches high by 26 inches wide by up to 4 inches in depth, and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, including the frame.

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Healing Voices at Northern New Mexico College

The nonprofit Healing Voices/Personal Stories, Tewa Women United, PeaceKeepers, the Northern New Mexico College Student Life Committee, the Office of Equity and Diversity Council and the American Indian Student Organization will observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday with an event featuring a guest speaker and films at Northern New Mexico College’s Center for the Arts.

Christina Castro will be the guest speaker. Two films — Cheyanne’s Story, produced by Healing Voices, and A Thousand Voices, co-produced by Dr. Matthew Martinez — will be screened. The event also includes information booths, a guided meditation and dances performed by Ohkay Owingeh Butterfly Dancers.

Ethics Watch hosts essay contest

New Mexico Ethics Watch, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in governance and public life, has announced its annual high school ethics essay contest. Open to high school juniors and seniors across the state, in public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students, the contest topic asks students, “What does being ethical mean to you?”

The contest’s guidelines and submission instructions can be found on the organization’s website — The deadline for submission of completed essays is midnight April 30.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($500), second place ($250), third place ($150) and honorable mention (two prizes of $50). Essays will be judged blindly for relevance to theme, clarity, creativity, grammar and spelling. The contest is open to New Mexico residents only.

Luna to host nursing career fair

Luna Community College is hosting a Nursing Career Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Allied Health Building atrium on campus.

Employers representing various area health care providers will be on hand to meet with prospective employees and those seeking more information on career opportunities.

The event is open to all registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, as well as nursing students and prenursing students from Luna and New Mexico Highlands University. Both experienced nurses and new graduates of nursing school programs are welcome to participate.

Participants are advised to wear appropriate interview attire and to bring their résumés and credentials, and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

For more information, call Elaine Montano at 505-454-2521 or Yvonne Pina at 505-454-2525.

NNMC career fair and open house

The fourth annual Northern New Mexico College Career Fair and Open House will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Northern’s Eagle Gym. There will be over 60 booths and free barbecue lunch.

The open house is designed to introduce prospective students currently in high school to the variety of academic programs at Northern. It will also be an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities — such as measuring blood pressure, playing with robotics, learning about fire prevention with a fire simulator, handling a bull snake and learning about wild animal conservation.

The event is also a job fair that will connect graduating Northern students and community job seekers with local employers, such as Los Alamos National Laboratory; financial institutions; retail, food and beverage industries; renewable energy; the medical profession; and the film industry.

SFCC to close for spring holiday

Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close April 19-21 for the spring holiday. All campus facilities will be closed, including the college’s child care center and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. No classes or activities will be held, and no other student services will be available. The facilities will reopen April 22.

La Familia Dental Clinic, which is hosted on the SFCC campus, will maintain its normal hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. KSFR 101.1 FM, which is also housed on the college campus, will remain in operation for regular hours.