El rinconcito español
Mal empieza la semana para él que ahorcan el
The week begins badly for one who is hanged on Monday.
Marzo ventoso y abril lluvioso hacen a mayo florido y
Windy March and rainy April make May flowery and beautiful.
Más vale ser cabeza de ratón que cola de
It’s better to be a mouse’s head than a lion’s
SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses
on oral communication skills, www.sospanyol.com.
Coronado Monument to host talk on 1,000-year
history of Cerrillos Hills
The Friends of Coronado State Monument is sponsoring a presentation
by Bill Baxter, an acclaimed New Mexico anthropologist and
historian who is also the publisher and author of many books,
including his own Gold of the Ortiz Mountains (2004). The
presentation, “Las Minas de los Cerrillos: The First
Thousand Years–a Survey of the People and Minerals of
the Cerrillos Hills–900 to 1900 AD,” will be on
Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. at the Coronado State Monument,
on U.S. 550, about one mile west of I-25.
The event is open to the public, but reservations are suggested,
as space is limited. Please call Gordon, at 771-3464, or e-mail
your reservation to email@example.com.
Admission is $5 per person; free to members of Friends of
Coronado State Monument.
Commissioner Sapien to speak on Civil War
in New Mexico
On April 2, the Sandoval County Historical Society will
present a talk by Sandoval County Commissioner William Sapien,
on “The Civil War in New Mexico.” The presentation
is free and open to the public, and will begin at 2:00 p.m.
at the Delavy House Museum in Bernalillo. The artist featured
that day will be Deborah Paris, and the honorees will be veterans
of all wars. Refreshments will be served. The Delavy House
Museum is off of Highway 550 west of Bernalillo, between Coronado
State Monument and the Star Casino. For further information,
you may contact Martha Liebert, at 867-2755.
Placitas Community Library update
—ANNE GREY FROST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Early this month, our community lost a great friend, artist,
and activist, Madeline Randle. During the thirty or more years
she lived in Placitas, Madeline was involved in many activities,
including Los Jardineros, the Presbyterian Church, and the
Placitas Artists Series. She was also a founding member of
the board of the Placitas Community Library. She was a great
community asset and we will miss her ideas, her energy, and
that special glint in her eye. Thanks, Madeline, for your
friendship! We will miss you.
As many of you have requested, the library is launching
a book club. The first book, Pug Sheridan, by Sandra Cline,
is set in the rural South and depicts a young woman's arduous
quest for identity and redemption. This novel explores love,
friendship, loss, and racism. It reveals how childhood choices
affect our adult lives in unexpected and sometimes wondrous
ways. A copy is available at the library. The book club is
open to all and you can just drop in for one meeting or become
a regular. Titles will be chosen by those who attend. Please
call the library, 867-3355, and leave a message for Norma
for information about when the April meeting will be or if
you have further questions.
We have all the books for the Los Jardineros book clubs
as well, so come in and check out our book-club display.
Boiling Frogs: Intel vs. The Village, by Barbara Rockwell,
was just donated to us by the author. The village is our neighbor
Corrales. Check out this shocking cautionary tale of what
can happen when a large corporation moves in.
The library now has CDs of a fabulous weekly radio program,
Aspectos Culturales These bilingual broadcasts of music, current
events, and special features concentrate on New Mexico, its
culture and people. Produced in Santa Fe to preserve and share
Hispanic culture, the program is hosted by Roberto Mondragon.
Planning a trip to Europe? Mexico? Need a little help with
the language? Come to the library and check out the foreign-language
CDs, tapes, and dictionaries now available. These foreign-language
aids have been made possible by a donation from Michael Milone,
in memory of Laura Jackson. Laura was a language-arts teacher
specializing in Romance languages, and the library collection,
named in her honor, will feature Romance and other languages.
The collection is growing and we welcome your suggestions
of how it might grow. The current collection will be featured
in a special bookcase in the nonfiction room.
The New Mexico State Legislature approved $500,000 to build
the new Placitas Community Library. This past thirty-day legislative
session was grueling for our representatives in Santa Fe.
It is a hard task to determine which programs will be funded
among so many requests. The Placitas Community Library is
sincerely indebted to Governor Richardson and our legislators
for helping us construct a library in Placitas.
As the chips fell in place, our representatives worked individually
and collectively in this effort. Check out the bills on the
New Mexico Legislature Web site. Senator Befford sponsored
bill SCO148, Senator Cravens sponsored bill SC074, and Representative
McCoy sponsored bill HCO 389. Please join us in sending a
special thank-you to the Governor and legislators:
• Governor Richardson, State Capitol Building, Room
400, Santa Fe, NM 87501
• Senator Beffort, 13116 Alice Avenue NE., Albuquerque,
• Senator Kent Cravens, 10717 Richfield Avenue NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87122
• Representative McCoy, P.O. Box 144, Cedar Crest,
• April 2, 7:00 a.m. Join the Forever Young Run,
across from the Merc
• April 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Placitas Fire Station.
Placitas Talks presents Help PVFB Defend Your Home from
Fire. Join assistant fire chief Drew Owens and longtime
PVFB member Joanne Thompson for a discussion and videos
of the ways we can help protect our homes and property in
the event of wildland fire. With this extremely dry winter,
fire danger will be at an all-time high this summer. Make
sure your home is defensible! The first twenty people will
receive an information packet. Seating is limited. Cosponsored
• April 13, 7:00 p.m., at the Placitas Fire Station.
Placitas Talks presents Davito Hammack, local rock climber
and guide for Suntoucher Mountain Guides (www.suntoucher.com),
with a film by Kevin Jaramillo documenting a rock climb
on Torreon, in the Sandia Mountains. He will share his experience
of three decades of climbing and love of the sport and answer
any questions. (See Ty Belknap's article elsewhere in this
issue for more information.)
Library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. You can
also contact us through our Web site, placitaslibrary.com.
The library board meets on the second Wednesday of each month
at 6:30 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center. All meetings
Interested in volunteering? Please call
the library, at 867-3355, and leave your name and number and
Norma will call you back.