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UNM-Los Alamos in Bernalillo grows for fall semester

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in Bernalillo is expanding its course offerings to meet the needs of a growing student body.

“The Religious Studies, Linguistics, Math 111, and Women’s Studies classes are new and that’s a good thing,” said work-study student Lisa Samson, who plans to take Western Civilization and Anthropology this fall.

Some other areas of study that are being offered include computer technology, early childhood multicultural education, economics, English, and political science.

Special course offerings to note this fall are:

  • History of the United States—Survey the economic, political, intellectual, and social development of the United States, including the place of the U.S. in world affairs, from 1607 to 1877.
  • Music Appreciation—A nontechnical course designed to expand the student’s ability to listen actively. Repertoire includes compositions from chamber music and symphonic literature.
  • Living World Religions—Introduction to major living world religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in Bernalillo also offers classes in English as a Second Language for students who would like to learn English or prepare to test for their high-school-equivalency exam (GED). The classes and materials are free. For more information, call 771-4071.

Classes start September 8, and registration is open now Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 237 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For further information, call (505) 771-4071.


Placitas PreK program; Placitas Education Fund

Snow Moore Watson

As the summer slows down and the school year approaches, we start thinking about our plans for the kids. The Placitas Pre-Kindergarten Program is a fee-based program for three- and four-year-olds. Don’t even think about making your kids commute to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, when local parents and community members have worked so hard to provide the same services right here in Placitas.

This month we will have our annual fund-raiser in concert with The Pampered Chef. Kitchen consultant Jennifer Chavez will be teaching a Cooking with Kids class (three years and up). Five-dollar tickets will be on sale with a chance to win a free gourmet dinner for two delivered to your home. Visit area merchants to learn more. If you would like your child to participate in the cooking fun, call Snow at 867-2047.

The Placitas Education Fund is an official sponsored project of the New Mexico Communities Foundation (NMCF is a 501-C3 umbrella organization for PEF) and is supported by the local chapter of Optimist Club de Sandoval. PEF was founded August 2002 for the purpose of starting a prekindergarten program in Placitas. All profits from the cooking class will benefit the Placitas Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Registration is ongoing. To preregister, please call 867-2047, e-mail, or send mail to P.O. Box 393, Placitas, NM 87043. Classes will begin after Labor Day on September 2, and our calendar will coordinate with Placitas Elementary School. The school has a variety of slots available to adjust your child into an academic program; most spaces are available in our rotating schedule for Monday-Wednesday-Friday, Tuesday-Thursday, or full-time instruction.

If your little one is not quite ready, we carry a continuing waiting list and will include you in our circulation of information throughout the year.


Spanish CD helps students become media savvy

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Media Literacy Project have produced the nation’s first Spanish-language media-literacy CD-ROM, “Medios y remedios.

“The CD-ROM helps teens become more critical consumers of media, so they can make more informed choices about their health. Kids love talking about their own media culture. They become more interested in accurate health information when they realize that their media aren’t telling the whole story. Research shows that media literacy can have a significant impact on students’ attitudes and behavior and we’re pleased to offer this health-education resource for Spanish-speaking students in New Mexico.” said Bob McCannon, executive director of the New Mexico Media Literacy Project.

Medios y remedios” examines media messages about nutrition, physical activity, relationships and sexuality, violence, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. It features sixty-six Spanish-language media examples from magazines, television, and movies. It is designed to be used in classrooms, family discussions, and other group settings. The CD-ROM is available free of charge. To order, contact the New Mexico Media Literacy Project at or 505-828-3129.


Sandoval Head Start enrolling for fall

Open enrollment is being held at Sandoval County Head Start for interested families in the Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Peña Blanca, Jemez, and Cuba areas. Head Start is free of charge for preschool children three to five years old from families who meet federal income guidelines. Children learn using a creative curriculum approach and are prepared for a successful school experience. They are provided breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Limited transportation is available. For more information and an application, please contact Presbyterian Medical Services-Sandoval County Head Start at 505-896-1885 or visit the administration office at 103 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Suite A-7, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.


Daytime liberal-arts classes for 50+

The Institute for LifeLong Learning for New Mexicans is an independent, volunteer, nonprofit organization offering daytime liberal arts courses, lectures, and tours for people over fifty. The fall semester starts on September 15. Classes are held in the Northeast Heights and on the west side of Albuquerque. For further information about classes, you may call 888-7370 to request a catalog.


Optimist summer-program wrap-up

Suzann Owings and Maude Linnartz

This year's summer camp program provided by the Optimist Club de Sandoval ran from July 7 to 11. It was based at the San Antonio community center in Placitas. As usual, the itinerary was rich, and the tuition was low. Joined this year by the Placitas Community Center, children learned about making things with clay, visited the Natural History Museum, and went to see the Icelandic horses in Placitas. The week finished with a swim party. Squeezed in among these activities, the children recorded books on tape to help with reading.

Both junior and adult Optimists participated in the Fourth of July Parade in Placitas. Several onlookers expressed interest in becoming new Optimist members, and were welcomed.

The club participated in a recent Relay for Life in Bernalillo. The event was a noncompetitive, nonathletic team event to fight cancer, remember those who have died of cancer, and celebrate survivors.

Bowling was one of the last outings of another year of good times for the Junior Optimists. Parents and Optimists from both the Sandoval club and the Northwest Albuquerque Club helped the bowlers.

The Optimist Club de Sandoval continues providing bikes for the youth of our county. Bike safety chairman Frank Hawks has delivered two more refurbished bicycles to Peanut Butter and Jelly in Bernalillo. Frank has been busy refurbishing bikes for girls and boys since our bike rodeo in April. If you wish to donate a bike that you have outgrown or one that needs a little tender loving care, we are accepting old bikes at the Placitas Recycling Center on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, or you can call Frank at 771-4931. All of the bikes are given away to youth in our area.

Keep your eyes out for a Pampered Chef Cooking with Kids fund-raiser for the local preschool program later in August.

You are invited to join the club on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Placitas Mission San Antonio Community Center on Paseo de San Antonio. For additional details, contact President, Elaine Sullivan at 771-1171.


CDC provides training for teen mothers
at Cuba High School

Some ten children and their mothers are enrolled at the Child Development Center, which opened during the fall at the Cuba High School. The CDC is one component of PBandJ’s TEENs program in the small community in northern Sandoval County.

Located on the eastern edge of the Navajo Reservation some sixty miles north of Rio Rancho, the Cuba area has a teen-pregnancy rate of nearly 20 percent. Goals of the TEENs program are preventing teen pregnancy, reducing the number of young mothers who drop out of school, and preventing child abuse by providing the young mothers parenting, bonding, and attachment training.

Children of teen mothers are cared for at the CDC during the school day, and their mothers join them for training. In addition PBandJ nurses and family intervention specialists work with the families.




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