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Kinder Camp takes a lunch break

Kinder Camp takes a lunch break

Children get ready for kindergarten

Diane Evanko

Making the transition into kindergarten is a very important step in any child's life. The goal of Kinder Camp was to try and make that transition go as smoothly as possible. This year's session was held June 6 through 24. The students became familiar with the school setting and got to know their classmates while engaging in a variety of fun learning activities.

The Kinder Camp teacher was Pauline Madrid, who was assisted by Jane Montoya and three caring and enthusiastic Bernalillo High School students—Anthony, Gil, and Dana. Recreational therapist Kathleen Turpin worked with the children on physical activities, and Anna Toledo brought music and movement into the group.

The students also had the opportunity to go on three different field trips. The first was to Cold Stone Creamery, to learn all about the making of ice cream and then, of course, enjoy some samples. Next up was a bus trip north and a ride on the Santa Fe Southern Railway. Last but not least was a trip to the Santa Ana Star for awesome cosmic bowling.

The children were really excited about their participation in Kinder Camp and are looking forward to being kindergartners. They are all well on their way to adjusting to the big life ahead of them.


Optimists’ camp a success

Elaine Sullivan

This year’s summer camp was held the week of July 11 and attended by ten local youngsters. Nancy Hawks, with the help of other community members, worked hard to organize many fun activities. There was a field trip to the Natural History Museum and the Lodestar Planetarium and a swim party at the home of Chick Stephens. With the help of Gail DellaPelle, the campers created many ideas and drafts for the new library sign to be posted on Highway 165. We are grateful to the San Antonio Mission and to all who helped to make the camp a success.


Elisha Lovato makes dean’s list

Elisha M. Lovato of Bernalillo was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, for the spring semester of the 2004-05 academic year. Full-time students at Creighton who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean's Honor Roll. Creighton has been ranked at or near the top of Midwestern universities in U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges edition for more than a decade.


What's happening at the Placitas Library

Anne Grey Frost

Charlie Christmann's “Summer Astronomy without a Telescope” talk at the Placitas Library was a great success. We had a capacity crowd—some astronomy experts and some neophytes. All of us learned what we might see on a clear night in Placitas and heard a very dramatic explanation of just how much we are losing to light pollution.

Postcards to send our county commissioners to encourage them to help protect the night sky are available at the library. Kudos and thanks to Charlie and Diane for a wonderful evening.

“Wildly Successful Bird Feeding in Placitas” will be the topic of our next Placitas Talk. Ann Shrewnack, of Placitas and Wild Birds Unlimited, will be showing us the incredible variety of birds we can expect at our feeders and how best to attract them. Ann is a master gardener and a thirteen-year veteran at Wild Birds Unlimited. She speaks on birds and birdscaping at venues such as the Festival of the Cranes in Las Cruces. The Placitas Library invites you to join Ann on Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. for an entertaining and educational evening about birds. Because September is so lovely, we hope to have our presentation under the portal.

We are delighted to announce that Maureen and Erica Hightower will be offering free tutoring in reading on Saturday afternoons at the library this fall. This is a mother-daughter team of professional teachers, one retired and one just beginning her career. Maureen has been a committed volunteer and activist in this community for years, and her daughter shares her love of Placitas and reading. Check this column next month for more details or call the library, 876-3355, to sign up for this marvelous opportunity.

The library would like to thank the Junior Optimists, along with library volunteers Nancy Hawks and Gail DellaPelle, for their recent work on a special project for us that is soon to be unveiled. Kudos to you all! Pepi Strahl and La Puerta Realty have come to our rescue with a swamp cooler—a thousand thanks to them. Now, if we can just get it installed! If you can help, please call 867-3355.

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince is available for a one-week checkout, so give us a call and we will let you know as soon as a copy is available for you. We also have the Mid America Pipeline Study and Placitas Watershed Information.

Many, many thanks to Nancy Guist and Maureen Hightower for the wonderful children's reading and art series they offered this summer. The last program of the summer is Friday, August 5, at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your kids even if they have not been able to join us previously. Moms and dads, please let us know what you would like us to offer this fall. Call 867-3355 and leave a message for Children's Programming.

Other library services include two computers available for Web searches, e-mail, word processing, etc.; black-and-white copying and collating; color copying; interlibrary loan; and books, audios, and videos for checkout.

Library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sundays. Join Don and Bob for doughnuts and conversation, or just come and read the Times.

Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Please call 867-3355 for more information.


PB&J seeks donations for children

The families assisted by Peanut Butter and Jelly Family Services need help year-round.

PB&J accepts donations of used clothing, toys, and other items that are clean, in good condition, and in good working order. PB&J does not have the staff or facilities to clean or repair donated items. Donors are asked to drop items off at 255A Camino del Pueblo. For large items or large quantities of items, call Lorraine Ramirez, at 877-7060, Extension 136, to arrange a pickup.

Also needed are the following: art supplies, cribs and crib sheets, car seats, potty chairs, safety gates, landscaping plants and materials for the playgrounds, games for all ages, sports equipment, toys, diapers, baby wipes, formula (Enfamil with iron), children’s music on CDs or cassette tapes, high chairs, humidifiers, and an off-site storage unit in Bernalillo.

Looking for another way to help? Adopt a classroom and provide Crayolas or diapers or another needed item for one month or longer. Contact Marian Matthews, director of development, at 877-7060, Extension 141.




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