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Gourd art, by Robert Rivera

Books on the Bosque—a magical night

One of the highlights of the upcoming Books on the Bosque dinner and auction fundraising event to benefit the Placitas Community Library will be a pair of stunning gourd creations by the renowned artist, Robert Rivera. A Placitas resident, Rivera is supporting the library with his contribution of “Apache Chanter” and “Apache Sticklady” to be part of the live auction.

Through his artistic ability, Rivera transforms the lowly gourd into an object of beauty, power, and symbolism. His work is exhibited in galleries and collections around the world.

The Books on the Bosque evening will take place on September 21 at Sandia Resort and Casino (located on Highway I-25) beginning at 5:30 p.m. when guests will be greeted with champagne before a gourmet wine dinner. Live and silent auctions during the evening will feature over 250 items ranging from trips, original artwork and jewelry, to golf packages, courtside UNM men’s basketball tickets, and a murder-mystery dinner party.

Tickets for this special Magical Night are $80.00 dollars a piece, and these may be purchased at the Placitas Community Library or by calling 404-8335. The Placitas Community Library is a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization, and $25.00 dollars of the ticket price can be declared as a tax deduction.

The money raised from this special fundraising event will help to keep the doors open at the Placitas Community Library. Now in its tenth anniversary year, the library serves as a major hub of activities for the Placitas community. In the unincorporated area of Placitas, there is no funding provided for utilities, maintenance, insurance, and library costs associated with library services. The library operates five days a week on an abbreviated schedule with only one paid staff member—a half-time director. Acquisitions, cataloguing, and distribution are all managed by more than sixty volunteers who provide nearly 5,500 service hours each year. The library’s Collin Meeting Room is one of the area’s principal public meeting spaces other than churches, and it is routinely used by approximately fifty groups per year, as well as for a monthly art exhibit.


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