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Visit Sandoval County pueblos for Feast Days this summer

Pueblo Feast Days are named after the Pueblos’ patron saint. These are among the few days of the year that the Pueblos are open to the public for visitors to see the reverent dances and songs performed in honor of those patron saints. Pueblo families also prepare large meals for guests that are invited to their individual homes.

The dates for each are as follows:

July 26: Santa Ana Pueblo
August 2: Jemez Pueblo
August 4: Santo Domingo Pueblo
August 15: Zia Pueblo

Sandoval County Fair returns

—Sidney Hill

We’re in the midst of summer, and it’s time to pause for some old-fashion fun at the Sandoval County Fair. The 2014 Sandoval County Fair runs July 30 through August 3 in the beautiful Village of Cuba, New Mexico.

Daily admission is five dollars for adults and three dollars for youth, 12 and under. Full fair passes are an even better deal. For ten dollars, an individual can attend all four days, while $25 dollars buys the same privilege for a family of four. Activities include a baked-goods contest, horseshoe contests, a junior horse show, livestock showings, bingo, and a two-day rodeo, with performances by the Westernaires, a precision riding team. On the final day (Saturday), there will be the County Fair Parade, as well as the crowing of the Fair Queen and her court, the continuation of the rodeo, and an evening dance in the Pavilion.

The fairgrounds are about a mile south of the intersection of Highway 550 and County Road 11 in Cuba. For more information, including a complete schedule of activities, visit the County Fair website at

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A good time had by all. See you next year! —Photos by Leland Bowen

Back-to-school food drive in Rio Rancho

—Peter L. Wells

Rio Rancho’s public libraries and its Teen Advisory Group (TAG) are conducting a back-to-school food drive to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.

From July 28 through August 16, donation bins will be located inside the Loma Colorado Main and Esther Bone Memorial libraries and accessible during normal operating hours. Suggested donation items, and those that are in need, include trash bags, paper towels, Ziploc bags, paper plates, cereal, Pop-Tarts, granola bars, and bottled water. 

The Loma Colorado Main Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Blvd., and is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road and is open Monday and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about Rio Rancho’s public libraries, visit the library’s Web site at, or call 891-5013 for Loma Colorado Main and 891-5012 for Esther Bone Memorial.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to keep families together in order to help kids heal and cope better while in the hospital. For more information, visit

Tour a certified wildlife habitat garden

On Monday, August 4, families are invited to explore a wildlife habitat garden. From 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., the Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque will give a free guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. The garden uses native, xeric plants to support indigenous wildlife as well as migratory birds. The docent will explain the importance of creating and preserving wildlife habitats, and how to create one at your own at home. Children of all ages are invited, too, to learn about creating wildlife habitats. Among the activities will be hand- and face-painting of butterflies, moths and flowers to illustrate how important pollinators are to our gardens. The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque is a nonprofit and maintains the wildlife habitat garden at the Albuquerque Garden Center 10120 Lomas NE. All ages are welcome.

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