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While shopping at the Bernalillo Farmers Market Lorenzo Lucero examines organic chiles grown by Saasha Lambson. Assisting Lambson with retailing chiles, nectarines and other produce are her children (from left) Añese, Sebastian and Dante. The market is open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays through October and features feature local growers, baked goods, spices, crafts, lotions, and a book exchange with the number of vendors expanding as the growing season continues. Lambson also stages an organic garden for kids on her Bernalillo property.
Photo credit: —Bill Diven

Music at Sunset returns in September

~Joan Jander

The Placitas Community Library is proud to announce its fifth "Music at Sunset" program on September 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the library parking lot in Placitas. This is the fifth free family program ending the summer. Two local music groups will perform. First, our local "Rock Zone" will rock the night away with Chris Daul on bass, Dave Harper on guitar, John Scott on Guitar, and Porter Dees on drums. New to the event will be AMISTAR. The name of the group literally means "to bring people together and become friends." Members of the group are Michael Martinez on guitar and vocals, and Charlotte Perry on percussion and vocals. They will be providing Classic Rock, Latin music, and funky Soul.

A food truck will be on hand providing Mexican fare. The featured menu includes calabacitas, burgers, soft tacos, and quesadillas. You can purchase a Mexican plate or bring a picnic. Don't forget the lawn chairs. The Placitas Community Library is located at 453 Highway 165 in Placitas, five miles east of the I-25 exit 242. Space is limited, so early arrival is recommended.

Sunday is Funday in Rio Rancho

The 12th Annual Mayor’s Sunday is Funday is taking place on August 20 from noon to 4:00, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard. Admission is $1, for those ages 13 and older, with free parking with shuttle service available at the Intel parking lot off Westside Boulevard.

The theme for the event is “Celebrating Excellence.” At this fun family-style picnic, you’ll find many exciting events and musical entertainment along with inexpensive food choices. The event will feature a rock climbing wall, games, and activities for kids, and a variety of vendor booths. During the event, you can also take a dip in the Haynes public pool, and participate in a silent auction inside the Haynes Community Center. 

Those interested in being an event sponsor, booth vendor to market or sell family or youth-oriented products, to contribute to the silent auction, or anyone wishing for more information can contact Sandoval County Commissioner Dave Heil at

Sunday is Funday was created by Tony Popper, a former Rio Rancho City Councilor, Rio Rancho Kiwanis President, and community volunteer.

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