Kitchen volunteers toss a salad and prepare a Thanksgiving meal
at St. Anthony’s Kitchen in Bernalillo.
St. Anthony’s Kitchen helps the community
Two years ago my husband, Bob, and I enjoyed the company of members of the community and the hospitality of the many volunteers that make St. Anthony’s Kitchen not only a place to be fed a delicious and nourishing meal, but a warm and welcoming environment for all.
This year we again enjoyed good food and good company at the kitchen’s Thanksgiving luncheon celebration. Jeana Gonzales, ministry chairman, assured us that our luncheon was going to be a “good one.” And she was correct! About eighty people were served a tossed salad, followed by a plate heaped with slices of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, good turkey gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, string beans and corn, and of course, cranberry sauce. We had our choice of beverages, and the feast was topped off with pumpkin pie and whipped cream!
The kitchen was started by Father Virgil Furfaro and has begun its sixth year of service to the community. Its purpose is not only to provide food but to help guests with other needs find appropriate services.
It is a ministry open to everyone. No lines are drawn. No one asks where you are from or why you are there. Key support comes from the Catholic Foundation. Rose’s Southwest Paper Products has provided both financial support and the necessary paper products. A dedicated crew of volunteers set up the room, prepare all the food right there in the kitchen, serve the guests, and take care of the cleanup. Rose Mariachi serves as head of the kitchen; Edith Molnar is the Thursday cook.
St. Anthony’s Kitchen is taking a well-deserved rest during Thanksgiving week and will resume luncheon service on December 2. There will be a special Christmas celebration luncheon on December 18. The kitchen, located in the social center adjacent to Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It stays open throughout the winter months until April.
The kitchen struggles to meet budget needs. Anyone who can provide financial support, large or small; anyone who can volunteer time in the kitchen; anyone who can volunteer for the many other jobs needed to maintain the kitchen; anyone who can make a food donation; anyone who can spread the word about this great service will be strengthening a vital project and helping people get back and stay on their feet.
When Bob and I left the center, Rosendo and Frank Casaus, two of the volunteer servers, thanked us for coming, asked if we had had enough to eat, and urged us to return again on December 2. How can that friendly invitation go unrewarded? This worthy ministry is one to be nurtured and fed. For information about any and all of St. Anthony’s Kitchen’s needs, call Cheryl Boll at 867-5252.
Tree permits on sale
It’s time to think about fresh-cut Christmas trees! Permits are available over the counter at Cibola National Forest offices through December 24. The cost is $10 per permit, with one permit per household and up to four additional permits for family or friends (bring names and addresses). Timber management officer Tom Marks stated, “With the recent fire disasters, it is important to note that cutting Christmas trees helps thin overcrowded timber stands on national forests.”
Cibola National Forest permits may be purchased at the Cibola National Forest supervisor’s office, 2113 Osuna Road NE, Suite A., 346-3900. There is no Christmas tree cutting on the Sandia Ranger District.
Isotopes partner with United Way, offer discount tickets
As Albuquerque’s Triple-A baseball team continues to add partners for the 2004 season, it has announced its newest partnership, with United Way of Central New Mexico.
The partnership allows the Isotopes to help United Way by thanking thousands of employees at the top twenty-five companies in Albuquerque who are associated with the charity by making discounted Isotopes tickets available to them.
“We are very happy to have the opportunity to respond to corporate Albuquerque and to their employees at the same time. By supporting United Way, both the business and the employees are helping the community,” says Nick LoBue, director of corporate sales and marketing for the Isotopes. “The Isotopes want to thank them for their efforts on behalf of those least able to help themselves.”
Employees of the top companies associated with United Way can gain access to a discount coupon for Isotopes tickets. The discount coupon is a buy-one-get-one-free deal for up to six tickets per game. To see if your company is one of the top participating with United Way, go to www.uwcnm.org/isotopes.
“We are in the ‘thank-you’ business. We are always looking for fun ways to let our supporters know how valuable they are to the most vulnerable people in our community. Every dollar makes a difference at United Way. We are thrilled that the Isotopes have partnered with us for this generous promotion,” said Jack Holmes, president and CEO of United Way of Central New Mexico.
Sheriff’s Office requests food donations for Christmas Drive
The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce its fourth annual Christmas Drive to assist needy families. Because of the large number of requests for assistance, it has become necessary to screen all requests to ensure the most needy families within the county are served. Nonperishable foods, canned goods, turkeys, hams, and nonalcoholic beverages are needed. Any and all donations will be appreciated. For further information, contact sergeant Edd Morrison at 867-7527.
Annual Placitas holiday festival collects charitable donations
The communities of Placitas, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Placitas Holiday Festival and Charity Event to take place on Sunday, December 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the La Puerta building (located approximately a quarter mile east of I-25 on Highway 165). La Puerta building tenants and members of the Placitas Chamber of Commerce will be collecting donations for various charities in the area and invite you to bring your family, your donations, and enjoy live music from the Placitas Mountain Band and refreshments including posole, green chile stew and warm tortillas. Rumor has it that Santa may even stop by.
If you cannot attend the festival, you may drop your charitable donations off at the La Puerta building from December 1 through December 14, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week. Last year’s event collected approximately $6,000 worth of charitable donations from the community. They hope to make this year even better.
For further information, call La Puerta Real Estate Services at 867-3388. This event is sponsored by La Puerta Real Estate Services and the Placitas Chamber of Commerce.
Donate food, toys to Bernalillo Christmas drive
The town of Bernalillo, along with the Bernalillo Police Department, is pleased to announce its annual Christmas drive for needy families. Santa Claus will have gifts for the children and a meal will be provided to the families. Due to the large number of requests for assistance, we are in need of donations to help give the families a great Christmas.
Among the items needed are the following: new toys, nonperishable food, canned food, turkeys, hams, and beverages. Items may be dropped off at the Bernalillo Police Department or Bernalillo City Hall, or call Lore Casaus at 771-7118 or officer Darrell Sanchez at 867-2304 for pickup.
For further information, contact Darrell Sanchez at 867-2304.
Holiday events in Bernalillo
Bernalillo will start its holiday festivities on December 5 with the annual Tree Light Ceremony at Bernalillo Town Hall. Then enjoy the Festival of Trees at the Church of Ladder Day Saints in Bernalillo from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The trees are decorated and donated to needy families in the community. Or, following the lighting of the tree, proceed to Coronado State Monument where you can enjoy refreshments and entertainment provided by the Town of Bernalillo. Follow the trail of 1,000 luminarias and listen to storytelling and the Bernalillo High School Choir. Santa Claus will be on site. Admission is free.
The following day, December 6, the Town of Bernalillo MainStreet Associ-ation with the Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce presents the Eighteenth Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. on Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. The event culminates at Rotary Park where cider and biscochitos will be served.
For additional information, call the Bernalillo Town office at 867-3311.
Jemez Monument hosts luminaria tour
On December 13 the Jemez State Monument will hold a luminaria tour featuring fifteen hundred luminarias, live Native American entertainment, and refreshments from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. In addition to the tour, local business throughout the Jemez Valley will be hosting open houses. Visitors may also enjoy an old-fashioned hay ride and Christmas music.
Help needy families through PB&J
PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Family Services is a child-abuse prevention agency that helps parents learn the skills they need to provide safe and loving homes for their children. It is also a service organization helping provide food, clothing, and gifts during the holiday season for more than 125 families whose income falls below the poverty line.
If you would like to “adopt” an entire PB&J family or join with others so the families PB&J serves can share in the holiday, please contact Donna Brew at the South Valley site at 877-7060 or Theresa Otero at the Bernalillo site at 867-2356. They will provide all the necessary information. Please call by December 12 or e-mail PB&J at PBandJ@nm.net.
Donations of food, clothing, and presents may be dropped off at the South Valley location, 1101 Lopez Road SW or in Bernalillo, 255A Camino del Pueblo. Call the numbers above for more information.
Make a gourd ornament at Coronado workshop
Two workshops in making your own Christmas gourd ornaments, sponsored by The Friends of Coronado State Monument will be offered at Coronado State Monument on November 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Your gourd ornament may be decorated with Native American or Hispanic designs and images or with your own design. Participants in the workshop may also make a gourd ornament to decorate the tree that Coronado State Monument will enter in the eighth annual Festival of Trees, which is presented by the town of Bernalillo and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On December 6 the fully decorated trees will be given to needy families throughout the community.
Reservations are required and a $10 fee for paint and other materials will be collected. For further information, call 867-5351.