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A most generous gift to Placitas

Snow Watson
Placitas Education Fund

Some know her from long ago, some may have never heard of her, but now everyone will always remember her and, more importantly, her late husband, who wanted this dream for the children. What on earth could I be talking about? A gift of such magnitude, what could it be? Will it mean so much to each and every one of us in our community?

This gift is land. Over six acres in fact. Land that Peggy Cavette-Walden had set aside out of her gift to UNM because she had faith that it could still become what Jerry Walden, her late husband, wanted. A place for kids and community.

The Placitas Education Fund is proud to announce this gift has now happened. Thanks to our notary, Stevan Shoen, the documents have been signed and the land is ready to be a place for children. Now the people of our community must make things happen. The terms of the gift require that an architectural committee be formed. This committee will help lay out a master plan for the land and its uses.

It can be and will be so much. A community park, swimming pool, tennis courts, or outdoor science center and home for the prekiindergarten. It could house the emerging community library, it could have a home-school support center, an exercise facility, a summer recreation program, and many other community-based uses. What do you believe Placitas needs? Please let us know, better yet, get involved.

There is so much work to be done, and this is only the beginning!

If you would like to be on the architectural committee contact Suzann Owings at 867-0567 or Snow Watson at 867-2047 or write to the Placitas Education Fund, P. O. Box 393, Placitas, NM 87043.

 

Optimists sponsor toy run, Santa, Kasey, more

Maude Linnartz

Rumor has it that Santa and his special canine friend, Kasey, will be in Placitas at the gazebo near the Merc on Saturday, December 6, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Stop by, say hello, and learn more about the Optimist-sponsored Kasey Says program, which Dean Alexander designed and implemented to promote reading and safety and reward positive behavior by youth.

Another opportunity to communicate with Santa is to write him a letter and take it to the Placitas Post Office. Be sure and deposit it in Santa's special box by December 10, so that he will have time to answer you.

The Junior Optimists will be busy this month making winter ornaments and greeting cards for the holidays. A bowling party is also planned.

The Optimist Club de Sandoval will join many other Optimist clubs this year for a toy run on Sunday, December 7. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will gather at the Pit in Albuquerque to donate toys and canned food for children and special families.

The Optimist Club will repeat its successful Blessings Day program this year. They will be working with sheriff John Paul Trujillo and the Sandoval Country Sheriff's Office to gather and distribute turkeys, other food items, toys (from the toy run), and other gifts to local families. Please come to the Placitas Community Center on December 13 between 9:00 a.m. and noon to donate new toys, gently used clothing, and nonperishable food for Blessings Day. Refreshments will be served.

To find out more about these Optimist programs and how you can impact our community, attend an adult club meeting on the first or third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Placitas Mission San Antonio Community Center on Paseo de San Antonio. For additional details, contact Suzann Owings at 867-0567.

 

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