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Bernalillo resident Brenda Meryman packs a Thanksgiving Sharing bag of food and gifts for the Coronado Optimist program.

Community shares Thanksgiving

—Suzann Owings

“This year, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office joined the Optimists in giving food for Thanksgiving,” says charter club member Venus Sanford. The Cub Scouts start the process by papering and decorating collection boxes. The boxes are distributed to the Bernalillo and Placitas Post Offices, the Bernalillo Town Hall, the Placitas Library, the Sandoval County Administrative Offices on Idalia, as well as the Algodones, Carroll and Bernalillo elementary schools, Bernalillo Middle School, and Bernalillo High School.

From mid-October to mid-November donated food is collected in the decorated yellow-papered drop-boxes. Venus Sanford and her neighbors and a local meet-up group sort and bag the food, augment what might be missing, and, this year, add specially made blankets. School personnel distribute the food to local families for their Thanksgiving meal. Because of the SCSO assistance, the Optimist Club provided blankets and much more food than usual to fewer numbers, only 15 families this year.

Optimist International is a community service organization that operates through its Optimist Clubs of volunteers. The Coronado Optimist Club meets from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bernalillo Range Cafe, usually on the second Tuesday of the month. Community members are welcome. For further information, contact Snow Watson at 867-2047, and visit the Coronado Optimist Club’s website at optimist19.wix.com/coronadoclub.


Cub Scouts cruise through parade 

—Suzann Owings

“Our float will highlight our Pinewood Derby at this year’s Bernalillo Christmas Parade, which has the theme of Santa’s Sleigh,” explains Cub Master David Gardner.

“Preparing the Cub Scouts’ float will ready the boys for their Pinewood Derby competition in January,” says Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club liaison with Pack 708.

Annually, with the help of parents, Cub Scouts build their wooden cars from kits  containing a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles. Pack 708 has the additional help of volunteer Leland Bowen, his experience, and well-equipped workshop.

The Bernalillo parade comes three weeks after the successful completion of their popcorn sales fundraiser, which pays for scout activities, and two weeks after the completion of the joint Scouts and Coronado Optimist Club Thanksgiving Sharing project.

Mid-month, the Cub Scouts will serenade the residents of the Bernalillo Beehive Home with Christmas carols. At the end of the month, they will go on a hike.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. The weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. New scout members are always welcome in the Pack. Planning meetings with parents are held on the each month’s fourth Tuesday. For further details, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.

 
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