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Citizens of nowhere: US fugitive slaves and free African Americans in Mexico, 1833-1865

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Sarah Cornell, an assistant history professor from UNM, will be speaking on Saturday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. Her talk will focus on the experiences of fugitive slaves and free African Americans who fled from the southeastern United States to Mexico.

By 1833, Mexico had banned slavery and officially refused to extradite fugitive slaves to the United States. However, southern Secretaries of State, Ministers to Mexico, and consuls took advantage of a Mexican policy in order to prevent fugitive slaves, and eventually all African Americans, from residing in Mexico legally.

Cornell’s study highlights the fragile nature of fugitive slaves’ freedom in Mexico. Professor Cornell will also take audience questions following the presentation.

The Esther Bone Library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd SE in Rio Rancho. For more information call 891-5012, and select option 3.  Registration is not required to attend this program.


Legos for Adults

The Lego Man, Lorence Winchell, will conduct a Lego building workshop for ages 16 and up on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will be held in the program room at the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, in Rio Rancho.

Mr. Winchell is a life-time Lego builder and has taught several classes at the library geared to children. This will be his second instructional Lego program geared to adults at the Esther Bone Library. Participants who would like to attend should bring their own supply of Lego’s.

Lorence does not use kits or plans to instruct, just creative Lego building methods will be taught. Upon completion of the program your structures will soar to new heights and you will be on your way to becoming a Lego building master.

Sign-ups are not required for this event. Please call 891-5012, and select option 3, for more information or directions to the library.

New Classes at the Placitas Community Center


Did you ever wonder what kind of bird was in your yard or back patio? Did you wonder what its specific name was? Then come to “Bird Watching for Beginners” at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. The five classes are free and open to any community member. All North American birds will be covered, with emphasis on those that reside in Placitas and New Mexico. One special class will be devoted to hummingbirds. Classes will be on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., starting February 9 and ending March 9. Please register for the class by calling (505) 867-1396 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and speaking with Janice or Marylou. You may also register in person at the community center. Please bring paper, pencils, and a field guide if you have one. Extra guides will be provided. Instructors will be Doyle and Diane Wise.


Would you like to know a little bit about computers or just need to brush up on your computer skills? Then this is the class for you. Jose Martinez is a resident of Placitas who has worked with computers for the past 35 years. Jose is willing to volunteer his time and expertise in this field to give something back to his community. We will be taking five students per class and will hold two separate classes. Jose will be instructing one Beginners Class and one Advanced Class. Remember: The first five people for each class who are willing to take the courses and will be there for all three sessions will be given the available slots. Don’t hesitate and miss out. Classes will be on Tuesdays—February 8th, 15th & 22nd, with the Advanced Class from 9-10 a.m. and the Beginners Class from 10:15-11:15 a.m. If you are interested in taking either of these classes, please sign up with Janice at the community center.


Now you can shed the pounds and have a blast while you're doing it! It's easy with Zumba Fitness. Loaded with red-hot dance steps, pulsating Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow routines, this invigorating dance-fitness "party" will have you movin', groovin', and shakin' the weight off to the exotic rhythms of salsa, cumbia, samba, merengue, and more. Work your body from head to toe with exhilarating workouts that teach you all the basics and hit your favorite targets, like your core, thighs, and abs. You also get maraca-like toning sticks to add some muscle to your body sculpting routines. Now's the time. Get ready to "Join the Party" and see a whole new side of yourself!  Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, starting on February 1, from 3:15-3:45 p.m.


A Yoga class starts on Friday, February 18. Classes will be held every Friday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Katherine Christie Wilson, editor of Cook Book: Great Dinners on a Shoestring, will be hosting a cooking class and will be preparing jambalaya and Bananas Foster. Her new cookbook will also be on display.  The class will be held Tuesday, February 8 from 1-2 p.m.





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