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Sharing our blessings

—Nancy Hawks

Blessings Day is a community outreach project and a nonprofit under the umbrella of St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. This is our fifteenth year coming together as a community to share our blessings with those who struggle. We work with Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Casa Rosa Food Bank, San Antonio Mission, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jardineros de Placitas, and many businesses. Jardineros helps us by purchasing turkeys at T & T Supermart in Bernalillo and T & T stores the turkeys until December 18. We will provide a box of food and a turkey for each of our families. We will also be providing clothing and toys.

On November 8 and 9, we will be distributing outfits at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and San Antonio Mission. Anyone interested in helping can call the telephone numbers below. Also, starting on November 13, at 9:00 a.m., we will be putting up a Christmas tree at Our Lady of Sorrows Church filled with toy tags. Tags may be taken from the tree by those wishing to purchase a toy for one, or more, of our children. All gifts must be returned by December 6 with the tags.

If you have time to help us wrap toys, we will be wrapping on December 12 and 13 at the San Antonio Mission from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Paseo de San Antonio. Call Fran at 867-3077 or Nancy at 771-4931 if you want to help or for more information.

Last year we had the most families in need that we have had, and, this year, we will need lots of help from the community to provide blessings for our families.

Spotted draft horse sports finery in last year’s Christmas de los Caballos Parade.

Corrales prepares for Christmas de los Caballos Parade

—Janet Blair

The Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico will sponsor the Christmas de los Caballos Parade, on November 15, starting at 1:00 p.m., at Wagner’s Farm Stand, 5000 Corrales Road. The twelfth annual event will benefit Toys for Tots. Each entrant will be asked to bring a new unwrapped toy. Anyone watching the parade is also welcome to contribute. “Last year’s event was wonderful, and this year we expect it to be even better,” said organizer Bon Bagley of Backcountry Horsemen, NW Chapter. “Anyone with a horse can participate and anyone who loves horses should be here to watch this wonderful holiday event.” There will be equines from draft horses to miniatures to mules, all dressed in their Christmas finery, she said.

The US Marine Honor Guard will be on scene to collect toys from participants and members of the public who come to watch. The parade will travel 1.2 miles south down Corrales Road. “The village is the Horse Capital of New Mexico,” said Ms. Bagley, “so this is the best place to have the parade.” The parade will end at the village recreation complex at Top Form Arena. For more details, call 898-6457.

New Mexico challenged to “grow a healthier community”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Forest Service Cooperative Forestry programs. The Forest Service, in partnership with Tree New Mexico and New Mexico State Forestry, want to communicate the benefits of urban trees and forests to the New Mexico public. Thanks to the 25th anniversary Commemorative Assistance Fund, twenty thousand dollars is available for up to forty communities in New Mexico who accept the challenge to improve their community forest.

Participating communities will receive five hundred dollars to improve their community forest and will film a short video describing how they are using the funds and how the project benefits the public. At the end of the video, they will challenge another community to “grow a healthier community.” The New Mexico Urban Forest Council initiated the first challenge and so far Las Cruces, Taos, and Las Vegas have participated.

Visit for more information and to view the challenge videos or contact Alicia San Gil at or 842-3289.

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