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Community hike at Tent Rocks National Monument

Only a thirty-minute drive from Placitas, Tent Rocks is a world-class hiking destination, with wonderful views, mysterious “hoodoo” rock formations, and a great variety of plants and wildlife. If you’ve never visited Tent Rocks, it’s about time you go.

We will meet at the Merc parking lot at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, and carpool from there to Tent Rocks. The hike will take approximately four hours. The exertion level is moderate to strenuous. Remember to wear rugged shoes and layered clothing, appropriate for our changeable April weather. And wear sunscreen, of course. There is drinking water and rest rooms at the trailhead. Please note that dogs are not allowed in this National Monument area.


New Mexico senior Olympics—calling all talented seniors

—Cecilia Acosta

The 37th Annual New Mexico Senior Olympics Annual Summer Games will take place in Roswell, NM, on June 3 through June 6, with an anticipated eight hundred, active older adults (fifty plus) competing in 26 individual sporting events.

New to the 2015 Summer Games will be a “Seniors Got Talent” entertainment show to regale athletes and their guests during the Games. The Seniors Got Talent show is scheduled for June 6, at 1:00 p.m., at the Pueblo Auditorium, 300 N. Kentucky Avenue Free to athletes, their guests, and spectators.

There is still time for soloists and groups to enter the talent show competition. Any New Mexican adult, fifty years or older, may enter by sending a four-minute video audition tape to NMSO in Roswell prior to April 3. Final selections will be notified in advance for the final program. Only acts selected for the final program pay the entry fee of fifty dollars to compete. Video submissions may be sent electronically or by mail.

All types of acts are welcome: solo or group, vocal, comedy, instrumental, reading, band, dance-ethnic. Acts will be judged in one category and one age division. Winners will receive custom medallions and the top overall gold medal winner will take their act on the road with NMSO to three locations during the year and will entertain at the Games on Saturday evening at the Sport Banquet.

For complete Seniors Got Talent details, rules, judging criteria, entry form, visit www.nmseniorolympics.org or request info at 1-800-623-6676.


Help for caregivers

—Melyssa Agee-Mares

Caregivers to persons with dementia are among the most challenged persons in our community. The burden, stress, and depression often associated with caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia can be isolating, frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting. Peopleworks-NM, in Rio Rancho, would like to help.

Through partnership with BlueCross Blue Shield of NM, New Mexico Association for Continuity of Care, and Retreat Healthcare, Peopleworks-NM is able to offer caregivers a set of six educational sessions, free of charge. The only cost is that participants are asked to buy the Alzheimer’s Workbook as an aid to the classes. The cost for the workbook is $15 dollars.

Our next set of sessions will begin in April, 2015; the location is to be determined. Caregivers interested in the program can call 990-4186 to inquire or register.

 
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