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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the library

—Anne Grey Frost, Placitas Community Library

On January 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Placitas Community Library will host its annual Lunar New Year celebration. This is the “Year of the Dragon.” There will be stories, games, prizes, and crafts for all ages. We’re also planning to do some cooking and tasting of some of Lunar New Year’s special foods. Once again community members will be making handprints to create an enormous dragon, which will hang in the Library. Make sure to make a handprint for the dragon. Adults and children can come to the Library to make handprints beginning January 17. The more handprints we make, the longer the dragon will be. We might be able to make a dragon big enough to go around all the Library walls, but we’ll need your help. Children at Placitas Elementary School will also have opportunities to make handprints.

Teen activities will begin again in January. The Library offers Chess Club for all ages on the first Saturday (January 7) of each month. The Teen Advisory Group (open to all Placitas area teens) meets on the second Saturday (January 14). This group helps plan teen activities for the year and helps choose new books, movies, and games for the Library to purchase. On the last Friday evening of each month (January 27) is Game Night with both Xbox and Yugio. Bring your controller and join the fun.

January Activities at the Placitas Community Library

  • Saturday, January 7—Chess Club, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., open to all ages
  • Monday, January 9—PCL Book Group #1, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 10—Bilingual Story Hour, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 12—Pre-K Story Hour, 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 13—Perspectives Photography Group Artist Reception, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 14—Teen Advisory Group, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18—PCL Board of Director’s Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 19—Placitas History Project, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26—Pre-K Story Hour, 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 27—Teen Game Night, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 28—Lunar New Year Celebration, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Don Bullis

Don Bullis

CHS Speaker Series continues

—Debbie Clemente

On January 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Don Bullis and Tim Kimball, two extremely knowledgeable New Mexican historians, will tell fascinating tales of events that led up to New Mexico’s statehood. Their presentation, entitled, “The Lead-up to Statehood: The Years between the Last Spanish Governor and the First Territorial Governor—1821-1851,” is co-sponsored by the Corrales, Sandoval County, and Albuquerque Historical Societies, and the Historical Society of New Mexico.

New Mexico Centennial Author, Don Bullis, is a history/literature graduate of ENMU, a veteran law enforcement officer, and a prolific writer on New Mexico History. His newest book is the “New Mexico Historical Biographies.” It was awarded the New Mexico Centennial Grant with fifty copies given free to local libraries, schools, and historical societies.

Tim Kimball is an amateur historian and Army-trained intelligence analyst. Kimball has a special interest in archival research on occupation-era New Mexico and its application to a more complete interpretation of the period.

This event is free and open to the public. It is to be held at the Old San Ysidro Church at 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro.




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