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Pack Master David Gardner and Den Leader Serafin Griego help Pack 708 cub scouts prepare songs for the December holiday season before they go caroling.
Photo credit: Suzann Owings

Scouts ready for the Pinewood Derby

—Suzann Owings

“Our scouts have their Pinewood Derby kits and are off to a great start,” says Pack Master David Gardner. The kits contain a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles, which the boys and their parents transform into racecars.

Leland Bowen again will make his skills and Placitas workshop available to the scouts as they prepare for this year’s competition on January 21.

The Pack also is eagerly anticipating the honor being bestowed on their Den Leader Serafin Griego. Mr. Griego will receive the Volcano Award for Outstanding Leadership on January 17 at the BSA Rio Grande District Awards Banquet. Such leadership, no doubt, is responsible for the Pack’s success in the community.

“Our float won second place again this year,” reports Pack Master Gardner. The cub scouts of Pack 708 participated in the Bernalillo Night Time Christmas Parade on December 6.

This award, the pack’s successful rechartering with the Coronado Optimist Club, and other high points of the year will be reviewed at the Pack’s Blue and Gold Banquet on February 18. New members are always welcome.

The Pack meets on 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Sergeant Joseph Harris Building at the Railrunner Station in Bernalillo. For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson at 867-2047.

Scholarships available from the Coronado Optimist Club

—Suzann Owings

We feel very fortunate to offer our teenagers ten thousand dollars worth of scholarships.

The application deadline for the club’s oratorical contest is January 14. The club contest will be held on January 21 in Bernalillo. The club’s first place winner will then further compete at the New Mexico-West Texas Optimist District competition in Deming. The winners of the District contest on February 14 will be awarded $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

This will be the first time in several years that the Coronado Optimist Club has participated in the District’s oratorical and essay contests.

Submissions for the essay contest are currently being judged. The club’s winning essay will be submitted to the District and compete for a $2,500 scholarship.

The District also offers $2,500 in scholarships for their Communication Contest for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Additionally, the District offers support for young golfers who wish to participate in the Optimist Junior Golf Tour and Championships. For further information, call 867-0567.

Community Fund Grants awarded

The Board of Directors of Talking Talons Youth Leadership, Inc., has announced the award of three new Talking Talons Community Fund grants to local, youth-oriented nonprofits. 

The University of New Mexico Foundation’s Wild Friends program has been awarded a grant to fund live wildlife presentations to the seven Wild Friends schools in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties. A program of the UNM School of Law, Wild Friends provides experiential education integrating civics with wildlife science to teach students about the democratic process. “This funding will help enhance and enrich the hands-on educational experiences that are the heart of our work, and we are delighted to partner with Talking Talons,” said Susan George, Director of the Wild Friends Program.

Ciudad Soil and the Water Conservation District have been awarded a grant to fund supplemental classroom education for sixth-grade students in some Albuquerque Public Schools. Focusing on the impacts of human activity in the urban environment and how it affects water quality in the Rio Grande, this program shows students the importance of reducing human-caused pollution in order to sustain the integrity of the Rio Grande as a source of drinking water, as habitat for endangered species, and as a recreational resource. This program will use the highly effective, Rolling River watershed model to enhance their understanding of the Middle Rio Grande urbanized watershed.

The Moriarty-Edgewood Early Childhood Center has been awarded a grant in support of its program that enriches early childhood learning with hands-on exposure to, and exploration of, their environment. This program exposes children to fundamental uses of math and science in the real world.

Visit the Talking Talons Youth Leadership website at or on Facebook at for more information. Visit us at our nonprofit Thrift store at 12159 N. Highway 14 in Cedar Crest, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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