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The Sunday Salon brings conversation to community

Beginning January 24, the Placitas Community Library will be starting a new program called The Sunday Salon. Based on the concept behind TED talks, the Salon will combine new technology and old-fashioned conversation. Historically, a salon is a gathering of people who strive to amuse one another, refine the taste, and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

While The Sunday Salon admires these lofty ideals, ours will be a bit more casual. No need to dress in your best finery. Nor we will be gathering in an intimate drawing room while the educated hostess reclines on her sofa. We want you to put your phones down, turn off the laptop or tablet, and have great discussions on topics that are challenging, cultural, or just fun.

The Sunday Salon will be held every other month with the topic being chosen by the presenter. If you have suggestions for topics, contact Marian at the library.

The first Salon will be held on January 24, at 2:00 p.m., in the Collin Meeting Room at the Placitas Community Library. The topic will be: Artificial Intelligence and you: the wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn. Attendance is limited to 15. Call the library at 867-3355 to reserve your space.

Blessings Day update

—Nancy Hawks

Members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Antonio Mission, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Sorrows, and other individuals and businesses, Jardineros de Placitas, Criminal Lawyers Association and Placitas Community Library parents came together to help 92 families from Placitas, Bernalillo, Algodones, Rio Rancho, Santo Domingo, and San Felipe Pueblos. Children received gifts of clothing and toys, and their families received a Holiday turkey dinner on December 19. This was the fifteenth Blessings Day, in which those who could shared their blessings with those in need.

The committee could not have accomplished this without the help given to us by many individuals, businesses, and organizations. We appreciate the school nurses, counselors, and principals who worked with us on this endeavor. We would like to publicly acknowledge our sincere and grateful thanks to our generous supporters. We especially would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Jardineros de Placitas who again donated the turkeys and toys. Mr. Joe Torres of T & T Supermart helped us by providing and storing the turkeys and dry foods that were needed. In the spirit of cooperation, Casa Rosa Food Bank in Placitas and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank helped us with food. Children attending Placitas Community Library Holiday celebration donated wrapped books for our children. Businesses like Bueno Foods, Placitas Realty, and Smith’s generously gave donations. There were so many individuals who helped wrap gifts, organize food, pack food boxes, and offer of their time and talents. We are so grateful for the parishioners of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and San Antonio Mission, and many other people who generously bought outfits for almost three hundred children and forty-one gift cards for our teenagers.

The parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows church, Curves, and Jardineros de Placitas members provided toys for all our children.

Our 92 families from the Eastern Sandoval County Area had a happier Christmas because of your generous giving spirit. Every year it touches our hearts to realize that the people in this area are so generous. In the spite of times there is an abundance of goodness in our area of the World. This truly was a huge, successful community effort and many many people shared their blessings. Thank you again and may all have a healthy happy new year.

Sen. Dede Feldman

Boots, suits, and citizens: New Mexico’s unique legislative culture

Ever wondered what really goes on in the “Roundhouse?” Just in time for the 2016 session of the New Mexico State Legislature, NM State Senator Dede Feldman will give us an inside look. Her presentation will be held at the Placitas Community Library on January 23, at 2:00 p.m. This program is cosponsored by the NM Council on the Humanities. Senator Feldman was the first woman elected to the NM Senate from Albuquerque’s near North Valley. She served as a powerful voice from 1997-2012. Senator Feldman has been a pioneer for women in government, with a long history of promoting campaign finance reform, improved health insurance, and consumer protection.

After retiring from the NM Senate, Ms. Feldman wrote Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens, giving us an insider’s view into the workings of our state government. Her talk will present an overview of the NM State Legislature and how citizens can constructively engage with it. She says of this program, “My talk illustrates [our] culture with tales of heroes, villains, unlikely alliances, special interests, and successful advocates—informed by my 16 years in the Legislature. Knowledge of historical antecedents and contemporary history allows citizens to place each session of the legislature in perspective. I’ve been amazed how little New Mexicans know about the “Roundhouse” and how appreciative they are to find out.”

DAR gifts

The New Mexico Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) made nearly two hundred gift bags for distributing to inpatients at the VA Hospital for Christmas. DAR also collected $25 dollar gift certificates for Veterans. The Charles Dibrell Chapter National Society of Daughters (NSODAR) of the American Revolution collect gifts throughout the year. DAR chapters have also distributed pocket copies of the Constitution to libraries, Bernalillo High School, and other schools. The NSODAR mission is to promote historical preservation, education, and patriotism. Information for DAR can be found at For more information on the gift packages for the veterans, contact Ruth Klein at:, or Nancy Bennett at

Free events at the Rio Rancho public libraries every month

There are many fun, free opportunities for adults to get out, meet people, and learn about good books and movies this month at both the Loma Colorado Main Library and the Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho. Stop by the library’s information desk, or go to to learn more. The Loma Colorado Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE, in Rio Rancho.

Some programs require registration. Sign up at within the Calendar of Events. You do not need to be a resident of Rio Rancho to participate in these events.

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