Placitas parade—ready to roll
The Placitas Fourth of July Parade is due to bust loose again on July 4 in the village of Placitas. Everyone is invited to participate in the event, which has been known in the past to attract more paraders than spectators. Either way, there is no fee to participate or watch and it is always a good time to visit with friends and neighbors.
All participants should assemble at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 in front of Placitas Heights. The parade starts moving at 11:00 a.m., passing in front of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and winding through the village. This is an informal event for all ages and all modes of transportation, including antique cars. So bring your chairs and coolers, or spruce up your truck, your horse, your bike, yourself, and join in the spirit of the day.
Lavender festival smells sweet in Corrales, benefits PB&J
The Lavender Fiesta on Sunday, June 29, in Corrales will feature the how-tos of lavender growing and use, entertainment, and a passel of children’s activities will highlight .
Hosted by Ellis and Louise Errett, owners of Enchanted Lavender, the fiesta benefits PB&J Family Services, Inc., a child-abuse prevention program in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, and is sponsored by the Village of Corrales and the Corrales Growers Market.
The Lavender Fiesta will open at 10:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. in the area adjacent to the Corrales Recreation Center and the Corrales Growers’ Market.
Craft demonstrations and lectures will be held all day using fresh lavender and will cover melt-and-pour soap, distillation of lavender oil, cooking with lavender, aromatherapy, and growing lavender in New Mexico. Curandera Louise Kahn will explain how lavender and other herbs can be used in healing. Lavender plants, other herbs, and lavender products will be available for purchase.
The fiesta also will provide musical entertainment and a number of activities for children, including face painting, clowns and a children’s art contest. The winner of the contest will receive a family zoo pass.
PB&J will be offering lavender cookies and lemonade at the Fiesta. PB&J is best known for its Peanut Butter and Jelly Therapeutic Preschools in Albuquerque and Bernalillo where at-risk families can learn the skills they need to provide safe and loving homes for their children.
Since its founding more than thirty years ago, PB&J has evolved into a comprehensive family services agency that worked with more than eighteen hundred children and their families in eight major programs in central New Mexico during the past year.
Advance tickets to the fiesta are available for $5 each or four for $15. Admission at the gate will be $7. Children age twelve and under are admitted free. Parking is free. For more details on the demonstrations and lectures or to order advance tickets, contact Enchanted Lavender at 858-1013.
Blood donors receive a “pint for a pint”
United Blood Services will team up with the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa for a blood drive before the Independence Day holiday to help reduce the anticipated shortage. All blood donors will receive a “pint for a pint” from Baskin-Robbins, an event tee-shirt, and more. They will also be eligible to win gift certificates and prizes, including dinner at El Pinto, a weekend getaway with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an overnight stay at the Hyatt, dinner at the Prairie Star, tickets on Great Plains Air, tickets for John Mayer and Counting Crows at the Journal Pavilion, tickets to John Foxworthy at Sandia Casino, and much more.
The event will be held on June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org or call Michele at 771-6144 or Donna at 768-1408, extension 284.