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Where in the World Is It?

—Bill Dunmire

Wagon Mound! The photo is from New Mexico's Living Landscapes: A Roadside View by Bill Dunmire.  43 miles north of Las Vegas, on I-25, the town of Wagon Mound is named for its shape, which resembles an old Conestoga wagon. It was once an important landmark for covered wagons and traders that plied the Santa Fe Trail. The butte itself, towering over the village of the same name, is the cap of an ancient lava flow and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Evidence of the Santa Fe Trail — ruts from the wagon wheels that cut into the prairie sod — can be seen at Fort Union National Monument, off of I-25 between Las Vegas and Wagon Mound. Check out Bill's website at www.bdunmire.com


La Puerta hosts Casa Rosa flea market

—Betsy Model

How does a white elephant—that beanbag chair your teen left behind when he went away to college, that fondue pot your Aunt Sally gave you last Christmas when she knows you're lactose intolerant—turn into something really useful? Necessary even? Like bread, soup, or vegetables?

Every year, La Puerta Real Estate's management and staff host a major flea market that benefits Casa Rosa Food Bank, and it's the ideal place—and time—to turn those things lurking in the garage, back bedroom or hall closet into the perfect find for someone else, while simultaneously earning dollars that Casa Rosa converts into groceries.

The annual flea market will take place July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the La Puerta parking lot at 1 Ridge Court in Placitas. The real estate office will begin accepting donations during regular business hours from July 3 through July 26. Volunteers will spend the next three weeks sorting and pricing the thousands of items—typically furniture, household items, sports equipment, electronics, and garden and patio items. 

Casa Rosa Food Bank extends its thanks to La Puerta Real Estate and to the community members who inevitably turn the flea market into a social experience, gathering place, and, above all, an opportunity to give back to the community and to help make sure that all our residents have access to food during a difficult economy.

 
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