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Volunteers by the dozens hauled rocks by the hundreds to build a labyrinth on the grounds of the Placitas Community Library. photo credit—Bill Diven

Labyrinth at PCL

—Bill Diven

Beyond walking among the books, visitors to the Placitas Community Library can now walk among the stones in peaceful contemplation. Early in May, friends of the library laid out the seven concentric rings of a labyrinth, creating a calming path to a semicircular stone bench.

“We wanted a large center where people could sit and enough turns for you clear up your internal frustrations,” said Anne Frost, who chaired the project and is among the library’s founders.

Library volunteer Judith Roderick laid out the labyrinth, and helpers of all ages placed the stones.

“Some people brought one rock; some brought a trunkful,” Roderick said.

Unlike a maze with its multiple dead ends, designed to challenge, if not frighten, walkers, a labyrinth is a continuous path that occasionally reverses itself and is intended for mindful walking.

“It’s almost like life,” Roderick said. “You think you’re getting close, and you have to turn around.”

Landscaping grant from KNMB

—Bill Dunmire

Now that the Placitas Community Library’s brand new labyrinth is up and running, the library is delighted to announce that Keep New Mexico Beautiful (KNMB) has approved our request for a grant to cover final landscaping and related costs for the library’s new feature—to the tune of $2,950 dollars.

This generous grant will pay for the purchase and planting of four-to-six large piñon trees and eight shrubs that will serve as a backdrop at the far end of the labyrinth. The library’s landscaping firm, Heads Up, has been commissioned to do this job. Heads Up installed the original native plant landscaping right after the library was constructed in 2009, and we know that their work is first-rate.

The grant will also cover the cost of manufacturing and installing two new 18”x18” interpretive panels similar to those already posted in our garden. One panel will explain the concept and history of labyrinths, while the other will provide instructions on how to use the PCL labyrinth.

KNMB grant funds will also go towards purchasing and spreading more brown crusher fine over the trail to the labyrinth.

This is the third landscaping grant to the library from KNMB. In 2010, smaller grants helped cover the expenses of the garden’s wildlife water feature and some additional tree plantings.

Summer Solstice sunset celebration

Join the Earthcare Fellowship of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church to celebrate the 2014 Summer Solstice on June 21, in the Placitas Open Space. We will commemorate and reflect on the wonder of our world. Older folks, younger folks, and all ages in between are welcome. Attendees are asked to gather at the Open Space entrance off of Calle Cienaga at 7:30 p.m. There is about a ten-minute hike over rocky terrain to the spot where we will have a short spiritual, but not religious, celebration as we observe the sun drop into the “head” of Cabezon at 8:24 p.m. Bring a chair and water. We will need to be out of the park by 9:00 p.m.

Pickleball at Bernalillo Community Center

Every Tuesday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the community is welcome to come play Pickleball. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. The paddles used are oversized ping pong paddles. Come and learn to play this challenging and fun game. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

Movies under the stars in Rio Rancho

The city of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department invite citizens to spend summer nights at Cabezon Park where neighbors, families, and friends will be enjoying free movies outdoors. Family-friendly movies will be shown on a large inflatable screen on the following Friday nights: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 15.

Movies will begin at dusk and all ages are welcome. Blankets, folding chairs, and picnic baskets are encouraged, and restrooms will be available. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. Movies will be canceled due to inclement weather, including wind and lightning. Weather cancellations will be made one hour prior to the start of the movie.

For additional information, call 891-5015. Cabezon Park is located at 2307 Cabezon Boulevard and can be accessed from either Golf Course Road or Unser Boulevard.

Photographic tour of the Pot Room

On June 15, at 2:00 p.m., David Phillips, Ph.D., curator of anthropology at the Maxwell Museum, will lead a photographic tour of the Pot Room at the Maxwell Museum and its amazing artifacts.

The Pot Room holds five thousand whole and partial ceramic vessels, most from prehistoric and modern New Mexico, but some others from around the world. Pottery is one of the most enduring expressions of human creativity and is found in almost every culture. The first pot may have been made as early as twenty thousand years ago. From the beginning, pottery vessels were made to be useful, but because of the malleable nature of clay, they quickly became a canvas for artistic and cultural expression.

The original Museum of Anthropology on the campus of the New Mexico Normal School was founded in 1932 and was Albuquerque’s first public museum. It was renamed the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in honor of philanthropists Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell; it was accredited by the American Association of Museums the following year. Today, it holds more than ten million items.

 This lecture will be held at Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Hwy 550 & Edmond Rd, in Bernalillo (turn between I-Hop & Warrior Fuel. 1.75 miles west of I-25, exit 242). The cost is five dollars; Friends of Coronado Historic Site are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 771-9493 or visit

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