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Celebrate Heritage Day in Corrales

The Albuquerque Museum's historic Casa San Ysidro will come alive for Heritage Day 2002 with music performances, art demonstrations, and more on Saturday, May 11, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Casa San Ysidro is a reconstructed eighteenth-century home housing an impressive collection of Hispanic folk art, textiles, and furniture. Normally, visitors can only experience Casa San Ysidro through guided tours; however, on Heritage Day the grounds are open to the public free of charge for a day of family fun with blacksmith and artist demonstrations, bread and tortilla making in a traditional horno (oven), and live music. Food will be available.

The Historic Old San Ysidro Church, across the street from Casa San Ysidro, is also participating in Heritage Day activities with a display of antique and contemporary photographs and maps. Guided tours of the historic church will be offered, and kids can try out an old-time corn shelling tool. For more information, contact Mary Davis at 898-5017.

Casa San Ysidro is owned and operated by The Albuquerque Museum


Author Bob Ove to speak on Geronimo, Mescaleros

The next meeting of the Sandoval County Historical Society will be on May 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the new addition to the DeLavy House on Edmunds Road just west of the Coronado Monument. Featured will be Bob Ove, the author of Geronimo's Kids : A Teacher's Lessons on the Apache Reservation, who spent his early teaching days with the Mescalero Indians in remote mountain areas of New Mexico. Bob met and became friends with some of the last survivors of Geronimoís era, including two elderly women who helped arrange for Geronimoís surrender. Ove found that the Mescalero ways and lifestyle were not at all that he had been led to expect. He will speak of his experiences and friendships with the Mescaleros with warmth and imagination.

The program is free and open to the public. Please note that in future the historic collections at the DeLavy House will be open for visitors and tours on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call Martha Liebert, 867-2755.

Take a hike in May

The Las Placitas Association will sponsor three events in the month of May. On May 4, a hike on the Placitas Open space will feature nesting and migrating birds. The hike will be hosted by Hart Schwartz, a naturalist who specializes in birds. Bill Dunmire, a well-known naturalist, will host a hike on the Open Space on May 25 investigating plants and their environment. Both hikes leave at 8:30 a.m. from the east entrance to the Placitas Open Space. To find the entrance, go east on Highway 165, 6.9 miles to Camino de Las Huertas, turn left and go 2.9 miles, turn left on Lleno del Norte and go 0.4 miles (as the road bends left, follow it around). Follow the primitive dirt road west about 0.7 miles, the main road bends to the left at a fence, but keep going straight on the two-track road. Drive about 0.1 miles, bear slightly right, to a gate marked BLM Property. Drive through gate (please close it) and follow the two-track road to the left. Go through a second gate. Park at the Albuquerque Open Space sign. The brass cap for the northeast corner of the Open Space is north from the parking area, on the far side of the drainage, under a juniper.

On May 18, during Historic Preservation Week Commemoration, a guided tour of the old village of San Antonio de las Huertas will be hosted by Stan Hordes, a noted Spanish historian from UNM. The tour will leave from the Merc at 9:00 a.m. For information or directions, call Elaine Sullivan, 771-1171.

USDA, Rural Development accepting applications for housing-preservation grants

Roberto Salazar, State Director of USDA, Rural Development has announced that applications are now being accepted for Housing Preservation Grant funds for the 2002 fiscal year. Currently, New Mexico has been allocated $94,842 for this grant.

The HPG program is a competitive grant program, which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to rehabilitate homes in the rural part of the state. The funding is intended to assist low-income and very low-income homeowners who cannot afford to make major repairs to their homes. The funding can also be used to assist rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes to repair and rehabilitate their units if they agree to make such units available to low-income and very low-income renters.

The ninety-day pre-application period began on February 25, 2002, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2002. In making the announcement Salazar said, "It is very important that those organizations who want to apply for this program do so quickly because this will be the only time during the current fiscal year that applications under the HPG program will be taken."

Pre-applications must be received or postmarked by the closing date and pre-applications will not be accepted by fax or E-mail. Those submitting a pre-application must indicate whether the proposal is to assist individual homeowners, rental properties, or cooperative housing projects, and they should not combine a proposal in one pre-application.

Applications for this grant program should be forwarded to the RD Multi-Family Housing Servicing Offices in Albuquerque or Las Cruces. To receive more information about the application process, call the Albuquerque office at 505-761-4974 or the Las Cruces office at 505-521-8348. Information on the application process can also be accessed on line at

New Mexico officials come together to dedicate credit union

Santa Ana Pueblo governor Bruce Sanchez and Bernalillo mayor Charles Aguilar, along with Santa Ana Pueblo board members, Bernalillo town officials, and New Mexico state senators and representatives, dedicated U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Unionís new Santa Ana branch on March 20.

The credit unionís fifth branch, at 53 Jemez Canyon Road in Bernalillo, will serve primarily residents of northern Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, and the surrounding areas. Residents of Sandoval County are also eligible to become members of U. S. New Mexico, the stateís oldest credit union, which was founded in 1935. It now has $321 million in assets, over forty thousand members, and 148 employees.

In 2001 the credit unionís community involvement committee donated over $22,000 to charitable organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Red Cross, Make A Wish, and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.