Burleson to wed Brazfield
After thirteen years of getting to know each other, Ariel and Chris have finally decided to tie the knot. Ariel is the daughter of Nancy Burleson of Placitas and James Burleson of Jamestown, Colorado. Chris is the son of Elvira and Antonio Brazfield of Los Lunas, New Mexico. The July wedding will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo. The couple will make their home in Annville, Pennsylvania, where Chris is an assistant professor of mathematics at Lebanon Valley College.
The Optimist Club de Sandovaló
Join our Bike Rodeo on May 11
Recent Optimist Club de Sandoval events included an Oratorical Contest, at which youth under sixteen presented their thoughts on "If I Could Change the World." The first-place winners were Colleen Scribner and John T. Yarbrough. Other winners were Luz Guillen, Genevieve Vigil, and Christian Vigil. Colleen and John also won the next tier Zone Oratorical Contest, and they will go on to a district competition in Carlsbad, where male and female winners will each earn a $1,500 scholarship.
The Junior Optimist Club participated in the Junior Optimist-Optimist International District Convention in Albuquerque. Membership in the junior club is growing, and now includes one kindergartener.
The club also hosted a Meet the Candidates event.
The club's second annual Bike Rodeo in Placitas will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Homesteads Shopping Center. The goal is to tune up our youth's bikes and teach the riders additional skills. Bicycles donated by Delashe, L.L.C. (Thomas Ashe and Steve Gudelj) and the Placitas Chamber of Commerce will be awarded to winners of a youth contest. In fifty words or fewer, the contestants should answer the question "Why I want/need a bicycle." Entries must be received by the Optimist Club de Sandoval (P.O. Box 132, Placitas, NM 87043) by Wednesday, May 8. Unwanted bicycles may be dropped off at the Recycling Center or at the La Puerta office on Highway 165. If you are interested in helping out in the event, can contribute bikes or parts, or want to help repair the bicycles, please call Frank, 771-4931.
The Optimist Club de Sandoval meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Placitas Mission San Antonio Community Center (on Paseo de San Antonio).
For aditional information, please contact Nancy Hawks at RNHteacher@-aol.com or Maude Linnartz, 771-2337.
Help wanted for Placitas Open Space
The Placitas Open Space is located approximately three miles northwest of the village of Placitas. The City of Albuquerque purchased the 560-acre parcel in 1966 from the Bureau of Land Management under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. Since 1995, Placitas residents have been actively working with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division to preserve the site as an undeveloped natural and low-impact recreational area.
Your help is needed to continue an ongoing riparian restoration effort being made by the Las Placitas Association in coordination with the New Mexico Riparian Council and the OSD including planting of native cottonwood and willow species, removal of nonnative species, installment of rock structures to induce meandering, and monitoring of plantings.
Work parties are planned for May 19, June 15, September 21, October 19, and November 16, 2002. We meet at the Homestead Village Shopping Center at 9:00 a.m. and usually finish by noon. You need good shoes, gloves, sunscreen, a hat, and lots of water. An archeologist will be along to make sure we donít use any historical dwelling relics in the rock structures. Call Lolly Jones, 771-8020, or contact Trigo05@msn.com for further information.