El rinconcito español
Lo cortés no quita lo valiente.
Valor isn’t diminished by courtesy.
Lo que poco cuesta poco se aprecia.
What costs little is appreciated little.
No es lo mismo decirlo que hacerlo.
Saying it isn’t the same as doing it.
SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish instruction
that focuses on oral communication skills, www.sospanyol.com.
lots of fun for local youth
The Town of Bernalillo Recreation Department
and the First Assembly of God Church presented their seventh
annual Bernalillo Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15. Six
thousand plastic eggs filled with candy and goodies were hidden
through out Rotary Park. Prizes, including bicycles, were
be given to some of the lucky egg hunters.
“Of the many events the Recreation
Department does through out the year, this is the one that
makes me feel most like a kid again,” said recreation
director Jason Soto. “All of the work that my staff
and I put into stuffing six thousand eggs is rewarded by the
excitement of watching a hundred children run around the park
jumping up and down shouting when they find an egg.”
The Eggstravaganza was a free event open
to all children between the ages of one and twelve.
Bernalillo Mayor Patricia A. Chávez
commented, “the Town of Bernalillo and the Assembly
of God Church partnership provides a tradition of celebrating
and strengthening community relationships within the municipality
and surrounding areas.”
Placitas Library happenings
—ANNE GREY FROST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Board Changes: Since we have several new faces on the library
board able to take on responsibility, Sue Strasia is taking
this opportunity to step down as president, though she will
remain on the board as past president and continue working
on the library's behalf. Sue has served as president since
the library's inception, three years ago. Her vision and determination
have been key in the library's progress in procuring land
and funds toward a new building. In her new role, Sue will
now have more time to devote to her family and her passion
for sailboat racing. Retired professional librarian Judy Labovitz
is now the chair of the board. Judy brings incredible energy
and experience and we are delighted with her willingness to
take the reins. Judy Gajkowski continues as secretary-treasurer
and Anne Frost as library director. Pam Buethe has joined
the board to head the Friends of the Library. We are thrilled
to have her extensive background in fund-raising and organizational
development. We are grateful for the many new folks who have
chosen to volunteer time with the library.
Other News: The library cosponsored two
wonderful events with the PVFB last month. First, Joanne Thompson
and assistant chief Drew Owens showed us how to make our homes
more fire-wise. Local landscaper Jasper King was on hand to
show us what plants are real fire hazards (cut back that chamisa!)
and which ones are slow to burn and safer for close-in landscaping.
Their wonderful handouts are available at the library and
we will soon have those red house numbers available for you
to pick up during library hours. Several of our dedicated
PVFB volunteers have decided to volunteer at the library on
Saturday mornings. It’s a great opportunity to get your
fire questions answered.
Next, mountain climber Davito Hammack shared a marvelous
video on hiking in the Sandias. We hope to have a copy in
the library for checkout one day. Many thanks to all of these
folks for making our lives safer and our beautiful mountains
Mark Saturday, May 20, on your calendar for an early summer
children's celebration at the library. Everyone is welcome.
We'll have refreshments, story time, and some fun activities
focusing on kids aged three to eight from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Attention Home Schoolers: The library has received the We
the People Bookshelf. This fifteen-title collection, geared
for grades kindergarten through twelve, explores various immigration
experiences. National Endowment for the Humanities chair Bruce
Cole says of these books: “The We the People Bookshelf
reveals the many and varied influences that have shaped our
nation's history and culture. These classics also provide
another powerful lesson that there are traits and values shared
by all of those who, by birth or choice, become American.”
The Library Book Discussion Group began meeting April 24,
with Pug Sheridan. This monthly book group is quite informal.
You can come once in a while or become a regular. Please call
the library (867-3355) for information on future selections
and meeting times.
The library has established an endowment fund using the
money contributed by many of Madeline Randle's friends and
family. We hope to develop a large enough nest egg so that
we can support library operations on the interest from these
funds. If you would like to remember the library in your will
or have your contribution of cash or securities earmarked
for the endowment, please let us know.
Welcome to Jacob Jantzi, who will be doing his senior internship
for Hope Christian School at the library from April 24 through
May 18. Come in and meet Jacob while he's learning all the
ins and outs of running a developing library.
Don't forget Placitas Library's Birthday Bash, June 3, with
a fabulous book sale. Great books at low prices with no library
markings. The Howling Dog Dixieland Jazz Band has promised
to be on hand again this year.
The community is always welcome at our board meetings on
the second Wednesday of each month, now at PVFB main station.
The library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Saturdays, noon to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. We
look forward to seeing you!