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The public is invited to attend the Remembrance Day event at the Placitas Community Library at 7:00 p.m. on May 6, 2011.

Holocaust Remembrance— Yom Hashoah—Genocide around the world

—Doris Fields, Ph.D.

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Each year, a national commemoration is held in the nation’s Capitol Rotunda and webcast around the world. This year’s Holocaust remembrance week is May 1–8. The theme designated by the museum for the 2011 observance is “Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?” Locally, a dedicated group of people has organized a Remembrance Day event for Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m., at the Placitas Community Library.

Year after year, much is to be learned. Yet, there is always more we can learn and do. Last year, two women gathered and watched the national commemorative ceremonies in a Placitas living room. The ceremonies were quite stirring, moving both women to tears and more. It moved them to plan something bigger and more inclusive this year in Placitas.

Everyone is encouraged to come and learn more. Activities will include viewing short documentaries that focus on victims, survivors, and liberators of the World War II Holocaust, as well as those of other genocides around the world, including Bosnia and the African nations of Rwanda and Darfur. In addition, participants will share in several activities that promise to be sensitive, moving, and inspire usto introspection.

As is customary at each Remembrance Day commemoration, there will be a traditional candle lighting ceremony and calling out of names of nations and peoples who have been victimized by genocide and other crimes against humanity.

Contact Gail Goldstein at (505) 867-4617 for more information.


Shriners Vidalia onion sale to open Idalia Road Marketplace for the second season

Rio Rancho’s innovative Idalia Road Marketplace, an open-air market, opens its gates for the season April 30, with the Shriners Vidalia onions for sale. Proceeds from the onions are used to send children to Shriners hospitals, so they can receive treatment for a variety of ailments at no cost to the family.

Every one of the 27 weekends of the season will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, unique arts, crafts, produce, bakery goods, garden and house plants, jewelry, yard sale vendors, live demonstrations, and the best dang breakfast burritos in the area. As well as the Shriners Vidalia onion sale, numerous special events are planned for the season, including a car show, the 2nd Annual Trash to Treasures, Safety Weekend, Health Fair weekend event, and more. A complete schedule of events can be found on the marketplace Web site.

Phyllis & Marc Calderwood, local businesspersons and founders of Idalia Road Marketplace, bring this exciting, mixed market concept with a chic backdrop into the heart of Rio Rancho. Rough timber and bright terra cotta tin roofs frame a pleasant environment of covered spaces filled with friendly local entrepreneurs and their products. Off-the-grid, but not off the map, the marketplace is a showcase of reused/recycled materials, and the Calderwoods intend on maintaining a green future for the enterprise.

Idalia Road Marketplace will be open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Entry and parking are always free at the marketplace. The current season runs from April 30 through October 30.

     

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