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A walk through Placitas history

—Bob Gajkowski

For the past three years, the Placitas History Project has worked hard to bring the varied and fascinating history of the Placitas area to the public. Now, in cooperation with the historians at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC), another step in this process of learning will be taken.

On May 31, from 10:00 to noon, the Placitas History Project and LPPC will co-sponsor “A Walk Through Placitas History.” Following a short introductory presentation at the San Antonio Catholic Mission Social Center on Paseo de San Antonio in the Village, the third-of-a-mile walk will proceed along the Paseo de San Antonio. This is the main road in the Village and several significant historic sites can be found along it. The walk will conclude at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church where there will be a short presentation on the church’s history and its relationship and importance to the community.

Stories about the Land Grant’s founding families, Edna McKinnon’s restaurant, the visits of Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, the Sixties and Seventies counter-culture years, the Placitas Fire Brigade, and more will highlight the walk.

There is no charge for this event, but donations to the Placitas Community Library will be greatly appreciated.

While the walk is only a short distance, it is one-way. You may want to arrive a little early at the Mission to arrange carpools to drop off a car or two at the Presbyterian Church in which to return to the Mission at the conclusion of the walk. Comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen are recommended.

Corrales celebrates Heritage Day

On May 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Corrales will celebrate Heritage Day. Held at the Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro, Heritage Day is Corrales’s spring celebration of its history. This year, the Archives Committee of the Corrales Historical Society is pleased to present two guest speakers.

At 11:00 a.m., genealogist Nancy Anderson will present information on how to begin a family genealogy. And at 2:00 p.m., Stan Betzer, archives committee member and lawyer, will discuss how Corrales lost possession of the western two thirds of the Alameda Grant. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a Historic Plaque installation at Tijuana Bar, located at 4590 Corrales Road.

Popular exhibits and demonstrations include Colonial weaving with Kay Tenorio, spinning with Chris Allen, maps and photographs from the Archives, historical videos of the old church and Corrales agriculture, San Ysidro cemetery tours, and children’s activities including corn shelling and grinding, rock painting, and retablo-making. CHS docents will offer a variety of gifts for sale and provide lemonade.

For more information, contact Mary Davis at 505-898-5017.

Wood chipper day in Placitas

—Vicki Gottlieb

Firewise Placitas is pleased to announce a Chipper Day at the Placitas Community Library (453 Hwy 165), sponsored by the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District on May 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Consider having a neighborhood Firewise clean up. Prune. Thin. Bring branches and small trees—no more than six inches diameter, ends aligned and facing the same way, with no construction waste or barbed wire. Be careful that loads don’t litter the highway or local roads. A donation of $15 per pickup load is suggested. Wood chips can be kept for landscaping by people bringing wood for chipping or left for other residents to pick up with the following caveats: spread chips no deeper than two inches, at least three feet from any structure, and outside any tree drip lines.

You can make a difference by helping make Placitas fire wise. Join monthly gatherings in the Collin Meeting Room at the Placitas Library. For more information, contact Vicki Gottlieb at    or by calling 404-8022.

Labyrinth design: Rock the labyrinth

On May 3, to celebrate International Labyrinth Day and the eleventh birthday of the Placitas Community Library, the public is invited to help lay out the Placitas Community Labyrinth between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to bring special rocks of all sizes any time prior to May 3, and on that date, to add to the pile that will become the labyrinth.

The Placitas Community Labyrinth will be a space for peace, serenity, and quiet reflection. Walking the labyrinth alone, with family, or with friends is an opportunity to meditate, pray, or contemplate a question.

At the labyrinth laying on May 3, there will be cake, refreshments, and a magic, comedy, and science show for young folks featuring Johnny Moon at 11:00 a.m.

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