Carved wooden marionette, by Julianna Kirwin and Rick
Marionettes dance in school, ballet production
Artist Julianna Kirwin and carpenter/builder Rick Catanach have
created life-sized marionettes for a production of "La Llorona"
that will take place at The National Hispanic Cultural Center on
November 5th. The Urban Ballet Theatre, a dance company based in
New York City, is largely composed of kids from the streets who
are given the training to become world class dancers. The marionettes
will be used in the production to represent the children who are
drowned by their mother, La Llorona, the legendary figure of Hispanic
folklore who is condemned to search forever for her children. Carved
of pine, the figures are 40" and 35" high. Director of
the production, Daniel Catanach, likes to collaborate with each
community to create the sound, props and costumes for forthcoming
productions. This ballet wil be touring six cities in New Mexico.
In conjunction with the ballet, on November 8 and 9, the marionettes
will be used in a small version of La Llorona at Roosevelt School
in Bernalillo and art students will be creating their own production
of this timeless New Mexico classic.
For more information, contact Julianna Kirwin
at 771-0590 or email@example.com
BHS students gain real-world experience at
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is providing internships to
eleven Bernalillo High School students, giving them a behind-the-scenes
look at what goes into operating a hotel. During the fall semester,
students will spend their first two hours for two days each week
at the resort, rotating through selected departments. Bernalillo
hospitality teachers evaluate the students weekly on unit work,
tests, and individual as well as group assignments. Through the
Culinary ProStart and Lodging Management programs students are eligible
for national certification, each of which requires documentation
of industry work hours. The time spent at Hyatt Regency Tamaya will
be credited to the hours required for national certification.
Community survey helps identify charter-school
At the Village Academy Charter School governance council meeting
in October, members discussed results from the interest survey distributed
earlier in the month. Although surveys were still being received
at press time, the council noted that initial survey data was positive,
and they are very encouraged by parent interest in the new middle
Council members welcome input from parents and others who want to
participate in any capacity, and are actively soliciting new members
for committees and the 2006 governance council itself. Interested
individuals are encouraged to attend the school’s public meetings
to obtain information and offer suggestions.
Regular public meetings and work sessions will be held the second
and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m.
If you would like to receive information about student participation,
the academic program, and how VACS can address your child's needs,
write to Village Academy Charter School, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas,
NM 87043-1247, or firstname.lastname@example.org
(l. to r.) Alice Allen and Katherine Ghadimi at
their Library Farewell Party
Placitas Library happenings
—ANNE FROST, VICE-PRESIDENT, PLACITAS COMMUNITY
Earlier this fall the Placitas Community Library said farewell to
two of its favorite volunteers. Alice Allen and Katherine Ghadimi
(our eldest and youngest volunteers) have been the Saturday afternoon
team since the library opened. Alice is moving into town and Katherine
is off to college. We will sorely miss them both—Alice kept
us nurtured with smiles and treats, while Katherine has been our
Come visit us at the Placitas Elementary School during the Placitas
Arts and Crafts Fair on November 19 and 20. We will have some marvelous
art by the Junior Optimists to show you, a lottery tree raffle,
and our gorgeous new tote bags for great gifts.
The books donated by Carl Hertel have now been added to our collection.
We also have several copies of a memorial publication relating to
Carl’s art and other works in conjunction with an exhibition
of his paintings and lithographs at Pitzer College.
Watch your mailboxes for our annual Friends of the Library membership
mailing. Though the library has been blessed with several grants
this year from the state and the county, these can only be used
for the purchase of land and the design of a new building. Your
library is totally dependent on your generosity for operating expenses.
Even as an all-volunteer organization, we still have monthly expenses,
and only your donations can cover them.
We are as frugal as possible, using grant money, in-kind donations,
and used-book credit whenever we can. At this time we incur approximately
$600 monthly in regular expenses to cover rent, utilities, phone,
and such. Then, of course, there are all the other expenses like
insurance, printing, and postage. We know this is a difficult year
for many in our community. Please be a generous as you can, and
please come and enjoy your library often.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY
• October 30: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Halloween
Party. Games, goodies, and scary stories. Don your costume, bring
your kids, and join us.
• November 3: Thursday, 7 p.m. Placitas
Talks presents Charlie Christmann with “Our Winter Night Sky.”
Charlie says bring your binoculars and bundle up. The night should
be dark, clear, and cold: perfect for stargazing. We'll have goodies
to warm you up.