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Friends of Placitas planning snow dance, picture show

Lynn Montgomery

The Friends of Placitas is planning two community outreach activities. One is a “snow dance,” scheduled  tentatively on November 9, that would be a get-together to celebrate our community and try and do some convincing about it snowing good this winter. Fun is the intention. We have set up a committee for this event. Contact Nancy Skeens at 867-6310 for further information.

The other event is a regular “picture show,” like the old-fashioned “night out at the movies.” We have acquired a very impressive multiscan projector (darn thing weighs near two hundred pounds!) and are starting fund-raising for a screen. We also would like to have a theater-style popcorn machine. We plan to have documentaries of local interest and classic films. Collecting of videos has been going on for awhile and we have many exciting shows. Minor details like where, when, how often, etc., are still being worked out.

If interested, please attend the next Friends of Placitas meeting—on October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center—or call Lynn Montgomery at 867-9580.


Optimist Club makes fall plans

Maude Linnartz

The Optimist Club de Sandoval continues to develop plans to help our youth and community. Ongoing projects include Kasey's canine/children program—youth essay, oratorical, and golf contests—and voter registration programs.

The Placitas Elementary School Junior Optimists (there were 37 at last count). meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 at the school and enables children at an early age to become community volunteers and develop leadership skills. An installation dinner is planned for them on October 21. One of their fall projects will be to sell pumpkins for Halloween as a fund raiser.

A pre-kindergarten program, being cosponsored by the Optimist Club, has begun, and the youngsters are having a wonderful time. Contact Snow Moore Watson (867-2047) for additional details.

The success of the group meeting in Placitas has led to the suggestion that another club begin in Bernalillo (probably meeting lunchtime). Contact Suzann Owings (867-0567), if you would like to participate.

Join the Optimist Club de Sandoval 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). Contact its new President, Elaine Sullivan, at or Maude Linnartz (771-2337) for additional details.


Festival Otoño set for October 27

The Town of Bernalillo presents the third annual Festival Otoño, a celebration of autumn, to benefit the town of Bernalillo Youth Recreation Program.

Festival Otoño activities include a costume contest, carved-pumpkin contest, horseshoe tournament, local stage talent, arts and crafts, and many more children's activities in a festive, family environment.

Festival Otoño will be held in Bernalillo Rotary Park on Sunday, October 27, 2002. The festivities will begin at noon and end at dark with the burning of La Jorupa, a figure in Bernalillo folklore similar to the bogeyman.

The organizers of the festival invite you to join your neighbors and friends for the largest autumn celebration in Sandoval County. Admission is free. For more information, or to reserve a vendor space, please call 867-3311 or 250-1566.

The Festival Otoño Committee has scheduled several contests to take place during the Festival Otoño. The green-chile stew cook-off will be at 3:00 p.m. Contestants must have their stew at the festival by 1:00 p.m. Carved pumpkins must be at entered by 1:00 p.m. and will be judged at 5:00 p.m. People’s Choice awards in the green-chile stew cook-off and the pumpkin carving contest will be determined by festival attendees. The costume contest will be judged by the festival committee at 5:00 p.m. Categories for the costume contest are Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume, and Most Creative Homemade Costume.

Contestant registration will take place at the festival. All activities will be held in Rotary Park. For more information, contact Jim Viera at 771-1262 or the Festival Information Line at 867-3311, extension 167.



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