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Ristra-tying and a ghost researcher are just two of the upcoming attractions at the Coronado State Monument 

On October 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, the Friends of Coronado State Monument will present a ristra-tying workshop. A ristra is a traditional and decorative Southwestern good luck and welcoming piece. Make one to use little-by-little in Mexican dishes, or hang one outside as a decorative piece.

The cost is $15; participation is limited to fifteen people. This workshop is for adults only and reservations are required. The necessary materials will be provided. To make a reservation, call Susan Cherry at 771-8637.

On October 24, the Friends invite you to the annual Fiesta of Cultures from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring traditional skills handed down throughout the centuries of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo craftspeople. There will be entertainment by local dance and mariachi groups; children’s activities with sheep, alpacas, and miniature horses to pet; and ‘conquistadors’ to photograph. Día de los Muertos will be celebrated with an “Altar de Ofrenda.”Admission is free.

The Fiesta of Cultures and ristra-tying workshop will be held at the Coronado State Monument, located at 485 Kuaua Road, west of Bernalillo on Highway 550.

On October 18 at 2:00 p.m., Antonio R. Garcez, author and ghost researcher will talk on the exploration of the experiences, cultural influences, and beliefs of the unique population living within the southwest region of the United States. Mr. Garcez is a recognized bestselling author, winning New Mexico’s 2008 Turquoise Book Award. He brings fifty-five years of experience with the paranormal to readers and is the author of ten definitive books about ghosts and hauntings in the American Southwest, including Ghost Stories of New Mexico. His books will be available for sale at his presentation. No reservations are needed. Admission is $5 per person and is free to members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

This Friends of Coronado State Monument program will be held at the Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House, located on Edmond Road in Bernalillo. Take Highway 550 past Coronado State Monument; turn north immediately after the Phillips 66 station onto a dirt road and follow to its end. Signs will be posted.

Margarita Araiza


EHHA new board member

Enchanted Hills Homeowners Association (EHHA) has appointed Margarita Araiza, MSW, to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Raiza held previous volunteer positions at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo, Jefferson Parish Human Service Authority, and the Mayor’s Office of Public Advocacy. A family consultant and crisis counselor, Ms. Raiza worked most recently as a bilingual therapist at SAFE House, New Mexico’s largest domestic violence shelter. She has held similar positions with Catholic Charities, Girls & Boys Town, hospice, and children’s protective service programs.

EHHA is a nonprofit, voluntary (non-governing) neighborhood association representing Rio Rancho residents living north of Idalia Road, south of US 550, and east of NM 528. To learn more about joining EHHA or becoming a member of the Board, visit






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