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LPA present native plant hike in Placitas

The Las Placitas Association is pleased to announce another native plant hike led by Michael Crofoot and friends into the 560-acre Open Space on October 15. For those of you who do not know Michael Crofoot, he is a local plant expert who moved here twenty years ago. He has worked in the botany and soil microbiology fields for many years and loves our enchanting northern Sandia foothills. He has compiled a 160-plant species Herbarium that is soon to find a home on the newly designed Las Placitas Association website.

This hike will start at 9:00 a.m. and last about two hours. Crofoot will try to identify every plant species seen and share some of their stories. There will be time to take photographs and to discuss various issues facing Placitas. Wear a good hat, rugged shoes, bring plenty of water, and be prepared for a relatively easy hike with a bunch of nature lovers. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the western most gate of the BLM, off Cloud View Court in Sundance Mesa, then follow the gravel road to meet Michael at the Open Space gate.

For more information, call Las Placitas Association at 771-8174.

Corrales Harvest Festival celebrates the harvest and community

~Virginia Breeding

Harvest time around the world is a time of joy, thanks, and celebration. In Corrales—an historic agricultural New Mexican village on the Rio Grande—that means a Fiesta! This year, the Village-wide Corrales Harvest Festival will be held October 15 to 16. As part of the celebration, the Historic Heart of Corrales, consisting of the Old San Ysidro Church, Casa San Ysidro, and the Camposanto (cemetery), will hold a Spanish Colonial Fiesta at 966 Old Church Road at the end of the hayride.

Many Corrales Historical Society (CHS) activities are happening inside the Old Church this year. There will be a craft table for making Ojo de Dios, paper flowers, and red chili ornaments. CHS Archives committee members will be on hand to give formal tours, offering interesting historical facts and insights. There will also be a “Draw the Historic Old Church Contest.”

Food carts will stand outside along with a “Tastes of the Harvest” table with fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest. Local farmers, farming groups, and organizations will be there to share their approaches to farming. CHS docents will be selling t-shirts, gifts, and souvenirs with all proceeds going to the preservation of the Old Church. Across the street will be ¡New Mexico Creative! at Casa San Ysidro. Enjoy New Mexican artisans and vendors, Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, kids’ activities, horno baking, music, and more.

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