Library planning new facility
The future is at the library these days. We are taking our first
baby steps toward creating our new library on the land Sandoval
County is purchasing for Placitas. Watch this article for updates
and announcements as we are planning some community events to make
this land our own. The site-development committee is hard at work
creating a request for qualifications. All you designers in Placitas
(and beyond), start sharpening your pencils: this could be your
chance to design a fabulous and “green” building for
your community. Our request for qualifications will be announced
in the Signpost and other papers.
We are also beginning
the process of automation, thanks to the state general-obligation
bonds you all voted for last year. In the next six months, we hope
to enter all the data into our new program. Come 2006, we will be
able to answer you when you ask, Do I have any other books out?
or Does the library have any books on skydiving? When you see your
volunteer librarian hunched behind the computer with an intense
and bewildered expression, you will know we are learning as we go.
Many thanks to computer wizard David Hawthorne, at Placitas Computer
Repair. His ongoing support of the non-techies at the library has
Check out our 50 New Children's Titles
We have been the lucky recipients of a matching grant from the
Libri Foundation, which is committed to providing quality children's
books to rural libraries. Several adults and children in Placitas
were involved in choosing our books from a list of over six hundred
titles, both fiction and nonfiction, appropriate for primary grades
through teen reading levels. Be sure to check out these new additions
on your next visit.
Our three copies of the new Harry Potter have been checking in
and out like crazy, so be sure to have us call you when the next
one is returned. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince may be my
favorite one yet. It certainly is the most suspenseful.
New to our Shelves
Hard Truth, by Nevada Barr, is the newest in the mystery series
featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon. Newly assigned to Rocky Mountain
National Park in Colorado, Anna becomes involved with missing children,
religious cults, and an evil that threatens to destroy the serenity
of the beautiful wilderness. This is a compelling story with complex
characters and plot. The tantalizing descriptions of the park make
you want to experience this beautiful area yourself.
September 5: Rocking R Gallery Annual Western Dinner and
Concert. This is a benefit for the library and Watermelon
Mountain Ranch. Tickets are available at the library. Join us for
an evening of fun, food, and dancing.
September 8, 7:00 p.m.: “Wildly Successful Bird
Feeding,” with Ann Shewnack of Wild Birds Unlimited.
Join us on the portal for an informative discussion of the variety
of wild birds we can attract here in Placitas.
October 4, 7:00 p.m., at Hacienda de Placitas: Dr. Eddie
Dry, retired UNM tourism director, will share tips on independent
travel “by the seat of your pants.” Have you always
wanted to travel using local transport, guides, and small hotels?
Learn how to leave the tours and reservations behind and venture
out with your Lonely Planet Guide. Find out how to connect with
other travelers and locals to enrich your experience.
UNM Senior Day introduces high-school seniors
to campus life
The University of New Mexico will host more than one thousand prospective
students and their families on the main campus during Senior Day,
designed to introduce high-school seniors to campus life. The event
will be held on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
Tours of the campus and the residence halls will be provided,
along with information about admission, financial aid, scholarships,
academic programs, and student activities. Prospective students
will be treated to lunch at 12:30 p.m. To top off the day, discounted
football tickets for the UNM Lobos vs. New Mexico State Aggies game
will be available to prospective students and their families. The
game begins at 6:05 p.m., in University Stadium.
Sponsored by the UNM Division of Student Affairs/Office of Recruitment
Services, Senior Day is the major fall visitation day for high-school
“We are pleased to host prospective students and their families
for this annual event, which allows us to showcase UNM's excellent
academic programs and outstanding student support services,”
said Lawrence Roybal, UNM Recruitment Services associate director.
For further information, call (505) 277-2260 or 1-(800)-CALL UNM
(225-5866), Extension 3.
Rio Grande Children's Chorale auditioning
The Rio Grande Children's Chorale is a community choral group
involving boys and girls who want to sing, have fun, make friends,
and have goal-oriented artistic experiences. There are two levels
of choirs within which advancement is based on ability rather than
age: the Rio Grande Singers, grades five to eight; and the Kokapelli
Singers, grades one to four.
Under the auspices of the Rio Rancho Performing Arts Association,
the nonprofit Rio Grande Children's Chorale is secular, performance-oriented
organization for children.
Music instruction will include vocal and choral technique, music
theory and sight-reading. The program is partially fee-supported,
at $50 per semester. Scholarships are available to those demonstrating
a need. Purchase of concert attire is required.
Rehearsals will take place on Saturday mornings in the Choral
and Band Rooms at Rio Rancho Mid-High School, 1600 40th Street,
in Rio Rancho. RGCC is in session throughout the school year (September
to May) and will include weekly rehearsals and performances as scheduled.
Existing members will not need to audition; however, new singers
will audition on Saturday, September 10, at Rio Rancho Mid High
School, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
RGCC directors include:
• Susan Passell, Ed.D., current director of human resources
for the Rio Rancho Public Schools; former music supervisor (ten
years) and choral conductor (eight years), Broward County Public
Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
• Crystal Troy, current director of choirs at Rio Rancho
Mid High School; former choral director in Texas (six years);
consistent recipient of superior ratings at choral festivals throughout
• Debbie Fleming, assistant principal at Vista Grande Elementary;
nineteen years in public school choral music; early-childhood
music teacher at UNM Music Prep School (six years).
For more information, contact Susan Passell at 867-0987 or Debbie
Fleming at 896-5555.
Mural project starts
Placitas Elementary School and the PTO are sponsoring artist Ophelia
Cornet in creating a ten-by-seven-foot ceramic mural involving all
the children in the school. The mural, which will grace the exterior
front wall of the school building, will reflect the cultural fabric
of the Placitas community, its unique natural environment and rich
history. Creating the mural will allow children the opportunity
to experience a wide range of techniques and materials culminating
in a permanent art piece.
The community is invited to contributing financially to this project.
In recognition of your donation, your name or business name will
be displayed on a permanent tile adjoining the mural.
For more information, please contact Linda at 867-0027.
Safe Halloween event planned, donors wanted
First Assemby Church in Bernalillo is organizing their Sixth Annual
Harvest Festival to provide a safe and fun environment for all children
on Halloween night, October 31, at 6:00 p.m. The activities planned
are carnival games, rock climbing wall, hay ride, music, along with
lots of food and candy. They are looking for business sponsors to
donate services, candy, or help financially. Donations to this event
are tax deductible. For further information, call Pastor Eric Montoya
at 690-3219 or 459-0992.
Calling all parents, artists, architects
Art in the Schools Coordinator for Placitas Elementary
Art in the School needs volunteer presenters and assistants for
all grades at Placitas Elementary School. You do not need an art
background to volunteer. You receive free art training and the opportunity
to provide quality art education to children in your community.
AIS is a private nonprofit organization providing a comprehensive
art curriculum to schools. The program at PES is purchased through
proceeds from the Placitas Flea Market and donations from the school
The theme for this year's program is ”Tut to the Extraterrestrial:
An Adventure in Architecture.” The units to be taught are:
Pyramids of Egypt, Classical Temples of Greece, Medieval Castles
of Europe, Starships, Earthships, and Multi-Family Homes.
Training and art classes start in September, with six lessons,
and again in January, with four lessons. If you are interested in
volunteering or would like more information, please call Linda Hughes