Storyteller Susi Wolf tells folktales and fables
at the Placitas Community Library
Children read 1,245 books at the Library
—NANCY GUIST, CHILDREN’S SERVICES COORDINATOR,
PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The summer children’s program at the Placitas Community Library
held its final event on Saturday, August 18. Families enjoyed a
library scavenger hunt, as well as a game entitled “Where
in Placitas?’’ Professional storyteller Susi Wolf entertained
children and parents alike with her lively folktales and animal
fables. Along with her stories, she shared fascinating bio-facts,
as well as animal items ranging from impressions of animal footprints
to a turtle shell for hands-on-learning. Afterwards, the library
recognized all children who had participated in the Summer Reading
Challenge with bags filled with prizes, including a book for each
child. Altogether, the children read 1,245 books, far surpassing
the library goal of eight hundred. The celebration ended with refreshments,
including a specially decorated cake.
The library will again be holding its monthly Preschool Story Time
on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. The first one
will be on September 6. Bilingual Story Time will also be returning
on September 18 at 3:00 p.m., and will continue on the third Tuesday
of every month for children two to ten years old.
The library is located at 1 Tierra Madre in Placitas. Check the
bulletin board out front for announcements of future events.
Calling all parents, artists, and volunteers
—LINDA HUGHES, ART IN THE SCHOOL COORDINATOR, PLACITAS
Art in the School (AIS, Inc.) needs volunteer presenters and assistants
for all grades at Placitas Elementary School (PES).
Volunteer for Art in the School and you will enjoy fun and motivating
training programs that prepare you to teach four comprehensive art
units to the children in our community. The interesting background
lectures and hands-on studio workshops by local experts and educators
will help you to teach art lessons which reinforce art and math
AIS, Inc. is a private, nonprofit art education organization that
provides a comprehensive visual art curriculum to schools. Our program
at PES is purchased through donations from the school, parents,
and proceeds from the Placitas Flea Market.
The theme for this year’s program is “Art Tells the
Story: My Community.” Units to be taught are:
• Origins of Art: Paleolithic Painting
• Sculptures of the Old and Famous: Greek Gods and Heroes
• Journey to Japan: Hokusai’s “Great Wave”
• Impressions of Beauty: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies
Training and art classes start in September with three lessons and
again in January with two lessons. If you are interested in volunteering
or would like more information, please call Linda Hughes at 867-0027.
Upcoming programs at the Loma Colorado Main Library
in Rio Rancho
• Scrapbooking 101—September 11 at 6:30 p.m. Learn
all of the basics on how to get started with this popular craft.
All supplies, as well as handouts, will be provided. You will actually
make your first scrapbook. The program is being run by Tina Burwinkle,
Tish Peterson, and Liz Carlson, owners of bugabooscrapbook.com,
a home-based business in Rio Rancho. This program is geared toward
the scrapbook beginner. Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium.
• Wild Mustangs at the Library—September 19 at 4:00
p.m. Marian Bray, horse owner and trainer, will bring her Colonial
Spanish horses to the library for an entertaining and informative
program—Colonial Spanish horses are doubly-rare as they run
wild on Mount Taylor and are a direct remnant of the Golden Age
of Spain. This program is geared toward children and adults. Loma
Colorado Main Library, outside in the back of the building.
• “My Adventures as a Writer in New Mexico,”
with Don Bullis—September 25 at 6:30 p.m. Noted author and
Rio Rancho resident Don Bullis will present a talk on being a writer
in the Land of Enchantment. A book signing will follow his presentation.
Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium.
No tickets or registration are required for any of these free programs.
• Are you a teen that reads manga and watches anime? Join
the Twilight Zone—Teen Scene to watch and review the latest
anime trailers and episodes of the newest anime shows from ADV films—the
Number One producer and distributor of Japanese animation outside
of Japan. Thursdays: September 6, October 11, November 8, and December
6. To sign up, contact the librarian at the number listed below.
• On September 28, October 19, and November 30, the library
will present Open Mic nights. Ages 13 and up are invited to share
their own original poetry, short stories, and songs. Songs can be
accompanyied by the library’s new Karaoke machine.
The Loma Colorado Main Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado
Drive NE in Rio Rancho. For further information, call (505) 891-5013,
ext. 3030 or email email@example.com.
Optimist Club de Sandoval hosts poetry, music
The Optimist Club de Sandoval has had a very busy, fun summer. Cub
Scout Pack #708 had a blast decorating an old trailer for the Placitas
4th of July Parade. These same Cub Scouts are planning to have an
overnight retreat with Pack #707 at the Las Placitas Presbyterian
Church site in Las Huertas Canyon. Shortly after July 4, a group
of about fifteen children and counselors participated in a weeklong
adventure we lovingly refer to as Optimist Day Camp. The children
visited the Balloon Museum, went bowling one day and swimming another
day, along with a few other activities.
Now that summer is winding down, we are making plans for a fall
event. Have you ever been to a Cowboy Poetry Slam? Well, neither
have any of us! We’ve heard it’s a blast, so we’re
planning to host a Cowboy Poetry Slam on November 3 at the Rocking
R Gallery’s arena in Placitas. It should be a wonderful evening
of poetry followed by music. Speaking of music, is anyone interested
in playing some after the Poetry Slam?
We’re planning to start the Cowboy Poetry Slam (which includes
a competition with judging) at 4:00 p.m. Music should follow around
5:30 or 6:00 p.m. until…? If you’re interested in performing
or would like further information, contact Maggie at 573-6513. The
event is open to the public.
ReadWest hosts Spanish class fundraiser
—SUSAN MARKIN-RYERSON, READWEST LITERACY CENTER
ReadWest Literacy Center is offering, as a fundraiser,
a “Communicating in Spanish” class. It is a twelve-week
class offered by Cathy Varney on our behalf. Cathy is a well-qualified
ReadWest Tutor Trainer, tutor, and multi-language teacher.
The cost, which includes materials, is a $50 per person donation
for the twelve-week class. The class is held at ReadWest every Wednesday
starting September 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You are welcome
to brown bag your lunch. To enroll, call ReadWest at 892-1131. Class
space is limited and fills up quickly. Payment must be received
before September 19.
Youth basketball registration to be held in Bernalillo
The Bernalillo Youth Basketball Program is registering youth for
the 2007—2008 season at the recreation center Mondays through
Fridays, September 5 through October 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Children
ages five to thirteen are eligible to participate. Fees are $40
per child and are payable at registration. The program runs from
October 2007 through February 2008. Call Jason Soto at 238-0689
for more information on registration requirements. Late registra-
tions will not be accepted.
Federal grant kick-starts UNM literacy project
The College of Education at the University of New Mexico has received
a five-year, $1.5 million federal grant through the U.S. Department
of Education designed to train more teachers in strategies to meet
the academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). The grant
will fund the Academic Literacy for All Project (ALA), which will
develop and design activities to improve UNM’s teacher education
program, better preparing teachers to provide effective instruction
to students with limited English proficiency.