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Sandia Center Is Planning BioBlitz

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the Museum of Natural History and Science will hold BioBlitz 2012 on Aug. 10, 5-9 p.m. and Aug. 11, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event is a hunt to find and identify as many living organisms as possible in a day. Join experts to look for mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, wildflowers, trees, fungi and more. The event is free. All ages are welcome.

For details, contact Rosie at rosie.norlander@state., call 281-5259 or go to

Church Plans Back To School Fair

Mountainside United Methodist Church will hold its annual Back to School Fair on Aug. 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend the fair, which will feature fun and games as well as a opportunity to win free school supplies.

The fair will be held at the church located at 4 Penny Lane in Cedar Crest.

Call Callie Black at 281-5117 for more information.

Enjoy Edgewood Fun on Aug. 11

Edgewood's annual town celebration — Run, Rally and Rock — will be held Aug. 11.

Included in the day of fun will be a parade, business expo, poker run and fun run.

The parade start at 10 a.m. at Route 66 Campground and follow a route west on Old Route 66 to Furniture Connection. Cost to enter a float in the parade is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members. Registration for the parade will be held until Aug. 6.

The business expo will be held in the west Rich Ford parking lot from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost for a booth space is $50 for chamber members and $75 for non-members.

A 5-kilometer fun run will be held at Wildlife West Nature Park starting at 8 a.m. Check-in is at 7 a.m. and cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 14.

A poker run will start at 1:30 p.m. at East Mountain Grill at N.M. 344 and Dinkle Road. The route will take motorcycle riders north on N.M. 344 to Frost Road, west to N.M. 14 and south to Old Route 66, ending at Pizza Barn. Cost is $5 per hand.

For more information and registration forms, go online to the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce's website at

Musical History Of Mountainair

Nothing brings a community together like a celebration of its history.

A group of Mountainair old-timers, along with a few newcomers, will come together on Aug. 11 to present "Diamonds in the Field," a musical history of Mountainair.

The presentation will feature 21 songs played by the grown children of Mountainair's Depression-era bean farmers.

The presentation will be held at the Dr. Saul Community Center at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public with a "suggested donation" of $5.

Prior to the performance at 6 p.m., the dedication of the "Tribute to Mountainair" mosaic will be held. Photographs of "old-timers," burned into tiles and surrounded by "found implements" of days gone by, make up the tribute located on the east wall of B Street Market on U.S. 60.

For more information, go online to ManzanoMountain

Local Plants Topic Of Aug. 11 Forum

Learn the tips and tricks needed to use and prepare plants and save seeds.

Traditional communities in the East Mountains have long relied on native plants for basic subsistence and treating a variety of ailments. That knowledge and experience is passed down from generation to generation.

The forum on local plants will be held on Aug. 11 from 9-11 a.m. at Carlito Springs Open Space.

For more information, directions or to RSVP, send an email to The forum is limited to 20 participants.

Academy To Hold BBQ Fundraiser

The Great Traditions Barbeque, a fundraiser for Estancia Valley Classical Academy, will be held on Aug. 12 at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will include a dinner, auction, remarks by Dan Coupland of Hillsdale College and Larry Miller, the school's principal.

For information about the school, classical education, or the barbecue, call 832-2223 or go to

Evening Gardening Classes Are Free

Mountain Gardens in Cedar Crest will be holding free gardening classes during August.

Class subjects include:

Seed Starting, Aug. 10.

Wintering Over, Aug. 25.

Classes are 6-7 p.m. at Mountain Gardens, at 12216 B N.M. 14 in Cedar Crest. Call 286-1778 for information.

Torrance County Fair Starts Aug. 14

The Torrance County Fair will be held Aug. 14-18.

For more information, go to or call Pam at 384-5315 or Jada at 220-8555.

Torrance Co. Fair Car Show Planned

A car show open to cars 25 years or older will be held at Lake Arthur Park in Estancia after the Torrance County Fair parade on Aug. 18.

The show is free to enter, and free to come and take a look. Trophies will be handed out for first, second and third place, and a people's choice.

Call 384-2575 or 384-2579 for more information.

Woofstock Aug. 18 In Edgewood

It's called Woofstock and it's coming to Edgewood on Aug. 18. Woofstock is a multi-agency adoption event for dogs and dog owners.

There will be vendors, agility competitions, rallies, fly-ball competitions and other events. There also will be music, a silent auction and a raffle. The event runs 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at the Edgewood playing field, which is just north of Edgewood Elementary on the west side of N.M. 344.

Torrance Shelter Holds Shot Clinic

The Torrance County Animal Shelter is holding a vaccination clinic on Aug. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon.

Reduced price shots for parvo, bordetella, FVRCP and rabies will be offered. Residents may purchase Torrance County licenses for their animals at the clinic and refreshments are free.

The shelter is at 751 Salt Missions Trail, south of Moriarty on N.M. 41. Call 384-5117 for information.

East Mountain Theater Auditions

East Mountain Centre for Theatre will hold auditions for its murder mystery musical, "Murder At Lighthouse Point," Aug. 25 and 26 from noon to 2 p.m.

Auditions will be at East Mountain High School's Sunflower Cafe at 25 La Madera Road in Sandia Park.

Performance are Oct. 12-27 on Friday and Saturday evenings. Auditions consist of cold script readings and singing. Pick a song that shows your range and acting ability. Need five men and five women ages from 20s to middle age, and possibly some teens. For more information, go to or call 681-8376.

Sunflower Fest Set for Aug. 25

Mountainair's annual Sunflower Festival will be held Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dr. Saul Community Center.

There will be arts and crafts featuring local and regional artists and artisans, live entertainment, food vendors, the Van of Enchantment, a mosaic/ mural tour, and of course the Sunflower Hat Contest.

The event is sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council. Go to for information.


East Mountain High School's Night Under the Stars Gala will be held on Aug. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club in Sandia Park.

There will be auctions, music, food, and drinks. Tickets are $60.

For more information call 281-7400, ext. 168 or email


There will be a ground breaking ceremony at the Moriarty Municipal Airport for the new cross-winds runway on Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

According to airport manager Bob Hudson, both U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall plan to attend. Call the airport at 832-5072 for more information.

Fine-Tune Recipes For Chili Cook-Off

The seventh annual Sanctuary Zone Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lions Club Building in Moriarty. The cost will be $3 to taste and judge the chili, or $25 registration to cook chili and submit it for judging. Cooks must make about 5 gallons for judging.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support a domestic violence safe house.

There will also be a car show, a motorcycle toy run, a 5 kilometer run/walk, a raffle and vendor booths. For more information, call 384-3001 or 702-5060.