Read to the Dogs, MAY 18 and Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m., at East Mountain Library in Tijeras. Children of all ages to practice reading out loud to therapy dogs. No registration required. For info, 505-281-8508.

Torrance County Home Visiting Program invites parents and toddlers up to age three to meet at Moriarty City Park MAY 19 to plant flowers. A light picnic meal will be served. Supplies provided, free. RSVP to 505-544-4740.

Republican Party of Torrance County hosts its Lincoln Day Dinner, MAY 19 at the Moriarty Civic Center, 6-10 p.m. Individual $60, couples $100, table for eight, $400. For info 505-252-0582 or lafalotnow@aol.com.

American Legion Post 74 and Auxiliary, meets MAY 20 or third Fridays, 6 p.m. at the Lions Club in Moriarty. For info, 505-803-9657 or AL74NM@gmail.com.

Grand opening celebration of Mountain Arts on Broadway in Mountainair, 1-4 p.m. on MAY 21, with open house, refreshments and an art exhibit. For info visit manzanomountainartcouncil.org.

“Night of Legends” at Abo Ruins MAY 21. Rock art tour 6-7:30 p.m. Ruins tour with full moon rising photography 7:30-8:30 p.m. Campfire program 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Edgewood Community Library’s summer reading program registration, MAY 23 to JUN. 6. Free 8-week summer program features arts and crafts, speakers, activities and more. Activities start JUN. 7. For information, contact the library at 505-281-0138.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting will be held Monday MAY 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. At the Edgewood Community Center. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

Star Gazing at Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, 6 – 9:30 p.m. MAY 25, presented by the Space Science Department of the Museum of Natural History and the Albuquerque Astronomical Society. For info call 505-281-5259.

Sandia MX Mud Bog Pt Series Race, MAY 28. For info see sandiamx.com.

Meet the Candidates, a forum jointly hosted by the Torrance County Democrats and Republican parties, MAY 28 at Dr. Saul Community Building in Mountainair. Potluck and meet & greet 2-3 p.m., Q&A 3-4 p.m. For questions, 505-440-9715 or 505-252-0582.

Girls Basketball Camp, Grades 1- 6, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Grades 7 through 9 1-3 p.m. MAY 31 – JUNE 2. Girls $30. Boys Basketball Camp grades 1-8, 9 a.m. -11 a.m MAY 31 – JUNE 1. Boys $20 dollars. Both camps will be in the MHS practice gym.

Moriarty Pinto Football Camp JUNE 1-26 (ages 6 -12) at the MHS Football Field. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. $20.

American Legion Riders Chapter 28 meets JUN. 1 and first Wednesdays at Chili Hills restaurant in Moriarty at 7 p.m. For mor info call 505-900-6765 or 505-803-9657.

A Bunch of Characters Drama presents dinner theater, “Murder Among the Mateys,” JUN. 3-4 at Covenant of Grace Church in Edgewood. For info call 505-832-9364.

Kay’s RV Camp with a Cause, benefits Paws & Stripes, JUN. 3-6 at American RV Park in Albuquerque. For info call 505-220-5796 or visit kaysrv.com.

Save Our Pets fundraiser and craft fair, JUN. 4 at 3416 Old Route 66, Moriarty, 9 to 3. Proceeds benefit a local animal shelter. For info call 832-6287.

Estancia Mile Long Yard Sale, JUN. 4, set up along Main Street. Free, all vendors welcome.

Geology Day at Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. JUN. 4 with a geology presentation at 10 a.m. For info, call 505-281-5259.

Mirage Dance Camp JUN. 7-9 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. $40. 8:15 a.m. Registration.

Sandia MX Series Round 1, JUN. 11-12. For info see sandiamx.com.

Jimbo’s live music JUN. 12 and second Sundays, 3 – 6 p.m. at Lazy Lizard in Cedar Crest. For info call 505-281-2313.

Co-ed Soccer camp JUNE 21-23 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. All ages. $20. Edgewood Middle School.

Free Sewing classes, “Sewing with Jean,” JUNE 13 and second and fourth Mondays at 11 a.m. At Bethel Storehouse in Moriarty. Starts with sewing machine basics, then onto projects. For info call 505-832-6642.

Healthy Foods Market, free produce for registered clients of Bethel Storehouse, JUNE 25, 10 a.m.-1p.m. For info call 505-832-6642.

American Legion Riders Chapter 28 will be riding for Bethel Storehouse’s food pantry, JUNE 18 line up at 8:30 at Duke City Harley in Albuquerque. Bring non-perishable food items. For info call 505-832-6642.

Edgewood 4th of July Field of Arts Festival, JUL. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For info on booths, call 505-414-1292.

Sandia MX Series Round 2, JUL. 9-10. For info see sandiamx.com.

Lizards, Snakes, and More, presentation by the NM Herpetological Society, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, JUL. 16. For info call 505-281-5259.

Edgewood Music Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park, JUL. 28-31. For info call 505-281-7655 or email info@wildlifewest.org.

Healthy Foods Market, free produce for registered clients of Bethel Storehouse, JULY 30, 10 a.m.-1p.m. For info call 505-832-6642.

Middle School Volley Ball camp AUGUST 1-3 grades 5-7 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. $40. Moriarty High school gym

Moriarty HS Volleyball Camp AUGUST 1-3 grades 8-12 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. $50. Moriarty High school gym.

Public Open House at Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, AUG. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a wilflower walk at 9 a.m. and an ecology hike at 10 a.m. For info call 505-281-5259.

Sandia MX Series Round 3, AUG. 13-14. For info see sandiamx.com.

Mountainair Sunflower Festival, AUG. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art, jazz, refreshments, more.

Healthy Foods Market, free produce for registered clients of Bethel Storehouse, AUGUST 27, 10 a.m.-1p.m. For info call 505-832-6642.

Sandia MX Series Round 4, SEP. 10-11. For info see sandiamx.com.

Sandia MX Series Round 5, OCT. 15-16. For info see sandiamx.com.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.