Chuckwagon Dinner Show at Wildlife West Nature Park, 6 p.m. SEPTEMBER 1. Dinner and music, plus admission to the park, is $27 for adults, $25 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11 and free for kids 4 and under. Reservations required. Call 505-281-7655.
Meet and greet for candidates Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie Morales, hosted by Moriarty Mayor Ted Hart at Harts Hardware SEPTEMBER 3 at 3 p.m., part of the candidates’ statewide bus tour.
Medicare & Medicaid assistance from N.M. Aging and Long-Term Services, providing free, unbiased advice SEPTEMBER 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bethel Storehouse in Moriarty No appointment needed, call 505-832-6642 for info.
East Mountain Toastmasters meets, SEPTEMBER 5 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker conference room at 12024 North 14 in Cedar Crest. Call 862-216-5891 for info. Guests welcome.
Public meeting to discuss the BLM 248-acre Section 34 open space Edgewood has been leasing for recreational purposes, SEPTEMBER 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the new town council chambers in the Edgewood Elementary complex. For info call 505-286-4518.
Estancia Public Library after-school children’s program, and preschool storytime, with registration through SEPTEMBER 7. Spaces limited. Free. For info call 505-384-9655.
Lecture by Dr. Joseph P. Sanchez hosted by Salinas Pueblo National Monument, “New Mexico’s Starvation Period: The Battle at Acoma and Jumano War, 1599-1601,” SEPTEMBER 7 at 11 a.m. at the MMAC Building in Mountainair. For info 505-847-2585, x 220.
Schwebach Farm Dinner in the Field, featuring chef Daniel Puccini from Roots Farm Cafe, SEPTEMBER 8. For info call 505-832-6171.
The Torrance County DWI Prevention Program will host the Seventh Annual Dance Under the Stars on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 8 from 5–9 p.m. at Crossley Park in Moriarty. The event is free and concessions will benefit the Torrance County Teen Court Program. For more information, call 505-705-0332.
The Edgewood Community Library Friends used book sale, SEPTEMBER 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Book Barn. At the North end of the Edgewood Community Library. For info, contact Nadine at [email protected]
East Mountain Progressives meet SEPTEMBER 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Arby’s in Moriarty. For info call Andrew Homer at 505-459-6236.
End of Summer Car Show, SEPTEMBER 8 at the Vaughn Fire Station from 12-4 p.m. Over 25 trophies plus a grand prize. Food, music and giveaways. All makes and models. For info contact Tony Jaramillo at 505-459-2358.
A discussion on “Broadband Challenges in the East Mountains” will be hosted by Bernalillo County Commissioner Jim Smith, SEPTEMBER 8 at Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras, starting at 8 a.m. Panel discussion, facilitated roundtables and networking session. For info email [email protected]
20th Annual (and final) Run for the Beans SEPTEMBER 8. Cash awards for anyone who beats the course record, and other prizes. Money raised benefits veterans. Entries locally by calling 505-384-5039. Start registration 6:30 a.m., race starts at 8. Breakfast provided. Prizes, drawings, and premiums for racers. All welcome. 80+ free entry. 5K, 10k, 1.5 mile walk fun run.
Last community sale of the summer at Old Tyme Shop, SEPTEMBER 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $1 menu items, free spaces. Buy, sell, trade. Kids items, crafts and more.
Medicare & Medicaid assistance from NM Aging and Long-Term Services, providing free, unbiased advice, SEPTEMBER 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Tijeras Senior Center. No appointment needed, call 505-286-4220 for info.
Friends of Tijeras Pueblo present a lecture by Hayward Franklin on New Ceramic Evidence at Kuaua Pueblo, SEPTEMBER 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Cost is a $5 donation for non-members. For info call 505-281-3304.
Medicare & Medicaid assistance from NM Aging and Long-Term Services, providing free, unbiased advice, SEPTEMBER 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Edgewood Senior Center. No appointment needed, call 505-281-2515 for info.
Grand opening, open house and ribbon cutting for The Independent newspaper at 95 State Road 344 in Edgewood. Live music, food, art, door prizes from local businesses, and a celebration of our new office space, SEPTEMBER 14 from 5-9 p.m.. Family friendly and open to the public. For info call 55-286-1212 or email [email protected]
Sandia Ranger District is looking for volunteers to help maintain the trails on SEPTEMBER 15 at 9 a.m. Trail work volunteers will be meeting at the Tijeras Ranger Station. Dress in long pants and wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and snacks. Most workdays last until 3 p.m. For more information contact 505-281-3304 or [email protected]
An opening reception for the show, “Jewelry Harvest,” featuring artists Ray Darnell, Rebecca Anthony, and Mary Schultz, will be held at Cibola Arts Gallery in Mountainair SEPTEMBER 15, from 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and artists will be present. For info, call 505-847-0324.
Men’s a cappella chorus de Profundis performs “Homeward” at the Quarai Ruins, SEPTEMBER 16 at 3 p.m. Free. Rainy day location is the MMAC Center in Mountainair.
East Mountain Toastmasters meets, SEPTEMBER 19 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker conference room at 12024 North 14 in Cedar Crest. Call 862-216-5891 for info. Guests welcome.
Greater Edgewood Area Chamber’s third Thursday lunch meeting at Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union, SEPTEMBER 20. For info email [email protected].
MammoVan visit SEPTEMBER 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Edgewood Library, at 171-B State Road 344 in the old Edgewood Elementary School complex. To learn more visit edgewood-nm.gov.
Woofstock Pet Expo and Adoption Festival on SEPTEMBER 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edgewood Soccer Comple. Shot clinic, adoptions, food, live music and animals. Well behaved animals on a leash are welcome. For more information contact the Town of Edgewood at 505-286-4518.
The Torrance County DWI Prevention Program, Torrance County Domestic Violence Program, Torrance County Office of Emergency Management, Partnership for a Healthy Torrance Community, E-Town Fitness and The Independent newspaper are sponsoring the Inaugural Suicide Awareness/Prevention 5k walk/run SEPTEMBER 22. Onsite registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Estancia Veterans Plaza. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a Silent Walk to honor veterans who have died by suicide. The 5k will begin at 9 a.m. at Lake Arthur Park. Exhibitor space is available and lunch will be provided to participants. Registration is free. For more information, contact 505-705-0332 or [email protected]
The Edgewood Community Library Friends used book sale, SEPTEMBER 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Book Barn. At the North end of the Edgewood Community Library. For info, contact Nadine at [email protected].
Moriarty’s annual Pinto Bean Fiesta, SEPTEMBER 22 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., in conjunction with Moriarty High School Homecoming. All ages welcome. For more information, call Brenda at 505-832-4406.
First Annual Convoy of Hope, SEPTEMBER 22, with line-up on the loop behind O’Reilly’s in Edgewood at 6:30 p.m., and ending at Sierra Blanca Brewery for dinner by Pizza 9, including a dessert bar. $10 entry benefits the 4th Annual Starlit Night. Hosted by Estancia Valley Hands of Hope. For info 505-267-0031 or [email protected].
The Torrance County DWI Prevention Program and the Partnership for a Healthy Torrance Community are hosting a Mental Health First Aid Class on SEPTEMBER 24-25 at the New Mexico National DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty. This 8-hour class will be held from 1-5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., respectively. Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Registration is free. For info contact 505-705-0332 or [email protected]
Second Annual Taste of the East Mountains at Legacy Church in Edgewood, a benefit for the East Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce, on SEPTEMBER 29. Samples of locally produced goodies. Details TBA. For more, email [email protected]
Third Annual Bustin’ Clays event, benefits the Greater Edgewood Area Chamber, SEPTEMBER 29 at Founders Ranch. Team-building and networking. For info, [email protected]
Paa-ko Fine Artists Art Show, OCTOBER 6-7 at the Paa-ko Community Center in Sandia Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact 505-620-0771 for info.
Western Prairie Vintage Tea, OCTOBER 14 from 1-4 p.m. at the Moriarty Civic Center. Light, sweet and savory refreshments, entertainment, vintage portrait and keepsake. Don your best vintage vintage western apparel for hat and costume contest. $20, or $18 early bird price. RSVP by Sept. 29. Benefits the Moriarty Historical Society & Museum. For info call 505-832-0839 or 505-832-2513.
Trail Work Days. Sandia Ranger District is looking for volunteers to help maintain the trails on OCTOBER 20 at 9 a.m. Trail work volunteers will be meeting at the Tijeras Ranger Station. Dress in long pants and wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and snacks. Most workdays last until 3 p.m. For more information 505-281-3304 or [email protected]
East Mountain Progressives meet OCTOBER 20 at 2 p.m. at Arby’s in Moriarty. For info call Andrew Homer at 505-459-6236.
East Torrance Soil & Water Conservation District’s 75th Anniversary and annual meeting, NOVEMBER 10 at 5 p.m. at 701 10th Street in Estancia.
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 [email protected]