East Mountain Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting, DECEMBER 1 at Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras at 11:30 a.m. Food provided by Chili Hills, $10. RSVP to 505-281-1999 or [email protected]

Christmas tree lighting, lights parade, and craft show in Mountainair DECEMBER 2-3. Christmas tree lighting will start at 5:30 p.m. and a parade will follow. The next day at 10 a.m. there will be a craft show at the Dr. Saul Building. For more info contact Juanita at 505-861-5230.

Cibola Arts Gallery’s holiday show, opening reception DECEMBER 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 217 W. Broadway, Mountainair. For info call 505-847-0324.

Santa will fly in and land at Edgewood’s Sandia Airpark DECEMBER 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Games, photos with Santa, and cocoa.

Children’s Shopping Day at Bethel Community Storehouse DECEMBER 3. Refreshments, live music, Santa. Special deals for kids. For info call 505-832-6642.

Winter Arts Festival DECEMBER 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Edgewood Elementary School. There will be authors and writers, local musicians, great food, and fun for the whole family.

On DECEMBER 3, starting at 9 a.m., the Holiday Horse Shaggy Show will be held at the Rocking Horse Arena near Stanley. $5/class for 4H or FFA or $35/day; adults are $6/class or $45/day. For info call Amber at 530-913-1843 or Michelle at 505-659-9423.

Come meet Santa Claus with live music and holiday-flavored frozen yogurt at 2 Marietta Court in Edgewood DECEMBER 3 from 12 to 2 p.m.

5th Annual Wreath Laying to place wreaths for veterans at the Estancia Cemetery. Everyone is invited to come help. The event is DECEMBER 3 at 10 a.m.

24th annual Torrance County Christmas Fair and Safety Parade, DECEMBER 10. Craft fair at Estancia High School Gym from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with music, entertainment and food. See Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. Lights parade registration starts in the high school gym at 5 p.m., with the parade starting at 6 p.m. After the parade, hot chocolate and cookies will be served at Arthur Park. For info call 269-8187 or 951-764-1467.

East Mountain Community Chorus presents its annual performances of Messiah at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church DECEMBER 3-4. Both performances are at 3 p.m.

The Third Annual Starlit Night and Bethel Express rolls into the Moriarty Civic Center DECEMBER 4 starting at 6 p.m.. Christmas dinner, live music, a food drive benefiting Bethel Storehouse, and much more. For info call 505-702-1033. Free and open to the community.

Cibola Arts Gallery Arts will be hosting its Northern Lights Reception DECEMBER 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Mountainair. For more info call 505-847-0324.

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

Mountainair Chamber of Commerce Christmas meeting, DECEMBER 7 at 5 p.m., council meeting room. Refreshments. For info call 505-847-3490.

Stargazing at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, DECEMBER 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., free. Peer through telescopes at the dark winter sky at 60 Columbine Lane in Cedar Crest. For info call 281-5259.

Christmas tree lighting and bonfire will be held at the recreational complex in Edgewood DECEMBER 9 at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Carols sung by Moriarty High School choir, Roosevelt Middle School Band, and Edgewood Middle School, and South Mountain Elementary choir.

Moriarty Library’s annual Children’s Christmas Carnival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moriarty Civic Center on DECEMBER 10. Cookies, cocoa, crafts and games, pictures with Santa, raffle. For info call 505-832-2513.

Edgewood Senior Center Christmas Fiesta, DECEMBER 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vendors needed. There will be a table for children to do a take-home gift. Table space limited, $15. Call Kathy at 505-459-9346.

Christmas Craft Fair at Estancia High School Gym DECEMBER 10 at 10 a.m. Following the crafts fair, visit with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. For more info call Audrey at 505-269-8187 or Barbara at 951-764-1467.

East Mountain Dance presents the Nutcracker Ballet, DECEMBER 10 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for age 12 and under. For info call 505-281-6141.

Manzano Mountain Community Chorus presents a Christmas Cantata DECEMBER 11 at 2 p.m. at the Manzano Mountain Arts Center in Mountainair. The chorus will also present a choral piece by Mountainair composer Kathleen Ryan, who will accompany the chorus. Admission is free. For info, call 505-384-4157.

Holiday Open House at the DWI Victims’ Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty, DECEMBER 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments and holiday treats and a victim tribute tree. For info call 505-832-4495.

DECEMBER 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a seasonal chamber mixer, co-hosted by The Independent newspaper and Church Street Market. An evening of refreshments and networking, and to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of 2016. For info call 505-286-1212.

Swearing-in of new Torrance County officials, DECEMBER 15 at 4 p.m. at the Neil Mertz Judicial Complex in Estancia. Hosted by the 7th Judicial District Court and the Torrance County Extension Office. Swearing-in for Torrance County’s 4-H Council as well. Seating is limited. For info call 505-544-4333.

Tijeras Senior Center veterans outreach, DECEMBER 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. For info call Joseph at 505-383-2414.

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 [email protected]