Family Fun Night, JAN. 28, 6 – 8 p.m., Edgewood Community Library. For more information call 505-281-0138.
Humanity Quilters, JAN. 28, 9 a.m. – NOON, Vista Larga Community Center, Sandia Park. No experience necessary, no children please. For more information contact 505-293-0581.
Senior Citizen Luncheon, JAN. 28, and fourth Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Estancia. Everyone welcome. For more information contact 505-384-2286.
Vista Larga Open House, JAN. 30, NOON – 4 p.m., at Vista Larga Animal Hospital. Come see the new facility. Linney Court next to Tractor Supply, Edgewood. For more information contact 505-281-7100.
Senior Center Game Night, JAN. 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at McIntosh Senior Center Club. Donations, volunteers, local musicians welcome. For more information contact 505-384-2636.
9th Annual Chile Challenge, JAN. 31, after the annual meeting at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. For more information contact [email protected].
Experiencing God personal prayer retreat, JAN. 31, 1:30-5 p.m. at Mountainside Methodist Church. Fee $10. For info contact [email protected] or 505-286-9984.
Edgewood Planning and Zoning, FEB. 1 and first and third Mondays, 6 p.m., Edgewood Community Center. For more information contact 505-286-4518.
Tijeras Planning and Zoning Commision, FEB. 1 and first Mondays, 6 p.m., Tijeras City Hall. For more information contact 505-281-1220.
Word Circle, FEB. 1, 9 a.m., Peer group for creative writers led by Karen Lehmann, free. For details contact 505-507-0008.
Benefits counseling FEB. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Benefits counselor from NM Aging and Long-Term Services Department will be at Bethel Storehouse. For more information call 505-832-6642.
East Mountain Ears, FEB. 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Chili Hills Restaurant, Edgewood. For more information contact 505-832-0803.
Preschool Reading: Rapunzel, FEB. 3, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Preschoolers age 3-5 and their families enjoy Rapunzel themed stories, songs, crafts, and more. At the East Mountain Library in Tijeras. For more information contact 505-281-8508 or abclibrary.org/eastmountain.
Cedar Crest Drinking Liberally, FEB. 4, 5 – 7 p.m., Green Side Cafe, Liberals and progressives gather to discuss politics, travel, movies, and anything else. For more information contact Dwight at 505-281-3655.
East Mountain Breakfast Club, FEB. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., New social networking group open to East Mountain residents. For more information leave a message at 505-717-7551 or email [email protected].
EMIFPA comprehensive educational series begins, FEB. 6, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Discuss wildfire issues and concerns, program includes a mock evacuation center check in for both people and animals, fire weather predictions for the 2016 fire season, prescribed fire methodologies, and preparedness planning, more. Lunch provided free, takes place regardless of weather conditions, At Vista Grande Community Center. R.S.V.P. required, reply to [email protected]. For more information EMIFPA on Facebook, emifpa.org, or [email protected].
VFW Post 3370 Steak and Fish Night, FEB. 6 and first Saturdays, 4 – 9 p.m.. For more information contact 505-832-0730.
Low Cost Pet Shot Clinic, FEB. 7, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Tractor Supply, Edgewood. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes. For more information tractorsupply.com.
Benefits counseling FEB. 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Benefits counselor from NM Aging and Long-Term Services Department will be at Tijeras Senior Center. For more information call 505-286-4220.
Read to the Dogs, FEB. 10 and Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m., at East Mountain Library in Tijeras. Children of all ages to practice reading out loud and gain confidence by reading to therapy dogs. No registration required. For more information contact 505-281-8508 or abclibrary.org/eastmountain.
Boy Scouts Troop 640, FEB. 12, 7 p.m., Good Shepard Lutheran Church Edgewood. For more information contact 505-286-8456 or troop640.weebly.com.
Book Barn sale, FEB. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Edgewood Community Library. All profits directly benefit the Edgewood Community Library. For more information contact 505-281-0138 or edgewood-nm.gov.
Second Saturday Community Coffee House, FEB. 13, 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Edgewood. Featuring music by Oscar Butler. Free admission, donations appreciated. For more information contact [email protected] or unityemtns.org.
East Mountain Food Pantry, FEB. 16, 9 a.m., Mountainside Methodist Church, Cedar Crest. For more information contact 505-281-5117 or mountainsidemethodist.org.
Deadline for nominations for Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, MAR. 11, Recognize those restoring protecting the natural heritage and environmental health of our state. For more information and nomination forms visit .www.env.nm.gov.
Prayer Encounter Retreat MAR. 11-12 at Mountainside Methodist Church in Cedar Crest. Fee $20. For more info visit mountainsidemethodist.org or call 505-281-5117.
Second Saturday Coffee House, MAR. 12, 6:30 p.m.. Performers TBA. Free admission, donations accepted, family friendly. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Edgewood. For more information contact [email protected] or 505-286-1203.
“Summon Your Muse” writing contest deadline, MAR. 19, Moriarty Community Library. Contest for different age groups from children to adult. For more information including rules and entry forms contact Moriarty Community Library at 505-832-2513 or on facebook.com.
Mountainair Gymkhana Rodeo, MAY 1, also June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23. Events for all ages from kids to adults. At the Mountainair Rodeo Grounds. For more information, contact Tana at 505-220-0123.
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]