United Blood Services blood drive at Re/Max Pros NM in Cedar Crest, APRIL 5 from 1 – 4 p.m. Sponsor code is NMREMax to make appointment. Call 505-281-7767 for details.

Spring stargazing at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest APRIL 5. Hiking trails open from 6 p.m. until dusk with stargazing from 8 – 9 p.m. For details contact 505-281-5259 or fiana.shapiro@state.nm.us.

Meet your community health council at Edgewood Community Center from 12 – 2 p.m. on APRIL 5. Lunch, learn about new initiatives, tell us what’s happening in Edgewood. For info call 505-832-4495.

East Mountain Chamber of Commerce luncheon APRIL 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras. Food provided by Greenside Cafe. RSVP to info@eastmountainchamber.com or at 505-281-1999.

Music open mic and music circle, APRIL 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Mountain Arts on Broadway in Mountainair. Refreshments provided. For info email lifetree@futureofanimals.com.

Torrance County 50+ Games pickleball competition, APRIL 8 at the Mountainair Elementary School gym, starting at 9 a.m. For info contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402 jerrymeldcp@gmail.com.

Free movie night at East Mountain Vineyard Church, APRIL 8, showing the movie Risen at 6 p.m. Contact Pastor Greg at 505-363-6625 to learn more.

Attention horse, mule, nature, and hiking lovers. Learn about clearing trails in the Manzano and Pecos Mountains with the Back Country Horsemen of NM Pecos Chapter, APRIL 8 at the Sandia Labs Credit Union meeting room from 10 a.m. to noon. For info, horseymom517@gmail.com.

Second Saturday Coffeehouse concert features Katrina Trujillo-Lucero’s acoustic music, followed by Oscar Butler. Now at a new location at WoodsEnd Church in Edgewood APRIL 8. Doors open 6, with performance starting at 6:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments provided. For info call 505-281-1203.

The Edgewood Family History Center sponsors Family Discovery Day at the LDS Church in Edgewood APRIL 8. Registration and keynote speaker starts at 8 a.m., with classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info email edgewoodfhc@gmail.com.

A diabetes self-management program begins APRIL 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethel Community Storehouse in Moriarty. The program is for adults with diabetes. For info or to pre-register, contact Danielle at 505-544-4335 or dberrien@nmsu.edu.

Route 66 Arts Alliance Annual meeting APRIL 11 at its Edgewood office at the old Edgewood Elementary School, 6 p.m. For info call 505-414-1292.

“Unmasked: Icons of Duality at Hueco Tanks,” a lecture by Marc Thompson at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras, APRIL 11 at 6:30 p.m. For info call 505-281-3304.

Santa Fe County’s property tax outreach program for property tax payments at the Edgewood Senior Center at 114 Quail Trail, APRIL 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tip-a-Cop, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, APRIL 14 at Chili Hills restaurant in Edgewood from 3 – 7 p.m. Meet Edgewood police officers, who serve as waiters. Tips benefit the NM Special Olympics. For info call 505-281-5717.

Meditation workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all, APRIL 15 from 2 to 3:45, and then to 5 p.m., at the Wat Center in Albuquerque. $2 donation. Info, Jay Cutts, 281-0684.

Edgewood’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, APRIL 15 at the soccer field starting at 11 a.m. Photos with the Easter Bunny, jumpers, free hot dogs, games and more. Egg hunt starts at 11:15 for ages 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7, plus an area for toddlers younger than age 2. For info call 505-281-5717.

Special Easter Service APRIL 16 at East Mountain Vineyard Church in Edgewood at 10 a.m. For info call 505-948-0900.

Route 66 Arts Alliance classes will be starting APRIL 19 and include art, crafts, theater and music. For details and registration, visit route66artsalliance.org or look for the group on Facebook. Or call 505-286-4985.

Torrance County 50+ Games 8-ball pool tournament, APRIL 22 at the Mountainair Senior Center, starting at 9 a.m. For info contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402 or jerrymeldcp@gmail.com.

Making Tracks for Health, community walk APRIL 22 starting at 7:15 a.m. at Arthur Park in Estancia. Breakfast burritos provided. For info call 505-832-4495.

Family health and safety fair APRIL 22 at the Estancia High School gym from 8 – 11 a.m. CNMEC annual membership meeting starts at 11 a.m. Door prizes. For info call 505-832-4495 or email dlortiz@lobo.net or bclark@lobo.net.

Seed saving and gardening workshop, APRIL 22 at the Edgewood Soil & Water Conservation District at 2506 Old 66, Moriarty, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. How to save seed, when to harvest, tools of the trade, growing vegetables in the East Mountains and more. For info visit eastmountainseed.org.

Health and Safety Fair, APRIL 22 at Estancia High School Gym, from 8-11 a.m., followed by CNMEC annual meeting at 11 a.m. Door prizes.

Authors for Literacy, annual event at the Moriarty Civic Center, sponsored by the Moriarty Community Library and the Read “Write” Adult Literacy Program, APRIL 22. Booth space $10. For info email moriartyauthorsevent@gmail.com.

Walkin N Circles horse rescue is hosting a community trail ride fundraiser APRIL 23. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; ride when ready. Trail is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $45 and tax-deductible. Proceeds help care for the rescue animals. For info visit wncr.org.

Santa Fe County’s property tax outreach program for property tax payments at the Edgewood Senior Center at 114 Quail Trail, APRIL 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

High Desert Riders equine club meets APRIL 25 and fourth Tuesdays at the Edgewood Community Center at 7 p.m. For info call 505-379-8658.

Estancia Business Professionals of America team fundraiser for national competition, a spaghetti dinner and bingo APRIL 26 at 5 p.m. Dinner and bingo $10, raffle tickets $5 and bingo cards $1. For info call 505-908-4836.

Edgewood Family History Center offers “Correcting Relationships in Family Search Family Tree Involving Duplicates, Merging and Looping,” at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church in Edgewood. To rsvp or for info email edgewoodfhc@gmail.com.

Estancia Seed Swap, APRIL 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Estancia Public Library. Guest speakers are Flordemayor Hall and Greg Schoen. Share seeds and knowledge.

Torrance County 50+ Games badminton competition, APRIL 29 at the Dr. Saul Community Center in Mountainair, starting at 9 a.m. For info contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402 jerrymeldcp@gmail.com.

Tip-a-Cop, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, APRIL 29 at Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill from 2 – 6 p.m. Meet Edgewood police officers, who serve as waiters. Tips benefit the NM Special Olympics. For info call 505-281-5717.

Edgewood town council meeting MAY 3 at the Edgewood Community Center at 6:30 p.m. For info call 505-286-4518 or visit edgewood-nm.gov.

Torrance County 50+ Games archery competition, MAY 6, location and time TBA. For info contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402 or jerrymeldcp@gmail.com.

Self-Reliance Fair, held at the LDS Church in Edgewood MAY 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes on fermentation, vermiculture, composting, beekeeping and many more, plus 20 booths. Free food. For info visit selfreliancefair.blogspot.com.

Country Living & Lifestyles Expo, MAY 6 at Edgewood Elementary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Organized by the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce. Vendors are encouraged to contact the chamber at 505-596-0566 or director@edgewoodchambernm.com.

Moriarty High School visual and performing arts departments present a Spring Spectacular MAY 8 at 5 and 7 p.m. at the MHS Performing Arts Center.

Meditation workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all, MAY 13 from 2 to 3:45, and then to 5 p.m., at the Wat Center in Albuquerque. $2 donation. Info, Jay Cutts, 281-0684.

Tip-a-Cop, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, MAY 13 at Denny’s in Edgewood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet Edgewood police officers, who serve as waiters. Tips benefit the NM Special Olympics. For info call 505-281-5717.

Torrance County 50+ Games track and field events, MAY 20 at the Estancia High School track, starting at 8 a.m. For info contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402 or jerrymeldcp@gmail.com.

Meditation workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all, JUNE 3 from 2 to 3:45, and then to 5 p.m., at the Wat Center in Albuquerque. $2 donation. Info, Jay Cutts, 281-0684.

Torrance County 50+ Games horseshoes tournament, JUNE 3 at City Park in Moriarty, starting at 1 p.m. For info contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402 or jerrymeldcp@gmail.com.

End of Trail, the World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, at SASS Founders Ranch JUNE 15-25.

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.