Estancia Valley Classical Academy Christmas Concert and Bake Sale, DEC. 15, 6 p.m., at Moriarty Performing Arts Center. Admission $2. For more information contact Kimber Scott at 505-264-7197 or [email protected].

Mountainair High School Band Christmas Concert, DEC. 15 at 5:30 p.m., Mountainair High School Gym. For more information contact Virginia Hinds at 505-847-2211.

NMSL Makerspace E-Textile workshop, DEC. 15 at 10:30 a.m., E-textiles, bracelets, and bookmarks. At Edgewood Community Library. Free event, space is limited, reservation suggested. For more information For more information contact or call 505-281-0138.

Mountainair Elementary Window Art Reception, DEC. 16 at 12:45 p.m., Announcement of elementary school window art contest winners, hot cocoa, treats. Mountain Arts on Broadway. For more information contact Anne at 505-847-0109.

Valley View Christian Church Toy Giveaway, DEC. 16 – 17, 5 – 9 p.m. Contact VVCC for a voucher that can be redeemed for a free gift at the church Christmas store. For more information contact VVCC at 505-281-8373.

Moriarty Planning & Zoning meets DEC. 17 at 7 p.m., also every third Tuesday at the Moriarty Council Chambers, Civic Center. 505-832-4406.

Come Visit Santa Claus, Dec. 17-19, 6 – 8 p.m., at Crossley Park, Moriarty. Mr. and Mrs. Claus welcome visitors to their house at Crossley Park, free hot cocoa, requested donation of non-perishable food items or $1 per person towards Bethel Storehouse food drive, sponsored by Moriarty Lions, Moriarty Rotary, City of Moriarty. For more information contact City of Moriarty at 505-832-4406 or

Christmas Photo Fun with Santa, DEC. 18, 6 – 8 p.m., at Edgewood Community Library. Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. For more information contact or call 505-281-0138.

Sean Costanza performs, DEC. 18, 5 p.m., playing heartland country music at the Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid. For more information contact or

Animal Superpowers, DEC. 19, 10 a.m.. Learn about the connection between superheroes and wildlife and help animals survive in the wild. Free admission, donations accepted. Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center, Cerrillos. For more information contact, [email protected] or call the park at 505- 474-0196.

Christmas breakfast with Santa, DEC. 19, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Kids (1-12) $3, adults (13+) $5. At Mountainside Methodist Church, Cedar Crest. For more information contact 505-281-5117 or

The Collectables, an a capella singing group, at Smith’s in Edgewood DEC. 19 at 11 a.m. singing Christmas carols.

Christmas carols with Santa Claus, DEC. 19, 6 p.m., Santa will arrive around 6:30 p.m., ugly sweater contest, white elephant gift exchange. Hot cider and smores and bring a treat to share. At Old Tyme Shop and Ice Cream Parlor, South Hwy. 337, Tijeras, 505-281-3892.

Bring your friendly pet to Western Trails Veterinary Clinic to be photographed with Santa Claus, DEC. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 505-286-4604. Free, but donations to Paws & Stripes are solicited.

East Mountain Historical Society Las Posadas, DEC. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the historic church just west of the East Mountain Library in Tijeras. Sung in traditional Spanish with translations provided to follow along, refreshments and music after the event. Weather permitting. For more information about the East Mountain Historical Society, visit

Madrid Christmas Open House, DEC. 19-20, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Open house with Madrid businesses featuring local artisans, For more information contact

Anthony Leon performs, DEC. 24, 8 p.m., at the Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid. For more information contact or

Candelight Service, DEC. 24, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, Mountainair. For more information contact Brother Tony, 505-705-0045.

Gene Corbin performs, DEC. 24, 6 – 10 p.m., at Molly’s Bar, Tijeras. For more information contact or call 505-281-9911.

Midnight Mass, DEC. 24, midnight, St. Alice Catholic Church, Mountainair. For more information contact Parish office at 505-847-2264.

New Year’s concert with Iron Chiwawa, DEC. 31, 6 – 10 p.m., at Molly’s Bar, Tijeras. For more information contact or call 505-281-9911.

Benefits counseling, JAN. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Counselors from NM Aging and Long-Term Services Dept. will be at Bethel Storehouse. For more information contact 505-832-6642.

East Mountain Chamber of Commerce member luncheon, JAN. 7 at 11:30 a.m., and first Thursday of each month. For more information and to R.S.V.P. to [email protected].

Benefits counseling, JAN. 11, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, Counselors from NM Aging and Long-Term Services Dept. will be at Tijeras Senior Center. For more information contact 505-286-4220.

Los Vecinos Community Center Modeling Club begins, JAN. 13, 2:30 – 4:30 ages 8 – 14. Weekly through May 18, $10 / month. For more information contact Los Vecinos at 505-314-0240.

East Mountain Chamber of Commerce Winter Celebration Networking Event, JAN. 23, 5 – 7 p.m. Los Vecinos Community Center. For more information contact EMCC at [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,, or [email protected].

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]