Mountainair Arts Activities In January

Need to get out of the house in the New Year? Consider some of the following activities at Mountain Arts on Broadway (US60 at Ross) in Mountainair.

Open Studio-Clay and Mosaics. Tomás Wolff(847-2444) conducts this class every Wednesday, 10 am to 1 pm, $15 per class for nonmembers, $10 for members.

Children’s and Families’ Clay Handbuilding. Tomás Wolff (847-2444)conducts this class every Saturday (starting January 12) 9:30 to 11 am. Free, funded by Manzano Mountain Art Council.

Community Mural Project. Danielle Norris Gardner, project director and artist, works on the east wall of the art center every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm. Volunteers, aluminum beverage cans (preferably rinsed, and plywood (at least ¼ inch thick and 2 ft. by 2 ft.) are needed.

Yoga Classes. Ellen Ashbrook continues these every Monday from 9:30 to 11 am. Call ahead at 384-5442.

Speak Spanish- Eat Lunch (Habla Espanol-Almuerza). Every Monday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Bring your own lunch. Everyone is welcome, including beginners.

Check the website for other lectures and workshops to start at the end of the month.


Christmas Land is Open in Mountainair

Christmas Land has again opened its doors at the Mountainair Community Center. This free event will run through Monday, December 24. There are more thatn 130 decorated Christmas trees; dozens of wreaths; lots of toys and nutcrackers; free music, hot drinks and cookies; and a nativity scene. A silent auction of china, glassware, and other items will be held on Sunday, December 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Edgewood Hunt-n-Glow December 15, 2012

$1000 Prize Package Stuffs One Winner’s Stocking at Edgewood’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt

One lucky winner will win a $1000+ prize package at Edgewood’s inaugural annual “Hunt-n-Glow” on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Pick up your entry forms and treasure maps after 10 a.m. at the chamber booth located at the Edgewood Elementary School at Dinkle and State Road 344 in Edgewood. The grand prize will also be available for viewing at the booth.

Scavenger hunters will find clues by locating the “X” at each participating location at the school, and then will continue to locations on the map provided them.

“Hunters” will find clues and enjoy refreshments while enjoying Edgewood’s stores and restaurants. Completed entries must be submitted at the chamber booth by 4 pm, and the winner will be chosen. A single winner will get the grand prize made up of gifts from all of the participating stores, worth over $1000.

More than 2 dozen businesses in Edgewood and the East Mountain area, ranging from local artists and home based businesses to large stores like Walmart and Tractor Supply, are participating. Located just 20 minutes east of Albuquerque and 40 minutes south of Santa Fe, NM, small town Edgewood is becoming the retail center of the East Mountains and a destination for regional day trippers.

A light parade begins at 5 pm, with lit displays and balloons marching from the Walmart on State Road 344 North to the Soccer field. The light parade will include the Moriarty High School Marching Band, and Santa in a Hot Air Balloon Basket.

The Moriarty High School “Messengers” Choir is performing a holiday sing-a-long at theBalloon Glow at the Soccer field right after the parade, along with Santa in his chair welcoming the kids. Hot chocolate and other goodies will be sold by the Edgewood Food Pantry and the Edgewood Police Department to raise funds for the Edgewood Food Pantry.

This is the 1st year for this event. “Edgewood wanted an annual tradition to take place around the holidays, and, with the business, artists, and balloonists in the area we are building a free event for families and tourists to come by and spend the day in Edgewood.

We are coming together as a whole community to celebrate the holiday season and put Edgewood “on YOUR map” as a town that welcomes everybody to join us.” says Madeline Heitzman, the Executive Director of The Edgewood Chamber of Commerce who is working with the Town of Edgewood to build this event.

Please Call Madelyn Heitzman 505-850-2523 for more information

Christmas Events Along the Salt Missions Trail This Weekend

Looking for something special to celebrate the Season this month? Head out to the Salt Missions Trail and enjoy one or more of these events.

A theatrical reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is being presented by the Monte Alto Players at Mountain Arts on Broadway in Mountainair. Two ‘showings’ – the first on Saturday, December 8 at 5 p.m. and the second on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. Donations at this free performance will benefit Mountain Arts on Broadway, a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Edgewood Chamber of Commerce Hunt and Glow Scavenger Hunt and Shopping Spree is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, with the Scavenger Hunt during the Day and the Balloon Glow at dusk.

Following the Balloon Glow, head to the Town of Estancia for the annual  Torrance County Parade of Lights, with a stop at the Craft Fair at the High School as well.

Also on the 15th, iCreate Music Program will be providing a free Christmas Musical at 2 p.m. in Mountainair.

On Sunday, December 16, the Mountainair Community Chorus will present A Celebration of Carols by Joseph Martin. This free performance will start at 2 p.m. at the Mountainair Baptist Chruch at 108 W. Broadway.