June, 2016

Cerrillos, New Mexico

Former “Whatnot Shop” in Cerrillos Now a Busy Mercantile Center

Located at 15B First Street in downtown Cerrillos, New Mexico is a recently renovated and revitalized mercantile center that has roots going back to the 1890s. Cerrillos Station is two buildings combined into one large center, The mercantile offers American Craft, gifts and art, healthy provisions and a gallery for art and art classes, a movement studio for ballet and Yoga, a day spa offering a hair salon, facials and massage therapy, a courtyard where patrons can sit in the shade and enjoy sculpture while nearby food trucks serve delicious dinners and an artisan from Santo Domingo Pueblo bakes bread in an horno (earth Oven).

Cerrillos Station is easy to find and a great drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque along The Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway. From Santa Fe take Hwy 14 South

(Cerrillos Road) 22 minutes outside Santa Fe City limits and turn right onto Main Street toward the village of Cerrillos. Turn right at First Street, Cerrillos Station is on the right. From Albuquerque take I-40 East and exit at Cedar Crest and keep left. Follow the Turquoise Trail and drive 3 miles past the Village of Madrid. Turn left onto Main Street toward the village of Cerrillos. Turn right at First Street, Cerrillos Station is on the right.

In 2015 Barbara Briggs bought the buildings and began an extensive renovation process. The green renovation included bridging between the history and the future.

For hours and other information visit CerrillosStation.com or call (505) 474-9326

Electric Bikes Hit the Trail in Cerrillos, New Mexico

Just as Summer is heating up, another opportunity to get out and about has opened for business along the Turquuoise Trail.

The recently established CERRILLOS E-BIKE was founded by Steve and Bonnie Gibons. Their background in tourism and their love for history all came together in the small village of Cerrillos, New Mexico.

CERRILLOS E-BIKE, specializes in “electric assist” biking excursions from novice to expert biker, offering rentals as well as tours. If you are on one of their tours, their FAT TIRE bikes and certified guides will keep you safe, having fun and full of historical information. For operating hours and reservations visit CerrillosEBike.com or call (505) 473-8560. info@cerrillosebike.com


Edgewood, New Mexico

Wildlife Park in Edgewood Starts up the Summer with Popular Chuckwagon Suppers

Join us for dinner and music at one of central New Mexico’s most enjoyable attractions, just 20 minutes east of Albuquerque in Edgewood! The park is open to chuck wagon guests at 5:30; the falcon show begins at 6:00; hayrides run from 6:00 to 7:00; and dinner is served at 7:00. The music starts approximately 8:00 and usually runs for about an hour.

Just before the show starts, world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie will present a special free-flight Peregrine Falcon demonstration. The audience will experience these magnificent birds close up and learn how the fastest raptor on earth survives in the wild. A puppet show, created by youth, tells a fun and heart-warming story of other animals in the Park.

Reservations are required by 2:00 PM on the day of the show; vegetarian options must be requested at time of reservation. To make reservations, please contact us: (505) 281-7655

Join us for our first Chuckwagon Supper and one-day Wildlife Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

May, 2016

Popular Pet Store in Eldorado Makes a Big Move Into a Bigger and Better Store by Kim Shanahan

When Lisa Boegl, owner of Eldorado Country Pet, moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Eldorado in 1999, the first thing she thought was, “This place needs a pet supply store.” As someone who managed her first retail store at the age of 20, a busy record store in Washington State, she knew she was up for the task but put the notion on the back burner for a while.

In the meantime, an opportunity to pursue another passion – wild birds – presented itself and she took the job of volunteer coordinator for the Randall Davey Audubon Center on Upper Canyon Rd. “It was a great five year run,” Lisa said. “I learned so much about the wild birds and wildlife of New Mexico and participated in numerous bird counts from Raton to Socorro.”
While the Audubon Center was a great experience, Lisa was always on the watch to resume another great passion – animal welfare. Before moving to NM, Lisa had been the wildlife rehabilitation coordinator for Peninsula Humane Society, one of California’s only animal shelters with a wildlife division. “I loved that job,” Lisa remembers. “Helping sick and injured animals back to health and then releasing them back to their natural elements was tremendously gratifying and extremely hard work.”

One animal she nursed back to health was not a wild one but was on death’s door when he came into the shelter. That was a stray, year-old green iguana. Lisa took Manny home to rehab and ultimately adopted him. Manny made the move to Eldorado with Lisa, along with a female iguana and a rescued collie named Sable. Manny is now a healthy 19+ years old and enjoying his senior years in his own climate-controlled, sun-filled room in Lisa’s Eldorado home.

The chance to get back into animal welfare presented itself when Lisa accepted a position as cruelty case manager with Animal Protection of New Mexico, a position she was well-suited for after five years of working as community outreach manager at the Peninsula Humane Society. Both positions required knowledge of animal ordinances, and grass-roots organizational skills. “I’ve never been one to stick my head in the sand when it comes to animal abuse and the rights all living beings should be allowed. It certainly wasn’t glamorous work, but necessary work that many people find unappealing.”

In 2007 Lisa decided to get back into the retail game and managed two different pet supply stores in Santa Fe. “It was fun to be responsible for the stores, but I was eager to fulfill my dream of owning my own pet supply business,” Lisa said. So when Tina Carr offered Lisa the chance to work at Eldorado Country Pet with the idea of eventually buying it, Lisa jumped at the chance. “Tina saw the same need I did when she moved to Eldorado,” Lisa said, “and she built a great community store and I couldn’t wait to build upon Tina’s success.”

Lisa and Tina consummated the sale of Eldorado Country Pet on the final day of 2014 and Lisa has never looked back. Indeed, the most exciting event just happened when Lisa took over three vacant spaces in the Agora and expanded the store. The beautiful remodel was finished the first week of April and the move was accomplished in two days, thanks to the generous help of 25 dedicated and loyal customers who came out on a Sunday to help. “The response to the new store is overwhelming and I look forward to becoming more of a community resource,” Lisa said.

She’s also excited to bring her own dogs to work with her. Lisa has been a volunteer, and more recently a board member of Southwest Collie Rescue since 2006. She has fostered 15 collies (and mixes), and adopted only three of them!

Lisa knows the success of Eldorado Country Pet & Wild Bird is dependent on its loyal customers. She also feels blessed to have a dedicated staff of Patty McNally, Autumn Buddemeier, Freddi Martinez and Anne Embry – all Eldoradoans who are extremely knowledgeable in animal nutrition, health, grooming and behavior.

A Grand Re-Opening is planned for Saturday June 4th. It will be a great party and the entire community is invited!

April, 2016


The mission of Santa Fe Community Farm is to provide fresh organic produce to those in need; practice sustainability; preserve agricultural land; and promote community awareness of hunger issues and sustainable food-producing practices that keep our environment safe and healthy.
We welcome volunteers of all ages, experience, and ability to help us grow food for the hungry in our community – we literally couldn’t do the work without you! Volunteers help plant, weed and harvest food: gaining hands-on knowledge of organic and sustainable farming practices as well as the satisfaction of giving back to the community.

To schedule a volunteer group, please contact feedsantafe@gmail.com or call 505-983-3033.

Adopt-A Row

Support our efforts by sponsoring one or more rows of produce with your name or your business name! You can be as involved with your adoptive row as you wish. All adoptive “parents” will be recognized with an end-row sign placed with their name and crop proudly displayed, a personalized certificate of adoption, and a box of harvested vegetables of their choice to keep or donate to those in need via the Food Depot.

This program is vital for allowing us to keep the farm running.

1829 San Ysidro Crossing
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

Farm Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat
(approximately Mar – Oct, in early Spring or late Fall call to confirm hours)
Farm Stand: Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. In season (approximately June – October)

September, 2015

“A small farm in Moriarty continues the tradition of family farming” by Marc-Paul LaRouche
The plight of the family-run farm has long been a concern across America. More and more, continuity from generation to generation seems to be a thing of the past. Hard work, difficult conditions, scarce financial options, as well as the allure of easier findings away from the farm have all contributed to the gradual demise of the family farm. Schwebach Farm, a local and celebrated family-run farm, is located in the Estancia Valley in Moriarty, New Mexico. The farm continues to buck this trend, currently championing its seventh generation as farmers and celebrating 45 years as a family working the fields in this location.

Current owners Dean and Ivellise (Evie) Schwebach are the sixth generation of Schwebachs to call working this farm their life and livelihood. Dean’s father, Don Schwebach came to the Estancia Valley on his honeymoon with his wife Martha. When Dean was three years old his parents moved to this property and began farming it. When Dean’s father wanted to retire, about fifteen years ago, Evie and Dean came to Estancia to buy the farm and continue the heritage of family farming. Their oldest son is hoping to continue, and the Schwebachs also hope that he will be able to carry on the farming tradition.

The Schwebachs run the farm with the help of their six children. The little ones participate by conducting “quality control”, that is, they eat what they grow and help to make sure that the food is good. Says mom Evie “They (their children) can go and pick a green bean, pick an ear of corn, and they’re eating something that’s good and healthy. That’s one of the reasons that we choose to not grow genetic food, because there’s not a lot of research out there that shows that it’s safe. More research is showing that it isn’t. We try to evaluate every year what we’re growing, how we’re growing it, and use growing practices that we know are safe for everyone.”

Evie tells us about their crops and why they grow what they grow. “Sweet corn is one of our main crops. We grow Pinto beans and an heirloom bean called the Bolita. The Bolita was actually believed to have been brought into the States before Pintos were, by the Spaniards. People in Northern New Mexico and in Southern Colorado primarily eat Bolita beans, but of course there is a big Pinto bean following in our state, so we grow both. We also do a 3 acre garden of all sorts of vegetables, which we sell in our store. We grow peppers, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, melons and berries, including a raspberry patch and a blackberry patch. We try to grow a wide variety, including non-GMO food-grade corn for milling into cornmeal. We also grow popcorn, as well as some hay for our animals and for sale.”

Schwebach Farm Market typically opens late July to early August until mid to late October, depending on the first frost, which determines when they will wrap up the season. Schwebach Farm is located at 807 West Martinez Road in Moriarty. Call them at (505) 832-6171 or visit their website at www.schwebachfarm.com.

August, 2015

“New HIPICO Santa Fe Equestrian Center is open for business”                                                             

The latest incarnation of the polo fields south of Santa Fe has come into being as HIPICO Santa Fe. The improvement to the grounds is nothing short of extraordinary.

For many years the venue was known as the Santa Fe Horse Park and the Santa Fe Equestrian Center. It hosted top shows for many disciplines as well as a summer polo circuit. The original 137-acre facility includes multi-discipline arenas, an indoor arena, spacious barns, turnouts and polo fields.

In January of 2015, under the company name of Grand Prix de Santa Fe, LLC., the McElvain and Gonzales families purchased the equestrian center facility and renamed it HIPICO Santa Fe. The renovated facility has a distinctive southwestern charm and the facilities for horse events of all types. Its inaugural event is the Santa Fe Summer Series of A-rated hunter/jumper competition for three weeks beginning July 22. To learn more about the HIPICO Summer Series see our listing in the Summer Guide on page 7 of this issue.
Find Out More at www.hipicosantafe.com

Saturday, August 1 through Sunday, August 9, 2015
100th Las Vegas Cowboy’s Reunion – Centennial Celebration
The 100th Anniversary of the Las Vegas, New Mexico, Cowboys’ Reunion is scheduled for the first week in August 2015. This Centennial Celebration includes a “hundred-horse, non-motorized parade” on the morning of Saturday, August 1st. A rodeo, art exhibits, bus tours, western dancing, barbecues, and a family fun day are all part of the festivities for this year’s not-to-be-missed events.

…And here’s an update – (July 13, 2015)
“Folks, we stopped counting when the number of horses signed up for our “100 Horse Parade” reached 200. That was last week. And the calls keep coming in steadily–just today I’ve gotten calls to sign up 31 horses and 4 carriages. This is gonna be historic!
You haven’t seen anything like this, I’ll wager . . . and you’re never going to see this again!
Come be a part of history!” www.lvcowboyreunion.com

July, 2015

“A Pecos landmark gets a new look” by Marc-Paul LaRouche

There is some fresh paint and a vibrant new mural gracing the sides of a Pecos historic landmark that is, for many, synonymous with Pecos. Adelo’s Town & Country Store, a family business at this location since 1947, is located at 13 Pecos Highway (NM 50) in downtown Pecos. The Adelo family has owned and operated a general store in Pecos since 1917. The “last of a dying breed”, this store provided groceries, hardware, liquor, meat, etc. (and fishing advice) for the Pecos area until 2011, when it was finally closed due to economic conditions. Owner George Adelo, a local attorney, is also on the board of the nearby Tarnoff Art Center. With his blessing a very special art project was launched. With the help of a grant from Target Corporation and generous discounts from the local True Value Hardware Store in Eldorado, along with private donors, a project was begun that put middle and high school kids (and many volunteers) to work painting a colorful and informative mural on two sides of the building. Editor’s note: Mr. Adelo tells us that there are plans in the works to re-open the store in the near future to provide hardware and plumbing.

The grant for this project was made to create a mural for the community of Pecos, NM reflecting the history of the Pecos community. The project was directed by representatives from the Tarnoff Art Center, including co-founder Laura Tarnoff. The front side of the building, which faces NM 50, depicts sacred and spiritual animals, including a raven, a kestrel, an eagle and a deer. A white buffalo is depicted on the side of the building. Also depicted in this mural are the ruins of the old mission church, now a part of the Pecos National Historical Park, as well as the Ancestral Puebloan kiva which was reconstructed by the National Park Service on the grounds of the mission.

The mural project was begun on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The students working on this project came from Pecos High School and Pecos Middle School. When we visited the site on the afternoon of Friday, June 19, there were six high school students from Pecos High School. as well as other volunteers, all working on completion of the mural. On site was one paid artist and a paid assistant, with all others being volunteers.

Tarnoff Art Center                                                                                                                                                

Tarnoff Art Center, a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization, is located about 3 miles from I-25 exit 307 near Rowe, NM. Board member and grant writer Carol A. Sharps granted us a live interview when we visited the mural site on Friday, June 19th. According to Carol Sharps, the mission of the Tarnoff Art Center is to provide art education and art to the communities of Pecos, eastern San Miguel County and western Santa Fe County. More specifically, she says, they strive to provide art education to the children of the Pecos Independent School District, as they no longer have Federal funding to provide art education in the schools.

The co-founders of the Tarnoff Art Center are Laura Tarnoff and Sherwin Tarnoff. Laura Tarnoff is an art educator with a degree in art education and fine arts.

Laura is also a visual artist and painter. Sherwin Tarnoff is treasurer of the organization and serves as the lead metal arts and welding instructor at the Center.

For more information about the Tarnoff Art Center or to get involved in their efforts to bring art to this community visit their website www.tarnoffartcenter.org The organization also maintains 2 Facebook pages – TarnoffArtCenter and AMSGallery. To arrange a visit to the Tarnoff Art Center or to learn more contact the Center at 505-919-8888.

June, 2015

Classic motorcycle show returns to La Tienda in Eldorado for the fourth year.                                

On Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Father’s Day) from 10 am to 3 pm at the La Tienda shopping plaza in Eldorado at Santa Fe, Motorado Motorcycle Club of Santa Fe will present its 4th Annual Motorado Classic Motorcycle Show.

Whether you are a motorcycle enthusiast or just looking for a fun afternoon, this is the place to be on Father’s Day. Nearly one hundred classic motorcycles from all over New Mexico as well as neighboring states will be on display. The bikes will be judged and awards presented to the best in their categories. This year the show will feature British marques, a class of British racing bikes. There will also be a new entry this year for a special class of Honda motorcycles, the CBX, which was a special 6-cylinder bike that was built by Honda for a few years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Admission is free and open to all ages. You are encouraged to bring your camera to photograph these rare and beautiful motorcycles and chat with their owners to learn all about each bike. Many sponsors will display their products and services.

The Motorado Motorcycle Club is putting on this event to promote interest in vintage and classic motorcycles, and to help a good cause. The club has sold sponsorships to individuals and businesses who wish to promote the show and help with the benefit. As in previous
years the beneficiary of this event is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society.

May, 2015

Non Profit Spotlight – Pecos, NM PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society) of NM 

Rummage Sales are held on Sundays from 11am to 3 pm at the PAWS Pavilion in Pecos at the corner of Routes 50 & 53 next to Frankie’s Casanova Restaurant. The PAWS Pavilion holds other events and programs during the summer. Stay tuned!
For more information, please call 505-466-1525

PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society) of NM Is an all volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the promotion of humane animal care, and the reduction of over-population of companion animals in New Mexico.

Our commitment is to
• Reduce overpopulation of unwanted pets in New Mexico
• Provide low-cost spay/neuter clinics in San Miguel County using
the PAWS Mobile Van, coordinate low-cost programs through local
veterinarians, The Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Wellness Clinic and
their mobile spay/neuter van
• Promote humane treatment of animals through education
• Improve the health and living conditions of companion animals
• Provide assistance in placing adoptable animals in loving homes
• Organize, plan and execute activities for the annual New Mexico’s
Week for the Animals
• Collaborate with other animal organizations and groups to achieve
No More Homeless Pets in New Mexico
• Operate the PAWS Emergency Food Bank for Pets
• Promote understanding of the interdependence of people, animals
and the environment.

For more information, please call 505-466-1525. You can visit their website at http://pawsnm.org/about.html#

Placitas, New Mexico                                                                                                                                             T

he Corridor is now available in Placitas, New Mexico at the Placitas Community Library. The history of this small community dates back to 1765, where a walled village was built by colonial Spanish settlers. Today Placitas is a community of approx. 5,000 residents and boasts a Community Library, Senior Center, an Elementary School and has just recently launched a public radio station. Placitas is located east of I-25 at NM 165.

Arte de Placitas is a community gallery in Placitas, New Mexico, USA, open for shopping six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday). Arte de Placitas is also the starting point for the Placitas Studio Tour, which takes place on May 9 and 10, 2015.

Que Sera Alpacas will hold their annual Shearing event on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Que Sera Alpacas, a working Alpaca ranch and ranch boutique, will hold their annual Spring shearing of their Alpaca herd on Tuesday, June 2 all day and Wednesday June 3 morning only.

Que Sera Farm is located 7000 feet above sea level, nestled at the foot of the towering Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 20 minutes south of the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Their location in the high desert plateaus of Northern New Mexico affords them cool summer evenings and cold dry winters – perfect for these fleece producing animals.

Spring visitors to Que Sera Alpaca’s, a working Alpaca ranch located just south of Eldorado, will have the opportunity to view baby Alpacas and their moms, observe how an Alpaca ranch is run, and shop in the Ranch Boutique on the premises, where you will find yarns spun from fleece from the Que Sera herd as well as other items of interest.

Owner Anne Stallcup calls herself a “bona fide fiber nerd”. She has studied with Ruth Elvestad to learn how to sort and grade alpaca fleeces. Anne spins and crochets and dabbles in needle felting and dyeing.

To visit Que Sera Alpacas or for more information call Anne at 505-310-3369. Que Sera Alpaca Ranch is located about 1.5 miles south of the main entrance to Eldorado. For more information visit their website at www.queseraalpacas.com.


April, 2015

Saturday, May 23rd declared Harvey Girls Day in New Mexico                                                               

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez has declared that May 23rd, 2015 is Harvey Girls Day 

On Saturday, May 23rd at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, a special showing of the documentary film “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound” will take place at 1:30 pm.

Las Vegas Resident Kathy Hendrickson, a board member of the Citizens Committee for Historic Places in Las Vegas, will be in attendance along with the Las Vegas Harvey Girls.

The Las Vegas Harvey Girls are a dedicated group of volunteers committed to preserving the legendary Fred Harvey Girls legacy. Kathy Hendrickson started the Harvey Girls tours with five local women dressing as Harvey Girls. For more information about the Las Vegas Harvey Girls Tours please call Kathy Hendrickson at 505-459-6987.

The Hotel Castaneda is a former Fred Harvey Hotel located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, along Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line. The hotel was recently purchased by hotelier Allan Affeldt and his wife Tina Mion Affeldt, owners of the La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. The La Posada was another Fred Harvey Hotel.

March, 2015 – the inaugural issue of The Corridor

“Git fer Vegas, Cowboy!”
Las Vegas Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial Celebration – Concurrent with the Las Vegas Heritage Week August 1-8, 2015

Story by Ron Querry       

The first Cowboys’ Reunion was held in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in July of 1915, and was the start of a tradition that lasted, in one form or another, until 1967.

While the rodeo was the centerpiece of these gatherings, there were typically parades, barbecues, dances, and the opportunities for getting reacquainted that family reunions afford. Big name rodeo stars and entertainers attracted spectators from near and far. The second year of the Reunion, 1916, The Las Vegas Optic reported that there were ten-thousand in attendance at the rodeo.

On the one-hundredth anniversary of that first Reunion, the community of Las Vegas has determined to hold a celebration that would make the old-timers proud. The Las Vegas Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial Celebration is set to be held the first week of August 2015. This celebration is a part of and runs concurrent to the Las Vegas Heritage Week.

Centennial Celebration plans have been in the works for a year-and-a-half and we can tell you that there is considerable enthusiasm in this community and beyond for the event. For example, we have worked closely with the City to schedule a “Hundred-Horse, Non-Motorized Parade” to kick off the Celebration. There are preparations underway for an exciting Ranch Rodeo. Arrangements are being finalized for a Dutch-Oven Cook-Off and Barbecue to be held on the grounds of the historic Castañeda Hotel. We are organizing panel groups and lectures on the Reunions to be held in different venues around town. As a centerpiece of the Celebration, there will be a major exhibition of historical panoramic photographs and rodeo ephemera from the past hundred years at the Ray Drew Gallery at New Mexico Highlands University for the entire month of August. In addition, we are working on a big dance, lots of cowboy music and poetry presentations, live theater presentations, and the showing of silent Tom Mix films from the Reunion era. Along with such figures as “Tex” Austin, “Idaho Bill” Pearson, “Prairie Rose” Henderson, “Foghorn” Clancy, Montana Belle, and Will James, Tom Mix was a participant in early Reunions. There will be tours of historical ranches (including the famed Forked Lightning Ranch at Pecos, built by Reunion Rodeo founder, “Tex” Austin, who hired architect John Gaw Meem to design and build the main ranch house on a bluff above the Pecos River), other historical sites, and much, much more.

To follow the progress of this event or to learn more visit the website at http://www.lvcowboyreunion.com/.

“United World College USA (UWC USA) offers student-led tours of the Montezuma Castle on designated Saturdays – no reservations are required.” 

Tours will begin in front of the Old Stone Hotel at 1 pm and will last approximately 1 hour. Parking is available near the Welcome Center.

Dates for the remaining 2015 tours are: March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, and April 18

(Please note: since the Castle serves as a residence and is used daily for college activities, it is not open to the public. All visitors must have a college guide. For inquiries please call 505-454-4221.

Montezuma Castle is located just north of Las Vegas, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains. Originally built in 1886 by the AT&SF Railroad as a resort destination, this Fred Harvey Hotel offered more than 90,000 square feet of guestrooms, dining room, billiard room, hot springs-fed baths and even a miniature zoo. It was a popular spot for tourists seeking rest and relaxation, and “consumptives” seeking renewed vigor in the medicinal hot springs. The hotel suffered two devastating fires before the turn of the century but was painstakingly rebuilt. Designed by Chicago architects Burnham & Root, in the Queen Anne Style, this magnificent building was totally restored in 2000. It is now part of the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West, a two year college prepartory school for international students.

Additional opportunities to tour Montezuma Castle – For 25 years the Las Vegas Committee for Historic Preservation has organized “Places With a Past” walking tours which have included the Montezuma Castle, The Hotel Castaneda, and select historic homes. For more information about these tours please contact the LVCCHP at 505-425-8803 or visit their website at lvcchp.org.

“The 2015 Season Kickoff for the Eldorado School Community Garden will take place on Saturday, March 7 from 9:30-11:00 am at the Eldorado Community School library, 2 Avenida Torreon.”

Did you know that there is a little Garden of Eden tucked behind the Eldorado Community School? In January 2009, the school invited community members to establish a school-community garden on their property, located on 1.5 acres behind the school’s soccer field. Since then, a dedicated group of volunteers has transformed the raw land into a magical place of life, color and sustenance during the growing season. The garden now boasts 40 4x8 beds, a 2,500 sq. ft. communal garden, a labyrinth, cactus garden, perennial garden, koi pond, tool shed, greenhouse, several compost areas and a drip irrigation system. Herbicide and pesticide-free, we offer a variety of spaces for organic gardening.

Whether you have an interest in learning more about organic gardening and land stewardship, learning how to garden in our climate, exercising in the fresh air or creating friendships with other gardeners – join us on March 7 to sign up and get a garden tour. For questions or to request a membership packet contact Carol Robles at eldogarden2015@comcast.net.

“Santa Fe Raptor Center Holds Bird Handling Classes”

Interested in volunteering with the Santa Fe Raptor Center? There will be Bird Handling Training classes offered March 7, 14 and 21 2015 in Santa Fe near Whole Foods on Cerrillos. Advanced reservations are required and contact Lori Paras, the Center’s director, at 505-699-0455.

The Santa Fe Raptor Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases raptors, including hawks, falcons, owls and eagles. Recent releases in the Eldorado area include barn owls released last fall in Galiseto and falcons and hawks released near Moriarty.

If you find an injured bird, contact a local veterinarian who can then contact the SF Raptor Center. The center has moved their birds to El Rito north of Espanola but continues to bring educational birds to the Santa Fe Farmers market and other events.

On February 21, 2015 the EldoradoDaily.com online newspaper held a benefit for SF Raptor Center to demonstrate handling the raptors and to help raise much needed funds to feed the birds. Great music, great food and amazing birds (and their handlers, of course)!

You can visit their website at http://santaferaptorcenter.org/
or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Fe-Raptor-Center/347697138640238