Upcoming Events for November 20, 2023

Upcoming Events for November 20, 2023
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This month鈥檚 content sponsor is the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions, who invite you to join them for the annual Luminaria de Ab贸 on December 2, 2023. This will be a magical evening with flickering luminaria amongst the historical ruins of the San Gregorio de Ab贸 Mission. There will be a Roman Catholic mass at 4:00 PM, followed by a posada, a traditional reenactment of the Holy Family鈥檚 search for lodging practiced in Mexico and Latin America since 1586. The public will be able to tour the grounds of the ruins amidst the flickering luminaria beginning at 5:30 PM, and there will be refreshments for all ages and pi帽atas for the children. This will be the largest luminaria event in Central New Mexico. For more information, please click this link, visit the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions website, or go to the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions Facebook page

Locations three hours or less from Mountainair, NM, are included. Do you want to advertise your Torrance County event in the Mountainair Dispatch? I鈥檇 love to publish it. Email todd@mountainairdispatch.com with the details.

Federal Government

Pecos National Historic Park

Ancestral Sites Tour

  • 10:30 AM Friday through Monday
  • 2:00 PM Friday

Battlefield Hike

  • Saturdays 10:30 AM

Civil War Walking Tour

  • Fridays and Sundays 1:30 PM

Forked Lightning Ranch House Caravan Tour

  • Saturdays and Mondays 1:30 PM (Reservations Required)

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Ranger Choice Program

  • every Friday at 11:00 AM, no registration required
  • Ab贸, Quarai, and Gran Quivira unit visitors centers.

Pueblo and Mission Program

  • Every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM
  • Ab贸, Quarai, and Gran Quivira unit visitors centers.

State Government

Caballo Lake State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Cerrillos Hills State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Elephant Butte State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Fenton Lake State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Hyde Memorial State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Manzano Mountains State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Pecos Canyon State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Percha Dam State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Guided Bird Walk

  • Every Saturday and Sunday - 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. The Park鈥檚 Day-Use Fee is $3.00 per vehicle (exact cash or check). Friends of the RGNC and NM State Parks annual permit holders enter free with a valid permit displayed.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, insect repellent, and sunscreen as needed. Meet at the Candelaria Viewing Area (Northeast side of the parking lot).

Holiday Wild!

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023, from 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Join Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico for the annual event, Holiday Wild! Baked items and gifts will be available for sale, along with free hot beverages, face painting, kids' activities, and a chance to meet the educational birds. Be sure to bring a camera! Proceeds will help feed and house rescued wildlife.
  • Parking is available in the public lot of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. The cost is $3 per vehicle. Please bring exact cash or a personal check to pay the Day Use fee, and follow the self-permit process upon arrival.

Santa Rosa Lake State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Storrie Lake State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Sumner Lake State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

Villanueva State Park

Nothing is scheduled at this time.

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Torrance County

Estancia Valley Youth & Family Council

Mountainair

Mountainair Town Council Meeting

  • November 21, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Mountainair Town Council Building, 107 1/2 North Roosevelt Avenue, Mountainair, NM 87036

Mountainair Public Schools Board of Education Meeting

  • November 28, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Mountainair Public Schools Administrative Building, 512 N Ross Ave St, Mountainair, NM 87036

Other Organizations

Mountainair Rotary Club

  • 12:00 PM every Thursday
  • Claunch-Pinto SWCD Conservation Center, 1206 NM-55, Mountainair, NM 87036
  • Attendees should bring their own lunch.

Step Into Fall: Free Fall Walking Program

  • Tuesdays at 9:00 AM
  • DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears, 600 North Broadway, Moriarty, NM
  • Point of Contact: Deanna Lopez 505-544-4336 dclopez@nmsu.edu

ICAN Cooking and Nutrition

  • Monday, November 27, 2023, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Bethel Community Storehouse, 1719 Fourth Street South, Moriarty, NM 87035
  • For more information, contact Deborah at 505-544-4333 or 505-832-6642.

Holiday Craft Classes

  • Ceramic Painting: Monday, November 27, 2023, from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Bethel Community Storehouse, 1719 Fourth Street South, Moriarty, NM 87035
  • For more information, contact Debby at 505-544-4334 or maberryd@nmsu.edu.

4-H Christmas Baking Classes: Biscochitos

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 10:00 AM
  • Contact Deanna Lopez to register 505-544-4336 dclopez@nmsu.edu
  • Torrance County Cooperative Extension Office, 205 9th Street, Estancia, NM

Stephane Wrembel Quartet

  • "French-born virtuoso guitarist, a disciple of the Django Reinhardt ... [swing] style"
  • November 30, 2023, at 7:30 PM, Macey Center, 909 Olive Lane, Socorro, NM
  • Tickets $20/adults, $15/seniors, $8 youth

Mountainair Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

  • December 2, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Dr. Saul Community Center, 109 N Roosevelt Ave, Mountainair, NM 87036

Luminaria de Ab贸, Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

  • December 2, 2023
  • 4:00 PM - Mass; Posada reenactment to follow immediately thereafter.
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - luminaria viewing, live music, pi帽atas and refreshments.
  • Abo Unit, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, 69 Abo Ruins Rd, Mountainair, NM 87036

Water Bath Canning Pie-Making Workshop

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Contact Debby Maberry to register, 505-544-4334; maberryd@nmsu.edu
  • Torrance County Cooperative Extension Office, 205 9th Street, Estancia, NM
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