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2020-APRIL 25 ISSUE: CORRALES WRITERS’ GROUP

By Jim Tritten
I love swigging insect repellent more than I love eating kale.

Many of you have seen my postings on Facebook concerning my utter aversion for kale. One of my followers, let’s call him John, enjoys my weekly postings and recently challenged me to express how far my loathing of that plant would take me. In other words, would I set my distaste for kale into context; what else would I rather do than eat kale. Here is my response.

Dear John, it is much faster to swig insect repellent and get an immediate high than to endure the endless chewing of waxy green kale. Kale, a relative of the cabbage family, is infused with silica to make it both compression-resistant and unattractive to herbivores. Sort of like chewing those wax Coke bottles we got as kids.

So, why subject myself to the cumbersome effort of eating kale when there is a much faster and easier way to obtain the same effect. I, for one, would rather get an immediate rush of sensory reactions throughout the 10,000 taste buds in my mouth. Those taste buds allow our brains to instantly interpret not only the tasting stimuli, but also smell, tactile and thermal sensations.

Remember trying to eat your first kale salad? What did you do with the wad of green substance that ended up in your cheeks because you couldn’t swallow it? And, while you were unsuccessfully trying to crush kale with your molars, saliva stopped being secreted by your salivary glands. Your saliva gave it a good try and waited until the onslaught of kale passed or erupted from your mouth. Dry kale is not nearly as tasty as proponents of super-foods would have you believe, is it? Much better to take in liquid insect repellent. No risk of blocked salivary glands.
No delay in satisfaction necessary when you just take the top off a bottle of Ben's Insect Repellent Spray, put it to your lips, take in a deep pull, swish the 30 percent Deet liquid around your mouth, pause letting it pool on your tongue. You’ll need to fight off the urge to pucker your lips at first.

Next, inhale through your mouth and nose like you were tasting an expensive Bordeaux … fully savor the bouquet. Then hold your breath, close the vocal folds over your larynx, and gargle, making sure you reach deep enough to get to the upper esophagus. Finally, slowly let the tingling liquid dribble down your throat on its way to your stomach and intestines. Ah yes, that wonderful feeling of putrefaction as the savory liquid merges with this morning’s Rice Krispies and buttermilk. Ahhhhh, yes. Much better than chewing kale.

So, John, I confess that I love swigging insect repellent more than I love eating kale. Shows I have a well-developed palate and need for immediate oral satisfaction. Might I suggest male cat urine the next time someone offers you some Greek retsina?

COLUMN: VIV GOLDEN YEARS

By Laura Smith

A few years after launching Village in the Village (ViV), it became quite apparent to members of the board of directors that the workload of running this operation smoothly was getting to be too much. In fact, some of our early board members retired from the board, exhausted, after putting in countless hours of effort.  Fortunately, we felt secure enough in the stability of our membership and our finances to consider finding some help.

What seemed like a straightforward task was, of course, complicated. We stumbled around for a bit until finding the perfect fit. Sarah Pastore, a Corrales resident, and mother of two Corrales Elementary School kids, joined our group as an administrator in September 2018. Almost two years later, we can’t imagine how we ever managed to get along without her.

Sarah has been a wizard with technology and communication. She never hesitates to take on a project —from planning an event, making signs for a garage sale, designing brochures, helping to write up grant proposals, to signing up new members.

I talked to Sarah recently by Zoom to find out how her work and life is going. First, she told me that working for ViV is the best job she’s ever had. She thinks all of our members are fascinating people (She’s right; we are). She went on to say, “Being part of this organization has meant more to me than I could ever fully describe, and I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to be part of it. The trust and appreciation of our members has given me confidence, and a purpose beyond what I had imagined. I’m proud of the work we do in Corrales and am honored to call the members of ViV my friends.”

I wondered how she was doing with her boys at home all day because of COVID-19. She said there’s no place she would rather have them be than at home. She worries quite a bit about how schools will safely reopen in the fall.

She admitted that working from home and managing home schooling for Jonah, age 6 and Jackson, age 8 can be tough. In fact, much to her dismay, after the second day of “home” school, Jonah remarked, “We don’t really learn that much at this school.”

Sarah bustles from getting the kids going on their computers to throwing a load in the washer to keeping the boys from disturbing their father, JJ, who also works at home. Sarah said that JJ has frequent phone calls with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Those calls can’t have boisterous boys in the background interrupting. Sarah somehow juggles to keep the boys occupied while their dad works while simultaneously performing her responsibilities for ViV.

Since ViV has gone mainly digital, we have fairly frequent virtual meetings.
Sarah and I laughed recalling the boys streaking (in their underwear) in the background during one of our ViV Zoom board meetings. Sarah tries to keep the boys busy with art projects around the neighborhood. They recently made chalk drawings around the mailboxes down the street. The family celebrates the end of the school week on Friday afternoon with kid-friendly happy hours.

Despite her busy schedule, Sarah remains positive and optimistic about ViV’s viability during the COVID era and the future. She’s proud of the work she has done to keep members connected. Sarah sets up and runs the virtual lectures presented to our members in our Discovery Series. She continues to send useful educational material about current conditions and challenges faced by our members.

Sarah would like to see more people step up and volunteer to help us keep people connected. Specifically, she’d like help setting up virtual interest groups such as book clubs, garden discussions or game groups.

We are excited to announce that just this week ViV was awarded a Quality of Life Grant from the Governor’s Commission on Disability.

With hard work from Sarah and the ViV grant committee, led by board member Nancy Handmaker, we will be receiving financial support for technical training. We plan to contract with Corrales Tech Services Librarian Brynn Cole to help us develop a curriculum designed for our members. This training will occur with safe social distancing, mask-wearing, or in some cases remotely.

Our primary goal is to increase social integration among senior villagers with and without disabilities using various digital platforms. Our hope is that with specialized training we can increase members’ skills and comfort level with technology.

After training, ViV will offer a number of virtual small group activities to keep socially isolated seniors “alone while together.” During this program, we’ll keep track of progress, participation and results. We plan to share our analysis with other villages or community non-profits. I’ll keep you posted on our progress going forward.

ViV is opening up for business again on a limited basis while maintaining social distancing. We have masks and hand sanitizer for members who need them. We welcome new members. You can donate or join ViV to help support our activities, to volunteer, or to receive services.

For information please go to http://www.villageinthevillage.com

Column: Traveler’s Notebook

Zuni, October 2019

The Zuni nation’s primary industry is producing art. From inlays of semi-precious stones and pottery to kachina dolls and animal fetish carvings, Zuni artisans produce hundreds of items increasingly on sale at artists’ cooperatives on the reservation. An estimated 70 percent of reservation Zunis are engaged in producing art or traditional crafts.
In land mass, the Zuni reservation is the largest of New Mexico’s 19 pueblos, but that is still less than five percent of the tribe’s traditional use territory before the mid-1800s. Subsistence farming and ranching remain significant to retaining traditional lifestyles. This nation of around 20,000 south of Gallup has another significant export: lessons in sustainability, perhaps better understood as survival. Although nearly 40 percent of Zuni people —they call themselves A:shiwi and have no clear idea where the name “Zuni” came from— live below the federally-designated poverty line, they have survived in their traditional homeland for at least 1,300 and perhaps as long as 7,000 years. And in some circles far and wide, that accomplishment is under serious study for generalized applications for human societies in the future. Back in 1992, a Zuni tribal representative, Jim Enote, and I were among the few New Mexicans to participate in the United Nations’ “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sustainability was the primary theme of that intergovernmental conference that launched the decades-long effort to confront climate change, leading to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. Governments around the world were encouraged to submit their proposals for how to achieve that hopeful goal. Few actually did. But Enote, representing Zuni, did.
The proposal was based on his recommendations on how to use a 1990 $25 million settlement from the federal government whose land and water use policies had devastated tribal territory. When he returned home from the Earth Summit, officially the UN  Conference on Environment and Development, Emote led a team that produced a 300-page report that was one of the world’s first major documents modeled after the UN “Agenda 21” plan adopted in Rio.
“Sustainable development is nothing new for the Zunis,” Enote is quoted as explaining in the book Eco-Pioneers: practical visionaries solving today’s environmental problems. “We wouldn’t be here if our ancestors had not acted sustainably. What we’re really talking about here is enhancing Zuni sustainable development.” Educated at New Mexico State University and Colorado State University, Enote’s degree is in agriculture. He has planted a crop on tribal land every year since he was a toddler.
Long time director of the pueblo’s A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, he is now chief executive officer of the Colorado Plateau Foundation, which directs funding for indigenous communities’ efforts to apply traditional knowledge to address persistent problems of poverty and environmental degradation. But if it seems the Zuni world view and influence are becoming more extensive, consider that in earlier millenia, that influence may have been much more extensive than it is now. As explained in exhibits and presentations at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum, the creation story tells of a contingent of Zunis migrating far, far to the south. An interpretive talk at the museum suggests elders think that may indicate Zuni ancestors settling in Central and South America. Zuni guide Otto Lucio, after leading a tour of the archeological site Hawikku, site of first contact between Native peoples and Europeans in New Mexico, said he hopes to conduct research in Guatemala to search for evidence of Zuni influence there. —Jeff Radford

Column: Para los Caballos

“I Can’t Breathe”
By Steve Komadina

Three words. Unbelievable actions. Who can comprehend such behavior from someone we are supposed to trust? Someone we pay to protect and defend and serve us. How can you understand such cruel and inhumane behavior? There is no explanation. It is that simple. How was it allowed to happen? How could his department and superiors justify his continued employment? Why did those present allow it to occur? Lots of questions.

We must demand and expect action that will never allow this to happen again. A life cannot be saved. It is too late. We must never allow it to happen again in America.

Now the solution:
We must demand those with power and authority over us, to never abuse that power. No exceptions. Be they anyone with authority, they must be held accountable and trained to the point they are safe before given jurisdiction over us. If they then do heinous actions that defy human understanding, they must pay the price.

We have chosen to live in a civilization which requires co-operation and some giving up of personal desires for the good of the whole, but with that giving up we should expect safety and fairness and accountability.

Why do thousands across America now have to pay for this action of one man and those who did not interfere, with the taking of others personal property and livelihood? Why are we spending millions if not billions of dollars protecting the streets of American cities from criminals and thugs who are using this unconscionable act for personal gain and to undermine our civilization?

I spent the night in an OR in 1966 repairing bayonet wounds during the UNM demonstrations against the Viet Nam War. I saw the fear-stricken faces of students and National Guard, which were about the same age, facing each other. I dodged rocks and bottles pelting the Guard as I tried to make it to the wounded on both sides to stop bleeding and give comfort. Welcome to medical school, was all I could think.

Since then, I have never participated in “rallies” and instead used the methods set up by our government to protect the citizens. Nothing is being accomplished by current marches and lootings that is going to help prevent another episode of abuse of power resulting in the death of an individual. It is only further polarizing opinion and fanning the flames of anger and judgement toward neighbors and co-workers.

We went to the polls this week and had a chance to cast our opinion in a nonviolent way for the people we thought would best represent us and our point of view. I pray those finally elected will keep us safe, protect our right to worship, and own property. That they will keep open the paths to the American Dream. That they will not take, harm, or abuse those they serve. I pray they will be public servants not a new aristocracy. I pray New Mexico will be a state served by people who gain their positions because of what they know and not who they know. The abuse of power is easy to do if you hold an elected position. Only those with true integrity will refuse to help relatives, friends, or donors as they serve the public.

We must train our children to respect authority. Teachers, clergy, police, parents, and elected officials must have our support as long as they deserve it and we must teach our children to play by the rules.

I am very concerned about November 4, 2020. Half of America will be disappointed that their candidates did not get elected regardless of who wins each race. Now is the time to teach our families that civil unrest is not the answer. I do not want to see “downtown” Corrales in flames. I do not want to pay for new police cars and fire trucks. I do not want to see the library, Village Pizza, Frontier Mart and the Mercantile destroyed. We can keep people out of our Village by supporting our police and mayor. We can remove fuel from the fire by watching what we say to our friends and children. It is up to us. Are we up to the job of accepting the electoral process and history of peaceful transition of government?

I want to breathe the freedom that brought my grandparents to coal town of Dawson. I want harmony with my neighbors and not war. Please join me in making November 4, 2020 a great day of celebration of the system regardless of who wins.
And then join me in letting those running for election and elected know, now and then, that we expect public servants, not privilege. That is the only way we can prevent rallies and looting. They are not the same obviously, but when one happens it gives crooks and anarchists the opening, they need to wreak havoc in the best civilization in the world.

I do not want to be afraid when I see you on the trail. Please wave and please don’t hurt me.

Column: Corrales Writers Group

Dog Paws or Kale?

By Patricia Walkow

The other day I was playing with my dog, Magic, on the living room sofa. He splayed his underside to me, ready for nuzzles, smooches, baby talk and a belly rub. I obliged him and, in the process, kissed his paws. These are big paws —German Shepherd-Husky-God-knows-what else paws. And for those who have never kissed a dog’s paw, I can tell you it has a gritty texture, tastes like dirt, and emits a unique scent. Some might call it repulsive.
Not me.
Magic’s paws taste better than kale. Okay, I’ll admit that if kale is minced and disguised, I will tolerate it, but if it looks like kale, or bears a rubbery texture and its trademark bitterness, please … give me a smelly, dirty dog’s paw to kiss.
But which is worse: eating kale or kissing dog paws?
I did some research and found it enlightening.
Kale might be dirtier than my dog’s feet. In 2019 it was listed as one of the grubbiest vegetables, with a significant amount of multi-pesticidal residue spread across and ingested within its leaves. And, as you know, kale is almost all leaf. Besides being contaminated with chemicals, kale is likely to contain animal urine or excrement. It’s dirty. Very dirty. Sure, I’d wash it before I eat it, but… yuck!
On the other hand, dogs get into everything. Pesticides, feces, urine and things a dog owner would rather not know. But it’s easy to clean your dog’s paws. Dip them in a bucket of warm water, wipe them with anti-bacterial wipes, make your pooch wear booties. From the perspective of dirtiness, my dog’s paws are as odious as kale leaves. However, they emit the savory scent of corn chips. Think Fritos®. The aroma comes from normal dog bacteria and sweat. It is more satisfying to sniff dirty corn chips than ingest kale.
So, I will continue to enjoy kissing my dog’s paws, but I’d better keep myself healthy to combat anything my lips might touch on Magic’s feet. To do that, I think I have to consider eating some nutrient-rich kale —thoroughly washed, completely disguised in some sauce, and preferably invisible.

Column: Reflections From a Country Store

Spring Without Burpee Seeds

Every spring I take stock.
I look around my village to see what we might have lost since this time last year.  The feed store still sells baby chicks.  Someone plowed the fields at the north end, and buds are swelling on the apple trees.
At the Frontier Mart we still sell asparagus gathered from along the irrigation ditch, and children still buy jacks, marbles, jump ropes and kites, but near the door between the Popsicle freezer and the 50-pound dog food, the garden seeds are gone.
Last year I received a letter from Mr. Burpee saying we hadn’t sold enough seeds to warrant sending more.  I miss getting the big parcel where tab A slid into slot B and all that cardboard folded magically into a panoply of snapdragons and four-o-clocks, zucchini, carrots and lima beans.
No sooner would I assemble the display and arrange the seeds than men in coveralls would come to read the seed packets, to contemplate the sunlight, soil and water requirements, and to count the days until maturity.  They fingered the envelopes like kids in the candy aisle, then carried their selections away like little packets of promise.
Three of my seed customers were Ramón and Julio Tenorio and Walter Atkerson.  Maybe a storekeeper shouldn’t play favorites, but in 18 years of business, Ramón, Julio and Walter are at the top of my list.
The three of them grew corn and cabbage and they raised pigs.  Ramón and Julio were brothers from one of Corrales’s old  families.  On spring mornings Julio and his horse, Smokey, plowed the field at the corner of Tenorio and Corrales Roads.
Walter was a true cowboy who had come down from Colorado (pronounced Colo-ray-do) in the 1940s. He’s the only 82 year-old I’ve known who rode his horse every day.
Ramón and Walter were best friends who traveled together.  When Walter’s car wouldn’t start, they rode to my store on a tractor with Ramón in the driver’s seat and Walter standing alongside.  They bought Jimmy Dean sausage, single-edge razor blades, and shaving cream in a cup with a bristle brush.  Heading home, the old tractor crept along the two-lane road at fifteen miles per hour, and cars moved into the left lane to pass.  Traffic was light then, tractors commonplace.
On Friday nights when I saw Ramón and Walter’s tractor parked at the Territorial House, I’d stop and find them in the bar.  Ramón talked about family and farming.  Walter told about his days as a cowboy on the Black Ranch.  After a while I’d say, “I have to go.  You guys behave.”
Ramón would look offended.  “I always behave,” he’d say.  “I work hard and go to church every day.”
Walter rolled his eyes and mumbled something about blowing smoke.
Julio, Ramón, and Walter haven’t been in the store for a long time now.  We didn’t mark their last visit or say goodbye.  One day we just realized they hadn’t come in.
I’m told Julio and Ramón died more than a year ago, and Walter’s gone now, too.  I think of them whenever I think of spring and farming and Burpee seeds.  It makes me look around to see what’s missing.  Then I memorize what we have left in case it comes up missing next year.  What I’m trying to say is, if I’d known it was my last Burpee seed display, I would have paid more attention.
Editor’s note: This column was first published in Corrales Comment 26 years ago, but readers said it was one of their favorites. Jean Waszak agreed to have it published again in this special Garden and Landscape issue. Other columns of hers may re-appear from time to time.

COLUMN: Movie Review

Even though movie theaters are closed during this pandemic there are other ways to see films, such as via Netflix and many streaming options. For those who would like to see first-run films which would be in theaters now, Albuquerque’s own independent Guild Cinema is offering a home viewing option through Kino Now.

You can find a wide list of films at http://www.GuildCinema.com, and a portion of the screening fee goes to support the Guild. Unless otherwise noted, all films reviewed here are available at that link. This is a time to support each other and local businesses (including newspapers), if you can!

 Tommaso HHHHH Written and directed by Abel Ferrera. Starring Willem Dafoe and Cristina Chiriac. Plugs: None. Available at GuildCinema.com for a limited time. In his new film Tommaso, writer/director Abel Ferrera follows the titular fellow (Willem Dafoe), a man in his sixties who moved from New York to Rome. He’s living with his wife, Nikki, and young daughter while struggling with insecurity, personal demons and (apparently) trying to write a screenplay.

The film shifts seamlessly between reality and dream sequences, which is both a strength and a weakness. The audience is left off-kilter and it’s clear that Tommaso is (or may be) an unreliable narrator —both to us directly (in spots of voiceover) and to others he meets (he says, for example, that his child has no bed of her own, yet soon we see that’s false).

The film alternates between a handful of settings, all of which are about as plausible or implausible as the last. He’s in a room with his Italian-language tutor, then he’s home doing yoga in his underwear. He flirts with women half his age who have daddy issues, then complains that his wife is emotionally distant.

There are clips of Tommaso’s stories on film storyboards —but Tommaso isn’t described by anyone as a filmmaker. Writer and director Abel Ferrera is, of course, and the character is a thinly veiled version of himself (in fact Tommaso’s wife and child are played by Ferrara’s real-life wife and child). It’s a quirky conceit, but one that doesn’t fully pay off. Those aware of Ferrera’s biography and filmography (Driller Killer, Bad Lieutenant, etc.) will find parallels and running themes (emotional turmoil, redemption, etc.), but a film needs to stand on its own merits.
Writers, of course, bend both fact and fiction to suit their dramatic needs. But with no recourse to some version of external truth, some third-party objective observer to anchor the story and reality-test Tommaso, we’re not sure what to think, and for all we know the whole thing is a dream, a fiction-within-a-fiction. This robs the story of dramatic tension because the stakes are never really explained.

Tommaso’s going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and then he’s (apparently) teaching dance or acting lessons (despite having no apparent expertise in the field). What are we to make of this? Are these erotically-charged scenes fantasies? Reality? Or some mix of the two?

Either would be fine, but Ferrera never really bothers to signpost, making it a frustrating experience. The is-it-real-or-hallucination theme can be quite effective (such as in Memento, The Usual Suspects, and Jacob’s Ladder for example) but typically more is at stake for the character.

Are the stories he shares at AA true? Is he even a writer? (Tommaso is ostensibly a struggling screenwriter but spends very little time writing —or even trying to.) At some point I stopped trying to figure it out, since Ferrera seemed to have little interest in revealing the answer. And that’s fine: you can abandon a plot and still be swept away in a film’s visuals or stellar acting. But despite Dafoe’s strong performance, Tommaso struggles to engage.

The film is technically well shot; Ferrera ably plays with light and shadows to represent Tommaso’s state of mind, making sure that his shadows are always nearby and that we see them even if he doesn’t.

The Rome night streets offer a comforting warm yellow sheen, though street lights, car lights, and others are glaring and often have faint lens flare, denying clarity in the light. The final shot is of a grim, crucified Tommaso staring into the camera with an accusatory glare, as if challenging the viewer and asking “What did you expect?” (or, to borrow from another film, “Are you not entertained?”). Ferrera has always been a demanding filmmaker, but Tommaso asks a bit much from its audiences.
Benjamin Radford

Column: What’s On? Community Calendar

By Meredith Hughes
June is bustin’ out all over. Got heat? While many of Corrales’ usual bounty of events are postponed or cancelled, as well they should be, there indeed are many cultural offerings online, many books to be read on or off Kindle, and the garden to tend to.

We assume you still are Zooming or FaceTiming or What’sApping or similar with friends and family. Group Facetiming: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209022 . What’s App is what we use to connect with friends overseas. http://www.whatsapp.com

Email further suggestions to corralescomment@gmail.com. Published the first issue of the month, What’s (Maybe Not) On? invites ideas one week before the publication date.

Zoo events/programs/tours:
• Camp BioPark will go ahead the week of June 8. Smaller groups, kids required to wear masks, and so on. Most activities will be out of doors, every camper’s temperature will be checked on arrival. Register here: https://register.asapconnected.com/Default.aspx?org=1082. BioPark Connect will continue to offer online courses. www. cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/biopark-connect

• The Bronx Zoo online camp starts June 22. https://bronxzoo.com/learn/ children-and-family-programs/wildlife-camp-online. The Zoo, on 265 acres in New York, opened on November 8, 1899. It’s the Wildlife Conservation Society’s flagship park.

Garden/environmental tours:
• The Parade of Gardens in Albuquerque scheduled for June 14 has been postponed to June 13, 2021. Tickets purchased for this year will be good in 2021. Questions? 450-2078.

• The BioPark Botanic Garden opens to the public June 9, with many limitations, starting with the requirement to buy tickets online. All indoor venues, including the eatery, will be closed. During the first phase of reopening the BioPark, only the outdoor areas of the Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach will be accessible to the public. One guest experience will be offered: a Garden Walk. Garden Walk is a one-mile path through many of the most beautiful areas of the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. 2601 Central.

• Watch “The Big Flower Fight” on Netflix. A Brit exercise in gi-normous, combative, massive, somewhat irritating flower arranging.

• Albuquerque Garden Center is open again, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Their gardens, however, are open only by appointment. Please call ahead, wear a mask, and keep the six foot distance. 296-6020. 10120 Lomas.
House tours

• Lyndhurst Castle, once home to railroad dude Jay Gould. Tour it virtually. A Gothic Revival mansion designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, it’s in Tarrytown, NY, overlooking the Hudson River. http://lyndhurst. org/about/ virtual-tours/
• The Lexington, (MA,) Historical Society features a handful of properties, all of which played a role in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. “Interpreting the events of April 1775.” Do the virtual tour here: http://www.lexingtonhistory.org/virtualtours.html

Museum tours/lessons:
• The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY, boasts one of the largest online toy collections, plus online exhibits to explore. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-strong

• The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe has a massive searchable online resource at https://collections.okeeffemuseum.org

Theatre and musical events: looking ahead, and back
• Drum Tao 2020, September 27, 2020, the first concert of late at Popejoy Hall. Traditional Japanese drumming combined with martial arts. 203 Cornell Drive.
• The Music Man, Albuquerque Little Theatre, was to have run through June 21. The production was canceled, and the theater will refund your tickets. Scroll down from here: https://albuquerquelittletheatre.org


Did You Know?
Father’s Day ideas? June 21 is near..
— Buy or build a Little Free Library, Amazon has them, paint it, and install it. Fill it with books. Then, register it online so book-starved kids and their parents can find it. https://littlefreelibrary.org
— Or a birdhouse?
— It’s still possible that the annual Father’s Day concert in the Albuquerque Old Town Plaza will go forward, from 1 to 5 p.m.

In Corrales
• Music in Corrales tentatively has lined up its next season, and you can look through it here: https://www.musicincorrales.org/2020-2021-season/ But: “Due to the current prohibition against large gatherings, the prospects for concerts in our 2020-21 season are uncertain. Accordingly, we will not offer season tickets this year.  Instead, we will offer tickets for individual concerts in advance on a concert-by-concert basis only when we are confident that a concert can be successfully produced and safely held.  We will post information here on the status of each concert as we gain more clarity about their likelihood, and will let you know how you can purchase tickets for the concerts that can be produced.  Thank you for your understanding and support.”
• Casa San Ysidro remains closed.
• Village Council meetings. Consult the Village website for up to date info on these remote gatherings. corrales-nm.org/meetings
• Corrales Library: Great news: the library is now open for curbside book pickup. Reserve items online as you usually do. Then the library will call you to schedule a pick up time when your reserves are ready. This service will be available weekdays, 2-6 p.m. and likely will evolve as the library returns to whatever normal is. You can also get WiFi from outside the library. Visit the library’s YouTube page, and take that survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCZFSPY. The library’s summer book sale has been canceled, but the one in the fall is still on the books.
• Corrales Historical Society has no public events in June, July, and August. But, it has jumped into the online game by posting a quiz. Take a look here: https://www.corraleshistory.org/ Also, the October 32nd Fine Arts Show, scheduled for October 3-11, will be totally online. Organizers are accepting entries now through the end of June. Go to juriedartservices.com to submit.
• Corrales Growers’ Market. Regular season is on, now via walk-thru. No zig-zagging! Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Musical guests are not involved as yet. Check out the list of vendors via corralesgrowersmarket.com, which informs us: The market will limit the number of customers at any given time; groups of people expecting to shop together will not be allowed in. Masks are required. Temporarily but until further notice, dogs will not be permitted in the market.
Customers must be six feet apart while standing in line to purchase items.
Vendors will still be responsible for handling all products that you purchase
All foot traffic in the Market will move in a single direction (clockwise); no zig-zagging across the Market, which creates additional cross-traffic/congestion.
• Corrales Arts Center location operating remotely. You may reach CAC at info@corralesartscenter.org. Remote office hours are 9 to 11 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays; 1o a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays.
• Village in the Village posted this update on its website: “Based on the State’s guidelines, we will begin offering more services in June at about 50% of past year’s levels. We will try to accommodate all requests for medically necessary appointments. Those requests will be given the highest priority. Companionship check-ins will mainly be conducted by phone; urgent requests for in-home services will be accommodated to the best of our ability. Grocery store shopping or pick-up of other necessary items will continue.”
“ViV will establish protocols for face-to-face services and both members and volunteers will receive detailed information on these new procedures.
“Social activities will continue to be online, using the Zoom platform. We have had some excellent presentations, as well as weekly coffees. These offerings will be expanded in the following weeks. In the next phases, we anticipate being able to expand our social programs.” Questions? Please contact the Membership Team at membersandvolunteers@villageinthevillage.org or call 274-6206.

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