November 2013

What’s Going On? – Here & There – November 2013


Nov. 3, 6-8 pm

A New Community Rights Movement

Taos County AG Center, 202 Chamisa Rd., Ste. B, Taos, NM

Thomas Linzey, attorney and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will speak about the new movement emerging across the US seeking to transition toward economic and environmental sustainability and elevate the rights of people, communities and nature above powers claimed by corporations. By donation. Info: 575.666.2529 or,


Nov. 4, 6-8 pm

A New Community Rights Movement

Ilfeld Auditorium, Highlands University Campus, Las Vegas, NM

See Nov. 3, Taos listing


Nov. 4-14

The Junkman Comes to Tucumcari

Tucumcari Elementary School, NM

Composer, percussionist, environmentalist Donald Knaack, aka The Junkman, will offer a guest residency in music, art and the environment for students. They will make a large sound sculpture from local junk and re-used materials. There will be an opening and a closing concert. Info: 802.379.8266,


Nov. 7, 12-1 pm

Home and Garden Inspiration

Silver City Food Co-op, Silver City, NM

Jean Eisenhower will teach “Intro to Yard and Garden Infrastructure Design” with consideration to sun, wind, water, cold airflow, privacy, views, noise, animals and more. Free.


Nov. 7, 6-9 pm

Renewable Energy in North-Central NM

KTAOS Solar Center

Join Renewable Taos and Sol Luna Solar for a moderated discussion (by Roberta Salazar) with Luis Reyes and William Brown. Speakers include Nichole Koontz and Mark Johnson. Free admission. RSVP: 575:770.7042,


Nov. 7, 7 pm

Water Dogs: Three Good Otter Stories

Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., Los Alamos, NM

Melissa Savage will explain why otters are important to NM and provide info to help people observe them. 505.662.0469,,


Nov. 15-17

Heartbeat of Gratitude: An Alternative Thanksgiving

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú, NM

Teaching and experiences led by Native elders. Music & dance from the Southern Red Singers Drum Group. Full weekend: $95/$25 + lodging & meals. Registration: 505.685.1001,,


Nov. 16, 10 am-2 pm

Fall Pruning and Yard & Garden Design

Silver City, NM

Arborist Cheyenne Thomas will explain pruning dos and don’ts and demonstrate techniques and then Jean Eisenhower will offer an intro to yard and garden design. $20. Registration: 575.534.0123,


Nov. 17, 6:30 am-10 pm

Birding Trip to Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Los Alamos – Las Vegas, NM

Birder Dave Yeamans will lead this trip to the refuge, home to over 254 species of birds. $25/$20. Advance registration required. 505.662.0460,,


Nov. 20-22

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Philadelphia, PA

The world’s largest conference dedicated to green building brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building. Inspiring speakers, workshops and tours.


Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-1 pm and Saturday

Pajarito Environmental Education Center

3540 Orange St., Los Alamos, NM

Exhibits of flora and fauna of the Pajarito Plateau; herbarium, live amphibians, butterfly and xeric gardens. Free.


State Forestry Seedling Distribution

80,000 seedlings representing 50 species are available for purchase. Available to landowners with at least one acre of land to use the trees for conservation purposes, including erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, etc. Order online: or contact NM Forestry Division: 505.476.3353,


The Home Farming Revolution for Drylands

A step-by-step guide to help you convert any plot of land into a micro-farm by Zoe Wilcox and Melanie Rubin. Email or visit to download the book’s introduction for free. Available at Bookworks in Albq. and online.


Río Grande Return

Gifts from the River

Locally produced salsas, jams, honey, chocolates, soaps, lotions, incense and more. Supports local farmers, producers and the conservation of the Río Grande. 505.466.1767, toll free: 866.466.1767, www.riograndereturn,com


Veterans Green Jobs Academy

Northern NM College, Española

Workforce training and specific degree programs to support military veterans in fully accredited academic certificate and degree programs in areas of environmental science related to renewable energy, hazardous materials response, forestry, sustainable agriculture, wildland fire science, construction trades and others. A partnership with the NM Dept. of Veterans Services. For more info, call Dr. Biggs at 505.747.5453 or visit


NM Green Chamber of Commerce

The NM Green Chamber of Commerce, with chapters around the state, has a business directory that is a great resource for conscious consumers looking for locally owned and environmentally friendly businesses in their area.  Contribute to a sustainable future by supporting businesses in your city/town that are striving to be leaders in green business practices. Info: 505.859.3433,,




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