December 2013

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


Dec. 5, 7 pm

Green Fire Film Screening

Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM

Documentary about Aldo Leopold, father of the national wilderness system and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture. Screening followed by a panel discussion featuring historian Juan Estévan Arellano, journalist Laura Paskus and LANL climate scientist Nathan McDowell. Presented by the Western Environmental Law Center. $10/$8.,


Dec. 6, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

First Friday: Your Business History

The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce presents speaker Beth Morgan, a historian who will discuss the value of highlighting your business; its history, the people, their role in the community and the values held by the business. 575.323.1575,


Dec. 7, 10 am-3 pm

2nd Annual Tamal Fiesta y Mas

Historic Downtown Silver City, NM

Enjoy tamales, performances, heritage activities and more.


Dec. 14, 7 am

Christmas Bird Count

Las Vegas, NM

Data is used to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation efforts. Bring binoculars and lunch. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society and Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance. 505.425.2757,


Dec. 18, 6:30-8 pm

Winter Tree Care

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

Presentation by certified arborist Laurel Hardin focused mostly on non-native urban trees, as well as Ponderosa, Pinon and Juniper. $8/$6. 505.662.0460,,


Dec. 19, 5-7 pm

Green Drinks

Taos Mesa Brewing Co., 20 ABC Mesa Rd., Taos, NM

Guest speaker Kris Callori, architect, LEED Fellow, Biomimicry Specialist and adjunct professor at UNM School of Architecture.


Dec. 29, 7 pm

We’ve Got the Power Screening

Reel Deal Theater, Los Alamos, NM

Brad Marshland’s new documentary, a follow-up to his Emmy Award-winning film The Next Frontier, explores alternative energies. $12. 505.662.0460,,


Through Dec. 31

Buy Local Story Contest

The Southwest Green Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Tell Us Your Favorite Buy Local Story Contest” and will follow with “Buy Local Awards” each month in 2014. 575.538.4332,


Jan 2-24

Ghost Ranch Workshops

Abiquiú, NM

Indigenous Pottery & Southwest Culture; An Inner Journey: Still the Mind, Open the Heart; Outdoor Adventure; Photography in the Desert; Southwest Weaving & Culture; Sustainability Practices in Action: Agriculture and the Earth. 505.685.4333, ext. 4196,,


January 10 Submission Deadline

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

Eligibility: Students grades 6-12 in public, private and home schools in NM. Describe what “wilderness” means to you and your community. $500 prizes (total of $2,000 will be awarded). Info: 505.898.6388,


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.


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,


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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