December 2014

What’s Going On? – Here & There – December 2014


Dec. 3 Application Deadline

Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Grants

$15,000-$25,000 grants from Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education for projects by agri-producers with technical advisor support. Often used to conduct on-site experiments the can improve farm operations and the environment.


Dec. 4, 11, 10 am-2:30 pm

Capturing the Plants and Pods of Autumn

Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos, NM

12/4: Lisa Coddington teaches drawing techniques with graphite and pencil. 12/11: Participants continue with watercolors. Take one session or both. Advance registration required. $50/$40 PEEC members or $90/$72 both sessions. 505.662.0460,


Dec. 5 Application Deadline

2015 Sandoval County Master Gardener Training Program

Sandoval County Extension, Sandoval Court House, Bernalillo, NM

16-week certification course begins Jan. 6 and ends April 21. 1-5 pm. Volunteer program to educate and assist Sandoval County residents in all aspects of gardening. $125. 505.867.2582,


Dec. 6-7, 10 am-4 pm

Wool Shed Christmas Sale

Maple Winds Farm, Stanley, NM

Handmade hats, socks, yarns, fiber, wool, alpaca, angora, wool & silk-blended yarns and more. Hot chocolate & cookies. Regular hours 10-4 on Mondays. 505.201.6127,


Dec. 10, 11, 1-3 pm

Holiday Eco-Crafts

Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos, NM

Children can unleash their creativity and make ecologically friendly gifts. Advance registration required. $20/$16 PEEC members per child. 505.662.0460,


Dec. 12, 4 pm Application Deadline

Demonstration Urban Forest Project Cost-Share Program

The NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept. Forestry Division is seeking applications to develop sustainable urban and community forestry demonstration projects, including planting on public property or on private land that has public benefit as a means to improve community tree cover and display. 1:1 match required. Non-federal governmental entities, urban forestry consulting firms or consultants with expertise and qualified nonprofit organizations may apply. Contact Jennifer Dann: 505.476.3332


Dec. 13, 10:30 am

Children’s Book Reading

Los Lunas Library, 460 Main St., Los Lunas

Award-winning author Nasario Garcia will read Grandma Lale’s Tamales. Free. Book signing, 1 pm at The Little Store, 3590 Hwy. 47, in Peralta. 505.344.9382,


Dec. 13, 5-8:30 pm

Light Among the Ruins

Jemez Historic Site, 18160 State Hwy. 4, Jemez Springs, NM

Gisewa Pueblo and The Jemez Mission Church will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. Native American flute music and dancers. Free wagon rides from Jemez Springs Park to and from the site. 575.829.3530,


Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-1 pm and Saturday

Pajarito Environmental Education Center

3540 Orange St., Los Alamos, NM

Nature center and outdoor education programs. Exhibits of flora and fauna of the Pajarito Plateau; herbarium, live amphibians, butterfly and xeric gardens. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. 505.662.0460,,


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 Rio Grande. 505.466.1767, toll free: 866.466.1767, www.riograndereturn,com


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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