New position opening at the Community Foundation of Southern NM. This position will lead Year 2 of the Quality of Life Initiative. Year 1 was directed and implemented by a community-based Steering Committee. A full job description can be found on the Foundation’s website www.cfsnm.org after Monday, February 18, 2013. The due date for applications is Friday, March 1, 2013 at noon.
On Sunday, February 17, an early evening dinner of pasta, salad, bread, dessert and beverage will be offered along with the exciting music of Jericho. The meal will be served at 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, 300 W. College Ave. for only $10. Proceeds will support Bridge Community’s efforts to provide Continuum of Care Senior Housing in SW New Mexico. If there is sufficient interest, the pasta dinners may take the place of the Souper Tuesdays. Plan now for a nourishing and fun evening.
Efforts are underway by the Silver City Arts and Cultural District to produce the second Silver City CLAY Festival. The CLAY Festival is an annual celebration of clay—its history and its cultural impact —at which locals and visitors can experience artist workshops and sales, lectures, demonstrations, films, archaeological tours, and a variety of social and cultural activities. The festival intends to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for clay, leading to rural economic sustainability. Silver City CLAY Festival 2013 will be August 2-4, with pre-festival events scheduled July 27-August 1, 2013. Strong financial support for CLAY 2014 is pending. Learn more at http://clayfestival.com/.
Habitat for Humanity Gila Region has launched the first of a series of sliding-scale workshops to teach do-it-yourself, passive solar design, including solar water heaters and hot air panels. For more information, call 538-9540. Also, the local Habitat’s 17th house is under construction in the city’s affordable housing neighborhood, Vistas de Plata.
Jayne Ash has been hired as the new Program Director for Healing House, the Domestic Violence Shelter in Deming. The Shelter is currently run by the county, but there are plans to resurrect the defunct nonprofit. Lots to do, Jayne!
This bad news just in from Becky Ferranti, CEO, Serenity Acres Equine Services: “Over the holidays someone stole my laptop from my office at home. It contained my grant calendar, templates, budget information, spreadsheets, thousands of photos of events and hundreds of other documents that I cannot replace. Although my homeowner's insurance will replace the laptop and software, I am devastated at the loss so many hours of work and memories. “ Back up your files, friends!
The Annual AFP Funders Fair takes place on Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:30-11:30 am in Albuquerque at the CNM Workforce Training Center. Cost: $15 members/$25 non members .To register: Visit AFP’s website: www.afp-nm.org Call TWC’s Nonprofit Resource Center (534-0665 x 231) if you want to hitch a ride in the TWC Van the night before.
The Grant County Fund is sort of a mini-foundation for Grant County, housed within the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. The emerging Advisory Board meets on February 13 for a retreat to create a shared vision and a plan for next steps to increase local philanthropy. Stay tuned for details.
The Fort Bayard Restoration and Development Coalition supports the demolishing of the “old” Fort Bayard Hospital in order for the county to purchase the property from the State of New Mexico. State Representative Rudy Martinez is sponsoring House Bill 102 that would provide an appropriation of $5M from the state general fund to demolish the medical center built in 1922. Officers' quarters would remain on the property. HB102 was recommended for passing by the Health, Government & Indian Affairs Committee and is now pending with House Appropriations & Finance Committee. General Services Division (GSD) also recommends demolishment—however, since the Fort is on the federal Historic Register, it may take a long time until federal permissions are obtained, which is why GSD did not ask for capital outlay this round.
The HMS Center for Health Innovation vacated their digs on Silver City’s Bullard Street and set up shop for its 12+ staff in the historic Bright Building on College.