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12th Annual Clay Festival to take place July 10-16,2023

We are excited to announce the 
12th Annual Silver City CLAY Festival!

SAVE THE DATE: July 10-16, 2023

Founded in 2011 by Lee Gruber, the Silver city CLAY Festival celebrates and explores interpretations of clay, mud, and earth as the common ground of New Mexico's culture and history.

CLAY Festival gathers artists, collectors, educators, and families for a week-long series of events to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future.

Each year, internationally acclaimed artists are invited to contribute to the dialogue of clay craft, host workshops, lectures, and jury the International CLAY Juried Exhibition, this year titled GRACE.

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High-flying Fun at Kite Picnic in Glenwood

By Cheryl Thornburg

kites group 2022 750 5524fjrThe wide open spaces of Whitewater Mesa are perfect for kite enthusiasts. (Photo by David Thornburg)GLENWOOD --  If you’re looking for some family fun in the great outdoors,  head for Glenwood on Saturday April 1 when the annual Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic returns to the wide open spaces on the mesa north of town. Hundreds people of all ages participate in this colorful, family-friendly event. It is sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association so kite-fliers come from all around the state and the country to show off their spectacular creations.

Last year 168 people participated. There is plenty of space without fences to tangle your kite strings, and room to park for your tailgate picnic.  

The event is not just for pros - -  everyone from toddlers to senior citizens test their kite-flying skills. 

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SCHEDULE FIXED: Historical Society of New Mexico annual conference to take place in Silver City March 30-April 1

The Historical Society of New Mexico will hold its annual conference in Silver City from March 30 through April 1. Full schedule below in PDF format.

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a Silver City native, will give a special presentation, "Roots of Dysfunction in the U. S. Congress" on March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Global Resource Center at Western New Mexico University.

And Professor Michelle Hall Kells, of UNM, will make a keynote presentation, "The Public Memory of 'Salt of the Earth,'" on March 30 at 5 p.m. at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference and Business Center.

The three-day conference features 35 sessions, the society's largest number ever. More than 90 presenters will explore events, cultures, stories, and perspectives of New Mexico history, from the earliest inhabitants to the recent past.

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Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic Saturday April 1, 2023

Sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association

Gather up your family and friends and come to Glenwood and join us for the 17th Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic. Last year 168 people joined us so there is plenty of space without fences to tangle your kite strings, and room to park for your tailgate picnic. While you are here and for a completely different experience, walk one or all six of the labyrinths and a maze across the road at Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths. Once again we are sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association so have joined the international world of kitefliers.

TIME:  12 noon – 5pm on Saturday April 1, 2023. 

PLACE: Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths is at 355 Bursum Road. Second house on the left after mile marker 3 on NM 159 off Hwy 180, between Glenwood and Alma, NM 88039.  NB: Using MapQuest, Google Maps or Apple Maps be sure to enter Glenwood NM not Datil after 355 Bursum Road or you will end up 35 miles away on a trail up the mountain in the Gila Wilderness!  

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Corrected contact email: 72nd National Day of Prayer May 4, 2023

You're invited to the 72nd National Day of Prayer in Silver City on May 4, 2023 at Gough Park at 1201 N Pope St from 12-1:00. Bring the whole family and tell your friends about this special event on Thursday, May 4 at Gough Park. For more information contact Susan at  john3.16ndp@proton.me 

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Silver City Watershed Keepers celebrates World Water Day 2023

The Silver City Watershed Keepers will be celebrating World Water Day this month with a panel discussion on March 23 and field trip on March 25 focused on San Vicente Creek stream restoration.

Silver City has been celebrating World Water Day, an international event, for the past 10 years. World Water Day 2023 is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. This year’s World Water Day is asking people to “be the change they want to see in the world” by changing the way you use, consume, and manage water in your lives.

With funding from the NM Environment Department River Stewardship Program, Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and Silver City Watershed Keepers (SCWK), along with the Town of Silver City, Stream Dynamics, Gila WoodNet, and Lone Mountain Natives have been activating change by addressing water quality impairments and threats to riparian habitat in San Vicente Creek through the San Vicente Creek River Stewardship Project.

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Silver City STEM Roadshow for 5th Grade Girls

This year, the local branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women), which has sponsored EYH for the past 30 years, has developed a new program called Southwest New Mexico STEM Roadshow to replace EYH and better address regional STEM-education needs. Other AAUW branches throughout the US have generally charged a fee to participate in EYH; however, the Silver City-SW NM branch has always presented EYH free of charge to participating students, and the STEM Roadshow will continue that free-of-charge tradition.

STEM Roadshow is specifically for 5th grade girls. There will be multiple STEM Roadshow events throughout the region, with the first event taking place in Silver City on February 25 on the WNMU campus. Similar to EYH, there will be hands-on science, tech, engineering, and math workshops; mentoring by women professionals and college students; and a take-home "goodie bag" with additional information and activities.

Questions? Please call 575-490-1041 or email stemSWNM@gmail.com

WNMU Cultural Affairs events in February

February 9, 2023, Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Hillary Smith

Share in the dazzling sights and sounds of big-band swing! The 18-member Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra has been delighting audiences throughout the Southwest for more than thirty years. New Mexico native Hillary Smith, of hONEyhoUSe fame, adds her soulful voice.

Date: February 9, 2023, at 7 pm
Tickets: $15 per person

FREE admission to WNMU Students, Faculty, and Staff with current Mustang ID. FREE admission for youth 17 and under (tickets required).

Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra - Western New Mexico University (wnmu.edu)

February 16-17, 2023, Recuerdos (remembering) Conversations with Johnny Ortiz-Concha

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