Briefs 02-13-14

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Española Teen Center receives grant

Española teens received a boost for pursuing positive opportunities in December as The Frost Foundation, Ltd., located in Santa Fe, awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Española YMCA Teen Center.
“We’re proud that The Frost Foundation recognizes the importance of investing in others, and that they consider our work in the Rio Grande Valley worthy of their support,” said Y Executive Director Linda Daly. “We served 700 kids there last year, mentoring anywhere from 41 to 80 on a daily basis.”
 “The Y’s work is making a tremendous difference. On a daily basis, we see changes in the kids. Parents and the community have taken notice, too,” Center Director Ben Sandoval said.
Sandoval noted that in 2013 the Chamber of Commerce awarded the center its President’s Award, which named the Y as the Nonprofit of the Year. “The Frost grant will help this good work to continue,” Sandoval said.
 The funds will be used to support tutoring, life-skill education programs, mentoring, prevention, cultural arts programs and operating costs. The Teen Center collaborates with more than 40 partners in Española in support of teens.

N.M. Restaurant Week begins Feb. 23

Local diners are accustomed to the question, “Red or green?” but there will be many more delectable choices to ponder when Restaurant Week returns statewide Feb. 23-March 2.
Value-priced dinners and lunches will be offered at some 70 restaurants from Angel Fire to Albuquerque. Best of all, there are price categories to fit every budget:  $25 for two for casual-dining restaurants, and $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant.  Some restaurants also will offer prix-fixe Restaurant Week lunches.  
With the unprecedented variety of ethnic cuisines available, diners can take a trip around the globe without leaving New Mexico.  Among this year’s newcomers: Brazilian-style barbeque, Indian, Izakaya Japanese, Spanish tapas, Szechuan Chinese, and healthy vegan.  
Restaurant Week 2014 also presents several fun and informative epicurean events, including making infused vinegars and oils; tequila tasting and chile roasting; African drumming, dancing, and dining; braising, and soup- and stock-making.  
For information on events and tickets, visit nmrestaurantweek.com, or dinenewmexico.com.

Taos listed in ‘LA Times’ ‘Weekend Escapes’

Taos is garnering national attention as an economical, “artistic renaissance” town after being prominently featured in the Los Angeles Times’ “Weekend Escapes” section on Feb. 2.
Los Angeles Times has a readership of nearly 964,000, with more than 5 million online visitors per month.

Suggested as a great weekend escape, Los Angeles Times’ travel writer Katrina Woznicki described Taos as an artists’ colony where the “pace is slow ... perfect for savoring the mountain cuisine and exploring galleries.”

“Taos has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists’ colony for those seeking a quieter pace,” said Woznicki, in the article.
“Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn.”
As noted in the article, Taos has 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest.