Briefs 10-17-13

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Dixon Studio Tour opens Nov. 1
The 32nd annual Dixon Studio Tour takes place on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2-3. The group show “Collected Works” will open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continues through the weekend.
In the month following the tour, many of the artists will be offering workshops to the public in their studios. The full schedule is on the website. Information and download maps at dixonarts.org.
The Dixon Studio Tour is one of the oldest continuously running studio tours in the state. The Tour encompasses the adjacent villages of Dixon, Embudo, Rinconada, Canoncito, and Apodaca. Nestled in the Embudo Valley where the Rio Embudo flows into the Rio Grande, it is 50 miles north of Santa Fe and 25 miles south of Taos at the junctions of NM 68 and 75.

Taos chosen as top place to retire
Taos has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.
Taos is one of eight cities profiled in the “Eight Novel Destinations: Literary Locales to Love,” feature in the November/December issue, available nationwide this week.

Where to Retire Managing Editor Annette Fuller said the eight towns, including Taos, appeal to retirees who seek an environment steeped in culture and history.

Other locales featured in the article include: Oxford, Miss.; Denton, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Hannibal, Mo.; Amherst, Mass.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Key West, Fla.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

In 2012, the NBC “Today Show” named Taos’ Valverde Commons as one of the best places to retire.
ArtPlaces also named Taos as one of America’s top 12 “small town art places” because of its robust calendar of festivals, fiestas, art shows, concerts, workshops and more which are also attractive to seniors.

Many animals seeking homes
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and nine other shelters and rescues from around the state will have an adoption event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at PetSmart, 3561 Zafrano Drive in Santa Fe. There will be more than 200 pets available for adoption.
The pets include rabbits from Santa Fe Humane Society, and dogs and cats from other rescue organizations and shelters.
Members from the NMHRS society will be there to answer questions about rabbits. This is the first time that NM House Rabbit Society will be participating in this event.
In addition, there will be raffle tickets available to buy for an Imini pad (first place) or for a $100 gift certificate to Mama’s Minerals, a mineral and bead store in Albuquerque (second place).
Tickets are only $2 a piece, or $5 for 3. All proceeds will go to the New Mexico House Rabbit society.

Ancient artifacts comes to S.F.
The largest assemblage of early artifacts has been brought together for the first time and was opened to public Oct. 1.
The Paleoamerican Odyssey conference, coming to Santa Fe Oct. 17-19 is bringing with it a rare opportunity for fans of archeology, history, anthropology and the curious. For the first time anywhere, the world’s most significant collection of Paleoamerican artifacts will be all together in one place at one time and open to the public.
The public is welcome to take part in the full three-day conference ($225); attend a day’s worth of lectures, see some of the 200-plus poster presentations on research and take part in an evening’s special discussion ($75), or buy a ticket ($25) just to view and spend time with the artifacts. The conference will be at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
Conference registration and more information is available onsite and online at paleoamericanodyssey.com.
Tickets for one day conference participation and access to the just the artifacts will be available at the door.

Marty’s Meals hosts fundraiser
The Marty’s Meals Open House and Fall Fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Marty’s Meals Market, 1107 Pen Road, just north of Cordova Road in Santa Fe.
Festivities will include free educational workshops taught by Dee Blanco, DVM and local professional dog trainer Debra Moody, as well as complimentary taco bar and drinks. The taco bar will feature ingredients from the Marty’s Meal menu to demonstrate the quality of their products.
A raffle of $1,000 in Marty’s Meals food will be throughout the day. Proceeds from raffle sales will benefit Rancho de Chihuahua and Bridging the Worlds, both local no kill animal sanctuaries. Professional photographer Gabriella Marks will also be on hand taking digital portraits of people and their dogs.

Harwood screens ‘Rooted Lands’
The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos will host a screening of “Rooted Lands — Tierras Arraigadas,” a documentary film about potential oil and gas development in New Mexico’s Mora and San Miguel Counties 2 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Arthur Bell Auditorium.  
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about the current state of affairs in the oil and gas industry with Bruce Frederick, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, John Olivas, Chairman of the Mora Commission Board and the filmmakers.
At the heart of “Rooted Lands — Tierras Arraigadas,” the film is the relationship between the people and their land and water. Mora County has recently gained national media attention as being the first county in the nation to ban fracking.