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Celebrate Easter with the community

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By Kirsten Laskey

There is no need to spend Easter alone. Locals are encouraged to socialize with their fellow residents during the Newcomers and Neighbors Annual Easter Party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.There will be a lunch, Easter craft for kids and an Easter egg hunt.Club president Melissa Gillispie-Blair said the purpose behind of the event is to just have fun and enjoy what the community has to offer.This is something the club strives to do year-round. Whether it’s meeting up at the pool or babysitting children while their parents run errands, Newcomers and Neighbors offers opportunities for people to get acquainted. “It’s a great thing to meet your neighbors ee it’s just a great way to get out and meet new people,” Gillispie-Blair said.Neighbors and Newcomers started 30 years ago, she said; a bunch of people decided that a club was needed to make it easier to contact the community.Members work to promote the community and keep it strong, Gillispie-Blair said.Currently, 40 families are members of the club.Although the club has a long history in Los Alamos, it is starting a few new activities. They are offering a knitting club, a bongo group and a scrapbook group. The knitting group will conduct its first meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. March 31 at Mesa Public Library. The bongo group will get started next month.Gillispie-Blair explained the new groups were added to get members more involved in the club.Additionally, the club is hosting more family get-togethers on top of the normal holiday parties. Gillispie-Blair said the next party is a community barbecue that is being planned for May.Newcomers and Neighbors keep a busy schedule, Gillispie-Blair said activities are held weekly and while most of the club communicates through e-mail, officers meet once a month.“We just provide activities for the families to get out and see what the town offers,” she said.For more information about Newcomers and Neighbors, go to www.la-nn.org or call Gillispie-Blair at 661-9748 or e-mail her at princessmel16@hotmail.com.All events are free; however, members pay annual dues that of $15.