Community Briefs 05-29-14

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New kids program explores outdoors

Every Wednesday morning in June, Melissa Mackey will take children ages 6-10 on an imaginative journey of life in the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. Mackey will use story, outdoor skills and group games to help children explore the wonders of nature that are all around them.
The hands-on classes will be from 10-11:30 a.m. and meet at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
Mackey will teach fire building and fire safety and read stories about early humans and fire. As they explore canyons, they will play with water and mud and will talk about erosion. Children will ask themselves why there are deer around our town and coyotes in our backyard. Each week will feature one theme (canyons, mesas, mountains and skies), but in every session the group will talk about how the four are connected.
The classes are intended for children ages 6-10; they must have completed first grade to participate. Space is limited to only 10 children for each session, so advance registration is highly recommended. Drop-ins are welcome on a space available basis.
The cost for each session is $8, or $6.50 for PEEC members per child. For more information about this program and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or by call 662-0460.

Summer family evenings start June 3

With summer approaching, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is getting ready to start up its Summer Family Evenings again. The Summer Family Evenings will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday throughout June and July. Summer Family Evenings are always free to attend for PEEC members; the cost varies per program for non-member families.
On June 3, the cost for non-PEEC members will be $10 per family, regardless of how many are in a family. The June 3 program will feature a visit from the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF) and the Santa Fe Raptor Center. The theme will be “Living with New Mexico’s Wildlife.”
Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, along with other board members from LEWF and volunteers from the Santa Fe Raptor Center, will present the many different species of animals people can encounter here in New Mexico. They will also discuss effective ways we can live in harmony with our animal friends.
The presentation will be a short lecture with ample time for Q&A. It will be hands-on and fun, and LEWF will furnish different animal skulls and pelts that people can view. In addition, the Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring one or more birds. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., so those wishing to hear the presentation should plan to arrive at the start of the event; however drop-ins are welcome throughout the program to view the materials and ask questions of the presenters.
There is no advance registration is required for this program. For more information about this and other events at PEEC, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or by call 662-0460.

Free admission for military at Taos museums

The Taos Museum at Fechin House and Millicent Rogers Museum will offer free admission through Labor Day.
Both museums are members of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.

Free admission will be for the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families.
For more information visit the Blue Star Museum website at arts.gov/bsm/state/NM.