Community Briefs 08-21-14

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By The Staff

Auto enthusiasts will
emerge for Autumn Run

TAOS — Auto enthusiasts across the Southwest will have a chance to showcase their pre-1979 hot rods, customs, and classic cars or trucks at the 20th annual Taos Autumn Run, this weekend. Proceeds directly benefit youth vocational scholarships in Taos County.
“The Taos Autumn Run is a non-competitive event where car enthusiasts from across the Southwest can show off their souped up, classic and custom vehicles to the public, while the town shows off its natural beauty which is especially appealing in fall,” said Anthony Perez, president of Taos Auto Enthusiasts. “Our goal is two-fold — to bring people to Taos, and to raise money to help young people in our community.”
Registration will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Taos County Courthouse parking lot located on Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Registration is $35 and includes car entry pass, “Taos Autumn Run” mug and entry into a drawing with a chance to win one $500 cash prize. Five $100 cash prizes will also be drawn on Saturday evening. Free T-shirts will be given away to the first 50 entrants.
The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with a “show and shine” at Kit Carson Park, which includes an auction and door prizes donated by local merchants. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $10 each, available to everyone, for a chance to win a $1,500 cash prize.
Live music by Taos band, The Bad Boys, will energize the event with their own blend of rock and Spanish inspired music from 7–10 p.m. Saturday at Taos Plaza. Food vendors will sell local fare at Kit Carson Park throughout the day.
A large percentage of the proceeds from the Taos Autumn Run will benefit youth vocational scholarships and other youth related interests in the community. The remaining proceeds are used to fund next year’s Run.
For more information, contact Anthony Perez at jirehelectric(at)hotmail(dot)com or call 575-770-0757 or visit taos.org/html-assets/file/Annual_Events_2013.pdf.

Taos rated best August
destination by ‘USA Today’

TAOS — Taos has earned major recognition as USA Today’s No. 1 pick for “Top 10 August Destinations” in the entire world.
USA Today chose Taos as their top pick from thousands of other possibilities in the world because, “...the charming town of Taos offers a cooler mountain retreat. Warm temperatures and plentiful sunshine make August an ideal month for hiking in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, or tour the picturesque Taos Pueblo. If that occasional afternoon thunderstorm strikes, Taos has plenty of excellent galleries and restaurants for waiting out the rain.”
In the month of August, several Taos galleries are launching exhibitions including: Act 1 Gallery’s “Cletus Smith Solo Exhibition” (Aug. 2); Pressing On Gallery’s “Ten Contemporary Taos Printmakers” (Aug. 16); Old Martina’s Hall for the “Art through the Loom Weaving Guild Show” (Aug. 20) and Taos Center for the Art’s “Venice: A Reality of a Different Order — Works by Robbie Steinbach” (Aug. 29).
Docent-led tours of the “Highlights of the Gus Foster Collection” at Harwood Museum of Art will also be Aug.24. The collection features 121 works donated by collector, connoisseur and supporter of the Harwood. The tour is free and begins at 1 p.m.
The “E.I. Couse, the Painter and His Craft” exhibition will be on display, featuring Couse’s painting techniques and examples of his photographs, drawings and studies he used. The exhibit runs through Oct. 11. There is no charge to attend.
For a complete list of August events in Taos, visit taosartcalendar.com/events.
In the past three months alone, Taos has topped numerous “Best” lists including: “10 Cool Nature Retreats with Unbelievable Views” (Huffington Post, May 2014); “Best Places to Experience Native American Culture” (CNN, April 2014); “America’s Coolest Desert Towns” (Yahoo.com, April 2014); and “15 Best Places to Keep Your Kids Happy” (Aol.com, April 2014).

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