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February 16, 2019 is Territorial Charter Day and Silver City MainStreet is promoting three events as part of Territorial Charter Day. They are the Urban Challenge Fun Run, horse drawn wagon, and Love Local.

Love Local is a promotion of Downtown merchants that are offering great deals, drawings, and discounts because they love our local community.  Look for the Love Local posters in the windows of the 37 participating merchants. Silver City MainStreet loves our community and local businesses and invites everyone down to discover the 145 locally owned downtown businesses.

Thanks to a sponsorship from the Town of Silver City, the horse drawn wagon will be back from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering free rides up and down Bullard Street. Hop on in front of Home Furniture for family fun!

The Urban Challenge Fun Run is a 5K that winds through downtown. It is a very family friendly event with many families already signed up. Entry fee is 3 cans of food that will be donated to the Grant county and WNMU food pantries. The first 100 registered runners will receive a free race t-shirt! The race starts at 9 am on February 16. To register email Mary@silvercitymainstreet.com or visit here and go to events. Medals will be awarded for each age category.

If you have not been downtown recently, this is a great day to shop local, have fun, learn about our Territorial Charter and discover all the great things going on downtown!

The mission of Silver City MainStreet is "To encourage a vibrant, historic downtown Silver City which is recognized as the heart of our diverse community." Please visit our website here to learn more.

choc fant 7464 copyChocolates by Howard Richardson of the Corner Kitchen from last year's Chocolate Fantasia. (Photo courtesy of Mary Alice Murphy)SILVER CITY, NM – The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) is planning a literary CHOCOLATE FANTASIA in Silver City, NM on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

A variety of wonderful chocolate confections will be offered at Chocolate Stops in and around the town’s historic district. Tasting tickets are $25 for 20 samples of different chocolate confections.

Over 30 downtown merchants and galleries will participate in distributing chocolates and offering our hospitality.  Many shops will decorate in keeping with our Children’s Storybook Fantasia theme, opening the event to a wide variety of possibilities.

Tickets can be purchased at our office located in the Wells Fargo Bank building, 1201 N. Pope St. or online at here. This year’s event will start at 11:00 a.m. and will last until 4:00 p.m. Event maps and empty candy boxes ($2.00 each for collecting your chocolates so you can save some for later!) will be available at Chocolate Fantasia Headquarters, The Family Karate Center, at 416 N. Bullard Street. Headquarters will open at 11 a.m.

Proceeds from the event support MRAC educational programs for students and events like the Silver City Blues Festival.

Get Colorful for a Great Cause!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting a brand new, colorful, fun event to raise funds and awareness for its successful youth mentoring program. The Run for Kids’ Sake 5K Color Run will take place on Saturday, April 27, starting and ending at Penny Park. 

A color run is a fun spin on the traditional 5k walk/run. At the starting line, at 3 locations along the 5k course and at the ending line, participants will be showered with bright colorful, harmless cornstarch powder. Additional packets of color can be purchased for participants who want to add to the festivities. 

Registration is $25 until March 31, and goes up in price after that date. Limited day of registration will be available. Registration donation includes a t-shirt, race bib and one color packet. A child may walk free with a registered adult, but will not receive the shirt, bib and color. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring program.

The finish line of the race is a party with live music, food trucks, and information booths from sponsors and other non-profits in the community serving families.

“We wanted a more visible and fun way to raise funds in Silver City, and chose a color run because it is new and different.  We hope the community will support this event because it is fun, and learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as well.” said Dawn Starostka, Regional Director.  

Save the Dates: October 4–6, 2019.

Writing Sin Fronteras (Writing Without Borders)

Silver City, New Mexico - We are looking forward to presenting our fourth biennial festival this coming fall here in Silver City. Our line-up is dynamic, including some favorite features held in festivals past, and many new and varied faces.

In the coming month we will send out particulars on certain events but consider this our Overture letter for the fest.

During the week leading up to the festival we will sponsor a printmaking workshop for poets at Power & Light Press; the WNMU Museum will be open for writers to muse upon, and write about, their world-renowned collection of Mimbres pottery; we will also sponsor master sessions on Writing in a Woman's Voice, and the Latino Boom!

On Friday night we will welcome festival goers and hear from our two keynote speakers. Dr. Magdaleno Manzanarez and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Don Bartletti. Dr. Manzanarez is Vice President for External Affairs at WNMU. He has written extensively on North American border conflicts and has, himself, a story to tell of his own journey from southern Mexico to the southwestern US. Don Bartletti won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo documentation of Central American caravans traveling through Mexico en route to the US. His exhibit Enrique's Journey will be on display at the McCray Gallery for Contemporary Art at WNMU. After the keynote address we will walk a short distance to the McCray Gallery for a reception. The gallery will also feature a celebration of the life of Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, a preeminent scholar of Latin American literature who recently passed away. The past (Dr. Ortego), the present (Enrique's Journey), and the future (writings by school children of the borderlands) will be featured together at the McCray.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Light Hall Theater

Admission: Tickets: $15; Free with Mustang ID

Celtgrass from Ireland

Billboard # 1 Artists from Ireland (Irish, Bluegrass, Old Time, Folk)

Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, percussion and beautiful harmonies, this Galway and Nashville based quartet comprises two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, who collectively hold over a dozen “All Ireland” titles and are among the most revered musicians in Ireland today.

We Banjo 3 released their fourth studio recording, Haven, in July 2018, as the follow up to their highly-acclaimed 2016 release, String Theory, which went to # 1 on Billboard’s World Music Chart. Haven has received rave reviews including 4 STARS from Irish Times. AXS.com said, “Their blend of Celtic and bluegrass with dashes of folk-pop, and country is perfectly suited for the Americana scene. Their songs fall comfortably into The Lumineers style of earnest folk pop anthems.”

Featuring Willy Sucre and Friends — Horn Quintet  

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Light Hall Theater

Admission: Tickets: $15; Free with Mustang ID

Program: Leone Sinigaglia (1868-1944), Romanze for Horn and String Quartet, Op. 3; Richard Edward Wilson (b. 1941), Canzona for Horn and String Quartet; Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Appel Interstellaire (Interstellar Call) for Solo Horn; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Horn Quintet in E-flat Major for horn, violin, two violas, and cello, K. 407.

Premier Sponsor: James Edd Hughs/Edward Jones Investments

The Silver City Public Library is pleased to announce the return of its free concert series! There will be four concerts at the library from January through April, 2019. The concerts are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

philippe headshot3The series will begin on Friday, January 25, 6:00pm with a recital by Philippe Holmes, classical guitarist. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Philippe Holmes grew up in Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown and George Washington Universities. He has composed, performed and produced music ranging from classical to hip-hop since the age of sixteen. In 2004 he moved to the small village of Monticello, New Mexico and immersed himself in the repertoire of Andrès Segovia. Most recently, he spent seven years in his mother’s native country of France, where he collaborated on projects including Romanian music and contemporary pop/rock. The January 25 concert will be a voyage across three centuries of guitar music, as well as works of J.S. Bach adapted for the guitar. Holmes will feature showpieces from the traditional classical guitar repertoire, including works by Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega, Heitor Villa Lobos and Fernando Sor. Also included will be contemporary classical guitar pieces and original compositions by the performer. More information can be found on his website, http://philippholmes.wixsite.com/holmes-guitare/

vocal trash photo for calendarOn Thursday, January 24, the Grant County Community Concert Association hosts a unique and highly entertaining group—Vocal Trash—performing at 7 p.m. at the WNMU Fine Arts Theater. Best described as "entertainment with a conscience,” Vocal Trash is an urban-themed, Broadway style production that reconnects us with our planet and its meaningful experience unlike any other. Toolbox guitars, a milk-urn bass and numerous repurposed industrial percussion props accompany singing, breakdancing, and comedy.

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Glenwood Street Market - Glenwood, New Mexico
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Weight Watchers - First Presbyterian Church
Sat Feb 23 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Expanding Your Horizons Conference - Western New Mexico University
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Library Arcade - Silver City Public Library
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Abbie Gardner to Perform at Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Folk Series - Buckhorn Opera House
Sat Feb 23 @ 7:00PM - 12:00AM
Movies at the Light Hall Theater - Light Hall Theatre
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Sun Feb 24 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
“Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful” - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City
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Movies at the Light Hall Theater - Light Hall Theatre