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SC DDLM 2018Ofrendas may be simple or elaborate, as shown in this one at Mariah’s Copper Quail Gallery during the 2017 Silver City Dia de los Muertos .Planning is underway for the annual Silver City Dia de los Muertos, running from October 28 through November 2. It will include a parade, a street festival, mariachi music, food, and much, much more. An important part of the Dia de los Muertos tradition that honors the cycle of life is the showcasing and sharing of ofrendas. There will be a community ofrenda this year where all are welcome to add a picture of a departed loved one to the altar. 

During this annual event there are many ofrendas throughout the businesses in the downtown area as well as at the University and other public establishments. Those businesses and others participating this year are urged to contact Diana Ingalls Leyba so that your location is added to the list and she can give you guidelines. 

The Mimbres Valley 13th Annual Harvest Festival 10:00AM - 4:00PM, San Lorenzo Elementary School at 2655 Hwy 35. The festival takes place behind the school and will have artisan & craft vendors, information & activity booths from the US Forest Service, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, the Grant County Archaeological Society, and more! Local Volunteer Fire Departments will show off their equipment.

Since it is the harvest we will have a Farmer & Growers’ Market highlighting locally raised produce and food products. Outside food vendors include Taste of the Philippines, TGIFrybread, the Harvest Bakery, Elk Xing Cafe and the Duck Stop. Our famous Best Pie in the Mimbres contest will be even bigger this year. There will be organized children’s activities and a raffle of two children’s bikes. We will have live music starting at 11:00AM. Our BIG RAFFLE continues with over 14 prizes — with the list beginning with a trailer of firewood, and an airplane flight over the MImbres. Sign-up for our Horseshoe Competition begins at 11:00AM. Free Health Fair in the school runs from 9:30AM until 2:00PM.

Yes! Believe it or not the Mimbres Health Fair is happening again, its eleventh year, inside the San Lorenzo Elementary School gym on Saturday September 29, from 9:30am to 2pm. Of course, that’s also our wonderful Mimbres Harvest Festival on the grounds of the school so… you can get a check up with a whole variety of health screens, get your flu shot, talk with a doctor from Hidalgo Medical Services about your screening results, then head out to the San Lorenzo field for a great day of fun, food, music and crafts for sale.

This year the Health Fair will have the WNMU Nursing School students and professors doing blood pressure and glucose checks, Walgreens giving FREE FLU SHOTS, Hidalgo Medical Services with Dental screenings, Mental Health Services “Check Up From The Neck Up” screenings, their Family Support Services ready to assist you with almost any kind of community referral you need, WalMart Vision Center for eyeglass adjustments and consults, Hometown Oxygen for lung function and how your body is using oxygen, Angelwings Home Care, SASS (Silver Sexual Assault Services), Compassion and Choices, Grant County Extension Services, GRMC Cancer Center and more.

Featuring award-winning Southeast Texas songwriter Mare Wakefield on guitar and Turkish-born, classically-trained Nomad on piano and accordion, the husband-and-wife team has been called “Cozy brilliance…the merger of Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton” by the Louisville Observer and "Lovely-a little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk" by the New York Times. Mare & Nomad are former Kerrville NewFolk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, and had an original song featured in a 2017 Lifetime TV Movie. They are currently touring in support of their latest record, Time to Fly (2018), which was the #2 record for the month for February 2018 in the Folk DJ Radio Charts.

Mare and Nomad will be performing October 2 at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, 3845 N. Swan Street, just north of the PNM building. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away. Proceeds will go to No Más Muertes, (No More Deaths) a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona, dedicated to stopping the deaths of migrants in the desert through various means.

“Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one.” ~ Cranky Crow

“A true poetess … Take Dolly and Emmylou and add Paul Simon into the mix. Wakefield turns words into magic.” ~ Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some amazing music by Mare Wakefield and Nomad.
Find out more and hear some music at their website here.


Don't miss the Make America Great Again Dinner on October 6 at 5 p.m. at the GC Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center. Music by Guitarist Sherman Nelson. Speakers include Michelle Garcia Holmes for Lt. Governor, Mick Rich for U.S. Senate, Dr. Gavin Clarkson for Secretary of State, and four local candidates. Beef brisket or chicken catered by Millie's Bake House. Door prizes. Silent auction. Tickets are $35. Call 575-654-4884.

The Southwest New Mexico Arts, Culture & Tourism Board is pleased to invite the public to attend an important meeting touching on economic development, creative entrepreneurship, small business development and the creative economy in Grant County. We have won a grant from the US Department of Agriculture for rural business development, and are using the grant to fund a feasibility study for an incubator and/or makerspace here. Our consultants, Creative Startups, will be meeting with the public on October 9 and 10, from 9 am to 12 noon on Tuesday and Wednesday, and also from 2 to 5 pm on Tuesday on the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) campus.  Meetings will be held in the Seminar Room on the 3rd floor of the Student Memorial Center.  The agenda and a map are available for download here along with more information about the project and the consultants.

Please preregister by filling out the form on the SWNMACT website, by sending an email to Colleen Morton or by calling 575-538-5560. Please select only one day as there is limited seating.

October 4, 2018 at McCray Gallery and Courtyard

Time: 4:30-7:00 PM

Admission: Free 

This event is cosponsored by the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning. Food by The Duckstop.

Edwina Milner is an artist, philanthropist, feminist, art teacher, and educator whose art career now spans six decades. Throughout the past 20 years, she has been focused on promoting museums and other artists, especially women, throughout the United States. Her path has led her back to her studio where she is most happy, painting. Her acrylic and gold leaf on canvas paintings celebrate the adventurous and magical journey of lifework that is full of curves, turns and bright lights. She states that her paths and decisions throughout her 84 years have been golden. Her new work is a culmination from all of the various creative stages in her life including painter, costume designer, fashion illustrator, and art teacher.

October 5, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Admission: Tickets $15; Free with Mustang ID

This event is sponsored by the WNMU Alumni Association.

Hotel California "A Salute to the Eagles" was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the demise of The Eagles in 1982. By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, HOTEL CALIFORNIA faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles studio recordings while recreating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country while delivering a modern, action packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium. 

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