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"The Heart Outright," an independent film by Mark Medoff will premier in Silver City on Sunday, August 6. The screening will follow an al fresco Italian dinner attended by the award-winning playwright Medoff and Director Ross Marks. Dinner will be served next to WNMU's Light Hall theatre on the patio. The inaugural Silver City Purple Sage Award will be presented to Mr. Medoff for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts in New Mexico.

The "Heart Outright" is a sequel to the play and film "When You Coming Back, Red Ryder." After service in Vietnam, Stephen Ryder swore he would never return to New Mexico. Upon his mother's death, he returns to face his past.

The film will be introduced by Medoff and Marks at 7pm. A VIP reception will be held at 9pm at Datura Day Spa (old Twisted Vine) deck. The al fresco dinner (5:30 to 6:30pm) includes antipasti, lemon chicken parmesan, roasted asparagus, pasta primavera and lemon cake. The cash bar will serve selected beers and wines. The dinner guests need to purchase tickets or make reservations by August 1. The cost for the dinner and a movie is $25 (movie only $10). The VIP reception has limited seating and reservations for this fundraiser are $50 with dinner and a movie included. Proceeds will help the Silver Screen Society present future events.

The name of the Purple Sage award comes from a composite of Western influences: Zane Gray's "Riders of the Purple Sage." Ryder is a character in one of Mark Medoff's plays. There is no plant named purple sage, but a sage-looking shrub called False Indigo or Broom Dalea grows along the Rio Grande, the definitive river of the American west in the "heart" of New Mexico. The purple flowers bloom in late summer only after the life-providing monsoon rains.

Tickets are available at these Silver City locations: Gila Hike & Bike, Manzanita Ridge and the Office of Cultural Affairs at WNMU's Hunter Hall. The Rotary Club of Silver City and WNMU helped make this event possible.

To view the theatrical trailer for "The Heart Outright" click here.

For further information, contact Mark Richard by phone 575-537-5988 or by email: markrichardandassoc@gmail.com

2016 bash rsSilver City, NM –For the seventh consecutive year Western New Mexico University will team up with the Historic Downtown Silver City businesses to host the Welcome Back Bash on Friday, August 11.

Offering socialization for both new and returning students, the event signifies the exciting arrival of the fall semester with music, games and dancing in historic downtown Silver City.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University Address at 5:30 p.m. inside Syzygy Tile; located at 106 N. Bullard Street. After updating the community with an account of current and future happenings, the downtown party will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Syzygy Tile parking lot with live music by the Brandon Perrault Band.

The event will include family games and information booths by local organizations. Community groups and small businesses can register to have free booth space by contacting 575.538.6336 or news@wnmu.edu.

The Welcome Back Bash is sponsored by WNMU in partnership with Dandelion Wish, Syzygy Tile, Jalisco Café, and Manzanita Ridge.

Silver City, NM — July 21, 2017 The Silver City CLAY Festival, taking place July 22 to 30, is under way with workshops, tours, lectures, youth events, demonstrations, and other special events. Pick up a copy of this week's Independent for a full list of events, a map of the venues, a list of prizes to be won and discounts associated with the "CLAY Matters" lecture series button, and highlights on certain events and artists.

The schedule of events is also available as a printable pdf on the website – go to www.clayfestival.com > Events.

After a week of fun, end your CLAY experience with Down to Earth Yoga taking place at the Bear Mountain Lodge Saltlick Labyrinth and make reservations for the closing CLAY Brunch at Café Oso Azul. Special awards will be presented at the brunch. You must reserve in advance for the brunch by calling 575-538-2538.

For more information visit www.clayfestival.com.



Silver City Museum (312 West Broadway, Silver City, NM) is hosting an Artist Reception Friday, July 28, 3:30 - 5:30. On view are Ann McMahon's exhibition of photographs, "The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County," and a selection of minerals. Meet Dan Turner, local copper jewelry artist, in the Museum Store.

In support of this year's CLAY Festival, (www.clayfestival.com) we invite you to view the exhibition of photographs by Ann McMahon, "The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County" in the Silver City Museum's Besse Gallery and a representation of minerals. Dan Turner, local Silver City artist, will be offering his latest collection of hand crafted copper jewelry for sale in the Museum Store.

A reception with light beverages will be provided by the Silver City Museum Society from 3:30 - 5:30 in the Silver City Museum kitchen.

The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region's unique history. For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 538-5921. Info@silvercitymuseum.org or go to the museum's website, www.silvercitymuseum.org

art and music rsBeautiful art and great music are the perfect combination at Silver City Art Walks!

In conjunction with the 2017 Silver City Clay Festival, and sponsored by the Silver City Art Association, galleries in Silver City's historic district are getting ready for an exciting gallery night that will happen on Friday, July 28. The early evening gallery walk will take place from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of exceptional local art and fine crafts, tasty treats, music and demonstrations by participating artisans. As part of the Clay Festival, the evening includes a reception at the Silver City Museum and will be followed by a "mud crawl" – a fun evening touring Silver City's favorite pubs. There will be prizes!

On-line registration is now open for all 13th annual festival workshops and field trips. To register, please visit www.gilariverfestival.org/registration or call 575.538.8078

Gathering the Gila workshops and field trips that require registration:

Rock Art Field Trip with Alex Mares
Thursday, Sept 21: 7 am -3 pm

Using Weeds as a Resource - Plant walk with Monica Rude
Thursday, Sept 21, 7:30 am - 12 pm

Mesquite Mission - Field Trip with Mesquitos
Thursday, Sept 21, 8 am - 12 pm

Butterflies of the Gila - Field Trip with Ron Parry
Thursday, Sept 21, 1:15 pm - 5 pm

Important Birds, Important Area - Birding Field Trip with Mike Fugagli
Friday, Sept 22, 8 am - 12 pm

Food Plants - Field Trip with Dr. Richard Felger
Friday, Sept 22, 8:15 am - 12 pm

Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site - Archaeology Tour with Marilyn Markel
Friday, Sept 22, 8:45 am - 12:15 pm

The Gila Flyway - Birding Field Trip with Brian Dolton
Saturday, Sept 23, 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown Birds - Birding Field Trip with Karen Beckenbach & Patricia Taber
Saturday, Sept 23, 8:15 am - 11 am

Mesquite 101- Milling & Cooking - Workshop with the Mesquitos
Saturday, Sept 23, 8 am - 9:15 am

Acorn Processing Workshop with John Slattery
Saturday, Sept 23, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Gila River Kayak Trip with Far Flung Adventures
Saturday, Sept 23, 9 am - 2 pm

Wild Food & Medicines - Field Trip with Doug Simons
Sunday, Sept 24, 8 am - 12 pm

Gathering the Gila from Ancient Times to Today - Field trip with Archaeology Southwest
Sunday, Sept 24, 8 am - 12 pm

Fly Fishing with Trout Unlimited and Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers
Sunday, Sept. 24, 8 am -12 pm

Native Food Brunch with Guest Speaker Roxanne Swentzell
Sunday, Sept 24, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

We would like to thank our major sponsors: New Mexico Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, McCune Charitable Foundation, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, ALAYA, Stream Dynamics, Gila Mimbres Community Radio, Western New Mexico University, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Town of Silver City Lodgers Tax. Thank you to our lodging Sponsor the Murray Hotel.

For more details and registration, visit our website at: www.gilariverfestival.org or call us at 575-538-8078.

Silver City, NM — The CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser on July 22 will be an extravaganza you won't want to miss! It will showcase locally grown food from Silver City Farmer's Market. The menu of chilled beet and chipotle soup, pit-roasted lamb, black beans, nopales con queso fresco, blue corn mesquite tortillas, salad, and a special dessert will be prepared by local chefs from your favorite Silver City restaurants. Chefs from Brazzas Grill, Shevek's Casual, Diane's Restaurant, Revel, Bad Ass Bakery, and La Bonita Bakerywill be preparing the special menu. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, will grow the greens and vegetables that will be used in the salad. And, youths in the Community Youth Building Program will be trained in food service to serve at this special event.

Gruet Winery will provide the wine and the pairings will be chosen by Gruet Operations Manager Michael Dominguez. Gruet is located near the Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico, and the Gruet family has been growing grapes and producing wine since 1952 in France.

In keeping with the spirit of CLAY, dining participants will bring their favorite ceramic place setting to dine on and the best place setting will be awarded a Coach Massage gift certificate. Funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and the Silver City Farmer's Market.

Join us at this elegant opening celebration of the CLAY Festival on Saturday, July 22 from 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $100 per guest. You won't find a more local, grass-roots meal than this one, honoring the connection that the foods we eat have to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.clayfestival.com/store/p106/farmtotable.

Silver City, NM — This year, the Silver City CLAY Festival introduces the "CLAY Matters" Lecture Series. The series will cover a range of this year's CLAY-related topics, including art, archaeology, petroglyphs, mining/geology, and food/land. Lecturers will include scholars and experts in their fields whose lectures have local focus and global reach. Lecturers will include workshop artists Bede Clarke, Marko Fields, and Clarence Cruz, as well as photographer and author Eric Mindling, geologist Virginia McLemore, archaeologist and WNMU professor Cynthia Bettison, and archaeologist and author Polly Schaafsma.

Lectures will be $5 each, or you can purchase a $10 all-access CLAY 2017 "CLAY Matters" button that will gain you entry into ALL "CLAY Matters" lectures!

In addition to allowing unlimited access to attend the "CLAY Matters" Lecture Series, the "CLAY Matters" button will also come with built-in discounts at local businesses during CLAY Festival, July 22 nd -30 th . Tapas Tree Grill, Tranquilbuzz Coffee House, Jumping Cactus, Little Toad Creek, Revel, Silver City Museum, and Market Café are all offering 10% off your purchase when you present the "CLAY Matters" Lecture Series button! Shevek's Casuals! Oh My! and Diane's Restaurant are offering a 15% discount. The Town & Country Garden Club Thrift Shop are offering a 50% discount.

Go online to purchase your "CLAY Matters" button at http://www.clayfestival.com/store/p85/clay2017button.

For more information on the "CLAY Matters" Lecture Series and more events, visit www.clayfestival.com.

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Mon Oct 23 @12:00AM
Now Showing at the Silco Theatre - Silco Theatre
Mon Oct 23 @12:05PM - 01:00PM
New Hope Al-Anon Family Group - First Presbyterian Church
Mon Oct 23 @12:15PM - 12:45PM
Laughter Club - Gough Park
Mon Oct 23 @ 7:00PM -
Open Mic Night With Matt Cotton - Buckhorn Saloon
Tue Oct 24 @12:00AM
Lighted Christmas Parade Applications Being Accepted - Silver City, New Mexico
Tue Oct 24 @12:00AM
Now Showing at the Silco Theatre - Silco Theatre
Tue Oct 24 @ 9:00AM -
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance - WNMU Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporarly Art
Tue Oct 24 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Open House and Ribbon Cutting - Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Office
Tue Oct 24 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
WNMU School of Education Declare Your Major Night - WNMU Intramural Gym
Tue Oct 24 @ 5:30PM -
Weight Watchers - First Presbyterian Church