Border Book Festival Maíz; Honoring the Corn Mother


20th Annual Border Book Festival

The Border Book Festival will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year with a Community Corn Festival at Klein Park in the heart of the Mesquite historical District and on the Camino Real on April 24-27.

Featured Festival artists include 3 Featured Artists from Puebla, México: Miguel Ángel Díaz Guerrero, a Painter, Pedro Martín Concepción, a Weaver, and María del Carmen Olvera Trejo, an Eco Tourism Director and Cultural Representative for 17 villages in the Sierra Norte in the State of Puebla, México. Catalina Delgado-Trunk, born in Coyoacán, México, now residing in Albuquerque, is considered one of the top Papel Picado/Cut Paper Artists in the world. She will offer Papel Picado Workshops and participate in a three person Art Exhibition: Tejido/Papel y Pintura/Weaving/Paper and Paint, with fellow artists Guerrero and Concepción at Nopalito’s Galería with an opening reception on Thursday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m.

A Special Festival Opening Ceremony will be presented by Balam and Alejandro López, featured artists from Santa Cruz and Santa Fe, New Mexico, Balam (born Edwin Lemus in Guatemala) is Co-Director with Alejandro López of Somos El Maíz/We Are the Corn, a Center of Transformation, Renewal and Healing in Santa Cruz/Santa Fe, New Mexico. Balam runs “La Cocina de Balam,” a restaurant featuring natural Latin American Foods in Santa Fe. Alejandro López is a writer, poet, photographer, painter, adobero (adobe maker) who comes from generations of New Mexican families who are farmers and caretakers of the earth. He is a columnist for the Green Fire Times and runs a language school. He is the author of Hispanic Folk Arts and the Río Grande and works with Balam to deliver culturally and ecologically based workshops to groups across the state and country.

A plant biologist who “evolved” into a writer and commentator, Susan J. Tweit has written twelve books, including the memoir Walking Nature Home, A Life’s Journey. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers from Fine Gardening and High Country News to Audubon, the Los Angeles Times and Popular Mechanics. She’s won awards including an EDDIE for excellence in magazine writing, ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Outstanding Science Book for Children from the Children’s Book Council, the Colorado Authors League Award (twice), and the Colorado Book Award. Tweit speaks and teaches regularly on writing from the heart, habitat gardening and using nature for creative inspiration. Her blog (http://susanjtweit.com) attracts readers from 102 countries and her daily haiku/photo posts on Facebook and Twitter have been called “a spark of inspiration in the digital universe.” A former Las Crucen, she now lives in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Salida, Colorado.

Join plant biologist and writer Susan J. Tweit for a workshop that will introduce you to the surprising lives of plants. Did you know that plants can see? These rooted beings don’t use eyes, but like us, they discern light intensity and colors. Plants can also hear, smell and have other senses. And plants communicate among each other and with other species. Seeing life through the experience of these remarkable leafy and spiny beings gives us new ways to see the world, and to enrich our creativity. We’ll use what we learn about plants in a series of writing and creativity exercises.

V.B. Price is a poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic and teacher. He is a member of the faculty at the University of New Mexico’s University Honors Program where he teaches seminars on Greek and Roman literature in translation, urban issues, the U.S. Constitution, and world poetry. He is the series editor of the Mary Burritt Christensen Poetry Series at the University of New Mexico Press. He is also an adjunct associate professor at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning. Price is the Editor of the Online ‘Zine, New Mexico Mercury, a leading and cutting edge “Voice of New Mexico. Global in its outreach and deeply rooted in Conscious journalism.”

Dick Davis, Cultural Preservationist and Writer, will give a presentation and read from his book, Bus Journey Across México: Exploring México by Bus, from California to Guatemala: Encounters and Reflections.

Featured festival writers will be visiting schools and community centers April 21-25. For more information on how to sponsor a visiting artist, please contact the BBF at 575-523-3988, bbf@borderbook festival.com On Friday, April 25 the BBF will offer a Celebratory All Corn Meal catered by Chef Olga Nuñez. The dinner will include music and sharing by festival artists. The cost is $40 and reservations are necessary.

Saturday April 26 starting at 10:00 a.m. will be the Corn Mother Festival at Klein Park. Klein Park is an outdoor park on Mesquite Street in the heart of historic Las Cruces on the Camino Real. The Corn Festival will feature panels, workshops, Pláticas/Talks in nearby galleries, community centers, and miscellaneous venues as well as a day-long series of arts events including hands-on workshops, readings, theatre and music in the park as well as a Trade Show with booths featuring Eco Products and Nature Art as well as Products, Seeds, Food and Clothing that support Mother Earth.

To Sign up for an Eco Booth, please contact us. Fees are as Follows: $100 Nonprofit organizations/$75 with donation of Silent Auction item. $200 General Eco Booth fee, $175 with donation of Silent Auction item or Gift Certificate. Food Vendors $250. A special Arts Tent will be set up for hands-on arts Workshops. The Storytelling Tent will feature poetry readings and storytelling as well as signings and gatherings of the Arts Clan. There is a wonderful covered bandstand in the park that we will use for music events.

Special Festival events include:

  • A Corn Cooking Contest. Categories Include: Appetizers, Entrées, and Desserts & Miscellaneous. Contact the BBF for guidelines.
  • A Children’s Corn on the Cob Eating Contest.
  • Masa Harina Sculpture Workshop with Kathleen Chávez Page
  • Weaving and Painting Demonstrations with Miguel Ángel Díaz Guerreo and Pedro Martín Concepción
  • Construction of a Circular Maíz Ramada with willows from the Río Grande and last year’s corn stalks with Alejandro López and Balam.

Sunday, April 27 will feature a Special Celebration honoring La Madre Del Maíz with Balam, Alejandro López and Festival Artists. There will be a planting of Corn at Casa Camino Real, home of the Border Book Festival, with a procession in honor of the Corn Mother with music and song. We will prepare Atole and have a communal sharing. Participants are asked to bring a Corn Dish for a Community Potluck at Casa Camino Real.

For more information on the festival, please contact The Border Book Festival,
314 South Tornillo, Las Cruces, NM 88001. 575-523-3988.


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Office of Border Health Hosts Spring Into Good Health Community and Resource Fair April 25

Event Celebrates National Minority Health Month
(LAS CRUCES) The New Mexico Office of Border Health, in cooperation with New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the United States –Mexico Border Health Commission, will host Spring Into Good Health a Community Health and Resource Fair Friday, April 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr.

The free event brings together dozens of agencies and community resources to aid residents seeking self-improvement opportunities.

Services and information provided at the event include ways to stay active and healthy, cancer prevention, healthy aging, family strengthening, saving energy, cooking & nutrition, expanded Medicaid services, income support and employment assistance. Blood pressure checks and blood glucose testing will be available at no cost.

“We are committed and dedicated to serving the community and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,” said Freida Adams, New Mexico Office of Border Health Director. “It is our goal to improve not just New Mexican’s health outcomes but also their day-to-day lives.”

For more information on the Office of Border Health visit http://nmhealth.org/about/asd/ohe/obh/ . For more information about the Spring Into Good Health Community and Resource Fair call Brenda Alvarado, New Mexico Outreach Office Coordinator, at (575) 528-5146.



Las Cruces Showcase of Homes Includes a Solar-Powered Home Designed to Beat the Heat

LAS CRUCES, N.M., April 23, 2014 – - Positive Energy Solar and Classic New Mexico Homes have a solution to Las Cruces’ hot summer days and soaring electricity bills: a beautiful pueblo-style home equipped with a state-of-the-art photovoltaic array that will harness the sun’s power to keep the home cool and comfortable without high energy costs. The home is one of more than 30 innovative homes featured at this year’s Las Cruces Showcase of Homes April 25-27 and May 2-4.

Located at 2350 Calle de Santiago in the historic district of Mesilla, the 2,400-square-foot pueblo-style home may look traditional, but includes a state-of-the-art 5.5 kW solar array installed by Positive Energy Solar capable of producing and average of 900kWh of electricity per month. The system generates more than enough energy to keep the home cool on 100 degree plus days without even a “blip” on the electricity bill. The home also features energy efficient windows, extra insulation, and ceiling fans to keep cool air in and the heat out.

Mark Westbrock, who heads up Positive Energy Solar’s Las Cruces office, says that more homebuyers are considering solar systems as a way to beat Las Cruces’ legendary heat and finding creative ways to finance them. “Informed homeowners are discovering that they can invest in a solar electric system for their home instead of paying an electric bill. By rolling a solar system into a 30-year mortgage, the energy is hugely discounted, and even with shorter loan terms, it can still be cash flow positive. We encourage home buyers to visit our home in Mesilla to see how livable a solar home—and its low energy costs—really is.”

Showcase of Home tour hours are Fridays 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. There is a special Twilight Tour on Friday, May 2 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Positive Energy Solar has installed more than 1,000 residential and commercial solar systems across New Mexico and was recently named the SunPower® residential dealer of the year. Headquartered in Santa Fe, the company has locations in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.


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