Happy Presidents Day

PrintWelcome to the Cool List, my blog about cool things happening in Santa Fe. Please forward it to a friend if you like it.

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Photo by Katie Rountree

Cool Picks for the Week

  • Great Backyard Bird Count – Spend a morning in the unique wetland habitat and learn about the diversity of birds from volunteer bird guide Rocky Tucker. The pond at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve attracts a wide variety of water birds, including grebes, ducks, herons and egrets, coots and rails, shorebirds, the belted kingfisher and an occasional gull. Songbirds, such as red-winged blackbirds and marsh wrens, nest in the cattail marsh bordering the pond. Others, like black phoebes and violet-green swallows, nest in trees along the banks of the pond. Large cottonwoods and other trees along the Cienega valley provide nest sites for red-tailed hawks, kestrels and herons. The riparian woodlands and the juniper savannas on drier upland slopes provide additional contrasting bird habitats. Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, 27283 W Frontage Road, La Cienega, Sat, Feb 16, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Mujeres Olividadas Fronterizas: Forgotten Women Entrepreneurs in Mexican Border Towns – During the early- to mid-20 century, several were instrumental in shaping business on the US-Mexico border. In communities such as Agua Prieta and Nogales, Sonora and Paloma, women were pioneering entrepreneurs at a time when few businesswomen could be found anywhere, much less in the borderlands.  In this presentation, Placitas resident Daniel Arreola recounts the contributions of these forgotten border women and the historical geography of the towns they promoted. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy. 165, Sat, Feb 16 at 2pm
  • Santa Fe Film Festival – The annual fest, now in its 20th year, brings together distinguished industry specialists and movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties. Check santafefilmfestival.com for all events, ticket info and more. Individual screenings start at $10 apiece, and head to the website for options on all-access passes.  Various locations now thru Feb 17
  • Santa Fe Poetry Trails Open Mic – The local poetry society presents guest host, Steven Lopez, public school teacher and poet. His short reading is followed by  an open mic; sign up at the start of the evening. For more info, contact Debbi Brody at 603-5930. Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St., Mon, Feb 18 at 5pm
  • The Manhattan Project in Fiction – The executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society presents an exhibition presentation on how historic events have been featured in literature, in conjunction with the Atomic, Histories exhibit. New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.,  Wed, Feb 20 at 1pm
  • Mark Your Calendars for our Next Women to Women Luncheon, Wed, Feb 27 at noon at Cowgirl with guest speaker Abby Bordner, a speaker and consultant regarding the brain science of early childhood talking about Why Early Childhood Education Matters to Everyone. RSVP early! $25 at the door.
  • 100 Women Who Care Members: Please make your checks payable to PARTNERS IN EDUCATION & mail it to Katie Rountree. If you need her mailing address email her here.
  • Sad to hear that the Santa Fe Prom Closet is closing after a decade of helping teens statewide. Here’s a link to read more. The Prom Closet’s inventory sale is scheduled for April 5 from 6 – 9pm April 6 from 9 – 5 pm at the Santa Fe Prep Gym. Along with the thousands of dresses, they also have tuxedos, shoes and accessories. Prices will start at $10.

Other Cool Stuff

  • Women in Transition – A Workshop for women 50+ exploring what’s next. 

    The Transition Network is a community of women 50 and forward whose changing life situations lead them to seek opportunities for new connections, resources and support. If you’re exploring new possibilities, rethinking your life or work, this Women in Transition workshop provides a guiding framework for the transition process. Register online by Feb. 22  www.thetransitionnetwork.org/events/3377/sfnm/   The Transition Network members, $25, non-members $35. 
    Learn about the national organization, www.thetransitionnetwork.org. Questions?  Contact jean@jeanpalmer.com. Sat, Feb. 2312:30 – 5pm at the Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta

  • Santa Fe Salt Cave offers halotherapy, an alternative health treatment that utilizes salt for its healing properties. Salt by nature is antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Great for respiratory heath (sinuses, allergies, asthma), emotional support (stress reduction, insomnia, relaxation), skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, acne) and overall general wellness (detoxify toxins, boost immune system). Stop by for a 45 minute session & MENTION THE COOL LIST & SAVE $10 ON YOUR NEXT VISIT – Offer good thru the end of Feb.  $35 + tax for one halotheraphy session. Each session starts promptly on the hour. Call 505-365-2875 or book on their website www.santafesaltcave.com. Located at 1424 Second St. Open weekdays 10am – 7pm (except Tues) & Sat. & Sun. 10am – 4pm. (P.S. I went to the Salt Cave last week for the first time and couldn’t believe how much better I felt in just 45 min! I highly recommend going – Jody)


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