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The question came up the other day from an El Defensor Chieftain reader asking how the newspaper finds all the things we place in our community calendar.

First, to let you know … I do panic once in a great while as I search various web sites and Facebook posts in the local communities of Socorro County.

Why do I search so diligently? Because I hate that young and old community members echo repeatedly, “There’s nothing to do in this community.”

It’s been my experience in most communities where I have resided that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

Instead of the standard calendar of events, I always try to find unique items to place in the community calendar. From government meetings, coming attractions, ongoing events, civic club meetings, musical events or support groups – there is plenty to do in Socorro County.

Take for instance this coming weekend. There’s football on Friday night. On Saturday, there’s several sporting events …plus don’t forget that Socorro is hosting The Great New Mexico Chile Taste-Off at the Socorro Rodeo and Sports complex.

Plus, there’s the sixth annual Socorro Recovery Powwow will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 21, at Sedillo Park. There is an admission fee to the event. The event will feature Head Man “Bear” Archuleta, Head Woman Victoria Archuleta, the Apache Crown Dancers and James and Ernie Comedy.

Oh and don’t forget about the Run for Your Life event to be conducted on Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Plaza in downtown Socorro. The event is sponsored by Socorro Riders and Striders.

In Magdalena, community members are invited to attend the “I ‘Heart’ Magdalena” Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 21, at the Magdalena Senior Center, 509 9th Street in Magdalena. The event will celebrate Magdalena’s recent accomplishments, progress and review a Needs Assessment report in an open forum. The event is open to village residents, family and friends, young and those not so young as well as newcomers and long-time residents.

Finally, if you’re a lover of Old English music Kristal Kent and Allan Stavely eill perform at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 21, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Goad Street., Socorro.

So look at our weekly community as a view into your community. What may be interesting for a single person to attend may not hold the same interest for someone looking for a family-orientated activity.

Or maybe there’s an event that caught our eye, like a scenic drive, a pancake breakfast, a charity diner for a good cause or a fundraiser benefitting a certain charity or person. Just because you’re event didn’t make our community calendar doesn’t mean we didn’t find it worthy to make the listing.

That being said, please not a majority of these items are submitted by individuals to our publication. So please feel free to drop me an email ( or drop by the office with your calendar listing. We’re more than happy to get your event listed in the community calendar.

Remember, we can’t read your mind.

Our goal is to provide our readers with useful information. Your local newspaper should be your candid friend offering suggesting and or ideas. It won’t always be filled with good news news or news covering just a particular segment of our community.

A newspaper must strive to be a reflection of the community it serves – that includes the good, bad and ugly news.

In the case of our Community Calendar, our aim is to offer our readers a kaleidoscope of activities to during all four seasons.


One final note, we still have room on the charter bus to the Senior Expo at the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday, September 26.

So please give our office a call and sign up.

The trip is FREE and we hope it will be valuable to all those attending.

Plus .. it will give me a great opportunity to meet many of our wonderful readers.

So like I’ve said before: Hop on the bus with us …. it’s FREE!