PUENTES

Emily Guerra covers the people and issues important to our growing Hispanic communities.

  February 12, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with President of the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument, Cynthia Garrett; and Las Cruces Spanish Market Entertainment Chair, Erlinda Portillo.

Las Cruces Spanish Market Includes Lecture Series

Feb 12, 2016

  11:00AM-1:00PM, Saturday, February 13

La Posta De Mesilla

The Art of Painting Saints

Joseph Chávez

Spanish Market Artist

Tickets $21/person (Cost includes a buffet lunch)

9:00-9:45AM, Saturday, February 20

Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

How Local Hispanic Artists Can Participate in Spanish Market

Charlie Carrillo and Carlos Otero

Spanish Market Artists

Free to the Public

1:30-2:30PM, Saturday, February 20

Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

A major milestone at White Sands National Monument

Feb 4, 2016

  February 5, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with White Sands National Monument Chief of Interpretation, Becky Burghart. This year marks 100 years of the National Park Service. The Park Service has set aside 59 nature sites throughout the Nation – like the dunes of the White Sands National Monument here in New Mexico.

  January 23, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Executive Director, Ben Gabriel; and Artist-In-Residence, Meg Freyermuth.

Free Workshop on Sharing & Preserving Family History

Jan 11, 2016

  January 11, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site Curator Lisa M. Pugh. Thirteen years ago long-time Mesilla Residents, New Mexico State Representative J. Paul Taylor and his wife, historian and photographer, Mary Daniels Taylor, donated their home and two commercial properties to the Museum of New Mexico to preserve the history of Mesilla by creating a museum and an interpretive center. The site is now called the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site (TBRM).

  December 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Voz Vaqueros Board President, Robert Hulsman, and Music Director/Conductor, Eric Sletten, to talk to us about the Voz Vaqueros 45th Annual Christmas Concert Series. “Voz Vaqueros” (Spanish for singing cowboys) are “The Singing Men of Las Cruces. The all men’s group began in 1970 by founding conductor, George Jarden, with their first concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces. Since then they have performed nearly 600 concerts and produced several

Superhero Training for Parents Conference

Nov 13, 2015

  November 13, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Ngage New Mexico Community Engagement Coordinator, Lucia Veronica Carmona, and with Success Partnership Director, David Greenberg, to talk to us about a bilingual Superhero Training for Parents Conference to better equip parents to help their children grow and be successful students.

November 5, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Dance Sport Assistant Professor, and “Look Who’s Dancing” Director, Hannah Cole. A report from the “Alzheimer’s Project Journal” in 2012 states that for centuries dancing has been known to be a very beneficial activity for good health, stress reduction and a sense of well-being.

 

October 30, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with La Semilla Food Center, Co-Founder and Director, Aaron Sharratt. La Semilla Food Center is a non-profit community farm in Anthony, New Mexico which has been planting seeds in the community since 2010, solely devoted to fostering a healthy Paso del Notre region food system. “La Semilla” in Spanish means the seed.

Hearing, Speech and Language Clinics at NMSU

Oct 23, 2015

 

October 23, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders Department Head, Dr. Marlene Salas-Provance, and with SPED/CD Assistant Professor Dr. Breanna Sherrow whose area of expertise is in reading disabilities.

Jardin de Los Niños, 2015 Non-Profit of the Year

Oct 16, 2015

  October 16, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Jardin de los Niños Executive Director Audrey Hartley and Jardin Board President Tony Montenegro. In Spanish, Jardin de los Niños, means the children’s garden. It is a non-profit organization serving homeless and near homeless children in Las Cruces for over 20 years. They recently received the “New Mexico Educational Non-Profit of the year by the Albuquerque Business First publication. Hartley said she is excited about receiving the award.

La Llorona Festival a Prelude to Dia de Los Muertos

Oct 12, 2015

  October 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Host-Emily Guerra meets with The Borderland Fridas Co-Founder Pamela Enriquez-Courts. Rather than having another “Day of the Dead” event this year, a small group of artists from Las Cruces, Anthony and El Paso, known as The Borderland Fridas, decided to create a new event and tradition with “La Llorona Festival.”

  October 2, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with “Oye! Celebrating Visions for the Future,” committee members and founders, Brandi Lozada-Johnston and Margaret Bernstein, bringing awareness of our environment.

  September 24, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Southwest Festival of the Written Word Co-Chair and Publicity Chair, Jeannie Miller. She has been involved with the Festival since its inception six years ago, and tells us why it is important for the community: “because, you know, readers need writers, and writers need readers. And a  community if it doesn’t read, it’s lacking something.

  September 18, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with El Caldito Soup Kitchen Volunteer Board Vice President, Gabe Anaya.

The Many Benefits of Breastfeeding

Sep 14, 2015

  September 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Registered Nurse & Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Kimberly Smetzer, and Breastfeeding Counselor, Suzanne Staley, to bring awareness of the many benefits breastfeeding provides for your baby. One way is by working with hospitals and clinics to become “Baby Friendly Designated.” Smetzer says “Baby Friendly” is important for all moms.

Special Education on the Cutting Edge

Sep 4, 2015

  September 4, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Department Head of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University, Dr. Marlene Salas-Provance. She says more educators are needed in our community to specialize in Special Education.

Love for Comics Leads Author to Self-Publishing

Aug 28, 2015

On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with local comic, writer and entrepreneur Jason Salas. His desire to sell his comic strip, “Perk at Work,” at last year’s 1st annual Las Cruces Comic Con led him to self-publishing.

On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with the Director of Holy Cross Retreat Center, Franciscan Friar Rev. Tom Smith, to talk to us about what is new at the center, as well as ancient traditions.

Nearly 800 hundred years ago in Italy, the founder of the Franciscan Order of Friars, St. Francis of Assisi became a saint. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment (The Ecology Saint); and is also the patron saint of the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park.

  August 14, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Youth Services Administrator for the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department, Robert Nuñez. He has been working with local youth at CLC Parks & Recreation for 16 years and is excited about the new Youth Services Campus in the Historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The campus will offer Summer Recreation, Safe Haven-Weed and Seed, the After School Program, and the Juvenile Citation Program.

Jobs for CMI & Community with proposed Soundstage

Aug 7, 2015

 August 7, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) Department Head, Amy Lanasa, and CMI Adjunct Professor, Algernon D’Ammassa, theatrical actor and producer. CMI prepares students for the 21st century in Digital Filmmaking and Animation & Visual Effects, as well as game design. Last year “Animation Career Review” ranked CMI as one of the top 10 animation and game design schools in the Southwest.

Old-Fashioned Storytelling

Jun 26, 2015

 June 26, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Storytellers of Las Cruces members: Douglas Jackson, Loni Todoroki and Grits Wrangler to talk to us about one of the oldest forms of communication, storytelling.

A Unique Sisterhood of Firefighters

Jun 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) Battalion Chief Kristen Andersen and Fire Chief Travis Brown. The LCFD recently broke ground for Fire Station #8 at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex and will soon be recruiting to fill thirteen new positions.

  June 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Kathleen Albers, and Casa de Peregrinos Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba, to talk about a unique collaboration between the two different organizations; the arts education programs and an emergency food program.

Chaparral Park - Place Matters

Jun 5, 2015

  June 5, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Doña Ana PLACE MATTERS Coordinator, Kari Bachman, to talk to us about the concerns of Chaparral, a Southern New Mexico community.

Curandera without the egg?

May 29, 2015

  May 29, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Naturopathic Physician, Jacqueline Villalobos, originally from El Paso, Texas, now living in La Mesa, New Mexico. She is returning to the Southwest after living in Oregon for 20 years and is here to bring awareness of naturopathic medicine to our communities. Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine using a wide array of “natural” treatments. [A note of warning, this interview is a look at alternative medicine and is not intended to be medical advice.]

Health Services for Doña Ana County

May 22, 2015

 May 22, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Molina Healthcare of New Mexico Senior Medicare Executives, Lia Castagna and Sophia Shepherd; and Community Outreach Representative, Alex Andrews. They talk to us about the healthcare needs in New Mexico and misperceptions with health insurance and Medicare.

Help For Adopted Dogs

May 14, 2015

  May 15, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges the community, Emily Guerra meets with Executive Director of the Doña Ana County Humane Society (DACHC), Kathy Lawitz, to talk about some of the services they offer the community in a coordinated effort to reduce animal overpopulation and abuse in the county; with programs such as, Animal Relief Fund (ARF) which offers aid to low-income pet owners whose pets have medical emergencies; Pets for Seniors; and Ruff-To-Ready – a free training program for owners of locally adopted dogs to show dog owners how to correct their pet

Supporting & Fighting Crohn's & Autoimmune Diseases

May 8, 2015

  May 8, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges the community, Emily Guerra meets with El Paso Crohn’s & Autoimmune Disease Support Group Founder and CEO, Carrie Wilkie-Sambrano, to bring awareness of this illness to the community. Crohn’s is an inflammatory disease of the digestive system.  The group helps individuals cope with related gastrointestinal diseases: colitis, celiac disease, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome); and autoimmune illnesses: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and MS.

Creating Happy and Healthy Pets

May 1, 2015

  May 1, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Coalition for Pets and People, out-going Co-Chair, Tom Townsend, and Coalition Member, Emile Bourdet, to talk to us about micro-chipping and sterilizing your dogs and cats.

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