D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e    May 2006


Wage War
The fight to raise the minimum wage moves to the local level.

Birth of the Blues
Behind the scenes of the Silver City Blues Festival.

Inside Stories
Voices from the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Going with the Flow
Get your feet wet at the Gila River Festival.

Magic Flute
Las Cruces musician Randy Granger plays his way to the top.

Getaways: Strip Tease
Can you have fun in Las Vegas without gambling? You bet.

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Editor's Note
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An Extended Sisterhood
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Celestial Cycles
Kitchen Gardener
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Ramblin' Outdoors
People's Law
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40 Days & 40 Nights
Celebration of Spring
SW Wine Fest
Tour of the Gila
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

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Lois Duffy
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Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Creating a Village

Red or Green?
Deming Restaurants
Dining Guide
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Parents, Here's Help for Surviving Summer

Kids can't want for the end of school and the start of summer vacation, but sometimes parents dread this time of year: Summer vacation for them can mean hair-pulling time for you.

Get some help on coping with summer vacation on Thursday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m. at a special evening for parents sponsored by Hidalgo Medical Services, Silver Consolidated Schools and The Wellness Coalition. "A Parent's Guide to Summer Survival: Planning for a Cool Summer" is designed to help parents find cool, constructive and meaningful activities for their children to do over the summer. Various community agencies will be on hand to tell you about their services and even sign your kids up for camps. Additionally, parents can attend informative workshops on coping with some of the difficulties and challenges all parents face in raising their children.

Summer treats such as an ice cream sundae bar, free massage and a raffle with prizes such as tickets to movies, bowling, the swimming pool and other kid-oriented activities, are all part of the fun.

The event will take place in the Little Theater at Silver High School. It's free and open to everyone, not just parents of Silver Consolidated Schools students. For more information, contact Margaret Migliorati at the HMS Silver Schools Clinic, 534-1015 or mmigliorati@hmsnm.org.

Become a Mentor in the Hermanas Program

The Volunteer Center in Silver City is searching for mentors to be an inspirational role model for women recovering from substance abuse, as part of its Hermanas Program. The program pairs mentors with a women based on common interests, values, goals and other criteria. The mentors go through a training session to learn how to be a mentor and what to expect when they volunteer.

By meeting with their mentees once or twice a week, the mentors can be there to listen and answer their questions about child care, enrolling in college classes, or even how to create a resume. The mentor can help the mentee get involved in community events and recreational activities. Most important, the volunteer can build a positive, supportive female relationship, which some of the mentees have never had before.

If you are interested in being a mentor, contact Tina Garnanez at the Volunteer Center, by phone at 388-2988, or by email at hermanas@volunteersofgrantcounty.org.

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