Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What is a Chautauqua? What an unusual name - where did the name came from?

What is a Chautauqua? A Chautauqua program brings history to life with a 
performance by a scholar posing as a historical figure or an expert speaker 
on an intriguing topic.  

Lively discussion follows each show, with the Chautauquan, still in character, 
taking questions from the audience.  The fun of the extended performance is
 the illusions that a famous historical character is "really" present.  The 
performer will then "breaks character" and the audience has a chance to ask
 personal questions of the scholar. 

The performer has thus accomplished her mission: to transport the audience 
with a "humanities time machine" to experience, explore and enjoy history. 

Originally, the idea of traveling humanities programs started in the late 1800's 
in the lakeside village of Chautauqua in upstate New York.

The village got its name, Chautauqua, from the Iroquois.  Supposedly it means "bag tied in the middle/two moccasins tied together".

More info on the original Chautauqua and historic photos at:
1950: Art Fest

Today, the Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of special interests. 
The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art and physical education.
While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical in spirit and practice. Chautauqua's Department of Religion presents distinguished religious leaders of many faiths from this country and abroad, both as preachers and teachers.
MillerVincentThe Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) was started in 1878 to provide those who could not afford the time or money to attend college the opportunity of acquiring the skills and essential knowledge of a College education. The four-year, correspondence course was one of the first attempts at distance learning. Besides broadening access to education, the CLSC program was intended to show people how best to use their leisure time and avoid the growing availability of idle pastimes, such as drinking, gambling, dancing and theater-going, that posed a threat both to good morals and to good health.
With the success of the CLSC, many new Chautauquas were created, known as "Daughter Chautauquas," giving rise to what was called the "Chautauqua Movement." Some years later, the talent agencies that provided speakers and entertainers for these platforms, put together shows of their own, which traveled to small towns across the United States and Canada. These were known as the 'circuit chautauquas" or "tent chautauquas."
1930: FDR "I Hate War" speech

By 1880 the Chautauqua platform had established itself as a national forum for open discussion of public issues, international relations, literature and science. Approximately 100 lecturers appear at Chautauqua during a season.

1970: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 
Music became increasingly important at Chautauqua, especially after the turn of the century. A symphony orchestra season became part of the regular program in 1920. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1929, now performs thrice weekly with leading soloists in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater, Chautauqua's program center. Popular entertainers perform other evenings. Chautauqua Dance also appears in the Amphitheater, sometimes with guest artists, while the Chautauqua Theater Company presents its season in Bratton Theater. The Chautauqua Opera Company, also founded in 1929, performs in English in Norton Hall.
Chautauqua plays a unique educational role today, offering studies on a vacation level, a more serious level and a professional level.
In addition, there are enhanced learning opportunities within Chautauqua's other programming.  Music, the arts, religion, recreation and the pursuit of knowledge are all available. Younger and older students often share learning experiences in an open, congenial atmosphere. Children and young people are also provided with their own special programs.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer reading starts June 5

Summer reading for kids starts June 5 - 10:00 to 11:30 every Monday until end of July.
The theme is "Building a Better World"
Come by library for more information and to sign up.

Summer ENMU-R singing classes at CPL

Summer classes through ENMU-Ruidoso at Capitan Public Library beginning June 3. Two will be held at the Library - but you must register through the college. 

1. Voice Class for Teens and Adults 
 Monthly Classes on Saturdays:

June 3, 10, 18, and July 1 (no class June 24)
July 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:  2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $90 per month.  Sign up for one month or all three!
Sign up at the beginning of each month: June, July and August.

Explore the development of your voice through classical, musical theatre
and folk repertoire. You will learn vocal warm-ups to increase your
range and bring out your unique sound and then apply your new skills
through song performance.

2. Performance Workshop for Teens and Adults
Saturdays beginning June 3 through August 26 
 Monthly Classes on Saturdays:

June 3, 10, 18, and July 1 (no class June 24)
July 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:  2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $90 per month.  Sign up for one month or all three!

Work on your performance skills through jazz, pop, and musical theatre 
repertoire. Perform new songs each week in class and build your rep while 
honing your craft.  Each monthly workshop will culminate in a
 performance cabaret.
 Sign up at the beginning of each month: June, July, and August.

$105 for 4 half-hour lessons (recommended for ages 8 to 14);
$155 for 4 forty-five-minute lessons;
$205 for 4 one-hour lessons (recommended for ages 14 to adult)
 at ENMU-Ruidoso. 
You can sing! For beginning and advanced singers alike. Imagine an 
environment in which you can take your voice to its next level of beauty
and expression. 
After registering with ENMU Community Ed, please contact
instructor Ellen Wilson to schedule your lessons: 575-305-5414.

Monday-Friday, June 5-9, June 12-16, July 10-14, July 17-
21, July 24-28; $89 per week (Room TBA).

 Each week there will be a showcase performance
 for family and friends. 

For Kids (Ages 8 to 12): 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the basics
 of musical theatre performance while singing
 fun musical theatre songs in an active learning 

For Teens (Ages 13-18): 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Develop
your musical theatre performance abilities and enhance
your stage presence. Sing for fun, prepare an audition
piece, and continue to hone your skills in a supportive

Be ready to audition July 10 for the next Missoula Children's Theatre!

Ellen Wilson, kneeling in white & black, hamming it up with class  

Instructor Bio: A voice faculty member at the University of El Paso at Texas until 
her move to New Mexico in 2013 and a current music/theatre faculty member at 
ENMU, Ellen Wilson’s focus is on bringing out your unique voice. Develop a 
new  warmup routine, learn new repertoire that you are really excited about, find
 greater communication in performance, and all in a supportive learning
 environment! Whether you like to sing pop/rock, musical theatre, choral, sacred
 or any other style/genre of music, Ellen will support your vocal and
 artistic development.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

8th Annual Textbook and Library Book Recycling Event!

8th Annual Textbook and Library Book                       Recycling Event! 
Lincoln and Otero Counties and Mescalero
June 4 – 8, 2017 
What:  Drop off All Discarded Textbooks and Library Books                                   Where:  Greentree Solid Waste Recycling Center 
                                    26590 US Highway 70     
Times:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
                                                                                                    Who Can Participate:all Public and Private Schools, Tribal 
Schools and Libraries.  Home Schools. Public and 
Non-profit Libraries.  ENMU-RUidoso. Local residents.
Cost: No Charge!                                                                                                                    Information: Call 575.378.4697, ext. 12 for more information 
or to make  special drop off arrangements. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time is running out for seniors to get a $10 lifetime pass to National Parks

Glacier National Park
IF you are 62 or older, you can get your pass at the Smokey Bear Ranger Station on Mechem Dr., in Ruidoso.  They take cash, checks, and credit cards.  It is quick and will last you a lifetime.  No one seems to know WHEN the price will be increased. 

Folks age 62 and older who love America's national parks and monuments can purchase a lifetime pass for $10, but that bargain won't last much longer.
The cost of a National Park Service lifetime pass will increase to $80, but just when that price hike will occur is unclear.
When enacted, it will be the first increase since 1994.
The senior pass offers lifetime admission to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
Pass holders also get 50 percent off certain National Park Service fees, including camping, swimming, boat launch and other services.
At $10, the pass is an incredible bargain. At $80, it's still a great deal. Admission to Grand Canyon National Park, for example, is $30 for seven days.
The senior pass isn’t the only deal the park service offers. Other bargains include:
  • Annual pass: Available to anyone for $80.
  • Military pass: Free annual pass for current military members (including reserve and National Guard members).
  • Fourth Grader pass: Free to U.S. fourth-grade students (and accompanying family) from the start of the school year through the following summer.
  • Access pass: Free to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have permanent disabilities.
  • Volunteer pass: Free to volunteers with 250 hours of service to participating federal agencies.
When asked about the reasons for the fee increase and when it would occur, NPS spokesman Tom Crosson said it was “congressionally mandated” and the date it would take place has not been determined.
Last December Congress approved the National Parks Service Centennial Act, which included a provision to raise the fee. Proceeds will fund park projects and services.
List of other places to purchase a lifetime passDetails:
Newspaper article by: , The Republic |

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Thursday, May 25th – In room 109 at ENMU starting at 4 pm, Karen Rounds, Financial Advisor, will walk us through some helpful steps to gaining greater financial wisdom about our financial planning as well as hints to build upon our savings and investments.  I look forward to seeing you there.  All are welcome.  Email or call with questions.  Clara Farah 575-973-7835

Monday, May 22, 2017

Planned Electric Outage

Scheduled Electric Outage – 05/23-24/2017

Otero County Electric Co-op (OCEC) will have a scheduled electric outage next week that will affect all members whose service is fed out of the Carrizozo and Capitan Substations.

The outage will begin at 11 PM Tuesday, May 23, and
last until 3 AM Wednesday morning, May 24.

Members in Capitan, Carrizozo, Nogal and outlying areas
can expect the outage to last for about four (4) hours,
providing crews do not encounter any unforeseen problems.

Crews from both OCEC and Tri-State Generation & Transmission will be replacing insulators inside the substations that have been damaged during past lightning storms, repairing and adding additional switches, and performing other necessary system maintenance to insure the reliability of electric service to members. 

OCEC appreciates your patience while these changes are made to help provide more safe and reliable power to you, our members. Should you have questions about this outage, please call 575-648-2352 or 1-800-548-4660.

Friday, May 19, 2017

June 6: Public Update on the Lincoln National Forest Planning Process

Sabrina Flores, Chief Planner for the Lincoln National Forest, will be in Ruidoso the evening of June 6, 2017 to update the Public on the Planning Process of the 2015 Lincoln National Forest Plan.  This is the promised Update to be delivered to the public in the Spring of 2017 and marks approximately the half-way point for that process.  There has been a considerable amount of attention given to this plan not only by the public at large but by many forestry and environmental groups in the area as well as the state and United States.

This is YOUR chance to come and review the work that has been done so far by the USFS!  Bring your list of questions, comments and concerns for this work as it is one of the primary opportunities for you to have your say directly to those involved in this important process that will effect how the Lincoln National Forest is run/operated for the next 15+ years or more.  Anyone that enjoys and uses the forested lands for grazing, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, off-road activities; or, derives their living from the national forests should have an interest in this planning process.  Invite your friends, neighbors and business acquaintances to attend this very important meeting.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Free Movies at Sierra Cinema in Ruidoso

Participating Locations:
Aviator 10, North Plains 7, La Cueva 6, Fiesta Twin, Durango 9, 
Allen 8, Aztec 5, Eagle 9, Video 4, Galaxy 8 & Sierra Cinema
Seating limited to theatre capacity. 
Tickets issued on first-come-first-served basis. 
Films & Schedule subject to change. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Honoring the memory of those who served their country

Flag placements on the grave sites of those buried at Fort Stanton Veteran's State Cemetery will be done in conjunction of the Memorial Day Weekend on
 Friday, May 26th, at 3 PM

 We especially invite family and friends to participate.  It is an honor and a privilege to place flags on those who served our country and the spouses that supported them.   The Spencer Volunteer Ushers will be taking the lead and seeing that this is done.  Volunteers who wish to help can let Cecile know at

May 19th Creative Aging informative meeting

This is our May Creative Monthly Meeting to be held at 10amFriday, May 19th at ENMU.
 Room to announced.
1. The good news is that we are meeting tomorrow morning in #115 at 10am to hear Gary Williams talk about the Livability Model from AARP. Gary and I will both address the concept of senior empowerment as well. His talk will review AARP's work on National and State Livability Programs. He will encourage our group to begin the formal process of enrolling into this program. He can also address the concept of both individual empowerment by his own example as well as demonstrating how individuals empowered to work in community can make significant change to enhance quality of life experiences for all.
2. The not so good news is that Liz Stefanics is ill and will not be able to be with us tomorrow, but will return to Creative Aging at our August meeting on August 25th.
 Come early, network and enjoy refreshments.   

Clara Farah, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 737
Alto, NM 88312-0737    
Cell  :  575-973-7835

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Another book into a movie

Oct 12, 2010
by Vince Flynn

Release date:September 15, 2017

Studio:Lionsgate; Director:Michael Cuesta; 
Starring:Dylan O'BrienMichael KeatonSanaa Lathan
Shiva NegarScott Adkins, Taylor Kitsch
Plot Summary:
"American Assassin" follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien)
 a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).
 The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave 
of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a
 pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) 
 to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
If only Vince were still alive to see his books made into movies. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

For the poetry lovers - Free audio downloads from Sync

Teen Voice Power 
Download this week's free pair of audiobooks from SYNC »here 
By Nikki GrimesRead by Jessica Almasy, Cherise Booth, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez
ublished by Recorded Books
Poetry in the voices and from the viewpoints of urban teens weaves a dramatic story. By the Coretta Scott King and Laura Ingalls Wilder award-winning author, the full cast novel in verse evokes a classroom of Harlem high school students realizing their powers as poets.

By Radio DiariesHosted by Joe Richman
ublished by HighBridge Audio
Interviews from both the teen and adult perspectives show how a dozen Americans worked through concerns of their teen years.

Thank you to Recorded Books and HighBridge Audio for generously providing this week's titles.
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