Monday, December 10, 2018

volunteers needed

Still many items at the Capitan Library for your holiday shopping

including this super nice desk for the studious person with highly developed intellectual powers, especially one whose profession involves intellectual activity. Or, could be the perfect desk for someone going into business (you know -- like accounting or some such)

Writers: this could be a creative exercise and MAYBE you'll get published. Worth the try, eh?

Avoid the Scam

Creative Aging’s November 30th meeting at Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso
 was a discussion of how to avoid being scammed. Information was presented by
 Karen Rounds, Edward Jones financial adviser, and Darren Hooker, Ruidoso Chief
 of Police. This serious problem was detailed with frightening statistics: 145 million
 Americans have their identities stolen each year, either personally or through a data
 breach according to the Federal Trade Commission; fraud and financial abuse targeting
 the elderly have cost victims at least $2.9 billion annually according to the Department 
of Justice; approximately 1 elder in 20 is victimized although only 1 in 44 is reported 
according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.

With these numbers in hand, the presenters outlined specific types of fraud. The telephone
 calls demanding money for a variety of reasons are meant to scare the person called. The 
IRS will never demand money for unpaid taxes over the phone. Your family member who
 needs money wired for an immediate emergency may be a smart scammer – call another family member or call the real family member to see if the money is actually 
needed. Don’t send money to that girl/boyfriend met on an online dating service. Never send 
money to a supposed lottery/sweepstakes organization in order to collect your winnings. A
 local bank tells the story of an elderly customer who wanted to withdraw a large amount of
 money from his account. The tellers became suspicious when he told them he had received 
a call from the IRS demanding back taxes. A call to the man’s daughter brought her to the bank
 quickly and this fraud was adverted. 

It is now possible to make scam calls look as if they are coming from local numbers or from 
people you know. This is called spoofing.  Let calls go to your voice mail, then answer if it is 
someone from whom you expect a call or from someone whose voice you recognize or simply
 return the call after the message is recorded.

Computer scammers are now attempting to access computers by flashing messages that you
computer has been attacked and you need to click on a link on the screen to repair it. Do not
 click on the link as it can allow your computer to be hacked and may give personal information
 to the scammer. Simply turn your computer off and wait a few minutes before turning it back
 on. Keep an up-to-date anti-virus on your computer and use hard to recreate passwords.
 Change passwords if a compromised account is suspected.

Credit card hacks are also common. Banks will work with customers to set up accounts that
 will alert the holder of the card if suspicious activity occurs. Customers also need to check their
 accounts frequently to check for fraudulent charges. Purses and wallets are now being created
 that block electronic access to cards.

Chief Hooker reported that very few scams originate locally, but many come in from outside
 the Ruidoso area. If there is ever a doubt about whether a scam is occurring, contact the
 police department and it will investigate.

The major message participants left the meeting with was to be skeptical and diligent.

The next two meetings of Creative Aging will take place at ENMU-Ruidoso. 
The topic of the January 18th meeting will be social isolation and it will take place
 at 10:00 a.m. The topic of the second meeting on January 25th will be care giving and
 guardianship. It will take place at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Choir singing Sunday, Dec 9 & Dec 16

The Corona and Carrizozo Community Choirs

“Rural Community Choir Heads West for a Lincoln County Christmas”

The holiday music season in western Lincoln County will be made brighter 
again this year with major Christmas concert performances of “Celebrate the
 Child Who is the Light”  by the combined Corona, Ancho and Carrizozo 
community choirs, the largest choral performance group in Lincoln 
County. The group’s initial performance was December 3rd in Corona.
 They now go on the road for a Capitan performance on Sunday,
 December 9, 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 228 3rd Street.
 The final group performance will be on Sunday December 16, 3:00 pm at 
 Trinity United  Methodist Church in Carrizozo. 
The performance time is approximately 35 minutes and the 
general public from across Lincoln and 
Torrance Counties including tourist visitors to the region are invited.
 Refreshments will be served following the concert at each location. 

The 30+ member choir also hails from across Lincoln County – 
Corona, Ancho, White Oaks, Carrizozo, Alto, Ruidoso and the
 ‘rural ranch country’ in-between.
 Choral direction has been provided by Carrizozo’s Scott Shafer and Sherrill 
Bradford of Corona. Rehearsals for the group started in October and have
 taken place in Corona, at the Old Ancho School House and in Carrizozo. 
The concert features “Celebrate the Child Who is the Light” created by 
Canadian composer Tom Fettke.
 The choral work provides heart-warming music and an 
inspirational narration with rich melodies and harmonies. The musical score
 focuses on the birth of Christ, weaving a variety of large choral works and 
several vocal solos, amid the narration of the timeless Christmas story.
 Accompanists include Cheryl Smith of Carrizozo and Becky Kohl of 
Corona, with Bob Curtiss of Carrizozo providing the narration. 
If You Go:                                                                                                                                                  What: “Celebrate the Child Who is the Light”,  performed by the Corona and
 Carrizozo Community Choirs                                                                                                                                                            When and Where: 3:00 pm December 9 at the Capitan United Methodist 
Church  and                                                      3:00 pm Sunday December 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church in 
 How Much: No Charge. Free! 
For more information on concert dates and times, contact
 Scott Shafer 648.2142 or  Sherrill Bradford at 849-1633.                                                                                                              ###

get in the mood for Christmas with live music this weekend

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It's the holidays - that means it's Nutcracker time!

DalĂ­ Ballet Company of Ruidoso presents three live performances featuring company dancers and guest artists in the classic holiday favorite, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at the Spencer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Alto on Saturday, December 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM and Sunday, December 23 at 2 PM. For ticket information:, 575-336-4800 or

December 9 - ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir “Deck the Halls!” concert

An annual tradition for more than 20 years, members of the Eastern New Mexico University community choir will perform the "Deck the Halls" concert Sunday, Dec. 9.
Join them for a 3 p.m. concert featuring seasonal choral favorites, from the Renaissance to the present, at First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road, Ruidoso.
The program will include:
 “The Christmas Song 
(Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),”
 “I'll Be Home for Christmas,”
 “Mary, Did You Know?,”
 “Feliz Navidad,”
 “Ave Maria,” 
and other beloved Christmas songs from across the centuries & around the world. Audience will be invited to join in a Christmas carol sing-along. 
This performance features over 20 vocal participants, accompanied by musicians on piano, brass, and drums. Tickets are $5 at ENMU-Ruidoso, 709 Mechem Dr., or at the door. 
  More info: 512-458-4412

The ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir began during the spring of 1992, under the direction of Danny Flores. Since then, over 500 different singers from the Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Alto, Carrizozo, Mescalero, Capitan, and Lincoln communities have participated. The Choir makes appearances at community events throughout the year.  Community Choir is offered as a class in ENMU-Ruidoso's Community Education department.

ENMU-Ruidoso Student Art Show starts Dec 7th

Monday, December 3, 2018

Veteran Help at the library

We had a fantastic Holiday Bazaar on Saturday

Thanks to all of you for coming to support the library on a cold and windy Saturday.  Still have some items left, so stop by the next two weeks and shop some more! These photos are from 8am Saturday, so some items were bought, but it gives you an idea of what's there.  Not shown are knitted goods,cloth book covers, and a beautiful L-shape desk. Open Tuesday thru Thursday 10am to 5:30 pm.  Friday & Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

See's Candy

Peter Hurd prints