Thank you to all who were able to attend the community meeting on Sunday, August 14 regarding the flooding our community has experienced this summer. We hope to be announcing upcoming, related gatherings in the near future. Below is some information that I hope is helpful - written notes are also available at the library. Please know that we will add to this list as more resources are discovered. If you learn of something that might be helpful to private homeowners, acequias, or for community members wishing to learn more about our watershed we encourage you to get in touch with us at the library so that we can share it with everyone.
Zoom recording of the community meeting (with apologies for the very poor quality of the audio off and on throughout)
Flyer created by Ecotone with frequently asked questions and resources for support (this is a working draft that will be updated as new information becomes available - if you learn of something that should be added, please let us know)
Art Therapy Workshops focusing on dealing with stress, especially stress related to climate change
An Updated Watershed-Based Plan for the Lower Rio Embudo Watershed by Jan-Willem Jansens (2019) (a print copy is also available at the library)
An Introduction to Erosion Control by Bill Zeedyk and Jan-Willem Jansens (2006)
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Rainwater Harvesting: Trincheras: The ranch featured in this short film is also covered in the book Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches by Daniel Imhoff (available at the library under call no 333.95 Imh far)
You can support and get involved with Ecotone's watershed work by completing their survey (available online and at the library)
Ecotone Landscape Planning is restoring wetlands and springs around the Lower Embudo Valley in 2023, as well as creating a Wetland Action Plan (WAP), with funding from the NM Environment Department's Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Program. The WAP provides guidance to communities and organizations on how to protect wetlands and documents priority areas for protection and restoration. As part of this process, Ecotone would like to invite you to complete a brief survey. This survey is intended to gather community input on the wetlands and springs south of Dixon and south of Cañoncito. Your responses will help Ecotone's work in these important ecosystems. Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. Paper copies of the survey are available in the Embudo Valley Library, the Dixon Co-Op, and the Dixon Post Office. The survey can also be taken online in either English or Spanish by following these links:
The Embudo Valley Library and Community Center is seeking candidates for our Afterschool Program Coordinator and Assistant positions. Job descriptions and information about how to apply are below. Positions are open until filled, but applicants are encouraged to apply asap for August interviews.
We are also seeking volunteers for the program, which are vital to its success. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with us at the library.
Our free, four day per week afterschool program is a labor of community love that provides quality child care and educational opportunities for students in grades K-6. The program’s focus areas are science, reading, health and nutrition, art, environmental education, outdoor activities, and cultural activities. We provide a healthy snack each day and time to complete homework with support from the Embudo Valley Tutoring Association (EVTA). The program runs September 2022 - May 2023. This year, we are very excited about being able to hold the program in our new community center, right next door to the library.
Our partners and funders make the program possible. These include the EVTA, Dixon Elementary School, the Dixon Cooperative Market, United Way of Northern New Mexico, and the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division. Frequent guests that wow us with extra special activities include the Peñasco Theatre Collective, Explora Children’s Museum, local artist Robin West, local microscopy expert Richard Kline, and Twirl, among many others.
To learn more call 505-579-9181, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the library. We welcome your questions!
Information about the positions and how to apply:
We are making progress on your community center!
At the December 8, 2021 board meeting, we took the next step towards the renovation of this building, which will become your new community center. The EVLCC Board of Directors voted to accept a bid from La Mesilla Construction of Española, NM and award a contract for the community center renovation. Once the contract is signed, La Mesilla can begin work by securing needed permits. In the meantime, we will be working to clear out the space and put everything in storage.
Learn more about our work on this project and view the blueprints here.
We cannot overstate how fortunate we feel for the funding that we have received for this project! But we need your help. We are still we are short of funds to complete the community center.
Here are three ways that you can support this project:
1) Provide your input. Please join us for coffee and conversation at our first ever First Friday event on Friday, January 7 at 10:00 am at the library.
2) Make a financial contribution. A donation of $150 will help us to finish another square foot of the community center and provide space for library programming and community meetings. Click here to support this important project.
3) Donate materials. To reduce costs and be earth friendly, we are accepting donations of building materials in excellent condition. The list of materials needed is here. Please email us at email@example.com to coordinate your donation of materials.
Check out this new article about our very own La Segunda in the Taos News. We are so proud of and grateful for the fabulous Annette Maes and her team of dedicated volunteers who have taken La Segunda to the next level. Thank you for all of the hard work and love you have put into La Segunda for our community and for the library!!