Come one, come all!!
First Annual Not Quite 5K
Family Fun Run April 26th!
ATOS - Aztec Trails and Open Space - if you don't know us, we're the local group that is volunteering here in Aztec to support, promote and raise money toward maintaining and improving Aztec's trails and open spaces, as you probably already gathered by the name. Why are we here? Many trails don't have enough people to help maintain them, let alone lengthen them while conscientiously preserving the wildlife. We want to promote your health and enhance your appreciation of our awesome town and surrounding areas! Now we want to meet you and introduce our ideas and hard work to you!!!
We are raising money for improving/creating additional trails that will intersect with more local businesses, including the Aztec Ruins. So, mark your calendars: April 26th, 8am @ Riverside Park's pavilion in Aztec (just look for our signs). For those of you who are new to town, Riverside Park's main entrance is going south on Light Plant Road off Hwy 516 near Conoco.
This is a fun run, so bring your bikes, yourselves of course, relatives and friends (which is probably the whole town), and because they will want to be in the baby race at the finish of the 5K, bring the babies so they can show off too!!! Ages 1-2 will start the race off, followed by ages 2-3, then ages 3-4 will lead the 4-5 year olds to finish. Since those who take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will receive prizes, everyone will want to watch for prizes then head to Aztec Ruins for Earth Day!
Pre-registration has begun and forms may be picked up at Aztec Urgent Care (604 S Rio Grand Ave) any day of the week between 8AM and 6PM. On that note, a special thank you to Aztec Urgent Care for so much support, including offering to be our first aid on site for the Fun Run. Thank you Aztec Urgent Care!!!
Each person entering must fill out registration forms, and all those under 18 years old who are registering must have their guardian's authorization, but hopefully the entire family will join anyway! The first 50 applicants who bring their (cash or check only please) $20 application fee (for all those over 5 years old) AND/OR $5 (for those under 5 years old who are intending to be in the baby race) to Aztec Urgent Care will receive a complimentary gift bag on the day of the race! (You will discover gift certificates and other many treasures from local businesses and your first annual Not Quite 5K Family Fun Run T-Shirt-just let us know your size!)
AND BUSINESSES!!! WE WANT TO PROMOTE AZTEC'S LOCAL ECONOMY!! So, please call Lily/Joel Gonzales, 505-419-1813; Elizabeth Castillo, 505-701-9711; or Eleanor/Kelly Townsend, 505-320-6943, for more information on getting your business listed on our group of sponsors, as well as all those interested in volunteering with ATOS!
And everyone: Thank you all so much for your support and come do something great for your heart and for Aztec and we'll see you at the Not Quite 5K Family Fun Run April 26th, 8/9AM at Riverside Park!!!
Earth Day celebrations Grow Wildly in Aztec
From planting gardens to crafting recycled jewelry to running a 5K, Earth Day in the Four Corners offers something for every interest. Aztec Ruins will host its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm; Feat of Clay, Aztec Trails and Open Spaces (ATOS), and others will also host environment-appreciating events in the last weekend of April. Chaco Culture will recognize its International Dark Sky Designation with a weekend-long event starting Thursday, April 24.
This will be the sixth annual Earth Day Celebration at Aztec Ruins. The event is meant to inspire all ages to find ways to reduce their impact on the environment by learning from the techniques of their ancestors and exploring new technologies. Dozens of community organizations and businesses set up interactive booths with various crafts, games, giveaways, and exhibits. The monument also sponsors activities like adobe brick building, a Junior Ranger recycling program, and ancestral Pueblo farming. Other favorites include solar ovens and rockets, fuel efficient vehicles, recycled artwork and jewelry demonstrations, a plant sale, and plant seeds to take home.
“We are grateful that so many organizations and businesses—from Best Buy to the Forest Service to Conoco Phillips—are willing to donate their time to share their environmental efforts with the public,” says Chaco Culture and Aztec Ruins superintendent Larry Turk.
The ancestral Pueblo people and their modern-day descendants hold worldviews that encourage them to live in balance with the natural universe. The Acoma Rain Dancers will dance twice during the Earth Day Celebration as a way to share their traditions. Student musicians from Koogler Middle School will perform their individual competition pieces between the dances. The Earth Day Celebration is free and includes admission to the monument.
Many other local events build on the Earth Day theme. Feat of Clay in downtown Aztec will host a recycled art show on Friday, April 25 from 5:00-7:30pm. On Saturday, April 26, ATOS will host its first-ever “Not Quite 5K Family Fun Run” starting at Riverside Park at 9:00am, turning around in the picnic area at Aztec Ruins, and then ending back at Riverside.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be represented at the Earth Day Celebration with a solar telescope and other solar activities. On Thursday, April 24 Chaco Culture will celebrate its International Dark Sky Designation with a reception at 2:00pm. Special speakers and guided walks will be offered throughout the day, and star parties will be hosted every night from April 24 through April 26 (evening program at 8:00pm, sky viewing through telescopes at 9:00pm).
In addition to the free events, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees at all national parks, monuments, and sites from April 19-20 to encourage everyone to experience our heritage during National Parks Week.
For more information about the Earth Day Celebration at Aztec Ruins, please visit www.nps.gov/azru or call 505-334-6174.
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