Cultural Bytes for 15 December, 2011

- December 16, 2011

"Gifts that keep on giving..."

Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market Offers Options that Keep on Giving

Interested in gift-giving that benefits those in need? Why not visit the Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market this weekend at DeVargas Mall: Friday evening December 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. and December 17 and 18 during DeVargas Mall’s regular hours – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Participants can select tax-deductible gifts of urgently needed assistance to local and international organizations that provide a variety of services including medical help, shelter and food, working to reduce illiteracy and assisting homeless veterans, among other gifts.

Gift givers can choose from more than 60 different items including visits to dentists for Santa Fe children through La Familia Medical Center; legal representation for a girl rescued from sexual slavery in Asia; sending a bicycle to rural health workers in Zambia; buying a children’s book for Santa Fe’s Public Library; paying for a one-night stay in Santa Fe’s Interfaith Shelter; or providing entrepreneurial training to an Egyptian trying to start a business.

The market will also feature musical performances and story times for children.  Volunteers from the Santa Fe Public Library and Friends of the Library will be on hand to read holiday favorites. Visitors to the market will also enjoy coffee, supplied by Java Joe’s, hot cider, and holiday-baked goods while considering their donations.

This is a unique opportunity to spread holiday joy way beyond our community and also within.

Other Community Events

Be Aware. Build Community. Support Education and the Santa Fe Children's Museum.
El Farol, Hutton Broadcasting, and the Santa Fe Children's Museum present three special nights of music, dancing, food, libations and fun at El Farol, with100% of ticket sales directly supporting the museum’s educational programs.

These evening events are part of SFCM's new Kids at Heart Series – affordable and meaningful FUNdraising events designed to increase awareness about the educational needs of children and youth in New Mexico, build community and support the museum's mission to inspire a lifelong passion for learning.

Monday, December 19 from 6-8 p.m.
This is a special evening for SFCM member families to benefit art programs at SFCM.
Tickets: $15 per adult; children are free! Hands-on holiday art projects and activities provided.
6 p.m. – Silent Auction and Dinner; prefix menu of New Mexico cuisine with kid-friendly options for $14.95 per person; regular dinner menu also available.
7 p.m. – Performances by the New Mexico School for the Arts and singer Martha Reich.

Tuesday, December 20: 6-8:30 p.m.
An evening to benefit literacy programs at SFCM created in partnership with Youth Media Project.*
Tickets: $25 per adult
6 p.m. – Silent Auction and Dinner; prefix menu for $35 per person; regular menu also available.
7:30 p.m. – Performance by Canyon Road Blues Jam, with special guest Sister Mary
*Youth Media Project is a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe that teaches and practices the craft of digital storytelling for a socially responsible world.

Wednesday, December 21: 6-8:30 p.m.
An evening to benefit science programs at SFCM.
Tickets: $25 per adult
6 p.m. – Silent Auction and Dinner; prefix menu for $35 per person; regular menu also available.
7:30 p.m. – Performance by Sky Redhawk and Ken Estrada

For more information about the prefix menus and performers, check out www.santafechildrensmuseum.org or www.elfarolsf.com. To RSVP, please call SFCM at 989.8359 x106 or El Farol at 983.9912. You can also book a reservation on www.opentable.com.