By Debbie Leschner
A Christmas Cantata, the Journey of Christmas, performance will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, inside the Quemado school gym. A community choir of 40 voices, directed by Jerry Armstrong, will sing and tell the story of the journeys made at Christmas. Richard Parker is the sound technician. Come share an evening with friends and family to celebrate the reason for Christmas.
Quemado Schools Elementary Christmas Program will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, inside the school gym. It is a Readers Theater with the subject being Christmas Carols. The presenters are the kindergarten through sixth grade classes. Mrs. Lynn Boe is the coordinator of the program. Who else but our very own area children can be sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit?
Toys for Tots Christmas Drive is being sponsored by the Western New Mexico Veterans Group of Quemado and the group led by Tony and Joan Shannon of Pie Town. This is the fourth consecutive of the toy and food drive. Last year, more than 50 local families were helped. This is a way for the community to help provide the children and families in our immediate area. Donations of food for food baskets, unwrapped toys, warm clothing such as coats, scarves, mittens and other items will be accepted. In Quemado, donations may be dropped off at the County Store and Rito Quemado Store. For Pie Town area donations, items may be dropped off at the Top of the World Store. All donations need to be dropped off before Saturday, Dec. 18. Santa Claus will be at the Veteran’s Hall to visit with the children between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22. For more information, please call the Shannons at 575-772-2528, or Rick and Sonja Sharp at 575-773-4350.
Christmas Services this year are as follows: Cowboy Church will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22. First Baptist Church will have a Candlelight service at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24. The Catholic Church will have a noon mass on Saturday, Dec 25.
Town’s Christmas Tree is lit and shines brilliantly as you drive through town at night. For those of you who missed it, there was a wonderful bonfire for roasting marshmallows while Santa presented the children with gifts, followed by caroling and some terrific refreshments. Thanks to the Quemado Fire Department for the refreshments and transporting Santa Claus, the Mojave Academy for the hot dogs, and the wonderful Christmas carols.
Quemado Senior Center pool tournament on Tuesday, Dec 21. The Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 23 and 24) for the Christmas holiday. Lunch for Monday – hamburger gravy over biscuits; Tuesday – pork ribs; and Wednesday – cook’s choice. All seniors are welcome. For more information, please call the center at 773-4820 before 9 a.m. to make your lunch reservations.
Quemado Schools will have dismissal at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, with Winter Break happening from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.
Basketball games for the week: Saturday, Dec. 18, is Homecoming Day and begins with the Boys and Girls Junior High playing at home against Cliff at 10 a.m. Boys and Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity teams play against Mountainair at 2 p.m. The day ends with the Homecoming dance, from 8 to 11 p.m. The Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity play an away game at Magdalena at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec 21.