[NMSEA-news] NMSEA - News, Events, and Announcements!

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Thu Apr 23 12:54:25 MDT 2009


Hi Solar Enthusiasts!

Here are the latest news, events, and announcements.

See the NMSEA Event Calendar for a complete list of events: 
http://www.nmsea.org/Events/Event_Calendar.php.  
If you have questions or comments, please contact us!   We value your input!

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    EVENT CALENDAR -- HIGHLIGHTS: (details below)

APRIL 22-26: EARTH DAY EVENTS, LOS ALAMOS

APRIL 24: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION & GREENHOUSE DEDICATION, TAOS

APRIL 25: SYNERGYFEST, LAS VEGAS, NM

APRIL 25: EARTH DAY FAIR, ALAMOGORDO

APRIL 25: EARTH DAY, SILVER CITY- *DATE CHANGE*

APRIL 26: BIKEWORKS GRAND OPENING AND BIKE RAFFLE, SILVER CITY

APRIL 25: ARCA GREENHOUSE FUNDRAISER, CORRALES

APRIL 25-26: ALBUQUERQUE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW, EXPO NM

APRIL 26: CELEBRATE THE EARTH FESTIVAL, LA MONTANITA CO-OP, ABQ

APRIL 26: BIKEWORKS GRAND OPENING AND BIKE RAFFLE, SILVER CITY

APRIL 28: ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER MEETING, *NEW MEETING LOCATION*

APRIL 29: ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO

MAY 1-3: FESTIVAL DAYS, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

MAY 2-3: GREEN ENERGY & KITE FESTIVAL, EDGEWOOD

MAY 8-17: US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL NM SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

MAY 11-16: SOLAR 2009 ASES CONFERENCE, BUFFALO, NY

MAY 11-17: ADOBEUSA 2009 CONFERENCE, EL RITO

MAY 23: Q-JAM, ALBUQUERQUE

JUNE 12-14: THIRSTY EAR FESTIVAL, SOUTH OF SANTA FE- *NEW DATE*

JUNE 26-28: VIVA VERDE GREEN LIVING IN SOUTHERN NM, SILVER CITY

JUNE TAOS MUSIC FESTIVAL -- *CANCELLED!*

SEPTEMBER 26-27: NMSEA SOLAR FIESTA -- SEE OUR WEB SITE !

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    * *NMSEA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!*
    * *PV INSTALLATION CLASS*

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  EVENT CALENDAR DETAILS:

*APRIL 22-26:* EARTH DAY EVENTS, LOS ALAMOS

Earth Day will be celebrated at the Pajarito Environmental Education 
Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos Saturday, April 25, with events from April 
22-26. You can participate in this year's celebration and support the 
Education Center. Complete current information about Earth Day 2009 is 
available on PEEC's web site/ www.pajaritoeec.org 
<http://www.pajaritoeec.org/>. /You may also contact Peter O'Rourke, 
PEEC 2009 Earth Day Chair, at/ cfddor at swcp.com <mailto:cfddor at swcp.com>/

*APRIL 24:* EARTH DAY CELEBRATION & GREENHOUSE DEDICATION, TAOS

Taos Charter School and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps invite individuals, 
groups, businesses and students involved in environmental education to 
participate as vendors on Friday, April 24, from 2-6 p.m. at the Taos 
Charter School, 1303 Paseo del Canon in Taos, NM. Approximately 2000 
people will attend this community-wide event! 

Exhibits will include eco-businesses and organizations, student science 
curriculum displays and projects, and informative art 
installations--plus great food and live music!  There will also be 
several work stations around the campus where participants can get 
earth-friendly by planting trees, mulching or building compost bins.  
The newly constructed TCS Greenhouse and Plant Lab, funded and built by 
Taos County Economic Development Corporation, Rocky Mountain Youth 
Corps, Public Education Service Learning Grant Funds and Taos Charter 
School, will be officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Everyone is invited. Deadline for vendor applications is April 10.  For 
more information, contact Debra Buxton, Earth Day Planning Committee 
Chairwoman, at (575) 751-7222 x226 or taosearthday at gmail.com 
<mailto:taosearthday at gmail.com>.

*APRIL 25:* SYNERGYFEST, LAS VEGAS, NM

The sixth annual SynergyFest in Las Vegas will be held at Memorial 
Middle School, 947 Old National Road. SynergyFest brings together people 
and organizations with a goal of increasing the use of solar and 
sustainable energy in New Mexico. The name derives from "synergy," which 
means energies working together to create a total outcome greater than 
the sum of its parts. This year's event will feature the school's solar 
powered greenhouse, the Sunshine Kids Village, local entertainment, 
workshops and a solar oven competition.

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue to 5:00 p.m. For more 
information contact Cheryl Zebrowski at 425-6008, or email her at 
czebrowski at desertgate.com <mailto:czebrowski at desertgate.com>.  

*APRIL 25:* EARTH DAY FAIR, ALAMOGORDO

The 15^th Annual Community Earth Day Fair in Alamogordo will take place 
on Saturday April 25, at 913 Bakers Place. This is the largest Earth Day 
event in the Southwest with hundreds of exhibitors. There will be live 
entertainment, alternative energy displays, a live butterfly release, a 
poster contest, children's activities, a science fair, and a Solar Car 
Kit Contest.

Car parts can be found locally, or kits can be purchased at 
www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org>, www.sunwind.ca 
<http://www.sunwind.ca>, or other sites on the web. The Earth Day Fair 
Committee also holds tree sales on Arbor Day (April 24) and at the fair. 
For information call fair chairman Chuck Galusha at 434-6296.

*APRIL 25:* EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, SILVER CITY- *DATE CHANGE*

Join us April 25^th at Silver City's annual Earth Day Celebration at 
Penny Park! As usual we'll have many community booths with information 
about earth-friendly, community oriented organizations, activities, and 
businesses. Booths will have kid-friendly information and activities. 
The Native Plant Society, one of our sponsors, will have plants from its 
annual sale available for pick-up, and other local growers will have 
plants available for purchase. The festivities start at 10 a.m. and will 
continue all day. Please email: tylan at q.com <mailto:tylan at q.com> for 
more information.

*APRIL 25:* ARCA GREENHOUSE FUNDRAISER, CORRALES

ARCA will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its Corrales greenhouses
April 25th, from 1-3pm.  Please join the celebration at 181 E. La 
Entrada Lane,
Corrales for camaraderie, food, exciting announcements and 12,000
blooming geraniums! 

This fundraiser will generate money for a 3kW PV system to be installed 
during an upcoming NMSEA design and installation workshop class.  Please 
contact Sue Sterling 332-6855 or ssterling at arc-a.org 
<mailto:ssterling at arc-a.org> for more info.

*APRIL 25-26:* ALBUQUERQUE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW, EXPO NM

Mark your calendar and join us Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26 for 
the 16th Annual Albuquerque Home and Garden Show. The 2009 show has 
something for everyone - professional contractors, do-it-yourselfers, 
and homeowners can see new products first hand and talk with 
knowledgeable vendors on a huge variety of topics. See 
www.abqhomeandgardenshow.com <http://www.abqhomeandgardenshow.com>.

*APRIL 26:* CELEBRATE THE EARTH FESTIVAL, LA MONTANITA CO-OP, ABQ

La Montanita Co-op, 3500 Central Ave, SE holds its 17th Annual festival 
from 10:30am-6pm outside behind the Nob Hill Co-op on Silver (near 
Carlisle and Central intersection). Live music, demos, food, and vendors.

*APRIL 26:* BIKEWORKS GRAND OPENING AND BIKE RAFFLE, SILVER CITY

Sunday, April 26, 12pm -- 6pm, 815 East 10th. St, Silver City, NM 88061

Grand opening celebration of The Bikeworks shop facility! Food, bike 
games, and a free bike raffle at 5pm.   For more info, contact The 
Bikeworks: 575- 388-1444 or check out the Viva Verde online calendar: 
http://www.vivaverdenm.com/vivaverdecalendar.html

*APRIL 28:* ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER MEETING, *NEW MEETING LOCATION*

The ABQ Chapter has outgrown our monthly meeting location at REI!  So- 
starting this April, we will be at the UNM Continuing Education 
building, 1634 University Blvd.
Link to here to Map: http://dce.unm.edu/location-maps.htm

Parking at UNM CE is free but, due to the fact that we now have to pay 
"hourly rent", NMSEA will be asking for $1-$3 contribution for Chapter 
Meeting attendance.

April's topic: "Renewables on the Road with Plug-in Electric Drive." 
Electric drive is the connection between renewable power and vehicle 
transportation, with speaker Skip Dunn of GreenWheels Sustainable 
Transportation of Los Alamos.

Skip Dunn holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and recently turned his 
attention to the revamping of policies, procedures, and designs of 
transportation systems for a sustainable post-oil future. Dunn will 
examine how grid-connected cars will decrease the demand for energy by 
80%, increase the role that renewable energy plays, and look at what the 
utility industry must do to prepare for and gain from a plug-in vehicle 
future.

*APRIL 29:* ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO

Santo Domingo's annual outdoor Earth Day event highlights education, 
environmental awareness and protection, and takes place from 10am-3:30pm 
at the Santo Domingo Community Center.  This event welcomes the entire 
community of all ages.

Please email Laticia at llovato at sdutilities or call (505) 465-0055 for 
more information.

*MAY 1-3:* FESTIVAL DAYS, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

The annual Fiesta in TorC, New Mexico, is a three-day themed celebration 
that is held at various locations there. The planned schedule includes a 
parade, karaoke sing-off, tournaments, contests, live entertainment, 
arts and crafts booths, and a NMRA-sanctioned rodeo. Call 575-894-5555 
for more information.

*MAY 2-3:* GREEN ENERGY & KITE FESTIVAL, EDGEWOOD

Green energy and sustainable living displays, demonstrations, vendors. 
Water harvesting, windmills, solar ovens, solar cars, bio-diesel, hybrid 
and electric vehicles, disc golf, bagpipes, sun and moon viewing, and 
kite flying with contests and stunt demonstrations. 10am-6pm, May 2 and 
3 at the Edgewood Wildlife West Enhanced Zoo and Nature Park. That's 20 
minutes east of Albuquerque, Exit 187 off I-40. Sponsored by Edgewood 
Parks and Recreation, NM Tourism Department, and the Albuquerque 
Astronomical Society. Contact Roger Holden for more information at 
505-286-4518 or parksrec at edgewood-nm.gov <mailto:parksrec at edgewood-nm.gov>.

*MAY 8-17:* US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL NM SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

The USGBCNM Sustainability Week events will commence with an opening 
ceremony on* **Friday, May 8, *6:30-9:30 PM, at the City of Albuquerque 
Aquarium*.* On *Saturday, May 9,* in Albuquerque a series of lectures 
and workshops will be held along with a vendor's show for people to 
learn more about green building and see products and materials that are 
environmentally friendly. During the week, there will also be a tour of 
green commercial buildings. Sustainability Week culminates with the U.S. 
Green Building Council New Mexico Chapter's tenth annual GreenBuilt Tour 
in New Mexico on *May 16 and 17. *Vendors registration deadline is April 
1, and space is limited. To volunteer to help or for more information, 
visit www.greenbuilttour.net <http://www.greenbuilttour.net> or call 
505-227-0474.

*MAY 11-16:* SOLAR 2009 ASES CONFERENCE, BUFFALO, NY

Thousands of solar leaders are getting ready to head to the 38th annual 
ASES National Solar Conference - SOLAR 2009, which is now less than two 
months away. Have you made your reservation yet?  We're entering a new 
era of solar energy. The federal Recovery Act invests billions into the 
solar sector to help get the economy back on track. Top businesses are 
investing billions more. The industry is changing at an unprecedented 
pace. Are you ready to lead in the new energy economy? ASES has 
assembled some of the world's leading experts to share their insights to 
help you take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities ahead. You 
can also register for SOLAR SUCCESS! training which includes more than 
30 interactive workshops to help entrepreneurs and installers get 
started in solar and ramp up fast. In addition, there are tours, special 
events, and a huge exhibit hall with top solar businesses to help you 
discover where the industry is headed. Go to www.ases.org 
<http://www.ases.org> for more information and registration.

*MAY 11-17:* ADOBEUSA 2009 CONFERENCE, EL RITO

The 5th Adobe Conference of the Adobe Association of the Southwest will 
take place in May in El Rito, on the campus of co-sponsor Northern New 
Mexico College in Cutting Hall Auditorium. Please browse their website 
for complete details: www.adobeasw.com <http://www.adobeasw.com>. 
Earthbuilding workshops will be held Mon-Thurs, May 11-14, presentations 
and the Trade Fair will be on Friday and Saturday, May 15, 16, and the 
Adobe Tour will be Sunday, May 17.

*MAY 23:* Q-JAM, ALBUQUERQUE

Join the 2009 *Q Jam* celebration in Downtown Albuquerque on Saturday, 
May 23 on Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza. 
<http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1+One+Civic+Plz+NW,+Albuquerque,+NM+87102&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=35.088486,-106.652441&spn=0.017523,0.023904&om=1&iwloc=addr>* 
2:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. *Performing artists *Andy Davis*, *Carrie 
Rodriquez* and *Gin Blossoms* are the musical lineup on the Main Stage. 
*Q Jam* is a *FREE* music festival and environmental sustainability fair 
that is fun for the entire family. The event features music by top-notch 
entertainers, environmental education, and interactive green exhibits.

*JUNE 12-14:* THIRSTY EAR FESTIVAL, SOUTH OF SANTA FE- *NEW DATE*

The Thirsty Ear Festival has moved to a new date - June 12-14! After 9 
years of Labor Day weekend festivities just south of Santa Fe, we're 
moving the date to mid-June for much milder weather. This makes Thirsty 
Ear the first major festival of the summer season rather than the last. 
Folk music, blues, Cajun, zydeco, roots rock, bluegrass & alt-country 
artists on multiple stages. Camping, kids' activities, arts & crafts, 
educational demonstrations, zydeco & Cajun dance lessons. Solar & 
sustainable energy exhibits. Reserve a 10X10 booth space for $60. Small 
business sponsorship - $500. Local food, microbrews & wine. See 
www.thirstyearfestival.com <http://www.thirstyearfestival.com/> or call 
505-473-5723 for lineup, tickets and schedule.  See you in June!

*JUNE 26-28:* VIVA VERDE GREEN LIVING IN SOUTHERN NM, SILVER CITY

Now accepting advertisers, sponsors, vendors, presenters & volunteers. 
Join us to create an inspiring educational guide, resource directory and 
conference to connect people with the ever-expanding world of green 
goods, information, resources& services found right here in southern New 
Mexico. Go to www.vivaverdenm.com <http://www.vivaverdenm.com/> for more 
information.

*JUNE: *TAOS MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SOLAR VILLAGE- *CANCELLED!*

The Taos Solar Music Festival has been around for a decade, gathering 
people from around the country for great solar, great music and great 
memories. However, due to a slow economy the Taos Solar Music Festival 
(TSMF Inc.) has decided to sit out this year's show, originally 
scheduled for June 26, 27 & 28, 2009. We are already hard at work 
getting out refunds to those that purchased the early bird tickets, 
which could take a while, so please be patient with us. After 
rejuvenating and restructuring, we plan to return in June 2010 to start 
a whole new decade of creating wonderful memories by combining 
enlightening ideas with incredible music. The good news is that those of 
you that took advantage of the "early bird" specials for this year will 
be the ones eligible for the same offer in 2010.

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  ANNOUNCEMENT DETAILS:


    /*NMSEA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!*/

Are you looking to get involved and spread the word about 
sustainability, solar and renewable energies?  Do you want to bake 
cookies in the sun and share the magic of a solar fountain?  We could 
use your help!  If you would like to volunteer with NMSEA and help 
spread the word about sustainability and renewable energy we are happy 
to have you. 

This is the time of year when events start to line up and we are looking 
for folks across the state. Earth Day is right around the corner and 
springtime is our busiest season.  With chapters and events all around 
the state we need you!  Technical or in depth knowledge is not 
necessary.  Enthusiasm and a willingness to talk with the public is all 
that's needed. We are also looking for a small group of people to be on 
an events committee to help evaluate invitations, keep track of accepted 
offers and volunteers, and monitor equipment and demos for different events.

Please contact Deena Klein at dleeclean at yahoo.com 
<mailto:dleeclean at yahoo.com> for more information. Please type: 
VOLUNTEER FOR NMSEA in the subject line.  If you tell her in what part 
of the state you live, Deena will get you hooked up with the right people!


    /*PV INSTALLATION CLASS*/

Aaron Cabral is teaching the summer section of the Central New Mexico 
College PV installation class again, the Saturday morning class. If you 
can't get in that section, there's another on Friday at 2pm.  The course 
is open for registration and there is currently 1 person registered.  It 
will probably fill up, so register now online at www.cnm.edu 
<http://www.cnm.edu>, PVINSTALL, Course #: ELTR 2196, Section 102, 1 
Credit Hr, Saturday 8am-11:15am. (This may change to 8:30am, if not 
9am.) Contact Aaron at 800-810-9939 x4236 or www.affordable-solar.com 
<http://www.affordable-solar.com/> for more info.

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*NEW MEXICO** SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION*

1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106

505-246-0400, 888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251

info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org> www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org/>

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