Portales Past: July 25, 1945

July 25, 1945: Portales prepared to host the Veterans of Foreign Wars rodeo, which featured bronc riding, calf roping, bulldogging and bull riding. Dances were scheduled in the Safeway parking lot after the rodeo performances.

Students learn about cultures through dance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students entertained and taught their families about the history of the dances Wednesday at James Elementary School as part of Festival Primavera. Some 55 students performed regional dances from Mexico as a part of the dual language program at the school. The students covered Mexican, American and other national […]

Los Abuelitos: A time for senior citizens to feel young, dance, reminisce

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Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer It’s Sunday afternoon, a time when most people rest from the weekend and prepare for another work week. For Liz Sena though, it’s time to kick up her heels and head to the Los Abuelitos Senior Citizens’ Center dance. An average of 60 people — including Sena and her male […]

Day Trips: Latin Dance Fest offers lessons in salsa, merengue

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez If you have ever wanted to learn to dance salsa, merengue, or other Latin dances, then the first Latin Dance Fest 2005 in Las Vegas, N.M. is the place to be Oct. 21-23. There will be workshops during the day to learn the dances and then dances at night to show […]

‘Dances with Wolves’ author returns to ENMU

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By Tony Parra He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screenwriter is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told his story to […]

Alexander made friends anywhere he traveled

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The local dances weren’t just for hip wiggling for the social, gentle and charismatic Calvin Alexander, family and friends said. Alexander, who died on Jan. 19 at the Roosevelt General Hospital, was fond of meeting new people. His daughter, Betty Jo Dever, said her father stressed […]