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Just because COVID is still out there doesn't mean the kiddos can't have a great summer, thanks to True Kids 1, a youth media education nonprofit organization based in Northern New Mexico.

Kids can join in-person or virtually to explore topics ranging from media production and storytelling, to comic book design, filmography, game design, improv, podcasting and social media.

True Kids 1 will be partnering with UNM Taos-Hive to host filmography, journalism and theater in a small group setting.

Classes include:

Comic Book Design: In this camp, you will learn how to create, illustrate and promote your very own web comics!

Filmography: In filmmaking summer camp, you will learn how to make a movie from start to finish.

Game Design: Game design students will explore three weeks of game-design topics as they discover Prototyping and Board Games.

Improv: In this three-week class, you will apply improvisation skills to the shared task we all have now of emerging from this strange pandemic year. Being around others in large groups again will challenge us socially, mentally and emotionally.

Journalism: During the two-week journalism intensive, students will gain the knowledge and hands-on experience of what it takes to bring an idea into publication.

Podcasting: This series of six classes introduces teachers and students to the language of podcasting by talking the participants through the experience of producing their own, airable podcast.

Social Media: In conjunction with the filmmakers behind Netflix's "The Social Dilemma," this camp guides students on a three-week experiment to "rethink" the ways in which we use social media: and how it may potentially be using us.

Theater: This camp seeks to improve self-esteem, expand relationships and give everyone opportunities to explore what this year has meant to each person and how we move forward with fun and freedom in positive ways.

To register, visit truekids1.org to register for the summer camps and see more information. A flyer is attached. Contact info@truekids1.org for more information.

Local boy is now Dr. Córdova

Antonio Córdova, a local boy, graduated last week from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Francisco and Amy Córdova of El Prado are very proud to announce the graduation of their son, Antonio Córdova from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine on May 14, 2021.

Antonio received his Medical Doctorate and will be completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. He plans to return to practice in Northern New Mexico.

Antonio is a 2012 graduate of Taos High School and is the grandson of Francis and Ernestina Córdova of El Prado, N.M., and Franklin and Bertha Lovato of Chamisal, N.M.

"Achieved a childhood dream today and can proudly say I am the first in my family to be Dr. Córdova M.D.," Antonio said in a Facebook post last week.

"The road was challenging with so many moments where I wanted to give up, but I persevered with the help and support of my family and friends.

"My next step in this journey will take me to Portland, Oregon, for my Internal Medicine residency, and as I reflect on my time in N.M., I remember a dicho my grandpa Francis Córdova once told me: Mañana me voy de mañana, mañana me voy de aqui, pero nunca olvidare, el Pueblo donde nace/ Tomorrow I will leave, tomorrow I will leave from here, but I will never forget the place where I was born [and raised].

-- By Virginia Clark

QBEN

Wednesday, June 9, 6 p.m., Rael's Market

If you are interested in any aspect of agriculture, this month's Questa Business Entrepreneurial Networking [QBEN] meeting is for you! This informal gathering is being held to bring together farmers, ranchers, landowners, homesteaders, community gardeners and interested citizens to discuss current agricultural efforts and how we can further expand ranching and farming production in our area.

The Questa Economic Development Fund believes agriculture and sustainable food sources are key components in establishing a stronger, diverse and sustainable economy in our local area. The pandemic has shown how important local food can be in rural communities, so we want to work with community members to help expand food production in Northern New Mexico.

Agriculture has always been a part of our area's culture and heritage; now it is also an important part of food security for our community.

Join the agricultural discussion at this month's QBEN meeting: What do you need to increase your production? What do you need to get started? What about funding and technical resources? Is it possible to connect interested farmers with unused agricultural lands, and connect interested workers with the farmers?

You, as the participants, will guide the conversation. Terry Bruner, with Pivotal Consulting, will be participating. He is a grant writer who has been hired specifically to help identify grants and secure funding for "projects which support the strengthening of local agriculture, associated value chains and food security."

Both the QBEN and the Chevron are on board to help expand agriculture in the Questa area. Join us for refreshments and jump into the discussion at QBEN on Wednesday (June 9), at 6 p.m. at Rael's Market, located at 2430 State Road 522, in the heart of Questa. We know it's planting season, so if you cannot attend in person, please participate via Zoom; contact Lynn Skall for the Zoom link or for more information at lynn@ questaedf.com, or leave a message at 575-586-2149.

-- By Lynn Skall

Taos Children's Library summer program

All invited to join the Taos Children's Library for a summer filled with weekly activities, prizes and reading fun! The program registration and book giveaway will take place Wednesday and Thursday (June 9-10) from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the library, 402 Camino de la Placita. All attending are asked to mask up when attending registration.

Featured programs every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.:

June 16: Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman and Friends (on Zoom)

June 23: Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show (on Zoom)

June 30: Bilingual Story Teller Sandra Aguirre (on Zoom)

July 7: Explora Family Fun (in-person)

July 14: Ventriloquist Meghan Casey with Rocky Mountain Puppets (in-person)

July 21: "Coyote, Tale of a Trickster" with TWIRL (in-person)

July 28: End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party and Awards Ceremony (1-3p.m. in person)

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