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Nature Center To Hold Herbfest This Weekend

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Herbs not only heal, they appeal to the senses.

And the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center want to share interesting information about herbal properties with the public during this weekend’s Herbfest 2012.

Herbs such as lavender, basil, oregano, sage and marjoram as well as native plants will be sold at the event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday. Eighteen arts and crafts vendors will also be at the event, according to Peter Kelling, co-chair of special events for the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center.

Herbfest 2012
When: Events kick off at 8 a.m. with bird walks and events run through the late afternoon Saturday and Sunday .
Where: Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW
Info: Call 344-7240 or visit www.rgnc.org for a complete schedule of events and times.

The event is held annually every Mother’s Day weekend and has been ongoing for more than 20 years.

“Getting people to the Rio Grande Nature Center and educating the public on preserving the bosque,” Kelling said is one reason the event takes place every year. “(Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center) is a nonprofit organization that works with the state park. We do a lot of programs with the schools.”

The nonprofits group ABQ Open Spaces, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Climate Masters and the Master Composters will also be on hand at Herbfest to visit with the public and provide information about what they do.

Skarsgard Farms, formerly known as Los Poblanos Farms, will have an information table with details about their organic farm and will also feature items from the farm for tasting, Kelling said.

Bird walks will kick off each morning of the two day event. Nature walks will follow.

Music for all Seasons, Cheap Shots, A Band Named Sue, The Fiasco Brothers, Apple Music Strings and Things, Sabinal Sisters, Friends Forever, Mad Robin and Adobe Brothers will entertain eventgoers.

Guest speakers will also be part of the event.

Curtis Smith will hold a talk and slideshow on “Growing Herbs” and Richard Perce will hold a hands-on demonstration and talk titled “Xeriscape not Zeroscape” on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon, Cheo Torres will hold a talk and booksigning of “Healing with Herbs and Ritual, a New Mexico Tradition,” and Larry Littlefield and Pearl Burns will present a slideshow, talk and booksigning on “Wildflowers of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains of Central New Mexico at the event held annually at the Rio Grande Nature Center.
— This article appeared on page 1 of the West Side Journal

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