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This is a week of stepping out to help our neighbors, or at the very least learning how we can assist them. There are lots of ways to pitch in, but here are three events at the top of our list:
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS: Santa Fe Neighbors Board President Steven Oakey and Vice-Chair Lori Adcock will be appearing at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. They will be interviewed by Stan Jones as part of the Journey Santa Fe lecture series.
Santa Fe Neighbors/Vecinos de Santa Fe is a nonprofit “village” affiliated with the national Village to Village Network. The mission? Creating independence and enhancing the quality of life for Santa Feans 55 and over.
It’s a growing group. A recent American Community Survey found that the median age in the city averaged 43.3 years from 2014-18, down slightly from 44.5 years in the previous five-year period covered by ACS data.
Despite a declining median age, the percentage of Santa Fe’s population that is 65 or older increased to 21.6% in the latest five-year period, up from 19.6% during the previous ACS survey.
The Village is a grassroots, nonprofit volunteer organization that wants to help seniors continue to live at home and contribute to the community for as long as possible.
For more information, go to www.journeysantafe.com.
MAY THE BEST SOUP WIN: On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St., will host what’s become one of the City Different’s most popular fundraisers – the Annual Souper Bowl. The event benefitting the Food Depot runs from noon to 2:30 p.m.
There are a variety of ticket prices, but all feature samples of unlimited soup from 25 local chefs.
There is limited availability of tickets for a VIP tasting from 11 a.m. to noon. These tickets include entry to the public event and a keepsake soup tray. For adults, the cost is $75 and for kids 6 through 12, the price is $25.
Advance tickets will be on sale until Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. These cost $35 for adults and $10 for children.
On the day of the event, tickets are $45 for adults and $10 for kids. For more information, go to the fooddepot.org.
TERRY DIERS BENEFIT AT TUMBLEROOT: Folk musician, jewelry maker and tile installer par excellence Terry Diers has been kicking around Taos and Santa Fe for longer than we care to mention.
The renaissance man has been a fixture on Lisa Law’s Peace Bus over the years at the annual Historical/Hysterical Parade (Desfile de Gente) at the Fiesta de Santa Fe.
We haven’t seen the Vermont native playing his usual gigs at La Boca and other places in a while and now we know why. He’s had some health issues that landed him in the hospital, according to a GoFundMe campaign that aims to raise $10,000 to help Diers pay medical bills and hang on to his home (gofundme.com/f/terry-diers-fundraiser).
On Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. Tumbleroot Brewery will host a benefit for Diers that will feature such local musicians as Karina Wilson, Ron Crowder and Betsy Scarinzi. For more information, please call Tumbleroot at 505-780-5730. Tickets range from $5 to $20.