What Las Crucens Are Talking About Right Now: Prado Museum

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Prado Museum Outdoor Art Exhibit

Las Cruces will host a traveling exhibit from one of the world’s most prestigious fine art museums.

The City of Las Cruces is hosting a traveling exhibit from the Museo Nacional del Prado through November 28. The Prado Museum, located in Madrid, Spain, is a fine art museum and home to one of the world’s finest collections of European Art. “The Prado in Las Cruces” is a free exhibit and is on display at Plaza Place next to the Plaza de Las Cruces in downtown. The educational outdoor exhibit displays 92 masterpieces from the Prado Museum’s collection, photographically reproduced at a 1:1 scale. The Las Cruces Museums will host an Educational Summit on September 29 and they are providing free weekly 30 to 45-minute tours on Tuesdays at 10:30am and on Saturdays at 2pm. Themes for the tours include Religion, Works of the Spanish Masters, The Human Form, and Mythology. The collection, featuring the artwork of Diego Velazquez, Francisco de Goya, Titian, Rubens, and El Greco among others, was listed as one of USA Today’s “Top 25 Must-See Exhibits in 2017.”

DON’T MISS IT it at the Plaza de Las Cruces until Nov. 28


Tricia and Cesia ECE Scholarship

LCDF Family Services Director, Tricia Heffelfinger and
Doña Ana County Early Childhood Education Coordinator, Cesia Otero

Early Childhood Educators Receive Scholarships to Attend National Conferences

Written by Lynda Garcia

The Doña Ana County Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coalition has sponsored a brand new scholarship opportunity with funds from La Clinica de Familia, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support our local ECE educators. A total of 16 scholarships were awarded to educators, who work with children ages 0-8, to attend national conferences this fall in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Washington D.C.

Tricia Heffelfinger, the director of family services at La Clinica de Familia and Healthy Start, created this professional development opportunity. “So many providers in the field don’t have access to national level conferences. I really wanted to give developing professionals and those without training budgets the opportunity to explore all that is Early Childhood Education,” she says.

Tricia was surprised to discover that seasoned educators who applied for the scholarships had not had access to national level conferences. “There just isn’t a lot of funding for this type of professional development,” she notes.

Eight of the scholarship recipients will be attending the National Center for Families Learning Conference (NCFLC) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, September 24-26. The other eight recipients will be attending the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference in Washington D.C, November 14-18.

The conferences will offer professional development sessions involving the latest research on childhood development, innovative teaching strategies, tools for assessment, early intervention, learning technology, and parent involvement.

Scholarship recipients will be presenting material from both conferences to early childhood staff upon their return. Next year La Clinica de Familia would like to open the opportunity for teachers once again. Tricia says, “I will do everything I can to continue the scholarships for as long as I can. We have some ideas for including a few professionals in leadership next year.”



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A local club is helping members build confidence in public speaking and advance their leadership skills in a positive a supportive setting. Los Chismosos Toastmasters meets each Thursday from 12 noon to 1pm in Skeen Hall, Room 128, on the New Mexico State University main campus. Founded in California in 1924, Toastmasters now has 357,000 members in 143 countries. Visitors are welcome at meetings.

Nancy Hastings at 575-541-5744 or visit toastmasters.org

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