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ily and worry less. We also feature two former journalists who have taken up the pen with much success and celebration. Carla Aragón and Anne Hillerman have found their unique literary voices in writing for children and other personal avocations. Also included in this story are a number of other book titles by local writers. On behalf of all of us here at Prime Time I would like to wish all of you a safe, happy holiday season. Until next year. Enjoy the issue!

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hen Santa Fe native Carla Aragón anchored her final newscast on KOB-TV Channel 4 in 2007, many wondered if the local TV star would fade into local TV stardom retirement, take up golf and never be seen in the public eye again. Boy, were those people wrong. In a nutshell, Aragón’s postTV life has included publishing a children’s book, working on an oral history with former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, sitting on a trade com-

Name by New Mexico Book Awards“Best First Book Published by an Author.

mittee with Sonora, Mexico, doing a video to help victims of domestic violence, receiving an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater NMSU, and researching New Mexico history. And golf? “Well, I play a little more because my husband (Allen Lewis) likes to play,” she says. “It’s still not enough to make me a good golfer. Luckily, Allen likes to travel like I do, so after 11 years of marriage we are finding time to share things we weren’t able to do when I was on the air.” Aragón refers to her first book project as a labor of love, Dance of the Eggshells (Baile de los Cascarones) published by UNM Press. It is a bilingual children’s book with the Spanish translation done by her mother, Socorro Aragón and her uncle George Gonzales. “The Baile de los Cascarones is a unique dance held a week after Easter in Santa Fe that has filled my head and my heart since I was a little girl,” Aragón says. “The Baile is one of my favorite traditions; and something I hope will be preserved forever in our families.” There are two parts to this tradi-

tion. First, the decorated cascarones or confetti filled eggshells. People ask one another to dance by breaking a cascarón over their partner’s head. The person with the most confetti in their hair is the most popular dancer. “It’s a hoot to hear or feel the eggshells crack and then see the confetti sprinkle over your head and clothes,” Aragón says. The second part of this tradition is the dancing. Men and women dress up in their favorite fiesta outfits and dance to folk music popular in Northern New Mexico during the mid 1800’s. There are waltzes, polkas, and a few familiar dances like La Raspa (The Mexican Shuffle), and the Varsoviana (“Put Your Little Foot Dance”). “Most of the dances are designed to be ice breakers which get people to mingle – and that’s what makes the event really fun,” she says. Aragón has recorded a CD of the book, which brings the play-

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ful atmosphere of the dance to life. She reads the book in English and in Spanish sprinkled with sound effects and music by Lorenzo Martinez. Aragón is working on another Continued on page 8

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nne Hillerman started out like her dad, famed mystery novelist Tony Hillerman, as a journalist in the newspaper industry. Over that 20-year career she rose to become the editorial page and arts editor for the Santa Fe bureau of the state’s daily newspaper.

Many years ago she decided on venturing into the world of literature, and dipped in with children/ young adult books, of which she has published four. Over time her writing expanded to reflect other interests, including gardening, food and restaurants and the Navajo Nation landscape. Anne’s recent efforts in publishing have been done in collaboration with her photographer husband Don Strel. After the passing of her father, she published a non-fiction book in which she talks about the settings which contributed to the huge success of his best selling Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn stories. Published in 2009, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, is narrated Anne Hillerman signing one of her latest Gardens by Anne and illumiof Santa Fe book.

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nated by Strel’s photography. It contains brief synopses of the novels, quotations from the books and Tony’s own comments. This book features an introduction by Tony, a foreword from Dr. Joe Shirley, Jr., President of the Navajo Nation, and an original, previously unpublished essay of Tony’s. It received the prestigious Best Regional Art Book award from the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers and first place honors from the New Mexico Press Women. They celebrated the publication of the book by offering benefit events from public libraries and literacy groups. Together Hillerman and Strel also developed Gardens of Santa Fe, which is a visual journey through the city’s many public and private gardens. Strel captured the diversity of flora in perfect light and Hillerman provides the reader with descriptions of plants and interviews with gardeners along with tips for how readers can turn a personal garden into a desert oasis. Anne’s earlier book, Santa Fe

Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes, won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. Here she takes readers on a whirlwind tour through Santa Fe’s restaurants, offering recommendations on the best eateries and even providing diners and readers the chance to re-create favorite dishes. The book includes dining guidelines, restaurant price Continued on page 8


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information, and cooking instructions for high altitude as well as sea level readers. She is also the author of A Children’s Guide to Santa Fe, Done in the Sun, Ride the Wind: USA to Africa and several editions of the Insider’s Guide to Santa Fe. Hillerman has received numerous awards for her work as a journalist and is currently a restaurant reviewer for the Albuquerque Journal, the state’s daily paper, the director of Wordharvest Writers’ Workshop and the Tony Hillerman Writers’ Conference: Focus on Mystery, held in Santa Fe each

November. Strel has had his photos published in numerous books and magazines and is currently the director of the Southwest Assignments design and public relations agency. Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), an Albuquerque resident from 1963 until his death, was the author of 29 books and received every major award for mystery fiction. He was a Notable New Mexican and a Special Friend of the Dine` as noted the Navajo Nation.

book project based on a family wedding tradition, La Carreta. At the beginning of La Marcha or the Grand March, the groom carries the bride in a beautifully decorated wheelbarrow. It signifies that the groom can carry the load. Aragón jokes that when she got married, she carried her husband in the wheelbarrow – it was more realistic. After this one, Aragón says she would like to set her sights on writing a nonfiction history book. “I’d like to find one aspect of our rich culture that hasn’t been written about much and get it published.” As regards to her other endeavors, she describes the New MexicoSonora Commission as having been developed by Gov. Richardson and the New Mexico Legislature in 2009, to stimulate trade efforts. The Commission focuses on five different areas that address issues of common interest between both states – education, economic development (trade), health, public safety and tourism. It’s a non-paid position, where commissioners volunteer their time and are committed to improving trade relations and promoting New Mexico in one of the most vibrant regions of old Mexico, says Aragón.

“Sonora is one of the more progressive states in Mexico,” she says. “Public safety is always a concern and that is certainly being addressed, but we are just hoping to keep the exchange of ideas flowing. Sonora’s economic development is a lot like ours – agriculture, technology, and tourism. It’s a good partnership.” With more projects on the way, including on-camera work, Aragón left KOB on her terms. “I wanted to live my life to the fullest at this stage and I wanted to spend more time with my family,” she says. Aragón misses the camaraderie of the newsroom, the constant exchange of opinions, the wit and biting insight she had with her coworkers. She also misses sharing the anchor desk with Tom Joles, who still is on the air at KOB-TV. “He might not be a native New Mexican,” she says, “but he always got it. He gets how this state works, what makes it great and where we have to improve and where the story is. He just gets it.” Somewhere in Aragón’s busy day off camera, she found the time to continue one of her family’s traditions. Her life might be a little like dancing on eggshells sometimes, but she insists it has never been more fun.

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The Season for Holiday Enchantment is Here! By Linda López McAlister

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nce again the holiday season is upon us and the annual cornucopia of holiday performances in Albuquerque and Santa Fe is full of inviting theatre, music and dance events. We have Nutcrackers of every sort, your choice of Santaland Diaries, and, of course, a Christmas Carol or two – but other holiday shows as well. Here they are, starting with the ones you can see right now, and moving through the entire month of December. *** Right now “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” is playing at the Albuquerque Little

Theatre for the second holiday season in a row. This could become a tradition. It’s filled with wonderful Irving Berlin songs and tells the story of two old army buddies who help out their old general by staging a holiday show at his Vermont resort and meet their true loves in the process. It runs at ALT from now through December 24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM with a special Christmas Eve matinee on Friday, Dec 24 at 1 PM. ALT is at 224 San Pasquale SW, across from Old Town, call 505-242-4750. Tickets are $24 with a $4 discount for seniors. *** Another holiday show that’s approaching classic status is David Sedaris’s “Santaland Diaries,” the story of Sedaris’s hilarious experiences working as an Elf in Macy’s Santaland. Adapted by Joe Mantello, this one-man play is a laughout-loud and twisted ride that will get you into the Christmas Spirit. Albuquerque boasts two productions of it this year. • Desert Rose Playhouse in the northeast heights, paired with

a companion piece “Season’s Greetings.” It runs from Dec 3 to19. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM and Sunday performances are at 4 PM. Tickets are $12 general admission. For information Desert Rose’s www. desertroseplayhouse. com. • The Cell Theatre in downtown Albuquerque on First St. “Santaland Diaries” features Ross Kelly Dec 3 to 19, with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7 PM. Tickets there are $20, call 505766.9412 for reservations. Paul Kerr as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” at *** Popejoy Hall For perhaps an even *** sillier look at Christmas Another holiday comedy is hapyou can head for “Dolls in Toypening out in Sandia Park where land: A Story of Murder, Lust, the East Mountain Centre for Greed, and the True Meaning Theatre opens their production of of Christmas.” This is not your ordinary “Deck The Halls” Christ- “A Tuna Christmas,” running Dec 4-12 on Saturdays at 7 PM and mas show! Yes, it takes place in Sundays at 2 PM. This one censaccharine sweet Candyland but ters on the town of Tuna, Texas’s only as The Dolls, Albuquerque’s favorite drag theatre company, can annual Christmas Yard Display Contest. A mysterious Christmas envision it. Jill (from Jack and Jill fame) goes on one madcap adven- phantom, known for vandalizing the yard displays, threatens to ture after another in search of the true meaning of Christmas. Sump- throw the contest into turmoil. Among the subplots are Stanley tuous costumes, joyous holiday Bumiller’s attempts to end his music and a hilarious script will probation and leave Tuna, Bermake this a Christmas show you tha Bumiller’s trying to hold her won’t forget. It’s on at Nob Hill’s family together at Christmastime, Aux Dog Theatre, also between and Joe Bob Lipsey’s struggle to December 3 to 19, Fridays and mount successfully his production Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at of “A Christmas Carol” despite 2 PM. Tickets are $ 15. Call 505numerous vexations and obstacles. 254-7716. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for *** seniors and $8 for kids (11 and If you want a play to take the younger). Performances are at the grandkids to, you might want to Vista Grande Community Center go over to The Box Performance 15 La Madera Road, Sandia Park. Space at Second St. and Gold Call 505-286-1950 for reservations for “The Best Christmas Pageant and information. Ever,” in which a couple strug*** gling to put on a church Christmas On Dec 9, Popejoy starts its pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most Christmas fare with “Danú – A Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig inventively awful kids in history. in Éirinn.” In Ireland, Christmas Mayhem and fun ensues when the is a two-week celebration filled Herdmans collide with the Christwith joyful music and dance. mas story head on! It runs from Friday Dec 3-12, Friday shows are The members of Danú honor the season in grand Irish style with at 7 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7 PM, the songs and traditions culled and Sundays at 2 PM tickets $10 from their own families. You can reserve them by calling 505-404lift your voice with Danú in a 1578.


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Store, (505) 881-8999. Popejoy Hall performances are $60, $50, $40, $35, $25, and $12 and can be purchased from the UNM Ticket Office 1-877-664-8661 Toll Free or 505-925-5858. *** Dec 17 brings us the holiday offering of one of Albuquerque’s newest theatre companies, Albuquerque Senior Theatre performing “Merry Christmas Caper” with lots of Christmas cheer, caroling, and even a crime! It’s at the Aux Dog Theatre in Nob Hill for three matinees, December 21-23 at 2 PM. For reservations call 505-291-9332. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Aux

hearty, heartfelt evening of virtuosity and kindred spirits. Thursday, Dec 9 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $43, $35, $28, and can be purchased from the UNM Ticket Office 1-877664-8661 Toll Free or 505925-5858. *** The first “Christmas Carol” of the season also opens on Dec. 9, but it’s not the one you know. The Duke City Repertory Theatre presents “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula. It’s the little-known story behind Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and tells of Jacob Marley’s heroic behindthe-scenes efforts to save the soul of Scrooge, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon—and in the process, save his own. It’s at The Filling Station on 4th St. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for seniors and veterans and $5 for children. Call 505-797-7081 for reservations and tickets. *** The 26th annual presentation of “Christmas Joy” will feature over 60 classically-trained dancers of ballet and jazz choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music. The show will be at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Dec 10-12, 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday and at 2 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the NHCC box office, (505) 724-4771. . *** Saturday, December 11 ushers in two more productions of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” one in Santa Fe by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company at the Lensic Theatre on

Dec 11 &12. Call 505-988-7050 for tickets which are $20, $36, $52, and $62. The other one is in Albuquerque at the KiMo Theatre performed by Ballet Repertory Theatre for seven performances between Dec 11-23. Evening performances begin at 7 PM and matinees on Dec 18 &19 at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and are available from the KiMo Theatre box office 505-768-3522. *** On Dec 16 “Mariachi Christmas” returns to Popejoy Hall for its 12th season, with the thrilling horns and whirling dancers of Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte and Campanas de America, ringing in the season with the pride and pageantry of Mexico. The performance starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $35, $29, and $22 and can be purchased from the UNM Ticket Office 1-877-6648661 Toll Free or 505-925-5858. *** Dec 16 the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra will perform “Bach’s Christmas Oratorio” at 7:30 PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and then again on Friday Dec 17 at 8 PM and Saturday, Dec 18 at 6 PM at Popejoy Hall. NHCC tickets are $60, $50, $40, $30, and $22 and may be purchased at the NM Symphony

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Roger Melone, conductor NMSO Chorus Colin Ainsworth, Evangelist Order today at the NMSO Kathryn Mueller, soprano A Very Merry Pops Box Ofce! Ian Howell, countertenor December 12, 2 pm & 7 pm Dann Coakwell, tenor Kiva Auditorium David Grogan, bass Matt Catingub, conductor Manzano Day School Chorus Experience some of the most joyful music ever Louise Loomis, director written while Bach tells the Gather your family and story of Christmas. friends and join the NMSO for a celebration of the season with this holiday concert tradition.

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Holiday Calendar of Events December 8 &15 Holiday Nature Crafts at River of Lights. 6-7:30 PM. All craft materials will be provided. Many evenings feature live entertainment and the G-scale model railroad. No admission is required. Call 848.7180. December 4-31

The Skill to Heal. The Heart to Care. The New Mexico Cancer Center is a place where a dedicated team puts their expertise to work for every individual who walks through our doors. Our caring staff works together for our patients to deliver medical and radiation oncology, clinical trials, imaging and pharmacy services. Every patient we treat has a story and loved ones, and that is why we constantly deliver cancer care that’s part technology, part medicine and all heart. If you or someone you love is facing a cancer diagnosis, put your trust in the New Mexico Cancer Center.

December 11 Wings Christmas Party at Sandia Valley Nazarene Church, 4-6:30 PM party. There will be games, crafts, singing, Bible story, dinner and fun for the whole family. Located at 2315 Markham Road SW. RSVP to director Ann Edenfield Sweet 291.6412. December 18

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December Garden Holidays at Botanic Garden. Daily 9 AM-5 PM. Evergreen, old-fashioned, artistic, miniature, Southwest, classic – the BioPark has each of these themes on display. All activities are included with regular admission. Call 311 or visit cabq.gov.

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Holiday Enrichment for the Animals at the Rio Grande Zoo, 9-11AM. Everyone enjoys receiving and unwrapping gifts, and the animals at the Rio Grande Zoo are no exception. Come see how the animals interact with their presents, toys and goodies.

Activities are included with general admission. Through December 30 The 14th annual River of Lights at Botanic Garden, 6–9 PM. The largest holiday walk-through light show in New Mexico, and a favorite of visitors from all over the world. Closed Dec. 24 & 25. In addition to the beautiful light displays, there are other exciting things to enjoy. And from Dec. 13–23 and 26-30 the Shark Reef Café will be open evenings for special holiday dining. Tickets, $8/adults 13 and older; $4/children 3-12; babies 2 and younger, free. No ticket discounts. Tickets may be purchased online, but you must be able to print them upon purchase or available from any BioPark cashier. Call, 764.6200 or 311. December 21-23 Albuquerque Senior Theatre presents Merry Christmas Caper by D.K. Oklahoma, directed by Shirley Tanzola. It’s Christmas time at the Senior Center and two stowaways have been discovered! Join us for Christmas Cheer, Caroling and even a CRIME at 2pm, the Aux Dog Theatre, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE, admission is $5 at the door. For more information or reservations call 291-9332.

500 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 Services and Amenities Our home is your home. Below you will find some of the amenities we offer at Princeton Place. We recommend that you stop by for a tour to truly understand what Princeton Place has to offer. We strive to provide you and your loved ones with quality professional services in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Medical and Professional Services: • 24-hour licensed nursing care • Medical director • Rehabilitation specialists; Vita-Stem certified and wound care specialists • Registered dietician • Long and short-term skilled nursing care • Respiratory, physical, occupational, and speech therapies • Long and short-term intermediate care • Alzheimer’s specialty care units • Respite care • Hospice services • Individual care planning by an interdisciplinary team • Restorative nursing services • X-ray services • Podiatry services • Counseling services • Social services • Specialized therapeutic diets Princeton Place accepts various types of payment including Medicare, Medicaid, Private, Hospice, and Third Party Insurance. Our staff will be happy to assist you in applying for any and all types of financial programs. For a comprehensive explanation of Medicare and Medicaid payment arrangements, please contact our Admissions Director of Business Office Manager.

Phone: 505.255.1717 Fax: 505.266.9362 Amenities: • Spacious private and semi-private accommodations • Telephone and television access • Mail delivery and daily newspaper • Activites • Home-style, nutritious meals served in pleasant dining rooms • Daily housekeeping and laundry services • Beauty and barber shop services • On-site pharmacy • Outdoor patios • Chaplin services • Resident and family councils • Safety and security systems


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ovelace Medical Center is now offering patients laserassisted cardiac lead removal and is the first facility in New Mexico to offer this technique. Management of implanted leads for pacemakers and defibrillators is a growing concern among physicians and patients. Leads, or insulated wires that connect devices to the heart, may become nonfunctional or infected. When this occurs, lead removal is often necessary. Because scar tissue can bind the lead in several places along its length, specialized tools are needed to complete the removal process. More than two million Americans rely on a pacemaker or defibrillator to regulate their heartbeat. The cumulative risk of infection increases with every pacemaker or defibrillator replacement. As

many as 20 percent of patients with defibrillators can expect a lead malfunction within 10 years of receiving their device, according to the American Heart Association. “Lead management techniques are evolving as a younger patient population increasingly receives implanted cardiac devices,” said Dr. Michelle Khoo from ABQ Health Partners. “Abandoning leads in the body is not always the best option for patients. Patients should be aware of all lead management techniques and speak with their physician if an unlikely problem occurs.” Dr. Dardo Ferrara, a Cardiologist from ABQ Health Partners, is also performing the procedure. Lovelace Medical Center is using Spectranetics’ excimer laser system for cardiac lead removal. The technology provides physicians

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Manage Your Chronic Disease

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lbuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs has created a new program Manage Your Chronic Disease. It was developed to improve the physical and emotional health of individuals aged 50 years and older with chronic diseases, and their caregivers. The MyCD Program helps these individuals and/or their caretakers gain self-confidence in their ability to manage their symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives. The MyCD Program follows the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford

University’s School of Medicine Division of Family and Community Medicine. The MyCD Program is a guided workshop delivered once a week for six weeks. Each session lasts for two and one-half hours in community settings such as senior centers, churches, health care facilities. People with different chronic health problems and their caregivers come together to attend these workshops that are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. Subjects covered include: • Techniques for dealing with

problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation. • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. • Appropriate use of medications. • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals. • Nutrition and how to evaluate new treatments. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling

lives. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems that they encounter in creating and carrying out their individualized selfmanagement program. The city’s MyCD Program does not conflict with an individuals’ existing health improvement program or treatment plan, but rather is designed to enhance regular treatment and diseasespecific education. The MyCD workshops free and begin in January 2011 and runs throughout the year. To sign up call 505-880-2800 to choose your class and reserve your space today.

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in addition to the current $0 premium Standard HMO plan. This POS feature will allow LSP members the flexibility to go out-of-network (OON) for some services. As on all Medicare Advantage plans offering out-of-network services, cost-sharing is slightly higher OON. In addition to the POS feature on the LSP Enhanced Plan, inpatient hospitalization has been decreased to $150 per day for days 1-3 with a $450 calendar year maximum. Both the Standard HMO and the Enhanced POS will offer a $150 routine eyewear benefit, $0 copay for colonoscopies and routine annual physical exams. Both plans offer Tier 1 generic prescription coverage in the coverage gap and the Enhanced Plan will continue to offer additional prescription drug coverage by extending the Initial Coverage Limit to $4,000. Silver Sneakers and Assist Light Housekeeping * Meal Prep * Errands America medical emergency Bathing Assistance * Continence Care * Memory Care services are offered on all LoveScreened & Trained * Bonded & Insured lace Medicare products. Assist America helps Lovelace members get their health care in other states or countries should they become Continued on next page


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ill or injured while traveling. The Lovelace Silver Sneakers program provides members a complimentary fitness center membership, health seminars and social events – all with a goal of helping members attain optimal overall health. LSP plans are offered in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Torrance and Santa Fe counties. In San Juan County starting in 2011, Lovelace will offer a San Juan Medicare Plus HMO and HMO-POS plans. These plans are similar in design to the LSP plans and there will be a $0 premium

HMO plan. The Annual Election Period is Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 to select a plan for Jan. 1, 2011. This will be the only opportunity Medicare beneficiaries have to change Medicare Advantage plans that offer medical and prescription drug coverage. From Jan. 1 through Feb. 14, the only option beneficiaries will have is to disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare with a standalone Prescription Drug Plan. Visit www. lovelaceseniorplan.com for more information.

UNM Public Discourse IDEAS on Mental Health Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison An Unquiet Mind: A Personal Perspective on Bipolar Illness.” Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:30 PM Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, ABQ, NM

Knee Replacement Myth #147:

Scruffy will lose his best friend to the couch. Truth:

With your Stryker knee replacement Scruffy may not be waiting too long for that run. Stryker’s patented knee technology works with your body, not against it, allowing you to recover and move more easily after surgery.1,2 For more information on Stryker knee technology visit kneemyths.com or call 1-888-STRYKER.

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The information presented is for educational purposes only. Please speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will receive the same post-operative activity level. *8th Annual EFORT Congress Florence Italy 2007 - Dr. Christina Stukenborg-Colsman Presentation. *Tamaki, M, Tomita, T, Yamazaki, T, Hozack, W.J., Yoshikawa, H, Sugamoto,. In Vivo Kinematic Analysis of a High-Flexion Posterior Stabilized Fixed-Bearing Knee Prosthesis in Deep Knee-Bending Motion, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Vol. 23, No. 6, 2008. 1. Hitt, K., Harwin, S.F, Greene, K.A. Early Experience with a New Total Knee Implant: Maximizing Range of Motion and Function with Gender-Specific Sizing Orthopedic Surgery, Surgical Technology International, XVI. 2. Wang, H, Simpson, K.J, Ferrara, M.S, Chamnongkich, S, Kinsey, T, Mahoney, O.M. Biomechanical Differences Exhibited During Sit-To-Stand Between Total Knee Arthroplasty Designs of Varying Radii, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Vol. 21, No.8, 2006. ©2010 Stryker. Products referenced with the ® designation are registered trademarks of Stryker.

You CAN make a difference… Donate your vehicle to Casa Esperanza!

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Give Hope A Ride is funded and managed by Casa Esperanza Foundation, a New Mexico nonprofit organization. 100% of the funds generated by your donations remain in New Mexico to support families facing cancer.

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Events at National Hispanic Cultural Center

701 4th St, ABQ, NM 505-246-2261 December 18 Renny Golden “Blood Desert: Witnesses, 1820 – 1880” 2 PM Salón Ortega Narrative poems allow us to listen to the voices of people from New Mexico’s past such as Padre Jose Antonio Martinez, Geronimo, and Sister Blandina. January 8 The Chicano Movement in New Mexico, 1966-1976 2 PM, NHCC Salón Ortega, Free A round table discussion by participants of that movement, and of those years including Maria Elena Alvarez and others yet to be determined. January 8 Jean-Luc Cartron “Raptors of New Mexico” 2 PM, NHCC Salón Ortega, Free An illustrated study of all birds of prey wintering or breeding in New Mexico. January 29 José Rivera “La Sociedad: Guardians of Hispanic Culture Along the Rio Grande” 2 PM, NHCC Wells Fargo Auditorium, Free At the turn of the 20th century there were many Hispanic mutual aid societies formed to protect Hispanic land ownership and work against discrimination. This is the story of La Sociedad formed in 1900 in the San Luis Valley. February 5 Viola Peña “Los Chilitos” 2 PM, NHCC Salón Ortega, Free A children’s story and allegory about chiles in the field and how they grow up in New Mexico under grandfather’s tutelage.

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LOVELACE BrEAst CArE CEntEr

Laura Ann is living proof The front side of her t-shirt says “I fight like a girl.” On the backside, “I kicked cancer’s butt!” And indeed she did. At 36, Laura Ann had both breasts removed as well as her ovaries. At 36, Laura Ann also learned that cancer doesn’t mean the end. In fact, to her it meant the beginning of an even better outlook on life. To hear more about Laura Ann’s inspirational journey, go to

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What do I want in a Medicare Advantage Plan? The flexibility to see doctors out-of-network.

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st! 1 3 . c e D h g u o T hr The Lovelace Senior Plan offers additional benefits you won’t get on original Medicare. Now with three plan options to choose from: a medical-only plan, a Standard HMO plan, and an Enhanced HMO-POS plan that gives you even more flexibility.

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Call or 505.727.5300 (TTY/TDD – 711) to speak with a Senior Plan Representative about the new options available only within the Lovelace family. Customer Care hours are 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week.

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$0 premium and affordable co-payments • A variety of doctors to choose from • Prescription drug coverage with no deductible •

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All the benefits of our Standard (HMO) plan, plus: • See out-of-network providers • Low premium ($57) • Prescription drug coverage with no deductible MEDICAL-ONLY (HMO) PLAN • •

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