Mayor's Message for the Week of December 25th, 2020

Christmas Tree

Holiday Greetings from the Village of Corrales! Hanukkah has just passed and we are in the final stretch to December 25. So many things to reflect upon, so many traditions, so many things to do.

The Village Holiday Light Extravaganza (on until December 28) has been a big success.  We’ll do it again next year!

Many of you told me you enjoyed the videos of first graders singing holiday carols. Want to enjoy it some more? The videos are still posted with the Mayor’s Message from last week. Watching children sing lifts the spirits. Perhaps there could be an encore performance in the new year?

Good news on the COVID front. Small allotments of vaccines have allowed us to vaccinate many of our emergency health workers in the Corrales Fire Department. The vaccinations will keep them safe as they work closely with those who have COVID-19. That in turn helps keep the rest of us safe.

Most of us here in Corrales are lucky. We have warm homes and enough to eat. Your generosity has allowed the Corrales Fire Department to support 40 families this holiday season with food, clothing and presents. However, so many throughout our state suffer from food insecurity, especially during the pandemic. Right now, CFD is in good shape for food supplies and donations. But so much need exists outside our Village. Please consider giving a donation to one of the many organizations trying to address hunger. (e.g., Road Runner Food Bank: (505-349-8837)). You do make a difference.

Local Heroes Alert! This time it goes to a team of “Community-Minded Citizens” (I am dubbing them Team Builders) who have been making desks for Corrales Elementary School students without desks in their homes. What a life saver in these times of virtual learning! Thank you, Team Builders. We will give Team Builders a Local Heroes shout-out at our January 12 Council Meeting.

Music in Corrales has gone virtual and will be offering their first concert of the 34th season, an online-video on demand concert available any time between December 26 and January 3.  This concert, a gift to the Corrales community, is free of charge and will feature Russian pianist/composer Arsentiy Kharitonov.  Concert details at

We are going to have appropriately cold weather for the Christmas holidays. Do keep yourselves and your animals warm. After celebrating this week, the weekend will offer a good time to recuperate and contemplate the joys of the Season. In whatever manner you are spending these late December days, please be safe and well, Corrales-style.

Jo Anne Roake

Mayor of Corrales