Free Pet Behavior Helpline

January 18, 2015 by  
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Animal Humane New MexicoThere’s no delicate way to say this, but… is your pooch peeing on the carpet suddenly? Is your cat going crazy on the furniture or your dog barking so much it drives you and your neighbors nuts?  Or does your pet keep breaking out through the fence and you’re worried for his or her safety?

These are often solvable problems if you know what to do. But if you don’t know what to do and you’d like to understand your pet better, you can get free help from Animal Humane New Mexico.

Use their free helpline (505-938-7900) to speak to a trained coach who can help you solve pet behavior problems.  If you don’t reach someone immediately, leave a message and someone will get back to you soon.  You can also email your questions to them at   This is a completely free service and it’s wonderful that they offer it. It might even prevent some pets from having to go to shelters when their human is driven to the end of their tether – so pass the word along!

The Animal Humane Behavior free helpline helps with pet issues including separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, escaping, barking, chasing, digging, fearful behavior, housetraining,  introducing a new pet to the household where there are already pets, and puppy and kitten development.

I only wish they could provide free trained coaches to deal with Mr Cheap’s behavior problems, but he’d probably say the same about me :-)



Free Movies January 22-25: The Thin Man Series

January 18, 2015 by  
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ABC Library, in partnership with the KiMo Theatre, presents six film adaptations of the The Thin Man book by author Dashiell Hammett.  Tickets are not required for these free movies.  Screen legends William Powell and Myrna Loy play the characters of Nick and Nora Charles in this comedy-mystery series that was very popular in the late 1930’s and 1940’s.  I enjoy watching the fun chemistry between these two mega stars as they solve mysteries.  The Thin Man is a fitting subject for this time of year when everyone is going on a diet. After pigging out over the holidays I’m certainly cutting back on the cookies in my aim to become The Thinner Woman!

The Thin Man on Thursday January 22, 2015  from 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

After the Thin Man on Friday January 23, 2015 from 8 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

Another Thin Man on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre

Shadow of the Thin Man on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre

The Thin Man Goes Home on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre

Song of the Thin Man on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5 pm at the KiMo Theatre

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper.



National Parks Free Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 15, 2015 by  
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As the first in a series of  National Parks Fee-Free Days to come this year, more than 100 National Parks across the country that usually charge admission fees are free for all on January 19, 2015. This is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Monday, January 19 free admission day includes these New Mexico National Parks that are waiving their usual fee:

Wherever you’re going for a day trip, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other info you need to know, and some may have free events for the holiday too.



Free Dental Care Christmas Eve

December 21, 2014 by  
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Comfort Dental offers free dental care to anyone in need on the 31st annual Care Day, Wednesday December 24, 2014.

Yeah, going to the dentist is the last thing anyone wants to do on Christmas Eve.  But it’s tough paying those dental bills and I hate the thought of anyone – especially kids – missing out on dental care for lack of funds.   These dentist angels from Comfort Dental are volunteering their time and services to provide assistance and relief to those who can’t afford regular dental attention.

Comfort Dental Care’s free dental treatment on Wednesday December 24 is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, from 7:30 am – 11:30 am.  The free clinics are intended to provide basic dental care from cleanings to extractions. More serious problems will be handled according to the discretion of the dentist.

Comfort Dental offices in eleven states are participating, including Comfort Dental New Mexico, at these Albuquerque Comfort Dental locations.

In 2013, Care Day provided $1.5 million in free dental care services to nearly 5000 patients nationally.  As VP Dr. Neil Norton says: “There are a lot of families out there who just can’t afford dental care, and this is their only dental visit all year.” It’s best to arrive early.

Thanks to the tooth fairies at Comfort Dental for working on Christmas Eve, and for donating this gift of free dental care to the community.  Find all the info on Comfort Dental free Care Day at the link.



Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Christmas Concerts

December 10, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two identical free concerts before Christmas, so if you can’t make one evening, go to the other!

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts with guest conductor Wojciech Milewski are on December 19 and 21, 2015.  No tickets are required and admittance is on a first come, first served basis.  Even though these concerts are free, donations are gratefully accepted. or (505)433-7445.

Both classical concerts feature the same program: “In Autumn” by Grieg, Symphony No.1 (mvts 1 & 2) by Tchaikovsky, “A Winter’s Tale” by Lars-Erik Larsson,  Karelia Suite and Spring Song, both by Sibelius.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Friday December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St. Therese Church, 3424 Fourth St NW Albuquerque.
  • Sunday December 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Hiland Theater/NDI, 4800 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque.

I went to one of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts and it was a real knockout. It was beautiful to hear this incredible music in a relatively intimate setting – so close that you can feel just about every vibration in your body.  What a gift it is to be able to experience this.

Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music by such accomplished musicians – not even on the cheap, but totally free!



Free Shipping Day: December 18

December 10, 2014 by  
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Free Shipping DayGet free shipping from online retailers, with delivery promised on or by Christmas Eve.

Free Shipping Day is Thursday December 18, 2014, and 839 stores are signed up (so far!) to give customers free shipping for orders taken on the 18th.  They say delivery will be by Christmas Eve for addresses in the continental United States.  All Free Shipping Day offers will be revealed on this website at 12:01am EST on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Online merchants taking part include Cabelas, REI, The Body Shop, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Office Depot, Levi’s, American Eagle, Sheplers, J.Crew, Bass Pro Shops, Harry & David, Omaha Steaks, and a whole bunch more.

Participating Free Shipping Day merchants offer free holiday shipping with no minimum order. Others may have exclusions – for example the items must be in stock or oversized items are excluded (because Santa’s sleigh can’t deliver in time, I suppose.) Some also offer special discounts with Free Shipping Day. Check the details of each merchant’s offer on the Free Shipping Day website. also has its regular free shipping on orders over $35 through December 16 for Christmas delivery. Find today’s deeply discounted flash deals here.

I’m always nervous of free shipping so close to Christmas as my Christmas tree has been left with holes under it in the past when the package didn’t roll in till after the Big Day. Now I generally pony up to pay shipping if it’s someone’s main gift, to avoid disappointment. However, the Free Shipping Day folk have said that many merchants pay for expedited shipping to get it to shoppers by Christmas Eve.

I’d always encourage you to shop from local businesses, but if you shop online at the national retailers anyway, perhaps to send gifts to distant friends or relatives, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save a few dollars on gifts.



Toys for Tots and a Free Aveda Haircut

December 4, 2014 by  
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Toys for Tots AlbuquerqueI have a soft spot for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots aims to give every child a merry Christmas by ensuring they have a new toy, no matter how difficult their family’s economic circumstances.

The Albuquerque Marine Toys for Tots program distributes donated new toys as gifts to less fortunate kids in Albuquerque – and a fine job they do of it. They’re kind of like our home-grown Santas!

Of course everything depends on us making donations, so feel free to take new and unwrapped gifts for a child, boy or girl, to the many local collection points through December 11, 2014.
Here’s the list of Albuquerque Marine Toys for Tots drop-off points, which conveniently include two Toys R Us locations.

On Wednesday December 8, 2014, the Aveda Institute New Mexico will hold a Toys for Tots Hair Cuts for Toys from 9 am to 6 pm. Take in a new toy donation for Toys for Tots to the value of $15 and get a free shampoo, haircut and make-up tips! Aveda Institute New Mexico is located at 1816 Central Avenue SW in Old Town.  Call 505-294-5333 for your appointment.



Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua

December 4, 2014 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family creates a festive glow and includes cider and biscochitos!  The monument’s name was changed just over a year ago.  Don’t forget that it is now called the Coronado Historic Site.

The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado Historic Site lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 7, 2014, from 5 pm. 

The evening’s activities include a Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament. That is followed at 6 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional Pueblo dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right.

Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.

Coronado Historic Site Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:

  • When: Sunday December 7, 2014
  • Time: From 5 pm
  • Where: Coronado Historic Site (a.k.a. Coronado State Monument) in Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado Historic Site is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.



Albuquerque Concert Band Free Holiday Concert

December 4, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band plays holiday musicThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and they’re staying true to form with a free concert of holiday music.

The  Albuquerque Concert Band free holiday concert is this Sunday December 7, at 3 pm, at the KiMo Theatre. I love holiday music and I had a wonderful time at this free concert the last couple of  times I went with friends.

It’s all very rousing and jovial, with plenty of family favorites to tap your toes to. The Albuquerque Concert Band and conductor even wears different festive headgear to accompany each song. The whole event is terrific entertainment for young and old.

Short of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer crash-landing on my head, I’ll be there first in line!
Doors open at 2:30 pm and it’s wise to arrive promptly as it’s a pretty full house in my experience.

Here are some free audio samples from Albuquerque Concert Band recordings to get you in the mood.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.



ABQ BioPark Military Discount

July 9, 2014 by  
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The Albuquerque BioPark military discount gives a price break to active and non-active military personnel visiting the BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden. That’s a very good move to thank our service men and women.

The ABQ BioPark military discount on tickets was introduced during 2012, and it gives $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission. The discount is valid for active and non-active personnel, although you do of course need to show your military ID.  The ABQ BioPark military discount is only for general admission, not for any special events such as the concerts at the zoo.

Albuquerque BioPark regular admission for entry into either the Zoo, or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden is:

  • New Mexico residents: $9 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free.  Take your New Mexico ID to get the local admission rate.
  • Visitors who are not New Mexico residents: $12.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12. And hey, they don’t discriminate against non-New Mexican kiddies. Tots ages 2 and under still go free.

A combo ticket for all BioPark locations is only available on Tuesday to Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon. That’s because if you don’t buy the combo ticket early in the day, you won’t have time to trip round all the BioPark venues anyway. The combo tickets include the fun mini-train rides between the locations.

For New Mexico residents the combo cost is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids. For out-of-state visitors, the combo cost is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for kids.

The BioPark’s Tingley Beach is always free for everyone, at 1800 Tingley Dr SW.

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th St. SW.  Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.



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