Free Admission to NM Museum of Natural History & Science: March 1

February 26, 2015 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday March 1, 2015, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday March 1 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, they’ll also have a special event to celebrate the special exhibit “Birds of Paradise.”  You’ll be able to meet New Mexico bird experts as well as learn how New Mexico is working to protect our New Mexico birds.  Karen Herzenberg, a naturalist who serves on the advisory committee for New Mexico Master Naturalist Program, will share her knowledge about the fascinating Florence Merriam Bailey.  Bailey is the author of “Birds Through an Opera Glass” (1889) and “Birds of New Mexico” (1928).  The presentation will be geared for children and families from 11:00 to noon.   From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, the presentation will be geared for adults.

You can visit the other museum’s displays for free, including their core exhibits which offer a journey through billions of years of New Mexico’s natural history, from the formation of the universe to the present day.   Don’t forget the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.



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.



Golf Rewards Club for New Mexico Residents

December 10, 2014 by  
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The 2015 Star Rewards Club gives freebies and discounts at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana golf courses, plus a $50 room stay credit at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. Buy membership by January 1, 2015, for a chance to be one of THREE lucky winners of Free Golf for a Year at the Twin Warriors Golf Club in the year-end drawing!

New Mexico residents get a good deal package on golf with the Star Rewards Golf Club program. Buy 2015 membership for $159 and in exchange you get :

  • Golf
    •  Round with cart at Twin Warriors Golf Club ($79.99 value)
    •  Round with cart at Santa Ana Golf Club ($65 value)
    •  Twilight Round with cart at Twin Warriors Golf Club ($39.99 value)
    •  Twilight Round with cart at Santa Ana Golf Club ($40 value)
    •  Three FREE Twin Warriors All-Day Practice Range passes ($75 value), then $10 a day thereafter
    •  Year-round discounted green fees at both courses
    •  VIP preferred tee times – 10 days in advance
    •  $50 Resort Stay Credit at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
    •  Enrollment into Hyatt Regency Tamaya’s Pathways program to receive discounts at Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon, Corn Maiden, Santa Ana Cafe
    and resort room rates.
    •  Monthly discounts for dining outlets at Santa Ana Star Casino including Sadie’s at The Star and Hyatt Resort dining outlets
    •  $20 Certificate to Prairie Star Restaurant
    •  Monthly Offer including Free Play, Points, Discounts for Various Casino Outlets,
    Free Cover at The Stage and Much More
    •  Stop by the Star Rewards Club on your first visit to the casino to activate your 2014 Star Rewards Golf offers.
    •  Swipe your Star Rewards Card at a Fast Rewards Kiosk each month to view your exclusive offers
    •  One entry in monthly drawings with each round
    •  Free Golf for a Year winner drawn in December
    •  20% off all in-stock, no-sale soft goods
    •  Logo Cap
    NEW Bonus!  Reciprocal Rates at We-Ko-Pa in AZ

This seems like a pretty good deal.  Just the four rounds of golf  in the golf package are worth more than the $159 membership price, so assuming you use all the benefits, it should be a hole in one!

Membership of the Santa Ana and Twin Warriors Star Rewards Golf Club 2015 is only open to New Mexico residents aged 21+, although out-of-state folk may buy it as a gift for New Mexicans. And no doubt the golfer in your life would be very happy to receive it!

If you like this deal, also check out the recent posts on Twin Warriors Discount Golf Lessons and the Sandia Golf Champions Club discounts.



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.



Discount Golf Lessons at Twin Warriors

December 9, 2014 by  
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These discounted golf lesson packages could make a great gift for the golfer in your life – available for purchase until December 31, 2014.

I always like giving people unforgettable experiences for Christmas and this does not include my attempt at singing “Jingle Bells” in a minor key.

So these golf instruction deals at Twin Warriors Golf Club  caught my eye. They could be a hole in one if you’ve got a golfer to buy for, or you like hitting the greens yourself. The discounted packages are with Sandy Lemon, the Director of Golf Instruction, and there’s a range of prices to suit all pockets.

For example:

  • $25 off Golf Instruction Gift Certificate – usually $100, now $75
  • $40 off a one-hour private lesson and a 30-minute follow-up – usually $120, now $80
  • $40 off a 90-minute “your choice” package on things like putting, chipping and pitching, etc… – usually $120, now $80
  • $35 off a 90-minute package for two people on full swing and short game, usually $135, now $100

They’re available to buy till December 31, 2014, then the gift must be redeemed by the end of December 2015. The final order date for delivery by Christmas is Friday December 19, 2014.

Expect to pay $1 for shipping, and you can personalize the certificate with a message for the recipient.

Find out more about Sandy Lemon here – she’s got a very impressive golfing bio and is Director of Instruction for Twin Warriors Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, and also for the Santa Ana Golf Club.

You might also be interested in our previous post on  Sandia Golf Champions Club Discounts.



Sandia Golf Champions Club Discounts

December 9, 2014 by  
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The 2015 Champion’s Club gives golf freebies and discounts at Sandia Golf Club at the Sandia Resort & Casino. Plus a chance to win a 60″ VIZIO LED HDTV if you join by January 1, 2015.

Tee off on the cheap with the Sandia Golf Champion’s Club. Buy 2015 membership of the rewards program for $159 and in addition to earning loyalty points when you play at Sandia Golf Club, you get:

  1. Two (2) free rounds of golf when you join (1 Regular & 1 Twilight)
  2. 15% off all in-stock merchandise
  3. Unlimited rounds of golf at the Champions Club rates
  4. Reduced rates for up to 3 guests
  5. 50% off Practice range rate
  6. 15% Discount on food purchases in the Clubhouse Grill
  7. Eight (8) Free range passes – $200 value

  8. BONUS POINTS Program…
    Earn points on all greens fees
    Redeem points for FREE golf

    Earn and Redeem points at other participating OB Sports Courses 
    Earn VIP Status after 10, 25, 50 regular rounds of golf 
    Increase advance reservation window by up to 3 days

See all the Champion’s Club benefits in this link.  Plus if you purchase membership by January 1, 2015, you get entered for a chance to win a 60″ VIZIO LED HDTV!

Don’t wait too long if you want to join the 2015 rewards program (or give it as a gift). The price of membership goes up to $199 after January 1, 2015, and the annual membership period is from the time of purchase to December 31, 2015.

This seems like a great deal for golfers.  The Sandia Champion’s Club golf package is worth far more than the $159 membership price – assuming you use all the benefits. Join online at the link, or call Sandia Golf Club at 505-798-3990.

Sandia Golf Club is at the Sandia Resort and Casino.



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.



Holiday Twinkle Light Parade

December 4, 2014 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.  This family-friendly event is a holiday favorite and a must-see for all.

This year the Twinkle Light Parade takes place on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Expect to see floats, lowriders, AFD fire trucks and classic cars, equestrian clubs – even a small train – all dressed up for the holidays. The City of Albuquerque reckons there will be more than 1,000 walkers, plus all the usual high school marching bands I love watching. The bands are always festive and smart, and the kids are so very brave as they march through the cold.  Santa Claus and Mrs Claus usually roll by in the Twinkle Light Parade too. (Santa, of course, is used to the cold.)

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing with more than 300,000 twinkling lights at 5:15 pm on December 6, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard.  Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 90 floats (cars, horses, bicycles, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year.

I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.  At time of writing, it’s looking a bit rainy out there, but the Twinkle Light Parade will sparkle on no matter what – it’s a rain or shine event.



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.



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