Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

May 22, 2012 by  
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Rio Rancho starts its summer series of free Sunday evening music concerts on May 27 - so plan ahead because they’ve some great acts in the line-up.

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the free Rio Rancho summer music concerts. They’re all on Sunday evenings from May 27 through August 26 2012 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.  

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing starts with:

  • May 27:  The Casuals
  • June 3:  Gary Reynolds & The Southwest Band
  • June 10: Adobe Brothers
  • June 17: Bosque Blues
  • June 24: The Flyin A’s
  • July 1: Nahalot Shalom Band
  • July 15: Dennis and Song Writers
  • July 22: Rudy Boy Experiment
  • July 29: Twisted Mo-Jo
  • August 5: The Hit Squad
  • August 12: Little Hawk
  • August 19: Inferno
  • August 26: Rio Rancho Symphonic Band

On June 10, July 15, August 12, and August 26, the Arts at Haynes Park show also takes place from 3 – 8 pm, so you can browse jewelry, glass, paintings, clothes, photography, sculpture and other New Mexican artisan pieces before and during that evening’s performance.

And did we mention that the live entertainment and the Arts at Haynes Park event are all free?

Shows are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania


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Hobby Lobby Coupon Save 40%

March 26, 2012 by  
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Stocking up on arts and craft supplies? In the mood for sewing, beading, scrapbooking, making a mosaic? Or maybe you just want to save dollars on craft items for school projects? This Hobby Lobby discount coupon is valid until Saturday March 31, 2012.

The Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon can be used on any one regularly priced item. Either print it for the store or use coupon code 7780 online, and the deal is one coupon per customer per day. If you’re shopping for fabric, they say that a single cut of fabric is the equivalent of one item. It excludes certain purchases such as gift cards and custom framing, so check the fine print.

Other Hobby Lobby discounts this week also include:

  • 50% off Home Accents such as glass, candle holders, trays, coasters, placemats, wicker, decorative boxes and storage 
  • 50% off certain scrapbooking supplies
  • 50% off framing in selected categories
  • 50% off selected jewelry-making supplies
  • 40% off Easter items

No coupons are needed for these sales, they’re just ordinary promotions in stores through March 31. There are three Albuquerque Hobby Lobby stores.

–Tania

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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

March 4, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring 2012 show is coming up this weekend, from March 9-11, but don’t pay full price to get in…

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico. Over 225 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Kids Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, play in the sandbox, or enjoy a magic show — all for FREE! And, of course, there will be plenty of food vendors, offering everything from fajitas to gyros, and speciality food items to buy from the culinary booths - and plenty of free samples!

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday March 9-11, 2012
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Hobby Lobby Save 40%

January 8, 2012 by  
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Apparently it’s National Hobby Month in January, so this Hobby Lobby discount coupon arrives at a good time, valid until Saturday January 14, 2012.

The Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon can be used on any one regularly priced item. Either print it for the store or use coupon code 4020 online, and the deal is one coupon per customer per day. If you’re shopping for fabric, they say that a single cut of fabric is the equivalent of one item. It excludes certain purchases such as gift cards and custom framing, so check the fine print.

Other Hobby Lobby discounts this week also include:

  • 50% off Home Accents such as ceramics, candles, flameless LED candles, and fragrance diffusers
  • 50% off certain scrapbooking supplies and organizers
  • 50% off selected jewelry-making supplies
  • 30% off art supplies and art brush sets
  • McCall’s patterns at 99 cents each, with a maximum purchase of 10 patterns per customer.

No coupons are needed for these sales, they’re just ordinary promotions in stores through January 14. There are three Albuquerque Hobby Lobby stores.

–Tania

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Native Heritage Art Market on Thanksgiving Weekend

November 21, 2011 by  
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The first Native Heritage Art Market debuts this Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque, and what a debut!

The Native Heritage Art Market runs from November 25-27 at Hotel Albuquerque, and admission is free for all. In addition to work for sale from more than 15 different tribes, such as jewelry, pottery, carvings, paintings and sculpture, the event also includes artist demonstrations, and traditional music and cultural performances.

The Opening Reception at 5 pm on Friday November 25 look well worth a visit, as it pays tribute to Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artists of the Year over the last 30 years, many of whom will be present. Ceremonies start with an invocation by Haywood Big Day, Sundance Leader for the Crow Tribe, and the whole event is MC’d by the wonderful Harlan McKosato, host of Native America Calling. How cool is that?
I often listen to Native America Calling on KUNM, and I LOVE it!

Other highlights over the weekend include:

  • Turquoise Workshop at 10 am on November 26 by Joe P. Lowry, owner of the Turquoise Museum
  • Jerry Pardilla, Penobscot singer & flute player, at 12 noon on November 26
  • Plus talks/demonstrations on Navajo silver jewelry and sandpainting, Laguna Pueblo pottery, Zuni Pueblo weaving, Taos Pueblo pottery, Santo Domingo Pueblo Heishi-making, Hopi basket weaving, and more…

See the full Native Heritage Art Market schedule for details on what’s happening when. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to pick your fave time to go, though. It all looks pretty great to me. And to get us in the festive spirit, they’ll have a tree with Native-made holiday ornaments.

As the event is organized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association we can be confident that the arts for sale are all certified as genuine work from American Indian artists.

Native Heritage Art Market takes place:

  • When: November 25-27, 2011
  • Times:
    Friday November 25 from 3 – 7 pm, with the opening reception at 5 pm
    Saturday November 26 from 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday November 27 from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
  • Price: Admission is free!

I can’t be responsible for how much you spend on holiday shopping, though!

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival $1 Off Admission

November 21, 2011 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 12th Annual Holiday show runs over this Thanksgiving weekend.  

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.  

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive over the weekend of November 25-27, 2011 at EXPO New Mexico. Over 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, play in the sandbox, enjoy a magic show or maybe see Santa – all for FREE!  Of course, there will be food vendors and speciality food items to buy from the culinary booths - and plenty of free samples.  

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 25-27, 2011
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 9 am - 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Arts in the Park: October 9

October 7, 2011 by  
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Arts in the Park 2011If you haven’t made it to the free Arts in the Park 2011 Sunday series at City of Albuquerque parks (or even if you have, but you want to wrap up the season in style) this is the last blast…

The final Arts in the Park is this Sunday October 9, at Ventana Ranch Park.

It’s the last chance to pretend it’s still summer, with live music and entertainment,  the Artisan Market to browse for local artwork and jewelry, and food and drink from vendors.

Activites this Sunday include free face painting and arts and crafts for kids, as well as magic by Pink Elephant Theatre – they’ll also be teaching kids to juggle. All ages can learn to drum and play music with Drumfest.

The Arts in the Park program is completely FREE, and runs from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Arts in the Park entertainment planned for Sunday October 9  :

  • 1 pm:  Coyote Crossing
  • 2 pm:  Interplay School of Music
  • 2:30 pm:  Django Rhythm Meat Grinder
  • 3:30 pm:  Interplay School of Music
  • 4 pm:  Rudy Boy Experiment

I heard Interplay School of Music at another Arts in the Park recently. Very good they were, too.

Find Ventana Ranch Park at Universe and Ventana Hills NW.

Tania

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Arts in the Park: September 25

September 30, 2011 by  
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Arts in the Park 2011CORRECTION: Arts in the Park Sunday October 2. The Albuquerque Arts in the Park 2011 series of free Sunday afternoon programs at City of Albuquerque parks runs for two final weeks.

So bring out your picnic blankets for Arts in the Park on Sunday October 2, at El Oso Grande Park.

Entertainment varies at each park but includes music, dance, poetry and theatre, and of course you can browse the Artisan Market for local artwork and jewelry, and buy food and drink from vendors.

The Arts in the Park program is completely FREE, and runs from 1 pm to 5 pm. Activites this Sunday include free face painting and arts and crafts for kids, as well as magic and juggling, and all ages can learn to drum and play music with Drumfest.

Arts in the Park entertainment planned for Sunday October 2  :

  • 1 pm – Chuck Hawley Group
  • 2 pm – Juggling with Jake Wicked
  • 2:30 pm –  Mad Robin
  • 3:30 pm – Sage Harrington
  • 4 pm – Rhythm & 53rd

El Oso Grande Park is located at 10600 Osuna Rd NE..

Tania

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Arts in the Park: September 25

September 22, 2011 by  
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Arts in the Park 2011The Albuquerque Arts in the Park 2011 series of free Sunday afternoon programs at City of Albuquerque parks runs for three more weeks.

So bring out your picnic blankets for Arts in the Park on Sunday September 25, at Carlos Rey Park.

Entertainment varies at each park but includes music, dance, poetry and theatre, and of course you can browse the Artisan Market for local artwork and jewelry, and buy food and drink from vendors.

The Arts in the Park program is completely FREE, and runs from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Carlos Rey Park is located at 10601 Benavides Road SW.

Next week’s Arts in the Park on October 2 will be held at El Oso Grande Park.

If you’re an artisan yourself and want to sell your own work in the market, we understand there is still space available for the October 9 event at Ventana Ranch Park, and the fee for a space is a very reasonable $20. The application form is at Arts in the Park.

Tania

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Arts in the Park & Cosmic Carnival

September 15, 2011 by  
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Arts in the Park 2011Arts in the Park resumes again after its recent break, with the 2011 series of free Sunday afternoon programs at City of Albuquerque parks.

This Sunday it’s an extra-special Arts in the Park.

Arts in the Park and the Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place on September 18, 2011, at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. The event features live entertainment, the Cosmic Carnival, and of course you can browse the Artisan Market for local artwork and jewelry, and buy food and drink from vendors.  

PLUS, everyone gets free admission to the Balloon Museum. I was there again the other week, and (as usual) managed to land my balloon in the lake in the simulated balloon ride doo-hickey.

Arts in the Park is free, and runs from 1 to 5 pm.

At the Cosmic Carnival science festival, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have  solar telescopes set up for viewing the sun, as well as a portable planetarium to see the New Mexico night sky. There’s also a chance to win a telescope. Other participants in Cosmic Carnival include Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque Rocket Society, National Solar Observatory, Sandia Labs, New Mexicans for Science and Reason, and more.

They’re promising it’s an interactive festival, which makes me a little nervous about exactly what the Albuquerque Rocket Society will be up to…

The live entertainment schedule starts at noon:

  • 1 pm:  Macadoo – a band from Los Lunas
  • 2 pm:  Interplay School of Music – talented teens with popular songs
  • 2:30 pm:  ABQ band Asper Kourt
  • 3:30 pm:  Interplay School of Music
  • 4 pm:  The Real Matt Jones – really really the Albuquerque singer/songwriter who’s shared the stage with Rod Stewart. (There’ll be no Rod Stewart at the Balloon Museum, I promise. Although I did hear Rod in person singing Maggie May while I was sitting in my mom’s garden on my recent trip to see family in England. Strange story, but true.)

The Arts in the Park and Cosmic Carnival program on Sunday September 18 is completely FREE, and runs from 1 pm to 5 pm. 

It takes place indoors and outdoors at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.

–Tania

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