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.

–Tania


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Survival New Mexico: August 16-17

August 11, 2014 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.

Activities and talks include:

  • An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 16-17, 2014
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania

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Kids Bowl Free Summer 2014: Still Time to Play!

July 24, 2014 by  
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I mentioned the Kids Bowl Free program at the beginning of summer, but if you haven’t taken advantage of the deal yet there is still time for kids to play two free games every day. Plus you can purchase an optional family pass for $24.95 for up to four adults to play two games each a day.

Kids Bowl Free is a great summer program with bowling centers around the country, giving kids the chance to play two free games every day throughout the promotion. You need to sign up to the Kids Bowl Free 2014 promotion to get free bowling coupons every week.

Fewer Albuquerque area bowling centers are taking part this year, but kids can still get free games at Silva Lanes and at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho. If you were registered with the program last year, you need to re-register for 2014.

Start by registering your child or children for one or more of these bowling center programs. If you sign up for more than one, you’ll need to use a different email address for each account:

Silva  Lanes Kids Bowl Free runs to September 20, 2014, for kids aged 18 and under. Their free games are on Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm; on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tenpins & More Rio Rancho Kids Bowl Free program runs through August 31, 2014, for kids aged 15 and under. Their free games are valid on Monday to Wednesday and on Friday: 11 am to 2 pm; and on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. This year, Tenpins & More has added a pair of night sessions.  Now kids can bowl their free games on Wednesday and Thursday nights between 9 pm to 11 pm.

  • You can register up to six children on each registration form – if you have a bigger brood, you need to create an additional account with a different email address for the other children.
  • Then watch your email to confirm your subscription and then you’ll get an email with info to log in to your account and print out the coupons for 2 free games per day.
  • If the young bowler’s family members also want to play, then once you’ve registered a child for the free bowling, you have the option to buy a family bowling pass for $24.95, which allows up to 4 adults to each play 2 free games a day too.
  • If you don’t have your own bowling shoes, you still have to pay regular shoe rental rates
  • Check the FAQ for any other details on how Kids Bowl Free works.

If you don’t know where these Albuquerque bowling centers are located, you’ll find them here: Silva Lanes is at 3010 Eubank Boulevard NE. Tenpins & More is at 1416 Deborah Rd SE, Rio Rancho.

–Tania

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Free Zoo Admission June 30 Open House

June 29, 2014 by  
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We’ve just had word that admission to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo will be free to visitors on June 30, 2014.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo will be free to enter on Monday June 30 from 9 am to 5 pm. The Zoo Open House is for the final public information session of the master planning process for the ABQ BioPark.

You’ll be able to see a display of plans and ideas all day in the gazebo just inside the zoo’s main entrance. You’ll also be able to chat with the folks from the planning team and ask any questions between 11 am and 1 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to go to the zoo, see the new ideas, and give your input on the master plan.

Note that the BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden is NOT part of the free admission offer. You’ll still have to pay regular admission to those facilities on Monday.

Thanks to Phil for passing on the word to us!

–Tania

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Free Fishing Derby: April 12

April 9, 2014 by  
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Fishing Derby at Tingley BeachDad, mom, the kids, couples, singles, anyone who’s handy with a rod is welcome to join a fun day of fishing in the free fishing derby at Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque’s 8th Annual Free Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday April 12, 2014, from 7:15 am to 4 pm.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock 5000 rainbow trout for the fishing derby, and 200 fishing derby prizes are up for grabs for those catching a tagged rainbow trout between 7:15 am and 4 pm.

The Tingley Beach Fishing Derby is for all ages, although you need a New Mexico fishing license to take part if you’re aged 12 years or older. If you don’t have one, they’re no longer for sale at Tingley Beach but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish gives a list of where to buy a NM fishing license. I understand that the nearest vender to Tingley Beach is at the Kmart on Central Avenue, west of the river.

During the fishing derby, the Tingley Beach Café and Convenience inside the Tingley Station will be open and selling food and drink.

Note that Tingley Beach will close the evening before, at 5 pm on Friday April 11, to prepare for the derby.

The Tingley Beach Free Fishing Derby gives a nod to the rod:

  • When: Saturday April 12, 2014
  • Time: 7:15 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Tingley Beach
  • Price: Free, but you must have a valid fishing license.

No registration is required for Saturday’s fishing derby, just turn up. Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark.

–Tania

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Opera Southwest Free Event For Kids

March 26, 2014 by  
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If you’ve got kids and want to introduce them to opera in a fun, participatory way, this Puccini & Popcorn event might be just the ticket.

The Opera Southwest Puccini & Popcorn event on Saturday April 5, 2014 at 2 pm is free to children and their parents, although you need to make reservations in advance.  The event is usually suitable for youngsters aged 5 – 15. Opera Southwest runs the program at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. This session will feature Oliver Prezant, the music director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. He’ll be joined by soprano Cecilia Leitner singing arias by Mozart and Puccini.

In addition to exploring opera,  they’ll serve light refreshments to help inspire the muse!

Puccini and Popcorn runs from 2 – 3:30 pm on April 5. If you want to tune-up to opera, book your space using the form at the Opera Southwest site as they make it very clear they need to know who’s coming, spaces are limited, and you can’t just arrive without notice.

Mr Cheap often sings his version of opera in the shower and boy do I wish he’d take a workshop. Unfortunately, he’s a little over the target age range for this event. No, I’m not going to sing a duet with him as that would only make the suffering worse.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Bugg Lights Christmas Display

December 12, 2013 by  
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The Bugg Lights Christmas Display twinkles on selected evenings until December 24, 2013.

Albuquerque’s traditional show of the Bugg Lights Christmas Display is free to visit through the holiday season, although it’s not open every evening – see the schedule below.  The intricate display featuring animals and popular characters was originally created by the Bugg family (talk about one-upmanship on your holiday lights!) but has found a home for the last several years at Menaul School.

You can also see Santa Claus and enjoy festive entertainment with a different line-up of performers each evening including Sunset Mesa Choir, Dukes of Albuquerque, First United Methodist Church Choir, Folklorico del Valle, and more.

Although the Bugg Lights Christmas Display is free and open to all, you gotta bet your big black Santa boots that they do accept donations.

The Bugg Lights Christmas Display 2013 is on show on the evenings of:

  • Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14, at 6 pm to 9 pm
  • From Friday December 20 every night through Monday December 23, at 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24, at 6 pm – 10 pm

The Bugg Lights Christmas Display is located at Menaul School, 301 Menaul Boulevard NE, just east of the Broadway intersection. Access the campus from the Menaul entrance.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Maize Maze & Pumpkin Palooza

October 25, 2013 by  
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The Albuquerque Maize Maze hasn’t been quite itself this year and it hasn’t been open in the regular way. However, the Rio Grande Community Farm has now created a 7-acre maize maze and we can enjoy it this weekend!

The main event is the Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday October 26 from noon to 5 pm.  There is a suggested donation of $5 to join the fun. Pumpkin-themed activities will be accompanied by live music from The Saltine Ramblers and Chuck Hawley. They’ll also have pumpkins for sale and artists painting outdoors. Highlights include:

  • 12 noon to 3 pm: Pumpkin painting contest ($2 to enter with the purchase of a pumpkin)
  • 12 noon to 4:30 pm: Pie Eating Contest for speedy eaters ($5 entry fee, $3 for kids aged 12 and under)
  • 1 pm to 4:30 pm: Pumpkin Olympics on the obstacle course ($2 entry fee)
  • 4 pm: Halloween Costume Contest, including a costumed canine category

There are some pretty good prizes in the contests, including packages and gift cards from Hinkle Family Fun Center, Vinaigrette Bistro, La Montanita Co-op, Leisure Bowl, Annapurna’s and lots more.

If you want to visit the Albuquerque Maize Maze at another time this weekend, the opening times are:

  • Friday October 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday October 26 from 9 am to 7 pm (The Pumpkin Palooza takes place in the middle of that, from 12-5pm)
  • Sunday October 27 from 9 am to 7 pm

Admission is $5 and kids aged under 3 go free.

The 2013 maze is actually a mix of corn and tall sorghum. I don’t suppose many of us will mind.

Rio Grande Community Farm is located at 1701 Montano Road NW, with access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)

–Tania

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Fish Without A License: September 28

September 26, 2013 by  
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According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are only two dates in 2013 when it’s legal to fish without a license in the state of New Mexico. I already told you about the first one earlier this summer and the second date is coming right up!

On Saturday September 28, 2013, anyone may fish without a license in New Mexico. This gives newbies a chance to try out the sport of fishing without having to buy a license.  The perfect place to go fishing in Albuquerque is at Tingley Beach, so there might be quite a few people gathering for the Tingley Beach Fish Without a License day. The Tingley Beach ponds will be open so you can fish without a license for free from dawn to dusk on September 28. That’s from 7 am until 7 pm.

This is all part of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Tingley Beach free fishing might be a bit of a party and it should be fun for kids who want to try out their skills!  You could go crazy and take a picnic too, or just have a leisurely hike around the ponds. Note that all other fishing rules and regs still apply even on the days when you can fish without a license.

Tingley Beach is always so peaceful. You’re just a stone’s throw away from the city buzz, but out there by the ponds it’s very tranquil. I don’t know if they will have the model boats sailing around too on Saturday (it could be too much congestion!) but I find those delightful to watch. And I always love the statue of Clyde and Carrie Tingley at Tingley Beach – one of the most touching and cheer-inspiring statues in Albuquerque, in my opinion.

Tingley Beach is part of the Albuquerque BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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Survival New Mexico: August 24-25

August 20, 2013 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make a survival bow, and an archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • Wagon rides
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, make a leather pendant, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 24-25, 2013
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania

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