Sing and Swing Free Music Together Classes for Kids

June 19, 2013 by  
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Sing and Swing Southwest offers free Music Together classes for kids on June 28, 29, and 30, 2013. Although the classes are free, you must register in advance pronto as spaces are limited!

The free Music Together classes are offered during Sing and Swing’s teacher training weekend, aimed at tots aged 0 – 5 years old with their parent or caregiver.

Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program, introducing youngsters to the pleasures of making music. I’m sure it’s fun for the child (and the parent!) and they learn stuff too – what’s not to love?

The free Music Together Classes will be held at Dance Theater Southwest on Wyoming Boulevard. Sing and Swing offers three date options to choose from:

  • Friday June 28, 2013, at 11 am
  • Saturday June 29 at 11 am
  • Sunday June 30 at 11 am

Register in advance for the demonstration classes at the Sing and Swing website by clicking the big yellow Free Demo Class bubble! All classes have spaces available at time of writing, but I suspect they will fill fast.

If you miss those free Music Together classes on the teacher training weekend, you might be able to attend a free class instead during Sing and Swing’s regular program session, depending on availability.

Dance Theater Southwest is located at 4200 Wyoming Boulevard NE.

–Tania


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Free Composting Classes

June 19, 2013 by  
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Free composting classes and vermicomposting classes too? I’ll need my rubber gloves for this one!

As far as I’m aware, there are three advantages of composting.  Firstly, it’s a good way to dispose of veggie peelings and other food and organic waste, including leaves and cut grass. (The smart people at the Open Space Visitor Center tell me that food waste is the single largest and least recovered waste stream in the USA.)

Secondly, composting is great for mulching and aeration if you’re into organic gardening, rather than buying commercial fertilizers. And last but not least… it’s free!

I’m no gardening expert. (Mr Cheap has the green thumb around here. With the exception of my lovingly-tended herbs, I usually only have to look at a plant and it withers… even if I have my make-up on.) But I’ve planted a strip of green beans, kale, Swiss chard, and broccoli this season, all nourished by our own compost, and they’re doing pretty well so far. Fingers crossed!

If you’re interested in learning about composting, Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters offer a bunch of free composting classes for all ages at various locations, including vermicomposting or composting with worms.

Although the classes are free they usually require registration before the event, so check details at the link to see where to phone or email to register for each class, as well as full info on times and locations.

These are the upcoming free composting classes for the next few months, but check the schedule in case of additions or changes:

  • June 20 : Vermicomposting or Worm Composting Class: 1:30 pm at the Open Space Visitor Center
  • July 13 : Bucket Composting With Bokashi 1:30 pm (Open Space Visitor Center)
  • July 16 : Basic Composting Class (North Valley Senior Center)
  • July 31 : Basic Composting Class (Barelas Senior Center)
  • September 25 : Basic Composting Class (Barelas Senior Center)
  • October 10 : Backyard Composting Class (Open Space Visitor Center)

–Tania

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Free CPR Lessons: June 22

June 19, 2013 by  
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Turn up for free CPR lessons on June 22, 2013, as part of Project Heart Start Day and Health Fair.

I wish we didn’t have to post this ‘deal’, it’s not exactly a fun subject. But if it helps somebody help somebody down the line, it’s worth it.  Apparently, when victims of cardiac arrest can be resuscitated right away through CPR, they often survive with little or no damage to their heart or brain.

You can get free CPR lessons to learn the lifesaving technique of compression-only CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on Saturday June 22, at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center in the South Gym.

There are three free CPR lessons on June 22, at these times : 8 am, 9 am, and 10 am.

The classes last for 40 minutes each. The Johnson Center is located on UNM’s main campus on Central Avenue, corner of Stanford Drive.

Live in Rio Rancho? Project Heart Start New Mexico is also offering the same free CPR lessons in Rio Rancho on June 22 at the same times (8 am, 9 am, 10 am) at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4300 Meadowlark Lane SE.

Thanks to reader Kelley for giving us the heads-up (or hearts-up?) on this one!

–Tania

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Free Composting Classes

November 5, 2012 by  
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Free composting and vermicomposting classes? I’ll need my rubber gloves for this one!

As far as I’m aware, there are three advantages of composting.  Firstly, it’s a good way to dispose of organic waste, including leaves and cut grass. Secondly, it’s great for mulching and aeration if you’re into organic gardening, rather than buying commercial fertilizers. And last but not least… it’s free!

But what do I know? Mr Cheap has the green thumb around here. With the exception of my lovingly-tended herbs, I only have to look at a plant and it withers. (Even if I have my make-up on.)

If you’re interested in learning about composting, Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters offer a bunch of free composting classes for all ages at various locations, including vermicomposting or composting with worms.

Although the classes are free they require registration before the event, so check details at the link to see where to phone or email to register for each class, as well as full info on times and locations.

These are the upcoming free composting classes for the remainder of 2012, but check the schedule in case of changes:

  • November 6: Backyard Composting Lecture at 7 pm (Rio Rancho)
  • November 10: Advanced Composting forum for those with composting experience (Gutierrez-Hubbell House)
  • November 14: Basic Composting Class
  • November 17: Vermicomposting / Worm Composting Class
  • December 1: Basic Composting Class
  • December 15: Vermicomposting / Worm Composting Class

–Tania

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Free Art Workshops: Retablo, Sugar Skull, Mask

August 30, 2012 by  
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Artists and creative types can attend these workshops for free, but spaces are limited, so reserve in advance.

The South Broadway Cultural Center is holding more free workshops for artists. One is a Retablo Artist Workshop to learn how to create this traditional art form over three hours on September 8. Another, in good time to celebrate the Day of the Dead, is a Sugar Skull Workshop to make and decorate your own sugar skull folk art on October 17. We  mentioned last month the Mask-Making Workshop on September 12 – 13 but here’s a reminder in case they have any spaces left. The class is spread over two days (3 hours a day) and teaches the fundamentals of mask-making, plus you take away the mask you make.  

All classes only have space for 30 students, so book the free art workshops in advance.

Contact the South Broadway Cultural Center to register or get more info on their arts workshops: (505) 848-1320

South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.

–Tania

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Free Magic Workshop

July 18, 2012 by  
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If you’re trying to conjure up something free to do this weekend in Albuquerque, here’s an idea for anyone with a budding wizard in the family or a wannabe David Copperfield.

Pop on your pointy hat and shout abracadabra… The Magic and Juggling Shop in Nob Hill holds a free Magician’s Apprentice workshop on the third Saturday of every month at 11 am.

The hour-long workshop is an intro to magic for aspiring magicians aged 7 and upwards, and in an hour you probably won’t make any buildings disappear, but we’ve all got to start somewhere.

The next Magician’s Apprentice workshop is on Saturday July 21, 2012 at 11 am. No need to book in advance – just magically appear!

Even if you’re not going to the workshop, it’s worth noting that first time visitors to the store get a free magic trick when they drop in to check out the magic, juggling, and practical joke supplies.

Although the monthly Magician’s Apprentice workshops are ongoing, if you’re reading this in a future time warp from the date of posting, contact the store in case they change the schedule.

The Magic and Juggling Shop is located at 3205 Central Avenue NE

–Tania

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Free Pastel Art and Mask-Making Workshops

July 17, 2012 by  
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Here’s one for all the artists… the workshops are free but spaces limited, so reserve in advance.

The South Broadway Cultural Center is holding two free workshops for artists. One is a pastel artists workshop on August 9 teaching concepts of painting with pastels, and the other is a mask-making workshop on September 12 – 13. The mask-making class is spread over two days (3 hours a day) and teaches the fundamentals of mask-making, plus you take away the mask you make. 

Both the pastel artists and the mask classes only have space for 30 students, so book the free art workshops in advance.

Contact the South Broadway Cultural Center to register or get more info on their arts workshops: (505) 848-1320

South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.

–Tania

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Free Magic Workshop

May 15, 2012 by  
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If you’re trying to conjure up something free to do this weekend in Albuquerque, here’s an idea for anyone with a budding wizard in the family or a wannabe David Copperfield.

Pop on your pointy hat and shout abracadabra… The Magic and Juggling Shop in Nob Hill holds a free Magician’s Apprentice workshop on the third Saturday of every month at 11 am.

The hour-long workshop is an intro to magic for aspiring magicians aged 7 and upwards, and in an hour you probably won’t make any buildings disappear, but we’ve all got to start somewhere.

The next Magician’s Apprentice workshop is on Saturday May 19, 2012 at 11 am. No need to book in advance – just magically appear!

Even if you’re not going to the workshop, it’s worth noting that first time visitors to the store get a free magic trick when they drop in to check out the magic, juggling, and practical joke supplies.

Although the monthly Magician’s Apprentice workshops are ongoing, if you’re reading this in a future time warp from the date of posting, contact the store in case they change the schedule.

The Magic and Juggling Shop is located at 3205 Central Avenue NE

–Tania

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Free Magic Workshop

April 18, 2012 by  
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If you’re trying to conjure up something free to do this weekend in Albuquerque, here’s an idea for anyone with a budding wizard in the family or a wannabe David Copperfield.

Pop on your pointy hat and shout abracadabra… The Magic and Juggling Shop in Nob Hill holds a free Magician’s Apprentice workshop on the third Saturday of every month at 11 am.

The hour-long workshop is an intro to magic for aspiring magicians aged 7 and upwards, and in an hour you probably won’t make any buildings disappear, but we’ve all got to start somewhere.

The next Magician’s Apprentice workshop is on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 11 am. No need to book in advance – just magically appear! (Don’t worry if their website still shows the March date, I’ve confirmed it’s on for April 21 too.)

Even if you’re not going to the workshop, it’s worth noting that first time visitors to the store get a free magic trick when they drop in to check out the magic, juggling, and practical joke supplies.

The Magic and Juggling shop is also selling tickets for the Imagine the Magic Show featuring three magicians at The Filling Station on April 27 and 28. Tickets cost a reasonable $15.

Although the monthly Magician’s Apprentice workshops are ongoing, if you’re reading this in a future time warp from the date of posting, contact the store in case they change the schedule.

The Magic and Juggling Shop is located at 3205 Central Avenue NE

–Tania

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Recycled Art Fair: April 21

April 18, 2012 by  
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The City of Albuquerque’s fourth annual Recycled Art Fair talks trash on April 21, 2012, with plenty of free family fun and workshops.

The Albuquerque Recycled Art Fair at the Open Space Visitor Center is on Saturday April 21 from 9 am to 5 pm, and admission is free.

First off you can see recycled art – a.k.a. upcycled art – made from discarded materials, both in the juried art show and for sale at the booths. I guess at least you know that every piece of art is unique!

The event also includes demos and free workshops on how to make your own recycled art, including a tin punch workshop, paper-making, and free writing workshop, sustainable gardening info, kids’ activities, live music and (of course) food vendors. Highlights include:

  • Kids’ creativity center and face painters
  • Workshops in composting, worm composting, water harvesting, seeds, and waterwise gardening
  • Styrofoam print workshop at 10am
  • Free reload Your Writing workshop with Lisa Piatetsky for beginning to advanced writers at 11 am
  • Chautauqua on conservationist Rachel Carson by Ann Beyke at 2 pm

The Recycled Art Fair schedule might change (or be recycled) so see the latest event details at the link.

  • When: Saturday April 21, 2012
  • Time: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Price: Free

Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)

–Tania

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