Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday 2013

August 14, 2013 by  
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It’s the Mayor’s annual picnic in Rio Rancho this weekend, and the Sunday is Funday event features a Superheroes theme. Specifically a “Superheroes…Bullying Stops Here!” theme.

Mayor Swisstack’s Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday event on Sunday August 18, 2013, offers lots of family fun from 12 noon to 4:30  pm.

Admission is free to the Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday, which has now officially changed its name to the Tony Popper Memorial Mayor’s Sunday is Funday.  The event includes Mayor Swisstack’s fun pentathlon, live music, and activities for kids including clowns, jumps, and a rock climbing wall. You can also browse vendor booths from local businesses.

Parking is $3 per car at the Rio Rancho High School, and you will need to pay for your food too of course, although it’s usually inexpensive so you can feed the kids without breaking the bank.

Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday:

  • When: Sunday August 18, 2013
  • Time: Noon to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Rancho High School, 301 Loma Colorado Boulevard, Rio Rancho, just west of Loma Colorado Park.
  • Admission: Free, but parking at Rio Rancho High School is $3 per car.

–Tania


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Casa San Ysidro Free Day August 11 and Frontier Life

August 6, 2013 by  
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If you haven’t made it yet to the 2013 summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days on the second Sunday of the month, your last chance is coming up!

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on the Casa San Ysidro free day on Sunday August 11, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy a family-friendly presentation to learn about frontier life.

This Sunday August 11, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program features demonstrations by a blacksmith and a hide-tanner. At 2:30 pm you can see a piece of living history as Edward Wallace gussies up in period costume and presents a Chautauqua-style portrayal of mountain man Jim Beckworth.

Beckworth was a real historical character who overcame slavery and established a life as a frontier hunter, trapper, guide, and hotel operator. (Hotel operator? I guess we’re resourceful here in New Mexico and always have been!) Edward Wallace will tell us all about it in his performance of “From Slave to Super Star.”

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Stories in the Night Sky & Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: July 24

July 24, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night Sky

Here’s a reminder that if you haven’t been to one of this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky and Albuquerque Concert Band concerts, the next in the series is tonight, Wednesday July 24.

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some fun evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

The events run on selected Wednesdays in summer 2013, and the remaining ones are on July 24 and August 7.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the July 24 Stories in the Sky segment features Tall Paul’s Famous Magic Show.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare a picnic, food providers will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Route 66 Summerfest: July 20

July 17, 2013 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join the Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest party on Saturday July 20, 2013, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 20, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Montclaire, with the annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • The KidZone offers performances by and for children and teens, and a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2:45 pm on the main stage (Central & Girard) and at 2:30 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington). A great line-up of performers including Main Stage headline acts The Relatives (7:40 pm) and Red Baraat (9:20 pm). The headline act on the East Stage is Gregg A. Smith at 8:40 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with local breweries on site, a food truck rumble, and music including Max Gomez, Felonious Groove Foundation and headliner Larry Mitchell Band, all at Central and Montclaire.
  • Mother Road Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • Free Group Wedding at 6 pm by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel, with the county clerk present to issue marriage certificates, at the Main Stage (Central and Girard).
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-6 pm, as a shuttle to save your aching feet!

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on Nob Hill businesses during Summerfest. The coupons I spy are:

  • 15% off Tres Boutique
  • $5 off a $25 purchase at Ooh! Aah! Jewelry
  • 10% off your purchase at Gertrude Zachary Jewelry (either location, Central or Lomas)
  • 20% off Izzy Martin menswear
  • 10% off Golden Eagle, home of West of Santa Fe

–Tania

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Albuquerque Chicken Coop and Rabbit Tour: July 13-14

July 12, 2013 by  
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The new Bernalillo County Coop and Rabbitry Tour pecks (and hops) into action this weekend to tour Albuquerque chicken coops, and it’s free for all the family.

This tour used to be the Albuquerque Coop and Garden Tour, which since 2008 offered inspiration to grow your own backyard edibles and keep chickens. For 2013, Bernalillo County 4-H Small Animal Projects has taken the tour weekend under its wing (ha!) and renamed it the Bernalillo County Coop and Rabbitry Tour. Yes, they’ve added rabbits to the tour!

The Bernalillo County Coop and Rabbitry Tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday July 13 – 14, from 10 am to 2 pm. Even if you aren’t ready to take the plunge into poultry-rearing or rabbit-raising just yet, the free tour of Albuquerque chicken coops looks like a fun way to get outside this weekend. I reckon kids will love it!

Check out the maps to see where all the Albuquerque chicken coops and rabbitry venues are open to the public on each day. There are 6 locations to visit on Saturday July 13 shown in this Saturday map. There are 13 locations to tour on Sunday July 14 and they are on the Sunday map.

The tours are free and open to all, and sites are only open for public visits between 10 am and 2 pm on each day.

–Tania

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Casa San Ysidro Free Days

July 9, 2013 by  
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This new summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days offers family fun and activities on the second Sunday of the month.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But with this new summer series of Casa San Ysidro free days on the second Sunday of July and August 2013, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy the family-friendly program or presentation offered on each afternoon.

This Sunday July 14, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program features the art of the blacksmith with Gary Williams, a blacksmith from Corrales. He’ll be demonstrating traditional metal working in the forge, to give an idea of the kinds of skills used to create the Spanish Colonial ironwork at Casa San Ysidro. He’ll also tell stories about blacksmiths in the past, and how they crafted all the essential items for people living on the frontier where iron was scarce, including agricultural tools and chains.

If you miss this Casa San Ysidro free event, the final second Sunday date for 2013 will be on August 11, so you can pop that on your calendar instead.

Casa San Ysidro The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Free Zoo Entry Morning of July 3 With Free Summer Fun Roadshow Pass

June 27, 2013 by  
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Here’s a fun free morning at the Zoo courtesy of the free summer fun roadshow pass from our friends Jackie, Tony & Donnie in the Morning at 100.3 The Peak.

You can get a free admission pass to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Wednesday July 3, 2013, between
6 am
and 10 am, for the Free Summer Fun Roadshow by Jackie, Tony & Donnie of 100.3 The Peak.

Jackie, Tony & Donnie will be broadcasting live from a tent at the Zoo, and talking with the zookeepers about their animals.

You need to either print out the free ABQ BioPark Zoo Pass and take it with you, or show it on your iPhone or other smartphone or iPad or other tablet. The pass is valid for up to 4 people, and it’s only any good to you on July 3 from 6 – 10 am. Not a minute after 10 am! The ABQ BioPark Zoo is firm about the timing in their free summer fun roadshow event details, and if you turn up later you’ll have to pay regular admission. So get there early and allow time to park as it’ll probably be busy.

It’s a great way to get into the zoo for free, and we all know that Jackie, Tony and Donnie are just a super-fun bunch to hang out with.

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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Elena Gallegos Picnic Area Summer Sunset Series

June 21, 2013 by  
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The Elena Gallegos Picnic Area Summer Sunset Series is underway for 2013, with free talks and performances through August 24, 2013.

This Albuquerque Open Space program at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area offers family-friendly events at sunset on Saturday evenings. I often forget about this until it’s part-way through the summer. But it’s lovely up there and a tiny bit cooler than the city center, so there’s a lot to enjoy! Especially if you take a picnic to devour with the views.

The 2013 Elena Gallegos Summer Sunset Series includes talks on subjects from food history to the life of a cop. Entertainment includes storytelling, dance, and live music. Although the events themselves are free, there is a $2 per vehicle entry charge to the park.

All events are on Saturdays at 7 pm, and all are held at Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater. The schedule looking ahead is:

  • June 22:  Food History talk to explore the way we eat, with Gregory Gould.
  • June 29:  Under the Same Sky storytelling by Susi Wolf, of Cherokee and Celtic heritage.
  • July 6:  Concert of A Thunderous Evening with NM Taiko Without Rain. The concert is led by Calvin Kobayashi, mixing martial arts choreography and drumming.
  • July 13:  A talk and demonstration on interpreting for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • July 20:  Ballet-Afrique by Romy Keegan of the Maple Street Dance Space.
  • July 27:  An Officer’s Perspective talk by APD Open Space Law Enforcement Officer Lt. Todd Hudson.
  • August 3:  Poetry and Spoken Word evening featuring various artists led by Gina Marselle.
  • August 10:  The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band with Rikud Dance Troupe, presenting a concert of Eastern European music and dance.
  • August 17:  Ballads and Runes in stories and music. The evening of ancient tales and original music is performed by Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee and their guests.
  • August 24: Stories That Float. Bonnie Schmader and Susi Wolf lead an evening of music and storytelling.

See the full Elena Gallegos Picnic Area Summer Sunset Series schedule and details including directions.

Elena Gallegos Picnic Area is part of the Albuquerque Open Space system. Find it at the end of Simms Park Road, east of Tramway Boulevard, just north of Academy.

–Tania

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Free Mopar Fest Car Show: June 15

June 12, 2013 by  
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It seems to be the weekend for car shows! I guess that’s all down to it being Father’s Day weekend, with families taking advantage of the summery weather to get outside and take dad to do macho things like admiring our fantastic New Mexico cars!

The Mopar Muscle Club of New Mexico annual Mopar Fest takes place on Saturday June 15, 2013, at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho, from 8 am – 3:30 pm, with free admission for spectators.

The event shows off classic and vintage Mopar muscle cars and trucks, antique cars, custom cars and restored vehicles. The event awards include best interior, race vehicle, paint job, and a people’s choice category. This year’s Mopar Fest includes a tribute to the Dodge Charger.

Plus you can expect family activities including horse-shoe pits and basketball courts, and where would we be without the food vendors? There are picnic tables too. The city pool at the park will be open if you fancy a splash around, and the kids can also hang out at the park’s playground.

The Rio Rancho Mopar Fest Car Show event details:

When:  Saturday June 15, 2013
Time:  8 am – 3:30 pm
Where:  Haynes Park in Rio Rancho
Price:  Admission free for spectators

Haynes Park is located at  2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

And if you’re an auto show fan, don’t forget the free Sagebrush Auto Show on June 15-16  mentioned in a previous post.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert & Stories in the Night Sky: June 12

June 11, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night SkyThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky in a series running on selected Wednesdays in summer 2013. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday June 12, 2013, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment features animal songs and stories from Susie Tallman and Friends.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare food, the Conchitas Creations Gourmet Food Truck will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

These are the summer 2013 dates for Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts and Stories in the Night Sky featuring different guest performers each time. They’re all on Wednesdays at the Balloon Museum:

  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 24
  • August 7

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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