Free Sandia Mountain NHC & Family Nature Mapping

October 2, 2012 by  
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The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on October 7 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, try geocaching and the solar telescope, and hear about family nature mapping.

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday October 7, 2012, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.

Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, do geocaching, or even have a picnic. During the open day a solar telescope will be available to view the sun.

At 10 am, there’s a presentation on Family Nature Mapping. What is this? I have no idea. It could be mapping nature as a family (the family that maps together, acts together). It could be mapping families we find in nature. It could be mapping your family nature, which would be rather terrifying in the case of my family.

Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be splendid, as they are good people over at the SMNHC and they know of what they speak. In any case it’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the land.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday October 7, 2012
  • Time: 9 am - 4 pm. Presentation at 10 am. No registration required to visit.
  • Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
  • Price: Admission is free!

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from
I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Get directions to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

–Tania


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Free Chautauqua Laura Gilpin: September 12

September 10, 2012 by  
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The next free event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo is a chautauqua performance about photographer Laura Gilpin.

Actor Deborah Blanche presents Laura Gilpin: New Mexico Landscapes & Portraits in a one woman show at the KiMo Theatre on Wednesday September 12, 2012, at 7 pm, and admission is free!

Blanche’s portrayal of Renaissance woman Gilpin includes 30 slides of Gilpin’s work, and the presentation is described as being very similar to Gilpin’s own illustrated lectures during the period when she worked on one of her most famous books: The Enduring Navajo. The presentation is followed by a meet and greet with the actor and free gourmet coffee and herbal teas.

This is part of the New Mexico Centennial Living History Series with chautauqua reenactments of some of New Mexico’s most interesting characters, and doors open at the KiMo at 6:30 pm.

If you’ve seen notices elsewhere for this performance on a different date (October 10), then be aware  that there was a change in the schedule. I’ve checked with the KiMo Theatre and the event is confirmed as definitely happening on September 12.

Laura Gilpin: New Mexico Landscapes & Portraits takes place:

  • When:  Wednesday September 12, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Event Sandia Mountain NHC: What Is A Dinosaur

August 29, 2012 by  
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The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on September 2 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, try geocaching and the solar telescope, and hear about dinosaurs.

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday September 2, 2012, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.  According to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Facebook page (they operate the center) the theme this Sunday will be What is a Dinosaur?

I don’t have information on the time of this presentation as they’ve been a bit scanty with providing details this month (is everyone on vacation?) but they usually hold the presentations at 10 am. I do know what a dinosaur is: Large and scary enough that I don’t want to invite one to tea.  But no doubt they’ll provide more scientific and interesting information.

Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, do geocaching, or even have a picnic. During the open day a solar telescope will be available to view the sun.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday September 2, 2012
  • Time: 9 am - 4 pm.
  • Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
  • Price: Admission is free!

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from
I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Get directions to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

–Tania

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Santa Fe Opera Free or Cheap Events

August 14, 2012 by  
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Santa Fe Opera season is of course a highlight of the year in the New Mexico arts calendar. But if ticket prices have been beyond your budget, here are some ways you can still enjoy opera on the cheap for the remainder of the summer 2012 season.

Santa Fe Opera Family Nights August 18, 21, 22, and 23

You need to have at least one child aged 6-17 in your party to get the reduced priced tickets for family nights. These are full opera performances, with tickets at $25 for adults and $12 for children. The offer is on performances of Tosca on August 18 and August 21, The Pearl Fishers on August 22, and Arabella on August 23. Note that admission is only for kids aged 6 upwards, they don’t let ‘em in any younger! To book tickets, call the Santa Fe Opera Box Office (505-986-5900) and do it fast as limited seats remain.

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Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes August 19

Today’s apprentice singers are the opera stars of the future, and they take to the stage on August 19 at 8 pm for a concert produced by apprentice technicians, with heavily discounted ticket prices. The evening features fully staged scenes from popular productions, including Don Giovanni, West Side Story, and Romeo et Juliette. It should be an opera-accessible event for a family visit. Tickets cost $21 for adults and $7 for children aged 6 to 17, and you need to book in advance at the above link.

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Free Santa Fe Opera Apprentices at Rancho Encantado August 23

Opera apprentices present an evening of operatic music and show tunes on August 23, starting at 6 pm at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Tesuque, just outside Santa Fe.

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Free Santa Fe Opera Backstage Tours August 18 and 25

If you missed our earlier mention of the Free Santa Fe Opera Insider Days, you can still join these Saturday morning talks and backstage tours until August 25 – they even provide free refreshments! The Saturday morning events start at 8:30 am with coffee and muffins and a talk by an Opera staff member,  followed by the tour. Just turn up at the Santa Fe Opera Box Office.

–Tania

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Free Living History Event Clyde & Carrie Tingley: August 8

August 7, 2012 by  
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The next free event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo talks about two famous Albuquerque figures: Clyde & Carrie Tingley.

Historian David Jackson and actress Van Ann Moore present Clyde & Carrie Tingley: Politics and Influence at the KiMo Theatre on Wednesday August 8, 2012, at 7 pm, and admission is free!

This is part of the New Mexico Centennial Living History Series with chautauqua reenactments of some of New Mexico’s most interesting characters. Clyde Tingley was Governor of New Mexico and Mayor of Albuquerque, and he and his wife Carrie played a major role in the city’s development during and after the Great Depression. We’ve probably all seen the statue of the couple at Tingley Beach – one of the most touching/cheer-making statues in Albuquerque, in my opinion.

The presentation is followed by a meet and greet with refreshments.  Doors open at the KiMo at 6:30 pm.

Clyde & Carrie Tingley: Politics and Influence takes place:

  • When:  Wednesday August 8, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Event: Sandia Mountains Ice Age Vertebrates

August 1, 2012 by  
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The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on August 5 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, try geocaching and the solar telescope, and hear about ice age vertebrates. Vertebrates are the ones that have a backbone, unlike some of the fellows I dated before finding Mr Cheap.  

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday August 5, 2012, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free. At 10 am they’ll give a presentation on Ice Age Vertebrates of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains.

Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, do geocaching, or even have a picnic. During the open day a solar telescope will be available to view the sun.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday August 5, 2012
  • Time: 9 am - 4 pm. Presentation at 10 am.
  • Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
  • Price: Admission is free!

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from
I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Get directions to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

–Tania

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Albuquerque: Railroad Depot to Crossroads of New Mexico

July 9, 2012 by  
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The next free event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo talks about Albuquerque’s development from an old-time railroad town to its current role as center of the Universe a central point in New Mexico. 

Speakers David Kammer and Jeanne Whitehouse-Peterson present Albuquerque: From Railroad Depot to The Crossroads of New Mexico at the KiMo Theatre on Wednesday July 11, 2012, at 7 pm, and admission is free!

Photographer and scholar Kammer and fiction writer Whitehouse-Peterson give a presentation covering Albuquerque’s evolution from a railroad depot to the fantastic metropolis we know today, with a little historic help from Route 66, commercial aviation, health promotion (guess that would be all the patients with TB and respiratory ailments who came to New Mexico seeking a cure), and of course the role of Clyde Tingley in promoting Albuquerque.

Their presentation is followed by a meet and greet with refreshments.  Doors open at the KiMo at 6:30 pm.

This is part of a series of free events at the KiMo Theatre to celebrate the New Mexico Centennial in 2012. 

The talk on Albuquerque: From Railroad Depot to The Crossroads of New Mexico takes place:

  • When:  Wednesday July 11, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Prehistoric Pueblo Tools & Turkey Feather Blankets at Petroglyph

July 7, 2012 by  
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Two free events at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center this weekend, July 7 and 8, 2012.

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do this weekend, head over to the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center. They hold free talks and demonstrations most weekends but I haven’t mentioned them for quite a while, so thanks to reader Kenny for telling me about the Pueblo Tools talk and reminding me to spread the word! He says it looks fun and I agree.

Prehistoric Tools of the Ancestral Pueblo free talk is on Saturday July 7 at 7 pm, and the hour-long presentation is led by archaeologist Ron Fields, who’ll show how projectiles have changed over the 12,000 years that we humans have lived in the Rio Grande Valley. Well, not WE humans exactly. I feel very old some days but I haven’t been here that long. He’ll talk about how prehistoric people survived around the area that is now the monument. (And they didn’t even have microwaves or pizza deliveries.)

There’s also a Turkey Feather Blanket Weaving Demonstration on both Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8 from 10 am to 4 pm, with Darris Lovato of Santo Domingo Pueblo weaving turkey feather and rabbit fur blankets, and making shell inlay jewelry with silver and turquoise.

Petroglyph National Monument is free to enter, and its located on the Westside of Albuquerque on Western Trail just off Unser Boulevard NW.  

Here are directions and a map to the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center.

–Tania

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Elena Gallegos Summer Sunset Series

June 29, 2012 by  
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The Elena Gallegos Summer Sunset Series is underway for 2012, with free talks and performances through August 25, 2012.

This Albuquerque Open Space program at Elena Gallegos Park offers family-friendly events at sunset on Saturday evenings, and I always forget about this until it’s part-way through the summer. But it’s so lovely up there (and a tad cooler) and there’s still plenty of time to enjoy it! Especially if you take a picnic to enjoy with the views.

The Elena Gallegos Summer Sunset Series includes talks on subjects from reptiles to the weather, and entertainment including poetry 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 unless otherwise noted. The schedule looking ahead is:

  • June 30: Prehistoric Technology demo and talk by Ron Fields from Petroglyph National Monument
  • July 7: The Science of Weather talk
  • July 14: New Mexico Reptiles and Amphibians talk and display
  • July 21: Filipino Cultural Dance Group (this one is at the Kiwanis Shelter)
  • July 28: Fire on the Mountain talk
  • August 4: Nanoscience and DNA talk
  • August 11: Poetry and Spoken Word from various performers
  • August 18: Ballads and Runes in stories and music, including a hurdy gurdy player!
  • August 25: One Man Band Chris Nolan

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

Or here are directions to Elena Gallegos Park at the end of Simms Park Road, in a PDF with maps for both Sunset Series venues.

–Tania

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Free Sandia Mountain Day: When ABQ Was An Ocean

June 27, 2012 by  
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The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on July 1 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, try geocaching and the solar telescope, and hear about when Albuquerque was an ocean.

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday July 1, 2012, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.

The theme this Sunday is When Albuquerque was an Ocean, with activities between 10 am and 3 pm to make your own fossil casts and explore the Cretaceous reef right there on the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center grounds.

Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, do geocaching, or even have a picnic. During the open day a solar telescope will be available to view the sun.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday July 1, 2012
  • Time: 9 am - 4 pm.
  • Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
  • Price: Admission is free!

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from
I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Get directions to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

–Tania

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