Free Admission to NM Museum of Natural History & Science: March 1

February 26, 2015 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday March 1, 2015, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday March 1 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, they’ll also have a special event to celebrate the special exhibit “Birds of Paradise.”  You’ll be able to meet New Mexico bird experts as well as learn how New Mexico is working to protect our New Mexico birds.  Karen Herzenberg, a naturalist who serves on the advisory committee for New Mexico Master Naturalist Program, will share her knowledge about the fascinating Florence Merriam Bailey.  Bailey is the author of “Birds Through an Opera Glass” (1889) and “Birds of New Mexico” (1928).  The presentation will be geared for children and families from 11:00 to noon.   From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, the presentation will be geared for adults.

You can visit the other museum’s displays for free, including their core exhibits which offer a journey through billions of years of New Mexico’s natural history, from the formation of the universe to the present day.   Don’t forget the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.

–Tania


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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: March 1

February 26, 2015 by  
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The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and I adore this band and the music they play! If you’re missing their series of summer concerts my lovelies, you’ll be glad to hear they’ve got a free concert coming right up.

The next Albuquerque Concert Band free concert is this Sunday March 1 at 3 pm.  The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and this concert will feature Nancy Joy as soloist. Ms. Joy is the Principal Horn of the Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU.

The free concert will be held in the George Nason Performing Arts Center at Eldorado High School, 11300 Montgomery Boulevard NE, with the entrance on Juan Tabo just south of Montgomery.

Here are some free audio samples from the Albuquerque Concert Band recordings to get you in the mood.

–Tania

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ABQ Free Valentines Weekend Balloon Rally

February 8, 2015 by  
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We don’t have to wait till Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to see the skies dotted with a fleet of balloons!

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend, with the Free Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally on the mornings of February 14 and 15, 2015. More than 135+ balloons including special shapes will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, and it’s free to roll up and watch, so take your sweetie or family to cuddle up to in the cool morning. Balloons launch at sunrise – just a couple of minutes before 7 am.

The balloon rally by local pilots is a Valentine’s tradition, organized by the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association.

–Tania

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Free Pet Behavior Helpline

January 18, 2015 by  
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Animal Humane New MexicoThere’s no delicate way to say this, but… is your pooch peeing on the carpet suddenly? Is your cat going crazy on the furniture or your dog barking so much it drives you and your neighbors nuts?  Or does your pet keep breaking out through the fence and you’re worried for his or her safety?

These are often solvable problems if you know what to do. But if you don’t know what to do and you’d like to understand your pet better, you can get free help from Animal Humane New Mexico.

Use their free helpline (505-938-7900) to speak to a trained coach who can help you solve pet behavior problems.  If you don’t reach someone immediately, leave a message and someone will get back to you soon.  You can also email your questions to them at  behaviorhelpline@animalhumanenm.org   This is a completely free service and it’s wonderful that they offer it. It might even prevent some pets from having to go to shelters when their human is driven to the end of their tether – so pass the word along!

The Animal Humane Behavior free helpline helps with pet issues including separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, escaping, barking, chasing, digging, fearful behavior, housetraining,  introducing a new pet to the household where there are already pets, and puppy and kitten development.

I only wish they could provide free trained coaches to deal with Mr Cheap’s behavior problems, but he’d probably say the same about me :-)

–Tania

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Free Movies January 22-25: The Thin Man Series

January 18, 2015 by  
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ABC Library, in partnership with the KiMo Theatre, presents six film adaptations of the The Thin Man book by author Dashiell Hammett.  Tickets are not required for these free movies.  Screen legends William Powell and Myrna Loy play the characters of Nick and Nora Charles in this comedy-mystery series that was very popular in the late 1930’s and 1940’s.  I enjoy watching the fun chemistry between these two mega stars as they solve mysteries.  The Thin Man is a fitting subject for this time of year when everyone is going on a diet. After pigging out over the holidays I’m certainly cutting back on the cookies in my aim to become The Thinner Woman!

The Thin Man on Thursday January 22, 2015  from 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

After the Thin Man on Friday January 23, 2015 from 8 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

Another Thin Man on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre

Shadow of the Thin Man on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre

The Thin Man Goes Home on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre

Song of the Thin Man on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5 pm at the KiMo Theatre

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper.

–Tania

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Free Dental Care Christmas Eve

December 21, 2014 by  
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Comfort Dental offers free dental care to anyone in need on the 31st annual Care Day, Wednesday December 24, 2014.

Yeah, going to the dentist is the last thing anyone wants to do on Christmas Eve.  But it’s tough paying those dental bills and I hate the thought of anyone – especially kids – missing out on dental care for lack of funds.   These dentist angels from Comfort Dental are volunteering their time and services to provide assistance and relief to those who can’t afford regular dental attention.

Comfort Dental Care’s free dental treatment on Wednesday December 24 is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, from 7:30 am – 11:30 am.  The free clinics are intended to provide basic dental care from cleanings to extractions. More serious problems will be handled according to the discretion of the dentist.

Comfort Dental offices in eleven states are participating, including Comfort Dental New Mexico, at these Albuquerque Comfort Dental locations.

In 2013, Care Day provided $1.5 million in free dental care services to nearly 5000 patients nationally.  As VP Dr. Neil Norton says: “There are a lot of families out there who just can’t afford dental care, and this is their only dental visit all year.” It’s best to arrive early.

Thanks to the tooth fairies at Comfort Dental for working on Christmas Eve, and for donating this gift of free dental care to the community.  Find all the info on Comfort Dental free Care Day at the link.

–Tania

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Holiday Twinkle Light Parade

December 4, 2014 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.  This family-friendly event is a holiday favorite and a must-see for all.

This year the Twinkle Light Parade takes place on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Expect to see floats, lowriders, AFD fire trucks and classic cars, equestrian clubs – even a small train – all dressed up for the holidays. The City of Albuquerque reckons there will be more than 1,000 walkers, plus all the usual high school marching bands I love watching. The bands are always festive and smart, and the kids are so very brave as they march through the cold.  Santa Claus and Mrs Claus usually roll by in the Twinkle Light Parade too. (Santa, of course, is used to the cold.)

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing with more than 300,000 twinkling lights at 5:15 pm on December 6, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard.  Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 90 floats (cars, horses, bicycles, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year.

I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.  At time of writing, it’s looking a bit rainy out there, but the Twinkle Light Parade will sparkle on no matter what – it’s a rain or shine event.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Holiday Concert

December 4, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band plays holiday musicThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and they’re staying true to form with a free concert of holiday music.

The  Albuquerque Concert Band free holiday concert is this Sunday December 7, at 3 pm, at the KiMo Theatre. I love holiday music and I had a wonderful time at this free concert the last couple of  times I went with friends.

It’s all very rousing and jovial, with plenty of family favorites to tap your toes to. The Albuquerque Concert Band and conductor even wears different festive headgear to accompany each song. The whole event is terrific entertainment for young and old.

Short of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer crash-landing on my head, I’ll be there first in line!
Doors open at 2:30 pm and it’s wise to arrive promptly as it’s a pretty full house in my experience.

Here are some free audio samples from Albuquerque Concert Band recordings to get you in the mood.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Summerfest August 23: Morris Day & The Time

August 21, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and the Westside Summerfest is the last one for the 2014 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm should be quite the street party. The event takes place on Ellison Drive NW between Cottonwood Drive and Alameda and it includes a free concert by Morris Day and the Time. This band must be cool, as it appeared in Prince’s movie Purple Rain and you can’t get much cooler than Prince.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect local food vendors and The Stumbling Steer Corral beer garden with Albuquerque and New Mexico microbreweries. You can also expect an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids including giant inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, jumps, and balloon animals.

The Westside Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday August 23 is:

  • 5 pm:  Good Green
  • 6:20 pm:  The Chris Kill Trio
  • 7:45 pm: The JDS – formerly known as The James Douglas Show, the nationally touring band based in Albuquerque
  • 9:15 pm: Morris Day & The Time

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?  Take your own folding chairs if you like and make sure your pooch is on a leash if you take him or her along for the evening.

Parking is available at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Rd NW. If you want to cycle there, take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop on the dirt median.

Enjoy the last Summerfest of the season!

–Tania

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ABQ Downtown Summerfest: August 9

August 4, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest offers great family entertainment this Saturday August 9, 2014, and all the fun is free!

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest comes to Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th St this Saturday August 9 from 5 pm – 10:30 pm.  We can look forward to live music concerts including the headline act Sheila E.  An Emmy nominated solo artist, Sheila G is well known for her many musical talents as a percussionist and drummer.  This multi-talented artist also writes, produces and has her own music label! Since the young age of 17, she has recorded and toured with famous musical artists such as Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Wonder.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food vendors, an arts and crafts market, and free kids’ activities. You can also hang out and chill out in the Microbrew Garden with Broken Bottle Brewery, Bosque Brewing, La Cumbre, Marble Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company, Il Vicino and Santa Fe Brewing Company.

The Summerfest program for the Main Stage on Saturday August 9 is:

  • 5 pm:   Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies
  • 6:20 pm:   Roberto Griego
  • 7:45 pm:   Migeulito
  • 9 pm:   Sheila E

The following schedule is for the Millennial Stage which will feature alternative rock music:

  • 5 pm: Great States
  • 6:45 pm: The Lymbs
  • 7:45 pm: Josh Burg
  • 9 pm: Repel the Robot

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Transportation and parking are always an issue with downtown events, so here are some suggestions:

  • Parking is available for a flat fee of $6 per vehicle at both the Civic Plaza and Convention Center lots.
  • Use the free bike valet at the event if you want to go on two wheels.
  • Take ABQ Ride bus and exit at the stop at 2nd Street and Marquette, one block from Civic Plaza.

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest takes place on Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th in downtown Albuquerque.

–Tania

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