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 Hotel Cascada Waterpark

July 12, 2014 by  
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If you don’t already love Jackie, Tony, and Donnie (we do!) then you’ve got to love them for their Free Summer Fun Roadshow which gives you the chance to frolic in the Hotel Cascada Waterpark for free on Monday.

This fun free morning at the Hotel Cascada Waterpark is courtesy of our friends Jackie, Tony & Donnie in the Morning at 100.3 The Peak.  Just turn up to get free admission to the Hotel Cascada Waterpark on Monday July 14, 2014, from 6 am to 9:45 am, while Jackie, Tony & Donnie are broadcasting at the Albuquerque waterpark.
To get the maximum splash from the freebie, you need to dive in at the right time. Here’s how it works. There will be two sessions of swimming time at the Hotel Cascada waterpark. They have a limit of 600 people each time. (Hey, the waterpark is big but we’re not talking about the Pacific Ocean here! Space is limited.)
The session times are:
  • First session: 6am – 7:45 am
  • Second session: 8am -9:45 am

If you turn up in the middle of a session, you’ll still have to leave at the end time so the next group can come in. Logic tells me, Spock, that you get the best value and the most free fun if you arrive early for the 6 am or 8 am sessions. (Also, it gives you a better chance of getting in before they are full.)

Cool off and celebrate the free admission to the Hotel Cascada Waterpark.  With Jackie, Tony & Donnie you know you are always guaranteed a great time anyway!

Albuquerque’s Hotel Cascada Waterpark is located at 2500 Carlisle Boulevard NE.

–Tania

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Albuquerque and New Mexico Fourth of July Free Events 2014

July 2, 2014 by  
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New Mexico Fourth of JulyTime to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque. Plus some New Mexico Fourth of July events if you feel like going on a trip…

The big 2014 Freedom Fourth party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

Other New Mexico Fourth of July freebie celebrations are in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.  So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

 

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Friday July 4, 2014

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom Fourth is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes five-time Grammy winner, country music star Wynonna Judd at 8 pm. Leading up to that headline act,  you can hear OnQ Chorus (4 pm), Sim Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew (4:45 pm), Joanie and Combo Special (5:45 pm) and Rudy Boy Experiment (6:45 pm). At 7:45 pm, Manzano Day School will perform the national anthem.
  • Other Freedom Fourth fun includes a car show, kids’ activities, and a cultural stage with entertainment ranging from Irish music and Polynesian dancing to Flamenco.  A microbrew beer garden and food vendors will keep everyone refreshed. Of course, this all culminates in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors aged 62+ and children. Kids aged 9 and under ride free.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner on San Pedro, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom Fourth page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Friday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated, most patriotic, and most original bikes! Register free at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • The Rio Rancho Holiday Parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A Declaration of Independence ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade on the Turquoise Trail starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the family fun day.

Other New Mexico Fourth of July Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free New Mexico Fourth of July celebrations.  See each link for more details. (Please bear in mind that depending on weather and fire conditions, firework events may be subject to change. Call ahead before setting off on a long road trip.)

  • Alomogordo The Made in America Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, with Freedom Faith fireworks in the evening.
  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm on July 4, followed by various community events.
  • Clovis Smoke on the Water fireworks display follows music concerts in the afternoon
  • Farmington Freedom Days with various events and entertainment run from July 3 – 6. Highlights for July 4 are the Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, a pizza-eating contest, water balloon fight, live music, and a skateboarding competition.
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm. On July 4, entertainment includes music by Don McLean (American Pie!) and a Beatles tribute band, followed by fireworks.
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by live music in Brandenburg Park, with activities for kids and the annual Egg Toss & family games.
  • Santa Fe The Fourth of July fireworks return to Santa Fe High School this year. The event starts at 5 pm with musical entertainment, and they request a $5 parking donation.  The Santa Fe Pancakes on the Plaza fundraiser event ($8, or $7 for advance tickets) takes place as usual in the Plaza from 7 am to noon, with activities and entertainment and, yes, pancakes.
  • Silver City Parade on July 4, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July festival and entertainment including Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr., El Gringo, and Clan Tynker, all followed by fireworks.
  • Arroyo Seco and Taos The Fourth of July Parade in Arroyo Seco starts at around noon but arrive in good time, you may have to park a little away from the village.  The evening fireworks in Taos start at around 9 pm.
  • Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Parade starts at 2 pm, the annual Rubber Duck Race is at 3 pm, and the Taos Mountain Summer Music Series from 3 pm to 6 pm offers music from Brent Berry y Tambien, plus volleyball & kiddie play area.

Plenty of places to celebrate a very New Mexico Fourth of July…. completely free or on the cheap! Happy Independence Day!

–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 Movies Under the Stars

June 26, 2014 by  
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Free outdoor Movies Under the Stars for all the family on four Fridays this summer, ending on August 15 2014.

City of Rio Rancho free outdoor movies this summer 2014 are shown on a super-size inflatable screen at dusk and all the movies are family-friendly. The  Movies Under the Stars screenings are all at Cabezon Park and they start at dusk, so grab your picnic, and a blanket or folding chair.

These are the six Friday dates for this summer:

  • June 27 – Little Giants
  • July 11 – Wings of Life
  • July 18 – Dolphin Tale
  • July 25 – The Lego Movie
  • August 1 – E.T.
  • August 15 – The Nut Job

Take your picnic or your popcorn, but no alcohol is allowed.

Obviously the outdoor movies depend on the weather and programs may change, so you can check this City of Rio Rancho link  to find out any updates on Free Movies Under the Stars.

–Tania

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Free Week of Yoga Classes

September 1, 2013 by  
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National Yoga Month heads to the mat in September 2013, and new students at participating yoga studios get a week of free yoga in September or October with the Yoga Month Card.

National Yoga Month aims to educate us on the benefits of yoga and inspire everyone to live healthier, happier lives. Can’t argue with that, can you?

As part of the celebration, new students can get a free week of yoga classes with the Yoga Month Card, throughout September and October until October 30, 2013.

The card for a free week of yoga is for NEW students only, to give you a chance to try out yoga at participating studios. Our understanding from conversations with the yoga teachers in previous years is that ‘new student’ means new to a particular studio – you don’t have to be a beginner. But check in advance with your chosen studio with any questions.

Participating Albuquerque yoga studios at time of writing (more may be added) are:

  • Midtown Sports & Wellness (4100 Prospect NE)
  • Holistic Wellness Co-Op (1024 Eubank NE)
  • Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga (206 Dartmouth Drive NE)
  • Kundun Yoga in Cedar Crest

Register for the Free Yoga Month Card, choose a studio, then print out the card. The offer is for one yoga card per person, and you can only choose one studio. You can’t change your selection later, so confirm any questions in advance with the studio to be certain you’ve picked the one you want.  It’s possible that more studios may join the program so you can always wait a few days if the ones listed aren’t so convenient for you.

Then use the card for a week’s worth of free lessons until October 30, 2013.

Sadly there don’t seem to be any other Albuquerque free yoga events this year – sometimes there have been special free classes. But perhaps some will come on board or let us know if they’ve got National Yoga Month specials on offer. If so, I’ll update.

Still, the luxury of a week of free yoga classes is rather fab. And if you’re going to do a sun salutation, what better place to do it than sunny Albuquerque?

–Tania

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Albuquerque and New Mexico Fourth of July Free Events 2013

July 1, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Fourth of JulyTime to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque. Plus some New Mexico Fourth of July events if you feel like going on a trip…

The big 2013 Freedom Fourth party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

Other New Mexico Fourth of July freebie celebrations are in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.  So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

 

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Thursday July 4, 2013

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom Fourth is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes the headline act country music star John Michael Montgomery at 8 pm. Leading up to that main stage event you can hear Summer XO (4 pm), Burnin’ Bridges Band (5:15 pm) and Bartender 4 Mayor (6:30 pm). At 7:50 pm, opera singer Ida Huber Mitchell will perform the national anthem.
  • Other Freedom Fourth fun includes a car show, kids’ activities, and a cultural stage with performers ranging from Japanese folk dancing, Irish dancers and Flamenco dance.  A microbrew beer garden and food vendors will keep everyone refreshed. Of course, this all culminates in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors and children. Kids aged 9 and under ride free.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner on San Pedro, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom Fourth page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Thursday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated, most patriotic, and most original bikes! Register free at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • The Rio Rancho Holiday Parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A Declaration of Independence ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm and pre-firework entertainment includes a free outdoor movie.
  • See all the details on the Rio Rancho Fourth of July events.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade on the Turquoise Trail starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the fun day till 2 pm. The water fight this year will be held at the Corrales Community Pool at the Rec Center. (It’s not happening during the parade – keep your water to yourself!) The water fight starts at noon at the pool with free admission, and continues till 3 pm. That’s some water fight!

Other New Mexico Fourth of July Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free New Mexico Fourth of July celebrations.  See each link for more details. (Please bear in mind that with the current awful fire season, all firework events may be subject to change. Call ahead before setting off on a long road trip.)

  • Alomogordo America the Beautiful Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, with Freedom Faith fireworks in the evening.
  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm on July 4, and a street dance on July 6 at 7 pm.
  • Clovis Smoke on the Water fireworks display follows music concerts in the afternoon
  • Farmington Freedom Days run from July 2 – 7. Highlights for July 4 are the Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, a pizza-eating contest, water balloon fight, ice cream social, and a skateboarding competition.
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm, with a Street Fest and fireworks on July 4
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by live music in Brandenburg Park, with activities for kids and the annual Egg Toss & family games.
  • Santa Fe Fourth of July fireworks in Santa Fe will sparkle from a different venue this year: The Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Center (205 Caja Del Rio Road) instead of the usual Santa Fe High School. The event starts at 5 pm with musical entertainment, and they request a $5 parking donation.  The Santa Fe Pancakes on the Plaza fundraiser event ($7, or $6 for advance tickets) takes place as usual in the Plaza from 7 am to noon, with kids activities and, yes, pancakes.
  • Silver City Parade at 10 am on July 4, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July festival and entertainment including Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr., El Gringo, and Clan Tynker, all followed by fireworks.
  • Arroyo Seco and Taos The Fourth of July Parade in Arroyo Seco starts at around noon but arrive in good time, you may have to park a little away from the village.  The evening fireworks in Taos may or may not take place in 2013; the Town of Taos will assess fire danger on the day itself and make the decision.
  • Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Parade starts at 2 pm, the annual Rubber Duck Race is at 3 pm, and the Taos Mountain Summer Music Series from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm offers music from Last to Know, the Revolving Door Circus, a bouncy castle for kids and free popcorn.

Plenty of places to celebrate a very New Mexico Fourth of July…. completely free or on the cheap! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania

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Albuquerque Free Swim Passes Summer 2013

June 12, 2013 by  
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Free swim passes are available for kids and youth for summer 2013.

The Albuquerque free swim passes are available for youngsters aged 17 and under, courtesy of the Ditch & Water Safety Task Force. The freebie is part of their Ditches Are Deadly program to remind kids that it’s very dangerous to swim in ditches and arroyos. The program encourages children and youth to enjoy themselves safely in swimming pools that were designed for the purpose!  Note that it’s not safe to play or skateboard in dry arroyos either, even in a dry summer or when we’re not in full monsoon season yet. The ditches can *seem* dry but can still be subject to flash floods.

The free swim passes are valid for one-day, one-time use, and may be used at all City of Albuquerque swimming pools and Bernalillo County pools until September 1, 2013.

The organizer usually gives out 80,000 – 100,000 free swim passes a year.  That’s a lot of splashy free fun!

The Ditches are Deadly website shows where you can pick up the free swim pass with links to specific locations, and the City of Albuquerque Fire Department website gives additional information. Passes are available while supplies last, and locations include:

  • Albuquerque Police Department substations
  • Albuquerque Fire Department
  • Albuquerque City Pools
  • Bernalillo County Fire Department
  • Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department substations
  • KOB TV Studios
  • Mechanical Concepts, Ltd. Co

Please swim safely and enjoy your local pools this summer!

–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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Free Sagebrush Auto Show with Free Refreshments: June 15-16

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Father’s Day weekend Sagebrush Auto Show promises vintage cars, hot rods and motorbikes. Admission is free and they’re throwing in gratis food and drink too!

Roll down to the seventh annual Sagebrush Auto Show, on June 15 and 16, 2013 to check out the car action! I have zero advance event information about this year’s show, and their website is extremely sparse in any details. But I can tell you that in previous years they’ve had 200+ classic cars, custom cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles. They’ve often had tractors too, and quirky exhibits like a batmobile, plus a raffle.

I DO know for sure that there will be free drinks and food like hot dogs (to go with the hot rods), chips and ice cream.

If you want more specifics on the Sagebrush Auto Show rather than turning up to take your chances, the organizers might post more info nearer the time at the Sagebrush Community Church Facebook page.  Because this IS a church event, note that you may well be encouraged to check out the church, as well as the cars!

The 2013 Sagebrush Auto Show takes place:

  • Saturday June 15 from 3 pm – 9 pm
  • Sunday June 16 from 9 am – 3 pm
  • Admission is free
  • At the Sagebrush Community Church Riverside Campus.

The Sagebrush Community Church is located at 6440 Coors Boulevard NW, at Coors and La Orilla.

–Tania

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