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.



Toys for Tots and a Free Aveda Haircut

December 4, 2014 by  
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Toys for Tots AlbuquerqueI have a soft spot for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots aims to give every child a merry Christmas by ensuring they have a new toy, no matter how difficult their family’s economic circumstances.

The Albuquerque Marine Toys for Tots program distributes donated new toys as gifts to less fortunate kids in Albuquerque – and a fine job they do of it. They’re kind of like our home-grown Santas!

Of course everything depends on us making donations, so feel free to take new and unwrapped gifts for a child, boy or girl, to the many local collection points through December 11, 2014.
Here’s the list of Albuquerque Marine Toys for Tots drop-off points, which conveniently include two Toys R Us locations.

On Wednesday December 8, 2014, the Aveda Institute New Mexico will hold a Toys for Tots Hair Cuts for Toys from 9 am to 6 pm. Take in a new toy donation for Toys for Tots to the value of $15 and get a free shampoo, haircut and make-up tips! Aveda Institute New Mexico is located at 1816 Central Avenue SW in Old Town.  Call 505-294-5333 for your appointment.



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.



Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua

December 4, 2014 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family creates a festive glow and includes cider and biscochitos!  The monument’s name was changed just over a year ago.  Don’t forget that it is now called the Coronado Historic Site.

The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado Historic Site lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 7, 2014, from 5 pm. 

The evening’s activities include a Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament. That is followed at 6 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional Pueblo dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right.

Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.

Coronado Historic Site Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:

  • When: Sunday December 7, 2014
  • Time: From 5 pm
  • Where: Coronado Historic Site (a.k.a. Coronado State Monument) in Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado Historic Site is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.



Survival New Mexico: August 16-17

August 11, 2014 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.

Activities and talks include:

  • An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 16-17, 2014
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.



Kids Bowl Free Summer 2014: Still Time to Play!

July 24, 2014 by  
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I mentioned the Kids Bowl Free program at the beginning of summer, but if you haven’t taken advantage of the deal yet there is still time for kids to play two free games every day. Plus you can purchase an optional family pass for $24.95 for up to four adults to play two games each a day.

Kids Bowl Free is a great summer program with bowling centers around the country, giving kids the chance to play two free games every day throughout the promotion. You need to sign up to the Kids Bowl Free 2014 promotion to get free bowling coupons every week.

Fewer Albuquerque area bowling centers are taking part this year, but kids can still get free games at Silva Lanes and at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho. If you were registered with the program last year, you need to re-register for 2014.

Start by registering your child or children for one or more of these bowling center programs. If you sign up for more than one, you’ll need to use a different email address for each account:

Silva  Lanes Kids Bowl Free runs to September 20, 2014, for kids aged 18 and under. Their free games are on Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm; on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tenpins & More Rio Rancho Kids Bowl Free program runs through August 31, 2014, for kids aged 15 and under. Their free games are valid on Monday to Wednesday and on Friday: 11 am to 2 pm; and on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. This year, Tenpins & More has added a pair of night sessions.  Now kids can bowl their free games on Wednesday and Thursday nights between 9 pm to 11 pm.

  • You can register up to six children on each registration form – if you have a bigger brood, you need to create an additional account with a different email address for the other children.
  • Then watch your email to confirm your subscription and then you’ll get an email with info to log in to your account and print out the coupons for 2 free games per day.
  • If the young bowler’s family members also want to play, then once you’ve registered a child for the free bowling, you have the option to buy a family bowling pass for $24.95, which allows up to 4 adults to each play 2 free games a day too.
  • If you don’t have your own bowling shoes, you still have to pay regular shoe rental rates
  • Check the FAQ for any other details on how Kids Bowl Free works.

If you don’t know where these Albuquerque bowling centers are located, you’ll find them here: Silva Lanes is at 3010 Eubank Boulevard NE. Tenpins & More is at 1416 Deborah Rd SE, Rio Rancho.



Entertainment Book = Two for $10

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The Entertainment Book is on sale at $10 for any two books plus FREE Shipping at this Entertainment Book website link. The regular price is $40 for the Albuquerque book.

We’re now into the Entertainment Book summer liquidation sale season for any city books remaining (some may have sold out already).  With some of the deals in the book, you literally only have to use one coupon to get the $5 back that you’ve paid for the sale-price books in the limited time two for $10 deal.

The two for $10 offer is good on any city’s book for about 120 locations nationally, including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Denver, New Orleans, New York, various cities in Texas, Utah, and Hawaii.

The Albuquerque / Santa Fe Entertainment Book for 2014 contains more than 500 coupons including 2-for-1 coupons, 50% off discounts, freebies with purchase, and other ways to save. The coupons are for local attractions, entertainment, leisure, shopping and casual and fine dining. Right now I’m seeing 236 restaurant coupons and 115 shopping coupons, to name just two categories.

The book purchase includes online and mobile coupons, and the book is valid until December 2014.

Coupons may have changed, but last time I looked I spotted coupons for Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Golden Pride Chicken & Ribs, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Arby’s, Boston Market, Mary & Tito’s, Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Hinkle Family Fun Center, Albuquerque Indoor Karting, several bowling venues, Rattlesnake Museum,  Putt-Putt Golf & Games, ABQ Jump,  iT’Z, National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History, Best Buy, Payless Shoe Source, Famous Footwear, Family Dollar Stores, Big 5 Sporting Goods, The Gap, and too many more to mention…

See more details on the Entertainment Book 2 for $10 and Free Shipping sale at the link. The offer is on the coupon books for all American cities nationally, so you can buy two for Albuquerque, or also find one for another destination if you’re planning a trip elsewhere this year.

The limited time sale runs until July 27, 2014. UPDATE: The ‘last chance’ sale has been extended to July 31 2014, as they clear the shelves to make way for the 2015 book.


–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Entertainment Book affiliate links to help support this ABQ on the Cheap site.


Free Fun Movies Wednesdays

July 21, 2014 by  
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Here’s a nice addition to the other family-friendly free or cheap summer movies series I’ve mentioned recently.  The South Broadway Cultural Center is screening a series of fun movies on Wednesdays, completely free!

The films will definitely appeal to kids if you are still looking for ways to entertain your little darlings. But you don’t have to be a child to go – these films appeal to kids of all ages. The movies are screened at 2 pm on Wednesdays in the John Lewis Theatre.

Here’s the schedule of free movies at the South Broadway Cultural Center:

  • Wednesday July 23 at 2 pm:   The Incredibles
  • Wednesday July 30 at 2 pm:  Wall-E
  •  Wednesday August 6 at 2 pm:  Zoo Keeper
  • Wednesday August 15 at 2 pm:  Finding Nemo

The John Lewis Theater is located in the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE.

You’ve also got a little time left this summer to enjoy the movie deals mentioned in my previous posts: Free Movies Under the Stars screenings and $1 Family Movie Tickets at Cinemark and Regal cinemas.




Free Kid’s Book from Barnes & Noble Summer 2014

July 13, 2014 by  
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This great summer promotion encourages children to read more and they they get a free book! No purchase is necessary to take part in the Summer Reading giveaway, which starts on Tuesday, May 20, and continues all summer until September 2, 2014.

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Promotion gives a kids a free book when they read any other eight books. The offer is for children in grades Grade 1 to 6, and there are no strings attached – you don’t have to buy a book from Barnes & Noble, or from anywhere at all. Read free library books if you like!

The promotion works like this:

  • Kids in Grade 1 – 6 read any eight books they like, no purchase is necessary from Barnes & Noble.
  • Download the Summer Reading Free Book Journal PDF from the website, and the child records the names of the books they’ve read and says to whom they would recommend the book and why.
  • Take the completed passport (signed by a parent or guardian) to a Barnes & Noble store between May 20 and September 2, 2014.
  • They’re rewarded with a coupon for a FREE book, and they choose from a list of paperbacks suitable for grades 1 through 6.

The free kids’ books vary, and the choices available are listed in the summer journal.

The offer is limited to one free book per child, and runs through September 2, 2014.

If you like this, also check out the Freebies for Kids with Dion’s Club Read offer I posted about before. Smart bookworms would use the same list of books they’ve read and apply for a freebie at both Barnes & Noble and Dion’s!



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.



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