Free Science Cafe: Inside the Megastorm

November 30, 2012 by  
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Free Science Cafe at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center to explore the science around storms like Hurricane Sandy.

New Mexico PBS is hosting a free Science Cafe event and discussion at 10 am on Saturday December 15, 2012, called Inside the Megastorm. They’ll be exploring whether the recent Hurricane Sandy was simply a freak combination of weather systems, or was it an example of increasing intensity in hurricanes due to a warming climate?

Watch a NOVA segment of Inside the Megastorm, find out more, and discuss this hot issue with a local scientist. The event and discussion is held at the lovely Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center.

The New Mexico PBS Science Cafe often fills quickly in advance, so make your reservation soon. RSVP by contacting Rose Poston, (505) 277-2396 or email for a reservation. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

  • When:  Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • Time:  10 am to noon
  • Where:  Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
  • Cost:  FREE! Reservations required.

Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

–Tania


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Los Poblanos Pick Your Own Lavender

July 2, 2012 by  
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Lavender photo by Anja BierI often pick up lavender gifts at the Los Poblanos Inn farm shop, but this is a whole other way of picking up some lavender!

We all know Los Poblanos is famous for its gorgeous organic lavender, made into soaps, salves, and potions for hair and skin. This week you can Pick your own lavender at Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm for $8 a bundle. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, through Sunday July 8, 2012.

They provide scissors and rubber bands, you just turn up and pick, and no advance registration is needed. Whether you consider $8 a bundle cheap or not, might depend on how much of a lavender fan you are, but I often see dried bunches of lavender costing that much or more, and fresh lavender is so much lovelier – you can always dry it yourself.  I’m also not sure how big the bundles are (so if you get there before me, let us know!) but it sure sounds like a fragrant way to spend an hour roaming in the lavender field!

Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Free Science Cafe Solar Eclipse: April 21

April 4, 2012 by  
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Free Science Cafe for adults at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center about the annular eclipse due in May. Next eclipse like this isn’t till 2023, so best not miss it! Register in advance for the Science Cafe…

New Mexico PBS is hosting a free Science Café  event and discussion at 10 am on Saturday April 21, 2012, about the annular eclipse due on May 20, 2012.  Info on this free event is so hot-off-the-press they don’t even have the details at the Science Cafe website yet (at time of writing). But we’ve got the scoop from a press release, so here’s what you need to know, as I suspect this one will fill fast!

An annular eclipse is a solar eclipse where the moon doesn’t cover the entire sun, but passes across the center to leave a bright ring around the sun’s circumference, so it looks like a ring of fire. (It burns, burns, burns…) The annular eclipse on May 20 will be the first visible in the mainland U.S. in nearly 18 years, and the next one will be in October 2023.  Hey, I’ll try to remember to remind you of that one nearer the time 😉

During the New Mexico PBS Science Cafe on April 21, you can find out more about this eclipse, watch a NOVA segment, and discuss it with an expert from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society. Then you’ll know everything there is to know by the time the sun and the moon do their thang over Albuquerque in May.

The Science Cafe often fills quickly in advance, so make your reservation soon. RSVP by contacting Rose Poston, (505) 277-2396 or email for a reservation. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. 

  • When:  Saturday, April 21, 2012
  • Time:  10 am to noon
  • Where:  Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
  • Cost:  FREE! Reservations required.

Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

–Tania

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Free Science Cafe: March 31

March 8, 2012 by  
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Free Science Cafe for adults at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center, on the Fukushima crisis. Register in advance!

New Mexico PBS is hosting a free Science Café  event and discussion at 10 am on Saturday
March 31 exploring the Fukushima disaster in Japan. 

Obviously this is not the cheeriest subject, but the Science Cafe will explore how science and technology play their part when dealing with disasters and nature’s force.

They’ll show a PBS video clip on Fukushima, and Jesse Phillips, Nuclear Engineer at the Sandia National Laboratories Severe Accident Analysis Department, leads the discussion. Phillips will also share insight on how Japanese regulators used MELCOR software to help get a fix on what was going on inside the nuclear reactor.

Science Cafes are held in a casual, cafe style atmosphere so you can join in the discussion. The venue is the lovely Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center,  and the Inn is donating light refreshments!

The Science Cafe often fills quickly in advance, so make your reservation soon.

  • When:  Saturday, March 31, 2012
  • Time:  10 am to noon
  • Where:  Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
  • Cost:  FREE! Reservations required.

RSVP to the New Mexico PBS Science Cafe by contacting Rose Poston, (505) 277-2396 or email for a reservation. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. 

Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

–Tania

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Free Science Cafe: November 19

November 18, 2011 by  
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Free Science Cafe for adults at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center, on harnessing wind energy. Register in advance!

KNME is hosting a free Science Café  event and discussion at 10 am on Saturday November 19 exploring clean, renewable wind energy in New Mexico in a casual, cafe style atmosphere.

The Science Café will show a PBS video clip on the subject, and Dr Daniel Laird of Sandia National Laboratories leads the discussion about wind turbine technology and Sandia Labs’ latest research.  The venue is the lovely Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center, and the Inn is donating refreshments!

Science Cafes are designed for adults (recommended minimum age 14) and are popular with professors and teachers, scientists, and those with no science background but a keen interest in science research in New Mexico.

The Wind Energy Science Cafe still has spaces available, but make your reservation today!

  • When:  Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • Time:  10 am to noon
  • Where:  Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
  • Recommended for adults with an interest in science research and minimum age 14+
  • Cost:  FREE! Reservations required.

RSVP to the KNME Science Cafe by contacting Rose Poston, (505) 277-2396 or email for a reservation. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. 

Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

–Tania

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Los Poblanos Inn Third Night Free

December 9, 2010 by  
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Free bed and breakfast for one night when you pay for two nights at the historic inn!

I went to the farm shop at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center today to pick up some holiday gifts. No, I can’t say what in case any of the recipients tune in, but we all know Los Poblanos is famous for its gorgeous organic lavender. They make exquisite soaps, salves, and potions for hair and skin, which are not bargain basement cheap, but are great value for the quality and worth every cent for the fragrance. And don’t get me started on their yummy spiced pecans… let’s just say I have to BACK AWAY from the pecans or Mr Cheap hides them.

For anyone wanting the full immersion experience by staying at Los Poblanos Inn for bed and breakfast, I’m pleased to report that now through January 2011 they’re running a winter special.

Stay two nights at Los Poblanos and get the third night free! The offer excludes holidays, and obviously must be on consecutive nights in December 2010 or January 2011.

There are 20 guest rooms on the 25 acre property, and stays include a gourmet organic breakfast. I saw the breakfast menu for this week and was tempted to throw my car keys into a ditch (oops!) and check myself in.

Albuquerque visitors or locals wanting a staycation can get the third night free room offer by contacting Los Poblanos Inn at 505-344-9297. Everyone else will just have to buy soap.

Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.

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Lavender in the Village Festival 2010

June 23, 2010 by  
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Live entertainment, cooking classes, lavender crafts and activities, wine tour and tastings, and plenty for the kids to do at this sweet summer festival on Saturday and Sunday June 26 and 27, 2010.

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the 7th annual Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender classes
  • Live music including Kim & The Caballeros, Los Amigos, Muddy River String Band
  • Kids’ activities including face painting and a petting zoo
  • A Pet Parade on Sunday 27 at 10 am ($5 if you want to enter your pet)
  • Wine tasting and tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Author events
  • Eco-education workshops
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

There’s far too much going on to mention it all here, so check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule.

The admission fees are a sweet deal too – $3 for adults, $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10. (Cash only for admission.)

Admission includes activities at all locations (except participation in the fun run and pet parade, and tickets for the Friday night Barn Dance and Dinner.) It’s always free of course to visit the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market.

The map of the festival locations in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque also shows where you can pick up the shuttle to take you between the events – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk or drive!

–Tania

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