Free Pancakes at IHOP March 3

February 26, 2015 by  
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On IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP is giving dine-in customers a free short stack of pancakes… no doubt they’ll go like hotcakes!   People from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

So hop on over to your local IHOP on Tuesday March 3, 2015, between 7 am and 10 pm, to claim a short stack of free IHOP pancakes – that’s three buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, consider making a donation to Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals, or other local charities.

IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration has raised almost $16 million for charity since it started in 2006.  Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 million for charity.  Wow!

They’ve given away more than 10 million pancakes in previous years, so make sure three of those cakes have your name written on them in 2015!

The IHOP National Pancake Day offer is limited to one free short stack per person, at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.



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.



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.



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.



Cheap Movies ASUNM Southwest Film Center

February 8, 2015 by  
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I’ve mentioned ASUNM Southwest Film Center before as they sometimes give free movie screenings. Here’s a reminder that even without a freebie, tickets are still a good deal.

ASUNM Southwest Film Center is a student run, independent theater on the University of New Mexico Campus, and movies are open to the public as well as to UNM students and staff.

Ticket prices are $5 for the public, $3 for UNM students, and $4 for UNM faculty and staff. You can also get a $15 student season pass or $20 general season pass.

The current 2015 film season, shown on Thursdays through Sundays, include:

  • Telluride Mountain Film Festival (February 13 and 14)
  • Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (February 26-March 1)
  • Toy Story (March 26-29) kids get in free with a paying adult
  • East of Eden (April 2-5) come celebrate the 60th anniversary of this film
  • Birdman (April 16-19)

Movies vary widely and there are many more in the series, I’m just picking out the ones I like the sound of! See the full ASUNM Southwest Film Center schedule.

The ASUNM Southwest Film Center is located on the lower level of UNM’s Student Union Building. Enter from Central Avenue as if going to Popejoy Hall, then go past Popejoy and it’s the next block on the left.



Discount Winter Golf Specials

January 18, 2015 by  
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Golfers still have time to save money on City of Albuquerque golf courses in their winter deal until February 28, 2015. Depending on the time you play, you can save up to half on the regular green fees. A dollar a hole? I couldn’t “putt” it better myself…

A quick game of golf on a crisp and sunny Albuquerque afternoon sounds like a perfectly lovely way to get outdoors and enjoy the scenery and a get a bit of post-holidays exercise. At least it sounds lovely to this (very amateur and rusty) player. Even better when you can get a deal on green fees!

The Albuquerque golf course discount offer varies depending on the time you play.
The special offer is $9 for 9 holes if you walk, and $20 for 9 holes if you want 1/2 cart, when you play after 12 pm on weekdays, Monday to Friday.  If you want to play after 2 pm on weekdays, Monday to Friday, the special offer is $9 for 9 holes if you walk, and $15 for 9 holes including 1/2 cart.

The winter offer is valid at these four courses:

  • Los Altos
  • Arroyo del Oso
  • Puerto del Sol
  • Ladera

The winter golf offer runs until February 28, 2015, on weekdays Monday to Friday only.   See you out there!



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.



Starbucks Sweet Receipt $1 Bakery

January 15, 2015 by  
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The Starbucks Sweet Receipt promo will sweeten up these January days if you love cookies, croissants, or brownies.  If you do NOT love cookies, croissants, or brownies, then maybe you should return to whichever planet you came from – you took a wrong turn at Mars.

I’ve just heard that the Starbucks Sweet Receipt promo is back as of yesterday.  This is similar to the Treat Receipt promo I’ve mentioned at other times, except the Sweet Receipt deal is on Starbucks bakery items.

Until February 2, 2015, customers who  make a Starbucks purchase in the morning up until 1:59 p.m (on any day) can mosey on back the same day after 2 pm with their receipt to get any bakery item for $1.

The one buck bakery item deal does not include sandwiches and other items – only baked goods. The Starbucks Sweet Receipt deal is valid at participating locations. No coupon is required to enjoy your afternoon nibble, just remember to return with your Starbucks receipt from that morning. There is no minimum spend needed for the morning receipt.

As far as I recall, you don’t need to go back to the same Starbucks location to claim your $1 bakery sweet treat – any location will do. But you can always check that when you make your morning purchase. The deal runs through February 2, 2015.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in the Starbucks Sweet Receipt offer – call ahead if you want to be sure.



National Parks Free Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 15, 2015 by  
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As the first in a series of  National Parks Fee-Free Days to come this year, more than 100 National Parks across the country that usually charge admission fees are free for all on January 19, 2015. This is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Monday, January 19 free admission day includes these New Mexico National Parks that are waiving their usual fee:

Wherever you’re going for a day trip, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other info you need to know, and some may have free events for the holiday too.



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.



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