Discount Golf for NM Residents on Santa Fe Trail Courses

July 23, 2014 by  
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New Mexico golf courses are beautiful to play, especially when you’re saving dollars on green fees!  New Mexico residents can get a great deal on New Mexico golf that works out to just $25 per round including top notch courses like Paa-Ko Ridge, Twin Warriors, and UNM Championship. The offer is only for New Mexico residents.

This twilight golf pass gives a discount on Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses, letting you play all eight for just $200. That’s 25 bucks per round, a very low par for these courses, saving over $150.

Twilight hours start at 2 pm, allowing plenty of time for a relaxed game, and the pass can be used Monday to Thursday. The pass is valid for one year from purchase date, to play all the Santa Fe Trail golf courses once each – see the trail map at the link. Six are around Albuquerque, the other two are north of Santa Fe:

  • Paa-Ko Ridge
  • Twin Warriors
  • Sandia
  • UNM Championship
  • Santa Ana
  • Isleta Eagle
  • Black Mesa
  • Towa

They say pass numbers are limited, although some form of this pass deal has been ongoing for a while now.  Still, golfers who want to try all these excellent area courses will stumble on their soft spikes to snap this one up.

To summarize the very fair deal conditions for the discounted Golf on the Santa Fe Trail pass:

  • You must be a New Mexico resident and can play each course only once
  • The pass can be used Monday to Thursday for tee times starting from 2 pm
  • Book tee times up to seven days in advance, for groups of no more than four players
  • The pass is good for a year from date of purchase

If you don’t play yourself, this could make a good gift for the golfer in your life. Buy the discount golf pass online.

If you’re not a New Mexico resident or if you’re taking an out-of-state guest, regular green fees are still very competitive (especially compared to other national courses of similar quality) at all the Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses.



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.




Stories in the Night Sky & Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: July 23

July 21, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night Sky

Here’s a reminder that if you haven’t been to one of this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky and Albuquerque Concert Band concerts, the next in the series is Wednesday July 23.

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some fun evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

The events run on selected Wednesdays in summer 2014, and the remaining ones are on July 23 and August 6.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the July 23 Stories in the Sky segment features Nimbus: contemporary Native American music woven with storytelling.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare a picnic, food providers will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.



Free County Line Summer Concerts

July 14, 2014 by  
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The free County Line music series of concerts 2014 bring us feel-good summer music PLUS a chance to feel good about helping others.

Concerts at the County Line run every Thursday night to August 14 , 2014 at 7 – 9 pm. Just head over to The County Line restaurant to enjoy live country music (and of course some of their famous barbecue!) The concerts are free with a donation of a canned food item or cash donation for Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque.

Here is the County Line free music concerts schedule of country music performers for the remainder of the season:

  • July 24 – Bob Farrell & Brushfire
  • July 31 – Eileen & Cross Country
  • August 7 – Kyle Martin Trio
  • August 14 – To be confirmed

Just in case of any changes (and to find out who’s playing on August 14), you can check the latest details on the performers for the Albuquerque County Line free concert season at the link.

The County Line Legendary Bar-B-Q restaurant is located in the far northeast heights. Check the
County Line restaurant map – it’s near the intersection of Tramway Blvd and Tramway Rd, at 9600 Tramway Blvd NE, Albuquerque.



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!



Blue Star Free Museums Admission for Active Military Summer 2014

July 13, 2014 by  
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Participating Albuquerque museums and others across New Mexico offer free admission to military personnel and family members, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The terrific Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 2,000+ museums and monuments nationwide, to give free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. Be sure to take advantage of this discount before it ends on September 1, 2014.

The free admission is for the military ID holder plus up to 5 immediate family members, defined as a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, and grandparents etc. Families of deployed military can still benefit from the offer with the required documentation. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in the program. And – sorry! – the offer isn’t for veterans.

The Blue Star Museums FAQ gives full details on who is eligible and the required ID – please read those before setting off!

Here’s the list of participating New Mexico Museums and state monuments- but keep checking the Blue Star Museums page, more might join later (we can only hope!):

Albuquerque museums:

Santa Fe museums:

Other New Mexico museums:


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.



Route 66 Summerfest: July 19

July 10, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join the Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest party on Saturday July 19, 2014, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 19, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Montclaire, with the annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • The KidZone offers performances by and for children and teens, and a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2:45 pm on the main stage (Central & Girard) and at 2:30 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington). A great line-up of performers including Main Stage headline acts Raul Midon (7:40 pm) and Arrested Development (9:00 pm). The headline act on the East Stage is Son Como Son at 8:20 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with local breweries on site, a food truck rumble, and music including Floozy, the Cali Shaw Band and headliner Mil-Tones Brass Band, all at Central and Montclaire.
  • Mother Road Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • Free Group Wedding at 6 pm by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel, with the county clerk present to issue marriage certificates, at the Main Stage (Central and Girard).

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on Nob Hill businesses during Summerfest. The coupons I spy are:

  • 25% off custom orders during July at Frame City & Gallery
  • 2 free stickers or postcards from Guerrilla Graphix during Summerfest
  • $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at Gertrude Zachary Jewelry (either location, Central or Lomas)
  • $20 off a pair of work boots at the Red Wing Store
  • 40% off Golden Eagle, home of West of Santa Fe during Summerfest



Freebies for Kids with Dion’s Club Read

July 10, 2014 by  
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Dion’s Club Read is a great way to encourage kids to read, because they get FREE gifts in return… and maybe a chance to be Orbit’s guest at Isotopes Park!

The Dion’s Club Read program is for for preschool to 5th grade kids, running till July 25, 2014. The program is a partnership between Dion’s Pizza and the Albuquerque Isotopes, so it has a baseball theme – what’s not to love?

Here’s how it works: Pick up a scorecard brochure at a Dion’s location, or download it from the Dion’s Club Read website. After a child reads any six books of their choice (or it’s fine for parents and teachers to read books to youngsters who are still learning to read) they fill in the scorecard with the name of the books and they’ve hit a home run! The completed scorecard earns the student free gifts and a new scorecard. The child receives a different free gift for each scorecard they fill:

  • The prize for the First Home Run (the first scorecard of six books read) is a free backpack and an official Club Read T-shirt.
  • For the Second Home Run (the second scorecard of six books read) the child gets a ticket voucher to watch an Isotopes game, a coupon for a free small drink at Isotopes Park, and a new book.  They also get entered into a prize drawing.

The prize drawing is to win tickets to be Orbit’s guest at the Isotopes game with four Club Level seat tickets, plus a Dion’s Pizza, a Dion’s $20 gift card, and an autographed baseball. AND the child can make a ceremonial first pitch! How cool is that? If this doesn’t encourage kids to read, then I don’t know what will!

The Dion’s Club Read program is for preschool children through 5th grade, and it runs until Friday July 25, 2014.

All the Dion’s locations and details on how the offer works are in the brochure on the Dion’s Club Read webpage.



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