Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2014

August 10, 2014 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been delicious already this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving more abundantly in the August harvest, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central.  I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. We aren’t growing tomatoes this year as we have been moving home so we haven’t been able to keep up with a garden. But in any case we don’t have green thumbs for tomatoes. We only yielded a handful of cherry tomatoes last year. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2014 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 17 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Waffle Gardens with Sean Ludden)and at 1:45 pm Master Composters.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery, Osuna Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 17, 2014
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania


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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2013

August 20, 2013 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been late this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central. I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our current attempt at cherry tomatoes has yielded exactly two so far in 2013. Last year we did better, with a grand total of four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2013 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 25 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101 with the Tomato Guys) and 12:30 pm (Preserving the Harvest with Cindy Davies.) At 1:30 pm Peter Sinanian will be sharing advice on Raised Beds and Fall Gardens.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 25, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2012

August 14, 2012 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseWe’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central, and I recently read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our last attempt resulted in a yield of exactly four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripened one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They tasted delicious, but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato was like giving a peanut to an elephant.

If you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2012 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 19, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes). At 1:30 pm it’s either Organic Gardening or Rainwater Harvesting, depending on which of their schedules you believe.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, KHFM, Fano Bread, and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 19, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Santa Ana Golf Club Lady Golfer Seminar

February 20, 2012 by  
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An evening Rule 3.3 seminar for women golfers with a little bit of social fun thrown in too!

Santa Ana Golf Club hosts a seminar “Designed Specifically for Lady Golfers” on March 8 to launch the 2012 golf season. The women’s golf seminar is presented by Mark Swanson, PGA, at 6 pm in the Prairie Star Banquet Room, and the registration fee is $10, which seems pretty good value for what’s involved:

  • A 3.3 Rules Seminar and your questions answered about rules
  • Appetizers
  • Door Prizes

Register online for the Santa Ana Women’s Golf seminar .

  • When: Thursday March 8, 2012
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Prairie Star Banquet Room at the Santa Ana Golf Club
  • Fee: $10

Santa Ana Golf Club is located at 288 Prairie Star Road – directions at the link.

–Tania

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Free How to Get Organized Call

February 7, 2012 by  
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How to get organized? You tell me. As usual, I’m frantically decluttering, before I disappear under piles of paperwork, files, STUFF, and Mr Cheap never sees me again. (Hmm, maybe he wouldn’t mind so much… until it comes to dinner time.)

Organization and streamlining is always on my mind, otherwise I’m juggling my endless List of Things To Do on a messy desk, and not being as efficient as I could be…  therefore losing time that I could spend having more fun. Like, getting out to more of the fab free Albuquerque events I post about!

If you relate at all, maybe you’d like to know about a free More Than Organized Phone Q & A on Your Organizing, Simplifying, and Streamlining Dilemmas, on Tuesday February 14 at 6 pm Moutain Time.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino will be answering callers’ questions on how to get and stay organized, simplifying life, and streamlining work. She’s a Certified Professional Organizer in Albuquerque, and in addition to her paid services and teleclasses, she also offers occasional free phone events and Q&A sessions like this one.

I’m not sure Valentine’s Day is the best time to be thinking about logistics instead of love, but if you can’t make the call, you can still send a question in advance. The call will be recorded and an audio link emailed afterwards.

Register for the free More Than Organized call in advance. (Scroll way down at the link to find the free call, after the other teleclasses.) Happy organizing!

–Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2011

August 17, 2011 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2011 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 21, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic
  • Free gardening seminars at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101); 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes); 1:30 pm (Organic Gardening)
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 21, 2011
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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Free More Than Organized Teleclasses

August 2, 2011 by  
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I am still frantically decluttering, before I disappear under piles of paperwork, files, STUFF, and Mr Cheap never sees me again. (Hmm, maybe he wouldn’t mind so much… until it comes to dinner time, that is.)

I’ve had streamlining and organization on my mind all summer because I’m tired of juggling my endless
List of Things To Do on my eternally cluttered desk, and generally not being as efficient as I could be…  therefore losing time that I could spend having more fun! Like, getting out to more of the fab free Albuquerque events I post about! Or even watching old episodes of Ugly Betty on Netflix. (My secret indulgence.)

Things are definitely getting more organized around Cheap Ranch, but if you relate at all, maybe you’d like to know about these free More Than Organized teleclasses. Miriam Ortiz y Pino is a Certified Professional Organizer in Albuquerque, and in addition to her paid services she offers free classes and Q&A sessions by phone.

The next free organization calls are:

Q & A on Your Organizing, Simplifying, and Streamlining Dilemmas
Tuesday August 9, 2011 at  6 pm Mountain Time
Answering callers’ questions on how to get and stay organized, simplifying life, and streamlining work.
This call will be recorded and an audio link emailed afterwards. If you can’t make the call, you can still send a question in advance.

How to Reach Your Bold Goals When You Can’t Even Find Your To Do List
Thursday August 18, 2011 at 6 pm Mountain Time
Covering secrets to list management, prioritizing tasks, and streamlining work. The call will also be recorded and an audio link emailed afterwards.

Register for the free More Than Organized calls in advance. Happy organizing!

–Tania

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Free More Than Organized Teleclasses

April 21, 2011 by  
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I’m frantically decluttering at the moment, before I disappear under piles of paperwork, files, clothes, STUFF, and Mr Cheap never sees me again. (Hmm, maybe he wouldn’t mind that so much… until it comes to dinner time, anyway.)

I’ve got streamlining and organization on my mind before heading into a busy summer because I’m tired of wasting time, digging around looking for things, generally not being as efficient as I could be, and therefore losing time that I could spend having more fun! Like, getting out to more of the fab free Albuquerque events I post about! Or even watching old episodes of Ugly Betty on Netflix. (My secret indulgence.)

So when I spotted these free More Than Organized teleclasses, they didn’t so much speak to me as shout in my ear. Miriam Ortiz y Pino is a Certified Professional Organizer in Albuquerque, and in addition to her paid services she offers free classes by phone.

The next free calls are:

Busy Entrepreneurs Get Back 5 Hours a Week By Streamlining Your Workspace
Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 4 pm Mountain Time
Covering 5 steps to create an easy to use workspace, working at home efficiently, and how to stay out of overwhelm.

Q & A on Your Organizing, Simplifying, and Streamlining Dilemmas
Tuesday May 10,
2011 at  6 pm Mountain Time
Answering callers’ questions on how to get and stay organized, simplifying life, and streamlining work.
This call will be recorded and an audio link emailed afterwards. If you can’t make the call, you can still send a question in advance.

Register for calls in advance. Happy organizing!

–Tania

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Free Writing Workshop: Young Adult Novels

February 25, 2011 by  
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Fancy your hand writing novels for young adults? The New Mexico Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offers a series of free workshops about writing and illustrating kids’ books, and the next one is this Saturday February 26.

The free Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop will be held at 2 pm at Alamosa Books. I’m not sure if you actually get to write, but there are three book authors hosting the event to discuss the topic of writing novels for the young adult age group.

The authors are: Kersten Hamilton, author of Tyger Tyger; Alexandra Diaz, author of Of All the Stupid Things, and Lois Ruby, author of The Secret of Laurel Oaks. I think these authors have a bunch of other books to their names, but these are their latest publications.

The Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop is free and open to the public.

  • When: Saturday February 26, 2011
  • Time: 2 – 4 pm
  • Where: Alamosa Books
  • Price: Free!

Alamosa Books is located at 8810 Holly Ave. NE, on the northwest corner of Paseo del Norte and Ventura. It’s in the same plaza as Trader Joe’s and Bed Bath and Beyond.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2010

August 16, 2010 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2010 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 22, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers  lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic and gardening seminars with tips on growing tomatoes
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 22 2010
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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