Free Rose Pruning Demonstrations

March 19, 2013 by  
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The Albuquerque Rose Society is on hand to help with your thorny questions about growing roses on several weekends this spring 2013…

I am by no means handy at gardening, although I do take very good care of my herbs. My rosemary bush is flourishing so fast and growing so huge it will probably eat me before I have chance to eat much more of it. So I must be doing something right.  But show me a rose and I’ll just sniff it – I’m not sure how to tend the things.

If you’re looking for help with your roses, the Albuquerque Rose Society is giving free rose pruning demonstrations and answering questions about growing roses at the Tony Hillerman Library Albuquerque Rose Garden from 10 am to 3 pm on these weekend dates:

  • Saturday March 23
  • Sunday March 24
  • Saturday March 30
  • Sunday March 31
  • Saturday April 6
  • Sunday April 7

They’ll also have rose care products for sale, such as pruners, gloves, fertilizer and potting soil, with all proceeds going to maintain the Albuquerque Rose Garden.

The Tony Hillerman Library, surrounded by the Albuquerque Rose Garden, is located at 8205 Apache Avenue NE.



Free Literary Moon Party

November 8, 2011 by  
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The Literary Moon After Hours Party at the Tony Hillerman Library includes owls, authors, and telescopes, which for some reason makes me think of Harry Potter. I think he would approve of this free event! Plus, if you’re in Santa Fe this week, come say hi to me at a free public event at the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference.

The Literary Moon After Hours Party at the Tony Hillerman Library goes moon-watching on the evening of Saturday November 12,  from 7 pm – 10 pm.

It’s free and open to all ages,  with some of the action taking place inside, and night sky viewing outside (obviously, otherwise the ceiling gets in the way) with telescopes and guidance by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society.

They’ll also have rescued owls from NM Wildlife Rescue – I love owls and saw the most darling tiny pygmy owl at a recent event. I *think* that was a Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico bird too.

Other activities include crafts, face painting, lunar stories, and lunar lessons with The Science Guys, plus discussions with local authors S.M. Stirling and John Miller. The Tony Hillerman Library is located at 8205 Apache Street NE, behind the Hoffmantown Shopping Center.

Speaking of Tony Hillerman, I’m on faculty at the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in Santa Fe this week, and if you’ll be in Santa Fe, the conference opens with a free public event on Thursday November 10 at 7 pm, on A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe with E.B. Held, author of A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy in Washington DC. He sounds like a very busy man.

You do NOT have to be registered for the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference to turn up for that free evening. Find me and say hi if you do! The venue is Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta,  by Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Railyard District.



Free Baraka Moon Concerts

September 9, 2011 by  
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Baraka Moon appear at Globalquerque 2011 next weekend, but they’re also giving three free performances on September 14 and 15, 2011.

Baraka Moon is a trio of musicians from USA, Pakistan, and Great Britain. Baraka is apparently the Sufi word for ‘blessing’ and the trio performs world music inspired by trance songs, and blending in Middle Eastern, Indian, and African vibes too, as well as the Australian didgeridoo. Wow! That’s a positive United Nations of influences.

The free events are two daytime AMP Concerts featuring one or two members of the band and including discussions, and one free evening concert by the full band as part of Old Town’s Wildcard Wednesday.

  • Wednesday September 14 at noon at the Tony Hillerman Library (8205 Apache NE) featuring Baraka Moon’s Stephen Kent with the didgeridoo. Reserve your free AMP Concert tickets online in advance.
  • Wednesday September 14 at 7 – 8 pm at Albuquerque Old Town Plaza in the Gazebo as part of Old Town’s Wildcard Wednesday. The full Baraka Moon trio performs from 7 pm, and before that you can hear Michael Tait Tafoya playing four different instruments all on his ownsome, from 6 – 7 pm.
  • Thursday September 15 at 12 noon at the South Valley Library (3904 Isleta SW) with Baraka Moon members Sukhawat Ali Khan and Geoffrey Gordon presenting ‘Music of India and Pakistan’. Reserve your free AMP Concert tickets online in advance.



Free AMP Music Concerts May 26 & June 5

May 24, 2010 by  
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Get free tickets to hear Claude Bourbon in two shows on May 26, or Ted Ramirez in two shows on June 5. The concerts are free but you must  book online in advance to guarantee your tickets. 

French Guitarist Claude Bourbon plays classical and jazz fusion and has been described by the BBC as an “accomplished artist” whose music “instantly creates ambience—from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz.”

Reserve your tickets online for the Claude Bourbon free music concert – you can see a YouTube clip of him playing at the same link. 

Claude Bourbon performances on Wednesday May 26, 2010:

  • The Main Library at noon (501 Copper NW, free validated parking at 5th & Copper Garage)
  • Tony Hillerman Library at 6 pm (8205 Apache NE)

Ted Ramirez plays two free concerts on Saturday June 5:  Songs and Stories of the Old Southwest. Apparently he’s Tucson’s official troubadour – doesn’t that sound romantic? Ramirez is the founder of the Santa Cruz River Band and his solo show combines Southwestern Folk Music with stories about the people, places and events of the Sonoran Desert.

Book your free concert tickets online to see Ted Ramirez.

Ted Ramirez performances on Saturday June 5, 2010:

  • South Valley Library at 11 am (3904 Isleta SW)
  • East Mountain Library at 3 pm (1 Old Tijeras Road)

Heads-Up: AMP Concerts also presents shows this summer with Cowboy Junkies at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on June 20, and Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe on July 29. These shows are NOT free – tickets start at $30 for Cowboy Junkies, and $42 for Lyle Lovett.  It’s still good value for these performers, and we’re tipping you the wink so you can book tickets early at the best prices!



Fun Free Events this Weekend & for Día de los Niños

April 16, 2010 by  
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Talk about cultural diversity – take your pick of free community events including Suzuki music, swing dance, Día de los Niños celebration for kids, and an environmental talk… at venues from Old Town to Petroglyph National Monument, from Open Space Visitor Center to your local library!

I can’t resist a round-up of some of the most interesting free events sent to ABQ on the Cheap this week or that we’ve spotted in passing. It’s a weekend to try something new!

Saturday April 17, 2010

The Recycled Art Fair at Open Space Visitor Center from 10 am to 4 pm is a free event with arts, crafts, and sustainable living demonstrations, music, a Wolf Meet & Greet, and more.

Hear free music in Old Town by the Suzuki Teachers Association and their students between 2 and 5 pm. Young musicians aged 3 to 18 will perform folk and classical tunes.

There are several family events to celebrate 2010 Día de los Niños at local libraries this Saturday, and at the end of each one, kids can take home a book! (While supplies last). 

  • Los Griegos Library, 10:30 am – Alaskan storyteller and children’s book author Brett Dillingham tells traditional Alaskan tales and Inuit legends.
  • San Pedro Library,  10:30 am – Poetry Slam champ Danny Solis leads fun interactive and bilingual poetry.
  • Tony Hillerman Library, 2 pm – Storyteller Ramona King gets everyone involved with her stories.
  • Juan Tabo Library, 3 pm – Alaskan storyteller and children’s book author Brett Dillingham tells traditional Alaskan tales and Inuit legends.

Sunday April 18

The Recycled Art Fair at Open Space Visitor Center continues – between 10am and 1pm.

Chautauqua speaker Jack Loeffler gives a free talk at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center about his adventures with ‘environmental anarchist’ Edward Abbey. The event starts at 2 pm and although it’s free, they only have room for 25 guests, so it’s first-come, first-served.

Watch or join in with swing dance at Old Town Plaza from the Albuquerque Lindy Exchange, between 12:30 and 3 pm.

*** And note that the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum joins in with Día de los Niños on Wednesday April 14, with a special version of its regular free Stories in the Sky  program from 9:30 to 10:15 am. The kids can enjoy a light breakfast, and Booksworks donates coupons for children’s literature.