Paradise Hills Community Center's homeschool PE and Arts/Crafts classes will be starting back up on September 12th. It looks like they've raised the price to $10/month per class, instead of $5/month per class like last year. The days are still Mondays and Fridays. The flyer is attached.
Nancy Lauser will be offering her Say It With Class public speaking class again this fall, beginning in September. This is for students who are interested in how to become better communicators in everyday situations, not for competitive speaking. Please see the attached flyer if you would like more detail.
Dates: Tuedays; September 6-November 22
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Location: Netherwood Church of Christ (nw corner of Indian School and San Mateo)
Cost: $65.00 per student for the semester. Discounts for active military families. Instructor does trades and payment plans if finances are a hindrance to attending class. Sign up by email only at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please provide student’s name, age, birthday, parent’s names, address, phone.
Byzantine Chess! Many of your homeschool students play chess . . . well here is an opportunity to learn a different version. I will be at the coffee shop at the Cottonwood Barnes and Nobel Bookstore every Friday during September from 11:00 to 12:30 with my grandsons (Darin and Joey). This version of chess is played on a round chessboard and the strategies are quite different. It was popular in the Byzantine Empire during the 10th Century. I will also have some other Medieval-era games to play if chess is a little advanced for your student [Nine Men Morris - Tablut - and even Pachisi (if I finish making the gameboard on time).] No reservations needed - just show up, maybe buy something to drink and snack on, and we will teach you how to play. Darin is quite skilled at chess - Joey (age is quickly becoming a challenge! If you have any questions, contact me at 505-321-8328.
Cosmic CarnivalArts in the Park at the Balloon Museum will feature a Cosmic Carnival again this year. Cosmic Carnival is an interactive science festival presented by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) that will take place inside and outside of the Museum, with exhibitors from Explora Science Center, Albuquerque Rocket Society, National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, UNM Institute of Meteoritics, National Solar Observatory and New Mexicans for Science and Reason, plus others.
TAAS will have Solar Telescopes set up for viewing Earth's own star, the sun. Visitors can learn more about the night sky in New Mexico in a portable planetarium, and enter to win a telescope courtesy of TAAS.
In our individual lives, and in our communities, we are forever encountering with the ever-changing nature of our world. Though our journeys are each unique, we share the common experience of change, transformation, and moving forward. On this day, we will take time to reflect and honor this eternal movement of life.We'll begin with a silent hike (approximately 3 miles round trip) into the natural beauty of the Bosque, pausing to practice some mindful movement at the inspiring Arborial Dome Land Art project. Then we'll walk back to the OSVC for an invigorating yoga practice from 9:00 - 10:30 am. After our yoga practice, we'll join in the gallery space for a meditative chanting circle of "Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu" ("May All Beings be Happy and Free,") followed by 20 minutes of silent seated meditation. We'll end our morning with a delicious vegetarian lunch. Cost: $35 (or $20 if you already have a class card.)
4th Annual Urban Farm and Harvest Festival Sunday, September 18th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Open Space Division is proud to be a part of Albuquerque’s agricultural heritage with over 366 acres of active farmland, and for the fourth consecutive year we’re celebrating with a unique event for the whole family. We’ve joined forces with local farmers, businesses, and conservation organizations to bring attention to local agriculture and how you can help preserve the traditions of farming in our great city. CHECK BACK SOON FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.Enjoy live music and presentations on our shaded patio overlooking our 24 acre working farm/wildlife preserve, including:Live music: The Red Rooster Trio and othersA magic show by the Pink Elephant TheaterChildren’s parade and costume contest Composting DemoTopbar Beehive Assembly DemonstrationLearn more about local and traditional agriculture and how to “bring the farm” closer to your home!Featured Presentation: Joran Viers of the Bernalillo County Extension office will talk about how to extend the life of your garden into the fall and winter.Cooking demoAgriculture workshops for childrenWildlife Rescue with live raptors Food: Healthy food provided by gourmet food cart vendor, the Chopping Block.Booths and presentations from local farmers, businesses, artisans, and more!Beekeepers and information about the Open Space Beekeeping programHay bale rideSelf-guided tours of our demonstration garden
Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk First Sundays September 4th 7:30 – 9:00 am FREE
Note: Beginning in October, Bosque Wild will begin at a new time, 9:00 amIs the Bosque a mystery to you? Or would you like to learn more about its wild residents and its history? Join our naturalists for a walk into the riverside forest. Registration required 897-8831
GREEN FIRE! FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 7:00 pm -9:30 pm; gates open at 6:30
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park 2901 Candelaria Rd NW Albuquerque
The Sandia National Laboratory, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park andthe City of Albuquerque Open Space Division invite you to join us for an Aldo Leopold evening! First we'll take a short guided walk to the Aldo Leopold Trailhead to learnmore about Leopold's impact on Albuquerque. Then we'll return to the Rio Grande Nature Center's new education building for a screening of Green Fire.
Karen HerzenbergInstructional CoordinatorRio Grande Nature Center State Park2901 Candelaria Rd NWAlbuquerque, NM 87107Karen.Herzenberg@state.nm.usPhone: 505-344-7240Fax: 505-344-4505
Join us for a screening of "Green Fire" SEPT 9 at 7 pm New Mexico State Parks . . . Short Trips, Long Memories . . . Your Best Recreation Value Close to Home
Free Sandia Event & Open Day: Sept 4 September 1, 2011 by Tania Filed under Sport & Leisure Leave a Comment The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but this Sunday September 4 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, and try the solar telescope.
The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday September 4, 2011, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.
Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, or have a picnic.
At 10 am, there’s a presentation on the “Revised Vertebrate Fauna of the Late Triassic Redonda Formation”. I don’t even know what that means and I’d certainly need a cup of coffee before trying to pronounce it. But if you go, you’ll find out!
And between 11 am - 2 pm, a solar telescope will be available to safely view the sun.
■When: Sunday September 4, 2011 ■Time: 9 am - 4 pm. No registration required to visit. ■Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest ■Price: Free! Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest, about 10 minutes from the I-40 / Tramway intersection.
Directions: From I-40 east, take the Cedar Crest exit 175 to Highway 14, the Turquoise Trail. Go through Cedar Crest and about 3 miles from 1-40 look for the Conoco Station on the right and the coffee shop on your left – turn left straight after the coffee shop onto Columbine Lane – it’s a dirt road. The center is about 1 mile ahead – at the end of Columbine.
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Once again there is an abundance of great free Albuquerque events this weekend! We’ve already mentioned some of them, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-wallet ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on September 24 and 25, 2011. (Apologies to subscribers who receive this twice: We’ve had some strange things going on with our feed.)
Saturday September 24 Bookworks Big On Animals at 10:30 am. A free mini art workshop for kids and families with local artists, plus apple cider, pumpkin pie, and apple slices! At Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Mommy’s Market fall consignment sale free admission from 8 am – noon when they clear any remaining items at half price. Berean Baptist Church, 3800 Eubank Blvd NE, at Eubank/Montgomery.
National Parks free admission day with free entry for all to ten New Mexico National Parks that usually charge a fee.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free admission to two people with the coupon you can receive by email at the link. (If you missed our earlier post on this, I believe they’ll still be emailing the coupons on Saturday morning for any remaining spaces.) New Mexico museums taking part include five Albuquerque museums.
NM Black Expo 2011 Everyone is invited to the free Black Expo, with kids’ activities from 10 am – noon including urban dance and skateboard, and entertainment from noon – 6 pm, when performers Soul Kitchen, Michael Herndon, Racine Creole, and the New Hope Full Gospel Choir (amongst others) do their thang. The Office of African American Affairs throws the party at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza.
International Community Day from 11 am – 4 pm at Hyder Park. A free pops concert at 12:30 pm by the New Mexico Philharmonic, plus other live music, dance, flamenco, and a musical instrument petting zoo for kids to try out the instruments.
Old Town Salsa Fiesta from 1 pm. Full details are in our earlier post at the link, but highlights include salsa bands and dancers on the gazebo and throughout Old Town, kids’ activities and crafts, and the Best Homemade Salsa contest. The evening concert is by Spanish Harlem Orchestra – and it’s all free (except the tastings at $4).
Tennessee Williams Today Free Panel Discussion at 2 pm in the Bank of America Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center. A host of experts talk with the audience about “The Changing Legacy of a Great American Playwright” and contemporary stagings of his plays. Next week, A Streetcar Named Desire opens at the NHCC.
Albuquerque Maize Maze is open as usual this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), and on Saturday September 24 is open late till 10 pm for the Starlight Maze, with The Albuquerque Astronomy Society and their telescopes. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)
Sunday September 25 Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A naturalist-led tour at 10 am through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.
National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 pm. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm.
Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.
Albuquerque Japanese Fall Festival from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 as a fundraiser for a new Japanese Cultural Center. The festival includes Japanese dancing, drumming, martial arts, Kabuki film, Japanese arts and crafts, and (oh heaven!) Japanese food. There are also free health screenings. Follow the sound of Taiko drumming to the festival at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Arts in the Park at Carlos Rey Park from 1 – 5 pm with music and entertainment, the Artisan Market, and picnic in the park with your own basket or buy food from vendors.
Hope you find some free Albuquerque fun in there to suit your fancy. Mr Cheap and I are indulging in a romantic staycation in a B&B as a very late celebration of my birthday, and if I can tear myself away from the hot tub I’ll maybe make it to a few of these events too! I’ll be the one with wet hair.
Board Games at Cottonwood Barnes and Noble this Friday - meeting at 11:00 in the cafe. We have some games that are easy for all ages, as well as the challenge of Byzantine chess (chess played on a circular board). We will also have a new game, created by one of our own homeschool kiddos ... "Knights"! It's fun, easy to learn, and a challenge for all ages.
Soooooo . . . if you want your kids to work on games that develop higher order thinking, this is the opportunity you've been looking for!!!