Manners Matter and ABQ’s Playroom Present Children’s Holiday Etiquette Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 1-3 pm ABQ’s Playroom 8850 Holly Ave. NE, Suite C
During this fun and interactive two hour workshop, children learn proper dining skills, how to properly give and receive gifts and appropriate party behavior. For ages 6 - 9. Cost is $30 and includes 2 free open play passes! Enroll now - space is limited. Call 505-822-8697 to register.
Two Albuquerque traditions - Menaul School and the Bugg Christmas Light Display - come together again this year to brighten the Albuquerque holiday scene. Walk-through displays featuring handcrafted characters started by Norman and Joyce Bugg nearly 40 years ago at their home in Northeast Heights have been expanded with energy-friendly LED lights, solar-powered battery technology, and new displays designed by Menaul School staff.
Hours are 5-9 pm on Opening Night, December 9th, and 5:30-9 pm on other nights. The display will be open until 11 pm on Christmas Eve.
Opening Night on Friday, December 9th, will feature the Bugg Light Community Band organized by John Truitt and directed by Joy Boehning. The Albuquerque Boy Choir and the 2nd Presbyterian Youth Choir will also be on hand to entertain on opening night.
Christmas at Kuaua: Holiday After-hours at Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo
Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of family fun at this free after-hours event! The grounds of Coronado State Monument will be decorated with hundreds of flickering luminarias and thousands of Christmas lights. Activities start at 5:30 pm with Santa’s Workshop: children, assisted by a few kindly elves, will have an opportunity to make their own Christmas tree ornament. Beginning at 6:30 pm, the Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a program of music, traditional Pueblo dancing and Native American storytelling. There will be a large bonfire, weather permitting. Enjoy biscochitos and hot apple cider, courtesy of the Friends of Coronado. For info: 505-867-5351
A CHRISTMAS STORY December 2 – 24, 2011 Friday & Saturday @ 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm; Thursday, December 15 & 22 @ 8 pm; Christmas Eve @ 1 pm only Rating: PG Buy Tickets Now By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All your favorite elements from the beloved 1983 film are included in this stage version of the story about a nine-year-old boy growing up in Holoman, Indiana in the mid 1940s. Already a holiday classic, Jean Shepherd’s memoirs follow Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a “Genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot, Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle” under the Christmas tree.
December 2-24 Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm & Saturday Christmas Eve 2pm
Charles Dickens' world of abrasive ba-humbugging has never been seen quite like this before. Blackout Theatre presents an ensemble created adaptation with original music by Monica DeMarco, guest artists and puppetry as Ebenezer Scrooge travels the world of the future, past and present. The familiar Dickens' tale is framed within the world of a 1930's train station as it explores timely ideas that are engaging and fun for the whole family.
Tickets: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/ATG members Reservations/Info: (505) 672-8648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kids Variety Shows are an Outpost tradition. They’re great and they’re for and by kids of all ages and levels. Dance, music, comedy, theater. You name it! It’s a wonderful relaxed performance environment. Today the Home School Opera Program and others will perform. Call us at 268-0044 to reserve a performance slot for a student or child of yours. Or better yet, have them call!! Warning! this show is KG-Rated. Adults must be accompanied by a child.
Location: Vista Grande Community Center, Sandia Park
Dates: December 9-18 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm Sundays at 2:00 pm
Description: Unable to muster up excitement for their umpteenth performance of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told, including holiday traditions and songs from around the world, with a few more bells and whistles than you've seen before. A madcap romp through the holiday season. Sponsored by: East Mountain Centre for Theatre
Come and enjoy a potluck lunch with Santa on Sunday, December 11 at noon. Bring a favorite holiday dish to share, take your picture with Santa, and enjoy fellowship with family and friends. This is completely free to attend. Mountainside Church of Christ 12300 Indian School Road, NE Albuquerque, NM 87112
Mom to Ana, Tenzie, and Ella
"It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!" --Calvin
Winterfest The city of Rio Rancho and the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center proudly present Rio Rancho Winterfest 2011, which will feature a variety of activities taking place in the City Center area on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The schedule of events includes:
• 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center: free ice skating (skates will be provided; inexperienced skaters are encouraged to bring bike or safety helmets), free sampling of new concessions at the Santa Ana Star Center courtesy of Ovations Food Services, and a historical retrospective on display to mark Rio Rancho’s 30th anniversary provided by the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation
• 5 p.m. outside Rio Rancho City Hall: holiday lighting ceremony for the City Center including 10,000 luminarias on display as well as a hot air balloon glow
• 5:15 p.m. parade kick off: Winterfest Parade, which has a theme marking Rio Rancho’s 30th anniversary, will start west of the Santa Ana Star Center and travel on Civic Center Circle past City Hall, west on King Boulevard, south on HP Way, and end back at the Santa Ana Star Center
• 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside Rio Rancho City Hall: pictures with Santa available as well as free hot chocolate
•6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UNM West campus: create free holiday arts and crafts, and enjoy refreshments and storytelling
• 7 p.m. fireworks display (donated by Western Enterprises) over the City Center area
• 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center - New Mexico Mustangs hockey game: enjoy the game for just $5 per person with the Winterfest buy one, get one free ticket offer; for additional ticket information visit http://www.santaanastarcenter.com, or call (505) 891-7300
While supplies last, courtesy of the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, free commemorative holiday ornaments marking Rio Rancho’s 30th anniversary will be available to the public during the Winterfest at the different event locations.
Winterfest event parking in the City Center will be available via King Boulevard and Arena Drive. Access to the City Center will not be available from Paseo del Volcan to allow for the parade.
For more information about the Winterfest, please call (505) 891-5015.
Rio Rancho Winterfest 2011 is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Santa Ana Star Center, Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services, New Mexico Mustangs, UNM West, CNM Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Western Enterprises, and the city of Rio Rancho Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
The city of Rio Rancho is now accepting registrations for the Winterfest Parade. The theme for this year's parade in recognition of Rio Rancho celebrating its 30th anniversary as an incorporated city is “Rio Rancho Then and Now: 1981 to 2011." Participants are encouraged to construct floats that express the spirit of the holiday season and represent an aspect of the city from the past 30 years. In addition, all floats must be well lit through the adornment of holiday lights, and use of LED low-energy lights is recommended.
Parade registration can be done online by visiting the city’s Web site, http://www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/parades, or paper forms can be obtained at the Rio Rancho City Hall offices of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
The fee to take part in the parade is $15. Payment can be made at Rio Rancho City Hall or over the phone at (505) 891-5015. The city accepts credit cards (Visa, Discover and MasterCard), checks and cash. The deadline to register and pay applicable fees for the Winterfest Parade is Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
The City Center area can be accessed either of the following ways on Dec. 10:
a) From I-25, take the U.S. 550 Bernalillo exit and head west on U.S. 550 through the intersection of N.M. 528/Pat D'Arco Highway until you reach Paseo del Volcan. Turn left onto Paseo del Volcan and travel on this roadway until you reach Unser Boulevard. Turn right onto Unser Boulevard and make a right onto either Arena Drive or King Boulevard.
b) Proceed north on N.M. 528/Pat D'Arco Highway into Rio Rancho. Make a left on Southern Boulevard and then a right onto Unser Boulevard. Travel on Unser Boulevard and make a right onto either Arena Drive or King Boulevard.
■When: Friday December 2 through Sunday December 4, 2011 ■Time: 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. ■Where: Sandia Resort & Casino ■Price: Admission is free (Except for the December 1 opening night Jingle and Mingle)
The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and they’re staying true to form with a free concert of holiday music.
The Albuquerque Concert Band free holiday concert is this Sunday December 4, at 3 pm, at the KiMo Theatre. I love holiday music, and nothing could keep me away from this free concert, although I shouldn’t tempt fate, should I? But short of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer crash-landing on my head, I’ll be there first in line!
The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.
■When: Friday December 2, 2011 from 4 – 9:30 pm ■4 pm: A free holiday concert at the San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Plaza ■Around 5:30 pm : When the concert finishes, go to Plaza don Luis for the blessing by Father Dennis Garcia of San Felipe de Neri Church, speech by Mayor Berry, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Noche de Luces Saturday, December 3, 2011 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season at Casa San Ysidro. The historic home will be decorated with farolitos and holiday greens and all ages can participate in ornament making and singing carols around an open bonfire. Admission is free.
December 3, 2011 7:00 PM - 'Dear Santa' Evening Performance
Celebrate a Merry Chrismahanukwanzadan and a Happy New Year with our Holiday performance of 'Dear Santa' with appearances by Short and Sweet, Blue Steele, and Paramount quartets and a special appearance by Enchantement, Albuquerque Handbell Ensemble
Location: Northwest of San Mateo Blvd SE / Zuni Rd SE
Address: Highland High School Performing Arts Center 4700 Coal Avenue SE Albuquerque, NM 87108-2804