From one-of-a-kind events at the public library and exhibits at the many local museums to the organically-grown produce at farmers' markets and the flavorful beer at microbreweries, the area offers plenty of ways to keep its inhabitants entertained. It would be impossible to list all the possibilities in one place, but here are a cool dozen to try this coming summer.
1. Visit One of Many Local Museums
School's out for summer --; which means the kids will need something to do. Instead of shuttling them to the nearest multiplex, amusement park or arcade, consider a more educational venue that will pique the interest of everyone in the family: A day (or two) at a local museum.
Start your adventure along Mountain Road in Old Town, also known as Museum Row. Along this corridor you'll find the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.
One exhibit worth checking out is "Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape," a collection of recent works in a variety of media that illustrate how the artistic depiction of the Western landscape has evolved over the past four decades, on display through Sept. 1 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.
Venture further out into the city (and beyond) and you'll eventually find other museums worth visiting, including the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (500 Redondo Drive NE), Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW), Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE), National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW), Museum of Nuclear Science and History (601 Eubank Blvd. SE), and the Tinkertown Museum (121 Sandia Crest Road in Cedar Crest).
2. Growers' Markets Offer Local Fun
The growers' market has evolved over the past few years to include more than just locally-grown produce and artisan goat cheeses.
There are more than a dozen farmers' markets in and around Albuquerque, including some that offer live music, face painting for children, and arts and crafts tables.
For a list of growers' markets in the metro area, including schedules and addresses, visit nmmarketplace.com/growersmarkets.html.
3. Check Out Your Public Library
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Library isn't just about books. All branches within the library system host a variety of events this summer for all ages --; from classes on how to make wallets out of duct tape and bracelets using tabs from soda cans, to seminars led by gardening experts and musical concerts headlined by some of the area's top talent.
The two branches that make up the Rio Rancho Public Library will also keep you busy with events these next few months, including an all-ages karaoke night on July 9 at the Esther Bone Memorial Library (950 Pinetree Road SE, Rio Rancho).
Also, both library systems kick off a seven-week summer reading program for children, teens and adults beginning June 1. Titled "Dig Into Reading," the program provides prizes each week for those who sign up.
For more information, check out www.abclibrary.org and www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us.
4. LOL Just About Every Night
It's been nearly four years since Albuquerque's last comedy club closed, but that hasn't stopped local comedians from dishing out the kind of jokes that get audiences laughing out loud.
You can still see stand-up comedy at various spots locally any night of the week, including Malarkey's Tavern (25 Hotel Circle NE), Evolution Nightclub (6132 4th St. NW), Nexus Brewery (4730 Pan American Freeway), Elliot's (10200 Corrales Road NW), Terrene Hookah Lounge (106 Vassar Drive SE) and The Damn Bar (300 Unser Blvd. SE in Rio Rancho).
To view a list of venues, including dates and times, visit www.albuquerquecomedy.com.
In addition, there are a couple of improvisational comedy performances happening this summer at The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre (114 Gold Ave. SW) - "The Show" and "The One Night Stanleys." For tickets and showtimes, check out www.theboxabq.com.
5. Take a Swig of Local Craft Beer
Craft breweries are bubbling up all over the metro area, bringing back beer as it was meant to be --; brewed in small batches with care and seasonal ingredients.
While many of these microbreweries allow you to buy bottles to take home, it's fun to actually sit down and get a taste of not only the beers, but also the personalities and passions behind them. And with summer just around the corner, many area breweries have begun crafting lighter and fruitier beers to accompany the more comfortable climate.
Some of our favorite microbreweries in the area include Tractor Brewing Company (118 Tulane Ave. SE), Marble Brewery (111 Marble St. NW and 5740 Night Whisper Road NW), Nexus Brewery (4730 Pan American Freeway NE, Suite D), Chama River Brewing Company (4939 Pan American Freeway), Back Alley Draft House (215 Central NW), Bosque Brewing Company (8900 San Mateo Blvd., Suite 1), and La Cumbre Brewing Company (3313 Girard Blvd. NE).
As a warning, some of the microbreweries listed above don't serve food or have a limited menu. However, for some establishments, food trucks are typically parked right outside.
Routes Rentals & Tours offers a unique experience for bicyclists and beer enthusiasts. On June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18, the company will offer bicycle tours of at least three local microbreweries, featuring back-room visits, beer sampling and snacks. For more information, visit www.routesrentals.com.
6. Tech-Savvy Hide and Seek
It's a high-tech game of hide and seek, with the Albuquerque metro area as the playground.
Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Using a smartphone or GPS device, participants navigate their way toward a specific set of GPS coordinates, called a waypoint, trying to locate hidden containers called geocaches.
Although geocaches can be concealed throughout the city, many waypoints are located in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains or other open spaces across the metro area, and searching for them is a great way to explore it all.
For more information on geocaching in New Mexico, visit www.nmgeocaching.com.
The Hyatt Regency Tamaya (1300 Tuyuna Trail, Bernalillo) offers a "Tamaya Journey" geotour that takes guests and geocaching enthusiasts through the ancient grounds of the Pueblo of Santa Ana. These tours are open to the public.
7. Cast a Line at a Local pond
Allow your summer days to float on by fishing at a nearby pond. Stocked regularly with trout and catfish, the ponds at Tingley Beach (1800 Tingley Drive SW) offer fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities. Bait and lures are allowed at the central pond, while children 13 and younger have their own pond to enjoy.
Another fishing spot to try is Shady Lakes, located at 11003 Highway 313 NW. Shady Lakes features rainbow trout as well as largemouth black bass, channel catfish, and bluegill.
8. Listen to Music Under the Stars
Now that the weather is perfect for spending time outdoors, get ready for a slew of summer music concerts throughout the metro area.
Isleta Amphitheatre (5601 University Blvd. SE) and the Sandia Casino Amphitheatre (30 Rainbow Road) are both known for attracting the country's top-selling musical talent, featuring a lineup this summer that includes recording artists Jewel, Keith Urban, Jason Mraz, Pitbull, John Mayer, Train and Tim McGraw.
Beginning in June, the ABQ BioPark Zoo and the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden each host summer concert series that will feature independent and regional musical artists. (See page 7 of this issue of New Mexico MarketPlace for more details about the BioPark summer concerts.)
The New Mexico Jazz Workshop's "Salsa/Jazz and Blues Under the Stars" concert series begins on May 31 and continues each Friday and Saturday night until Aug. 10 at the Albuquerque Museum's amphitheater. For more information, visit www.nmjazz.org.
9. Tour the Local Art Galleries
The Duke City has more than its fair share of art galleries, and a great way to discover many of them is by taking a self-guided tour. The Albuquerque ARTScrawl allows you to do just that.
The ARTScrawl offers two ways to explore your favorite galleries during the month. The first Friday of the month is the citywide gallery event, where some of the top art galleries in Albuquerque open their doors in the evening. The third Friday of the month is the neighborhood ARTScrawl, which rotates between Old Town, along Route 66 and the Northeast Heights, highlighting art galleries in those neighborhoods. Upcoming ARTScrawl events take place on June 7 (citywide) and June 21 (Northeast Heights). Each ARTScrawl begins at 5 p.m., but individual galleries set their own hours.
For more information, visit www.artscrawlabq.org.
10. Go See the Petroglyphs
Since the sequester went into effect at the beginning of March, the National Park Service has suffered from funding shortages, and Petroglyph National Monument (6001 Unser Blvd. NW.) has not been left unscathed from the budget cuts.
The good news is that the cuts were minimal at the Petroglyphs, just a slight change in the scheduling for the Saturday programs that happen during the summer, as these will now take place during the day instead of at night. Upcoming lecture topics include global warming and Native American archeology.
11. Take a Hike to a Waterfall
If you're thinking about taking a hike this summer, one trail that is highly recommended --; especially for those with small children --; is the Travertine Falls trail that starts from the Canyon Estates trailhead in Tijeras.
The hike has plenty of trees to keep you shaded from the sun and a stream bed that occasionally carries water. This trail also provides a great launching point for discussions on local geology, and there is a small cave to explore once you've reached the falls.
To get there, take Interstate 40 east from Albuquerque and take the South Tijeras exit. Turn left, go under the highway and take a right into Canyon Estates. Follow the road to the trailhead and the parking lot, which has a minimal parking fee.
12. Adventures on Horseback
Another way to get out and explore the nature and scenery of the Middle Rio Grande Valley is on horseback.
Running Horse Ranch in Albuquerque offers horseback trail rides along the Rio Grande and access into the river. For more information, call 250-8856.
If you're looking for a horseback riding adventure that isn't as structured, New Mexico Horse Adventures allows you to go riding in the mountains, the mesas, find sand dunes, or stay in the foothills. They can also create a custom equestrian vacation for you and your group. For more information, call 301-0917.
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Here's what actors are being paid these days: Anne Hathaway makes $10 million a picture, but as usual, the men make more. Mark Wahlberg makes $27 million a pop, Johnny Depp gets $30 million a picture; Ben Stiller gets $33 million; Adam Sandler and Dwayne Johnson pull in $36 million each; while Leonardo DiCaprio's $37 million pales by comparison to Cruise's $75 million a film.]]>
The average cost of a funeral can run between $7,000 and $10,000.
If you're responsible for a funeral, you'll need to interact with the funeral home; acquire a headstone, likely from a marble supplier; and consult with the cemetery for a plot. While the funeral home can put these together in a package, it'll all cost money.
In addition, you'll need to consider use of a hearse, a limo to bring people to the funeral, multiple death certificates, an organist for the service, clergy or minister, flowers and obituary notices in the newspapers.
The NFCC offers five suggestions for making a difficult (and expensive) time a bit easier:
• Know in advance the funeral preferences of your loved ones. Make sure your own wishes are known as well by others in the family. Be sure to put these in writing.
• When the time comes, treat the expense of a funeral as you would any other large expense: comparison shop with at least two funeral homes.
• Don't spend more than you need to. Fancy and elaborate isn't necessary.
• Know the laws of your state, as they vary. Understand which are optional and which are required. Some funeral homes, for example, require embalming when there is to be viewing and visitation, while the state laws don't require it.
• If you purchase a pre-arranged funeral plan policy, know your state laws, and be sure your family knows you have it.
For more information, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov and put "funeral" in the search box. There are nine articles with information on different aspects of arranging a funeral.]]>
Family and friends can be a good source of recommendations. Your veterinarian is also a good reference point.
Scout Out Facilities
Be sure to tour a facility before boarding your pet. Here are some factors to consider during your tour. Items you should look out for are cleanliness, light and ventilation, cage size, exercise runs, and speration of dogs and cats.
Who are the Caretakers?
Most kennels don't have a veterinarian on staff. However, the staff should be trained and experienced. Also, the fewer animals each staffer is responsible for, the more individual attention your pet is likely to receive.
Ask about the daily routine, the number and length of walks and exercise sessions. Exercise should occur more frequently than is necessary for bladder relief.
Safety is the most important thing you want for your pet. Here are some important issues to address.
• Vaccination policy: Look for a strict vaccination policy. Unvaccinated animals could threaten the health of vaccinated ones.
• Aggressive animal screening: You will no doubt feel better if aggressive animals are not permitted.
• On-site overnight supervision: Is someone on the premises 24 hours a day?]]>
• Stay hydrated. Drinking water helps flush your system.
• Swimwear, shorts and dresses show off the legs, so be sure to target that area. Do squats and lunges to help tone the thighs and glute area.
• Eat plenty of fiber. Remember you can get fiber from many different foods, including delicious summer fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
• Wear the right footwear. You don't want your workout routine halted by injuries or soreness in your feet or legs.
• Add weights to your workout routine. They don't have to be heavy to help trim and tone your muscles.
• Keep up the workout, even while on vacation. Add a little variety to the routine with yoga or a jog along the beach. Time your workouts in the morning so you can enjoy the rest of your day.
• As always, be sure to exercise responsibly and consult with a fitness expert to ensure you use proper form.]]>
A: According to "Vietnam War Collectibles" by David Doyle, U.S. personnel in Vietnam were not paid in cash, but rather in scrip known as Military Payment Certificates (MPC). This was done in an effort to curb black-market activities. When leaving Vietnam, troops could exchange pay certificates for regular U.S. currency. Doyle values your $5 MPC at $125.
Q: I have my first-grade reader from the 1940s, "Fun with Dick and Jane." I wonder if it has any value. --; Barbara, Rio Rancho, N.M.
A: Oh, Oh, Oh, see Barbara smile when I tell her that the reader is quite collectible and probably worth about $50. Condition is always important, and if there are torn pages or pencil or crayon marks, it certainly will be less.
Q: I have a creamer and sugar set that I believe is at least 100 years old. I am enclosing pictures of the set, which is marked "Germany." Can you help me find out more about it? --; Sue, Montevideo, Minn.
A: Judging by the pictures you sent, I believe your set was made during the 1920s. Similar sets in my area sell in the $25 to $45 range, depending, of course, on condition.
Q: I have an old electric Singer sewing machine. It's in working condition. Whom can I contact to find out if it has any value? --; Carol, Stottville, N.Y.
A: Most electric sewing machines are fairly common. Judging from the photographs you sent me, I think your machine is probably from the 1940s or early '50s. Most of the Singer machines from this period sell for less than $100 at auction.
Questions? Write Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or email email@example.com.]]>
An encounter at the school carnival's kissing booth opens Elle's eyes to Noah's real feelings about her, and they begin a clandestine relationship. Elle is torn. She hates lying to her friends and family, but she can't give up the way being with Noah makes her feel, even if it means sneaking around behind everyone's back and risking losing Lee, her best friend in the world. With secrets and lies piling up, is there any way to navigate this suddenly crazy life without someone getting hurt?
"The Kissing Booth" treads familiar young-adult ground, but does so with an ease that is all the more notable for the fact that the author is a mere 17 years old. This debut novel displays a natural grasp of dialogue and a keen eye for the seismic shifts of teen emotions.
Elle is a relatable heroine, sharp and a little sassy without being too glib, and generally honest with herself, even when she makes mistakes.
The Kissing Booth, by Beth Reekles. Published by Random House, e-book, $8.99.]]>
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Want a refreshing, low-cal beverage that's seriously inexpensive and feels lavish? Fill a pretty glass pitcher with ice water and add some sliced cucumber. It looks straight out of the spa, and it's pretty tasty, as well.
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Ready to hit the beach or lakeside? Make your own sneaky, secure money keeper by cleaning out an empty bottle of sunscreen. Choose one that has a wide mouth if you can. If not, try to make an even cut at the top of the label. Then just slide the bottle open, put your valuables in and secure with tape. It will look like you brought a bottle of sunscreen, and no one will know that your money or even a cell phone is inside.
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If your kids (or you) like cereal, be sure to save the heavy plastic liners that hold the cereal inside the box. They are really handy when freezing meat patties in stacks. You can use them to separate layers of cookies, too.
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To ripen a green tomato, wrap it in a sheet of newspaper or place it in a paper bag. It can then be left on the counter for several days to ripen.
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To keep ice crystals from forming on the top of your quart of ice cream, just cut a square of plastic wrap and push it down onto the surface of the ice cream each time you scoop a bowlful out. It peels off easily when you're ready for another helping, but there's no ice.
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Keep a fresh roll of unscented toilet tissue in the kitchen to clean up the stove and countertop. It works well because of its absorbency, and it saves money on expensive paper towels.
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White vinegar will clean fruit or food-coloring stains from your hands --; and most other places, too.]]>
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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." --; Mahatma Gandhi
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"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears." --; John Lennon
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"The most important thing is to enjoy your life --; to be happy --; it's all that matters." --; Audrey Hepburn
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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." --; Oscar Wilde
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"You have to trust a true compliment as much as a critique." --; Diego Rivera
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world." --; Margaret Mead
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"There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it." --; Gustave Flaubert
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"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." --; Meg Cabot
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"We don't need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time and silence. 'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever." --; Philip Pullman
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"Every great love starts with a great story." --; Nicholas Sparks]]>
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In the 1960s, the miniskirt was considered controversial. Both the Vatican and Disneyland refused entrance to women wearing the short skirts.
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Half of all the world's flower species can be found in South America.
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If you're worried about catching a cold from another person, you should be more worried about handshakes than sneezes.
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Though there are an estimated 600,000 words in the English language, only 1,500 to 2,000 words make up 99 percent of all speech in America.
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We usually think of Spain as a warm country, so it might surprise you to learn that the nation has 13 glaciers.
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A fully mature oak tree gives off 7 tons of water every day through its leaves.
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The idea for the Tooth Fairy seems to have originated in Germany, but the tradition has changed over the years. Instead of putting the tooth under a pillow, Germans used to put the tooth in a rat hole in the hope that the new tooth would grow in to be as strong as the teeth of the rat.]]>