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When Benjamin Franklin invented his own harmonica, it became so popular in Europe that Mozart and Beethoven composed music for it.

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Have you been holed up for a while — unable to travel our great state? These books might help. They’re a journey back in time as told by the participants. They were there — and they can take you there.

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On Aug. 1, 1961, Six Flags Over Texas opens. The park was the first to feature log flume, 360-degree looping roller coaster and modern parachute drop. The park also pioneered the concept of an all-inclusive admission price.

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Electric Playhouse is offering week-long coding and robot camps for kids ages 6 to 12. “We are excited to share some of our knowledge and excitement for this modern art in this inaugural camp offering,” says founder John-Mark Collins. “Of course, kids will play, laugh and eat along the way i…

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Third Thursday at the Museum’s online events feature a mix of music, lectures and hands-on art projects. The August 20 event will be streamed at 6 p.m. on the AMP Concerts Facebook Page. Inspired by the “Trinity: Art of the Bomb” exhibit, Chatter offers a percussion program centered on James…

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One of the world’s most recognized festivals, the 2020 Gathering of Nations Powwow was canceled earlier this year due to Corona-virus. But don’t worry. You can still experience the sights and sounds with free online Vintage Videos from the vault. On August 1 and 22 at 6 p.m. local time, tune…

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“It’s a bird, it’s a plane... it’s Superman!” Experiencing the wonders of flying through the air was a human obsession long before George Reeves donned that skin-tight blue suit and red cape. We constantly strive for freedom of movement with no boundaries, soaring and swooping whether emotio…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Arian contrariness could be keeping you from getting all the facts. Turn it off, and tune in to what you need to hear.

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Could “The Big Bang Theory” have a 13th season? If there is one, CBS will have to do it without Jim Parsons. Even when it offered him $30 million, Parsons said “playing Sheldon for 12 seasons was quite enough,” and that he’s not interested in revisiting the show because “it was the right tim…

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You can do more with a newspaper than just read and recycle it. Use it to make a hat — and wear it at your child’s birthday party, a picnic at the park or just for fun! All you need are recycled newspapers, a roll of masking tape, or a large rubber band and basic art supplies or picks from y…

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To help us stay away from the mainstream news that has nothing but disturbing commentary and visuals, I’ve compiled a list of more upbeat places to investigate online. Best of all — they’re free!

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Just when you thought you were out, they pulled you back in ... to self-isolation, that is. More and more, it seems it’s in your self-interest to find a reason to stay home. Well, I’ve got you covered. Here are eight film collections that require a serious time commitment to work your way th…

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There doesn’t seem to be any type of antique that isn’t sold at auctions, flea markets or shops. We were surprised years ago at a flea market when a dealer was offering a wooden artificial leg. It was sold an hour after we saw it. He said it went to a woman who wanted to make a statue, and s…

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“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Dalai Lama

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Following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of hairstylists and alpaca farmers donated over 19 warehouses worth of cut hair to help absorb the spilled oil.

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In these unprecedented and uncertain times, play is critical to physical and emotional well-being, helping both kids and adults decompress and stay positive while providing countless learning opportunities.

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The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience has put together an impressive line-up of “drive-in” movies for their “Dinner & a Drive-In” series. Tickets are $20 per car, and must be purchased in advance. Screenings are scheduled each Wednesday at 9 p.m. at O’Niells Pub, 4310 Central Ave. …

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AcuteByDesign recently announced that Albuquerque author Beverly Ann Allen has been honored with their Novel Writing Award for her new book, “Rio Grande Rhapsody.” ABD’s award is granted annually to three new authors whose first-time novels represent the best in adult storytelling and fictio…

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NDI New Mexico is offering interactive summer dance programs for ages three and up via Zoom. Some classes in the programs are live online, and others are for students to complete at their own pace with family and friends. To see the various programs and register, go to www.ndi-nm.org/summer2020/.

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The Great American Song Contest has announced that Rio Rancho songwriter Michael R. J. Roth is the First-Place Lyric Winner in its 2019 competition, earning a spot in its Great American Song Hall of Fame. Roth has been called  “a cool dark troubadour… a modern day poet not unlike Townes Van …

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On July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of a new United States of America from Great Britain. The declaration came 442 days after the first shots of the American Revolution.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Making things more complicated than they need to be can be a problem for the typically orderly Lamb.

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Tom Cruise’s fans always thought he was out of this world. So Tom has decided to live up to that expectation by joining forces with Elon Musk and his SpaceX on an action/adventure project with NASA that’ll actually shoot in outer space and on the space station. Shooting will begin after he’s…

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Depending where we live, many of us are still in lockdown. Still, there are ways to keep our spirits up.

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It doesn’t take much to get kids hooked on fishing, and it’s a great activity to get your family safely outdoors during these trying times. But before your kids hit the dock, pond or river bank, or climb aboard a canoe or boat, there are a few things to do to prepare for this fun family sport.

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A new month means new material available for streaming, and there are typically a few gems each month for savers. My appetite for distraction sometimes means these “new to free” are not “new to me,” but I treat them like new releases just the same — popcorn on my lap and the lights turned do…

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Nantucket baskets have been popular purses and collectibles since the 1940s. The first baskets on Nantucket Island were made by the Wampanoag Indians, but they were not like the later Nantucket baskets.

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Keeping children content and occupied isn’t always an easy task — especially with more and more days being spent at home. As parents and caregivers, it can also be challenging to come up with creative solutions and fun projects that differ each day. However, even if you lack crafting abiliti…

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“There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.” — Franz Kafka

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In 1834, American physician John Cooke Bennet added tomatoes to ketchup, which previously consisted of fish or mushrooms. As tomatoes contain a healthy dose of vitamins and antioxidants, Bennet then branded his sauce as a cure for diarrhea, indigestion, jaundice and rheumatism.

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1. GEOGRAPHY: Which is the only country to have three capital cities?

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On June 3, 1800, President John Adams becomes the first acting president to take up residence in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately the White House was not yet finished, so Adams moved into temporary digs at Tunnicliffe’s City Hotel near the also half-finished Capitol building.

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Accompanied by a wealth of family photographs, “Hometown Corrales: A Family Album” by Mary P. Davis tells the story of Corrales through the lives of 58 families profiled in the book. Bookworks presents the author’s virtual event June 21 at 3 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@bkwrks.com to attend, and buy bo…

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Locally owned ABQ Books and Media used bookstore opened May 29. The “experimental warehouse bookstore” aims to provide affordable books, DVDs, CDs and more — with most items selling for less than $5. From the owner, “We plan to have about 10,000 books as well as 5,000 media items! Items will…

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The Albuquerque Folk Festival celebrates its 22nd year on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a virtual festival. The event is free and features live and recorded performances, workshops, storytelling, sing-along and jam with bands, and more. Planned headliners include The Limelit…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your self-esteem level is high, as is your impatience to see more action come your way in the workplace.

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Cameron Diaz made 43 films and is a major star. Yet in 2018 she walked away from it all. On Jan. 5, 2015, at age 47, she wed musician Benji Madden, of The Madden Brothers and the pop-rock band Good Charlotte. On Dec. 30, 2019, she gave birth to their daughter, Raddix Chloe Wildflower Madden.…

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A World War I homing pigeon saved 194 men by delivering a message despite losing a leg and an eye, and having been shot through the chest.

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On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building. The building went up in just over a year, under budget and well ahead of schedule.

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The new Penguin Chill exhibit at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo opened last summer, and has been a visitor favorite for months. With the current “stay-at-home” orders, we’re not able to visit the zoo in person. So, if you’ve been missing seeing the flightless birds, don’t worry. You can now wat…