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On Oct. 4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln observes a balloon demonstration near Washington, D.C. Both Confederate and Union armies experimented with using balloons to gather military intelligence, but they proved to be dangerous and impractical.

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Want a chance to live out a piece of history... and maybe even rewrite it? Check out the immersive historical escape rooms at Escape in Time, located at 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite #21. You and your team will have one hour to solve the puzzles to complete the adventure, which usually invo…

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Looking for handmade, one-of-a-kind items for gift giving? Members of the Artists of Mariposa would like to offer their unique services to help make your friends and family smile this holiday season. Pastel paintings, pet portraits, jewelry, games and more. Contact the artists now to guarant…

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The 11th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival takes place virtually on October 17. Presented by the New Mexico Dulcimer Association, the festival includes webcam mountain and hammered dulcimer workshops throughout the day and a pre-recorded evening concert featuring three national champions p…

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We’re all missing the balloons! But you can get your hot air fix virtually. Balloon Fiesta Live is the live-streamed program that broadcasts each session during Balloon Fiesta week. The Siesta Edition will feature expert commentary by long-time announcers/balloonists Glen Moyer and Art Lloyd…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There’s time to indulge in the fun things in life — like maybe taking a special someone out for a great evening.

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What could bring rival, cutthroat studios such as Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, Disney, BBC Studios, Lionsgate and MGM together? Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Disney and co-founder of Dreamworks, and Meg Whitman, formerly on the board of Proctor & Gamble, Dropbox and the CEO o…

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You can create a striking “stained glass window” for your home, but you don’t need fancy bits of glass.

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This weekend I took some time out to relax with my youngest. Her choice: “The One and Only Ivan,” courtesy of Disney+. It’s a heartwarming story, based on real life, of a silverback gorilla raised in captivity and the center showcase of an oddly placed roadside circus — a big top plunked in …

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“If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.” — African Proverb

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On Sept. 6, 1943, a new high-speed train traveling between New York City and Washington, D.C., derails, killing 79 people and seriously injuring 100 more. The Congressional Limited traveled at a then-unprecedented speed of 65 mph.

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Donate your stuff today, and plan to attend the community rummage sale benefiting Albuquerque Little Theatre, September 26. ALT is accepting donations of saleable items (as well as providing spaces to the public for a minimal charge, where you can sell your own items if you’d prefer). Clean …

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You’ve likely seen Olympic curling. It’s the sport where one teammate slides a granite stone across the ice and yells to the other teammates, who are madly sweeping in front of the rock to direct it to the target. Now you can experience the thrill of the game at ABQ Ax’s new location at 5505…

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The Second Annual New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival is going virtual! In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, this year’s festival will be in a modified format with virtual programming, an online vendor store and drive-through market. Enjoy cooking and cocktail-making demonstrations that …

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It’s a make-it-your-own cycling event, Bike MS style. We can’t ride together in-person this year but people with MS can’t wait. Join the New Mexico Multiple Sclerosis Society September 26 for Bike MS: Inside Out, the first-ever nationwide Bike MS event that lets you build your own adventure.…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Try soothing whatever bad feelings might be lingering among colleagues or family, without favoring any side.

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Brad Pitt, best supporting actor Oscar winner for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” has finally chosen his next acting project. It’s the action/thriller “Bullet Train,” about five assassins on a fast-moving train with only one stop from Tokyo to Morioka. The assassins discover their missions …

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When it comes to the annual back-to-school supply list for young students, crayons are still at the top. It’s no secret that kids love new boxes full of colorful crayons with sharp points, but what about last year’s stash? There’s no reason to throw out those worn-down stubs. You and your ki…

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“You Should Have Left” — a psychological horror film at the top of the streaming charts — features Kevin Bacon as a middle-age producer in a rocky marriage to a young actress. The pair set off on a vacation with their young daughter to a remote Welsh villa penetrated by a sinister force that…

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There have been many studies on why people do or don’t collect. Do they hoard to replace something that was missing in their life — a loving parent, perhaps? Is it an obsession, like gambling? Or is it interest in research on history or art and the emotions they create? Many decorators in th…

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If you are like many parents these days, you are on a quest to find new ways to entertain the kids at home. This may be a good time to turn to a classic source of fun that requires no charging, batteries or Wi-Fi, making it screen time parents don’t have to limit.

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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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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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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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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 …