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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…

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As schools have transitioned to online instruction for the remainder of the academic year, teachers can supplement lesson plans by inviting an educator from one of the divisions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs into their virtual classrooms. Find out about traditional sheep h…

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Get out your computers — it’s time to look at art. Due to COVID-19, the Placitas Community Library (PCL) Art Committee is taking its themed exhibition program online. “Reaching Back, Looking Forward” debuts May 1. Visitors to the virtual show will enjoy the work of more than a dozen local ar…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You still might have to deal with some lingering confusion that marked a recent workplace situation.

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Romeo told Juliet, “Deny thy father and refuse his name!” Which is what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ronan Farrow has done. Is he the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, or the product of a reuniting of Mia Farrow and her former husband Frank Sinatra? That’s one DNA test we’d like to see!

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Imagine creative ways to reuse what we typically throw away, even little things. Here’s one that may lurk in your refrigerator: a celery-stalk rose just waiting to be revealed with some ink or fabric paint.

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In 1883, Bill Kinsman of Tombstone, Arizona, was the subject of a practical joke when the Tombstone Epitaph announced his intention to marry one May Woodman. The surprised future groom countered with a notice of his own that he had no such plans whatsoever — and was soon after shot to death …

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“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year..” — Mark Twain

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On April 6, 1917, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses a Senate declaration of war against Germany, and America formally enters World War I. Some 50,000 American soldiers would lose their lives before the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918.

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Where in Albuquerque can you find accidentally dropped nuclear weapons, Microsoft’s first office, or the remains of an amusement park dedicated to comic book character Red Ryder? Why does Albuquerque have a grave for a fictional character and where do people play in a “maggot pit”? And where…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A pesky health problem should clear up soon.

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Bond has met his match ... the coronavirus! The latest 007 film, “No Time to Die,” was to open April 2, but because producers felt people won’t want to congregate in theaters, they’ve moved the opening to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible…

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Set a timer to remember to add softener to your load of laundry, and another for when the load is done. Buzzers can’t always be heard, and it’s best to not let your wet laundry sit.

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Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials and surroundings.

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This activity using sandpaper for the “paper” is an interesting twist for engaging those impulses to create with verve, while enhancing a child’s natural creativity and love of art. It’s an easy technique to offer a new expression using crayons in bright colors and sandpaper.

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Electric Playhouse — the world’s first interactive, projection-mapped entertainment destination — opened last month near Coors and I-40 at 5201 Ouray Road NW. Electric Playhouse produces magical spaces for dining, games, culture and entertainment. The Albuquerque-based startup has developed …

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Top rodeo athletes from across the United States will be matched with the toughest bulls and horses of the Baca Rodeo Company, Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 and March 14-15. Performances begin at 1 p.m. at the Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Belen, 10 I-25 Bypass. Admission is $12 …

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Who doesn’t love tacos? Now, you can eat tacos for a cause with the Burque Taco Club. The club’s vision is to build an inclusive community focused on philanthropy. Each month, the group gets together at a local establishment to eat tacos, meet new people and raise money for a non-profit. The…

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After winning back-to-back CIF championships in 2018 and 2019, Duke City Gladiator owners Gina Preiskorn-Thomas and Scott Thomas moved the team to the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2020 season. Under a new head coach — Cornelius “Pig” Brown from the IFL’s Nebraska Danger —  five-time …

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If you look at a list of the names of the 50 states, you’ll find every letter of the alphabet except Q.

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Pi Day is not only an annual opportunity to celebrate math, it’s also a day to honor the renowned scientist and mathematician, Albert Einstein, born on March 14.

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“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” — Carl Sagan

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If you’re in the market for a smartphone, tablet, smart watch or other gadget, you may be preparing to pay through the nose. Experts say that you don’t have to go broke on tech if you shop wisely.

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On March 6, 1899, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Having second thoughts could be a good thing, even if you’re determined to go through with your plans.

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Lin Manuel Miranda is one smart cookie. After creating “Hamilton” for Broadway in 2015 and winning a record 11 Tony Awards, he had the forethought to produce a 2 hour and 40 minute film, with his original cast, two weeks before they left the show. Now, five years later, he’s sold the worldwi…

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Let’s make fire with ice! Impossible, you say? Well, it just depends on how you look at it. Follow this DIY process using candle wax and ice to create these super “cool” chunky candles.