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As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula — including PE classes — our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger deal than parent…

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As we’ve all been spending more time at home, 2020 has seen the rise of family activities like board games. But you may not know that some of those games are published here locally. Rio Grande Games, based in Placitas, publishes many games recognizable to board gamers, including Dominion and…

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Since it looks like this horrible coronavirus isn’t going away soon, we might as well take a few steps to make our lives more comfortable over the winter. Here are some ideas:

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Remember who ran for president and vice president against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1984? Answer: Walter Mondale with Geraldine Ferraro. How quickly we forget those who ran the high-profile race but didn’t make it.

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Financial literacy is an important component of STEAM learning and a building block of a comfortable future. Unfortunately, many schools have limited programs. But there’s good news — not only can parents impart money-smarts at home, they can make it so fun kids won’t even realize they’re learning!

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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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Time does not stretch forward indefinitely. I learned that lesson today when I received word that one of my oldest relatives had passed away. His name was Henry, and I never met him. I hooked up with him and his lovely wife many years ago when I started my genealogy hunt. We came together li…

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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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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are looking into new life insurance coverage or taking a closer look at their existing coverage to make potential updates, according to a new survey.

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Whether the new school year means your kids will be heading back to the classroom, learning remotely, or a mix of both, back-to-school will most likely be stressful. Thinking ahead can help prepare everyone for a new way of learning, and simplify the transition from the slow ease of summerti…

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The regular crew of older veterans was spread out on the sidewalk in front of the coffee shop, but I didn’t expect they’d be there long. The heat was coming up and it was going to be a brutal day. Half of them were drinking iced coffees.

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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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With aging, we lose muscle. With all the staying home we’re doing now, we’re losing more muscle. We have to fight against that.

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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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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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I came across an unusual confab outside the coffee shop today. What was different this time was the presence of younger veterans.

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Americans are spending more time at home, which means they’re likely spending more time online. While their attention is focused on staying healthy, they shouldn’t forget to stay vigilant about cybersecurity either.

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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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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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Many people may avoid estate planning because they think it can be put off until later in life. But experts agree that adults of any age should have a plan in place to make sure their financial affairs are in order after they pass on, or in case they are incapacitated. A complete and thought…

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It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on the things within your control is particularly important.

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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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There is no piece of music that elicits as much emotion as the 24 notes of “Taps,” the bugle call played at military funerals and ceremonies.

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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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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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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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Heading off to college is exciting, and a time full of endless possibilities. However, circumstances have changed for many American families over the past several months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you may be wondering how you will pay your upcoming college tuition bill and oth…

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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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Has your Meals on Wheels expanded their service? In a number of areas, the program has taken on more volunteers or widened the area they cover, having received grants and other funding, giving more seniors the opportunity to have meals delivered. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, those …

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Baking bread is just plain fun when your preschoolers shape prepared dough into adorable bear shapes. They’ll love “painting” the bears with an egg wash before you pop them in the oven. Serve them warm, drizzled with some honey for a memorable afternoon treat.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to stop the enrollment of veterans under the GI Bill at a number of universities due to “erroneous, deceptive, or misleading” practices involving enrollment, advertising and sales. The Federal Trade Commission and various state attorneys general took …

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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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Surely our world will be back to normal this summer ... right? Surely we’ll be able to get out of the house without fearing every person who comes near us. We’ll be able to leisurely wander through the grocery store, which will be stocked as it used to be. We’ll stop to talk to friends on th…

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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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Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you’re helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner …

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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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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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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.

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The pain and symptoms that accompany migraines can be debilitating. For children and teens, it can mean missed school days, absence from social or sporting events and activities at home.

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Climate change may be one of the most daunting issues of our time, but small actions do add up to a positive difference. While complex problems demand complex solutions, one thing is simple: every individual can reduce their own water and carbon footprint through small behavior changes. Here…

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Let it snow, wherever you live, with this colorful watercolor art project your young kids will enjoy. Grains of salt sprinkled over watercolor drawings mimic snowflakes to change your budding artist’s landscape drawing. While the watercolor paint is still wet, a sprinkle of salt creates dime…

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You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70 percent chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of…