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If you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, to the extent that you know you need a different career, the Department of Veterans Affairs might be able to help. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program is in place and accepting applications for education and training from veterans who …

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Y’all come on out to the Wildlife West Nature Park (87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood) for a Cowboy Chuckwagon BBQ followed by live western swing music. Saturdays, July 17, August 7 and 28, and September 4. Hayrides at 6 p.m., raptor free-flight presentation by world-renowned falconer at 6 p.m., …

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Fourteen months after planning to open for business — but delayed due to COVID-19 — the Westside’s newest indoor playground, Jungle Jam, is finally filled with kids. Jungle Jam is family owned and operated by husband and wife team J.D. and Rania Lopez and features a three-story play structur…

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It’s time to pick the berries! Blackberries will be ready for U-Pick at Heidi’s Raspberry Farm in July, followed by raspberries until October. U-Pick is a special time of year when you can pick your own berries, right on the farm, with sweeping views of the Sandia Mountains in the background…

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Whether rediscovering the joy of riding a bike or taking a ride for the first time, cycling saw a boom during the pandemic, and many believe this trend is here to stay.

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If there is any mantra we need to repeat this summer it’s this one: drink more liquids.

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Americans are living longer than ever before, and with continually rising health care costs, the need for a long-term care solution becomes more of a “when” than an “if” situation, according to financial experts, who warn that Americans are largely waiting too long to prepare.

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Sometimes little ones get overwhelmed when confronted with a big job — like picking up a messy room. It may seem easy enough to adults, but to them, well, where do they begin? It’s easier when the tasks are broken up into chunks, and that’s what this activity is all about. Get a job done, bu…

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What do budgeting monthly expenses, being a sports fan and following a recipe have in common? All these activities employ math. Unfortunately, it is common for students to struggle with math classes because they don’t see how the subject will matter in their everyday lives.

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A recent Department of Veterans Affairs press release about a study of homelessness among veterans said it found “issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless.” Those types of financial strain, it said, are debt, unemployment, lower income and financi…

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What did we really accomplish this past year? We’ve had time, certainly, with all these lockdown days, weeks and months, to do any number of things.

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When sprucing up your home, think twice before tossing out a tired-looking, plain-white lampshade. You and your school-age kids can brighten it up and give it new life with the miracle of acrylic paint and decorative trim or ribbon.

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Pre-pandemic, Take Your Child to Work Day was an opportunity for children to peek behind the mysterious veil of “work” — to see what their parents do all day and begin to dream about the careers they might like to pursue.

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Nobody wants to think about it, but the need for life insurance is a fact of life. And now the cost of life insurance for veterans is dropping, opening the door for more of us to be able to afford it.

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Matriarchs are honored and revered in Pueblo culture, and this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, Indian Pueblo Kitchen (located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center) will be presenting a “Mother’s Day Contemporary Indigenous Experience,” as a unique opportunity to celebrate mom. The one-of-a-…

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A few months ago, I got the idea to send greeting cards to some residents of a local nursing home who were locked down and not allowed to have visitors. It started small: a box of greeting cards and the first names of some of the residents, courtesy of the facility director. The idea has, to…

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When you think about gardening and preschoolers, a spindly bean sprout emerging from a half-pint cardboard milk carton might come to mind. But there’s another favorite my kids enjoyed. We called it a saucer garden. It uses kitchen-scrap throwaways from vegetables such as carrots and beets, a…

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Children are never too young to learn the importance of sustainability or begin adopting eco-friendly habits. Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a great time to get started, and experts say it all starts with playtime.

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For many seniors, retirement plans can change instantly when it becomes apparent that they’ll need to raise their grandchildren. The reasons this can happen are many, and none of them good: parental drug use, arrest and incarceration, a dangerous military assignment, alcoholism and even deat…

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Make simple no-bake bird’s nest treats with your kids to celebrate spring. Drop peanut M&Ms or natural-looking candy eggs in each one. Or for Easter, substitute jelly beans, tucking the nests in Easter baskets or setting them at each table setting for Easter Sunday dinner. Either way, th…

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Children develop their identities right alongside their abilities to crawl, walk, talk and recognize letters. There’s also a common misconception that children are “colorblind.”

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Learn how adoptees can combine genealogy and DNA to identify their biological families. Even when both parents are unknown, it may be possible to determine who they are. This class will show you the specific DNA and family research tools and strategies genetic genealogists use to help adopte…

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You know it’s getting bad when local police chiefs go on the nightly news to warn against scams. That’s what is happening in my area, and possibly in yours. Scammers are going all out to steal your information, money and identity, and they’re using the COVID vaccine as their tool.

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What do you think of when you hear the word “table?” In your mind, do you see the large rectangular piece of furniture in your kitchen? Your fourth-grader might picture a multiplication chart, and your sixth-grader a list of contents at the beginning of a book.

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If your child is an effective communicator and a natural born leader, they may have what it takes to be an amazing teacher. However, a love of learning is fundamental to a career in education. Here are a few ways to cultivate a passion for learning and put this rewarding career path on your …

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been out for years or are just now separating from the service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a gift for you: the VA Welcome Kit. It’s something every veteran needs to have on hand for current information you need now or things that can come up over the years.

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Creating art can be emotionally healing and freeing. Who among us can’t use a little of that nowadays? Once you get started, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner.

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Building a strong family is like building a house: We do it brick by brick, one day at a time. Here are some “bricks” that I try to focus on annually. I get inspired with these little reminders, as I adjust my thinking and goals for my family of five, and also for my extended family as it gr…

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During the cold and flu season and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more medicines in homes being used to treat all kinds of symptoms. It is important to keep curious kids safe by keeping medicine up and away and out of reach.

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A quarter of a million of us leave the service every year, and where do we go? If our last duty station was in a great place, we might just put down roots and stay. Some of us go home. And some of us have no idea where to go.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has put out a timely warning about fire safety, especially for seniors. The main statistic is grim: We seniors make up about 16% of the population, but account for a whopping 77% of all clothing fires.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life,  and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus. But one activity that you should not put on hold is a child’s annual doctor visit.

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We’ve been in a stressful period for many long months, and now here come the holidays. It’s going to be different this year: fewer (or no) family get-togethers, no parties, little shopping at stores ... in other words, a potentially lonely time for many veterans who are sad or anxious or who…

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In a typical year, we would be shopping all the local craft fairs now for unique holiday items and gifts. But, since 2020 is anything but typical, we’re changing the way we do things. Sandia Band Boosters hosts an annual craft fair that draws a huge crowd each year. Now, they’re taking it on…

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The news is out. Our Social Security benefit increase starting in January 2021 will be less than it was for 2020.

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Warning: Wholesome content ahead. You can always count on a well-written story to lighten your mood or touch your heart. And, darn it, sometimes you really need it. Here are a few films out in the past year that can give you an hour plus of escape into a better, more heart-touching world.

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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.