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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…

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Four in 10 adults in the U.S. have two or more chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While certain conditions and risk factors are beyond one’s control, the new year is the perfect time to consider the many lifestyle choices you can make for improved health.

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The transition from childhood to adolescence is a complex time for kids, but it’s also a complex time for you, and you may find yourself unsure how to give your children more independence and when to stay involved. But when it comes to doctor’s visits, medical experts emphasize the importanc…

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Some of us had a hard time when we left the military. The civilian world is a different place, and we probably could have used some help. The Department of Veterans Affairs has hooked up with the Department of Defense and Homeland Security in a program called VA Solid Start. They intend to c…

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Witness the iconic Christmas story of the three kings, told through the beautiful art of flamenco. Presented by the National Institute of Flamenco — home to Yjastros: American Flamenco Repertory Company and The Conservatory of Flamenco Arts. Performance times for La Estrella are Friday, Dece…

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Relive your childhood memories by visiting the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain Road NW) and The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. This exhibition, on view through April 19, 2020, reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly…

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In 2019, researchers discovered meaningful insights into the causes, risk factors and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Here are five of their important discoveries:

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What’s better this fall than taking leisurely family walks to grab some fresh air and enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors? While everyone might recognize houses and neighbors, and get caught up in collecting fallen leaves along the way, this time can also draw everyone’s attention to new d…

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For many families, the holiday season is the most expensive time of year. Americans spent over $707 billion dollars during the 2018 holidays, according to the National Retail Federation, and it would be no surprise for spending to increase in 2019.

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Bullying among kids continues to be the number one social issue facing this demographic, according to YouthBeat research. This is why Cartoon Network, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and 826 National are taking action to promote inclusion, acceptance and kindness to unite communi…

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If you’re a veteran and are a victim of domestic violence, the Department of Veterans Affairs can help you with housing and support services if you need to flee. If you have children, this includes them. If you are a senior veteran, elder abuse is included in the definition of domestic violence.

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Grab your calculator. Those in the know are making an educated guess about the amount of our Social Security increase for 2020. The Senior Citizens League estimates that the increase will be 1.6%, below the raise we got last year. This will mean an average net gain of $23.40 per month for th…

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Felting “acorns” using fluffy natural wool is a relaxing and enjoyable fall activity for all ages. It’s especially suited for young children who like to get their hands in soapy water to shape and change the structure of the soft wool into dense felted wool balls.

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Now in its 31st year, the Halloween Celebration at the Zoo provides  a safe, fun event for the whole family. Start a new tradition! Spend the day trick-or-treating together on October 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, 100 percent of the profits will benefit the BioPark, which makes us so …

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Is it quartz, or quartzite? What’s the difference between a rock and a mineral? Or between a gem and a mineral? And just how old is that fossil? Find out from the experts what minerals, rocks or fossils are hiding in your collection. This free event occurs from 2 to 5 p.m. on the first Monda…

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Susie Tallman and Friends have another winner on their hands. The local singer’s latest album, “Spanish Songs for Children Learning Spanish,” has received the Parents Choice Gold Award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and Creative Child Magazine’s Best CD of 2019. Twenty easy…

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When children misbehave, there’s often a reason for it, according to experts, who point out that understanding the behaviors can help you manage them more effectively, especially during play time.

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The National Cemetery Administration is launching an online memorial site to honor the 3.7 million veterans who are interred in Department of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries. Each veteran will have his or her own page on The Veterans Legacy Memorial site.

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Need a dessert that is not only delicious but easy to make?  Try this recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Crostata.  You’ll have a hard time waiting to sink your teeth in to the flaky crust with a burst of cinnamon and apples. Find more delicious recipes at Culinary.net.

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Need brown sugar for a recipe and suddenly realize you’re out? Save a trip to the grocery store by adding molasses to white sugar. No molasses? Use maple syrup in a pinch.