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Re-Opened Museum Has New Staff, New Exhibits, New Look
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Re-Opened Museum Has New Staff, New Exhibits, New Look By DEBORAH BEGEL
What I notice on my first walk around the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is that there are no signs that say “Don’t do this” or “Don’t touch that.” In fact, the exhibits seem to say: Please do touch, smell, listen, watch and taste! The only sign I remember is one on the mirror at the face painting station: “A dab of water is all you need.” The 35 or so interactive exhibits invite children to figure out how they work with minimal guidance. So, when floor manager Cody Stelzer gave me a tour, I asked him about it. “So do you come around at night and put everything back a certain way?” “No, he said. “When we open, we try to put things in a not a completely put-away state and not a completely messy state, because both of those kind of inhibit play. Or we give an idea of ‘Oh look, you could do this,’ a launching point.” Everywhere I look, youngsters are absorbed in activities like building towers with nuts and magnets, painting pictures, running trains on a large table or lifting huge rings slowly out of a tub filled with a soapy solution and blowing enormous bubbles into being. Eleven-year-old Preston Rogers is bending over a shiny flat round black table top, scooping up piles of blue sand with a measuring cup and pouring it into a funnel with a hole at the bottom that he’s holding shut with a finger. The funnel is hanging down from above on a chain. When it’s got enough sand, he removes his finger and the sand begins to pour onto the table. “You just move it around to make the design,” he tells me as he guides the funnel around the table, spilling sand into lines that slowly create a star with a dot in the middle. Nearby, a father is putting colors on his young daughter’s face in a dress-up area. Two bigger girls are applying red, yellow, orange, blue and green to their faces. “Do you have a plan?” I ask 6 year old Luna Lovato. “Oh yes,” she says as she dips a white color stick into the water. Preston Rogers creates designs with “My plan is to paint another uniblue sand and a funnel. Photos by Deborah Begel. verse. I’m mixing colors.” I watch her as she switches to blue, which she liberally applies to her chin, cheeks and lips. Then she holds up her multi-colored hands. “It’s always fun to get messy!” she says with exuberance. Her mother, Sabina Lovato, smiles. “Does Luna come here often?” I ask. “Oh yes,” she says. “She’s over here all the time.” I toured the museum, located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail, on my own on a
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Luna Lovato paints her face during Community Day at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.
warm fall day in October. It was Community Day, a day when the museum entry is free and everyone is welcome. Beth Hamilton, the Development and Marketing Manager, estimated that about 700 visitors came. The goal of the Children’s Museum hasn’t changed much since four educators began to visit schools in 1985. Heidi Heidgerken, Program and Volunteer Manager, says the founders had a desire to expand on what the schools were doing because they believed kids needed to have more inquiry-based learning and discovery opportunities. Heidgerken describes these kinds of activities as “learner driven.” The museum has had some financial ups and downs. After revenues declined for several years in a row, the museum closed in December, 2015, to regroup. The doors reopened in April with new staff, a new board, new exhibits and a new look. Now it operates on a budget of about $402,000 annually, brought in through grants, memberships and entry fees, and partnerships with local organizations. “Where we need to be is closer to a million dollars to do all the things we want to do,” said Hamilton. One challenge to growth, she said, is overcoming people’s perception that the museum is still closed. Given the lack of abundant resources, all five full-time staff juggle multiple arenas of responsibility. Six part-time staff and a couple dozen volunteers pick up more of the slack. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum cross-trains employees and even swaps exhibits with Explora! in Albuquerque to keep them fresh. United Way of New Mexico has sponsored family nights at the museum. And a Youth Conservation Corps grant through the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources brought interns in to help Tammy McClellan, Senior Museum Manager and Earthworks Garden Manager, put in an alphabet garden, a butterfly garden and a tea garden last year. She said she continues “to look at those ways we could add whimsy.” In fact, there’s no shortage of dreams among the staff. McClellan and Williams are working on a train that children could ride outdoors on the 1.5 acre grounds. “We want to get some more 3-D building stuff here,” says Stelzer. Young painters display their artwork on the continued on page 8
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When I walked outside, I heard the music of flutes and drums floating my way. Soon I saw a small amphitheater built into the slope of the land. It was filled with youngsters and adults watching belly dancers turning round and round and to and fro to the rapid fire beats. Nineteen-month-old Jayla Hayes, her right cheek adorned with a pink and blue flower, watched with her grandmother Judy. “She loves dancers,” Judy said. “And she can’t wait to do the Spanish dancing when she’s 3!” As I headed along a curved path down the hill, a familiar smell reached me. On the other side of a small crowd of people, someone was pulling fresh biscochitos out of the horno. Further down the hill, two women from the Santa Fe Raptor Center were gently introducing children to a barn owl named Vientosa. Later I talked to members of the five-person management team. I wanted to know how they capture kids’ attention in this digital age. “The goal at the museum is to bring learning to kids through having fun,” said Ed Williams, Exhibits and Facilities Manager. “I think fun has a lot to do with doing things and seeing results and enjoying the process,” said Heidgerken. She is a skill builder and storyteller for the Wee Wednesday class for toddlers. “Why aren’t there a bunch of signs telling kids how to do your activities?” I asked. “The kids don’t need them,” said Hamilton. “When a family comes for the first time, the parents look really confused about what’s going on but the kids aren’t confused at all. They’re full on running into an exhibit.” Continuing my outdoor tour, I came across tables covered with paints and paper. “Yellow paint?” offered volunteer Margaret Lubalin to two young painters. She said about 70 youngsters had painted pictures already. “What are you painting?” I asked Elan Flori, who was about to turn 6. “I’m painting a rainbow of love,” he said. “This will go on the Wall of Love,” said Lubalin. “In times like these,” she said, “we need something to unite us.” Listening to this conversation, Elan’s French father, Michel Flori, smiled. “Rainbows are Elan’s specialty,” he said.
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When I asked Elan’s brother Arlo, 7, where he was headed on paper, he said, “I’m painting the sun over the ocean, and some clouds, and right now I’m working on the wind.” The wind. It takes a 7 year old, I thought, and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, to capture the wind on paper.
Elan Flori paints a picture.
The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Check the website, SantaFeChildrensMuseum.org, for hours. Admission is free on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for children under 17. Discounts are available to active duty military, veterans and EBT card holders. In addition to the Wee Wednesday program for toddlers, children can learn how to garden on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in Seeds and Sprouts classes, attend the Open Art Studio on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., and watch Cornelius the snake eat his weekly mouse on Sundays. The museum will be bringing its new inflatable digital planetarium to about 1,500 students in area schools in 2018. Call 505-989-8359 to request a visit. Low and no cost field trips are also available. Watch the website and sign up for emails to keep up with new programs and activities throughout the year.
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Kirtland Air Force Base To Get New Science Education Facility For Children of Military Families By EFRAIN VILLA
A youngster uses a flight simulator at a STEM Center of Innovation. Courtesy photo.
For children of many military families, the possibility of an imminent relocation is always looming, and with it, the anxiety of having to start from scratch with a new set of friends and teachers in an unfamiliar environment. According to the Military Child Education Coalition, military children move six to nine times before they graduate from high school. That is more than three times the average of a civilian child. A big move from one state to another, or even just a switch in school districts within the same town, can be a traumatic experience for young students who must deal with a new curriculum, schedule and policies. Cassandra Harken, a retired E-4 Senior Airman in the United States Air Force, says raising children on military bases posed unique challenges and opportunities for her family. “Both of my children were born while on my second tour of duty,” Harken says. “Although they got really good at making friends, I don’t think it’s generally considered normal for people to start one’s life over and over again in new locations, so I had to do my best as a parent to create normalcy for my kids.” Harken says a Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) membership was one way she could provide stability for her children. “I enrolled them because for me, it was a way to get something constant in their lives,” Harken says. “I think clubs look pretty similar to each other from one location to the next, so at least one part of my kids’ lives could remain relatively unchanged at a time when so many other things were changing for them. Plus, with schools’ standards varying so much from one state to another, BGCA helped fill any gaps in their education.” To further boost continuity in military students’ education and to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the Boys and Girls Club and Raytheon launched a $5 million initiative in 2015 to open
STEM Centers of Innovation on or near select military bases. Currently, there are 10 such centers, nine in the United States and another in Germany. Four new STEM Centers will be opening in 2018, one on Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base. The facilities are designed to expose youth to hands-on education that will prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. "Military families make tremendous sacrifices for our country, but those sacrifices should never include their children missing opportunities to explore the endless possibilities available to them," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America. "We're proud to offer a safe, familiar space for military youth across the country and abroad, and with these four new STEM Centers of Innovation from Raytheon, we'll be able to continue to build even more confidence and curiosity among these amazing kids to forge passions in STEM." Each STEM Center of Innovation is curated by community members, educators and program consultants through an initial design planning that takes months before a center gets built. “The charrette gives each club the opportunity to map out what they want it to look like with input from their membership, professional youth development staff and our staff,” said Sara Leutzinger, BCGA Director of Public Relations. “The grants the clubs get through this partnership with Raytheon help fund those resources, whether it’s robotics, 3-D printers or, at least in one case, a video production studio.” The STEM Center of Innovation slated for Kirtland Air Force Base had its design charrette Nov. 8. Based on the final details coming out of that planning session, the center should open within three to six months. Leutzinger says she expects the grand opening to be in spring 2018. The center will be located in Kirtland Air Force Base’s BGCA-affiliated Youth Center (8001 G Avenue, Building 20234), which is part of a 25-year-old network of on-base youth programs that the U.S. military operates in partnership with BGCA. The current emphasis on STEM curricula comes as a result of recent changes in the global economics of labor. Over the last decade, employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in nonSTEM occupations (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent respectively), and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 8.9 percent from 2014 to 2024, compared with 6.4 percent growth for non-STEM occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Let’s Read Let’s Read Let’s Read These book reviews were written by 4th graders in Stephanie Harris’ class and the Journalism Club at Manzano Day school.
Malala’s Magic Pencil
We are the Dinosaurs
Author: Malala Yousafzai Illustrator: Kerascoet Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers Ages: 4-8
Author: Laurie Berkner Publishers: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Ages: 4-8
As a child in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai always dreamed of having a magic pencil that would allow her to put a lock on her door so her brothers couldn't
bother her. She wanted to use it to stop time so she could sleep an extra hour each morning and erase the smell of the garbage dump near her family's house. One day Malala sees that some children can’t go to school, a fundamental place for her. As Malala grows older, she realizes that she needs to stop wishing and take action if she wants things to change. When the Talibans take control of her city and declare that girls are forbidden from going to school, she decides to speak out. With an ordinary pencil and a big dream for education, Malala shares her story with the world. Even when dangerous men lurk in the streets, Malala proves that by speaking out, one person can change the world. I would recommend this book. It is so well written. The illustrations in it are beautiful. Even though the book is not long, it is nicely detailed. You can really feel what Malala feels and it’s such an inspiring book. I feel like even though it is something for younger kids, older kids would enjoy it as well. The book sends a powerful message about the importance of speaking out, and the illustrations guide the story so well. Because of this book, Malala’s story will be shared with younger kids. This is a motivating and interesting book about a girl’s quest to change the word. Juli C., 10
This book starts off with Ernesto collecting dinosaurs to go marching with him. First, he convinces his friend Dax (a pterodactyl) to march with him. Then, he gets other various dinosaurs to march with him. They start chanting, “We are the dinosaurs.” They march around. Then they stop for food. Then their journey begins. They march through many different areas until they get to a cave. They stop to rest. Then the cave wall collapses. Ernesto alerts the other dinosaurs. Read this book to find out what happens next. I like this book because it inspires kids to open up their imaginations. It also shows kids that the world is not the same place everywhere. For instance, sometimes kids assume that the U.S.A. is just like France. But, France and the U.S.A. have a totally different history and culture. This is a good book for all young kids. Jackson R., 9
Pottymouth and Stoopid Author: James Patterson Illustrator: Chris Grabenstein Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Ages: 8-12 “Official Notice: There is no potty mouthing or stupidity in this book!” OK, that second part might not be entirely true.” This notice is straight from the book. This is an amazing book for everyone who wants to express how much name-calling and bullying hurts! The two characters, David and Michael (aka Stoopid and Pottymouth), tell their life stories about always working together with their friend Anna Brittoni (aka Anna Britannica) to stop an “evil” name-calling cheerleader so that they can finally live a normal namecalling-free life. Pottymouth and
Stoopid experiment with corndogs, basketball and much more to get kids to stop calling them names. Everything they try ends up being a horrible disaster and they get blamed. Pottymouth and Stoopid make silly mistakes and say funny words and these “fluffer knuckles” may seem kind of weird, but they are totally not, and may just be smarter than everyone else. I think this book is awesome for boys and girls because kids can really relate to the characters . Pottymouth, Stoopid and Anna are extremely creative and hilarious. The book also has very funny drawings. Overall the book is very surprising. I love how James Patterson, the author, makes the characters so different but they all weave together in the tapestry of this book. I also like the strong bond between Anna Britannica, Pottymouth and Stoopid. As the book says: “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but mean names hurt forever.” Sophie C., 9
Danza Author/Illustrator: Duncan Tonatiuh Publisher: Abrams Books For Young Readers Ages: 6-10 Danza is the true story of Amalia Hernández, a famous dancer and choreographer who lived in Mexico. When Ami was a young girl, she wanted to be a dancer. After school, Ami studied ballet and was very good at it. She became a very successful dancer and loved what she did. She passed away on Nov. 5, 2000, but she will always be remembered as an amazing dancer. This book is great because it shows people that if you keep trying, you can succeed at anything. I hope you read this book because it shows a different way to look at the world. Madeleine L., 10
The Wishing Spell: The Land Of Stories Author: Chris Colfer Illustrator:: Brandon Dorman Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers Ages: 9-12 This is an amazing book! It is filled with adventure. After Alex and Conner Bailey’s father passes away, they experience a life-changing event. They find their grandmother’s book (The Land of Stories) and think it is just an ordinary fairytale book. But the book transports them to the Land of Stories where they have many experiences. This is a great book for kids because it is fun to read about mixed-up fairytales. Chris Colfer is a great writer. If you like this book, you can read the other books in The Land of Stories series. Sofia H., 1o
Survivor Diaries Overboard Author: Terry Lynn Johnson Illustrator: Jani Orban Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers Ages: 7-10 This is an awesome book that can teach you what to do when you are stranded in the water. Travis talks about what happened when he and Marina were in a whale watching boat that capsized. They had to get very crafty and fight for their lives. Travis and Marina also tell the readers what to do if it happens to them. The book is not scary at all. The authors also talk about different sea creatures. I think kids can relate to the fear in this book. The characters seem very real. You can really feel their emotions. Sanjeev P., 11
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December Highlights Ongoing through 24, Annie, 7:30pm, Thus, Fris & Sats; 2pm, Sats & Suns. Based on Little Orphan Annie, the popular comic strip, the show features a score written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, including the Broadway hit, Tomorrow. $15-$25, Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale SW, 242-4750, AlbuquerqueLittleTheatre.org. Ongoing through 30, River of Lights, 6-9:30pm. Experience millions of sparkling lights at NM’s largest walkthrough holiday production with more than 500 glowing light displays, animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show. $12/$6/free under 3, ABQ Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 7646280, riveroflights.org. Ongoing through 31, District 4 Art Exhibit: Youth Collection, 8am-5pm. On display in the County Manager’s Executive Offices. Free, 1 Civic Plaza NW, 10th floor, bernco.gov. Ongoing through 31, Mamma Mia!, 7:30pm, Fris & Sats; 2pm, Suns. This tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise; on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Musical Theatre Southwest at the African American Performing Arts Center, Expo NM, 265-9119, musicaltheatresw.com. Ongoing through Jan 6, Exhibit: Small Works Holiday Art, 10am-4pm, Tues-Sats. The New Mexico Art League’s annual festive and fun exhibit of works of all subject matter and media, in a small package. Free, New Mexico Art League Gallery, 3409 Juan Tabo NE, 293-5034. Ongoing through Jan 8, Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest, 9am-5pm. Children and adults are invited to enter a gingerbread house inspired by a Pueblo village, house, community, church or historic building with prizes awarded for children and adults. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. 15, Roust the House Teen Night, 7:309:30pm. Features local teen bands and soloists, from punk rock to classical piano, to singer songwriters, hip hoppers
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and spoken word artists. Interested bands and performers should contact Outpost. $3, Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale NE, 268-0044, outpostspace.org. 15, School Day Event: The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, 10am. This beloved holiday classic comes to life in the late 1800s in territorial NM, with many surprises including Spanish and flamenco dancers, dancing southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, hummingbirds, a lively fandango, and a storyteller doll with children. $4, ABQ Journal Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org. 15-17, 2017 Winter Dance Concert Series, 7pm, Fri; 7pm, (2pm Kiwis 4-5 years) Sat; 2pm, Sun. The Winter Community Dance Concert highlights the work of dancers young and young-at-heart within all of Keshet’s varied education programs. $10/$6, 4121 Cutler NE, Keshet Arts, 277-8583, keshetarts.org. 15-17, Annie Jr., 7-8:30pm, Fris, Sat; 2pm, Sun. Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. $10, South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, 848-1320, cabq.gov. 15-17, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, 7pm, Fri & Sat; 2pm, Sat & Sun. The Festival Ballet ABQ and National Hispanic Cultural Center present this production with full orchestra conducted by Guillermo Figueroa and choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells. $10-$49, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1704 4th SW, 296-9465, nhccnm.org, festivalballetabq.org. 16, Birding & Breakfast, 7-10am. Join a group of enthusiastic bird watchers for breakfast and bird watching; all ages; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free, binoculars and field guides provided, space is limited. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd SW, 933-3230, friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org. 16, Handel's Children's Messiah with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, 10:30am. An introduction to one of the most famous pieces in the repertoire, this 45-minute concert includes select movements from the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio, interspersed with popular sing-a-long carols. Performed by professional instrumentalists and singers from local elementary and middle schools. Wearing festive clothing, bringing comfy pillows to sit on and sporting Handelian wigs are all encouraged; all ages. Free, Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver SW, 821-1956, polyphonynm.com. 16, Kindling the Lights Concert and Hanukkah Celebration featuring the Rebbe’s Orkestra, 6:30-9pm. Enjoy listening and dancing to Judaic music from around the world. Havdalah musical service, menorah lighting, Hanukkah songs and refreshments. $18/$15/free under 12, JCC of Greater ABQ, 5520 Wyoming NE, 348-4518, jccabq.org, holdmyticket.com. 16, ¡Salud y Sabor!: Mundo Latino: Chef Showdown, 5:30-7:30pm. This is an evening of food, art and entertainment aimed at providing families with an
opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles and culture. Community members gather for cooking demos using locally grown ingredients, as well as art activities, health screenings and live entertainment. Free, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org. 16-17, 20, 22, 23, The Nutcracker, various times. Ballet Repertory Theatre presents The Nutcracker, full of mischievous mice, sweet dancing treats, and a sprinkle of sparkling snowflakes; all ages. $17-$30 (special military pricing Dec 20), KiMo Theatre, 423 Central NW, 7683522, KiMoTickets.com. 16, 23, 30, Stories by the Fireside, 56pm. Children can experience the ageold tradition of hearing stories while gathered in a circle around the fire. A storyteller will weave a different Pueblo tale and the education team will guide an art activity that relates to the story. Included with admission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.
17, Breakfast with Santa, 9-11am. A morning filled with a pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast cooked by G-Force Elves; 5”x 7” photo with Santa included; crafts and cookie decorating. $20/child (one adult free with each child paid), $10/additional adult, 898-7334, gforcegymnastics.com. 17, Chanukah Night Glow, 4:305:45pm. The world’s largest Menorah made from hot air balloons; live music, Chanukah foods, dreidels & gelt for children, outdoor heaters and seating; all are welcome. Free, Balloon Fiesta Park, 9401 Balloon Museum NE, 880-1181, nmjewish.com. 17, Mariachi Christmas, 3pm. Mariachi troupe Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán joins Ballet Folklórico University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in their debut Mariachi
Christmas performance; an evening of folk music and dance featuring swirling dresses, violins and horns. $20-$40, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com. 18, Tellabration! - A Worldwide Celebration of Storytelling, Fata Morgana, 1-2pm. Storyteller Loren Niemi tells a choose-your-own-adventure story about the Baker, the Contessa, the Mapmaker and the Widow. Each is in search of their destiny with four paths to an improbable destination and five possible endings to this story. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abclibrary.org. 18, Tellabration! - A Worldwide Celebration of Storytelling, 11amnoon. Tricksters, travelers and fools; join storyteller Regina Ress for a program of interactive stories from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Stories of tricky monkeys, clever toads and magical children. Free, East Mountain Library, 487 NM 33, Tijeras, 281-8508, abclibrary.org. 18-19, 36th Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale, 10am-5pm, Sat; 10am-4:30pm, Sun. Some of the finest artists and artisans are juried into this sale. Multiple locations in Placitas, placitasholidaysale.com. 18-23, Trolley of Lights, 5:45pm. This 75-minute holiday lights tour begins at Hotel Albuquerque and features neighborhoods along Rio Grande, the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and the Old Town Plaza Christmas tree and decorations. The trolley is an open trolley, please dress for 30 degree weather (blankets, long underwear, mittens, knit caps, etc); all ages. $25/$15 12 and under plus ticketing fee. Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande NW, abqtrolley.com. 19, The MeshugaNutcracker!, 7pm. The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features the silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by a Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. 7pm, Cottonwood 16, 10000 Coors Bypass, fathomevents.com. 20, Holiday Nature Crafts, 6-8pm. Make gifts inspired by nature, all materials provided; all ages. Free, Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 22, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 8pm. A series of ghosts visit miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve, changing his outlook on life. $20-$61, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com. 22-23, A Very Star Wars Christmas A Musical Parody, 7-9pm. When Darth Vader complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Forcemas season, Queen Amidala suggests that he become director of the school Forcemas pageant. $10, South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, 848-1320, cabq.gov. 23, Center for the Book Tour and Printing Press Demonstration, 5:306:30pm. Join Bill Farmer for a tour of the Library’s press room. Try your hand at
Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar setting type and participate in a demonstration of one of the replica printing presses. Also, view a miniature collection and examples of early printing. Free, Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE, 848-1376, abclibrary.org. 23, Family Movie: A Christmas Story, 3:30-5pm. Watch A Christmas Story in the youth section; kids are welcome to wear their jammies and must be accompanied by an adult; rated (PG). Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abclibrary.org. 24, 53rd Annual Luminaria Tour, 5:30-7:30pm. Take a ride with ABQ RIDE and enjoy this annual New Mexican tradition without worrying about parking, driving through snow, annoying traffic delays, or wasting gas. The tour, which begins and ends at the Albuquerque Convention Center, takes approximately 45 minutes and travels through Old Town and the Country Club area. $3.50/$2.20 children, Downtown Convention Center, 401 2nd NW, luminariatour.com. 24, Build Your Own Roller Coaster, 10am-6pm. Engage with Explora!’s new roller coaster exhibit; experiment with tracks of different heights and angles; add a ramp or a loop to design a perfect coaster. Included with admission, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 24-26, Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival, 10am-5pm, Fri & Sat; 10am-4pm, Sun. Kick off holiday shopping with this arts & crafts festival. $11/$8/free under 12, Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex, Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, 222-9700, riograndefestivals.com. 27-30, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), 1 & 5pm. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Free, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central NW, 7683522, kimotickets.com. 30, New Year's Eve Party! 11:3012:15pm. The library will ring in the new year when the clock strikes noon. Join in for games, snacks, a countdown to noon and a balloon drop; designed for preschoolers and elementary-aged children, but all who want to celebrate are welcome. Free, South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta NW, 877-5170, abclibrary.org. 31, Noon Year’s Eve Party, 10am-2pm. Countdown celebration and balloon drop at noon. Included with admission/free under 1 year old and members, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.
School Break Camps Dec 18-19 & 20-21, Animal Humane, Camp Humane, The four-acre Main Campus makes the perfect setting for animal-loving youth ages 8-13 to learn more about caring and advocating for companion pets. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, snacks provided in the afternoon. Animal Humane Main Campus, 615 Virginia SE, 255-5523, animalhumanenm.org. Dec 18-22 & 26-29, Explora! Winter
Camp, 9am-4pm. During APS School break Explora! offers fun, educational single-day camps for children; sign up for one or more days, different themes each day. Fees and camp activity info: Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us. Dec 18-22 & 27-29, National Museum of Nuclear Science and History Winter Camp. “Science is Everywhere” oneday winter camps designed for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 and include: “Lotions & Potions *Gift Edition,” and “Code of the Robot.” National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137 ext 103, nuclearmuseum.org. Dec 18-23 & 26-30, Liz Sanchez Stables School Break Camps. For ages 515. Liz Sanchez Stables, 7622 Rio Grande NW, 898-1810, lizsanchezstables.com. Dec 26-29, Stone Age Climbing Gym, 9am-noon. Kids will learn to belay, climb and play games under close supervision of staff; ages 8-12. Stone Age Climbing Gym, 4130 Cutler NE, 341-2016, climbstoneage.com
January Arts & Crafts Ongoing, Family Art Workshop, 12:30pm, Sats. Families create a work of art inspired by something in the museum; projects change weekly. Included with admission, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NE, 243-7255, cabq.gov. Ongoing, Free Kids’ Crafts, 11am-3pm, Sats. Crafts for ages 3+. Check website for specifics. Free, The Shops at Park Square, 6646 Indian School NE, 884-4866, lakeshorelearning.com. Ongoing, Quilting Demonstrations, 10am-2pm, 2nd Weds & 4th Thus. Included with admission, Botanic Garden’s Showroom and Heritage Farmhouse, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 20, Lego Club: Star Wars, 3-4:30pm. Build on a theme, all ages and all materials provided. Free, Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, RR, 8915013, riorancholibraries.org. 31, Handprint Mittens Kids Craft, 35pm. Making hand print paper mittens; these little keepsakes make ideal giftgiving mementos. All materials provided; children must be accompanied by an adult; dress for a mess. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abclibrary.org.
Classes & Workshops Ongoing, Meditation for Kids, 1011:30am, Suns. A lighthearted and fun class where children learn to build inner strength and confidence by developing their good qualities; ages 4-13. $3 per child/free for parents. Kadampa Meditation Center, 142 Monroe NE, 292-5293, meditationinnewmexico.org. 13, Beginning Bellydance Class, 12pm. All experience levels are welcome, ideal for those interested in learning the
fundamentals and practice of bellydance. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org.
Dance Ongoing, Contra Dance, 7-10pm, 1st & 3rd Sats, 7pm, lesson; 7:30-10:30pm, dancing. Join the NM Folk Music and Dance Society for a contra dance at the ABQ Square Dance Center. $9/$8/free under 12, students ½ price, ABQ Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins NE, 289-2992, folkmads.org. Ongoing, Elegant English and Contra Dance, 7-9:30pm, 2nd Suns. Live, traditional band and dancing. No partner or experience necessary. $9/$8/free under 12, students ½ price, Oddfellows Hall, 4915 Hawkins NE, 289-2992, folkmads.org. Ongoing, Traditional Indian Dances, noon, Sats & Suns. A showcase of dance groups from the 19 Pueblos of NM as well as Plains Style, Navajo, Apache and Hopi dancers. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. 9, 16, 23, 30, ¡Baile! Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class, 6-8pm. Beginning and Intermediate class for teens and adults, no experience necessary, 6-7pm. Intermediate and Advanced, 7-8pm. $5-$10 per class (pay what you can), Salón Ortega, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org.
were, their experiences in the Arctic and the motivation for such a journey. $4/$2/$1/free under 4, (free 1st Fris; every other Sun, 9am-1pm); closed Mons, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 880-0500, balloonmuseum.com. Botanic Garden is made up of more than 1.5 miles of paths through formal and whimsical gardens, rated as one of the top 12 in the country by the Travel Channel. Visit the Children’s Fantasy Garden; its entrance is a huge rabbit hole where six-foot earthworms burrow through the walls and there are ninefoot tall potted plants. Through Jan 15 visit Kadomatsu in the Japanese Garden, a New Year’s tradition of pine and bamboo arrangements. Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 848-7180, cabq.gov. Explora!’s mission is to create opportunities for inspirational discovery and lifelong learning; visitors are invited to enjoy exhibit areas about the science of water, sound, electricity, bubbles, math, air, illusions and puzzles, light, shadow, color and engineering. Explora! welcomes visitors of all ages. $8/$5/$4/free under 1 year, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. Visit Long Ago... Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment. Long Ago which guides visitors through the Pueblo people's rich heritage of storytelling while Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment will explore cuttingedge issues of energy and ecology as they relate to evolving ways. $5.40-$8.40/ free under 5, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. Institute of Meteoritics (IOM) Meteorites Museum is a research institution for the study of early solar system and planetary evolution. (Hours are by appointment until further notice). 221 Yale NE, 277-2747, meteorite.unm.edu. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology specializes in the cultural heritage of the Southwest. This museum on the UNM campus also features a reconstructed cave setting complete with Ice Age drawings and sculptures, and a spectacular collection of prehistoric pottery. 1 University NE, 277-4405, unm.edu/~maxwell. Museum of Archaeology & Biblical History. Examine 3,000 years of evidence for the historical authenticity of the Biblical text displayed through ancient near Eastern artifacts. 10110 Constitution NE, 217-1330, mabh.org. National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the study, advancement and presentation of Hispanic culture, arts
African American Performing Arts Center & Exhibition Hall offers an historic photo gallery on the state fairgrounds. 310 San Pedro NE, 222-0785, aapacnm.org. Albuquerque Museum is one of the leading institutions for art, history and culture in the SW. Visit Only in Albuquerque: experience this interactive, engaging, fun-filled presentation of the history and culture of the central Rio Grande Valley. $1-$4/free general admission Suns, 9am-1pm; 1st Wed; family art workshops, 1-2:30pm, Sats, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, albuquerquemuseum.org. American International Rattlesnake Museum. Visitors can learn about snake bites, venom and fangs at the world’s largest collection of live rattlesnakes. $3$5, 202 San Felipe NW, 242-6569, rattlesnakes.com. Anderson-Abruzzo ABQ International Balloon Museum houses engaging Fun, Friends & Fitness exhibitions and informative programs on the history, science and art of ballooning worldwide. Visit Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée which explores the history and technology of the 2808 Girard Blvd. NE NMSK.org expedition, and delves Albuquerque 505.872.0725 into who these explorers
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Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar and humanities. Visit the exhibit The Piñata which celebrates this art form with over 175 examples. On Sats, 2-3pm, the art museum presents tours, each exploring a different exhibit and theme. 1701 4th SW, 246-2261, nhccnm.org. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field. Visit Little Albert’s Lab, which helps children of all ages grasp the concepts of physics, the basis of all sciences. The Lab features a child-sized robotic puppet of Albert Einstein that answers questions. Exhibit components include a hot light display, snake pendulum, compression wave and numerous discovery boxes, all designed to pique an interest in the basics of science. $8-$12, free under 5, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org. NM Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Study Center. Learn about the Holocaust and other genocides around the world. Content is not limited to one religion, culture, geographic area or time. Visit the exhibit The African American Experience-Slavery 1619-1866, this permanent exhibit replaces the museum's former one and will include three phases, each representing different aspects of the African American experience. 616 Central SW, 247-0606, nmholocaustmuseum.org. NM Museum of Natural History & Science features eight permanent exhibit halls that take guests through the formation of the universe. Visit the exhibit Fossilworks, a public display area in which trained volunteers demonstrate the painstaking process of paleontological preparation; the Planetarium or the Dynatheater. $8-$4; (free 1st Suns for NM residents - bring ID, closed Jan 1), NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. NM Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society, is a non-profit organization staffed solely by dedicated volunteers whose mission is to fully restore the Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, known as AT&SF 2926, to operational status and then commence passenger excursion service. Open Weds, Sats, 1833 8th NW, 246-2926, nmslrhs.org. Unser Racing Museum lays out the history of the Unser racing legacy. The Unser family is one of ABQ’s most wellknown families and is prominent in the world of car racing. 1776 Montaño NW, 341-1776, unserracingmuseum.com. Ongoing, 3rd Thursday, 5-8:30pm. Live music and performances, hands-on art activities for kids and adults, select galleries open and food & drink specials. Free from 5-8:30pm, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, albuquerquemuseum.org. Ongoing through Jan 5, 38th Annual Native American Student Art Show, 1-5pm. The future of Native culture lies with children, which is why the IPCC founded this special annual exhibition to encourage Native youth to learn an art and develop their own creativity. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 7244771, indianpueblo.org. Ongoing, Explora!’s Interactive Dig-
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ital Wall. The interactive wall in the Explora! Theater alternates between “Sketch Aquarium” and “Sketch Town” scenarios. Visitors color and scan things which then appear in a virtual world the size of a wall; touch to see what happens. Included with admission, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us.
Fairs and Festivals 7, Corrales Winter Market, 11am-1pm, Suns. Locally grown food, local musicians and produce. Free, 4001 Corrales Rd, 898-7927, corralesgrowersmarket.com. 14, ABQ Noshfest, noon-4pm. A Jewish food festival featuring local chefs preparing and serving their favorite Jewish and Israeli foods. This is a fundraiser to help support JCC programs that assist homeless families and children; provide summer camp, swim lessons, scholarships, and other non-profits to serve more in need; Kidz Zone 11am-3pm. $10 VIP early admission, $7 door/$5 advance/free ages 9 and under accompanied by an adult, Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward NE, ABQnoshfest.com, JCCABQ.org.
Music Ongoing, Children’s Radio Hour, 9am, Sats. Stories and music for all ages on KUNM 89.9 FM. Want to join the KUNM Kids Birthday Club? E-mail a request to email@example.com. Ongoing, Explora! Music Jam, 2:152:45pm, Weds & Thus. Instruments are provided for all ages. Included w/admission, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 2248323, explora.us. Ongoing, High Desert Pipes and Drum, 6-9pm, Thus. Bagpipe and Highland Drum lessons from beginner to advanced; ages 10+. Lessons and band practice, performance and competition tunes. Free, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 210 Alvarado SE, 715-4189. 27, Irrational Exuberance Barbershop Quartet, 2-2:45pm. Irrational Exuberance was formed when four women from three different ABQ choruses came together. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abclibrary.org.
Ongoing Library Events Ongoing, Alamosa Library, All Day Drop-In Coloring Club (all ages), 2nd Tues, 10am-5pm; All Day Drop-In Craft (all ages, some small children may need assistance), 1st & 3rd Fris, 10am-5pm; Basics for Beginners, library card required, by appointment; Lego Club (ages 6+), 2nd Mons, 3:30-5pm; Family Storytime (ages 0-5), Weds, 10am; Read to the Dogs (ages 6+), 2nd Tues, 3-4:30pm & 3rd Thus, 3-4:30pm. Free, 6900 Gonzales SW, 836-0684, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Central & Unser Library, Crafty Club for Kids (ages 3-8), Mons, 10:30am; ECRR Baby Storytime (ages 0-3),
Tues, 10:30am; ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Thus, 10:30am; Lego Club (ages 6+), 4th Fris, 4pm; Monthly Children’s Program (ages 3-8), 3rd Mons, 4pm;; Monthly Movie, (ages 17+), 3rd Tue, 5:30pm; Monthly Tween and Teen Movie Showing (ages 9-18), 2nd Mons, 4pm; Sunday Movies, Suns, 1:30pm; One on One Computer Help, Thus, 4-5pm; Free, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Cherry Hills Library, An Itch to Stitch (all ages), Tues, 10am-noon; Baby and Toddler Storytime, (ages 0-2), Weds & Thus, 11am; Chess Club, 1st Sats, 13pm; First Friday Book Group, 1st Fris, 10:30am-noon; Genealogy: One on One, Weds, two sessions, registration required; Gizmo Garage, dates and times on website; Kids STEAM Drop-In (ages 512), weekdays, 2-4pm; Let’s Lego (ages 612), 2nd Sun & 4th Wed, 3pm; Mystery Book Group, 1st Tue, 6-7:30pm; Preschool Art or Science (ages 3-5), dates and times on website (registration required, limit 15, children must be accompanied); Preschool Storytime, (ages 3-5), Weds & Thus, 10:15am; Read to the Dogs, 1st & 3rd Sat, 1-3pm; Spanish Literature Group, dates and times on website; Sunday SciFi Book Club, 3rd Sun, 2:30-4pm; Tablet Class: One on One, check website for details, registration required; Teen Role laying (ages 13-19), check site for dates and times. Free, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-
Miller, 4 8321, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, East Mountain Library, East Mountain Book Club, 4th Thus, 5:456:45pm; Family Storytime, Weds, 1111:30am; Lego Club (age 4-12), 2nd Sats, 23pm; One-on-One Computer sessions, Thus, 11am-noon, by appointment; Oneon-One Device Training, Fris, 11am-noon; Read to the Dogs, Weds & 2nd Sat, 1-2pm; Yu-Gi-Oh! Club (tweens and teens), 3rd Sats, 3-5pm. Free, 487 NM 33, Tijeras, 2818508, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Erna Fergusson Library, Baby/Toddler Storytime (ages 0-3), Tues, 10:15am; Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (ages 13-19), 4th Sats (call to reserve a spot); Lego Club (ages 5+), 3rd Sat, 2:30pm; Maker Mondays, 2nd Mons, 45pm; Music & Movement (ages 0-6), Thus, 10:15am; One-on-One Computer Sessions, Tues, 1 & 2pm, call to sign up; Origami club (ages 10+), 1st Fris, 4pm; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Weds, 10:15am; Shear Madness, 2nd Sat, 2:30-4:30pm; Free, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abclibrary.org.
Ongoing, Juan Tabo Library, Big Hands, Little Hands (ages 3-6), 1st Sats, 11am-noon, must be accompanied by an adult; Computer Classes, Thus, 1011:30am; Lego Club (ages 4+), 4th Sats, 1:30pm; Music and Movement Storytime, Tues, 11:15am; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Thus & 3rd Sats, 11:15am; Reading Across America Book Club, 3rd Thus, 1:30pm; Role-Playing Games for Teens (ages 13-19), 2nd Weds, 3:30-5:30pm; Saturday Free Play, 2nd Sats, 11am; Zentangle Club (ages 16+), 2nd Fri, 1:30pm; Zoob Club (age 6+), 4th Weds, 3:30pm. Free, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Lomas Tramway Library, Baby and Toddler Storytime (ages 0-3), Fris, 10:30am; Family Craft (ages 5+), 2nd Sats, 3pm; Knitting Club, Tues, 2-3:30pm; Lomas Tramway Book Group, 1st Weds, 23pm; Music by the Mountain, events vary, call for schedule; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Thus, 10:30am; Read to the Dogs, 3rd Sats, 1-2:30pm & 3rd Weds, 3:30pm. Free, 908 Eastridge NE, 291-6295, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Los Griegos Library, ECRR Baby Storytime (ages 0-2), Weds, 11:1511:45am; Family Craft (all ages), 4th Wed, 4:15pm; Gizmo Garage, 2nd Sat, 3-4pm; Lego Club, 3rd Thus, 4-5pm (DUPLOS provided for ages under 5); Los Griegos Book Discussion, 4th Fris, 3-4:30pm; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Thus, 11:15-11:45am. Free, 1000 Griegos NW, 761-4020, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Main Library, Baby and Toddler Storytime (ages 0-3), Thus, 10:30am; Family Storytime (all ages), Sats, 11:30am; Genealogy Research Day ((ages 15+), last Tues, 10:30am-3:30pm; Lego Club (ages 5-18), 3rd Weds, 3:30-5pm; Military Research Day (ages 15+), 1st Tues, 10:30am-2:30pm; Music and Movement Storytime (ages 0-6), Mons, 10:30am; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Weds, 10:30am; Walk-In Computer Help, Weds, 11am-noon & Thus, 3-4pm. Free, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, North Valley Library, Baby/Toddler Storytime (0-2 years), Tues, 11am; Craft Time, 3rd Weds, 4-5pm; Ereader & Computer Help, Thus, 11am & Sats, 10am (registration required); Lego Club, 2nd & 4th Thus, 3:30-5pm; North Valley Book Club, one Fri per month noon-1pm, call for dates; Not Just Knitters, Thus, 2-3:30pm; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Weds, 11am; Read to the Dogs, Weds, 3:15-4:30pm & Sats 3-4pm; Sensory Friendly Hour, 3rd Sat, 9-10am. Free, 7704 2nd NW, 897-8823, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, San Pedro Library, Baby/Toddler Storytime (ages 3-5), Weds, 11:15am-noon; Lego Club (ages 5+), 2nd & 4th Fris, 3-5pm; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Sats, 10:30-11:30am; San Pedro Playdate (ages 0-3), 1st Thus, 11am-noon. Free, 5600 Truman SE, 256-2067, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, South Broadway Library, Craft Time (all ages), once a month, call for details; Gizmo Garage, 2nd Thus, 45pm, drop in; Lego Club (ages 5+), last Tue, 3:30-5pm; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Weds, 10:30am; Read to the Dogs, Thus, 4-5pm; Wii Saturdays (children, tweens and teens), Sats, 3-5pm. Free, 1025
Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar Broadway SE, 764-1742, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, South Valley Library, Book Discussion Group, 3rd Sat, noon; Children’s Mystery Activity Time (ages 4+), 4th Fris, drop in any time 3-5pm; Family Craft, 3rd Weds, drop in any time, 3-5pm; Family Movie Night, 2nd Fri & Sat, 3pm; Gizmo Garage, 1st Sat, noon-1pm; Lego/DUPLO Club (ages 4-14), 1st & 3rd Fri, 3-5pm; Music and Movement Storytime (ages 0-6), Thus, 2:30pm and 1st & 3rd Fris, 10:30am; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Weds, 10:15am; Bilingual One-onOne Computer Skills, Thus, 11am-noon & 5-6pm; Sats, 4-5pm. Free, 3904 Isleta NW, 877-5170, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Special Collections Library, Gizmo Garage, by appointment only; Weekly Library Tour, Thus, noon. Free, 423 Central NE, 848-1376, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Taylor Ranch Library, Computer Basics for Beginners, call for dates and times; Drop-In Gadget and Computer Help, Weds, 9:30-11am; Family Craft, 1st Wed, 3:30-5pm; Family Storytime, Sats, 10:30am; Gizmo Garage (registration required), Suns, 3pm & Weds, 6pm or Thus, 10am; A Good Yarn (ages 12+), Fris, 2-3:30pm; Lego Club, 2nd & 4th Wed, 3:30-5pm; Pajama Storytime, 3rd Thus, 6:30pm; Preschool Storytime, Tues & Thus, 10:30am; Taylor Ranch Book Group, 2nd Sat, 2-3:30 pm; Young Adult Group Meeting (ages 13-18), 3rd Wed, 3:30-5pm. Free, 5700 Bogart NW, 8978816, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Tony Hillerman Library, Craftastic Afternoon (ages 6-12), 1st Thus, 4pm; Hillerman Stitching Club (all ages and skill levels), Tues, 11am-1pm; Lego Adventures (all ages), 1st Sat, 2pm; Music and Movement Storytime (ages 0-5), Sats, 10:15am; Origami Adventures (ages 5+), 2nd Sat, 2pm; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), Thus or Fris, 10:15am; Read to the Dogs, Weds, 4pm; Sensory Friendly Hour, 1st Sats, 9-10am; Who Dunnit? Mystery Book Club, 2nd Thus, 3-4pm. Free, 8205 Apache NE, 291-6264, abclibrary.org.
Open Houses 11, Bosque School, 6:30pm. Personal education, extraordinary success; learn about the school at this information session. Free, Bosque School, 4000 Bosque School NW, 898-6388, Bosqueschool.org.
School Break Camps 2, 15, Explora! “School’s Out” Camp for K-5th graders, 9am-4:30pm: Engaging hands-on exploration of science, tech, engineering, art and math subjects keep imaginations active during the school break. Call for fee and activity details. Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 2248341, explora.us. 2, 15, Liz Sanchez Stables School Break Camp. For ages 5-15. Liz Sanchez Stables, 7622 Rio Grande NW, 898-1810, izsanchezstables.com. 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Science Camp, 9am-4pm. Students, ages 612, can enjoy their one-day break from
school by experiencing "Eureka: Art & Architecture Edition." Explore and create like the masters; discover the building blocks of early art and architecture with Archimedes, the Romans and Leonardo da Vinci. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 2452137 ext 103, nuclearmuseum.org.
Science & Nature Ongoing, Bird Walks, 8:30am, Sats & Suns. Join naturalists for a guided bird walk. $3/vehicle, Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW, 344-7240, rgnc.org. Ongoing, Dynatheater Shows. Movies are shown on a five-story white screen with two projectors and digital surround sound. Titles range from The Magic School Bus to Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland; see website for schedule. $7/$6/$5/free ages 2 & under, Lockheed Martin Dynatheater, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, Explora!’s Experiment Bar, Mons-Sats, 10am-6pm; Suns, noon6pm. Microscopes, pigments, chromatography, oh my! One never knows what will be encountered as activities change throughout the month. Included with admission, free for members. Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. Ongoing, First Friday and Fractals Rock Shows, 6 & 7pm, 1st Fris. This fulldome planetarium show takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals; suitable for ages 3+; the show usually sells out so buy tickets in advance. $10/$7/$5, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, Fractals Rock, 8 & 9 pm, 1st Fris. Zoom into the infinite world of fractals in this dramatic and beautiful live fractal show accompanied by original music in surround sound. $10/$7/$5, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, Planetarium Shows, The Planetarium is a theater that blends art, science and fun; the 55-foot full dome theater features education and entertaining multimedia presentations on astronomy and space science. See website for schedule. $7/$6/$4/free under 3, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, Toddler Time, 9-11am, Mons. Explora! opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers ages 5 and under to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission ($4-$8/free for members), Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 1, Registration Open. Explora! Spring Semester-long enrichment programs for preschool through 8th grade are open for registration. Tinker Lab, grades 3-6; Engineering Investigators, grades 3-5; Growing a Scientist™, ages 2½-5 with adult; Science to Grow On™, grades K-3;
Home School Explorations, grades K-8. Programs are in Jan through school semester. Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us. 3, MakerSpace: Squishy Circuits, 34pm. Elementary school age children can create and explore circuits using conductive play dough; follow a recipe or create a new invention; for ages 7-13, registration required, must be accompanied by an adult. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org. 19-20, Aquarium Overnight, 6:30pm, Fri-8am, Sat. Explore the Aquarium at night, learning about ocean animals and their nighttime behavior; visit the touch pool, play a game, get crafty and watch a marine movie during this sleep over; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $30, Aquarium - ABQ Bio Park, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 20, Sea Turtle Awareness Day, 10am2pm. Find out how to help sea turtles survive. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 10th SW, 764-6214, cabq.gov.
and the intermission entertainers. $19.75$44.75, Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho, 891-7300, santaanastarcenter.com.
Stage 4-7, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, 7:30pm, Thu; 8pm Fri; 2 & 8pm Sat; 1 & 6pm, Sun. Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. $35-$70, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-9771, popejoypresents.com. 5, The 12th Day of Christmas Festival Concert with Polyphony: Voices of NM, 7pm. Join the artists of Polyphony: Voices of NM, professional soloists, David Felberg (concertmaster), and members of Chatter – under the direction of Maxine Thévenot (Artistic Director) in a concert featuring Bach's Christmas Oratorio Parts I & III and excerpts from Handel's Messiah – Part I. $10-$35, Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver SW, 821-1956, polyphonynm.com. 14, Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, 1 & 4pm. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Donald and Goofy and many other characters including the Fairy Godmother, Snow White and Tinker Bell as they surprise and captivate. $22-$52, Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho, 891-7300, santaanastarcenter.com.
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Sports 5-6, Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show, 6:30pm. Two nights of high flying, bar to bar, motorized adrenaline pumping Arenacross action. Competitions from kids on their 50cc minis to pros on their 450cc fire breathing MX bikes straight off the AMA Supercross circuit. $10-$27, Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho, 891-7300, santaanastarcenter.com. 19-20, Toughest Monster Truck Tour, 7:30pm, Fri; 1 & 7:30pm, Sat. This year’s competition will be spirited as the tension and expectations are running high after last year’s close finish. $12-$24 plus ticketing fee, Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho, 891-7300, santaanastarcenter.com. 27, CBR: Bucking on the Rio Grande, 8pm. Presented by Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, the four-time World Champion, and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman will be in town for the second time heading up the CBR’s production and handling every detail including bull selection, opening pyrotechnics,
Ongoing, Bookworks Storytime, 10:30am, Thus. Theme changes every week and usually integrates a snack, craft or activity. Free, Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139, bkwrks.com. Ongoing, Join Us Storytime, 10am, Tues & Thus. Watch your kids as they embark on an exciting adventure. Free, Barnes & Noble West Side, 3701-A Ellison NW, 792-4234, bn.com. Ongoing, Letters About Literature. Readers in grades 4-12 write a letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story or program. The letters are sent to the Library of Congress for initial sorting and then sent to the NM State Library for judging. NM state judges will select the top letter writers in NM, who then advance to the national competition. All entries must be postmarked by Jan 12, 2018. For more information visit nmstatelibrary.org/ letters-about-literature. Ongoing, Read to the Dogs, 10:3011:30am, 2nd Sats. Children can practice their reading in a relaxed atmosphere with a patient listener. Trained therapy dogs will sit calmly and quietly for a story. This is a great way for children to gain confidence in their reading. Free, Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE, 2562065, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Read to the Dogs, 11am-1pm, 2nd Sats. Children who are not yet read-
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Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar ing can listen while they visit with the dogs; register upon arrival. Free, Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, RR, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org. Ongoing, Stories in the Sky, 9:3010:15am & 11-11:45am, Weds. Stories, music and movement. Free for children and accompanying adult, Balloon Fiesta Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 7686020, balloonmuseum.com. Ongoing, Storytime with Mr. Ben, 4pm, Mons. Storytime featuring songs and crafts; all ages especially ages 1-5. Free, Barnes & Noble West Side, 3701-A Ellison NW, 792-4234, bn.com. 11, 18, 25, Jiggle and Jam, 1:30pm. Enjoy songs and movement activities that build motor and social skills, increase independence, and enhance language ability in children ages 0-5 with their adult caregivers. Free, Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, RR, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org.
Support Groups Ongoing, Autism/Asperger Peer Support Groups. Open to everyone on the autism spectrum. Free, sign up at grasp.org. Ongoing, Breastfeeding Support Group, noon-1pm, 4th Tues (except holiday months). Los Griegos Community Center, 1231 Candelaria NW, breastfeedingnewmexico.org, Facebook: Mamas & Babies (Birth Network). Ongoing, Children’s Grief Center of NM. A safe place for families to share their experiences as they grieve. Call for info, 323-0478, childrensgrief.org. Ongoing, Epilepsy Support Groups. Group focuses on studies of epilepsy and the brain, and discusses how to improve their lives while living with epilepsy. Call 243-9119 or check website for details on when and where groups are held. epilepsysupportnm.org. Ongoing, Food Allergy Support NM. A group for families who live with severe food allergies and for those who want to learn more; monthly parent meetings and family activities. 235-0229, firstname.lastname@example.org, nmfaso.com, Facebook NMFoodAllergySupportGroup. Ongoing, Mamas & Babies Group, noon-2pm, Tues. A fun way to meet other families with little ones; join FB group for updates: Mamas & Babies (Birth Network). 123 Wellesley SE (and other locations like parks). Ongoing, NM Breastfeeding Task Force, Greater ABQ Area Chapter, 11am-noon, 4th Tues, followed by Free Breastfeeding Support, 11am-noon. Los Griegos Community Center, 1231 Candelaria NW, breastfeedingnewmexico.org, Facebook: Mamas & Babies (Birth Network). Ongoing, OCD Support Group, 56:30pm, every other Tues. Kids and teens can learn more about this misunderstood diagnosis and gain support and information from others suffering with OCD and related disorders. Free, NM OCD Support, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel NE, 350-
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1849, check Facebook for changes. 28, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Wheat Allergy Support Group Potluck, noon-2pm, 4th Sats. Support for the newly diagnosed and all coping with these issues. Potluck and an educational discussion. Free, Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE, glutenfreealbuquerque.com.
Just for Teens Ongoing, Ani-Manga Club, 6-7pm, 2nd Sats. New anime and manga topics plus themed food and activities; ages 13-19. Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org. Ongoing, Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Sats. Teens, come join for 5th Edition D&D, no experience necessary. Dice, character sheets and books provided; ages 13-19; call to reserve a spot. Erna Fergusson Library, Free, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Military Research Day, 1st Tues, 10:30-2:30pm. An opportunity to join members of the ABQ Genealogic Society to explore families’ military history; ages 15+. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Monthly Movie Showing, 5:30pm, 3rd Tues. Watch a popular movie for mature audiences only, most movies are rated (R); ages 17+, photo ID required) Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Monthly Tween and Teen Movie Showing, 4pm, 2nd Mons. Relax and watch movie favorites at the library; ages 9-18. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Role Playing Games for Teens, 3:30-5:30pm, 2nd Weds. Get started in the world of role-playing games; test your luck and strategic skills while creating characters and working your way through imagined worlds; ages 13-19. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Roust The House Teen Performance Nights. These nights feature local teen bands and soloists, from punk rock to classical piano, singer songwriters, hip hoppers and spoken word artists. Interested bands and performers should contact Outpost to be a part of these special nights. Please check website for dates/times. Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale NE, 268-0044, outpostspace.org. Ongoing, Teen Advisory Group, 56pm, 4th Weds. This is a chance for teens to recommend books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and other material; ages 13+. Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org. Ongoing, Teen Role Playing. Get started with the fun world of role-playing games; test your luck and your strategic skills as you create characters and work your way through imagined worlds. For ages 13-19, registration requested; check website for dates and times. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901
Barstow NE, 857-8321, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Young Adult Group Meeting, 3:30-5pm, 3rd Weds. Book-inspired discussions, snacks and crafts; ages 13-18. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Youth Radio: Generation Justice, 7pm, Suns. The voices of NM teens via news, commentary, interviews, music. KUNM 89.9 FM, kunm.org. Ongoing, Yu-Gi-Oh! Club, 3rd Sats, 35pm. Join fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! enthusiasts to practice, test your skills, and expand your Yu-Gi-Oh! knowledge. No registration required, for tweens and teens. East Mountain Library, 487 NM 33, Tijeras, 2818508, abclibrary.org. Ongoing, Zentangle Club, 2nd Fris, 1:30pm. Take time out of the day to recenter, calm down and work on Zentangle projects. Very basic materials are provided, bring any specialty materials wanted for use. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abclibrary.org. 6, 13, 20, 27, ¡Baile! Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class, 6-8pm. Beginning and Intermediate class for teens and adults, no experience necessary, 6-7pm. Intermediate and Advanced, 7-8pm. $5-$10 per class (pay what you can), National Hispanic Cultural Center, Salón Ortega, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org.
Especially for Parents Ongoing, Foster Parent Information Meeting. Find out what it takes to make a difference in the life of a child through foster and/or adoption. CYFD, 1031 Lamberton NE, 800-432-2075, 452-6099. Ongoing, La Leche League of ABQ, Mother-to-mother support and info to breastfeeding moms and those preparing to breastfeed. Various locations, 821-2511, lllnm.org. Ongoing, MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers, Christian group for moms w/kids newborn-5 years. Support, fellowship, learning & sharing with guest speakers, crafts/activities & discussions. Groups throughout ABQ, MOPS.org. Ongoing, New Parents’ Group, 10amnoon, Tues. Weekly gathering for new parents and their babies to get support, encouragement, advice. Inspired Birth & Families, 6855 4th NW, Ste E2, 232-2772, inspiredabq.com. 13, Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death, 1-2pm. Retired oncologist Dr. Mangalik, author of Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death, discusses medical culture of denial when faced with terminal illness, the medical professional’s role in treating patients and end of life care, and a patient’s options and role in these decisions. His goal is to help patients and families make informed decisions that may help the seriously ill live better with their illnesses. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abclibrary.org. 19, Adult Night at Explora!, 6:3010pm. Live music, exhibit exploration, and special activities around the theme “Wood is Good,” including wood turning.
Explore all hands-on exhibit activities and enjoy live music and light refreshments; ages 18+. $8/$5/free 65+, students or military with ID & members. Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.
For Teachers Ongoing, Flying Bus Program. A free school tour program. Free transportation and admission is available for qualifying groups; sponsored by the Museum’s Foundation. Balloon Fiesta Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 880-0500, balloonmuseum.com, email@example.com.
Also of Interest Ongoing, Kids Variety Shows. For and by kids of all ages and levels, featuring everything from dance, music, comedy and theater in a relaxed performance environment; adults must be accompanied by a child. Please call for dates/times Outpost Space, 210 Yale NE, 268-0044, outpostspace.org. 6, Family Movie: Beauty and the Beast, 3-5pm. Come watch Beauty and the Beast, rated (PG); kids must be accompanied by an adult and are welcome to wear their jammies. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abclibrary.org. 12-14, ABQ Comic Con, 4-9pm, Fri; 10am-9pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. New Mexico's comics and comics in film convention, will feature media and comic guests second to none. There will be vendors, media and panels, gaming and celebrity autographs as well as photo ops. $5-$250, ABQ Convention Center, 401 2nd NW, 768-4575, albuquerquecomiccon.com.
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Arts & Crafts 3, ¡Vamos al Museo!, 10:30am-noon, 1st Sats. Families take a 30-minute museum tour focused on an art form, source inspiration, artist or type of material; then create artwork; all ages. Free/$5 donations encouraged, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Bldg, 1701 4th SW, 246-2261, nhccnm.org. 14, Valentine’s Day Card Craft, 35pm. Make Valentines’ Day cards; personalize them anyway you like; materials provided; children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org. 28, Gamer Stars Kids Craft, 3-5pm. Make paper super stars; string them together to make a necklace, use them for room decorations, or give them away. All materials provided; children must be accompanied by an adult. Ideal for ages 7+. Free, South Broadway
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Fairs and Festivals 4, Corrales Winter Market, 11am-1pm, Suns. Locally grown food, local musicians and produce. Free, 4001 Corrales Rd, 898-7927, corralesgrowersmarket.com. 10-11, Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally, 7am launch. Bring the family, a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and enjoy the view as a close-knit group of local balloon pilots launch up to 135+ hot air balloons. Free, Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, hotairballooning.org, balloonfiesta.com. 15, ¡Salud y Sabor!, 5:30-7:30pm. An evening of food, art and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles and culture. Free, Domenici Education Building,, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org. 24, Winter Wool Festival, 10am-2pm. Celebrate the connection between people, plants and animals. Visit demonstrators as they spin, hook and weave; discover how artisans turn fleece into thread and thread into colorful tapestries, rugs and clothes. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden Heritage Farm, 2601 Central NW, 8487180, cabq.gov.
Music 9, Derek Gripper, 7:30pm. Derek Gripper began his formal musical training at the age of six on the violin. After studying classical music for the next thirteen years, he began to look further afield for musical inspiration. This search took him to India where he studied South Indian Carnatic music. $17/$22, ABQ Museum Auditorium, 2000 Mountain NW, 2437255, ampconcerts.org.
Open Houses 3, Escuela Del Sol Montessori. Be open to the possibilities and begin a journey at Escuela; contact to schedule a tour for Pre K through 8th grade. Free, Escuela Del Sol, 1114 7th NW, 242-3033, EscuelaDelSol.org. 11, St. Luke Preschool, 3-5pm. Join for a tour and to pick up pre-registration materials for the 2018-2019 school year. St Luke is a five-star NAEYC accredited preschool with highly qualified teacher, excellent child to teacher ratios and offers school year and summer programs for ages 2-6. Free, St. Luke Preschool, 9100 Menaul NE, 292-8812, stlukepreschool.org.
Science & Nature 10, Discover STEM Day, 10am-3pm. Family fun with hands-on STEM activities. Included with admission/free for
members, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org. 10, Meet a Scientist, at Explora!, 14pm. Drop in and meet one or more local scientists as they share their current work with visitors of all ages through activities and conversation. Included with admission, free under 1 year old and members, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 10, SCUBA Day, 10am-2pm. Local companies will answer questions about diving. Learn about SCUBA classes and trips, and where to purchase equipment and supplies. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central NW, 848-7172, cabq.gov. 10, Valentine’s Discovery Day at the Zoo, 10am-2pm. Learn more about Species Survival Plans and reproductive behaviors of animals at discovery stations across the zoo's habitats. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central NW, 848-7172, cabq.gov. 11, Sensory-Friendly Hours at Explora!, 10am-noon. In partnership with NM Autism Society, sensory-friendly hours are for visitors who prefer a less sensory-stimulating visit and may use sensoryfriendly tools. Attendance is limited to 150 people and visitors are welcome to stay beyond noon, Included with admission, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 2248300, explora.us. 16-17, Aquarium Overnight, 6:30pm, Fri-8am, Sat. Explore the Aquarium at night, learning about ocean animals and their nighttime behavior; visit the touch pool, play a game, get crafty and watch a marine movie during this sleep over; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $30, Aquarium - ABQ Bio Park, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 25, Kids Fishing Fair, 10am-2pm. Children ages 4-12 are invited to learn about fishing by visiting fun and interactive Discovery Stations. NM law requires that children 12 years and older have a fishing license. Free, Tingley Beach, 1800 Tingley SW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 27, International Polar Bear Day, 10am-2pm. The ABQ BioPark has two polar bears, brothers Koluk and Kiska. The event will include a keeper talk at 11 am and a polar bear feeding at 2:30pm. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 10th SW, 764-6214, cabq.gov.
School Break Camps 19, Explora! School’s Out Camp for K-5th graders, 9am-4:30pm: Engaging hands-on exploration of science, tech, engineering, art and math subjects keep imaginations active during the school break. Call for fee and activity details. Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us. 19, Liz Sanchez Stables School Break Camp. For ages 5-15. Liz Sanchez Stables, 7622 Rio Grande NW, 898-1810, lizsanchezstables.com. 19, Presidents Day Science Camp, 9am-4pm. Students, ages 6-12, can enjoy their one-day break from school by experiencing "Eureka: Art & Architecture
Edition." Explore and create like the masters; discover the building blocks of early art and architecture with Archimedes, the Romans and Leonardo da Vinci. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 2452137, nuclearmuseum.org.
Stage 7-11, Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL, 7:30pm, Wed-Fri; 3:30 & 7:30pm, Sat; 1 & 5pm, Sun. This performance explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 33-year history. The production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy imagination. $28-$130, Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho, 891-7300, santaanastarcenter.com. 11, The Peking Acrobats, 3pm. With human pyramids, contortions and spinning plates, the company members perform both traditional and new acts, set to a live traditional Chinese orchestra; these incredible performers showcase awe-inspiring feats of courage and skill; all ages. $20-$29, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com. 17, Mummenschanz, 2pm. The revolutionary mime group Mummenschanz brings their original new show you & me. Featuring characters of different shapes and sizes, you & me explores the theme of human communication without uttering a word. $20-$59, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com. 18, 21, 23-25, Opera SW Presents: Bless Me, Ultima, 2pm, Suns; 7:30pm Wed & Fri. This is a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in English with both English and Spanish supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission. $15-$89, ABQ Journal Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org. 20, 21, STOMP, 7:30pm. STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. $35-$85, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com.
24-25, Alice in Wonderland, 7pm, Sat; 2pm, Sun. Ballet Repertory Theatre presents this ballet that takes the audience on a journey through the adventures of Alice based on episodes in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. $17-$30, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central SW, 888-1054, kimotickets.com, brtnm.com.
Storytelling & Books Ongoing Jiggle & Jam, 10am, Fris & Sats in Feb. Songs and movement activities that build motor and social skills, increase independence, and enhance language ability in children. Free, Esther Bone Library, 950 Pinetree SE, RR, 8915012, riorancholibraries.org. 3, Tootsie’s Vision, 3-4pm. Join author Edward Goodman and his blind dog friend, Woody; learn about the non-profit, Tootsie’s Vision which rescues, assists and find homes for blind dogs and dogs with diminished vision. There will also be a reading of his children’s book Woody Runs for Mayor. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abclibrary.org.
Support Groups Ongoing, Greater ABQ Family Child Care Assoc. Meetings. Connect with other child care providers; receive support, networking and training. Call 2936380 for details. 25, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Wheat Allergy Support Group Potluck, noon-2pm, 4th Sats. Support for the newly diagnosed and all coping with these issues. Potluck and an educational discussion. Free, Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE, glutenfreealbuquerque.com.
Just for Teens 2, Teen Science Café, 5-7pm. Teens, meet other teens, have a snack, and connect with a local scientist through activities about his or her work. Free (includes snack), Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 2248300, explora.us.
Especially for Parents 16, Parents’ Night Out at Explora!, 57pm. Parents, have a night out while your child has fun at Explora!, including activities, guided exhibit exploration and dinner. Call for details, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us. 23, Science of Beer, for ages 21+ at Explora! Taste it, do ex-BEER-iments and explore the science behind this tasty beverage. Call for details, Explora!, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us.
Also of Interest 19, Premiere of Pinkalicious & Peterrific, weekdays, 9am & 2:30pm. KNME 5.1, NMPBS.org.
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New Mexico Young Actors (Est. 1979) 38th Season 2017—2018 Winter/Spring Semester Begins January 3 Dance, Music, and Acting Instruction! Ages 9—19
Spring Productions: ALADDIN, JR.: April 10—15 FROM HAIR TO ETERNITY: April 30—May 5 Register now at: www.nmyoungactors.org 821-8055 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Imagination, creativity, comfort, grounding, wonder — all result when a child is engaged with the outdoor world. As famed author and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, who will speak Santa Fe on March 12, says: “Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we separate from.” Fortunately, we live in New Mexico, where there is an abundance of ways to connect with the great outdoors. Traditional winter activities like skiing, sledding and skating are family activities that are easy to build into afterschool and weekend time. However, developing an ongoing attentiveness to nature in any season doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Parents can go outside with their children daily to just observe the change of seasons. Younger children in winter can: • Play. Make snow people and snow angels, build snow forts, have epic snowball fights. • Collect icicles to lick. Watch how ice forms around the edges of a local stream or in a bucket of water in the backyard. • Notice what animals are around in winter rather than summer, and talk about how animals live in colder temperatures. • Search for tiny plants beginning to shoot up as winter eases and temperatures warm. A teenager navigating a unique set of years full of opportunities and exploration may need nature even more to stay centered and grounded. Teens and pre-teens can: • Become nature photographers. Even with a cell phone camera, kids can take time to choose the composition of a photograph, to deeply look at bare trees against the sky or snow melting off a roof. • Spread a blanket outside with friends and a thermos of hot chocolate to look for constellations in the exceptionally crisp and clear winter night sky • Keep a nature journal that records not only what is happening outdoors, but also internally – how a person’s feelings can respond to winter’s longer nights and subdued plant and animal life. When going outside isn’t feasible, bring the outdoors in. Cut out paper snowflakes with varied patterns to teach that each real snowflake is unique. Create art projects with the cool blue and white tones of winter landscapes. Play music around the house inspired by the season like The Snow Is Dancing by Claude Debussy. Imagine how music inspired by summer would sound different. And finally, help your kids remember that nature needs our help. The whole family can volunteer to help with environmental causes like the Great Backyard Birdcount (February 12-15, nm.audubon.org). Healing and Nature - Conversations with Terry Tempest Williams will be on March 12 in Santa Fe. The event is part of an annual program by the Santa Fe Waldorf School to bring environmental educators to New Mexico. Tickets are available at santafewaldorf.org Cynthia Shore is a writer, editor and former Waldorf parent who serves as the assistant development director at the Santa Fe Waldorf School.
The Cube of Unity By INAAYA HASHAM, 12 Albuquerque Academy
In America, we get opportunities beyond our imagination. The one I want to emphasize is our religious freedom. We don't think much of it but, in reality, it is something we shouldn't take for granted. Some of us come from a religious background. Others don't. It is very important to me that we are able to believe what we want to without getting punished. We used to receive cruel punishments. How would we feel to this day if we were still forced to practice Christianity or any other religion we didn't believe? And then getting hanged for going against it? I have made a monument that shows all religions are beautiful in their own way. I have included various symbols of some of the most popular religions. These include Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Shintoism (which is a branch of Buddhism.) Each of them has a corresponding symbol for the religion: the cross for Christianity, the star and crescent for Islam, the Star of David for Judaism, the torii for Shintoism, a symbol associated with love for Buddhism, and the Om or Aum for Hinduism. The red string I have included around the edges shows the blood shed in the name of religion. It unites us and shows us that in the end, we all are part of the same core. If I were to recreate the monument in large scale, I would make it of steel and gems for the base, copper painted the color of gold for the cube, red wire for the outline, and black-painted steel for the symbols. I would probably make my monument around eight feet high and ten feet wide. I don't want people to have to strain their necks to see it, but I also don't want it so tiny that its elements are not clearly visible. The size will give people a comfortable view. I would place the structure in Dallas, Texas. It is a large city and has people of many different faiths. They could all unite around the monument and reflect on its meaning. Dallas is also a center for the Islamic community. Therefore, you will expect to see many people of different ethnicities, ages and religions. I hope my monument will show people that we are very lucky to get the chance to express ourselves in our chosen form of religion. I want it to show people that we are all part of the same planet, no matter our differences. We all breathe the same air, we share our voices with strangers, and we all come from Earth. I hope this sculpture will inspire others to no longer take their freedom for granted and to see the beauty in all religions.
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December Highlights 15-16, A Musical Piñata for Christmas V, 7pm, Fri; 2pm Sat & Sun. This is a festive bilingual evening of live music, carols and comedy. $10/$5 under 12, Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Suite B, 4241601, teatroparaguas.org. 16-17, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker, 2 & 7:30pm, Sat; 1 & 5pm, Sun. Embrace the holiday spirit and enjoy the magic of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker; a whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic for all ages. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St, 984-8759, AspenSantaFeBallet.com. 16-17, SWAIA 11th Annual Winter Indian Market, 9am-5pm, Sat; 10am-3pm, Sun. The hotel will be adorned in worldclass paintings and mixed media, traditional and contemporary jewelry, pottery, weaving and sculpture. La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, 995-2377. 17, Chanukah on the Plaza, 3pm. Celebrate Jewish Pride with a grand Menorah lighting and celebration featuring an acrobatic show with the Salida Circus, giant menorah lighting with Congressman Ben-Ray Lujan and Mayor Javier Gonzales, live music and hot refreshments. Santa Fe Plaza, abqjew.com. 17, Families Make History Workshop, 1:30-3:30pm. String theory isn’t always chaotic: create geometric stars out of colored string and thread. They look complicated, but are easy and fun to make; Experiment with different shapes and see what happens. Seating and materials limited. Included with admission, NM History Museum/ Palace of the Governors, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org. 17, Holiday Open House, NM Museum of Art, 1-4pm. A round-robin of puppet plays, art making projects and photos with Santa. NM Museum of Art, 107 W Palace Ave, 476-5072, nmartmuseum.org. 17, Winter Solstice, 5:30-7:30pm. Annual winter celebration to count down to the longest night of the year with over 1,000 farolitos. Walk the farolito labyrinth, listen to African Drumming with Akeem Ayaninni, roast marshmallows and have hot chocolate around bonfires. $5/$3, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 9898359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 19, Chanukah On Ice!, 3-5pm. Cele-
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brate Chanukah while ice skating to Chanukah music; enjoy hot latkes and sufganiyot, a giant menorah lighting, Chanukah gelt, skating games and off-ice activities. Free/$3 skate rental, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo, 955-4000 chavezcenter.com, abqjew.com. 20-23, Holiday Flamenco 2017: The Little Match Girl, 7pm, Wed, Thu; 2 & 7pm, Sat. This story is based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. $25/$20, Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Suite B, 424-1601, teatroparaguas.org. 22, Polar Express Reading, 5-5:30pm. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies with Richard and Ursula Moeller who will read the Chris Van Allsburg Classic Polar Express. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 9898359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 22-Jan 2, Holiday Trains. In collaboration with the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club and the Children's Train Club, the interactive model train exhibit has been brought back. Visitors will take the controls, maneuver the trains, and build scenery for the exhibit. Free with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 24, Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk, 6-9pm. A celebrated Santa Fe tradition. Stroll Canyon Road by the light of the farolitos; caroling, cocoa and comradery. Free, Canyon Road, santafe.com.
24, Performance Santa Fe Family Concert: Christmas Eve Orchestra Concert, 1 & 5pm. Virtuosa pianist Joyce Yang and the PSF Orchestra perform the inventive Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. $20/$5 under 18, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St, 984-8759, lensic.org. 25, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 5pm. A Christmas Day dramatic reading, presented by a cast from Upstart Crows Readers; all ages. Free, Vista Grande Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org. 28, Holiday Family Program, 1-4pm. Join this yearly celebratory drop-in event to create personalized holiday crafts. Children ages 4-12 and their grownups are invited to learn, create and have fun. Free, Georgia Okeeffe Museum, 217 Johnson St, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org. 31, A City Different New Year’s Eve on the Plaza, 9pm-12:15am. Festivities
begin with heaters & piñon bonfires lining the Plaza; local musicians Sol Fire, Alex Maryol and Fun Addix will fill the bandstand and Kiwanis Club of SF provides hot chocolate & biscochitos, along with a memorial banner to write down hopes & dreams for a Prospero Año Nuevo. Free, SF Plaza, santafe.org/NYE. 31, GLOW and "Kids New Year’s Eve Party," 5pm. The “ball drops” at 7 pm and there will be children’s and family activities. GLOW features thousands of lights all aglow throughout the Botanical Garden. Enjoy a hot beverage by the fire, traditional (and untraditional) holiday music, food and drink and shopping. $10/$8/free under 13, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lego, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.
School Break Camps Dec 18-21 Mountain Kids Winter Break Camp. Ages 5-12 gather materials to make seasonal crafts, engage in games, stories, primitive skills, hiking, and free play. Observations of nature will be a part of each day as we develop an awareness of and respect for all living things. Planned locations: Dec 18: Little Tesuque Creek; Dec 19: Ghost Ranch; Dec 20, Beaver Ponds; Dec 21, Tent Rocks. Warm tea, materials and transportation provided. $320/$369, Mountain Kids, sfmountainkids.com. Dec 18-21 & 26-29, The Chavez Center Winter Break Day Camps. Includes ice skating, swimming and court sports. Parent/guardian must provide lunch and a snack for each child or money to purchase lunch from the café. $45/day, $135/week, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Rd, 955-4000, chavezcenter.com. Dec 18-21 & 26-29, Wisefool Winter Camp, 9am-3:30pm. Students ages 7-13 can learn stilt-walking, unicycling, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, puppet making and clowning in a safe, non-competitive environment, no experience necessary; before and after care available. Wisefool, 1131 Siler Rd B, 992-2588, wisefoolnewmexico.org.
January Arts & Crafts Ongoing, First Friday Art Activity, 5-7pm. Create drawings while exploring the use of color in modern artwork; all ages. Included with admission (admission free to NM residents with ID and under 18 years), Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson St, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org. Ongoing, Jewish Kids Club, 3:305:15pm, Weds. Give your child a fun and exciting Jewish experience. Give them a chance to learn Hebrew - conversational and reading - Jewish songs, art, cooking and Krav Maga; bring a 3,000 year heritage alive with fun activities. Santa Fe Jewish Center Chabad, 230 W Manhattan Ave, 983-2000, santafejcc.com.
Ongoing, Open Art Studio, 2:304:30pm, Fris. Themed, hands-on arts activities; check website for guest artists. Included with admission, $7.50/$5/free members, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Ongoing, Shidoni Bronze Pour and Self-Guided Tour, noon, Sats. Eight acres of sculpture gardens and bronze art foundry; watch molten bronze being poured into ceramic molds. $5 Self-guided only, Mon-Fri/$10 with bronze tour, 1508 Bishops Lodge Rd, Tesuque, 9888001, shidoni.com. 7, Families Make History Workshop, 1:30-3:30pm. Free, NM History Museum/Palace of the Governors, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org. 12, 26, Friday Afternoon Art, 2:304:30pm. Family program, all adults must be accompanied by a child. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 16, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun creating. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 17, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun creating. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. 18, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun creating. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.
Dance Ongoing, Contra Dances, 7-10:30pm 2nd & 4th Sats. NM Folk Music & Dance Society presents a live, traditional band & dancing. $8/members, $9/non-members, ½ off for students w/ID. Locations vary, 345-8041, folkmads.org. Ongoing, Free Children’s Outreach Flamenco Class, 4:30-5:30pm, MonsThus. A flamenco dance class and percussion class for ages 6-12. Free, El Flamenco de Santa Fe, 135 W Palace Ave, 209-1302, entreflamenco.com.
Exhibits El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe: This center of Hispanic culture and learning showcases and promotes Hispanic art, culture and history with gallery space, a 200-seat theater and almost every month hosts a new show. 1615 Paseo De Peralta B, 992-0591, elmuseocultural.org. El Rancho de las Golondrinas: A living museum that has preserved the Spanish Colonial and Territorial way of life on a 200-acre ranch. Docents in period dress, period buildings from around the SW and hands-on demos make this a perfect spot for kids. Self-guided tours $6/$4/free 12 & under, 334 Los Pinos Road, 471-2261, golondrinas.org. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: A series of galleries organized by theme to offer a deeper understanding of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art, life and times. O’Keeffe’s New Mexico is an exhibit showing that O’Keeffe’s ultimate inspiration came from the land and sky around her. $13/$11/ free
Santa Fe Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar ages under 18, for members and on the 1st Fri of the month for NM residents with ID, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 9461000, 217 Johnson, okeeffemuseum.org. Harrell House of Natural Oddities and Bug Museum features Oliver Greer’s Crawlywood Collection, an assortment of 2,400 mounted insects, arachnids and other bugs from around the world. There are also 150 live animals including insects, spiders, reptiles and fish. Check the website for a schedule of daily animal feedings. $6-$3/free ages 2 & under, Inside DeVargas Center Mall, 556 N. Guadalupe, Ste C, 695-8569, harrellhouse.com. Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return: An interactive art experience driven by non-linear storytelling that unfolds through exploration, discovery and 21st century interactivity. Visitors choose their own path: walking, climbing and crawling through a multiverse of more than 70 rooms created by 500 artists. $12-$20, 1352 Rufina Circle, 7804458, meowwolf.com. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is dedicated solely to advancing the discourse, knowledge and understanding of contemporary Native arts. Visit Action Abstraction Redefined: featuring paintings and works on paper from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) permanent collection created in the 1960s and 1970s. 108 Cathedral Place, 983-1777, iaia.edu. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture: A repository of Native art and material culture that tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art. $6-$12, free 1st Suns NM residents & Weds NM seniors, under 16, foundation members, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, 476-1269, indianartsandculture.org. Museum of International Folk Art: The world’s largest museum of international folk art with public programs including art making for ages 3+, performances, demonstrations and lectures that are included with museum admission. Free 1st Suns for NM residents & Weds for NM residents 60+ with ID. $6$12/free 16 & under and foundation members. 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org. Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, With 3,000 objects, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society collections are the most comprehensive compilation of Spanish Colonial art of their kind - dating from the Middle Ages to the New Millennium, it is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico. Visit the Youth Gallery to see works by youths mentored by adult artists or Time Travelers: and the Saints Go Marching on exploring the enduring imagery of Christian Saints as subject matter for NM Artists. $10 day pass/free under 16, 750 Camino Lejo, 9822226, spanishcolonial.org. NM History Museum shows the history of Santa Fe and New Mexico over the past 400 years including permanent and temporary exhibitions that span the early history of indigenous people and Spanish colonization. Through Feb 11 visit
Voices of the Counterculture in the Southwest, an exhibit that spans the decades of the ’60s and ’70s exploring this influx of young people to NM and the subsequent collision of cultures. Free 1st Sun for NM residents. $12/$7/free 16 & under, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org. NM Museum of Art displays an extensive permanent collection of Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe. Activities include art walking tours, 10am, Mons and “Drop In and Draw,” 10am, daily. $12/$7/free 16 & under and 1st Fri, 5-7pm, 107 West Palace, 476-5041, nmartmuseum.org. NM National Guard Museum’s (formerly Bataan Memorial Museum) mission is to preserve the past, present and future of NM National Guard and to educate visitors about the proud history both in peace and wartime. The museum contains a wide range of exhibits throughout the military history of the US. Free, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 474-1670, bataanmuseum.com. Palace of the Governors at the NM History Museum was built as a government building in 1610. Its exhibits chronicle the history of Santa Fe as well as NM and the region. American Indian artists sell their wares under its historic portal as part of the Native American Artisans Program. $6-$12, free for school groups, 1st Suns for NM residents, seniors Weds, foundation members, 105 W. Palace, 4765094, palaceofthegovernors.org. Santa Fe Children’s Museum specializes in hands-on interactive exhibits that promote play and imagination including a portable planetarium, giant bubbles, animals and magnetic building tables. The museum also offers a diverse range of weekly programs, special events and a 1.5 acre outdoor garden. $7.50/$5/free under 1 year (military and EBT discounts available), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 9898359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Site Santa Fe is a private, not-for-profit contemporary arts organization committed to enriching the cultural atmosphere by providing an ongoing venue for regional, national and international exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs. 1606 Paseo De Peralta, 989-1199, sitesantafe.org. Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American Art and is known for a focus on little-known genres and solo shows by living Native American artists. $8/free for members, Native Americans, under 12, students with ID, active military and 1st Suns. 704 Camino Lejo, 982-4636, wheelwright.org. Ongoing, Garden Sprouts, 10am, Fris. Weather permitting, outdoor classroom offers a hands-on program for ages 3-5 and caregivers; listen to a story and participate in interactive nature and garden related activities. Free members & children under 12/$5 suggested donation, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.
Fairs & Festivals Ongoing, El Museo Winter Market, 8am-3pm, Sats; 9am-4pm, Suns. See art, antiques, jewelry, books, textiles and furniture. El Museo Cultural Museum, 2508929, 555 Camino de la Familia, elmuseocultural.org. Ongoing, Saturday Farmers’ Market, 8am-1pm, Sats. Santa Fe Farmers Market at the Railyard with veggies, meats, crafts and body care products among many others. Free, 1607 Paseo de Peralta. 983-4098, santafefarmersmarket.com.
Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. 11, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.
Sports Ongoing, Family Climb, 10am-2pm, Suns. Meet other families, climb the walls, enjoy the colored routes and special games. 20 percent off drop-ins, free under 2; free rentals. SF Climbing Center, 825 Early, 986-8944, climbsantafe.com. Ongoing, Hiking, Biking, Birdwatching, SF area, weekends, all levels. Sierra Club, riogrande.sierraclub.org. Ongoing, Locals Climb, noon-3pm, 1st Sats. 20 percent off drop-ins plus free rentals with NM ID. SF Climbing Center, 825 Early St, 986-8944, climbsantafe.com.
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Music Ongoing, Live Music at Totemoff’s, 11am-3pm, Sats. Stop by Totemoff’s at Ski Santa Fe for live music. Free, Totemoff’s, mid-mountain, Ski Santa Fe, NM-475, 9824429, skisantafe.com.
Open Houses 6, Little Earth School, 10am-noon (tour starts at 10am). Visit classrooms and meet teachers. For 39 years Little Earth School has provided a successful program of academic excellence for children preschool through 6th grade. Children learn through an integrated, developmentally appropriate and experiential curriculum which includes art, music, Spanish, yoga, environmental and multicultural studies and emphasizing respect for self and others. 321 W. Zia Road, RSVP 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org.
School Break Camps 2, School Closure Day Camp for Teacher In-Service, 7:30am-5:30pm. Parent/guardian must provide lunch and a snack for each child or money to purchase lunch from the café. $45, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Rd, 955-4000, chavezcenter.com.
Science & Nature 9, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 9552828, santafelibrary.org. 10, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science. Free,
Ongoing, Children’s Storytime, 10:30am, Thus & Fris. Catering to ages 6 months to 5 years; children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo, 988-4226, collectedworksbookstore.com. Ongoing, La Farge Branch Library, Books & Babies, 10:30-11am, Weds starting Jan 10; Preschool Story Time, 10:3011:15am, Tues starting Jan 9. Free, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org. Ongoing, Letters About Literature. Readers in grades 4-12 write a letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story or program. The letters are sent to the Library of Congress for initial sorting and then sent to the NM State Library for judging. NM state judges will select the top letter writers in NM, who then advance to the national competition. All entries must be postmarked by Jan 12, 2018. For more information visit nmstatelibrary.org/ letters-about-literature. Ongoing, Santa Fe Main Library, Books & Babies, 10:30-11am, Tues, starting Jan 9; Preschool Storytime, 11-11:45am, Thus starting Jan 11. Free, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. Ongoing, Southside Branch Library, Books & Babies, 10:45-11:15am, Thus starting Jan 11; Preschool Storytime, 10:4511:30am, Weds starting Jan 10. Free, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 31, After School Reading Club, 3-4pm. Stories, games, crafts and activities to encourage reading and using the library; grades K-4; registration required. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org.
Support Groups Ongoing, Adoption Triad Support Group of Santa Fe. For birth parents, adoptees, women who have lost a child through adoption and adoptive parents. Call for details. Free, Christus St. Vincent Hospital Dental Building, 465 St Michael’s Dr, Ste 201, 466-3839, asgsf.org. Ongoing, Epilepsy Support Groups,
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Santa Fe Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar Group focuses on studies of epilepsy and the brain, and discusses how to improve lives while living with epilepsy. Call 2439119 or check website for details on when and where groups are held. epilepsysupportnm.org. Ongoing, Food Allergy Support NM. A group for families who live with severe food allergies and for those who want to learn more; monthly parent meetings and family activities in ABQ with hopes of beginning monthly meetings in Santa Fe. 235-0229, firstname.lastname@example.org, nmfaso.com or on Facebook at NMFoodAllergySupportGroup. Ongoing, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 2nd Thu, 4:30-6:30pm. The first hour is social time which includes, dinner; the 2nd hour child care, adults group discussion, speakers, discuss the joys and challenges of being a primary caregiver as a grandparent. 1911 5th St, suite 100, RSVP and check for updates by calling 703-8645789, lascumbres-NM.org. Ongoing, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Support Group, noon, 1st Mons, noon; 4th Mons, 6pm. Meetings for families, friends and caregivers. Always open to new members. Dragonstone Building, 313 Camino Alire, room 307, 395-6204, namisantafe.org. Ongoing, Santa Fe Chapter of the NM Autism Society, 6:30-8pm, 3rd Fris. Holy Family Episcopal Church, OA Bisbee Court, 424-0095, holyfamilysantafe.org.
Teachers Ongoing, Teacher Study Guides. Pandemonium Productions offers an educations guide to teachers who bring classes to a show. Call 920-0704 to request, pandemoniumprod.org.
Especially for Parents Ongoing, La Leche League Meeting, All mothers and mothers-to-be are welcome. Encouragement, support and discussions on various topics of breastfeeding. Free, Indigo Baby, 185 Paseo De Peralta, 466-2738, llli.org.
Also of Interest Ongoing, All Ages Chess, 3-5pm, Fris. Under 12 must have parents come in to sign up. Free, Vista Grande Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org. Ongoing, Ghostwalker, 5:30pm, Tues, Fris, Sats, from Hilton Santa Fe; 5:45pm from Eldorado Hotel. Something rustles in the bushes... what's behind that tree? Find out on a fascinating journey back in time where you'll hear the legendary folk tales of the Pueblos, Spanish and Wild, West; bring a camera as "ghostly" sightings have been reported. $15, 9868388, historicwalksofsantafe.com. Ongoing, Kid-Friendly Canyon Road Tour, Thus-Sat by Request. Perfect for local and visiting families who are interested in learning more about art in Santa Fe; for families with children ages 5-9
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(older children would enjoy the standard Canyon Road Tour and those with younger children can request a special tour). Visit three Canyon Road Galleries and take part in close-looking activities, meet an artist and explore materials. $25+tax/$15+tax children, $75 minimum. Art House, 231 Delgado, 985-5298, santafearttours.com. Ongoing, Railyard Artisan Market, 10am-4pm, Suns. Pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, photography, hand-blown glass, artisanal teas and handmade herbal body products. Free, Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta. 983-4098, santafefarmersmarket.com. 1-2, Holiday Trains. In collaboration with the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club and the Children's Train Club, the interactive model train exhibit has been brought back. Visitors will take the controls, maneuver the trains, and build scenery for the exhibit. Free with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 12, Family Movie Night, 7pm. Call library for title and rating, popcorn included. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org. 13, Family Movie Matinee, 2:30-4pm. Family oriented movies; all ages. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 20, Family Program: Museum Scavenger Hunt, 9:30-11:30am. Have a morning of discovery while sleuthing through the galleries; follow clues to take a closer look at art and nature; all ages. Free, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 217 Johnson St, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org. 27, The Food Depot Souper Bowl XXIII, noon-2:30pm. This is a benefit event for the Food Depot, Northern NM’s food bank. Cast votes for favorite soups and watch cooking competitions to help provide meals to people in need throughout Northern NM. $30 advance tickets, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy, 800-777-2489, TheFoodDepot.org.
February Arts & Crafts See January for Ongoing Activities 4, Families Make History Workshop, 1:30-3:30pm. Free, NM History Museum/Palace of the Governors, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org. 9, 23, Friday Afternoon Art, 2:304:30pm. Family program, all adults must be accompanied by a child. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 15, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun creating. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org. 20, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun creating. Free, Southside
Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 21, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun creating. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org.
Music 2, Music at the Museum, 5-7pm. Hear live Blues performed by Dos Gatos. Included with admission, NM Museum of Art, 107 West Palace, 476-5041, nmartmuseum.org.
Open Houses 15, Santo Niño Regional Catholic School, 9am-2pm. Where faith and knowledge meet; pre-K through 6th grade starting at age 3. Free, 424-1766, santoninoregional.org. 24, Little Earth School, 10am - noon (tour starts at 10am; kindergarten and early elementary curriculum presentations, 1pm). Visit classrooms and meet teachers. For 39 years Little Earth School has provided a successful program of academic excellence for children preschool through 6th grade. Children learn through an integrated, developmentally appropriate and experiential curriculum which includes art, music, Spanish, yoga, environmental and multicultural studies and emphasizing respect for self and others. 321 W. Zia Road, RSVP 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org.
School Break Camps 15-16, 20, School Closure Day Camp, Parent/Teacher Conference and Presidents Day, 7:30am-5:30pm. Parent/guardian must provide lunch and a snack for each child or money to purchase lunch from the café. $45, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Rd, 955-4000, chavezcenter.com.
3:30pm. All ages are welcome to come meet the wolf and learn about wolves. Free, La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.
Stage 3, 10, Opera Makes Sense, 10:30amnoon. An introduction to opera through music, movement and costumes; ages 3-5. Adults must be present with their children. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.
Storytelling & Books Ongoing, After School Reading Club, 3-4pm, Weds. Stories, games, crafts and activities to encourage reading and using the library; grades K-4; registration required. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org.
Also of Interest 9, Family Movie Night, 7pm. Call library for title and rating, popcorn included. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org. 10, Family Movie Matinee, 2:30-4pm. Family oriented movies; all ages. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 21-23, Amazing Acrocats, 4 & 8pm, Thu & Fri; 3 & 7pm, Sat. These fantastic felines will amuse and amaze as they ride skateboards, ring bells, walk the high wire and run a cat-sized agility course. The group uses a positive reinforcement based training method and encourages and supports fostering, rescue and adoption while entertaining and educating guests. $22-$40, Studio Center of Santa Fe, 1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423, brownpapertickets.com.
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Science & Nature 2, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, 3:304:30pm. All ages are welcome to come meet the wolf and learn about wolves. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 8, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org. 11, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, 1:302:30pm. All ages are welcome to come meet the wolf and learn about wolves. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org. 13, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 9552828, santafelibrary.org. 14, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. 24, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, 2:30-
Pueblo Feast Days December 24, Christmas Eve Celebrations: Dances at most Pueblos. Acoma Pueblo: Luminarias on display from Scenic View Point to Acoma Sky City, 888-759-2489; Laguna Pueblo: St Joseph Mission, Old Laguna, various dances after 10pm Mass, 552-6654; Nambe Pueblo: Buffalo Dances after Mass, 455-2036; Ohkay Owingeh: Matachines Dance & Pine Torch Procession, 852-4400; Picuris Pueblo: Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers, Mass procession, Matachines & various dances before & after Mass, 575-5872419; San Felipe Pueblo: dances after midnight Mass, 867-3381; San Ildefonso Pueblo: various dances, 455-3549; Taos Pueblo: Sundown procession & bonfire, 575-758-1028; Tesuque Pueblo: dances after midnight Mass, 983-2667; please call other Pueblos directly for informa-
Santa Fe Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar tion, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/ feast-days/. December 25, Christmas Day: Dances at Most Pueblos. Ohkay Owingeh: various dances, 852-4400; Picuris Pueblo: Christmas celebration with Matachines dances, 575-587-2419; San Ildefonso Pueblo: Christmas celebration with Matachines dances, 455-3549; Santa Ana Pueblo: Buffalo & various dances, 8673301; Santo Domingo Pueblo: various dances; Tesuque Pueblo: various dances, 983-2667; Taos Pueblo: various dances, 575-758-1028; Zia Pueblo: various dances, 867-3304. Please call other Pueblos directly for information, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. December 25-27, Laguna Pueblo: Old Laguna Village, 10am Mass followed by Harvest Dance. 552-6654, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. December 26, Ohkay Owingeh: Turtle Dance. 852-4400, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. December 28, Holy Innocents Day: Picuris Pueblo, Children’s Dances, 5872419,indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/ feast-days/. January 1, Transfer of Cranes to New Pueblo Tribal Officials: Dances at most Pueblos: Taos Pueblo: Turtle Dance; Santo Domingo Pueblo: Corn Dance; Jemez Pueblo: Matachines Dance; Picuris: various dances; Ohkay Owingeh: Cloud or Basket Dance; call Pueblos directly for information, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. Jan 6, King’s Day Celebration Honoring New Pueblo Tribal Officials: Most Pueblos open to the public. Picuris Pueblo: Various Dances; Nambe Pueblo: Buffalo, Deer & Antelope Dances; Sandia Pueblo: various dances; Santa Ana Pueblo: various dances; Santo Domingo Pueblo: various dances; Taos Pueblo: Deer & Buffalo Dances; call Pueblos directly for information, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. Jan 22, San Ildefonso, Acoma Pueblo, 6pm. Vespers with firelight procession, Call ahead to confirm, 455-3549, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. Jan 23, St. Ildefonsus Feast Day. Buffalo, Comanche & Deer Dances. Call ahead to confirm, 455-3549, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/. Jan 25, St. Paul’s Feast Day. Picuris Pueblo & Ohkay Owingeh, various dances. Call to confirm, 575-587-2519, 852-4400, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/ feast-days/. Feb 1st or 2nd Weekend, Governor’s Feast. Old Acoma Pueblo, various dances; Ohkay Owningeh: Deer Dances. Call to confirm, 1-800-747-0181, 852-4400, indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/ feast-days/.
ANGEL FIRE Dec 24, Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, 6-7pm. Free, Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane, 800.633.7463, angelfireresort.com. Dec 31, New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, 6-7pm. Free, Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane,
800.633.7463, angelfireresort.com. Feb 22-26, Military Winterfest. The 4th Annual Winterfest showcases four days of snow activities, live entertainment, food and exclusive military discounts; includes skiing, snowboarding, a KidFest and parade. Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane, 800.633.7463, MilitaryWinterfest.com, angelfireresort.com. Feb 2-3, World Championship Shovel Races. Join a weekend of high-speed shovel racing including children’s races. $15-$40, Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane, 800-633-7463, angelfireresort.com. Feb 9-13, Mardi Gras Celebration. Live music, colorful beads, food and activities. Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane, 800-633-7463, angelfireresort.com.
DURANGO, COLO. Through Jan 2, The Polar Express Train Rides. Based on the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard The Polar Express. All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole. Durango Train Depot, 479 Main Ave, 888872-4607, durangotrain.com.
LOS ALAMOS Ongoing, Autism Support Group, 67:30pm, 3rd Mons. This is an informal support group for parents, friends and family of autistic children and adults. Share challenges and successes; sponsored by NM Autism Society. Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St, 6624515, lafsn.org. Ongoing, Baby Bugs, 10:05-10:30am, Tues starting Jan 9. Baby Bugs is a sharing program for caregivers and infants & babies on laps. Emphasis on connecting with children and sharing easy songs and rhymes with 20 minutes of songs, rhymes and fingerplays; ages 0-24 months. Free, Free, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central, 662-8250, losalamosnm.us.
Ongoing, GamingGeekOut, 5:308:30pm, Weds. Weekly game night in the upstairs rotunda. Free, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central, 662-8250, losalamosnm.us. Ongoing, Los Alamos International Folk Dance Club, 7:15-8pm, class; 89:30pm, dance requests, Tues (except 5th Tues). Family-friendly fun exercise. $3/night, Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St, 661-4240, losalamos.org. Ongoing, Russian Language Play Group, noon-2pm, every other Sun. Russian-speaking children can meet and have a chance to immerse in the language; hiking, field trips and holiday celebrations as opportunities arise. Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St, 6624515, lafsn.org, email@example.com. Ongoing, Toddler Tunes, 10:30-11:15am, 1st Weds. Children and parents get a chance to experiment with percussion instruments and sing together while Mr. Greg leads on his guitar. Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St, 662-4515, lafsn.org. Dec 31, New Year’s Eve Torch Light Parade, 5:30pm. Gather in the Base Area at sundown to watch skiers wind down the mountain carrying glowing torches. Pajarito Mountain, skipajarito.com. Jan 4, 11 & Feb 1, 8, Family Film Series, 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a family friendly film, and refreshments. Free, White Rock Branch Library, 98 NM-4, White Rock, 662-8265, losalamosnm.us. Jan 16 and Feb 13, Toddler Crafts with Burgandy Brock, 10am-noon. For kids and their grown-ups. Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St, 6624515, lafsn.org. Jan 16, 30, Feb 6, 20, 27, Family Yoga, 9:30-10:15am. Family Yoga weaves poses into story, song and games to foster creative expression while developing coordination and balance with instructor Sarah Gustafson, $10/class/family, Family Strength Network, 662-4515, fyilosalamos.com. Jan 18 & Feb 15, Teen Advisory Group, 3:45-5pm. Middle school and high school aged youth can be the first to see and checkout new teen books. Free books from the Youth Services’ stash, food and other humans. Sometimes there is a book club and Skype with the author. Free, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central, 662-8258, losalamosnm.us/services/library. Jan 26, Big M.A.C. Teen Skate Night, 6-8pm. A coordinated event with the Youth Activity Center to provide music and refreshments for middle school students. $6.50/includes skate rental and admission, no passes accepted). Ice Rink, 4475 W Rd, 662-4500, losalamosnm.us. Jan 26 and Feb 23, Outdoor Play Days with Burgandy Brock, 10:30amnoon. Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St, 662-4515, lafsn.org. Feb 10, LASO Combined Concert with La Choral Society, 7pm. Tjett Gerdom will conduct Carmina Burana. Free/donations accepted, Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr, losalamossymphony.org.
Red River Feb 8-13, Mardi Gras in the Mountains. The week is filled with costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, Cajun and Creole gourmet delights, parades, kids costume contest, cajun cook-off, burning of the Loup-garu, crawfish boils and downhill gator race. redriver.org.
Sipapu Feb 17-19, February Fun Fest. Includes snow castle, places to play, a treasure hunt, costume contest, parade and pinata. Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, 5224 NM-518, Vadito, sipapunm.com.
TAOS Dec 24, Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo, sunset. A stunning contrast between massive bonfires and the Procession of the Virgin with rifle salutes from the rooftops of the 1,000 year old adobe pueblo buildings. taospueblo.com. Dec 24, Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades 6pm. Watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light. All the area ski resorts – Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season. taos.org. Dec 25, Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachines Dance, 2pm, Witness this ancient Native American ceremonial dance honoring the depths of winter, as danced and drummed by the people of Taos Pueblo. No cameras, cell phones, or video cameras allowed. Taos Pueblo Plaza, taospueblo.com. Dec 31, New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Torchlight Parade, 5:30pm. The night will kick off with a laser light show then watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light, after don’t miss the fireworks. Free, Taos Ski Valley Resort Center, skitaos.com. Jan 1, Turtle Dance. Feast day marking the beginning of the new year. Open to the public. No flash photography. Taos Pueblo, 120 Veterans Hwy, taospueblo.com. Jan 31, Feb 7, Red Willow Farm Farmer’s Market, 10am-4pm. Local and sustainably grown produce; using organic seeds and no till methods. Local nonprofit demonstration farm, located at Taos Pueblo, hosts a weekly farmer’s market selling locally grown and produced veggies; carrots, tomatos, cilantro, onions, kale, chard, garlic, turnips, beets, radishes, Free, Red Willow Farmers Market, 885 Star Road, 575-770-1362. Feb 8-11, IFSA Junior Taos Freeride, 8am-6pm. Regional & National Junior Freeride Competition showcases skier's and boarder's skills in Taos' famed terrain. See this next generation of rippers redefine the sport of Freeride. Taos Ski Valley, skitaos.com.
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The Young Scientist By AILEEN O’CATHERINE
Some substances are acidic and some are alkaline (bases). Many common household items are acids and bases. Bleach, baking soda and soap are bases. Lemon juice, vinegar and coffee are acids. Between acids and bases, there are neutral substances such as distilled water. Scientists can tell whether a liquid is an acid or a base by using a pH indicator, and a pH scale. The term pH stands for “potential of hydrogen.” A pH rating of 1 to 6 is acid; 7 is neutral; and 8 to 14 is alkaline. Acids or bases that are very strong (an acid pH of 1, or a base pH of 14), are considered dangerous. Scientists use litmus paper and a color scale to determine how acid or base a material may be. You can make your own natural pH indicator solution with red cabbage juice. The juice changes color depending on the acidity of the solution. The cabbage juice contains a natural pH indicator called flavin, which is an anthocyanin. Very acidic solutions will turn anthocyanin red. Bases will turn it greenish yellow. When a solution is neutral, it turns purple. The cabbage juice pH indicator is easy to make and can exhibit a wide range of colors. To test the pH of several materials, you can make a red cabbage juice pH indicator. Red Cabbage pH Indicator Colors: pH 2 Red; pH 4 Purple; pH 6 Violet; pH 8 Blue; pH 10 Blue green; pH 12 Greenish yellow
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Materials: red cabbage, knife, water, bowl or cooking pot, clear cups for your solutions. Household products for testing: As few or many as you want, such as baking soda, dish soap, vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, hair conditioner. Procedures: Get a Red cabbage juice pH indicators, L to R: bleach grownup to help with (greenish yellow=base=12), red cabbage juice=7, and lemon juice (pinkish red=acid=2). Courtesy choosing materials and photo. cutting the cabbage. Cut the red cabbage into small pieces until you have about two cups. Place the cabbage in a pot with water to cover. Boil the cabbage for about 10 minutes, and let it completely cool. Strain the cabbage from the water and place the juice in clear cups. The cabbage juice will be purple. Use as many cups as you like to test materials. Add a little juice to each glass, and then add a bit of a chosen material. Record the color change. Use a separate glass for each material, and don’t mix materials. Acids and bases neutralize each other. If you add a base such as baking soda to an acid such as vinegar, the mixture’s pH will move closer to a neutral point on the pH scale, such as 7. If using strong acids or bases (like bleach), be sure to wear gloves and have a grownup help. The household products listed can safely be washed down the drain.
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As families who have children facing class presentations know, public speaking can be intimidating. For someone with autism, a condition that challenges social and communication skills, speaking before a crowd can be extraordinarily difficult. But 17-yearold Ryan Sheppard-Peery of Santa Fe faced both challenges when he stood during several New Mexico Legislature committee hearings to speak in favor of House Bill 75, a measure that limits school employees’ use of physical restraint and seclusion of students. There, he told about his experiences being restrained and isolated in the public school system. Several times, Sheppard-Peery was asked to stand before representatives, parents and teachers to recount the instances in which he had been restrained against his will or secluded while at school, an approach once commonly used by public school employees on students with autism or other disabilities. He spoke about the injuries he sustained being put in a hold by a teacher or teacher’s aide for such actions as throwing a book on the floor or overturning a chair. Sheppard-Peery believes there are better strategies for teachers to use when addressing those kinds of behavioral issues rather than relying on “therapeutic holds.” He said instead of helping the situation, the restraint only made him fearful and even more upset. “Of course (the children) are going to fight,” he said, “They just want to get out of it.” In addition to speaking at committee hearings, Sheppard-Peery was interviewed for several stories by news outlets including The Santa Fe New Mexican and KOB-TV News. Sheppard-Peery said it was difficult to share painful memories in front of crowds. It also meant many hours of waiting and sitting still in a room full of strangers. He compared it with being in a fish bowl “with a lot of eyes on you.” But Sheppard-Peery said he was determined because he wanted to speak out for those who either can’t or are too afraid. “If I didn’t tell them, who would?” he asked. After some controversy, House Bill 75 was signed into law last spring, an act Sheppard-Peery was invited to witness. Now, physical restraint and seclusion can be used by teachers only in an emergency situation when there is no other alternative and the safety of students or teachers is threatened. In those instances, only school employees who have been trained in such techniques may use them. Also now, families must be notified quickly if a situation requires restraint or seclusion techniques to be used on their child. Renada Peery-Galon, Ryan’s mother, was appalled at the injuries he sustained during such holds. The last time it happened, he came home with a cut lip and a bloody nose. Peery-Galon said she is proud of her son and hopes his efforts will encourage others. To families she advises, “If you have a child who has something to say, encourage them to say it because it could change things for others.” Sheppard-Peery now is a student of the online New Mexico Connections Academy, where he has a 3.7 GPA. His future ambitions include a career in marine biology, perhaps working at an aquarium. In a school essay, Sheppard-Peery wrote, “Governor (Susana) Martinez said that if it wasn’t for me, House Bill 75 wouldn’t have made it as far as it did. I know I did the right thing by standing in support of the bill. I know that I can stand up and make a difference.”
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A Series About Local Kids Who Are Changing The World By KAY SNYDER “It’s fun to volunteer. You know you helped a lot of people and you know it made someone’s day better,” says Jiaen Xiao, 15. Jiaen is no stranger to volunteer work. Recently she volunteered at Roadrunner Food Bank, where she helped sort food for the needy in Albuquerque. Her 12-year-old brother, George, went with her and enjoyed his time there, too. “I liked helping people,” he said. Despite having a busy schedule that includes choir and dance as well as piano and tennis lessons, Jiaen volunteers with her brother at the food banks. They go with peers from the New Mexico Chinese School of Arts and Language. “It’s really fun,” said Jiaen. “It’s like a volunteer activity and a hangout at the same time.” At the New Mexico Chinese School of Arts and Language, Jiaen and George are learning the language and traditions of China, where their parents were born. Although both siblings have lived in the United States for most of their lives (Jiaen was born in Germany), their parents want to make sure they are familiar with their Chinese heritage. Jiaen’s parents, Xiaoyin Xiao and Feiya Xie, moved to the United States 14 years ago. They believe it is important to be involved in the community. “They need to contribute to the country and the people. As parents, it’s very important to encourage kids to do things for others without pay. Life is not about money. (Children need to) think about others, not about themselves,” said Feiya. Both parents have encouraged Jiaen and George as well as their oldest daughter, Shuqi, to volunteer since they were very young. In addition to Roadrunner Food Bank, the children have volunteered at libraries and nursing homes. Feiya remembered a time at a nursing home that was special to her. “An old man was crying, and he said, ‘You have great kids. Please come back,’” she said. Although Jiaen is busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, she said she is looking forward to more volunteering. She is a member of her high school Key Club, an organization that encourages service and provides leadership building. Jiaen said she regrets that she doesn’t have even more time to help others. “The feeling you get after working is really great. You get the pleasant feeling that you helped many in need,” she said.
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Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs Santa Fe Area Private Schools Little Earth School, 321 W. Zia Rd., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-988-1968; Web site: littleearthschool.org. Contact: Ellen Souberman, Director. Grades: Preschool - 6th; Ages: 3-1/2 - 12. Enrollment: 50. Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8. Full time tuition: $9,950; part-time preschool enrollment available. Founded in 1978, Little Earth School's curriculum is rooted in developmental and experiential learning which builds self-esteem, nurtures creative expression and cultivates academic excellence, attending to each child's individual learning style. Essential features of our integrated curriculum include art, dance, music, Spanish, yoga, the outdoors, multicultural and environmental studies. Little Earth School is housed in a beautifully restored adobe building on a rural acre. Our master teachers foster a lifelong love of learning, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and build children's social/emotional competence. Economically and ethnically diverse student body/staff. Small classes. Afterschool care; Summer Day Camp; Tuition assistance. Presbyterian Medical Services’ Head Start & Early Head Start, various locations. Phone: 1-800-477-7633 for the location nearest you. Website: pmsnm.org. Head Start serves children ages birth to 5 years as well as expectant mothers. We offer high quality early eduction services that prepare children to enter Kindergarten ready to learn. Applications accepted year-round. NAEYC accredited. Caring for our community begins with caring for its smallest members. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally-funded programs that promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. In addition to providing a high quality educational foundation for children, these programs also help parents to reach their own personal, educational, and employment goals. In Santa Fe County call 505-954-4601. Services are free to eligible families. Centerbased and home-based programs available.
Contact: Jennifer Warren, Admissions. Grades: PreK – 12; Enrollment: 200; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Cost: $9,000 - $18,000; Accredited by AWSNA/WECAN. Discover a school where the arts, academics and athletics come alive in a truly integrated curriculum founded almost 100 years ago. Imagination, creativity, development of empathy and engagement all describe a Waldorf Education - an independent philosophy of teaching empowering and stimulating young minds, inspiring students to stay fascinated with learning throughout life. An international network of mindful education, Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational movements in the world, with 1,200+ schools operating worldwide. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Santo Niño Regional Catholic School, 23 College Ave., SF, NM 87508. Phone: 505-428-7916; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: santoninoregional.org; Contact: Angela Marie Peinado, Director of Advancement. Ages/Grades: 3 years old to 6th grade; Enrollment: 258; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/16; Cost: $4,718; Accredited by WCEA. You may be asking yourself, “What is the difference between Santo Niño and other schools in the area?” This is an important question. Although Santo Niño is fortunate to be a cost-effective private school, due to our support from the Catholic Church and our fantastic community fundraising efforts, it still is not free. For many parents, it is hard to take on the extra cost of sending their student to Santo Niño or any private school. Here are a few fundamental reasons that we hope provide you with the incentive to send your student to Santo Niño: Scholarships; Financial Aid; Before and After Care; Teaching students to their grade levels.
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New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda, SF, NM 87501. Phone: 505-629-9245; Email: email@example.com; Web site: nmschoolforthearts.org; Contact: Francesca Rodriguez, Dean of Enrollment. Grades: 9 - 12; Enrollment: 221; Cost: Free. NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA-Charter High School, an accredited New Mexico state charter high school. NMSA’s purpose is to Sandia Prep 10th grader Adriana Brackeen (left) and 8th grader Leah provide the highest standards of excellence Thomas (right) use engineering and design software to create a model for in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talentone of Prep's 3D printers. Courtesy photo. ed students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or profesRio Grande School, 715 Camino Cabra, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-983-1621; sional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: riograndeschool.org; performing and visual arts with rigorous academics leading to a high school Contact: Rachel Gantt, Director of Admissions. Grades: Preschool-6th diploma. Scholarships/Financial Aid. Grade; Ages: 3-12; Enrollment: 160; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/6; Cost: $13,975$18,915; Accredited by ISAS. Rio Grande School is a small, coeducational, nonsectarian independent school. We strive to inspire a lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery that empowers students to find their own true passion and transforms the way they think about, engage with, and impact their world. At Rio Grande School we combine academic rigor and excellence with a collaborative, experience-based education. We bring learning to life through a challenging, integrated curriculum enhanced by differentiated instruction from master educators. We fully prepare students for the next phase of learning. Our K-6-quality curricuA Child's Garden Preschool, 215 Locust NE, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-764lum taught by master educators enables preschoolers to make strong/seamless 2920; Email: email@example.com; Web site: achildsgardenabq.org; transition to elementary while our K-6 program provides a solid foundation for Contact: Mary Matteucci, Director. Ages: 3 months - 5 years; Enrollment: 180; students to advance into middle school with skills/spirit that enable them to excel. Accredited by NAEYC. ACG Mission: A Child’s Garden Preschool (ACG), a nonFinancial Aid; Before and After Care; Enrichment programs. sectarian community outreach program of First Presbyterian Church, is committed to providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment for a Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, SF, NM 87508. Phone: 505-467diverse population of young children respectful of the individual needs, 6431; Email: JWarren@santafewaldorf.org; Web site: SantaFeWaldorf.org;
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cultural heritage and identity of each child. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Some are paid for by parents/others are free. Acton Academy Albuquerque, 6901 San Antonio Dr. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-358-1163; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: actonabq.org; Contact: Shannon Baldwin, Head of School. Ages: 7-12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/11; Cost: $8,140 per year; Accredited by International Association of Learner Driven Schools. Acton Academy Albuquerque is an innovative, learner-driven Christian school designed to encourage every child on their Hero's Journey. If you are looking for an environment where learning teamwork, goal setting, critical thinking, virtue and resourcefulness take priority over testing and homework – Acton ABQ might be right up your alley. Programs for ages 5-7 and 12-14 coming fall 2018. Financial Aid. Enrichment programs: Chess Club. Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-8283208; Email: email@example.com; Web site: aa.edu; Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 1,162; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9 (Grades 8-12); Cost: $23,375. Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools, Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, and NM Public Education Dept. We look for the brightest students in the region, those with intelligence, character, and an eagerness to learn. We’re serious about creating an educational experience that shapes sharp-minded students into purposeful, ethical, independent learners. Our students typically come from over 70 schools throughout the area, and they share one thing in common: a nearly insatiable curiosity. We admit students in grades 6-12 each fall. The admission deadline for Fall 2018 is February 2, 2018. Financial Aid. Bosque School, 4000 Bosque School Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-898-6388; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: bosqueschool.org; Contact: Doug Key, Director of Admission. Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 492; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools. Bosque School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12. Bosque is renowned for its innovative programs, which are designed to engage our students' passion and purpose and to prepare them, in the words of our mission, "to become lifelong learners with the highest character values and academic goals." Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Chinook Spirit Children's Academy, 5621 Paradise Blvd. NW (inside High Desert Center for Spiritual Learning), Abq, NM 87114. Phone: 505-850-7916; Web site: chinookspirit.org; Contact: Holly Wu, CSCA Director. Grades: K-8; Enrollment: 24; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12 max; Cost: $600-650/month. Are you seeking a school that will nurture your child's spirit? CSCA is a K-8 multi-age, integration of academics, creativity, & consciousness with weekly service projects or curriculum-related field trips. Teachers are nationally certified & have Master's Degree. Daily meditation; differentiated instruction in all academic areas: literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music with instruments, PE, and more. Financial Aid; Before and After Care.
Congregation B'nai Israel Preschool, 4401 Indian School Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-266-0155, ext. 110; Email: email@example.com; Contact: Samantha Newcomb, MA, Preschool Director. Ages: 18 months to Pre-K; Celebrating 35 years of excellence. FOCUS 4-Star. Extended Care available for children 18 months-2nd grade, 7:30am-9am and 1pm-5:30pm. Cross of Hope Lutheran Preschool, 6104 Taylor Ranch NW; Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-899-0928; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: crossofhope.org; Contact: Mary Sue Hale, Director. Grades: Preschool; Enrollment: 86; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8 for Threes, 1/9 for Fours; Cost: $150/month to $365/month, depending on class. Accredited by Association of Christian School International. Cross of Hope Preschool, growing in excellence since 1986, teaches children the truths of God in a loving environment through a quality educational program that respects each child's development. We are faith-based, nationally accredited and 5-star rated. Our stimulating curriculum helps children develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Cross of Hope Preschool offers licensed educators, low teacher/student ratios, weekly chapel, music, art, Spanish and Sign Language at an affordable tuition. Financial Aid. Escuela del Sol Montessori, 1114 7th St. NW, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-242-3033; Email: email@example.com; Web site: escueladelsol.org; Contact: Friedje vanGils, Head of School. Grades: 18 months–8th grade; Ages: 18 months to 14 years; Enrollment: 200; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6 Toddler, 1:11 Primary, 1:12 Elementary, 1:8 Jr. High; Accredited by: American Montessori Society, National Council on Private Schools. Escuela del Sol is an authentic Montessori program that activates learning in a hands-on environment which nurtures imagination, collaboration and selfdirection. Students thrive academically and master the life skills needed to build happy, meaningful and successful futures. Scholarships; Financial Aid; Before and continued on page 36
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After Care. Enrichment programs include: Music, Spanish, Mandarin, Art, Computer Programming & other After School Clubs. Hope Christian School, 8005 Louisiana Blvd., NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505821-2513; Email: email@example.com; Web site: hcsnm.org; Contact: Gwen Hughes, Admissions Director. Grades: Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten - 12th grades; Enrollment: 1,275; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:17; Cost: $7,500; Accredited by ICAA, AdvancEd, Public Education Department of NM, member ACSI. Hope Christian School is a non-denominational, private Christian school, with a fully accredited, college prep program and over 95% of our graduates going to college. From Pre-Kindergarteners learning to read, to recent graduating classes receiving millions in scholarship offers, to championship-winning athletics, HCS offers an excellent program with emphasis on critical thinking skills. Electives and activities include Elementary and MidSchool Athletics Robotics, Engineering, Film-making, Drama, Guitar, Choir and Art, National Honor Society and Student Council. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment Programs: Fine and Performing Arts, Electives, Athletics and Student Government. Manzano Day School, 1801 Central Ave. NW, Abq, NM 87104-1197. Phone: 505243-6659; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: manzanodayschool.org; Contact: Madonna Prokopiak, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Grades: Pre-K through 5th; Enrollment: 471; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10; Cost: $11,330-$14,470; Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and NM Dept. of Education. Manzano Day School, founded in 1938, is an independent, nonsectarian elementary school dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching and Joy in Learning to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world. Applications for 2018-19 are now being accepted. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Presbyterian Medical Services’ Head Start & Early Head Start, various locations. Phone: 1-800-477-7633 for the location nearest you. Website: pmsnm.org. Head Start serves children ages birth to 5 years as well as expectant mothers. We offer high quality early eduction services that prepare children to enter Kindergarten ready to learn. Applications accepted year-round. NAEYC accredited. Caring for our community begins with caring for its smallest members. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally-funded programs that promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. In addition to providing a high quality educational foundation for children, these programs also help parents to reach their own personal, educational, and employment goals. In Sandoval County call 505-896-1885; in Torrance County call 505-832-1922. Services are free to eligible families. Home-based and center-based programs.
St. Luke Preschool, 9100 Menaul Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-292-8812; Email: email@example.com; Web site: stlukepreschool.org; Contact: Lori Erven, Director. Ages: 2-6; Enrollment: 100-110; Teacher/Student Ratio: 2's - 1/5; 3's - 1/8; 4's and 5's - 1/9. St. Luke Preschool, a faith-based school celebrating 60+ years, offers school year programs, summer camps, and a.m. and p.m. extended care for our students. We are open from 7am - 6pm. We seek to provide a safe and nurturing environment that enables and encourages children to learn through developmentally appropriate play and instruction while developing a life-long love of learning and life in community. Children grow and learn through active, hands-on play that is open-ended and process oriented. Spaces are limited and filled first come, first served. Please join us to tour our facility, meet our amazing staff, and pick up pre-registration materials – our Open House is on Sunday, February 11, from 3-5 pm. Scholarships. St. Luke Preschool is licensed through the State of New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD). In addition, we are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are considered a 5-star program in ABQ. Our program operates at the highest level, and we are an exemplary early learning environment. Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505-338-3000; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: sandiaprep.org; Contact: Laura Fitzpatrick, Director of Admission. Grades: Grades 6 – 12; Enrollment: 525; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7. Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools, Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Sandia Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory school that offers innovative, advanced classes balanced with dynamic art and athletics. Sandia Prep's 7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio is key to our ability to offer individualized attention. College counseling begins in 9th grade and translates to 100% of seniors being accepted to four-year colleges. Schedule a campus visit today to experience the Prep difference and discover why the future goes to Sandia Prep! Financial Aid. Enrichment programs: Engineering and Coding Track, Odyssey Scholars Program, Independent Study, Heritage Language Program. continued on page 38
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Southwest Child Care, Web site: southwestchildcare.com; Ages: 0-12. 5-Star Child Care; Nationally Accredited; Infant & Child Care; Preschool & NM Pre-K; Before & After Care; USDA Food Program. Fun, caring, friendly staff. Low child-to-staff ratios. Arts and crafts, games and field trips. Enriching classrooms and playgrounds. And much more. We also provide FlexCare™ evening, overnight, and weekend childcare. Financial Aid. Three ABQ Locations–Wyoming location: 4802 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-296-3121; Sondra Carpenter, Director. Lomas location: 11800 Lomas Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-294-2233; Ethel Johnson, Director. Uptown location: 2626 Texas St. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-293-2626; Elcin Bahadirli, Director. SpringStone Montessori Schools, Abq and Rio Rancho, NM. Web site: springstonekids.com. Nationally-accredited schools accepting children infant–6 years. Schools are open Mon-Fri, 6:30am–6pm. Four state-of-the-art facilities: N. Abq Acres–7940 Carmel Ave NE, 505-821-8181; UNM Area–1615 Randolph Ct. SE, 505-242-1234; Paradise Hills–4598 Paradise Blvd. NW, 505-897-8111; Rio Rancho– 2441 Grande SE, 505-994-8111. Enrichment Programs. Sunset Mesa School, Northeast Heights, Morris & Candelaria, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-298-7626; Web site: sunset-mesa.com; Contacts: Rebecca Toevs or Kim Leifeste, Directors of Admission. Preschool Programs: Ages 2½-PreK; Elementary School: K-5; Preschool Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8, with no more than 16 per class; Elementary School Ratio: 1/16; Accredited by: State of NM; National Independent Private Schools Association. Sunset Mesa School is a family-owned private school established in 1948. Students participate in a broad range of intellectual, artistic and physical activities. They are challenged to become productive, responsible and caring people by learning sound values, compassion and ethical behavior. Students are encouraged to think and act independently, develop strong study habits, solve problems and think critically. Student achievement test scores are in the top 1 percent nationally for grades 15. Before and After Care available. Call for a personal tour today! UNM Children's Campus, 1210 University NE, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-2773365; Email: email@example.com; Web site: Childcare.unm.edu. Ages: 6 weeks-12 years. Free or low cost for eligible student parents. Drop-in and evening care options. The UNM Children’s Campus (UNMCC) is the only provider of child care services on UNM’s Main Campus. The mission of the Children’s Campus is to support student recruitment, retention, and graduation by providing the UNM community with a high quality early childhood program that supports their educational goals and experiences. The UNMCC is a nationally-recognized program that has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) and The Children, Youth and Families Department’s AIM High Program. We are a five-star licensed child care facility with the state of New Mexico.
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5 - Star NAEYC Accredited Preschool Albuquerque, NM 87112 Phone: 505-292-8812 Highly Qualified Teachers www.stlukepreschool.org Open From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Excellent Child - Teacher Ratios Developmentally Appropriate Practices School Year and Summer Programs for Ages 2 - 6
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Academic Support Programs ABC Wellness, 324 Adams SE, Abq, NM 87108. Phone: 505-266-6039; Web site: abcwellness.com; Contact: Mae Lynn Spahr, MA, Owner/Counselor. Ages: 18 months–adult. Mae Lynn Spahr, MA, provides a drug-free treatment alternative for children and adults who have ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, headache/migraine and chronic pain. Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87104. Phone: 505-224-8341; Web: explora.us; Contact: Ashleigh Olguin, Reservations. All ages; Scholarships. Explora offers educational enrichment programs for children, families, teachers, schools, and community organizations, and serves over 60,000 students annually! Semester-long supplemental education includes: Growing a Scientist™ for children ages 2 1/2 - 5 together with their adult companion(s); Science to Grow On™ for K-3rd graders; Science Studio, K-3rd graders develop skills as scientists during a month of discovery (meets for four mornings for 2.5 hours. Participation of parents or adult caregivers is encouraged, but not required. Chain Reaction Scientists – physics/engineering for 3-5th graders; Robotics after-school club: Robo Task Force for 3rd-7th graders; Home School Exploration Series for grades K-8; Winter, Spring and Summer Camps, and Birthday Parties with science activities. High Desert Family Services – Occupational Therapy, 1501 San Pedro Dr. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-823-4530; Email: LTAFOYA@HighDesertFS.com; Web site: highdesertfs.com; Contact: Leticia Tafoya, Executive Director. Ages: 0-18. Accredited by CARF. No Waiting List for our Pediatric Occupational Therapy services. Accepting NM Medicaid. Financial Aid. Huntington Learning Center, 8201 Golf Course Rd. NW, Ste. B-3, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-797-3073; Contact: Sohale Mufti; Web site: huntingtonlearning.com. Grades: K-12; Days/Hours: Monday to Saturday. Year after year we continue to offer children, ages 5-17, supplemental instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, phonics and related areas, as well as SAT/ACT test preparation. The positive encouragement of our staff and certified teachers combined with individualized instruction based on our diagnostic testing, is what we believe sets us apart and continues to make our program a success. Karma Tutoring, 526 Española St. NE, Abq, NM 87108. Phone: 505-256-9559. Email: SHutch1990@aol.com; Web site: FunToReadTutor.com; Contact: Sherri Hutchins, Director. Ages: 4-Adult; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/1 or small groups; Cost: Pay what you can afford! Fun to Read Tutor has been operating with Sing, Spell, Read and Write since 1996 here in Albuquerque. And now it’s time to expand, because every child deserves to learn how to read. Karma Tutoring, utilizing trained educators and volunteers along with generous caring community business leaders, is a non-profit that promises to deliver what our city needs. Students who can read proficiently! Financial Aid. LearningRx, 7120 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Ste. 16, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-8561596; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: learningrx.com/albuquerquenortheast; Contact: Kristen Dickey, Center Director. Grades: Kinder-College; Ages: 5-Adult; Teacher/Student Ratio: one-to-one. We target the cause, not just the symptoms, of learning struggles. We focus on weak cognitive skills that can be getting in the way of a more efficient learning process. Change how you learn, work and live! Enrichment programs. The Community Lighthouse, 3301 Candelaria Rd. NE, Ste. B, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-273-6300; Email: SarahL@TCLHNM.COM; Web site: thecommunitylighthouse.com; Contact: Sarah Lloyd, COO. If you are looking for mental health services for you or someone you love, you’ve come to the right place. At The Community Lighthouse, our mission is to empower families, children and professionals to heal trauma for generations to come. Whether you are in need of individual therapy for you, your child or teen, or behavioral management services, we look forward to helping you. Our counseling and behavioral management team treats and assists with symptoms related to ADHD, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, stress, poor school performance, and behavioral or emotional problems. Call us today! We have open availability to get you started. Support Groups, Pregnancy and Baby, Health Resources, Homeschool Resources, Parent Programs, Academic Support. Tutor-Me, 5528 Eubank NE, Ste. 6, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-307-4170; Contact: Sandra Akkad, Founder. Web site: mytutorme.com. Tutor-Me is a premier learning center that offers a hands-on approach when helping students. We stimulate & motivate, while enriching and helping our students. Tutor-Me provides a safe, conducive, and nurturing environment. We specialize in grades K–12. We offer classes in Math, English, Science, standardized testing, PSAT, ACT, SAT and more. We also have classes in Spanish, French and Arabic. We offer a free trial. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mytutorme. Information for this directory comes from the advertisers and does not constitute an endorsement by New Mexico Kids!
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ENTRADA CONTENTA HEALTH CENTER
FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER
5501 Herrera Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87507 Provider Offices: (505) 913-3233 Laboratory: (505) 913-4160 Urgent Care: (505) 913-4180
DEVARGAS HEALTH CENTER AND URGENT CARE
435 St. Michael’s Dr., Suite B-104 Santa Fe, NM 87505
POJOAQUE PRIMARY CARE 5 Petroglyph Circle, Suite A Pojoaque, NM 87506
510 N. Guadalupe St., Suite C Santa Fe, NM 87501 Provider Offices: (505) 913-4660 Urgent Care: (505) 913-4664
RODEO FAMILY MEDICINE
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ST. MICHAEL’S FAMILY MEDICINE
2025 S. Galisteo St. Santa Fe, NM 87505
433 St. Michael’s Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87505
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