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amazing to see how much confidence and personal satisfaction bowling has given Yarelis,” Maritza says. “It is really exciting for me to watch her grow as a bowler and spending so many hours supporting her -- going to tournaments, traveling to new places. All of it has really strengthened our bond. I'm her biggest fan.” Maritza admits that initially she had some reservations about letting her daughter participate in a sport dominated by boys. “Yarelis had already tried gymnastics, volleyball and basketball before she started bowling in a little kids' league at eight years old,” recalls Maritza. “I think bowling was a little different at first because I didn't see many little girls and it was intimidating for me as a mother. Even later, when she
By EFRAIN VILLA “I think a lot of people don't realize that bowling can open many doors and give you opportunities you didn't even know existed,” says 16-year-old Yarelis Alvarez, a junior at Rio Rancho High School. “I have gotten to travel so much through bowling and I have met many amazing people of different backgrounds. I might even be able to get a bowling scholarship. And who knows? Maybe I can one day be a professional bowler.” Yarelis says one of the biggest advantages she sees in taking up bowling as a young child and then later joining her high school bowling team is that she feels she has Aileen Linares, Yarelis Alvarez and Kara Thompson (left to right) show off their form. Photo by Maritza gained access to a global community. “There are bowlers Alvarez. everywhere,” she says. “When you have something in common with someone, like bowling, it's almost like you're started in the high school team, there was only one (other) girl on the already not a stranger even if you don't know each other’s name. It's team.” like an instant friend.” Maritza is not alone in fretting about gender differences in sports Maritza Alvarez, Yarelis' mother, says she hopes more parents catch participation. In her academic thesis, Performing Gender through on to the benefits that bowling can provide a young child. “It's been Bowling, or ‘I Was in Shock Other Girls Could Bowl,’ Eleanor Ann Hasken goes into fascinating detail about how society interprets gender through Albuquerque bowling. Her piece shows how cultural changes have reshaped the sport for young bowlers, especially girls. “In 2015, the Professional Women's Bowling Association, which had previously ceased operating, became active again,” she writes. “The momentous nature of this occasion is not lost on female interviewees, or on me. They are excited that women bowlers have the opportunity of going pro.” Although bowling continues to be a male-dominated sport in many high schools throughout the country, the popularity of the sport in New Mexico high schools seems to be increasing among girls. Maritza says that there are now three girls on her daughter's bowling team. “In some other states it's not coed, like here in New Mexico,” says Maritza, “but I like that, in the end, it's really just a sport about who has the best abilities, not about whether they are a boy or a girl.” Don Thompson, president of the New Mexico High School Bowling Association. which is sanctioned by the New Mexico Activities Association, says that from its inception in 2006, the high school bowling program has always aimed to ensure that youth of all levels and abilities can participate in the sport. “We have four divisions: advanced, intermediate, novice and rookie,” says Thompson. “We have built the program so that kids can learn the sport and not necessarily be the best right away or rely heavily on natural talent.” Rio Rancho High School Coach Dana Miller-Mackie – former pro bowler and hall-of-famer – says bowling is ultimately a very inclusive sport. “It is a challenging sport that many different types of people can enjoy,” says Miller-Mackie. “I think what most people who don't bowl a lot don't realize is that it's not just about physical ability but about being able to read the oil patterns on the lanes, being able to focus and needing to dedicate yourself to continuous improvement in a disciplined way. I encourage parents to let their children, whether they’re boys or girls, give it a shot regardless of their natural athletic abilities because I've seen kids go from barely being able to hold a ball to being amazing bowlers, and that can do a lot for anyone's self-esteem.” For more information on high school bowling in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico High School Bowling Association website at nmhsba.org.
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Cochiti Pueblo students work on mathematics using the Montessori Method at the Keres Children's Learning Center in October.
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concept of classrooms.” Tina Patel, director of Montessori ONE Academy agrees that the skills taught at IMI, although especially important in places with substantial indigenous people, are useful in many different settings. “These skills are very transferable but this isn't necessarily limited to something in New Mexico or even the United States,” says Patel. “This has global applications. The reason this is so important at the primary level is that
Association Montessori Internationale Trainer Mary Loew teaches Indigenous Montessori Institute students how to apply the Montessori Method to support Indigenous education in October at Montessori ONE Academy. Courtesy photos.
children are at their prime for language acquisition from birth to age six. Language comes easy to them. If we teach them a second language early enough, then as they get older, any other language acquisition is that much easier. I want to support children of color everywhere by providing opportunities for education that celebrates their native languages and cultures during these formative years. IMI is instrumental in filling this void and meeting the needs of our diverse communities.”For Phoebe Suina, a language revitalization proponent and parent of two children attending Keres Children's Learning Center, the importance of learning indigenous languages transcends linguistics. “Keres has a cultural paradigm imbedded in the language that can only be captured by utilizing it
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sugary sweets. With the exception of sweets, these carbohydrate-rich foods also provide many nutrients that are important for a healthy pregnancy. The idea is to limit portions of nutritious high carb foods, not to eliminate them completely. Filling no more than a quarter of your plate with carbohydrate-rich foods or eating no more than a fist-sized portion at mealtime are good general guidelines. Avoiding juices and sweetened beverages will prevent blood sugar spikes. Water, milk and beverages without sugar are the best choices to stay hydrated. Including lower carbohydrate foods helps to balance meals. Loading up on non-starchy veggies adds fiber and micronutrients important for growth and development. Aim to eat a cup at each meal. Lean proteins and healthy fats are filling and slow the process of digestion, so carbs are released into the intestines more slowly. A palm-size portion of protein and a thumb-size portion of fat give an idea of adequate portions. Exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, increases the muscles’ ability to absorb blood sugar, using it for their work. This decreases blood sugar levels! Walking or engaging in any physical activity that you enjoy for 10 minutes or more will have benefits. Thirty minutes of exercise a day is typically recommended as a minimum, but check with your medical provider for individualized advice. Know Your Numbers Women with GDM are advised to check their blood sugar levels two to four times a day. This is valuable information that helps them tune in to how their body is handling carbohydrates. Everyone is different. Checking blood sugar levels may clue you in to a trigger food that always causes your blood sugar to rise. It can help identify other causes of high blood sugar levels that are not diet-related. Checking levels before eating in the morning and two hours after meals is advisable. Record numbers in a log book and share them with your healthcare provider to optimize your level of quality, individualized care. Postpartum and Diabetes Prevention A mom with gestational diabetes usually does not need to continue checking blood sugar levels after her baby is born. However, it is important to be screened for high blood sugar levels six to 12 weeks postpartum and every year to three years afterward. Unfortunately, women who have had GDM and their babies are at greater risk for developing diabetes later in life. Maintaining healthy habits are key to diabetes prevention — eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight are all important to avoid developing diabetes. 10 Breakfast Ideas 1. 2 eggs, 1-2 slices whole wheat toast 2. 1 slice whole wheat French toast, ½ banana, ½ ounce almonds 3. 2 eggs, ½ cup beans, 1 corn tortilla 4. 1 egg, ½ cup potatoes, 1 slice Canadian bacon 5. Veggie omelet, 1 slice whole wheat toast 6. 1 cup cooked oatmeal with cinnamon and ¼ cup sliced almonds 7. ½ cup oatmeal, 1 small chopped apple, ¼ cup walnuts, cinnamon 8. 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup fresh strawberries 9. Smoothie: ½ cup low fat milk, ½ banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, ice 10. 2 small (3-inch) whole grain pancakes, ¼ cup toasted pecans, 2 teaspoon maple syrup
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Spring Productions: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR.: April 9â€”14 THE FROG PRINCE OF SPAMALOT: April 29â€”May 7 Register now at: www.nmyoungactors.org 821-8055
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December Highlights Ongoing, 10th 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. 19-23, 26-30, River of Lights, 69:30pm. Experience millions of sparkling lights at NM’s largest walk-through holiday production with more than 500 glowing light displays, animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show. $12 ages 13+/$6 ages 3-12/free under age 3, ABQ Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 764-6280, riveroflights.org, holdmyticket.com. 19-24 & 27-30, Trolley of Lights, 6pm, doors 5:30pm. A 75-minute holiday lights tour of Christmas trees, luminarias, nutcrackers, egg nog and holiday lights; all ages. Dress for 30 degree weather as this is an open sleigh (trolly) - wear long underwear, mittens, knit caps and wool
socks. $25/$15. Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande NW, abqtrolley.com. 21-23, 28-30, Elf the musical, 7:30pm, Fris & Sats; 2pm, Suns. Based on the holiday film, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, 222-0785, tickets at 65-9119, musicaltheatresw.com. 21-24, It’s a Wonderful Life, 7:30pm, Fris & Sats; 2pm, Suns. A play that celebrates the faith and humanity of the season; all ages. $23/$21/$19 student ages 13university/$15 ages 12 and under, see website for full schedule, ABQ Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale SW, 242-4750, albuquerquelittletheatre.org. 22, Family Movie: The Santa Clause, (PG), 2-4pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 22, Winterfest Celebration, noon6pm, Ice skating, photos with Santa, holiday carnival, parade. In lieu of skate rental fee and admission fee, bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Rio Rancho Animal control will be hosting their “Home for the Holidays” animal adoption event offering half-price adoptions between noon and 4pm. City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, 3200 Civic Cir NE, Rio Rancho. 22, 28, 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 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. 24, 54th Annual Luminaria Tour, 5:30, 5:50, 6:10, 6:45, 7:05 and 7:25pm. Enjoy this tradition without worrying about parking, traffic or wasting gas. The
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School Teaching a Changeless Christ to a Changing World
Immanuel Lutheran School will hold an Open House Saturday, January 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. Families seeking a quality, Christian education and safe environment for their child should join us to learn what Immanuel can offer. 300 Gold SE, Albuquerque
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tour takes about 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. 24-25, The Nutcracker, 7pm, Sat; 2pm, Sun. Kick-off the holiday season with a lavish production of the timeless tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince presented by the professionals of the NM Ballet Company and the NM Philharmonic, conducted by David Felberg. $11-$50/$9 child, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 925-5858, newmexicoballetcompany.com. 31, Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Explora, 10am-2pm. Family fun with a noontime countdown/balloon drop; museum closes at 2pm. Included with admission, $4-$8/free under age 1 and members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.
Winter Break Camps 21-Jan 4, Liz Sanchez Training Stables Winter Break Camp. For ages 514. Liz Sanchez Stables, 7622 Rio Grande NW, 898-1810, lizsanchezstables.com. 21, 26-28, Explora Winter Camp, 9am-4pm. During APS School break Explora offers fun, educational day camps for children; sign up for one or more days, different themes each day. Fees and camp activity info: Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 26 & 28, Jan 2-4, 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. 27-28, Animal Humane Winter Adventure Camp Ages 7-9, 9am-4pm, This two-day camp is designed to let children ages 7-9 years old explore animalrelated topics during school winter break. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, snacks provided in the afternoon. $80/child, Animal Humane Main Campus, 615 Virginia SE, 255-5523, animalhumanenm.org. 27-28, Jan 2-4, “Science Is Everywhere” Winter Day Camp, 9am-3pm. Children Pre-K through 7th grade can experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions that include “Code of the Robot, Jr.,” “Mini Marvels,” “Mysteries of Matter” and “Unravel the Code.” $70, full-day camps grades 1-7, 9am3:30pm; $25, half-day camps for Pre-K and K, 9-11:30am, $25. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137 ext 103, nuclearmuseum.org. Jan. 2-4, Art Camp Canvas and Kids, 8:45-11:30am. Children ages 6+ can paint, make mosaics, and mixed media art. $99 plus $10 material fee first day of class, ABQ Canvas and Coffee, 6700 4th NW, Los Rancho de Albuquerque, 803-4230, abqcanvasandcoffee.com. Jan. 3-4, Animal Humane Winter Adventure Camp Ages 10-12, 9am4pm. This two-day camp is designed to let children ages 10-12 explore animalrelated topics during schools’ winter break. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, snacks provided in the afternoon.
$80/child, Animal Humane Main Campus, 615 Virginia SE, 255-5523, animalhumanenm.org.
January Arts and Crafts Ongoing, An Itch to Stitch, 10amnoon, Tues. Knit, crochet, cross stitch, needlepoint and latch hook: bring your stitchery projects to this group; all ages and skill levels welcome. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Big Hands, Little Hands, 11am-noon, 3rd Thus. A craft hour to work on simple crafts for ages 3-6 with help from their adults (every child must have an adult with them throughout the craft, all materials provided; registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Crafty Club for Kids, 10:3011:30am, Mons. Crafts, music and games. Supplies provided; ages 3-8. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 7684320, abqlibrary.org. 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, Maker Mondays, 4-5pm, 2nd Mons. Drop in for a unique kids’ craft; all materials provided. Free, Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Seasonal Craft, 3-4:30pm, 3rd Fris. Design and put together a creation to celebrate the change in seasons; stencils, markers for coloring and paper bags provided; ages 6+. Free, Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales SW, 836-0684, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Sunday Sci-Fi Book Club, 2:30-4pm, 3rd Suns. New members always welcome, the group discusses a different science fiction title each month. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Westside Artist Workshop, 1-5:30pm, Weds. Learn and share skills in fiber arts, spinning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, drawing, embroidery, doll making, needle felting, punch quilting, cross stitch and gourd design; all skill levels welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Zoob Club, 3:30-4:30pm, Weds. Like Legos but more complex, Zoob is a moveable 3D modeling system. Ages 6+, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org. 4, Winter Button Tree for Kids, 23pm. Ages 6+ create a winter scene using buttons to decorate wintry trees. All materials supplied, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo
Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 10, Crafting for a Cause, 3-4:30pm. Make new friends and create items that will warm the hearts, heads and hands of people in need. Completed items will be donated to local charities; all skill levels are welcome as are yarn donations. Free, Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, RR, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org. 28, Chinese New Year Spinning Drum, 4:30-5:30pm. Chinese New Year is Feb 5, celebrate with an easy to make and easier to play spinning drum. Materials provided, all ages, while supplies last. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.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. Donation suggested, Kadampa Meditation Center, 142 Monroe NE, 292-5293, meditationinnewmexico.org.
Dance Ongoing, Beginners-Intermediate Flamenco Dance, 5:30-6:30pm, Tues; 11am-noon, Sats. No experience necessary, absolute beginners Flamenco dance class with Valeria Montes. $30/class, Casa Flamenca, 401 Rio Grande NW, 247-0622, casaflamenca.org. Ongoing, Contra Dance, 7-10pm, 1st & 3rd Sats; 7pm, lesson; 7:30-10pm, dancing. Join the NM Folk Music and Dance Society for a contra dance with live music. $9/$8/free under 12/students Â˝ price, ABQ Square Dance Club, 1915 Hawkins NE, 289-2992, folkmads.org. Ongoing, Elegant English and Contra Dance, 7-9:30pm, 2nd Suns during academic year except Apr. Live, traditional band and dancing. No partner or experience necessary. $9/$8/free under 12/students Â˝ price, ABQ Square Dance Club, 4915 Hawkins NE, 289-2992, folkmads.org. Ongoing, Traditional Native American 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.
Exhibits Ongoing through Jan 5, 39th Annual Native American Student Art Show Exhibition. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center founded the Native American Student Art Show (NASAS) in 1979 to encourage Native youth to learn a craft and develop their own creativity, recognizing that the future preservation and evolution of culture lies with todayâ€™s children. The artists have the choice of making their works available for sale with 100% going directly to the artist. Cash prizes
and sales of the artwork will help encourage youth to remain connected to the culture while opening doors to future sources of income. Included with admission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. Ongoing, Balloon School. A hands-on balloon exhibit for all ages that includes a balloon called The Grape Adventure, a flight simulator, a display about Buddy Bombard and the rise of luxury balloon travel and a 24,000 piece puzzle. $3$6/free ages 5 and under, Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 768-6020, cabq.gov. Ongoing, Free Admission to ABQ Museum. General admission is free 9am-5pm, 1st Weds; 5-8:30pm, 3rd Thus; 9am-1pm every Sun. ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov. Ongoing, Free Admission to the Balloon Museum, 9am-5pm, 1st Fris & 9am1pm Suns. Explore the history, science, sport and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight. Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 768-6020, cabq.gov.indianpueblo.org. Ongoing, Heritage Park. Complete with planes, rockets, missiles, cannons and nuclear sub sail, this exhibit is for plane buffs and historians. Free, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank NE, 245-2137, atomicmuseum.com. Ongoing, Little Albertâ€™s Lab. The future belongs to the children of today; Little Albertâ€™s lab will help children of all ages grasp the concepts of physics, the basis of all science. The lab features a child-sized robotic puppet of Albert Einstein that answers questions to make science fun and understanding. Included with admission, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank NE, 245-2137, atomicmuseum.com. Ongoing, Nano: Imagine and discover the world you can't see. An exhibit about big ideas that come from the small world of nanoscience; hands-on activities teach about the huge impact nanotechnology is having on the world. Included with admission, $10-$12, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org. Ongoing, The Naturalist Center. This is a hands-on educational room where visitors of all ages can learn about the natural world of NM. Microscopes, native animals, touch specimens and more wait for exploration. Included with admission, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 8412853, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, The Weather Lab. Visitors will encounter the sun, wind, clouds, precipitation and storms while learning about the relationship between weather and humanity and efforts through technology to better understand and forecast weather conditions. Included with admission, Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 880-0500, cabq.gov/balloon. Ongoing, Tim Anderson 4D Theater, every 15 minutes starting 9:30am, TuesSuns. Fans of experimental film will
experience visual, aural and physical sensations as they watch ballooning and other flight and science-related short films. Included with admission, Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 8800500, cabq.gov/balloon.
Fairs & Festivals 13, ABQ Noshfest, noon-4pm. A familyfriendly Jewish food festival featuring local chefs preparing and serving their favorite Jewish and Israeli foods. At the Kids Zone find supervised stories, a cake walk, games and a coloring station for ages 5-12. Sandia Resort, 300 Rainbow NE, 332-0565, jccabq.org.
Library Events Ongoing, Albuquerque Public Libraries. Albuquerque-area libraries offer several reading and storytelling activities as well as book clubs, Lego clubs, read to the dogs and arts & crafts programs among others. Check abqlibrary.org, placitaslibrary.com and riorancholibraries.org for a full schedule. Ongoing, All Ages Pen Pal Club, 11amnoon, 1st Sats. Write letters to pen pals, and if you donâ€™t know who to write to, a list of pen pal organizations are available so you can make new friends around the corner or across the globe.
Learn how to make envelopes, postcards, greeting cards and stationary from scratch; family-friendly, all ages. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Childrenâ€™s Mystery Activity Time, 3-5pm. Activity changes every month, drop in and join; ages 4+, South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta NW, 877-5170, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Chess Clubs. Albuquerque area libraries offer chess clubs at various times and locations, see abqlibrary.org, placitaslibrary.com and riorancholibraries.org. Ongoing, Community Coloring, 15pm, 1st Sats. Join others from the community during this relaxing, no stress program. Promotes meditation, relaxation and stimulates the creative side of the modern brain; all ages. Free, Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales SW, 8360684, abqlibrary.org. 3, Winter Bingo for Kids, 2-9pm. Ages 6+ play bingo for prizes; registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260 abqlibrary.org. 18, Winnie the Pooh Day, 3:304:30pm. This famous storybook bear was named after a real plush toy owned by the authorâ€™s son, Christopher Robin. Share stories after school, learn trivia and make a craft. For ages 6-9 and families. Free, Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE, 256-2065, abqlibrary.org.
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Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar Music Ongoing, High Desert Pipes and Drums Student Lessons, 6-9pm, Thus. Bagpipe and Highland Drum lessons from beginner to advanced; ages 10+. Lessons and band practice, performance and competition tunes. Free, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE, 715-4189, hdpd.org. Ongoing, JT Jams: Music Club for Kids and Tweens, 3:30pm, Tues. Try different types of music, play instruments, learn about dancing and theater and soundtracks and all of the ways music is in all of our lives. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Music by the Mountain. Various musical activities like singing, harps, guitars and drums; enjoy an evening of relaxation. Events vary, call ahead for schedule. Free, Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 2916295, abqlibrary.org. 15, AMP Concert: David Berkeley, 67pm. David is a songwriter and storyteller who sees both the tragedy and comedy in life, his songs are both hard and hopeful; all ages. Free, noon: Los Griegos Library, 1000 Griegos NW, 7614020; 6pm: Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org.
Open Houses 10, Escuela Jr. High, 6-7:30pm. Escuela Jr. High is a unique educational environment for teens focused on community mentorships, science & research projects and real-life business skill development. Free, 1023 6th NW, 242-3033, EscuelaDelSol.org. 17, Bosque School Admission Information Night, 6:30pm. An open house for open minds, see how Bosque School can benefit children. Free, 4000 Bosque School NW, 898-6388, bosqueschool.org. 26, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 1-4pm. Families seeking a quality, Christian education and a safe environment for their child can join to learn what Immanuel can offer. Free, 300 Gold SE, 243-2589, immanuelabq.org. 31, Hope Christian School, 8:30am. Ranked a top private K-12 school and a top private high school in NM. A nondenominational school with advanced academics, music, art and PE; athletics program from 1st grade. After school programs: music, sports, tutoring and extended care; students are admitted of any race, color, national or ethnic origin. Register online. Free, HCSNM.org. 31, St. Therese Catholic School. Call for time, 311 Shropshire NW, 344-4479.
School Break Camps 21, Explora School’s Out Camp, 9am4pm. Fun, educational single-day camp keeps imaginations active exploring the theme, “Out of This World.” Watch the lunar eclipse Sun night and explore the science of eclipses and other space phe-
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nomena. Details/fees on website. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us. 21, EXPLORA-tions Camps - Engineering Heroes, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. Half-day camps for children ages 8-12 with autism, downs syndrome and other special needs. Participants will become builders and architects as they experiment with construction and destruction; register by Jan 11. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8381, explora.us. 21, Liz Sanchez Training Stables
Winter Break Camp. For ages 5-14. Liz Sanchez Stables, 7622 Rio Grande NW, 898-1810, lizsanchezstables.com. 21, “Science Is Everywhere” Winter Day Camp, 9am-3pm. Children Pre-K through 7th grade can experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions that include “Code of the Robot, Jr.,” “Mini Marvels,” “Mysteries of Matter” and “Unravel the Code.” $70, full-day camps grades 1-7, 9am-3:30pm; $25, halfday camps for Pre-K and K, 9-11:30am, $25. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137 ext 103, nuclearmuseum.org.
Science & Nature Ongoing, Dynatheater Shows. Movies are shown on a five-story white screen with two projectors and digital surround sound. Titles range from Volcanoes to America’s Musical Journey to Big National Parks Adventure 3D. 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, First Friday Fractals & Fractals Rock!, 6-9pm, 1st Fris. An award-winning full-dome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Fractals Rock! shows are “less talk, more rock;” the shows usually sell out so buy tickets in advance. $10/$7/$5, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, Kids STEAM Drop In, 2:304pm. Different STEAM related activities,
no registration but parent must be present; ages 5-12. Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Library Lab, 3:30-4:30pm, 1st Weds. A different activity each month focusing on science, technology, engineering and math; ages 8+. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Planetarium Shows, The 55-foot full-dome theater features education and entertaining multimedia presentations on astronomy and space science. Now showing are The Little Star That Could; Earth, Moon & Sun; Incoming! and Black Holes. See website for schedule. $7/$6/$4/free under 3, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. Ongoing, Sketch Theater! Imagine, sketch and release an animated character into the world in teamLab’s interactive installation from Japan. Included with admission, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 5, Maker Lab for Grades 2-6, 23:30pm. Engineer machines that can build or do battle, as well as solve complex problems and challenges; register in advance. $10/$7 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW,224-8341, explora.us/maker-lab. 7, 14, Toddler Time, 9-11am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers 5 and under to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 12, Flowers for All Seasons, 10:30amnoon. Plan seasonal annuals and perennials with a Master Gardener and a Master Flower Show Judge; all ages. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-7142, abqlibrary.org. 16, Maker Lab for Grades 2-6, 45:30pm. Engineer machines that can build or do battle, as well as solve complex problems and challenges; register in advance. $10/$7 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW,224-8341, explora.us/maker-lab. 18-19, Aquarium Overnight, 6:30pm, Fri through 8am, Sat. Explore the Aquarium at night, learn about ocean animals and their nighttime behaviors; 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 BioPark, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 19, Sea Turtle Awareness Day, 10amnoon. Find out how to help sea turtles survive. Activities, art, films and handson stations. Included with admission, Aquarium, 2601 Central NE, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 19, SoundScapes Science Class at Explora: Let’s Make a Storm, 10:3011:30am. This class uses sound to explore the world. Combine the magic of musical instruments made from sound items and other recycled materials with body percussion to create a unique interactive experience while learning about weather. Mimic the sounds of the world through vocalization, body percussion
and creating unique musical instruments, grades 1-5. Limited space, registration required. $10/$7 member, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 19-20, Half-price weekend, at the Zoo or Aquarium and Botanical Garden, 9am-5pm. All single admission tickets will be half off. NM citizens: $5 adult/$2.75 seniors/$2.50 ages 3-12/free always for under age 3. ABQ Bio Park, 903 10th SW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 21, National Parks Fee Free Day, 7am-10pm. No entrance fee at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service areas all over the country. Other fees, such as camping, are not affected. National Parks Nationwide, nps.gov. 26, Botanic Garden Workshop Series, 10am-noon. Topics cover art, plants, insects and gardening techniques for participants of all levels of knowledge and interests; taught by local experts and enthusiasts. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 26, Expanding Your Horizons: STEM Event, 8am-1pm. Expanding Your Horizons in ABQ is a conference for girls in the 5th-9th grades. Hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Attendees will get a chance to meet female STEM role models and learn about careers in those fields; registration closes Jan 21. $15 per student, Centennial Engineering Building, UNM, 3553804.
Storytelling Ongoing, Albuquerque area Public Libraries. Albuquerque area libraries offer several reading and storytelling activities. Check abqlibrary.org, placitaslibraries.com and riorancholibraries.org for details. Ongoing, Music in the Sky, 12:30 & 1:30pm. Music, stories and art for ages up to 3 and their adults. Free, Balloon Museum, 320 Balloon Museum NE, 768-6020, cabq.gov. Ongoing, Read to the Dogs, 11am-1pm, 3rd Sats. Children have the opportunity to read to dogs in a safe, nonjudgmental environment, children not yet reading can listen while they visit with the dogs; register upon arrival. Free, Esther Bone Library, 950 Pinetree SE, RR, 891-5012, riorancholibraries.org. Ongoing, Read to the Dogs, 11am-1pm, 2nd Sats. Children have the opportunity to read to dogs in a safe, nonjudgmental environment, children not yet reading 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, 9:30amnoon, Weds. Preschoolers, grades K-1, and parent groups are welcome to attend. Free, Balloon Museum, 6201 Balloon Museum NE, 768-6020, cabq.gov. Ongoing, Story Time!, 10:30am, Thus. Open to all children and families. Free, Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW, 3448139, bkwrks.com.
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Ongoing, Anaphylactic Food Allergy Support NM, 1st Mons. A group for families who live with severe food allergies and for those who want to learn more (emotional and social peer support, no medical advice); monthly parent meetings and family activities. Call or check Facebook for location, 414-9377, firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/NMFASO/. Ongoing, Autism/Asperger Peer Support Groups. Open to everyone on the autism spectrum. Free, sign up at grasp.org. Ongoing, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Wheat Allergy Support Group Potluck, noon-2pm. Support for the newly diagnosed and all coping with these issues. Potluck and an educational discussion, call for 2019 dates. Free, Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE, glutenfreealbuquerque.com. 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 lives while living with epilepsy. Call 2439119 or check website for details on when and where groups are held. epilepsysupportnm.org. 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, 800-4322075, 452-6099. Ongoing, Greater ABQ Family Child Care Assoc. Meetings. Connect with other child care providers; receive support, networking and training. Call 2936380 for details. Ongoing, La Leche League of ABQ, Mother-to-mother support and info to breastfeeding moms and those preparing to breastfeed. Various locations, 821-2511/ help line 886-1223, lllnm.org. Ongoing, Mamas & Babies Group. A fun way to meet other families with little ones; join the Facebook group for updates and locations: Mamas & Babies (Birth Network). 123 Wellesley SE (and other locations like parks). 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, NM Breastfeeding Task Force, Greater ABQ Area Chapter, 11am-noon, 4th Tues, followed by Free Breastfeeding Support, noon-1pm. Los Griegos Community Ctr, 1231 Candelaria NW, breastfeedingnewmexico.org, Facebook: Mamas & Babies (Birth Network). Ongoing, OCD Support Group, Kids and teens can learn more about this misunderstood diagnosis and gain support and information from others with OCD and related disorders. Free, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel NE, 350-1849, check Facebook for updates.
Ongoing, Friday Teen Nights, 6:309:30pm, 1st & last Fris. Video games, open gym, game room and music; for ages 1317. Free, Raymond G Sanchez Community Center, 9800 4th NW, 468-7800, bernco.gov. Ongoing, Nerdy Crafting for Teens and Tweens, 4-5pm, 1st Fris. Each month is a different craft with a nerdy theme, like Pokemon shrinky-dinks, Harry Potter themed mugs, or miniature painting for tabletop games; all skill levels, materials provided; ages 12 to 18. Free, Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Teen Manga, 4pm, 1st Tues. A monthly, teen-lead manga club to talk about books, art and anything else; different genre each month. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Meditation for Teens, 10am, Suns. Meditation, positive affirmations and balanced living using simple meditation techniques that enable teens to feel the presence of peace and joy in their lives. Empowered by these simple techniques, they will be able to have the strength, focus and courage to create a better world. Free, ABQ Meditation Group, 1704 Moon NE, Suite 1. Ongoing, Roust the House Teen Performance Night, 7:30pm, nearly every month. Featuring local teen bands and soloists, all genres including spoken word artists. $3, Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, 268-0044, outpostspace.org. Ongoing, Sunday Movies!, 1:303:30pm, Suns. A free movie each week, rated G, PG & PG-13. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 7684320, abqlibrary.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, RR, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org. Ongoing, Teen Game Night, 5:30-7pm, Thus. Join for a weekly game club. Board games, card games, Nintendo, Wii and other specialty games; no registration required; ages 9-17. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Tween/Teen Night, 610:30pm, Fris. Tweens and teens ages 11-17 can spend Friday nights at the community center and enjoy video games, open gym, cooking and field trips (field trips require extra fee). Free, Los Vecinos Community Center, 4778 1/2 Old Hwy 66, Tijeras, 314-0240, bernco.gov. Ongoing, Young Adult Group Meeting, 3:30-5pm. Book-inspired discussion, snacks and crafts; ages 13-15. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Youth Radio: Generation Justice, 7pm, Suns. The voices of NM teens via news, commentary, interviews, music. Generation Justice inspires youth to become media makers committed to social transformation. KUNM 89.9 FM,
kunm.org. Ongoing, Zentangle Club, 1:30-3pm. 2nd Fris. Take time out of your day to recenter, calm down and work on Zentangle projects, all experience levels welcome. Very basic materials provided but bring any specialty materials you want to use; ages 16+. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 3, Senior Tech Camp with Teeniors, 9-11am. Teeniors are tech-savvy teens and young adults who help seniors learn technology through one-on-one personal coaching. Whether it’s a smart phone, tablet or computer, the goal is to empower seniors to connect with loved ones, engage with the community through technology. Rio Bravo Senior Meal Site, 3910 Isleta SW, bernco.gov. 15, Cafe Scientifique, 6-7:30pm. A program created by teens for teens; see cafenm.org for details. Free, Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, RR, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org.
For Teachers Ongoing, Flying Bus Program. Free transportation and admission is available for qualifying groups including Title 1 eligible in the metro area to visit and tour the Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE. Email email@example.com. 4, In-Service Tennis Workshop, 12:30-2:30pm. PE teachers, coaches and organizers learn how to get new free equipment for PE classes and what games and lesson plans work best for different ages. Also included: Introduction to School Tennis, Class Management Techniques, Basic Tennis Skills, Space Indoors/Outdoors Without Tennis courts, Net Generation Equipment Packages. Free, Inez Elementary School, 1700 Pennsylvania NE, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Especially for Parents Ongoing, Adult Coloring, 4-5pm, 3rd Fris. Adult coloring pages and supplies to relax in a kid-free zone. Free, Central & Unser, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org.
18, Adult Night: Get Fit, The Science of Fitness, 6:30-10:30pm. Live music, exhibit exploration and fitness related to the theme; ages 18+. $7-$10/free members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us.
Also of Interest Ongoing, Family Movies, multiple ABQ area library locations and times; all ages. Free, see website for full schedule, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Kids’ Variety Shows. For and by kids of all ages and levels. Dance, music, comedy and theater. Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, 268-0044, outpostspace.org. Ongoing, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Orientation, 3-4:15pm, Weds. Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers to help deliver meals to hungry neighbors around ABQ. Free, 5901 Harper NE, 8238064, mow-nm.org. Ongoing, The Children’s Radio Hour, 9-10am, Sats. High quality, noncommercial kids’ radio where children are part of the production. On 89.9FM KUNM, streaming live or later at ChildrensHour.org where parents can enroll kids ages 12 and younger for the Children’s Hour Birthday Club and sign up to get invitations to live community broadcasts. Ongoing, Yoga For Kids, 10-10:45am, 2nd & 4th Sats. An introduction to yoga for ages 5+. Instructor will guide through traditional poses and end sessions with a simple art project. Dress comfortably, no registration, mats available but feel free to bring one. Free, Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abqlibrary.org. 1-6, 10th 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.
February See January for More Ongoing Activities
Arts and Crafts Ongoing, ¡Vamos Al Museo!, 1st Sats, 10:30am-noon. A fun and engaging artistlead, family art-making program. $5 donation per family suggested, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 383-4734, nmnhcc.org.
Classes/Workshops 16, Little Dancer - Big Dancer Mentorship Breakfast, 11:30am. All dancers
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Albuquerque Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar ages 2 - 8 years (Little Dancer) can join a mentor from Keshet's Pre-Professional Program (Big Dancer) for breakfast. Donations for breakfast go towards Keshet Unlimited Non-competitive Scholarship program. Free/donations for breakfast, 4121 Cutler NE, 224-9808, KeshetArts.org.
Exhibits 10, Sensory-Friendly Hours at Explora, 10am-noon. In partnership with NM Autism Society, Explora offers sensory-friendly hours for visitors who prefer a less sensory-stimulating visit. Included with admission/free for children under one year and members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 17-22, Engineers Week Activity, 35pm. Celebrate National Engineers Week with an engineering-related activity in the Experiment Bar. Included with admission, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 2248300, explora.us.
skills by creating volcanoes, bottle rockets and toothpaste fit for elephants. Call for details/fees. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 18, Liz Sanchez Stables Winter Break Camp. For ages 5-14. Liz Sanchez Training Stables, 7622 Rio Grande NW, 898-1810, lizsanchezstables.com. 18, “Science Is Everywhere” Winter Day Camp, 9am-3pm. Children Pre-K through 7th grade can experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions that include “Code of the Robot, Jr.,” “Mini Marvels,” “Mysteries of Matter” and “Unravel the Code.” $70, full-day camps grades 1-7, 9am-3:30pm; $25, halfday camps for Pre-K and K, 9-11:30am, $25. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137 ext 103, nuclearmuseum.org.
Music 4, AMP Concert: Hungrytown, noon1pm. Hungrytown is a folk-based duo known for their quality, and authenticity in songwriting. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abqlibrary.org. 5, AMP Concert: Hungrytown, noon1pm. Hungrytown is a folk-based duo known for their quality and authenticity in songwriting. Free, East Mountain, Library, 487 NM 333, 281-8508, abqlibrary.org.
Open Houses 6, North Valley Academy, 5pm. All interested families are invited to see what this free public charter school has to offer; lottery applications will be available for the school year 2019-2020. Small group, leveled instructions, electives, art, PE, music, health and wellness, whole child focused, Free, 7939 4th NW, 998-0501 ext 100, nvanm.org. 23, Montessori ONE Academy, 10amnoon, Serving children from infancy through 5th grade, students of all ages are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Montessori ONE is the only AMI-recognized (Association Montessori International) Authentic Montessori school in ABQ. Certified educators allow children to develop at their own pace. Free, 9360 Holly NE, 822-5150, montessorione.net.
School Break Camps 18, Explora’s School’s Out Camp: Chemistry Messes, 9am-4pm. Fun, educational single-day camp keeps imaginations active during APS break. The theme: go big with messy science experiments. Through hands-on lab experimentation, budding chemists will test their
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Science & Nature Ongoing, Guided Bird Walks, 910am, 2nd Fris. A free bird checklist will be provided and binoculars will be available to borrow. Limited to 20 people, tours dependent on weather and volunteer schedules. Included with admission, ABQ Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 2, Discover STEM Day, 10am-3pm. Experience science, technology, engineering and math while enjoying ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, flying on a flight simulator, launching rockets and more. All activities are kid-friendly and interactive. Included with admission, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 2248300, explora.us. 2, New Maker Lab for grades 2-6, 23:30pm. Use LED lights and circuits to develop and design your own wearable technology. $10/$7 member. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us/maker-lab. 2, SoundScapes Science Class at Explora: Our Wild Planet, 10:3011:30am. This class uses sound to explore the world. Become the voices of animals and environmental elements. Explore the world through the blending of creative visualizations with an eclectic and diverse assortment of unique global percussion instruments to create aural landscapes of rich tonal color and texture; Pre K-4th grade. $10/$7 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 2, Stem Day, 10am-3pm. A day of family
fun with interactive STEM stations all over the museum. Included with museum admissions, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org. 9, Meet a Scientist at Explora, 1-4pm. Drop in and meet local scientists as they share their work with visitors through activities and conversation. $6-$10/free under age 1 and members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 15-16, Aquarium Overnight, 6:30pm, Fri-8am, Sat. Explore the Aquarium at night, learn about ocean animals and their nighttime behaviors; 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 BioPark, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 16, Great Backyard Bird Count, 811am. Volunteer with other citizen scientists around the country for this annual snapshot of migratory birds. All information collected will be given to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to be compiled with data from around the country. Free, registration required, ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden, 2601 Central, 848-7180, cabq.gov. 16, National Engineers Week Activity. Hands-on activities and demonstrations about math in a variety of engineering fields, call for specifics. Included with admission, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 20, New Maker Lab for Grades 2-6, 4-5:30pm. Use LED lights and circuits to develop and design your own wearable technology. $10/$7 non-member, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8341, explora.us/maker-lab. 21, LEAP into Science: Science of a Simple Sort, 3:30-4:30pm. Using observation and classification skills brings order to hectic lives. Event will be held outside on porch, weather permitting; registration not required; ages 6-9 and families. Free, Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE, 256-2065, abqlibrary.org. 23, Botanic Garden Workshop Series, 10am-noon. Topics cover art, plants, insects and gardening techniques for participants of all levels of knowledge and interests; taught by local experts and enthusiasts. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central NW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 23, Engineers Week Activity, 1-4pm. The Society of Women Engineers will host an engineering activity. Included with admission/free under one year and members, $6-$10, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us. 27, International Polar Bear Day, 10am-2pm. Celebrate polar bears and see the BioPark’s two bear brothers, Koluk and Kiska, keeper talk at 11am and feeding at 2:30pm. Included with admission, ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 10th SW, 764-6214, cabq.gov.
Stage 23-24, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7pm, Sat; 2pm Sun. Shakespeare’s enchanted world of mortals, fairies,
lovers and creatures set to Mendelssohn’s score. This comedic ballet is full of pranks and magic for the whole family. $17-$30, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central NW, 768-3544, kimotickets.com. 26 & 27, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Student Matinee, 9:30am. Shakespeare’s enchanted world of mortals, fairies, lovers and creatures set to Mendelssohn’s score. This comedic ballet is full of pranks and magic for the whole family. $17-$30, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central NW, 768-3544, kimotickets.com.
Support Groups 8, 2019 Healing Hearts Luncheon, 11am. Children’s Grief Center, 800 Rio Grande NW, childrensgrief.org.
Just for Teens Ongoing, Chat & Craft, 6:30-7:30pm, 2nd Tues. Join for an hour of friendly conversation and a special craft. All skill levels are welcome and supplies will be provided; registration required; ages 16+. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. Ongoing, Teen Role-playing. Get started with the world of role-playing games. Test luck and skill, create characters and work your way through imagined worlds; ages 13-19; registration required. Check website for dates and times, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org/cherryhills. 1, Teen Science Cafe, 5:30-7pm. Informal teen-friendly presentations and activities with local scientists, engineers and other professionals. Hands-on demos or activities to spark interest in STEM career options; snacks. Free, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us.
Also of Interest 2, Girl Scout Night at Explora, 69pm. This is an exclusive event for Girl Scouts and friends. Roam the museum, play and learn; play more with two additional labs full of science activities. Pizza and a patch; register by Jan 22 at nmgirlscouts.org. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300, explora.us.
For Parents Ongoing, ¡Happy Arte Hour!, 5:307:30pm, 1st Thus. A social evening of artistic fun for adults. Fuel creative juices with snacks and refreshments (as well as beer and wine) for sale from Pop Fizz. $5 suggested donation, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 3834734, nmnhcc.org. 7, Science on Tap, 5:30-6:30pm. A science talk sponsored by UNM, Explora and the National Museum of Nuclear History & Science. See website for details. Free, O’Niell’s Pub, 4310 Central SE, 2556782, scienceontapnm.blogspot.com.
Santa Fe Kids! Calendar Calendar Calendar Our calendar is as accurate as possible, but times, places & dates of events can change, so be sure to call ahead. To have your events listed free in our next calendar, fill out our calendar form at newmexico-kids.com, or send date, time, place, cost, description of activity, sponsoring organization and contact phone to email@example.com. The deadline is Feb. 13 for listings in March/April. Calendar listings are not guaranteed because of space limitations. All phone numbers have a 505 area code unless otherwise noted.
December Highlights 14-23 & 26-31, GLOW Cosmic Nights, 58pm. Twinkle lights, large scale light installations, live music, beverages and Santa. $9.50/free 12 and under. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 4719103, santafebotanicalgarden.org. 18-22, Build-A-Beast Toy Workshop, 9am-5pm. Assemble unique toys from a selection of heads, bodies and limbs. Put a pony head on a barbie, turn a Hot Wheel into a mini parade float or give a baby doll action-hero limbs. Once assembled, it can be taken home for $2-$5, depending on how many parts are used. Bring their used, broken or unwanted toys so that they may gain new life in the hands of makers, offering a museum discount in return. Museum of Interactive Art at Shindoni, 1508 Bishops Lodge, 988-8001, aaronharrington.com. 20-22, Holiday Dream Flamenco 2018, 7pm. A flamenco extravaganza which includes flamenco interpretation of songs like Silent Night and Carol of the Bell. $25/$20 seniors and children, Teatros Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, 4241601, teatroparaguas.org/schedule. 21, Museum Hill Holiday Stroll & Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Open House, 4-7pm. All museums on the Hill will be open; performances by the Tewa Women’s Choir, piano music by Renata Yazzie, all-ages ornament workshop, shopping and holiday refreshments. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, indianartsandculture.org. 21, Winter Solstice Party, 6-8pm. Bonfires and biscochitos. Included with admission/free members, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 9898359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 22-23 & 25, A Christmas Carol Dramatic Reading, 6pm each night plus 2pm, Sat. Upstart Readers present a dramatic reading of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Enjoy a high Victorian tea and this classic tale. $10, locations vary, call or see website, 466-3533, upstartcrowsofsantafe.org. 24, Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk, 6-9pm. A celebrated SF tradition. Stroll Canyon Road by the light of the farolitos; caroling, cocoa and comradery. Free, Canyon Road, santafe.com. 25, An American in Paris: The Musi-
cal, 2pm. This Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the “City of Light” complimentary refreshments at intermission. The Screen, 1600 St. Michaels, abqjew.com. 27, Holiday Family Program, 1-4pm. A yearly celebratory drop-in event to create personalized holiday crafts; ages 4-12 and their grownups are invited to learn, create and have fun together. Free, Georgia Okeeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org. 28, All-Ages SK8 Session, 6pm. Pizza, snack bar and DJ. $5 for skates or scooter, Rockin’ Rollers, 2915 Agua Fria, 473-7755. 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 and Al Hurricane Jr 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, Santa Fe Plaza, santafe.org/NYE. 31, GLOW Cosmic Nights Kids New Year’s Eve Party, 5-8pm. Midnight celebrated at 7pm, New Year’s themed chil-
santafechildrensmuseum.org. 17-21 Wisefool Winter Camp, 9am3:30pm. Students grades 2-6 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. 26-28, Jan 2, One Day Camps. Designed to keep children occupied with activity-focused day camps during winter break. $60/day, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 26-28, Winter Break Day Camp, 7:30am-5:30pm. A three-day program for ages 6-12. Group activities include social games, ice skating, swimming, arts and crafts and court sports. Parents provide lunch and snacks or send money to purchase food; first come first serve reservations $45/day per child, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo, 955-4005, chavezcenter.com.
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Jayden, 5 dren’s activities, flower petal drop and live music. $10 non-member/$8 member/Free ages 12 and under. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.
Winter Break Camps 17-21, Winter Break Day Camp, 7:30am-5:30pm. A five-day educational, safe program for ages 6-12. Group activities include social games, ice skating, swimming, arts and crafts and court sports. Parents provide lunch and snacks or send money to purchase food; first come first serve reservations $45/day per child/$145 week, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo, 955-4005, chavezcenter.com. 17-21, Winter Explorer Camp: Return of Arbots. A week-long day camp merging art and science; fun filled days focusing on building STEAM skills; ages 6-12. $265/week. Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359,
Ongoing, Fine Art Friday, 2:304:30pm, Fris. Weekly explorations into the arts with specials guests and hands-on activities. Included with admission/free members, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359 ext 115, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Ongoing, First Friday Art Activity, 5-7pm, 1st Fris. Create drawings while exploring the use of color in modern artwork; all ages. Included with admission/ free to NM residents with ID and under 18, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org. 11, 25, Friday Afternoon Art, 2:304:30pm. Art projects for children & their families; walk-ins are welcome; adults must be accompanied by a child. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 15, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Cool craft activity for ages 6-12. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar, 9552828, santafelibrary.org. 16, School Age Craft, 3:30-4:30pm. Cool craft activity for ages 6-12. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org. 17, School Age Craft, 3:30pm. Cool craft activity for ages 6-12. Free, Oliver 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 and dancing. $8 members/$9 non-members/½ off students w/ID. Locations vary, 345-8041, folkmads.org. Ongoing, Free Children’s Outreach Flamenco Class, 4:30-5:30pm, Mons-
Thus. A flamenco dance and percussion class for ages 6-12. Free, El Flamenco de Santa Fe, 135 W Palace, 209-1302, entreflamenco.com.
Exhibits Ongoing, Gardens Gone Wild. This outdoor sculpture exhibit is a menagerie of mammals, bird and reptiles. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 4719103, santafebotanicalgarden.org. Ongoing, GenNext Reboot Exhibition. This exhibit showcases contemporary artists who stretch the boundaries of traditional NM art. GenNext Reboot will introduce new works and five new artists: Frank Blazquez, William Lyday, Autry Macias, Michael Martinez, and Alberto Zalma. $10, Spanish Colonial Arts, 750 Camino Lejo, 982-2226, spanishcolonial.org. Ongoing, Second Sundays, 10am-8pm. As a show of appreciation for New Mexicans, entry fees are discounted; all ages. $8.50/$11/$12, Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle, 780-4458, meowwolf.com. Ongoing, The First World War: Exhibition opening on the 100th anniversary of Armistice. This exhibition investigates the contributions of New Mexicans to the war through letters, photographs and objects. NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org. Ongoing, The Land That Enchants Me So: Picturing Popular Songs of New Mexico. A celebration of the era before radio and television with sheet music of popular songs about the State of New Mexico dating from the mid-19th through the mid-20th centuries. NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org. Ongoing, Thursdays are Yours!, 46:30pm, Thus. The museum encourages community access with free admission for children under the age of 17. Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Ongoing, Wee Wednesdays, 9-11am, Weds. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum opens an hour early with a special exploration, activities and storytime for toddler-focused exploration. Included with admission/free members, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Ongoing, Youth Gallery, Mentored by adult artists, the artists of the Youth Market carry traditional art forms into the future. These youth create silver jewelry, colorful textiles, tin frames, bultos, retablos and more. Also featured is the video, Nine Hispanic Artists, that shows contemporary artists demonstrating the creation of each of the traditional art forms found in Spanish Market. Spanish Colonial Arts, 750 Camino Lejo, 982-2226, spanishcolonial.org. 19, Community Day at the Garden, 11am-3pm. Free admission for NM residents and students (please bring ID). Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org. 20, Sensory-Friendly Morning, 10amnoon. A special day for kids with sensory
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Fairs & Festivals Ongoing, El Museo Winter Market, 8am-3pm, Sats; 9am-5pm, Suns. See art, antiques, jewelry, books, textiles and furniture. El Museo Cultural Museum, 2508929, 555 Camino de la Familia, elmuseocultural.org. Ongoing, Railyard Artisans Market, 10am-4pm, Suns. This market represents a wide array of NM artists and craftspeople. Free, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavillion, santafefarmersmarket.com. 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, Railyards, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, 983-4098, santafefarmersmarket.com. Ongoing, Winter Market, 9am-4pm, Sats & Suns. Native American jewelry and art, vintage and antique American and Western Furniture and collectibles, books, textiles and clothing. Free, El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia, 992-0591, railyardsantafe.com.
Library Events Ongoing, All Ages Chess, 3pm, Fris. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org. Ongoing, Santa Fe Children’s Chess Club, 5:45-7:45pm, Weds. Drop in at any time to join other kids and play against volunteers who provide short lectures and a few tournaments; a nice mix of quiet thought and roaring laughter. Free, Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. 30, After School Reading Club, 3pm, Weds. For grades K-3, meetings include listening to stories, games, crafts and activities intended to encourage reading and using the library. Spaces limited, registration required. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 4667323, vglibrary.org.
Music 6, NMPAS Winter Blues Concert, 5:30-7:30pm. NM Performing Arts Society and the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble present a program of music for women’s voices and chamber ensemble. $32-$47, Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 50 Mount Camel, 988-1975, nmpas.org.
Open Houses 12, Little Earth School, 10:30am 12:30pm. Parents are invited to visit classrooms and meet teachers. For 40 years Little Earth School has provided a successful program of academic excellence for children preschool through elementary. New program for two-yearolds. Children learn through an
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integrated, developmentally appropriate and experiential curriculum which includes art, music, Spanish, yoga, environmental and multicultural studies and emphasizes respect for self and others; RSVP. Free, 321 W. Zia Road, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org. 15, School Tour Day For Parents, 9am. Free, Little Earth School, 321 W. Zia, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org. Jan 15, Visitor Morning. RSVP to Admissions Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Santa Fe Waldorf, 26 Puesta del Sol, 467-6431, santafewaldorf.org. 16, High School Open Morning. RSVP to Admissions Director, email@example.com. Santa Fe Waldorf, 26 Puesta del Sol, 467-6431, santafewaldorf.org.
Science & Nature Ongoing, Daily Animal Feedings. The animals kept here are cold blooded which means they do not need to eat as often as warm blooded creatures and most do not eat every day, but a group of animals is fed every day at this popular event. $7$4/free ages two and under. Harrell House Bug Museum, 542 N. Guadalupe, 695-8569, harrellhouse.com. Ongoing, Docent-led tours of the Historic Randall Davey House and Studio, 2pm, Fris. Take a trip back in time on this tour. $5, Randall Davey Audubon Center, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd, 983-4609, nm.audubon.org. Ongoing, Free Guided Bird Walks, 8:30am, Sats. A naturalist will lead a walk around the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary, and Audubon Important Bird Area’ binoculars can be provided, dress appropriately; all ages. Free, Randall Davey Audubon Center, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd, 983-4609, nm.audubon.org. Ongoing, Garden Sprouts Pre-K Activities, 10am, Fris. Children ages 3-5 and their caregiver can join an outdoor classroom; listen to a story and participate in interactive nature and garden related activities. Free, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org. Ongoing, Meet Cornelius, 3:30-4pm, Suns. Say “Hi” to the museum’s corn snake, Cornelius. Watch him eat his weekly dinner; please be aware that Cornelius will not be able to come out when he is shedding or not feeling well. Included with admission/free members, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Ongoing, Science Saturdays, 1-3pm, Sats. Scientists and STEM instructors visit the museum to conduct experiments, explorations and demonstrations. Included with admission/free members, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. Ongoing, Seeds and Sprouts Junior Gardener Program, 10am-noon, Thus. Children learn about seasonal growing cycles and their related gardening practices; kids will do hands-on gardening and nature-themed activities that change weekly. Included with admission, Santa
Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 8, Science After School, 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science experiments. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org. 9, Science After School, 3:30pm. Ages 612 have fun with science experiments. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. 10, Science After School, 3:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science experiments. Free, Oliver La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org. 21, National Parks Fee Free Day, 7am-10pm. No entrance fee at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service areas all over the country. Other fees, such as camping, are not affected. National Parks Nationwide, nps.gov.
Stage 22, Golden Dragon Acrobats, 7pm. A family-friendly show of artistry and athletics, The Golden Dragons represent a time-honored art form that began 25 centuries ago. $29/$39/$47, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, 988-1234, lensic.org.
Storytelling & Books Ongoing, Santa Fe Area Public Libraries. Santa Fe area libraries offer several reading and storytelling activities including Spanish and bilingual events. Check santafelibrary.org and vglibrary.org for the full schedules. Ongoing, Weekly Story Time, 10:3011:30am, Mons. All-ages story time. Free, Beehive Kid’s Books, 328 Montezuma, 780-8051, beehivebooks.com. Ongoing, Spanish/Bilingual Books and Babies, 4pm, Tues. A program for 6 months-2 years and their caregivers. Books, songs and finger games in caregivers’ laps. Free, La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org. Ongoing, Spanish/Bilingual Books and Babies, 10:30am, Weds. A program for 6 months-2 years and their caregivers. Books, songs and finger games in caregivers’ laps. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington Ave, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org.
Ongoing, Spanish/Bilingual Books and Babies, 4pm, Wed, For 6 months-2 years & their caregivers. Books, songs & finger games in caregivers laps. Free, Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org. 30, After School Reading Club, 3pm. For grades K-3, meetings include listening to stories, games, crafts and activities intended to encourage reading and using the library. Spaces limited, registration required. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org.
Support Groups Ongoing, Adoption Triad Support Group of Santa Fe, 6pm, 1st Weds. For birth parents, adoptees, women who have lost a child through adoption and adoptive parents. Call for details. Free, 1600 Lena Street, Building C, 466-3839, asgsf.org. Ongoing, Anaphylactic Food Allergy Support NM. A group for families who live with severe food allergies and those wanting to learn more (emotional and social peer support, no medical advice); monthly parent meetings and family activities in ABQ with occasional meetings in Santa Fe. Call for more information, 414-9377, or on Facebook at NMFoodAllergySupportGroup. Ongoing, Epilepsy Support Group, 2nd Sats. Group focuses on studies of epilepsy and the brain, and discusses how to improve lives while living with epilepsy. Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, Call 243-9119 for details, epilepsysupportnm.org. Ongoing, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group. The first hour is social time which includes dinner; the 2nd hour child care available, adult group discussion, speakers, discuss the joys and challenges of being a primary caregiver as a grandparent. 1911 5th, suite 100, RSVP and check for updates by calling 703-864-5789, lascumbres-NM.org. Ongoing, La Leche League Meeting. 2nd Thursdays, 1pm. All mothers and mothers-to-be are welcome. Encouragement, support and discussions on various topics of breastfeeding. Call for details, free, Indigo Baby, 185 Paseo De Peralta, 466-2738, llli.org. Ongoing, Las Cumbres Community Services offers a number of programs including Low Birth Weight Prevention, Community Infant Program, Family Infant Toddler, Family Support Services and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention programs. Call or visit website for details, 955-0410, lascumbres-nm.org. Ongoing, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Support Group. 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.
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Also of Interest Ongoing, Jewish Kids Club, 3:305:15pm, Weds. Give your child a fun and exciting Jewish experience with a chance to learn Hebrew, Jewish songs, art, cooking and Krav Maga. Free, Santa Fe Jewish Center, 230 West Manhattan, 983-2000, santafejcc.com/kidsclub. Ongoing, Ghostwalker, 5:30pm, Tues, Fris & Sats, from Hilton Santa Fe; 5:45pm from Eldorado Hotel. Take a 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, 986-8388, historicwalksofsantafe.com. Ongoing, Kid-Friendly Canyon Road Tour, Thus-Sats by Request. For families with children ages 5-9. 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, 9855298, santafearttours.com. 11, Family Movie Night, 7pm. PG- rated films, popcorn included. Free, Vista Grande Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 4667323, vglibrary.org.
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Arts & Crafts 8, 22, Friday Afternoon Art, 2:304:30pm. Art projects for children & their families; walk-ins are welcome; adults must be accompanied by a child. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828. santafelibrary.org. 19, School Age Craft, 3:30pm. Cool craft activity for ages 6-12. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar, 9552828, santafelibrary.org. 20, School Age Craft, 3:30pm. Cool craft activity for ages 6-12. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington Ave, 9556781, santafelibrary.org. 21, School Age Craft, 3:30pm. Cool craft activity for ages 6-12. Free, Oliver La Farge Library, 1730 Llano St, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.
Dance 23, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, 7:30pm. Performance of fan favorites from ASFP’s repertoire. The program features Tuplet, Eudaemonia and 1st Flash. $54-$94, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, 984-8759, lensic.org.
Exhibits 14, Community Day at the Garden, 11am-3pm. Free admission for NM residents and students (please bring ID). National “Letter Writing Day,” Bring the tots and write a letter to Grandma or Santa. Free, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.
Library Events 2, Opera Makes Sense, 10:30am-noon. Music, dance, crafts and playing with costumes and props help kids ages 3-5 explore the world of opera. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 9556781, santafelibrary.org. 9, Opera Makes Sense, 10:30am-noon. Music, dance, crafts and playing with costumes and props help kids ages 3-5 explore the world of opera. Free, Oliver La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org. 16, 23, Opera Makes Sense, 10:30amnoon. Music, dance, crafts and playing with costumes and props help kids ages 3-5 explore the world of opera. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org.
Open Houses 23, Little Earth School, 10:30am 12:30pm, tour at 10:30am. Parents are invited to visit classrooms and meet teachers. For 40 years Little Earth School has provided a successful program of academic excellence for children preschool through elementary. New program for two-year-olds. Children learn through an integrated, developmentally appropriate and experiential curriculum which includes art, music, Spanish, yoga, environmental and multicultural studies and emphasizes respect for self and others, RSVP. Free, 321 W. Zia, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org. 23, Little Earth School Curriculum Presentation, 3-4:30pm. Kindergarten and Elementary classrooms Curriculum presentation, RSVP Free, 321 W. Zia Road, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org. 26, Little Earth School Day Tour For Parents, 9am. Please RSVP, 321 W Zia, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org.
Science & Nature 8, Lovebugs, 5-7pm. A fun night of learning about insects. Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 12, Science After School, 3:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science experiments. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 9552820, santafelibrary.org. 13, Science After School, 3:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science experiments. Free, Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org. 14, Science After School, 3:30pm. Ages 6-12 have fun with science experiments.
Free, Oliver La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.
Also of Interest 2, The Food Depot Souper Bowl XXV, noon-2:30pm; VIP tasting 11amnoon. A benefit event for the Food Depot, Northern NM’s food bank. Sample unlimited soups from 25 local chefs as they compete for best soup in four categories: cream, savory, seafood, vegetarian and best soup. $25/$children 6-12 until Jan 1/ $35/$10 children 6-12 Jan 1-Feb 1/$40/$10 children 6-12 day of/VIP $75/$25 children, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy, 800-777-2489, TheFoodDepot.org/souper-bowl. 8, Family Movie Night, 7pm. PG rated films, popcorn included. Free, Vista Grande Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 4667323, vglibrary.org.
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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, 888-8724607, durangotrain.com.
LOS ALAMOS Ongoing, La Leche League Meeting, 3rd Tues, 6pm. All mothers and mothersto-be are welcome. Encouragement, support and discussions on various topics of breastfeeding. Free, Unitarian Church, Classroom 2, 1738 North Sage Loop, 4120862, llli.org.
RED RIVER Feb 28-Mar 5, 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 Loupgaru, crawfish boils and downhill gator race. redriver.org.
PUEBLO FEAST DAYS Full Schedule: indianpueblo.org/ 19-pueblos/feast-days or visitalbuquerque.org. Before attending one of these vibrant cultural celebrations, be sure to review Native American cultural etiquette. Jan 1, Most Pueblos: Various dances, Transfer of Canes of Authority to new tribal officers. Jan 6, Most Pueblos: Kings Day Celebration in honor of new tribal officers, Antelope, Buffalo and Deer dancers.
ANGEL FIRE Dec 24, Christmas Eve. Ski & snow board with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Christmas Eve dinners, photos with Santa and Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. 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. Jan 1-6, Winter Carnival, 8am-5pm. Facepainting, movies, S’mores and events. Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane, 800.633.7463, angelfireresort.com. Feb 21-24, Military Winterfest. The 5th Annual Winterfest showcases four days of snow activities, kids snowman building, raffles and prizes, dinner, parade, military discounts and adaptive athlete sessions for vets with disabilities. Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller Lane, 800.633.7463, MilitaryWinterfest.com, angelfireresort.com.
SIPAPU Feb 17-19, February Fun Fest. Includes snow castle, places to play, a treasure hunt, costume contest, parade and pi±ñata. Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, 5224 NM-518, Vadito, sipapunm.com.
TAOS Ongoing, Taos Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 1st Wed, 5:30-7:30pm. 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. Enos Garcia Elementary School, 305 Don Fernando, RSVP and check for updates by calling 703-864-5789, lascumbres-NM.org. 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.
DURANGO, COLO. Through Jan 3, The Polar Express Train Rides. Based on the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the
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Let’s Read Let’s Read Let’s Read These book reviews were written by Christine Laffler’s 4th and 5th grade students at Manzano Day school.
Neither Author: Airlie Anderson Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Ages: 4-8 Have you ever read a book where all the differences in the world don’t matter? This is a book that explores the idea of equality by telling us the story of an animal that is neither bird nor bunny. Neither is about two animal groups. One day an egg hatches and a new kind of animal is born. It is part bunny and part bird. The other animals don’t appreciate him at all. They ask him, “What kind are you?” When he says, “I’m both,” they say that he can’t be both and they call him Neither. The animals say he needs to leave “The Land of This and That” and so he goes to find “Somewhere Else.” What he finds is “The Land of All” where all different types of animals live. There is a cow-unicorn and a butterfly-cat. They are all very welcoming and nice. I think the message of this book is that all people are equal and the most important thing is kindness. Even though it looks like it could be for younger kids, it’s actually for everyone. I really think everyone should read this amazing book! Solomon K., 9
Ocean Meets Sky Author & Illustrator: Terry Fan and Eric Fan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Ages: 4-8 Do you like sailing through the ocean and the feel of the breeze blowing through your hair? Do you enjoy illustrations that make you feel like you’re actually there? If you do, then you should read Where Ocean Meets Sky. In this book, a boy named Finn loses his grandpa, who was a great storyteller. His grandpa loved sailing, too. One day, Finn builds a boat and sails out to sea. There he meets a shimmering goldfish. The goldfish takes him to many amazing places like Library Island
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and the Island of Giant Seashells. The vivid pictures draw you into this amazing book. You can imagine climbing into a giant, sandy seashell because of how detailed the pictures
are! This book is for people who like imagination and creativity. It really is a page turner. I could read this book many times and it would never get old. I think you should give this book a try. Alex H., 10
Ten: A Soccer Story Author: Shamini Flint Publisher: Clarion Books Ages: 8-12 This is a chapter book about a girl named Maya who lives in Malaysia and loves to play soccer. She loves it so much that she pretends to be a famous soccer player named Zico when he is playing on TV! Her dream is to form a girls’ soccer team and become a famous soccer player. The problem is that she goes to an all girls’ school and in Malaysia, they believe that soccer is a boys’ sport. This book takes you through Maya’s challenges and successes in her soccer life and in her home life, too. This book doesn’t have the typical happy ending, but it is still very intriguing. I think the author could’ve used more expressive describing words but overall, I think the plot was amazing. It has so many twists and turns, sad parts and happy parts, too. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes soccer and is looking for a good read. Antonella B., 10
Just Because I Am Author: Lauren Murphy Payne Illustrator: Melissa Iwai Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Ages: 3-8 This is a book for all kids. I like it because it kind of relates to what my dad always says to me about taking care of myself and listening to my own voice. This is what the book
says, “I can make decisions. Sometimes I say yes. I say yes to playing and dancing. I say yes to laughing and singing. I say yes to hugging and touching. . . when it feels right to me.” And this is the other thing it says, “Sometimes I say no. I say no to danger. I say no to hugging or touching that feels wrong to me. I say no to strangers and things that hurt me.” I think those are important messages for kids to hear. This book can help you, your brother, your sister and other kids learn all about how important you and they are! There are more great messages in this book, but you’ll have to read it to find out what they are! Kiyaa’aanii O., 9
Dog Diaries Authors: James Patterson and Steven Butler Illustrator: Richard Watson Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Ages: 6-9 This book is written about life from a dog’s perspective about life. It’s about how a dog who is locked in a dog shelter finally gets adopted. He is a very naughty dog who requires dog training. He does horribly at training until he finally realizes that he has to do what his owner says. His owner then decides to enter him in a dog show! The dog worries that if he
doesn't win the dog show for his owner that he’ll have to go back to the sad, lonely and disappointing dog shelter. Will he win the show? By describing a lot of actions from every character, the authors make you feel like you’re there in the story. The main character, Junior, is hilarious and makes the reader want a dog of his or her own. This book uses simplistic vocabulary to get across very funny scenes, making it perfect for younger grades. The funniest scene is when the dog trainer gets tied up in a swing! The illustrations provide another way to understand and appreciate the book. This would be an amazing chapter book for first and second graders. It’s a wonderfully silly and descriptive book. Adrian H., 10
Found Dogs Author & Illustrator: Erica Sirotich Publisher: Dial Books Ages: 2-5 Found Dogs is about 10 different types of dogs that want to be out of the pound. There are “silver and slow” dogs, “teeny-tiny” dogs and “wrinkled and round” dogs. What all of these dogs have in common is that that they are waiting to become found dogs and be adopted. This book is an educational book that teaches young ones how to count fluently from one to 10. It also uses a lot of great descriptive words to tell about all the different kinds of dogs. My little brother, who is 3 years old, thought this book was interesting and he liked the illustrations a lot. He especially liked the picture of the “quick and slick” dogs because it reminded him of our dog, Ziggy. On a scale of one to 10, I would give this book an eight because the illustrations are good but lack a bit of detail. I do really like the fact that the dogs get found by families and that the last page shows the whole city full of dogs in their new homes! Liam K., 9
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1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 Tel. 505-224-8341 • Español 505-224-8323 www.explora.us • firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum School Winter 2019 Art classes for children ages 4 to 17
Create collages, adorn your body, explore Museum masterpieces, and more. Make the Museum your classroom! NEW! TEEN STUDIO (AGES 15-17) $75 • Wednesdays after school
PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES IN ART (Ages 4-5) $60 • Thursdays For more information or to register, go to cabq.gov/museum Albuquerque Museum 2000 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 “Located in Old Town” 505-243-7255
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The Young Scientist By AILEEN O’CATHERINE
What does literacy look like in the 21st century? Kids need to be able to problem-solve. They must be able to communicate. But more than ever, learning how to think and communicate in the 21st century means kids must learn how to code. Coding lets youngsters explore and create, master new skills, and adopt new ways of thinking. Think of coding as a playground of sorts, where kids are given the opportunity to do more
than just consume technology. Coding allows them to learn to express themselves, much as they would with writing or storytelling. Luckily for today’s kid, there are plenty of coding programs available that help them develop the thinking skills necessary for coding. While there are plenty of coding apps to purchase, the ones listed below are all free. Coding can be developed with preschoolers. Code Karts helps kids develop observation, concentration and logic. Youngsters are given a background that contains a directional track where they must place directional bricks to get the race car to the finish line. Icons at the top
of the screen are plopped into the program bar, allowing the car to move left, right and across to another track. To make the car move, kids develop sequencing skills. As they advance in their skills, they race against the computer. They can personalize their car. They’re in charge, deciding where the car will go, and how far. Kids learn the fundamentals of code as well as logic and directions. For youngsters ages 5 to 8, PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. provides a platform to create interactive stories and games with some of their favorite PBS characters. Kids snap together programming blocks to take the Wild Kratts to different places. They can have WordGirl dance and sing. There are more than 150 characters to animate. Kids also can create their own characters and backgrounds with a paint editor. They can add their voice to projects. The app has eight story starters that encourage kids to design a story from start to finish in the way they want. Scratch is another programming language for kids age 5 and older, but it is especially designed for those ages 8 to 16. Use Scratch to create interactive stories and games. There are graphic programming blocks
Code Karts: edokiacademy.com/en/app-montessori/discovery/car-game PBS Scratch Jr: nm.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-kids-scratchjr Scratch: scratch.mit.edu Tynker: tynker.com Swift Playground: swiftplayground.org Hopscotch: itunes.apple.com/us/app/hopscotch-coding-forkids/id617098629 Codea: codea.io Code Combat: codecombat.com Roblox: roblox.com
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Manzano Day School Summer Discovery 2019 June 3 - July 12 Full Day Summer Program*, Ages 31/2 to entering 5th grade *Before and After Care Available
Explore! Experiment! Problem-Solve! Create! Students will enjoy: STEAM Activities, Gardening, Art, Movement, Cooking, Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Studies of Countries from Around the World, Water Play, Field Trips and More! Registration Opens Jan. 15th!
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Keeping Kids Healthy During Cold and Flu Season By Sacheen Naddy
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As we head into the winter months, we can expect to see an increase in flu and cold symptoms. Although these viruses circulate throughout the year, historical data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant increase in flu and cold cases from December through March. There are several factors that contribute to the increase during this time but one of the biggest is that we spend a lot more time indoors with other people breathing the same air and touching the same surfaces. Additionally, there are studies that show cold air and low humidity may actually help these viruses live longer and circulate through the air better. A common saying in medicine is, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Handwashing is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Teach your children the importance of handwashing, how to do it right, and have them do it often. Children should be washing their hands not only when they are dirty but also after using the bathroom, visiting a public place (playground, supermarket, the mall), before and after being around someone who is sick, and after coughing or blowing their noses. Turn on the water (warm or cold, it doesn’t matter). Grab some soap and rub your hands together creating a good lather and making sure to rub between the fingers. Continue to rub your hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse your hands and dry them with a clean towel. Take care of yourself. Your immune system works best when your body is healthy. Children should be getting good, restful sleep every day. A toddler or preschooler needs at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep every day. School-age children should be getting at least nine hours of sleep every night. Keep kids well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Eating healthy keeps your body and immune system at its best. This means eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Serve some sliced raw vegetables with lunch or as a snack. Raw carrots, bell peppers, broccoli and snap peas dipped in a little bit of ranch dressing are a snack that many children enjoy. Most of these viruses simply have to run their course and will not respond to antibiotics. Days three to five of a cold are usually the worst. You can keep your child comfortable by running a cold-mist humidifier to increase moisture in the air, putting saline drops in the nose to help with nasal congestion and giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever. Dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly under the nose can help soothe any rawness from nose blowing. Honey can help with a cough and sore throat, keeping in mind that children under one year of age cannot have honey. You know your child best. Always call the doctor if you think your child may have more than a cold or if your child seems to be getting worse rather than better. Sacheen Naddy is Clinical Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at High Desert Pediatrics. She earned her BSN from the University of New Mexico and began her career as a staff nurse taking care of critically ill newborns. In 2017, Sacheen graduated from UNM with a Master’s degree in Nursing and became board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Sacheen’s areas of interest include health promotion and improving access to healthcare for New Mexico children.
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Directory of Schools and Academic Support Programs Santa Fe Area Private Schools Little Earth School, 321 W. Zia Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505. Phone: 505-988-1968; Web site: littleearthschool.org; Contact: Ellen Souberman, Director. Grades: Preschool – Elementary; Ages: 2 – 12; Enrollment: 50; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8; 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, 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.
one another as well as with the teacher. All students are encouraged and supported in their efforts to participate in non-competitive discussions that honor difference of opinion and expand the notion of “what is right” to include the question “why do you think that is right?” Santa Fe Prep, 1101 Camino de la Cruz Blanca, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-9821829; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: sfprep.org; Contact: Mike Multari, Director of Admissions. Grades: 7 - 12; Enrollment: 325; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/6; Cost: $22,700; Accredited by: ISAS, NAIS. For over 50 years, Santa Fe Prep has provided an ambitious and exceptional college preparatory education. Outstanding academics, arts, athletics – in a diverse and supportive environment – prepare our students for success in college and in the world. Tuition Assistance is available. Scholarships/Financial Aid. Admission and Tuition Assistance Application Deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019. Visit sfprep.org for more information or to schedule a tour!
Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, SF, NM 87508. Phone: 505-467-6431; Email: JWarren@santafewaldorf.org; Web site: SantaFeWaldorf.org; Contact: Jennifer Warren, Admissions. Grades: PreK – 12; Enrollment: 212; 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 Rio Grande School, 715 Camino integrated curriculum founded Cabra, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-983almost 100 years ago. Imagination, 1621; Email: creativity, development of empaMom Amber Shiel and her son August learn about stacking and spinning and have together email@example.com; thy and engagement all describe a at Explora in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo. Web site: riograndeschool.org; Waldorf Education - an independContact: Rachel Gantt, Director of ent philosophy of teaching Admissions. Grades: Preschool-6th Grade; Ages: 3-12; Enrollment: 160; empowering and stimulating young minds, inspiring students to stay fascinated Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/6; Cost: $15,000-$20,000; Accredited by ISAS. Rio with learning throughout life. An international network of mindful education, Grande School is a small, coeducational, nonsectarian independent school. We Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational movements in the world, strive to inspire a lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery that empowwith 1,200+ schools operating worldwide. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and ers students to find their own true passion and transforms the way they think After Care, Summer Camps. 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 3-year-old through 6th-grade New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda, SF, NM 87501. Phone: 505quality curriculum taught by master educators enables preschoolers to make 629-9245; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: nmschoolfortstrong/seamless transition to elementary while our K-6 program provides a hearts.org; Contact: Francesca Rodriguez, Dean of Enrollment. Grades: 9 - 12; solid foundation for students to advance into middle school with skills/spirit Enrollment: 221; Cost: Free. NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of that enable them to excel. Financial Aid; Before and After Care; Enrichment the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSAprograms. Charter High School, an accredited New Mexico state charter high school. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing Santa Fe Girls’ School, 310 W. Zia Road, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-820-3188; New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena Email: email@example.com; Web site: santafegirlsschool.org; for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA Contact: Jessica Weybright, Office Administrator. Grades: 6, 7, 8; Enrollment: offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts with rigor38; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8: Cost: $13,700. The Girls’ School offers middleous academics leading to a high school diploma. Scholarships/Financial Aid. school age girls a learning environment that is attuned to girls’ needs during this critical developmental period. As a small school committed to girls in grades six through eight, we provide a culture that nourishes girls to develop into self-advocating, confident, and academically prepared high school stuSanta Fe Children's Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, SF, NM 87505. Phone: dents. Discover the advantages of a small all-girls middle school designed for 505-989-8359; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: these developmentally significant years. Financial Aid. Full core curriculum is santafechildrensmuseum.org; Ages: All ages welcome. Cost: $5-$7.50; Member enriched to challenge students at all levels. Seminar Style Classrooms Dialogue, of the Association of Children's Museums. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum the meaningful and productive exchange of ideas, is core to the Santa Fe Girls’ builds upon a child’s sense of joy and discovery by cultivating habits of inquiry School academic program. All classes are conducted with students engaged with
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in the arts, sciences, and humanities. We are based on a simple idea: Children learn by doing. The museum provides an informal environment that fosters connections among children and families, and encourages active participation in the learning process through interactive exhibits and programs. As a site for family outings, children and parents are brought together in the spirit of challenging play. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Weekly and monthly programs, as well as seasonal camps. The Museum seeks to improve accessibility, promote awareness of resources, and foster a love of learning and community.
Albuquerque Area Private Schools A Child's Garden Preschool, 215 Locust NE, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-7642920; Email: email@example.com; Web site: achildsgardenabq.org; Contact: Mary Matteucci, Director. Ages: 3 months - 5 years; Enrollment: 180; Accredited by NAEYC. ACG Mission: A Child’s Garden Preschool (ACG), a non-sectarian community outreach program of First Presbyterian Church, is committed to providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment for a diverse population of young children respectful of the individual needs, 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: 5-13; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10; Cost: $7,700 - $8,800 per year; Accredited by International Association of Learner Driven Schools. Acton Academy Albuquerque is an innovative, learner-driven 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, accountability, virtue and resourcefulness take priority over testing and homework – Acton ABQ might be right up your alley. High School opening
fall of 2020. Financial Aid. Enrichment programs: After school Spanish immersion club. Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-8283208; Email: email@example.com; Web site: aa.edu; Amy Eglinton Keller, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management. Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 1,150; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Cost: $23,990 (including lunch). Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Albuquerque Academy is a nondenominational, coeducational, independent day school. The Academy offers an educational program based on creative, independent doing and thinking. The school motto, scientia ad faciendum, or “knowing through doing,” reflects an underlying philosophy of achieving knowledge through active involvement in learning. Devoting our resources to ensure economic accessibility to our students and to support the wider community through outreach and community service, we award over $4M in need-based financial assistance each year. Financial Aid. Enrichment programs: Think Summer, ThinkIt!, Multicultural Summer Honors Program, Community Builders, Community Academy, Charger Aquatics. Applications for the 2019-20 school year available at aa.edu. Fee is $25 until Dec. 15 and $65 thereafter. Applications are due Feb. 1 for admission and Feb. 22, 2019 for financial assistance (separate applications). Applicants are invited to experience the Academy by attending educational and fun workshops, having a student buddy day and attending campus events. 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: 1/16; Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Bosque School challenges traditional education, with an inquiry-based curriculum in which students gain knowledge by researching and discovering solutions to real problems. At Bosque, we instill a philosophy of lifelong learning, while abiding by our core values of scholarship, community, and integrity. Bosque School is an independent, college preparatory school. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Children's Choice Preschool, 6501 Lomas Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505300-4741; Email: email@example.com; Web site: ccpre.org; Contact: Mike Ashcraft, Preschool Director. Ages: 3-5; Enrollment: 40; Cost: $765 per month, 5 days per week, Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5:30pm; $597 per month, 3 days per week, continued on page 36
INNOV OV VA ATION AT START TS S EARLY LY Y HERE E. At our schools, we encourage every child’s passion for discovery through new experiences and new adventures. Our dedicated teachers, safe environment, and engaging STEM curriculum will inspire children to learn, communicate respectfully, make friends, and cope with challen nges • Infant and toddler care • Preschool and Pre -K • Experienced, dedicated teachers • Before - and after-school clubs
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erving children from infancy through 5th grade, students of all ages are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Under the guidance of our certified Montessori educators, children develop at their own pace and discover that school and learning can be a fun and exciting adventure. With Montessori ONE’s new infant care and learning environment, New Mexico’s only Montessori Nido— your youngest family members will discover and develop in a nurturing setting.
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Mon/Wed/Fri. Brand new, Reggio-Inspired Preschool and PreK. Spacious, high-quality school limited to only 40 kids. Highly-qualified, well-trained teachers with an 8:1 ratio of kids to teachers. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Cross of Hope Elementary, 6104 Taylor Ranch Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-897-1832; Email: email@example.com; Web site: crossofhope.org/schools; Contact: Debra Alba, Director of Elementary Ministry. Grades: K-12; Enrollment: 65; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10-12; Cost: 2018-19 Tuition is $5,500 for the year. Cross of Hope is an active community of followers of Jesus Christ. We love and educate our students in the biblical examples of Jesus' ministry. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Computer Coding, Physical Education, Library, Music and Band. Cross of Hope Lutheran Preschool, 927 Fairway NW, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-410-5325; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: crossofhope.org; Contact: Mary Sue Hale, Director. Grades: Preschool; Enrollment: 70; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8 for Threes, 1/9 for Fours; Cost: $180/month to $380/month depending on class; Accredited by: Association of Christian Schools International. Cross of Hope Preschool, voted Best In The City for 2018 by Albuquerque The Magazine, has been growing in excellence since 1986. Our director, Mary Sue Hale, was selected as the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association Early Childhood Director of the year for 2018. Cross of Hope Preschool teaches children the truths of God in a loving environment through a quality educational program that respects each child's development. We offer a stimulating curriculum that helps children develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We offer licensed educators, low teacherto-student ratios, chapel, music, art, Spanish and Sign Language at an affordable cost. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. 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: 210; 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 After Care. Enrichment programs include: Music, Spanish, Mandarin, Art, Computer Programming & other After School Clubs. Immanuel Lutheran School and Preschool, 300 Gold SE, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-243-2589; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: immanuelabq.org; Contact: P. Mark Angell, Principal. Grades: Preschool through 8th grade; Enrollment: 145; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/15; Cost: Total Tuition and Fees per year $5105; Accredited by: National Lutheran School Accreditation. Immanuel Lutheran School provides a quality Christian education that prepares our students to succeed as they move on to high school. Immanuel also has a strong fine arts program offering band, choir, music appreciation, and art classes to students in grades 3-8. In addition, ILS offers extra-curricular sports for grades 1-8 as well as after school clubs for grades K-8. Financial Aid/Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Yearbook Club, Lego Club, Science Club, Math Counts, and National History Day. Immanuel offers Title I services and small group tutoring in reading and math for students in grades 1-7. La Petite Academy, 14 Schools in Albuquerque and surrounding areas, Phone: 877-861-5078; Web site: LaPetite.com. Grades: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Before and After School Clubs. Accredited by NAEYC. At La Petite Academy® your child will discover respect, collaboration, and the joy of learning. Our exclusive School Readiness Pathway features developmentally appropriate programs for infants to school-age students. With our STEM curriculum, science, technology, engineering, and math are part of everything we do in the classroom. Plus, our Grow Fit® initiative focuses on health, nutrition, and fitness. Visit one of our 14 schools or connect with us: 877.861.5078 or LaPetite.com. Enrichment programs: Soccer, Music, Yoga, Spanish, Literacy. Financial Aid/Before and After Care. We also accept CYFD assistance and offer affordable child care options. Hope Christian School, 8005 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505821-2513; Email: admissions@HCSNM.org; Web site: HCSNM.org; Contact: Gwen Hughes, Admissions Director. Grades: Pre-K through 12th; Ages: 3-18; Enrollment: 1,300; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:16; Cost: Preschool $2750 - $7650; K 5th Grade: $7470 - $8320; 6th - 12th Grade: $9130. Accredited by: ICAA, AdvancEd, NMPED. Hope Christian School is a non-denominational private school. Chapel begins in Preschool. Athletics begin in 1st grade. Afterschool tutoring is available for students on all campuses. At the High School level, our program is college-prep with a rigorous curriculum, championship NMAA 4A athletics and
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award-winning music & drama programs. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Elementary Afterschool/Enrichment Programs: Extended Care, Music, Athletics and Tutoring. Middle School Afterschool/Enrichment Programs: Study Hall, Clubs, Tutoring, Music, and Athletics. High School Afterschool/Enrichment Programs: Music, Athletics, Student Council, Dual Credit Courses, Senior Internship. Manzano Day School, 1801 Central Ave. NW, Abq, NM 87104-1197. Phone: 505243-6659; Email: email@example.com; 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 2019-20 are now being accepted. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Montessori ONE Academy, 9360 Holly Ave. NE, Abq, NM 87122. Phone: 505822-5150; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: montessorione.net; Contact: Swati "Tina" Patel, Founder/Director. Ages: 6 weeks – 6th grade; Enrollment: 156; Teacher/Student Ratio: Nido: 1/3, Toddler 1/6, Primary 1/12, Elementary 1/15. Montessori ONE Academy is recognized by the Association Montessori International/USA (AMI).Children at Montessori ONE Academy are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Under the guidance of our certified Montessori teachers, children develop at their own pace and learn that school can be a fun and exciting adventure... thus creating lifelong learners. Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Music, Physical Education, Dance. All classrooms at Montessori ONE Academy provide immersive Spanish instruction with a dedicated Spanish-speaking assistant in every classroom. St. Therese Catholic School, 311 Shropshire Place NW, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-344-4479; Email: email@example.com; Web site: stthereseschoolabq.org; Contact: Donna Illerbrun, Principal. Grades: Pre-K through 8th Grade; Enrollment: 205; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10 Pre-K and Kindergarten, 1/20 1st grade, 1/22 3rd-8th grade; Cost: $4,600 per school year; Accredited by WCEA and CYFD. We are a small Catholic school that focuses on the whole child; spiritually, academically and morally. Our mission is to provide faith, service and learning opportunities in a Christ-like environment. We teach about our environment and being good stewards of our planet. We have solar panels, an active greenhouse and grow boxes. Come visit us! Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Guitar, Music, Scouts, Drama, after school sports and more. We are licensed by CYFD and are a certified provider for PreK. Our classes do fill up quickly, please come to our Open House on Jan. 31 to tour for the fall. Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505-3383000; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: sandiaprep.org; Contact: Laura Fitzpatrick, Director of Admission. Grades: 6 – 12; Enrollment: 523; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7. Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Sandia Prep is an independent college preparatory school bringing together innovative, advanced classes, dynamic arts and athletics, and leadership opportunities for every type of student. College counseling begins in 9th grade and translates to a 100% college acceptance rate, while Sandia Prep's Center for Learning Excellence supports students with learning differences. More than a campus, Sandia Prep is a community, developing strong leaders who are well-rounded and know how to think critically. Financial Aid. Schedule an in-session campus tour today and feel the Prep difference at sandiaprep.org. 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: continued on page 38
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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; Email: email@example.com. 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 1-5. Before and After Care available. Call for a personal tour today!
Public/Charter Schools Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy, 4100 Aerospace Pkwy NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-338-8601; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: samsacademy.com; Contact: Coreen Carrillo, Head Administrator. Grades: 7-12; Enrollment: 270; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/21; Cost: Free Public Charter School; Accredited by: NCAA, NCA. We are currently accepting applications for enrollment; please enroll online. We are a blended on-line curriculum; college preparatory classes in STEM and Aviation; challenging coursework; independent learning style.
North Valley Academy, 7939 4th St. NW, City: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87114. Phone: 505-998-0501; Email: email@example.com; Web site: nvanm.org; Contact: Susan McConnell, Principal. Grades: PreK - 8th Grade; Enrollment: 520; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:20; Cost: Free; Accredited by: NM PED. North Valley Academy is a state authorized free public charter school located in the North Valley. Established in 2003, we have been servicing students using a whole child approach focusing on health and wellness. We offer art, PE and music to every student throughout the school year. Students also get the opportunity to try new experiences through our variety of electives offered. Before and After Care. Southwest Secondary Learning Center, 10301 Candelaria Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-296-7677; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: sslcnm.com; Contact: Christine Lutz, Head Administrator. Grades: 9-12; Enrollment: 250; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/15; Cost: Free public school; Accredited by: AdvancED. Southwest Secondary Learning Center is a state chartered public school. The mission of SSLC is to prepare students for college and career. Our school employs a rigorous college preparatory program for high school students that is individualized, self-directed and flexible. Our students pair our online curriculum with one on one, face-to-face instruction from our exceptional teachers. This unique approach allows students the flexibility to receive direct instruction on campus and 24/7 access to their coursework. In addition, our state of the art S.T.E.A.M. Lab gives students the chance to gain experience in 3D modeling, engineering, photography, sound and video production and other advanced technologies. Enrichment programs include Athletics, Activities, Youth and Government, Model UN, Student Council, Yearbook and Geek Squad. SSLC’s comprehensive program gives students the opportunity to acquire advanced skill sets that allow them to be successful in college and career. Call for a tour today!
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.
Where a Love of Learning Begins Sunset Mesa School has been educating young children in academic excellence, strong character, and foundational learning for more than 70 years. We attend to each child’s development by providing strong role models and partnering with parents. The results are high caliber students who are well prepared for the next steps in their future. Call for a personal tour today!
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Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87104. Phone: 505-224-8341; Web: explora.us; Contact: Reservations Manager. All ages; Scholarships. Explora offers educational enrichment programs for children, families, teachers, schools, and community organizations, and serves tens of thousands of students annually! Educators trained inquiry-based learning offer materials-rich programs designed to foster curiosity, build critical thinking skills, and deepen enjoyment of learning as we take a deep dive into science, engineering, and technology! These include: Growing a Scientist™ for children Ages 2 1/2 to 5 together with their adult companion(s); Science to Grow On™ for Grades K-3 (parent participation is encouraged); Engineering Investigators for Grades 3-5, Maker Lab for Grades 2-6 using Explora's new STEAM Makerspace; Home School Exploration Series for Grades K-8. Other programs that enrich learning include Winter, Spring and Summer Camps for Grades PreK-8, Single day "School's Out" Camps" during APS days off for Grades K-5, and Birthday Parties with science activities for Ages 2 and up. We also offer professional development for teachers and early childhood providers. Some of these include a Continuing Education Certificate for 2 competency hours. 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. 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.
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