NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Check out community events happening Jan. 1 – Jan. 7 around New Mexico.
November 28 – January 3 – New Mexico’s Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru – Load up the crew and head to Santa Ana Star Casino for a holiday drive-thru adventure that’s perfect for the entire family. Enjoy over a mile of professional lighting, decorations, live actors, art, music, and more.
January 2, 7, 9, 14 – 30 Americans Virtual Presentations – Are you interested in digging a little deeper into the 30 Americans exhibition? Consider a virtual presentation for your group provided by one of our docents. Presentations provided live on Zoom. Presentations are free but must be scheduled in advance. Docents will provide a general overview of the exhibition which includes a 50-minute presentation with time for questions.
January 4 – Rio Grande Indoor Pool to Reopen for Limited Use – Recent changes in the state public health order allow Bernalillo County to reopen the Rio Grande indoor pool on a limited basis beginning Monday, Jan. 4. The pool will only allow 4 swimmers per hour. Swimmers will be asked to exit the pool 15 minutes before the hour ends to allow for visitor showers and pool area disinfecting. Swimmers will not be allowed to make reservations on consecutive days. Reservations cannot be made for two days in a row. Lap swim is allowed by reservation only. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance at (505)-314-0169.
January 5, 7 – COVID-19 Testing Scheduled in South Valley – Testing will be conducted at Las Estancias Shopping Center, in the movie theater parking near Coors and Rio Bravo Boulevards on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This is a public test site and anyone can get tested. Preference will be given to people exhibiting coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms; however, asymptomatic people can be tested as well. Asymptomatic means that a person is experiencing no symptoms or evidence of illness or abnormality. When using this location, please do not block access to businesses in the area.
January 5, 12, 19, 26 – Bernalillo County’s Senior Comedy Workshop – The Bernalillo County Office of Senior and Social Services Albuquerque seniors will have the opportunity to flex their comedy skills through Bernalillo County’s Comedy Workshop. The free month-long virtual workshop will be hosted by comedian Jo Firestone, whose writing credits include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, High Maintenance, Shrill, and more. Those interested in participating can register at https://bit.ly/3nQSQNW.
January 6 – Oasis Registration opens – Looking for educational and healthy online programs? Oasis Albuquerque is pleased to announce the release of our new spring catalog of programs for adults. We are presenting more than 130 lectures in many topics, technology workshops, health & wellness programs, and much more! Registration opens on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and continues throughout the spring term.
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Sandia Peak Snowshoe Tour – Join Routes Tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as we venture a ride-along Albuquerque’s world-famous Aerial Tramway to the peak of the Sandia Mountains, where our trained naturalist guides lead you by snowshoe through pristine evergreen forests and soft, pillowy snow to panoramic views of the Rio Grande Valley of Albuquerque, the Rocky Mountains of Santa Fe, and the unique volcanic fields of the Jemez! Buy tickets here.
January 9 – Forward@14: Transiting out of High School – Forward@14 is a 3-part series of virtual workshops that are designed to introduce and explore important issues in transitioning beyond high school. Youth, parents, and community members will learn together and have opportunities to practice and reflect on topics such as: self-determination, disability laws, options after high school and healthcare transition. These sessions combine presentations with interactive virtual activities. To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZIld…
January 15 – Reading Works Short Short Story Contest Deadline – The challenge is to write a story using no more than 100 words that relate in some way to one of these topics: water, 1940s, bowling and ants. There are seven cash prizes:
• Best of Contest ($100)
• Best of Category ($50)
• Best Youth Story (author is 14 or younger) ($50)
• People’s Choice ($50)
Submission fee is $10 per story paid on our website: www.reading-works.org.
Jan. 19 – May 8 – Senior Dance Classes – Bernalillo County and Keshet Dance have teamed up to offer online group dance classes for Bernalillo County seniors. Classes are one hour in length and held via Zoom. Interested persons can view the class schedule and register HERE. Use Promo Code: BERNCO21 when registering.
🔶 Solid Waste Management Offering Christmas Tree Recycling – The Solid Waste Management Department, Parks and Recreation, and PNM will recycle real Christmas Trees for free at three
separate locations in Albuquerque starting Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. No artificial trees will be accepted. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers. For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit www.cabq.gov/solidwaste. Trees may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at the following locations:
- Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, 873-6607
- Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, 857-8318
- Ladera Golf Course, 3401 Ladera Dr NW, 836-4449
🔶 Rail Yards Market Seeking Board Members for 2021 – Love the Rail Yards? Want to be part of their day-to-day operations? Join their board in 2021! Currently, the Rail Yards are recruiting diverse Board of Directors members to continue as strong voices for agriculture, historic communities, and more for the upcoming year. If you are interested in getting involved or becoming a board member please email: email@example.com.
🔶 Gale OneFile Culinary Arts Offers A Wide Variety of International Recipes and Cooking Lessons With Your Library Card – With the holiday season upon us, the necessity of staying home, and the desire to cook something for those we love, what better time to pull out a giant virtual cookbook? The ABC Library’s Gale OneFile Culinary Arts database offers numerous cooking classes, methods, recipes from around the world, and much more! And all you need is your library card! Visit: www.abqlibrary.org and get cooking today.
🔶 DOH issues public health orders temporarily limiting non-essential surgeries – The New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday announced two new public health emergency orders in response to the ongoing public health crisis in New Mexico and resulting unsustainable strain on health care providers and hospitals, one temporarily limiting non-essential surgeries and another recognizing the activation of “crisis care” standards by outlining credentialing processes for COVID-19 health care providers. Non-essential surgeries are defined in the order to include procedures that may be delayed without undue risk to the patient’s health.
🔶 Keep Burque Clean – You can schedule a free community clean up two times per calendar year. Simply organize people in your community to participate and our department will provide gloves and trash bags for your clean up as well as collect the waste at your designated collection point. Call 761-8100 or 311 to schedule your community clean up today.
🔶 Free Firewood for Seniors – The City of Albuquerque has announced that free firewood will be available to seniors in need to keep their homes warm this winter. The Department of Senior Affairs and Parks and Recreation has partnered to offer firewood to seniors 60 and older in Bernalillo County. The firewood will be delivered by a team from the Department of Senior Affairs to the homes of eligible seniors while supplies last. To sign up for the firewood while supplies last, call 505-764-6400.
🔶 Albuquerque Small Business Support – The City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department has announced new economic relief through a $10 million Small Business Economic Relief Grant Program. One-time grants of up to $10,000 will be available to small businesses and locally owned franchises within city limits. To be eligible for the support, a business must have no more than 50 full-time employees including the owner, and two part-time employees are equivalent to one full-time employee. Applications are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese with all grants being funded by Dec. 30.
🔶 Blue Star Mothers looking for donations – The Albuquerque chapter of Blue Star Mothers is once again looking for donations to include in care packages sent to troops. The organization is still holding donation drives and is asking for single-size servings of food and drink mixes such as Vienna Sausage-pop top cans, jerky, protein bars/granola bars, coffee and hot chocolate. For non-food items, they’re asking for things like hand sanitizer, hand and foot warmers and dental floss. For more information on how to donate, visit Rio Grande Valley Blue Star Mothers website.
🔶 GiveABQ – GiveABQ provides a single location where donations can be collected from the public and where nonprofits can select and get items they need for their organization or their clients in need. GiveABQ needs sofas, love seats, chairs, lamps, sofa tables, kitchen tables and chairs, and dressers. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Family and Community Services and the nonprofit organizations supporting the homeless that participate in GiveABQ, the program’s current goal is to collect furniture for as many families as possible before the end of 2020.
🔶 The Rio Grande Food Project is conducting two outdoor drive-thru food distributions per week. RGFP Executive Director Ari Herring discusses these distributions and how you can receive assistance or help out. RGFP will be conducting two outdoor drive-thru food distributions per week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until food runs out. Families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet are encouraged to visit the drive-thru at 600 Coors Blvd. NW which is on Coors just south of the freeway and behind the Rio Grande Presbyterian Church.
🔶 APD Asking for Public Input on Area Command Websites – The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is asking for feedback from the public on the six (6) Area Command websites and how they can be utilized to enhance communication between APD and residents. To take the survey and to share your thoughts on enhancing communication with APD, click here.
🔶 Vision Zero Seeks Public Input on Safer City Streets – Vision Zero is a community program that works to create safer streets for all of us, whether we are walking, biking, driving, or taking transit, and regardless of age or ability. The Vision Zero Action Plan of Action Plan to guide our efforts and would like your input. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and can be done in English or Spanish.
🔶 Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico – Special distribution in Bernalillo County starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday mornings at UNM South Parking Lot. Register in advance.
🔶 Bingo with Brenda – Bernalillo County’s Office of Senior and Social Services launched Bingo with Brenda, a virtual activity that takes place every week. Brenda Cisneros-Fernandez is the Public Health Specialist with the department and will be the one facilitating virtual Bingo every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register for Bingo with Brenda, visit their website at bernco.gov.
🔶 Bernalillo County public art submissions – Bernalillo County’s public art program is accepting submissions through the end of the year for new works of art at its public facilities. Some of that art could go on display in the county’s outposts program, or at the south valley pool, the county’s new offices at Alvarado Square, or the Bridge Boulevard and Sunport Boulevard reconstruction projects. The county says artists can only submit three works of art. More information is available on the Bernalillo County website.
🔶 Cultivating Bernalillo County ‘Grow the Growers’ – The Cultivating Bernalillo County ‘Grow the Growers’ program is a comprehensive farm training and business acceleration initiative designed to attract new and emerging farmers into professional food production. Bernalillo County and its program partners are committed to strengthening the local food economy by nurturing the next generation of food entrepreneurs. The deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2021.
Around New Mexico
November 28 – January 3 – New Mexico’s Winter Wonderland Drive Thru – Load up the crew and head to Santa Ana Star Casino for a holiday drive-thru adventure that’s perfect for the entire family. Enjoy over a mile of professional lighting, decorations, live actors, art, music, and more.
November 13 – January 5 – Taos Today – This virtual curated exhibit and sale will feature more than 100 works by over 50 artists working today in Taos County. Works will be comprised of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fiber arts, and more.
December 5 – January 17 – A Magical Mesa Xmas – A Magical Mesa Xmas presented by Sparklight is a drive-through experience unlike any other. You’ll be dazzled with holiday excitement as you enter a winter wonderland with over 5 million LED lights, displays, and exhibits. Join them at the Rio Rancho Events Center from Dec. 5 – Jan. 17. Tickets are $40 per car for general admission. Tickets are available online at www.TicketMaster.com.
Beginning January 1 – One Team Scavenger Hunt Santa Fe – Puzzling Adventure are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an adventure race, and an informative self-guided tour. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. All you need is your own mobile device and an Internet connection. Register now at https://puzzlingadventures.com
January 2-3 – Life-Saving Blood Drive – Cottonwood Mall will host Vitalant for an on-site blood drive on January 2nd & 3rd 2021 from 12PM until 4PM daily on the lower level near Victoria Secret. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, blood drive cancellations have resulted in more than 85,000 fewer blood donations, causing a nationwide blood shortage. Cottonwood Mall invites eligible community members to safely donate blood during this critical time. Appointments are encouraged, to make a life-saving appointment, donors should call Vitalant at 246-1457 or visit online at vitalant.org, using sponsor code: CottonwoodMall. All donors will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Results of the test will be available in the donor’s secure online donor account 10-14 days after donation.
January 3 – Santa Fe Improve: Intro to Improv – Introduction To Improv is a 2-hour ZOOM workshop designed to help you be present in the moment, let your creativity fly, communicate more effectively, and have an excellent time! $20 a class, e-mail to reserve a spot.
January 31 – Hobbs Business Registration Renewals Deadline – Business registration renewals for calendar year 2021 are now available for payment in the amount of $25.00 for businesses within Hobbs, New Mexico. Due to the current Public Health Order and to promote safe social distancing, the City Clerk’s Office would like to encourage you to pay your 2021 business registration renewal online at www.hobbsnm.org or by telephone at (575) 397-9200.
February 6 – NMPAS Winter Solstice Concert – Tentatively rescheduled to Sunday, February 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm. Please watch for updates. Artistic Director Franz Vote leads members of the New Mexico Bach Society Chorale and Chamber Players in music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Guillaume Dufay, Gesualdo, Palestrina, Schnabel and Vivaldi.
February 9 – Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: Rebecca Ulrich “Spinning Off From the Manhattan Project: The Origins of Sandia National Laboratories” – We’re taking our lectures online this spring! You will receive an email after you register with a link to join the lecture, and a reminder email just before the event begins. (You will also be able to join by calling in, but you will not be able to see the slides.) Our spring 2021 lectures will all begin at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. For details of the lectures, visit www.losalamoshistory.org/events.
February 13 – Food for Love Charity Concert – On Valentine’s Weekend, February 13, 2021, Food for Love will present a star-studded virtual concert benefitting the New Mexico Association of Food Banks. This is why, on February 13, 2021, dozens of generous musicians and special guests are coming together to create Food for Love, a virtual concert to raise money to provide emergency food relief in every county, Native American Nation and Pueblo in New Mexico, where poverty ranks 49th in the United States. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to feed the hungry.
🔶 Fenton Lake State Park Opens to Ice Fishing January 2 – Fenton Lake State Park will open to ice fishing beginning Saturday, January 2nd. Recent cold weather has increased the lake’s ice thickness to minimum standards for this access, according to New Mexico State Parks officials. The State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish jointly manage the lake and surroundings. State Parks has the authority to close or restrict access to areas of parks, as well as to restrict, limit or prohibit activities such as ice fishing as conditions require. Such actions are taken in the interest of public safety and resource protection. Please refer to the parks website for current information on public health orders.
🔶 DiverseIT offers free digital literacy classes – The program helps people with disabilities, people of color and women to start careers in IT with hands-on training. DiverseIT also provides computers to people with disabilities and local nonprofits. DiverseIT’s new Digital Literacy: Ready, Set, Go! computer classes can help to get you comfortable with your computer and allow you to use it with confidence. The classes also help you avoid scams, search the internet safely, and keep learning online. DiverseIT offers sessions in English and Spanish which are available remotely. To sign up, call 505-881-TECH. For more information on DiverseIT computer services and training, visit goadelante.org/diversit/.
🔶 NM State Parks will remain closed to out of state visitors through January – The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) State Parks Division announced Thursday that New Mexico State Parks will remain closed to out-of-state visitors through January. 32 State Parks will remain open for day-use only to New Mexico residents only. All camping reservations will be refunded through Jan. 29.
🔶The Santa Fe City and County are Seeking Public Input to Inform Long-Range Water Resources Plans – City of Santa Fe Water (City) and Santa Fe County Utilities (County) are initiating a collaborative, science-based, 5-year planning cycle to develop long-range water resource management plans and are seeking public input to inform this important process. Residents of the City or County are invited to fill out an online survey to help the City and County better understand the public’s perspectives, values, and priorities with respect to water.
🔶 City of Santa Fe Launches Special CONNECT Fund to Help City Residents Impacted by COVID-19 – In response to economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Santa Fe—with local partners Somos un Pueblo Unido, Chainbreaker Collective and national non-profit Family Independence Initiative (FII)—has launched emergency disaster relief funds open to eligible City of Santa Fe residents. These relief funds will afford one-time cash assistance to help supplement lost wages and prevent eviction. Referrals will be made via CONNECT to fund partners Somos un Pueblo Unido and Chainbreaker Collective, who will take the lead on providing community-wide education regarding the programs and assisting eligible individuals. Apply online at https://www.santafenm.gov/connect or call Somos un Pueblo Unido at (844) 365-6635 or Chainbreaker at (505) 577-5481.
🔶 Santa Fe is seeking residents to sit on the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments Planning Commission. The City is seeking letters of interest from City residents with professional experience in law, real estate, construction, or design. If you are interested sitting on the Planning Commission or the Board of Adjustments please send a resume and letter of interest to City Clerk Yolanda Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
🔶 Ignited Minds is now offering free online tutoring for any student in need of extra help. Tutors teach students time and organization management skills, tips, and tricks and also provide regular tutoring appointments that allow students to build a trusted working relationship with their tutor. Currently, Ignited Minds is also in need of more quality tutors. For more information on services, volunteering, board development, and more, visit ignitedmindsnonprofit.org.
🔶 Fuelwood Permits are available for purchase at most ranger districts. Permit sales vary by location. For additional information in regard to 2020-2021 season, collection dates, and application process, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/coronado/passes-permits/forestproducts.
🔶 The New Mexico Human Services Department announced that New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will once again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of November. Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits may apply online through www.yes.state.nm.us or by phone at 1-800-283-4465. Newly approved SNAP recipients will be eligible for the supplemental benefit.
🔶 MVD now offers online license renewal for drivers 79 an older – For the first time, drivers 79 years of age and older have the option of renewing their driver’s licenses online. Drivers 79 and older previously had to renew their licenses in person every year. Anyone in that category now will be able to renew online 60 days or less before their current license expires. Going forward, drivers 79 and older who need an eye exam or medical report to renew their licenses will be able to conduct their annual renewal online in a two-step process. First, the driver will submit their eye exam or medical report online at mvdonline.com. Once the report has been accepted by MVD staff, the driver will go to mvdonline.com to renew their license.
🔶 Dept. of Public Safety needed of transportation inspectors – The Department of Public Safety has immediate openings for transportation inspectors in San Jon as well as in other locations throughout New Mexico. While mechanical knowledge is helpful, it is not required and on-the-job training will be provided. Candidates must have a high school diploma and one year of general work experience.
🔶 Hotline Announced for Pandemic EBT Recipients – The New Mexico Human Services Department announced Thursday a new Pandemic-EBT hotline for parents who have questions regarding eligibility or want more information on the benefits. The hotline will be manned from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need assistance in activating or replacing an EBT card, you can contact the card vendor, FIS Global at 1-800-843-8303.
🔶 Carlsbad Caverns National Park– E-bikes are allowed on park roads and parking areas that are currently open to motor vehicles and traditional bicycles. E-bikes and other vehicles are not permitted on park trails or in any wilderness areas.
🔶 Canyon Bakehouse bread recall – lowers Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling select gluten-free Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread and Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels for the “potential presence of gluten.” The Georgia-based company said in the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website that the recalled products were distributed in 14 states including New Mexico.