NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Check out community events happening Oct. 23 – Oct. 29 around New Mexico.
October 23 – Movies in the Park-Ing Lot: It (2017) 7:30 p.m. – Join Bernalillo County for Friday Night Frights Drive-In Style at the Isleta Amphitheater. The movie is free and first-come, first served. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Each vehicle will be assigned a parking space and be given a front porch for seating. Please bring your own chairs.
October 23-25 – Rio Grande Food Project Holds 5th Annual Hike to End Hunger – Rio Grande Food Project (RGFP), the largest food pantry on Albuquerque’s West Side, is holding their 5th Annual Hike to End Hunger event. This event will help RGFP address the growing need for food assistance since the COVID-19 crisis hit and help feed up to 1,280 households per month. This year’s fundraising efforts will be matched dollar for dollar with a challenge grant from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation up to $20,000. The Event is Free and open to anyone to participate in. Participants choose the time, place and activity. Choose to hike, walk, run, bike, swim or just sit outside and show your support of ending hunger in our community.
October 24 – The Great Chile Taste-Off – 8 a.m. at the Albuquerque Downtown Grower’s Market.
The New Mexico Chile Association will be at the Downtown Growers’ Market to distribute a limited number of free, green chile tasting kits to Albuquerque residents, as part of the Great New Mexico Chile Taste-Off, sponsored by Bueno Foods.
October 24 – Downtown Grower’s Market & Farm to Car – 7 a.m. at Robinson Park. The Downtown Grower’s Market is Albuquerque’s longest running farmer’s market, now in its 23rd year. Every Saturday morning from mid April until early November Robinson Park hosts 160+ vendors: growers, prepared foods and drink, artisans, health & wellness, local non-profits and community organizations.
October 24 – Hazardous Waste Collection – If you have hazardous waste, the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County will help dispose of it for free. Drop-off will take place Oct. 24 at Balloon Fiesta Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; registration is required by Oct. 22. Waste that can burn easily, corrode or irritate the skin, or poison humans and animals can be dropped off.
October 24 – National Prescription Take Back Day (Drug Buy Back) – Bernalillo County, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Army National Guard and other partnering agencies, invites the public for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Army National Guard Armory, 600 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque and at various locations around the state.
October 24 – Virtual Tour of Albuquerque Main Library – Take a virtual tour of Albuquerque’s Main Library. The tour will be broadcast on YouTube at 8:30 a.m., no registration required.
October 24 – Ask A Lawyer Call-In Program – New Mexico residents can get their legal questions answered free or receive a referral from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Oct. 24, through the Ask-a-Lawyer Call-in Program sponsored by the New Mexico Young Lawyers Division. Attorneys staff the phones and answer questions from across the state on a variety of topics including: employment law, divorce, child support, landlord/tenant issues, personal injury, estate planning, real estate and more. The number is 1-800-876-6227.
October 28 – Sandia High School Hosts Trick or Treat for Cans – Sandia High School is hosting a canned food drive in the school parking lot from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please wear a mask when dropping off food items and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
🔶 Senior Citizens Can Schedule Rides for Early Voting and for Election Day – If you know a senior citizen who needs a ride to either vote early or to vote on Election Day, have them contact the Department of Senior Affairs! Senior Affairs is offering free rides to for senior citizens aged 50 and older for voting purposes. You must schedule a ride three business days in advance for either early voting or for Election Day. To schedule a ride to vote, call (505) 764-6485.
🔶 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 o 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.
🔶 Bernalillo County Offers Options to Protect Pets from Coyotes – Coyotes have been coming closer to homes in Bernalillo County and going after pets. Bernalillo County offers different ways pet owners can deter coyotes.
Around New Mexico
October 17 – Early Voting Starts – Expanded early voting locations will open up in every county across New Mexico.
October 22, 23 – New Mexico Wildland Urban Fire Summit – Register for free for the free virtual New Mexico Wildland Urban Fire Summit.
Ongoing – October 31 – Porkys Pumpkin Patch in Rio Rancho – This pumpkin patch will be a drive-thru experience and patrons will be able to leave their vehicles and pick their pumpkins at the end. Admission to the event is FREE and pumpkins are priced depending on their specific size. The event runs from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily until October 31.
October 25 – SOMOS Poet Laureate Reading – SOMOS is sponsoring a poetry reading event with 4 New Mexico Poet Laureates on Sunday, October 25th from 4 – 5:30 pm. The Zoom link is provided on the website.
Update – Alamogordo Drive-In Movie and Trick or Treating Canceled – The City of Alamogordo is canceling the Halloween Drive-In Movie and Drive-Thru Trick or Treat planned for Friday, October 30th & 31st respectively. Individuals who have already purchased a ticket will receive a full refund.
Update – Carlsbad Caverns National Park King’s Palace Tours Postponed – Due to the safety of visitors and staff, tours have been postponed until further notice.
🔶 New Mexico State-Run Museums Closed Beginning Friday – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she is once again shutting down state-run museums and historic sites in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.
🔶 Bernalillo County CARES Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Now Open – The Bernalillo County commissioners have approved the opening of the Bernalillo County CARES Rental and Utility Assistance grant for qualified county residents. This emergency relief money is intended to help assist residents who are experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who are delinquent in their rents or utility payments. Through this program, the county is offering up to $5,000 to qualifying residential renters located within Bernalillo County, including the City of Albuquerque. The application will be open Wednesday, Oct 14 – Wednesday, Nov. 4th.
🔶 Supreme Courts invites New Mexicans to serve on Commission on Equity and Justice – The state Supreme Court invites New Mexicans to apply to serve on a newly created Commission on Equity and Justice. The Commission will study issues related to bias and inequities in the state’s justice system and promote diversity among judges and judicial employees. The Court and the steering committee are seeking applicants for the Commission. Applicants should send a letter of interest to Supreme Court Chief Clerk Joey Moya by email to email@example.com, by fax to (505) 827-4837 or by first class mail to P.O. Box 848, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Letters of interest should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2020.
🔶 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.
🔶 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.
🔶 Forest Road 10 Closed – A 4-mile segment of Forest Road 10 in the Santa Fe National Forest will be partially closed to protect public health and safety while crews continue work to replace a total of 24 culverts and resurface the road. The order is effective starting Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continues Oct. 15-16, Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 26-29 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The road will be passable from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night that the closure order is in effect.
🔶 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.
🔶 New Mexico State Parks, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, announces that limited camping by reservation only will continue to be available to NM residents only at least until November 13, 2020. All non-resident reservations through November 13th, 2020 will be canceled and camping or facility fees refunded.
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