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Exhibit of the Historical Buddha's Relics Visits Santa Fe

Exhibit of the Historical Buddha's Relics Visits Santa Fe

On Thursday, December 6th through 8th, a public exhibition of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni will be on display in Santa Fe at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center.

The sacred relics to be on display come from great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea and China.

The collection of artifacts has been offered by the great Dalai Lama.

Visitors may also participate in a blessing ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.

Relics will be displayed inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

This is non sectarian event and is intended for all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience these historical relics.

The "River of Lights" to open this weekend

The "River of Lights" to open this weekend

 

Get ready to explore in one of Albuquerque’s most prized holiday venues.

The annual River of Lights opens this Saturday, November 30th and runs through January 5th.Event organizers say this year people can expect to see up to a million dazzling lights in this amazing walk-through experience.

There will be around 400 light displays, animated sculptures, and synchronized music light shows.

Every year NEW sculptures are designed and created by River of Lights artists and craftspeople.

 Park and shuttle will be available to guests for easy access to the event. It will be going to and from the Zoo at close-by Tenth Street.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, and $5 for children (3 – 12) for the November 30th thru December 19th. Ticket prices change to $12 for adults and $6 for children for December 20th thru January 5th.

 

ABQ BioPark presents annual River of Lights on Nov. 30

ABQ BioPark presents annual River of Lights on Nov. 30

The River of Lights, presented by the ABQ BioPark, will be returning on Saturday, November 30th.

The annual event is the largest holiday lights display in New Mexico. With millions of lights in display, live music, food, drinks and unique holiday gifts, visitors will be able to ring in the holiday season with joy.

"River of Lights has become a holiday tradition for so many families in New Mexico," said Maryann Torrez, BioPark Operations and Events Manager. "It's exciting to see families search for their favorite displays, discover new sculptures, listen to the music groups play and take in all the activities we have to offer. They love it."

The River of Lights will open at 6pm every evening beginning this Saturday through January 5th. The festival will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Tickets may be purchased online or from any BioPark cashier.

Visit www.cabq.com for more information.

Zuni Festish show and sale

Zuni Festish show and sale

Come view hundreds of unique Zuni fetish carvings November 30th at the Petroglyph National Monument Park Store.

These pieces are special Native American artwork that can be used in stockings or as gifts just in time for the holidays.

Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from all sorts of materials from the earth by the Zuni nation. These statues have traditionally served a ceremonial purpose for the people that make them and represent animals and icons important to their culture.

The collection is curated by Donald Sharp, who has been working with Zuni carvers for more than 30 years. With cultural demonstrations by Laguna Pueblo potter Michael Kanteena, who uses traditional Mimbres designs.

Free and open to the public. Your tax-free purchases help support national parks across the West. For more information, call 505-899-0205 or go to wnpa.org. 

The Nutcracker makes its way to Albuquerque

The Nutcracker makes its way to Albuquerque

 

Which Nutcracker performance will you be attending this holiday season?

Right now, there are three major shows making their way to Albuquerque.

The Nutcracker ballet outlines the story a family during their Christmas Eve celebration. The performance is split up into two acts.

The first act follows Clara, the young heroine of the story. It begins with her family’s festivities, and when the Nutcracker is introduced. The rest of the act takes the audience into Clara’s dreams.

The second act is where Clara ventures into the Land of Sweets.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of the most recognizable harmonies in the world.

The Nutcracker can be seen this year starting Thanksgiving weekend at Popejoy Hall. Please call (505)925-5858 for more information.

You can catch a performance by the Moscow Ballet at the Kiva Auditorium on December on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm.

Annual Trek to Forest for Christmas trees to begin

Annual Trek to Forest for Christmas trees to begin

Beginning November 25th, permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Gila National Forest will be available at all Ranger District offices.

Permits are available for purchase four days earlier than past years in efforts to reduce the Thanksgiving Day rush.

Permits will be selling for $5 each with a limit of one per household. For aromatic pinon trees, permits are available free of charge. Any tree species up to 10’ high may be cut.

Forest offices are open Monday through Friday (except on holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the Black Range Ranger District is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Contact the local ranger district offices for further information on Christmas tree cutting.

Young artist annual showcase set for November 22

Young artist annual showcase set for November 22

 

Come and enjoy the open house at Warehouse 508!

Warehouse 508 is a creative space for teens and young adults. The annual showcase will feature what the students have been up to this fall.

There will be music and DJs, fashion designers, printmaking and Capoeira dancing.

This is also an opportunity for those not involved with the Warehouse to check out upcoming classes like mural painting.

Warehouse 508 encourages everyone to come meet the instructors, young artists, interns, board members, Youth Creative Crew and staff!

The festivities start at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22. The building is located at 508 1st St. NW.