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Step foot on Main Street this Saturday

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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.

Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

The Holiday Jubilee and Open House takes place Friday, December 6th.

This is a local food celebration hosted by Delicious New Mexico along with Edible Santa Fe, and the SVEDC.

The Jubilee is a spectacular showcase of local artisan foods. Guests can sample Delicious products, enjoy local beer from Marble Brewery and spirits from Santa Fe Spirits, and get unique gifts for the holidays.

Edible Santa Fe will award the winners of the second annual Local Hero Awards.

Get a chance to Win our first Taste Buds Experience Package - Villa Myriam Coffee Club: Coffee for one year! + Roasting & Tasting Experience.

The fun will be held at the South Valley Economic Development Center, located at 318 Isleta Boulevard Southwest. It will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, and it is free to get in.  

 

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Dept. runs Operation Silent Night

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Dept. runs Operation Silent Night

 

The city of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is hosting a holiday event for pets spending the holidays in the shelters.

This year’s annual Operation Silent Night encourages everyone to donate gently used or new blankets, dog sweaters, jackets, beds, toys (for dogs and cats) or treats for all the pets awaiting adoption to get a new permanent home.

Santa’s elves will distribute the gifts on Christmas Eve.

Those interested in volunteering or bringing donations can drop them off at the Animal Welfare Department shelters or at any Petco stores in Albuquerque beginning November 18th through December 20th.

For more information, visit www.cabq.gov or call 505-764-1164.

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.

Urlacher and UNM in talks potential restaurant/bar partnership

Urlacher and UNM in talks potential restaurant/bar partnership

Last week, former University of New Mexico football player Brian Urlacher and the university’s President Robert Frank were asked about the idea of a sports bar-restaurant collaboration rumor that had been swirling for months.

 “We are excited that he might want to put in a sports bar or restaurant on our south campus,” Frank said Friday about Urlacher.

At the game on Nov. 8th where Urlacher Lobo jersey was retired, UNM Director of Communications Dianne Anderson said Urlacher answered some questions regarding the project. Urlacher said that he thought it would be a good fit and is in talks with the university about the possible collaboration.

Urlacher’s name was one of the first mentioned during UNM south campus development meetings.

3rd Annual Run from Malaria event to be held

3rd Annual Run from Malaria event to be held

On Saturday, November 16th, the United Methodist Church will be hosting their 3rd annual “Run or Walk from Malaria” event in efforts to reduce and eliminate victims of the disease.

Statistics show that a person dies from malaria somewhere in the world every 60 seconds even though malaria is a preventable disease.

Along with the efforts from the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the donations and proceeds from the event will go to vaccinations for at-risk individuals.

Registration for the event is $25 a person and includes a T-Shirt. The event will begin promptly at 9am at the Albuquerque Academy and will cover approximately 5k of distance. Participants can run or walk the event.

For more information, visit http://inm5k.wordpress.com or contact Pastor Greg Henneman at 505-243-7834.