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Sandia Peak to open for ski season

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Another New Mexico ski area is planning to open this week thanks to the latest blast of winter weather.

Sandia Peak Ski Area spokeswoman Deborah Owen said Monday the ski area will open Friday with what she called the best skiing conditions in a decade.

Sandia had originally planned to open a week later but the recent snowfall has helped to build a base of about 2 feet.

Resorts across northern New Mexico and Ski Apache in the south are already open.

Light snow flurries were common Monday in some areas of the state, but forecasters with the National Weather Service say this will be the last round of precipitation until late Thursday or Friday.

Until then, the arctic grip will strengthen, leaving much of the state with freezing temperatures and wind.

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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.

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.  

 

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.

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.