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5th Annual HOPEFest to be held

5th Annual HOPEFest to be held

A health fair will held at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center at 501 Elizabeth SE, Albuquerque, on September 18th by the Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

 From 10 am to 2 pm, the HOPEFest stand for Have Only Positive Expectations and will commemorate National HIV and Aging Awareness Day.

This event marks the 5th year that the Department;s HIV Outreach and Advocacy Program have organized and hosted.

The event will include free and confidential HIV testing and counseling along with free flu shots for those attending. Further health information will be available and provided by participating health vendors.

“The HIV Outreach and Advocacy Program works to make the lives of older New Mexicans living with HIV a bit easier,” said Aging and Long-Term Services Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi. “We want to let people know that there is another option they can turn to for help.”

¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival

On September 20th through 21st, ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s 9th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. New Mexico’s varied cultural performers are joined by international talent from the around the world to showcase diversity and cultural richness.

Educational workshops, food and crafts from around the world, and performances are all a part of this international celebration.

Tickets are available for purchase at the National Hispanic Cultural Center box office or call at 505-724-4771. Tickets prices vary. Visit www.globalquerque.org for further information.

¡Globalquerque! is partnering with Sheration Albuquerque Hotel and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Promotions and specials are available with both partners for this event.

Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta

Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta

The annual Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta is to be held this Saturday, September 21st along Mountain Road, northern edge of downtown Albuquerque.

The event seeks to build community awareness and celebrate the rich diversity and culture of the area.

Car clubs, youth performances, arts and crafts vendors, music, and games make this a great family friendly event.

Admissions are free and will begin at 11 am on Saturday. It will take place at the Harwood Art Center at 1114 7th Street NE.

Contact (505)-242-6367 or visit www.hartwoodartcenter.org for more information.

NM doctor on forefront of genome sequencing technologies

NM doctor on forefront of genome sequencing technologies

The National Institute of Health has approved a grant from Dr. Jeremy Edwards with the UNM Cancer Center for $1.35 million to fund the development of technology to complete the human genome in order to learn more about genetic mutations.

Dr Edwards is currently working on developing the Proton Genome Sequencer in which, with the new technology made available by the grant, will allow Dr. Edwards to sequence a complete genome from an individual.

The greater benefit that this project will bring is that researchers will be able to study the complexities of diseases such as cancer.

Dr. Edwards has hopes that the grant will help further develop sequencing technologies and eventually lead to the use of full-genome sequencing in clinical settings.


State recieves $5.2 M from Chevron in settlement

State recieves $5.2 M from Chevron in settlement

Chevron has agreed to a new settlement regarding the lawsuit against them filed by the state of New Mexico under the New Mexico Fraud Against Taxpayer’s Act.

The lawsuit claimed that Chevron “double-dipped” and received funds from the environmental funds offered by the state in efforts to clean up sited contaminated by leaking petroleum storage tanks and from private insurance funds for the same clean-up work.

Chevron is to pay the state of New Mexico $5.2 million under the terms of the new settlement.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the settlement on Wednesday along with the state Attorney General’s office.

“This settlement ensures that taxpayer dollars are used properly and for important projects, such as cleaning up the environmental harm caused by leaking petroleum storage tanks,” Martinez said. “I applaud the efforts of the Environment Department to work with our state partners to obtain this important settlement agreement.”

NM Philharmonic presents free community concerts

NM Philharmonic presents free community concerts

Bring your entire family out to enjoy two free-to-the-public concerts presented by New Mexico Philharmonic.

With the support of Bernalillo County, New Mexico Philharmonic, a symphony orchestra, will be celebrating International Community Day by performing two free concerts for the public.

 The first concert will be held outdoors in Hyder Park on Albuquerque’s southeast side on Saturday, September 14th. The second concert will be at the Susie Rayos Marmon Elementary on Friday, September 20th.

Byron Herrington will by conducting both performances. The concerts will include a wide-range of classic favorites as the Phantom Menace by John Williams and An American in Paris by George Gershwin.

For more information, visit www.nmphil.org.

Concert for Peace with Mary Gauthier

Concert for Peace with Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier, singer-songwriter, will be performing at the Outpost Performance Space on Saturday, September 14th at 7:30 pm.

Gauthier, a Louisiana native, have earned praise from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and have been recorded by Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett and many more for her emotional-punch filled songs.

“As a songwriter, I’m always trying to go to the deepest possible place inside of me. Past the navel-gazing, past the self-conscious, to get to that ‘we,’” Gauthier explains. “’Cause deep inside of all of us is the universal. And that is an artist’s job, to transcend the self. … I’m in there, but then hopefully, it goes past that and it hits something far, far bigger and more important than me. That’s what I’m aimin’ for every time I write.”

The performance if presented by Peace Talks Radio and all proceeds will benefit the Good Radio Shows, Inc. and Peace Talks Radio, both promoting peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution.