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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.

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.

Free admissions to Carlsbad Caverns on Veterans Day

Free admissions to Carlsbad Caverns on Veterans Day

From Friday, Nov. 9th through Monday, Nov. 11th, bring the kids and family out to visit the Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, NM.

In honor of Veterans Day, ticket fees will be waived for all visitors. Admission into the self-guided Big Room and Natural Entrance portions of Carlsbad Caverns are also included. Additional fees are still required for those who want to experience the special ranger-guided tours that include King’s Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Spider Cave and Slaughter Canyon Cave.

The national park is now operating under winter hours. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is 2 p.m.

Roadrunner Food Bank seeks help from New Mexicans

Roadrunner Food Bank seeks help from New Mexicans

 

Since 1980, the Roadrunner Food Bank has been working hard to serve the hungry of New Mexico. This year is no different.

Through the month of November, Roadrunner Food Bank and one of its sponsors, Smiths Food and Drug, are partnering to ensure that the hungry New Mexicans get help. They are asking anyone and everyone to bring a bag filled with non-perishable food items to any Smiths location to help feed the hungry.

In addition, the Roadrunner Food Bank is always looking for extra lending hands to help serve. Commit to a two, four, or six-hour shift to help meet the growing needs

Visit www.rrfb.org for more information regarding the food drive and volunteer opportunities.

ABQ BioPark holds 25th annual Zoo Boo

ABQ BioPark holds 25th annual Zoo Boo

Join the ABQ BioPark on October 26th from 11 am to 4 pm for their 25th year celebration of Zoo Boo.

Safe Halloween trick-or-treating, games, Haunted Habitats, and costumes are just some of the many activities for your family to enjoy.

Candy for trick-or-treating will be provided by dozens of sponsoring businesses and civic organizations with information tables throughout the zoo.

Need another reason to bring out the family? A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Zoo Boo Education Scholarship Fund which provides Camp BioPark tuition assistance for under-served youth of our community,

Zoo Boo is still looking for volunteers. Anyone interested should call 505-848-7172.

Free Park and Ride will also be available from 10 am to 5 pm from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot.

For more information, biopark@abq.gov or call 505-768-2000.

Historic Old Town to celebrate Balloon Fiesta Week

Historic Old Town to celebrate Balloon Fiesta Week

Albuquerque Old Town will be celebrating the Balloon Fiesta spirit in a whole new way.

The Historic Old Town will be holding events throughout the entire week of Balloon Fiesta from October 7th through October 13th.

Schedule of events include:

Mayor Berry opens renovated blacksmith shop

Mayor Berry opens renovated blacksmith shop

On Tuesday October 1st, Mayor Richard Berry celebrated the grand opening of the renovated blacksmith shop by flipping a switch that illuminated the new neon sign above the entrance. The sign symbolizes the opening of the rail yards to the public.

“Today begins the rebirth of the Albuquerque rail yards as part of our community. By making the rail yards once again part of the community we are able to keep the rich history embodied here alive.” Mayor Berry said.

With over 2,000 people in attendance, Albuquerque is now able to enjoy the rail yards as a place to host farmers markets, concerts, car shows, and other events. The building is now up to current safety codes which permits its public use.

Construction on the site began in July of this year and the project was funded by voter approved G.O. Bonds. Bradbury Stamm was the contractor for the construction.