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March 2019 Calendar of Events at the Open Space Visitor Center

Check out these fun events during March at the Open Space Visitor Center.

Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk

Sunday, March 3, 8:00am –10:00am. FREE! The Middle Rio Grande river valley is nature’s laboratory with a different lesson plan every season. This is a moderately strenuous guided hike along the banks of the Rio Grande and through one of the largest cottonwood forests in the world. Space is limited. Please call 897-8831 for more info and to register.

Marriage of Earth and Heaven Qigong

Sunday, March 3 and Sunday March 17, 2:00pm-3:15pm. This qigong set is used to “pulse” or open and close all the joints in the body. It helps to lessen the effects of repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel, and OA. “Pulsing” can be used to help heal damaged body joints like knees, hands, elbows, shoulders and neck. Qigong can also help relieve stress; calm the nerves; and smooth and release physical, mental and emotional blockages in the body. This style of Qigong consists of two movements done standing in place. It is easy to learn for people of any age or body type. This sequence builds on the vertical Circling Hands qigong, however Circling Hands is not a requirement to take Marriage of Earth and Heaven. Instructor: Marcy Pincus. Class fee is a suggested $5.00 donation. A portion benefits the Open Space Alliance. Space is limited. Please call 897-8831 to register.

TAAS Star Party

Saturday, March 16, 5:00pm – 9:00pm. FREE! The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) and the Open Space Visitor Center will co-host this popular, family-friendly annual event, which includes craft-making activities, an astronomy talk at 7pm safe viewing of the sun at 5pm and night sky viewing with a variety of telescopes on the back patio. See www.cabq.gov/openspace for more information and a full schedule of events, or call 897-8831.

Composting with Worms

Saturday March 23, 1:30PM - 3:30PM. Worm composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. The class will include the selection of an appropriate worm species and creating a healthy environment for that species. Useful take-home information will cover all aspects of setting up and managing a worm composting operation indoors or outdoors. Instructor: John Zarola. Space is limited. To register, call 505-897-8831 or send email to [email protected].

Open Space Explorer Packs

ONGOING. Children and children at heart can stop by the Open Space Visitor Center to check out an Open Space Explorer Pack and experience the natural wonders we have to offer. The backpacks are intended to get families outside and in nature to learn about plants, animals, and cultural resources found within Open Space. Each backpack is filled with exciting self-guided activities. The packs are available for use during Tuesdays-Sundays and must be returned by 4:30pm. Call 897-8831 to reserve a backpack for a particular time and day. Use of the packs is FREE! See www.cabq.gov/openspace or call 897-8831.

Yoga with a View, Sundays at 9:00am

Begin Sundays with an invigorating YOGA session at 9:00am. Your first class is $5, subsequent classes are $15, and if you buy in bulk, they’re even less. Class fees include a donation to the Open Space Alliance.

About the Open Space Visitor Center: The Open Space Visitor Center is an interpretive hub for the Open Space program, lands, and resources. Visitors enjoy educational exhibits, art displays, wildlife fields, a Traditions garden, Bosque trails, and a variety of talks, workshops, demonstrations and entertainment. The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed Mondays. Call 897-8831 for more information or visit www.cabq.gov/openspace.