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Mayor Richard J. Berry and the City of Albuquerque’s Parks & Recreation Department, Open Space Division, invite you to a summer of family friendly events during our 2014 Open Space Summer Series.
All Saturday Sunset Series programs take place at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater with the exception of Flamenco which will be at the nearby Kiwanis Shelter. All the Saturday events begin at 7 pm. All talks and performances are free with a $2.00 entry fee per vehicle to the park. The Elena Gallegos Park is located at the end of Simms Park Road, east of Tramway Boulevard, just north of Academy.
With this being the 30th anniversary of Open Space, our Sunday Hikes will explore the earliest purchases of Open Space’s outlying properties in the East Mountains and elsewhere. Please check our website, www.cabq.gov/openspace under Open Space Events for more information on details and directions to the individual events or call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-registration or other questions.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy the Summer Series while we nudge you and your family to expand your views and begin a lifelong ritual of returning to your newly discovered favorite Open Spaces. We hope you experience new wonders, enjoy old favorites, discover information that will widen your perspective of the world around you, and entice you to explore the benefits of 30 years of Open Space.
Saturday SUNSET SERIES at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area
The Saturday Sunset Series will feature talks, demonstrations and shows by some of Albuquerque's best speakers, educators, and performers at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater on Saturdays at 7:00pm except for Solar Viewing on June 1st which will begin at 5 pm.
July 26th Strange But True Tales of New Mexico – An evening of stories and tales by talented Storyteller Mary Diecker. Find out more about her at Strange but True Tales of New Mexico | Facebook
August 2nd Poetry and Spoken Word – A wonderful evening of offerings from a collection of talented artists led by Gina Marselle.
August 9th Kubatana Marimba Ensemble–Traditional and contemporary music largely inspired from Zimbabwe and played by Albuquerque’s African Marimba Band. Find out more about them at Kubatana Marimba Southwest: Home
August 16th Ballads and Runes: An Evening of Ancient Tales and Original Music – Innovative music and remarkable stories with Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee and special guests. Find out more about them at http://johanna.itgo.com
August 23rd Seth Hoffman – A performance of original music by a talented local singer/songwriter whose songs are the stories of our lives, travels, and the many unique characters we meet along the way. Find out more about Seth at sethhoffmanmusic
SUNDAY HIKES - From varied areas of Open Space
On Sundays, starting at 9:00 a.m., unless stated otherwise, knowledgeable guides and members of our community lead explorations and offer demonstrations in an assortment of fields and specialties. Please call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-registration if stated. Our wish is to nudge you and your family to expand your views and begin a lifelong ritual of returning to your newly discovered favorite Open Spaces.
May 25th Wildflower Hike –Elena Gallegos Pino Trailhead. A 2 to 3 hour moderate hike with the author of Wildflowers of the Sandia and Monzano Mountains, Dr. Larry Littlefield. Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike.
June 1st The Placitas Open Space - Meet at 8:30 am. A strenuous hike to one of Open Space’s outlying properties. Bring water, hat, and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
June 8th The Mysteries of San Antonito – Meet at 8:30 am. A 2 hour mildly strenuous hike to one of Open Space’s outlying properties led by Carl White, Professor of Range Biology at UNM. Bring water, hat, and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
June 15th Learn About The Sun – Elena Gallegos Double Shelter. Sun scope viewing and talk by Roger Kennedy and members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS), The Albuquerque Astronomical Society.
June 22nd Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop – Elena Gallegos Double Shelter. A talk and Hike by Bob Mosher of REI, REI Store - Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 29th Food Forest – Sheet Mulch Workshop – Open Space Visitor Center. An introduction to soil building and permaculture by Mona Angel of Laughing Turtle Farms and Fairfield Growers Cooperative. Bring your gloves, your family and friends, and come play in the dirt. Pre-registration Required
July 6th Five Pieces of Brocade– Poblanos Fields. A 1 to2 hour introduction and demonstration of Qigong by Sifu Dug Corpolongo of Lotus Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong. Find out more about them at Welcome to Lotus Dragon
July 13th A Hike at Gutierrez Canyon– Meet at 8:30 am. A strenuous hike to one of Open Space’s outlying properties. Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
July 20th Bonsai Demonstration and Talk – Open Space Visitor Center. The basics of creating and maintaining Bonsai by members of the Albuquerque Bonsai Club. Find out more about them at Albuquerque Bonsai Club
July 27th Wild Herb Hike - Milne Open Space. A 2 to 3 hour moderately strenuous hike led by Dara Saville who will share her extensive background in Herbalism. Find her at Albuquerque Herbalism, http://albuquerqueherbalism.com Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike. Pre-registration Required
August 3rd Introduction to GPS – Elena Gallegos Double Shelter. A 2 to 3 hour instruction led by Erik Zsemlye of the City Open Space Division. Bring your GPS, limited borrowing of extra GPS units. Pre-registration Required
August 10th Volcanoes and Geology - Meet at 8:30 am. Volcanoes at the Petroglyph National Monument. A 2 to 3 hour hike led by noted Volcanologists Larry Crumpler and Jayne Aubele of the NM Natural History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Pre-registration Required
August 17th The ABC’s of Simple Bike Repair –The Open Space Visitor Center. A 1 to 2 hour session led by Chuck Malagodi of the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department’s Bicycle Safety Education Program and the Esperanza Community Bike Shop. Bring your bike for assessment and helmet for a possible ride afterward.
August 24th A Day of Mindfulness and Nature – Meet at 8:30 am. Carolino Canyon. A morning of tranquility and meditation led by Dug Corpolongo of Albuquerque Buddhist Fellowship lasting a few hours or longer. Find more about them at http://www.lotusdragon.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=77. Wear comfortable clothes, bring water, snack or lunch, and an open mind. Pre-registration Required.
DIRECTIONS TO EVENTS:
Carolino Canyon - Exit I-40 at the Tijeras exit and continue south 9 miles on 337 which most know as South Highway 14. Carolino Canyon will come up on your left. The rough address is 10900 Park Access Road, Tijeras but look for the sign designating Carolino.
Elena Gallegos Park - The Elena Gallegos Park is located at the end of Simms Park Road, east of Tramway Boulevard, just north of Academy.
Main Loop – Turn right at the Entry Booth and follow the road. It loops past many trailheads and parking areas finally returning to the Entry Booth.
Pino Trailhead – Follow the road to the right of the entry booth and at the top of the loop, near a restroom, is the Pino Trailhead. It’s marked by a small sign.
Double Shelter Amphitheater – Turn right at the entry booth and follow the road two-thirds of the way around the Main Loop. The Double Shelter parking area will come up on your left just after you begin to head back toward the entry booth.
Kiwanis Shelter – Turn left or go around the entry booth and follow the road going north. Continue down the road through the dips and curves and the Kiwanis Shelter will come up on your right. Enter through the first gate and park.
Los Poblanos Fields – Drive west on Montaño from I-25 or Fourth Street and turn north on Tierra Viva Road. The parking area is on the left.
Open Space Visitor Center – Located at 6500 Coors Blvd. between Montaño and Paseo Del Norte. Look for the brown signs saying “Open Space Visitor Center” and turn east on Bosque Meadows Road. Look for the sculpture of multiple metal bars painted blue.
The Volcanoes – Petroglyph National Monument – Drive west on I 40 to Atrisco Vista Road and turn north or right. Drive 4.8 miles, the access road to the parking area will come up on your right. If coming from the north, take Paseo Del Norte west until it ends and curves south. Drive a number of miles until you get to the parking area access road.
For the remaining hikes, please call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-Registration and directions will be given at that time.