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Summer Series, Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band with Rikud Dance Troupe

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.


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Jul 05, 2014
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM


Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Albert G. Simms Park
Simms Park Road
Albuquerque, NM 87111


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, 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 5th The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band with Rikud Dance Troupe–a small orchestra playing Eastern European music for an evening of sensory joy and dancing.  Find out more about them at

July 12th Flamenco- Kiwanis Shelter.  A Flamenco performance by the Students of Casa Flamenca under the direction of Jesus Muñoz.  Find out more about them at

July 19th              Meet the Birds of Avian Ambassadors – A talk and display of birds by Sid Price of Avian Ambassadors.  Find out more about them at Avian Ambassadors - Flights of Education

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

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


For the remaining hikes, please call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-Registration and directions will be given at that time.




Bill Pentler