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Open Space Summer Series

The 2013 Open Space Summer Series

The Summer Series is back!

Please call (505) 452-5222 for more information.

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 2013 Open Space Summer Series.

All Saturday Sunset Series programs take place at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater and are free with a $2 entry fee per car to the park area.  The Elena Gallegos Park is located at the end of Simms Park Road, east of Tramway Boulevard, just north of Academy.

We'll continue the process of showing people some of Open Space’s outlying properties during the Sunday Hikes.

So come explore with us, expand your views and enjoy a summer of family entertainment through Open Space.

Open Space 2013 Summer Series Printable Schedule


Call Bill Pentler at (505) 452-5222 for Pre-registration or other questions.


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.  

May 25th            Carter, Orr, HigginsA Songwriter’s Showcase.  Enjoy an evening of original music from Bill Carter, Dennis Higgins, and Dick Orr who have over 130 years of combined song writing and performance experience.  Come listen to this trio’s rhythm, vocal harmonies, stories, and songs for a memorable night. 

June 1st              Solar Viewing – Sun scope viewing and talk by Roger Kennedy and members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS).  Please Note: This program begins at 5 pm. 

June 8th               The Jump House Dynasty Blues JamBring your acoustic instruments and favorite songs for an innovative evening led by Dug Corpolongo and James McIntire.  Join in!

June 15th            Nature Dancing – A creative movement/exercise class with music (cultural/classical) and nature observations and imitations while learning about animals and nature led by Jeanne Frye-Mason of Dance Theater of the Southwest.

June 22nd           Food History with Gregory Gould A lecture about food and the way we eat.  A questionnaire will be issued the evening of the talk to personalize the evening. 

June 29th            Under the Same Sky –Wondrous storytelling by Susi Wolf a Cherokee/Celtic by ethnicity, she tells tales from all over the world.  Susi Wolf is a seasoned and certified storyteller of 15+ years.  Her clever use of stories to mirror life will prove to be a favorite with everyone.  Find her at http://www.wolfsongcreative.com/

July 6th                A Thunderous Evening with NM Taiko Without RainA concert led by Calvin Kobayashi demonstrating Taiko’s long history which blends martial arts choreography and synchronized drumming.

July 13th              WeInterpret - A talk and demonstration of interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing with Marti Stockdale and Jessica Anderson, www.WeInterpret.net.

July 20th              Ballet-Afrique – A new dance style by Romy Keegan of the Maple Street Dance Space combining naturally aerobic and energizing African movement with Ballet forms that develop core strength and inherent grace for an evening of expressiveness and joy.

July 27th              An Officer’s Perspective A talk and discussion of the job and activities of an APD Open Space Law Enforcement Officer by Lt. Todd Hudson.

August 3rd          Poetry and Spoken Word – A wonderful evening of offerings from a collection of talented artists led by Gina Marselle.

August 10th      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.

August 17th        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.

August 24th        Stories That Float – An evening of music and storytelling with the incomparable musician Bonnie Schmader and wondrous storyteller Susi Wolf.                                                                                                                            

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 26th         Wild About Wildflowers –Meet at the Elena Gallegos Pino Trailhead for a 2 to 3 hour moderate hike with the authors of Wildflowers of the Sandia and Monzano Mountains, plant enthusiasts Pearl Burns and Dr. Larry Littlefield.  Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike hike.

June 2nd        Wild Herb Hike  - Location to be announced.  A 2 to 3 hour moderate 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        

June 9th        A Petroglyph Hike – Meet at the trailhead for Piedras Marcadas Canyon.  A 2 hour                                             moderately strenuous hike led by Jim Marmon of Open Space.  Bring water, hat, and whatever you need for a comfortable hike

June 16th     A Bosque Bike Ride - Location to be announced.   A 2 hour ride led by Certified Bike        Instructor Julian Butt of the City of Albuquerque Bike Safety Education Program and owner of Painted Sparrows.  Find him at http://paintedsparrows.com  Bring your bike and helmet for a light to medium ride.  

June 23rd     Six Healing Sounds Meet at Poblanos Fields for a 1 to 2 hour introduction and demonstration of Qigong with Sifu Dug Corpolongo of Lotus Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong, http://lotusdragon.com  Bring water and wear comfortable clothes.

June 30th     Herpetological Hike with Scott Bulgrin Tingley Bosque PondsA mild 1 to 2 hour hike to discover and talk about reptiles and amphibians by members of the New Mexico Herpetological Society.  Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike.

July 7th            Bosque Wild Guided Nature Walk – The Open Space Visitor Center.  A 2 hour hike through the Bosque.  Note: Call 897-8831 for required Pre-registration. 

July 14th      A Bird Hike with Jeanne Frye-Mason– Meet at the Milne Open Space for a 2 to 3 hour mildly strenuous hike.  Bring your binoculars and whatever you need for a comfortable hike.  Pre-registration Required

July 21st       Candelaria Farms Hike – Meet at 8:30 am.  A light to moderate hike to one of Open Space’s agricultural properties.  Bring water and whatever you need for a comfortable hike.

July 28th          Basic Orienteering by the NM Orienteers  - The 66 on 66.  A 2 to 3 hour instruction by Jerry Boyd and others from the New Mexico Orienteers.  Bring water, a compass if you have one, and whatever you need to deal with a strenuous area.  Pre-registration Required

August 4th      Nature Journaling – Meet at 8:30 am at the Open Space Visitor Center.  A 2 hour instruction with acclaimed artist and watercolorist Margy OBrien.  Bring basic paper, notebook, sketchbook, pencil and/or pen and whatever else you need for a comfortable session.   Pre-registration Required   

August 11th    The Basics of Honeybees  - The Open Space Visitor Center.  An hour or more instruction and activities on beekeeping for the whole family led by Jodi Hedderig, Manager of the Open Space Visitor Center and Beekeeper for the Open.  Space Division.  Pre-registration Required         

August 18th   The Golden Open Space –Meet at 8:30 am for a strenuous hike to one of Open Spaces outlying areas.  Bring water and whatever you need for a 2 to 3 hour hike. Pre-registration Required.

August 25th   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.  Wear comfortable clothes, bring water, snack or lunch, and an open mind.  Pre-registration Required


The 66 on 66 – Travel east of Tramway on Central Blvd for approximately one and one third mile.  The gatewill come up on your right.  If you pass Abbott Labs you’ve gone too far.  Note: This property is not yet open to the public except during special events.

Candelaria Farms – Located off of Rio Grande Blvd. on  Arbor Road.  Arbor Road is about 4 blocks north of Candelaria Road.  Arbor dead-ends at the gate to the farm.

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. 

Piedras Marcadas Canyon – Part of the Petroglyph National Monument.  Travel on Paseo Del Norte to Golf Course Road.  Turn North and drive for one half mile.  Turn left at the brown sign on the median stating Piedras Marcadas Canyon or onto Jill Patricia which is kiddy-corner from the French Mortuary.  The parking area is behind the strip mall that includes Indy Cleaners, Empire Pizza and a Vet Clinic.

Tingley Bosque Ponds – Located south of Central Blvd. off Tingley Drive.  Pull in and park at the Tingley Train Station and fishing area.  We’ll meet at the access gate to the Bosque behind the building. 

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


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