For two decades, calaveras have been dancing their way through the South Valley in honor of the dead. Make no mistake: This isn't gory Halloween. Instead, the tradition is often satirical, political and comedic. "We want the public to laugh and perhaps cry but never abhor," write the organizers. I've seen the Dia de los Muertos festivities grow over the last few years. But this still feels like the neighborhood party it's meant to be. The parade starts around 2 p.m. at the Bernalillo Sheriff's substation (Centro Familiar and Isleta) and then makes its way to the Westside Community Center, where there will be altars, food, music and art. Break out your Sunday best, don your most beautiful calavera paint, pluck a marigold and celebrate your loved ones who've passed on.
In the words of Dean Martin, “Baby, it's cold outside.” So lend a helping hand to the homeless folks in Burque by contributing to Astro-Zombies' 8th Annual Holiday Sleeping Bag Drive. Now through Saturday, Dec. 24, drop off new, adult-sized cold weather sleeping bags at the comic store to help local homeless people weather the winter cold. The bags will be distributed throughout the community on Christmas Eve. And for each bag you donate, you'll also be entered in a raffle to win awesome prizes from the likes of Masks Y Mas, Rude Boy Cookies, Archetype Dermigraphic Studio and more. After all, when told, “Baby, you'd freeze out there,” even Dean's lady asked him to lend her a coat. (Renée Chavez)