Oct 1 - 7, 2009 

Online Election Guide

Online Election Guide

Who should be mayor? Who will represent you on the City Council? Everything you need to know for the Oct. 6 municipal election all in once place.

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Balloon Fiesta Guide

What to do and where to go in Albuquerque

Every October, our streets flood with visitors while the skies swell with nylon orbs fueled by fire. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. And while Fiesta activities are plentiful Oct. 3 through 11, there’s still ample time for exploring our fair city. To make sure you get the most out of your Southwest visit, the Alibi has interspersed this year's Balloon Fiesta schedule with other events you may want to add to your lineup. To narrow it down, we've chosen winners of this year's Best of Burque poll, the Alibi’s annual survey that asks readers about the best arts, shopping and nightlife Albuquerque has to offer. Also included are a few other events we just didn't think you should miss.

To find out about park-and-rides and other balloon-based information, visit the Fiesta's official website at balloonfiesta.com.

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Saturday, Oct. 3

5 a.m. While driving to Balloon Fiesta Park for the Dawn Patrol Show, flip on what Alibi readers voted as Best Local Radio Program, the University of New Mexico-run station KUNM 89.9 FM. (kunm.org)

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Sunday, Oct. 4

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino

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Monday, Oct. 5

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold ’Em presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

10:30 a.m. Burn off a few breakfast calories at Defined Fitness (voted Best Fitness Facility), which brags pools, massive weight rooms, state-of-the-art aerobic equipment and a loaded schedule of classes. If you don't have a membership, it only costs $10 for a day pass with a valid photo ID. (Multiple locations, defined.com)

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Tuesday, Oct. 6

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold ’Em presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

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Wednesday, Oct. 7

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino

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Thursday, Oct. 8

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 8 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition & Prize Grab

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Friday, Oct. 9

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 8 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™
* 7 to 10 a.m. Key Grab Competition
* 8 to 9 a.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)
* 4 to 5 p.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)

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Saturday, Oct. 10

* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino

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Sunday, Oct. 11

* It's Propane Day at the Balloon Fiesta, presented by Airgas Southwest, Inc.

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In Case of Emergency

Whether you need the number for the nearest hospital or you just want to find out where to get a map of the city, call Albuquerque’s Citizen Contact Center at 311 and get all your questions answered for free. Plus, the customer service representatives are seriously friendly.

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For All the Best Restaurants

The Alibi’s massive Best of Burque Restaurants poll hits stands Thursday, Oct. 8. Pick it up to see what our readers say is their favorite fare in Albuquerque.

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