Dia de los Muertos is just around the corner, so you'd better get going on those sugar skulls if you want to properly honor the spirits of the departed. Lucky for you, this year's Marigold & Harvest Festival features a skull decorating workshop to help ensure that returning loved ones are well impressed by your beautiful ofrenda. While you're at the festival, you can also learn about composting, play games with the kiddos and watch the Decorated Bike Parade. Catch the free festivities at Farm & Table (8917 Fourth Street NW) tomorrow from 10am to 2pm. An autumnal good time is guaranteed. Farm & Table • Sat Oct 19 • 10am-2pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
There's a new baby elephant at the zoo, and as usual nobody there can figure out what to name it. Maybe YOU can help? (The vote is between three names, but if enough of us demand "Kraktow, Crusher of Men" they have to listen, right?)
Remember that guy who jumped from 24 miles above the earth and filmed it? Now you can see the whole descent from his point of view. Spoiler: cool cool pretty cool cool spinning crazy OMG boring boring boring crazy crazy upside down boring boring boring crazy crazy parachute boring boring boring lands.
Dried cockroaches are going for $20 a pound in China for use in cosmetics. The people who raise them en mass call it "special farming."
Get a jump on next year's garden (and flu season) by learning how to plant, tend, harvest and use medicinal herbs in your own backyard. This one-day class is offered free of charge by instructor Dara Seville at local nursery Plants of the Southwest, so it should be easy to get your hands on some herbal goodness perfectly suited for an Albuquerque plant bed. Plants of the Southwest, Los Ranchos • Sat Oct 5 • 11am-12:30pm • free • View on Alibi calendar
Since e-cigarettes are just as addictive as their non-e-peers, and since nobody besides the company that makes them is really sure what goes into their mystery vapor, and since it's still legal for minors to buy them, maybe it's time to regulate them?
Look, it's State Fair time. And if you're like me, you've only got one food-related mission on your mind this week: eating a bunch of weird Fair food. Fried Oreos, fried candy bars, fried donut burgers, fried beer— whatever you want, the friendly carnies at the Fair will happily dunk it into a bucket of boiling fat and batter and make it 10 times more delicious and 20 times more likely to provoke a major heart attack, all in the name of consumerist gluttony. It's a magical time of year, and you can hardly call yourself a New Mexican if you don't risk acid reflux celebrating our state. Admission to the State Fair is $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Expo New Mexico • Thu Sep 19-Sun Sep 22 • 10 am-9 pm • $10 adults, $7 children and seniors • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar