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Earth Day is coming! Technically, isn't every day an Earth day? I digress. Instead of simply turning off your lights for an hour, trek out to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge for Abrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice. On Saturday, April 22, from 1-4pm you can honor Mother Earth by learning something new at educational booths, enjoying music, eating free food, participating in fun activities and more. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. The point of it all is to “honor and organize for … our rights to a healthy environment.” Also, it's part of the five-day Decolonizing Nature conference (see our Arts section for more info) sponsored by The National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM and more. Let's all unite for justice and this marvelous planet we call home. (Renée Chavez)Valle de Oro National Wildlife RefugeAbrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice
Make a Planeteer out of your child by taking them to the Children's Seed Festival this Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. From 10am-2pm, kids will learn about seed structure and germination, how to differentiate the seeds of various plants, how to create ideal conditions for seeds to germinate and how to care for plants after germination through a variety of games like a mystery seed lab, seed trivia game and seed ball creation.
There will also be other activities like a story time and face painting as well as the multitude of other things you can do at the Botanical Gardens like tour the gardens and greenhouses, play on the playground, watch the miniature train travel through the little towns, grab a bite to eat or pop over to the aquarium. All kids will receive a Seed Festival bag to pack all their goodies from the day and one lucky kid will win a one-year membership to the BioPark for their whole family! Entry to the Botanical Gardens for N.M. residents is free for children under three, $4-$6 for kids 3-12, $5-$8 for seniors and $9-$15 for adults (13-64). (Megan Reneau)ABQ BioPark Botanic GardenChildren's Seed Festival
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If you do the math—and if you go any further with this, chances are you're into math—it is easy to surmise that you have to be odd to be number one. And so, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science invites us all to embrace our inner geek at the National Math Fiesta this Saturday, April 22, from 11am-2pm. A celebration of art, fractals, math, and perhaps most importantly, fun, this prodigious party is free with admission to the museum. The fractal planetarium show is an additional $5. (Maggie Grimason)New Mexico Museum of Natural History and ScienceNational Math Fiesta
The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs and Warehouse 508 have come together to teach kids that being an artist can be a viable way to live through a series of five workshops called Youth Engagement. Beginning this Saturday, April 15, kids from 11-20 can learn how to identify skills attained through hobbies that can be used for income. A lot of artistic hobbies are often regarded as “just for fun” when the skills learned can be used in many careers like therapy, marketing, graphic and interior design, just to name a few. The workshops cover hip-hop dance, financial literacy, poetry, t-shirt printing and social justice art. The dates following this Saturday's event are April 22, May 13 and May 20. These free workshops require a reservation—call Shaina Saint-Lôt at (505) 383-6215 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to put yourself or your child's name on the list, only 40 kids can join each workshop date—which lasts from 10am to 3pm. (Rini Grammer)Warehouse 508Youth Engagement
I read this headline last Easter that said I could grow stuff from my leftovers. So, I buried a hambone in the backyard and waited for a ham tree to grow. It never happened. Needless to say, this year's dinner went poorly. Which is why I'm going to a free class this Saturday—Backyard Farming: Successful Plant Practices and Selecting Materials—in the hopes that some experts can show me how to plan and design my home garden landscape before Thanksgiving. The workshop is open to the public and starts at 9am, April 22, at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. (Joshua Lee)Gutierrez-Hubbell HouseBackyard Farming: Successful Plant Practices and Selecting Materials
- City on the Edge
City on the Edge is a breezy, smart podcast looking at the stories from Albuquerque history that have often been overlooked. Each episode takes a deep dive into a topic like the 1955 crash of TWA flight 260, Sandia Man or the 1918 quarantine. Worthwhile listening that will spur your curiosity about things you didn’t even know about in the city where you live. It’s free and available wherever you get your podcasts. (Clarke Condé)