Hey, if you can’t use cliche puns on blog posts, where can you use them? We digress… Cut the “punny” business and get down to some serious pre-fall fun with the coolest ABQ events we wouldn’t mind making a day out of this weekend.
The Can Plan
Haven’t you heard? Canning your own food is coming back en vogue, which means you and grandma should blow the dust of the mason jars and take a primer on canning that’s hosted by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Albuquerqueans can get the lowdown on food storage with a class called Food Preservation I: Hot Bath Canning and Pressure Canning. The candemonium will commence at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, where attendees will learn how to store munchies in cans for the upcoming winter months.
The workshop focuses on two preservation types: pressure canning and hot-bath canning, which lets this year’s harvest hang around long past their normal expiration dates. Guests are also invited to bring their favorite canned-good recipes to sample and share with other can fanatics.
Your Inspiration Destination
If your motivation has run dry, tap into your reserves and make the effort to show up to TedxABQ 2014, a yearly event filled with short speeches aimed at launching you off the couch and into action.
The “TED” phenomenon began in 1984 as an inspiring exchange of ideas between people of different “Technology, Entertainment, and Design” backgrounds. Today, they’ve morphed into independent “TEDx” events that feature short inspirational speeches from innovative individuals who want to share their passions with an audience.
This year’s TEDxABQ event is titled “Whispers & Roars,” and puts speakers “who are stimulating dialogue and putting ideas into action to improve our community” in the hot seat before an eager audience of 2,000 people. This year’s event will highlight 18 innovative ideas from the most passionate Albuquerqueans around, including scientists, artists, leaders, and good ‘ol thinkers.
The speeches start rolling at Popejoy Hall on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 9:45 a.m, and will be punctuated by time for conversations, video interludes, and networking opportunities. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. As a plus, attendees will also get a picnic-style lunch, courtesy of Flying Star Cafe.
High and Mighty
For those who keep their eyes to the skies for much of the year, the 2014 Land of Enchantment Fly In will be a great day for birdwatching.
If your quarry is man-made, metal-skinned flying craft, that is. On Saturday, Albuquerque’s Double Eagle II airport will host pilots and planes from around the nation, who will land their craft for conversations with curious Albuquerqueans, all the same. Historical, homebuilt, commercial, and hobbyist craft will be parked on static display for up-close viewing sessions that don’t require a pair of binoculars.
The planes come in all shapes and sizes, too–organizers expect to host helicopters, a 1942-era Fairchild PT-26 airplane, ultralights, gliders, and even remote-controlled mini airplanes. Planes will be judged and awarded, while safety seminars and tours of military vehicles will also take place.
Once things start heating up, attendees can seek cool refuge in the Exhibit Hall, where aviation educators, businesses, and nonprofits will be on hand to answer even the most lofty of questions. Oh, and it’s absolutely free (but you’ll have to cough up a little dough for pancakes and burgers, should your stomach encounter some hunger-related turbulence). Gates open at 7 a.m.
What are your plans this weekend?