Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s June, and folks from Bernalillo to Belen are enjoying the summer sun. While we may not be able to help you achieve the perfect tan, we can help you come up with some perfect weekend plans—here’s a list of our favorite happenings around Albuquerque.

Keep it Crafty

If you thought arts and crafts ended when the school bell rang, think again.

An Edgewood-based nonprofit organization called Kingdom Krafters will be holding “Make It & Take It Craft Day, ” at which children (or eager adults) can come out to make unique arts and craft items, including tie-dye and painted ceramics (and not kindergarten-caliber paper plate sheep), and take them home. The event will include a raffle for prized donated items and concessions. Admission is only $3 per person or $10 per family.

Profits from the event will go to Rivers of Mercy Children’s Home in Juarez, Mexico, so you can feel good about any particular craft, even if it’s a few strokes or curves short of the Louvre. The crafting will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Edgewood Pavilion & Soccer Fields.

Hear Some History

Memorial Day may have come and gone, but many of the heroes it celebrates are still here in Albuquerque.

As part of the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial program called “Veterans Sharing Experiences,” local WWII veteran William Rooyakkers will recount his wartime experiences on Saturday, June 14, at 9 a.m. at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park Visitor Center. William, or “Bill,” as most know him, was just 15 years old when Germans invaded his home country of Holland, and put him to work at a labor camp. Bill managed to escape the camp during an allied bombing run, and served in the Dutch Resistance from 1943 to 1944. Aside from creating general anarchy within the German ranks, Bill and 17 fellow resistance members were responsible for sabotaging German vehicles by putting salt in their gas tanks and popping tires with nails thrown across roadways. For his actions, Bill received a letter of commendation from the U.S.

And he’s got some great stories to tell.

Leaf it Be

It’s time to start thinking outside of the teabag.

Get outside the box of manufactured teas and learn how artisans grow, raise, and process the world’s most popular tea varieties, including black, white, and oolong—while tasting a steaming cup of them, as well—at the Introduction to Tea 101 & Tasting event at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at The Fragrant Leaf.

The event invites drinkers to learn how to fully enjoy and evaluate tea using all of their senses, instead of just through taste. Tea tasters can delight in a number of different brews while tasting instructors share brewing tips, background info, and their favorite tea stories.