When did mornings get so chilly? Why are we already dreaming about pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, and falling leaves? We may be getting ahead of ourselves, but fall is jut around the corner (and so is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!). While we wait for the summer to wind down, here are the Albuquerque events where you’ll find us this weekend.
A True “Auto” Graph
Why ask for a signed baseball when you can have an up-and-coming Isotopes player’s car? ‘Topes fans will be crossing their fingers this weekend in hopes of winning outfielder Joc Pederson’s classy ride.
Pederson, who was ranked as the Dodgers top-overall prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season, is expected to get picked up by the pro team for the following season, which means he won’t be needing his current car anymore. That’s good news for Isotopes fans, who can enter to win his “luxurious” 1994 Buick Century four-door sedan.
The Buick, aka “Little Chucky,” has logged 166,000 miles with Pederson’s help, though there’s no telling what mile it was that took out the air conditioning. The vehicle is worth about $1,000 (depending on whether the gas tank is full, according to the press release), but will cost one lucky fan nothing.
All you need to do is show up at the game today, Friday, Aug. 29, and register for it along the concourse in front of the Pro Shop. Although the car may be of arguable physical value, Pederson’s career isn’t. The Isotopes player is the Pacific Coast League’s first 30-30 member in the modern era.
Hey, even if his name doesn’t make the car worth something by association, the Isotopes promise it will come with two complimentary air fresheners. And since only one window rolls down, you’ll be able to savor the scent that much longer.
Recognizing African Americans in ABQ
You don’t have to be African American to enjoy a day full of entertainment as part of the New Mexico Black Expo, held to celebrate, advance, and appreciate Albuquerque’s African American community.
The expo kicks off with Economic Empowerment Day, which includes a job fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. There, companies from Bueno Foods to the Albuquerque Police Department will be standing by to provide attendees with info on job opportunities.
On Saturday, the party continues with the Cultural Extravaganza at Civic Plaza. The party starts at 10 a.m., and will feature gospel showcases, performances by the Adame African Dance Troupe, an African Fashion Show, and even a step-dance show hosted by the University of New Mexico. Nationally renowned gospel artist Kim Burrell will also be singing.
The extravaganza will also host a Children’s Corner with face painting and science activities courtesy of Explora!, and basketball and arts and crafts hosted by the YMCA. Did we mention the “African Village” portion of the Expo? It will help Albuquerqueans learn about African culture directly from African people living in New Mexico.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the seven-vendor food court that will serve up traditional African favorites, too.
Oh, the ’80s. A simpler time when people were just a bit more shameless than we are now (they had to be, with those leg warmers, leopard-print pants, and the advent of the mullet).
If you’re a fan of bright colors and ’80s nostalgia, you’ll fit right in at Hotel Andaluz’ Totally Awesome ’80s Prom party. And you can do it for free, too. No cover will be charged, although guests are encouraged to dress the part (i.e., lace gloves, cutoff denim jackets, and big hair).
After some slow dancing (to the tune of hair band ballads, courtesy of DJ Zee, no less), the hotel will crown a prom king and queen with gift certificates for a one-night stay at Hotel Andaluz. Food and drink specials will abound, with 10 percent of profits going to the New Mexico Art League.
If that doesn’t count as “getting lucky” after prom, we don’t know what does. Guests can also get in on The Breakfast Club package, which includes breakfast for two and complimentary parking, provided they book it with the promo code “BNB” in advance. And “Don’t You Forget About It,” OK?