Winter is coming and the chill in the air may induce hibernation mode in all of us. In addition to pumpkin spice and everything nice, one staple that wouldn’t make curling up with the blankets quite complete is hot chocolate. And in fact, a recent study says it may actually be good for you, but reach for the darker variety (rejoice!). The compounds in cocoa—flavanols—are higher in dark chocolate and may help with lowering triglycerides, which can increase cardiovascular health, and fight inflammation. Tests also suggested participants’ bodies had a higher level of good cholesterol and did a better job of controlling inflammation and blood sugar. So curl up, warm up, and enjoy that toasty cocoa (as long as it’s rich in cocoa).
Join other families and friends for the Second Annual Scare Fair at WOWZUH (409 Edmon Road NE) tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free entry event will feature food, crafts, corn pit, costume contest, pumpkin patch and painting, vendors, and games. Proceeds will benefit Second Chance Animal Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue group that runs solely by volunteers. Sponsors include Boofy’s Best for Pets, ABQ Horse Breaking and Training LLC, and Two Bros Sweets.
Have a pint and a plunge down the log ride at Cliff’s Amusement Park’s Oktoberfest. Tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m., enjoy German food, beer, and entertainment inside the park. All day ride pass are available for $16 that includes unlimited rides, festival entertainment, and access to food and beer vendors. Or if you don’t want to skip on the rides entirely, general admission passes are $6 and only include includes festival entertainment and access to food and beer vendors. You can purchase tickets, here.
See and taste the best that Rio Rancho has to offer at the Sixth Annual taste of Rio Rancho. Free samples from Rio Rancho Restaurants including, Joe’s Pasta House, Vanilla Bean, Hot Tamales, Namaste, O’Hare’s Grille & Pub, and Club Rio Rancho will be available at the Santa Ana Star Center event from 4–7:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 or $30 for a pack of four. Children 3 to 12 are $5 and children 2 and under are free. Pre-tasting tickets are available for $20 with tastings from 4–5:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.
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Good news for folks who’ve always wanted to get their hands on Cuban cigars and rum. The Obama administration announced a new round of executive actions surrounding Cuba’s trade and travel today. As long as it’s for personal consumption, travelers are now able to purchase unlimited amounts of Cuban stogies and libations. But there’s a catch—you can’t order them online. So how can you get them? The best way would be to visit the famed island. With Southwest Airlines flights beginning November 13, that’ll probably be your best bet. (We’re thinking about spending Thanksgiving there ourselves).
Join culture enthusiasts for the annual Fiesta of Cultures. Celebrating Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo traditions, there will be local artists, archaeology demonstrations, dancers from the Harvier family located on the Santa Clara Pueblo, conquistador re-enactors, pottery firing, llamas and rescued birds of prey, and food vendors. Admission is only $1 for adults and will be happening at the Coronado Historic Site (485 Kuaua Road) in Bernalillo this Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
ABQ CiQlovía is Albuquerque’s version of a ‘ciclovía,’ the practice of closing streets to cars and opening them to pedestrians for public art, dancing, shopping, and more. Walk or ride to play along Central Avenue from second to Eighth Street this Saturday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Central Avenue will be closed off to traffic to let people roam the streets, so be aware of traffic restrictions during this time if you are driving downtown. This free event promotes walking and biking to local businesses in a community environment, so leave the car at home and go explore!
See pumpkins be launched into the skies at this weekend’s Estancia Rotary Punkin Chunkin. This Saturday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Estancia Punkin Chunkin Launcher Field (at 891 NM-55) catch these custom-built machines to launch pumpkins into the air along with family friendly events. These include a parade, carnival rides, pie eating contest, door prizes, pumpkin carving contest, food, and more. At only $5 per person with children five and under, free, it’s a great way to get the family outside and enjoy the fall weather. You can find tickets here.
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It’s time for the weekend, and sometimes the urge to do nothing and stay in is just too great. Your motivation is gone, and you just want rest. Although you may need some R&R, you may want to look at how you perceive your locus of control. Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and Albuquerquean tells Big Think, that this means either believing things that happen around us influence or lives, or that we have the ability to assert ourselves and control our lives. He urges you to take a chapter from the Marines if you need more motivation. The Marines’ training consists of repeated decision-making in brutal circumstances, even breaking the rules to come together against their platoon officer. “When people feel the need to take control, that’s when you learn to generate self-motivation,” says Duhigg. So break some rules (just don’t get too nuts) and get out there.
It’s time yet again for Albuquerque’s Grecian Festival. Today and tomorrow until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. catch the best of Greek culture at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. From dancers in colorful costumes, traditional Greek bouzouki music, church tours, and vendors, you’ll be able to stock up on all the musts: baklava, feta, jewelry, fine gifts, and more. Admission is $5 and a free park and ride is available in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Lomas and University.
The first weekend of the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival kicks off starting today through 5 p.m. Sunday at Sandia Resort and Casino. 200 artist and craftsman will be showing their wares and the festival will also feature ongoing outdoor entertainment, food booths, beer, wine, and more. Parking is free at this family-oriented event with tickets starting at $8. Kids 12 and under are free and you can also purchase a six-day admission pass for $12.
See some of the best authors in our local literary scene at the 2016 Author Festival at Albuquerque Museum. On Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 21 authors will share their experiences and have books available for purchase and signing. Six authors will speak and take questions in the auditorium. Highlights include Anne Hillerman speaking at 11 a.m. on “Why Stories Matter,” and Joseph Badal at noon on “Where Do Your Stories Come From.”
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While we all know that Facebook is a time waster, a new study suggests that it could also do you some good. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that people sending you personal messages through the site can up your happy factor. But, according to the study, simply scrolling through feeds doesn’t have the same effect…the messages must be personalized to do the trick. So this weekend, send some nice digital notes…you just never know how much they may mean to someone.
Pull That Plane
On Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, don’t miss teams of 20 pulling a 10-ton Boeing 727 at the Albuquerque International Sunport. The team who pulls it 20 feet in the fastest time wins. This is all part of the Second Annual Pulling for Kids event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. This family friendly event is free and will have a car show, food, live music, kids’ zone, and prizes.
Celebrate the diversity of our city with the Albuquerque International District Festival. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park, join others for a variety of fun activities. Festivities include live music, an “Albuquerque Idol” contest, car show, food trucks, arts and crafts, and a kids’ zone complete with a petting zoo, water slide, carnival games, face painting, caricatures, balloon twisting, and obstacle course.
Say happy fourth birthday to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm theme event is in honor of the property’s historic farming culture, now being transitioned into a restored natural habitat. This free family friendly birthday event will be complete with cake, hayrides, music, food trucks, and interactive activities.
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Germaphobes, rejoice. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., found that bacteria can spread to the food you dropped on the floor in less than one second, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. “The five-second rule is a significant oversimplification of what actually happens when bacteria transfer from a surface to food,” says Donald Schaffner, the study’s lead researcher. “Bacteria can contaminate instantaneously.” The spread of bacteria is affected by the amount of moisture in the foods. “Bacteria move with moisture, and the wetter the food, the higher the risk of transfer. Also, longer food contact times usually result in the transfer of more bacteria from each surface to food,” he said. So be safe this weekend, and don’t risk eating anything you dropped, even for one second.
Pizza with a Cause
Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria is cooking up a new pie—with proceeds. Locals can pitch in to the international Amatriciana Against Earthquake effort with an order of the restaurant’s new pizza, the Amatriciana. The pizza is a take on the pasta dish, Pasta all’Amatriciana, from the heavily affected town of Amatrice. Italians are fundraising through eating this pasta, and Amore is extending that effort to pizza through the end of the month. The $12 pizza features tomato sauce, hatch red chile, garlic, pancetta, and pecorino Romano. A portion of these sales will go straight to the Italian Red Cross to help victims of the earthquake.
Tonight, 6–9 p.m., catch an event with two staples New Mexican’s cant live without: chile and chocolate. At the Gutierrez-Hubble House, discover the history and art behind this made-in-heavent match. The free event will features chile and chocolate vendor booths, food trucks, entertainment and chef demos.
Sponsored by Shamrock Foods and for Nob Hill’s 100 Anniversary, don’t miss the throw back event, the 35-cent chicken dinner. This was a fundraising event during the 30’s for the Monte Vista Christian Church’s first building. Now it will benefit St. Martin’s Hospitality center. You can get your fill September 17 from 2-6 p.m. at the Monte Vista Christian Church complete with live music, games, and he premier of the Nob Hill Oral History Project.
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