If you’re a fan of sunshine, then there’s plenty of reason to be excited this weekend (even for cave-dwelling writers, like yours truly). That’s right–Sunday marks our jump an hour forward, and puts us square on the doorstep of Spring.
Sure, you’ll lose an hour of sleep, but you’ll also gain an hour of sunshine worth spending on a few of our favorite Albuquerque events.
Choc of the Town
Add philanthropy, of course. On Saturday, indulge in both with a trip to The 22nd Annual Chocolate Fantasy event–a benefit gala to raise funds for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. The event promises chocolate overload from 6:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Sandia Resort and Casino, where guests can wander through a partyscape of intricate ice-covered landscapes, glaciers, and icy giants from a decidedly more frigid time.
Guests can take a taste journey of all the best creations from Albuquerque’s chocolatiers–from delicate morsels to intricate, artistic creations. In addition, chocolatiers will have their creations judged for cash prizes (and bragging rights, of course!).
Get Blooming at the Botanic Gardens
If your allergies haven’t already tipped you off, it’s about time for things to start blooming in the Duke City. Case in point: The March Madness Flower Show at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.
Perhaps the blazing, raw colors of springtime flowers like delphiniums, African streptocarpus, and lillies will be enough to rouse even the most bitter daylight savings grumbler from their annual angst. Also, don’t forget to swing by the Zoo, where the Tropical America section pays homage with a vivid array of blooming orchids and bromeliads. The celebration starts on Saturday at 9 a.m., and lasts until April 4th.
And once you finish ogling the flowers, there’s always something else to see, like the endlessly entertaining railroad garden and desert conservatory, where the plants–colorful or not–stick around all year long.
Get Your Wings
Calling all females–this weekend marks your chance to get your head in the clouds as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 3-9), as talented and experienced members of the Ninety-Nines female pilot association offer flights to other females who have never flown in a smaller aircraft.
It all started with the first woman to fly–a French opera singer named Marie Élisabeth Thible, who took the place of Count Jean-Baptiste de Laurencin (who got cold feet and gave his spot to her). As Thible ascended in the sky (she sang “La Belle Arsène” on the way up, per her songbird background), she also ascended into history, according to the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week website.
Whether it’s French opera singers or skilled space shuttle pilots like American astronaut Eileen Collins, there’s plenty to celebrate this week. Get in on the action from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Double Eagle II airport, where Bode Aviation will host the bash. To RSVP, contact Susan Larson
at SJLarson99@mac.com or (505) 690-6903.