Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yesterday, President Barack Obama proclaimed today, May 9, 2014, Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Show your appreciation today to what Obama calls “the force behind the force.” Memorial Day may still be a couple weeks away, but we can (and should!) always show our love and appreciation to U.S. military members and their families. Once you show your gratitude, make sure to get out there this weekend. There’s so much to do!

Give Hope With Your Hair

The kids from “Weekend Missions” at Hope Christian School wanted to help.

The after-school club is committed to helping the community. They feed the homeless and give donated school supplies to the less fortunate. Every Weekend Missions project idea is student initiated and guided by HCS teacher Brenda Angus.

Today, Weekend Missions is presenting a haircut and donation event at D’Ambrosio Designs Hair Studio (4910 Cutler Ave. NE, Suite A) at 3:30 p.m. Over 30 parents, staff, and students from HCS will cut and donate their hair to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation. The cuts are free.

Typically, the work Weekend Missions does are focused on the Albuquerque area. “But the hair donations go to children across the country,” says Katie Swaim, communications, fundraising, and alumni coordinator at HCS.

Any surplus hair will be donated to Wigs 4 Kids, an organization that makes wigs for children with hair loss due to medical reasons.

Though the event started as one for the HCS community, anyone with the time and hair is welcome to swing by and donate, Swaim says. But there are a few rules: participants’ hair must be at least 10 inches long, it can’t be gray, nor can it be colored or dyed. Swaim says the event will last about an hour, but it depends on the number of people that sign up.

Join the Ride

According to sierrarayn.org, childhood cancer is the number one killer in children. Currently, about 40,000 children throughout the United States are going through cancer treatment.

On Saturday, May 10, The Sierra Rayn Foundation’s Third Annual Cruisin’ For Childhood Cancer Bike Run will take place. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Thunderbird Harley Davidson (5000 Alameda Blvd. NE). The ride will start at 11 a.m. and end at Boston’s Pizza (4300 The 25 Way NE).

The ride will benefit The Sierra Rayn Foundation for cancer research, a nonprofit  dedicated to discovering a cure for neuroblastoma, a cancer generally impacting children 5 years old and younger. Neuroblastoma rarely occurs in children older than 5. According to sierrarayn.org, a child with neuroblastoma dies every 16 hours.

Your ticket to ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a double rider.

Kayaking With (a) Class

Kayak New Mexico is proudly presenting the first annual “Come As You Are!” Adaptive Kayaking Open House at Hotel Cascada (2500 Carlisle Blvd. NE).

The first open house will be this coming Tuesday, May 13. It’s an open house for kids and adults with physical or developmental disabilities. The open house is closed to the public, but open to people affected by Autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, and other disabilities. Cancer survivors are also welcome.

The event costs $10 for two hours. The cost includes full waterpark access, kayaks, and any necessary equipment. There will be American Canoe Association-certified instructors available to assist those under 14 years of age. Those in need of support are encouraged to bring it to ensure a safe experience. Other open houses will be taking place on May 15, 20, and 22. Every one lasts from 4 to 9 p.m.

Looks like our calendar is jam packed!

What are you doing this weekend?