Putting Some Spring in Our Step

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s probably safe to toss the scarves into the back of your closet. Today is the first day of spring and it looks like we can put aside any snow-storm worries we might have had.

According to the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, the average high temperature of the month of March in Albuquerque is 61 degrees. It’s perfect for being outside. So you have no excuse to not check out some of these awesome Albuquerque events.

crystal quartzRockin’ Out

If Hank Schrader were real, he’d go. At least, if he were real and still in his wheelchair-bound, mineral-obsessed state, he’d definitely go.

If you want to rock out (pun intended) this weekend, head on over to Expo New Mexico for the Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Expo, hosted by the Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club. Peruse gems such as sapphire, emeralds, mica, and quartz. There will be 50 dealers hawking Zebra rock, amethyst cathedrals, and everything in between. The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources will have a booth, ready to school you.

The expo ends at 6 p.m. this evening, but will run tomorrow, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is only $3. Kids 13 and under get in free.

Cup of hot chocolateCandy Land

Expo New Mexico is one happening place this weekend.

Tomorrow, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Coffee & Chocolate Fest will invade its grounds. According to the fest’s website, it’s “The premier food festival for chocolate, coffee and gourmet foods” and the “Sweetest Show on Earth.”

Fest producer Dean Strober says there will be close to 130 candy vendors and about 20 coffee vendors. Local breweries will be showcasing coffee-infused suds. Grab a copy of our March issue, on newsstands until next week, to read more about Strober and the fest. Tickets are $10. Kids 12 and under get in free.

A Breath of HopeBiker-girl at the sunset on mountains

Every year, in the U.S., over 221,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer, which kills more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined, according to Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research organization. But, according to Free to Breathe, more research funding equals higher survival rates.

This Sunday, March 22, Albuquerque’s Free to Breathe Bike Ride event will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. There will be a 20-mile, 10-mile, and children’s six-mile bike ride. Top finishers and fundraisers will be given awards. Live entertainment and speakers will be on hand.

It’s $10 to $40 to participate. All ages are welcome and all proceeds support Free to Breathe.

What are you doing this weekend?