The Mother Lode!

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

What’s your guilty summer pleasure?

Slip-n-slides? Backyard cookouts? Don’t forget to slip a salad in there somewhere, especially since May is National Salad Month.

No joke—there’s a month devoted to salad. Thankfully, May is also National Barbecue Month, as well as National Blood Pressure Month. Coincidence? We think not.

Get out there, de-stress, and reduce your blood pressure with these ABQ activities:

East Meets Southwest

young pretty geisha in kimonoABQ may be thousands of miles from the birthplace of Asian culture, but on Saturday, May 9, Albuquerqueans can get a peek into Eastern authenticity at the 2015 Festival of Asian Cultures.

The shindig is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, and takes place at 10 a.m. at Talin Market (which is also the event’s co-sponsor). There, guests can peruse authentic Asian food amid a backdrop of cultural entertainment and exhibits from Cambodian, East Indian, Chinese, Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, Indonesian, Lao, Korean, Tahitian, Nepali, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, and Thai cultures.

Admission is free, and the celebration is an extension of the Asian American Association of New Mexico, which exists to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of New Mexico’s Asian-American communities. Most recently, the association has sought to build an Asian American Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The Mother of All 5Ks

Brunch? Yeah, right, mom wishes that’s what she was suiting up for.

active mother joggingInstead, take her out for the Mother’s Day 5K hosted by Adios Race Productions and The Dukes Track Club. The run spins up at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the cross-country course at Albuquerque Academy, and includes a 3.1 mile run and fitness walk as well as a .6-mile “Kids Fun Run.”

It’s an affordable alternative for parents, too. Although each adult must fork up $30 for a ticket, kids under 10 get free. What’s more, they’ll likely run out of energy for the rest of the day (and that’s a gift in itself).

Once they cross the finish line, guests will be greeted with post-race refreshments, awards (including one for the top mom with a jogger stroller), and a complimentary stretch and yoga session hosted in conjunction with Lululemon. Oh, and lots of prize raffles.

Don’t forget to register!

Celebrating History

Make your mother feel younger with a Historic Home Tour of the Huning Highlands neighborhood, old wood ladder leaning against adobe wallwhich showcases some of the city’s most historic and well-cared-for houses.

The tour is hosted by the The Albuquerque Conservation Association (TACA), and starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 10. Houses toured will range from the large, small, and glamorous to historic and contemporary.

Many have been skillfully restored, and tour guests will get a behind-the-scenes look on how it’s done by visiting one that’s midway through the process. It won’t just be houses, either—tour guests will get a look into the old Music School along Broadway Boulevard, the log-cabin-like Albuquerque Press Club, and catch an art show by Judith Shaw at the Whole Woman Center.

Nothing gets mom going like nostalgia—except for mimosas. Pick up your tickets ($15 per person) and get more info at the TACA Preservation Station at 601 Coal Ave. SE.

What are you doing this weekend?