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  • Holiday Events and Information

    Christmas Tree Lighting in Old Town Kicks Off Holiday Season
    Come out to Old Town this Friday, December 6 for the annual Holiday Stroll and Christmas Tree Lighting at Plaza Don Luis! The event is from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. This event marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Albuquerque so don’t miss it! To learn more about this fun event, parking and more, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/historic-old-town/old-town-holiday-stroll

     

    Nob Hill Shop & Stroll, Tree Lighting
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Enjoy the annual Nob Hill Shop & Stroll Thursday, December 5. Support your local restaurants and stop in your local businesses and see what entrepreneurial teens have for sale with
    the 2nd Annual Youth Artisan Market from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy a tree lighting in the Nob Hill Business Center horseshoe at 6:00 p.m. along with other entertainment.

    Twinkle Light Parade

    Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 5:15 p.m. | Historic Nob Hill | Central Ave., rolls west from Washington St. to Girard Blvd.
    It’s the brightest holiday parade in the city and everyone is invited! Watch in awe as local community groups, businesses and families come together for a One Albuquerque twinkling procession. Come early and stay late as Central Ave. will be closed to traffic and open for shopping from 2-10 p.m. Get your holiday gifts at a variety of shops, watch the parade at 5:15 p.m., and stay late for dinner and drinks at local eateries.

    District 5 Craft Fair Seeks Vendors at Taylor Ranch Community Center

    In conjunction with the upcoming District 5 Holiday Open House happening Thursday, December 12 at the Don Newton Taylor Ranch Community Center, there will also be a Holiday Craft Fair happening at this event. If you or someone you know makes crafts, jewelry or anything similar and would like to be a vendor, please contact Susan Vigil at: susanvigil@cabq.gov or (505) 768-3189.

    River of Lights, it’s brighter than ever! 

    River of Lights 2019 Schedule
    •    November 30th- December 30th
    •    ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden: 2601 Central Ave. NW
    •    6PM-9:30PM
    •    CLOSED December 24th & 25th
    Prices
    •    Adults (13+): $14
    •    Children (3-12): $7
    •    Babies (under 2): Free

    For more info and to buy tickets online Click Here :  https://riveroflights.org/

    MAGIC HOUR!  It’s the magic before the masses. Click HERE :  https://riveroflights.org/magic-hour/   to find out how you can be part of an exclusive River of Lights experience!

    FREE Ride Options   Click here https://riveroflights.org/parking/ for info on fast and free ways to get to River of Lights!

     

  • Neighborhood Events and Helpful News

    The December Office of Neighborhood Coordination Newsletter now available.  Lots of great information!  onc-newsletter-2019-12-english

     

    Letter from the new superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument

     

    Dear Friends and Neighbors,

    My name is Nancy Hendricks and I’m the new superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument. As our neighbors, you know how much the monument means to the area’s residents. Many of you visit the monument frequently, even daily, and spend time walking or running on the trails, escaping the city and immersing yourselves in the peace and quiet of the canyons, viewing the petroglyphs, and enjoying the birds, wildlife, and amazing natural resources of the area. I have walked many of the trails in the monument already, and the resources we protect are incredible. The monument is not only a locally significant resource, it is sacred to our area tribes, and, because of its national park designation, it is nationally and even internationally significant. We get visitors from all over the world!

    I would like to meet with you and discuss the important role you play in the protection of the monument, and provide you with an update of where we are in the implementation of our Visitor Use Management Plan. I also would like to hear from you if you have concerns or issues you’d like to share with me. I’d be happy to attend one of your community / association meetings this fall / winter. Alternatively, I’ll be hosting an evening open house at our visitor center off Western Trail on December 4, 2019, from 5 pm to 7 pm, where I’ll share park updates, and provide time for your questions. Refreshments will be served. Please help me spread the word about this event to your community members.

    If you’d like me to attend one of your community meetings, or if you would like more information on the December 4th open house – or if you have any questions or concerns about the monument, please contact me by email at nancy_hendricks@nps.gov or call me at 505-899-0205 ext. 222.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

    Thank you,

    Nancy Hendricks

    Superintendent, Petroglyph National Monument

    NPS Interior Region 7

    6001 Unser Blvd. NW

    Albuquerque, NM  87120

    Office: (505) 899-0205 ext.222

     

    The City of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department will pick up residential Green Waste at no additional charge.  This year’s Fall Green Waste collection program begins on Monday, December 2 and will end on Friday, December 13.

    Solid Waste customers should have their Green Waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their regular trash collection day.  All Green Waste must be placed 5 feet from automated trash and recycle containers as well as any large items scheduled for pick up.

    Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds.  Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely.

    The following items will not be picked up:  dirt, construction debris/materials, gravel or tree stumps.

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council Meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

  • Landscaping Tips

    November Watering

    November is when the Water Authority recommends you turn off your irrigation controller due to freezing temperatures. For trees that still need water this month, hand water per the Fall Season Watering Recommendations. If you have turf, water for only one day per week. Remember that if it rains or snows more than ½ inch, count that day as one of your watering days and cut back on supplemental irrigation.

    Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves!!

    Here are some tips on what you can do with all those leaves: http://www.505outside.com/2019/11/02/leave-those-leaves/

    How to Winterize Your Irrigation System:

    To avoid damage to your irrigation system from freezing temperatures, it is important to “winterize” it by protecting exposed outdoor fixtures. If your hose bib is left exposed or standing water is left in pipes, valves or sprinkler heads during freezing temperatures, that water may expand and damage your system fixtures. That could result in costly but avoidable repairs. Each irrigation system may be different, but the general idea is the same: protect your irrigation system now to save time and expense later. Here are a few tips you should take to prepare your irrigation system for winter.  Click here for full step-by-step details: http://www.505outside.com/2019/11/02/winterize-your-irrigation-system/

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Freedom to Ride Program Expands Transit Options for Military Veterans
    The New Mexico Rail Runner has expanded its Freedom to Ride Program, and now, all active duty military, veterans and anyone with a federally-issued veteran or military photo ID can ride the Rail Runner for free! To learn more, visit: www.riometro.org

     

    APS Hosting Community Meetings for Input on Hiring New Superintendent

    The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) invites the community to a series of public meetings aimed at getting community feedback on the hiring of a new superintendent. Ten public input meetings will be held starting Monday, November 18 through Thursday, December 5. If you have a child in the APS system, you are encouraged to attend at least one meeting and share your thoughts. Spanish interpreters will be available alll meetings, and other-language interpreters can be requested by calling (505) 880-3729. For a complete listing of all meeting dates, times and locations, and for an online survey link to share your input, visit: www.aps.edu/news/what-traits-should-our-new-superintendent-have

    LearningExpress Library Offers Numerous Online Study and and Homework Resources
    LearningExpress Library is a great online resource that offers online tutoring, homework assistance in English and Spanish, test preparation, and career preparation for students of all ages!  Best of all, it’s free, all you need is a library card.
    Visit:www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LELIndex.html#/learningexpresslibrary/libraryhome?AuthToken=91614C7C-629D-4D6C-A8A2-8709C84561E0 to learn more!

     

    Free general admission to Albuquerque Museum 

    On the following dates :

    Dec 04, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Jan 01, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Enjoy a pleasant stroll in our sculpture garden with a friendly docent who will sharing stories  on the artists and their works. No reservations necessary.  General admission is free

    for the following times also:
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month
    5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday

     

    Senior Centers Offer Wide Variety of Activities and Services for 62+

    We all know a senior citizen, whether it’s a family member, a friend or a neighbor! Why not recommend some of the great free services offered by our Department of Senior Affairs? Our many Senior Centers offer a wide variety of classes and activities ranging from computer literacy to tax assistance to basketball to knitting to wood carving, and everything in between! Visit:www.cabq.gov/seniors/events to learn more!

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    BernCo News Release: Assessor Partners with NM Dept. of Veteran Services for Veteran’s Outreach   

    Office of the Assessor for Bernalillo County Hosts Third Annual Veteran Outreach Partnership with New Mexico Department of Veteran Services.  Bernalillo County.  The veteran outreach kicks off in December, and will be on the third Thursday of every month until April 2020, with an additional date in April added, to ensure property owners applying for the veteran property tax exemptions meet the deadline, which is 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.   This year, because of the continuing partnership, qualifying veterans will be able to obtain, at the veteran outreach, their tax exemption certificates on-site from the NMDVS and then be able to apply for their veteran property tax exemption with the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office.

     

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Customer Service Survey Invites Public Feedback

    Have you taken the 311 Customer Service Survey yet? This online survey offers you the chance to give feedback and share ideas for making the City’s 311 service more open, accessible and accountable to the community it serves. To take the survey, visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8TKMZV

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Click here for website

     

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

        Report Abandoned Vehicles at: https://www.cabq.gov/report-abandoned-vehicles/report-abandoned-vehicles

     

  • Safety

    Sign Up for APD’s Security Camera Analytical Network! Does your home or business have a security camera? Register it with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) network at: www.cabq.gov/scan. Connecting your street-facing security camera to the SCAN network can help counter crime in your area and helps APD with visual surveillance and information in the event a crime was captured on camera.

     

     

  • Check out the latest Neighborhood Newsletters

    From the City, the County and APD - just go to our "Neighborhood News" page!
  • Archives

Reminder: Neighborhood Cleanup this Saturday!

Hi Neighbors and friends – Let’s show our community pride and have fun at the same time!!

It’s time for the Neighborhood Clean Up and it’s this  Saturday, April 27th, 9am to 12pm.

Volunteers meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Parkway & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those items that fit in a bag will be picked up on this day.  The City will not pick up large items (stove, mattresses, etc.).

For more information go to: www.keepalbuquerquebeautiful.com

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships

With Spring, come young love. And, whereas those of us who are old enough to have teenage children know that there is a miniscule chance of teenage love lasting, unfortunately teenagers do not have the experience to know better. This will be a 3-part series on recognizing unhealthy relationships, recognizing healthy relationships, and recognizing abusive relationships. All of this is from the February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator.” Is it time for another conversation with your loved ones?

“Unhealthy relationships are marked by certain characteristics our youth should be aware of…:

  • Control: One dating partner makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or who to spend time with. He or she is unreasonably jealous, and/or tries to isolate the other partner from his or her friends and family.
  • Hostility: One dating partner picks a fight with or antagonizes the other dating partner. This may lead to one dating partner changing his or her behavior in order to avoid upsetting the other.
  • Dishonesty: One dating partner lies to or keeps information from the other. One dating partner steals from the other.
  • Disrespect: One dating partner makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other partner or destroys something that belongs to the partner.
  • Dependence: One dating partner feels that he or she “cannot live without” the other. He or she may threaten to do something drastic if the relationship ends.
  • Intimidation: One dating partner tries to control aspects of the other’s life by making the other partner fearful or timid. One dating partner may attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family or threaten violence or a break-up.
  • Physical violence: One partner uses force to get his or her way (such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, or shoving).
  • Sexual violence: One dating partner pressures or forces the other into sexual activity against his or her will or without consent.
  • Digital Abuse: Using technology to bully, stalk, threaten or intimidate a partner using texting, social media, apps, tracking etc…”

I hope that you are not seeing any of this behavior. But if you are, I encourage you to have that conversation sooner rather that later. I am giving you a list of resources that should be able to help.

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ* youth): I -866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: I -800-273-8255

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929

National Domestic Violence Hotline I-800-799-7233

National Hotline for Crime Victims: I -855-484-2846

National Street Harassment Hotline: I -855-897-5910

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/tdv-factsheet.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/ipv-technicalpackages.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-technicalpackage.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-prevention-technical-package.pdf https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/dating-matters

https://www.breakthecycle.org/

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Garage Sale Safety Tips

I am happy to announce that the Annual Ladera West Neighborhood Association Garage Sale will be Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, 2019. With spring cleaning underway, we encourage you to plan a garage sale or partner with a neighbor to turn some of that clutter to cash. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News of Monday, July 23, 2018 gave us some advice for having a safe garage sale.

“Summer always means garage sales, and there are a few things to keep in mind when having one:

  • Only two garage sales per year are allowed by City rule, and can’t exceed three days.
  • No signs advertising the sale are allowed on utility poles or in medians.
  • If possible, have an assistant or two to help you with sales and cash handling, and to prevent theft of sale items or cash.
  • Have plenty of change on hand – $1 bills, quarters, etc. – and keep a close eye on it.
  • Have a calculator on hand.
  • Specify that sale of all items is final and clarify that all sales are cash only.
  • For safety, have the sale in your more-visible yard or driveway, not in the garage.
  • Keep your pets indoors.
  • Keep your house doors and windows closed and locked, and keep your garage locked.
  • Before the sale, double-check all sale items to ensure no personal or financial information is left in them.
  • Watch for trip hazards such as cords, boxes, bags, or other clutter, and don’t display breakable items where they can be easily knocked over.
  • Keep anything that is not for sale out of sight.
  • Any items not sold at the end of the day could be put in a box marked “FREE” to eliminate further packing and cleaning up.
  • If you’ve put out signs, remember to take them down at the end of the sale and keep your neighborhood looking tidy.

For additional questions on garage sales, contact the Planning Department’s Zoning & Residential Code Office at (505) 924-3850, or visit: https://www.cabq.gov/planning/planning-faqs/code-enforcement-faqs .”

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