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  • Neighborhood Events and Helpful News


    ONC “Lunch and Learn” Sessions Offered in September
    In an effort to connect with neighborhood leaders and provide tools and information to aid in building the capacity of local communities, the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
    will offering two “Lunch and Learn” presentations in September. ONC will provide drinks and dessert, so please bring your own lunch.   Please RSVP for both or either session by e-mailing: onc@cabq.gov.  Space is limited.

    ONC Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Session 1
    Topic:  How Public Notices to Neighborhood & Homeowner Associations are Generated
    When:  Wednesday September 11, 2019 12 – 1 PM
    Where:  Council Committee Room – 1 Civic Plaza, 9th Floor
    Description:  Ever wonder how those notification letters and emails you receive as a designated neighborhood association or homeowner association contact are generated? Join us for an
    overview of the process that ONC uses to determine which affected associations receive notice of items such as development applications, film, liquor license requests, special events, etc.    You will also learn more details regarding the goals and objectives of the ordinances and regulations that govern ONC’s work.

    ONC Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Session 2
    Topic:  Exploring Neighborhood Data with Online Tools and Maps
    When:  Thursday September 26, 2019 12 – 1 PM
    Where:  Council Committee Room – 1 Civic Plaza, 9th Floor
    Description:  The New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) develops and shares neighborhood data to inform evidence-based decision making in New Mexico to plan and improve  health, education service delivery, and inform policy decisions.  Join us for a presentation about some of the data sets that the NMCDC provides that may be useful for your board of directors and membership to utilize in conducting assessments of your community.

    Neighborhoods Asked to Help Keep an Eye Out for Mosquitoes in Albuquerque
    The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department (EHD) is requesting neighborhood participation in slowing the spread and establishment of an invasive mosquito species.
    EHD has recently begun documenting the rapid spread of the Yellow Fever Mosquito (Aedes aegypti) in several Albuquerque neighborhoods. Some things to remember:  Currently, there is NO disease transmission in Albuquerque, but this is the species of mosquito attributed to the spread of diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.   These mosquitoes act quite differently from most mosquito species in Albuquerque.  Humans are their primary blood source and they are most often found in areas immediately around residential homes
    They are not necessarily tied to areas near the bosque or river, and could be found city-wide.  Unlike other mosquitoes, they are most often active during daylight hours.  These mosquitoes are container breeders, and only require small amounts of water during their larval stage.  These mosquitoes will breed in rain barrels, bird baths, catch trays for potted plants, buckets, wheelbarrows, etc.  Eggs can survive for long periods of time without water and still be viable when water returns.  Anything holding water should be drained and disinfected.  Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors, and contact EHD by calling 311 if you have questions or need additional information.
    Visit: www.cabq.gov/environmentalhealth for general information about EHD.


    Public Libraries Don’t Just Offer Books for Checkout!
    Did you know that our public libraries don’t just offer books to check out? It’s true! They also offer a wide range of online learning resources, CDs, DVDs, e-Books, and – this is the best part! – you can also check out ukuleles and cake pans! So if you’ve been wanting to learn this musical instrument but don’t have one, or expand your baking skills and make a cake in the shape of a flower, the library is your starting point! Visit: www.abqlibrary.orgfor a complete catalog of free items for checking out!


    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

    Ramp Down your Watering!

    Your landscape needs a lot less water in September than it did in the summertime. About 35 percent less on average. The days may still be warm, but shorter days and cooler nights in the months of September, October and November means less evaporation, which means less irrigation is required. Adjust your irrigation controller following the Fall Season Watering Recommendations to save water and money this Fall.

    Ramping down your landscape irrigation does not mean you need to stop watering all together. If you have a lawn, cut back to two days per week. Cut back to two to four days a month for trees. Fall is when trees, shrubs and other perennial plants get busy growing their roots, and proper watering supports this activity. After spending the summer putting energy into growing leaves, flowers and fruit producing plants take advantage of the fall season by anchoring their root system to the earth. It’s important to fortify root systems during the Fall so they have a stronger trunk and stem during the winter season.

    Fall season is also a great time to put in new plants, for the same reason – they spend their time growing their root system instead of leaves and flowers. But new plants need more frequent watering to help them get established. Keep in mind that new plants need at least a month to anchor in the ground before the first freeze, so don’t plant too late in the season to avoid damage.

    And remember it is not necessary to irrigate when it rains, or on days following a good rain event (or about a 1/2″ of rain). Using nature as your source of water encourages a desert friendly landscape.

    Want to know how much your landscape really needs? Call 505-289-3003 to schedule a free, efficient irrigation consultation with a Water Authority expert.



    3 Steps for Landscape Success

    The Water Authority encourages efficient outdoor water use for beautiful landscapes. With some 40 percent of our drinking water going to landscaping, improving outdoor water use efficiency is now the main focus of the Water Authority’s conservation efforts. But irrigation efficiency doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful, desert friendly yard. Below is your three-step plan for a beautiful, desert friendly yard.

    1. Service your irrigation system by checking for leaks and malfunctions.

    Low-maintenance landscapes are great, but there’s no such thing as a “no-maintenance” irrigation system. A single broken sprinkler head flowing at 15 gallons per minute will waste 900 gallons in one hour of use. Service your system regularly, and check it often for leaks and malfunctions.

    1. Set your turf irrigation timer to water by the numbers.

    Adjust your irrigation timer according to the season. For turf, water by the numbers: One day per week in March, two days per week in April and May, three days per week in the summer, and ramp down in the Fall. For other landscapes, follow the Seasonal watering recommendations. Call today for a free irrigation consultation.

    1. Select desert friendly plants that thrive in our dry climate.

    There are literally hundreds of plant options to choose from that will thrive in our desert climate. And there are rebates available for replacing turf with a desert friendly landscape.

    If you follow this three-step plan, you’re sure to have landscape success.



    Watering Recommendations: September 2019

    September is still hot but the days are getting shorter. Follow the Fall watering recommendations below. Remember that if it rains more than a half inch, count that day as one of your watering days and cut back on supplemental irrigation.

    Follow the Fall Watering Recommendations below for your landscape.


    Check out the infographic here: http://www.505outside.com/2019/09/04/watering-recommendations-september-2019/


  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Mayor’s August 2019 Community Hall Newsletter Now Online

    Mayor Tim Keller invites you to read his office’s latest Community Hall Newsletter! In this Community Hall, learn how the City is tackling crime challenges from all sides, opportunities
    for kids as they head back to school, National Night Out, and great news on new jobs for Albuquerque! www.cabq.gov/mayor/newsletters/aug-2019-community-hall-newsletter

    Foster Grandparent Program Seeks Volunteers to Make a Difference with Community Kids
    Do you know a senior citizen who wants to be more involved with our community? Why not suggest they become a Foster Grandparent? Administered through the Department of Senior Affairs, this program matches volunteers ages 55+ with children in need of tutoring and mentoring. These senior volunteers provide assistance with reading and math, social development, and assist younger students with school readiness. This terrific program is always in need of volunteers, so if you or someone you know would like to become a Foster Grandparent,
    contact Maria Requa at: mrequa@cabq.gov to learn more.

    Serve on a City Board and Learn about Local Government Processes 
    There are over 60 boards and panels in the City, all made of up of citizens just like you. These boards and panels provide citizen feedback and oversight for a wide variety of
    community-based initiatives that include: police oversight, public arts, environmental planning, senior services, impact fees, economic development, and much more. If you’re interested
    in expanding your civic involvement and want to serve on a board, visit: www.cabq.gov/clerk/boards-commissions

    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!

    Junk Jog” Combines Trash Pickup and Fitness to Keep Albuquerque Beautiful
    Plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up litter, began several years ago as an organized activity in Sweden because of growing concerns about marine debris and litter.
    Now the fitness craze is coming to Albuquerque. You are invited to join Keep Albuquerque Beautiful, Lululemon Athletica ABQ Uptown, Solid Waste Management, and Parks and
    Recreation on Saturday, September 21, for the inaugural Keep Albuquerque Beautiful Junk Jog four-mile plogging event. To learn more and to sign up, visit:

    Free general admission to Albuquerque Museum 

    On the following dates :

    Oct 02, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Nov 06, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    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

    The latest newsletter: BCSO Newsletter_September2019


  • 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.


    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.



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Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Healthy Relationships

This is the second part of a series on relationships. Now that we have seen what unhealthy relationships look like, let’s learn the characteristics of healthy relationships. Please have another conversation with your loved ones. Please tell them how happy you want them to be and these are the minimum requirements of a healthy relationship. This series is courtesy of the February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator.”

“Healthy relationships share certain characteristics that our youth should be taught to expect:

  • Mutual respect: Respect means that each person values who the other is and understands the other person’s boundaries.
  • Trust: Partners should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
  • Honesty: Honesty builds trust and strengthens the relationship.
  • Compromise: In a dating relationship, each partner does not always get his or her way. Each should acknowledge different points of view and be willing to give and take.
  • Individuality: Neither partner should have to compromise who he/she is, and his/her identity should not be based on a partner’s. Each should continue seeing his or her friends and doing the things, he/she loves. Each should be supportive of his/her partner wanting to pursue new hobbies or make new friends.
  • Good communication: Each partner should speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication. If one person needs to sort out his or her feelings first, the other partner should respect those wishes and wait until he or she is ready to talk.
  • Anger control: We all get angry, but how we express it can affect our relationships with others. Anger can be handled in healthy ways such as taking a deep breath, counting to ten, or talking it out.
  • Fighting fair. Everyone argues at some point, but those who are fair, stick to the subject, and avoid insults are more likely to come up with a possible solution. Partners should take a short break away from each other if the discussion gets too heated.
  • Problem solving: Dating partners can learn to solve problems and identify new solutions by breaking a problem into small parts or by talking through the situation.
  • Each partner should take time to understand what the other might be feeling.
  • Self-confidence: When dating partners have confidence in themselves, it can help their relationships with others. It shows that they are calm and comfortable enough to allow others to express their opinions without forcing their own opinions on them.
  • Being a role model: By embodying what respect means, partners can inspire each other, friends, and family to also behave in a respectful way.
  • Healthy sexual relationship: Dating partners engage in a sexual relationship that both are comfortable with, and neither partner feels pressured or forced to engage in sexual activity that is outside his or her comfort zone or without consent.”

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