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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
    •    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.


    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

Finding a New BFF?

After that last series, don’t we all feel that we need a really good friend? I’ve mentioned my Best Friend Forever (BFF), Aria, before. There is no doubt of the love and support we get from our furry BFFs*. Dogs and cats are regulars in hospitals, social centers, schools, and libraries these days**. They comfort the ill, listen to children read, and help us get our exercise. Spring is a great time to get a new BFF.

Bernalillo County recently announced the opening of the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center. “This new animal care and resource center, at 3001 Second St. SW, is a little over 17,000 square feet and includes space for approximately 117 to 150 dogs and approximately 80-100 cats. Since many parts of the county are in rural areas, this new shelter will also provide more adequate housing for horses, cows, sheep and other livestock. Some of the exciting new programs and services will include many types of volunteer and recreational opportunities, educational and training classes for people and animals, camp programs, spay and neuter, microchipping and vaccination clinics, foster care, and much more.” Animal viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call (505) 314-0281 or (505) 468-PETS (468-7387) or https://www.bernco.gov/animal-care-services/animal-care-and-resource-center.aspx .

Other great options:

City of Albuquerque, Animal Welfare Department at

Eastside Shelter, 8920 Lomas Blvd NE, (505) 768-1975

Westside Shelter, 11800 Sunset Gardens Rd SW, (505) 768-1975

Lucky Paws Adoption Center, Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE, (505) 768-1975

PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center – 350 Eubank Blvd. NE, (505) 298-4122

or, https://www.cabq.gov/pets/adoption .

Animal Humane at

615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, (505) 255-5523 or

10141 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114, (505) 323-PETS (7387)

or https://animalhumanenm.org/ .

There are many other facilities available from a web search.

* There are many websites for researching the best fit pet for you. For dogs, you can start at the American Kennel Club’s Dog Breed Selector website at https://www.akc.org/dog-breed-selector/ . Both the personality of the person and the personality of the animal must match for BFFs.

** Before bringing your BFF to any facility, please make sure the BFF and you are trained to behave correctly for that environment. A good start is the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen class – taught by various trainers in Albuquerque. Then, check with that facility for additional training requirements. In these situations, a trained dog is a blessing; and an untrained dog could be a disaster.

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1 Comment

  1. csgilman@bernco.gov

     /  June 10, 2019

    Awesome write-up, thank you for sharing. Connie



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