December 2014

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – December 2014


Dec. 2, 6:30 pm

Years of Living Dangerously

Deciding NM’s Energy Future Panel

JCC, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Screening of Showtime Episode 6: Winds of Change on methane leaks, fracking, the promise of renewable energy and state efforts to repeal RE standards. Followed by Deciding NM’s Energy Future panel discussion: Spin or Reality: PNM’s San Juan Power Replacement Plan. The panel: Chuck Noble, attorney for Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy; Jason Marks, former PRC commissioner; Dr. Bernie Zak, retired Sandia Labs climate scientist; Tweeti Blanchett, Farmington area rancher. Presented by, Environment NM and Interfaith Power and Light. Info: 505.715.8388.


Dec. 3, 9 am

Santolina Development Hearing

City Hall, Vincent E. Griego chambers (downstairs)

County Planning Commission meeting.


Dec. 3, 6-8 pm

Green Chamber Fundraiser

Hotel Andaluz, 125 Second St. NW

Holiday party. Silent auction and raffle. Network with people interested in local business, clean energy and green opportunities in our communities.,

Dec. 4, 6 pm

Defend the Gila

Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd. SE

Former Interstate Stream Commission director Norman Gaume and Steve Harris, executive director of Rio Grande Restoration, will discuss the planned Gila River Diversion and current litigation against the ISC. Followed by a screening of the Patagonia film Damnation. $12. This event benefits the Gila Wild Defense Fund, sponsored by the NM Community Foundation. 505.847.5860,,

Dec. 5 Application Deadline

Business Accelerator Program

Central NM Community College

Start-ups and early-stage business owners can apply for an intensive 12-week program (on Fridays) that begins in January. $250 entrance fee.,

Dec. 6, 11 am-4 pm

Recycled Holiday Crafts Party

ArtBar, 2nd & 119 Gold Ave.

Make elegant and rustic holiday decorations, creative gift-wrapping and small crafts from recycled materials. Bring any scrap materials such as magazines, colored paper, old clothing, empty containers, etc. Presented by the Old School. Free.

Dec. 6, 12-4 pm

Energy-Efficiency Summit

SW Green Home Center, 6300 San Mateo Blvd. NE

Current C Energy Systems will conduct this event. Learn how to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient while shopping for your natural, green and organic needs.

Dec. 7, 4-8 pm

Bosque Bash

Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd. SE

An evening of food, fun, community and music. Suggested admission/donation: $10. Supports the Bosque Action Team, which is working to keep the bosque natural.

Dec. 8, 9-11:30 am

Local Food Production & Planning Workshop

MRCOG offices, 809 Copper NW

Agricultural producers and restaurateurs will meet to discuss how to get more local food in NM restaurants. Organized by the Río Grande Farmers Coalition and Edible Santa Fe. RSVP:

Dec. 13, 10 am-12:30 pm

Home Composting Basics

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW

Learn the science, materials and methods of drought-proofing your garden soil in order to grow vegetables, fruit and berries. Registration: 505.897. 8813,

Dec. 13, 1-3 pm

Valle del Oro Open House

Valle del Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 851 2nd St. SW

An hour-long walking tour of the refuge from 2-3 pm. Meet at the main entrance. Free. Presented by the Bosquitos, a kid- and community group associated with the Bosque Action Team. Learn how to care for the bosque, its plants and animals. 505.288.8713

Dec. 14, 11 am-4 pm

Holiday Market at the Rail Yards

Vendors, live music and more. Food & clothing donations accepted. Presented by Downtown Growers Market and Rail Yard Market.

Through Dec. 20

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

UNM Art Museum, UNM Center for the Arts

David Maisel/Black Maps, American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime; Luz Restirada: Latin American Photography; The Gift, woodcuts by John Tatschi. $5 suggested donation.

Dec. 13- March 17, 2-5:30 pm

LEED-EB Operations & Maintenance

CNM Workforce Training Center

Whole-building cleaning and maintenance, recycling programs, exterior maintenance and systems upgrades. Focus on effective management and data collection to assist in green building operations. Learn techniques for smooth operation of green buildings in a variety of sectors, both private and public. $899. 505.224.5200,

Jan. 17-18

ABQ Home Remodeling Show

Expo NM – NM Fairgrounds

Green & Living well featured area.


Feb. 20-21

NM Organic Farming Conference

Marriott ABQ Pyramid North

The SW’s premier conference for organic agriculture. Producers and researchers will share their experience and expertise. Mark Smallwood, executive director of the Rodale Institute, is the keynote speaker. $100 includes Saturday’s luncheon. Organized by Farm to Table, the NM Dept. of Agriculture’s Organic Program and NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. 505.473.1004, ext. 10,,


Degrees of Change: NM’s Climate Forecast

NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW

With a focus on NM and the SW, this exhibit reveals current and predicted impacts on humans, landscapes and ecosystems and takes you back in time to discover past climates. Tickets: $7, $6, $4. Info: 505.841.2800,


Daily, 10 am-6 pm

Wildlife West

87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood (east of ABQ)

122-acre park/attraction with educational programs dedicated to native wildlife and ecology. $7/$6/$4/children under 5 free.

Through May 31, 2015

El Agua es Vida: Acequias in Northern New Mexico

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM

Groundbreaking, multidisciplinary exhibit. Free. 505.277.4405,


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