NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Check out community events across New Mexico from January 20-26.
January 20th – Science on Tap – Visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for a series of informal talks about science and technology. The event is $5 to attend, and individuals will also receive a beer menu. Individuals must be at least 21 years of age to participate and the event runs from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
January 20th – Adult Night Explora – Adult Night at Explora allows anyone over the age of 18 to enjoy the museum. This month, you’ll explore the science of chain reactions, participants will set pine cones on fire, and more. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, military and seniors.
21th January – Mokuhanga Printmaking – Join Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery to make a Japanese Mokuhanga print. The course takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry is $130 and all materials are included.
21th January – Late-Nite Comedy Jam – Guild Cinema brings together a variety of stand-up comedy acts to perform live on stage. The late-night event starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $15.
21th January – Saturday Explorer Camp: Local Life Cycles – The Open Space Visitor Center will teach children ages 6-10 about nature including hiking and outdoor exploration, hands-on science, literacy and arts activities. The camp lasts three hours and two park rangers will lead the course. Participation costs US$10.
22nd of January – Candle Maker: Candle Trio – Urban360 Pizza is offering a Craft Your Own Candle event. Individuals can craft three candles of any scent. Attendees can enter for $42, consumables included. The event starts at 12 noon
22nd of January – Celebrate with us! Chinese New Year – The Chinese Cultural Center celebrates the Lunar New Year. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants can enjoy a variety of performances from lion dances, tai chi, kung fu, and more.
22nd of January – NM Wedding Expo 2023 – The state’s largest bridal fair will be held at the Isleta Resort & Casino. Individuals can enter from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for $10. There will be wedding professionals, fashion shows and more for everyone to enjoy and plan their wedding.
January 23 – Winter Vegan Wine Dinner – Visit Farm & Table for an evening of five-course dining paired with vegan wines. The event starts at 6 p.m. with chef Rosa Zamora and chef Jens. Individuals can enter for $110 per person.
January 26th – Bands of Enchantment Red Carpet Premiere – The launch of New Mexico’s international music television show Bands of Enchantment: Albuquerque Sessions will be screened at the KiMo Theater. The event takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and participation is free of charge. Individuals can enjoy live music, local vendors and more.
20-22 January – Ice Skating at Wingfield Park – Enjoy an outdoor ice skating rink in Ruidoso, NM at Wingfield Park. The event runs from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. A day pass is $20 with skates and $12 without. Ice skating aids will be there to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience.
January 20th – Oil & Cold Wax Workshop One Day, The Basics – Jorge Luis Bernal Art Studio and Workshops will teach participants to create several paintings using cold wax and oil paint. The course costs $250 and runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
January 20th – Ski or snowboard with a ranger! – Take part in an interpretive tour for skiers and snowboarders. Rangers guide participants through the Carson National Forest. Entry is free but individuals must have a valid lift ticket and equipment, they also ask that participants be able to ski/snowboard beginner slopes.
21th January – Lake Lucero Tour – Individuals can learn how the white sand was formed on Lake Lucero on this guided tour. The tour lasts three hours and includes a 2.4 km round trip hike. The event begins at 10 a.m. and costs $8 per person and $4 for children under 15.
21th January – New Mexico Runners Football Game – The Rio Rancho Events Center will host the second home game of the New Mexico Runners. Tickets start at $15 and children under three are free.
21th January – Saturday Cooking Classes – Open Kitchen, LLC hosts cooking classes every Saturday. This weekend, they’re focusing on making “cozy soups.” Tuition is $115 plus tax. Lessons take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
01/21/25 – Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market – Held weekly every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces. Participants can shop for local handmade items and seasonal produce from the region.
22nd of January – Military Recognition Ski Week Not Forgotten – Head to Ski Taos in Taos, NM for the final day of Military Recognition Ski Week. Active military, Gold Star families, veterans and immediate family members with a military ID can ski for $50 per day.
January 23 – Monday Funday: NM Appreciation Discount – Meow Wolf will host a “Monday Funday” day where New Mexico residents will receive a 50% discount on admission prices after 3:00 p.m. Visit Santa Fe’s immersive art experience for half the price. Tickets can be bought online or on site. Use code MONDAYFUNDAY at checkout to get 50% off admission for NM residents.
January 26th – Marie Siegrist Watercolor Workshop – Take part in an artistic workshop to create the illusion of a deep landscape. The workshop begins with a demonstration and painting throughout the day. At the end the group will critique and exhibit the paintings. The event runs from 9am to 4pm and costs @210 for existing members and $260 for non-members.
🔶 ABQ Convention Center Prepares for 2023 Indoor Track and Field Season – The Albuquerque indoor track and field season is about to begin. The city is well known in the world of indoor athletics. A team from the City Administration for Green Spaces and Leisure Time needs ten days to put this together. The indoor track and field facility brings more than future Olympians to Duke City. It brings in nearly $2.2 million in sales over the 7-week season.
🔶 Three Albuquerque Schools Receive $275,000 Scholarship – Three South Valley schools in Albuquerque are now receiving a grant to offer help with a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program. Funds go to Mountain View Elementary, Polk Middle School and Rio Grande High School. Funding from the omnibus bill approved by Congress, the money will help the three schools in their efforts to establish a 12th path themed agriculture STEM kindergarten.
🔶 Isotopes launch Marvel-themed merch – It’s not your typical baseball merch. Superhero fans can now get their hands on Marvel-themed minor league baseball jerseys. It’s part of a three-year partnership between the two companies that will see minor league teams sport the Defenders of the Diamond logo in 2023.
🔶 Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency to Bring Stores to Downtown Albuquerque – Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency is launching another round of the Downtown Storefront Activation Grant Program. The program aims to attract businesses, improve security and create a better downtown environment. For more information on the program, visit the city’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency website.
Notes on New Mexico
🔶 Over $10 million to help tackle New Mexico housing problems – In a recent update from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, recipients of the fund were assigned as part of the Casa Connection grant program. Approximately $10.6 million will be made available to organizations across New Mexico to help people struggling with housing challenges. Money from the fiscal year 2023 budget was allocated to the Casa Connection Grant Program.
🔶 New Mexico Department of Health: Omicron Booster Shots Approved for Children 6 Months and Older – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) has announced that healthcare providers and pharmacies will be offering bivalent COVID-19 booster doses to a young audience. Now children as young as six months old can get the shot.
🔶 New Mexico minimum wage set to increase in the new year – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) has announced that the minimum wage will increase effective January 1, 2023. The increase is consistent with the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act signed into law by Governor Lujan Grisham on April 1, 2019. On January 1, the state minimum wage is $12 an hour and the tip wage is $3.
🔶 New Mexico Legislature 2023 Key Issues – New Mexico began the 60-day Legislature on Tuesday, January 17th. New Mexico legislatures will work to pass a variety of bills. Crime, healthcare and the economy are the key issues for lawmakers to discuss in this session.