NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Check out community events across New Mexico from January 13-19.
13-15 January – Albuquerque Comic Con 2023 – Comic Con is back in town at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Attendees can enjoy a star-studded lineup for a three-day event. Tickets range from $20 to $200+.
13-16 January – MLK Dream Weekend – Kick off the weekend with a variety of MLK events. Each date has a different event or activity, some are free to attend, others have a cost.
January 14th – Chilly Willy – At Mariposa Basin Park, individuals can compete in a half marathon, 5K and 10K. Individuals will also receive a medal and jersey. If you can’t make it, you can also take part virtually. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and registration costs $35-$55.
January 14th – Food Truck Rally 2023 – Check out 30+ Vendors and 15+ Food Trucks in Nob Hill. Attendees can also enjoy music, bouncy castle and food truck judging. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
January 14th – Los Rancho Art Market – It is the first market of 2023 and takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy shopping for arts, crafts, decor and more from local artists. Participation in the event is free. Dogs are welcome. Children can also look forward to a playground.
15. January – Monthly Outdoor Jug Band Jam – The Jug Band Jam meets on the third Sunday of every month from 4pm to 6pm. Participants can bring their acoustic instruments and play music from the 20’s and 30’s. Chairs are provided, food and drinks can be ordered and the event is free to attend.
15. January – Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration – Attend Holy Ghost Catholic School in Albuquerque to celebrate the 2023 Lunar New Year. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. There will be lion dancing, musical performances, food stalls and raffles.
January 17th – National Racial Healing Day – Join Explora for the 7th Annual National Racial Healing Day. Participants can enjoy dinner and watch parties to see the progress of racial equality through experiences of healing and collaboration. Participation in the event is free of charge, but registration is required. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m
January 18th – Yin Yoga After-Dark – held every Wednesday with Sabrina’s Z CREQ Fitness and enjoy a relaxing yoga session. The course is aimed at everyone and takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Individuals are asked to bring water and a yoga mat. The course is $7.50 to attend and mats are available if needed.
January 18th – Make Your Own Macrame Plant Holder – Head to the Public House ABQ to craft your own plant holder. This unique style is making a comeback to match all the decor in your home. Participants receive all materials included. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $34 each.
13-14 January – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Take on the loudest and biggest monster truck tour in Rio Rancho, NM. The two day event will feature some cool trucks, drivers and more. Ticket prices vary and the event starts at 7:30pm
January 14th – 2nd Saturday Art Hop in Truth or Consequences – Every other Saturday in Truth or Consequences, NM people can visit the shops, galleries and studios from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Participation in the event is free.
January 14th – Annual Winter Luau – Happening in Lincoln, NM at the Bonita Valley Brewing Company, enjoy a summery event. Individuals are asked to bring best Hawaiian shirts and flip flops. There will be live music and an all-you-can-eat buffet with Hawaiian-inspired BBQ treats.
15. January – Sun/Day Sound Bath Sessions – Enjoy a day of sound bath healing at White Sands National Park. Participants can enjoy a beautiful meditation and healing through crystal singing bowls. The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m
January 14th – 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
January 16 – 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.
17-22 January – Military Appreciation Ski Week Not Forgotten – Visit Ski Taos in Taos, NM for Military Appreciation Ski Week. Active military, Gold Star families, veterans and immediate family members with a military ID can ski for $50 per day.
January 18th – Portrait and Figure Drawing Classes – There will be a small class in Santa Fe, NM to help individuals develop their drawing skills. Classes are held every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm in the Art is Gallery. Participation costs $80.
January 19 – Draw Bingo! – Hosted by HRA Santa Fe, check out the fun, music and performances. Participants can play 6 card bingo for $20. There will also be food and cocktails.
January 19 – NMSU First Thursday – New Mexico State University invites contestants to an epic night of fun and dancing. Tickets are $10 or $15 per day of the event. There will be drinks, DJs, glow sticks and more. The event will be held at the Rad Retrocade in Cruces, NM from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. the next morning.
🔶 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.
🔶 Albuquerque, Rio Rancho Offer Free Christmas Tree Recycling – The Solid Waste Management Department is working with a variety of groups to offer free Christmas tree recycling. Individuals can drop off their trees until January 8, 2023 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
🔶 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.
🔶 State Now Offers Assistance to Both Renters and Homeowners – New Mexico has consolidated statewide housing assistance programs to help more New Mexicans access finance. Now the New Mexico Home Fund is offering help to those affected by the pandemic. For homeowners, the state offers help to avoid foreclosures. Eligible homeowners can receive funds to cover past-due mortgage payments, past-due utilities, property taxes, home insurance, and additional expenses. For renters, the state offers help in covering past, current and future rents. Eligible tenants can also cover their utilities for up to 15 months.