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Wildlife Corridors

October 12 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Wildlife corridors run through the urban maze of Albuquerque, providing vital passage for both large and small animals. Learn about some of the animals that also call Albuquerque home, and the research projects that provide insight into how these wild animals survive in and around our city. Register at www.bernco.gov/openspace on the Event’s page or call 314-0398.

Annual Food Festival and Field Day

October 13 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd SE)

This year’s festival will include great local food with free samples, chef demos, and food trucks; live music and performance with Mala Mana, Cactus Tractor, street theater and spoken word; Farm Info “Round-ups” featuring experts and organizations who will talk about opportunities in the farming community; workshops on a variety of topics from food preservation techniques to bread making; kid’s activities including a climbing wall, face painting, live animals, seed spitting, sack races and more; film screenings on local agriculture; seed exchanges and information on master bee keeping and master composting; bike valet will also be available.

This large-scale FREE event organized by the Mid Region Council of Governments and sponsored by Bernalillo County Open Space is supported by numerous local partners in celebration of this year’s theme, Returning to the Land: Planting the Future. Make sure not to miss this event and bring your out-of-town guests to learn about and support our local agriculture from the ground up. For more information, visit http://www.mrcog-nm.gov/local-food/local-food-festival.

Heirloom Apple Orchards in New Mexico

October 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carlito Springs Open Space (82 Carlito Springs Rd. Tijeras, NM)

The story of apple orchards goes back from when Spaniards brought a variety of fruit trees from Spain to cultivate throughout New Mexico in the 1600s with the help of Franciscan monks. Later, homesteaders and hoppy horticulturists continued to establish orchards in New Mexico. The fruit trees checkered past includes use for moonshine as well as grandma’s apple pies. Come learn about the fascinating story of heirloom apple orchards at Carlito Springs, where fruit trees serve a different purpose today. Space is limited. Register at www.bernco.gov/openspace on the Event’s page or call 314-0398.

Dia Del Rio

October 19 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Durand Open Space (4750 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Join the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division and Bernalillo County Open Space for the annual volunteer event that celebrates the Rio Grande and its Bosque. You and your family can help with a variety of projects including native shrub planting, trial work, and trash cleanup at Durand Open Space. Visit www.cabq.gove/openspace for more information.

Creepy Crawlies

October 27 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Get into the Halloween sprit by getting up close and personal with things that creep and crawl. The fascinating world of insects and other creepy crawlies will come alive in this program presented by staff and volunteers from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Register at www.bernco.gov/openspace on the Event’s page or call 314-0398.

Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator

505-314-0398

505-681-2605 (cell)

www.bernco.gov/openspace