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Special Events During October

When Bernalillo Countians think of October, they usually think of Balloon Fiesta, and rightfully so. But this year, Bernalillo County will offer an abundance of special events that you will also want to know about. This month, BernCo at a Glance highlights many of these events throughout its pages. Take note of what, where and when they are occurring and plan to attend as many of them as possible. You and your family will be glad that you did! See below for just a few details on one of the biggest events…the Taste of NEW MEXICO 2013.

Taste of New Mexico Adds Flavor to Balloon Fiesta

Come and celebrate the diverse heritage and special flavors of New Mexico at the third Taste of NEW MEXICO 2013! This cultural, culinary experience, presented by The Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners, takes place the second weekend of Balloon Fiesta: Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW. This sampling, tasting event showcases a variety of locally-owned restaurants, breweries and wineries. Discover new restaurants, explore the artistry of local brew masters, and experience the complexities of New Mexico wine.

There is no admission fee! Tickets for food and beverage tasting are available in packs of 12 for $10.00 or 25 for $20.00. Musical entertainment will play all after-noon, and there is a Children’s Area for younger attendees and a separate Beer and Wine Garden for the over 21-set. For more information and to see which local eateries, wineries and brew pubs are participating, please visit our web-sites: www.bernco.gov or www.thetasteofnm.com.

Here’s an important reminder for you: The new BernCo Public Works Hotline #’s are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Call 848-1503 or 848-1504.

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Annual Food Festival and Field Day Returning to the Land: Planting the Future

Sunday, October 13 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, located at 6029 Isleta Blvd SE in the “heart of the South Valley”.

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 sup-ported by numerous local partners in celebration of this year’s theme, Re-turning 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 or to www.bernco.gov/openspace.

Also, if you want to participate in the pie contest, register with Edible Santa Fe at http://ediblesantafe.com/?s=pie+contest&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

I’m with BernCo Bernie!

Find BernCo Bernie at Bernalillo County’s MANY FREE events in October!

Attend these fun and family-friendly events, take pictures with BernCo Bernie and post them to Instagram with the #BernCo Bernie. For the list of events, visit www.BernCoBernie.com.

Bridge to the Arts @ Gateway: an arts and crafts market

Held in conjunction with this years Taste of New Mexico, the Bridge to the Arts @ Gateway is a short walk across the Rio Grande Bridge. Presented by BernCo Cultural Services & Art Out of the Box, this fun event will feature over 30 local arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, music and youth art in action, coordinated by Working Classroom. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. Gateway Park is located at the intersection of Bridge and Isleta SW.

For those who would rather ride across the bridge from the Taste event, shuttle service will be available. For more information on the Bridge to Arts @ Gateway, call BernCo’s Cultural Services Department at 468-7247.

!El Kookooee burns on Sunday October 27.

Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the burning at around 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Aztec Dancers, belly dancers, and fire dancers. Plan on staying after the burn for a post-burn dance! The event will be held at the Rio Bravo Park, 3902 Isleta Blvd. SW.

The 2013 Marigold Parade

is set for Sunday, November 3. The Parade begins at 2:00 pm at the BCSO Sub-station (corner of Centro Familiar and Isleta SW) ending at the Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta SW. The festivities run through 6:00 p.m.

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Spirit of the North Valley – Fiesta de Alameda Celebration

Great food, talented local bands and free family activities highlight this year’s Spirit of The North Valley which will be taking place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 4th St. NW.

Featured will be Live music by local headliners Paul Pino and Red Wine entertaining those in attendance. Also on tap will be seven food vendors, a car show and a grower’s market.

This year’s celebration is just part of Bernalillo County’s new fall event lineup to coincide with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, when visitors from all over the world travel to Bernalillo County.

East Mountain Celebration

On Sunday, October 6, 2013 5 p.m. at Los Vecinos Community Center. (478 ½ Old Highway 66, in the historic village of Tijeras), come celebrate the people, food and music that makes our community great at this year’s East Mountain Celebration!

This year’s community celebration is FREE and open to both locals and visitors from out of town. It is part of Bernalillo County’s new and improved fall event lineup, which coincides with the Albuquerque Inter-national Balloon Fiesta.

Enjoy free music from great local bands like Severo y Grupo Fuego, Blu Sol, and Kathryn Soapes. Dine from a variety of fantastic food vendors.

Commissioner Wayne Johnson will also honor this year’s Outstanding Citizens for their community service.

Families are welcome at this event. Los Vecinos Community Center features a skate park, and kids can enjoy free activities like face painting, fun jumps, a petting zoo and obstacle courses.

Call 314-0240 for more information.

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Parents of trick-or-treating kids can get so caught up in the fun themselves that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could keep everyone out of trouble. Having a fun and safe Halloween will make it all worthwhile!

Here are some common sense tips that can help adults keep their kids safe:

 Trick or treating isn’t what it used to be. In most cities it’s not safe to let kids walk the streets by themselves. Make sure that the children are ac-companied by at least one or two adults.

 Help your young children pick out a costume that will be safe.

 Know what other activities your older kids might be attending, such as parties at school or at mall functions. If they are going to a friends home, get the phone number and make certain that you’ve met the parents.

 Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won’t be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you check.

 Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them.

 Be sure your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways be-fore crossing the street and only cross at corners in crosswalks.

 Know the route your older kids will be taking if you are not going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route and set a time they should be home by.

Make this Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for your kids and they’ll carry on the tradition that you taught them to their own families someday!

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Public Works Update

Public Meeting Notices

Public Meeting: Vista del Rio Drainage Improvements, Phase 4 Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Substation, 2312 Arenal SW The public meeting will discuss the pre-construction schedule. Construction is expected to begin in February 2014.

Vista del Rio, Phase 4 will construct a storm drain system (Phase 4A) in Vista del Rio Road, Elena Circle, Rinconado Lane, Perry Road, and Blake Road that will be collected in a new pond that will have a pump station (Phase 4B) that will pump out to the riverside drain.

Public Meeting: Sunset Gardens Road, Phase 2 Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m., South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center

The public meeting will discuss the construction designs for the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2014.

The project will reconstruct Sunset Gardens Road, SW from Sunset Road, SW to the Arenal Acequia and will provide for storm drainage and a new roadway with curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. There will also be an expansion to the pond that is in the Vecinos Del Bosque Park with storm drain coming from Sunset Gardens Road and Sunset Road.

Bernalillo County Receives FEMA Floodplain Management Award

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has upgraded Bernalillo County’s Community Rating System (CRS) classification. As a result, flood insurance policy holders in Bernalillo County will receive a discount on their insurance premiums.

The CRS rating improved because the county implemented additional floodplain management programs that exceed FEMA requirements.

The county implemented new programs to receive the upgraded rating including making flood risk information more easily available to the public, implementing an annual outreach program to lenders, real estate agents and surveyors, and the implementation of stricter floodplain development standards.

Representatives from FEMA presented the community award to Bernalillo County on September 20, 2013

Answers To Your Zoning, Building and Planning Questions

BernCo at a Glance welcomes a new regular feature to its pages. Send your Zoning questions to Tom Kay at tkay@bernco.gov (314-0396); your Building related questions to Brad Jackson at bjackson@bernco.gov (314-0380) and your Planning questions to Enrico Gradi at egradi@bernco.gov (314-0385).

Q: What are the most common zoning violations found in Bernalillo County?

A: The most common zoning violations include improper outdoor storage, trash and junk, inoperable vehicles, and commercial use of a residential property or commercial vehicles stored on a residentially zoned property.

(Next month, what to do if you receive a zoning violation.)

Many BernCo Open Space activities are on tap for October!! Register today!!!!

Check out the event descriptions below and register today at www.bernco.gov/openspace, on the Event’s page.

Nature Journaling

Saturday, October 5 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Take the time to stop, really look at, smell and draw the flowers. Nature journaling aids in deeper observations and learning, about the natural world and is a good practice for the professional or hobby naturalists. This workshop will offer easily applied techniques for journaling. Space is limited. Register at www.bernco.gov/openspace on the Event’s page or call 314-0398.

Fire and Clay

Saturday, October 5 from 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Fire provides the heat energy to transform the world around us. Learn about the traditions of micaceous pottery from Dr. Kurt Anschetz, and predicate in an open air firing that transforms clay into beautiful bowls. Register at www.bernco.gov/openspace on the Event’s page or call 314-0398.

Annual Food Festival and Field Day

Sunday, 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. You do not need to register for this event.

Dia Del Rio

Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Durand Open Space

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.gov/openspace for more information.

News from the North Valley:

Alameda Studio Tour

The third annual Alameda Studio Tour will be held Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at artists’ studios located throughout the Village of Alameda. Alameda is home to many established and emerging fine artists and skilled craftspeople. Thirty-four artists will open their studios and share their art work during the two days of the tour throughout the scenic Alameda valley area, just north of Albuquerque. The wide range of art includes paintings, jewelry, recycled art, photography, blown and stained glass, mixed media, folk art dolls, fiber arts and pottery. There’s even an alpaca farm and a llama family to visit.

The Alameda artists will donate a portion of their proceeds to Art in the School, a non-profit art education organization which benefits children. (ArtintheSchool.org)

On Friday, October 11, participating artists will host an evening reception and art preview from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 4th St. NW, with refreshments, music, and a raffle.

For a printable map of the studios and a complete list of participating artists, visit the Alameda Studio Tour’s web site: www.Alamedastudiotour.com

North Valley Library Restoration Underway

The North Valley Public Library suffered severe damages as a result of a fire that happened in early July. Since the fire, the contents of the building have been removed for cleaning. Now begins the interior cleanup of the building and the library’s subsequent restoration. The cleanup phase is expected to take about three weeks. At that time, a date for the reopening of the library can be determined.

The cleanup work has been delayed due to the necessary coordination between the county’s and city’s insurance carriers. The county’s insurance carrier has approved approximately $450,000 worth of work to be done and Williamson Restoration, Inc. of Albuquerque has been named as the restoration vendor. The first phase of the work will involve the cleaning of the entire building including the removal of ceiling grids, some of the insulation, ductwork, and possibly some electrical and mechanical equipment depending upon the level of damage sustained. The wood vaulted ceiling and all of the beams and posts will need to be sandblasted. The walls and the carpet must be removed. One structural column will need to be replaced.

Once the cleaning phase is completed, the second phase will begin and will include the replacement of the lighting, ceilings, insulation, ductwork, painting, carpeting, some windows and other work as needed. Finally, the library contents will be returned to the building.

Status updates about the library’s restoration will be shared via this newsletter, the county’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and the county’s website, www.bernco.gov/NorthValleyLibraryRestoration.

Thanks for reading the October BernCo at a Glance. See you again in November.