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Office of Neighborhood Coordination Weekly E-News – Monday, April 24, 2017

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29

During National Volunteer Week, we encourage you to consider volunteering to serve your community. This week, we are focusing on volunteers for behavioral health committees. These committees focus on Crisis Services, Prevention, Intervention and Harm Reduction, Supportive Housing, and Community Supports. If you live in the Albuquerque metro area and would like to be considered for one of these important committees, please submit your resume and cover letter to: by 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 24.


Crime Stoppers Is Available 24-7 To Anonymously Report Crime

If you witness a crime or have information or tips to report to the police, you can do it anonymously by calling (505) 843-STOP. This 24-hour tipline is available 7 days a week and is a very useful tool for APD and other law enforcement agencies to get assistance from the public. You can also call toll-free at (800) 222-TIPS, or visit them online


Upcoming Coalition and Neighborhood Association Meetings Around Town

  • Bel-Air Neighborhood Annual Meeting, Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Vortex Theater, 2900 Carlisle NE. for more information.
  • Parkland Hills Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. for more information.
  • Grande Heights/West Bluff Neighborhood Associations Annual Joint Meeting, Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m., Desert Hills Residential Treatment Center, 5310 Sequoia Rd. NW. E-mail: or for more information.
  • North Valley Coalition Community Meeting, Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. 3825 4th St. NW. for more information.
  • Laurelwood Neighborhood Association Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. 3401 Ladera NW. E-mail: for more information.


Solid Waste’s Pilot Recycling Drop-Off Site Opens on West Side

The Solid Waste Department has opened a pilot recycling drop-off site on the west side of Albuquerque, to further encourage recycling efforts across the city. The pilot location, at Tower Pond Park, 601 886th Street SW, at the corner of Tower and 86th, accepts newspapers, magazines, junk mail, milk and juice boxes, books, paper egg cartons, aluminum cans, foil and pie pans,  and plastic bottles. For more information about other recycling drop-off sites across Albuquerque, visit:

Upcoming Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings Around Town

·         Valley Command CPC, Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m., Albuquerque Police Academy Training Center, 5412 2ndNW. E-mail: for more information.

For a complete calendar of all upcoming CPC meetings, visit:


Water Utility Authority Offering Free Workshops on Smart Water Use Through October AND You Earn Credit for Your Water Bill

The Water Utility Authority is offering a series of free workshops dedicated to smart water use, xeriscaping, urban gardening, and maximizing water use, throughout October. The WaterSmart workshops take place at the Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming NE, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and eligible Water Utility Authority customers can earn a $20 credit on their water bill for each workshop they attend over a 5-year period. The next WaterSmart workshop, on Urban Gardening Growing Techniques, takes place Saturday, May 6. To register, or call 842-WATR (9287) and choose option 4 (four).


Albuquerque Renaissance Faire Brings the Middle Ages to Life

Ever wondered what it would be like to joust on a horse? If you attend this year’s Renaissance Faire on Saturday, April 29 at the Balloon Museum, you’ll get to see it up close! There’s medieval entertainment, arts, sports, acrobats, archery exhibitions, jousting, magic, the Tilted Tankard Tavern, Commoner’s Food Court, and much more. If your dog or cat has a secret yearning to dress up as a medieval court jester, now is your chance to indulge that whim by dressing up Fido or Fluffy in their finest costumes and bringing them along for the fun. Visit: for times, location, and ticket information.

Have a Bagel and Meet Some Valley Area Command Police Officers!

More of a bagel person than a coffee drinker? Want to meet some of our great police officers in the Valley Area Command? You can do both by attending Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) upcoming Bagels and Badges event on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 a.m., at the Los Griegos Community Center, 1231 Candelaria NW. Enjoy a bagel, talk safety with APD officers, and get to know the men and women in blue who work to keep our community safe. for more information.

Serve on a City Board and Learn About Local Government Processes!

There are over 60 boards and panels in the City, all made of up of citizens just like you. These boards and panels provide citizen feedback and oversight for a wide variety of community-based initiatives that include: affordable housing, paratransit services, public arts, environmental planning, recreational trails, impact fees, police oversight, and so much more. If you’re interested in expanding your civic involvement and want to serve on a board, visit: for information on how to apply.

ABQ Recycled Art Fair and Youth Market Offers Free, Reusable Fun for the Family

The Open Space Visitor’s Center will host the ABQ Recycled Art Fair Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. The recycled art is created from 75% or more discarded material – items that would have ended up in stormwater drains, vacant lots, or in landfills. In addition to the artwork, there will be music, contests, food, and much more. Visit: for more information.

The ONC Needs Your Help!

The Office of Neighborhood Coordination needs your help! We are putting together a list of all regularly scheduled meetings (weekly/monthly/quarterly) held by all neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, and neighborhood coalitions in Albuquerque. Please e-mail us at: with this information, as this will help the ONC in improving communication and outreach efforts to your group. Thank you!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Are you one of those fortunate people who has a green thumb for gardening? Why not take some of your homegrown flowers, or a bag of fruits and vegetables from your garden,  over to one of your neighbors? Freshly grown produce or flowers are always a welcome gift and it’s another nice way to be part of your neighborhood community.

Vanessa J. Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)

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