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Office of Neighborhood Coordination Weekly E-News – Monday, May 15, 2017

Duke City BMX Spring National Coming Up + A Chance To See The City’s Newest BMX/Skate Park Up Close

The Spring National Duke City BMX Event takes place Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21 at the Albuquerque Veloport. It’s a great opportunity to see some very talented BMX bike athletes in motion. And if you’re interested in checking out one of the city’s great BMX and skate parks, join the celebration for the reopening of the newly renovated Alamosa Skate and BMX Park on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m., at the Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales SW. For more information on the Duke City BMX Spring National, visit:


Upcoming Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings Around Town

·        Northwest Area Command, Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., APD Northwest Substation, 10401 Cibola Loop NW. E-mail: for more information.

·        Southeast Area Command, Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m., César Chávez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE. E-mail: for more information.


Animal Welfare Department Has New Emergency After-Hours Partner in Route 66 Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Center

Animal Welfare recently partnered with the Route 66 Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Center as its new after-hours emergency care facility for stray or shelter animals, replacing VCA. If you find a stray or reclaimed animal that needs medical attention between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., you can take them to Route 66 Veterinary to ensure they receive medical care. Visit: for more information on this service.


Mile-Hi Neighborhood Has A Farmer’s Market

The Mile-Hi Neighborhood, in the San Pedro and Alvarado area, now has a weekly farmer’s market. Every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Alvarado Park hosts a variety of vendors selling homegrown produce and many other great items and services; and joins the farmer’s markets in Downtown, the South Valley, Nob Hill, the North Valley, and others. If you’re in the area, stop by and pick up something tasty to eat or learn about gardening, beekeeping, or composting! Visit the Mile-Hi NA’s Facebook page to learn more.


Ideas for Home Safety

Keeping our homes safe and secure is very important to us all. Here are some tips for home safety and security:

·        Keep your door locked at all times. It’s such a simple thing to do that often, we forget to do it. But most crimes are crimes of opportunity, so if your door is locked, it’s one less way for a thief to gain entrance.

·        In the spring and summer, remember to keep your garage doors closed and locked, and if possible, keeping windows closed too.

·        Get to know your neighbors, and keep an eye out for each other. Residential burglaries often happen during the day when many people are at work, so having a good relationship with at-home neighbors is a good idea.

·        If you live in a house with shrubbery and bushes around the exterior, keep them trimmed so that they don’t cover windows and make it easy for someone to break in.

·        If you’re going out of town for longer than a week, have your mail picked up by a trusted neighbor or have it held by the post office; and have your newspaper delivery temporarily stopped, if applicable. And don’t post photos of your vacation on social media until you get home. This is another indicator that your house is empty.

·        Keep an eye out for strange cars parked in your neighborhood, or if you see the same unknown people walking or driving by your home. Often, these are people “casing” your home to see if they can break in.

·        If possible, install a metal safety door. If you have a door with a peephole, use it each someone knocks on your door.

·        Inspect your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 6 months to ensure the batteries are charged. Most people do this in conjunction with the spring and autumn time changes.


Upcoming Neighborhood Association and Coalition Meetings Around Town

·        Elder Heights Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting, Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., César Chávez Community Center. E-mail: for more information.

·        Westgate Heights Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting, Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Cheney Apartments Community Room, 9901 Benavides NW. for more information.

·        West La Cueva Neighborhood Association General Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m., North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. for more information.

Police Oversight Board Upcoming Monthly Meeting

·        Police Oversight Board, Thursday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m., Vincent E. Griego Chambers, 1 Civic Plaza NW, Lower Level.  Visit: for more information.


Solid Waste Sponsoring Recyclothes Clothing Drive on Saturday, May 20

The 6th Annual Keep Albuquerque Beautiful Recyclothes Clothing Drive is happening at Hinkle Family Fun Center this Saturday, May 20th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring your donation of clean, reusable clothes and receive a free mini golf pass from Hinkle Family Fun Center. The donated items will be given to Locker 505 for children in need. This event is sponsored by Keep Albuquerque  Beautiful, a program of the Solid Waste Management Department; Hinkle Family Fun Center; Locker 505 and iHeartMEDIA. For more information, contact Donna Domenici at:


Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

The Foster Grandparent Program, through the Senior Affairs Department, pairs volunteers aged 55 and over with children who need extra tutoring and mentoring in reading and math, as well as social development and overall school readiness. Mileage reimbursement and other benefits are available to volunteers. If you or someone you know is interested in helping children in our community as a Foster Grandparent, contact Maria Requa at: 505-764-6412 or e-mail:


Planning Summer Travel Abroad? Make Sure You Have A Current Birth Certificate for Passports

If you’re planning a trip out of the country this summer, you will need a driver’s license and passport to travel, both of which require a birth certificate. There are several ways to get a copy of your birth certificate from the state’s Vital Records offices. You can request one in person, by U.S. Mail, make a telephone request, or submit a request online. to learn more.

Community Engagement Fair Offers Opportunities to Connect Across Different Neighborhoods

The 2017 Community Engagement Fair takes place Saturday, May 20, 1:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Bees and Seeds Festival in Tractor Wells Park. You’re invited to attend and learn about building community relationships across a diverse landscape of groups, neighborhoods, and individuals. Visit: to learn more.

Vanessa J. Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)

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