From bees to monster trucks: 7 activities to look forward to in Jan. 13-15

Oh January. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, the resolutions are starting to set, and winter is in full swing. But instead of looking back, we can look forward to these events.

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don’t hibernate

If you want to get some blood, head to Mariposa Basin Park to take part in the Chilly Willy 5K/10K/Half Marathon.

The race will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 14th and will start/finish at the park at 4900 Kachina St. NW.

Regular registration closes January 13, with prices starting at $35 for 5K, $45 for 10K, and $60 for the Half Marathon. Prices will go up on race day. To register or learn more, visit

bee preparation

At the Xeric Garden Club in Albuquerque, native bee expert Lu Lu Sage will speak on “How many species does this plant support?”

This talk will discuss the diverse plants in our habitat and how they provide species that visit at different times of the day and in different seasons.

This free event will be held on Saturday, January 14th from 10-11:30 am at the Albuquerque Garden Center at 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE.


Put on your biker jacket and prepare to return to Neo-Tokyo.

Guild Cinema will hold two 35th anniversary screenings of the anime masterpiece “AKIRA”.

Screening in Japanese with English subtitles from 10:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13

The English dubbed version will be screened at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 14th.

Seats can be purchased at for $10 plus an additional charge. The Guild is located at 3405 Central Ave. NE.

music and dance

Solid Grounds Coffee House offers live music (and coffee, of course) every Saturday.

Albuquerque bluegrass band No Strings Attached hits the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14

Attendees will also have the chance to boogie down on the new dance floor. The event is free, as are cookies, coffee, and Italian sodas.

Solid Grounds is located downstairs at the north end of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 4601 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE.

monster mash

The four-wheeled behemoth comes to the Rio Rancho Events Center for two days of monster truck action.

The Tough Monster Truck Tour hits the dirt on Friday, January 13th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, January 14th at 6:00 PM.

Tickets start at $15 plus a fee at Add a pre-show pit party pass for an additional $10.

The Rio Rancho Event Center is located at 3001 Civic Center Circle in Rio Rancho. For more information, please visit

remembered dream

In honor of the civil rights leader, several events are scheduled to observe the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Citizenship Journey: A Passport to Discovery will be held on Friday, January 13 at 6:00 pm at the African American Center for the Performing Arts, Expo NM, 310 San Pedro Doctor NE. The event is free and food will be provided.

Then, on Saturday, January 14, at 10:00 am, the MLK Memorial Procession will begin at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and University Boulevard NE on the UNM campus. The march will be followed by a resource and vendor fair at the Civic Plaza.

For more information, visit Visit to book your event spot.

“American Heritage”

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra will stream America’s Favorite Program on Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 PM.

The concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe features music by Jan Bach, William Grant Still, and George Gershwin.

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