By Meredith Hughes
“Tra la, it’s May, the lusty month of May… “  Right. Exhausted, pissed off at sig.others after getting the swamp cooler up and running? Hummer feeders to be filled? Time for yet another nap. While Corrales’ usual bounty of events are postponed or cancelled, as well they should be, there indeed are many cultural and agricultural offerings online, many books to be read on or off Kindle, and the garden to tend to.

We assume you are Zoom-ing or FaceTiming or What’sApping or similar with friends and family. If not, take a look at these connecting options. http://www.zoom.us/ Negative issues re Zoom are being resolved. Our experience has been positive. Group Facetiming: http://www.support.apple.com/en-us/HT209022

What’s App is what we use to connect with friends overseas. http://www.whatsapp.com

Email further lockdown suggestions to corralescomment@gmail.com. Published the first issue of the month, What’s (Not) On? invites ideas one week before the publication date.

Zoo events/programs/tours
• Albuquerque Biopark’s Run for the Zoo dates back 35 years. It’s a much needed fundraiser which this year goes virtual. Sign up now and then “join us anytime May 17 through 24 to run or walk, indoors or outdoors, bike or skateboard, for a half marathon, 10K, 5K or 1 Mile “your way”. Register here: http://www.raceentry.com/races/virtual-run-for-the-zoo/2020/register. $10 per race. If you donate $25 you get the official t-shirt with a big masked cat and the words, “Six feet apart, Miles together.”

You have a whole week to complete the event, during which we ask that you please adhere to all CDC recommended social distancing guide lines, maintain a safe distance from others and avoid trails and walking paths during peak times. No prizes, medals, or discounts this year and 100 percent of your registration fees will go back to support the ABQ BioPark. The closed Biopark offers interactive projects involving river otters, polar bears, and such available here: http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/biopark-connect

Garden/environmental tours: 

• Tour the Netherlands’ spectacular Keukenhof garden here: http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/nieuws/keukenhof-virtually-open

• Oxford University is home to the oldest “scientific” garden in the UK, dating from 1621 http://www.chem. ox.ac.uk/OxfordTour/botanicgardens/tour.html#

• Explore the Zen landscapes of Kyoto Gardens: http://www.kyotogardens.org

House tours

• Mount Vernon, where George and Martha lived. Tour it: http://www.virtualtour.mountvernon.org

• Mark Twain’s place in Hartford, CT. http://www.marktwainhouse.org/about/the-house/virtual-tour

• Jane Austen’s house in Chawton Hampshire, or, at least some of her things: http://www.janeaustens.house/museumfromhome

Museum tours/lessons
• Oakland Museum of California, photography exhibitions.  http://www.gesso. fm/omca/collections/exhibitions

• Brooklyn Museum of Art—Virtual First Saturdays, on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzOFu6-OQMyPs2cJjnVbTyKVqcqC0uJnI

• The Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Mausoleum of Qin Shi.  http://www.baike.baidu.com/museum/qinshihuang

• Look through all the objects in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture Museum in DC.  http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/explore/collection

• Explore the Comics Arts Museum, or comic strip museum or comics museum in Brussels. http://www.comicscenter.net/ en/museum-at-home

• Deutsches Museum, Munchen, the world’s largest museum of science and technology. Online offerings: http://www.deutsches-museum.de

Theatre and musical events:
• The Lensic, Santa Fe—Visit it online: http://www.ensic.org/lensic-online

• Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Live stream, watch via YouTube: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/watch

• Washington, DC’s lively eclectic Arena Stage. http://www.arenastage.org/tickets/intermission

• The Michigan State Theatre is streaming multiple offerings, some free, some not http://www.michtheater. org/screenings/menopause-the-musical

Did You Know?
Mothers’ Day ideas?
Help keep local businesses going by buying gift certificates. Corrales Bosque Gallery, for example, has them at 20 percent off, through May 15 http://www.corralesbosquegallery.com/    Such certificates also are available for Casa Vieja Brewery, open only for To Go orders http://www.casaviejabrewery. com/gift-cards 

Ex Novo offers them at www. exnovobrew.com/shop/ex-novo-gift-card.

Ask your favorite places about this option.

Or perhaps Mom would cherish a copy of the Corrales Writing Group’s latest tome, “Kale is a Four Letter Word,” available via Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/ B087V9KFV5 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B087V9KFV5

Also, invite Mom to go do something fun from the safety of your car. From May 1 to May 31, the Corrales Arts Center is encouraging people to enjoy public art from the car. For every piece you visit, take a photo, log the location and jot down your opinion of the piece. Submit this information to fthorsen@centurylink.net for a chance to win a $50 gift card to your local restaurant of choice. The more you enter, the greater your chances are to win!

In Corrales
• Happy Horse Car Parade, May 9, 10 a.m. to noon, organized by Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. So that horses, volunteers and students can reunite, from a distance. Vista Hermosa Farm, 475 Camino De Corrales del Norte, just off 528 and Corrales Road.  Call 897-1610 for more info. 

• Graduates’ Parade, Saturday, May 23  departing promptly at 10 a.m. from Recreation Center.

• Corrales Arts Center, is hosting a themed weekly art challenge in which anyone may submit/share artwork created in any medium. View previous submissions at http://www.CorralesArtsCenter.org/Challenge. To be added to the email list to receive the current themed challenge contact classes.cac@gmail.com.

• Casa San Ysidro is closed.

• Village Council meetings. Consult the Village website for up to date info on these remote gatherings. corrales-nm.org/meetings

• Corrales Library: New YouTube page, and a survey to take. Please take the survey, and admit you have a yen for more graphic novels http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCZFSPY Also explore a range of online resources via corraleslibrary.org/explore/ebooks-audiobooks

• Corrales Historical Society has cancelled the following: Speaker Series; May 16, Heritage Day; May 24, Speaker Series, all typically at Old Church. CHS has no public events in June, July, August.

• Corrales Growers’ Market—Regular season is on, via drive thru. Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 9 a.m. to noon. Musical guests will not be involved as yet. Individuals who use bikes as their primary transportation will be allowed in the Market, but are expected to remain in line, with their bikes, at all times. Please remember to use your face masks at all times, regardless of whether you attend the Market by vehicle or bike. Check out the list of vendors via http://www.corralesgrowersmarket. com.

• Village in the Village posted this on its website: “Services are limited to essential requests only, such as grocery or medication pick up and essential doctor's appointments. We will provide trips to the grocery, or if you can't leave home, we will assist in grocery or medication delivery.Companionship visits are suspended. Such visits will be done via phone where possible. For assistance, get in touch with the Call Manager, at 274-6206.”

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