By Meredith Hughes
April thus far has not been the cruelest month for many of us, though legal sale of cannabis for adult recreational use is a year away. (Double vacced, yeah!) Daffodils! Hummers coming any day now. The itch to garden, rather than scrub the tub…. Email event suggestions to corralescomment@gmail.com. Published the first issue of the month, What’s On? invites suggestions one week before the publication date.
• The New Mexico Natural History Museum’s temporary exhibit, Tiny Titans:Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, is now viewable remotely through the summer.  If you don’t want to visit the museum in person, that is. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Timed ticketing found here.
• Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico Sale, April 10, 9 a.m. Vendors, from various places, provide a wide variety of cacti and other succulent plants available for purchase. They range from bargain starter plants to spectacular specimens. Plants suitable for outdoor landscaping will be available. As a result of COVID19, the sale will be outdoors, directly east of the Albuquerque Garden Center in the fenced parking lot. 10120 Lomas.
• Third Thursday OnLine, April 15, 6-8 p.m. Join us for an evening of free events inspired by the exhibitions Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism and Luís Jiménez: Motion and Emotion. There will be music by Felix y Los Gatos and a special episode of the Latinos Who Lunch podcast that focuses on Frida Kahlo and her legacy. Plus, live-streamed yoga with YogaZo. Via Albuquerque Museum.
• Earth Day, April 22 This site offers online events April 20-22, plus suggestions and links to actual programs. “Earthday.org’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earthday.org is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.”  See www.earthday.org
• Ninth Annual NMPhil Virtual Gala, April 10, 6 p.m. Support this local cultural enterprise. Musical offerings, a live auction, and a “Raise the Paddle.” No fee for viewing, but you must register in advance at bidpal.net/shine for both the silent auction and live event. Any contribution for the “Raise the Paddle” is tax-deductible.
• The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is again open to visitors, Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced, paid ticketing requirements will apply to visitors to the museum and courtyard, but not to those planning only to either dine at the Indian Pueblo Kitchen or shop at the Indian Pueblo Store. Book your tickets via this welcome page 12th Street.
• Corvid Conversations, exhibition through April 10. Art by Christopher Bull, whose work is “reflective of a long-standing fascination for crows. They are intelligent and adaptive, thriving in rural as well as urban areas. Crow is also a powerful totem or spirit animal. Living in the void outside of time, crow is said to see past, present and future. These paintings are also a response to the time we are in: the pandemic and resultant isolation. The space around the crows is as much the subject as are the crows. Each painting is a conversation with you, the viewer.” Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors. 768-4950.

Did You Know?
The 33rd Annual Juried Old Church Fine Arts Show in Corrales is happening, thus far anyway, and it is scheduled for October 2-10, 2021. Artists are asked to submit their work between June 1 and July 15. The event is a project of the Corrales Historical Society’s Visual Arts Council and the Corrales Society Artists. Last October’s show ran throughout the month, and was entirely online.

The team of volunteers who kept the Old Church afloat throughout the pandemic year, or was it years ?, worked their remote fingers off. Be sure to read the CHS 2020 annual report, which is detailed, positive and handsomely laid out.

In Corrales
• Village Council meetings, April 13 and 27, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom.
• Casa San Ysidro, Second Saturday program, from 1-3 p.m. via Zoom. April 10: New Mexico's Indigenous Languages: Critical Challenges and Possibilities, with Dr. Christine Sims. You may register for this program by email here: agardner@cabq.gov. Or here, now through May 1, El Camino Real Trade Fair, a virtual experience of 1800s life along El Camino Real filled with living history, music, demonstrations, local artisans, educational sessions, and other family friendly activities. Find it on Facebook or via YouTube.
• Planning and Zoning meeting, April 21, 6:30 p.m.,via Zoom.
• Music in Corrales continues to offer on-line concerts. This on-demand concert video featuring Joe Crookston, “songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible,”  will be available to view at any hour from April 17 through April 25. In addition to the concert, a live Zoom conversation with Joe is set for April 17 at 7:30 p.m. A link and specific information for your Virtual Backstage Pass to the live event will be sent via email along with your ticket link 12 to 24 hours prior to April 17. Tickets found here.
• Corrales Library. Book Club, April 26, 2:30 p.m., Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian saga of genetically-bred humans finding their way. Author series, April 27, 7 p.m. The Gospel According to Billy the Kid, by Santa Fe’s Dennis McCarthy. “…an alternative history of the Lincoln County War and the outlaw we know as William H. Bonney.” Please contact Sandra Baldonado for Zoom event details at sandra@corraleslibrary.org.
• Sandoval Cty Master Gardeners webinars.April 13,  2 p.m. Growing Tomatoes in the Desert Southwest, with Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Sam Thompson April 20, 2 p.m.
Raised Bed Gardening with Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Kevin Konetzni, April 30, 10 a.m.
Tree and Shrub Protective Maintenance in Preparation for the Drought, with Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Sandra Liakus.
• Corrales Growers’ Market. Weekly summer Sunday sessions begin April 25, 9 to noon. Still no dogs allowed…
• Village in the Village. Coffee hour, Fridays, 10 to 11a.m. via Zoom. Book Club, April 19, News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, 3 p.m. Captain Kidd, Tom Hanks in the film, travels through Texas reading the news to paying audiences.

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