By Meredith Hughes
If you’re not too busy putting up/tearing down/defacing/re-putting up political signs this month, as well as roasting green chiles, then you might venture out fully masked to a few open institutions. But check first, because pandemically things always are in flux. Email further suggestions to Published the first issue of the month, What’s ( Maybe Not) On? invites ideas one week before the publication date.

• Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is now open, Thursday – Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To enter the museum you must buy tickets online at
• New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science reopened to visitors on September 24, after a nearly six-month closure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, temporarily it will no longer offer free admission for state residents on the first Sunday of the month. The reason, according to executive director Margie Martrino, was “the potential for long lines to gain entry into the Museum and extended wait times to view our most popular attractions and put the health and safety of visitors and staff at risk.” Occupancy inside the museum remains limited to 25 percent of normal capacity, as is specified in the state’s current Public Health Order. Open Thursdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1801 Mountain Road.
• Ray Gonzalez, poet, October 14, 6 p.m., presents his new book, Feel Puma: Poems, published by UNM Press. Via Bookworks. Register for the virtual reading at
• The American Film Institute based in Los Angeles kicks off its virtual film festival October 15 with the world premiere of Amazon’s I’m Your Woman, starring Rachel Brosnahan. The flick is described as a “female take on crime dramas of the 1970s.” The online festival runs through October 22, and features multiple films as well as conversations with filmmakers.
• National Hispanic Heritage month: First ever National Latinx Writers Gathering: A Virtual Event for Latinx Writers in All Genres, October 16-18.
• The BioPark Aquarium remains closed, even as other parts of the BioPark have re-opened. But, when it does open up, visitors will meet a new river otter named Dixon. According to the Biopark, Dixon, born at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn in 2012, was slowly and “successfully introduced to female otters Chaos and Mayhem during the aquarium's six-month closure.” Rich Lerner, curator of fish, said “Dixon is a ball of fire and is very active. He has definitely cut into Chaos and Mayhem’s nap time so they are up and about more than they used to be.” The zoo and Botanic Garden now are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. And there’s a Howl-O-Ween event at the zoo, too. Oct. 24, 25 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids in costumes get a bag of treats courtesy of After Hours Pediatrics. Both the Zoo and the Botanic Garden require advanced ticketing. Call 877-466-3404 or visit search=BioPark&location=Albuquerque%2C%20NM&accuracy=25 Botanic Garden, 2601 Central. Zoo, 903 10th.
• Albuquerque Museum offers Burque Noir II, October 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Streaming live, a virtual evening celebrating the exhibition 30 Americans. Tune in for a multimedia performance art showcase with a live-streamed interactive gallery tour and performance by singer, songwriter, creative director, poet, and dancer TwoLips. Sounds by DJ Anjo. Hosted by Ebony Isis Booth. Streaming Live on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Info: 764-6517.

Did You Know?
Watching people in navy blue tee-shirts hauling bins of gear onto a middle school playing field on Sunday mornings, setting up volleyball courts, small tents, even t-ball arrangements, might be puzzling. But it’s just sports for kids, that parents pay for, with instruction aimed at skills and fun. Both girls and boys, and no cutthroat competition. And a wide range of sports, too, including flag football and lacrosse.
It’s i9 Sports, and it could well work for athletic kids you know, especially if school sports likely have been curtailed. And there has been no Little League in evidence. From the organization’s website: “In our kids sports leagues, no child will ever be excluded by a try-out, ride the bench for an entire game, or be cut from a team. Yes, we keep score, but we have created a fun way to help kids develop athletic ability, a love of team sports, and an understanding that how you play the game is as important as the score. We don’t just help kids become better athletes, we help them become better people.”

The nine “i’s” are these: innovative, imaginative, impassioned, inspirational, interactive, insightful, inclusive, instructional, and integrity-driven. As imagined by the group’s founder, Frank Fiume, whose early life was as a baseball fanatic in Queens, New York, but who now is based in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.

For six weeks, any one program costs about $150. Just type in your zip code to see what programs are available. BTW you or yours can buy an i9sports franchise, too. COVID-19 planning:
Basic website:

In Corrales
• Music in Corrales has cancelled its 2020 season, with a decision coming soon as to whether it will undertake a series of concerts in 2021. As stated on its website, “In the meantime, we are actively exploring other options—such as special events at local venues as well as virtual concerts—to fulfill our mission of bringing great music to enhance the quality of life in our community and in our schools, and to do it safely.  We look forward to bringing you good news in the fall, and we thank you for your patience, understanding, and continuing support for Music in Corrales.”

• Trick r’ Trunk, the annual Corrales Halloween event usually held at the Rec Center October 31, with vehicles spooked up, small dogs in bumblebee costumes, and tethered hot air balloons, has been cancelled.”We have decided against it this year,” as Parks and Rec director Lynn Siverts put it.
• Corrales Harvest Festival is a virtual extravaganza this year, with events ongoing daily through October 11. Casa San Ysidro is offering video tours of the museum, and looks at crafts and art, as part of the festival. A Virtual Pet Parade invites you to create a video of you and your pet dressed as essential workers. Go here to enter at $2 each: There’s a Pumpkin Carving contest, too. Enter here: You can keep an eye on what’s available overall here:
• Corrales Pet Mayor Election ends October 31 at 7 p.m. Vote online, $5 per vote, to fund animal projects in the village.
• Village Council meetings. Scheduled via teleconference. October 13, 27, 6:30 p.m. Consult the Village website for up to date info on these remote gatherings.
• Casa San Ysidro, the historic Corrales property part of the Albuquerque Museum, is scheduling tours via online tickets only. 973 Old Church Road.
• Corrales Library: Open for “curbside” book pickup, between 12 and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Reserve items online as you usually do. Confirm they are in, then pick them up. 897-0733. The following programs all are via Zoom. Saturday Stitch Club, October 10,from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m; Author series, with Stacia Spragg-Braude, author of To Walk in Beauty—A Navajo Family’s Journey Home, October 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Teen Poetry Contest deadline, October 11.Winners announced, October 16. Poetry projects online from October 30. Café a las seis, Thursdays, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
• 32nd Old Church Fine Arts Show is underway until October 31. The show is totally online at, and it’s still a juried show, this year featuring 50 of New Mexico’s finest artists who will showcase a variety of art forms. You can meet the artists online, and select special pieces of fine art to buy. Corrales artists Barbara Clark, Sandra Corless, Linda Dillenback, Ken Duckert, Susanna Erling, Joan Findley, Rex Funk, Diane Gourlay, Gail Harrison, Sue Hoadley, Ken Killebrew, Barbara Marx, Victoria Mauldin, Jude Rudder, Tina Stallard, and Mary Sue Walsh, are among the 50.
• Corrales Growers’ Market—Regular season continues, 9 a.m. to noon, Sundays, as long as shoppers follow the rules, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8. Masks, no dogs. Wednesdays, also from 9 a.m. to noon. Check for updates, and to view the list of vendors for the Sunday market.
• “Hunker Down,” a live theatrical performance hosted on Zoom is being offered by the Corrales Arts Center as part of its Art & Wellness program initiative. It is a 45-minute play by Robert Benjamin that is followed by an open discussion with the audience. The performance is Sunday, Nobember 8, 3 p.m. “Hunker Down” is about coping with social isolation particularly among seniors and their novel approaches to social interaction. Written basically for the pandemic, this comedy is the tale of single seniors struggling with COVID-19 atmosphere. Online ticket registration is now open. Tickets are $8 for Corrales Arts Center members; $10.00 for non-members. Register at:
• Village in the Village, ViV, continues its services to members, within Covid19 guidelines, and also is offering events, including coffee meet-ups (?), via Zoom. Questions? Please contact the Membership Team at or call 274-6206.

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