By Meredith Hughes
June is busting out all over, as are our fellow humans, busting out of the house, that is, maskless, hugging cousins, and finally looking into a few “actual”activities. 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.

• ABQ Biopark is opening to early bird members by appointment in June, before the riffraff enters…Eight to 9 a.m., Mondays-Wednesdays. Zoo and Botanic Garden. “Get your steps in, study nature, or work on your photography skills while the BioPark team waters the plants, cuts the grass, and gets breakfast ready for the animals after a good night’s sleep.”
The Biopark also is now open daily. 

• Explora has reopened! “We offer over 250 interactive exhibits and activities in science, technology, engineering, math, and art for the whole family.” Timed entry is required.  Explora is closed Mondays. 1701 Mountain. 600-6072.

• The Herb Society of America is hosting its 2021 Conference for members June 11-12 , so, yep, you must join. But look at this roster. June 10, 4 to 5 p.m. caught my eye: Garden to Glass: Adventures in Cocktail Gardening.

• Virtual Summer Art Camp for kids, first session beginning June 7. “Given the extraordinary circumstances of now, Harwood Art Center staff and teaching artists adapted to create 6 weeks of Virtual Summer Art Camp programming to engage children ages 6 – 14 in a range of visual and performing arts activities. We are making this modified distance program available to families for free, with a contribute what you can option. Each week-long session will focus on a specific topic with lessons taught by our exceptional Summer Art Camp Teaching Artists. Children will engage daily in a variety of lessons and activities with a Teaching Artist, through a virtual platform that can be accessed on demand, at a time that is most convenient for campers. To support connection and community for our campers and artists, Tuesdays and Fridays of each session will include a dedicated Zoom meeting bringing together campers and the Teaching Artist. The links and any login or password information will become available through your CampDoc.com account the first morning of each session.” Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh St. NW 242 6367

• Botanical Watercolor Online Class, June 11, 12-1:30, via Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “Participants will explore color and tonal compositions inspired by fauna as seen in our environment, personal home collections, and the endlessly thought-provoking art of Georgia O’Keeffe.”

• Currents New Media, Santa Fe’s annual art and technology festival, is back with a hybrid exhibition of online and in-person work from June 18 - 27. “Featuring over 30 new media works from artists across the globe, including interactive installations, augmented reality and app-based art forms, single channel video and more.” Further details. The Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail.

• New Mexico Watercolor Society Spring 2021 Show runs through June 27, online. View the show here.

• Pollinator Celebration, June 12, 9 to noon. “Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.” Then International Mud Day Celebration, “bring a kid or be a kid for the day,”June 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free paletas for the first 100 actual kids. “Aimless Wandering”, Gallery Exhibit, continues to June 12. Abstract works inspired by natural forms, both paintings and photography, presented by Alice Webb and Margo Geist. All at the Open Space Visitor Center. 6500 Coors. 768-4950.

Did You Know?
Youths are in demand. And you may well know one or two who would benefit from getting out of the house. The Audubon Society needs persons of a young age and will pay a decent wage. ( FYI Audubon New Mexico and Audubon Arizona recently merged to become Audubon Southwest.)
“The Youth Conservation Corp program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them. This program is a collaborative project between the Randall Davey Audubon Center and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Crew members will work together to help shape some of Santa Fe’s beautiful natural spaces and participate in a variety of hands-on projects including: habitat restoration; trail maintenance and creation; invasive species removal; professional development opportunities.”
Full details. Deadline to apply is June 14.
In Corrales

• Village Council meeting, June 15, 6:30 p.m., in-person and Zoom.

• Casa San Ysidro, June 12, 1 to 3 p.m. “Native Dye Plants of New Mexico.” Via Zoom. Rio Grande Return Conservation Director Cameron Weber and textile artist Myra Chang Thompson describe native dye plants, their uses, and the local practices that people have used in New Mexico for generations. Contact agardner@cabq.gov, 898 3915 or visit us here.

• Corrales Bistro, which resumed its musical offerings earlier this spring, presents modern folk songwriter and performer Jonathan Foster performing on June 8, 9, 14, and 15 at the Brewery. 7 p.m. nightly , 3 p.m. Sundays.The Bistro’s musical calendar for 2021 is packed through September.

• Planning and Zoning meeting, June 16, 6:30 p.m., still posted as via Zoom.

• Corrales Library Book Club, June 28, 2:30 p.m., Author series, June 22, p.m. Please contact Sandra Baldonado for Zoom event details. sandra@corraleslibrary.org.

• Sandoval Cty Master Gardeners webinars, via Zoom, June 9, 2 p.m. “Do More with Less,” with Julie Valdez, NM Office of the State Engineer Water Use and Conservation Bureau Chief. This presentation will provide tips on how to maintain a beautiful landscape during a drought.  Then learn how to use existing tools designed towards the wise use of water for a healthy, water conserving landscape. Valdez is a lifelong resident of northern New Mexico and is the Water Use and Conservation Bureau Chief with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer’s (NMOSE) Water Use and Conservation Bureau (WUCB). June 23, 2 p.m. "Watering Healthy Trees” with Richard Perce, Irrigation Efficiency Specialist – Conservation, Water Resources Division Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. Perce will walk you through understanding the main components that determine your watering choices. “How much? When? And where? We’ll also look at specifics concerning conifers and fruit trees, as well as selecting the best watering option for your specific site.” Pre-registration is required for each class. Registration links may be found on the Calendar of the Sandoval County Master Gardeners at sandovalmastergardener.org. After registering you will receive a confirmation email. On-line webinars will be recorded and posted on the Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners website.

• 33rd annual Old Church Fine Arts Show seeks entries, from now to July 15. The show will run in person October 2-10, October 11-31 online. Info

• Corrales Growers’ Market. Weekly Sunday sessions in June, 9 to noon. June 6, 13, 20, 27. Still no dogs allowed…no music, either.

• Village in the Village. Coffee hour, Fridays, 10 to 11a.m. via Zoom. Book Club, June 21, via Zoom, 3-4 p.m. “Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, about the craziness of love.

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