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By Meredith Hughes

“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote, The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour…..” Yes, I took a course on Chaucer in college, and adored reading as best I could the prologue to The Canterbury Tales, 1387-1400, in the lingo known as Middle English. But is April really  a “he”?

What exactly is an April shower and have we/will we have any? Still, buds are budding, leaves are greening, and birds are caroling. And recreational cannabis sales are on, full tilt boogie.

Grab the second booster?

Do visit the websites of your favorite museums/galleries/organizations to check opening times/new regulations. Published the first issue of the month, What’s On? invites suggestions one week before the publication date. corralescomment@gmail.com

  • The KiMo Theatre, upgraded and improved, is open again! The Magic Flute, April 9, 10: Mary Poppins Jr, April 21-24, and more. Tickets: https://abqtickets.com/ 423 Central Avenue.
  • Albuquerque Garden Center, April 9, 10. Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Followed by the Spring Plant Sale, April 22, 1 to 6 p.m. and April 23, 8 to noon. Dahlias, daylilies, and African violets, heirloom and hybrid tomato seedlings, hanging baskets, color bowls, xeric plants, herbs, perennials and lots of annuals. 10120 Lomas Blvd. 505 296-6020.
  • Kundalini Yoga, a series through May 7, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. “ The yoga of awareness enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.” Bring your own mat. Pay upfront or pay per class. cvasquez@cabq.gov 505-768-4950. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors.
  • Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, April 28-30 at Tingley Coliseum, 300 San Pedro. See gatheringofnations.com
  • Outpost Performance Space, April 16, 7:30 to 9:30m p.m. Quisqueya: One Island Concert with Racine Kreyol, a Haitian-inspired group, and Afro-Caribbean group, Kumba Carey This concert marks the opening night of the 1st annual AfroMundo Festival: Shared Roots, A Celebration of Afro-Latinx Culture. Quisqueya is one Taino name for the island of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/ tickets/389522 210 Yale.
  • Albuquerque Isotopes baseball plays its opening day home game against the Tacoma Rainiers on April 12, at 6:35 p.m. The Isotopes are one team of 10 that comprise the Triple A West minor league group, one step below the Majors. The team is affiliated with the Colorado Rockies. Superb Isotopes Park has been clunkyly renamed Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park. 11,124 seats! 1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez.  http://www.milb.com/albuquerque/tickets

Did You Know?

April is National Poetry Month and the Corrales Library is devoting the month to teens and poetry via Teen Blackout Poetry Project. The detailed/fascinating  instructions printed below may, or may not, deter you…

“Follow this guide to uncover a hidden poem!”

Step 1: Select a page from an old book or even an article from a newspaper or magazine. (Feel free to choose a page from one of the books on the Young Adult creativity table or one from the “Free Cart.”)

Step 2: Scan or skim the page, keeping your eyes peeled for an “anchor word”  —a word that stands out to you because of its significance or meaning.

Step 3: Read the page all the way through, and, with a pencil, circle words that connect to the anchor word. Try not to circle more than three words in a row.

Step 4: On a separate piece of paper, list the circled words in order as they appear in the text. Words will remain in this order for the final poem.

Step 5: Select additional words from the text to create lines of the poem. You may eliminate parts of words, such as endings, as needed. If you get stuck here, go back to the original text and look for more words to circle.

Step 6: In the existing text, make sure you’ve circled all the words you will be using for the final poem. Erase circles around words you decided not to use.

Step 7: Optional – You may wish to add an illustration or design to the page of text. Be sure not to draw over the words you’ve circled for your poem.

Step 8: With a marker, “black out” the words you are not using. This will reveal the final poem. If you’ve added an illustration or design, be sure not to mark over the outline.

Step 9: Leave your poem in the Young Adult Room or email a picture of it to brynn@corraleslibrary.org  and it will go up in our Teen Poetry Display. Or, enjoy it on your own.

In Corrales

  • The Corrales Tractor Club will be hosting an antique tractor show on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corrales Rec Center front field. Contact Grif Newcomb with questions at 505 803-8484.
  • And, also looking farther ahead, the 34th Annual Juried Old Church Fine Arts Show and Sale is scheduled for October 1-9, but artwork submissions are requested between June 1 and July 15.
  • Corrales Art and Studio Tour. Registration deadline for artists is April 30. Tour is set for August 27-28. https://corralessocietyofartists.org/
  • Corrales Bosque Advisory Commission, April 14, 6:30 p.m.
  • Planning and Zoning Commission, April 20, 6:30 p.m.
  • Senior Advisory Board Meeting, April 20, 1:45 p.m.
  • Village Council meetings, April 12, 26, 6:30 p.m.
  • Corrales Equestrian Advisory Board, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, April 28, 5:30 p.m.
  • The Corrales Community Seed Library is now open inside the Book Library.

“To ensure as many people as possible can enjoy seeds from the Corrales Community Seed Library, we are limiting check-outs to 1 packet per variety. At the end of the growing season, borrowers may save seeds from their harvest, label them and return a portion of the seeds to the library during our hours of operation.”   And, for a recorded course in seed starting from Master Gardener Judy Jacobs,  see https:// tinyurl.com/tj9yjdbn

  • Corrales Bosque Gallery artists are donating the proceeds from selected works to the Ukraine relief effort. Each piece will be marked by a card showing the yellow and blue national colors of Ukraine. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 4685 Corrales Road.
  • Corrales Historical Society and the UNM Sculpture Program present an exhibition of sculpture created by University of New Mexico students, April 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free show is entitled Juntos, or Together. Professor Randall Wilson is the instructor for the students, both in beginning and advanced sculpture classes. The exhibition reveals works produced from three studio assignments: Characters, Constructions, and Bird Baths, in cast concrete, steel, wood, and papier mâché. Displayed via the generous support of Jayant Kumar. Old Church.
  • Corrales Historical Society Speakers series, The Four Legged Bootlegger, April 24, 2 p.m. Presented by Chuck Hornung, president and CEO of the N.M. Mounted Police Historical Society. Seems a nameless “roan horse” was charged with carrying bootlegged booze onto an Indian Reservation in 1914… quite the tale. Info at swinstead15 @gmail.com
  • Spring Bicycle Fair April 30, at the Corrales Recreation Center from 10 a.m.-noon, sponsored by the Village of Corrales Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. There will be a bike rodeo for children ages 4-14, and bike safety stations available to check your bike. Learn how to fit a helmet properly, make basic repairs, change a tire and how to properly fit a bike for the best ride.
  • Annual Corrales Egg Hunt April 16, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Corrales Foundation for children 8 and under at La Entrada Park. Rumor has it that Wile E. Coyote may be looking for a rabbit dinner.
  • Casa San Ysidro, Santeros of the Classic Period in New Mexico: 1795 to 1845. April 9, 1 to 4 p.m. From 1795 to 1845, three santeros in New Mexico helped to define traditional art in New Mexico. Kathleen Killorin presents on the Laguna and Molleno santeros and Rafaél Aragón, as they are represented in the Albuquerque Museum’s collection, San Francisco de Asís Church in Rancho de Taos, and Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Sign up via Aaron Gardner, agardner@cabq.gov, 505 898-3915.
  • Corrales Arts Center Creativity in Photography, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Dennis Chamber-lain. Register at corralesartscenter.org.
  • Music in Corrales, NOVA Guitar Duo, April 23, 7:30 p.m. This German–Brazilian duo was formed while both of its members were studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Their programs explore the extensive repertoire for two guitars, as well as their own innovative arrangements of music originally written for other instruments and ensembles. This concert already is sold-out. “Due to public health considerations, we have limited ticket sales to a smaller-than-normal capacity for the Old San Ysidro Church; this concert has reached that limit. If at some point we can safely increase the seating, we will re-open ticket sales, so please check back periodically for availability.” Lance Ozier 505-899-8830
  • Corrales Library Teen Blackout Poetry Project, all month. Plus, Thursdays at 6 p.m. Spanish Conversation. Contact Sandra Baldonado for event details. sandra@corraleslibrary. org
  • Corrales Growers’ Market. The spring/summer season begins! Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m. to noon. It includes a plant sale by the Master Gardeners.
  • Village in the Village, April 18, Book Club, 3:00 p.m., on Zoom “East of the Mountains,” by David Guterson. April 19, Movie Club, 5:00 p.m. on Zoom (Film TBD.) April 26, Discovery Series 12:30 on Zoom presented by SWOP, Southwest Organic Producers. Info: Call 274-6206 or email corrales.viv@gmail.com.


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