Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Mexico International Auto Show 2016

Hundreds of new cars, trucks and SUVs filled the Albuquerque Convention Center for the 2016 New Mexico International Auto Show ! It's been our second time attending this family event, and just like a year ago, we had a great time this past weekend :-) 

Drive FCA! Experience made it possible for attendees to drive and experience the latest models from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT with no additional charge or pressure to buy (all without leaving the show). My husband really enjoyed getting behind the wheel and test driving the latest models. Here are his FCA Impressions:

At the 2016 New Mexico International Auto Show I drove four vehicles from Fiat-Chrysler America (FCA).  Specifically, the Fiat 500 Abarth, Chrysler 300, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade.  I'd say the biggest surprise was the Renegade.  It seemed well appointed and for my size/style a very good fit.  I would have liked to have spent more time in it.  I drove the 300 because last year I was very surprised at it's solid delivery, smooth power, comfortable ride, and a drive that belied it's large size.  It was a pleasant surprise in 2015, and it seemed only better in 2016.  I am typically a small car buyer, but if I was in the market for a larger family car, I would definitely shop the 300 against well known foreign examples.  The Cherokee met expectations, and again, like the 300, drove smaller than it seems on the outside.  Comfy, with a more spacious cabin than I recall from previous encounters.  I can't say I like the rotary shift knob, however, it's just unusual for me! Last, the 500 Abarth--small, very fun, and definitely punching a class above its weight.  I daily drive a modified Golf GTI, so I was hoping I knew what to expect from the 500 Abarth, and I was not disappointed.  The car rags always gush about the engine note in the Abarth 500 when it's wound-up, and it's every bit true.  It sounds fierce!  It seems like the perfect fun car for someone who doesn't need much room and has an itch for having fun on every corner.
I got a chance to enhance my knowledge about different brands of cars :-) 
One of my favorite cars were: Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus RS and Volvo S60 Cross Country. 

Our daughter had a blast driving battery powered vehicles, as well as getting inside the biggest vehicles she could find :-)

Thank you for the opportunity :-)

See you there next year!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The New Mexico International Auto Show 2016

Last year my family attended this event for the first time and we really enjoyed it!
This year we're coming back :-) 
Stay tuned for our coverage and we hope to see you there!
Ticket information HERE.

From Friday, April 15th through Sunday, April 17th, show-goers can test drive any available award winning vehicle from FCA US. 

Just for participating in the Drive FCA! experience, show-goers are entered into the 2016 FCA US National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 towards a vehicle from the Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands.  A winner is drawn in early 2017. Please refer to the media alert below to find a list of the exact vehicles that will be available onsite.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
Saturday, March 19 
& Sunday, March 20! 


Friday, March 4, 2016

Instrument Petting Zoo - FREE Family Event

Saturday, March 5th, 2016
UNM's Keller Hall (across the lobby from Popejoy Hall) 
Noon - 1:00 PM

This super fun annual event is made possible by the UNM Music Prep School and UNM NAfME (N'tl Assoc. for Music Educators)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Win a $30 gift card to the Frontier Restaurant!

Visit PerksABQ on Facebook and try your luck at winning a $30 gift certificates to the Frontier Restaurant! That sounds really yummy :-)

Act fast - the giveaway ends on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 3pm.

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sign up to win a free business spotlight!

Local giveaway from Shawna Baker Photography!

Shine The Spotlight On Your Business!
Your business has a story!  Tell it through custom imagery and social media promotion.  Every business has a story, whether it’s an established family-owned business or a start-up. And your story matters!  Your customers and potential customers want to  have a look & feel for your business.  With custom photography, you determine the unique identity for your business. Emotions greatly impact our buying decisions, and unique images make your business relatable. Original images help your customers have familiarity, comfort, confidence and trust in your business.  Quite simply, that association becomes stronger when presented visually.  And an added bonus of custom images is building a library of photos that can be leveraged in perpetuity!  And where does your beautiful custom imagery go?  Where your customer is…and your customer is online, and mobile.  Shawna Baker Photography promotes your Business Spotlight via multiple channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and more, in addition to use on your own website and social channels.  Let’s tell your story!
Spotlight Includes:
Up to 15 custom images (one location)
Interview for story/content
Published blog with embedded custom images
License to unlimited use of images forever
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To enter, click HERE
Good luck! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Winner, winner!

Today I picked up my prize I won from The 12 Days of KISSmass contest

It's a beautiful silver ring from Shelton Jewelers! I'm very happy with it :-)

 Thank you KISS 97.3

You can still register to win today's prize! Go to: http://www.mykiss973.com/kissmas2015/ 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Albuquerque Hopfest - discount code!


Isleta Resort & Casino


Use a discount code – FRUGAL for 10% off general admission and extra hoppy tickets througt August 28th!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Macaroni & Cheese Festival - Albuquerque 08.15.15

I won a pair ot tickets to go to the Mac & Cheese Festival! Yay! 
This weekend in Albuquerque :-) 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2 More Chuckwagons at Wildlife West in Edgewood, NM

Just two more Chuckwagon Barbeque and Western Music concerts left this season at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. This weekend (August 22), the talented Sons of the Rio Grande will perform, and closing the season will be the popular western swing band of Holy Water and Whiskey (August 29). Performances are held in an all-weather amphitheater in an old west atmosphere.  
The show opens at 6 p.m. with an incredible free-flight Peregrine Falcon demonstration presented by world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie. The audience will experience these magnificent birds close up and learn how the fastest raptor on earth survives in the wild. Come early, enjoy a hayride and get a rare opportunity to be close to wildlife in their natural habitat.  It's fun for the entire family.

The Chuckwagon shows help to support the native wildlife zoo, which is managed through volunteer support.  Dinner shows are $25/adults, $23/seniors, $12/child 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.  Reservations are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show. Call Wildlife West for reservations at 505.281.7655 or toll-free 1.877.981.WILD (9453); or for more informationwww.wildlifewest.org.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Harvest Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park

Join the activities at the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, 2015, at Wildlife West Nature Park, in Edgewood.  It’s a time to celebrate the area's culture, traditions and agricultural heritage. Experience the rich history of the pinto bean farming in the Pinto Bean Museum, which displays antique bean processing equipment, farming artifacts and historic local photos.

The Festival opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a tractor parade beginning at Wildlife West, then traveling west along historic Route 66 and ending at the Tractor Supply Company. 
As visitors stroll through the Park they will experience an old west atmosphere. They can explore a replica of the western town of Venus (original name of Edgewood), and see weaving and spinning demonstrations, along with antique cars and trucks. Also on showcase will be old iron tractors, steam engines, corn shellers and other historic ranch equipment.

Get a behind the scenes tour of Kothari, Wildlife West’s 500 pound black bear, and watch a snake and reptile identification presentation by the New Mexico Herpetological Society.  Mark Chavez and friends, renowned chainsaw artists, will demonstrate artistic chainsaw techniques.  A Juggler Show for kids will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tractor games will take place on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. on the field in front of the historic Pinto Bean Barn.  Plus an opportunity to experience wildlife up close throughout the weekend.  Local artists and the Knights of Columbus volunteers will serve up pinto beans, fresh sweet corn, and hamburgers and hot dogs.

Don’t miss the Chuckwagon Dinner Show on Saturdayfrom 6 - 9 p.m.  Come early for the activities during the day and stay for the evening old-fashion hayride, free-flight peregrine falcon show, barbeque dinner and Holy Water & Whiskey western-swing music concert.  Reservations for dinner show are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show.  Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.

All activities throughout the weekend, except for the Chuckwagon dinner show, are included with regular admission to the park: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 students and children under 5 are free.  Music performances are presented in a covered all-weather amphitheater.  Plus free dry camping and parking. 

Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. For more information at visit www.wildlifewest.org or call 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453).

Harvest Festival:

When:  Saturday & Sunday, August 15 & 16, 2015
Where:  Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, NM
Saturday 8/15
9 a.m.   Tractor Parade 
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Wildlife tours, snake & reptile identification presentations, tractor & machinery displays, artists & food vendors
2 p.m.  Juggler for kids
6 p.m.  Free-flight peregrine falcon show
7 p.m.  Chuckwagon dinner (must RSVP by 2 pm day of show)
8 p.m.  Holy Water & Whiskey western music
Sunday 8/16
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Wildlife tours, snake identification presentations, tractor & machinery displays, artists & food vendors
1 p.m.  Tractor games
2 p.m.  Juggler for kids

Monday, July 27, 2015

Edgewood Arts and Music Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park

The 13th Annual Arts and Music Festival took place this past weekend at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM. The Park, opened in 1994, began two years earlier as a not-for-profit, all volunteer effort to create a new approach to combining habitat restoration, recreation and environmental education for children and adults. 

It was a perfect outing for my birthday! The drive from Albuquerque took us less than 30 minutes and the heat of the day was not a problem - there was plenty of shade, food and cold beer!

We had a pleasure to see live concerts of some very talented musicians.

The Quebe Sisters:

Dave Stamey:

James Reams & the Barnstormers:

There was plenty of fun for children, including face painting and a fantastic juggling show by Andy Young:

The festival gave everyone a chance to admire an art display, meet craft artists and purchase unique items, like Hidden Treasures crafted by Oneida Lopez:

We loved the beauty of the landscape. 

We said hi to some animals that weren't asleep at the moment :-)
 The zoo visit is included in the ticket price. 
The Park offers nearly thirty wildlife exhibits, connected by 2 miles of trails;

all in a very relaxing atmosphere.  The event was well organized. 
We had a truly wonderul time.  
The Arts and Music Festival may become my birthday tradition :-)

There are other events happening at Wildlife West throughout the year so visit any time during the open hours:

Mid-March - End of October: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November - Mid-March: Noon to 4 p.m.

Stay connected by visiting their website and  Facebook page.