Saturday, November 24
9:30am – 12:00pm

Home composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. Basic composting science will be presented with a special focus on useful practices for a high desert climate. A variety of home composting options will be covered.

Useful take-home information will help a participant get started and/or improve an already chosen composting method. Instructor: Mary Green.

FREE. Call 897-8831 to register and for more information.

Saturday November 17
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Art and writing begin with our experience of the world. Join artist and author Betsy James for a workshop on how our journeys—short or long, in the back yard or on the other side of the world—can grow into painting and writing. Learn to make a small, bespoke journal you can tuck in your pocket for a trip or a quiet walk.

Age 8 through adult. All materials provided. Space is limited. Please call 897-8831 to register.

Sunday, November 11
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Church of My Heart is a collection of the writings and meditations of Debra Giomi about the sacred site of the Petroglyph National Monument and other sacred sites. Debra had many profoundly spiritual experiences here and referred to the area as the “Church of My Heart”. We can share in the mystery of this place through hearing some of her thoughts and experiences. It is up to us to carry on a legacy of respect and protection of these sacred places. Through her deep feeling about the sacredness of this place she worked diligently to preserve the park. Honoring it in her writings, she wrote, “I don’t know why this landscape has gotten a hold on me, what it has given life to inside me. I just know I am at peace anywhere around the escarpment and the volcanoes.”

FREE. Please call 897-8831 or see for more information

Saturday, November 10
2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Open Space Visitor Center presents an opening reception for New Mexico Wildlife and Wildscapes, the Art of Julia Cairns and L. Wren Walraven.

L. Wren Walraven has received a BFA from Ohio University, and has worked in wildlife rehabilitation and bird surveying. She has been a professional artist for 19 years.

Julia Cairns was born in Oxford, England in 1959. She paints at her studio in Galisteo, NM, and takes part in the annual Studio Tour there every October. Julia teaches and travels, taking a group to Italy every year to paint the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany. Her inspiration comes from nature and the world around her.

FREE. See or call 897-8831 for more details.

The exhibit runs through December 30.

Saturday, November 10
9:00am – 5:00pm

The Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC) invites the citizens of Albuquerque to help us welcome the Sandhill cranes back to their winter habitat along the Middle Rio Grande river valley with this annual family-friendly event.

Twenty-one acres of agricultural land are the backdrop of this unique facility that includes an art gallery, interpretive exhibits, and a wildlife preserve.

This event features presentations, children’s activities, viewing scopes, crafts, workshops, and more!

FREE. See for a full schedule of activities, or call 897-8831 for more details.

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