Sunday, December 16
12:30pm – 2:00pm

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, Regina Ress, as well as Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, bring winter tales and songs from around the world to the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC). As we head toward the darkest time of the year, this hour of multi-cultural magic invites the light to return and with it a sweet new year.

Call 897-8831 or see for more information.

Sunday, December 16
10:30am – 12:00pm

The Solstice Seed Mandala creation is an annual community art-making event to celebrate the coming of the winter season. The seeds of the mandala serve to feed migratory songbirds and the mandala remains in place for about a week.

Participants contribute to the design and help to build the Mandala. The Mandala remains in place for about one week.

“A mandala is…an integrated structure; organized around a unifying center”: Longchenpa.

FREE. Call 897-8831 for more information.

Saturday, December 15
9:00am – 12:30pm

Join the Open Space Community and help us protect our City’s vital natural resources. Trail Watch Volunteers (TWV) are the eyes and ears of the Open Space Division, reporting wildlife and visitor activities, maintenance needs, suspicious activity and other information occurring on the 30,000 acres of diverse lands the Division manages.

Space is limited. To register, contact Dionne Epps at or call 897-8831.

Saturday, December 1
10:00am – 12:00pm

Join artist Lynnette Rizek for a workshop using the art of “encaustics” (natural pigments mixed with hot wax) to decorate holiday ornaments.

Limit 8 people. Please note that there is a $10.00 materials fee for the class, payable to the Open Space Alliance the day of the workshop.

Space is limited. Please call 897-8831 to register.

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.

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