10:00am – 11:00am
Hiking in Open Space and the adjoining Cibola National Forest is a great way to enjoy the summer and to reconnect with your wild side. Though it’s always a treat to see some of the forest’s large predators in their natural environment it’s always wise to practice common sense safety tips. Come learn and share some of the tips with U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist, Daryl Ratajczak as he teaches us about bear and cougar behavior and what you should do to stay safe while visiting their home.
FREE! Please register at 897-8831
3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Taoist Water Method is a Qigong form that has many health benefits. It provides mental clarity, loosens the muscles and builds power, strengthens the organs, improves cardio-pulmonary function, strengthens the nerves, improves vascular function, helps to prevent injury to joints, ligaments and bones, eases stress, balances emotions and builds athletic and martial arts power.
Qigong exercises are safe for all ages. Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong doesn’t require memorization of a lot of movements. This introduction will go over the basic alignments to increase qi through the body.
Suggested donation of $15.
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Our very popular Full Moon Concert Series returns. The series begins with a bang as Jeez LaWeez takes the patio this month.
The Tumbleweeds roll in on September 17th–the icing on the cake of our Tenth Anniversary celebration. Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos close out the series in style on October 15th.
12:00pm – 4:30pm
Join the Open Space Visitor Center for this unique program as we host Albuquerque’s Calligraphy Society Escribiente and local poets in celebration of mid-summer!
Calligraphers from Escribiente will demonstrate how to make “weathergrams,” a unique form of nature poetry intended to be displayed outdoors. Just before the event, Escribiente calligraphers will hang over 100 weathergrams on trees around the Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation. The weathergrams will be on display throughout the summer months.
Calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds first started making weathergrams or “weather writings” in the 1960s. Based loosely on the ideas of Japanese haiku, he defined the weathergram poem as “a sudden insight—10 words or less … the subject matter should be seasonal, and the resulting vertical flag, preferably made of brown paper, should be hung on a tree branch between Solstice and Equinox.
To top off the day’s celebration, join us for a special presentation of poetry from 3:00–4:30pm with local poet Dale Harris. You may also read your own nature-themed poetry the day of the event.
Please Note: Registration is required to participate in the calligraphy workshop and the poetry reading. Space is limited.
Program of events:
• Noon–3pm: Weathergram demonstrations by Escribiente (in the Lobby)
• 12:30–1:00pm: The Origin of “Open Stories.” Artist Chris Meyer, featured in the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery, will talk about the many narratives and stories intrinsic in his imaginative and original art exhibit Open Stories: Finding Art in All the Right Places. (Kiva Room). Open Stories will be on display at the Visitor Center through August 28th, 2016.
• 1:30–2:30pm: Calligraphy workshop by Beth House of Escribiente (Kiva Room)
• The workshop is limited to 20 people aged 10-100
• RSVP required. Call 897-8831 to register
• 3:00–4:30pm: Open Mic Poetry Reading (in the Kiva Room)
• The reading will feature poet Dale Harris, other talented local poets, and YOU! Read your own nature-themed or Open Space themed poems! Please register to participate in the reading at 897-8831. Limit 10 poets.