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Albuquerque The Magazine packs its monthly glossy with colorful displays of city happenings as well as features, shopping tips, and interviews with local notables. Peruse the culture section for the scoop on arts events, plan cuisine outings with the restaurant guide, or browse the pet section to learn about doggie wedding venues. The photo-filled ode to New Mexico's largest city distinguishes itself with its community involvement, its insider coverage of local goings-on, and its aesthetic contribution to mousy coffee tables.

401 Kinley Ave NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Myra Krien has belly danced since she could walk. Coming from a family that produces zen philosophers and artists, she harbored a natural curiosity for the arts, and when her mother brought her to her first belly-dancing lesson at the age of 3, Myra never toddled away. In the intervening years, Myra has studied with some of the Middle East's most prolific and respected dancers, and her dancing has earned her gigs opening for musicians and other artists throughout the United States.

Now, as the owner and director of Pomegranate Studios, Myra and her team of instructors introduce new dancers to the art and refine intermediate dancers' skills in myriad classes. Students can learn styles spanning from Asia to urban America or tone up muscles in sessions designed for fitness. The studio's dance company trains performers aspiring to become professional dancers, and Myra's afterschool S.E.E.D.S program helps young women avoid the normal afterschool hopscotch gambling rings while teaching them about empowerment and educating them in the arts.

535 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe,
NM
US

Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.49) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake ($3.99). Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4.39–$5.89).

5920 Holly Ave
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Earth Care provides programming that aims to empower and educate youth to foster healthy, sustainable communities. Programs emphasize food justice, sustainable practices in schools, and civic engagement of young people through its Youth Allies program, which provides leadership opportunities that engage youth in social and environmental issues through grassroots campaigns, conferences, and community-action projects.

6600 Valentine Way
Santa Fe,
NM
US

SpanishABQ's professional language teachers instruct learners in beginning, intermediate, and conversational Spanish and Spanish for health-care professionals. A staff of both native and fully bilingual Spanish speakers imparts vocabulary lessons and pronunciation skills during the two-hour weekly classes, toning tongues to break the world record for longest rolled R. The small, interactive classes are suitable for students who want to travel, communicate with others in their profession, or get hooked on Latin American telenovelas. In addition to Spanish classes, native Spanish speakers can sharpen their English skills in the center's ESL classes.

4477 Irving Blvd NW
Albuquerque,
NM
US

LA Boxing sculpts physiques into fighting shape with group fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. These total-body routines combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Sixteen-ounce gloves are provided, as is complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill.

4520 Alexander Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US