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.
Though 10 years of experience have left the staff at Amazing Jumps both older and wiser, they're still kids at heart. They continuously update their inventory of inflatable amusements to keep up with current character trends while staying true to the classic concept of clean, safe fun. Deploying freshly sanitized bounce houses and water slides to partiers in the Albuquerque area, the staff also fuels friendly competition with inflatable boxing rings, foam sumo-wrestling suits, and challenging obstacle courses. Their snow-cone and cotton-candy machines ensure parties reach the state-required sugar quotient, and their dunk tanks help organizations raise money or simply return fish to their natural habitat.
Flashes of neon light up the night during the Rock N Glow 5K, a glow-in-the-dark race by Hi5F, which donates a portion of the proceeds to Coconino Humane Association. As darkness descends on the host city, racers get into the glowing spirit by strapping on vibrant clothing, oversized sunglasses, wigs, and layers of glow-in-the-dark swag. Once everyone is geared up, the noncompetitive race begins, snaking through 3.1 miles of neon-soaked path soundtracked by energetic, heart-pumping music. And once everyone is across the finish line, racers and supporters cap off the night with a glowing after party complete with live DJs, dancing, food, and a cash bar.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Sandia Green Chile Festival is an annual event celebrating New Mexican culture and its celebrated piquant pod. All vendors at the event must be based in New Mexico, from a farm that grows the chiles to local breweries that help to wash them down. The sweet tones of the festival’s live music balance the bite of its food, and a KidZone offers family-friendly entertainment geared toward engaging younger guests. As the evening draws to a close, festival-goers pick up sacks of roasted green chiles to bring home, where they can serve as a culinary reminder of the day or a quick way to warm up when all the sweaters are in the laundry.
Whether you want to learn the two-step, how to move around the room to a waltz, or look sexy while doing the salsa, CSP Dance Studios has private and group classes to teach all those dance styles. Among their talents, the experienced instructors here also have a special knack for boosting the confidence of students who were certain they had two left feet. In doing so, they also demonstrate their ease in working with dancers of all skill levels, whether they're teaching fundamental steps or fundamental Elvis gyrations.