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The Knolls is nestled between Coors and Golf Course -- just north of Paradise.

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Take Your Karaoke Public at Graham Central Station
26 March 2007

Graham Central Station in Albuquerque is currently conducting hiring auditions for its entertainers, the Alley Cats.

Graham Central Station is a gathering spot for entertainment in Albuquerque. It features karaoke with back-up singers, country dancing, hip hop, and old school/Big 80's. You are invited to come in to join the fun.

Call Graham Central Station at 505-883-3041 or email

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Newborn Chimp Debuts at Adventure Africa Exhibit
24 March 2007

Chimpanzee Elaine and Father Alf presented the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, NM with a beautiful baby girl on February 5, 2007.

This addition brings the total chimp number at the Adventure Africa Exhibit to 11. This is the first chimp newborn since the exhibit opened in 2004. The mother is 30 years old, and Dad Alf is 19. Albuquerque will look forward to meeting this healthy zoo baby this spring. Add to your knowledge of this wonderful creature.

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Big I Landscaping Is Big Deal
22 March 2007

Welcome Palm Yucca, Chamisa, Parry's Agave, Prickly Pear and Eastern Redbud to your I-40 :: I-25 freeway commute.

A $10 million dollar plan has been announced to create a feast for the eyes of drivers using the Big I. The design will be scheduled in five phases with completion set for 2008. Large expanses of color will follow summer and winter themes and will be set into over 100 acres in patterns to create a design rhythm for fast-moving vehicles.

Mayor Martin Chavez states that this project is one of the largest projects of its kind in the nation. Design work will be done by Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Landscape Architects.

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Call for Entries: The Art of the Word
18 March 2007

Art work celebrating calligraphy throughout the world will be accepted May 2, 2007 at the Arts Alliance Gallery, 1100 San Mateo NE for a juried exhibit.

New Mexico calligraphers are invited by Escribiente, Albuquerque's Calligraphic Society, to enter up to three entries each for this show which will run from May 4, 2007 through May 28, 2007 at the Courtyard Shopping Center in Albuquerque.


Who may enter this juried show?
Residents of NM who prepare original work based on letter forms using any language (accompanied by English translation) in any of the world's many calligraphic styles, and in any medium: framed, sculptural, or book.

What are the restrictions?
Limited editions of original prints such as lithographs or etchings are acceptable, while reproductions are not.

No work can can exceed 3 feet by 4 feet in size and must not weigh more than one person can lift easily.

Entries must be professional in appearance.

Framed works for wall hanging must have wire attached to the back.

Each work must have a tag securely attached which states the name of the calligrapher, the title, the medium, a contact phone number, and the price of the work if it is for sale or the value of the work if it is not for sale.

What is the cost?
$10. for one; $15 for two or three

Who handles insurance and sales?
Work is insured by Arts Alliance.
The Arts Alliance will handle sales and take a 15% commission.

When must I submit work for the jury process?
Entries must be submitted May 2, 2007 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Art Alliance Gallery, 1100 San Mateo NE, Suite 10 in Albuquerque, NM 87110.

What happens if my work is not accepted for the show?
These entries must be picked up on May 3, 2007 from noon to 3 pm.

Will there be an Artists' Reception?
There will be a Reception on May 4, 2007 from 5 pm to 8 pm during First Friday Arts Crawl.
Prizes for Excellence will be awarded.

When will entries be returned?
Entries may be picked up on May 29, 2007 from 10 am until 12 noon.

Who are the jurors?
They are Lauri Dickinsen, Pat Marsello, and Al Padilla.

Contacts: Caryl McHarney, Escribiente Exhibits Chairperson, 505-255-7883
Arts Alliance, 505-268-1920

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Unser Racing Museum Will Aid NM's Tourism Race
17 March 2007

The Unser Racing Museum is more than a dream. It is a reality. The dreams of the Unsers, however, will continue to enhance this beautiful museum with special detailing which may eventually outshine even the most exotic racing car.

The Johnny Lightning Special which took Al Unser, Sr. to the Indianapolis 500 victory lane in 1970 and 1971 greets viewers today along with themed galleries, flat screen show videos, trophies, and historic memorabilia. In the future it will add to the the wonders of car racing and provide a venue for interested young people to learn about the way machines work and for future mechanics to be developed. Ladies and Gentlemen! Start your engines!! The Unsers have already started there's. The Unsers have initiated an international racing link to Albuquerque.

For your information link, try:

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Looking for Curb Appeal? Head for Jericho Nursery!
10 March 2007

Jericho Nursery is opening a second shopping site for your garden needs.

Rick, the Garden Guy, Hobson, formerly of Rowlands, opened Jericho at 101 Alameda Blvd NW to serve all your garden and yard needs. The Albuquerque reception to the quality trees, shrubs, and perennials in stock has been phenomenal. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about plant preferences, their TLC, and problems that can beset even the most lush gardens. Shopping at Jericho is a positive experience from "Just looking" to "Help me load this one."

Now garden enthusiasts who live in Corrales will find Jericho available at a second location in the Village Mercantile, 3675 Corrales Road.

When Spring has sprung and you're on the run for the best in garden needs, try the new Jericho site at

The Village Mercantile, 3675 Corrales Road, Corrales Phone:897-9328 and

Jericho 101 Alameda Blvd NW, Albuquerque Phone:899-7555.

Knolls' neighbors may want to explore other tips.

Ten Tips for Tree Planting Times

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Explore the Origins of Chocolate at Mayan Mystique
3 March 2007

The 15th Annual Chocolate Fantasy, Mayan Mystique: The Origins of Chocolate, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque on Saturday evening, March 3, 2007.

This fundraiser, organized by The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, is a chance to see and TASTE beautiful and delicious chocolate creations made by many of New Mexico's finest chocolatiers. It includes a champagne dinner buffet, live entertainment, raffles and a fantastic Silent Auction. You may be the one to win a trip to Madrid, Spain or to have the opportunity of adding a lovely pool to your home.

Pick your favorite glamour attire and prepare for a memorable evening at the Hyatt.

To be mailed an event invitation,
contact Matt Hansink at (505) 841-2887.

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Ten Tips for Tree Planting Times
2 March 2007

Did you ever want to know the RIGHT way to plant that environmentally friendly tree in your yard? Here is your chance to learn according to Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department.

Find out the likes of your new family member. Ask your nursery about the best spots to plant your tree: shade or lots of sun, north or south side, watering wishes, etc. Pick the spot in your yard for those roots to grow happily and be free from sewer lines.

Once you have picked the best place to meet both your needs and the tree's growing desires, proceed forward:

  1. Locate root collar on tree.
  2. Dig hole 3 times wider than the rootball. If the roots are not in compacted soil, the hole can be just 2 times the root's size.
  3. Put tree in hole slightly above grade. It's better to place it too high, rather than too low.
  4. Stabilize tree with flexible, fabric tape attached to two stakes placed in opposing positions and extending into the undisturbed soil. Tree should be able to move some despite the support.
  5. Remove any rope, burlap, wire, wrapping, or tags associated with the tree's rootball.
  6. Undisturbed soil under root will help to avoid settling.
  7. Add 20-30% compost or mulch to backfill if desired. Place backfill soil combined with mulch around rootball to stabilize tree. Tamp soil gently with your shovel's handle.
  8. Place remaining backfill/mulch in hole. Water deeply to settle soil.
  9. Mulch 2-4" deep on entire disturbed area, but keep mulch away from tree trunk's base.
  10. A raised soil ring will help retain water during irrigation times.


Your Knoll's News Archives can give you more information about your friend, the City Forester.

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Rapid Ride Gives you Rapid Access to WIFI
1 March 2007

Riding the bus in Albuquerque may allow you to become a double task master: getting to another place quickly while completing email and phone tasks in route.

Twelve of Albuquerque's Rapid Ride buses have been equipped so that you can use your laptop, your handheld personal computer (PDA), or make phone calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol (voIP). About every half-mile your bus automatically connects to a new antenna. Your reception is a seamless, secure connection.

If you want to try this local technological advance, try this link to find your route and more information:

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Women's Professional Soccer to Debut in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Lady Asylum is the newest member of the Women's Premier Soccer League. Local soccer players will open this team in Summer 2007.

This league boasts some 30 members with World Cup experience. The first season will be marked by great competitors, an opportunity for former amateur players to join together professionally, and for Albuquerque enthusiasts to be the real winners with games of this stature played locally.

We congratulate and send our best wishes to prospective players Amy Warner ( formerly of La Cueva High School) and Tana Chavez of Gallup.