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Arts, History & Culture

by The Schnoor Team

New Mexico is a Land of Diverse Cultures

From Native American artists who have sustained traditions dating back thousands of years to the artists known for their unique art forms both traditional and contemporary, New Mexico is widely known for its arts communities and the artists that choose to make their homes here.  

Visit traditional Native American communities and pueblos and interact directly with the artists who reside there, explore the enchanting landscapes that have drawn and inspired numerous artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, take in spectacular performances, and let your creativity and imagination run wild in our numerous art museums and attractions.

There are museums and arts centers in every corner of the state dedicated to the expansion and exploration of contemporary arts and culture. Come and immerse yourself in a truly unique cultural experience.

Source: "Arts, History & Culture"

Winter Adventures in New Mexico

by The Schnoor Team

Come ski and ride the winter sun on the incredible slopes in the Land of Enchantment! Our eight alpine and three Nordic ski areas dotted throughout the state will provide you with the ultimate in sporting options, stunning scenery, unbelievable food, out-of-this-world shopping, and a never-to-be-forgotten cultural experience.


 Skiing and snowboarding are not the only ways to enjoy New Mexico’s stunning outdoors in winter. Get out into the fresh mountain air under beautiful blue skies while snowshoeing, snowmobiling, viewing wildlife or simply strolling.

In late February, 2015, the largest storm in a decade blanketed New Mexico with more than 70 inches of snow. We were ready with our skis and boards. Here’s how it all went down. #NewMexicoTRUE

Source: "Winter Adventures"

Cleaning Your House for Guests: A Checklist

by The Schnoor Team

Countdown to a perfectly clean guest-ready home no matter how much — or little — time you have.

It feels great to have a clean, organized, well-functioning home when you've got guests coming. Especially around the holidays. It's like your gift to you.

Here's how to get that satisfying feeling — no matter how much time you have. Just choose your starting point on this checklist:

Three (or More) Weeks to Go

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Think big picture. Get anything that requires a pro or installation out of the way now. No one wants calamity to strike when guests are pulling into the driveway.

  • Get your HVAC maintained if it's overdue.
  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean it now. An oven is most likely to break down during the cleaning cycle, so don't save this task for last.
  • Replace any appliance on its last legs. You don't want your hot water to go out or fridge on the fritz with a houseful of guests.
  • Steam-clean upholstery. (Or hire a pro. It's a big job)
  • Hire a handyman for those repairs you've been putting off.
  • Check outdoor lighting. Replace old bulbs and call an electrician to address any bigger issues.

Two Weeks to Go

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It's not panic time yet. Focus on decluttering and a few deep-cleaning tasks now, and you'll have a more manageable to-do list when the clock really starts ticking down.

  • Do a deep declutter. It'll make things easier to keep clean.
  • Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and high-up shelves.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
  • Clean out and organize the fridge.
  • Wash windows to make the entire house feel brighter and cleaner.
  • Toss washable shower curtains and drapes in the washing machine and re-hang. Easy.

One Week to Go

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It's strategic cleaning time. Here's what to tackle now — things your family won't easily undo before your guests arrive.

  • Declutter again.
  • Vacuum and dust guest rooms. If they're low-traffic, the cleanliness should hold with just a quick wipe-down right before they arrive.
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Wipe down kitchen and dining room chairs and tables, including the legs. You'd be surprised how grimy they get.
  • Deep clean the entryway — and make room for your guests' stuff.

72 Hours to Go

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The final cleaning stretch is on the horizon.

  • Do another declutter.
  • In the kitchen, toss stove burners, drip pans, and knobs into the dishwasher for an easy deep clean.
  • Wash kitchen cabinet fronts.
  • Scrub the kitchen floor.
  • Clean and shine appliances.

48 Hours to Go

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Now it's time to get serious.

  • Clean and sanitize garbage cans to banish mystery smells.
  • Wipe down doorknobs, faceplates, and light switches. They're germ magnets.
  • Clean the front door.
  • Deep clean the bathroom your guests will use, and close it off if possible.
  • Wash guest towels and linens.

24 Hours to Go

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Your guests' bags are packed. Time for final touches.

  • Do a final declutter - by now it shouldn't take more than five minutes.
  • Give one final wipe-down to toilets, tubs, and bathroom sinks.
  • And another final wipe-down in the kitchen.
  • Do all the floors: mop, vacuum, sweep, etc.
  • Make guest beds and set out clean towels.
  • Plug in nightlights in guest baths.
  • Put out guest toiletries so they're easy to find.
  • Add a coffee or tea station in the guest room or kitchen.
  • Get your favorite smell going, whether it's a scented candle, spices in water on the stove, or essential oils.
  • Use rubber gloves to wipe off pet hair and dust from furniture. It works.
  • Do the full red carpet: Sweep or shovel porch, steps, and outdoor walkways.

Source: "Cleaning Your House for Guests: A Checklist"

The 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree comes from New Mexico this year.

by The Schnoor Team

The Carson National Forest, in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department and nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors, will bring the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. by way of a cross-country tour involving more than 25 communities along the way.

 

Well-wishers will have a chance to sign banners on the sides of the truck, learn more about the Carson National Forest and the great state of New Mexico, purchase U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise and more. 

The tree will be on display on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building through January 2, 2020.

It's All Yours - Go. Play. Winter from National Forest Foundation on Vimeo.

Source: "NewMexico.org"

29 Tetilla Road, Santa Fe, NM - The Schnoor Team

by The Schnoor Team

Gorgeous custom home in the lovely, quiet, Ladera section of Eldorado. Stunning views of Jemez and Sangre de Cristos mountains. Magnificent approach with circle driveway and mature landscaping. Custom iron gate allows entry into front courtyard. Upon entry into foyer you'll notice high ceilings, vigas, brick floors, custom kiva fireplaces in living room and owner's suite. Well appointed kitchen with cozy nook and formal dining room. Full suite of stainless steel appliances. 2 mini-split systems in owner's suite and studio, radiant heat and master cool evap air. 4 large bedrooms and walk in closets. 3rd bay of garage is heated/cooled studio. Can be converted back to garage. Backyard offers large covered patio with views, water feature, synthetic lawn inside large courtyard. Rock Zuni bowls for water capture and to prevent land erosion.

See pictures here or contact us to see it!

3 Nature Pointe Drive, Tijeras Video Tour

by The Schnoor Team

3 Nature Pointe Drive, Tijeras, New Mexico Enjoy Resort living at it's finest in Nature Pointe! Only 13 minutes East of Tramway! Amazing former model home with every amenity you would expect! Peace and tranquility abound in Nature Pointe with lovely views and wildflowers. Secure gated community with gorgeous clubhouse featuring pool, exercise room, racquetball, tennis , 5 miles of trails and more! You'll love the thoughtful floor plan. Rare architectural details incl. coffered ceilings, huge beams & corbels, art niches. Your guests will gather in the stunning kitchen with alder cabinets, large slabs of granite, high end appliances. 2 living areas plus outdoor covered patio with fireplace. Cozy pellet stoves & radiant heat to warm you on winter nights. Spacious owner's suite is lovely with a luxurious bath and huge walk-in closet. http://www.buyandsellabqhomes.com/pro...

I Need 20% Down” and Other Home-Buying Myths About Mortgages

by The Schnoor Team

Tips for shopping around for a mortgage — even if you think you don’t qualify.

Think you're not ready to unlock home ownership yet? That the financial hurdles are too high? You may be short-changing yourself. Many of the things renters believe about home-buying are myths.

Here's the real deal.

Myth: I Have to Put Down 20%. :(The Real Deal on Less Than 20% Down


Saving 20% of the price of a home in many places isn't just a challenge; it's a roadblock. And it's not a must-do. In fact, the median down payment for first-time buyers is 7%. How can you become part of the less then 20% club.

  • FHA Loans: The Federal Housing Association (FHA) is an old friend to first-time buyers and others who are ready to become homeowners with less than a 20% down payment. If you qualify, you may be able to get a loan with as little as 3.5% down.
  • DownpaymentResource.com and NeighborWorksSome local and state agencies sponsor down-payment assistance programs that help prospective home buyers in different ways. Follow the links to find out if any are available near you.
  • VA, USDA, and Navy Federal Credit Union loans: Three government-related lenders offer mortgages with as little as zero down. The VA is for veterans and family members; the USDA is for buyers in qualifying locations (typically rural); and Navy Federal Credit Union is for the military, family members, and some government employees.
  • Gift Funds: Sixteen percent of buyers ask friends or relatives to help jump-start their home ownership with a gift. Talk to your lender first, though. There may be limits to the amount of gifted funds they'll accept, and they may require your benefactor to sign some paperwork.

So, your credit could use a tune-up. That doesn't mean you have to forgo your home-buying dreams. Here are some options for those with a less-than-stellar credit score.

  • FHA loan: With a credit score of 500, you can apply for an FHA loan, but you'll need a 10% down payment to offset the risk. If your score is a tick better (580), you can participate in their down-payment assistance program, requiring only 3.5%.
  • A higher down payment: On the off-chance you have enough cash on hand to put down more than 20%, the higher down payment can help those with lower credit scores be less risky for lenders.
  • A co-signer. Find someone with better credit to co-sign the loan – but understand that if you don't make the payments, the cosigner will be financially responsible (and their credit will also suffer).
  • Check your credit report. Maybe your credit isn't that low after all. Order a copy of your report from all three reporting agencies (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian). If you find inaccurate or old information, ask the agencies to correct it. (You can order a free report from each of the bureaus once a year at annualcreditreport.com.

Myth: I Can't Afford the Agent's Commission

Here's one you can immediately mark off your worry list. Typically, the commission is paid from the proceeds of the sale via the seller.

This is one of many reasons to contract with a buyer's agent. The seller's agent doesn't work for you, and you need a pro in your corner.

Myth: My Bank Will Give Me the Best Mortgage

There are a lot of positive things to say about working with your local bank, but assuming they'll give you the best mortgage is a mistake.

Banks are only one type of home-loan lender. Others include credit unions and mortgage companies. Mortgage rates aren't the same across the board, so contact several institutions to ensure you're getting the best price.

Or, if you prefer to let the lenders come to you, consider getting a loan through a mortgage broker. Brokers have access to several lenders, and they'll shop their market, getting you a wider selection of loans. But unless you contract with one, brokers aren't obligated to find the best deal for you. So you'll want to shop around for a broker, just as you would for a lender.

Myth: I Was Pre-Approved. I Got The Loan!

Well . . . no. Don't order that couch from West Elm or pack away your tax documents just yet.

You don't get the loan until:

(a) The seller accepts your offer

(b) Your lender approves the loan (which you'll need those tax docs for)

(c) You sign the loan papers 

Between (a) and (c), the lender will have the home appraised to ensure its value is in line with the purchase price, check your credit again, and ask you for more documents than you ever knew existed.

So what does "pre-approved" mean for a loan? It tells sellers you're eligible for a loan and shows them you're a serious, qualified buyer. This gives them confidence in your offer, increasing your chances of (a), (b), and (c) actually happening.

Myth: The Interest Rate Is What Matters Most

A low interest rate is important, but it's not the only thing to consider. When shopping around for a loan, check the annual percentage rate (APR). It includes all loan costs, such as origination and processing fees that can vary widely from lender to lender, in addition to the interest rate.

One loan may have a lower interest rate, but the up-front fees cost more than you'd save in interest. The APR lets you compare apples to apples.

Before you sign the loan, your lender will give you a loan estimate, a line-by-line estimate of fees. You'll find the APR there. Use that rate to compare the loans you're considering.

How about that? You may be closer to home ownership than you thought. Happy house hunting!

Source: " I Need 20% Down” and Other Home-Buying Myths About Mortgages"

Your Stress-Free Guide to Shopping for Home Loans

by The Schnoor Team

With this super-simple breakdown of loan types, you won’t get overwhelmed — you’ll find the right mortgage.

When it comes to buying a house, most people know what they prefer: a bungalow or a condo, a hot neighborhood or a sleepy street.

Mortgages, too, come in many styles — and recognizing which type you should choose is just slightly more involved than, say, knowing that you prefer hardwood floors over wall-to-wall carpeting.

First things first: To pick the best loan for your situation, you need to know what your situation is, exactly. Will you be staying in this home for years? Decades? Are you feeling financially comfortable? Are you anxious about changing loan rates? Consider these questions and your answers before you start talking to lenders. (And before you choose a lender, read this.)

Next: You’ll want to have an understanding of the different loans that are out there. There are lots of options, and it can get a little complicated — but you got this. Here we go.

Mortgages Are Fixed-Rate or Adjustable, and One Type Is Better for You

Let’s start with the most common type of mortgage, that workhorse of home loans — the fixed-rate mortgage.

A fixed-rate mortgage:

  • Lets you lock in an interest rate for 15 or 30 years. (You can get 20-year loans, too.) That means your monthly payment will stay the same over the life of the loan. (That said, your property taxes and insurance premiums will likely change over time.)

It’s ideal when: You want long-term stability and plan to stay put.

Here’s what else you need to know about fixed-rate mortgages:

  • A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage offers a lower monthly payment for the loan amount (for this reason, it’s more popular than the other option, the 15-year).
  • A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage typically offers a lower interest rate but a higher monthly payment because you’re paying off the loan amount faster.

Now let’s get into adjustable-rate, the other type of mortgage you’ll be looking at.

An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM):

  • Offers a lower interest rate than a fixed-rate mortgage for an initial period of time — say, five or seven years — but the rate can fluctuate after the introductory period is over, depending on changes in interest rate conditions. And that can make it difficult to budget.
  • Has caps that protect how high the rate can go.

It’s ideal when: You plan to live in a home for a short time or you expect your income to go up to offset potentially higher future rates.

Here’s what else you need to know about adjustable-rate mortgages:

  • Different lenders may offer the same initial interest rate but different rate caps. It’s important to compare rate caps when shopping around for an ARM.
  • Adjustable-rate mortgages have a reputation for being complicated. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises, make sure to read the fine print.

A general rule of thumb: When comparing adjustable-rate loans, ask the prospective lender to calculate the highest payment you may ever have to make. You don’t want any surprises.

Conventional Loan or Government Loan? Your Life Answers the Question

Which fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage you qualify for introduces a whole host of other categories, and they fall under two umbrellas: conventional loans and government loans.

Conventional loans:

  • Offer some of the most competitive interest rates, which means you’ll likely pay less in interest over the period of the loan.
  • Typically you can get one more quickly than a government loan because there’s less paperwork.

Who qualifies? Typically, you need at least a credit score of 620 or above and a 5% down payment to qualify for a conventional loan.

Here’s what else you need to know about conventional loans:

  • If you put less than 20% down for a conventional loan, you’ll be required to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI), an extra monthly fee designed to mitigate the risk to the lender that a borrower could default on a loan. (PMI ranges from about 0.3% to 1.15% of your home loan.) The upshot: The lender has to cancel PMI when you reach 22% equity in your home, and you can request to have it canceled once you hit 20% equity.
  • Most conventional loans also have a maximum 43% debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, which compares how much money you owe (on student loans, credit cards, car loans, and other debts) to your income — expressed as a percentage.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set limits on how much money you can borrow for a conventional loan. A home loan that conforms to these limits is called a conforming loan:

  • In most cities, the maximum amount for a conforming loan is $453,100.
  • In high-cost areas, such as New York City and San Francisco, the limit is $679,650.
  • Limits are revisited annually and are subject to change based on each area’s average home price.

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A home loan that exceeds these limits is called a jumbo loan:

  • Jumbo loans typically require a higher down payment (up to 30% for some lenders) and a credit score of at least 720. Some borrowers can qualify while putting down 20%, but their credit score has to be higher.
  • They also tend to have stricter debt-to-income requirements, generally allowing for a maximum DTI ratio of 38%.

There are practical considerations to take into account before getting a jumbo loan too, mainly: Are you comfortable carrying that much debt? The answer depends on your current financial situation and long-term financial goals.

Government loans:

  • Include loans secured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.
  • Are meant to stimulate the housing market and enable folks who may be unable to qualify for conventional loans to still become homeowners.

Who qualifies? That depends on which government loan you’re looking at.

If you’ve had trouble qualifying for a mortgage because of income limitations or credit:

FHA loans are used by a broad swath of people, including those with lower credit scores and income.

  • You can get an FHA loan with a downpayment of 3.5% if you have a minimum credit score of 580. You can still qualify with a credit score below 580 — even with no credit score — but the down payment and other requirements will be much higher.
  • FHA loans conform to loan limits set by county; these limits typically range from $294,515 to $679,650 in high-cost areas. You can view the FHA mortgage caps for your county at hud.gov.
  • If you get an FHA loan, you must pay an upfront mortgage insurance premium (MIP) and an annual premium of 0.85%. Currently, the MIP is 1.75% of the loan amount — so, $1,750 for a $100,000 loan. This premium can be paid upfront at the mortgage closing, or it can be rolled into the monthly mortgage payment.

Also, a heads-up — the date an FHA loan was issued affects the MIP.

  • If you received an FHA loan on or before June 3, 2013: You’re eligible for canceling MIP after five years, but you must have 22% equity in your home and have made all payments on time.
  • If you received an FHA loan after June 3, 2013: To stop paying MIP, you’d have to refinance into a conventional loan and have a current loan-to-value of at least 80%.

If you’re in the military, a veteran, or a veteran’s spouse:

  • VA loans offer active or retired military (or a veteran’s surviving spouse) a mortgage with a 0% down payment.
  • VA loans also can have more lenient credit requirements — typically around a minimum 620 credit score — and lower DTI requirements.
  • The VA only allows lenders to charge 1% maximum to cover the costs of originating and underwriting the loan, so you save money at closing. There is, however, an additional upfront, one-time funding fee of 2.15%.

VA loans also don’t charge borrowers mortgage insurance — potentially helping you save a significant chunk of cash on your monthly payment.

Given the benefits, a VA loan is often the best mortgage option for people who qualify.

If your income is limited and you live in a small or rural town:

USDA loans are mortgages for limited-income home buyers in towns with populations of 10,000 or less, or that are “rural in character,” meaning that some areas that now have bigger populations are grandfathered in. You can see whether your town is eligible on the USDA’s website.

  • USDA loans typically have lower interest rates than non-USDA loans.
  • Down payments can be as low as 0%.
  • USDA mortgages also have more lenient credit score requirements than conventional loans.
  • Income limits to qualify depend on location and household size.
  • USDA loans charge an upfront mortgage insurance fee of 1% of the loan amount and annual mortgage insurance premium of 0.35%.
  • And USDA loan borrowers must buy a “modest home” — a property with a market value deemed reasonable for the area, though the USDA does not set specific price limitations.

Only a select number of lenders offer USDA loans; here’s a list of USDA-approved lenders nationwide.

If your job is to help people:

Niche programs, like the Neighbor Next Door from HUD, allows teachers, law enforcement officers, first responders, and government workers — as much as 50% — on eligible homes in revitalization districts.

Note: Downpayment assistance programs offer qualified buyers such things as grants and interest-free loans. Start with your state’s housing finance agency to find options.

Now You Know the Basics. It’s Time to Call for Backup

Speaking of your lender: Ultimately, you’ll be working with your loan officer or broker to narrow down these choices, and to find a loan that works for you and your finances. (Just another reason why it’s important to choose a lender you’re comfortable with.)

Your real estate agent should be able to offer some insight, too. And because they don’t earn a paycheck from your loan selection, their advice about mortgages should be impartial.

You know your stuff. And you know whom to ask for help. Who’s overwhelmed? Not you.

Source: "Your Stress-Free Guide to Shopping for Home Loans"

New Mexico True Ed-Ventures

by The Schnoor Team

When is a vacation more than a vacation? When it’s an ed-venture! We’ve pulled together a list of the best learning opportunities for kids to deliver a double dose of excitement and education during your next family vacation. Whether you have a few hours to kill or a few days to commit, your child will love these special events, camps, and workshops found in all four corners of the state.

Is your child a Space Superhero?

Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp

New Mexico’s roots in space history run deep. From re-entry capsules to rockets, the Land of Enchantment is home to many of the technology breakthroughs behind space exploration as we know it today.

During this 5-day camp that repeats weekly in June and July at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, budding astronauts and astrophysicists (K – 9th) have the opportunity to experience hands on intergalactic adventure like building and launching rockets, designing and testing parachutes, having close encounters with unmanned vehicles at New Mexico State University, and practicing rock retrieval techniques like the ones used by NASA.

Bonus: Travel the New Mexico Space Trail to 52 historic sites important to our nation’s space history, and plan a night at the City of Rocks State Park for astronomical camping surrounded by information about the solar system.

Is your child an Extraordinary Explorer?

Candlelit Lantern Tour

Prepare for awe as your budding geologist gets an eyeful inside one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Each day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, park rangers lead a candlelit lantern tour through Left Hand Tunnel, an undeveloped section of the caverns. Children 6 and over (with a parent or guardian) will be amazed as they learn about natural science during this top-notch tour.

Bonus: Stick around to see thousands of Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats exit the caverns each evening from mid-April to late-October.

Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs

With classrooms ranging from the riverbeds and canyons of the Rio Grande Valley to the headwaters of the Jemez River, the Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are wonderful ways to explore the diverse ecosystems and cultures of Northern New Mexico. Camps include The Nature Odyssey Outdoor Adventure Program (grades 4-6), Living Earth Adventure Program (grades 7-8), and Backpacking Adventure for Teens (grades 9-12).

Is your child a Class Clown?

Circo Latino

This lively program engages a diverse group of students ages 8-13 in an exciting and intensive circus arts curriculum, including trapeze, clowning, juggling, hula hoops, stilting, acting, music, unicycle, and acrobatics and then allows these students to create a performance using these skills. The four-week program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque is committed to teaching wellness and resiliency through circus arts and incorporates skill building, physical activity, Spanish language, and training in leadership, cooperation and creativity.

Is your child a Wild Thing?

Take a Llama to Lunch

Kids learn the basics of ecology, sustainability, history and wilderness skills as they hike with llamas from Wild Earth Adventures. Each guided hike is accompanied by a gourmet meal (all fresh ingredients carried in by the llamas) to be enjoyed in the pristine wilderness surrounding Taos. Multi-day adventures are also available, where families may choose to summit peaks, explore ancient forests, or discover hidden alpine lakes and meadows. Educational nature games and lessons about tracking come standard, and evenings are enjoyed sitting around the campfire, telling stories, and having fun.

Bonus: Walk with a wolf near El Morro National Monument at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, or learn all about alpacas during an educational tour and feeding at Victory Ranch in Mora.

Is your child a Budding Buckaroo?

Cowboy Days

Curious cowpokes can get up close and personal with the Wild, Wild West during this two-day event each March at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Sharpshooting, blacksmithing, and gunfight reenactments take center stage as families are invited to learn about life as an old New Mexico cowboy. Also on the agenda are stagecoach rides, sheep shearing, wool dyeing and lessons about the importance of cattle, sheep, farming techniques and practices that are unique to New Mexico’s ancient agricultural history.

Fort Stanton Live and Old Lincoln Days

Kids on the hunt for action need look no further than these two events. Each July at the Fort Stanton Historic Site, and in August at the Lincoln Historic Site (both in SE New Mexico), families will encounter reenactments in period costume, old-fashioned kids games, and dynamic opportunities to learn the important history that forts played in the settling of the great American West, as well as experience what life in the 1800’s was like. As a bonus, Old Lincoln Days boasts the country's oldest running Western Pageant "The Last Escape of Billy the Kid."

Is your child a Creative Genius?

Arts Alive!

Every summer at the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Arts Alive! brings kids K-through-12 together with some of New Mexico’s most prominent folk and Native American artists. Children will learn about traditional art forms from different cultures as they make their own pottery, baskets, and notched paper picture frames. While enjoying the creative process, children learn the unique history and uses of their art creations and the place they hold in New Mexican culture.

Is your child a Cultured Character?

Flamenco Kids Camp

Held each June in concert with the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, children ages 6-12 are invited to learn the full range of flamenco arts and culture via classes in dance, guitar, cajón (percussion), cante (singing), Spanish language, and literacy. This two-week camp at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts concludes with a student performance at the historic KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque.

Bonus: Check out the Kids Camp at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for hands-on workshops in printmaking, pottery, and painting. Children also learn to cook their own Pueblo-inspired cuisine.

Is your kid a Math Whiz?

MathAmuseum

The MathAmuseum provides programs at the intersection of science, technology, engineering art, and mathematics. Its services include a traveling math museum, education programs, and communication training for subject matter experts. The soul of mathematics is recognizing and celebrating patterns.

Source: "New Mexico True Ed-Ventures"

 

Summer Events

by The Schnoor Team

August 31 – September 1

As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of New Mexico’s most esteemed crop. Festivalgoers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the Chile Festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop.  Hatch Chile Festival!

 

Please click: http://www.hatchchilefest.com/

Source: "Summer Events"

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