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Best Kept Secrets of Albuquerque

For the month of April, we’re spilling the beans on some of Albuquerque’s best kept secrets.

1. Performances By Tricklock Company

Founded in 1993 by a group of UNM graduates and originally named Riverside Repertory Theatre, Tricklock Company is a local internationally recognized theatre company. The 60-seat black box theatre is located off Gold, just east of 2nd Street. Tricklock is dedicated to creating original performances as well as housing performances from around the globe. Tricklock also performs and teaches abroad in countries which include Uganda, Serbia, Scotland, Poland, Israel, Colombia, and Canada. Most notably, Tricklock hosts Revolutions International Theatre Festival which runs annually beginning in March.  The mission of Revolutions International Theatre Festival is to connect communities by bringing a broad scope of world theatre to New Mexico, creating a cultural and artistic fusion. Shows range from humor to fire-breathers to drama to contortion!  Check out one of their performances by reserving your spot here.

2. Jam From Heidi’s Raspberry Farm

This secret isn’t exactly hidden in Albuquerque, but it’s close enough and way too great to keep a secret. Started in 2001, Heidi’s Raspberry Farm provides delicious organic jam, flowers, and of course, raspberries to our community. The raspberries are grown, harvested, and prepped in Corrales and sold in stores around the country and at various farmer’s markets around Albuquerque, Corrales, and Santa Fe. The jam is made in small batches, and slowly cooked to ensure the color and vitamins are preserved. Heidi’s Raspberry Farm serves as refuge for healthy hives of local beekeepers. In return, the bees pollinate the raspberry blossoms. Other residents of the farm include a flock of Rio Grande turkey paying their dues by controlling insect population. Purchase some of Heidi’s delicious jam at a market near you, grocer, or online. Pick your own raspberries in the fall during “U-Pick“! Also, congratulations to Heidi who is spreading her jam across the country!

3. Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory

Every Friday night during the fall and spring semesters you can visit the UNM Observatory for free to stargaze when the weather is clear. UNM’s Observatory contains a 14-inch telescope with CCD camera inside the protective dome. An online sky-chart is provided for visitors to identify stars and planets during their visit. Those interested in visiting are encouraged to call the observatory’s information hotline or check the UNM website after 3:00 p.m to confirm whether the facility will be open that evening. The observatory is located on Yale Blvd. NE, two blocks north of Lomas – be on the lookout for a stucco building with white dome. Check out some amazing constellations from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the M Lot right next to the domed building.

4. Do Your Part – Foster A Cat or Dog

Do your part in taking care of our four-legged furry friends, foster a cat or dog! The City of Albuquerque offers a foster program for foster parents to provide temporary homes to animals including puppies, kittens, animals recovering from surgery, and animals with behavioral issues. This is a short term opportunity, but the devotion provided to these animals gives them a chance to be adopted by a loving home.

5. Burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks, Screamers.

The Grain Station is a family friendly restaurant serving American and German food. Founded by a German-American, born and raised in Germany, Kenneth Ashley’s menu provides a variety of delicious food sure to satisfy your craving. The vibe is mellow and the environment focuses on old school rock and hip-hop. Cassette tapes, local artwork, boom boxes, and collector spray paint cans are on display for all to see.  So, what’s on the menu? Take your pick from a variety of delicious meals including curry wurst, schnitzel sandwich, Philly cheesesteak, and hot wings aka “Screamers”.  The Grain Station serves up to 18 craft beers on tap. The Grain Station is located on Central, east of University and is open from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Stop by for a  unique dining experience. The Grain Station promises it will be one to remember!