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Now Serving Community Coffee

St Martin’s Hospitality Center whose mission it is to assist homeless or near homeless members of the Albuquerque community has now opened a most  excellent coffee shop open on the first floor of the apartment complex at 700 2nd St NW, corner of Lomas.  In addition to serving very high quality coffee beverages using their private label beans, they offer other hot and cold drinks, snacks and grilled panini sandwiches.  Or, just check out the menu: http://www.smhc-nm.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/The-Coffee-Shop-Menu.pdf

La Casita Rosada was so impressed by both the quality of the coffee and the mission of the agency that they have decided to stock only Community Coffee in the casita.  If you are local and don’t have a good reason to stay at La Casita Rosada yourselves, then drop into the cafe and give it a try.

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Sandia Peak

Sandia Peak Tramway:
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills at the end of Tramway Road.

Winter Sports:
The Ski Area is only 45 minute drive from the Albuquerque Metro area and fully equipped for a fun day on the slopes. Here you find Sandia Peak’s certified snow sports school, a complete rental shop, skiers’ cafe, and the Wintermill Ski Shop. NOTE: Skiers & snowboarders that access the slopes via the Tramway, must have their own equipment because no rentals are available at the Tramway.

Summer Sports:
Sandia Peak has 30 miles of mountain trails offer scenic adventures for the novice or the pro complete with a full service bike shop offering a fleet of 40 rental bikes.

Distance: 12.2 miles
Website: http://www.sandiapeak.com/

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Sandia Resort & Casino

Spectacular Sandia Resort and Casino offers a refined and sophisticated atmosphere inspired by New Mexico’s pueblo culture. A striking cobblestone porte-cochere entry greets arriving hotel guests, who are welcomed into the grand lobby highlighted by the mountain view and unique architecture featuring native pottery and art. Whether you are here to game, dine, golf or relax at the Green Reed spa, you will discover something new around each corner.

Their fully equipped spa allows you to escape to a world of total relaxation. Leave behind the cares of everyday life and let us pamper you with stress-reducing treatments like hot stone massage, rejuvenating facials and indulgent manicures and pedicures.

The unique Sandia Resort & Casino combines the rich pueblo heritage of the Southwest with the comforts of a deluxe resort.

Distance: 9.2 miles
Website: http://www.sandiacasino.com/

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Balloon Fiesta Park

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than three decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air.

Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year October 2 through 10, 2010.

From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. Our signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

Distance: 8.3 miles
Website: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/

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Indian Pueblo CC

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s mission statement is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Make certain to dine in the Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery that focuses Native-Fusion cuisine is inspired by the traditions and ingredients cultivated by Native American ancestors.

Distance: 1.4 miles
Website: http://www.indianpueblo.org/

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National Hispanic CC

The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico is an establishment for preserving and promoting the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The NHCC is located in the South Valley of Albuquerque, just south of downtown on Avenida César Chávez and 4th St., and features a variety of architecture including a renovated hacienda-style school and modern buildings as stylized Mayan pyramids. The Executive Director is Dr. Estevan Rael Gálvez.

The NHCC is dedicated to the study, advancement, and presentation of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Since its grand opening in 2000, the NHCC has staged over 20 art exhibitions and 400 programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. Programs have featured local, national and international artists, scholars and entertainers. The NHCC provides venues for visitors to learn about Hispanic culture throughout the world. The Center currently sponsors two literary awards, the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize established in 1993 by Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya for emerging Chicana/o writers, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, awarded biennially to an author whose body of work has become influential.

Distance: 0.9 miles
Website: http://nhccnm.org/

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Founded in 1927 on 64 acres next to the Rio Grande, the ABQ BioPark Zoo offers visitors close encounters with more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Popular species include seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, koalas, Mexican wolves, monkeys, jaguars, Komodo dragons and zebras.

State-of-the-art exhibit design and eye-pleasing landscaping enhance zoo animal husbandry by creating naturalistic habitats with trees, grasses, water features and rockwork. Walking distance through the Zoo is about 2.25 miles. The Zoo is a facility of the ABQ BioPark, which is a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department.

Distance: 0.8 miles
Website: http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/zoo/index.html

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Downtown Albuquerque

Downtown Albuquerque is the central business district of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is where a large number of the city’s high-rise buildings are located, as well as being the center of government and business for the region.

Downtown is roughly defined as the area between Marble Avenue, Coal Avenue, Seventh Street, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks.

Downtown Albuquerque is laid out in a standard grid pattern, with numbered north-south streets and named east-west avenues. Central Avenue (originally known as Railroad Avenue) is the main east-west thoroughfare through the center of Downtown, while Lomas Boulevard (originally New York Avenue) is a major east-west arterial through the north part of downtown.

Distance: 0.7 miles
Website: http://downtownabq.com/

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ABQ Biopark

The ABQ BioPark includes the Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Zoo and Tingley Beach. Our mission is to provide the public with exciting recreational opportunities and to foster environmental awareness, education and stewardship. The ABQ BioPark is a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department.

Distance: 0.7 miles
Website: http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/index.html

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ABQ BioPark Aquarium

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium takes visitors on a journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh water riverine, estuarine, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean and deep ocean species are represented along the way. Other highlights include an eel tunnel, seahorses, luminous jellies and a 285,000 gallon ocean tank where brown, sandtiger, blacktip and nurse sharks swim alongside brilliantly colored reef fish, eels, sea turtles and open ocean species.

The Aquarium is a facility of the ABQ BioPark, which is a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department.

Distance: 0.7 miles
Website: http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/aquarium/index.html

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