Calendar of Events - Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

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"La Escalera" - A Staircase celebrating 45 years of Membership & Community
05/28/20 - 09/01/20
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Negocios Ahora - Reapertura y Estrategias de Comercializacin Durante COVID-19
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Open Together Campaign: Supporting Small Businesses Re-open
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Events in the month of March 2020

New Mexico's pro arena soccer team is making a run for the playoffs! Cheer on your New Mexico Runners at the Santa Ana Star Center for a 3 PM family friendly Sunday matinee! Don't miss out on the next exciting victory with high-scoring and edge of your seat arena soccer action. Be a part of the victory and bring your friends to cheer on your New Mexico Runners. What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets ONLINE NOW and let's GO RUNNERS!  

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3/2/2020 - 3/6/2020
In this 5-day comprehensive, hands-on training program, you'll learn and practice how to: (1) use The Grantsmanship Center's proven model for developing a proposal--a model so effective that many funders use the same structure for their grant applications; (2) develop a budget that answer the questions all funders ask; (3) identify grantmakers who are most likely to fund your programs...and much, much more!  And you'll receive 12 months of follow-up support from The Grantsmanship Center, including one proposal review and full access to the Center's databases of foundation, corporate, and government grantmakers!
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First Session is an orientation to a business owner's lifelong learning journey. It is a valuable first step for small business owners and entrepreneurs, especially before meeting with one of our mentors. You will learn about SCORE and all our small business resources and services.  We will help you clarify why you are in or going into business, the nature of your capital and the role of your business plan.  Accounting and marketing concepts and their relationship are discussed.  Held twice per month.  Free

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3/2/2020 - 3/16/2020

Playwrights and solo performance artists looking to develop new material now have a resource in Albuquerque - First Stage Scripts, new writing for the stage eXplored.

First Stage Scripts is a free monthly reading series meeting at Aux Dog's X-Space. The readings are moderated by Andy Mayo.

There will be two readings in March.

March 2 - 7pm - Camp Wonder by Vicki Meagher
Synopsis: Derinda, living by the motto "Live free or die," is sent to the re-education camp to cure her disloyalty to the regime. Her trainer, Walker, presents the alternatives: remain in camp with him and become a trainer, escape using the passwords he gives her, or be dodo'ed, which means executed.
Cast: Laura Norman, Angela Wilson, Jeff Dolecek, Jeff Hudson.
March 16 - 7pm - Serenity’s Shore by Andy Mayo

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Does your nonprofit need clarity on which evaluation method(s) make the most sense for measuring the impact of your programs? Join us to learn about the different methods and to plan your data collection protocol. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits and costs of data collection methods, including assessments, surveys, interviews and interactive focus groups. 
  • Identify a data collection tool that fits your organization.
  • Draft a data collection protocol. 


This 2-hour workshop is a follow-on to the Logic Models and Measuring What Matters workshop. Participants should bring their organization's logic model. Participants will consider the benefits and costs of various data collection options, including assessments, surveys, interviews and interactive focus groups. They will then choose the option that fits their organization goals, and yields the best data for the effort. Finally, they will develop data collection protocols that address outputs and outcomes from the organization's logic model, and that make use of rubrics that capture levels of performance.  




Executive directors, operations managers, and program managers


Melissa Binder, Ph.D., is Director of the UNM Master of Public Policy and Associate Director of the UNM Evaluation Lab, which she helped create in 2015. The Evaluation Lab has worked with dozens of New Mexico nonprofits since then to build effective and sustainable evaluation systems that are inclusive, embedded, and that measure what really matters. The Evaluation Lab has two programs:  a student fellowship that partners graduate students with nonprofits looking for hands-on support, and an annual Summer Institute that trains nonprofits in building internal evaluation capacity.  Melissa is also a faculty member in the UNM Economics Department. 

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Water and Ancient Environments on Mars with Ryan Jackson
Rocks store a record of the environment in which they were laid down, on the Earth as well as Mars. Current work by scientists working with the Martian rovers are showing that the history of Mars includes rivers and lakes which are not too dissimilar from what was present on Earth at the same time.  

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FREE event for teens at Explora! â€‹

The Smart Microgrid with Rudy Montoya, UNM Research Assistant

Not too long ago, power failures were catastrophic events that would disrupt thousands of families, businesses, and city/state infrastructure. Rudy is a mechanical engineer working to change the structure of today’s electrical grid system to intelligently manage power changes, incorporate sustainable energy, and to increase the efficiency of the current grid. In this Café, you can interact with a 3D model of the SMART Microgrid, play with electromagnets, and create electrical circuits.

Teen Science Cafés (aka. Café Scientifique) are informal teen-friendly presentations and activities with local scientists, engineers, and other professionals. They offer hands-on demos or activities and local career connection opportunities, to help spark interest in STEM career options.

Funding assistance for Explora Teen Science Cafés, (aka. Café Scientifique), is provided by New Mexico EPSCoR.

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3/6/2020 - 3/27/2020
We want to welcome Southwest University of Visual Arts to downtown Albuquerque!

You're invited to join Homewise, One Albuquerque and ABQ Artwalk for the opening reception of the SUVA Showcase of Art & Design at the Orpheum Community Hub next Friday, March 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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The first Saturday of every month.  Chef cooks up a special supper.
For March we are recreating a Santa Maria Style BBQ with garlic roasted tri-tip, ranchero beans, pico de gallo, artisanal tortillas, comes with a glass of wine and dessert.

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Has your business generated revenue for less than a year?  If so, you're probably a startup!  From idea stage to business success, get the feedback you need in this interactive Q&A style session, facilitated by Vic Berniklau and Pete Mikelson.  Held every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm. Free.  Attend as often as you like.  

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FREE workshops designed to help caregivers understand the disease, how it affects thinking, feelings and behaviors – as well as approaches that encourage success in the lives of families facing Alzheimer’s disease. The importance of self-care will also be emphasized.  Professionals are also welcome!  To Register or for more information, contact Denise Parras, Program Specialist at or call 505-266-4473.

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3/12/2020 - 3/13/2020

A Camp for Grades K-5 during the APS Spring Conferences!

Day 1: Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Disastrous Deterrents
Day 2: Friday, March 13, 2020 – The Science of Pi and Pie

School's Out Camps are offered at Explora on Albuquerque Public School holidays. These full-day camps are multi-age, collaborative experiences for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

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The New Mexico Aquarium Society is hosting the very first fish swap in the state of New Mexico.  A fish swap is a fun event where local hobbyists and vendors can buy, sale or swap fish, coral, aquarium plants and pond related items.  This will be a great opportunity to join the only fish club in New Mexico. The swap will be held at Mud Monsters 5101 Edith Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87107. March 14, 2020 starting at 1PM and concluding at 4PM.

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Do you have the necessary paperwork, strategy and skills in place to respond to a funding opportunity? Join us to learn how to get your organization prepared for future grants. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about different types of grant funding
  • Know where and how to look for funding prospects
  • Appreciate why grant makers fund projects
  • Learn tips and practices to help organize and prepare for proposals
  • Understand what to look for and how to read a Request For Proposals (RFP)


Is your organization grant ready? 

This training is geared for those who want to be confident they are prepared when the next grant with a tight deadline comes around. So before you put pen to paper, come to this training to learn the importance of aligning your grant writing efforts with your organizational mission and fundraising strategy. You will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, how to conduct successful grant prospecting, and how to match your proposals to grant guidelines.

The session engages participants in interactive group exercises, lecture, discussions, and tips and techniques so that all participants will leave the class understanding how to research, plan for and develop their specific project to best appeal to grants funders.

The information and tips shared during the session are valuable whether you will be writing grants, working with a team of grant writers, contracting with an outside grant writer, or overseeing internal grant writing efforts.




Development Directors, Executive Directors, Program Managers, development staff 

This training is intended for those in the nonprofit sector who are new to grant writing or who want to prepare their organization to be grant-ready. 


Jill VonOsten, MBA, is president of ORG Agents, LLC. - a firm that provides training, organizational development and project management services to nonprofits. Jill is a seasoned trainer and administrator with over 25 years of experience. She has developed curriculum and customized trainings on a variety of topics, including nonprofit management, volunteer coordination, project management, board development, leadership, ethics, strategic planning, evaluation and grant writing.

Jill served on the Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide. Her wide breadth of nonprofit experience includes serving in the positions of Executive Director, Board Member (including terms as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary), Associate Director, Program Coordinator and Project Manager. A long time grant writer and grant writing trainer, Jill has also developed Request For Proposals, and served on grant reading and selection committees.

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NAWBO New Mexico is excited to announce that it has partnered with Google in its “Grow with Google” program, which is bringing us this valuable live event. In this 60 minute interactive workshop, you will learn to harness the power of Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.
In this session learn how to:
  • Create, claim or update your Business Profile on Google 
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile


Maria is one of the select group of speakers for the Grow with Google partner program. She helps businesses profitably harness their personal brand, content, and referral marketing. Her wide range of clients includes hotels, restaurants, inventors, authors, and web series creators. 

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You don't want to miss this event. Learn to maximize the benefits of a valuable free online Google tool that can help any business or nonprofit organization increase their online visibility and get more customers.

Even if you already have a Google My Business page, there are new features that can make it an even more valuable part of your marketing.

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NAWBO New Mexico is excited to announce that it has partnered with Google in its “Grow with Google” program, which is bringing us this valuable live event. In this 60 minute interactive workshop, you will learn to harness the power of Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website with Google trainer Maria Elena Duron.

In this workshop you will learn how to:
  • Create, claim or update your Business Profile on Google 
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile

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A free bankruptcy workshop available to NM Veterans. 


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The 6th annual “Ballooning for All Day” accessible ballooning event is free and open to the public.  Everyone of all abilities are invited to observe and if you choose, crew hands-on with Hot air balloon pilots. Ten to fifteen hot-air balloons will inflate on the grounds of the Balloon Museum, with some offering tethered rides. Held in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day.


7:00 - 9:00 am

  • Balloon Inflations
  • Crewing
  • Tethered Rides
  • Wheelchair Accessible Gondolas on-site (Weather Permitting)

8:00 - 11:00 am

  • Breakfast Tailgate Festival
  • Food Trucks
  • Resource Booths
  • Shining Stars Art Exhibit by DOH

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It's the final home game in the 2nd season for New Mexico's pro arena soccer team! We need you to come out and cheer on your New Mexico Runners at the Santa Ana Star Center kicking off at 5 PM! You don't want to miss the high-scoring and edge of your seat arena soccer action. The New Mexico Runners are New Mexico Family owned and operated! We are New Mexico True and we need you to make some noise. What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets ONLINE NOW, come experience the fun and let's GO RUNNERS!  

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Join over 600 business and community leaders for an evening of fun and changing the lives of children
who have been abused and abandoned. 

There will be incredible items available at our exciting charity auction, as well as an exciting raffle. 

We invite you to join us as we kick back, relax, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Margaritaville. Our 19
th annual Charity Cruise gala will be held on March 21, 2020, at Isleta Resort & Casino where we once
again gather to celebrate and support the children of El Ranchito.

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Is access to capital holding you back from growing your small business?  Get the expert answers you need in this interactive Q&A style session, facilitated by local funding and alternative financing experts Stephanie Skaggs and Jim Byrd, plus guests.  Held every 4th Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm.  Free.  Attend as often as you like. 

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Live Spanish guitar and Flamenco Dancing featuring Juani de la Isla, Valeria Montes and Jackson Valencia.
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3/26/2020 - 5/26/2020

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