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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Weekly Free

Praise the lord, kiss the ground, it’s finally fall break. Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we’re free at last. If you want to celebrate but don’t have any money, check out these freebies and savor every free minute.

ELK FESTIVAL
TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Learn how antlers grow, watch an atlatl shoot-out and venture on a self-guided hike at the Jemez Mountains Elk Festival this week. The festival includes a variety of free events, which you can view at vallescaldera.gov/calendar/ViewCal.html, or follow the QR code. The Valles Caldera headquarters is on N.M. 4, Jemez Springs.

BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS
THURSDAY
You know you want to spend fall break learning about biomedical informatics. Or at least learn what that phrase means. Tudor I. Oprea gives this talk on Translational Informatics and Drug Discovery in room 228 in the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center. The talk starts at 9 a.m.

ART MUSEUM
SUNDAY
Escape the confines of everyday reality by immersing yourself in art. The National Hispanic Cultural Center offers free admission to its art museum on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then you can impress people at keggers with your sophisticated artistic knowledge.

CORONADO MONUMENT
SUNDAY
Get your history on by learning about that gangster Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. He’s one of the more controversial historical figures, so visiting the spot where he camped in Bernalillo shouldn’t be too boring. You can find the Coronado State Monument at 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, and it’s open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PUMPKIN PATCH
ANY DAY
Remember when choosing the perfect pumpkin was a matter of life and death? When mom had to drag you away after hours of trying to decide? Relive those memories at the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch. The patch is at 4349 Irving Blvd., and it’s open from  9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 31.