Plenty of great, free things for students of all kinds. For those who enjoy a quiet game of chess to a blow-your-ears-out live performance, this week has it all.

Games for thinkin’ folks

Stretch your critical thinking muscle (also known as your brain) at the Chess and Mahjong Night, hosted by Mantis Kung Fu. The gaming session starts at 6:30 p.m. and players are invited to bring their own chess or mahjong sets. Mantis Kung Fu is located at 6910 Montgomery Blvd. N.E. All ages.

Say it with rhyme…and music

Santa Fe poet Wayne Lee will read his poems to the sweet flutings of Wendy Dankoff at Bookworks. The evening event will kick off at 7 p.m. Bookworks is located at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. All ages.

Rock out with a local

Local musician Chris Dracup has no shortages of performances. His show at the Monte Vista Fire Station will be his third this week alone. Come check him out at 9:30 p.m. Monte Vista Fire Station is located at 3201 Central Ave. N.E. 21

For the birds

Take a car tour of the Bosque del Apache as you and the group look for raptors wintering in the refuge. Stops will be made along the way for many other bird sightings. Attendees should bring water, lunch and binoculars. Contact Bobbie at to register. All ages.