The Daily Lobo knows you are busy — preparing for the long weekend, of course. We want to prepare you for the festivities that lie ahead, which is why we found some free events, special deals and random free stuff online. If you are planning or know of a free event, please send the event info to hriley@unm.edu.

MONDAYS- CHICK-FIL-A FOR VETERANS

If you have a military ID, Mondays are just a little bit brighter now. The Chick-Fil-A in the Cottonwood Mall serves a free meal to anyone with a valid military ID. The Chick-Fil-A website doesn’t specify what the meal is, but if you get those waffle fries, I would say it’s worth it. Chick-Fil-A in the Cottonwood Mall is at 3801 Ellison Rd N.W.



SATURDAY- HOPS AND HARVEST

You can get into this event free if you are 21, and maybe if you have some nice friends you can get them to buy you a beer. This shindig at Marble Brewery celebrates the Downtown Growers Market’s 15th anniversary. Even if you are too poor to buy a single beer while you’re there, the proceeds go to Downtown Growers Market you know, your ears will be tickled by the sounds of local bands such as The Porter Draw, the Squash Blossom Boys and Three String Bale. The event is from 1-7 p.m. at Marble Brewery on 111 Marble N.W.

PUMPKIN CARVING STENCILS

Visit the “Better Homes and Gardens” website and find a free pumpkin stencil that tickles your fancy. You’ll need it to start practicing for the annual pumpkin carving contest held in the lower level of the SUB each year. The stencils range from the classic silly pumpkin face, to the more contemporary pumpkin design of “LOL.” I almost laughed out loud when I read that. Almost.

Go to bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-carving/printable-pumpkin-stencils/.

UNM METEORITE/ GEOLOGY MUSEUMS

Some people say rocks are boring, but I say it can never hurt to take a look at the foundation of that on which you stand and give it a little undivided attention. With that bit of perspective, it is definitely time to go to the Meteorite Museum and the Geology Museum, both of which are conveniently located in Northrop Hall. The Meteorite Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Geology Museum is open 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CRAIGSLIST

Craigslist only wants the basics for its users: a place to sit after a long day, a way to keep warm and assistance with trick-or-treating. This week, as of Sunday at 6 p.m., there were three postings for free places to sit: two were couches and chairs and the third was a toilet. Also of note, free kindling. It’s getting chilly, but not chilly enough to turn the heater on. What could the solution be? Well, build a fire, of course, but only for those of you who have a safe place to do it. There was also an ad for free children’s and women’s clothes and costumes. The ad said some of the items need light sewing, but if you play your cards right you could be in the running for best Halloween costume.

-Hunter Riley**