Yes, we know you’re too harried by the pressure of pending finals to bother with distractions. On the off chance you’re procrastinating either by looking for gifts or otherwise wasting time, the Daily Lobo found some freebies that you can enjoy this week and beyond. If you know of a free event, please send the info to

Annual New Mexico Photographic Arts Show

So much talent in one place! Go check out the more than 125 New Mexican photographers, including hot shots the judges deemed the best. All the photos are for sale, but maybe you can score a cool business card for free that has a nice image on it. Pop that baby in a frame and you’ve got yourself a really tiny present. The photos are displayed in the EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery, located at 300 San Pedro Blvd. N.E., is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Tuesday.

$10-off restaurant certificates

This deal is brought to you by’s Feed It Forward program. You can send up to 40 free $10 gift certificates to your friends and family through email or Facebook. You don’t get to choose the restaurants, but the person you send it to will. Many restaurants have a minimum spending limit, but I bet if you are really nice to the person you send it to, they might consider taking you along for the discounted meal. For more information and to start giving, visit

Writing group

Join Teresa Ybarra Phillips and others for their weekly writing group, Exploratory and Improvisational Writing. You can develop your writing abilities in genres such as poetry, creative non-fiction and flash fiction. The group meets on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. To find out where, visit her blog at


-As of 5 p.m. Monday, there was a post offering a few boxes of kitchen miscellanea, including silverware, cookware and storage containers.

Another post advertised four cases of pint and quart-size mason jars. ‘Tis the season for giving, and you can make and store a lot of jam and fudge in these, as a gift for your sweet-toothed relatives.

-Of course, you’ll need something to store them in, but luckily there are also five vintage kitchen cabinets, gray-blue in color: The catch is that you have to pick them up. Come on, for free cabinets a little manual labor never hurt. All of these items can be found at