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Gourd workshopHoliday Gourd Ornament Workshop

On Saturday, December 4, the Friends of Coronado State Monument will be hosting a holiday gourd ornament workshop.

For hundreds of years people living in the Southwest put their creative talents to use by fashioning beautiful holiday ornaments from natural objects they found around them in the environment. Join us at Coronado State Monument during this Holiday season in the creative tradition of Gourd Art. Create your own family keepsake with a buffalo gourd.

These gourds have been used by Native Americans in the Southwest for more than 9,000 years for multiple purposes – from medicinal to decorative. These gourds are easily found growing along the road or up fence posts. It’s a wonderful Holiday activity for children with parents and grandparents.

The buffalo gourds and all the materials will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination. Everyone will create two ornaments, one for the Monument’s tree and the other for their own.

The event will be held at Coronado State Monument, located off I-25, Exit 242. Go 1 ½ miles west on Highway 550 to Kuaua Road. The cost is $10 per person or family, and cash or check is accepted. There are two sessions: 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please contact Pat Harris at 505-822-8571 for additional information and for reservations.

Santa rides the Rail Runner Express

Santa rides the rails from Belen to Santa Fe and back for Christmas Photos on the train!

On Saturday, December 4, people will once again get a chance to have their child’s photo taken with Santa Claus aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Santa will begin his journey at the Downtown Albuquerque Rail Runner station when he boards the 9:40 a.m. train heading south to Belen. Once he arrives in Belen, he will hop on the 10:46 a.m. train heading north and arriving at the Santa Fe Depot at 1:04 in the afternoon. At 1:17 p.m., Santa will leave Santa Fe and take the Rail Runner all the way back to Downtown Albuquerque where his journey will end.

Rail Runner staff is recommending that passengers wanting to take advantage of “Saturday with Santa on the Rail Runner” simply find a seat on the train, have their camera ready, and let Santa come to you! Holiday carolers will also be on board to entertain from the Albuquerque Boys Choir (ABC) and the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA), and Santa’s helpers will be visiting each train car handing out candy canes.

Also on Saturday Dec. 4th, people will be able to pick up all kinds of New Mexico Rail Runner Express memorabilia. There will be a portable Rail Runner merchandise kiosk set up at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station where people can purchase “everything Rail Runner” – including toy trains, Rail Runner calendars, soft shell fleece jackets and more! So drop by and shop for the Rail Runner rider on your Christmas list! The kiosk will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both Saturdays.

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