The 14th annual Halloween costume contest at the Library Bar and Grill went down on Saturday, October 27th. People came dressed in their best costume to compete for a chance to win some amazing prizes including a big screen TV, vacation packages to Mexico, Las Vegas, and lots more!!! DJ Unseen was in the house dropping the beats and keeping people dancing all night long.
Nob Hill Bar and Grill and Dj Ian Evan set the stage for an awesome night in Nob Hill with Halloween costumes, beats and drinks!
The new hot spot Blue Agave Republic stepped it up for their 2018 Halloween party showcasing their Agave Horror Show that featured spooky drink specials, DJs and a big costume contest with a prize of $300!
Last Saturday on October 27th 2018, Effex Nightclub opened it’s doors for an epic Halloween party appropriately dubbed ‘Icons and Idols’. The party never stops in downtown Albuquerque. Stay tuned for more images from this year’s Halloween parties. Be sure to stop by Effex Nightclub on Wednesday Oct. 31st for their Halloween Club Takeover, with multiple Djs providing another night of festivities at the popular downtown club.
By Nichole Harwood
Photos Courtesy of Andrea Jacquin
A call has been put out to all heroes brave and tall, adventurous and small to attend this year’s Hanging with Heroes.
Hanging with Heroes will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Veteran’s Memorial Park located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE. The family-friendly event looks to tie together the fictional heroes of childhood with the real heroes serving the community.
Event Coordinator with Albuquerque Moms Blog, Andrea Jacquin said the event is looking to unite children with local heroes such as firefighters and police officers, while providing them with the opportunity to dress up as their favorite fictional superheroes.
“Children are all about the superheroes, but I think they may be a little caught up on the cartoons. In their mind it’s Spiderman, but really there is a lot of true heroes in our society and here they get the chance to make that connection to our local heroes,” Jacquin said.
For the admission price of seven dollars per individual, attendees of the event will have the opportunity to enjoy free Dion’s pizza and participate in activities ranging from face painting, riding the mechanical bull El Toro Loco to a costume contest which will feature prizes for winners.
Additionally, children of all ages will get a chance to meet community everyday heroes such as Albuquerque police officers, firefighters, emergency response, and military service members who will be in attendance.
The event will also include local vendors. I9 Sports have sponsored a photo booth and many more vendors which will be providing additional activities children and adults can look forward to. Attendees will be able to decorate superhero cookies, enjoy the talents of a caricature artist, and more.
To add to the atmosphere of the event the 501st Legion and Comic Crusaders will both be making an appearance dressed as beloved Star Wars and comic characters, respectively giving children a chance to meet their favorite fictional characters in real life.
Jacquin emphasized that the event is really an all ages event. The work that has gone into it for the last few months focused on ensuring there would be a range of activities everyone could enjoy.
“Really it’s for all ages because we have something there for everyone. I think even 13 year olds will want to get their picture taken with a stormtrooper or they may want to get a caricature drawing of themselves or see how long they can stay on the mechanical bull. It’s really great for all ages,” she said.
While the event is after Halloween, Jacquin said she knows that children like to dress up year around. She hopes parents will bring their children dressed up so they can enjoy being superheros as they meet real life heroes. With a variety of activities and entertainment to be found, Jacquin encourages all members of the community to come out and enjoy the family-friendly event.
“It’s just a great community event to get everyone together and kind of celebrate these local heroes while we enjoy our kids and family to0,” Jacquin said.
For more information on Hanging with Heroes click on the link here.
Dj Ian Evan is throwing down Friday nights at Nob Hill Bar and Grill for his Upscale Friday Nights. Be there this Friday 10.26.18 for an upscale night in Nob Hill.
Jason Sanchez was born into a legacy of boxers. With the current boxing record of 12-0 with 6 knockouts under his belt the native New Mexican is planning on adding to his family’s lengthy legacy in boxing this Oct. 31 in Panama City.
By Nichole Harwood | Photos by Marissa Perez
Sanchez grew up surrounded by boxers and as a child he watched his two older brothers Jose Luis Sanchez and Alan Sanchez rise as professional boxers after they followed in the footsteps of their father Jose Sanchez Sr. who boxed as an ameuter.
Together Sanchez and his family have worked together to establish a legacy while chasing the dream of one of the family becoming a world champion. They have grown and stuck together even through tragedy as on April 23, 2015 Sanchez’s older brother Alan Sanchez passed away.
With his remaining brother and father Sanchez and his family persevered and together opened up Sanchez Brothers Boxing just this summer on June 1.
“Sometimes I can feel him (Alan Sanchez) here,” said Sanchez’s mother Eva Sanchez.
Despite the loss the family has continued forward positively and the opening of the gym was a large accomplishment for Sanchez and his family who said they worked together to contribute to its opening.
“It felt really good,” Sanchez said. “We all worked on the gym together, we painted it and now that it’s open it just feels great.”
In honor of the oldest Sanchez brother the gym held its first 1st Annual Alan Sanchez Memorial Boxing Show Sept. 29 which featured an ameteur boxing competition.
Now Sanchez a father of two himself and a teacher at the family gym, said his family and gym are relentless in supporting him in his career.
“I’ve always been there for their fights and they have always been there for mine,” Sanchez said.
While Sanchez is the latest link in his family’s boxing legacy he said he would support his two children if they pick up the helms and go forward as well.
“It would cool- I would let them do it,” Sanchez said.
Having gone professional just five years ago Sanchez said the transition from ameuter to professional came with difficulties as Sanchez said it wasn’t easy to get fights in the first few years. Despite this he overcame and in the last year has seen an increase in opportunities to fight, he said. Due to his opponents identity being a mystery often until a few weeks before the fight Sanchez is always training hard for his upcoming fights.
Sanchez’s brother Jose Luis Sanchez will be fighting at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Oct. 20th with Sanchez’s fight following in Panama quickly after. His upcoming fight will mark a special occasion as it will be the first fight Sanchez will participate in since the opening of Sanchez Brothers Boxing. Sanchez’s has always had a supportive family but now he will be going into the October fight with both his family and gym who are behind him constantly encouraging him and cheering him on.
“It feels good to have a team behind me,” Sanchez said.
With Sanchez and his brother helping to train members before training themselves the gym welcomes those of every age. Currently Sanchez Brothers Boxing oldest member is 45-years-old while the youngest member is only 5-years-old.
While still a young gym Sanchez himself has felt pride in his gyms team members as just recently a few children from the gym participated in there first fights, winning them.
“It was pretty cool, them winning their first fight and we were able to help them out,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez himself intends to win his upcoming fight and continue to push forward towards his dreams. Sanchez’s passion for boxing stems not only from his desire to win the world title but also from watching each family member contribute to boxing.
“Always training around my brothers and my dad and then finally opening up this gym that along with everyone here including the kids motivated me to be someone,” Sanchez said.
Recently, Albuquerque celebrated Japanese tradition and the welcoming of autumn with its annual Aki Matsuri festival on Sunday, September 23rd at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The event was hosted by New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League (NMJACL) and provided plenty of vendors showcasing custom crafts, delicious food trucks, and plenty of entertainment, from traditional folk dances to a ramen eating contest.
On Saturday, August 25th, downtown Albuquerque was transformed into a festival for an evening dedicated to the music and arts. This annual event featured multiple local and national acts, musical performances, crafts, and artwork. Enjoy the photo galleries of the highlights from SOMOS!