Relentless Beats, Crowdsurf & VIVA ABQ presented Parade of Bass Festival on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Balloon Museum Park in Albuquerque, NM 87113. Enjoy four galleries of photos from the event![Read more…]
Memorial Day weekend ushered in by PhaseOne and the energy he brought with the crowd. His choice of heavy bass and dubstep had Effex Rooftop rocking and jammin to the low trembles of the music. People let loose, letting their energy flow and the dance moves do the talking. Here are the photos from Friday night.[Read more…]
ABQ-Live headed out to the newest club to hit Downtown Albuquerque this past weekend. While the new club hasn’t officially opened yet, we were able to get an inside look at what to expect from the downtown spot. Enjoy event photos from the private birthday party for the owner of Integrity Automotive.[Read more…]
MEOW WOLF TAOS VORTEX
IMMERSIVE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
AUG 16, 17, 18
Kit Carson Park • Taos, NM
Meow Wolf’s immersive weekend experience in Taos, New Mexico. Three days of live music, adventure, experimental interactions, and friends. Dive in!
By Nichole Harwood
CLNkids held its annual breakfast Friday, May 10, raising money to continue its work serving the homeless community in Albuquerque.
Formerly known as Cuidando Los Ninos, CLNkids is a non-profit organization that helps families suffering from homelessness by combining high-quality early childhood education with proven support programs for parents.
Sponsored by a variety of businesses, the goal of the event was to raise $25,000, which would then be matched by the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation. Several guest speakers delivered speeches during the breakfast including New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón and parent speaker Elizabeth Jaramillo. Both speakers passionately shared their personal experiences with poverty and homelessness, urging guests at the event to donate to CLNkids in support of its work for the community.
Colón spoke first, recounting his families past struggles with poverty and shared his experiences from a child watching his mother count out food stamps to a young man fighting to receive his degree. Colón told the audience that while his struggles were difficult, he received support from his local community, a community he said he saw coming together once again at the annual breakfast, continuing the fight against homelessness.
“When I got out of bed today, I knew it was going to be a great day because I knew that 500 New Mexicans were going to come together to lift up our community,” Colón said. “We’re coming together to see a vision that is different than what we have today — a vision where our children are cared for and we address homelessness in our community.”
Near the end of his speech, Colón shared and praised his experiences of CLNkids’ effective work, while urging attendees to donate.
“Your success in life will always be directly proportional to the success you help others achieve,” Colón said. “We are now changing the trajectory for families for a lifetime, and let me tell you, Cuidando Los Ninos does it better than anybody else.”
Attendees of the event were given a glimpse into the eyes of a child whose family was homeless in the form of a video. The video explored the state of homelessness as a little girl awoke in a vehicle only to then get ready for school within the same vehicle. Throughout the entire clip, a loving mother did her best to encourage her young daughter, smiling and helping her dress before the two waited at a bus stop.
The goal of the video was to buck the stereotypes that often revolve around homelessness showing a different face to a problem that affects over 500,000 people in the United States, according to the 2018 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report.
When Jaramillo took to the floor after Colón, she continued where the video left off, advising viewers to not stereotype and categorize those afflicted by homelessness. Instead, she asked the audience to consider the different circumstances an individual can find themselves in that can lead to homelessness — regardless of age, sex or education. Jaramillo emphasized the point by passionately sharing her story regarding homelessness and her children, highlighting her education and work experience and how both were unable to stop her and her children from losing their home when circumstances spun beyond her control.
After telling her story, Jaramillo told the audience about her experience with CLNkids and how their programs helped get her life back on a positive track. She ended her speech thanking CLNkids for their help while crediting them for making a significant impact in her life.
“It is essential that CLNkids gave us the resources that we needed to get back to where we were before,” Jaramillo said.
After thanking attendees for joining the breakfast and their willingness to donate to the cause, Jaramillo ended her speech before the attendees prepared to donate at the end of the event.
“I hope you guys continue to contribute and support CLNkids because it’s not doing anything but creating more positive outcomes for your community,” Jaramillo said.
Photos by contributing ABQ-Live photographer Michael Griego Jr
By Nichole Harwood
Albuquerque families and children were brought together in a united effort at ABQ Party Space on April 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. for Blessed and Beautiful’s 4th Annual “Hands are for Hugging NOT Hurting” event, honoring children who have been lost to abuse and violence.
Sponsored by local businesses, the event provided free food, games, and prizes for attendees. Additionally, many special guests within the Albuquerque community came out to the event to lend support for the cause including professional development team New Mexico Runners and local professional fighters such as Matthew “Papitas” Esquibel and Aaron “Angel Baby” Perez.
Event coordinator Chantelle Martinez said that there was a tremendous effort to ensure that attendees and their families would be able to attend free of charge. The goal of Blessed and Beautiful’s 4th Annual “Hands are for Hugging NOT Hurting” was to not only celebrate the lives of the children lost to abuse and violence, but also to honor the children of families and show them that they are unique and loved.
Science teacher with Marie Hughes Elementary, Natalie Trujillo, gave a speech to attendees before performing a duet with her eight-year-old daughter, Adelina Garcia, where the two sang “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy, paying tribute to the lives of the children lost.
Trujillo encouraged attendees to put their foot down and be a voice for child abuse victims and those who can’t speak for themselves.
“Let’s help make a profound impact on a child’s life by doing something as simple as defending them,” she said. “Think about it. If you are uncomfortable or too afraid about getting involved in something so serious, imagine for one moment how a child must feel. They’re probably scared, ashamed and alone. That can change if we can learn to work together to report child abuse.”
In addition to building community awareness around the effects of child abuse and how to prevent and report it, the event held a talent show to continue their significant focus on celebrating children. For the talent show, every participant received a prize. Children performed several different acts including duet dancing and singing for onlookers. The show was all inclusive, and attendees embraced each child’s talent.
With an enthusiastic and engaged crowd in attendance, Martinez hoped that those who left the event went home knowing that they were loved while appreciating the difference a community can make when they come together.
“I want guests to understand the effects of child abuse and to know that every second with their kid is special. I want them to embrace the moment, love their kids and have fun with them,” Martinez said. “The days go by fast, and you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”
Photos by ABQ-Live intern Naomi Romero
Photos edited by ABQ-Live photographer Gabriel Aro