The very first Platinum Music Awards kicked off last week in Santa Fe with an awards dinner at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon.

The eight-year-old showed up to her first ballet class wearing metallic blue leggings. Mortified, she scanned the room of dancers wearing the standard dance attire: pink tights and a black leotard.

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Although Santa Ana Star Center and Garden Brothers Circus advertised a circus with animals, Garden Brothers failed to obtain a permit and will not be performing with animals at their show in the Star Center on Sunday.

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When television only had three channels, booking a late-night spot on a major network show made an entertainer’s career, “Last Comic Standing finalist” Joe Machi said.

A "Get a Clue" activity is running all day today at Loma Colorado Main Library.

The City of Rio Rancho is seeking applicants interested in filling the city council District 4 position on the city’s Arts Commission.

The Junior League of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative will host a free family event at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.

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    Observer staff writer

Christian musician Chris Tomlin and his “Love Ran Red” tour are scheduled to stop in Rio Rancho this month.

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Shoppers turned out in droves Saturday to the annual holiday arts and crafts fair, held at the Sabana Grande Recreation Center in Rio Rancho.

Syd Masters will present a concert Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Calvary Chapel, 138 Front Road.

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The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands will join other federal agencies in hosting a free fee weekend on Nov. 11-13 in honor of Veterans Day.

ALBUQUERQUE - The ABQ BioPark will observe Veterans Day on Friday with free admission to the Zoo or Aquarium/Garden for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the BioPark.  Families of deployed military personnel also will be given fr…

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Rapper Chris Brown, center, and his huge posse came to Rio Rancho last week to get into the Halloween spirit at the haunted house at the former City Hall. Brown had just finished a concert in Albuquerque, heard about the great reputation of the local haunted house and came to the City of Vis…

A three-week series of classes for folks who want to learn the basics of Country Two-Step, one of the most popular social dances in this area, taught by award-winning world country western dance competition champions.

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Couples dance during the Mayor's Gala on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. Money from the annual gala goes toward local charities.

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Rochelle Lucero, left, comforts her pug "Capt. Nicky," as they were part of the pet-owner lookalike contest. Lucero's daughter, Alicia Saavedra, looks on.

The Rio Rancho High School Master Dance Company celebrates its 14th year of performance with its first dance concert of the season, "Evolution," Friday and again Saturday at 7 p.m. in Performing Arts Center. "Evolution" is a choreographer's showcase featuring unique and diverse choreography …

  • BY GARY HERRON
    Observer staff writer

It'd probably be a stretch to say that Paul Morton's favorite time of the year is Oct. 15 and 16, but it'd be close to the truth.

Dinner, dancing and perhaps a few stogies are on tap Friday when the 2011 Mayor's Gala hits the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.

Since 1994, "Sol y Canto" has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House, from the California World Music Festival to Boston's Symphony Hall, and you can hear them Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. The group consists of B…

As the practice of downloading music from the Internet becomes more common, the use of music CDs is declining. So goes the common thought. However, at the Rio Rancho Public Library, the music CD collection continues to grow. Judging by the number of checkouts, and the patrons constantly brow…

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    Observer staff writer

Centennial authors only come around once every hundred years, and it's with great pride, says Rio Rancho author Don Bullis, that he's won acclaim as the state's Centennial author.

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at the haunted house at the former Rio Rancho City Hall on Southern Boulevard. This house of horrors and frights is a two-story haunted house with a kids' fun zone. There will be a harvest carnvial for less-scary fun. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Big Joe's Dare to be Great Foundation.

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    Observer staff writer

After setting out on their own to explore their individual talents, the band Incubus got back into the studio last year to create their sixth album.

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    Observer staff writer

Rolinda "Sam" Tzamaloukas of Rio Rancho has flown in balloon shows all over the Southwest.

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Tractors pulling wagons loaded with hay bales served as transportation during the Corrales Harvest Festival last weekend.

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  • By GARY HERRON
    Observer staff writer

Meat and beer, not to mention music and magic, should make for a great foursome this/next weekend in Rio Rancho.

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The first floating billboard for the New Mexico Centennial was unveiled Wednesday morning at the balloon museum in Albuquerque. The state celebrates 100 years of statehood in 2012, and Gov. Susana Martinez, on hand for her first tethered flight in a balloon, urged New Mexicans to get out and…

  • By GARY HERRON
    Observer staff writer

Although Max Liebers says he doesn't drive at night anymore - the striping is too hard for him to see - it's about the only consolation he's given to being 93 years old.

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    For the Observer

BERNALILLO - Ulysses "Lou" Reid, a traditional Zia and Mesa Verde pottery maker, learned most of his pottery making skills and techniques at Coronado State Monument, where he spoke to interested locals about his pottery last Sunday.