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Author: Sophie Putka

The Art of Bee-ing

512 Arts Merges Art and Science in Cross Pollination Your average bee typically goes unnoticed. Only seven out of the almost 20,000 known species of bees in the world actually produce honey – the rest pollinate the earth’s plants. They live on every continent, and keep about a third of the world’s crops alive. As many as 500 species call New Mexico home. As part of a series of public programs, 516 Arts’ Cross Pollination opened on Saturday, August 19th, with an open forum, reception and pop-up shop. Cross Pollination seeks to honor these essential pollinators and what they...

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Rise and Shine with Helix Coffee and Yoga

Caffeine-craving yogis take note: a new place in town can offer you both the buzz and the burn in a cozy Nob Hill home-turned-cafe and yoga studio. Helix Coffee and Yoga, which opened in the beginning of July, offers two services in one as part of a business venture dreamed up by a local husband and wife duo, Vincent and Kristen LaVolpa. Combining Kristen’s passion for education and yoga with Vincent’s knack for coffee, the pair decided to build a community space that would offer coffee and food from local vendors, crafts by Albuquerque artists, and low-cost yoga classes...

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Bees Stay for Free

“I hope the wild bees will like all these materials,” says beekeeper and artist Valerie Roybal. Corrugated cardboard pieces, along with an array of bamboo, bricks, mud, wood, clay pots, and logs, form a dense buffet of materials arranged inside a wooden frame. The artfully constructed patterns of material dotted with holes are designed with a purpose in mind: to attract New Mexican pollinators. This “Bee Hotel for Wild Bees and Native Pollinators,” permanently installed at the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, is one in a series of events organized by 516 Arts called Cross Pollination, curated by...

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Run to the Railyards

Have you ever asked yourself where you could snag micro greens, framed artwork, French pastries, lip balm, flowers, and dog treats all in one trip without leaving the city? The answer: The Rail Yards. The ever-growing Rail Yards Market sits tucked in a quiet corner of 1st Street, in a blacksmith’s building from 1917 restored to its former glory. Every Sunday, the space comes alive for hordes of visitors and locals alike, offering an ever-growing spread of local produce along with local art, prepared food, and educational entertainment. I talked with Alex Paramo, Marketing Director for the Rail Yards...

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Spiced Roasted Carrots with Micro Greens and Yogurt

Roasted, tender carrots loaded with flavor contrast beautifully with crunchy, bright micro greens, creamy avocado and cool yogurt in this dish. Try it with any kind of root or roast-able veggie and whatever’s fresh at the Rail Yards Market or the Downtown Growers’ Market! Look for micro greens from Mountain View Growers and carrots from Two Rabbit Farms. From and adaptation of April Bloomfield and Jean-Georges Vongrichten’s recipe on Smittenkitchen.com Serves 4 Prep time 1.5 hours total Ingredients: Carrots: 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper Red chile...

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