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Labor Day Weekend 2017-08-28

| August 28, 2017
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 Happiness Factor as a F[x] of Weather: 6.5

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Hither, Thither and Yon:

HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL - THIS WEEKEND

   

The official festival of Labor Day Weekend. Celebrate New Mexico's grape harvest with the state's top wineries as they uncork over 100 of their finest wines for you to taste and take home. Meet the wine makers, and enjoy great live music, fine food and art, in cool shade and comfort. Tickets include a Viva Vino wine glass for sampling great wine.  For Details, CLICK HERE

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  HOME GAMES with Reno through Thursday 

More info, CLICK HERE

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What a great idea.Dora Calott Wang MD and former chief of psychiatry consultations at UNM hospital, speaks about mental health DIY and apps for anxiety and depression. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger - we all have moments of anxiety and depression. But chances are you'll feel better doing something about them.

One of the few remaining Independent Bookstores in Albuquerque, BOOKWORKS is located in the Pennysmith's / Flying Star plaza on Rio Grande in the North Valley. A great place to hang out, browse the New Fiction table and afterwards, explore the shops.Thursday night you can grab an early dinner at Flying Star.  More on BOOKWORKS, Click here

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DINING SUGGESTION:

424 Central Ave SE • Albuquerque, NM 87102 • (505) 243-0200

Great food, great bar and terrific members of the Albuquerque community. Having your front yard torn up by A.R.T. isn't the best thing for business  - but they're accessible now and let's keep them in mind.   

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SANTA FE: It's That Time of Year Again!

ZOZOBRA. Tickets and info about taking the Railrunner up - Click here.

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Santa Fe Museum of Art

This sounds great:

THE FIRST SHOWING OF THIS EXHIBITION IN THE UNITED STATES.
 
The exhibition examines the many ways artists have used drawing as a means of recording and provoking thought from the fifteenth century to today .The internationally recognized line-up of artists is a ‘who’s who’ of artists through the centuries. The exhibition includes work by artists as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Franz Kline and Rachel Whiteread. Combining work from master artists of the past with artists working today, clearly demonstrates the common thread of drawing as the basis for creation. Drawing is one of the most effective mediums for the immediate expression and representation of an artist’s ideas. Drawing often serves as the starting point for other creative arts including painting, sculpture, even basic engineering design and architecture. The exhibition will help visitors to explore the range inherent in the medium of drawing and may even inspire them to draw as well. 

For more information, Click Here

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Two momentous events of the past week

The Pardon of Joe Arapaio. "Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life's work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration," the statement read. "Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is (a) worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon."  (Source: The White House)

Not everyone agrees with that assessment of a man who singled out Latinos, sent them to detainment centers that he proudly called "Concentration Camps"  - and was held in contempt for blatantly disregarding a Court Order to cease and desist these practices. Add to that the absence of normal deliberation on both the pardon and the transgender ban slipped in on Friday night when Harvey was bearing down on TX - and one has to question not only the decisions themselves, but also their timing.

Learn more about Joe: CLICK HERE

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HURRICANE HARVEY:

Scientists say the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has been stalled over the Texas Gulf Coast since Friday and dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas, were worsened by a lethal confluence of meteorological events: warm water in the Gulf of Mexico that intensified the rainfall, and a lack of winds in the upper atmosphere that could have steered Harvey away from land.

The driving rains continued for another two or three days, pouring an additional 15 to 25 inches over parts of Southeast Texas. Some areas, a National Hurricane spokesman said, could see as much as 50 inches of rain.

For the record: Donald Trump signed an executive order just days before Hurricane Harvey that scrapped many of the flood protections introduced by President Obama. In doing so, he abolished a number of flood standards in an attempt to get infrastructure projects approved more quickly. The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard is among those to have been rolled back 

Perhaps in the Trump Infrastructure Plan, the administration will avail themselves of collective and regional thinking and tackle, with forethought, what appears to be an ongoing and disastrous problem for Houston:  subtropical climate,  a low-lying coastal plain,  poor draining clay soil and an enormous amount of pavement. 

HOW TO HELP THE VICTIMS: Click Here

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NOTE TO DIARY

   

"In what may be her last appearance at the annual economic summit held in Wyoming, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday warned against forgetting the lessons of the Great Recession.

And she staunchly defended the post-crisis regulatory reforms that she says have made banks safer." (Source: NPR)

Read more about her thoughts on regulation and the economy: CLICK HERE

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PEOPLE TO WATCH

Alexander Zverev - #6 Seed at the US Open.  DETAILS

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Throughout it all, Happiness is still...

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 Enjoy your week.

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