Job loss. Mortgage crisis. Failing banks. Stimulus plan. Recession. The news these days isn't exactly a source of peace of mind. For me, I've looked to local organizations for inspiration and motivation. Right in our backyard, the non-profit sector is pushing hard to make a real difference in peoples' lives.
I've volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque
for merely a year (and recently joined the Board), but in that time I have gotten to… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on February 22, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Heads were swiveling in Old Town today as bypassers tried to determine, 'what is that noise?' An odd variety of pigeon? Recording of new age nature music? Squinting and looking up at the sky, there circling in a chaotic formation are hundreds of what I've determined to be Sandhill Cranes taking a brief vacation in Albuquerque.
It has been reported that cranes travel in groups by the hundreds soaring in air thermals with their 6.5 feet wing… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on February 22, 2009 at 2:03pm —
Wednesday night. Nob Hill Bar & Grill. It is 8:30 pm, and I've put in three solid hours of networking. Power handshakes. Greasy business cards. Fake laughs. And there you are. As I'm ready to walk out the door. With a tap on the shoulder, and a quick turn to look, you made my week... with your napkin art.
What a great gift, being handed a portrait of yourself on a bar napkin at the end of a long day. As an artist myself, what can I say… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on February 12, 2009 at 9:32pm —
What a pleasant surprise to hop onto DCF and see that my favorite local salon, and good friends, have joined the community. If you don't know of Loft 47 Salon
, then please do me a favor and check them out ASAP. They're down-to-earth, friendly, with an amazing eye for color and edgy cuts and styles.
The salon opened a few years ago in their current location at 4605 Menaul NE. Owners, Grey & Amanda… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on February 8, 2009 at 8:42pm —
Just returned from an exciting and eventful visit back home to the DC / Maryland area. Although we didn't have tickets to any Inauguration events, we were hell bent on being in the area. To say the least, the experience was once-in-a-lifetime.
To save money on flights, we flew into Philly and took the Amtrak into DC. Just earlier that day Obama took the same route. Phily's 30th Street station still had confetti remnants on the floor of the… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on January 22, 2009 at 8:00pm —
I only live two miles from my work, yet I somehow get mixed up in odd scenarios in that limited four minute drive. More recently I 'rescued' a house rabbit that was hiding in tumbleweeds (after getting stung 50+ times by red ants and peed on by such rabbit). Today's experience was more serious, a two-year-old boy with no shoes or coat on standing in the middle of a busy road in 30 degree weather with no parents or siblings in sight.
I turned around and pulled over and jumped out of… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on January 7, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Thanksgiving marks my first full year of going vegetarian. Don't worry, this post will not include the horrifying PETA video I received earlier this week. I'm not that much of a Debbie Downer on this "glorious" day of gratitude our country celebrates with balloon parades, football and eating a bird. However, this day that is so focused around food is an excellent time to appreciate sources of food and truly be thankful, or at least aware, about the… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on November 27, 2008 at 9:00am —
The highly anticipated launch of 'Drag Queen Pug' www.dragqueenpug.com
is just around the corner. Enjoy a sneak preview of the site, vision, and goal to help raise money towards local animal non-profits that support the adoption and care of adult dogs.
The site will feature my ab fab adopted pug, Douglas, (aka Ms. Douglas Bean). In 2009 I will chronicle her adventures on glamourous photo shoots as… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on November 24, 2008 at 10:42pm —
After a year long hiatus of painting, I find myself recently inspired to paint once again. The root of this creative surge? I'm not quite positive, but I think it might have to do something with Obama getting elected and being able to look towards the next four years with optmisim.
I'm not formally trained in art. In high school I took AP art courses, and dabbled a bit in college with art history courses, but that is the highest level… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on November 22, 2008 at 7:54pm —
You might have heard of WESST, but aren't exactly certain about what they do. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Karr, Development Director of WESST, and toured their new WESST Enterprise Center scheduled to open in early December 2008.
is a locally headquartered non-profit that assists small businesses reach their goals and succeed. In the new… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on November 22, 2008 at 7:00pm —
As a budding green event planner, I've benefitted from attending / speaking with current green event planners that have paved the way. Some events addressed every element down to the types of soy based inks they used when printing. Other events didn't even consider putting out a recycling bin for guests. The following list outlines considerations when throwing an event that is 'green'. Please add comments / ideas so collectively we can make a robust… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on November 15, 2008 at 8:00am —
DCF'ers should check Balloon Fiesta's homepage
often for event updates and news.
Just today we posted an update in regards to the gas balloon race originally scheduled to kick-off Saturday afternoon. Currently it has been postponed and tentatively has been rescheduled for Monday due to weather concerns.
Also, if you're on Twitter feel free to… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on October 3, 2008 at 11:00pm —
As a newly proclaimed political junkie, this has been one heck of a year. I've gone from nail biting, disgruntle blogging, and have personally dented the local supply of two buck chuck. It has been more manic than my family reunions, and that's saying something!
The past week specifically has prompted a higher level of involvement for me. Mike and I became more interested in connecting with other politically minded people and venting… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on September 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —
I volunteer with a local non-profit that seeks to address hunger issues w/ homebound population. At a recent Board meeting, we started brainstorming 'marquis' events to budget & plan for in '08.
There was a wide range of perspectives on events that can be effective for fundraising. One individual recommended a golf tournament because another chapter of this non-profit made $400k off of one tournament (can a NM golf tournament raise this much?).
If you've planned,… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on September 20, 2008 at 9:39am —
Heard from a friend that our local Make A Wish chapter is in need of volunteers to help fundraise at this year's Balloon Fiesta. Volunteers are needed to work shifts selling Balloon Fiesta program books and calendars. In turn, Make A Wish raises funds to help grant wishes for local children. They are trying to get 500+ total volunteers - please read on if even you can help out for just one shift...
More about this volunteer opportunity:
"We are actively recruiting 500+… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on September 14, 2008 at 5:46pm —
Local non-profit New Mexico Pug Rescue
takes care of pugs that are without a home. Owners, for a variety of reasons (moving, too busy, health issue, dog grew up from being a puppy, etc.), choose to get rid of their pugs, and if the pugs are lucky... they make it to pug rescue.
Kelly, the official 'pug lady' of the rescue, does amazing work. For the year that I've known her, at any point in time she could be taking care of one pug up to 10+.… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on August 21, 2008 at 5:30pm —
A story I did not expect to come across in the NY Times - 'Two Georgians Say They Have Bigfoot’s Body
Yes folks. The day has come that you can pause and sigh with relief. America has caught Bigfoot. Maybe we should send the Bigfoot Hunters abroad to solve our problems. They could locate the mythical weapons of mass destruction!
Favorite quote from the article:
“There’s a lot of comment being… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on August 15, 2008 at 2:31pm —
The New Mexico History Museum Launches in 2009!
Museum of New Mexico Foundation
in 2009 will launch their latest museum - The New Mexico History Museum. For more information on the museum, please visit their website
I had the pleasure to walk through the construction site - located directly behind the Palace of the Governors off the Plaza. The new museum will have an open layout,… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on August 15, 2008 at 2:24pm —
Every month, green-friendly people meet at One Up (previously Carom Club) downtown on the second Tuesday for happy hour. I've been the past three months - gets a good mix of local government, alternative energy, green building, etc. folks. Last night we had around 10-15 people, but the month before drew around 30+.
For more info: http://www.usgbcnm.org/events.shtml
Added by Jen Marshall on August 13, 2008 at 8:11am —
For my fellow 'moderately in shape' pals - what type of prep have you done before going on big hikes? In particular, Mike and I are doing our second attempt at La Luz on Labor Day weekend and I'm looking for any training tips and suggestions (although I'm probably too late to really "train").
Last year in May we felt ambitious and did the climb. We made it within a mile or so of the peak, hit ice, and had to hike ALL the way back down. Beyond feeling like Jello, it was an amazing… Continue
Added by Jen Marshall on August 11, 2008 at 9:31pm —