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One of the most popular sporting events of the year, Paws for a Cause raises money for both animals and their humans. Bring Fido on a 10K run or a 5K walk, followed by games, demonstrations, contests, and vendors in the park.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s dog park is a great place to let them socialize off leash, as is Frank Ortiz Park. Mild as the weather is, May is already too hot to leave pets in the car. Bring them to lunch at one of the restaurants with outdoor patios that allow dogs on leash. Check out this blog post, The Boomer’s Guide to Travel, for ideas. We found a long list of pet-friendly locations by searching “Santa Fe” at this site.

For the humans in your group, Canyon Road is throwing open its doors for the first annual Passport to the Arts to launch the summer art season. Food, music, and art events will include “Quick Draw,” where artists execute works in 90 minutes to be immediately auctioned off.  A little east of town, the community of Eldorado holds its annual Eldorado Artist Studio Tour in May.

Collectors of Indian art looking for museum-quality pieces won’t want to miss Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, displaying works by more than 200 of the “best and brightest” in Native art. The event’s featured artist this year is the talented, Tony Abeyta, whose work is also showcased throughout La Fonda on the Plaza.  A portion of every sale goes to fund exhibits at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.  Iroquois artists take the spotlight at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ tribute to members of the tribe who have attended the Institute of American Indian Arts.

In music, American blues master Taj Mahal and the lively Latin band Los Pinguos perform at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. And coming up in June, roots-music fans will gather for the Thirsty Ear Music Festival, featuring Mary Gauthier, Robert Belfour, Chipper Thompson, Stray Ravens, and more.

Readers can catch a conversation with writer Lydia Davis at Lensic Performing Arts. Welcome spring at El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ Spring Festival & Children's Fair, with hands-on activities and costumed villagers shearing sheep and baking bread.

Get in touch with your inner cowboy on the Cattle Drive of the Century in southeastern New Mexico. A hundred head of longhorn cattle will be driven 60 miles in four days, and then auctioned off in Carlsbad. Participation options include renting a horse or joining the nightly cowboy cookout in a plain old car; registration is closed for riding your own horse.

Cyclists will want to sign up for the 27th Annual Santa Fe Century Bicycle Ride, one of the state’s favorites. It travels down the Turquoise Trail, across the Ortiz and San Pedro mountains, and across the Estancia Valley to the old village of Galisteo.

Car enthusiasts can ogle scores of “supercars” at the 2012 Gumball 3000 'Coast to Coast' Rally. This traveling party touches down in Santa Fe with 100 Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and other hot wheels.


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