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Branigan Library offers free computer classes in May

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., will host free

Thomas Branigan Library holds National Library Month events

During National Library Week, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E.

Branigan Library offers free computer classes in March

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 201 E. Picacho Ave., will offer free

Conservation organizations launch the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert

Sage Café offers wide range of games and activities for seniors

City of Las Cruces Senior Programs offers many activities for seniors

NMSU plans to partner with service dog organization

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and

Community Calendar
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Black Box through October 29

No Strings Theatre Company presents "Little Shop of Horrors" running O

Historic Fountain Theatre shows I Dream in Another Language

The Mesilla Valley Film Society provides independent, foreign, and doc

Social justice exhibit on display at Branigan Cultural Center

The museums operated by the City of Las Cruces have a diverse line-up

46th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire brings festive fun for all

Grab your family and friends, dress in your finest Medieval garb, and

List of dances and other events

• Big Band Dance Club meets Thursdays at Alma d’ Arte Charter High

‘Migration Towards Stillness’ exhibited at Tombaugh Gallery

Sunday, September 10, the Tombaugh Gallery presents “Migration Towar

Beatriz at Dinner stars Salma Hayek and John Lithgow

The Mesilla Valley Film Society is a not-for-profit organization, the


The Young at Heart Chorus will present a free program at the Good Samaritan Auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. The one-hour choral program will feature Americana, including cowboy, Western and folk songs. The performance is open to the public with-out charge.

Young at Heart entertains residents of assisted living and nursing homes in the Las Cruces area. Currently there are about 25 members who practice two or three times and sing at four facilities each month. Music changes monthly, selected from a large collection of old songs, generally favorites of the audience and the chorus.

For more information on the Young at Heart Chorus, contact Ray Scroggins at 524-0511 or


A team of local women is taking on a fundraising and physical challenge to help find a cure for breast cancer. They will be walking 20 miles a day for three days at the Komen 3-Day in San Diego in November. The Happy Feet – All About the Journey team is led by cancer survivor Judy Miller who is taking on her tenth three-day journey.

Las Colcheras Quilt Guild and local artist Tiago Finato have donated items for a fundraising drawing to be held Saturday, October 7, at 1:30 p.m. at M. Phillips Gallery at 221 N. Main Street. The Quilt Guild donated a sunflower lap quilt and Finato donated a painting of Native American wedding pots. Drawing tickets will be sold at the Downtown Ramble on October 6 and just before the drawing at the reception and artists talk on October 7. For more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail


In a bid for sympathy and empathy, I, SWS Editor Cheryl Fallstead, note that I put this issue together with only one hand after dislocating my right shoulder during a misguided game of paddle ball. Working with one arm in a sling made me ponder the many things that are harder — or impossible — to do with just one arm, such as:

• Type without making typos and use a mouse on a computer
• Fold laundry
• Walk my three dogs
• Fix a PB&J sandwich
• Drive a car
• Get dressed (without hurting myself )
• Wash and blow dry my hair
• Tie my shoes
• Use my camera
• And most things in general


The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s 14th Annual Ice Cream Sunday is set for 12 to 4 p.m., on July 16, which happens to be National Ice Cream Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages four to 17. There are no passes for this event.

The event’s first 600 paying visitors will receive a coupon for a free fiveounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard, which will be served at the museum throughout the afternoon. Families and individuals may make their own ice cream by rolling tin cans or using plastic bags. Living history characters will host a fun room that features old-fashioned games. The museum also will have a plant sale as part of the festivities.

For more information, call 522-4100 or visit the website at


The City of Las Cruces knows how to celebrate Independence Day! At 9 p.m. on July 3, enjoy the Electric Light Parade. It begins at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Avenue, goes south on Solano Avenue, east on Hadley Avenue, and ends at Maag Softball Complex.

The afternoon and evening of July 4 will be filled with music at the Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Dr.

Live music begins at 4 p.m., with Play Me (a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond), followed at 5:20 p.m. by the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest (patriotic & contemporary), at 6:40 p.m., GAP X The Band (R & B/Soul), 8:30 p.m. Blue Oyster Cult (classic rock), followed at 9:45 p.m. by the mayor’s welcome and presentation of colors. A fireworks display will complete the celebration.


Continuing its 20 years of free, public concerts, the New Horizons Band of Las Cruces will perform at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Atkinson Recital Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

The performance will include four conductors, including long-time band leader John Schutz, Assistant Director Judy Bethmann, Rod Pior, and Jim Young.

Pieces to be performed include the “Star Spangled Banner,” “Santa Fe March,” “Earth Song,” “Czech Suite,” and “Overture to a New Horizon.”

For more information, contact Nora Yaryan at 649-1465 or Visit and


The New Mexico Office of Border Health and New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will host the Fourth Annual Spring Into Good Health event, a Community Health and Resource Fair Friday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr.

The event is free and open to the public. Spring Into Good Health brings together dozens of agencies and community resources to aid residents seeking self-improvement opportunities in celebration of National Public Health Week and Minority Health Month.

Services and information provided at the event include ways to stay active and eat healthy, family wellness, cooking and nutrition, and Medicaid services for ages 0 to 64. For more information, call Gilbert Padilla at 528-5111.


Mesilla Valley Hospice (MVH) has supported thousands of families through a loved one’s final days. Now there is a book that tells the history of the organization, its founders, and the hospice movement.

It was written by Dr. Terry Meyer, one of those founders and the organization’s associate medical director. Lorraine Padilla, MVH’s CEO, says, “The book is the story of inspired kindred spirits who started in the early 1980s to advocate for high quality holistic care of terminally ill patients in Doña Ana County.”

Safe Passage: History of Mesilla Valley Hospice is available for $19 at MVH, 299 E. Montana Avenue, and The Emporium, 106 Water Street. All funds from the first printing will be donated to support hospice.


January is famously the month of resolutions, which are often forgotten before the month has even ended. Perhaps those resolutions would be less ignored if they aligned with our existing interests. Which of these resolutions would be easy for you to keep?
• Spend more time with family and friends
• Enjoy the beauty of nature
• Instead of fast-food meals, enjoy delicious, healthful foods
• Learn a new game to play with friends
• Discover a new author and read all of his or her works
• Enjoy more concerts and plays
• Invite a friend to walk with you
• Learn something new, like a language, instrument, or skill
• Volunteer your time to support an organization you care about already


Here’s a random list of gift ideas just in case you need one more thing to wrap up your holiday shopping:

• Warm winter socks
• Bird feeder and bird food
• iPod or other music device
• iTunes gift card for above device
• Magazine subscription
• Wine of the Month club
• Adult coloring book and pencils
• Chocolate — really good chocolate
• Fancy scarf for cold days
• Season subscription to a theatre
• Gift certificate for art class
• Gift certificate for family portrait

And for that person on your list who really does have everything, check out the article on page 5. Select one of the many charities and give a gift in your family member’s honor.


The holiday season is here, inspiring home chefs to dig through family recipes to create dishes that are part of treasured traditions. As the keepers of family memories, older generations can be a wonderful resource for family cooks.

There are so many ways to share those special recipes these days, including a simple hand-written recipe card, a word-processing document with photos, an illustrated book — made easy as a drag-and-drop photo book, a family recipe Facebook page, or even YouTube videos starring you showing how to whip up your favorite dishes step by step (the grandkids can help with the tech!)

Making a traditional favorite dish for the holidays helps preserve family history. Be sure to share your special recipes with those you love in whatever form is best for you.


Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will host an open house event free to the public on October 15, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. BCOM is located at 3501 Arrowhead Drive on the campus of New Mexico State University.

Visitors to the open house day will be able to take open tours of the school’s new state-of-the-art building, which showcases the best in medical educational design. The design includes large and small classrooms, student group study areas, outdoor courtyards, hybrid gross-virtual anatomy laboratory, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) laboratory, a medical library, and a comprehensive simulation center located on the first two floors of the medical school.


The new Women Veterans’ Monument at Veterans Park on Roadrunner Parkway will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on September 10 at 10 a.m.

The memorial will feature bronze statues of women in the uniforms of different branches of the military and from different eras.

United Military Women of the Southwest is the driving force behind the monument, which they hope to dedicate in 2017.

The $406,500 cost to build the monument will be through capital appropriation funding from the New Mexico Legislature. However, the group is working to raise additional funds through a GoFundMe account. You can support the project at


Now through September 5, New Mexicans and visitors can submit photos of their favorite park or parks by uploading them at Photos are open to a public voting process, and entrants are encouraged to share their photos on social media. From the top 10 finalists in each of three categories — Best Photo from a State Park, Best Photo from a National Park or Monument and Best Photo from a Historic Site — a panel will determine the top three winners for each category. From all of the entries, one grand prize photo will be chosen by the panel to receive $1,000.

Additional prizes include: camping and outdoor equipment, GoPro camera, a kayak, overnight stays at locations throughout the state, bicycle tours, kayak rentals, passes to events, and more.


The Aging and Long-Term Services Department reminds New Mexicans they are required by law to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of incapacitated adults to the agency’s Adult Protective Services Division.

“In our state, we all have a duty to look out for vulnerable adults,” said Secretary Myles Copeland. “If you see something that makes you suspect an adult might be in a situation where there’s abuse, neglect, or exploitation, we urge you to report it to Adult Protect Services. The hotline to call is 1-866-654-3219.”

From July 2014 to June 2015, Adult Protective Services investigated more than 5,900 cases across New Mexico. Of those substantiated allegations, 53 percent were self-neglect.


Mesilla Valley Community of Hope recently received word that because of budget shortfalls at the state level, two MVCH grants that serve homeless and near-homeless veterans are being affected starting July 1. One $22,300 grant is eliminated and an $88,000 grant is at risk. These grants helped them serve 298 veterans last year.

Peter Ossorio, a veteran, has offered to match up to 20 donations in the amount of $50 each ($1,000). He is calling on other veterans and veteran organizations to meet this match. In addition, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Club will match up to $1,000 in donations.

To make a donation, go online to
make-a-donation/ or mail checks to MVCH, 999 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Put “veterans” on the memo line or online comments section.


Ana CastilloOn Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m., the Las Cruces Press Women will host feminist and Chicana writer and poet Ana Castillo. Castillo will talk about what it means to be a Mexican-American woman, feminist, and single mother in a world that often doesn’t feel like home. She will also discuss her latest novel, Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me.

The presentation will be held at the Good Samaritan auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle (in the activities building). The presentation is free to the public and books will be available for purchase. More information at


The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department is accepting nominations for the 2016 New Mexico Conference on Aging Awards. The awards recognize older adults and organizations whose work benefits New Mexico’s aging population.

The winners will be recognized at the 38th Annual New Mexico Conference on Aging, August 23 and 24. The conference provides education on trends, issues and resources relevant to older adults, caregivers and professionals who work with them.

Nominations are being accepted for four separate awards. A description of the awards and the eligibility requirements, along with the nomination forms, are posted at the Department’s website at Click on the Special Events tab.


The 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March, honoring both the fallen and the survivors of World War II’s infamous march, takes place at White Sands Missile Range Sunday, March 20. Seven Bataan survivors plan to attend the 2016 Bataan Memorial Death March.

The story of the Bataan Death March began April 9, 1942, when around 75,000 Filipino and U.S. soldiers were surrendered to the Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corp, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard. The prisoners were forced to march approximately 100 kilometers north to Nueva Ecija to Camp O’Donnell, a prison camp, in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. That was just the beginning of their ordeals. You can honor them by attending the march.


February is For the Love of Art Month, an event created by ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico.

Throughout the month of February, visual and performing arts events will be offered to help residents become more aware of art that is around us every day.

Studio tours open artists’ work spaces to visitors the weekends of February 13 – 14 and 20 – 21. Art exhibits can be seen at places expected and unexpected, from galleries to local businesses. The Branigan Cultural Center is home to the ArtForms Member Exhibit, but you can also find art at Insta-Copy and Toucan Market!

Get all the details in the guide, which is available at locations around town or as a PDF download at


During the holidays, we all receive pleas for donations from numerous worthy causes. It’s hard to determine which should receive your attention... and your funds. You’ll find several stories in this issue of Southwest Senior featuring some of those charities: Toys for Tots, pet organizations, and others.

If you’d like to donate your funds to an effort specifically for seniors, consider stopping by the Mesilla Valley Mall near the theater entrance. Near Santa’s photo area, you’ll find a tree decorated with gift tags. These are requests for Christmas gifts from seniors in our area who could use your help making their holidays brighter. Most requests are for basics: sweaters, pants, pajamas, or perhaps a space heater.

Stop by the tree, pull a tag, and return your gift to the mall by December 20. You, too, can be Santa!


Want to help others in this season of giving thanks? Casa de Peregrinos is hosting its annual turkey and food drive until November 20. They are seeking turkey or other holiday food items such as stuffing, canned corn, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, five-pound bags of potatoes, or ham.

In each of the last few years, they have distributed 1,000 baskets and with your help, they can reach their goal of giving 1,100 this year. They will pick up donations of 10 or more turkeys. Turkey and food donations may be dropped off at Casa de Peregrinos, 999 W. Amador Suite F, Las Cruces, NM 88005.

Monetary donations can be mailed to the same address: just write “Turkey” on the memo area of your check or on your envelope. Call 523-5542 for additional information.


The city’s Parks & Recreation Department and Keep Las Cruces Beautiful are now accepting applications for the Las Cruces Tree Steward Program. The program is seeking 25 volunteers to become tree stewards.

To become a tree steward, each volunteer will complete 20 hours of training. The training is free and open to the public, ages 18 and older. After completing the training, stewards are required to commit 40 hours of service that involves urban tree plantings, nursery assistance and tree inventories.

Training sessions are September 15 to October 15, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and on some Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m.

For an online application, visit Las Cruces Tree Steward at the City of Las Cruces website at For more information, call 541-2550 or email


It’s that time of year again. We make resolutions that we are likely to break in no time at all. But it is a great time for fresh starts, so why not try some easy “resolutions”? Here are some ideas you might want to incorporate into your plans for this new year:

• Read a variety of book genres
• Try some new, interesting ways to cook vegetables you already love and incorporate some new ones into your diet
• Drink more water
• Walk 20 minutes each day
• Learn something new: a game, an artistic skill, an instrument, a computer program
• Show family and friends you love and appreciate them
• Give a stranger a sincere compliment
• Write letters to old friends

Links for Seniors

Senior Programs

George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush

business connections proved useful as he ventured into the oil business, starting as an oil field equipment salesman for Dresser Industries, a subsidiary

Parque del Retiro

Parque del Retiro

Parque del Retiro (English: Retirement Park) is the only senior citizens-oriented passive park in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is located in barrio Canas Urbano


Are you caring for your parents, a family friend or other relative? Are you facing challenges for which you are ill equipped?

Southwest Senior Publications knows many of us need help and support in caring for our parents. That’s why this fall we’re launching a new publication, Mom & Dad.

It will be filled with insights, tips, and support for those of us taking on a tough combination of jobs: medical assistant, personal care aide, legal and financial advisor, protector, guardian, chauffeur, chef, advocate. This list goes on.

Watch for this new publication this fall. You’ll find it wherever Southwest Senior is available.

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