• Big Band Dance Club hosts dances and lessons in ballroom, country, swing and Latin styles at Alma d’ Arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court Street. Lessons begin at 7 p.m. and the dance is from 8 – 10 p.m. The cost is $7 for members, $9 for non-members, and $5 for students with ID, including the lesson. On CD nights, members and non-members pay $7. More information at 526-6504.
– March 3: CDs with DJ
– March 10: Steppin Up
– March 17: No dance
– March 24: CDs with DJ
– March 31: Ron Thielman’s Orchestra
• Argentine Tango de Las Cruces meets every Tuesday night at 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla. Tango lesson is from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Milonga is from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Information: Terri Coffman at (505) 620-0377.
• The Las Cruces Ukes, a community group of ukulele enthusiasts, invites other ukulele players of any skill level to their Thursday practices. Beginners practice from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. and beyond beginners practice from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Practices take place at Golden Mesa, 151 N. Roadrunner Parkway, in the activity room. There is no charge to be part of the group. Those who have not yet purchased a ukulele, but want to give it a try, can borrow an instrument at practice and work with a mentor to get started. More information at lascrucesukes.blogspot.com or by e-mailing email@example.com.
• The annual NMSU Engineering Without Boundaries fundraising banquet will be held March 5 at the Picacho Hills Country Club, from 6 – 8 p.m. Keynote speaker is Carrie Hamblen, executive director at the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the banquet will be used to fund EWB’s international project: the construction of a community center in rural Puebla State, Mexico. All funds raised will go directly to the project.
Tickets may be purchased by calling at 646-5499, or online at engineeringwithoutboundaries.org and using Paypal (tickets picked up at the door), or by sending a ticket request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Community Foundation meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center Annex Building, 2450 S. Telshor, located on the west side of the main entrance (look for signage). Each month’s speaker and topic varies. Meetings are free, no registration required and open to all who are interested in health and wellness. For more information, call 524-4373.
• Doña Ana County Senior Olympics starts its 38th annual games. Doña Ana County Senior Olympics conducts safe and friendly competition in 26 sports and activities in Las Cruces during March and April. Participants compete in five-year age categories beginning at age 50. Newcomers and novice athletes are encouraged to participate. For more information and dates for the events, contact Mike at the Senior Olympics office (649-3167) or email@example.com between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekdays. Their motto: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.”
• A Hummingbird’s View of Las Cruces and Environs will be presented Tuesday, March 8, at 7 pm. Marcy Scott, author of the recently published book Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest will provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our area hummingbirds, including both migrants and breeding birds. She’ll talk about hummingbird-pollinated flowers, migratory corridors, important stopover habitat, and some conservation pinch points, and she’ll share a few tips for creating an easy-to-maintain nectar patch. Signed copies of her book will be available for purchase. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 522-5552.
• No Kill Advocacy Center’s film Redemption, will be shown Saturday, March 12, from 4 – 6 p.m. Support your community in efforts to reach a no kill goal for shelter animals. Redemption is based on the Nathan Winograd book and sponsored by the Coalition for Pets & People at the Fountain Theater in Mesilla, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe. Tickets are $10 available at the door or in advance at Better Life Pet Foods & Dog Cruces Magazine/American Classifieds. Theater doors open 3:30 p.m. For information, call or text 640-6867.
• Do you have trouble hearing or know anyone that does? Then visit the Hearing Loss Association — Las Cruces Chapter support meetings from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 2801 Missouri Avenue, Suite 14. More information at hlaalc.homstead.com or call Karen Lieberman at 644-7934
March 19: Video and discussion on topics of interest for people with hearing loss and their families
April 16: Social with potluck
May 21: Cochlear implants – Is it right for you?
June 18: End of year: Planning for 2016 – 2017
• New Horizons Band of Las Cruces will perform a free spring concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, in the Atkinson Recital Hall (NMSU Music Building), 1075 N. Horseshoe on the NMSU campus. Free parking is available in the parking lot in front of Skeen Hall on the other side of Espina Street. The fully orchestrated band has been performing in Las Cruces for 20 years and is seeking new members. For more information, call 649-1465 or email email@example.com. Visit la-tierra.net/nhband/ and http://newhorizonsmusic.org/new-horizons-groups/new-mexico-new-horizons/.