• Dance Las Cruces (formerly Big Band Dance Club) offers weekly dances in Latin, ballroom, Western, and salsa each Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Alma d’Arte Charter School, 410 Court St. A free dance lesson starts at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Beginners, singles, and couples are welcome. For more information, call 496-2761.
• The New Mexico Watercolor Society’s Southern Chapter presents artwork by southern New Mexico and El Paso watercolorists on the theme “Nature.” The exhibit will be at the Southwest Environmental Center’s Cottonwood Gallery, 275 N. Main Street. The exhibit opening will be Friday, July 7, from 5 – 7 p.m. during the Downtown Art Ramble. The art will be on display from July 1 – 31, Mondays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., barring holiday hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
• The Cruces Apple Users’ Group (CAUG) will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, at the Administration Building of DACC, 3400 S. Espina (corner of South Espina and Gregg Streets ), Room 114. This month’s agenda includes a “What’s New With Apple” discussion and a tutorial on “New MAC OS Sierra Features.” The meeting will end with tech support for user questions. CAUG meets the second Saturday of each month. Additional information at cauglc.org. and/or contact Louise Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Local nonprofit animal rescue ACTion Programs for Animals is changing its hours of operation for its pet adoption center and pet food bank. Located at 800 W. Picacho Ave., the APA Adoption and Education Center will be open as follows: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adoptions are also available at other times by appointment. To make an appointment, call the APA information line at 644-0505. Also held at the APA Adoption and Education Center is the pet food bank program each Sunday; distributions will now take place from to 3:30 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call the APA information line at 644-0505, the adoption center at 571-4654 or visit the center during hours of operation. Learn more at actionprogramsforanimals.org and facebook.com/APALasCruces.
• Adult Diabetes Educational Support Group Meeting takes place the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at MountainView Senior Circle Association library, 3948 E. Lohman Ave, Suite 1, behind Walgreens on Lohman.
• The Calavera Coalition is looking for artists to submit original artwork for the 2017 Dia de los Muertos on the Mesilla Plaza official T-shirt and poster design. Artists of all ages and regions are eligible. All work submitted for consideration must reflect the spirit and celebration of El Dia del los Muertos. Artwork must be in a black-and-white format and in pen and ink line art with the understanding that their work must be easily converted for screen printing. The winner will receive one free booth space for Mesilla’s Dia de los Muertos on the Plaza 2017, valued at $175. Entries should be submitted on a CD or through e-mail as JPEG or PDF files. Files must be accompanied by a list detailing artwork title, size, a brief description, and artist’s name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number. Deadline to receive submissions is August 1. Digital files can be e-mailed to their new e-mail address at email@example.com. CDs can be mailed to P.O. Box 1308, Mesilla, NM 88046. The Calavera Coalition is a not-for-profit organization and all proceeds from T-shirt and poster sales will be donated to charity.
• Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico is looking for a couple of talented volunteers who would like to help honor southern New Mexico and El Paso veterans. They have need of someone with administrative or secretarial skills to serve as secretary as well as someone with fundraising experience. The secretary would help with correspondence throughout the month for HFSNM. They are currently preparing for Mission 10 this fall, but their activities are year round.
If interested, call toll free at 1-844-697-1590 or you can email Honor Flight SNM board member Karen Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Go to honorflightnm.org to learn more about their mission to honor veterans.
• Your spring cleaning can help Project Save a Kitten prepare for its first fall fundraiser to be held Saturday, October 7, (mark your calendar) — just in time for the holiday season. The first annual Kitty Kitchen Glitter will feature items for holiday cooking and entertaining. You might find the perfect gift, such as a gently used juicer, or fabulous necessities for decorating and entertaining such as linens and trays.
They are now seeking donations for this event. They are looking for never used or gently used items for holiday season cooking or entertaining, including quality baking and cooking items, trays, small plates, elegant glassware, decorative items, linens (such as table runners), ornaments, and centerpieces. (Please donate clean items only.)
Project Save A Kitten events raise funds for local nonprofit animal organizations that spay/neuter, adopt, vet, rescue, and otherwise address the cat overpopulation problem in Doña Ana County.
If you have items to donate, contact them for pick up or drop off at Better Life Pet Foods at 365 Avenida de Mesilla through September. No items to donate, but you want to help? They will take cash for the kitty as well. To donate or for more information, contact Jackye at Project Save a Kitten at 323-0903 or email@example.com.
• The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invite authors to participate in the Fourth Annual Celebrate Authors event, to be held on Sunday, September 17, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Roadrunner Room of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.
Authors must be residents of the southern New Mexico region, and books must have been published in 2012 or later (no older than five years.) Books can be of all genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a collection of short stories or children’s literature. Information about the author and the book must be submitted on the application form, which can be found on the Friends website, libraryfriendslc.org.
Completed forms should be sent to Sue Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than July 31. Refer questions to Sue Fletcher at 521-8507. Leave a message with your name, phone number and say that you’re calling about Celebrate Authors.
• Mesilla Valley Hospice is seeking volunteers who enjoy feeding birds and gardening. Volunteers will perform duties such as purchasing bird food with agency funds, refilling bird feeders, cleaning bird feeders, as well as purchasing and planting flowers in pots, supplemental fertilizing and watering, changing pots for winter color, and maintaining two small raised table vegetable gardens for the kitchen. For more information or to volunteer, call Catharine Walkinshaw, volunteer coordinator, at 523-4700 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
• The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society hosts free beginning bird walks at Tellbrook Park on the third Wednesday of each month, guided by a member of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society. Observe the ever-changing birdlife that lives
and visits here. The birding will be done from the paved path that winds through the park; however, if there is interest, they may also make a short (optional) excursion into the surrounding desert.
Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to Tellbrook Park at 4290 E. Winchester Rd. in the Las Alturas area. Bird walks will last about an hour. These walks are appropriate for beginners. You do not need prior experience to enjoy it. Although not necessary, a pair of binoculars will greatly improve how well you see the birds. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring drinking water. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Desert Writers, a program open to Doña Ana County writers age 55 and older, meets Wednesday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite Street. They are seeking members who write fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Each week authors share work in progress, followed by comments from writer mentors and other group members, who include both published and unpublished writers. Visitors are always welcome. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact: email@example.com.
• The Las Cruces Ukes, a community group of ukulele enthusiasts, invites ukulele players of any skill level to their Thursday practices. A “strum for fun” session takes place from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. and the performance group prepares for upcoming performances from 6:30 – 8 p.m. There is no charge to be part of the group. They practice at Good Samaritan — Las Cruces Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, in the Social Center’s Creative Arts Room. More information at lascrucesukes.com or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Airplanes & Balloons is the title of the July exhibit at the Deming Art Center. The International Cessna 170 Association, the largest airplane club of its kind in North America, is holding their annual convention in July in Deming and the Deming Art Center will be exhibiting flight-related art. The center is located at 100 S. Gold in Deming. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, with a reception for the artists on Sunday, July 2, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.. The show will run from July 1 – 28.