• Big Band Dance Club meets Thursdays at Alma d’ Arte School, 410 Court Street. There is a free dance lesson at 6:45 p.m. taught by a member of the NMSU DanceSport Team. The regular dance is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with some nights featuring CDs selected by members and others live music. Beginners, singles, and couples are welcome. A dance partner is not necessary. More information: 496-2761.
August 3: CD music, dance to great music with high-quality sound that includes ballroom, Latin, swing, country, and salsa, all selected by Bino’s team. Admission is $8 and $5 for students with student ID.
August 10: Live music. Dance to the delightful music of Genie and the Starlighters. Admission $8 members, $10 non-members, and $5 for students.
August 17: CD music. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
August 24: Live music. The Allen Kuncel Dance Band will give you top-drawer music and sound. Admission $8 members, $10 non-members, and $5 students.
August 31: CD music. Admission is $8 adults and $5 students.
• 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. The exhibit has been extended through the end of August. A meet the artists event will be Friday, August 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. during the Downtown Art Ramble. The art will be on display through August 31, Mondays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
• HSSNM will hold an Annual Members & FriendsMeeting on Saturday, August 19, from 2 – 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Education Building Great Room at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano. City Manager Stuart Ed and City Animal Control Supervisor Gino Jimenez will be featured speakers on a panel with the topic “Trends & Future of Animal Control.” A Q&A segment will be part of the program. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be provided. The public is invited. For information, please leave voice mail or text at 640-6867.
• ACTion Programs for Animals is offering a low-cost dog and cat vaccination and microchip clinic from 10 a.m. to p.m. Saturday, August 12, at The Feed Store, located at 5165 Doña Ana Rd.
Each of the following service is $15: Rabies vaccine (one-year or three-year vaccine), DAPP dog combo, and FVRCP cat combo. Microchips are just $10. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 644-0505.
• 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.
• 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 over-population 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 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.
• 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 email@example.com.