List of dances and other events

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

• September 7: Live music with Jim Helders Band
• September 14: CD night
• September 21: Live music with Genie & the Starlighters for the President’s Ball. Dressy.
• September 28: CD night

• Casa Camino Real is celebrating the end of summer with a Southwest book, art, and vintage vinyl sale Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Casa Camino Real is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, and Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m. at 314 S. Tornillo St. Visit, to see some of the books listed online. You’ll also find the bookstore on Facebook at For more information or to donate books, call 523-3988.

• The Young at Heart Chorus will present a free program at the Good Samaritan Auditorium, 3011 Buenda Vida Circle, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14. The one-hour choral program will feature songs of places and travel. The performance is open to the public without charge.

Young at Heart entertains residents of assisted living and nursing homes in the Las Cruces area and has been in continuous operation since 1972, with the name of the group, the director, piano accompanist, and venues changing through the years. 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. Programs are enhanced by varying the themes and by highlighting the talents of individual members with vocal solos or duets, group harmony, and instrumental accompaniment.

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

• 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 September meeting of the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society will be held Wednesday, September 13, at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in the Roadrunner Room. Visitors are welcome.

The September program will be “Grandma’s Attic.” This is a favorite annual program where members share some of the physical treasures they have come across in the course of their genealogical journeys.

If you have any questions, e-mail For more information, contact Eva Nevarez St. John,

• 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

• 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 or by e-mailing

• “States of Motion” is the title of the September exhibit at the Deming Art Center. Deming residents Brian Pottorff, multi-media, and Ron Wolfe, photography, are the featured artists. Wolfe has been an avid photographer since 2003. With his software background, he enjoys digitally developing an image as much as getting the initial good shot. Brian Pottorff has sculpted with a variety of materials for 23 years, guided by geology, trees, Zen, mathematics, and random processes. He has shown the results in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

The exhibit will run from September 2 – 29 with an artist reception held Sunday, September 10, from 1 – 3 p.m. The gallery hours are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 546-3663, visit the website at, or see their Facebook page.

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers a program to build stamina and maintain cardio vascular health in 16 weeks.

The 50-Plus Walking Program is designed to get you walking up to 60 minutes in 16 weeks. It begins with 20-minute walks, three times a week, and works up to 60 minutes. Distance is not the priority, movement is. No racing or competition, just a focus on health and well-being.

If you are already an active walker, this is a great way to meet new people, walk and socialize. Participants walk at their own pace for a set time. Distance will be tracked every day to monitor individual improvement. All participants will meet at Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 W. Bell Ave., and every fourth week will be an optional Field Trip Walk at another location.

The walks are from 8 – 9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, from Sept. 6 through Nov. 29.

Registration is ongoing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center. The fee is $12 per month per walker and includes tracking of progress for the 16 weeks of the program. For more information, call 541-2455.

• The Doña Ana Cooperative Extension Service is providing a six-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop. This free workshop is valued at $350 per person. Participants will receive a resource book, a relaxation CD, and an exercise CD. Funding to provide this workshop for free is provided through the NM Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

• There will be a Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Tuesday afternoons, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Doña Ana Cooperative Extension Service, 1170 N. Solano, Suite M. To register call 525-6649, Doña Ana Cooperative Extension Service.

• Your spring cleaning can help Project Save a Kitten prepare for its first fall fund raiser 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