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.

• October 12: CD night
• October 19: Live music with Ruben’s Sextet plus One
• October 26: CD night

• 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 October meeting of the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society will be on Wednesday, October 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in the Roadrunner Room.

Henrietta Martinez Christmas will present the program. She is president of the New Mexico Genealogy Society, an author, lecturer, and full-time genealogist. The program will include sessions on “Re-Booting Your Genealogy,” “Censuses,” and “Familysearch.org.”

All visitors are welcome. If you have any questions, contact them at dac-gslc@gmail.com or contact Eva Nevarez St. John at eva.nevarezstjohn@yahoo.com.

• The speaker for the monthly meeting of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, October 18, will be Jackye Meineke, retired owner of Enchanted Gardens, who will discuss the basics of plantings that can benefit birds in your own yard. The social meet/greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. They meet at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.

• On Wedsnesdays, October 11 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a presentation on A History of Nature and Man at Leasburg Dam State Park. Join Leasburg Dam State Park staff for a guided, moderate two-mile hike and experience the diverse environments, wildlife, and geothermal springs. Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs. For directions, including a park map, visit emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/leasburgdamstatepark.html There is a $5 per car admission fee. Event is free with paid camping permit. For more information contact Alex Mares at 524-4068 or alex.mares@state.nm.us

• 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 way1mike@yahoo.com.

• The Las Cruces Ukes, a community group of ukulele enthusiasts, invites ukulele players of any skill level to heir 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 lascrucesukes@gmail.com.

• In October the Deming Art Center will host the Black Range Artists. Expect landscapes in a variety of media as many of the group’s painters prize the land we live in. However, there are a number of Black Rangers who work with subjects and media which are not traditionally Southwestern, so there will be a diverse body of work on display. The show will run from October 3 – 25, with an artist reception on Sunday, October 8, from 1 – 3 p.m. Also in October is the bi-annual Guatemalan Mercado. It will be held on Friday, October 27, from 11 – 4, and Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 100 S. Gold St., in Deming.

• The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) will soon offer flu shots to protect the state’s military veterans. The flu vaccine is available to veterans at VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) across New Mexico. Veterans are encouraged to call their local CBOC for flu shot clinic dates and times.

Once again this year, the VA and Walgreens drug stores are teaming-up to fight the flu through the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program. Enrolled veterans of the NMVAHCS can walk into any Walgreens to get a flu shot, and no appointment is required. Veterans’ immunization records will be updated electronically in their local VA electronic health record. Participation is strictly voluntary, and all you have to do is show your VA Veterans Identification Card and another form of ID. Here is a link to the website that explains the program: va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/immunization.asp.

For more information about the flu shot clinic, call the Infection Control Department at (505) 265-1711, ext. 4575 or ext. 4363.

• Early voting begins October 18 in the office of the City Clerk and the following locations: Anthony Elementary School – 600 N. Fourth Street, Anthony; Doña Ana Community College: Chaparral Learning Center – 755 Prescott Anthony Dr., Chaparral; Doña Ana Community College: Hatch Learning Center – 219 East Hill St., Hatch; Doña Ana Community College: Sunland Park Center – 3365 McNutt Rd., Sunland Park; Doña Ana County Government Center – 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces; Sonoma Elementary School – 4201 Northrise St,. Las Cruces; and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library – 200 E Picacho Ave., Las Cruces. In addition, Saturday voting is available at the City Clerk’s Office, 700 N. Main Street, On October 21, 28, and November 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Friends of the Branigan Library will host their Fall Book Sale at the Library on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, from 1 – 4 p.m.. You’re sure to find something for everyone at bargain prices. Proceeds support programs for children and adults at the library.

The Friends consist of over 200 mem-bers, including individuals, families and businesses. For more information bout becoming a Branigan Library Friend or giving to the library, visit their website, libraryfriend-slc.org.

• Las Cruces UkeFest 2018 is scheduled for May 18 – 20 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Full information and registration at www.lascrucesukefest.com.