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, including ballroom, Latino, swing, country, and salsa music. Beginners, singles, and couples are welcome. A dance partner is not necessary. More information: 496-2761.
• November 2: CD night
• November 9: Live music with Stepping Up
• November 16: Live music with Luigi’s Rhythms
• November 30: Live music with Allen Kuncel

• 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 November meeting of the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society will be Wednesday, November 8, at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in the Roadrunner Room. Vicki Minnick, Las Cruces Public Library senior librarian, will present the program on the use of Sanborn maps in genealogy. All visitors are welcome. If you have any questions, contact the group at dacgslc@gmail.com or Eva Nevarez St. John at eva.nevarezstjohn@yahoo.com.

• Cruces Apple User Group (CAUG) will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, November 11, at the Doña Ana Trades Building, Room 141, on the Espina DACC Campus. This month’s agenda includes a What’s New With Apple discussion and a tutorial on Numbers. 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 louisefoster@mac.com.

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offer remote control racing from 3 – 5 p.m. on the first three Saturdays in November (November 4, 11, and 18), at the RC Track, located on the corner of Hadley Avenue and Walnut Avenue. Individuals 12 years of age and up are invited to enjoy RC racing. Children 11 years of age and younger are welcome with adult supervision. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own RC cars, but rental cars will be available for a $1 rental fee. Individuals will compete in heats that will be separated by experience and car size if number of participants allows. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 541-2782.

• Desert Dash Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Children’s 1-Mile Trail Race: The Desert Dash Trail Race on November 11 at 8:15 a.m. is a fundraiser for the non-profit Asombro Institute for Science Education. All proceeds will be used for our education programs. Enjoy expansive views of the desert, including three rugged mountain ranges, as you run or walk the beautiful 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses. Bring the little ones to compete in the children’s onemile trail race (guardian should accompany child). All levels are welcome. The event takes place at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada Rd. Info/registration: asombro.org/dash, by e-mail at s.haan-amato@asombro.org, or by calling 524-3334.

• Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is bringing back its popular Tech Tent series, every Wednesday at 11 a.m., beginning November 1. Come meet staff and learn how to access all the library’s digital offerings. Bring in your own device and staff will help with tutorials, tricks and tips. Don’t have a device? Practice on the library’s different devices and find one that works for you. Branigan Library offers digital books, audiobooks, magazines and streaming music, as well as numerous databases and online resources. Staff are available to help with tech issues related to their digital collections. For more information, call the library’s media desk at 528-4014 or email evidal@las-cruces.org.

• Las Cruces Arts Association Annual Members Show, “Wetlands,” will be exhibited at the Cottonwood Gallery in the Southwest Environmental Center from November through December. The opening reception will be November 3, during the Downtown First Friday Art Ramble Resurgence, 5 – 8 p.m. This large exhibit is a juried show with cash prizes to selected Las Cruces Arts Association and ArtForms members. The winners will be announced during the opening reception.

• Jo-an Smith’s “Elemental” Art Show, which opens at the Cutter Gallery during a reception Saturday, November 4, from 1 – 4 p.m., will include explorations in paint and gold inspired by our land, water, fire, and sky. During her exhibition, they will have two informative talks. On November 11, at 11 a.m., Al Tombaugh, son of Clyde Tombaugh, will speak on “Memories” and November 18, the topic is “My Art Journey” by Jo-An Smith at 11 a.m. The show ends November 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Cutter Gallery is located at the corner of University and El Paseo. 

• After years of painting the idyllic, Michael Poncé has turned to the ugliness which is intertwined with beauty with his new show, “Undefined,” at Blu Ant Contemporary, located at 221 N. Main Street. Gallery director Victor Whitmill is pleased to offer these idiosyncratic works as the second show at Blu Ant. There will be a reception Friday, November 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. as part of the rebranded and expanded Art Ramble. The exhibit will run through November 24. For more information, call 322-4983 or visit Blu Ant Studio and Gallery on Facebook.

• 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 everchanging 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 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 lascrucesukes@gmail.com.

• Tickets are available for the annual PFLAG Las Cruces Fundraiser, celebrating 22 years of support, education, and advocacy for the LGBTQ community in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. This year, the event will include a special sneak peek performance by Singing Out, the unveiling of the “Telling our Stories” video with local people sharing their personal LGBTQ and family stories, introduction of a new LGBTQ funding project, Community and Scholarship Awards, and a silent auction and raffle and Annual Merlyn Risser Apple Pie Live Auction.

Tickets are $35 for each individual. Event Sponsor tables of eight are available for $300, which includes event shout-outs, advertisement, and prime seating. Tickets are available at Spirit Winds, Lulu’s of Mesilla, and by calling Ryan Steinmetz at 635-9455.

• November at the Deming Art Center is the annual Recycle Show which is sponsored by “Keep Luna County Beautiful.” Featured will be pieces of art made from 90 percent recycled materials, and crafted by artists of all ages. The show will run from November 1 – 29. An artist reception will be held, Sunday, November 5, from 1 – 3 p.m. The Art Center is located at 100 S. Gold, Deming, and is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. For more information, call 575-546-3663, visit their website at demingarts.org or see their Facebook page.

This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

• Las Cruces UkeFest 2018 is scheduled for May 18 – 20 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The festival includes a concert, which will be held at the NMSU Atkinson Performing Arts Center, ukulele workshops all day Saturday and Sunday morning for players from beginners to advanced, a jam session, open mic, catered lunch, and vendors. The instructors will be nationally and internationally acclaimed performers Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Mark Baker, and Lil’ Rev. Early bird registration is open through April 18, for $125 per person. One lucky early bird registrant for the full restival will be selected by drawing to perform on stage during the Friday concert with Lil’ Rev. Full information and registration at lascrucesukefest.com.