List of dances and other events

• Dance Las Cruces 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.
– December 7: The Western music of Mark Coker
– December 14: Ruben’s Sextet Plus One
– December 21: Luigi’s Rhythms. Their traditional Christmas Dance, complemented by deserts and treats.
– December 28: Steppin’ Up. Their pre-New Years Eve dance and celebration, complemented by finger foods.

• 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.

• 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

• 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

• 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 festival will be selected by drawing to perform on stage during the Friday concert with Lil’ Rev. Full information and registration at

• Registration is now open for free diabetes classes: Locations: Families and Youth, Inc. Building, 1320 S. Solano (corner of Solano and Idaho). Dates/times: Tuesday, January 9, Session 1, 1 – 4 p.m.; Wednesday, January 10, Session 2, 1 – 4 p.m.; Thursday, January 11, Session 3, 1 – 4 p.m.

Class size will be limited to 12 and support persons are invited and encouraged to be present with each attendee.

Classes will be taught in English and Spanish by Diabetes Educator T. J. Jasso, RN, BS. For additional information, call The Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach at 522-0289 or e-mail

• A Holiday Gift Boutique is the theme for December 2017 at the Deming Art Center. Come, browse, shop, and find wonderful, unique gifts for family and friends this holiday season. The gallery is located at 100 S. Gold in Deming and the hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. The boutique will run through December 29. For more information call 546-3663, visit the website at, 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.

• Does your dog or cat need a vaccine or microchip? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to protect your pets and help ensure their safety at ACTion Programs for Animals’ low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic. The clinic is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, December 9 at Better Life Natural Pet Foods, located at 315 S. Telshor behind Whataburger.

The following services will be offered: one-year and three-year rabies vaccination ($15); Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and parvovirus (DAPP) dog vaccination combination ($15); Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP) cat vaccination combination ($15); or Microchips ($10).

ACTion Programs for Animals accepts cash, check, and credit cards. For more information, call 644-0505 or email

• Tis the season for giving — photos with Santa and holiday savings. You can donate to a good cause, get your pet’s photo with Santa and take advantage of sweet savings throughout the month of December … all while contributing to the life-saving efforts of ACTion Programs for Animals (APA).

Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. at Petco, located at 3050 East Lohman Ave., Bldg. D near Ross on the following Saturdays and Sundays: December 9 and 10; December 16 and 17; and December 23.

Photos are $9.95 each, and all proceeds go to APA. Also on Saturday, December 16, APA is hosting a rummage sale and Savers drive from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at APA, located at 800 W. Picacho Ave. Items needed for the Savers drive include bedding, clothing, towels and linen. Items needed for the rummage sale include furniture, appliances, sporting goods, clothing and towels linens. All proceeds benefit ACTion Programs for Animals. Donations may be dropped off anytime APA is open from now through December 16. The APA adoption and education center is located at 800 W. Picacho Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment.

For more information, call 644-0505 or email