List of dances and other events

Tiago Finato
Tiago Finato will teach a still-life painting class for members of the Las Cruces Arts Association and the public Friday, March 10.
• On Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 – 8:45 pm, and on Wednesday, March 8, at 1:30 – 2:45 pm, at Temple Beth-El, 3980 Sonoma Springs Avenue, Rabbi Larry Karol will host community conversations on “American Values, Religious Voices.” Through this campaign, scholars of religion from around the country are sending a letter a day to our newly elected and appointed national leaders to highlight the role of values in guiding both citizens and leaders. The daily letters can be found at (you can subscribe to receive one each day via email). Email Rabbi Karol at or call Temple Beth- El at 575-524-3380 if you plan to attend one of the sessions of this program.

• The Las Cruces Art Association members present the exhibit Small Images — Big Impact at Mas Art, 126 S. Main Street. The exhibit will include members work in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art media. Artists were challenged to create striking art work in a small format. The exhibit will hang through March.

• Las Cruces Arts Association presents a day-long painting workshop with artist and instructor Tiago Finato. Workshop is Friday, March 10, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There is a $50 per person charge.

Finato resides in Las Cruces, where he spends most of his time making paintings, teaching classes, and studying for his MFA. He uses oil painting as a fundamental basis for visual language, his work investigates the process of art making as a metaphor for his own personal identity as an artist. With the use of portraiture, still-life and landscapes, he created works that reflect on who he is as an individual. His work can be seen in galleries located in New England, New Mexico and specifically at Phillips Gallery in Las Cruces. Tiago teaches at the Las Cruces Museum of Art and New Mexico State University.

The workshop is open to the public. Bring your choice of oil. acrylic or watercolor tools, materials, an easel and blank canvas. Lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m. Your check is your reservation. Mail to: Jack LeSage, 1829 Salinas Dr. Las Cruces, NM, 88011 or call 532-1046.

• Create a Hummingbird Habitat. Attracting these jeweled birds requires more than hanging a syrup feeder. Turn your garden into a paradise for hummingbirds.

Jackye Meinecke (former owner of Enchanted Gardens) will conduct this gardening class March 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Mountain View Market Co-op, 1300 El Paseo Rd. The cost is $10 cash per person; $8 for co-op members. Reservations preferred; e-mail or call 323-0903 to sign up.

• The CAUG group will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Administration Building of DACC, on the corner of South Espina and Gregg Streets, Room 114 (Parking on Gregg Street). This month’s agenda includes a “What’s New With Apple” discussion and a tutorial on “Calendar” and “Sierra.” Our meeting will end with tech support for user questions.

CAUG welcomes anyone interested in learning and sharing information about their Apple products. If you have questions or you’re looking to talk with other MAC users, please come. CAUG meets on the second Saturday of each month.

Presentations and tutorials are part of the group’s activities.

Additional information at and/or contact Louise Foster at

• Come out and bring your littermates to the second annual Kitty Glitter Jewelry Sale Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, at the Griggs and Reymond Event House (504 W. Griggs Ave).

The pre-sale opening on Friday is 5:30 – 8 p.m. For the pre-sale, admission is $10 and light munchies will be served. The sale continues from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, with no admission charge that day.

Kitty Glitter will feature thousands of donated pieces of jewelry for sale, from $1 on up. They have 1,000 pairs of earrings, hundreds of bracelets and necklaces, and trays of rings. Dozens of jewelry boxes and decorative items will also be available.

This year, they also have men’s jewelry, including cufflinks, tie tacks, clips and bars, belt buckles, bolo ties, money clips, and key fobs.

Project Save a Kitten raises funds for several local nonprofit organizations with missions to spay, neuter, rescue, vet, and adopt out kittens and cats. Beneficiaries may include Cat’s Meow, Doña Ana Big Kitty Fix, Broken Promises SW, and others in the community.

• The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society has monthly meetings on a variety of topics. On March 15, Steve Carey, long-time friend of MVAS and now retired from New Mexico State Parks, will give a presentation on Monarch butterflies and the importance of documenting their presence in southern New Mexico. Carey will be recruiting volunteers for Monarch surveys. Training at a subsequent workshop will be provided. Meetings are held at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Downtown Mall. Meetings kick off with a social time from 6:30 to 7, with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

• 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

• Desert Writers, a program open to Doña Ana County writers age 55 and older, meets Wednesday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite Street. They are seeking new members who write fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Each week authors share work in progress, followed by comments from writer mentors and other group members, who include both published and unpublished writers. Visitors are always welcome. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact:

• 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

• The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Community Foundation meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center Annex Building, 2450 S. Telshor, located on the west side of the main entrance (look for signage). Each month’s speaker and topic varies. Meetings are free, no registration is required, and they are open to all who are interested in health and wellness. For more information, call 524-4373.

• Registration is now open for Diabetes classes at Families and Youth, Inc. Building, 1320 S. Solano (corner of Solano and Idaho). Classes will be held:
Session 1: Tuesday, March 7, 1 – 4 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, March 8, 1 – 4 p.m.
Session 3: Thursday, March 9, 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, 522-0289 or email

• The Tombaugh Gallery is calling for regional artists within a 300-mile radius of Las Cruces to submit proposals for exhibitions for the 2018 calendar year. Non-traditional media or subject matter is welcome. All artwork must be for sale. Submissions should contain a letter of proposal with information about the artist, type of work to be shown and USB flash drive containing eight representative images as JPG files. For group shows, supply a list of all members and 1 or 2 images from each member. If a show theme is being considered, please explain the theme fully. The Tombaugh Gallery has 44 linear feet for wall display, and in addition, has several pedestals.

Submissions should be postmarked no later than April 1, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified by May 1, at which time possible show dates will be discussed. Artists/shows not selected will be notified at the same time. Artists who want their media returned, please send a SASE.

Artists who prefer to send an electronic submission may contact Judy Licht at for instructions. Gallery website: uuchurchlc. org/2011/10/tombaugh-art-gallery
Address submissions to:
Judy Licht, Committee Chairperson
c/o Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces
P.O. Box 7749
Las Cruces, NM 88006

• The Keep Las Cruces Beautiful Parks & Recreation and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs will host the annual Great American Cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 8.

Hundreds of volunteers will collect litter at parks, schools, streets and business properties. Volunteers will then be treated to a free lunch hosted by Walmart. The lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Walmart on Walton Boulevard in Las Cruces.

Last year, 900 volunteers from 60 local groups and organizations collected more than 13 tons of litter during the annual event, previously known as Trek for Trash.

Individual volunteers, groups and civic organizations are encouraged to register before April 3 for this year’s Great American Cleanup campaign, which is a great opportunity to show pride in Las Cruces. Register online at the Parks & Recreation “Keep Las Cruces Beautiful” link at or call 528-4506.

The Great American Cleanup campaign is organized locally by Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, a program of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation.

• The Las Cruces Ukes will host the Las Cruces UkeFest May 19 – 21, 2017. The festival will include professional instructors including Jim Beloff, author of the Daily Ukulele and many other music books; Heidi Swedberg, an in-demand instructor and performer; Daniel Ward, who will teach techniques that will help your fingers fly on the fretboard; and Danielle Ate the Sandwich, an indy-folk performer/instructor from Colorado. The group’s Chief Musical Officer, Bob Hull, will also present workshops. The festival will take place at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, kicking off with a concert Friday evening, workshops all day Saturday and Sunday morning, and a jam session Saturday evening at their host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. Festival registration includes a catered lunch Saturday.

The Friday evening concert will include a few songs by the Las Cruces Ukes and then highlight the instructor/performers, including Jim Beloff ’s wife and co-author, Liz. The Saturday and Sunday workshops will provide attendees the opportunity to learn skills at a variety of levels, from beginner to more advanced. The Saturday evening jam session, under the guidance of Jim Beloff, will be a fun way for everyone to play songs together.

Loaner ukuleles will be available for those who are just beginning their ukulele journey. There will also be a stand-along kids’ workshop Saturday afternoon, taught by Heidi Swedberg. Concert tickets are available separately for those who just want to come enjoy some outstanding ukulele music.

More information about the festival can be found at and the event Facebook page,

• Volunteers are needed at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces to lead tours of school children. Assisting in helping the children learn about our state’s unique and rich history of farming, ranching and rural life is rewarding. The museum offers free training for volunteers, and a background in agriculture isn’t necessary. Contact Carol Noones, the museum’s volunteer coordinator, at 522-4100.