List of dances and other events

LCAA show
Leslie Toombs’ (top) and Dani Anderson’s work will be part of the LCAA show at the Rio Grande Theatre in May.
• The Mesilla Valley Teen Singers will perform a free spring concert Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 2010 E. Wisconsin. Their concert is entitled “MVTS World Tour 2017” and will feature music from around the world. The Mesilla Valley Teen Singers have been performing under the direction of Terry Kay Gilbert for over a decade and have earned a reputation for giving professional level performances. A snack reception will follow the performance. More information at

• The J. Paul Taylor Academy will hold their 2017 JAAM Fest Friday, May 5, from 4:30 – 7 p.m., featuring the JPTA Changer Orchestra, Cruces High Jazz Ensemble, art auction, food and drinks, games, and a great opportunity to support your local charter school. The event will be held at 402 West Court Ave., Building 2.

• Las Cruces Arts Association members will be representing spring at the Rio Grande Theatre, in a variety of media and approaches, both abstract and realistic. Media used include oils, acrylics,watercolor, pastels, graphic media, dyes on silk, copper, fused glass and gourds. “Patterns of Spring” opens at the Rio Grande Theatre El Paso Electric Gallery on Friday, May 5, as part of the Downtown Ramble.

Work of LCAA members can also be seen at Art on Easels Gallery, located in the Community Enterprise Center on Main St. across from the Downtown Plaza. Lara Teich will be featured at the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble on May 5, 5 – 8 p.m. Teich is a 17-year-old senior (soon-to-be graduate) at Las Cruces High School. She can’t remember a time where she didn’t draw, but has for the past few years been exploring as many mediums and styles as possible, taking some classes at NMSU and occasionally finding guidance online. Her inspiration often comes from music, ranging from Carmina Burana to French pop, but her work also takes the form of something she just wants to make. She firmly believes it’s always time to explore, which she will continue to do as she joins the class of 2021 at Harvard College this fall.

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

May 6: Creating Desert Box Turtle Habitat — Adapting a garden to host tortoises (desert box turtles) can be fun, educational, and beneficial.

• A church attic sale on Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., will include fantastic finds: flowers, fabric, furniture, art works, holiday décor, arts and crafts, toys, kitchen wares, office supplies, electronics, church choir robes, sheet music, and so much more. There will be a bake sale, churches, and individual sellers.

The sale will be held at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo across from Las Cruces High. There will be a pre-sale event, $5 admission, Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 p.m. On Saturday, there is no charge to attend the sale.

• The public is invited to join the Southwest Environmental Center on an outing, Reptiles of the Chihuahuan Desert. The May 6 outing is part of the Southwest Environmental Center’s Spring 2017 Back by Noon Series. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m.

Did you know that New Mexico ranks third among the states for reptile diversity? Discover the reptiles of the Chihuahuan Desert with NMSU Professor of Herpetology, Niki Harings. Participate in an easy 1.5 mile amble along the well maintained trails of the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Rating: Easy

Advanced reservations are required. Space is limited. For more information and to register, call 522-5552. Visit to see the full Back by Noon schedule.

The Southwest Environmental Center is a Las Cruces-based membership based organization that protects and restores native wildlife and their habitats in the Southwest.

• There will be a general meeting of the Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the library. Revisions to the constitution and bylaws of the Friends will be reviewed, discussed, and approved at the meeting.

• A free Mothers’ Day concert presented by Mesilla Valley Musical Arts, Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m. will feature Amanda Penaloza, mezzo-soprano, performing “Frauenlieben und Leben” with accompanists Julianne Gutierrez, oboe; Mason Hooley, viola; and Darice Palmier and Barbara Toth on piano. The concert will be at St. James Episcopal Church in Mesilla Park. In honor of the day, there will be a small gift for every woman present. There is no charge for attendance, although donations toward expenses will be gratefully accepted.

• The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invite authors to participate in the Fourth Annual Celebrate Authors event, to be held on Sunday, September 17, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Roadrunner Room of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.

Authors must be residents of the southern New Mexico region, and books must have been published in 2012 or later (no older than five years.) Books can be of all genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a collection of short stories or children’s literature. Information about the author and the book must be submitted on the application form, which can be found on the Friends website,

Completed forms should be sent to Sue Fletcher at, no later than July 31. Refer questions to Sue Fletcher at 521-8507. Leave a message with your name, phone number and say that you’re calling about Celebrate Authors.

• The Spanish Book Club of Las Cruces invites you to share the joy of reading. They’re a group of almost twenty folks who enjoy reading and discussing books in Spanish. The first meeting will be Saturday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 East Picacho Avenue. The book for this occasion is “El Portero” by Reinaldo Arenas.

For more information, contact either Jamie at or Mark at Please put “club de libro español” in the subject line. You can also go to and look for Club de libro español de Las Cruces.

• The Cruces Apple Users Group (CAUG) will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Administration Building of DACC (corner of South Espina and Gregg Streets), Room 114. This month’s agenda includes a “What’s New With Apple” discussion and a tutorial on “Clean and Protect Your MAC.” The meeting will end with tech support for user questions.

CAUG meets the second Saturday of each month. Additional information at and/or contact Louise Foster at

• Mesilla Valley Hospice is seeking volunteers who enjoy feeding birds and gardening. Volunteers will perform duties such as purchasing bird food with agency funds, refilling bird feeders, cleaning bird feeders, as well as purchasing and planting flowers in pots, supplemental fertilizing and watering, changing pots for winter color, and maintaining two small raised table vegetable gardens for the kitchen. For more information or to volunteer, call Catharine Walkinshaw, volunteer coordinator, at 523-4700 or e-mail her at

• The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society has monthly meetings on a variety of topics. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month 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