• Dance Las Cruces (formerly Big Band Dance Club) offers weekly dances in Latin, ballroom, Western, and salsa each Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Alma d’Arte Charter School, 410 Court St. A free dance lesson starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Beginners, singles, and couples are welcome. For more information, call 496-2761.
• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s open recreation summer hours at the East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Dr., will be 3 – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 5 to August 11.
The open recreation schedule allows facility time for the public and the hours are separate from classes, programs, and rentals. Open recreation consists of drop-in, pickup games, and recreational activities that are not led or instructed by Parks & Recreation staff.
Participants 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No unattended children are allowed. For more information call Recreation Programs at, 541-2455.
• The Las Cruces Spanish Book Club will meet for the first time Saturday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. The book for this inaugural session is “El Portero” by the Cuban author, Reinaldo Arenas. At this first meeting, they will also choose the book for July.
One needn’t read or speak perfect Spanish to come to the Las Cruces Spanish Book Club. They are a group of people who enjoy reading books in Spanish and talking about what they’ve read. So, if you’re someone who wants to improve your Spanish by reading and speaking it, or if you’re already a proficient reader and speaker of the language and want to keep enjoying the language, this is the book club for you. For more information, contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 850-4066 or Mark at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 528-4001 or 635-8711.
• Adult Diabetes Educational Support Group Meeting takes place June 6 (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.
• On June 8 at 7 p.m., Santa Fe-based writer and New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg will return to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to present a brand-new version of his “Made in New Mexico” film clip anthology. The presentation is a compilation of clips from movies that in some way feature people who were born in New Mexico or have lived here or live here now. This presentation contains clips of films, some made in New Mexico, that star names you may know such as television star Vivian Vance, movie actress Greer Garson, musician John Denver, and author Max Evans. After each short clip is shown Berg does live narration, offering tidbits about the star, such as where in New Mexico the actor/actress lived or lives, fun and interesting historical references, and sometimes even if it is worth your time to see the entire movie that the clip is from. Audience participation is strongly encouraged and there is plenty of comedy contained in the clips. Admission is free.
Berg, a former volunteer at the museum, is the author of “New Mexico Filmmaking,” which is a history of some of the over 800 movies shot at least in part in New Mexico. The book was published in 2015 by the Arcadia Press. His new book, due out this fall, “Alone in the Dark” will be about the history of New Mexico’s movie theaters.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. More information at nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
• Taste of Las Cruces is an annual event conducted by the Rotary Club of Las Cruces, the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club, and the Rio Grande Rotary Club, to raise funds to meet community needs. Attendees get a chance to sample the wares of a number of local restaurateurs in one location, while helping feed children in our community by raising awareness and money to benefit Casa de Peregrinos.
Individual tickets are $40, or $400 for a table of 10. Come and be a part of this incredible night on Thursday, June 8, from 6 – 9 p.m. Taste some of Las Cruces best cuisine, and network with local leaders and businesses while supporting a great cause.
Tickets are available at AAMCO, American Classified, Las Cruces Sun-News, and Casa de Peregrinos office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m..
Checks should be payable to Rio Grande Rotary Foundation. The event takes place at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue.
• The Cruces Apple Users Group group will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 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 “New MAC OS Sierra Features.” The meeting will end with tech support for user questions.
CAUG meets the second Saturday of each month. Additional information at cauglc.org. or contact Louise Foster at email@example.com.
• El Caldito is hosting a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, June 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the soup kitchen on 999 W. Amador. Veterans and their families are invited to enjoy a brisket dinner and entertainment by the Las Cruces Ukes.
• LCAA Collective Exhibit: A collection of juried works of art by the members of the Las Cruces Arts Association will be on exhibit the month of June at the Mesquite Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite Street. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, June 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
• Singing Out Las Cruces “Sings Broadway,” for their spring concert Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Rd. Come enjoy old favorites with a medley from “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel” to new Broadway hits from “Hamilton” and “Pippin.”
There will be coffee and treats at intermission and a silent auction fundraiser featuring original arts and crafts, collectibles, household items, and much more. Proceeds will help defray expenses for the LGBTQ and Allies chorus to attend and sing at GALA International’s 2020 Festival in Minneapolis.
Tickets are $10 (children 10 and under, free) and can be purchased from chorus members or at the door.
Follow them on: singingoutlascruces.org and Facebook: Singing Out Las Cruces.
• The June meeting of the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society will be on Tuesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in the Roadrunner Room.
“Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors in Newspapers” will be the program this month. They will show a 60-minute video from Genealogy Gems. Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information, and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors. All visitors are welcome. If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• This month, the Deming Art Center host the Mata Ortiz Potters from Chihuahua, Mexico, who will bring their work to display and sell from June 2 – 30. Mata Ortiz pottery is known and appreciated worldwide for its unique hand-painted designs. An artist reception will be held Friday evening, June 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the gallery, located at 100 S. Gold in Deming. This exhibit will lead into the fine arts show that is part of a collaboration with St. Ann’s Catholic Church, the first Hispano Arts Market & Fiesta. This will be a merging of vendors, music, food, dance and art. There will also be presentations and demonstrations from various artists that will be geared to promote traditional Hispanic arts as well as the more contemporary styles. The fiesta and market will be held June 24 – 25, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 400 S. Ruby in Deming. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information call 546-3663, or visit website demingarts.org.
• The Calavera Coalition is looking for artists to submit original artwork for the 2017 Dia de los Muertos on the Mesilla Plaza official T-shirt and poster design. Artists of all ages and regions are eligible. All work submitted for consideration must reflect the spirit and celebration of El Dia del los Muertos. Artwork must be in a black-and-white format and in pen and ink line art with the understanding that their work must be easily converted for screen printing. The winner will receive one free booth space for Mesilla’s Dia de los Muertos on the Plaza 2017, valued at $175. Entries should be submitted on a CD or through e-mail as JPEG or PDF files. Files must be accompanied by a list detailing artwork title, size, a brief description and artist’s name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number. Deadline to receive submissions is August 1. Digital files can be e-mailed to their new e-mail address at email@example.com. CDs can be mailed to P.O. Box 1308, Mesilla, NM 88046. The Calavera Coalition is a not-for-profit organization and all proceeds from T-shirt and poster sales will be donated to charity.
• Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico is looking for a couple of talented volunteers who would like to help honor southern New Mexico and El Paso veterans. They have need of someone with administrative or secretarial skills to serve as secretary as well as someone with fundraising experience. The secretary would help with correspondence throughout the month for HFSNM. They are currently preparing for Mission 10 this fall, but their activities are year round.
If interested, call toll free at 1-844-697-1590 or you can email Honor Flight SNM board member Karen Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Go to honorflightnm.org to learn more about their mission to honor veterans.
• Every day, many loose dogs and cats are picked up and taken to the local animal shelter. Many of those pets never make it back home because they lack identification.
Not sure if your pet has a microchip? Or, do you know for certain your pet needs a microchip? Bring your dog or cat to Your Pet Space from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and get a microchip for just $7.
ACTion Programs for Animals and Wolfgang Veterinary Services are teaming up for this low-cost microchip and vaccination event. Your Pet Space is located at 3920 W. Picacho Ave. next to Pic Quik.
The following services will be provided:
– Pet microchip, including registration: $7
– One-year rabies vaccination for dogs: $12
– Three-year rabies vaccination for dogs: $18
– Parvovirus/distemper vaccination for dogs: $17
– Rabies vaccination for cats: $18
For more information, contact ACTion Programs for Animals at email@example.com or 644-0505. Visit the center at 800 W. Picacho from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. For more information, visit actionprogramsforanimals. org and facebook.com/APALasCruces.
• Your spring cleaning can help Project Save a Kitten prepare for its first fall fundraiser to be held Saturday, October 7, (mark your calendar) — just in time for the holiday season. The first annual Kitty Kitchen Glitter will feature items for holiday cooking and entertaining. You might find the perfect gift, such as a gently used juicer, or fabulous necessities for decorating and entertaining such as linens and trays.
They are now seeking donations for this event. They are looking for never used or gently used items for holiday season cooking or entertaining, including quality baking and cooking items, trays, small plates, elegant glassware, decorative items, linens (such as table runners), ornaments, and centerpieces. (Please donate clean items only.)
Project Save A Kitten events raise funds for local nonprofit animal organizations that spay/neuter, adopt, vet, rescue, and otherwise address the cat overpopulation problem in Doña Ana County.
If you have items to donate, contact them for pick up or drop off at Better Life Pet Foods at 365 Avenida de Mesilla through September. No items to donate, but you want to help? They will take cash for the kitty as well. To donate or for more information, contact Jackye at Project Save a Kitten at 323-0903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Ruth Drayer is the LCAA Featured Artist for June and July. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ruth Drayer lived throughout the Southwest and in India before moving back to Las Cruces in 2016. Always an artist, she worked in many design fields, managed two art galleries, made pottery and sculpture, studied art theory and therapy but had no desire to paint until after her return from India.
Drayer’s work can be seen during the First Friday Art Rambles on June 2 and July 7 at the Las Cruces Arts Association Arts on Easels exhibit at the Community Enterprises Center, from 5 – 8 p.m. (across from the Plaza) in downtown Las Cruces.
• The Bike & Chowder Club has two groups of riders. The A Group meets Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The B Group meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The B Group rides at a stay-together slower pace.
Note the summer start time of 7:30 a.m. begins Thursday, June 1. All Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday rides start at 7:30 a.m. at Mesilla Plaza. Thursday rides are always to Stahmann’s old store on Hwy. 28 (15 miles total). This is a more social ride with most riders meeting for breakfast or coffee after the ride.
There are two Saturday rides: A social, staytogether ride which is slightly slower leaves from the plaza. For more information, call Kevin (712) 269- 1596 or Dona 647-0757, (651) 398-6778. A faster (18+ mph) ride leaves from Milagro’s around 7:30. Email Terri for more information.
• 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, libraryfriendslc.org.
Completed forms should be sent to Sue Fletcher at email@example.com, 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com.