List of dances and other events

• Big Band Dance Club hosts dances and lessons in ballroom, country, swing and Latin styles at Alma d’ Arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court Street. Lessons begin at 7 p.m. and the dance is from 8 – 10 p.m. The cost is $7 for members and $9 for nonmembers, including the lesson. More information at 526-6504.

September 3: Live music with Steppin Up
September 10: CDs with a DJ
September 17: Live music with Ron Thielman’s Orchestra
September 24: CDs with DJ Mike D’Arcy
October 1: Live music with Jim Helder’s Septet

• Argentine Tango de Las Cruces meets every Tuesday night at 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla. Tango lesson is from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Milonga is from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Information: Terri Coffman at (505) 620-0377.

• The New Desert Harmony Singers will begin rehearsals and auditions for their Christmas season on Tuesday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at Alameda and Griggs.

Membership is open to those who can sing in tune, do a few simple dance moves now and then, and have fun doing it. NDHS sings all genres of popular music. Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Interested singers are welcome to attend a rehearsal. For more information, call Don Harlow, musical director, at 373-1816 or email to

• The public is invited to attend a special welcome meeting of the Las Cruces Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Saturday, September 12, at 9:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave.

The morning will begin with a meet-and-greet brunch. The program will include a brief overview of the AAUW organization at the national and state levels; local branch programs; their annual fundraiser on October 17; and an introduction to a variety of interest groups open to members. The featured speaker will be Kathie Davis, principal of Rio Grande Preparatory Institute (RGPI), formerly San Andreas High School.

New members and others interested in learning about the mission and activities of the AAUW are encouraged to attend. Anyone joining AAUW at the meeting can do so with a 50 percent discount on annual dues.

RSVP by Tuesday, September 8, to Deanise Marta or 496-0192 or Ann Palormo at or 644-4277.

AAUW is a national advocacy organization working to empower women since 1881. For more information about AAUW, visit the national website and the Las Cruces Branch website,

• The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a luncheon in honor of this year’s Women of Distinction: Stephanie Bestelmeyer, Adrienne Dare, Carol Gaines, Faith Hutson, Judy Licht, Nicole Martinez, Mary Alice Murphy, Eldelisa Nava, Ellen Saige, and Juliet Williams. The event takes place Thursday, September 10, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hotel Encanto, 705 South Telshor Boulevard.

The guest speaker is Sylvia Acevedo, founder, president and CEO of CommuniCardTM LLC. Carrie Hamblen of the Green Chamber of Commerce will serve as the emcee. Tickets are $30 open seating or $300 for a reserved table of eight. Reserve your seat by August 24.

Proceeds provide scholarships and leadership experiences for girls in Southern New Mexico. For more information, call (915) 566-9433 ext. 220 or visit

• Join Jackye Meinecke, a local garden expert, for a series of fall gardening classes. The classes cover topics from fall vegetable gardening to creating a wildflower garden. The classes will be held on Saturdays at 3 p.m. at Casa di me Alma, 920 N. Alameda Blvd. The cost is $7.50 per person per class. Reservations are requested. Cash or check only. Class size is limited. To reserve your space, e-mail or call 323-0903 to leave a message.

On September 12, learn the secrets to starting a wildflower garden. Learn the tips and techniques for sowing a wildflower garden that will be massed with spring and summer annuals. Success is simple if the groundwork is well planned.

September through November is a good time to divide and transplant flowers. A class on transplanting and dividing flowers class will be held September 19. Multiply the plants in your garden for free, while adding beauty to your garden design. Learn what can be divided and transplanted, as well as the necessary skills and tools to successfully transplant flowers, shrubs and trees in your garden.

Create shade around your home and garden with trees. On September 26, the topic is choosing and planting trees. Learn to create beauty and shade around your home by choosing the best trees for your space and getting them off to a good start with proper planting. Don’t wait for spring! Fall is the best time to plant and establish trees in the Southwest.

Jackye Meinecke has been gardening in the Southwest for more than 30 years. She writes garden columns for local publications and is a regular speaker for local garden clubs. She serves on the Las Cruces Tour of Gardens. She was the owner of Enchanted Gardens, a local plant store for more than 15 years.

• From noon to five on Saturday, September 19, the Social Center of Good Samaritan Village will be a fragrant, colorful delight of flowers, herbs and floral design, as the Garden Clubs of Las Cruces present their Fall Flower Show. Mesilla Valley and Desert Daubers Garden Clubs, in association with High Hopes Garden Club, will present a Standard Flower Show, Weather or Not. The show is open to the public, and admission is free.

Public entries are encouraged, and you may bring your entries to the Social Center on Friday, September 18, between 7 and 9 p.m., and Saturday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. Entries should be in clear glass or brown glass bottles. A limited number of bottles will be available for entry use.

Judging by certified National Garden Club of America judges will take place between 9:30 and noon, at which time the show will be opened to the public, and the ribbons will be awarded.

Good Samaritan Village Social Center is at 3011 Buena Vida Circle. For more information, call 522-2073.

• The West End Art Depot artists cooperative is seeking community-minded visual and performing artists to join as studio members or members-at-large.

Studio memberships include private studios from 100 to 200 square feet. Also, member-at-large memberships come with storage space for materials and ability to use community space (approximately 3,000 square feet) to work, teach, hold workshops, etc.

Inquire for membership rates.
– 24-hour building access. Utility sink for clean up. Some shared tools, tables, easels, etc.
– 1500 square foot gallery with monthly exhibits, three to four per year include member artists
– Every Sunday figure drawing sessions with male or female nude model, $5 for members
– Seven studios with six other active members working
– Artists’ mediums include acrylic and oil paint, ink, relief printmaking, airbrush, ceramics. Also suitable for band practice space, screen printing, jewelry making and other media
– Co-op member responsibilities include gallery monitoring, events, light housekeeping

Email or call Chris at 312-9892. West End Art Depot is located at 401 N. Mesilla Street near the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

• The Calavera Coalition, organizers of the annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Old Mesilla, invite you to their 2015 fiesta, held October 30, 31, and November 1 with the procession November 2. A fiesta of traditional muerto foods, music, dancing, ofrendas, and altars will begin October 30 at 12 p.m. with vendors, altars and music until 8 p.m. The celebration will continue October 31 from 12 noon until 8 p.m., and November 1 from 12 until 5. On November 2 they will have a candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto and coffee. The procession will begin gathering at 6 p.m. on November 2, leaving for the cemetery at 6:15 p.m.

Individuals and organizations are invited to build altars at the event. A donation of five canned good items is requested for altar construction. Altars can be to specific persons, groups of people, a cause, or beloved pets. It may also serve as a venue for public information related to your organization. Overnight security is provided.

All proceeds from this event are donated to the Community of Hope and Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry. All community events are free to the public. For more info email

• The 2015 Human Systems Research-sponsored Buffalo Roast will be held on Saturday, September 26, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person; last year’s event sold out and there will be no tickets sold at the door again this year. There will be real buffalo roast and all the traditional fixings, a silent auction and cash bar. Karl Laumbach will present “Tales of Lost Gold and Other Treasures.” For tickets, call 524-9456.

• Visit the Historic Amador Hotel for the monthly indoor market, hosted by The Amador Foundation. The Amador Boutique Indoor Market promises to offer a comfortable, indoor shopping experience of unique items. You will find one-of-akind handmade crafts, gifts and vintage items from local artist, crafters and collectors.

The Amador Boutique Market will be held inside The Historic Amador Hotel, located at 180 W. Amador Ave. This is scheduled to be a monthly event planned for the third weekend of each month. The September market is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free, and all proceeds from the market will go towards the renovation of the historic hotel.