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, $9 for nonmembers, and $5 for students with ID, including the lesson. On CD nights, members and non-members pay $7. More information at 526-6504.
January 7: CDs with DJ
January 14: Live music with Steppin Up
January 21: CDs with DJ
January 28: Live music with Alan Kunzel’s Pop and Jazz Dance Band
February 4: CDs with DJ

• 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 Las Cruces Ukes, a community group of ukulele enthusiasts, invites other ukulele players of any skill level to their Thursday practices. Beginners practice from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. and beyond beginners practice from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Practices take place at Golden Mesa, 151 N. Roadrunner Parkway, in the activity room. There is no charge to be part of the group. More information at lascrucesukes.blogspot.com or by e-mailing lascrucesukes@gmail.com.

• The Las Cruces Arts Association will be exhibiting their work at the Cafe De Mesilla the months of January and February with an opening reception on Saturday, January 5, at 11 a.m. Cafe de Mesilla is located on 2190 Avenida De Mesilla. Art Intake for the show will be December 29 at 3 p.m.

The LCAA artist of the Month is Judy Licht, who will be featured at Cafe de Mesilla and at the Art-On-Easels Gallery during the Downtown Las Cruces Arts Ramble on January 1 from 5 – 7 p.m. and the Third Saturday Farmers Market on January 16.

The Las Cruces Arts Association Art-On-Easels Gallery is located in the Community Enterprise Center 125 N. Main St. (Next to the Downtown Bistro & Ale House).

• Why So Many Telescopes? a seminar conducted by Dave Dooling of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, will be from 2 – 3 p.m. Monday, January 11, in the Roadrunner Room at Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. Find out why astronomers need so many different telescopes, and why they have FITS. See how the universe is a symphony of electromagnetic radiation and peek at and through the many eyes and ears that let us enjoy the composition.

• The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will hold their annual meeting on Sunday, January 24, at the library from 2 – 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be provided by the Friends.

The Library Friends had a very successful 2015, including book talks by local authors, a spring book sale, fundraising at Barnes & Noble, and their second Celebrate Authors event showcasing regional published writers. The Friends consist of over 100 members, including individuals, families and businesses. For more information about becoming a Branigan Friend or giving to the library, visit their website, libraryfriendslc.org.

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will add an additional Zumba Toning class at the Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., beginning January 5. The new class with take place every Tuesday from 5 to 5:50 p.m.

Zumba Toning adds resistance by using Zumba Toning Sticks (or light weights) and helps you focus on specific muscle groups, so you stay engaged. The toning sticks enhance your sense of rhythm and coordination, while toning target zones, including arms, your core and lower body. For more information, call the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center at 541-2782.

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will provide Channel Sizing classes during the month of January at the Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave. The class will offer cardio-based channel walking exercises that are low impact and fun. The class will consist of nine sessions beginning January 11 and ending January 29. Classes will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; cost is $20 per person for the nine sessions.

Registration will be through January 8 at the Regional Aquatic Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 541-2782.

• Give your writing some artistic flair by learning how to create authentic calligraphy. Adults are invited to attend the first “Olde English” Calligraphy Workshop on Wednesday, January 27, at 12 p.m. at Branigan Memorial Library. All skill levels are welcome, and supplies are provided. Impress your family and friends with your calligraphy skills today.

To register for this program, contact the Reference Department at 528-4005 or library.reference@lascruces.org. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Thomas Branigan Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The library is located at 200 E. Picacho Avenue.

If you require an accommodation for a disability to participate in this event, call the library at 528-4102 (voice) or 528-4008 (TTY) at least 48 hours in advance.