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.

• 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. Those who have not yet purchased a ukulele, but want to give it a try, can borrow an instrument at practice and work with a mentor to get started. More information at lascrucesukes.blogspot.com or by e-mailing lascrucesukes@gmail.com.

• 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 required and open to all who are interested in health and wellness. For more information, call 524-4373.

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will close the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., for maintenance February 13 through 15. The facility will reopen on February 16. For more information, call 541-2782 or email aquatics@las-cruces.org.

• Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will begin a new activity aimed primarily at adults on February 1. Bookmark Scavenger Hunt is a quest to encourage patrons to browse the library’s shelves more to get familiar with what the library has to offer. No sign-up is required. Patrons just need to visit the library and look through the books. Finding a special bookmark will win the person a prize. It is as simple as that. The last day to collect prizes will be April 16. All programs are free of charge. For more information contact the reference desk at 528-4005 or library.reference@lascruces.org

Thomas Branigan Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• Who says only kids should get to play with cool science and art activities? Adults are invited to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, to try amazing hands-on activities for themselves. Presented by the Las Cruces Museum of Art as part of SNAP (Science, Nature, and Art Program).

To register for this program, contact the Reference Department at 528-4005 or library.reference@lascruces.org.

See listing above for library hours. 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.

• Three mini-workshops by artists Brittainy Barnes, Karen Currier, and Dennis Lujan will be presented at Las Cruces Arts Association general meeting, Sunday, February 21. Attendees will learn to draw and create designs on duck canvas, gourds, and on copper. The business meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. and open to the public at 2 p.m. The Las Cruces Arts Association Art-On-Easels Gallery is located in the Community Enterprise Center 125 N. Main Street (Next to the Downtown Bistro & Ale House).

• Multi-media artist Georjeanna Feltha will give a workshop on encaustic painting Saturday, February 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by the second part on Sunday, February 28, 2 to 4 p.m. The workshop is sponsored by the Las Cruces Arts Association and will be held at the Community Enterprise Center.

The workshop fee is $95 and includes all materials. Feltha will have such things as buttons, watch parts, leaves, etc, but participants are welcome to bring objects they might want to try with the wax.

Encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface, such as wood, canvas and other materials. Found objects can also be placed into the wax.

• Las Cruces Arts Association (LCAA) will participate in For Love Of Art month with a variety of events, including a member exhibit at Cafe de Mesilla, located at 2190 Avenida de Mesilla featuring the Art We Love. In honor of ArtForms, the organizer of For Love of Art Month, LCAA members will be exhibiting at the Bistro and Ale House in Downtown Las Cruces from the February 5 Downtown Ramble through the end of March. Throughout the month, they will be exhibiting the Art We Love and the work of their February featured member artist, Kayla Blundell, at their exhibition venues. LCAA members will also continue to exhibit their work at the Downtown Ramble and third Saturday Farmers & Craft Market on February 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at their office in the Community Enterprise Center next to the Bistro in downtown Las Cruces.