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.
April 7: CD night hosted by DJ Tom Rutherford
April 14: CD night hosted by DJ Mike D’Arcy
April 21: Live music with Jim Helder Septet
April 28: CD night hosted by DJ Dale Ellis

• 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.

• Doña Ana County Senior Olympics conducts safe and friendly competition in 26 sports and activities in Las Cruces during March and April. Participants compete in five-year age categories beginning at age 50. Newcomers and novice athletes are encouraged to participate. For more information and dates for the events, contact Mike at the Senior Olympics office (649-3167) or dacso@outlook.com between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekdays. Their motto: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.”

• Do you have trouble hearing or know anyone that does? Then visit the Hearing Loss Association — Las Cruces Chapter support meetings from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 2801 Missouri Avenue, Suite 14. More information at hlaalc.homstead.com or call Karen Lieberman at 644-7934
April 16: Social with potluck
May 21: Cochlear implants – Is it right for you?
June 18: End of year: Planning for 2016 – 2017

• As part of the events planned for National Library Week (Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, April 16) and in keeping with April as National Poetry Writing Month, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library announces three free workshops for writers interested in self-publishing. These workshops feature a new product that the library is providing: FastPencil, which is a self-publishing platform designed for new and/or established authors to use to develop and edit their works. FastPencil’s cloud-based writing tools and online interface make it easy to write, organize, and edit. Writers can also share progress with and get feedback from other FastPencil users, friends, and relatives. When a project is finished, FastPencil also has the tools to publish the final results.

The workshops will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. in the Computer Classroom and on Tuesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. in the Roadrunner Room. Both the Roadrunner Room and the Computer Classroom are located on the library’s second floor.

• Come to the Branigan Library’s Roadrunner Room on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of Medieval and Traditional Ballads from Scandinavia, Europe, India, and the United States in modern arrangements — together with stories, background and history of the songs. This performance by Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee is brought to the community free of charge by the Friends of the Branigan Library and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

• Mesilla Valley Hospice hosts Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes for eight consecutive Thursdays beginning April 21 and going through June 1, plus an all-day retreat from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Thursday classes are from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Mesilla Valley Hospice Rotary Room. Cost is $89 and includes a four-disc CD and manual for at home practice.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an extensively researched and highly participativeprogram focused on mobilizing our innate abilities and resources towards improving physical, mental and emotional health. MBSR is not a substitute for medical care yet is complementary.

MBSR is now utilized in more than 750 medical centers worldwide. Companies like Google and Facebook use it for their employees.

The class instructor is Gerri January, MSN, BS, CNS, a Clinical Nurse Specialist with forty years’ experience in health care. She is authorized to teach by the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness and has been practicing MBSR for 5 years.

To register, send a check to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005, ATTN: Chris May. Write “MBSR Class” on your check. For further information about the classes, contact gerrijanuary@gmail.com.

• This month at the University Art Gallery at NMSU, the 2016 Juried Student Show will close, and the 2016 MFA exhibition, Subjects to Change, will open to the public. The artists included in this show will be graduating MFA students, Cassandra Dixon, Andrea Luella Gohl, and Katy Stuckel. Dr. Laura Anh Williams, assistant professor of Disciplinary studies at NMSU states, “The artists of Subjects to Change invite visitors to confront matters typically avoided and unspoken: the used and discarded, rubbish, unease, the body as an object of violence…these MFA candidates challenge viewers to re-imagine relationships between art and life, between subject and object from new critical directions, and to re-imagine these as dynamic opportunities for transformation.”

The exhibition opening will take place on April 20, from 5 – 8 p.m., in the UAG. For this opening, they will have the local Food Truck Fiesta in the parking lot as well as live music.

On the same night, the Department of Art clubs will have their annual ceramic/jewelry/print sale outside of the gallery. Also, the Friends of the University Art Gallery board will offer discounted Friends memberships and a drawing for select prints by Katy Stuckel to current and new Friends. In addition, the NMSU BFA students will have their exhibition opening in Wells Hall at the same time. Maps will be provided.

• ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) is holding a low-cost dog & cat vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 2200 E. Lohman Ave. Rabies vaccines will be $10, dog combo (DAPP) and cat combo (FVRCP) vaccines will be $15, and mircochips will be $15. Forms of payment accepted are cash, checks, and credit card.

For more information, contact APA at 644-0505, or visit the organization online at actionprogramsforanimals.org or on Facebook at.facebook.com/APALasCruces and facebook.com/DonaAnaPetsAlive.

• Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will hold free computer literacy classes in the Computer Training Lab, second floor, during the month of April. Registration is not required, however, only the first eight attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. Branigan Library is located at 200 E. Picacho Ave. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 528-4005 or library.reference@lascruces. org.

Tuesday, April 12, 2 – 4 p.m.: Introduction to Computers: File Management.
Tuesday, April 19, 2 – 4 p.m.: Introduction to the Internet
Tuesday, April 26, 2 – 4 p.m.: Windows 10

• Don’t miss the Mesilla Valley Chorale’s Spring concert, Love That Music, on Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. in the historic Rio Grand Theatre. It’s a benefit for the theatre, and tickets are $10. The program will have a lot of really good music, including favorites like Fascinating Rhythm and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, as well as some jazzy spirituals, a Norman Luboff piece with great harmony, and a little Mozart.