• 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. The dance will be held at Alma d’ Arte until May 26. On that date, they will move to Elks Lodge 1119, 3000 Elks Drive.
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.
May 5: Live music with Steppin Up
May 12: Live music with pop, jazz, dance band
May 19: CDs with a DJ
May 26: Spring Ball Dance with live music performed by Ron Thielman’s Orchestra (at new location as listed above) Decorations, finger food, dress in your finest. For the return to the lodge, all Elks Club members may dance on May 26 for the member price of $8.
June 2: CDs with a 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. 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 email@example.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 Mesilla Valley Chorale will perform a benefit concert at the Rio Grande Theatre on Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. entitled Love that Music. This concert, under the direction of Nancy Ritchey, benefits the Rio Grande Theatre and tickets are $10 per person.
• The Parks & Recreation Department recently opened one of the community’s newest recreational opportunities: the Model Airplane/Archery facility. The Model Airplane facility is located at 545 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., and the Archery Range is located at 535 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
The site is located at the old landfill off Sonoma Ranch Boulevard just south of Roadrunner Parkway. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 541-2550. To view a short video about the facility and its users, visit this site: youtu.be/Hhc_VTkzPpI
• The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces presents the Second Annual Spring Sale on Friday, May 6, from 4 – 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the commons area of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the sale will feature new designs in handmade and wheel thrown pottery, mosaic tile work, jewelry, and fiber arts. There will be live music at the church during the Friday night Ramble, or visit on Saturday during the Farmer’s Market. The church is located just west of Main Street.Participating artists are Laurie Abbott, Jan Archey, Michelle Arterburn, Wendy Baldwin, Mary Barce, Pam Bornhauser, Bernita Davis, Scott and Susan Goewey, Margaret Jackson, Kristine Kitchens, Rudy Lucero, Bonnie MacQuarrie, Janice McCravey, Jim Moore, Kris Northcutt, Randy and Jeannine Summers and Cindy Waddell. For more information visit pottersguildlc.com
• The members of the Las Cruces Arts Association will be exhibiting their art during their Annual Members Show, themed Nature’s Art. The exhibit opens May 6 at the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble in the Southwest Environmental Center. Prize money will be awarded to the Best in Show, first, second, and third place winners in specific designated categories. The exhibit runs through June 28 and is open during SWEC hours, weekdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jack LeSage is the LCAA Featured Artist for May. His work will be featured at the First Friday Art Ramble on May 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. and at the third Saturday Farmer and Crafts Market on May 21 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Art On Easels Gallery in the Community Enterprise Center next to the Bistro in downtown Las Cruces.
• Red Hawk Golf Club is celebrating National Miniature Golf Day, Saturday, May 14, by hosting Putts for Mutts for ACTion Programs for Animals (APA), a local, no kill animal-welfare charity dedicated to saving the lives of cats and dogs from our municipal shelter as well as helping people and their pets via programs like the Pet Food Bank. The nine-hole mini-golf tourney takes place at the club on May 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $6 for nine holes or $10 to play all day — and enjoy drink and food specials, too.
For more information, call 644-0505, or visit APA online at actionprogramsforanimals.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/APALasCruces and facebook.com/DonaAnaPetsAlive.
• Reservations are being accepted for diabetes classes at MountainView Senior Circle Association, 3948 E. Lohman Ave, Suite 1, (Behind Walgreens on Lohman). Classes will be held:
Tuesday, May 10, 2 – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 2 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 2 – 5 p.m.
Class size will be limited to 12 and support persons are invited and encouraged to be present with each attendee. There is a one-time $10 registration fee for these intense classes. Scholarships are available for those needing one.
Classes will be taught in English and Spanish by Diabetes Educator, T. J. Jasso, RN, BS. For additional information, call the Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach at 522-0289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• The City of Las Cruces City Art Board, with funding from the City’s Art in Public Places Program, will conduct a call for artists to create an on-site outdoor project. The project will be located at the new East Mesa Public Safety Campus located at 100 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
The call for artists is open to all artists or art teams working in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Artists submitting applications should demonstrate a level of expertise and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget. No member of the current Las Cruces City Art Board, the Selection Committee, or employees of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, may apply for this project. Prospectus and entry information can be found online at callforentry.org. Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016. Call 541-2572 for more information.
• Al Chance will perform at the Rio Grande Theatre on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Every Other Tuesday free programs. He will sing songs of the 1950s through the 1970s. More information at alchance.com.
• Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary hosts their sixth annual Wineing for the Animals Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Amaro Winery, 402 S. Melendres. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 for a couple and include complementary hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, and live music. Tickets may be purchased at Amaro Winery, SHAS Thrift Store, or online at shaspets.com.
• Saturday, June 18, from 1 – 4 p.m. will be El Caldito Soup Kitchen’s Veterans Appreciation Dinner. The address is 999 W. Amador (behind Horse & Hound). There will be a social hour from 1 – 2 p.m., followed by brisket dinner from 2 – 4 p.m. Free for all veterans and their spouses/significant others. More information: Scott Murray at 642-0888.