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. The dances are held at 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.

• 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.

• Desert Writers, a program open to Doña Ana County writers age 55 and older, meets Wednesday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite Street. They are seeking new members who write fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Each week authors share work in progress, followed by comments from writer mentors and other group members, who include both published and unpublished writers. Visitors are always welcome. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact:

• 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, may borrow an instrument at practice and work with a mentor to get started. More information at or by e-mailing

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

• Enjoy a storytelling hour with Stories for Grown-Ups on Saturday, August 20, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Great Room building at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano. Entertaining and intriguing stories will be told by league members of Story Tellers of Las Cruces. For information, go to Story Tellers of Las Cruces Facebook page or leave voice mail/text at 640-6867.

• Men Who Cook is a fundraiser for Mesilla Valley Hospice bringing men from our community together to serve up tasty treats supporting a great cause.

The event will be held Saturday, August 13, from 5 – 10 p.m. at Grapevine Event Center on Picacho. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit the hospice website at or call Lorraine Padilla at 523-4700.

• Book lovers who visit Barnes & Noble at the Mesilla Valley Mall Friday through Sunday, August 5 – 7, will be welcomed by the Friends of the Branigan Library, who are staging a special event book fair at the store. Friends members will distribute vouchers to shoppers, providing a portion of each purchase to become a donation to the friends, and in that way directly support our local library.

Friends will also give shoppers gift bookmarks, as well as an opportunity to win a Curious George basket that would delight any child, plus a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card. Information about joining the Branigan Library Friends will also be available.

Barnes & Noble was honored for their support of the Friends of the Branigan Library at the volunteer organization’s most recent annual meeting. Support of both businesses and library patrons is important in retaining and expanding library programs that bring so much to our community.

The friends consist of over 100 members, including individuals, families and businesses. For more information about becoming a Branigan Library Friend or giving to the library, visit their website,

• Project Save a Kitten is preparing for its March 2017 fundraiser. This year’s “cat-chy” event will be a jewelry sale. Many of us have lovely jewelry pieces that we never wear — this is an opportunity to donate them for a good cause. They also would like donations of jewelry boxes, small decorative items, lace and linens, and other small treasures.

If you have items to donate, contact them for pick up or drop off at Better Life Pet Foods at 365 Avenida de Mesilla through February. If you don’t have any treasures to donate, but still want to help, they will accept cash for the kitty as well.

To donate or for more information, contact Jackye at Project Save a Kitten at 323-0903 or