List of dances and other events

bigband_back1• Big Band Dance Club hosts weekly 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 and $9 for non-members, including the lesson. More information at 526-6504.

February 5: Steppin’ Up
February 12: Ron Theilman’s Septet, Valentine Dance. Dressy attire.
February 19: CDs, Dale Ellis, DJ
February 26: Ron Theilman’s Septet

• 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.

• On Monday, February 2, the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will make community garden plots available to the public. The cost to lease a garden plot for March through November is $15. Plots will be available to lease at the following gardens: Las Esperanzas Community Garden, 341 E. Picacho Ave.; Tony Gomez Community Garden, 2250 S. Espina St.; and the newest location, Sage Community Garden, 6121 Reynolds Dr.

You may sign up for a plot and pay the lease at the Parks & Recreation Department administrative office, 200 N. Church St. (Old City Hall). There is a limited number of plots available and only one plot can be leased per person. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 541-2550. The TTY number is 541-2772.

• Mesilla Valley Audubon Society continues a three-part series of talks introducing residents to the plants and animals of the area Wednesday, February 18. The topic for February is birds. Nancy Stotz, an accomplished regional expert on bird identification and distribution, will provide an introduction to the common birds of southern New Mexico and describe the best places to find them.

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. More information on MVAS is available at

• As a fundraiser for the NMSU Choirs for their tour of Germany and Prague this summer, the film Les Choristes will be shown at the Fountain Theatre Saturday, February 21, at 4 p.m. In addition to the showing of the film, there will be a silent auction and a short choral concert. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Suzanne at the NMSU Music Dept. at 646-2067.

• In addition to the curbside recycling service, the south Central Solid Waste Authority had other standby locations to bring your recycling. The community recycling bins at standby locations in town have been pulled from use. However, the Foothills location (Sonoma Boulevard location) and the main recycling location at 2865 Amador Avenue are accessible, as are the community collection centers throughout the county. All public school locations are also recycle drop-off points.

• Building stamina and maintaining cardio vascular health is important. The 50-Plus Walking Program/0–60 in 12 weeks, is designed to get you walking up to 60 minutes in 12 weeks. It begins with 20-minute walks, three times a week, and works up to 60 minutes. Distance is not the priority, movement is. No racing or competition, just a focus on health and wellbeing.

Participants walk at their own pace for a set time. Distance will be tracked every day in order to monitor individual improvement. All participants will meet at Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 W. Bell St., and every fourth week will do a “Field Trip Walk” at another location (optional).

Registration begins Monday, February 2, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center. The program is held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 – 9 a.m., at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, from March 2, through May 29. The fee is $36 per walker and includes tracking of progress for the 12 weeks of the program. For more information call 541-2455. The TTY number is 541-2772.

• New fitness classes are being offered at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell St., beginning February 2. The new classes will be held in the center’s fitness room 3. Classes offered are:

Lift and Tone – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Lift and Tone your body through use of weights, bands, and your own body weight.

Just Move – Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This aerobic workout will get that heart rate going and that body moving with a little core work at the end.

Core and More – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 – 9:20 a.m. This class will concentrate on the core area and a little bit more, with the use of the stability ball and weights.

All fitness types are welcome and equipment will be provided. Wear comfortable workout clothes and bring your water bottle and a towel. Fitness Classes Fee: $2. Age 60+ $1. Fitness Punch Card: $48 for 30 visits to the facility with no expiration date. For information call 541-2455.

• The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Community Foundation meets every fourth Saturday of the month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center, 2450 S. Telshor, Annex Building. Free and open to all who are interested. For information, call 524-4373.