List of dances and other events

bigband_back1• The Big Band Dance Club invites you to join them to dance ballroom, country, swing and Latin styles at Court Youth Center, 402 West Court Street. Hours of dance are 8 – 10 p.m. A beginner’s group dance lesson is at 7 p.m. The lesson is free with dance admission: $9 non-members and $7 members on nights with live music; $7 for all on CD nights. No dance partner is necessary. Beginners, singles and couples are welcome. Information at 526-6504.
— August 7, CDs, Mike D’Arcy, DJ
— August 14, CDs, Gary Koverman, DJ
— August 21, live music, Steppin Up
— August 28, CDs Mike D’Arcy, DJ

• Argentine Tango de Las Cruces meets every Tuesday night at 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla. Tango lesson from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Milonga is from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For more information, call Terri Coffman at (505) 620-0377.

• The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Community Foundation meets every fourth Saturday of the month at Memorial Medical Center, 2450 S. Telshor, Annex, Room A. No pre-registration is required and all who have been touched by breast cancer are invited. For information, call 524-4373.

• QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Training (English) will be held for those wanting to learn the warning signs for suicide and the three-step QPR method to save a life and reduce suicidal behaviors through an innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training course. Tuesday, August 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln St.; Anthony. Register with Magali Almaraz, 882-5556 or

• The public is invited to attend the Humane Society of Southern NM Annual Members & Friends Meeting at the Unitarian Church Saturday, August 9, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be in the Great Room of the Unitarian Church, 2000 S. Solano. A special program is planned with Mark Courtney, performing songs he’s written about animals. Candidates for Doña Ana County sheriff, Enrique Vigil (Democrat) and Craig Buckingham (Republican), will be the featured presenters. They will address questions from the audience with Q&A related to animal welfare and county laws/ordinances. Refreshments will be served. For information e-mail or call 523-8020.

• Bow Wow Swim Luau, a social event for dogs to enjoy a day of swimming with their humans will be held Saturday, August 16, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Desert Hills Pool, 5800 La Reina in Doña Ana.
Admission is $10 with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Southern NM. People are invited to swim with their well-behaved dogs, and enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, and live entertainment with musicians Walter Kimball and
Spud Kennedy. Raffles and door prizes are part of the event. Ribbons will be awarded for various dog categories. Bring your own towels (and folding chairs are acceptable). For more information, contact Dee Dougil at 382-9508 or Jean Gilbert at 522-2529. Directions to Desert Hills Pool: go north on Interstate 25, approximately a half mile northeast off Exit 9 or Doña Ana exit.

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will begin the fall session Group Riding Program in September for residents who want to start bicycling for exercise or return to riding. The program will be for the 50 plus community, but anyone 18 and older is welcome to participate. Registration begins Monday, August 18, at Frank O’Brien Papen Recreation Center, 304 W. Bell Ave. Rides will be Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 8:30 a.m.
As temperatures cool, the start time will be later. Each riding day will have a set distance and destination. Monday rides range from 12 – 20 miles, and Wednesday rides will range from 10 – 12 miles. All routes will be local, utilizing city bike paths and roads. Participants will be required to provide their own bikes, helmets, patch kits, water, snacks, and other items needed for each excursion. Bikes with multiple gears are strongly recommended for all routes and rides. Cost per outing is $3 per participant and $1.50 for seniors 60 years of age
and older. For more information call Recreation Programs at 541-2455. The TTY number is 541-2662.

• The Sixth Annual SalsaFest will be held August 23 – 24 on Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces between Las Cruces and Griggs Street. Saturday evening will feature live entertainment from the award winning Latin ensemble, Nosotros, plus beer and food vendors, salsa dancing and lessons and live Lucha Libre wrestling. On Sunday, there will be more salsa dance lessons, beer and food vendors and entertainment. The day will conclude with a salsa-making competition, pitting tasty contenders against each other for cash, prizes and bragging rights for the best salsa in Las Cruces. Tickets are available in advance at the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau office or online at Prices range from free Sunday without salsa tasting, $5 Sunday with tasting, $8 in advance for both days, or $10 at the door for both days. More information at or by calling 541-2444.