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December 1-9 | 10-16 | 17-23 | 24 into January

Monday 10

Silver City/Grant County

AARP Widowed Persons Meeting — 11 a.m. $10. Monthly meeting with lunch and entertainment included. Red Barn Family Restaurant, Hwy. 180. 388-1072.

Open Mic — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Virgin de Guadalupe Feast Day Celebration — Through Dec. 12. St. Genevieve's Church. 524-0623.

Tortugas

Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta — Through Dec. 12. Religious pilgrimage and cultural event celebrated in the Mesilla Valley and at Tortugas Mountain for over 100 years. Candlelight procession from La Capilla to Casa del Pueblo, rosaries and novena prayers, ceremony, traditional Danzante Dancers, Fiesta Mass, traditional fiesta dinner at Las Casa de Comida, procession to return La Virgen to la Capilla. Call for times and details. 526-8171.

Tuesday 11

Silver City/Grant County

Prospector's Legislative Forum — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium. 388-2993.

Brandon Perrault Solo — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Service of the Paraklesis in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition — 6 p.m. Honoring the Guadalupe image of the Mother of God and Ever-virgin Mary. All-Holy Theotokos Retreat Center, 5202 Hwy. 152, Santa Clara. 537-4839, theotokos@zianet.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Christmas Carol — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $15, $10. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 7 p.m. 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Did Trousset Catch the Train? — Brown Bag Lecture. Dr. Roy "Ben" Brown will speak about French painter Leon Trousset, who traveled the Camino Real from Leon, Guanajuato, to Albuquerque in the 1880s. Trousset painted more than a dozen urban scenes that provide us with time capsules reflecting the dramatic changes then underway. Light refreshments. Railroad Museum. 647-4480, rslaughter@las-cruces.org.

NMSU Aggies Men's Basketball vs. Prairie View A&M — 7 p.m. Pan American Center. 646-1420 / 532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

Sonoran Institute Meeting — 6:30 p.m. Andy Laurenzi, regional director, Southwest Office, Sonoran Institute, will speak about the work of the Sonoran Institute with communities in the West. Laurenzi will share models for working with state trust lands, introduce the Growth Model they are using to study the impact of growth on Dona Ana County, and will discuss the importance of regional planning, comprehensive plans, and follow-up implementation with time lines and bench marks. Dona Ana County Government Center, 846 N. Motel Blvd. 521-9314, skthomas_10@msn.com.

Virgin de Guadalupe Feast Day Celebration — Through Dec. 12. St. Genevieve's Church. 524-0623.

Tortugas

Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta — Through Dec. 12. See Dec. 10. Religious pilgrimage and cultural event. 526-8171.

Wednesday 12

Silver City/Grant County

Joy! 2007 — 7 p.m. See story in Tumbleweeds section. A holiday celebration benefit for the new Theatre Group New Mexico. Hi-Lo Silvers women's chorus, Community Chamber Singers, WNMU's "The Heard," excerpts from the "Nutcracker Suite" performed by the Conservatory of Dance, holiday piano selections, mariachi and Santa. Free admission, donations welcome. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. 388-0045, theatregroupnewmexico.org.

Trivia Night — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Christmas Carol — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $15, $10. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 7 p.m. 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

For Men Only — 6-8 p.m. A special evening for men to find gifts for their favorite gardener or nature lover. Refreshments and free gift-wrapping. Reservations required. Enchanted Gardens, 270 Ave. de Mesilla, 524-1886.

Psychic Readings by Marty Turner — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for appointments. Funky Karma, 207 Ave. de Mesilla, 635-2275.

Virgin de Guadalupe Feast Day Celebration — Through Dec. 12. St. Genevieve's Church. 524-0623.

Tortugas

Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta — See Dec. 10. Religious pilgrimage and cultural event. 526-8171.

Thursday 13

Silver City/Grant County

Victorian Christmas Evening — $3. 5-9 p.m. Traditional music, decorations, costumed characters, children's stories, hot mulled cider, plum pudding and other holiday treats. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.

Paradigm Salon — By donation. 6 p.m. Screening of Out of the Blue, a film that has been called "the definitive investigation of the UFO phenomenon." Narrated by Peter Coyote. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard. 534-0123.

Cribbage — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Almost Maine — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $7. 7 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Avenging Victorio — 7 p.m. Dave DeWitt will discuss his recently published historical novel, Avenging Victorio: A Novel of the Apache Insurgency in New Mexico, 1881. Book signing; part of the fall lecture series. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Christmas Carol — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $15, $10. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 7 p.m. 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Steve Smith — 8 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

Friday 14

Silver City/Grant County

Black Walnut and Skinny Dippin' — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Almost Maine — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $10, $9 seniors. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Christmas Carol — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $15, $10. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 7 p.m. 646-4515/(800) 646-ASTC.

Christmas Tree Lighting — 6 p.m. Tree lighting on the plaza followed by music by San Albino Church Choir members until 6:30 p.m. Mesilla businesses, some serving refreshments, will have extended hours for late shopping. Old Mesilla Plaza. 524-3262, ext. 116, kmedina_tom@comcast.net.

Into the Wild — Through Dec. 20. $6, $5 seniors/students, $4 members/children, Wednesday $4. 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Sean Penn's 2007 film combines two popular genres: the road trip and the struggle of man versus nature. As the movie begins, Chris (Emile Hirsch) has already reached his goal: the unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. He finds an abandoned, non-functional bus in the middle of nowhere that provides shelter. Flashbacks are employed to show how he got there. Meanwhile, interspersed with these lengthy glimpses of the past, the narrative in the present moves forward, gradually straying into darker territory. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

The Boy Who Stole the Stars — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $8, $7 students/seniors, $5 six and under. 8 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 523-1200, lcctnm.org.

Saturday 15

Silver City/Grant County

Black Tie at the Buffalo — 7-11 p.m. Help support Mimbres Region Arts Council programs, dance the night away and enjoy delicious food at the Buffalo Dance Hall on Bullard Street. 538-2505/(888) 758-7289, info@mimbresarts.org, www.mimbresarts.org.

Hayride in Hurley — 5 p.m. Bring your wagons and trucks and join the procession for old-fashioned hayride down the streets of Hurley while judging homes' and fences' holiday decorations. Meet at the American Legion. Hot chocolate, Christmas carols. Hurley Pride Committee. 537-2124.

Poetry Slam! — Open Slam competition with prizes, featuring Da'Shade Moonbeam, national champion from Austin, Texas. Sponsored by The Wellness Coalition. Javalina Coffee House, 208 Bullard St. 534-0665.

Raised By Wolves — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Robert K. Swisher — 2-5 p.m. Booksigning for Swisher's newest novel, How Far the Mountain, at A.I.R. Coffee and Gallery in Bayard.

Studio Sale for Nizhoni Pottery — 1-4 p.m. Contemporary Navajo pottery by Romaine Begay. 3235 Little Walnut Road, 534-0312.

Vespers in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition — 5 p.m. Vespers of the Lord's Day and of the Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah). All-Holy Theotokos Retreat Center, 5202 Hwy. 152, Santa Clara. 537-4839, theotokos@zianet.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

12 Steps to Health — See Dec. 1. $12, $7. 10 a.m.-12 noon. "The Emotional Link to Your Health." Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, Suite M, 523-0436.

Almost Maine — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $10, $9 seniors. 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Christmas Carol — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $15, $10. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 7 p.m. 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Christmas in the Clouds — $3, free for Mesilla Valley Film Society members. 1:30 p.m. Las Cruces' favorite holiday comedy is back! Set primarily on a ski resort owned by an American Indian tribe, this amusing film features appealing co-stars, quirky supporting characters, and a story that warms your heart. Manager Ray Clouds on Fire (Timothy Vahle) wants desperately to obtain a high rating for Sky Mountain in an important travel guide. His chance comes when the guide's representative is scheduled for an incognito visit right before Christmas. Ray works hard to get the hotel and his "unique" staff ready for this important visitor, but the wrong person ends up receiving his VIP treatment. Guest Tina Little Hawk feels a bit surprised at being given such a gorgeous suite and receiving so much attention from Ray, and thinks he is her pen pal, the man she's come to Sky Mountain to meet. That person, however, turns out to be Joe Clouds on Fire (Sam Vlahos), Ray's irascible father. M. Emmet Walsh plays a grumpy travel guide rep and Graham Greene plays a temperamental vegetarian chef who likes to tell his diners the "names" of the animals they are eating. This film has sold out each time it has played in Las Cruces. CineMatinee. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-828 7 /522-0286.

Christmas in the Mesilla Valley — 12-4 p.m. Opening reception for artists Janet Parks and Helga DeLisle. The works of 30 other artists also will be on display in a variety of media, in this winter-themed show. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, mesillavalleyfineartsgallery.blogspot.com.

Fitness Walk — 10 a.m. Several trails with different levels of difficulty, mountain and valley views. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. 524-3334, cdnp_rink@zianet.com.

Holiday Decorating for the Birds — $7.50 per person, $15 per family. 2 p.m. Create bird-friendly outdoor decorations for the garden and patio. Reservations requested. Enchanted Gardens, 270 Ave. de Mesilla, 524-1886.

NMSU Commencement — Pan American Center. 646-1420, www.nmsu.edu.

Snowman Walk — 9 a.m. Benavidez Community Center.
541-2581 / 541-2563.

The Boy Who Stole the Stars — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $8, $7 students/seniors, $5 six and under. 8 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 523-1200, lcctnm.org.

Tom Vandenavond — 8 p.m. From Austin, Texas. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

Walk Dona Ana Walk — 10 a.m. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. 524-3334.

Radium Springs

Luminaria Tour — 5-9 p.m. Experience a true New Mexico Christmas tradition under the stars at Fort Selden State Monument. Candlelit trails and ruins offer a special view of this historic site. Hot chocolate, cookies. Fort Selden State Monument. 526-8911 / (800) 429-9488.

Sunday 16

Silver City/Grant County

Aramaic Lord's Prayer — $10 suggested donation, no one turned away. 7 p.m. Celebrate the true meaning of the season by chanting and dancing the Aramaic words spoken by Jesus as translated by Neil Douglas-Klotz in "Prayers of the Cosmos." No experience necessary, all chants and movements are taught. Church of What's Happening, 7th and Arizona St., 534-1441.

Wisdom Painting — $35. 1-4 p.m. With Silver City artist Mary A. Gravelle. Leyba & Ingalls, 315 N. Bullard. (860) 888-6998, marylovespainting@yahoo.com, www.wisdompainting.com.

WNMU Men's Basketball vs. Colorado School of Mines — 8 p.m. www.wnmumustangs.com.

WNMU Women's Basketball vs. Colorado School of Mines — 6 p.m. www.wnmumustangs.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Almost Maine — See Dec. 1. $10, $9 seniors. 2:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Christmas Carol — See Dec. 1. $15, $10. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 7 p.m.
646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

NMSU Aggies Women's Basketball vs. Wichita State — 3 p.m. Pan American Center. 646-1420 / 532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

The Boy Who Stole the Stars — See Dec. 1. $8, $7 students/seniors, $5 six and under. 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 523-1200, lcctnm.org.

 

December 1-9 | 10-16 | 17-23 | 24 into January

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PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062.

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