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

DECEMBER

Saturday 01

Silver City/Grant County

27th Annual Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Studio Sale — Through Dec. 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 30 local artists selling a wide variety of handcrafted gifts. Live music, refreshments, door prizes. Hwy. 152 to the Mimbres, 61 South to Royal John Mine Road, follow signs 2 1/2 miles. No pets. 536-9934.

Bayou Seco — 12:15-1 p.m. Songs and Tunes of the Season, with the Fiddling Friends. Alotta Gelato, 619 N. Bullard St.

Carmen — 7 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911.

Chris Calloway — $20, $15, $10, $5. 7:30 p.m. Daughter of the legendary Cab Calloway plays her recordings and her father's recordings of the same Harold Arlen songs. She also plays her aunt Blanche Calloway singing her theme song, "Growlin' Dan," and herself singing the same song 70 years later. Mimbres Region Arts Council. WNMU Fine Arts Theater. 538-2505/(888) 758-7289, www.mimbresart.org.

Copper Country Cruizers' Annual Toys for Kids (Show & Shine) — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Santa Claus (see story in Tumbleweeds section) will be on hand to visit with children. All ages and styles of vehicles, motorcycles and bikes are welcome. Entry fee is a new toy in its original box suitable for children, infant through age 12. The show is free, but spectators are also invited to bring a toy. Toys will be given to area needy children by local non-profit organizations. Gough Park. george@zianet.com.

Friends of the Library One-Day Book Sale — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hardcovers, paperbacks and bargain books, overflow from the Hodges Collection, first editions, all genres. Benefits Silver City Public Library. FOL Bookstore, 1510 Market St., 538-3672.

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

Reva Myers Shemanski — 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for the Bisbee artist. Gallery 400, at the Gila House Hotel, 400 N. Arizona St., 313-7015/313-7016, www.gilahouse.com, www.myspace.com/gilahouse, www.ambereva.com.

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Milarepa — Through Dec. 6. $6, $5 seniors/students, $4 members/children, Wednesday $4. 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A tale of greed and vengeance, demons, magic, murder and redemption — the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

"Fung Lin, Piano" Classics Three — Also Dec. 2. $30, $15, $10. 7:30 p.m. Respighi — Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1, Khachaturian. Presented by Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall. 646-3709.

12 Steps to Health — Through Feb. 9. $12, $7. 10 a.m.-12 noon. "Stay Fit, Stay Well." Health classes at Mountain View Market, provided by Infinite Insights. Designed to empower individuals to take charge of their health and wellbeing by teaching important skills and information about living in tune with nature, body, mind and spirit. 1300 El Paseo, Suite M, 523-0436.

A Christmas Spectacular — Through Dec. 2. $5, $3 donation. 3 p.m. St. Paul's 12th "Merry Christmas, Las Cruces!" event. Drama performance of contemporary vignettes with timeless meanings, interspersed with Christmas music by choirs, soloists, and orchestra. 225 W. Griggs. 526-6689.

Almost Maine — Through Dec. 16. $10, $9 seniors. 8 p.m. A romantic comedy based on the lives of the current and former residents of Almost, a fictional town in Maine. Though the town is fictional, the characters are very real and their romances, frustrations, joys and reactions to the past and the future are universal. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2:30 p.m., Thursdays 7 p.m. No Strings Theatre Company. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Art and Glass — Through Dec. 31. Featuring Barbara Baker's framed art and Laurie Meador's Depression-era glass mobiles and chimes. Bobolink, 207 Ave. de Mesilla, 647-3332.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Bus Trip — $35. 9:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Round-trip deluxe motor coach transportation, entry into park, tour of refuge, and discussion on the refuge and birds during the trip to the refuge. Museum of Natural History. 522-3120, cnewsom@las-cruces.org.

Christmas Carol — Through Dec. 16. $15, $10. 7 p.m. Charles Dickens' beloved traditional holiday tale, adapted by Tom Smith for this production, tells the story of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his magical redemption. American Southwest Theatre Company. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre.
646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Desert Treks — $35. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Bus trip to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, departing from Museum of Natural History, Mesilla Valley Mall. Pre-registration required. 522-3120.

Janey Welch Watercolors — Through Dec. 31. Convention and Visitors Bureau, 541-2444.

Kids' Pine Cone Bird Feeder Class — 1 p.m. Bobolink, 207 Ave. de Mesilla, 647-3332.

NMSU Aggies Basketball vs. North Texas — 8:30 p.m. Pan American Center. 646-1420/532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

NMSU Aggies Swimming & Diving Team vs. Texas Permian Basin & Grand Canyon — 2 p.m. NMSU Natatorium. 646-1420 /
532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

Peppermint Tea — Free. 2-4 p.m. Bring a friend for tea and treats amid a dozen sparkling holiday trees. Enchanted Gardens, 270 Ave. de Mesilla, 524-1886.

Points of View — $8, $6. 7 p.m. Also Dec. 2. Tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop dance performance featuring choreography by students in the NMSU dance program. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. 646-2070, deknapp@nmsu.edu.

Ruby in Paradise — $3, free for Mesilla Valley Film Society members. 1:30 p.m. Ruby (Ashley Judd) arrives in Panama City Beach, a tourist spot on Florida's "Redneck Riviera," thankful to have escaped from rural Tennessee "without getting pregnant or beat up." In her journal, Ruby monitors her feelings and actions. She's not sure why she slept with the storeowner's playboy son or why she's not more interested in Mike, a plant store clerk who is a good listener and a sensitive lover. Ruby's soul is tested through a series of setbacks, which help her clarify that the work she is doing is a calling and not just a job. One of the best films of 1993. Writer and director Victor Nunez focuses on this sensitive woman's inner life as she ponders the meaning of care, desire, loneliness, fear, intimacy, independence and love. CineMatinee. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe,
524-8287 / 522-0286.

The Boy Who Stole the Stars — Through Dec. 16. $8, $7 students/seniors, $5 six and under. 8 p.m. This inspirational show about a boy and his grandfather is an uplifting family event for the holidays. The show includes Christmas carols, a visit by Santa and a gift drawing. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 523-1200, lcctnm.org.

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

Deming

Christmas Light Parade — 6:30 p.m.

Eddy Harrison — $6. 2 p.m. Deming Performing Arts Theater presents songwriter and vocalist. Morgan Hall, 109 E Pine St.

For Pet's Sake — 3-5 p.m. Celebration for Deming Animal Guardians spay/neuter program. Gold Street Gallery, 116 S. Gold St., 546-8200 / 544-2209.

Elephant Butte

Boating Safety Instruction — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The New Mexico State Parks boating education program instructs in selecting the right boat, rules, regulations and safety on the water, and what to do in the event of an accident. Richard Cooper Training Center, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. 744-5998.

Kris Kringle Regatta Holiday Party — Sail racing at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. rgsc@zianet.com, www.rgsc.org.

Hillsboro

Christmas in the Foothills — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebration with open houses at art galleries and historic homes, holiday specials at local restaurants, hayrides, carolers, annual $49.99 Art Sale, raffle, arts and crafts vendors, holiday treats and more. Community Center. 895-5797, bobship@kitcarson.net.

Truth or Consequences

Holiday Faire — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fundraising event for Sierra Joint Office on Aging, with crafters, handcrafted furniture, artists, baked goods and raffles. 894-6641, kellykelsey29@hotmail.com.

Sunday 02

Silver City/Grant County

27th Annual Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Studio Sale — See Dec. 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 536-9934.

Community Chamber Singers Concert — Free. 3 p.m. Music covering a time span from the 16th century to the present. Accompanists Betty Windsor, Pat Prewit and Virginia Robertson on piano, Tom Morrish on guitar. Vocal soloists include Sherry Terrazas, Bethany Joy Lange, Tom Morrish, Doug Medin. Oboe solo by Marilyn McNamara of Tucson. Childcare provided, reception immediately following the performance. First Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St. 388-4764.

Ira & Abby — 4 p.m. A sweet, hilarious and slightly subversive romantic comedy that examines the issues of marriage, monogamy and whether "I do" is the only path to lifelong love and happiness. Ira Black is brilliant, neurotic, Jewish and has so many issues he can't fit them into 12 years of analysis. Abby Willoughby is a free spirit who works in a gym and is better at solving her friends' problems than selling memberships. When the two meet, the impossible happens: They fall in love, meet each other's parents and decide to get married, all in a few breathless hours. And life is good, for a while, until a series of comic misadventures (multiple divorces, in-laws, affairs, exes and too many therapists) force the couple to rethink their strategies. WNMU-Silver City International Film Society. Real West Cinema II, Hwy. 180 E. 538-5659, www.silverfilm.org.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

"Fung Lin, Piano" Classics Three — See Dec. 1. $30, $15, $10. 3 p.m. Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall. 646-3709.

A Christmas Spectacular — See Dec. 1. $5, $3 donation. 7 p.m. St. Paul's "Merry Christmas Las Cruces!" event. 225 W. Griggs. 526-6689.

Almost Maine — Through Dec. 16. 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 — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $15, $10. 7 p.m. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

First Sunday Readings — 3 p.m. Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders series. Featured readers are Albuquerque poet, fiction writer, educator, historian and journalist E. A. "Tony" Mares; Las Cruces poet, editor, award-winning author and translator Jesus Barquet; and NMSU educator and translator Beth Pollack. Barquet will read in Spanish and Pollack will translate into English. Thomas Branigan Library, Dresp Room.

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

Old Fashion Holiday La Casa Christmas — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dickerson's Event Center. 526-2819/524-1222/523-4286.

Points of View — See Dec. 1. $8 adults, $6 students. 7 p.m. Student choreography show. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. 646-2070.

The Boy Who Stole the Stars — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $8, $7 students/seniors, $5 six and under. 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 523-1200, lcctnm.org.

Thirteen Things About Ed Caprolotti — Also Dec. 8. $3 suggested donation. 2:30 p.m. A comic/dramatic monologue, starring Toni Marie. Set in a midwestern funeral parlor, the play portrays the deceased and the bereaved, and the lengths to which survivors go to hold on to memories, money, life and love. Two performances only. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Trails West Senior Community Ballroom, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla. 524-9495.

Columbus

Teresa Struhs-Nelson — 2-4 p.m. Opening reception for the artist and one-year anniversary celebration for Art on the Western Edge Gallery. Windwalker Guest Ranch B&B, Hwy. 11 north, mile marker 7, 642-3641, www.awe-88029.com.

Deming

Jam Sessions — Sundays through April 2008. 2-4 p.m. Dancing, socializing, cookies and coffee. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine St.
545-8872.

Elephant Butte

Rio Grande Sailing Club Fun Race — Contact for details. rgsc@zianet.com.

Monday 03

Silver City/Grant County

WNMU Town &_Gown Meeting-5:30-7 p.m. Application to create MainStreet Arts & Cultural District. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard. 538-6133.

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

Truth or Consequences

Medicare Part D Enrollment Assistance — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Also Dec. 5 in Lordsburg. The NM Aging and Long-Term Services Department Benefits Counseling Bureau/NM SHIP will assist individuals who want to switch their plan or newly enroll into a Medicare prescription drug plan. Screening for Extra Help, a low-income subsidy for prescription drug coverage, also will be provided. Participants should bring Medicaid and Medicare identification cards and prescription drug bottles, or a list of prescriptions printed by a pharmacy. City Library, Library Lane. (800) 432-2080.

Tuesday 04

Silver City/Grant County

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

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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

Concert — Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, Downtown Mall. 523-6403.

Harvest Cooking Class — $20. 2-4 p.m. Carol Koenig demonstrates recipes featuring pecans, pinons and black-eyed peas in holiday cooking. Pre-registration required. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

NMSU Aggies Men's Basketball vs. New Mexico — 7 p.m. Pan American Center. 646-1420 / 532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

Wednesday 05 HANNUKAH

Silver City/Grant County

Paradigm Salon — By donation. 6 p.m. Screening of The Phoenix Lights, a film about the silent, V-shaped, mile-long phenomenon that cruised over Phoenix in 1997 and was witnessed by thousands of people. In this updated DVD, Arizona Governor Fife Symington admits that he, too, saw the sight though he ridiculed it publicly. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard.
534-0123.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings — Donation. 7 p.m. See story in Tumbleweeds section. Also Dec. 7-9 in Silver City. Cobre Auditorium, Bayard. 538-6468. 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. 7 p.m. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre, 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

NMSU Aggies Women's Basketball vs. Utah Valley — 2 p.m. Pan American Center. 646-1420 / 532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

Glenwood

Save the Wolves Open House — 5-9 p.m. Wolf supporters will be on hand with materials to help you write your comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Community Center.

Lordsburg

Medicare Part D Enrollment Assistance — See Dec. 3. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ena Mitchell Senior Center, 317 E. Fourth.
(800) 432-2080.

Thursday 06

Silver City/Grant County

Steve Reynolds — 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.

Barrage — $12.50, $10. 8 p.m. Made up of 18 unique instrumentalists, Barrage offers up a diverse fusion of cultures, musical styles and performance vitality, combining contemporary world music influences, layered vocal arrangements and pulsating modern beats and rhythms. Rio Grande Theatre, Downtown Mall. 646-1420 / 532-2060 / (915) 544-8444.

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

The Deming Fusiliers — 8 p.m. High Desert Brewing Co., 1201 W. Hadley Ave., 525-6752.

Time Travel by Lantern Light — Through Dec. 8. $2, $1. 6-9 p.m. Meet different characters from New Mexico's past including a wandering miner, a trail-weary cattle boss and a strong-willed cavalry wife. Third annual living history event brings the past alive. Live music, refreshments and children's crafts. Tours are outside, so dress warmly. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Columbus

Youth, Drugs & You — 6:30-9 p.m. Presenters from the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, Santa Fe, will present results from the local adolescent drug use study, "Drug Use, Ethnicity and Help-Seeking Among Rural Youth." Community Center. The Wellness Coalition, 534-0665, ext. 814.

Friday 07

Silver City/Grant County

8th Annual Festival of Trees — Through Dec. 9. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Live decorated trees for sale, as well as decorations, crafts, baked goods, hot cider and cocoa. Fundraising event for Penny Park, our community-built park. Penny Park, 1305 N. Grant St. 534-0261.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings — Through Dec. 9. See story in Tumbleweeds section. A play with children and adults. Theater Group New Mexico. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6468, theatregroupnewmexico.org.

Edie and the Silver Blue Roots — 7 p.m. Twisted Vine, 108 E. Broadway, 388-2828.

Gila Valley Christmas Fair — Through Dec. 8. 5-9 p.m. Live music, dancing, food and festivities, arts and crafts sale. Gila Valley Homeschoolers fundraiser. Chuck Wagon (old Stage Stop), Hwy. 180, Cliff.

New Deal Public Art on New Mexico's Main Streets — 4 p.m. Opening reception for photographic exhibit, through March 2, of New Mexico's public artworks resulting from New Deal programs of the 1930s. Presented through the National New Deal Preservation Association, New Mexico MainStreet and the Silver City MainStreet Project in honor of the 75th anniversary of America's New Deal Heritage. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard St.

The Spirit of Holidays Past — Through Jan. 13. Drawing on the Silver City Museum's own collection and Michael Merchant's extensive collection of Father Christmas/Santa Claus memorabilia, this special exhibit evokes the spirit of holiday celebrations in years gone by. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921 / (877) 777-7947, www.silvercitymuseum.org.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

12:08 East of Bucharest — Through Dec. 13. $6, $5 seniors/students, $4 members/children, Wednesday $4. 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Corneliu Porumbolu's film takes a reliably bleak central European approach to a Christmas snowfall (''Enjoy it now. Tomorrow it will be mud''). As dawn breaks in a provincial town and the street lights expire, the owner and honey-voiced anchorman of the local TV station is planning his traditional broadcast to commemorate the December 1989 revolution by asking whether their town took part in it or not. Pressing into service a devoutly alcoholic teacher and the town's cranky, aged Santa Claus, the host produces a comically disastrous hour of television. In Romanian with English subtitles. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

The Goonies — 9:45 p.m. Almost Midnight Film Series. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, www.fountaintheatre.org.

3rd Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Display — Cocoa and cookies, make an ornament for your tree, see the model trains and holiday display. Grade school choir sings carols at 5:30 p.m. Display continues through Jan. 1. Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St., 647-4480, rslaughter@las-cruces.org.

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. 7 p.m. NMSU Hershel Zohn Theatre. 646-4515 / (800) 646-ASTC.

Christmas Tree Lighting — 5:30 p.m. Ceremony, hot cocoa, Christmas caroling music and Santa. Albert Johnson Park.
541-2200.

Don Boyd Photography — The artist demonstrate his modern "old-fashioned" film camera and his workflow process from image capture to final prints, and shares stories of his photograph-making experiences in New Mexico, Utah, Texas and Arizona. Main Street Gallery, 311 N. Downtown Mall, 647-0508.

Downtown Ramble — 5-7 p.m. Stroll through galleries, shops, businesses and restaurants. Art openings, exhibits, music, entertainment, open mic opportunities, shopping, refreshments. 527-5018.

NMSU Choir Holiday Concert — Also Dec. 8. $10, $12, $15 and $3 for students (no children under 7). 7:30 p.m. "Christmas in Paris." Combined choirs will sing choral holiday favorites in a new way. Student men's barbershop quartet, Masterworks Chorus, University Singers. Come a half-hour early and enjoy tunes by the university's Gospel Choir led by Dr. Bobbie Green. Tickets at Pan Am Center ticket office. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall, 646-1420, choirs.nmsu.edu.

Opening reception — 5-7 p.m. For Mexican artist Beatriz Ezban and French-born Santa Fe artist Pascal. Museum of Art, 501 N. Main St., 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org.

Potter's Guild of Las Cruces Ceramics Show — 6-8 p.m. Opening reception. Tombaugh Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.

Rebecca Courtney — 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for the artist in thetheatregallery in the Black Box Theatre lobby. The exhibit is open an hour before performances and by appointment. 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223.

Southwestern Pots: Celebrating Heritage — 4-5:45 p.m. Opening reception for exhibit at the Terrace Gallery. Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.

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.

Time Travel by Lantern Light — Through Dec. 8. See Dec. 6. 6-9 p.m. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

Reserve

Youth, Drugs & You — 1:30-4 p.m. Presenters from the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, Santa Fe, will present results from the local adolescent drug use study, "Drug Use, Ethnicity and Help-Seeking Among Rural Youth." Lunch included. Community Center. The Wellness Coalition, 534-0665, ext. 814.

Socorro

Barrage — See Dec. 6. $16, $14, $12. 7:30 p.m. Macey Center on New Mexico Tech campus. 835-5688.

Saturday 08

Silver City/Grant County

3rd Annual Cowboy Christmas — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A variety of holiday festivities in the Yankie-Texas Art District. Santa will visit, the Texas Street Outlaws will offer one of their humorous skits, raffle tickets, opening receptions at Eklektikas, Elemental Art, Copper Quail and Seedboat galleries. 538-8081.

8th Annual Festival of Trees — Through Dec. 9. See Dec. 7. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Penny Park, 1305 N. Grant St. 534-0261.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings — Through Dec. 9. See Dec. 7. See story in Tumbleweeds section. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6468, theatregroupnewmexico.org.

Copper Country Christmas Parade & Bazaar — 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pancake breakfast, food vendors, Santa, arts and crafts fair. Hurley Pride Committee. Hurley Community Center. 537-2124.

Dances of Universal Peace — $5 donation. 7 p.m. Circle dances that celebrate the unity of all spiritual traditions. Live music. No experience or partners needed. Church of What's Happening, 7th and Arizona St., 534-1441.

Deborah Hutchings — 4-6 p.m. Opening reception for "Landscapes in the West," paintings by the artist. Elemental Arts, 106 W. Yankie, 590-7554, www.gourdweb.com.

Fort Bayard Tour — 10 a.m. Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 388-4477, cecilialjb@aol.com., www.fortbayardhistoricpreservationsociety.org.

George Witzke, Florence Rowell and John Rogers — 4-6 p.m. Opening reception for the artists. Works in iron, pastels, oils and sculpture. Copper Quail Gallery, 211-A Texas St., 388-2646.

Gila Valley Christmas Fair — See Dec. 7. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Chuck Wagon (old Stage Stop), Hwy. 180, Cliff.

Ginny Wolf — 4-7 p.m. Opening reception for the artist's multi-cultural jewelry work. Eklektikas, 104 W. Yankie St., 538-8081, www.ekletikas.com.

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

San Vicente Artists Christmas Art Fair — 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Local and out-of-town artists and fine crafters will sell works in all media. Refreshments. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard St.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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

4th Annual Trail of Lights and Old-Fashioned Holiday Display — 6-8 p.m. Free hot cocoa, cookies and music under the glow of 3,000 luminarias downtown. 541-2288.

A Child's Christmas in Wales — Also Dec. 9. $7. 8 p.m. No Strings Theatre Company presents its fifth annual production of Dylan Thomas' Christmas classic. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

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.

Annual Potters Guild Holiday Sale — Through Dec. 9. Also with members of the Bead Society. Las Cruces Association of Realtors Boardroom, 150 E. Idaho.

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

First Snow — $3, free for Mesilla Valley Film Society members. 1:30 p.m. A man desperately tries to keep a strange prediction from coming true in this independent psychological thriller. Jimmy Starks (Guy Pearce) is a traveling salesman in New Mexico on business when he crosses paths with a psychic. The psychic offers to read Jimmy's fortune, and quickly informs him that he will die before the first snow of the winter. Jimmy's girlfriend, Deirdre (Piper Perabo), doesn't think much of this prediction, but with the winter months on the horizon, this notion makes Jimmy a bit nervous. Jimmy's anxieties grow as the weather suddenly conspires against him and his fate begins taking a number of turns for the worst. Can Jimmy somehow escape his fate, or has he been doomed by the fortuneteller's words? CineMatinee. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287 /
522-0286.

NMSU Choir Holiday concert — See Dec. 7. $10, $12, $15 and $3 for students (no children under 7). 3 p.m. Tickets at the Pan Am Center ticket office. NMSU Music Center Recital Hall,
646-1420, choirs.nmsu.edu.

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

Sky Safari — 7 p.m. View the night sky with museum staff: M35, Aquarius, Sirius and more. High-powered telescopes and expert guidance. Museum of Natural History. 522-3120.

Stop the War Machine — 11 a.m. Jeanne Pahls and Bob Anderson will speak about the 1,912 nuclear weapons at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque (the highest concentration of nuclear weapons anywhere in the world) and efforts that are underway to have them dismantled. Southwest Environmental Center meeting room. 401-4808, StoptheWarMachine@comcast.net.

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.

Thirteen Things About Ed Caprolotti — See Dec. 2. $3 suggested donation. 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Trails West Senior Community Ballroom, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla. 524-9495.

Time Travel by Lantern Light — See Dec. 6. $2, $1. 6-9 p.m. Living history. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces. 522-4100.

Deming

Animal Show — 10:30 a.m. Marshall Memorial Library. 110 S. Diamond St. 546-9202.

Hi Lo Silver Christmas Concert — $6. 2 p.m. The all-woman group will be singing Christmas music and will also have a sing-along session. Presented by the Deming Performing Arts Theater. Morgan Hall, 109 E Pine St.

Rockhound State Park Festival of Lights — More than 1,000 luminarias will line the park's Visitor Center and Native Gardens. Live music, caroling, conversation, hot cocoa and traditional cookies are available for sharing. 546-6182, jmranch@vtc.net.

Elephant Butte

Beachwalk Luminaria Festival and Parade of Lights — Thousands of luminarias light the way to the beach, where community groups sponsor bonfires with cocoa, posole, carols and more. Annual Floating Lights Parade of Boats begins at dusk. Park fees waived for this event. $1 per person donation to Make A Wish is requested upon entrance into the park. Elephant Butte Lake State Park. 744-5998.

Radium Springs

Living History Program — $3, 16 and under free. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Demonstrations and descriptions of equipment and life at the fort. Fort Selden State Monument, 526-8911.

Truth or Consequences

Flowers Galore — 6-9 p.m. Opening reception at RioBravo Fine Art. 110 Broadway.

Sunday 09

Silver City/Grant County

8th Annual Festival of Trees — See Dec. 7. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Penny Park, 1305 N. Grant St. 534-0261.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings — See Dec. 7. See story in Tumbleweeds section. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-6468, theatregroupnewmexico.org.

Hi-Lo Silvers Concert — 3 p.m. Women's chorus, directed by Valdeen Wooton. Concert of holiday music followed by a sing-a-long of popular holiday pieces. First Presbyterian Church. cbaldwin@zianet.com.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

A Child's Christmas in Wales — See Dec. 8. $7. 2:30 p.m. No Strings Theatre Company. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Almost Maine — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $10, $9 seniors. 2:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, www.no-strings.org.

Annual Potters Guild Holiday Sale — See Dec. 8. Las Cruces Association of Realtors Boardroom, 150 E. Idaho.

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

New Mexico Watercolor Society Holiday Gathering — 2 p.m. Special monthly meeting with refreshments and a painting exchange. Dresp Room of the Branigan Library. teacupgarden@comcast.net.

The Boy Who Stole the Stars — Through Dec. 16. See Dec. 1. $8, $7 students/seniors, $5 six and under. 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theater, 523-1200, lcctnm.org.

Deming

Jam Sessions — 2-4 p.m. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine St. 545-8872.

 

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

For the January issue, submit events by December 17 to
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PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062.

Please verify all event information before making your plans. Events are
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