One Arabian Night
Our intrepid reporter tries belly dancing

Once Upon a Time in the West
Six Guns and Shady Ladies brings back the Wild West

Brick-and-Mortar Memories
Growing up in Silver City, you remembered certain buildings

Plucking at Heartstrings
Mogollon Mountain Dulcimer players

Paths to War
Walking the trails near Fort Bowie

Tube of Plenty
CATS community television

Scat Happens
Get the straight poop on visiting critters

Columns and Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary

High Stakes in Akela
Garrison Keilor and Me
Top 10

Business Exposure
Celestial Cycles
Into the Future
The Starry Dome
Southwest Gardener
Ramblin' Outdoors
40 Days & 40 Nights
Blues Fest
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure

M. Fred Barraza
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Erica Williams
Overcoming "Us vs. Them"

Red or Green
Dining Guide
Meson de Mesilla
Table Talk

About the cover


D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    May 2008

Guides to Go

Museums & Attractions

Silver City Museum — Tues.-Fri., 9 am.-4:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 312 W. Broadway, Silver City. 538-5921. www.silvercitymuseum.org

WNMU Museum — Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Western New Mexico University, Silver City. 538-6386. www.wnmu.edu/univ/museum.htm

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Custom House: Free. 301 S. Silver, Deming. 546-2383.

Las Cruces Museum of Natural History — Mon.-Thur., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Free. Southeast end of Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces. 522-3120.

Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum‹708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg. 1-5 p.m. weekdays. 542-9258.

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum — Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Adults $5, seniors $3, students $2, 4 and under free. 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces. 522-4100, www.frhm.org

NMSU Mu_seum — Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Free. Kent Hall, University and Solano, Las Cruces. 646-3739. www.nmsu.edu

Las Cruces Museum of Art — 490 N. Water St. Las Cruces. 541-2155

Pioneer Store Museum — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Chloride, NM, 743-2736.

University Art Gallery — NMSU Williams Hall, University Ave., Las Cruces. 646-2545.

Grant County Weekly Events


Archaeology Society — First Sun. of every month, field trip. 538-9254.

Bead Society — 1 p.m. Alotta Gelato 388-1362.

Gila Friends Meeting — 10 a.m. Church of What's Happening Now, 7th and Arizona. 388-3478.

Holistic Presentations — 11 a.m. PeaceMeal Coop Deli. 534-9703

Restorative Yoga — 4-5:30 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 534-1333.

Yoga class — Billy Casper Wellness Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Prayer and Study in the Eastern Orthodox Tra_dition — Sunset. Theotokos Retreat Center, 5202 Hwy. 152, Santa Clara. 537-4839, theotokos@zianet.com


Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. 1801 Alabama St., Silver City. Contact Rita, 538-3350, or Jerry, 534-4866..

AARP Widowed Persons — Second Mondays. 11 a.m. Red Barn. Contact Betty, 388-2619.

AARP Chapter #1496 — Third Monday. 12:30 p.m. Senior Center, 205 W. Victoria. Contact Marcia Fisch, 388-1298

Al-Anon — Noon. First Presby_terian Church, 1915 Swan, Silver City. Contact Shawneen, 313-4721.

A Course in Miracles — 6:30 p.m., 600 N. Hudson. Information, 534-9172 or 534-1869.

Belly Dance Class — With Zoe. 5:30-6:50 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 388-3910.

Women's Co-Dependents Anonymous — 6 p.m. 505 W. Yankee (white house at the corner of Yankee and Bayard), 388-2237 ext. 13.

Silver City Squares — Dancing 7-9 p.m. Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St. Kay, 388-4227, or Linda, 534-4523.


Alcoholics Anonymous — Men's group, 7 a.m. Unitarian Fellowship Hall. 3845 N. Swan. Jerry, 534-4866.

Figure/Model Drawing — 4-6 p.m. Contact Sam, 388-5583.

Gila Writers — 6:30 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room, 1313 E. 32nd St. 537-3975, elizardbreath8@aol.com

Kiwanis Club — Noon. Red Barn, 708 Silver Heights Blvd., 590-0540.

Narcotics Anonymous — 8 p.m. Church of Christ, 1920 Little Walnut.

Reiki Circle — First Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. 2035 Little Walnut. Treatment for those in need of healing. Vicki, 388-8114, or Virginia, 388-4870.

Restorative Yoga — 10-11:30 a.m., 5:30-7 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 534-1333.

Rotary Club — 12:15 p.m. Copper Crest Country Club, Silver City. 538-3711.

Social Services — Noon. Red Barn, 707 Silver Heights Blvd., Silver City.

Vipassana Meditation‹1-8 p.m. 303 E. 19th St. Call Esther, 538-5268.

Yoga class — Diane Grant, WNMU_Extended University; Seniors, 10:30 a.m.; Level I & II, noon and 6 p.m. 590-1775.


Overeaters Anonymous — Womens' group, noon. 1809 N. Alabama. Contact Rita, 538-3350, or Ann, 534-0322.

PFLAG — Second Weds. of each month, 5:30 p.m. St. Mary's Spirituality Center, 1809 N. Alabama St. 534-0319.

Yoga class — Diane Grant, WNMU_Extended University; Level I & II, noon and 6 p.m.; Kids, 4:45 p.m. 590-1775.

Archaeology Society — Third Weds. of every month. Oct.-Nov., Jan.-April 7 p.m. Silver City Women's Club. Summers 6 p.m. location TBA. 538-9254.

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group — 3:30-5 p.m. All-Purpose Room, Billy Casper Wellness Center, Hudson St. &_Hwy. 180. James, 537-2429, or Danita, 534-9057.

Group Meditation — 5:30 p.m., A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas St. 388-2425.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill — 1st Weds., 4 p.m., and 3rd Weds., 7 p.m. Mimbres Professional Building, 2540 Silver St. 534-1654.


After Work De-stressing Meditations--5:30-6:15 p.m. Church of What's Happening, 609 N. Arizona. 650-7770.

Citizen Corp Council — First Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Grant County Admin Bldg.

Gila Writers — 1:30 p.m. Billy Casper Wellness Center, 300 16th St. 537-3975, elizardbreath8@aol.com

Historic Mining District & Tourism Meeting--Second Thursday. 10 a.m. Bayard Community Center, 290 Hurley Ave., Bayard. 537-3327.

TOPS — 5 p.m. First Pres_byterian Church, 1915 Swan, Silver City. 538-9447.

Yoga class — Diane Grant, WNMU_Extended University; Seniors, 10:00 a.m.; Level I & II, noon. 590-1775.

Yoga class — Billy Casper Wellness Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Yoga class — Free class taught by Colleen Stinar.12:30-1:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church fellowship hall, 7th and Texas Street.



Al-a-Teen — 4 p.m. Gila Regional Board Room. Contact Shawneen, 313-4721.

Gila Amateur Radio Society — Second Fridays. Grant County Admin. Bldg., 1400 Hwy. 180E. tim@tamu.edu


Spinning Group — First Saturday of the month, 1-3 p.m. Yada Yada Yarn, 614 N. Bullard, 388-3350.

Evening Prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Tra_dition — 5 p.m. Theotokos Retreat Center, 5202 Hwy. 152, Santa Clara. 537-4839, theotokos@zianet.com

Kids Bike Ride — 10 a.m., Penny Park. Contact Dave Baker, 590-2166.

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