The leaves may be falling in northern climes, but the calendar here is far from cooling off. A busy month kicks off with the eighth annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival on Oct. 5 at San Lorenzo School. Sample local fare, shop a farmers market and arts and crafts fair, and enjoy live music by Bayou Seco and other area favorites. A free health fair will offer water-quality testing and health screenings.
That's also the date for the annual October Fiesta on Main Street in Pinos Altos, celebrating the area's gold-mining heritage and benefiting the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Rescue. Chefs from the fire department will be cooking bratwurst and all the fixings, with entertainment by the Loose Blues Band.
Cyclists can warm up for the fun at the Gila Monster Gran Fondo, also Oct. 5. Four distance choices await along the iconic Tour of the Gila “Gila Monster” course through the Gila National Forest, winding up in Pinos Altos at the fiesta.
October also means, believe it or not, that the holidays are right around the corner. You can start your shopping early at Toy Express, a seasonal toy shop by Guadalupe Montessori School featuring new and gently used high-quality toys and games. Benefiting the school, the shop will hold its Grand Opening Celebration on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 110 W. Broadway.
The Artist Lecture Series from the Mimbres Region Arts Council and WILL picks up again on Oct. 10 with Danny Reyes, whose chosen medium is music — specifically jazz, which he teaches at WNMU. WILL (that's the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, for the uninitiated) also rolls out weekly Lunch & Learn presentations, Wednesdays starting Oct. 2 at WNMU's Global Resource Center, and a talk by Gail Rubin, “Laughing in the Face of Death,” on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 12, cowboy humor takes center stage with Baxter Black, appearing in a fundraiser for the Silver City Museum at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre.
Later that week, on Oct. 15, the Grant County Community Concert Association kicks off its new season with the classic rock and roll music of The Diamonds. Then, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, seven-time International Bluegrass-winning bass player Missy Raines and her band, The New Hip, perform with local favorites The Hard Road Trio on Oct. 17. And the music continues on Oct. 18 with Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault in Pinos Altos as part of MRAC's Indie/Folk Series.
MRAC turns classical on Oct. 25 when it brings the Las Cruces Symphony to town, featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre.
For one more treat before trick-or-treating time, head to Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus on Oct. 26 for Pancho's Eighth Annual Car Show. You can enjoy all things on wheels along with music and food enough to get you through to that Halloween candy.