What’s going on in JULY?

40 Days and 40 Nights


Virtual summer at the Silver City Museum

Local History Lectures

July 25, 11 a.m.: “Bandit Wars Along the US-Mexican Border” with Professor Andy Hernandez

Go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82522002786; Zoom Meeting ID: 825 2200 2786

Andy Hernandez is professor of history at Western New Mexico University. Violence along the U. S.–Mexico associated with the Plan de San Diego and Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus are often treated as discrete events. This presentation will explore the connections between Venustiano Carranza’s Machiavellian use of the Plan de San Diego, Villa’s decision to raid Columbus and the resulting punitive expedition and offer a more cohesive understanding of border violence during this period.  

Bilingual Storytime

July 12, 7 p.m. “How Chile Came to New Mexico” by Rudolfo A. Anaya, read by local musicians Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler

Go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87048966090; Zoom Meeting ID: 870 4896 6090

July 26, 7 p.m. “Stone Soup/Sopa de Piedras” by Marcia Brown, read by Museum Administrative Assistant Amanda Gomez and Director Bart Roselli

Go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84629311937; Zoom Meeting ID: 846 2931 1937

Shady Pines Chamber Players in Cloudcroft

July 11 “All Those Cellos – A Virtual Quilt” with at least nine musicians (cello, oboe, piano), will be available virtually.

Live garden strolls: Drop by Shady Pines to see the fairies, other mystical creatures and garden fancies:  9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. July 6-10 and Sept 5-12. To protect everyone, they require visitors to properly wear masks while in the garden. There will be a limit of no more than five people in the garden at a time. Please respect us and one another by keeping a distance of at least six feet from others. Donations are welcome and benefit Cloudcroft Schools music programs and help defray our costs. 

Shady Pines is at 200 Fox St. facing Wren (halfway down the middle unpaved road from The Lodge) in Cloudcroft. For more information contact Suzannah Cox at 361-557-1960.

Drive-in Movies in Las Cruces

Folks can have a throwback experience watching a movie on a big screen, outdoors, from their own vehicle. Movie-goers can enjoy some classic choices visiting the parking lot of Allen Theaters Telshor 12 theater.

For $20 a car-load, movie-goers can join the action any day of the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are double features. Bathrooms and concessions are available, including $5 personal pizzas. For the movie line-up call 575-523-4837 or visit www.allentheatresinc.com. And select Telshor 12 as the theater.

Allen Theaters also offers curbside popcorn sales from 3-7 p.m. Saturdays at the Las Cruces Cineport 10 and Fridays and Saturdays at the Alamogordo Aviator 10.

Comedy in Las Cruces

Thursdays in July from 9-10:30 p.m. the Amador Patio Bar & Grill offers “It’s time for a good laugh,” an Amador LIVE and Hot 103 Comedy Nights Series.

Stand-up comics from all over the Southwest will ply their trade. Limited table seating available (no more than six guests per table at this time). Patio opens for dinner and drinks at 7 p.m., Show starts at 9 p.m. Reservations required, call 575-541-7417. Tables are $35 for two, $70 for four and $100 for six (includes show tickets and chef's complimentary sampler appetizer – food and drinks not included in table reservation fee).

Virtual summer programs for NM children

From engaging camps to hands-on activities, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) provides educational and quality programming for children in a virtual environment this summer.

As a starting point, parents are encouraged to check out the Summer Youth Programs portal at www.newmexicoculture.org. From there, easily navigate through the programs offered by many of the state museums, historic sites and cultural institutions.

Without leaving home, young minds can explore the culture, nature and history of the Land of Enchantment with online summer camps offered by New Mexico Historic Sites. Learn about the plants of the desert, go on wild west adventures, discover what life is like on the reservation and listen to campfire stories.

Budding astronauts can reach for the stars with the Rocketeer Academy In-a-Box program from the New Mexico Museum of Space History. This virtual space camp is open to children who've completed grades 4-7 and consists of hour-long activities ranging from building rocket launchers and spacecraft to designing spectroscopes and learning about chemical reactions. 

Visual art instruction is available on the Museum of International Folk Art website with lesson plans and projects geared toward children. Do-it-yourself activities include working with symmetrical paper cut-outs, decorative paper beads and aluminum amulet necklaces, while lesson plans are accessible for download in both English and Spanish.   

Families can enjoy the virtual music concert series “Our Fair New Mexico,” available for viewing on Facebook. In partnership with state museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, these concerts feature at least one performance each week by musicians of various genres living in New Mexico.