News Column

Juneteenth Celebrations In New Mexico

Jun 14 2012 10:00PM

S. Derrickson Moore

There's a lot to celebrate this weekend, with Juneteenth celebrations, Hispanic Heritage Week workshops and events, Kiwanis Kars for Kids, Pride Fest events, and some special events for Father's Day.

Here's a sampling of what's happening.

--Join dad for a ranger-led nature hike at 3 p.m. today, Saturday or Sunday at the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte. Free with parking pass. Info: (575) 523-4398.

--The 10th annual Hispanic Heritage Week workshops end with a special concert, when students join with Mariachi Espuelas de Cobre, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, and special guests to present a concert at 6:30 p.m. today at Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court Ave.

Students will have a chance to show what they've learned in mariachi music and ballet folklorico workshops this week. Tickets, at $10, are available at the door or from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Court Youth Center.

--"Piecemeal" final weekend: "Piecemeal: The Musical," a comedy by Howard Odentz, takes a new look at Mary Shelley's classic novel about the events leading to the creation of the Frankenstein monster.

Final performances will be at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Las Cruces Community Theatre. Tickets are $10 or $9 for students, seniors and military, $8 for groups of ten or more, and $7 for age six and under. Info: (575) 523-1200 or visit online at

--A New Mexico Centennial celebration event will benefit the historic Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces at 3 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 211 Main St. The Albuquerque Civic Chorus, under the direction of Verallen Kleinhenz, will present compositions that express the diversity of the cultures in New Mexico, including the state song, "O Fair New Mexico," and premiere "Enchanted Land" by Jane Ellen. Dona Ana County vocal groups Singing Out and The Mesilla Valley Chorale will offer works by New Mexican composers, honoring 100 years of statehood. Get tickets, at $10, at or call (575) 523-6403 or (575) 647-2560.

--The 4th annual Southwest Solar Cook-off runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Mountain View Market Co-Op, 1300 El Paseo Road #M. Bring your solar oven and favorite recipe or enjoy treats prepared by others, plus music and entertainment and the Sunday Growers Market. Info: (575) 523-0436.

--A "Bellydancing Goddess" show begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Temple, 301 W. Missouri Ave. Tickets are $10 before the show and $15 at the door. Info: (915) 217-4500.

--Hard Knocks Blues Band from Truth or Consequences will appear in the first concert of the Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society's Summer Blues Fest series at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for non-members and $1 for students.

The series will also feature the Muddy Hands Blues Band from Las Cruces on July 15 and El Paso's, Kat Crosby Blues Band rounds out the schedule on Aug. 19. Info: (575) 525-9333 or

Source: (c)2012 the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.)

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