Easter weekend will find many of us at church services and family gatherings. There will be lots of fun ways to enjoy a spring break, including the Phillip Phillips concert today at Pan Am Center, a stamp show at the Las Cruces Convention Center and the family-friendly SpringFest on Saturday at Young Park.
Here's a sampling of what's happening. For more ideas, check today's SunLife section, Pulse in every Thursday's Sun-News, or visit online at www.lcsun-news and click on Entertainment, Pulse and Things To Do.
--"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips performs with indie group Churchill at 7:30 p.m. today at the Pan American Center during his first solo tour in support of his debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon." Tickets are $18.50 and $28.50 at Pan Am Ticket office or ticketmaster.com.
--Sand painting: Learn the traditional Indian ephemeral art of mandala sand painting with Sudeshna Sengupta at a family-friendly workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. The workshop will use traditional Indian design motifs and address the concept of permanence and impermanence of art in ways children will understand. All materials are provided. Free admission. Info: 575-541-2154 or visit las-cruces.org/museums.
--Farm Volunteer Days take place from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Mountain View Market Farm in Mesilla. Find out about vermiculture, composting, laying hens,
season extension and crop planning. Info/directions: 575-523-0436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
--The 23rd biennial Mesilla Valley Postage Stamp Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. Ten stamp dealers from four states, souvenir cacheted covers, door prizes, free stamps for junior stamp collectors, competitive one-frame exhibitions, ribbons for winning exhibits. Free. Info: 575-202-1937.
--NanoDays: The Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St., will host a special day of free programs featuring Nanoscience at NanoDays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It's part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. In nanoscience, individual atoms and molecules are manipulated to create tiny machines that are the size of human cells. Future developments in nanoscience may change the design of everything from car tires to vaccines. Learn how 3-D images are made and investigate new nano products and materials. Info: 575-522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
--The Storytellers of Las Cruces entertain audiences at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at both COAS bookstores. Sarah Addison and Sharlene Wittern will tell at the downtown location and Jean Gilbert will tell at the Solano location. COAS will give coupons for free books to all children who attend the storytelling sessions.
--"PhotoHectography" featuring works by Naida Zucker, opens Sunday and continue through May at the Tombaugh Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive. An artist's reception runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 7. Zucker, a retired biologist, also designs residential floor plans, and is currently focusing on a mixed media combination of hectography (gelatin monoprinting) with digital photography to create what she calls "photoHectography." Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
--Film fest fundraiser: "Flicks at the Farm" a fundraiser event for the White Sands International Film Festival begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100
Dripping Springs Road. Enjoy refreshments and hear plans for the 2013 festival Sept. 4 through 8, including announcement of the opening-night film, the lifetime achievement award recipient, student film contest winners and workshop information for this year's festival.
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