Families can make their way to Leasburg Dam State Park’s December Night Sky program to see through various telescopes, including a research-grade, 16-inch telescope in the Leasburg Dam State Park Observatory. Program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist and inform guests about celestial objects in our quality night sky. Dress warmly and feel free to bring a telescope of your own. A day-use fee of $5 per vehicles does apply. For directions and more, visit bit.ly/2P8Hnr8.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); Sage Gentle-Wing at The Game and Milagro at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Paul Walter Kimball, incorporating trumpet, guitar, percussion and a deep tenor voice not to be missed, at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Daisy Blue at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).
Ring in the New Year with a night of contemporary jazz at the Rio Grande Theater with the Las Cruces Jazz Collective, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Featuring Abby Nayra on vocals, Orlando Madrid on saxophone, Jesus Fuentes on piano, Adriel Hernandez on bass and Derrick Lee on drums, Las Cruces Jazz Collective’s mission is to perform fresh arrangements of works tailored to the inspirations of the members in the group honoring the jazz tradition and newly composed pieces by each member. Admission is $10; concessions including beer, wine, spirits, refreshments and snacks, are available. For more, visit riograndetheatre.org.
Sunday, Dec. 30
Sunday’s live music schedule includes David Olguin at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and Nicole Osborn playing originals with pop, jazz, blues and rock flavor at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Monday, Dec. 31
It’s the return of a beloved tradition and the perfect way to kick off the New Year in the Mesilla Valley — the Fifth Annual Las Cruces Chile Drop will take over the downtown Plaza de Las Cruces starting at 9 p.m. Monday. Ring in the new year downtown with entertainment, food, beer, dancing and, at midnight, the Chile Drop — a 19-foot, chrome chile with 400 feet of LED lighting. Free party favors while supplies last.! Admission is free. Visit downtownlascruces.org/chile-drop for more.
Next Weekend: Jan. 3-6
Next weekend, watch the Aggie Women’s Basketball team take on California Baptist; visit the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble and help begin another beautiful year of art in Las Cruces; and Discover Camp Robledo with a ranger-led hike of the beautiful and history-rich area of Leasburg Dam State Park;