As New Mexico’s stay-at-home order continues, we at Neighbors magazine are hard at work with the finishing touches for our May/June issue, due out the first week in May. In the meantime, stay safe at home with these suggestions for at-home activities and articles, and visit theNeighborsMagazine.com for more.
On April 26, 1881, the first train arrived in Las Cruces, bringing with it agricultural commodities, commerce, economic development, travelers and tourists, and jobs. Without it, the history and growth of southern New Mexico would not have been the same. Read more about the railroad’s impact on Las Cruces, Mesilla and beyond on page 54 of the March/April edition of Neighbors Magazine, available online HERE.
On Our Bookshelf (p. 84)
At 8 years old, Gary Ted Montague took the train from eastern New Mexico to the New Mexico School for the Blind in Alamogordo, an all-night ride from his family and home. Born with a vision deficiency, Gary remained undeterred, and his life ahead held a degree in education, a long career at Sandia National Laboratories and a lasting marriage to his wife, Elaine Carson Montague. Together, the couple collaborated and wrote a book on Gary’s inspiring life, Victory from the Shadows. Read our interview with Gary and Elaine on page 84 of the March/April edition of Neighbors Magazine, available online HERE.
Free home entertainment
At 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, the Silver City Museum will hold the virtual lecture “History of Tuberculosis in Southwest New Mexico” via Zoom. Dr. Twana Sparks, local historian, physician, and author of Ping Pong Balls and Donkey’s Milk: The History of Tuberculosis in Southwest New Mexico, will speak about the historic pandemic that brought TB patients here from far and wide, and what sort of treatment awaited these health-seekers. To join, download Zoom today, and on Saturday morning, follow the link found HERE.
The Royal Opera House — home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera — is presenting The Royal Ballet’s performance of Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis as part of its #OurHouseToYourHouse series every Friday night. Other premieres ahead include Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013, on April 24; and The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014, on May 1. Find the broadcasts HERE.
For the homebound thrillseeker, catch 4K POV videos of some of the worlds biggest, ballsiest, best-known rollercoasters and amusement park rides on TheCoasterViews YouTube channel. Find thrilling footage of Disney’s numerous parks in the US and around the world — including the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disneyland — along with Carowinds, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Cedar Point, Coney Island and more HERE.
Google Arts & Culture — another great resource to ease the stay-at-home blues with games, music, art, film and so much more — is currently conducting globe-trotting tours of murals and street art through online collections, audio tours, GIF art and behind-the-scenes profiles and interviews with these prolific artists. Start your street art tour HERE.
They say necessity is the mother of invention; perhaps boredom is the stepfather. With museums closed, folks have found a new and often hilarious appreciation of art. With users challenged by the Getty Museum, social media has been alight in recent days with stuck-at-home people recreating famous works of art with their pets… and whatever else they find around the house. Find the Getty on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Those sheltering at home with children may find themselves running low on patience and energy; to keep kids entertained — and parents sane — Heidi Kundin’s Happiness is Homemade has compiled this list of 50 Quick & Easy Kids Crafts Anyone Can Make, with no special skills or tools necessary. Find this cornucopia of craft ideas HERE.
Even though their dining rooms are closed, a number of favorite Las Cruces restaurants are still serving via delivery — either in-house, or with apps like UberEats, Grubhub, OrangeCrate, and DoorDash — and carryout. In times like these, your support of local businesses and their employees is crucial. Below are some Las Cruces restaurants still cooking in these trying times:
Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine: GrubHub, DoorDash
Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery: 575-556-9850
Boba Cafe & Cabaret: UberEats, DoorDash, LoDel, OrangeCrate
Caliche’s Frozen Custard: LoDel. UberEats
Chachi’s Express: 575-522-7322
Chala’s Wood Fire Grill: 575-652-4143
Chilitos Restaurant: GrubHub, LoDel
Corner Deli: Las Cruces Delivery Solutions
D. H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro: UberEats
Day’s Hamburgers: GrubHub, LoDel, 575-523-8665
Dick’s Café: OrangeCrate, 575-524-1360
El Patrón Café and Catering: DoorDash, OrangeCrate, GrubHub, LoDel
El Sombrero Patio Café: Chow Now, DoorDash, GrubHub, LoDel
Hacienda de Mesilla: 575-652-4953
Jim Bob’s BBQ: 575-302-2685
La Posta De Mesilla: 575-524-3524
Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant: 575-521-3505
Luna Rossa Winery and Pizzeria: OrangeCrate, DoorDash, UberEats
Mama B’s Restaurant: 575-680-0201
Matteo’s Mexican Food: LoDel, GrubHub
Miguel’s Restaurant: Las Cruces Delivery Solutions
Mix Pacific Rim: LoDel, Orange Crate, 575-532-2042
Pecan Grill & Brewery: 575-521-1099
Pastaggio’s Italian Cuisine & Pizza by Lorenzo: 575-522-5522
Picacho Coffee Roasters: Order online
Pizza Palazzo: 575-382-4554, OrangeCrate, LoDel
Roadrunner Pizza: 575-522-3600
Salud de Mesilla: 575-323-3548
Santorini Mediterranean Cuisine: 575-521-9270
Sunset Grill: 575-521-1826
Sushi Freak: OrangeCrate, DoorDash, 575-222-0496
Taqueria Las Catrinas: OrangeCrate, Doordash, GrubHub, LoDel
The Pit Stop 292 Café: UberEats
Urban Café: LoDel