Neighbors Newsletter (April 30th)

April 30, 2020 Carlos Arreola

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 for more.

Triple Nickel flying club takes to the skies

What do a retired U.S Marine captain, a Chicago police officer and certified flight instructor, NMSU students, a retired White Sands Missile Range mechanic, a Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, and a U.S. Air Force loadmaster and New Mexico State trooper have in common? They’re bound together by a love of flight, as members of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Las Cruces Chapter 555 — the Triple Nickel. Learn more about the local flying club on page 60 of the March/April 2020 issue of Neighbors; read it online HERE.

Online voting open for ‘At Home! Movie Contest’

Film Las Cruces has selected finalists for its “At Home! Movie Contest,” and members of the public are invited to select the Best of Show winner. 

View and vote for your favorite film on the Film Las Cruces website

Twenty-one films were submitted from a wide array of local participants including some collaboration from as far away as Sri Lanka and England. The Best of Show winner will be selected by the public from the winners of the individual contest categories.

Finalists include: 

“We had some great entries for the contest and it was fun looking at the movies people came up with,” said Don Gray, director of the Las Cruces and Doña Ana County Film Office. “Doña Ana County’s creativity was on full display and now it’s up the public to help us choose a winner.”

Kiwanis cancel Raft the Rio 2020, call for virtual rafters

Given the uncertainty around the COVID-19 epidemic and the spectre of low water levels, sponsoring organization the Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces announced it has cancelled the 2020 Raft the Rio. However, to keep residents occupied in the interim, the Kiwanis Club is calling for people of all ages to participate in ite CoronaVirus Virtual Raft the Rio. 

Participants will use their ample time at home to create a model raft from recyclable materials, then take a picture of it floating in a bathtub, hot tub, kitchen sink, swimming pool or mud puddle. Raft photos should be posted to the Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces’ Facebook page, along with the raft’s name and the creator’s contact info. There will be a prize for the most original and creative raft. 

There is no cost to enter and no age restriction on this international competition. The last day for entries is midnight Tuesday, June 30. All entries will be posted on the Kiwanis’ Facebook page July 14. 

Branigan Library offering free streaming video through Kanopy

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is partnering with video streaming service Kanopy to offer free movie streaming to the public. 

Kanopy provides access to thousands of critically acclaimed documentaries, independent and world cinema, film classics, kids’ shows and award-winning films, as well as access to the Great Courses online. Kanopy partners with studios like A24, Paramount, HBO Documentary Films, PBS, and the Criterion Collection to offer a diverse, thoughtful collection for all ages.

Branigan Library patrons have access to the Kanopy service through May 22. To use the service, a library card is required. Branigan Library is accepting library card applications over the phone or via email at

Visit to access the service.

For more information or to request a library card, call the library at 528-4000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or check out the library’s Facebook and Instagram

Doña Ana Arts Council offering free workshops, classes

In response to statewide stay-at-home order in effect through May 15, the Doña Ana Arts Council will offer art workshops and the popular “Feed Your Mind” art history and cultural classes online at no charge.

“No matter what the circumstances, rising to challenges frequently gets us to important advances,” said Executive Director Greg Smith. “We at the Doña Ana Arts Council see our current challenging circumstances as an opportunity to explore new ways for connecting to the arts and for using the arts to improve conditions for our community.”

A watercolor workshop and three new six-week art history series will start in May. 

Though there is no charge for any of these classes, registration is required — visit for registration and more. 

Kicking off the month of free programming is “Gardens Around the World,” a six-week series starting Monday, May 4, taught by Nicholas Dahle, art history instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP.

For centuries, rulers, scholars and common people have used gardens as artistic expressions of themselves and the natural world around them. This lecture series will explore various gardens in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and South America. Learn how the organization of plants used for food or medicine developed into a highly skilled art form. Discover how gardens were created as incredible displays of power or as peaceful retreats. Experience the stunning beauty of gardens around the world.

Classes are set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, May 4, 11 and 18 and June 1, 8 and 15. Register HERE to receive a Zoom invitation to attend.

Free home entertainment

The Silver City Museum will kick off its new virtual storytime series at 7 p.m. Sunday with Museum Director Bart Roselli, reading Alejandro’s Gift by author Richard Albert. The book won a Reading Rainbow Select Book award and tells of Southwest desert, the value of water, and making new friends. Tune in with the family for a relaxing Sunday evening — download the Zoom app, or visit prior to the start of the event. There is a text chat feature, and audience participation is welcome.

The series will continue next week with a reading of Tres Pequenos Jabalies/Three Little Javelinas. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help keep museum programs running; visit

A Hooded Warbler in the rain with bubbles stuck on its beak in the lush green forest.

The National Audubon Society, which protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas, is offering The Joy of Birds, a “birdy care package” to get us through these trying times. You’ll find birding guides, fantastical and funny photos, videos, photography tutorials, podcasts and multimedia and more, HERE

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-legendary performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y, New York City. Led by dancer, director, choreographer, and activist Alvin Ailey and featuring a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. Since then, the Ailey company has performed for some 25 million people in 48 U.S. states and 71 countries on six continents; now they’re in your living room. For a limited time, Ailey All Access is streaming free HERE.

Considered the premiere zoo in the world, the more than 100 acres of the San Diego Zoo are coming to the small screen with live animal cams HERE. Apes, elephants, pandas, koalas and butterflies are just a few of the animals going live, right now.

Now that the weather has warmed, it’s the perfect time for spring planting! has tons of fun and easy plant-centric programs for kids and parents. You’ll find ideas for kitchen scrap gardening, hydroponics, soil art, leaf and plant prints, container gardening, floral design and more HERE. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University offers this informative guide on home vegetable gardening

Find almost three dozen cool, clever and crafty DIY projects — most of which don’t require anything you don’t already have at home — with a list from Lifehack HERE

Last week we introduced the remarkable Google Arts and Culture platform and app with its globetrotting virtual tour of the best murals and street art in the world. Atop that latter category secretive, anonymous and mononymous Banksy, whose work has been captured on Google Earth. Find them HERE.

What’s cookin’?

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 Game Bar & Grill and The Game II: Extra Innings: GrubHub

The Pit Stop 292 Café: UberEats

Urban Café: LoDel

Zeffiro’s Pizzeria Downtown: 575-652-4215Zia Café: LoDel

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