On Monday, Memorial Day, we honor those who died while serving our country, an observance which began in 1868. Take some time to think of them this weekend.
This week’s e-newsletter features stories from our print (and online) magazine related to nature and some great houses for staying home, plus a great way to enjoy music at home, and more at-home activities for you to try. Enjoy!
Though most remain closed, a few favorite local businesses have opened their doors with limited hours — and social distancing guidelines in place. Here are a couple — tell us about your favorite businesses that are now open so we can share!
- Coas My Bookstore is back open; hours at the Main Street store are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Solano Drive location is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
- Wild Birds Unlimited can allow up to four customers in the store at a time, during limited hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store will resume regular hours soon; call (575) 523-5489.
Silver City Blues Festival going online May 22-24
The times, they are a-changin’ — in consideration of the health and wellbeing the community and visitors, the Mimbres Region Arts Council has canceled the Silver City Blues Festival as planned in Gough Park, but don’t despair: in its place, a series of live streaming performances will be aired May 22-24.
The roster includes Las Cruces’ very own one-man blues band CW Ayon; Missy Andersen, alongside her accompanist and husband Heine Andersen, who combines her gospel-tinged vocals with his blues- and Americana-inspired guitar work; Brandon Perrault, hailing from Grant County, playing a unique blend of Tex-Mex, country cool, soft rock and jazz; Rhythm Mystic, known for its diverse mix of upbeat and dance friendly tunes; and Scott and Greg, who play a wide variety of music including blues, folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll.
For a full schedule and more information, visit silvercitybluesfestival.org; in the meantime, here’s CW Ayon with “Well Well Well.”
Doing Good: Stick House Sanctuary (p. 18)
Julie Ito Morales has dedicated her life to animals — to speaking for them when no one else would. For more than a decade, she’s done so alongside her husband Jaime at El Paso’s Stick House Sanctuary; today, tens of thousands of birds, mammals, and other animals, from farm fixtures to exotics, have been rescued, rehabilitated, released or rehomed thanks to their efforts. Read more about Stick House Sanctuary — and how you can help — on page 18 of the May/June issue of Neighbors, or read it here.
Thoughtful Gardener: Cultivate Comfort in a Wellness Garden
With stay-at-home orders still in effect and stress levels elevated, there’s no better time to dig in, get your hands dirty and get gardening! With physical and mental health benefits of gardens aplenty — fresh air, fitness, beauty and fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables among them — learn how to “cultivate comfort in a wellness garden” with Jackye Meinecke in this month’s Thoughtful Gardener, on page 62 of the May/June issue of Neighbors. Read it here.
Properties We Love: Great Houses for Staying Home
5117 Silver King Road, Las Cruces
Shelter-at-home wouldn’t be half bad, if you called the property at 5117 Silver King Road home! Situated on five beautiful acres behind “A” Mountain, this four-bedroom, three-bath home spans 4,828 square feet and features a master wing with its own workout room and spa-like master bath. The home also features a chef’s kitchen open to a dining room accented with a stunning copper ceiling. Outside, find a pool, large covered patio, lawn area and incredible views of the valley. Read more about this home and other properties we love on pages 60-61 of the current issue; or read it here.
Free home entertainment
- Since in-person presentations are out of the picture for the time being, the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico is offering free, fun and educational “kids fun” activities and animal-related stories. With units on rabbits, cats, and rattlesnakes, the program includes read-along stories, coloring pages, at-home activities, informative quizzes and more. These activities are free, but as the kids enjoy, consider making a donation and help HSSNM save animal lives.
- Though the museums remain closed, the Las Cruces Museums’ are offering fun, online educational programs, arts and crafts projects and other ideas for at-home fun at the Museum at Home – Activities for Kids! group on Facebook. Join today!
- The New York Metropolitan Opera is streaming for free a different encore Live in HD performance every day at 7:30 p.m. ET — 5:30 p.m. here in the Borderlands — and each remains available for streaming for 23 hours. You can watch the streams in a browser, or use one of the Met Opera on Demand streaming apps available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices.
- Crayola is supplying dozens and dozens of free, printable coloring pages in more than 20 different categories — even some for adults — as well as some creative, colorful crafts ideas.
- Since we’re all spending more time inside — lots more time — we might as well make some noise: Fender is offering three free months of online guitar, bass and ukulele lessons through Fender Play. These bite-sized lessons feature professional-quality video and lets students track their progress and learn by playing songs they love anywhere, any time, and on any device
Neighbors book giveaway continues
Read anything good lately? Neighbors magazine’s book giveaway continues! During May and June, we’ll be giving away copies of four great books — titles and rules for entry are as follows:
- Tex Q, 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State: One of our neighbors, well-known food writer Cheryl Alters Jamison, has contributed copies of her latest cookbook to give away to a barbecue-loving reader! Tex Q, 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State, All Smoke-Cooked to Perfection, is packed with recipes for beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish and other seafood, plus vegetables, infused with robust flavor from rubs, mops, sauces, and spices. To enter to win a copy, post a photo or description of your favorite barbecue on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page to get updates! If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your entry to email@example.com.
- Black Pearl and Deadly Recall: Las Cruces suspense writer Donnell Ann Bell is featured in the May-June issue of Neighbors, and she’s providing two of her books for us to give away: a copy of her latest work, Black Pearl, and Deadly Recall, which is set in New Mexico. Want to try to win one? To enter, post the name of your favorite suspense or mystery novel on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page to get updates! If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Best Wildflower Hikes in New Mexico: Naturalist, outdoor writer, and photographer Christina Selby has contributed two copies of her new book, Best Wildflower Hikes in New Mexico, for a couple of our lucky readers! This ultimate guide to great nature adventures includes wildflower descriptions and full-color photos with profiles and maps of over 40 scenic routes. Want to try to win a copy? To enter the drawing, post a photo or description of your favorite wildflower or hike on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page to get updates! If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your entry to email@example.com.
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:
Andele Restaurant: Curbside Pickup, Delivery
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