September is ending, so you better wake up and come down to one of these sweet events happening this weekend ( 9-29-17 , 08-01-17)
- Beginning Friday, Sept. 29, the Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St., will present “Don’t Drink the Water,” penned in 1966 by a young Woody Allen.
“According to licenser Samuel French, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist — a caterer by trade — and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture-taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love” The LCCT production of “Don’t Drink the Water” is directed by David Merrick. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 1, 8 and 15. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military and $10 children 12 and younger. For tickets and more information, visit lcctnm.org or call 523-1200.”
- Something of a fall tradition in the Mesilla Valley begins Saturday, Sept. 30, as the Mesilla Valley Corn Maze opens its gates for the season. Guests can navigate the giant corn maze, pick a pumpkin from the patch, take a hayride and enjoy any of the other fun fall activities on the grounds. The Mesilla Valley Corn Maze is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October and is located at 3855 W. Picacho Ave. Admission is $12 adults, $10 children 12 and younger and free for kids 2 and younger. For more information, visit mesillavalleymaze.com.
- La Casa Inc. will host the inaugural Purple Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. This formal masquerade gala will raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse and its impact in the community. The evening will include dinner, dancing, entertainment, live music, silent auction and more. Attendees are encouraged to attend in their best gown and mask. Tickets to The Purple Gala are $100 per person and are available, along with more information, at lacasainc.org/the-purple-gala.
- The weekend will close with the Doña Ana Arts Council’s annual Community Arts Awards Gala, set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. The annual awards event celebrates local supports and patrons of the arts. This year, three art-loving Las Crucens are to be honored: Nan Rubin of KTAL Radio, recipient of the Newcomer Award; City Councilor Greg Smith, recipient of the Public Service in the Arts Award; and Ann Palormo, who passed away in November 2016, posthumously awarded the Papen Family Award.Entertainment at the gala will include swingin’ tunes from Oldies but Goodies, dance demonstrations by the NMSU DanceSport team, and food will be provided by Hacienda de Mesilla, La Posta, Lorenzo’s, Paisano Cafe and Salud! de Mesilla, along with wine from St. Clair, beer from High Desert Brewing Co. and dessert from Caliches. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available over the phone to 523-6403 and online at daarts.org, as well as in person from the DAAC offices and Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suites B-D.