Wild Weekend in Las Cruces (2-09-19/2-10-19)

February 9, 2019 Carlos Arreola

Saturday, Feb. 9

The Branigan Cultural Center and the NMSU Confucius Institute will host their third annual Lunar New Year Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the BCC, 501 N. Main St. 2019 marks the Year of the Pig, and in celebration, there will be hosting crafts and activities for families. Events include creating traditional Chinese noisemakers, playing tangrams, and making your own red envelope. Enjoy performances throughout the day by Blue Dragon Dojo and the Confucius Institute. Admission is free. For more, call 541-2154 or visit las-cruces/museums.

Celebrate Black History Month at Leasburg Dam State Park with a ranger-guided tour of exhibits and a 2.5-mile hike, meeting at 10 a.m. at the visitor’s center. Learn about African-American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s. Perhaps, visit adjacent Fort Selden and tour museum and ruins afterwards. Bring 2 quarts of water per person, and good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per-car day-use fee — visit bit.ly/2P8Hnr8 for directions and more.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, welcomes children of all ages to make their own woven Valentine’s Day hearts. The program is free with regular museum admission of $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and $3 children ages 4-17. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

Visit the historic Rio Grande Theatre on Saturday for an unforgettable performance by… The Acro-Cats! With two performances, set for 3 and 7 p.m., Rock Cats Rescue, and their human staff, are devoted to promoting the mental and physical health benefits of cat training through the use of clicker training — a positive reinforcement based training method. The group also encourages and supports feline fostering, rescue and adoption as they travel across the country performing their entertaining and educational show, with their very own troupe of former orphans, rescues and strays, The Acro-Cats! Tickets are $22 to $40; for more, visit riograndetheatre.org.

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); The Game and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); one-man blues band Los Dientes at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and bluegrass with Little Table Contra-Band at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Sunday, Feb. 10

Sunday’s live music schedule includes Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and indie-rock-folk performer Alister M at Vintage Wines (5 to 7 p.m.).

Next Weekend: Feb. 14-17

Next weekend, visit the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for the monthly Culture Series: Remembering Life in Rural New Mexico; enjoy a night of classic rock downtown with The Long Run – Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles; and learn about Buffalo Soldiers, Outlaws and Apache at Leasburg Dam State Park.

Plan Ahead:

The 9th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair will be March 1-3 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Hosted by the Doña Ana Arts Council’s, the fair is the area’s most expansive collection of art and fine crafts, featuring more than 100 artists from across the country, offering work in a wide variety of media. For more information — and advance tickets — visit daarts.org/2018-las-cruces-arts-fair.

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