Branigan Cultural Center: Offers ongoing classes and exhibits throughout the year. Call 541-2155.
Doņa Ana Arts Council: Sponsors a variety of arts activities throughout the year including the Renaissance ArtstFaire every autumn and the annual ARTSHOP Gallery Tour. Call 523-6403.
Las Cruces Arts & Crafts Association: Open to anyone with an interest in arts and crafts. Meets the third Sunday of the month at Branigan Library, September through May. Call Lois Christensen, 522-1339, for more information.
Dog Obedience Club of Las Cruces Inc.: Non-profit organization holds dog obedience classes for the general public. Call 527-3983.
Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary: Non-profit organization provides shelter for abandoned animals until they are placed in new homes. Animals may remain at SHAS as long as necessary. Call 527-4544.
Sports & Hobbies
Bike and Chowder Club: Meets for a two-hour ride followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays at 1406 E. Idaho Ave. Call 522-2555.
British Car Club of NM: Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Mesilla Valley Inn; George Duckworth, 526-2318.
Challengers Bowling League: Meets every Saturday at Sun Lanes at 10 am. The league was formed in 1978 for developmentally disabled bowlers. Call 524-0270.
Doņa Ana Modular Railroad Club: Meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Branigan Library. Call Mike at 523-8973 or 532-1751.
Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club: Meets second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., 1103 N. Solano. Call 522-4685 or 526-8116.
Mesilla Valley Road Riders: Meets at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday. 526-6778.
Picacho Gun Club: Holds frequent competitive shootings, open to the public, on the Butterfield Trail Shooting Range, 12 miles west of Las Cruces north of I-10 (Corralitos Exit). Meet every second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm atthe Game and Fish Department, 2715 Northrise Drive. Call 524-2530 or 522-3180.
Senior Voyagers: Travel group for seniors. Call 528-3000 or 528-3003.
West Mesa Flying Association: Non-profit flying club based at Las Cruces International Airport. Its licensed and student pilot members jointly own one Cessna 150, two Cessna 172s and one Cessna 182. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Call 526-6440.
Music & Dance
Big Band of the Rio Grande: Rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at NMSU Music Center Band Room.
Big Band Seniors: Meet every Thursday from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Elks Club for ballroom dancing. Also has special holiday events. 527-1752.
Blue Bells Square Dance Club: Second & fourth Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Hall on Bell and Lindon avenues in Mesilla Park. Call 524-3193 or 524-2471.
Circle Eight Square Dance Club: Meet first and third Sundays, 6 p.m., Munson Senior Center. Call 522-6946, 522-0081 or 647-5803.
Las Cruces Symphony Association: A non-profit organization that generates funds, public interest and support for the Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU. The symphony is made up of 80-90 professional and amateur musicians under the direction of Lonnie Klein. Call 646-3709.
Las Cruces Symphony Guild: Organizes various competitions and events to encourage performance. Education and opportunities for area youth include young artists competitions and a summer string workshop. Call Sheila at 523-2235 or Grace at 524-1693.
Las Cruces Civic Concert Association: Brings five concerts per year to Las Cruces. Call 521-4051.
Mesilla Valley Chorale: Call 522-4362.
Mesilla Valley Concert Band: A group of more than 80 musicians from all walks of life who enjoy making music. Under the direction of Dr. William Clark, NMSU music department head and John Schutz, fine arts co-ordinator for Las Cruces district, presents concerts throughout the year. Meets Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Ray Tross Memorial Rehearsal Hall of the NMSU Music Building. Call 646-2421.
Mesilla Valley Folk Dancers: Meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Mesilla Park Recreation Center, 304 W. Bell. Call Yvonne Esker, 522-1409 or Cathy Smith, 523-9348.
Southern New Mexico Music & Dance Society: Call 522-1691 or 523-5176.
Youth Choir: Rehearsals are held every Thursday afternoon from 3:50 to 5:15 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Alameda and Griggs. Tuition is $25 per semester. Call Doug Weeksl at 525-2997.
Literature, Writing & Theater
Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library: Supports the public library through book sales and other activities. Additional information is available at the library. Call 528-4000 or 644-4865.
Las Cruces Book Club: Book discussion group, meets the second Sunday of each month. Call Pat, 524-8102.
Las Cruces Community Theater: The group produces six plays and musicals each year at the former State Theater in the Downtown Mall. New faces are always welcome. Call 523-1200.
Las Cruces Press Women: Press club, originally organized for women, but now includes male membership. Call D'Lyn Ford at at 522-5311 or 646-6528.
Mesilla Valley Film Society: Presents critically acclaimed foreign and American films at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla. Call 524-8287.
Mesilla Valley Writers: For fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels. Meets on the first Saturday of each month for luncheon meeting with guest speaker at 11:30 a.m., Las Cruces Country Club. Call 532-5897.
Sin Fronteras/ Writers Without Borders: Writers' collective that organizes readings around the community. Call Michael Mandel at 521-7311.
Southern New Mexico Press Club: A non-profit organization for, but not exclusive to, the working press. Meets the second Tuesday of each month for luncheon with prominent guest speakers, and sponsors scholarships and public forums. Call Cheryl Thornburg at 527-1188 or 527-7643.
SPLAT (Society for Poetry, Literature and Alternative Theatre): Hosts readings the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Also produces a video show. Call Michael Mandel, 521-7311.
Storytellers of Las Cruces, Story League: Meetings on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.. Call 526-8377.Munson Center: Creative writing class and critiques for seniors. Wednesdays at 9 a.m., 975 S. Mesquite. Call Lisa Gonzales at 526-2492.
4-H Clubs: Call Doņa Ana County Cooperative Extension Service at 525-6649.
ACT (A Children's Theater): Offers a variety of inexpensive classes throughout the year, including a summer program. Most classes conclude with a performance. Call Constance Suter at 527-1515 or Carol Martin, 647-4777.
Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Las Cruces, Inc.: Provides a positive support system for children and parents in one-parent homes. Call 523-4514 523-9530.
Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces: After-school and summer activities including crafts, sports, computers and music at the club, 330 W. Las Cruces Ave. Call 526-1519.
Boy Scouts of America: Yucca Council, regional office based in El Paso. Call (915) 772-2292. Boy Scouts of America Round Table meets second Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. 524-7087.
Girl Scouts Rio Grande Council: Service center, Suite 9, 225 E. Idaho Ave., Las Cruces. Call 526-2532.
Home Education Livelihood Program: Offers after-school family-oriented day care and summer day camp, for children K-5. Located at Hillrise and Alameda Elementary School cafeterias, Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 523- 2411.
Las Cruces Bantam Weight Sports Association: Sponsors basketball and tackle football programs. Write: Las Cruces Bantam Weight Sports Association, P.O. Drawer O, Las Cruces 88004. Call 522-3010.
Las Cruces Boxing Club: Meets at the former National Guard building at Solano and Hadley Streets.
American Business Women Association, Amigas del Valle Chapter: Brings together business women of diverse backgrounds to provide opportunities to grow professionally and personally. Raises monies for scholarships for women in need of education and work skills. Meet the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Call Rosie Herrera at 522-3961 or Eva Ford at 523-1367.
Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A.: Non-profit organization, non-political American organization and membership is extended, by invitation, to women of British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry and to women married to men of British or Commonwealth birth. Meets the second Saturday of each month, call 524-8387.
Las Cruces Junior Women's Club: Meets second Tuesday of every month. Call Barbara at 526-8904.
Progress Club: member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Meets second Friday of every month at 12:30 p.m., WIA Building, 340 N. Reymond. Call 526-7181 or 522-6893.
Women In Action: For people who want to promote awareness of domestic violence; 525-3886.
Women's Education Institute: Call 521-4077 or 526-6040.
Science & Nature
Astronomical Society of Las Cruces: Call 523-4449.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, Inc.: Offers educational programs about the desert. Call 524-3334.
Doņa Ana Archaeological Society: Meets the second Tuesday of the month at Branigan Memorial Library. Call 522-7235.
Doņa Ana County Historical Society: Meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday, September through May. Call for location, 382-8679.
Gemcrafters and Explorers Club: Call 524-9497.
Mesilla Valley Audubon Society: A conservation and natural history organization. Has field trips and meets the third Wednesday of the month, September through May, at 6:45 p.m. at Las Cruces High School Library. Visitors welcome. Call 524-7029 or 382-6877.
Native Plant Society: Schedules regular programs and walks to explore the plant life of the local area. Meets the second Wednesday of every month, March through October. Call 526-0917.
New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering: A non-profit statewide organization composed of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, community leaders, parents, and students. Call 678-0920 or 678-3752.
Sierra Club: Sponsors day hikes and backpack trips. Meets for programs. Call evenings at 524-4861 or 522-4527.
Southwest Environmental Center: Dedicated to environmental goals including establishing an educational center in the city. Call 522-5552
Munson Senior Center
975 S. Mesquite 528 - 3000
Hot Meals , educational programs,
recreation classes, govt. liaison
Eastside Community Center
310 N. Tornillo 541 - 4015
Hot meals & senior programs
Mesilla Park Recreation Center
304 W. Bell Ave 541-2455
Seniors arts, crafts & exercise programs
Henry Benavidez Center
1045 McClure Road 523 - 1420
Meals & senior programs
Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP
575 S. Alameda 528 - 3300
Seniors volunteer for non profit agencies
Christian Singles Fellowship: Call Tony, 382-5552.
Hospitality Club of Las Cruces: Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at Eddie's Bar & Grill. Social hour starts at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch and program. Newcomers are welcome. Call 521-3021 or 523-2379.
Transitions: A social group for singles, meets for various activities. Business/potluck meetings are held monthly at homes of members. Call 382-7653.
Welcome Strangers: Come for dessert and cards. Call 522-4564 or 523-7353.
Civic & Service Organizations
Kiwanis Club, Las Cruces: Meets Thursdays at 12:00 pm at the Ramada Palms. Call 373-9588.
Knights of Columbus Council 1226: Meets the first Wednesday of the month at the council hall, 2755 E. Idaho Ave, (between Don Roser and Telshor) at 7:30 p.m. Call Deputy Grand Knight Jerry Leyendecker at 522-5529.
Las Cruces Noon Lions Club: Meets Tuesdays at noon at the Days Inn. Call Joe Cundiff, 524-8548.
Sunrise Lions Club: Meets Thursdays, 7 a.m., at Nest Western Mission Inn. Call Jim Strickland, 382-3798.
Las Cruces Sertoma Club: Meets Fridays, 12:00 p.m., at Best Western Mission Inn. Call Len Hecht at 647-3256 or 521-1801.
Las Cruces Shrine Club: 1150 Brown Road. Call 526-8396.
Loyal Order of Moose: Meets monthly at 7 p.m.the fourth Thursday, 514 N. Main St. Call 524-1088.
Mesilla Valley Kiwanis Club: Meets Tuesdays at 12:00 pm at the Best Western Mission Inn. Call 525-8656
The Rotary Clubs of Las Cruces: An active group of men and women who meet at 12:00 p.m. every Tuesday/Wednesday year round at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 533-0765 www.lcrotaryclubs.com
Rotary Club of Las Cruces - Mesilla Valley: Meets on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 527-1803.
Alzheimer's Support Group: Call 522-1362.
American Cancer Society: 121 Wyatt Suite #9. Offers support groups and makeovers for cancer patients. Call (800) 399-6320.
Children With Learning Disabilities: Meets the first Tuesday of the month. Call 527-8740.
Cancercare: A support group for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and their families and friends, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at Memorial Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center. Call 526-1133.
Caregivers Support Group: For those caring for patients with disabling illnesses. Meets second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.at Memorial Medical Center. Call 521-2204.
Casa Arriba, Inc.: a non-profit organization that provides daycare for adults and the elderly, and respite care to families for their person(s) with disabilities. 524-8335.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders: Call Robert or Sandy, 522-3077.
Community Action Agency Food Bank: Provides supplemental and emergency food assistance to children, pregnant women, seniors and low-income people. Call 523-4390.
Community of Hope: Services for the homeless and working poor. 999 W. Amador. Health care clinic, daycare center, food bank, clothing, shelter, soup kitchen and more. Volunteers and supplies are always needed. Call 523-2219.
Doņa Ana County Family Educators: Support group for homeschooling families; Phyllis, 522-1499.
La Piņon Sexual Trauma Support Groups: Offers on-going support for victims of sexual abuse or assault and their friends and families. Call 526-3437.
Las Cruces Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of NM: Is an active support group. The meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday each month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2900 Elks Drive, Las Cruces. Call Jessie at 525-2761.
Las Cruces Senior Citizens Corporation: Is open to senior citizens who are registered with the City of Las Cruces Senior Citizens Department. Call 528-3003 or 528-3000.
Las Cruces Stroke Survivors Support Group: All stroke survivors, their caregivers and other interested persons are welcome. Call 523-9668 or 382-5655.
Men's Support Group: La Casa, Inc., offers help for men who batter their partners and wish to change. Call 526-2819.
Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity: A non-profit, ecumenical organization to eliminate poverty housing in Las Cruces. Call 525-0475.
Narcotics Anonymous: Daily meetings for those fighting addiction. Call 527-3177.
Overcomers Outreach: Meets Fridays at noon at Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 1880 N. Solano. Call 525-1864 or 522-6881.
Overeaters Anonymous: Meets Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 2nd floor. Call 647-5684.
Parents Without Partners: Is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of single parents and their children. Call 523-8416.
Prison Family Services: Call 523-6856.
Resolve: A support group for couples dealing with infertility, meets at 7 p.m., the third Wednesday of the month; Trudy, 524-1489.
Renew/Renacer: Call 526-9545.
Serenity Center: Intensive outpatient program for drug and alcohol dependency at Southwest Counseling Center, 1480 N. Main St. Call 522-0046.
Southern New Mexico Cancer Support Service: A grassroots, all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission to provide emotional support and emergency financial assistance to southern New Mexicans who are undergoing cancer treatment. Call 526-7706, for more information, or to get involved.
Southwest Counseling Center: Outpatient counseling for mental illness, alcoholism, and drug abuse; 24-hour crisis line; services for victims of sexual abuse; Vietnam Era adjustment counseling; and services for emotionally disturbed children. Call 522-0046. Crisis line, 526-3371.
Southwest Desert Girls Science, Math, and Technology Club: This club was formed to encourage and support girls who are interested in Science, Math, and Technology. Call Diane at 524-0942.
Community Education Classes: Courses for senior citizens from astronomy to yoga at Doņa Ana Branch Community College. Call 527-7527.
Doņa Ana County Republican Party: P.O. Box 6652, Las Cruces, NM, 88005, or call 522-7709 or 521-0289.
Extension Home Economics: Offers adult programs in foods & nutrition, family life skills, family finance, etc. Call Pamela Henry-Pollat at 525-6649.
Las Cruces Chess Club: Meets Wednesdays from 7-10 p.m. at the NMSU Music Building. Also, chess program at Oņate High School.
Las Cruces Siddha Meditation Center: Weekly Satsang every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and chanting on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The program includes meditation, chanting, and a talk reading or video presentation. Call Kelsang at 292-5293.
Mesilla Valley Radio Club: Amateur radio organization provides communications for local activities and emergency situations and classes for those interested in ham radio. Business meeting the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branigan Memorial Library, room A; and social meeting the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the clubhouse, 6609 Jefferson. Call 526-9428 or 373-0514.
Nostalgia Club: Sponsors local antique shows. Call Robert Gaines at 526-8624.
Retired Officers Association: Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Call 647-1761 for location.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives): Needs and welcomes retired executives with business, accounting or banking experience. Call 523-5627 or visit SCORE at suite 125 in Loretto Towne Centre, 505 South Main Street, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon or by appointment.
Southern New Mexico Genealogical Society: Call 678-3567.ugh education and community action. Activities include pot-luck dinners, educational video showings, restaurant and other social outings. All interested persons are welcome. Call Jean Gilbert at 522-2529.