Sierra County Events—February 2017

February 1-15

$1000 Scavenger Hunt

Cobblestone-carrying Sierra County Businesses

Track down a January issue of The Cobblestone and solve 20 clues inside to enter. You only have to answer 18 questions correctly to qualify to win $1000! Drop completed entries at participating businesses, or email them to Susan Brandt: Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2017. The drawing will be held on February 15. Email or call The Cobblestone for info: 575-740-1685.

Wednesday, February 8

Meet Sierra Vista Clinic Providers

5-7pm, Turtleback Mountain Resort, 101 Clubhouse Road, Elephant Butte

Come meet and talk with the providers at the Sierra Vista Clinic, located at 600 Butte Boulevard in Elephant Butte, and find out what new services are currently available. Contact: Kathy Elverum, Sierra Vista Hospital, 575-894-2111 x299,

Thursday, February 9

Special Hidden Canyon Moonrise Tour

3:30-5:30pm, departing from Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

Ted Turner’s 360,000 acre Armendaris Ranch boasts several fantastic hikes, and Hidden Canyon is the closest to Truth or Consequences; it takes only 15 minutes to get from Sierra Grande Lodge to the trail head. Your Ted Turner Expeditions guide will show you a unique approach to a popular spot with a great view of T or C. Timed to take advantage of both sunset reflections and the rise of the full moon, this special outing will offer fabulous photo opps! To maintain a low impact experience, the moderate skill level two-hour tour is limited to six guests. Sign up today (and be sure to bring your camera!) $200 per person price. Contact: 877-288-7637,

Friday, February 10

RV Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training

3-5pm, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, 402 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

The Elephant Butte Fire Department will present information on RV Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training. Free. Contact: Liz Foster, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, 575-744-5996,

Friday through Sunday, February 10-12

Heart of Winter Yoga Retreat

Mothership Yoga Lounge, 500 Austin, Truth or Consequences

Santa Fe Community Yoga Center Instructor Edie Tsong teaches thoughtfully-sequenced classes with an attention to alignment and well-being, with the purpose of students developing a more intimate relationship with their body-minds. Her classes utilize ample props; practice will include poetry, guided meditation, and pranayama. The retreat includes four classes, a mix of hatha-flow (alignment based flow) and restorative/yin yoga. The weekend retreat costs $150 and includes yoga classes and snacks. Students should have some prior knowledge or experience of yoga. Register online: Contact:

Saturday, February 11

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Participating downtown businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for any late-breaking information. Contact:

Thursday, February 16

Brown Bag Series

12-1pm, Elephant Butte RV Event Center, Elephant Butte

Sponsored by Friends of Elephant Butte Lake Park, the Brown Bag Series is held on the third Thursday of every month. Bring your lunch and enjoy a one hour presentation on the area’s history and assets. Contact the RV Resort for program information. Contact: Liz Foster, 575-744-5996,

Thursday through Sunday, February 16-21

Yoga and Meditation Vacation

La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa, 311 Marr Street, Truth or Consequences

Bringing together a love of adventure, mindfulness, and yoga asana, this retreat, led by Nicolle Jensen, offers the opportunity to explore southern New Mexico in a contemplative environment. Each day includes meditation, yoga, and time for activities such as exploring nearby lakes and rivers, hot springs soaking, spa services, museums, galleries, and more. Price includes all classes, studio access, use of hot springs, and lodging. Meals are not included. La Paloma’s suite-style lodging provides a comfortable living area with kitchen, living, and dining areas. Room with king bed: $525 (1 or 2 people). Room with 2 double beds: $300 per person. Camping/locals (no lodging): $150 per person. Nicolle Jensen is a musician and yoga teacher born and raised in the midwest, now living in Santa Fe. To register for the retreat, email

Saturday, February 18

Fra Cristobal Summit Overlook Tour

1:30-6:30pm, departing from Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

Ted Turner’s 360,000 acre Armendaris Ranch boasts several fantastic hikes. This 5-hour motor tour terminates at the summit overlook, affording a fabulous view of the Armendaris to the east, and Elephant Butte Lake to the west. Once at the top, choose to take a small hike to the edge of the stepped cliff for an opportunity to spot a bighorn sheep, or explore a gentle slope to search for fossilized marine life. Timed to take advantage of dramatic afternoon lighting, you’ll be descending the mountain as the sun sets behind it. Most species of wildlife are very active around sunset, allowing you a good chance to spot elk, oryx, and quail. To maintain a low impact experience, the 5-hour tour is limited to four guests. Sign up today to take advantage of this special tour! Cost: $200. Contact: 877-288-7637,

Saturday, February 18

Sierra County Historical Society Annual Banquet

5:30pm, T or C Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth, Truth or Consequences

The presentation—Battlefield Archaeology: Some New Insights into Custer’s Last Stand—will be delivered by Dr. Douglas D. Scott, visiting Research Scientist at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado. A brisket dinner by Sandi Chatfield will be served; music and a silent auction will be part of the evening. Cost: $25 per person includes dinner; $45 per couple includes dinner; $15 per child under 12 includes dinner; or $15 per person for the presentation only. Pick up tickets at the Geronimo Springs Museum (211 Main Street in Truth or Consequences) or buy them online in advance. Contact: Marilyn Pope, 575-894-6600,

Friday & Saturday, February 24-25

Annual Gathering of Quilts

9am-4pm, T or C Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth, Truth or Consequences

This large quilt show features locally-made quilts in a variety of fabrics and designs, as well as sewing and quilting vendors, a quilt raffle, and appraisals. Anyone is welcome to bring a quilt to exhibit, whether it is an antique or newly made. Please note, the event is held on Friday and Saturday only! Contact: Connie Siffring, 575-894-2959,

Friday through Sunday, February 24-26

Body of Bliss Yoga Retreat

Mothership Yoga Lounge, 500 Austin, Truth or Consequences

Find balance in your body, mind and heart—yoga’s healthcare plan—in a weekend dedicated to blissful self-care. Explore playful postures, self-massage ball therapy, supportive breath work, nourishing yoga nidra and going to the still-point in meditation, all augmented by room infusion with doTERRA’s essential oils. Soak away the evenings in T or C’s famed mineral baths. A 10% discount is offered to all Sierra County residents. More information on the retreat is here. Contact: Bea Doyle, 505-331-8537,

Saturday & Sunday, February 25-26

Apple Tree Grafting Workshop

Black Range Lodge, Kingston

This hands-on workshop will demystify the process of grafting. The course will cover rootstock selection, scion wood collection, grafting onto a rootstock, grafting onto existing apple trees, and care of your new graft for the first year. Participants will go home with an apple tree which they have grafted themselves, and a grafting knife. Instructor Jaimee Tate is the owner of Isle of Sky Nursery & Botanical Garden in White Oaks, NM. Her nursery specializes in dwarf and semi-dwarf heirloom apple trees grafted from antique, often rare, varieties found on homesteads and orchards throughout New Mexico. Cost: $50 for one day or $75 for both days. Materials (rootstock, scion wood, grafting knife, grafting tape, a tree tag and printed handout) are an additional $48 per person. Extra root stock & scion wood will be available at cost. Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652,

Sunday, February 26

“Art Talks” Lecture:
John Rawlings on The Role of Venice in the History of Art

1-2pm, Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, 110 Broadway, Truth or Consequences

London-born / Australian-raised John Rawlings will speak about Venice’s role in art as part of the “Art Talk” series. Rawlings, a graduate of the University of Guanajuato in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, has taught art at universities and community colleges in Mexico and the U.S. He lived in Italy twice, and has led up to 15 study-abroad trips to the country. In 2006, he received global recognition at the Cairo International Biennale in Egypt, one of the largest visual arts exhibition in the world, where his ceramic sculpture pieces were displayed. Cost: $5 for Sierra County Arts Council members, $7 for non-members. Contact: Rebecca Speakes, 575-894-0615,

Sunday, February 26

DanceArt Hillsboro

3-5pm, Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenore Street, Hillsboro

Los Angeles modern dance company Benita Bike’s DanceArt will present an interactive dance program. Suitable for adults, children and seniors, the unique dance show will inspire all with the grace and subtlety of the human form. The five-member modern dance company has performed across New England, in Europe and throughout California during its 35-year history, receiving praise for its quality concert work and extensive community outreach programming. Like a string quintet, the dancers of Benita Bike’s DanceArt perform with uncommon sensitivity to one another, bringing intense beauty and vibrancy to each delicately crafted, expressive movement. The Hillsboro performance will feature “For Rose,” “Through the Lens,” and “In the Garden.” “For Rose” is a dance about the passing of choreographer Benita Bike’s mother Rose. Stark and poignant, it touches on complicated feelings of love, discordance, and death. “Through the Lens” is accompanied by quirky and surprising music from fantastical instruments, and “In the Garden,” accompanied by the sounds of night and Finnish vocal music, brings an ancient lost garden to life. The HCC performance series is sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council, New Mexico Arts, and the Black Range Lodge. Cost: $5. Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652,

Repeating Events

Tuesday yoga at Grapes in Truth or Consequences

Mondays & Thursdays

I Love Water Aerobics

4-5pm, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, Elephant Butte

Tuesday yoga at Grapes in Truth or Consequences


Community Yoga

9-10:30am, Grapes Gallery, Truth or Consequences

water tai chi

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Water Tai Chi

9:30-10:30am, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, Elephant Butte

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