Sierra County Events—January 2017

January 1-31

$1000 Scavenger Hunt

Cobblestone-carrying Sierra County Businesses

Want to win? Pick up the January issue of The Cobblestone and solve 20 clues inside. You only have to answer 18 questions correctly to be entered 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.

Saturday, January 7

Art Jam! Ellen Griffin, Funkbac, Chantal Elena, and a Burlesque Showcase

7pm, Point Blanc Winery, Taproom & Pizzeria, Truth or Consequences

This monthly live art & music event is held at Point Blanc—the beer & wine bar / restaurant located inside Bedroxx. Music starts at 7pm; Ellen Griffin (powerfully emotive acoustic folk rock) and Funkbac (covers and originals, a unique blend of reggae, ska, funk, hip-hop, blues, rock) will perform while artist Chantal Elena draws and paints! Artwork by Chantal and CDs by Ellen will also be for sale. The excitement will get ratcheted up a few notches at 9pm, when some of Albuquerque’s best Burlesque performers will take the stage. You will not want to miss performances from Vivian Mirann, Possum, Lana Montreese, Holly Rebelle and Sophia Sunday, oh là là! (Read longer bios here.) No cover charge. 21 and over. Follow the Facebook event for more info and updates. Contact: Chantal Elena, 575-740-0925,

Tuesday, January 10

Special Paleontology Prospecting Tour

12:30-5:30pm, departing from Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

Armendaris Ranch is home to an impressive cache of Late-Cretaceous Period dinosaur bones, including specimens that are currently on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. There are active paleontology digs underway on the ranch, resulting in the recent excavation of a Sauropod femur. This fossil “prospecting” tour guided by Ted Turner Expeditions is an easy 1.5-mile cross-country hike (which requires climbing a gentle hill) in search of undisturbed dinosaur bone fields. You will learn to differentiate bone fragments from the surrounding rock; you may even help identify the next promising site for further investigation and research. This special tour is limited to four guests to create an intimate, low-impact experience. Cost: $200 per person. Contact: 877-288-7637,

Saturday, January 14

2nd 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, January 19

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,

Friday Saturday & Sunday, January 20-22

3-Day Guided Contemplative Retreat (No Longer Available / Reached Full Capacity)

Old Monticello Organic Farm, Monticello

This Beginner / Fledgling level guided retreat, in its eighth year, is open to the first 15 people to sign up. The setting is Old Monticello Organic Farm in Monticello New Mexico, population 25. Known for its balsamic vinegar, lavender, and organic produce, OM Farm is steps away from one of the few remaining historic Spanish-era plazas in New Mexico. OM Farm and Monticello offer bright starry skies, stunning quiet, and no cell phone service. The skills learned on these retreats can be used for a lifetime. Some go on retreat to pause the pace and intensity of modern life. Some are asking big questions like, “what do I believe?” Others want to secure a promise, set a new intention, or ask for guidance. Retreat can bring clarity, opening pathways to the properly tuned answers within. Meals, prepared by farmer Claudia Jefferies using organic foods grown & raised in the valley, are included. Price varies according to accommodations. A more advanced retreat/Conference of the Birds is set for March 10, 11, 12. Register at Contact: Wendy Tremayne,

Tuesday January 24 / Thursday January 26 / Tuesday January 31 / Thursday February 2

Bison Roundup

12:30-5:30pm, departing from Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

Join Ted Turner Expeditions for the Bison Round-Up tour! Mr. Turner’s sprawling Ladder Ranch is both a working ranch and a breathtaking unspoiled sanctuary, home to the most beloved of the West’s icons, the American Bison. The Ladder Ranch herd is granted nearly unlimited access to 156,000 acres, which allows them to adopt more natural behaviors and gather into their preferred social groups. Once a year, the herd is rounded up to be counted and to make sure all is well; this 5-hour tour offers a rare glimpse into the life of these beautiful bovines. The roundup is open to folks of every skill level but to maintain a low-impact experience, the motor tour is limited to four guests on each of the four days the tour is offered. Sign up today to take advantage of this special group pricing of $200 per person. Contact: 877-288-7637,

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