Sierra County Events — June 2018

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 1-3 (repeats June 8-10)

“We Ain’t Mad! We Got Issues!”

7pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, Ralph Edwards Civic Auditorium, Truth or Consequences

Brace for belly laughs and bring your tissues to this one-woman show written and performed by Cheryl E. Zeeb. Zweeb’s cacophony of voices includes laments from a five-year-old cowgirl, ancient tales by a cosmic storyteller, snarky repartee of a frustrated receptionist, and the hard wisdom of an aging biker-mama. Each character reveals their timeless quest for the “right road,” however bumpy, be it across America or out amongst the stars. Sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council and produced by Emily Coffee. Visit or call 800-838-3006 for tickets. General admission is $12, or $9 for seniors and students. Save $2 before May 31. The show is intended for mature audiences; it contains adult topics and some raunchy language. Contact: Emily, 303-257-1801,

Saturday, June 2

33rd WCCD Fiesta

9am-11pm, Winston Community Center, Winston

Each year the neighboring communities of Winston, Chiz, Chloride & Dusty throw a giant party in Winston and everyone is invited! This year’s Fiesta includes the parade at 11am, cow chip poker with a $250 prize to the winner, a barbecue dinner from Sandi Chatfield, a two-day bow/archer competition, and a bake sale. Check the WCCD Fiesta event on Facebook for more details. Contact Kristie Hawkins (575-743-2701) or Sharon Luna (575-743-0151 for more info.

Saturday, June 2 – repeats weekly

Tour Spaceport America

9am, departing from the downtown Visitor Center, 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences

Reservations are required. Southern New Mexico’s scenic beauty and rugged high desert are highlighted en route to the remote Spaceport America site, where visitors will see the Gateway Gallery’s interactive exhibits and kiosks; the G-Shock simulator; Spaceport Operations Center (SOC); the state-of-the-art fire station; and the URS/ Foster + Partners structure. The journey lasts approximately 4 hours. Contact: 575-267-8888.

Saturday, June 2 – repeats weekly

Saturday Night Dance

7pm, New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, Truth or Consequences

Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Come and enjoy toe-tapping fun plus refreshments at a family-friendly smoke-and-alcohol-free event. All are invited to come and dance or just listen to the music. Proceeds support the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler’s Association. Cost: $4. Contact: Manion Long, 575-744-9137.

Monday, June 4 – repeats weekly through the summer

Helping Hands

3-8:45pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

“Helping Hands” is the Brewery’s way of thanking the volunteers in the community. If you’re a volunteer stop in for specials and a bit of recognition for your good deeds. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Monday, June 4 – repeats weekly

Exploring Yoga Asana

5:30-6:30pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

This multi-level class explores the basic yoga asanas in depth, sustaining the poses with awareness and adapting them to each student’s needs. The class emphasis may be based on students’ requests on a given day; students are encouraged to bring their yoga puzzles and challenges to class. Suited to beginners and experienced yoga practitioners. $10 for drop ins or five classes for $45. Contact: Patty Kearney, 207-779-6201,

Thursday, June 7 – repeats weekly

Flow Yoga with Sonia

9-10:30am, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

An empowering and mindful 90 minute yoga flow suitable for all levels of experience. Emphasis is on alignment, breath, and applying yoga to our lives off the mat. Sonia, a practitioner since 2003, will guide you through a class that designed to nurture, harmonize, and strengthen all parts of you. Cost: $10 per class. Contact: Sonia Dalessi, YogaSonia Journeys, 760-574-8644,

Thursday, June 7 – repeats weekly

Square Dancing – Mainstream

6pm, Old Time Fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, Truth or Consequences

The Sierra Twirlers Square Dance Club invites visitors to join in an evening of mainstream square dancing on a great wooden floor with calling by Joey Solis. Join in the dance or sit on the sidelines and enjoy light refreshments, ice water, and coffee. Cost: $3. Contact: Carole Wheeler, Sierra Twirlers of T or C, 575-313-9971,

Thursday, June 7

Moody Little Sister

7pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

T or C’s own Moody Little Sister is about to hit the road for their “I’ve Got Soul” summer tour. Gather at the Brewery to hear them play and send them down the highway with a tailwind of home town love! Free. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Friday, June 8

DJ Jah Karma

7:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

A member of Boom Sumting! Sound System in Austin, TX, DJ Jah Karma brings the funky global beats wherever he goes. Come out and dance as DJ Jah Karma takes you on a musical voyage. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Saturday & Sunday, June 9-10 (optional camping on Friday June 8)

Rotary Weekend Trail Ride

Ride starts at 8am Saturday, Black Range Burnt Cabin Flats, Northwest of Winston

Hosted by the Elephant Butte Rotary, this weekend trail ride will provide a wonderful opportunity for outdoor fun and fellowship, with camping at Burnt Cabin Flats just off NM Highway 59 and Forest Service Road 3018. Rotary hosts will be at the site Friday for anyone who wants to camp overnight before Saturday’s 8am ride. There is plenty of room for LQ trailers, tents and campers. Long rides and shorter slower rides will be led by trail leaders. Saturday supper will be provided by Elephant Butte Rotary followed by a campfire with guitar picking and singing. If enough people are interested, there may be a ride on Sunday as well. Well-behaved dogs will be accepted. Bring enough water for your animals if possible. Suggested donation: $25 per person. The event raises funds for scholarships to Sierra County high school students. RSVP to Kathy Elverum at, or call 575-644-4115 for more details.

Saturday, June 9

27th Elephant Butte Chili Cook-Off

5pm, Elephant Butte Community Center, 313 Rio Grande Circle, Elephant Butte

This fiery tradition has been bringing chili lovers of all ages together for 27 years. Gather your recipes and enter as a Novice or a Pro in one of many categories (download an entry form here), including dessert. Sponsorships are available, and spectators can taste all the entries they want for a $2 donation. Cooking may be done on-site or brought in from a commercial kitchen. All entries must be ready to taste by 5pm, and turned in to judges at 6. There’ll be a deejay from 5-9pm, and an awards ceremony at 7:30. T-shirts available (see the entry form). All monies raised go to Friends of Elephant Butte Lake. Cooks are invited to a“Thank You” dinner Friday night at 6pm. There’s plenty of space for campers at the Community Center. Follow the event on Facebook for updates. Contact: Brenda Nelson, 505-604-5046.

Saturday, June 9 – repeats monthly

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Participating businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants on Broadway, Main, and points in between. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for late-breaking information. Contact:

Saturday, June 9

Los New Mexico Playboys

7:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Grab a partner and come dance to Los New Mexico Playboys Folk/Rock/Country tunes. Free. Contact: Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 575-297-0289,

Tuesday, June 12

Friends of Elephant Butte Lake Monthly Meeting

12-1pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Richard Cooper Training Center, 101 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Join the Friends at their monthly meeting every 2nd Tuesday. Check their website for details in case the venue changes. Enter through the park’s main gate. $5. Contact:

Friday, June 15

Christopher Smith-Escarcega

7:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Forged in the deserts of southern New Mexico, Christopher Smith-Escarcega is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter who combines the energies and sonic signatures of past decades with a dash of the modern to create a rich soulful musical experience. Blues, funk, soul, rock’n’roll, rhythm ’n’ blues, folk and even hip hop are in the arsenal. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17

43rd Junior Open Fishing Tournament

Elephant Butte Lake State Park and the
Elephant Butte Community Center

The Father’s Day weekend fishing tournament has happened annually since the late 1970s! Registration is on Friday, June 15th from 3-6pm. A rules meeting follows. All kids must fish from a boat. Weigh-in is at noon on Saturday at Marina del Sur. Entry fee is $15 per angler; every participant gets a t-shirt, drinks, prizes, and a hamburger & hot dog lunch on Saturday after weigh-in. Any fish species but carp, catfish and stripers can be weighed, limit 5 fish. An awards party will be held Sunday at Marina del Sur; everyone will win something. Trophies are awarded in 3 divisions for categories including biggest and smallest fish. Fishing is on Elephant Butte Lake from 6am-noon Saturday and Sunday. Registration and Saturday’s cookout will be held at the Elephant Butte Bass Clubhouse at the Elephant Butte Community Center. Contact: Elephant Butte Bass Anglers, Darrell Arthur, 575-740-0119 or Mike Kmatz, 575-740-2261,

Saturday, June 16

CW Ayon Combo

7:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

One of T or C’s favorites, CW Ayon brings his Hill Country Blues back to the Brewery to help them celebrate their One Year Anniversary! Contact: 575-297-0289,

Tuesday through Saturday, June 19-23

Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America

The Spaceport America Cup brings student rocketry teams from all over the country and world to Spaceport America, where they launch solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 – 30,000 feet. 2017 was the competition’s biggest year yet, with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries. Tickets, volunteer opportunities, contact information and a full schedule of events are on the website, and there’s a Facebook page.

Thursday, June 21

Jen Exten

7pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Beloved local musician Jen Exten sings bluesy alt country originals and covers. Her music will move you. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Sunday, June 24

Sam Pace and The Gilded Grit

2-5pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit have been making a name for themselves as a force to be reckoned with since their inception in 2011. “We play rock n’ roll smooth and dirty, soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace. For more info check them out on their website, Facebook page, or Youtube channel. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Friday, June 29

3 Rivers

7:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Rudy Wood, Mark Bolinger and Julia Cozby are singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists whose songs recall the old west, New Mexican skies, and Texas memories — a unique acoustic sound that is a newgrass-country-blues, elevated by three-part harmonies. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289,

Saturday, June 30


7pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Trained gospel singer and vocal powerhouse Constance Zimmerman brings her soulful country covers and originals to the brewery stage. This woman is full of life and not to be missed. Free. Contact: Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 575-297-0289,

Saturday, June 30

Elephant Butte Fireworks Extravaganza

dusk, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Come and see the state’s biggest fireworks show reflected off the largest body of water in New Mexico! Every year on the July 4 Holiday Weekend, fireworks are launched over Elephant Butte Lake to celebrate our country’s independence. 2018 fireworks will launch from Rattlesnake Island. Park fees are waived after 6pm for the fireworks display. Rain date: Sunday July 1. Contact: Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

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