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October Events in Sierra County

Monday, October 1 – repeats weekly

Open Art Studio

3-6pm, Wildflowers, 400 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Kids of any age and their guardians are invited to drop in for art making and play time. Free. For a complete schedule see the Wildflowers website. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Monday, October 1 – repeats weekly

Exploring Yoga Asana

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

This multi-level class explores basic yoga asanas in-depth, working mindfully on alignment, strength, stability, and mobility. Suited to beginners and experienced yoga practitioners. The theme on any given day will be based on students’ needs. $10 for drop ins or buy five classes for $45. Contact: Patty Kearney, 207-779-6201, p-kearney@earthlink.net.

Tuesday, October 2 – repeats weekly

Walk-in Wellness Clinic

Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

Walk right in every Tuesday and receive massage, reflexology and other care from some of Truth or Consequences’ finest healers. Suggested donation: $20+. Contact: Melissa McKinstry, 616-283-1654, missymckinstry@gmail.com.

Tuesday & Thursday for 2 weeks, October 2, 4, 9, 11

Sierra County Natural History Workshop

10:30am-noon, Desert Archaic, 324 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Get to know Sierra County from a unique perspective in this workshop comprised of four 90-minute sessions. Presentations will be followed by hands-on exploratory lab sessions using microscopes and other equipment. Scientific illustration and/or other types of art making is up to individuals. Enroll in the entire session for $100 (includes course materials) or sign up for individual sessions for $25 plus a $15 per-session material fee. Course materials will include a binder with documentation, drawing and graph paper, field notebooks, and access to art supplies and other materials. Course topics will include descriptions of the eco-regions, and study of Sierra County’s geology, mountain ranges, streams, plants, animals, and more. Contact: Andrew Potter, Desert Archaic, 575-652-7045, diatom.guru@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 3 – repeats weekly

Beginner Sewing

3-5pm, Wildflowers, 400 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Drop in to this beginner-level sewing class for children and adults. Bring a project you need help with or start something new. Wildflowers supplies fabric, machines, thread, decorations, and assistance! The options are endless: mend a pair of pants, sew some curtains, make a doll or a pillow…your choice. Free. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 3 – repeats weekly

Restorative Yoga

4-5pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

A very gentle yoga class designed to relax and restore.  All levels, no experience necessary. Contact: Melissa McKinstry, 616-283-1654, missymckinstry@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 3 – repeats weekly

Yoga Start with Melissa

5:15-6:15pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

Designed for anyone interested in starting yoga, this class offers basic poses, alignment help, and will progress at the rate of the students. $10 per class. Contact: Melissa McKinstry, 616-283-1654, missymckinstry@gmail.com.

Thursday through Sunday, October 4-7

Sierra County Fair

Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Arts, crafts, flower & garden, livestock, food, community groups, Cow Patty Bingo, Pee Wee Chicken Scramble, crowning of the Fair Court, goat roping, and lots of other fun events are held as part of the annual County Fair. Anyone can enter (exhibits and livestock are due at the fairgrounds on 10/3) and potentially bring home a ribbon. See the schedule of events here. Contact: 575-894-2375, sierra@nmsu.edu.

Thursday, October 4 – repeats weekly

Open Art Studio

3-6pm, Wildflowers, 400 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Kids of any age and their guardians are welcome to come, play, make art. Free. A complete schedule of activities is on the Wildflowers website. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 4 – repeats weekly

Gentle Yoga

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

A class for beginners over fifty, Gentle Yoga limits stress in joints while improving strength, balance and flexibility at a relaxed pace. Options using chairs are offered for those who wish to avoid kneeling and/or sitting on the floor. $10 per class, $45 for 5 classes. Contact: Patty Kearney, 207-779-6201, p-kearney@earthlink.net.

Thursday, October 4 – 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, randcintennessee@msn.com.

Thursday, October 4

Soundworms: SCAC Music Mix

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

Soundworms performs a fresh mix of bluesy, funky soul-filled jams and experimental soundscapes. A mostly instrumental group, their sound ranges from danceable, lost-in-the-beat tracks to ethereal tone poems. Come in and be part of something a little something different. Soundworms features Michael Padilla, Reed Rische and Rob Carey. Sample their music here: https://soundcloud.com/sound-worms. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Friday, October 5

Los New Mexico Playboys

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

A cross-pollination between hippie and cowboy, Los New Mexico Playboys infuse early ‘70s music with Texas accents and country twang. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Saturday, October 6

Trinity Site Tour

Stallion Gate is open from 8am-2pm, site closes at 3:30pm, White Sands Missile Range

The Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The 51,500 acre area was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975. The site is open to visitors twice a year on the first Saturday in April and October. Visitors are usually granted access to Ground Zero, the “Jumbo” bomb casing, the McDonald House, one of the old instrumentation bunkers, historical photos, a Fatman bomb casing, and part of the original crater left by the explosion. Enter and exit via the Stallion Gate gate between 8am and 2pm on tour day. The site closes at 3:30pm. No food, water or other services are available along the route, so visitors are asked to come prepared. Picture ID is required. Port-a-johns are available at the gate and at the Trinity site. Photographs may be taken at the Trinity Site but not anywhere else along the route. Complete info is on the White Sands Missile Range website. Contact: 575-678-1134.

Saturday, October 6 – repeats weekly through October

Sierra County Farmers Market

8:30-11am, Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or Consequences

Every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend thru Halloween weekend, find fresh seasonal produce, delicious baked goods, other prepared foods, and handmade arts and crafts. Payment with EBT, DUFB and debit is available; some vendors also take credit cards. Contact: Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375, colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.

Saturday, October 6 – 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, October 6 – repeats weekly

Open Art Studio

11am-2pm, Wildflowers, 400 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Kids of any age and their guardians are invited to drop in for art making and playtime. Free. For a complete schedule see the Wildflowers website. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 6

Sierra County Cancer Assistance Fundraiser

3-7pm, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, 402 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Support Sierra County Cancer Assistance and their volunteers by attending the annual SCCA Fundraiser. For only $25 per ticket, receive a free gift, appetizers from 3-5pm, dance to live music by Suthern Blend from 3-7 pm, and bid on a live auction, with items provided by local artists and businesses.  Wine and beer available for purchase from Sierra County’s own Shattuck Vineyard.  Don’t miss out on the fun, and a chance to give back to the community! Contact Steph Ross for tickets and more info: 575-740-3971, srfoxie@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 6 – 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.

Saturday, October 6

Stray Dawgs

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

The Stray Dawgs are an Americana roots string band fueled by Monroe and Grisman-influenced mandolin sounds, foot stomping rhythms, and grizzly harmonic vocals. Their sound is born from a love of bluegrass and life in the vast open solitary expanses of the high desert landscape. These dusty desert pickers bring driving rhythm, traditional instrumentals, creative covers, and haunting tales to the table for your listening pleasure. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Sunday, October 7 – repeats weekly

Reiki Circle

11am-1pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

A walk-in reiki / share circle every Sunday.  Donation. Contact: Melissa McKinstry, 616-283-1654, missymckinstry@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 7

DNA Music Camp Concert

3pm, Black Range Lodge, Kingston

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of classic bluegrass and original acoustic music featuring the Hard Road Trio. The outdoor concert will feature the uber-talented Steve Smith on mandolin, Chris Clark Sanders on guitar, Anne Luna on bass, Ezra Bussmann on fiddle, and the legendary Alan Mundy on banjo, plus their students. Expect original and traditional music, string band serenades, masterful instrumentals, and a variety of danceable tunes.  The outdoor concert is the season finale of the Starlight Concert Series. $5 at the door. Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652, cat@blackrangelodge.com.

Tuesday, October 9

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, park fees are waived for meeting only. Annual fee to join the group is $5. Contact: friendsofeb@gmail.com.

Tuesday through Saturday, October 9-13

28th Annual Chile Challenge 4×4 Trail Riding Event

Caballo Lake State Park

Ride trails, talk shop and hang out with 4-wheel drive enthusiasts from around the state and country! It’s a family-friendly event—nearly every age group has participated in the past, as well as all makes and models of 4×4 vehicles, “from Mild to Wild.” Caballo offers all kinds of trails including some of the most challenging in the state, but rides will be available for all levels. Camping is at the Riverside Campground Pavilion within the park. Arrey Cafe breakfast burritos will be for sale in the mornings, Sparky’s will bring its “food truck” from Hatch most evenings, and there’s a Wednesday night pot luck featuring barbecue and pulled pork from Rasco’s in Las Cruces. Other evening activities: sitting by the fire, Friday night ice cream social and lots of raffles! Pre-registration closed September 30 but walk-ins are welcomed on a first-come first-served basis. Entry is $125 for all four days, $50 for one day, $75 for two days, $100 for three. For vehicle requirements and more information see the ChileChallenge.org website. Contact: Jim Kinnerup, info@chilechallenge.org.

Wednesday, October 10

Brewery Tour

5:30-6:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Are you curious about how the Brewery makes beer? Their Head Brewer will personally lead this tour! Come have a cold craft beer and get all the brewing details you ever wanted to know. It’s free! Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Wednesday, October 10

Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit

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

“We play Rock n’ Roll smooth and dirty, soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace. Learn more here. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Thursday through Sunday, October 11-14

AKC-Sanctioned Dog Show

Albert Lyons Events Center & Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

This four-day event is sponsored by two New Mexico dog clubs, Oñate Trail Dog Fanciers Association and Valencia Valley Kennel Club. Each day is its own individually AKC-sanctioned event. Entries are open to a wide array of breeds in Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-sporting, and Herding classes. Non-champions and champions will be judged by experts traveling from as far away as South Korea. The event includes all–breed shows‚ NOH‚ Obedience and Rally, as well as Trick Dog and Farm Dog Events, in which many non-show dogs will participate. Pick up a schedule at the beginning of each day or purchase a catalogue for in-depth information. Spectators will be able to see dogs competing with handlers, as well as at owners’ RV campsites and grooming stations on the fairgrounds. Food and other items such as jewelry, clothing and dog show-related accessories will be available at vendor booths. Seating is not guaranteed so plan to walk and stand, or bring a chair. Please do not touch show dogs without obtaining permission first. No personal pets will be allowed on the grounds. Contact: Jennie Behles, Valencia Valley Kennel Club of New Mexico, 505-400-7320, jennie@jdbehles.com.

Thursday, October 11

Jen Exten: SCAC Music Mix

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

Jen Exten brings her acoustic neofolk tunes back to the Brewery as part of the Sierra County Arts Council Music Mix. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Friday, October 12

Los Dientes

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

Blues and soul has a new champion! Matt Mejia of Los Dientes (out of Galveston) has a voice like velvet velcro that will tear open the dark places inside of you and make you feel again. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Saturday, October 14

“In the Park” Classic Car Show

11am-3pm, Cedar Cove RV Park, 48 Cedar Cove Road, Elephant Butte

Join Cedar Cove for a fun day of classic cars and trucks, with prizes for the winners, plus lunch, wine tasting and music! Spectator admission and wine tasting is free. Car entry fee is $25 per vehicle; for entry forms see the Cedar Cove website. Lunch is $6 for the plate or $3 for a sandwich a la carte. Local favorite Constance Zimmerman will perform from noon to 3pm. Contact: Eileen McGuire, 575-744-4472, info@cedarcovervpark.com.

Saturday, October 13

Brewery Tour

5-6pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Take a tour of the Brewery and learn some of the tricks of the craft beer brewing trade from the Head Brewer. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Saturday, September 13 – 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: director@torcmainstreet.org.

Saturday, October 13

Chocolate George

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

Chocolate George plays original acoustic roots music with some choice covers, as well as blues, country, and “hillbilly funk.” Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Sunday, October 14 – repeats monthly

Poetry Reading

1-2:15pm, Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main Street, Truth or Consequences

The Black Cat Sunday Poets meet every second Sunday of the month at the museum. Come and read up to three of your original poems in a friendly, non-judgmental gathering. There is no admission or entry fee, but any small donation to help with room rental is appreciated. Snacks are available, too. Hope to see you there! Contact: Carol Borsello, 575-202-8642, carbor1405@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 14

Beer Tasting 101 with Cicerone Jessica Griffin

3-5pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Learn about beer styles and taste a few brews! $15 for singles, $25 for couples. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Tuesday, October 16

Third Tuesday Trivia

7-10pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Trivia comes to TorC Brewing Co! Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Thursday, October 18

Desert Milk – SCAC Music Mix

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

Desert Milk, a cosmic folk-soul duo based in southern New Mexico, combines the sounds and songwriting styles of two songbirds — Elise Brianne and Rob Carey. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Friday, October 19

Truth or Treat

6-9pm, Ralph Edwards Civic Auditorium, 400 W. 4th Street, Truth or Consequences

Fun for the whole family with vendors, games, a costume contest, pet parade, and a craft area. Donations are welcome! Contact: Raven, 575-297-0289, mesillahealing@gmail.com, thewillowbend@gmail.com.

Friday, October 19

Soakin’ in the Blues – CW Ayon

7-10pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

CW Ayon kicks off the 1st Annual Soakin’ in the Blues festival. Free show. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Thursday, October 25

ppoacher ppoacher – SCAC Music Mix

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

The otherworldly music of ppoacher ppoacher, made up of tenor banjo, celtic harp, and human voice, is a blend of beauty transmuted through valleys of deep pain and peaks of ecstatic joy; soft rolling hills of serenity and jagged rock formations of rage; and the bizarre catharsis of the open-hearted exploration of it all. Hear their music at ppoacherppoacher.bandcamp.com. Free show. Contact: 575-297-0289, susan@torc.beer.

Wednesday, October 31

Trick or Treat in Downtown T or C

5-8pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Head downtown on Halloween for a community-wide trick or treat party. Participating businesses will include the Brewery, Bullocks and more. Boo!

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