Sierra County Events—April 2017

Repeating Events

Saturday, April 1

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, April 1

Denim & Diamonds Masquerade Party

5-11pm, Elephant Butte RV Event Center, Elephant Butte

This event raises funds for Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences. Tickets are $100 per person. Contact: Sharon Finarelli, 575-740-1204,

Saturday, April 1

Art Jam Featuring Burlesque!

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

This live art & music event is held monthly at Point Blanc—the beer & wine bar / restaurant located inside Bedroxx. Music and live painting by Chantal Elena starts at 7pm. Performers for April 1 include FunkBac and Ellen Griffin with Jesse Gomez. Burlesque entertainers—Possum, Lana Montreese, Vivian MirAnn, Jiji De Luge, and Jojo Torrent—take the stage at 9. No cover charge. 21 and over. Follow the Facebook event for more info and updates. Contact: 575-740-0925,

Sunday, April 2

Museum Talk: Lynda Sanchez on Apache Culture

2-4pm, Albert Lyon Events Center, Truth or Consequences

The Geronimo Springs Museum presents Lynda Sanchez, author of “Apache Legends and Lore of Southern New Mexico.” Ms. Sanchez will talk about her book and sign copies; the talk will also cover the Apache Cradleboard Ceremony as well as other phases of Apache culture. A question and answer period will close the presentation. Barbara Morrow will play the Native American flute. A dessert buffet with a sugar-free option will be available. Tickets ($10) are available at the Museum (211 Main Street, T or C), or from Sierra County Historical Society board members. Contact: Marilyn Pope, 575-894-6600,

Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3

Violin Concert: Beyond the Trail of Tears

3-5pm on April 2, Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenore Street, Hillsboro
7-9pm on April 3, Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, 110 Broadway, Truth or Consequences

A maestro of the violin, Jack Glatzer returns to Sierra County with a new multi-media program. The music in “Beyond the Trail of Tears” includes works by Eugene Ysaye, Bach, Geminiani and Paganini, “illuminated” with artwork by Remington, Russel, Bierstadt, and Gorman. Dedicated to Native Americans, the program opens with moving quotations from Indian chiefs on the relationship of humans with nature, and paintings of the West by Bierstadt showing the pristine wilderness of North America. This is the land that was respected and preserved for so many centuries by native peoples, who were forcibly dispossessed by European immigrants. The next section focuses on the Trail of Tears with references to the long, forced walks which took place. The program ends on a positive note, however, with messages on the preservation of nature, and humane messages of peace, love and respect. The survival of many Indian cultures and the achievements of many individuals in painting, sculpture, ballet and sports are highlighted, with particular emphasis on Edmonia Lewis, a great and relatively unknown sculptor of Native American and Afro-American heritage. Glatzer will also perform a new work, “Variations on the Hymn Amazing Grace,” written by Las Vegas NM composer Ron Malthais. Amazing Grace became the national hymn of the Cherokee people when they converted to Christianity, and then it became the song they used on the Trail of Tears when they could not even stop to bury those who dropped by the roadside. Malthais’ splendid composition evokes this moving story of loss, faith and hope. Currently living in Portugal, Glatzer was born in Dallas, TX, educated at Yale and Oxford, and has been performing internationally since 1968, including at the Sydney Opera House, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, St. Martin’s in the Fields, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, and music festivals such as Prades, Wimbledon, Cambridge, Menton and Estoril. Contact: Catherine Wanek, Sierra County Art Council, 575-895-5652,

Tuesday & Wednesday April 4-5 (repeats Fri & Sat April 14-15)

Sierra County Swim Team Registration

TorC City Pool, 775 Daniels (at Charles), Truth or Consequences

The benefits of joining a swim team at an early age can last a lifetime. Sierra County Swim Team registration is open to anyone age 18 years or younger. Swimmers who are new to the Tigersharks team are required to try out. April 4, 5 & 14 tryouts are from 4-6pm. April 15 tryouts are from 11am-1pm. Registration for the season is $45. Contact: Coach Destiny Mitchell, 575-740-7542,

Tuesday, April 4

Basic Essential Oil Education with Susan & Noel

5:30-7pm, Studio de la Luz, Truth or Consequences

Susan and Noel will share how to use basic essential oils from DoTERRA. Free. Contact: Susan Hafer,

Friday and Saturday, April 7-8

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

Friday at 5pm & 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm & 4:30pm, Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 South Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Come and see big cats, unicyclists, dogs, trapeze and high wire acts, contortionists, and more under the Big Top! Advance tickets ($10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors) are available at Sea Properties, R&C Sumthins, and Geronimo Springs Museum in T or C. On the day of the show, tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors (age 65 or older). Event sponsor, the Truth or Consequences Lions Club, receives some of the proceeds from ticket sales. Contact: Lions Club, 575-740-4534, or Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, 866-BIG-TOP6.

Saturday & Sunday, April 8-9

Spaceport America Relay Race

All day both days, starting in El Paso and ending at Spaceport America

Teams of 12 will cover approximately 200 point-to-point miles over 2 days on an “open road” course along the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail. Complete information is on the website. Contact: Tammara Anderton,

Saturday, April 8

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Participating downtown businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. Susan and Noel will be at Studio de la Luz (corner of Pershing and Broadway) all evening offering samples of essential oils from DoTERRA. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for other late-breaking information. Contact:

Tuesday, April 18

Essential Oils for Pets with Susan and Noel

7-8:30pm, Studio de la Luz, Truth or Consequences

Susan and Noel share DoTERRA oils for kindness to your pets. Pets should be well-behaved and leashed. The group will be able to spill outdoors into the Pelican Spa courtyard as needed. Contact: Susan Hafer,

Friday through Sunday, April 21-23

Deep Water Dreaming

6:30pm Friday – 3pm Sunday, La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa, 311 Marr Street, Truth or Consequences

Dip into the crystal waters of naturally flowing artesian hot springs and the flowing world of dreams; relax in sheltered comfort, stroll to the river, witness the rising mist as ancient springs join the waters of the Rio Grande. Most of all, take time to reconnect with the personal and collective world wisdom revealed in your dream life. Register by April 12. Cost: $200. Room fee is separate, please contact La Paloma to arrange lodging. Workshop leader Rose Gordon has designed and facilitated retreats on dream work, creating sanctuary, and compassionate care of the dying in New Mexico, Colorado, New York, Boston and Dubai. Contact: Rose Gordon, Circle of Compassionate Care, 505-310-2765,

Saturday, April 22

Earth Day Swap-o-rama

11am-4pm, Healing Waters Plaza, Daniels between McAdoo & Mims, Truth or Consequences

Exchange items you no longer need for items you can use in the following categories: clothing (men’s, women’s, maternity, boys, girls, infants), books, videos and video games, toys, house or garden plants and seeds. The Recycling Committee will have tables set up by category. Drop off what you don’t want, take home what you do! Please be sure all items are in clean, usable condition. Plants and seeds should be identified / clearly labeled. At the end of the day leftover items will be donated to the CHF (Hospital) Thrift Store. Contact: The Bountiful Alliance Recycling Committee.

Saturday, April 29

Catfish Tournament

7am, Elephant Butte Lake

Brought to you by Butte General Store & Marine , Muddy River Catfishing and New Mexico Game & Fish, this tournament is for teams of 1-2 people catching any species of catfish at Elephant Butte Lake, limit 15. Check in to the tournament by 7am and weigh-in at 3pm. Once the tournament starts, anglers can launch from anywhere. Fish with rod & reel only, lines in the water cannot exceed 2 per boat at once. Livewell systems in the boat are strongly recommended; catfish must be alive to be weighed and fish should either be released back after weigh-in, or processed by the angler. More info, including a complete list of rules, is on Bob’s blog. Register by 5pm April 28 at Butte General Store & Marine, 900 S. Highway 195, Elephant Butte. $50 (cash only) per team. Get in on the optional “Big Cat Pot” for an additional $20. Contact: Bob Owen,

Sunday, April 30

“Art Talks” Lecture: Jeff Barbour

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

Truth or Consequences artist Jeff Barbour will talk about his work. $5 for Sierra County Arts Council members, $7 for non-members. Contact: Rebecca Speakes, 575-894-0615,

Sunday, April 30

An Iliad (Homer’s epic with music)

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

The Hillsboro Community Center presents a special performance of the Obie-award winning play AN ILIAD, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, performed by actor Algernon D’Ammassa and musician Randy Granger of Theatre Dojo. The duo previously presented their original musical drama, Killing Buddha, at the Community Center last fall. An Iliad, based on Robert Fagles’s translation of Homer’s epic poem, is a modern retelling of the Trojan War including gods, warriors, their families, and the endless battles of human history with a gripping, contemporary voice. D’Ammassa and Granger play mysterious, homeless storytellers who create the ancient world for the audience using a few simple props, and improvised musical accompaniment on a variety of instruments. Their production debuted at the Black Box Theatre in 2014 and has since toured to cities in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina. $5 at the door. Contact: Theatre Dojo, 575-895-3300, 575-545-7613,

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