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December Events in Sierra County

Saturday, December 1 – 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, December 1

Hillsboro’s Christmas in the Foothills

10am-4pm, Hillsboro Community Center, Hillsboro

Each year Christmas in the Foothills offers an array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts; door prizes; the raffle of a Christmas in the Foothills framed / signed poster (2018 artwork by Harley Shaw); and the $49.99 Art Sale, which began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community. Each item entered in the show is sold to the winning ticket holder for $49.99, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that—often many times more! Posters and holiday cards will be available for sale, with proceeds helping nonprofit organizations that serve Hillsboro and the surrounding areas. In addition to events at the Community Center, Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will welcome holiday visitors. Hillsboro is located on Highway 152 approximately 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63. From Silver City take Highway 152 east 57 miles to Hillsboro. Contact: Anne Anders, awama123@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 9

12th Annual Yuletide in Chloride

10am-4pm, Wall Street, Chloride

Visit the former mining boom town of Chloride for a look back to a simpler time and a slower-paced holiday season. Many of the original buildings from the 1800s will be decorated with a nod to Christmases past. The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery will have items on sale at great prices, and a $25 purchase will get you a free gift. While in town check out the Pioneer Store Museum or take a walking tour of Chloride. If you would like to spend more than just the day, make reservations for the Apache Kid RV Park or one of the restored 1800s cabins. Contacts: Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery, 575-743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net; Pioneer Store Museum & Apache Kid reservations: 575-743-2736, dedmund@windstream.net. The Gift Shop & Gallery and the Museum are open daily from 10am to 4pm. Chloride is a point of interest along the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway. It is located just 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Highway 52.

Saturday & Sunday, December 1-2 and December 8-9

Monticello Store

10am-4pm, 2 weekends only, 388 Calle Del Norte, up the hill from Monticello Plaza

Shop in historic Monticello for unique and beautiful gifts made by numerous local artisan crafters: handmade wool clothing, jewelry, scarves, mittens, lavender and herbal products, natural salves and soaps, artwork, holiday decorations, candy, baked goods, organic foods and more. This year the Monticello Holiday Store is proud to include an exclusive line of hand-forged blades (including lots of kitchen knives), jewelry and other items courtesy of Ashe Cravenock, otherwise known as Ashe & Hammer, local blacksmith and recent champion of the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” program (Season 5 Episode 25, “The Sengese.”) The Store is also honored to feature the rare and wonderful Organic Balsamic of Monticello, a traditional barrel-aged balsamic vinegar aged since 1998 in Italian barrels made from seven different woods. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be available courtesy of South 40 Farms, who will also be offering extensive dried herbs, homemade jams, and more. Sponsored by the Monticello Canyon Association; reach out on Facebook for more info. Monticello is located about 40 miles northeast of Truth or Consequences (directions).

Saturday & Sunday, December 1-2

4th Annual Holiday Market

11am-5pm Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday, T or C Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth, Truth or Consequences

More than 30 vendors in one place selling produce, fine arts and crafts, baked goods and more! EBT and DUFBs will be accepted for food and produce. Live music will include Philippe Holmes from 11-2 and Constance Zimmerman from 2-5 on Saturday, and Sheriff Hamilton’s group “On Call” on Sunday. Holiday Market is sponsored by the City of T or C, The Bountiful Alliance, and the Sierra County Sentinel. Admission is free. Contact: Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375, colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.

Saturday, December 1 – repeats weekly

Open Art Studio

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

Kids of any age and their guardians are welcome to come, play, make art. Free. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 1

Milo Matthews

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

Back from a European tour, Milo will bring the funk! Free show. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.


Saturday, December 1 – 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.

Sunday, December 2 – 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, December 2

The Morgan Bros

4pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Las Cruces’s Morgan Bros trio rock and folk style has been compared to Dire Straits and the Plugz. Free show. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

Monday, December 3 – 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 playtime. Free. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Monday, December 3 – 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, December 4 – 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.

Wednesday, December 5 – repeats weekly

Beginner Sewing

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

Drop in to this beginner-level sewing class for children with adults. Bring a project you need help with or start something new. Wildflowers supplies fabric, machines, thread, decorations, and assistance! The options are almost endless: mend a pair of pants, sew some curtains, make a doll or a pillow…your choice. Free, though adults who attend without a child are asked to make a donation. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Wednesday, December 5

Winter Beer Blizzard

3-9:30pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Six beers released throughout one afternoon on the hour — yes, it’s a blizzard of goodness! Here’s what’s coming: 3pm – Good Juju (5.3% ABV, 21 IBU), an American Brown Ale with wildcrafted Jujube molasses; 4pm – Dessert Stout (6% ABV, 28 IBU), an Oatmeal Stout subtly infused with essences of peanut butter and chocolate; 5pm – Smoked Porter (6% ABV, 29 IBU), Palomas Porter aged on toasted oak; 6pm – Bad Santa (7.5% ABV, 26 IBU), Christmas cookies in a glass; 7pm – Truth Serum (goblet only, 12.8% ABV, 64 IBU), a strong potion the color of fine scotch, with aromas of cherry, honey, and vanilla; 8pm – Blonde Stout (5.9% ABV , 20 IBU), a honey-colored ale that will surprise and delight with roasted coffee flavors. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

Wednesday, December 5 – 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. $10 per class, $45 for 5 classes. Contact: Melissa McKinstry, 616-283-1654, missymckinstry@gmail.com.

Wednesday, December 5 – 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, December 6 – 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. Contact: Wildflowers, 575-323-1787, wildflowerstorc@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 6 – 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.

Friday through Sunday, December 7-9

Yoga and Hot Springs Retreat

Mothership Yoga Lounge, 500 Austin, Truth or Consequences

A weekend of yoga with Allisun in the beautiful Mothership Yoga Lounge Studio! When you aren’t immersed in yoga, soak your bones in natural, steamy hot springs or enjoy local December festivities including Old-Fashioned Christmas, the Luminaria Beachwalk, live music at the Brewery, and Art Hop. $549 for singles, share a room for $275. Price includes lodging, yoga, meditation, soaking, and activities. Register online; contact Allisun Hull for details: 505-382-4413, allisun@orangeyogaabq.com.

Friday, December 7 – repeats weekly through December

Community Song Circle

6-8pm, Stone Soup, 417 Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Calling all song lovers who are interested in building community through song, peace, love and harmony…singers of of all ages and abilities! If you’ve been told you can’t sing, this is a safe place to find out they were wrong. Singing together feels really good. It’s also okay to come and listen. A limited number of chairs will be provided. Please bring a water bottle, and a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor. Percussion instruments are also welcome as accompaniment to the voices. Community Song Circle is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Led by Johanna on December 7 and 14, Mirdza on December 21, Amin on December 28. Contact Johanna at 608-335-8259 with questions.

Friday, December 7

Old-Fashioned Christmas

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

The evening begins with the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Evelyn Renfro park, after which all can enjoy festivities at the Geronimo Trail & Spaceport Visitor Center, a lighted parade on Main and Broadway, and carolers, holiday refreshments, and plenty of good cheer on the streets and in the businesses of downtown T or C. Sponsored by MainStreet Truth or Consequences. Contact: director@torcmainstreet.org.

Friday, December 7 – repeats weekly

Yoga Basics

6-7pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing, Truth or Consequences

Review or discover the foundations of yoga practice: posture, breath, and alignment. Learn how to safely adapt a pose for your needs. Suited to all levels: beginners, people returning to yoga after time off, and experienced students who would like to fine-tune their practice. Start time is a half hour later than normal in December! $10 for drop ins or buy five classes for $45. Contact: Patty Kearney, 207-779-6201, p-kearney@earthlink.net.

Friday, December 7

The Hoppy Holidays Trio

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

Join the Brewery during Old-Fashioned Christmas for live holiday music. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

Saturday, December 8

Elephant Butte’s Luminaria Beachwalk

Starts at dusk, enter through the main gate at Elephant Butte Lake State Park

The Luminaria Walk, sponsored by Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park, features thousands of luminarias lining paths on the beach leading to numerous community-sponsored campsites with posole, chile, cocoa, cookies, s’mores, and more! Hop on a hayride, join the carolers, visit Santa or stop by the Rio Mesa Realty campsite to make a donation to Make-A-Wish. Cost: State Park pass or day use fees ($5 per car). Contact: Jasen Kershaw, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 575-744-5923.

Saturday, December 8

23rd Floating Lights Parade

6:30pm, embarking from Marina del Sur at Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Boats and captains are needed for the Floating Lights Parade, a festive display on the waters of Elephant Butte Lake, adjacent to the Luminara Beachwalk. Register online to participate, stop by any of the marinas, or call 575-744-5567 for more info. State Park pass or day use fees ($5 per car) are required to enter the park. Contact: Will Dooley, 575-740-1777.

Sunday, December 9 – 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.

Tuesday, December 11

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.

Sunday, December 16

Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers

4-7pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., 410 N. Broadway, T or C

Recent reviews for Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers: “Sounds Like: The heartland rock and alt-country soundtrack to looking for UFOs in Roswell, New Mexico” —Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: May 2018. “It’s the real, true-to-life version of forgotten America that songwriter Nathan Kalish and The Lastcallers sing about in their new album Continental Breakfast of Champions; not some fairy tale to help prop up a false sense of escapism for bored suburbanites.” —SavingCountryMusic.com. Free show. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

Saturday, December 22

Moondogs

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

Moondogs, a five-piece jam band from Albuquerque, offers a blend of lively originals and multi-genre interpretive covers of artists from Al Green and Tom Petty to Alabama Shakes and Joss Stone. The band brings an unashamedly retro orientation and sound, punctuated by lead singer Susan Bisong’s soaring vocals and backed by a solid rhythm section: Stuart Butzier on acoustic guitar, funky back beats by Jon Myers on bass, Gabe Kachirisky on drums, and smooth guitar leads by GK Jackson. Free show. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

Thursday, December 27

Christy Hays

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

“Like Lucinda Williams in a Carhartt jacket, Christy Hays works rugged metaphors into emotionally charged country folk.” —Austin Chronicle. Christy Hays’ music has folk and country tinges, thoughtfully penned stories and a full band sound that is both driving alt country and moody folk. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

Friday, December 28

Dos Gatos

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

With more than 13 years of stage experience, Dos Gatos have an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. Their sound is crafted through the cultural influences of Zydeco, Tex-Mex, Blues, and Gypsy/Jazz (think Django Reinhardt), swing, a dash of outlaw country, and the sometimes mystical, spiritual realm of Santana-style Latino soul playing. Free. Contact: 575-297-0289, events@torc.beer.

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