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Sin Fronteras at the Branigan Cultural Center, Feb. 23

The Branigan Cultural Center is hosting Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders as they present a poetry reading on Saturday February 23, 2019, from 10am to 12pm in conjunction with ArtForms and the For The Love Of Art celebration.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For addition information call (575) 541-2154.

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“Teen Science Café – Hazmat,” Feb. 21, 5:30 PM at the Museum of Nature & Science

The Museum of Nature & Science invites all middle and high school students to “Teen Science Café: Hazmat” with the City of Las Cruces Fire Department, Thursday, February 21, 2018 from 5:30pm-7pm. Dinner will be provided, and the event is free.

Fire-fighting is more than just hero stuff. Teens will meet with Las Cruces Fire Department Hazmat Technicians for a hands-on demonstration of how the Hazmat team samples and identifies hazardous chemicals. Participants will explore the chemistry behind firefighting and work with the pros.  

Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore the advances in science and technology and meet with STEM professionals to learn about career options for their future. Teens participate in discussion and hands on activities for deeper exploration of topics they choose.

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

Waiting for Rain, an exhibit by Brenda Perry-Herrera opens at the Branigan Cultural Center Feb. 22

Join us Friday, February 22, 2019, through Saturday, March 23, 2019, for Waiting for Rain, an exhibit of installations by artist Brenda Perry-Herrera. Waiting for Rain is a series of work that investigates themes of ecological and sociopolitical significance, specifically centered around the Rio Grande River between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

Perry-Herrera explains, “In this series of work, I examine the phenomenon of weather in the southwest as a reflection of our own intimate consciousness with our technology and our environment.” Through her work, Perry-Herrera pushes boundaries of aesthetics and transdisciplinary processes between art and science.

The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2154.

Tombaugh Day at the Museum of Nature & Science, Saturday, Feb. 23

The Museum of Nature & Science will host “Tombaugh Day” on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10am-12pm. This is a free, family event that is open to the public.

Every year the museum honors the work of local astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. This year’s event will include a special presentation from Tombaugh’s son, Alden Tombaugh, at 10am. Alden Tombaugh will discuss the lifetime works of his father, including his discovery of Pluto and contributions to the development of research centers in southern New Mexico. At 11am, Solar System Ambassador and NASA IT Specialist Richard Pacheco will talk about how astronomers create color images to interpret data from astronomic investigations.

Apache Point Observatory will join the event this year with the NMSU Astronomy Department and Museum of Nature & Science, providing hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages. Solar observation telescopes will be set up at the main entrance to the museum at 411 N. Main Street for safe viewing of the sun. Astronomers of all ages and abilities are invited to attend.

Admission to the Museum of Nature & Science is free. The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

“Exploring the Birth of Rocky Planets: The InSight Mission to Mars,” Feb. 20 at the Museum of Nature & Science

The Museum of Nature & Science presents the “Active Galaxy Lecture Series – Exploring the Birth of Rocky Planets: The InSight Mission to Mars” with guest speaker Richard Pacheco on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 5:30pm.

Launched May 5, 2018, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission uses a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars. We will discuss the mission science, overview of the mission, and any new updates since its successful landing on Mars on November 26, 2018!

Richard Pacheco is a Solar System Ambassador for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He graduated from Oñate High School and joined the US Army where he proudly served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then worked for the Department of Defense as a contractor for several years while he attended various technical schools. He now works for NASA as an IT Security Administrator.

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

Rail Readers Book Club meets Feb. 20

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a book club at 11am on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. On February 20, 2019, we will discuss Part I of the book Appetite for America. This definitive biography of Fred Harvey was written by Stephen Fried, who obtained exclusive access to many Harvey family documents.  

Fred Harvey was much more than a man – he built an empire that had lasting impact on many aspects of life in America today. He was known as the father of commercial cultural tourism. He also opened the way for women to have careers in the hospitality industry.

Part II of the book will be discussed at the March 20, 2019, meeting of the book club.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 528-3444.

“Digital Manipulation in Art,” Feb. 16, with Abby Osborne at BCC

Join us on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 1pm to 2pm at the Branigan Cultural Center for a lecture on technology and art by artist Abby Osborne.

Reflecting on the Branigan Cultural Center’s exhibit Lightning Field (artwork by Ken Morgan), Abby Osborne, artist and professor of Digital Graphics Technology at Doña Ana Community College, will give a presentation on technology in art. She will discuss how technology shapes and affects our views on art, challenging us to think about the power of digital manipulation of images through history, aesthetics, and critical thinking.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For addition information call (575) 541-2154.