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Grownup Game Night – Caught Red Handed, 9/21, 6 PM

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “Grownup Game Night – Caught Red Handed,” Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6pm-7:30pm. The program is free and open to adults ages 18 and over.

“Grownup Game Night” allows adult museum visitors after-hours access to the Museum of Nature & Science galleries with activities just for adults. In “Caught Red Handed,” participants will collect and evaluate evidence from a mock “crime scene” at the Museum of Nature & Science by finding fingerprints, analyzing “blood” splatter, and detecting trace evidence.

The museum 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.

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Teen Science Café: Forensic Science

The Museum of Nature & Science hosts “Teen Science Café: Forensic Science” on Thursday, September 20, at 5:30pm. Led by Las Cruces Police Department’s identification technician Geronimo Barreras, participants will experiment with finger print collection and blood and body fluid detection. This event is free and open to students in 6th-12th grade.

“Teen Science Café” is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting. Plus, there’s free food!

The program is run by teens for teens at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science. It was inspired by the adult Science Café programs that have become popular throughout the world. All teens are welcome at any Café, and we are always looking for energetic high school students to be Teen Leaders to help guide and organize the Café meetings.

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.

“The A.B.C. Murders, ” Rail Readers Book Club, 9/19, 11 AM

The Rail Readers Book Club discusses a different train-related book each month, and on Wednesday, September 19 at 11am, will discuss Agatha Christie’s The A.B.C. Murders.

Each victim is found with an A.B.C. railway guide nearby, and the murders are announced in advance. Can Hercule Poirot employ his little gray cells to solve the mystery before the alphabet runs out? This classic whodunnit novel will keep you guessing until the last chapter.

Dame Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time.  Her books have sold more than two billion copies. She began writing during World War I and continued until her death in 1976.

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) 647-4480.

Train Photography Class

Do you love taking pictures of trains but always seem to miss the best shots? Dona Ana Photography Club member Robert Peinert will be teaching techniques to capture stunning images of trains, both stationary and moving, at the “Train Photography Class” held at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 9am – 12pm. This workshop is intended for ages 14 and above. Space is limited.

Please bring your own camera. While no trains are guaranteed to travel through the area during class, there are always train cars parked behind the depot, and an 1890 caboose is on permanent exhibit.

The class will begin with a short safety briefing and the remainder of the time will be outdoors; please plan accordingly with hat, sunscreen, and bottled water. The area surrounding the depot is uneven, so please wear appropriate footwear.

Participants must register and pay the $5 registration fee in person at the Museum of Nature & Science located at 411 N. Main Street. Registration is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Registration closes at 4pm, Wednesday, September 12.

The Railroad 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.

Studio Art Classes – Fall Sessions

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to announce that registration for Fall Studio Programs Art Classes is open. Classes run from October 31 – December 22, 2018. Classes are filling up fast, so register early!

The Studio Programs Art Classes exist to give our community access to creative learning opportunities. Children, teens, and adults are given the opportunity to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.

Discover your inner artist through various class options including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, paint pouring, and more! Classes are offered to all levels of artists.

Students must register in person at the Museum of Nature & Science located at 411 N. Main Street. Registration is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Registration for all classes closes at 4pm, Wednesday, October 24.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street and open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: www.museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 541-2137.

STEAMpunk – Carlos Juan Finlay, Epidemiologist

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “STEAMpunk – Carlos Juan Finlay,” Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:45am. The program is free and open to the public.

Carlos Juan Finlay was a Cuban epidemiologist who is best known for discovering that yellow fever was transmitted by Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that is now a known vector of Zika, dengue fever, and yellow fever.

Participants will meet Dr. Martha Reiskind from the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, who will join the event via Skype. Dr. Reiskind will discuss new insights into the Aedes aegypti mosquito from her research and show participants how they can contribute to ongoing research and tracking of mosquito populations in their own backyards.

“STEAMpunk” is offered monthly, highlighting the work of a historic scientist through hands on exploration.

The museum 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.

Museum of Art Reading Art Book Club

The Reading Art Book Club meets next on Wednesday, September 12, at 2:30pm in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. This month’s book selection is Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) had a passion for place that found aesthetic expression in the beautifully realized natural settings of her celebrated children’s books (such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit) and practical expression in her less-well-known role as a successful landowner, farm manager, and sheep breeder. Accordingly, Lear, who is a professor of environmental history, gives special attention to the places that provided the settings for Potter’s books and for her real-life evolution as a shrewd businesswoman and ardent preservationist of the rural landscape of her beloved Lake District (located in North West England, now a National Park).

The Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Join us even if you haven’t read the book! For more information or for details on book selections, contact Bryan Lee, Museum Curator of Education, at 575-541-2217 or blee (at) las-cruces.org.

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit our website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-541-2137.