Eliminate Boredom With These 12 Tips
by Scott H. Young

Figure out what you really want to do
Nuke procrastination
Get your compass straight

Read the article and details here.





iPhoneography PRO :  Techniques for Taking Your iPhone Photography to the Next Level by Robert Morrissey

The iPhone is revolutionizing photography. Never before has a camera been so portable yet powerful, so versatile and ubiquitous. Yet, as this book shows, this amazing device has untapped potential for taking jaw-droppingly detailed, sharp, professional-quality images. In this book, commercial photographer Robert Morrissey investigates the photographic capabilities of the iPhone, right out of the box, then moves to advanced uses that will surprise even seasoned photographers. Starting with the basics, Morrissey teaches readers critical strategies for taking great pictures from how to properly hold your phone, to how and why to use the flash. You’ll learn simple ideas for improving your photos from crafting a strong composition to posing subjects for flattering results. Next, you’ll learn to use the iPhone s panoramic and HDR features to take your imaging to the next level. You’ll also get some great insights into how to photograph action, scenes with non-average tones, landscapes, and much more with natural light and flash.”






All American Pet Photo Day is observed annually on July 11th.  Charge your camera and be prepared to take adorable pictures of your pets!  Whether they are four-legged furry kind or come from more serpentine of the animal species, click away.  Fishes and birds, pigs and equine, canine and feline should all get in line for their favorite pose.  If they are friends, take a few snapshots of them together!  On All American Pet Photo Day, every pet gets included.


Dress them up, take them to the park, set them in a chair, put them on a fancy pillow or whatever your imagination creates for a special photograph of your loved ones.  Post on social media using #AllAmericanPetPhotoDay.


Branigan Teens
Summer Reading Program 2018

Grades 5-12
June 4th – July 28th

Each participant will receive a BINGO card.
A prize will be awarded for each BINGO (up to 5 prizes, while supplies last)

Prize levels are:
1.  Swag Bag
2. Libraries Rock Lanyard
3. Clip-On Water Bottle
4. Fidget Cube
5. Coloring Journal and Pencils

A “blackout” BINGO card (all squares complete) will receive the Grand Prize:  Portable Bluetooth Speaker.


The Music in the Park Series will start at 7 p.m. every Sunday. Except for July 8th, performances from June 3rd through August 26th will be at Young Park, 860 S. Walnut St.

Thursday Night Music on the Plaza will begin at 7 p.m. June 7th, June 21st, July 12th, and July 26th at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St.

The series will include an eclectic mix of performances from local, regional, and nationally recognized artists. Featured performers this summer include music legend Maria Mulduar, who performed the hit single “Midnight at the Oasis,” Grammy nominated Zydeco artist C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and former Las Cruces police officer turned country music artist, Frank Ray.

Sunday Night Music in the Park
June 3rd: The Abe Mac Band, El Paso, country music; and Las Cruces Gents, La Mesa, variety music.
June 10th: The Fundraisers, Las Cruces, Late ’90’s, early 2000’s Rock & Roll; and Rust, Las Cruces, rock and reggae music.
June 17th: Mariachi Buena Ventura, Santa Fe, Mariachi music; and the Derrick Harris Band, Las Cruces, Motown, funk, blues and rock music.
June 24th: Smokin’ Mirrors, Las Cruces, Variety music; and Geni & the Starliners, Las Cruces, oldies and variety music.
July 8th (at Plaza de Las Cruces): The New Mexico National Guard 44th Army Band, variety music.
July 15th: Frank Ray, Las Cruces, country and western music; Severo y Grupo Fuego, Albuquerque, New Mexico music, Tejano, oldies and Top 40 music.
July 22nd: Maria Mulduar, Greenwich Village, N.Y., original roots and pop music; and Janet Blair, Las Cruces, original uplifting music.
July 29th: Latin Funktion Project, Las Cruces, Latin jazz, funk and rock music; and Ray Anthony & Powerslyde, Corrales, N.M., jazz, funk and rock music.
August 5th: Remember Then…A Class Act, Las Cruces, oldies music; and Soul Shine, Las Cruces, rock, folk, soul, and country music.
August 12th: Tequila Nights, Las Cruces, variety music; and the Johnny Hernandez Band, Las Cruces, variety music.
August 19th: Reviva, Albuquerque, original ska, reggae and world music; and the Bubba Kush Band, Las Cruces, classic rock music.
August 26th: C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Port Arthur, Texas, Zydeco music; and Joseph General Band, Albuquerque, reggae music.

Thursday Night Music on the Plaza
June 7th: Benjy Rivas, Las Cruces, Americana and folk music; Allison Reynolds, Las Cruces, pop and folk music; Bob Einweck, Tucson, Arizona, Americana music; and Steve Smith & Hard Road, Las Cruces, bluegrass music.
June 21st: Ryan Montaño , Albuquerque, cool jazz music.
July 12th: Flat Blak, Las Cruces, rock and roll music; and Wildhorse, Las Cruces, country and western music.
July 26th: Mexico Vive! Show, featuring Mariachis Antonio Reyna, folklorico dancers and more.

For information on the Music in the Park Series, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 575/541-2550.


Junior-Ranger-sticker_final-pdfJunior Ranger Day

When: June 9,2018
Where: La Cueva Picnic Area at Dripping Springs
Time: 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Calling all kids ages 5-12 ( and their families)! During this fun-filled day, you’ll be on a mission to complete a series of task to earn your esteemed junior ranger pin. Expert scientists will lead kids in activities including birdwatching, hiking, plant-pressing, animal identification, and much more! Learn from biologists, archaeologists, and park rangers (oh my!) At the end of the day, there will be campfire and song circle complete with s’mores. Start the summer off right by becoming an official Junior Ranger! There are restrooms and water available on site. Regular Vehicle Permit Weill be required at $5 per vehicle or Federal Lands Pass.

For more information at Organ Mountain Desert Peaks.