Mural Program


If you are in grades 7 through 12 and you are an artist or you would like to be one, the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department has a program for you.

Parks and  Rec’s Mural Arts program is for students of all levels of artistic ability ” who have a desire to transform their community.

Registration for the program is open throughout the year.  Sign up 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday at the Frank O’Brien Papen Center at 304 W. Bell Avenue.

Program participants meet from 10 am. to 2 pm every other Saturday, with current limit of 15 participants.  There is no cost to participate.

For more information, email Zepeda at


Scholarship Competition


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is giving middle school and high schools students the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in awards and scholarships and a trip to Washington., D.D., in the organization’s annual original essay competitions.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay is a national competition for Public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school students based on an original three-to-five minute audio essay on this year’s theme:  “AMERICAN HISTORY:  OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.”  Winning essays will be selected at the local and national level based on originality, content and delivery.

The Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition awards prizes to public, private, parochial and home-schooled middle school students based on their original 300-400- world essay about this year’s theme:  “America’s Gift to my Generation.”  Winning essays will be selected at the local and national level based on knowledge of theme, theme development and clarity of ideas.

Las Cruces entries must be submitted to the local VFW Post 6917 by October 31.  For more information, visit:, call 575-382-9703or email to

National Night Out 2017


The City of Las Cruces will once again participate in National Night Out.  The community event takes place tomorrow evening, from 6-9 pm in downtown Las Cruces.

Las Cruces is hosting more than 50 community services or agencies, usually police and fire agencies, as the event began as a community police awareness-raising event. Programs have included drug prevention and neighborhood watch, but has grown to include fire prevention, safety and health awareness.

Please join your neighbors and friends at Las Cruces downtown on Tuesday, August 1st. All participants offer free services or activities to the public.

Branigan Library

will be closed

Monday, August 7


Saturday, August 12

for library inventory, staff training, and library cleaning.  We will re-open on Monday, August 14.



These days, people love to watch other people dance. Competitive dance shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars are dominating the world of reality television.

Studies show that dancing can help you:

Boost Memory
Improve Flexibility
Lose Weight
Balance Better
Increase Energy
Help Your Heart
Diminish Depression
Make Friends
Reduce Stress

What are you waiting for? Start reaping the many health benefits of dance today.


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The Last Message Received edited by Emily Trunko

“Named one of the Top 10 Most Viral Blogs by Mashable, the Tumblr The Last Message Received–created by 16-year-old Emily Trunko–is now available as a gift book! What if a message someone sends you today is the last you’ll ever receive from them? Would you respond differently, or even at all, if you knew that the end of a friendship, a brutal breakup, or worse might be coming, and that this might be your only chance? The collection The Last Message Receivedincludes over a hundred final text messages, social media posts, emails, and more. Adapted from the popular Tumblr The Last Message Received–followed by more than 85,000 people and selected as a finalist for the Shorty Award–the Last Message Received book features sudden endings and the type of loss that will inspire readers to reflect on what’s essential in their own lives and the importance of celebrating the people they love every day. Includes exclusive content not available on Tumblr! Praise for the Tumblr The Last Message Received “The Last Message Received Tumblr will break your heart.”–Refinery 29 “Get some tissues. Scratch that. Get all the tissues.” –Cosmopolitan “It’s moving to see that other people have been through similar situations, and let’s face it, we’ve all received messages that we can’t stop thinking about.” –Teen Vogue”– Provided by publisher.