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.

kids kollege

Kids Kollege

Courses for kids may be found among Kids Community College in the Community Education offerings. Kids Community College is held during the summer.

Click here to view categories and to view full class descriptions. You can also register kids for Kids Kollege classes. If you have any problems or questions call us at 575-527-7527.


Branigan Teens! 2017 Summer Reading Program

June 1st – July 31st

Each participant Grades 5-12, will receive a BINGO card.

A prize will be awarded for each BINGO (up to 5 prizes, while supplies last)

There are activity calendars for June and July.  Pick them up when you come in to sign up for the challenge.

Prize levels are:

1. Build Your Bag!(A tote bag and your choice of 2 prizes: Earbuds, pen, highlighters, glow Frisbee, color changing cup, or mobile device stand & cleaner)

2. Bank on it! – Choose a colored Lego coin bank to add to your bag

3. Branigan Library Water Bottle

4. Choose your own! (add 2 more prizes to your tote from the choices above)

5. Branigan Notebook and Pen set

A “blackout” BINGO card (all squares complete) will receive the Grand Prize: a 2GB Branigan Teens flash drive bracelet! Essential for school

One-Mile Challenge Series


Free to youths 8th grade and under, sponsored by Las Cruces Running Club.  Youths collect tickets fro any and all of five races for chances to win prizes, shirts and other participation awards will be given for each race.  Races will be held June 10 at La Llorona Park, June 24 at the dam behind Albertson’s on East Lohman, July 3 at Meerscheidt Center July 15 on Triviz Trail at Kohl’s on North Main, and August 5 at Sagecrest Park on Roadrunner Parkway.  The August 5 race will culminate in a free breakfast and awards ceremony for all participants, parents and volunteers.  All races start at 9 a.m., except for the July 3 run, which starts at 7:45 pm before the Electric Light Parade.  Registration is 7:30-8:30 a. for each race, except the July 3 run, which is 6:15-7:15 pm.  Parents can run with their children at no cost.  Information: