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New Mexico State University hosts a wide array of holiday events

Date: 12/01/2012

The holiday season is in full swing at New Mexico State University, with various events planned around Las Cruces and around the state featuring entertainment, crafts and opportunities to give back.

Luminarias illuminate the New Mexico State University Las Cruces campus.
The NMSU Las Cruces campus boasts one of the largest holiday luminaria displays in New Mexico, called Noche de Luminarias. This year's event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Noche de Luminarias

More than 5,000 luminarias will illuminate NMSU's Las Cruces campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, during the 28th annual Noche de Luminarias.

One of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico, the candle-lit paper bags will begin at Pinon Hall, wrapping around the duck pond, following along the International Mall, surrounding Corbett Center Student Union. The Las Cruces High School band will set up the display.

Visitors can enjoy trolley rides provided by Frontier Adventures around the luminaria route, and free refreshments including hot apple cider, coffee and cookies will be available inside Corbett Center. The NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore will also be open during the event.

"Noche de Luminarias" or "Night of Lights" is a university tradition that began in 1984 as the President's Holiday Reception. It is a way for the university to kick off the holiday season.

NMSU's McKinley County Extension to host holiday craft night

Making holiday memories is the theme for the 2012 Holiday Craft Showcase hosted by New Mexico State University's McKinley County Extension Service from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Jim Harlin Community Pantry, 1130 Hassler Valley Road, Gallup.

"Homemade gifts are often the treasures we hold near and dear to our hearts. Some are even passed from generation to generation," said Elena Bowers, McKinley County Extension home economist.

"Last year we had a great turnout at our first 'Make and Take' workshop in Gallup. This season we will share six new simple crafts that you can make with your family and friends. It's a great way to make the holidays special."

Luminous Night of the Soul

Luminous Night of the Soul is highlighted by three unique choral works representing three very different moods of the December holiday season. It is performed by the combined choirs of NMSU with approximately 120 singers and talented instrumentalists participating. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Atkinson Recital Hall on the Las Cruces campus. The events are free.

School of Social Work Holiday Angel Tree to benefit children

The Southwest Institute for Family & Child Advocacy, through the NMSU School of Social Work, has partnered with the Children, Youth and Families Department to make the holidays brighter for local children who are in foster care. The Holiday Angel Tree is located in Suite 210 of the Health and Social Services building. Individuals interested in purchasing a gift for a child or adolescent may choose an angel tag from the tree and return it attached to an age-appropriate wrapped gift. Gifts should be returned to HSS Suite 210 by Monday, Dec. 10. Gifts will be distributed to the children and youth the week before Christmas.

For more information contact Gloria at 575-646-6320 or glnunez@nmsu.edu, or visit http://socialwork.nmsu.edu/.

NMSU Gospel Choir to hold Christmas concert at 100-year-old Phillips Chapel

The New Mexico State University Gospel Choir will perform on Friday, Dec. 14, from 7-9 p.m. at Phillips Chapel at 638 N. Tornillo Street.

The concert is part of an effort to help complete the restoration of the chapel built in 1911. It is the oldest African American church in Las Cruces and is listed on the State and National Registers of historic places. The concert is free and open to the public however, donations to help the chapel will be accepted.

LED Holiday Card Workshop to be held Dec. 15

A LED Holiday Card Workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15. Using a special type of conductive paint and LED (light-emitting diode) lights, create holiday cards that illuminate with touch. Southern New Mexico SEMAA (NMSU-STEM Outreach Center) and the Branigan Cultural Center are co-hosting this workshop for kids interested in science, creativity and card making. The workshop is for ages 9-12 and is free. All materials are provided. Pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Cassandra Lockwood at clockwood@las-cruces.org.

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