In the Area


Audubon Field Trip, 7 a.m. Saturday, WNMU Fine Arts parking lot. A trip to the New Mexico Bootheel. Plan to return to Silver City around 6:30 p.m. Bring plenty of water, lunch and dress appropriately. We will carpool using our new 2-way radios to alert everyone when sightings occur during the drive.

Children's Craft Class: Weaving a Mug Rug, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway. For children aged eight and older. Limited to 12 students. Cost: $5. Pre-registration encouraged. For more information, call 575-538-5921 or visit:

Children's Valentine Craft Day, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Bayard Public Library, 1112 Central Avenue, Bayard. Children will be making two valentine crafts to take home or hang on the library's Valentine tree. For more information, call 575-537-6244. Check out the library's new website at

Passive-Solar Hot-Air Panel Workshop, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 704 W Market St. How to design, build, and install a low-tech, passive solar hot-air panel to provide free home heat. Taught by Asher Gelbart of Green Energy Now. Sliding-scale: $5-20. Class limited. For more information and to register, call 575-538-9540.

City of Rocks astronomy observation, sundown to 9 p.m. Saturday, City of Rocks, 33 miles south of Silver City.


The park will begin, on Saturday, hosting regular astronomy observations through its 14-inch telescope (donated to the Park by Gene Simons) with astronomer Matt Wilson. The observatory building is just behind the Orion Group parking area across from the Park restrooms accessible on the right-hand road into the park. $5 day pass per car. Matt will discuss seasonal constellations and their lore, the Solar System with visible planets and their moons, and will offer observations on deep sky objects as visibility permits. For more information, e-mail

The third annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard St. Selection of short environmental films: "Chasing Water," an award-winning film about dewatering the once-mighty Colorado River, :A River Runs Through Us," connecting the Gila Conservation Coalition's work on the Gila with global river activism, and "The Mono Lake Story," a hopeful tale about how concerned citizens saved California's Mono Lake. Cost: $8 person, $5 for Gila Conservation Coalition members, $15 for admissions plus Gila Conservation Coalition membership. Tickets at the door or in advance at the Gila Conservation Coalition. Free raffle at the festival. For more information, visit:

Old Time Country music by Gene Booth, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Diane's Parlor, 501 N. Bullard St. Free.


Blues music by Pat Panther from Bisbee, Ariz., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St., Pinos Altos, Free


The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday at 3845 N. Swan St. Rev. Azima Lila Forest will present "Imbolc: a Celtic Cross-Quarter Celebration." Halfway between solstices and equinoxes are events known as cross-quarters, celebrated in the Celtic tradition in various ways. What does it feel like to be halfway between winter and spring? Coffee and conversation, with light refreshments, after the service.

Rev. Azima Lila Forest will speak at the New Church of the Southwest Desert at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 1300 N. Bennett St. Among many other talents, Azima is a Sufi teacher and a dream interpretation facilitator. Sunday she will be share a Celtic Cross-Quarter Celebration. This celebration occurs halfway between Solstices and Equinoxes; in this case, it's halfway between winter and spring. Cookies, coffee and conversation follow.

LGBT Brunch, noon Sunday, Vickie's Eatery, 315 N. Texas St. All LGBT folk, friends and allies are welcome. For more information, call 575- 388-5430.

Open Auditions for "Grease", noon to 3 p.m. Buckhorn Opera House Theater. For more information, call 575-538-9911