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Upcoming events

    • 2018-07-20
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Startup Las Cruces Meetup Group will meet on July 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cruces Creatives Makerspace, 205 East Lohman Avenue, in Las Cruces. 

    The focus for the July meeting will be an update on the Cruces Creatives Makerspace, a newly organized non-profit 501©(3) and the steps involved in starting a successful non-profit organization. We will hear about some of the most pressing challenges the team faced on its journey to open its doors on June 26th. The meetup will include a tour of the facility. Guests are welcome.

    Startup Las Cruces Meetup Group is a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and others interested in entrepreneurship and commercializing technology. Through guest speakers and informal sharing, attendees will discover what’s happening in the region.

    Be part of a dynamic community of entrepreneurs and innovators in the Las Cruces and wider Borderland area:

    ·      Connect with those who share your passion for innovation and entrepreneurship;

    ·      Find resources and valuable content from the presentations of featured speakers;

    ·      Learn how to start and build a company, based on the success stories of founders;

    ·      Collaborate with other thought leaders as part of a positive and supportive innovation ecosystem.

    For more information, contact Nancy Hastings, organizer, at 575.541.5744.


    • 2018-07-20
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Conference & Classroom
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    Come learn how to make unique, low-cost art pieces with nothing but paper and glue! Quilling is an art form that dates back to the Victorian era, when gentlewomen were “too delicate” for more strenuous activities. It was popularized again in the 70s and has been revitalized over the past decade by contemporary artists, such as Yulia Brodskaya, who have modified and updated quilling. In this quilling class, you'll learn how to use quilling tools, how to quill without tools, and how to use various coiled paper shapes to make art.


    About the facilitator:

    Tiffany Elliot worked for 6.5 years on the start-up team at Art Works Gallery in Riverside, CA, where she spent 3+ years teaching a weekly watercolor workshop and 2+ years each teaching quilling, jewelry, and creative writing. Additionally, she has served as a facilitator for The Copeland Center’s Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops, an associate facilitator for RI International’s Peer Employment Training, and an instructor of English at New Mexico State University.

    Cost: Free

    Materials: All materials and supplies are provided

    Ages: 18 and older, 14-17 with a parent or guardian present




    • 2018-07-21
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

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    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-07-21
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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    This workshop offers a curriculum used by 19thcentury painting masters to learn and refine the fundamentals of drawing.  Bargue Plates are part of the drawing course created by French painters Jean-Le’on Gerome and Charles Bargue.  The plates are tools used to teach students proportion, values, and other essential drawing techniques.  This course will build your skills of perception and realism and take your drawing to the next level.  (Pablo Picasso studied Bargue Plates).

    The teaching approach will use demonstration followed by step-by-step instruction and individual guidance.

    This is the first course of a series that will focus on representational realistic painting and drawing using the atelier method of instruction. 

    • Identify and apply a drawing strategy
    • Practice observation skills
    • Learn and apply classical drawing theory
    • Increase visual literacy
    • Practice hand-eye coordination
    NO PREVIOUS DRAWING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.

    Further information about the course is below.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, 14-17 with a parent or guardian

    Materials: 
    All needed materials are provided.

    About the instructor: Felicia Castro is a Las Cruces-based artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the Southwest. She has a BFA is studio arts from NMSU and studied classical realism with Snowden Hodges. 

    NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from an original date of Saturday, July 14. It will now be held on Saturday, July 21.


    • 2018-07-21
    • 2018-07-25
    • 2 sessions
    • 19
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    A recent fire at Gospel Rescue Mission Thrift Store destroyed clothing that would otherwise have gone to local schoolchildren, so we’re making more. 

    In a collaborative effort, participants in this workshop will work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction, from picking fabrics and patterns from donated materials to using the patterns to cut out a variety of garments, and then constructing and finishing the garments. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels. We’ll sew as many outfits as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. Everything we create will be used to replenish the children’s clothing supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission, which offers the clothing to families who might otherwise struggle to meet beginning-of-the-school-year demands for new clothes. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills.  

    • 2018-07-21
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 4
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    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-07-21
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 3
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    Advanced Textile Lab Safety Training

    This is the advanced safety course for using the Textile Lab. We will discuss safe use of the Sergers, the industrial sewing machine, and the shoe patch.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives, and should have already gone through the Intro Textile Lab Safety Training. - 

    • 2018-07-24
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Electronics Room
    • 14
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    This class, What the Heck is a 3D Printer 101, is the first in a three-part series on how to use 3D printers and the nature of 3D-printed things.

    Through presentation, discussion, and demonstration, this class covers 

    • information about the printing process--how to acquire things, how to slice things, how to print things, how to finish things, and how to utilize things,
    • an overview of the technology's history, 
    • the philosophies and legal issues related to 3D printing and files (for information, not as legal advice), and advice for safety and sanity,
    • and the concept of 3D printing, the types of 3D printers.
    At the end of the class, participants will understand the fundamentals of 3D printing and be ready for the hands-on courses in 3D printing, What the Heck is a 3D Printer 102 and What the Heck is a 3D Printer 103.

    Prerequisites:

    Intermediate computer literacy, including general familiarity with computer interfaces and how to move files across programs

    Needed Materials:

    • Bring a Windows-formatted jump drive. All other needed materials and tools are provided.
    • Optional Materials: If you have your own laptops and/or 3D printers, you're welcome to bring them.

    Ages: 

    18 and older, or 16-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:

    Reese Luckie has over 10 years of experience running a sole proprietorship business in home electronics and computer repair, and he has training in graphic design, marketing, and digital media. He helped set up the electronics room at Cruces Creatives and calibrated the makerspace's 3D printers.

    • 2018-07-28
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

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    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-07-28
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
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    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-07-28
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 5
    Register


    Learn how to knit even if you have never held a pair of needles before. Using needles and yarn from the Textile Lab, participants will learn the knitted cast-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and bind-off. Then we will move on to combining knits and purls for stockinette, garter and ribbed fabrics. Finally, learn about needle types, yarns, and the mysteries of gauge.


    Ages: 18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    What to bring: Yourself. All needed materials are provided.

    Cost: Free

    About the Instructor:
    Sara Jones is the team lead for the textile room at Cruces Creatives. She has been knitting for 11 years.



    • 2018-07-28
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 35
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    Join us for a family-friendly evening of stellar local songwriters followed by a discussion and Q&A about songwriting in the classic country and folk traditions. The evening features thirty-minute sets from four members of Las Cruces’s award-winning classic county and folk songwriting community:

    • Eddy Harrison, inductee into the Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame and a performer who has recorded with country legends including Red Steagall, Stuart Hamblin, and Cliffie Stone;
    • Tom Foster Morris, Clay’s Country Radio entertainer of the year (2016)
    • Pat DeSimio, Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old-Time Songwriting Competition winner (2014) and four-time Great American Song Contest finalist; and
    • Mark Courtney, 2016 Great American Song Contest finalist.

    The evening concludes with a songwriting discussion and Q&A session.  

    Tea, coffee (decaf), and baked goods are available by donation.

    Cost: $12 at the door or $10 under the “Events” page at www.crucescreatives.org.


    • 2018-08-04
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-08-04
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-08-04
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Textile Lab. After completing this course you will be able to use the basic level Singer sewing machines, cutting tools, and pressing tools.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-08-04
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 4
    Register
    Advanced Textile Lab Safety Training

    This is the advanced safety course for using the Textile Lab. We will discuss safe use of the Sergers, the industrial sewing machine, and the shoe patch.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives, and should have already gone through the Intro Textile Lab Safety Training. - 

    • 2018-08-07
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
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    The Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative is a group where songwriters can support each other through the entire process of creating songs. The basic format is a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by song sharing and feedback. Mini-lessons are taught by members of the Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative, and the mini-lessons can cover any aspect of crafting a song: songwriting guidelines, arrangement options, performance techniques, musicianship, recording and mastering techniques, and more. After the mini-lesson, participants who want to can share a song that’s in progress and get feedback from the group.

    More Information

    What to bring: Yourself and, if you’re sharing a song, at list six printed copies of your lyrics. If you play an instrument, bring that, too. An electronic keyboard is available for pianists.

    Cost: Free, with donations welcomed (all donations support Cruces Creatives, a non-profit charity)

    About the facilitator: Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk music. His songs have been covered by folk musicians and religious groups around the country.


    • 2018-08-09
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Textile Lab. After completing this course you will be able to use the basic level Singer sewing machines, cutting tools, and pressing tools.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-08-11
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-08-11
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 3
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-08-13
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


    Board Meeting

    Located in the Conference Room / Classroom of Cruces Creatives



    • 2018-08-18
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Textile Lab. After completing this course you will be able to use the basic level Singer sewing machines, cutting tools, and pressing tools.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-09-04
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    Register


    The Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative is a group where songwriters can support each other through the entire process of creating songs. The basic format is a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by song sharing and feedback. Mini-lessons are taught by members of the Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative, and the mini-lessons can cover any aspect of crafting a song: songwriting guidelines, arrangement options, performance techniques, musicianship, recording and mastering techniques, and more. After the mini-lesson, participants who want to can share a song that’s in progress and get feedback from the group.

    More Information

    What to bring: Yourself and, if you’re sharing a song, at list six printed copies of your lyrics. If you play an instrument, bring that, too. An electronic keyboard is available for pianists.

    Cost: Free, with donations welcomed (all donations support Cruces Creatives, a non-profit charity)

    About the facilitator: Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk music. His songs have been covered by folk musicians and religious groups around the country.


    • 2018-09-04
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    Register


    The Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative is a group where songwriters can support each other through the entire process of creating songs. The basic format is a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by song sharing and feedback. Mini-lessons are taught by members of the Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative, and the mini-lessons can cover any aspect of crafting a song: songwriting guidelines, arrangement options, performance techniques, musicianship, recording and mastering techniques, and more. After the mini-lesson, participants who want to can share a song that’s in progress and get feedback from the group.

    More Information

    What to bring: Yourself and, if you’re sharing a song, at list six printed copies of your lyrics. If you play an instrument, bring that, too. An electronic keyboard is available for pianists.

    Cost: Free, with donations welcomed (all donations support Cruces Creatives, a non-profit charity)

    About the facilitator: Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk music. His songs have been covered by folk musicians and religious groups around the country.


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