September events celebrate Monuments to Main Street

September events celebrate Monuments to Main Street

LAS CRUCES – Throughout the month of September, several local organizations have come together to celebrate Monuments to Main Street.

The Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are sponsoring a variety of free outdoor events to celebrate Monuments to Main Street by hosting a film festival, hikes, bike rides, art shows, archery lessons and cleanups. All of the events are family friendly and will focus on introducing or reacquainting the public to the monument’s scenic beauty and its recreation and cultural resources, according to a news release.

Monuments to Main Street is more than just a month to showcase fun events and tours throughout Doña Ana and Otero Counties. It’s also an example of how protected public lands such as Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, White Sands National Monument and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument provide tourism, quality of life and other economic benefits for surrounding communities.

Saturday, Sept. 1: Achenbach Hike

9 a.m. – A hike will be conducted Achenbach Trail.

Thursday, Sept. 6: Monumental Loop Ride and Cassandra Lockwood Artist-in-Residence Art Show

6 p.m. – May Artist-in-Residence Cassandra Lockwood will showcase her artwork from her residency.

7 p.m. – A Monumental Loop Ride to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Friday, Sept. 7: Art Ramble with Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Artist-in-Residences

5 to 8 p.m. – Southwest Environmental Center will showcase the artwork created by past Artist-in-Residences.

Saturday, Sept. 8: Soledad Canyon Hike and Youth Archery Lessons

8 a.m. – A hike will be conducted on the Soledad Canyon Trail to the waterfall.

9 a.m. – Youth archery lessons will be held at the City of Las Cruces Archery Range. It will be capped at 15 youth. Register by emailing information to info@organmtnfriends.org.

Friday, Sept. 14: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

7 p.m. – Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts local environmental activism into broader environmental and social contexts, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

Saturday, Sept. 22: National Public Lands Day

9 a.m. – In partnership with Doña Ana County and the Bureau of Land Management, there will be a monument cleanup at Prehistoric Trackways, and gardening at the Dripping Springs Visitor’s Center.

Participants for these events are asked to dress appropriately and to remember their outdoor essentials: water, snacks, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. For information, contact the BLM Las Cruces District Office at 575-525-4300, or the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks at 575-323-1423.

Original article can be found here: https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/entertainment/events/2018/08/27/september-events-celebrate-monuments-main-street/1115385002/