Raft the Rio again!

June 17, 2017.  Float your boat!  Or watch others try to float any imaginable device.  It’s a fun event for the community.  Kiwanis took over Raft the Rio last year, with great success; see our web page with over 180 pictures.

The idea is to float or paddle from La Llorona Park, the starting point, to the Mesilla Bosque State Park, for fun and/or to vie for prizes, including first to finish, best use of recycled materials, least likely to finish, and most spirited crew.  Participants have run kayaks and canoes but most built their own rafts, many with humorous themes (think Vikings, turtles, dragonflies…).

We assure the safety with our rules form and with trained safety patrols, plus the attendance of city and county public safety officials. 

Our entry form is ready.  There’s also an opportunity for sponsors, who will get a place on the event’s official poster; please call John Northcutt at 410 925 9126 or email him at northcuttjb@comcast.net if you’re interested.

We look forward to another great time.

Breakfast Social

May 26. All club members, guests, and anyone wanting to learn about what Kiwanis accomplishes are invited.  We meet at the Good Samaritan Village at 3011 Buena Vida Circle, a bit east of Telshor Blvd. near the hospital.  Entrance is through the double doors marked Social Center; we meet in the Oasis Room on the right-hand side a bit down the hall going south.  Breakfast begins at 7 AM and runs to 8 AM, so there’s time to get to work afterward.  If you’d like to buy your breakfast there the cost is $7.  Camaraderie is free.

Kars for Kids

May 20, 2017.  Fundraiser to serve kids, Young Park, 10 AM –  3 PM.  A car show, with food and beverage vendors.  From Jim Pudlewski: Now that the New Year is well under way, its time to mark your calendar for Kars for Kids. Remember, we have moved the event up a month this year (we hope to avoid the 100+ temperatures of the last couple of years). So put a big red check on Saturday, May 20. We hope to see you at the show again.

This year’s show will again include the car show, pancake breakfast, and kids’ fishing clinic. A disc jockey will provide old-time rock and roll from the stage. Our high school service organizations, (Key Clubs) will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers at lunchtime.  Prizes for the car show are awarded at 2:45 PM.

 To enter a car: registration on-site begins at 7 AM. If you’d like to register in advance, a registration form is linked here.  We will award prizes in 6 classes. There will be Vintage, Classic, Custom, Hot Rod, Low-rider and Motorcycle plaques. If you’d like to enter a vehicle, please be sure to circle the category that best fits your vehicle (one category/entry please). The back of the registration form has descriptions of each category. Awards for Kids’ Choice, Artist’s Choice, and Furthest travelled will also be given. Best of Show still wins $200.

We hope you will join us in Young Park again this year to celebrate the 18th year of Kars for Kids and Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces’ 91st year in the city. All profits will go to support children in the Las Cruces community. – JIM

Pancake Breakfast for Special Ed Program

April 29, 2017 – 8-11 AM. Pancake breakfast at Vista Middle School.  It’s a fundraiser for the Special Education program at the school.  We provide the food at cost and cook it.  School kids and parents sell tickets.  The school keeps the profit.  

We will be serving pancakes, juice, sausage, and coffee.  You can eat in or carry out.

To attend: Tickets are $5 in advance from school representatives.  They can also be bought at the door.

To serve: Join in!  Help mix batter, cook, serve, clean up; it’s good camaraderie and for a good cause.  Contact us at (575) 525-9478

Vista Middle School is at 4465 Elks Drive, on the north end of town.

Pancake Breakfast, Arrowhead High

April 29, 2017 – 8-11 AM. Arrowhead High School pancake breakfast.  It’s a fundraiser for the school.  We provide the food at cost and cook it.  School kids and parents sell tickets.  The school keeps the profit.  

We will be serving pancakes, juice, sausage, and coffee.  You can eat in or carry out.

To attend: Tickets are $5 in advance from school representatives.  They can also be bought at the door.

To serve: Join in!  Help mix batter, cook, serve, clean up; it’s good camaraderie and for a good cause.  Contact us at (575) 525-9478

Arrowhead High School is on the NMSU campus, on Research Drive, not far south of the Fulton Center and the football stadium.  Research Drive also just off east from Sam Steele Drive near the south end of campus.