Raft the Rio 2018- final 22 pictures

The last craft come in a bit over 2 hours from launching – but, hey, it’s not the time of arrival that counts; it’s the time spent on a fine morning on the river that counts.  One couple, long-time residents of the area, was heard to say that they hadn’t been aware of the event but are now aficianados!  Kiwanian John Northcutt offered that this is the 20th run, with only one break!  There were prizes by amusing categories – here are the winners of “most spirited team, kids.”

Raft the Rio 2018 – 4th set of 22 pictures

Final launches, and photographer Vince Gutschick jumps to the finish line (OK, drives).  Landing at the dock in a fast-flowing rivers proves tricky as participants hit, miss, bump, and, in one drama, lose an iPhone in the water (but the distraught young man found it, still working, 30 minutes later).  Kiwanians and other volunteers help people haul out, register their arrival, and warm up.

Kars for Kids 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018.  Our 19th annual Kars for Kids fundraiser to serve kids, Young Park on Walnut Street, just south of Lohman, 9 AM –  3 PM.  A car show, with food and beverage vendors, and more. 

The event is a fundraiser for Jardin de Los Niños, Kiwanis sponsored service organizations and the Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces Foundation. The event includes a $5 a plate pancake breakfast at the pavilion from 7 to 11 am.  The 4 Key Clubs in Las Cruces will sell hot dogs and hamburgers at lunch time.

Registrations are now being accepted. The show of vintage, classic. hot rod, low rider and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles is free to the public and runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Early registration for car and motorcycle entries only cost $25 (jimpudd@msn.com or 575-525-9478 will get you a registration form; you can also download it here in Word or PDF form). Vehicles can also be registered the morning of the show, from 7 am to 10 am for $30.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will host a children’s fishing clinic at the pond in Young Park from 8 am to noon during the event. Children 11 and under are invited to learn fishing techniques from a professional and try their luck in the pond (which will be stocked for the event). The stage will feature old time rock and roll music provided by a DJ.

Sponsors will award trophies divided into Classic, Custom, Hot Rod, Low Rider, Vintage and Motorcycle categories. There will also be awards for artist’s choice, peoples’ choice and a plaque for the furthest distance traveled to the show . Jardin will award its annual “Kids Choice” prize.  The best of show vehicle will win $200.


For information through May 17, call 575-525-9478 or email jimpudd@msn.com


Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces   –  Ed Fridenstine

Raft the Rio 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018.  We’re on again! 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 in 2016, with great success; see our web page with over 180 pictures.  We ran it again in 2017.

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…).

Registration starts at 8 am; the launch is at 10 am.

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, including the rules, is ready; you can download it in Word format or as a PDF.  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.


Social meeting

27 April 2018, Friday, 7-8 AM.  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.