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  Looking for a home in Las Cruces? Then we have the perfect event for you! The Las Cruces Homes Builders Association is hosting the Spring 2015 Showcase of Homes. This year the LCHBA has 28 homes spread throughout Las Cruces. The houses vary in design, styles, and building techniques. This showcase is great for someone in the market for a home, or someone looking for ideas to apply to your current home. This year there is a special showcase, The Twilight Tour. The tour features the lighting elements of each home, which gives the buyer a different perspective of the homes being showcased. This event is something you don't want to miss. Below is a chart & map to locate details on homes in the Spring showcase.

The Las Cruces Home Builders Association hasbeen working tirelessly to be the voice of the building industry in Southern New Mexico. It was established in 1959, and has been constantly changing and improving over the years to promote professionalism in the industry, advocate for a balanced economy in Southern New Mexico, and providing educational opportunities about the industry for the community. Currently they have over 300 builder Members, associate members, and affiliates, who are working in association with the LCHBA to ensure that they continue to meet their goals and grow. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, this event gives buyers or anyone interested in viewing a home the opportunity to do so.

WHEN: April 25-27 & May 2-4

Fridays 4pm-7pm • Saturdays 10am - 7pm • Sundays 12pm - 5pm

The Twilight Tour Friday May 2, 2014 4 pm - 9:30 pm

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This Blog marks the first in our weekly series: "365 days of special things to do and places to go" in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County and the surrounding areas of Southern New Mexico".

 Spring is here and the Festival Season is starting out with a bang. Next weekend April 24th-26th, there is something for everyone. There are festivals, fiestas, art shows, and annual events that ring in the summer in the Southwest. You can listen to some of the hottest country acts in music at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. Visit the Farmer’s Market and be amazed as artists create paintings using Main Street as their canvas. You can spend a relaxing weekend tasting wines from right here in Southern New Mexico at the La Vina Wine Festival. Whatever suits your taste, there is something for you to do this coming weekend.

 Let’s start with this coming weekend.

Las Cruces Country Music Festival: Las Cruces is proud to once again bring visitors some of the hottest and most popular names in country music April 24-26, 2015! The Las Cruces Country Music Festival is a three day celebration of country music in downtown Las Cruces.


4th Annual Avenue Art: When: Sat, April 25, 6am – 3pm, Where: Main St, Las Cruces, NM. AVENUE ART NEW MEXICO is a one-day community festival where art happens before your eyes as artists of all ages create paintings on the street. The canvas is Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico. Juried artists compete for cash prizes and awards. There is also a special area set aside for our very young “ASPIRING ARTISTS” to play and create (so bring your kids!) See more details at


La Viña Winery 2015 Spring Wine Festival: Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 from noon to 7 p.m. Over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. Adult admission to the festival is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine.

Keep watching our blog weekly for what to do and where to go.


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Moving with your Pets to your Las Cruces HomeHey everyone!

I am starting a 3 part series on one of the most overlooked parts of moving to or around Las Cruces! Your pets! Sure, you're aren't going to forget your pets, but many people underestimate how complex a task it can be! It can quickly become stressful for both you and your pet. This blog series will help the transition be as smooth as possible for both you and your pets.

Prep Work

One of the most important preperations to moving is to keep a normal routine for your pet. Leave their beds, litter boxes, and food dishes in their usual places up until moving day. The same goes for their meal times.

If at all possible, try to pack little by little leading up to moving day. This will help lessen the confusion of a complete and sudden change in their environment.

Seal Boxes. I know this sounds like a pain, especially the farther away from moving day you are, but most pets are naturally curious and they may unpack some boxes for you way ahead of time.

Don't ignore your pets. I know that this time will be crazy for you but imagine how your pets feel. They may be more stressed out than they let on so make sure you give them some attention.


A Short Car Ride

If you are only moving a short distance away, it is a good idea to get your pets acquainted with your new Las Cruces home. Take a short car ride to your new home and let you pet explore it for themselves. It doesn’t need to be a day trip, just an hour or two. Make sure you secure all exits (doors, windows, gates, etc.) so they don’t make a getaway.

Long Car Ride

If your pets don’t have much travel experience, start taking them on short car rides a few weeks before the move. Moving day will be much less stressful if they are used to car travel.

Make sure you get reservations at pet-friendly hotels/motels ahead of time. Most hotels/motels are not pet friends and getting one on short notice can be problematic.

Put together a “Travel Kit” for your pets. Include in this kit food, litter (for a cat), bottled water, a few treats, their favorite toy, paper towels, leash, any medication they need, and air freshener.

Air Travel

Find out about your airlines policy on pets as early as possible. They will have regulations that have to be met before they board your pet.

Reserve a spot for your pet as early as possible. Space for pets is limited so reconfirm 48 hours before departure.

Book a direct flight, if possible. The fewer layovers and stops will reduce the stress on your pet.

It is usually required to have identification tags must be present on your pet at all times. Even if your pet is microchipped, make sure your pet has id tags on his collar.

Other Tips

Check on local ordinances. Some states and cities have restrictions on so-called aggressive breeds.

Pack a recent photo and written description of your pet just incase your pet pulls a Harry Houdini and escapes.

Obtain a copy of your animals health records from your vet. And research a new vet near your new home.

Next Week we will go over some tips for moving day. Moving day is probably the most chaotic and you want to make the transition as smooth as possible!

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Las Cruces Named One of the Best Cities of the FutureAlong with major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix and Houston, a recent study named Las Cruces one of the nation's Top 10 Best Cities of the Future.

Our home town Las Cruces, New Mexico's was #10 on the list, published by:

The report states "The town became popular during the new millennium with retirees seeking good weather and a lower cost of living, and the city grew from 52 to 77 square miles between 1999 and 2009.

The famous White Sands Missile Range is just up the road, but what really sets the town apart is the $200 million spaceport that, unlike other spaceports on our list, is already built. The first flight is scheduled to depart sometime this year."

To read the full report, go online to

Not only are we a "City of the Future," but we have been recognized by Ernst & Young as the #1 place in the West for Manufacturers.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department reported that a newly released study completed by Ernst & Young ranks New Mexico as the best state in the West for manufacturing. To view the full report, click here.

The New Mexico Jobs Package that passed in the 2013 Legislature helped move New Mexico to the most competitive state in the West for manufacturers!
New Mexico now has the lowest effective tax rate for manufacturers in the West.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department is experiencing an increase in job creators looking to relocate in New Mexico, and several existing businesses have since expanded their operations here as a result of the friendlier business environment.

Please feel free to share this report. Tell your family and friends. This is great news! New Mexico and Las Cruces are creating an environment for opportunity and success for New Mexicans and New Mexico entrepreneurs.

Las Cruces Magazine

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Funny Picture with dog at VetUpon Arrival

You're in your new home! Make sure your new home is “pet safe”. Look for anything that might be poisonous, might burn, topple over or choke if swallowed. Also, check for any loose window screens that an inquisitive cat might be able to push out. It is suggested you don't give them new toys, food, dishes, blankets, etc. at this time. Right now your pet needs to be surrounded with as many familiar items as possible.

Stick as closely to your old routine as possible for the first few weeks. This means mealtimes, walks, indoor/outdoor time.

If you have a new veterinarian, go drive by their clinic. Knowing exactly where it is ahead of time will help in a time of an emergency. You don't want to be driving up and down streets trying to find the building.

For your Cats

Funny Picture with Cat in BoxMost pets, in general, like things to be predictable. Cat's take this to the extreme. They REALLY don't like new things. Don't be surpised if your cat becomes grumpier and much more shy than usual during this time. Only if symptoms persist long after you've competed moving and have lived in your new house for a while should you call your vet.

Set out several litter boxes for your cat. This avoids the chance of your cat deciding to mark it's territory around your new house. You can also take your cats to each litter box to show them that they are there if they need them.

Because of a cats high degree of sensitivity, it will need to be introduced gradually to the rooms within your new home. Place your cat in a small room (possibly a bedroom) that has familiar furniture. Include their carrier (for security), food, litter pan, bed and toys. Once your cat becomes used to this environment, let it slowly explore the rest of the house. Do not force your cat to come out of the bedroom. It will when it’s ready. Also, make sure you leave the bedroom door open. This is it’s sanctuary and your cat will probably be scurrying in and out for awhile. When your cat begins to explore the rest of the house, make sure you have litter pans, food and water set up in their permanent locations. Otherwise, your pet will become trained to using the “Safety Room” for these purposes. This exploration process might begin after several hours of confinement, or several days. Again, let your pet set its own discovery schedule.

If your cat is an “outdoor cat”, keep it confined within the house for several days or even weeks. They must be totally adjusted to the new home and realize that this is where it’s going to be living now. If you let them out too soon, they could strike out for your former residence (no matter how far away that might be). For the first 2 or 3 days, closely supervise these outings to make sure your cat remains close to home. When ready to explore outside for the first time, only partially feed your cat. A slightly hungry pet will probably won’t wander off too far from their food bowl.

For your Dogs

Funny Dog Picture with CaptionDogs tend to acclimate to new surroundings faster than cats. But that doesn't mean there aren't problems. Unlike cats, who tend to hide and become very cautious about their new home, most dogs want to explore EVERYTHING and want to do it RIGHT AWAY. This can make them a handful and you will want to take a few precautions when letting them explore.

Before letting your dog outside, check to make sure all fencing and gates are secure. To you an open gate in a new place is an escape route while your dog sees it as a new adventure.

After you arrive, take your dog for a stroll around the new neighbourhood. Allow it to sniff and mark it’s territory. Let your pet become accustomed to the new sights, sounds and smells.

If you have new regular visitors to your house like the mail carrier, introduce them to your dog so that your dog will not see them as enemies.

And as always, make sure your dog is wearing proper ID at all times and that you adhere to any community pet guidelines.

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