Feeling lucky? Raffle tickets, music and new art March 7

One lucky ticket holder will once again walk away with a brand-new Toyota Prius -- the super-efficient hybrid car that runs on gasoline and electricity -- during the April 27th Las Cruces Earth Day celebration in Young Park, although the winner need not be present to claim the prize. Tickets will be available from the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St., when it hosts a Prius Kick-off and Fundraising Party Friday, March 7, and will also be available then on this website. This prize is made possible by the generosity of Vescovo Toyota of Las Cruces.

With an EPA-rated mileage of 53 miles/gallon for city driving and 46 miles on the highway, the 2014 Toyota Prius c Two being offered is kind to the environment and the wallet. Tickets are $100 each, and only 500 tickets will be sold – excellent odds! Proceeds from this popular fundraiser are vital to support SWEC’s mission of protecting and restoring the Southwest’s wild lands and wildlife.

The Rio Grande Ramblers, known for their toe-tapping folk music, will play from 6 – 8 p.m. during the official kick off that coincides with the upcoming First Friday Downtown Art Ramble (beginning at 5 p.m.) at the Southwest Environmental Center. 

SWEC invites everyone to attend for great music, snacks, new artwork, good conversation and a chance to learn about ongoing projects targeted at protecting Otero Mesa, Mexican gray wolf restoration and developing La Mancha Wetlands on the Rio Grande near Las Cruces.

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The Southwest Environmental Center will also introduce the imaginative work by artist Shaunna Foster, whose love of nature and wildlife is evident in her environmental cartooning that often reflects a coyote’s point of view. Foster is a co-founder and managing partner of West End Art Depot, co-operative art studios and gallery.

There is an ongoing art exhibition in the Cottonwood Gallery with work by Margaret Bernstein, Penny Dunclee, Marjorie Moeser, Diana Ayers, June Decker, Sally Marsh and Melanie Stone Jack. The Cottonwood Gallery and the Eco Shop are open during regular business hours M-F, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.