The "Critter Christmas" gala, where well-behaved, leashed dogs are always welcome, will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Music, dancing, food, dog treat buffet, dog costume contest, live and silent auctions, photo booth, no-host bars and much more! Tickets are $50 each and are available at American Classifieds, Better Life Pet Foods, the DACHS/SNAP office at 2405 W. Picacho Ave., Ste. 103, or online at www.holdmyticket.com (type Critter Christmas into the search field.) Benefits the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley, Doña Ana County Humane Society, and the Spay and Neuter Action Program. Reserved tables and sponsorship opportunities available; call (575) 642-2648 for more information.