March 2015

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Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
Spring break programs
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions


Black History Month Parade and Rally — The annual Inter-Club Council Black History Month Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Montana and Pershing and travels east on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri ending at Mary Webb Park, 3401 E. Missouri. This year’s theme is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” The rally immediately follows the parade 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 241-6046.

Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship Pageant — The annual pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Chamizal National Memorial theater. The Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship pageant for ages 17 to 20 features African American ladies exhibiting poise and grace. Admission: $10; available from all contestants or at the door. Information: 546-9212 or missblackelpasosouthwest.org.

Brew at the Zoo — The inaugural event is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. The event offers samplings of more than 20 craft brews, barbecue “pub grub,” a dessert truck, pub style games, animal presentations, live music and a commemorative souvenir. Ages 21 and older only. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 day of event. Designated drivers $20. VIP tickets are $85 (includes entrance to special VIP event 5 to 6 p.m. Six-pack of tickets: $160.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, spirit writing, Feng Shui products, and readings by 12 or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Sun Country Doll Folks — The club’s 41st annual doll show and sale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Plus, 6655 Gateway West. The event showcases several tables of antique, collectable and modern dolls, accessories, clothing, miniatures, books and other toys. Free doll appraisals offered. A “doll hospital” is available on site. Admission: $3 ($1 children). Information: 637-3438.
  Founded in 1974, club members include many avid doll collectors and doll makers, involved in many charitable activities such as dressing dolls for the Toys for Tots, Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive, contributing to the UTEP Scholarship fund, donating gifts and dolls to needy families at Christmas and creating doll displays.

Andress Band Car Show — Andress High School Marching Band’s inaugural car show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the school at 5400 Sun Valley Drive, with food vendors, DJ and jumping balloon. All proceeds support the kids band trip to San Antonio. Admission for the general public is free. Information: Virgil, 727-3271 or Sandra, 493-4442.
  Set up for participants is 8 to 11 a.m. Vehicle categories include lowriders, imports, hot rods, tuners, classics, “under construction,” muscle cars and more. Registration: $15 in advance; $20 day of show.

Celebre Segundo Barrio Day — Celebre Segundo Barrio hosts a health fair and family day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Lydia Patterson Institute Gym, 571 Florence, with health fair, entertainment and more. Admission is free. Canned goods donations welcomed. Information: 533-8268.

Living Spirit Expo — The expo balancing “mind, body, spirit, natural health and personal well-being” is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso, with more than 50 exhibitors, free guest speakers, Spirit Aura photos and more.
  Admission: $10 per day; $15 two-day admission (free for ages 12 and younger). Two-day admission with one aura photo is $25. Information: 206-2558 or livingspiritexpo.com.

Super Kite Contest — The 15th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. Prizes for most unusual and longest-time in the air and most beautiful kite. The event includes jumping balloons and face painting, as well as free kites for the first 50 kids attending. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000 or westsidecommunity.org.

The City Weddings — The City El Paso Magazine’s bridal event is Saturday, March 21, hosted by star of TLC’s “Say Yes to The Dress” and “Randy Knows Best” Randy Fenoli. Fenoli has been a fashion designer since 1992 and the Fashion Director of Kleinfeld Bridal and author of “It’s All about the Dress.” Location, other information: 500-5730 or thecitymagazineelp.com.

‘Viva la Mujer’ — Latinitas El Paso hosts a family-friendly showcase of local female talent and celebration of notable women in history in honor of Women’s History Month 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, with an art exhibit, dance performances, live musical entertainment, arts and crafts and carnival games. Information: 219-8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.
  Proceeds support educational scholarships for young women leaders with a silent auction and loteria game fundraiser. Art booths and vendor space is available.

‘Kidspalooza’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra hosts the 8th annual family art and music festival 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, throughout Downtown. Most activities are free; minimal fee for some events. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  This year’s event includes special appearances by a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, along with children’s concerts, circus fun, trains, arts and crafts, puppets and other activities.
  Participating partners include El Paso Symphony, City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Exploreum, El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, Kids-N-Co., OLO Gallery; home of Creative Kids, Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso, El Paso Zoological Society, Magoffin Home State Historic Site, Latinitas El Paso, West Texas Regional Poison Center, Insights El Paso Science Museum and El Paso Chihuahuas.
  In conjunction with the event is the annual EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $10-$32.

Southern Pass Renaissance Faire — Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) hosts a renaissance faire 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Tobin Park Methodist Church, 9410 Roanoke (near Irvin High School). Admission: $6 ($1 SCA members). Feast available for $8 per person. Activities include Armored Combat, Fencing and Youth Combat Competitions Medieval and Society Classes Bardic (singing songs from the middle ages), Medieval Arts & Sciences, merchant booths and two Baronial Courts, including the King & Queen of the Outlands inducting into Court our new Baron and Baroness. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
  The SCA hosts archery and Atl-Atl demonstrations and practice 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the El Paso Archeology Museum.
  Fighter practice is noon to 3 p.m. Sundays at Album Park.

Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee hosts the outdoor picnic in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno, with live music, picnic in the park, “Viclas, Wheelas and Pedal Car Show” and more. Canned food donations taken for Border Agricultural Workers Project. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584 or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  A new column mural, “Dolores Huerta,” will be dedicated.

Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 9th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54).The family fun day often includes nature walks, educational exhibits and demonstrations by local environmental organizations and wildlife displays include Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or franklinmountains.org.

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 15th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Admission is free.Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.

Southern New Mexico

Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at Ralph Edwards Civic Center, 460 4th Street in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with around 125 quilts by local quilters, quilt raffle and guessing games. Admission is free. Information: winterquilters@yahoo.com.
  The Sierra County Woodworkers group exhibits their carvings simultaneously, in the hobby room next door.

The Birds, The Bees & The Brews — Foundation for Las Cruces Museums will host an informal evening of refreshments, conversation and presentations on animal courting behaviors 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main, in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Ages 21 and older welcome. Admission is free; must have valid ID to enter. Information: (575) 522-3120, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
  Enjoy child-free, brain-building science featuring live demos, presentations and a chance to explore the museum after dark. Snacks and sweets provided, as well as a cash bar offered with local beers provided by High Desert Brewery.
 
Cowboy Days — The 16th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with children’s activities, cowboy food and music, cowboy mounted shooting, horseback and stagecoach rides, living history and gunfight re-enactments with Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted shooting club, the 19th century fashion show, arts and crafts vendors, roping, horseshoeing and other demonstrations. Working dog demonstrations are Sunday. Admission: $5; four and younger free. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmcowboydays.com.
  New this year will be rides on a mechanical bull, cow bingo fundraiser for Jardin de los Niños, and the Cowboy Dinner and Dance, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with music by The Desperados. Dinner and dance tickets: $30 per person (cash or check only), benefiting Museum programs.
  In conjunction with the event is a greenhouse plant sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Herbs, vegetables, succulents, desert plants, annuals and perennials. Cost of plants ranges from $1.50 to $10.

Las Cruces Home and Garden Show — The Las Cruces Home Builders Association’s annual show is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University. The regional public marketplace showcases home improvement and construction businesses. Exhibitor booths, food concession stands and how-to demonstrations also will be featured. Information/times: (575) 526-6126 or lascruceshomebuildersassociation.com.

Rockhound Roundup — The 50th annual roundup for rock and gem lovers is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 12-15, at the Southwest New Mexico Fairgrounds in Deming. The roundup, sponsored by the Deming Gem & Mineral Society, includes market vendors, jewelry, drawings and raffles, field trips, silent auctions. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 546-0056 or thedgms.com.
  From El Paso, take I-10 west to Exit 85.
   Daily field trips depart from the fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m.
  A silent auction is 6:30 p.m. Friday, with a live auction at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Art & Wine Walk — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, 7288 U.S. Hwy 54/70 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosts an afternoon of art, crafts, food and wine, and music 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Admission is free. Information: (575) 434-0035 or heartofthedesert.com.

Wheels of Dreams — The Las Cruces Rodrunners will host its annual show and car swap meet benefiting the youth of Las Cruces 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road in Las Cruces. Alcohol-free event. Information, registration (575) 649-9919 or rodrunnerscarclub.com.
  Registration for participants: $25 in advance; $35 day of event.

Mesilla Valley Stamp Show — The postage stamp show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28-29, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces, with stamp dealers from five states, door prizes, free stamps for junior stamp collectors, competitive one-frame exhibitions, ribbons for winning exhibits. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 202-1937.

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 523-2950.

West Texas

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 29th annual gathering is Feb. 27-28 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The second oldest of its kind in the country, the event offers stage shows and individual performances by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326, 1-800-561-3712 or cowboy-poetry.org.
  This year’s headliners are Eli Barsi, “Straw” Berry, Craig Carter, John Davis and Elizabeth Ebert on Friday and R.W. Hampton, Kristyn Harris, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jim Jones and R.P. Smith on Saturday.
  Recitations of poetry and music are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday throughout the Sul Ross campus, starting with an open session at 9 a.m. each day. Sessions are free.
  Showcase performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $15.
  A “Yodlin’ Fools” performance is 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $10.
  A Saturday night dance is planned benefiting the Crisis Center. Call for details. Tickets: $20.
  A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.

Bazaars and Fairs

El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market — The market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month (March 7, 21) on the corner of Joe Battle and Vista del Sol, featuring handmade items, local artists and other wares, along with live performances by local bands. Information on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will recruit new members age 5 to 17 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 and 14. .
  Starting from Seed demonstration with Certified horticulturist Estella Flores is 11 to 11:30 a.m. March 21 on proper seed depth, the importance of sterile soil and containers, and watering techniques.
  From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7-8, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 ($4 active duty military; under 12 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

German Spring Bazaar — The German Catholic Church of Fort Bliss hosts its 10th annual bazaar 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the former Oktoberfest Building, Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss. Hobby craftsmen and women will display their various goods, including items for Easter. There will also be German food specialties like bratwurst, waffles and German cakes and pastries, German beer, coffee and soft drinks. Admission is free. Information: 568-0259, 568-4824,569-5736 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
  All proceeds will benefit the following projects on both sides of the border: Centro Communitario del Esperito Santo A.C, Centro Santa Catalina and the colonia in Chaparral.

Guatemalan Mercado — The annual sale of Guatemalan crafts is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 Saturday, March 21, at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery, 1201 Pope (at 12th) in Silver City, with handmade Guatemalan crafts. Proceeds benefit the artisans and the Arts Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
  Handcrafted items for sale include woven scarves and shawls, coats and vests, jewelry, santos, backpacks and purses, place settings and tablecloths, pants, skirts, blouses and belts.

Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of the month, with vendors, entertainment and food. Open Air Yoga in the backyard is at 9 a.m. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.

Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.

Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The weekly mercado is 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays(during the Downtown Farmer’s Market), at 115 S Durango, Suite D, with art, music, fashion, baked goods, pet goodies, soaps, skincare, handmade objects, food and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at tablapopupmercado.

Something for everyone



Community Health Fair — Region 10 Advocates for Social Justice Advisory Committee for Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities hosts a health fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at Sparks Community Center, 106 Peyton. Information: 842-8229, ext. 59528 or amerigroup.com.

Lifeguard Job Fair — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a job fair for those interested in being lifeguards 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at O’Rourke Aquatic Center, 901 N. Virginia.The fair will guide potential aquatics staff through the process of getting hired to work for the City of El Paso. Information and registration for lifeguarding classes and swimming skills pre-test will be available. Information: 544-3556.

Project MOVE — UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement’s annual Project MOVE (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) Day is Saturday, Feb. 28. Volunteers will experience the importance of civic engagement, leadership, and service. During this Centennial year, the goal is to work with at least 100 sites. Check in for volunteers is 8 a.m. at Glory Field. Information on projects: 747-5076 or projectmove.utep.edu.

Veterans Recreation Center classes — Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, announces several classes for 2015, for youth and adults. Scholarships available. Information: 821-8909.
• Ballet — Ongoing classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for age 3-7 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for age 8-17, Tuesdays. Cost: $21 per month.
• Tae Kwon Do — 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for ages 6-12. Cost: $21 per month.
• Tai Chi — 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, for ages 18 and older. Cost: $20 per month.
  The center’s gym is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, for anyone interested in playing basketball. Call for schedule.
  The weight room/fitness center is open daily. Cost: $18 per month ($9 seniors), for ages 18 and older.

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 38th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through March 28. Most events are free. Information: 831-2220, cwoolf@epcc.edu or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival.
• “Do It With Rhythm” reading with Dr. Seuss is 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, March 2-6, at the Northwest campus library, 6701 Desert Boulevard. Information: 831-8886.
• Literary Symposium on “The Lincoln Lawyer” is 1 to 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Rio Grande Campus room A119-121, 100 W. Rio Grande. Information: 831-4247.
• A Brief Overview of Mariachi History and Its Style is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Valle Verde Campus A-1201, 919 Hunter. Information: 650-3200.
• Dramatic Monologues are featured 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Valle Verde Campus B240-241. Information: fcarrasco@epcc.edu.
• Guest artist Tom Baugh is featured Thursday and Friday, March 26-27. Times and location to be announced. Information: jmeyer6@epcc.edu.
• ‘On The Borderline’ with Charles Bowden and John Macker is 3 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Valle Verde Campus. Information: 831-2537.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex. Information: 831-2089.
• Children’s College Spring Dance Recital is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. Information: 831-2089.

Women’s History Month Conference — Iota, Iota, Iota Presents the 5th annual conference, “The Naked Truth:
Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” April 1-2 at the UTEP student Union. The conference features activists, scholars and artists from all fields hosting panels, workshops, lectures and performances. Participation is free; registration required at whm.iss.utep.edu. Information: 747-5028.
  Pre-conference brown bag screening and discussion of the film “It’s A Girl” is noon Wednesday, March 4, at UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium. Desserts provided.
  Sessions are 9:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, and 9 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday.
  Lunch and keynote speaker Liz Chavez, President and CEO of Wise Latinas is noon Wednesday, in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center, 308 Union East.
  The closing event is a screening of the film “Good Hair,” and reception 3 to 5 p.m. in the Little Temple of El Paso Community College, 906 El Paso.

‘Salt and Light’ — Mt. Franklin Christian Academy, 201 E. Sunset, invites the public to the art and science event 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, following the judging of student art and science projects. Pop’s Pretzels from Cielo Vista Mall will serve “salty bites” and explain the Science of the Salt, El Paso Electric will give a demonstration on the Science of Light, and the academy’s students will give a Computer Light Show. Information: 490-1797.

SUN Conference - The 12th annual International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning, “Educating the 21st Century Student,” is Thursday and Friday, March 5-6 at UTEP Student Union’s Tomas Rivera Conference Center. Hosted by UTEP’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning. Cost is $45 for professionals and $20 for students. Information: 747-8793 or cetalweb.utep.edu/sun.
  Keynote speakers are Dr. Lynn Blanchard and Dr. Yolanda T. Moses.
  The focus of the conference is on the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as practical, applied strategies, tools, and techniques. The conference includes scholarly presentations, round table discussions, interactive workshops, and informal gatherings during breakfast and lunch.

Lifeguard Course — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offers a Lifeguard Course Friday through Sunday, March 6-8, at O’Rourke Aquatics Center, 901 N. Virginia. Attendance is mandatory for each and all dates. Fee: $237 per person ($297 for non-residents); all attendees must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course, and meet physical requirements pertaining to swimming skills. Information: 544-3556.

Venture El Paso Expo — Paso Del Norte Venture Competition + Expo (PDNVC+E) expo and competition begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, at El Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. The event continues Saturday, March 7, at UTEP’s Business Administration Building, with venture capitalists from across the country hearing pitches from around 50 regional start ups. The expo is free and open to the public. Information: 321-3125, hubofhumaninnovation.org
  The PDNVC+E features two competition tracks, one for university students and one for entrepreneurs launching start-ups in the region. Over two days, these teams, competing in either the professional or student track, present their ventures to judges who are successful business people and entrepreneurs.

Bassett Place — Information: 772-7479 or shopbassettplace.com.
• UMC Car Seat Safety Inspections, are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and 28, in the parking lot in front of Kohl’s. Hosted by University Medical Center Foundation and Kohl’s Cares.
• KBNA Que Buena Vida’s Quality of Life Fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, throughout the mall, with fashions shows, live entertainment and a meet and greet with Latino artist El Dasa at the main stage in front of Bassett’s Café Plaza.
• The annual Easter Parade welcoming The Bunny to the Mall is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, led by Cinderella. Kids come dressed as a favorite princess or hero.
  Digital pictures with the Bunny are offered March 20-April 4 in Bassett’s “Easter Garden.”

Children’s Disabilities symposium — The Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition’s 26th annual symposium is 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, March 7, a Region 19 Multipurpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Professionals, experts in the field, parents and family members of children with special needs will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest information about children’s disabilities. Cost: $10 parents; $30 professionals (lunch included). Information: 217-2747, cdicelpaso.org or on Facebook at CDICelpaso.
  Sessions include ADHD, autism, sensory integration, special education, legal guardianship, positive behavior, potty training and more.

International Women’s Day — A celebration of girl power for girls and moms is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. Presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. Participation is free. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or laslatinitas.com.

Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. Latinas offices are at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.org.
An International Women’s Day celebration for girls and moms is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. Presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. Participation is free.
• The ‘Viva la Mujer’ family-friendly showcase of local female talent and celebration of notable women in history in honor of Women’s History Month 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, with an art exhibit, dance performances, live musical entertainment, arts and crafts and carnival games, silent auction and loteria game. Proceeds support educational scholarships for young women leaders.

Gods Playing In The Clouds Chi Gung Seminar — Center for Internal Arts, 5757 Montoya Drive, hosts the introduction the most complete Chi Gung set, 9 to noon, Sundays, March 8-22. The movements of God Playing In The Clouds are designed to amplify and integrate all the physical, Chi, and spiritual components of the internal arts (such as Tai Chi). It also serves as a bridge to Taoist Meditation. Cost: $150. Information/registration: Steve Barowsky, 584-4730, sborowsky1@operamail.com or centerforinternalarts.com.

Children’s Social Skills workshop — The Dorris Van Doren Branch Library, 551 E. Redd Rd., hosts a series of free child development workshops 10 to 11:15 A.M. Monday starting through March 9, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. The five-week program is for children up to 3 years of age and their caregivers. Local professionals will instruct caregivers on basic techniques to help their children develop learning and social skills. Information/registration: Dorris Van Doren Branch at 875-0700.

Theology on Tap — Catholic Diocese of El Paso hosts and opportunity for younger Catholic adults (age 18-40) to meet and explore their faith in a comfortable setting 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 and 24, and April 7 and 21, at Amigos Restaurant, 2000 Montana. A different speaker will be featured at every session. All faiths welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at ElpasoYAM.

Water Safety Instructor Course — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Water Safety Course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, March 10-13, at Armijo Aquatics Center, 991 S. Ochoa. Participants must be 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled session, and pass a series of swimming and physical requirements. Fee: $189 (attendance at all sessions mandatory). Information: 544-3556.

‘Discovery Science’ workshops – UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens begins a series of Saturday morning science workshops for children beginning through March 14. Students will study the effects of weather and pollution on plants, animals and people. The six one-hour classes in this series are designed to explore Earth Science concepts. Times are 8:30 a.m. for grades kindergarten and first; 10 a.m. for grades second and third; and 11:30 a.m. for grades fourth through sixth. Each class limited to 11 students. Registration: $35; covers class materials for all six classes. Information: Kay Mullins, 747-8994 or kmullins@utep.edu.

Ardovino’s St. Patrick’s Day — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day event Tuesday, March 17. Live music by Los San Patricios and Tiffany Christopher, Irish food and drink. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cover charge: $5. Information: (575) 589-0653 ext. 3.

Arduino Day 2015 — The 24 Hour Hack-A-Thon is 6 p.m. to Friday, March 27, to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at H3 Laboratories, 11060 Dyer, Suite D-11.Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software, and is intended for anyone making interactive projects. There will be several workshops throughout the day and night, with a project show and tell at 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 317-6579 or h3laboratories.com.

Grant workshops — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, in Las Cruces, will host a series of monthly grant foundation classes for adults through May 21. All workshops are 1 to 2 p.m. on selected Thursdays. Information: (575) 528-4005, library.las-cruces.org, or grantspace.org.
March 19: Guide to Online Grant Seeker Resources
April 23: Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
May 21: Proposal Writing Basics.

Lifeguard Training — The City of Las Cruces will host three lifeguard training workshops for people 15 years and older interested in practicing their skills for the Lifeguard Training Program pre-test at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, March 20 and April 17, at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview. Information: (575) 541-2782.

Rascals at Ruli’s — Ruli’s International Kitchen, 4176 N. Mesa, welcomes well-behaved and leashed pets 2 to 6 p.m. the third Saturday of the month (March 21). One dollar per all drinks sold at this time will be donated to The Humane Society of El Paso. Information: 313-4806 or on Facebook.

Women’s Conference — El Paso Bible Church, 5730 Saplinas Road, presents the conference, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, with guest speaker Gracia Burnham. Lunch and coffee provided. Tickets: $25; available online at eventbrite.com.
  For 17 years Gracia and her husband Martin served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines. While celebrating their anniversary at an island resort, the Burnhams and other guests were kidnapped on May 27, 2001, by the Abu Sayyaf Group, a militant group of Muslims. In the ensuing months some of the hostages were killed, but most were set free.
  From November 2001, only the Burnhams and one other hostage remained captive. During their 376 days of captivity, they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles and coldhearted murder. On June 7, 2002, in a firefight between the Philippine military and the Abu Sayyaf Group, Martin was killed. Gracia was wounded, but was freed.
  Gracia has authored two books,” In The Presence Of My Enemies,” and “To Fly Again.”

MarketPlace at Placita Santa Fe — 5034 Doniphan. The gifts, art and collectibles shop will feature a different artist each month. Information: 585-9296.
  Featured artist for March is Tamara Michalina of Tamajesy Roar.
  Michalina will give a bead crocheting demonstration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and needle felting technique demonstration noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29. She will have kits for sale try these techniques. Information: tamajesyroar.com.

Society for Creative Anachronism — Society for Creative Anachronisms hosts weekly Medieval Combat Demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Sundays Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood, near the tennis courts. These mock combats are loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
  Southern Pass Renaissance Faire is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Tobin Park Methodist Church, 9410 Roanoke. Admission: $6 ($1 SCA members). Feast available for $8 per person.

Vietnam War Commemoration Dance — American GI Forum-Paso del Norte’s Commemoration of Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Dance honoring the “Legacy of Valor” and contributions of the nation’s Vietnam Era Veterans 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins. Veterans, families, and friends are welcome; music provided by Little Mike and the Blue Kings. Cost: $15 donations (includes admission, beer, soft drinks and set-ups). BYOB, except for beer and wine. Ticket information: Carlos Rivera, 255-8877 or vetrivera@yahoo.com.
  This dance is the forum’s first of the series for 2015. Details to be announced.

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization is at 810 Gato Road. Information: 231-0066 or lightelpaso.com.
• Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tatiana, 503-5222.
• EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Papo, 238-4696.
• NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Jose, 694-6109.
• Pranic Healing Clinic: 3 to 6 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Linda, (575) 649-8081.
• Full Moon Meditation: 7:30 p.m., night of the full moon. Lynn, 449-0619.
• Laughter Yoga sessions are also planned. Call for schedule: Teresa, 373-3100.

LiveStrong at the YMCA — The small group program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis meets through March at all three El Paso YMCA branches. Through this program YMCAs are creating communities among cancer survivors and guiding them through safe physical activity, helping them build supportive relationships, and reducing stress. Morning and afternoon sessions offered, enrollment open with all written doctor’s approval. Dates and times vary with locations. Participation is free for all survivors. Information: Rebecca Hendricks, 755-9622 or elpasoymca.org.
Locations:
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth. Information: 755-9622.
• Westside YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa. Information: 584-9622;
• Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood. Information: 590-9622.

‘Healing the Wounds of Life’ — El Paso Community College hosts the Spanish-language class, “Sanando las Heridas de la Vida,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 14, at the Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Room B323. Discover techniques to help heal emotional wound and increase one’s quality of life. Cost: $130. Information: 831-4116.

Free tax preparation — AARP Foundation offers free tax preparation for individuals with low or moderate income through April 15 at selected El Paso Parks and Recreation Senior Centers. Information: Joe Rodriguez, 544-0753.
 
Locations/days:
• Eastside, 3200 Fierro, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Information: 591-4292.
• Father Martinez Senior Center, 9301 Alameda, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Information: 860-9131.
• Hilos de Plata, 4451 Delta, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Information: 533-3207.
• Memorial, 1800 Byron, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Information: 562-4260.
• Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: 581-9525.

After School Fall Program — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 2014-2015 After School Program continues through the school year at local recreation centers and selected EPISD and YISD elementary schools throughout the city. The program runs from school dismissal time to 6 p.m. and is open to age 6-12. Cost: $5 per week per child at public school sites; free at recreation centers. Information/list of centers: 544-0753. Register online at elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  The After School Program at Recreation Centers is now called “Connect” and is free to participants and is tailored to be a drop in activity for children at the same age level.

Alzheimer’s support groups — Alzheimer’s Association El Paso offers support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at several locations throughout town. Caregivers can exchange practical information, discuss challenges and coping, share feelings, needs and concern and learn about available resources in the community. Information: Kelli Moorehead, 1-800-272-3800.
• Eastside — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at SunRidge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount. Refreshments served.
• Northeast — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at Richard Burges Branch Library, 9600 Dyer.
• Far Eastside — 6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Cambria, 1991 Saul Kleinfeld. Bilingual group, refreshments served.
• Westside — 6 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Desert Springs, 5901 Bandolero. Bilingual group.
  Early Stage Support Group meets fourth Friday of each month. Pre-screening required. Information: Blanca Loya at Bienvivir All-Inclusive Senior Health, 562-3444.
   New support groups meet at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Sunridge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount (Eastside) and the fourth Friday of the month at Royal Estates, 435 Mesa Hills (Westside).

Bridge leagues — Duplicate bridge events are hosted at Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159, 2216 East Yandell. Admission: $6. Information: 544-6565 or elpasobridge.com. Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-8897.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month . The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Eat Well! El Paso — City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Eat Well! El Paso initiative matches restaurant owners with nutrition professionals to create a healthy children’s menu that is low in calories and high on nutrition. This includes offering meals that meet established nutrition standards based on calorie, fat, and sodium limits, as well as the elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages. Information: 771-5845 or EPHealth.com.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Locations vary. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

El Paso Night Shift Nights — The weekly car and motorcycle club showcase is 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at Fox Plaza (back parking lot), 5559 Alameda. The family event cars and motorcycles of many types, plus food, live music, jumping balloons. No alcohol allowed. Admission: $3 per person or car; free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 779-8424.

El Paso Parents meetup — The social group for parents meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at Leona Ford Washington Recreation Center, 3400 E. Missouri, to relax and spend time with friends who are parents. The center offers free activities for kids including basketball, foosball, X-box, Ping Pong, and a computer room. Parents welcome with or without partners. Admission is free; snacks available. Information: 791-2114.

Fibromyalgia Support Group — The group meets 2 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Alternatives Centre for Behavioral Health, 7760 Alabama as a network of support and resource education for those with Fibromyalgia, their families, and friends. Guest speakers and group members share their own experiences. Admission is free.
Information: 219-9970 or alternativescentre.com.

GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.

Knitting for Soldiers — Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.
LCGamers — Games of all ages interested in board games, card games and other table top games are invited to weekly game demonstrations at Zia Comics and Gaming, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1 in Las Cruces. Call for schedule: (575) 405-0461 or ziacomics@gmail.com.

Medieval-Themed games — Amtgard, Kingdom of the Burning Lands hosts role-playing games and crafts 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. The club has met every Saturday at Memorial Park for most of the past 30 years. Visitors are always welcome; admission is free. Information: 544-2034 or amtgardinc.com.

Move! El Paso walking trails — The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has walking trail loops throughout the city. Each trail covers a different walking route that loops around back to the starting point. The loops are marked with colorful Move! El Paso ground signage with distances up to 2 miles long. Information: MoveElPaso.org.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
  The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area offers training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays .
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe.

Plateaux – The Community Cafe and Shop at the Banner Building, 217 N. Mesa, Downtown. Plateaux, founded by Hector Saenz and Juan Ferret, provides a forum for local artisans to display and sell their creations, and also presents other local art, music and literature. Information on Facebook at PlateauxEPT.

Wine and Canine — Sunland Winery, 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. welcomes well behaved dogs on leash with their owners 2 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Food and music offered; $1 for every drink purchased will go toward El Paso Humane Society Information: (575) 589-1214. or hselpaso.org.

Spring break programs

Exploreum Spring Break Camp Kaleidoscope — The museum at 300-320 W. San Antonio (south of Convention Center), hosts spring break camps for Junior Explorers (age 4-6), and Senior Explorers (age 7 and older). Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 9-13, Cost: $180; $20 discount for military families. Space is limited. Daily and half-day rates available; extended care offered at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for an additional fee. Information: 533-4330. Register online at elpasoexploreum.org.
  Camp Kaleidoscope is filled with active exploration into science, technology, engineering and math through the new Science of Bowling exhibit. Camp includes field trips to Southwest University Park and U.S. Bowling Congress bowling alley inside the convention center. Campers also enjoy games and crafts, free time in the museum, simulator rides and movies in The Boeing Company-Hunt Family Foundation Digitarium.

Junior Master Gardener Program — UTEP’s Centennial Museum, University and Wiggins, hosts the Spring Break camp for youth in grades three through five 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 9-13, for grades 3-5. Participants will learn about local plants, soil and wildlife through hands-on activities. Many of the activities will take place in the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, which contain more than 800 species of native plants. Cost; $55 per student; includes materials and daily snack. Information: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or kmullins@utep.edu.
  Topics include “Hamburger Plants” and “Compost Sandwiches” to teach the basics of gardening, and “What’s Bugging You?” to explore the world of insects. The lessons will teach the youth how to attract birds, butterflies and creatures to their backyards.

El Paso Museum of Art Camp — The museum’s 2015 Spring Break art camp classes are Tuesday through Friday March 10-13. Pre-registration required. Morning classes are $75 ($60 museum members). Information/registration: 532-1707 or elpasoartmuseum.org/classes.
  Morning classes are 9:30 a.m. to noon and include Bookmaking (ages 6-8) and Glued to You Art (ages 9-12).
  Afternoon classes are 1 to 3:30 p.m. and include Watercolor Painting (age 6-8) and Kreating Kawaii Karacters (ages 9-12).

Spring Break Archaeology Camp — El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54), hosts its spring break camp 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, March 10-13, for ages 9 to 12, and features pottery making and other activities. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis; advance paid registration required. Cost: $70 per child ($55 members). Information, registration forms: 755-4332 or Hutchinsonbm@elpasotexas.gov
  The camp focuses on respecting and appreciating the prehistory of the El Paso-Juárez region. Hands-on activities include conducting a survey, mock excavation, field trip to Hueco Tanks State Park and Atl-Atl throwing.

Alternative Spring Break —  United Way of El Paso County sponsors the program, now in its 5th year, for college-age students March 8-14. Students will volunteer daily with the Lower Valley Housing Corporation building homes in Fabens for low-income families. Participants will build homes, visit El Paso landmarks and nonprofit agencies and be lodged at Ysleta Lutheran Mission. El Paso students currently enrolled in college can also be a part of volunteer efforts by serving as Team Leaders. Online applications for the program are available on the organization’s website at unitedwayelpaso.org.

For a good cause



Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. The purpose is to helps prevent cold weather and carbon monoxide emergencies in the El Paso area. Recommendations for those in need of blankets are also being taken. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at local fire stations or El Paso County Sheriff substations. Information: 834-5772 or graciela.ortiz@dfps.state.tx.us.
  Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.

Heroes for the Homeless luncheon — Dallas Cowboys running back is keynote speaker for the Salvation Army’s 2015 fundraising luncheon at noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Centennial Club and Banquet Hall on Fort Bliss. Tickets: $100 (tables for 10 are $1,000-$1,500). Tickets/information: Rose Lucero, 544-9811.
  Murray recently set the record for consecutive 100-yard games, breaking the record held by legend Jim Brown for more than 50 years.

‘Tablescapes’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild’s 18th annual luncheon features about 30 designer-decorated tables March 5-6 at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Each table is individually decorated by El Paso’s leading floral designers, interior decorators, party planners, specialty shops and other creative individuals. Attendees vote for their favorite table, with designs ranging from whimsical to sophisticated. Information, RSVP: 833-9400 or elpasopromusica.org .
  The Tables and Tapas Preview Party is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, with tapas and wine. Dress is “snappy casual” for both women and men. Tickets: $30.
  Luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, with browsing time before the meal. Silent auction is 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets: $40. Combination ticket for both events: $65.

Art Auction 2015 submission — KCOS-TV public television is seeking artists age 18 years and older from the Paso del Norte region (El Paso, Las Cruces, Juarez and surrounding areas) through March 13 for its annual juried art competition and fundraising auction set for Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. The members of the jury will be announced on kcostv.org/artauction. Information/rules: 590-1313 or events@kcostv.org.
  There is no cost to enter up to two submissions through applicants. Cash awards offered for Best of Show and other categories. Categories include Local Flavor, Figurative, Still Life and Landscapes, Contemporary and Mixed Media and Special Collections.

‘I Have a Voice’ — “Glee” star Lauren Potter is special guest for GiGi’s Playhouse’s International Gala Friday, March 20, at Alamo Ballroom, 820 N. Raynor. Cocktails served at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and dance with live music by Fungi Mungle at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit, GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center. Black tie optional. Cost: $75. Information: 833-4029 or gigisplayhouse.org.
  GiGi’s Playhouse, El Paso provides therapeutic and educational programs to children and adults with Down Syndrome. All programs provided at no cost to the families.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso hosts a happy hour for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (March 21, April 18), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

Sunland Derby Gala — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino’s 13th annual gala benefiting United Blood Services is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the Signature Showroom. Guest speaker is Denver Broncos wide receiver and punt specialist Wes Welker. Tickets to be announced. Information: 544-5422, ext 164, lwieland@bloodsystems.org or unitedbloodservices.org.
  Welker was a Texas Tech standout who began his NFL career in 2004 as an undrafted player with the San Diego Chargers. After one game he joined the Miami Dolphins. He was then traded to the New England Patriots in 2007, reaching the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2011. He signed a 2-year contract with the Broncos in 2013, reaching the Super Bowl last year and the AFC playoffs again this past season.
  His honors include five Pro Bowl selections, three seasons as NFL receptions leader, most receptions by an undrafted player and the Patriots all-time reception leader. In 2006 he started the Wes Welker Foundation to help at-risk youth in his hometown of Oklahoma City.
  The running of the 2015 Sunland Derby and The Oaks (for fillies) is Sunday, March 22.

Women’s Hall of Fame — The El Paso Commission for Women’s annual Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremonies are Saturday, March 28, at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Proceeds benefit scholarships for young women graduating from high school in El Paso. Winners and time to be announced. Information: 253-1616 or elpasowomen.org.

Casino Night Fundraiser — El Paso Wind Symphony hosts its fundraiser event 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Sunset Event Center, 150 Sunset. Participants receive play money for blackjack, roulette and craps. Winnings at the end of the event can be used at an auction towards the end of the event. Finger foods and cash bar provided. Cost: $30 (includes “$100” in play money for gaming tables). Information: 274-6521 or elpasowindsymphony.com.

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — The 22nd annual benefit “out of the box” luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Keynote speaker is Ms. Veteran American Amanda Wirtz, a Navy veteran who is also a published scientist, humanitarian, and nationally renowned speaker and violinist. Tickets: $100 minimum donation; corporate tables available. Information, reservations: 533-2311 or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Wirtz enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1997 where she served for six years as a Cryptologic Analyst, including combat assignments in Iraq and Yugoslavia. She was one of the first women to serve aboard the USS Nicholson. She was medically separated in 2003. She completed her B.S. and MPH in Health Promotion and was honored as the top graduating student in both programs. In addition, she received the 76th California State Assembly Veteran of the Year Award in 2011 for domestic and international service.

Texas Society of CPA 75th Anniversary — El Paso Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs celebrates its 75th anniversary with a gala dinner 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, with dinner and dancing to music provided by El Paso’s FM Junkies and comedy by Jonathan Kraftchick, and live and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Sidney “Sid” P. Glandon Endowed Scholarship Fund for UTEP graduate and undergraduate accounting students. Tickets: $75 by March 31; $100 after; $25 students. Corporate sponsorships available. Information: 833-3616.
  Jonathan Kraftchick is a CPA from Raleigh, N.C. who won a regional contest for Funniest Accountant.

El Paso Humane Society — Regular adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10 for pets four months age or older for city rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.



Fort Bliss

Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. Public access is available through the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 1 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
Feb. 27: Joe Barron Band (country)
March 6: Trailerband (outlaw country)
March 13: St. Patrick’s Day Festival
March 20: Mark Monroe (rock)
March 27: Abe Mac Band (country).

Late Night Laser Tag — Soto Fitness Facility on Fort Bliss will host the event 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 13. Cost $15, open to all ages. Information: 744-1532.

Old Ironsides Mud Challenge — The 4-mile, 16-obstacle challenge is Saturday, April 25, at the Air Assault Obstacle Course and Rappel Tower at Abernathy Park at Jeb Stuart and Pershing just inside the Buffalo Soldier gate on Fort Bliss. Waves start at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Online registration at raceroster.com.

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 a.m. Fridays (except holiday weekends) at the Religious Activities Center, Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies. Child care provided free of charge. This year’s theme is “Works of Mercy.” Information: fortblisscwoc@gmail.com.

Fort Bliss Bow & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or blissmwr.com/bowandgun.

Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
  Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).

Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482.

Club news


La Leche League of El Paso Westside — The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breast feed, meets 10:30 to noon a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978 as a social, educational and civic organization, is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Steinmart, 7410 N. Mesa, for a spring fashion show. No RSVP necessary. Information: 587-8641.
  The March informal luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, featuring a prominent El Paso heart specialist speaking on “Heart Attacks and Strokes.” Newcomers and longtime residents are invited to attend. Cost: $20; reservation required by March 6. RSVP: 585-8540.

Apple Users Group — The El Paso Apple Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. EPAUG is a hands-on club for Apple Computer, iPad, and iPhone users to share information and ideas. The group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (March 7) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or epmug.org.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Lynn Provenzano will speak on “Meditation: a Journey into Higher Consciousness.” Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.
  IONS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, March 7: Dinner and pool
• Saturday, March 14: Dinner and a play
• Friday, March 20: Dinner and a movie
• Saturday, March 28: House party.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

American Association of University Women — The El Paso Branch of AAUW hosts their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Dr. Pilar Herrera will speak on The Three Waves of Feminism and the position that AAUW has taken. Cost: $10. Reservations: 564-1852.
  The El Paso Branch of AAUW was organized on Feb. 5, 1915. The Centennial Celebration’s theme is “A celebration of El Paso Women — Past to Present. Guests will learn about the early El Paso in which the association functioned and developed important cultural and social infrastructure for the town.

Woman’s Department luncheon — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s general meeting is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center, 1117 Magoffin, with a presentation by the Harvey Girls. Information: 755-6193.
  Next month’s meeting is a night at the UTEP Dinner Theater’s Production of “Mary Poppins,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Cost: $44.50 (reservation deadline is March 4).
  The Woman’s Department, organized in 1923, is the first such organization in the United States. The organization promotes civic programs and relations between El Paso and Juarez, encourages improvement of visitor attractions and facilities, and features programs publicizing El Paso industry.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The annual Installation Luncheon is noon Tuesday, March 24, at Wyndham Hotel-Airport, 2027 Airway. Cost: $22. Information, reservations: 584-3126.
  The group will attend an El Paso Playhouse production on Thursday, April 2, and UTEP Dinner Theater’s Production of “Mary Poppins,” Saturday, April 25.

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.org, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French Classes for the 2015 Spring Session for adults and children are now in session. Visit afofelpaso.org and Facebook for dates and locations.

PFLAG El Paso — The El Paso chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG El Paso, offers four meetings a month in various locations. The meetings are open to the LGBT community and straight allies. Admission is free. Information: 209-AMOR (2667) or pflagelpaso.com.
  Meetings are 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Eastside, first Wednesday of the month at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood.
• Westside, second Thursday of the month at University Presbyterian Church, 244 North Resler
• Central, fourth Sunday of the month at St. Pius Ministry Center, 1059 North Clark Drive.

Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter — The Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 2608 Fort Boulevard. A free lunch for current and new members and invited guests served at 1 p.m. with general membership meeting at 2 p.m. Information: 562-9969 or bpaac.org.

Del Valle High School Retirees — All Del Valle High School retirees, former faculty and staff are invited to no-host luncheons at 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call for location: Marsha Labodda, 629-7063.

Doña Ana Camera Club — The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Meetings offer technical presentations, friendly suggestions for improving member photos, travelogues, networking, and other activities. Meetings are free and open to all interested photographers. Information: (575) 524-1288 or dacameraclub.org.

El Paso Library Chess Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Boards provided; admission is free. Information: 543-5433 or elpasolibrary.org.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings and quilting bees are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 503-7485 or epnequilters@gmail.com.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 345-7771 or epps.stamps@gmail.com.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Business meeting starts around 6:30 p.m. Numismatic presentations start at 7 p.m. with auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclug.com.

Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning and advanced collectors are invited to trade, buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202-1937.

Project Linus — The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

Toastmasters International — Members encourage and critique each other, participating in differing roles in the meeting every week. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Information: 833-1406.
• Border Toastmasters meet 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Lunchbox, 3623 Buckner (off Montana). First time guests get a free breakfast. Information: Arturo, 226-9705.
• Eastside Toastmaster Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Pebble Hills Command Station, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: 588-8799.

Area attractions

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three sWyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899.
  The tramway will celebrate its 14th anniversary noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, with live entertainment, food vendors, prizes and exhibits. Event is free; tramway ticket costs still apply.
  Hikes begin in the tramway’s parking lot. Dress for weather, in sturdy shoes, walking stick and bring water for all hikes.
• The monthly Last Sunday guided hike is a 8 a.m. Sunday, March 29. This month’s hike is up Directisimo Trail and around the peak on Ranger Loop Trail. Two miles; strenuous.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing season runs through April. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Friday through Monday.
  The 13th annual running of the Sunland Derby and The Oaks (for fillies) is Sunday, March 22.
  To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.

Mount Cristo Rey — The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross tops the mountain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park — take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
  Because of safety concerns, people are advised to hike only in groups. The best time to hike is when volunteers are working on trail maintenance, usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. For information on Saturday hiking times, call 252-9840.

San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
  Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.

Ski Apache ZipTour — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $65 for adults, $58 children and senior, $52 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required.
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $35 ($32 ages 10-13 and 60-plus); $81 for all-day pass.

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic. An Irish Weekend is March 15 with music by Dusty Low.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
  Free live music on the patio offered Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.
  A “Painting Party to go” with Deana Hicks is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, featuring the theme “Wine Cellar.” Live jazz music begins at 2:30 p.m. Reservations: 241-8808 or deanahicks2@elp.rr.com.

Sunland Winery — ?1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
  Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays with David Huerta, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays with Huerta and Lala Ledezma, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Ledezma and Team Havana, and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Wine and Canine is 2 to 7 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of every month, with food and music. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcomed. One dollar from each drink purchased with go to the Humane Society of El Paso.

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site - 1120 Magoffin. Built in 1875 by pioneer El Pasoan Joseph Magoffin, the Magoffin Home exemplifies the Territorial style of the period, combining Southwestern building techniques and Eastern design. To get there: Magoffin Street, in Downtown El Paso, runs one way going east from San Antonio Street. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tours given through 4 p.m. Cost: $3; $2 for students and seniors; 6 and under are free. Information: 533-5147.

El Paso Missions - Three historic churches lie within eight miles of each other in El Paso County's Mission Valley.
· Mission Ysleta - Spanish and Tigua Indian refugees from northern New Mexico founded the community in the 1680s. The first mission was built in 1692, and rebuilt completely in both the 18th and 19th centuries. The current structure was built in 1851. It's near Zaragoza and Alameda.
· Mission Socorro - The first adobe structure in Socorro was built in 1692, and like Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later centuries. The current structure dates back to 1843. It's off Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
· San Elizario Chapel - Established in 1789 as a Spanish presidio to protect the Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877, replacing one built about 25 years earlier. It's on the San Elizario plaza, off Socorro Road 5.5 miles southeast of Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail which Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a friend.
Information: 534-0677.

Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Brochures are available for walking tours of historical sites in downtown El Paso amd Juárez. Information: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 534-0600.

Hart's Mill - Pioneer Simeon Hart built a flour mill in 1849 where Don Juan de Oñate crossed the Rio Grande in 1598. The mill is gone, but the home has been preserved as La Hacienda Restaurant, 1720 W. Paisano. Next door is Old Fort Bliss, 1881-1893 home of the post. 533-1919.

Concordia Cemetery - A historic cemetery that now lies in the shadow of El Paso's principal freeway interchange, Concordia is the final home of gunfighters John Wesley Hardin, John Selman and others. The former town "Boothill" can be reached by taking the Copia exit from Interstate 10. To find out about tours or other information, call the Concordia Heritage Association at 755-0000.

Franklin Mountains State Park - The largest urban park in Texas extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mount Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level. Park rangers give guided hikes on the first and third weekends of the month, beginning at the Tom Mays Unit entrance and last 2-3 hours. Information: 566-6441.
Entry fees are $3 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, until 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during summer. The park also offers mountain biking, camping and picnicking.

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site - The park is famed for its unique geology and Native American rock art. Unguided access is limited to North Mountain. Rock art tours, hiking tours, and bouldering tours are available Wednesday-Sunday mornings. Reservations recommended: (915) 849-6684.
Admission fee is $4, special rates for seniors; free for children 12 and under. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 857-1135. To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains, then turn left on Ranch Road 2775. It's about 32 miles from downtown El Paso.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park - 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Park headquarters is at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180. McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center, 7 miles east of Pine Springs, offers nature, canyon and geology trails. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry. Information: (915) 828-3251.

So. New Mexico day trips

White Sands National Monument - The glistening gypsum dunes are a year-round attraction, offering eerie vistas, relaxing hikes and a wonderful natural playground for kids of all ages. The monument is about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks are offered an hour before sunset.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last weekend of each month. Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles then hike 3/4 mile to the source of the white sands. Advance reservations (beginning two weeks before tour) are required.
Hours: Visitor Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to sunset.; expanded hours in summer. Summer events include full moon night programs. Entry fee: $3 for adults. Information: (505) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park - The caverns open at 8 a.m. daily, and the last elevator down leaves at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also walk to the main caverns through the natural entrance - last walk-in is 2 p.m. (hours extended 1 1/2 hours in summer). Cost is $6 ($3 for ages 6-15, for seniors with discount card).
Additional tours offered; call for fees and reservations. Information: (505) 785-2232 or www.nps.gov/cave.
The park is 160 miles east of El Paso.

Aguirre Spring Campground - The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle. The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.
Information: (505) 525-4300.

Alameda Park Zoo - Alameda Park, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. The zoo is part of the park that lines Alamogordo's main highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.20 adults, $1.10 children and seniors. Information: (505) 439-4290.

City of Rocks State Park - Between Deming and Silver City, four miles east of U.S. 180 off NM 61, is the peculiar formation known as City of Rocks. Erosion has sculpted the "city" out of volcanic material, creating a natural playground for rock climbers. Admission is $3. Information: (505) 536-2800.

Dripping Springs Natural Area - The recreational area is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area includes the A.B. Cox Visitor Center, several hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. The area's entrance gate is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed (except for assistance animals). Information: (505) 522-1219.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Carlsbad, N.M. Living Desert offers visitors an up-close at the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert. Admission: $3 ($1 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Information: (505) 887-5516.

Old Mesilla - The largest town between San Diego and San Antonio before the railroad passed it by in 1881, Mesilla has retained its appearance and character as a 19th-century center of the Southwest. The town plaza was the site of the official celebration in 1854 of the Gadsden Purchase. Mesilla also served as a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Trail.
Many of the adobe buildings, some dating back to 1850, have been restored. Dozens of shops and galleries, scenic San Albino Church, the Fountain Theatre and historic restaurants await visitors.

Stahmann Farms - The world's largest family-owned pecan orchard offers free tasting tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through August at Stahmann's Country Store, 22505 Hwy 28 South, La Mesa, N.M. (six miles south of Mesilla). Allow one hour for tour; advance reservations for groups of 8 or more.
The tour is in the heart of Stahmann's 4,000 acres, and includes the shelling and candy plants.
Sample various sauces and condiments off the grill at Saturday culinary samplings, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through August.

Fort Selden State Monument - Fort Selden, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, was a 19th-century adobe fort. The monument preserves the remaining ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits of military life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free). Information: (505) 526-8911.

Juarez events

Academia Cervantes — Singer Pepe Cervantes presents Viva Latinoamerica, a night of songs and music, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Martlub Sports Center pool area, Tecnologico Avenue (two blocks south of Galeria Tec). Admission: 100 pesos. Bring your own beverage and food.

Centro Cultural Universitario — Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos Escobar. Orquesta de Jazz de Ciudad Juárez presents a concert celebrating its first CD release at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

Telon de Arena — Insurgentes Avenue and Cayetano Lopez, behind Plaza Grande Business Center. Information: 656 6119545, telondearena.org.
  The theater company presents “El Principito” at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 4 and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 1. Admission: 70 and 100 pesos.
  Cinema Rock film series is at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in March. March 4: “Shine a Light.” March 11: “A Hard Day’s Night.” March 18: “Viva Las Vegas.” March 25: “El Fantasma del Paraiso.

‘Yoga and Organic Breakfast’ — The yoga workshop is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Arboleda St 920, Rincones de Santa Rita. Cost is 100 pesos. Reservations:  zentroyoga@gmail.com or  656 2844 746 (cel).

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and the center's box office.
• Spanish singer Jose Luis Perales performs “Y como es el” and other hits at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. Tickets: 550 and 1,200 pesos.
• The St. Petersburg (Russia) Orchestra and Ballet, with 100 musicians and dancers, present “Sleeping Beauty” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Tickets 300 to 700 pesos.
• Silvia Pasquel Theatre presents “No sere feliz pero tengo marido” at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. Tickets: 250 to 400 pesos.
• Children’s theatre production of “Peppa Pig” is at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Admission: 250 to 450 pesos.

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
• Kingo Nonaka gives a presentation on his book,“Andanzas Revolucionarias” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.
• Interactive museum tours are offered at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays. “The Big Tree.” an ecological puppet show, is 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded. The event also features live music.
  Internation Woman’s Day celebration is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, featuring “Toque Femenino,” with music, poetry and zumba. Zumba coordinator is Sodeyda Lili, “Flor del Desierto.”

International Woman’s Day — An exhibition of painting and prints, along with showing of short films, music and other performance is at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at a private residence, 18 de marzo street 6164 (near Ave dela Raza and Av del Charro ). Open to the public.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
 The classic play “Yo, la peor” by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz is presented by the CEMA Theatre Co. at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12. Director is Claudia Gutierrez Chaparro, who also stars in the play.
  Showing in the 3D Theater is “Pengüinos: Emperadores de la Antártica,” shown hourly. 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Family package is 299 pesos.
  The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression. 

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone (from Ysleta bridge, drive about 300 yards and turn on narrow road on right near the yellow Bip Bip store). Information: 6821486 or 6820693.
  Bohemian Night is 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, with poetry and trova music by Edel Juarez, Saulo Hernandez, Ivan Alvarez and Alvaro Velazquez.

Estadio Juarez Vive — The new baseball stadium is on Reforma Avenue across from the Electric Company.
  Megastar Luis Miguel brings his “Deja Vu Tour” to Juárez at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Admission: 350 to 5,000 pesos (donboleton.com).
  Throughout his career, Miguel has released over 30 albums, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, broken attendance records in each of his world tours, and been lauded with five Grammy Awards as well as four Latin Grammys. Revered throughout Latin America, he is often referred to as “El Sol de México.”

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
  Light and sound show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Equinox observation is Sunday, March 21-22, in the museum gardens (enter through the museum). This a tribal event observing the beginning of spring. Admission is free.
  Showing all month: paintings by Guillermo Torres, “La luz en ti ... la luz en mi.”

Downtown Juárez Tours — Juárez bus tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays, leaving by at 11 a.m. from El Paso Saddleblanket, 6926 Gateway East, in El Paso and returning at 3 p.m. Cost is $12 round trip. Guided tour of downtown Juárez available, or visitors can take a self-guided tour. Attractions on the tour include Martino’s Restaurant, the Kentucky Bar, various historic buildings, shopping centers, Juárez history museum (old Customs House) and more. Information: (El Paso) 307-4210.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona. Packing and Supplies Expos is April 23-24. Information: packing-expo.com, 656 625-6735.


— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
2 022988 (cobracollectionag@hotmail.com or walteraleisterschaefer@gmail.com)




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Dance
Here's the Ticket
Program Notes
On Stage
Sports
Southwest Art Scene
At the Museum
History Lessons
Nature
Film Scene
Keep on Bookin'
Becoming Bicultural
Liner Notes
Stage Talk
Gallery Talk
Better Parenting



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