April 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Celebrating Easter
Southern New Mexico

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

La Union Ecospirit Fest — El Paso Permaculture hosts the family friendly gathering of healers, artists, musicians, vendors, and change makers of all kinds coming together to share their gifts noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, March 30-April 1, at 3125 NM-28 in Anthony, N.M. Cost: $40 three-day passes; $15 per day; age 12 and younger free. Information: 204-9963 or launioneco.com. Regular updates on twitter @LaUnionEco_2018.

César Chávez March — The annual Cesar Chavez March is 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Centro de Trabajadores Agrícolas, 201 E. Ninth Avenue. Information: 873-8933.

One World Water Lantern Festival — The premier water lantern festival is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ascarate Park 6900 Delta. All lanterns are biodegradable and will be cleaned up after the event. Tickets: $40 through March 15; $45 day of event; includes entry into festival area, floating water lantern, LED flashlight keychain, marker and wristband. Infomation: waterlanternfestival.com/elpaso.
  Food trucks and music and activities from 4 to 7, with lantern designing at 7 and lantern launch at 7:30 p.m.

Poppy Festival — The 12th annual free Poppy Fest family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Activities include live music, art vendors, educational exhibits, nature tours, food vendors, hands-on activities from different community organizations, and more. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or archaeology.elpasotexas.gov.
  Free parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event; no parking at the Archaeology Museum or Border Patrol Museum.
  The Poppy Fest is presented by the El Paso Museum of Archaeology in partnership with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, National Border Patrol Museum, and the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market.

Super Kite Contest — The 17th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 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.

Kermezaar — The juried arts festival returns 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, at the International Museum or Art, 1211 Montana, featuring arts and crafts, food trucks and live acoustic music. Admission: $5; age 12 and younger free. Information: 543-6747 or kermezaar.org.

El BugO in El Paso Car Show — The 9th annual show to benefit Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. In addition to Volkswagen vehicles of all shapes, sizes and models, are children’s activities, food trucks, and live music and entertainment. Spectators admission is free; entry for cars is $10. Parking is $5. Information, registration: Jacob Fourzan, 252-8977 or elbugoinelpaso@gmail.com.
  El BugO in El Paso is an organization of Volkswagen vehicle fans. Rudolph Volkswagen is presenting sponsor for the car show.

El Paso Comic Con — Actors Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Jason David Frank, the popular Power Ranger will appear at the 2018 EPCON April 13-15, at El Paso Convention Center. Other featured guests include Mindy Sterling, Lindsay Jones, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Jason David Frank. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 Friday; $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Three-day pass: $55. Age 10 and younger free with paid adult ticket. VIP tickets: $100. Information: (575) 405-0461, epcomiccon@gmail.com, elpasocomiccon.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
  Other guests include comic book artist Brett Booth (Teen Titans, Backlash), and Pat Ballestros, and voice actors Arryn Zech, Kara Eberle and Barbara Dunkelman of “RWBY.”
  The event will also feature an artist alley, autograph sessions and photo ops, crafting, panels/Q&A events, seminars and workshops, gaming and after hours events.
  Monster Mash: Horror vs. Sci-Fi, official After Party of El Paso Comic Con, is 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso, with prizes for best costume. General admission: $10, ages 18 and older only; available at trickyfalls.com.

Beach, Booze and Brews at the Park — Sample a variety of tropical drinks 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. with rum drinks like piña coladas, frozen margaritas, daiquiris, mojitos, mai tais and more. Free admission; age 21 and older admitted. Tasting samples are $20 for 10 tickets. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live entertainment includes King Octopus, a Jimmy Buffett tribute, Los Chucanos, Radio Altivo and Sorry About Your Sister.

Massing of the Colors — El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars hosts the 43rd annual ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar. All veterans, Boy and Girl Scout troops, high school ROTC units and other civic organizations are invited to participate with their unit colors. Registration and lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038 or 449-8994.
  The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.

Sun City Bacon Festival — KLAQ and KISS-FM host the food event 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Union Plaza, Downtown. More than 25 local restaurants and food trucks will have a variety of sample-sized bacon-inspired eats, drinks and sweets available for purchase. Bacon menu items range from $2 to $16; admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.

Junior Ranger Day — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, presents family and children’s programs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, as part of National Junior Ranger Day. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
  Park rangers from White Sands National Monument, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, as well as Chamizal National Memorial, will be on hand to present interactive programs that encourage kids to learn, explore, and protect national parks. Park mascots Chami the Squirrel, Riley Roadrunner, Lupe the ringtail, and Carl S. Bat will be available for photos.

Lower Valley Health Fair — The annual health fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, at Americas High School, 12101 Pellicano, with more than 80 agencies providing free health screenings such as blood sugar, cholesterol, pap smears, blood pressure, immunizations, hearing and vision screenings. Admission is free. Information: 937-2018 or sisd.net/Page/40042.

‘Party for the Planet’ — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host special Earth Day exhibits and activities are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, as well as a celebration of baby orangutan Khaleesi’s third birthday. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

‘First Thanksgiving’ —The 29th annual reenactment of the First Thanksgiving of the Southwest of Juan de Oñate and his expedition of the first Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598 is presented by El Paso Mission Trail Association at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at its new location at Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez (at Socorro Road). Admission is free. Information: 851-9997 or visitelpasomissiontrail.com.
A variety of museums and historic attractions will offer booths and exhibit. Exhibitions include the Irvin High School Bicycle Club and the Parkland High Fencing Club. Entertainment include the Pebble Hills High School Choir and the Ysleta Drum Corps.
Zarzuela arias will be performed beginning at 3:45 p.m., directed by Joe Estala, and featuring Cynthia Hill, Roger Herrera, Steven Avila, Liliana Labrado, Allen Thompson and Dr. Ezequiel Meza.
Food, music and historical booths are also part of the event. History exhibitor booths will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun City Craft Beer Festival — The Downtown El Paso celebration of craft beer is 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday April 21-22, at the El Paso Convention Center Plaza. The two-day event features more than 150 national, regional, local and newly released craft beers, ciders, wine and mixed drinks, as well as a game zone, food trucks, vendor booths, a liquor lounge, live bands and djs. Age 21 and older only. Early bird tickets: $20 general admission per day; $35 for both days. VIP tickets available, with early access one hour before general admission ticketholders; available at suncitycraftbeerfest.com.

March for Planet Earth — Frontera Water Protection Alliance hosts a march and Earth Day Celebration Sunday, April 22, starting at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, with guest speakers, musical, and spoken word artists Gris Muñoz, Lyla June Johnston, Amalia Mondragon, A. Billy Free, Artson, Tara Trudell and others. Food and drink vendors available, as well as art and handmade items, plants, seeds, and other locally produced goods. Times to be announced. Admission is free. Information: 861-4384 or on Facebook at FronteraWaterProtectors.

Rio Grande Festival — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society presents the 2nd annual festival of art, culture, history and heritage, as part of the annual History and Dinner Conference, Friday through Sunday, April 26-29, in the San Elizario Historic District, with reenactment of Oñate’s historical arrival, a three-day history conference, guided tours, old west shootouts, heritage booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdisttric.org.

'Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros' — The 22nd annual children’s day/book day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Washington Park (next to the El Paso Zoo). Various activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or elpasolibrary.org.
  The idea for “Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Author Pat Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1997 to celebrate children and promote literacy.
  Smaller celebrations also planned at Armijo Branch Library, Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, and the Esperanza Acosta Moreno Regional Library. Call for details.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M.
  Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission: $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. All wines also available to buy by the glass or bottle. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, about 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28).
  Saturday’s bands:
• Noon — Frank Zona and Urban Edge
• 2:15 p.m. — Twisted Hams
• 4:30 p.m. — Slick Reynolds
  Sunday’s entertainment:
• Noon — Mosaic
• 2:15 p.m. — 24/7 Blues Band
• 4:30 p.m. — Guest Band.

Miss Texas Earth and Teen Earth — The ”beauty with a cause” pageants are 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. The winner of Miss Earth Texas serves as the ambassador to environmental protection campaigns statewide. Tickets: $20-$35. (Ticketmaster). Information: missearthtexas.com.

Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.


Celebrating Easter

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 17th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 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. Hunt begins at noon. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-0288 or westsidecommunity.org.

Eggstravaganza at the Zoo — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts Easter weekend activities 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1, with candy stations, food, live entertainment and family activities. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

Explore Easter — The 9th annual Easter event geared towards children age 2 through fifth grade, and their families is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona (St. Vrain entrance), with Easter crafts, an Easter story moment and egg hunt. Admission is free; donations of canned goods for local food pantry encouraged. Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.

Golden Egg Hunt and April Pools Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team will provide before the egg hunt an important water safety presentation to talk to families about the importance of learning to swim and how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Admission is free. Information: 212-0397 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
  Hunt schedule is 12:15 to 12:25 p.m. (age 4 and under); 12:30 to 12:40 p.m. (age 5-7); 12:45 to 12:55 p.m. (age 8-12). Free swim is 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Northeaster Parade — The 40th annual Transmountain Optimist parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, along Dyer Street from Hercules (by Magoffin Middle School) to the former Northpark Mall site. This year’s Grand Marshal is El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles in celebration of the theme “First Responders ‘R’ Super Heroes.” Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors. Lineup for participants begins at 8 a.m.
  Registration deadline is March 23 Registration fee is $55 ($90 double entry), plus $10 late fee after March 23. Application information: northeasterparade.wix.com/northeasterparade.

Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunts — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts several Easter egg hunts and carnivals for youth 17 and younger at various recreation centers and parks 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Children divided into different age groups. All events are free. Information, schedule: 212-0393 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
   Locations are Armijo, 700 E. 7th; Officer David Ortiz, 563 N. Carolina; Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge; Galatzlan, 650 Wallenberg; Gary del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood; Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri; Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista del Sol; Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount; Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell; Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia; Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda; Seville, 6700 Sambrano, San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood, and Veterans, 5301 Salem.
  Additional hunts are 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Chihuahuita Recreation Center, 417 Charles, and Friday, March 30, at Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana.

Community Easter Sunrise Service — The 42nd annual interdenominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 1, at Oz Glaze Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City, with area churches participating. The event includes a presentation of colors, and Christian flags and a children’s choir. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Continental breakfast follows service. Information: 433-7506.

Easter Brunch — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts an Easter brunch and celebration 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 1, with a kids’ egg hunt, jumping balloon and activities. Cost: $14.95 to $3.95 Information: 821-2122 or painteddunes.com.

Mount Cristo Rey — The mountain trail will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Good Friday, March 30. The trail features stops for the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross, as well as shrines to Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe. The trail is 5 miles round trip. Information: 252-9840.
  People are also invited to walk the trail 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 1.
  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.

Southern New Mexico

Volunteer Fair
— City of Las Cruces Network Volunteer Center’s 7th annual volunteer fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Plaza de Las Cruces in downtown Las Cruces, in conjunction with the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market. Information: (575) 528-3035 or rsteinmetz@las-cruces.org.
  The event will have more than 50 nonprofit organizations representing different causes and service areas. Dog and cat food will be collected as an on-site service project.

Las Cruces Space Festival — The inaugural festival coinciding with the 57th anniversary of the first manned space flight is April 12-14, with film screening, hands-on activities and more. All events are free, unless otherwise listed. Information: Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2444, lcspacefestival.com or on Facebook.
• Astronomy Discovery after noon events are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, at the NMSU international Mall and Corbett Center, with “Yuri’s Kids” events and stargazing 5 to 10:30 p.m. along the mall the Tombaugh Observatory.
• A Space Showcase is noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Mesilla Valley Mall with presentations and activities
  Loterra Hall will host book signings during the Space Showcase Friday in Mesilla Valley Mall’s Barnes & Noble, at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Coas Books in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall.
  Space talks are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on Telshor with Suzie Imber, and Stephen Reckie. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Branigan Library on Picacho with Suzie Imber.
  A full-size replica of Spaceship II will be unveiled in front of City Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, with photo ops until 8 p.m. Spaceship II is Virgin Galactic’s spaceship that will be used to carry commercial passengers into space from nearby Spaceport America.
  A Space Walk is 3:30 p.m. on Main Street from City Hall to the Plaza. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes representing their favorite space characters. Registration at 3 p.m.
  Making Space for Everyone activities, displays and food trucks are 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street.
   A free “Public Expedition Mars Mission” is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center, 505 N. Main. Grades 3 and older with parents welcome. RSVP required for missions at (575) 527-5855. An open house is 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday; no reservation needed.
  Free films are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon Saturday, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main.
April 12: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
April 13: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
April 14: Toy Story.

Great American Cleanup — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs host this year’s Great American Cleanup 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14. Hundreds of volunteers will assist with a citywide cleanup and collect litter at parks, schools, streets and business properties. Volunteers will then be treated to a free lunch hosted by Wal-Mart, 571 Walton, noon to 1 p.m. at Wal-Mart. Information: (575) 528-4506.
  Individual volunteers, groups and civic organizations are encouraged to register before Tuesday, April 3 at las-cruces.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/.

Red, White and Blues Festival — Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society hosts its 5th annual blues festival 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Clair Winery and Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, in Mesilla, N.M. with headliner John Nemeth and the Blue Dreamers, 24/7 Blues Band and Border Blues All Stars. Bring a lawn chair or blankets and sunscreen; no outside food or drink allowed; food and drink available for purchase.
  Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: mvjazzblues.net.

Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful’s 6th annual Reuse & Recycle Fashion Show in honor of Earth Day is noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, on the Main Street Downtown Plaza. The show will present outfits made from reused and recycled materials. Information: (575) 528-4508.

Southern NM Earth Day Festival — City of Las Cruces, NMSU, Dona Ana County, Green Chamber of Commerce, and South Central Solid Waste Authority host the festival 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street, with music, kids’ activities, educational booths, science march, raffles, local food, recycle fashion show and more. Information: (575) 541-2177.
  The Earth Day committee has organized an ongoing social media campaign to share everyone’s solutions in creating a healthier planet. Information on Facebook and Instagram at snmearthday.

Spring Fling — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual field day is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, along New York Avenue, between 8th and 10th streets in Alamogordo, N.M. with a car show, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and local entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 1-800-826-0294 or alamogordo.com.

British Car Days Show — The British Motorcar Club of Southern New Mexico’s 27th annual car show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. About 100 British cars and motorcycles will be on display, including Mini Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans. Admission is free to spectators. Information: bmc-snm.org or on Facebook at British Motor Car Club Las Cruces New Mexico.
  All British cars and Brit Bikes welcome to a full weekend of events April 27-29. Events include a garage tour and meet-and-greet potluck Friday; a Mesilla Valley Tour and rally following the car show, and food truck picnic Saturday; and an Awards Breakfast Sunday morning at La Posta.

Community Earth Day Fair — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Alameda Park Zoo, 1021 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, with exhibits on alternative energy and fuels, a mini health fair and screenings, interactive games for kids, live entertainment and a butterfly release. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4290.

Train Day — The 11th annual event, celebrating the anniversary of the first train coming to Las Cruces, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the New Mexico Railroad and Transportation Museum in the Santa Fe Train Depot at Mesilla and Las Cruces avenues, west of the Downtown Mall (351 N. Mesilla). Learn about the role trains played in history, and meet re-enactors to discover what it was like to live and work in the early 20th century. Admission is free. Information, times: (575) 647-4480 or las-cruces.org/museums.

Old Timers Celebration — The 105th annual reunion of the Old Timer’s Association of Luna County is May 3-6, in Deming, N.M. To be eligible, “old timers” must be 30 years old, have lived in Luna County 10 years, at least 30 years of age, or be the descendant of a registered Old Timer. Information on Facebook at Deming-Luna County Old Timers’ Association.
  In 1913, a Deming businessman decided that all Luna County residents age 30 and older should get together once a year and renew friendships. Dues are still $1 a year ($100 for lifetime membership).

T or C “Wild Wild West” Fiesta — The 69th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Most events are at Ralph Edwards Park. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, annualtorcfiesta.com or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, through Downtown, followed by free live music in Ralph Edwards Park with Syd Masters & the Swing Riders, Antonio Reyna, Knifewing, On Call, Sawmill Canyon, Desert Dogs and more. Basketball, horse show, volleyball and skateboard tournaments, kids fishing derby, junk boat race and vendors.

West Texas


Bazaars and Fairs

Big Bend Gem and Mineral Show — The annual show and sale is March 30-April 1, at Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland in Alpine, Texas, with door prizes and demonstrations by vendors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (432) 729-4526 or moonlightgemstones.com.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Fall and winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
   A Book Exchange is on the first and third Saturday of the month.
  Easter Egg Hunt is March 31 for kids. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. with games at 10:30 a.m.
  Earth Day celebration is April 21, with children’s activities on the three “R’s” (reduce, reuse, recycle), and a chance to plant their own herbs or sunflowers.
  NMSU presents a free wellness program March 31, April 14 and April 28. Family groups of 3 (child, parent and other adult relative) are sought to participate. Free food, gas cards, produce coupons and exercise equipment. Information: Ashley Graboski-Bauer, ashleygb@nmsu.edu.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.

Gun Show — The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Spring Gun Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14-15, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $6, $4 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Free admission for Wounded Warriors. Information: 564-0904 or pasodelnorteguncollectors.com.
  The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc., formed in 1964, raises funds for various charities.

Cruces ‘Kids Can’ Spring Bazaar — The marketplace featuring young entrepreneurs is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, during the weekly Farmer’s Market Downtown, on Main Street Las Cruces. Kids aged 6-16 are invited to create a business plan, develop a product or service and then open for business at our marketplace. Information: cruceskidscan.org
  All entries will be entered in the business competition. Booths will be judged by a panel of business professionals. Cash awards offered.

Upscale Rummage Sale - Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing, hosts an indoor yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. More than 50 families will sell gently used items from furniture and antiques to clothing. There will also be food trucks, a raffle of hand-crafted items, and a bake sale. Proceeds go to support Zion Day School and Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care. Information: 566-4667 or www.zionelpaso.org/news.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.

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.
  Easter Egg hunts planned for Saturday, March 31.

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  Second Saturdays Markets are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt.

Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month (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.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Something for everyone

Downtowning - The free interactive, family-friendly Scavenger Hunt to discover El Paso’s Downtown is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 29, centered at Visit El Paso, 400 W San Antonio. Open to teams of up to five participants; a cell phone will be required. Advance registration is required at downtowningep.com/scavenger-hunt.
  Stops include Last Thursday galleries and public artworks. Afterwards, participants will submit pictures, stories, etc. to create a collective Downtown memoir.
Sun Cycle will provide a discount for scavenger hunt participants’ activities that day.

‘Ending Poverty is Within Your Reach’ — Borgen Project, a non-profit organization fighting to downsize global poverty, hosts the free event 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at UTEP Centennial Plaza (by Liberal Arts Building). Participants can learn how to advocate for the world’s poor in 45 seconds. Information: Celeste Gomez, 867-4535.

‘Feed Your Mind’ seminar series — Doña Ana Arts Council brings speakers on a wide range of topics to the community Thursdays through May at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B–D. Evenings begin with social hour and light refreshments 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with seminars 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per seminar. Information: (575) 523-6403.
March 29, April 5 and April 12: Kathleen Key talks on “Impressionism”.
April 19: Marisa Sage, NMSU Art Museum Director, presents “Hidden Treasures: the Art of Sol LeWitt on the NMSU Campus.”
April 26: The Art of Fine Wine.

‘Porous Borders’ — Texas Tech University El Paso College of Architecture hosts the 4th annual symposium March 29-April 1 at various locations in both El Paso and Juarez, featuring prominent scholars and architects to the U.S./Mexico border to discuss the timely topic of borders. Events include talks, movie screenings, dinners, tours with Morris Brown, and other networking events. Information: 594-2030, depts.ttu.edu.elpaso.arch/ or on Facebook at Architecture at Texas Tech University El Paso.
  Keynote speakers include Frida Escobedo, filmwriter and producer Alvaro Rodriguez, Ron Rael and Virginia San Fratello.

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 40th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May. Most events are free, some may include nominal admission fee. Information: 831-6479, 831-2220, cwoolf@epcc.edu, epcc.edu/events/artsfestival or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
  The 2018 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens April 3 in the Administrative Service Center Foyer, Building A.
• Fernando P. Racelis presents a talk on “Cross Currents and Mainstreams: Traditions and the Creative Process” 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Northwest Library open area.
• Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” will be shown at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. at Rio Grande Campus.
• The Spring EPCC Mariachi Real de El Paso and Ballet Folklorico Gala performance is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital is noon Sunday, April 8, in the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex.
• The EPCC Faculty Grand Concert is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Star City Studio, 120 W Castellano.
• Spring Arts Festival Open House if 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Valle Verde Building A, first floor.
• “Radical Self Care: From the Hood to the Reservation” is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Valle Verde Architect Building Breezeway.
• An visiting artist talk and workshop with Eric Galvez is 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, a Northwest Library’s Multipurpose Room.           
• Senior’s Creative Talents in Motion is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, in the Valle Verde campus Amphitheater.
• Release event for “Chrysalis” literary magazine is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Theatre.
• Rio Grande Concert Series presents the Eryilmaz Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. A Master class is 1 p.m. in Valle Verde Campus Room A1201.
• EPCC Student Showcase is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• EPCC Spring Dance Concert is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, in the Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. Tickets: $10 ($5 students).
  EPCC Theatre Department presents “Lend Me A Tenor” April 20-29 in the Transmountain Forum Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($7 students).
  In conjunction with the festival, the 8th annual Tejano Film Festival is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 250 E Montecillo. Details to be announced. Information: Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, 831-2844.

Wine & Wisdom Pt. 3 — United Way Young Leaders Society presents Dr. Roberto A. Coronado 5;30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Sky Lounge, 600 N El Paso. Coronado, Vice President in Charge and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch, will talk on “Making the Leap: From Individual Contributor to Leader.”
  Adults 21 and older are invited to enjoy discussion, networking, wine, and light appetizers. Admission is free; RSVP at uwyls.org/events. Information: 533-2434.

Weight Loss Seminar — Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Clinic hosts free weight loss seminars 6 to 7 p.m. April 5, 11, 12 and 24, at Candlewood Suites, 4631 Cohen, for those suffering from complications due to obesity such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and more. The seminars will also cover the benefits of Bariatric surgery. Admission is free. Information: 1-855-734-2468 or lpdsweightloss.com.

Spiritual Experience discussion — Eckankar in Texas hosts two free programs at El Paso Public Library Memorial Branch, 3200 Copper. Information: (703) 434-1196 or eckankar-texas.org.
• “Accepting Miracles in Our Lives” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
• “Is Life a Random Walk,” discussion on books by Harold Klemp, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

P3 Kidz on Campus 2018 Summer Camps — Early bird online registration for UTEP’s Professional and Public Programs (P3) is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10-12, with the code SKD18. All camps are held on the UTEP campus. Information: 747-5142 or ppp.utep.edu.

‘Why Quilts Matter’ — The nine-part documentary series on the history, art and politics of quilts is featured at 3 p.m. every other Tuesday, April 10-May 22, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Delve into the inner workings of the art world, explore behind the scenes in the quilt marketplace, and journey into the complicated, kaleidoscopic world of quilts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.
April 10: Episodes 1-2
April 24: Episodes 3-4
May 8: Episodes 5-6
May 22: Episodes 7-9.
  Screenings are in conjunction with “Life Along the Rio Grande” quilting exhibition April 3-June 9 at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Camp New Amigos — The 8th Annual Summer Autism Camp is for children age 6-17 with autism is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4-15, on the NMSU campus. The camp serves children and teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Recreation activities at camp include: swimming, canoes, arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding, social games, music and climbing wall activities Space is limited; applications accepted through April 13. Applications: $50. Information: (575) 652-3155, (915) 820-4416 or heartsforautismlc.com.

Days of Remembrance ceremony — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Days of Remembrance) commemoration is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. Survivors and their descendants will share their memories and reflections on the impact of the Holocaust on their lives. Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.

Red Raider Roadshow — Deans, associate deans and other representatives from Texas Tech’s academic colleges will be available to discuss the more than 150 majors, plus minors, specializations and other programs Monday, April 16, at El Paso Convention Center. Current Texas Tech students will describe the traditions, spirit and campus activities. Check-in is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., welcome at 7:15 p.m. and breakout sessions at 8 p.m. Recourse fair also offered. Admission is free; register at depts.ttu.edu/admissions/roadshow. Information: Maryellen Baeza, (806) 742-1480 or maryellen.baeza@ttu.edu.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (April 17) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

Immigration presentation — A Book and panel presentation of “The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security and Equality” by Dr. José Jorge Mendoza, of University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the UTEP Geology Reading Room.

Career Day Fair — El Paso Chapter, The Links, Inc. hosts its career fair 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at El Paso Community College (EPCC), 9050 Viscount, Building A. The fair is a collaboration of professional presenters who will showcase their careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). This event includes College Prep and scholarship information. Information: Bonita Johnson, 479-1252 or bonita255@aol.com; or Rita Wheelright 526-1116 or rweplinks@gmail.com.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (April 21). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event, provided by Commercial Records Center, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, April 21, at Sam's Club West, 7970 N. Mesa. Bring up to 100 pounds (three boxes or bags) of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Do not bring wet or burnt documents. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0191 or bbb.org/elpaso.

‘Changing the World, One Wall at a Time’ — The documentary film on Education is Not A Crime, one of the world’s largest street art and human rights campaigns, is 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The group raises awareness of education discrimination by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.org.

Southwest Administrative Professionals conference — Positive Directions presents the 17th annual Conference for Administrative Professionals, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, at Headstart Multipurpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego, in observance of Administrative Professionals Week. The conference features speakers, lunch, mini-massages, door prizes, vendor booths, breakout sessions and more. Participants may attend either day; comfortable clothes and pants recommended. Registration (by April 13): $199; $249 after April 13 (table and multiple ticket prices available). Information: 838-1000. Registration at apcsouthwest.com.
  This year’s speakers include best-selling author Cynthia James; motivational psychologist Dr. Mel Campbell; Toribio “Toby” Natividad, MD and event organizer Aliana Apodaca.

Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.
  The April forum features three presentations and a short documentary film, “Message in a Bottle” by Danny Schmidt:
• “Air Pollution Data Mapping” with Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, assistant professors, Texas Tech University, College of Architecture-El Paso
• “Food Technology Outreach with Young People: Principles and Success Stories from the EPCC/UTEP STEMGROW Program” with Paul Hotchkin, instructor, Biological Sciences, El Paso Community College
• “Native Plants of the Chihuahuan Desert and the FloraFEST-2018 Native Plant Sale” with John White, Garden Curator, UTEP Centennial Museum & Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards — The 31st annual Community Arts Awards reception is 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Doña Ana Arts Council Art & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-arts.org.
  The council honors individuals and organizations actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.
  A “Walk through Time” walk is 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Participants meet at the intersection of Robinson and Scenic, to learn about the history, geology, and legends of the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez region, all the way up the Scenic Point. information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

Beginner’s Yoga — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts free beginner’s yoga facilitated by Linda Bustamante 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 Tuesday and Thursday, in the foundation’s classroom. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.
  Nutrition & Smoothie Classes in English and Spanish are 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Classes are free.

‘Surviving and Thriving’ classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts a free multi-session, interactive program for participants whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting in May in the classroom, led by trained facilitators who bring new approaches to nurturing, positive living and gratitude. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.

Elks Lodge Youth Week — El Paso Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C-E, hosts a “Celebration of Elk’s Youth Week” event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, with reading of “Gizmo Goes to Yellowstone” by children’s author Heidi Philips (along with an appearance by “Gizmo,”), followed by children’s activities and pizza and drinks at 1 p.m. Participation is free, but RSVP needed by April 27 to receive free autograph book by Philips: 373-1581. Information: elpasoelks187.org.

Vegetarian Society of El Paso Spring Fiesta — The society hosts its spring dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Sunland Park Holiday Inn, 900 Sunland Park, with Mexican themed vegan buffet celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the society’s 25th anniversary, followed by guest speaker, Dr. Brooke Goldner, author of “Good Bye Lupus,” and speaker on diet and health. Cost (all inclusive): $25; $22 members ($10 children 12 and younger). Reservations (due by May 1): 877-3030 or vsep.org. Information: VSoEP@aol.com.
  Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and made a startling recovery from her disease at 28 years old by embracing a vegan diet.

Knitting Workshops — El Paso Knitting Guild host workshops by Alissa Barton, “the Knitting Fairy” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 at the Legacy at Cimarron, 6201 Northern Pass. Barton was recently nominated “Best Arts and Crafts Teacher” in Dallas. Cost: $60 per class; $100 both days. Deadline to register and pay is April 13. Payments: hsoloman46@att.net. Information: 203-8777 or elpasoknittingguild.com.
  Saturday’s class in on Intarsia, and Sunday’s class is on designing a topdown raglan cardigan.

P3’s Super Saturday One-Day Camps — University of Texas at El Paso’s P3 hosts one-day camps 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 19, at 101 W. Robinson. Registration, schedule: 747-5142 or ppp.utep.edu.

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration: geekswhodrink.com.
  Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• Forma Pizzeria, 7130 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Tuesday
• Dead Beach Brewery, 406 Durango, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursday
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

For a good cause

Stroll for Epilepsy — The leisurely family walk to raise awareness of epilepsy is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Walk kicks off with a rally. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; stroll begins at 9 a.m. Participants asked to raise at least $25 for the cause. Participation is free; donations accepted. Information: (888) 548-9716,tschuler@eftx.org or strollforepilepsy.org.
  The Stroll For Epilepsy is a family-friendly walk, reunion and rally that raises dollars and awareness for Epilepsy Foundation Texas’ programs and services such as camps, medical clinics, and education.

March Madness symphony fundraiser — The 20th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 2, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets to be announced. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is 1 p.m.; registration at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.

Milagro Gala — Angelica Hale, the 10-year-old singer who finished second in the 12th season of “America's Got Talent,” is the featured entertainer at the 7th annual benefit gala 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, at El Paso Convention Center. Proceeds from the event benefit sick and injured children at El Paso Children’s Hospital. Doors open with silent auction at 6 p.m.; dancing until midnight following a live auction. Tickets: $150; $1,500 table for ten. Information, reservations: 521-7229, ext. 80524, or elpasochildrensfoundation.org.
   Hale, from Atlanta, Ga., wowed the “America’s Got Talent” judges with her rendition of “Rise Up” at the auditions, and got a “Golden Buzzer” pass to the live shows from guest judge Chris Hardwick after singing “Girl on Fire.” She was notable not only for her booming voice, but her back story that include a life-threatening illness at age four that led to a kidney transplant from her mother.

Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — The Art Student Society at El Paso Community College will sponsor the 14th annual soup dinner and silent auction to raise funds and awareness of world hunger 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. Potters and other craftspeople work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests enjoy a simple meal of soup and macaroni and cheese dishes prepared by El Paso’s finest restaurants. In exchange for a cash donation, guests keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Admission: $20 ($10 children); $25 after April 5. Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org.
  Proceeds go to the local food bank El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
  Participating restaurants include: Around the World Catering, Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant, L&J Café, Corner Bakery Café, Crave Kitchen & Bar, Magic Bistro, Malolam, Mesa Street Grill and Stonewood. Drinks provided by Raising Cane’s.

Groovin’ Loretto Throwback Dance — Loretto Academy Challenge Program hosts its fundraising dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 7, in the Loretto Academy High School Gym, 1300 Hardaway with music by Fungi Mungle and a silent auction. Tickets: $15 available at the door or at the Loretto Academy, 1st floor Business Office. Cash bar offered. Information: 566-8400, ext. 1300 or loretto.org.

Human Rights Award Dinner — Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center will host its annual awards dinner 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. Tickets: $100 ($800 table for 8). Early bird tickets (before March 31) are $80. Information, RSVP: 544-5126, ext. 22, borderheroes@las-americas.org, las-americas.org or on Facebook.
  Honorees are Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Dr. Irma V. Montelongo of UTEP, and a special community volunteer award to Gabriela Castañeda of Border Network for Human Rights.

Chefs & Stars Chef Competition – Rebuilding Together El Paso hosts the culinary experience with eight local chefs and eight local celebrities 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills. Taste all eight recipes in different categories then vote for the favorite chef. Tickets: $75 ($50 military; $25 students). Information: 342-3882 or chefsandstars.com.

Stuff the Truck — The Salvation Army hosts a housewares and clothing drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Fill the donations truck with gently used housewares and clothing. For every 20 pounds of donations (up to 200 pounds), donors receive a raffle ticket for any of the 50 prizes. First 500 donors receive Dunkin’ Donuts, Little Caesars, Sonic, Bush’s Chicken and Whataburger. All proceeds will help provide shelter, clothing, and food for El Paso’s homeless families and individuals. Information: 565-6532 or salvationarmytexas.org/elpaso.

CASA Gala – CASA of El Paso hosts its annual fundraiser gala Thursday, April 19, at 150 Sunset Event Center 150 Sunset, with live and silent auctions, dinner and a showing of the short film “Emily’s Dragon. Ticket information: 225-5214 or casaofelpaso.com.
  CASA of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system.

DMRS Breaking Walls Walk/Run — The
1 Mile Fun Walk/Run benefiting Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. is 7 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S San Marcial. First 200 registrants receive a free T-shirt for the event. Cost: $20 preregistration; $25 day of event. Information: (915)532-3975 ext. 213, or dmrs-ep.org.

‘Jewelry For A Voice’ — En Voz Alta, a non-profit organization that supports children with hearing loss, hosts its 7th annual dinner and silent jewelry auction 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at El Paso Club, 201 W. Main (18th floor Chase Building), with jewelry both designed and crafted from artisans as part of a contest and from local jewelry stores, raffle items, gently used jewelry for sale, jazz music, hearty hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets: $50; age 18 and older admitted; available at elpasochildrensfoundation.org. Information: 521-7229, ext 80524.
  The event raises money to purchase hearing aids for needy children, and to fund activities for them.

Relay for Life — The American Cancer Society hosts the annual overnight event beginning 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Burges High School, 7800 Edgemere. Team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Participation is free for all ages. Information: 633-1231 or relay.acsevents.org.

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — Crisis management expert Judy Smith, the real life inspiration for the hit television show “Scandal,” is guest speaker for the 25th annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Tickets: $100. Reservations: 519-0000, womensluncheon@ywcaelpaso.org or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Smith, the inspiration behind “Scandal” character Olivia Pope, has served as consultant for several high-profile individuals including Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick. Smith served as a special assistant and press secretary to President George H.W. Bush, and is founder and president of the firm Smith and Company.

Lucy Acosta Humanitarian Awards — The annual awards gala from Project Amistad is Friday, April 27, at Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for 10) Reservations, Sonia Morales, 532-3406 or erios@projectamistad.com.
  This year’s winners are Maggie Morales-Moody, Dr. Dwayne Aboud, David and Flo Buchmueller, and Eleanor Poe of El Paso Baptist Clinic.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, will host the first of its monthly toiletries collection drives noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28. They will collect new items all year to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Items will be accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  Items can also be send directly to the lodge by ordering online at amazon.com under the “Elks Lodge 187 TTP Wishlist.”
  The Lodge is hosting a “High School Challenge” through April 27 for all area high schools. The school that collect the donations for TTP drive gets recognition at the KFOX 14/CBS4 studios planning a Pay It Forward for their school or community.

Whole Hog BBQ — Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), hosts its 3rd annual fundraising barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Keepa's Park-5199 Grove East, in Sunland Park, with barbecue and vegetarian offerings, pitmaster contest, cornhole tournament, raffle drawing and music by Rod Crosby and the Intruders and Dusty Low. Guests are encouraged to wear cowboy boots and jeans and come ready to eat and dance. Cost: $100. Information: 478-0908 or dscep.org.

Child Crisis Center Gala — The center’s Casino Night and Celebration, is 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, May 4, at El Paso Firefighters Hall, 3112 Forney, with a casino night, dinner and more. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dress is black, white and red casual attire. Tickets: $125 per person. Information, reservations: 562-7955, ssoto@childcrisisep or childcrisiselp.org.

oLotería — Creative Kids hosts a night of Bingo benefiting the Creative Kids program is 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at its Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco. This year’s event celebrates Creative Kids’ 20th Anniversary. Information: andrea@creativekidsart.org. Tickets: $45 ($500 VIP tables for 8); available at creativekidsolostore.bigcartel.com.

March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, at Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 Desert Blvd, with family activities, t-shirt contests, refreshments, giveaways and more. Participation is free; but donations accepted. Team donations made online at marchforbabies.org/event/elpaso.
  Proceeds support research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
  The Las Cruces March for Babies is Saturday, April 28, at Young Park, 1905 Nevada. Information: (575) 523-2627.

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.

Fort Bliss Easter events — The following events are planned in celebration of Easter at Fort Bliss. Information: blissmwr.com.
• Easter-Avaganza — The annual family concert and parade, is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sgt. Major Blvd. with free bouncy houses and other activities. This year’s theme is “Trolls” with games and crafts presented by Fort Bliss unit Family Readiness Groups, proceeds to benefit FRG funds. Lawn chairs, coolers and blankets are welcome. No pets, glass or alcohol allowed. Admission is free. Information: 588-8247.
• Easter brunches — The Centennial Club’s Easter brunch buffet is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Building 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill. Reservations required. The Easter Bunny will be present for pictures and visits with guests. Cost: $22.95 ($12.50 for children ages 5-10, and free for children ages 4 and under). Information/reservations: 744-8427.

Armed Forces Day Parade
participants — Marching bands, community and school organization floats, entertainment acts, and more are being sought to participate first ever Armed Forces Day and Parade Celebration planned for Saturday, May 19 on Fort Bliss. Deadline to submit applications is April 2. Applications, information, 588-8247 or 568-2554.
  This would be the first official parade in decades in the historic district of Fort Bliss.

Ignite El Paso — The one-day entrepreneurship program for women exploring the idea of small business ownership is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on Fort Bliss, with speakers and business resources. Register at VWISE.org/IGNITE-PROGRAM. Information: (315) 443-1019 or igniteelpaso.eventbrite.com.
  Open to all honorably discharged women veterans of any branch, service era, National Guard and Reserve components, active duty women service members of all branches, women spouses, same sex life Partners, and widowed spouses or partner.

Fort Bliss Yard Sale — The semiannual post-wide yard sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at all housing units on the all on-post housing area. The sale is free and open to the public, but only DoD cardholders are allowed to sell items. Information: 568-2554.
  Sales opportunity at Old Fort Bliss Replica, 5054 Pershing Road, for DoD ID cardholders not living on post. Participants must bring their own table to display.

Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation — Registration on a first come, first serve basis at the Soldier Activity Center for DoD ID cardholders. Information: 744-1532 or bliss.armymwr.com.
   A white water rafting trip to Taos, N.M. is Friday to Sunday, April 20-22, for ages 14 and older. Age 14-17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Cost; $155.

Military & Veteran Recognition Day —Chamizal National Memorial, 80 S. San Marcial, celebrates the Fort Bliss community 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and offers a free military pass for current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members. Passes may be acquired during regular cultural center hours of operation. Bring CAC or Military ID. Pass covers entry into national parks and more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Information: 532-7273.

Procurement and Contracting Symposium — The 14th symposium is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill on Fort Bliss. Registration: $35, includes breakfast and lunch Registration: 831-7749 or elpasococ-events.org.

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).

Fort Bliss Rod & 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/rodandgun.

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (March 6) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or jsw79904@yahoo.com.

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 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.

Resiliency through Art – The Art & Hobby Shop at Fort Bliss opens its studio doors for those who want to create their own art, pottery, photography and more 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: $25 for two hours (includes most supplies in multiple artistic mediums and instructors to help along the way). Open to DoD ID card holders and guest age 15 and older. Ages 15 through 17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: 568-5563.

Club news

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 246-3810, 585-1789, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Laura Bush and Jenna Welsh Community Library at El Paso Community College Northwest Campus, 6702 South Desert Road. Guest speaker is Head Librarian, Lorely Ambriz. No RSVP necessary.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at El Paso Country Club 5000 Country Club Place. Guest Speaker is El Paso Symphony Artistic Director Bohuslav Ratty. Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22 (by April 6); mail check to WWC, PO Box 13167, 79913. Information, reservations: Alicia Sanchez, 449-2121.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Woman’s Department Lunch — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce hosts a general meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, with lunch served at noon by EPCC’s Culinary Arts Department at their “Club 1309, Building B at the Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount.. Academic Achievement Award will be given to a student. Cost: $20; check payable to WDGEPCC, 9201 Edgemere, 79925. Information: Pat Quinn, 755-6193.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held weekly; call days. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

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.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (April 12) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information: epnequilters@gmail.com.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (April 10) 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: 833-5154.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (April 14) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information: jsw79904@yahoo.com.

Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters— Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, westernplayland.com or on Facebook.
  April and May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, 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 or 566-6622.
  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.
  See “Nature” listing for hikes at the Tramway.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. 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. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through April 17. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
  Beach, Booze and Brews at the Park for age 21 and older is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

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.

Ski Apache Wind Rider — 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 $84 for adults, $77 children and senior, $71 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
  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: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

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. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are 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.

Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.

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.

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.

La Viña Winery — 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.
  The annual La Viña Spring Wine Festival is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

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.

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.

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobservatory.org.
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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.

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

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• Los Silver Sinfonico performs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Tickets: 105 to 365 pesos.
• El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra and the Qrquestra Sinfonica de la UACJ present “Carmina Burana” at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Tickets: 105-210 pesos.
• “Díos mío, Hazme Viuda por favor,” an all-female comic play, is at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Tickets: 405-690 pesos.
• “Lucas,” a new play by Odin Dupeyron, is at 8 p.m. Monday, April 23. Tickets: 460-745 pesos
• Expo Congreso Con-Siente on soul, body and  mind begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets: 464-1166 pesos.

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez). Tickets at donboleton.com.
• The “Gran Corrida de Rejones” bullfighting show is at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Ticket: 290 to 1,435 pesos.
• “Corrida Internacional” is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Ticket: 290 to 1,435 pesos.

Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
  Voices of Metal United concert is 7 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Tickets: 495 and 660 pesos, plus service charges. Performers include Nick Marino, Mark Boals, Edu Falaschi, John Ivan and Mike Vescera.

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.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.
  “Foro Mujer: Vive La Experiencia 2018” conference begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Admission: 115 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 Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Mijares brings his “Tour 30 Años” at 9 p.m. Friday, April 13. Tickets: 385-2,145 pesos, plus service chargse.
• Sin Bandera performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Tickets: 330-2,200 pesos, plus service charges.

Moros y Cristianos — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales performance series presents the musical group at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Ticket information: 915-544-5118, fmascarenas.org or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
  Tim Ripper Owens, former lead vocalist for Judas Priest and now with Beyond Fear, performs with special guest Draw the Line at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Tickets: 345 and 575 pesos.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at
  Suenatron, Luis Coronel and Duelo perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Tickets: 405 to 1,145 pesos.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
  Conjunto Primavera, on their 40th anniversary tour, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets: 135-660 pesos, plus service charges.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown.
• “Sangre Nueva” boxing begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. Headliners include Karina “La Bella” Fernandez and Justin Mayweather. Tickets: 110-575 pesos.
• “Gira de Conquista Mexico” lucha libre wrestling begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Tickets: 105-835 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  Adrenalina Invitational Challenge, with barrel racing, bulls and live music, is at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Tickets: 125 pesos (30 for children).

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
  Festival Sin Fronteras begins at noon, Saturday, May 5. Entertainment lineup: Porter, Silverio, Hello Seahorse!, Artista Sorpresa, Camilo Vii, Reyno, Technicolor Fabrics, Rey Pila, Motor, Polaris, Damian Wildes, Dulce Mal, Tetas Lazzer and Novo Pilota. Admission: 275 pesos (1,210 pit, 1,750 VIP)

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is noon 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.

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.


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