June 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Celebrate Independence Day
Southern New Mexico

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Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
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Juarez events
Area Attractions


Billy the Kid Festival — San Elizario Historic Art District hosts the 8th annual festival named for the infamous outlaw Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, in San Elizario. The event celebrates Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876 to break out a friend from the old El Paso County Jail. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093, billythekidfestival.com or on Facebook.
  To get there, take Loop 375 south from I-10, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to Main Street.
   The free presentation of the original play “Billy The Kid 1876” is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, on the Main Street Stage.

Feast in the Middle East — The 53rd annual dinner and festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and the Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday with live Arabic music and folkloric dance, authentic Middle Eastern food, such as kibbee, tabouli, meat pies, home-made bread, baklava and symbosic full bar, bake table and guided church tours.
  Admission is $2 (free with advance purchase of $20 advance food tickets); children 9 and under admitted free.  Free admission for military with ID. Information: 584-9100 or feastofthemiddleeast.com.

Reptilia — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. The celebration of snakes, lizards and more is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, with exhibits, animals, reptile and amphibian encounters and more. 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 or elpasozoo.org.

Sun City PrideFest 2018 — El Paso Sun City Pride’s 11th anniversary festival is 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 2, in the Coffee Box parking lot in honor of LGBTQI Month, with performances and parties. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday from Houston Park to Gray Dog in Downtown. Tickets start at $20; one-day and weekend passes and VIP access (includes meet and greets): $75. All ages event. Information, reservations: (615) 603-2122 or epscp.org.
  Pride Week events run May 28-June 4 including:
• Hear Me Roar Night at El Paso Zoo, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. Tickets: $15 adults; $5 children. Information: 212-0245 or elpasozoosociety.org.
• “Out at the Park” with the Chihuahuas is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Tickets: $17.
• Pride Youth Dance at the Hyatt Place Hotel is 6 to 10 Friday, June 1 for ages 13-20. Chaperones will be present. Admission is free.
• Pride Square Pub Crawl is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 1.
• Sunday Splash Party is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Wet n’ Wild Waterpark, with DJ Irene. Tickets: $45 in online; $50 at the gate.

Agave Festival Marfa — The annual festival celebrating the agave and its influence on culture through food, film, music and science is June 6-10 in Marfa, with talks, tours, tastings and other presentations. Information: agavemarfa.com.
  A welcome party for participants 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Brite Building, 109 N. Highland in Marfa. Special presentations by Johnny Sufficool and a Jessica Lee of Shumla Archaeological Center. Tickets: $20; proceeds benefit Shumla’s effort to preserve ancient rock art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. Space is limited.
  A free performance by Jesse Ebaugh and Tender Thing is 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at El Cosmico, 802 S. Highland. Performance at 9 p.m., Sotol hour with Desert Door at El Cosmico’s Highland Beer Garden at 8 p.m. Proceeds from sales benefits Marfa Public Radio.

Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception celebrations — The churches of Sacred Heart, 602 Oregon, and Immaculate Conception, 118 N. Campbell, are celebrating their 125th anniversaries with special events June 8-9. Information: 603-0779, 240-6635, sacredheart.org, elpasofssp.com or on Facebook at 125PillarsofFaith.
  Friday, June 8:
• Sacred Heart Golf Tournament is 8 a.m. at Butterfield Trail Golf Club, 1858 Cottonwoods.
• The 125th Celebration and Reception is 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart, preceded by mass at 6 p.m.
  Saturday, June 9:
• A procession and benediction from Sacred Heart to Immaculate Conception is 9 a.m. preceded by Mass at 8 a.m.
• Spiritual Talks are 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception, and 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart.

Santa Lucia Kermes — Santa Lucia Catholic Church will host its annual fundraising Gran Kermes 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 9-10, at the church grounds at 518 Gallagher, with food, drinks, games and more. Live music by ASI, 2nd Wind, Exito, Broken Dimes, Tejas and Starliners. Admission and parking is free. Information: 592-5245.

Soldier Con — The inaugural military appreciation Comic Con is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9-10, at Freedom Crossing on Fort Bliss, with guest Noel G of “Fast and Furious” and “Lowridering,” cosplay contests, gaming, artists alley and more. The public is invited. Tickets: $10 per day; $15 weekend. VIP weekend package: $100. Information: soldiercon.com.
  The Eat, Sleep, Drift car show is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9. All makes of vehicles welcome. Registration for entrants: $25 in advance; $35 day of show. Spectator admission to car show is free. Information: carlos@projekt-cars.com or on Facebook at EatSleepDriftOfficial.

St. Anthony’s Day Celebration — The annual “Día de San Antonio” commemoration of the feast day of the reservation’s patron saint is Wednesday, June 13, at Ysleta del Sur Reservation, 131 S. Zaragoza Road. St. Anthony is patron saint of the Tigua tribe in Ysleta. Feast is noon to 1:30 p.m. The celebration, primarily religious in nature, is free and open to the public. Information: 859-8053.
  Preparations begin in early morning, with a Mass at 8 a.m. the Ysleta Mission, and a procession bearing St. Anthony’s image immediately following. People with promises to St. Anthony’s can take their vows or display acts of devotion.
   Tribal members return to the tuh-la (ceremonial site similar to a kiva), where dancing continues all day 1-:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., then back to the tuh-la. The tuh-la is located near the reservation: Take Alameda east to Candelaria, turn left, then right on San Fernando and right on Juno. The reservation is a few blocks from the mission and Ysleta Cultural Center. The public is invited to watch, but photographs of the ceremonies should be taken only with permission. Bring folding chairs.

Los Premios de la Gente — The recognition of the best in local television, radio, and music in the city of El Paso, focused on the Hispanic community, is 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $20. Information: 703-9032.

Boarder City Game Convention — The 2nd annual tabletop gaming convention is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22-24, at Nations Tobin Rec Center, 8831 Railroad, with more than 300 games to check out, raffles, tournaments, vendues, an escape room, panels, bingo and more. Information: boardercitygameconvention.com or on Facebook.
  Advance badges (through June 20): $24 three-day ($14 age 6-12); $10.50 Friday ($6.50 age 6-12); $13.50 Saturday ($8.50 age 6-12) and $8.50 Sunday ($0 age 6-12).
  Badges at the door: $30 three-day ($18 age 6-12); $12.50 Friday ($7.50 age 6-12); $16.50 Saturday ($10 age 6-12) and $9.50 Sunday ($5.50 age 6-12).

Gran Kermes de la Parroquia de San Juan Bautista — San Juan Bautista Church, 5649 Dailey, celebrates its 95th Anniversary with its kermes 4 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 23-24, with food, loteria, games, entertainment, and a grand raffle featuring seven prizes. Information: 779-1583.

Summer Solstice Party — Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Garden, 4200 Doniphan (across from Frontera), hosts its family-friendly fundraising party 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23, with birdwatching, wetlands tour, vendors, belly and flamenco dancers, yoga, fashion show by Pret-A-Porter, food by One Grub Community, treats by Red Raspberries and more. Tickets: $10 for age 14 and older. Information: 490-8571 or keystoneheritagepark.com.

UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic — The 7th annual UTEP alumni gathering is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at YWCA Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout Lane. Miner alumni, family and friends are welcome. for swimming, DJ music, watermelon eating contest, Zumba, jumping balloon and more. Tickets: $12 ($8 age 12 and younger and UTEP students); includes picnic style meal, beverage and activities. Information: 747-8600. Tickets available at alumni.utep.edu/pick-nic by June 18. Information at alumni.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  The Pick-Nic is one of several at locations across the United States and Mexico for UTEP alumni.

Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday (preliminaries) and Saturday (finals), June 29-30, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $17-$22. Information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894, 820-3734, laurasproductions.com or elpasopageants.com.
  The competition is divided into three categories: Personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. In addition to choosing Miss El Paso and Miss El Paso Teen with awards in Most Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit, and Miss Congeniality. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.

Sun City Blues Festival — The festival of food and music is 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Barnett Harley-Davison, with music by Calista, Smokin’ Blues Band, Dusty Low, Sorry ‘bout Your Sister, Ten Second Pistol and The Derrick Harris Band, as wells as food trucks, vendors and more. Portion of proceeds benefit Hands of Love and Hope. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Information: suncitybluesfest.com.

El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso live Independence Day Weekend with the family event noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in Convention Center Plaza, Downtown, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, gelato, churro splits, snow cones, a toppings bar, live music, ice cream-inspired arts, contests, food trucks, inflatables, face painters and balloon twisters and more. Tickets on sale May 31 at icecreamfestep.com.

Alameda Auto Electric Car Show — The 3rd annual car show benefiting Child Crisis Center of El Paso is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive, with music, entertainment and door prizes. Bring sunscreen and water. General admission is free; vehicle registration: $20 by July 15 at alamedaautoelectric.com. Day of show registration is $25. Information: 873-1978.
  Complimentary picture to any entrant that desires a professional photograph of their car, courtesy of VDL Image.

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.


 

Celebrate Independence Day


Ardovino’s Fourth of July — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, celebrates Independence Day with its annual BBQ 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, with food, music, and a great view of surrounding fireworks displays. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.

East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. with floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles are among the entries. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 204-5206 or on Facebook.

Fourth of July at Cohen Stadium — The Independence Day GECU presents Music Under the Stars performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with music by country performer Frank Ray, followed by a fireworks finale. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.

La Viña Fourth of July Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 18th annual picnic 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, featuring musical entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque. Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers and no pets. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music, conducted by EPSO Assistant Conductor James Welsch, at the annual event 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Show is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union. Fireworks display follows performance. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Food and beer available for purchase. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247, epso.org or bliss.armymwr.com.
  Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults.

Wet ’N’ Wild Fireworks — The water park in Anthony, Texas will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show at dusk (around 9 p.m.) Wednesday, July 4. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.

West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 22n annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Be The Inspiration.” This year’s Grand Marshal is El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 474-4241, july4parade.com or on Facebook.
  Fee for entries is $40 for businesses ($10 non-profits; free for youth groups and churches) by June 30. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Judging criteria will include special effects, costume originality, theme and crowd pleasing. Information packets available at july4parade.com.

Cloudcroft July 4th — Cloudcroft’s Independence Day weekend activities are Saturday, June 30, with the annual parade at 4 p.m., with a street dance on Burro Avenue 7 to 11 p.m.  featuring music by Tell Runyan. Information: coolcloudcroft.com
  Melodrama performances of “Doc Doc Goose” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, presented by the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company.

Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Admission fees waived 6 to 9 p.m. that day. Information: (575) 744-5923 or Elephantbutteadventures.com.

Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University’s annual 4th of July Celebration are Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Headliners are Dennis DeYoung with the music of Styx, and Jefferson Starship. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2550, (575) 646-5981 or las-cruces.org.
  The Electric Light Parade, “Illuminate the Sky” is 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex. Information: (575) 541-2550.
  The annual Electric 5K and One-Mile Fun Run precedes the parade at 7:30 p.m. beginning at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Information:
lascrucesrunningclub.com.
  Independence Day celebration and concerts are Wednesday, July 4, at
Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead on the NMSU campus. Jefferson Starship begins at 6 p.m. with Dennis DeYoung at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Food vendors will be on site; no grilling, personal fireworks, alcohol, RV’s or overnight parking allowed.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10:30 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. Free shuttle ends at midnight. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Mesilla Independence Day — The annual fireworks display is 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol. Live music and food vendors, 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
  The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla.

Red, White and Blue and Music Fest — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce hosts the music festival 8 a.m. to midnight Wednesday and noon Thursday, July 4-5, at Hang Glider Park Griggs File, 3000 N. Florida in Alamogordo, with headliners The Bart Crow Band and Micky and The Motor Cars, as well as local and regional bands Rosewater Blues
CW Ayon, Black Hats and Pearl Snaps, and
Gasoline Alley. Great view of annual Fireworks follows. Tickets: $23 general admission; $35 Main Sound Stage standing room only; $55 reserve seats and $75 VIP; available at redwhitebluebrew.eventbrite.com.

Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Uncle Sam Wants You,” is 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, snaking down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street in Silver City. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast precedes the event in Gough Park; activities and entertainment throughout the day around 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
  Silver City Museum’s 34th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in museum’s courtyard, with live music, children’s activities and more.

Socorro Independence Day — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host the 26th annual celebration starting 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, on the New Mexico Tech campus near the Macey Center, One Olive Lane, featuring family entertainment and activities, a lineup of some of New Mexico’s favorite musical performers, BBQ and food for sale, and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark. Admission is free. Information: nmtpas.org.


Southern New Mexico


San Juan Fiesta and Turtle Fest — The annual fiesta and turtle derby is usually held the 3rd weekend in June at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, N.M., near Las Cruces. The celebration dates back to when the present day Tortugas consisted of two separate villages, Guadalupe and San Juan. Information: Parish Office, (575) 526-8171.
  A Pre-Derby Tardeada is held Saturday evening with traditional food available for purchase. Information: (575) 526-4003.
  Sunday’s festival is all day Sunday with the annual Turtle Races, along with traditional food booths, kids activities and entertainment, plus a dance/tardeada.
  To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.

Wednesday Nights on Main — The free summer series runs twice monthly 6 p.m. Wednesdays through July at Plaza de Las Cruces on historic Main Street, with vendors, food trucks, music, activities, and entertainment. Information: (575) 522-1232.
May 30: “50s Night,” with cars, costumes, and music from the ‘50s.
June 13: “Mexican Fiesta,” with El Sombrero Taco Eating Contest, dancers, and music.
June 27: “Country Western Night,” with live music from the Line Five Band and the Cotton Eyed Jokers.
July 11: “Circus Night” with entertainment from Odd Lab’s Circus Bootcamp.
July 25: “Superheroes.” All ages can cosplay as their favorite superheroes and meet costume performers.

Great High Mountain Bed Race and Green Chile Cookoff — The 2nd annual event benefiting High Mountain Youth Project is Saturday, June 2, at Wingfield Park, 801 Resort Drive in Ruidoso. Races begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by cookoff and festivities 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: highmountainyouth.org or visitruidoso.com.
  A Bed Race Parade is 10 a.m. beginning at the corner of Sudderth Drive and Eagle Drive through Midtown.

Tularosa Art and Music Festival — The summer kick-off event hosted by the Tularosa Arts and History Council is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, on Granado Street in Tularosa, with art vendors, ice cream social, live music and a street dance. Information: (575) 629-0787 or trytularosa.org.

WCC&D Spring Fiesta — The 34th annual fiesta at the former New Mexico mining boom towns of Winston, Chloride, Chiz and Dusty 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Community Center, between between Axtel and McConky in Winston, 35 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences on NM 52. Events include parade, BBQ dinner, craft fair and flea market, cow chip poker, raffle, family games and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 743-2081, wccd-nm@outlook.com or on Facebook.
  Western dance is 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $5.

Western BBQ and Street Dance — Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo, N.M. hosts its 2nd annual western barbecue and street dance Saturday, June 2, at Patron’s Hall, 1106 New York, next to the center. Dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Three Rivers; country and rock dance follows 8:30 to 11 p.m. featuring The Yarbrough Band. Cost: $25 dinner and dance. Beer and wine cash bar offered. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
  Raffle prizes include: $5,000 first prize; $2,500 second prize; big screen TV third prize; a 50/50 drawing and silent auction items.

Taste of Las Cruces — the Rotary Clubs of Las Cruces hosts an evening of sampling food from several area restauranteurs 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, with music by The Two of Us. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Casa de Peregrinos. Tickets: $40; available at lascrucesrotary.org/taste.
  This year’s participants include Andele Restaurante, Le Rendez-vous Café & French Pastry, Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine, Let Them Eat Cake
Boar’s Head Brand Deli Meats and Cheeses, Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant,
Caliche's Frozen Custard, Luchador Food Truck, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Mesilla Provisions Double Eagle Restaurant & Peppers Café, NMSU Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management, The Grille at Hacienda de Mesilla, Ol’ Gringo's Chile
La Posta de Mesilla, Salud de Mesilla Restaurant, Las Cruces Convention Center and St. Clair Winery and Bistro.

Elephant Butte Chili Challenge — The 27th annual cook-off is 5 p.m. until the chili is gone Saturday, June 9, at the Elephant Butte Community Center. Area cooks compete to have the best and hottest red and green chili in the southwest. Awards at 7:30 p.m., DJ music until 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Park admission fee applies; plus $2 per chili sample. Entry fee for participants is $20 to $30. Information: (505) 604-5046 or on Facebook.

Summer Kick Off Event — The Las Cruces Museum System will host a “Summer Kick Off” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in the museum courtyard outside of Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main. Kids of all ages, families, and friends are invited in hands-on sports science activities presented by the Museum of Nature and Science and Play It Again Sports. Admission to the event and all museums is free. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
  Art activities and demonstrations will be presented by the Museum of Art Studio Programs. Visitors are also invited to take a sneak peek at summer camp, weekday evening, and studio art programs offered by the Museum of Art, Branigan Cultural Center, the Railroad Museum, and the Museum of Nature and Science. Registration for summer activities will be open during the event.

Bumps, Babies & Beyond Baby Expo —Parents, parents-to-be, and their children will have a day of fun at the expo 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with a wide range of resources, from baby photographers and party planners to healthcare providers and daycare representatives. Expo admission is free. Information: bumpsbabiesbeyondexpo.com or (575) 522-1232.

First New Mexico Bank Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo — The 28th annual PRCA Rodeo rides into Silver City 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, June 13-16, at Southwest Horseman’s Park, U.S. 180 East (at Caballero Road). Performances begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. with mutton bustin’ at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the gate. information: (575) 534-5030, silvercityprorodeo.com or on Facebook.

Fiesta in The Clouds — Sacred Heart Mission’s annual event in honor of the Sacred Heart Feast Day celebration is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Sacred Heart Mission, 203 James Canyon Highway in Cloudcroft, N.M. with Matachines and DJ Rico, well as folklorico dance, flamenco, country and more. Admission is free; candy and goody bags for all kids. Information: (575) 692-6200 or sacredheartcatholiccloudcroft.com.
  The traditional procession, with prayer and devotion through the mountain village, begins at 10 a.m. followed by Mass at Sacred Heart Mission.

High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club Cherry Festival — The 49th annual festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16-17, at High Rolls Community Center, 56 Cottage Row. The festival features all varieties of cherry products — pies, tarts, ciders — and fresh bing cherries, children’s activities, and more than 65 arts and crafts vendors. Proceeds benefit Lions Club causes. Admission is free. No pets. Information: highrollsfestivals.com or on Facebook at High Rolls Festivals.
  High Rolls is nine miles east of Alamogordo on U.S. 82 (between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft). Follow the signs to the community center.

Raft the Rio Festival — Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces hosts the Raft Race at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, beginning at La Llorona Park beneath the Picacho Street bridge, in Las Cruces. Cash prizes for the best original design using recycled materials and for the best decorated canoe/kayak. All crew members must have and wear a life jacket. Registration: $25 in advance through June 11; $30 day of event (for two sailors), $5 each for additional crew members Registration: kiwanis-lascruces.org. Information: northcuttjb@comcast.net.

Spaceport America Cup — The International Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition is Tuesday through Saturday, June 19-23, at Spaceport America, for rocket teams from all over the country and around the world. Information: spaceportamericacup.com.
  Events include a conference Tuesday at Las Cruces Convention Center, field operations Wednesday through Friday at the Spaceport vertical launch area, and award ceremony and dinner Saturday.

Festival of Quilts — The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts is Wednesday through Saturday, June 20-23, at the Otero County Fairgrounds in Alamogordo, N.M. with the theme “Outer Limits-A Celestial Inspiration.” Admission: $7 one-day; $10 two-day. Information: (575) 437-4880 or snmfq.com.
  Classes offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with sessions by internationally renowned quilter and musician Ricky Tims, as well as classes by Pam Holland and Sue Rasmussen. Cost and schedule at snmfq.com.
  A concert by Tims is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 N. New York. Tickets: $25 (admission free with paid admission to any of his sessions).

‘Dale Gas!’ — Doña Ana Arts Council hosts a celebration of the lowrider culture with a concert and car show beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the courtyard next to the Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suites B – D, in Mesilla.
  Popular cumbia band from Mexico, Jarabe Mexicano, performs 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. and the NMSU DanceSport team will be on hand performing and getting people out on the dance floor. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase from Paisano’s Restaurant in the courtyard or inside the restaurant. Ticket: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets available at the DAAC office or at daarts.org. Information: (575) 523-6403 or admin@daarts.org.
  “Dale Gas!”  translates to “give it gas” or “step on it!” Two car clubs, The Imperials Car Club El Paso and the Good Times Car Club of Las Cruces, will exhibit 12 to 15 stylish lowriders.
  This event is inspired by the photography exhibit “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods,” on loan from the New Mexico State History Museum archives on display at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center during June.

Fiesta Latina — A weekend of Latin cultures, rhythms, flavors, artisans crafts and tequila tasting is Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, at Old James Stadium in Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M. Most events are free. Fiesta VIP pass is $50 for all tickets events; available at fiestalatina.org. Information: (575) 538-6469.
  Mercado is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
  Opening night dance is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Old James Stadium with Nosotros and Santa Rueda Dancers. Tickets: $10.
  Tequila Tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Tickets: $20, age 21 and older only.
  Darren Cordova in concert is 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, with opening acts Eve Ybarra y Su Conjunto Siempre at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.
  Other events include film lectures, continuous live entertainment, huachas and more.

Fourth Fridays at Alameda Park Zoo — The City of Alamogordo hosts free monthly summer events 6 to 10 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month during the summer months (June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24), at Alameda Park Zoo, 1321 N. White Sands, with live music, outdoor movie, food vendors, prizes, giveaways and more for the entire family. No pets or outdoor food and drink; alcohol service for age 21 and older offered. Admission is free. Information: ci.alamogordo.nm.us or on Facebook.

Brewdoso — Ruidoso’s inaugural festival featuring New Mexico craft beer and wine is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, at Wingfield Park, 801 Resort Drive, featuring brews, wines and spirits from around New Mexico. Proceeds benefit the community of Ruidoso. Tickets: $15 one day; $25 weekend in advance at eventbrite.com. Information: visitruidoso.com.

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation hosts Indian dances and rodeo performances Wednesday through Saturday, July 4-7, on the Mescalero Rodeo Grounds in Mescalero, N.M. Native dances (including Dance of the Apache Maidens and Dance of the Mountain Gods), arts and crafts and food vendors featured daily. Dinner served at 5 p.m. nightly. Rodeo performances at 1 p.m. Rodeo admission: $12 ($5 child). Dance and night activities admission: $7 ($3 children). Information: (575) 464-4494 or mescaleroapachetribe.com.
  The 39th annual parade, “Honoring the Famous Mescalero Apache Red Hats and Their Legacy” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, with a dance at dusk at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Information: (575) 937-2307.
  The annual Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run 5K and 10K run is 8 a.m. Friday, July 6, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information, cost: (575) 464-3473.

Smokey Bear Stampede — The 62nd annual celebration is Wednesday through Sunday, July 4-8, in Capitan, N.M. about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Ranch rodeo is 1 p.m. daily, with traditional rodeos nightly at 7 p.m. Goat roping and other events also planned each day. Rodeo admission: $10 general admission; $6 age 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.
  Rodeo dances are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly with live or DJ music. Admission: $5.
  Capitan Fourth of July parade is 10 a.m. Wednesday, fireworks that evening, following the rodeo performance.
  BBQ Cook-Off dinner is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds. Plates: $10 regular plate; $15 sample plate.
  The annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. Registration: (575) 354-2748.

 

West Texas

Fort Davis Independence Day Weekend — The West Texas town hosts its annual “Coolest 4th of July Celebration” Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1 in Fort Davis. Vendors and entertainment on the Courthouse Square are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and fireworks after dark on Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (432) 426-3015, 1-800-524-3015 or fortdavis.com.
  Live concerts are 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 29, with Joe Davila & The Jetliners, and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 30, with Jody Nix & the Texas Cowboys. Tickets: $15 at the door; age 10 and younger free.
 The “Coolest” 5K run is Wednesday, July 4. Registration age active.com.

Bazaars and Fairs

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.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.
  Sunrise yoga is to 10 a.m. Cost: $10.
June 2: Master Gardeners of El Paso “Tool Sharpening and Care” event. Bring gardening tools in to be cleaned and sharpened, and learn how to care for them.
June 9 and 23: Chef Patrick Rosser of El Paso Community College culinary program presents “Cooking Fresh” 9:30 to 11 a.m. Watch, learn and taste how to turn fresh Farmers’ Market finds into tasty culinary masterpieces.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 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.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 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, and feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Valley Community Food Pantry Rummage Sale — Valley Community Food Pantry & Community Garden hosts its first anniversary celebration 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 11050 Montwood, with household items, Home Décor, Kid's stuff, some clothing. Proceeds from sales go to help the food pantry and the people it serves. Information: 234-2486 or on Facebook at ValleyCommunityFoodPantry.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (June 17, July 15) on the third Sunday of the month March through November in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Shows are offered on the outdoor stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with live music, folklorico and other dancers, and reenactments by the Pistoleros gunfighters. Pets welcome.  Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Kern Place Art and Farmers Market — The monthly market is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  the last Sunday of the month April through November at 205 Cincinnati Street (between Stanton and Mesa), with free yoga and local shops and restaurants open for food and shopping. Information kernplacemarket.wordpress.com.

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.

Mexican Arts Show and Sale — The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 1, on the visitor center patio at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo. Admission is free to the show and sale; pots range from $20 to museum quality pieces. Information: (575) 479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa.
  The show features intricate Mata Ortiz pottery made in the traditional style without a potter’s wheel, whimsical Oaxacan woodcarvings, and vibrant Zapotec rugs. Daily film screenings and kids’ activities also featured.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27 in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard), and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 23 Grant County Convention Center parking lot, US 180 and 32nd Street Bypass. Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.

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.

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.

Something for everyone


Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café opens Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Grand Reopening is May 30-June 1. 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.

RN to BSN Open House — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, 210 Concepcion, hosts and open house event 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, in Room 105, for those interested in learning more about their program. Registration at tinyurl.com/yc5s74uy. Information: 215-4037 or elpaso.ttuhsc.edu.

El Paso Lupus Support Group — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (June 2) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

Free Community Cleanup — El Paso County Public Works hosts a free community cleanup Saturday, June 2, with drop off at 1002 Tiffany Rd (between Tiffany and Southwood, Canutillo). The event will accept passenger tires, bulk trash, electronic and hazardous household waste. Limited amount accepted; open to all residents of El Paso County.
  Some items may not be accepted, so residents are encouraged to sort their bulk waste prior to arrival. Information: El Paso County Public Works office, 546-2015.

One H-Town EP & Rebellious Nation MC Run— One H-Town EP & Rebellious Nation Motorcycle clubs host their “The Longest Day” run benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, Sunday, June 3, with registration 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  starting at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Stops to be announced, with live music, raffles and door prizes offered. Cost: $10 donation; $15 couples. Information on Facebook at Barnett Harley Davidson.

Wine & Whimsy — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine, 7288 Highway 54/70 in Alamogordo, hosts an art and wine event 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Learn to make dreamcatcher earrings under the supervision of Kat Manford. Class appropriate for adults and supervised children over 12. Cost: $35 ($25 under 21) Materials for craft. One glass of wine or soda water included in cost.
Reservations required: (575) 434-0035.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Classes begin June 4 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for ages 50 or older.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs through May 25, and is $35 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after May 25).
  Classes include art, current events, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities. College degree is not required.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209, 500 W. University. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Register by phone, mail to the office or in person. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280 (during office hours). Course list and details at OLLIatUTEP.org.

Senior Summer Classes — EPCC’s Senior Adult program hosts summer classes for adults age 55 and older. Registration at any EPCC campus. Information, cost: 831-7802.
• Line Dance is 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, June 4-Aug. 20 at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West.
• Diabetes Self-Management education is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5-Aug. 21, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center B-580, 9050 Viscount.
• Landscape Acrylic Painting is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 23-July 14, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza.
• Beginning Ceramics is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 23-July 14, at El Paso Museum of Art.

AIM Convention — Texas Western Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ hosts its 2017 Auxiliaries in Ministry (AIM) Convention June 5-9, at Holy Light COGIC, 5928 Trowbridge. Services begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with Music and Youth Convention 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Information: TWJCOGIC.org or on Facebook.

Real Estate EXPO — Young Professionals Network presents the Residential and Commercial Real Estate Expo 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 Mills. Meet top professionals representing real estate related industries. Tickets: $12 ($10 Realtors); includes two tacos and beverage. Workshop free on its own. Cash bar available. Information: 999-1781 or gracie@emajj.com.

WWII/D-Day Commemorative Celebration — The Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. commemorates the 74th Anniversary of D-Day at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Chamizal National Theater, 800 S. San Marcial The event honor surviving/deceased veterans of all World War II Campaigns. The event is free and the public is welcome; reception with soft drinks, cake and ice cream follows. Information: John Ceballos, 240-8104 or JohCeb@msn.com.

Bike Night — The El Paso HOG Chapter hosts the car show and bike event 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Barnett Harley-Davison, 8272 Gateway East, with food trucks, music, beer and more. Information: rgonzalez@barnettharley.com or on Facebook.

TTUHSC GGHSON Graduate School Open House — TTUHSC El Paso Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing,210 Concepcion, will host a graduate school open-forum open house at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in Room 105 with a Q&A session to discuss how the MSN in Leadership fits into career goals. Registration is free; dinner provided; swag bag for first 25 to register. Information: 215-4037 of elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/son/.

Burgers & Rods Cruise-In — West Texas Muscle Car Club hosts a Cruise-In 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Blake’s Lotaburger, 12371 Edgemere, showing off hot rods, and muscle cars. Admission is free, open to anyone with a pre-1987 vehicle. Information on Facebook at West Texas Muscle C.C El Paso, Tx.

Pink Boutique — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N. Virginia, Suite D, hosts the pop-up boutique for all breast cancer survivors 10 a.m. to noon p.m. Saturday, June 9, featuring mastectomy bras, exercise wear, tops and swimwear. Admission is free, but registration required at rgcf.org. Information: 562-7660, ext. 303.
  Prices for these hard-to-find garments will be $20 to $30. Hats, scarves, accessories and other items will also be available for purchase.

Welcome to Medicare — The local Area Agency on Aging hosts a free session for those planning on retiring to learn about Social Security benefits and Medicare 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at Education Service Center-Region 19, Paso Del Norte Room, 6611 Boeing. Registration 8:15 to 9 a.m. Information: 533-0998 or riocog.org.

‘Cryptocurrency’ Nerd Night — Cryptocurrency is the subject for the next Nerd Night event hosted Insights El Paso Friday, June 15, at Park Tavern, 204 E Mills. Age 21 and older welcome. Speakers Paul Ward, Mark Gladden and Matt Sistrunk will talk about crytocurrancy and how it works. RSVP at insightselpaso.org/programs/nerd-nights/. Information: 534-0000.

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 (June 16). 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.

Ardovino’s Father’s Day — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will host its Father’s Day brunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Brunch features steak and eggs, and dinner prime rib. Reservations required, space is limited. Upper parking lot for handicap only. Call for cost. Information/reservations: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.

‘Prevent T2’ Wellness Program — Trinity Health Coaching hosts the free prevention class as part of its National Diabetes Prevention program led by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19, and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23, at The Intelligent Office, 7362 Remcon Circle. This introductory session will provide attendees with an overview of the full one-year “Prevent T2” class, which covers exercise, nutrition, menu-planning, restaurant eating tips, and more. RSVP's required; adults only. Information: 861-6758 or trinityhealthcoaching.com.

Riverside 40th Reunion — Riverside High School Class of 1978 hosts its 40th reunion 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 30, with a dinner and dance at Hollywood Hall, 1441 Zaragoza, Suite 8. Dinner 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. followed by dance 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Cost: $35 ($40 after June 1). Information:  Liz, 549-9741, or Barbara, 526-5464.
  A mixer is 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Brew East Sports Pub, 1441 N. Zaragoza.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. 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.
 
‘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.

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.

1 Million Cups — Local entrepreneurs can meet and present their startups to the El Paso community 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Hub of Human Innovation, l500 W Overland, Suite 230. The event is free to everyone; coffee served. Information: 321-3123, hubep.org or 1millioncups.com/elpaso.
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

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.

Cocktails with Friends — The Networking Group hosted by Pronto Body Shop is 5 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Alamo Drafthouse’s Glass Half Full Tap Room, 250 E Montecillo, with free drinks to the first 30 business professionals, live music by Xavier Tisa Gonzales and networking opportunities. Admission is free. Information: 691-9442 or tiffany@prontobodyshop.com.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (June 19) 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 (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

Faith & Grief Luncheon — People of all faiths are welcome to monthly luncheons for those experiencing the loss of a loved one noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.
Admission and lunch is free; reservations strongly encouraged. Donations welcome. Registration: 562-7660 or FaithandGrief.org.

GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes and tests 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 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.

H-D Riding Academy — Those interest in learning to ride a motorcycle can take classes June 29-July 1 and July 27-29 at Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway, with riding portion at Santa Teresa Airport. Information: Eddie, (575) 202-7693.

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Prompt arrival strongly encouraged. Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing, followed by Twin Hearts Meditation. It will require some simple exercises prior to and after the meditation. Services offered on a first-come basis. Provided solely by volunteer efforts of the many El Paso Pranic healers. Donations welcome. Information on Facebook at LightElPaso.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church. Donations welcome.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.


For a good cause


Bowl-A-Thon — El Paso Electric sponsors the Bowl-A-Thon benefiting Junior Achievement of El Paso is Saturday, June 2, at Fort Bliss Bowling Center. Prizes offered for bowling champs and Best Dressed 80s Team. Two-hour bowling spots begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration: $100 (five person team); each team member commits to raising $100 in donations. Information: 772-5566, jaelpaso.org or on Facebook at JA El Paso.

Margarita Shake-Off — Aceitunas, 5200 Doniphan, hosts its 7th annual event with public voting 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, benefiting Hospice El Paso. Doors open at 1 p.m., winner announced at 6:30 p.m. Silent auction also held. Cost: $5 at the door; prizes and drink discounts all day. Information: 845-2277 or on Facebook at AceitunasBar.

A Taste of the Spencer — The Spencer Theater Guild presents its 11th annual fundraising benefit at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy. 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso), with hors d’oeuvres (carving stations and more), fine wines, and the live and silent auction of trips, antiques, vehicles, art, jewelry, tools, sporting packages, fine clothing, collectibles and more. Tickets: $65 (all inclusive). Information/reservations: (575) 336-4800, 1-888-818-7872 or spencertheater.com.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso’s 20th annual Bowl for Kids Sake is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Community members form bowling teams, and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring services. The all -day party includes food, bowling, a live DJ, singing, dancing, prizes and more. Spots fill up quickly, early arrival encouraged. Information, donations: 544-4203 or bbbsep.org.

Project ARRIBA Dinner — Project Arriba hosts its 5th annual dinner and fundraiser 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at El Paso Convention Center. Keynote speaker is Emma W. Schwartz. Tickets: $7150 ($1,500 table for ten). Information: projectarriba.org.
  Seat and table proceeds benefit the mission of Project ARRIBA.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts the toiletries collections 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 and Yucca Council Boy Scouts of America’s “Troop Challenge” for all area scouting troops is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Information 433-7335 or Elpasoelks187.org.

Fan Drive for the Elderly — El Pasoans are urged to donate new fans for use by the elderly or disabled through the summer months for the annual Extreme Weather Summer Fan Drive. Fans may be dropped off at any El Paso fire stations. Dial 211 for the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force emergency line.



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.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest — Nathan’s Famous Coney Island Hot Dogs hosts its hot dog eating contest 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Biggs Park on Fort Bliss, with food, drinks and other activities. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 588-8247.
   To participate in the contest (at 2 p.m.), go to Fort Bliss MWR on Facebook.

Aquapalooza — The 5th annual water event is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Biggs Park on Central Fort Bliss across from the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, with free water fun, games, rides and slides. A fire truck will be on-site to soak willing participants. Face painting, snow cones, and balloon animals will also be offered. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 588-8247, bliss.armymwr.com or on Facebook at blissmwr.

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 kayaking and lunch event along the Rio Grande in Truth or Consequences is Saturday, June 16. This event is open to the public, ages 12 and older (age 12-17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Registration required. Cost: $35 per person.

Father’s Day at Fort Bliss — The Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill at Biggs Army Airfield holds its Father’s Day Brunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Reservations required for all seatings. Cost: $22.95 ($11.95 ages 5 to 10; free for ages 4 and under. Information: 744-1171 or blissmwr.com/centennial.
  Desert Strike Lanes hosts a “Bowl with your Hero” event noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Dads bowl one free game with a paying child. Open to the public. Information: 568-6272.

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 (June 5) 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

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs, open to the public, 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: daphotoclub.org.
June 5: Dave Brown will explain how to replace a dull sky in an otherwise great photograph.
  Victor Gibbs will show night painting photographs taken during the recent field using recent sampled.
  Fred Moore will discuss how and where to get the best photos printed.
June 19: Second quarter member print completion will be shown, plus how to photograph fireworks. Monthly theme is “The Blues.”

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, at 1148 Calle Lomas. No RSVP necessary.
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Holiday Inn, 900 Sunland Park Drive. Guest speaker is Tom Fenton, owner and publisher of El Paso, Inc. Cost: $22 (vegetarian options available; indicate on check); mail check to WWC, PO Box 13167, 79913. Information, reservations: Alicia Sanchez, 449-2121 or alicialosan@aol.com.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (June 11) 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.

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 monthly luncheon meeting is noon Tuesday, June 26, at Wyndham Airport, 2027 Airway. Program to be announced. Cost, reservations: 598-6376.

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.

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts a new series of workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W Paisano, Second floor meeting room. Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at the.elusive.photon.im/PEEP/.
July 25: Astrophotography with John Hall
Sept. 26: Lightpainting with Chad Puerling
Nov. 28: Advanced Photoshop.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (June 14) 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.

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 (June 9) 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

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.

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.
  June hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, starting June 13.

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  weekends, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays during the summer months. Season pass for 2018 (May 5-Sept. 9) is $48.99. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; free for babies under 1. Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
  Alfredo “El Komander” Rios performs Sunday, June 10.
  World’s Largest Swim Lesson is Thursday, June 21.
  Neon Paint Party, after hours electronic dance party featuring Deorro is Saturday, June 30.

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.
  A “Leave No Trace” workshop is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Space is limited; call to RSVP.
  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.

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.

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 4th of July Picnic is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, with refreshment, musical entertainment and games.

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.

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.


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 de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com. Alfredo Rios “El Komander” and Regular Caro perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1. Tickets: 385-1,980 pesos.

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.
• “Broadway Musical,” presented by Colegio Americano Misiones, is at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Tickets: 60-93 pesos.
• The romantic comedy, “Una pareja de 3” by Mauricio Pichardo,” is presented at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Tickets: 460-920 pesos.
• Carlos Cuauhtémoc Sanchez speaks on “Crecer en tiempos de tormenta” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Tickets: 290-460 pesos.
• Colegio Americano presents the 12th annual “Foro Cultural Dreaming of Peace” at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Tickets: 60-93 pesos.
• “Forever Tango”is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 22. Tickets are 365-730 pesos.
• Esperanza Azteca presents “Broadway Sinfonico” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Tickets: 105-315 pesos.
• “Despierta el Exito que Llevas Dentro” with Daniel Habif is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Tickets: 345-575 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com. “Conetl the Greatest Show” is at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Admission: 105 pesos.

Hysteria Beer & Rock — Ignacio Mejía 127 y F. Villa. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. Voices of Metal, with guest band Estridor Draco, is at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Admission: 515 pesos.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Micky Roman of Mexico takes on Fernando Vasco of Argentian in the WBC International Championship super featherweight boxing match at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Tickets: 345-1,150 pesos.

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.
  Summer camp runs July 3-Aug. 4.
  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.

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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