July 2016

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Summer Fun for Kids
Juarez events
Area Attractions

National Parks and Recreation Month — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July. Events are free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• A Justice League Showdown is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at San Juan Placita, 5701 Tamburo with a superheroes outdoor block party.
• Two Corners Volleyball Tournament is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Pavo Real Gym, 9301 Alameda, for beginners and open teams. Cost: $60 per team.
• Independence Day celebration concert is 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown.
• Disco Aerobics (superheroes theme)is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, at Happiness Senior Center, 563 N. Carolina.
• Zumba-Thon at Parks is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at San Jacinto Plaza, with huachas, table tennis and chess.
• Street Games of New York are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Memo Villarreal and Jimmy Ochoa Fields.
• Trailblazers Summer Camp runs 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 18, at Keystone Park and Botanical Gardens on Doniphan, for ages 7-17.
• Zumba-Thon and Dance Show is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Happiness Senior Center.
• Mind Games Extravaganza is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson, with puzzles, Jenga and word games.
• A Super Heroes Dance and Costume Contest is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta.
• Grandma/Grandpa and Me Big Heroes and Little Heroes Dance is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Father Martinez Senior Center, 9300 Alameda.
• A Zombie Softball Slam adult softball event is Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, at Marty Robbins and Blackie Chesher Parks. Cost: $260 per team.
• “Orale” event is 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at San Jacinto Plaza, with huachas and a horseshoe tournament.
• A San Volleyball and Kickball Tournament is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Saul Berroteran Park, 2171 Sun Country, for ages 12-17.
• “Splash, Dash and Ride for Justice” is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg.

Ysleta Mission Festival — The annual fiesta is July 8-10 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 131 S. Zaragosa (at Alameda), with live music by Fungi Mungle and other bands, authentic southwest cuisine cooked by mission families, game booths, carnival rides and more. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848 or ysletamission.org.
  Ysleta Mission is the second oldest practicing church in the United States and the oldest mission in Texas. Proceeds from the annual festival go towards maintaining the mission and surrounding grounds.
  This year’s headliners are Joe Barron, Tejas Band and Starliners.

UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic — The 5th annual UTEP alumni gathering is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. Miner alumni are invited to spread out their blankets, lawn chairs and ice chests, and wear their Miner gear. UTEP’s Paydirt Pete and cheerleaders will also be present. Tickets: $10 ($8 age 12 and younger). Information:747-8600. Tickets available online at alumni.utep.edu.

National Day of the Cowboy — Six Guns & Shady Ladies, Old West Reenactment group
hosts its 2nd annual celebration of cowboy culture beginning with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Richard White Park, in Anthony, Texas, with live music, petting zoo, hay rides, food, Old West displays and reenactment, “Young Cowpokes” costume contest, watermelon eating contest and more. Old West movies presented at sundown. Information: 581-7099 or on Facebook at National Day of the Cowboy El Paso Texas.
  The park is at 100 Richard White Road; from I-10, take Exit 0 and go west on Antonio Street. Franklin Street goes off the right, then immediately turn right on Richard White.
  Texas Legislature has designated the 4th Saturday in July as the National Day of the Cowboy.

Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The 11th annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at El Paso Convention Center, with Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 dresses, caterers, DJ's, tuxedos, photographers and fashion shows. Thousands of giveaways, and cash prizes also featured. All door proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5; free for age 5 and younger. Information: 740-4349 or elegantpenguinenterprises.com.

Boarder City Game Convention — The Meeple Board Game Society’s inaugural tabletop gaming convention is 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29-31, at UTEP Union’s 3rd floor. Open to anyone interested in trying a new hobby, casual gamers looking to learn more, and seasoned gamers looking for others to enjoy a game with. Cost: $22 in advance; $30 at the door. Group passes available. Information: (361) 215-4681 or boardercon.com.
  Events include open gaming, tournaments, raffles, panels and guest speakers, vendors, over-sized games and more.

Shrine Car Show — A car show to benefit the Reynolds Home for homeless women and children is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosted by the Shrine’s Red Barons. The show features all classes of cars and motorcycles, plus pedal cars and low-rider bicycles; plus food, vendors, raffles and performance by Explosion at 7 p.m., along with other entertainment.
  Entry is free for spectators; donations on toiletry items welcome. Entry fee is $20 for cars and $15 for bicycles in advance; $25 and $20 at the door. Information: 929-9055.

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.

Southern New Mexico

July Jamboree — The annual celebration is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, with more than 60 area artisans selling original art, pottery, jewelry and more, food and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.

Ruidoso Art Festival — The 45th annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca (NM Highway 48), with more than 100 artists from across the nation. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $6 per day; $4 for military; $1 ages 10 and younger. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Military discount of $4. Sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Information: (575) 257-7395, 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676) or RuidosoNow.com.
  Rated as one of the country’s top 100 juried art shows, the festival features acrylics, oils, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.

Silver City Clay Festival — The 5th ”down to earth” art fest is July 23-31, throughout historic Downtown Silver City, N.M. with workshops, demos, panel discussions, arts market, juried exhibitions, live music, lectures, film festival, youth activities and more. Many activities are free; cost varies for workshops. Information, schedule: (575) 538-5560 or clayfestival.com.
• The Clay Gala Opening Night Reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Seedboat Gallery, 214 N. Yankie. Tickets are $40.
  The Clayfest Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Downtown with more than 20 vendors of clay items.
  Clay in the Street Dance is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Festival — The wildly infamous festival comes to Las Cruces 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 23, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, showcasing diverse Mexican beers and worldwide tequilas plus unique taco recipes with feature samples, food vendors, live bands and DJs, sample glassware and other activities. Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $15 in advance, includes 10 quarter-ounce samples. Additional samples are $1 each. Available (cash only) at Horse N Hound, Camp Bookstore, Boot Barn and online at TequilaTacoCervezaFest.com.
  Entertainment by Blaze The Nation at 5:30 p.m., Border Avenue at 7:15 p.m. and Ghetto Blaster 9 to 11:30 p.m. on the Cuervo Stage with DJs Espy and Drowsy Drew in the ballroom.

Art & Wine in the Cool Pines — The wine and art festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at Sacramento Mountain Historical Museum in Cloudcroft, N.M. with art, wine, food and live music. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door (includes wine glass). Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.

West Texas

Bazaars and Fairs

Wellington Chew Rummage Sale — Wellington Chew Senior Center, 430 Maxwell, hosts its monthly rummage sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. Information: 757-2523.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon . Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
  Master Gardeners Patio Talks are 9 a.m. during the summer and early fall.
July 9: Container Gardening
July 23: Rainwater Harvesting
Aug. 13: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
Aug. 27: Vermiculte
Sept. 10: Fried Green Tomatoes.

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16-17, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
  The next show is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.

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. on the third Sunday of the month (July 17, Aug. 21) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

St. Thomas Aquinas Bazaar — St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 10970 Bywood, hosts its bazaar 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 29-31, with a craft fair, rides, entertainment, games and food. Admission is free. Vendor and craft spaces available. Information: 540-4490 or stthomas-elpaso.com.
  Headliners are Prime and Tripwire Friday, Windy City and Inolvidable Saturday and Jose “Pepe” Aleman, Souled Out and Exito Sunday.

Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The annual arts and craft show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, featuring all-New Mexico made artworks, handmade items and live entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.

Aggie Moms Rummage Sale — The Texas A&M El Paso Aggie Moms Club hosts a fundraising rummage sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at 6421 Pino Real (at Westwind). Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Information: 479-5858, caltahan27@gmail.com or epaggiemoms.aggienetwork.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.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s Fall 2016 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free. Information: 212-1730.
  Registration for artists begins July 11 at El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offices in City Hall, 801 Texas. Cost: $130 both days. All items must be of handmade or homemade items; crafters must provide samples. Information: rodriguezji@elpasotexas.gov.

La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.

Art a la Cart — Inni Heart Eatery (formerly La Tierra Cafe), 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month, with vendors, entertainment, food, and a Kid’s Activity Corner. Information: 533-8890 or Facebook at Inni Heart Herminia Escajeda.

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 at The El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.

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.

Whimsical Aeon Dreams — 9747 Dyer, Suite D. The spiritually diverse emporium, includes 22 or more vendors, a Reiki master, Tarot reader, astrologist on duty and more. Information: 316-4399, whimsicalAeonDreeams@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  Tarot classes are 2 to 4 p.m. second Saturday of the month and crafting classes are 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Classes are free.

The Edge Open-Air Craft & Farmer’s Market — The market is 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month through Oct. 1, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with local crafters, artists, food trucks and community groups. As the growing season progresses, farmers and growers will sell their produce. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.

Something for everyone

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Summer 2016 classes begin Monday, June 6 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older.
Joke Telling Open Mic — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M., hosts and event in honor of International Joke Day at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1. The center will provide light snacks. Everyone invited to unleash the comedian in them. Information: womensinterculturalcenter.org.

Veterans Resource Center — El Paso Community College hosts a grand opening for its new Veteran Resource Center 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 1, in the Valle Verde Campus, Student Services Center, S139, 919 Hunter. The public is invited, refreshments served. Information: 831-2108. Regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fourth of July Family Craft Day — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts morning of crafting for kids and their parents, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 2, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge. Admission is free. Information: 587-1623 or cityofelpaso.gov/parks.

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts free monthly swim days during the summer month holiday weekends at East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds, and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children 8 and under must have an adult in the pool at all times (within arm’s reach and only two children 8 and under per adult). Proper swim attire required. No food, alcohol or glass allowed. Free swim sessions subject to capacity regulations. Information: (575) 541-2782.
  Dates are Independence Day, Monday, July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

El Paso Chicano(a) Legal Leadership Institute — The community project meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 and 20, at Gabriel's Restaurant, 1270 Giles. The institute encourages people of color to enter law school, and instills leadership skills through training and community engagement. Admission is free. Information: 801-5915.
July 6: Guest speaker is Melissa Lopez, director of the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Service.
July 20: Guest Speaker is Alberto Mesta, Jr., branch manager of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid in El Paso. Mesta is a graduate of Del Valle High School, UTEP, and the University of Texas School of Law.

UND Celebration — The Notre Dame Club of El Paso will host its annual celebration at Thursday, July 7, at Landry’s Seafood, with this year’s speaker Dennis K. Brown, University Spokesman and Assistant Vice President. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Cost: $55 ($45 members). Information: elpaso.undclub.org; or on Facebook and Twitter.

‘Soar on His Wings’ — Southwest Gathering of His Warrior Bride is 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8-9, at LifeGate Church, 10555, Edgemere. Registration: $30. Information: 593-1122 or
  Speakers are Judy Russell, co-pastor of LifeGate Church with her husband Buster; and Dawn Calanche, co-pastor of His Dwelling Place with her husband Oscar.
  Lisa Sanchez and Nicole Alvillar will lead a session of worship.

Senior Adult Program Health Fair — EPCC Senior Adult Program hosts a health fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Prince of Peace Christian Fellowship, 2155 Wedgewood. Information:
590-8880 or 915-497-5630.

Parade of Homes — El Paso Association of Builders’ 2016 Parade of Homes run through July 10 featuring homes in the Enchanted Hills Subdivision, 1-10 and Transmountain. Closed July 4. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Admission; $5; free for military. Information: 778-5387 or elpasobuilders.com.

‘Wanna Bet?’ — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M. will host a clinic on gambling for 4th and 5th grades at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 11-15. Learn about gambling situations, gambling odds and other addictions. Snacks provided. Space limited to 20 participants; registration required. Information: Suzie Weber (575) 521-4794, webers@wnmu.edu or womensinterculturalcenter.org.

‘Launch’ youth conference — Oneeighty Ministries presents its 2016 youth conference, “No Turning Back” Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12-13, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, geared towards grades 7-12. This year’s guest speakers are Chad Veach and Ben Houston. Services are 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. and 12:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.

Welcome Home El Paso Vietnam Veterans DIGIE events — The City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and Welcome Home El Paso Vietnam Veterans Committee invite the public to upload their Vietnam Veterans photos and Vietnam Era memorabilia at several DIGIE Upload Welcome Home El Paso Vietnam Veterans Events. Information: http:welcomehomeelpasovietnamveterans.com or on Facebook.
  The photos and memories will be featured at Welcome Home El Paso Vietnam Veterans event set for Sunday, Aug. 28, at El Paso County Coliseum.
  The photos will be uploaded to the DIGIE/Digital Wall and be part of the collection of images that powers DIGIE. The photos can also be browsed on this website. Only 20 photos per person;
no photographs greater than 8” x 10” nor images that are not clear.
  Locations (8 a.m. to noon, unless listed otherwise):
• Wednesday, July 13: Northeast Command Center, 9600 Dyer
• Thursday, July 14: Polly Harris Sr. Center, 650 Wallenberg
• Tuesday, July 19: Pebble Hills Command Center, 10780 Pebble Hills
• Wednesday, July 27: Grandview Sr. Center, 3134 Jefferson
• Thursday, July 28: Mission Valley Command Center, 9011 Escobar Dr.
• Saturday, July 23: Pavo Real Recreation Center, 9301 Alameda, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Saturday, July 30: The Multipurpose Center, 9031 Viscount, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SCORE Pre-Business Workshop — SCORE and Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, 10 Civic Center Plaza, host the workshop focused on the key elements necessary to increase small business success 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Presenters include an accountant, attorney, marketing expert, lenders and current and former small business owners and executives. Special topic on “The Business Franchising Option” by FranNet. Registration: $15 in advance; $20 week of the workshop (includes Convention Center parking, continental breakfast and lunch). Information: 629-6700 or akerr@elpaso.org, Online registration at elpaso.org.

El Paso Chicano(a) History Project — The community project meets 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Gabriel's Restaurant, 1270 Giles. The project works to revise, rediscover, and preserve El Paso's Chican@ history through education, academic and popular publications, and activism. Anyone interested is welcome. Admission is free. Information: 801-5915.

Raza Organize! — The group meets 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Gabriel's Restaurant, 1270 Giles. The group helps people of color in El Paso to make social and political change through leadership building, community organizing, and voter registration and turnout. Admission is free. Information: 801-5915.

The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (July 17) at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming. Anyone, regardless of age, who aspires to become a poet, storyteller, musician, writer, singer or dancer is welcome to share their talent, fine tune it, and receive feedback if so desired. Admission is free. Information: 490-6440.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (July 19) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Academic Services Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at El Paso Community Foundations’ Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Cultivate will feature environmental films with relevance to our Borderland region.
Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.

Health and Wellness Fair — The 2016 fair hosted by El Paso Times is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West. Admission is free. Information: 546-6411 or vlucero@elpasotimes.com.

Summer Social Event volunteers needed — Project Amistad sees volunteers to serve meals and interact with their guardianship clients at the Summer Social event 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Memorial Park Reserve Area, 3100 Copper. Those interested may contact the VISTA Department: 298-1104. Information:

Dr. Cesar Lozano — The motivational speaker will host a Spanish language presentation on “Una Vida Con Valor Agregado” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. No translations available. Tickets: $50 and $70 (Ticketmaster).

Homeschooling Conference — The El Paso Homeschool Conference 2016 is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19-20, at Vino Nuevo Church, 988 Kessler. The conference will help parents decide if homeschooling is right for their family, and also provide educational and support resources for those already homeschooling. Experienced homeschoolers, professionals and support organizations will be represented. Early registration (before July 15) is $25 per family; regular registration (before Aug. 10) is $30. Registration at the door is $35. Register at vhhomeschool.com.
  Keynote speaker is Dr. Jay Wile, a science professor and homeschool dad, who lead the Friday preview session.
  Other presenters include Deb Roennebeck, Ministry Leader, Vista Hills Homeschool Ministry; Ellen Baize; homeschool mom and ministry leader, the Virtuous Woman; Charles Wolcott, writer, World View Warriors, Kristen Glover, homeschool mom and author; Clarissa Marquis-Colvard, therapist for special needs children, and many others.

Pranic Healing Clinic — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts a free Pranic Energy Healing clinic 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, June through December, at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama, for ages 16 years and older, with a short overview of Pranic healing, followed by a guided healing meditation. Participants will be required to complete a form so a Pranic healer can be assigned to work with them. Donations welcome. Information: Lynn Provenzano, 449-0619, or pranichealing.com.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.

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.

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.

Society for Creative Anachronism — Society for Creative Anachronisms hosts weekly Medieval Combat Demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Sundays Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood, near the tennis courts. These mock combats are loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.

Trivia Wednesdays at The Black Orchid — Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N. Mesa, Suite A, hosts trivia contests 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Trivia consists of 15 questions per round for a total of 2 rounds. Cost: $5 per team of four, per round, age 18 and older welcome. Information: 307-5617 or theblackorchidlounge.com.

For a good cause

Walk for Health — Support for Health hosts the 1-mile walk 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at J.P. Shawver Park, 652 Riverside. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $20 ($10 age 10-71, free for 10 and younger). Support for Health raises money for patients in need of financial assistance. Information: 346-6478 or supportforhealthep.org.

Furr Ball — The Lincoln County (N.M.) Humane Society’s benefit the local animal shelter, is 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club. Tickets; $140 per person; sponsorships available. Information: (575) 808-8424 or furrball.org.

Rock the House IV — Isaiah House of El Paso hosts its 4th annual dinner and dance benefit 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Cascadas at River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club Road. Buffet dinner served 7 to 8 p.m., followed by music and dancing. Raffle items include art work created by prisoners.
  Tickets: $25; $200 table of 10. To order, send check to Isaiah House, PO Box 973001, 79997 (include phone number); must be received by July 15 to have tickets mailed. Information: 422-8557 or isaiahhouseelp.org.
  All proceeds benefit Isaiah House, a faith-based transition home for men returning from incarceration.

FBI Bandstand Party — The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association hosts a retro party featuring music from the ’60s, ’70s and Æ80s at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Centennial Banquet Club on Fort Bliss. The “malt shop menu” includes cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, shakes and floats. Proceeds benefit local scholarships to be given out by the FBI Citizens Alumni Association. Cost: $750 per table (six seats); age 21 and older only. Tickets, information: Mike Adkins, 833-6604.
  Dress is casual, but guests may dress up for the era they graduated; prizes offered best dressed couples including a 32” HD television for first place.

Gypsy Caravan Divinitea — Las Cruces Pagan Pride hosts its charity event 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Whimsical Aeon Dreams, 9747 Dyer, Suite D (in El Paso), with Tarot and Tea Leaf readers, fresh tea and refreshments, music and dancers. Cost: $20 for two readings or healings. Information: (915) 316-4399 or on Facebook at LasCrucesPPD or Whimsical Aeon Dreams.
  Proceeds will be used for the nonprofit Pagan Pride Day in Las Cruces at Pioneer Women’s Park, and various charities such as Camp Hope, Pets Alive, and Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Fort Bliss

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

K-12 Education Fair — Fort Bliss Child, Youth and School Services’ School Liaison Office hosts its annual K-12 Education Information Fair for all military families 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199 at East Bliss. Information: 569-5064.
  Children and parents will be able to meet with more than 100 school entities, and will learn about athletics, health services, student and parent services, special education, JROTC, bilingual education, magnet programs, early childhood, CYSS and more.

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 1 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

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

Fort Bliss 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.

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.

Club news

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 meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, July 26, at Butterfield Trail Golf Course, 1858 Cottonwood. Reservations: 598-6376.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 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: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.
  The July 5 program is “The T-Rex of Light – How to Photograph Lightning “ by master photographer Lisa Mandelkern, followed by a “how-to” on equipment, settings, review of night photography basics, and finally, how to combine images by stacking to get that final dramatic image, as well as a “Flashes” tutorial with Erik Winter and Robert Peinert.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (July 9), at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. New techniques and workshops are being held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Carmen Guzman, 203-0515.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.

El Paso Quilter’s Association — The association will meet 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood. Anyone interested in quilting may attend. Admission is free. Membership is $25 per year; $12.50 for junior members. Information: 526-2917 or on Facebook.
  Meetings provide the opportunity to meet with other quilters to gain knowledge, share talents, and include drawings for Block of the Month, Opportunity Items, Fat Quarters and a “Show and Tell.”

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Registration open for new classes for adults and children. Private or semi-private classes available at any time. See website for information.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
  The group will attend Cool Canyon Nights concerts every Thursday.
• Saturday, July 2: Dinner and pool
• Saturday, July 9: Dinner and a play
• Friday, July 15: 80’s Party
• Friday, July 22: Dinner a movie
• Saturday, July 30: Dinner and bowling

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


Summer Fun for Kids

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): $20.75 42 inches or taller or $15.90 juniors 36 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 or westernplayland.com.
  Independence Day fireworks display Monday, July 4, after dark.
  July hours are 3 to 10 p.m. every Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
  The park will be open 3-10 Sunday and Monday, July 3-4.

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Individual tickets: $24.99, plus tax; $19.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Season passes are $39.99; $14.99 ages 1-3. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
  Special events:
• Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show is at dark Monday, July 4.
• Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics are Sunday, Aug. 7.

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.
  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.
  Bicycle Maintenance 101 Clinic is 8 a.m. Sunday, July 17. Bring bike and tools (for those who have them). All ages welcome.
  Last Sunday hike is 7 a.m. July 31, beginning in the tramway’s parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes, bring walking stick, snacks and water for all hikes.

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.

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.

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

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 — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport’s new Spaceport America Experience tour is open for visitors at 301 S. Foch, in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, N.M., with educational and interactive space exhibits, tour tickets and official Spaceport America merchandise. 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.

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.
July 3: Dusty Low
July 17: Ricardo Valencia
July 31: Gold Hearted Crows
Aug. 7: James Springer

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  The annual 4th of July Picnic is 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, with music by Live By Request. Bring a picnic; no pets or coolers. Drinks sold.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
  Free live music on the patio offered 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with food truck most Saturdays; bring a picnic basket Sunday.
  Open mic sessions are 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month. See separate listing.

Sunland Winery — 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday; live music and free wine tastings. Information: (575) 589-1214.

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. Day Pass (includes solar viewing and tour): $8 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); solar viewing only; $5 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); twilight program: $5 and $6, depending on program; Star Party $12 ($10 senior, military; $8 age 6-12). Age 5 and younger admitted free to most programs.
  Reservations, event schedule available online at 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.

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 $75 for adults, $68 children and senior, $62 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.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Visitors can now begin their tour at the new Visitor Center across the street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). Group tours available with advance registration. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.
The adobe home, built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, tells the story of a multicultural family that influenced the development of the Southwest borderlands. It includes authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily lives of the Magoffin family.

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

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

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.

Indios Baseball — Estadio Juarez Vive, Avenida Reforma 1854. The Indios host Mazorqueros de Camargo July 1-3. Information: beisbolchihuahua.com. Games are at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon Sunday.

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.
• Agrupaciones Musicales Comunitarias concert is 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Admission: 100 pesos.
• The musical “We Will Rock You” by Queen and Ben Elton is 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Tickets: 275 to 495 pesos.
• “The Wizard of Oz” is performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Admission: 80-150 pesos.
• Mexican singer-composer José María Napoleón performs at 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Tickets: 490-1,100 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• World Championship WBC boxing is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, featuring Zulima Muñoz “La Loba” of Mexico vs. Vanesa Taborda of Argentina. Admission: 75-990 pesos.
• “El regreso de las leyendas” wrestling begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 10, featuring Octagon, El Dandy, Negro Casas, Fuerza Guerrera, El Satanico and Pirata Morgan. Admission 88-385 pesos.
• AAA Lucha Libre Worldwide Wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Featured bout: Pentagon Jr. vs. Psycho Clown vs. Pagano. Admission: 70-600 pesos.

Hysteria Beer & Rock — Ignacio Mejía 127 y F. Villa. Admission: 80 pesos (donboleton.com).
• Sabath & Judas Priest Tribute is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2.
• Twilight Symphony, featuring various bands and a tribute to King Diamond, is all day Saturday, July 23.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Fiestón Norteño is all day Saturday, July 2. Various rides, games. Live music by Plan De Vuelo, La Suprema Banda, and La Conquistadora Banda.
• Super Bull Invitational Rodeo is 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Live music by 8 Segundos and Caballo Dorado
Admission: 30 pesos (165 VIP).

Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Banda Triguera performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Admission: 110-275 pesos. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.

G-Life Club — Constitucion #119 at 16 de Septiembre. Information: 656 137 6800. Eptos, Ill Mascaras & Krystal Poppin, hosted by Cesar Jetson Mundial, perform at 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Admission: 180 pesos (290 VIP).

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. 
  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.
  The annual Summer Camp runs July 12-Aug. 5, for ages 4-12.

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.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.

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