July 2017

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

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

Fiesta del Barrio and Fourth of July — The Independence Day event and all-day neighborhood party is Saturday, July 1, in Alpine, Texas with community celebration and extended Alpine family reunion. Information: (432) 837-5539, (432) 294-2398 or visitalpinetx.com.
  The annual July 4th parade is Tuesday, July 4, with annual parade, fireworks display, a car show, live music.

Little & Mini Miss Patriotic — The Junior, Little, Mini Miss Patriotic beauty pageants for contestants ages 3-12 are Saturday, July 1, at El Paso Zoo Event Pavilion, 4001 E Paisano. Tickets: $10 at the door; free for age 4 and younger.
  Contestant parents do not have to be in the military, however pageant requires that they are represented by a military personnel such as a parent, family member, neighbor or friend.
  Schedule an interview: Gracie Cain, 999-1781 or gracie@emajj.com.

El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso Live and Dubow House Creative Services celebrate Independence Day Weekend with the family event 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at Cohen Stadium, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, live entertainment and the “Red, White and Boom” Fireworks show. Portion of proceeds benefits “Scoops 4 Troops” benefitting the Fort Bliss MWR. Tickets (online): $12; $10 military; free for age 12 and younger. Information: 534-0600 or icecreamfestep.com.
  The family-friendly celebration features the Price’s Super Scoop Zone, with more than 20 flavors of ice cream to taste for only $2 per scoop, as well as a Ben & Jerry’s zone, Tropicana Homes’ Sundae-Building Station, Fruity & Frozen Area, with non-dairy options, such as shaved ice. Other food tents from area eateries also offered.
  The age 21+ Ice Cream Shoppe provides an adult alternative to the normal festival treats for those to eat responsibly including SnöBar Cocktails and Paleta Margaritas.
  Live music, by Sorry About Your Sister The Scoops, Sam Barlow Band, and The Ruhmann Law, was well as artist demonstrations painting ice cream-inspired masterpieces on the outfield wall. Also featured are stilt walkers, a mushroom parade and local mascots.

Independence Day Concert — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation presents the 1st Armored Division Band and Billy Townes during Independence Day events 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, along with food and other live local entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  The 4th Annual Washas and Horseshoe Competition for age 10 and older is 6 to 8 p.m.

Ysleta Mission Festival — The annual fiesta is July 7-9 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 131 S. Zaragoza (at Alameda), with live music, southwest cuisine cooked by mission families, game booths, carnival rides and more. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848, ysletamission.org or on Facebook.
  This year’s headliners are Fungi Mungle, Phat Soul and Azucar.
  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.

UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic — The 6th annual UTEP alumni gathering is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at McKelligon Canyon’s Pavilion. Miner alumni, family and friends are welcome. Tickets: $12 ($8 age 12 and younger and students). Information: 747-8600. Tickets available at alumni.utep.edu by July 1. Information: 747-8600 or uteppicknic@utep.edu.
  The Pick-Nic is one of several at 27 locations across the United States and Mexico for UTEP alumni in cities like Tucson, San Diego, Denver, Miami, New York City, Houston, Seattle, Chihuahua and Zapopan.

Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 16, at El Paso Convention Center, with more than 66 vendors for cakes, hairstyling, bridal gowns, tuxedos, ballrooms, decorations, catering, photography, videography, deejays, floral arrangements, invitations, limousines and other services and products. One Quinceañera or Sweet 16 Grand Prize, one Bridal Grand Prize and door prizes offered. All door proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5; age 12 and under free. Information: 740-4349. Grand prizes to be announced on elegantpenguinenterprises.com or on Facebook.
  There will be three fashion shows with the latest trends in bridal gowns, tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses.

National Day of the Cowboy — Six Guns & Shady Ladies, Old West Reenactment group
hosts its 3rd annual celebration of cowboy culture 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 22, at Anthony Municipal Park, 100 Richard White Park, in Anthony, Texas, with live music, petting zoo, water slide, food, Old West displays and reenactments, jumping balloons, hay rides, arts and crafts vendors and more. Admission is free. Information: 581-7920 or BRomero@townofanthony.org.
  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.

Health and Wellness Fair — The annual fair hosted by El Paso Times is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West. Admission is free. Information: 546-6411 or vlucero@elpasotimes.com.

Alameda Auto Electric Car Show — The 2nd annual car show benefiting Child Crisis Center of El Paso is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 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 online by July 23 at alamedaautoelectric.com. Day of show registration is $25. Information: 704-7953.
  Complimentary car picture to any entrant courtesy of Black Productions, Inc.

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

Celebrating the Fourth

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. Tuesday, 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.

West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 21st annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Salute to Freedom – Texas Style,” with about 70 participating entries. This year’s Grand Marshals are Sheriff Richard Wiles and the men and women of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 474-4241 or july4parade.com.

Hot Dog Cookout — El Paso Elk's Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E, hosts a free cookout at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, after El Paso Del Norte Lions Club July 4th Parade, with hot dogs (while supplies last), children’s games, music and more. Information: 532-4441.

La Viña Fourth of July Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 17th annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

Ardovino’s Fourth of July — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, celebrates its 20th anniversary and Independence Day with a BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with food, dancing and live music by Hypnosis, and a great view of surrounding fireworks displays. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.

Freedom Festival — John Mark Mcmillan and Social Club Misfits perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, in the parking lot at Harvest Christian Center, 1345 New Harvest Place (next to I-10 just north of Helen of Troy). Bring lawn chairs. Food trucks, fireworks after concert. Admission: $15. Information: 585-9934 or hccelpaso.com.

Fourth of July at the Chamizal — The Independence Day GECU presents Music Under the Stars performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial, with music by Neon Circus (Brooks & Dunn Tribute), and a fireworks show. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.

Abundant Living Faith Independence Day — The patriotic service is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at both Abundant Living Faith Center campus, 1000 Valley Crest (east), and 7100 N. Desert (West). Annual fireworks display follows service on the East campus only. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543, alfc.com or on Facebook.

‘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. Tuesday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park, featuring USO Show Troupe, the 1st Armored Division Band and Mariachi Raices de America. 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.) Tuesday, July 4. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.

Alamogordo Independence Day Parade — The annual Independence Day Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, on 10th Street and Oregon, ending at New York Street, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information: (575) 439-4142.
  The annual fireworks display is around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from a site just south of Highway 2001, near the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The show will be visible throughout the city and choreographed music will be broadcast on KZZX 105.3 FM.

Cloudcroft July 4th — Cloudcroft’s Independence Day weekend activities run Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, with a street dance and other activities. The annual July 4 parade is 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, with a street dance on Burro Avenue 7 to 11 p.m. Information: coolcloudcroft.com
  Melodrama performances of “Fiendish Firebug Strikes Again” are 7:30 p.m. June 30-July 3, 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, July 1. 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 10 p.m. that day. Information: (575) 744-5923 or Elephantbutteadventures.com.

Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The city’s annual Electric Light Parade and 4th of July Celebration are Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Fireworks, grills, staked shade canopies, and RV/Campers not allowed in the events. Admission to all events is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
  The Electric Light Parade, “Celebrating Freedom, Our Patriots, and America!” is 9 p.m. Monday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex.
  Las Cruces Running Club’s Electric 5K Fun Run precedes the event 7:30 p.m. Monday along the Parade Route, starting at the Meerscheidt Recreation Center. 1600 E. Hadley. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com.
   Fourth of July events begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, at the Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro, with youth activities on the Soccer filed, and live entertainment.
  Headliners Blue Oyster Cult perform at 8:30 p.m., with Gap X The Band opening at 6:40 p.m.
  The mayor’s welcome is 9:45 p.m. followed by the annual fireworks display.

Carrizozo BBQ — Carrizozo Woman's Club July 4th BBQ is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at Carrizozo Woman's Club, corner of 11th and D Ave. Tickets: $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets at 12th street coffee in Carrizozo, or from a Woman's Club member. Information: Shelby Hyatt, (575) 648-4299 or Anne Exterkamp (575) 686-0794.
  Paul Pino & the Tone Daddies performance is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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 Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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.

Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Heroes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” is 10 a.m. Tuesday, 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 continue throughout the day. 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. Tuesday, July 4 in museum’s courtyard, with live music, children’s activities and more. Cake walk, ice cream cones, root beer floats, beverages and popcorn.

Socorro Independence Day — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host the 25th annual celebration starting 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 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

Roswell UFO Festival 2017 — The annual celebration, marking the 70th anniversary of the 1947 “UFO crash” near Roswell, is Thursday through Sunday, June 29-July 2, at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center, 912 N. Main, and other locations in Roswell, N.M. The four-day event features guest speakers, celebrity appearances authors, vendors, live entertainment, family friendly activities and carnivals, as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets. Most events are free; nominal charge for UFO Museum admission. Information: 1-800-822-3545 or ufofestivalroswell.com.
  Alien Costume Contest is 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Pearson Auditorium on Main Street, with pet contest at 10 a.m. on the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn outside Early registration encouraged at ufofestivalroswell.com/costumecontest/
  The UFO Festival Light Parade is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, from Ninth to Third Street.
  The Alien Chase 5K and 10K runs and walks are 7 a.m. Saturday, July 1, starting at the convention center. Online registration via the Roswell Runners Club.
  The Roswell Galacticon science fiction con and film festival is June 30-July 1 in the Roswell Mall, 4501 Main, with special guests, and a Steampunk Ball. Tickets: $5 per day; $25 three day pass; individual workshops costs vary.
Information: roswellfilmcon.com.
  City of Roswell’s Independence Day Fireworks show is 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Live music by the Kumbia Kings All Starz begins at 6 p.m.

Red White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival — The Fourth of July weekend event is 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 2, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with samples from regional wineries and micro-breweries, live music and vendors. Admission: $20 at the gate, $15 in advance; available at redwhiteandbrewfestival.com. Admission free to under 21 with parent or guardian. Cost is $10 for designated drivers; includes free bottle of water. Information: (575) 522-1232.
  Friday’s headliner is Loud Boy Tim. Saturday’s music by Vince Alten and Derrick Harris Band. Sunday’s music by Soulshine and CW Ayon Trio.

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation hosts Indian dances and rodeo performances Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, 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. Main gate opens at 10 a.m. Rodeo performances at 1 p.m. Rodeo admission: $12 ($5 child). Information: (575) 464-4494 or mescaleroapachetribe.com.
  The 38th annual parade, “Honoring Youth Through Culture & Tradition” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 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. Monday, July 3, 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 Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, in Capitan, N.M. about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Ranch rodeo is 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, with traditional rodeos nightly at 7 p.m. Goat roping and other events also planned each day. Fireworks follow rodeo on July 4, with a rodeo dance at 9 p.m. that night. All arena events are $10 general admission; $6 age 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. Rodeo dance tickets: $5. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.
   This year’s musical headliners include Across The Creek, with Night Ranger Saturday night; Pat Green Sunday and Darryl Worley Monday. Tickets: $30 per show; $80 for all three nights.
  BBQ Cook-Off dinner is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds. Plates: $10.
  The 37th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.

July Jamboree — The annual celebration is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 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.

White Sands Burgers & Brews — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce hosts the summer event is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Jim R. Griggs Sports Complex, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, featuring Craft Beer Tractor Brewing Co., live musical entertainment, food trucks and more. Tickets: $10 ($15 for two) in advance; $15 ($20 for two) at the gate. Information: (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294, or alamogordo.com.

Ruidoso Art Festival — The 46th annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 21-23, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca (NM Highway 48), with more than 100 artists from across the nation. New this year, the festival will feature some New Mexico wineries; with free wine tasting at many locations.
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. Tickets with wine tasting are addition $10. 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 and other media paintings; fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.

Silver City Clay Festival — The 6th down to earth” art fest is July 22-30, 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 Clayfest Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Downtown with several vendors of clay items.

Old Lincoln Days — The 77th annual celebration of Lincoln’s Wild West heritage is Aug. 4-6 in Lincoln, N.M., a restored Western town famous for the bloody Lincoln County Wars of 1878 and the escape of Billy the Kid after he was sentenced to die by hanging. The town, maintained by the Lincoln State Monument and Lincoln County Heritage Trust, is on U.S. 380 about 30 minutes from Ruidoso. The event features, vendors, food, living history demonstrations, wagon rides and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with a parade at 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 653-4372 or billythekidpageant.com or on Facebook.
  The “Last Escape of Billy the Kid” folk pageant is 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on the pageant grounds. Pageant admission: $10 ($6 ages 6-12; free for age 5 and younger).

Art & Wine in the Cool Pines — The wine and art festival is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6, at Sacramento Mountain Historical Museum in Cloudcroft, N.M. with art, wine, food and live music. Details to be announced. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.

West Texas

Fort Davis Independence Day Weekend — The West Texas town hosts its annual “Coolest 4th of July Celebration” Friday through Sunday, June 30-July 2 in Fort Davis. Information: (432) 426-3015, 1-800-524-3015 or info@fortdavis.com.
  Flaco Jimenez and Texmaniacs perform Friday evening; Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys perform Saturday, and Friday, with the annual fireworks display is Sunday after dark.
  Other events include a Parade (Saturday), baking contest, gunfight reenactments Saturday, and a battle of the bands Saturday and Sunday
  The “Coolest” 5K run is 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.

Bazaars and Fairs

Cloudcroft Art Society’s Art Show and Sale — The society’s Fourth of July art show and sale is June 30-July 4 at The Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft. The artwork includes paintings (all media), photography, pottery, baskets, prints and cards. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Information on Facebook at Cloudcroft Art Society.

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. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com or ardovinos.com.
  Yoga 9 to 10 a.m.; with massage 9 a.m. to noon by certified massage therapist.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music. A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month. Bring a used book in good condition, to exchange for another.
July 1: Fourth of July Celebration with bobbing for apples and other activities. Gadsden Jr.
July 15: Kid’s Day/Pajama Day. Craft for the kids, story time, book exchange, games. Thank A Farmer Day presented by True Foods. Write or color a thank-you note to local farmers.
July 22: EPCC Chef Patrick Rossert will give a cooking demonstration at 9 a.m. with food products available at the Farmer's Market
July 29: Master Gardeners will talk on Container Gardening at 9 a.m.

Mexican Arts Show and Sale — The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, on the visitor center patio at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, as part of its Step Through Time series. Admission is free to the show and sale; pots range from $20 to museum quality pieces. Information: (575) 479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa.
  Mexican culture is expressed through Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs from Northern Chihuahua and Oaxaca Mexico. Live demonstrations throughout each day.

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 tasting and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog and kid friendly. Bring a picnic. Admission is free. Information: (575) 582-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  Live Music on the Patio during markets with Petty Dylanite July 2, 16 and 30, and Live By Request, July 9 and 23.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.

Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Show — La Mesa Lions Club Las Cruces de Noche Lions Club host the show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8-9, at Las Cruces Convention Center 680 E. University. Proceeds will be donated to the NM Lions Operation KidSight project and other club community service projects. Admission (good for both days): $5; free of age 12 and younger). Table space available for $50 (deadline in June). Information: (575) 525-5631 or nmlionskidsight.com.

Christmas In July Bazaar — Skyline Optimist Club hosts its bazaar 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Skyline Optimist Youth Park, 5050 Yvette. Information: 751-8003.
  Vendor spaces available: $25 per table.

Christmas in July Craft Fair — El Paso Elk's Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E hosts its annual craft fair 9 a.m. to3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, with many unique gift items. Admission is free. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.

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 15-16, 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: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

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 16) 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.

San Ignacio Kermes — St. Ignatius Church, 408 S. Park (near Downtown in Segundo Barrio) will celebrate its 111th year 6 to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 28-30 with entertainment, music and dancing, rides and authentic food. Admission is free. Information: 532-9534.

La Frontera Fair Trade Store — The store featuring fair trade items made by women from the border area and Mexico runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 26, at Nopalito’s Galería, 326 S. Mesquite, in Las Cruces. All proceeds from sales go to the women who produce the products, and the store is staffed entirely by volunteers. Information: lafronterafairtrade@gmail.com.
  Items include Guerrilla prayer flags made by women in Juárez, household items and scarves made by women at Centro Santa Catalina in Juárez; clothing and household items, offered by Weaving For Justice and hand-woven by Maya women in Chiapas, Mexico.

St. Thomas Aquinas Renaissance Faire — St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 10970 Bywood, hosts its annual summer bazaar, now with a Renaissance Faire atmosphere, Friday through Sunday, July 28-30, with food, games and music. Hours tentatively are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Information: 540-4490 or stthomas-elpaso.com.

Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The annual arts and craft show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 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.

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

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

Old Fort Bliss Wagon Trails Market – The Traders’ Market at Old Fort Bliss Replica (OFBR) runs 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays with shopping and eating opportunities. Information: 588-8482.

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.

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.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays mid-May through October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.

Something for everyone

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. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Independence Day Celebration and Super Heroes Outdoor Block Party is 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, with music by 1st Armored Division Band. The 4th Annual Washas and Horseshoe Competition for age 10 and older is 6 to 8 p.m.
• Stars and Stripes Horseshoe Tourney for age 50 and older is 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro.
• Trailblazers Outdoor Challenge is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Memorial Park, 3105 Grant. Learn fishing and casting, camp set-up.
• Music and dance cultural event is 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell, with music by Ceiba.
• A Trailblazers Outdoor Family Campout is Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, at Memorial Park reserve area, 3100 Copper, with camping and swimming activities. Activities begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cost: $10 ($5 children).
• Zumba-Thon and Dance Show is 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at Happiness Senior Center, 563 N. Carolina.
• Grandpa/Grandma and Me Dance is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Pavo Real Senior Center, 9300 Alameda.
• Bring It On Inner Tube and Basketball is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Pavo Real Aquatic Center, 9301 Alameda, for age 12 and older. Cost: $35 per team.
• Pickleball Extravaganza free outdoor tournament is 8 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Milagros Park, 5310 Annette.
• The 2nd annual Zombie Softball Slam all night tournament is 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday, July 28-30, at Northeast Regional, Blackie and Marty Robbins parks. Entry: $200 per team.

PechaKucha 20 X 20 — The El Paso and Juarez PechaKucha event kicks off summer at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, June 29, during Downtown’s Last Thursday events in the Foundation room, 333 N. Oregon in El Paso. Doors open at 7 p.m. Information: pechakucha.org/cities/el-paso or on Facebook.
  PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their ideas, creative works, thoughts, manifestos, or just about anything in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds and talk along.
  Creatives or anyone with ideas to share who would like to present at may contact William Helm at info@pechakucha-ep.com or 227-2040.
  Presenters include comic artist Rudy Vazquez; professional skateboarder Jacob Whitt; writer David Morrison; a look at El Paso history with Joel Guzman; filmmaker Juan Manuel Fernandez; muralist Jesus Cimi Alvarado; photographer Andrew Torres; investigative journalist Patrick Timmons; actor Austin Savage; blogger and storyteller Rich Wright; San Elizario mayor Maya Sanchez and photographer Mike Ojinaga.

‘Mentor on Road: Connecting American Women Businesses to Indian Markets’ — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce will talk about Mentor on Road-USA from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 3, at the Chamber, 2401 E. Missouri, Ste A.
  Mentor on Road - USA is going to travel by road to 30 cities in 24 states over 78 days to meet women business empowerment institutions and entrepreneurs. Admission is free. Information: 566-4066 or ephcc.org.

Red, White and Blue Tardeada — San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo, will host the tardeada 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 8, with live music by Border City Band, BYOB, food and raffle prizes. Tickets $5. Information: Maria or Brenda, 772-8365.

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. The July 15 program focuses on national parks of New Mexico. 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.

The Hub of Human Innovation — The Hub of Human Innovation hosts the summer workshop “Build a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at 500 West Overland, Suite 230. Cost: $40 ($30 students). Information, registration: 321-3121 or hubep.org
  Learn the fundamentals of how to properly research, plan, create and launch a successful crowd-funding campaign.

Living Free youth conference — Oneeighty Ministries presents its annual youth conference, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18-19, at Abundant Living Faith Center’s East Campus, 1000 Valley Crest, geared towards grades 7-12. Guest speakers are Pastor Chad Vench and Pastor Ben Houston. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.

Wine, Camera, Action! — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) host a series of Wednesday workshops every other month at Wine Attitude, 6633 N. Mesa. Each workshop is 6 to 9 p.m. July 19: Long Exposure, Panning, & Landscapes
  Cost is $35, which includes two glasses of wine; or $25 without wine. PEEP members get 20 percent off. Information, reservations: Ron Thompson, peepfocalpoint@gmail.com. Web: peepclub.org.

Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.
  The July Forum features three speakers and a short documentary film “Kokota: The Islet of Hope” directed by Craig Norris. The presentations include:
• “Burrowing Owls of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park” with Lois Balin, Urban Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
• “Rio Bosque Wetlands Park: Managing Water Sustainability to Meet Agricultural, Urban and Environmental Needs” with John Sproul, Program Coordinator/Manager, UTEP’s Center for Environmental Resource Management.
• “Solar Cooking” with Cindy Williams, retired school librarian.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event, provided by Commercial Records Center, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, July 22, at Sam’s Club Northeast, 9498 Gateway North. Bring up to three boxes of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0191 or bbb.org/elpaso.

Workforce Solutions mobile unit — Workforce Solutions Borderplex staff will assist jobseekers with a mobile unit throughout rural areas of far West Texas. Bring an ID card, driver’s license or Social Security card, along with a current resume, employer information, job description and salary history. Information: borderplexjobs.com/mobile
• EXXON Station, 100 E San Antonio in Marfa: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 24.
• Fort Davis City Center, 100 Court: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.
• Pilot Truck Station, 501 Van Horn Drive in Van Horn: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26.
• Fire Station at FM 1111 and W El Paso in Sierra Blanca: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27.
• Fort Hancock Municipal Building, 1419 Knox: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 28.

Reel Authentico Contest — El Paso’s Downtown Management District invites local filmmakers to produce a video capturing the spirit of ‘Authentico’ in Downtown El Paso. Contestants can highlight an area, spotlight people, a local scene, or provide any narrative that shows the authenticity of downtown, while keeping it positive
  All videos must be under 2 minutes long and submitted in MP4 format. One video per videography team allowed. Deadline for submission is July 26; winners will be announced Aug. 3.

El Paso School of Power and Love - Harvest Christian Church, 1345 New Harvest Place, hosts its 2017 conference Aug. 2-5, with speakers Todd White, Chris Gore, Tom Ruotolo. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Cost: $40 early registration. Online registration at PowerAndLove.org/EP2017. Information: 585-9934.

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

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.

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 gives 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.

For a good cause

Roda-a-Thon — Capoeira El Paso’s annual fundraiser for Projeto Kirimure is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana. The roda-a-thon works like a bowl-a-thon; for every amount an individual donates, one of the students will play a capoeira game. The goals is to raise as much money as possible. Spectator admission is free; donations requested. All donations are tax deductible; cash, check, and online payments accepted. Information, donations: 996-1814 or capoeiraelpaso.com.
  Projeto Kirimure is a sister non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that provides food, housing, and education for street children.

Barnett Harley-Davidson Blood Drive — Barnett’s Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, hosts its 23rd blood drive 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 13-16, during regular hours. Those donating blood during the drive will have a chance to win a Harley; goody bags and daily prizes drawings also offered. Information: barnettharley.com or on Facebook.

Furr Ball — The Lincoln County (N.M.) Humane Society’s benefit the local animal shelter, “A Pawsome Affair,” is 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club, with dinner, wine and entertainment. Tickets: $1,100 per table, $140 per person if space available. Information: (575) 808-8424 or furrball.org.

Totally Wicked Retro Dance Party— The party celebrating benefitting the Opportunity Center for the Homeless is 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, July 21, at Painted Dunes Course 12000 McCombs, with DJ Ivan playing the best tunes from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, along with a costume contest, raffles, and prizes for the best dressed and couples. Food trucks and open bar. Age 21 and older. Admission: $20 ($35 VIP; includes dinner at 6:30 p.m. and two drinks).
Information: 577-0069, ext. 239 or homelessopportunitycenter.org.
  Opportunity Center for the Homeless “La Casa de las Abuelitas” Program, is a shelter for elderly and frail women.

Elks Lodge Blood Drive — El Paso Elks Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, hosts a UBS blood drive 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Free ice cream and t-shirt for donors. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.

Canutillo High School 50th Class Reunion — Canutillo High School Class of 1967 and Canutillo Sun-Up Optimist host the 50th class reunion and fundraiser 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Sunland Park Casino Signature Show Room, with live music by Little Mike and the Blue Kings. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $30 donation per person; proceeds go towards a scholarship for Canutillo High Senior. Everyone is welcome. Information: Teddy Martinez, 503-3067 or Bill Dominik, 877-3319.

‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ screening — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Temple Mount Sinai presents a special screening of the war drams at noon Sunday, July 30, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo. Proceeds benefit El Paso Holocaust Museum’s Survivor Gallery and maintenance of Temple Mount Sinai's Torah Scrolls, including its Holocaust Scroll. Tickets: $36 (includes movie and traditional Polish cuisine). Ticket information: 351-0048 or lori@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org. 
  The film is the true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinsky, who helped save hundreds of lives during the Holocaust.

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.

Elks Lodge Friday Night Dinners — El Paso Elks Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E, hosts fundraising homemade dinners 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, to raise funds for their charitable work which benefits youth, veterans & people with disabilities in the El Paso community. Cost: $8 per plate. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.

Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
July 7: Sorry About Your Sister
July 21: Red Ruby 
July 28: Chris Baker
Aug. 4: We B 4
Aug. 11: Reflection of Motown

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The social club for spouses of retired Commissioned or Warrant Officers hosts a luncheon noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Fort Bliss’s Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, on East Fort Bliss. Entertainment by National Guard Band after lunch. Wives and widows of retired officers from any branch of service are invited. Cost: $18. Reservations: 759-9728 or 472-1979.
  Organized in 1948, the social club is open to wives or widows of retired officers of the armed services. Meeting are the third Tuesday of each month.

Bunco Bliss — The historic Pershing Pub, 243 Club Road, will host Bunco night at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Cost: $15(includes Bunco, snacks and door prizes). Age 18 and older invited (bar open to age 21 and older); reservations recommended. Information: 781-6809.

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.

Non-Commissioned Officers Wives Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month, at the Fort Bliss Trading Post (former Commissary), 1717 Marshall Road.
Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (leave a message) or jsw79904@yahoo.com.
  The nonprofit social organization consists of active duty, retired and reserve spouses from all branches of service with current Military I.D. Card (E-4 promotable or higher).

Club news

Armijo Library — The following clubs meet at Armijo Public Library branch, 620 E. Seventh during July:
• Lego Robotics: 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5.
• De Colores/Legos: 4 to 5:40 p.m. Friday, July 7.
• Fanimation Friday:: 4 to 5:40 p.m. Friday, July 7.
• Teen Chess Club: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.
  Information: 533-1333.

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

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Thursday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, July 8: Dinner and a movie
• Saturday, July 15: Bowling and dinner
• Sunday, July 16: Music Under The Stars
• Saturday, July 22: Dinner and Chihuahuas baseball
• Saturday, July 29: House party.

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.
  General meetings and luncheons are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. Cost: $23. Registration: 598-6376. July 25: Luncheon at Wyndham Airport, 2027 Airway. Call for details.
  A fundraising luncheon and performance of “New Hips Club” is Sunday, July 9, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for a silent auction; lunch and performance follows. Tickets: $30 per person; in advance (limited number available; no tickets sold at the door). Information, tickets: Marilyn Creamans, 584-8396.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

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, 497-2453 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second 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.

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

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

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 are Tuesday, July 4, after dark.
  July hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, plus Tuesday, July 4; 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays; 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, plus Monday, July 24.
  August hours are 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 to 10 p.m. Sundays; 3 to 9 p.m. Monday. Closed Aug. 21-26.

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; daily during summer months. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
  New to the park this year is the attraction Jaguar Falls.

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.

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 2: Dusty Low
July 16: Perfect on Paper
July 30: James Springer.

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 Fourth of July picnic is 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, hamburgers, hot dots, refreshments such as wine by the glass, wine margaritas soft drinks or water. Musical entertainment provided, as well as croquet, badminton, and a water slide. No coolers or pets.
  La Viña Sunday farmer’s market featuring local food producers are noon to 4 p.m. Sundays with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine tasting and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog and kid friendly. Live Music on the patio during market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Pro Series 2017 Los Rompehuesos starring Cabalo Dorado begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Admission: 150 pesos.
• Rodeo 656 begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Bullriding, barrel racing. Music by El Quinto Mes and Suprema. Admission: 88 pesos (25 for children).

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at  donboleton.com.
• “La Karpa 2,” an adults-only comic/music show, begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Tickets: 110, 165 and 275 pesos.
• The Lego Batman show is at 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Tickets: 165-275 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.
• El mariachi del Divo Alma de Juarez performs at 9 p.m. Friday, July 7. Tickets: 220-770 pesos.
• “Mujeres Difíciles Hombres Complicados 2” starring Cesar Lozano is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. Tickets: 250-450 pesos.
• Aidas Cuevas performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 14. “The Queen of Ranchera Music” has sold 7 million records worldwide over the past 40 years. Tickets: 495-1,265 pesos.
• “Extraños en un Tren,” a Hitchcock-style play starring Alejandro Camacho, Plutarco Haza, Sherlyn and Julieta Bracho, is at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Tickets: 330-660 pesos.
• “Fuera de Lugar,” a play about the dark side of soccer written by Hugo Alfredo Hinojosa and starring David Ostrosky, Miguel Pizarro, Ricardo Rojas and Julio Camejo is at 7 and 9 p.m. Monday, July 31. Tickets: 330-660 pesos.

Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
 Amanecer performs Saturday, July 7. Tickets: 220, 385 and 600 pesos.

Estadio Juárez Vive — Av Sanders 1450, Melchor Ocampo, 32380. Banda Sinaloens MS de Pedro Lizarraga performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Tickets: 220-1,540.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
  La Beerbena, a festival of craft beer and food, begins at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 14-15. Admission: 95 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.
 Camp for ages 4-12 is in July, call for details.
  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.

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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