December 2014

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church programs
Let there be lights
Southern New Mexico

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


‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 20th annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican Navidad and American Christmas traditions is 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7804.

El Paso Mineral & Gem Club Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 5-7 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission is free. Information: Gem Center USA, 533-715 or epmgs.com.

‘White Christmas’ — St. Pius X School, 1007 Geronimo, host a Christmas “winter wonderland” 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6 The school grounds that will be lit up by more than 1,000 strings of colorful Christmas lights and luminaries, along with a Christmas ornament sale, live Nativity scene, Polar Express coffee shop, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating for kids and performances by the school choir, orchestra and band. Snow shows are 6:30 and 8 p.m. Admission: $2 ($1 students; age 3 and younger free). Information: 772-6598.

‘Christmas on Ice’ — Sun City Blades Figure Skating Club presents the holiday ice skating show 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E. Paisano (behind El Paso County Coliseum). Tickets: $6 (age 2 and younger free). Information: 525-4504 or  suncityblades.shutterfly.com.

Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 79th annual Evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cleveland Square Plaza, Downtown (between El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Library. Information: 541-4331 or elpasotex.gov/parks.
 The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:55 p.m. by El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, Ken Walters of evolve FCU and five-year-old Candlelighters representative Hugo Barraza, followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade and then the Fireworks at 7 p.m.
 Entertainment will be provided by Fort Bliss 1st Armored Division Band and the St. Anthony’s Franciscanos Choir. Marlene Mosley will sing the National Anthem and Deniese Baisley will provide seasonal songs. Guest speakers will include Bishop Mark Seitz, El Paso Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Novak, and, Major General Sean McFarland, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Commanding General, with KVIA-TV news anchor Stephanie Valle as Master of Ceremonies.
 The event can be seen live on television on the El Paso-Las Cruces CW (Cable Channel 13 or 876) and Dish Network Channel 17 or over the air on Channel 7.2.

Pecan Harvest Festival — The family harvest festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, with pecan picking ($2 per pound), handmade crafts, brick oven pizza, pecan gift baskets, pony rides and family activities. Admission is free. Information: 851-2003, 887-0079 or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.

‘Downton Abbey’ Preview — KCOS hosts a preview screening of the entire first episode of Season 5 of the hit series 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Community Foundation Room, 303 N. Oregon, sponsored by Crown Wealth Strategies. Attendees are encouraged to dress like their favorite character from Downtown Abbey. British tea and appetizers provided by Around the World Catering. Cash bar provided. Admission is free. Information: 590-1313 or kcostv.org.

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts a holiday-themed breakfast buffet, followed by a holiday craft, and a special visit from Santa Claus 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Seating is limited. Cost: $30; $25 ages 3-12; free for kids under 2.
 Zoo admission also required: $12 ($9 active duty military/seniors; $7.50 ages 3-12; free for zoo members and ages 2 and younger). Ticket available at zoo society office. Information: 532-8156 or elpasozoo.org.
 Event ticket includes breakfast, a special animal presentation, a holiday activity, and a photo with Santa. Guests welcome to stay at the Zoo after the event is over. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Program and the EPYSO’s Quartet will provide live holiday entertainment at the event.

Christmas in the Village — The Village of Vinton’s 9th annual Christmas celebration is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Dr. Applegate Park, 346 E. Vinton Road, featuring arts and entertainment by area schools. Information: 886-5104.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, with and art show, music, dancing, food and a visit from Santa. Dress warm for outside activities. Admission is free; food available for purchase. Information: 533-5147.
 This year’s event also marks the grand opening of the new Visitor Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with Texas Historical Commission head Mark Wolf, Senator Jose Rodriguez, Courtney Niland and other local dignitaries.

North Pole at the Museum — The International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, will host its annual holiday celebration 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Children and family pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus can be taken in a setting of more than 100 Christmas decorations. Admission is free; photos are $6. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net.
 The annual event showcases the museum’s collection of antique and rare Santa Claus figurines, hot chocolate and Christmas art activities.

‘Battle of the Bulge’ commemoration — Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association, hosts a World War II/Battle of the Bulge Commemorative Celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Home of the Airborne, 2608 Fort Boulevard, with recognition of “Battle of the Bulge” and World War II veterans, including a posthumous segment. Participants should register by Dec. 12. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: John, 240-8104 or JohCeb@msn.com.

St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. The posada is conducted in Spanish. The seminary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261.

Santa at the Tramway — The Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley, will host afternoon visits with Santa noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20-21. Visit Santa Claus and have a photo taken with him on top of Ranger Peak. Tramway tickets: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Information: 562-9899.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 81st annual football classic begins at noon, Saturday, Dec. 27. Teams, to be announced, will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22, $32, $42, $52 and $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club tickets: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
 The 3rd annual Sun Bowl Sky Party is 9 to 11:30 a.m. that day at UTEP’s South Stadium Parking Garage with food and drinks, live music, games, giveaways and both university bands. Admission is free and the public is invited.
 Other Sun Bowl events:
• Selection Sunday announcement of 2014 teams is 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, At Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill, 5850 Onix.
• The 53rd annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Dec. 21-22 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Sunday: North Dakota State vs. Kent at 5 p.m. and UTEP vs. Alcorn at 7 p.m. Consolation game at 5 p.m. Monday with championship game at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40 four game/two night package; $12-$22 two-game/one night package. Information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center).
The Sun Bowl Golf Challenge is 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Check-in 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Open to all golfers. Cost: per person; includes green fee, cart, range balls, prizes, goodie bag, breakfast burrito bar and luncheon. Information: Bill Greenawald, 443-5589; Vista Hills Country Club, 592-6565 or vistahillscc.com.
• Rotary Sun Bowl Football Team Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at the El Paso Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. The starting lineups from both teams are introduced at 11:30 a.m. and the head coaches are highlighted as well. Tickets: $50; tables for eight $450 (eight guests, or six guests plus two football player from each team). Information: 533-4416, ext. 200 or 504-9013.

Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at noon Sunday, Dec. 28, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 541-1422. No reservation is required.
 A presentation on the history of the monument will be given at the summit.
 The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
 The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along the trail and in the parking lot.
 The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
 Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Virgen de Guadalupe Birthday Party — Cathedral High School alumni will host its party celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Jose’s Party Room, 503 S. Cotton, with menudo, champurado and bread. Admission is “free to the faithful.” Information: 309-3855.
 The Lightbourn Family Fund will donate the beverages and part of the food as a tribute to the memory of his grandmother and mother who were devout Catholics.

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 10-12. The festival is the biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575) 526-8171.
 The fiesta begins Wednesday with a procession taking the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the little chapel to the community house rosary and vigil.
 The pilgrimage to the Tortugas “A” Mountain begins 7 a.m. Thursday with a procession at 5 a.m. from Casa del Pueblo to the church. At sundown, pilgrims will light luminarias along the mountain path.
 A fiesta Mass is at 8 a.m. Friday followed by Danzante Dances, traditional fiesta dinner an afternoon procession.
 To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.

Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649.
 A procession of the virgin is Wednesday and Thursday from the hall to the church.
 A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be given Friday, followed by dancing by the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe members.
 The Virgin de Guadalupe is kept in the church until New Year’s Day, when she will be taken out at 2 p.m. in a procession accompanied by dancing and pageantry. She is then taken home until next December.

St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and a bazaar. The public is welcome. Information/times: 566-2261.

Fiesta Guadalupana — The celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Ysleta Mission (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church), 131 S. Zaragoza (at Alameda). Events begin at 8 a.m. at the Parish Hall. Traditional food and entertainment offered. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848 or ysletamission.org.
 Other events are planned Dec. 10-13, including special services at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
 Friday, Dec. 12, is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with events beginning at 5:30 a.m. A Mass Procession is at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
 A procession down Alameda begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mariachi Mass at 10 a.m.



CHURCH PROGRAMS

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ — Cielo Vista Church’s annual large-scale holiday pageant of music and drama celebrating the Christmas season programs is Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14 at the church at 3585 Lee Trevino. The pageant celebrates 20 years of Christmas’ past along with some of the greatest stories of the Bible told through a dramatic musical presentation. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5, available in advance at the church office. Information: 595-0288 or cielovista.org.
 The church also offers a “Discover the Tabernacle Tour” Dec. 4-7 and Dec. 11-14, offered every half hour 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $2.
 The full-scale replica of the Ark of the Covenant to hold the Ten Commandments and the Holy Tabernacle, built by Israelites during their wandering in the desert.

Blessing of Nativities — Sacred Earth Ministry of St. Pius X will host its annual blessing of nativity displays 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at St Pius X Community Center, 1050 N. Clark. Information: Mike, 757-9395.
 The ministry’s patron saint is Saint Francis of Assisi, who is the originator of the first nativities as well as patron saint of animals and the environment.

‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, will host its annual Christmas music presentation at 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 7. Prelude is at 6:30 p.m. The original musical is based on the documentary “The Star of Bethlehem” by Rick Larson. The story joins the journey of the wise men following the star to the Child, and features a look at the heavens through the scriptures and modern technology. Admission is free. Information: 584-3912 or coronadobaptist.org

Bethlehem Live — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents an evening in old Bethlehem 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, with a live telling of the Birth of Christ, music, food, a craft fair and petting zoo (pony rides available) Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.
  The church’s free performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is 7 p.m. both nights, plus 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 50th anniversary of its annual Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. The event usually sells out early. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online at FBCep.com. Tickets available at the door, if seats available. Information: 533-1465.
 The concerts are complete with a live Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 students and adults, performing traditional and new holiday music. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country.
 This year’s reunion program celebrate a half-century of the Living Christmas Tree with music, singers, and former leaders from throughout the history of the presentations. All of the former directors of the program have been invited to join the concert and four have agreed to come thus far: John Preston, Jim Van Hemert, Tom Willoughby and Ron Bowles.

‘Journey of Promises’ — Young El Paso Singers’ Advent Concert is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird. The program by Joseph and Pamela Martin is a collection of lessons and carols celebrating Advent and Christmas. Directed by Dr. Cindy Jay, with Ruben Gutierrez on piano. Reception following the concert. Admission is free. Information: 227-6002 or youngelpasosingers.org.
 Narrations and candle lighting will trace the journey of darkness into light, despair into hope. JC Crew, the children’s choir of Western Hills UMC, will open the concert.

Christmas Celebration — Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, will host its annual orchestral production and candlelight communion services celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ Dec. 19-24, in the center’s auditorium.
This year’s all new show celebrates Christmas Around the World. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.
 A New Year’s Eve communion service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. This service will include a special message and end with an outdoors fireworks display.


LET THERE BE LIGHTS

Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House, 300 E. California, hosts its 29th annual Christmas lights celebration 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, presented by Providence Children’s Hospital is a symbol of the beginning of the Holiday season for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 542-1522 or rmdcelp.org.
 The open house and lighting ceremony includes Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, music, choir, refreshments and more.

Luminarias Festival/Posadas along the Mission Trail — The Mission Trail will glow with traditional Christmas luminarias 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Around 5,000 luminarias will be lit near dusk and line Socorro Road from the Ysleta Mission past the Socorro Mission, then to the San Elizario Plaza. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682 or elpasomissiontrail.com.
 The 8-mile route includes all three Mission Trail churches, the oldest continuously active churches in the United States. Some shops and restaurants along the trail will remain open after hours for open houses or shopping. Each community will host its own posada and holiday festivities beginning at dusk. Special activities will be held at the Tigua Cultural Center.
 The San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society will host free events beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Las Posadas in front of the San Elceario chapel with Christmas carols and Christmas Fair and luminaria lighting in Veterans Memorial Plaza. Traditional food and refreshments available for a small donation. Information: 851-1682 or epcounty.com/sanelizariomuseum.

Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias for its 23rd annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods or cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” to benefit families served by La Fe.
 Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way traffic during the event, accessible from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso. Cars proceed slowly westward with lights off to view the luminarias and the city lights of El Paso and Juárez. Drivers will also get to view Santa and his elves and a live Nativity scene. Volunteers and sponsors are always needed. Information: 545-7190.

Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and Christmas lights adorn the circle each Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighborhood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly into the circle.

Eastridge Christmas lights — The residents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge participates each year in an elaborate neighborhood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usually lit around the first week of December, and run through the holiday season.
 The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge.

Southern New Mexico

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 28-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 22nd annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:15 to 9:30 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.
 The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 2-11 (under 4 free with lap pass). Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or christmasonthepecos.com.

Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include:
• The annual Pet Parade is Saturday, Dec. 6 along Burro Ave. Call for time.
• The 4th annual Lighted Christmas Parade is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; stores on Burro will be open late for holiday shopping.
• The Ullr Fest is 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Cloudcroft Ice Rink on Hwy. 82, with bonfire and snowplay.
• Santa Land Bonfires are 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 20, in Zenith Park behind the Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 5 p.m. with and cookies, as well as a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, cocoa and more. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-4447.
• Santa will also visit The Lodge Christmas morning, and the annual Christmas Day Brunch Buffet is 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Rebecca’s Restaurant. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.

New Mexico Tamale Fiesta y Mas — The 3rd annual fiesta in Historic Downtown Silver City is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, hosted by the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, with tamale and craft vendors and other traditional Christmas and Borderland favorites such as capirotada, bizcochos, Mexican hot chocolate and red-chile kettle corn. Live music by Mariachi Fuego del Sol. Information: (575) 538-1337 or tamalfiestaymas.org.
 A tardeada is 12:30 p.m. with music by Angelica Padilla, Geli and The Heartbreakers.

Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade — The 23rd annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the historic Downtown district. Information: (575) 534-1700.
 The parade begins at the Grant County Courthouse, travels east on Broadway Street and turns north onto Bullard Street. The parade includes motorized floats, wagons or carts, lighted cars and bicycles, walking and other entries.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The mountain village of Ruidoso hosts the following events though the Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights.
 Christmas in the Park is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at School House Park. Includes lighting of the Yule Log, music and caroling, cookies and a visit with Santa. Admission is free.
  The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. This year’s theme is “Keep Calm and Winter On.”
 Ski Apache’s Torchlight Parade is 6 to 8 Saturday, Dec. 20, at Ski Apache Resort. Veteran skiers carry lighted torches while descending the mountain, followed by fireworks.

City of Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony — The annual ceremony is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at City Hall in Las Cruces. The celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Information: (575) 541-2000.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from eight New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or carlsbadwinterwine.com.
 A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Admission; $25.

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Hillsboro Community Center. Highlights include vendors selling specialty arts, hand-crafted gifts and food items, the annual raffle of an original work of art, and the $49.99 Art Show and Sale. Admission is free. Information: (575) 5457.
 To get there: Take Interstate 25 north from Las Cruces to the NM 152 exit at Caballo, and go west 17 miles.
 Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants, including restaurants, antique shops, and museums, will all be open, and musicians and singers along Main Street will provide seasonal and regional accompaniment.
 The $49.99 Art Show and Sale began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s many artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the Art Show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that.
 Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 a chance to win an original framed watercolor painting of hummingbirds created for the event by Hillsboro artist Inga McCord. Winning ticket drawn at 3:45 p.m. at the Community Center. Limited edition prints of her artwork are also for sale.

Christmas Light Parade — The Kiwanis club in Deming hosts the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Deming, N.M. Parade starts at BMX Park on Poplar to Diamond, Spruce and Silver and ends at Courthouse Park with a visit from Santa. Information: (575) 546-9096 or demingchamber.com.

Electric Light Parade — The 25th annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, along Main Street (from College to Alameda) in Roswell, N.M. A Christmas Caroling Contest precedes the event 4 to 6 p.m. Information: (575) 420-5718 or mainstreetroswell.org.

Luminarias on The Plaza — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 11th annual arts crawl 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, on the historic plaza and several surrounding shops in Socorro. The event features, live music artwork, food and beverages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927.
 The city’s official Christmas Electric Light Parade is 6 p.m. on the plaza, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

Altrusa Christmas Home Tour — Altrusa International of Ruidoso, the non-profit service organization, hosts its 3rd annual home tour 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Alto, N.M. with door prizes and refreshments, plus tours or area homes decorated for Christmas. Tickets: $20 in advance. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Information: (575) 258-4615 or altrusaruidoso.com.

Victorian Christmas Evening — The 30th annual event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in the historic H.B. Ailman House with holiday music, Christmas cookies, hot apple cider, children’s craft activities and continuous entertainment. The house will be decorated in Victorian style. Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921 or silvercitymuseum.org.
 Entertainment lineup: Gila Highlanders, Community Chamber Singers, Jericho, Gleemaiden and Concert Band of the Southwest.

Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 12, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open late for holiday shopping that day, refreshments and some locations; Christmas music will be performed. The tree will be decorated with ornaments created by students from an area school. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116
 Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10 West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) south of I-10.
 Luminarias and Christmas music will be featured Christmas Eve on the Plaza 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. The Mesilla Singers choir will lead in the singing of Christmas carols, and luminarias will be lit around dusk.

Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Evelyn Renfro Park with an art hop, bonfires, wagon rides, carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refreshments at downtown Truth or Consequences businesses. Live Nativity presented First Baptist Church (corner of Broadway and Mims). Admission is free. Information: (575) 740-3902 or torcmainstreet.org.
 Elephant Butte’s 19th luminaria beach walk and parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. See separate listing.

Rock of Ages Tour — The annual event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
 Park staff will dress in historical costumes to give lantern-lit guided tours, concluding with the famous “Rock of Ages Ceremony,” when the cavern lights are turned off while the hymn is performed in utter darkness. Cost is $10 ($5 ages 6-16; children 5 and under not allowed). Reservations required: (575) 785-3152. Other park information: (575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave.

Elephant Butte Beach Walk and Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. The event features about 4,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, 25 host campfires with free refreshments, Santa Claus, hayrides, caroling and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) 740-1777 or elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com.
 The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.
 MainStreet Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Evelyn Renfro Park with bonfires, wagon rides, carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refreshments at downtown businesses. Live Nativity presented by First Baptist Church (corner of Broadway and Mims). Admission is free. Information: SierraCountyEvents.com.

Fort Selden Luminaria Tour — The 15th annual holiday event at Fort Selden State Monument is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. The trails and ruins of the 19th-century fort will be lit by 1,000 luminarias, and visitors will be treated to coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and living history military re-enactments. Admission is free that evening. Information: (575) 526-8911 or nmmonuments.org.
 The traditional “Kids Christmas Crafts” program is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and will include tree ornament making and cookie baking. Pre-registration: (575) 526-8911. Admission is also free for that event.
 From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. The monument, which preserves the ruins of the 19th century fort, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free).

Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and members of various Native American communities is noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19, with horno bread baking, Native American dancers, traditional Winter Coyote stories, solar viewing, arts and crafts, and more. Admission: per vehicle. Information: (575) 524–4068 or nmparks.com.
 Witness and learn about the natural phenomenon that occurs for only a few days of Winter. Hear traditional stories from Navajo, Blackfeet and Pueblo storytellers and sample real buffalo stew by a warm campfire. The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will provide information and telescopes to view and learn about the day and night sky.

Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade — Ski Apache and Inn of the Mountain Gods host the 6th annual dummy ski jump event 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. on Ski Apache in Mescalero, N.M. Participants build their best skiing or snowboarding dummy and send it down the mountain over a giant ski launch. Cash prizes up to $1,500 for winners. Entry fee: $25; deadline to enter is 2 p.m. day of event at main ticket office. Information/rules: (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com.
 The gelunde is followed by the annual Torchlight Parade 6 to 8 p.m. down Capitan Trail and a fireworks show.

Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a wonderland of music and light beginning at dusk Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 24, at San Albino Church and the surrounding historic plaza. Around 6,000 luminarias will be set up. The Mesilla Singers will lead singing of Christmas carols from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
 Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10 West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) south of I-10. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

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

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2014 Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a four-course Dinner, live performance by Jessica Flores & Cross Town, DJ Julio and party favors, with a midnight champagne toast. Festive dinner attire. Tickets: $95. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with live music by Rhapsody Band. Cost: $30 ($50 couples); includes champagne, party favors and drink set ups. BYOB. Information: 562-1444.

Hilton Garden Inn New Year’s Gala — The hotel, 6650 Gateway East, hosts a Masquerade Ball New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Dinner, Dance and Stay package is $229 for two, and includes a 5-course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, overnight stay (with late checkout at 2 p.m.) and a cook-to-order breakfast for two. Information, reservations: 772-4722.

Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band is featured at the Wednesday, Dec. 31 dance, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost is $75 per couple, which includes party favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and posole. Information: 598-4220.

‘Rio’ — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with entertainment by the Pink Flamingo Group. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner served at 8 p.m. Midnight countdown celebration follows entertainment. Tickets: $125 (Ticketmaster). Information: (800) 545-9011 or (575) 464-7090.

New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft will host its New Year’s Eve events, “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a Children’s New Year’s Eve pizza and slumber party at 7 p.m. the Lodge Trestle, and adult party 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations/cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.

 

West Texas

Mountain Country Christmas — The annual event is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, at the Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland, in Alpine, Texas. The event includes an indoor/outdoor arts crafts fair, baked goods, organizational booths, holiday product vendors, entertainment. Admission is free. Information: Alpine Visitor’s Center (432) 837-2326.
 The annual Parade of Lights is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, followed by the annual tree lighting at Brewster County Court House, and a visit by Santa.

Bazaars and Fairs



Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts the artisan show noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. The Nov. 29 event is a Holiday Craft Show. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
 The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
 La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.
 Shop Small Saturday is Nov. 29. In contrast to Black Friday, the day is an opportunity to join the global movement to do holiday shopping in support of small, local businesses. Live music provided by the Chris Oliver Jazz Quartet; free kids arts and crafts booths.
 Holiday Lights Celebration is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in collaboration with Parks and Recreation’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, with live music, youth dance and choir performances, healthy holiday baking demonstrations.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
 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.
 Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
 El Paso Diabetes Association hosts free diabetes screening and information Saturday, Nov. 29.

UU Holiday Bazaar — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its annual bazaar and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, with music food, handcrafted items, jewelry, toys, books, Christmas decorations and more. Information: 584-7823 or uuelpaso.org.

Arts and Craft Bazaar - Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, will host its Christmas bazaar 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5-6. The juried show and sale features original works by several area artists. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977.
 Deadline for artists to submit work is Dec. 4; cash prizes offered.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 5-7 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, University and El Paseo, Las Cruces, with over 100 booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.    

San Elizario ChristKindleMarket call for artists — San Elizario Artist Guild’s 3rd annual ChristKindle is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-7, on the historic plaza, with crafts, gifts, German food and drink. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.
 Christmas Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Santa’s arrival at 6:45 p.m.
 Christkindle Market is an old tradition in Germany going back hundreds of years. Every year during the month of December, this German Christmas market takes place in Germany to celebrate the holiday season by enjoying traditional food, drink and holiday shopping.

Christmas Craft Fair — Pebble Hills Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its annual holiday arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO. Admission is free. Information: 434-5605.

Clendenin Christmas Craft Fair — The Clendenin Elementary School PTA will host its 14th annual fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the school at 2701 Harrison, with holiday crafts, food, games, music by students from each grade and more. Admission is free. Vendor space available for $25. Information: 236-5300.

Kohlberg Winter Bazaar Festival — Kohlberg Elementary, 1445 Nardo Goodman, host its annual winter bazaar 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, with holiday gifts, treats, pictures with Santa, jumping balloons, kids’ crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 433-6871 or kohlberg.episd.org.

Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Show — the 34th annual show and sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, at Mimbres Hot Spring Ranch in Mimbres, N.M. with stone and terra cotta pottery and more. No pets allowed. Information, directions: studiosalemimbres.com.

Panza Llena, Corazón Contento — Ceramic Art Students Association (CASA) of UTEP, hosts the ceramics sale supporting the fight against hunger 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Hillside Coffee and Donut Co., 4935 N. Mesa. All proceeds go to Kelly Memorial Food Pantry. Available for purchase will be handmade ceramic tableware items that are handcrafted by CASA members and other contributing ceramic artists. Information: Andrea Chaparro or 253-5542 or panza-llena.com.
 Those unable attend can contribute via the Panza Llena, Corazon Contento (Full Belly, Happy Heart)fund at Indiegogo http://bit.ly/1yZh7SU.

Christmas Fair — Our Lady of the Valley School, 8600 Winchester, hosts an arts & crafts fair 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with more than 30 vendors selling unique gift items. “Bread of Life” café will sell menudo, beef shredded flautas, brisket burritos, sweet bread, and beverages. Information: 859-6448.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 10th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Sunset Hall, with more than 90 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artist. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.

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

Festival of Trees — The festival continues through Sunday, Dec. 7, at 614 N. Bullard, Silver City. Live trees, handmade crafts and bake goods will be for sale. Information: (575) 534-1700.

Holiday Hair Show and Art Sale — The hair demonstration and art show is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Mark Alan Salon & Gallery, 5700 N. Mesa. Refreshments served. Admission is free. Information: 588-5618 or 585-1300.
 The hair show will feature styles from Mark Alan Salon; the art show/sale features painting, drawing, ceramics and photography by Christina Huber, Candie Printza and Beverly Widener.
 Art will remain on display through Jan. 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Tennis West Holiday Fair — Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club, One Tennis West Lane (off Westside Drive) hosts its holiday fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with food, clothing, jewelry, art and music. Admission is free. Information: 581-5471 or tennis-west.com.

Riverside Christmas Fair — Riverside High School Band hosts a its 5th annual fair 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Riverside Middle School, 7615 Mimosa, with arts and craft vendors, and performances by school and area performing bands, dance groups and more. Admission is free. Information: 434-7268.

Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts the 44th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Vendors include: Mo Malone, Adelaide Sagar, Sandra Lee, Cactus Mary, Estela Flores, Vicki Drennan, Chino and Yoli Zapata, Kathy Anderson, Alanna Bach – One Inspired Chef, Paty and Jesus Garcia-De Franco Designs, Lolly Rancich and Fabulous Fibers and Knits.
 Performers:
• 11 a.m. Gene Keller will perform songs from his CD of Christmas songs, “Hug A Bum.”
• 12 p.m. Jorge Guzman, a multi-instrumental musician who specializes in the accordion.
• 1 p.m. Nienna, singer/songwriter on keyboards.
• 2 p.m. Blonde on Bach performs songs from Larry Bach’s new CD “Openings,” inspired by the poet Rumi
• 3 p.m. Cowboy Gospel Band, known for playing stirring renditions of campfire favorites, classic cowboy songs and country gospel.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Leona Ford Washington Recreation Center, 3400 E. Missouri. Santa Claus will make a special stop at from 11 a.m. to noon for free photo op (guests should bring their own camera). Admission is free. Information: David Faulkner, 562-7071.
 Vendor registration fee is $5 for Arts and Crafts vendors; $45 for commercial vendors. Vendor space limited.

Holiday’s Arts and Crafts Fair — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts the arts and craft fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at San Juan Recreation Center, 701 N. Glenwood. Admission is free. Information: 779-2799. Vendor booths available for $5

La Viña Farmer’s 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 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

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.

Something for everyone


Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Special hours Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
• Roving Red’s Salvation Army Kettle Decoration Contest is Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29.
 Holiday entertainment featured throughout the month of December from area schools. Santa will be at the mall for photographs through Dec. 24.
 The Salvation Army will host an Angel Tree for the area’s less fortunate through Dec. 19, in front of customer service.

The Fountains at Farah Holiday events — The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, hosts several events during the holiday season. Free parking accessible to all events. Information: fountainsatfarah.com.
• The Ice Pond skating rink is open 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 21; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Check website for rates.
 Special holiday rink hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 27; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday, Nov. 28; 2 to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24; 2 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25; 2 to 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, and noon to 8 p.m. New Year’s Day, Thursday, Jan. 1.
• Lighting of the Tree at the Fountains at Farah is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Santa and Mrs. Claus will use their magic to light the giant tree in the Promenade of the Fountains. The Frozen princesses will also be there to sing Christmas songs followed by story time with Santa. Admission is free.
• Santa will stroll the mall noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 6-21, with a storytime in the amphitheater 3 to 4 p.m.

Community Health Education Series — Sierra Providence East, 3280 Joe Battle, hosts a free seminar series one Wednesday each month. English presentations are 6 p.m. with Spanish presentation 7 p.m. The programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects to help improve and maintain the health of the community. Information: 577-SPHN (7746).
Dec. 3: When to Seek a Specialist and the Role of a PCP in your “care coordination”

Business Chica Conference — Latinitas hosts the leadership conference for girls age 10-17 Saturday, Dec. 6, at Southwest University, 1414 Geronimo. Girls connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Cost: $10 Information: 219-8554 or laslatinitas.com/elpaso. Online tickets available at eventbrite.com.
 Participants will work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign.

EPCC Seasonal classes — El Paso Community College is taking registration for seasonal classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. select Saturdays in December at Valle Verde Campus. Cost per class: $25 Information: 831-2851 or epcc.edu.
Dec. 6: Christmas Treats Family Fun Class
Dec. 13: Christmas Crafts.

Neighborhood Craft Beer Tour — DnJs Productions hosts a the tour featuring 7 downtown bars starting 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Soho Lounge, 500 N. Oregon, led by Juan Gaytan. Tour features seven beer samples, each with collectible glass. History of beer and other information presented. Tour is free; cost varies for each individual beer. Designated drivers needed to get from location to location. Information: 449-6969 or on Facebook at DandJsProductions.
 Participating bars are Craft & Social, Pot Au Feu, The Network, Anson 11, Pints & Peanut and Blackbird Cantina.
 A neighborhood craft beer tour of Tucson, Ariz. is also being planned.

Sun City Rodders — The car club hosts an Old Car Parts Swap Meet and Show and Shine car show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month (Dec. 7) at Firestone Auto Center parking lot, 10780 Pebble Hills. No fee for vendors, but only car-related items are allowed for sale. Set up begins at 8 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 503-7244.
 The club also hosts a cruise night 6 to 9 p.m. the third Friday of the month (Dec. 19), starting at Wendy’s restaurant, 9150 Viscount. All car enthusiasts are invited.

Wreaths Across America — El Paso Composite Squadron-Civil Air Patrol will host the annual Wreaths Across America dedication ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Rostrum at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson, in conjunction with that day’s nationwide observance. The squadron is spearheading this year’s efforts to place a wreath on every soldier’s grave at the cemetery. Arrival by 9:45 a.m. encouraged; seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Information: Civil Air Patrol at 239-6149 or epwreaths.org.
 Wreaths arrive at 7:30 a.m. To volunteer to help unload and place wreaths, call Civil Air Patrol.

Christmas Tardeada — Golden Bears Social Club hosts the tardeada 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, with music by Rhapsody. Prizes for best costumes. Refreshments and door prizes offered; BYOB. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cost: $15. Information: 755-4038 or 772-4643.

Women’s Self Defense Class — El Paso Karate Academy, 10710 Gateway North, hosts free self-defense workshops to help women learn easy techniques to defend themselves in the case of an attack 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Students will practice on a live person wearing a padded suit. Information, reservations: 822-8818 or epkarate.com.

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

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

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (Dec. 20). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization at 810 Gato Road hosts several monthly events for the community. Small donation requested for the maintenance of the center. Information: 231-0066 or lightelpaso.com.
• Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Hema, 540-3691.
• Aura Cleansing: 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Hema, 540-3691.
• Pranic Healing Clinic: 3 to 6 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Linda, (575) 649-8081.
• Vegetarian Cooking Class: 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Sobha, 231-0066
• Full Moon Meditation: 7:30 p.m., night of the full moon. Lynn, 449-0619.
• Book Club: 2 to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of the month. Christine, (575) 639-4664.
• Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group: 6 to 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Sobha, 231-0066.
• Family Movie Night: 7:15 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month. Lynn, 449-0619.

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

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

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

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

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. Demonstrations are a chance for members of the society to come together and share their particular interests with other members as well as the public at large, with the primary focus to practice SCA Combat, mock combats loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
 Society for Creative Anachronism is a re-creation society for the Middle Ages. The purpose is to bring to life the skills, ideals, and beauty that represents the best of the Middle Ages. The charter of the Society covers the time period up to 1600 A.D.

UTEP Walking Tours — In honor of its Centennial Celebration, University of Texas at El Paso hosts a series of guided walking tours to highlight different aspects of the UTEP campus and its history. A new series is offered each month. Reservations required; groups should consist of at least five individuals. Information: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669 or mvillalva2@utep.edu.

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

‘Winter Wonderland’ Village display — Hundreds of figurines make up one of El Paso’s most elaborate holiday displays, “Winter Wonderland,” on exhibit 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31, in the auditorium of the MacGuire Administration Building of the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home, 1100 Cliff Dr. The exhibit, donated by Dorothea Purvis, consists of hundreds of festive figurines and continues to grow bigger every year. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Information: 544-8777

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Registration is Jan. 5-29 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older. Spring 2015 classes begin Monday, Feb. 9.
 The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration: $60, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Jan. 29).
 Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico age 50 or older, and meet afternoons Mondays through Fridays.
 The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.

Bagua Circle Walking Meditation — Center for Internal Arts, 5757 Montoya Drive, hosts the seminar on meditation style, 9 to noon, Sundays, Jan. 18-Feb. 15. Bagua Circle Walking is a meditation from the ancient Taoist monastic tradition The Heaven Single Palm Change was the core moving meditation practice of the Taoist monastic tradition in ancient China. Cost: $175. Information/registration: Steve Barowsky, 584-4730, sborowsky1@operamail.com or centerforinternalarts.com.

Volunteer blood samples needed — Greater East Cancer Center, CRBCM, and UTEP School of Biology are seeking to measure auto-antibodies in volunteer blood samples for early detection of cancer research 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan. 31, at 11601 Pellicano Dr, #A2. Healthy volunteers and volunteers with a cancer history are invited to donate a sample of blood for a research project to measure auto-antibodies that occur in the early stages of cancer development. No fasting required; drinking plenty of water the day prior to the visit is recommended. Information/consent forms: 307-3354. Web: crbcm.blogspot.com.

For a good cause


‘TREASURES OF THE SOUTHWEST,” CHARITY ART AUCTION — Open Arms Community hosts its charity auction 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Pius X Hall, 1050 North Clark, featuring a live Art Auction, silent auction, music, and delicious refreshments, as well as sale tables of collectibles and gift items. Music provided by The 7th Avenue Band. Admission is free. Information: 595-0589 or openarmscommunity.org.
Funds raised will benefit the Open Arms/Centro Santa Fe Food Bank and Help for the Poor.
Some of the well-known local artists represented include Alberto Escamilla, Bert Saldaña, R.J. Williams, Patricia Renteria, Al Borrego, Manuel Alvarado, Hal Marcus, Candy Meyer and Krystyna Robbins.
Founded in 1972 as a small prayer group, Open Arms includes many different forms of service to individuals and groups in the El Paso area including a food bank, distribution center for clothes, household goods, and emergency help for families in economic crisis, weekly prayer meetings in English and Spanish and more.

CHRISTMAS STREET — The 41st annual fund-raiser for the El Paso Rehabilitation Center is Tuesday, Dec. 2, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. The Tour of Trees luncheon is at 11 a.m. The annual Gala is at 6 p.m. The event includes music, raffles, live and silent auctions and more. Information, ticket prices: 544-8484, ext. 101. Web: pdnchildrens.org.

AMOR POR JUAREZ AUCTION — Amor por Juarez’s 4th Annual Art Auction is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Sotoa Building, 500 W Overland, to raise funds for the operation of its various programs to help the youth of Juarez.
Tickets: $50 donation; complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided. Information/tickets: 730-3800 or info@amorporjuarez.com
More than 70 pieces of various disciplines such as painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking by local established and emerging artists including Sebastian, Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Kim Bauer, Therese Bauer, Margarita Cabrera, Gloria Castillo, Tomas Contreras, Arturo Damasco, Francisco Delgado, Gabriel Diaz, Los Dos, Gaspar Enriquez, Stefan Falke, Luz Galvan, Staphany Garnica, Raul Gonzalez the Third, Guillermo Guiraga, Aideé Lara, Jason Lucero, Sarah Mays, Ignacio Mendoza, Christian Nassri, Briseida Ochoa, Paola Rascon, Appolonia Roldan, Horey Silva, Harry Sanchez Jr., Marco Sanchez, Luly Sosa, Peter Svarzbein, Montse Trejo-King, Laura Turon, Brian Wancho, Carla Zabalegui, among others.
Proceeds will also help local artist Hope Riot get her music out to a national market. She will perform live during the event.

CRITTER CHRISTMAS — The 5th annual holiday event benefitting Dona Ana County Humane Society, Spay Neuter Action Program and Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 University, with a live and silent auction, dancing, performances by NMSU Dance Sport Team, Best-Dressed Dog and Pet Tricks Contests, Photo Booth, Dog Treat buffet, no-host bar and food. Well-behaved leashed dogs welcome (no flexi leashes).
Tickets: $50; available in Las Cruces at American Classifeds, Better Life Pet Foods, SNAP/DACHS office and online at holdmyticket.com. Information: (575) 642-2648 or dachslc.org.

HISPANIC CHAMBER FIESTA AND PIÑATA BASH — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Fiesta Celebration is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Drive. Events include the presentation of chamber awards, dinner and tequila toast, mariachi and Latin jazz music and gifts. Tickets: $85 ($75 members). Tables: $1,500 ($1,250 members). The Piñata Bash features thousands of dollars in prizes Information/RSVP: 566-4066 or ephcc.org.
Keynote speaker is Billy Beane, Oakland A’s general manager. Beane will talk about his innovative, winning approach to management, which was the basis of the movie “Moneyball,” in which he was played by Brad Pitt.
This year’s Moving Forward Award will recognize two Paul L. Foster, Chairman of the Board and Executive Chairman of Western Refining, Inc., and by Woody Hunt, Chairman & CEO of Hunt Companies, Inc.

ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE PICTURES WITH SANTA — Animal Rescue League of El Paso hosts its 2nd annual “Pictures with Santa” noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, and Sunday, Dec. 14, at the shelter’s Reflection Garden, 7256 La Junta in Canutillo. The garden will be transformed into a into Santa’s Village for the holidays, and Santa and his elves will take pictures with pet(s) and/or family. Treats for four and two-legged family members offered. Donation: $10 (include a printed picture in a framed card). Visitors will be allowed to take their own photos at the session. Information: 877-5002 or arlep.org.

KELLY SQUASHES HUNGER — Kelly Memorial Food Pantry, 1140 St. Vrain, hosts a fundraising evening of food and music 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Local chef’s compete for best dish using winter squash, and children’s activities and alternative holiday gift cards will be available. Cost: $25 ($50 household). Information: (pantry) 533-2674 or (Jeannine Kennedy) 525-5254.
The Food Pantry, staffed entirely by volunteers, provides food to more than 14,000 food insecure El Paso County residents every month after paying food delivery costs of more than $5,000 each month to food bank.
Chefs to compete include Joey Cazares, Eloise and Hello Day Cafe; Roman Wilcox, Mustard Seed Community Cafe; Robert Espinosa, Pot Au Feu International Restaurant; Lawrence Acosta, Tom’s Folk Cafe; and more.

‘AN EVENING WITH JOE HAYES’ — Southwest storyteller and children’s book author Joe Hayes will be the featured guest at the fundraiser for Books Are Gems, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at St. Mark’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 5005 Love Road (Upper Valley). Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for ages 5-17 and free for children 4 and under. Information: 845-5437 or bookaregems.org. The evening will feature a Western-style dinner, silent auction and storytelling by Hayes, including his holiday favorite, “The Wise Little Burro.” Proceeds benefit Books Are Gems, a nonprofit bookstore at 7744 North Loop Ste. B that sells and gives away new and used books. Books are sold for $1-$2, and children who come to the store may receive five free used books. Teachers can also receive free books for their classroom. The bookstore was damaged by rain-caused flooding in September and reopened Nov. 3. The fundraiser will help pay for the cost of repairs and replacement of damaged books.
A free storytelling session with Hayes is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Books Are Gems. Hayes, who grew up in southern Arizona and now lives in Santa Fe, is a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English stories have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. His award-winning books include “Watch Out for Clever Women,” “!El Cucuy!,” “How the Rattlesnake Got Its Fangs” and “La Llorona.” Many of his books have been published by El Paso’s Cinco Puntos Press.

BLACK TIE BALL – Mimbres Region Arts Council presents its 32nd annual gala benefit ball, “Victorian Steampunk,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Lawley Toyota Showroom, 2750 Hwy 180E, in Silver City, N.M. with live music by Bat News Blues Band from Tucson, dancing meal, cash bar and more. Dress is formal attire. Tickets: $50; available at MRAC office, Encore, Leyba and Ingalls Arts and Vintage Fantasies. Steampunk-style attire encouraged. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org,

PAWS FOR PRESENTS TOY DRIVE — El Paso Fire Department and El Paso Chihuahuas host a toy drive through Dec. 13 benefiting the Child Crisis Center. All gifts should new (not gift-wrapped) for children up to age 13. The team will categorize and deliver to the Child Crisis Center. Donations can be dropped off at the 35 El Paso neighborhood fire stations or the Chihuahuas Team Shop, located at 1 Ballpark Plaza on Durango. Team Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 242-2025.
Last year, the center provided 740 gifts to children in the El Paso community. The Child Crisis Center of El Paso protects children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy, and family support services.

MITTEN TREE/CANNED FOOD DRIVE — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, will offer a Mitten Tree to accept donations of mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the holiday trees, along with canned goods donations during regular library hours through Dec. 19, in support of National Mitten Tree Day Dec. 6. All items will be donated to local community organizations such as the Community of Hope, La Casa, Gospel Rescue Mission and the Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 528-4000.

‘B-WARM’ BLANKET DRIVE — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs through Dec. 20. New blankets, twin size or larger will be collected during “blanket Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information/additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or bradenaboud.com.

GIVING HEARTS TOY DRIVE — Peace of Art: Design for Change host the toy drive noon to 8 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 30, at 3431 Pershing, Suite A6, for the children of Cd. Juarez. New toys of $5 or more welcome; soccer balls and dolls are favorites; no toy guns. Cash donations also welcome. The organization will hand out the toys on the week of Jan. 6. Information: 491-5170, 564-9960 or peaceofartshow.org or on Facebook at Giving Hearts 2014.

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

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.

JCP HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE — City of Las Cruces’ Parks & Recreation Department’s Juvenile Citation Program (JCP) is accepting donations of nonperishable food items and durable household goods during its JCP Holiday Drive. Donation boxes are at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main, and Parks and Recreation Department offices, 200 N. Church St. Goods received will be donated to charitable organizations in the community. Information: JCP office, (575) 541-2276.

OPERATION SANTA CLAUS — New and gently used toys and bikes for the needy children of the El Paso/Fort Bliss area may be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Fort Bliss Op Santa warehouse, Bldg. 1123 or at any El Paso Fire Station, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For a pickup, call 568-1010.
Donations to “Operation Santa Claus” can be mailed to Op Santa, Inc. P.O. Box 16270, Fort Bliss, TX 79906. All funds are for parts and supplies and no funds are paid to any staff.
Interested volunteers may call 568-1010 or 276-6869.

CHIHUAHUAS ‘A NIGHT OF GIVING’ WINTER BANQUET — El Paso Chihuahuas; inaugural Winter Banquet,” A Night of Giving” presented by Team 600 ESPN El Paso is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 E. Bliss, on Fort Bliss. Chihuahuas field manager Pat Murphy and first baseman Cody Decker are featured guests at the event that includes a special question and answer session. A live auction will also be held. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas-El Paso. Individual seats begin at $75; table of 10 is $700. Information: 242-2008.
Murphy concluded his fifth season with the San Diego Padres organization in 2014, his fourth as a field manager. Murphy posted a 72-72 mark in the Chihuahuas’ inaugural campaign. Decker hit a team-high 27 home runs, the best in the Padres organization. Originally drafted by San Diego in 2009 out of UCLA, Decker has blasted 135 homers in his career.


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. The Buffalo Soldiers Gate at Airport and Airway is usually always open.

1st Armored Division Band Holiday Concert — The Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss’s annual holiday show, “An American Holiday Festival” is 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-7, at Stayon Theater, 2495 Ricker Road, Fort Bliss Main Post. Doors open 45 minutes prior to show for ticketholders, 10 minutes prior for non-ticket holders. Tickets are free; available ITR Freedom Crossing, Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 15, Slater Rd. 1AD Headquarters on East Bliss. Information/tickets: 568-2263 or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBandFort Bliss

Polar Bear Plunge — The cold-weather swimming event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Community Pool on Club Road in Fort Bliss. Suit up in swim suit or wetsuit for a bracing swim (with “icebergs” included). Free T-shirts for all who take the plunge. Underwater photos with Santa also offered. Information: 741-5901 or on Facebook at BlissMWR.

Army vs. Navy game broadcast — Pre-game festivities begin at noon Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Fort Bliss Centennial Club’s Samuel Adams Pub. Admission is free. Information: 744-8427.
 The Army-Navy Game (U.S. Military Academy’s Black Knights vs. the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy) is generally played on the last weekend of the college football regular season.

Fort Bliss Sun Bowl Brunch — The annual Sun Bowl Brunch is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in at Fort Bliss’s Pershing Club, 243 Club Road. Cost: $13.95; $6.95 ages 5-10; free for age four and younger. Free shuttle to the game follows brunch; game time is noon. Reservations required: 781-7809.
 Game tickets are $15 with military discount: ITR, 744-1524 or 569-6446.

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

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

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

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

DSL Winter Youth League — Desert Strike Lanes on Fort Bliss host a youth bowling league Saturdays, Jan. 10-April 25, for youth who have not reached their 20th birthday prior to Aug. 1, 2014. Participants will be separated into three divisions based on age if numbers allow. Minimum number of weeks bowled will be 12 with a maximum of 16 based on centers availability. Bowlers will be awards scholarships for participation and performance based on team standings. Cost: $10 weekly, plush $10 annual sanction fee. Information: 539-5572.

Club news


EPMBA Installation — El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual installation luncheon is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East, to install the 2015 board members. Cocktails served at 6:30 p.m.; black and white attire. Cost: $50 ($90 couples). Information: elpasomortgagebankers@gmail.com.

La Leche League of El Paso Westside — The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breastfeed, meets 10:30 to noon a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Friday, Dec. 5: Dinner and a movie
• Saturday, Dec. 13: Dinner and El Paso Rhinos
• Saturday, Dec. 20: Christmas Party.

Project Linus — The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, (Dec. 6) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s annual Christmas party is 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

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.
 No general meeting is planned for November. The annual Christmas party is Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Reservations: 584-3126.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s annual Christmas luncheon is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Underwood Golf Clubhouse on Fort Bliss. There will be the traditional Christmas Songfest and meal. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Information 755-4038.

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

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

ANDA meetings — Area Network for Disabilities and Aging meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, at Chihu’a Restaurant El Paso, 9135 Gateway West. Election of officers and board members will be held. Annual club dues of $12 are due. Information: 598-0900.

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

Bohemian Chess Club — The club meets 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday in November and December at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 824 N. Piedras. People of all ages and skill levels meet to play, discuss and learn chess. Admission is free. Information: Information: 565-9921, ext. 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 355-4598 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
 The Christmas Party is Saturday, Dec. 6, at 244 Resler.
 Registration for French Classes, Spring session, will start in mid-December. Visit afofelpaso.org and Facebook for dates & locations.

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

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


Area attractions

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
 Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
 Live racing season begins Friday, Dec. 5, and runs through April. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Friday through Monday.
 To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) 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.
• Arts in the Parks Christmas Ornament making workshop for families is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Activities are free with regular tram admission.
• Santa will be at the tramway noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20-21, to greet visitors and pose for pictures.
• The monthly Last Sunday hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. Dress for weather, in sturdy shows, and bring water. Santa hats encouraged.

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. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
 Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
 Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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

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

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.
 La Viña Farmer’s and Crafters’ Market features local food producers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
 Free live music on the patio offered Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.

Sunland Winery — Located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
 Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
 Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays with Sweetwater Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays wit Jack Welch and Shadow, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Lala Ledezma and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
 Dining on The Patio, featuring from Morsels Grill, is open 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
 Wine and Canine is 2 to 7 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of every month, with food and music. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcomed. One dollar from each drink purchased with go to the Humane Society of El Paso.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda.
• 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29: The City Hall Union Labor Workers present the seven-act play “Don Juan Tenorio.” The play, a variation of the traditional Don Juan story, was the most popular play of 19th-century Spain. Cost: 25 pesos.
• 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14: “Frozen: Una Navidad Congelada,” a Christmas children’s play based on the Disney hit. Cost: 150, 200 and 250 pesos.
• 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20: “Una Navidad con Mickey” children’s theater. Admission: 150 and 250 pesos.

Centro Cultural Universitario — Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos Escobar.
 “Romantic Night” is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, with three “rondalla” ensembles (stringed instrument groups based on the medieval Spanish tradition), featuring Rondalla Universitaria, Rondalla Piedra de Luna and Rondalla Acordes del Desierto. Admission: 20 pesos.

Ibiza Bar — Av. Lincoln Avenue near Hermanos Escobar Av. DJ Roger Mix presents ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s music at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Admission: 70 pesos.

Teatro de la Nacion — Costa rica street at 20 de noviembre.
• 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29: “Ensayando para una boda” presented by Taller de Teatro Co. Admission: 80 pesos.
• 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30: “Curvas Peligrosas” by famed writer and director Pilo Galindo. Admission: 40 pesos.

Tecnologico de Monterrey — Tomas Fernandez Boulevard and Av. de las Industrias, Campos Eliseos zone inside Bermudez Industrial Park.
 “La Conve” anime show is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, at several locations inside the campus. Special guests include Christina Dark, Hallyu Dance, Lalo Varela, Paula Monroy, Meagan Marie and others. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414. Showing all month: “Encuentros,” a major exhibition by top Juárez artists.

Nuvo — Plaza San Luis, Ejercito Nacional at Francisco Villarreal. Fitness Model 2014 begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Presented by Pepe Cervantes, owner of Academia Cervantes. Admission is 150 pesos; BYOB.

Festival de Teatro de la Ciudad — The festival of music, dance and visual arts is Dec. 1-7 at various venues in Juárez. Information: 656 7370572 (W.H. Salazar).

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and the center’s box office.
• 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2: “El Pelon en sus tiempos de Colera,” a comic monologue with Hector Suarez Gomiz. Admission: 150, 250 and 300 pesos.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: “The Nutcracker,” with the UACJ Symphonic Orchestra and Classic Ballet Company. Admission: 80, 150, 200 and 300 pesos.
• 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8: The musical “Journey to Broadway,” 90 and 115 pesos.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park, Juárez (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.
 Opening at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5: Photographic exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of CILA (Comision Internacional de Limites y Aguas), the agency in charge of the boundary between Mexico and United States. Its counterpart in the U.S. is the International Boundary and Water Commission.

Parroquia de todos los Santos — Av. Vicente Guerrero near the former racetrack. A song recital with Sarah Alvarado is at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, with piano music by Jorge Vargas Cuamba. Free admission; donations to the church accepted.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Cinema Club presents French movies with Spanish subtitles at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 19. Admission is free. Bring a cold dish or beverage to share.

Parque del DIF - Av Heroico Colegio Militar at Costa Rica, Chamizal Zone.
 Villa Navideña begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with thousands of Christmas lights and decorations. Tamales and champurrado served. Free admission. Presented by the city government.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad).
 Megastar Ricky Martin performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18: Tickets are 750, 1,400, 2,300 and 2,900 pesos. Tickets at donboleton.com.
 The one-time member of Menudo achieved worldwide fame with his hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” With over 85 million albums sold and nearly 100 platinum records, 11 No. 1 songs and six Grammys, Martin is considered the catalyst for bringing Latin pop into the U.S. mainstream.

El Rincon De Ana Lucia — The café-gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building).
 Husband and wife writing partners Ricardo Vigueras and Elpidia Garcia will give readings of their award-winning work at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Cocktails and appetizers served. Free admission.

Centro Cultural de la Ciudad - Zona Pronaf, across from the Museo INBA.
 A “Transiberian Concert” is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Admission is 100 pesos.

Estadio 20 de Noviembre — Av. 16 de septiembre and Americas Av. A Beauty Football League match, featuring the V Queens vs. JLadies, is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Admission: 70, 150 and 250 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone (from Ysleta bridge, drive about 300 yards and turn on narrow road on right near the yellow Bip Bip store). Information: 6821486 or 6820693.
 Bohemian night, featuring poetry and “Trova” (Cuban-style troubador music) with Edel Juarez is at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Admission is 250 and 350 pesos. Tickets at donboleton.com and at the door.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded. The event also features live rock bands and urban artist shows.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
 The center offers three New Year’s Eve options Wednesday, Dec. 31:
• A dance with Sentimiento Latino Orchestra is 650 pesos per person, includes three-course dinner, grapes and a champagne toast; bring your own bottle. Formal attire required; no children under 10.
• The New Year’s Fest, with all the above except the dance music is by local DJs, is 450 pesos.
• The Terrace Garden restaurant will offer a special menu.

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.
 Showing all month in the 3D Theater is “Los Misterios del Universo,” shown hourly. 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US).
 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.

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.
 Guided tours are offered at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays. Puppet show is 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
 Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.


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



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