September 2016

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Minerpalooza 2016 — UTEP’s 26th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 26, in P-9 parking lot on the UTEP campus. The family friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment and family activities. Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5648, minerpalooza.com or on Facebook.
  This year’s headliner is Sky (formerly of LMFAO) with pop duo Nina Sky, local Spanish rock band SayVerse and the Motorcycle Globe of Death, as well as Azucar and UTEP Pantastics steel drum ensemble.

St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival — The 30th annual festival of vibrant Greek culture is Aug. 26-28 at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, 124 S. Festival. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; raffle tickets available for purchase. Information: 833-0882 or on Facebook at EP Greek Food Fest.
  Food is always the star of the show at the Greek Festival, including chicken and lamb entrees, shishkabobs and more, as well as baklava and other pastries, plus ice cream and baklava sundaes.
  Wines and souvenirs sold in the country store, Live Greek band and dancing entertainment with Greek and Mediterranean dancers.

El Paso Wine Festival — Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood, with tasting and purchasing opportunities of more than 200 wines and 50 craft beers, and live entertainment.
Portion of the proceeds benefit Rio Grande Cancer Foundation. Tickets: $25 general admission (includes five tastings and commemorative glass; good for both days); $35 VIP Saturday; $30 VIP Sunday; children: $10, with paid adult. Information: 479-2220, elpasowinefestival.com or on Facebook.
  Grand Tastings are 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, with wine, liquor and beer samples, hors d'oeuvres prepared by our local chefs. Tickets: $75 per day (includes 10 samples and food pairings).

Great American Rockabilly Riot — The 5th annual Kustom Kulture Extravaganza hosted by Hardknocks Car Club, is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Ascarate Lake, 6900 Delta, with a rockabilly concert, Kustom Car Show featuring Rat Rods and more, Auto Swap Meet, vendors, pin-up girl contest. All ages welcome. Tickets: $20; available online at rockabillyrioteptx.com.
  This year’s musical headliners are Reverend Horton, with special guests The Paladins. Also performing are The Shadowmen, Hillside Gamblers, Rockabilly Stranglers, Double Clutchers, Speed Kings and Sorry About Your Sister.
  In conjunction with the event is a pre-shindig Friday, Aug. 26, at Great American Land and Cattle, 7600 Alabama; and a free Hot Rod Run Sunday, Aug. 28.

Southwest Skin and Beauty Expo — The 2nd expo is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Field House at the Market, 6827 Market (at Hawkins), with 35 exhibitors, fitness performances, beauty make over demonstrations, as well as kids activities, boxing ring, fitness exhibits, door prizes, booth raffles and a car raffle. There will also be a fashion show, hair show, local fitness appearances and local ambassadors. Tickets: $7 ($5 senior citizens, teachers and law enforcement with valid ID). Information: 626-4299 or swsbexpo@gmail.com.

T.Rex Planet — The “Dinosaurs Come to Life” event is Sept. 1-4, at El Paso County Coliseum. Ticket information: 534-4229. General information: trexplanet.com.
  T. Rex Planet offers a range of family activities, with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs and static exhibits, a “dinosaur band” and more.

El Paso Invasion — The Sports Car Enthusiast event is Sept. 3-5, with the main car show at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Cohen Stadium parking lot, with awards at 4 p.m. Information, sign up: elpasoinvasion.com.
  Drag racing events begin at 9 a.m. Sunday; with a dinner and charity casino event at 6 p.m.
  A Scenic cruise to Hatch is 9 a.m. Monday.

Labor Day Celebration Fiesta — The Labor Day festival is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at El Paso County Coliseum, with music, food, vendors and more. Tickets information: 534-4229 or countycoliseum.com.

WOL & Destiny Car Show and Festival — Word of Life Church and Solitos Car Club host the family-friendly car show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the church, 11675 Pratt. Admission is free. Information: 855-WORD or on Facebook at Word of Life Church.

End of Summer Beach Party and Car Show — Anthony (Texas) Police Foundation and Food Pantry Inc. presents the annual benefit car show Sunday, Sept. 4, at Wet N Wild Waterworld, 804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0),with a concert featuring Lil Rob, DJ Kane and MC Magic, along with more than 150 cars, trophies in various categories and a beer booth. Proceeds benefit the food pantry. No outside alcohol allowed. Information: 886-3838, 490-0733 or endofsummermercs.com. Spectator admission free with regular water park entry. Information: 886-3838, 490-0733 or on Facebook at End of Summer Car Show.
  Car show registration: $35 per vehicle.

‘Aging to Perfection’ expo — The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging’s 17th annual senior expo is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the El Paso Convention Center, with about 80 booths offering health, social and medical services, as well as other services and products designed to enhance the lives of older adults, family caregivers and adult children caring from aging parents. There will also be continuous entertainment by active older adults from the community. Admission is free. Information: 533-0998 or riocog.org.
  The focus of the expois to increase community awareness of available resources for older adults and family caregivers.

Anthony Gap Car Show — Westside Custom Classics Car Club hosts it show benefiting Cancer Aid Resources and Education, Inc. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Town of Anthony Municipal Park, with cash prizes, a truck raffle, food, drink and live music by the Chile Rellenos. Spectator admission is free. Registration for participants; $20 in advance; $25 day of show. Information 490-7927, 525-8758, 920-9247 or on Facebook.

Border Beer and Wing Fling — The 6th annual beer and buffalo wing festival is 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. featuring food and live music. Area restaurants will compete in categories like hottest wings, best bar wings, hottest wings girls and other categories. Tickets: $10 general admission (Ticketmaster).

‘Dog Day’ swimming event — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 5th annual dog swim days are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad. Social dogs will be allowed to enjoy a pool day interacting with other friendly pets. Among the contests on both days are prettiest doggie bikini and longest doggie leap Cost: $2 per dog (owners free). Information, pool rules for pets: 759-8434 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  Animal Rescue League will have dogs available for adoption.

Grandparents Day Expo — EPCC Senior Adult Program and United Healthcare host the 12th annual expo for Grandparents Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center A-Building, Auditorium/Boardroom, 9050 Viscount, with free health screenings, music and fun for grandparents and information exhibits. Admission is free, call for Senior Adult Program attendance pass: 577-8467.
  Exhibitors include general health services, physical therapy, cardiology, orthopedics, cancer prevention and women’s health.

Mexican Food Downtown Cookoff — The annual cook-off, sponsored by Metro PCS, is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. Area restaurants compete in three categories: fajitas, enchiladas and open dish. Entertainment by Mariachi Los Arrieros. Hosted by KLAQ, KROD, KISS radio stations. Admission: $3 (free with purchase of Metro PCS Pass). Food coins available for $2. Information: klaq.com.
  Competitors from around the region compete to be named the best chef in El Paso. Mexican food served from over 20 local vendors. Tokens sold in $2 increments; available at any TFCU token booth.
  There will also be live loteria, battle of the rock and roll mariachis, folklorico performances, a selfie spot and the Chuco Art competition.

TEDxElPaso — The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local presentations, as well as nationally-recognized speakers, and TED Talks videos Saturday, Sept. 10, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza. This day-long event, under the theme “Innovation at an Intersection,” will bring together more than 200 TEDx enthusiasts for a marathon of networking and passionate idea exchanging. Speakers to be announced. Tickets: $100; available at tedxelpaso.com. Information: on Facebook Twitter or Instagram.
  Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

Viva Mexico-San Elizario Cultural Exchange — The event takes place 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on the San Elizario Historic District Main Stage near the San Elizario Plaza and Chapel. Performances by Ballet Folklorico Flor y Canto, Grupo Folklorico Awiratzi and Grupo Folklorico Rondalla de Guitarras Armonicas. “El Grito” the tradition yell that commemorates Mexican Independence Day, will highlight the evening. The annual cultural exchange is a collaboration of the San Elizario Historic District and Delegacion DIV3 in Juárez, and made possible by Artistas Unidos de Cd. Juárez.Admission is free. Information: 851-0093.

16 de Septiembre Celebration — El Paso Parks and Recreation host the celebration of Mexican Independence Day 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, at San Jacinto Plaza, with Mariachi Los Arrieros and other music Folklorico Dance and other entertainment. Food and arts and crafts vendors, and recreational activities available for all ages. Grito led by the Mexican consul. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or
elpasotexas.gov/parks.

‘Authentic’ El Paso Oktoberfest — The 3rd annual Oktoberfest celebration is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16-18, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Authentic German beer, food and souvenirs, and music by Bavarski. Tickets: $10 general admission Friday and Saturday (Ticketmaster). Admission is free on Sunday (Family Day). Information: 533-9899, 534-4299 or countycoliseum.com.
  Musical headliner is Grammy Award winner Alex Meixner.

Hoppy Monk Oktoberfest Festival — Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa, hosts an Oktoberfest celebration Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, both indoors and outside with German beer, traditional German food, live music and more. Information: 307-3263 or thehoppymonk.com.

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — Texas Parks and Wildlife will host its 12th annual fiesta highlighting the animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Section (off of Transmountain Road on the west slope), with information booths, vendors and other activities. Admission is free. Food and drink will be sold. Information: 566-6441 (Franklin Mountains State Park); 588-7200 (coalition) or chihuahuandesert.org.
  This year’s theme is “It’s Y(our) Desert.” Members of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition will serve as volunteers, with local environmental education groups offering free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers, informational booths and more.

Chile War Festival — The annual Mission Valley fiesta is 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cougar Park in Socorro, 10664 Socorro Road. The event includes live music, farmer’s market, henna tattoos, face painting, games and rides. Competitions include jalapeño eating, best homemade green salsa, best restaurant salsa, best grown green chile and Chile Festival Queen. Admission is free. Information: 860-8615.

Food Truck Throwdown —Anthony Texas hosts its 2nd annual food truck cook off and with Food Truck Revolution an Food Truck Circus and other vendors 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at 100 Richard White in Anthony, Texas. Trucks compete for cash prize. Vendors welcome. Spectator admission; $2 donations; age 13 and younger free. Information: 497-1769, 999-1781 or gracie@emajj.com.
  No ice chests, outside food or drinks will be allowed. Proceeds will benefit the Anthony Police Food Pantry and the Anthony Parks and Recreation fund.

‘Running of the Chihuahuas’ — The 4th annual event is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Animal Rescue League of El Paso, 7256 La Junta in Canutillo. Races for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes, under 20 lb. category and a costume contest for all dogs. All well-mannered dogs and their families welcome. Races begin at 5 p.m. Entry fee (by Sept. 14): $20 per dog (limit two per family); includes t-shirt and goodie bag. Entry fee day of race is $25, if any slots are open. Information: 877-5002, arlep.org, or on Facebook.
  The event also features vendors with pet related items arts and crafts, local food trucks; raffle and more.

Way Out West Fest — Clay Walker, Parmalee and Brandy Clark headline a fusion of culture showcasing all that is great about El Paso at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Southwest University Park, with spicy chili, frosty margaritas, cold beer, and live country music. Events include a chili cook-off, Margarita Shake-Off, performances by the region’s hottest up-and-coming country artists, and headline entertainment. Tickets: $30, general admission; $50 floor seats, $150 VIP; available online at southwestuniversitypark.com. Information: epwayoutwest.com or on Facebook at EPWayOutWest.

Grito de Independencia — In celebration of the 206th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence Day, the Mexican Consulate hosts a family celebration 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Chamizal National Memorial Amphitheatre, 800 S. San Marcial, with live entertainment, food and drink vendors and a fireworks display. “Grito de Independencia” is at 8:30 p.m. No outside alcohol or pets allowed. Admission is free. Information: 532-5540 or 532-7273.
  The “Grito de Dolores” is the cry Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the night of the Sept. 15 that ignited Mexico’s rebellion against Spain.

Autumn Equinox Party — The fundraiser for Keystone Heritage Park and Botanical Garden, 4220 Doniphan, is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with be guided tours of the wetlands and gardens, snacks and beverages, a fashion show by Celeste Yvette, fire dancing by Darlina Marie, sun salutations led by Carla Briones, flamenco guitar with Carlos Guillermo Garcia and a maze and sandbox for children. Cost: $10. Information: 584-0563 or keystoneheritagepark.com.

Oktoberfest — Bliss MWR brings a taste of Bavaria back to El Paso Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24 in at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd on East Fort Bliss, with German food, beer, music and dancers. Gates open 6 p.m. Tickets: $35 per person (age 18 and older admitted); on sale Aug. 12. Tickets include German meal and official Oktoberfest beer stein. Information: 588-8247.
  A free family Oktoberfest day for all ages is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25; no tickets required. Food available for purchase.

Texas Showdown Festival — The 7th annual tattoo and music festival is noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, at El Paso County Coliseum, with tattoo artists from around the globe, tattoo competitions, food and beer garden, and live music. Tickets: $40 a day; $100 weekend pass (Ticketmaster). Age 12 and younger free with adult admission. Information: 626-4799 or texastattooshowdownfestival.com.
  Musical headliners to be announced.
  Other guests include the Inkllusionists, The Captain’s Sideshow, and Matt Gone, Guinness Record Holder for most tattoos inside and outside his body.

Family Wellness Fair — Northgate Christian Church, 5430 Yvette, hosts its family wellness fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, with health booths, games, jumping balloons an reading for children; learning stations and more. Admission is free. Information: 755-0831.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 12th annual car show and Chicano art exhibit is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno, with Latin Pride Car Club’s car show, community, booths, danza and music. Special musical guests are Bobby Rosales and the Premiers. Food available or public may bring a picnic or grill. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  This year celebrates the 35th anniversary of Felipe Adame’s first mural at Lincoln Park, “Virgen de Guadalupe,” painted in 1981.
  Cost for car show participation: $35; photo required; no refunds.

El Paso Business Conference and Expo —Media–El Paso hosts the 3rd annual business and technology conference Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 27-28, at El Paso Convention Center. N
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
  A luncheon featuring keynote speaker Bethenny Frankel is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Frankel is a natural foods chef, best-selling author, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom, who first came to national attention with her wit, wisdom, and humor when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.” Her success on the series led her to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” as well as two spin-off series. She is the creator of the low calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl Cocktails. In 2013, Frankel launched her nationally syndicated daytime talk program. She has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by Forbes magazine.
  Admission for expo seminars, workshops, and trainings is free, but registration necessary at the entrance. Luncheon tickets are $75; group tables available. Information: Rebeca Rodriguez, 521-6327 or rebeca.rodriguez@townsquaremedia.com. Tickets online at elpasobusinessexpo.com.

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

Fiesta San Elceario — San Elizario’s annual fiesta is usually held in mid to late September at Veterans Memorial Placita in front of San Elceario Catholic Church, 1556 San Elizario Road, with food and game booths, carnival rides, folklorico and matachines dancers. Information: 851-2333.
  The church is one of the oldest churches in El Paso County, dating back to its days as a presidio church under Spanish rule. Proceeds from the fiesta go towards its maintenance and restoration.

Michelada Fiesta — The area’s best restaurants and bars compete for the title of Best Michelada noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, with tacos, live music and more. Tickets: $10 general admission; $20 with commemorative cup and unlimited samples (age 21 and older only); available at eventbrite.com. Information: 929-0502.
  A Michelada is a Mexican “cerveza preparada” made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers, served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass.


Mazes and more

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 3rd season noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 24-Nov. 6 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. This year’s maze theme is the Amazon Rainforest. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $10.95; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386) or elpasocornmaze.com.
  An “Old El Paso” offers interactive games that teach about local farming and significant people and events in the area’s history.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is opens Saturday, Sept. 24,(weather permitting) for its 16th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. Theme to be announced.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
  Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $5 for ages 2-5 ($5 military) Free for age one and younger, and seniors 76 and older Group rates available for groups of 20 or more. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties.
  The Maze offers the Big Maze, a kids flower maze, family jumping pillow, big slide, pedal cars, target practice, sports throw, horse walk swing, rubber ducky races, sand box, picnic tables under huge tent and concessions.
  Rides to the pumpkin patch, cow train and pig races also offered during daylight hours.
  Haunted Maze offered Friday and Saturday nights during October; admission is $7 plus regular paid entry.

‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House is 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets: $15 ($32 combo for trail and Zombie Adventure. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.
  The redesigned trail will take guests deeper into what unconsciously scares them, with twists and turns not seen in the El Paso area. Come early this season and experience “Black Out,” where guest have only a flashlight to guide them.
  Also part of the trail is the Task Force ZERO zombie paintball adventure, allowing participants to help control the zombie population. Call for individual Zombie adventure ticket prices.

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 17th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-30 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, face painting, rope making, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  Girl Scout Day at the Maze is Oct. 2.
  The annual “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out for $1 per sample.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.



Southern New Mexico

Otero County Fair — The 77th annual fair and rodeo is Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 24-27 at the fairgrounds in Alamogordo, N.M. with various livestock shows, exhibits, a frontier village, amusement rides, Queen pageant, a pet show and more. Information: (575) 434-0788 or oterofair.com.
  The fairgrounds are off U.S. 54 on the north side of town, across from White Sands Mall.
  Ranch rodeo performances are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed by country street dances at 10 p.m. Admission: $8 general admission ($3 ages 12 and younger); available at the gate only.
  Parade is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, on Tenth Street.

Great American Duck Race — The 37th annual running of the ducks is Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 25-28, in Deming, N.M. This year’s theme is “Beach Party Duck.” Admission is free for spectators, and anyone can be a duck racer for just $5. The ducks are provided; don’t bring one. Call for entry forms. Information: (888) 345-1125, (575) 544-0469 or demingduckrace.com.
  The Tournament of Ducks Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Deming.
  Live Duck Races and Water Races are noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at McKinley Duck Downs. Duck Race eliminations and finals are 3 p.m. Sunday.
  Other events include Duck Royalty Pageants Thursday, carnival an vendors daily, hot air balloon rally, at 5K, race, outhouse races, tortilla toss and more.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta — The 35th annual regatta is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 at Lion’s Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Events include competitions, mass ascension of hot-air balloons, vendors, arts and crafts, food, music and balloon-boat relay and more. Admission: $5 per car. Information: (575) 821-8558 or ebbr.org.

Cottonwood Festival — The 26th annual Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is Sept. 2-4, in Alameda Park, alongside White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70) in Alamogordo. The event offers more than 80 booths of arts and crafts, entertainment, dancers, food, carnival rides, beer garden and more. Admission is free. Information: Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294 or alamogordo.com.

All-American Gun & Western Collectable Show — The 26th annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Hundreds of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts, knives, cowboy gear and more will be on display. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Admission: $6 (free for under age 12). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or trekwest.com/gunshow.

Chicano Music Festival — Silver City Arts & Cultural District hosts the festival dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the Chicano culture Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at Gough Park, in Silver City, N.M. with a variety of free music, a car and bike show, food vendors and a beer garden. Information: (575)538-5560, info@silvercitytourism.org or VisitSilverCity.org.

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla — The annual family party is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3-4, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or cloudcroft.net

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. The festival features wines produced by New Mexico’s leading wineries, available for tasting and for sale by the glass, bottle or case, plus live entertainment each day, specialty foods, arts and crafts and more. Admission: $15 in advance (see website); $20 at the gate, includes souvenir wine glass; under 21 free accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Monday is Military Day, with $3 discount for active duty military with ID. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information: (575) 522-1232 or nmwine.org.
  Musical guests include Lucy Angel at 3 p.m. Saturday, and Josh Grider at 3 p.m. Sunday.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.

Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world’s” 45th annual celebration is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden, mud volleyball, mariachi competition, and fresh roasted Hatch green chile and contests. Details to be announced. Information: (575) 267-5483, hatchchilefest.com or on Facebook.
  Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday; festival events open at 11 a.m. both days.

Hillsboro Antiques Festival — Hillsboro Historical Society hosts its 2nd annual antique festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Eleanore, featuring dealers from across the Southwest. Historic home tours offered both days. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 895-5326, egbdc4@gmail.com or hillsboronmhistory.info.
  Preview night is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Admission: $8.
  Hillsboro is on NM 152 along the east side of the Black Range between I-25 (Caballo exit) and the Mimbres Valley.

‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 33rd annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 3-5 at the Western New Mexico University’s Intramural Gym on College Avenue in Silver City. The show offers more than 40 vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as the Wheel of Fortune. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information: rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com.
  The show features dealers from around the Southwest with mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
  Rockhounding and educational field trips offered each day.

Southwest Print Fiesta — Mimbres Region Arts Council hosts the gathering together of more than 20 regional and local printmakers noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Seedboat Gallery, 214 Yankie, in Silver City, N.M. celebrating the art of printmaking through demonstrations, workshops and activities for all ages, and will be accompanied by live music on Saturday. Admission is free; artists work available starting at $10 and up. Information: (575) 538-2505, mimbresart.org or on Facebook.
  Highlights include large hand-carved blocks being inked, placed in the street and pressed by a 3,000 pound steamroller, as well as children’s printmaking activity tent, silk screen t-shirt printing, print & glow black light screen printing with DJ after party, plus acoustic music, New Mexico Craft brew garden and more.
A music and light show is 8 to 11 p.m. by Knomad.Colab.
  A Monoprint Workshop with Artist-in-Resident Mitch Lyons is noon to 6 p.m. at Syzygy Tile, 106 North Bullard. Lyons pioneered image making from a slab of clay. This workshop will teach techniques of monoprinting from clay. He will share how a slab of stoneware clay is prepared for printing and how colored slips are applied to the clay.
  Lyon’s original monoprints will be featured at a guest artist reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Murray Ryan Visitors Center, 201 N. Hudson.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The 16 annual event is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in downtown Silver City. The event features food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more. Tickets: $15 ($1 per taste). Information: (575) 534-9005 or silvercitymainstreet.com.

End of Summer Bash — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts its Labor Day weekend bash 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, with concessions, jumping balloons, live music on the lawn, fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free; all ages welcome. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Las Cruces Corks & Kegs Festival — Canadian country band Emerson Drive headlines the festival at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Burn Lake Soccer Fields, off I-10 exit 139 on West Amador. The full festival runs Sept. 2-4, with gates opening at 5 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with treats, free wine and beer samples, and craft vendors.
  Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate; includes Sunday concert and wine glass or beer tumbler for over 21. Under 21 is free with a parent or legal guardian. All guests must have a valid photo ID, regardless of age. Designated Drivers pay just $10 and receive a free bottle of water. Advance tickets available online at lascrucescorkandkegs.com.
  Emerson Drive first hit “I Should Be Sleeping” reached No. 3 on the Billboard country charts in 2002. That song was followed by the release of “Fall Into Me” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Emerson Drive’s first No. 1 single, “Moments” was nominated for a Grammy as the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and the band was nominated as the Top Vocal Group by the Academy of Country Music.
  Friday features music by DJ Michael Aitch.
  Saturday, features Caliente Band at 3 p.m. and Derrick Harris Band at 6 p.m.
  Sunday features Border Avenue at 3 p.m. before Emerson Drive.

Elephant Days — The City of Elephant Butte’s annual celebration of “Ribs, Rod & Rock ‘n Roll,” is Sept. 9-11 at Elephant Butte Lake and other venues. Live music throughout each afternoon and evening. Information: (575) 744-4892 or ElephantButteAdventures.com.
  This year’s event features a ’50s and ’60s theme with and Elvis and Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest, music and beer garden, hot rod rally and 9/11 memorial ceremony.
  BBQ cook off and rib eating contest is Saturday.
  A Hot Rod Rally is Friday and Saturday, with cruising 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and a hotrod burnout contest.

Las Cruces Comic Con — Zia Comics presents the annual comic com Sept. 9-11, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University, Las Cruces. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 Friday; $25 Saturday; $20 Sunday; $50 three-day pass or $80 VIP pass. Information: (575) 405-0461 or lascrucescomiccon.org.
  Scheduled guests: Seth Gilliam (Walking Dead, the Wire, Oz, and Starship Troopers) Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), artists Brett Booth (Saturday only) and Jay Fotos, music by The Harp Twins Saturday and Sunday cosplay guests.
  Displays include the Breaking Bad RV, Jurassic Park Jeep, Cruces Car Club’s movie cars, Doctor Who TARDIS replica, Far Away Creations Star Wars Set and More.

Labor Day Trail Ride — The Chihenne Ranch’s annual Labor Day ride is Sept. 11-17 beginning with dinner Sunday and ending with breakfast Saturday. This base camp ride returns back to the Lodge headquarters each day. No electricity or water hookups, but flush toilets and showers offered. Evening programs with musical entertainment as well as dancing will be available each night. Registration: $350 (due by Sept. 1). Information/registration: Greg Evans, (575) 743-1602 or zianet.com/4jranch/ride.
  The Chihenne Ranch is in the foothills of the Black Range near the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The 47th annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 14-18, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M. Sponsored by the American Motorcycle Association National Road Riding Convention. Pre-registration: $42 by Sept. 1; $47 o n site. Trade show tickets: $12 at the gate (cash only). Information: (575) 973-4977 or motorcyclerally.com.
  Events include the Golden Aspen Rider Challenge Course with Reno Birt, daily contingency prize drawings, free demo rides, parade, bike games, poker runs, riding tours, bike judging, tours pins and patches and food.
  A daily non-denominational church service, hosted by Christian Motorcycle Association.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta — The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at the Mesilla Plaza, with vendor booths offering art, crafts, games, drinks and food. There will also be a greased pole climb and piñatas for kids. Attendees may bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed on the plaza. Information/entry forms: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
  The Fiesta Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.

White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual ballooning event featuring about 50 hot air balloons is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, N.M. Launches begin at 7 a.m. both days. Admission is free with $5 park entrance. Information: (575) 921-1523 or on Facebook at White Sands Balloon Invitational.
  A Balloon Glow is Saturday evening at Balloon Park on LaVelle road in Alamogordo.

Jordan ‘Shrine’ Circus — Las Cruces Shrine Club hosts the Jordan World Circus at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, lions, and tigers, clowns, motorcycle stunts, aerialists and more. Tickets: $10 to $40; available online at thejordanworldcircus.com.

Lumberjack Day — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in Zenith Park, Cloudcroft, N.M. with axe throw and standing block chop and “hot saw” competitions, demonstrations and more. Visitors can test their own lumberjack skills. Kids activities, food and drink available. Admission is free for spectators. Participant fee is $5 per event (registration in advance). Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com/lumberjack-day.
  A lumberjack pancake and coffee breakfast is 7:30 to noon in Zenith Park.

Cliff, Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 21-25, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 388-1559 or grantcountyfairnm.com.
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest of Silver City on U.S. 180.

Gila River Festival — The Gila Conservation Coalition’s 12th annual Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25, at various locations in Silver City, N.M. Information, registration: (575) 538-8078. Full schedule online at gilaconservation.org.
  Events include kayaking, birding, fly fishing, guided hikes, field trips and various presentations.
  Featured presenters include Audrey Peterman, Dave Foreman, Phil Connors, Diana Molina, Hakim Bellamy and Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers.

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Tickets: $10-$12 per day: available online at holdmyticket.com. Information: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefairgrounds.net.


West Texas



Marfa Lights Festival —
The 30th annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4, in Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include food and crafts booths, a main street parade, contests, concerts and street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area. Information: marfacc.com.
  Events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Food and craft vendors, street dances Friday and Saturday nights. The annual Parade on Highland is 10 a.m. Saturday.

Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair — The 58th annual Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair is noon to midnight Friday, noon to 1:30 a.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23-25, on the fairgrounds in Dell City, with a Main Street parade, team roping, barbecue, music, dances, exhibits and more. A Ranch Rodeo is Friday at the Fairgrounds. Vendors and exhibits open all three days. Admission is free. Information:dellvalleyhudspethcountyfair.com

Bazaars and Fairs

All American Mountain Festivals — River Rendezvous hosts the outdoor craft fair Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, at All American Park in Ruidoso Downs, N.M., across from the tennis courts, featuring area arts and crafts, food and live music. Admission is free. Information: (575) 446-1441 or riverrendezvousruidoso.com.

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of area artists 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4. The event includes an enchilada dinner, food vendors, silent auction, raffle, live music and beer garden. Admission is free; donations taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688 or franciscanfestival.org.

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 52nd annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261 or on Facebook.
  Proceeds from the event go directly to the education, housing and living expenses for the seminarians.

St. Genevieve’s Fiesta — The Las Cruces church’s annual fiesta, celebrating the church community’s 155th year, is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces. Live entertainment. Food includes the church’s famous gorditas, hamburgers, desserts, drinks and snacks. Huachas tournament Saturday. There are also children activities, arts and crafts and Chinese auction. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649 or stgen.info.
  Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the procession to the fiesta.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Sept. 18, Oct. 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Las Artistas Sneak Preview Party — A sneak peek for the Las Artistas show and sale in November is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills, with craft and art demonstrations, appetizers by Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, wine bar by Wine Attitude, demonstrations by Las Artistas members, a silent auction, and more. Admission is free. Information: lasartistas.org.
  The 47th annual Las Artistas is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.

Socorro Mission Bazaar — The annual event is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, at La Purisima Catholic Church, 10041 Socorro Road, with live music, food, raffle prizes and other activities. Admission is free. Information: 859-7718.

St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual bazaar 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with games for kids, live entertainment and food. Information: 929-1034 or stpiusxelpaso.org.

Darlins of the Desert Market — The 3rd annual vintage market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 407 Central Highway 54, in Downtown Carrizozo, N.M. with vintage items, antiques and art. Information: darlinsofthedesert.com.

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

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

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

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.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s Fall 2016 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free. Information: 212-1730.
  Registration for artists is at El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offices in City Hall, 801 Texas. Cost: $130 both days. All items must be of handmade or homemade items; crafters must provide samples. Information: rodriguezji@elpasotexas.gov.

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

Woman’s Club Centennial Birthday Bash — Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will celebrate its 100th birthday for its Fall Fiesta, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1-Oct. 2, with a bake sale, local artists and vendors, Tea Room and more. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the club, built in 1916. Admission: $3. Information: (Woman’s Club) 532-6131 or on Facebook at The Woman’s Club of El Paso.
  Interested vendors may call Judith Zar at 584-5585.

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

Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month (during the Downtown Farmer’s Market), at 115 S Durango, Suite D, with art, music, fashion, baked goods, pet goodies, soaps, skincare, handmade objects, food and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at tablapopupmercado.

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


Something for everyone



Latinitas — The nonprofit organization empowers Latina youth to build confidence through the multimedia arts and self-expression. Headquarters is at 10921 Pellicano, #120. Information, registration: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LatinitasMagazine.org.
  A free monthly College Prep workshop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas is currently accepting applications for new members to join the Latinas in Progress college readiness program, geared towards high schoolers.
  Latinitas’ Chipotle Fundraiser runs 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Chipotle, 8889 Gateway West, Suite 2510. Fifty percent of bill will be donated to Latinitas, with flyer; available via Latinitas.

Coronado ‘Originals’ reunion — Coronado High School will host a reunion for its first four graduating classes; 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 on Labor Day weekend. Information, registration: coronadooriginals.com.

Healing Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, hosts its 39th annual Labor Day weekend conference is Sept. 3-4. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Joe Olvera, journalist, writer and community activist; and Jorge Chapa, Professor of Latino/a Studies at University of Illinois. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
  “UTEP’s El Grito Ceremony: Commemoration of the Declaration of Mexican Independence” 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Union Plaza.
  “Empowering Border Voices” an exhibition featuring art pieces from students in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, is Oct. 3-21, in the Union Gallery, Union East Building, Second Floor.
  “Día de los Muertos Altar and display” is Oct. 28-Nov. 4, at the University Library, Third Floor Gallery, overlooking the atrium.

  Film Screenings at UTEP Union Cinema:
• “El Sueño” an Imani Films/Award Productions film on immigration reform, directed by Bryan Thompson and Humberto Castro is 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. followed by question and answer session with the directors and actors after the screening.
• “Latino: The Changing Face of America” a Point du Jour International film on the impact of Latinos on American society, directed by Roxanne Frías, is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Discussion panel follows with State Sen. José Rodríguez, Georgina Pérez, SBOE member-elect, and Roxanne Frías, Film Producer.
• “El Paso” is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, The Artegios/IMCINE documentary, directed by Everardo González, is on the history of journalists who fled Mexico and find themselves in an immigration status limbo. Question and answers, with attorney Carlos Spector after the screening.

Other presentations:
• Panel Presentation on “From out of the Archives: Taking Historical Research into the Public Sphere” is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 222, with Dr. Yolanda Leyva, associate professor of History, UTEP, and Daniel Santana, Angelina Martínez, and José Miguel Leyva of the History Department.
• A performance by “Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Magoffin Auditorium, sponsored by the Consulado General de México.
• Book Presentation on “Carta a Juárez y a sus amigos: A Retrospective” by Dr. Víctor Orozco, Professor Emeritus, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Roberto Pérezdíaz, and Dr. Jane E. Evans, associate professor, Languages and Linguistics, UTEP is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Business Administration Building, Room 323.
• “The Impropriety of New Mexico Chile” presentation by Carlos Marentes, director, Farm Worker Center, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• An “Interfaith Celebration of Music and Dance.” afternoon of music and dance with children and youth from diverse religious communities in El Paso is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Magoffin Auditorium.
• “The State of Public Education in Texas and the Importance of the Vote” by Georgina C. Pérez, SBOE member-elect, is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Union Cinema.
• Lecture and Interactive Workshop on “Semillas y Culturas: Strategies for Decolonizing Our Diets in Our Communities and Colleges” by Dr. Melissa Moreno, professor of Ethnic Studies, Woodland Community College, is noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• “Seminario Binacional Diversidad sin Violencia,” is 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 30, at College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Building, Room 384.
• Discussion Panel on “Latina Professionals in Intelligence Careers: A View from the Border,” is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• “Finding Sanctuary: An Evening of Readings with Chicana Writer Margarita Cota-Cárdenas,” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium. Reception follows.
• A film Presentation of “Yaquis - A Peoples War and a Genocide in Mexico,” a Telesur film, directed by Paco Taibo II is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• “Reflections on Xicana Identities: A Lecture and Plática of Her Obras” by novelist and critical theorist Ana Castillo, is 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106.
• “Poetry Reading with Hispanic Poets Federico Díaz-Granados (Colombia) and Javier Bozalongo (Spain)” is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• “Pedro de Gante and the Creation of Euro-Mexica Catholic Song in 16th Century New Spain” lecture by Dr. Frank Candelaria, Associate Provost and Professor of Musicology, Department of Music. is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Liberal Arts Building, Room 222.
• Reading of “American Tumbleweeds” by Marta Elva, Author is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library. Reception at 9:30 a.m.
• “¡Zarzuela y Sevillinas!” songs and Dances from Spain. is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring UTEP singers led by Dr. Juanita Ulloa, in collaboration with Danzas Españolas Flamenco Dance Company headed by Nina Gómez and Opera UTEP.
• “Ronald Rael: Borderwall As Architecture” by Dr. Ronald Rael, Architect and Professor, the University of California, Berkeley is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium.
• “El libro rojo como estudio de la violencia en México” lecture by Gerardo Villadelángel is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium. Reception follows.
• A book presentation of “The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of the Movement” by Dr. Mario T. García, professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara, is noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 222.
• Monica Lozano Studio Workshop for UTEP Art Students and Emerging Artists is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. Space is limited; registration required at 747-6151.

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

Labor Day Breakfast — El Paso Central Labor Union’s 43rd annual breakfast is 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway. Speaker is Jody Easley, Regional Director for the American Federation of Teachers. Tables and individual seats available for purchase through Sept. 1; call for cost and reservations: Lisa Ann Schoenbrun; 241-0127 or 2016clulabordaybreakfast@gmail.com.
  For 43 years the Central Labor Union has celebrated the Organized Labor movement. Proceeds fund scholarships to union family members.

After School Fall Program — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 2016-2017 After School Program begins Sept. 6 and continues through the school year at local recreation centers and selected EPISD and YISD elementary schools throughout the city. The program runs from school dismissal time to 6 p.m. and is open to age 5-12. Cost: $5 per week per child at public school sites; free at recreation centers. Information/list of centers: 544-0753. Register online at elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  The free After School Program at Recreation Centers is now called “Connect” and is tailored to be a drop-in activity for children at the same age level.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Fall classes begin Sept. 6 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs through Aug. 26, and is $70 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Aug. 26).
  Classes include art, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities. No exams or papers. College degree is not required.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.

Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards — The 29th annual Community Arts Awards event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Hotel Encanto, 705 S. Telshor. The Arts Council annually honors special individuals and organizations who are actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts in our community through leadership, support and advocacy. Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-arts.org.
  Community Arts Award goes to a director and actor, Megan McQueen.
  Arts in Education Award goes to poet, lyricist, rapper, teacher, mentor, and motivator Tim Staley.
  Excellence in Public Service goes to the Arts KRWG FM/TV.
  Newcomer Award goes to J. Pat and Cindy Breedlove
  The Papen Family Award, goes to Teresita Gonzalez-Corral, who has supported the arts in both El Paso and Las Cruces.

Baby Bump Day — Desert Sun Chiropractic, 3800 N. Mesa Suite C-1, hosts the free event for pregnant and new moms 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, with food and drink, shopping, and information about women’s chiropractic care. Information: 838-1500 or chirodesert.com.

Digital Devices for Smart Seniors — El Paso Community College Continuing Education hosts the course geared towards senior adults exploring the various digital devices on the market today noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 2, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, Building B, Room 3210, 9050 Viscount. Registration required; 831-7801.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Restoration: Bridging Culture. Life and Future,” includes events in September and October at various campuses. Events are free, unless listed otherwise. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
  Kick-Off celebration is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Rio Grande Campus.
  Veteran’s Event “Untold Stories” is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Valle Verde Campus cafeteria annex.
  Mentor’s Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Administrative Service Center, Building A Auditorium, 9050 Viscount .
  Read-ins are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on all El Paso Community College Campuses.

The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (Sept. 18) at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming. Anyone, regardless of age, who aspires to become a poet, storyteller, musician, writer, singer or dancer is welcome to share their talent, fine tune it, and receive feedback if so desired. Admission is free. Information: 490-6440.

Westside Community Church — The church hosts its grand opening 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at 201 E. Sunset. Celebration continues through Oct. 16, with special speakers at each week’s service in a series titled “Winning the Battles In Your Life.” Information: 877-8000 or westsidecommunity.org

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Sept. 20) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Academic Services Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

UTEP Career Expo — UTEP’s annual career fair featuring various employers from around country is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22-23, in the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-7503 or utep.edu/careers.
  The Work @ UTEP Job Fair is 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 31.
  The Graduate and Professional School Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Union Building.

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts a free Pranic Energy Healing clinic 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, June through December, at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama, for ages 16 years and older, with a short overview of Pranic healing, followed by a guided healing meditation. Participants will be required to complete a form so a Pranic healer can be assigned to work with them. Donations welcome. Information: Lynn Provenzano, 449-0619, or pranichealing.com.
  Lynn Provenzano hosts Twin Hearts Meditation 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month Unity, 1420 Alabama. Love donations appreciated.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.
  Advanced Pranic Healing Classes are Sept. 23-25, at Hawthorn Inn and Suites by Wyndham, 6786 Boeing, with Chandan Parameswara. Crystal Pranic Healing is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, with specialized workshop for those who wish to become more effective healers 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Register at pranichealing.com.

Business Chica Conference — Latinitas hosts the leadership conference for girls age 10-17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 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 in advance; $20 at the door (includes lunch and materials). Information: 219-8554 latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LatinitasElPaso.com. Online tickets available at eventbrite.com.

NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso celebrates its 14th anniversary with a walk 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. Admission is free. Information: 778-5726 or namiep.org.
  The non-profit NAMI offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community. NAMIWalks is a public display of support for people with mental health challenges, changing how Americans view mental illness.

Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 9th annual conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Region 19 Head Start Program Education Service Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Free breakfast and lunch, health screenings, living wills, advanced directives, door prizes and goodie bags. Tickets are free with donated fan, blanket or personal hygiene items or adult diapers to restock the APS Silver Star Resource Room. Registration required; online at eventibrite.com. Information: 834-5770.

The Texas State Teachers Association — The associations hosts its fall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Applebee’s, 7956 Gateway East. Guest speaker is regional author Irma Escontrias Sanchez, whose presentation will feature historic photographs and stories of the lives, history and contributions of members of the locally prominent Escontrias family. Everyone is welcome to bring friends and family. RSVP to Noel Rosenbaum at noelrosenbaum@yahoo.com or 588-9858.
  Sanchez is author of “The Escontrias Family Legacy: A Very Personal Family Journey.”

St. Raphael Family Health Fair — St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar, hosts its fair 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with mammogram screenings, bone density vein screenings and information by Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, Curves and more. Admission is free. Information: 526-4198.
  Other organizations feature are Project Vida, United Blood Services, Stroke Scan Screenings, Gentiva Hospice and more.

All Indian Reunion 2016 — Ysleta High School’s 18th annual All-Indian Reunion is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, with Homecoming activities Oct. 17-22. Last year’s event drew graduates from classes of 1943 to 2014. Information: Ellen Ramsey, 584-8762 or eramsey@elp.rr.com; Josie Silva, 859-4384; Mayre Sue Overstreet, 584-2086 or
seefo37@sbcglobal.net and yhsallindians.com.

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations — The “Immunize El Paso” clinics for eligible persons ages 6 months and older are at various schools and other locations for those on Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid and Chip through November. Call for cost, eligibility, clinic locations, and schedule: 857-2472 or immunizeelpaso.org.

El Paso Parkinson Support Group — The support group open to all Parkinson’s families and the public, meets at 10;30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Sierra Hospital 1625 Medical Center, lower level. Admission is free. Information: 584-7260.

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 — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (Sept. 17). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

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

GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes and tests for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.

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

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



For a good cause


La Semilla Benefit Dinner — La Semilla Food Center hosts the 5th annual “Farm to Fork” benefit at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with a locally sourced, gourmet meal, prepared by some of the Paso del Norte’s finest chefs that will also feature a cocktail hour on the Sunset Patio with a host bar serving mimosa’s, signature Bloody Mary’s made with Tito’s Vodka, silent auction and live music by Julio Ortiz. Tickets: $60 ($100 pair); VIP tables start at $1,250. Information: (915) 882-2393 or lasemillafoodcenter.org.
  This is a Paso Del Norte Challenge Fund event eligible for matching sponsorships.

‘Walk Like MADD’ 5K — Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host its 5K walk in partnership with El Paso Community College 10:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10, at Crime Victims Memorial Park, Judge Edward Marquez Library and Yucca Park, off Lafayette. The walk benefits MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, through the support of fundraising pledges made by the participants. Information: 779-1987, ext. 4885 or walklikemadd.org.

School Supply Drive — Latinitas Magazine is taking school supply donations through Sept. 15 to benefit low-income girls enrolled in their after-school programs. Backpacks, binders, paper, notebooks, scissors, markers, pens, gluesticks and other basic school and art supplies are being collected at the Latinitas headquarters, 10921 Pellicano #120, during office hours. Information: 219-8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com. Web: laslatinitas.com.

Cowboys for Cancer Research Benefit Team Roping — The organization’s 34th annual fundraiser is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18 at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds west of Las Cruces. All proceeds benefit the Cowboys for Cancer Research endowments at UNM Cancer Center in Albuquerque and NMSU in Las Cruces. Information and registration: (575) 642-5693 or c4cr.com.
  The 12th annual C4CR Dinner Dance & Silent Auction is Friday, Oct. 7.

Foundation of Faith Dinner — Grace Before Meals Priest Father Leo Patalinghug is keynote speaker for Diocese of El Paso’s 10th annual dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at El Paso Convention Center. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Live auction will be held. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten). Sponsorships available. Ticket information: 872-8412 or elpasodiocesefoundation.org.
  Patalinghug was born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area. He developed his passion for cooking while attending seminary at the North American College in Rome. He is the host for the TV Show Savoring our Faith on EWTN, a best-selling author, and contributor for newspapers and magazines. On the Food Network’s cooking competition “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay” he defeated a world famous chef.

FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP, a binational organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate in Juarez and El Paso, will host its_ 11th annual gala Friday, Sept. 23. Tickets: $150 ($1,750 corporate tables for 10). Information: 544-4151, egarcia@femap.org or femap.org.

C.A.R.E Fashion Show — The 4th annual Cancer Aid Resource & Education)Fashion Show fundraiser is 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, featuring models who are cancer survivors. This year, the fashion show is part of The Big Event … A Community that CAREs, Sept. 23-25, on the new Las Cruces Plaza and other locations downtown. Proceeds used to benefit the community by providing assistance to local cancer patients in treatment for cancer. Tickets; $15; at the door. Information: (575) 649-0598 or carelascruces.org.

‘Tomatoville, A Tasting For Tocando’ — The 3rd annual fundraiser for El Paso Symphony Orchestra's Tocando Music Project is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the home of Angel and Rosalia Beltran, 750 Linda. Tickets are $75. Information: 532-3776,
epso.org and tocandomusicproject.org
  The event invites guests to “design their dream BLT” with help from participating businesses such as Spouts Farmer’s Market, D’Lox Restaurant, Belle Sucre bakery, with recipes provided by Chef Annette Lawrence. The event also features wines from Sombra Antigua Winery and beers from Big Bend Brewing Co.
  The Symphony’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students.
  The event is a Paso Del Norte Challenge Fund Event 2016 Fundraiser.

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.

Project Save a Kitten jewelry donations — Project Save a Kitten of Las Cruces is seeking donations for its March 2017 fundraising sale. Donations of jewelry boxes, small decorative items, lace and linens, and other small treasures accepted. Donated items can be picked up or dropped off at Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla through February, 2017. Cash donations also accepted. To have items picket up, contact Jackye at Project Save a Kitten (575) 323-0903 or gardens@zianet.com.


Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
Aug. 26: Kikimora
Sept. 2: Blackberry Jam
Sept. 9: to be announced
Sept. 16:7th Avenue.

BOSS Bash — The free event for single soldiers is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sgt. Major Blvd. on Central Fort Bliss, with minute-to-win-it games, free activities, prizes and more. Lunch provided by Bush’s Chicken. Information: 526-4264.

Cardboard Regatta — MWR and Fort Bliss Recycle Center hosts its competitive, creative and fun recycled boating events at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Aquatics Training Center, 20733 Constitution on Central Fort Bliss. Pre-registration required; available online along with rules and approved materials at bliss.armymwr.com (search for Cardboard Regatta). Information: 569-7294.

Tower Day — Climbers age 10 and older can have unlimited use the Tango Tower, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. The Tango Tower is a 50-foot tall, six-sided structure with over 20 different high elements. No reservations required; all needed equipment is provided. Cost per person: $10. Information: 744-1532.

Fort Bliss Retiree Appreciation Day — Paso Chapter Military Officers Association of America and the Fort Bliss Retiree Advisory Board host the dinner and reception celebrating retirees from any branch of the service 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Sergeants Major Academy at East Fort Bliss. Retirees from any branch of service and their spouses are invited. Information: 842-9650 or 533-5111.

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

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

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

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

Club news


L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Monday classes begin Aug. 29 for adults, and Saturday classes for children and adult begin Sept. 3.
  Private or semi-private classes available at any time.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.
Sept. 6: “Editing with Lightroom” by Storm Sermay and “Editing with Adobe Photoshop” by Debbie Hands
Sept. 20: “Layers and Masks with Adobe Photoshop” by Debbie Hands. Learn advanced techniques in photo editing from a longtime user and former instructor.
  The monthly photo theme is “Edit that Photo.”
  The monthly “Photography Boot Camp” workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept 10, with the topic “Learning About Your Camera.” Cost: $5. Registration: dapcphotobootcampclass1.eventbrite.com. Information: Rob Peinert, education@daphotoclub.org.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Charlotte’s Fine Furnishing, 5411 N. Mesa. No RSVP necessary. Information: (310) 405-1618.
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Program is the Annual Activities Fair, offering year-round options. Reservations required: $22. Information: 892-5178.

Sun Country Doll Folks — The monthly meeting is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Dorris Van Doren Library, 551 Redd. The Sun Country Doll Folks is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs. The theme is Back to School. A business meeting is followed by a focus on two library showcases filled with dolls from miniature, Asian ball jointed, antique, modern, fashion and more. Members also bring dolls dressed to theme. RSVP not necessary; admission is free. Information: 346-3655.

El Paso Quilter’s Association — The association will meet 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood. Anyone interested in quilting may attend. Admission is free. Information: 279-2034 or on Facebook.
  Meetings provide the opportunity to meet with other quilters to gain knowledge, share talents, and include drawings for Block of the Month, Opportunity Items, Fat Quarters and a “Show and Tell.”

Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce — The group’s general meeting is 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Carlos Ramirez
TecH2O Center, 10571 Montana. A talk and tour of the center with April Thoreson follows the meeting. Information: Pat Quinn, 755-6193.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Friday, Sept. 16: Pizza and a movie
• Saturday, Sept. 24: Dinner and UTEP football.

Club Friendship — The club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Program to be announced. Cost: $10 includes program and luncheon. Visitors welcome; RSVP (by Sept. 23) to 772-2734.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The annual Awards and Grants Luncheon is noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Reservations: 598-6376.
  The group will take a field trip to San Eli Art Market Sunday, Sept. 18. Call Lynn, 833-9108 or Jennie, 490-3524, for details.

Discover El Paso Awards — Discover El Paso Association will host its annual Awards Luncheon noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. The nonprofit group is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso.
Reservations: 598-6376.

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.

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.

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.

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 are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: epnequilters@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 elpasocoinclub.com.

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

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Sept. 10), at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. New techniques and workshops are being held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Carmen Guzman, 203-0515.
 
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.

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, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

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

Area attractions

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Season ends Monday, Sept. 5. Individual tickets: $24.99, plus tax; $19.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
  The first ever Arcade 5K Retro Run is Sunday, Aug. 28. Online registration at arcade5k.com.
  The End of Summer Car Show is Sunday, Sept. 4, with a concert featuring Lil Rob, DJ Kane and MC Magic.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.
  Last Sunday hikes are 7 a.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 25. beginning in the tramway’s parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes, bring walking stick, snacks and water for all hikes. September’s hike a s “Sombrero Hike.”
  Geocaching 101 treasure hunt is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, to learn the basics of geocaching with practice caches.
  A Trail Maintenance work day in observance of Public Lands Day is 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24. Volunteers are invited to help pick up trash, mark trails and other work. Groups interested in volunteering should RSVP at 562-9899.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $20.75 42 inches or taller or $15.90 juniors 36 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
  September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays and Monday, Sept. 5; and October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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

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

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

San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
  Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.

Spaceport America Visitor Center — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport’s new Spaceport America Experience tour is open for visitors at 301 S. Foch, in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, N.M., with educational and interactive space exhibits, tour tickets and official Spaceport America merchandise. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information/group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.

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.

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.
Sept. 4: Dusty Low
Sept. 18: Dan Lambert with the Double Drum Trio
Oct. 2: Gold Hearted Crows

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

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

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. Day Pass (includes solar viewing and tour): $8 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); solar viewing only; $5 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); twilight program: $5 and $6, depending on program; Star Party $12 ($10 senior, military; $8 age 6-12). Age 5 and younger admitted free to most programs.
  Reservations, event schedule available online at mcdonaldobservatory.org.
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent, for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $75 for adults, $68 children and senior, $62 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at
donboleton.com.
• MAGNETO and MERCURIO, hit boy bands from the 1980s and 1990s, perform at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Tickets: 375, 840, 980, 1,345 and 1,850 pesos.
• The “Spring Break Estilo Cancún Pool Party Temptations” begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Giveaways, games and live music. Admission: 150 pesos.

Festival del Tequila y del Mariachi — The event features 50 brands of tequila, various foods, mariachi music, a tequila museum and children’s area, 6 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 1-3, at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (by the red “X” monument). Admission is 80 pesos Thursday and Saturday, 100 pesos Friday. Tickets at donboleton.com.

Gimnasio Bachilleres Parque Central — Pedro Meneses Hoyos Av, south end of Parque Central West.
  Emmanuel Kelly sings and speaks on his experiences at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Kelly was born in Iraq, abandoned by his parents and raised in Australia, where he had six surgeries to repair damaged limbs. His audition on Australia’s “X Factor” became a huge YouTube hit. Tickets: 165 to 550 pesos (donboleton.com).

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  EFC Elite Club presents Xtreme Fighters (cage fighting) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Tickets are 110 and 220 pesos (60 for children).

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez). Tickets at donboleton.com.
• The Caballos Alta Escuela Domecq Gran Fiesta Mexicana horsemanship show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The show, a tradition for nearly years, features Aztec and Spanish horses, top riders, regional dancers, singers and more. Ticket are 275 to 1,320 pesos
• Franco de Vita performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Fiesta Juárez — Fiesta Juárez returns Sept. 16-Oct. 9 at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (at “The X” monument) with food, entertainment, international artists, games, a circus, rodeo, wrestling and other activities.
Information: fiestajuarez.com. Tickets available at donboleton.com.

Mexican Independence Day — Celebrations in Juárez include a parade beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, along Av. 16 de Septiembre, proceeding from Americas Ave.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• Las Muchachas del Club theatrical comedy is 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Tickets: 220 to 660 pesos.
• Concierto de Adoración is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Admission: 63 pesos.
• The all-woman comic play “Busco al hombre de mi vida, marido ya tuve,” is 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Tickets: 110 to 440 pesos.
• The adult show “23 centímetros” is 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Tickets: 220 to 660 pesos.
• Dr. Alex Day presents “Sales Mastery” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets: 275 to 495 pesos.
• The father-and-son stand-up comedy show “Los Locos Suarez” is 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Tickets: 275 to 550 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Chumel Torres performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Tickets 165 and 300 (VIP) pesos.
• Virlan Garcia perfroms at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Tickets 110 to 600 pesos. Special guests: Daniel GinaZ and Cesar Cerecers y su Nuevo Estilo.
• “The Con” is 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23-25, features video games, anime and much more. Admission: 150 pesos per day.   Three-day passes are 300 pesos (525 VIP, 1,020 VIP Premium and 1,200 for workshop).

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
 Actor, comedian and dancer Sergio Corona presents “Giras les Vida Activa” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Ticket informatin: donboleton.com.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos. 
  The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.

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

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.

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




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