July 2014

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

Sacred Heart Kermess — San Antonio Tejano Artist Raulito Navaria headlines the 4th annual fundraising festival and kermess at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon (at Father Rahm), Friday through Sunday, June 27-29, with, game booths, food, beer, loteria, cake walk, and musical groups. Information: 532-5447, 603-8424 or sacredheartelpaso.org.
  Procession is 6 p.m. Friday followed by Mass at 7:30 p.m. and Matachines at 8:30 p.m.
  Kermess events are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, in Sacred Heart Gym and Padre Pinto Plaza.

Santa Lucia Kermess — Santa Lucia Catholic Church will host its Gran Kermess 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 28-29, at the church grounds at 518 Gallagher, with food, wine and beer booths, family games and live music. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Information: 592-5245.

Summer Bash Community Health Fair — El Paso First Health Plans and Salud y Vida host the health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at 6974 Gateway East. Texas Health Steps checkups, Well Child exams, health screenings, beauty kits, X-Box station, educational materials, popcorn, music and more.

Mariachis, Margaritas and Merienda — The benefit event for Sobreviviendo El Cáncer is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11, at El Paso County Coliseum, with entertainment by Mariachi los Arrieros, Ballet Folklorico Totec de La Fe and Rhapsody, plus raffle for an iPad, and flat screen television (must be present to win). Dancing 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50 ($500 per table); includes dinner and a margarita. Cash bar offered. Information: 521-7229, ext. 2989.
  Proceeds help the patients of University Medical Center of El Paso’s Sobreviviendo El Cáncer.

National Parks and Recreation Month — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July. Information: 541-4331 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Out is in Zumba-thon at the Park is 8 a.m. to noon Friday, July 3, at Pebble Hills Park. Free
• Older n Bolder Summer Sports Festival for Seniors is 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 11, Galatzan Park, 650 Wallenberg. Admission is free.
• Teen Roller Neon Night is Friday, July 11, at Nations Tobin Sports Center, 8831 Railroad. Time to be announced. Admission: $2.
• Gardening 101: Workshop 4 Rainwater Harvesting for the Backyard Gardener” is Friday, July 11. Details to be announced.
• A city-wide volunteer clean-up day is Saturday, July 12, at all city parks.
• Trailblazers Inaugural Kid’s Olympic Outdoor Challenge is Saturday, July 12, at Westside Community Park, 7400 High Ridge. Admission is free.
• Boomers & Gen Y Intergenerational Dance Event is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the San Juan Placita, 701 Glenwood. Admission is free.
• Grandpa/Grandma and Me Tardeada Dance is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Father Martinez Pavilion, 9311 Alameda, 9301 Alameda. Admission is free.
• The annual overnight Camp Out at Memorial Park Reserve, 3100 Grant, is Friday and Saturday, July 18-19. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children.
• The Four Corners Volleyball Tournament is Friday through Sunday, July 18–20, at Pavo Real Recreation Center. Cost: $35 per team.
• Aloha Family Barbecue is Friday, July 25, at Memorial Park Reserve. Cost: $5.
• Handball En El Segundo Barrio Tournament is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Armijo Park, 701 E. 7th. Admission is free.

Ysleta Mission Festival — The annual fiesta is July 11-13 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 131 S. Zaragosa (at Alameda), with live music, authentic southwest cuisine cooked by mission families, game booths, carnival rides and more. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848 or ysletamission.org.
  Friday’s headliners are Rudy & Palacios, Alamo City Band with special guest Ruby Tee Gonzales, along with Starliners and Beg Borrow & Steal Band.
  Saturday’s bands are Windy City, Souled Out, and FM Junkies.
  Sunday’s headliner is River City Band with Guitar Slim, Mariachi Flores Mexicanas and Moon Dogs.
  Ysleta Mission is the second oldest practicing church in the United States and the oldest mission in Texas. Proceeds from the annual festival go towards maintaining the mission and surrounding grounds.

El Paso Mudd Music Festival — El Paso Youth Sports Foundation hosts the 2nd annual “down and dirty” summer fest and Summer Palooozza Music Fest Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Information, ticket sales and event signup: elpasomuddfest.com.
  See website for lineup of music headliners and other entertainment.
  Events include Jeep Mudd Racing, Co-Ed Mudd Volleyball, Survivor Obstacle Course Co-Ed Team Relay, Mudd Football Tournament, 5K Fun Run/Walk with Mudd Obstacle Course and Color Spray, and Making a Beer Run Co-Ed Team Race.
  Other activities include Zip Line Racing, Jeep Mudd Rides, Off-Road Car and Truck Show, Female Mudd Wrestling, Bikini Contest and kids’ amusement rides.
  The event also offers restaurant and merchandise vendors, and three beer gardens.

UTEP Alumni PICK-NIC — The 3rd annual UTEP alumni meet is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. Miner alumni are invited to spread out their blankets, lawn chairs and ice chests, and wear their Miner gear. Prizes awarded. The Alumni Association will provide hamburgers and hot dogs; participants are encouraged to bring sides, salads, desserts, and their own drinks. Information/RSVP: alumni.utep.edu.

Evolution Benefit Car Show — The car show is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Carmike Cinemas parking lot, 9840 Gateway North. Roll-in time is 8 a.m. to noon. Participant cost: $20 Cars, trucks, 4X4, lowriders; $15 motorcycles and street bikes; $10 lowrider bikes. Spectator admission is free; donations accepted. Information: Rafa, 219-6770.
  The car show benefits 9-year-old Nino, who has been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, coagulation defects and hemiparesis.

Texas Tattoo Showdown Festival — The 5th annual tattoo and music festival is noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 18-20, at El Paso County Coliseum, with more than 300 tattoo artists from around the globe, tattoo competitions, food and beer garden, and live music. Tickets: $30 per day; $45 weekend pass. Information: 626-4799 or texastattooshowdownfestival.com.
  Headliners include The Deftones Friday; Drowning Pool Saturday and Wu-Tang Sunday.

Days of Remembrance Summer Fair — The 9th annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer fair is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the El Paso Convention Center. The event features area experts in weddings, quinceañeras, Sweet 16s and special events. Featured are cakes, catering, dresses, flowers, halls, hotels, photography/video, tuxedos and more. Also featured are fashion shows and prize giveaways. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Productions. Admission: $5 (free for children 12 and younger); all proceeds from tickets benefit Child Crisis Center. Information: 592-8897 or bridalquince.com.

San Ignacio Kermess — St. Ignatius Church, 408 S. Park (near Downtown in Segundo Barrio) will celebrate its 108th year 6 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3 with entertainment, music and dancing, rides and authentic food like gorditas, enchiladas, mangoes, elote and more. Admission is free. Information: 532-9534.



Independence Day


East Side 4th of July Parade
— Anyone can join the 35th annual Independence Day “People’s Parade” sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4, starting at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. with floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles are among the entries. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 248-6321.

Rim Area Neighborhood parade — The 17th annual neighborhood parade is 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, along Rim Road. Interested participants should meet at the corner of Kerby and Rim at 9:45 a.m. with decorated bikes, scooters, pets and more. Everyone is welcome. Information: Bob Brannon, 545-2935.

West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 18th annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Independence Day: Show Your Colors America.” Grand Marshal is Chico, the Chihuahuas’ team mascot. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: rotarywestelpaso.org.
  Fee for entries is $45 ($10 non-profits) by June 14. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Information/sign up: Jason A. Shaffer, 231-2559 or westelpasorotary@elp.rr.com.

La Viña Country Picnic — The winery in La Union, N.M. will host its 15th annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, featuring entertainment by Live By Request. Food, water, soda, wine and wine margaritas for sale, tents and tables set up, croquet, badminton and a water slide. Attendees may bring their own picnic and lawn chairs (no coolers or pets). Water and sodas are $1 each; wine by the glass is $4-$7; wine margaritas are $5. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The winery is at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road.

Patriotic Celebration — El Paso Wind Symphony’s annual Independence Day performance of patriotic music is 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater.
  A fireworks show follows the concert. Presented by the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department of the City of El Paso. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481, 532-7273 or elpasoartsandculture.org.

Pop Goes the Fort — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andy Moran, will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music at 8 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Fireworks display follows. Hosted by Bliss’s MWR. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults.
  Biggs Park will be open at 10 a.m. The evening events begin with a Cannon “Salute to the Union,” at 5:30 p.m. followed by a performance of the 1st Armored Division Band at 6:30 p.m.

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

Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 3, with food, live entertainment and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The city’s annual Electric Light Parade and 4th of July Celebration are July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Admission to all events is free. Information: (575) 541-2000 or las-cruces.org.
  The Electric Light Parade, “Hats off To America,” is 9 p.m. Thursday, July 3, beginning at City Hall, 700 N. Main, down Water Street to North Main and Picacho.
  Las Cruces Running Club’s Electric 5K Fun Run is 7:45 p.m. Thursday along the Parade Route.
  The annual festival with youth and family activities, food vendors, live entertainment and more begins at noon Friday, July 4, in its new location at Las Cruces Public Schools Sports Complex (Field of Dreams), 2501 Tashiro.’
Headlining Friday’s entertainment is singer/songwriter Don McLean (“American Pie,” “Crying” and “Starry, Starry Night”) at 8 p.m.
  Other entertainment Friday includes Beatles Tribute Band “Yesterday,” at 6 p.m. and blues, rock and jazz band Indigenous at 10 p.m.
  A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Friday, with food and beverage vendors and live music offered beforehand. No pets allowed.

Alamogordo Independence Day Parade — The annual Independence Day Parade is 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, on 10th Street and Oregon, ending at New York Street, in Alamogordo, N.M. The annual fireworks display is around 9 p.m., shot from the New Mexico Museum of Space History (weather permitting). Information: (575) 439-4142.

Carrizozo BBQ and Fireworks — The village of Carrizozo’s annual BBQ and fireworks display are Friday, July 4, at Golf Course Park, Hwy 380, with deep pit brisket barbeque served 5 to 8 p.m. Dinner tickets: $7 in advance; $8 at the gate; available at Soul of the West, The Dark Horse, Otero County Electric Co-op and the Caboose. Admission free for fireworks. Information: (575) 973-0571.
  Paul Pino & the Tone Daddies performance is at 4 p.m. with fireworks at dusk presented by Carrizozo Volunteer Fire Department.

Cloudcroft Independence Day — The Village of Cloudcroft, N.M. celebrates Independence Day with Family Fun Games Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, at Zenith Park. Street dance is 7 p.m. Saturday on Burro Avenue. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733, 1-866-874-4447 or cloudcroft.net.
• The Fourth of July parade at 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, on Hwy 82 and Burro.
• Open-air melodramas of by the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Zenith Park Pavilion, performing “Man of the House.” Admission is free.

Mesilla Independence Day — An evening of live music and fireworks at 9 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza in celebration of Independence Day. Bring a lawn chair. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesilla-nm.us.
  The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field located on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla. Spectators may bring folding chairs for their convenience. No pets and no alcohol allowed.

Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” is 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, along Bullard Street in Silver City The annual Ice Cream Social and cake walk is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver City Museum parking lot with hot and cool treats, free historic games and live entertainment. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
  Fireworks begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.)

Socorro Independence Day — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host the 21st annual celebration 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 4, on the New Mexico Tech campus near the Macey Center, One Olive Lane, featuring New Mexico bands, NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at around 9:30 p.m., children’s activities, a barbeque and vendor and snack booths. Admission is free. Information: nmtpas.org.
  Headliners Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane, Jr. perform at 6 p.m.

Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Admission fees waived 6 to 9 p.m. that day. Rain delay date is Sunday, July 6. Information: (575) 744-5923.

Fort Davis Independence Day Weekend — The West Texas town hosts its annual “Coolest 4th of July Celebration” Friday through Sunday, July 4-6 in Fort Davis. Information: (432) 426-3015, 1-800-524-3015 or info@fortdavis.com.
  A Dance under the Stars with Jody Nix is Friday, with the annual fireworks display Saturday.
  Other events include a 5K run Friday, parade, baking contest, gunfight reenactments Saturday, and a battle of the bands Saturday and Sunday.


Southern New Mexico


Smokin’ On the Pecos NM State BBQ Championship — The annual State BBQ Championship is Friday and Saturday, June 27-28, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds in Artesia, N.M. The Kansas City BBQ Society & Rocky Mountain BBQ Association Sanctioned event has more than 40 competitors competing for $12,000 in cash prize money. Backyard BBQ and Kids Q competitions also planned along with live music a shooting event, craft show, roughstock challenge, bike run ride. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575)513.4291, (575) 513.4290 or smokinonthepecos.us.

Southern New Mexico GLBTQ Pride Festival — Gay Pride Month festival is June 27-29 with main festival events 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Ave., in Las Cruces, with food, music, craft vendors, speakers and more. Walking parade is 2 p.m. throughout Downtown. Admission is free. Information: southernnmpride.org.
  Other events (price varies):
Drag Bingo is 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 27, at Ramada Palms, 201 E. University.
• An Under 21 Dance is 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Ramada Palms.
• An Over 21 Dance is 9 p.m. to closing, at Saturday, June 28, at Graham’s Central Station, 505 S. Main.
• An Over 21 Pool Party is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Hilton Garden Inn, 2550 S. Don Roser.

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation will host daily Indian dances and rodeo performances Thursday through Sunday, July 3-6, on the Mescalero Rodeo Grounds, in Mescalero, N.M. Native dances, arts and crafts and food vendors featured daily. Main gate opens at 10 a.m. with dances 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rodeo performances at 1:30 p.m. Admission: $5 for non-natives. Information: (575) 464-4494.
  The annual parade is Saturday at 10 a.m. with a dance at dusk at Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Roswell UFO Festival 2014 — The annual celebration, marking the 67th anniversary of the 1947 “UFO crash” near Roswell, is Thursday through Sunday, July 3-6, at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center and other locations in Roswell, N.M. The four-day event features guest speakers, celebrity appearances authors, vendors, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and carnivals, as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets. Most events are free; nominal charge for UFO Museum admission. Information: 1-800-822-3545 or ufofestivalroswell.com.
  The Alien Mudder mud run is Friday, July 4, at New Mexico Military Institute. Information: alienmudder.com.
  Independence Day Fireworks show is Friday, July 4.
  Alien Costume Contest is 3 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Roswell Convention Center, with pet contest at 10 a.m.
  The UFO Festival Light Parade is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, from Ninth to Second Street.
  The 20th annual Alien Chase 5K and 10K is 7 a.m. Saturday, July 5. Online registration via the Roswell Runners Club.

Smokey Bear Stampede — The 59th annual celebration is July 3-6 in Capitan, about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Rodeos begin at 7 p.m. each night, with nightly dances are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the fairgrounds. Information: (575) 354-2202 or villageofcapitan.com.
  The annual Fourth of July parade, “Proud to Be An American,” begins a 10 a.m. Friday.
  The annual 10K & 2 Mile Smokey Bear Fun Run is 7:30 a.m. Friday. Information: (575) 354-2748.

Spencer Wine and Brew Festival — A celebration of New Mexico fine wines and beers, arts and crafts, music and dancing is 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts’ Crystal Lobby, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Live music provided by Straight Up Jazz from Albuquerque. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of event. Information: (575) 336-4800, 1-888-818-7872 or spencertheater.com.

Pony Express Trail Ride — Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse hosts its commemorative trail ride July 11-13. The ride keeps the Pony Express tradition alive by carrying the U.S. mail on horseback through Lincoln County, from their base at Fort Stanton. Meet and Greet is Thursday, July 10; with a costume ball Saturday night. Cost: $250 (includes meals); 75 rider limit. Registration/information: (575) 354-0196 or lincolncountysheriffsposse.org.

July Jamboree — The annual celebration is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, with more than 60 area artisans selling original art, pottery, jewelry and more, food and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
  Open-air melodramas of “Man of the House” by the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 11-12 and July 18-19, in the Zenith Park Pavilion. Admission is free.

Bat Flight Breakfast — Carlsbad Caverns National Park hosts its 56th annual breakfast 4:30 to 7 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Caverns’ Bat Flight Amphitheater. Bats dive into the cave entrance after a night outside feeding on insects. Breakfast available for purchase at the gate near the park entrance; guests may carry their breakfasts with them to the Bat Flight Amphitheater enjoy during the bat flight. First 120 visitors have the opportunity for free tickets for a lantern-lit ranger tour down the Main Corridor; available at the gate near the east parking lot on a first come-first served basis. A climbing demonstration is 7 a.m. at the mouth of Carlsbad Cavern, and mascot Carl S. Bat will make an appearance. Information: (575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave.

Big Ditch Day — Silver City MainStreet hosts the annual event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Big Ditch Park, Downtown (park at the Silver City Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson), with live music by the Big Ditch Crickets, traditional Native American and Spanish colonial dancing, guided hikes through Big Ditch Park, “discovery” hunts, ecology of San Vicente Creek and historic interpreters including “Elizabeth Warren.” Admission is free. Information: (575) 534-1700 or silvercitymainstreet.com.

Ruidoso Art Festival — The 43rd annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca, on Highway 48, with more than 100 artists from across the nation. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $6 per day; $1 ages 10 and younger. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Military discount of $4. Sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Information: (575) 257-7395, 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676) or RuidosoNow.com.
  Rated as one of the country’s top 100 juried art shows, the festival features acrylics, oils, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.

Timberon Blues and Bar-B-Que Festival — The Timberon Development Council’s weekend celebration begins at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, July 26-27, in Timberon, N.M. with barbecue, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, live blues music and more. Bring a lawn chair (no coolers inside gates). Admission: $25 per day; $40 both days. Information: (575) 987-2464 or timberonbluesfestival.com.
  Timberon is about an hour’s drive from Cloudcroft and three hours or less from El Paso.
  Saturday’s bands:
• Noon: Muddy Hands Blues Band
• 2 p.m.: 24/7 Blues Band
• 4 p.m.: Everyday People
• 6 p.m.: Randy McAllister
  Sunday’s bands:
• 11 a.m.: CW Ayon
• 1 p.m.: The Don Gabbert Band
• 3 p.m.: Hard Knocks Blues Band
• 5p.m.: JayBoy Adams and Zenobia with Mister Sister.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays early May through the first frost in October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681.

Old Lincoln Days — The annual celebration of Lincoln’s Wild West heritage is Aug. 1-3 in Lincoln, N.M., a restored Western town famous for the bloody Lincoln County Wars of 1878 and the escape of Billy the Kid after he was sentenced to die by hanging. The town, maintained by the Lincoln State Monument and Lincoln County Heritage Trust, is on U.S. 380 about 30 minutes from Ruidoso. The event features a parade, vendors, food, living history demonstrations and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with a parade at 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 653-4372 or billythekidpageant.org.
  The “Last Escape of Billy the Kid” folk pageant is 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on the pageant grounds. Pageant admission: $6 ($2 ages 6-12; free for age 5 and younger).

Art & Wine in the Cool Pines — The wine and art festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Sacramento Mountain Historical Museum in Cloudcroft, N.M. with art, wine, food and live music. Ticket information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.

Silver City Clay Festival — The “down to earth” art fest is Aug. 2-3, throughout historic Downtown Silver City, N.M. with workshops, demos, panel discussions, arts market, juried exhibitions, live music, lectures, youth activities and more. Related events begin earlier in July. Many activities are free; cost varies for workshops. Information/schedule: (575) 538-5560 or clayfestival.com.
• A Clay Poker Tournament fundraiser begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26. The Texas Hold’Em tournament will give prizes to the final ten players.
• Syzygy Tile Factory Tours with Patrick Hoskins are 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 30; and 9 and 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at 106 N. Bullard.
• The Clay Gala Opening Night Reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the historic Carter House, 101 N. Copper. Tickets are $25, and include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages. The event features the opening of the Festival’s International Juried Exhibition: “A Tile & A Vessel.” Casually elegant attire requested.
• The Clayfest Market, featuring decorative and utilitarian ceramics and other clay-related items is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, at the Murray Hotel, 200 W. Broadway, with public demonstrations offered.
• The 3rd annual Mud Pie Contest is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Silver City Farmer’s Market, 614 N. Bullard. Pies must be edible. Entry is free.
• Down to Earth Yoga with Matthew Sommerville is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Gough Park. Free, but reservations required.
• Adobe Labyrinth Walks and Talks with Cordelia Rose are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Historic Waterworks Building on Little Walnut Road. Free.
  Workshops include: Raku: A Deconstructive Approach with Patrick Crabb; New Directions in China Painting with Paul Lewing; Architectural Ceramics with Kathryn Allen; and Mata Ortiz Pottery with Diego Calles and Carla Martinez. Pre-festival workshops with Pat Taylor include Brick Repointing July 19 and Historic Lath Plastering July 20.
  Panel discussions include: “Clay Is Life: Its Many Uses & Forms in the Prehistoric Southwest” and “Mata Ortiz: Its Past, Present & Future.”
  The festival also includes a series of lectures and demonstrations. Free youth workshops are offered July 28-Aug. 1. “Mud Fun” for grades pre-K to 6th is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2-3, at Western Stationers parking lot, 737 N. Bullard. Free.
  A Children’s Tile Class is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12. at the Silver City Museum. Cost is $5; register at 575-538-5921.

Lincoln County Fair — The 61st annual fair is Aug. 4-9, at the County Fairgrounds at 5th and Hwy 48 in Capitan, N.M. (north of Ruidoso). Admission is free. Information: (575) 648-2311.

Flying J Ranch Experience — The chuckwagon supper and stage show at the Alto, N.M. ranch (near Ruidoso) is 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through Sept. 6; Saturdays through Oct. 11. Cost: $27 ($15 children 4-12; free ages 3 and younger). Reservations encouraged. Cost includes dinner and entertainment (some activities extra). Information/reservations: 1-888-458-3595, (575) 336-4330 or flyingjranch.com.
  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fiddler’s Side Show begins at 5:45 p.m. Deputy Training School for children is 6:25 p.m. with Bonita City Gunfight Reenactment at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m., featuring the Flying J Wranglers.
  Pony Express ride for age 12 and younger and Pistol Shooting events are $2 each.

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


West Texas




Bazaars and fairs


Bazaars and fairs

‘Step Into the Past’ Mexican Art Show and Sale
— The exhibit/sale is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, at White Sands National Monument. Featured are Mata Ortiz pottery, Zapotec rugs and daily demonstrations. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232.
  An American Indian Artist Craft Show and Demonstration is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12-13, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

‘The Garden’ at The Maze — The Maze at La Union, 1101 Hwy 28, in La Union (next to Zin Valle) hosts a farmer’s market featuring five acres of U-pick vegetables 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 12-Sept. 13, before the fall opening of The Maze. “On the vine” produce includes sweet corn, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, guerito, squash (yellow, gray and zucchini), eggplant, okra, black eyed peas, cantaloupe, watermelon and Spanish melon. Arrive early for “best pickings” and wear hat and long sleeves. Information: 549-1323 or launiomaze.com.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (through Nov. 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Christmas in July — Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 Skyline, hosts the arts and craft bazaar 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, with vendors from the surrounding areas. Admission is free. Information: 203-5032.

Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The annual arts and craft show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, featuring all-New Mexico made artworks, handmade items and live entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.

Mayapan Farmers’ Market — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan host the market 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning at Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas. Local and naturally grown produce, and Mexican fair-trade artisanry for sale. Breakfast and lunch available. Information: 217-1126 or mujerobrera.org.

First Saturday Market — The free open air market begins at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of the month through Sept. 6, at 407 Central Avenue in Carrizozo, N.M. Participants can bring what they want to show, sell or trade, including collectibles, vintage, yard sale, produce, plants and edibles. Information: (575) 973-0571.

Wagon Trails Market — The market is every Friday through September at Old Fort Bliss, Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482.
  The market features local gardeners and growers, canners, cooks, bakers, crafters and creators selling seasonal produce, baked and canned goods, honey and more.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  Artists may rent booths for only $2, but are required to prove they produce their own work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and attend one of the monthly orientation sessions offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the City Hall third floor training room. Information/guidelines online at elpasotexas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism & Initiatives.”

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs year round. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans, including pesticide-free produces, natural eggs and meats, native plants, salsas, baked goods and more. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. 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.
  Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.
  Coffee, pastries and juices offered on patio; brunch 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Kids’ tent activities, Master Gardner talks and live music offered regularly.

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


Something for everyone


Mini Health Fairs —
UTEP Wellness program hosts the mini-health fair Thursday, June 26 with Men/Women/Child Health Preventative Exams, in the Mike Loya Building for UTEP faculty, staff and students. Information: chs.utep.edu/wellness/.
  The fair is part of a monthly series of fairs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. focusing on different wellness topics:
  Health fairs will also be offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union’s Tomas Rivera Conference Center during annual July enrollment.

EP Family Scavenger Hunt — DnJsProductions hosts the scavenger hunt for families 10:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28, throughout the area. Families must dress in theme and must travel by vehicle to different locations throughout El Paso. Prizes await the top three families, and points given for adventures, pictures and items collected. Cost: $35 per family. Information/applications: 449-6969 or dnjsproductions@yahoo.com.

Etiquette classes — Joann Wardy School of Etiquette and Enrichment offers various classes taught by Wardy, an etiquette consultant with more than 25 years of experience. Information: 355-0992 or joannwardy@yahoo.com. Web: elpasoetiquette.com.
Basic Etiquette and Dining Skills classes (two sessions each) are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12-13 and Aug. 2-3 for ages 7-12; June 28-29, July 19-20 and Aug. 9-10 for teens; and July 26-27 and Aug. 16-17 for adults. Cost: $225.
  Poise and Posture classes are 10 a.m. to noon for age 11-17 and 2 to 4 p.m. for age 18 and older Tuesday, July 8 or Saturday, Aug. 23. Cost: $100.
  Skin Care/Make-Up class for all ages is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 or Aug. 5. Cost: $100 (additional cost for skin care and make-up starter kits).

Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. All classes are at 10935 Ben Crenshaw, #207, unless otherwise listed. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.org.
  The summer Media Divas Camp, multimedia arts day camps are planned June 30-July 31, at Latinitas headquarters.

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts free swim days Friday, July 4, and Friday, Aug. 8, 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.

Business Writing Webinar — Career Track webinars hosts “Business Writing and Editing for Professionals” at noon Monday, July 7. The webinar is on the best practices in keeping business communications and correspondence professional, on point and error free. Registration: $199. Information, registration: 1-800-905-8456 or pryor.com.

Southwest Character Council — The council’s monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Great American Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills. Cost: $15 (includes lunch, networking and training). Cash or check only. Information/RSVP: 779-7719.

UTEP History Walking Tour — As part of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration, the public is invited to the UTEP History Walking Tour, led by PJ Vierra, Centennial Office Managing Editor and Researcher, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, and 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, starting outside the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. The tour will touch on UTEP’s founding, its architecture, traditions and important milestones that have shaped the university over the past century. Information: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669 or mvillalva2@utep.edu.

Christmas in July series — EPCC Small Business Development Center, 9050 Viscount, Bldg. B #B520, hosts the social media series 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 10, 17 and 24 with tips and ideas for getting customers ready for Christmas. Registration: $60 ($75 walk-ins). Information: 831-7742 or elpasosbdc.net.

FEW Training Program — Three Crosses Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) hosts its annual Training Program 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in the Fiesta Room of La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant, 2410 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla. This year’s theme is “Invest in You ... Empower Yourself.” Cost (includes lunch): $45 by June 27; $60 June 28-July 5. Information: Cris Foster, (575) 679-5602, or maria.c.foster4.civ@mail.mil.
  Speaker after lunch is Glenn Gelabert of SMART Strategies, talking on “12 Powerful Principles of Success and Raising Personal Level of Performance.”

Jornada Symposium — The 20th annual symposium, hosted by New Mexico State University scientists, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in NMSU’s Jornada Experimental Range Building (Wooten Hall), 2995 Knox, Las Cruces. Information: (575) 646-4842 or jornada.nmsu.edu.

Christmas in July Bridge Tournament — The ACBL-sanctioned sectional bridge tournament is Friday though Sunday, July 11-13, at the Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso. Information: (575) 257-1898 or ruidosobridge.com.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full) on selected Saturdays. Bring up to three boxes of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0195.
July 12: Costco at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West, Building 3.
July 26: Ready One Industries, 11460 Pellicano.

‘Launch’ youth conferenceOneeighty Ministries presents its 2014 youth conference is Tuesday through Friday, July 15-18, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, geared towards grades 7-12. This year’s conference features Taylor Barriger and Matthew Barnett. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.

Smut Slam: ‘Let Freedom Swing!’ — Queer Pulp El Paso hosts an evening of positive sexuality and smutty storytelling 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 18, at Joe Vinny and Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 824 Piedras. Following a poetry slam format, participants are given the chance to sign up and share five minutes of true, real-life sexual adventures; stories can be funny, poignant, sexy, raunchy, whatever, but they should be sexually focused and genuine. Adult prizes awarded for top stories of the night. Ages 18 and older only. Admission: $5. Information: 255-9172 or on facebook at SmutSlam.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso host a happy hour for dogs and their owners “back by popular demand” 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (July 19, Aug. 16), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

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

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

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

Small Business Management Institute — El Paso Community College’s Small Business Development Center will host a 12-week training program on how to own and operate a successful business 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 21, at the center at EPCC at 9050 Viscount, Building B, #B520. Pre-registration required; seating is limited seating. Fee: $375. Information: 831-7742. Online registration at elpasosbdc.biz.

Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
  The 48th annual Safety Town runs 11 through Aug. 1. See separate listing for details.

Renaissance Artsfaire call for performers — Doña Ana Arts Council seeks Renaissance-themed (especially roving performers) entertainers and performers for its 43rd annual Renaissance Artsfaire set for Nov. 1-2. Needed are minstrels, jugglers, stilt-walkers, jesters/comedy troupes and more. Information: events@daarts.org.

Community Health Education Series — Sierra Providence East, 3280 Joe Battle, hosts a free seminar series one Wednesday each month. English presentations are 6 p.m., with Spanish presentation 7 p.m. The programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects to help improve and maintain the health of the community. Information: 577-SPHN (7746).
Aug. 20: Nutrition and Personalized Health
Sept. 17: Brown Bag Medication Event: Talk to a Pharmacists about your Medications.
Alzheimer’s support groups — Alzheimer’s Association El Paso offers support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at several locations throughout town. Caregivers can exchange practical information, discuss challenges and coping, share feelings, needs and concern and learn about available resources in the community. Information: Kelli Moorehead, 1-800-272-3800.
• Eastside — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at SunRidge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount. Refreshments served.
• Northeast — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at Richard Burges Branch Library, 9600 Dyer.
• Far Eastside — 6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Cambria, 1991 Saul Kleinfeld. Bilingual group, refreshments served.
• Westside — 6 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Desert Springs, 5901 Bandolero. Bilingual group.
  Early Stage Support Group meets fourth Friday of each month. Pre-screening required. Information: Blanca Loya at Bienvivir All-Inclusive Senior Health, 562-3444.
  New support groups meet at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Sunridge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount (Eastside) and the fourth Friday of the month at Royal Estates, 435 Mesa Hills (Westside).

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

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (July 19). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
Eat Well! El Paso — City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Eat Well! El Paso initiative matches restaurant owners with nutrition professionals to create a healthy children’s menu that is low in calories and high on nutrition. This includes offering meals that meet established nutrition standards based on calorie, fat, and sodium limits, as well as the elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages. Information: 771-5845 or EPHealth.com.

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

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

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

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

Knitting for Soldiers — Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.

LCGamers — Games of all ages interested in board games, card games and other table top games are invited to weekly game demonstrations at Zia Comics and Gaming, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1 in Las Cruces. Call for schedule: (575) 405-0461 or ziacomics@gmail.com.

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

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

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic 6 a.m. to noon Sundays. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.

‘America Celebrates’ — The live patriotic musical production will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest. The program features music, dance, adult and children’s choirs, drill teams, flag teams and video effects, followed by a fireworks display. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.



For a good cause


Bowl for Kids’ Sake — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Paso’s 13th annual Bowl for Kids Sake noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Teams of five enjoy a day of Rock-N-Bowl with a live DJ, free food and bowling and prizes. Teams choose two-hour block in which they wish to compete (noon to 2 p.m. 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.). Cost: $60 per team member ($300 per team of five). Information/donations: 544-4203 or bbbsofep.org.
  Team members are encouraged to raise $60 per person through gathering donations from friends and family for Big Brother Big Sisters. All funds raised stay in El Paso and go toward making matches of mentors to at-risk children.

Rett Syndrome golf tournament — The annual Golf For a Cure golf tournament and dinner celebration for Juliana’s Angels of Faith is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. Registration is 7 to 8 a.m. Awards are 12:30 p.m. with lunch a 1 p.m., live music at 1:30 p.m. and live auction at 3 p.m. Cost: $125 per player ($500 team of four); includes lunch, awards, dinner and celebration. Lunch and celebration only: $25. Information: 474-4162 or julianasangels@gmail.com.
  Rett Syndome is the most severe of the Autism Spectrum Disorders and predominantly affects girls.

Respect the Water 2014 — Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso and Smile Center for Kids hosts the fundraising event for the Christian Castle Memorial Fund 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 El Paso Street, featuring guest speaker 5-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, a member of the Olympic Hall of Fame. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten). Ticket information: 521-7229, ext. 2989.

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.

Fan Drive for the Elderly — El Pasoans are urged to donate new fans for use by the elderly or disabled through the summer months for the annual Extreme Weather Summer Fan Drive. Fans may be dropped off at any El Paso fire station, police regional command center or Sheriff’s Office substation. Aged or disable people in need of a fan may call 546-2239 or 533-0998.
  Dial 211 for the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force emergency line.


Fort Bliss

Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. The Buffalo Soldiers Gate at Airport and Airway is usually always open.

Right Arm Night — Garrison Command hosts an evening of music, food and drink Friday evening, June 27, at Pershing Pub, 243 Club Road. Open to the public, age 18 and older welcome. Information: 568-6272.

Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 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.

Mega Bingo — The bingo game with more than $38,000 in cash and prizes is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Centennial Club, 1119 Sgt. E. Churchill Street on East Fort Bliss. One winner receives a new car. Open to all DoD ID card holders and their guests. Tickets go on sale July 5; ticket price goes up Aug. 15. Information: 744-1171 or blissmwr.com/bingo.

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (except holiday weekends) at Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies Fridays. Tuesdays consist of rosary making/preemie caps/hats and prayer shawls. Information: 867-2785 or dcatarroja@sc.rr.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).

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.


Club news


La Leche League of El Paso Westside
— The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breastfeed, meets 10:30 to noon a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held every Thursday. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
  The group will attend Music Under the Stars every Sunday during the summer months (no concert July 6).
  Saturday activities:
July 5: Dinner and a play
July 12: Cookout
July 19: Dinner and dancing
July 26: Dinner and El Paso Chihuahuas.

Westside Welcome Club — The group is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly luncheon is a casual get together 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at Great American Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills. Information: 845-1896.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.

Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) — The organization for photographers of all skill levels and ages meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12, at the Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano. Program is on Astrophotography with John Collins. Information: 239-7284 or on Facebook at PEEPofElPaso.
  Next month’s meeting is Aug. 9, on “How To Build Your Portfolio” by Paul Schranz.
  PEEP, a member of Gulf States Camera Club Council, offers educational programs, exhibitions and competitions.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 595-1108 or 755-5471.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The Tuesday, July 22, General Meeting is at noon at Hilton Garden Inn. Information, reservations: 584-3126.

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, iPads, iPhones
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.

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 355-4598 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French classes for adults and children are offered throughout El Paso. New Advanced Conversation classes offered, and will emphasize the ability to communicate complex ideas as well as everyday life situations. Information: 328-8268, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French cooking classes now being planned; details to be announced.

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

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

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

Chess Club — The club meets 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 824 N. Piedras. Beginners welcome. Admission is free. Information: Information: 565-9921, ext. 14.

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

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

El Paso 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). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 494-7977 or epnequilters@gmail.com.

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

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

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.

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, (July 5, Aug. 2) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

Toastmasters — The Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Learn how to make speeches, gain confidence and other leadership skills. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: 833-1406 or 691092.toastmastersclubs.org.


Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com. Take Sunland Park Exit 13 from I-10.
  Now open is the park’s newest roller coaster, The Hurricane.
  July and August hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0). Individual tickets: $21.99, plus tax; $18.99 or age 4-12; $2.99 age 1-3. Parking is $2 per car. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
  The annual fireworks display is 9 p.m. Friday, July 4.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 566-6622.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.
  July’s Last Sunday Hike is 7 a.m. Sunday, July 27, starting at the park’s parking lot. Bring appropriate clothing water and hike. Hiking stick recommended. Participation is free.
  Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts the two-part Arts in the Parks program for kids and teens 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and 26. Participants will get a chance to show what inspires them to visit the parks with art of their own.

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.

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

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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

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

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.

Sunland Winery — Located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
  Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Dining on The Patio is open 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Menu varies.

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  The 15th annual La Viña Country Picnic is 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, featuring entertainment by Live By Request. Food, water, soda, wine and wine margaritas for sale, tents and tables set up, croquet, badminton and a water slide.
  Music On the Patio is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on selected Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 7, featuring folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll from “Live By Request.”

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

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
  Free Music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events


All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro Municipal de las Artes — Old City Hall, 16 de Septiembre and Mariscal in the Zona Centro, Juárez. Information: 613-6983.
  A free Tango Workshop led by Susana Ruth Zamarron of Argentina is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 2-4.

El Rincon De Ana Lucia — The café-gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building). An opening reception is at 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, for art by promoter and philosopher Jaime Romero, the late Otto Campbell and Paulina Gutierrez.

Hacienda Del Real — Ejercito Nacional Av. near Francisco Villarreal Place. A “Guerra de Bandas” (Battle of the Bands} begins at 7 p.m. Friday, July 4, with Cadetes de Linares, La Incomparable Sonora, El Zon and El Compita Kenny. Tickets are 80 and 250 pesos, sold at box office and donboleton.com.

Telon de Arena — Theater and cafe is at Cayetano López #566 Col. Partido La Fuente. Information: 6119545, telondearena.org.
  The theatre company presents “NiNi” at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 4-13. The play refers to a term for young people aren’t working and aren’t going to school.

La Peña de Sancho Panza III — Manuel Clouthier (Jilotepec) No. 1550, inside Mandilon Marinero restaurant, ten minutes from Ysleta Bridge. Canto Nuevo singers Hugo Peña, Javier Solorio, Ricardo Rangel, Grupo Kilyas and Saulo Hernandez perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5.

Palazzo di Pane — Paseo de la Victoria 4150-B across from Las Misiones Mall. Information: 6484213.
  “Noche de Carnaval Brasileño,” featuring a a special dance group, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Cost is 380 pesos (includes four course dinner, drinks extra).

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez).
  The Bullriding Tour 2014 begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Tickets are 150 to 300 pesos, available at donboleton.com.

Hotel El Paseo Salon Alameda — Paseo Triunfo de la Republica 4850 (at Plutarco Elias Calles). ExpoFranquicia is Wednesday and Thursday, July 9-10, with booths, workshops and presentations for new business opportunities.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez — Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Information: 6391011 (Tania Bonfil) or ciudadjuarez.af.org.mx.
• The movie “Le Havre” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11 (in French, with Spanish subtitles).
• A celebration of Bastille Day and French Revolution is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Free and open to the public, but bring beverages or cold dishes to share.

Museo del INBA — Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
  Opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, for “Los Caprichos de Goya,” etchings by Francisco de Goya on loan from Museo Nacional de San Carlos.
  Showing all month: Exhibit featuring the works of INBA architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez.
  The museum marks its 50th anniversary this year.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Events are free, sponsored by local government.
  “Trova Arte” featuring various groups is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Tickets are 100 pesos (donboleton.com).

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte — Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and the center’s box office.
  “Los Niños Virtuosos del Caucaso,” an international famous dancing group composed of children 7 to 12 years old, performs at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. Tickets: 250 to 450 pesos.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at donboleton.com.
  La Arrolladora Banda El Limon performs with Pepe Tovar, Los Titanes and Roberto Tapia at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Tickets are 150 to 1,179 pesos.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  The museum hosts its summer camp for youth with disabilities July 22-Aug. 15.

Otaku Convention — The “Yokai Fest” begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, at Parque de el Chamizal.

Expo Futbol 2014 — Thursday through Sunday, July 31-Aug. 3, at Parque Central Oriente, Av. Technológico (Pan American Hwy) at Teofilo Borunda.
  The major soccer event includes sports merchandise, autographs from soccer stars, workshops and clinics, food booth and mechanical soccer games. Soccer players will also have a chance to perform their skills before scouts.
  Soccer players scheduled to attend include Luis Montes, Gullit Peña, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Luis Hernandez, Tomas Campos Guayu Galvan and Maleno Frias
Trainers: Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera and Hector Eugui.
  Other special guests include sports anchors Miguel Gurwitz and Christian Martinolli, and comedians Sergio Corona and El Loco Valdez.
  Information: 3817311 or 4181836.

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
  Guided tours are offered at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays; puppet show at 1 p.m. Events are free.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park, Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
  Continuing through July: “Coras del Nayar,” a photographic exhibit about the Coran Indians from the State of Nayarit, Mexico.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded.

Juarez en la Frontera — The radio cultural talk show is 2-3 p.m. Sundays, 1490 AM.

‘Por Amor al Arte’ — The radio show, covering all aspects of the arts in Juárez, airs 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM. The show includes music, interviews, reviews of events, recommendations of books and movies, hosted by Hogla Lizeth Olivas. Information: 806Noticias.com.mx.

Radio Cultural Milenio — Alfonso “The Duck” Quiñones hosts the radio program devoted to the cultural world in Juárez at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on 640 a.m.

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




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