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July 2015

The following events are just some of the events coming up this month. We generally update this list once a month, and stop updating about a month before so we can focus on the print edition instead.

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Individual game tickets: $5 lawn seating; reserved seats begin at $8 in advance; $10 at the gate, plus $1.50 convenience fee. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com. Home Games:
June 30-July 3: Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Fireworks July 3.
July 8-12: Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 6:05 p.m. Fireworks July 11. GECU Bark at the Park (guests can bring their friendly dogs on leash) is July 12.
July 28-31: Tacoma Rainiers; 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Full Moon Nights
— White Sands National Monument. Information: (575) 479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa.
• La Cella Bella cello quartet performs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1.
• Dana Falconberry’s five-piece rusticated chamber music band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31.

Cool Canyon Nights —
Townsquare Media’s summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre. Information: 534-0600 or elpasolive.com.
July 2: Jazz Night with Billy Townes
July 9: Rock Night with Mainstreet
July 16: Family Night with Toll Booth Willie
July 23: Classic Rock Night with Brown Betty
July 30: El Paso’s Choice Contest Winner, Our Friend the Mountain.

National Parks and Recreation Month
— The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July. Events are free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 541-4331 or elpasotexas.gov/parks. Events include:
• A “Staying Alive,” 80’s Outdoor Block Party is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at San Juan Placita, 5701 Tamburo.
• Independence Day Volleyball Tourney is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 3, at Pavo Real Center and  Pool, 9301 Alameda. Cost: $35 per team.
• Independence Day Concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Blackie Chesher Park, 9143 Escobar, with Every Day People Band.
• Fitness at the Park events are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 and 29, Eastwood (Album) Park 3110 Parkwood, with Zumba, aerobics, fitness, nutrition tips.
• Recre-Action! Parks Fun Day is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, Dick Shinaut Park, 11701 Rufus Brijalba.
• Older and Bolder Senior Cultural Games are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Hilos De Plata, 4451 Delta, for ages 50 and older. Arts and Crafts, Music and 
Dance Competition with 80’s theme and prizes.
• Youth Outdoor Challenge is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 11, at Westside Park, 7400 High Ridge, for ages 8 to 16.
?• Segundo Barrio Handball Tourney is 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Armijo Park, 700 E. Seventh, for ages and 10 and older.

Alfresco! Fridays — The free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. Information: 534-0633 or alfrescofridays.com.
July 3: Fixed Idea (Latin ska)
July 10: Sorry About Your Sister (rockabilly)
July 17: Tejas Band (Spanish variety)
July 24: Joe King Carrasco (Tex-Mex)
July 31: Mariachi Fatigo.

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Information: 356-0966. Jacco Gardner, the Netherlands neo-psych/baroque pop artist, performs Friday, July 3. Tickets $10/$12.

USTA Pro Circuit — The Hunt Communities $25K women’s professional tennis tournament runs through July 5 at Tennis West Sports & Racquet Club. Community Day events/pro-ams and other events scheduled. Matches open to the public. Information: 581-5471 or tennis-west.com.

Smokey Bear Stampede — The 60th annual celebration is Thursday through Sunday, July 2-5, in Capitan, N.M. Rodeos begin at 7 p.m. each night, with nightly dances are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the fairgrounds. Fireworks follow rodeo performance Saturday. Rodeo admission: $10 ( $6 kids and seniors). Dance admission: $5. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.
  Headliner is Reckless Kelly at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $15 ($20 rodeo/concert combo).
  The 60th annual Fourth of July parade. ”Through the Years,” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
  Ranch rodeos are 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a Youth Ranch Rodeo 1 p.m. Friday.
  The annual 10K & 2 Mile Smokey Bear Fun Run is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4. Information: (575) 354-2748.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
• Recycled Percussion – The innovative percussion show is 8 p.m. Friday, July 3. Cost: $39-$60.
• Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Rapunzel” – 7 p.m. Friday, July 10. Cost: $18; $10 children.
• Evening in the Round – Three of Nashville’s most revered songwriters share their music and tales at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. Tickets: $39-$50.
Johnny Rivers – The nostalgic rocker performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Tickets: $39-$99.
Daly & Vincent – The bluegrass music stars perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Tickets: $39-$55.

Los Porkchoppers Tip of Texas Rockin' Rally — The rockabilly concert and rally benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project is 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, July 4, at Richard White Park, 100 Richard White in Anthony, Texas, with 10 local bands including Blaze The Nation, Banda Siete, Joe Barron, Fixed Idea, Junk, Jessica Flores and Crosstown, Chasing Solace, Mainstreet. Admission: $5 (age 16 and younger free). Information: 202-9762, 241-2596  or atpoa.org
  A bike run begins at 9 a.m. from Cohen Stadium to the park. Cost: $10 single rider; $15 doubles.

‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andy Moran, will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Fireworks display follows. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  A 50-gun “Salute to the Union,” is 5:30 p.m. followed by a performance of the 1st Armored Division Band at 6:30 p.m.

West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 19th annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Fly Your American Flag.” Grand Marshal to be announced. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: westelpasorotary@gmail.com or rotarywestelpaso.org.
  Fee for entries is $45 ($10 non-profits) by June 13. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Information packets available online at july4parade.com

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

Cloudcroft Road Rally — The car rally is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and includes road course, scavenger hunt, trivia contest and more. Entry fee is $50. Information: (575) 682-2733. Online application and rules at coolcloudcroft.com.
  There will also be a car show, barbecue, award ceremony, tennis, horseshoes, shopping music, street dance, costume contest, a jail fundraiser, kid’s games and more; admission is free to those events.

Smokey Bear Stampede run — The 35th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4. Information: (575) 354-2748. Registration: villageofcapitan.com/fun-run.pdf.

‘Happy Tails’ — The Lincoln County Humane Society’s benefit the local animal shelter, is 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the new Mountain Annie’s in Ruidoso, dinner and live show. Information: (575) 808-8424 or furrball.org.

Cruz Azul vs. Xolos de Tijuana — The professional Mexican League Soccer match is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl Stadium. Tickets: $25-$99.25 (Ticketmaster).

EPCC Summer Repertory Season — Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. 9570 Gateway North. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 EPCC staff, non-EPCC students, seniors; $7 EPCC students. Information: 831-5056, 637-4029 or forumtheater.wix.com/epcc.
• “Unnecessary Farce” runs July 9-12. Award winning over-the-top stage comedy by Paul Slade Smith.
• “American Idiot” runs July 23-26. Tony Award winning Green Day electric rock musical.
• “Bonny and Clyde” runs July 16-19. El Paso premiere of Tony-nominated musical.

‘Pippin’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre closes its season with the popular  Stephen Schwartz musical July 10-26. Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘Red Riding Hood’ — Missoula Children’s Theatre will host public performances of its adaptation of the fairy tale at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10-11, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Ticket information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.

El Paso Roller Derby — El Paso Roller Derby’s Tex Pistols play home games at the Field House at Market, 6827 Market. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door ($5 military; free for age 10 and under). Information: elpasorollerderby.com or on Facebook. Saturday, July 11: WTRD All-Stars of Lubbock.

Mexican Arts Show and Sale  — The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, on the visitor center patio at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo. Admission is free to the show and sale. Information: (575) 479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa.

NM State Championship Fiddle Contest — The New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association hosts a summer music jam 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, at the Truth or Consequences Civic Center’s Ralph Edwards Auditorium, 400 W. Fourth. Dances planned 7 to 9 p.m. both nights. Information: (575) 744-9137 or nmofta.org.

UTEP Alumni PICK-NIC — The 4th annual UTEP alumni gathering is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. UTEP’s Paydirt Pete and cheerleaders will also be present. Tickets: $10 ($8 age 12 and younger). Information:747-8600. Tickets available online at alumni.utep.edu.

Run for a Margarita — El Paso Symphony Orchestra hosts the 6th annual 5K Run and 1 Mile run/walk at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11, beginning at Riviera Restaurant, 5218 Doniphan. After the run/walk enjoy a complimentary margarita (age 21 and older), food and live music. Cost per event (includes meal and one complimentary margarita): $25 by July 5; $30 July 6-11. Meal ticket only: $10. No race day registration. Information: EPSO, 532-3776, Chris Rowley, 478-5663 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Dancing in the City — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs and Destination El Paso hosts the 6th annual outdoor dance concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at Convention Center Plaza, Downtown. Dance lesson is 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
July 11: Everyday People, funk
July 18: Son Monacras, cumbia
July 25: En-Joy, salsa.

Tailgate 2015 — The annual outdoor concert series in Alamogordo, N.M., raises funds for the Flickinger Center. Concerts are in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Patrons should bring their own food, lawn chair and beverages. Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.  Single event tickets, if space available, are $45.
July 11: Gleewood, folk/rock, 8 p.m.
July 25: Big Band on the Rio Grande, 8:30 p.m.

2015 USBC Open Championships
— The national sports event cocntinues through July 12, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza, hosted by the U.S. Bowling Congress. Participation open to all USBC members. Last day of team competition is July 11. Schedule to be announced. Information: bowl.com/openchamp/

Music Under the Stars
— The 32nd summer concert series, presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110 , 532-7273 (Chamizal), elpasoartsandculture.org or on Facebook at Music Under The Stars.
July 12: Vertical Horizon, alt rock
July 19: Dos Santo Anti Beat Orquestra, Latin Fusion
July 26: Noche Ranchera with Zulema Villela y su Mariachi Cuauhtemoc

Tricky Falls
— 209 S. El Paso. Information: 351-9909 Online tickets at trickyfalls.com.
• Kottonmouth Kings — The hip-hop group’s Mile High Tour is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, with Blaze ya Dead Homie, Scare Don’t Fear, Special Blend, Imperial Sound Clash, C4 and Nicky Gritts and Chucky Chuck. Tickets: $21.
• Calabrese — The horror punk band performs 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, with Sluthammer, Extremity and The Lucky Machetes. Tickets: $10.
• Authority Zero — The punk band’s “Summer Sickness Tour is 8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, with Counterpunch and Rubedo. Tickets: $13 in advance; $15 at the door.
• Coal Chamber — The grunge metal band performs Sunday, July 26, with special guests Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife. Tickets: $20.
• Drag the Rivers — The alt-country band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, in Bowie Feathers .Tickets: $10.

Music in the Park —
The Las Cruces summer concert series are 7 p.m.  Sundays during the summer months featuring both local and guest artists. No pets allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
July 12: The JDS (Funk/Soul) at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid
July 19: Border Jazz Orchestra on Main Street in historic Downtown.
July 26: Mad Mozelle (Rockabilly/Blues) and Ardk (Rock & Roll), at Apodaca Park.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino —
Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster; prices listed do not include service charge. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Daughtry — The popular rock band performs Thursday, July 16. Tickets: $35-$100.
• Sammy Kershaw — The country Legend performs Friday, July 31. Tickets: $30-$70.

Texas Showdown Festival
— The 6th annual tattoo and music festival is noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 17-19, at El Paso County Coliseum, with 300 tattoo artists from around the globe, tattoo competitions, food and beer garden, and live music. Tickets: $49.50-$59.50 per day; $150-$165 three-day pass (Ticketmaster). Age 12 and younger free with adult admission. Information: 626-4799 or texastattooshowdownfestival.com.
  Friday’s headliner is Ice Cube with Atmosphere, Yelawolf, Futuristic, Lavell Jones, Rare Individuals and Ramada.
  Saturday’s headliner is Limp Bizkit, with Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Pop Evil, Otep, Upon a Burning Body and Pissing Razors.
  Sunday’s headliner is The Offspring, with Pepper, Iration, DJ Starscream (#0 Sid Wilson of Slipknot) and Bash.

Silver City Fiber Arts Festival — The SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective hosts its 3rd annual fundraising event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at Grant County Conference Center, 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City. Information: fiberartscollective.org.

Dimas Vasquez Golf Tournament — The 3rd annual tournament benefiting Special Olympics of Texas—Area 19 begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Friday, July 17, at Underwood Gold Complex, 3200 Coe, on Fort Bliss. Four-man scramble format. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $125 ($450 team of four). Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org/elpasogolf.

‘Steel Magnolias’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the Robert Harling classic, July 17-Aug. 8. Directed by Veronica Frescas. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors; $7 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

Outdoor Expo — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley. Exhibitors, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Information: 562-9899.

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 18-19, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Admission: $5 ($4 active duty military; under 12 free). Information: 241-1761.

Dancing With The Stars Live! — In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the hit ABC show presents its “Perfect Ten Tour” at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Abraham Chavez Theater. Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the tour features the  pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. Cast subject to change. Tickets: $32.50, $52.50, $62.50 and $72.50 (Ticketmaster).

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo – One of rock and roll’s most successful unions brings their 35th Anniversary Tour  to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $37-$80(Ticketmaster).

Latin Heat Wave 2015 — The Latin music festival featuring J Alvarez, Plan B and De La Ghetto is 8 p.m. Friday, July 24, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $45, $65, $80 and $155. VIP area tickets (standing room only): $250.

Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs — Ski Run Road Challenge hosts the runs on the new multiple use trail system at Grindstone Lake, 2 miles from Downtown Ruidoso at 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, starting and finishing at Wingfield Park’s Grindstone Lake Trails. Four mile and 8.50 mile runs offered. Cost: $15-$35. Information: (575) 937-7106. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Sun City Kids Splash & Dash — Race El Paso’s new youth swim-run event for ages 7-15 is 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 25, at Ascarate Pool and Park, 6900 Delta, as part of the 2015 USA Triathlon Youth Aquathlon Series. Family pool picnic follows event. Entry fee: $20 (includes race shirt, post race snacks and drinks and pool party entry). Information: 229-5656. Online registration at raceelpaso.com.  
  Ages 7-10 is a 100M swim and 1K run; and ages 11-15 is a 20M swim and 2.25K run.

Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ bouts are held at 6 p.m. the last Sunday of the month at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger). Information: suncityrollergirls.com. July 26: Doubleheader of Las Viudas Negras vs. Las Catrinas and Chuco Town Chulas vs. Las Diablas

UND Celebration — The Notre Dame Club of El Paso will host its annual celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with this year’s speaker Father Michael Driscoll. Associate Professor of Theology, College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame. Information: elpaso.undclub.org.

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