May 2018

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Historic Preservation Month
Southern New Mexico

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

Rio Grande Festival — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society presents the 2nd annual festival of art, culture, history and heritage, as part of the annual History and Dinner Conference, Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, in the San Elizario Historic District, with reenactment of Oñate’s historical arrival, a three-day history conference, guided tours, old west shootouts, heritage booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Information: 851-0093 or

'Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros' — The 22nd annual children’s day/book day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Washington Park (next to the El Paso Zoo). Various activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or
  The idea for “Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Author Pat Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1997 to celebrate children and promote literacy.
  Smaller celebrations also planned at Armijo Branch Library, Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, and the Esperanza Acosta Moreno Regional Library. Call for details.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M.
  Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission: $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. All wines also available to buy by the glass or bottle. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, about 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28).
  Saturday’s bands:
• Noon — Frank Zona and Urban Edge
• 2:15 p.m. — Twisted Hams
• 4:30 p.m. — Slick Reynolds
  Sunday’s entertainment:
• Noon — Mosaic
• 2:15 p.m. — 24/7 Blues Band
• 4:30 p.m. — Guest Band.

The Lights at EPCC — El Paso Community College presents its Lights Festival 4 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, at the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter, with an evening of live music, food, family games and activities. The public is invited. Information: 831-3309.

Miss Texas Earth and Teen Earth — The ”beauty with a cause” pageants are 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. The winner of Miss Earth Texas serves as the ambassador to environmental protection campaigns statewide. Tickets: $20-$35. (Ticketmaster). Information:

Interstellar Spectacular — Academy of Aerial Fitness, 1057 Doniphan Park Cir Suite E, presents various aerial, acrobatic, and circus performances 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 4. Admission: $15, age 18 or older admitted; BYOB. Information: 920-4341 or

Mariachi Loco Music Festival — This year’s festival is 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, May 4, at San Jacinto Plaza, 101 E. Mills, in Downtown El Paso, featuring headliners La Septima Banda, and Carla Soto “La Plebe” of La Tricolor. Food vendors available. Information: or Facebook.

Star Wars Night — Sun City Scifi celebrates “May the Fourth,” with a free Star Wars event for all ages 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Pizza Joint, Downtown, 500 N. Stanton. Information: on Facebook at Sun City Scifi.
  Costume contest for adults and youth is 8:30 p.m.; sign up ends at 8:15 p.m.
  Star Wars Battlefront 2 Tournament is 9:15 p.m.

Kentucky Derby — Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity in Sunland Park, N.M., hosts special viewing of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 5. Kentucky Derby Deal is $30 and includes Turf Club seating, buffet meal at the Turf Club, tip sheet, official racing program and commemorative glass. Buffet by itself is $16, served 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The running of the derby is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

Rally to Improve Birth — The free rally with local healthcare professionals presenting on maternal mortality, breastfeeding other birth-related issues is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. The splash pad is open with kid crafts and activities provided, along with raffles and vendor giveaways. Information: (575) 640-8483 or

Mother’s Day at Sunland Park Racetrack— Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity in Sunland Park, N.M. hosts a Mother’s Day celebration with mariachis and an all-day buffet Sunday, May 13. Buffet is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ventanas Bar & Grill. Mariachis will perform 2:30-6:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

Chili Cook Off and Tradin’ Days — The annual Pod of the Pass’s CASI-sanctioned chili cook off is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Horizon Livery Stable 894 S. Horizon, in Socorro, Texas. Cooks meet at 10 a.m.; tasting begins at 2 p.m. Raffles, and entertainment also planned. Admission is free for spectators; nominal fee for tasting cups. Information: 491-2766.
  Also part of the event is the Tradin’ Days 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy or sell Southwest decor, art, new /used tack, show clothes, large or small livestock, produce, eggs, canned or baked goods and more. “Preparing Your Horse for an AOC Part 2-Getting Control of Forehand and Hindquarter Movement” demonstration at 1 p.m. Door prizes given between noon and 2 p.m.
  The Lower Valley Horseman’s Association will host its Jackpot Ranch Sorting event beginning at 10 a.m. Spectator admission is free. Information: 852-1884 or

El Paso Train Show — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19-20, at Freeport McMoRan facility, 850 Hawkins (south of Cielo Vista Mall. Climb aboard a 1904 steam locomotive and a 1929 caboose, see model trains, a real boxcar, old west reenactments, historical displays, railroad safety presentations and hobo codes of the Great Depression. Children’s activities offered. Free admission. Information: 204-3600.

Concordia Cemetery Memorial Day — Concordia Cemetery Heritage Association will honor veterans of all wars buried at the historic cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, in Concordia Cemetery’s Buffalo Soldier Memorial, 3700 Yandell. Program will include Empty Table Memorial and Buffalo Soldiers of the Southwest, along with remembrance of 270 veterans of 19th and 20th century wars.
  Co-sponsored by Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association and Donnie Brown Buffalo Soldiers Association. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 591-2326 or 566-8724.

National Health and Fitness Day — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts the 24th annual National Health and Fitness Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda, with businesses, physical therapists, insurance agencies, and other sources providing information for a healthier and better living. Entertainment will take place throughout the day. Admission is free. Information: 860-9131 or
  National Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest older adult health and fitness event.

Feast in the Middle East — The 53rd annual dinner and festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and the Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday with live Arabic music and folkloric dance, authentic Middle Eastern food, such as kibbee, tabouli, meat pies, home-made bread, baklava and symbosic full bar, bake table and guided church tours.
  Admission is $2 (free with advance purchase of $20 advance food tickets); children 9 and under admitted free. Free admission for military with ID. Information: 584-9100 or

Reptilia — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. The celebration of snakes, lizards and more is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, with exhibits, animals, reptile and amphibian encounters and more. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 212-0966 or

Sun City PrideFest 2018 — El Paso Sun City Pride’s 11th anniversary festival is 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 2, in the Coffee Box parking lot in honor of LGBTQI Month, with performances and parties. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday from Houston Park to Gray Dog in Downtown. Tickets start at $20; one-day and weekend passes and VIP access (includes meet and greets): $75. All ages event. Information, reservations: (615) 603-2122 or
  Mr. and Miss El Paso Sun City Pride pageant is 11 p.m. Thursday, May 24.
  Pride Week events run May 28-June 4 including:
• Hear Me Roar Night at El Paso Zoo, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. Tickets: $15 adults; $5 children. Information: 212-0245 or
• Taco Tuesday is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. with showing of “To Wong Foo” preceded by LGBT trivia. Tickets; $20 for movie; $5 for trivia.
• “Out at the Park” with the Chihuahuas is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Tickets: $17.
• Pride Youth Dance at the Hyatt Place Hotel is 6 to 10 Friday, June 1 for ages 13-20. Chaperones will be present. Admission is free.
• Pride Square Pub Crawl is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 1.
• Sunday Splash Party is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Wet n’ Wild Waterpark, with DJ Irene. Tickets: $45 in online; $50 at the gate.

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


Historic Preservation Month

History Preservation Month: ‘The River and The Trail’ — May is designated as National Trust for Historical Preservation has designated the month of May as Preservation Month. This year’s celebration includes 31 events with 19 participating organizations in El Paso County. Information: Ron Leiman at
  This year’s highlights:
• Historian Orlando Romero will provide an overview of little known Hispanic contributions to American history at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 Franklin. Information: 212-3163.
• City of Socorro will open their month-long art exhibit with a reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at historic Rio Vista Farm Community Center, 901 N. Rio Vista. Information: 860-8615.
• Heritage Preservation on the Rio events are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan with nature walks, history talks and exhibits regarding the Rio Grande and its influence on West Texas and the Southwest. Information: 581-7920.
• “Tales on the Trail: Hueco Tanks and the Butterfield Overland Trail” is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road, with a short hike to hear tales from the trail. Cost: $9 ($2 children); includes park entrance fee.
• A showing of “The Fountainhead,” based on the Ayn Rand novel is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, with introduction and discussion by Jay Duncan. Information: 543-6747.
• San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society host free San Elizario Historic District Walking Tours noon each Sunday in May, starting at Main Street Mercantile, 1501 Main. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 851-0093
• “Construction and Renovation of the Turney Mansion, a Trost Masterpiece” is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at International Museum of Art, 1201 Montana. Mary Jo Melby, Prince McKenzie and Derrell Hiett will discuss the life and work of William Ward Turney and the construction of the largest mansion in El Paso. Information: 543-6747.
• EPCC Student Research Projects for 2017-18 are presented 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 Franklin. Information: 212-3163
• El Paso History Radio Show: “El Paso Train Show” is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, on AM 690, with Ron Leiman and Woody Bare, Jackson Polk and Melissa Sargent.
• A Celebration of the City’s Birthday and the El Paso streetcar is 1 to 4 p .m. Saturday, May 12, at Cleveland Square and El Paso Museum of History, 510 Franklin, with entertainment, crafts, light refreshments, transportation scavenger hunt, gallery tours and a restored streetcar display. Information: 212-3163.
• “The Spanish Legacy in the Southwest” is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at El Paso Museum of History. Dr. Ignacio Martinez will speak about the settlement and colonization of the Southwest by Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries. Information: 212-3163
• El Paso Train Show is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18-20, at Freeport McMoRan Park, 850 Hawkins, with Southern Pacific Locomotive 3420 (1904 steam locomotive first used on the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad). Hosted by El Paso Railroad and Transportation Museum, Southwest Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Harvey Girls of El Paso. Information: Woody Bare, 204-3600 or
• Socorro community cleanup of the Mission Trail is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Rio Vista Community Center. Information: 860-8615.
• El Paso Mission Trail Association open house is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Nestor Valencia Transfer Center, 9065 Alameda, with a walking tour of historic sites in the Ysleta Historic District 10 a.m. to noon. Spanish guitar and flamenco dancing at noon.
• Preservation Workshop for Current and Potential Owners of Historic Homes is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, led by Doug Yost, President of Buyer’s Advocate Real Estate Inspectors. Location to be announced. Cost: $35. Information:
• Socorro Community Mini Library Donation Celebration is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Rio Vista Community Center. Information: 860-8615.
• Honoring Forgotten War Veterans at Concordia Cemetery in the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Monument area is 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28. Information: 591-2326.
• “Flora and Fauna in Trost & Trost Downtown Architecture” tour of downtown El Paso with the Texas Trost Society is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, starting at San Jacinto Plaza. Information: Malissa Arras,
• A talks on “Birth of the American Southwest: The Oñate Expedition” is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at El Paso Museum of History. Information: 212-3163.

Southern New Mexico

British Car Days Show
— The British Motorcar Club of Southern New Mexico’s 27th annual car show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. About 100 British cars and motorcycles will be on display, including Mini Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans. Admission is free to spectators. Information: or on Facebook at British Motor Car Club Las Cruces New Mexico.
  All British cars and Brit Bikes welcome to a full weekend of events April 27-29. Events include a garage tour and meet-and-greet potluck Friday; a Mesilla Valley Tour and rally following the car show, and food truck picnic Saturday; and an Awards Breakfast Sunday morning at La Posta.

Community Earth Day Fair — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Alameda Park Zoo, 1021 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, with exhibits on alternative energy and fuels, a mini health fair and screenings, interactive games for kids, live entertainment and a butterfly release. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4290.

Train Day — The 11th annual event, celebrating the anniversary of the first train coming to Las Cruces, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the New Mexico Railroad and Transportation Museum in the Santa Fe Train Depot at Mesilla and Las Cruces avenues, west of the Downtown Mall (351 N. Mesilla). Learn about the role trains played in history, and meet re-enactors to discover what it was like to live and work in the early 20th century. Admission is free. Information, times: (575) 647-4480 or

Old Timers Celebration — The 105th annual reunion of the Old Timer’s Association of Luna County is May 3-6, in Deming, N.M. To be eligible, “old timers” must be 30 years old, have lived in Luna County 10 years, at least 30 years of age, or be the descendant of a registered Old Timer. Information on Facebook at Deming-Luna County Old Timers’ Association.
  In 1913, a Deming businessman decided that all Luna County residents age 30 and older should get together once a year and renew friendships. Dues are still $1 a year ($100 for lifetime membership).

T or C “Wild Wild West” Fiesta — The 69th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Most events are at Ralph Edwards Park. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, through Downtown, followed by free live music in Ralph Edwards Park with Syd Masters & the Swing Riders, Antonio Reyna, Knifewing, On Call, Sawmill Canyon, Desert Dogs and more. Basketball, horse show, volleyball and skateboard tournaments, kids fishing derby, junk boat race and vendors.
  When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game show’s invitation for a town to change its name to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward for doing so was to have the show’s host be the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and the community continues to celebrate every first weekend in May.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host a celebration commemorating the victory of the Mexican over the French army at the Battle of Puebla is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on Socorro’s Historic Plaza, with live music, dancing, arts & crafts and food. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927 or

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5-6, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event includes live, music, and around 30 vendors of arts and crafts, games and food booths. Children’s activities include amusement rides, jumping balloon, piñata bash and a greased pole climb at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are advised to bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed in the plaza. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116, or on Facebook at Old Mesilla.

‘Legacy of Liberty’ Air & Space Expo — The family friendly Air Show and open house at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, N.M. is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Admission is free. Information: (575) 572-7381, or on Facebook at Holloman Air Force Base.
  All visitors entering through the main gate are required to have a DOD issued ID card; all other visitors asked to enter via West Gate, off HWY 70.

Wildfire Aviation Heritage Experience — the Commemorative Air Force of Mesa, Ariz. will offer a B-17 for tours; as well as seven retired P2V Heavy Air Tankers for viewing, May 6-13, at Alamogordo/White Sands Regional Airport, 3500 Airport Road, in Alamogordo, N.M. Co-hosted by Cloudcroft Fire & EMS.
Information: (575) 439-4110 or
  Tours are 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday. Cost: $10 ($20 family of four).
  Rides are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cost: $425-$850.

Cirque Italia — The animal-free traveling circus’s “Aquatic Spectacular” is May 10-13, in the Mesilla Valley Mall parking lot (near Cineport 10), 700 S. Telshor, combining water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, aerialists, contortionists, jugglers, and more. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $20, $30 and $40; $10, $15 and $35 children; ADA options available. Early arrival encouraged. Box office opens beginning May 8; tickets and information also at

Blazin’ Brewfest — The 6th annual beer festival is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces, with beer samples from New Mexico breweries, live music, food trucks, games and home brewing demonstrations. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate, age 21 and older welcome. Tickets available at Information: (575) 523-RENT (7368).

Hot Springs Festival — The festival celebrating alternative medicine, healthy lifestyles and sustainable living is May 11-13 in Downtown Truth or Consequences, N.M. with music, speakers, workshops, field trips, food, dancing, and vendors of hand-crafted and natural items. Hot springs tours and other activities may have a nominal ticket fee. All ages welcome. Information: (575) 973-8167 (TorC Main Street) or
  First known as “Palomas Hot Springs,” in 1914 the town was later known as simply “Hot Springs” until 1950, when the town changed its name in honor of a popular radio show.

AspenCash Motorcycle Rally — The 21st annual trade show and motorcycle rally is Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20, at Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Drive, with live music, vendors, tour runs and more. Part of the Gypsy Tour series. All-Access Rally Pass: $35; single day passes are $$10 Thursday or Sunday; $20 Friday or Saturday Information, registration: 1-800-452-8045, or on Facebook at Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally.
  Hours are is 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with live music Friday and Saturday. Friday’s music headliner is blues artist Jordan Matthew Young, and Saturday’s is ZZ-KC (ZZ Top tribute).
  The motorcycle rally parade is 10 a.m. Saturday along Sudderth through Midtown, then Mechem to the convention center.

Farm & Ranch Museum 20th Anniversary — NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs in Las Cruces, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a week of activities. Museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 seniors 60 and older; $3 children age 4-17; free for museum members, veterans and children age 3 and under. Information: (575) 522-4100 or
  The main celebration is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with Parade of Breeds cattle program, demonstrations, the museum’s chuck wagon, pony rides, living history characters, food vendors, children’s games, plant sale and more. Special rate during event is $5 a carload.
  Other events:
• Blessing of the Fields is 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, with a procession commemorating the opening of the museum May 17, 1998. Visitors can join the procession around the Museum's campus as the livestock, plants, water, and bread are blessed in the tradition of the day. Piñata making (and busting) also is part of the fun. Admission and participation the procession is free.
• A Brown lunch and history talk is noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, presented by an area historian. Drinks and dessert provided inside the museum’s Organ View Terrace. Admission is free; bring a sack lunch.
• New Mexico Vintage Iron tractor club will be on site 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, with antique tractors on display, as well as lawn tractors, hit-and-miss engines, a grist mill and rope making. Regular museum admission required.
‘Sodbuster, San Isidro’ Sculpture reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18. The Luis Jiménez sculpture will be unveiled in the museum lobby, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Kars of Kids — The 19th annual Kiwanis Kars for Kids is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Young Park, Walnut and Nevada in Las Cruces. The event includes vintage, classic, hot rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Rock and roll DJ music throughout event. Bicycles welcome. Proceeds go to Jardin de los Niños and other Kiwanis Foundation projects. Admission and parking is free. No alcohol allowed in park. Information: (575) 525-9478 or
  There will also be awards for artist’s choice, peoples’ choice and a plaque for the furthest distance traveled to the show. Jardin will award its annual “Kids Choice” prize. Registration for car and motorcycle entries is $25; forms from or (575) 525-9478. Vehicles can also be registered 7 to 10 a.m. the morning of the show for $30.
  Pancake breakfast at the pavilion 7 to 11 a.m. for $5 per plate. The four Key Clubs in Las Cruces will sell hotdogs and hamburgers at lunch time.

Fourth Fridays at Alameda Park Zoo — The City of Alamogordo hosts free monthly summer events 6 to 10 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month during the summer months (May 25, June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24), at Alameda Park Zoo, 1321 N. White Sands, with live music, outdoor movie, food vendors, prizes, giveaways and more for the entire family. No pets or outdoor food and drink; alcohol service for age 21 and older offered. Admission is free. Information: or on Facebook.

Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival — The 23rd annual event is May 25-27 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City. Live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, raffles, food vendors and a beer garden. Admission is free at all Gough Park events; other event prices as listed. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or
  The Festival Kick-Off Dance is 6 p.m. with the Bus Tapes. Cost to be announced.
  Saturday’s headliners are Ghost Town Blues Band, with Brandon Perrault & Friends, Todd Tijerina Trio, Brody Buster, and Amanda Fish. Performances begin at noon.
  Sunday’s headliner are the Peterson Brothers with C.W. Ayon and Tony Holiday & the Velvetones. Performances begin at noon.
  Other Weekend Events:
• The 3rd annual Gila Glass Classic Flame-off 6 to 1a p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Glass artists from the region compete to make the best glass creation.
• The 2nd annual “Paint Out Silver!” Plein Air competition. Artwork created during the event on display at Gough Park Sunday Open to all artists over age 18. Registration: $10 through May 10; $15 during event. Register at
• Virus Theater presents the (PG-13) melodrama “A Weasel in the Hen House or ‘Ladies A’ Peril’” at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday, at El Sol Theater, 406 Bullard. Tickets: $10.
• The Kneeling Nun Run motorcycle run is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Fees: $20 single rider; $25 couples. Information: Anthony, (575) 680-5494; Jose (575) 313-4944, or Chris, (575) 654-4143.

Las Cruces Wine Festival — The 26th annual festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 26-28, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd, Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers wines by New Mexico wineries as well as specialty food and artisans. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers. Sponsored by New Mexico Wine.
  Tickets: $20 general admission (includes tasting glass and samples); $5 designated driver and non-drinker over 15. Tickets available at
  VIP passes are $35, available for Saturday only. Includes early access pass:(11 a.m. to noon); crystal goblet, extra discounts, souvenirs and tote bag. VIP Wine Pass with Salud! de Mesilla Tapas Lunch (Saturday Only) is $85.

Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 45th annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at Zenith Park, with new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more as well as live music, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 1-888-874-4447 or
  Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents a melodrama at 7:30 p.m. each night in the park pavilion.

Full Moon Nights — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts monthly full moon programs May through October. The first event of the season is 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Call for program. Entrance fee: $5 age 16 and older. Free for children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to

WCC&D Spring Fiesta — The 34th annual fiesta at the former New Mexico mining boom towns of Winston, Chloride, Chiz and Dusty 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Community Center, between Axtel and McConky in Winston, 35 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences on NM 52. Events include parade, BBQ dinner, craft fair and flea market, cow chip poker, raffle, family games and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 743-2081, or on Facebook.
  Western dance is 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $5.


West Texas

Cinco de Mayo Alpine
— Alpine, Texas’s Cinco de Mayo Gran Mercado is Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at along Murphy, with a themed parade, music, dancing, car show and more. Information: (432) 294-2370.

Bazaars and Fairs

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon beginning May 5 (April 28 hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3,, or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
  Sunrise yoga is to 10 a.m. Cost: $10.
• NMSU presents a free wellness program April 28. Family groups of 3 (child, parent and other adult relative) are sought to participate. Free food, gas cards, produce coupons and exercise equipment. Information: Ashley Graboski-Bauer,
• Cinco de Mayo celebration is May 5, with several activities. El Dedon Verde Garden Club members, with support from El Paso Master Gardeners, will hold a special plant giveaway.
  A Youth Farmer’s Market will also be held with cooking demos and tastings, $1 veggie tattoos, bike-powered blender and other activities.
• Mother’s Day and Open House event is May 12.
• Memorial day celebration with a flag raising ceremony is May 26. Animal Rescue League adoptions will also be held.

Upscale Rummage Sale - Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing, hosts an indoor yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. More than 50 families will sell gently used items from furniture and antiques to clothing. There will also be food trucks, a raffle of hand-crafted items, and a bake sale. Proceeds go to support Zion Day School and Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care. Information: 566-4667 or

Kern Place Art and Farmers Market — The monthly market is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Sunday of the month April through November at 205 Cincinnati Street (between Stanton and Mesa), with free yoga and local shops and restaurants open for food and shopping. Information

Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts Fair — The City of El Paso’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts the arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at at Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center, 3001 Parkwood. Admission is free. Information: 629-7312 or
  Display table fees for vendors are $5 for handmade products and $45 for commercial products.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays May 5-Oct. 27 in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard), and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 8-Oct. 23 Grant County Convention Center parking lot, US 180 and 32nd Street Bypass. Information: (575) 536-9681 or

Community Health Fair — Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Canutillo, 6809 Third in Canutillo, hosts a heath fair in collaboration with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, with health screenings including vision, cancer screenings, hearing, diabetes and others. Also offered is gamily entertainment, games for children, face painting and food trucks. Bag of food provided to the first 100 people. Admission is free. Information: 373-0452 or

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s Spring 2018 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment by local musicians and dance groups, and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or

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

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month April through November in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment.Shows are offered on the outdoor stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with live music, folklorico and other dancers, and reenactments by the Pistoleros gunfighters. Pets welcome.  Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or

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

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  Second Saturdays Markets are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt.

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

Something for everyone

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 40th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May. Most events are free, some may included nominal admission fee. Information: 831-6479, 831-2220,, or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
• Senior’s Creative Talents in Motion is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, in the Valle Verde campus Amphitheater.
• Release event for “Chrysalis” literary magazine is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Theatre.
• Rio Grande Concert Series presents the Eryilmaz Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. A Master class is 1 p.m. in Valle Verde Campus Room A1201.
• EPCC Student Showcase is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• EPCC Spring Dance Concert is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, in the Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. Tickets: $10 ($5 students).
  In conjunction with the festival, the 8th annual Tejano Film Festival is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 250 E Montecillo. Details to be announced. Information: Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, 831-2844.

‘Feed Your Mind’ seminar series — Doña Ana Arts Council brings speakers on a wide range of topics to the community Thursdays through May at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B–D. Evenings begin with social hour and light refreshments 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with seminars 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per seminar. Information: (575) 523-6403.
April 26: The Art of Fine Wine.
May 3: The Fine Art of Craft Beer with Stuart Munson-McGee
May 10: “Impressionism” Part 4 with Kathleen Key, art historian.

Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards — The 31st annual Community Arts Awards reception is 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Doña Ana Arts Council Art & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  The council honors individuals and organizations actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or
  A “Walk through Time” walk is 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Participants meet at the intersection of Robinson and Scenic, to learn about the history, geology, and legends of the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez region, all the way up the Scenic Point. information:

RGCF Grief Support — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts a six-week grief support class every 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1-June 5. Program is for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Sessions conducted in English. Admission is free, the public is invited. Information: 562-7660 or

‘Surviving and Thriving’ classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts a free multi-session, interactive program for participants whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting in May in the classroom, led by trained facilitators who bring new approaches to nurturing, positive living and gratitude. Information: 562-7660 or

Desert Night Acoustic Music Camps — The Hard Road Trio hosts music and songwriter camps at Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, at the Black Range Lodge in Kingston, N.M. for those interested in learning to write songs or improving their craft. Cost: $200 (partner and spouse rate of $50). Lodging and meals arranged separately with the Black Range Lodge. Reservations, information: Chris, (575) 571-5298 or

El Paso Lightsaber Battle — The lightsaber battle celebrating “Star Wars Day” (May the Fourth) is 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Fountains at Farah 8889 Gateway Blvd W, Ste. 21. Choose a side, Jedi or Sith, and fight for the Resistance or the First Order. Family friendly event.

Elks Lodge Youth Week — El Paso Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C-E, hosts a “Celebration of Elk’s Youth Week” event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, with reading of “Gizmo Goes to Yellowstone” by children’s author Heidi Philips (along with an appearance by “Gizmo,”), followed by children’s activities and pizza and drinks at 1 p.m. Participation is free, but RSVP needed by April 27 to receive free autograph book by Philips: 373-1581. Information:

Free Comic Book Day — The 14th annual nationwide free comic book giveaway encouraging readers to discover the comic book art form is Saturday, May 5. Most area comic book stores and distributors will offer free comics (while supplies last) and other activities. Admission is free. Information:
  Asylum Comics and Cards 5360 N. Mesa Ste. L-12, has comic giveaways, door prizes, family activities, local artists and Cosplayer Christina Dark 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hot dogs and soft drinks after 3 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600 or

International Female Ride Day — The 12th annual riding celebrating and encouraging women motorcyclists is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, starting at Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Information on Facebook.

Knitting Workshops — El Paso Knitting Guild host workshops by Alissa Barton, “the Knitting Fairy” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 at the Legacy at Cimarron, 6201 Northern Pass. Barton was recently nominated “Best Arts and Crafts Teacher” in Dallas. Cost: $60 per class; $100 both days. Deadline to register and pay is April 13. Payments: Information: 203-8777 or
  Saturday’s class in on Intarsia, and Sunday’s class is on designing a topdown raglan cardigan.

Vegetarian Society of El Paso Spring Fiesta — The society hosts its spring dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Sunland Park Holiday Inn, 900 Sunland Park, with Mexican themed vegan buffet celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the society’s 25th anniversary, followed by guest speaker, Dr. Brooke Goldner, author of “Good Bye Lupus,” and speaker on diet and health. Cost (all inclusive): $25; $22 members ($10 children 12 and younger). Reservations (due by May 1): 877-3030 or Information:
  Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and at age 28 made a startling recovery by embracing a vegan diet.

‘Why Quilts Matter’ — The nine-part documentary series on the history, art and politics of quilts is featured at 3 p.m. every other Tuesday, through May 22, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Delve into the inner workings of the art world, explore behind the scenes in the quilt marketplace, and journey into the complicated, kaleidoscopic world of quilts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290 or
May 8: Episodes 5-6
May 22: Episodes 7-9.
  Screenings are in conjunction with “Life Along the Rio Grande” quilting exhibition through June 9 at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Memorial Day Mass and Ceremony — The Golden Bear Social Club hosts its 36th annual Catholic Mass and Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial. The ceremony honors former Bowie students who died in the defense of the country. All veteran, scout, military and civic organizations are invited to attend and bring a stand for their organizational colors. Gold Star mothers are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow. Information: 755-4038.

Men of War MC Run — Men of War Motorcycle Club, El Paso Chapter hosts its annual run Saturday, May 12, with registration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, and ending at the Five Points Bistro, with live music, and raffles. Proceeds benefit disabled American veterans and veteran causes. Information: “Duke” Hogue, or “Machine” Pulaski,

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Classes begin June 4 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for ages 50 or older.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs May 14-25, and is $35 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after May 25).
  Classes include art, current events, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities. College degree is not required.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209, 500 W. University. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Register by phone, mail to the office or in person. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280 (during office hours). Course list and details at

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (May 15) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (May 19). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or

‘First Responders/Law and Order’ recognition — El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars hosts its First Responders/Law and Order Recognition luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Great American Land & Cattle Co., 9800 Gateway North (next to Cohen Stadium). The Chapter will honor first responders and law and order representatives as well as Chapter spouses. Chapter officers for the 2018/2109 year will be elected. Information: 755-4038.

P3’s Super Saturday One-Day Camps — University of Texas at El Paso’s P3 hosts one-day camps 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 19, at 101 W. Robinson. Registration, schedule: 747-5142 or

Better Business Bureau and Torch Awards — The BBB’s 64th Anniversary luncheon meeting and Torch Awards for business ethics is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway. Tickets: $100; $1,000 corporate tables for 10. Information: 577-0195 or
  Keynote speaker is Louis Efron, author of “Purpose Meets Execution.” Efron is former Head of Engagement for Teslas Motors, and a contributing writer for Forbes and Huffington Post.

Art of the Arts Society — The informal organization created for the purpose of attracting members of the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, hosts its first presentation at noon Saturday, May 26, with Greg Taylor, founder of UTEP Dinner Theatre. The goal of the Society is to organize and present six programs a year that will be of interest to enthusiasts of the Arts in the El Paso region. Memberships and donations strongly encouraged. Information: 543-6747.
  Taylor will discuss the good and bad experiences he has had, including the ins and outs of producing and the complexities of coordinating all aspects of each production. Reception follows.
  Guests encouraged to stay for the free Sunset Film Society screening of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” at 2 p.m.

Health Fiesta — FamiliasTriunfadoras, Inc., 12500 Socorro Road, hosts the health fair starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at in the parking lot with exhibitors, vendors and health screenings. Information: 691-9011.

Fitness & Health Yoga — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts free yoga and fitness classes 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through May 30, facilitated by Deb Grado, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 Tuesday and Thursday through May 31, facilitated by Linda Bustamante in the foundation’s classroom, facilitated by Linda Bustamante. Information: 562-7660 or

‘Hear Me Roar!’ — The LGBTQ community celebration in observance of June as Pride Month is 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, with Cost: $15; $5 age 3-12. All ages welcome. Information: 212-0966,, or

One H-Town EP & Rebellious Nation MC Run— One H-Town EP & Rebellious Nation Motorcycle clubs host their “The Longest Day” run benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, Sunday, June 3, with registration 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Stops to be announced, with live music, raffles and door prizes offered. Cost: $10 donation; $15 couples. Information on Facebook at Barnett Harley Davidson.

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration:
  Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• Forma Pizzeria, 7130 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Tuesday
• Dead Beach Brewery, 406 Durango, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursday
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

1 Million Cups — Local entrepreneurs can meet and present their startups to the El Paso community 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Hub of Human Innovation, l500 W Overland, Suite 230. The event is free to everyone; coffee served. Information: 321-3123, or
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

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

Cocktails with Friends — The Networking Group hosted by Pronto Body Shop is 5 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Alamo Drafthouse’s Glass Half Full Tap Room, 250 E Montecillo, with free drinks to the first 30 business professionals, live music by Xavier Tisa Gonzales and networking opportunities. Admission is free. Information: 691-9442 or

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

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

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Prompt arrival strongly encouraged. Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing, followed by Twin Hearts Meditation. It will require some simple exercises prior to and after the meditation. Services offered on a first-come basis. Provided solely by volunteer efforts of the many El Paso Pranic healers. Donations welcome. Information on Facebook at LightElPaso.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church. Donations welcome.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.

For a good cause

Segundo Barrio Person of the Year — The Sacred Heart community will honor Salvador Balcorta with a dinner at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills. Cocktails served at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds to benefit Sacred Heart Church. Tickets: $75 ($750 tables). RVSP, information: Gracie Cain, 999-1781 or
  Balcorta served as Chief Executive Officer of Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. for 25 years.
   Related events include a bicycle parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, from San Ignacio Church to Sacred Heart Church, followed by food and activities.
  Mass is noon Sunday, April 29, at Sacred Heart Church.

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — Crisis management expert Judy Smith, the real life inspiration for the hit television show “Scandal,” is guest speaker for the 25th annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Tickets: $100. Reservations: 519-0000, or
  Smith, the inspiration behind “Scandal” character Olivia Pope, has served as consultant for several high-profile individuals including Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick. Smith served as a special assistant and press secretary to President George H.W. Bush, and is founder and president of the firm Smith and Company.

Lucy Acosta Humanitarian Awards — The annual awards gala from Project Amistad is Friday, April 27, at Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for 10) Reservations, Sonia Morales, 532-3406 or
  This year’s winners are Maggie Morales-Moody, Dr. Dwayne Aboud, David and Flo Buchmueller, and Elenor Poe of El Paso Baptist Clinic.

Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s 17th annual fundraising gala is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Yappy Hour silent auction is 7 to 10 p.m.; silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Tickets: $75 ($750 reserved table for 10); reservations and payment requested by April 24. Information: 877-5002 or Web:

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, host the toiletries collections to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Items will be accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  Items can also be send directly to the lodge by ordering online at under the “Elks Lodge 187 TTP Wishlist.”
  The lodge and Yucca Council Boy Scouts of America’s “Troop Challenge” for all area scouting troops is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Information 433-7335 or

Whole Hog BBQ — Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), hosts its 3rd annual fundraising barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Keepa's Park-5199 Grove East, in Sunland Park, with barbecue and vegetarian offerings, pitmaster contest, cornhole tournament, raffle drawing and music by Rod Crosby and the Intruders and Dusty Low. Guests are encouraged to wear cowboy boots and jeans and come ready to eat and dance. Cost: $100. Information: 478-0908 or

Child Crisis Center Gala — The center’s Casino Night and Celebration, is 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, May 4, at El Paso Firefighters Hall, 3112 Forney, with a casino night, dinner and more. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dress is black, white and red casual attire. Tickets: $125 per person. Information, reservations: 562-7955, ssoto@childcrisisep or

oLotería — Creative Kids hosts a night of Bingo benefiting the Creative Kids program is 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at its Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco. This year’s event celebrates Creative Kids’ 20th Anniversary. Information: Tickets: $45 ($500 VIP tables for 8); available at

United Way Appreciation Luncheon — United Way of El Paso County’s annual Appreciation Luncheon is 11 a.m. to Friday, May 4, at El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, in honor of its donors, volunteers and agencies who have contributed to creating lasting change in the lives of El Paso families. This year more than 100 employee groups will be recognized. Lunch served at noon. Information: 533-2434 or

March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, at Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 Desert Blvd, with family activities, t-shirt contests, refreshments, giveaways and more. Participation is free; but donations accepted. Team donations made online at
  Proceeds support research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
  The Las Cruces March for Babies is Saturday, April 28, at Young Park, 1905 Nevada. Information: (575) 523-2627.

Día de las Madres dinner and dance — The fundraiser for La Mujer Obrera is 6-10 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, featuring music by Los Silver. Cost is $35, includes dinner. Family tables available. Tickets available at Cafe Mayapan or at

‘Havana Nights’ — The 10th annual “Cuisine and a Classic” benefit for Trinity-First Day School is 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Epic Railyard Event Center, with live music by Azucar, dancing DJ, valet parking, cash bar, silent auction and gourmet full course meal. Cost: $50; age 21 and over only. Information: 533-2674, ext. 23 or

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive - The 26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is Saturday, May 12, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service and other organizations to benefit area food banks. To participate, individuals can leave nonperishable food items in a bag near their mailbox; items also can be donated at local post offices. Information: or

Pro-Musica ‘Soiree ’18’ — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its annual soiree Saturday, May 12, at the Upper Valley home of James O. Stewart III. Special guests for this year's event include Grammy Award winning cellist Zuill Bailey (the artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica) and pianist Lara Downes. All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Reservations: $125 ($300 for two; $600 for four; $1,200 for eight). Information: 747-8163, or on Facebook at EPPM El Paso Pro Musica.

‘Voice of Voiceless’ Awards — Annunciation House’s Solidarity Dinner celebrating their 40th anniversary, is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Santa Lucia Amistad Hall, 518 Gallagher This year’s award goes to Father Ismael “Melo” Moreno, S.J. Tickets: $50 ($400 tables). Information: 922-8305 or
  An outdoor mass is planned for noon that day at the Annunciation House, 1003 E. San Antonio.
  Moreno is director of Radio Progreso in Honduras, an independent station that gives voice to human rights activists, trade unionists, small farmers and others. He also directs ERIC (Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación), a center for social action and analysis.

Veterinary Community Awards Banquet - The 33rd annual banquet and Vet Tech Appreciation is Tuesday, May 15, at 150 Sunset, 150 E. Sunset. hosted by the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with dinner and presentations at 7 p.m. Bingo games follow with prizes for every winner; specific games and prizes for Vet Techs.  Tickets: $55 ($550 table for 10). Information: 593-1712 or
  The banquet is held in conjunction with National Pet Week. This year’s theme is “Barks, Purrs, Tweets, Neighs...Pets Speak Love in Many Ways.”

Wine Festival — Wine Attitude hosts the festival benefiting El Paso Desert Botanical Garden 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the gardens, at Keystone Heritage Site, 4200 Doniphan, with tastings, wine by the glass, and bottle, live music, food vendors, special guests from Italy and VIP tasting and informational talk available. Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the gate (includes crystal Bordeaux glass and five tastings). Information: 240-3450.

Pink Boutique — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N. Virginia, Suite D, hosts the pop-up boutique for all breast cancer survivors 10 a.m. to noon p.m. Saturday, June 2, featuring mastectomy bras, exercise wear, tops and swimwear. Information: 562-7660 or

Fort Bliss

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

Military & Veteran Recognition Day —Chamizal National Memorial, 80 S. San Marcial, celebrates the Fort Bliss community 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and offers a free military pass for current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members. Passes may be acquired during regular cultural center hours of operation. Bring CAC or Military ID. Pass covers entry into national parks and more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Information: 532-7273.

Procurement and Contracting Symposium — The 14th symposium is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill on Fort Bliss. Registration: $35, includes breakfast and lunch Registration: 831-7749 or

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion — The “America's Got Talent” veteran, who was voted America's favorite Mystifier on NBC's TV Show “Phenomenon” performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Centennial Club on Fort Bliss. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Tickets available at any Leisure Travel Services locations at Freedom Crossing food court or Soldier Activity Center (SAC). Information: 588-8247.

Old Ironsides Mud Challenge
— The 6th annual 4-mile, 16-obstacle challenge is Saturday, May 12, at the Air Assault Obstacle Course and Rappel Tower at Abernathy Park at Jeb Stuart and Pershing just inside the Buffalo Soldier gate on Fort Bliss. Three waves available; first one starting at 9 a.m. Open to youth and adults; however, runners under age 16 must compete with a parent or guardian. Cost (through May 9): $35 ($25 DoD ID card holders, $20 active-duty and children 14 and younger). Onsite registration is 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. ($10 extra fee). Register at Soto, Stout and Milam Physical Fitness Centers or online at Information: 744-5785.

Armed Forces Day Parade participants — The first ever Armed Forces Day and Parade Celebration planned for Saturday, May 19 on Fort Bliss, along Pershing and Sheridan road, followed by a celebration honoring Armed Forces at the Old Fort Bliss Replica. Information, 588-8247 or 568-2554.

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

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (May 1) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or

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

Resiliency through Art – The Art & Hobby Shop at Fort Bliss opens its studio doors for those who want to create their own art, pottery, photography and more 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: $25 for two hours (includes most supplies in multiple artistic mediums and instructors to help along the way). Open to DoD ID card holders and guest age 15 and older. Ages 15 through 17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: 568-5563.

Club news

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs, open to the public, 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information:
May 1: “Light Painting” with Colleen Gino of New Mexico Tech, who will present a photography program on the technique of light painting.
May 15: “What’s New with Instant Cameras.” Rob Peinert will look at the latest in the resurgence of instant cameras.
  A “Q&A and Image Critique” class is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12. Final session in 5-class series. Cost: $5 (free for club members). Registration: or online at

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 246-3810, 585-1789, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information:
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at La Casita (decor boutique), 5034 Doniphan. No RSVP necessary.
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Corralito Steak House, 5800 Doniphan. Guest speaker is Frank Evans, a retired FBI Agent. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, and will give tips on avoiding scams and protecting one’s personal information . Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22 (by May 4); mail check to WWC, PO Box 13167, 79913. Information, reservations: Alicia Sanchez, 449-2121 or

UTEP Alumni Cinco de Mayo — UTEP Alumni Association hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Angry Owl, 4799 N. Mesa, with heavy appetizers, games, and prizes. Drink specials available. Cost: $10 at the door. RSVP (by May 3):

Woman’s Department Fall Luncheon — Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s general meeting is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Rescue Mission of El Paso 221 North Lee, with talk by Rescue Mission Director Blake Barrow, followed by no-host luncheon at noon. Cost: $18 for the mission’s Hallelulah BBQ. Information: Pat Quinn, 755-6193.
  Take Cotton overpass to Magoffin then left to North Lee. Turn right on North Lee.

Club Friendship — The club meets 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Program is “Hobo Codes During the Great Depression” presented by Patricia Kiddney. Cost: $10, includes lunch. All history enthusiasts welcome but must RSVP by May 18: 591-2326.

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts a new series of workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W Paisano, Second floor meeting room. Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members); $20 for all workshops in the series. Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at
May 23: Wildlife Photography with JR Phillips
July 25: Astrophotography with John Hall
Sept. 26: Lightpainting with Chad Puerling
Nov. 28: Advanced Photoshop.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held weekly; call days. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, or on Facebook.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information:

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (May 10) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information:

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (May 8) 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: 833-5154.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (May 12) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information:

Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information:
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, or on Facebook.
  April and May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

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

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5 with Margarita and Tequila and tastings and live entertainment including mariachi, folklorico and more. Admission is free; $20 for 10 sample tickets.
  A Mother’s Day celebration is Sunday, May 13 in the Turf Club with live mariachi and a Juan Gabriel Tribute. Seatings are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets: $25 ($12 age 3-12).

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends beginning May 5. Season pass for 2018 (May 5-Sept. 9) is $48.99. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; free for babies under 1. Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, or on Facebook.
  Mothers admitted free Sunday, May 13, with paid adult or child admission.
  Special events:
  Mermaid day is Saturday, May 12, with mermaid princesses, makeovers and tea parties.
  Chiquis performs a concert Sunday, May 20.
  Alfredo “El Komander” Rios performs Sunday, June 10.

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

Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $84 for adults, $77 children and senior, $71 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

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

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

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at

La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  The annual La Viña Spring Wine Festival is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

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

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
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule:
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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
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 Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• Expo Congreso Con-Siente on soul, body and  mind begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets: 464-1166 pesos.
• “El Privilegio de Mandar,” a comic political play, is at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Tickets: 440-880 pesos.
• “Esquizofrenia,” a play directed by Rafael Perrin, is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Tickets: 220-495 pesos.
• Mauricio Benoist speaks on “Emociones que Embrutecen: La Ciencia de las Emociones” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Tickets: 220-495 pesos.
• “Dos Mas Dos,” a comic play, is at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Monday, May 21. Tickets: 460-920 pesos.
• “Por que sera que las queremos tanto?,” starring six male actors, is at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Tickets: 745-975 pesos.
• “Comedy Central: Luiki Wiki y Pachis” comedy standup show is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. Tickets: 110-275 pesos.
• Ignacio López Tarso, acclaimed actor who is now age 93, stars in the play “El Padre,” presented at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at
• Conjunto Primavera, on their 40th anniversary tour, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets: 135-660 pesos, plus service charges.
• Grupo Cañaveral de Humberto Pabon performs with special guests at 9 p.m. Friday, May 11. Tickets: 317-997 pesos.
• Yuridia performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 25. Tickets: 385, 1,200 and 1,750 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at
  “Musical de ensueño,” a Día del Nino celebration, is presented at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Tickets: 160, 210 and 260 pesos

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at
  “Micki & Minni y los musicales de todos los cuentos” is at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Tickets: 115-230 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown.
 “Gira de Conquista Mexico” lucha libre wrestling begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Tickets: 105-835 pesos.

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

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at
• Sin Bandera performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Tickets: 330-2,200 pesos, plus service charges.
• Lupita D’Alessio performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Tickets: 605-2,530 pesos.
• Alfredo Rios “El Komander” and Regular Caro perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1. Tickets: 385-1,980 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at
• Charreado Bajo la Luna, featuring Banda Machos, is at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4. Admission: 290 pesos.
• Adrenalina Invitational Challenge, with barrel racing, bulls and live music, is at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Tickets: 125 pesos (30 for children).

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez). Tickets at
  “Corrida Internacional” is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Ticket: 290 to 1,435 pesos.

Concierto321 — The 3rd annual benefit performance for FEMAP School of Nursing in Juarez is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the school’s rooftop garden, General Rivas Guillén 658, featuring singer-songwriter Money Mark, former keyboardist of the Beastie Boys and David Byrne’s Atomic Bomb Band, with opening acts Amalia Mondragón and Great Shapes. Tickets: $75 (includes rooftop fiesta with food and open bar, and concert ); $100 for tickets and limited-edition silk screenprint available online at Information: 400-7616 (in El Paso) or
  Proceeds go to help FEMAP open a specialty Women’s Clinic in Juárez to promote health and provide early detection and treatment of diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, cervical cancer and breast cancer.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
• Festival Sin Fronteras begins at noon, Saturday, May 5. Entertainment lineup: Porter, Silverio, Hello Seahorse!, Artista Sorpresa, Camilo Vii, Reyno, Technicolor Fabrics, Rey Pila, Motor, Polaris, Damian Wildes, Dulce Mal, Tetas Lazzer and Novo Pilota. Admission: 275 pesos (1,210 pit, 1,750 VIP).
• Color Fest begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, for all ages. Admission: 200 peson, 300 including color packet.

Los Músicos de Jóse — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales performance series presents the Mexico City jazz ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez, performing a mix of acid jazz, funk, Latin and rock. Ticket information: 544-5118, or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.

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

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


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