September 2019

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Minerpalooza 2019 — UTEP’s 29th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally is 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, on the UTEP campus, corner. The family-friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment, family activities, and beer and wine garden for 21 and older. Admission is free; food and activity tickets start at $1l sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5648, or on Facebook.
  This year’s music lineup includes lovelytheband and Lemaitre, with DJ James Kennedy (as seen on “Vanderpump Rules”), and El Paso DJ Jake C.

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 54th annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment. Evening mass Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261 or Facebook.

St. Mark Fest 2019 — Saint Mark Church,11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its Labor Day weekend family festival 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, with live music, food and beverages and lots of entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 300-2800 or

Bee Real — The City of San Elizario hosts a week-long celebration of “biodiversity in our own backyards” Sept. 2-6, featuring a Bee Real Street Festival and free Farmer’s Market Friday, Sept. 6. Information:
  Other events include a Pollinators Plate Community Dinner Monday, “Tea Tuesday,” nocturnal bioblitz Wednesday, and social entrepreneurship event Thursday.

‘Dog Day’ swimming event — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 7th annual dog swim days are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad. Social dogs can enjoy a pool day interacting with other friendly pets. A paper copy of current shot records for each dog must be shown to gain admittance (no screen shots accepted). Among the contests on both days are “Doggie Paddle Swim” at 9:30 a.m., Cutest bathing suit at 10:30 a.m. and Dog Splash Contest at 11:45 a.m. Cost: $2 per dog (owners free). Information, pool rules for pets: 212-0551 or
  Animal Rescue League and El Paso Animal Services will have information on dogs available for adoption.

El Paso Black Expo — The inaugural weeklong celebration “Celebrating Our Multicultural Heritage,” is Sept. 7-14, a various locations throughout the city, concluding with an expo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at El Paso Convention Center, featuring small business owners, authors, entertainers, service professionals, organizations, and more, as well as panel discussions, seminars, workshops, live entertainment, kids corner and health zone. Expo admission: $10 (free for ages 5 and younger); workshops are additional $15 each; panel discussion free with expo admission. Information: 345-1661 or
  Discussions and activities throughout the week include economic empowerment, education, health and wellness, mental health, relationships, career goals and more.
  Black Business and Community Awards Gala highlighting the accomplishments of local Black businesses, individuals and organizations at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with keynote speaker Maj. Gen. (Ret) Dana J.H. Pittard. Cost: $75; VIP and tables available.
  “The Fire In You” Luncheon is Friday, Sept. 13, at El Paso Convention Center, with keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Braham. Registration: $45, age 18 and older; VIP tables available; space is limited.

Human Race El Paso — The inaugural festival and immersive celebration people, food, cultures, art, music, business and groups, is 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, highlighted by at 10K run around the park.
  Registration: $60 (includes race and festival entry); $50 military and students. Event entry on its own is $25; children 2-12 $10; event entry beer garden; $35. Information: Thomas Chavarria, 867-1740 Jordan Barron, 731-8780 or

Senior Talent Spectacular — EPCC’s Senior Adult Program hosts its first senior talent show noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A Auditorium. Information: 831-7801.

Tequila & Margarita at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the evening of tequila sampling and live music 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, with more than 50 premium tequila brands and frozen margaritas available for sampling. Admission is free; $20 for 10 sample tickets and a souvenir shot glass. Information: 1-800-572-1142, or on Facebook.
  Live music by Mariachi los Toritos, Dulce Mal, Soul Sacrifice (Santana Tribute) and Gru Crew.

Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The 14th annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at El Paso Convention Center, with more than 90 vendors for cakes, hairstyling, bridal gowns, tuxedos, ballrooms, decorations, catering, photography, videography, deejays, floral arrangements, invitations, limousines and other services and products. (Rescheduled from Aug. 4.) All door proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5; age 12 and under free. Information: 740-4349 or

Fiesta San Elceario — San Elizario’s annual fiesta is Sept. 13-15 at Veterans Memorial Placita in front of San Elceario Catholic Church, 1556 San Elizario Road, with food and game booths, carnival rides, folklorico and matachines dancers. Information: 851-2333.
  The church is one of the oldest churches in El Paso County, dating back to its days as a presidio church under Spanish rule. Proceeds from the fiesta go towards its maintenance and restoration.

The Legend of La Llorona — Lost Paranormal’s 3rd annual “Evening with the Wailing Woman” is 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Performing and visual artists share their works related to La Llorona, such as dance, art, poetry, multimedia, music and more. Costume encouraged. Admission is free. Information: 503-8960, or on Facebook at LaLloronaLegend.
  Also planned is a ghost tour, The Lost Sideshow traveling paranormal museum, and La Llorona lookalike and screamalike costume contest.

¡‘Vivamos México! — Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso host its Mexican Independence Day celebration 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, 800 S. San Marcial, with live music, food vendors and more. Admission is free. Information: 533-3644, or on Facebook at Colsulmexepa.

El Paso County Fair — El Paso County Fair Association runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 19-21, at El Paso County Coliseum. The El Paso County Fair will feature expanded programming all around with live music, livestock on display, and an open auction for the public to attend. A full calendar of El Paso County Fair activities and attractions will be released by the El Paso County Fair Association: or on Facebook.

Oktoberfest — Bliss MWR brings a taste of Bavaria back to El Paso Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22 in at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss, with German food, beer, music and dancers. Information: 588-8247.
  Musical guest is Terry Cavanaugh and the Alpine Express. The German Air Force Schuhplattler Dance Group also will perform.
  Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to midnight; age 18 and older admitted, must be 21 to purchase drinks. Tickets: $25, includes stein, German meal; available at Leisure Travel Services (LTS) locations inside Freedom Crossing food court area and at the Soldier Activity Center (SAC) as well as at
  Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. family day with inflatables, dancing and singing. Free, all ages. Food available for purchase.

Beer Bites and Beats — KISS FM and Deadbeach Brewery hosts the new Craft Beer Festival 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 21, at Deadbeach Brewery (Overland and Durango), and other locations throughout El Paso. Admission is free to the festival; cost for tastings and other events. Information:
  Several seminars, dinners and tastings planned Sept. 18-21; cost and location varies.
• A Hops and Holes Golf Tournament is 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Butterfield Trail Golf Club, 1858 Cottonwoods. Cost: $75.

‘Running of the Chihuahuas’ — The 7th annual event is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Animal Rescue League of El Paso, 7256 La Junta in Canutillo. Races for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes, under 20 lb. category and a costume contest for all dogs. All well-mannered dogs and their families welcome. Entry fee: $20 in advance per dog (limit two per family); includes t-shirt and goodie bag. Spectator admission is free. Information: 877-5002,, or on Facebook.
  The event also feature music, vendors; raffle and more. All well-mannered dogs and their families are welcome.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 15th annual “La Quince” car show and Chicano art exhibit is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or
  The event includes Danza Azteca, Exito Band, Chicano Art exhibits and the Mural Presentation “La Quince-Frida Kahlo” by Gabriel S. Gaytan. The region’s most popular Lowrider car show is hosted by the Latin Pride CC.
  Pre-registration for car show participants is $35; spaces limited at 204-1584.

Eat Authentico! Restaurant Crawl – Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 25-27 Downtown, with a meal served at different downtown restaurants (one course per restaurant). Presented by Teachers Federal Credit Union. Groups of 10 will start the crawl at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. all three nights, with additional crawl at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $40 ($45 Friday crawl), space is limited. Information:

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — Texas Parks and Wildlife will host its 15th annual fiesta celebrating Franklin Mountains State Park’s 40th anniversary is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Section (off of Transmountain Road on the west slope), with educational exhibits, guided hikes, demonstrations and outdoor activities. Information: 566-6441 or

El Paso Space Festival — Insights 2nd annual space festival has expanded to a week-long celebration of space exploration Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The event is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the fields of earth and space science. The main family event is Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sunland Park Mall, with more than 30 hands-on space activities, local space companies, prizes, special guests, games, films, and more. Information: 534-0000; Registration at
  Tentative schedule; times and locations to be announced:
• Saturday, Sept. 28: Build your own rocket workshops
• Monday, Sept. 30: UTEP NASA Aerospace Education Lab family cafe event
• Tuesday, Oct. 1: Space Education Teacher Night at the UTEP College of Engineering
• Wednesday, Oct. 2: Planetarium show
• Thursday, Oct. 3: Stargazing at Hueco Tanks State Park
• Friday, Oct. 4: Nerd Night Space Sci Fi Movie event.

National Alpaca Farm Days — Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room, 3200 Hwy 28 in Anthony, N.M., offers guests a chance to meet some of the “long-necked teddy bears” noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29,and see items that are made from their fiber including woven rugs, hand spun yarns, dryer balls, wet felted soaps and more. Live music 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and Wiseman’s Garden Creations canned goods and dips on site Sunday. Information: (915) 494-7248 or
  Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. The United States first commercially imported alpacas in 1984. They are sheared once each year.

St. Luke’s Country Fair — The annual fair, featuring the popular “Great Dachshund Stampede,” is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt in La Union, near Canutillo, highlighted by the annual dachshund races at 11 a.m. Pets on leash welcome. Admission is free; canned food item donations welcome. Information: (575) 280-8263 or
  The event will also feature vendors, brisket and pork sandwiches, a Barn Sale, kid’s games, arts and crafts and animal blessings. Vendors will donate a portion of their entry fees to Humane Society of El Paso. Live music by Route 66 2 to 6 p.m. and Animals Blessings at 3 p.m.
  To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St. Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.

Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 16th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, with nine locations in the neighborhood between Downtown and UTEP. Residents will give guests a personal walk-through of these properties. Funds go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association to improve neighborhood residences.
  Tickets: $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); available in advance at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, and day of tour at the Gallery and the Burges House, 503 W. Yandell. Information: Hal Marcus Gallery, 533-9090 or

UTEP Football & Homecoming - The 2019 homecoming game against UTSA is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tailgating events begin at 2:30 p.m. at Kidd Field. Tickets: $10-$28. information: 747-5234 or 1-800-745-3000. Event information: 747-8600 or
  Homecoming Week events are at Centennial Plaza, unless other listed.
  The 10th annual Miner Dash 5K Run, 3K Walk and Family Fitness Fiesta is 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Registration: $25 through Sept. 17; $30 Sept. 18-26. UTEP student discount of $5. Register
  Miner Morning Mania is 5 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, with UTEP marching band, cheerleaders, Golddiggers dance team, Paydirt Pete, and members of the Student Government Association, Homecoming court and other groups.
  Homecoming Pep Rally is noon Thursday, Oct. 3.
  Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Don Haskins Center. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $100.

Mazes & Pumpkins

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open Sept. 21-Nov. 3 (weather permitting) for its 2019 season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. This year’s theme celebrates Western Tech, with a “heart” carved in the upper left of the maze to honor the loves and those affected by the events of Aug. 3.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Columbus Day Monday, Oct. 14, with limited activities.
  Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $6 for ages 2-5 ($5 military). Free for age two and seniors over 75 Admission is additional $1 more per person on peak days (Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20). Tickets in advance at Information: 549-1323 or
  Open weekdays for scheduled field trips 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with reservations.
  Besides the big maze, activities include wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, live pig races, the big slide, family jumping pillow, cow train and big tent area with food.
  The Scary Haunted Pallet Maze is open after dark Friday and Saturday nights in October and the first weekend in November. Admission: $8 in addition to regular maze admission.
  Special events:
• Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29: Live music with two area bands; hours to be announced.
• Thursday, Oct. 31: Halloween Night open 5:30 to 10 p.m. with free candy for ages 8 and younger; and prizes for best costumes.
  Closing weekend events include the annual Pumpkin Smash three times daily Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, with fireworks Saturday night.
  The annual Bring Your Dog to the Maze is 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Dogs must be on leash and owners must bring shot records and pet cleanup baggies.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre medieval maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 6th annual season, “Labyrinth Adventure,” 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 28-Nov. 3 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, pumpkin patch, food, rides and more. Admission: $10.95; $9.95 military/teacher with ID; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group reservations taken; weekday outings offered Thursday and Friday. Information: 213-4386, or on Facebook at elpasoconrmaze.
  Take I-10 to Exit 35, then south 1/4 mile.

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 28-Oct. 27 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. The maze is celebrating its 21st season. Food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919, or on Facebook at Mesilla Valley Maze.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides until 6:30 p.m., giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  The Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, featuring, live music, contests and more.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

Southern New Mexico

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces, featuring New Mexico’s best wineries, food trucks, artisans, and musicians.
  Admission: $30 for two people. Designated drivers and age 15-20; $10; kids under 15. Military: (with valid ID) and early bird general admission is $17. VIP admission: $40. Tickets available at Miners must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information:            
(575) 649-8994,, or on Facebook.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.

HawgFest — A weekend of motorcycles, music, food and vendors is Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at Walter Gerrell’s Performing Arts Center, 4012 National Parks Highway, in Carlsbad, N.M, with vendors, beer pong, mechanical bull tournaments, bikini contest, giveaways and more. Hours are noon to midnight Thursday through Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 302-6722, or on Facebook.
  Bike parade is 9 a.m. Saturday, from the Carlsbad Mall to the event site.
  Entertainment includes live bands, student show, movie premiers,
  Church service is 9 a.m. Sunday, with the official Ride to the Run at 10:30 a.m.

All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show — The 28th annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr. Hundreds of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts, knives, cowboy gear and more will be on display. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Admission: $6 (free for under age 12). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla — The annual family party is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. Street dance is 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday featuring CW Ayon, and family ice cream social beginning at noon Sunday, with a pie auction at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or
  Cloudcroft Light Opera Company’s free open air melodrama performances of “The Secret of Charity Teach” are 7:30 p.m. at Zenith Park’s pavilion.

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of 80 to 90 area artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The event includes an enchilada dinner, food vendors, silent auction, raffle, live music and beer garden. Admission is free; donations taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688 or

Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world” holds its 48th annual celebration Saturday and, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden, mud volleyball, mariachi competition, and fresh roasted Hatch green chile and contests. Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $20 per carload (good for both days). Information: (575) 267-5483, or on Facebook.
  The 3rd annual Hatch Chile Royalty 5K run and walk is 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, a the Hatch Community Center, 400 NM 187. Registration: $25 ($15 age 6-12). Information: (575) 649-3133.

‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 36th annual show is Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Grant County Veterans’ Memorial Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 East in Silver City. The show offers more than vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information:(575) 654-4424 or
   The show features dealers from around the Southwest with mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
  Rockhounding and educational field trips offered each day for collecting, and educational speakers and displays such as the NMSU Zuhl Collection of petrified wood and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The annual benefit for Silver City MainStreet Project is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in downtown Silver City, with food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more at different locations. Tickets: $20 (for tastes at 15 locations), available in advance at Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson, The Place, 201 Bullard or
  Tickets available day of event at The Hub, 600 N. Bullard.
  Participating restaurants and eateries: Corner Kitchen, Potala Palace, Vicki’s Eatery, Tapas Tree Grill, Honeebee Goods, Little Toad Creek, Tranquil Buzz Coffee House, Diane’s Restaurant, Silver City Food Co-op, Diane’s Bakery and Deli, The Fry House, The Mint Chip, Mick’s 33 Lounge, and Q’s Southern Bistro.

Chloride Bank Café — The Grand opening of the cafe in the historic 1884 building, 136 Wall Street, in Chloride, N.M. (northwest or Truth or Consequences) is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, with food, drawings for gift certificates and the opportunity to meet and welcome Chef Don and his wife Belinda, the new operators of the venue. Information: (575) 743-0414, or on Facebook.
  Although the bank had its checks and deposit slips printed, it never actually went into business as a bank, instead serving as a saloon and other businesses. The building was derelict for sometime, but has been resurrected and is filled with period pieces, items reminiscent of Chloride’s history and a modern kitchen.
  Chloride Bank Café hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. To get there: go 35 miles off I-25 via Highway 52 to Winston, turn left, then 2 1/2 miles on paved road to Chloride.

End of Summer Bash — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts its Labor Day weekend bash 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, with concessions, jumping balloons, live music on the lawn, fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free 9 (jumping balloon tickets $10 per person); all ages welcome. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

The Our Lady of the Light Fiesta — Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church, 4 La Luz Road in Cloudcroft hosts its annual festival 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6-7, with live music, king and queen crowning, family activities and more. Information: (575) 434-9460 or

St. Genevieve’s Fiesta — The Las Cruces church’s annual fiesta, celebrating the church community’s 156th year, is 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces. Live music by The Gents Band, Karlos Saucedo y La Ley Band, Ballet Folkloricos, Las Cruces High, Mayfield High and other dance groups, Centennial High School band, Mariachi vocalists, clowns, Piñatas, karate demonstrations, family entertainment and games. Food includes gorditas, enchiladas, hamburgers, quesadillas, hot dogs, burritos, corn on the cob, snow cones, aguas frescas and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 888-5578 or

White Sands Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce’s ballooning and event is 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 6 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Around 30 balloons launch at 7 a.m. each day, and are expected to be up about three hours. Food vendors on site. Cost: $20 per carload or $10 per person for walk-ins; White Sands fees apply Sunday. Information: (575) 437-6120 or
  Saturday’s launch is at Ed Brabson Balloon Park, 223 La Velle in Alamogordo, with music fest beginning at 2 p.m. and balloon glow at 7 p.m.
  Sunday’s launch at White Sands National Monument, on Dunes Drive near Alamogordo. No vendors present; guests should bring their own water.

Women’s Veterans Monument Show and Shine — United Military Women of the Southwest host a fundraising car show benefiting the Women’s Veterans Monument in Las Cruces 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mayfield High School, 1955 N. Valley, with door prizes and awards, and a auto swap meet next door. Open to makes and models; entry fee is $20. Information: (575) 639-1265.

Labor Day Trail Ride — The Chihenne Ranch’s 18th annual Labor Day ride is Sept. 8-14, beginning with dinner Sunday and ending with breakfast Saturday. This base camp ride returns back to the Lodge headquarters each day. No electricity or water hookups, but flush toilets and showers offered. Evening programs with musical entertainment as well as dancing will be available each night. Registration: $350 (due by Sept. 1). Information/registration: Greg Evans, (575) 743-1602 or
  The Chihenne Ranch is in the foothills of the Black Range near the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Monuments to Main Street — The 4th annual event celebrating all three national monuments in the Las Cruces area, Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument, White Sands National Monument, and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, will be celebrated along with the city’s cultural wealth, with several events in September including tours, hikes, and film, wine, and green chile festivals.
  Some tours require prior registration and/or have limits on the number of participants Full schedule and fees:
  The Kick-Off Fiesta is 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Klein Park, 155 N Mesquite St., Las Cruces, with live music by Nosotros, ballet folklórico, stagecoach trolley rides, a reenactment of the founding of Las Cruces, and desserts by La Reyna Michoacana.
  Picacho Mountain Outdoor Festival with a 5K Fun Run and Walk is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, with a Chile Relleno cook-off contest, stagecoach rides, horseback rides, and various vendors.
  Hikes include Bird Walk for Beginners by the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society Wednesday, Sept. 18 Lower Broad Canyon Hike Sunday, Sept. 1, and Saturday, Sept. 14, Top of the World Ridge Hike Sunday, Sept. 15; Organ Mountains Pine Tree Trail Hike, Saturday, Sept. 28, and Massacre Peak & Butterfield Trail Hike Sunday, Sept. 29.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta — The 39th annual regatta begins at 7:15 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13-15 at Lions Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Information: (575) 744-5923, or on Facebook.
  Tethered balloon rides start at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $30 ($20 age 12 and younger).

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta — The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at the Mesilla Plaza, with vendor booths offering art, crafts, games, drinks and food. There will also be a greased pole climb and piñatas for kids. Attendees may bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed on the plaza. Information/entry forms: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or
  The Fiesta Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.
  Headliners are Nosotros at 7 p.m. Friday and Tudy and the Silver Bullet Band at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dog Cruces Pet Expo — The 3rd annual expo for pet owners is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with treats for dogs, a K-9 agility course, prizes and giveaways both days. Products and information booths for experts on behavioral issues, nutrition, grooming and more. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Admission: $5; free for age 4 and younger. Information: (575) 522-1232 or

Elephant Day — The City of Elephant Butte’s 11th annual celebration is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Sierra del Rio Golf Course, 101 Club House Road. This year’s theme is “Shiver Me Timbers,” with live music, hamburgers and hot dogs, vendors, a pirate ship water slide, and more. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 744-4892 or

Full Moon Nights — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts a performance by acoustic trio Los Soneros del Valle Bajo, which specializes in Son Jarocho, for its full moon event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Programs are free with regular park admission fees. White Sands entrance fees $10 per person; $20 per vehicle; and $15 per motorcycle. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to
  The final full moon program of the season is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, with Native American flutist Randy Granger.

50-Plus ‘Day Tripping’ series — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offers a series of day trips to sites, parks, museums, and events in the surrounding area September through December for those currently residing in Las Cruces, or considering the area as a future home. Registration at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley; Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 1501 E. Hadley; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell or Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley or
• Trip to historic 12 Street in Carrizozo Arts District, and to explore White Oaks Ghost Town is 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Cost: $20.
• White Sands National Monument Full Moon Night tour picnic is 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Cost: $10.
• Trip to the Deming Museum and Adobe Deli is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Cost: $10.
• Museum visit and lunch in Alamogordo is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Cost: $10.

Cliff-Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 18-22, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 388-1559 or
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest of Silver City on U.S. 180.

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The 50th annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 18-22 in Ruidoso, N.M. Part of the Gypsy Tour series. Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday. All access rally pass is $50 for all five days; $20 one-day pass. Information: (575) 973-4977,, or on Facebook at RuidosoRally.
  Trade show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Trade show admission $3.
  Saturday Night Concert featuring all-girl AC/DC tribute band Whole Lotta Roses is $20 at the door.
  Events include daily contingency prize drawings, free demo rides, bike games, poker runs, riding tours, bike judging, tours pins and patches and food.
  A daily non-denominational church service is hosted by Christian Motorcycle Association.

La Gran Fiesta — CARE’s 4th annual signature cancer fundraiser 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main, with food, live entertainment, arts and more. Headliners are Bobby Pulido Friday and Michael Salgado Saturday. Bring a chair. Tickets: $20 per person per day in advance; $25 at the door; age 10 and younger admitted free. Information: (575) 649-0598 or

Brews, Blues & BBQ — The food and music festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. Choose from more than 200 different beers, enjoy BBQ anywhere, and listen to live blues bands on the lawn in front of Lake Mescalero. It’s always cool by the water. Cost: $25 for 10 4.oz pours.
  Breweries include Ballast Point, Santa Fe Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Rio Bravo Brewing Co. and more.

Lumberjack Day — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Zenith Park, Cloudcroft, N.M. with axe throw and standing block chop and “hot saw” competitions, demonstrations and more. Visitors can test their own lumberjack skills. Kids activities, food and drink available. Admission is free for spectators. Participant fee is $5 per event (registration in advance). Information: (575) 682-2733 or
  A lumberjack pancake and coffee breakfast is 7:30 to noon in Zenith Park. Cost is $5.

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 25-29, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Grounds open at 9 a.m. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Tickets: $14 ($10 age 7-14) after 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday; free for age 6 and younger: available at Information: (575) 524-8602, or on Facebook at snmsfr.
  Rumble on the Rio playoff-style rodeo competition is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Tickets Wednesday are half-price: $7 adults ($5 kids).
  Music headliners are Chris Baker on Thursday, Micky and the Motorcars on Friday, Jack Ingram on Saturday, and the International Mariachi Conference Sunday.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 13th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities, best pie contest, silent auction and more. Information: (575) 536-9629 or

St. Clair Vineyards WineFest — New Mexico’s largest winery will host its 25th annual WineFest noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at 1325 DeBaca Road in Deming, with family activities, live music, arts and more. Admission: $5 (includes souvenir glass); free admission for active duty military and law enforcement with ID. Information: 1-866-336-7357 or
  To get there: Take I-10 east to Exit 85 in Deming, go a half-mile south, turn east on Highway 549 and go three miles to St. Clair Vineyards and New Mexico Wineries Inc.

Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 2-6, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375 or

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The 73rd annual fair, “Wild Wild West,” is Oct. 2-6 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255, on Facebook at swnmsf.
  Headline concert features Frank Ray Friday, Oct. 4. Gates open at 7 p.m. with Horizon Band opening at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15.

Socorro Fest — The City of Socorro, N.M. hosts its 17th annual celebration 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4-5, on and around the historic Socorro Plaza. The event features a day of feasting, dancing, native food dishes, car show, arts and crafts booths, spirits tents, family activities and music and entertainment on multiple stages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927, or on Facebook.

Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s celebration of fall colors is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Events include a chili cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors, Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show. Information: Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce: (575) 257-7395 or
  The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem, ending at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “Marvel vs. Ruidoso.”
  The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha, (915) 598-0621.
  The annual Open Chili and Chile Society Pod Chili Cook-Offs are both days at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino. Public tasting is noon; tasting cups available for a donation. Information: (575) 390-4835.
  Craft Beer and Wine Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, at Wingfield Park. Admission: $15 (with tastings); $5 general admission; 16 and younger free.

New Mexico Fall Festival — The weekend festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces, with live music, contests, and family activities. Maze admission: $12 ($10 children; free for children under 2). Information: (575) 526-1919 or

WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011 or
  The Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday against Texas-Permian Basin on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.

West Texas

Marfa Lights Festival — The 33rd annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 around the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include food and crafts booths, a main street parade, contests, concerts and street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area. Information: (432) 295-0509 or
  Events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with vendors. Saturday morning starts with a fun run, golf tournament and a parade down Highland Avenue. Street concerts are Friday with music by Sauna and Saturday with Los Aztex and Zach Romo Band.
  Sunday night concert features Los Pecadores at the Marfa Activity Center. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

Day’s Work Ranch Rodeo — The 61st annual Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair hosts its 4th annual Ranch Rodeo starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, with rodeo events, car show, parade, vendors, food, and more. Admission: $5; free for children under 12. Information: (432) 940-8601 on Facebook at Dell Valley Fair.

More Bazaars and Fairs, Farmer's Markets

St. Mark Church Bazaar — St. Mark Catholic Church, 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its annual bazaar Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Information: 857-2955 or

All You Need Is...The Beatles — Kaleidoscope Art Space presents its the art market celebrating The Beatles 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at German Pub, 9530 Viscount, with performance by The Beatles United, and Beatles karaoke and cosplay contest. Admission is free; all ages welcome. Information: 630-4867 or

Archaeological Society rummage sale — El Paso Archaeological Society’s annual fundraising sale begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain. All unsold items from the sale will be dropped off to the Discovery Shop with sales helping the Child Crisis Center. To make donations (including furniture or other large items), call (through Aug. 29) 449-9075 or Information: or on Facebook.

EPCC Auction — El Paso Community College and Larry Otten Auctioneers will host a live auction at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Property Control Warehouse at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B, with vehicles, computers, office equipment, laptops, electric equipment and more. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; item viewing is Aug. 30. Information: Aquiles Maldonado, 831-7867, Hilario Estrada, 831-8768, or Miguel Fraire, 831-7859.

Punk Rock Flea Market — Events are family-friendly, and free to attend. Information: 478-9971, Schedule on Facebook.
  “Another F**king Art Show” is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 31, at Undisputed Craft House, 1881 Saul Kleinfeld, with more than 60 vendors, food, and Weenie dog adoptions from Luna’s Fosters Rescue. Family and pet friendly.

Chalk-the-Block call for vendors — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) seeks artisans and vendors applications to participate in the 12th annual Oct. 11-13. Chalk the Block event. Chalk artists and musicians must submit an online application by 11:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Applications and requirements for arts and crafts and food vendors are available at No paper applications accepted. Information: 212-0110.

Harvest Festival — Holy Spirit of Hope Church, 7728 Alameda, hosts its annual kermes Sept. 6-8. Admission is free. Information: 778-4860 or

Magic Morning Market — The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month (Sept. 7, Oct. 5), with vendors, music, face painting, yoga and a special breakfast menu at Magic Bistro. Information: 585-9296.

915 Pop-Up Market — The Outlet Shoppes features the market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. selected days each month, with more than 35 vendors in arts and crafts, handmade cosmetics, specialty foods, custom drinkware, baked goods, beef jerky, specialty candy and treats. Information:
  The market will also feature specialty foods, live music, a free play area for children, an interactive fountain and patio bar.
   September’s markets are Sept. 14 and 28, and October’s markets are Oct. 12 and 26.

Gun Show — The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Spring Gun Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $6, $4 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Free admission for Wounded Warriors. Information: 564-0904 or
  The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc., formed in 1964, raises funds for various charities.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for their 11th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month March through November (Sept. 15, Oct. 20) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario, with arts and crafts, music, reenactments, food and more. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or

St. Francis Bazaar — St. Francis X. Cabrini Kermes, 12200 Vista del sol, hosts its annual kermes Sept. 20-22. Information:

Tooth and Veil — The El Paso Oddities and Macabre shop, 820 N. Mesa, hosts a variety of pop-up artisan events. Information: 443-2698, or on Facebook at ToothAndVeilElPasoOddities..
• Mourning Tea and Halloween Tree Decorating Party is 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with late night shopping and Halloween tree decorating.
• Ugly Halloween Sweater Tea party is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, with snacks, photo ops and more.

Darlins of the Desert Vintage Market — The 6th annual vintage market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 407 Central Highway 54, in Downtown Carrizozo, N.M. with vintage items, antiques and art. Information:

St. Pius X Kermes — St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1050 N. Clark, hosts its Grand Bazaar and Kermes 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28-29, with games, entertainment, music, food and refreshments. Admission is free; food and game costs vary. Information: 772-3226 or

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, Nov. 16-17, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
— The 18th annual market summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 28 at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. with local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3,, or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.
  Sunrise Yoga is 9 to 10 a.m. Cost: $10; bring a mat.
  Cooking fresh with Chef Patrick Rosser is 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 14.
  Red Hot Chile Fest and Salsa challenge is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Salsa Challenge entries are $5; register at or in person at the office.
  Animal Appreciation Day and Yappy Hour is 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28, with pet adoptions from Animal Rescue League and raffle. Friendly pets welcome on patio for brunch; special treats for pups.

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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Farmers Market at The Fountains — The Fountains at Farah hosts a farmers market two times a month 5 to 9 p.m. select Fridays, through Nov. 29. Information: or on Facebook.
  Dates are Sept. 6 and 20, Oct. 4 and 18, and Nov. 1, 15 and 29.

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

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 26 in the Main Street Plaza (7th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681 or
  The market is also year round 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, at the ACE Hardware/Grant County Convention Center Parking Lot, US 180 at the 32nd St Bypass.

Sierra County Farmers Market — The market featuring seasonal produces, baked goods, other foods and handmade arts and crafts runs 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays Memorial Day Weekend through Halloween Weekend at Ralph Edwards Park in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Information: (575) 894-9375 or

Something for everyone

ALFC ‘Thrive’ Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center’s annual convention, is Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, at 1000 Valley Crest, with featured speakers Pastors Carl Lenzt, Chad Veech, Marcos Witt, Tim Storey, Chris Hodges, Ed Young, Jared Nieman, Charles Nieman and Shannon Nieman. Kingdom Kids and Living Free will also have activities during the conference. Information: 532-8543, or on Facebook.

Festival of homes — The 27th annual tour of Westside homes several of the best Builders of El Paso runs 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Sept. 1, This year’s homes are located on Selway River, off of Westside Road. Information:

Gurdjieff Group of El Paso — The group meets at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at El Paso Public Library’s Main branch, 501 N. Oregon, in the second floor Staff Lounge, for a study of “what we are as human beings.” Everyone is welcome. Information:

Picnic in the Park with the Arc — Arc del Paso will hosts a free family picnic in the park for families, caregivers, individuals with IDD and their families 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. All abilities are welcome; RSVP with Betta Mata, 667-7330 or Information:

RGCF Wellness Classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts free health and wellness related classes. Registration: 747-6280.
• Free Yoga classes are 5:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 5, suitable for all ages and mobility levels. Reservations required.
• Healing through Touch & Ancient Tools class is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Free, but reservations required.
• Plant Based El Pasoans Vegan Cooking Classes by One Grub Community are 6 to 8 p.m. for three Mondays beginning Sept. 23, at First Community Church, 901 Arizona. Reservations: 996-4476.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of founder of UTEP’s Chicano Studies program Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca; Political Science Professor Dr. Rodolfo “Rudy” de la Garza; attorney and activist Jesús B. Ochoa, Esq.; and journalist Raúl Ruiz. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or
  UTEP’s El Grito Ceremony: Commemoration of the Declaration of Mexican Independence, is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the UTEP Union Plaza.
  “Dancing Hispanic Heritage” performances and master class events are 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 (Spanish dance) and Sept. 19 (Folklorico) in Magoffin Auditorium, hosted by UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance. Information: 747-6509 or 867-7231.
  Lectures and film screenings are held at UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, unless listed otherwise:
• Screening of the Mexican film “Carambola,” starring Diego Luna is noon Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Centennial Museum. Director Kurt Hollander, Film Director will be present to discuss the film.
• “Deported to Death: How Drug Violence is Changing Migration on the US-Mexico Border” book presentation by Dr. Jeremy Slack, is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.
• Panel lecture on “Beyond Digital Fronteras: Rehumanizing Latinx Studies” with Dr. Irma Montelongo, Dr. Isabel Martínez, John Jay, Dr. Angel
Nieves, and Dr. Nicholas Natividad, is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in Psychology Building, Room 308.
  Off campus events:
Screening of the documentary “The Forgotten Eagles,” directed by Víctor Mancilla, about Mexico’s 201st Fighter Squadron in WWII, is 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, followed by question and answer session with the director.
• Reception and presentation of “55th Anniversary of Formal Commemoration of Chamizal Treaty” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Chamizal National Memorial.

Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas hosts free programs 1 to 3 p.m. selected Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Richard Burges Branch, 9600 Dyer. Information: (703) 434-1196 or
Sept 7: “Relationships and Spiritual Growth,” Light & Sound Service.
Sept 21: “Spiritual Wisdom on Relationships,” discussion on books by Harold Klemp.

Oktoberfest — The German Pub, 9539 Viscount, Suite 2K, hosts Oktoberfest events 6:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 7, outdoors, with live music, food and German beer. Information: 595-8888 or on Facebook.

Conversation with the Consul — Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, 910 E. San Antonio, hosts a free Spanish language conversation for anyone with questions or concerns 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, and how the consulate can help. Information: 533-3644, or on Facebook at Colsulmexepa.

Resource Fair — Loma Vista Dialysis Center, 1382 Lomaland, hosts the resource fair 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 9, to provide community resources to patients that dialyze at its Davita clinics and their families. Information: 1-833-IKC-DAVITA or

‘Hablemos De Dinero’ — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency hosts a free workshop on how to start, manage, and grow one’s business 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 10, at the Training Center at 4141 Pinnacle. Refreshments and training materials provided. Information: 566-4066 or

Workforce Solutions JobCon — Workforce Solutions Borderplex seeks businesses to participate in its Fall 2019 JobCon Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Socorro Independent School District (SISD), where close to 2000 students will come together for a day of career exploration. The event offers employers the opportunity to display their services and highlight their industry to the future workforce. Deadline to register is Aug. 30. Information: 887-2332 or

Rowley’s Beer Dinner — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, hosts a dinner featuring Rowley’s Farmhouse Ales of Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Reservations: $50; includes four course dinner and featured beers and ales. Information: (575) 589-0653 or

Yoga at Ardovino’s — Yoga sessions offered at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Information: (575) 589-0653 or
  Sunrise Yoga sessions are 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, during the Farmer's Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. Bring a mat. Cost: $10 session.
  Monthly Full Moon Yoga Summer Sessions are 8:15 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 with Morgan from Surya Yoga, and Saturday, Oct. 12, with Elena Acosta. Sessions followed by DJ on the patio, dinner specials and a free mimosa. Cost:

El Paso Water’s Science Fair Blast Off — El Paso Water’s TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana, hosts a “one-stop-shop” for ideas on science fair projects 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, where experts will highlight experiments on various topics. The hands-on experience is geared toward ages 7-14 but the entire family is invited. Admission is free. Information: 621-2000, or

Pranic Healing — Pranic Healing El Paso Border Region hosts a two-day Pranic Healing Level 1 Course 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at Chase Suite Hotel Conference Center, 6791 Montana. Learn to work with the energetic anatomy, preventative healing and self healing, with this highly developed tested system of energy medicine utilizing prana, the live force. Spanish translation available. Registration: 499-0619 or
  The course is also offered Oct. 19-20 in Albuquerque.
  Class is pre-requisite for advanced classes set for Nov. 15-16 at Chase Suite Hotel, including crystal pranic healing, advanced.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Mentor’s Dinner — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage 18th annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Mentor’s Dinner, “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving our Nation,” 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Administrative Service Center, Building A Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. Ticket information: 831-3324, or on Facebook at EPCCHispanicHeritage.
  Kick-off event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex and Courtyard, 919 Hunter.
  Read-In events are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various campuses:
• Tuesday, Sept. 17: Northwest Campus Multipurpose Room, 6701 S. Desert.
• Wednesday, Sept. 18: Transmountain Campus Mall Area (by Library), 9570 Gateway North.
• Thursday, Sept. 19: Rio Grande Campus, Room A119, 100 W. Rio Grande.
• Monday, Sept. 23: Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex.

La Posta Birthday Gala — La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant on the historic Mesilla, N.M. Plaza hosts its 80th Birthday celebration Gala 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, with mariachis, a Mexican buffet, margaritas, tequila tasting and more. Cost: $19.39, plus tax. Information: (575) 524-3524 or
  La Posta de Mesilla started as a humble adventure by Katy Griggs Camunez on Sept. 16, 1939 with four tables, dirt floors, no running water and her mother and grandmother cooking in the back, and has become a very historic and iconic restaurant in the Southwest.

Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising — Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center, 2117 East Yandell, hosts the Buddhist class 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16-Oct 21, taught by Bettina Escudero, a senior disciple of His Holiness Sakya Gongma Rinpoche, the 41st Sakya Trichen, who has been called, the “Master of masters” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Cost: $35-$45. Call for days: (360) 969-0611 or
  The twelve links show how habitual patterns keep people stuck in “a world of birth, of not getting what we want, getting what we don’t want, seeking but not finding, of sickness, aging and death.” The twelve links are like a map showing how to find the gap that can lead to liberation from this wheel.

UTEP Career Expo — UTEP’s annual expo features more than 100 employers looking to hire for internships and professional positions 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Don Haskins Center. Students should come with résumé and be ready for on-site interviews. Information: 747-7503 or

iThrive/DNero event — An event to discuss the launch of the new global payment solution method is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at El Paso Marriott, 1600 Airway, with guest speakers Thomas Dubois, Greg Knox and Richard Marks. Tickets are free, but seating is limited; available in advance

Old Memories Picnic — Old Memories El Paso Chapter hosts its 11th annual picnic noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Eastwood (Album) Park, Parkwood, with music and raffles throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to bring grill and their rides. Information on Facebook.

Parade of Homes — El Paso Association of Builders’ 2018 Parade of Homes runs Sept. 21-Oct. 6. This year’s homes are in the Valley Creek 3 subdivision by Hanson Development at Upper Valley and Gomez Roads, showcasing new homes by nine builders. Hours are 4-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Admission: $5 per family (free to military, educators and school employees, healthcare professionals and first responders). Information: 778-5387 or

El Paso Technology Conference — Townsquare Media hosts the 5th annual conference 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at El Paso Wyndham, 2027 Airway, with speakers, demos and breakout sessions focusing on business technologies. Admission is free; lunch tickets are $21.50 (Eventbrite) Information: Rebeca Rodriguez, 521-6327 or

Leadership Youth Summit — LULAC’s 2019 summit for youth is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at UTEP. The summit aims to recruit students from all area El Paso middle and high schools to take part in a program where they select an education “track” or career path for the day. Information: 834-9854 (Denise Razo) or Mary Yañez at

Southwest Mind-Body & Integrative Medicine Conference — El Paso OASIS, Trans-Pecos Counseling Association & Community Light Center hosts the 4th annual conference to promote a culture of health and wellness 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28, at Hilton Garden Inn, 111 W. University. The conference provides training and education in holistic health, healing methods and modalities. CEUs for LPC and LMSW. Cost: $50 general public; $60 after Sept. 15. Information: 831-2419. Registration:
  Speakers are Dr. Carlos Gonzalez on “Detoxing for Mental Health,” Monica Gomez and Maria E. Lopez on “Managing Mental and Emotional Turmoil through Ying/Yang Energy Work and Creative Writing,” Lynn A. Provenzano on “Pranic Healing for Body and Brain Wellness,” Richard Salcido on “The 5 Dimensions of Mental Health,” Drs. Kim Diaz and Juan Ferret on “Mindfulness and its Benefits to Mental Health,” and Dr. Jose M. Baltazar on “Music, Suggestion, and Imagery for PTSD and Mental Health.”

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

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Sept. 19) 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 (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,

For a good cause

Eduardo Verástegui Dinner — Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation hosts a dinner and Testimony of Faith with Eduardo Verástegui, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity. Cost: $100. Information: (575) 523-7577, or
  Verástegui, a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico will share his powerful life story. Verástegui had a successful career in telenovelas before starring in movies such as “For Greater Glory,” a 2012 feature film that showed the impact of persecution of the Catholic Church by the Mexican government in the 1920s.Verástegui’s story touches on his return to faith as well as refusing to do roles in film that conflict with his Catholic beliefs or insult his Latino culture.
  The Diocese of Las Cruces has received a $70,000 matching grant from the Catholic Extension Society to aid in the construction of a church building for St. John Paul II Parish.

El Paso Walk to End Lupus Now — Lupus Foundation of America’s Lone Star Chapter host the 5K and 1-mile walk at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Check-in at 4:30 p.m. and Ceremony at 7 p.m. Admission is free; fundraising encouraged. Information: Adrienne Kohlenberg, (866)205-2369, or

Latino Legacy Awards — Community en Acción hosts its 3rd annual awards and fiesta honoring community leaders Saturday, Sept. 14, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Details to be announced. Proceeds support Richard Castro Scholarship Fund. Tickets, information: 833-1000.

Foundation of Faith Dinner — Catholic award-winning singer and songwriter, Matt Maher is the featured performer for Diocese of El Paso’s 13th annual dinner, “When We Sing, We Pray Twice,” 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at El Paso Convention Center. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5 p.m. followed by seated dinner. Dei Gratia Award presentation honors the Yaz† and Rosie Daw. Event includes a live auction. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten). Sponsorships available. Ticket information: 872-8412 or
  VIP event is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at a private home with Mass by Bishop Mark and music by Mahar, for sponsors of $2,500 or more.

Autumn Equinox Party — — The fundraiser for Keystone Heritage Park and Botanical Garden, 4220 Doniphan, is 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with food, music, vendors, fashion show by pret-a-porter, birding, wetlands walking tour, drinks and more. Walking tour gathers 6:20 p.m. with sunset at 7:04 p.m. Proceeds also benefit Center Against Sexual and Family Violence and Keystone. Guests are encouraged to bring their own glasses for beverages. Admission: $7 in advance; $10 at the door. 490-8571 or

Bark For Life — American Cancer Society’s pet walk fundraiser is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fountains at Farah. Information: 633-1231 or on Facebook at Bark for Life El Paso-2019.

NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso hosts its 17th annual walk 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is free. Information: 778-5726 or
  The non-profit NAMI offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community. NAMIWalks is a public display of support for people with mental health challenges, changing how Americans view mental illness.

Silent Art Auction and Enchilada Plate Sale — Opportunity Center for the Homeless, La Casa de las Abuelitas, 1318 Myrtle, hosts the fundraising event for the shelter 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, with original art from a variety of El Paso artists, along with music and door prizes. Enchilada plate tickets: $8; available in advance at 288-2484. Information on Facebook at CasaDeAbuelitas.

Fajitas & Margaritas for Scholarships — El Paso Community College’s Culinary Arts program benefit event is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B Foyer. Tickets: $100; $50 EPCC faculty, staff and students. Sponsorships available. Information: 831-6483 or

FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP will host its_ 14th annual gala, “Noche en la Hacienda de FEMAP,” Friday, Sept. 27, in El Paso Convention Center Courtyard Plaza, 1 Civic Center Plaza, honoring Paul and Alejandra de la Vega Foster, 2019 Maria Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega Distinguished Service Award recipients. Cocktail reception at 7 p.m. with dinner curated by chef Oscar Herrera of Taft-Diaz and Flor de Nogal at 8 p.m. and dance at 9 p.m. with music by Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production. Tickets: $200; table sponsorships start at $2,500. Information: 544-4151, or

Backyard Dinner — Reynolds Home hosts its 7th annual backyard fundraising dinner and auction 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8023 San Jose in the Lower Valley. Dinner served 5 to 7 p.m. with music and dancing until 9 p.m. Tickets: $50; $400 table for 8; available at Information: 274-2598, 633-2905, or on Facebook.
  The Reynolds’ Home, a non-profit organization, was built in 1926 to provide shelter, security and basic services to women and their children.

Walk of Hope — Candlelighters‘ 25th annual walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Ascarate Lake, 6900 Delta. where families and the community come together to walk in remembrance and support of children battling cancer. This year’s events includes a kids Fun Fair. Several El Paso mascots will be available for pictures. Luminarias and Memorium T-shirts will be sold. Registration is free, but each walker is encouraged to raise $100 for the cause. Information: 544-2222. Registration:

‘Bubbles and Brew’ — The 5th annual “Flights and Bites” black tie gala Tasting Event is Saturday, Oct. 5, at El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 715 N. Oregon, with flights of champagne and local microbrews, food and desserts, wine pull, cocktail bar and live entertainment. All proceeds support the museum. Times to be announced. Ticket information: 351-0048 or

Buddy Walk - EPCC Diversity Programs host its 10th annual walk and 5K Fun Run benefiting Down Syndrome Coalition and EPCC Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Saturday, Oct. 5, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Information: 241-1040, or on Facebook.
  The Buddy Walk is a nationally sponsored walk organized by the local DSCEP in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Society to raise awareness of Down syndrome.

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.

Memorial Stair Climb — The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb allows participants to pay tribute Wednesday, Sept. 11, by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Participants will utilize Soto Physical Fitness Center’s stationary stair steppers and are given 25 minutes. Ceremony is at 9:35 a.m. with the first wave at 5:15 a.m. and last wave at 8:14 p.m. Cost: $10 non-competitive; $15 competitive; all participants get a tribute t-shirt. Early registration encouraged at Soto PFC; space is limited to 175 people. Information: 744-5790.

Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation — Registration required at the Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution, for DoD ID cardholders. Information: 744-1532 or
  White Sands Camping weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, with camping under the stars, sledding on the dunes, play volleyball and cornhole. Cost: $15 ($45 for a family of four); camping equipment and dinner provided.

Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music 8:30 to 10 p.m. No coolers or outside beverages. 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 (Sept. 3) 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.

Club news

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

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.
  Fall French classes for children and adults are held (based on enrollment) at University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Children session starts Sept. 7, and adults session starts Sept. 9,. Information: 346-3810 or 833-8705.

Doña Ana Photography Club — The club meets 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 and 17, at Cruces Creative, 205 Lohman, in Las Cruces. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: (575) 323-3624 or
Sept. 3: Presentations by Carl Maier on the “curves” image editing tool; and Dale Taylor on the photographer Weegee, known for his stark black and white street photography in New York City.
Sept. 17: Anne Chase will present a short program, “Where to photograph in October,” followed by viewing of member’s photographs submitted for this months theme “flora,” and the judging and viewing of club member’s winning photographs for the quarterly print contest.

Westside Welcome Club — The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at 601 Skyline Drive. No reservations needed. Information: 587-8641.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at El Paso Country Club, 5500 Country Club Place, with the annual Activity fair at 10:30 a.m. Cost for lunch: $22; reservation deadline is Sept. 7. Information: 584-9627,
  The social and charitable nonprofit club was established 40 years ago to welcome women to the El Paso community. Open to both newcomers and longtime residents.

Beta Sigma Phi First Lady — The annual sorority luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at El Paso Woman’s Club, 1400 N. Mesa, with Marilyn Maloney to received the 2019 “First Lady of El Paso” Award. Cost: $25; the public is invited. Information: 526-3633 or
  Beta Sigma Phi is an International Women’s Friendship Network open to women of all ages.

El Paso Christian Women’s Connection — The group hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway (use south entrance). This month’s luncheon will feature and international speaker, as well as an outreach speaker from Candlelighters and special feature, Sylvia’s crosses. Reservation deadline is Sept. 12. Cost: $15 (cash only). Reservations: 598-0811.

Fashion Show and Luncheon — Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s annual fall luncheon and fashion show, “A Silver and Gold Tribute to Fall Fashions,” is noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Centennial Club and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. Churchill, on East Fort Bliss, with fashions from Chico’s. Open to the public. Tickets are $20. Reservations by Sept. 12 to ROWC, 808 Camino De Paz, El Paso, 79922. Tables for 8 available; submit names of guests with payment. Information: 533-5111 or 256-3192.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (Sept. 12) 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 (Sept. 10) 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 6:45 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, coffee and donuts will be served. Information: 241-6977 or on Facebook.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (Sept. 14) 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

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. Saturdays returning at 1 p.m. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at
  From El Paso, take 1-10 to Las Cruces, then 1-25 to Exit 32 and continue on the County Road about 25 miles to the Spaceport.

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.
  Music on the Patio is noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
  A summer concert featuring Camerata del Sol, an innovative chamber music group of musicians from Las Cruces, El Paso and Juárez, is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. The concert will feature one string quartet, one string trio, and one duet between cello and violin. Admission is free; donations accepted.

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 near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (Central Time). 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.

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.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Advance tickets at
• Festival Sin Fronteras begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Headliners are Stone Temple Pilots, along with Panteón Rococó and Cultura Profética. Also performing: Little Jesus, Lost Acapulco, María Daniela y su Sonido Lasser, Banda Sorpresa, Vanessa Zamora, Zenity and Pachaman Ska Roots. Admission is 460 pesos (1,150 pesos for VIP tickets).
• Comic-Fest 2 is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, with anime, comics, video games, cosplay and more. Special guests, vendors, food and drink sales. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission: 210 pesos.
• Festival del Tequila y del Mariachi is Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26-29. Headliner Saturday, Sept. 28, is El Bebeto. Tickets at

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• The musical “Cada Quien su Frida,” starring Ofelia Medina, is performed at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Tickets: 230-690 pesos.
• The live children show, “Superheroes,” is at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets: 175-515 pesos.
• Comedian José Luis Zagar presents his “Tal Cual” show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Tickets: 290-520 pesos.
• Odin Dupeyron presents his longtime hit one-man show, “¡A Vivir!,” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Ages 12 and older only. Tickets: 405-635 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Advance tickets at
• The live children’s show “Bely y Beto” is 3:30 and 630 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets: 405, 460 and 515 pesos.
• The comic musical trio Los Tres Tristes Tigres perform at 7 p.m .Thursday, Sept. 26. Tickets: 345, 460 and 575 pesos.
• The children’s show “Masha y El Oso y Paw Patrol” is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Tickets: 115-290 pesos.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at
• The clown comic Chuponcito performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets: 175-575 pesos.
• Retro Party, featuring 80s, ’90s and ’00s music with DJs Roger Blanco andJulio Castaneda, is at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Tickets: 115 and 175 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 2nd annual “Festival Placeres de la Frontera” is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Mexican wine, beer, tequila and more. Admission: 265 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.

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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