December 2016

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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church Programs
Let There Be Lights

Southern New Mexico
New Year's Eve
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Summer Fun for Kids
Juarez events
Area Attractions


Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 81st annual evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 3, at San Jacinto Plaza. Details to be announced. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotex.gov/parks.
  The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:55 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade.
  Parade begins north of Campbell on Main Street, and proceeds left on Mesa Street to Overland, and left on Campbell to Myrtle.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, host the winter events Dec. 3-Jan. 4, in Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas, with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger); spectator admission is free; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Open seven days a week; hours to be announced. Season passes; $50, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or on Facebook at EPWinterfest.
  Kick off even is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
  Special skate discounts also included $2 discount with canned good donations on Tuesdays for and with warm clothing donations on Wednesdays.
  Also featured is El Paso Electric’s Tree, Mexican hot chocolate from the Coffee Box, churros, “chilly” dogs, pozole at the Big Media Kringle Kafé Winter Wonderland festivities courtesy of Ruhmann Law Firm.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with vendors, choirs and bands, and free kids’ activities. Dress warm for outside activities. Tickets: $3 at the door; free for age 4 and younger. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.

United As One — The south El Paso community festival is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial. Live music, arts crafts, food, games, climbing wall, bicycle rodeo, free children's books, health and dental screenings, flu shots and more. Sponsored by Bowie High, Guillen Middle, Hart and Zavala elementary schools.

Pecan Harvest Festival — The 14th annual family harvest festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint. Country store will be open with pecans in and out of shell as well as pecan candies, gift baskets and tins, and craft vendors. Adobe oven open making country style plates along with brick oven pizzas. Admission is free. Information: 851-2003 or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.

Eastlake Christmas Parade — The Eastlake Lions Club’s Christmas Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at Darrington and Ryderwood and heading down Horizon Boulevard to Kenazo and ending at Carrol T. Welch School on McMahon. This year’s theme celebrate the Lions Club’s 100th Anniversary. Information: eastlakelions@yahoo.com.
  The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting and parade float judging is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item (canned goods, package of rice or beans, gravy mix, etc.) to help the club prepare food baskets.

‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 22nd annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican Navidad and American Christmas traditions is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801.

‘Gifts are Memories’ — It’s Not Over hosts a free festival with 1,000 free toys for elementary children 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Books are GEMS, 7744 N Loop, with a dance showcase, free books and toys for children, family activities, food, antojitos and vendors.
Information: 497-9501, info@itsnotover.us, or on Facebook at itsnotoverbyj.

Holiday Posadas — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts performances by various local groups performing among the Holiday lights displays at downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17. Local food vendors will be available, along with arts and crafts and other vendors. Admission is free. Information: 252-9031 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. The posada is conducted in Spanish. The seminary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261.

Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias for its 25th annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods or cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” to benefit families served by La Fe.
  Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way traffic during the event, accessible from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso. Cars proceed slowly westward with lights off to view the luminarias and the city lights of El Paso and Juárez. Drivers will also get to view Santa and his elves and a live Nativity scene. Volunteers and sponsors are always needed. Information: 545-7190.

Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Lighting Festival — Sponsored by the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society hosts the traditional Christmas luminarias 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The Luminaria Lighting of more than 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown and remain lit throughout the evening. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org.
The presentation will begin at Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario, followed by live music, the traditional Christmas Piñata ceremony and Cultural Dance presentations.
  The Luminaria Lighting of more than 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown and remain lit throughout the evening.
  The event includes the 6th Annual Christmas Bicycle giveaway with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Traditional fare will be served.

Santa at the Tramway — The Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley, will host afternoon visits with Santa noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 17-18. Visit Santa Claus and have a photo taken with him on top of Ranger Peak. Tramway tickets: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Information: 562-9899.

Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at noon Thursday, Dec. 29, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
  The hike is led by El Paso Scene Editor Randy Limbird, who will provide commentary on area history and geography. A brief talk on the history of the monument will be given at the summit.
  The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
  The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along the trail and in the parking lot.
  The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
  Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 83rd annual football classic begins at noon, Saturday, Dec. 30. Teams, to be announced Dec. 4, will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Information, Captain Club Ticket prices: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
  The pre-game Fan Party is 9 to 11:30 a.m.; location to be determined. Open to the public.
  The 18th annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at El Paso Convention Center, with various live bands, a battle of the university bands, children’s entertainment and more. Admission is free.
  Other Sun Bowl events:
• The 55th annual WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 21-22 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts Kent State, North Dakota and Alcorn State. Games begin at 5 and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets: $12-$40 (military and student discounts available). Information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center).
• Price’s Give ‘Em Five Sun Bowl Cheer Camp is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at El Paso Convention Center. Groups of selected youth from throughout El Paso go through drills with instructors and cheerleaders. Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331
• Rotary Sun Bowl Football Team Luncheon is 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at El Paso Convention Center. Individual tickets: $50; Corporate Tables $450 (eight guests or six guests and two non-starting players); Starting Player Tables $600. Information: Ellen Hughes, 533-4416 ext. 200, or Arlene Carrion (Rotary Club) 504-9013.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is Saturday through Monday, Dec. 10-12. The festival is the biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575) 526-8171.
  The fiesta traditionally begins on its first day with a procession taking the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the little chapel to the community house rosary and vigil.
  The pilgrimage to the Tortugas “A” Mountain usually follows on the second day with a procession at 5 a.m. from Casa del Pueblo to the church. At sundown, pilgrims will light luminarias along the mountain path.
  A fiesta Mass will be held followed by dances, traditional dinner and afternoon procession. Call for schedule.
  To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.

Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649.
  A procession of the virgin is Saturday and Sunday from the hall to the church.
  A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be celebrated Monday, followed by dancing by the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe members.
  The Virgin de Guadalupe figure is kept in the church until New Year’s Day, when she will be taken out at 2 p.m. in a procession accompanied by dancing and pageantry. The figure is then taken home until next December.

St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and a bazaar. The public is welcome. Information/times: 566-2261.

Church Programs

‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, will host its annual Christmas music presentation, based on “The Star of Bethlehem” documentary by Rick Larson, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6,9, and 11. Prelude begins 30 minutes before the presentation. Admission is free. Information: 584-3912 or coronadobaptist.org.
  Take a look into the ancient heavens through the lens of Scripture and the Hubble telescope, as the wise men of old follow the Star leading them to the Christ Child.

‘A Storybook Christmas’ — Cielo Vista Church’s 25th annual large-scale holiday pageant of music and drama celebrating the Christmas season programs is Dec. 8-11 at the church, 3585 Lee Treviño. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5, available in advance at the church office or online at cielovista.org. Information: 595-0288.

‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 52nd annual Christmas concerts, “Perspectives,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 4:40 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9-11. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. The event usually sells out early. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online at FBCep.com. Tickets available at the door, only if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.
  The concerts are complete with a live Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 students and adults, performing traditional and new holiday music. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country.

‘A Savior is Born’ — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual holiday gift to the community at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-11. Experience the birth of a Savior as told through drama, music and dance. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.

Let There Be Lights


Loya Light Show — The brilliant display of 450,000 holiday lights choreographed to music is featured at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays Dec. 2-25, at 12001 Paseo de Oro (one block north of Montwood, off Bob Mitchell). Please park at Montwood High School, and not in the surrounding neighborhoods, or church parking lot. Admission is free.
  The 7-minute spectacle, now in its 12th year, won a $50,000 grand prize last year as the best family Christmas light display in the country in “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” competition, sponsored by ABC television. The Eastside home is the residence of El Paso businessman Fred Loya.
  Families are welcome to take photos and selfies with Santa Claus and his elves, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies provided after every show.

Luminarias by the Lake — More than 2,500 luminarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, with sounds of the Holidays,
sweet treats and Hot Cocoa available. Proceeds benefit the park. Admission: $4 ($3 military; $1 ages 12 and younger). Memorial garden memorial luminarias: $5. Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.org.

Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House, 300 E. California, hosts its 30th annual Christmas lights celebration 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, presented by Providence Children’s Hospital. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 542-1522 or rmhcelp.org.
  The open house and lighting ceremony includes Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, music, choir, refreshments and more.

Lights on the Lake — The display of holiday lights at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, runs through early January. Food vendors available on weekends. Park closes at 8 p.m. Car entry fee is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.
  The 2nd annual Lighting Ceremony is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with food trucks and musical entertainment, followed by a showing of “Elf” at 7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. Admission is free.
   The Jingle Bell Jog precedes the lighting at 5 p.m. for people of all ages and pets, to run, walk or stroll in their craziest holiday outfits around the 1.5 mile path around Ascarate Lake. Krispy Kreme donuts at the finish line for all participants.

Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and Christmas lights adorn the circle each Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighborhood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly into the circle.

Eastridge Christmas lights — The residents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge participates each year in an elaborate neighborhood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usually lit around the first week of December, and run through the holiday season.
  The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge.


Southern New Mexico

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The mountain village of Ruidoso hosts the following events though the Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights.
  Christmas in the Park is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at School House Park. Includes lighting of the Yule Log, music and caroling, cookies and a visit with Santa. Admission is free.
  The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. This year’s theme is “Christmas Candyland.”
  Ski Apache’s Torchlight Parade is dusk Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Ski Apache Resort. Veteran skiers carry lighted torches while descending the mountain, followed by fireworks.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or carlsbadwinterwine.com.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include:
• The Christmas Tree lighting is Saturday, Dec. 3 at dusk; stores on Burro will be open late for holiday shopping. Pet costume parade at 2 p.m.
• Santa Land Bonfires is 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Zenith Park behind the Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with and cookies, as well as a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, cocoa and more. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-4447 or coolcloudcroft.com.

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts. Door prizes range from a restaurant meal gift card to a free night’s stay at the Black Range Lodge in Kingston; holiday cards and signed posters featuring the “Christmas in the Foothills 2016” oil painting by Hillsboro artist David Farrell. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.
  The event includes the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale, which began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s many artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the Art Show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that.
  Proceeds support several nonprofit organizations serving Hillsboro and the surrounding areas.
  Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will celebrate the day with food, music, and special holiday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa hats, and village maps will direct visitors to Christmas in the Foothills and other village holiday events.
  Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.

Christmas Light Parade — The Kiwanis club in Deming hosts the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Deming, N.M. Parade starts at BMX Park on Poplar to Diamond, Spruce and Silver and ends at Courthouse Park with a visit from Santa. Information: (575) 546-9096 or demingchamber.com.

Downtown Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza — The annual Las Cruces tree lighting festivities are 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the new Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main, with a Winter Wonderland setting, family activities, strolling carolers, food trucks, music and more. The evening kicks off with live holiday music by Unlyshed on the plaza stage. Lighting ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visitlascruces.com.

Electric Light Parade — The annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, along Main Street (from College to 3rd Street) in Roswell, N.M. A Christmas Caroling Contest precedes the event 4 to 6 p.m. Information: (575) 420-5718 or mainstreetroswell.org.

Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 13th annual arts stroll 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on the historic plaza and several surrounding shops in Socorro. The event features, live music, artwork, hay rides food and beverages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927.
  The city’s official Christmas tree lighting is 7 p.m. on the plaza, with appearance by Santa on the gazebo.

New Mexico Tamale Fiesta y Mas — The 4th annual fiesta in Historic Downtown Silver City is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, hosted by the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, with tamale and craft vendors and other traditional Christmas and Borderland favorites such as capirotada, bizcochos, Mexican hot chocolate and red-chile kettle corn. Information: (575) 538-1337 or tamalfiestaymas.org.

Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and members of various Native American communities is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) 524–4068 or nmparks.com.

Victorian Christmas Evening — The 32nd annual event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in the historic H.B. Ailman House with holiday music, Christmas cookies, hot apple cider, children’s craft activities and continuous entertainment. The house will be decorated in Victorian style. Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921 or silvercitymuseum.org.

Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 9, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open late for holiday shopping that day, refreshments and some locations; Christmas music will be performed by Zia Middle School. The tree will be decorated with ornaments created by students from an area school. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116

Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Evelyn Renfro Park with an art hop, bonfires, parade, wagon rides, carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refreshments at downtown Truth or Consequences businesses. Admission is free. Information: (575) 740-3902 or torcmainstreet.org.
  Elephant Butte’s luminaria beach walk and parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Elephant Butte Beach Walk and Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The event features about 3,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, host campfires with free refreshments, Santa Claus, caroling and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) 740-1777, (575) 744-5923 (state park), or ebcocnm.com.
  The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.

Fort Selden Luminaria Tour — The annual holiday event is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fort Selden State Monument, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces. The trails and ruins of the 19th-century fort will be lit by luminarias, and visitors will be treated to hot chocolate and a warm campfire. Admission is free that evening. Information: (575) 526-8911 or nmmonuments.org.
  From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. The monument, which preserves the ruins of the 19th century fort, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free).

Open House & Nacimientos Exhibit — Friends of the Taylor Family Monument present an open house featuring a special exhibit of 150 nativities from around the world 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site, home of J. Paul Taylor, on the Plaza in Old Mesilla, N.M. Admission: $5 (free for FTFM members). Information: ftfm-mesilla-nm.org.

Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a wonderland of music and light beginning at dusk Christmas Eve Saturday, Dec. 24, at San Albino Church and the surrounding historic plaza. About 6,000 luminarias will be set up. The Mesilla Singers will lead singing of Christmas carols from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10 West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) south of I-10. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

Roswell Christmas Railway — The holiday train rides are 5 to 9 p.m. selected nights through Dec. 24, at Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E College Blvd, Roswell N.M. Ride the railway to St. Nicholas Station for an evening of Christmas magic with lights, pictures with Santa Claus, entertainment, food, shopping, playing and more. Admission: $10; $7 age 3-14; free for children under 3. Information, schedule: roswellchristmasrailway.com.

Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade — Ski Apache and Inn of the Mountain Gods host the 9th annual dummy ski jump event 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. on Ski Apache in Mescalero, N.M. Participants build their best skiing or snowboarding dummy and send it down the mountain over a giant ski launch. Cash prizes up to $1,500 for winners. Deadline to enter is 2 p.m. day of event at main ticket office; call for fee. Spectator admission is free. Information/rules: (575) 464-3607 or skiapache.com.
  The gelunde is followed by the annual Torchlight Parade at dusk down Capitan Trail and a fireworks show.

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs through Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 25th annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.
  The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12 (4 and younger free with lap pass). Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or christmasonthepecos.com.

Holiday Sleigh Rides — Grindstone Stables hosts its holiday horse-drawn sleigh rides, beginning nightly at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 7, through historic Upper Canyon in Ruidoso. Rides depart from Martha’s Fabrics’ parking lot at the top of the “traffic circle,” at the west end of Sudderth Drive. Santa Claus visit on Christmas Eve. Blankets furnished for all riders. Cost: $20 ($10 age 12 and under). Reservations (575) 973-3533. Information on Facebook at GrindstoneStables.


New Year' Eve

Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2017 Saturday, Dec. 31. Live music during dinner. DJ and dancing begins at 11 p.m. Cost for the four-course dinner is $100 per person plus gratuity. Festive dinner attire. Complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration Saturday, Dec. 31. Information: 562-1444 or elmaida.com.

Inn of the Mountain Gods New year’s Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its annual New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner and concert beginning at Saturday, Dec. 31, with entertainment by JMA & Hard Livin’ Band, DJ Frizzo, Abe Mac Band, Hillbilly Starz and more. Midnight countdown celebration follows entertainment; 1920 attire recommended. Tickets: $125 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-545-9011.

Lights All Night — DeadMau5 and RL Grime headline a night of light and sound with a special New Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31, at El Paso Convention Center. General admission: $49.99; VIP tickets available starting at $119.99. Age 18 and older. Available via Ticketmaster or online at lightsallnight.com.
  Other performers include Excision, the Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs DJ Set, Felix Cartel, No Mana and Bijou.

New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at the Saturday, Dec. 31, celebration. The party is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with free party favors and prize drawings. The casino will be open. No cover.
  The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

New Year’s Eve Dance — Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane, hosts its New Year’s Dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, featuring music by Azucar. BYOB (beer, wine, ice chest and snacks; free ice available). Admission: $30; $35 at the door. Ticket information: Shundo, 532-2043. For delivery: 691-8489 or 867-3848.

New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft will host its New Year’s Eve events, Saturday, Dec. 31, with adult party at the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations and cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.

New Year’s Chile Drop — The New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, in Las Cruces Civic Plaza, with live entertainment by Caliente. Information: (575) 640-8283.

Bazaars and Fairs

El Paso Mineral & Gem Club Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 2-4 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission is free. Information: Gem Center USA, 533-7153 or epmgs.com.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 2-4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with over 100 booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

San Elizario ChristKindleMarket and Tree Lighting — San Elizario Artist Guild’s 6th annual ChristKindle is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2-4, on the historic plaza, with crafts, gifts, German food and drink. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.
  Christkindle Market is an old tradition in Germany going back hundreds of years. Every year during the month of December, this German Christmas market takes place in Germany to celebrate the holiday season by enjoying traditional food, drink and holiday shopping.
  The 3rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the Main Street Stage is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Arts and Craft Show - Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its show and sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The juried show and sale features original works by several area artists. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977.

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. No markets on Dec. 24 and 31. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
  A Holiday Market is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, along the Pedestrian Pathway, in conjunction with the Celebration of Lights events.

Enchanted Christmas Craft Fair — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its annual bazaar and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, with handmade work by local artists, food, music, and handcrafted items, such as jewelry vendors, fiber arts, retablos, organic soaps and creams, toys, gifts, collectibles, Christmas decorations, and fortune telling. Admission is free. Information: 562-4001 or uuelpaso.org.

German School Christmas Market — The annual market, organized by the German School of El Pa3o is 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Building 747, Carter Road, at Fort Bliss, with German cakes, Christmas cookies, bratwurst and hot Glühwein and Christmas punch. Twenty-five percent of proceeds benefit charity. Information: Cpt. Christian Hess, ChristianHess@bundeswehr.org.

‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its annual holiday arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, along with a Winter Carnival, blood drive and health fair. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO. Admission is free; vendor space available for $25. Information: 434-5605.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Garage Sale — Our Lady of Mt Carmel, 131 S Zaragoza, hosts a garage sale 6 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, to benefit the Catholic Campus Ministry. Donation of items welcome. Information: 838-0300.

Putnam Holiday Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with more than 25 local vendors showcasing jewelry, art, woodworking, bake sale, face painting and free crafts for children, pictures with Santa and performances by the Putnam Falcons. Admission is free. Information: 203-4683 or putnam.episd.org.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 12th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Sunset Hall, with local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.

La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.
  Holiday wine specials offered Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Dec. 18 is final market until May.
  Live music by Jose Villalobos on the patio on Dec. 11.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4 and 18, at Marriott Hotel, 1600 Airway, hosted by J & M Sportscards. Features Marvel and DC, Spawn, Hot Wheels, Funko, sports and non sports cards and memorabilia, autographs and more. Admission is free. Information: 856-7777.

Christmas Arts and Craft Fair — Sacred Heart Parish, 602 S. Oregon, hosts the fair to coincide with Virgen de Guadalupe Feast Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, with more than 15 vendors selling jewelry, candles, soaps, metal art, crosses, Mexican candy, wreaths, household items and other gifts, a Kid’s Station making Ojos de Dios and more. Information: James Martinez, 603-8424, jmartinez@sacredheartelpaso.org or sacredheartelpaso.org.
  The church's restaurant, La Tilma Mexican Grill, will also be open both days with a full menu available all day.

Eastlake Holiday Craft Fair — The PTSA of Eastlake High School, 13000 Emerald Pass, in Horizon City, hosts its craft fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with El Paso Kiwanis/Key Clubs. The fair features holiday crafts, handmade gift items, Christmas decorations, games and food booths, pictures with Santa and a jumping balloon. Admission is free. Vendor booths available for $20. Information: 937-3671.
  Kiwanis will be accepting donations of hats, socks, beanies and scarves for the needy.

Enchanted Holiday Bazaar & Winter Concert — Family Friendly Candyland Themed Festival is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Spec. Rafael Hernando III Middle School, 3541 Rich Beam, with gifts, food, live holiday entertainment, talent showcase, crafts, games and other activities. Hosted by the Spec. Rafael Hernando III Middle School PTA. Admission is free. Information: 929-6550 (daytime only).
   Proceeds help the PTA assist in campus beautification, teacher incentives and student enrichment programs.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter 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.
  Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month. Bring a used book in good condition, to exchange for another.
  “You Shop We Ship,” is 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 10 and 17. Fill a Priority Mail box or envelope; market will print a label and ship it. Standard postage rates apply.
  A New Year’s Market celebration is Jan. 7.

“It’s Not Over’ Christmas event — Books Are Gems, 7744 North Loop Ste B (behind Compass Bank), a nonprofit organization that sells and gives away new and used books, hosts its holiday event 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with free toys and books for children, family activities, a street dance competition, food, antojitos, and vendors. Vendors will also offer free activities. Information: 497-9501 or itsnotover.us

OES Craft Fair — Wallace Hughston Chapter #1100, Order of the Eastern Star will host its annual fundraiser craft fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Wallace Hughston Masonic Lodge, 5502 Hondo Pass,. Refreshments available. Admission is free; vendor tables available for $20 by calling Rosemary Alsworth at (575) 496-9878.
  Proceeds will benefit PatriotPaws and other local charities. PatriotPaws trains and supplies service dogs to veterans and those with PTS or other disabilities at no charge to the recipients.

St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and crafts bazaar 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark. Information: 929-1034 or on Facebook at StPiusXEnglishEvangelization.

Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 46th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.

Elks Lodge Christmas Fair
— El Paso Elks Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E, hosts the fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Various arts and crafts, gifts and baked goods. Information: 532-4441.

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

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

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

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Something for everyone



Santa mall appearances — Santa’s annual Christmas season mall photo opportunities include:
• Basset Place Mall — 6101 Gateway West. Santa will appear daily through Dec. 24. Full list of hours at shopbassettplace.com.
  “Santa Cares” photos with special needs children are offered 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in special sensory-friendly environment. Children can also enjoy coloring and free snacks. Participants encouraged to RSVP at SantaCares.com.
  Pet photos with Santa offered 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.
• Simon malls — Santa will appear daily at Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West, and Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park, through Dec. 24. Full schedule on Facebook at Cielo Vista Mall or Sunland Park Mall. The photo experience will also be sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and guest receive am activity sheet, a custom “The Secret Life of Pets” holiday headband, and can watch highlights from the movie.
  Caring Santa photos for special needs children and their families are 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Cielo Vista Mall, 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Sunland Park Mall.
  Pet photos with Santa are 8:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Cielo Vista.
  Other events at Cielo Vista includes a Holiday Fashion show Saturday, Dec. 3, at gift wrapping through Dec. 24. El Paso Community Foundation’s “Gift of Giving” tree will be up through Dec. 17.
• Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West 
  Santa’s Workshop, located at Suite 1902, in front of the Christmas tree, is open noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 24. Souvenir photo packages start at $23.
• Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss — 1611 Haan Road. Santa will be returning for pictures with guests through the season. See Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss for schedule at freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.
• Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 S. Desert — Santa will make mall appearances on selected dates through the season. Scheduled to be announced. Information: theoutletshoppesatelpaso.com or on Facebook.

‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event Friday, Dec. 2, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with, shopping fair, fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and more. Shopping begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free; child care provided. Information: 532-8543 or theonesisterhood.com.

Spiritual Experience discussion — Eckankar in Texas hosts a free discussion on what it means to have an inner experience (inner guidance while awake or asleep, past lives, soul travel) 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at El Paso Main Library, 501 N. Oregon. Information: 549-7739 or eckankar-texas.org.

Wreaths Across America National Veteran’s Remembrance Day — Exchange Club of El Club and other civic organizations, will host the ceremony 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Rostrum at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Information: Mike De Frank,859-5279, Linda Cox at (914)590-2975 or exchangeclub2278.clubexpress.com.
  Wreaths Across America is a National Non-Profit Organization that furnishes live wreaths each year for the National Remembrance Ceremony at over 1000 locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and national cemeteries on foreign soil. Sponsorship wreaths may be purchased from El Paso Exchange Club for $15 per wreath.
  This year’s goal for Fort Bliss National Cemetery is 6,000 wreaths; wreath sponsorships are being taken.

Christmas Tardeada — Golden Bears Social Club hosts the annual holiday tardeada 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Scenic View Ballroom, 1340 Murchison, with music by Rhapsody Band. Refreshments offered; BYOB. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cost: $17. Information: 755-4038 or 519-0399.

Unity El Paso Christmas events — Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama, hosts several events and observances during the holiday season. Admission is free (unless otherwise listed); love offering accepted. Information: 566-5544 or unityelpaso.org.
• Traditional Posada is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, with champurreadas, tamales, dulces, pinata and more. Admission: $10 ($3 children).
• Christmas Candlelight bilingual service with music, lighting of the 12 candles and sharing Christmas carols, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
• Burning Bowl Ceremony bilingual service is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to release negative energy from the previous year.
• A White Stone Ceremony is 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 1.

Holiday services — Holiday services for Christmas Eve Candlelight, Christmas Day and New Years Eve, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 24-25, and Saturday, Dec. 31, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 6520 Loma De Cristo. Information: 833-1009 or Ascension.church-builder.com.

Winter Camp — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Camp for youth is 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell, and East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Participants need to bring lunch and a snack. Water and Gatorade provided. Cost: $90; $15 per day. Information: (575) 541-2550.
  Registration runs through Dec. 16 at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1400 E. Hadley; Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 Hadley; and Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center during regular business hours.

Chanukah Playland Extravaganza — Chabad Lubavitch of El Paso, 6615 Westwind, hosts its annual Chanukah celebration 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, Information: 584-8218 or rabbilevi@chabadelpaso.com.

El Paso Parkinson Support Group — The support group open to all Parkinson’s families and the public, meets at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month (Dec. 10) at Sierra Hospital 1625 Medical Center, lower level. Admission is free; and the public is welcome. Information: 584-7260.

Amistad for Veterans volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad, Amistad, 12100 Esther Lama, is seeking volunteers for its for Veterans Program. Project Amistad, which works to serve and advocate for the elderly, at-risk, and persons with disabilities in far West Texas, is always seeking qualified volunteers for its “Amistad for Veterans Program,” supported by Texas Veterans Commission “Fund Veterans’ Assistance.” Through the program, veterans from all branches of the service who qualify, receive help with transportation, employment training, housing options and other services such as replacement of lost identification documents, or food pantry access. For requirements and qualifications, call Ana, Rebecca or Alicia at 298-1104. Information: projectamistad.org.

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

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

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

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

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

Guardianship Christmas volunteers — The VISTA Department of Project Amistad, 12100 is looking for volunteers for its Guardianship Department. For a list or requirements and duties, contact Ana, Rebeca or Alicia at the VISTA Department at 298-1104. Information: projectamistad.org.

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts a free Pranic Energy Healing clinic 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, June through December, at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama, for ages 16 years and older, with a short overview of Pranic healing, followed by a guided healing meditation. Participants will be required to complete a form so a Pranic healer can be assigned to work with them. Donations welcome. Information: Lynn Provenzano, 449-0619, or pranichealing.com.
  Lynn Provenzano hosts Twin Hearts Meditation 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month Unity, 1420 Alabama. Love donations appreciated.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. (Hours good through March 17, 2017.) Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.

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

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

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


Christmas Street Gala — The 43rd annual fund-raiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and no host bar. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire. Tickets; $100; RSVP by Nov. 30. Information: 544-8484, ext. 101. Web: pdnchildrens.org.
  A live auction of trees will be held featuring auctioneer Harold Hahn; silent auction of several items also held.

A ‘SNAP’PY Critter Christmas — The annual holiday event,” benefitting Spay Neuter Action Program is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with live and silent auctions, raffles, a dog treat buffet, no host bars, and music by Derrick Harris Jazz Band. Well-behaved leashed dogs welcome; no flexi-leashes. Tickets: $50 (includes lunch); available in advance at SNAP, Horse-n-Hound, Better Life Pet Foods, American Classified, and online at holdmyticket.com. Information, table prices: 524-9265.

Toys for Tots food drive — Mega Radiotón hosts a Celebration Day benefit its food drive with live entertainment 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Fox Plaza parking lot, 5559 Alameda. Music include El Paso and Juarez bands, including Los Bohemios, Joe Padilla and Border City Band, Tony & Friends, Rene Reyna, Tito and the Texas 20 Band, Grupo Los 50’s Boys, and Jess Paloma and Paty Moon and Luvia Band (entertainment subject to change). The food drive runs through Dec. 11. Information on Facebook at Fox Plaza Flea Market.

Mitten Tree/Canned Food Drive — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, will sponsor a Mitten Tree to accept donations of mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the holiday trees, along with canned goods donations during regular library hours through Dec. 26. All items will be donated to local community organizations such as the Community of Hope, La Casa, and Gospel Rescue Mission. Information: (575) 528-4000.

‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs through mid-December. New blankets, twin size or larger will be collected during “blanket Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information, additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or bradenaboud.com.

El Paso Habitat for Humanity ReStore — The second-hand store at 11221 Rojas benefits Habitat El Paso. Donations of furniture, appliances, building materials and more are accepted. Pickups may be arranged by emailing donatedgoods@habitatelpaso.org or call 308-0833. Volunteers also needed. The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: 706-5060.
  Habitat El Paso a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry open to people of all faiths that builds homes for deserving families in El Paso, and also supports Habitat for Humanity's international projects. Partner families pay a 30-year interest-free mortgage.

El Paso Humane Society — Regular adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10 for pets four months age or older for city rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.

Giving Hearts Library book drive — Peace of Art: Design for Change hosts a book drive through Dec. 31, at 3431 Pershing, Suite A6 to prepare for the opening of a
children's library in a precarious neighborhood in Juárez. New or gently used Spanish language or bilingual books are needed; e-books, audio and more are accepted. Donations of library furniture, book shelves, book cards, reading rugs, etc. also welcome. To make a donation or to have a donation area set up at a place of business, contact 564-9960 or sandra@creativegong.com. Information on Facebook at GivingHeartsLibrary.
  The library will be a safe place where children can come after school and work on their homework, get tutoring and read. There will also be a small computer lab.

Operation Santa Claus — New and gently used toys and bikes for the needy children of the El Paso/Fort Bliss area may be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Fort Bliss Op Santa warehouse, Bldg. 1123 or at any El Paso Fire Station, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For a pickup, volunteer information: 568-1010, opsanta57@hotmail.com. Information on Facebook at OpSantaClaus.
  Donations to “Operation Santa Claus” can be mailed to Op Santa, Inc. P.O. Box 16270, Fort Bliss, TX 79906. All funds are for parts and supplies and no funds are paid to any staff.

Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Polar Bear Plunge — The cold-weather swimming event is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Soldier Activity Center Pool in Fort Bliss. Suit up in swim suit or wetsuit for a bracing swim (with ”icebergs” included). Free T-shirts and hot chocolate for all who take the plunge. Underwater photos with Santa also offered. Admission is free; the public is invited. Information: 741-5900.

Holiday Brunch at the Centennial —Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill, on Fort Bliss, hosts its annual holiday feast 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, with breakfast favorites and desserts along with champagne, mimosas and wine.  Santa will be on hand for pictures. Seating will be available by reservation only. Cost: $22.95 ($11.95 age 5 to 10; age 4 and younger eat free). Reservations: 744-8427.

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

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

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

New Year’s Eve Bingo –— The Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill Street on Central Fort Bliss, hosts New Year’s Bingo event for DoD ID card holders ages 18 and older at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a New Year’s observance on the East Coast at 10 p.m. Ticket buy-in is $50; includes bingo paper pack, dinner and a champagne toast (age 21 and older) Registration required. Information: 744-1171.

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.

‘Out with a bang’ – Desert Strike Lanes hosts a New Year’s Bowling Blowout 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, with food and bowling specials. Each bowler gets a goody bag. Information: 568-6272 or blissmwr.com.

Club news


L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Open registration begins Dec. 10 for French classes at the AFEP School, 1035 Belvidere, Suite, #200. Classes begin in January; private and semi-private available.
 
The annual Soiree de Noel and dinner is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. RSVP online.
  AFEP members host an art exhibit of their work Jan. 6-24, at EPCC’s Administration Building, A 9050 Viscount, Reception is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the foyer.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Dec. 3: Dinner and pool
• Friday, Dec. 9: Dinner and play
• Saturday, Dec. 17: Christmas Party

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Ella Blu, 5410 N. Mesa, refreshments and store discounts. No RSVP necessary. Information: (310) 404-1618.
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with a Holiday Bazaar 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Reservations required: $22. Information: 892-5178.
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Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Dr. Kien Lim, will speak on behalf of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center and will address the subject of Tibetan Buddhism. Admission is free and open to the public; donations accepted for speaker’s travel expenses. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s hosts its Christmas Party 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The group’s Christmas Party is Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Cost: $22. Reservations: 598-6376.
  The group will attend UTEP Dinner Theatre’s production of “Cabaret” on Feb. 4. Deadline for ticket purchases is Dec. 8. Reservations: 587-9439.

Apple Users Group — The El Paso Apple Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. EPAUG is a hands-on club for Apple Computer, iPad, and iPhone users to share information and ideas. The group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or epmug.org.

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


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

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

El Paso Library Chess Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Boards provided; admission is free. Information: 543-5433 or elpasolibrary.org.

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

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

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

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

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

Project Linus — The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

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


Area attractions

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.
  “Arts in the Parks: Print-making” is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Create holiday postcards with west Texas wildlife images, and learn about the different animals and plants of the area. Participation is free; tram ride cost still applies.
  Santa will be make a pit stop at the Tramway noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-18.
  Last Sunday Hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, beginning in the park’s parking lot to the top of Ranger Peak. Bring water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing (or costume). Participants are invited to wear their Santa hat! Participation is free.
  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.

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. Closed Dec. 24-25. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing returns Friday, Dec. 16. (See “Sports” for details).
  Holiday in Part family event is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18.
  New Year’s Eve free performance featuring live music from Fungi Mungle is Saturday, Dec. 31.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.

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

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

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• Francisco Cespedes performs “Noche Bohemia” at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Tickets: 440-1,100 pesos.
• Banda Renovacion de Culiacan, Sinaloa, stars in a battle of bands vs. Juarez’s Supema Banda at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Admission: 220-550 pesos.

‘Mujeres que los Hombres Adoran’ — The presentation by “Coach de Corazon” Barbara de la Rosa is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Technology Hub, Av. A.López Mateos 924 (former U.S. Consul compound). Tickets are 200 pesos (donboleton.com). Information: 611 1111.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• “El Cascanueces de Tchaikovsky” is performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Tickets 80-200 pesos.
* “Kinder Navidad Rock” is at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, as part of Festival Navideño Kinder San Patricio. Tickets: 50 pesos.
• “Navidad Con Las Estrellas” is at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Tickets: 50 pesos.
• The Russian State Ballet performs “The Nutracker” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tickets: 385 to 715 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• “Choque de Trenes” boxing begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Featured bout is Pipino Cuevas Jr. vs. Macizo Fermin, plus five other matches. Tickets: 130 to 990 pesos.
• Luche Libre featuring El Santo vs. Silver King begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets: 55 to 550 pesos.

Teatro el Paseo — The theater is in the Centro Comercial El Paseo, Av. Lopez Mateos 2005 (at Carr. Casas Grandes). Information: 267-4626.
  “Noche de Chicas,” (”Girls Night Out” male dancer show) is at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Tickets: 440, 550 and 660 pesos (donboleton.com).

Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Singer, guitarist and composer Virlan García from Sinaloa performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Admission: 220-660 pesos. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.

Gimnasio Universitario — Calle Mejía y Montes de Oca in the Zona Pronaf.
  Miel San Marcos Christian concert is 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, with Shaddai and Crystal y Wendy. Tickets: 220, 275 and 385 pesos (donboleton.com).

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Cornelio Vega y su Dinastia headline at the New Year’s Eve party beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Tickets are 150 to 650 pesos (donboleton.com).

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

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

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

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

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