November 2019

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
For other monthly categories, click here
Mazes and Pumpkins
Día de los Muertos
Veterans Day
Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Tom Lea Month

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

‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 46th annual holiday shopping fair is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3, at the El Paso Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Seeing is Believing.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The fair brings together about 200 merchants from across the country as well as arts, crafts, live entertainment, music, and photos with Santa. Cookies and milk with Santa offered noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets at the door: $10 ($9 seniors, military, children 6-12; free for children under six). Two-day tickets are $15 Information: 584-3511 or
  A sneak peek is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Convention Center, with first access to merchants, and refreshments. Tickets: $30.
  Santa’s Sweet Shop is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at the Convention Center, with kids’ gingerbread house building, treats, and breakfast. Cost: $30; $15 per extra child.
  Holiday Bootcamp is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Convention Center. Learn to make a charcuterie board, one of a kind ornaments, holiday cookie and more. Tickets: $30.
  Elf’s Lodge is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, with an afternoon of football and food, and an auction. Tickets: $20.

The Original Great American Riot — The Rockabilly and Kustum Kulture event is noon to midnight Saturday, Nov. 9, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, with food trucks, art vendors, cars, pin-up contest, and live music. Live music with Pissing Razors, The Rockets, Ian Rosewood, The Damien Isaac Band, Ian Rosewood, and Broken Dime Band. General admission: $23 (eventbrite). Information on Facebook at Great American Riot.

Starr Country Fair — The fall country fair is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Starr Western Wear at Sunland Park Mall, with horse rides, petting zoo, mechanical bull riding, obstacle course, live music, country and banda dancing, performances, giveaways, prizes and more. Admission is free; food and drink available for sale. Information: 533-0113, ext. 27.
  Proceeds benefit Serna Ranch Youth Leadership programs for at-risk kids, Perfect Harmony Horse Rescue and local 4H clubs.

‘Border Tuner’— Award-winning visual and multi-media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer presents his latest installation, “Border Tuner” Nov. 14-24 in El Paso and Juárez. The interactive art installation will highlight the connections between the two cities through a series of nightly conversations and performances that involve residents from both sides of the border and beyond. Organized by UTEP’s Rubin Center at UTEP, El Paso Community Foundation and Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte. Information:
  This interactive light and sound installation features three stations on either of side of the border: Parque Chamizal in Juárez and the parking lots of Bowie High School in El Paso. The stations control 18 of the most powerful searchlight beams in the world.
  The light beams will be visible from a 10-mile radius. When lights from either of the two sites are directed at each other, powerful bridges of light and sound are created – activating microphones and speakers – allowing participants to communicate with one another and creating a cross-border connection and communication.
  For the first 30 minutes of each evening, Border Tuner will feature themed programming with diverse border voices. The public may participate by using the tuning stations from either side of the border to engage in conversations. The public will also be able to participate remotely via SMS voice messages. Conversations may be heard worldwide at

Bourbon and Whiskey at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the evening of food and premium bourbon whiskey and scotch sampling, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, with more than 50 premium tequila brands and frozen margaritas available for sampling. Admission is free; $20 for 10 sample tickets; must be 21 or older to participate Information: 1-800-572-1142, or on Facebook.
  Live music by Dusty Low, Damian Wyldes, Brian Mars and Redemption Rock.

Scorpion-Con — The comic and games convention is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Horizon High School, in Horizon City, with gaming competition, food trucks, and a cosplay contest. Hosted by the Scorpion-Con Horizon High School AVID program. Information: or on Facebook at scorpioncon.

T.Rex Planet — The “Dinosaurs Come to Life” event is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17, at El Paso County Coliseum. T. Rex Planet offers a range of family activities, with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs and static exhibits, a “dinosaur band” and more. Tickets to be announced; available at or at the door.

Alpine Artwalk — Alpine, Texas’s 26th annual Gallery Night events honoring dozens of Big Bend artists is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at more than two dozen Alpine studios and galleries. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days as well as a silent auction and an “Hecho a Mano” open-air food and art market at Kishmish Plaza. Admission is free. Information: Kiowa Gallery, (432) 837-3067 or
  The Artwalk Art Car Parade is noon Saturday down Holland Ave from Alpine Civic Center to Jackson Field.

Celebration of Lights — The annual parade and lighting of San Jacinto Plaza is Saturday, Nov. 23, as the official kickoff for El Paso WinterFest, with live entertainment and family activities throughout the day. Information:
  The traditional lighting of San Jacinto Plaza is at 5:55 p.m. and the “Scherr Legate Presents Celebration of Lights Parade” begins at 6:05 p.m. on Texas Street, going through the Segundo Barrio neighborhood, the Paseo de las Luces (El Paso Street). The 1.5-mile route ends back at Texas Street, with more than 60 attractions and walking groups adorned in lights participating.
  The Plaza will be filled with more than 400,000 mini-lights adorning 120 trees, along with a 30-foot tower tree filled with holiday decorations.
  The skating rink opens noon to 8 p.m. Cost: $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 5. Special holiday hours to be announced. Fiesta Fridays are 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday with live music.
  Other activities include Holiday Downtown Art & Farmers Market 2 to 4 p.m.; Winter Snowflakes making at Museum of Art 4 to 5 p.m.; and a WinterFest celebration at the Main Library at 4:30 p.m.

German Advents-Bazaar — The annual “Christkindlmarket” arts and crafts festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss (former Oktoberfest venue). Admission is free. Information: 201-5939 or
  The traditional German Christmas fair features vendors selling handmade products ranging from decorations, handmade greeting cards and quilts to woodcraft products. German bratwurst, smoked fish, waffles and Christmas stollen, German beer and Glühwein, German coffee, cakes, pastries and cookies will also be sold.
  All proceeds go towards social projects on both sides of the border through the German Air Force’s charity organization “Aid for the Needy.”

Las Artistas — Las Artistas 50th annual Art and Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23-24, Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E Mills, with more than 90 artists and craftspeople, and art students from El Paso and around the country. Cost: $5; free for age 17 and younger. Information: 319-4541 or
  More than 100 artists and craftspeople, including students from the UTEP Metals and Ceramics program. You will see a wide range of art and fine crafts: paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood, wearable art and more.

Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade — The 83rd annual Sun Bowl Parade is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28(Thanksgiving Day), at Montana and Ochoa and proceeds east three miles to Copia.
This year’s theme is “Bobble Heads on Parade.” Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana):
$10; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office. Information: 533-4416, ext. 207, or
  The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935, and was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was changed to Thanksgiving Day. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the region.

Lights on the Lake — The 5th annual Lighting Ceremony is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with a Jingle Bell Jog, music, food trucks and entertainment, photos with Santa, organizational booths and the Winter wonderland Fun Zone.
Admission is free. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.

Mazes & Pumpkins

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 Sundays, through Nov. 3 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35). Admission: $10.95; $9.95 military/teacher with ID; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Information: 213-4386, or on Facebook at elpasocornmaze.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open through Nov. 3 at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $6 for ages 2-5 ($5 military). Free for age two and seniors over 75. Tickets in advance at Information: 549-1323 or
  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.

Día de los Muertos

Branigan Día de los Muertos — Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) in Las Cruces, hosts its Day of the Dead celebration 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, with a special First Friday event. Visitors learn about the Mexican holiday, and about objects on the ofrenda (altar), decorate a skull ornament like a “sugar skull” to take home, and enjoy pan de muerto (bread of the dead). Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154, or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  A Día de los Muertos Bilingual Book Reading for grades K-3d is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, with a reading of Yuyi Morales’ “Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book,” followed by a children’s craft.

Día de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza with food, music, vendors, stories, dancing and piñatas Friday through Sunday Nov. 1-3. Traditional day of the dead altars will be on display. Hours to be announced. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or
  A candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto and coffee is held each year on Nov. 2. Call for time.
  All proceeds from this event are donated to the Community of Hope & Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry; donations of five canned goods requested for all altar setups.

Silver City ‘Día de los Muertos’ — The Día de los Muertos celebration runs through Nov. 2. Information Diana Ingalls Leyba at (575) 388-5725 or
  A special concert is planned Friday, Nov. 1, at WNMU campus, and the ofrenda procession is late afternoon Saturday, Nov. 2 visiting ofrendas throughout downtown.
  A Día de Los Muertos Ofrenda blessing and music is 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, followed by a screening of “Coco” at dusk (around 5:30 p.m.) Entertainment by mariachi singer Angelica Padilla. Champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate), pan de muerte and face painting offered. Pets on leash welcome.

Alebrijes Folk Art Mask workshop — Fab Lab El Paso 601 N. Oregon St. Suite 2, hosts a workshop on making laser cut paper masks inspired by the popular Mexican folk art 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Design options include bird, elephant, jaguar and monkey. Cost: $20; includes supplies (sign up and specify design preference in advance). Information: 209-2656, or on Facebook.

Concordia Día de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society celebrate Day of the Dead Saturday, Nov. 2, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Gates open at 2 p.m. with revelers dressed in vintage Mexican clothing, local vendors, face painters, live music, dancers, poetry readings, altares (decorated graves), arts, crafts and ceremonial offerings. Performances by matachines, mariachis, and Aztec dancers, with 10-foot tall Mojigaga skeletons roaming the cemetery. Tickets: $5; free for age 5 and younger. Information: 497-1126, 591-2326 or on Facebook at diadelosmuertosfestivalelpaso.
  Guests may come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas (skeletons).

Día de los Muertos ‘Que Florezca la Vida’ — La Mujer Obrera Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas, hosts its 22nd annual Day of the Dead 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, featuring Danza Azteca, Danza Azteca Tlaneztica, Tereso Contreras, Churuhui and Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte, Ceiba, and Los Actores: “Aromas y Dulces para nuestros Difuntos por Fernando Horcasita’s, as well as a Catrina Contest and Calavera Poetry Open Mic (verses or poems written as obituaries for the living, often performed as political satire). Admission is free. Information: 217-1126, or on Facebook at mujerobrera.
  Altars are dedicated to loved ones who have passed to create an inviting space for their spirits to return. Marigolds, pan de muerto, fruit, candles, pictures, food and drinks adorn each altar.

EPMA’s Día de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead celebration’s parade, “Aleebrijes,” is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in Downtown El Paso, presented by the El Paso Museum of Art. Alebrijes are based on the work of artist Pedro Linares who created the fantastic mythical creatures in Mexico. Every alebrije is unique and EPMA will unveil its regionally inspired monumental mythical creatures. Attendees are encouraged to wear Day of the Dead or alebrije costumes and calavera masks. Admission is free. Information: 212-3068 or
  The event also features works by Mexico City artist collective, Colectivo Ultima Hora, who created the larger-than-life marionettes from last year, Calaveras, ofrendas, catrinas, music, art-making and more at the museum.

Día De Muertos Art Fest — The Day of the Dead festival is 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Luna County Courthouse Park, 700 S. Silver in Deming, N.M. with live music, mariachi and folklorico dancers, traditional folk art, sugar skull decorating, vendors, art stations, pan de muerto, face painting and more. Admission is free. Information:

Veterans Day

Veterans Day — Veterans Day originated at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany, which brought closure to World War I. In 1954, the United States designated Nov. 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.

Military and Veterans Appreciation Week — New Mexico State University’s 5th annual Military and Veterans Appreciation Week is Nov. 8-16, with several campus events focusing on enhancing, supporting and appreciating the NMSU military and veteran community. Information on Facebook at NMSU MVP.
  The city Veterans Day Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in downtown Las Cruces, with NMSU’s Army and Air Force ROTC marching in the parade.
  Military and Veterans Appreciation Week opening ceremony is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Aggie Memorial Tower at the College of Health and Social Services building. Featured guest speaker is Army Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jack R. Fox, former Secretary of N.M. Veterans’ Services.
• Veterans Day picnic is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Garcia Center Courtyard, with several information tables from NMSU departments and local Veteran Service Organizations, including the Las Cruces Vet Center mobile van.
• Student Veterans Organization will have an information table outside Corbett Center Student Union’s main entrance 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
• ROTC and Armed Forces Recruiters Day is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, behind Young Hall.

‘A Salute to Veterans’ — War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road at Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa, and EAA Chapter 157 presents a tribute to Bob Hope and “Radio Stars of the 1940’s,” Saturday, Nov. 9, featuring Church Carson as the Announcer in tributes to Jack Benny, Red Skelton and Jimmy Durante. Social hour with coffee and dessert begins at 7 p.m. with performance at 8 p.m. Tickets: $75. Proceeds benefit the museum and EAA’s Scholarship Fund. Information: (575) 589-2000 or

Freedom Fest — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road, hosts its 4th annual Veterans Day weekend carnival at 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9-10, with live bands, small carnival rides and performers, games, lucha libre, live artists, pony rides, beer, food, and a fortune teller. Fireworks finale both days. Admission is free; the public is welcome. Information: or on Facebook.

San Elizario Veterans Day Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society hosts the 23rd annual patriotic celebration, with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the corner of Socorro and Thompson Road and going to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of San Elceario Chapel. Grand Marshal to be announced. Information: 383-8529, or
  A Veterans Celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. A Candle Lighting Ceremony, POW-MIA Table Ceremony and Flag Folding Ceremony will be observed, and five veterans with ties to San Elizario will be honored.
  There will be food vendors and several organizations and businesses providing information.

Veteran’s Celebration and auction — International Museum of Art, will host a fundraising auction to benefit the Soldiers Art Workshop Program 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Art pieces to be auctioned have been painted on ceramic tiles and were contributed by local artists. A raffle drawing for a painting by El Paso artist and workshop collaborator Krystyna Robbins is also planned. Ticket information: 543-6747, or on Facebook.
  The Soldiers Art Workshop, launched in 2014 by the El Paso Art Association, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art therapy to help soldiers with PTSD and their families. Each year, a series of workshops are held by volunteer artists in oil painting, watercolor painting, encaustics, and digital photography.
  The Soldier Art Workshop exhibit, featuring more than 60 works created by active duty soldiers, veterans and military youth from Fort Bliss, will be on display Nov. 9-30.

Veterans Day Parades — Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. Local celebrations are also planned for Saturday and Sunday.
• San Elizario Veterans Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the corner of Socorro and Thompson Road and going to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of San Elceario Chapel. Information: 383-8529 or
• The Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, along Water and Main Street. Information:
• The annual Northeast Veterans Parade is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Stahala and Hondo Pass and ending at Old Glory Memorial at Diana and Gateway North for ceremony at 11 a.m. Information: 744-8432 or 216-9031.

Veterans’ Day Car Show — The annual car show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Veterans Center, 992 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Antique and classic vehicles will be on display along with a swap meet and concessions. Onsite entry fee for participants $30 on site. Spectator admission is free. Information: (575) 894-4222, or
  The annual ‘Run For the Wall’ motorcycle run begins at 9 a.m.

Mesilla Veterans Day — A ceremony honoring the town’s veterans is 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 11, at Parque de los Veteranos, Avenida de Mesilla and Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

Southern New Mexico

Southern NM Cannabis Expo — Weekly Alibi hosts Southern New Mexico’s “premiere B2B convention supporting the economic impact of industrial hemp on cannabis” noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, to provide an environment for patients, local leaders, industry members and the curious to learn about the industry. There will be a “Cannaforum” featuring educational talks throughout the day, as well as regional artists, farmers, growers, producers, educators and more. Portion of proceeds supports a local non-profit in Las Cruces that supports veterans and PTSD. No live of drained cannabis or hemp plants at the event. Tickets: $10 at the door; $5 with medical cannabis card. Information:

Renaissance Artsfaire — The 48th annual event, sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at Young Park, Walnut and Lohman in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  The fair offers handcrafted items created by artists from around the Southwest, food supporting area non-profit organizations, the Dragon’s Eye Tavern wine and beer garden, the Children’s Realm, entertainment on several stages, artist and demonstrations, live animal, canoe rides around Magellan the Dragon and more.
  New this year is Jeffrey the Juggler, performing at the Main Stage each day and roaming throughout the park, as well as Indian dancers at the Queen’s Court, and “foam fencing” in the Children’s Realm.
  Jousting on horseback from Order of Epona is at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Royal procession led by Queen Sherrie begins at 1 p.m. both days.
  Admission: $10; free for age 12 and younger; advance discount tickets (two for $15) offered at the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite-B-D, Pic Quik convenience store locations, or at No pets except service animals.
  VIP passes are $80 with one-day all-access for two adults, preferred parking near entrance, and access to VIP tent, complimentary refreshments, up-front views of jousting and photo ops.
  Free “Royal Carriage” Shuttle departs from the southwest parking lot of the Mesilla Valley Mall starting at 9 a.m.

Christmas Jubilee — The 32nd annual Ruidoso shopping extravaganza is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with 80 merchants, a food court, holiday music and decor. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Pictures with Santa and kids’ crafts 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Ruidoso Valley Greeters. Admission: $2 (free for active duty military and children under 12). Information: (575) 808-8052, or on Facebook at Ruidoso Christmas Jubilee.
  The Ruidoso Greeters are a nonprofit branch of the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce and have held the jubilee for over 30 years.

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 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 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.

National Christmas Tree Whistle Stop — Join Santa and Smokey Bear in welcoming the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to town on its way to Washington D.C. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at US Forest Service Black Range Office, 1804 N. Date Street, in Truth or Consequences, with kids activities ornament making, food drive, toy drive, bake sale. Christmas tree cutting permits available at the event. Information: Mo McElroy (707)490-5079 or
  The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree began in 1964 when House Speaker John W. McCormack placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree each year. The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico will provide the 2019 tree.

Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include:
• Santa Land, presented by Cloudcroft Light Opera Company and Kiwanis Club is 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 and Dec. 21, in Zenith Park behind the Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Cloudcroft Pavilion at 5 p.m. with and cookies, hot chocolate and cider, bonfire marshmallow roasting, games including Santa Bingo, prizes, holiday lights and vendor. Admission is free.
• Cloudcroft Christmas Market is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday end 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29-30 at the Cloudcroft High School Commons, featuring items from 20 area stores.
• The Christmas Tree lighting and parade is Saturday, Dec. 7 at dusk (around 5 p.m.) on Burro Avenue, in front of High Altitude, with bonfires, hot chocolate and cookies, stores open for shopping, Santa pictures, and a performance by the Cloudcroft High School Choir. Bring an ornament to decorate the tree.
  Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-4447 or

HomeGrown — The 6th annual New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces, with more than 70 vendors. Admission: $5 per vehicle; first 100 vehicles each day receive a free burlap shopping bag. Information: (575) 522-4100 or
  Award-winning salsas are featured, as well as wine, pies, cookies, sauces, jams, honey, jerky, pecans, pistachios, gift baskets and more. Food trucks on site, and the Red Hot Chile Contest will be held.
  NMDA’s Chef Ambassadors John Hartley and Rocky Durham will demonstrate various recipes (using products that will be available for sale by vendors) at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 and 2 p.m. each day.

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 29-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th 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. No tours offered Christmas Eve.
  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). Discounts for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516, or on Facebook.

Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade — The 29th annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in the historic Downtown district. Information: (575) 534-1700, or
  The parade starts at the intersection of Cooper and Broadway and ends on Bullard at the intersection of College.

West Texas

Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 53rd annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Oct. 30-Nov. 2, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170, with live music by Gary P. Nunn, Thomas Michael Riley, Dale Watson, Los Pinche Gringos, Petty Theft, The Lavens and the Tejas Brothers, art show, and more. Tickets: $40 general admission Information: (817) 251-1287, or on Facebook at OTICCC.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 53rd annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff events are Oct. 28-Nov. 2 with cookoff Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua. Cost: $40 per person per week for camping; $30 early bird. Information: 713-248-0681, or on Facebook at CASI Chili Appreciation Society International.

Tom Lea Month

The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrates the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with various events in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez throughout October. Lea (1907-2001) was the son of an El Paso mayor who became a nationally famous muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter. The 2019 year commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Landing on Peleliu. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed; registration or RSVP required at Information: 533-0048.
  Showing through Jan. 5 at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza is ”Tom Lea and World War II,” an exhibit devoted to his iconic World War II paintings and drawings owned by the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Central to the exhibition are Lea’s nine eyewitness paintings from the infamous Battle of Peleliu.
  • A reception and lecture of the exhibit by Charles Grow, Deputy Director of National Museum of Marine Corps is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
  • A tour and lunch of the exhibit with Kevin Burns and Adair Margo is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Cost: $15; reservations at
  Highlighted events:
• Date Night Out at Fort Bliss is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Old Fort Bliss Replica Bldg 5054 Pleasonton. Guests create their own pottery to take home while learning about bronze casting. Wine and refreshments offered; age 21 and older only. Tickets: $20.
• Adair Margo presents “He Never Forgot: Letter to Chaplain Oakey,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at El Paso Library Main Branch, on the personal nature of Lea’s war- reporting.
• “Courage and Death: How Tom Lea’s Brave Bulls shaped his Paintings of War” is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe. The multimedia presentation links Tom Lea’s war paintings to bullfighting.
• “Combat PTSD Then and Now” with Gulf War veteran Dr. Sarah Martin of the Texas Tech Medical School a veteran of the Gulf War noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Medical Education Building Room 1150. Martin brings unique insights to the subject of soldiers who suffer from severe trauma represented in Tom Lea’s painting “Marines Call it that 2,000 Yard Stare,” which is the national symbol for PTSD.
• Fort Bliss Museum Preservation Symposium focusing on the “Baron Rudolph von Ripper Mural” with former Fort Bliss historian John Hamilton is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12.
• Tomas Cuevas talks on “Invisible Infantry: Mexican Nationals who fought for the US in WWII,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at UACJ, Juárez .
• An Artful Preludes performance is noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at El Paso Museum of Art. Guests can view the Tom Lea, with a performance by violinist Yevgeny Kutik, and commentary by El Paso Symphony conductor Bohuslav Rattay.
El Paso Symphony features guest violinist Kutik at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, in the Plaza Theatre. Selections include op. 60 in C major “Leningrad Symphony,” synced to a multimedia experience incorporating Tom Lea’s iconic WWII paintings, sketches and photos of his time as an embedded artist correspondent. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster).
  Free Opening Notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre. James Welsch and Holly Packard Cobb will discuss the symphony music to be performed and the WWII art of Tom Lea.
• From Darkness to Life: The El Paso Connection to the Jewish Holocaust with performance artist Morgan Barnard and UTEP English professor Mimi Gladstein is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at El Paso Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon. Gladstein makes connections between El Paso Jewish families who fled the Holocaust and Tom Lea’s Jewish merchant in his novel “The Wonderful Company.” Presentation followed by a live cinema performance with Barnard, incorporating artifacts from the museum and items brought by audience members.
  Other events:
• B-36 Crash Site Hike with Carol Brown is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, starting where Stanton Street dead ends at the 1,000 Steps Trail.
• Self Portrait activities for kids and teens are at various El Paso Library branches at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
• Paint and Play Friends Night Out events at I Painted That are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the East Side location, 1810 Trawood, and Thursday, Oct. 10, at the West Side, 5200 N. Mesa, Suite C102. Tickets at
• A Spoken World Slam, hosted by Barbed Wire Open Mic Series is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Black Orchid, 6127 N. Mesa, inspired by Lea’s “Peleliu Landing.”
• A Family WWII Cooking class to learn about the concept of K Rations and food rationing is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin.
• “Peleliu Landing, the story behind a classic book on a World War II Battle” talk by Claudia Rivers, head of UTEP’s C.L Sonnichsen Special Collections, is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at UTEP Library’s McNeely Room, Sixth Floor.
• A talk on “WWII Medicine Then and Now” is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Medical Education Building, Room 1150, 5001 El Paso, with Alan Tyroch, M.D., professor and Chair of Surgery at Texas Tech University.
  The lecture is also set for 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Southwest University Auditorium, 1420 Geronimo.
• World War II-focused feature films are 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays in October at El Paso Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Call for times, films: 212-READ.
• A Fort Bliss Living History Kids Day is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Old Fort Bliss, 5054 Pleasonton Road, with ice-cream churning, cowboy band party, marshmallow roasting, flag retirement/burning of the flags, reenactment of a day in the life of Tom Lea.

More Bazaars and Fairs, Farmer's Markets

Bazaars and fairs

915 Pop-Up markets at Whole Foods —
915 Pop-Up Markets hosts markets and more at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt. Information on Facebook at 915PopUpMarket.
  Markets are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2-3, and Nov. 16-17.
  A Night Market is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club hosts the annual bazaar Nov. 2-3 at Stout Physical Fitness Center on Fort Bliss, 2930 Cassidy Rd. One of the largest bazaars in West Texas, the event features more than 100 vendors from throughout the Southwest offering arts, crafts, antiques and food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit club’s various charitable projects; admission fees to towards the club’s scholarship fund. Admission: $1 (includes door prize ticket); free for ages 17 and younger. Information: 309-0970.

Hubbell Trading Post on the Road — The trading post’s Navajo rugs and jewelry will be offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at White Sands National Monument. Rug talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, and weaving demonstrations throughout the day. Information: (575) 479-6124 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 (Nov. 2, Dec. 7), with vendors, music, face painting and yoga. Food and refreshments sold. Information: 585-9296.

Jesus Chapel Craft Fair — Jesus Chapel School, 10200 Album, hosts its craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, with vendors, food, games and family entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 593-1153 or

The Marketplace Christmas Open House — Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan. The diverse shops inside The Marketplace host their annual holiday event 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, with live music by The Sullivan Brothers and artists on site. Information: 585-9296.

Holly Day House - The Artists of Picacho Hills host a holiday shopping event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 225 West Griggs, Las Cruces (enter from the parking lot on the corner of Alameda and May). AA raffle of donated artwork will benefit Mesilla Valley Hospice. Information: 575-523-1740, or on Facebook.

915 Pop-Up Market — The Outlet Shoppes features the market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and 23, with more than 35 vendors. Information:

Native American Market — The 7th annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9-10, on the historic Mesilla Plaza,, with Native American dancers, authentic fry bread and Indian tacos, and Native American artisan crafts. Admission is free. Information:

Queen of Peace Arts and Crafts Festival — Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1551 Belvidere, hosts its bazaar noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9-10, with vendors, food and baked goods, prizes and an appearance by St. Nick. Information: 584-5817 or

Artist’s Holiday Sale — Seven Las Cruces artists will host a sale 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at Las Cruces Clay and Studio, 614 E Lohman with pottery, paintings, pyrography, and glass. Admission is free. Information: (575) 800 5971.

Holiday Open House Bazaar — Patou Velvet’s annual bazaar and gift sale is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at 518 Randolph in Sunset Heights, with handmade gift cards, vintage collectibles, sterling silver and handmade jewelry for men and women, original and reproductions of art, Frida items, Linda’s baked cookies and more. Information: 412-7632; or on eBay at patouvelvetvintage.

Zin Valle Arts & Crafts Fair — Zin Valle Vineyards, Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259), hosts its arts and crafts fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, featuring handmade items from various artisans. Vendor booths available (handmade items only) through Nov. 1 at Information: 877-4544 or

Mount Hope Fall Festival — Mount Hope Lutheran Church, 9640 Montwood (at McRae), hosts its bazaar 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, with vendor and craft booths, rummage sale room, holiday decor, food trucks, and a children’s craft. Information: 598-2141 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.

St. Francis Xavier Christmas Fair — The Catholic church’s 4th annual fair is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16-17, at the parish hall, 519 S. Latta. Merchandise includes art, antiques, bath and beauty products, clothing, holiday and other home décor, garden items, jewelry, toys and more. Food and drink sold by the church. Admission is free. Information: 532-2761 or 479-7100.

St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar — The St. Paul’s Methodist Women’s annual bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with hand crafted gift items as well as gently used holiday items such as trees, lights, ornaments, decor, dishes and more. Admission is free. Information: 772-2737 or

Viva Los Muertos Festival — El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market hosts the Día de los Muertos indoor and outdoor festival 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with altars, food trucks, mercado, demonstrations and workshops, performances, music and large art installations, loteria, prizes, face painting, a jumping balloon, axe throwing, and more. Information: 478-9971 or on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.

Ysleta del Sur Winter Market — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo hosts the annual market 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the YDSP Cultural Center, 505 Yaya Lane (at Socorro Road), with social dance performances, food and beverage vendors, and Native American jewelry, presented by the YDSP Department of Cultural Preservation. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700 or
  The Cultural Center offers an exhibit on YDSP history and art, along with several shops featuring Tigua artists.

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 (final market of the year is Nov. 17) 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

Las Cruces Potters’ Guild show — The group’s 39th annual holiday art show and sale is noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at St. Paul’s United Methodists Church, 225 W. Griggs, in Las Cruces, with functional pottery, sculpture and decor, mosaics, jewelry, and textiles from more than 25 artists. Holiday treats offered. Admission is free. Information: or on Facebook.
  Las Colcheras Quilt Guild raffle tickets available for handmade quilt; proceeds benefit El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

Calvary Chapel Craft Fair — Calvary Chapel of El Paso, 1771 Zaragoza, hosts its annual craft fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, featuring local vendors, food and entertainment. Information: 855-4565 or

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 15th annual market 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists, as well as cooking demonstrations and live music. Santa will be on hand for pictures noon to 2 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext.3, or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.
  Interested vendors may register 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. All items must be handmade or homegrown by registered vendor.

Farmer’s markets

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
— The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

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 5 to 9 p.m. select Fridays, Nov. 1, 15 and 29. Season closes Nov. 29. Information: or on Facebook.

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

Something for everyone

Aviation Hall of Fame — The El Paso Aviation Association’s Hall of Fame banquet is Saturday, Nov. 2, at War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road at the Doña Ana County International Jetport. This year’s honoree is Mike McNamee. Cost and RSVP information at 581-3866 or on Facebook at El Paso Aviation Association or War Eagles Air Museum.

Border Mass — The Peace & Justice Ministry of the Dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez will host the mass in memory of migrants who have died crossing the border at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Rio Grande canal at the end of Calleros Street near the Santa Fe Bridge. Bring a chair. Information: 872-8422.
  The event is led by the bishops of the Juárez, Las Cruces and El Paso dioceses.

Gurdjieff Group of El Paso — The group meets 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at El Paso Public Library’s Armijo branch, 620 E. 7th, for a study of “what we are as human beings.” Everyone is welcome. Information: 204-6508 or

Compassionate Thanksgiving — The Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts its 26th annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Radisson El Paso Airport, 1770 Airway. A vegan dinner, open to the public, will be followed by a guest. Reservation deadline is Oct. 29. Cost: $24 ($22 VSEP members; $10 children under 12); pay at Information: 877-3030 or

Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas hosts free programs 1:15 to 3 p.m. selected Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Richard Burges Branch, 9600 Dyer. Information: (703) 434-1196 or
Nov. 2: “Past Lives: Have I Lived Before,” Light & Sound Service.
Nov. 16: “ECK Wisdom on Life After Death,” discussion on books by Harold Klemp.

Chronic Pain clinic — Functional Forum hosts a free presentation on the biopsychosocial model for understanding and treating pain 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Whole Foods Market, 110 Pitt, with experts in pharmacy, insurance and public health perspective. Information: 229-5985 or on Facebook at info.freedomcrossing.
  The Functional Forum is a monthly web show about the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice development and health technology.

Feast Science — Insights El Paso Science Center hosts a Nerd Night Event for adults 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 901 Arizona. Dive into the science behind holiday meals. Following an evening stroll through the community garden, enjoy a plant-based holiday feast and Nerd Night speaker program. Dinner and non-alcoholic drinks will be available, but guests may BYOB. Tickets: $10 (Nerd Night only); $25 (with dinner). Space is limited; RSVP at Eventbrite. Information: 534-0000 or

NMSU Health Professions job fair — The 5th annual Health Professions Career Fair is 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at NMSU’s Corbett Center Student Union on the first floor. Students, alumni and community members can meet with representatives from hospitals, social service agencies and graduate programs seeking to hire or recruit students in nursing or other health-related professions. Registration: Information: (575) 646-1631 or

U.S.-Mexico Border Summit — Borderplex Alliance hosts the summit 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at El Paso Convention Center. Keynote speaker is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Networking breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with welcome remarks, panels, interviews and speakers throughout the day. Co-hosted by the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center. Tickets: $125 (Eventbrite). Inforamtion:
  Bush served as governor from 1999 through 2007. The son and brother of U.S. presidents, he himself was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
  Related events include the The U.S.-México 10K, and the Border Tuner, a large-scale, participatory art installation along the US Mexico border.

Bike Night — Barnett Harley-Davison, 8272 Gateway East, hosts its final car show and bike event of the season 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, with food trucks, beer and performance by Back to the 80s Rock Tribute, sponsored by El Paso HOG Chapter. Information: or on Facebook at BartnettsBikeNight.

Community Cooking Classes — Project Vida, with support from Paso Health, offers cooking classes to promote healthy eating habits, guided by Maria Gutierrez. Gutierrez brings traditional recipes from local kitchens and present them with a healthier spin.
  Session 3 classes are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14, at Linda Vista Apartments, 4866 Hercules. Information: Abril Santiesteban or Daisy Herrera: 533-7057, ext. 122 or 113.

‘Red, White & You!’ hiring event — Texas Workforce Solutions host the 9th annual statewide hiring event focusing on veterans and spouses and members of the public 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Admission is free. Information:,887-2221 or

Southwest Women’s Leadership Institute — Positive Directions’ 8th annual institute is 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Sameniego, with various guest speakers. Cost (includes breakfast and lunch): $399. Information: 838-1000 or Registration at
  Speaker is bestselling author Dr. Kristina Hallet, Teri Hugo Hirss, Betty Uribe, and Aliana Apodaca.

One Fund El Paso application help — One Fund El Paso and the National Compassion Fund will provide help for those applying for direct financial assistance related to the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso. Victims must have been present at the Cielo Vista Walmart, Sam’s Club or their respective parking lots during the attack. Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 8 and may be completed at

Architecture lectures — Texas Tech University College of Architecture and El Paso Museum of Art host talk by various architects and design experts in the museum’s auditorium, One Arts Festival Plaza, as part of its lecture series. Admission is free, but seating limited to 220 people. Information:
• 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9: Tatiana Bilbao, founder of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio in Mexico City, presents “Two Sides of the Border,” followed by a reception at 5 p.m.
• 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21: Ila Berman, Dean of Architecture at UVA will lecture on “Didactic Objects, Immersive Events.”

Youth Mental Health First Aid course — Western Sky Community Care hosts a free course focused on helping young people who are experiencing mental health or substance abuse problems is 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 13-14, at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main (Conference Room 2007-C). Registration required; class size limited to first 30 individuals, age 18 and older, who sign up. Registration: Information: or

Young Professionals Leadership Summit — United Way’s Young Leadership Society will present “Engage,” a summit geared toward young professionals in the borderland region, at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at DoubleTree Downtown, 600 El Paso Street. The summit panels, speakers, a mentors hour, and an evening mixer at the DoubleTree’s Sky Lounge. Keynote speaker is CEO of Sanders/Wingo, Leslie Wingo. General admission tickets are $60. Information:

Pranic Healing — Pranic Healing El Paso Border Region hosts an advanced two-day Pranic Healing Level 2 Course, including crystal pranic healing, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at Chase Suite Hotel Conference Center, 6791 Montana. Students must have taken the Level 1 class offered in El Paso in September and Albuquerque in October. Spanish translation available. Registration: 499-0619 or

Children’s Business Showcase — Cruces Kids Can hosts a showcase of kid’s businesses featuring vendors age 6 to 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street. Registration:
  Kids 6 are invited to create a business plan, develop a product or service and then open for business at the Cruces Kids Can Downtown Marketplace.

Emotional, Mental and Physical health retreat — Equestrian Holistic Retreat Getaway hosts the Physical, Mental, and Emotional Sun Star City Outreach Retreat Empowering Seminar 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Space is limited; RSVP in advance. Tickets: $50; free for law enforcement, first responders and Armed Forces members with ID at eventbrite or on Facebook. Lunch available for purchase Information: Deliris Montanez, (704) 293-4307, or on Facebook.
  Speakers include That Peer Support Couple, LLC (Cathy and Javier Bustos) on “A First Responder Marriage-Surviving Critical Incidents"; Alicia Ramos on ”Leading an Empowered Life”; and Amy Sunseri on “Natural Wellness” and The Radical Social Worker (Ashley Heidebrecht) on ”Chronic Stress: Signs, Symptoms, and Learning to Cope.”

Seniors Going Digital — El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Library hosts free workshops to age 50 and older 6 to 8 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at EPCC’s Valley Verde Library, Room C311, 919 Hunter. This month’s workshop is “Library Skills” on Nov. 21. No workshops in December or January. Information: 831-2442.

ECCM Conference — The annual ECCM conference is Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24, at Christian Joy Center, 1208 Sumac. This year’s theme is “Worship at The Border.” Admission is free. Registration, times: 595-1307, or on Facebook at CJCElPaso.

Fab Lab 3D Drink and Draw — Fab Lab El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St. Suite 2, hosts recurring classes 4 to 6 p.m. the last Saturday of the month (Nov. 30, Dec. 28) where people can take their doodling skills to the next level using 3D pens. Age 16 and older welcome. Tickets: $20; includes two drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic options available). Information: 209-2656, or on Facebook.
  Figure Painting Workshops with Ghost Fox Toys are 4 to 6 p.m. the last Friday of every month (Nov. 29, Dec. 27), for ages 18 and older. Cost: $25.

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:

Westside Parkinson’s on the Move — The support group meets at 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Bartlett Assisted Living Center, 221 Bartlett. Information: Ken Posey, 526-6078 or

Project Amistad volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad seeks volunteers to help with various programs. Volunteers must undergo criminal background check and orientation. Information, requirements: Robert or Alicia at 298-1104 or
• Guardianship Department volunteers are always needed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. selected days at 3210 Dyer.
• Companionship Program volunteers needed to visit clients in group homes to perform various tasks; hours our flexible.
  Project Amistad serves as the court-appointed guardian of over 350 wards in El Paso County.

Borderland Rainbow Center — The center 2714 Wyoming host several support and social groups for the LGBTZ community. Participation is free. Information: 263-4623 or
• True Colors: LGBTQ Youth Support Group meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for age 14-18 who are struggling with issues like coming out to friends and family, navigating family gatherings, dating, bullying and mental health.
• Stonewall AA/Addictions Anonymous meet 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, an LGBT-friendly 12-step support group for folks struggling with addictions.
• Transgender Adult Support Group meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, as a peer support group for trans folk age 18 and older.

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

‘Caffeine and Octane’ Cruise-ins — Southwest Classic Car Club and the Coyote Cobras host their monthly cruise-ins beginning at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Nov. 9) in the parking lot of Western Beverages, 6104 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information: 584-8261 or

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Nov. 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,

El Paso Lupus Support Group — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (Nov. 2) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

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

Food Bank Twilight Hour volunteers — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has created evening ”Twilight Hour” volunteer opportunities for civic and business groups 6 to 9 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month. Information: Samara Maggard, 298-0353 or
  Twilight Hour Volunteering will also include a light snack and an optional Mocktail Hour (non-alcoholic mixed drinks) starting at 5 p.m. with a tour of the warehouse. Specific volunteer work ranges from pulling orders, processing, to sorting and packing food and ensuring food doesn’t go to waste.

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

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration:
  Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Happy’s Barley & Vine, 7 p.m. Mondays.
• Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 8 p.m. Mondays.
• Border City Ale House, 1506 Lee Trevino, and Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursdays
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), or on Facebook.

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing. Donations welcome, space available on first come, first served basis. Information: 449-0619 or
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing. Clinics also held 3 to 5 p.m. every second Sunday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 North Main, in Las Cruces.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered 7 to 8 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church, and 1:30 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at Fort Bliss Resilience through Art, 420 Marshall Road. Donations welcome.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or

For a good cause

Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 120th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala celebrates “Día de Los Muertos” 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe. Black tie event; masks and face painting encouraged. Information: 629-6714. Registration at

‘Día De Los Muertos’ Spotlight — Border Aids Partnership hosts its annual fundraiser 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, with a silent art auction work (juried show) and skull decorating competition by noted artists. Dress is casual. Tickets: $20; includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and opportunity to bid on original artwork. Information: 533-4020, or on Facebook at borderaidspartnership.
  Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.1 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball — 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation of El Paso, Texas, hosts it 12th annual ball celebrating the 242nd U.S. Marine Corps birthday 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Forum Ballroom, 3800 Mattox, with music by Encanto Band, free soda and keg beer. Guest of honor is Retired GySgt Ramon Marquez. Cocktail hour begins at p.m. with birthday ceremony at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dance 8 p.m. to midnight. Dress is semi-formal (suit with tie). Cost: $35 donation per person. Information: 234-0192,, or on Facebook at 19thRifleCo.USMCRFoundation.

Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, Inc. hosts its fall fundraising event 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with dinner, live and silent auctions and music by Fungi Mungle. This year’s theme is a combination of wearing an “ugly” Christmas sweater and “The Grinch Stole Christmas.” Tickets: $75 (Tables for ten available). Information: 449-5883, or on Facebook.
  Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-profit organization working in the colonias of Juárez. SPJ builds new homes and helps clothe the families in need.

El Paso Toy Run — El Paso Motorcycle Coalition’s 37th annual toy run parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at International Trick Driving School 141 Quinella in Sunland Park and ends at El Paso County Coliseum. Toy drop-off is at 11 a.m. with food, door prizes, music and more. All proceeds benefit the underprivileged children of El Paso County and its surrounding area. Entry: $10 plus a new toy donation ($5 or more value). Information: 494-4881, 740-9991, or on Facebook.
  New route goes from the school to Doniphan, then to Paisano through Downtown to the Coliseum.

‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs Nov. 4-Dec. 20. 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

Signature Chefs Auction — The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence presents the annual benefit auction for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 Mills. Top area chefs will present their signature dishes, along with a menu of gourmet auction packets. Tickets: $150; $1,500 table for 10. Information: Laura Gallegos at 330-9054 or, or

Salvation Army dinner — Former Dallas Cowboy Randy White is special guest for the Salvation Army’s annual dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Grace Gardens, 6709 Westside. Cost: $100 per seat; $1,000 table for 10. VIP passes are an additional $100, and include early entry at 5 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 1 to Teresa. or 544-9811. Information: or on Facebook at SalArmyElPasoTX.

Howl at the Harvest Moon — The gala benefit for the Humane Society of El Paso is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mill, with dinner, live music and live and silent auctions featuring items donated by El Paso’ businesses, restaurants, shops, and artists. Tickets: $75 ($750 table for ten). Reservations at: 532-6971 or

Brunch, Barks & Bingo — The 9th annual benefit for Animal Rescue League is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with MC Boom Boom & Fred, costume contests, pet geared vendors, pet grooming, prizes, Raffle Bingo and more. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome.
  Donate any of the following and receive a free doggie treat; cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes, dog or cat bedding, canned or dry dog or cat food.
  Cost: $25 (includes 5 bingo cards). Brunch not included. Reservations recommended: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or

Hell Paso Chili Battle — Reynolds Home, 8023 San Jose, hosts the fundraising chili cookoff, Saturday, Nov. 9, with categories for red and green chili, live music and kids area. Cost per entry: $20; tasting cups are $5. Information: 929-9055, or on Facebook.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta — Actor and entrepreneur Danny Trejo, known for his roles in “Desperado,” “Heat” and “Machete,” will host an in-depth discussion, “The Path of a Champion” at the chamber’s 29th annual gala event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Hotel Paso del Norte, 115 El Paso, with a VIP reception, piñata surprise and silent auction. Information: 566-4066 or
   Trejo, who will be the voice of “Boots” in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” is owner of the L.A. area restaurant chain Trejo’s Tacos, and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts.

Winter Wonderland Gala — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger’s fundraising gala is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 9, at Marriott Hotel, 1600 Airway, with live and silent auction and casino gaming. Guests can sample food from 15 different restaurants. Tickets: $100 (table sponsors $1,000). RSVP by Nov. 1. information: 298-0353, or on Facebook.
  El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is the city’s only food bank. Work supported by the Food Bank includes food distribution to 110 agencies and food pantries in El Paso, mobile pantries, and social services outreach. Money raised stays locally to fight food insecurity in the area.

Child Guidance Center’s Dinner and Roast — El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and First Lady Adair Margo will be roasted (and honored) at the El Paso Child Guidance Center’s annual fundraising dinner and roast 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at El Paso Country Club. “Roasters” include the couple’s children; Former TV news anchor Rick Cabrera will host. Tickets: $150; available at Information: or 562-1999.

El Paso Giving Day — Nonprofit organizations and donors throughout the community will take part in the 4th annual day of promoting philanthropy, engaging new and younger donors, and using social media to improve the quality of life in the community Thursday, Nov. 14. Area organizations, countries, companies and individuals are encouraged to participate. Information:

Christmas Street Gala — The 46th annual fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Table sponsorships now available. Information: or

Guild and Friends Luncheon — El Paso Opera Guild and Friends hosts a winter luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Anson 11, 303 N. Oregon (complimentary parking in Mills Garage). Cost: $30. RSVP for luncheon by Dec. 3 at

Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at all El Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or 834-5772.
  Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.

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.

Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation — Registration required at the Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution, for DoD ID cardholders. Information: 744-1532 or
  A Big Bend Excursion is Saturday through Monday, Nov. 9-11, with kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking along the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. Water activity depends on water flow. Open to the public at 14 and older, but space is limited. Registration: $150 for active-duty soldiers, $175 civilians.

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

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

Friday at The 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 (Nov. 5) 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

Doña Ana Photography Club — The club meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 19, at Cruces Creative, 205 Lohman, in Las Cruces. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: (575) 323-3624 or
Nov. 5: Rob Peinert will give a presentation on two segments of the annual Photography Boot Camp series: Photography rules and how to break them and Boosting creativity.
Nov. 19: Nirmal Khandan presents “Advanced Hummingbird Photography.” The monthly theme for this meeting is “Faces-Real or Imagined.”

Westside Welcome Club — Information:
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Chico’s at the Fountains at Farah. Fashion show featured. No reservations needed. Information: 587-8641.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Social time at 11 a.m. Cost for lunch: $22; reservation deadline is Nov. 9. 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.

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: Josette Shaughnessy, 585-1789, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Fall French class sessions for both children and adults are underway. Information, registration: 346-3810 or 833-8705.
  Call for times for fall events:
• Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau is Thursday, Nov. 21, at EPCC Thirteen09.
• A holiday celebration is Saturday, Dec. 7, at University Presbyterian Church.

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

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (Nov. 14) 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 (Nov. 12) 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.

McKelligon Canyon VFW — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 812 is open 2 to 8 p.m. at 2400 Davis Seamon Road in Franklin Mountains State Park. No charge to join; new members welcome to meet and fellow combat-zone veterans. Information: 562-2161 or on Facebook at VFWPost812ELP.

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

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

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W. Paisano, Second floor meeting room Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at

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

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  The Original Great American Riot Rockabilly and Kustum Kulture event is noon to midnight Saturday, Nov. 9. Admission: $23 (eventbrite).
  Bourbon and Whiskey at the Park is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. $20 for 10 sample tickets.
  Ventanas Bar & Grill offers an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet for $15.99 ($10.99 ages 3-10) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.

El Paso Streetcars — The restored streetcars run daily on two connected loop routes, covering a total of 4.8 miles, from Father Rahm in South El Paso to Glory Road in Kern Place. Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Fare: $1.50; $1 student, children, military. Information: 212-3333, or on Facebook.
  Streetcars will run extended hours during the Last Thursday Art events Downtown.
  Storytime on the Streetcar is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, departing from the El Paso Public Library Main Branch.

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

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

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

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. 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.

Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room — The new tasting room, which includes wine and craft beer, is at 3200 Hwy 28 in Anthony, N.M. (La Union area at NM 28 and S. Vinton Road). Open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day. The room also features the region’s only yarn shop and local alpaca products. Live music featured 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (915) 494-7248.
  Small Business Days supporting the winery, alpaca farms, and Mayluna yarns are Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Holiday wine baskets will be sold.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or

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

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (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.

La Fiesta de Los Pecadores — The music festival is 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Centro Recreativo Las Fuentes, Ramón Rayón 2170, Sálvarcar de Juárez, 32000. Tickets: 345 pesos (

Mathame and Oostil Afterlife — The concert is 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at La Casona, Prolongacion Teofilo Borunda #9551. Tickets: 460 pesos (

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• La India Yuridia presents her new feminist comedy show “Es Lo Que Hay” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Tickets: 345-520 pesos.
• “Coco El Musical en Vivo” is presented Nov. 3-12. Tickets: 203, 268 and 323 pesos.
• Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Tickets: 460-1,035 pesos.
• Sonora Santanera de Carlos Colorado perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets: 520-805 pesos.
• “El Exorcista,” a play based on the movie and book, is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Tickets: 345-920 pesos.
• Singer/actress Kika Edgar performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. Tickets: 608-1,583 pesos.
• Mexico de Colores, a dance company directed by Carlos Antuñez, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets: 180 pesos.
• “Los Mandamientos de una Mujer Chingona” is presented at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Tickets: 460-920 pesos.
• St. Petersburg Imperial Russian Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Tickets: 460-805 pesos.

Teatro de la Nacion — Panama 477 at 20 de Noviembre. Advance tickets at
• “6to Sentido,” (based on the movie “The Sixth Sense) is at 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Tickets: 175 and 290 pesos.
• Singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Tickets: 175 and 230 pesos

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Advance tickets at
• Comic Alan Saldana performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, as part of his “Sin Sombrero” tour. Tickets: 345, 405 and 460 pesos.
• El Circo de las Pesadillas presents “Mortem Retorno” at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets: 290, 405 and 520 pesos.
• Standup comic Daniel Sosa presents his “Nuevo Adulto” show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets: 290-575 pesos.
• “Toy Story 4” is presented at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets: 290, 405 and 460 pesos.

ExpoArte 2019 — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’ annual gala, “Night of Art and Culture” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte (Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda Theatre) in Juárez, featuring the modern dance group from Veracruz, Jarocho: Ritmo, Pasión y Magia. Ticket information: 612-3175, 612-4075 or 615-6301 in Juárez, or

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Advance tickets at
  Siddhartha performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, as part of the rock musician’s Memoria Futuro tour. Admission: 290 pesos. Pit tickets: 805 and 1,375 pesos.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at
• El Tigrillo Palma performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets: 263 pesos (635 and 1,233 VIP and Diamond).
• La Zenda Nortena performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Tickets: 290 pesos (920 and 1,375 VIP and Diamond).
• Lalo Mora performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Tickets: 175 pesos (405 and 635 VIP and Diamond).

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. “AAA Conquista Total” luche libre wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Tickets: 140-1,250 pesos (

Day of the Revolution — The day of Nov. 20 is celebrated as the day when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, led by Francisco Madero against the forces of the entrenched dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Madero had his base of operations in Juárez during the revolution, and assumed the presidency in May 1911 after Diaz resigned.

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.

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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