May 2015

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

Freedom Fest — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss and Sunland Park Dodge host the final weekend of its family event noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, with live bands, carnival games, food vendors and beer tents, small carnival rides, inflatables, pedal go-kart racing, chalk artists, magic shows, carnival performers, fortune teller booth, classic car display, kid’s arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists more. Fireworks end the events on Saturday. Admission is free. Information:

Great American Cleanup —The City of El Paso Environmental Services’ 2015 cleanup is 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, citywide. All supplies available through city Community Tool Sheds located at all El Paso Fire Departments. Trash and debris collected will be picked up by Environmental Services (rolloffs available for large sites). For information, call 311 (City Information Hotline).
  More than 1,000 volunteers will be taking part in litter cleanups, recycling drives, and community improvement projects throughout El Paso.
  There will be 30 sites located throughout the City where roll-off containers will be placed enabling citizens to dispose of large and/or bulky items. Citizens interested in disposing of large items at roll-off containers can call 311 - to find out where containers will be placed.  

National Travel and Tourism Week — Destination El Paso hosts several events May 2-10, in celebration Travel and Tourism Week. Planned are local travel rallies, proclamations and resolutions from local governments, media outreach and more. Details to be announced on May 1. Information:
  This year’s theme is “Travel is _____” inviting the travel community to fill in the blank. This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the wide-ranging and robust ways that the U.S. travel industry contributes to the fabric of America.

Battle of La Puebla Anniversary — The Consulate General of Mexico, 910 E. San Antonio, will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration commemorating the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. Spencer H. MacCallum will received the Ohtli Award in recognition of his commitment to promoting the pottery of the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua as a contemporary art form and legitimate folk art around the world. Information: 544-9299 or
 The event will also include the opening of an exhibit of Mata Ortiz pottery at the consulate.

Mariachi Loco Music Festival — The event  is May 8-10 Downtown (along Mesa from Texas to Mills), with mariachis, folkloric dancers, impersonators, ropers and other live music from around the El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces Region. Hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by Downtown El Paso. Admission: $10 12 and older; $5 military; available at the door or online at Free for moms on Mother’s Day (May 10).
 Information: or Facebook.

Armed Forces Day — The community is invited to Fort Bliss for the annual Armed Forces Day open house event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Biggs Park,11388 Sergeants Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. The public can meet service men and women and learn about the equipment they use in support of this nation. Activities include military equipment static displays, demonstrations, entertainment, a chili cook-Off, car show and food and drink concessions. Hosted by Fort Bliss Garrison Command Public Affairs Office. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 568-2497.

Kids to Park Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and Franklin Mountain State Park hosts the 5th annual National Kids to Parks Day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16, at McKelligon Canyon Park, 1331 McKelligon Canyon, with workshops, games, hikes, demonstrations and other kid-friendly activities. Admission is free. Information: 566-6441.

KLAQ International Balloonfest — The 30th annual festival’s special “throwback” theme features the return of Star Wars balloon Darth Vader, along the Master Yoda, Saturday through Monday, May 23-25 at Wet N’ Wild Waterworld. Morning balloon launch is free; entrance to the park is $24.99 per day; $49.99 three-day pass; available online at Information: 544-9550 or
  Headlining concerts are nightly at Wet N’ Wild, following all-day entertainment.
• Saturday: Gin Blossoms
• Sunday: All That Remains and Sons of Texas
• Monday: Volbeat with special guest Anthrax.

Concordia Cemetery Memorial Day — Concordia Cemetery Heritage Association will honor veterans of all wars buried at the historic cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, in Concordia Cemetery’s Buffalo Soldier Memorial, 3700 Yandell. The 82nd Airborne Division will present the Memorial program, including tribute to the POW/MIA through “Empty Table” ceremony. Admission is free. Information: 591-2326 or

Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Next event is May 28. Admission is free to most events. Information:

Feast in the Middle East — The 50th annual May dinner and festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and the Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival.
  Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event includes live Arabic music, St. George Dance Troupe, belly dancers, authentic Middle Eastern food, such as kibbee, tabouli, meat pies, home-made bread, baklava and symbosic full bar, bake table and guided church tours.
  Admission is $3 (free with advance purchase of $20 advance food tickets); children 9 and under admitted free. Information: 584-9100 or

Billy the Kid Festival — San Elizario Art District Guild hosts the 6th annual festival named for the infamous outlaw Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, in the San Elizario Historic District in San Elizario. The event celebrates Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876 to break out a friend from the old El Paso County Jail. Activities begin at 8 a.m. daily. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or
  The three-day event includes live music at The Bandito, guided tours, daily historic talks, an arts & crafts market, concessions, pony-rides, shoot-outs and more.
  Performances of the historical play “Midnight Rendezvous: Billy The Kid & The Mystery of 1876” by Maria del Pilar Munoz are 8 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 6-7, on the Main Festival Stage. The play recalls historic truths about Billy the Kid’s visit to the small Texas town of San Elizario.
  To get there, take Loop 375 South from I-10, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to Main Street.

Southern New Mexico

Smokey Bear Days — The Village of Capitan will host two days of family fun and fire prevention and conservation exhibits during its 11th annual festival 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1-2, at Smokey Bear Historical Park and throughout the community, about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Events include live music, vendor marketplace, kid’s games, parade, conservation exhibits, firefighters’ and chainsaw carving contests, auction and street dance. The event honors Smokey Bear, the famed bear cub that survived a fire in the Capitan Mountains and became a beloved symbol of fire prevention. All events are free. Information: (575) 354-2748 or
   Smokey Bear Historical Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with playground and picnic areas. Regular park admission: $2 ($1 children).
  The cutting of the cake in honor of Smokey’s birthday is 1 p.m. Saturday.

T or C Fiesta — The 66th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo, music, carnival, vendors, games in the park, live music, salsa contest, bike show, barbecue, Sunday duck race and more. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday through Downtown, with this year’s theme “Fiesta.” Also planned are mystic wanderers, belly dance, skateboard competition, carnival, food and merchandise vendors and more. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game show’s invitation for a town to change its name to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward for doing so was to have the show’s host be the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and the community continues to celebrate every first weekend in May.
  Fiesta Bull Riding and Team Roping events are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, at 601 Rodeo road. Admission: $12 ($6 age 6-12 and seniors; free for age 5 and younger). Dance follows each performance.
  Junk boat races are 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Entry fee: $25. Free for spectators Information: Double Arrow Bar (505) 589-9707.
  A concert and dance with country star Johnny Rodriguez is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Civic Center, with special guest the Yarbrough Band. Tickets: $25 general admission; $50 VIP.
  The T or C Open Golf Tournament is 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at Truth or Consequences Municipal Golf Course, 685 West Marie. Cost: $100 per player.
  The NMSU 5K Fun Run is 11 a.m. Sunday, May 3, along Healing Waters Trail. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Registration: $40; team discount offered; free for youth 15 and younger with registered adult. Proceed benefit Sierra County youth programs. Non perishable food item donations also taken. Information:(575) 894-2375 or

Blazin’ Brewfest — The 3rd annual beer festival is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate, age 21 and older welcome. Tickets available online at Information: (575) 660-2951 or
  Participating breweries include High Desert, De La Vega’s, Spotted Dog and Bosque Brewing will welcome Ponderosa Brewing, Red Door Brewing, Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Taos Mesa, Tractor, Marble, Santa Fe, Turtle Mountain, La Cumbre, Second Street, Monks Ale and New Mexico Hard Cider.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host a celebration commemorating the victory of the Mexican over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Sedillo Park. The celebration includes games for the kids, food, entertainment and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927 or

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event includes live ,music by Latin Funktion and Tejas Band, and vendors of arts and crafts, games and food booths. Children’s activities include amusement rides, jumping balloon, piñata bash and a greased pole climb at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are advised to bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed in the plaza. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116, or on Facebook at Old Mesilla.

Street Legends Custom Car Super Fest — The family show and expo benefiting Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Southern NM State Fair Grounds off I-10 (west of Las Cruces), featuring hundreds of Custom Cars, a swap meet, car corral, food, various vendors, beer and wine garden, kids zone and more. Live Entertainment on two stages with
Windy City, Chicago Tribute, Rockabilly Strangers, Souled Out, Steppin Up and Unlyshed. RV parking available. Admission: $5 in advance; $10 at the gate; under 10 free. Information: (575) 520-8776 or
  Advance tickets available at ABC Paint & Body Supply, 1670 W. Picacho in Las Cruces and All That Music, 6800 Gateway East in El Paso.

Wine Day — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, 7288 U.S. Hwy 54/70 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosts an afternoon “wine down” event 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, with live classic rock and country by Johnny Mack, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Admission: $10; age 21 and older welcome. Information: (575) 434-0035, or on Facebook at New Mexico Pistachios.

2015 AspenCash Motorcycle Rally — The 17th annual trade show and motorcycle rally is Thursday through Sunday, May 14-17, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. Information: 1-800-452-8045 or
  The trade show is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Live music Friday and Saturday. One-day trade show pass is $8.
  Half-day poker runs begin at noon Thursday through Saturday.
  Pre-registration is $21 (by May 1); $26 at the gate. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fee includes one run sheet, pin (while supplies last) and 4-day trade show pass.
   Concert with Cinderella’s Tom Keifer is 8 p.m. Friday, May 15. Tickets: $55 general admission (Ticketmaster).

Flying J Ranch Experience — The chuckwagon supper and stage show at the Alto, N.M. ranch (near Ruidoso) 2015 summer season runs May 22-Oct.10. Cost: $27 ($15 children 4-12; free ages 3 and younger). Reservations encouraged. Cost includes dinner and entertainment (some activities extra). Information/reservations: 1-888-458-3595, (575) 336-4330 or
  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fiddler’s Side Show begins at 5:45 p.m. Deputy Training School for children is 6:25 p.m. with Bonita City Gunfight Reenactment at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m., featuring the Flying J Wranglers.
  Pony Express ride for age 12 and younger and Pistol Shooting events are $2 each.

Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival — Two-time Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Famer Taj Mahal headlines the Saturday night show for the 20th annual event May 22-24 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City. Live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, raffles, food vendors and a beer garden. Admission is free at park. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or
  Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures is 20th century blues and roots music. In more than four decades of performing, he has broadened his artistic scope to represent music from nearly every corner of the world.
  Sunday’s headliners are the Campbell Brothers.
  In conjunction with the festival is Peoples Choice Bike Show, with a $500 prize for winners in each category. Guests include the Wall of Death, called “America’s Original Extreme Motorcycle Thrill Show,” more than 50 vendors, a bike run and custom builders and detailers. Participant registration: $15 in advance; $20 day of show. Information: Ginny Wolf (575) 313-5709.
  Three kick-off dances are Friday, May 22:
• Country Blues Review is 7 to 10;30 p.m. at Billy’s Bar BQ
• Dusty Low is 8 to 11 p.m. at Q’s Southern Bistro
• Guitar Slim is 9 to midnight at Little Toad Creek.
  Admission is $5 at each location; or $12 for a kick-off pass (includes admission into all three dances).

Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 38th annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, at Zenith Park, with new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more as well as music, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 1-888-874-4447 or

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival — The annual festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 23-25, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers sampling of wines produced by New Mexico wineries as well as local food and vendors. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers.
  Admission: $15 in advance (includes souvenir glass); $20 at the door. Must have valid ID; free for under 21 with parent or legal guardian. Active duty and retired military receive $3 discount on Monday, with valid ID. Information: (575) 522-1232 or
  Live music begins at noon daily with Phat Soul and Latin Funktion on Saturday, Chris Baker Band and Yarbrough Band on Sunday, and Guitar Slim and Fast Lane Monday.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs. Free parking.

First New Mexico Bank Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo — The 25th annual PRCA Rodeo rides into Silver City Wednesday through Saturday, June 3-6, at Southwest Horseman’s Park, U.S. 180 East (at Caballero Road). Performances begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. with mutton bustin’ at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to be announced. Information: (575) 534-5030 or

Cloudcroft Road Rally — Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce hosts the car rally Saturday, July 4, event 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The rally is a road course, scavenger hunt, trivia contest and more. It combines scored elements of time, mileage, costumes, actions, photos and observation. Cash prizes awarded. Admission is free; fee to participate in rally is $50. Information: (575) 682-2733. Online application and rules is
  There will also be a car show, barbecue, award ceremony, tennis, horseshoes, shopping music, street dance, costume contest, a jail fundraiser, kid’s games and more.

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at art venues of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508.

West Texas

Cinco de Mayo Alpine — Alpine, Texas’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is May 1-3, featuring an enchilada dinner, themed parade, music, dancing, car show and the popular Grand Mercado at Kokernot Park.
Information: (432) 386-3774
  Green Chicken Enchilada Supper is 5 to 7 p.m. at Alpine Elementary Cafeteria
followed by dance 8 p.m. to midnight at Centennial Park.
  The annual parade is 11 a.m. Saturday starting at Porter’s Thriftway on 5th Street, followed by with a Gran Mercado at Kokernot Park and the Gran Baile dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Alpine Civic Center.
   The Gran Mercado continues all day Sunday at Kokernot Park.

Davis Mountains Brigade Spring Rendezvous — The 3rd spring rendezvous celebrating the mountain man culture is Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, at the Evans Mulhern Ranch, off Hwy 118, between Alpine and Fort Davis. Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday. Various black powder shooting competitions include a pistol and blanket shoot, trail walk and more. Also scheduled is a Saturday evening potluck “Council Fire,” raffle, award ceremony and Sunday morning church service. Entry fee for participants: $25 per person; $35 family. Traders welcome; no cost to participate. Information: Charlie, (432) 426-3818, (432) 249-0395, or
  Campers should bring firewood and water. Modern and primitive campsites available; no pets in primitive camps. Blackpowder weapons only permitted.

Bazaars and Fairs

Christ Community Church yard sale — The Christ Community United Methodist Church, 4447 Loma Clara, hosts its annual yard sale 7 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at 4447 Loma Clara, off Martin Luther King in North Hills. $10 fee for spaces. Information: 667-0842.

Potters’ Guild Spring Sale — Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces hosts its Spring Sale 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1-2, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 Griggs. Members will offer hand made functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, jewelry, pillowcases and prints made by local artists. Admission is free. Information: or

Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club will host the bazaar May 2-3 at the Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717 Marshall (at Hahn). The bazaar features 80 or more vendors from offering arts, crafts, collectibles and more. The club will sell grilled bratwurst and other German food, plus baked goods. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $1. Information: 590-7202.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s semiannual arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment, food vendors and a children’s area. Admission is free. Information: Julian Tarango, 212-1731, 212-1732 or
   Registration for artists is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Armijo Recreation Center, 700 E. 7th. Cost: $90 both days.

Manhattan Heights Flea Market — The inaugural market and block party is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16, along Elm Street between San Diego and Copper, along with a DJ and food truck circus. Admission is free. Information: or
  All residents of the neighborhood may rent a space (includes 6-foot tale and two chairs for $12) additional tables are $7 each and chairs $1.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (May 17) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or

Gran Kermes Mexicana Iglesia San Felipe de Jesus — San Felipe de Jesus Church, 401 Passmore in Socorro, hosts its kermes 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 22-24, with rides, food and live music. Admission is free. Information: 851-3039.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
  A “How does Your Garden Grow” lecture is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, with certified horticulturalist Estela Flores. Flores will lead a tour of the Desert Crossing grounds and talk about varieties of plants and succulents.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.
Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The weekly mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (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 Punk Rock Flea Market — The market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month at 1710 Joe Battle, featuring handmade items, local artists and other wares, along with live performances by local bands. Information on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.
  Twilight Markets are 1 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday at TIME at Montecillo.

Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of the month, with vendors, entertainment and food. Open Air Yoga in the backyard is at 9 a.m. Information: 533-8890 or

La Viña Farmer’s 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, food and wine. The market continues through the summer months. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  Items include fresh eggs, canned farm fresh vegetables, beef jerky and handmade artwork and clothes.

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

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays early May through the first frost in October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681.

Something for everyone

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 38th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May 14. Most events are free. Information: 831-2220, or
• Northwest Early College Spring Musical Showcase is 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium. Information: 831-2617
“Do It With Rhythm,” Read with Dr. Seuss, is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 30, at the Downtown Branch of El Paso Public Library. Information: 831-8886.
Spring Arts Festival Gala is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch Downtown, featuring a performance by Ballet Folklorico Aires Internacionales presented by The Glass Menagerie. Information: 831-2220.
Spring Dance Concert, “Gravity,” is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, in the Transmountain Campus Forum. Call for cost: 831-2364.
EPCC Music Department Showcases are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, in the Transmountain Campus Forum. Admission: $3. Information: 831-2617.
• The 5th Annual EPCC Tejano Film Festival is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Administrative Service Center Boardroom. Information: 831-2844.

Bassett Place — Information: 772-7479 or
  Sign up for 2015 Safety Town begins May 1, at Bassett’s Customer Service Desk during mall hours. Safety Town is a one-week class for children ages 5 and 6. Parents or a guardian must bring child’s proof of age, such as a birth certificate. Due to limited space, Safety Town will be reduced to 12 children per class; early sign up recommended.
• Purple Day Health Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in recognition of Elder Abuse Prevention Month, with seniors entertaining seniors, community resources available to educate the community on Elder Care and door prizes will be given away. Flowers given out to the first 300 moms and grandmothers.
• Mother’s Day Celebrations are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, with carnations for the first moms to arrive and mariachi music.
• WorkForce Solutions/Borderplex Industry Fair for Hospitality, Construction, Business and Finance is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.
• Fashion Show with Wilhelmina Bazaar is 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, with the latest Festival wear for Neon Desert, KLAQ Street Fest and the upcoming summer swim season.

Cinco de Mayo Bully Fiesta — American Bully Kennel Club hosts the celebration and dog show for bulldog breeds at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Lower Valley Coliseum, 894 S. Horizon Blvd. General admission: $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 694-0886 or 256-5636.
  Registration for participants is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show categories include Standard, Pocket, Extreme, XL and Classic. Judges are Nate Deyermond and Susan Fedorasha.

Free Comic Book Day — The 12th annual nationwide free comic book giveaway encouraging readers to discover the comic book art form is Saturday, May 2. Most area comic book stores and distributors will offer free comics (while supplies last) and other activities. Information:
• Asylum Comics and Cards 5360 N. Mesa Ste. L-12, has comic giveaways and family activities 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with appearances by select comic book characters 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; hot dogs and soft drinks after 3. p.m. (while supplies last), door prizes and drawings throughout the day. Local Artists Merc Studios will be present and promote artwork, including live sketches. The event will also showcase the talents of young artist Destinie from Franklin High School. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600 or
• Black Sheep Comics, 1491 N. Lee Trevino, hosts events 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music, giveaways and more. Information: 235-7872.
• Zia Comics, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1, in Las Cruces, will host special activities noon to 7 p.m. with visits from the Mandelorian Mercs and El Paso Ghostbusters, and artists Brett Booth, John Armbruster, Jorge Baeza, Juan Muro, Ben Jones and Jaime Carrillo. There will also be cosplayers, a costume contest, door prizes and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 405-0461 or

‘Go Purple 2015’ APS Health Fair — Adult Protective Services hosts its annual health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway West, with several to help raise awareness of and help prevent abuse and exploitation of elderly Texans, as well as learn about healthy lifestyles for older individuals. Booth space available. Admission is free Information:

‘How to Die in Oregon’ — Dr. David Grube, Compassion and Choices National Medical Director, will present the program that won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance in 2011 at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at NMSU College of Health and Social Sciences, Room 101A in the Annex.
  In 1994, Oregon became the first state to authorize physician aid in dying. This film gently enters the lives of terminally ill patients as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by taking prescription medication. Filmmaker Peter Richardson examines both sides of this emotionally charged issue. Admission is free. Please RSVP at (575) 652-3124 (leave a message) or

Model Casting Call — Latinitas El Paso hosts a casting call noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Ysleta Public Library, 9321 Alameda, for girls age 9-18 interested in being featured in a charity fashion show . Get runway and modeling tips and meet professional models. Models must be available for fitting, rehearsal and fashion show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Information: 219-8554 or

Sun City BikeFest IV — The two day motorcycle fest is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Bike show celebrity judge is Chico from Biker Build Off. Tickets: $10 (free for age 12 and younger). Information: 922-9383 or on Facebook at Barnett Harley-Davidson.

World Laughter Day — El Paso is invited to celebrate World Laughter Day with people around the world. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Paseo del Este Neighborhood Park, 12300 Paseo del Este, at Ampleforth. Activities will be led by El Paso Teresa Fendi, Norma Valdez, and Susan and Luther Ludwig, area Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers. All ages are welcome; admission is free. Information (913) 373-3100, or
  Since 1998, people in many countries have come together to celebrate the power of laughter to promote global brotherhood and friendship. In the year 2000, 10,000 people gathered to laugh in the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark for World Laughter Day.

Runs4Unity Relay Race — Teens4Unity of El Paso will sponsor the race 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 3, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is one of seven runs across the country as part of the Focolare Movement. The run is open to the public. A potluck will be held at the park following the run. Information: Sandra Castro, 726-1102, or

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Registration is May 5-22 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older. Summer 2015 classes begin Monday, June 1.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration: $30, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after May 22).
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of El Paso, Juárez and southern New Mexico age 50 or older, and meet afternoons Mondays through Fridays.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or

EPCC Job Fair — El Paso Community College’s Career Services’ job fair is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex, Building C, 919 Hunter. Admission is free, and open to the public. Information: 831-2636, or
  Job seekers should dress professionally, bring copies of their resume and be ready to interview on the spot. Only serious job seekers should attend.

National Day of Prayer — Prayer Cottage will take prayer requests on Thursday, May 7 in observance of National Day of Prayer. Leave a voice or text message at 229-6202 with a prayer request 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and receive a prayer in text format. Information:

First Presbyterian Preschool reunion — First Presbyterian Christian Preschool, 1340 Murchison, hosts an Alumni Reunion for all classes from 1981 to present, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, with a family fun play date and open house in celebration of its new full-day program option. All past, present and prospective families are welcome. Admission is free; free lunch served at noon. Information: 532-6157

McDonald’s College Prep Workshop — McDonald’s, in partnership with UTEP and EPCC, will host its first free College Prep Workshop and College Fair 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus, 919 Hawkins. Participation is free, but students must register by May 1 with Claudia Martinez at 772-8018 or at the link
  During the event, students will listen to various speakers, who will guide them on how to get prepared for life after high school. In addition to the workshops, students will also have the opportunity to meet with different college admission officers from various colleges.

Memorial Day Mass and Ceremony — The Golden Bear Social Club hosts its 33rd annual Catholic Mass and Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial. The ceremony honors former Bowie students who died in the defense of the country. All veteran, scout, military and civic organizations are invited to attend and bring a stand for their organizational colors. Gold Star mothers are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow. Information: 755-4038 or

St. Thomas Aquinas Mother’s Day Dance — St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community Church, 11970 Bywood, will host a Mother’s Day dinner and dance 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, with brisket dinner, dinner music by Jose “Pepe” Aleman and dance music by The Starliners and DJs. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. BYOB, free set ups available. Cost: $15 (includes dinner); available at the church office. Reserved tables with purchase of 10 tickets. Space is limited, early purchase recommended. Information: 592-1313 or

Ardovino’s Mother’s Day Brunch — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will host its Mother’s Day brunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Reservations required, space is limited. Cost: $47; $19 age 5-12. Information/reservations: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

Lean Startup Workshops — HQ EP hosts a business growth workshop series 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, through May 11, at 3131 E. Yandell. The 9-week Group Workshop began in March and is on the Lean Startup and the Business Model Canvas. Cost: $10 per workshop; available on Information: 269-9735 or

Segundo Barrio Person of the Year — The Sacred Heart community will honor Father Heraldo Rahm at a dinner Thursday, May 14, at the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. Information: 999-1781 or
  Father Rahm, known as the “Bicycle Padre,” served in El Paso for 14 years as a Jesuit priest and was renown for keeping children off the streets. Now age 96, he lives in Brazil.
  Related events include a bicycle parade, mural unveiling and blessing, followed by a celebration Saturday, May 16, and a 2 p.m. Mass Sunday, May 17, at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon.

Mensa Testing Day — The local Mensa group is looking for new members with a testing day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Jose Cisneros Branch Library, 1300 Hawkins. Testing is open to all interested persons 18 years or older. Students aged 14 to 17 must bring a parent to sign permission. All testers must have a picture ID. Cost: $25 with advance notification; $40 walk-ins; includes all materials. Information:
  Membership in Mensa is open to those who score in the top 2 percent of intelligence tests.

Rascals at Ruli’s — Ruli’s International Kitchen, 4176 N. Mesa, welcomes well-behaved and leashed pets 2 to 6 p.m. the third Saturday of the month (May 16). One dollar per all drinks sold at this time will be donated to The Humane Society of El Paso. Information: 313-4806 or on Facebook.

Veterans Recreation Center classes — Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, announces several classes for youth and adults. Scholarships available. Information: 821-8909.
• Ballet — Ongoing classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for age 3-7 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for age 8-17, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $21 per month; includes recitals.
• Tae Kwon Do — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for ages 6-12. Cost: $21 per month.
• Tai Chi — 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, for ages 18 and older. Cost: $21 per month.
  A Weight Room Open house is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The weight room is available for anyone 16 years and older. Fee: $18 per month; $4 per day.

STEM Fiesta 2.0 — Workforce Solutions Borderplex’s multidimensional event for regional high school and middle school students is all day Tuesday, May 19, UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. The fiesta increases awareness of educational and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This year’s STEM Fiesta includes four technology competitions: STEM Challenge, VEX Robotics, Gaming/IT Competition and Coding. Information: Mike Acosta, 240-4423 or Online registration at
  The event consists of hands-on, interactive science and engineering activities, exhibits, four high school student competitions, STEM career workshops, and counseling for successful careers in the STEM fields. Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors to attend UTEP or EPCC to major in a STEM discipline.

Workforce Solutions Job Fairs — Workshop Solutions Borderplex, hosts an industry job fair for Business Administration/Finance 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West. Information:

Grant workshops — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, in Las Cruces, will host “Proposal Writing Basics,” the final class in a series of monthly grant foundation classes for adults 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Information: (575) 528-4005,, or

Vegetarian Society of El Paso — The society’s spring dinner is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Country Inn and Suites (formerly Sunland Park Holiday Inn), 900 Sunland Park, with speaker David Robinson Simon on “Undue Influence in Animal Food Production & Marketing: How the American Government and Food Industry Manipulate Consumers to Buy More Meat, Eggs and Dairy.” Cost: $20 ($18 members and full-time students with valid ID; $10 children age 4-10). Cost at the door is $25, if space available. Deadline for paid reservations is May 19. Information, reservations: 342-7630 or Payment can be made online at
   Simon is an attorney and advocate for sustainable consumption and the author of “Meatanomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much, and How to Eat Better, Live Longer and Spend Smarter.”

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

Caboots: Art of the Boot — The El Paso bootmakers offer self-guided studio tours of its bookmaking studio at 407 E. Nevada, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment Saturdays through July. Visitors can watch boots being made and have themselves measured for a pair of custom boots. Tours are free. Information: 309-4791. or
  CABOOTS is an original El Paso family owned business that has four generations of history. The studio also features local artist works in its gallery; April’s featured artist is painter Roman Martinez.

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization is at 810 Gato Road. Information: 231-0066 or
• Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tatiana, 503-5222.
• EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Papo, 238-4696.
• NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Jose, 694-6109.
• Pranic Healing Clinic: 3 to 6 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Linda, (575) 649-8081.
• Full Moon Meditation: 7:30 p.m., night of the full moon. Lynn, 449-0619.
• Laughter Yoga sessions are also planned. Call for schedule: Teresa, 373-3100.

Better Business Bureau and Torch Awards — Dr. Lowell Catlett is keynote speaker for the BBB’s 61st Anniversary luncheon meeting and Torch Awards 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Summit Ballroom, 120 Festival. Catlett’s presentation will be “The Ubiquitous Universe — Tomorrow’s New Future” that will elevate senses to a higher level of thinking. BBB will also present Torch Awards and The Laws of Life Contest Winners. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for 10). Information: 577-0195 or

Alzheimer’s support groups — Alzheimer’s Association El Paso offers support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at several locations throughout town. Caregivers can exchange practical information, discuss challenges and coping, share feelings, needs and concern and learn about available resources in the community. Information: Kelli Moorehead, 1-800-272-3800.
• Eastside — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at SunRidge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount. Refreshments served.
• Northeast — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at Richard Burges Branch Library, 9600 Dyer.
• Far Eastside — 6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at Sunridge at Cambria, 1991 Saul Kleinfeld. Bilingual group, refreshments served.
• Westside — 6 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Desert Springs, 5901 Bandolero. Bilingual group.
  Early Stage Support Group meets fourth Friday of each month. Pre-screening required. Information: Blanca Loya at Bienvivir All-Inclusive Senior Health, 562-3444.
   New support groups meet at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Sunridge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount (Eastside) and the fourth Friday of the month at Royal Estates, 435 Mesa Hills (Westside).

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.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (May 16). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or

Eat Well! El Paso — City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Eat Well! El Paso initiative matches restaurant owners with nutrition professionals to create a healthy children’s menu that is low in calories and high on nutrition. This includes offering meals that meet established nutrition standards based on calorie, fat, and sodium limits, as well as the elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages. Information: 771-5845 or

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

El Paso Night Shift Nights — The weekly car and motorcycle club showcase is 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at Fox Plaza (back parking lot), 5559 Alameda. The family event cars and motorcycles of many types, plus food, live music, jumping balloons. No alcohol allowed. Admission: $3 per person or car; free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 779-8424.

El Paso Parents meetup — The social group for parents meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at Leona Ford Washington Recreation Center, 3400 E. Missouri, to relax and spend time with friends who are parents. The center offers free activities for kids including basketball, foosball, X-box, Ping Pong, and a computer room. Parents welcome with or without partners. Admission is free; snacks available. Information: 791-2114.

Fibromyalgia Support Group — The group meets 2 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Alternatives Centre for Behavioral Health, 7760 Alabama as a network of support and resource education for those with Fibromyalgia, their families, and friends. Guest speakers and group members share their own experiences. Admission is free.
Information: 219-9970 or

GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes 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 3:30 p.m.; or 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and

Knitting for Soldiers — Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.
LCGamers — Games of all ages interested in board games, card games and other table top games are invited to weekly game demonstrations at Zia Comics and Gaming, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1 in Las Cruces. Call for schedule: (575) 405-0461 or

Medieval-Themed games — Amtgard, Kingdom of the Burning Lands hosts role-playing games and crafts 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. The club has met every Saturday at Memorial Park for most of the past 30 years. Visitors are always welcome; admission is free. Information: 544-2034 or

Move! El Paso walking trails — The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has walking trail loops throughout the city. Each trail covers a different walking route that loops around back to the starting point. The loops are marked with colorful Move! El Paso ground signage with distances up to 2 miles long. Information:

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), or on Facebook.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
  The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area offers training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays .
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe.

Plateaux – The Community Cafe and Shop at the Banner Building, 217 N. Mesa, Downtown. Plateaux, founded by Hector Saenz and Juan Ferret, provides a forum for local artisans to display and sell their creations, and also presents other local art, music and literature. Information on Facebook at PlateauxEPT.

Wine and Canine — Sunland Winery, 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. welcomes well behaved dogs on leash with their owners 2 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Food and music offered; $1 for every drink purchased will go toward El Paso Humane Society Information: (575) 589-1214. or

For a good cause

Ciudad Nueva fundraiser — Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach hosts its 2nd annual fundraising event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Southwest University Ballpark, with gourmet dinner, ballpark tour and Celebrity Home Run Derby. Tickets: $150 ($1,500 table for ten). Ciudad Nueva serves those in need in the Rio Grande Historic Neighborhood. Information: 996-9671, 539-9505 or

Veterinary Community Awards Banquet - The 30th annual banquet, “Adopt a Pet — A Promise of Love” hosted by the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, is Friday, May 1, at the Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso, with casino night entertainment, steak dinner and cash bar. Cocktails served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The banquet is held in conjunction with National Pet Week. Tickets: $50. Information: 593-1712 or
  The 2015 Community Award goes to Eleanor Schoenbrun, and the Veterinary Legends of the Southwest Award goes to Jerry Simmons, DNM. Pet Hall of Fame inductee to be announced.

Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s 14th annual fundraising gala, is Saturday, May 2, at the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Yappy Hour silent auction is 6 p.m. with dinner and festivities 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for 10). Information: 821-7283 or Web:
  Support levels available are “Top Paw” ($1,500,) “The Cat’s Meow” ($1,000) and “Top Dog” ($800). All support levels include a reserved table for ten and recognition at the dinner.
   This year’s theme is “For Better or Worse,” participants may share a picture or two of their animal doing something naughty or sweet. Email pictures to or post them on the league’s Facebook page.

Art Auction 2015 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual on-air juried art competition and fundraising auction set for noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3. The event will be juried for the first time this year. Information: 594-5345 or
  Local artists the opportunity to display their best art work while giving our viewers the chance to bid and win their favorite pieces. The winner of each category has the chance to win a cash prize, including a non-juried category that features Early El Paso artists and other donations.

Pro-Musica Soiree — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its 34th annual soiree at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the home of Dee and Adair Margo, 4745 Villa Encanto, with food, wine music by Dan Lambert and special performances by Martha Vera. Tickets: $125. All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Reservations, information: 833-9400 or

Kids Excel ‘A Night at the Science Museum’ — Kids Excel’s annual fundraiser show and gala dinner are Friday, May 8, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring fourth grade students and teachers from Canutillo, Hart and Tom Lea elementary schools. Pre-show cocktail party begins at 5:30 p.m., and performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and “Meet the Cast” party in MacGguire Hall. Tickets are $75. A gala dinner is at 7:45 p.m. in the El Paso Community Foundation Room; tickets are $125 for dinner and show. Information: 351-6999 or

La Mujer Obrera Awards — Famed Chef Zarela is the featured speaker at La Mujer Obrera’s annual fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas.
  Zarela Martinez, a native of El Paso, is famous for her savory Mexican recipes, best-selling cookbooks, and No. 1 Mexican cuisine New York restaurant. The evening will include a Zarela-inspired dinner, music and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit programming at events at La Mujer Obrera: Tickets: $100 ($800 tables). Information: 799-2890 or Tickets available online at
  The event honors women leaders in the community who have dedicated their lives to the rights of women on the border. This year’s honorees are Martina Morales, Community Organizer at Border Network for Human Rights; Dr. Josefina Tinajero, UTEP College of Education; and Liz Chavez, Founder and President of Wise Latina International.

‘Las Vegas Night’ — Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Theta Delta Lambda Education Foundation sponsors its 36th annual fundraiser 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 8, at Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport,1770 Airway, with free food, drinks, play money for gaming activity, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a trip for two people to Las Vegas with hotel accommodations. Tickets: $50. Information: 598-1462 or on Facebook at El Paso Alpha.
  Las Vegas Night is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds going towards scholarships to high school seniors.

Butterfly Effect — Latinitas hosts Mother’s Day spa day event benefiting the Latinitas scholarship campaign 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at ESC Region 19 Head Start Building, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Spa day booths, manicures, lunch, fashion show, brunch, live musical entertainment, dance performances, inspirational guest speakers, vendor booths, silent auction, mini-makeovers and make-up consultations. Swag bags available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door Information: 219-8554, or

Community Baby Shower — The Stork’s Nest, 8500 Dyer, Suite 32, hosts an open house and community baby shower 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9. The public is invited to bring one diapers size NB-6, bottles, wipes, grooming kits, health kits, breast pads, bags, and boppy pillows. Information: 751-0808.
  The Stork’s Nest is a collaborative community based free program between the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to promote prenatal care and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through incentives and education. The pregnant parents attend classes and receive points to exchange for donated items.

Desert Valley 4-H Benefit Trap Shoot – Desert Valley 4-H hosts its 11th annual trap shoot 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at El Paso Skeet & Trap Club, 9817 Alameda. Check in starts at 8 a.m. Registration open through day of event. Cost per five-person team: $250 adult level; $50 youth (age 8-18). Spectator admission is free. Information: 269-1225, 328-6691, 203-5200 or on Facebook at Desert Valley 4-H.
  Event also includes silent auctions, raffles, gaming area (water balloon shoot, archery poker, darts, silhouette shooting gallery) and concessions.

El Paso Ability Walk — The 4th annual fundraising non-competitive walk for people of abilities benefiting Ability Connection Texas in El Paso is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Veterans Park, 5301 Salem. Cost: $25 per team. Information: 532-7795. Online registration at
  Ability Connection Texas is a non-profit serving children and adults with disabilities.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive - The 23rd annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is Saturday, May 9, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service and other organizations to benefit area food banks. To participate, individuals can leave non-perishable food items in a bag near their mailbox; items also can be donated at local post offices. Information: 592-7748 or

March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Fountains of Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Proceeds help fund prevention of birth defects. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information: 590-9499. Team donations made online at
  Proceeds support research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Mother’s Day Dance — Moye’s Boys Foundation hosts a semi-formal fundraising dance 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 9, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with live music by Azucar. Doors open at 7. BYOB; free setups, soft drinks included. Proceeds benefit the Foundation in providing low-income students from the Jefferson area help with clothing and shoes, plus medical, dental and eyeware examinations Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Information: 593-0468 or

The Stork’s Nest Open House — The collaborative community-based program of the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosts an open hour 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at 8500 Dyer Street, Suite 32. Donations of diapers,(sign newborn to 6), bottles, wipes, grooming kits, health kits, breast pads, bags, and boppy pillows will be accepted. Information: 751-0808 or
  The program encourages pregnant women to receive early and regular prenatal care to help them have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Pregnant parents attend classes and receive points to exchange for donated items.
   Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Iota Zeta Chapter supports the March for Babies walk at 8 a.m. the same day at Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway Blvd West. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso hosts a happy hour for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (May 16, June 20), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or

Father Patrick Desbois — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center hosts a special evening with Father Patrick Desbois is 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at El Paso Women’s Club, 1400 N. Mesa, followed by a private reception with Father Desbois at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25; free for students and teachers. Reception tickets are $125; includes a book signing and private tour of the museum’s current exhibit, “Holocaust by Bullets,” with Father Desbois. Information: 351-0048 or

El Paso VA2K Walk for Veterans and VA employees — El Paso VA Medical Center hosts the wellness walk and roll 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Track, as part of the fifth nationwide VA2K event. The annual event is approximately 1.2 miles and encourages people to step up their fitness level and to support homeless veterans with donated food and clothing items. Donation drive for hygiene products for homeless veterans at the event. Information: 487-0247.

Safari Nights Gala – El Paso Zoological Society’s largest annual fundraiser, “From Asia to Africa,” is 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, at El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, at with a progressive feast offering a variety of samplings for the area’s top restaurants, as well as animal encounters, live entertainment by New World Drummers and Sangre Gitana specialty cocktails and more. Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $125 general admission to VIP $275 (

Orange Fever Fiesta — The Miner Athletic Club’s annual celebration and fundraiser is Friday, June 5, at Grace Gardens Ballroom, 6701 Westside Drive. Details to be announced. Tickets: $100; sponsorships start at $2,000. Information: 747-8759,mac@utep.ecu or

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

Fan Drive for the Elderly — El Pasoans are urged to donate new fans for use by the elderly or disabled through the summer months for the annual Extreme Weather Summer Fan Drive. Fans may be dropped off at any El Paso fire station, police regional command center or Sheriff’s Office substation. Aged or disable people in need of a fan may call 546-2239 or 533-0998.
  Dial 211 for the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force emergency line.

Ladies in Red Scholarship Brunch —Silhouette Civic & Social Club host the fundraising brunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Biggs Field, with an inspirational speaker, music, door prizes, and other entertainment. Ladies are encouraged to dress in red. Recipients of the annual high school scholarships will be announced.
Cost: $25. Information: Sharon Jordan, 253-4547.

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 1 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or
May 1: Chris Baker (country)
May 15: Sha’Vonne (R&B)
May 29: Army Rock Band.

Martini and a Manicure — An evening of pampering for men and women is 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. Churchill on Fort Bliss. Guests receive one free specialty martini with purchase of manicure. Nonalcoholic beverages also available. Cost $15; ages 21 and older welcome. Information: 744-8427.

Mother’s Day brunch — The Centennial, 1119 Sgt. E. Churchill Street at East Fort Bliss, will host its Mother’s Day brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Reservations required; seating is limited. Cost: $21.95 ($11.95 for children ages 5-10, and free for children ages 4 and under). Information/reservations: 744-1171.
  Mother’s Day celebrations are also planned at the Underwood Golf Complex and Rod and Gun Club.

ROTC Drill Meet — Military Order of the World Wars, El Paso Chapter, hosts the meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sgt. Maj. Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. All armed and unarmed ROTC drill teams in the El Paso County and the surrounding area are invited to participate. Report no later than 12:30 p.m. at the sign-in tent located at the park. Information: 755-4038 or

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:

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
   A Mother’s Day breakfast is 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 10. Cost: $10( $5 age 5-10; free age 4 and younger). Reservations required.

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.

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),, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Celebration of International Jazz Day, is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at The Garden, 511 Western, with Daniel Rodriguez Quartet and local jazz artists. The 2015 All-Star Global Concert featuring a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists will be streamed live during the local event. Paris has been named the 2015 Global Host City for the event.
  French Classes for adults, children and conversation classes are Wednesdays; see or Facebook for location and schedule.

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, or on Facebook.
• Saturday, May 2: Dinner and a movie
• Sunday, May 3: Mexican Dance
• Saturday, May 9: Hueco Tanks Hike
• Saturday, May 16: Dinner and bowling
• Saturday, May 23: Dinner and pool
• Saturday, May 30: House Party
  A white water rafting trip planned in June, date to be announced.

La Leche League of El Paso Westside — The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breast feed, meets 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 7, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978 as a social, educational and civic organization, is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information:
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, at 601 Skydale. No RSVP necessary. Information: 587-8641 or 484-8272.
  The Gala April Luncheon and Spring Style Show is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, with fashions by Chico’s. Cost: $20; reservation required. RSVP: 845-1896 or
   The annual Bazaar and Craft Fair begins at 10:30 a.m. before the luncheon, with handcrafted items from many of the club members.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (May 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: 345-7771 or

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:15 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Woman’s Department Bus Tour — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s annual bus tour is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the UTEP Campus. Meet at the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. The tour will include the newly dedicated Centennial Plaza and Lhakhang as well as other new UTEP facilities. Lunch served at the Centennial Museum. Cost: $25. Reservations: Betty McDonald, 591-0635
  The Woman’s Department, organized in 1923, is the first such organization in the United States. The organization promotes civic programs and relations between El Paso and Juárez, encourages improvement of visitor attractions and facilities, and features programs publicizing El Paso industry.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information:
  The monthly luncheon meeting is Tuesday, May 26, at Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway. Information, reservations: 584-3126.

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

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
  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

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.

Doña Ana Camera Club — The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Meetings offer technical presentations, friendly suggestions for improving member photos, travelogues, networking, and other activities. Meetings are free and open to all interested photographers. Information: (575) 524-1288 or

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

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings and quilting bees are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. 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: 503-7485 or

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

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.

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

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:
• 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

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or
  May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Monday, May 25.
  June hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, and 7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, beginning June 17.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway 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.
  Free Geocaching 101 workshops are 11 a.m. and noon Saturday, May 23, presented by Texas Parks an Wildlife.
  Last Sunday hikes are 8 a.m. the last Sunday of the month (May 31). Hikes begin in the tramway’s parking lot. Dress for weather, in sturdy shoes, walking stick and bring water for all hikes.
  Southwest Environmental Center hosts a hike up Ranger Peak at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2, as part of its Back By Noon hike series. Hike is free; regular tramway cost applies for ride down mountain. Information: Tricia Snyder (575) 522-5552.
  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.

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

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. 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. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  Live racing season runs through April. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Friday through Monday.
  To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.

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. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700,
  Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers 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

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.

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.

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
  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.
  A “Painting Party To Go” with Deana Hicks is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Cost: $35 cash; $40 charge. This month’s theme based on “Chile Nights” by Deana Hicks. Reservations: 241-8808 or
  A book a launch by Sylvia Writhe is Saturday, May 16, with music by AprilTicket.
  The 2nd annual celebration of David and Theresa Birthday is Saturday, May 23, with music by Chris Baker, Jerry and Ed, Travis Manning, Vince Alten and others.
  Learn how to make a bracelet by Peggy & Eva and Music by Dora Reyes and Jose Sandoval Saturday, May 30.

Sunland Winery — 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Showing through April is photography art by guest artist Lisa Williams.
  Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
  Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays with David Huerta, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays with Huerta and Lala Ledezma, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Ledezma and Team Havana, and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Wine and Canine is 2 to 7 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of every month, with food and music. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcomed. One dollar from each drink purchased with go to the Humane Society of El Paso.

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.

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
  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.

Ski Apache ZipTour — 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 $65 for adults, $58 children and senior, $52 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $35 ($32 ages 10-13 and 60-plus); $81 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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Megastar Julion Alvarez performs at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 28-29. Concert is sold out.

Academia Cervantes — Singer Pepe Cervantes performs songs from Mexico and various other countries at 8 p.m. the last Saturday of the month (May 30) at Martlub Sports Center pool area, Tecnologico Avenue (two blocks south of Galeria Tec). Admission: 100 pesos. Bring your own beverage and food.

CESANAH — Segovia 2 street, Fracc. Del Emir. In back of Coloso Valle Mall, enter on Montebello. Opening at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1: Collective art exhibit artists Matias Solis, Jesus Valencia, Perla Jimenez and Karina Apodaca. Free admission.

Bonsai Café — The café-gallery (formerly Rincon de Ana Lucia) is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building). All events are free. Beverages and light food menu sold. Special events are 6 p.m. Saturdays:
• Tango Night, May 2.
• Women’s Literature Talk, May 23.
• Youth talk, May 30.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Gregorio M. Solis (near Cordova Bridge).
• Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga performas with 3BALLMTY  and Rogelio Martinez at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Tickets: 100 and 450 pesos.
• Singer Edith Marquez performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Tickets: 200 to 400 pesos.
• Panteon Rococo and five other rock bands perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 22. Admission: 150 pesos.
  Advance tickets at Tickets sold at the door day of concert.

Teatro de la Nacion — Costa Rica street at 20 de noviembre. The play “La Historia del Zoologico” is performed at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3. Admission is 100 pesos.

Universidad Cultural — Simona Barba 6100 (at Valentin Fuentes). The 2nd annual Culinary Fest begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Wine, beer and tequila samples, farmer’s market, food from 18 countries and a chocolate fair. Admssion: 160 pesos.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Political analyst, writer and university professor Denise Dresser will give a lecture on citizens’ review of legislators at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Admission is 70 pesos.
• Mother’s Day Brunch is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Buffet with live music. Cost is 170 pesos (85 pesos for under age 10). Early arrival recommended.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Admission is free. Bring a cold dish or beverage to share at the following events.
• Photography exhibit by Luis Angel Salazar is 7 p.m. Friday, May 8.
• Cinema Club presents French movie with Spanish subtitles at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22.
• 14th anniversary of Alianza Francesa will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Live music.
 Information: 656 639 11 00.

Moroccos - Inside Jardines Carta Blanca, Reforma at Peru.
• El Bebeto y su Banda Patria Chica performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, along with three other groups. Admission: 150 pesos.
• Platanito (adult clown) show is 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, and also features a cabalgata group. Tickets are 225 to 500 pesos, sold at donboleton or booths the day of show.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
• Opening at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8: “Ser o no Sur,” a collective exhibit by Argentinean artists who live or have  lived in Mexico.
• Showing all month: “De Ida y Vuelta,” an exhibit of contemporary design.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at, and the center's box office.
• The University Symphony performs “The Orchestra’s Role at the Movies” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Admission is 70 to 180 pesos.
• The play “Ausencias . ...y a ti. como te marco el pasado?” with Catalina Lopez and Fran Meric is 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Tickets are 150 to 250 pesos.
• The play “La Dama de Negro,” a supernatural thriller, is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 15. Tickets are 200 to 400 pesos.
• “La Familia de Diez,” based on the television show, is at 6 and 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, starring Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo and others. Tickets are 200 to 400 pesos.
•Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas presents Klaus Mayer Big Band in a gala Sinatra tribute at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, as its final Matices Culturales of the season. Tickets: 120 pesos. Information: 612-4075. In El Paso: 544-5118. Web:

Parque Central Poniente — The park is on Av. Technológico at Pedro Meneses. Nationally renowned Christian singer Maria del Sol performs a Mother’s Day concert at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Gimnasio del Colegio de Bachilleres. Enter on south side of park. Free admission.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. The children’s theater production of “Minions” is at 12:30, 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17. Admission is 100 to 200 pesos.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or
  New at the museum: “Explora,” which provides a tablet on which to see “real” prehistoric scenes (included with admission).
  Beginning May 15 at the 3D Theater: “Walking Among Dinosaurs.” Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Family package is 299 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. 

Downtown Juárez Tours — Juárez bus tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays, leaving at 11 a.m. from El Paso Saddleblanket , 6926 Gateway East, in El Paso and returning at 3 p.m. Cost is $12 round trip. Guided tour of downtown Juárez available, or visitors can take a self-guided tour. Attractions on the tour include Martino’s Restaurant, the Kentucky Bar, various historic buildings, shopping centers, Juárez history museum (old Customs House) and more. Information: (El Paso) 307-4210.

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.
  Various events are planned 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, to commemorate the 1911 Battle of Juárez, which was a decisive victory for Mexican revolutionary forces.
  Interactive museum tours are offered at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays. Puppet show is 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. 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.

— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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