October 2016

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Harvest & Halloween
Diá de los Muertos
Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Tom Lea Month
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
Hispanic Heritage Month
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Summer Fun for Kids
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Michelada Fiesta — The area’s best restaurants and bars compete for the title of Best Michelada noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, with tacos, live music and more. Tickets: $10 general admission; $20 with commemorative cup and unlimited samples (age 21 and older only); available at eventbrite.com. Information: 929-0502.
  A Michelada is a Mexican “cerveza preparada” made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers, served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass.

OktobeerFest — Western Tech presents the craft beer fest noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with food vendors, a variety of beer gardens with beer for purchase, local artisans, and live music. Glass stein for first 2,500 people. Admission: $10 in advance; $15 at the door, age 21 and older admitted. VIP admission: $30. (Ticketmaster).

Rocking the Rez Pow Wow — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s 7th annual pow wow is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at Pakitu Community Park, at Santa Sanchez and Tiwa Boulevard, with Native American dance and drumming competition, food and crafts. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, 860-7777 or on Facebook at rockingtherez.
  Contest events offer $50,000 in prize money, with adult, teen, junior and tots categories.

St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 33rd annual fair, featuring the popular “Great Dachshund Stampede,” is Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt Road, near Canutillo. This year’s event celebrates the church’s 100th anniversary. The event include the Dachshund races and an all-other breeds race. Pets on leash welcome. A bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with baked goods, crafts, barbecue, kids games. Animal blessing at noon, followed by animal parade and costume contest. Also offered is Bingo, a church raffle and kids games, with dunking book, giant slide, pumpkin decorating,
  Admission is free; canned food item donation for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank encouraged. Information: (575) 874-3972 or stlukeslaunion.com.
  To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St. Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.
  Races are 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; races offered for other breeds as well.

‘Urban Transformations: Visions of the Past and Future of Downtown El Paso’ —The exhibit in the windows of three historic buildings within a short distance of San Jacinto Plaza – the Roberts-Banner Building, Kress Building, and Plaza Motor Inn in Downtown El Paso runs Oct. 1-31. Admission is free. Information: 246-9499 or texastrost.org.
  Participating artists include Daniel Rios-Lopera, Peter Svarzbein, Matthew Villarreal, Los Dos, Arturo and Valerie Enriquez, Candy Mayer, Jessica Tolbert, Marc Stone, and Anne Giangiulio.
  Opening is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with free tours, family-friendly activities provided by the El Paso Museum of History, and free coloring books of downtown provided by El Paso Electric.
  The exhibition includes photographs, tours, contemporary artwork, and educational materials to remind El Pasoans when the city underwent an architectural transformation that rivaled some of the biggest cities in the country, and what the city may look forward to with a revitalized downtown.

Bliss, Brews and Que — The 5th annual Kansas City BBQ Society-Sanctioned Cook-off is 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan, on Fort Bliss. The event includes barbecue, music, beer, arts and crafts. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Information: 564-5311, or blissbrewsandque.com.
  Live music by Austin Freeman, Double Clutchers and Rockabilly Strangers Friday; Pigeon Rustlers, Sorry About Your Sister, C.W. Ayon and Killer B Flats Saturday.

Chamizal Festival — The festival celebrating the rich cultural history of this area through storytelling, pottery demonstrations, music, dance and theater performances 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free; native crafts available for sale. Information: 532-7273.

Fall El Paso Home and Garden Show — El Paso Association of Builders, in partnership with Show Technology Productions, hosts the 9th annual show is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9 at the El Paso Convention Center, with special guest Chris Lambton, star of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers.” Hours are 2-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: $7 ($5 seniors 65 and older; free for age 16 and younger and active duty military with ID). Regular admission is $6 with canned food donation. Information: 778-5387 or ElPasoHomeAndGarden.com.
  The event includes a New Product Zone, Master Gardener seminars, Kids Zone, Pet Zone, Go Texan Art, Gift & Gourmet Area, and more.

EPHS Centennial Reunion — El Paso High School, which turns 100 on Sept. 18, 2016, will celebrate with an attempt is planned Guinness World Record for the Largest High School Reunion ever during the Centennial Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 8, with class reunions and school tours. Eve of the “E” is Thursday at the school’s R. R. Jones Stadium; a Centennial Presentation is Friday at the school, and the Homecoming Football game is Saturday. VIP access available for donations of $25 or more.
  The record to beat is 3,299 students, faculty and staff members that was set by Stadium High School in Tacoma, Wash. in 2006 also in celebration of their school's centennial.
  Check-In for record attempt opens at 9 a.m. Kickoff for the Battle of the Claw is 11 a.m. GWR Attempt is 30 to 45 minutes after the game end (about 3 p.m.) Participants need to gather for 10 minutes on the football field for record to be valid.
  There will be volunteers from EPCC, UTEP, GECU and soldiers from Fort Bliss to assist crowd control along with verification. They will assist the adjudicator from GWR to verify all 3,300 Tigers.
  Volunteers needed; arrival at 8 a.m. to the speed the rate at which participants check in. For more information or to volunteer: ephsalumassoc@gmail.com.

Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time — A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
  The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of El Paso Scene, and is also part of the Celebration of Our Mountains. Security is provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.
  The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
  Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 13th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, with seven locations in the neighborhood between Downtown and UTEP. Residents will give guests a personal walk-through of these properties. Pedi cabs available. Funds go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association to improve neighborhood residences.
  Tickets: $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); available in advance at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, and day of tour at the Gallery and the Burges House, 503 W. Yandell. Information: Hal Marcus Gallery, 533-9090 or sunset_heights_assoc@yahoo.com.
• Moore Home, 600 Prospect
• Wells Home, 1423 Hawthorne
• Kohlberg House, 525 Corto Way
• Guzman Home, 1210 Los Angeles
• John R. Karr Home, 520 Prospect
• Burges House, 603 W. Yandell
• Marcus Home and Gallery, 1308 and 1319 Oregon
• Old Home, 501 Randolph
• Turtle House, 516 Corto Way

Turkish Festival — Raindrop Foundation will host its food and craft fair 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Raindrop Turkish House in El Paso, 10767 Gateway West, Suite 610, featuring authentic Turkish food (gyro, kebab, baklava, ravioli, plus Turkish coffee and tea), kids activities, folk dances and other live performances. Admission is free. Information: 400-7450, elpaso@turkishhouse.org or raindropturkishhouse.org.

Village Vibes Music Festival — The Village of Vinton and Keep Vinton Beautiful hosts the inaugural music festival noon to midnight Saturday, Oct. 8, at Dr. Applegate Park, 7966 Quejette, in Vinton, in support of the village’s community garden and learning center. The festival will showcase a variety of musicians and artists, along with a selection local food truck and vendor offerings. All ages event. Tickets: $15-$20. Information: 886-5104 or villagevibesmusicfestival.com.
  Headliner is Jim Ward. Other performers include the Chamanas, Part Time, Frontera Bugalu, Fixed Idea, Jupiter’s Junkies, Johnny Kage, Dusty Low, Chuco Soul Project, Alabama Deathwalk, L.I.G.R.E., Kikimora, Acid Pie, Memoria, Villain’s Kiss, Stan Z, Somos Elefantes, Polaroids, Viva Las Vegas, Freddy Towers, Sabrina James, Heavy Soul, Trost House, Fuya Radio, Dirty Circuits and Frenzi.

‘Chalk The Block’ — The 8th annual outdoor art event is Oct. 14-16 throughout Downtown El Paso. The event includes various art projects, art vendors, live music, performance art, interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments, pop-up galleries and more than 200 chalk and street artists. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110, chalktheblock.com or on Facebook.
  Featured artists and projects include:
• Teddy Lo’s “Gon Kirin” fire breathing dragon sculpture, and eight-ton, 69-foot-long, 22-foot-tall dragon with 2,460 feet of LED lights. The dragon, co -built by Ryan Doyle, has been featured at Maker Faire and Burning Man, among other events.
• El Paso creative firm’s “Selfie Wall,” a custom-fabricated modular wall with various lighting conditions day and night.
• Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman’s inflatable version of his “Go For It,” sculpture.
• Performing arts group and stiltwalkers Carpetbag Brigade from Arizona.

Chaparral Community Pow Wow — The 2nd annual pow wow is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 498 McCombs in Chaparral, N.M. on the Blended Nation property. Celebrate Native American culture with native drums, dancers, art and food. Hosted by the Blended Nation Pow Wow Committee. All ages welcome. Admission by donation of any amount.
Information: Melissa Calderon, (915) 226-6770, or Johnny Valles, (915) 282-7329.

Concordia Cemetery Walk Through History — The annual living history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Admission: $5 ($2 seniors and military, $1 students; free for age s and younger). Information: 581-7920 or concordiacemetery.org.
  Gunfight reenactments and recreations of El Paso’s wilder days will be staged throughout the day by Six Guns & Shady Ladies. Visitors can ride and tour the cemetery aboard the Serna Ranch Hayride. Historical souvenirs available.
  The cemetery’s new memorials include US Veterans & Camp Concordia early Fort Bliss site and the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.
  Volunteers dress in period costume and share historical vignettes in character of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eternal residents. Chat with early leading citizens, pioneers, ranchers, Buffalo Soldiers, an ex-President of Mexico, priests and clergy, gunfighters, “shady ladies” and many others. Also featured is El Paso’s own “Boot Hill” where gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, lawmen, Texas Rangers and many other Wild West figures are buried.

Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair — The 22nd annual Interpretive Fair begins at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15-16, at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road. Sponsored by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and co-hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, with Native American dancing and drumming, music, games, guided birding, pictograph and rage plant tours, crafts, environmental, historical and cultural booths. Most activities begin around 10 a.m. Admission is free, but donations welcome. Information: 857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov.

La Viña Fall Wine Festival — The annual fall celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. (one mile north or Vinton Road), with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 12-20; free for children under 12). Admission for adults includes a commemorative glass and tasting. Everyone under 21 must be accompanied by adult parent, guardian or spouse. No pets or picnic baskets allowed; ATM available on site. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  Saturday’s performers are Austin Jimmy Murphy at noon; Chris Baker Band at 2:15 p.m. and 24/7 Blues Band at 4:30 p.m.
  Sunday’s performers are Frank Zona and Urban Edge at noon; Twisted Hams at 2:15 p.m. and Abe Mac Country Band at 4:30 p.m.

‘The Hands of Cantú: Horsemanship at the Pass of the North’ — Compadres Therapy, Inc.’s 2nd annual free family friendly horse-themed event in cooperation with the Tom Lea Institute is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Upper Valley Ranch, 6666 Morrill Road, with activities and various horse performances; driving, jumping, reining, Arabian horses, hippotherapy, adaptive riding, horse themed crafts and more.
Information: 203-088, compadrestherapy.com and on Facebook.
  There will also be two lectures presented during the day: “Tom Lea, Horses and Horsemanship” by Dr. Melissa Warak, Assistant Professor of Art History at UTEP and a faculty liaison to the Tom Lea Institute and the El Paso Museum of Art, and “The History of the Cavalry and its Role in El Paso and at Fort Bliss” by Mr. John Hamilton, Director at the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum.
  The event is inspired by Tom Lea’s 1964 novel, “The Hands of Cantú”, which tells the tale of an orphaned Spanish youth learning the art of horsemanship in the New World.

Outlet Shoppes Fall Fiesta — The Outlet Shoppes of El Paso, 7051 S. Desert in Canutillo, hosts fall activities 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with music and children’s activities, inflatables a and more. Most events are free; some activities will have a nominal cost. Information: theoutletshoppesatelpaso.com.

Paw Pageant — El Pawso’s Pageant: A Pageant for Dog is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Cleveland Square Park, 510 N. Santa Fe, committed to promoting the animal-human bond and the relationships with companion animals which are guided by compassion. Dog show activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and include different “competitive”" events to show off the beauty and talent of the family dog. Information: 216-4427 or emajj.com.
  Competitive events include categories: Personality Wear, My Dog’s Got Talent, and Glamour Ribbon Winner categories include Photogenic, Best Tail Wagging, Best Mirror Image (look-alike), most original costume, and ugly duckly.

Sharefest — Thousands of El Paso families will receive free gently used items 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Free parking available. Information: 313-5618 or epfj@aol.com.
  About 300 tables and a mile of clothes racks will offer with free dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, sweaters, shoes, purses, toys, blankets, appliances, tools, canned food, furniture and more, with volunteers assisting, including bilingual speakers. Everyone is invited to attend. No documentation is needed.
  Caring Pasoans are asked to go through their homes, and collect any things they are willing to share with less fortunate families. Take donations to the nearest library or 7-Eleven Oct.1-20.

Southern New Mexico Home Show — The home show is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, with exhibits, demonstrations and seminars on the latest in home renovation and décor. Local exhibitors and sponsors include Village at Rio Valley Smart Development Community, Winton Flair Custom Home Builders, Accent Homes, Rio Valley Homes, Window World and Oasis Sleep Outlet & Hot Tubs. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  A drawing for a $200,000 Winton Flair Home is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

UTEP Football & Homecoming - The 2016 homecoming game against Old Dominion starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tailgating events begin at noon. Tickets: $12-$150 Information: 747-5234 or 1-800-745-3000. Event information: 747-8600 or alumni.utep.edu.
  Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $100
  Various departments and alumni organizations will host alumni breakfast tours and other activities Oct. 23-29. Highlights include:
• The 7th Annual Miner Dash 5K Run/3K Walk and Family Fitness Fiesta is 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 23, at Centennial Plaza. Online registration at minerdash.utep.edu.
• The Homecoming Pageant is 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Magoffin Auditorium.
• Miner Morning Mania is 5:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Sun Bowl Stadium Parking Lot.
• An Open House at Alumni Lodge is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Peter and Margaret de Wetter Center.
• The Homecoming Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at Mesita Early Childhood Development Center and ending at Centennial Plaza; pep rally follows at 3 p.m., with tailgate events until 5:30 p.m. at Kidd Field.

Sunset Heights Block Party — The 9th annual party is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the historic Sunset Heights neighborhood, along the 500 block of Prospect, with several local bands art vendors and food trucks. Admission is free. Information: 996-1880 or thesunsetheightsblockparty@gmail.com.

Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The largest pilgrimage each year is on the last Sunday in October, the traditional Feast Day of Christ the King. The 77th anniversary procession begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The pilgrimage annually attracts thousands of celebrants, many of whom begin their trek before dawn. Gates open at 5 a.m. Information: San Martin de Porras (575) 589-2106.
  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.

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

‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 43rd annual holiday shopping fair is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6, at the El Paso Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Feliz Navidad Y’All.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The fair brings together about 200 merchants from across the country as well as arts, crafts, live entertainment, music, photos and story time with Santa and more. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, military, children 6-12; free for children under six). Two-day pass is $15. Information: 584-3511 or jlep.org.
  The “Noche de Feria: A Christmas Fair Gala” is Oct. 22, featuring cocktails, street taco dinner, and entertainment by DJ Christopher Ferris and Julio Ortiz. Attire is tuxedos and cocktail chic. Tickets: $75.
  A “Cha Cha Cha Fiesta with Santa” children’s party is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Tickets: $25 in advance (for one child and one parent); $15 each additional child. Tickets at the door: $30.
  A “Boots and Bling” preview party is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Guests enjoy merchants before anyone else, with entertainment by the Dirty River Boys. Tickets: $40.

Harvest & Halloween

Halloween Library events — El Paso Public Library offers various free fall and Halloween events in October:
• Facepainting 101 is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Memorial Park Library, 2300 Copper, for ages 12 and older. Sign up required at 566-1034; space and supplies limited.
• Teen Read Week Lock-In starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Richard Burges Library, 9600 Dyer, for ages 10-20, with food, games, and prizes. Information:212-0317.
• Monster Mash is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Memorial Park Library for teens and tweens, with pumpkin decorating contest, games, music and fun. Children must bring in their own decorated pumpkin. Information: 566-1034.
• Halloween Costume Contest is 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Clardy Fox Library, 5515 Robert Alva. Information: 772-0501.
• Fall Festival is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Westside Library, 125 Belvidere, with ghouls, goodies, games and a costume contest. Information: 581-2024.
• Halloween Celebration is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Jose Cisneros Library, 1300 Hawkins. Costume contest for under 18s in three different age groups. Information: 594-7680.
• Fall Harvest Celebration and Costume Contest is 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Irving Schwartz Library, 1865 Dean Martin, with storytelling, crafts, games, and a costume contest. Children encouraged to wear their costumes. Information: 212-0315.
• Family Movie Monday is 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at Armijo Library, 620 E 7th. Information: 533-1333.

Ghost Stories by Moonlight — Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, hosts its annual Halloween-themed event with events for children and adults.
• Family Night for ages 5 and up is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
• Evening for Adults is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
  Attendees are advised to dress warmly in their favorite spook character. Refreshments will be served.
  Local storytellers present an evening of spine-tingling tales based on legend and folklore. Tickets: $15 per event. Tickets must be purchased in advance, go on sale Oct. 1. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.

Heroes Monsters & Villains Halloween Rockfest — Aranda headlines the rock party is 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at El Paso County Coliseum, with live music from 10 bands, a costume contest, food, vendors, beer, and children’s activities and prizes. Admission: $10 (Ticketmaster).

Pumpkin Splash Patch — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Pumpkin Splash Patch family event noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. Ages 4 to 12 can pick out a pumpkin from the “water pumpkin patch” and decorate it for Halloween. Other Halloween-theme activities and music also planned. Admission: $3 per child; parents free. Information: (575) 541-2782.
  Children must be accompanied by an adult during the event and parents of non-swimmers must accompany their children in the water.

Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host its 10th annual safe trick-or-treating event for families with children age 2 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
  Activities include candy stations, games, a maze, animal enrichment activities and more.

HalloweenFest 2016 — Asylum Comics and Cards, 5360 N. Mesa, Suite L-12, will host its Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 29, free Halloween comics (while supplies last), and several other special activities. Admission is free. Information/times: 875-8600 or asylumcomicsandcards.com.

Harvestfest — Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce’s annual afternoon of family fun is 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft, N.M., with hay rides, carved and decorated pumpkins, a costume contest, parade and trick or treating. Most activities are free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
  The annual Great Pumpkin Race is also that day, with amateurs, semi-pros and pros competing for prizes by rolling pumpkins down a hill.

New Mexico Pumpkin Festival — The 8th annual festival celebrating the fall gourd is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at the Mesilla Valley Maze and Lyles Family Farm, 3855 W. Picacho, featuring a corn maze, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, and a country store offered. Winners from the annual coloring and pumpkin-carving contests will be displayed. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Other activities include a pie eating and seed-spitting contests, horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin shuffleboard, guess the weight, pumpkin painting, live music, storytelling and the Pumpkin Glow.

Trunk or Treat — Miracle League of El Paso hosts a safe trick or treat event 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7500 W. H. Burges. Information: miracleleagueofelpaso.org.

Great Pumpkin Candy Drop — The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department, Weaver’s Welding, and Friends of the Community hosts its 10th annual candy drop at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Maag Softball Complex, 1700 E. Hadley, with music, games, information booths and goodies. Candy drop begins at 1 p.m.; bags provided. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2455; those wishing to donate candy may call Weaver’s Welding at (575) 524-2990.
  The candy drop is not for ages 1 to 4; these ages will be given goody bag, and may participate in the other free activities.

Halloween Dance — VFW Post 8782, 9170 Carolina, hosts a Halloween dance with 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, with music by Little Mike and the Blue Kings, and a costume contest. Tickets available at the VFW or at the door; call for cost. Information: 598-1586.

Halloween Spook Music Show — A Halloween costume and music show with organist Gary Rutherford of Phoenix is 5:57 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm (at Wheeling). Awards given for 3 best costumes. Pre concert food served at 4:49 p.m. Church will be blackened; flashlight needed to read the program. Information: 532-5874.

City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Happiness throughout the city at area recreation centers Monday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Admission is free. Information/event list: 544-0753

Halloween Carnival — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M. hosts a carnival 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, with free candy, games and prizes for parents and kids. Information: (575)882-5556 or womensinterculturalcenter.org.

Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Monday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Details to be announced. Information: Facebook at Kern Place Association.

King’s Kastle Party — The Children’s Ministries at Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, host a Halloween alternative party 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, featuring a non-scary carnival atmosphere with games, candy, cake walk, live entertainment, food and prizes. Non-scary costumes welcome. Admission is free; game tickets offered for a nominal fee. Information: 584-3912, ext. 27 or cbcelp.org.

KLAQ Halloween Parade — The annual parade Monday, Oct. 31, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood, and returns there. The parade is 1.9 miles and lasts about one hour. Prizes will be given for “Rock ’n’ Drive” (combination vehicle/human costume), Best Dressed Pedestrian, Business Costume, and High School Band. No entry fee, but entries must display “KLAQ.” Parade usually begins at 3:30 p.m., but early arrival strongly encouraged; pre-registration is 10 to 3 p.m. Information: 544-8864 or klaq.com.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 3rd season noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 6 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. This year’s maze theme is the Amazon Rainforest. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $10.95; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386) or elpasocornmaze.com.
  An “Old El Paso” offers interactive games that teach about local farming and significant people and events in the area’s history.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze runs through Nov. 6 (weather permitting) for its 16th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
  Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $5 for ages 2-5 ($5 military) Free for age one and younger, and seniors 76 and older Group rates available for groups of 20 or more. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties.
  The maze will be open 11 to 3 p.m. Monday, Columbus Day, as well as daytime only Monday, Oct. 31 (Halloween).
  The Maze offers the Big Maze, a kids flower maze, family jumping pillow, big slide, pedal cars, target practice, sports throw, horse walk swing, rubber ducky races, sand box, picnic tables under huge tent and concessions.
  Rides to the pumpkin patch, cow train and pig races also offered during daylight hours.
  Haunted Maze offered Friday and Saturday nights during October; admission is $7 plus regular paid entry.
  Sunday, Nov. 6: 3rd annual Bring Your Dog to the Maze Day and 2nd annual Pumpkin Smash

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 17th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-30 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, face painting, rope making, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  Girl Scout Day at the Maze is Oct. 2.
  The annual “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out for $1 per sample.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House is 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets: $15 ($32 combo for trail and Zombie Adventure. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.
  The redesigned trail will take guests deeper into what unconsciously scares them, with twists and turns not seen in the El Paso area. Come early this season and experience “Black Out,” where guest have only a flashlight to guide them.
  Also part of the trail is the Task Force ZERO zombie paintball adventure, allowing participants to help control the zombie population. Call for individual Zombie adventure ticket prices.

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza with food, music, stories, dancing and piñatas noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29. Traditional day of the dead altars will be on display. Altars can be to specific persons, groups of people, a cause, or beloved pets. Vendors will feature handmade Day of the Dead-themed gifts. No political campaigning allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or calaveracoalition@gmail.com.
  A candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto and coffee is 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Meet at the plaza at 6 p.m.
  All proceeds from this event are donated to the Community of Hope & Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry; donations of five canned goods requested for all altar set-ups.

Concordia Día de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society celebrate Day of the Dead 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens) with revelers dressed in vintage Mexican clothes complete with skulls painted on their faces, 10-foot mojigangas (dancing skeleton puppets), a scavenger hunt, live music, food trucks, face painters, dancers, poetry readings, arts and crafts and ceremonial offerings. Tickets: $5 ($1 kids and students 16 and younger; $2 seniors 60 and older and military; free for children under 6). Information: 274-9531 or concordiacemetery.org.
  Guests may come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas (skeletons).

‘Día de los Muertos’ — Altar displays and other Day of the Dead activities are planned Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, throughout Downtown Silver City, with ofrendas (tributes to those gone before), a parade and music, student clothesline exhibit, chalk drawings in the street, mask-making and a community ofrenda. Area galleries, restaurants and other businesses and organizations will join in the event with individual ofrendas, memorial pieces and additional activities. There will be happenings for all ages. Information: (575) 388-5725.
  Sunday’s events include mariachi music, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. p.m.; storytellers 2 to 3 p.m.; a parade at 3:30 p.m. A screening of “The Book of Life” is 7 p.m. at Silco Theater.
  A Día de Los Muertos talk by Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at WNMU Fine Arts Theatre followed by a performance by Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad Autonoma de Cd. Juarez.
  Mariachi Canto a Mi Tierra de la UACJ performs at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Silver City Museum. An Ofrenda Procession is 7 to 9 p.m. beginning at Silver City Museum proceeding through downtown Silver City to Miller Library for ofrendas, talks and WNMU’s Mariachi Plata.
  An artist lecture on Papel Picado by Catalino Delgado Trunk is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at WNMU’s
Parotti Hall, followed by a reception for Trunk’s show and a community ofrenda 7:30 to 9 p.m. at WNMU McCray Gallery.

Southern New Mexico

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Tickets: $10-$12 per day: available online at holdmyticket.com. Information: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefairgrounds.net.

Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s celebration of fall colors is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Events include a chili cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors, Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show. Information: (575) 257-7395
  The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem. Information: ruidosonow.com/aspenfest.
  Arts and crafts booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, 134 Reese Dr. Admission: $2 (free for children under 12). Information: (575) 808-8338.
  The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha, (915) 598-0621.
  The Ruidoso Chili Society’s 34th annual Chili Cook-Off is noon Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Public tasting is noon Sunday Information: (575) 390-6184.

Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta — The 2017 fiesta, “Desert Kaleidoscope” is Oct. 1-9 in Albuquerque. Mass ascensions each morning at 7 a.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park. Tickets: $8; $35 five-pack. General parking: $10/car. Balloon Fiesta Hotline: (888) 422-7277 or balloonfiesta.com.
  Other events include balloon glows, fireworks, car show, special shapes rodeos, flying competitions and more.
  The park is off I-25 north of I-40; take the Balloon Fiesta Parkway.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 11th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities and more. Information: (575) 536-9821, (575) 536-3687 or mimbresharvestfest.com.

NMSU Homecoming — The New Mexico State University Aggies’ 2016 Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, against UL Lafayette. Tickets: $50-$150 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstatesports.com.
  The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Tickets: $50.
  Homecoming parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Pinos Altos October Fiesta — The mountain village of Pinos Altos, N.M. will host its 18th annual fall fiesta 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Most events are in the historic Main Street area. The fair offers live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, collectibles, gold-panning, reenactments, antiques and various food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department. Information: (575) 574-8394 or pavfr.org/octoberfiesta.
  The Grant County Art Guild (housed near Main Street in the Hearst Church) will have an arts & craft sale/exhibit. The Pinos Altos Museum also will be open.
  Pinos Altos, a mining town founded in 1860, is seven miles north of Silver City on NM 15.

Spaceport America Open House – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, will host an open house Saturday, Oct. 1. Sessions are 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m.
  Once through security at the main gate, visitors will be guided to a designated parking area where shuttles will take them to the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Hangar Terminal Area. Reservations required. The first 200 personal vehicles registered will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis at spaceportamerica.com/openhouse/

St. Clair Vineyards WineFest — New Mexico’s largest winery will host its 22nd annual wine fest noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at 1325 DeBaca Road in Deming, with family activities, live music, door prizes, arts and crafts, silent auction, wine recipe contest, winery tours, cork pulling contests, grape stomp contests and bra contests. Fireworks at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 (includes souvenir glass; free admission for active duty military and law enforcement with ID. Information: 1-866-336-7357 or stclairwinery.com/winefest2016/.
  To get there: Take I-10 east to Exit 85 in Deming, go a half-mile south, turn east on Highway 549 and go three miles to St. Clair Vineyards and New Mexico Wineries Inc.

WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011.
  The Homecoming game is 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Midwestern State University of Mines on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Oct. 5-9 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, a fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, a carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255 or on Facebook at swnmsf.

Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-9, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375 or sierracountynewmexico.info.

Elephant Butte Dam Centennial — The Elephant Butte Dam Site Historic District “A Century of Service, A Lifetime of Memories” 100 year celebration of the building of Elephant Butte Dam Oct. 7-23, in Truth or Consequences. Information: ElephantButteAdventures.com or on Facebook at ButteCentennial.
  A 10-course gourmet dinner on top of Elephant Butte Dam is Saturday, Oct. 15, with regional food, music and dancing and fireworks. Tickets are limited: Reservations: (575) 744-5567 or shane@lagorico.com.
  Other events:
• Dam Site Book Festival is Oct. 7-9.
• “Lights the Night” event with food, music, dancing, luminarias and more is Friday, Oct. 14, at the historic Fish Hatchery.
• Wooden Nickel Makers Mart community craft fair is Oct. 15-16, at Windy Roads Park.
• Ringers on the Rio Horseshoe Tourney is Oct. 21-23.

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium — Cowboy poets, musicians, craftsmen and chuckwagon cooks meet for the 27th annual symposium 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7-9, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Admission: $25. Evening concerts and chuckwagon meal tickets sold separately. Multi-day packages and group rates available. Tickets, information: (575) 378-4140 or cowboysymposium.org.
  The Symposium offers continuous music, poetry and storytelling, western demonstrations and more. A variety of children’s activities, including a Kids’ Rodeo, are offered. A Western Expo features 110 vendors selling western art, saddles, tack, hats, boots and western clothing, jewelry, home accessories, books and more.
  Evening concerts offered Oct. 6-8:
• Thursday: Dave Alexander Band; The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears & Paul Franklin. Tickets: $75.
• Friday: Janie Fricke and Moe Bandy with Coby Carter and Billy Mata. Tickets: $65.
• Saturday: Johnny Rodriguez and Tawny Reynolds (from “The Voice”) with Jody Nix. Tickets: $40.
  The World’s Richest Chuckwagon Cook-off is all weekend. Competitors in the $13,000 event are judged not only for their food, but the authenticity of their wagons and attire. Chuckwagon lunch is noon Saturday, and breakfast is 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost per plate: $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday.

Red Hot ArtFest and Studio Tour — The annual event runs daily Oct. 7-16 at studios and galleries in Silver City, N.M. with art shows, receptions, studio tours, demonstrations, youth activities and workshops. Headquarters are the Seedboat Gallery, 214 W Yankie, with information, brochures, maps and guides, as well as the Independent and Studio Artists’ Exhibit. Information: (575) 313-9631 or silvercitygalleries.com.
  The Red Dot Soiree is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Seedboat Gallery, with wine and refreshments. Tickets: $15.
  The Art Fest Indie & Studio Exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8-16, featuring work by Silver City Art Association independent artists as well as studio artists.
  A grand “Champagne and Chocolates” closing reception with and art-inspired fashion on a canvas of bodies is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Seedboat Gallery. Admission is free.
  The event includes 25 different art venues, concentrated in or near historic downtown Silver City; plus 20 artist studios.
Socorro Fest — The City of Socorro, N.M. hosts its 14th annual celebration of central New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley’s rich bounty Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, on and around the historic Socorro Plaza. The event features a day of feasting, dancing, native food dishes, arts and crafts booths, spirits tents, family activities and music and entertainment on multiple stages. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 835-8927, socorrofest.com or on Facebook.

Columbus Day Festival — The annual festival is Saturday, Oct.8, in the historic village of Columbus, N.M. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Boundary, followed by all day entertainment, vendors and games in the Columbus Park Plaza. Admission is free. Columbus is 65 miles west of Santa Teresa and 30 miles south of Deming. Information: (575) 494-0009.

Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale — The annual doll and accessory show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Scottish Rite Temple, 195 Boutz, Las Cruces. Includes dolls, doll accessories, Teddy bears, fabrics and trims, toys and miniatures by vendors from four states. Silent auction will also be held. Minor repairs available on site. Admission: $2 (free for ages 10 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1413.

Los Leones de Mesilla Car Show — Los Leones de Mesilla (Mesilla Lion’s Club) will host its annual car show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. The show features hot rods, muscle car (pre-1972), trucks, low riders, motorcycles), and classics. Admission is free for spectators. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesillanm.gov.

Pagan Pride Day — Las Cruces Pagan Pride Council hosts its celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Avenue, with entertainment, networking, story weaving, hand picked vendors and more. Admission is free with a donation or canned goods or pet food for Camp Hope or Humane Society with animal adoptions. Information: (915) 316-4399
  All Donations given to Casa De Las Peregrinos and the ASPCA of Las Cruces.
  Opening and closing ritual is ADF (American Druid Fellowship) presented by Iron Horses Proto-Grove. Wide range of unusual vendors, entertainment to include demonstrations by SAC, a variety of Belly dancers troupes, musical performances by The Two of Us and more.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cook-Off — The annual festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out. Winners announced at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the NMSU College of Agriculture. Maze admission: $12 ($10 children; free for children under 2). Samples available for $1 per sample. Information: (575) 526-1919 or rootintootinribs.com.

The Lantern Fest — The all-ages celebration of life, love and memories is Saturday, Oct. 8, at Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Families can roast s’mores, decorate their lanterns, and enjoy entertainment including a stage show, face painters, princesses, inflatables, and live music. After sunset, participants come together to release their lanterns. Gates open at 3 p.m. Information on Facebook at thelanternfest.
  Lantern passes required in advance for admission; available online at thelanternfest.com/location/el-paso/ Each pass comes with a lantern, marker, s’mores kit and lighter. Passes are $30 through Aug. 26; $35 Aug. 27-Sept. 30; and $45 Oct. 1-7.
  Historically, Chinese Lanterns have been used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, and celebrate the lives of loved ones.

Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 35th annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 14-15 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” with games, prizes and more for kids. Featured entertainment is the Salzburger Echo. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
  Admission: $10 per day; $18 for both days; $6 for ages 13-18 ($10 for two days) and free for children under 12. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or OktoberfestRuidoso.com.

Citywide Cleanup — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs host the 22nd annual Toss No Mas citywide cleanup 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15. Hundreds of volunteers will collect litter at parks, schools, streets and business properties. Following the campaign, volunteers will be treated to a free lunch afterwards at a park. Registration encouraged by Oct. 10. Information: KLCB Coordinator James Woods at (575) 528-4506 or las-cruces.org.
  Last year more than 1,100 volunteers from 65 local groups and organizations collected more than 15 tons of litter during the annual event.

High Rolls Apple Festival — The 49th annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15-16, at the Community Center, 56 Cottage Row, in High Rolls, N.M. The festival features fresh local and other apples, apple pies and apple butter, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-6044 or highrollsfestivals.com.
  The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the community center. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel).

Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — Holy Family Church’s annual festival and barbecue is all day Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbecue beef. Information: (575) 546-9783.

Pancho’s Car Show — Friends of Pancho Villa State Park’s 11th annual car show and auto parts swap meet is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, N.M. with vintage to late model show cars and motorcycles. Show admission free with regular park admission of $5 per vehicle. Information, entry fee for show participants: (575) 531-2711 or panchovillastateparkfriendsgroup.org.
  Columbus is 30 miles south of Deming on NM 11, and 65 miles west of El Paso on NM 9.

Renaissance Artsfaire — The 45th annual event, sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5-6, at Young Park, Walnut and Lohman in Las Cruces. Dozens of artists offer arts and crafts of all kinds. Artistas del Camino Real will demonstrate Spanish and Native art. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
  Admission: $8; free for age 12 and younger. No pets except service animals. VIP Passes are $60 includes 2-person one day entry, access to the VIP tent with refreshments and up-front views of jousting, photo ops with jousters, preferred parking for one vehicle, and two vintage Ren Faire T-shirts.
  Ongoing entertainment offered on Rio Grande Main Stage, Merry Court of Sherwood Oak and Middle Eastern Village, plus the Greyhounds of Fairhaven and a Children’s Realm with scavenger hunt.
The Order of Epona’s jousters on horseback return with shows at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Other entertainment includes Robert the Ratcatcher at the top of the hill with his “Ratapult.”
  Commemorative 45th year handmade ceramic goblets by local potter Andrew Chapel will be available, along with food booths and the Dragon’s Eye Tavern.
  Fee park and ride running between the southwest corner of the Mesilla Valley Mall and Young Park every 15 minutes.

West Texas

Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 50th annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Nov. 3-5, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170.
  Opening event is the 3rd annual Cowboy Camp Croquet Challenge at 9 a.m. Thursday, with Verde Chili competition in the afternoon and dance concert at 7 p.m. Events continue Friday with chili, salsa, chicken, black-eyed peas and beans competitions, Margarita Mix-Off and evening dance concert. Saturday includes an art show, authors’ tent, chili championship and evening dance.
  Ticket information: (817) 251-1287, abowlofred.com or on Facebook at OTICCC.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 50th annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff is Nov. 4-5 at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua. Friday competitions: Beans, Traditional Salsa, Non-Traditional Salsa, and Hot Buffalo Wings. Saturday is the championship cookoff (participants must have qualified in earlier CASI cookoffs). Music and dances each night. Public may dry camp all week for $40 per person or $20 per day.
  Preliminary events include a Sotol Pod Cookoff Sunday, Oct. 30, and the cooking for CASI Chili cook-off Tuesday, Nov. 1.
  Information: 713-248-0681, casichili.net or on Facebook at CASI Chili Appreciation Society International.

Tom Lea Month

Tom Lea Month — The Tom Lea Institute, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, along with other area organizations, celebrates the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with various events throughout October. Admission is free except as noted. For all reservations, registration and RSVPs, call 533-0048. Information: TomLea.com.
  In addition to local happenings, are events planned in Galveston, New Orleans, Odessa, Abilene and in Guadalupe, Mexico.
  Tom Lea (1907-2001) was the son of an El Paso mayor who became a nationally famous muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter.
  This year’s events are dedicated to the memory of Nancy Lea (1906-1936):
• “The Notebook of Nancy Lea” exhibit runs Oct. 1-Dec. 22, at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, with opening reception 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
• “Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World” one act play by Camilla Carr, starring Ray Baker and Morgana Shaw is 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Annex. Admission is $25. See “On Stage” listing for details.
• “Nancy Lea in Her Own Words” presentation by Adair Margo is 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Centennial museum.
  Other events:
• “Head for the Hills” fiesta and life exhibition is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 1, in Tom Lea’s Studio, at W.S. Hills Building on San Antonio, Downtown.
• Showing Oct. 1-June 11, 2017: “Female Portraits: A Connection Between Artists and Models” in the Tom Lea Gallery at El Paso Museum of Art.
  Student focus talk is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
• A screening of “The Brave Bulls” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Craft and Social.
• An “Experience the Pass of the North Mural Tour led by Elisa Garrido and Carolina Franco is noon Tuesday, Oct. 11, starting at Ton Lea Institute, 201 E. Mills.
Compadres Therapy, Inc.’s 2nd annual free family friendly horse-themed event, The Hands of Cantú: Horsemanship at the Pass of the North,’ is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Upper Valley Ranch, 6666 Morrill, with activities and various horse performances; driving, jumping, reining, Arabian horses, hippotherapy, adaptive riding, horse themed crafts and more. Information: 203-088, compadrestherapy.com and on Facebook.
• A Tom Lea Fellowship presentation to Maria del Carmen Barney and Delia Alicia Ramos is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center.
• A presentation and book signing for by Adair Margo for the institute’s latest publication, “Tom Lea, Life, Magazine and World War II,” is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa.
  An architectural tour on “San Jacinto Architecture, Controversies and History” by Ken Gorski is planned, starting at El Paso Main Public Library, Downtown. Time and date to be announced.
  Juárez Events:
• “Tom Lea and Bullfighting” presentation by José Mario Sánchez Soledad is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at La Custodia de San Pablo on 16 de Septiembre.
• A Juárez Downtown Walking Tour
Led by Dr. Tomás Cuevas is 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14. El Paso participants meet at 9 a.m. at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. RSVP: pmartinez@tomlea.net.
• A presentation on “Tom Lea and the First Surgery in North America” by Dr. Rubén Garrido is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Hospital Ángeles Ciudad Juárez on Avenida Campos Eliseos.

Bazaars and Fairs

Woman’s Club Centennial Birthday Bash — Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will celebrate its 100th birthday at its Fall Fiesta Friday 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Bake sale, local artists and vendors, Tea Room and more. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the club, built in 1916. Admission: $3 ($5 three-day pass); free children under 12. Information: 532-6131 or on Facebook at The Woman’s Club of El Paso.
  Interested vendors may call Judith Zar at 584-5585.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s Fall 2016 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free. Information: 212-1730.
  Registration for artists is at El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offices in City Hall, 801 Texas. Cost: $130 both days. All items must be of handmade or homemade items; crafters must provide samples. Information: rodriguezji@elpasotexas.gov.

The Edge Open-Air Craft & Farmer’s Market — The final market of the season is 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with local crafters, artists, food trucks and community groups. As the growing season progresses, farmers and growers will sell their produce. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.

Western Hills Autumn Bazaar — The annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Western Hills United Methodist Church’s Stewart Family Life Center, 524-A Thunderbird, with vendors, crafts, bake and book sale, door prizes, snack bar and a silent auction. Admission is free. Information: 581-3547, 584-7810, or Willywoo45@aol.com. Web: or westernhillsep.org.
  The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the Western Hills United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards UMC missions and charities.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features palm, Tarot and other readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish. Aura photography, jewelry and others gifts.

Northgate Arts and Craft — Northgate Christian Church, 5430 Yvette, hosts an artist and crafts fair Saturday, Oct. 15. Vendor tables available for $15-$25. Information, hours: 755-0831.

White Acres Bazaar — Good Samaritan Society of White Acres Retirement Community, 7304 Good Samaritan Court, hosts its arts and crafts bazaar 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, with original arts and crafts, baked goods, jewelry, books, raffle table and live art demonstrations. Admission is free. Information: 549-5475.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Oct. 16, Nov. 20) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual guns and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22-23, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las Cruces. Vendors from across the state will sell and display their products. Information: lascruceslionsclub.org.

Día De Los Muertos Celebration — El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market hosts the Celebration of “Life, Death and Tradition,” Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 Points Bistro, 3019 Montana. Information: 478-9971 or on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  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 Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month. Bring a used book in good condition, to exchange for another.

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

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

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

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  The Día De Los Muertos Celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 Points Bistro, 3019 Montana.

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

Something for everyone

Baby Boomer Generation Community Fair — The inaugural fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Good Samaritan Society White Acres Retirement Community, 7304 Good Samaritan Court, with information on senior living options, retirement financial security, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, live entertainment,
travel, and outdoor activities. Information: 549-5464.

Blessing of the Animals — The free blessing of pets is 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal Church, 6280 Los Robles. All pets are welcome to receive a prayer of blessing. Light refreshments will be available for pets and pet parents. Information: 581-9500 or stfrancisonthehillepiscopalchurch.org

St. Raphael Family Health Fair — St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar, hosts its fair 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with mammogram screenings, bone density vein screenings and information by Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, Curves and more. Admission is free. Information: 526-4198.
  Other organizations feature are Project Vida, United Blood Services, Stroke Scan Screenings, Gentiva Hospice and more.

Texas Archaeology Month — El Paso Museum of Archaeology at Wilderness Park, 4301 Transmountain, hosts free public tours, archery and atl-atl demonstrations celebrating Texas Archaeology Month 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 8, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with a film screening of “Ancient America: The Southwest” Oct. 1. Information: 755-4332 or elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum/.
  Free family activities celebrating International Archaeology Day are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, including flint knapping, pinch-pot making, table-top excavations, atlatl throwing, and Tigua bread sampling. A screening of “Ancient America: The Southwest” is 1 p.m.
  A zoo archaeology lecture by Alex Mares is at 2:30 p.m. Mares will discuss the cultural impact experienced from the domestication and use of horses by the Navajo.

Vaccinations for Health program — El Paso Fire and Health Department host free flu vaccines to uninsured residents and those on Medicaid, as well as influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings. Colorectal screening kits to patients 50 and over and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older, in October at several locations. Service is free to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County age 18 and over. Information: ephealth.com.
• Saturday, Oct. 1: Station 17, 8803 Alameda, 8 to 11 a.m.
• Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12 19 and 26: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge, 1 to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 15: Station 18, 7901 San Jose, 8 to 11 a.m.

3er Congreso De Mujeres — The Spanish language series of women’s lectures begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $10-$20 (Ticketmaster)

Graduate School Expo — UTEP’s annual Graduate and Professional School Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Union Building. Information: 747-7503 or utep.edu/careers.

ONE Women's Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, hosts the women’s conference Oct. 5-7, with special guest speakers April Osteen Simons, Charlotte Gambill and Natalie Grant. Information/times: 532-8543 or alfc.com.

‘Put a Smile On It’ — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M. hosts an arts and crafts workshop for all ages 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 7. Create silly mouth masks in celebration of World Smile Day. Information: (575) 882-5556 or womensinterculturalcenter.org.

Compassionate Friends ‘Walk to Remember’ — Compassionate Friends’ 3rd annual walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood. The 1.5-mile walk honors the memory of a deceased child or sibling, and raises funds for an upcoming local conference, with a balloon release and potluck picnic. Vendors welcome and will be present to offer information on services and supports for the community. Registration is free. Information: 740-5496 or elpasotcf.org.
  Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.

Spaceflight Symposium — New Mexico Space Grant Consortium NASA EPSCoR‘s International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight is Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12-13, at the N.M. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Panel discussions will examine industry issues and trends in the high-risk ventures of developing new platforms for suborbital space and beyond. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. both days; cost varies. Information: (575) 646-6414 or ispcs.com.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M. hosts Daniel Chejfec, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of El Paso, noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, to understand and learn about the New Year in Jewish tradition. Information: (575) 882-5556 or womensinterculturalcenter.org.

SCORE Pre-Business Workshop — SCORE and Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, 10 Civic Center Plaza, host the workshop on key elements to increase small business success 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Presenters include an accountant, attorney, marketing expert, lenders and current and former small business owners and executives. Registration: $15 in advance; $20 week of the workshop (includes Convention Center parking, continental breakfast and lunch). Information: 629-6700 or akerr@elpaso.org. Online registration at elpaso.org.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Restoration: Bridging Culture. Life and Future,” includes events through October at various campuses. Events are free, unless listed otherwise. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
  Mentor’s Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Administrative Service Center, Building A Auditorium, 9050 Viscount .
  Read-ins are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on all El Paso Community College Campuses.

SpecTECHular Explore 2016 — The one-day complimentary technology open house presented by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at New Horizons El Paso, 1625 Hawkins, Suite 100. Admission is free; register online at spectechular.com/index.html. Information: Information: 772-2365
  Participants can build their own schedule of educational breakout sessions. Registration includes complimentary lunch and prizes.

‘Law of Harmony and Christian Science Healing’ — Josh Niles, a former U.S. Army Ranger, currently a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science, will talk about harmony and healing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Niles is also a member of member of the Christian Science Board of Leadership. Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.

Spec’s Fest — Spec’s, 655 Sunland Park, host an all day food and wine festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, with select wines and gourmet food samplings, expert advice on pairings, and more. Admission is free. Information: 584-1008.

Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. The forum will feature three speakers and a short documentary film, “Food for Thought Food for Life.” Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.
  Speakers and topics:
• “More Crop per Drop in the Borderlands” with NMSU’s Richard Pratt, Ph.D.
• “Sustainability Projects with Students: A Five-Year Retrospective” with EPCC’s Paul Hotchkin.
• “Breaking the Cycle: the Benefits of Distributed Electrical Generation” with Thea Gudonis and Jim Schwarzbach of West Texas Advisory Committee‘s U.S. Green Building Council.

Faces of Diabetes Conference — The 13th annual Faces of Diabetes Conference is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at ESC Region 19 Head Start, 11670 Chito Samaniego. The event includes guest speakers on a variety of topics, breakout sessions and lunch. Physicians and nurses of all specialties involved in the management and care of a patient with diabetes are encouraged to attend. Registration: $30-$175. Information: 532-6280. Online registration at epdiabetes.org/event/.

All Indian Reunion 2016 — Ysleta High School’s 18th annual All-Indian Reunion is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, with Homecoming activities Oct. 17-22. Last year’s event drew graduates from classes of 1943 to 2014. Information: Ellen Ramsey, 584-8762 or eramsey@elp.rr.com; Josie Silva, 859-4384; Mayre Sue Overstreet, 584-2086 or
seefo37@sbcglobal.net and yhsallindians.com.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event, provided by Commercial Records Center, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, Oct. 22, at Sam’s Club Far East, 11360 Pellicano. Bring up to three boxes of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0191 or bbb.org/elpaso.

miniCAST 2016 — Region 19 hosts the one-day conference for all educators who want to bring science and technology to a new hands-on level in their classroom 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Hut Brown Middle School, 7820 Helen of Troy, with workshops, vendors, keynote speakers (meet modern day Darwin), social events, and prizes. Registration: $100; includes an invitation to the Friday Night Networking Social at Centennial Museum, Saturday lunch, two keynote speakers, and a complimentary one-year STAT and TCEA membership. Information: 886-6570.
  This year, there will be a technology strand, math strand, a GT strand and even a virtual strand, where presenters from all over the world will be presenting live during the conference.

Open Arms Jubilee of Praise — Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Center, 8210 North Loop, presents Sr. Linda Koontz, SNJM, in a program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, including teaching, testimonies, prayer, praise and healing ministry. Sister has been involved with the Charismatic Renewal Movement for more than 40 years. Tickets: $15; includes free lunch and refreshments; space is limited. Tickets available at 595-0589.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Training — Texas Marijuana Policy and El Paso NORML will host a training for those wishing to become effective advocate for marijuana law reform in Texas 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Admission is free but RSVP requested due to limited seating. Information: 407-3196 or epnorml.org.

Breast Cancer DSTea — El Paso Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrates breast cancer survivors in the community with Divas Surviving Triumphantly 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Wyndham Airport Hotel 2017 Airway. Attendees are asked to wear a feather boa for an afternoon of food and fellowship. A photo booth will also be available. Call for ticket cost. Information: 842-8748 or dst-epac.org.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Oct. 18) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Academic Services Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (Oct. 16) at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming. Anyone, regardless of age, who aspires to become a poet, storyteller, musician, writer, singer or dancer is welcome to share their talent, fine tune it, and receive feedback if so desired. Admission is free. Information: 490-6440.

Holocaust Museum’s Teacher’s Conference — El Paso Holocaust Museum Holocaust presents “Remember. Reflect. Respond” Teacher’s Conference 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1-2, at Doubletree Hotel, 600 El Paso. The workshop presents the tools for teaching the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on pedagogical tools, resource differentiation, visual literacy, and active learning. Cost: $95 (includes breakfast and lunch, materials and more). Scholarships available. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org

Southwest Women’s Leadership Institute — Positive Directions’ 5th annual institute is Thursday, Nov. 3, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego, with various guest speakers. Cost: $224 by Oct. 17; $274 after Oct. 17. Tables for 5 and 10 available. Information: 838-1000 or positiveiliana@gmail.com. Registration at positivedirectionsco.com.
• Anna Maria Chavez, Esq., one of Fortune Magazines, “World’s Greatest Leaders” of 2016 talking on “The Courage to Soar, Serve, Succeed.”
• Fawn Germer, four-time Pulitzer nominee and best-selling Oprah Book Author talking on her book “Hard Won Wisdom”
• Juliet V. Garcia, PhD, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, listed on Fortune Magazines, “World’s Greatest Leaders” of 2014, Time Magazine Top College Presidents of 2009, and Texas Women’s Hall of Fame inductee of 2000, talking on “Your Leadership Legacy.”
• Elizabeth Reveles, Nation Senior Manager of Learning and Development, talking on “Lead Yourself by Knowing Yourself.”
• Aliana Apodaca, conference founder and motivational speaker talking on “Enhance your power with Intention, Confidence and Joy.”

Aviation Hall of Fame — The 33rd El Paso Aviation Association’s Hall of Fame banquet is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Keynote Speaker is Keith S. (Casey) Jones, Capt. USN, Retired. Jones was a longtime naval aviator and former commander of the Blue Angels. Cost: $30. Public is invited, but advance reservations required. Information: 539-3312 or on Facebook at El Paso Aviation Association.
  The El Paso Aviation Hall of Fame annually honors individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to aviation in the El Paso and Las Cruces area. This year’s inductees include Claude (Mike) Quigley, Calvin (Skip) Trammell II, and Carl Wright (posthumously).

Compassionate Thanksgiving — Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts its annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Country Inn and Suites, 900 Sunland Park Drive. A vegan dinner, open to the public, will be followed by a talk by Dr. Liz Specht. Specht is a senior scientist with the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to harness the power of food technology for a more sustainable, healthy and humane food supply. Cost (by Nov. 1): $25; $22 VSEP members and full-time students with valid ID; $10 age 12 and younger children). Cost after deadline and at the door (if space available) is $25. Information: 877-3030 or vsep.org.
  Specht will talk on how technology has become an enabler of compassion; how to access alternatives that reduce psychological barriers; how to change dietary patters; and learn about innovations in plant-based and clean food technologies.

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations — The “Immunize El Paso” clinics for eligible persons ages 6 months and older are at various schools and other locations for those on Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid and Chip through November. Call for cost, eligibility, clinic locations, and schedule: 857-2472 or immunizeelpaso.org.

El Paso Parkinson Support Group — The support group open to all Parkinson’s families and the public, meets at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month (Oct. 8) at Sierra Hospital 1625 Medical Center, lower level. Admission is free; and the public is welcome. Information: 584-7260.
  Author, chef, musician an restaurant owner from New York, Zarela Martinez will speak on “Living with Parkinson’s.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hispanic Heritage Month

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Joe Olvera, journalist, writer and community activist; and Jorge Chapa, Professor of Latino/a Studies at University of Illinois. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
  “Empowering Border Voices” an exhibition featuring art pieces from students in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, is Oct. 3-21, in the Union Gallery, Union East Building, Second Floor.
  “Día de los Muertos Altar and display” is Oct. 28-Nov. 4, at the University Library, Third Floor Gallery, overlooking the atrium.
Other presentations:
• “The State of Public Education in Texas and the Importance of the Vote” by Georgina C. Pérez, SBOE member-elect, is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Union Cinema.
• Lecture and Interactive Workshop on “Semillas y Culturas: Strategies for Decolonizing Our Diets in Our Communities and Colleges” by Dr. Melissa Moreno, professor of Ethnic Studies, Woodland Community College, is noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• “Seminario Binacional Diversidad sin Violencia,” is 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 30, at College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Building, Room 384.
• Discussion Panel on “Latina Professionals in Intelligence Careers: A View from the Border,” is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• “El Paso” film screening is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at UTEP Union Cinema. The Artegios/IMCINE documentary, directed by Everardo González, is on the history of journalists who fled Mexico and find themselves in an immigration status limbo. Question and answers, with attorney Carlos Spector after the screening.
• “Finding Sanctuary: An Evening of Readings with Chicana Writer Margarita Cota-Cárdenas,” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium. Reception follows.
• A film Presentation of “Yaquis - A Peoples War and a Genocide in Mexico,” a Telesur film, directed by Paco Taibo II is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• “Reflections on Xicana Identities: A Lecture and Plática of Her Obras” by novelist and critical theorist Ana Castillo, is 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106.
• “Poetry Reading with Hispanic Poets Federico Díaz-Granados (Colombia) and Javier Bozalongo (Spain)” is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library.
• “Pedro de Gante and the Creation of Euro-Mexica Catholic Song in 16th Century New Spain” lecture by Dr. Frank Candelaria, Associate Provost and Professor of Musicology, Department of Music. is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Liberal Arts Building, Room 222.
• Reading of “American Tumbleweeds” by Marta Elva, Author is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Blumberg Auditorium, First Floor, University Library. Reception at 9:30 a.m.
• “¡Zarzuela y Sevillinas!” songs and Dances from Spain. is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring UTEP singers led by Dr. Juanita Ulloa, in collaboration with Danzas Españolas Flamenco Dance Company headed by Nina Gómez and Opera UTEP.
• “Ronald Rael: Borderwall As Architecture” by Dr. Ronald Rael, Architect and Professor, the University of California, Berkeley is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium.
• “El libro rojo como estudio de la violencia en México” lecture by Gerardo Villadelángel is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium. Reception follows.
• A book presentation of “The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of the Movement” by Dr. Mario T. García, professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara, is noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 222.
• Monica Lozano Studio Workshop for UTEP Art Students and Emerging Artists is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. Space is limited; registration required at 747-6151.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Restoration: Bridging Culture. Life and Future,” includes events through October at various campuses. Events are free, unless listed otherwise. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
  Mentor’s Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Administrative Service Center, Building A Auditorium, 9050 Viscount .
  Read-ins are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on all El Paso Community College Campuses.

For a good cause

‘Tomatoville, A Tasting For Tocando’ — The 3rd annual fundraiser for El Paso Symphony Orchestra's Tocando Music Project is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the home of Angel and Rosalia Beltran, 750 Linda. Tickets are $75. Information: 532-3776, epso.org and tocandomusicproject.org
  The event invites guests to “design their dream BLT” with help from participating businesses such as Spouts Farmer’s Market, D’Lox Restaurant, Belle Sucre bakery, with recipes provided by Chef Annette Lawrence. The event also features wines from Sombra Antigua Winery and beers from Big Bend Brewing Co.
  The Symphony’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students.
  The event is a Paso Del Norte Challenge Fund Event 2016 Fundraiser.

3K Family Fun Walk — The walk benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso is 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Registration is 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Registration: $25; children 8 and younger and dogs walk free. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Art in the Heart — El Paso Human Services Inc.’s 5th annual Art Show Benefiting the Winchester House is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Mustard Seed Cafe, 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). The show will feature over 100 artists who will pick up a brush and paint to benefit current and former foster youth. The Winchester House a transitional living center for young men 18-25 who have aged out of foster care or who may be homeless and The Pride Center offering support services in our community. The primary goal is to assist youth to become self-sufficient. Admission is free. Information: 790-2232 or 533-4200.

Buddy Walk - EPCC Diversity Programs host its 7th annual walk benefiting disabled student scholarships 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 day of event; online registration at EPBuddyWalk.org. Information: 241-1040, dscep.org or on Facebook.
  Packet pick up and registration is 8:30 a.m. at the race site; ceremony precedes race at 9 a.m.
  The Buddy Walk is a nationally sponsored walk organized by the local DSCEP in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), to raise awareness of Down syndrome.
  Live music provided by local jazz musicians Billy Townes and Ruben Gutierrez. El Paso Chihuahuas’ “Chico” will greet walkers as they cross the finish line.

That ’70s Gala — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger’s fundraising gala is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9541 Plaza Circle, with high-end classic car show, live and silent auction, casino night, and live music from Fungi Mungle. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for 10). Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org.
  El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is the city’s only food bank. Work supported by the Food Bank includes food distribution to 110 agencies and food pantries in El Paso, mobile pantries, and social services outreach. Money raised stays locally to fight food insecurity in the area.

‘Cruisin’ for Critters’ Motorcycle Run — The 7th annual charity run benefiting ACTion Programs for Animals is Saturday, Oct. 8, starting at Las Cruces Motor Sports, 1215 S. Valley Drive. Registration is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with participation at each stop and an after-party for age 21 and older. Cost: $15 per rider; plus $5 passenger. All modes of transportation welcome. Information: (575) 373-0159 or actionprogramsforanimals.org. Online registration at apalascruces.networkforgood.com.
  All proceeds benefit the nonprofit ACTion Programs for Animals, an Animal Welfare Organization saving at risk shelter animals with the Dona Ana Pets Alive program which fosters in a no-kill environment.
  Stops include Action program for Animals, Spotted Dog Brewery, Pic Quik, Miguel’s, New Mexico Pecan Festival, High Desert Brewing and Barnett’s Las Cruces.

El Paso Wine and Food Festival — The Rotary Club of El Paso hosts the festival fundraiser noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at El Paso Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan. Wines from over 45 wineries and food from El Paso's top restaurants served. Tickets: $100; $1,000 posse of 12. Information: 833-6616 or elpasowinefest.com.
  Reserve tasting is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Coronado Country Club.

Zumba for Babies — The event benefiting March of Dimes is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at Fountains at Farah’s Promenade Lower level. Proceeds support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. First 100 participants that register online will receive a March of Dimes item. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $5 age 12 and younger. Information: 855-7242 or marchforbabies.org/farmers2009.

Día de la Hispanidad Sociedad Cultural de España and the Honorary Consul of Spain, Martha Vera, present the annual celebration of Día De La Hispanidad in honor of the discovery of the Americas at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, with a five-course Spanish/Basque dinner prepared by renowned Basque chef Felix Piedra, accompanied by a Spanish wines selected. Cost: $150 per person ($125 club members). Information:252-5102, 203-4455 or 274-9563.
  Sociedad Cultural de España is a nonprofit organization which promotes all things Spanish. Funds benefit a scholarship program for students to study in Spain.

‘Get the Pointe’ — El Paso City Ballet hosts its 10th anniversary fundraiser gala Friday, Oct. 14, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity, Sunland Park. Entertainment features Sergy Kheylik (Cirque du Soleil, Bad Boys of Dance) and Vicente Griego (ReVoXo of Santa Fe, N.M.). Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The 45-minute show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60, available through Paypal at elpasocityballet.org.

Retro Party for the Arts — You Can Be Anything Arts Foundation hosts its fundraising ’80s Celebrity Retro Party 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Radisson Hotel Airport, 1770 Airway. Hosted by Grammy Hall of Fame band The Miracles and DJ Cedric Ceballos (former LA Laker, Phoenix Suns and 1992 NBA Slam Dunk Champion). Performance begins at 10 p.m. Dress is cocktails attire for women, business casual for men. Admission: $25; VIP access (available in advance only) is $40 (includes entry fee, access to VIP area, pictures on red carpet with celebrities and beverage samples. Information: 308-0401 or ycbaafevents.org.
  Celebrity appearances by Charles Flanagan (Americas Next Top Model),Cordell Conway (The Miracles), David Adams (Dallas Cowboys), Derek Kennard (Dallas Cowboys), Kerry Justin (Seattle Seahawks and Motown Miracles), Lamonte Hunley (former Indianapolis Colts Player), Melvin Bridges (The Miracles), Rick Ravanello (actor from Weeds, Harts War, The Cave, Nikita and Outer Limits), Sydney Justin (LA Rams, Shalamar and Motown Miracles), and more to be announced.
  YCBAAF’s goal is to keep art programs alive in schools. Proceeds benefit El Paso school art programs by providing art supplies, uniforms and other art-related items).

A Wild Night...for Wildlife — The 18th annual fundraiser to benefit the Southwest Environmental Center’s work to protect wildlife and wild places in the Southwest is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, along Main Street (between Las Cruces Ave and Griggs), with food from local restaurants fine wine, and a silent auction and live music by the Rockabilly Strangers, the Las Cruces Ukes, and La Maldita Union. This year’s theme is “Vote for Wildlife.” Tickets: $60. Information: (575) 522-5552 or info@wildmesquite.org.

Dance for Kids’ Sake — Big Brother Big Sisters of El Paso will host its 9th annual local take on the show “Dancing with the Stars” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Plaza Theatre. Local corporate, political and media celebrities star as dancers and judges to money and awareness for the needs of more than 100 at-risk children and the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring. Admission: $50. Information: 544-4203, bbbsep.org.
  This year’s special guest is Mayo Alanen from “Dancing with the Stars.”
  Local stars include Taylor Moreno, Mayor Leeser’s Chief of Staff, with Ryan Lympus, Destination El Paso; Freddy Vasquez and Mary Vasquez of FM Properties; Evan Folan and Josie Ortegon of KVIA-ABC 7; Maria Elena Bencomo of El Paso Diabetes Association and Feliciano Bencomo of Del Sol Medical Center;Maritza Perez of El Paso Electric and Daniel Perez of UTEP; Leticia Gomez of ADP and Jose Romo, Jr. of Bush’s Chicken; Gladys Gonzalez of Peak Fitness and Luis Talavera of Talavera Consulting; Eric Hernandez and Pat Montes of Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Keeley Cheshire of Dillard’s and Kenny Granville of ADP; Belinda Miller and Julian Miller; Cynthia Rodriguez and Omar Ramirez of Apogee Retail.

Hispanic Chamber Fiesta and Piñata Bash — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual Fiesta Celebration is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Events include the presentation of chamber awards, dinner, and tequila toast, music and gifts. Tables: $2,000; call for individual ticket prices. The Piñata Bash features thousands of dollars in prizes Information/RSVP: 566-4066 or ephcc.org.
  This year’s speaker is Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man behind the 2015 Golden Globe winning film “Concussion” starring Will Smith.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ — American Cancer Society will host its 6th annual walk benefiting breast cancer awareness at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. Walkers may sign up as individuals or teams to help raise funds for the cause. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Information, registration: 544-4427 or makingstrides.acsevents.org.

Special Olympics Casino Night Fund Raiser Extravaganza — Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso Area-19 hosts its fundraiser 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 St Vrain. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso. Tickets: $65 ($600 tables for 10); ages 18 and older welcome. Open to age 18 and older. Tickets: $40 ($70 couples); includes $5,000 in play money per guest. Information: Marsha Baray, 533-8229 or mbaray@sotx.org.
  Evening includes food, 15 gaming tables with blackjack, craps and roulette. A silent auction will also be held, and board squares will be sold throughout the event.

Turquoise and Silver Tea — The Flickinger Center Guild’s 14th annual tea is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Willie Estrada Civic Center, 800 First Street in Alamogordo, N.M. with tea and crumpets, entertainment and more. Tickets: $12 in advance; available online at flickingercenter.com.

Cathedral High Anniversary Gala — Notre Dame legend Tim Brown is keynote speaker for the Cathedral High School 90th anniversary with a gala dinner and dance Thursday, Oct. 20, at El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Tickets: $150 per person. Information: ndelpaso@alumni.nd.edu.
  Brown became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 1987. He spent nearly all but one of his 17 years in the NFL with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders. In 2015 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  Brown, who now lives in Dallas, is the author "The Making of a Man: How Men and Boys Honor God and Live with Integrity." He also is general Manager and co-owner of the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.

KCOS Wine & Food Classic — KCOS’s annual gourmet tasting event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A, with food from popular and new restaurants, as well as with dessert from some sweet shops in town. All proceeds help KCOS, El Paso’s nonprofit public broadcasting station. Tickets: $75. Information: 590-1313 or kcostv.org.

‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ walk — YWCA El Paso del Norte Region hosts its 7th annual international men’s march, raising to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at San Jacinto Plaza, downtown. Participants will walk a mile in red women’s high heel pumps. Pre-race activities begin at 4:30 p.m., with awards at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25. Information: 533-2311 or walkamileinhershoes.org. Online registration at ywcaelpaso.org.

Empty Bowls — The 24th annual benefit for El Caldito Soup Kitchen is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, corner of Alameda and Griggs in Las Cruces. The event features soup donated by local restaurants served in soup bowls hand made by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. This is the oldest Empty Bowls event in New Mexico. Tickets: $20 lunch and handmade bowl; $12 lunch only. Information: (575) 525-3831 or elcaldito.com.

‘Bourbon & Bites’ — The black tie gala Tasting Event is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 715 N. Oregon, with Premiere Bourbon tastings and local food trucks. The evening will include live music from Black Tie, a beer/wine cash bar, silent auction and more. All proceeds support the museum. Tickets: $50 (includes Premiere Bourbon tastings; unlimited bites; a drink from the cash bar and more); age 21 and older only. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.

Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, Inc. hosts its fall fundraising event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with a live auction, folklorico dancers and more. This year’s theme is “Dr. Seuss.” Tickets: $75. Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
  Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-profit organization working in the colonias of Juárez. SPJ builds new homes and helps clothe the families in need.

‘Viva La Villa’ — The wine and tapas event benefiting El Paso Villa Maria is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills, with live music by FM Junkies. Dress is cocktail chic. Tickets: $50; available online at eventbrite.com. Information: 433-1677 or villamariaep.org.
  El Paso Villa Maria, a nonprofit organization, is a residence where women transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.

Operation Pumpkin — The 15th annual event benefiting the children of Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s home is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, featuring area doctors and dentists testing their surgical skills in a pumpkin carving competition. Participants may bid on finished creations in a live auction. Silent auction also offered. Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $25. Information: 544-8777 or leemoor.org.

Wise Latina dance — Wise Latina International hosts its first fundraising dance at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at El Paso Club (Chase Building), 201 E. Main, 18th floor, featuring music by Paso del Norte Big Band. Tickets: $55 ($500 table for 10). Information: 204-1164 or lorenac347@gmail.com.

The Monsters Ball — The 9th annual costume event benefiting Loretto Academy is 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28, at Southwest University Event Center, 6500 Montana. This year’s theme is “Headbangers.” Ticket information: 566-8400 or kmartinez@loretto.org.

‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El Paso will host its 12th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery. Registration begins at noon. The event includes music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Advance registration: $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs (limit of two dogs per person). On-site registration on day of event is $5 extra. Military with ID receive $5 discount. Information, cost: 247-6057, PetsAliveElPaso.org, or facebook.com/petsaliveelpaso.
  Pets Alive El Paso is a nonprofit corporation working to make El Paso a no-kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.

Howl at the Moon — The benefit for the Humane Society of El Paso is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at 150 Sunset venue, 150 E. Sunset in the Upper Valley, with dinner, live music and live and silent auctions. Master of Ceremonies is Nick Miller. Ticket information: 532-6971 or humanesocietyelpaso.org.

YLM Gala — Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care hosts its gala dinner 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at El Paso Club, 201 E. Main (18th Floor), with hors d’oeuvre at 6 p.m., dinner, music and other activities at 7 p.m. Tickets to be announced. Information: Information: 858-2588 or ylm.org.

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

Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
  B-Series (jazz rock) performs Sept. 30.

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

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

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

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

Club news

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Jacqueline Villalobos, ND, will speak on the topic of “Health: a return to our true nature.” Admission is free and open to the public; donations accepted for speaker’s travel expenses. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Oct. 1: Dinner and a play
• Saturday, Oct. 8: Hueco Tanks hike
• Saturday, Oct. 15: Dinner and cornfield maze
• Saturday, Oct. 22: Dinner and pool.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The public is invited. Information: daphotoclub.org.
Oct. 4: “How to prepare and submit photos for the DAPC Photo-of-the-Year Competition” by DAPC president Erik Winter.
Oct. 18: “How to Apply for (Photo) Art Shows” by Storm Sermay, and “Introduction to Sally Mann,” presented by Karen Conley.
  The monthly photo project is “Elements of Design.” Member show presented at Oct. 18 program.
  A “Photography Boot Camp” workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, on the topic “Getting Your Camera Off Auto Mode.” Learn how ISO, aperture and shutter speed work together. Cost: $5; workshops are free to those who join DAPC for $15. Registration: dapcphotobootcampclass1.eventbrite.com. Information: Rob Peinert, education@daphotoclub.org.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Ann Taylor Loft, Outlet Shoppes of El Paso. No RSVP necessary. Information: (310) 405-1618.
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Guest speaker is Richard Salcido of Family Service of El Paso. Reservations required: $22. Information: 892-5178.

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Workshop for French teachers, sponsored by the French Embassy, is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at
Ysleta Independent School District. Pre-registration needed.
  Open registration for French classes starts Oct. 24, is at the AFEP School at 1035 Belvidere, #200. Private or semi-private classes available at any time.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct 13, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

El Paso Quilter’s Association — The association will meet 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood. Anyone interested in quilting may attend. Admission is free. Information: 279-2034 or on Facebook.
  Meetings provide the opportunity to meet with other quilters to gain knowledge, share talents, and include drawings for Block of the Month, Opportunity Items, Fat Quarters and a “Show and Tell.”

Woman’s Department Fall Luncheon — Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s fall luncheon and silent auction is noon, Thursday, Oct. 20, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. Doors open at 11 a.m. Cost: $30 (tables of 8 available). Reservations (by Oct. 14): Betty McDonald, 591-0635.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly General Meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Hilton Garden Inn East, 6650 Gateway East. Reservations: 598-6376.
  An October field trip to a boot factory is being planned. Information: Jennie: 490-3624.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Oct. 8), at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. New techniques and workshops are being held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Carmen Guzman, 203-0515.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.

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

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

Area attractions

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $20.75 42 inches or taller or $15.90 juniors 36 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
  October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899.
  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.
  A Butterflies and Wildscapes presentation is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Texas Parks and Wildlife- Urban Biologist Lois Balin will give a presentation on the Wildscape Program, and Ranger Diana will talk about monarch butterflies and butterfly gardens. Admission is free.
  The annual Halloween Fest and Pumpkin Carving Contest are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; learn about bats, not so creepy-creepy crawlers, and join some of the activities at the top; tram ride fee applies.
  Participants should bring their carved pumpkins ready to display on Saturday, by 12:45 p.m. Pumpkins will be displayed at the top and park visitors will vote for the best pumpkin. Contest participants should call park to pre-register.
  Last Sunday “Halloween” Hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning in the park’s parking lot. Participants can dress in their Halloween costume and join us for this mile long spooky hike to the top of Ranger Peak. Bring water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing (or costume). Participation is free.

Cave Climbing Gym — El Paso’s first commercial climbing gym is at 113 Executive Center. Day pass: $10; $8 before 3 p.m. Climbing shoe rental is $3. Punch card options and memberships available. Beginners Bouldering Classes offered at$20. Schedule, hours listed at caveclimbingco.com.
  The Cave Gym walls provide about 1,800 square feet of climbing surface with varying angles, going up about 12 feet high above a large foam mat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
Oct. 2: Gold Hearted Crows
Oct. 16: Perfect on Paper
Oct. 30: Dusty Low
Nov. 6. Julio Ortiz

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  The annual Fall Harvest Festival is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. Admission: $20 ($10 for age 12-20; free for 11 and under).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  Alta Consigna, a banda quintet from Tijuana, performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Admission: 110-650 pesos.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• A dinner show with tenor Fernando de la Mora is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cibeles. Special guests are Mariachi Grama 1000 and the Gonzalo Romeu Quintet. Tickets are $90, includes show and dinner. Reservations: 688-0580 in Juárez, (915) 235-1406 in El Paso. Information: cibeles.com.mx.
• Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’ annual ExpoArte gala, “Puebla en una Noche Barroca,” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets: $150. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175, 615-6301 or 612-4075 in Juárez, 544-5118 in El Paso, or fmascarenas.org.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• The father-and-son stand-up comedy show “Los Locos Suarez” is 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Tickets: 275 to 550 pesos.
• La Única Internacional Sonora Santanera, the orchestra known for its tropical music for over 60 years, performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Tickets: 275 to 660 pesos.
• “Un Picasso” is performed at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The two-character play features Ignacio López Tarso as Pablo Picasso, and Gabriela Spanic as the Nazi interrogator who threatens to burn his work. Tickets: 220-660 pesos.
• Chilean singer-songwriter and actress Mon Laferte performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
• Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe live children show is at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets: 275-495 pesos.
• “QuIERES BAILAR ESTA NOCHE,” a musical revue withh over 40 artists, directed by Alejandro Solis and starring Juárez actor Carlos Chávez, is at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Tickets: 110 to 300 pesos.
• “No Soy Feliz Pero Tengo Marido,” a play starring Sylvia Pasquel, is at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.
• “La Dama de Negro,” a play about a widowed lawyer haunted by a ghost, is at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Tickets: 165 t0 495 pesos.
• Guitarist Nicho Hinojosa performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Tickets: 165-495 pesos.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at
• Cartel de Santa, one Mexico’s top hip hop bands, perfroms at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Tickets are 220, 550 and 770 pesos.
• Alejandra Guzman’s International Tour comes to Juárez at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Tickets are 150, 495, 825 and 1,210 pesos. The Latin Grammy winner is on of Mexico’s top rock artists.
• Colombian singer-songwriter J. Balvin (”6 AM,” “Ay Vamos”) brings his Energia Tour to Juárez at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are 220 to 1,720 pesos. Balvin received 13 nominations in the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards, winning three.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• The live children’s show “Shopkins” is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Tickets: 165, 220 and 275 pesos.
• ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s,” a live based on the survival horror video game, is presented at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Chupacabras — The 20th annual 100K mountain bike race in Juarez is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Club Veteranos de Futbol (near Estadio Benito Juarez). The 62-mile race along the U.S./Mexico border, considered the top mountain bike event in Mexico with nearly 3,000 participants, with times ranging from 3 1/2 to 10 hours. Also offered is the
  “Paseo de las Cabras” 60K event.  Cost, information: chupacabras100km.com.
  Also offered: “Spinnington” (4-hour spinning competition) on Saturday; archery competition Saturday and Sunday; and Chupacbritas children’s event Sunday.

Fiesta Juárez — Fiesta Juárez runs through Oct. 9 at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (at “The X” monument) with food, entertainment, international artists, games, a circus, rodeo, wrestling and other activities.
  Information: fiestajuarez.com. Tickets available at donboleton.com.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• Comedian/actor Polo Polo, in his “Adios al Rey” farewell performance, takes the stage at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Tickets: 220-880 pesos.
• Crecer German performs for the first time in Juárez at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Admission: 220-880 pesos.

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez). Tickets at donboleton.com.
  Franco de Vita performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets: 410 pesos general seating; special seating available for 1,250 to 1,780 pesos. The Venezuelan singer-songwriter is a Latin Grammy winner with more than two dozen hits on the Billboard charts.

Teatro el Paseo — The theater is in the Centro Comercial El Paseo, Av. Lopez Mateos 2005 (at Carr. Casas Grandes). Information: 267-4626.
  Comedian Alan Saldaña performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Tickets: 275 and 330 pesos (donboleton.com).

Maraton Internacional — The 7th annual Maraton Internacional Gas Natural de Juarez (Marathon, Half Marathon) is Sunday, Oct. 16, starting at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez. Registration: $20. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Expo Deporte in Juarez.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at Florida).
  Expo Market is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21. Admission: 850 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• CMLL Lucha Libre wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Admission: 55 to 440 pesos.
• Heavy metal Spanish band Los Angeles del Infierno performs at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Centro de Espectaculos Waterfill — Carretera Juárez-Porvenir. Juárez Rock Fest begins at noon Saturday, Oct. 22. Headline bands are Coda, Los Amantes de Lola, Azul-Violeta and La Lupita, plus Ancla and local bands. Admission: 275 and 550 pesos (donboleton.com).

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
  Color Fest begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, with music, art, dance and plenty of color paint powder. Entry: 165 general admission; and 275 pesos (includes t-shirt and glasses).

Gimnasio Universitario — Calle Mejía y Montes de Oca in the Zona Pronaf.
  Ilse, Ivonne & Mimi, the group known as Flans, celebrates 30 years of touring at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets: 385-1,430 pesos (donboleton.com).

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  Adrenalina Iron Cowboy rodeo, with over 40 riders and bulls, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Joe Barron Band performs. Admission: 110 pesos (30 pesos children); sold through donboleton.com.

ExpoArte 2016 — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’ annual gala, “Puebla en Una Noche Barroca,” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Cibeles Convention Center in Juárez. Tickets: $150. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175, 615-6301 or 612-4075 in Juárez, 544-5118 in El Paso, or fmascarenas.org.

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

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

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

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

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