March 2018

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Celebrating Easter
Southern New Mexico

West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions
Spring break programs

Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile — The “Wheel of Fortune” show’s promotional vehicle will be in El Paso in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Drive. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited. Fans can fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game on stage, win prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show. Information: or
  Searches will be held at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m., with each show lasting about an hour.

Home and Garden Expo — The 18th annual expo is March 9-11 at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Area companies display the latest products and services for homeowners. Admission: $7.50 ($6.50 for age 65 and older; free for 16 and under and active military). $1 off adult admission with canned good donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: (361) 882-2071 or
  Celebrity guest is Matt Blashaw, star of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers.”
  The show features gardening, landscapes and outdoor living as well as aisles of home improvement.
  Also offered is a New Product Zone, Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone with pet adoptions and GoTexan art, gift and gourmet center.

Sun Country Doll Folks — The club’s 44th annual doll show and sale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Best Western Plus, 6655 Gateway West. The event showcases several tables of antique, collectable and modern dolls, accessories, clothing, miniatures, books and other toys. Free doll appraisals offered. A “doll hospital” is available on site. Admission: $3 ($1 children 12 and younger). Information: 637-3438.
  Founded in 1974, club members include many avid doll collectors and doll makers, involved in many charitable activities such as dressing dolls for the Toys for Tots, Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive, contributing to the UTEP Scholarship fund, donating gifts and dolls to needy families at Christmas and creating doll displays.

Texas Showdown Festival — The 8th tattoo and music festival is noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, at El Paso County Coliseum, with 300 tattoo artists from around the globe, tattoo competitions, food vendors, beer and tequila tents, vendors, car show, live music, the Border Bike Run and show, and Showdown Freakshow. Tickets: $25 per day; $60 weekend pass; free for children under 12. Information at
  This year’s headliners: Vince Neil performing all the Mötley Crüe hits Friday; Long Beach Dub All Stars. Saturday; Jack Russell’s Great White, Sunday.
  Other live performers include Not My Master, Cold Kingdom, Sleep Signals, Gold Frankincense & Myrrh, the Speed Kings, Andromeda Theory, Dicodec, Afro Pick, Trip Wire, Pro “O”, Sancho Villa, King Octopus, Rawger North and “One” Metallica Tribute.

Celebre Segundo Barrio Festival — Celebre Segundo Barrio hosts a health fair and family day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Lydia Patterson Institute, 517 S. Florence, with free family-friendly event with live entertainment, games, food booths, free health fair including health screenings, and food giveaway for registered Southside households. Admission is free; food costs vary. Information: 533-8268 or

Kidtona Power Kar Race — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts its Power Kar Race for ages 4 to 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Marty Robbins Park, 11600 Vista del Sol. Helmets are mandatory for racing and recreational fun. Registration: $10. Information: 212-1731 or

Wyler Aerial Tramway Anniversary — The Tramway’s anniversary celebration is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the parking lot, 1700 McKinley, celebrating 17 years of becoming a State Park. Live entertainment, family activities, guided hikes, exhibitors and food trucks. Parking at Bien Vivir Senior Health (2300 McKinley). The event is free, but cost for tramway rides ($8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under) still applies. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.

Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee hosts the outdoor picnic in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno, with live music, picnic in the park, “Wheela, Pedel Car and Vicla” and more. Canned food donations taken for Sin Fronteras Organizing Project. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584 or
  Setup time for car show participants is 8 to 11 a.m.; registrations taken day of event.

La Union Ecospirit Fest — El Paso Permaculture hosts the family friendly gathering of healers, artists, musicians, vendors, and change makers of all kinds coming together to share their gifts noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, March 30-April 1, at 3125 NM-28 in Anthony, N.M. Cost: $40 three-day passes; $15 per day; age 12 and younger free. Information: 204-9963 or Regular updates on twitter @LaUnionEco_2018.

Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 12th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Admission is free. Information: 755-4332.
  Free parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event; no parking at the Archaeology Museum or Border Patrol Museum.
  The Poppies Fest was created to bring attention to the need for long-term conservation and preservation of Castner Range, a former artillery range for Fort Bliss.

One World Water Lantern Festival — The premier water lantern festival is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ascarate Park 6900 Delta. All lanterns are biodegradable and will be cleaned up after the event. Tickets: $40 through March 15; $45 day of event; includes entry into festival area, floating water lantern, LED flashlight keychain, marker and wristband. Information:
  Food trucks and music and activities from 4 to 7, with lantern designing at 7 and lantern launch at 7:30 p.m.

Super Kite Contest — The 17th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. Prizes for most unusual and longest-time in the air and most beautiful kite. The event includes jumping balloons and face painting, as well as free kites for the first 50 kids attending. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000 or

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


Celebrating Easter

Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunts and Easter events are Saturday, March 24, at Alameda Park, 1321 N. White Sands, in Alamogordo, with hunts for various age groups, adult egg scramble, Easter parade, vendor, games and more Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4142 or
  Hunt times 10 a.m. (age 0-3), 10:30 a.m. (age 4-6), 11 a.m. (age 7-9) and 11:30 a.m. (age 10-12).

ALFC Easter Week — Abundant Living Faith Center hosts special prayer services for Holy Week at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 26-30, at both its East (1000 Valley Crest) and West (7100 N. Desert) campuses. Information: 532-8543, or on Facebook.

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 17th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Hunt begins at noon. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-0288 or

Eggstravaganza at the Zoo — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts Easter weekend activities 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1, with candy stations, food, live entertainment and family activities. 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: 212-0966,, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

Golden Egg Hunt and April Pools Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team will provide before the egg hunt an important water safety presentation to talk to families about the importance of learning to swim and how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Admission is free. Information: 212-0397 or
  Hunt schedule is 12:15 to 12:25 p.m. (age 4 and under); 12:30 to 12:40 p.m. (age 5-7); 12:45 to 12:55 p.m. (age 8-12). Free swim is 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Northeaster Parade — The 40th annual Transmountain Optimist parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, along Dyer Street from Hercules (by Magoffin Middle School) to the former Northpark Mall site. This year’s Grand Marshal is El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles in celebration of the theme “First Responders ‘R’ Super Heroes.” Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors. Lineup for participants begins at 8 a.m.
  Registration deadline is March 23 Registration fee is $55 ($90 double entry), plus $10 late fee after March 23. Application information:

Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunts — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts several Easter egg hunts and carnivals for youth 17 and younger at various recreation centers and parks 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Children divided into different age groups. All events are free. Information, schedule: 212-0393 or
   Locations are Armijo, 700 E. 7th; Officer David Ortiz, 563 N. Carolina; Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge; Galatzlan, 650 Wallenberg; Gary del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood; Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri; Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista del Sol; Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount; Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell; Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia; Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda; Seville, 6700 Sambrano, San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood, and Veterans, 5301 Salem.
  Additional hunts are 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Chihuahuita Recreation Center, 417 Charles, and Friday, March 30, at Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana.

Community Easter Sunrise Service — The 42nd annual interdenominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 1, at Oz Glaze Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City, with area churches participating. The event includes a presentation of colors, and Christian flags and a children’s choir. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Continental breakfast follows service. Information: 433-7506.

Easter Brunch — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts an Easter brunch and celebration 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 1, with a kids’ egg hunt, jumping balloon and activities. Cost: $14.95 to $3.95 Information: 821-2122 or

Mount Cristo Rey — The mountain trail will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Good Friday, March 30. The trail features stops for the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross, as well as shrines to Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe. The trail is 5 miles round trip. Information: 252-9840.
  People are also invited to walk the trail 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 1.
  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.

Southern New Mexico

Cowboy Days — The 19th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with two days of cowboy demonstrations, chuckwagon cooking, children's activities, mounted shooting, the CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, pony rides, gunfight re-enactments, and more. Admission: $5; some activities (pony rides, mechanical bull, mini-trail, stage coach) include additional charges. Information: (575) 522-4100 or
  This year’s event features an indoor concert by country music artist and Las Cruces native Josh Grider at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Tickets:$19.90; age 10 and under free.
  Other featured events:
  Sheep to Shawl begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, inside the museum’s Sheep and Goat Barn.
  Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting group competition at the museum’s Roping Arena is 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. both days.
  Parade of Breeds is noon and 2 p.m. both days.
  Pat Howard’s working dogs herding demonstrations presented throughout Sunday.
  Enchantment Historical Productions gunfight reenactment is 11 a.m. both days. The group also presents the American Fashion Show and “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks, and Sewing” skits both days in the museum’s theater.
  CASI Chili Cook-Off public tastings are 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. Tasting cups: $5.
  Musical performers include Eddy Harrison, Kenny Arroyos, Voz Vaqueros and Tom Foster Morris.
  Ollie Reed, Stephen Zimmer and Tom Estes of the Western Writers of America also will be on hand to talk about their books and sell and sign copies.

Rockhound Roundup — The 53rd annual roundup for rock and gem lovers is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 8-11, at the Southwest New Mexico Fairgrounds in Deming. The roundup, sponsored by the Deming Gem & Mineral Society, includes market vendors, jewelry, drawings and raffles, field trips, silent auctions. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 694-3598 or
  From El Paso, take I-10 west to Exit 85.

Dr. Seuss Day — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. hosts a family day Saturday, March 10 celebrating Dr. Seuss, with breakfast (including green eggs and ham) and various activities. Sessions are 9 a.m. and noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Tickets: $10 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

Mesilla Valley Stamp Show — The postage stamp show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10-11, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces, with stamp dealers, door prizes, free stamps for junior stamp collectors, exhibitions and more. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 202-1937 or

Women Veterans monument dedication — City of Las Cruces and the United Military Women of the SouthWest (UMWSW) will dedicate the Women Veterans Monument at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Veterans Memorial Park, 2651 Roadrunner Parkway in Las Cruces. Among the special guests expected to attend include Capt. Betty Somppi, a centenarian who served as an original member of the first Women Auxiliary Army Corp (WAAC) from 1942–1945.
Information: (575) 528-4551.
  Parking is available at Mission Lutheran Church, 2752 N. Roadrunner. Free shuttle service between the church and park beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Las Cruces Arts Fair — Doña Ana Arts Council’s 8th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 16-18, in the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University. This year’s featured artist is award-winning local artist Nancy Frost Begin. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Entertainment offered Friday and Saturday, and food and beverages available for purchase.
  Admission: $10 for any 2 days; advance tickets available at 2 for $15 through March 16 at Hold My Ticket, at the Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, or at the DAAC office, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite B-D. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  One hundred artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in numerous categories, including fiber arts, jewelry, mixed media, prints and photography, pottery and glass, painting, drawing and woodwork, metalwork and sculpture.
  Kickoff event if 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, to see and buy work directly from the artists.
  Returning this year is a Quick Art contest 11 a.m. to noon Sunday. Artists will create a work of art on the spot, which then will be sold at a silent auction. New this year will be the youth Quick Art contest 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, for artists aged 18 and under. Space in each category is limited to 20 artists.

Wheels of Dreams — The Las Cruces Rodrunners hosts its annual show and car swap meet 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road in Las Cruces. Family event; no alcohol allowed. Information, registration (575) 382-5463 or
  This year’s raffle is for a GM 350 rebuilt engine. Tickets: $3 (four for $10; 10 for $20).

West Texas

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 32nd annual gathering is March 2-3 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The second oldest of its kind in the country, the event offers stage shows and individual performances by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326, 1-800-561-3712 or
  Headline events include Celtic Cowboy at 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 2, and Cowboy Humor with Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chris Isaacs and R.P. Smith at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $10 per event.
   A “Life of Charlie Russell” audio/video presentation by Randy Rieman is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in Marshall Auditorium. Admission: $5 donation to Museum of the Big Bend.
  Other headliners include Doug Figgs, Ryan Fritz, Deanna McCall, Jay Snider and Michael Stevens on Friday, and Gary Allegretto, Ross Knox, Gary Robertson, Trinity Seely and Caitlyn Taussig on Saturday. Showcase events are 7:30 p.m. each night. Cost: $15.
  A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.

Bazaars and Fairs

German Spring Bazaar — The German Air Force Air Defense Center of Fort Bliss hosts its 15th annual spring bazaar 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the former Oktoberfest Building, Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss. Hobby craftsmen and women will display various goods, including items for Easter. There will also be German food specialties like bratwurst, waffles and German cakes and pastries, German beer, coffee and soft drinks. Admission is free. Information: 201-5939, 201-5980 or
  All proceeds help the center’s “Aid for the Needy” charity benefiting projects on both sides of the border.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Fall and winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Upper parking lot for Handicap Parking only. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3,, or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
   A Book Exchange is on the first and third Saturday of the month.
  St. Patrick’s Day and “Spring Forward to a Healthy Lifestyle” is March 17, with a celebration of spring produce, a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, video on “The Real Story of St. Patrick’s Day,” and kids’ crafts and snacks.
  Easter Egg Hunt is March 31 for kids. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. with games at 10:30 a.m.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 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
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Harry Potter Meet at Platform 9 3/4 Market — A vendors market celebrating the world of Harry Potter is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Boardwalk Food and Truck Market, 1773 Pali Drive, with food and vendors, costume contests and more. Admission is free. Information: 588-0386.

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

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

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: or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  Second Saturdays Markets are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt.

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.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Something for everyone

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 40th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May. Most events are free, some may include nominal admission fee. Information: 831-6479, 831-2220,, or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
  The Art Discipline Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition runs March 6-29, at the Administrative Service Center Foyer, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Closing day reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29.
  The 2018 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens April 3 in the Administrative Service Center Foyer, Building A.
• “Do It with Rhythm” Dr. Seuss reads are 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 2 and 9, and Monday, March 5, in the Northwest Library’s Multipurpose Room, 6701 S. Desert.
• Yoga by Christina Mitchell is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Valle Verde A1215.
• “Willingness,” A Writing Workshop with Kevin McIlvoy is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, in Rio Grande Campus Little Temple, 100 W. Rio Grande.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Dance Recital is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• A Historical Symposium on Pop Culture in the U.S., “Does Pop Culture Effect Our History?” is 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, in Rio Grande campus Rooms A119-121.
• The Border in Science Fiction Movies,” a conversation with border writer Willibaldo Delgadillo is10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Valle Verde Room B227.
• Fernando P. Racelis presents a talk on “Cross Currents and Mainstreams: Traditions and the Creative Process” 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Northwest Library open area.
• The Spring EPCC Mariachi Real de El Paso and Ballet Folklorico Gala performance is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital is noon Sunday, April 8, in the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex.
• The EPCC Faculty Grand Concert is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Star City Studio, 120 W Castellano.
• Spring Arts Festival Open House if 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Valle Verde Building A, first floor.
• “Radical Self Care: From the Hood to the Reservation” is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Valle Verde Architect Building Breezeway.
• A visiting artist talk and workshop with Eric Galvez is 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, a Northwest Library’s Multipurpose Room.  
• Senior’s Creative Talents in Motion is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, in the Valle Verde campus Amphitheater.
• Release event for “Chrysalis” literary magazine is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Theatre.
• Rio Grande Concert Series presents the Eryilmaz Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. A Master class is 1 p.m. in Valle Verde Campus Room A1201.
• EPCC Student Showcase is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium.
• EPCC Spring Dance Concert is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, in the Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. Tickets: $10 ($5 students).
  EPCC Theatre Department presents “Lend Me A Tenor” April 20-29 in the Transmountain Forum Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($7 students).
  The EPCC Guillermo Del Toro Film Festival will feature showings of the Mexican director’s work 3 p.m. at various locations
March 12: Pan’s Labyrinth, Valle Verde A2518.
April 4: The Shape of Water, Rio Grande Campus.
  In conjunction with the festival, the 8th annual Tejano Film Festival is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 250 E Montecillo. Details to be announced. Information: Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, 831-2844.

César Chávez Celebration — UTEP’s César Chávez Commemoration events are hosted in March and April. Schedule to be announced. Information/times: 747-5462 or

‘Community Encounters: No Ordinary Words’ — El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center presents an evening of dinner and dialogue 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. The community event invites participants to share a meal together, while also sharing their own stories, viewpoints, and perspectives. Admission is free, but reservations are mandatory: Jamie Flores, 351-0048 or
  The format will be discussion-based, with a table facilitator to guide the conversation along the theme of “No Ordinary Words.” The table assignments will be lottery-style for each individual participant.

‘Feed Your Mind’ seminar series — Doña Ana Arts Council brings speakers on a wide range of topics to the community Thursdays through May at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B–D. No session March 15. Evenings begin with social hour and light refreshments 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with seminars 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: $95 for series; $20 per seminar. Information: (575) 523-6403.
March 1: Bill Key, “Everything You Want to Know About the Nile, But Were Afraid to Ask.”
March 8: NMSU professor Stuart Munson McGee, “Fine Art of Craft Beer.”
March 22 and 29, and April 5 and 12: Kathleen Key, four talks on “Impressionism”.
April 19: Marisa Sage, NMSU Art Museum Director, presents “Hidden Treasures: the Art of Sol LeWitt on the NMSU Campus.”
April 26: The Art of Fine Wine.

‘Reimagine I-10’ meetings — Texas Department of Transportation hosts a series of open house meetings for its Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6-7 and March 13-14. The public is invited to learn about the study and provide input. Information: Locations:
March 6: EPCC’s Northwest Campus, 6710 Desert Boulevard
March 7: Mesita Elementary School Gymnasium, 3307 Stanton
March 13: El Paso Multipurpose Recreational Center, 9031 Viscount
March 14: Fabens High School Gymnasium, 601 NE Avenue G.

CBD oil presentation — Free presentation on how CBD oil (Hemp plant oil), can change health and well-being are 6 p.m. Wednesdays in March at Embassy Suites, 6100 Gateway East. Information, reservations: Linda, 867-2986.

Digital currency presentation — Learn about digital currency coin back rewards at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in March at Embassy Suites 6100 Gateway East, as well as about E-learning and E-trading opportunities. Admission is free. Reservations: 867-2986.

‘Dancing Backwards in High Heels’ — The Women’s Business Border Center of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th annual Women’s Business Symposium 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. Women can make connections with other female business owners and leaders, learn from each other’s best practices. Passes: $95 ($85 EPHCC, students and Military). Information: 566-4066 or
  Speakers include Heather Neary (Aunt Anne’s President), Patty Arviello (New American Funding President), Elizabeth Gallagher (Gallagher Group CEO), Nina Tassler (CBS Senior Advisor, former Chairwoman), and Mary Kipp (El Paso Electric President and CEO).

International Women's Day dinner — The Polish-American Society of El Paso hosts its 2nd annual celebration of women’s achievements and advocacy of equal rights Thursday, March 8, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Cocktails served at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m. with speaker, Inspirational Woman of the Year Award presentation, live music, entertainment and silent auction benefiting a local charity that helps women in need follows. Ticket: $75 ($750 table for 10). Tickets, inquiries, and sponsorship opportunities: 449-1314 or
  The 2018 theme is “Press for Progress,” with guest speaker Dr. Veronica Mallett, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

‘You've taken the MBTI, now what?’ — The Tristana R. Harvey Career Planning and Consulting Series LLC hosts a free “Lunch and Learn” session noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Learn to figure out what to do with the result of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory. Hear from others about the ways their MBTI type has been used in their interpersonal relationships, work performance, and decision making. Information:

Ardovino’s St. Patrick’s Day — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, hosts its 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day event Saturday, March 17, with live music food and drink. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cover charge. Information: (575) 589-0653 ext. 3,

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 (March 17). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or

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

Human Trafficking Awareness Forum — El Paso Chapter, Links, Incorporated hosts the forum 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Wyndham El Paso Airport’s Theater, 2027 Airway.
A panel will share experiences and solutions designed for the El Paso border region. Admission is free. Information:

The Wellness Shop open house — The Wellness Shop, 1809 Trawood, hosts an open house event 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Guests can learn about alternative therapies, all-natural supplements and vitamins, ear seeding, Reiki and more. Free demonstrations on the T-Zone vibration machine and free ear seeding. Admission is free. Information: (979) 255-9736.

Women for Business Conference — Bestselling author Kate White is keynote speaker for Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Marriot El Paso, 1600 Airway. The event features networking opportunities, prizes and more. Cost: $150 ($75 members); tables and sponsorships available. Information: 534-0500 or
  White is author of “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion and Create the Career You Deserve,” as well as 12 mysteries and thrillers.

Anti-Abduction/Active Shooter Seminar —Total Defense El Paso, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, hosts the seminar on using physical fitness and self-defense training to educate and equip community members to respond to the event of an active shooter or hostage situation 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, led by Mike Mihalkanin, chief instructor of MMA Academy in San Diego, California, and a third-degree black belt in Krav Maga. Open to the public. Cost: $200 ($170 Total Defense members, Law Enforcement Officers, and military service members). Registration: Information: Shelly Hatch, 841-9149 or
  There will also be a Gunshot Wound Response Training 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, led by Texas LawShield. This training will teach the basics of how to treat a gunshot wound until first responders arrive. The price of this training is included with an early signup for the seminar.

Children’s Disabilities symposium — The Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition’s 29th annual symposium is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Region 19 Multipurpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Professionals, experts in the field, parents and family members of children with special needs can learn and discuss the latest information about children’s disabilities. Registration (through March 16): $15 parents of children with disabilities; $10 UTEP and EPCC students; $10 students/youth with disabilities; $30 professionals. Information, registration: 217-2747, or on Facebook at CDICelpaso.
  Keynote speakers are Fernando Miguel Armendariz, Youth Leadership Forum mentor, presenting “Unstoppable, Overcoming Obstacle in Life,” and Luis de Stefano with “Dream Big Work Hard.”

Heal Yourself with Mind-Body Medicine — El Paso OASIS, 10600 Montwood, Suite 114 hosts an 8-week group process to learn evidence-based self-healing skills 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 27 Participants will learn, practice, and take part in eight health promoting techniques to help them become more resistant to stress and disease, and improve their quality of life. Presented by Dr. Jose Baltazar. Cost: $20 per session. Information: 694-6109 or

‘Ending Poverty is Within Your Reach’ — Borgen Project, a non-profit organization fighting to downsize global poverty, hosts the free event 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at UTEP Centennial Plaza (by Liberal Arts Building). Participants can learn how to advocate for the world’s poor in 45 seconds. Information: Celeste Gomez, 867-4535.

Beginner’s Yoga — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts free beginner’s yoga facilitated by Linda Bustamante 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 Tuesday and Thursday, in the foundation’s classroom. Information: 562-7660 or
  Nutrition & Smoothie Classes in English and Spanish are 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Classes are free.

‘Nuevo Siglo Festival’ volunteers — Los Paisanos de El Chamizal, a nonprofit organization, will host the Hispanic-themed festival on “Celebrating our Past, Creating our Future” April 7-14. Anyone interested in being involved in other ways may visit
  The festival is a collaborative event with the City and County of El Paso and the National Park Service.
  Modeled after the world-renowned Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., the Nuevo Siglo Festival’s vision is to bring the finest in all genres of visual and performance art from around the world to the community.
  The event seeks local businesses and galleries seeing to advertise or host an exhibit, as well as local artists and craftspersons, and arts organizations.

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

For a good cause

Evening with the Stars’ — The El Paso Opera hosts the dinner to celebrate the end of a successful Support the Stars underwriting campaign and enjoy a program featuring Season 24 performers at Thursday, March 1, at El Paso Club, 201 E. Main, 18th Floor. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m. Cost: $100 per person (free valet parking). Two complimentary tickets with $1,000 or more donation to campaign. RSVP (by Feb. 23) to 581-5534.

Kitty Glitter Jewelry Sale — Project Save A Kitten’s 3rd annual sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Griggs and Reymond Event House, 504 W. Griggs, with gently used pieces of jewelry for sale, from costume finds to real gold and silver treasures, such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Admission is free. Information: Jackye Meinecke at (575) 680-7749.
  Pre-sale opening is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9. Admission is $10; light munchies served.
  Project Save a Kitten raises funds for local nonprofit organizations with missions to spay, neuter, rescue, and adopt out kittens and cats. Beneficiaries may include Cat’s Meow, Doña Ana Big Kitty Fix, Broken Promises SW, and cat-specific programs at other nonprofit animal welfare groups in the community.

Team Zane Celebrity Waiter — The 9th annual and final celebrity waiter event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 East University. This year’s theme is “Rock of Ages: The Farewell Tour” benefitting Hearts for Autism. Tickets: $60 at (505) 263-5918. Information: (575) 526-0100 or
  In the past nine years Team Zane has raised a quarter of a million dollars to benefit various charities, and features members of the community waiting on guests.

Sunland Derby Gala — Country music legend Neal McCoy performs at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino’s 15th annual gala benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Turf Club. Events begin with a silent auction and celebrity meet and greet; McCoy performance at 8 p.m. Tickets: $100; tables available. Information, RSVP: 544-1799 or
  The running of the Sunland Derby and The Oaks (for fillies) is Sunday, March 25.

Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk —
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s fundraising 5K walk is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3110 Parkwood. The family-oriented celebration includes various activities, games and food to raise awareness and donations to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and walkers are encouraged to form a team online and raise money for the cause. Information: Register at

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, will host the first of its monthly toiletries collection drives noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. They will collect new items all year to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Items will be accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  Items can also be send directly to the lodge by ordering online at under the “Elks Lodge 187 TTP Wishlist.”

Lords and Ladies Pageant — Miracle League of El Paso’s 2nd annual fundraising pageant is 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Bowie High School, 801 San Marcial. Participants with disabilities will share their talents with the community. Tickets: $25; Information: 779-4770, or on Facebook.
  Miracle League of El Paso is a non-profit organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.

Stroll for Epilepsy — The leisurely family walk to raise awareness of epilepsy is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Walk kicks off with a rally. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; stroll begins at 9 a.m. Participants asked to raise at least $25 for the cause. Participation is free. Information: (888) 548-9716 or
  The Stroll for Epilepsy is a family-friendly walk, reunion and rally that raises dollars and awareness for Epilepsy Foundation Texas’ programs and services such as camps, medical clinics, and education.

March Madness symphony fundraiser — The 20th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 2, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets to be announced. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or
  The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is 1 p.m.; registration at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.

Milagro Gala — Angelica Hale, the 10-year-old singer who finished second in the 12th season of “America's Got Talent,”
is the featured entertainer at the 7th annual benefit gala 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, at El Paso Convention Center. Proceeds from the event benefit sick and injured children at El Paso Children’s Hospital. Doors open with silent auction at 6 p.m.; dancing until midnight following a live auction. Tickets: $150; $1,500 table for ten. Information, reservations: 521-7229, ext. 80524, or
  Hale, from Atlanta, Ga., wowed the “America’s Got Talent” judges with her rendition of “Rise Up” at the auditions, and got a “Golden Buzzer” pass to the live shows from guest judge Chris Hardwick after singing “Girl on Fire.” She was notable not only for her booming voice, but her back story that include a life-threatening illness at age four that led to a kidney transplant from her mother.

Groovin’ Loretto Throwback Dance — Loretto Academy Challenge Program hosts its fundraising dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 7, in the Loretto Academy High School Gym, 1300 Hardaway with music by Fungi Mungle and a silent auction. Tickets: $15 available at the door or at the Loretto Academy, 1st floor Business Office. Cash bar offered. Information: 566-8400, ext. 1300 or

‘Corner of Hope’ Resource Center — Rescue Mission of El Paso has opened a resource center on the corner of Cotton and Magoffin, providing showers, laundry facilities, access to counselors and a refuge from the weather for anyone experiencing homelessness. For more information, or to tour or see the facility, call Megan Pratt, Director of Marketing, at 532-2575.

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

Project Amistad volunteers — Project Amistad seeks volunteers to help with various programs. Volunteers must undergo criminal background check and orientation. Information: 298-1104 or
• Guardianship Department volunteers are always needed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. selected days at 3210 Dyer.
• Companionship Program volunteers needed to visit clients in group homes to perform various tasks. Hours are flexible.

State Veterans Home donations — Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home, 9650 Kenworthy, welcomes donations to help make life better for its residents. Local artist Krystyna Robbins recently presented her mural “Old Glory,” to the home, which can currently be seen there. Information: Darrell McGahhey, 587-7300 or

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.

Pot O’ Gold Bingo — The Centennial at Fort Bliss hosts bingo events 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 28-March 14, with a chance to win $1,000 golden dollars. Bingo bliss is every Wednesday and Saturday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Paper packs start at $15 on Wednesdays and $20 on Saturdays. Open to all valid DoD ID card holders 18 and older, and guests. Information: 744-8427.
  The winning name will be drawn during St. Patty’s night Bingo March 17 at the Centennial Club.

Armed Forces Day Parade participants — Marching bands, community and school organization floats, entertainment acts, and more are being sought to participate first ever Armed Forces Day and Parade Celebration planned for Saturday, May 19 on Fort Bliss. Deadline to submit applications is April 2. Applications, information, 588-8247 or 568-2554.
  This would be the first official parade in decades in the historic district of Fort Bliss.

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

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (March 6) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or

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

Resiliency through Art – The Art & Hobby Shop at Fort Bliss opens its studio doors for those who want to create their own art, pottery, photography and more 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: $25 for two hours (includes most supplies in multiple artistic mediums and instructors to help along the way). Open to DoD ID card holders and guest age 15 and older. Ages 15 through 17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: 568-5563.

Club news

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. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: (575) 522-1691 or
March 6: Paul Schranz, photographer, teacher and director of the Preston Art Center, will be leaving Las Cruces in June. He will present a retrospective on his photography.
March 20: “DAPC Photo Competition.” Photos judged and discussed, plus photos from the monthly theme “Underexposed” will be shown.
  A “Creating Better Photographs” camera camp, third in a 5-part series, designed to teach the basics of the camera, is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. Cost: $5 per class (free for club members).

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information:
  The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room,
333 N. Oregon. No RSVP necessary.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Billy Crews Restaurant, 1200 Country Club, in Santa Teresa. Guest Speaker is Patty Tiscareno, Executive Director, Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, discussing the foundation and promoting this year’s All Colors of Cancer 5K Race on April 8. Social hour begins at 11 a.m. Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22 (by March 9); mail check to WWC, PO Box 13167, 79913. Information, reservations: Alicia Sanchez, 449-2121.

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 246-3810, 585-1789, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French classes-Spring 2018 session II begin Monday March 19, and Saturday March 24 for children and adults. Information: 346-3810 or 585-1789.
  Alliance Française d’El Paso presents two films selected for students, at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at El Paso International Art Museum, 1211 Montana, as part of the 5th annual “Festinema Junior 2018” French film festival and educational outreach program for children and adolescents to celebrate “Le Mois de la Francophonie”(French-speaking Month).
March 24: “Polina, danser sa vie” for ages 12-adult
March 25: “Le Roi et l’oiseau” for ages 5-12.
  Event information: 585-1789,,

Club Friendship — The club meets 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Program is “Hobo Codes During the Great Depression” presented by Patricia Kiddney. Cost: $10 includes program and luncheon. All history enthusiasts welcome but must RSVP by March 23: 591-2326.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information:
  The monthly luncheon meeting is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Business meeting at 11 a.m.; lunch serve at noon with guest speaker to be announced. Cost: $23 (in advance only. Reservations deadline is March 22: 598-6376.

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts a new series of workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the four Wednesday every other month at 500 W Paisano, Second floor meeting room. Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members); $20 for all workshops in the series. Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at
March 28: Color Theory with Sazhrah Gutierrez
May 23: Wildlife Photography with JR Phillips
July 25: Astrophotography with John Hall
Sept. 26: Lightpainting with Chad Puerling
Nov. 28: Advanced Photoshop.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held weekly; call days. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, or on Facebook.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (March 8) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information:

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (March 13) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 833-5154.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (March 10) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information:

Toastmasters Amigo Club — The Toastmasters International club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room. The club develops professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: 691092.

Spring break programs

First Tee Spring Break Camp — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its Spring Break camps Monday through Thursday, March 12-15, for ages 5-18. Registration:
  Camps at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta include golf Skills, 10 a.m. to noon, with on course play 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $52.50 for skills; $77 for on course play; $102.50 for both.
  Camp at Fort Bliss Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe, is 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $75.

Topgolf Spring Academy — Topgolf, 541 Vin Rambla, hosts half-day golf clinics of for age 6-12 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, March 12-14, for kids. Children should have appropriate attire and footwear, such as tennis shoes (no golf spikes). Golf clubs will be provided, but children are welcome to bring their own. Cost: $119 (includes lunch). Registration at Information: 845-9028 or

El Paso Museum of Art Camp — The museum’s 2018 Spring Break art camp classes are Tuesday through Friday March 13-16. Advance registration required. Morning classes are $75 ($60 museum members); ceramic classes are $86 ($70 members). Information, registration: 212-3062, or
  Morning classes are 9:30 a.m. to noon (photography, age 10-13), (ceramics, age 6-9), (drawing and painting, age 6-9).
  Afternoon classes are 1 to 3:30 p.m. (ceramics, age 10-13), (cartoon, age 6-9), (drawing and painting, age 10-13).

Museum of History Spring Break Camp — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, hosts Spring Break Campus 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 13-16, for ages 8-12. This year’s camp is “History Theater.” Participants learn about theater with activities, crafts and acting. Cost: $70 ($55 members). Information: 212-3163, or Applications at
  Spring Break workshops also offered 1 to 4 p.m. Cost per workshop: $38 ($30 members).
• Tuesday, March 13: Making Your Own Stereoscope workshop
• Wednesday, March 14: Learning about the Camino Real through Josephina, an American Girl
• Thursday, March 15: Leather Crafting.

Spring Break Archaeology Camp — El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54), hosts its spring break camp 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 13-16, for ages 7 to 12, with presentations, activities, crafts and more. Cost: $70 per child ($55 members). Registration: Jen McCollough, 755-4332 or

Princess Camp — UTEP Professional and Public Programs Extended University hosts a camp for girls age 5 to 8 to “be the Belle of the Ball” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 on the UTEP campus. Learn the importance of kindness, respect and good manners such as handshaking, eye contact, royal wave, posture, table and tea etiquette. Games, prizes and more. Each princess will be crowned by a guest fairytale princess at the end of the camp and receive her own crown, certificate and tote bag. Princess costumes welcome. Cost: $75. Registration: 747-5142 or

Las Cruces Spring Break Camp — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department Spring Camp is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 19-23, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell, for grades K-5. Participants may also participate on a daily drop-in basis each camp day. Lunch not provided; participants encouraged to bring lunch, water and snacks. Water and sports drinks available. Registration at the Parks and Recreation Department Offices, Frank O’Brien Papen Center, Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center and Meerscheidt Recreation Center. Parents must provide proof of child’s grade. Cost: $100 per child ($20 per day drop-in). Cost for field trips will be announced in advance. Information: Recreation Programs, (575) 541-2550.

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
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through April 17. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. ?Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 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 on Facebook.
  March through May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, plus Tuesday through Friday, March 13-17 for Spring Break, and Friday, March 30, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

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

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 $84 for adults, $77 children and senior, $71 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule:
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• Singer Raphael, on his “Loco por Cantar” tour, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3. 605-1,485 pesos.
• Bolshoi Ballet de Bielorrusia performs “Swan Lake” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Tickets: 385-770 pesos.
• “Hijas de su Madre,” a comic play by Patricia Reyes Spíndola starring six women, is 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Tickets: 275-495 pesos.
• Diego Dreyfus present his monologue, “Descubre tu Don,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Tickets: 466-696 pesos.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at Tropicalisimo Apache performs at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, with special guest Mi Barrio Colombian. Admission: 132 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at Rodeo de Campeones is at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Admission: 120 pesos (25 for children).

Salon Marsellas — Av. Tecnologico #3087. Guerra de Fronteras boxing begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Tickets: 150-405 pesos (

Tecate Supremo — Chamizal Park. The festival begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Headline entertainment that evening by Bunbury. Other entertainment includes Molotov, Los Autenticos Decadentes, Los Ángeles Azules, Enjambre, Los Cafres, El Gran Silencio, José Madero and others. Admission: 650-1,145 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at Hombres G Y Enanitos Verdes “Huevos Revueltos Tour” is 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Tickets: 550 pesos, premium and VIP tickets 1,320 to 3,300 pesos.

Calacas Jazz Band — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales performance series presents the Mexico City jazz ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Ticket information: 544-5118, or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.

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

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

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.


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