February 2017

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Valentine's Day
Black History Month
Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Summer Fun for Kids
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Spring Home Show — The El Paso Association of Builders presents the annual event Jan. 27-29 at the El Paso Convention Center. The show features booths providing exhibits, demonstrations, and more. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 ($3 for ages 11-16; free for ages 10 and younger). Information: 1-800-756-4788, ext. 46 or HomeShowElPaso.com.
   Special events include a Sultry Bedroom Makeover Seminar by HGTV’s “Design Star’s” Jennifer Bertrand; and a Makeover Seminar with designer Lauri March, the “House Counselor.”

Miss West Texas 2017 — The precursor to Miss Texas America is 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Information: 532-7273.

New Mexico Day at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the family-friendly indoor event noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, featuring homegrown Southern New Mexico Pecans, Pistachios, Chile Peppers and Wines. Admission is free. Information: 1-800-572-1142 or sunland-park.com.

Truck Town 2017 — The  hands-on military and community truck showcase is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road. Families can explore, dance, take photos and take part in several arts and crafts and game activities. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 564-5311, freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.

Bourbon and Whiskey Festival — More than 60 brands will be available for sampling  3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Admission is free. Sample tickets: $20 (ten samples).  Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

Coin Show - The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 54th annual Coin Show is Feb. 10-12 at El Maida Hall, 6331 Alabama, with tables of coins, paper money, medals and tokens by dealers from around the country. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 533-6001 or on Facebook at elpasocoinclub.
   The annual kids auction is 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to 14. The kids auction is a no-cost auction; script provided for the bidding.
  This year’s Coin Show commemorative medal will highlight San Jacinto Plaza.

Be My Neighbor Day — KCOS hosts its “Kids and Family festival” with special guest Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids’ hit series “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West. Local businesses and organizations serving families will host information booths and interactive areas, all with the theme of reinforcing a strong community and being a good neighbor. Guests can meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger and enjoy live performances on stage throughout the event. Information: kcostv.org.

Pet Festival — El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual event to help pet owners respect and care for their pets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Don Haskins Recreation Center & Westside Dog Park, 7400 High Ridge, with pet and animal related activities. Admission is free. Information: 212-1704 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street — The annual Mardi Gras celebration in Kern Place is Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. Cincinnati Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the outdoor celebration featuring food, live outdoor music, drink specials and, of course, beads. Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission price to be announced.

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.

Valentine’s Day

Seniors Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 22nd annual conference, “Seniors Have a Lifetime of Contributions,’ is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, featuring speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and art exhibit and more. Food donations accepted at the door. Information, conference passes: 831-7801 or maryy@epcc.edu.

Spicy Sweet Milonga — Paso del Norte Tango Club’s Valentine’s Day party is 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Sunland Dance Studio, 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, opening with a Burlesque showcase and Cell Block Tango. Tango lessons are 8 p.m. with “best dessert” contest. Milgona follows. Bring a favorite dessert to share. Cost: $10. Information: 422-3338, pasodelnortetangoclub.com or Sunlandballroom.com.

Valentine dinner and dance — Santa Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host its annual Valentine fundraiser 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the church’s Centro Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music by Tejas Band. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. BYOB; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30; reservations recommended. No refunds. Tables for 10 available with advance reservation. Information: 592-5245 or santaluciachurch@sbcglobal.net.

Valentine’s DinnerRotary Club of Silver City’s Valentine’s Wine Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road in Silver City, N.M., including a four course meal, each course to be accompanied by a paired wine. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the High Desert Humane Society. The dinner includes a four-course meal, each course to be accompanied by a paired wine. Tickets: $70 (including tax, gratuity and four glasses of wine with each course). Information, reservations (by Feb. 6): Linda Brewer at the Bear Mountain Lodge at (575) 538-2538.

Singing Valentines — The El Paso Border Chorders offer live singing Valentines during Valentine’s Day within the city of El Paso.
   The El Paso Border Chorders offer  singing valentines delivered by a men’s barbershop quartet on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Allow a four-hour time frame delivery window. Special instructions are welcome. Cost: $40; includes songs and box of chocolates. Information: 309-6954.

‘Play Me’ Chocolate Buffet — The Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. in Alamogordo, hosts its annual Valentine fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, with the highly acclaimed "Play Me" a Neil Diamond Tribute. The famous Flickinger chocolate buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $25 and $35. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
  The show features recording artist Chris Waggoner singing in the style of Neil Diamond. Backed by a seven piece band and the “Diamonette” singers, the show is a high powered tribute to the music and musical styling of the iconic Neil Diamond.

Black History Month

EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College will host events in February in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “The Crisis in Black Education: The Crucial Role of Education in the History of African Americans” All events are 6 p.m. Mondays at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Admission is free. Information: 831-3324, ochave30@epcc.edu or epcc.edu/diversityprograms.
Feb. 13: Film and panel discussion on “All The Difference”
Feb. 20: Gospel Night Concert and Cuisine
Feb. 27: “Bridging Education through Jazz,” featuring Karlton Hester, Ph.D.
   The 28th annual African-American Read-In, a celebration of African-American writers. Students, faculty and community will read selections of prose and poetry by famous authors at Valle Verde, Rio Grande and Transmountain campuses. Call for schedule.

Black El Paso Democrats — The 34th annual Political Awareness and Awards Banquet is Saturday, Feb. 18, at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets: 55 until Feb. 4; $75 after. Information: bepd.org.

Black History Month Parade and Rally — The annual Inter-Club Council Black History Month Parade usually is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of February (Feb. 25) at Montana and Pershing and travels east on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri ending at Mary Webb Park, 3401 E. Missouri. A rally follows the parade 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 241-6046 or facebook.com/interclubcouncileptx/.

Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship Pageant — The annual pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial. Tickets: $10; available in advance at Estine East Side Barber Shop, 546-9212, and McCall’s Neighborhood Center, 566-2407. Information: missblackelpaso.com.
  Young ladies ages 17-20 desiring to participate may obtain an application, and additional information by calling Estine Davis, 546-9212 or Juliet Hart 595-3141 as soon as possible.
   Miss Black El Paso 2016 is Brianne Williams of Montwood High School.

Southern New Mexico

Las Cruces Bridal Showcase — Helping Hands Event Planning hosts its bridal and special event show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Free admission with donation of gently used prom dress for the Las Cruces Butterfly Dress Project. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lascrucesbridalshowcase.com.
   The annual event brings together products and services for weddings and other special events and. Attendees can enjoy samples from area caterers, get planning ideas, meet DJs, and take in a fashion show for the latest in prom, quinceañera and wedding couture and hair styling.

Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta — The 24th annual fiesta brings together some of the Southwest’s best storytellers, poets and musicians 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum (Old Armory), 708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M. Proceeds benefit the museum. Information/tickets: (559) 381-1465 or hookjune@hotmail.com.

Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 18th annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Wild West Days.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 unique, locally made, handcrafted chocolates. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate. Information: (575) 538-2505 or chocolatefantasia.org.

The Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show — The annual gem and mineral show is Feb. 18-19, at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, with more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. There will be geology discussions and door prizes, as well as children's activities and food and beverages for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 age 5 and older; includes museum admission. Information: (575) 522-4100 or lcmuseumrocks.com.

Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at Ralph Edwards Convention Center, 400 W. Fourth, in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with more than 100 quilts by local quilters, vendors and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-2959.
   The Sierra County Woodworkers group will exhibits their carvings  in the hobby room next door that weekend.
   The Winter Quilters meet 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the convention center, with workshops until 1 p.m. Visitors always welcome.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 24-25, with this year’s theme “Music of America.” The family celebration includes food, music, vendors, games a parade and more. Annual Cajun Cooking Contest is Friday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com, or on Facebook.

Cowboy Days — The 18th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4-5, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
   The event offers two days of two days of cowboy demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, activities for the children, cowboy music, stagecoach and pony rides, gunfight reenactments and more.

West Texas

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 31st annual gathering is Feb. 24-25 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 cowboy-poetry.org.
   Headline concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday featuring Trinity Seely and Kristyn Harris, and 1 p.m. Saturday with Red Steagall and Dan Roberts at Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $15 Friday, $10 Saturday.
   Other headliners include Doris Daley, Pipp Gillette, Jim Jones, Luke Reed and Gail Steiger Friday; and Dale Burson, Mikki Daniel, Kevin Davis, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Randy Rieman Saturday.
   Recitations of poetry and music are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday throughout the Sul Ross campus, starting with an open session at 9 a.m. each day. Sessions are free.
   A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.

Bazaars and Fairs

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28-29, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
   The next show is planned for the same hours and days, March 4-5.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Marriott Hotel, 1600 Airway, hosted by J & M Sportscards. Features Hot Wheels, McFarlane sports figures, Marvel Super Heroes figures and more. Admission is free. Information: 856-7777.

Southwest New Age Expo — The fair featuring card readers, numerology readings, healers, and conscious arts and crafts is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, at Center for Spiritual Living, 575 N. Main in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (979)255-9736 or (505) 429-6013.

Spanish Colonia Art Market — Spanish Colonial Art Society in Santa Fe hosts the 3rd annual Las Cruces market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor. The two-day event allows the public to interact personally with the artists, view their work and observe demonstrations of 400 years of Hispanic culture. Admission information: (505) 982-2226 or spanishcolonial.org.
   The Society runs the traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe the last full weekend of July every year, and Winter Market in Albuquerque the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual gun and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25-26, 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.

Upcycled Art Fair — Vendors specialized in upscale recycled art, clothing and more are needed for the event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Placita Santa Fe, 5024-5034 Doniphan. The fair will be held in the historic shopping center's gazebo and parking lot. For information, contact Tamara at tamajesyoar@gmail.com or 274-6517.

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.

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.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
   Items include honey, gourmet food items, soaps and skin care, art and jewelry. 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.

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

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

Something for everyone

Hub of Human Innovation — 500 West Overland, Ste 230. Information: Leslie D. Lanier, 321-3123 or leslie@hubep.org. Web: hubep.org.
   Upcoming events:
• The Hub hosts three local business owners on building a business, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Networking begins at 5 p.m.; first speaker at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Advance registration required. Speakers include Victor Fernandez from Victorfunding.com, Pam Hett from Hettagency.com, and Adrian O’Hare, Founder of Crft Juice.
• 1Million Cups Launch — An opening ceremony and launch for the new community program is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, for entrepreneurs and innovators from the El Paso region. Each week 1MC offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Admission is free; registration required.
• The Paso del Norte Venture Competition and Expo 2017 is Feb. 27-March 3 at UTEP. Professional entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas or early stage ventures to a panel of investors and successful business people. Startup pitches are 5 minutes followed by 10-minute question and answer.
   Application deadline is Feb. 10. Fee is $75. Information: 321-3121 or hubofhumaninnovation.org.
   Winning startup will receive $1,000 cash prize and 1-year affiliate incubation at The Hub of Human Innovation.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Spring classes begin Feb. 6 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older.
   The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs through Jan. 27, and is $70 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Jan. 27).
   Classes include art, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities. No exams or papers. College degree is not required.
   Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
   The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.

The Gospel Mix — The forum for local artists and churches to network and share their gospel talent with the community is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. The community outreach program gives local businesses an opportunity to get in front of loyal consumer-based markets such as the military and Christian-based church communities.
Admission: $15 ($10 with three canned goods). Information: (972) 302-6253 or associatesentertainmentgroup.com.

Office Skills Training — El Paso Community College Center for Corporate and Workforce Training offers free transferable skills training to military, military spouses, veterans, women and minorities. The program is funded by a grant from the Prudential Foundation. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Information: 831-7785.
  The 18-week Workforce Professional Skills Certification Training Program trains students in the areas of office technology, project management, interpersonal skills, employment skills and job search/retention. Applicants must have a High School Diploma/GED and a 10th grade reading level.

Hector A. Garcia lecture — The assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Center, Department of Psychiatry in San Antonio, will speak on “A Century of Transformation: UTEP, the Border Experience, and the Science of PTSD,” at  4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106, as part of its Centennial Lecture Series. Reception follows the lecture. Information: 747-5362 or centennial.utep.edu.
   Garcia is the author of “Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression.” He has published extensively on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans, masculine identity in the aftermath of war, stress and rank in organizations, and the interplay between religious practice and psychopathology.

Orange and Blue Day — UTEP’s Enrollment services hosts a day for prospective UTEP students to learn about the school’s offerings 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Participant explore our campus, residence halls and recreation center, learn about admissions, scholarships, and financial aid, and connect with current students, student organizations and more. Admission tickets are free; available on eventbrite.com.

Tom Lea Institute volunteer training — Tom Lea Institute, 201 E. Main Street, Suite 100, hosts 2-day training sessions in February for those interested in becoming volunteers.  Ambassadors can assist with membership drive, mailings, and serve as guides to historic sites in downtown El Paso.  Session I is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 and 9; and Session II is 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 21 and 23. Additional training for specific positions will be offered at later dates. Information: Sarah Prezioso, sprezioso@tomlea.net or 533-0048.
  The Tom Lea Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of noted artist Tom Lea through public programs that encourage the exploration of arts, culture, and regional history.

Chihuahuas Job Fair — El Paso Chihuahuas and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality will host their 2017 job fair 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, Feb. 8-9, in the WestStar Bank Club at Southwest University Park. Candidates must be 16 years of age. No calls. Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to tripleaelpasojobs@gmail.com.
   The Chihuahuas are also looking for outgoing candidates to join the on-field Bark Brigade. Auditions include casual group interviews and an evening of fun 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Candidates should preregister at EPChihuahuas.com.

PechaKucha El Paso 20 X 20 — El Paso and Juarez PechaKucha events come together for a two-day border event, ”The art of concise presentations,” Feb. 17-18,  Events are at at 7 p.m. Friday, at the Foundation room, 333 N. Oregon in El Paso; and 1 p.m. Saturday at Juarez Contemporary, 20 de Noviembre 4305 in Juarez. Information: pechakucha-ep.com or on Facebook.
  PechaKucha (pe-chak-cha) is Japanese for “chit cha” or the sound of conversation. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their ideas, creative works, thoughts, manifestos, or just about anything in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds and talk along. 
  Creatives or anyone with ideas to share who would like to present at may contact William Helm at info@pechakucha-ep.com or 227-2040.

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 (Feb. 18). 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.

Junior Ranger Club — New activities for kids 5-11 are 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. New opportunities to earn collectible awards at each program. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

EPCC Border Learning Conference - El Paso Community College hosts the conference 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at  El Paso Marriott 1600 Airway. The program of practical teaching demonstrations, round table discussions, and forums will address issues of learning along the border. Registration: $75 by Feb. 10; $100 after. Information: 831-2843 or borderlearningconference.org
   Speakers are Zahira Torres, El Paso Times investigative coach and editor;  Judge David Campos Guaderrama, Crossing Borders award winner; and Arvind Singhal, UTEP professor and author.

Gold Nugget nominations — UTEP Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations is accepting nominations through Feb. 24 for the Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nugget awards. These awards are presented to UTEP alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions and lives by giving back to their communities and alma mater.  Information: 747-6361 Forms available at alumni.utep.edu/Distinguished-Alumni.

Free Pneumonia Vaccines — Individuals over 65 who do not have insurance or  Medicaid can receive a free pneumonia vaccine from the El Paso Fire Department. With a physician prescription, the Fire Department will administer the vaccine to uninsured people ages 18-64. To find out the dates, locations and times for the next vaccine clinic, call 3-1-1.

SUNS Health Fair — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Students United Para Nuestra Salud (SUNS) hosts its 7th annual a health fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 4, at Dolphin Terrace Elementary School, 9790 Pickerel. Services include free vaccinations for children and adults, free EKG’s and fitness testing, free diabetes screening, and activities for kids and adults. Admission is free. Information: sunshealthfair.org.

Austin High School 50th Reunion — The Austin High Class of 1967’s 50th reunion is Oct. 27-29. Details: 383-8683 or austinhsreunion67elpasotx.com.

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

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

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Feb. 21) 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.

Facilitated dialogue – Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, hosts the discussions at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month (Feb. 15). Park rangers and visitors can  make personal connections to a relevant topic or shared experience. Information: 532-7273.

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.

Miracles Gathering course — Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama, will host the course let by Alicia, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays, in the library.  The new group meeting discusses miracles. Admission is free. Information: 566-5544 or unityelpaso.org.

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

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

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

The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (Feb. 19) 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.

‘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, 2018. Anyone interested in being involved in other ways may visit nuevosiglo-elpaso.org.
   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.

For a good cause

Scouting for Food Program – Scouts from all packs, troops, teams and crews will spread out across El Paso on Feb. 4 dropping off flyers to remind El Pasoans to gather up canned goods and other non-perishable items and set them aside. On Saturday, Feb. 11. Scouts will return to collect donations. Scouts ask that donations be placed by the front door by 8 a.m. Information: 241-8936.
   All the food collected will be distributed to local food banks in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.

Over the Edge for the El Paso Zoo — Participants will rappel 12 stories down the Anson Mills Building in Downtown El Paso 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, to benefit El Paso Zoo’s wildlife and conservation programs with DJ, food trucks, animal education stations, craft stations, climbing rock wall, kid’s zone, and sponsor booths. Spectator admission is free. Information: El Paso Zoological Society Office, 212-0245.
   Limited amount of rappel spaces available; register at EPZooOverTheEdge.

Safari Nights Gala — El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International hosts its 14th annual gala, auction and expo at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with 30 outfitter booths from around the world, wildlife artists and outdoor equipment specialists. Tickets: $100 ($40 ages 12-17; age 12 and younger admitted free but must acquire a ticket). Group tables available for $400-$1,200; available at 478-8505 or online at scielpaso.org.
   El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International is one of the newest chapters in Texas, with members from the El Paso, Texas metro area, West Texas and southern New Mexico regions.

Casino Night — Del Norte and El Paso United Lions Clubs host their fundraising event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at St. Andrew Church, 2515 Wedgewood, with 15 gaming tables, blackjack, craps and roulette, board squares, prizes including big screen TV, gift certificates, and food and beverages. All proceeds go to help the community. Cost:  $30 ($50 for two). Information: 598-7577, 525-3400 or 937-371-9039.

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

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

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

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.

Challenge Course Day — The family event, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Fort Bliss’s Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution, for ages 14 and above to use the course. Cost: $10 per person. Information: 744-1532.
   Children under 14 can be evaluated for permission if they properly fit in the harness.

Fort Bliss National Prayer Breakfast — The prayer breakfast is 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Centennial Club, Building 11199, East Bliss. Guest speaker is CH (COL) David Giammona, U.S. Army Installation Management Command Chaplain. Ticket information: 568-1519 or 744-8659.

Harry Potter Book Night – Fort Bliss residents of all ages can celebrate J.K. Rowling’s series 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at  Mickelsen Community Library on Fort Bliss. Come dressed as a favorite witch, wizard, magical creature or muggle. There will be book and t-shirt giveaways, refreshments, awards for best costume (youth and adult categories) and photo opportunities. Open to DoD ID card holders only. Information: 568-6156.

Soto Lazer Tag – Soto Physical Fitness Center, 20751 Constitution on East Fort Bliss, hosts the laser tag event 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Obstacles will be set up in the hallways and all of the lights will be turned off at Soto PFC. Cost: $10 for all ages; participation is on a first come first serve basis. Information: 744-1532.

Fort Bliss Hiring Fair — The Employment Readiness Program at Army Community Service’s hiring fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, open to active duty military, family members, retirees and other DoD ID card holders. Guests must present a military ID card to participate. Information: 569-5838.
   Companies participating in the event range from America’s biggest employers to smaller companies from across the region.

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.  Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
   DJ Darrin performs through January; live bands resume in February.

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.

Family Days at the wall — The Soldier Activity Center, 0732 Constitution Avenue on Central Fort Bliss, is open to all climbers age 6 and older noon to 6 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday.  Climbing  available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: 744-1532.

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

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.
   A “Photography Boot Camp” workshop  on “Learning Your Camera” is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, with tips on how to improve photos after they are taken. First in a series of five workshops. Cost: $5; workshops are free to those who join DAPC for $15. Registration: daphotoclub.org. Information: Rob Peinert, education@daphotoclub.org.
   Other upcoming Boot Camps:
Feb. 25: Getting camera off auto mode/how ISO, aperture, shutter speed work
March 25: Composition
April 22: Editing
May 27: Image critique and Q&A

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, Jan. 28: Dinner and Rhino Hockey
• Sunday, Feb. 5: Super Bowl Party
• Saturday, Feb. 11: Lunch and El Paso Holocaust Museum
• Tuesday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s dinner
• Saturday, Feb. 18: Dinner and a play
• Saturday, Feb. 25: Dinner and bowling.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s hosts its monthly luncheon at  11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers  welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.
   The annual Mardi Grad (Fasching) party is 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Underwood Golf Course. Call for reservations.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 56 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Karen Cowell, a Certified DreamBuilder Coach, will present steps for imagining and designing a blueprint of a life one would love living. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Feb. 11), 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.

El Paso Quilter’s Association — The association will meet 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood. Anyone interested in quilting may attend. Admission is free. Information: 920-279-2034 or on Facebook.

Military Order of the World Wars — The  El Paso Chapter’s ROTC Recognition Luncheon is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Great American Land & Cattle Co., 9800 Gateway North in Northeast El Paso. Two ROTC Cadets and one staff representative from each of the schools in El Paso County and in nearby New Mexico are invited to attend. There will a special speaker for the event. Information: 755-4038.

Woman’s Department GEPCC coffee — Woman’s Department Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Coffee is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 16, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Odom,
1033 Broadmoor. Information: 755-6193 or qwilliamq@aol.com.

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, Feb. 28, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Cost: $23. Information, reservations: 598-6376.

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, 497-2453 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
   Spring semester French language classes are now in session at the AFEP School, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 200. Private and semi-private classes also available.

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. Each month the club offers a newcomers coffee and a luncheon. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.

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.

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.
   Live racing runs through mid-April. (See “Sports” for details).
   Bourbon and Whiskey Festival is 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, with live music, food. Admission is free; sample tickets are $20 for ten.
   Mariachi Festival is Saturday, Feb. 25, with a professional mariachi competition 5 to 9 p.m. Live music and dancing follows at 9 p.m.

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.
   Junior Ranger Day is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, for ages 6 to 12. Park Rangers will help children complete their Junior Ranger activity journals and become Texas State Parks Junior Rangers. Upon completion of activity journals children will receive a Junior Ranger badge.
   Last Sunday Hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning in the park’s parking lot to the top of Ranger Peak. This month’s hike is a Couple’s Hike; bring “better half,” friend or relative. Bring water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing. Participation is free.
   Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 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 spaceportamerica.com/experience.

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

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

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

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
   Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
Feb. 12: Julio Ortiz
March 12: Great American Canyon Band

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.

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.

Matices Cultural — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales performance series are held at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Season tickets: $750 pesos. Information: 612-3175, fmascarenas.org or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.
The accordionist and composer Pablo Ahmad opens the 2017 series 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
• The world music trio Sonex performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

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.
• Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil, a joint orchestra of El Paso and Juárez young musicians, performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets are 150 and 200 pesos.
• Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro present their hit show “Imparables,” a comic battle, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Tickets: 440 to 990 pesos.
• Singer Carlos Rivera, winner of season 3 of La Academia and famed performer in the Spanish version of “The Lion King,” performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Tickets: 550 to 1,100 pesos.
• Comedian Franco Escamilla y La Diablo Squad present “Por la anécota” show at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets: 440 to 715 pesos.
• The four-woman play, “Mujeres de Ceniza” is performed at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, starring Jacqueline Andere, María Sorté, Silvia Mariscal y Margarita Gralia. Tickets: 330, 440 and 550 pesos.
• Singer-songwriter Raul Ornelas performs at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Tickets: 275 to 660 pesos.
• The musical comedy “La Jaula de las Locas” (”La Cage aux Folles”) is at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Tickets: 550 to 880 pesos.
• Jose María Napoleon performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets: 550 to 1,300 pesos.
• Political columnist and commentator Leo Zuckermann speaks at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Tickets: 385, 495 and 550 pesos.
• Jorge Bucay gives a presentation of “El Camino de la Felicidad” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Check for ticket prices.
• The Russian State Ballet presents “Swan Lake” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Tickets: 385 to 715 pesos.
• Spanish singer-songwriter José Luis Perales performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Tickets: 550 to 1,450 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at  donboleton.com.
  The children’s live music performance of “Gallina Pintadita” is at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets: 165, 220 and 275 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• The Tejano/Norteno band Intocable performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets: 440, 1,100 and 1,500 pesos.
• Javier Rosas performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of his “El Regreso” tour. The grupero star was nearly killed two years ago in a shooting in his native Culiacán, Sinaloa that killed his cousin and driver. Rosas was hit 20 times after a show, reported by a gang in retaliation for his narco-corrido lyrics that alluded to a rival gang.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Luche Libre featuring Rey Mysterio begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets: 110 to 715 pesos.
• AAA Lucha Libre Worldwide features Mamba vs. Pimpinella as the headline match in the “Rumbo a Triplemania XXV” event beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
  Francisco Cespedes performs “Noche Bohemia” at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets: 440-1,100 pesos.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos. 

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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