October 2014

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Harvest & Halloween
Día de los Muertos
Southern New Mexico

West Texas
Tom Lea Month
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Fiesta San Elceario — San Elizario’s annual fiesta is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 8 a.m. to midnight, Sunday, Sept. 26-28, in the Veterans Memorial Placita in front of San Elceario Catholic Church, 1556 San Elizario Road, with food and game booths, carnival rides, folklorico and matachines dancers. Admission is free. Information: 851-2333.
  Procession around the block of the placita is 3 p.m. Sunday.
  The church is one of the oldest churches in El Paso County, dating back to its days as a presidio church under Spanish rule. Proceeds from the fiesta go towards its maintenance and restoration.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch opens it inaugural season Sept. 27-Nov. 2, at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of Interstate 10 at Exit 35). Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $10.95 ($8.95 ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and younger). Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN or elpasocornmaze.com.
  The Old-West themed park’s main attraction is the corn maze, but also features Crazy Eddie’s Kiddie Maze, a Pumpkin Patch, interactive games and rides. Truck Wagons offer food, and shaded picnic areas available under the farm’s pecan trees. An “Old El Paso” offers interactive games that teach about local farming and significant people and events in the area’s history.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 10 annual car show and Chicano art exhibit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazo, with Latin Pride Car Club’s car show, community, booths, dance and music. Food sold by Cafe Mayapan or public may bring a picnic or grill. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  This year’s event will feature the Flashback Boyz from Indio, Calif. along with Azteca, Folklorico, UTEP and Matachine dance groups. Sun City Roller Girls will have exhibition match.
  Mural Presentation of “Chuco Culture,” the latest mural by Gabriel Gaytan, is 1 p.m.

La Union Maze — The 14-acre cornfield maze is open through Nov. 2 for its 14th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. This year’s theme celebrates UTEP’s 100th Anniversary.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Also open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 (Columbus Day). Cost: $11 ($9 military); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military). Group rates available. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties.
  The Maze offers tractor-pulled wagon rides to the U-pick five acre garden and pedal cars, pig races, huge jumping pillow and target practice. Also on site are a farm animal corral, family slide, mini-maze, tube slides, tent with picnic tables and concessions. Rides to pumpkin patch offered during daylight hours.
  Special event nights:
Oct. 4: NMSU Cancer Education
Oct. 10: Full Moon “Romantic Night’
Oct. 31: Halloween Egg Hunt
  A Bring Your Dog Day is Saturday, Nov. 8.

La Viña Fall Wine Festival — The annual fall celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. (one mile north or Vinton Road), with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 12-20; free for children under 12). Admission for adults includes a commemorative glass and tasting. Everyone under 21 must be accompanied by adult parent, guardian or spouse. No pets or picnic baskets allowed; ATM available on site. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  Saturday’s entertainment: Salina & the Chuco Soul Project at noon, Mosaic at 2:15 p.m. and Slick Reynolds at 4:30 p.m.
  Sunday’s entertainment: Frank Zona & Urban Edge at noon, Twisted Hams at 2:15 p.m. and Dusty Low at 4:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 31st annual fair, featuring the popular “Great Dachshund Stampede,” is Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt Road, near Canutillo. The event include the Dachshund races and an all-other breeds race. A bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with baked goods, crafts, jewelry, antiques and more. Animal blessing, silent auction, kids carnival games, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and parade also planned. Admission is free with a canned food item donation. Information: (575) 874-3972 or stlukescountryfair.com.
  To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St. Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.

Sun City Craft Beer Fest — The Downtown El Paso celebration of craft beeer is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, with more than 250 beers available for tasting, or purchase for on-site drinking. The event includes the 2nd annual competitive homemade craft beer judging, presented by El Paso Home Brewing Equipment and Supplies. Food trucks and other vendors will sell wares. Live music and local art.
  Open to age 21 and older. Tickets: $25 ($60 VIP tickets). Designated driver tickets are $10. Information: SunCityCraftBeerFest.com.

Sun City SciFi Fan Expo — Sun Cit SciFi’s fall expo is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $9.99 per day (10 and younger free with paid adult). Information: suncityscifi.com.
  Guests include Star Wars actors Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), and Mark Dodson (voice of Salacious Crumb), and professional cosplayers Kirika Yashida and Leeanna Vamp.

Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 11th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with 9 locations including homes, apartments and landmarks in the Downtown area neighborhood. Residents will give guests a personal walk-through of these properties. Funds go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association to improve neighborhood residences.
  Tickets: $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); available in advance at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, and at the Gallery and the Burges House, 503 W. Yandell, on the day of the tour. Information: Hal Marcus Gallery, 533-9090 or sunset_heights_assoc@yahoo.com.
• Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa
• Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon
• Wallace Apartments, 1201 Randolph
• McGregor Home, 1013 W. Yandell
• The Little Temple (EPCC), 906 El Paso St.
• Burges House, 603 W. Yandell
• Palmore Apartments, 1519 Prospect
• John R. Karr Home, 520 Prospect
• John R. Karr Park, 631 Stewart Ct.

UTEP Football & Homecoming - The 2014 homecoming game against Old Dominion starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tailgating events begin at noon. Tickets: $12-$45 Information: 747-5234 or 1-800-745-3000. Event information: 747-8600 or alumni.utep.edu/homecoming_2014.
  Homecoming Week, which this year celebrates the UTEP Centennial, runs Sunday through Saturday, Oct. 5-11:
• The 5th annual Commitment to Fitness Run/walk is 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, at Health Services and Nursing Building.
• Royalty Pageant is 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Magoffin Auditorium.
• Miner Morning Mania is 5 a.m. Wednesday in the lot by Sun Bowl Stadium.
• Centennial Homecoming Block Party is 6:30 p.m. on Wiggins Road. Tickets: $25.
• Homecoming Parade is 1 p.m. Saturday at Pep Rally from Oregon to Glory Road, followed by Pep Rally at 2 p.m. on Glory Field.
• Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $100
  Various departments and alumni organizations will host alumni breakfast tours and other activities throughout the week.

Bliss, Brews and Que
— The former El Paso band Dirty River Boys headlines Sunday’s show for the 2nd annual Kansas City BBQ Society-Sanctioned Cook-off 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10-11, at Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan, on Fort Bliss. The event includes barbecue, music, beer, arts and crafts. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Information: 564-5311, or blissbrewsandque.com.
  Team applications for “Pro” and “Backyard” categories are now being taken. Pro teams must prepare four proteins and Backyard teams are required to only prepare two. In addition, there are four ancillary events participants are encouraged to compete in, Soldiers Choice, BBQ Guru, Dessert and Margarita. Call for fees; discount for military teams.

‘Chalk The Block’ — The 7th annual outdoor art event is Oct. 10-12, throughout Downtown El Paso. The event includes various art projects, art vendors, live music, performance art, interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments, pop-up galleries and more. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 or chalktheblock.com.
  A kick-off party art show is 6 to 9 p.m.
  Featured artists this year include Cimi Alvarado with “Texas Size Print 11,” Filthy Lucker’s “Octopied Building,” Ioana Urma’s “Porous Prism,” Rob and Patti Lord’s “Billion Jelly Bloom,” Odd Lab firedancers, and “Yarrow Mazzetti’s’ “Lady Buggies.”

Day of the Girl Festival — Latinitas host the girl empowerment event 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Cafe Mayapan 2000 Texas, raising awareness of important issues affecting girls along the borderland. The rally will include musical entertainment, dance performances, interactive booths, art exhibits, poetry readings, art exhibits, speakers and informational booths about organizations helping girls and women. RSVP online at laslatinitas.com/programs/registration.

El Paso Pride Day — The community cleanup is 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, sponsored by City of El Paso Environmental Services, El Paso Police Department and other partnerships. Neighborhoods can organize their own trash and graffiti cleanups. Tool sheds available for use at all neighborhood fire departments. For information, as well as a listing of cleanup sites, contact Romie Ruiz, 212-6057 or any neighborhood Regional Command Center.
  Individuals and groups may help clean one of at least 50 community cleanup efforts simultaneously taking place that day.

FAA Fall Fiesta — The Fabens Alumni Association hosts a day of food, games, entertainment and family activities benefiting scholarships for graduated Fabens students, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lions Club Little League Field, 16151 North Loop. Entertainment includes matachine, flamenco and folklorico dance, a DJ and live dance band. Food available for sale; no outside food or drink allowed. Admission is free. Information: 276-5361.

Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time — A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
  The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of El Paso Scene, and is also part of the Celebration of Our Mountains. Security is provided.
  The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
  Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Rockin’ The Rez Pow Wow — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s annual pow wow is Oct. 11-12, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, in Socorro, with Native American dance, food and crafts from tribes throughout the area. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Information: 841-0048 or speakingrockentertainment.com.

Fall El Paso Home and Garden Show — El Paso Association of Builders (EPAB), in partnership with Show Technology Productions, hosts the 6th annual show 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-19 at the El Paso Convention Center,
  Celebrity guests are Wayde King and Brett Raymer, aquarium designers and stars of Animal Planet’s “Tanked.”
  The event features home and garden vendors, model home feature, landscapers, contractors, remodelers, pools and spa. Also offered are an
art, gift and gourmet area, kids activities hosted by El Paso Zoo and El Paso Exploreum, pet adoptions and fall plant sale.
  Admission: $7.50 ($5.50 seniors 65 and older; $3 age 13-16 free for age 12 and younger and active duty military with ID). Information: 778-5387 or ElPasoHomeAndGarden.com.

YISD Fine Arts Elementary School Fall Festival — The fall festival with school performances, food and arts vendors, jumping balloons, and more is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, at Ysleta Fine Arts Complex, 8455 Alameda.Admission free for performances; $3 day pass for all rides. Information: 434-9700.

Concordia Cemetery Walk Through History — The annual “living” history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Admission: $5 ($2.50 seniors and military, $1 students and children 6 and older). Information: 581-7920 or 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
  This year, Salt River Regulators from Arizona will be on hand to perform their Wild West Show, and the Wild Bunch from Las Cruces will make also perform. Gunfight reenactments will be staged throughout the day by Six Guns & Shady Ladies.
  The cemetery’s new memorials include US Veterans & Camp Concordia early Fort Bliss site, and the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.
  Volunteers dress in period costume and share historical vignettes “in character” of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eternal residents. Chat with early leading citizens, pioneers, ranchers, Buffalo Soldiers, an ex-President of Mexico, priests and clergy, gunfighters, “shady ladies” and many others. Also featured is El Paso’s own “Boot Hill” where gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, lawmen, Texas Rangers and many other Wild West figures are buried.

Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair — The 20th annual Interpretive Fair is 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road. Sponsored by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and co-hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. Native American dancing and drumming, folklorico and matachine dancers, pictograph, birding and nature tours, atl-atl throwing for kids, information booths, and food for sale. Admission is free, but donations welcome. Information: 857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov.
  Birding tours are 8 a.m. both days.

Food for the Soul — The Mustard Seed Benefit Music Festival is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the St. Clements Athletic Field, 600 E. Yandell. Live music, food trucks, art and local vendors. Kids’ activities include loteria, obstacle course, jumping balloon and face painting. Admission is free.
  Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed Community Café, a faith-based, pay-what-you-can café. Information: mustardseedcafe.org.

Kohlberg Fall Festival — The Olga Kohlberg PTO will host its fall family event noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Kohlberg Elementary, 1445 Nardo Goodman. Haunted house, cake walk, jumping balloons, carnival games and food trucks. Admission is free; $10 per wristband for children; additional cost for food trucks. Information: (281) 236-2850 or kohlbergcoyotespto@yahoo.com.

Sharefest — Thousands of El Paso families will receive free gently used items 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the El Paso County Pavilion, 4100 E. Paisano. Free parking available. Information: 313-5618 or epfj@aol.com.
  About 200 tables and a mile of clothes racks will offer with free dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, sweaters, shoes, purses, toys, blankets, appliances, tools, canned food, furniture and more, with volunteers assisting, including bilingual speakers.
  About 120 local churches plus private companies, local agencies and nonprofit organizations are participating. The event is an outgrowth of last year’s highly successful Convoy of Hope. This year’s all-local effort is entirely funded by donations and staffed by volunteers.
  Donations are being accepted through Sunday, Oct. 19. Churches and other organizations that want to help can call 313-5618.
  Individuals can drop off items at any 7-11/Alon store beginning Oct. 1.

Indian Food Festival — Live music, belly dancing, art, henna and hookah and of course food will be offered Oct. 24-26 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 124 S. Festival. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Featured food items include chose, tandoori chicken, kebabs, chicken curry, samosas and more. Admission: $2 (free for age 13 and under). Information: epfoodfest.com or facebook.com/epindianfestival.

Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The largest pilgrimage each year is on the last Sunday in October, the traditional Feast Day of Christ the King. The 75th anniversary procession begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, with special guests Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso and John C. Wester of Salt Lake City. The pilgrimage annually attracts thousands of celebrants, many of whom begin their trek before dawn. Gates open at 5 a.m. Information: San Martin de Porras (575) 589-2106.
  This year’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary theme is “God’s Diamond (Is a Human Person).”
  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.

Amigo Airsho 2014 — The United States Air Force Thunderbirds return for the 2014 Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at its new location at the Doña Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa. Tickets: $20; $10 ages 5-12; $70 chalets; $100 VIP; free for age 4 and younger. Information: 562-6446 or amigoairsho.org.
  Also performing are the U.S.Army Golden Knights, Dan Buchanan Airshow, Indy Boys jet powered school bus, Kyle Franklin (stunt pilot), Rifle and G&M Airshows, and pilot Joe Shetterly.
  A TradeSho area is also featured with interactive displays and vendors.

Fall Bash — The community cookout and concert, sponsored by Westside Community Church, 1850 Northwestern, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, with jumping balloon, live bands, games and free groceries for needy families. Information: 584-0882 or westsidecommunity.org.
  Families must pre-register at the church 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 or Oct. 23 to receive groceries.

Veterans Day Dance — American GI Forum-Paso del Norte’s 4th annual dance “Honoring All Who Served” and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces is 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins, with music by Little Mike & the Blue Kings. Admission: $15; includes beer, set-ups and soft drinks. BYOB and snacks welcome. Information: 255-8877.
  American GI Forum — Paso del Norte is a congressionally chartered veterans and family nonprofit organization. Proceeds provide employment, education, benefits, and business start-up assistance to veterans, active duty military service members and their families.

Harvest & Halloween

Fort Bliss Halloween — Fort Bliss will host these Halloween season events:
• Massacre on Marshall Road Haunted House — The haunted house is 6-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-35, 29-31 (open until midnight Oct. 31). Last year’s house was voted “Scariest Haunted House in El Paso/Las Cruces. Admission: $5. Information: 588-8247.
• Trunk or Treat at the Rod and Gun Club is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, with prizes for best decorated trunk and best kids’ costume in various age categories. Information: 568-2983.
• Monster Bash — The celebration is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Trading Post, 1717 Marshall, with food and beverage vendors, carnival rides, dancing and DJ. This year’s theme is “Where The Wild Things Are.” Three “scare levels” haunted houses offere: barely scary ($1 admission); pretty scary ($2) and very scary ($3). Information: 588-8247.

‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House opens Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 3-Nov. 1. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Hours are 7:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 Terror Trail; $12 zombie adventure. Combo tickets available. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.

KLAQ Haunted House — The 17th annual haunting, “The Maze of Madness,” runs 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13-Nov. 1 at 1323 N. Lee Treviño (at I-10 West). There’s only one way to enter and three creepy ways out of this maze. Haunted House not recommended for the easily frightened; children 10 and younger must be accompanied by parents at all times. Gifts to the first 100 people to enter each night. Tickets: $10 Information: 880-4955 or klaq.com.
  Movie screenings will follow the maze hours on the following nights:
Oct. 19: “Nightmare on Elm Street”
Oct. 26: “Halloween.”

Vampires Ball — El Paso Paranormal Society will host the ball Friday, Oct. 17, at its offices at 108 E. San Antonio. Call for details. Information: 274-9531 or help@ghosts915.com.

Southwest Horrorfest — El Paso Paranormal Society will host the event Saturday, Oct. 18, at its offices at 108 E. San Antonio. Call for details. Information: 274-9531 or help@ghosts915.com.

Spooktacular — The Junior Woman’s Club’s 25th Annual fall family fiesta is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with live entertainment, hands-on activities, vendors and food for all ages. Tickets: $5 ($4 children; free for ages 2 and younger); $1 military discount at the door. Information: 276-7854 or elpasojuniorwomansclub.org.

‘Ghosts of the Past’ — The annual living history tours are 6 to 8 Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. More than a dozen historical characters interact with visitors on indoor and outdoor evening tours. Tours start at set times. Admission: $5 ($2 children) in advance; $6 ($2 children day of tour). Advance purchase recommended, tours fill quickly. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Outdoor tours feature such events as the 1878 shootout at Blazer’s Mill with Buckshot Roberts, and a 1934 Dust Bowl storm. Indoor “Lost Ghosts from Lost Buildings of New Mexico” tour. Those wanting to attend both indoor and outdoor tours must purchase a separate ticket for each event.

Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host its 8th annual “merry, not scary” safe trick-or-treating event for families with children age 2 to 12 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26. Admission: $10 ($6 for ages 3-12 and $7.50 for ages 60 and older, active duty military with ID; free for zoological society members and ages 2 and younger). Information: 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org. Presented by Robert Bonaventure.
  Activities include the Animal Pumpkin Squish, free candy stations for ages 12 and younger, animal encounters and more.

Great Pumpkin Race and Harvestfest — The 19th annual Great Pumpkin Race highlights the events in Cloudcroft, N.M. at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, on Burro Avenue. The all-day events begin at the Nivison Library and include amateur, semi-pro and professional pumpkin rolling events. Also featured in the library are children’s costume and coloring contests, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving contest (bring pumpkin already decorated) and parade and trick or treat on Burro Street. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.

Haunted House and Carnival — Northgate Optimist Club and The EL Paso Holy Royal Armh Masons Chapter #90 host its inaugural Halloween event 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 30-31, at Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 Skyline with food, games, a Cake Walk and live music Admission: $7 ($5 with a canned good item donation). Information: Alfon and Angela Ledesma, 603-8285; Paul Maggitt, 241-6457 or Jennifer Lopez, 820-6175
  Proceeds go to Northgate Optimist Club’s Little League Baseball Division.

City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will have Halloween festivities throughout the city at all 16 recreation centers 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Admission is free. Information/event list: 544-0753.
  A carnival will also be held 3 to 7 p.m. at Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library, 12480 Pebble Hills, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.
  Participating centers:
• Armijo, 700 E. 7th, 544-5436
• Carolina, 563 N. Carolina, 594-8934
• Chihuahuita, 417 Charles, 533-6909
• Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge, 587-1623 • Gary Del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood, 629-7312
• Galatzan, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri, 562-7071
• Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista Del Sol, 855-4147
• Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount, 598-1155
• Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell, 755-7566
• Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia, 533-1611
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 858-1929
• Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana, 751-4945
• Seville, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722
• San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood,779-2799
• Veterans, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.

Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Friday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Information: Facebook at Kern Place Association.

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

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

Trick-or-Treat Off the Street — Bassett Place mall, 6101 Gateway West, hosts its annual safe trick or treat event 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at participating merchants. Alta Vista Optimists will give out candies from Customer Service. Giveaways and costume contests also planned. El Paso Sheriff’s Office’s will provide ID kits and anti-bullying information. All children welcome to participate, admission is free. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
  El Paso Sheriff’s Office Haunted House runs Oct. 9-31. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Friday; 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Halloween night. Proceeds benefit their anti-bullying campaign.

Zombie Defense Haunted House Party — Las Cruces Self Defense, 519-1 E. Boutz in Las Cruces, hosts zombie-themed self-defense classes the week of Halloween. Participants in each two-hour session fight the monsters in a haunted house after learning to use their voice, brain and body for self-protection. Schedule/cost to be announced. Information: (575) 526-4429 or lcselfdefense.com.

Witches Ball — The ball is 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at El Maida Shrine, 6221 Alabama. Details to be announced. Information: elmaida.com

Halloween ComicFest Bash — Asylum Comics and Cards, 5360 N. Mesa, Suite L-12, will host its Halloween party 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, free Halloween comics (while supplies last), sketches by local artist Merc Comics, prize giveaways, costume contest with cash prize up to $150 for first place. Hot dogs and coke beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600 or asylumcomicsandcards.com.


Dia de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza Oct. 31-Nov. 2, with food, music, stories, dancing and piñatas. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Traditional day of the dead altars will be on display. Altars can be to specific persons, groups of people, a cause, or beloved pets. Vendors will feature handmade Day of the Dead-themed gifts. No political campaigning allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or calaveracoalition@q.com.
  A candlelight procession is 6 p.m. Saturday

‘Dia de los Muertos Oaxaca — La Mujer Obrera Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas, celebrate Day of the Dead  3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, with traditional Oaxacan cuisine, altar exhibits, dancers and music, catrina contest, danza azteca, calavera poems and more. Local produce for sale at the Mayapan Farmers’ Market. Admission is free. Information: 217-1126, mujerobrera.org or facebook.com/mujerobrera.

Concordia Dia de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society celebrate Day of the Dead 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens) with a ghost tour, fortune teller, flower vendors, decorated altars and more. Proceeds go toward the restoration and preservation of Concordia Cemetery. Tickets: $5 ($1 kids and students; $1 seniors. Information: 694-2317, help@ghosts915 or concordiacemetery.org.
  Guests may “get in the spirit” and come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas.

Southern New Mexico

Cliff, Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 24-27, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Information: (575) 388-1559.
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest from Silver City on U.S. 180.

Jordan ‘Shrine’ Circus — Las Cruces Shrine Club hosts the Jordan World Circus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, lions, and tigers, clowns, motorcycle stunts, aerialists, and the “Globe of Death.” Tickets: $18 ($14 children); available at Pan Am Ticket office day of event only. Free kids’ tickets at at some area merchants. Information: (575) 646-1420.

Whole Enchilada Fiesta — The 34th annual festival is Sept. 26-28, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 600 E. Hadley in Las Cruces. Opening ceremonies are 5:30 p.m. Friday, with building of the “Whole enchilada” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 at the gate or any Pic Quik store. Information: (575) 526-1938 or enchiladafiesta.com.
  Friday’s evening headliner is Josh Grider with opening act Eli James Band.
  Saturday’s headliner is Malo with opening act Severo y Grupo Fuego
  Sunday’s headliner is Shelly Lares.
  Live musical entertainment is all three days on two stages, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  The annual Whole Enchilada Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hadley Complex.
  Huacha Tournament begins at noon Saturday at courts on Hadley Ave., east of Unidad Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  Horseshoe Tournament begins at noon Sunday on the courts on Hadley. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  Other acivitities include and enchilada eating contest, classic car show, “Enchilada Land” for kids and a karaoke contest.
  The Whole Enchilada 5K race and 1-mile runs begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Meersheidt Recreation center.

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 16th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 27-Oct. 26 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. The 2014 theme is “The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin.” Open weekdays for school field trips only; no pets allowed except service animals; no outside food and beverage allowed. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $10.95 ($8.5 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  New this year is the “Hi-Strikers” with returning favorites gem mining, duck racing, face painting, rope making, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  The 2nd annual Girl Scout Day is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, for all girls in grades K-12, hosted by Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest. Girl Scouts in uniform pay discounted admission at the assigned gate and receive a free sugar baby pumpkin. Space is limited. Call for information: (575) 526-2553 or gsdsw.org.
  Oktoberfest is Saturday, Oct. 4, with polka bands, biergarten, yodeling, German treats and more.
  The “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is Sunday, Oct. 5.
  Star Spangled Day is Sunday, Oct. 12, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink Week — New Mexico State University, breast cancer awareness week events Sept. 28-Oct. 4, throughout the NMSU campus and in Las Cruces, hosted by Cowboys for Cancer Research. Activities conclude with a halftime appearance during the NMSU football game vs. Georgia at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Aggie Stadium. Information: pinkaggie.com.
• Kick-off Remembrance ceremony is 6 p.m. Sunday, in the Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel lawn, featuring more than 6,000 luminarias.
• Student dinner and silent auction is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Taos Restaurant in Corbett Center.
• “Shop for the Cure” shopping event and luncheon is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Pan American Center. Lunch seating begins at 11 a.m. Admission the shop is free; luncheon tickets: $45 ($500 reserved table).
• Relay Race at NMSU Barnes & Noble is 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. Sign up at aggieapparael@nmsu.edu.
  The Cervantes family 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, at the north Entrance of Aggie Memorial Stadium.
  Commemorative pink t-shirts available at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore for $12.

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 1-5, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Ticket information and event times: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefairgrounds.net.

Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s celebration of fall colors is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5. This year’s theme is “Salute to Freedom: Aspenfest Style.” Events include a chili cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors, Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show. Information: (575) 257-7395
  The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem. Information: ruidosonow.com/aspenfest.
  Arts and crafts booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Schoolhouse Park on Sudderth. Admission: $2 (free for children under 12). Information: Bonnie Richardson, (575) 378-4661
  The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha, (915) 598-0621.
  The Ruidoso Chili Society’s 32nd annual Chili Cook-Off is noon Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Public tasting is noon Sunday Information: (575) 390-6675.
  The RVCC Scholarship Golf Tournament is 12:30 p.m. Sunday, at Rainmakers Golf and Lifestyle Community. Information: (575) 257-7395.

Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta — The 2014 fiesta, “Spirit of the Winds,” is Oct. 4-12 in Albuquerque. Mass ascensions each morning at 7 a.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park. Tickets: $8 (includes admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque Balloon Museum); free for ages 12 and younger ($1 museum admission for ages 4-12). General parking: $10/car. All-event ticket and parking packages are $50. Balloon Fiesta Hotline: (888) 422-7277 or balloonfiesta.com.
  Other events include balloon glows, fireworks, car show, special shapes rodeos, flying competitions and more.
  The park is off I-25 north of I-40; take the Balloon Fiesta Parkway.

October Art Fest — The 37th annual Octoberfest Juried Art Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, N.M. The show features all-original art, pottery, jewelry and homemade crafts. Music, food and family activities also featured. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.

Pinos Altos October Fiesta — The mountain village of Pinos Altos, N.M. will host its 15th annual fall fiesta 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Most events are in the historic Main Street area. The fair offers live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, collectibles, gold-panning, reenactments, antiques and various food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department. Information: (575) 574-8394 or pavfr.org.
  The Grant County Art Guild (housed near Main Street in the Hearst Church) will have an arts & craft sale/exhibit. The Pinos Altos Museum also will be open.
  Pinos Altos, a mining town founded in 1860, is seven miles north of Silver City on NM 15.

St. Clair Vineyards WineFest — New Mexico’s largest winery will host its 20th annual wine fest noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at 1325 DeBaca Road in Deming. Proceeds benefit Luna County Cancer Support. Information: 1-866-336-7357 or stclairvineyards.com.
  To get there: Take I-10 east to Exit 85 in Deming, go a half-mile south, turn east on Highway 549 and go three miles to St. Clair Vineyards and New Mexico Wineries Inc.

WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011.
  The Homecomming game is 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Fort Lewis College on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The annual fair is Oct. 8-12 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, a fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, a carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255 or on facebook at swnmsf.

Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 9-12, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375.

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium — Cowboy poets, musicians, craftsmen and chuckwagon cooks meet for the 23rd annual symposium 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10-12, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Admission: $25 Friday and Saturday; free Sunday. Multi-day packages and group rates available. Tickets/information: (575) 378-4431 or cowboysymposium.org.
  The Symposium offers continuous music, poetry and storytelling, western demonstrations and more.
  Regular activities include blacksmithing, Dutch oven and chuckwagon cooking, Native American beading, western games, tomahawk throwing and pine needle basket weaving, a mountain man camp, leather crafting and a mobile dairy museum. Vendors will sell western art, saddles, tack, hats, boots and western clothing, chaps, Southwestern silver jewelry, iron works, metal art, knives, collectibles, leather items, Western-style furniture and more under the grandstand in the main tent outside the casino.
  Featured events:
• Kick-off concert with Mel Tillis is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Tickets: $65.
• Western Swing dances are 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday in the “Big Tent.” Saturday’s concert features Marty Stuart and Connie Smith. Admission: $40 Friday and $65 Saturday .
• The World’s Richest Chuckwagon Cook-off is all weekend. Competitors in the $13,000 event are judged not only for their food, but the authenticity of their wagons and attire. Chuckwagon lunch is noon Saturday, and breakfast is 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost per plate: $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday.

SocorroFest — The City of Socorro, N.M. hosts its 11th annual celebration of central New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley’s rich bounty Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, on and around the historic Socorro Plaza. The event features a day of feasting, dancing, native food dishes, arts and crafts booths, spirits tents, family activities and music and entertainment on multiple stages. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 835-8927 or socorrofest.com.
  The Friday Street Dance on the historic plaza begins at 6 p.m. with music by Kyle Martin followed at 8 p.m. by The Remedy.
  Saturday’s performances begin at noon and run through the evening.
  The Socorro County Chamber of Commerce’s annual harmonica contest for both professionals and amateurs is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Capital Bar. Entry fee: $25.

Columbus Day Festival — The annual festival is Saturday, Oct. 11, in the historic village of Columbus, N.M. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Boundary, followed by all day entertainment, vendors and games in the Columbus Park Plaza. Admission is free. Columbus is 65 miles west of Santa Teresa and 30 miles south of Deming. Information: (575) 494-0009.

Flying J Ranch Experience — The chuckwagon supper and stage show at the Alto, N.M. ranch (near Ruidoso) is 6 p.m Saturdays through Oct. 11. Cost: $27 ($15 children 4-12; free ages 3 and younger). Reservations encouraged. Cost includes dinner and entertainment (some activities extra). Information/reservations: 1-888-458-3595, (575) 336-4330 or flyingjranch.com.
  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fiddler’s Side Show begins at 5:45 p.m. Deputy Training School for children is 6:25 p.m. with Bonita City Gunfight Reenactment at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m., featuring the Flying J Wranglers.
  Pony Express ride for age 12 and younger and Pistol Shooting events are $2 each.

Los Leones de Mesilla Car Show — Los Leones de Mesilla (Mesilla Lion’s Club) will host its 7th annual car show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. The show features hot rods, muscle car (pre-1972), trucks, low riders, motorcycles), and classics. Admission is free for spectators. Information: (575) 524-3262 or oldmesilla.org.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 9th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities and more. Information: (575) 536-3990, (575) 536-9337 or mimbresharvestfest.com.
  A dance at the Roundup Lodge is 6 to 9 p.m. Admission: $5; free for kids.

Art & Wine Walk — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, 7288 U.S. Hwy 54/70 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosts an afternoon of art, crafts, food and wine noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Admission is free. Information: (575) 434-0035 or heartofthedesert.com.

Street Legends Custom Car Super Fest — The family show and expo benefiting Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Southern NM State Fair Grounds off I-10 (west of Las Cruces), featuring hundreds of Custom Cars, a Swap Meet, Car Corral, New Car Expo, Food, Various Vendors, New Mexico Breweries and Wineries. Live Entertainment on two Stages, with a “Persuasion Santana Tribute,” and other bands. RV parking available. Admission: $5; under 10 free. Brewery and Winery Festival Style sampling, $10. Information: (575) 520-8776 or streetlegendssuperfest.com.

Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 33rd annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 17-18 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” with games, prizes and pumpkin painting for kids. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
  Admission: $9 per day; $16 for both days; $5 for ages 13-18 ($8 for two days) and free for children 12 and under. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or OktoberfestRuidoso.com.
  Musical entertainment features Swingshift of Albuquerque, Salzburger Echo and Die Polka Schlingel with dance by Fort Bliss Schuhplattler.

High Rolls Apple Festival — The 48th annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at the Community Center, 56 Cottage Row, in High Rolls, N.M. The festival features fresh local and other apples, apple pies and apple butter, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-6044 or highrollsfestivals.com.
  The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the community center. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel).

Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — Holy Family Church’s 85th annual festival and barbecue is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbecue beef. Information: (575) 546-9783.

New Mexico Pumpkin Festival — The 7th annual festival celebrating the fall gourd is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, at the Mesilla Valley Maze and Lyles Family Farm, 3855 W. Picacho, featuring a corn maze, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, and a country store offered. Winners from the annual coloring and pumpkin-carving contests will be displayed. Admission: $10.95 ($8.95 children). Information: (575) 522-1232, (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Other activities include a pie eating and seed-spitting contests, horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin shuffleboard, guess the weight, pumpkin painting, live music, storytelling and the Pumpkin Glow.

Pancho’s Car Show — The 9th annual car show and auto parts swap meet is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, N.M. with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles, and choppers, along with music, food and drink, raffle and door prizes, admission to the park and Exhibit Hall and more. Show admission free with regular park admission of $5 per vehicle. Infomation/entry fee: (575) 531-2711 or panchovillastateparkfriendsgroup.org.
  Pre-registration for show cars is $20 in advance and $25 day of show 8 to 9:30 a.m.; includes one free lunch and soft drink per registered show vehicle, a dash plaque, and free door prizes.
  Columbus is 30 miles south of Deming on NM 11, and 65 miles west of El Paso on NM 9.

Renaissance Artsfaire — The 43rd annual event, sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at “Ye Olde” Young Park, intersection of Walnut and Lohman in Las Cruces. Admission: $6 donation (free for children 12 and under). No pets except service animals allowed. Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-arts.org.
  The event features more than 150 artists and artisans, most of them returning from past years. Original, handcrafted items include jewelry, pottery and ceramics, photographs, leather goods, paintings and drawings, sculpture, toys, musical instruments, textiles and wood.

An Evening with the Artist — Mimbres Region Arts Council presents contemporary Navajo potter Romaine Begay at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Western New Mexico University’s Parotti Hall in Silver City as part of its monthly art lecture series. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: (575) 538-2505.

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 523-2950.

West Texas

Wild West Chile Fest — The annual Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair is noon to midnight Friday, noon to 1:30 a.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3-5, on the fairgrounds in Dell City, with a Main Street parade, team roping, barbeque, music, dances, exhibits and more. Vendors and exhibits open all three days. Admission is free. Information: wildwestchilefest.com.
  The Yarbrough Band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday in the FairBarn

Border Zone International UFO Festival — The 3rd annual festival is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at the Presidio Activity Center and other locations in Presido, Texas, with authors, educational lectures in Spanish an English, presentations by Presidio ISD’s rocket team, UFO Trade Show, UFO Tours, ghost walk and more. Featured guest is Nick Pope, called the “real Fox Mulder.” Admission is free to all lectures. Information: ufoborderzone.com.

Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 48th annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170.
  Competitions begin at 10 a.m. Friday and noon Saturday including black-eyed peas, beans, ribs, chicken, brisket barbecue, margarita mix-off and more.
  The annual Golf Shoot-out is 10 a.m. Friday.
  Ticket information: (817) 251-1287 or abowlofred.com.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 46th annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff is on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua. Admission: $20. Information: (432) 371-2595 or chili.org.

Tom Lea Month

The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrate the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with more than 50 events throughout the month of October. Admission is free except as noted. Information: 533-0048 or tomleainstitute.org.
  Tom Lea (1907-2001) worked as a muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter.
  In addition to regional events, this year’s celebration will include lecture and discussion on the Art of Tom Lea at Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as events in Odessa, Seymour and Austin, Texas and Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club in Fort Belvoir, Va.
  Keynote events:
• “Butterfly Wings and Tom Lea” presentation by Rosa Guerrero, José Mario Sánchez Soledad, and Guillermo Martínez is 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Lydia Patterson Institute Gymnasium, 517 S. Florence. El Paso dancer and educator Guerrero demonstrates the movements of a matador through the music of bullfights, Paso Doble, while José Mario Sánchez discusses Tom Lea’s artistry in capturing the capote tricks. Jalisco matador Guillermo Martínez performs the movements.
• White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier presents “White House Pastries, Fashion, and Old Mount Franklin” 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at El Paso Community College, Administrative Service Center
9050 Viscount, Bldg. B. Mesnier made a dessert for guests who contributed to the decoration of the Oval Office during the presidency of George W. Bush. His cake was in the shape of the Oval Office and included a sugar rendition of Tom Lea’s Rio Grande that hung in the Oval Office for 8 years. In addition to the presentation by Mesnier and the El Paso Community College Culinary Arts Program, there will also be fashion designs by Zayra Estra and a reading of “Old Mount Franklin” by actress Josie Mitchell. Cost: $35 contribution to the Tom Lea Institute.

• Fort Bliss Historical Tour led by Wanda Kienzle is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, starting at Old Fort Bliss Replica Bldg. 5054, Pleasonton. Participants will visit the oldest parts of the Post in this tour and explore the Old Fort Bliss Replica, given to the base as part of its centennial celebration.
• Trost Tour led by Max Grossman is 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, meeting at the Lobby of the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S El Paso. Trost was responsible for designing many of the buildings that still stand today, including Tom Lea’s childhood home on Nevada Street. Cost: $25 contribution to the Texas Trost Society.
• Architecture in the Evening led by Ken Gorski is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, meeting at the lobby of the Camino Real Hotel.
• Church Tour and lecture by Robyn Lowrie, David Etzold and Neal Locke is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, meeting at First Baptist Church of El Paso, 805 Montana. Church played an important role in shaping Tom Lea’s life when growing up in El Paso. This tour provides insight into these contributions, and introduces three historic El Paso churches.
• “Experience the Pass of the North
Downtown El Paso Mural Tour” led by Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido is noon Thursday, Oct. 16, starting at the corner of San Antonio and Campbell, Downtown. The tour consists of a look at “Tom Lea’s Pass of the North” inside El Paso’s Historic Federal Courthouse, “Our History” by Carlos Callejo at the County Courthouse, and “A Day in El Paso” by John Valadez at the R.C. White Federal Building. An additional Children’s Tour is 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.
• Celebration of Our Mountains
Geological Tour and Lecture by Eric Kappus is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, starting in El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch Maud Sullivan Room. Geologist Eric Kappus, renown for discovering dinosaur tracks at the base of Mount Cristo Rey, will share the science behind Tom Lea’s beloved mountains.
Lectures and presentations:
• Panel Discussion with Mimi Gladstein and Ron Weber, moderated by Max Grossman is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• Tom Lea Graduate Research Fellowship Lectures by recipients Mauricio Olague and Roland Rodriguez, who have conducted research on local subjects including José Cisneros’ Horsemen and Tom Lea’s murals, are 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon.
• Dinner lectures by Karl Laumbach on “Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War” and by Bobby Keller on “Albert Jennings Fountain: Unsolved 1896 Murder on the White Sands” are 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Drive, Sunland Park. Cost: $20 per person.
• “Benito Juárez at the Pass of the North” presentation by Nick Houser is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Houser, historian for the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest, will share the history of Benito Juarez and his achievements as Mexico’s greatest president.
• “Tom Lea: A Diversity of Artistic Approaches” by Patrick Cable is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza. Focusing on the many works by the artist held by the museum, this presentation will investigate the diversity of another aspect of Lea’s work: the various artistic influences and approaches in his easel painting.
• A Graphic Design panel discussion with Jud Burgess, Anne Giangiulio, and Katya Reka, introduced and moderated by Clive Cochran, is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.
• “The Story Behind The Turning Point”
presentation by William Stevens is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at UTEP’s Larry K. Durham Center. This family event will include Stevens’ presentation, a tour of the Durham Center and Tom Lea’s original painting, and an “insider’s” look at UTEP football today.
• The First Surgical Operation in North America, Cabeza de Vaca, and the Texas Surgical Society presentations are 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, with Alan Tyroch, and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, with Adair Margo, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Medical Education Building, Room 1150, 5001 El Paso Drive.
• “Tom Lea & A Shepherd Boy Who Became President of Mexico” presentation by José Mario Sánchez Soledad is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Mexican Consulate, 910 E. San Antonio. A facsimile of Lea’s painting will be displayed in the Mexican Consulate during October.
• “How the Horse Shaped Civilization & Its Evolution from Eohippus to the Modern Horse” presentation by Jason Bruemmer is 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino 1200 Futurity Drive. Cost: $20 (includes dinner); call for reservations.
  Ongoing exhibits:
• “Selections from the Tom Lea Collection” are featured in the El Paso Museum of Art’s library Oct. 1-Nov. 31.
• The 1949 Sun Carnival Exhibit runs Oct. 5-Nov. 12, at the Hal Marcus Gallery. Opening reception is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, and lecture 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with presentations by Holly Cox, Derrell E. Hiett, Hal Marcus, Kevin Wells.
  Pancho Villa Exhibit and movie screenings at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch. The exhibit is ongoing throughout October. Film screenings are 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Oct. 5: The Brave Bulls and The Sun Also Rises
Oct. 12: The Wonderful Country and All the Pretty Horses
Oct 19: Tom Lea: An Oral History and Tombstone
Oct. 26: Tom Lea’s El Paso, Capstone Productions and Tom Lea: Dignity Beyond Borders (1 p.m.); Mexican Revolution Sites in El Paso: A Walking Tour with Leon Metz and Fred Morales, Capstone Productions (2:45 p.m.).
  Regional events:
• “The Brave Bulls Collide: Tom Lea and J. Frank Dobie” by Steve Davis is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Museum of the Big Bend’s Jess Yell Womack II Education Center, 400 N. Harrison in Alpine, Texas. Reception precedes lecture at 5:30 p.m.
  Children’s Activities are planned at several El Paso Public Library branches:
• Horse Sculptures Using Paper Mache are 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, at the Main Library.                       
• Drawing Workshop is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Esperanza Moreno Branch..
• Tom Lea Story Time is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Main Library.
• Tom Lea Inspired Art portrait drawing for teens is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Irving Schwartz Branch, 1865 Dean Martin.
• Happy Trails event is 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Armijo Branch, 620 E. 7th. Children will learn about Tom Lea Park, the hiking trails in the Franklin Mountain State Park, and the neighboring hiking trails of Dripping Springs, Aguirre Springs and the Sacramento Mountains.

Bazaars and fairs

Art a la Carte — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of the month (Sept. 27, Oct. 25), with vendors, entertainment and food. Open Air Yoga in the backyard is at 9 a.m. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.

MCC Church Holiday Bazaar — The church hosts the bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Admission is free. Information: 630-4039 or 319-7119.

Santa Teresita Bazaar — The 81st annual bazaar is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Santa Teresita Mission Church, 3400 Zapal, with food such as homemade gorditas, tacos, enchiladas and hamburgers, live music and family activities. Admission is free. Information: 217-5743.

Western Hills Autumn Bazaar — The annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Western Hills United Methodist Church’s Stewart Family Life Center, 524-A Thunderbird, with vendors, crafts, bake and book sales, Grandma’s attic and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: 581-3547, 584-7810 or westernhillsep.org.
  The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the Western Hills United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards several local charities.

Babywearing and Beyond Family Expo — Sun City Babywearers’ first ever family expo is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at The State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Drive, in celebration of International Babywearing week. Event includes raffles for baby carriers informational and educational booths, contests and more. Open to all families; bilingual friendly. Admission is free. Information: 525-2200 or on Facebook at suncitybabywearers

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, spirit writing, Feng Shui products, and readings by 12 professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Life Teen Craft Fair and Bazaar — St. Luke’s Life Teen Youth Group’s 4th annual craft fair and bazaar is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11-12, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 930 E. Redd. Crafts, along, food and games. Proceeds benefit youth activities. Information: 356-8586.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (through Nov. 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.
  Food Day events are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, as part of Eat Well El Paso’s healthy eating and living programs. Events include cooking demonstrations, yoga, a “kidical mass”, bike safety class, healthy snack trick or treating and costume contest, community booths, family arts and crafts tables, gardening and permaculture demonstrations and more. Information: 771-5845.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans, including pesticide-free produces, natural eggs and meats, native plants, salsas, baked goods and more. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  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.
  Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.
  Coffee, pastries and juices offered on patio; brunch 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Kids’ tent activities, Master Gardner talks and live music offered regularly.
  Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
  The market hosts a Psychic Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Mayapán Farmers’ Market — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan’s 4th season for its indoor market is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through October Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas. Local and naturally grown produce, and Mexican fair-trade artisanry for sale. Information: 217-1126 or mujerobrera.org.
  Located in the Chamizal neighborhood, the farmers market provides access to fresh, local produce and integrates nutrition education through cooking demonstrations, taste tests, and recipe distribution.

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

‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 41st annual holiday shopping fair is Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 6-9, at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair brings together about 200 merchants from across the country as well as arts, crafts, live entertainment, music, photos with Santa and more. Ticket information: 584-3511 or jlep.org.

Las Artistas Art Show and Sale — The 45th annual juried event and one of El Paso’s premier arts and crafts shows is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22-23, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. The show features fine artists and craftspersons showing works in various media. Admission: $5; free for children under 18. Parking is free. Information: 533-7551 or lasartistas.org.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.

La Viña Farmer’s Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every first and third Sunday of the month. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

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

Something for everyone

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — Events are planned throughout the fall months. This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Dr. Henry J. Casso, Mario Colin, Johnny Estrada, Dr. Yolanda Ingle, Dr. Joe Mendoza, Jose Montoya, Dr. Julius Rivera and Santiago L. Rodriguez. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
  Día de los Muertos Altars will be displayed Oct. 31-Nov. 8, on the third floor of the UTEP Library.
• A Bilingual Poetry reading and talk with Jose Kozer is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• A workshop on “How Music is Born” with Nancy Green is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Armijo Library, 620 E. 7th.
• “Lynching and Mob Violence Against Mexicans in the American Southwest, 1848-1928” by Dr. William Carrigan of Rowan University is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• A presentation for graduate students by Dr. William Carrigan is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the College of Liberal Arts and the Center for the Inter-American and Border Studies.
• “Merienda Saludable” is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Mexican Consulate, 910 E. San Antonio.
• A Literary workshop on “Mujeres Cósmicas: Literatura y Arte en la Frontera” is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the UTEP Library, Room 306.
• “Resilience and Culture among Mexican Refugees” by Dr. Silvia Chávez Baray and Dr. Mark Lusk is noon, Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the College of Health and Sciences School of Nursing Building, Room 211.
• Screening of the documentary “Gitanos Camino al Flamenco” is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts.
• A performance of “Atardecer Mexicano: Celebración Cultural, Artística y Musical” is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Building Foyer, Second floor.
• “Songs of Trafficking and Violence: A History of US-Mexico Border Ballads” by Dr. Juan Carlos Ramírez-Pimienta from the San Diego State University- Imperial Valley Campus is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Rubin Center.

Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
• Work Force Solutions Job Fair is 9 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, with dress for hiring success fashion show and breakout sessions.
• The annual Power of Pink exhibit of survivor portraits is Oct. 1-13 in front of Conn’s
• Pumpkin Patch Graveyard is Oct. 1-31, Café Plaza.
• Alta Vista Optimist Club Health & Happiness Fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
• Sheriff’s Office Haunted House is 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Friday, Oct. 31.
• El Paso area boy and girl Scouts will hold knot tying demonstration Saturday, Oct. 25.
• Trick or Treat Off The Streets is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Participating stores will give out candy for children from in front of Customer Service, as well as giveaways, prices, costume contests and more.

Davis Mountains Brigade Rendezvous — the 30th annual event is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28, at Evans Mulhern Ranch outside Fort Davis, Texas. Events include various blackpowder shooting competitions, trail walks and more. Participants camp on grounds; grounds open 8 a.m. Friday. Saturday supper provided. Information: (432) 426-3818 or (432) 249-0395.

Hoppy Monk Oktoberfest Festival — Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa, hosts an Oktoberfest celebration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, both indoors and outside with German beer, traditional German food, live music and more. Commemorative ceramic steins available. Cost: $5. Information: 307-3263 or thehoppymonk.com.

ECI Stroller-A-Thon — The annual Early Childhood Intervention event is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Information: 599-6693 or elpasoeci.org.
  The three El Paso ECI programs provides services for more than 1,800 children with special needs in El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

Gay Men’s Health Fair — El Paso Department of Public Health hosts the event in awareness or National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, with education and testing available. The event is designed to raise awareness of the importance of gay and bisexual men to protect themselves and their partners against HIV. Admission is free. Information: David Peralta-Torres, 351-0969 or peraltadt@elpasotexas.gov.
  Events include free on-site HIV testing 2 to 4 p.m., a keynote moderated panel discussion and film screening of the AIDS Quilt documentary, “The Last One.”

miniCAST 2014 — Region 19 hosts the one-day conference for all educators who want to bring science and technology to a new hands-on level in their classroom 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hutt Brown Middle School, 7820 Helen of Troy. Cost: $55; includes an invitation to the Friday Night Networking Social at Centennial Museum, Saturday lunch, two fabulous keynote speakers, and a complimentary one-year STAT membership. Information: 780-5069. Online registration at minicastelpaso.org.

Low Cost pet clinic — Animal Services and SPUD (Shelter Pet/Adoption Advocate) will host a low cost clinic 6 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at El Paso Humane Society, 5001 Fred Wilson. Rabies vaccines, microchips and licenses available for $24 each. First 300 people served; bring friendly dogs on leash and cats contained. Information: 8421-1000.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Restoration: Bridging Culture. Life and Future,” includes events in September and October at various campuses. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
  A Student Art Exhibition runs through Oct. 15, in the Administrative Services Center foyer.
  The annual Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the EPCC ASC Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. EPCC will honor other mentors for their contributions to the community. Tickets: $25.
  Panel discussions are planned 7 to 9 p.m. selected Tuesdays in the Administrative Services Center:
Sept. 29: Education Excellence, moderated by EPCC ESL Department’s Carina Ramirez, Ph.D.
Oct. 1: Borderland Economic Development, moderated by UTEP Institute for Policy and Economic Development’s Roberto Tinajero.
  Readings from Chicano/a writers:
• Vanessa Camacho: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Transmountain Campus Mall.
• Jorge Gomez: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Northwest Campus Library, Room L1114.
• Kathleen Bombach: time and date to be announced

Fall Craft Workshop — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, host a fall craft workshop 2 to 4 p.n. Monday, Sept. 29. Make a decoration that will trim a home and more. Participation is free, but registration encouraged to ensure adequate supplies. Information: (575) 528-4024 or calee@las-cruces.org. Online registration at

‘Opening Minds, Opening Doors’ — VSA Texas host the class series promoting “Self-Advocates as Speakers” 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through Oct. 4, at Region 19 Education Service Center, 6611 Boeing. Self-advocates with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and up are invited to participate. Each participant will write a personal story and develop the presentation skills needed to deliver it in public. Admission is free. Information: 1-866-489-8412 or eric@vsatx.org. Website: vsatx.org.

Pagan Pride Day — Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day Council hosts its celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Young Park, 1905 Nevada, with entertainment, vendors, children’s activities and more. Admission is free, but canned goods donations accepted. Information on Facebook at LCPPD.
  Tents, blankets and sleeping bags for Camp Hope are also being collected.

Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 7th annual conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Region 19 Multi-Purpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Keynote speaker is Cory Chalmers of A&C’s “Hoarders” program. The event will features guest speakers on a variety of topics. The conference is free with a donation of fan, blanket or personal hygiene items to the APS Silver Room. Registration required: 760-5630 or 383-3693.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, Oct. 11, at Sam’s Club East, 11360 Pellicano. Bring up to three boxes of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0195.

Immigration Convocation — The convocation on immigration is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in front of Annunciation House, 1003 E. San Antonio, organized by a coalition of faith, human rights, professional and community groups to call for humane immigration policies. There will be music, theater, speakers, and short films. Participants are asked to bring a candle with them for a closing candlelight ceremony.
Admission is free. Information: 545-4509 or annunciationhouse.org.

Mark Swinney — The Christian Science healing practitioner and teacher will host a lecture on prayer and healing 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Swinney has devoted more than 25 years both to praying with people and empowering people to pray effectively for themselves. Sponsored by First Church of Christ Scientist, Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-5063.

Etiquette classes — Joann Wardy School of Etiquette and Enrichment offers various classes taught by Wardy, an etiquette consultant with more than 25 years of experience. Information: 355-0992 or joannwardy@yahoo.com. Web: elpasoetiquette.com.
  Fall classes are at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, and include a five-course sit down tutorial luncheon.
  Table setting and dining for ages 7-12 is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Cost: $125.
  Session for Teen girls 13-17 runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Oct. 12. Cost: $995 (includes books, skin care, makeup produces and hair styling).

Community Health Education Series — Sierra Providence East, 3280 Joe Battle, hosts a free seminar series one Wednesday each month. English presentations are 6 p.m. with Spanish presentation 7 p.m. The programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects to help improve and maintain the health of the community. Information: 577-SPHN (7746).
Oct. 15: Living Wills and Advance Directives.
Nov. 5: Parents and Reversing Roles
Dec. 3: When to Seek a Specialist and the Role of a PCP in your “care coordination”

Riverside Alumni Homecoming events — Riverside High School Alumni Association hosts Homecoming week events Oct. 15-19, culminating with the Homecoming game Friday at Ranger Stadium. Information: Liz Marrufo, 549-9741 or on Facebook at RiversideAlumni.
  The group will decorate their float 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the parade Through Thomas Manor Thursday, followed by the honored Ex Assembly 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ranger Stadium.
  The Alumni Reunion Dance is 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, at El Paso Police Memorial Hall. Tickets: $20.
  The Students vs. Exes Softball game is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shawver Park. Cost to participate: $10; spectator admission is free.

Spaceflight Symposium — New Mexico Space Grant Consortium NASA EPSCoR’s International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight is 8:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15-16, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) is the most relevant, high-value commercial space conference of the year. Handcrafted panel discussions will examine key industry issues and trends in the high-risk ventures of developing new platforms for suborbital space and beyond. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. both days; cost varies. Information: (575) 646-6414 or ispcs.com.

‘Colors of Fall’ — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce luncheon and fashion show is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Wyndham El Paso, 2027 Airway, with fashions provided by Chico’s and a silent auction. Members of the Comite de Damas Pro Comercio will be recognized. Tickets: $35; reserved tables of eight available. Information/reservations: 591-5060
  Reservations required by check payable to WDGEPCC c/o Betty McDonald, 9601 Edgemere, 79925.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (Oct. 18). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

El Paso Fun Fest — El Paso Parks and Recreation and El Paso Directory collaborate for a free fun day honoring perfect attendance students at SISD and YISD 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Marty Robbins Park, 11620 Vista del Sol. Local businesses will provide activities, services, prizes for all who attend. Entertainment will by SISD, YISD students, local dance and band artists Information: 544-0753, 867-2312 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

‘Faith & Ecology: Interfaith Perspectives’ — InterFaith Alliance of El Paso and Southern New Mexico hosts the free workshops 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Columbian Mission Center, 816 Magoffin (at St. Vrain). Everyone is welcome. Information: 471-0633 or ifaep.org.
  Workshop is followed by an InterFaith prayer service 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Newman Park, 2212 Alabama.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso host a happy hour for dogs and their owners “back by popular demand” 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (Oct. 18), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

Master Stephen Co — The originator of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga hosts a series of workshops in El Paso and Las Cruces during the fall months. Co is a senior disciple of Choa Kok Sui, and has been featured on national television. Information: masterstphenco.com.
  Full weekend intensives (cost/location to be announced):
• Pranic Healing Level 1 — 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.
• Pranic Crystal Healing — 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.
• Pranic Psychic Self Defense — 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20.

Women’s Self Defense Class — El Paso Karate Academy, 10710 Gateway North, hosts the free self-defense workshop to help women learn some quick easy techniques to defend themselves in the case of an attack 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Students will practice on a live person wearing a padded suit. Information/reservations: 822-8818 or epkarate.com.

CASA volunteer training — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of El Paso, a non-profit organization, is currently seeking volunteers to act as representatives in court for abused and neglected children, striving to provide them a safe and permanent home. The next sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28, at El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio. Training is free. Information: 546-8146 or casaofelpaso.com.
  All volunteers are required to complete a free training class to prepare them to be effective advocates. Volunteers need to be 21 years of age and have a clean background check to get involved. All prospective volunteers must complete an application and submit to background checks to be considered.
  Additional training is scheduled for Nov. 11-20; call for times and days.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.
  A Nutrition and Exercise Class with professional nutrition counselor Vicki Mihalyov is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays Oct. 13-Nov. 17. Class includes a 30-minute walk or exercise session and 90 minutes of nutrition facts and healthy cooking ideas. Cost for six sessions: $2.50 by Oct. 13; $5 after; includes a take-home grocery bag of vegetables and ingredients for a dish with a recipe, and a refillable water bottle. Information/registration at the cafe or at 525-0958.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
  The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area offers training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays .
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe.

ONE Women’s Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, hosts the women’s conference Oct. 22-24, with special guest speakers. Conference begins at 7 p.m. nightly, plus 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free; no registration required. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.

Austin High School 50th Reunion — The Austin High Class of 1964 50th reunion is Oct. 24-25. Information: 319-1659 or austingc1964@gmail.com.
  Meet and greet is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park, with food from Kiki’s Restaurant and Gussie’s Tamales, and music by Randy Jones and Friends. Cost: $15.
  Saturday’s events include lunch, catered by Tony’s Pit BBQ at the Austin Quadrangle 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $15.
  Reunion will attend the Border Legends dance at 4 p.m. at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alameda. Cost: $20.

Faces of Diabetes Conference — The 11th annual Faces of Diabetes Conference is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at TecH20 Center, 10751 Montana. The event includes guests speakers on a variety of topics, breakout sessions and lunch. Physicians and nurses of all specialties involved in the management and care of a patient with diabetes are encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 7 a.m.
  Cost (by Oct. 1): $25-$150, depending on title; Cost Oct. 2-20; $30-$175; walk-in registration is $35-$200. Information: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org.

BUILD Job Fair — Business United for Inclusion, Leadership and Diversity hosts a job fair 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at EPCC’s Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. Information: epcc.edu.

UTEP Walking Tours — In honor of its Centennial Celebration, University of Texas at El Paso hosts a series of guided walking tours to highlight different aspects of the UTEP campus and its history. A new series is offered each month. Reservations required; groups should consist of at least five individuals. Information: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669 or mvillalva2@utep.edu.
  October’s tours are “Haunted UTEP,” Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24. Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society will share haunting tales from the past, investigation evidence, and on this tour, guests will go inside some of the buildings. Bring camera and become the Ghost Hunter. Cost; $10 ($5 student and military with ID); proceeds benefit UTEP Alumni Association.
  Upcoming tours include “Research for the Future.”

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations — The “Immunize El Paso” clinics for eligible persons ages 6 months and older are at various schools and other locations for those on Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid and Chip. Call for cost, clinic locations/times: 533-3414 or elpasoflushots.org.

Aim High Conference — Latinitas host the conference encouraging pre-teen and teen girls to dream big by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7000 Edgemere. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers.
Pre-registration is required. RSVP at laslatinitas.com/programs/registration. Information: 219-8554.

SW Women’s Leadership Institute — The 3rd annual institute hosted by Positive Directions is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Cost: $199. Early bird discount offered through Oct. 24. Information: 838-1000 or positivedirectionsco.com.
  This year’s speakers are bestselling author Peggy Klaus on “BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It,” Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on “The Courage to Soar,” speaker, author and human development expert Lois Barth on “Stress Less...Sparkle More” and motivational speaker Aliana Apodaca on “The Resilience to Succeed.”

ECCM Conference — The annual ECCM conference, “The Kingdom Come: Let The Heavens Break Forth” is Nov. 21-23, at Christian Joy Center, 1208 Sumac. Guest speakers are Bishop Joseph Garlington at 7 p.m. Friday, Dr. Mark Hanby at 7 p.m. Saturday and Dr. William Roberts at 10 a.m. Sunday. Registration: 595-1307 or joycenter.org.
  A Conference Kick off and Prophetic Utterances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.
  Workshops and power luncheons planned with Anneshia Freeman with “The Locksmith,” and Dr. Mikel Brown and Tish Times with “Heaven’s Intervention in Business for Wealth Creation.”

After School Fall Program — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 2014-2015 After School Program continues through the school year at local recreation centers and selected EPISD and YISD elementary schools throughout the city. The program runs from school dismissal time to 6 p.m. and is open to age 6-12. Cost: $5 per week per child at public school sites; free at recreation centers. Information/list of centers: 544-0753. Register online at elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  The After School Program at Recreation Centers is now called “Connect” and is free to participants and is tailored to be a drop in activity for children at the same age level.

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.

GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.

Knitting for Soldiers — Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.

LCGamers — Games of all ages interested in board games, card games and other table top games are invited to weekly game demonstrations at Zia Comics and Gaming, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1 in Las Cruces. Call for schedule: (575) 405-0461 or ziacomics@gmail.com.

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

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

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic 6 a.m. to noon Sundays. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free. 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. Demonstrations are a chance for members of the society to come together and share their particular interests with other members as well as the public at large, with the primary focus to practice SCA Combat, mock combats loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
  Society for Creative Anachronism is a re-creation society for the Middle Ages. The purpose is to bring to life the skills, ideals, and beauty that represents the best of the Middle Ages. The charter of the Society covers the time period up to 1600 A.D.

For a good cause

FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP, a binational organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate in Juarez and El Paso, will host its_ 9th annual gala, “Carnaval Bralilieno,’ 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $150 ($1,750 corporate tables for 10). Information: 544-4151, brodriguez@femap.org or femap.org.

Party in the Pink — Hoy Fox Volkswagen and Susan G. Komen El Paso present the 3rd annual “party for a great cause” 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills. Proceeds support the uninsured and underinsured men and women in El Paso area who are fighting breast cancer. Ticket information: 533-4433 or komenelpaso.org.

Special Olympics ‘Double Talk’ Extravaganza — Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso Area-19 hosts its 10th annual gala fundraiser 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway, with dinner, live entertainment and silent auction. This year’s featured performer is ventriloquist and El Paso native Ronn Lucas. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso. Tickets: $60 ($500 tables for 10). Sponsorship opportunities available. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org/extravaganza.
  Lucas has been entertaining fans for more than 40 years, mixing artistry with humor to create a show for all ages.

Celebrity Bar Tender event — Former City Rep. Susie Byrd will serve as a Celebrity Bar Tender 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at “Home of the Airborne,” 2608 Fort Boulevard, to assist Benavidez-Patterson All-Airborne Chapter, 82ND Airborne Division Association in raising funds for the organization’s Educational Fund to provide Financial Stipends for the children and grandchildren of paratroopers. Admission is free, but donations accepted for the educational fund. Information: John, 240-8104 or bp82cmdctr@bpaac.org.

Texas Freedom Run — Jason Arcemont will embark on the record setting historic Texas Freedom Run, with a run through El Paso Oct. 1-2. Texas Freedom Run is an educational movement poised to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking and sex slavery victims. Information/schedule texasfreedomrun.com.
  Arcemont will begin an 850-mile long run across Texas in El Paso, and end in Orange, stopping along the way to speak with shelters, local and statewide politicians and media.

‘Tomatoville, A Tasting For Tocando’— El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents the fundraiser and awareness event for Tocando Music Project 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the garden at 750 Linda. The Napa Valley-inspired event includes simple gourmet food choices and local wines and beers, in a rustic Upper Valley garden. Reservations: $75. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Highlights include a variety of tomatoes and produce from Sprouts Farmers Market store, breads from Belle Sucre curated by Chef Annette Lawrence, bacon from around the country, spreads and salads, wine from Sombra Antigua and beer from Big Bend Brewing Co. Lawrence will show how to put together the ultimate BLT.
  EPSO’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students. Information: tocandomusicproject.org.

52 Pickup — El Paso Community Foundation will host a meet-the-artist VIP event benefiting the Border Art Residency Saturday, Oct. 4, at Ruli’s International Kitchen, 4176 N. Mesa, starting with a light reception at 4 p.m.
  The artist in residency is Fausto Fernandez, whose studio is at the residency in La Union, N.M..
  A bus ride to Fernandez’s studio leaves at 5 p.m. sharp with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffle and studio tours until 6 p.m. Age 21 and older welcome. Ticket: $100 donation includes bus ride, dinner, drinks and raffle prizes. Information/reservations: El Paso Community Foundation, 533-4020. Tickets available at epcf.org/give/donate.
  The non-profit Border Art Residency provides the resident artist a stipend and a live-in studio/gallery.
  The residency program is at 3125 Highway 28, La Union, N.M. To get there, take Vinton Exit from 1-10 west to Highway 28.

NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso hosts its 4th annual fundraising 5K walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Free food, music and family entertainment and health fair after walk. Registration is free; but walkers are encouraged to raise funds for the cause. Sponsorships available. Information: 691-7442; online registration at namiwalks.org/elpaso.
  The non-profit NAMI, offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community as well as raise awareness, promote recovery, celebrate lives, and raise funds for those affected by mental illness.

Polo for AIDS — Rio Grande AIDS Project’s fundraising polo match is Saturday, Oct. 4, at Santa Maria Polo Club in Anthony. Gates open at 2 p.m. with buffet dinner and ceremony at 3 p.m. and polo match at 4 p.m. Tickets: $50 (VIP tickets $100) Information: 850-3793 or on Facebook at PoloforAids.

‘Viva La Villa’ — The wine and tapas event benefiting El Paso Villa Maria is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills, with live music by Fungi Mungle. Tickets: $50. Information: 479-7205 or villamariaep.org.
  El Paso Villa Maria, a nonprofit organization, is a residence where women transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. Villa Maria opened its doors in February 2007 and has assisted nearly 300 women in the last six years.
  There will be a celebrity auction at the event featuring prominent El Pasoans Alejandra De La Vega Foster, Bishop Mark Seitz, Bob Wingo, Coach Keitha Adams, Dede Rogers, Father Ron Gonzalez, Sheriff Richard Wiles and Villa Maria’s founding director, Sister Helen Santamaria.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraising non-competitive walk to help raise awareness and monies for the association is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Southwest University Park, Downtown El Paso. All ages welcome to participate. Participation is free. Information/donation: 544-1799 or alz.org/westtexas/.
  This year’s event activities include: kids activities, food, entertainment, drawings for giveaways and more.

‘Cruisin’ for Critters’ Motorcycle Run — The 5th annual charity run benefiting ACTion Programs for Animals is Saturday, Oct. 4, starting at Las Cruces Motor Sports, 1215 S. Valley Drive. Registration is 10:30 a.m. to noon, with participation at each stop and an after-party 3 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Moon Bar in Radium Springs, N.M., for age 21 and older. Cost: $15 per rider/passenger. Information: (575) 373-0159 or actionprogramsforanimals.org.
  All proceeds benefit the nonprofit ACTion Programs for Animals, an Animal Welfare Organization saving at risk shelter animals with the Dona Ana Pets Alive program, which fosters in a no-kill environment.

Brunch, Barks and Bingo — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park’s 5th annual day for people and their (well-behaved) pets benefiting Animal Rescue League of El Paso is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. Reservations strongly recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
  The event includes a costume contest, pet-oriented vendors, grooming service, professional pet photography, special Doggy Brunch, prizes and bingo. Bingo cover charge is $20.
  Bring a donation of cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food to receive a free dog treat.

La Semilla Benefit Dinner — La Semilla Food Center hosts the 3rd annual “Farm to Fork” benefit dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will feature a cocktail hour on the dinner prepared by three of El Paso’s finest chefs, a silent auction, and live music. The dinner integrates farm fresh vegetables with a seasonal dessert – all sourced from area farms and prepared with a southwestern twist. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items including gift baskets, fine art and travel. Cost: $100. Information: (575) 589-0653 or lasemillafoodcenter.org
  Proceeds benefit La Semilla Food Center’s school garden, youth farm, farmers’ market and public advocacy programs.

Tamalada fundraiser — Los Que Van Quedando Cathedral Alumni Associations hosts the dinner dance fundraiser 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 10, at the Alamo Ballroom, 820 N. Raynor, with soft 50’s music and other genres by and in-house DJ. Admission: $20 (includes tamale dinner with all the trimmings, beer and soft drinks). Proceeds go to financial aid for Cathedral High School students. Information: Jose Negrete, 449-5955.
  The Ladies of LQVQ volunteer mothers of Cathedral High School students, will hosting a dessert and coffee table to raise additional scholarship funds.

Compassionate Friends ‘Walk to Remember’ — Compassionate Friends’ inaugural walk is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Ascarate Lake 6900 Delta. The 1.5-mile walk honors the memory of a deceased child or sibling and raises funds for an upcoming local conference.
  Participants are requested to bring their own balloons for the balloon release and a covered dish for a potluck picnic following the walk. Cost: $20 (include t-shirt, backpack and bib), plus $2 park admission. Information: Terri or Robert Gallardo, 204-0658 or elpasotcf.org.
  Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.

Fire truck pull Rematch — The truck pull benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Area 19 athletes is 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Fire Fighters Academy, 6800 Delta (at Ascarate Park). Teams must consist of 10 members, one must be a female and the truck will be pulled 75 feet. Cost: $25 per individual; $250 teams of 10. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.

KCOS Wine & Food Classic — Western Refining presents KCOS’s Wine & Food Classic: A Gourmet Tasting Soirée 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A, with dishes and desserts from nearly a dozen of El Paso’s top food establishments, as well as a wide array of wines.
All proceeds help KCOS, the nonprofit PBS station, continue to bring programming to the community. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for ten); available online at kcostv.org. Information: 594-5345
  There will also be live music, a commemorate interactive photo booth and silent auction.
  Catering from Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, Café Central, Suzu, Garufa, The Green Ingredient, Around the World Catering and Nuovo Cappetto.
  Wine tasting by Glazer’s, L&F Distributors and Republic National Distributing. Desserts from Belle Sacre, EPCC Culinary Arts, Corner Bakery, Edible Arrangements and Craze.

‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ walk — YWCA El Paso del Norte Region hosts its 5th annual international men’s march, raising to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, beginning and ending at The Garden Restaurant in Union Plaza District. Participants will walk a mile in red women’s high heel pumps. Pre-race activities begin at 4 p.m. Register at any YWCA branch, the YWCA administration building or at Up and Running. Cost: $25 ($20 student/military; $250 Pay to Ride). Information: 533-2311 or walkamileinhershoes.org. Online registration at ywcaelpaso.org.
  After-event gathering is 6:30 to 9 p.m. with a live band.

Empty Bowls — The 22nd annual benefit for El Caldito Soup Kitchen is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, corner of Alameda and Griggs in Las Cruces. The event features soup donated by local restaurants served in soup bowls hand made by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. This is the oldest Empty Bowls event in New Mexico. The bowls will be available for purchase. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 at the door. information: (575) 525-3831 or elcaldito.com.

Car wash for Orphans — A car wash benefiting Arbol de Vida orphanage in Juarez is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Country Club Car and Pet Wash, 5610 Santa Terisita (off Country Club). Carwash, vacuum, and dry armour all and car scent is $10. Information: Pastor Joe, 490-0288 or westsidecommunity.org.

El Paso Muscle Walk — The walk benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Teams and individuals walk to raise moneys to help MDA local services and research that directly impact the lives of children and adults living with muscle disease. Information: 584-6344 or on Facebook at mdaelpaso. Online registration at musclewalkmda.org/elpaso2014.

MDA Muscle Walk — The 7.3 mile walk benefiting El Paso MDA is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Teams and individuals walk to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association. Information: 584-6355 or mda.org.

‘Mexican Fun and Fiesta’ — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, Inc. hosts its fall fundraising event Saturday, Oct. 18, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with a live auction, folklorico dancers and more. Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
  Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-profit organization working in the colonias of Juárez. SPJ builds new homes and helps clothe the families in need.

Turquoise and Silver Tea — The Flickinger Center Guild’s 12th annual tea is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Willie Estrada Civic Center, 800 First Street in Alamogordo, N.M. with light refreshments, fashion show, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Information: flickingercenter.com.

Stars Extravaganza — Former NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be speaker for the Stars Scholarship Fund benefit Thursday Oct. 23, at El Paso Convention Center. This is a private fundraiser, supported by business sponsors. Information: starsscholarship.org.
  Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African-American businessman in the world. He is a Major League Baseball owner, an NBA Legend, two-time Hall of Famer, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.

The Monsters Ball — The 7th annual costume event benefiting Creative Kids is 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 24, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. featuring a live auction, dancing and costume party. This year’s theme is “Under The Big Top.” Tickets: $75. information: 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ — American Cancer Society will host its 5th annual walk benefiting breast cancer awareness at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Walkers may sign up as individuals or teams to help raise funds for the cause. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Information, registration: 544-4427 or makingstrides.acsevents.org.

‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El Paso will host its 10th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery, as well as music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Cost: $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs in advance; $20 for one dog, $25 for two dogs at the event. No more than two dogs per person. Information: 247-6057 or Petsaliveelpaso.org.
  Pets Alive El Paso is a non-profit corporation working to make El Paso a No-Kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.

Operation Pumpkin — The 13th annual event benefiting the children of Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s home is 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, featuring area doctors and dentists testing their surgical skills in a pumpkin carving competition. Participants may bid on finished creations in a live auction. Silent auction also offered. Age 21 and older welcome. Ticket information: 544-8777 or leemoor.org.

Border Heroes Award Dinner — Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center will host its annual event 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills. Tickets: $100 ($175 couples). Information/RSVP: 544-5126 or las-americas.org.
  Honorees include Dr. Josiah Heyman; director of the Center of Inter-American and Border Studies at UTEP; and Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico.

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. The Buffalo Soldiers Gate at Airport and Airway is usually always open.

Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club. 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.
  Trunk or Treat is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, with prizes for best decorated trunk and best kids’ costume in various age categories.

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.

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (except holiday weekends) at Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies Fridays. Tuesdays consist of rosary making/preemie caps/hats and prayer shawls. Information: 867-2785 or dcatarroja@sc.rr.com.
Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
  Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).

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

Club news

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.

La Leche League of El Paso Westside — The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breastfeed, meets 10:30 to noon a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (Oct. 2) 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.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978 as a social, educational and civic organization, is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at 6214 Franklin. No RSVP necessary. Information: 494-8272.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Holiday Inn, 900 Sunland Park Drive. Guest speaker is Betty Bogs of El Paso Historical Society. Reservation deadline is Oct. 3. Cost: $20. Reservations: 231-9212.

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, (Oct. 4, Nov. 1) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
  Saturday events:
Oct. 4: Dinner and corn maze
Oct. 11: Hueco Tanks hike
Oct. 18: House party
Oct. 25: Dinner and pool.

Woodworkers Club of El Paso — The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building). The program includes a video of woodworking techniques, followed by a show and tell segment. Admission is free. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.

Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) — The organization for photographers of all skill levels and ages meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano. Every meeting includes and educational program given by an expert in the field. Information: Heidi Phillips, 588-3747 or on Facebook at PEEPofElPaso.
  PEEP, a member of Gulf States Camera Club Council, offers educational programs, exhibitions and competitions.
  Next month’s meeting is Nov. 8.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Underwood Golf Club House on Fort Bliss. The Chapter will Honor Deceased Perpetual Members. Guest are encouraged to arrive early. Information 755-4038.

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.

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.

ANDA meetings — Area Network for Disabilities and Aging meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, at Chihu’a Restaurant El Paso, 9135 Gateway West. Election of officers and board members will be held. Annual club dues of $12 are due. Information: 598-0900.

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.

Chess Club — The club meets 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 824 N. Piedras. Beginners welcome. Admission is free. Information: Information: 565-9921, ext. 14.

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

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

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 and quilting bees are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 503-7485 or 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 elpasocoinclug.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.

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. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 355-4598 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
  October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. 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.
  A free Wildscaping program is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, with Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Lois Balin .
  A Tram-or-Treat Halloween Festival is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, with exhibits and a pumpkin carving contest. All activities are free, but tram ride fee still applies.
  Pumpkin carving exhibition and voting runs noon to 2:30 p.m. with winner announcement at 3 p.m. Participants must register by Oct. 10.
  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.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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

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.

Sunland Winery — Located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
  Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays with Sweetwater Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays wit Jack Welch and Shadow, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Lala Ledezma and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Dining on The Patio, featuring from Morsels Grill, is open 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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.
  La Viña Farmer’s and Crafters’ Market features local food producers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month.
  The 2014 Fall Wine Festival is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchasing. Admission: $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 age 12-20; free age 11 and younger accompanied by adult.

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 Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.

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.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site - 1120 Magoffin. Built in 1875 by pioneer El Pasoan Joseph Magoffin, the Magoffin Home exemplifies the Territorial style of the period, combining Southwestern building techniques and Eastern design. To get there: Magoffin Street, in Downtown El Paso, runs one way going east from San Antonio Street. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tours given through 4 p.m. Cost: $3; $2 for students and seniors; 6 and under are free. Information: 533-5147.

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.

Hart's Mill - Pioneer Simeon Hart built a flour mill in 1849 where Don Juan de Oñate crossed the Rio Grande in 1598. The mill is gone, but the home has been preserved as La Hacienda Restaurant, 1720 W. Paisano. Next door is Old Fort Bliss, 1881-1893 home of the post. 533-1919.

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone (from Ysleta bridge, drive about 300 yards and turn on narrow road on right near the yellow Bip Bip store). Information: 6821486 or All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and the center’s box office.
• The local theater production of “Tengo un Arma” is at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, in the Octavio Trias theatre. Admission: 30 pesos.
• The musical comedy “Hairspray” is presented at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Tickets are 100, 150 and 200 pesos.
• National actors Sebastian Rulli and Angeline Boyer star in the play “Los Derechos de la Mujer” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29. Tickets are 300 to 600 pesos.
• The musical “Cats” is presented at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. Cast stars Rocio Banquells and Lia Deneken. Tickets: 400 to 1,000 pesos.
• Priest Angel Espinoza de los Monteros presents the lecture “Educas y formas o solo domesticas?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15: “No soy feliz pero tengo marido,” a play starring Silvia Pasquel. Tickets: 250 to 400 pesos.
• An exhibit of the modern, colorful at of Veronica Rico opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the upper gallery. Five artworks will be raffled. Admission is free.
• University ballet performance is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.
• The play “Corona de Sangre” about the life of priest Miguel Agustin Pro is performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Admission: 100 and 140 pesos.
• International Jazz Fest is Oct. 20-23 in the Octavio Trias Room, and Oct. 24-26 in the Victor Hugh Rascon Hall.

D’Martlub — The sports complex is at Av Tecnologico 1860 near Galerias Mall.
• Singer-dancer Pepe Cervantes presents “A Mexican Night” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Cost 150 pesos (bring your own beverages and appetizers).
• Cervantes Academy seeks male and female participants for Model Fitness 2014. Information: 656 2 510097.

Bee Bop Club — Hermanos Escobar at Belice. Information: 656 2035806. The new club open at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Devoted to jazz and blues, the club is inside El Herradero de los Soto Restaurant, managed by Alfredo “The Duck” Quiñones, promoter of the annual Jazz Festival in Juarez.
  The club also will have art exhibits each month. The first artist featured is Alfredo “Bandido” Tellez.

Café Amorosos — Paseo Triunfo de la Republica (near Av Lopez Mateos, in Tercel office shopping center). Willivalddo Delgadillo, the author of “La Virgen del Barrio Arabe”, presents his new book “Garabato” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park, Juárez (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.
  Opening at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3: “Mogollon Journey” photographic exhibit.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. “Suicidal Tendencies” rodeo is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Tickets at donboleton.com.

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.
  The document “Bering: Equilibrio y Resistencia” will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission: 20 pesos (10 pesos for students and seniors).
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

Teatro el Paseo — The theater is in the Centro Comercial El Paseo, Av. Lopez Mateos 2005 (at Carr. Casas Grandes). Information: 267-4626.
  Argentinean Tango master Martin De Leon performs in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission is 109 pesos.

The Independent Music Hall — Hermanos Escobar Avenue 6665 (inside Petes Bowling). Alfonso Andre, former percussionist with Caifanes and Jaguares, performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, with vocals and acoustic percussion. Tickets are 275 pesos in advance, 375 days of show. Available on site or at vientoproductions.com.

Gimnasio Manuel Auza Prieto — Maria Martinez y Degollado (downtown). Jerry Hernandez, the famed little waiter from the TV show “Acabatelo” perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. Admission is 200 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona. The 4th annual Expo MRO “The Business Connection” for maquilas and suppliers, is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 8-10. Admission is free. Information: 656 6256735 or expo-mro.com.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Information: 6391100 (Tania Bonfil) or ciudadjuarez.af.org.mx.
• Cinema club showings are at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 and 24. In French, with Spanish subtitles. Bring cold dishes or beverages to share.
• Art reception with painter Oscar Ramirez is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Cocktails and appetizers. Admission is free.

Chupacabras — The 18th annual 100K mountain bike race in Juarez is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Club Veteranos de Futbol (near Estadio Benito Juarez). The 62-mile race along the U.S./Mexico border, considered the top mountain bike event in Mexico with nearly 3,000 participants, with times ranging from 3 1/2 to 10 hours. New single track sessions offered this year.
  Jerseys given to first 500 cyclists to cross the finish line; medals to every finisher. Cost: 900 pesos (180 pesos children). Information: chupacabras100km.com.
  A “Paseo de las Cabras” 60K event is also offered; entry is 550 pesos. The Chupacbritas children event entry is 180 pesos. The Carrera Pedestre 10K and 3K running events are 270 pesos. The new archery competition entry is 320 pesos.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Events are free.
  Singer Guadalupe Pineda and others celebrate the 41st anniversary of Juárez University at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

Fiesta Juárez — Expo Juárez returns Oct. 17-Nov. 2 after six years with a new name and new location in Parque Extremo along Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar (across from Plaza de la Mexicanidad).
  The mega-fair includes a variety of rides and other activities, vendors and nightly entertainment. Top headliners are Julión Álvarez, Saturday, Oct. 25; Sasha, Benny y Erik, Sunday, Oct. 26; Camila, Friday, Oct. 31; and Los Tigres del Norte, Saturday, Nov. 1. Tickets range from 200 to 2,000 pesos.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
• Region art exhibition opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
  “A Day at the Museum” is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18: Guided tours, children’s workshops and puppet shows. The event is offered the third Saturday of each month.
  Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Biennial juried art exhibit. Information: 656 613-1708 or Bellasartes.gob.mx.

Maraton Internacional — The 5th annual event includes a full marathon, half marathon and marathon 4-person relay Sunday, Oct. 19. Events begin at 7:30 a.m. at Benito Juarez Stadium. Sponsored by Gas Natural de Juárez. Cost is 300 pesos for individuals, 800 pesos for relay teams. More than a half-million pesos in prize money offered. Information: 656 6130013 or maratongnj.com.mx.

360 Fit Center — Blvd. Gomez Morin 8130. The fitness center and extreme sports club hosts International Racquetball Tour 2014 Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 23-26, with 200,000 pesos in cash and other prizes. Various competition categories, including children. Top-ranked players include Rocky Carson, Alvaro Beltran and Jose Rojas. Information: 6566485360 or gimnasio360.com.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded. The event also features live rock bands and urban artist shows.

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 ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US).

Christmas Pastorela — Amigos de la Fundación Mascareñas hosts the the Mexican Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Cd. Juarez. Pastorelas describe the journey followed by Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary prior to her giving birth to the Lord Jesus. The event includes religious processions and choral singing accompanied by the Ballet de México de Amalia Hernández. Tickets: $65 main floor, $50 first balcony, and $35 second Information: (011-52-656) 612-4075 or fmascarenas.org.
  A cast of about 70 actors and actresses include the nativity characters, choral groups, folkloric dancers and mariachis.

Arts and culture on radio — Three weekly shows highlight various aspects of the arts in Juárez:
• Por Amor al Arte hosted by Hogla Lizeth Olivas, 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM
• Radio Cultural Milenio, hosted by Alfredo “The Duck” Quiñones at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on 640 AM.
• Juarez en la Frontera, 2-3 p.m. Sundays, 1490 AM.

— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
2 022988 (cobracollectionag@hotmail.com or walteraleisterschaefer@gmail.com)

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