February 2020

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


Coin Show - The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 57th annual Coin Show is Feb. 7-9 at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with more than 50 tables of coins, paper money, medals and tokens by dealers from around the country. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 241-6977 or on Facebook at International Coin Club of El Paso.
  The annual kids auction is 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to 14. The kids auction is a no-cost auction; script provided for the bidding.
  This year’s Coin Show commemorative medal will honor “Union Depot, an El Paso Treasure.”

Bourbon and Whiskey at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the evening of food and premium bourbon whiskey and scotch sampling, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Admission is free; $20 for 10 sample tickets (includes souvenir glass); must be 21 or older to participate Information: 1-800-572-1142, sunland-park.com or on Facebook.

El Paso Bridal Showcase — The longest-running bridal-focused event in the area is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills, with fashion shows, a VIP area, vendor rooms and more. Admission is free; VIP area tickets available soon. Information: 544-9550 or elpasobridalshowcase.com.

Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street — The annual Mardi Gras celebration in Kern Place is Fat Tuesday, Feb. 25. Cincinnati Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the outdoor celebration featuring food, live outdoor music, drink specials and, of course, beads. Information: Facebook at Cincinnati Entertainment district.

Leap Year Birthday Celebration — The 2020 Worldwide Leap Year Festival in Anthony, N.M./Texas is Thursday through Monday, Feb. 28-March 2, with several special events planned. Information: 543-0554, Maria@emajj.com or on Facebook.
  The community of Anthony is known as the “Leap Year Capital of the World.” In 1988 local resident Mary Ann Brown and her neighbor Birdie Lewis, both born on a leap day, approached the Chamber of Commerce with the idea of a leap year festival and a leap year birthday club for those born on a leap day. The Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club now has members from all over the world who in Anthony to join the community in celebrating this event that takes place every four years.
  Leap Day, Feb. 29, is the extra day tacked onto February every four years in order to bring the calendar into alignment.

Big Red Comic Con — Bel Air High School’s Anime/SciFi Clubs and Hanks Cosplay Club hosts the 2nd annual comic con 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Bel Air High School’s new events center, 731 N. Yarbrough, showcasing and celebrating all local talent from El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez. Tickets: $5; free for age 5 and younger. Information: sites.google.com/yisd.net/bigredcomiccon/ or on Facebook.
  The event features live music, gaming tournament, cosplay Contest, artists, comic book creators, discussion panels, DJs, food, vendors, door prizes, and more.

Last Thursdays Gallery Crawl — The Downtown monthly evening gallery crawl and art market includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries 6 to 10 p.m. the final Thursday of the month. El Paso Streetcar will extend its hours during these events. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.

Black History Month


Black History Month at UTEP — The African-American Studies program, in conjunction with other UTEP departments, presents a variety of events throughout campus in February in recognition of African American History. Most events are free. Program schedule to be announced. Information: African American Studies Program, AASP@utep.edu, utep.edu/aasp.
  An Evening with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries of Ohio State University is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in the Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 116.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi — The live performance art event featuring the trans woman, writer, poet, musician, priestess and performance artist is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at NMSU’s Corbett Auditorium, as a collaborative celebration for Pride Season and Black History Month. Presented by LGBT+ Programs with support from ASNMSU and Black Student Association. Admission is free. Information: lgbt@nmsu.edu.

EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College Black History Month Legacy Awards Dinner is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, with keynote speaker Gary Bledsoe, J.D., Texas NAACP President. Tickets: $40 through Feb. 17 at bit.ly/2FSNj5D; no tickets sold at the door; no refunds. Ticket sales benefit student scholarships. Information: 831-7897, 831-7898 or epcc.edu.
  This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Vote: Overcoming Obstacles to Success.” Honorees include Judge John Chatman, Baby Ruth Boswell and the EPCC Cross Country Half Marathon Team.

Black El Paso Democrats — The 37th annual Political Awareness and Awards Banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets: $75 until Feb. 12. Information: bepd.org.
  This year’s theme is “Our Destiny is not written for us, but by us when we Vote.”

Black History Month Parade and Rally — The annual Inter Club Council Black History Month Parade begins at 10 a.m. February Feb. 29, at Montana and Pershing and travels east on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri ending at Mary Webb Park, 3401 E. Missouri. A rally follows the parade noon to 3 p.m. in Mary Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 861-1745 or elpasoicc@hotmail.com.
  Parade/booth entry fee is $75. Registration forms available at 861-0064.

Valentine's Day


International Guitar Night — Four of the best guitar players in the world perform together on one stage at the annual Valentine’s Day event, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo, along with the annual chocolate buffet. Tickets: $15, $26, $35. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Seniors Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 25th annual conference is Saturday, Feb. 8. Admission is free with donation of a canned good, but participants must register for a conference pass to participate. Information: 831-7801.

Valentine’s Day Dance Party — USA Dance Chapter 5017 hosts a Valentine’s dance party 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane. Louie Imai (One Man Band) will play music for all varieties of dances. Snacks and drinks are included but guests may BYOB. Cost: $11($7 members, military and veterans with ID). Information: 345-6432 or on Facebook at USA DANCE CHAPTER 5017 Desert Dancers.

Galentine’s Day Cocoa Crawl — Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, hosts a free “Galentine’s Day Cocoa Crawl” 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes. Admission is free. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.

Singing Valentines — The El Paso Border Chorders offer singing valentines delivered by a men’s barbershop quartet 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. A group of barbershop singers will show up at the designated address and sing one love song (pre-selected by the quartet), and present a small box of chocolates. Allow a four-hour delivery window. Cost: $40; includes songs and box of chocolates. Information: 309-6954.

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance — Catholic Daughters of the Americas #1581, hosts it fundraising dinner and dance 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at, 801 Magoffin, with music by Starliners Band and mariachis, and prizes. BYOB. Tickets: $35 (tax-deductible donation). Information: Barbie, 240-5959; Virginia, 999-7805, Josie, 603-6368, Hazel, 267-9070 or Rache, 244-2209.

Valentine dinner and dance — St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, hosts its annual Valentine fundraiser 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 14, featuring a dinner and live music by Rhapsody. Dinner served 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dance 8 p.m. to midnight. BYOB for wine and liquor only; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30 ($250 per table for 10 with advance reservation). Information: 592-5245.

Valentine’s Day at the Crossing — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, hosts a five-course Valentine’s Day meal with live music by Baku 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Reservations strongly encouraged at (575) 589-0653. Cost: $100 Information: ardovinos.com.
  Dance party follows in Sunset Hall with DJ Joe Dorgan.

Valentine’s Day Dinner — Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery, 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. hosts a fine dining experience Friday, Feb. 14, with dinner, wine, live music by Julio Ortiz and dancing in a heated venue. Reservations required: $40 ($35 wine club members); includes dinner and one glass of choice per person. Reservations: (915) 241-4349, sombraantigua.com, or on Facebook.

‘Love is in the Air’ — The Bert Saldana Gallery,  presents live music by “After Dark” 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 Main, San Elizario. The San Elizario Players present the skit “Cupid’s Arrow” at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 479-2926.

For the Love of Art – The shops and galleries at Placita Madrid, 1445 Main in San Elizario, host their annual Valentine’s Day weekend events 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16. Take a picture with your loved ones, both people and pets, at a photo booth with valentine props, and children can make valentines. Visiting vendors will offer a selection of gifts. Artists Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal and Romy Hawkins will be on site working on their latest works of art. Juana Romo of JR’s Art Gallery and Tea Room will feature her Valentine creations and other artists’ artwork. Live music and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Information: (915) 851-0742.

Valentine’s Dance — St. Pius Special Needs Group hosts its annual dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1050 N Clark, with music by Rhapsody Band. Proceeds supports the group ministry to improve the quality of life for its members. Cost: $15; free beer and setups while they last. Tables for 10 available with reservations. Tickets: 443-3703.

Southern New Mexico

Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 21st annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Cupid Carnival.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 locally handcrafted chocolates, and vote for their favorite chocolates and business decorations. Proceeds fund youth outreach programs including the Youth Mural Program and Arte Para Todos. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate. Information: (575) 538-2505 or chocolatefantasia.org.
  This year’s event headquarters is Family Karate Center, 416 Bullard. Empty boxes available for $3 each. Awards ceremony for best decorations and chocolates is 4:30 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery.

Community Arts Party — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 24th annual arts event featuring workshops for all ages 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Finley Gym, 202 McCutcheon. Local artists and organizations offer workshops on painting, tie-dye, clay, jewelry, candle dipping, beading, masks, leatherwork and more. Wear old clothes. Volunteers welcome. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-5688 or nmtpas.org.

For the Love of Arts Fiesta — The town of Mesilla will host its annual art show starts 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Old Mesilla Plaza, as part of For the Love of Art Month. The show features original works created by area artists. Admission is free. Information: mesillanm.gov.
  In 1999, February was declared For the Love of Art Month in Las Cruces in an effort to promote art and the business of art.

50-Plus ‘Day Tripping’ series — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers day trips to sites, parks, museums, and events in the surrounding area for those currently residing in Las Cruces, or considering the area as a future home. Registration at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley; Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 1501 E. Hadley; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell or Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley or las-cruces.org/play. Information: (575) 541-2454/
• Ghost Town at Lake Valley and Hillsboro, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Cost: $15 (includes lunch at Hillsboro Café).
• Trip to Smokey Bear Historical Park and Museum in Capitan is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 13. Cost: $20 (includes lunch as Oso Grill), plus $2 park fee.

Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at Ralph Edwards Convention Center, 400 W. Fourth, in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with about 100 quilts by local quilters, plus vendors and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-2959 or winterquilters@yahoo.com.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 21-23, on “Burro-bon Street” (Burro Avenue) with this year’s theme “Remembering American Heroes.” The family celebration includes food, music, vendors, games a parade and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com, or on Facebook.
  A Cajun cook-off is 6 p.m. Friday. Tasting trays: $7. Annual parade is 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sunrise Lions Gun and Craft Show — The semiannual gun and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22-23, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las Cruces. Information: lascruceslionsclub.org.

The Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show — The 7th annual gem and mineral show is Feb. 22-23, at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. More than 60 vendors from Arizona, California, Oregon, Texas, and Australia will sell both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and more. The show includes educational displays, geology discussions, door prizes, children’s activities, and food and beverage for sale.
  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 ($4 age 6-11; free for age 5 and younger); includes museum admission. Sponsored by Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lcmuseumrocks.com.

Father and Daughter Dance — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers a “Father/Daughter Shimmer and Shine Dinner Dance 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell, for girls ages 5 to 12 and their father, grandfather, or other special man. Deadline to register is Feb. 14. Cost: $21 per couple ($10 per additional sibling); Includes dinner, entertainment and photo. Information: (575) 541-2454. Registration: las-cruces.org/play.

Vines In The Pines — The Art and Wine Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 at Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca, with samples of New Mexico wines, local art, crafts, food, boutique vendors and other local brews. Live music 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday from Chris Baker. Tickets: $20 through March 6; $25 at the door per day. Weekend passes are $30 in advance; $35 at the door; available at eventbrite.com.

Dr. Seuss Day — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. hosts a family day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7 celebrating Dr. Seuss, with breakfast (including green eggs and ham) 9 to 10 a.m., as well as and various activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Tickets: $10 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

West Texas

Lone Star Poetry Gathering — The inaugural gathering (taking over for the former Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering) is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.
The event features six sessions each day beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, with open mics, keynote speakers, night shows, chuckwagon breakfast and more. Daytime sessions are free. Information: (432) 837-2326 or lonestarcowboypoetry.com/.
  Afternoon shows are 1 p.m. with Randy Rieman, Joel Nelson and Andy Hedges Friday; and Red Steagall and Friends Saturday. Tickets: $10 per show.
  Two evening shows are offered at 7:30 p.m. each night Tickets: $15 per show in advance; $20 a the door:
• Friday shows in Marshall Auditorium at Sul Ross feature Dale Burson, Jack George, Andy Wilkinson, Andy Nelson, Trinity Seely. Saturday shows feature and Jeff Gore, Vess Quinlan, Brigid and Johnny Reedy, Rod Nelson and the Cowboy Way.
• Friday shows at Spicewood Restaurant on Highway 90, feature Jean and Gary Prescott, Jarle Kvale, Randy Huston, R.P. Smith, and Rod Taylor. Saturday: Gail Steiger, Amy Hale, Mike Blakely, Jake Riley, Jill Jones and the Jinglebobs.
  Chuckwagon breakfasts are 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.

Bazaars and Fairs, Farmer's Markets

Eastside Rattlesnake Market — The grand opening of the new market at 1661 North Zaragosa (across from Oasis Lanes) is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, with performance by Elvis tribute artist Bud Sanders at 11 a.m. vendors, food trucks and free jumping balloon for kids. Next market is Feb. 15. This market will be held the first and third Saturday of each month. Admission is free. Information: Tracey, 667-0842 or Deanna, 1-219-506-3267.

Magic Morning Market — The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month (Feb. 1). Food and refreshments sold. Information: 585-9296.

‘Love is a Battlefield’ Art Show & Market — Kaleidoscope Art Space presents the art market 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at German Pub, 9530 Viscount, with food, local art, live performance and a cosplay contest. Admission is free; all ages welcome. Information: 630-4867 or KaleidoscopeArtSpace@gmail.com.
o Santa Catalina projects on both sides of the border.

Kermezaar call for artists — The juried arts festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Various booth sizes available in different museum designed to accommodate a variety of handcrafted items. Artists will be able to access a registration forthcoming website for Kermezaar in February. Information: Mitzi Quirarte, 820-2929.

Punk Rock Flea Market — Events are family-friendly, and free to attend. Information: 478-9971, elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com. Schedule on Facebook.

Farmer’s markets

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well-behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.

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

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Last Sunday of the month is at The Substation, Sunset & Doniphan. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

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

Architecture lectures — Texas Tech University College of Architecture and El Paso Museum of Art host talks by various architects and design experts in the museum’s auditorium, One Arts Festival Plaza, as part of its lecture series. Talks are on Thursdays. Admission is free, but seating limited to 220 people. Information: depts.ttu.edu/elpaso/arch/.
Jan. 30: “Sustainability Reset,” with Michelle Addington, Dean of Architecture, UT Austin
Feb. 27: “Twisted” with Mehrdad Hadighi, Studio for Architecture, Head of Architecture, Penn State
March 5: “Building/Unbuilding” with Yolande Daniels, Studio SUMO, USC.

Human Resources for Small Business — South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network of EPCC hosts seminars on understanding the HR procedures that lead to better employee performance and better business 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 30-Feb. 13, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, Building B, B-520. Registration fee: $75 at elpasosbdc.net. Information: 831-7743.

EPFD Vaccinations – The Vaccinations for Health program is offered 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 25 at El Paso Fire Department Safety, Health & Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge. The program provides free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to individuals 18 and older, and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older. Service open to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who do not have medical insurance or who are on Medicaid. Information: at 311, elpasofire.org, or on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Startup Lab: Idea Lab — STARTUP Labs at Medical Center of the Americas Foundation hosts its Spring 2020 entrepreneur training 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Cardwell Collaborative Building, 5130 Gateway East, providing a structured curriculum that to bring one’s company from the idea stage to launch. Cost: $60 ($40 students, veterans and military). Six-course package offered that includes programs through May 16. Information: 613-2478 or mcamericas.org.

Free tax preparation — AARP Foundation offers free tax preparation for individuals with low or moderate income Feb. 3-April 15 at selected El Paso Parks and Recreation Senior Centers. Tax returns done by appointment only; call the Senior Center in advance to set up an appointment at location desired. information: aarp.org/money/taxes/.
Locations:
• Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Information: 566-1217
• Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Walk ins also accepted. Information: 533-3207.
• Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Information: 581-9525,
• Gary del Palacio Recreation Center, 3001 Parkwood, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Information: 212-2270.
• Wellington Chew Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Information: 212-0423.
• Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: 581-5182.

New Mexico Chile Conference — The 2020 conference hosted by NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute is Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3-4, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University. Registration: $150 per person. Information: (575) 646-3028 or chile.nmsu.edu/conference.

Diabetes cooking classes — NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service presents “Kitchen Creations” cooking classes to teach adults with diabetes how to cook healthy meals 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4-25, at Mayfield High School, 1955 N. Valley Drive, in Las Cruces. Also sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health. Learn food safety, how to plan meals, how to read food labels and how to manage carbohydrates. Admission is free. Registration required: Contact Sofia Hernandez at (575) 635-1230 or Favela at (575) 525-6649.

NMSU Career Connections Career — The 15th annual career fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4-5, at NMSU’s Corbett Center Student Union, third floor, with more than 100 employers. Open to New Mexico State University students and alumni, along with community members. Information: (575) 646-1631, rbensley@nmsu.educareerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/career-connections or rbensley@nmsu.edu.

‘The Fabulous Fifties’ — Branigan Library’s First Wednesday program is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho. Participants will be taken back to the 1950s with music, clothing, hats, hula-hoop contests, Twist lessons and more. Presented by Sheri A. Gaines. Participation is free and the public is invited. Information: (575) 528-4005 or library.reference@las-cruces.org.

El Paso Math Teachers’ Circle — The local math educators monthly meetup is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, A601, 9050 Viscount, to discuss, math concepts and work on math problems with fellow math teachers. Open all grades through college. Participation is free. Information: 831-2457 or sites.google.com/view/mtcelpaso.

Las Cruces Christian Community Development Gathering — The “Gathering of Reconciliation, Justice and Mercy” is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at University Presbyterian Church, 2010 Wisconsin in Las Cruces, with breakout sessions and a night of worship. Keynote speakers are Rev. Dr. Randy Nabors, Rev. Adam Viramontes and Eunice Mendoza. Cost: $25. Information, full schedule: (575) 650-5412, john@crosstownlc.com or crosstownnews.com.

Paranormal Investigations and Travels — The Rev. Henry Flores will give guided paranormal investigations of Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E Yandell at 9 p.m. the second Saturday of the month beginning Feb. 8. Proceeds will benefit the restoration and preservation of the historic landmark. Cost: $15; kid and family friendly. Information: 247-6116 or on
Facebook.
  Flores has hosted several guided ghost tours in the past, but these new events will feature an actual paranormal investigation, featured on the TV show “Ghost Adventures.” Guests can see the areas of the cemetery where Ghost Adventures was filmed.

Parental wellness program participants — Researchers from the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University are recruiting couples with a newborn baby, between 2 weeks to 6 months old, to participate in a parental wellness program as part of a year-long study, ”And Baby Makes Three,” to help parents adjust to life with newborn babies. Couples and infant have to attend one workshop of their choice. Each couple receives lunch as well as a $20 gift card, swaddling blanket and white noise machine Space is limited to five couples per session. Registration: Martha Morales (915) 873-6930 or moralest@nmsu.edu, or Lori Saiki, (575) 646-6499 or lsaiki@nmsu.edu.
  English workshops are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 8, March 7 and April 4 at Holy Family American National Catholic Church, 702 Parker Road, in Las Cruces.
  Spanish workshops are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 17, March 16 and April 13 at Women's Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln, in Anthony.

RGCF Wellness Classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts free health and wellness classes. Both February classes are 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Reservations: 562-7660, ext. 304.
Feb. 8: Daily Breathing and Stretching Techniques class. Learn to apply stretching exercises to increase mobility.
Feb. 22: Introduction to Pranic Healing. Pranic healing is an energy “no touch” healing system based on the principle the body has the innate ability to heal itself.

Candidates Forum and Debate — Northeast Business Alliance and Northeast Democrats Association host a forum and debate by District Attorney candidates 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at El Paso Community College Transmountain Campus,9570 Gateway North. Admission is free. Information: 228-6172 or nedemocrats.org
  Primary election for El Paso County early voting is Feb. 18-28, with last voting date March 3.

Workforce Solutions JobCon — Workforce Solutions Borderplex seeks businesses to participate in its JobCon Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Eastlake High School,13000 Emerald Pass (near Horizon City) where close to 2000 students will come together for a day of career exploration. The event offers employers the opportunity to display their services and highlight their industry to the future workforce. Deadline for businesses to register is Feb. 5. Information: 887-2332 or Business@borderplexjobs.com.

Women’s Estate Planning conference — UTEP and UTEP Woman’s Auxiliary hosts its 54th annual Estate Planning Conference for Women 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Feb. 13, in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Reservations: 747-8533, 581-8974, or development@utep.edu.
  The workshops provide women with the fundamentals of financial and estate planning. Topics include legal aspects of estate planning, retirement planning, life insurance, taxes, charitable giving and more.

Car seat inspection — El Paso Fire Department hosts car seat inspection and installation events Fridays, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 13 and 27. Appointment times are 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 p.m. On-site certified technicians will offer free car seat checks and will educate parents and caregivers about proper car seat installation. Interested parties must set up an appointment at 212-5699; limited slots available. Information: elpasofire.org or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  Parents or guardians must have bring the vehicle with the car seat and the child who will be using the seat.

Western Tech Career Fair — Western Technical College, 9624 Plaza Circle hosts a career fair 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, with door prizes book lunch. Businesses are welcome to come and promote their business. RSVP: 231-4949 or mmaynes@westerntech.edu.

EPCC Border Learning Conference - El Paso Community College hosts the conference 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the El Paso Wyndham, 2027 Airway, with teaching demonstrations, presentations, roundtable discussions, and forums. Registration: $90. Information: 831-2843 or borderlearningconference.org.
  Some of our topic threads center on around Diversity, Inclusion and sensitivity, Environment and sustainability, Mindfulness, STEAM, Succession and impact, Technology and Vision of education in general.

UTEP Alumni Awards — The University of Texas at El Paso Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are calling for nominations of excellent alumni through Feb. 21 for the University’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nugget awards
Nominations open to any UTEP graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professions and lives by giving back to their communities and alma mater, and who serve as an inspiration for future generations of Miners. Information: 747-6361 or download a form at alumni.utep.edu/DAGN2020.

DiscoverE – Building Curiosity — TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana, hosts hands-on activities in the world of engineering 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Families and future innovators can watch robotics challenges based on the city’s infrastructure systems like roads, bridges and water. They can also learn how engineers utilize robotics in construction projects around the city including El Paso Water's in-pipe robotics to check for leaks and blockages. Admission is free. Information: 621-2000, april.lopez@epwater.org or tecH2O.org
  A free screening of the Lego Movie is 12:30 p.m. El Paso Water’s Star Wars Lego Bobblehead parade float will be parked outside.

Seniors Going Digital — El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Library hosts free workshops to age 50 and older 6 to 8 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at EPCC’s Valley Verde Library, Room C311, 919 Hunter. Feb. 27: “Texting with Emojis.” Information: 831-2442.

‘Dancing Backwards in High Heels’ — The Women’s Business Border Center of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents the 15th annual Women’s Business Symposium 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. Early bird admission: $95 ($85 EPHCC members). Information: 566-4066.

Summer Reading Club call for entertainers — El Paso Public Library is actively recruiting musicians, magicians, storytellers, clowns, science gurus, artists, and other specialists to provide family friendly recreational, educational, and cultural performances for children, teens, and families for its Summer Reading Club program at all 12 library branches. Application deadline is March 31; send a single PDF file to epplyouth@elpasotexa.gov that includes a letter of interest, professional resume, and images and/or description of a sample program, including rate fees

Project Amistad volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad seeks volunteers to help with various programs. Volunteers must undergo criminal background check and orientation. Information, requirements: Robert or Alicia at 298-1104 or projectamistad.org.
• Guardianship Department volunteers are always needed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. selected days at 3210 Dyer.
• Companionship Program volunteers needed to visit clients in group homes to perform various tasks; hours our flexible.
  Project Amistad serves as the court-appointed guardian of over 350 wards in El Paso County.

Borderland Rainbow Center — The center 2714 Wyoming host several support and social groups for the LGBTZ community. Participation is free. Information: 263-4623 or borderlandrainbow.org.
• True Colors: LGBTQ Youth Support Group meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for age 14-18 who are struggling with issues like coming out to friends and family, navigating family gatherings, dating, bullying and mental health.
• Stonewall AA/Addictions Anonymous meet 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, an LGBT-friendly 12-step support group for folks struggling with addictions.
• Transgender Adult Support Group meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, as a peer support group for trans folk age 18 and older.

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.

Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas hosts free programs 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. selected Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Richard Burges Branch, 9600 Dyer. Information: (703) 434-1196 or eckankar-texas.org.
Feb. 1 “Recognizing God in Daily Life,” Light & Sound Service.
Feb. 15: “ECK Wisdom on Health and Healing,” discussion on books by Harold Klemp.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Feb. 18) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

El Paso Scavenger Hunt — Let’s two-day photo scavenger is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, throughout Downtown El Paso. Teams work together to wander throughout El Paso, racking up points. Landmarks include Plaza Theatre, Southwest University Ballpark, Digie, and Los Lagartos Plaza. Hosted by Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures. Cost: $39 two players; $44 family pack (four players); $79.99 groups of eight; available at Eventbrite.com.

El Paso Social Network — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (Feb. 1) at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

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

Food Bank Twilight Hour volunteers — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has created evening ”Twilight Hour” volunteer opportunities for civic and business groups 6 to 9 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month. Information: Samara Maggard, 298-0353 or volunteer@epfhfb.org.
  Twilight Hour Volunteering will also include a light snack and an optional Mocktail Hour (non-alcoholic mixed drinks) starting at 5 p.m. with a tour of the warehouse. Specific volunteer work ranges from pulling orders, processing, to sorting and packing food and ensuring food doesn’t go to waste.

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

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz nights are at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration: geekswhodrink.com.
  Schedule subject to change:
• Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 8 p.m. Mondays.
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Black Orchid Lounge at 7:30 p.m.; and Border City Ale House, 1506 Lee Trevino at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
• Border City Ale House, 1506 Lee Trevino at 7:30 p.m.; and Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursdays
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. and Craft & Social, 305 E. Franklin at 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.

Nar-Anon — Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for friends and family members who are or have been affected by someone’s drug or narcotics addiction, hosts weekly meetings at 5:30 p.m. every Saturday at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Resource Room, 999 W. Amador in Las Cruces. Participation is free. Information: (315) 842-1919, 1-800-477-6291 or nar-anon.org.

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing. Donations welcome, space available on first come, first served basis. Information: 449-0619 or elpasolight.org.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing. Clinics also held 3 to 5 p.m. every second Sunday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 North Main, in Las Cruces.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered 7 to 8 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church, and 1:30 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at Fort Bliss Resilience through Art, 420 Marshall Road. Donations welcome.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.

Westside Parkinson’s on the Move — The support group meets at 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Bartlett Assisted Living Center, 221 Bartlett. Information: Ken Posey, 526-6078 or weimy65@gmail.com.


For a good cause

Heroes & Hoops for CARE — The charity basketball event benefiting Las Cruces CARE’s Support Program for local cancer patients is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Oñate High School gym, in Las Cruces. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event features local first responders who will battle it out on the basketball court to raise money and awareness for CARE, cancer prevention and all types of cancer. Tickets: $5 at eventbrite.com.

Las Cruces Symphony Gala — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra’s annual Gala, “Sassy, Brassy & Classy,” is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, with cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. Live music by LSCO’s Pancho Romero, principal trumpet, and his jazz band, the Footprints. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for 10) available at lascrucessymphony.com or HoldMyTicket.com. Information: (575) 646-3709.

Safari Nights Gala — El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International hosts its 17th annual gala, auction and expo at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with outfitter booths from around the world, wildlife artists and outdoor equipment specialists. Tickets: $100 ($40 youth). Group tables available for $400-$1,200; available at 584-9300, 833-0253 scielpaso.org or Facebook.

Kiwanis Uncorked VII Wine Tasting Benefit  — The fundraiser is 6 to 9 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 22, at the WestStar Bank Club in Southwest University Park. Tickets $35; includes six wine tastings, appetizers, music and silent auction.  Sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso Charitable Foundation to benefit the children of El Paso. Information: 584-0719.

Woman’s Auxiliary Benefit — The UTEP Woman’s Auxiliary hosts its annual scholarship benefit luncheon noon Saturday, Feb. 22, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway, with silent auction, culinary delights, raffle and door prizes. Entertainment by UTEP’s Commercial Music Ensemble. Doors open at 11 a.m. Cost: $50 ($500 table for 10); reservation deadline is Feb. 12. Checks payable to UTEP Women’s Auxiliary, send to Jennie Larder, 724 Springfire, 79912, Reservations: Jennie Larder: 490-3624.
  All money raised from the benefit goes to scholarships for UTEP students.

Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at all El Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or 834-5772.
  Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the Elderly, and the disabled individuals who have no heat in the home.

Kitty Glitter Jewelry Sale — Project Save A Kitten seeks donations of jewelry through February for its 5th annual sale planned for March. Proceeds benefit Las Cruces area nonprofits that help cats. Donations may be dropped off at Better Life Pet Foods, 315 S. Telshor in Las Cruces. To volunteer or donate, call Jackye at (575) 323-0903 or gardens@zianet.com.
  The sale accepts all kinds of jewelry, as well as jewelry boxes, small decorative items, lace and linens, and monetary donations.

FORE! UNITee Topgolf Fundraiser — El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center’s fundraiser is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Topgolf El Paso, 365 Vin Rambla, for an afternoon of golf games, great food and drinks, and fun competition. Cost (through Feb. 23): $55; $48 age 3-11; $40 non-player; $320 team of six. After Feb. 23: $60; $50 age 3-11; $45 non-player; $350 team of six. Information: 351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
Player registration includes 3 hours of unlimited Topgolf gameplay, lunch buffet with fountain soda, iced tea, coffee and water TopContender team-building tournament with prizes. Hole-In-One Contest for a chance to Win $10,000.


Fort Bliss

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

Super Bowl event at Fort Bliss — The Super Bowl party at Fort Bliss begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Monti Warrior Zone with free snacks, prizes, and food and drink specials. Information: 741-3000.

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Feb. 4) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or jsw79904@yahoo.com.

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

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

Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music 8:30 to 10 p.m. No coolers or outside beverages. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

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


Club news

Doña Ana Photography Club — The club meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 18, at Cruces Creative, 205 Lohman, in Las Cruces. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: (575) 323-3624 or daphotoclub.org.
Feb. 4: Debbie Hands presents “Work Flow from Camera to Editing,” covering the procedures to follow after downloading images from your camera into software called Camera Raw found in most editing programs. Dale Taylor will also present a short program on Manual Alvarez-Bravo, a Mexican photographer who produced work from the 1920s up until the 1990s.
Feb. 18: Rob Peinert presents Medical Photography, its procedures, problems encountered and equipment. Seth Madell will also present a short program on sharpening digital images, followed by a viewing of submissions for the monthly theme, “Entrances.”
  The second in a five-part “Photography Boot Camp” workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, aimed at anyone interested in learning the basics of photography. The lesson is “Getting your Camera off Auto Mode.” After a hands-on demonstration, the class will go into the downtown area with cameras, guided by a practicing photographer, followed by a review of all activities. Cost: $5 per session.

Westside Welcome Club — Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Brighton Boutique in Cielo Vista Mall. No reservations needed. Information: 203-5522.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Presentation on “Lost Loves of the Old West” by Brondo Sue. Cost for lunch: $22; reservation deadline is Feb. 8. Information: 584-9627,
  The social and charitable nonprofit club was established 40 years ago to welcome women to the El Paso community. Open to both newcomers and longtime residents.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (Feb. 13) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information: epnequilters@gmail.com.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s Valentine’s luncheon is noon Friday, Feb. 14, at Little Bavarian Restaurant, 4601 Hondo Pass. Information, reservation: 755-5471.
  The club’s annual Mardi Gras Party is Sunday, Feb. 23, at Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, on Fort Bliss.

El Paso Christian Women’s Connection — The group hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway (use south entrance). This month’s theme is “Love One Another“ featuring inspirational speaker, Rachel Hankins. Featured outreach is Rescue Mission (speaker is Blake Barrow). Special presentation by Ofelia Paz Crafts. Reservation deadline is Feb. 14. Cost: $15 (cash only). Reservations: 598-0811.

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: Josette Shaughnessy, 585-1789, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  A Mardi Gras celebration is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Fort Bliss’s Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, with buffet dinner, Bal Masqué with live music by Jazz Unlimited, costume contest with prizes, and silent auction. Cost: $45 ($10 age 5 to 12).
  For information on spring French classes for both children and adults, call 833-8705 or 346-3810.

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.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Feb. 11) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 833-5154.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:45 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, coffee and donuts will be served. Information: 241-6977 or on Facebook.

McKelligon Canyon VFW — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 812 is open 2 to 8 p.m. at 2400 Davis Seamon Road in Franklin Mountains State Park. No charge to join; new members welcome to meet and fellow combat-zone veterans. Information: 562-2161 or on Facebook at VFWPost812ELP.

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

Museum of Space History Astronomy Club — The new astronomy club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (Feb. 6),in the Tombaugh Education Building at New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 SR 2001, in Alamogordo, led by Tony Gondola. Open to ages 14 and older. Admission is free. Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840, nmspacemuseum.org or on Facebook at NMSpaceMuseum.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (Feb. 8) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information: jsw79904@yahoo.com.

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W. Paisano, Second floor meeting room Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at the.elusive.photon.im/PEEP/.

Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.

Area attractions

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Race days are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Live racing season runs through April 21.
  Special Valentine’s Ribeye and Shrimp combo offered at Ventanas beginning at 4 p.m. Feb. 12-16.

El Paso Streetcars — The restored streetcars run daily on two connected loop routes, covering a total of 4.8 miles, from Father Rahm in South El Paso to Glory Road in Kern Place. Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Fare: $1.50; $1 student, children, military. Information: 212-3333, epstreetcar.com or on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Saturdays returning at 1 p.m. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.
  From El Paso, take 1-10 to Las Cruces, then 1-25 to Exit 32 and continue on the County Road about 25 miles to the Spaceport.

La Viña Winery — 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.
  Music on the Patio is noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room — The new tasting room, which includes wine and craft beer, is at 3200 Hwy 28 in Anthony, N.M. (La Union area at NM 28 and S. Vinton Road). Open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The room also features the region’s only yarn shop and local alpaca products, as well as “Craft Cellar” with works by a number of local artisans. Live music featured 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (915) 494-7248.

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.

Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort is open during ski season and begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $84 for adults, $77 children and senior, $71 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, open year-round, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

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


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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Salon Magno — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
  Los Apson performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan.  31, with Los Silver, Los Frontera and Vagos de Juárez. Age 18+. Tickets: 176 and 230 pesos; VIP 345 pesos.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• The comic show of “Chuponcito y Teo Gonazalez” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets: 420-730 pesos.
• “#Recalculando con Odin Dupeyron” comedy show is 7:30 p.m. Friday,  Feb. 7. Tickets: 405-635 peseos.
• Tania Libertad performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets: 575-975 pesos.
• “Por qué los hombre aman a las cabronas,” starring David Zepeda, Aracely Arámbula and Anastasia Acosta, is performed at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. Based on the book by Sherry Argov. Tickets: 460-805 pesos.
• “Mujeres de Ceniza,” a comedy by Sergio Marcos and Martín Guerra starring four women, is at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Tickets: 460-805 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• Singer, songwriter and accordionist Remmy Valenzuela performs a Valentines’ concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets: 290-2,065 pesos.
• Camillo VII performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Tickete 376 pesos (pit tickets 805 and 1,720).
* WCF — Two World Champion Fights are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29. Fights begin at 5 p.m. Headline boxers are Chiquita Gonzalez and Cachorro Solis, with commentary by Lalo Camarena. Tickets: 190-1,565 pesos.

Cowboys Discotheque — Santiago Troncoso y Terrazas del Valle #571. Information: 269-8659. Chicos de Barrio perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets: 290 (345 VIP) pesos (donboleton.com).

Aunt & Uncle Jazz — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales series presents the piano and vocal duo at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: $750 pesos. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Perdidos de Sinaloa perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Tickets: 290 pesos (VIC 520).Advance tickets at donboleton.com.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Luche libre wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1,headlined by Aereo v. Villano 3Ero Jr.  Tickets: 105-1,150 pesos (donboleton.com).

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

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.


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