January 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church Programs
Let There Be Lights
Southern New Mexico

West Texas
New Year's Eve
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 84th annual football classic begins at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29, featuring North Caroline State of the ACC and Arizona State of Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
  The 21st annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at El Paso Convention Center, with live performances, Battle of the two University bands, activities for kids and more. Admission is free. Activity wristbands: $5.

Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
  The hike is led by El Paso Scene Editor Randy Limbird, who will provide commentary on area history and geography. A brief talk on the history of the monument will be given at the summit.
  The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.  
  The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along the trail and in the parking lot.  
  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. To get there, take McNutt Road (NM 273) about 1 ½ miles south of Sunland Park Drive, turn right on Cristo Rey Road.

Community Scavenger Hunt — The #EP Unit citywide scavenger hunt runs Jan. 1-31, open to everyone. Participants may take part in multiple family-friendly activities, hosted by Continuing the Revolution. Participation is free.
  Teams of 3 to 6 participants may register and read complete rule list on Facebook at EP hunt. Information: 228-0404 ContinuingTheRevolution915@gmail.com.
  Continuing the Revolution is a community coalition that strives to connect individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 1 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger); spectator admission is free; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
  Skating hours (subject to change):
• Noon-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon-10 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and noon to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve, through Dec. 31.
• Noon to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1.

Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive — The 18th annual citywide effort to restock area food pantries runs Jan. 2-15. Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at various locations throughout town, including local grocery stores, public library branches, City Hall, and other locations. The food will then be collected, sorted and distributed among agencies serving the less fortunate, including the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, El Paso Rescue Mission and others. Information: 212-3201 or elpasolibrary.org.  
  El Paso Public Library’s Food for Fines program will give patrons the opportunity to pay library fines by donating canned and nonperishable food during the event. Fines reduced by $1 for every can of food donated up to $5 per day, provided that library books and materials have been returned in good condition.

Twelfth Night – The Celebration of Twelfth Night and Southern War Practice is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Bethel Family Ministries, 6301 Alabama. This year’s event, presented by the Barony of Citadel of the Southern Pass, is a medieval festival that includes a bazaar, medieval arts and sciences and a target archery range. A five-course feast also offered. This year’s theme is “The Wonders of Jerusalem,” and will celebrate Muslim, Jew and Christian cultures. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 6-17, free for 5 and under); $50 maximum per family. Feast is $10 ($5 age 6-17). Feast reservations: Lord Rafael Chavira (505) 803-8033 (call 1-9 p.m.). Merchant fee is $15. Information at southernpass.org.
  War practice will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Tequila & Margarita Festival — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the 2nd annual tequila and music festival 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, with premium tequila brands available for sampling. Admission is free; $20 for 10 tickets to sample premium tequilas and flavored margaritas. Information: 1-800-572-1142, sunland-park.com or on Facebook.

Days of Remembrance Bridal, Quince & Sweet 16 Expo — The 28th annual event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at El Paso Convention Center, presented by Elegant Penguin Productions. The event is the largest and longest running of its kind, with more than 95 vendors with wedding gowns, quince and sweet 16 dresses, ballrooms, photographers, tuxedos, florists, jewelers, skincare, eye care, DJs, bakers and more. Samples and giveaways offered. Admission: $5; free for children under 12. Information: 740-4349 or elegantpenguinelpaso.com.  
  All door proceeds benefit the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.

Spring Home Show — The El Paso Association of Builders presents the annual event Jan. 26-28 at the El Paso Convention Center. The show features booths providing exhibits, demonstrations, a pet expo and more. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 (free for ages 16 and younger). Information: 1-800-756-4788, ext. 46 or HomeShowElPaso.com.
  Special guests the Dionne Twins of HGTV’s Family Flip will host restoration demos at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Barstool Open — Miller Lite and Topgolf hosts the miniature golf tournament and bar hop with nine miniature golf holds in seven different bars throughout Downtown El Paso 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, starting at Circa 1963 in Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas. Cost: $60 team of four; age 21 and older only. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Registration is 1:30 to 1 p.m. and awards ceremony is 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Circa 1963.
  Participating bars include: Circa 1963, Park Tavern, International, Craft & Social, EPIC Nightclub, The Speak Easy, and Gray Dog.

Southern New Mexico

Las Cruces Bridal Showcase — Helping Hands Event Planning hosts its bridal and special event show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lascrucesbridalshowcase.com.
  The annual event brings together products and services for weddings and other special events and more. Attendees can enjoy samples from area caterers, get planning ideas, meet DJs, and take in a fashion show for the latest in prom, quinceañera and wedding couture and hair styling.

New Year’s Eve

Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2018 Sunday, Dec. 31. Live music during dinner. DJ and dancing begins at 11 p.m. Cost for the five-course dinner is $100 per person plus gratuity. Festive dinner attire. Complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band is featured at the Sunday, Dec. 31 dance, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost is $50 per person, which includes party favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and menudo. Information: 598-4220.

Inn of the Mountain Gods New Year’s Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its “Decades of Fun” New Year’s Eve Bash with gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, with music by 1960s band Paperback Writer; 1970s band Disco Inferno, 1908s band Spazmatics and 1990s band Blockbusters. Guests encouraged to dress like their favorite decade of the past. Tickets: $130 through Oct. 31; $140 Nov. 1-30 and $150 Dec. 1-31 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-545-9011.

New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at the Sunday, Dec. 31, celebration. The party is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with free party favors and prize drawings. The casino will be open until 2 a.m. No cover.
  The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

New Year’s Eve Dance — Christ the Savior Catholic Church, 5301 Wadsworth, hosts its New Year’s Dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, in the church hall as a church building fund fundraiser. Music provided by the New Star City Band. Admission: $40 (includes free setups, party favors and champagne at midnight). BYOB for liquor bottles only; munchies are allowed. Cash bar provided. Menudo available at the end of the dance. Information: 821-3766 or christthesaviorep.org.

Noche de Rumba 2018 Internacional — The New Year’s Eve dinner-dance party is Sunday, Dec. 31, at Tuscany Ballroom, 8600 Gateway East, Ste A. Entertainment includes a tribute to Juan Gabriel and Show Tropical Entertainment. Tickets are $60-$120, includes dinner and dance. Presented by Olvioli Enterprises. Information: 493-3725 or 493-3224.

Viennese New Year's Eve Concert — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra hosts the New Year’s Eve performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Information: 259-4999. Tickets: $20-$60; available through Ticketmaster. Details at “Program Notes.”

New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft hosts New Year’s Eve events, Sunday, Dec. 31, with adult party at the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations and cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.


West Texas

Bazaars and Fairs

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Fall and winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Upper parking lot for Handicap Parking only. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
  A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month.
  A Fitness Faire is Jan. 6, with cooking demonstration by Chef Patrick Rosser of El Paso Community College.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, 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, and feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

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

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

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

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

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

Something for everyone

Sex, Drugs, and Arachnids — Dr. Lauren Esposito of the California Academy of Science will journey into the surprising world of arachnids 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Geogeske G2, 2701 N Stanton, as part of Insights and UTEP’s Centennial Museum’s new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, “Nerd Nights.” Age 21 and older welcome. Admission is free, but space is limited; RSVP at insightselpaso.org/nerd-nights/. Information: 534-0000.
  Participants enjoy a spider-themed cocktail while learning all about the sordid sexual habits and mind blowing medicinal properties of arachnids! Arachnids (scorpions, spiders, and their kin).

Holiday Sleigh Rides — Grindstone Stables hosts its holiday horse-drawn sleigh rides beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5-6, through historic Upper Canyon in Ruidoso. Rides depart from Martha’s Fabrics’ parking lot at the top of the “traffic circle,” at the west end of Sudderth Drive. Santa Claus visit on Christmas Eve. Blankets furnished for all riders. Cost: $20 ($10 age 12 and under). Reservations (575) 973-3533. Information on Facebook at GrindstoneStables.

‘Deck the Halls Y’all’ Post Holiday Bash — Texas Tech Parent Association-El Paso Chapter hosts the inaugural post-holiday bash 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at a Westside location to be announced. Red Raider family are invited to celebrate the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the Spring semester.
  Location, RSVP: jaxga@msn.com or vrcintron@sbcglobal.net. Information: 873-6532 or 204-5705.
  Bring a side dish or dessert. TTU Parent Association will provide the entree. Optional gift exchange for the students.

Apodaca Blueprint Design Workshop — Las Cruces residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to participate in community design workshops 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-Jan. 12, to promote reinvestment in the neighborhoods between Apodaca Park and Interstate 25. Drop-in sessions Monday through Wednesday; formal presentation Thursday event is a formal presentation. Full schedule at apodacablueprint.com. Information: (575) 528-3066 or dweir@las-cruces.org.
  Kick-off Open House Monday, Jan. 8, at American Legion Post #10, 1185 E. Madrid.
  Technical Issues Workshop Tuesday, Jan. 9, at American Legion Post #10, .
  Preliminary Concepts Workshop Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho.
  Final presentation is Thursday, Jan. 11, at Branigan Library.

Capoeira El Paso Batizado — A batizado (cord promotion ceremony for Capoeira students) is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana. The event will include Capoeira demonstrations. The public is invited; time is tentative, call to confirm. Admission is free. Information: 996-1814 or capoeiraelpaso.com.
  The Capoeira Beginners Series is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8-29. This 4-class series is for teens and adults 15 years and older and will teach the very basic movements of Capoeira, including kicks and defenses. Cost: $50 for series; $15 drop in fee.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group’s first meeting of the year is 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Jan. 16) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.
  The January forum features three presentations and a short documentary film, “Farming for the Future” by filmmaker Aditi Desai:
• “Rainwater Capture and Harvesting” by Dr. John Walton, Civil Engineering Department, UTEP.
• “The Last Desert Grassland: Protecting New Mexico’s Otero Mesa” by Kevin Bixby, Executive Director, Southwest Environmental Center.
• “Jardin de Milagros — Where Does the Food Go??” by Jerry Hobson.

Digital Currency Presentation — A free presentation about digital currency coin back rewards for shopping at stores, and e-commerce opportunities for 2018 is 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and 20, at Holiday Inn, 7935 Artcraft. RSVP: Linda, 867-2986.

The Hub of Human Innovation — The Hub of Human Innovation hosts the workshop “New Year-New Sales: Useful Tips from Experts on How to Jump Start Your Sales in The New Year” 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 500 West Overland, Suite 230. Admission is free. Information, registration: 321-3125 or hubep.org.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (Jan 20). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
  January’s program will focus on the National Parks of Texas.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event, provided by Commercial Records Center, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, Jan. 20, at Sam's Club Cielo Vista, 7001 Gateway West. Bring up to 100 pounds (three boxes or bags) of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0191 or bbb.org/elpaso.

Veterans Family Workshop — In celebration of “Hunt for Happiness Week” Amistad hosts the free Veterans Family Workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3210 Dyer, to assist veterans and their family create a happier and safer home. Guest speaker is Janelle Contreras from the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. Information: 298-1107 or projectamistad.org.
  This meeting will provide information on how to distinguish PTSD from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and how to respond to PTSD-related violence and assist families in formulating Family Safety Plans.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy — City of El Paso Community and Human Development Department is taking registration through Jan. 29 for the free program that gives residents an inside look at city services and programs. Space is limited to first 50 enrollees. Information: 212-1680 or elpasotexas.gov/community-and-human-development.
  Classes are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7-June 20, at various locations. Spanish translation and interpretation are available upon request. Participants receive a certificate of completion following the academy.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Classes begin Jan. 29 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for ages 50 or older. 
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs Jan. 9-19, and is $70 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Aug. 25).
  No exams or papers. College degree is not required.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Register by phone, mail or in person. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280. Course list and details at OLLIatUTEP.org.

MCCI Grand Opening — MCCI Medical Group will celebrate its new Primary Care Clinic Grand Opening Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 10435 Vista Del Sol. Information: 591-6227 or mccigroup.com
  Ribbon cutting is at 11 a.m., followed by speakers including Mayor Dee Margo, City Rep. Henry Rivera, MCCI officials and other health professionals and city leaders. The event will feature live art by Punk Rock Flea Market, lucha libre wrestling, dance performances, music by local bands and mariachi, family and kids’ activities and more. Food and drinks will be available, along with food trucks.
  Tours of the facility offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free health screenings available from 1 to 4 p.m. 
  In partnership with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, the clinic will have fresh fruits and vegetables available from 1-2 p.m. The clinic will also hold a Produce Day on the second Thursday of each month at both the new East Side location and the Central clinic at 1211-B Cliff.

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.

‘Recycle Right, El Paso’ Contest — City of El Paso Environmental Services Department hosts its 2018 “Recycle Right, El Paso” public service announcement video contest for local high school students. Interested students create a 30-second PSA video with the theme “Recycle Right, El Paso.” Contest is free to enter; entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.
  Rules, information and application packets available at elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services
  First, second, and third place winners

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights 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:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• Forma Pizzeria, 7130 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Tuesday
• Dead Beach Brewery, 406 Durango, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursday
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

1 Million Cups — Local entrepreneurs can meet and present their startups to the El Paso community 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Hub of Human Innovation, l500 W Overland, Suite 230. The event is free to everyone; coffee served. Information: 321-3123, hubep.org or 1millioncups.com/elpaso.
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

Beginner’s Yoga — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, hosts free beginner’s yoga facilitated by Linda Bustamante 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the foundation’s classroom. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.

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

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

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

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Prompt arrival strongly encouraged. Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing, followed by Twin Hearts Meditation. It will require some simple exercises prior to and after the meditation. Services offered on a first-come basis. Provided solely by volunteer efforts of the many El Paso Pranic healers. Donations welcome. Information on Facebook at LightElPaso.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church. Donations welcome.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.

For a good cause

Black Tie Ball – Mimbres Region Arts Council presents gala benefit ball, “Arctic Vogue,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Grant County Convention Center, 3031 U.S. 180 in Silver City, N.M. White attire suggested. Tickets: $50. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.

‘Evening in Spain’ — Silver City Museum hosts a Spanish-themed exclusive dinner event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Café 1zero6, in Silver City, N.M. to benefit the Silver City Museum’s “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico” exhibition running Jan. 13-May 28, and education programs. Tickets: $150 per person; space is limited. Tickets available the museum store or at (575) 538-5921 (ext. 2) Information: silvercitymuseum.org.
  Events begin with a private tour of the exhibition at 5:30 p.m. at Silver City Museum at 312 W. Broadway, before heading to the cafe for entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Dinner served at 7 p.m. by Chef Jake Politte.

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

Project Save a Kitten jewelry donations — Project Save a Kitten of Las Cruces is seeking donations for its March 2018 fundraising sale. Donations of jewelry boxes, small decorative items, lace and linens, and other small treasures accepted. Donated items can be picked up or dropped off at Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla through February. Cash donations also accepted. To have items picked up, contact Jackye at Project Save a Kitten (575) 323-0903 or gardens@zianet.com.

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

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

Fort Bliss

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

High Stakes Bingo — The Centennial at Fort Bliss hosts a New Year’s Eve Bingo event with a chance to win up to $12,000 in cash prizes at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, with dinner buffet and a cash bar. Doors open at 4 p.m. Ticket buy-in: $50 (includes bingo paper pack, dinner, and a champagne toast to the New Year. Open to all valid DoD ID card holders 18 and older, and guests. Information: 744-8427.

A Warrior’s Call — Warrior Zone at Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss, hosts free open mic talent nights 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 4-25, open to the public, age 18 and older. Information: 588-8247.

Belay, Top Rope Course — The Top Rope Belay certification course at Fort Bliss is 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, for those wanting to learn how to tie, do safety checks and top rope belay techniques from certified climbing wall instructors from the American Mountain Guide Association. Cost: $8 per person; age 12 and older only. Information: 744-1532.

Texas Hold ‘em — Texas Hold ‘em poker tournaments are 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10-24, at the Warrior Zone at Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. First and second place winners will move on to the championships Wednesday, Feb. 7. Cost: $15, open to the public. Registration recommended. Information: 741-3000.

Fitness Resolution Fair — Soto Physical Fitness Center hosts its 8th annual Health and Fitness Resolution Fair 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, showcasing free mini-classes provided by Fort Bliss Group Fit, Body Composition Analysis provided by Fort Bliss Personal Trainers, and Chair Massage provided by Fort Bliss Massage Therapy. Vendors from the Fort Bliss and El Paso area will provide health and wellness related opportunities. Information: 744-5790.

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 Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or 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 (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.
Jan. 2: “Learning to See by Feeling” photography program by club president Dale Taylor.
Jan. 16: Screenings of “20 Minutes with Ansel Adams” and photo theme “Holidays.” 
  A “Learning About Your Camera” camera camp, first in a 5-part series, designed to teach the basics of the camera, plus hands-on help and practice with your camera, is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 13. Cost: $5 per class (free for club members).

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at the home of Barbara Pino, 601 Skydale. No RSVP necessary. Information: Barbara, 587-8641.
  The monthly luncheon is Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
1 Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park. Social time is 11 a.m.; luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Special musical performance by Zuill Bailey, Grammy-winning cellist and artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica. Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22.Information, reservations: Alicia Sanchez, 449-2121.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held weekly; call days. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Jan. 6: Dinner and a movie
• Saturday, Jan. 13: Dinner and UTEP basketball
• Saturday, Jan. 20: Dinner and pool
• Friday, Jan. 26: Dinner and Rhinos hockey.

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

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Event information: 585-1789, josette.shaughnessy@gmail.com, afofelpaso.com. 
  A celebration of Galette des Rois (Epiphany is planned for January. Call for details.
  Spring sessions of French classes start Saturday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 for children and adults, University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Information: 346-3810 or 585-1789.

Club Friendship — The club meets 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 23, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Program is “Christmas on the Rhine” presented by Dick Sears. Cost: $10 includes program and luncheon. Visitors welcome but must RSVP by Jan. 17: 591-2326.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly meeting is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Hilton Garden Inn, 111 University. Guest speaker to be announced. Cost: $23. Reservations by Jan. 18: 598-6376. No-shows still require payment for meal.

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

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Jan. 9) 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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Business meeting starts around 6:30 p.m. Numismatic presentations start at 7 p.m. with auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclub.com.

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

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. A program on zippered bags will be presented after the meeting. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Patti Lyons, 585-2518.
  The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.

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

Area attractions

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through April 17. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
  “Pocket-Share Survival: The Many Uses of a Bandana” demonstrations are every 20minutes 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.
  Hikes begin at the Directisimo trail head. Wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hats and sunscreen; bring walking stick. Strenuous hike, 1,000 feet elevation gain.
• First Day hike is 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1.
• Women-Only Hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.
• Last Sunday hike is 8 a.m. Jan. 28.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.

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

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

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.

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

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. 

Hysteria Beer & Rock — Ignacio Mejía 127 y F. Villa. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. 
• Transmetal Death/Metal Fest with Resurrect, Plague, Anesthesia, Nite Demons and MX PunkMetal is 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Tickets: 
200 pesos in advance, 250 at the door.
• Nostra Morte performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, with guests Morganna and Devil Dogs. Tickets: 545 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.
• “Coco El Musical” children’s show is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Tickets: 165-275 pesos.
• “Masha y El Oso” live children’s show is noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets: 275-385 pesos (495 VIP).
• ‘Hijas de su madre’ comic play by Patricia Reyes Spindola is at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, starring Susana Dosamantes, Spindola, Aylin Mujica, Lourde Munguia, Gina Varela and Aida Pierce. Tickets: 275, 385 and 495 pesos.
• ‘¡A Vivir!,” one-man show featuring Odin Dupeyron is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tickets: 385 and 495 pesos (605 VIP)
• Singer and multi-talented musician Nicho Hinojosa performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Tickets: 275-495 pesos (550 VIP).
• ‘Como Quieras Perro Amame,’ a musical comedy in which two disappointed lovers are thrown together, is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Tickets: 242 and 330 pesos (440 VIP).
• La Catrina Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Tickets: 110, 216 and 324 pesos.
• Gravity Falls, adventure/mystery show for children, is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets: 165, 220 and 275 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Javier Rosas and his band, La Artilleria Pesada, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. The grupero singer survived an assassination attempt in Sinaloa nearly two years that critically injured him and killed a cousin and a driver. Tickets: 165 and 440 pesos (660 and 825 VIP)
• ‘Las Locuras del Tenorio’ is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Over one dozen comics perform in the new version of José Zorrilla’s play. Tickets: 220, 550 and 770 pesos (990 and 1,210 VIP).
• Cornelio Vega y si Dinastia perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets: 165, 330, 440 pesos (660 and 990 VIP).

Tan Solo — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales performance series opens its 2018 season with with the flamenco show directed by Manuel Reyes at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan 27, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Ticket information: 544-5118, fmascarenas.org or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.
  Performing Saturday, Feb. 24, is Camerata Filarmónbica 5 de Mayo orchestra.

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

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

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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