February 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Valentine's Day
Black History Month
Southern New Mexico

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



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.
  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.

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

Mardi Gras Celebration — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss; 1611 Haan, hosts a free Mardi Gras celebration 2 to 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street — The annual Mardi Gras celebration in Kern Place is Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. Cincinnati Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the outdoor celebration featuring food, live outdoor music, drink specials and, of course, beads. Details to be announced. Updates on Facebook at Cincinnati Entertainment district.

Coin Show - The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 55th annual Coin Show is Feb. 16-18 at El Maida Hall, 6331 Alabama, with tables of coins, paper money, medals and tokens by dealers from around the country. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 241-6977, 533-6001 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 highlight the “Return of the Streetcars.”

Be My Neighbor Day — KCOS, El Paso’s public television station, hosts its “Kids and Family festival” with special guest Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids’ hit series “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West. Local businesses and organizations serving families will host information booths and interactive areas, all with the theme of reinforcing a strong community and being a good neighbor. Guests can meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger. Live performances on stage throughout the event. Presented by the Fred Rogers Foundation, KCOS and Bassett Place. Admission is free. Information: 901-1313 or kcostv.org.

Pet Festival — El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual event to help pet owners respect and care for their pets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Westside Community Park, 7400 High Ridge, with vets, adoptions, local pet-oriented vendors on-site promoting their programs, live entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

El Paso Bridal Showcase — The longest-running bridal-focused event in the area is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills, with fashion shows, a VIP area, vendor rooms and more. Admission is free; VIP area tickets: $20. Information: 544-9550 or elpasobridalshowcase.com.

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

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

 

Valentine's Day

Lovin’ The Art Annual Valentine Festival — The artists and businesses Placita Madrid, 1445 Main Street in San Elizario, host their annual festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-11, in historic San Elizario. Featured will be the unveiling of paintings of “The Kiss” by artists Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Erica Zamora Murrill and Romy Saenz Hawkins with their version of the “Kiss.” Wine and cheese offered; prizes given with purchase. Information: 851-0742.
  Guest artists on site: Romy Saenz Hawkins during regular hours with metal-embossing and other art; and Nacho Garcia 1 to 4 p.m. both days, available for humorous caricatures and serious portraits.
  A wedding minister will be available both days; Advance reservations required by Feb. 6; text (915) 355-2680.
  Performing 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. is David Cerros Saturday, and Arturo Garibay Sunday.

Valentine dinner and dance — Santa Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host its annual Valentine fundraiser 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the church’s Centro Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music by Tejas Band. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. BYOB for wine and liquor only; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30 ($300 per table for 10); reservations recommended. No refunds. Tables for 10 available with advance reservation. Information: 592-5245 or santaluciachurch@sbcglobal.net.

Valentine’s Dinner — Rotary Club of Silver City’s Valentine’s Wine Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road in Silver City, N.M., including a four-course meal, each course to be accompanied by a paired wine. Ticket information, reservations (by Feb. 6): Linda Brewer at the Bear Mountain Lodge at (575) 538-2538.

Galentine’s Day — Women’s Fund of El Paso hosts a fundraising event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Top Golf, 365 Vin Rambla. Guest of honor is pro golfer and former LPGA player Kristi Albers, director of First Tee and golf coach at Cathedral High School. Gals and guys welcome. Tickets: $55 (includes entry, golf and food); available at eventbrite.com.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater — i-Suspect presents an Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater running weekends in February, as well as Valentine’s Day at the Venue Events & Ballroom, 6633 N. Mesa, Suite 400. Shows are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Cost: $52.50 plus tax; early Saturday dinner show, $49.99 plus tax; Valentine’s Day Show $55. Information: 519-4854 or i-suspect.com.
  The audience will witness a murder and uncover clues thru out the night to reveal the murderer. Dinner and dessert will be served. BYO wine event (no liquor or beer).

Valentine’s Day Soiree — 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 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, with a sit-down steak dinner (vegetarian option available), live music and dancing by Frontera Jazz Two in a tented venue. Tickets (includes two complimentary glasses of wine or beer): $70 ($60 wine club members). Information: (915) 309-7219 or sombraantigua.com.

Valentine’s in Valentine — The 6th annual music event is 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Old Mercantile in Valentine, Texas, with performances by Doug Moreland Band, The Doodlin’ Hogwallops, and Beebe & Carrasco, presented by Big Bend Brewing Company. Information: bigbendbrewing.com.

Seniors Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 23rd annual conference, “Making Connections, where there is love, there is life,” is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, featuring speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and art exhibit and more. Food donations accepted at the door. Information, conference passes are free: 831-7801 or eventbrite.com.

Southern New Mexico

For the Love of Arts Fiesta — The town of Mesilla will host its annual art show 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 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: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or irenep@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.
  Artists interested in applying may do so through Feb. 6. Must have a business license. Set up begins at 12:15 p.m. for artists.

The Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show — The annual gem and mineral show is Feb. 17-18, at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, with wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and educational displays on the art and science of rocks and gems. Sponsored by Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 age 5 and older; includes museum admission. Information: (575) 522-4100 or lcmuseumrocks.com.

Miss New Mexico USA — The Miss New Mexico USA and Teen USA pageants are Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28, at Oñate Performing Arts Center, 5700 Mesa Grande in Las Cruces, N.M. Official preliminary to the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions that is part of the Miss Universe organization. Preliminary is 8 p.m. Saturday, and finals are 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $45-$55 (Holdmyticket.com). Information: (915) 945-2894 or MissNewMexicoUSA.com.

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. One lucky local couple will win a free wedding on-site during the event.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 9-10, on “Burro-bon Street” (Burro Avenue) with this year’s theme “Love and Magic on The Mountain.” 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. Cost for tasting trays; $10 ($18 for couples; $7 each for family of four or more).
  Street dance with DJ Rico is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
  Annual parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Battle of the Bands 3 to 6 p.m.

Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 19th annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Travel Through Time.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 unique, locally made, handcrafted chocolates. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate; available at eventbrite.com. Information: (575) 538-2505 or chocolatefantasia.org.
  Closing ceremonies and award winners announced at 4:30 p.m. at Little Toad, corner of Bullard and Broadway.

Las Colcheras Quilt Show — The quilt show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 University, with judged quilts three special exhibits of small quilts, workshops, demonstrations and appraisals. Admission: $7 one day; $12 two day fees; free for age 12 and younger. Information: LasColcherasQG@aol.com.

Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at Ralph Edwards Convention Center, 400 W. Fourth, in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with around 125 quilts by local quilters, vendors and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-2959.

Las Cruces Home and Garden Show — The Las Cruces Home Builders Association’s annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24-25, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Spring in Las Cruces. The regional public marketplace showcases home improvement and construction businesses. Exhibitor booths, food concession stands and how-to demonstrations also will be featured. Information: (575) 526-6126 or lascruceshomebuildersassociation.com.

Cowboy Days — The 19th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with two days of cowboy demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, children's activities, mounted shooting, the CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, pony rides, gunfight re-enactments, and a special concert to be announced. Admission: $5; some activities include additional charges. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

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

Lovin’ The Art Annual Valentine Festival — The artists and businesses Placita Madrid, 1445 Main Street in San Elizario, host their annual festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-11, in historic San Elizario. Featured will be the unveiling of paintings of “The Kiss” by artists Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Erica Zamora Murrill and Romy Saenz Hawkins with their version of the “Kiss.” Wine and cheese offered; prizes given with purchase. Information: 851-0742.
  Guest artists on site: Romy Saenz Hawkins during regular hours with metal-embossing and other art; and Nacho Garcia 1 to 4 p.m. both days, available for humorous caricatures and serious portraits.
  A wedding minister will be available both days; Advance reservations required by Feb. 6; text (915) 355-2680.
  Performing 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. is David Cerros Saturday, and Arturo Garibay Sunday.

Valentine dinner and dance — Santa Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host its annual Valentine fundraiser 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the church’s Centro Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music by Tejas Band. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. BYOB for wine and liquor only; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30 ($300 per table for 10); reservations recommended. No refunds. Tables for 10 available with advance reservation. Information: 592-5245 or santaluciachurch@sbcglobal.net.

Valentine’s Dinner — Rotary Club of Silver City’s Valentine’s Wine Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road in Silver City, N.M., including a four-course meal, each course to be accompanied by a paired wine. Ticket information, reservations (by Feb. 6): Linda Brewer at the Bear Mountain Lodge at (575) 538-2538.

Galentine’s Day — Women’s Fund of El Paso hosts a fundraising event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Top Golf, 365 Vin Rambla. Guest of honor is pro golfer and former LPGA player Kristi Albers, director of First Tee and golf coach at Cathedral High School. Gals and guys welcome. Tickets: $55 (includes entry, golf and food); available at eventbrite.com.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater — i-Suspect presents an Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater running weekends in February, as well as Valentine’s Day at the Venue Events & Ballroom, 6633 N. Mesa, Suite 400. Shows are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Cost: $52.50 plus tax; early Saturday dinner show, $49.99 plus tax; Valentine’s Day Show $55. Information: 519-4854 or i-suspect.com.
  The audience will witness a murder and uncover clues thru out the night to reveal the murderer. Dinner and dessert will be served. BYO wine event (no liquor or beer).

Valentine’s Day Soiree — 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 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, with a sit-down steak dinner (vegetarian option available), live music and dancing by Frontera Jazz Two in a tented venue. Tickets (includes two complimentary glasses of wine or beer): $70 ($60 wine club members). Information: (915) 309-7219 or sombraantigua.com.

Valentine’s in Valentine — The 6th annual music event is 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Old Mercantile in Valentine, Texas, with performances by Doug Moreland Band, The Doodlin’ Hogwallops, and Beebe & Carrasco, presented by Big Bend Brewing Company. Information: bigbendbrewing.com.

Seniors Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 23rd annual conference, “Making Connections, where there is love, there is life,” is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, featuring speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and art exhibit and more. Food donations accepted at the door. Information, conference passes are free: 831-7801 or eventbrite.com.

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. Information: African American Studies Program, 747-8650 or utep.edu/aasp.
  This year’s highlights include An Evening with Angela Y. Davis, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at UTEP Union Cinema, first floor, Union Building East. Davis, distinguished professor emerita from the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a renowned scholar, author and advocate for civil and women’s rights, who become prominent in the 1960s as an activist.

EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College will host events in February in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “African Americans in Times of War” at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 831-3324, ochave30@epcc.edu or epcc.edu/diversityprograms.
• 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12: Soul Night featuring historical Black Greek Letter Organizations and live hip hop DJ).
Fab. 15-28: Black History Month Art Exhibit runs during regular building hours.
• 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22: Evening Regale with keynote speaker FBI agent Emmerson Buie Jr. and performance by Sha-Vonne Williams. Tickets in advance only through Feb. 12; $25 payable online or at any EPCC cashier.
  African-American Read-Ins are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Rio Grande campus; Thursday, Feb. 15 at Valle Verde campus; and 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Transmountain campus.

Black El Paso Democrats — The 35th annual Political Awareness and Awards Banquet is Saturday, Feb. 17, at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55 until Feb. 4; $75 Feb. 5-15. Information: bepd.org.
  Speaker is Texas State Rep. (District 120) Barbara Gervin-Hawkins.

Black History Month Parade and Rally — The annual Inter-Club Council Black History Month Parade usually is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of February (Feb. 24), at Montana and Pershing and travels east on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri ending at Mary Webb Park, 3401 E. Missouri. A rally follows the parade 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 241-6046 or facebook.com/interclubcouncileptx/.

West Texas


Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 32nd annual gathering is March 2-3 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The second oldest of its kind in the country, the event offers stage shows and individual performances by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326, 1-800-561-3712 or cowboy-poetry.org.
  Headline events include Celtic Cowboy at 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 2, and Cowboy Humor with Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chris Isaacs and R.P. Smith at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $10 per event.
  A “Life of Charlie Russell” audio/video presentation by Randy Rieman is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in Marshall Auditorium. Admission: $5 donation to Museum of the Big Bend.

Bazaars and Fairs

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27-28, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

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.
Feb. 3: Super Bowl Saturday. Wear a favorite team’s NFL Jersey and get 10 percent off on brunch in the restaurant.
Feb. 10: Mardi Gras Day. Zydeco and Cajun music, food and drink specials and El Paso Photo Bus will be out to snap Mardi Gras pictures.
Feb. 17: Animal and Human Valentine's Day Celebration. Bring a beloved animal and/or human and celebrate Valentine's Day at the Market. Toni Marie Photography will be on site to snap pictures of pets for $10 ($5 goes to charity).

Spanish Colonia Art Market — Spanish Colonial Art Society in Santa Fe hosts the 4th annual Las Cruces market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17-18, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor. The two-day event allows the public to interact personally with the artists, view their work and observe demonstrations of 400 years of Hispanic culture. Admission information: (505) 982-2226 or spanishcolonial.org.
  The Society runs the traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe the last full weekend of July every year, and Winter Market in Albuquerque the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual gun and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24-25, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las Cruces. Information: lascruceslionsclub.org.

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.

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


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.

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.

Sir Frances Stoddart lecture — Nobel laureate and professor of chemistry Sir Frances Stoddart will speak on “My Journey to Stockholm” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106, as part of its Centennial Lecture Series. Reception follows the lecture. Information: 747-5362 or centennial.utep.edu.
  Stoddart is a board of trustees professor in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Bernard L. Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage in 2016 for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.
  In 2007, he was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year’s Honors List. Stoddart is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

El Paso Cryptocurrency Conference — Learn how to use new technology to invest and make money during the city’s first cryptocurrency conference Saturday, Feb. 3, at the El Paso Convention Center, with guest speakers and beginners and advanced classes. Cost: $30 for beginners (10 a.m.) or advanced conference (1 p.m.); $50 to attend both. Information: epcryptocurrency.com.

Vegetarian Society of El Paso — The society hosts its winter dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Radisson Airport, 1770 Airway, with vegan buffet followed by guest speaker, VSEP Vice President Greg Lawson. Cost (all inclusive): $25; $22 members; $10 age 12 and younger. Reservations: 877-3030, VSoEP@aol.com or vsep.org.
  Lawson will present an often humorous talk with slides (no violent images) entitled “Advertising, Propaganda and Lies,” which will explore advertising by the meat and dairy industries.

Heal Yourself with Mind-Body Medicine — El Paso OASIS, 10600 Montwood, Suite 114 hosts an 8-week group process to learn evidence-based self-healing skills 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6-March 27 Participants will learn, practice, and take part in eight health promoting techniques to help them become more resistant to stress and disease, and improve their quality of life. Presented by Dr. Jose Baltazar. Cost: $20 per session ($160 for series). Information: 694-6109 or mind-bodyconference.com.

Chihuahuas Job Fair — El Paso Chihuahuas and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality will host their 2018 job fair 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, Feb. 7-8, in the WestStar Bank Club at Southwest University Park. Candidates are urged to bring a resume and dress to impress. No calls. Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to tripleaelpasojobs@gmail.com.
  Candidates must be 18 years of age.
  Chihuahuas are also looking for fun and outgoing candidates to join the Bark Brigade, our promotions team. Auditions, which will include casual group interviews and activities 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29. Candidates should pre-register at EPChihuahuas.com.

Conversation with Mayor Dee Margo — The Texas Tribune lunch event features a conversation with the El Paso mayor, moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at El Paso Community College’s Administrative Services Center9050 Viscount, Building A. Information on event, lunch or live stream: texastribune.org/events.

EPCC Border Learning Conference - El Paso Community College hosts the conference 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at El Paso Marriott 1600 Airway. The program of practical teaching demonstrations, round table discussions, and forums will address issues of learning along the border. This year’s conference theme is “Opportunities and Challenges of Educating Students in a Liminal Place.” Registration: $75 by Jan. 31; $100 after. Information: 831-2843, crober27@epcc.edu or borderlearningconference.org.
  Keynote speech is “How is Learning like the Mexican Revolution and Texas Politics?” by Keith Erekson.
  The 2018 Crossing Borders Award winner is Cynthia Horton, director of the Paso del Norte Center of Hope, a local organization that protects the victims of human trafficking and helps lead anti-trafficking efforts in the Paso Del Norte region through outreach, education, and victim-centered services.

Women’s Estate Planning conference — University of Texas at El Paso and UTEP Woman’s Auxiliary hosts its 52nd Annual Estate Planning Conference for Women 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Feb. 15. The five-week series of workshops is free, but space is limited. Reservations: 747-8533 or development@utep.edu.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (Feb. 17). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Pranic Healing Level 1 — Lynn Provenzano instructs the 2-day experiential intensive 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-18, at Hawthorne Suites, 6789 Boeing. Areas covered include energetic anatomy, preventive healing and self-healing. Registration and information: 449-0619 or register at pranichealing.com. For other local pranic healing clinics and events, go to Facebook: Pranic Healing El Paso Border Region.
  Advanced classes with Chandan Parameswara are March 23-26; Level 1 is a prerequisite.

Orange and Blue Day — UTEP’s Enrollment services hosts a day for prospective UTEP students to learn about the school’s offerings Saturday, Feb. 17. Participant explore our campus, residence halls and recreation center, learn about admissions, scholarships, and financial aid, and connect with current students, student organizations and more. Times to be announced. Information: 747-5890 or orangeandblueday@utep.edu.

Power station tour — The CelebrateSTEAM program offers a tour of the El Paso Electric Montana Power Station and Solar Facility, 13511 Montana, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The tour is free but reservations made to Karmen.Mayorga@epelectric.com.
  CelebrateSTEAM is a new program offering field trips for students and adults to places of scientific, technological and engineering interest in El Paso.

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

Las Cruces Christian Community Development Gathering — The “Gathering of Mercy” is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at University Presbyterian Church, 2010 Wisconsin in Las Cruces, featuring breakfast and lunch with Rev. Randy Nabors, as well as several breakout sessions and a night of worship. Information, full schedule: (575) 650-5412, john@crosstownlc.com or crosstownnews.com.
  Nabors is an author and pastor “to the outcast, the fatherless, the homeless, the single working woman,” who helped develop a successful Christian community through his congregation and the creation of several non-profits in Chattanooga.

SUNS Health Fair — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Students United Para Nuestra Salud (SUNS) hosts its 8th annual health fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 24, at Dolphin Terrace Elementary School, 9790 Pickerel. Services include free children’s bicycle helmets, vaccines for adults and children, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, dental screenings, glaucoma screenings, EKG screenings. a blood drive, safety demonstrations, physician speakers, face painting and children’s activities, and prizes. Admission is free. Information: sunshealthfair.org.

TecH2O DiscoverE — El Paso Water's TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana, celebrations National Engineering Week 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, with booths and hands-on activities related to different engineering specialties. Admission is free. Information: 621-2008 or tech2o.org.

‘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

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.




For a good cause


‘A Roaring 20’s Cotton Club Ball’ – El Paso Chapter, The Links Inc. hosts its 10th annual black-tie dinner gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Scenic View Ballroom 1340 Murchison, with dinner, dancing and silent auction. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Costume contest for best flapper/gangster. Tickets: $65; available via 593-5738 or 910-987-1669.
  Proceeds benefit community service programs. Information: linksinc.org.

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

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.

BorderRAC Topgolf fundraiser — BorderRAC hosts a fundraising event where guests can be some of the first to experience Topgolf, at 365 Via Rambla Drive, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $100 (includes breakfast and competitive tournament style play); available at borderrac.org/fundraising. Information: (BorderRAC) 838-3200.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — In celebration of Elks National 150th Anniversary. Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, will host the first of its monthly TTP (toiletries) collection drives noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. They will collect new toiletry items all year to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups, in need. Items will be accepted ongoing during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  Items can also be send directly to the lodge by ordering online at amazon.com under the “Elks Lodge 187 TTP Wishlist.”

The Walk for the Future — The walk benefitting Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Development scholarship fund is Saturday, Feb. 17, at Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Waves begin at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 a.m. Registration: ephccef.org. Information: erace3@yahoo.com.
  Packet pick up (after registering) at The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2401 E. Missouri on site the day of the event.

Safari Nights Gala — El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International hosts its 15th annual gala, auction and expo at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with 30 outfitter booths from around the world, wildlife artists and outdoor equipment specialists. Tickets: $100 ($40 ages 12-17; age 12 and younger admitted free but must acquire a ticket). Group tables available for $400-$1,200; available at 584-9300 or at scielpaso.org.

‘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.

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.

Harry Potter Book Night – Fort Bliss residents of all ages can celebrate J.K. Rowling’s series 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Mickelsen Community Library on Fort Bliss. Come dressed as a favorite witch, wizard, magical creature or muggle. There will be book and t-shirt giveaways, refreshments, awards for best costume (youth and adult categories) and photo opportunities. The public is invited. Information: 568-6156.

Fort Bliss Hiring Fair — The Employment Readiness Program at Army Community Service’s hiring fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, open to active duty military, family members, retirees and other DoD ID card holders. Guests must present a military ID card to participate. Information: 569-5838.

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.
  The Bourbon and Whiskey Festival is 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Sample tickets: $20 (ten samples).
  The Mariachi Festival at the Park is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Admission is free.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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).
• Solo para mujeres, a male revue show, is at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. 575-1,605 pesos.

Matices Culturales — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s performance series is presented at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: 750 pesos. Information: (El Paso) 544-5118, fmascarenas.org or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.
• Tan Solo, flamenco show directed by Manuel Reyes, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan 27.
• Camerata Filarmónica 5 de Mayo, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Directed by Fernando Lozano.
• Calacas Jazz Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

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.
• “Masha y El Oso” live children’s show is noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets: 290-520 pesos.
• ‘Las Arpias’ murder mystery with a cast of nine women is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Tickets: 575-805 pesos.
• ‘¡A Vivir!,” one-man show featuring Odin Dupeyron is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tickets: 405-630 pesos.
• The ballet “Carmen: is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. 105-160 pesos.
• Singer and multi-talented musician Nicho Hinojosa performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Tickets: 275-495 pesos (550 VIP).
• ‘Priscila, La Diva del Desiert’ a musical comedy based on the movie, ”Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” is at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. 115-345 pesos.
• La Catrina Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Tickets: 115-330 pesos.
• Gravity Falls, adventure/mystery show for children, is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets: 175-290 pesos.
• “Dios mío, Hazme Viuda por Favor,” starring five women in the play based on the book by Josefina Vázquez Mota, is at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. 405-690
pesos.
• “Esquizofrenia: ¿Estás seguro de que tu no la padeces?” is at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. 230-460 pesos.
• Mexican musician/comic Franco Escamilla performs his R.P.M. show at 7 and 9:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. 575-805 pesos.
• “El Caballero de la Comedia” Mike Salazar performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. 345-635 pesos.
• Singer Raphael, on his “Loco por Cantar” tour, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3. 630-1,430 pesos.

Juaritoz Café y Horneria — Fray Estebanico, #6593, Col, San Lorenzo. Ana Julia performs standup comedy show with José Jaritoz at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Admission: 100 pesos.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. Julio Preciado y su Banda Perla del Pacifico headline the concert dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. 290-1,035 pesos.

Fred’s Bar — Calle Ignacio Mejía 369, Pronaf, 32020. Allison perform Memorama 10th anniversary tour with special guests to be announced, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. 230 and 690 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. 
• A WBC Championship bout features Micky Roman vs. Aristedes. Boxing begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets: 115-805 pesos.
• AAA Lucha Libre Worldwide “Homenaje a Rocky Star” begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. 105-835 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  Two live Disney shows are offered:
• “Tributo a Soy Luna,” based on the Mexican telenovela, is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets: 175-290 pesos.
• “Vampirina” is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Tickets: 175-290 pesos.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. Tropicalisimo Apache performs at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, with special guest Mi Barrio Colombian. Admission: 142 pesos.

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

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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