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Home and Garden Expo The 15th annual expo is Feb. 28-March 2 at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More than 150 area companies display the latest products and services for homeowners. Admission: $7.50; $5:50 retired military/seniors; free for ages 16 and younger and active duty military. Information: (361) 882-2071 or elpasohomeandgarden.com.
Other activities include educational seminars from area experts for interior design and décor ideas, home energy saving tips and remodeling ideas, Master Gardeners with spring planting tips, and live cooking demonstrations.
Special guests include Brian Santos, “The Wall Wizard,” as seen on HGTV’s “Smart Solutions.”
El Paso Black Hair Expo and Trade Show Touch of Clazz Entertainment and B.O.S.S. Lady Networking Group host a weekend of hair education and demonstrations, shopping, fashion shows and more Feb 28-March 2 at Wyndham Airport El Paso, 2027 Airway. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $30 three-day pass, $10 for Friday or Sunday; $15 Saturday. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities available. Admission: $30 for all three days $10 Friday, $15 Saturday and $10 Sunday. Information: 249-4969 or bossladynetworkinggr.wix.com/elpasoblackhairshow.
Learn what products to use, new techniques and tools, health and fitness classes, as well as get inspiration in from fashion shows and make-up artists.
International Festival El Paso Community College Diversity Programs host the International Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the EPCC Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A, with representatives from 33 different countries around the world displaying national and ethnic artifacts, as well as music and dance performances. The 2014 Cultural Bowl competition is 10 a.m. to noon where high school students compete to answer questions about different world cultures. Information: 831-3324.
Carnival celebration UTEP’s Brazilian Culture Club will host a carnival celebration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center (in front of the UTEP library), with free food, music, Samba, jiu-jitsu, capoeira and prizes. Information: 850-4913 or email@example.com.
EPIC 2014 The spring El Paso in Comics convention is Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, at El Paso County Coliseum, featuring celebrity and artist guests. Tickets: $15 one day; $25 two-day; $35 three-day (Ticketmaster). Information: ep-con.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun City Scifi Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One, Snake Eyes from GI Joe and Toad from X-Men) is one of the guests at this year’s family-oriented Science Fiction Convention March 14-16, at El Paso Convention Center, with other celebrity guests and artists alley, vendors and more. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20 per day; $35 weekend pass (age 10 and younger free with paid adult) Information: suncityscifi.com.
This year’s scheduled guests actress Kathy Najimy (Sister Act/voice of Peggy Hill in King of the Hill), Greg Grunberg (Heroes/Big Ass Spider), Phil Lamarr (Pulp Fiction/Futurama) voice actors Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim and Power Rangers) and Rikki Simons (Invader Zim and NieA under 7), actor Lombardo Boyar (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gone in 60 Seconds), Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones), C. Andrew Nelson (Star Wars), Mike Mendez (director, Big Ass Spider), Scottie Thompson (Star Trek/NCIS), and cosplayers Marie Doll, Toni Darling and Kirika Yashida.
Portion of proceeds from Suncity Scifi go towards J.M. Hanks Hanksgiving and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
El Paso Heritage Tourism Summit The 2nd annual summit for everyone interested in the area’s history and a future is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the El Paso Convention Center, with more than 30 exhibitors, Old West re-enactments, “Ask the Historian,” session, keynote speakers including a special presentation by Rosa Guerrero, Town Hall meeting live online, lectures and presentations, door prizes and refreshments. Individual registration is free. Information: 244-6487 or visitelpaso.com/heritagesummit.
Super Kite Contest The 14th annual kite flying contest, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. Prizes for most unusual and highest flying kites and longest-time in the air. The event includes jumping balloons and face painting, as well as free kites for the first 50 kids attending. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-0288 or westsidecommunity.org.
Celebre Segundo Barrio Day Celebre Segundo Barrio hosts a health fair and family day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Lydia Patterson Institute Gym, 571 Florence, with health fair, entertainment and more. Admission is free; but canned goods donations welcomed. Information: 533-8268.
Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration The 8th annual free family fun day is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Admission is free. Free parking available at the EPCC Northeast campus with free shuttle service 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information: 755-4332 or franklinmountains.org.
The family fun day includes nature walks, educational exhibits and demonstrations by local environmental organizations and wildlife displays include a live, socialized wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and Houdini the Harris Hawk from the El Paso Zoo. A children’s activity center will offer arts and crafts led by local community members including Girl Scouts. Local performing groups will provide music and dance. Local vendors will offer original and hand-made merchandise for sale. Lunch and snacks can be purchased from food vendors on-site.
‘Kidspalooza’ El Paso Symphony Orchestra hosts the 7th annual family art and music festival 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, throughout Downtown. Most activities are free; minimal fee for some events. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
This year’s event includes special appearances by Daniel Tiger and Curious George at Arts Festival Plaza, aerial performances by Project in Motion, at Arts Festival Plaza, kiddie rides at Cleveland Square Park, children’s shows by Youth Opera of El Paso at the Downtown Public Library and Kids-N-Co. at Cleveland Square Park, arts and crafts at OLO Gallery, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of History, special admission at El Paso Exploreum and more.
El Paso Symphony presents JumpinJazz Kids “A Swinging Jungle Tale” at noon and 2 p.m. the Plaza Theatre. Admission: $5.
Participating partners include El Paso Children’s Hospital, City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department, El Paso KidsExcel, El Paso Public Library, El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Zoological Society, Kids-N-Co., El Paso Exploreum, Magoffin Home Stage Historic Site, OLO Gallery, home of Creative Kids, El Paso Latinitas, Sun Metro, Youth Opera of El Paso, USO and Fort Bliss: FMWR.
In conjunction with the event is the annual EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $10-$32.
Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham El Paso pastors join the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to host the outreach event April 5-6, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Information: 219-7991 or elpasofestival.org.
Generation 2000 Clear Channel Media and Entertainment presents the 28th annual children’s fair 10 a.m. to 6 p. m. Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, at the El Paso Convention Center, consisting of more than 100 specialty booths, games and interactive displays aimed at entertaining and educating children of all ages. Tickets to be announced. Ticket information: generation2000.net.
Portion of proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso.
This year features Family Fun Adventure Prize Walk, Imagination Station arts and crafts area, Mini Golf, live entertainment, Giant Bubbles, Adventures in Learning Science Area, Roller Races, Tiny Tots, Giant Sand Tables, Beading Area and more.
Southern New Mexico
Mardi Gras in the Clouds The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 28-March 2 with its 13th annual Mardi Gras celebration, “Monster Mash.” The family celebration includes costumes, bands, parade, bead throwing, masks, and Cajun style food, shopping and more under the big tent on “Burro-Bon” Street. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
King and King introduction and Walking Parade is 2 p.m. Friday.
Events on “Burro-Bon” street are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with the 3rd annual Battle of the Bands Sunday.
Rockhound Roundup The 49th annual roundup for rock and gem lovers is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 6-9, 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) 546-0056 or thedgms.com.
From El Paso, take I-10 west to Exit 85.
Cowboy Days The 15th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8-9, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, with children’s activities, cowboy food and music, cowboy mounted shooting, horseback and stagecoach rides, living history, gunfight re-enactments, arts and crafts vendors, roping, horseshoeing and other demonstrations. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmcowboydays.com.
New this year are demonstrations 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days by Borderland Pistoleros Mounted Shooting Club.
Gunfight re-enactments with Flying Cloud Productions are at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, along with and Old West Medicine Show and 19th Century Fashion Show.
The “Trial of Samuel Cooper,” a living history event about a case of cattle rustling, is 1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m. each day.
Children’s activities include the Sheriff School, Cowboy Boot Camp craft activities throughout the day, and pony rides from noon to 4 p.m. Cost for rides is $5.
Parade of Breeds is 12 to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. each day, with tours of the livestock facilities at 1:30 each day.
Musical performers include Tom Foster Morris, Chris Baker, Randy Granger, Bruce Carlson, Washtub Jerry, Kenny Arroyos, James Michael, the Stagecoach Troubadours and Skunk Valley. Members of the Western Writers of America will do readings and talk about their works in the museum’s theater each day.
History Notes Lecture Series The monthly program is 1 to 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, north end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The March 13 lecture is “Earliest New Mexico: Paleoindians of the Southwest” with Chris Merriman. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or las-cruces.org/museums.
Next month’s lecture is April 10, with Amado Guzmán speaking on “Acequia Culture in the Mesilla Valley.”
Las Cruces Arts Fair Doña Ana Arts Council’s 4th annual regional juried fine arts event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15-16, in the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 University, with more than 100 artists from around the county, with artists’ demonstrations. Children’s activities offered for age 6 to 12. All artists will participate in a silent auction benefiting Doña Ana Arts Council. Admission: $6 per day ($10 weekend pass); free for age 12 and younger). Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-arts.org.
A VIP Preview Night Gala with music and entertainment is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, to view the fair before the general public. Admission: $6.
Wheels of Dreams The Las Cruces Rodrunners will host its annual show and car swap meet benefiting the youth of Las Cruces 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road in Las Cruces. Alcohol-free event. Information, registration (575) 649-9919 or rodrunnerscarclub.com.
Mesilla Valley Stamp Show The postage stamp show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29-30, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces, with stamp dealers from five states, door prizes, free stamps for junior stamp collectors, competitive one-frame exhibitions, ribbons for winning exhibits. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 202-1937.
Old Timers Celebration The 101st anniversary of the annual reunion of the Old Timer’s Association of Luna County is Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, in Deming, N.M. To be eligible, “old timers” must be 30 years old, have lived in Luna County 10 years, at least 30 years of age, or be the descendant of a registered Old Timer. Information on facebook at Deming-Luna County Old Timers’ Association.
Saturday’s events begin with a coffee 8:30 to 11 a.m. at First Methodist Church, corner of Granite and Buckeye. The evening program, banquet and dance is 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Banquet admission: $25 (early payments by April. 10 encouraged).
Sunday’s breakfast is 7:30 a.m. to noon at Kretek Twin’s home, 881 West Pine.
Payments may be sent to Old Timers’ Association of Luna County, c/o Sylvia Coussons, 1420 S. Mesilla, Deming, N.M. 88030.
In 1913, a Deming businessman decided that all Luna County residents age 30 and older should get together once a year and renew friendships. Now, 101 years later, the Old Timers Association is still meeting and dues are still $1 a year ($100 for lifetime membership).
An Evening with the Artist Mimbres Region Arts Council presents storyboard artist/director Gary Trousdale at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Western New Mexico University’s Parotti Hall in Silver City as part of its monthly art lecture series. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: (575) 538-2505.
Downtown Ramble The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 523-2950.
Presidio Bi-National Arts Festival The 3rd annual arts festival for Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Mexico is Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29 in Downtown Presidio, Texas with music events, professional and student art exhibitions, author signings, silent auction, cabrito cookoff, kids activities and more. Admission is free. Information: Laurie Holman, (432) 295-1733, email@example.com or arts.cityofpresidio.com.
Bazaars and fairs
Johnny Lolita’s Artisans and Farmers Market Johnny Lolita’s Coffee Shop, 3200 S. Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. Information: 929-4008 or johnnylolitas.com.
The monthly Artisan’s Market is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, with handmade gifts, and a farmer’s market of fresh eggs, honey and more.
A Farmers Only Market is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Local farmers will sell fresh eggs, assorted cuts of beef, pork and lamb, canned items, raw local honey and other food items.
A Coffee sampling is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16. Guests can also learn about the regions different coffee beans come from.
The bi-yearly community yard sale is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23. Booth fee is $5 for both days; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnny Lolita’s red barn building offers handcrafted coffees, treats and cold drinks. hand-roasted coffee available by the cup or pound.
El Paso Psychic Fair The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, at Chase Suite Hotel Conference Center, 7000 Boeing (one block east of Airway). Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, spirit writing, Feng Shui products, and readings by 12 professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.
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, March 8-9, 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: $5 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
Sun Country Doll Folks The club’s 40th annual doll show and sale is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Holiday Inn Airport, Airway at I-10, exit 25. The event showcases several tables of antique, collectable and modern dolls, accessories, clothing, miniatures, books, bears and animals, Beanies and other toys. Free doll appraisals offered. A “doll hospital” is available on site. Admission: $3 ($1 children). 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.
German Spring Bazaar The German Catholic Church of Fort Bliss hosts its 10th annual bazaar 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the former Oktoberfest Building, Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss. Hobby craftspeople will display and sell their various decorations, handmade greeting cards, quilts to woodcraft products. German bratwurst, waffles, beer, coffee, cakes, pastries and cookies also available. Admission is free. Information: 568-0259, 568-4824 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
All proceeds will benefit the following projects on both sides of the border: Centro Communitario del Esperito Santo A.C, Centro Santa Catalina and the colonia in Chaparral.
Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar The Noncommissioned Officer’s Club hosts the spring bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at Fort Bliss Trading Post, 1717 Marshall Road, with arts and craft, antiques, clothes, bake sale, door prizes and food booths. Admission: $1. Information: Sue Gonzales: 590-7202.
Gun Show The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Fall Gun Show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $5, $4 active military with ID, $3 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Information: 598-0935.
The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc. was formed in 1964 and raises funds for various charities.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
Artists may rent booths for only $2, but are required to prove they produce their own work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and attend one of the monthly orientation sessions offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the City Hall third floor training room. Information/guidelines online at elpasotexas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism & Initiatives.”
El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Rummage Sale The society’s fundraising sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing The 12th annual market now runs year round. Winter hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday, beginning March 1, in Building A-1.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.
Something for everyone
EPCC Spring Arts Festival The 37th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May; schedule to be announced. Most events are free. Information: 831-2461, email@example.com or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival.
Exhibits in the Administrative Service Center Foyer, 9050 Viscount are the Annual Student Art Show, April 3-29, with opening ceremony 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and “Arte Maestro Exhibit,” May 5-22, with closing ceremony 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22.
• Dramatic Monologues 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Valle Verde Campus Bldg. A, A1510, with narrative poetry, first-person essay and short story readings by students and faculty.
• ‘Do it with Rhythm’ 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, and Wednesday and Thursday, March 5-6, and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25-26, in the Northwest Campus Library, 6701 Desert Blvd., featuring performance and hands-on lesson by the New World Drummers and Dancers
• Literary Symposium 10 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Northwest Campus Multipurpose Library, with a discussion of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.”
• ‘World Beat’ 4:40 to 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Valle Verde Campus Bldg. A, A1201m, by Karuna Warren and the New World Drummers and Dancers.
• Voice Faculty Master Class 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Valle Verde Campus A1201.
• Mary-Elizabeth Thompson-Meyer lecture/recital 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Valle Verde Campus, A1201, focusing on Electroacoustic Mexican Music for Flute, with recent compositions by Mexican composers Gabriela Ortíz, Jean Angelus Pichardo and Felipe Pérez Santiago.
• Empower Your Healthy Voice workshop 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Valle Verde Campus, A1201 with Ann Barto and Cornelia Patterson.
• “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroes” documentary screening 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Temple, 100 W. Rio Grande, with remarks by Julie O’Reilly. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• From Jazz to Rock performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, with Cased Closed Jazz Quartet and Friday, March 28 with Souled Out (classic rock/R&B), at the Administrative Services Center conference room.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex, with students of EunMeeGarza and Melissa Sanchez.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Dance Recital 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Administrative Services Center Auditorium with students from Pre Ballet, Ballet I and Hip Hop dance classes.
• Guitar Studio Master Class 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Valle Verde Campus A1201, with Armin Harrison.
BEEMS Conference The 21st annual dual-language education conference is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1, at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, with campus visits, guest speakers, breakfasts and more, sponsored by the UTEP College of Education. Registration/information: 747-5615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers are Josie Tinajero, Virginia Collier, Wayne Thomas, Jose Ruiz-Escalante, Leo Gomez, Richard Gomez and school administrators at dual language schools.
Mountain West Montessori The school celebrates its 25th year with its annual speaker event and workshop Feb. 27-28, with guest speaker Dr. Joyce Pickering. Pickering is a Speech and Hearing pathologist, a 40-year Montessorian, President of the AMS Board of Directors and a learning disabilities specialist.
Workshop hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, on the Montessori campus at 403 Frontera. An evening conference, “All Children Learn “All Children Learn Differently; Enhancing Learning for the Typical and At-Risk Child” is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at UTEP’s El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center (across from the library). Cost: $20 conference; $120 conference and workshops. Information: 584-5728 or mwmontessori.com.
Southern New Mexico Pride Awards The LGBTQ advocacy group will honor community leaders at its inaugural awards gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Alameda House, 526 S. Alameda, with live music by The Mother Tuckers, dinner by Double Eagle and drinks by Dublin’s Street Pub. Tickets: $50 ($90 couples; $500 sponsored tables); available in advance at Spirit Winds, 2260 S. Locust or online at southernnmpride.org. Information: (575) 915-2588 or email@example.com.
Honors will be awarded to the LGBTQ-Friendly Business, Activist Citizen, Political Figure, Best Media Advocates, Best LGBTQ Outreach Campaign, and Southern New Mexico Pride Board Service Award.
Birth and Family Festival The Women’s Cafe and Madre Sabia host the inaugural event for families 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona, for families that are expecting, new parents, families of young children, social workers, health educators, birth professionals, and all interested. Admission is free. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The festival includes short workshops on a variety of birth and parenting topics, including breastfeeding myths, prenatal and mom and baby yoga, acupuncture for infertility, childbirth education, children’s health, nutrition, midwifery, doulas and more. There will also be a gently used baby clothing and baby gear sale.
Children’s Disabilities Symposium The CDIC Community Parent Resource Center’s 25th annual symposium, “It’s Been A Big Adventure,” is 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Region 19 Head Start, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Keynote Speaker is Mike Dee of Power 102. Intended for adults only; no childcare available. Cost: $40 social work ethics; $30 professionals; $20 childcare providers; $10 students and parents of children with disabilities through Feb. 25 (cost increases $5 after). Information: 217-2747.
Helping Hands Painting Program Keep Vinton Beautiful will host the volunteer painting program Saturday, March 1, as part of project MOVE. The event is open to volunteers of all ages and local community organizations. Information: 886-5104.
Mustard Seed Community Café The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.
The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area will offer training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays (March 1, 15 and 29, and April 12).
Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe:
• March 11: Tomatoes in El Paso, with Dave Turner.
• March 25: Herbs for El Paso with Penny Leslie
• April 8: Warm and Cool Season Veggies with Dave Turner and Bill Hodge.
Project MOVE UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement’s annual Project MOVE (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) Day is Saturday, March 1. Volunteers will experience the importance of civic engagement, leadership, and service. During this Centennial year, the goal is to work with at least 100 sites. Applications to be a community partner taken through Jan. 31. Information on projects: 747-5076 or projectmove.utep.edu.
Western Tech Open House Western Tech will host an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, of its Main Campus, 9624 Plaza Circle, for interested high school juniors, seniors and parents. Includes campus tours. Information: 253-4764 or westerntech.edu.
FAFSA Nights Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce is working with area businesses and schools to increase the number of high school students submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the spring semester of their senior year through free FAFSA Nights provided to students by UTEP and EPCC.
A FAFSA Night is planned 4:30 to 7 p.m. at each area high school in El Paso County at the high school’s computer lab through March 4. Exact schedule/information available at 831-2565, or online at elpaso.org/financialaid.
FAFSA Nights provide access to financial aid experts and volunteers willing to walk families through the application process.
SUN Conference - The 11th annual conference on teaching and learning is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6-7, at various locations on the UTEP campus, with a special Keynote Panel Presentation of award-winning UTEP faculty. Opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. Hosted by UTEP’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning. Registration: $55 ($20 students) by Feb. 27; On-site registration: $100 for professionals; $30 for students. Information: 747-8793 or cetalweb.utep.edu/sun.
Centennial Lecture Series The free lecture series is 5 p.m. at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center. The Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact society, culture and lives in the years ahead. Receptions follow the presentations, and the public is invited. Admission is free. Information: 747-5555 or utep.edu.
• Sergio M. Alcocer The Undersecretary for North America/Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will talk Thursday, March 6. Alcocer has been Undersecretary for Energy Planning and Technology Development, and Research Director of the National Center for Disaster Prevention.
• Mark A. Wynne Vice President, Associate Director of Research and Director of Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will talk about the “Euro Crisis: What Happened and Why It Matters” Thursday, March 27
• Monica C. Lozano Publisher and CEO of ImpreMedia LLC/La Opinión, will speak Tuesday, April 15.
Physical Therapy Lecture Series UTEP Department of Physical Therapy’s final two lectures in the three-party continuing education series are 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6 and 20, at UTEP’s Campbell Building. Physical Therapy clinicians from the greater El Paso Region can be updated in current Best Practice and hear about the works taking place in the UTEP DPT Program. Information: chs.utep.edu/pt.
Lifeguard Course City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offers a Lifeguard Course 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, March 8-10, at Armijo Aquatics Center, 911 S. Ochoa. Attendance is mandatory for each and all dates. Fee: $201 per person; all attendees must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. Each person must also all meet certain physical requirements pertaining to their swimming skills. Information: 544-3556.
Ananda Yoga The yoga and wellness studio at 105 S. Festival hosts a Yoga Workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, to learn and practice safe upside down yoga poses like headstand, forearm inversion, shoulder stand and others. Cost: $44 by March 2; $55 after. Information: 603-7700 or anandaforlife.com.
Homebuyers Fair El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association’s 11th annual fair is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Airport Hilton Gardens, 6650 Gateway East. Information: email@example.com.
Volunteer Fair City of Las Cruces Network Volunteer Center’s 3rd annual volunteer fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Branigan Cultural Center, 501N. Main. More than 40 nonprofit and public agencies will have a booth there, to showcase programs and services and to recruit volunteers. Admission is free. Information: (575) 528-3035.
Opening remarks given by Las Cruces Mayor, Ken Miyagishima at 9:30 a.m. followed by door prize announcements every half-hour throughout the fair. Fair attendees will receive punch cards that agencies can mark after they are visited. Once five or more marks are collected on a card, attendees can redeem them for a free Caliche’s frozen custard offered on-site. An activity area also be provided, where kids make crafts and get-well cards to be donated to seniors at Munson Center.
Latinitas The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. All classes are at 10935 Ben Crenshaw, #207, unless otherwise listed. Information: 219-8554, firstname.lastname@example.org or LasLatinitas.org.
A “Wonder Women” International Women’s Day event is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Girls and moms can enjoy activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression such as hands-on art, poetry and music, as well as a film screening of “Wonder Women,” about strong women leaders.
A Cinema Chicas multimedia arts and technology workshop is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, for girls age 11-17. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. They will create their own skit and make their video debut. Bring $5 for lunch.
Girl Power Fest for girls 11 to 18 is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at UTEP’s Student Union. Tickets: $5 in advance; $10 at the door. See separate listing for details.
Girls Empowerment Team volunteer orientation is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 and 18, and April 8. Volunteers help with mentoring girls, serving as guest speakers for youth, becoming an after-school club leader, being a camp leader, acting as a workshop leader, leading our leadership institute, organizing girl empowerment events and planning media enrichment lessons.
Submissions for the annual Día de las Madres/Mother’s Day essay contest are being taken through May 1, at Latinitas headquarters. Open to girls ages 10-18 residing in the Greater El Paso region. Essays should be 200 to 500 words. Winning submissions to announced and published on LatinitasMagazine.com.
The winner will also win a salon package to give to her mom as a Mother’s Day gift and tickets to a Mother’s Day brunch.
Water Safety Instructor Course City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Water Safety Course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 10-15, at Armijo Aquatics Center, 991 S. Ochoa. Participants must be 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled session of course, and pass a series of swimming and physical requirements. Fee: $189 (attendance at all sessions mandatory). Information: 544-3556.
Community Health Education Series Sierra Providence East, 3280 Joe Battle, hosts a free seminar series the second Wednesday of the month. English presentations are 6 p.m., with Spanish presentation 7 p.m. The programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects to help improve and maintain the health of the community. Information: 577-SPHN (7746).
• March 12: Brown Bag Medication Event: Talk to a Pharmacist about your Medications
• April 23: Living Wills and Advance Directives.
Southwest Character Council The council’s monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Great American Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills. Cost: $15 (includes lunch, networking and training). Cash or check only. Information/RSVP: 779-7719.
Neighborhood Expo City of Las Cruces hosts a neighborhood expo Saturday, March 15, at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Downtown Mall, to give community members a chance to meet with their local government officials and City department leaders. Information: (575) 541-2026 or clctv.com.
Notre Dame Club of El Paso The club plans several events during the spring months. Information: elpaso.undclub.org or on Facebook at Notre Dame Club of El Paso.
• St. Patrick’s Communion Mass is 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa, with dinner following at Chicago’s Street Food, 2400 N. Mesa.
• Fish Frys are 6 p.m. Fridays, March 7-April 11, at St. Matthews Church, 400 W. Sunset.
• A fundraising book fair for children is planned for Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at Barnes & Noble at The Fountains at Farah.
Ardovino’s St. Patrick’s Day Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day event Sunday, March 16. Live music by Los San Patricios and Celtic Lie. Menu features homemade Irish sausage, Guinness chocolate cake and more. Doors open at 3 p.m. Door admission; call for information: (575) 589-0653 ext. 3.
ALFC Spring Conference Abundant Living Faith Center’s annual convention, “Thrive,” is March 18-23 at 1000 Valley Crest. Guest speakers include Jentezen Franklin, Chris Hill, Marcos Witt, Tim Storey and Charles Nieman. Spanish translation, nursery, preschool and children’s church provided at all services. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.
The Sacred Art of Tibetan Thangkas UTEP Religious Studies presents the lecture by Buddhist artist Tim Nelson at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in UTEP’s Rubin Center Auditorium. A reception will follow. Information: 747-5519.
TCM Day The celebration honoring Saint Patrick, patron saint of Engineers, is all day Friday, March 21, at UTEP’s Engineering Lawn. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the public is invited. This celebration is the oldest tradition in the College and University. Students, faculty and staff pay homage to St. Pat to remember the roots of the University: Mining and Engineering. Information: engineering.utep.edu.
Tai Chi Fan Form seminar Center for Internal Arts, 5757 Montoya Drive, hosts the seminar on the Tai Chi Fan Form Saturdays, March 22-May 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 and May 3, and 9 a.m. to noon all other days. Cost: $220 for six sessions (includes bamboo practice fan). Information/registration: Steve Barowsky, 584-4730, email@example.com or centerforinternalarts.com.
Women’s History Month Conference The 4th annual conference is March 25-27 at the UTEP student Union. The conference features activists, scholars and artists from all fields hosting panels, workshops, lectures and performances. Information: UTEP Women’s Resource Center, 747-5291.
The 2014 theme is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” UTEP faculty and students will share their research, as well as the work of local artists, community leaders and national scholars.
‘Eat Healthy’ Mini Health Fairs UTEP Wellness program hosts the mini-health fair focusing on nutrition 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center, across from the UTEP Library, with free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings for UTEP students, faculty and staff, as well as raffles, snacks and more. Information: chs.utep.edu/wellness/.
Their fair is part of a monthly series of fairs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. focusing on different wellness topics throughout the spring an and summer months:
• Friday, April 11: “Alcohol Awareness” and “Allergies,” in the College of Health Sciences School of Nursing lobby.
• Thursday, May 8: National Employee Fitness in the Campbell Building and Library (location subject to change).
• Thursday, June 26: Men/Women/Child Health Preventative Exams, in the Mike Loya Building.
Health fairs will also be offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union’s Tomas Rivera Conference Center during annual July enrollment.
‘TAPS Academy’ Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society will bring cast members of the SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters TV show to El Paso for a paranormal, science, and technology workshop Saturday March 29. Details to be announced. Information: 694-2317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTEP Walking Tours In honor of its Centennial Celebration, University of Texas at El Paso hosts a series of guided walking tours to highlight different aspects of the UTEP campus and its history. A new series is offered each month. Reservations required; groups should consist of at least five individuals. Information: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669 or email@example.com.
March’s planned tour is on “Glory Road.”
Upcoming tours in 2014 include Basketball Athletics Facilities, UTEP History, Bhutan on Campus, Arts and Culture on Campus, Haunted UTEP and Research for the Future.
Philosophical Society conference The 65th annual New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society conference is April 4-6, at UTEP. NMT holds annual meetings in late March or early April and is an inviting place for philosophers of all levels to present their ideas. Registration for presenters/participants; $70 full-time professors; $45 part-time professors and adjuncts; $35 graduate students; $25 undergraduate students and retirees; free for observers. Information: nmwt.org.
Stay Teen Contest Essay entries are being taken through April 14, 10935 Ben Crenshaw, #207, for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May. The contest is aimed at uniting and educating teens for a positive change. Teens are invited to submit essays, artwork or videos with their teen pregnancy prevention message. Top winners in each category will win prizes and be featured on the Stay Teen El Paso website. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or stayteenelpaso.blogspot.com.
Free tax preparation AARP Foundation offers free tax preparation for individuals with low or moderate income through April 15 at selected El Paso Parks and Recreation Senior Centers. Information: 544-0753.
• Memorial, 1800 Byron, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Information: 562-4260.
• Hilos de Plata,4451 Delta, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Information: 533-3207.
• Eastside, 3200 Fierro, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Information: 591-4292.
• Father Martinez Senior Center, 9301 Alameda, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 860-9131.
• Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell, 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 755-7566.
• Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: 581-9525.
Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards The 28th annual Community Arts Awards event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, outside at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The Arts Council annually honors special individuals and organizations that are actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts in our community through leadership, support and advocacy. Tickets: $20. Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-arts.org.
Bowie Class of 1964 Reunion The Bowie High School Class of 1964 will celebration its 50th class reunion with a dinner-dance on 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso, with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring music by El Paso Starliners. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets: $30; proceeds benefit Guillen and Bowie students. Tickets, information: Sergio, 276-4351, Corina, 433-2082, Angie, 240-1209 or Joe, 490-2510.
Genealogy conference Dona Aña Genealogical Society hosts its conference, “I Dream of Genealogy,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the First Baptist Church, 106 Miranda, in Las Cruces. Registration deadline is April 7; space is limited. Registration (through April 12): $50; includes lunch, printed materials, snacks and door prize. Information: (575) 527-0196 or LCgenealogy@aol.com
Nationally recognized genealogist and author Billie Stone Fogarty, past President of Oklahoma Genealogical Society, will give four presentations: “Courthouse Research,” “Unlocking the Treasures of the National Archives,” “What’s Online That I Shouldn’t Miss” and “Have I Proven Who I Think I Am? The New Proof Standards.”
CASA volunteer training CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of El Paso is a non-profit organization is currently seeking volunteers to act as representatives in court for abused and neglected children, striving to provide them a safe and permanent home. The next sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 29-May 8, at El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio. Information: 546-8146 or casaofelpaso.com.
All volunteers are required to complete a free 30 training class to prepare them to be effective advocates. Trainings held every 6-8 weeks. Check our website for specific schedule.
Alzheimer’s support groups Alzheimer’s Association El Paso offers support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at several locations throughout town. Caregivers can exchange practical information, discuss challenges and coping, share feelings, needs and concern and learn about available resources in the community. Information: Kelli Moorehead, 1-800-272-3800.
• Eastside 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at SunRidge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount. Refreshments served.
• Northeast 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at Richard Burges Branch Library, 9600 Dyer.
• Far Eastside 6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Cambria, 1991 Saul Kleinfeld. Bilingual group, refreshments served.
• Westside 6 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Desert Springs, 5901 Bandolero. Bilingual group.
Early Stage Support Group meets fourth Friday of each month. Pre-screening required. Information: Blanca Loya at Bienvivir All-Inclusive Senior Health, 562-3444.
New support groups meet at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Sunridge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount (Eastside) and the fourth Friday of the month at Royal Estates, 435 Mesa Hills (Westside).
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.
Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (March 15). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
Eat Well! El Paso City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Eat Well! El Paso initiative matches restaurant owners with nutrition professionals to create a healthy children’s menu that is low in calories and high on nutrition. This includes offering meals that meet established nutrition standards based on calorie, fat, and sodium limits, as well as the elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages. Information: 771-5845 or EPHealth.com.
El Paso Night Shift Nights The weekly car and motorcycle club showcase is 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at Fox Plaza (back parking lot), 5559 Alameda. The family event cars and motorcycles of many types, plus food, live music, jumping balloons. No alcohol allowed. Admission: $3 per person or car; free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 779-8424.
El Paso Parents meetup The social group for parents meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at Leona Ford Washington Recreation Center, 3400 E. Missouri, to relax and spend time with friends who are parents. The center offers free activities for kids including basketball, foosball, X-box, Ping Pong, and a computer room. Parents welcome with or without partners. Admission is free; snacks available. Information: 791-2114.
Fibromyalgia Support Group The group meets 2 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Alternatives Centre for Behavioral Health, 7760 Alabama as a network of support and resource education for those with Fibromyalgia, their families, and friends. Guest speakers and group members share their own experiences. Admission is free.
Information: 219-9970 or alternativescentre.com.
GED classes High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.
Knitting for Soldiers Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.
Medieval-Themed games Amtgard, Kingdom of the Burning Lands hosts role-playing games and crafts 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. The club has met every Saturday at Memorial Park for most of the past 30 years. Visitors are always welcome; admission is free. Information: 544-2034 or amtgardinc.com.
Move! El Paso walking trails The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has walking trail loops throughout the city. Each trail covers a different walking route that loops around back to the starting point. The loops are marked with colorful Move! El Paso ground signage with distances up to 2 miles long. Information: MoveElPaso.org.
Scenic Sundays Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic 6 a.m. to noon Sundays. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free. Information: 541-4416 or email@example.com.
For a good cause
Stan Getz celebration Border Book Festival will celebrate the life of Jazz Great Stan Getz with a dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at a private home, with jazz music by “Just Friends,” Jazz Quintet. Food from the Ukraine, Getz’s parents ancestral home, will be served. Tickets: $35, space is limited and reservations required. Reservations/location: (575) 523-3899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Tablescapes’ El Paso Pro-Musica Guild’s 17th annual luncheon features about 30 designer-decorated tables March 6-7 at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Each table is individually decorated by El Paso’s leading floral designers, interior decorators, party planners, specialty shops and more. Attendees vote for their favorite table, with designs ranging from whimsical to sophisticated.
The Ladies’ Nite Out Preview Party is 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, with tapas and wine. The preview party includes a live auction and flamenco guitarist. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $30.
Luncheon and silent auction is 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, with browsing time before the meal. RSVP by March 1. Tickets: $40. Combination ticket for both events: $65.
Raffle item donated by Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry. Proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Information: 833-9400 (Pro-Musica office), 799-8600 (Judy O’Connor) or elpasopromusica.org.
Milagro Gala Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is featured speaker at the annual benefit gala 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 7, at El Paso Convention Center. Angelou, a former United States poet laureate, has written more than 30 bestsellers, and has been honored with the Presidential Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal and three Grammy Awards. Proceeds from the event benefit sick and injured children at El Paso Children’s Hospital Tickets: $150 ($1,500 table for 10). Information/reservations: 521-7229, ext. 2989 or umcfoundationelpaso.org.
Empty Bowls Soup Dinner The Art Student Society at El Paso Community College will sponsor the 10th annual soup dinner and silent auction to raise funds and awareness of world hunger 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. All attending the dinner get to choose a folk art bowl to keep. Admission: $20 donation ($15 students/military/seniors; free for children under five; $60 family pack). Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org.
The dinner emphasizes international and local hunger problems. Money goes to the permanent local food bank of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
Sunland Derby Gala Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino’s 11th annual gala benefiting United Blood Services is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Signature Showroom. Guest speaker is Deion Sanders, a former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback who also played several season in Major League Baseball.
Tickets: $150 ($1,200 to $1,500 tables) Table purchase includes eight passes to the VIP tent at the Derby on Sunday and VIP parking for the event. Information: 544-5422, ext 164, email@example.com or unitedbloodservices.org.
Sanders, an eight-time Pro Bowl player, helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX, for which he was named Defensive Player of the Year, and the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX the next year. He holds the NFL record for return touchdowns. He also is the only person ever to hit a MLB home run (for the New York Yankees) and score an NFL touchdown (for the Atlanta Falcons) in the same week, which he did in 1989. He also is the only person to ever play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. He has worked as an NFL analyst since 2006.
The running of the 2014 Sunland Derby and The Oaks (for fillies) is Sunday, March 23.
Celebrity Waiter Spaghetti Dinner Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center’s 15th annual fundraiser is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at St. Pius X’s Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, at Geronimo. Local celebrities, candidates for office and other politicians will serve as waiters for a night working for tips. A silent auction and iPad raffle also planned. Admission: $45 ($450 table for 10). One raffle ticket included in ticket price. Available in advance at 544-5126. Information: las-americas.org.
Proceeds benefit Las Americas’ work with immigrant children, battered immigrant women and asylees/refugees from 64 countries who have ended up in El Paso.
Child Crisis Center Gala Springfire performs for the center’s gala dinner, is 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Wyndham El Paso, 2027 Airway. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Tickets: $100 per person (tables of 10 available). Information/reservations: 562-7955 or childcrisiselp.org.
March Madness symphony fundraiser The 16th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 7, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Live and silent auctions and raffles will be held before the game and during halftime. Call for cost. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is earlier Monday. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and 18 holes of golf at 1 p.m.
YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon Actress and philanthropist Rosario Dawson is keynote speaker for the 21st annual benefit luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Information/reservations: 533-7921 or ywcaelpaso.org.
Dawson has been honored with awards such as “Supporting Actress of the Year,” “Best Actress in a Motion Picture,” and the “Half-Life” Award.
Dawson also lends her time to a range of influential organizations including Voto Latino, a movement that promotes Latinos’ role in politics, which Dawson co-founded in 2004.
Dawson’s humanitarian work was recently rewarded with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Casas for CASA CASA of El Paso hosts its annual fundraiser 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Drive, with dinner and a silent and live auction of one-of-kind playhouses created by the area’s finest builders. Tickets: $100. Information: 546-8146 or casaofelpaso.com.
CASA of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system.
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.
Spring break programs
‘Camp Discovery’ UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens hosts a Spring Break camp for kids in grades 4-6 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10-14, to learn about the Chihuahuan Desert. Participants will learn about desert plants and animals, folklife and history, and desert fossils. Other topics include water conservation, recycling and UTEP’s Centennial Celebration. Cost: $40; includes all camp supplies, daily snacks, a t-shirt and an end-of-camp party. Registration deadline is March 6, space is limited. Information/registration: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploreum Spring Break Camps The museum at 300-320 W. San Antonio (south of Convention Center), hosts spring break camps for kids Monday through Friday, March 10-14. Admission: $100 per camp; second daily session for $65. Multiple child and military discounts available. Space is limited. Information: 533-4330. Register online at elpasoexploreum.org.
Morning sessions for Junior Explorers age 4-6 are 8:30 a.m. to noon; and afternoon camp for Senior Explorers age 7 and older is 1 to 4 p.m. Extended care available for both sessions (bring a sack lunch and water bottle).
Junior Explorers will explore sensory and science play, colors, shapes and animals. Senior Explorers will delve into engineering, physics, kitchen science and arts and crafts.
All-day campers enjoy free time in the museum, movies in The Boeing Company-Hunt Family Foundation Digitarium, and a visit to the city’s train museum and visitor center.
First Tee Spring Break Camps First Tee of Greater El Paso host three Spring Break Camps Monday through Thursday, March 10-13, for all levels of Players. Early registration encouraged. Information: 252-6511 or email@example.com.
• Ascarate Camp, 6900 Delta, is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $75.
• Butterfield Trail Camp, 1858 Cottonwoods, is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $75.
• Fort Bliss Underwood Golf Complex Camp, 3200 Coe, is 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $50.
El Paso Museum of Art Camp The museum’s 2014 Spring Break art camp classes are Tuesday through Friday March 11-14. Pre-registration required. Morning classes are $75 ($60 museum members); afternoon classes are $86 ($70 museum members). Information/registration: 532-1707, firstname.lastname@example.org or elpasoartmuseum.org/classes.
Morning classes are 9:30 a.m. to noon and include Metal Artwork (age 9-12) and Cartoons and Comics (age 6-8).
Afternoon classes are 1 to 3:30 p.m. and include Plaster Casts (age 6-8) and Clay Sculptures (age 9-12).
Aerosol Art Camp Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts the Aerosol Art Camp for youth age 12-15 March 24-28 at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Registration is on-going until the camp is full, space is limited. Camp hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Participants will learn basic graffiti art fundamentals including painting with aerosol cans, use of respirators, community involvement and graffiti art history. Cost: $50 per participant. Bring a sack lunch, snack, and water bottle each day. Information: (575) 541-2550.
Las Cruces Museums Spring Break Camps All four Las Cruces city museums host Spring Break camps for school age youth March 24-28. Registration opens March 1: las-cruces.org/museums.
Call individual museums for hours and fees.
• Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 Main Create artwork in the style of New Mexico artist Gustav Bauman. Information: (575) 541-2137.
• Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main Learn about the history, dance and stories of the Pueblo Culture. Information: (575) 541-2154.
• Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla Create a model town and train system. Information: (575)
• Museum of Nature and Science, 450 N. Main Explore the world of Petroglyphs. Information: (575) 522-3120.
Las Cruces Spring Break Camp City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department Spring Camp 2014 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 24-28, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell, for grades K-6 (parents must provide proof of child’s grade). Participants may also participate on a daily drop-in basis each camp day. Lunch not provided; participants encouraged to bring lunch, water and snacks. Water and Gatorade available. Cost: $60 per child ($15 per day drop-in). Information: Recreation Programs, (575) 541-2455.
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. The Buffalo Soldiers Gate at Airport and Airway is usually always open.
Tower Day Climbers age 6 and older can have unlimited use the Tango Tower, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. The Tango Tower is a 50-foot tall, six-sided structure with over 20 different high elements. No reservations required; all needed equipment is provided. Cost per person: $6. Information: 744-1532.
Biggs Laser Tag Youth age 16 and younger can participate in a Laser Tag event by Southwest Adventure, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, March 7 and 21, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. Cost: $10; includes equipment rental. Information: 744-1532.
‘Speed Dating for Dogs’ Fort Bliss MWR and Animal Rescue League of El Paso hosts its annual adoption event where families can meet their “soulmutt” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, on Freedom Crossing’s Grand Lawn. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start time to receive nametag and “speed dating” scorecard. Information/adoption fee: 588-8247 or blissmwr.com.
Prospective owners will chat with each dog’s handler and have a chance to ask questions about the pooch while checking out your family’s “chemistry” with each four-legged friend.
Fort Bliss Veterinary Services will also be on-site to answer questions and showcase their on-post services.
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club visitors can watch for free, food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983.
Catholic Women of the Chapel The CWOC meets 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (except holiday weekends) at Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies Fridays. Tuesdays consist of rosary making/preemie caps/hats and prayer shawls. Information: 867-2785 or email@example.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.
L’Alliance Française d’El Paso The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 355-4598 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
French classes for adults and children are offered throughout El Paso. New Advanced Conversation class begins Wednesday, March 19, and will emphasize the ability to communicate complex ideas as well as everyday life situations. Information: 328-8268 or afofelpaso.com.
Several events celebrating the French and Francophone Cultures are planned during the month of March:
• L’Alliance Française d’El Paso (AFEP) participates in the EPCC International Festival & Cultural Bowl Saturday, March 1. See separate listing for details
• Mardi Gras Dinner at EPCC Thirteen09, 9050 Viscount, Building B, is Tuesday, March 4.
• Cheese and Wine tasting is Friday, March 14, at Sunland Winery
• French film screening is Thursday, March 20, at The Garden in Union Plaza.
• A French cooking class is Saturday, March 22. Call for location.
• A Mediterranean Dinner is Sunday, March 30, at UPC, 244 Resler.
Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 25 to 45. Bible study held weekly. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• March 1: Dinner and bowling
• March 8: Dinner and Rhino hockey
• March 15: Hueco Tanks hike
• March 22: House party
• March 29: Dinner and a play.
Woodworkers Club of El Paso The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building). A video of Essential Woodworking Techniques will be shown, followed by a show and tell segment. Admission is free. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.
Steven O’Sheilds The State of Texas’s director of licensing will talk on “2014: A Year of Changes,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East, hosted by El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association. Cost: $25 ($20 members), includes lunch. RSVP by March 1: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: epmba.net.
Westside Welcome Club The group is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
The monthly free newcomers’ coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at 6227 Franklin Hawk. No RSVP necessary
The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Social time starts at 11 a.m. Program will feature a representative from Sunland Park Racetrack. Cost: $20; reservation checks may be mailed to the club via Box 13167, 79913. Information/reservation: 845-1896.
The Westside Welcome Club’s Day at the Races is Sunday, March 30, at Sunland Park Racetrack. Call for details.
Borderland IONS The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Shamanistic expert Raul Tarango (Grey Wolf) will give a presentation followed by discussion. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.
ANDA meetings Area Network for Disabilities and Aging meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, at Chihu’a Restaurant El Paso, 9135 Gateway West. Election of officers and board members will be held. Annual club dues of $12 are due. Information: 598-0900.
Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter The Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 2608 Fort Boulevard. A free lunch for current and new members and invited guests served at 1 p.m. with general membership meeting at 2 p.m. Information: 562-9969 or bpaac.org.
Del Valle High School Retirees All Del Valle High School retirees, former faculty and staff are invited to no-host luncheons at 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call for location: Marsha Labodda, 629-7063.
Doña Ana Camera Club The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Meetings offer technical presentations, friendly suggestions for improving member photos, travelogues, networking, and other activities. Meetings are free and open to all interested photographers. Information: (575) 524-1288 or dacameraclub.org.
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild Regular monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 494-7977 or email@example.com.
El Paso Philatelic Society The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 345-7771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Coin Club El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Business meeting starts around 6:30 p.m. Numismatic presentations start at 7 p.m. with auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclug.com.
Macintosh Users Group The El Paso Macintosh Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. The group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or epmug.org.
The club now features two special interest groups:
• “SIGs” Photography/Photoshop on improving digital photography skills (begins at 9:30 a.m.)
• LiveCode, building stand-alone apps for OSX, Windows, Linux and Androids (all from within the OSX program). No previous experience in programming a computer necessary.
Mesilla Valley Stamp Club The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (March 6) at the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning and advanced collectors are invited to trade, buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202-1937.
Project Linus The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, (March 1) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or email@example.com.
The April meeting will be the second Saturday of the month, April 12.
STEP Ministry The Singles Ministry (Singles Together Experiencing Purpose) at Exciting Immanuel Baptist Church, 1201 Hawkins, offers events for adults who have never been married, formerly married, widowed or single parents with children. Cost varies depending on event. Information: Tom Walker, 449-6909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: myimmanuelchurch.com.
Toastmasters The Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Learn how to make speeches, gain confidence and other leadership skills. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: 833-1406 or 691092.toastmastersclubs.org.
UFO Discussion Group The video/internet topic discussion group meets 1:30 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Burges Public Library’s annex room, 9600 Dyer (at Rushing). All meetings are free and open to the public. Information: Rita P. Freeman, 755-0473 or email@example.com.
Wyler Aerial Tramway Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 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.
The Tramway celebrates the 13th anniversary of its reopening noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, with free interpretive tours, door prizes, educational exhibit and food vendors, as well as displays of old tramway artifacts and vintage posters and pictures.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The live horse racing season runs through April 15. Racing days are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:55 p.m. through April 15.
Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10a.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.
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.
The 12th running of the Sunland Derby is Sunday, March 23.
Indian Cliffs Ranch The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
Licon Dairy The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
Mount Cristo Rey The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross tops the mountain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Because of safety concerns, people are advised to hike only in groups. The best time to hike is when volunteers are working on trail maintenance, usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. For information on Saturday hiking times, call 252-9840.
San Elizario Historic District The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
Sunland Winery Located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
Jack Welch, saxophone, performs Thursdays and Saturdays. Sweetwater band performs Fridays and Sundays. Free wine tasting. Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
La Viña Winery New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
Free live music on the patio offered Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.
Zin Valle Vineyards 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
Free Music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site - 1120 Magoffin. Built in 1875 by pioneer El Pasoan Joseph Magoffin, the Magoffin Home exemplifies the Territorial style of the period, combining Southwestern building techniques and Eastern design. To get there: Magoffin Street, in Downtown El Paso, runs one way going east from San Antonio Street. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tours given through 4 p.m. Cost: $3; $2 for students and seniors; 6 and under are free. Information: 533-5147.
El Paso Missions - Three historic churches lie within eight miles of each other in El Paso County's Mission Valley.
· Mission Ysleta - Spanish and Tigua Indian refugees from northern New Mexico founded the community in the 1680s. The first mission was built in 1692, and rebuilt completely in both the 18th and 19th centuries. The current structure was built in 1851. It's near Zaragoza and Alameda.
· Mission Socorro - The first adobe structure in Socorro was built in 1692, and like Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later centuries. The current structure dates back to 1843. It's off Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
· San Elizario Chapel - Established in 1789 as a Spanish presidio to protect the Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877, replacing one built about 25 years earlier. It's on the San Elizario plaza, off Socorro Road 5.5 miles southeast of Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail which Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a friend.
Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Brochures are available for walking tours of historical sites in downtown El Paso amd Juárez. Information: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 534-0600.
Hart's Mill - Pioneer Simeon Hart built a flour mill in 1849 where Don Juan de Oñate crossed the Rio Grande in 1598. The mill is gone, but the home has been preserved as La Hacienda Restaurant, 1720 W. Paisano. Next door is Old Fort Bliss, 1881-1893 home of the post. 533-1919.
Concordia Cemetery - A historic cemetery that now lies in the shadow of El Paso's principal freeway interchange, Concordia is the final home of gunfighters John Wesley Hardin, John Selman and others. The former town "Boothill" can be reached by taking the Copia exit from Interstate 10. To find out about tours or other information, call the Concordia Heritage Association at 755-0000.
Franklin Mountains State Park - The largest urban park in Texas extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mount Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level. Park rangers give guided hikes on the first and third weekends of the month, beginning at the Tom Mays Unit entrance and last 2-3 hours. Information: 566-6441.
Entry fees are $3 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, until 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during summer. The park also offers mountain biking, camping and picnicking.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site - The park is famed for its unique geology and Native American rock art. Unguided access is limited to North Mountain. Rock art tours, hiking tours, and bouldering tours are available Wednesday-Sunday mornings. Reservations recommended: (915) 849-6684.
Admission fee is $4, special rates for seniors; free for children 12 and under. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 857-1135. To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains, then turn left on Ranch Road 2775. It's about 32 miles from downtown El Paso.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Park headquarters is at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180. McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center, 7 miles east of Pine Springs, offers nature, canyon and geology trails. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry. Information: (915) 828-3251.
So. New Mexico day trips
White Sands National Monument - The glistening gypsum dunes are a year-round attraction, offering eerie vistas, relaxing hikes and a wonderful natural playground for kids of all ages. The monument is about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks are offered an hour before sunset.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last weekend of each month. Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles then hike 3/4 mile to the source of the white sands. Advance reservations (beginning two weeks before tour) are required.
Hours: Visitor Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to sunset.; expanded hours in summer. Summer events include full moon night programs. Entry fee: $3 for adults. Information: (505) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - The caverns open at 8 a.m. daily, and the last elevator down leaves at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also walk to the main caverns through the natural entrance - last walk-in is 2 p.m. (hours extended 1 1/2 hours in summer). Cost is $6 ($3 for ages 6-15, for seniors with discount card).
Additional tours offered; call for fees and reservations. Information: (505) 785-2232 or www.nps.gov/cave.
The park is 160 miles east of El Paso.
Aguirre Spring Campground - The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle. The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.
Information: (505) 525-4300.
Alameda Park Zoo - Alameda Park, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. The zoo is part of the park that lines Alamogordo's main highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.20 adults, $1.10 children and seniors. Information: (505) 439-4290.
City of Rocks State Park - Between Deming and Silver City, four miles east of U.S. 180 off NM 61, is the peculiar formation known as City of Rocks. Erosion has sculpted the "city" out of volcanic material, creating a natural playground for rock climbers. Admission is $3. Information: (505) 536-2800.
Dripping Springs Natural Area - The recreational area is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area includes the A.B. Cox Visitor Center, several hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. The area's entrance gate is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed (except for assistance animals). Information: (505) 522-1219.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Carlsbad, N.M. Living Desert offers visitors an up-close at the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert. Admission: $3 ($1 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Information: (505) 887-5516.
Old Mesilla - The largest town between San Diego and San Antonio before the railroad passed it by in 1881, Mesilla has retained its appearance and character as a 19th-century center of the Southwest. The town plaza was the site of the official celebration in 1854 of the Gadsden Purchase. Mesilla also served as a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Trail.
Many of the adobe buildings, some dating back to 1850, have been restored. Dozens of shops and galleries, scenic San Albino Church, the Fountain Theatre and historic restaurants await visitors.
Stahmann Farms - The world's largest family-owned pecan orchard offers free tasting tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through August at Stahmann's Country Store, 22505 Hwy 28 South, La Mesa, N.M. (six miles south of Mesilla). Allow one hour for tour; advance reservations for groups of 8 or more.
The tour is in the heart of Stahmann's 4,000 acres, and includes the shelling and candy plants.
Sample various sauces and condiments off the grill at Saturday culinary samplings, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through August.
Fort Selden State Monument - Fort Selden, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, was a 19th-century adobe fort. The monument preserves the remaining ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits of military life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free). Information: (505) 526-8911.
All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Auditorio Benito Juárez Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda.
Festival Internacional de Drama Español Siglo de Oro presents three plays. Admission is free.
• 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28: Morfeo Teatro from Cuevas de San Clemente, Spain presents “La lozana andaluza” by Francisco Delicado.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1: Morfeo Teatro from Cuevas de San Clemente, Spain, presents “La escuela de los vicios” by Francisco de Quevedo.
• 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2: CMA Company of Juárez presents “Entremeses Cervantinos.”
Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Boxing beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28,. Headline match is Pipino Cuevas Jr. vs. Markos Gonzalez. Also on the card are two women bouts featuring sisters La Catrina and La Bonita. Admission is 50 to 100 pesos.
Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Information: 6391011 (Tania Bonfil) or ciudadjuarez.af.org.mx.
Mardi Gras party is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Wear your favorite costume; prizes for best costume. Fee admission, but bring beverage or cold dish to share.
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and center’s the box office.
• 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1: “Prince Igor de Borodin,” opera broadcast live from the New York Met on a giant screen
• 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8: University Symphonic Orchestra concert, “The trumpet in the Orchestra”
• 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9: GQ The Musical
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12: International Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat. Tickets: 550 to 1,200 pesos
• 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19: Theater performance of “Porque los hombres aman a las cabronas,” with Gabriel Soto, Araceli Arambula and Jessica Coch
• 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30: Music theater performance of “Spelling Bee” with Ana Regina Cuaron and other artists.
Festival Internacional de Drama Español Siglo de Oro presents two plays. Tickets are free, but must be picked up the day of the play at the box office.
• 7 p.m. Monday, March 3: Cambalache Teatro and Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico de Murcia of Murcia, Spain presents “De fuera vendra…quien de casa nos echara” by Agustin Moreta.
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4: Cambalache Teatro and Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico de Murcia of Murcia, Spain presents a 1940s adaptation of “El secreto a voces” by Pedro Calderon de la Barca.
Cibeles Convention Center Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
Lovin the ‘80s dance, with DJ music from the era, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Wear 80s attire. Admission is 325 pesos; bring your own bottle if desired.
Foro Nora Rancho Aguacaliente 7231. Pradera Dorada Zone (rear of Costco building). Theater performance of “El Atascadero,” directed by Jisel Arroyo, is at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 1-2. The play, dealing with the long, slow lines to cross the bridges from Juárez to El Paso, stars the comic performer Sandra Castañeda. Admission: 70 pesos.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
A documentary series organinzed by national film artists Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, will be presented each Saturday in March. All shows are at 4 p.m. Cost is 20 pesos (10 pesos for students with ID and seniors). Non-Spanish language films shown with subtitles
• March 1: “Expedition to the end of the world” (Denmark)
• March 8: “Three voice diary” (Mexico)
• March 15: “The Invisibles” (France)
• March 22: “Revenge” (Russia))
• March 29: “Looking for Sugarman” (Sweden/UK)
Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.
Telon de Arena Theater and cafe is at Cayetano López #566 Col. Partido La Fuente. Information: 6119545, telondearena.org.
• At 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 16 is the children’s theatre “El Ogrito (The Little Monster).” Admission is 100 pesos (60 pesos for children, students and teachers).
• 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2: “Su Alteza Serenisima,” a theater performance on the life of Mexican dictator Santa Anna. Admission: 60 and 100 pesos.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6: movie screening of “The Ghost Writer” (Poland). Free admission.
• 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 7-9 and 14-16: Theater performance of “Justicia Negada” (Denial of Justice) by Perla De la Rosa. Admission: 60 and 100 pesos.
• 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 28-29: Pop and jazz music by Criss and John. Admission: 60 and 100 pesos.
Olé Olé Insurgentes Avenue and Cayetano Lopez, two blocks east from Plutarco Elias Calles.
A ten-bout UFC evnt begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Tickets at donboleton.com.
Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
• Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2: Food and beverage sale to benefit Dulce, a girl in need of cancer treatment.
• Noon to 1:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday, March 14-16: Juarez Bike Fest 2014, featuring local and foreign motorcycle clubs will participate, motorcycle expo, wrestling show, food booths, raffles and 17 rock bands, including Salvador Moreno, former vocalist of “La Castañeda.”
Estadio Jaime Canales Lira Av. Vicente Guerrero at Gregorio M. Solis (near Cordova Bridge). Tickets at donboleton.com. General admission sold at the door.
• Intocable performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Tickets begin at 160 pesos; VIP tables for four are 5,700 pesos, includes one bottle of wine.
• Zoe, a Mexican group that has won numerous awards since its launch in 1995, performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15.
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. Rock bands perform 1-4 p.m..
A free Zumba Master Class is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Organized by Carolina Rosas Heimpel and coordinated by Zumba instructor Sobeyda Lili (Flor del Desierto).
La Bandida Discoteque Boulevard Zaragoza and Carretera at Casas Grandes, in front of Gran Patio Mall. Jesus Ojeda performs in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $ 200 to 650, available at donboleton.com.
Salon Paso Del Norte Plutarco Elias Calles Av at 21 de marzo. Media cosplay expo is 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.
El Rincon De Ana Lucia The restaurant and gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building).
Showing all month: exhibition and sale of art by Eli Morales, Geo Gamez and Alejandro Ortiz. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
La Rodadora Juárez’s new 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). Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
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.
There is also a 3D theater, library with computer area, outdoor garden with labyrinth and performance venue.
Museo del Chamizal Chamizal Park, Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
Showing all month: Early Man in Mexico.
‘Bridge Over the Abyss’ The new book by Walter Schaefer (Juárez correspondent for El Paso Scene) covers the art history of Juárez from 1890 through the present. Book price is 150 pesos. Available in Juárez at the Correo Passage, Libreria Alex at Soriana San Lorenzo and Rio Grande Mall; and in El Paso at Agave Rosa Gallery.
Juarez en la Frontera The radio cultural talk show is 2-3 p.m. Sundays, 1490 AM.
‘Por Amor al Arte’ The radio show, covering all aspects of the arts in Juárez, airs 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM. The show includes music, interviews, reviews of events, recommendations of books and movies, hosted by Hogla Lizeth Olivas. Information: 806Noticias.com.mx.
Radio Cultural Milenio Alfonso “The Duck” Quiñones hosts the radio program devoted to the cultural world in Juárez at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on 640 a.m.
Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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