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Note to readers
As of press time all events through mid-April had been canceled or postponed. See separate listings for rescheduled concerts and other touring shows, sporting events, community theater and other categories. Updates will be provided at epscene.com and on the El Paso Scene Facebook page.
El Paso events canceled or postponed with no new dates scheduled include Kermezaar (April 4-5), the EPCC Spring Arts Festival, the El Paso Symphony’s March Madness fundraiser (April 6), El Paso Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo (April 18)
Many Easter weekend (April 10-12) events also have been canceled, including hikes up Mt. Cristo Rey. No official word was available regarding the annual Northeaster Parade.
Following are events that remain scheduled for late April and early May; we’ve included events that have been rescheduled from April to later dates.
Keep in mind that any event listed for April and early May is subject to cancellation or postponement
RESCHEDULED: El Paso Comic Con — The convention has been rescheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the El Paso Convention Center. Special guests to be announced. Information: (575) 405-0461, firstname.lastname@example.org, elpasocomiccon.com and on Facebook and Twitter. The convention was originally scheduled for April 17-19.
RESCHEDULED: La Viña Spring Wine Festival — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and wine has been postponed until June. Originally scheduled for April 18-19.
Ladybug Release — Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, invited the public to take part in the interactive release of about 50,000 ladybugs throughout the weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 and April 25-26. As of press time, no final decision had been made on the status of teh event. Call to confirm. Information: 851-2003, ramirezpecanfarm.weebly.com.
Lower Valley Health Fair — The 38th annual health fair was scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood, with about 100 agencies providing free health screenings, information booths and Family Fun walk. As of press time, there was no official word on its status. Admission is free; immunizations are $10, Information: 937-2018.
Southern New Mexico Earth Day Celebration — The City of Las Cruces was scheduled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April with a month-long “Earth Day, Every Day” celebration of environmentally friendly activities and events. Check on status of events. The main event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main, with plant-based food vendors, family activities, and entertainment featuring music by A. Billi Free and Radio La Chusma. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2177 or on Facebook at snmearthday.
The main event also features a “Circle of Solutions,” interactive space divided into eight areas highlighting various issues.
Full schedule of activities for the month at available at VisitLasCruces.com or at the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau, 336 S. Main.
POSTPONED: ‘First Thanksgiving’ — The 29th annual reenactment of the First Thanksgiving of the Southwest of Juan de Oñate and his expedition of the first Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598 is presented by El Paso Mission Trail Association at the Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez (at Socorro Road). The April 22 event has been postponed and is now planned to be rescheduled in May as part of History Preservation Month. Information: 851-9997, visitelpasomissiontrail.com. or on Facebook at Preservation Month EPTX.
POSTPONED: Rio Grande Festival — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society’s 4th annual festival of art, culture, history and heritage, originally scheduled for April 24-26, in the San Elizario Historic District, has been rescheduled for Sept. 4-6. Information: 851-1682, theriograndefestival.com, or sanelizariohistoricdistric.org.
Las Cruces Showcase of Homes — The Las Cruces Homebuilders Association presents the Spring Showcase of Homes April 24-26 and May 1-3 for anyone in the market for a new home as well as looking at design and decorating ideas. This year’s tour is presented by Metro Verde. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (4 to 9 p.m. for May 3,) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 526-6126 or on Facebook at Showcase of Homes Las Cruces.
‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ — The 24th annual children’s day/book day is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. Various activities, food trucks, free books, crafts and more. This year’s event is sponsored by the Khalid Foundation. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or elpasolibrary.org.
POSTPONED: Sun City Craft Beer Festival — The celebration of craft beer was scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday April 25-26, at the El Paso Convention Center. At press time it was announced that the event was postponed; no new date yet available. Age 21 and older only; no pets permitted. Early bird tickets: $25 general admission per day (through March 20); $35 for both days. Designated driver admission; $10 per day. Limited amount of one-day VIP tickets available for $80; available at suncitycraftbeerfest.com.
CANCELED: The Lights at EPCC — El Paso Community College was scheduled to present the annual event highlighting light creations from EPCC and area students, April 25, on the Valle Verde Campus, 911 Hunter, with live performances, food, family activities and more. The event was canceled just as El Paso Scene was going to press. Information: 831-2402 epcc.edu.
History Preservation Month — The National Trust for Historical Preservation has designated the month of May as Preservation Month. Full list of El Paso area events on Facebook at Preservation Month EPTX.
Events subject to change of cancelation:
• Guided Tour of the San Elizario Historic District 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, starting at Los Portales Museum, 1521 San Elizario.
• Historic Texas Cemeteries: A Cultural Tour 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center.
Tacos and Rides Fundraiser Car Show — Ysleta High School Alumni Association hosts the car show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Ysleta VFW Post 10354, 9170 Cananoa, benefiting its scholarship fund. Food and music available; food plates available for $7. Registration at 9 a.m.; $20 early bird; $25 day of event. Information: 637-0318 or on Facebook.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event includes live, music, and around 30 vendors of arts and crafts, games and food booths. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed in the plaza. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116, mesillanm.gov or on Facebook at Old Mesilla.
Fallen Officer Memorial Car Show — El Paso Fallen Officers Memorial Foundation tentatively hosts its 4th annual fundraising car show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, (postponed from April 4) at Southwest University Diesel Shop, 6500 Montana, with live music by Red Ruby. Proceeds help in the remodeling of the police memorial at Chuck Heinrich Park. Registration: $20 outdoor spots, $30 indoor in advance; $25 outdoor, $40 indoor day of show. Information: email@example.com or on Facebook.
May 9 is the Saturday before National Police Week, May 10-16.
Escape Race 915 – Operation Outbreak, Escape Room host the citywide “race to find Agent 22” scavenger hunt that blends the concept of the hit show “The Amazing Race” with elements of the popular escape room craze, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Teams will have three hours to solve puzzles, search the city, follow the clues, and locate all missing agents. After party location will be announced after 5 p.m. for all participants; location to be announced. Registration: $35 per person. VIP registration available. Register at escaperace915.com. Information:
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at Operation Outbreak, 4530 Montana. All team members must be present at time of registration; race officially begins at 2 p.m. All ages welcome, including family teams.
Silver City Blues Festival — The 25th annual event is tentatively planned for May 22-24 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City, with performances by Sarah Grace and the Soul, Hector Anchondo Band, Tas Cru, Laurie Morvan Band, Sofie Reed, Roman Barten-Sherman, Connie Brannock Band, Pat ‘Guitar Slim” Chase, and Brandon Perrault Band. Admission is free at all Gough Park events; other event prices as listed. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or silvercitybluesfestival.org.
Southern New Mexico
Bazaars and Fairs, Farmer's Markets
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, on the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza on Main Street in San Elizario. Includes music, reenactments, food and more. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org or on Facebook.
Native American social dances begin at 2 p.m.; car show is 3 to 7 p.m.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well-behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.
Market will be open on limited scale; all vendor booths will be six feet apart.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — Physical market is postponed until April 19; Virtual farmers market available for phone orders 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Facebook. The artist and farmers market regularly is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Last Sunday of the month is at The Substation, Sunset & Doniphan. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — Until further notice, the market will operate on a limited scale providing locally grown food, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until sold out) each Saturday, at Plaza de Las Cruces in Downtown in El Paso. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.
Something for everyone
Tech Tuesday sessions — Medical Center of the Americas Foundation hosts its monthly session, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Cardwell Collaborative Building, 5130 Gateway East. Topic is “Home Health Care in 2020 and Beyond: Paradigm shifts and a sea of change” with Zach Zuniga, director of Grandview Health at Home. Admission is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP: 613-2478 or mcamericas.org.
Area Agency on Aging volunteers — Volunteer training for those who wish to serve as long-term Ombudsmen to residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, 9 to 11 a.m. April 17, at 8037 Lockheed, Suite 100. Ombudsman services are free and confidential. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and complete a free, 36-hour training course that includes classroom, self-study, and in-facility training. No prior experience is required. Hours are flexible and determined by each volunteer. Registration required for the training: Jorge Soto, 533-0998 or email@example.com. Information: riocog.org.
El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (April 21) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeschooling Conference — The El Paso Homeschool Association Conference, “Every Child, Every Style,” is 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24-25, at Horizon Christian Fellowship, 1401 Hawkins, for both current and prospective homeschool families. Registration $35. Information: 373-7941 or elpasohomeschool.org.
‘Going Beyond’ — Sun City Christian Center, 4000 Hercules, hosts the Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer, and worship with Anthony Evans 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Registration; $30 (includes box lunch); SunCityChristianCenter.com or on Facebook at Sun City Christian Center AG.
Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards Gala — The 33rd annual Community Arts Awards reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at The Hood, 200 West Bell, (corner of Harrelson). The event is free and open to the public; RSVP appreciated. Information: (575) 523-6403, email@example.com, or daarts.org.
The Arts Council annually honors individuals and organizations for leadership, support and advocacy of the arts.
Good2Know Classroom Series — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts classes selected Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are free but space is limited; call for reservations. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.
Classes postponed through the end of April.
International Female Ride Day — The 12th annual riding celebrating and encouraging women motorcyclists is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2, starting at Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Route will be announced at opening of meetup at Barnett. Riders depart at 11:30 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. for lunch party and group picture, then depart again at 1:30 to Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan for last stop party and food truck. Information on Facebook.
Mother’s Day Circuit Card Workshop — Insights El Paso Science Center hosts a free circuit card workshop and fundraiser noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Kendra Scott, 6801 N. Mesa Street #A7. Participants get a chance to learn about circuitry while designing and building their own light-up Mother’s Day card; followed by free snacks and sips at Kendra Scott. Twenty percent of all sales at Kendra Scott go towards Insights during the event. Information: 534-0000 or insightselpaso.org.
BBB Awards for Excellence — The Better Business Bureau’s 65th annual luncheon meeting and Excellence Awards for business ethics is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Location to be announced. Information: 577-0195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for nominations of businesses, organizations and employees in the Paso del Norte region that are positive examples in areas that mirror the core values of the BBB and demonstrate the highest standards of business ethics and practices, are being accepted through March 31. Information at bbb.org/elpaso.
Mustard Seed Community Café — Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.Aging in Texas Conference 2020 — El Paso hosts the annual gathering of individuals who work within the aging community Wednesday though Friday, May 20-22, at El Paso Convention Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each day, with exhibitors, educational sessions, luncheons and guest speakers. Registration: $300 at tarc.regfox.com.
Regular lunch services canceled, but the cafe is piloting a limited program to distribute free meals to those facing food insecurity in our community. Up to 50 free, prepackaged “to go” meals will be served curbside to those in need on a first come, first served basis. Curbside meals will be offered at the noon to 1:30 p.m. Cafe Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, or until food runs out.
For a good cause
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger volunteers — The food bank is focusing its initial response to the coronavirus crisis on seniors who impacted by the closing of city and county senior centers, and is distributing 600 boxes per week to these seniors. The organization needs 80 volunteers (40 per shift, morning and afternoon) per day as quickly as possible. Volunteers need to be in good health and at least 12 years old. Cash donations also encouraged ($1 pays for 7 meals). Information: Miranda Chapman, 247-0257 or email@example.com.
EPFH also plans to begin distributing drive-through emergency box distribution at EPFHFB (9541 Plaza Circle) at Kelly Center for Hunger Relief, 915 N Florence as well as other major distribution sites to be announced.
SWEC’s Annual Prius Raffle — The Southwest Environmental Center is raffling off a 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid to benefit wildlife conservation in the Southwest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Downtown Las Cruces Plaza, 100 N Main. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $110 each; ticket holders need not be present to win. Tickets: (575) 522-5552, wildmesquite.org, or Southwest Environmental Center, 350 El Molino.
Wed Walk 2020 — Hospitals of Providence Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital and Southwest University’s Walk For Wishes on April 18 has canceled its physical walk, and is now hosting a “Web Walk 2020, benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Families and friends encouraged to sign up. Information: 855-8701 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration: walkforwisheselpaso.org.
Postponed: YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — The annual benefit luncheon at El Paso Convention Center, featuring actress Laura Linney, was scheduled for April 23. No new date yet announced. Information: 519-0000, email@example.com or ywcaelpaso.org.
Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso celebrates its 25th anniversary with their annual fundraising gala 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with dinner, silent auction, live music and dancing and some special anniversary events. Tickets: $75; $750 table for ten. Information: 877-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: arlep.org.
Lucy Acosta Humanitarian Awards — The annual awards gala, “RHISE to The Occasion,” hosted by Project Amistad is Friday, May 1, at Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Dinner served at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the agency’s Client Health and Welfare Fund. Reservations and ticket information: Sonia Morales, 532-3406 or email@example.com.
RHISE stands for “Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Service and Excellence.” This year’s winners are Dan Olivas, Ed Escudero, Cecilia Ochoa Levine and the Soldier Art Workshops.
Bowl-A-Thon — El Paso Electric sponsors the Pajama Party Bowl-A-Thon benefiting Junior Achievement of El Paso is Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at Bowl-A-Thon, 11144 Pellicano. Prizes offered for bowling champs and Best Dressed Hawaiian Team. Two-hour bowling spots begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Sunday’s times to be announced). Registration: $100 ($20 per bowler five person team); each team member commits to raising $100 in donations. Information: 772-5566, jaelpaso.org or on Facebook at JA El Paso.
TXCPA Fiesta — The El Paso Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs hosts its 80th Anniversary Fiesta 6:30 to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, with a taco fest, mariachi entertainment, member recognition, silent auction, and more. All current, former, and prospective TXCPA members, and friends and family are invited to attend. Proceeds benefit the TXCPA El Paso Scholarship Fund and the Sid Glandon Endowed Scholarship in Accounting. Cost: $50 through April 1;$65 after; $20 student. Information: 833-3616 or tscpa.org/elpaso.
YLM Gala — Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care hosts its gala dinner Friday, May 8, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Tickets: $75. Information: 858-2588 or ylm.org.
Fur the Core — El Paso Hardcore hosts a concert benefiting Muttlove Dog Rescue at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana, Suite D, with Face Facts of Coachella, Calif, Sabrewulf, Stay at Home, Signs of Abnormality, Linter, Akira, Curse, and Video Nasty. Admission is free; donations of cash or Purina brand dog food accepted at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
Pro-Musica Spring Soiree — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its 39th annual soiree at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the home of Randy and Janet Wechter. All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Individual tickets: $150. Information: 747-8163, eppm.org or on Facebook at EPPM El Paso Pro Musica.
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. Public access is available through the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: Josette Shaughnessy, 585-1789, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
For information on spring French classes for both children and adults, held based on enrollment; call 833-8705 or 346-3810.
• April 25: International Jazz Day at Sombra Antigua Winery.
• June 21: Fête de la Musique (location pending)
Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 Thursday, April 9, Underwood Golf Course 3200 Coe, on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservation: 755-5471.
Woman’s Department Lunch — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce hosts a general meeting 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16, with lunch served following meeting by EPCC’s Culinary Arts Department at their “Club 1309, Building B at the Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount. The Academic Achievement Award will be given to a student. Cost: $25; check payable to WDGEPCC. RSVP to Betty McDonald, 9601 Edgemere, 79925 or 591-0635.
El Paso Christian Women’s Connection — The group hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway (use south entrance). This month’s theme is “He Is Risen” featuring Grace Rendall, manager of KSCE Channel 38. Featured outreach is Mission El Paso. Special feature is Barbara’s Bread. Reservations by Friday, April 16. Cost is $16 (cash only). Reservations 598-0811.
Republican Women — The West El Paso Republican Women’s Group general meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at 120 Paragon Lane Ste 220. Continental breakfast: $8. Men and women invited. RSVP: 581-0244 or 373-9220.
Western Playland — 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. Posted hours subject to change; check ahead at (575) 589-3410, westernplayland.com or on Facebook. April hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, and, plus 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 10. May hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Monday, May 25, and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. The racetrack and Casino are closed at least through April 9. Check for updates. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
El Paso Streetcars — At press time, it was just announced that streetcar service will be suspended pending the current crisis. Meanwhile, Sun Metro will be offering free service. Information: 212-3333, epstreetcar.com or on Facebook.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario, open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Petting zoo and stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
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. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room — The tasting room, which includes wine and craft beer, is at 3200 Hwy 28 (La Union area at NM 28 and S. Vinton Road). Open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The room also features the region’s only yarn shop and local alpaca products, as well as “Craft Cellar” with works by local artisans. Information: (915) 494-7248.
Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (Central Time). Information: (432) 426-4138. Closed through April 19, or unless further notice.
Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Brochures are available for walking tours of historical sites in downtown El Paso amd Juárez. Information: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 534-0600.
Concordia Cemetery - A historic cemetery that now lies in the shadow of El Paso's principal freeway interchange, Concordia is the final home of gunfighters John Wesley Hardin, John Selman and others. The former town "Boothill" can be reached by taking the Copia exit from Interstate 10. To find out about tours or other information, call the Concordia Heritage Association at 755-0000.
Franklin Mountains State Park - The largest urban park in Texas extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mount Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level. Park rangers give guided hikes on the first and third weekends of the month, beginning at the Tom Mays Unit entrance and last 2-3 hours. Information: 566-6441.
Entry fees are $3 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, until 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during summer. The park also offers mountain biking, camping and picnicking.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site - The park is famed for its unique geology and Native American rock art. Unguided access is limited to North Mountain. Rock art tours, hiking tours, and bouldering tours are available Wednesday-Sunday mornings. Reservations recommended: (915) 849-6684.
Admission fee is $4, special rates for seniors; free for children 12 and under. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 857-1135. To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains, then turn left on Ranch Road 2775. It's about 32 miles from downtown El Paso.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Park headquarters is at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180. McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center, 7 miles east of Pine Springs, offers nature, canyon and geology trails. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry. Information: (915) 828-3251.
So. New Mexico day trips
White Sands National Monument - The glistening gypsum dunes are a year-round attraction, offering eerie vistas, relaxing hikes and a wonderful natural playground for kids of all ages. The monument is about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks are offered an hour before sunset.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last weekend of each month. Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles then hike 3/4 mile to the source of the white sands. Advance reservations (beginning two weeks before tour) are required.
Hours: Visitor Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to sunset.; expanded hours in summer. Summer events include full moon night programs. Entry fee: $3 for adults. Information: (505) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - The caverns open at 8 a.m. daily, and the last elevator down leaves at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also walk to the main caverns through the natural entrance - last walk-in is 2 p.m. (hours extended 1 1/2 hours in summer). Cost is $6 ($3 for ages 6-15, for seniors with discount card).
Additional tours offered; call for fees and reservations. Information: (505) 785-2232 or www.nps.gov/cave.
The park is 160 miles east of El Paso.
Aguirre Spring Campground - The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle. The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.
Information: (505) 525-4300.
Alameda Park Zoo - Alameda Park, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. The zoo is part of the park that lines Alamogordo's main highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.20 adults, $1.10 children and seniors. Information: (505) 439-4290.
City of Rocks State Park - Between Deming and Silver City, four miles east of U.S. 180 off NM 61, is the peculiar formation known as City of Rocks. Erosion has sculpted the "city" out of volcanic material, creating a natural playground for rock climbers. Admission is $3. Information: (505) 536-2800.
Dripping Springs Natural Area - The recreational area is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area includes the A.B. Cox Visitor Center, several hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. The area's entrance gate is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed (except for assistance animals). Information: (505) 522-1219.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Carlsbad, N.M. Living Desert offers visitors an up-close at the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert. Admission: $3 ($1 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Information: (505) 887-5516.
Old Mesilla - The largest town between San Diego and San Antonio before the railroad passed it by in 1881, Mesilla has retained its appearance and character as a 19th-century center of the Southwest. The town plaza was the site of the official celebration in 1854 of the Gadsden Purchase. Mesilla also served as a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Trail.
Many of the adobe buildings, some dating back to 1850, have been restored. Dozens of shops and galleries, scenic San Albino Church, the Fountain Theatre and historic restaurants await visitors.
Stahmann Farms - The world's largest family-owned pecan orchard offers free tasting tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through August at Stahmann's Country Store, 22505 Hwy 28 South, La Mesa, N.M. (six miles south of Mesilla). Allow one hour for tour; advance reservations for groups of 8 or more.
The tour is in the heart of Stahmann's 4,000 acres, and includes the shelling and candy plants.
Sample various sauces and condiments off the grill at Saturday culinary samplings, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through August.
Fort Selden State Monument - Fort Selden, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, was a 19th-century adobe fort. The monument preserves the remaining ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits of military life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free). Information: (505) 526-8911.
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