October 2015

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UTEP Football & Homecoming - The 2015 homecoming game against UTSA starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tailgating events begin at noon. Tickets: $12-$45 Information: 747-5234 or 1-800-745-3000. Event information: 747-8600 or alumni.utep.edu.
  Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Don Haskins Center. This year’s honorees are Blanca Estela Enriquez, Director, Office of Head Start; artist Gaspar Enriquez; and METI CEO Renard U. Johnson. Tickets: $100
  Various departments and alumni organizations will host alumni breakfast tours and other activities throughout the week.

Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time — A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
  The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of El Paso Scene, and is also part of the Celebration of Our Mountains. Security is provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.
  The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
  Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Rocking the Rez Pow Wow — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s 6th annual pow wow is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, in Socorro, with Native American dance and drumming competition, food and crafts. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Information: 209-9987, 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.
  Contest events offer $50,000 in prize money, with adult, teen, junior and tots categories.
  Grand Entry events at 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
  Gourd Dances are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 32nd annual fair, featuring the popular ”Great Dachshund Stampede,” is Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt Road, near Canutillo. The event include the Dachshund races and an all-other breeds race. Pets on leash welcome. A bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with baked goods, crafts, barbecue, cake walk, Big Barn Sale, jams and jellies. Animal blessing at noon, followed by animal parade and costume contest. Also offered is Bingo, a church raffle and kids games, with dunking book, giant slide, pumpkin decorating,
  Admission is free with a canned food item donation for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Information: (575) 874-3972 or stlukeslaunion.com.
  To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St. Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.
  Races are 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 12th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, with seven locations in the neighborhood between Downtown and UTEP. Residents will give guests a personal walk-through of these properties. Funds go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association to improve neighborhood residences.
  Tickets: $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); available in advance at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, and at the Gallery and the Burges House, 503 W. Yandell, on the day of the tour. Information: Hal Marcus Gallery, 533-9090 or sunset_heights_assoc@yahoo.com.
• Lowder Home, 904 Upson
• McGregor Home, 1013 W. Yandell
• Flynn home, 625 W. Yandell
• Yost Home, 525 Corto
• Burges House, 603 W. Yandell
• Marcus Home & Studio, 1319 N. Oregon
• Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon.

El Paso Pride Day — The community cleanup is 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, sponsored by City of El Paso Environmental Services, El Paso Police Department and other partnerships. Neighborhoods can organize their own trash and graffiti cleanups. Tool sheds available for use at all neighborhood fire departments. For information, as well as a listing of cleanup sites, contact Romie Ruiz, 212-6057 or any neighborhood Regional Command Center.
   Individuals and groups may help clean one of at least 50 community cleanup efforts simultaneously taking place that day.

Texas Craft Beer Festival — Top Texas craft beers, barbecue, food trucks, live music and an art market will be on hand noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the 1-10 Flea Market, 11451 Gateway West (parking lot next to Cowtown Boots). Admission is $20. Information: EPCraftBeerFestival.com.
  Breweries represented include Adelberts, Cedar Creek, Southern Star, No Label, South Austin, Big Ben, Uncle Billys, Infamous, Four Corners, Rahr and Sons, Texian and Leprechaun Ciders.

Bliss, Brews and Que — The 3rd annual Kansas City BBQ Society-Sanctioned Cook-off is 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Freedom Crossing, 1611 Haan, on Fort Bliss. The event includes barbecue, music, beer, arts and crafts. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Information: 564-5311, or blissbrewsandque.com.

‘Chalk The Block’ — The 7th annual outdoor art event is Oct. 9-11, throughout Downtown El Paso. The event includes various art projects, art vendors, live music, performance art, interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments, pop-up galleries and more than 50 chalk artists. Hours and schedule to be announced. Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 or chalktheblock.com.
  Featured artists and projects include:
• Hungry Castle’s “Laser Cat,” a gigantic feline-shaped art installation that projects the personal projects of professional creatives through its laser-beam eyes. People can feed laser cat their own artwork at feedlasercat.com.
• “Walk Among Worlds” by Mexican artist Maximo Gonzalez. The installation, originally composed of 7,000 units that represent the 7,000 millions of inhabitants of the planet, is entirely made of inflatable balls.
• Los Dos’s ‘Stargazer,” an MCAD commissioned 16 by 18 foot piece manufactured by the makers of the Macy’s parade inflatables.
• Alice Farley Dance Theatre performance, “Imaginarium.” Performance times to be announced.
• American Institute of Architects Pavilion designed by EPCC and Texas Tech School of Architecture students.

Fall El Paso Home and Garden Show — El Paso Association of Builders, in partnership with Show Technology Productions, hosts the 8th annual show 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9-11 at the El Paso Convention Center.
  Celebrity guest is Brian Santos, the “Wall Wizard,” who has conducted workshops for over 25 years and is author of best-selling how-to books. His El Paso seminars will highlight painting tips and wallcovering ideas.
  The event features a model home built inside the show, landscapes and gardening, various home improvement specialists, an interior design showcase, “smart home” solutions, New Product Zone, Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone and a GoTexan Art, Gift & Gourmet Center.
  Admission: $7 ($5 seniors 65 and older); free for age 16 and younger and active duty military with ID). Get $1 off with coupon from website or bring a canned good for local food bank. Information: 778-5387 or ElPasoHomeAndGarden.com.

La Viña Fall Wine Festival — The annual fall celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. (one mile north or Vinton Road), with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 12-20; free for children under 12). Admission for adults includes a commemorative glass and tasting. Everyone under 21 must be accompanied by adult parent, guardian or spouse. No pets or picnic baskets allowed; ATM available on site. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  Saturday’s entertainment: Mosaic at noon, 24/7 Blues Band at 2:15 p.m. and Frank Zona & Urban Edge at 4:30 p.m.
  Sunday’s entertainment: Twisted Hams at noon, Twisted Dusty Low at 2:15 p.m. and Austin Jimmy Murphy at 4:30 p.m.

Hair Wars — Windy City Media presents the Supreme Salon Competition Sunday, Oct. 11, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. The top salons in El Paso compete down the runway for the title of "Supreme Salon." Sponsored by The City Magazine. Doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket information: 500-5730.

Pond Tour Extravaganza — The Southwest Koi and Pond Association will sponsor its annual pond tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, showcasing ponds throughout El Paso. Learn about Koi keeping and ponding, Koi habitats, aquatic plants, filtration and other wildlife benefits of ponds. Admission: $5 per day (free for supervised children 12 and younger). Tickets available at each pond site; proceeds benefit Humane Society of El Paso. Information: skapa.org or via Facebook at SouthwestKoiAndPondAssociationskapa.

Concordia Cemetery Walk Through History — The annual “living” history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Admission: $5 ($3 seniors and military, $1 students and children 12 and older). Information: 581-7920 or 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
  Gunfight reenactments and recreations of El Paso’s “wilder days” will be staged throughout the day by Six Guns & Shady Ladies. Visitors can ride and tour the cemetery aboard the Serna Ranch Hayride. Historical souvenirs available.
  The cemetery’s new memorials include US Veterans & Camp Concordia early Fort Bliss site and the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.
  Volunteers dress in period costume and share historical vignettes “in character” of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eternal residents. Chat with early leading citizens, pioneers, ranchers, Buffalo Soldiers, an ex-President of Mexico, priests and clergy, gunfighters, “shady ladies” and many others. Also featured is El Paso’s own “Boot Hill” where gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, lawmen, Texas Rangers and many other Wild West figures are buried.

Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair — The 21st annual Interpretive Fair begins at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road. Sponsored by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and co-hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, with Native American dancing and drumming, music, games, guided birding, pictograph and rage plant tours, crafts, environmental, historical and cultural booths. Most activities begin around 10 a.m. Admission is free, but donations welcome. Information: 857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov.
   Other events include an Escontrias Family legacy presentation, El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra performance, and folklorico and matachin dancers.

OktobeerFest — Western Techs presents its craft beer fest noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with food vendors, a variety of beer gardens with beer for purchase, local artisans, and live music. Tickets: $10; first 2,500 people get a glass stein. VIP tickets: $30; with entry into the VIP area, 5 exclusive beers for tasting, a meal, private bathrooms, and a guaranteed glass stein. Beer available on festival grounds for only $5 each (Ticketmaster).

Sun City SciFi Fan Expo — Sun City SciFi’s 2nd annual fall expo is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street, with special guests Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers, Harry Potter), Karan Ashley (Yellow Power Ranger, Clive Revill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series), Frank Powers (Avengers, Terminator Salvation), and professional cosplay guests Christina Dark and Ginny DiGuiseppi.
Single day tickets: $12.50 ($4 age 11-14; $2 age 7-10; weekend pass $22.50 per person; available online at suncityscifi.com. Information: 873-4294 or on Facebook at Sun City Scifi Fan Expo.
  Also this year are two professional face makeup workshops. Space is limited on both workshops, online enrollment at lymamakeupart.com.
• Face Demo with World Make-Up Art Foundation is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a live demonstration of face make application, including teeth and contact lenses. Cost: $30.
• Hands-On Workshop is 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday with Faceoff Season 5 Contestant Lyma Make-Up Art. Participants can work on a model or their own face; materials for practice included. Cost: $70.

Race, Authority and Violence in 21st Century America — UTEP presents a series of lectures, panel discussions, and conferences featuring experts from around the country who will focus on issues regarding race, authority and violence in 21st Century America. All events are free and open to the public.
• Panel discussion on “The Use of Force in Policing” is 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Union Cinema.
• José Antonio Vargas will discuss “Race, Immigration and Detainment, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Undergraduate Learning Center Room 106.
  • Nancy Rodríguez, director of the National Institute of Justice, will speak 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Union Cinema.
• “The Voices of Those Victimized by the Use of Force in Policing,” is 10:30 to 11:50 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Union Cinema
• Student Conference on Gender, Race and Violence, is 8:30 to 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Liberal Arts Building.

Indian Food Festival — Downtown Arts District hosts the family friendly celebration of Indian food and culture, “5001 years in the making” 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23-25, in Cleveland Square Park, Downtown. Enjoy El Paso's finest Indian food, Bollywood and Fusion dance, along with art, jewelry, crafts, food for all ages. Information: 244-0036 or epindianfoodfestival.com.

Fun, Fowls and Food and More — Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan, host the day of free tours and other events 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24, with guided tours of the Von Finger Wetlands, Chihuahua Desert Experience and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens. Experts will share stories of flora, fauna and fowl. History talks will also be given. Food trucks available in the afternoon. Admission is free. Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.org.

Sharefest — Thousands of El Paso families will receive free gently used items 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 24, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Free parking available. Information: 313-5618 or epfj@aol.com.
  About 300 tables and a mile of clothes racks will offer with free dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, sweaters, shoes, purses, toys, blankets, appliances, tools, canned food, furniture and more, with volunteers assisting, including bilingual speakers. Everyone is invited to attend. No documentation is needed.
  Caring Pasoans are asked to go through their homes, and collect any things they are willing to share with less-fortunate families. Take donations to the nearest library or 7-Eleven Oct.1-20.

Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The largest pilgrimage each year is on the last Sunday in October, the traditional Feast Day of Christ the King. The 76th anniversary procession begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The pilgrimage annually attracts thousands of celebrants, many of whom begin their trek before dawn. Gates open at 5 a.m. Information: San Martin de Porras (575) 589-2106.
  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.

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

‘Average Joe’ Dog Show — Miracle League of El Paso hosts it inaugural benefit dog show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at The Miracle League Field, 7500 W.H. Burges. All breeds (and mixed breeds) welcome, especially lovable mutts, service dogs, therapy dogs, and dogs with disabilities. Check in time is 10 a.m. No outside food or beverages allowed, except dog water. Cost: $20 per dog. Information: Bob Garcia, 309-5766 or bbgar_79924@yahoo.com or the Miracle League office, 779-4770 or sandieelp@aol.com.
  Entry forms available at the Miracle League field’s office 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Online forms available at miracleleagueofelpaso.org.

Fall Bash — The community cookout and concert, sponsored by Westside Community Church, 201 E Sunset, is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, with, games, candy for kids and free groceries for needy families. Information: 584-0882 or westsidecommunity.org.
  Families must register in advance to receive groceries.

Harvest & Halloween

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open through Nov. 8 for its 15th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. This year’s maze is Bee Themed.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Also open 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day).
  Cost: $11 ($9 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military) Free for age one and younger, and seniors 76 and older Group rates available for groups of 20 or more. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties.
  The Maze offers the Big Maze, a kids flower maze, family jumping pillow, big slide, pedal cars, target practice, sports throw, horse walk swing, rubber ducky races, sand box, picnic tables under huge tent and concessions.
  Rides to the pumpkin patch, cow train and pig races also offered during daylight hours.
  Haunted Maze offered Friday and Saturday nights during October; admission is $7 plus regular paid entry.
  Celebrate the last day of the Maze Sunday, Nov. 8, with “Bring Your Dog to the Maze” and “Pumpkin Blast.”

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 16th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 25 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, face painting, rope making, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips only; no pets allowed except service animals.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  “Texas Days” are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4. Free kids admission with Texas ID and paid adult.
  The 4th annual “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out for $1 per sample.
  Oktoberfest is Sunday, Oct. 11, with polka bands, biergarten, yodeling, German treats and more.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch opens it 2nd season through Nov. 1, at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. This year’s maze theme is the Amazon Rainforest. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $11.09, free for ages 2 and younger). Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386) or elpasocornmaze.com.
  An “Old El Paso” offers interactive games that teach about local farming and significant people and events in the area’s history.

KLAQ Haunted House — The 20th annual haunting, “Haunted Forest-4D,” runs Oct. 1-31 at Ricky’s Paintball, 1773 Pali, off Zaragoza. To celebrate its 20th year, the haunt is moving outdoors and adding a mind-bending 4D experience. Guests will get blood splattered. Haunted House recommended for ages 14 and older. Tickets: $12; $15 fast pass; $50 season pass (unlimited entries); available at the gate or at holdmyticket.com. Information: 880-4955 or klaq.com.
  Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
  Special events include Wicked Wednesdays with after party, Blood Thirsty Thursdays (first 20 guests to donate blood on site get in free), and Freaky Friday outdoor horror films.

Fort Bliss Halloween — Fort Bliss will host these Halloween season events:
• Massacre on Marshall Road Haunted House — The haunted house is 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 2-24, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30, and 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 31. This house has been voted scariest in the area in past years. Admission: $5. Information: 588-8247.
• Monster Bash — The celebration is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the Trading Post, 1717 Marshall, with food and beverage vendors, carnival rides, dancing and DJ, and Haunted Shuttle to the Old Fort Bliss Pumpkin Patch. Information: 588-8247.
  See BlissMWR on Facebook for more events.

‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House opens at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2-Nov. 7. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets: $15 ($28 combo for trail and Zombie Adventure. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.
  Also part of the trail is the Task Force ZERO zombie adventure, allowing participants to help control the zombie population. Tickets for zombie adventure only: $12 (trail/zombie adventure combo tickets available).

Spooktacular — The Junior Woman’s Club’s 26th annual fall family fiesta is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $5 ($4 children; free for ages 2 and younger). Advance tickets from any club member are $3. Information: 274-1141 or elpasojuniorwomansclub.org.
  El Paso’s largest indoor Halloween carnival raises money for local charities. Activities for all ages include live entertainment, a kids game area, pumpkin decorating, a daily costume contest with prizes, Toddler Town area, a Haunted House, vendor and food booths, free hands-on crafting and more.

‘Ghosts of the Past’ — The annual living history tours are 6 to 8 Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. More than a dozen historical characters, including new ones this year, interact with visitors on indoor and outdoor evening tours. Tickets must be purchased for a specific tour and each tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Admission: $5 ($3 children) in advance; $6 ($3 children day of tour). Some indoor/outdoor combo tickets available. Advance purchase recommended, tours fill quickly. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Start times for the indoor “ghost” tours are 6, 6:20, 6:40, 7, 7:20 and 7:40 p.m. Start times for the outdoor “time travel” tours are 6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50 and 8. p.m.

‘Spooky, Slimy and Slithering Science’ —— Insights Science Center, 521 Tays (former Alamo Elementary), will host special activities 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24, and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, with a haunted house to scare all the senses, homemade slimy substances and creepy, crawly and slithering creatures.
  Admission is $5.50 ($3.50 ages 4-12), with $1 discount for military and family. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: insightselpaso.org, 534-0000 or on Facebook at InsightsElPasoScience Center.

Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host its 9th annual “merry, not scary” safe trick-or-treating event for families with children age 2 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
  Activities include the with costumes, candy stations, pumpkin bowling, inflatable games, animal enrichment activities and more

New Mexico Pumpkin Festival — The 8th annual festival celebrating the fall gourd is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at the Mesilla Valley Maze and Lyles Family Farm, 3855 W. Picacho, featuring a corn maze, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, and a country store offered. Winners from the annual coloring and pumpkin-carving contests will be displayed. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Other activities include a pie eating and seed-spitting contests, horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin shuffleboard, guess the weight, pumpkin painting, live music, storytelling and the Pumpkin Glow.

YMCA Fall Festivals — YMCA of El Paso will host fall festivals and family nights Saturday, Oct. 24, at its three locations, with activities for all ages. The public is invited to all events; tickets required for activities and food. Information: elpasoymca.org.
• Westside Family YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa, 5 to 8 p.m. with games, jumping balloon, music, food, costume contest, haunted maze, arts and crafts, a family oriented Halloween movie, and an appearance from Chico the Chihuahua’s mascot. YMCA will pay the joining fee for any new membership purchased during the event.
Tickets: 2 for $1; 10 for $5. Information: 584-9622.
• Loya Family YWCA, 2044 Trawood, 5 to 9 p.m. with carnival rides, bounce house and haunted house, cupcake walk and more. Costumes welcome. Tickets: 5 for $1 (cash only). Themed gift basket raffle tickets are $2 (must be present to win). Information: 590-9622.
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, 5 to 8 p.m. with haunted house, costume contest, dune buggy and hay rides, pumpkin bowling, witch’s pot, jumping balloon, pie throw, youth program and group exercise demos. Guest appearances from Chico the Chihuahua (6 to 6:30 p.m.) and El Paso Ghostbusters. Information: 775-9622.

Harvestfest — Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce’s annual afternoon of family fun is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft, N.M., with hay rides, carved and decorated pumpkins, a costume contest, parade and trick or treating. Most activities are free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
  The 17th annual Great Pumpkin Race is also that day, with amateurs, semi-pros and pros competing for prizes by rolling pumpkins down a hill.
  A Haunted House event is planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31.

Halloween Teen Smash and Jam Festival — Ell Paso Parks and Recreation hosts the Halloween festival for teens noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Southwest University Park Stadium, with several musical bands, games, talent presentations, costume contest, and more. Admission: $10 (age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). Information: Enrique Valadez, 212-1731.

City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Happiness throughout the city at area recreation centers are 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Admission is free. Information/event list: 544-0753
  The Armijo Aquatic Center, 911. Ochoa, also hosts its Pumpkin Patch Pool Dive 4 to 7 p.m. for ages 5-12.
  Participating centers:
• Armijo Center, 700 E. 7th, 544-5436.
• Carolina, 563 N. Carolina, 594-8934
• Chihuahuita, 417 Charles, 533-6909
• Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge, 587-1623 • Gary Del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood, 629-7312
• Galatzan, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri, 562-7071
• Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista Del Sol, 855-4147
• Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount, 598-1155
• Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell, 755-7566
• Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia, 533-1611
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 858-1929
• Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana, 751-4945
• Seville, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722
• San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood,779-2799
• Veterans, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.

HalloweenFest 2015 — Asylum Comics and Cards, 5360 N. Mesa, Suite L-12, will host its Halloween party 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, free Halloween comics (while supplies last), hourly drawings, costume contest at 3:30 p.m. with cash prize up to $150 for first place. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600 or asylumcomicsandcards.com.
  Hot dogs and colas (while supplies last), and carnival games for kids begin at 1 p.m.

Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Saturday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Details to be announced. Information: Facebook at Kern Place Association.

King’s Kastle Party — The Children’s Ministries at Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, host a Halloween alternative party 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, featuring a non-scary carnival atmosphere with games, candy, cake walk, live entertainment, food and prizes. Non-scary costumes welcome. Admission is free; game tickets offered for a nominal fee. Information: 584-3912, ext. 27 or cbcelp.org.

KLAQ Halloween Parade — The annual parade usually starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood, and returns there. The parade is 1.9 miles and lasts about one hour. Prizes will be given for “Rock ’n’ Drive” (combination vehicle/human costume), Best Dressed Pedestrian, Business Costume, and High School Band. No entry fee, but entries must display “KLAQ.” Early arrival strongly encouraged; pre-registration is 10 to 3 p.m. Information: 544-8864 or klaq.com.

Dia de Los Muertos

Día de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza with food, music, stories, dancing and piñatas Oct. 30-Nov 1. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Traditional day of the dead altars will be on display. Altars can be to specific persons, groups of people, a cause, or beloved pets. Vendors will feature handmade Day of the Dead-themed gifts. No political campaigning allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or calaveracoalition@gmail.com.
  A candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto and coffee is 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Meet at the plaza at 6 p.m.
  All proceeds from this event are donated to the Community of Hope & Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry; donations of five canned goods requested for all altar set-ups.

Concordia Día de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society celebrate Day of the Dead 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens) with a ghost tour, decorated altars, Día de Los Muertos vendors, entertainment and more. Proceeds go toward the restoration and preservation of Concordia Cemetery,
a Texas State Historical Cemetery. Tickets: $5 ($1 kids and students 16 and younger; $2 seniors 60 and older and military). Information: 591-2326, 581-7920 or concordiacemetery.org.
  Guests may come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas (skeletons).

‘Día de los Muertos’ — Altar displays and other Day of the Dead activities are planned Sunday and Monday, Nov. 1-2, throughout Downtown Silver City. with ofrendas, tributes to those gone before, a parade and music, student clothesline exhibit, chalk drawings in the street, mask-making and a community ofrenda. Are galleries, restaurants and other businesses and organizations will join in the event with individual ofrendas, memorial pieces and additional activities. There will be happenings for all ages. Information: (575) 388-5725.

Southern New Mexico

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Ticket information and event times: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefairgrounds.net.
  Fair events include Xtreme Cruces Wrestling Saturday, Oct. 3.
  Other entertainment: Adrian D’Armarco, magician; N.S.A. Horsemanship; Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Thrill Show; and Woody's Educational Wildlife Show.

Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s celebration of fall colors is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4. Events include a chili cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors, Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show. Information: (575) 257-7395
  The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem. Information: ruidosonow.com/aspenfest.
  Arts and crafts booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, 134 Reese Dr. Admission: $2 (free for children under 12). Information: Bonnie Richardson, (575) 378-4661
  The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha, (915) 598-0621.
  The Ruidoso Chili Society’s 33rd annual Chili Cook-Off is noon Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Public tasting is noon Sunday Information: (575) 390-6675.
  The RVCC Scholarship Golf Tournament is Sunday at the Links at Sierra Blanca. Information: (575) 257-7395.

Elephant Butte Oktoberfest — Beer, food and music will be on hand at the fall festival, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Sierra del Rio Golf Course Patio, 101 Clubhouse Dr., Elephant Butte, N.M. Polka and party to the music of the Oom-Pah-Sters. Admission is $10; includes commemorative stein. Children under 12 free. Information: (575) 744-4892 or ElephantButteAdventures.com.

International Space Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 SR 2001 in Alamogordo, hosts its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Founder’s Day activities beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Keynote speaker is Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden. The event will celebration the museum’s opening in 1976; this community event has the primary mission of encouraging children to become involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is a family-friendly event and the first 500 children (ages 5-15) will build and launch free model rockets. Information: (575) 437-2840, 1-877-333-6589 or nmspacemuseum.org.
  The Induction Ceremony and Gala Banquet will be held at the Tays Special Events Center on the campus of New Mexico State University – Alamogordo. Call for ticket information.
  This year’s inductees are Walt Disney, Fritz Lang, George Lucas, Georges Melies and George Pal.
  Established in 1976, the International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) has honored 166 individuals and one team.

Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta — The 2015 fiesta, “Where Dreams Take Flight,” is Oct. 3-11 in Albuquerque. Mass ascensions each morning at 7 a.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park. Tickets: $8; $35 five-pack. General parking: $10/car. Balloon Fiesta Hotline: (888) 422-7277 or balloonfiesta.com.
  Other events include balloon glows, fireworks, car show, special shapes rodeos, flying competitions and more.
  The park is off I-25 north of I-40; take the Balloon Fiesta Parkway.

Pinos Altos October Fiesta — The mountain village of Pinos Altos, N.M. will host its 16th annual fall fiesta 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Most events are in the historic Main Street area. The fair offers live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, collectibles, gold-panning, reenactments, antiques and various food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department. Information: (575) 574-8394 or pavfr.org.
  The Grant County Art Guild (housed near Main Street in the Hearst Church) will have an arts & craft sale/exhibit. The Pinos Altos Museum also will be open.
  Pinos Altos, a mining town founded in 1860, is seven miles north of Silver City on NM 15.

Rocketoberfest — Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts (FLARE)hosts its 2nd annual celebration of the flights of the V-2 rocket from White Sands, which paved the way for man's landing on the moon, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at Waterfalls launch site in Las Cruces. Bring sturdy shoes, cap or hat and plenty of water. No restrooms on sites. Admission is free. Raffle offered ($1 per tickets; 6 for $5). Information: (575) 201-3336. Launch site directions at flare-rocketry.com.
  Participants invited to bring their model rockets. There will be a “pickled egg-lofting contest (must have egg-lofter rocket), a “V-2 to the Moon” spot landing contest (must have a V-2 rocket) and raffles for a variety of prizes. There will also be a Root Beer Launch by FLARE members.

Spaceport America Open House – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, will host an open house event free to the public, Saturday, Oct. 3.
  Once through security at the main gate, visitors will be guided to a designated parking area where shuttles will take them to the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Hangar Terminal Area. Reservations required. The first 200 personal vehicles registered will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis at spaceportamerica.com/openhouse/                                                                                                        

St. Clair Vineyards WineFest — New Mexico’s largest winery will host its 20th annual wine fest noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3-4, at 1325 DeBaca Road in Deming, with family activities, live music, door prizes, arts and crafts, silent auction, wine recipe contest, winery tours, cork pulling contests, grape stomp contests and bra contests. Fireworks at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 (includes souvenir glass ($2 age 13-20; 12 and younger free with paying adult) Information: 1-866-336-7357 or stclairvineyards.com.
  To get there: Take I-10 east to Exit 85 in Deming, go a half-mile south, turn east on Highway 549 and go three miles to St. Clair Vineyards and New Mexico Wineries Inc.

Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The annual fair is Oct. 7-11 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, a fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, a carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255 or on Facebook at swnmsf.

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium — Cowboy poets, musicians, craftsmen and chuckwagon cooks meet for the 24th annual symposium 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9-11, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Admission: $25 Friday or Saturday; free Sunday. Multi-day packages and group rates available. Tickets, information: (575) 378-4431 or cowboysymposium.org.
  The Symposium offers continuous music, poetry and storytelling, western demonstrations and more.
  Regular activities include blacksmithing, Dutch oven and chuckwagon cooking, Native American beading, western games, tomahawk throwing and pine needle basket weaving, a mountain man camp, leather crafting and a mobile dairy museum. Vendors will sell western art, saddles, tack, hats, boots and western clothing, chaps, Southwestern silver jewelry, iron works, metal art, knives, collectibles, leather items, Western-style furniture and more under the grandstand in the main tent outside the casino.
  Non-stop music offered on four stages Friday and Saturday and three stages Sunday. Texas Playboy Tribute is 3:30-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  Featured events:
• Kick-off concert with Crystal Gayle is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Opening act is Dave Alexander and his Big Texas Swing Band. Tickets: $65.
• Friday night Super Swing Dance is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, with Jason Roberts Band, Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition and Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. Admission: $40.
• Saturday night Concert & Dance is 7 p.m. Oct. 10 with the Quebe Sisters, Suzy Bogguss, Bill Anderson and Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. Admission: $65.
• The World’s Richest Chuckwagon Cook-off is all weekend. Competitors in the $13,000 event are judged not only for their food, but the authenticity of their wagons and attire. Chuckwagon lunch is noon Saturday, and breakfast is 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost per plate: $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday.

Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 8-11, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375.

SocorroFest — The City of Socorro, N.M. hosts its 13th annual celebration of central New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley’s rich bounty Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, on and around the historic Socorro Plaza. The event features a day of feasting, dancing, native food dishes, arts and crafts booths, spirits tents, family activities and music and entertainment on multiple stages. Admission is free for most events. Information: (575) 835-8927 or socorrofest.com.
  The Friday Street Dance on the historic plaza is 8 to 10 p.m. with Kyle Martin.
  Saturday’s performances begin at noon and run through the evening. Headliner is Ernestine Romero.

Columbus Day Festival — The annual festival is Saturday, Oct. 10, in the historic village of Columbus, N.M. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Boundary, followed by all day entertainment, vendors and games in the Columbus Park Plaza. Admission is free. Columbus is 65 miles west of Santa Teresa and 30 miles south of Deming. Information: (575) 494-0009.

Los Leones de Mesilla Car Show — Los Leones de Mesilla (Mesilla Lion’s Club) will host its annual car show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. The show features hot rods, muscle car (pre-1972), trucks, low riders, motorcycles), and classics. Admission is free for spectators. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesillanm.gov.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 10th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities and more. Information: (575) 536-3990, (575) 536-9629 or mimbresharvestfest.com.

OYE Celebrating Visions for the Future — A free Waste-Free Festival runs 1 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10-11, along 7 blocks of Main Street, Downtown Las Cruces. The festival of brings together projects in the arts and sciences designed to promote rewarding and sustainable living. Installations, exhibits, discussions and performances to demonstrate the possibility of environmental balance and rewarding lifestyles for individuals in view of climate change and limited potable water will be featured. Information: (575) 408-4142 or oyecruces.weebly.com.
  The goal of OYE is to communicate the actions people are now taking to preserve life on earth, and also spark individual imaginations so that life-changing patterns can be made in our communities with an eye to making Las Cruces New Mexico’s first Eco-city.

Pagan Pride Day — Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day Council hosts its celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Avenue, with entertainment, networking, story weaving, hand picked vendors and more. Admission is free with a donation to one of the council’s charities. Information on Facebook at Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day.
  Charities supported council include Casa De Peregrinos, Camp Hope and/or Animal Rescue. Suggested items include non perishable food, sleeping bags and blankets, gently used clothes including socks, tents, lanterns (battery operated) and other camping items.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cook-Off — The 4th annual festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. Samples from participating teams from all around the southwest offered around noon until food runs out. Winners announced at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the NMSU College of Agriculture. Maze admission: $12 ($10 children; free for children under 2). Samples available for $1 per sample. Information: (575) 526-1919 or rootintootinribs.com.

WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011.
  The Homecoming game is 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Colorado School of Mines on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.

Wine Day — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, 7288 U.S. Hwy 54/70 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosts “wine down” events 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month with live music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. The Oct. 14 performer is Rudy Wood. Admission: $10; age 21 and older welcome. Information: (575) 434-0035, heartofthedesert.com or on Facebook at New Mexico Pistachios.

Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 34th annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 16-17 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” with games, prizes and more for kids. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
  Admission: $10 per day; $16 for both days; $6 for ages 13-18 ($8 for two days) and free for children 12 and under. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or OktoberfestRuidoso.com.
  Musical entertainment features Salzburger Echo and other performers.

Citywide Cleanup — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs host the 21st annual Toss No Mas citywide cleanup 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17. Hundreds of volunteers will collect litter at parks, schools, streets and business properties. Following the campaign, volunteers will be treated to a free lunch at Young Park. Registration encouraged by Oct. 12. Information: KLCB Coordinator James Woods at (575) 528-4723 or clcpd.com.

High Rolls Apple Festival — The 48th annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at the Community Center, 56 Cottage Row, in High Rolls, N.M. The festival features fresh local and other apples, apple pies and apple butter, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-6044 or highrollsfestivals.com.
  The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the community center. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel).

Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — Holy Family Church’s annual festival and barbecue is all day Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbecue beef. Information: (575) 546-9783.

NMSU Homecoming — The New Mexico State University Aggies’ 2015 Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. This year’s game coincides with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink game. Tickets: $10-$30. Information: (575) 646-1420.
  Homecoming activities run Oct. 19-25, with the Distinguished Alumni dinner Friday, Oct. 23. The 2015 James F. Cole Award for Service recipient is Morgan Nelson, a 1941 graduate of the College of Engineering. Ticket information: NMSU Alumni Association: (575) 646-3616.

Pancho’s Car Show — Friends of Pancho Villa State Park’s 10th annual car show and auto parts swap meet is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, N.M. with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles, and choppers. Show admission free with regular park admission of $5 per vehicle. Information, entry fee for show participants: (575) 531-2711 or panchovillastateparkfriendsgroup.org.
  Columbus is 30 miles south of Deming on NM 11, and 65 miles west of El Paso on NM 9.

Veterans’ Day Car Show — The 19th annual car show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Veterans Center, 992 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Antique and classic vehicles will be on display along with a swap meet and concessions. Entry fee for participants is $25 by Oct. 23; $30 on site. Spectator admission is free. Information: (575) 894-4222, shannon@state.nm.us or sam.shannon@state.nm.us.
  Judging starts at 11a:30 a.m.; door prizes start at 1 p.m. and awards at 2 p.m. Trophy Plaques and Dash Plaques will be awarded for People’s Choice and Judge’s Picks.
  “Scoop the Loop” event is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at 201 Main.

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 art venues of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508.

West Texas

Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 49th annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Nov. 4-7, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170.
  Competitions begin at 10 a.m. Friday and noon Saturday including black-eyed peas, beans, ribs, chicken, brisket barbecue, margarita mix-off and more.
  Ticket information: (817) 251-1287, abowlofred.com or on Facebook at OTICCC.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 49th annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff is on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua. Call for cost: (432) 371-2595, casichili.net or on Facebook at CASI Chili Appreciation Society International.

Bazaars and Fairs

Our Lady of the Valley Bazaar — Our Lady of the Valley Church and School, 8600 Winchester, hosts its annual bazaar Oct. 2-4 with live bands nightly, food including gorditas, games, video game truck, loteria, carnival rides, pony rides, drinks and Matachines on Friday and Sunday. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information 490-4144.

El Paso Holiday Bazaar — MCC El Paso hosts its crafts bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at First Presbyterian Church Event Hall, 1340 Murchison, with a variety of crafts and goodies. Admission is free. Information: 342-7020 or mccelpaso.com.

October Art Fest — The 38th annual Octoberfest Juried Art Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, N.M. The show features all-original art, pottery, jewelry and homemade crafts. Music, food and family activities also featured. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.

Guardian Angel Kermess — Guardian Angel Parish hosts its annual fundraising mini-kermess in celebration of the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Guardian Angel Sunday, Oct. 4, 3021 Frutas, with foot booths (gorditas, enchiladas, tortas, hamburgers, nachos, flautas, funnel cakes, elotes, fruit cocktails, aguas frescas), games for children and adults, and disco and live music. Information: 533-2077.

St. Patrick's Autumn Bazaar - St. Patrick's Church of Canutillo, 7065 2nd St., will host its annual fundraising fall bazaar 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10-11, with unique gifts, handcrafted items, games for children and adults, continuous live music, food and more. Admission is free. Information: 877-3997.

Babywearing and Beyond Family Expo — Sun City Babywearers’ family expo is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the State Line, 1222 Sunland Park Drive, in celebration of International Babywearing week. Event includes raffles for baby carriers informational and educational booths, contests and more. Open to all families; bilingual friendly. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at suncitybabywearers.

The Edge Open-Air Craft & Farmer’s Market — The market is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Oct. 10) through October, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with local crafters, artists, food trucks and community groups. As the growing season progresses, farmers and growers will sell their produce. The market also offers entertainment, vehicle shows, and informational booths. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.

Western Hills Autumn Bazaar — The annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Western Hills United Methodist Church’s Stewart Family Life Center, 524-A Thunderbird, with vendors, crafts, bake and book sale and a silent auction. Admission is free. Information: 581-3547, 584-7810 or westernhillsep.org.
  The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the Western Hills United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards UMC missions.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, Feng Shui products, and readings by 12 or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Mata Ortiz Pottery and Jewelry Expo — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Information: (575) 589-0653.

Mission Hills Rummage Sale — Mission Hills Neighborhood Association hosts a citywide Rummage Sale and Craft Fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Mission Hills Park on O’Keefe. Anyone in the city is invited to participate; bring your own table and set-up. Food trucks and live bands also sought. Information on Facebook at Mission Hills Association.
  The event will also offer free demonstrations from area experts on dog handling and yoga, as well as a presentation from a local school group.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Oct. 18, Nov. 15) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  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.

La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20, with art, crafts, barbecue and other food, wine and live music by Live by Request. The market continues through the summer months. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays early May through the first frost in October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681.

Alamogordo Antique and Collectible Show — The 28th annual event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, at the Alamogordo (N.M.) Civic Center, 800 First Street (at Florida). Includes furniture, jewelry, pottery, vintage clothes, dolls and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 437-6304.

Art a la Cart — Inni Heart Eatery (formerly La Tierra Cafe), 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month, with vendors, entertainment, food, and a Kid’s Activity Corner. Information: 533-8890 or Facebook at Inni Heart Herminia Escajeda.

Día De Los Muertos Celebration — El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market hosts the Celebration of “Life, Death and Tradition,” 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1710 Joe Battle, with a festival of altars, artists, Tarot card readings, henna, a beer garden, Revolution Urban Eatery food trucks, movie screening of “The Book of Life,” at sundown and more. Pet and family friendly; admission is free. Information: 478-9971 or on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.
  An All Souls Procession with handmade skeleton puppets (marionetas), decorated hearses and catrinas will also be held.

Ysleta del Sur Indian Market — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo hosts the 4th annual outdoor market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, at Tigua Indian Cultural Center, 305 Yaya Lane, with Native American artists, YDSP social dances, Indian bread, Pueblo tacos, arts and crafts, free children’s activities, and storytelling. Special guest performance to be announced. Information: 859-7700.

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.

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

Tom Lea Month

The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrates the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with various events throughout October. Admission is free except as noted. For all reservations, registration and RSVPs, call 533-0048. Information: tomleainstitute.org.
  Tom Lea (1907-2001) worked as a muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter.
  In addition to regional events, this year’s celebration will include lecture and discussion on the Art of Tom Lea at Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as events in Odessa, Seymour and Austin, Texas and Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club in Fort Belvoir, Va.
  Lectures and presentations:
• Tom Lea Institute founder and author of “Tom Lea, An Oral History,” Adair Margo will give the lunchtime presentation “The Art and Life of Tom Lea,” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Chase Bank Building, 18th floor, 201 E. Main. Cost: $20 (includes valet parking). Call for reservations.
• A look at “Benito Juárez: Exposición de Caballos” is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Antonio Balderas Bull Ring, Juárez. El Pasoans meet at 10 a.m. at Camino Real Hotel. Call to register.
• Mimi Gladstein presents the dinnertime lecture “American Aficionados, Tom Lea and Ernest Hemingway/The Hands of Cantu: Horses in Nueva Vizcaya,” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Cost: $45 per person, includes champagne dinner. Call for reservations.
• “Tom Lea, Bullfighting, and Friendship” presentation
by José Mario Sánchez Soledad at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Lydia Patterson Institute gymnasium, 517 S. Florence.
• Houston oilman J.P. Bryan, “Is It Worth It? Case Studies for Preserving Historic Buildings in Communities” at noon Friday, Oct. 9, at Anson Eleven, 303 N. Oregon.
• “Tom Lea’s Horses” lecture by Dr. Melissa Warak, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center, 500 W. University.
• “Antonio Balderas Bullring Tour with Round Table Discussion” led by Led by Cuauhtémoc Monreal is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Antonio Balderas Bullring, Abraham González esq. Francisco Villa, Col. Centro in Juárez. El Paso guests meet at 9 a.m. at Camino Real Hotel, 101 South El Paso, before crossing to Mexico.
• “Tom Lea and the First Surgery in North America” is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Hospital Angeles Ciudad Juarez, Campos Eliseos No. 9371, Fracc. Campos Eliseos, Juárez.
• “The Story Behind The Turning Point” by William Stevens is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at UTEP’s Larry K. Durham Sports Center. Includes a tour of the Center.
• “Horse Demonstration with Downs Syndrome Children” with Imelda Vega Miranda is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Old Historic City Hall, Calle Mariscal in Juárez. El Pasoans meet at Camino Real Hotel at 9 a.m. Call to register.
• “Thoracic Trauma: Five Centuries of Progress (Cabeza de Vaca to Present)” with Dr. Alan Tyroch is noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Texas Tech’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Medical Education Building, Room 1150, 5001 El Paso.
• “Tom Lea in Las Cruces: The Interaction between Architecture History and Tom Lea’s murals” presentation by Jamie Jones is 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main in Las Cruces.
• Dr. Frank “Cinco” Feuille will give a lunchtime presentation on “Bullfighting in the Southwest” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the El Paso Club. Cost: $20 (includes valet parking). Call for reservations.
• “Art and Design: Comparisons and Contrasts” presentation by Louis Ocepek is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at UTEP’s, with an introduction by Clive Cochran.
  Exhibits and shows:
• Mills Building Promenade Window Displays of fashion, art and book design related to Tom Lea Month on view throughout October, 123 Mills.
• El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza, will feature the exhibit “Tom Lea as Draftsman and Illustrator” through the month in its Tom Lea Gallery, with 25 Tom Lea paintings and drawings. Focus talks are 3 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 and 15, and 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22.
• Landscapes of the Southwest,” exhibit by Nina Cobb Walker is featured Oct. 1-31, at El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 510 N. Santa Fe.
• El Paso Museum of History 510 N. Santa Fe, features an exhibit of Tom Lea’s El Paso through January.
• Mata Ortiz Pottery and Jewelry Expo is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing.
• Educational Mural Tours led by Stephanie Bulloch are 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 and 19, beginning at the Federal Courthouse, 511 E. San Antonio.
• “Experience the Pass of the North” mural tours are 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, beginning at the Federal Courthouse, 511 E. San Antonio, led by Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido, and hosted by First Lady of El Paso Lisa Leeser.
• “W.S. Hills Building: Tom Lea’s Studio Tour” led by Dr. Max Grossman is 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at W.S. Hills Building, 110 Texas.
• “Giants of the Pass of the North” tour by the staff of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the school at 200 N. Concepcion Street.
• “San Jacinto Plaza and Tom Lea El Paso’s Identifying Center: Changing Architecture, Controversies and History” tour led by Ken Gorski is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at El Paso Public Library Main Branch.
• Downtown Juárez Walking Tour led by Dr. Tomás Cuevas is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 27, beginning at the Santa Fe International Bridge. Cost: $10 (includes beverage and pan dulce at La Nueva Central and a drink at Martino’s Restaurant).
  Sundays with Tom Lea movie screenings are 1 p.m. in El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch:
Oct. 4: The Wonderful Country, followed by brief film, “Tom Lea: Dignity Beyond Borders.”
Oct. 11: “Tom Lea’s El Paso with Laura Bush and Adair Margo,” followed by “Luciano Cheles on the Tom Lea Trail.”
Oct. 18: “The Brave Bulls: followed by the short film Tom Lea’s “An Awkward First Date.”
Oct. 25: “Mexican Revolution Sites in El Paso: A Walking Tour with Leon Metz and Fred Morales.”
  Other events:
  Compadres Therapy, Inc., 6666 Morrill Road, hosts “Hands of Cantú: Horsemanship at the Pass of the North,” beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. This horse-themed event is a day for the entire family, with activities and demonstrations that will include Western Dressage, Jumping, Adapted Riding, Hippotherapy, and Horse Painting. There will also be a brief presentation by Mr. John A. Hamilton, Director, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum, on history of the cavalry and its role in El Paso and at Fort Bliss. Call to RSVP.

Something for everyone

I Scream for Art’ Contest — The Downtown Management District (DMD) is holding an “I Scream for Art” contest to celebrate the public art in Downtown El Paso. The contest encourages participants to share images with friends on social media and win prizes. At the beginning of every week a new clue will be given on the DMD’s social media. Clues available by following @DWNTWN El Paso on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram).
  Participants need to locate the specific piece of art in Downtown El Paso, mentioned in the club and make a “screaming face” in front of the art mimicking the popular painting by Edvard Munch. They should then share the photo on social media by tagging the DWNTWN social media pages, messaging the photo, or using the #DTEP hashtag by 11:59 p.m. that Sunday. Entrants can share one photo of themselves each week for a chance to win a weekly prize. Winners chosen randomly.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Jose M. Acosta, Juan A. Contreras, Enrique “Henry” Irigoyen and Dr. Albert Rosenberg. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
  Most presentations in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium, unless otherwise listed.
  Upcoming events.
• A performance on “Latina Feminism: Performing Gender and Questioning Identity” by S. Paola Lopez is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
• Documentary Screening of “Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams” is 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.
• An exhibit on “The Legacy an Vision of La Mujer Obrera” is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Cafe Mayapán, 2000 Texas.
• Book discussion of “Coyotes, Crossing and Court Rooms: Mexican and Central American Minors’ Search for Security and Safety” by Dr. Isabel Martinez is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.
• Presentation, “Merienda Saludable” is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 8, at Consulado General de México 910 E. San Antonio.
• Panel Discussion on “Love Wins” a Q&A on the recent Supreme Court decision to allow equal marriage rights to all citizens is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Union Building East, Room 312.
• Screening of “The Head of Joaquín Murrieta” a film by John Valadez is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Chemistry and Computer Science Building, Room G.0208.
Panel Discussion, “This is Our Backyard: Empowering Latino Students for Community Engagement in the Paso Del Norte Region” is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.
• “Race, Authority and Violence,” Social Justice Poetry Slam and Workshop with Four Poets is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Location to be announced.
“Mester de Clerecía” The Cleric’s Craft/Clerecía 150 años de mesteres conference is Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22-24, organized by the Department of Languages and Linguistics. Register at clericia.utep.edu.
• “Poetry Reading by Spanish poet Fernando Valverde” is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
“Día de los Muertos Altar” displays are Oct. 29-Nov. 5, at University Library, Third Floor Atrium, during regular library hours.
• Día de los Muertos Film presentations are 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, featuring
“Macario” a Roberto Gavaldón film; and 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, featuring the John Huston film “Under the Volcano.”
• A lecture “La crónica como herramienta de construcción de memoria” by acclaimed Colombian writer Alberto Salcedo Ramos is 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 2-3, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center Gallery Auditorium.
• “Yo Soy Teatro: Womyn of Las Americas” performance and theater workshop is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Quinn Hall, Room 212.
“The Spanish for Heritage Speakers in the U.S.” lecture by Dr. Marta Fairclough, Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center Gallery Auditorium.

El Paso Fashion Week — El Paso’s annual Fashion Week runs through Oct. 3. The El Paso Fashion Week is a professional organization created to promote fashion and innovative ideas for the Border Region, with more than 309 local, national, and international designers, agencies, and models. Presented by Lijuro Productions and Southwest University. Information: (618) 578-1269, or on Facebook at El Paso Fashion Week.

miniCAST 2015 — Region 19 hosts the one-day conference for all educators who want to bring science and technology to a new hands-on level in their classroom 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Hutt Brown Middle School, 7820 Helen of Troy. Cost: $75; includes an invitation to the Friday Night Networking Social at Centennial Museum, Saturday lunch, two keynote speakers, and a complimentary one-year STAT and TCEA membership. Online registration at minicastelpaso.org.

Spec’s Fest — Spec’s, 655 Sunland Park, hosts an all day food and wine festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, with select wines and gourmet food samplings, expert advice on pairings, and more. Admission is free. Information: 584-1008.

Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 8th annual conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Region 19 Head Start Program Education Service Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Free breakfast and lunch, health screenings, living wills, advanced directives, door prizes and goodie bags. Tickets are free with donated fan, blanket or personal hygiene items to restock the APS Silver Star Resource Room. Registration required: 760-5630, 383-3693 or online at eventbrite.com.
  Keynote speech is the story of Brooke Astor, the late New York socialite who was left in a state of neglect and squalor and her fortune being exploited until her grandson, Phillip Marshall, intervened as her “Champion for Elder Justice.”
  UTEP will have SOWK, LPC and MLFT CEU’s available for $30.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Restoration: Bridging Culture. Life and Future,” includes events in September and October at various campuses. Events are free, unless listed otherwise. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
• Untold Stories of Hispanic American Veterans with Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and POW/MIA Exhibits are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Transmountain Campus Forum.
• The annual Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the EPCC ASC Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. EPCC will honor other mentors for their contributions to the community, with Alfredo Corchado, journalist and author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” Call for ticket price.

Latina Power Panel — Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas El Paso Chapter host the panel of inspirational speeches highlighting local women leaders and celebrating Hispanic culture 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Kindred Hospital, 1740 Curie. Information: hwntelpaso@gmail.com or hwntelpaso.blogspot.com.

Spaceflight Symposium — New Mexico Space Grant Consortium NASA EPSCoR‘s International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight is Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 7-8, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Panel discussions will examine industry issues and trends in the high-risk ventures of developing new platforms for suborbital space and beyond. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. both days; cost varies. Information: (575) 646-6414 or ispcs.com.

El Paso High School reunions — Class of 1965 is taking reservations for its 50th Reunion Oct. 8-11. Cost: $100 per person for Friday and Saturday evening events; all other events free. Information, reservations: 253-6062, 526-0894 or jowhitley@comcast.com.
  The Class of 1970 will be hosting its 45th class reunion with a dinner/dance 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 17, at Hilton Garden Inn, 111 West University, featuring music to Rhapsody. Cost; $55. Information: 490-9232 or ephs70.com.

Irvin High School Class of ’65 — The 50th Reunion Celebration will be Oct. 8-11 at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel. Information: irvin65.com or call 549-0351.

‘The Legacy of Ernest Thompson Seton’ — The Adult Education Committee at Temple Beth El-Las Cruces, 3980 Sonoma Springs, hosts a presentation by Julie Seton on “The Legacy of Ernest Thompson Seton: Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Naturalist, and Co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Copies of E.T. Seton?s “Trail of an Artist: Naturalist and Gospel of the Redman” will be on sale at a special event price. Refreshments will be served; donations are gratefully accepted. Information: (575) 524-3380 or tbelc.org.
   Seton was a celebrated naturalist in the early 20th century and received the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History and the Daniel Giraud Elliot Award for Zoology. He was a best-selling author, writing stories about animals and establishing the genre of the Realistic Animal Story that was popular in the early 1900s. Seton was also a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America and the founder of the Woodcraft League, an organization that is still active in England and the Czech Republic.

Austin High School 50th Reunion — The Austin High Class of 1965’s 50th reunion is Oct. 16-18, along with classmates from 1964 to 1966. Information: 383-8683 or sites.google.com/site/austin60sreunion.

Breast Cancer DSTea — El Paso Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrates breast cancer survivors in the community 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Wyndham Airport Hotel 2017 Airway. Attendees are asked to wear pretty hats for an afternoon of food and fellowship. A photo booth will also be available. Cost: $30. Information: 842-8748 or dst-epac.org.

Elder Health Care and Services Health Fair — First Christian Church of El Paso hosts the health fair focusing on elder care and community resources for senior citizens is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1140 N. St. Vrain. Immunize El Paso will provide flu shots and more than 20 other community resources will provide information and services. Admission is free; vaccines are $25, or show Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance coverage. Information: 539-3029.

McCrory’s Health Fair — McCrory’s Pharmacy, 6151 Dew, hosts a free health fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in its parking lot with food trucks, jumping balloons, face painting and information people and their pets’ health. Information: 581-9655 or mccroryspharmacy.com.
  Flu Vaccines are $19.95 during this event only. Participants include United Blood Drive Mobile Unit, Desert View Mobile Mammogram Unit, El Paso Diabetes Association, El Paso Physical Therapy, PUSH Fitness Center, Ageless MedSpa Salon, Humane Society, Crossroads Animal Clinic and more.

RWVA Appleseed Clinic — Revolutionary War Veterans Association of El Paso will host an intensive, fundamental two-day rifle marksmanship course 8 a.m. to 5;30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Mission Del Paso Campus, 10700 Gateway East of EPCC. Open to all shooting sport enthusiasts. Class size restricted. Cost: $60; $20 under age 18 (accompanied by responsible adult); free for active duty military, law enforcement and disabled. Information: appleseedusa.org.

Women’s Self Defense Workshop — El Paso Karate Academy, 10710 Gateway North, hosts free self-defense workshops to help women learn easy techniques to defend themselves in the case of an attack 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Students will practice on a live person wearing a padded suit. Information, reservations: 822-8818 or epkarate.com.

Brunch, Barks and Bingo — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park’s 6th annual day for people and their (well-behaved) pets on leash benefiting Animal Rescue League of El Paso is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Reservations strongly recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
  The event includes a costume contest, pet-oriented vendors, and a special performance by EPCC’s cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bingo cover charge is $20 (includes five bingo cards and patio seating); brunch sold separately.
  Bring a donation of cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food to receive a free dog treat.

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

Faces of Diabetes Conference — The 12th annual Faces of Diabetes Conference is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at TecH20 Center, 10751 Montana. The event includes guest speakers on a variety of topics, breakout sessions and lunch. Physicians and nurses of all specialties involved in the management and care of a patient with diabetes are encouraged to attend. Information: 532-6280. Online registration at epdiabetes.org/event/.

Inaugural Celebration — The banquet honoring the elevation of Bishop (SGM-Ret) Albert J. Mays Jr. to Auxiliary Bishop in the Church Of God In Christ is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Marriott Grand Ballroom, 1600 Airway. Guest speaker is Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ. Minister Earnest Pugh will be guest psalmist. Cost is $60 and $100. Reservations: Elder Mosley Hobson at mosley.hobson@yahoo.com or (315) 767-5326. Information: Sister Monica at info@wordoflife2000.org or 867-6292.

Rascals at Ruli’s — Ruli’s International Kitchen, 4176 N. Mesa, welcomes well-behaved and leashed pets 2 to 6 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. One dollar per all drinks sold at this time will be donated to The Humane Society of El Paso. Information: 313-4806 or on Facebook.

‘Experience Your Life Force’ — A series of MCKS Pranic Healing Intensives is planned for the fall months at Radisson Hotel Airport, 1770 Airway. Information: 449-0619 or on Facebook at Pranic Healing El Paso Border Region. Registration available online at pranichealing.com:
• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Pranic Healing Level 2 with instructor Chandan Parameswara
• Monday, Nov. 2: Pranic Psychotherapy with Chandan Parameswara.

Trivia Wednesdays at The Black Orchid — Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N. Mesa, Suite A, hosts trivia contests 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Trivia consists of 15 questions per round for a total of 2 rounds. Cost: $5 per team of four, per round, age 18 and older welcome. Information: 307-5617 or theblackorchidlounge.com.

Southwest Women’s Leadership Institute — Positive Directions’ 4th annual institute is Thursday, Nov. 12, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego, with various guest speakers. Cost: $199 ($1,890 table for ten) by Oct. 29; $249 after Oct. 29. Information: 838-1000 or southwestwli@gmail.com. Online registration at positivedirectionsco.com.
• Gloria Feldt, president of Take the Lead women’s leadership movement and author of the bestseller, “No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.”
• Yasmin Davidds, author of “Your Own Terms: A Woman’s Guide to Taking Charge of Any Negotiation.”
• Aliana Apodaca, conference founder and motivational speaker.
  A panel of male CEO’s will host a discussion on “A Man’s Perspective on Women Leaders.”

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations — The “Immunize El Paso” clinics for eligible persons ages 6 months and older are at various schools and other locations for those on Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid and Chip through Nov. 21. Call for cost, eligibility, clinic locations, and schedule: 857-2472 or immunizeelpaso.org.

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

Dog adoptions — Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue, a no kill, non-profit shelter, hosts adoptions are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, at the shelter, 3910 Square Dance (at Montana). These adoptions replace the weekly adoptions at El Paso Saddleblanket. Information on Facebook at Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue Of El Paso.

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.

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

Mathnasium of West El Paso — Mathnasium of West El Paso, 7250 N. Mesa Street, Suite B, is taking registration for its upcoming “Power Math workouts.” Workouts are two or three times a week, and run 60 to 75 minutes each session. Also offered is homework. Information: 587-6284, westelpaso@mathnasium.com or mathnasium.com/westelpaso.

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 offers training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays .
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe.

Society for Creative Anachronism — Society for Creative Anachronisms hosts weekly Medieval Combat Demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Sundays Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood, near the tennis courts. These mock combats are loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.

For a good cause

Wheels, Deals, Meals Gala — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger’s fundraising gala is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9541 Plaza Circle, with high-end classic car show, food from 15 or more El Paso restaurants, silent and live auction, big band sounds, wine tasting, casino-style gaming and more. Attire is black with a touch of orange. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for 10). Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org.
  El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is the city’s only food bank. Work supported by the Food Bank includes food distribution to 110 agencies and food pantries in El Paso, mobile pantries, and social services outreach. Money raised stays locally to fight food insecurity in the area.

FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP, a binational organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate in Juarez and El Paso, will host its_ 10th annual gala “La Vie en Rose,” 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $150 ($1,750 corporate tables for 10). Information: 544-4151, aaleman@femap.org or femap.org.

Art in the Heart — El Paso Human Services Inc.’s 4th annual Art Show Benefiting the Winchester House is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Mustard Seed Cafe, 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). The show will feature over 100 artists that will pick up a brush and paint to benefit current and former foster youth. The Winchester House a transitional living center for young men 18-25 who have aged out of foster care or who may be homeless and The Pride Center offering support services in our community. The primary goal is to assist youth to become self-sufficient. Admission is free. Information: 790-2232 or 533-4200.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraising non-competitive 1-mile walk to help raise awareness and money for the association is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Southwest University Park, Downtown El Paso. Registration is at 10 a.m., ceremony at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome to participate. Participation is free; all walkers are asked to make a donation and commit to raising funds. Free t-shirt to every registered walker who raises $100 or more. Strollers allowed; no pets, skateboards, skates or bicycles. Information, donations: 245-9020 or alz.org/westtexas/.

Wild West Wine and Food Festival — The Rotary Club of El Paso hosts the festival fundraiser noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at El Paso Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan. Wines from over 45 wineries and food from El Paso's top restaurants served. Tickets: $100. Information: 833-6616 or elpasowinefest.com.

‘Cruisin’ for Critters’ Motorcycle Run — The 5th annual charity run benefiting ACTion Programs for Animals is Sunday, Oct. 4, starting at Las Cruces Motor Sports, 1215 S. Valley Drive. Registration is 10:30 a.m. to noon, with participation at each stop and an after-party 3 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Moon Bar in Radium Springs, N.M., for age 21 and older. Cost: $15 per rider/passenger. Information: (575) 373-0159 or actionprogramsforanimals.org.
  All proceeds benefit the nonprofit ACTion Programs for Animals, an Animal Welfare Organization saving at risk shelter animals with there Dona Ana Pets Alive program which fosters in a no-kill environment.

Special Olympics ‘Double Talk’ Extravaganza — Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso Area-19 hosts its 10th annual gala fundraiser 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway, with dinner, live entertainment and silent auction. This year’s featured performer is ventriloquist and El Paso native Ronn Lucas and America’s Got Talent Finalist Charles Peacock. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso. Tickets: $65 ($600 tables for 10). Sponsorship opportunities available. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org/extravaganza.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk — La Clinica de Familia’s inaugural noncompetitive walk for a cause is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Gadsden High School, 6301 NM 28 in Anthony, N.M. Walk with a friend or team in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to support awareness and education efforts. Proceeds benefit local and state breast cancer awareness and education efforts. Register at any La Clinica de Familia clinics prior to the day of the event or at walk site one hour prior to start of walk. Entry fee; $25; all walk participants will receive a t-shirt. Information: (575) 649-3385. Online registration at lcdfnm.org.

Dance for Kids’ Sake — Big Brother Big Sisters of El Paso will host its annual local take on the show “Dancing with the Stars 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Local corporate, political and media celebrities star as dancers and judges to money and awareness for the needs of more than 100 at-risk children and the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring. Admission: $50. Information: 544-4203, bbsep.org.
  Special guest and native El Pasoan Mayo Alanen will serve as Host and Showcase performer. He is Pro Ballroom Performer & Choreographer, Featured Pro on “Dancing with the Stars,” World Finalist.

Tapas and Tequila: A Tasting — El Paso Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon, hosts the fundraising event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Glazer’s Distributing will serve tastings of premier tequilas, and local food trucks will provide tapas style eats. Live music, desserts, beer and wine bar, and silent auction also featured. Cost: $50 (includes commemorative shot glass), ages 21 and older welcome. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  All proceeds go directly to support El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center’s Mission to combat prejudice and intolerance through diverse educational and cultural activities.

Compassionate Friends ‘Walk to Remember’ — Compassionate Friends’ 2nd annual walk is 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 11, at Ascarate Lake 6900 Delta. The 1.5-mile walk honors the memory of a deceased child or sibling, and raises funds for an upcoming local conference, with a balloon release and potluck picnic. Vendors welcome and will be present to offer information on services and supports for the community. Registration is free. Information: 740-5496 or elpasotcf.org.
  Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.

‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ walk — YWCA El Paso del Norte Region hosts its 6th annual international men’s march, raising to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, beginning and ending at The Garden, 511 Western in Union Plaza District. Participants will walk a mile in red women’s high heel pumps. Pre-race activities begin at 4:30 p.m., with awards at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25. Information: 533-2311 or walkamileinhershoes.org. Online registration at ywcaelpaso.org.

Empty Bowls — The 23rd annual benefit for El Caldito Soup Kitchen is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, corner of Alameda and Griggs in Las Cruces. The event features soup donated by local restaurants served in soup bowls hand made by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. This is the oldest Empty Bowls event in New Mexico. The bowls will be available for purchase. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 at the door. information: (575) 525-3831 or elcaldito.com.

Howl at the Moon — The benefit for the Humane Society of El Paso is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at 150 Sunset event center, 150 E. Sunset in the Upper Valley, with dinner, live music and live and silent auctions. Master of Ceremonies is Nick Miller. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for ten). Information, RSVP (by Oct. 7): 532-6971 or humanesocietyelpaso.org.

A Wild Night...for Wildlife — The 17th annual fundraiser to benefit the Southwest Environmental Center’s work to protect wildlife and wild places in the Southwest is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, along Main Street (between Las Cruces Ave and Griggs), with food from local restaurants fine wine, and a silent auction and live music by Las Cruces Ukes, Alison Reynolds and the Rockabilly Strangers. Tickets: $50 in advance; $60 day of event ($25 of tickets are tax-deductible). Advance tickets available at the center or online at wildmesquite.org. Information: (575) 522-5552 or info@wildmesquite.org.
  This year’s theme is “Vintage Hollywood,” and attendees will be treated to a red carpet entrance and have the chance to get their photos taken by the “paparazzi.” Costumes are optional.
  For the first time, “Wilde Oscar” awards will be given to a few conservation champions, including: Rep. Bill McCamley and Rep. Jeff Steinborn, Ken Stinnett and Jornada Veterinary.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso hosts a happy hour for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (Oct. 17), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ — American Cancer Society will host its 5th annual walk benefiting breast cancer awareness at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Las Palmas LifeCare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Walkers may sign up as individuals or teams to help raise funds for the cause. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Information, registration: 544-4427 or makingstrides.acsevents.org.

NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso hosts its 5th annual fundraising 5K walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Memorial Park, 1701 Copia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is free; but walkers are encouraged to raise funds for the cause. Sponsorships available. Information: 778-5726; online registration at namiwalks.org/elpaso.
  The non-profit NAMI offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community.

Royal Tea Party — The fundraiser for ICU Mobile of El Paso is Saturday, Oct. 17, at Caffe Fioretti Coffee and Tea House, 3429 Montana. Times are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Princesses of all ages invited. Dress in Sunday best or favorite Princess attire. A Silent Action with gifts ranging from $30 to $200 (including a TV) will also be held. Cost is $20. RSVP by Oct. 1: Savannah at 4lifesavannah@gmail.com or 591-1343. Information: icumobileep.org.

Turquoise and Silver Tea — The Flickinger Center Guild’s 13th annual tea is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Willie Estrada Civic Center, 800 First Street in Alamogordo, N.M. with tea and crumpets, entertainment and more. Tickets: $10 in advance; available online at flickingercenter.com.

KCOS Wine & Food Classic — Western Refining presents Koss’s “Wine & Food Classic: A Gourmet Tasting Soirée” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A, with dishes and desserts from eight of El Paso’s top food establishments, as well as a wide array of wines. All proceeds help KCOS, El Paso’s nonprofit public broadcasting station. Tickets: $50 ($500 table for ten); available online at kcostv.org. Information: 594-5345
   Restaurants catering are Café Central, Around the World Catering, The Green Ingredient, Bogart’s Steakhouse, and Kona Grill. Wine selection, compliments of Republic National Distributing Company, Glazer’s Distributors, and L & F Distributors. Desserts provided by Edible Arrangements, Nothing Bundt Cakes and EPCC Culinary Arts. Handcrafted lemonades will be available from Craze.
  There will also be live music, an interactive photo booth and silent auction.

‘Mexican Fun and Fiesta’ — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, Inc. hosts its fall fundraising event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with a live auction, folklorico dancers and more. This year’s theme is “Ice Cream Social,” with colorful frozen drinks, hip hop dancers, ice cream desserts, live auction and more. tickets: $75 ($750 table for 10). Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
  Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-profit organization working in the colonias of Juárez. SPJ builds new homes and helps clothe the families in need.

Murder at the Museum — International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, hosts a fundraising murder mystery party 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 24, with adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres, silent suction, costume contest and more. Guest host is Austin Savage. All proceeds will go directly to Museum. Tickets: $40 ($65 for two); age 21 and older welcome. Available online at imoaep.eventbright.com. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net.

ReidSan Fun Day — ReidSan Dog Training Center and Kennel in the Grove, 840 ReidSan Grove, hosts a fun day benefiting Ben’s Pet Pantry 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, with free agility, grooming, obedience, nutrition, inoculations, and therapy dog seminars.
Space is limited; participates must bring donation in canned dog food valued at $10 or more for Ben’s Pet Pantry, a nonprofit organization providing temporary pet food assistance to residents in the El Paso area. All donations are tax deductible. Information: ReidSan, 877-DOGS (3647), or info@reidsan.com.

‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El Paso will host its 11th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery, as well as music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Information, cost: 247-6057 or Petsaliveelpaso.org.
   Pets Alive El Paso is a non-profit corporation working to make El Paso a no-kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.

Operation Pumpkin — The 14th annual event benefiting the children of Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s home is 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, featuring area doctors and dentists testing their surgical skills in a pumpkin carving competition. Participants may bid on finished creations in a live auction. Silent auction also offered. Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $25. Information: 544-8777 or leemoor.org.

‘Eat, Live, Give!’ — The monthly charity event benefits the Empowerment Center, which funds We Care and the OutRight centers in El Paso, through participating restaurants that donate 25 percent of their food sales for one day. Look for posters advertising the restaurants or call Matthew Hallman at The Empowerment Center at 917-370-3881 for a list of confirmed restaurants or to become one of our participating restaurants.

The Monsters Ball — The 8th annual costume event benefiting El Paso Diabetes Association is 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 30, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. featuring a live auction, dancing and costume contest. This year’s theme is “Superheroes and Villains.” Tickets: $75. Information: 589-0653, ext. 3, ardovinos.com or on Facebook a The MonstersBallEP.

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

Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 1 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

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

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 a.m. Fridays (except holiday weekends) at the Religious Activities Center, Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies. Child care provided free of charge. This year’s theme is “Works of Mercy.” Information: fortblisscwoc@gmail.com.

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

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.

Club news

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, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Fall French classes is still open for new and returning students. Adult classes begin Oct. 19, and youth classes begin Oct. 24. “Conversation a la Carte” classes are offered taught by native certified French teachers on Wednesday. Visit the website or Facebook for location and schedule.
  The new class location is 1035 Belvidere Ste 200.
  French Cooking classes with Chef Lugo, EPCC Culinary Arts Instructor, begin Oct. 3.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Oct. 3: Hueco Tanks hike
• Saturday, Oct. 10: Cookout
• Saturday, Oct. 17: Dinner and cornfield maze
• Friday, Oct. 23: Dinner and a movie.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon and annual meeting is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978, is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free “get acquainted” coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Steinmart, 7410 Remcon. Includes a show of the latest fall fashions. No RSVP necessary. Information: 584-6545 or sdaknat@aol.com
  The annual Activities Fair and Brunch is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Guest speaker is Stephanie Karr, executive director of the Center Against Sexual & Family Violence. Reservations required by Oct. 10. Cost: $20. Information: 584-8540 or gstevens1@elp.rr.com.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. New techniques and workshops are being held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Carmen Guzman, 203-0515.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Oct. 13) 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 epps.stamps@gmail.com.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly General Meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Hilton Garden Inn East, 6650 Gateway East. Reservations: 598-6376.

Apple Users Group — The El Paso Apple Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. EPAUG is a hands-on club for Apple Computer, iPad, and iPhone users to share information and ideas. 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.

Dona Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.

PFLAG El Paso — The El Paso chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG El Paso, offers four meetings a month in various locations. The meetings are open to the LGBT community and straight allies. Admission is free. Information: 209-AMOR (2667) or pflagelpaso.com.
  Meetings are 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Eastside, first Wednesday of the month at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood.
• Westside, second Thursday of the month at University Presbyterian Church, 244 North Resler
• Central, fourth Sunday of the month at St. Pius Ministry Center, 1059 North Clark Drive.

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.

El Paso Library Chess Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Boards provided; admission is free. Information: 543-5433 or elpasolibrary.org.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings and quilting bees are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace 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: 503-7485 or epnequilters@gmail.com.

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.

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

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, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

Toastmasters International — Members encourage and critique each other, participating in differing roles in the meeting every week. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Information: 833-1406.
• Border Toastmasters meet 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Lunchbox, 3623 Buckner (off Montana). First time guests get a free breakfast. Information: Arturo, 226-9705.
• Eastside Toastmaster Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Pebble Hills Command Station, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: 588-8799.

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com. 
   October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 17.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The State Park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899.
  Last Sunday hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, beginning in the tramway’s parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes, bring walking stick, snacks and water for all hikes. Hikers encouraged to come dressed in costume for this Halloween-theme hike (make sure the costume is comfortable for hiking).
  A Halloween Fest and Pumpkin Carving Contest is noon Saturday, Oct. 31. All visitors are encouraged to come dressed up/in costume. Arts in the Parks activities offered for the kids. Contestants should bring their pumpkins ready to display by 12:30 p.m. Carved pumpkins will be displayed at the top station, and voting is 1 to 4 p.m.
  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.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are 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.
  Ysleta del Sur Pueblo ‘s 4th annual outdoor market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, with Native American artists, YDSP social dances, Indian bread, Pueblo tacos, arts and crafts, free children’s activities, and storytelling.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport’s new Spaceport America Experience tour is open for visitors at 301 S. Foch, in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, N.M., with educational and interactive space exhibits, tour tickets and official Spaceport America merchandise. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information/group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.

La Viña Winery — 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 noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
   The La Viña Fall Wine Festival is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase. Admission: $20 ($10 ages 12-20; free for children under 12). Admission for adults includes a commemorative glass and 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 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with food truck most Saturdays; bring a picnic basket Sunday.
  Open mic sessions are 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month.

Sunland Winery — 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
  Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays with David Huerta, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays with Huerta and Lala Ledezma, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Ledezma and Team Havana, and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Wine and Canine is 2 to 7 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of every month, with food and music. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcomed. One dollar from each drink purchased go to the Humane Society of El Paso.

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.

Ski Apache ZipTour — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $65 for adults, $58 children and senior, $52 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $35 ($32 ages 10-13 and 60-plus); $81 for all-day pass.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Visitors can now begin their tour at the new Visitor Center across the street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). Group tours available with advance registration. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.
The adobe home, built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, tells the story of a multicultural family that influenced the development of the Southwest borderlands. It includes authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily lives of the Magoffin family.

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.
Information: 534-0677.

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Fiesta Juárez — Expo Juárez returns through Oct. 18 at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (at “The X” monument) with food, entertainment, international artists, games, a circus, rodeo, wrestling and other activities. Tickets: 50 pesos ($3); free for children and seniors. All games free except on weekends. Facebook: FiestaJuarezEnFamilia
  Special admission prices for Palenque shows, which start between 9 and 10 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 2: Los Tigres del Norte. Tickets: 275 to 1,210 pesos.
• Saturday, Oct. 3: Los Huracanes del Norte and Conjunto Primavera. Tickets: 600 to 1,210 pesos.
• Friday, Oct. 9: Marco Antonio Solis. Tickets: 600 to 3,190 pesos.
• Friday, Oct. 16: Regulo caro and Saul El Jaguar. Tickets: 275 to 880 pesos.
• Saturday, Oct. 17: Ha-Ash. Tickets: 205 to 880 pesos.
  No extra admission charge for shows on the esplanade, which start around 8-9 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 2: El Bebeto
• Saturday, Oct. 3: Banda La Autentica
• Sunday, Oct. 4: El Norteño
• Thursday, Oct. 8: Cadetes de Linares
• Friday, Oct. 9: Chuy Lizarraga
• Saturday, Oct. 10: Los Invasores
• Sunday, Oct. 11: Tierra sagrada
• Tuesday, Oct. 13: El Tri
• Friday, Oct. 16: Cardenales
• Saturday, Oct. 17: Bobby Pulido
• Sunday, Oct. 18: Los Chicharrines.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Admission is free. Information: 656 639 11 00.
• A French Film Festival is Sept. 25-Oct. 8 at Cinepolis in Las Misiones Mall. Cost is 140 pesos for four tickets.
• Memorial Day social is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Bring beverages or food to share.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (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 through October: “Tiempos del Sol,” photography on loan from Instituto Nacional de Arqueologia e Historia.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro).
• The play, “Busco al hombre de mi vida, marido ya tengo: with Lili Brillanti, Lourdes Garza and Anastasio Acosta, is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Admission: 150 to 350 pesos.
• Abba Tribute concert is 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Call for cost.
• “Forever Tango” performance is 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Tickets: 250 to 750 pesos.
• Lecture on “Felicidad en tiempos dificiles” by Jorge Bucay is Wednesday, Oct. 14. Call for time. Admission 300 to 600 pesos.
• Telon de Arana theatre company presents “Conferencia bajo la Lluvia” with Arturo Beristain at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16-18. Call for cost.
• Local writers present their poetry at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.
• Odin Dupeyron talks on “A Vivir” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Admission: 300 to 500 pesos.
• Ballet Folklorico de Mexico directed by Amalia Hernandez performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Call for cost.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Family package is 299 pesos.
• Mandala exhibit is Oct. 1-11.
• An evening of poetry, storytelling and music is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
• Science and Technology lectures, workshops and exhibitions are offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 20-23. Free admission to this event.
• “Little Giants” (about rodents) shows all month in the 3D Theatre.
  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.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona
• Juarez Millenial — Young leaders meet for lectures, noon, Saturday, Oct. 3.
• Edurobotica — Workshops and activities begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 4 and 18.
• Expo MRO — Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 7-9. The 5th annual expo has grown from 23 to an expected 160 booths in five years, and is the biggest annual industrial expo oriented to the maquila industry. Lectures noon to 5 p.m. daily. Information: expo-mor.com, 656 625-6735 or expo-mro.com.
• Congreso de Marketing — all day Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 29-31, sponsored by Juárez Creativa. Wednesday presentations are headlined at 6 p.m. by Andrzej Rattinger, founder of the magazine Merca2.0. Presentations Thursday begin with a “Marketing in Juárez” session 9-10:45 a.m. Main event is presentation at 6 p.m. by urban marketing expert Dr. Mihalis Kavaratzis. Events continue through 3 p.m. Friday at Parque Central.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
• Book presentation by Antonio Flores Schroeder is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, followed at 8 p.m. by the documentary “Tan Lejos de Dios ...” by Uberto Stabile of Spain. Reception follows.
• “A Day at the Museum” is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Guided tours, children’s workshops and puppet shows. Special show is 1-2 p.m. The event is offered the third Saturday of each month.
• Continuing all month: “Genesis,” a collective exhibit by various national women artists. Exhibit on loan from the Secretaria de Hacienda.

Telon de Arena — Insurgentes Avenue and Cayetano Lopez, behind Plaza Grande Business Center. Information, ticket prices: 656 6119545, telondearena.org.
• Documentary showings are at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, 11, 14-17 and 28. Admission is free.
• The play “Divorciarse sin morir en el intento” with Perla de la Rosa is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 1-4. Call for ticket price.
• The play “ISA” by Carlos Montemayor is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10.
• “Los Muertos” collective theatre is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Pianist Raul Di Blasio performs at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Admission is 550 to 750 pesos.
• Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan performs a dinner show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Cost is 1350 pesos, includes dinner (bring your own bottle). Reservations: 656 6 880592 ext 304.

ICB — The Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicos (part of UACJ) is at Hermanos Escobar at Plutarco Elias Calles. Soprano Barbara Padilla performs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, along with Mariachi Canto a Mi Tierra, Ensamble Cultural Universitario, Orquesta Sinfonica UACJ and Compañia de danza Folclorica. Admission is free.

Chupacabras — The 19th annual 100K mountain bike race in Juarez is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Club Veteranos de Futbol (near Estadio Benito Juarez). The 62-mile race along the U.S./Mexico border, considered the top mountain bike event in Mexico with nearly 3,000 participants, with times ranging from 3 1/2 to 10 hours. New single track sessions offered this year. Cost, information: chupacabras100km.com.
  Also offered: “Paseo de las Cabras” 60K event and Chupacbritas children event.

Bohemia Night — The poetry event begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, along Juárez Avenue. Information: 656 625 6735.

Maraton Internacional — The 6th annual event includes a full marathon and half marathon Sunday, Oct. 18. Sponsored by Gas Natural de Juárez. Up to $60,000 in prize money offered. Information: (915) 603-6707 or maratongnj.com.mx.

World’s Largest Astronomy Lesson — The effort to set the record for the most participants in a single astronomy event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Samalayuca Dunes near Juárez (20 minutes past airport). Bring a telescope or binoculars. Information: recordguinnessjuarez.com.

D’Martlub — The sports complex is at Av Tecnologico 1860 near Galerias Mall.
  Singer-dancer Pepe Cervantes presents music of a different Latin American country at 8 p.m. the last Saturday of each month. Cost 100 pesos (bring your own beverages and appetizers).

Otaku Convention — The Ken Bara Anime Expo with anime, cosplay and more is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at Fame Hall, Chamizal Park next to soccer stadium.

Galeria Virtudes — Americas Av 678, two blocks south of Hermanos Escobar. The rock band Nexus performs at a Halloween Night beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Bring your own wine or beer. Appetizers and beverages sold.
Admission: 80 pesos.

Parque Central Poniente — The park is on Av. Technológico at Pedro Meneses. Sporting events, music and theater are offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, followed by Bohemian Night at 8 p.m. Information: 656 625 6735.

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

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.
  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.

— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
2 022988 (cobracollectionag@hotmail.com or walteraleisterschaefer@gmail.com)

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