May 2016

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Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival— The traveling carnival runs April 28-May 8 at Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West (West upper parking lot), with rides, games and food. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday. . All you can ride wristbands: $25: individual coupons $1 each or $20 for 24. Most rides cost 3 to 5 coupons. Information: simon.com/cielovistamall or on Facebook

Sun City Craft Beer Fest — The Downtown El Paso celebration of craft beer is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the El Paso Convention Center. More than 60 breweries offer beer available for tasting or purchase, two stages with live music, merchandise, art and food trucks that will pair the right food with the perfect beer. The event will also feature on-site brewing where experts will demonstrate live how homemade beer is brewed. Open to age 21 and older. Tickets: $30 in advance and $40 day of event; $10 designated driver. Information: SunCityCraftBeerFest.com.
  Last year’s event offered about 150 varieties of beer and attracted 6,000 attendees.

Burger Bash and Craft Beer Fest — The event benefiting March of Dimes’ March for Babies is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Cleveland Square in Downtown El Paso, with food trucks competing for the title of El Paso’s best burger, a burger eating competition, craft beer, live music and entertainment. Admission: $10 (VIP tickets $25). Information: 929-0502, elpasoburgerbash.com or on Facebook.

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros’ — The 20th annual children’s day/book day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Washington Park (next to the El Paso Zoo). Various activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or selpasolibrary.org.
  The idea for “Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Author Pat Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1997 to celebrate children and promote literacy.

‘First Thanksgiving’ — The 27th annual reenactments and events at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in Historic San Elizario, depicting the arrival of the first Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598, are presented by El Paso Mission Trail Association Saturday, April 30, with Mission Valley Heritage events, food and vendors. Admission is free; Zarzuela admission: $25. Information: 851-9997 or visitelpasomissiontrail.com. History booths will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The reenactment, directed by Jose Estala, is 4 p.m. outside in front of the chapel.
The Zarzuela Arias Tribute to Dr. Hugh Cardon is 6 p.m. in the San Elizario Chapel Auditorium, 1556 San Elizario Road. Silent auction precedes event at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, includes sangria and appetizers.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission; $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. All wines also available to buy by the glass or bottle. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, about 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28).
  Saturday’s performers are Dusty Low at noon, Austin Jimmy Murphy at 215 p.m. and 24/7 Blues Band at 4:30 p.m.
  Sunday’s performers are Twisted Hornes at noon, Frank Zona and Urban Edge at 2:15 p.m. and Slick Reynolds at 4:30 p.m.

82nd Airborne Summer CarnivalBenavidez-Patterson Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Assn., Inc. hosts its summer carnival 5 p.m. to midnight through May 1, at Sunrise Shopping Center, 8500 Dyer. Proceeds benefit the chapter’s Educational Scholarships. Cost: $10 unlimited rides Monday through Thursday; $20 Friday through Sunday; $2 gate entry fee. Information: John, 240-8104 or JohCeb@msn.com.

Mariachi Loco Music Festival — Aida Cuevas Sebastien De La Cruz, from, “America’s got Talent” and NBA Finals National Anthem singer, and Gerardo Fierra and are featured at this year’s Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day Festival, Friday through Sunday, May 6-8 as it returns to San Jacinto Plaza, 101 E. Mills, in Downtown El Paso. Mariachis, folkloric dancers, impersonators, ropers and other live music from around region. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 per-sale; $2 age 12 and younger with adult. $30 three-day general admission; available online at holdmyticket.com. Information: mariachilocomusicfestival.com or Facebook.

Spirit of Amigo Travel Fair — Destination El Paso’s travel fair expo is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at El Paso Convention Center, with information booths promoting local travel and tourism. Information: 534-0642 or destinationelpaso.com.
  The event is part of National Travel and Tourism Week events May 1-7. Destination El Paso is the new name of the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity in Sunland Park, N.M., host its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with a food truck rally, Margarita and Tequila tastings and live entertainment including mariachi, folklorico and more. Admission is free. Information: sunland-park.com or on Facebook at sunlandparkhorses.
  Headline entertainment at 9 p.m. with Regional Mexican Male Artist of the Year Luis Coronel performing hits such as “Mi Niña Traviesa,” “Tenerte” and “Escápate.”

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event includes live ,music, and vendors of arts and crafts, games and food booths. Children’s activities include amusement rides, jumping balloon, piñata bash and a greased pole climb at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are advised to bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed in the plaza. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116, mesillanm.gov or on Facebook at Old Mesilla.
  Program begins with welcome by mayor Nora Barraza both days, followed by Ballet Folklorico de La Tierra del Encanto with Mariachi Azteca Saturday and Conjunto La Juventud del Bravo Sunday.
  Saturday’s entertainment is East Picacho Elementary Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, Las Perlitas del Pueblo with Mariachi Aquilas, and Tejas Band.
  Sunday’s performers are Ballet Folklorico Herencia Mexicana, Mariachi Flores Mexicanas and Tudy and the Silver Bullet Band.

Freedom Fest — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss and Sunland Park Dodge host the weekend family event 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 13-15, with live bands, carnival games, food vendors and beer tents, small carnival rides, inflatables, pedal go-kart racing, chalk artists, magic shows, carnival performers, fortune teller booth, classic car display, kid’s arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists more. Fireworks end the events on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Information: freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Armed Forces Day — The community is invited to Fort Bliss for the annual Armed Forces Day open house event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeants Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. Activities include military equipment static displays, demonstrations, entertainment, a chili cook-Off, car show and food and drink concessions. Hosted by the Soldiers of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. Admission is free. Information: 568-4505.
  The festivities begin with a selection of patriotic music and the Armed Services Medley performed by the 1st Armored Division Band. Fort Bliss units will display the Abrams Tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Patriot Launcher, Blackhawk helicopter, and much more. Area Active, Reserve and National Guard units can participate and inform the public about their equipment and opportunities their services provide.
  Entertainment includes Military Police Working Dog Teams, the 1AD Band’s Rock Band performance and the area high school JROTC Programs’ Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams Competition.

Kids to Park Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and Franklin Mountain State Park hosts the 6th annual National Kids to Parks Day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21, at Memorial Garden Center, 3105 Grant, in Memorial Park, with workshops, games, hikes, demonstrations and other kid-friendly activities. Admission is free. Information: 544-0753 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Festival — El Paso Live, in partnership with PartyTenders Events, presents the wildly infamous festival 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North in Northeast El Paso.
  The festival has gained popularity in cities including Denver, Albuquerque, Denver, Phoenix and San Antonio, geared to showcase diverse Mexican beers and worldwide tequilas, as well as unique taco recipes from local favorites. Featured are live music and DJs, water pong, Cornhole, Tequila Olympics, chihuahua pet dog racing, taco judging, and a wide variety of food trucks.
  Admission: $30 ($25 for first 500 tickets sold); includes 10 .25 oz tequila samples, commemorative shot glass and a beer koozie. Additional tequila samples available for $1 each at the designated Sample Refill Bar. Tickets available on Ticketmaster. Information: TequilaTacoCervezaFest.com.

KLAQ International Balloonfest — The 31st annual festival Saturday through Monday, May 28-30 at Bowen Ranch, 5101 Stan Roberts. Morning balloon launches are Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.
  Kick off is Saturday evening with a Soldier Salute and Sunset Balloon Glow, with glow vendors and food trucks, followed by a color guard performance and lantern lift off.
  Sunrise Balloon Glows and lift-offs are Sunday and Monday, with breakfast food trucks and specially shaped balloons both days. Activities include hay and pony rides, petting zoo, calf-roping and other ranch activities. Saloon open for 21 and older with champagne tastings, beer and live music.

Concordia Cemetery Memorial Day — Concordia Cemetery Heritage Association will honor veterans of all wars buried at the historic cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in Concordia Cemetery’s Buffalo Soldier Memorial, 3700 Yandell. The 82nd Airborne Division will present the Memorial program. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 591-2326 or 479-3779, or concordiacemetery.org.

Sun City PrideFest 2016 — El Paso Sun City Pride’s 9th annual festival is 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at 100 E. Franklin, in honor of LGBTQI Month. Local acts begin at 8 p.m., headline entertainment at 10 p.m. The annual parade, “Ride The Rainbow,” is 10 a.m. running from Houston park, 900 Montana, the Pride Square, 500 N. Stanton. Pride week events run June 1-5: Passes are $41.99 to $82.99, depending on select one-day passes, weekend passes and VIP Access (including meet and greet session). Information, reservations: (615) 973-3870 or epscp.org.
  This year’s headliners include American Idol and RuPaul’s Dragrace finalist, Adore Delano (aka Danny Noriega), CBS’ The Talk host, James Vaughn, and Erika Jayne from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Also appearing are international wrestler Cassandro and the current reigning Miss Gay America and Miss Continental joining the celebration.
Other events:
  A sponsor reception and Dance Party is Wednesday, June 1.
  Kick-Off Party is Thursday, June 2, at EPIC Bar & Nightclub, 510 N. Stanton.
  Dance Party is Friday, June 3, at the EDGE Bar & Nightclub, 610 N. Mesa.
  The annual parade theme is “Ride the Rainbow.”
  Wet ‘n Wild Pride Bash is Sunday, June 5, at Wet ‘n Wild Water World in Anthony.

Billy the Kid Festival — ?San Elizario Historic Art District hosts the 7th annual festival named for the infamous outlaw Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, in San Elizario. The event celebrates Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876 to break out a friend from the old El Paso County Jail. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093, billythekidfestival.com.
  To get there, take Loop 375 south from I-10, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to Main Street.

Feast in the Middle East — The 51st annual May dinner and festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and the Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival.
  Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event includes live Arabic music, St. George Dance Troupe, belly dancers, authentic Middle Eastern food, such as kibbee, tabouli, meat pies, home-made bread, baklava and symbosic full bar, bake table and guided church tours.
  Admission is $3 (free with advance purchase of $20 advance food tickets); children 9 and under admitted free. Information: 584-9100 or stgeorge-elpaso.org.

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.

Southern New Mexico

British Car Days Show — The British Motorcar Club of Southern New Mexico’s 24th annual car show is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. About 100 British cars and motorcycles will be on display, including Mini Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans. Admission is free to spectators. Information:(575) 680-8333, hdmodonnell@hotmail.com(575) 312-5469 or pvoris@q.com, bmc-snm.org or on Facebook at British Motor Car Club Las Cruces New Mexico.
  All British cars and Brit Bikes welcome.
  Other events include a brewery crawl 2 to 4:30 p.m. and a meet and greet potluck 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29; a Vine to Wine — North to South Rally the Valley 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and an awards breakfast 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 1.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host a celebration commemorating the victory of the Mexican over the French army at the Battle of Puebla is 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Sedillo Park. The celebration includes games for the kids, food, entertainment and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927 or socorronm.gov

Railroad Days — The 9th annual event, celebrating the anniversary of the first train coming to Las Cruces, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, at the New Mexico Railroad and Transportation Museum in the Santa Fe Train Depot at Mesilla and Las Cruces avenues, west of the Downtown Mall (351 N. Mesilla). Activities include educational booths, vendor and family activities. Admission is free. Information, times: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.
  Student Day is Friday with special tours by appointment for groups, and a variety of fun and educational activities throughout the day.
  Throughout the event, the Doña Ana Modular Railroad Club will have their H-O model train layouts running and expert modelers will be on hand to answer questions.
  The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will have a static locomotive on display Saturday; no rides. Inside the museum, Harvey Girl and railroad worker re-enactors from the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso will talk about working for the railroads. Various museums from the area will have information tables. Musical entertainment by the Las Cruces Ukes and the Country Drifters.
  In conjunction with Branigan Cultural Center, guided mural walks will be led through the neighborhood, and information about hobo signs and symbols will be available. Quilter Lynn Moseley will be creating a hobo signs quilt throughout the day. Outdoors, demonstrations of steam engines will take place hourly, weather permitting.

Smokey Bear Days — The Village of Capitan, N.M. will host two days of family fun and fire prevention and conservation exhibits at the 12th annual festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6-7 at Smokey Bear Historical Park and throughout the community. Events includes vendors, educational activities, bike safety course and a parade. The event honors Smokey Bear, the famed bear cub that survived a fire in the Capitan Mountains and became a beloved symbol of fire prevention. All events are free. Information: (575) 354-2748 or smokeybeardays.com
  Capitan is about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Smokey Bear Historical Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with playground and picnic areas. Regular park admission: $2 ($1 children).

T or C Fiesta — The 67th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 6-8, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo, music, carnival, vendors, games in the park, live music, salsa contest, bike show, barbecue, Sunday duck race and more. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday through Downtown, followed by live music and other events in Ralph Edwards Park. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, annualtorcfiesta.com or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  Saturday’s musical performers include Iron Chiwawa, Knifewing, Constance & The Tumbleweed band, Syd Masters & the Swing Riders, Sawmill Canyon ramblers, Elvis Tribute by bud Sanders, Pat Dutton and Guitar Slim, On Call, Desert Dogs and Antonio Reyna.
  Other events include basketball, horseshoes, skateboard tournaments, turtle racing, kids fishing derby, junk boat race, vendors and more.
  A film festival is all weekend long in El Cortez Theater and various galleries.
  Rough stock rodeo is Friday and Saturday in Sierra County Sheriff’s Posse arena.
  Dance concert featuring Johnny Lee and TG Sheppard is Saturday in the Ralph Edwards Auditorium.
  When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game show’s invitation for a town to change its name to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward for doing so was to have the show’s host be the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and the community continues to celebrate every first weekend in May.

Blazin’ Brewfest — The 4th annual beer festival is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 7, on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate, age 21 and older welcome. Tickets available online at holdmyticket.com. Information: (575) 660-2951 or nmbeer.org.
  Participating breweries include Abbey Brewing, Bosque Brewing, La Cumbre Brewing, Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, High Desert Brewing, Marble Brewery, Pecan Grill & Brewery, Picacho Peak Brewing, Ponderosa Brewery, Red Door Brewing, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Sierra Blanca Brewery, Spotted Dog Brewery, Taos Mesa Brewing and Tractor Brewing.

Hot Springs Festival — The festival celebrating alternative medicine, healthy lifestyles and sustainable living is May 13-15 in Downtown Truth or Consequences, N.M. featuring hot spring tours, workshops, live music, vendors, classes, and more. Admission is free to most events; tours and other activities may have a nominal ticketed fee. Information: (575) 973-8167 (TorC Main Street) or hotspringsfestival.com.
  First known as “Palomas Hot Springs,” in 1914 the town was later known as simply “Hot Springs” until 1950, when the town changed its name in honor of the popular radio show.
  Events begin Friday afternoon and evening with yoga, clothing swap, and a keynote presentation, and a welcome dance,
  Saturday features morning hike of Healing Waters Trail, live music, workshops and other presentations and activities. Vendor area open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; second Saturday Art hop is 6 to 9 p.m.
  Sunday events include a community breakfast, keynote speakers and field trip to Black Range Lodge.

Military Appreciation Day — City of Alamogordo’s 39th annual Military Appreciation Day is 9 a.m. t 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Griggs Sports Complex, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, N.M., with military ceremonies and presentations; military and civilian static displays; live bands, arts, crafts and food vendors, martial arts demonstration, K-0 demos, semi-pro baseball exhibition games, pet adoptions and contests, kids activities, alcohol service, a letter writing booth to honor service members, DJs and more. Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and neighboring communities are invited to attend.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4250 or ci.alamogordo.nm.us.
  An “Our America Hero” Obstacle Course/Race is also planned. Fee: $40 for a 4-person teams, military or civilian, to compete for cash prizes. Call to sign up.

AspenCash Motorcycle Rally — The 19th annual trade show and motorcycle rally is Thursday through Sunday, May 19-22, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. with live music and a demo rider, poker run with cash prized, Information: 1-800-452-8045 or motorcyclerally.com.
  The trade show is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Live music Friday and Saturday. One-day trade show pass is $8.
  Half-day poker runs begin at noon Thursday through Saturday.
  Advance registration is $21 (by May 1); $26 at the gate. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fee includes one run sheet, pin (while supplies last) and 4-day trade show pass.

Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival — Two-time Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Famer Taj Mahal Trio headlines the Saturday night show for the 21st annual event May 27-29 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City. Live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, raffles, food vendors and a beer garden. Admission is free at all Gough Park events. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. VIP packages available: Blues package is $75; Bike Package is $100. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
  Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures is 20th century blues and roots music. In more than four decades of performing, he has broadened his artistic scope to represent music from nearly every corner of the world.
  Opening party picnic starts at 6 p.m. Friday, with Las Cruces blues guitarist CW Ayon, food vendors and beer garden, in Gough Park. Also featured is a twilight Busted Knuckles Harley Stunt show. Live music continues 12:15 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
  The Festival Kick-Off Dance is 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Q’s Southern Bistro with Southern California’s blues rockers Harlis Sweetwater. Tickets: $15.
  A Blues Jam Session with festival performers, led by Miller & the Other Sinners, is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at Little Toad downtown. Proceeds from the evening events help keep the festival free. Tickets: $15.
  Sunday’s headliners are the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style.
  Dirty Dozen Brass Band will lead workshop at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Seedboat Center for the Arts & Gallery on the history of New Orleans’ music.
  In conjunction with the festival is Peoples Choice Bike Show, with a $500 prize for winners in each category. This year’s special guests are the Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour, which will perform throughout the day Saturday, as well as two shows on Sunday. Also featured is Daredevil Crew. Information: Ginny Wolf (575) 313-5709.
  The Kneeling Nun Bike run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 43rd annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at Zenith Park, with new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more as well as live music, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 1-888-874-4447 or cloudcroft.net.

Red White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival — The Memorial Day weekend event is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 28-30, at NMSU Intramural Fields, 100 Wells in Las Cruces, with samples from regional wineries and micro-breweries. Admission: $20 at the gate, $15 in advance online at redwhiteandbrewfestival.com. Admission free to under 21 with parent or guardian. Cost is $10 for designated drivers; includes free bottle of water. Information: (575) 522-1232.
  VIP Experience Tent tickets also available for $50; includes access to air conditioned tent, seating, and food pairings to sample with award-winning DH Lescombes wines and Spotted Dog specialty brews.
  Participating wineries include St. Clair and their entire family of wines, including DH Lescombes, Blue Teal Vineyards, Soleil Mimosa, Voluptuous, and other specialty wines, as well as Heart of the Desert Winery, Don Quixote Winery, Kokopelli Winery, and more. Breweries include: High Desert Brewing Company, Spotted Dog Brewery, Heart of the Desert Brewery, Picacho Peak Brewing and more.
  Saturday’s performers are Border Avenue at noon, and Jagertown at 3 p.m.
  Sunday’s performers or Ghetto Blasters at noon and Arcadian at 3 p.m.
  Monday’s performers are CW Ayon at noon and Soulshine at 3 p.m.

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival — The 24th annual festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 28-30, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers wines by 16 New Mexico wineries as well as specialty food and arts and crafts vendors. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers.
  Admission: $15 in advance (includes souvenir glass); $20 at the door. Must have valid ID; free for under 21 with parent or legal guardian. Active duty and retired military receive $3 discount on Monday, with valid ID. Information: (575) 636-2199 or nmwine.org.
  Live music begins at noon and 3 p.m. daily: Latin Funktion and Cody Joe Hodges on Saturday; Nosotros and the Bel Airs & Tracy Nelson on Sunday; and Eli James Band and Guitar Slim Monday.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs. Free parking.
  New this year: Shuttle transportation 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Mesilla Valley Mall and return; $5 per round trip. Last shuttle leaves mall at 4 p.m.

Two River Arts and Crafts Festival — The 3rd All Handcrafted arts and craft fest is May 28-30, at Wingfield Park, 300 Center in Ruidoso. Admission is free. Information on Facebook or call (575) 937-1734.

Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference — The annual conference, formerly held in November, returns June 1-4. Details to be announced. Information: (575) 525-1735 or lascrucesmariachi.org.

Bumps, Babies & Beyond Baby Expo —Parents, parents-to-be, and their children will have a day of fun at the expo 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with a wide range of resources, from baby photographers and party planners to healthcare providers and daycare representatives. Tickets: $5; available online at bumpsbabiesbeyondexpo.com. Information: (575) 522-1232.
  The expo will also feature break-out sessions and seminars on how to do a baby wrap, breast-feeding consultations, healthy baby food and more, as well as a maternity and kids’ fashion show.
  A Kids Character Breakfast is 9 to 10:30 a.m. with special guests ranging from Frozen’s Elsa to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters. Tickets: $15 (includes expo admission), by online pre-sale only.

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

Cinco de Mayo Alpine — Alpine, Texas’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is May 6-8, featuring an enchilada dinner, themed parade, music, dancing, car show and the popular Grand Mercado at Kokernot Park.
Information: (432) 386-3774
  The annual parade is 11 a.m. Saturday starting at Porter’s Thriftway on 5th Street, followed by with a Gran Mercado at Kokernot Park and the Gran Baile dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Alpine Civic Center.
  The Gran Mercado continues all day Sunday at Kokernot Park.



El Paso Preservation Month

‘Preservation 50: 1966-2016 Our Legacy Our Future’ — El Paso’s Preservation Month will celebrate the Preservation on The Mission Trail as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, with several events throughout May. Events are free. Information: 212-1567, unless otherwise listed.
  Tours of San Elizario City Hall, 12710 Church Street runs continuously 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays throughout the month. Tours last 10 to 20 minutes. Meet at the reception desk. Information: 794-7037.
  Guided Tours of San Elizario Historic District are noon to 3 p.m. throughout the month. Meet at the Main Street Mercantile, 1556 San Elizario. Information: 851-0093, 851-1682 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org.
  Tours of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo: Tigua Indian Cultural Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, May 7-28, with Native American Pueblo dances and Tigua bread-baking done in the 350 year old tradition. Call for dance times: 859-7700 or ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Tours of the two Missions and Presidio Chapel are Saturdays, May 7-28. Tours lasting about 30 minutes are offered 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Presidio Chapel in San Elizario, 1556 San Elizario; Mission Socorro, 328 S. Nevarez Street in Socorro, and Mission Ysleta, 131 S Zaragoza in El Paso. Meet at the front door of each mission location; some tours may be limited. Donations welcome. Information: 790-0661.
• Opening Ceremonies and Reception are 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Mission Valley Visitor’s Center, with a presentation by Nestor Valencia entitled “El Paso, Landmark of Historic Preservation: A visual presentation of major historical significance in our area.” Refreshments served. On exhibit is the new History of the Mission Trail Exhibit created by Nick Houser, and an exhibit of Zarzuela posters by Alberto Escamilla.
San Elizario First Friday ArtWalk is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6, along Main Street in San Elizario, with more than 50 studios and seven galleries, snacks, a ghost tour at 10 p.m., screening of “Young Guns II” and more. Showing through June is “Sinuous Dimensions – A Group Exhibition,” the Golden Eagle Gallery. Most activities are free; ghost tour is $15. Information: 851-0093, 851-1682 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org.
• “The Ysleta Schools on the Alameda Corridor” panel discussion is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Cadwallader School (a Trost building), 7988 Alameda. Exhibits will feature the history of the campus (1924) and its future as a repurposed campus including an archival center. Information: 212-1567.
• An open house is 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Casa Ortiz (former The Bookery), 10167 Socorro Road. Host Diego Vazquez will provide a free tour discussing the history of the property and explain plans for the future.
• Special presentation on “Adobe Preservation and Conservation” is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, at Rio Vista Farms, 800 Rio Vista Road.
• San Elizario Art Market is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, around the San Elizario Plaza, with Pistoleros de San Elizario, music, dance, exhibits and more. Information: 851-0093 or 851-1682.
• Lecture on “The Walls of History: The Home of Moritz Loewenstein: The Merchant Prince of Ysleta” is Thursday, May 19, at the Mission Trail Valley Visitor’s Center, 9065 Alameda, with historian/anthropologist Nick Houser. Information: 790-0661.
• Lecture on “Camino Real, Trails, and Roads at the Pass of the North in the 19th Century” with Troy Ainsworth, the former executive director of the El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro Association (CARTA), is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Magoffin Home Visitor Center, 1117 Magoffin, and Friday, May 20, at Mission Valley Visitor Center, 9065 Alameda.
• A Tour of La Cueva (old theatre and dance hall), 10180 Socorro Road, is 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. The theater is being prepared to once again become a center of social activity.
• Panel Discussion, “Life in Ysleta, at Ascarate and along Alameda 1940 to the present,” is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Ascarate School, 7090 Alameda.
  El Paso History Radio Show will discuss the importance of preservation issue throughout the month. The show, hosted by Jackson Polk and Melissa Sargent, airs 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays on KTSM-AM 690.

Bazaars and Fairs

Northgate Church Arts and Craft Fair — Northgate Christian Church, 5430 Yvette, hosts its arts and craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Specht Hall, next to the church. Vendor space available. Information: 755-0831.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
  A free Bike Month Art Crawl Evening Market is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, along the Pedestrian Pathway, next to the Southwest University Park, with live music, a film screening, workshops, and a pop-up window mini-mural Art Crawl at participating local businesses throughout the Downtown Arts District led by Velo Paso and EP Bike Month.

Potters’ Guild Spring Sale — Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces hosts its Spring Sale 4 to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6-7, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 Griggs, Las Cruces. Members will offer new designs in handmade and wheel thrown pottery, mosaic tile work, jewelry, fiber arts and chemonos. Live music 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, during the Friday Ramble Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-1146 or pottersguildlc.com.
  Participating artists include Laurie Abbott, Jan Archey, Michelle Arterburn, Wendy Baldwin, Mary Barce, Pam Bornhauser, Bernita Davis, Scott and Susan Goeway, Margaret Jackson, Kristine Kitchens, Rudy Lucero, Bonnie MacQuarrie, Janice McCravey, Jim Moore, Kris Northcutt, Randy and Jeannine Summers and Cindy Waddell.

The Edge Open-Air Craft & Farmer’s Market — The market is 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month May 7-Oct. 1, 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. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.


Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s semiannual arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092.
  Registration for artists is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offices in City Hall, 801 Texas. Cost: $90 both days. All items must be of handmade or homemade items; crafters must provide samples.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays mid-May through October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard). This season’s market kicks off Saturday, May 14. Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.
  Artisan’s Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month.
  Flea Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (May 15, June 19) 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.

Gran Kermes Mexicana Iglesia San Felipe de Jesus — San Felipe de Jesus Church, 401 Passmore in Socorro, hosts its kermes Friday through Sunday, May 27-29, with rides, food and live music. Admission is free. Information: 851-3039.

Blended Nation craft fair – Blended Nation Fellowship, 498 McCombs (at Luna Azul) in Chaparral, N.M. will hosts its 8th annual craft fair 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, featuring authentic Native American crafts, various threadwork, beadwork, unusual purses and wallets, rock art, bakery goods and lunch plates. Admission is free. Information: 637-1503 or blendednationfellowship.com.

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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.

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.

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

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook at The El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updates.
  The Market will be at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson, at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

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.

Something for everyone



EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 39th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May 12. Most events are free, some may included nominal admission fee. Information: 831-2220, cwoolf@epcc.edu or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival.
  The Arte Maestro exhibit is featured through May 6, at Administrative Service Center Bldg. A Foyer. Reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28.
• Connecting the Pillars of Knowledge: Student Conference Merging Liberal Arts with STEM, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, in the Northwest Branch Library.
• Poetry Month Celebration featuring Juan Morales is 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 29, in the Valle Verde
Sculpture Garden (ground floor of A Building).
• Music Department Spring Showcase is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, at St. Christopher’s Church, 300 Riverside, featuring mariachi, jazz and guitar ensemble. Admission: $5 at the door, cash/check only.
• The 6th Annual EPCC Tejano Film Festival is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Premiere Cinema at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Economic Empowerment Conference — The YWCA’s 3rd Annual Economic Empowerment Conference is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the YWCA Joyce Jaynes Branch, 1600 Brown, with specialized workshops presented by professionals who will highlight the value of financial education. Topics include improving one’s credit score, student loans, avoiding foreclosure, investing and retirement. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 519-0034. Register online at ywcaelpaso.org.

Days of Remembrance ceremony — El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Days of Remembrance) commemoration is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Congregation B’Nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Lane. This year’s theme is “Light from Darkness,” and special guest speaker, Professor Asher Matathias of New York, will share his story of Holocaust survival as a child in Greece. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  The Museum will honor Holocaust survivors who moved to El Paso after the war and remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust.

Fun in the Sun Car Show — The show benefiting Make-A-Wish is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood. Admission is free; $15 for participating cars. Information: 241-5424.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride — The 22nd anniversary cross-country charity ride benefiting Victory Junction and other children’s charities will stop in El Paso at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Fans can meet NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and other celebrity riders. Celebrity riders scheduled to participate include racing legends Donnie Allison, Harry Gant, Richard Petty and Hershel McGriff, commentator and former U.S. Rep. Lt. Col. Allen West, NASCAR commentator Rick Allen, and former Dallas Cowboy Herschel Walker. Information: kylepettycharityride.com.

National Travel and Tourism Week — Destination El Paso hosts several events May 1-7, in celebration Travel and Tourism Week. Planned are local travel rallies, proclamations and resolutions from local governments, media outreach and more. Details to be announced on May 1. Information: visitelpaso.com.
  The Spirit of Amigo Travel Fair is 6 to p.m. Friday, May 6, at the El Paso Convention Center.

‘Beyond Sexting: Helping Parents Parent in the 21st Century’ — Counseling Center of Expressive Arts has organized a free public forum for parents, professionals and organizations 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 33 N. Oregon. Information: 845-3122 or ccoea.com.
  Sending and receiving text messages with sexual content has become an issue with long term consequences for children. Presenters are Leah Miller, Counseling Center of Expressive Arts; Cheryl L. Felder, EPISD Director of Student and Parent Services, County Attorney’s Office representatives and Collin Miller, Director of Riskovery With Altep.

Women's Career Success Conference — The conference is 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at 4605 Research Park Circle, Las Cruces, for women considering a career change, looking for employment or starting / growing their own business. Free of charge but space is limited space; first come, first serve. For registration, visit tomudall.senate.gov/womenssuccess or call {575} 526-5475.
  Sponsored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Arrowhead Center, the conference will bring together area employers, nonprofit organizations, and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico enhance their careers.

Fort Hancock ISD Health Fair — Fort Hancock ISD hosts the community health fair 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Benito Martinez Elementary School,100 E School Drive, in Fort Hancock. The public is invited. Information: 769-1602 ext. 1102, TGonzalez@fhisd.net.

Free Comic Book Day — The 13th annual nationwide free comic book giveaway encouraging readers to discover the comic book art form is Saturday, May 7. Most area comic book stores and distributors will offer free comics (while supplies last) and other activities. Admission is free. Information: freecomicbookday.com.
• Asylum Comics and Cards 5360 N. Mesa Ste. L-12, has comic giveaways and family activities 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with appearances by select comic book characters 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; hot dogs and soft drinks after 3. p.m. (while supplies last), door prizes and drawings throughout the day. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600 or asylumcomicsandcards.com.
• Old Major Comics, 10780 Pebble Hills, Suite 2B, hosts giveaways 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 449-0990 or on Facebook at OldMajorComics.

‘Go Purple 2016’ APS Health Fair — Adult Protective Services hosts its annual health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway West, to raise awareness of and help prevent abuse and exploitation of elderly Texans, as well as learn about healthy lifestyles for older individuals. Admission is free Information: dfps.state.tx.us.

International Female Ride Day — The 10th annual riding celebrating and encouraging women motorcyclists is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Barnett Harley-Davidson,8272 Gateway East. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Riders will travel from Barnett over Transmountain Drive with a lunch stop along the way. Information: 494-4881 or 549-7432.

Oneness Meditation — The silent group experience conducted by Oneness Meditator Catherine Scherwenka is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Unity Church, 420 Alabama. Admission by donation; no one will be turned away. Information: Nathaniel at awakening2oneness@gmail.com.
  Scherwenka spent many years living at the Oneness University in India. She is traveling worldwide, leading groups through experiences. Oneness Meditation has been chosen and initiated by the Oneness University in India to share this transmission.

St. Thomas Aquinas Mother’s Day Dance — St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community Church, 11970 Bywood, will host a Mother’s Day dinner and dance 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, with dinner and live music by Inolvidable Band. BYOB, free set ups available. Cost: $30 (includes marinated chicken breast dinner); available at the church office. Reserved tables with purchase of 10 tickets. Space is limited, early purchase recommended. Information: 592-1313 or stthomas-elpaso.com.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Summer 2016 classes begin Monday, June 6 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs May 9-27, and is $35, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after May 27).
  Classes include arts and crafts, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.

Women’s Intercultural Center workshop —The center at 303 Lincoln in Anthony, N.M., offers two free workshops in May, hosted by Salva Una Familia Project and the center. Both workshops begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Information, registration: (575) 882-5556 or womensinterculturalcenter.org
May 10: “The Art of Loving.” The conference will teach people the manner of communicating love through the languages of love: “Affirmation Words,” “Quality Time,” “Details Make The Difference,” “Acts of Service,” and “Physical Touch.”
May 17: “How to Forgive.” This workshop will teach participants how to forgive so they can embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy, as well as how forgiveness can lead down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Memorial Day Mass and Ceremony — The Golden Bear Social Club hosts its 34th annual Catholic Mass and Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial. The ceremony honors former Bowie students who died in the defense of the country. All veteran, scout, military and civic organizations are invited to attend and bring a stand for their organizational colors. Gold Star mothers are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow. Information: 755-4038 or theattache@aol.com.

Mission Wellness Health, Safety & Car Show — The 14th annual fair is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, at Robert R. Rojas Elementary, 500 Bauman, in Socorro. Information: 937-8528 or amcmil@sisd.net.
  In conjunction with the health fair is a car show open to all vehicles, setup begins at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds go to Power 102’s DJ, Mike Dee’s Big Adventure, which funds a trip of a lifetime for special needs kids. Participation fee: $20.

Stay Teen Day — El Paso County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition hosts an event for ages 13-16 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at 5300 Paisano, Assembly Room 2. The event is geared toward raising awareness of the issue of teen pregnancy and encouraging youth to stay teens and postpone parenthood. Admission is free. Information: epctppc@gmail.com.
  During Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, this free event will feature testimonials from teen parents about the challenges of being a young parent as well as an exhibit of information tables and a carnival of fun teen-friendly activities where kids can celebrate being young.

The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (May 15) at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming. Anyone, regardless of age, who aspires to become a poet, storyteller, musician, writer, singer or dancer is welcome to share their talent, fine tune it, and receive feedback if so desired. Admission is free. Information: 490-6440.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (May 17) 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.

Adoptive/Foster Parent Informational Meetings — Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Protective Services (CPS) hosts informational meetings 6 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, (May 18 and June 15), at 501 Hawkins, for those interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Admission is free. Information: 521-3961 or dfps.state.tx.us

Community Board — The City Capital Improvement Department and office of City representative Dr. Michael Noe will host an interactive community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Sierra Providence East auditorium, 3280 Joe Battle Boulevard. Members of the public to vote for one of the two design concepts developed for the first phase of the Regional Park of the East. The first phase of design for the 92-acre park will focus on the design of buildings and associated infrastructure. Information: 212-1832 (project manager) or 212-0005 (District 5 Office).

‘Why Not Home: The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Nurses’ — The Retreat Birth and Maternity Services Center, 1312 E. Rio Grande, hosts screenings of the documentary 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 19-20. The film discusses how and why hospital staff members have chosen to birth their babies in their own homes versus in a hospital to avoid the common interventions that often lead to unnecessary caesarean sections. Admission is free. Information: 308-5000 or theretreat.care.

Better Business Bureau and Torch Awards — Financial planner and personal finance blogger Carl Richards is keynote speaker for the BBB’s 62nd Anniversary luncheon meeting and Torch Awards 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at El Paso Convention Center. Richards is on a one-man mission to help consumers and businesses make better decisions with their money. BBB will also present Torch Awards and the Laws of Life Contest Winners. A live auction feature artwork and other items will be held. Tickets: $125 ($100 members). Tables $1,250 ($1,000 members). Information: 577-0195 or communications@bbbelpaso.org.
  Richards is the creator of the weekly “Sketch Guy” column in the New York Times, and is a columnist for Morningstar Advisor.

North Hills Neighborhood Association — The association’s monthly meeting is
6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Chapel of the North Hills, 4501 Jon Cunningham. Guest Speaker is Ismael B. Segovia, Sun Metro Senior Service Planner, on the Northgate Terminal and BRIO Rapid Transit System on Dyer Bus Routes.

Lifeguard Courses — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department offers Lifeguard Courses in May and June at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. Courses are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 28-30, and Wednesday through Saturday, June 8-11. Fee: $205 per person; all attendees must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course, and meet physical requirements pertaining to swimming skills. Information: 541-4594; requirements listed at elpasotexas.gov/parks.

El Paso Parkinson Support Group — The support group open to all Parkinson’s families and the public, meets at 10;30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Sierra Hospital 1625 Medical Center, lower level. Admission is free. Information: 584-7260.

European Campaign commemoration — Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association, hosts commemoration of European campaigns at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial. Family members or friend, wishing to have deceased WWII Vets recognized, may register those individuals who will be recognized during a special, posthumous segment. Early registration encouraged. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 562-9969, JohCeb@msn.com or bp82eptx.org
  Each year, the El Paso Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association commemorates the three major European campaigns of World War II: Operation “Overlord,” the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France; Operation “Market Garden,” the Invasion of Holland; and the campaign in the Ardennes Forrest of Southern Belgium, “The Battle of the Bulge.” This year, the organization will combine the three commemorative events into one large effort.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trivia Wednesdays at The Black Orchid — Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N. Mesa, Suite A, hosts trivia contests 7 to 9:30 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.

For a good cause



‘Dining Out for Life’ — Participating restaurants in more than 40 cities, including El Paso, will donate a percentage of the day’s sales for lunch and/or dinner on Thursday, April 28, towards the work of International AIDS Empowerment. Information, participating restaurants: diningoutforlife.com.

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — The 23rd annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Keynote speaker is Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. Tickets: $100. Reservations: 533-2311 or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Since the death of her 17-year-old son in 2012, Fulton has become a spokesperson for parents across the country and a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. She lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities.
  Trayvon Martin was shot to death in a Florida by a neighborhood watch member who claimed the unarmed teenager was threatening him. His death, and the subsequent acquittal of the man who killed him, triggered protests nationwide.

Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s 15th annual fundraising gala is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Yappy Hour silent auction is 6 p.m. with dinner and festivities 7 to 10 p.m., including carnival games. Tickets: $75 ($750 reserved table for 10); reservations and payment requested by April 22. New is the “BYOD” (bring your own dog) feature. Information: 877-5002 or info@arlep.org. Web: arlep.org.

‘Jewelry For A Voice’ — En Voz Alta, a non-profit organization that supports children with hearing loss, hosts its 5th annual dinner and silent jewelry auction featuring work from local artists and jewelers 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at El Paso Club, 201 W. Main (top floor Chase Building), with food, jazz music, silent jewelry auction and jewelry artisan contest. Tickets: $50 through March 30; $75 after; available online at elpasochildrensfoundation.org. Information: 521-7229 or llujan@umcelpaso.org.

Veterinary Community Awards Banquet - The 31st annual banquet and Casino Night “Pets at Play — Brighten Your Day” hosted by the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, is Saturday, April 30, at the Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso, with casino night entertainment, dinner and cash bar. Cocktails served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The banquet is held in conjunction with National Pet Week. Tickets: $50 ($400 table for 8). Information: 593-1712 or epvma.org.
  This year’s event celebrates the 60th anniversary of the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association.

‘Power of the Purse’ Party — The Women’s Fund POP fundraiser and shopping celebration is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E Mills a, featuring a live and silent auction and mercado of new and vintage handbags. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for single mothers and other women in the community. Tickets: $75. Information: 799-6605 or womensfundofep.org.
  The Women’s Fund of El Paso was established in 2004 to connect women with resources available in the community and offer educational advancement and leadership development opportunities for their economic advancement.

Pro-Musica Soiree — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its 35th annual soiree at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the home Mr. & Mrs. Ace Lowery, 4700 Portsmouth All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Tickets, information: 833-9400 (Pro-Musica), 920-0606 (Rosemary Rhodes) or eppm.org.

Segundo Barrio Person of the Year — The Sacred Heart community will honor artist Gaspar Enriquez with a dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills. Cocktails served at 6 p.m. Tickets: $75 ($750 tables). Information: 532-5447 or sacredheartelpaso.org.
  Enriquez is a creative force whose work has influenced and captured the heart and spirit of the Chicano culture and the barrio community.
  Related events include a bicycle parade is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, starting at San Ignacio Church, 408 Park, and ending with a celebration at Sacred Heart Church, 602 Oregon.
  Afternoon Mass is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Sacred Heart Church.

‘Las Vegas Night’ — Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Theta Delta Lambda Education Foundation sponsors its 37th annual fundraiser 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 13, at Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport,1770 Airway, with free food, drinks, play money for gaming activity, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a trip for two people to Las Vegas with hotel accommodations. Tickets: $50. Information: 449-9149, 598-1452 or on Facebook at ElPasoAlphas.
  Las Vegas Night is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds going towards scholarships to high school seniors.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive - The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is Saturday, May 14, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service and other organizations to benefit area food banks. To participate, individuals can leave non-perishable food items in a bag near their mailbox; items also can be donated at local post offices. Information: elpasoansfightinghunger.org.

March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Fountains of Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Proceeds help fund prevention of birth defects. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information: 590-9499. Team donations made online at marchforbabies.org.
  Proceeds support research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Paint Extravaganza — El Paso Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C-E, hosts the art event is 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Participants can take home a 8 x 10 canvas or enter it in a contest for a chance to win $50 gift card. No art experience necessary. Portion of proceeds to benefit Elks children’s activities. Snacks and drinks provided. Cost: $20; supplies included. RSVP by May 12 at 532-4441 or elpaso187@gmail.com.

El Paso VA2K Walk for Veterans and VA employees — El Paso VA Medical Center hosts the wellness walk and roll 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Track, as part of the nationwide VA2K event. The annual event is approximately 1.2 miles and encourages people to step up their fitness level and to support homeless veterans with donated food and clothing items. Donation drive for hygiene products for homeless veterans at the event. Information: 487-0247.

Polo Real 2016 — The polo event in honor of Ben and Yolanda Arriola benefiting El Paso Museum of History Foundation is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Rancho Santa Maria Polo Club, 8201 Luciano Road in Anthony, Texas. Gates open at 3 p.m. with presentation of colors at 4 p.m.; welcome and recognition of guests at 4:50 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets: $100 (VIP tables for 8 $800-$2,500). Information: 450-5448.
  Champagne divot stomp at 6 p.m. Trophy presentation immediately follow match, with dancing until 10 p.m.

‘Voice of Voiceless’ Awards — Annunciation House’s annual Solidarity Dinner is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Santa Lucia Amistad Hall, 518 Gallagher. Ticket prices to be announced. Information: 533-4675 or annunciationhouse.org.
This year’s award will be presented by Olga Sanchez Martinez, founder and president of Albergue Jesus El Buen Pastor in Chiapas, Mexico, which treats injured migrants passing through Tapachula. She received Mexico’s National Award for Human Rights in 2044, and the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award from the Dalai Lama in 2009.

Kids Excel ‘Rock Stars’ — Kids Excel’s annual fundraiser show is Friday, June 3, at the Plaza Theatre. This year’s show celebrates art and literature. Details to be announced Information: 351-6999 or kids-excel.org.

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.

Old Ironsides Mud Challenge — The 4-mile, 16-obstacle challenge is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Air Assault Obstacle Course and Rappel Tower at Abernathy Park at Jeb Stuart and Pershing just inside the Buffalo Soldier gate on Fort Bliss. Three waves available. Open to youth and adults; however, runners under age 18 must compete with a parent or guardian. Cost (through April 27): $35 ($25 DoD ID card holders, $20 active-duty and children 14 and younger). On-site registration is 8 to 10:30 p.m., and includes additional $10 fee. Register at Soto, Stout and Milam Physical Fitness Centers or online at raceroster.com. Information: 744-5794.
  This year’s course includes more challenges and mud as well as obstacles from last year such as Great Wall’s of Bliss, The Trenches, Camo Hill and Ice Bath.

Mother’s Day brunch — The Centennial, 1119 Sgt. E. Churchill Street at East Fort Bliss, will host its Mother’s Day brunch buffet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Reservations required; seating is limited. Cost: $22.95 ($12.95 for children ages 5-10, and free for children ages 4 and under). Information/reservations: 744-1171.
  Mother’s Day celebrations are also planned at the Underwood Golf Complex and Rod and Gun Club.
  Underwood Golf Complex brunch is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $19.95 ($10.95 ages 5 to 10; free age 4 and younger). Reservations required. Information: 568-1116.
  Rod and Gun Club breakfast feast is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $12.95 ($6.95 age 5 to 10 ; free for age 4 and younger). Reservations required: 568-2983.

Just Because Day — The free family day out full of fun and quirky things to do is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Old Fort Bliss Replica, with Color Explosions every hour (color may stain clothes), a snake encounter show at 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., extreme inflatables, 1st Armored Division Band and DJ all day, face painting, build your own kite, sand art (while supplies last), Weeble Wobble Races, games and more. The public is invited, and encouraged to wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Information: 588-8247.

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.

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).

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.
  A Mother’s Day breakfast feast is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Cost: $12.95 ($6.95 age 5 to 10 ; free for age 4 and younger). Reservations required.

Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.




Club news



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 events:
April 30: Dinner and bowling
May 7: Dinner and a movie
May 14: Hueco Tanks hike
May 21: Dinner and Chihuahuas
  A White Water Rafting is planned for June.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.
  May 3 programs:
• “Spain – Old, New and In-Between, a Travelogue” by Alex Burr.
• “General Methods for Solving Photo Lighting Setup and Editing Challenges” by Dave Brown.
  A Photography Boot Camp on “Image Critique” is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21, at the center. Cost: $5 (free with membership purchase). Space is limited. Registration: Rob Peinert,education@daphotoclub.org.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group 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 newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Tulip’s Antiques & Consignments, 5411 N. Mesa. Guests may bring a small “treasure” to be evaluated. No RSVP necessary. Information: 585-6545.
  The April luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with the El Paso premiere a one-of-a-kind video “A Musical Collage,” featuring the art of Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets, shown in tempo with the music of Tchaikovsky as performed by the Greensboro NC Symphony. Works by the Titovets will also be on display. Reservations required: $20. Information: 588-6352.

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.
  The first International Film Festival kick-off is 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with French, Spanish and Polish movies. A film from each country will be showcased over the next three Saturdays.
  A Mediterranean lunch is Sunday, May 15, at Zino’s restaurant. Call for details.
  Registration open for new classes for adults and children. Private or semi-private classes available at any time. See website for information.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (May 14), 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.

Gadsden Association of Retired Educators— The group meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Anthony Country Club on O’Hara Road. The program is “Photography in the Borderland” by Linda Montoya. Retirees from all professions welcome. Cost: $10 for program and luncheon. RSVP required: 760-5775.

El Paso Quilter’s Association — The association will meet 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood. Anyone interested in quilting may attend. Admission is free. Membership is $25 per year; $12.50 for junior members. Information: 526-2917 or on Facebook.
  Meetings provide the opportunity to meet with other quilters to gain knowledge, share talents, and include drawings for Block of the Month, Opportunity Items, Fat Quarters and a “Show and Tell.”

Woman’s Department Bus Tour — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s annual bus tour is 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 N Santa Fe, to see the Wall of Giants, Digital and other exhibits. Lunch served at “Fire” Restaurant in the Double Tree Hotel; cost depends on menu order. Seating is limited. Reservations: Pat Quinn, 755-6193.
  The Woman’s Department, organized in 1923, is the first such organization in the United States. The organization promotes civic programs and relations between El Paso and Juárez, encourages improvement of visitor attractions and facilities, and features programs publicizing El Paso industry.

Club Friendship — The club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. This month’s program is a Patriotic Music Singalong. Cost: $10 includes program and luncheon. Visitors welcome; RSVP (by May 20) to 772-2734.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, May 24, at the Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway. Reservations: 598-6376.

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.

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

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (May 10) 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.

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 elpasocoinclub.com.

 

Summer Fun for Kids

Mathnasium summer programs — Programs are planned at both the West and East locations Mathnasium for the summer months:
Mathnasium of West El Paso, 7250 N Mesa, Suite B, offers Power Math summer math programs for students entering grades 2-12, in subjects such as Times Tables, Fraction Concepts and Skills, Geometry and Algebra besides PSAT/SAT and ACT Prep. Open Mondays through Fridays 2 to 7 p.m.; summer schedule begins May 31. Discounts offered on multi-student families. Information: 587-6284, westelpaso@mathnasium.com or mathnasium.com/westelpaso.
• Mathnasium of East El Paso, 1355 George Dieter, Suite 106, hosts its summer programs 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, May 30-Aug. 27, for grades pre-K through 12. Pre-K through 1st cover basic numerical fluency, units of measurement, and shapes. Students in grades 2 through 12 receive a custom learning plan to help close gaps in math and prepare for upcoming curriculum in the fall. Ten-session, 16-session packages, and month-to-month unlimited visits offered. Open year round for tutoring, homework help, and test prep, as well as for individualized instruction and drop-in attendance for grades 2 through 12. Information: 590-6284 or mathnasium.com/eastelpaso.

Las Cruces Summer Recreation Program — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department accepts applications for its summer recreation programs for grades K-5 through April 30 at Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell; Regional Aquatics Center, 1401 E. Hadley and Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Registration for all summer recreation programs is by lottery only; names of chosen participants announced May 9. Specialty camps and aquatic swim lessons are on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost: $150, must be paid for May 9-14. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org/summer-recreation.
  Session program hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Session I begins May 31, and Session II begins July 5. Some field trips included additional cost.

Lil’ Sluggers T-Ball — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s 2016 Lil’ Sluggers co-ed T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball Softball League registration runs through May 3 at various locations, for individuals and returning teams. T-Ball and Coach Pitch leagues are offered to Pre-K through 3rd grade levels based on the 2016/17 school year. Cost: $40 (includes game jersey); $30 returning teams. Games begin week of July 5. Space is limited; early signup encouraged. All participants required to have a Parks & Recreation Activity ID card. Information: (575) 541-2563 or (575) 541-2550.
Registration:
• Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 29, and May 2-6.
• Parks & Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30.
  Coaches’ meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m., at Meerscheidt Recreation Center.

EP Center of VPA Summer Camp — The dance studio at 6404 N. Mesa, Suite B4, hosts open enrollment 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, May through July, for all classes, including Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Mexican Folklorico.
Summer camps planned in June and July. Call for pricing, enrollment: 309-4636 or epcvpa.com.

Las Cruces Swim Lessons — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offer summer swim lessons in the months of June and July at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. Sessions are Monday through Thursday, June 13-23 and July 11-21. All Learn to Swim and Pre-school Lessons are $45, Parent Child and Adult Swim Lessons are $60. June registration is 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 11-29, and July registration is June-July 10. Class space is limited and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Information/schedule: (575) 541-2771.
  Registration for both sessions is 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 7-21, at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center.

Creative Kids’ summer classes — Creative Kids offers a variety of summer art classes at the Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco Street in Union Plaza. Advance registration required, space is limited. Information: 533-9575 or creativekidsart.org.

Inn of the Mountain Gods ‘Just for Kids’ — The resort in Mescalero, N.M. hosts summertime activity program for children of guests ages 5-12 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Saturdays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, with arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, field trips, games and more. Cost: $25 per child (includes lunch). Information, registration: (575) 464-7089 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Centennial Museum summer camps — UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens hosts its 2016 summer camps for kids in grades 4 through 8 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-July 29, at the museum’s Education Center. Registration; $45 per camp. Space is limited. Information/registration: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or kmullins@utep.edu.
Camps:
June 6-9: Cruisin’ the Cultures, grades 4-6: Make a map, drum dance patterns and songs, pottery, dream catchers, yarn paintings, and own drums. A visit to Keystone Heritage Park is planned.
June 20-24: CSI Forensics Lab, grades 5-8: Dust for fingerprints, decipher blood spatter, and calculate the height and weight of the perpetrator by footprints. Forensic photography and service dog presentations by the El Paso Medical Examiner’s office, as well as fingerprinting by UTEP and El Paso police departments. Campers will solve a crime using skills learned in the camp.
July 11-15: Diggin’ Dinosaurs, grades 4-6: Experience a simulated dig with an archaeologist, cast plaster models of footprints and make fossils. Learn about numerous dinosaur types and visit dinosaur tracks in west El Paso. Camp ends with a “Boxasaurus” building competition.
July 25-29: Rockin’ the Camp, grades 5-7: Learn about rock formations with UTEP Geology students, make volcanoes and use a seismograph to discover the geology of the Chihuahuan Desert, and learn about the rocks and minerals in the desert.
  Children should bring their own lunch and snacks will be provided. Friday is Pizza Day for each camp.

Summer Specialty Camps — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department registration for Summer Specialty Camps runs May 9-June 30, or until filled, at
Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell; Las Cruces Regional Aquatics Center, 1401 E. Hadley; and Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. All camps hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50 per participant. No telephone registration accepted; space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information: (575) 541-2455.
Soccer Camp is June 6-10 for ages 6-12.
Get Real-Get Fit Challenge is June 13-17 for ages 9-15.
Geocache Camp is June 20-24 for ages 9-15
Tumbling/Cheer Camp is July 11-15 or ages 5-12
Volleyball Camp is July 11-15 for ages 10-14.
Basketball Camp is Aug. 1-5 for ages 6-12.



Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $20.75 42 inches or taller or $15.90 juniors 36 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
  May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays; also open 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day).
  June hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday beginning June 15.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing season extended through May 3. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Ten races held each race day.
  Cinco de Mayo Festival is 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with food trucks, tequila, margarita tastings and live music. This year’s headline entertainer is Regional Mexican Male Artist of the Year, Luis Coronel, at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
  Live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7, and simulcast of the Preakness Stakes is Saturday, May 21. Turf Club packages for Kentucky Derby available for $30, at (575) 874-5203.
  A Mother’s Day buffet is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Cost: $19.95.

Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) opens for the season Saturday, May 7. Hours to be announced. Individual tickets: $24.99, plus tax; $19.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Season passes are $39.99; $14.99 ages 1-3. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
  Moms get in free on Mother’s Day, with regular price child or adult admission.
Special events:
• Tierra Sagrada performs Sunday, May 15.
• ChucoFest is May 28-30, with Pop Evil and Red Sun Rising.
• Fidel Rueda performs Sunday, June 12.
• The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is 9 a.m. Friday, June 24.
• Neon Paint Party is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, June 25.
• Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show is at dark Monday, July 4.
• Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics are Sunday, Aug. 7.

Tombaugh Observatory — NMSU’s Tombaugh Observatory in Las Cruces hosts open house each Friday nearest the time of the first quarter moon from September to May, weather providing. Programs begin with a short presentation, followed by guided observing through telescopes. Information: (575) 646-4438, or (575) 646-6278 to confirm the observatory will be open that evening.
  Next open house scheduled is 9 p.m. Friday, May 13.

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.
  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.
  A Geocaching 101 treasure hunt adventure workshop is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. All materials provided.
  Last Sunday hike is 7 a.m. May 29, beginning in the tramway’s parking lot. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the Franklin Mountains. Wear sturdy shoes, bring walking stick, snacks and water for all hikes.

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.

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays . The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. Day Pass (includes solar viewing and tour): $8 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); solar viewing only; $5 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); twilight program: $5 and $6, depending on program; Star Party $12 ($10 senior, military; $8 age 6-12). Age 5 and younger admitted free to most programs.
  Reservations, event schedule available online at mcdonaldobservatory.org.
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent, for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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.

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.

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.
May 1: Ricardo Valencia.
May 8: Julio Ortiz
May 22: Gold Hearted Crows
May 29: Dusty Low

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. See separate listing.

Sunland Winery — 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday; live music and free wine tastings. Information: (575) 589-1214.

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 2016 La Viña Spring Wine Festival celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1.

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


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.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• The musical “We Will Rock You” by Queen and Ben Elton is 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Tickets: 275 to 495 pesos.
• Franco Escamilla & La Diablo Squad perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Opening acts: Paco Maya, Macario Brujo and Christian Meza. Tickets: 385 to 660 pesos.
• Los Tres Tristes Tigres “Crea fama y échate a reír” comedy show is at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Special guest Arturo Manz. Tickets: 110 to 385 pesos.
• Francisco Cespedes “Gira Todavía” is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Grammy-nominated[ Latin American singer, musician and songwriter is best known for his 1998 song “Vida Loca.” Tickets 330-700 pesos.
• Rafael’s “Gira México” concert is 8 p.m. Monday, June 6. The 73-year-old singer and television, film and theater actor is considered a pioneer of modern Spanish music. Tickets: 600-1350 pesos.

JRZ Music Fest — The rock and electronic music event is Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (by the red “X” monument). Doors open at noon. Continuous entertainment; for schedule to go to jrzmusicfest.com. Tickets are 520 pesos single day, 825 pesos both days. VIP for both days is 1,950 pesos. Tickets at donboleton.com. Information: 613 44 44.

Erika Suárez Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas presents the Flamenco dancer at 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez, as part of its 2016 Matices Culturales series. Considered the leader in experimental flamenco in Mexico, Suárez has performed worldwide in cities like Seoul, New York, Miami, Bangkok, Barcelona and others. Tickets: $120 pesos. Information: 612-4075, fmascarenas.org or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales. In El Paso: 544-5118.
  The final program in the series features jazz from San Juan Project at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Concierto 321 featuring Jim Ward — Jim Ward, from At the Drive-In, Sparta and Sleeper Car fame, will host a fundraiser concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the FEMAP School of Nursing Roof Garden Juarez, featuring food, open bar and a mercado. Co-hosted by Progress321 and the FEMAP Foundation. Tickets: $200; every ticket holder will receive a poster created by renowned local artists Los Dos. Information: Anna Alemán or Enrique Garcia Peralta, 544-4151, aaleman@femap.org or egarcia@femap.org. Tickets available online at femap.org
  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the FEMAP’s Microfinance program and students from FEMAP’s School of Nursing.

Expo Artesanal Juárez 2016 — The festival offers Mexican arts and crafts, food and decor noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15, at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (by the red “X” monument). Admission is free.

Feria Las Anitas — The fair is May 12-31 at Anita Nueva Aventura, a new amusement park is at Centro de Convenciones Anitas in the Waterfill zone (from Ysleta bridge, drive about 300 yards and turn right). Admission is 100 pesos. Information: 6821486.
  Special concerts (admission is 110 pesos general, 660 pesos VIP except as noted). Tickets at donboleton.com:
• Septima Banda, Thursday, May 12
• Los Gfez y Chuy Lizarraga, Friday, May 13
• Luis Coronel y Chuy Zuñiga, Saturday, May 14
• J.J. y Perro Guarumo, Sunday, May 15  (100 pesos)
• El Bebeto y Los Rieleros Thursday, May 19
• Laberinto y La Maquinaria Norteña Friday, May 20
• Alejandra Guzman Saturday, May 21 (220/990 pesos)
• Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda Friday, May 27 (200 pesos)
• Gloria Trevi Saturday, May 28 (220/1320 pesos)
• Los Plebes del Rancho y La Super Corona de Rafa Ortega, Sunday, May 29.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• 8 Segundos’ Tour Vaquero Arrepentido is at 9 p.m. Friday, May 13. Admission: 165 to 175 pesos.
• Máximo Grado’s Gira Blanco y Negro is 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Admission: 275 to 550 pesos.

Moroccos - Inside Jardines Carta Blanca, Reforma at Peru. Plastilina Mosh is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13. Tickets are 300 pesos (donboleton.com).

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad).
  Maula performs for the first time in Juárez at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Tickets: 385 pesos general admission; 880 reserved, 1,210 dance floor and 1,650 VIP (donboleton.com).

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Lucha Libre Pro Wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Admission: 70-500 pesos.
• Lucha Libre World Wide begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Admission: 70-600 pesos.

Anabanta y Transmetal — The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Quinto Elemento, Av. Abraham Lincoln, Zona Pronaf Condominio La Plata, 32315. Tickets are 385 pesos general, 550 pesos VIP (donboleton.com).

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. El Norteño y La Lavandera perform at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Tickets are 275, 385 and 495 pesos (donboleton.com).

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Country Rio Real Cowboys Tour rodeo begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Go to donboleton.com for ticket information.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.

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.
  Every Saturday is “Cultural Animation” at 11 a.m. and noon, with with free guided tours by actors Lupita Fileto and Roberto Beltran acting as Mexican Revolutionaries.
  Every Sunday is Domingueando, with the puppet show, “Orozco vs. Madero.”
  A free literary workshop is 11 to noon on the last Friday of each month. Limited to 25 participants.
  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.
  Audio guide available for 50 pesos.

Anime y el arte de la voz — The anime event starring Mario Castañeda is at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Auditorio Benito Juárez, Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets are 110, 165 and 220 pesos(donboleton.com).
  Mexican voice actor and dubbing director Castañeda has also done voice work in Japanese anime, such as Son Goku in the Latin American dub of Dragon Ball Z, as well as the dubbing voice of many actors in movies, including Jim Carrey, Jackie Chan and Bruce Willis.

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

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.




 





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