September 2015

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Minerpalooza 2015 — UTEP’s 25th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 28, in P-9 parking lot on the UTEP campus. The family friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment and family activities. Full talent line up to be announced. Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5648, or on Facebook.
  Headliner is Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, with opening act Scott Melker and the Melker Project. Co-headliner is Annie Bosko.
  Local performers include Ribo Flavin, Mariachi Los Mineros and the Allegro Dance Team.

WOL & Destiny Car Show and Festival — Word of Life Church and Solitos Car Club host the family friendly car show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Church, 11675 Pratt. Pony rides, children’s water slide, train rides and mechanical bull ride. Admission is free. Information: Joe Estrada, 329-8516 or 855-WORD.
  Car show registration begins at 7 a.m. trophies awarded in various categories; t-shirts for first 35 participants.

End of Summer Beach Party and Car Show — Anthony (Texas) Police Foundation and Food Pantry Inc. presents the annual benefit car show 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Wet N Wild Waterworld, 804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0). Proceeds benefit the food pantry. The event features around 150 cars, a concert, trophies and a beer booth. Admission is free with regular water park admission; no outside alcohol allowed. Information: 886-3838, 490-0733 or Spectator admission free with regular water park entry. Separate fee for car show registration. Information: 886-3838, 490-0733 or

‘Authentic’ El Paso Oktoberfest — The 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration is 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Authentic German beer, food and souvenirs, and music by Bavarski. Tickets: $9 general admission; $24 table seating (Ticketmaster). Admission is free on Sunday (Family Day). Information on Facebook at The Authentic Oktoberfest at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Sir Ken Robinson — Impact|Programs of Excellence hosts the internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $30, available through Ticketmaster or the Plaza Box Office.
  Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers; his TED Talk video is one of the most viewed ever, with over 45 million views.
  His best-selling 2009 book, “The Element: How Finding Our Passion Changes Everything,” has been translated into 21 languages. A tenth anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative,” was published in 2011. “Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life,” was published in 2013 and also became a New York Times best seller. His newest book, “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education,” was published in April 2015.
  In his new book, Robinson argues for an end to the outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s technological and professional resources to engage all students.

Chile War Festival — The annual Mission Valley fiesta is 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 12, at Cougar Park in Socorro, 10664 Socorro Road. The event includes live music, farmer’s market, henna tattoos, face painting, games and rides. Competitions include jalapeño eating, best homemade green salsa, best restaurant salsa, best grown green chile and Chile Festival Queen. Admission is free. Information: 860-8615.

‘Dog Day’ swimming event — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 5th annual dog swim days are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad. Social dogs will be allowed to enjoy a pool day interacting with other friendly pets. Cost: $2 per dog (owners free). Information, pool rules for pets: 759-8434 or
  Animal Rescue League, Humane Society and other adoption agencies will have dogs available for adoption. Humane Society will also offer micro-chipping for dogs at $15 per dog, while supplies last.

Elephant Festival — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, honors it biggest residents, the Asian Elephants Juno and Savannah, with its 14th annual festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, with education activities and other family events. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or
  Breakfast with the Elephants is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Guests enjoy breakfast as the elephants enjoy theirs in their yard before the zoo opens. Elephant keeper staff share information and answer questions about the elephants. Registration required. Cost: $28 ($20 age 12 and younger); includes zoo admission.

Healthy Living Expo — EPCC Senior Adult Program and United Healthcare host the expo for Grandparents Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center A-Building, Auditorium/Boardroom, 9050 Viscount, with special guests, chef cooking demos, and more. Admission is free, call for Senior Adult Program attendance pass. Information: 831-7801.

‘Aging to Perfection’ expo — The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging’s 16th annual senior expo is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the El Paso Convention Center. The focus of the expois to increase community awareness of available resources for older adults and family caregivers, that will enhance quality of life, promote independence and encourage people to age well. Admission is free. Information: 533-0998 or

Mexican Food Downtown Cookoff — The annual cook-off is 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, on Union Plaza, Downtown, with area restaurants competing in three categories: fajitas, enchiladas and open dish. Entertainment by Mariachi Los Arrieros. Hosted by KLAQ, KROD, KISS radio stations. Admission: $3 (free with purchase of Metro PCS Pass). Food coins available for $2. Information:

Oktoberfest — Bliss MWR brings a taste of Bavaria back to El Paso Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18-20 in at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd on East Fort Bliss, with German food, beer, music and dancers. Hours are 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for Friday or Saturday; $35 per person; on sale Aug. 14. Tickets include German meal and official Oktoberfest beer stein; must be 21 to purchase alcohol, not included with ticket price. Information: 568-6741 or Advance tickets on sale at both ITR locations.
  Sunday’s event will be a free family day for all ages; no tickets required.

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — Texas Parks and Wildlife will host its 11th annual fiesta highlighting the animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Section (off of Transmountain Road on the west slope), with information booths, vendors and other activities. Information:
  Members of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition will serve as volunteers, with local environmental education groups offering free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths.
  Events include horseback riding, geology and biology hikes, folklorico and Aztec dances, mountain biking, native plant and animal displays, dog hike, live music, prize giveaways, various hands-on family activities and more.
  Admission is free. Food and drink will be sold.

Generation 2K — Clear Channel Media and Entertainment presents the 29th annual children’s fair 10 a.m. to 6 p. m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, consisting of more than 100 specialty booths, games and interactive displays. Ticket information:
  This year’s event will feature such events as the Family Fun Adventure: Prize Walk, where kids have an opportunity to dance and participate in the walk to win prizes; and the Imagination Station, an arts and crafts area where parents and kids create their own special creations from a wide assortment of materials to take home. As in the past, Generation 2000 will still have Mini Golf, Live Entertainment on the Nerium Main Stage, Giant Bubbles, Adventures in Learning Science Area, Roller Races, Tiny Tots, Beading Area, and more fun stuff for the whole family. Kids Entertainment and several interactive games and rides.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open Sept. 19-Nov. 8 for its 15th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or This year’s maze is Bee Themed.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
  Cost: $11 ($9 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military) Free for age one and younger, and seniors 76 and older Group rates available for groups of 20 or more. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties.
  The Maze offers kids flower maze, hill slide, big slide and sand box, rubber ducky races, goat “gotel,” sports throw, live pig races, pallet haunted maze, jumping pillow area, pedal cars, cow train and more.
  Rides to the pumpkin patch during daylight hours.

‘Running of the Chihuahuas’ — The 3rd annual event hosted by Animal Rescue League of El Paso is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Animal Rescue League, 7256 La Junta in Canutillo, with races for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes, under 25 lb. category and a costume contest for all dogs. All dogs welcome. Races begin at 5 p.m. Entry fee (by Sept. 14): $20 per dog (limit two per family); includes t-shirt and goodie bag. Entry fee day of race is $25, if any slots are open. Information: 821-7283,, or on Facebook.
  Entrants receive “goody bags,” t-shirt included. Dogs entered in the race will be assigned a heat to participate in. There will be five dogs per heat. There must be two family members for each dog racing, one to hold to start and the other to encourage on to the finish. All dogs must up-to-date on vaccinations, leashed or in proper carrier, except during race. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each category and best costumes.
  The event offers a raffle for a year’s supply of Price’s ice cream and milk and other prizes. Food trucks, vendors and music also featured.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 11th annual car show and Chicano art exhibit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno, with Latin Pride Car Club’s car show, community, booths, danza and music. Food available or public may bring a picnic or grill. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or
  Mural presentation by Chicano artist Gabriel S. Gaytán for the new 2015 Freeway Column Mural “Zenith.”
  Cost for car show participation: $25 in advance; $35 day of show.

Fiesta San Elceario — San Elizario’s annual fiesta is usually held in mid to late September at Veterans Memorial Placita in front of San Elceario Catholic Church, 1556 San Elizario Road, with food and game booths, carnival rides, folklorico and matachines dancers. Information: 851-2333.
  The church is one of the oldest churches in El Paso County, dating back to its days as a presidio church under Spanish rule. Proceeds from the fiesta go towards its maintenance and restoration.

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

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

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

Rockin’ The Rez Pow Wow — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s 6th annual pow wow is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, in Socorro, with Native American dance, food and crafts from tribes throughout the area. Dances begin at 11 a.m. both days, with Grand Entry events at 1 p.m. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Information: 841-0048 or
  Gourd Dance is 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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

Southern New Mexico

Cottonwood Festival — The 25th annual Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is Sept. 4-6, in Alameda Park, alongside White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70) in Alamogordo. The event offers more than 80 booths of arts and crafts, entertainment, dancers, food, carnival rides, beer garden and more. Admission is free. Information: Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294 or
  The annual pancake breakfast is 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost per plate: $7.

Hillsboro/Sierra County Antiques Festival — Hillsboro Historical Society hosts an antique festival 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Sept. 4-7, at Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Eleanore. The Festival will include wine and microbrew tastings and food vendors each day. Festival admission is free; cost for food, tastings. Information: Sonja Rutledge, (575) 895-5326 or
  A Tour of Historic Hillsboro Homes is planned a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $10.
  Hillsboro is on NM 152 along the east side of the Black Range between I-25 (Caballo exit) and the Mimbres Valley.

All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show — The annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6, at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Hundreds of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts, knives, cowboy gear and more will be on display. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Admission: $5 (free for age 12 & under free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla — The annual family party is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5-6, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or
  Saturday’s events include Wild West Gun Fights featuring Six Guns and Shady Ladies, a mechanical bull, Cloudcroft Pokey jail photo op, and the street dance.
  Sunday is a potluck Ol’ Fashioned Community Picnic with hot dogs provided by the Chamber of Commerce. Enter a variety of games and tournaments like horseshoes, sack races, three-legged race, Hula Hoops, egg toss, bean bag toss, and money in a haystack.
  Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents the melodrama “Ballad of Gopher Gap” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, in the Pavilion near Zenith Park.

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission: $15 in advance (go the website); $20 at the gate, includes souvenir wine glass; under 21 free accompanied by parent of legal guardian. Monday is Military Day, with $3 discount for active duty military with ID. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information: (575) 522-1232 or
  The festival features wines produced by New Mexico’s leading wineries, available for tasting and for sale by the glass, bottle or case, plus live entertainment each day, specialty foods, arts and crafts, grape stomp contests at the top of every hour and more.
  Live entertainment:
  Saturday — Derrick Haris (noon) and Radio La Chusma (3 p.m.)
  Sunday — Vince Alten (noon) and Border Avenue (3 p.m.)
  Monday — Overcome Las Cruces (noon) and The Ghetto Brothers (3 p.m.).
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.

Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world’s” 44th annual celebration is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden, mud volleyball, mariachi competition, and fresh roasted Hatch green chile and contests. Admission: $10 car load. Information: (575) 267-5483, or on Facebook.
  Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, festival events open at 11 a.m. both days.

‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 32nd annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 5-7 at the Western New Mexico University’s Intramural Gym on College Avenue in Silver City. The show offers guided field trips, vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information:
  The show features dealers from around the Southwest with mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
  Rockhounding and educational field trips offered each day.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The annual event is Saturday, Sept. 5, in downtown Silver City. The event features food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more. Information: (575) 534-9005 or
  A “walk-about tour” of area restaurants is noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $1 a taste, available at 614 N. Bullard.
  Beer and wine tasting offered at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard. Tickets sold at door.
  Big Ditch Contra Dance and Downtown Culinary Tasting is 6-9 p.m. with dance instruction at 5:30 p.m., Murray Hotel Ballroom, 200 W. Broadway. Tickets are $20.
  Various participating restaurants will offer special menus that week; see website for details.

End of Summer Bash — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts its Labor Day weekend bash 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, with concessions, jumping balloons, live music on the lawn, fireworks. Admission is free. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or
  A Glow Party with live DJ is 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets: $10.

Wine Day — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, 7288 U.S. Hwy 54/70 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosts “wine down” events 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month with live music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Admission: $10; age 21 and older welcome. Information: (575) 434-0035, or on Facebook at New Mexico Pistachios.
  Upcoming performers:
Sept. 9: Dave Byron
Oct. 14: Rudy Wood
  Other upcoming events (RSVP and pre-pay required):
• Brews, BBQ & Country Blues is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, with performance by Vince Alten, barbecue and craft beer. Cost: $17.50 per person, plus beverage.
• Prana on the Patio is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, with yoga, wine, cheese and chocolate. Cost: $25.
• Brats, Brews & Brass: A Bavarian Celebration is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, with German fare, beer and wine, and an authentic Oompah brass band. Cost: $15.

Las Cruces Comic Con — Zia Comics presents the inaugural comic com Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University, Las Cruces. Con begins at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Three day pass: $35 (comes with a free child’s ticket for age 10 and younger). Daily tickets: $10 Friday, $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Information: (575) 405-0461 or
  Featured guests are actor David Zayas (Dexter, Gotham), actor and professional wrestler Tiny “Zues’ Lister, Eisner Award winning artist Jae Lee, Barbara Goodson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), actor Kerrigan Mahan, voice actress Wendy Schaal (American Dad) actor Frank Powers, professional cosplayers and more.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta — The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at the Mesilla Plaza, with vendor booths offering art, crafts, games, drinks and food. There will also be a greased pole climb and piñatas for kids. Attendees may bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed on the plaza. Information/entry forms: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or
  The Fiesta Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.

Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale — The annual doll and accessory show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Scottish Rite Temple, 195 Boutz, Las Cruces. Includes dolls, doll accessories, Teddy bears, fabrics and trims, toys and miniatures by vendors from four states. Silent auction will also be held. Minor repairs available on site. Admission: $2 (free for ages 10 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1413.

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The 46th annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 16-20, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M. The rally includes poker runs, trade show 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, as well as bike judging, tours, parade and other events at Ruidoso Downs Sports Theater Complex. Sponsored by the American Motorcycle Association National Road Riding Convention. Information: (575) 973-4977 or
  A Nite Lite Parade is 8 p.m. Thursday.
  The annual motorcycle parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Lawrence Bros/IGA on Mecham.
  Church services are 9 a.m. Thursday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  Free concerts at 7 p.m. Friday with Appetite for Destruction (Guns N Roses Tribute Band); and Saturday with Back and Black (AC/DC Tribute).

Tularosa Basin Wine & Nut Fest — Rotary Clubs of Alamogordo, Tularosa and White Sands host the 9th annual event 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18-19, at Alameda Park on White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo. Samples from 19 different New Mexico Wineries, with a wide range of award-winning varieties to try. This year’s festival will also feature a selection of pistachio, pecan, and other locally grown nuts. Artisans and craftspeople, and other food tasting also offered. Tickets: $10 age 21 and older in advance; $12 at the gate; $16 two day pass in advance; $20 at the gate. Under 21 free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Available online at
  The festival will take place at the same time as the Whites Sand Balloon Invitational in Alameda Park. Visitors can make a day of it by celebrating Saturday’s balloon events the night before at the festival, or afterwards on Saturday.

Lumberjack Day — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in Zenith Park, Cloudcroft, N.M. with axe throw and standing block chop and “hot saw” competitions, demonstrations and more. Visitors can test their own lumberjack skills. Kids activities, food and drink available. Admission is free for spectators. Participant fee is $5 per event. Information: (575) 682-2733 or
  A lumberjack pancake and coffee breakfast is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Zenith Park.

White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd annual ballooning event featuring about 50 hot air balloons is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, at Alamogordo Balloon Park, on La Ville Road in Alamogordo, N.M. Launches begin at 7 a.m. both days with a Balloon Glow at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 921-1523.

Jordan ‘Shrine’ Circus — Las Cruces Shrine Club hosts the Jordan World Circus at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, lions, and tigers, clowns, motorcycle stunts, aerialists and more. Tickets: $18 ($14 children); available online at

Cliff, Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 23-26, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 388-1559.
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest from Silver City on U.S. 180.

Rio Grande Theatre Tenth Anniversary — Doña historic Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its reopening Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 24-26. Information (575) 523-6403 or
  Hours are 6-8 p.m. Thursday (brief film on history of the theatre followed by ice cream); 4-9 p.m. Friday (screenings of “Wizard of Oz” begin at 4 and 7 p.m.); and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (screenings of “Fantasia” begin at 9 and 11 a.m.). Admission is free to all screenings.
  A Rock ‘n’ Roll themed dinner and performances by Remember Then and A Salute to The Platters with Elmer Armstrong begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday outside the theatre and at 7 p.m. on stage. Tickets: $60 (includes dinner and show

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 16th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 26-Oct. 25 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919 or
  Activities include gem mining, duck racing, face painting, rope making, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips only; no pets allowed except service animals; no outside food and beverage allowed.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  The “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is Saturday, Oct. 10.
  Oktoberfest is Sunday, Oct. 11, with polka bands, biergarten, yodeling, German treats and more.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

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

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

Marfa Lights Festival — The annual 29th annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6, in Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include food and crafts booths, a main street parade, contests, concerts and street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area. Information:
  Events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Food and craft vendors, street dances Friday and Saturday nights. The annual Parade on Highland is 10 a.m. Saturday.

Big Bend Balloon Bash — The hot air balloon festival in Alpine, Texas, will feature nearly 30 colorful balloons Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, at the Alpine-Casparis Airport in Alpine, Texas, off Highway 118 Gates normally open at 7 a.m.; mass ascension at 7:30 to 10 a.m. each day, weather permitting. Admission to the launch site is free; no pets or smoking allowed. Information: (432) 837-2326 or
  A Fire Concert is Saturday the Alpine High’s Buck Stadium.

Bazaars and Fairs

El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market — The market features handmade items, local artists and other wares, along with live performances by local bands. Food trucks offered via the Food Truck Revolution. All ages welcome. Information, upcoming dates on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.
  The market will be at La Parada Friday, Sept. 4, at 501 Texas. Admission free to all ages 5 to 8 p.m.; $5 cover, 18 and older only, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. during La Parada music and art festival.

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of area artists 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6. The event includes an enchilada dinner, food vendors, a silent auction, a raffle, live music, and a beer garden. Admission is free; donations taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688 or

Native American Artist Craft Show and Demonstration — Native American artists from New Mexico will give demonstrations and sell their works 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in the visitor center patio at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo. Admission to the show and sale is free. Information: (575) 479-6124 or
  Guest artists will teach how they create their handcrafts and explain the history and meaning of their artwork. Several artists create handcrafts that will also be available for purchase during the event. This presentation is co-sponsored by the National Park Service and White Sands Trading.

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 51st annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261.
  Proceeds from the event go directly to the education, housing and living expenses for the seminarians.

St. Genevieve’s Fiesta — The Las Cruces church’s annual fiesta, celebrating the church community’s 154th year, is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces. Live entertainment. Food includes the church’s famous gorditas, hamburgers, desserts, drinks and snacks. Huachas tournament Saturday. There are also children activities, arts and crafts and Chinese auction. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649 or
  Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the procession to the fiesta

The Edge Open-Air Craft & Farmer’s Market — The market is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Sept. 12) through October, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with local crafters, artists, food trucks and community groups. As the growing season progresses, farmers and growers will sell their produce. The market also offers entertainment, vehicle shows, and informational booths. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734 or

Woman’s Club Fall Fiesta — Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will host its 45th annual bazaar (formerly Fall Festival) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19-20, with a bake sale, local artists and vendors and more. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the club, built in 1916. Admission: $3. Information: (Regina) 526-0904 or (Woman’s Club) 532-6131.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Sept. 20, Oct. 18) 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

Las Artistas Sneak Preview Party — A sneak peek for the Las Artistas show and sale in November is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at its new show location at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E. Mills, with appetizers from Ardovino's Pizza of El Paso, a cash bar, and demonstrations by Las Artistas members, including Jeannie Hosch (doll making), Tamara Michalina (beading), Jorge Calleja (piñata), and Jack Bristol and Dave Wieters (woodturning). Information:
  The 46th annual Las Artistas is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22.

Darlins of the Desert Market — The annual vintage market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 407 Central in Carrizozo, N.M. with vintage items, antiques and art. Information:

Socorro Mission Bazaar — The annual event is usually held Friday through Sunday on the last weekend of September at La Purisima Catholic Church, 328 S. Nevarez (next to the Socorro Mission). The event is held annually in honor of the feast day of Saint Michael, with food booths, games, mechanical rides, matachines, dance groups and a car show. Information: 859-8351.
  Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
  The Celebration Mass of San Miguel is at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by a procession with the statue of St. Michael accompanied by matachines around the church cemetery.

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.

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

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.

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

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

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

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

Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The weekly mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays(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

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.

Learn Russian — UTEP Professional and Public Programs offers three levels of Russian language starting the first week of September. Evening classes meet 6 to 8 p.m. weekly. Cost: $105 (10 week session). Information: 747-5142 or

Victory Warriors After School Program — Victory Warriors Academy, 4601 Hondo Pass, Suite J, hosts its afterschool program, “Time to Conquer Homework Hassles,” 3:30 to 6 p.m., beginning Sept. 1. The program is designed to boost children’s academic and social achievements. The academy is a state licensed center; transportation is available for pick-up from the schools and an afternoon snacks are provided. Information: 751-6399.

LGBTQ Symposium — The symposium is 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Centennial Museum, University at Wiggins, UTEP. Multiple roundtable discussions will focus on the current state of affairs for the LGBTQ community. Topics include Religion and the LGBTQ Community; Healthcare and Access; Public Policy & Law; and the Trans-Community & Culture. Free and open to the public; reservations recommended via Angie Moreno at Information:
  The symposium is in conjunction with the museum’s “Engendering Community” exhibit

MRE Social — EPCC Career Services will host a lunch social exclusively for military affiliated students 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Cafeteria Annex on the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Lunch provided. Information: 831-2636.

24-hour Paintball Scenario Game — WinkeyDoodles Inc. hosts the 24-hour scenario game, “Star Wars vs. Star Trek,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6, at Mountain Park Trout Farm in High Rolls, N.M. Paintball teams and individuals from all over El Paso and New Mexico will participate in this annual event with camping and game over 40 acres of woods, creeks and grassy meadows. Registration information: (915) 877-2110 or

Bowie Class of 1975 reunion — The Bowie High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 40th class reunion the weekend of Sept. 5. Main dinner and dance at Bebe’s Hall #B located at 1150 Vista De Oro (corner of Vista De Oro and Pellicano), with music by Tejas Band. Tickets: $40 per person. Tickets and information: Lucy Carrillo (Tapia), 204-8491, or Grace Tarango (Sanchez), 253-8964.

Healing Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, hosts its 38th annual Labor Day weekend conference is Sept. 5-6. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or

Teen Retreat — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity host the 2nd Annual Teen Retreat for ages 12-19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 600 E. Hadley. Participants under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian. Information: (575) 541-2563.
  Music, fitness, sports, relays, arts & crafts, games and contests offered, along with presentations on issues such as teen pregnancy prevention, bullying, gang violence, healthy life habits, budgeting, leadership skills and college.

Labor Day Trail Ride — The Chihenne Ranch’s annual Labor Day ride is Sept. 6-12 beginning with dinner Sunday and ending with breakfast Saturday. This base camp ride returns back to the Lodge headquarters each day. No electricity or water hookups, but flush type toilets and shower “house” offered. Evening programs with musical entertainment as well as dancing will be available each night. Registration (due by Sept. 1): $350. Information/registration: Greg Evans, (575) 743-1602, (575) 740-1778 or
  The Chihenne Ranch is in the foothills of the Black Range near the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Fall 2015 classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 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 and is $70, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Aug. 21).
  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 residents of El Paso, Juárez and southern New Mexico age 50 or older, and meet afternoons Mondays through Fridays.
  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

Rubberdown Freedom Run & Trail — The event for off-road vehicles begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Old Glory Memorial at Diana and U.S. 54. Pow Wow is 6-7 p.m. Convoy leaves at 7 p.m. to Juando Pass. Trail run from Flying J begins at 8:30 p.m. Information:

Census Data computer lab — The U.S. Census Bureau-Denver Region and the Rio Grande Council of Governments will present a computer lab on using census data effectively and efficiently 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, (with a break for lunch) at EPCC Rio Grande Campus. This hands-on training immerses participants in Census Bureau data, the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in Texas. Information: Raul Gonzalez, 533-0998 ext. 137 or

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Sept. 15) 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,

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Jose M. Acosta, Juan A. Contreras, Enrique “Henry” Irigoyen and Dr. Albert Rosenberg. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or
  Events begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Union Building Plaza, with UTEP’s Grito Ceremony: Commemoration of the Declaration of Mexican Independence.”
  Most presentations in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium, unless otherwise listed.
  Upcoming events.
• Documentary Screening of “Latino Americans: Foreigners in their Own Land” is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.
• Book presentation and lecture on “Famous in El Paso History,” by Dr. Yolanda Leyva is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.
• A Lecture on “Forgotten Heroes: The Military Contributions of Mexican Americans throughout U.S. History” by Dr. Larry Valero, is 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in Kelly Hall Room 401.
• Talk on “Antena Collaborative: Language Experiments, Language Justice” with a bilingual reading by award winning-translators of Latin American poetry, Jen Hofer and John Plueker, is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center of the Visual Arts.
• Lecture and book presentation of “Systemic Evil: Mat Perez vs. the FBI by Samuel C. Martinez is noon Tuesday, Sept. 22.
• A screening of the film “43” by Charlie Minn is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Union Cinema.
• A poetry reading by Cuban poet Luis Lorente is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.
• A performance on “Latina Feminism: Performing Gender and Questioning Identity” by S. Paola Lopez is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
• Documentary Screening of “Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams” is 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.
• An exhibit on “The Legacy an Vision of La Mujer Obrera” is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas.
• Book discussion of “Coyotes, Crossing and Court Rooms: Mexican and Central American Minors’ Search for Security and Safety” by Dr. Isabel Martinez is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.
• Presentation, “Merienda Saludable” is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 8, at Consulado General de Mexico 910 E. San Antonio.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Restoration: Bridging Culture. Life and Future,” includes events in September and October at various campuses. Events are free, unless listed otherwise. Information: 831-3324 or
• Kick off event is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Rio Grande Campus Cafeteria.
• Fall Fiesta is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Valle Verde Campus Annex.
• Read-ins are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the 2nd Floor Lobby Area of Valle Verde Campus Building A.
• Presentation by Sam C. Martinez, author “Systemic Evil: Mat Perez vs. The FBI,” is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23,in the Administrative Service Center Building A Auditorium.
• Untold Stories of Hispanic American Veterans with Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and POW/MIA Exhibits are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Transmountain Campus Forum.
• The annual Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the EPCC ASC Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. EPCC will honor other mentors for their contributions to the community, with Alfredo Corchado, journalist and author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” Call for ticket price.

UTEP Career Expo — UTEP’s annual career fair featuring various employers from around country is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17-18, in the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-7503 or
  The Graduate and Professional School Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Union Building.

Celebration Of Recovery — United Healthcare Community Plan presents an evening that celebrates recovery and helps give voice to people who suffer from behavioral health addiction issues, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Keynote speaker is Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge. Admission is free. Information: Mari, 1-877-339-1616.
  A screening of the documentary “The Anonymous People” will also be presented, with a discussion following.

‘Experience Your Life Force’ — Unity Church, corner of Alabama and Gold, hosts a Pranic Healing event noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Lynn Provencio will explain how to use one’s “life force” to help with physical and emotional ailments. Admission is free; love donations taken. Information: 449-0619 or on Facebook at Pranic Healing El Paso Border Region.
  A series of MCKS Pranic Healing Intensives is planned for the fall months at Radisson Hotel Airport, 1770 Airway. Registration available online at
• Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27: Pranic Healing Level 1 with instructor Lynn Provencio.
• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Pranic Healing Level 2 with instructor Chandan Parameswara
• Monday, Nov. 2: Pranic Psychotherapy with Chandan Parameswara.

‘An Evening with Mary Lou Retton’ — The YMCA of El Paso and Fellowship of Christian Athletes host the famed Olympic gymnast at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Information: or eventbrite.
  Retton won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition in the 1984 Summer Olympics, she, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals.

Afternoon of Civil Discourse — A presentation on “how two women challenged religious indoctrination in the public schools,” hosted by El Paso Chapter of American’s United Civil Discourse, is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at UTEP’s Quinn Hall. Speakers are author Katherine Stewart and Magdalene Bedi, plaintiff in a lawsuit she filed against her Mississippi high school. Admission is free; free parking available. Information: 525-8545 or

El Paso Fashion Week — El Paso’s annual Fashion Week is Sept. 26-Oct. 3. The El Paso Fashion Week is a professional organization created to promote fashion and innovative ideas for the Border Region, with more than 309 local, national, and international designers, agencies, and models. Presented by Lijuro Productions and Southwest University. Information: (618) 578-1269, or on Facebook at El Paso Fashion Week.

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

‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House opens weekends Oct. 2-Nov. 7. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or

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

El Paso High School Reunion — Class of 1965 is taking reservations for its 50th Reunion Oct. 8-11. Cost: $100 per person for Friday and Saturday evening events; all other events free. Information, reservations: 253-6062, 526-0894 or

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

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

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

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

El Paso Parents meetup — The social group for parents meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at Leona Ford Washington Recreation Center, 3400 E. Missouri, to relax and spend time with friends who are parents. The center offers free activities for kids including basketball, foosball, X-box, Ping Pong, and a computer room. Parents welcome with or without partners. Admission is free; snacks available. Information: 791-2114.

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

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), or on Facebook.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
  The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area offers training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays .
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe.

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

For a good cause

GiGi’s Playhouse Casino Night — GiGi’s Playhouse El Paso, a Down syndrome achievement center, hosts a fundraising gala event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, with cocktails, dinner, live music, Vegas-style games and a silent auction. Cost: $50. Information: 779-PLAY. Tickets available online at
  GiGi’s Playhouse El Paso, the first of its kind in Texas, offers educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with Down syndrome. All services are provided at no cost to the families.

La Semilla Benefit Dinner — La Semilla Food Center hosts the 4th annual “Farm to Fork” benefit dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. The gourmet meal will be prepared by some of the region’s finest chefs, including Apolo Salazar, Ardovino’s Desert Crossing; Roman Wilcox, Mustard Seed Café; and Megan Hoover. A cocktail hour on the Sunset Patio includes a host bar serving wine from St. Clair’s Vineyard and a signature cocktail made with Tito’s Vodka. The event includes a silent auction, live music and dancing. Tickets: $100 ($175 pair); available online at Cost: $100. Information: (915) 882-2393 or

Tiger Ball — The 5th annual El Paso High School PTSA fundraiser, “Woodstock,” is 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at 425 Lombardy, for all EPHS alumni, parents, teachers, staff and friends. Dress is “Hippie Best.” Tickets: $50 ($100 Centennial tickets); cash bar. Information:

Foundation of Faith Dinner — Father Jonathan Morris is keynote speaker for Diocese of El Paso’s 9th annual dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at El Paso Convention Center. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Live auction will be held. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten). Sponsorships available Ticket Information: 872-8412 or

Cowboys for Cancer Research Benefit Team Roping — The organization’s 33rd annual fundraiser is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20 at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds west of Las Cruces. All proceeds benefit the Cowboys for Cancer Research endowments at UNM Cancer Center in Albuquerque and NMSU in Las Cruces. Information and registration: (575) 642-5693 or
  The 12th annual C4CR Dinner Dance & Silent Auction is Friday, Oct. 9.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso hosts a happy hour for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (Sept. 19, Oct. 17), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or

‘Walk Like MADD’ 5K — Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host its 5K walk in partnership with El Paso Community College 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Crime Victims Memorial Park, Judge Edward Marquez Library and Yucca Park, off Lafayette. The walk benefits MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, through the support of fundraising pledges made by the participants. Cost: $25 ($20 ages 5-18; $5 pets. Information: 779-1987.

‘Tomatoville, A Tasting For Tocando’ — The 2nd annual fundraiser for El Paso Symphony Orchestra's Tocando Music Project is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the home of Angel and Rosalia Beltran, 750 Linda. Tickets are $75. Information: 532-3776, and
  The event invites guests to “design their dream BLT” with help from participating businesses such as Spouts Farmer’s Market, D’Lox Restaurant, Belle Sucre bakery, with recipes provided by Chef Annette Lawrence. The event also features wines from Sombra Antigua Winery and beers fro Big Bend Brewing Co.
  The Symphony’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students. “Tomatoville” is a 2015 Challenge Fund Event of Paso del Norte Foundation, which will match 50 cents for every dollar raised up to $10,000.

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

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

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

Art in the Heart — El Paso Human Services, Inc’s. 4th annual Art Show Benefiting the Winchester House is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Mustard Seed Cafe, 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). The Winchester House a transitional living center for young men 18-25 who have aged out of foster care or who may be homeless and The Pride Center offering support services in our community. The primary goal is to assist youth to become self-sufficient. Admission is free. Information: 790-2232.

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

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

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.

U.S. Army Soldier Show — The annual Broadway-style variety show, “We Serve,” performed by soldiers is 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28-29, at Stayton Theatre, 2495 Cassidy Rd., Fort Bliss. Admission is free; but tickets are required and available at both ITR locations inside Freedom Crossing, and at the Soldier Activity Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: 568-6741 or
  The show is a 90-minute song-and-dance production of “entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier,” and has been on national tour for two month. This year’s show features current hits “Uptown Funk,” “Bang Bang” and “Turn Down for What,” along with the Army classic “Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning.”
  The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show “We Serve” pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, one of the bloodiest conflicts during the Vietnam War. A soldier from that battle, Patrick Stephenson, serves as narrator and weaves his “Soldier for Life” story throughout the program. The program also features soldiers enjoying the winter holiday season, ballet dancing, opera, and other snippets of cultural diversity.

Fort Bliss Retiree Appreciation Day — Paso Chapter Military Officers Association of America and the Fort Bliss Retiree Advisory Board host the dinner and reception celebrating retirees from any branch of the service 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe at Fort Bliss. Keynote speaker is retired Col. John W. Radke, Office of the G1, HQ Department of the Army. Cost: $26; reservations required by Sept. 18 to El Paso Chapter, MOAA, Attn: Treasurer, Box 6144, Ft. Bliss, 79906-0144. Checks payable to El Paso Chapter MOAA. Retirees from any branch of service and their spouses are invited. Information: 842-9650 or 533-5111.
  Retiree Appreciation Day events are Saturday morning, Sept. 26, at the Sergeant Majors Academy on East Ft. Bliss.

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

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

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:

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

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

Club news

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-5196 (Spanish),, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Fall French classes will start Aug. 31 for Adults and Sept. 5 for youth. Conversation classes taught by native certified French teachers on Wednesday. Visit the website or Facebook for location and schedule.

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
Sept. 1: ”Gallery Wrap your Photos” by Ron Wolfe, demonstration, plus “10 Minutes with Wynn Bullock and Aaron Siskind.”
Sept. 15: “A Year in the Mesilla Valley, Photo Opportunities by Month” by Las Cruces professional photographer Mike Groves. He will cover what to expect as a landscape photographer each month, what is blooming, weather, and unusual happenings.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978 as a social, educational and civic organization, is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information:
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at 1216 Cerrito Bello Lane. No RSVP necessary. Information: 584-6545.
  The annual Activities Fair and Brunch is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Preview the 16 activities in which members may participate throughout the year. Reservations required. Cost: $20. Information: 588-6352.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Sept. 8) 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

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Fashion Show and Luncheon — Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s annual fall luncheon and fashion show is noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Centennial Club and Conference Center on East Fort Bliss, with fashions modeled from Macy’s and door prizes. Open to the public. Tickets are $26. Reservations by Sept. 11. Send check payable to ROWC to Mrs. P. Starboard, 2707 Altura, El Paso 79930. Information: 231-9630.

Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce — The group’s general meeting is 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden, 3418 Aurora. Prior to the meeting, Denise Rodriguez, horticulturist with Texas A&M University Extension Service, will talk on the “Care and Cultivation of Roses” and conduct a tour. Information: Pat Quinn, 755-6193.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Lavina Vaswani who will talk on “The Power of Tolerance.” Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or
  IONS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter will hold its monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Great American Land & Cattle Company, 9800 Gateway Blvd. North in Northeast El Paso, with a Get Reacquainted Session. The Chapter will also announce the “Citizen of the Year” honoree. Information: 755-4038.

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, or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Sept 19: UTEP/NMSU football game
• Friday, Sept 25: Dinner and a movie.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information:
  The annual Discover El Paso Awards Luncheon is noon Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with music by pianist Ballard Coldwell. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. Send check for $22 to Discover El Paso at 10131 Stoneway, 79925 or call for reservations: Betty, 584-3858 or Dorothy,

Discover El Paso Awards — Discover El Paso Association will host its annual Awards Luncheon noon Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with music by pianist Ballard Coldwell. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. Send check for $22 to Discover El Paso at 10131 Stoneway, 79925 or call for reservations: Betty, 584-3858 or Dorothy,
  The non-profit group is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso.

El Paso Retired Teachers and School Personnel — All retired teachers and school personnel are invited to a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airport. Cost is $17. Reservations by Sept. 14: 253-5792 or 592-0877.
  The El Paso group meets the 4th Thursday of each month. September attendees are asked to bring school supplies to be distributed to a school in need.

Apple Users Group — The El Paso Apple Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. EPAUG is a hands-on club for Apple Computer, iPad, and iPhone users to share information and ideas. The group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or

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

Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter — The Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 2608 Fort Boulevard. A free lunch for current and new members and invited guests served at 1 p.m. with general membership meeting at 2 p.m. Information: 562-9969 or

Del Valle High School Retirees — All Del Valle High School retirees, former faculty and staff are invited to no-host luncheons at 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call for location: Marsha Labodda, 629-7063.

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

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings and quilting bees are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 503-7485 or

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

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

Project Linus — The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or

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

Area attractions

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The State Park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899.
  Last Sunday hikes are 7 a.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 27 to Ranger Peak. Hike begins in the tramway’s parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes, bring walking stick, snacks and water for all hikes.
  A Geo-caching 101 event is noon Saturday, Sept. 12, to earn about Geo-Caching and how to use a GPS unit.
  Trail Maintenance Day at the Tramway in observance of National Public Lands Day is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Wyler Aerial Tramway will do some trail maintenance work, from re-defining the trails, trash pick-up, to marking the trails.
  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.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or
  September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Monday, Sept. 7; October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 17.

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Individual tickets: $22.99, 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, or on Facebook.
  The annual End of Summer Beach Party and Car Show is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, hosted by Anthony (Texas) Police Foundation and Food Pantry INC. Proceeds benefit the food pantry. The event features around 150 cars, a concert, trophies and a beer booth. Admission is free with regular water park admission; no outside alcohol allowed. Separate fee for car show registration. Information: 886-3838, 490-0733 or

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

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

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700,
  Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or

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
  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

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
  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.

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
  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.

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

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

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

Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Visitors can now begin their tour at the new Visitor Center across the street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). Group tours available with advance registration. Information: 533-5147 or
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

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
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.

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
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Family package is 299 pesos.
  A lecture by Valentina Alazraky, a Mexican correspondent at Vatican City since 1975, is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Cost is 350 pesos (300 pesos for students, teachers, seniors).
  The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or (Facebook: ccpnteatro).
• The Latin American group Libertad America performs a free concert on the esplanada at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.
• The children’s play “Hercules” is presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Admission: 90 to 136 pesos.
• Theatre Infidelidades with nationally recognized artists Erika Buenfil, Alfredo Adame, Lourdes Munguia and Omar Fierro performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Admission: 200 to 500 pesos.
• Gala Clasica Mexicana Symphonic Orchestra, Mariachi and Ballet from Juarez University performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Deportivo D’Martlub — Tecnologico Avenue (two blocks south of Galeria Tec). Reservations: 656 2510097 or 5 575265 (cel).
  Singer Pepe Cervantes performs songs from Mexico and various other countries at 8 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. Admission: 100 pesos. Bring your own beverage and appetizers. Aug. 29: Venezuelan Night. Sept. 26: Mexican Night.

Carrera Internacional de la Amistad Francisco J. Cuellar — The 10K race and 3K fun run/walk is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, starting and finishing at the Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade). Prizes totaling 500,000 pesos to be awarded. Registration at Instituto Municipal del Deporte Av Americas 350 Sur., two blocks south of Shangri-La restaurant.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Expo Boda and Quinceanera is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Sixty booths, two fashion shows. Presentation by wedding planner Grisell Newmann at 5 p.m. Admission: 40 pesos.
• Gran Noche Mexicana is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Buffet, mariachi, dance and other music. Tickets are 350 pesos (175 pesos for children under 11). Reservations strongly advised.
• Girasoles Elderly Center presents nationally acclaimed artist Susana Alexander and her monologue about the golden years at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Admission: 500 pesos.
  Reservations, information: 656 6880592 ext. 304 (Myrna).

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
  The annual Tequila and Mariachi Fair is Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 10-12. Events begin at noon each day. Headliner entertainment: Thursday, La Sonora Santanera; Friday, Fidel Rueda; Saturday, Los Titanes de Durango. Admission is 95 pesos each day.

Mexican Independence Day — Celebrations in Juárez include a parade beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, along Av. 16 de Septiembre, proceeding from Americas Av.

Festival Salesiano — The 23rd annual festival begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Cortijo Solar de la Paloma. Gourmet food will be prepared by leading restaurants, with music by Jenny and the Mexicats. Admission is $100 (U.S.). Proceeds benefit the Salesino charitable works.
  Solar de la Paloma is off Carr. Juárez Porvenir, 3 minutes from Bermudez Industrial Park. Go right a half-mile on Camino Escudero.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
• Continuing all month: “Genesis,” a collective exhibit by various national women artists. Exhibit on loan from the Secretaria de Hacienda.
• Also showing through September: “Ser o no Sur,” group exhibit by Argentinean artists who live in Mexico.
• “A Day at the Museum” is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19: Guided tours, children’s workshops and puppet shows. The event is offered the third Saturday of each month.

Centro Cultural Universitario — Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos Escobar.
  The 83rd annual Ateneo Fronterizo, offering lectures, poetry and music, begins at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 23. Free admission.

Gimnasio Universitario — Calle Mejía y Montes de Oca in the Zona Pronaf.
  Nick Wijicic, who was born without arms or legs, speaks at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. The Australian native and devout Christian is founder and president of Life Without Limbs. He has spoken to millions of people around the world, and is ranked as one of the world’s top ten motivational speakers. Admission: 250 to 1,170 pesos.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
  Showing through September: “Tiempos del Sol,” photography on loan from Instituto Nacional de Arqueologia e Historia.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona. The 5th Expo-MRO is Oct. 7-9. The expo has grown from 23 to an expected 160 booths in five years. Information:, 656 625-6735, or

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

World’s Largest Astronomy Lesson — The effort to set the record for the most participants in a single astronomy event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Samalayuca Dunes near Juárez. Bring a telescope. Information:

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

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information:, or Facebook.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

 — Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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