September 2014

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Fiesta de las Flores — The Hispanic Cultural Center presents the 62nd annual festival Aug. 29-31 at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano, with food, vendors, music, dances and more. Events begin at 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door; available at area 7-Eleven/Alon stores. Free for ages 12 and younger with adult admission. Information: 533-3730 or fiestadelasflores.org.
  Selection of the Fiesta Queen is 8 p.m. Saturday; Military Appreciation Day is Sunday.
  Featured performers to be announced; check website for details.

Minerpalooza 2014 — UTEP’s 24th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally is Friday night, Sept. 5, 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.  Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5670 or minerpalooza.com.
  This year’s event, is themed “Party of the Century,” with live music headliners, platinum-selling lo-fi hip-hop/pop artists The Cataracs.
  Also performing are hip-hop producer/DJ Tim Gunter, traditional Mexican artist Cristina Eustace, emerging R&B artist Matt U Johnson, and El Paso’s favorite ‘70s era funk band Fungi Mungle.

‘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. 6-7, 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: Stacy Wright, 544-3556 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  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.

‘Authentic’ El Paso Oktoberfest — The new Oktoberfest celebration is 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14, at El Paso County Coliseum, with authentic German beer, food and souvenirs, Grammy winning polka musician Alex Meixner  Tickets: $25 general admission ($25 military); $98 table seating (Ticketmaster).

Beats & Eats — Homegrown El Paso and 915 El Paso host the Music Fest 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with 19 live bands two live music stages, including Mark Farner of Grand Funk and DJ Richard Vission, food and drink, a car show with Los Reileros Del Norte, carnival rides, fireworks and more. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 day of event. Information: 269-9726 or epbeatsandeats.com.
 
Grandparents Day celebration
— El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program’s 10th annual Grandparents Day celebration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway West, with informational booths and activities promoting a healthy lifestyle. Admission is free. Information: 831-7801.

‘Running of the Chihuahuas’ — The 2nd annual event hosted by Animal Rescue League of El Paso is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 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 welcomed. Races begin at 5 p.m. Entry fee (by Sept. 8): $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 arlep.org.
  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, and leashed or in proper carrier, except during race.
  There will be a raffle for a year’s supply of Price’s ice cream and milk and other great prizes, food trucks, vendors and music.

Oktoberfest — Bliss MWR brings a taste of Bavaria back to El Paso Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21 in at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd on East Fort Bliss, with German food, beer, music and Schuhplattler dancers. Traditional music by Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express all three days. Tickets: $30 for Friday or Saturday (includes German meal and choice of liter or half-liter beer stein); ages 18 and older admitted first two nights; must be 21 to purchase alcohol. Information: 568-6741 or blissmwr.com. 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 — The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (CDEC) will host its 10th annual fiesta highlighting the animals and plants of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 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: 217-4233 or chihuahuandesert.org.
  Hosted by the Franklin Mountains State Park, members of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition will offer free presentations and demonstrations. The event is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park Lone Star Legacy. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to the legacy fund.
Live desert animals from the El Paso Zoo at 11 and 11:30 a.m.), guided tours, and a full slate of local entertainment. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert.

Mexican Food Downtown Cookoff — The annual cook-off is 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on El Paso Street, Downtown, with area restaurants competing in three categories: fajitas, enchiladas and open dish. Hosted by KLAQ, KROD, KISS radio stations. Admission: is free 2 to 6 p.m.; $3 after 6 p.m. Food coins available for $2. Information: kiselpaso.com.

Fiesta San Elceario — San Elizario’s annual fiesta is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 8 a.m. to midnight, Sunday, Sept. 26-28, in the 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. Admission is free. Information: 851-2333.
  Procession around the block of the placita is 3 p.m. Sunday.
  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.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch opens it inaugural season Sept. 27-Nov. 2, at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of Interstate 10 at Exit 35). Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $10.95 ($8.95 ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and younger). Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN or elpasocornmaze.com.
  The Old-West themed park’s main attraction is the corn maze, but also features Crazy Eddie’s Kiddie Maze, a Pumpkin Patch, interactive games and rides, and food trucks.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 10 annual car show and Chicano art exhibit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno, with Latin Pride Car Club’s car show, community, booths, dance and music. Food sold by Cafe Mayapán or public may bring a picnic or grill. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  This year’s event will feature the Flashback Boyz from Indio, Calif. along with Azteca, Folklorico, UTEP and Matachine dance groups. Sun City Roller Girls will have exhibition match.
  Mural Presentation of “Chuco Culture,” the latest mural by Gabriel Gaytán, is 1 p.m.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 10 annual car show and Chicano art exhibit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno, with Latin Pride Car Club’s car show, community, booths, dance and music. Food sold by Cafe Mayapán or public may bring a picnic or grill. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  This year’s event will feature the Flashback Boyz from Indio, Calif. along with Azteca, Folklorico, UTEP and Matachine dance groups. Sun City Roller Girls will have exhibition match.
  Mural Presentation of “Chuco Culture,” the latest mural by Gabriel Gaytán, is 1 p.m.

St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 31st annual fair, featuring the popular “Great Dachshund Stampede,” is Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt Road, near Canutillo. The event include the Dachshund races and an all-other breeds race. A bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with baked goods, crafts, jewelry, antiques and more. Animal blessing, silent auction, kids carnival games, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and parade also planned. Admission is free with a canned food item donation. Information: (575) 874-3972 or stlukescountryfair.com.
  To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St. Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.

Sun City SciFi Fan Expo — Sun Cit SciFi’s fall expo is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $9.99 per day (10 and younger free with paid adult). Information: suncityscifi.com.
  Guests include Star Wars actors Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), and Mark Dodson (voice of Salacious Crumb), and professional cosplayers Kirika Yashida and Leeanna Vamp.

La Union Maze — The 14-acre cornfield maze is open Sept. 20-Nov. 2 for its 14th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. This year’s theme celebrates UTEP’s 100th Anniversary.
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties. Cost: $11 ($9 military); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military). Group rates available.
  The Maze offers tractor-pulled wagon rides to the U-pick five acre garden and pedal cars, pig races, huge jumping pillow and target practice. Also on site are a farm animal corral, family slide, mini-maze, tube slides, tent with picnic tables and concessions. Rides to pumpkin patch offered during daylight hours.
  Special event nights:
Oct. 4: NMSU Cancer Education
Oct. 10: Full Moon “Romantic Night’
Oct. 31: Halloween Egg Hunt
  A Bring Your Dog Day is Saturday, Nov. 8.

Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 11th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with 9 locations including homes, apartments and landmarks in the Downtown area neighborhood. 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 Neighborhood Improvement Association, sunset_heights_assoc@yahoo.com.
  Locations:
• Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa
• Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon
• Wallace Apartments, 1201 Randolph
• McGregor Home, 1013 W. Yandell
• The Little Temple (EPCC), 906 El Paso St.
• Burges House, 603 W. Yandell
• Palmore Apartments, 1519 Prospect
• John R. Karr Home, 520 Prospect
• John R. Karr Park, 631 Stewart Ct.


Southern New Mexico


Cottonwood Festival — The 24th annual Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is Aug. 29-31 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. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (welcome ceremony at 11 a.m.), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information: Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294 or alamogordo.com.
  The annual pancake breakfast is 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost per plate: $7.

All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show — The annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31, 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: $6 (free for age 12 & under free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or trekwest.com/gunshow.

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 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 wineharvestfestival.com.
  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: The Players (noon) and The Liars (3 p.m.) Saturday; Eli James Band  (noon) and Nosostros (3 p.m.) Sunday;  Overcome of Las Cruces (noon) and Phat Soul (3 p.m.) Monday. Sunday and Monday headliners to be announced.
  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” 43rd annual celebration is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31, 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 per carload (for both days). Information: (575) 267-5483 or hatchchilefest.com.
  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 31st annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Aug. 30-Sept.1 at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 Hwy 180 East, in Silver City, N.M. 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: rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com.
   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.

Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta — The annual family party is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. The event includes live music, games, a sidewalk sale, food, street dance, wild west show and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or cloudcroft.net. 
  Outhouse Races are 2 p.m. Sunday on Burro Street.
  Melodramas are 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30-31, in the Pavilion near Zenith Park.

Las Cruces Comic Con — Zia Comics presents the inaugural comic com Friday through Sunday, Sept. 5-7, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University, Las Cruces. The event includes vendors, a “Nerd Rave,” panels, celebrity guests, fashion show, costume contest, artist cosplay, movies, games and more. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Three day pass: $40 (comes with a free child’s ticket for age 10 and younger). Daily tickets: $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Nerd-Rave tickets  part or three-day pass or available at the door. Information: (575) 405-0461 or lascrucescomiccon.org.
  Featured guests include actor Ray Park (Star Wars, G.I. Joe, X-Men), actor/stunt man Jason Ybarra (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), reality star Paul “Doc” Nigh, and comic book legend and artist Jim Steranko.

Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale — The annual doll and accessory show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Columbus Conference Center, 901 Avenida de Mesilla, 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.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta — The 34th annual regatta is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7 at Lion’s Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Events include competitions, mass ascension of around 50 hot-air balloons, vendors, arts and crafts, food, music and more. Admission: $5 per car. Information: (575) 821-8558 or ebbr.org.

Flying J Ranch Experience — The chuckwagon supper and stage show at the Alto, N.M. ranch (near Ruidoso) is 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through Sept. 6; Saturdays through Oct. 11. Cost: $27 ($15 children 4-12; free ages 3 and younger). Reservations encouraged. Cost includes dinner and entertainment (some activities extra). Information/reservations: 1-888-458-3595, (575) 336-4330 or flyingjranch.com.
  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fiddler’s Side Show begins at 5:45 p.m. Deputy Training School for children is 6:25 p.m. with Bonita City Gunfight Reenactment at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m., featuring the Flying J Wranglers.
  Pony Express ride for age 12 and younger and Pistol Shooting events are $2 each.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The annual event featuring a “walk-about tour” of more than 15 area restaurants, cafes and coffeehouses is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in downtown Silver City. The event features food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more. Ticket information: (575) 534-9005 or silvercitymainstreet.com.

Elephant Days — The City of Elephant Butte’s annual celebration is Sept. 12-14 at 204 Warm Springs Dr. Live music, food, vendors and a car and motorcycle show. This year’s theme for the City of Elephant Butte’s celebration is “Carnivale.” Admission is free. Information: (575) 744-4892 or cityofelephantbutte.com.
  The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, from Marina Suites to Hodges Restaurant.
  Sunday’s events include the Balloon Regatta at 7 a.m. at Elephant Butte State Park.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta  — The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13-14, 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 mesillanm.gov.
  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.

Ruidoso High Mountain Fly In and Car Show — The Pine Top Rod and Custom Car Club’s 6th annual run and car show, held in conjunction with the High Mountain Fly-in, is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso, N.M. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission is free; the public is welcome.
  The car show is open to all classic, sports and collectible cars and trucks from 1986 or older. Awards presented at 3 p.m. with live entertainment in the evening. Information: pinetopcarclub.com.
  The fly-in features glider rides, pancake breakfast, firetruck rides and demonstration, cross country air race and more. Information: ruidosoflyin.com.

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The 45th annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 17-21, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M. The rally includes poker runs, trade show 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, 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 motorcyclerally.com.
  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).

Gila River Festival — The Gila Conservation Coalition will host its 10th annual river festival, “Celebrating America’s First Wilderness River,” Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21, at various locations in Silver City, N.M. Information/registration: (575) 538-5555 Full schedule online at gilaconservation.org.
  Special guests are Dave Foreman, wilderness advocate and author of “Confessions of an Eco-Warrior,” and Michael Berman, presenting new photographs of the Gila.
  Events include kayaking, birding, fly fishing, guided hikes, field trips and various presentations. 
  The Monsoon Kids Puppet Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, going from Pope and Bullard Streets to the Silver City Museum.
 A Wilderness Film Fest celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is 1-3:45 p.m. Saturday, Parrotti Building Theatre, WNMU.
  The Gala for the Gila fundraising party  and dance is 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Little Toad Creek Tavern, downtown, with music by The Roadrunners. Tickets: $10 at the door.
  Sister Joan Brown of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light will close this year’s festival by leading a blessing of the Gila River 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the newly constructed water wheel near the Mogollon Box Campground.

Lumberjack Day — The 20th annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 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. Admission is free for spectators. Participant fee is $5 per event. Information: (575) 682-2733 for 1-800-UPHIGH7.

Tularosa Basin Wine & Music Fest — Rotary Clubs of Alamogordo, Tularosa and White Sands host the 8th annual event 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at Alameda Park on White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo, with wine samples from New Mexico vineyards, live music, local artists and vendors, food and more. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate (age 20 and younger free, but must be accompanied by adult; age 21 and older must have photo ID). Information: (575) 522-1232 or TularosaBasinWineFest.com.

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. 20-21, at Alamogordo Balloon Park, on La Velle 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.

Cliff, Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 24-27, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Information: (575) 388-1559.
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest from Silver City on U.S. 180.

Jordan ‘Shrine’ Circus — Las Cruces Shrine Club hosts the Jordan World Circus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, lions, and tigers, clowns, motorcycle stunts, aerialists, and the “Globe of Death.” Tickets available at Pan Am Ticket office day of event only. Information: (575) 646-1420.

Whole Enchilada Fiesta — The 34th annual festival is Sept. 26-28, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 600 E. Hadley in Las Cruces. Opening ceremonies are 5:30 p.m. Friday, with building of the “Whole enchilada” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 at the gate or any Pic Quik store. Information: (575) 526-1938 or enchiladafiesta.com.
  Friday’s evening headliner is Josh Grider with opening act Eli James Band.
  Saturday’s headliner is Malo with opening act Severo y Grupo Fuego
  Sunday’s headliner is Shelly Lares.
  Live musical entertainment is all three days on two stages, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  The annual Whole Enchilada Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hadley Complex.
  Huacha Tournament begins at noon Saturday at courts on Hadley Ave., east of Unidad Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  Horseshoe Tournament begins at noon Sunday on the courts on Hadley. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  Other activities include and enchilada eating contest, classic car show, “Enchilada Land” for kids and a karaoke contest.
  The Whole Enchilada 5K race and 1-mile runs begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Meersheidt Recreation center.

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. 27-Oct. 26 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. The 2104 theme is “The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin.” Open weekdays for school field trips only; no pets allowed except service animals; no outside food and beverage allowed. Several food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $10.95 ($8.5 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. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  New this year is the “Hi-Strikers” with returning favorites gem mining, duck racing, face painting, rope making, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more.
  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. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  The 2nd annual Girl Scout Day is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, for all girls in grades K-12, hosted by Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest. Girl Scouts in uniform pay discounted admission  at the assigned gate and receive a free sugar baby pumpkin. Space is limited. Call for information: (575) 526-2553 or gsdsw.org.
  Oktoberfest is Saturday, Oct. 4, with polka bands, biergarten, yodeling, German treats and more.
  The “Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff” Saturday benefiting the NMSU College of Agriculture is Sunday, Oct. 5.
  Star Spangled Day is Sunday, Oct. 12, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

Southern New Mexico State Fair  — The fair is Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 1-5, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Ticket information and event times: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefairgrounds.net.

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces  hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 523-2950.

West Texas


Marfa Lights Festival — The annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31 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: marfacc.com.
    Sonny Ozuna and the Sunliners perform Saturday night at Vizcano Park. Tickets: $25; BYOB.

Big Bend Balloon Bash — The hot air balloon festival in Alpine, Texas, will feature nearly 30 colorful balloons Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1,  at the Alpine-Casparis Airport in Alpine, Texas, off Highway 118 Gates 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) 837-7486 or bigbendballoonbash.com.
   A Fire Concert is 8 p.m. Sunday, at the airport.



Bazaars and fairs


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, Aug. 30-31. 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 franciscanfestival.org.

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 51st annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 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.

‘Step Into the Past’ American Indian Artist Craft Show  — The show and demonstration is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at White Sands National Monument, featuring several regional artists. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232.

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.

La Viña Farmer’s 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 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 21. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

Woman’s Club Fall Festival — Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will host its 44th annual bazaar 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6-7, with a bake sale, more than 25 local artists and vendors, a “Granny’s attic” and dining in the tea room, and the inaugural “Appraisal Central.” Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the club, built in 1916. Admission: $3 at the door; free parking across the street. Information: 532-6131.

St. Mark’s Arts Market - St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road, will host their 6th annual fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, with handmade items, baked goods and more.  Proceeds benefit several St. Mark’s programs. Artist space now available. Admission is free. Information: 581-4444 or loveroad.org.
  Breakfast, lunch and light snacks available for purchase.

‘The Garden’ at The Maze —  The Maze at La Union, 1101 Hwy 28, in La Union (next to Zin Valle) hosts a farmer’s market featuring five acres of U-pick vegetables 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 13, before the fall opening of The Maze. “On the vine” produce includes sweet corn, tomatoes, green chilies, jalapeños, guerito, squash (yellow, gray and zucchini), eggplant, okra, black eyed peas, cantaloupe, watermelon and Spanish melon. Arrive early for “best pickings” and wear hat and long sleeves. Information: 549-1323 or launiomaze.com.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s semi-annual arts and crafts fair is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment including the 1st Armored Division Jazz Band, food vendors and a children’s area. Admission is free. Information: Julian Tarango, 544-0753 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

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. 20-21, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces, with live entertainment by mariachis, vocalists Ramiro and Cindy, European and Middle Eastern folk dancers and more. Saturday night dance with the Mixx Band. Food includes the  church’s famous gorditas, hamburgers, desserts, drinks and snacks, and more. There are also children activities, arts and crafts and Chinese auction. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649 or stgen.info.
  Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the procession to the fiesta.
  Huachas Tournament is 2 p.m. Sunday; registration begins at 1 p.m. Participants could win up to $1,500 in prize money. Cost: $20/team.
  Raffle tickets for cash prizes available for $5 each. Drawing on Sunday.


Mission Trail Art Market
— Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (through Nov. 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome.  Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Wagon Trails Market — The market is every Friday through Sept. 26 at Old Fort Bliss, Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482.
  The market features local gardeners and growers, canners, cooks, bakers, crafters and creators selling seasonal produce, baked and canned goods, honey and more.

Art a la Carte — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of the month (Sept. 27), with vendors, entertainment and food. Open Air Yoga in the backyard is at 9 a.m. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.

Darlins of the Desert Market — The annual vintage market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 407 Central in Carrizozo, N.M. with vintage items, antiques and art. Information: darlinsofthedesert.com.

Mayapán Farmers’ Market — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan’s 4th season for its indoor market is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through October Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas. Local and naturally grown produce, and Mexican fair-trade artisanry for sale. Information: 217-1126 or mujerobrera.org.
  Located in the Chamizal neighborhood, the farmers market provides access to fresh, local produce and integrates nutrition education through cooking demonstrations, taste tests, and recipe distribution.

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 Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
  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 12th annual market now 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. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans, including pesticide-free produces, natural eggs and meats, native plants, salsas, baked goods and more. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
  Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.
  Coffee, pastries and juices offered on patio; brunch 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Kids’ tent activities, Master Gardner talks and live music offered regularly.
  Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.

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


Something for everyone


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP —
The popular UTEP program offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older. Fall 2014 classes begin Monday, Sept. 8.

‘Opening Minds, Opening Doors’ —  VSA Texas host the class series promoting “Self-Advocates as Speakers” 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Aug. 30-Oct. 4, at Region 19 Education Service Center, 6611 Boeing. Self-advocates with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and up are invited to participate.  Each participant will write a personal story and develop the presentation skills needed to deliver it in public. Admission is free. Information: 1-866-489-8412 or eric@vsatx.org. Website: vsatx.org.

‘Wild West Heroes’ fest — Word of Life Church, 11675 Pratt, hosts the festival with special guest 1st Responders (consisting of Fire, Sheriff, Police, EMT Ambulance members) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, with live music and entertainment, mariachi, Michael Jackson impersonator, venders, food wagons, face painting, a mechanical bull, and a huge water balloon slide.  Admission is free. Information: 855-WORD (9673).

Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 772-7479 or bassettplacemall.com.
• El Paso Community College’s annual Grandparents Day celebration is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, vendors and information booths, prize drawings and a dance from 2 to 4 p.m.
• El Paso Times Job Fair is Wednesday, Sept. 24, with the area’s largest employers, break-out sessions on giving a successful interview, and fashion show on how to dress for job interview success.

Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. Unless otherwise listed, location is at Latinas, 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.org.
 Girl Empowerment Team Training is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, for female community volunteers, age 18 and over.
  Youth Editorial Advisory Board deadline is Thursday, Sept. 4, for ages 13-25 who want to get published, make an impact, and want have to have their voice heard are encouraged to apply.
  Entries are being taken through Sept. 30 for Latinitas’ Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest for ages 11 to 18.
  Mujeres Making a Difference Awards team is accepting nominations through September of Latina leaders who are making an impact the greater El Paso area.

Free Computer Classes — The Community Action Agency of Southern NM will offer free computer classes at the Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln in Anthony, N.M. 
• 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 2-3: Basic Computer Class. Learn the fundamentals of computers and get hands-on experience with Windows 7.
• 9 a.m. to noon Thursday-Friday, Sept. 4-5: Introduction to the Internet. Search engines, Email, and online forms will be covered.
• 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 9-10: Selecting a Computer and Internet Provider Plan.
• 9 a.m. to noon Thursday-Friday, Sept. 11-12: How to Take an Online Course.
  To register for one or all the classes call 575-527-8799 ext. 110 or online at surveymonkey.com/s/AnthonyWIC.

Tai Chi Beginner’s Class — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department host the beginning Tai Chi class 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, starting Sept. 3, at Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Wallenberg. Cost: $20 ($10 age 60 and older). Information: Carlos Apodaca or Wright Stanton IV, 581-5182.

Neighborhood Craft Beer Tour — DnJs Productions hosts a the tour featuring seven east side bars starting 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at The Buzz, 10910 Montana, led by Juan Gaytan. Tour features seven beer samples, each with collectible glass. History of beer and other information presented. Tour is free; cost varies for each individual beer. Designated drivers needed to get from location to location. Information: 449-6969 or on facebook at DandJsProductions.
  Upcoming tours include the Westside in November and a Downtown walking tour in December. A neighborhood craft beer tour of Tucson, Ariz. is also being planned.

Neighborhood Summit — Neighborhood Coalition of El Paso and City of El Paso Community and Human Development Neighborhood Services Division will host the 10th annual citywide neighborhood conference 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Ysleta Independent School District’s Administration and Cultural Arts Center, 9600 Sims, with educational workshops, network building among neighborhood associations and more. More than 20 city and community information vendors will be present. Admission is free. Information: 212-1682.
  Keynote speaker is El Paso Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.

Learn Russian — UTEP Professional and Public Programs offers three levels of Russian language starting the week of Sept. 8. Evening classes meet once weekly for two hours. Cost: $105 (10 week session). Information: 747-5142 or ppp.utep.edu.

Brunch & Conversation with Rev. Steven Baines — Join Us For Justice and the El Paso Community College host the talk with Baines, a national spokesperson for the 1st Amendment and freedom of religion issues, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at El Paso Community College, 9050 Viscount. Admission is free, but registration is required. Information: 831-2090 or 525-8545.
  Online registration at joinusforjustice.org/reception.
  Baines is the Religious Outreach Director for Separation of Church and State in Washington, D.C.

Toastmasters Speech Contests — Toastmasters hosts speech contests as 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 13, at El Paso Community College’s ASC, 9050 Viscount, and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Memorial Medical Center Solarium, 2450 S. Telshor in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: 298-1820 or toastmasters.com.

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. Information: 831-3324 or epcc.edu/hispanicheritage.
  A Student Art Exhibition is Sept. 15-Oct. 15, in the Administrative Services Center foyer. A RG Heritage Celebration is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.
  The annual Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the EPCC ASC Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. EPCC will honor other mentors for their contributions to the community. Tickets: $25.
  Panel discussions are planned 7 to 9 p.m. selected Tuesdays in the Administrative Services Center:
Sept. 15: Chicano/a Literature, moderated by EPCC professor Minerva Lageava. 
Sept. 22: Borderland Immigration Issues, moderated by Border Bureau Chief Angela Kocherga
Sept. 29: Education Excellence, moderated by EPCC ESL Department’s Carina Ramirez, Ph.D.
Oct. 1: Borderland Economic Development, moderated by UTEP Institute for Policy and Economic Development’s Roberto Tinajero.
   Readings from Chicano/a writers:
• Vanessa Camacho: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Transmountain Campus Mall.
• Jorge Gomez: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Northwest Campus Library, Room L1114.
• Kathleen Bombast: time and date to be announced.

Master Stephen Co — The originator of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga hosts a series of workshops in El Paso and Las Cruces during the fall month. Co is a senior disciple of Choa Kok Sui, and has been featured on national television. Information: masterstphenco.com.
• “Protect Yourself from Negative Energies and Negative Connections” using Prana and Qi crystals is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama. Cost: $10 donation to Unity. Information: 566-5544.
• “Miracle of Crystals, Gemstones and Pranic Healing,” workshop is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Tesoro Integrative Health Center, 1605 N. Main in Las Cruces. Love donations welcome. Information: (575) 541-5660.
• “Self-Healing and Recharging Through the 11 Chakras” workshop is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Center for Spiritual Living, 575 N. Main in Las Cruces. Cost: $10 donation to CSL. Information: (575) 523-4847.
  Full weekend intensives (cost/location to be announced):
• Pranic Healing Level 1 — 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.
• Pranic Crystal Healing — 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.
• Pranic Psychic Self Defense — 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — Events are planned throughout the fall months. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
Lectures/discussions:
   Events kick off with the annual “Grito de Dolores Ceremony” Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Career Readiness Boot Camp — The City of Las Cruces is partnering with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance and Doña Ana Community College to host a free “Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at DACC Sunland Park Campus, 3365 McNutt. Complimentary lunch will be provided. The boot camp will provide job seekers training on landing interviews, demonstrating workplace do’s and don’ts, and highlighting proper workplace etiquette. Registration required at (575) 527-7538; seating is limited.

Community Health Education Series — Sierra Providence East, 3280 Joe Battle, hosts a free seminar series one Wednesday each month. English presentations are 6 p.m. with Spanish presentation 7 p.m. The programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects to help improve and maintain the health of the community. Information: 577-SPHN (7746).
Sept. 17: Brown Bag Medication Event: Talk to a Pharmacists about your Medications
Oct. 15: Living Wills and Advance Directives.

UTEP Career Expo — UTEP’s annual career fair featuring several employers from around country is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18-19, in the Don Haskins Center. Information: 747-7503 or utep.edu/careers.
  The Graduate and Professional School Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Union Building.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso host a happy hour for dogs and their owners “back by popular demand” 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (Sept. 20, Oct. 18), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

Living Spirit Expo — The expo balancing “mind, body, spirit, natural health and personal wellbeing is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso, with more than 80 exhibitors, free guest speakers, Spirit Aura photos and more.
  Admission: $10 per day; $15 two-day admission (free for ages 12 and younger). Two-day admission with one aura photo is $25. Information: 206-2558 or livingspiritexpo.com.

Women’s Wellness Expo — Desert Sun Chiropractic’s annual expo is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at 3800 N. Mesa, Suite C-1, featuring free health screenings and a morning of pampering. Free gift bags for first 20 women. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Information: 838-1500 or chirodesert.com.

Discover El Paso Awards — Discover El Paso Association, Inc., the non-profit group dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso, will host its annual awards and grants banquet at noon Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Holiday Inn Airport, 6655 Gateway West. The awards honor the people and organizations that promote El Paso. The public is invited; reservations required. Information, reservations: 584-3126.

Hoppy Monk Oktoberfest Festival — Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa, hosts an Oktoberfest celebration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, both indoors and outside with German beer, traditional German food, live music and more. Commemorative ceramic steins available. Cost: $5. Information: 307-3263 or thehoppymonk.com.

ECI Stroller-A-Thon — The annual Early Childhood Intervention event is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Information: 599-6693 or elpasoeci.org.
  The three El Paso ECI programs provides services for more than 1,800 children with special needs in El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

miniCAST 2014 — 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, Sept. 27, at Hutt Brown Middle School, 7820 Helen of Troy. Cost: $55; includes an invitation to the Friday Night Networking Social at Centennial Museum, Saturday lunch, two fabulous keynote speakers, and a complimentary one-year STAT membership. Information: 780-5069. Online registration at minicastelpaso.org.

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

Renaissance Artsfaire call for performers — Doña Ana Arts Council seeks Renaissance-themed (especially roving performers) entertainers and performers for its 43rd annual Renaissance Artsfaire set for Nov. 1-2. Needed are minstrels, jugglers, stilt-walkers, jesters/comedy troupes and more. Information: events@daarts.org.

UTEP Walking Tours — In honor of its Centennial Celebration, University of Texas at El Paso hosts a series of guided walking tours to highlight different aspects of the UTEP campus and its history. A new series is offered each month. Reservations required; groups should consist of at least five individuals. Information: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669 or mvillalva2@utep.edu.
  September’s tours are “Arts & Culture on Campus,” with backstage access to all of the places on campus where the public can see theatre performances, art exhibits and listen to live music.
  Upcoming tours in 2014 include Haunted UTEP and Research for the Future.

Computer Programming and Robotics Workshop — NHHSA & Early Science Academy host the workshop for middle and high school students led by engineers Gilbert Ornelas and Ivan Vargas 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 3, at 11444 Rojas. Registration (by Sept. 25): $195 for 8 weeks. Registration cost increased after Sept. 25. Information: 856-7243,nhhsa.com or earlyscienceacademy.com.

Alzheimer’s support groups — Alzheimer’s Association El Paso offers support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at several locations throughout town. Caregivers can exchange practical information, discuss challenges and coping, share feelings, needs and concern and learn about available resources in the community. Information: Kelli Moorehead, 1-800-272-3800.
• Eastside — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at SunRidge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount. Refreshments served.
• Northeast — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at Richard Burges Branch Library, 9600 Dyer.
• Far Eastside — 6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Cambria, 1991 Saul Kleinfeld. Bilingual group, refreshments served.
• Westside — 6 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Desert Springs, 5901 Bandolero. Bilingual group.
  Early Stage Support Group meets fourth Friday of each month. Pre-screening required. Information: Blanca Loya at Bienvivir All-Inclusive Senior Health, 562-3444.
   New support groups meet at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Sunridge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount (Eastside) and the fourth Friday of the month at Royal Estates, 435 Mesa Hills (Westside).

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

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (Sept. 20). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Eat Well! El Paso — City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Eat Well! El Paso initiative matches restaurant owners with nutrition professionals to create a healthy children’s menu that is low in calories and high on nutrition. This includes offering meals that meet established nutrition standards based on calorie, fat, and sodium limits, as well as the elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages. Information: 771-5845 or EPHealth.com.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group  meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Locations vary. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

El Paso Night Shift Nights — The weekly car and motorcycle club showcase is 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at Fox Plaza (back parking lot), 5559 Alameda. The family event cars and motorcycles of many types, plus food, live music, jumping balloons. No alcohol allowed. Admission: $3 per person or car; free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 779-8424.

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

Fibromyalgia Support Group — The group meets 2 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Alternatives Centre for Behavioral Health, 7760 Alabama as a network of support and resource education for those with Fibromyalgia, their families, and friends. Guest speakers and group members share their own experiences. Admission is free.
Information: 219-9970 or alternativescentre.com.

GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.

Medieval-Themed games — Amtgard, Kingdom of the Burning Lands hosts role-playing games and crafts 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. The club has met every Saturday at Memorial Park for most of the past 30 years. Visitors are always welcome; admission is free. Information: 544-2034 or amtgardinc.com.

Move! El Paso walking trails — The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has  walking trail loops throughout the city. Each trail covers a different walking route that loops around back to the starting point. The loops are marked with colorful Move! El Paso ground signage with distances up to 2 miles long. Information: MoveElPaso.org.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic 6 a.m. to noon Sundays. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.

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. Demonstrations are a chance for members of the society to come together and share their particular interests with other members as well as the public at large, with the primary focus to practice SCA Combat, mock combats loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
  Society for Creative Anachronism is a re-creation society for the Middle Ages. The purpose is to bring to life the skills, ideals, and beauty that represents the best of the Middle Ages. The charter of the Society covers the time period up to 1600 A.D.

Tom Lea Month

  The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrate the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with more than 50 events throughout the month of October.  Admission is free except as noted. Information: 533-0048 or tomleainstitute.org.
 Tom Lea (1907-2001) worked as a muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter.
  In addition to regional events, this year’s celebration will include lecture and discussion on the Art of Tom Lea at Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as events in Odessa, Seymour and Austin, Texas and Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club in Fort Belvoir, Va.
  Keynote events:
• “Butterfly Wings and Tom Lea” presentation by Rosa Guerrero, José Mario Sánchez Soledad, and Guillermo Martínez is 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Lydia Patterson Institute Gymnasium, 517 S. Florence. El Paso dancer and educator Guerrero demonstrates the movements of a matador through the music of bullfights, Paso Doble, while José Mario Sánchez discusses Tom Lea’s artistry in capturing the capote tricks. Jalisco matador Guillermo Martínez performs the movements.                                                                                                         
• White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier presents “White House Pastries, Fashion, and Old Mount Franklin” 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at El Paso Community College, Administrative Service Center
9050 Viscount, Bldg. B. Mesnier made a dessert for guests who contributed to the decoration of the Oval Office during the presidency of George W. Bush. His cake was in the shape of the Oval Office and included a sugar rendition of Tom Lea’s Rio Grande that hung in the Oval Office for 8 years. In addition to the presentation by Mesnier and the El Paso Community College Culinary Arts Program, there will also be fashion designs by Zayra Estra and a reading of “Old Mount Franklin” by actress Josie Mitchell. Cost: $35 contribution to the Tom Lea Institute.

Tours:
• Fort Bliss Historical Tour led by Wanda Kienzle is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, starting at Old Fort Bliss Replica Bldg. 5054, Pleasonton. Participants will visit the oldest parts of the Post in this tour and explore the Old Fort Bliss Replica, given to the base as part of its centennial celebration.
• Trost Tour led by Max Grossman is 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, meeting at the Lobby of the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S El Paso. Trost was responsible for designing many of the buildings that still stand today, including Tom Lea’s childhood home on Nevada Street. Cost: $25 contribution to the Texas Trost Society.
• Architecture in the Evening led by Ken Gorski is 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, meeting at the lobby of the Camino Real Hotel.
• Church Tour and lecture by Robyn Lowrie, David Etzold and Neal Locke is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, meeting at First Baptist Church of El Paso, 805 Montana. Church played an important role in shaping Tom Lea’s life when growing up in El Paso. This tour provides insight into these contributions, and introduces three historic El Paso churches. 
• “Experience the Pass of the North
Downtown El Paso Mural Tour” led by Carolina Franco and Elisa Garrido is noon Thursday, Oct. 16, starting at the corner of San Antonio and Campbell, Downtown. The tour consists of a look at “Tom Lea’s Pass of the North” inside El Paso’s Historic Federal Courthouse, “Our History” by Carlos Callejo at the County Courthouse, and “A Day in El Paso” by John Valadez at the R.C. White Federal Building. An additional Children’s Tour is 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.
• Celebration of Our Mountains
Geological Tour and Lecture by Eric Kappus is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, starting in El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch Maud Sullivan Room. Geologist Eric Kappus, renown for discovering dinosaur tracks at the base of Mount Cristo Rey, will share the science behind Tom Lea’s beloved mountains.
           
Lectures and presentations:
• Panel Discussion with Mimi Gladstein and Ron Weber, moderated by Max Grossman is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• Tom Lea Graduate Research Fellowship Lectures by recipients Mauricio Olague and Roland Rodriguez, who have conducted research on local subjects including José Cisneros’ Horsemen and Tom Lea’s murals, are 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon.
• Dinner lectures by Karl Laumbach on “Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War” and by Bobby Keller on “Albert Jennings Fountain: Unsolved 1896 Murder on the White Sands” are 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Drive, Sunland Park. Cost: $20 per person.
• “Benito Juárez at the Pass of the North” presentation by Nick Houser is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Houser, historian for the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest, will share the history of Benito Juarez and his achievements as Mexico’s greatest president.
• “Tom Lea: A Diversity of Artistic Approaches” by Patrick Cable is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza. Focusing on the many works by the artist held by the museum, this presentation will investigate the diversity of another aspect of Lea’s work: the various artistic influences and approaches in his easel painting.
• A Graphic Design panel discussion with Jud Burgess, Anne Giangiulio, and Katya Reka, introduced and moderated by Clive Cochran, is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.
• “The Story Behind The Turning Point”
presentation by William Stevens is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at UTEP’s Larry K. Durham Center. This family event will include Stevens’ presentation, a tour of the Durham Center and Tom Lea’s original painting, and an “insider’s” look at UTEP football today.
• The First Surgical Operation in North America, Cabeza de Vaca, and the Texas Surgical Society presentations  are 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, with Alan Tyroch, and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, with Adair Margo, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine   
Medical Education Building, Room 1150, 5001 El Paso Drive.
• “Tom Lea & A Shepherd Boy Who Became President of Mexico” presentation by José Mario Sánchez Soledad is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Mexican Consulate, 910 E. San Antonio. A facsimile of Lea’s painting will be displayed in the Mexican Consulate during October. 
• “How the Horse Shaped Civilization & Its Evolution from Eohippus to the Modern Horse” presentation by Jason Bruemmer is 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino 1200 Futurity Drive. Cost: $20 (includes dinner); call for reservations.
  Ongoing exhibits:
• “Selections from the Tom Lea Collection” are featured in the El Paso Museum of Art’s library Oct. 1-Nov. 31.
• The 1949 Sun Carnival Exhibit runs Oct. 5-Nov. 12, at the Hal Marcus Gallery. Opening reception is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, and lecture 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with presentations by Holly Cox, Derrell E. Hiett, Hal Marcus, Kevin Wells.
  Pancho Villa Exhibit and movie screenings at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch. The exhibit is ongoing throughout October. Film screenings are 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Oct. 5: The Brave Bulls and The Sun Also Rises
Oct. 12: The Wonderful Country and All the Pretty Horses
Oct 19: Tom Lea: An Oral History and Tombstone
Oct. 26: Tom Lea’s El Paso, Capstone Productions and Tom Lea: Dignity Beyond Borders (1 p.m.); Mexican Revolution Sites in El Paso: A Walking Tour with Leon Metz and Fred Morales, Capstone Productions (2:45 p.m.).
  Regional events:
• “The Brave Bulls Collide: Tom Lea and J. Frank Dobie” by Steve Davis is 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Museum of the Big Bend’s Jess Yell Womack II Education Center, 400 N. Harrison in Alpine, Texas. Reception precedes lecture at 5:30 p.m.
  Children’s Activities are planned at several El Paso Public Library branches: 
• Horse Sculptures Using Paper Mache are 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, at the Main Library.                       
• Drawing Workshop is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Esperanza Moreno Branch.
• Tom Lea Story Time            is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Main Library.
• Tom Lea Inspired Art portrait drawing for teens is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Irving Schwartz Branch, 1865 Dean Martin.
• Happy Trails event is 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Armijo Branch, 620 E. 7th. Children will learn about Tom Lea Park, the hiking trails in the Franklin Mountain State Park, and the neighboring hiking trails of Dripping Springs, Aguirre Springs and the Sacramento Mountains.


For a good cause


Celebrating Thomas Wolfe — Border Book Festival will celebrate the life of writer Thomas Wolfe with a dinner fundraiser 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 30
, at a private home, with a Southern food dinner, reading of Wolfe’s works and life music. Tickets: $45, space is limited and reservations required. Reservations/location: (575) 523-3988 or bbf@borderbookfestival.com.
  Wolfe was the author of “Look Homeward Angel,” You Can’t Go Home Again,” “Time and the River,” and “The Web and the Rock,” among other works.

Signature Chefs Auction — The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence presents the 10th annual benefit auction for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Thursday, Sept. 4, at Cutter Aviation, 1771 Shuttle Columbia Dr. Top area chefs will present their signature dishes, along with a menu of gourmet auction packets. Cocktails, chef sampling and silent auction is 6 to 7 p.m., live auction of chef packages is 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tables of 10 are $1,500; individual tickets, if space available, are $150. Information: 249-2270 or marchofdimes.com.

Las Artistas Gala — Las Artistas inaugural gala is Thursday, Sept. 11, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, to help raise awareness for their annual art and craft show in November. Details to be announced. Information: lasartistas.org.
  Las Artistas annual Art and Craft Show is planned for Nov. 22-23.

Winchester House ‘Art in the Lower Valley’ — El Paso Human Services hosts the art auction benefitting Winchester Transitional Living Center 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Good Samaritan Towers, 7750 Lilac Way. More than 100 boards will be displayed for auctioning. Admission is free. Information: 790-2232.
  The Winchester Center is for former youth between the ages 18-25 that offers transitional housing and support services for the purpose of assisting youth to become self sufficient.

Foundation of Faith Dinner — Rwandan Survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza is Keynote Speaker for Diocese of El Paso’s 8th annual dinner, “A Time to Forgive, A Time to Heal,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Ilibagiza  will tell her  story of transformation towards faith and away from hate. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten); includes dinner, talk and live auction. Tickets  online at elpasodiocesefoundation.org.
  In 1994, the Rwandan native was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her family when the death of Rwanda’s Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor’s tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 days.

‘Walk Like MADD’ 5K — Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host its 5K walk in partnership with El Paso Community College 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. The walk benefits MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, through the support of fundraising pledges made by the participants. Cost: $25 ($20 ages 5-21; $5 pets. Information: 779-1987.
  Individuals may also register to be a “virtual walker” to create their own “virtual team” or join an existing team at walklikemadd.org/elpaso.
  The Las Cruces walk is 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho.

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 9th annual gala, “Carnaval Bralilieno,’ 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $150 ($1,750 corporate tables for 10). Information: 544-4151, brodriguez@femap.org or femap.org.

Party in the Pink — Hoy Fox Volkswagen and Susan G. Komen El Paso present the 3rd annual “party for a great cause” 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills. Proceeds support the uninsured and underinsured men and women in El Paso area who are fighting breast cancer. Ticket information: 533-4433 or komenelpaso.org.

Special Olympics ‘Double Talk’ Extravaganza — Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso Area-19 hosts its 10th annual gala fundraiser 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway, with dinner, live entertainment and silent auction. This year’s featured performer is ventriloquist and El Paso native Ronn Lucas. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso. Tickets: $60 ($500 tables for 10). Sponsorship opportunities available. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org/extravaganza.
  Lucas has been entertaining fans for more than 40 years, mixing artistry with humor to create a show for all ages.

‘Viva La Villa’ — The wine and tapas event benefiting El Paso Villa Maria is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Details to be announced. Information: 544-5500 or villamariaep.org.
  El Paso Villa Maria, a nonprofit organization, is a residence where women transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. Villa Maria opened its doors in February 2007 and has assisted nearly 300 women in the last six years.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraising non-competitive walk to help raise awareness and monies for the association is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 4, at Southwest University Park, Downtown El Paso. All ages welcome to participate. Participation is free. Information/donation: 544-1799 or alz.org/westtexas/.
  This year’s event activities include: kids activities, food, entertainment, drawings for giveaways and more.

Brunch, Barks and Bingo — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park’s 5th annual day for people and their (well-behaved) pets benefiting Animal Rescue League of El Paso is planned for Sunday, Oct. 5. Reservations strongly recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.

Tamalada fundraiser — Los Que Van Quedando Cathedral Alumni Associations hosts the dinner dance fundraiser 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 10, at the Alamo Ballroom, 820 N. Raynor, with  soft 50’s music and other genres by and in-house DJ. Admission: $20 (includes tamale dinner with all the trimmings, beer and soft drinks). Proceeds go to financial aid for Cathedral High School students. Information: Jose Negrete, 449-5955.
  The Ladies of LQVQ volunteer mothers of Cathedral High School students, will hosting a dessert and coffee table to raise additional scholarship funds.

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


Fort Bliss

Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. The Buffalo Soldiers Gate at Airport and Airway is usually always open.

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Information: 564-5311 or  freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Rafael Melendez book signings — Local author Rafael (Ralph) Melendez will sign copies of his new novel “The Dream Catcher,” as well as his books “Beyond Cibola to Atlas” and “The Serpent’s Breath” 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 and 27, at Fort Bliss Main Exchange Bldg. 1611 on Marshall (entrances at Cassidy Rd. or Fred Wilson). Books available for sale. Information: 562-9552, ext. 117.

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

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (except holiday weekends) at Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies Fridays. Tuesdays consist of rosary making/preemie caps/hats and prayer shawls. Information: 867-2785 or dcatarroja@sc.rr.com.

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

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


Club news


Woodworkers Club of El Paso —
The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building). The program includes a video of woodworking techniques, followed by a show and tell segment. Admission is free. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.

La Leche League of El Paso Westside — The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breastfeed, meets 10:30 to noon a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (Sept. 4) 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.


Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Friday, Sept. 5: Dinner and play
• Saturday, Sept. 13: UTEP football
• Saturday, Sept. 20: Cookout
• Saturday, Sept. 27: Dinner and dancing.

Westside Welcome Club —
The group is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Ella Blue, 5410 N. Mesa. No RSVP necessary. Information: 494-8272.
  The monthly luncheon and annual WWC Activities Fair is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at El Paso Country Club, 500 Country Club Place. Reservation deadline is Sept. 5. Cost: $20. Information: 740-9725.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Gilberto Arias who will speak on the topic of Qabalah, an ancient wisdom tradition. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.
  IONS is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.

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. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789,  355-4598 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  The 10-week fall session of French classes for adults and children begins Sept. 8 at Eastside and Westside locations. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes offered for adults. Classes for children and youth are offered on Saturdays. Two locations available for Advanced Conversation. Private classes also offered. Information: 585-1789, 587-8161 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

EPMBA luncheon — El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association’s monthly educational luncheon is 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. Presentation is “QM Follow-up:  The Sky Is NOT Falling” with Brad Luo, Attorney with Gregg & Valby, PC, a law firm based in Houston, Texas specializing in consumer financing and mortgage lending Compliance. Cost: $25 future members; $20 members. Information/RSVP (by Sept. 3): elpasomortgagebankers@gmail.com or epmba.wildapricot.org.

Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) — The organization for photographers of all skill levels and ages meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano. Every meeting includes and educational program given by an expert in the field.  Information: Heidi Phillips, 588-3747 or on Facebook at PEEPofElPaso.
  PEEP, a member of Gulf States Camera Club Council, offers educational programs, exhibitions and competitions.
  Upcoming meetings are Oct. 11 and Nov. 8.

Fashion Show and Luncheon — Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s annual fall luncheon and fashion show is noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Centennial Club and Conference Center on East Fort Bliss, with fashions modeled from Stein Mart and door prizes. Members of the ROWC and friends are invited to attend.  Ticket cost to be determined. Information: 598-6058.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter the Military Order of the World Wars hosts its monthly luncheon 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Underwood Golf Course, 3191 Coe, Fort Bliss. This month is the “Get Reacquainted/National Preparedness Month.” Members are encouraged to come early and meet in preparation for coming year events, and listen to a guest speaker. Information: 755-4038.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The annual Awards and Grants Luncheon is noon Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Holiday Inn Airport, 6655 Gateway West. Information, reservations: 584-3126.

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

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

ANDA meetings — Area Network for Disabilities and Aging meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, at Chihu’a Restaurant El Paso, 9135 Gateway West. Election of officers and board members will be held. Annual club dues of $12 are due. Information: 598-0900.

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

Chess Club — The club meets 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 824 N. Piedras. Beginners welcome. Admission is free. Information: Information: 565-9921, ext. 14.

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

Doña Ana Camera Club — The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Meetings offer technical presentations, friendly suggestions for improving member photos, travelogues, networking, and other activities. Meetings are free and open to all interested photographers. Information: (575) 524-1288 or dacameraclub.org.

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

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings 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: 494-7977 or epnequilters@gmail.com.

El Paso Philatelic Society  — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 345-7771 or epps.stamps@gmail.com.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Business meeting starts around 6:30 p.m. Numismatic presentations start at 7 p.m. with auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclug.com.

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, (Sept. 6, Oct. 4) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.

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


Area attractions

Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0). Final weekend of the season is Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Individual tickets: $21.99, plus tax; $18.99 or age 4-12; $2.99 age 1-3. Parking is $2 per car. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
  The Anthony Police Department’s End of Summer Beach Party and Car Show is Sunday, Aug. 31. Live bands, DJs, cars. Information: 915-886-3838.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 566-6622.
  Last Sunday hikes begin at 7 a.m. in the park’s parking lot. Bring appropriate clothing water for hikes. Hiking stick recommended. Participation is free. Information: 562-9899.
• August’s Hike is Aug. 31.
• September’s “Sombrero Hike” is Sept. 28. Participants wearing a sombreros receive a free tramway ride down the mountain.
  A free Geocaching workshop is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, for anyone wanting to learn about geocaching and GPS units. RSVP required at 562-9899.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
 September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, Plus Monday, Sept. 1.  
 October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. 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. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.

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

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

Mount Cristo Rey — The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross tops the mountain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park — take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
  Because of safety concerns, people are advised to hike only in groups. The best time to hike is when volunteers are working on trail maintenance, usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. For information on Saturday hiking times, call 252-9840.

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

Sunland Winery — Located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
 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 Sweetwater Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays wit Jack Welch and Shadow, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Lala Ledezma and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Dining on The Patio, featuring from Morsels Grill, is open 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  Music On the Patio is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on selected Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 7, featuring folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll from “Live By Request.”
  La Viña hosts a farmer’s market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 21, with local food producers.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
  Free live music on the patio offered Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.

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

Magoffin Home State Historic Site - 1120 Magoffin. Built in 1875 by pioneer El Pasoan Joseph Magoffin, the Magoffin Home exemplifies the Territorial style of the period, combining Southwestern building techniques and Eastern design. To get there: Magoffin Street, in Downtown El Paso, runs one way going east from San Antonio Street. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tours given through 4 p.m. Cost: $3; $2 for students and seniors; 6 and under are free. Information: 533-5147.

El Paso Missions - Three historic churches lie within eight miles of each other in El Paso County's Mission Valley.
· Mission Ysleta - Spanish and Tigua Indian refugees from northern New Mexico founded the community in the 1680s. The first mission was built in 1692, and rebuilt completely in both the 18th and 19th centuries. The current structure was built in 1851. It's near Zaragoza and Alameda.
· Mission Socorro - The first adobe structure in Socorro was built in 1692, and like Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later centuries. The current structure dates back to 1843. It's off Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
· San Elizario Chapel - Established in 1789 as a Spanish presidio to protect the Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877, replacing one built about 25 years earlier. It's on the San Elizario plaza, off Socorro Road 5.5 miles southeast of Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail which Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a friend.
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.

Hart's Mill - Pioneer Simeon Hart built a flour mill in 1849 where Don Juan de Oñate crossed the Rio Grande in 1598. The mill is gone, but the home has been preserved as La Hacienda Restaurant, 1720 W. Paisano. Next door is Old Fort Bliss, 1881-1893 home of the post. 533-1919.

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events


All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone (from Ysleta bridge, drive about 300 yards and turn on narrow road on right near the yellow Bip Bip store). Information: 6821486 or 6820693.
  An exhibition and sale of crafts, jewelry, gifts and decorations from Latin America, Africa and other countries is Friday through Tuesday, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, opening at 11 a.m. each day.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and the center's box office.
• “Peter Pan” is 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30-31. Presented by Line Theatre.
• Coro Infantil performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. Admission is 50, 150 and 200 peso.
• Pianist Raul Di Blasio performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Tickets are 350 to 800 pesos
• UACJ Orquesta Sinfonica performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.
• The local theater production of “Tengo un Arma” is at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, in the Octavio Trias theatre. Admission: 30 pesos.
• The musical comedy “Hairspray” is presented at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Tickets are 100, 150 and 200 pesos.
• National actors Sebastian Rulli and Angeline Boyer star in the play “Los Derechos de la Mujer” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29. Tickets are 300 to 600 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant, in front of IADA from the Juarez University. Ranchera singer Lorenzo de Monteclaro celebrates his 55th anniversary of performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, along with Los Cadetes de Linares and Calle Colombia. Tickets 87 to 500 pesos (donboleton.com).

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
  The “Ambulante” Cinema Art Club shows films at 6 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is 20 pesos (10 pesos for students and seniors). Aug. 30: Segunda Vista. Sept. 6: Los Guardianes. Sept. 13: Pussy Riot. Sept. 20: La Piedra Ausente. Sept. 27: Camaras Rotas.
  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.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Events are free, sponsored by local government.
• Youth Festival is 6-10 p.m. Saturday and 4 to midnight Sunday, Aug. 30-31, with arts and crafts, books, art and live music.
• Carrera Internacional de la Amistad includes a Fun Run for kids at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and 10K competitive and 3K recreational runs at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Prizes total 500,000 pesos. Entry fee is 100 pesos. Registration at Direccion Municipal del Deporte, Americas Av. 350 Sur.
• Festival del Mariachi y del Tequila is noon to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27, with 40 vendors, music and tequila displays.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda.
 Alejandro Suarez, Wanders Lovers and Pepe Magaña headline the cast of the adult comedy “La Semesienta,”  at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. Check for ticket prices: donboleton.com or box office.
• The children’s play “Peppa Pig” is at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets: 120 and 180 pesos.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Information: 6391100 (Tania Bonfil) or ciudadjuarez.af.org.mx.
• Movie showings are at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 (title TBA) and Sept. 19 (“Le Chef”). In French, with Spanish subtitles.
• A celebration of Bastille Day and French Revolution is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Free and open to the public, but  bring beverages or cold dishes to share. Bring cold dishes or beverages to share
• Gastronomical Feast is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, with samples of French food.
  Alianza Francesa presents a French Film Festival Sept. 26-Oct. 9 at Cinepolis Las Misiones in Las Misiones Mall (Paseo de la Victoria and Teofilo Borunda).

Moroccos - Inside Jardines Carta Blanca, Reforma at Peru.
• La Internacional Sonora Santanera performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. Tickets at donboleton.com or box office.
• Javier Rosas y su Artilleria Pesada, El Shaka, Rogelio Hernandez, Cabalgata and Escala Norteña perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Tickets: 11o to 700 pesos
(donboleton.com).

Centro Cultural de la Ciudad - Zona Pronaf Anillo Envolvente, across from the Museo INBA.
  A concert performance by Nela Terrazas is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Admission is 200 pesos. Information:
2 657299.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Expo Boda and Quinceañera is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, with booths, exhibitions, promotions. Admission is 20 pesos.
• Girasoles Center presents its Active Life Achievement 2014 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 10, in Salon Atenea at Cibeles. Tickets are 300 pesos.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at donboleton.com.
 Grammy-nominated singer Alejandro Fernandez performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets: 500 to 2,000 pesos (donboleton.com). Son of the legendary Vicente Fernández, Alejandro’s most successful album, “Me Estoy Enamorando,” included the hit singles “Si Tu Supieras,” “Yo Nací para Amarte” and “En El Jardín,” a duet with Gloria Estefan.

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez).
  Three young matadors, Mario Aguilar, Juan Pablo Sanchez  y Arturo Saldivar, headline the Sunday, Sept. 14, bullfighting matches. Bullfight begin about 5 p.m. or later.

Tango Buenos Aires para Juárez — Zu Tango Estudio, 5359 San Marcos, Fracc. San Ángel CP 32389 in Ciudad Juárez, hosts Tango interactive workshops for children and parents 4 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sept. 15-27. The workshops are intended to strengthen ties between parents and children, develop non-verbal communication and facilitate contact and loving embrace and learn aboutthe Argentina culture. Cost: $60 (US); free for children under 12. Information: (656) 136-8669, or susanamx.mex.tl/

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  Showing all month in the 3D Theater is “Los Misterios del Universo,” shown hourly. 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). 
  A lecture on spiders and their webs is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Admission is free (lecture only).
  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.  

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
  “A Day at the Museum” is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20: Guided tours, children's workshops and puppet shows. The event is offered the third Saturday of each month.

Parque del DIF - Av Heroico Colegio Militar at Panama. Heroes-Natsu Convention 2014 is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. Exhibition and sale related to Otaku (Japanese anime and manga) Couple and individual cosplay contests. Special guests include Yadira Young, Bell And Selene. Admission is free.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park, Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048. Showing through September: Tarahumara crafts.


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



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