November 2014

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
For other monthly categories, click here.
Harvest & Halloween
Día de los Muertos
Veterans Day
Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Amigo Airsho 2014 —
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds return for the 2014 Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at its new location at the Doña Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa.
Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying acts performing 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gates close at 5 p.m. Tickets: $20; $10 ages 5-12; $70 chalets; $100 VIP; free for age 4 and younger. Information: 562-6446 or
Also performing are the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Dan Buchanan Airshow, Indy Boys jet powered school bus, Kyle Franklin (stunt pilot), Rifle and G&M Airshows, and pilot Joe Shetterly.
  A TradeSho area is also featured with interactive displays and vendors. There will be a children’s play area, food vendors and various static aircraft displays.
  Attendees are welcome to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

Fall Bash — The community cookout and concert, sponsored by Westside Community Church, 1850 Northwestern, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, with jumping balloon, live bands, games and free groceries for needy families. Information: 584-0882 or
  Families must pre-register at the church 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 or Oct. 23 to receive groceries.

Fountains at Farah Anniversary Party — The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, host its first birthday party 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in its Promenade Amphitheater, with several booths include cake samples from Nothing Bundt Cakes, free massages from Massage Envy and more. Arts and crafts, balloon giveaways, stilt walkers, lollipop girls, and ongoing live music to entertain the whole family will be available. Raffle giveaway also held. Admission is free. Information: 225-3600 or on Facebook at Fountains at Farah.

Sacred Heart Tardeada — The Moon Dogs and DJ Surreal are part of the tardeada at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon (at Father Rahm), 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, with food, dancing, door prizes and more. Admission: $5. Information: 244-2209, 603-8424 or

Veterans Day Dance — American GI Forum-Paso del Norte’s 4th annual dance “Honoring All Who Served” and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces is 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins, with music by Little Mike & the Blue Kings. Admission: $15; includes beer, set-ups and soft drinks. BYOB and snacks welcome. Information: 255-8877.
  American GI Forum — Paso del Norte is a congressionally chartered veterans and family nonprofit organization. Proceeds provide employment, education, benefits, and business start-up assistance to veterans, active duty military service members and their families.

‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 41st annual holiday shopping fair is Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 8-9, at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair brings together about 200 merchants from across the country as well as arts, crafts, live entertainment, music, photos with Santa and more. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, military, children 6-12; free for children under five) information: 584-3511 or
  Girls’ Night Out is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, with a fashion show, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Call for tickets.

Fur-Festival — Humane Society of El Paso, 4991 Fred Wilson, in partnership with El Paso Animal Services, will host the first ever Fur-Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, with music, vendors, pet contests and food and it will feature lots of doggies and kitties hoping to find a fur-ever home. Friendly pets welcome on leash. Admission is free; parking available next door at Sun Metro. Information: 532-6971 or
  More than 300 pets of all shapes and sizes will be available for adoption at a special Fur-Festival fee of $40. This adoption fee will include all age appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and microchip with registration.

El Maida Circus — The famous Shrine Circus returns Nov. 11-16, at El Paso County Coliseum. Performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $26 box, $35 floor (Ticketmaster).

Taste of El Paso — The area’s “ultimate culinary experience” is 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at El Paso Convention Center, with samples from premier restaurants, each paired with either a craft beer or wine tasting, and desserts. Information:
  Tickets: $50 through Oct. 31; $55 Nov. 1-11; $60 day of event (Ticketmaster). Tickets include 13 restaurant entree samples; 13 craft beer or wine samples; 3 dessert samples, coffee or tea and reserved seat.
This year’s featured restaurants are Cantina Malolam, Crave Kitchen & Bar, Eloise, Garufa Argentinean Restaurant, Green Ingredient, Independent Burger & Bar, Japanese Crepe House, Mesa Street Grill, Pelican’s Steak & Seafood, Ruli’s’ International Kitchen, Salma Farah’s Mediterranean Restaurant, Stonewood Modern American Grill, The Garden Restaurant & Bar. Participating dessert establishments are Belle Sucre Bakery, Hillside Coffee & Donut Co. and Sweet Addiction.

Sun City Steam Fest — Ghosts 915 Paranormal Center and Tricky falls hosts the inaugural Steampunk Festival, celebrating a Victorian future that never was, Saturday, Nov. 15, at Tricky Falls, 209 E. El Paso. Performing will be local Steampunk groups The Clockwork Rebellion and Coyotes Fortune. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the event continues until 2 a.m. Costumes encouraged but not required. Admission is free. Information: 694-2317 or
  A kick-off event is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, with a tea social at Ghost 915 Paranormal Research Center, 108 E. San Antonio, and parade at 9 p.m. to The Rock House Gallery and Cafe, 400 W. Overland for a BYOB event with entertainment by guitarist/singer Stovall Vasquez, fire dancers Pasithea Dance Company and rock music from the 1911 Band.
  Saturday activities including costume and prop panels, Tea Dueling, entertainment by M.O.D. Tribal Belly Dance, Big Mike’s Psycho Circus, Pasithea Dance Co. San Elizario Pistoleros and Steampunk shootout, Page of Today and El Paso Cosplay Girls Costume Contest for best Steampunk Costume.
  Live performances at 8 p.m. include Pasithea Dance Company, El Paso Cosplay Girls, premier of “Knight of Your Dreams,” Big Mike’s Psycho Circus Side Show Act, M.O.D. Tribal Belly Dance, pop/punk band Page of Today and A costume contest.

EPCC Literary Fiesta — El Paso Community College’s 6th annual celebration of readers, writers and books is 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the EPCC Administrative Center, Building A, 9050 Viscount, with free workshops open to the public, books and food available for purchase, a Children’s Corner with free books and activities. Sponsored by EPCC Office of the President, Salute to the Arts, and Papagayo Literary Center. Admission is free. Information: 831-4039 or
• 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Discussion on LBGT in literature by author Alicia Gaspar de Alba. An Awards dinner honoring Gaspar de Alba and Tumblewords is 5:45 p.m.
• 3 to 4 p.m.: Decipher the writing process and hear a reading from “Make It/Take It” by Rus Bradburd
• 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.: Children’s theatre with Kids-N-Co.

Las Artistas Art Show and Sale — The 45th annual juried event and one of El Paso’s premier arts and crafts shows is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22-23, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. The show features fine artists and craftspersons showing works in various media. Admission: $5; free for children under 18. Parking is free. Information: 533-7551 or
  Las Artistas began in 1970 when a group of 11 women artists entered a local art show. Since their first professional venture selling art as a group, the close-knit artists have created a captivating show featuring around 100 regional and local artists.
  The show also features the work of emerging artists, students from UTEP’s Metals and Ceramics program, as well as craft demonstrations, a children’s activities tent, live music, and gourmet food from Food Truck Circus.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade — The 77th annual Sun Bowl Parade begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Day), at Montana and Ochoa and proceeds east three miles to Copia. Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana): $5; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office. Information: 533-4416.
  This year’s grand marshal is Nolan Richardson, an El Paso native son whose basketball career spanned playing for legendary coach Don Haskins to himself earning a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame for achievements that included an NCAA Championship for the University of Arkansas.
  The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935, and was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was changed to Thanksgiving Day. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the region.

El Paso Mineral & Gem Club Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 5-7 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission is free. Information: Gem Center USA, 533-715 or

Blessing of Nativities — Sacred Earth Ministry of St. Pius X will host its annual blessing of nativity displays 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at St Pius X Community Center, 1050 N. Clark. Information: Mike, 757-9395.
  The ministry’s patron saint is Saint Francis of Assisi, who is the originator of the first nativities as well as patron saint of animals and the environment.

Harvest & Halloween

Haunted House and Carnival — Northgate Optimist Club and The El Paso Holy Royal Arms Masons Chapter #90 host its inaugural Halloween event 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 30-31, at Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 Skyline with food, games, a Cake Walk and live music Admission: $7 ($5 with a canned good item donation). Information: Alton and Angela Ledesma, 603-8285; Paul Maggitt, 241-6457 or Jennifer Lopez, 820-6175
  Proceeds go to Northgate Optimist Club’s Little League Baseball Division.

Spooky Weekend at the Museum — El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, hosts spooky events during Halloween and Día de los Muertos weekend. Admission each day: $2 age 2 and older (free for museum members). Information: 351-3588.
• Candy, Treasure Hunt, Halloween Crafts, and a Kids and Adult Halloween Contest is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with prizes from Costco, Albertsons and Famous Dave’s.
• A Memory Box workshop by Maria Natividad is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, with Día de Los Muertos Crafts workshop 3 to 4:30 p.m., presented by Michael’s.
  Showing through Nov. 9 are
Altares de Muertos (altars) and Calaveritas (Halloween Poems) Community Exhibit. Admission to the exhibit is free.

City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will have Halloween festivities throughout the city at all 16 recreation centers 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Admission is free. Information/event list: 544-0753.
  A carnival will also be held 3 to 7 p.m. at Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library, 12480 Pebble Hills, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.
  Participating centers:
• Armijo, 700 E. 7th, 544-5436
• Carolina, 563 N. Carolina, 594-8934
• Chihuahuita, 417 Charles, 533-6909
• Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge, 587-1623 • Gary Del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood, 629-7312
• Galatzan, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri, 562-7071
• Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista Del Sol, 855-4147
• Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount, 598-1155
• Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell, 755-7566
• Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia, 533-1611
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 858-1929
• Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana, 751-4945
• Seville, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722
• San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood,779-2799
• Veterans, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.

EPCC Fall Festival — El Paso Community College hosts the family fall festival 6 to 111 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus’s Americana Language Village, 919 Hunter, with jumping balloons, costume contest, carnival rides, food and games, and a magician. Activity bracelets: $15 for all rides (individual ride tickets may be purchased). Information: 831-2096.

Fall Festival — Del Sol Church Northeast, 6815 Angora Loop, hoses its annual safe community family event 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, with games, candy, prizes, live music and food. Admission, food and games are free. Information: 213-4705.

Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Friday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Information: Facebook at Kern Place Association.

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

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

La Union Maze — The 14-acre cornfield maze is open through 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 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. Also open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 (Columbus Day). Cost: $11 ($9 military); $5 for ages 2-5 ($4 military). Group rates available. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips and private parties.
  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:
  Halloween Egg Hunt is Friday, Oct. 31.
  A Bring Your Dog Day is Saturday, Nov. 8.

Trick-or-Treat Off the Street — Bassett Place mall, 6101 Gateway West, hosts its annual safe trick or treat event 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at participating merchants. Alta Vista Optimists will give out candies from Customer Service. Giveaways and costume contests also planned. El Paso Sheriff’s Office’s will provide ID kits and anti-bullying information. All children welcome to participate, admission is free. Information: 772-7479 or
  El Paso Sheriff’s Office Haunted House runs through Oct. 31. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Friday; 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Halloween night. Proceeds benefit their anti-bullying campaign.

KLAQ Haunted House — The 17th annual haunting, “The Maze of Madness,” runs 6 to 11 p.m. through Nov. 1 at 1323 N. Lee Treviño (at I-10 West). There’s only one way to enter and three creepy ways out of this maze. Haunted House not recommended for the easily frightened; children 10 and younger must be accompanied by parents at all times. Gifts to the first 100 people to enter each night. Tickets: $10 Information: 880-4955 or

‘Terror Trail’ and ‘Zombie Adventure’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House opens weekends through Nov. 1. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Hours are 7:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15 Terror Trail; $12 zombie adventure. Combo tickets available. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or

Witches Ball — The ball is 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at El Maida Shrine, 6221 Alabama. Food trucks, music, beer, wine and booth. Costume contests with $1,000 in prize. Tickets are $35, include photo, beer and wine, and costume contest entry. Information: 562-1444, or Facebook.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch opens it inaugural season through 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
  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. Truck Wagons offer food, and shaded picnic areas available under the farm’s pecan trees. An “Old El Paso” offers interactive games that teach about local farming and significant people and events in the area’s history.


Día de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza Oct. 31-Nov. 2, with food, music, stories, dancing and piñatas. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Traditional day of the dead altars will be on display. Altars can be to specific persons, groups of people, a cause, or beloved pets. Vendors will feature handmade Day of the Dead-themed gifts. No political campaigning allowed. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or
  A candlelight procession is 6 p.m. Saturday

Concordia Día de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society celebrate Day of the Dead 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens) with a ghost tour, fortune teller, flower vendors, decorated altars, a scavenger hunt and more. Proceeds go toward the restoration and preservation of Concordia Cemetery. Tickets: $5 ($1 kids and students; $2 seniors 60 and older and military). Information: 274-9531,, or on Facebook at Día De Los Muertos Festival - Concordia Cemetery.
  Guests may “get in the spirit” and come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas.

‘Día de los Muertos Oaxaca — La Mujer Obrera Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas, celebrate Day of the Dead 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, with traditional Oaxacan cuisine, altar exhibits, dancers and music, catrina contest, danza azteca, calavera poems and more. Local produce for sale at the Mayapán Farmers’ Market. Admission is free. Information: 217-1126, or

Mercado de los Muertos — Borderland Fridas will celebrate the lives of loved ones passed with altars, music, food and fabulous vendors selling Día de los Muertos inspired artwork 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at Alamo Ballroom 820 N. Raynor. Members of this inaugural event have been the event coordinators for the Day of the Dead event in Mesilla, and hope to bring this celebration to El Paso. Admission is free. Information: 443-2698 or

Veterans Day

San Elizario Veterans Day Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society hosts its 18th annual patriotic celebration beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, with a parade from San Elizario Cemetery on Thompson Road to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of historic San Elceario Church, with school bands, school clubs and organizations, JROTC, military vehicles and active duty soldiers, vintage car clubs, motorcycle clubs, veteran groups and organizations, floats, and more. A patriotic service follows. Grand Marshal is Alfonso Borrego. Admission is free. Information: 383-8529.
  A Veterans Celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. with presentation of the colors by the San Elizario High School JNROTC, the playing of the National Anthem by the San Elizario High School Eagle Band Pledge of Allegiance, POW-MIA table ceremony, lighting of the candles ceremony, presentation of VIPs, patriotic music, and the honoring five veterans for their service. This year’s honorees are Luz Estrada, Harvey Johnson, Melanie Martinez, Luis Maynez, and Bernie Velasquez.
  Ceremonies conclude with playing of Taps, along with and bagpipe player Julia Gomez performing Amazing Grace.

Mesilla Veterans Day — A ceremony honoring the town’s veterans is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Parque de los Veteranos, Avenida de Mesilla and Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

Veterans Day Gala — El Paso Area Veterans Organizations’ annual Veterans Day Gala dinner is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Centennial Club, 1119 Sgt. E. Churchill, at East Fort Bliss. The celebration will honor veterans from various wars and conflicts. This year’s theme is “Veterans Honoring Veterans.” Dress code is coat and tie for civilians and Army Service Uniform for the military. The public is encouraged to attend. Tickets: $30 ($300 table for 10). Information: 568-4601 or 568-2497.

Southern New Mexico

Renaissance Artsfaire — The 43rd annual event, sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at “Ye Olde” Young Park, intersection of Walnut and Lohman in Las Cruces. Admission: $6 donation (free for children 12 and under). No pets except service animals allowed. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  The event features more than 150 artists and artisans, most of them returning from past years. Original, handcrafted items include jewelry, pottery and ceramics, photographs, leather goods, paintings and drawings, sculpture, toys, musical instruments, textiles and wood.
  Ongoing entertainment is on the Rio Grande Main Stage, The Merry Court of Sherwood Oak, The Middle Eastern Village and The Children’s Realm. World class wines and Fine Grog are available for tasting or purchasing in the Imperial Libation Garden.
  Magellan, the Faire’s dragon and most famous icon, will return to Young Park lake and guard the faire, with new a new design that allows him to turn and raise his head, open his mouth and blow smoke from his nostrils.
  This year a wedding party will joining the Royal Procession on Saturday. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), and Amtgard fight for supremacy on the green. Knights and Ladies stroll the pathways, mixing with squires and peasants alike. The Merry Court of Sherwood Oak and The Royal Court of the Southern Field offer looks into royal life of the period with many activities and performances. The Ratcatcher will fling his airborne rodents and pumpkins. The Children’s Realm includes several games and activities.

Antique Car Show and ‘Run for The Wall’ — The 18th annual Veterans Day Antique & Classic Car Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Center, 992 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Antique and classic vehicles will be on display along with a swap meet and concessions. Trophy Plaques and Dash Plaques will be awarded for People’s Choice and Judge’s Picks. Entry fee for participants is $30; spectator admission is free. Information: (575) 894-4222, or

Christmas Jubilee — The annual Ruidoso shopping extravaganza is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with more than 80 merchants, a food court, holiday music and decor. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Ruidoso Valley Greeters. Admission: $1 (free for active duty military and children under 12). Information: (575) 336-2542, (575) 336-4877 or
  Storytelling and visits with Santa are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference — The annual conference, held for the past 20 years, has been cancelled this year due to scheduling conflicts at its normal venue, but other events are planned for November. Information: (575) 525-1735 or
• Mariachi Sunday Concerts — 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays in the Plaza at historic Old Mesilla. Admission is free. Bring folding chairs or blankets. Pets and alcohol not allowed in plaza. The series ends with a Grand Finale Mariachis y Mas Fiesta noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, with folklorico dancers, vocalists, artisans.
• Mariachi Competition & Mercado
4-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Features mariachi from across the Southwest and Mexico. Admission: $10 ($5 ages 3-12).

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 28-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 22nd annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:15 to 9:30 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.
  The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 2-11 (under 4 free with lap pass). Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or

Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade — The 23rd annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the historic Downtown district. Information: (575) 534-1700.
  The parade begins at the Grant County Courthouse, travels east on Broadway Street and turns north onto Bullard Street. The parade includes motorized floats, wagons or carts, lighted cars and bicycles, walking and other entries.

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

Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 48th annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170.
  Competitions begin at 10 a.m. Friday and noon Saturday including black-eyed peas, beans, ribs, chicken, brisket barbecue, margarita mix-off and more.
  The annual Golf Shoot-out is 10 a.m. Friday.
  Ticket information: (817) 251-1287 or
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 46th annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff is on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua. Admission: $20. Information: (432) 371-2595 or

Alpine Artwalk — Alpine, Texas’s 21st annual Gallery Night events honoring dozens of Big Bend artists Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at more than 25 Alpine studio and gallery locations. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days as well as a silent auction and an “Hecho a Mano” open-air food and art market in Arbolitos Park. Admission is free. Information: Kiowa Gallery, (432) 837-3067 or
  Free live music featured both days on the 5th Street Stage, beginning at 4 p.m. Headliners begin at 10 p.m. Ray Wylie Hubbard performs Friday and The Derailers perform Saturday.
  The Artwalk Parade is noon Saturday.

Bazaars and fairs

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. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. 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.
  Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
  Movie at the Market is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, showing “Food for Change.” Admission is free.
  United Blood Service will be at the market Saturday, Nov. 8.

El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market — The market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Sunday (Nov. 2, Dec. 7) of the month on the corner of Joe Battle and Vista del Sol, featuring handmade items, local artists and other wares, along with live performances by local bands. Information on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.

Blended Nation craft fair – Blended Nation Fellowship, 498 McCombs (at Luna Azul) in Chaparral, will hosts its 6th annual craft fair 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, featuring handmade crafts such as Navajo artwork, jewelry, fine art, various needlework, handmade cajons and flutes, wood and tile work homegrown produce and bakery goods. Door prizes every half hour. Admission is free. Information: 637-1503 or

Blessed Sacrament Arts & Crafts Fair — Blessed Sacrament Rosary Altar Society’s annual fair is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Blessed Sacrament School gymnasium, 9025 Diana, featuring several local vendors and food. Admission is free. Information: Information: 755-7658.

Fall Arts and Craft Fair — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, 131 S. Zaragoza, will host its Christmas fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, with food, music, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free. Information: 859-9848.

Autumn Wine & Art Market — Sunland Winery, located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the fall art market 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14-16. Free wine tasting and live music with a local arts market. Grilled food sold on the patio. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Sunland Winery is north of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. From I-10, take Sunland Park to Futurity, turn right, then left of Trifecta and right on Victory. Look for the red umbrellas.
  Artists/vendors include Candy Mayer, Melinda Etzold, Nina Eaton, Lisa Williams, Deana Hicks Pottery and more.

St. Paul’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar — The St. Paul’s Methodist Women’s annual fall bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with arts, crafts, bake booth, commercial vendors and more. Proceeds benefit various charities. Admission is free. Information: 772-2734.
  A preview event hosted by Vista Hills Optimist Club is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, with art show, vendor preview, silent auction, dessert party and entertainment. Ticket sales and auction proceeds benefit the club’s youth and community projects. Tickets: $5.

Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club will host the annual bazaar Nov. 15-16 at the Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717 Marshall (at Hahn). The bazaar features more than 100 vendors from throughout the Southwest offering arts, crafts. Various military units will sell food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $1. Information: 309-0970 or 590-7202.

Native American Market — The inaugural event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla, with Native American dancers, Indian tacos and fry bread, 5K Fun Run in the Park, pottery and other demonstrations, a vetted Native American craft sale and silent auction. Presented by Friends of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park in collaboration with the Native American Business Student Association.
  Park entry fee: $5 per vehicle; market admission is free with park entrance. Information: (575) 523-4398.

Open House and Arts and Crafts Fair — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Weight Room Open House and arts and craft fair 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem. Events are free and open to the public. Information: 821-8909.
  Vendor space for craft fair available for $5.

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15-16, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

Mission Trail Art Market — The final monthly market this season is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 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. Information: 851-0093 or

Las Cruces Potters’ Guild show — The group’s 34th annual holiday art show and sale is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at the Las Cruces Association of Realtors, 150 E. Idaho (between El Paseo and Main) in Las Cruces. Local artists will sell art and gift items. Admission is free. Information: (575) 525-3467 or

German Advents-Bazaar — The annual “Christkindlmarket” arts and crafts festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Building 757 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss. Admission is free. Information: 568-0259, 568-4824 or
  The traditional German Christmas fair features numerous vendors selling handmade products ranging from decorations, handmade greeting cards, quilts to woodcraft products. German Bratwurst, smoked fish, German beer and Glühwein will be sold, as well as German coffee, cakes, pastries and cookies.
  All proceeds go towards social projects on both sides of the border through the German Air Force’s charity organization “Aid for the Needy.”

Grace Life Holiday Fair — Grace Life Church, 851 Thorn, hosts its holiday craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, with a variety of handmade items and gifts, a Heavenly Treats Bakery, food, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, chair massages, photo booth and an antique car show. Admission is free. Information: 755-6128 or

Holiday’s Arts and Crafts Fair — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts the arts and craft fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Galatzan Recreation Center, 650 Madrid, with entertainment by Little Darlings Dance Group, New Generation and Gold Generation Dance and Ballet Folklorico Cuauhtli. Admission is free. Information: Carlos Apodaca or Wright Stanton IV, 581-5182.
  Vendor booths available for $5; $45 for commercial vendors.

Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts and artisans and show noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. The Nov. 29 event is a Holiday Craft Show. Information: 533-8890 or

UU Holiday Bazaar — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its annual bazaar and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, with music food, handcrafted items, jewelry, toys, books, Christmas decorations and more. Information: 584-7823 or

Calvary Chapel Craft Fair — Calvary Chapel of El Paso, 1771 Zaragoza hosts a craft fair 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Admission is free. Information: 855-4565.

Tennis West Holiday Fair — Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club, One Tennis West Lane (off Westside Drive) hosts its holiday fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with food, clothing, jewelry, art and music. Admission is free. Information: 581-5471 or

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.

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. every first and third Sunday of the month. Information: (575) 882-7632 or

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

Something for everyone

Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Special hours Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Information: 772-7479 or
• Sheriff’s Office Haunted House is 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Friday, Oct. 31.
• Trick or Treat Off The Streets is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Participating stores will give out candy for children from in front of Customer Service, as well as giveaways, prices, costume contests and more.
• UTEP Lions Club White Cane Day is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, between Zales and Victoria’s Secret.
• El Paso Modeler’s Veterans Day Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, with their Homage to the Troops display in front of Kohl’s.           
• Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Bell Ringing Kickoff is 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14.
• Wake Up Santa celebration is noon Saturday, Nov. 15, in front of Conn’s. Featuring Kids N Co., Christmas Karaoke, Dance Party and an appearance by Mrs. Claus and The Grinch.
• El Paso Times HealthyU medical expo is 10 Saturday, Nov. 22, in the common area with health screening, mini massages, entertainment, prizes and more.
• Roving Red’s Salvation Army Kettle Decoration Contest is Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29.

Healthier Relationships Fair — El Paso Community College’s second biannual fair through 10 to 11:30 a.m. through Oct. 31, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Room b240, with different topics each day Topics presents by Center Against Family. Violence. Information:
Oct. 29: Sexual Assault, with Idalhi Huizar of CAFV.
Oct. 30: How Your Past May Affect Your Relationships, with Angela Nunez and Chuck Harre of Two Love One.
Oct. 31: Thinking Errors and Relationships, with Elizabeth Duran of CAFV.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of Dr. Henry J. Casso, Mario Colin, Johnny Estrada, Dr. Yolanda Ingle, Dr. Joe Mendoza, Jose Montoya, Dr. Julius Rivera and Santiago L. Rodriguez. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or
  Día de los Muertos Altars will be displayed Oct. 31-Nov. 8, on the third floor of the UTEP Library.
  A Día de Los Muertos Festival is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Undergraduate Learning Center, with dancing, altars, sugar skull decorating, virtual alter demos from the Smithsonian Museum of American India, a Meso-American Ball Tournament and more.
  “Songs of Trafficking and Violence: A History of US-Mexico Border Ballads” by Dr. Juan Carlos Ramírez-Pimienta from the San Diego State University- Imperial Valley Campus is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Rubin Center.

Aim High Conference — Latinitas host the conference encouraging pre-teen and teen girls to dream big by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers.
Pre-registration is required. RSVP at Information: 219-8554.

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, or
  The Aim High Conference is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Admission is free.
  Mujeres Making a Difference Awards team is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact the greater El Paso area.
  Volunteers are being sought in the for the following:
• Girl Power Academy teen leaders to mentor younger girls.
• Girl Empowerment Team volunteer leaders.

Morning Yoga on the Promenade — The Fountains at Farah Promenade Amphitheater host a free yoga class 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, courtesy of Casa de Yoga Studio. Guests are encouraged to bring mats. Water provided while it lasts, and a lululemon athletica trunk show to follow session. One month of unlimited yoga will be raffled. Information: 225-3600, or

Model railroad open house — The Railroad Model and Historical Association of El Paso will sponsor its 65th annual open house 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday in November at 6335 Vaughn Court (between Delta and Alameda, just west of Ascarate), with more than 1,000 square feet of colorful model trains representing American and Mexican railroads from the age of steam to modern diesels. One train is fitted with a cab-mounted video camera to see the journey from the “engineers seat.” Trains include O gauge with smoke and whistles, HO gauge passenger and freight trains, and N scale (postage stamp trains) navigating around mountain peaks and river. Admission is free. Information: 500-9347 or on Facebook at ModelRailroadersofElPaso.

Sun City Rodders — The car club hosts an Old Car Parts Swap Meet and Show and Shine car show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month (Nov. 2, Dec. 7) at Firestone Auto Center parking lot, 10780 Pebble Hills. No fee for vendors, but only car-related items are allowed for sale. Set up begins at 8 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 503-7244.
  The club also hosts a cruise night 6 to 9 p.m. the third Friday of the month (Nov. 21, Dec. 19), starting at Wendy’s restaurant, 9150 Viscount. All car enthusiasts are invited.

Stained Glass & Mosaic Workshops — The workshops for beginners, intermediate or advanced students led by Luisa Arias are 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Nov. 3-24, at Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M. Fee: $20 per workshop $60 for all four (includes materials and access to basic tools). Students may bring personal items to incorporate into mosaic and stained glass project. Information: (575) 882-5556. Online registration at
  The first project will be Christmas ornaments and crafts; learn to do every technique used to make ornaments.

‘Sri Lanka, A Travelogue’ — Debbie Hands will co-present “Photographing Sri Lanka” with Nirmal Khandan and Frank Gomez 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main in Las Cruces, featuring photos taken by the group during their trip in July 2013. The presentation will cover various aspects of the trip, including Street Life and People, Shrines and Temples, Water and Land, and On Safari. Hosted by Doña Ana Photography Club. Admission is free. Information: (575) 522-1691 or

SW Women’s Leadership Institute — The 3rd annual institute hosted by Positive Directions is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Cost: $199. Early bird discount offered through Oct. 24. Information: 838-1000 or
  This year’s speakers are bestselling author Peggy Klaus on “BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It,” Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on “The Courage to Soar,” speaker, author and human development expert Lois Barth on “Stress Less...Sparkle More” and motivational speaker Aliana Apodaca on “The Resilience to Succeed.”

‘Understanding Man’s Spiritual Nature’ — A lecture by Christian Science Board of Lectureship member Ricardo Saldivar is 1 p.m. (in Spanish) and 3:30 p.m. (in English), Saturday, Nov. 8, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 2800 San Diego (off Piedras). Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 562-3181.

Videography Tour and Workshop — Chamizal volunteer Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, an experienced filmmaker, will host a videography tour of the park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and 22. Get to know points of interest in the park and learn how to better capture the experience in video format. All ages and camera types welcome. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

Trinity Health Coaching — Trinity health Coaching, 4855 N. Mesa, hosts two free events in November. Information: 861-6758 or
• An Anti-Aging and “pre-disease” public seminar is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Dr. Patty Crocker shares her knowledge as a board certified Anti-Aging Medicine physician. Physicians trained in anti-aging medicine focus on prevention and early markers, what is known as “pre-disease.” Reservations required.
• The quarterly Health Diagnostic Fair is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, with free checks for oxygen levels, muscle mass, bone mass, pulse, BP, visceral fat (the fat around internal organs), hydration, metabolic age and more. Come “fasting” for best blood sugar reading. No vendors permitted.

‘Stem-U-Lation: Left and Right Brain’ Program — The El Paso Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, invites students in grades 6 to 9 to apply to participate in an introduction to studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) December 2014 to September 2015. Twenty scholarships are available for the program, which includes monthly interactive workshops and trips. Deadline for applications is Nov. 14. Participation is free. Information: Ms. Walton, 238-8936 or Ms. Lee, 861-1745. Web:
  The program’s goal is to encourage students to take science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in high school to prepare them for post-secondary education in STEM areas of study.

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 (Nov. 15). 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

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).
Nov. 5: Parents and Reversing Roles
Dec. 3: When to Seek a Specialist and the Role of a PCP in your “care coordination.”

Compassionate Thanksgiving — Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts its annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Sunland Park Holiday Inn, 900 Sunland Park Drive. Guest speaker is Victoria Moran on “How I Learned to Bypass the Drive-Thru and Be Thankful for Leafy Greens.” Meet and greet at 6 p.m. Cost (by Nov. 11): $20; $18 VSEP members and full-time students with valid ID; $10 age 12 and younger children). Cost after deadline and at the door (if space available) is $25. Information/reservations: 799-0349 or Credit card or PayPal reservations at
  Moran is a vegan of 30 years and author of 12 books including “Fit from Within,” “The Love Powered Diet,” and “Main Street Vegan.” She holds the T. Colin Campbell Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition and is Director of Main Street Vegan Academy.

Neighborhood Craft Beer Tour — DnJs Productions hosts a the tour featuring 6 west side bars starting 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 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 a Downtown walking tour in December. A neighborhood craft beer tour of Tucson, Ariz. is also being planned.

Women’s Self Defense Class — El Paso Karate Academy, 10710 Gateway North, hosts free self-defense workshops to help women learn easy techniques to defend themselves in the case of an attack 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. Students will practice on a live person wearing a padded suit. Information, reservations: 822-8818 or

Wine and Canine — Sunland Winery, 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. welcomes well behaved dogs on leash with their owners 2 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Food and music offered; $1 for every drink purchased will go toward El Paso Humane Society Information: (575) 589-1214. or

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), or on Facebook.
  A Nutrition and Exercise Class with professional nutrition counselor Vicki Mihalyov is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Nov. 17. Class includes a 30-minute walk or exercise session and 90 minutes of nutrition facts and healthy cooking ideas. Cost for six sessions: $2.50 by Oct. 13; $5 after; includes a take-home grocery bag of vegetables and ingredients for a dish with a recipe, and a refillable water bottle. Information/registration at the cafe or at 525-0958.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
  The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area offers training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays .
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe.

‘Ten Steps to Creating Balanced Blood Sugar’ — The interactive talk and presentation on the causes of unstable blood sugar, is 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Doris Van Doren Regional Library, 551 Redd, with ten steps to take to prevent imbalances and create steady energy. Learn how to burn fat instead of sugar. Presented by Integrative Healing Works. Admission is free. Information: (602) 670-4648 or

The Fountains at Farah Holiday events — The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, hosts several events during the holiday season. Free parking accessible to all events. Information:
• The Ice Pond skating rink is open 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21-Dec. 21; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Check website for rates.
  Special holiday rink hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 28; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday, Nov. 29.
• Lighting of the Tree at the Fountains at Farah is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Santa and Mrs. Claus will use their magic to light the giant tree in the Promenade of the Fountains. The Frozen princesses will also be there to sing Christmas songs followed by story time with Santa. Admission is free.

ECCM Conference — The annual ECCM conference, “The Kingdom Come: Let The Heavens Break Forth” is Nov. 21-23, at Christian Joy Center, 1208 Sumac. Guest speakers are Bishop Joseph Garlington at 7 p.m. Friday, Dr. Mark Hanby at 7 p.m. Saturday and Dr. William Roberts at 10 a.m. Sunday. Registration: 595-1307 or
  A Conference Kick off and Prophetic Utterances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.
  Workshops and power luncheons planned with Anneshia Freeman with “The Locksmith,” and Dr. Mikel Brown and Tish Times with “Heaven’s Intervention in Business for Wealth Creation.”

Manicure, Martinis & Music — The evening of pampering with Westend Hair Salon is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. The evening includes a mini manicure, select martini and music by DJ Julio. Information: (575) 589-0653 or

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

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
  October’s tours are “Research for the Future.”

Business Chica Conference — Latinitas hosts the leadership conference for girls age 10-17 Saturday, Dec. 6, at Southwest University, 1414 Geronimo. Girls connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Cost: $10 Information: 219-8554 or Online tickets available at
  Participants will work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign.

After School Fall Program — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 2014-2015 After School Program continues through the school year at local recreation centers and selected EPISD and YISD elementary schools throughout the city. The program runs from school dismissal time to 6 p.m. and is open to age 6-12. Cost: $5 per week per child at public school sites; free at recreation centers. Information/list of centers: 544-0753. Register online at
  The After School Program at Recreation Centers is now called “Connect” and is free to participants and is tailored to be a drop in activity for children at the same age level.

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 Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-8897.

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

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,

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

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

Knitting for Soldiers — Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.

LCGamers — Games of all ages interested in board games, card games and other table top games are invited to weekly game demonstrations at Zia Comics and Gaming, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1 in Las Cruces. Call for schedule: (575) 405-0461 or

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization at 810 Gato Road hosts several monthly events for the community. Small donation requested for the maintenance of the center. Information: 231-0066 or
• Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Hema, 540-3691.
• Aura Cleansing: 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Hema, 540-3691.
• Pranic Healing Clinic: 3 to 6 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Linda, (575) 649-8081.
• Vegetarian Cooking Class: 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Sobha, 231-0066
• Full Moon Meditation: 7:30 p.m., night of the full moon. Lynn, 449-0619.
• Book Club: 2 to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of the month. Christine, (575) 639-4664.
• Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group: 6 to 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Sobha, 231-0066.
• Family Movie Night: 7:15 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month. Lynn, 449-0619.

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

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:

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
  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.

For a good cause

Fiesta Fronteriza — Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project hosts its 8th annual event 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso, celebrating and honoring individuals striving for human rights in the community. Cost: $55 in advance; $65 day of event. Information: 532-3799 or
  Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project provides free legal assistance to low-income West Texas residents and advocacy for racial, social, and economic justice.
  Keynote speaker is Rev. James Morrison Lawson, Jr., an American activist and university professor. As a leading theoretician and tactician of non-violence within the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

‘Día De Los Muertos’ Spotlight — Border Aids Partnership hosts its annual fundraiser 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, with a silent auction, themed art contest, live entertainment, food and cocktails. Dress is casual. Admission: $10 at the door. Information: 533-4020 or

Silhouette Civic & Social Club Black and White Ball — The club’s annual fundraising event is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 1, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, to raise funds for scholarships to El Paso high school seniors. Gourmet meal served. Attire is formal black-and-white or military dress. Cost: $40. Information: 252-0557 or 253-4547.

El Paso Toy Run — El Paso Motorcycle Coalition’s 32nd annual toy run parade is 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, beginning at International Truck Driving School, 141 Quinella in Sunland Park and ending at Cohen Stadium for toy drop-off. Registration is at 11 a.m.; parade leaves at 11:15 a.m. to Cohen Stadium. All proceeds benefit the underprivileged children of El Paso County and its surrounding area. Entry: $10 plus a new toy donation ($5 or more value). Children under 10 admitted free with a new toy donation of $5 value or more. Information: 494-4881, 740-9991 or
  The ride departs the school and proceeds on Doniphan to Talbot and up and over Transmountain to Cohen Stadium where they will drop off their toys and enjoy food, door prizes, music by local bands and more. Non-riders welcome; participants do not need to own a motorcycle.

‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs Nov. 3-Dec. 14. New blankets, twin size or larger will be collected during “blanket Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information/additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or

‘Gather Together’ Food Drive — State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez host the 2nd annual canned food drive Nov. 5-19. Donations may be dropped off at 11200 Santos Sanchez, Building A, in Socorro, Texas. Last year, more than 2,500 were distributed to local food banks via the drive. Information: Joshua Carter, 790-2299 or

Border Heroes Award Dinner — Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center will host its annual event 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills. Tickets: $100 ($175 couples). Information/RSVP: 544-5126 or
  Honorees include Dr. Josiah Heyman; director of the Center of Inter-American and Border Studies at UTEP; and Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico.

Boogie for Babies — Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Iota Zeta Chapter hosts the “old school” costume dance benefiting the Stork’s Nest Program 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Centennial Building, 11199 East Fort Bliss, in observance of November as Prematurity Awareness Month. Dress in costume from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Admission: $30; VIP tables available. Information: 238-8936, 751-0808, or on Facebook at Stork’s Nest.
  Stork’s Nest Program, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and March of Dimes have collaborated to form a local Prenatal Incentive Education Program for pregnant women to receive free prenatal education as a preventative measure from birth defects and premature births. Women attending the classes also receive free baby items.

Deepak Chopra — University Medical Center Foundation presents the alternative medicine advocate, author, speaker and physician 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, as part of its Health and Wellness Speaker Series. Tickets: $25, $50 and $75 (limited availability). Special guest tickets: $100; include free book and signing after event. VIP tickets are $250; include reception at 6 p.m. with free book, personally signed, and informational photo (Ticketmaster). Information: 521-7229, ext. 3087.
  Chopra has more than 25 books translated in more than 35 languages, including 21 New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories, Chopra. A member of several respected and prominent medical associations, Time Magazine selected Chopra as one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 115th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala featuring world class entertainment by the Pink Flamingos at 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 21, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100. Dress is formal cocktail attire. Table sponsorships available. Information/RSVP: 534-0530. Online registration at

‘Toys For Kids’ Parade — The Las Cruces Motorcyclists’34th annual toy drive parade begins at noon Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Mesilla Valley Mall and ending at the Las Cruces Convention Center at the corner of University and El Paseo. Toys will be given to children in the Tresco Tots Program. Registration is 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Mesilla Valley Mall.
  Bike show, live music, door prizes, grand prize drawing, raffles, a silent auction, vendors and more follow at Convention Center. Fee: $10, plus $7 or more new toy donation (fee includes meal and two beverages). Information/registration: (575) 527-7552, (575) 523-1061, (575) 527-4930 or
  Non-participants may donated toys at Tresco Tots, 2325 E. Nevada or Wheelsport, 105 Hanks through Nov. 23.

‘Treasures of the Southwest,” Charity Art Auction — Open Arms Community hosts its charity auction 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Pius X Hall, 1050 North Clark, featuring a live Art Auction, silent auction, music, and delicious refreshments, as well as sale tables of collectibles and gift items. Music provided by The 7th Avenue Band. Admission is free. Information: 595-0589 or
  Funds raised will benefit the Open Arms/Centro Santa Fe Food Bank and Help for the Poor.
  Some of the well-known local artists represented include Alberto Escamilla, Bert Saldaña, R.J. Williams, Patricia Renteria, Al Borrego, Manuel Alvarado, Hal Marcus, Candy Meyer and Krystyna Robbins.
  Founded in 1972 as a small prayer group, Open Arms includes many different forms of service to individuals and groups in the El Paso area including a food bank, distribution center for clothes, household goods, and emergency help for families in economic crisis, weekly prayer meetings in English and Spanish and more.

Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. The purpose is to helps prevent cold weather and carbon monoxide emergencies in the El Paso area. Recommendations for those in need of blankets are also being taken. Information, locations:
  Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.

Hispanic Chamber Fiesta and Piñata Bash — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Fiesta Celebration is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Drive. Events include the presentation of chamber awards, dinner and tequila toast, mariachi and Latin jazz music and gifts. Tickets: $85 ($75 members). Tables: $1,500 ($1,250 members). The Piñata Bash features thousands of dollars in prizes Information/RSVP: 566-4066 or
  Keynote speaker is Billy Beane, Oakland A’s general manager. Beane will talk about his innovative, winning approach to management, which was the basis of the movie “Moneyball.”

Kelly Squashes Hunger — Kelly Memorial Food Pantry, 1140 St. Vrain, hosts a fundraising evening of food and music 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Local chef’s compete for best dish using winter squash, and children’s activities and alternative holiday gift cards will be available. Cost: $25 ($50 household). Information: (pantry) 533-2674 or (Jeannine Kennedy) 525-5254.
  The Food Pantry, staffed entirely by volunteers, provides food to more than 14,000 food insecure El Paso County residents every month after paying food delivery costs of more than $5,000 each month to food bank.

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

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.

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 a.m. Fridays (except holiday weekends) at the Religious Activities Center, Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies. Child care provided free of charge. This year’s theme is “Works of Mercy.” Information:
  The group’s annual “Ladies’ Night Out” is Friday, Nov. 14, at the Center. Contact CWOC for details.

Fort Bliss Bow & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or
  Turkey shoot begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Games include Annie Oakley, quail walk, five-stand and more, using .22 caliber and shotgun. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Information: 568-2983 or 565-4867.

Fort Bliss Yard Sale — The semi-annual post-wide yard sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at all housing units on the all on-post housing area. The sale is free and open to the public, but only DoD cardholders are allowed to sell items. Information: 568-6741.

Fort Bliss Thanksgiving Brunch — Fort Bliss will host its annual brunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Centennial Club. Cost: $20.95; $10.50 for children 5-10; free for ages 4 and younger). Reservations required, as seating is limited. Information/reservations: 744-8427.

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

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

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

Club news

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 355-4598 (Spanish), or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  L’Alliance Française celebrates its 50th anniversary (1964-2014) Saturday, Nov. 1, with an appearance by Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston. Festivities will start with a guided tour of the “Renoir to Remington” exhibit 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Paso Museum of Art. Cocktail and lunch will follow at 11:45 a.m. at the Dome Restaurant in the Camino Real Hotel.
  The annual French teacher training is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, sponsored by AFEP, the UTEP French Department) and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in the United States. This year the topic is “Discovering French Media” led in French by Master French teacher, Elsa Santamaria. CLEMI CPE credits available if 6-hour workshop is completed. Registration required: 585-1789 or

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, or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Nov. 1: Renaissance Artsfaire
• Saturday, Nov. 8: Dinner and a movie
• Friday, Nov. 14: “Ritmos Nortenos” performance
• Saturday, Nov. 22: Dinner and UTEP basketball
• Friday, Nov. 28: House Party.

Woodworkers Club of El Paso — The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.4, 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, Nov. 6, 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 (Nov. 6) 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.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978 as a social, educational and civic organization, is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information:
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon. No RSVP necessary. Information: 494-8272 or 587-8641.
  The November gala luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Guest speaker is Paul Whittler, Director of Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home. Cost: $20. Reservations required: 584-8540.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or
  IONS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.

Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) — The organization for photographers of all skill levels and ages meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 8, 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.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Underwood Golf Clubhouse on Fort Bliss. There will be presentation on National Security. Guest are encouraged to arrive early. Information 755-4038.

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

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

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, (Nov. 1, Dec. 6) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information:
  No general meeting is planned for November. The annual Christmas party is Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Reservations: 584-3126.

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

Bohemian Chess Club — The club meets 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday in November and December at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 824 N. Piedras. People of all ages and skill levels meet to play, discuss and learn chess. 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

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

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

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

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

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

Area attractions

Wyler Aerial Tramway — 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: 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.
• Urban biologist Lois Balin will give a free presentation “The Future of Wildlife in Texas,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.
• Recycling Day at the Tramway is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, with exhibitors and recycled crafts.
  Appropriate clothing water, and hiking stick recommended for free hikes meet in the park’s parking lot:
• Thanksgiving Hike is 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28.
• The monthly Last Sunday hike is 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

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

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. 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
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  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,
  Native American Dances are performed 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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

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

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  La Viña Farmer’s and Crafters’ Market features local food producers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month.

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.
  Wine and Canine is 2 to 7 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of every month, with food and music. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcomed. One dollar from each drink purchased with go to the Humane Society of El Paso.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Telon de Arena — Theater and cafe is at Cayetano López #566 Col. Partido La Fuente. Information: 6119545,
 The theatre company presents “Cain” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Admission is 100 pesos (60 pesos students and teachers).

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Halloween Party and Terror Zone is at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Admission: 95 pesos.
• “Secretos de prosperidad” lecture by  Edmundo Velazco is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Admission: 550 pesos.

Fiesta Juárez — Expo Juárez returns through Nov. 2 after six years with a new name and new location in Parque Extremo along Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar (across from Plaza de la Mexicanidad). Hours are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays and until 2 p.m. weekends. Admission is 50 pesos for adults, free for children; includes rides.
  The mega-fair includes over 200 artisan and food booths, 30 amusement rides, a rodeo, petting zoo, music and other entertainment.
  Top headliners include Vicente Fernandez Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Tickets range from 500 to 1,900 pesos.
  “El Teatro Mata” directed by Pilo Galindo, is at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Free with fair admission.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at, and the center's box office.
• 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3: Orquesta Sinfonica Esperanza Azteca. Admission: 140 pesos.
• 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5: “A la orilla del rio,” comedy by Woody Allen with Kuno Becker, Erick Elias and Marimar Vega. Admission: 200 to 550 pesos.
• 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12: Amalia Hernandez Folkloric Ballet. Admission: 400, 600 and 800 pesos.
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15: The opera “Carmen” broadcast live from the New York Met.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15: University Simphonic Orchestra.

Centro Cultural Barrio Alto — Santos Degollado 1039 sur (10 blocks from former City Hall). Erotic Tricicle, a multidisciplinary art event on love through art, is at 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8. Features painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, ceramics, lectures, music, dance, poetry and other performance art.

El Rincon De Ana Lucia — The café-gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building). An opening reception is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, for a collective exhibit by painters Geo Gamez, Camis Villagran and Maribel Sanchez. Cocktails served. Free and open to the public.

ICSA — Abraham Chavez Room, Heroico Colegio Militar Ave. at University Ave. A panel discussion on the cultural politics of Juárez is at 6 p.m.  Thursday, Nov. 6. Free and open to the public.

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information:, or Facebook.
• ”Querido Serapio”  a revolutionary era theater by writer/director Pilo Galindo, is present at 7 p.m. each Thursday (Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27) in November. Admission is free.
• Oscar Martinez, renowned borderland historian, speaks on “El Patrimonio en la Region Fronteriza,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Free admission.
  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.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). French movies with Spanish subtitles are shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 and 21. Admission is free.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at
• Saturday, Nov. 8: XPilots World Freestyle Motocross, Tickets are 250, 300 and 800 pesos. Information:
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18: Megastar Ricky Martin. Tickets are 750, 1400, 2300 and 2900 pesos.
  The one-time member of Menudo achieved worldwide fame with his hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” With over 85 million albums sold and nearly 100 platinum records, 11 No. 1 songs and six Grammys, Martin is considered the catalyst for bringing Latin pop into the U.S. mainstream.

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.
 “Uncensored Male Dancers” with Jorge Aravena, Fernando Carrillo and William Levy among other is at 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. Admssion: 40, 700, 900 and 1,100 pesos (

Christmas Pastorela — Amigos de la Fundación Mascareñas hosts the the Mexican Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Cd. Juarez. Pastorelas describe the journey followed by Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary prior to her giving birth to the Lord Jesus. The event includes religious processions and choral singing accompanied by the Ballet de México de Amalia Hernández. Tickets: $65 main floor, $50 first balcony, and $35 second. Information: (011-52-656) 612-4075 or
  A cast of about 70 actors and actresses include the nativity characters, choral groups, folkloric dancers and mariachis.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona. The rock group “La Castañeda” performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Tickets are 135, 200 and 400 pesos (

Moroccos - Inside Jardines Carta Blanca, Reforma at Peru. Big Noize concert is at   8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, featuring Hard Rock Classics with Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Phil Soussan (Vince Neil) and Vinni Appice (Black Sabbath). Tickets are 250 and 500 pesos.

The Grunge — Inside Pete’s Bowling, Hermanos Escobar Av 6665 near Heroico Colegio Militar Av. Fundraiser shows featuring local rock bands are 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and 29. Admission is 40 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda.
• 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18: Theatre performance of “Mas ca ... que bonitas,” a comic fairy tale with Valeria Vera, Gina Varela and Wendoleen. Tickets: 250 and 350 pesos.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26: “El lado facil de la gente dificil,” lecture by motivational speaker Cesar Lozano. Tickets: 200, 300 and 400 pesos.

Day of the Revolution — The day of Nov. 20 is celebrated as the day when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, led by Francisco Madero against the forces of the entrenched dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Madero had his base of operations in Juárez during the revolution, and assumed the presidency in May 1911 after Diaz resigned.

Soriana Iglesias Mall — Lopez mateos Av at Casas Grandes Highway. Expo Anime Frontier is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23. Booths, shows, games, contests and tournaments
with Wanda, Kimera and Eduardo Garcia, the voice behind several anime TV series. Admission is free. Information: 045 656 554 0207 (Berenice Martinez),

Teatro de la Nacion — Costa rica street at 20 de noviembre.  “Los Mismo del Mimo,” starring mime German de Santiago, is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Admission is 50 pesos.

Tequilas Discoteque — Pronaf Zone, next to Centro Cultural de la Ciudad (star-shape building. A grand reopening is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, with Tierra Sagrada band.

Tecnologico de Monterrey — Tomas Fernandez Boulevard and Av. de las Industrias, Campos Eliseos zone inside Bermudez Industrial Park.
  “La Conve” anime show is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, at several locations inside the campus. Special guests include Christina Dark, Hallyu Dance, Lalo Varela, Paula Monroy, Meagan Marie and others. Doors open at 11 a.m.

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. The event also features live rock bands and urban artist shows.

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 all month: “Jornada Mogollon,” an exhibit of photographs and artifacts.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
  Showing all month: “Encuentros,” a major exhibition by top Juárez artists.

Nuvo — Plaza San Luis, Ejercito Nacional at Francisco Villarreal. Fitness Model 2014 begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Presented by Pepe Cervantes, owner of Academia Cervantes.

Arts and culture on radio — Three weekly shows highlight various aspects of the arts in Juárez:
• Por Amor al Arte hosted by Hogla Lizeth Olivas, 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM
• Radio Cultural Milenio, hosted by Alfredo “The Duck” Quiñones  at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on 640 AM.
• Juarez en la Frontera, 2-3 p.m. Sundays, 1490 AM.

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). 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or

— Juárez correspondent Walter Schaefer
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