January 2015

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
For other monthly categories, click here.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church programs
Let there be lights
Southern New Mexico

New Year's Eve
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive — The 15th annual citywide effort to restock area food pantries runs Jan. 5-19, with several organizations participating. Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at various locations throughout town. The food will then be collected, sorted and distributed among agencies serving the less fortunate including the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, El Paso Rescue Mission and others. Information: 543-5468.
  Collection bins will be located at Big 8 food stores, City Hall One Stop Shop (300 N. Campbell), County Courthouse, El Paso Juvenile Justice Center, Public Libraries, Wal-mart Stores and Neighborhood Markets.

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

Sun City on Tap — Townsquare Media hosts the beer festival and tasting event featuring more than 100 beers from more than 50 craft breweries from throughout the world 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Venue at Southwest University. Admission: $20; cost includes eight beer sample tickets; souvenir sampling glass and live music. Additional samples available for purchase. Information americaontap.com.
  Participants must be 21 or older; designated driver admission is $10 at the door.

Days of Remembrance Bridal, Quince & Sweet 16 Fair — The 25th annual event is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, presented by Elegant Penguin Productions. The event consists of wedding gowns, quince and sweet 16 dresses, ballrooms, photographers, tuxedos, florists, jewelers, skincare, eye care and more. Samples and giveaways offered. Special guest is WE TV’s wedding guru, David Tutera, showcasing his new spring line of gowns and his book. Admission: $5; limited VIP tickets available for $35. Information: 740-4349 or bridalquince.com. Admission fees benefit the El Paso Child Crisis Center.
  The fair will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala event 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 17, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. See separate listing.

Home Show — The event is Jan. 23-25 at the El Paso County Coliseum. The show features booths providing exhibits, demonstrations, and more. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5.95; free for ages 12 and younger). Information: 1-800-756-4788, ext. 46 or HomeShowElPaso.com.

A Chocolate Affair — KISS-FM hosts its 4th annual evening of chocolate delicacies 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Fountains at Farah, with samples from area chocolate vendors. Tickets: $$10-$20 (includes samples); available online at holdmyticket.com.
  New this year is the Chocolate Liqueur Lounge for ages 21 and older.

Southern New Mexico

Murder Mystery Weekend — The Lodge in Cloudcroft, 601 Corona Place, hosts its fall mystery weekend Friday through Sunday, Jan. 23-25, with buffets, champagne reception, gifts and prizes. Information/reservations: (575) 682-2566, 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.

Las Cruces Anime Days — El Paso Anime Coalition hosts the 6th annual anime convention, Chibi Edition, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at NMSU’s Corbett Center Student Union. Information/preregistration: lascrucesanimedays.org.

Las Cruces Bridal Showcase — Helping Hands Event Planning hosts its bridal and special event show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Free admission with donation of gently used prom dress for the Cinderella Prom Dress Project. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lascrucesbridalshowcase.com.

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.


Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2014 Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a four-course Dinner, live performance by Jessica Flores & Cross Town, DJ Julio and party favors, with a midnight champagne toast. Festive dinner attire. Tickets: $95. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with live music by Rhapsody Band. Cost: $30 ($50 couples); includes champagne, party favors and drink set ups. BYOB. Information: 562-1444.

Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band is featured at the Wednesday, Dec. 31 dance, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost is $75 per couple, which includes party favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and posole. Information: 598-4220.

Hilton Garden Inn New Year’s Gala — The hotel, 6650 Gateway East, hosts a Masquerade Ball New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Dinner, Dance and Stay package is $229 for two, and includes a 5-course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, overnight stay (with late checkout at 2 p.m.) and a cook-to-order breakfast for two. Information, reservations: 772-4722.

New Year’s Eve Party-Tango — Paso del Norte Tango Club, 111 Rio Flor, hosts its New Year’s party and dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with Argentine Tango, Latin and Ballroom dance, buffet dinner and a midnight champagne toast to 2015. Admission: $25 per person. Information: 227-8953, 422-3338 or pasodelnortetangoclub.com.

‘Rio’ — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, with entertainment by the Pink Flamingo Group. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner served at 8 p.m. Midnight countdown celebration follows entertainment. Tickets: $125 (Ticketmaster). Information: (800) 545-9011 or (575) 464-7090.

New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft will host its New Year’s Eve events, “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a Children’s New Year’s Eve pizza and slumber party at 7 p.m. the Lodge Trestle, and adult party 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations/cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.


West Texas


Bazaars and Fairs

El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market — The market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Sunday (Jan. 4) 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.

Holiday Hair Art Sale — The art show is on display through Jan. 6 at Mark Alan Salon & Gallery, 5700 N. Mesa. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. Information: 588-5618 or 585-1300.
  The art show/sale features painting, drawing, ceramics and photography by Christina Huber, Candie Printz and Beverly Widener.

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.
  Celebrate Hot Tea Month with a healthy tea workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, hosted by April Benson.
  Beer Can Appreciation Day is Saturday, Jan. 24, with beer samplings.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.

Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts an artisans show noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.

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 Sunday. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

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

Something for everyone

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Registration is Jan. 5-29 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older. Spring 2015 classes begin Monday, Feb. 9.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration: $60, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Jan. 29).
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico age 50 or older, and meet afternoons Mondays through Fridays.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.

Small Group Fitness Training — El Paso YMCA’s will host small group fitness for all levels to get in shape after the holidays Jan. 12 through March at all three YMCA branches. Times vary. Cost: $120 ($80 members); $20 discount for those registering before Jan. 9. Information: Bowling Family YMCA, 755-9622; Westside YMCA, 584-9622, Loya Family YMCA, 590-9622 or elpasoymca.org.

QuiltWeek — American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, host the debut of AQS QuiltWeek in Albuquerque, New Mexico Jan. 14-17, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second St. NW, Albuquerque, N.M. More than 500 quilts will be on display with more than $50,000 in prizes to be awarded for quilting excellence at the event. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $11-$35. Information: (505) 898-8689 or quiltweek.com.

‘Shape Up for 2015’ — Integrative Healing Works hosts Health Coach Connie K for an Interactive Power Point Presentation and discussion of her top ten ways of getting in shape for the new year 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, Downtown. Learn to get in shape after the holidays, as well as some simple strategies to get on the path to healthy weight balancing long term. Admission is free. Information: (602) 670-4648 or integrativehealingworks.com.

Bassett Place — The mall at 6101 Gateway West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 772-7479 or shopbassettplace.com.
  American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life sign up is noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 17-19, in front of the Finish Line. Those who sign up are eligible to win tote bags and t-shirts.

Days of Remembrance 25th Anniversary Gala — The gala celebrating 25 year of the bridal, quince and sweet 16 expo is 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Jan. 17, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway with dinner, drinks, VIP section, and music by Sha’vonne. Special Guest David Tutera of WE TV’s “Celebrations” will make an appearance. Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Tickets: $100; available at 740-4349. Information: bridalquinceguide,com.
  The Days of Remembrance Bridal Quince and Sweet 16 Expo is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 18, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez.

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization is at 810 Gato Road. Information: 231-0066 or lightelpaso.com.
  John Freedom, author of “Heal Yourself with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) will host a special seminar 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. EFT is a method for rapidly dissolving emotional distress and trauma by tapping on acupoints. Cost: $95 by Jan 16 ($170 for two); $125 per person at the door.
  Ongoing events:
• 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.

Rascals at Rulis’ — Rulis’ International Kitchen, 4176 N. Mesa, welcomes well-behaved and leashed pets 2 to 6 p.m. the third Saturday of the month (Jan. 17, Feb. 21). One dollar per all drinks sold at this time will be donated to The Humane Society of El Paso. Information: 313-4806 or on Facebook.

Bagua Circle Walking Meditation — Center for Internal Arts, 5757 Montoya Drive, hosts the seminar on meditation style, 9 to noon, Sundays, Jan. 18-Feb. 15. Bagua Circle Walking is a meditation from the ancient Taoist monastic tradition The Heaven Single Palm Change was the core moving meditation practice of the Taoist monastic tradition in ancient China. Cost: $175. Information/registration: Steve Barowsky, 584-4730, sborowsky1@operamail.com or centerforinternalarts.com.

Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. Latinas offices are at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.org.
• A free Healthy Chica workshop is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at El Paso First, 1145 Westmoreland, for girls ages 10-17. The day features guest speakers and workshops. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, session on healthy eating, dance lesson and fitness activities.
• A College Chica workshop is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, on the UTEP campus. Girls age 9-17 are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life, with an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. Co-hosted by UTEP Center for Civic Engagement. Admission is free. Pre-register at laslatinitas.com.

LiveStrong at the YMCA — The small group program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis meets January through March at all three El Paso YMCA branches. Through this program YMCAs are creating communities among cancer survivors and guiding them through safe physical activity, helping them build supportive relationships, and reducing stress. Morning and afternoon sessions offered, enrollment open with all written doctor’s approval. Dates and times vary with locations. Participation is free for all survivors. Information: Rebecca Hendricks, 755-9622 or elpasoymca.org.
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth. Information: 755-9622.
• Westside YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa. Information: 584-9622;
• Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood. Information: 590-9622.

Volunteer blood samples needed — Greater East Cancer Center, CRBCM, and UTEP School of Biology are seeking to measure auto-antibodies in volunteer blood samples for early detection of cancer research 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan. 31, at 11601 Pellicano Dr, #A2. Healthy volunteers and volunteers with a cancer history are invited to donate a sample of blood for a research project to measure auto-antibodies that occur in the early stages of cancer development. No fasting required; drinking plenty of water the day prior to the visit is recommended. Information/consent forms: 307-3354. Web: crbcm.blogspot.com.

Art and Culture: Image and Icon — The 6-week class is offered 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 11, via OLLI at UTEP. Fiber artist and anthropologist Lin Bentley Keeling will explore art’s role in culture and society through an examination of some of the world’s great historical art and through a sampling of artworks produced today. Open to El Paso area residents over 50. Registration is Jan. 5-30. Cost for OLLI is one-time membership fee of $25; $60 per semester registration fee. Information/location OLLI at UTEP, 747-8848,747-6280 or OLLIatUTEP.org

TACHE Conference — The 40th annual Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education State Conference, “Trabajando: Activism through Education,” is Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 11-14, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso. Conference Strands will include: Dreamers and DACA, Immigration Reform, Student Organizations and Activism, Representation in Academia, Social Awareness. Cost: $275 (must be TACHE members; membership available for $40). Information: 524-3050 or tache.org.
  TACHE is a professional association committed to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education.

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 elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  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 elpasobridge.com. Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-8897.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GED Testing — Western Technical College, 9451 Diana, has recently partnered with GED Testing Service to offer the GED test on computer, at available at the college’s 9451 Diana location, with plans to testing in 2014 to the eastside location at 9624 Plaza Circle in 2014. The English- and Spanish-language GED tests now available on computer are the same tests currently offered on paper and pencil through the end of 2013. Online registration, scheduling, and testing are now available to test-takers at GEDcomputer.com.

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 ziacomics@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Plateaux – The Community Cafe and Shop at the Banner Building, 217 N. Mesa, Downtown. Plateaux, founded by Hector Saenz and Juan Ferret, provides a forum for local artisans to display and sell their creations, and also presents other local art, music and literature. Information on Facebook at PlateauxEPT.

Society for Creative Anachronism — Society for Creative Anachronisms hosts weekly Medieval Combat Demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Sundays Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood, near the tennis courts. Demonstrations are a chance for members of the society to come together and share their particular interests with other members as well as the public at large, with the primary focus to practice SCA Combat, mock combats loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
  Society for Creative Anachronism is a re-creation society for the Middle Ages. The purpose is to bring to life the skills, ideals, and beauty that represents the best of the Middle Ages. The charter of the Society covers the time period up to 1600 A.D.

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 hselpaso.org.

For a good cause

Chihuahuas ‘A Night of Giving’ Winter Banquet
— El Paso Chihuahuas; inaugural Winter Banquet,” A Night of Giving” presented by Team 600 ESPN El Paso is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 E. Bliss, on Fort Bliss. Chihuahuas field manager Pat Murphy and first baseman Cody Decker are featured guests at the event that includes a special question and answer session. A live auction will also be held. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas-El Paso. Individual seats begin at $75; table of 10 is $700. Information: 242-2008.
  Murphy concluded his fifth season with the San Diego Padres organization in 2014, his fourth as a field manager. Murphy posted a 72-72 mark in the Chihuahuas’ inaugural campaign. Decker hit a team-high 27 home runs, the best in the Padres organization. Originally drafted by San Diego in 2009 out of UCLA, Decker has blasted 135 homers in his career.
  Also appearing is San Diego Padres General Manager A.J. Preller, Hired by the San Diego Padres on August 6, 2014, Preller has extensive experience in player development and scouting. Preller previously oversaw the player development and scouting departments for the Texas Rangers.

Emerald and White Ball Honoring Unsung Heroes – El Paso Chapter, The Links Inc. hosts its 8th annual black tie dinner gala “Honoring Unsung Heroes” with dancing and awards recognizing the commitment of individuals who have made a bright difference in the community 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 24, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11999 E Fort Bliss. Mistress of Ceremonies is Dr. Sandra Braham. Tickets $60; available via Lisa, Lee, 241-6046 or linksinc.org.
  The chapter’s fundraisers have allowed The Links to respond to the social and economic needs of the students in our community by providing fun programs, activities, events, and providing an environment that fosters high standards for academics, relationships, and goal setting through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) based culture.

Safari Nights Gala — El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International hosts its 12th annual gala, auction and expo at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with 60 outfitter booths from around the world, wildlife artists and outdoor equipment specialists. Tickets: $100 ($50 ages 12-17; age 12 and younger admitted free but must acquire a ticket). Group tables available for $400-$1,200; available at 478-8505 or online at scielpaso.org.
  El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International is one of the newest chapters in Texas, with members from the El Paso, Texas metro area, west Texas and southern New Mexico regions.

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. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at local fire stations or El Paso County Sheriff substations. Information: 834-5772 or graciela.ortiz@dfps.state.tx.us.
  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.

Fire truck pull rematch — The truck pull benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Area 19 athletes is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Fire Fighters Academy, 6800 Delta (at Ascarate Park). Teams must consist of 10 members, one must be a female and the truck will be pulled 75 feet. Cost: $25 per individual; $250 teams of 10. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.

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

Fort Bliss

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

DSL Winter Youth League — Desert Strike Lanes on Fort Bliss host a youth bowling league Saturdays, Jan. 10-April 25, for youth who have not reached their 20th birthday prior to Aug. 1, 2014. Participants will be separated into three divisions based on age if numbers allow. Minimum number of weeks bowled will be 12 with a maximum of 16 based on centers availability. Bowlers will be awards scholarships for participation and performance based on team standings. Cost: $10 weekly, plush $10 annual sanction fee. Information: 539-5572.

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

Fort Bliss 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 blissmwr.com/bowandgun.

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).

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

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

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 (Jan. 3) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or epmug.org.

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), cgomez@afofelpaso.org, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French Classes for the 2015 Spring session begin Jan. 5. Visit afofelpaso.org and Facebook for dates and locations.
  The feast of Epiphany celebration with the French tradition, “Galette des Rois” (king’s cake) and lunch-buffet is 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, at El Paso Club, 201E Main Street, 18th Floor, with installation of the 2015 board officers.

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: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at 637 Skydale. No RSVP necessary. Information: 494-8272 or 587-8641.
  The January informal luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Great American Steakburger, 701 S. Mesa Hills Drive. Guest speaker is Paul Whittler, director of the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home. Newcomers and longtime residents are invited to attend; pay on one’s own off menu. RSVP: 231-9212.

American Association of University Women — The El Paso Branch of AAUW hosts a Centennial Celebration luncheon 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at in the historic Magoffin Home, 1120 Magoffin, featuring a talk on the history of early El Paso families, especially the women of the mid-1800s.

Borderland IONS — The Borderlands IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd. Jeanne Gehringer will speak on the topic of dowsing for personal use in various settings, more than just finding water. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.
  IONS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.

El Paso Mortgage Bankers — The organization’s monthly educational meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. Dean Inniss will talk on “Is there help for the first-time homebuyer?” Cost: $25 ($20 members), ash or checks. RSVP by Jan. 6: elpasomortgagebankers@gmail.com.

Woman’s Department luncheon — The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Installation Luncheon, “Bridging Our Centennial,” 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa. Patricia Quinn will be installed as Chairman-Director for 2015. Past Chairman-Directors will be honored. Members and guests welcome. Cost: $26 (RSVP by Jan 8 to Betty McDonald, 9601 Edgemere, 79925. Information: 755-6193.
  Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, organized in 1923, is the first such organization in the United States. The organization promotes civic programs and relations between El Paso and Juarez, encourages improvement of visitor attractions and facilities, and features programs publicizing El Paso industry.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter will hold its first luncheon of the new year at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Underwood Golf Clubhouse on Fort Bliss. The luncheon will honor Past Commanders. Information 755-4038.

ANDA meetings — Area Network for Disabilities and Aging’s monthly meeting is at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 21, at, Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center, 1101 Schuster, with election of board members and interactive activity with Isabel de Rubiera. Bring a brown bag lunch.
  Members and guests welcome, RSVP required. Annual membership fees are $12. Information/RSVP: Mary Yañez, 831-7803.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly General Meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Holiday Inn-Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park. Cost: $22. Information, reservations: 584-3126.

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

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

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 dacameraclub.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area attractions

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. 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.
  Hikes begin in the park’s parking lot. Dress for weather, in sturdy shoes, walking stick and bring water for all hikes:
• The monthly Last Sunday hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. Santa hats encouraged.
• A First Day Hike is 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1.
  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.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing season runs through April. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Friday through Monday.
  To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs

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

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

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

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

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

Sunland Winery — ?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.
  A New Year’s Eve party is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Cost: $15. Call by Dec. 26 to reserve a space.
  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.
  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.

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

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

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.

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

El Paso Missions - Three historic churches lie within eight miles of each other in El Paso County's Mission Valley.
· Mission Ysleta - Spanish and Tigua Indian refugees from northern New Mexico founded the community in the 1680s. The first mission was built in 1692, and rebuilt completely in both the 18th and 19th centuries. The current structure was built in 1851. It's near Zaragoza and Alameda.
· Mission Socorro - The first adobe structure in Socorro was built in 1692, and like Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later centuries. The current structure dates back to 1843. It's off Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
· San Elizario Chapel - Established in 1789 as a Spanish presidio to protect the Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877, replacing one built about 25 years earlier. It's on the San Elizario plaza, off Socorro Road 5.5 miles southeast of Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail which Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a friend.
Information: 534-0677.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
  The center offers two New Year’s Eve options Wednesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m.:
• A dance with Sentimiento Latino Orchestra is 650 pesos per person, includes three-course dinner, grapes and a champagne toast; bring your own bottle. Formal attire required; no children under 10.
• The New Year’s Fest, with all the above except the dance music is by local DJs, is 450 pesos.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Events are free.
  Ice skating hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 1-13. Admission is free.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez - Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Cinema Club presents French movies with Spanish subtitles at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 and 23. Admission is free. Bring a cold dish or beverage to share.

Centro Comunitario Nutricional UACJ — Donations of clothese, shoes, school bags and other home and school items, new or gently used, are being accepted through Jan. 15. The center plans to open a “free store” for needy families and homeless persons. Information: 171 0189 or (cel) 656 2 111397.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona.
  “Educarte 2015,” an expo of various private schools, including colleges, is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18.

Centro Cultural Universitario — Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos Escobar.
• Lecture on “Se feliz, sonrie” with Cesar Hernandez, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20. Admission: 100 pesos.
• Lectures and workshops about thanatology, Friday through Sunday, Jan. 23-25. Admission is 270 pesos for all lectures, 500 pesos for lectures and workshops.
  Information: cficcdjuarez.org.

El Rincon De Ana Lucia — The café-gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building).
  Artist Mario Parra will give a lecture on the life of an artist at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.

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: Photographic exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of CILA (Comision Internacional de Limites y Aguas), the agency in charge of the boundary between Mexico and United States. Its counterpart in the U.S. is the International Boundary and Water Commission.

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.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US).
  The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
  Guided tours are offered at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays. Puppet show is 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
  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.

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.

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

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