November 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
For other monthly categories, click here
Mazes & Pumpkins
Scary Stuff
Trick or Treat & More
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


Chamizal Cultural Festival — The public festival celebrating the rich cultural history of this area through storytelling, pottery demonstrations, music, dance and theater performances 1:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free; native crafts available for sale. Information: 532-7273.
• 1:30-6 p.m. — Information and Cultural Demonstration Booths
• 1:30-1:45 p.m. — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Blessing and Opening Ceremony
• 1:45-2:20 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Youth Dancers
2:30-3:15 p.m. — Tim Thompson, country and classic rock
• 4:30-5:45 p.m. — David Noriega Group, Latin rock and blues
5:45-6 p.m. — Closing ceremony.
  In conjunction with the festival and in partnership with Celebration of Our Mountains, a grand tour of El Paso border history is offered 9 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Oct. 28. The tour begins at the American Dam Field Office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) at 2616 W. Paisano. Mike Landis of the IBWC will lead participants on a short walk across the American Canal to Boundary Marker #1. From there, the tour will travel to Hart’s Mill, where El Paso County Historical Commission president Robert Diaz will talk about border history from 1840 to 1900. Ranger Rodney Sauter will end the tour with a guided walk around Chamizal National Memorial to explain the history of the 1963 Chamizal Convention. For details and maps, visit celebmtns.org/events.

El Paso IMPACTFest — The Virtual Reality Festival is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, at El Paso Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, with showings of Texas Short VR and experimental films and VR games. Visitors can see the best Virtual Reality and experimental entries from around the world, over a two-day period. There will also be discussion panels with directors and producers of the films and games. Admission: $3-$5.Information: 257-8470 or elpasoimpactfest.org.
  Workshops are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at FabLab, 601 N. Oregon.
  Awards presentation is 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at Top Golf, 365 Vin Rambla.
  Categories are Virtual Reality Best Virtual Reality Film under 10 minutes Best Virtual Reality Film over 10 minutes, Best VR Mobile Game or APP, Best VR Computer Console Game or APP, Best VR Game on a Gaming Platform Short Films (Non VR), Best Short Film under 5 minutes, Best Short Film 5-10 minutes, Best Short Film 10-20 minutes, Best Short Film over 20 minutes, Best Animated Film, Best Locally Made Film Best Experimental Film, Best Music Video.

‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El Paso will host its 14th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery. Registration begins at noon. The event includes music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Advance registration: $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs (limit of two dogs per person). Registration on day of event is $5 extra. Military with ID receive $5 discount. Information, cost: 247-6057, PetsAliveElPaso.org, or facebook.com/petsaliveelpaso.
   Pets Alive El Paso is a nonprofit corporation working to make El Paso a no-kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.

Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The largest pilgrimage each year is on the last Sunday in October, the traditional Feast Day of Christ the King. The 78th anniversary procession begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The pilgrimage annually attracts thousands of celebrants, many of whom begin their trek before dawn. Gates open at 5 a.m. Information: San Martin de Porras (575) 589-2106.
  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.

David and Teesha Laflin — The Christian illusionists will perform 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird. Tickets: $5. Information: 584-3912, ext. 27 or cbcelp.org.
  Since 2002, the couple have become internationally recognized for their creative blend of both classic and cutting-edge illusions. Their programs have been featured at the NCAA Final Four.

‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 45th annual holiday shopping fair is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4, at the El Paso Convention Center. This year’s theme is “O Deer!.” 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, and photos with Santa. Tickets at the door: $10 ($8 seniors, military, children 6-12; free for children under six). Two-day tickets are $15 Information: 584-3511 or jlep.org.
  Storytime with Santa is noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. and noon Sunday, with complimentary milk and cookies for children.
  A Pre-Shopping Party is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the new Kendra Scott location at La Villita, 6801 N Mesa.
  LumberJack Bash is 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, with performance by Dirty River boys, heavy hors d’oeuvres and private shopping. Tickets: $75.
  A Flannel & FlapJacks Children’s Party is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, with breakfast, entertainment, crafts and admission to the fair. Tickets: $15.

Bourbon and Barbeque — The 2nd annual event featuring bourbons from all over the United States is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Southwest University Park, with tasting and bourbon experts. Tickets: $65, includes 5 bourbon tastings and a barbecue meal. Upgrades for five additional tastings are $20; VIP experiences offered; available at southwestuniversitypark.com. Information: 533-BASE.
  The outdoor bar will also have cocktails, beer and wine available for purchase. Featured cocktails will be bourbon-related, prepared by guest mixologists.

Paw Pageant — El Pawso’s Pageant: A Pageant for Dogs, begins at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Cleveland Square Park, 510 N. Santa Fe. Food trucks, entertainment, vendors and family activities. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Admission is free; $30 contestant. Information: 999-1781 or emajj.com/el-pawso-s-pageant.html, or on Facebook at epawsos.
  Competitive events include: Personality Wear, My Dog’s Got Talent, and Glamour. Ribbon Winner categories include Photogenic, Best Tail Wagging, Best Mirror Image (look-alike), most original costume, and ugly duckly.

El Maida Circus — The Shrine Circus returns for its 66th annual performances Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 8-11, at El Paso County Coliseum. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Doors open one hour early to meet performers, with animal rides and other activities. Reserved and floor seats are $28 and $22. General admission: $18. Information: supershrinecircus.com, Ticketmaster or call 562-1444.

Taste of El Paso — The area’s “ultimate culinary experience” is Thursday, Nov. 8, at El Paso Convention Center, with samples from premier restaurants, each paired with either a craft beer or wine tasting. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a cocktail hour (cash bar) and light appetizers, followed by a samples at 6 p.m. Tickets: $35 (Ticketmaster).
  Every guest receives a program good for the sampling of appetizers, nine main courses, desserts, along with tasting tickets valid for a variety of wine and craft beer selections.
  Featured appetizer restaurants: B-17 Bombers Oyster Bar, Joy Tree LLC and 3 Kitchen. Featured entrée restaurants:: Angry Owl Southwest Grill & Cantina, Desert Oak Barbecue, Dragonfly Wine & Sushi Bistro, Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, Fainting Goat Kitchen & Bar, Great American Steakhouse, Gusto Restaurant & Bar, Jerusalem Grill and Mesa Street Grill. Featured dessert restaurants are El Paso Cookie Inc. and Cactus Flats and Entrecote.

Freedom Fest — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road, hosts its 4th annual Veterans Day weekend Carnival at 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10-11, with live bands, small carnival rides and performers, games, lucha libre, live artists, pony rides, beer, food, fortune teller. Fireworks finale both days. Admission is free; the public is welcome. Information: freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.

Playa Drain Trail Grand Opening — Paso del Norte Health Foundation in conjunction with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water opens its new trail to the public Saturday, Nov. 10. The 3.4-mile pedestrian-only walking and biking trail begins at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, and extends to Riverside High School, 301 Midway. The trail includes exercise stations, scenic seating and shade structures. Information: 218-2613 for pdnhf.org.

‘ZooSpectro Patronum!’ — El Paso Zoological Society invites all witches and wizards to enjoy Wizarding World style evening 5 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at El Paso Zoo, complete with Platform 9 3/4, a ride on the Hogwarts Express, and scavenger hunt of Horcruxes throughout zoo grounds. All ages welcome; first 2,000 receive a free commemorative Butter Beer Mug. Cost: $20 ($10 age 3-13; free for age 2 and younger; $40/VIP child or adult, $70 family packs (2 adults, 4 children).
  Guests can donate a sock to save an elf, plant a mandrake, and take a Prisoner of Azkaban mug shot. VIPs will be sorted into their houses inside the Great Hall complete with dinner and special VIP gift sponsored by Sun City.
  Theater film screenings feature Part 2 of the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.”

Community Block Party & Wellness Fair — El Paso Coalition for the Homeless hosts the free event for children, youth, adults, families, and veterans experiencing food insecurity and homelessness 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at Memorial Reserve, 3100 Copper, with access to health screenings at no-cost information about local programs and services, food and other giveaways. Information: 843-2170 or epchomeless.org.

German Advents-Bazaar — The annual “Christkindlmarket” arts and crafts festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Building 757 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss (former Oktoberfest venue). Admission is free. Information: 201-5939, 201-5942 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
  The traditional German Christmas fair features vendors selling handmade products ranging from decorations, handmade greeting cards and quilts to woodcraft products. German bratwurst, smoked fish, German beer and gluehwein, German coffee, cakes, pastries and cookies will also be sold.
  All proceeds go towards social projects on both sides of the border through the German Air Force’s charity organization “Aid for the Needy.”

Celebration of Lights — The annual parade and lighting of San Jacinto Plaza is Sunday, Nov. 18 at to help kick off the El Paso WinterFest Celebration. Information: epwinterfest.com.
  The “Scherr Legate Presents Celebration of Lights Parade” begins at 5 p.m. on Texas Street, going through the Segundo Barrio neighborhood, the Paseo de las Luces (El Paso Street). The 1.5-mile route ends back at Texas Street, with more than 60 attractions and walking groups adorned in lights participating.
  The traditional lighting of San Jacinto Plaza is at 5:55 p.m. Entertainment at the plaza continues through 11 p.m., with music, vendors, an outdoor ice-skating rink and more.
  The Plaza will be filled with more than 400,000 mini-lights adorning 120 trees, along with a 30-foot tower tree filled with holiday decorations. --The lights at San Jacinto Plaza will shine daily from 5:30 p.m. through 1 a.m. through Jan. 6. The parade and plaza lights are organized by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.

Las Artistas — Las Artistas 48th annual Art and Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17-18, Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E Mills, with more than 90 artists and craftspeople, and art students from El Paso and around the country. Cost: $5; free for age 17 and younger. Information: 319-4541 or lasartistas.org.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events beginning Nov. 18-Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $35, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
  Kick-off is noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in conjunction with the Celebration of Lights parade and San Jacinto Lighting.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade — The 82nd annual Sun Bowl Parade is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day), at Montana and Ochoa and proceeds east three miles to Copia. This year’s theme is “Amazing Feats” with Grand Marshal WWE Superstar Sin Cara. Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana):
$10; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office. Information: 533-4416 or sunbowl.org.
  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.

Last Thursdays Gallery Crawl — The Downtown monthly evening gallery crawl an art market includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries 6 to 10 p.m. the final Thursday of the month (Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27). Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.

Mazes & Pumpkins

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 28 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. The maze is celebrating its 20th season. Food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919, mesillavalleymaze.com or on Facebook at Mesilla Valley Maze.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides until 6:30 p.m., giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 4th annual season, “Maze-O-Saurus,” 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 4 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. Food “Truck Wagons” on site; no grills or glass containers allowed. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $10.95; $9.95 military/teacher with ID; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386), elpasocornmaze.com or on Facebook.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open through Nov. 4 (weather permitting) for its 18th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. This year’s theme celebrates El Paso’s “Monarch Butterflies.” Information: 549-1323 or launionmaze.com.
  Bring Your Dog to the Maze Day is Sunday, Nov. 4. Shot records required.
  Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $6 for ages 2-5 ($5 military.) Free for age two and seniors over 75. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with reservations. Tickets in advance at ticketleap.com.
  The Maze offers the Big Maze, a kids flower maze, family jumping pillow, big slide, pedal cars, target practice, sports throw, zipline, horse walk swing, rubber ducky races, sand box, picnic tables under huge tent and concessions.
  Rides to the pumpkin patch, cow train and pig races also offered during daylight hours.

Scary stuff

Massacre on Marshall Road — Fort Bliss’s annual haunted house is open 6 p.m. 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 28, and 6 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Not recommended for children under 10 or the “faint of heart.” Admission: $5; discounted prices ($3) Oct. 27-28, during the Monster Bash event. Information: 588-8247.

EPHS Tunnel Tours — Halloween Tunnel Tours are planned of the city’s oldest and “most haunted” high school, El Paso High School, 800 E. Schuster:
El Paso High School Tiger Theatre Troupe presents a haunted tunnel tour to the basement 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, complete with ghosts. Tickets: $5. Information: 236-2500 or msmossephs.weebly.com.
• El Paso High Alumni Association sponsors Halloween Tunnel Tours noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Tour includes the Alumni Museum, history of the building, and the stories of the ghosts. Cost: $10 ($5 students; children 6 and under enter free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets available after school Oct. 24-26 in the main hall or at LTroncoso@aol.com.

Forbidden Acres — The Haunted House experience is 7:30 p.m. to midnight nightly Oct. 26-31, at 13161 Tobacco Road (far east El Paso, off, take Square Dance Road north from Montana). All ages welcome; young children accompanied by an adult. Admission: $15 cash only; military discounts offered. Information: 256-3088 or on Facebook.

Ghosts of the Ancients — Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, Ranch Road 2775 off U.S. 62/180, hosts its first paranormal fundraising tour 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in conjunction with Paso del Norte Paranormal Society. featuring a tour of the dark, mysterious, and historic areas of the park. Meet at 7:30 p.m. for check-in. Proceeds benefit the park. Tickets: $20; available only through squareup.com. Email confirmations must be shown at the park gate for entrance. Information: 857-1135, ext. 0, or texasstateparks.gov.
  Stay on all posted trails at all times, any items or artifacts may not be picked up or touched. Some areas can be moderately strenuous. Bring water, bug spray, closed toed shoes, and clothing appropriate for the evenings weather.

Haunted Village — The “Terror in the Clouds” village is open 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, and Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum 1000 U.S. 82 in Cloudcroft, N.M. Proceeds benefit the museum. Cost: $8: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com or on Facebook.

Lost El Paso Paranormal Tours — The group specializes in original historical El Paso ghost tours. Tours listed are hosted by “Weird Texas” author Heather Shade or other costumed guides. Space is limited for many events. Information: 503-8960, lostelpasoparanormal@gmail.com or on Facebook. Tickets at squareup.com.
• Spirit Walk of Old San Elizario is 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, meeting at the Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 Main Street. Check-in is 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.
• Concordia Cemetery Lantern Light Tour is 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Ages 10 and older. Cost: $15.
• Devil’s Night Concordia Ghost Tour is 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 30. The night before Halloween is known as Devil's Night aka Mischief Night. Costume contest with prizes at the beginning of the tour. Check in is 8:30 p.m. Gates will be closed at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Concordia Cemetery. Cost: $15.

Dinner Detective Halloween Show — The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show presents the Halloween-themed show 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Holiday Inn Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park Drive, Actors are hidden in the audience in plain sight. Costumes welcome and encouraged. Tickets: $59.95 at eventbrite.com.

Downtown Halloween Zombie Walk Carnival — El Paso Parks and Recreation Departments hosts the carnival event 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at San Jacinto Plaza, downtown El Paso, with live music, Haunted House, costume contest and more. Information: (915) 212-1731.

Downtown Zombie Walk 2018 — Downtown Las Cruces Partnership hosts the Zombie Walk for all ages 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, with love music, food trucks, vendors, and the Zombie parade at 7 p.m. Trophies for the best costumes for Best Adult, Best Youth, and Best Group. Participation is free. Information: downtownlascruces.org or on Facebook.

Halloween Carnival — A community Halloween carnival is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle De Santiago, in historic Old Mesilla, with a haunted house, games, trick or treating and more. Admission is free. Information: mesillanm.gov or on Facebook.

Pumpkin Splash Patch — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Pumpkin Splash Patch family event is noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. Children ages 4 to 12 can pick out a pumpkin from the “water pumpkin patch” and decorate it for Halloween. Halloween-themed activities and music also planned. Admission: $2 per child; parents admitted free. Information: (575) 541-2782.
  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents of non-swimmers must accompany their children in the water.

Spook Town — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road, hosts a family Halloween event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, with games and activities on the lawn, and trick-or-treating at 11:15 a.m. Information: freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.

Trick or Treat at Ardovino’s Farmer’s Market — The Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M., offers trick or treating from the vendors 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, with kids’ costume contest at noon. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.

Great Pumpkin Candy Drop — The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department, Weaver’s Welding, and Friends of the Community hosts its 14th annual candy drop at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Maag Softball Complex, 1700 E. Hadley, with music, games, information booths and goodies. Candy drop begins at 1 p.m.; bags provided. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2455; those wishing to donate candy may call Weaver’s Welding at (575) 524-2990.
  The candy drop is not for ages 1 to 4; these ages will be given goody bag, and may participate in the other free activities.

Trick or Treat Craft Night — Border Brew Coffee House, 2701 W. Amador in Las Cruces (inside Border International), hosts it annual “Boo-tacular” event 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, with crafts and activates for all ages. Kids encouraged to wear a costume, and bring a candy bag. Admission is free. Information: (575) 288-3345, borderbrewcoffee.com or on Facebook.

Celebrate the Skeleton — El Paso Community College’s Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library, 6701 S. Desert, hosts an evening with candies, costumes and seasonal crafts 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, for all ages. Admission is free. Information: 831-8840.

EPCC Fall Festival — El Paso Community College hosts the family fall festival 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus’s Americana Language Village, 919 Hunter, with costume contest for ages 0-12, carnival rides, food and games. Activity bracelets: $15 for all rides (individual ride tickets may be purchased). Ticket booths open at $15. Information: 831-2096.

KLAQ Haunted Houses of Terror — The annual haunting is through Oct. 31 at Desert Warriors Paintball, 13900 Montana featuring five haunted houses for one ticket price. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays, and Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Haunted House recommended for ages 14 and older. Admission: $20. Information: 502-3968 or thehauntedhousesofterror.com.
  Those donating blood at any Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) location receives free admission.
  Houses are “Trail of the Undead,” “Church of Damnation,” “Psycho Circus,” “Jigsaw’s House of Torment,” and “The Texas Slaughterhouse.”

‘Terror Trail Haunted House’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 Fridays and Saturdays, and Halloween Night, and 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets available 30 minutes prior to each performance, or online at texasterrortrail.com. Information: 877-FEAR (3327).
  The Zombie Adventure also runs during this time, allowing guests to hunt down zombies with laser guns.
  Carnival-style waiting area includes photo ops, simulated “Last Ride” 4D coffin adventure, roaming characters and more.


Trick or Treat & More

Fort Bliss Halloween — Fort Bliss will host these Halloween season events:
Monster Bash Family Halloween is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at the Trading Post. This year is a New Orleans style “Monster Masquerade,” with inflatables, crafts and entertainment. Costumes encouraged. Choose from, three haunted house experiences; “Barely Scary,” for $1; “Kinda Scary,” for $2; and “Massacre on Marshall Road,” discounted to $3 during the event. Information: 588-8247.
• Halloween Harvest Festival is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at Old Fort Bliss Replica, 5054 Pershing, with haunted pumpkin patch, rides, lawn games, trick or treating in fort rooms, face painting and more. Pumpkins at the patch are available on a first-come, first serve basis with a $5 donation to the museum. There will also be a farmer’s market with food and beverages for purchase. Free shuttle rides available from the festival to Monster Bash. Information: 588-8482.
• The annual Halloween Boo-ling Party is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Desert Strike Lanes, 2949 Carter Road, with be goodie bags and cake, while supplies last Costume contest for ages 1 to 16. Discounted prices on shoe rental, food, drinks and games during the event. Information: 568-6272.

Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts its 11th annual safe trick-or-treating event for families with children ages 2 to 12 Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28. Activities include candy stations, games, animal enrichment activities and more. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.

Halloween on Granado Street — Tularosa Arts and History Council hosts the Halloween event 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on Granado Street in Tularosa with vendors, games, live music, a haunted house and more. Information: (575) 629-0787 or trytularosa.org.

Spooktacular — The Junior Woman’s Club’s 28th annual fall family fiesta is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with live entertainment, a kids game area, cake walk, pumpkin decorating, Haunted House, vendor booths, food booths, free hands-on crafting and other activities. Costume contests with prizes are 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets: $5 ($4 children; free age 2 and younger). Advanced tickets from any club member are $3. Information: 274-1141 or jwcelpaso.org.
  El Paso’s largest indoor Halloween carnival raises money for local charities.

City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Happiness throughout the city at area recreation centers Wednesday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Call local center for times. Admission is free.

Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Time, information: kernplace.org or on Facebook at Kern Place Association.

KLAQ Halloween Parade — The annual parade is Wednesday, 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 in various categories. No entry fee, but entries must display “KLAQ.” Parade usually begins at 3:30 p.m., but early arrival strongly encouraged; pre-registration is 10 to 3 p.m. Information: 544-8864 or klaq.com.

Trick-or-Treat Off the Street — Bassett Place mall, 6101 Gateway West, hosts its annual safe trick or treat event 4:30 p.m. (until the candy runs out) Wednesday, Oct. 31. Alta Vista Optimist Club will be located near the Food Court passing out candy to those who dress up. All children in costume welcome to participate, admission is free. Information: 772-7479 or shopbassettplace.com.

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza with food, music, stories, dancing and piñatas Friday through Sunday Nov. 2-4. 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. Hours and details to be announced. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or calaveracoalition@gmail.com.
  A candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto and coffee is held each year on Nov. 2. Call for time.
  All proceeds from this event are donated to the Community of Hope & Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry; donations of five canned goods requested for all altar setups.

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. 3, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens) with revelers dressed in vintage Mexican clothes complete with skulls painted on their faces, 10-foot mojigangas (dancing skeleton puppets), a scavenger hunt, live music, Aztec dancers, food trucks, face painters, dancers, poetry readings, arts and crafts and ceremonial offerings. Tickets: $5. Information: 497-1126, 593-8906, comaes39@aol.com, concordiacemetery.org or lallorona915@yahoo.com.
  Guests may come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas (skeletons).

Día de los Muertos ‘Que Florezca la Vida’ — La Mujer Obrera Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas, hosts its 21st annual Day of the Dead 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, with featuring traditional foods, Danza Azteca, live music, workshops and community altars. Admission is free. Information: 217-1126, mujerobrera.org or on Facebook at mujerobrera.
  Altars are dedicated to loved ones who have passed to create an inviting space for their spirits to return. Marigolds, Pan de Muerto, Fruit, Candles, Pictures, food and drinks adorn each altar.

Noche de Calaveras Procession and Concert — The Day of the Dead event is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Downtown El Paso, inspired by El Paso Museum of Art’s exhibition on “Jose Guadalupe Posada, After Posada: Revolution.” The parade and celebration begins at the museum with mariachis, dancers, marching bands, catrinas, calavera masks and large-scale marionettes designed by celebrated Colectivo Ultima Hora of Mexico City. The event ends with a concert. Information: 212-3068 or epmamember@elpasotexas.gov.
  Attendees are encouraged to wear Day of the Dead costumes and calavera masks, bring candles, led lights, flowers and remembrances of loved ones.

Silver City ‘Día de los Muertos’ — Día de los Muertos activities run Oct. 28-Nov. 2 throughout Downtown Silver City, with community ofrendas, parade, music and more. Information on Facebook at Silver City Día de Los Muertos.
  A ¡Calacas y Calaveras! kickoff celebration is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, on the corner of Market and Texas Streets.
  “Making an Ofrenda for Theodora Hobart” is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, celebrating the early Silver City business woman at
Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway. Cost; $5. Advance registration encouraged at (575) 597-0222 or education@silvercitymuseum.org.
  Blessing of the Ofrendas Procession is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, going from the Museum and stopping at downtown ofrenda locations to bless each altar, and ending at the 3rd floor of the Student Memorial building at Western New Mexico University for the community ofrenda and other ofrendas.

Día De Muertos Art Fest — The Day of the Dead festival is 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Luna County Courthouse Park, 700 S. Silver in Deming, N.M. with live music, mariachi and folklorico dancers, traditional folk art, sugar skull decorating, vendors, art stations, pan de muerto, face painting and more. Admission is free. Information: diademuertosartfest.com.

Veterans Day


San Elizario Veterans Day Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society hosts the 22nd annual patriotic celebration, with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the corner of Socorro and Thompson Road and going to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of San Elceario Chapel. Grand Marshal is Octavio Hernandez Jr. with Honorary Grand Marshal Vince Perez. Information: 383-8529, rayborrego99@msn.com or sanelizariogenealogy.com.
  A Veterans Celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. A Candle Lighting Ceremony, POW-MIA Table Ceremony and Flag Folding Ceremony will be observed. Veterans honored are Octavio Hernandez Jr., Martin Medina, George Rey, Eloy Joe Soto, and Javier Soto.
  There will be food vendors and several organizations and businesses providing information.

Veterans Day Parades — Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11. Local celebrations are planned for Saturday and Sunday.
• San Elizario Veterans Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the corner of Socorro and Thompson Road and going to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of San Elceario Chapel. Information: 383-8529or sanelizariogenealogy.com.
• The Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, along Water and Main Street. This year’s theme is “Salute to Women Veterans.” Information: lascrucesvetday.org.
• The annual Northeast Veterans Parade is 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Stahala and Hondo Pass and ending at Old Glory Memorial at Diana and Gateway North for ceremony. Information: Jimmy Melver, 549-5031.
  Veterans Day originated at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany, which brought closure to World War I. Known as Armistice Day, Congress voted the day a federal holiday in 1938.

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

Southern New Mexico


New Mexico Pumpkin Festival — The 10th annual festival celebrating the fall gourd is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, at the Mesilla Valley Maze and Lyles Family Farm, 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Corn maze, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, and a country store offered. Winners from the annual coloring and pumpkin-carving contests will be displayed. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
  Other activities include live music, a pie eating contest, hula hoop contest, stick horse rodeo, goblin egg gourd hunt, tug of war, great pumpkin drop and more.

Red White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival — The wine and beer event is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Plaza De Las Cruces on historic Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 (includes souvenir tumbler); age 21 free with legal parent of guardian. No pets allowed. Information: (575) 522-1232 or redwhiteandbrewfestival.com.

Renaissance Artsfaire — The 47th 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. 3-4, at Young Park, Walnut and Lohman in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
  The fair offers handcrafted items created by artists from around the Southwest, food supporting area non-profit organizations, the Dragon’s Eye Tavern wine and beer garden, the Children’s Realm, jousting on horseback, and entertainment on several stages.  Royal procession at 1 p.m. both days.
  Admission: $10; free for age 12 and younger; advance discount tickets (two for $15) offered at the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite-B-D, Pic Quik convenience store locations, or at daarts.org. No pets except service animals.
  VIP passes are $80 with one-day all-access for two adults, preferred parking near entrance, and access to two VIP areas: one adjacent to the main stage with complimentary food and beverages, and the second with a royal view of jousting with the Queen.
  Free Royal Shuttle departs from the southwest parking lot of the Mesilla Valley Mall, starting at 9 a.m.

Christmas Jubilee — The 31st annual Ruidoso shopping extravaganza is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with 80 merchants, a food court, holiday music and decor. Pictures with Santa and kids’ crafts Saturday and Sunday. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Ruidoso Valley Greeters. Admission: $2 (free for active duty military and children under 12). Information: (575) 808-8052, ruidosochristmasjubilee.net or on Facebook at Ruidoso Christmas Jubilee.
  The Ruidoso Greeters are a nonprofit branch of the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce and have held the jubilee for over 30 years.

‘Heros, Hops, and Hollywood: T or C Film Fiesta and Comic-Con’ — Friends of New Mexico Film hosts the comic con Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11, in Downtown Truth or Consequences along Main Street and Broadway with films, brewery and art gallery parties, and a classic car show. Event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with comic-con at T or C Civic Center 400 W. 4th. Cost: $40. Information: (616) 283-1654 or torcfilmfiesta.com.

Noche de Nachos — Visit Las Cruces presents “Night of the Nachos,” in which
heaps of cheese, nearly 5,000 pounds of tortilla chips, and mountains of chile come together to make the world’s largest nachos Saturday, Nov. 10, at Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street. Also featured are local artisans, food trucks, and nachos on the plaza. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the nacho build. The official weight announcement is 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 (free of children 12 and under); available at the Rio Grande Theatre, Visit Las Cruces or at DowntownLC.com. Information: (575) 541-2286.
Headline entertainer is Grupo Status 8:30 to 10 p.m. The top three performers from the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference Student Showcase Competition also will perform, along with the winning vocalist of the Elisa Gastellum Scholarship and two ballet folklórico dance groups.
  A screening of “Nacho Libre” is 3 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets: $5.
  The current Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Nachos is 4,689 pounds, set in Lawrence, Kansas.

Veterans’ Day Car Show — The annual car show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 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. On-site entry fee for participants $30 on site. Spectator admission is free. Information: (575) 894-4222, or sam.shannon@state.nm.us.
  The annual ‘Run For the Wall’ motorcycle run begins at 9 a.m.

Children’s Business Showcase — Cruces Kids Can hosts a showcase of kid’s businesses featuring vendors age 6-16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street. Information: cruceskidscan.org.
  Kids 6 are invited to create a business plan, develop a product or service and then open for business at the Cruces Kids Can Downtown Marketplace.

HomeGrown — The 5th annual New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17-18, at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Admission: $5 per vehicle; first 100 vehicles each day receive a free burlap shopping bag. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Award-winning salsas are featured, as well as wine, pies, cookies, sauces, jams, honey, jerky, pecans, pistachios, gift baskets and more.

’Toys For Kids’ Parade — The Las Cruces Motorcyclists’ 38th annual toy drive parade begins at noon Sunday, Nov. 18, at Mesilla Valley Mall. Parade travels south on Don Roser, turning west on Missouri to Solano, then south to University, ending at the Las Cruces Convention Center at University and El Paseo. Registration is 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Mesilla Valley Mall.
  Bike show, live music with Triple Jack, door prizes, grand prize drawing, raffles, vendors and more follow at Convention Center. Call for cost: (575) 527-7552, (575) 523-1061, (575) 527-4930 or on Facebook.
  Beneficiaries include agencies that support children in need.

Thanksgiving Dinner — The community dinner is 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at Truth or Consequence Brewing Company, 410 N Broadway in T or C, N.M. Cost: $5. Information: (575) 297-0289 or torc.beer.

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 23-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m. No tours offered Christmas Eve.
  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 5-12 (4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516, christmasonthepecos.com or on Facebook.

Roswell Christmas Railway — The holiday train rides are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-Dec. 30, at Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E College Blvd, Roswell N.M. Ride the railway to St. Nicholas Station for an evening of Christmas magic with lights, pictures with Santa Claus, entertainment, food, shopping, playing and more. Admission: $12; $8 age 3-14; free for children under 3. Information: roswellchristmasrailway.com.

Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade — The 27th annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade, “A Storybook Christmas,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in the historic Downtown district. Information: (575) 534-1700, Lightedparade@gmail.com or silvercitymainstreet.com.
  The parade starts at the intersection of Cooper and Broadway and ends on Bullard at the intersection of College.

‘Rock of Ages’ — The living history guided tours are 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec 15, at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 160 miles east of El Paso, off the Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information: (575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave. Dressed in historic costumes, park staff will guide visitors on a lantern-lit tour of the front half of the Big Room. Cost: $10 ($5 ages 5-16); no children under 5 admitted. Reservations required; space is limited. Reservations, tickets: (575) 236-1375.
  This annual tradition, brought back in 2000, gives visitors the chance to “meet” some of the men and women who helped weave the fabric of the park.
  The tour will feature a re-creation of the historic Rock of Ages Ceremony, which was regularly conducted in the Big Room from 1928 to 1944. Visitors will be immersed in total darkness as mysterious voices fill the cavern, singing the hymn “The Rock of Ages.”

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Age 21 and older only. Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232, carlsbadwinterwine.com or on Facebook.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.
  The event includes the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale, which began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s many artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the Art Show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that.
  Proceeds support several nonprofit organizations serving Hillsboro and the surrounding areas.
  Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will celebrate the day with food, music, and special holiday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa hats, and village maps will direct visitors to Christmas in the Foothills and other village holiday events.
  Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.

Downtown Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza — The annual Las Cruces tree lighting festivities are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visitlascruces.com.

Electric Light Parade — The annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, along Main Street (from College to 3rd Street) in Roswell, N.M. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Served.” Information: (575) 420-5718 or mainstreetroswell.org.

Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 14th annual arts stroll 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on the historic plaza and several surrounding shops in Socorro. The event features, live music, artwork, hay rides food and beverages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927.
  The city’s official Christmas tree lighting is 7 p.m. on the plaza, with appearance by Santa on the gazebo.


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 51st annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Oct. 31-Nov. 4, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170, with live music by Los Pinche Gringos, The O’s, King Bucks, Mark David Manders, Mark David Manders, Joe King Carasco, Thomas Michael Riley and Gary P. Nunn. art show, and more. Ticket information: (817) 251-1287, abowlofred.com or on Facebook at OTICCC.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 52nd annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff events are Oct. 31-Nov. 3 with cookoff Saturday, Nov. 3 at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua.
  Live music by Blue Kountry Band-Krazy Flats Thursday through Saturday.
Cost: $40 per person per week for camping; $20 single day pass. Information: 713-248-0681, casichili.net or on Facebook at CASI Chili Appreciation Society International.

Alpine Artwalk — Alpine, Texas’s 25th annual Gallery Night events honoring dozens of Big Bend artists is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at more than two dozen 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 at Kishmish Plaza. Admission is free. Information: Kiowa Gallery, (432) 837-3067 or artwalkalpine.com.
  The Artwalk Art Car Parade is noon Saturday down Holland Ave from Alpine Civic Center to Jackson Field.
  Free live music throughout town begins at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday, with headline acts at 10 p.m. at Railroad Blues and Ole Crystal Bar.

 

Bazaars and Fairs

NMSU jewelry sale — The students of New Mexico State University’s jewelry and metalsmithing program will hold their 36th annual jewelry sale 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at NMSU’s Barnes and Noble book store on University Ave. Information: (575) 646-1238 or artdepartment.nmsu.edu/.
  All the pieces are unique jewelry created in the Metalsmithing and Jewelry studio. Profits support student activities.

Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club will host the annual bazaar Nov. 3-4 at the Trading Post (old Commissary) on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717 Marshall (at Hahn). The 2nd largest bazaar in West Texas features more than 100 vendors from throughout the Southwest offering arts, crafts, antiques and food such as homemade baked goods, bratwurst, Mexican food and more. Door prizes also offered. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit club’s various charitable projects; admission fees to towards the club’s scholarship fund. Admission: $1 (includes door prize ticket); free ages 17 and younger. Information: 309-0970.

PFLAG Holiday Fair — PFLAG El Paso hosts its holiday fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood, with jewelry, fashion accessories, Christmas gifts and baked goods. Information: 209-2667. Vendors may contact pflagelpaso@gmail.com.

St. Francis Xavier Christmas Fair — The Catholic church’s 4th annual fair is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10-11, at the parish hall, 519 S. Latta. Merchandise includes art, antiques, bath and beauty products, clothing, holiday and other home décor, garden items, jewelry, toys and more. Food and drink sold by the church. Admission is free. Information: 532-2761.

St. Paul’s Fall Festival — The St. Paul’s Methodist Women’s annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with artists and crafters, commercial vendors, specialty foods and more. Admission is free. Information: 772-2737 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.

Las Artistas — Las Artistas 48th annual Art and Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17-18, Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E Mills, with more than 90 artists and craftspeople, and art students from El Paso and around the country. Cost: $5; free for age 17 and younger. Information: 319-4541 or lasartistas.org.
  More than 100 artists and craftspeople, including students from the UTEP Metals and Ceramics program. You will see a wide range of art and fine crafts: paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood, wearable art and more.

Calvary Chapel Craft Fair — Calvary Chapel of El Paso, 1771 N. Zaragoza, hosts its annual craft and holiday fair 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with local vendors showcasing homemade crafts, jewelry, baked goods, holiday decorations and more. Admission is free. Vendor tables available for $25. Information: 855-4565.

Calvary Chapel Craft Fair — Calvary Chapel of El Paso, 1771 Zaragoza, hosts a craft fair 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring local vendors showcasing handmade crafts, jewelry, baked goods and Christmas items. Admission is free. Information: 855-4565 or calvaryep.com.
  Vendor table rental is $25.

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 10 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, 100 Pitt Street, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  The Viva Los Muertos Festival is 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama.

Viva Los Muertos Festival— El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market hosts the Día de los Muertos style indoor and outdoor festival 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with altars, food trucks, a mercado, demonstrations and workshops, performances, music and large art installations, Loteria, prizes, face painting, a jumping balloon, and more. Information: 478-9971 or on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.

Zin Valle Arts & Crafts Fair — Zin Valle Vineyards, Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259), hosts it arts and crafts fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring handmade items from various artisans. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
  Vendor booths available (handmade items only) at zinvalle@gmail.com.

Mission Trail Harvest Market — The final market of the season is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, 1500 Main Street in San Elizario, with more several vendors selling arts and crafts, fall harvest goods and food. Live entertainment featured in the park gazebo. Information: 594-8424 or MissionTrailArtMarket.com.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. every week. Cost: $10; bring a mat.

Kern Place Art and Farmers Market — The monthly market is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Sunday of the month April through November at 205 Cincinnati Street (between Stanton and Mesa), with free yoga and local shops and restaurants open for food and shopping. Information kernplacemarket.wordpress.com.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 28th annual bazaar featuring regional vendors is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per day; $12 for a weekend pass. Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

River Run Craft, Farmers and Kids Market — The market featuring local produce and crafts if 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through December at River Run Shopping Plaza, 1071 Country Club. Admission is free. Cost of booth for vendors $15. Vendor information: Clara’s Brass Teapot, 300-0688.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 14th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 200 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.

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.

Tierra de Vida Community Farm — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan’s farmer’s market events are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, at Cafe Mayapán, 2000 Texas Avenue. Information: Information: 217-1126.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Something for everyone


Healthy Halloween — El Paso Pediatrics, 1160 Saddle Bronc, hosts the Halloween health fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27, with food, zumba entertainment, costume contest and games. Flu shots offered. Information: 533-1441 or on Facebook at El Paso Pediatric Associates.

‘Options for Lending & Bonding’ — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2401 E. Missouri, will host DBE Alliance Program Training Sessions on Access Contracts through TxDot 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Topics range from Maneuvering through the TxDOT Website to accessing capital, bonding, and marketing their businesses. Admission is free. RSVP at 566-4066 or ephcc.org.

Project Amistad volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad seeks volunteers to help with various programs. Volunteers must undergo criminal background check and orientation. Information, requirements: 298-1104 or projectamistad.org.
  Volunteers needed for the Sun Metro Roadeo for fixed route and paratransit Saturday, Nov. 3. Set up is 6 to 8 p.m. with the Roadeo 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers serve as judges, timekeepers, score recorders, runners, check in stations, and other assignments. Volunteers will receive a Roadeo t-shirt. Volunteer orientation is tentatively 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 2. Information: Blanca Hernandez, 401-5080.
• Interns sought to be Peer Support Specialists. Includes a $100 per five-week stipend. Interns must be 18 and undergo paid training.
• Individuals needed to conduct customer satisfaction surveys 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. one or two days a week.
• Guardianship Department volunteers are always needed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. selected days at 3210 Dyer.
• Companionship Program volunteers needed to visit clients in group homes to perform various tasks.
  Project Amistad serves as the court-appointed guardian of over 350 wards in El Paso County.

Texas Hold ‘em — Texas Hold ‘em poker nights are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Monti Warrior Zone, 21171 Medic, on East Fort Bliss. Cost: $15, open to the public age 18 and older. Information: 741-3000.

Young Professionals Leadership Summit — United Way’s Young Leadership Society will present “Engage,” a summit geared toward young professionals in the borderland region, at 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at DoubleTree Downtown, 600 El Paso St. The summit includes a keynote speaker, panels focused on topics such as leadership development, community engagement, philanthropy, entrepreneurship and economic growth, as well as an evening mixer at the DoubleTree’s Sky Lounge. Ticket information: engagesummit.org.

Faces of Diabetes Conference — The 15th annual Faces of Diabetes Conference is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Radisson Hotel-El Paso Airport, 1770 Airway, hosted by El Paso Diabetes Association. The event includes guest speakers on a variety of topics, breakout sessions and lunch. Physicians and nurses of all specialties involved in the management and care of a patient with diabetes are encouraged to attend. Information: aorquiz@epdiabetes.org. Registration: $75 to $200 for professionals; $30 for students at eventbrite.com.

Border Mass — The Peace & Justice Ministry of the Dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez will host the mass in memory of migrants who have died crossing the border at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the end of Anapra Road (off McNutt Road in Sunland Park). Bring a chair. Information: 872-8422.
  The event is led by the bishops of the Juárez, Las Cruces and El Paso dioceses.

Decoration Classes — Event Creators, the new design studio at 12673 Zulema, hosts a series of design workshops 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. selected Saturdays. Spaces are limited. Information: Marilu Aleman, 502-0244 or my eventcreators.com.
Nov. 3: Fall Mason Jars. Cost: $35.
Nov. 17: Christmas Decorated Bottles. Cost: $45.
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Centerpiece. Cost: $50.
Dec. 1: Wreath Decoration Workshop. Cost: $45.

Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas hosts free programs at 3 p.m. selected Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Memorial Branch, 3200 Copper. Information: (703) 434-1196 or eckankar-texas.org.
• “Replacing Fear with Love,” Light & Sound Service is Nov. 3.
• “Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear,” discussion on books by Harold Klemp, is Nov. 17.

Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention — Trinity Health Coaching will hosts free introductory programs on CDC's Diabetes Prevention and Weight Loss Program 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Cielo Vista Natural Market, 8900 Viscount. RSVP required at 449-9012 or trinityhealthcoaching.com/CDC.

Southwest Women’s Leadership Institute — Positive Directions’ 6th annual institute is 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Sameniego, with various guest speakers. Cost (includes breakfast and lunch): $299. Tables for 5 and 10 available. Information: 838-1000 or positiveiliana@gmail.com. Registration at positivedirectionsco.com.
  Speakers are Betsy Meyers, author of “Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You,” Reverend Felicia Hopkins, whose new book “Rise Up” will be out this fall, TEDx speaker Betsy Allen-Manning, and leadership coach Aliana Apodaca.

Aviation Hall of Fame — The El Paso Aviation Association’s Hall of Fame banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road at the Doña Ana County International Jetport. Greeting hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Keynote speaker is “Doppler Dave” Speelman, chief meteorologist for KVIA-TV. Cost: $55. Public is invited. RSVP by Nov. 3 to 581-3866. Information on Facebook at El Paso Aviation Association or War Eagles Air Museum.
  This year’s honoree is Robert Bob Dockendorf, director of the War Eagles Air Museum.

Compassionate Thanksgiving — Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts its 25th annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Radisson El Paso Airport. A vegan dinner, open to the public, will be followed by guest speaker Harold Brown, founder of FarmKind.org. Reservation deadline is Nov. 6. Cost: $24 ($22 VSEP members; $10 children under 12); pay at vsep.org. Information: 877-3030 or vsep.org.
  Brown is former beef and dairy farmer. After a health crisis forced him to confront heart disease in his family, he went vegan. Brown was outreach coordinator for Farm Sanctuary and was featured in the documentary film “Peaceable Kingdom.”

Introductory Meditation Class — Free introductory meditation classes on The Vajrasattva Purifying Meditation Practice are offered by Eclectic Spiritual Practitioner Eternity Wauls. Information: 490-6440.
  Classes (same content taught):
• 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Memorial Park Public Library Community Room, 3200 Copper.
• 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Doris Van Doren Public Library Family Room, 551 Redd Road.

Mission Trail Master Plan — A public design charrette on the future of Mission Trail is Tuesday through Friday Nov. 13-16, at Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Tribal Courthouse, 9241 Socorro Road. The county is working to develop a strategic vision for the county’s Historic Mission Trail area, to help boost economic development and help the Mission Valley potentially receive a UNESCO World Heritage site designation. Information: Heritage Tourism Coordinator Valerie Venecia, 546-2177, ext. 3108, vvencia@epcounty.com, or epcounty.com.
  Kick-off and hands-on design session is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with open design studios 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and “work-in-progress” presentation 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Creative Community Meetings — AIGA El Paso and Artspace Lofts host the monthly series of meetings for the creative community every third Thursday of the month (Nov. 15) at Artspace E Paso Lofts, 601 N. Oregon. The event is for artists, writers, illustrators, developers, photographers, marketers, IT specialists, business owners, freelancers, and more. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: elpaso.aiga.org or on Facebook.
  Every month includes a special guest speaker or activity followed by announcements from AIGA, the professional association for design.
  A Cocktails with Creatives follows at 8 p.m. at the Gray Dog, 500 N. Oregon for those wanting to connect with other creative minds in a non-stressful situation.

ECCM Conference — The annual ECCM conference is Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 15-18, at Christian Joy Center, 1208 Sumac. Admission is free. Registration, times: 595-1307, joycenter.org or on Facebook at CJCElPaso.

National Transgender Day of Remembrance — Borderland Rainbow Center, 2714 Wyoming, hosts the event to remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with speakers, lighting of candles, and an open mic. Admission is free. Information: 263-4623 or borderlandrainbow.org.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Nov. 20) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

Holiday Sleigh Rides — Grindstone Stables hosts its holiday horse-drawn sleigh rides Nov. 22-Jan. 5 through historic Upper Canyon in Ruidoso. Rides depart from Martha’s Fabrics’ parking lot at the top of the traffic circle at the west end of Sudderth Drive. Santa Claus visit on Christmas Eve. Blankets furnished for all riders. Cost: $20 ($10 age 12 and under). Reservations (575) 973-3533. Information on Facebook at GrindstoneStables.

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

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration: geekswhodrink.com.
  Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• B-17 Bomber’s Oyster Pub, 201 S. El Paso, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
• Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursday
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

1 Million Cups — Local entrepreneurs can meet and present their startups to the El Paso community 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Hub of Human Innovation, l500 W Overland, Suite 230. The event is free to everyone; coffee served. Information: 321-3123, hubep.org or 1millioncups.com/elpaso.
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

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.

Cocktails with Friends — The Networking Group hosted by Pronto Body Shop is 5 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Alamo Drafthouse’s Glass Half Full Tap Room, 250 E Montecillo, with free drinks to the first 30 business professionals, live music by Xavier Tisa Gonzales and networking opportunities. Admission is free. Information: 691-9442 or tiffany@prontobodyshop.com.

El Paso Lupus Support Group — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (Nov. 3) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

Faith & Grief Luncheon — People of all faiths are welcome to monthly luncheons for those experiencing the loss of a loved one noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.
Admission and lunch is free; reservations strongly encouraged. Donations welcome. Registration: 562-7660 or FaithandGrief.org.

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

Learn Chinese — Faith Hope Chinese School, 2030 Grant, inside the Chinese Baptist Church, hosts Chinese language classes for ages 5-18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $30 per month. Information: 257-9354.


For a good cause


El Paso Muscle Walk — The walk benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cielo Vista Mall. Teams and individuals walk to raise money to help MDA local services and research. Information: 584-6355 or kborn@mdausa.org. Registration at mdamusclewalk.org.

El Paso Wine Fest — Rotary Club’s fundraising festival is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Downtown El Paso, across from San Jacinto Plaza, with more than 20 of the area’s finest chefs and restaurants. All proceeds go to support Rotary projects in the El Paso area. Tickets: $100 (all inclusive). Information: 833-6616, ElPasoWineFest.com or on Facebook.
  Restaurants include Anson 11, Café Central, Crave, DELIght, Dragon Fly, Entrecote, Fire, Hallelujah BBQ, Magic Bistro, Morrison Healthcare, 150 Sunset, Orange Peel, Park Tavern, Pecan Grill, Pot au Feu, Ruli’s, Ruth's Chris, Smallcakes, St. Clair and more.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts a drives noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17, collecting toiletries to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Hot dogs for participants, while supplies last. Items also accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The final drive of the year is Dec. 15.
  Order toiletries online that will ship directly to lodge at the TTP "Wish List" at Amazom.com.

Halloween Pet Food Drive — Las Cruces Senior Programs will be trick-or-treating for dog food, cat food, and other supplies 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. All donated items benefit City of Las Cruces seniors and their pets. Donate dry pet food, quart and gallon Ziploc bags, or other pet supplies at: PetSmart, 2200 E. Lohman;
Tractor Supply, 1440 W. Picacho; Horse n Hound, 991 W. Amador; Petco, 3050 E. Lohman; The Feed Store, 5165 Dona Ana; Better Life Pet Foods, 315 S. Telshor and 365 Avenida de Mesilla; and Pet’s Barn, 1600 S. Valley. Information: (Munson Center) (575) 528-3000 or las-cruces.org (senior programs).

Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, Inc. hosts its fall fundraising event 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with dinner, live and silent auctions and more. This year’s theme is “Woodstock,” with music by Fungi Mungle. Dress for run and comfort. Tickets: $75 ($750 tables). Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
  Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-profit organization working in the colonias of Juárez. SPJ builds new homes and helps clothe the families in need.

Child Guidance Center’s Dinner and Roast — Sally Hurt-Deitch, Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Tenet Healthcare, will be honored at the El Paso Child Guidance Center’s annual fundraising dinner and roast 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. All proceeds will go directly to the Center. Tickets: $150 ($1,250 table for ten); available at epcgc.org. Information: 562-1999.

Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 119th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala celebrates “Día de Los Muertos” 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at El Paso Convention Center, with live music by Orkestra Mendoza and Fungi Mungle, cocktails, dinner and dancing, photo booths, folklorico dancing, and other live performers. Black tie event; masks and face painting encouraged. Tickets: $115. Table sponsorships available starting at $1,500. Information/RSVP: 534-0500. Registration at elpaso.org.

Howl at the Moon — The benefit for the Humane Society of El Paso is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at 150 Sunset, 150 E. Sunset in the Upper Valley, with dinner, live music and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $75 ($750 table for ten). Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.

‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs Nov. 3-Dec. 22. 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 bstrongelpaso.org.

Dance for Kids’ Sake — Big Brother Big Sisters of El Paso will host its 11th annual local take on the show “Dancing with the Stars” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Plaza Theatre. Local corporate, political and media celebrities star as dancers and judges to money and awareness for the needs of more than 100 at-risk children and the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring. Admission: $50. Information: 544-4203, bbbsep.org.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta — Actor, producer and activist Wilmer Valderrama, best known for his roles in “That 70s Show” and “The Ranch,” is guest speaker at the chamber’s 28th annual gala event Saturday, Nov. 3, at Fort Bliss’s Centennial Club, 11199 Sergeant Churchill. Details and tickets to be announced. Information: 566-4066 or ephcc.org.
  Valderrama, who grew up in Venezuela, currently stars in the drama “NCIS.” He will voice the first Latino Prince Charming in the upcoming animated feature film “Charming.” He has also appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy,” the “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and is the voice of ”Handy Manny,” helping preschoolers learn Spanish.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball — 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation of El Paso, Texas, hosts it 11th annual ball celebrating the 242nd U.S. Marine Corps birthday 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Forum Ballroom, 3800 Mattox, with music by Dora Reyes and Jose Sandoval, free soda and keg beer. Cocktail hour begins at p.m. with birthday ceremony at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dance 8 p.m. to midnight. Dress is semi-formal (suit with tie). Cost: $35 donation per person. Information: 234-0192, menoL47@yahoo.com, 19thrifleco.com or on Facebook at 19thRifleCo.USMCRFoundation.

Brunch, Barks & Bingo — The 9th annual benefit for Animal Rescue League is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park.
Grooming service and other pet-geared vendors will be available, along with a pet costume contest. Well-behaved and leashed pets welcome. Cost: $25 (includes 5 bingo cards). Brunch not included. Reservations recommended: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Free doggie treat with donation of cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food.

El Paso Toy Run — El Paso Motorcycle Coalition’s 36th annual toy run parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at International Trick Driving School 141 Quinella in Sunland Park and ends at El Paso County Coliseum. Toy drop-off is at 11 a.m. with food, door prizes, music and more. 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). Information: 494-4881, 740-9991, elpasomotorcyclecoalition@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  New route goes from the school to Doniphan, then to Paisano through Downtown to the Coliseum.

Harvest Gathering fundraiser — Mustard Seed Cafe and Westside Community Church host the event 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at 201 E. Sunset. All-you-can-eat soup, salad and bread provided by D’Lox, Great American Steakburger, 150 Sunset, Ripe restaurants and the Mustard Seed Cafe. Pastors from the community will be guest servers. The El Paso Cowboy Gospel Band will perform. Raffles and a silent auction offered. Tickets: $25, available in advance at eventbrite.com or at the Mustard Seed.
  Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.

Option for the Poor — The annual awards dinner, “Rejoice and Be Glad,” hosted by Diocese of El Paso Peace and Justice Ministry is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Santa Lucia Parish Hall, 518 Gallagher, with keynote speaker Father Miguel Briseño. Tickets: $35 ($240 table for 8); available at brownpapertickets.com. Information: 872-8422.
  Awards will be presented to Saint Raphael Parish Social Justice Ministry, Pat Delgado of Christ the Savior Restorative Justice Ministry, Mother Cabrini Parish Migrant Ministry, Santo Toribio Ministry of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ivan Avila and Maribel Gonzalez or Saint Mark RICO Ministry, Laura Ponce of Corpus Christi Solidarity Ambassadors Ministry and Las Alas Prayer Community-ProLife Ministry.

Special Olympics Casino Night — Special Olympics Texas Greater El Paso Area-19 hosts its fundraiser gala 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 St Vrain, with gaming tables- blackjack, craps, and roulette, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in El Paso. Tickets: $40 ($70 couples); includes $5,000 in play money per guest. Open to age 18 and older. Information: Marsha Baray, 533-8229 or mbaray@sotx.org.

Black and White Ball — Silhouette Civic & Social Club’s 45th annual ball is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 10, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sergeant E. Church Street on Biggs Field. Social hour is 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. and dance 9 p.m. to midnight with cash bar. Formal black and white or military dress required. Proceeds benefit Silhouette Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $40. Information: 821-4385.

El Paso Giving Day — Nonprofit organizations and donors throughout the community are invited to take part in the 3rd annual day of promoting philanthropy, engaging new and younger donors, and using social media to improve the quality of life in the community Thursday, Nov. 15. Area organizations, countries, companies and individuals are encouraged to participate. Information: elpasogivingday.org.

Beardfest — Chuco Barbas Brotherhood presents the beard competition 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Rockhouse, 9828 Montana, with live music, raffles and trophies for competitors. Proceeds benefit Veterans Transitional Living Center and Opportunity Center for the Homeless. Cost: $5 and/or blanket donation (includes free raffle ticket). Information: 494-2308 or on Facebook at Chuco Barbas Brotherhood.

Stuff the Truck — The Salvation Army hosts a housewares and clothing drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Fill the donations truck with gently used housewares and clothing. For every 20 pounds of donations (up to 200 pounds), donors receive a raffle ticket for more than $4,000 in prizes. First 300 donors receive a Thanksgiving turkey; first 250 donors each day receive free food from local eateries. All proceeds will help provide shelter, clothing, and food for El Paso’s homeless families and individuals. Information: 565-6532 or salvationarmytexas.org/elpaso.

World AIDS Day — Borderland Rainbow Center free hosts a movie screenings of ”Longtime Companion” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!” in observance of Worlds AIDS Day staring at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Vigil follows 4 to 6 p.m. with an “on the spot” spontaneous fashion show by participating organizations. Information: 249-0108 or borderlandrainbow.org.

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. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at all El Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or 834-5772.
  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.

El Paso Animal Services blankets — El Paso Animal Service needs blankets and towels to keep the pets warm in winter weather. The shelter goes through hundreds of blankets a day. Gently used blankets, comforters and towels may be brought to the shelter at 5001 Fred Wilson. Information: 212-7297 or elpasotexas.gov/animal-services.


Fort Bliss

Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. Public access is available through the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.

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

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

Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or jsw79904@yahoo.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 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.

Club news

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Westside Welcome Club — Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the home of Birgit Curdahay, 4 Cielo Lindo in Anthony, N.M.
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Billy Crews, 1200 Country Club, in Santa Teresa. Patricia Wright of El Paso Department of Health will talk on “Flu Prevention.” Cost for lunch: $22 (for vegetarian options, indicate with reservation). Send check to WWC, PO Box 13167, 79913, or bring to monthly coffee. RSVP (by Nov. 2): 474-5205.
  The social and charitable nonprofit club was established 40 years ago to welcome women to the El Paso community. Open to both newcomers and longtime residents.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Nov. 13) 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: 833-5154.

El Paso Retired Teacher Association — The association’s luncheon meeting is noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, at El Paso Wyndham, 2027 Wyndham. Costs: $18. Reservations: Lila Murphy at
lilalm@sbcglobal.net.
  A joint meeting with the Ysleta Retired Teachers Association is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call for details.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts its awards presentations to Picture of the Year and Photographer of the Year 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575)323-3624 or daphotoclub.org.

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W Paisano, Second floor meeting room. The next workshop is Nov. 28 on Advanced Photoshop. Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at the.elusive.photon.im/PEEP/.

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

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (Nov. 8) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information: epnequilters@gmail.com.

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (Nov. 10) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information: jsw79904@yahoo.com.

Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.



Area attractions

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
  Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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.

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.
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.

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

La Viña Winery — 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.

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
  The vineyard’s annual Arts & Craft Fair is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring handmade items from a variety of artisans.

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.

Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort is open during ski season and begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $84 for adults, $77 children and senior, $71 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, open year-round, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobservatory.org.
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Estadio Juárez Vive — Av Sanders 1450, Melchor Ocampo, 32380.
  Latin Grammy winner Julion Alvarez performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.Tickets: 175-2,060 pesos.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• Alberto de Arco presents “Noche Paranormal” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Tickets: 175-760 pesos.
• The comic play “Señora Presidenta” starring Hector Suarez is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets: 460-920 pesos.
• A live presentation of “Coco” with mariachis is at noon, Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets: 208-323 pesos.
• Comedienne La India Yuridia performs at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets: 345-520 pesos.
• “El Cartero (Il Postino)” is presented at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Tickets: 405-745 pesos.
• The comic play “Mi Amiga la Gorda”  is presented at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Tickets: 345-690 pesos.
• César Lozana presents “No Te Enganches Todo Pasa” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Tickets: 315-470 pesos.
• The play “Esquizofrenia” is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Tickets: 345-520 pesos.
• The comic play “Maduras, Soltaras & Desesperadas”  is presented at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Tickets: 415-760 pesos.
• The Voronesh Russian Ballet production of “El Cascanueces” (The Nutcracker) is at Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tickets: 405-805 pesos.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• “Frida Kahlo: Viva la Vida” is presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Admission: 160 pesos.
• Comic Rogelio Ramos performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Tickets: 230-460 pesos.
• Rorro Echavez and Farid Dieck present “Genera + Mas” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets: 290-460 pesos.

ExpoArte 2018 — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’ annual gala, “Night of Art and Culture” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Cibeles Convention Center in Juárez, featuring performances by Saxodia and Ballet Folklorico del Municipio de Queretaro, and culinary arts by chef Israel Soriano Rodríguez. Ticket information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 or 612-4075 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.
  Featured visual artists are Gerardo Pedraza, Gerardo Ezquivel, Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera, Emilio Rama, Virginia Ledesma, Gustavo Villegas, Edgar Vazquez, Santiago Carbonell, Ramses de la Cruz and Patricia Arreola.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. Marcos Florez and Banda Jerez perform Friday, Nov. 16.

Teatro de INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Information: 616-7414, Bellasartes.gob.mx. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
 Hot Spanish performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Tickets: 230 and 405 pesos. Meet & Greet: 575 pesos.

Teatro de la Nacion — Costa Rica street at 20 de Noviembre.
 Stand-up comic Alex Fernández performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Admission: 405 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. AAA Lucha Libre begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets: 130-1,150 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.

El Rey — Blvd. Tomas Fernandez 7818. Venezuelan YouTube sensation “La Divaza” performs at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Tickets: 920 pesos (1,730 VIP) at donboleton.com.

Festival Inernacional del Globo — The hot air balloon festival is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Sede Papal El Punto, Calle 5 de Mayo, Chamizal. Gates open at 6 a.m. Admission is 175 pesos. Camping fee is 115 pesos. Tickets at donboleton.com.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at Florida). Tickets at donboleton.com. Singer, songwriter and accordionist Remmy Valenzuela performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets: 365-2,065 pesos. He was nominated for the "New Artist of the Year" at the 2015 Latin American Music Awards oand his album “Mi Vida en Vida” was nominated for the Best Norteño Album at the Latin Grammy Awards that yeara.

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.

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


 
 

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