September 2017

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Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
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Fort Bliss
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Minerpalooza 2017 — UTEP’s 27th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in Glory Road 2 parking lot on the UTEP campus, corner of Sun Bowl Drive and Glory Road. The family friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment, family activities, and beer and wine garden for 21 and older. Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5648, or on Facebook.
  This year’s live entertainment includes We The Kings, Jenny & the Mexicats and Prime 80z.
  Pete’s Playground will operate from 6 to 11 p.m. near the north entrance of the Sun Bowl.

Great American Rockabilly Riot — The 6th annual Kustom Kulture Extravaganza, hosted by Hardknocks Car Club, is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3, at El Paso County Coliseum, with a Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show, a Classic Pin-Up Contest, Vendors, Food Trucks, Adult Beverages, and a Kiddie Corral. Portion of the proceeds go towards charities. All ages welcome; age 12 and younger free. Tickets: $20 per day; $35 for both days(Ticketmaster). Information, pin-up pageant and car show registration
  New this year is a Lucky 13 Gaming Area presented by Dave and Busters, local and national tattoo artists, fashion shows, roller derby, and a car parts swap.
  Saturday’s headliner is Tiger Army, with Gamblers Marks, Reno Divorce, Sorry About You Sister and Fixed Idea.
  Sunday’s Headliners are The Paladins with The Octanes, Star Mountain Dreamers, The Devotions and The Pinsetters.

Oktoberfest — Bliss MWR brings a taste of Bavaria back to El Paso Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8-10 in at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd on East Fort Bliss, with German food, beer, music and dancers. Information: 568-6741 or
  This year’s musical guest is Terry Cavanaugh and the Alpine Express. Also performing: the German Air Force Schuhplattler Dance Group.
  Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to midnight. Adults only. Tickets: $35, includes stein, German meal.
  Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. Free, all ages. Food available for purchase.

Community Preparedness Expo — El Paso Department of Public Health and other partners host the preparedness expo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at El Paso Convention Center, with information on being prepared for disease outbreaks, thunderstorms, power outages, severe winds, fires, floods, extreme heat and winter storms. Admission is free. Information:
  Activities planned for the entire family, including tours of emergency vehicles and utility trucks, free emergency kit starter bags, life and fire safety information, emergency preparedness supply vendors, hands-on CPR lessons from El Paso Fire Department, blood donations, hiking safety, zika virus information, vaccination information and more.

‘Dog Day’ swimming event — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 6th annual dog swim days are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad. Social dogs will be allowed to enjoy a pool day interacting with other friendly pets. Among the contests on both days are prettiest doggie bikini and longest doggie leap Cost: $2 per dog (owners free). Information, pool rules for pets: 212-0397 or
  Animal Rescue League and El Paso Animal Services will have information on dogs available for adoption.

Grandparents Day Expo — EPCC Senior Adult Program and United Healthcare host the 13th annual expo for Grandparents Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center A-Building, Auditorium, 9050 Viscount, with free health screenings, snacks, music and fun for grandparents and their families. Ticket are free; available by calling: 831-7801.

Mexican Food Fiesta — The Mexican food event is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, presented by Metro PCS. Dozens of food vendors will be on site with their best Mexican food eats, along with a Mercadito, mini car show and live art competition with art from local and regional artists. Live entertainment includes mariachi bands and folklorico dancers throughout the entire evening. Admission: $3 (free with Metro PCS Pass available at all Metro PCS stores). Information: 544-9550 or

West Health Fest — Texas Tech Physicians presents free family health and fitness event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at its new location at 2000 B Transmountain Road, with zumba, yoga, a doctor’s corner, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, a drumline performance, music, inflatables and more. Prizes and giveaways every hour. Information: 215-4647 or
  The event also features the 2017 Texas Tech Fitness Challenge.

‘Aging to Perfection’ expo — The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging’s 18th annual senior expo is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the El Paso Convention Center, with educational sessions, flu and pneumonia shots, health screenings information booths and entertainment, as well as information about available services, benefits and support for older adults and family caregivers. Admission is free. Information: 533-0998 or

16 de Septiembre Celebration — El Paso Parks and Recreation host the celebration of Mexican Independence Day 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at San Jacinto Plaza, with live music by Hugo Cortes “La J G de Juarez,” Mariachi Cuauhtémoc, La Magistral Sonora and various folklorico dance groups. Admission is free. Information: 212-1704 or

‘Running of the Chihuahuas’ — The 5th annual event is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Animal Rescue League of El Paso, 7256 La Junta in Canutillo. Races for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes, under 20 lb. category and a costume contest for all dogs. All well-mannered dogs and their families welcome. Races begin at 5 p.m. Entry fee: $20 per dog (limit two per family); includes t-shirt and goodie bag. Entry fee day of race is $25, if any slots are open. Information: 877-5002,, or on Facebook.
  The event also features vendors with pet related items arts and crafts, local food trucks; raffle and more. All well-mannered dogs and their families are welcomed to attend.

¡Vivamos México! — The celebration of 207 years of Mexican Independence is 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, with invited musical guests Alacranes Musical, Ballet Folklórico Quetzales, Ballet Folklórico Paso del Norte, Mariachi Cuauhtemoc, Aponi Kai, Ballet Folklórico de Ciudad Juarez and Sobredosis del Sabor. Information: 532-7273.

Country Bash — Locash headlines Southwest University’s country bash parking lot party benefiting El Paso Diabetes Association at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Southwest University Country, with Love And Theft, Brandon Ray and local opener Joe Barron. Also featured are food trucks, and a VIP Party with viewing deck. All ages event. Tickets: $35 general admission; $75 VIP; $110 VIP meet and greet. Information: 778-4001, or on Facebook at SSBCProdcuctions.
  Locash is known for the No. 1 hit “I Know Somebody” topping Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck after the RIAA Gold-Certified “I Love This Life” single ascended to the top of the charts.

El Paso County Fair — El Paso County Fair Association runs Sept. 21-24, at El Paso County Coliseum. The El Paso County Fair will feature expanded programming all around with live music, livestock on display, and an open auction for the public to attend. A full calendar of El Paso County Fair activities and attractions will be released by the El Paso County Fair Association:

Autumn Equinox Party — — The fundraiser for Keystone Heritage Park and Botanical Garden, 4220 Doniphan, is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Cost: $7 in advance; $10 at the door for age 14 and older. Information: 490-8601,490-8571 or
  The event offers sunset guided tours of the wetlands and gardens, snacks from One Grub Community and beverages, a fashion show by pret-a-porter fashions, fire and belly dancing by Darlina Marie and her student troupes, and sun salutations lead by Om Shanti and Elizabeth Talley to welcome the celestial event, with audience participation. Headline entertainment by Chuco Soul Project. Also performing are Carlos Guillermo Garcia, flamenco guitarist, and his Da Vinci students, flamenco dancers Carla Briones and friends, and the maze and sandbox for children. Yoga, henna, capoeira demo, jewelry and fresh produce also offered.

Hoppy Monk’s ‘Monktoberfest’ — Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa, hosts its Oktoberfest celebration Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23, both indoors and outside with German beer, traditional Bavarian food, live music and more. Information: 307-3263, or on Facebook at TheHoppyMonk.

Harvest Festival — The City of Socorro, Texas presents festival 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at 901 Rio Vista. Music, food, rides, prizes and farmers market. Information: 860-8615.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 13th annual car show and Chicano art exhibit is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or
  The event includes a lowrider car show; art from Gaytan ArtWorks and others; mural presentation from mural presentation of “Chicano Park, El Paso, TX” by Angel Ortiz, Vincent Delgado, and Mike Thornton; live music by Frontera Bugalu and Los Chucanos; and dancing. Food available or public may bring a picnic or grill

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — Texas Parks and Wildlife will host its 13th annual fiesta highlighting the animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Section (off of Transmountain Road on the west slope), with speakers, informational booths, and more. Admission is free. Food and drink will be sold. Information: 566-6441 (Franklin Mountains State Park); Carlos Rodriguez, 240-3311, or

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 3rd season noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Nov. 5 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. This year’s maze theme is Venture through Renewable Energy. 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), or on Facebook.

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

Village Vibes Music Festival — The Village of Vinton and Keep Vinton Beautiful hosts the 2nd annual music festival Saturday, Sept. 30, at Dr. Applegate Park, 7966 Quejette, in Vinton, in support of the village’s community garden and learning center. The festival will showcase a variety of musicians and artists, along with a selection local food truck and vendor offerings. All ages event. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the gate; $5 kids in advance. Information: 886-5104 or
  Headliner is The Chamanas. Other performers include Ribo Flavin, Brandon Bailey Johnson, Orange Anima, The Swell Kids, Dulce Mal, Sorrytown, Hypnosis, Penumbra Rabia, If We Were Turtles, Coyote Blue, Old Kids, Somewhat Lethargic, Vibes Arise, The Defectonauts, Bakersfield, Rugido de Felinos, and Cactus Moonshine.

Miner Dash and Family Fitness Fiesta — The 8th annual event kicks off UTEP’s Homecoming festivities 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza.
  The Fitness Fiesta offers a variety of physical activities and health screenings including a jumping balloon, inflatable obstacle course, zumba, yoga and more. Cost: $5.
  A 5K run and 3K walk begin at 8 a.m., plus a 5K wheelchair race. Proceeds benefit UTEP’s College of Health Sciences Programs and the Wellness Program. Entry fee is $25 per division by Sept. 19. Register

UTEP Football & Homecoming - The 2017 homecoming game against Western Kentucky is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tailgating events begin at 3 p.m. Ticket information: 747-5234 or 1-800-745-3000. Event information: 747-8600 or
  The 8th annual Miner Dash 5K Run, 3K Walk and Family Fitness Fiesta is Sunday, Oct. 1, at Centennial Plaza. Registration:
  Homecoming Pageant is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Magoffin Auditorium.
  Pep Rally is noon Wednesday, Oct. 4, on Centennial Plaza, with the Homecoming Dance at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 (location to be announced).
  Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $100.
  An Open House at Alumni Lodge is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Peter and Margaret de Wetter Center. Self Guided campus tours are 1 to 4 p.m. at various locations.
  The 100th Anniversary of Old Main celebration is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Old Main Building, outdoor entrance.

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

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open Sept. 23-Nov. 5 (weather permitting) for its 17th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. This year’s theme celebrates El Paso Chihuahuas with a depiction of mascot, “Chico.” Information: 549-1323 or
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The maze also will be open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 (Columbus Day).
  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 available in advance at
  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.
  October nights feature the Haunted Pallet Maze (additional $7 person).

Southern New Mexico

Southwest Print Fiesta — Mimbres Region Arts Council hosts the gathering together of more than 20 regional and local printmakers noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1-3, at Seedboat Gallery, 214 Yankie, in Silver City, N.M. celebrating the art of printmaking through demonstrations, workshops. children’s activities steamroller street printing event, artisan marketplace and more. Admission is free; artists work available starting at $10 and up. Information: (575) 538-2505, or on Facebook.
  Artisan market place is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Workshops scheduled Sunday.
  This year’s participating artists in the Steamroller Street Printing include Dr. Linda Brett, Manda Clair Jost, Michael Kimball, Collette Marie, Sean Wells.
  In conjunction with the fiesta is the “Artist Proof Exhibition,” running Sept. 1-Nov. 1, at 209 W. Broadway (formerly Firecloud Traders), featuring print artwork with Southwest artists. Reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Visiting artist James Bailey will be present.
  Silver City museum offers printmaking activities for kids 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Materials provided free, but $5 donation requested.

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla — The annual family party is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2-3, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or

Cottonwood Festival — The 27th annual Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is Sept. 2-3, in Alameda Park, alongside White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70) in Alamogordo. The event offers arts and crafts, entertainment, food and more. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294 or
  The Alamogordo Chamber Ambassadors will host a Pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. both mornings. Plates: $7.

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2-4, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate, includes souvenir wine glass. Non drinkers and age 16-21 are $5 in advance or at the gate. Military $12 in advance; $17 at the gate (with valid current DoD ID). Miners must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information:            
(575) 649-8994,, or on Facebook.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.
  The NMWGA also sponsors the Harvest Wine Festival at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park the same weekend.

Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world’s” 46th annual celebration is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden, mud volleyball, mariachi competition, and fresh roasted Hatch green chile and contests. Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission; $10 carload (good for both days). Information: (575) 267-5483, or on Facebook.

One Thousand Years: From Mimbres to Miners — The Towns of Hillsboro and Kingston host the event celebrating the area’s history 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, along the historic communities’ main streets. The area’s historic Black Range Museum in Hillsboro and School House Museum and Percha Bank Museum in Kingston will be open to the public. Admission by donation.
Information: (575) 895-5154 or
  Arts and craft Fair and silent auction offered at Hillsboro Community Center, and lunch based on original Tom Ying recipes available at the Black Range Museum and Community Center.
  Hillsboro is on NM 152 along the east side of the Black Range between I-25 (Caballo exit) and the Mimbres Valley.

‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 34th annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 2-4 at the newly remodeled Grand County Veterans’ Memorial Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E in Silver City. The show offers more than 40 vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as the Wheel of Fortune. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information:
   The show features dealers from around the Southwest with mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
  Rockhounding and educational field trips offered each day.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The 16 annual event is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in downtown Silver City. The event features food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more. Tickets: $20, available at Information: (575) 534-9005.

End of Summer Bash — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts its Labor Day weekend bash 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, with concessions, jumping balloons, live music on the lawn, fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free 9 (jumping balloon $10 per person); all ages welcome. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

Elephant Days — The City of Elephant Butte’s annual celebration is Sept. 8-10 at Elephant Butte event grounds, with carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, live music, food and more. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 744-4892 or

Dog Cruces Pet Expo — The inaugural expo for pet owners is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with treats for dogs, a K-9 agility course, a pet costume contest, and prizes and giveaways both days. Products and information booths for experts on behavioral issues, nutrition, grooming and more. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Admission: $5; free for age 4 and younger.

Labor Day Trail Ride — The Chihenne Ranch’s 16th annual Labor Day ride is Sept. 10-16 beginning with dinner Sunday and ending with breakfast Saturday. This base camp ride returns back to the Lodge headquarters each day. No electricity or water hookups, but flush toilets and showers offered. Evening programs with musical entertainment as well as dancing will be available each night. Registration: $350 (due by Sept. 1). Information/registration: Greg Evans, (575) 743-1602 or
  The Chihenne Ranch is in the foothills of the Black Range near the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Pets & Plants Party — Sierra Vista Growers, 2800 HWY 28 in La Union, hosts a dog party, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Bring friendly pets on leash for food, crafts, a doggy parade. Only bring pets that are friendly with other pets and young children. Admission is free. Information: (575) 874-2415 or

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The 48th annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 13-17, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M. Sponsored by the American Motorcycle Association National Road Riding Convention, and part of the Gypsy Tour series. Registration: $42 by Sept. 1. Information: (575) 973-4977,, or on Facebook at RuidosoRally.
  Trade show hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Trade show admission $3.
  Events include the Golden Aspen Rider Challenge Course with Reno Birt, daily contingency prize drawings, free demo rides, parade, bike games, poker runs, riding tours, bike judging, tours pins and patches and food.
  A daily non-denominational church service, hosted by Christian Motorcycle Association.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta — The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16-17, at the Mesilla Plaza, with vendor booths offering art, crafts, games, drinks and food. There will also be a greased pole climb and piñatas for kids. Attendees may bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed on the plaza. Information/entry forms: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or
  The Fiesta Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.

Lumberjack Day — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Zenith Park, Cloudcroft, N.M. with axe throw and standing block chop and “hot saw” competitions, demonstrations and more. Visitors can test their own lumberjack skills. Kids activities, food and drink available. Admission is free for spectators. Participant fee is $5 per event (registration in advance). Information: (575) 682-2733 or
  A lumberjack pancake and coffee breakfast is 7:30 to noon in Zenith Park.

Cliff-Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 20-24, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 388-1559 or
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest of Silver City on U.S. 180.

‘The Big Event... A Community that CAREs’ — Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc. hosts its 2nd annual fundraising events celebrating southern New Mexico’s traditions, people and food Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24 at Plaza de Las Cruces, 101 N. Main (Downtown Mall). Events include a Kids Zone, vendors, mariachis and bands, folklorico dancers, walk, fashion show, games, carnival, Lumbre Chile Eating Competition, The Big Event Pageant and more. Information schedule: (575) 649-0598 or
  Parade is 9 a.m. Saturday starting in the District Court Parking Lot.
  The 4th annual Jubilee of Life Walk is 9 a.m. Saturday.
  The 4th annual Fashion show is 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday
  A CARE Fulfills Bike Run is 9 a.m. Sunday, in Downtown Parking Lot 3, with a Bike and Car show noon to 4 p.m.
  The 2nd annual Roberto’s Enchilada Cook-Off is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
  A Kickoff Golf Tournament is 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Red Hawk Golf Course, 7502 Red Hawk Golf Road. Cost: $100 ($400 team of four). Information: (575)-649-9891 or

Brews, Blues & BBQ — The food and music festival begins at noon Saturday, Sept. 23, Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. Choose from more than 200 different beers, enjoy BBQ anywhere, and listen to live blues bands on the lawn in front of Lake Mescalero. It’s always cool by the water. Cost: $25 for 10 4.oz pours.
  Breweries include Ballast Point, Santa Fe Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Rio Bravo Brewing Co. and more.

WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011 or
  The Homecoming game is 1:30 p.m. Saturday against UT Permian Basin on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Grounds open at 9 a.m. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Tickets: $14 ($10 age 7-14) after 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday; free for age 6 and younger: available at Half-day tickets available at the gate. Information: (575) 524-8602 or
  Headliners are Tell Runyan Thursday, Parker McCollum Friday, and Uncle Lucius Saturday.

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 17th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. This year’s theme is “It Ain’t Corny.” Food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919, or on Facebook at Mesilla Valley Maze.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, face painting, rope making, 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 Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8, with live music, contests and activities for all ages.
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 12th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities and more. Information: (575) 536-9845 or

West Texas

Marfa Lights Festival — The 31st annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1-3, in Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include food and crafts booths, a main street parade, contests, concerts and street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area. Information:
  Events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with vendors beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday. Food and craft vendors, street dances Friday and Saturday nights. The annual Parade on Highland is 10 a.m. Saturday

Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair — The 59th annual Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, on the fairgrounds in Dell City, with a Main Street parade, team roping, barbecue, music, dances, exhibits and more. A Ranch Rodeo is Friday at the Fairgrounds. Vendors and exhibits open all three days. Admission is free. or on Facebook at Dell Valley Fair.

Bazaars and Fairs

All American Mountain Festivals — River Rendezvous hosts the outdoor craft fair Friday through Monday, Sept. 1-4, at All American Park in Ruidoso Downs, N.M., across from the tennis courts, featuring area arts and crafts, food and live music. Admission is free. Information: (575) 446-1441 or

All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show — The 27th annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr. Hundreds of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts, knives, cowboy gear and more will be on display. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Admission: $6 (free for under age 12). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or
  Yoga 9 to 10 a.m.; with massage 9 a.m. to noon by certified massage therapist.
  Weekly events include kids’ coloring booth and tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music. A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month. Bring a used book in good condition, to exchange for another.
Sept. 2: Labor Day Scavenger Hunt.

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of 80 to 90 area artists 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3. The event includes an enchilada dinner, food vendors, silent auction, raffle, live music and beer garden. Admission is free; donations taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688 or

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 53rd annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2-4, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261 or on Facebook.
  Proceeds from the event go directly to the education, housing and living expenses for the seminarians.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.

Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Fair — Christ the Savior Catholic Church, 5301 Wadsworth (next to Veterans Park) hosts it fair 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9-10. Admission is free. Vendors welcome; applications: Jesus (Jesse) Mancillas, 255-6936 or

Celebrating the Southwest sale — Casa Camino Real, 314 South Tornillo, in the historic Mesquite District, hosts a Southwest Book, Art, and Vintage Vinyl Sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10. Information, donations: Casa Camino Real (575) 523-3988, or on Facebook at Casa Camino Real Book Store Art Gallery.
  Casa Camino Real is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale — The annual doll and accessory show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Scottish Rite Temple, 195 Boutz, Las Cruces. Includes dolls, doll accessories, Teddy bears, fabrics and trims, toys and miniatures, a silent auction and door prizes. Admission: $2 (free for ages 10 and younger). Information: (575) 523-1413.

St. Genevieve’s Fiesta — The Las Cruces church’s annual fiesta, celebrating the church community’s 155th year, is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9-10, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces. Live entertainment includes Suavecito Band from Socorro, N.M, Las Cruces Gents Band, Gadsden Steel Drum Band; ballet folkloricos and ballet, mariachis, as well as clowns, piñatas, karate and zumba. Food includes gorditas, enchiladas, hamburgers, quesadillas, hot dogs, burritos, corn on the cob, snow cones, aguas frescas and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 888-5578 or
  Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the procession to the fiesta.

Socorro Mission Bazaar — The annual event is usually held Friday through Sunday on the last full weekend in September at La Purisima Catholic Church, 10041 Socorro Road, with live music, food, raffle prizes and other activities. Admission is free. Information: 859-7718.

VFW Auxiliary Fall Festival — VFW Auxiliary Yucca Post 8919, 5535 Saluki, hosts a day of crafts, food and entertainment 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, supporting the post’s Veterans programs in El Paso. Admission is free. Information: 346-2567 or

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Sept. 17, Oct. 15) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s Spring 2017 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with arts and crafts vendors, and food booths. Local entertainment provided by dance groups, bands, and other recreational groups. Admission is free. Information: 212-1704.

Darlins of the Desert Market — The 4th annual vintage market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at 407 Central Highway 54, in Downtown Carrizozo, N.M. with vintage items, antiques and art. Information:

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

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

Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month (during the Downtown Farmer’s Market), at 115 S Durango, Suite D, with art, music, fashion, baked goods, pet goodies, soaps, skincare, handmade objects, food and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at tablapopupmercado.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays mid-May through October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681 or

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, 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: or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.

Something for everyone

Latinitas In Progress — Latinas in Progress (LIP) exposes Latinas in their senior year of high school to college life and provides them with the tools needed to succeed in their personal and professional life. The LIP Education Series consists of five learning sessions, citywide volunteer opportunities, and mentors. Deadline to apply is Sept. 1. Information: 219-8554, or

After School Fall Program — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 2017-2018 After School Program begins Sept. 5 and continues through the school year at local recreation centers and selected EPISD and YISD elementary schools throughout the city. The program runs from school dismissal time to 6 p.m. and is open to age 5-12. Cost: $5 per week per child at public school sites; free at recreation centers. Information/list of centers: 212-0393. Register online at

Computer Classes — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, hosts free computer literacy classes 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in September in the training lab on the second floor. Registration not required; yet only first nine attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. Information: (575) 528-4005 or
Sept. 5: Introduction to Computers: The Basics
Sept. 12: Windows 10
Sept. 19: Internet for Beginners
Sept. 26: Introduction to Computers: File Management.

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, or
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

Elks Lodge Patriotism Week — El Paso Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C-E, hosts an open house ice cream social 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, with free ice cream and information on Elks’ community involvement. For more than 100 years, Elks Lodge #187 has been serving the El Paso community with various youth, disabilities and veterans programs. Volunteers welcome. Information: 532-4441 or
  Other related events.
• The annual “Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner” is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the lodge. Cost: $8 per person; military families eat free. RSVP: Shirley, 373-1581 or Elks Lodge, 532-4441 by Sept. 13.
• Patriotic Kids Extravaganza is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. with patriotic crafts, songs, learning the Pledge of Allegiance, games and more geared towards age 2 through 12 and their families. Free pizza, juice and cookies served at 1 p.m. Admission is free; RSVP: Shirley, 373-1581 or Elks Lodge, 532-4441 by Sept. 12.

Baby Bump Day — Desert Sun Chiropractic, 3800 N. Mesa Suite C-1, hosts the free event for pregnant and new moms 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, with food and drink, shopping, and information about women’s chiropractic care. Information: 838-1500 or

‘Walk Like MADD’ 5K — Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host its 5K walk in partnership with El Paso Community College 10:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9, at Crime Victims Memorial Park, Judge Edward Marquez Library and Yucca Park, off Lafayette. The walk benefits MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, through the support of fundraising pledges made by the participants. Information: 779-1987, ext. 4885 or
  Remembrance ceremony is 9:50 a.m.; Commitment celebration follows walk at 11:15 a.m.

El Paseo de Casas — El Paso Association of Builders’ 2017 Parade of Homes run through Sept. 10. This year’s homes are in along Via Rojas. Admission: $5; free age 12 and younger. Call to RSVP. Information: 778-5387 or

Pavo Real Dominos Tournament — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts the inaugural tournament for age 50 and older 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda. Participation is free, but players must register in advance at any Parks and Rec center. Information: 860-9131 or

‘Rebirth: A Discussion on Immigration’ — El Paso Holocaust Museum presents a panel discussion on immigration in El Paso, past and present: experiences of Holocaust survivors post-World War II, analysis of the historic/ current climate and public sentiment toward immigration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at El Paso Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon, as part of the museum’s Speak Out Program series. Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or
  Panelists are Dr. Mimi Gladstein, UTEP Professor of English & Theater Arts; Dr. Guillermina Gina Nunez-Mchiri, UTEP Associate Professor of Anthropology; Father Bob Mosher, Columban Mission Center.

Military Family Clinic opening — Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Family Endeavors hosts an opening celebration Friday, Sept. 15, 1350 George Dieter, Suite 140. Information, time:

Santa Lucia Gran Baile Ranchero – Santa Lucia Catholic Church hosts its Ranchero Dance Friday, Sept. 15, at Centro de Amistad, 516 Gallagher. Dinner served 6 to 7 p.m. with dance 7 to 11 p.m. Live music by The Galaxies. BYOB (Beer and Set-ups will be sold) Cost: $12.50. Information Phone Number: 820-0918.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (Sept. 16). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or
  This month’s program focuses on Mexico’s Independence Day.

NEBA Business Fair and Networking — North East Business Alliance hosts its business fair 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Armed Services YMCA, 7061 Comington. Attendees promote their business or service, display their items, giveaway samples, connect and network with other people. Cost: $35 (includes membership through Dec); free for NEBA members. Information: 345-5391 or

Wine, Camera, Action! — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) host a series of Wednesday workshops every other month at Wine Attitude, 6633 N. Mesa. Each workshop is 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20: Sports Photography & Night Photography.  Cost: $35, which includes two glasses of wine; or $25 without wine. PEEP members get 20 percent off. Information, reservations: Ron Thompson, Web:

El Paso Technology Conference — Townsquare Media hosts the conference Thursday, Sept. 21, at El Paso Wyndham, 2027 Airway. Information: Rebeca Rodriguez, 521-6327 or

El Paso High School reunion — El Paso High School’s Class of ‘87 hosts its 30-year reunion with the main event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Tickets: $50; available at Information: (703) 350-3470 or on Facebook at EPHS Class of '87 Reunion.

NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso hosts its annual walk 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Memorial Park Reserve, 1701 Copia. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free. Information: or
  The non-profit NAMI offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community. NAMIWalks is a public display of support for people with mental health challenges, changing how Americans view mental illness. All walkers who raise more than $100 for the cause receive a t-shirt.

Pranic Healing Level 1 — Lynn Provenzano instructs the 2-day experiential intensive 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, at Chase Suite Hotel Conference Center, 6791 Montana. healing is a non-touch form of energy healing. Registration and information: 449-0619 or register at For other local pranic healing clinics and events, go to or on Facebook: Pranic Healing El Paso Border Region.

4to Congreso De Mujeres — The Spanish language series of women’s lectures begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $10(Ticketmaster) Information: 355-4868 or

Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 10th annual conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Region 19 Head Start Program Education Service Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Free breakfast and lunch, health screenings, living wills, advanced directives, door prizes and goodie bags. Tickets are free with donated fan, blanket or personal hygiene items or adult diapers to restock the APS Silver Star Resource Room. Registration required; online at Information: 834-5772.

JobCon Career Exploration Expo — Workforce Solutions Borderplex hosts the career expo for area high school students Thursday, Sept. 28. About 30 exhibitors will showcase their organization to the students. Details and location to be announced. Information: 887-2224 or

Blessing of the Animals — The free blessing of pets is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal Church, 6280 Los Robles. All pets are welcome to receive a prayer of blessing. Light refreshments will be available for pets and pet parents. Information: 581-9500 or

EPCC Mentor’s Dinner — John Quiñones is guest speaker for the annual mentor’s dinner 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at EPCC’s Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A Auditorium, as part of El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Tickets: $40; available at all EPCC Campus cashiers or Schedule to be announced. Information: 831-3324 or

Austin High School 50th Reunion — The Austin High Class of 1967’s 50th reunion is Oct. 27-29. Details: 383-8683 or

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Sept. 19) 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. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,

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

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

Miracles Gathering course — Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama, will host the course let by Alicia, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays, in the library. The new group meeting discusses miracles. Admission is free. Information: 566-5544 or

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Prompt arrival strongly encouraged. Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing, followed by Twin Hearts Meditation. It will require some simple exercises prior to and after the meditation. Services offered on a first-come basis. Provided solely by volunteer efforts of the many El Paso Pranic healers. Donations welcome. Information on Facebook at LightElPaso.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church. Donations welcome.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. 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

For a good cause

‘Power of the Purse’ Party — The Women’s Fund POP fundraiser and shopping celebration is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Epic Railyard Center, 2201 E Mills, featuring live and silent auction and mercado of new and vintage handbags. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for single mothers and other women in the community. Tickets: $50. Information: 799-6605 or
  The Women’s Fund of El Paso was established in 2004 to connect women with resources available in the community and offer educational advancement and leadership development opportunities for their economic advancement.

Marines Fashion benefit — A charity fashion show benefiting U.S. Marine Corp is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Golden Mesa Retirement Center, 151 N. Roadrunner in Las Cruces. Admission is free; $5 donation asked to help Toys for Tots. Women and men volunteers will be modeling the latest fashions from contributors Rue 21, Kohl's and JC Penney's Department Stores of Las Cruces. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be drawn throughout the even. Information: Golden Mesa Retirement Center, (575) 522-4219.

Foundation of Faith Dinner — Veteran comedy writer Tom Leopold is keynote speaker for Diocese of El Paso’s 11th annual dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at El Paso Convention Center. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten). Sponsorships available. Ticket information: 872-8412 or
  Leopold has written for such hit TV shows as “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” and “Will and Grace.” Now he’s co-host with Father Leo on “Entertaining Truth” on the Catholic Channel of Sirius XM. The former secular Jew and recent Catholic convert is known for his performance lecture, “A Comedy Writer Finds God: My Journey to Faith, One Laugh at a Time.”
  The Foundation will also host An Intimate Evening with Tom Leopold on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at a private home for sponsors of $2,500 and up.

Signature Chefs Auction — The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence presents the annual benefit auction for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Southwest University Center, 6500 Montana. Top area chefs will present their signature dishes, along with a menu of gourmet auction packets. Tickets: $150; $1,500 table. Sponsorships: 249-2270, or
   Guests can sample chefs’ creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before the live auction and Fund the Mission during dessert.

Rubin Center September Soiree — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is, off Dawson Drive next to the Sun Bowl, host its fundraising soiree 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, with whisky tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Kikamora in a casual outdoor setting. Tickets: $50; available at Information: 747-6151 or on Facebook at RubinCenter.

Tequila Tasting Night — Camino Real Rotary Club hosts the Mexican-themed fundraiser benefiting Corazon de Niños 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 22, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Dr., with more than 50 tequilas to taste, silent auction, Mexican food, mariachi band and live entertainment by Juan Gabriel Impersonator Hugo Cortez, “La JG de Juarez.” Tickets: $65 in advance; $75 at the door; table for 10 $600; VIP packages available. Tickets and information:, or on Facebook at Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Fundraiser — The Catholic Daughters of America Chapter #1581 host its 66th anniversary celebration and annual fundraiser dinner and dance Saturday, Sept. 23, at Magoffin Hall, 801 Magoffin. Dinner 6 to 7:30 p.m.; dance 8 p.m. to midnight e with Live Music provided by The Starliners Band. Tickets: $35 (a tax-deductible donation); available by calling: Barbie, 240-5959; Alma, 490-0333; Josie, 603-6368; Magdalena, 566-5146; Norma; 474-7177, Hazel, 267-9070; or

Fajitas & Margaritas for Scholarships — El Paso Community College’s Culinary Arts program benefit event is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B Foyer. General admission: $100; sponsorships available. Information: 831-6483 or

FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP will host its_ 12th annual gala 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside, with cocktail reception, dinner and dancing and a live band. Tickets: $150 ($1,750 corporate tables for 10). Information: 544-4151, or

Frida Night — Latinitas El Paso hosts a Frida Kahlo-inspired fundraiser 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at 1931 Myrtle, with wine and cheese, live music, art from Latinitas, and a self-portrait painting class with Diego Robot. Raffle drawings also held. Cost; $50 donation; available on Information: 282-5639, or on Facebook.

‘A Tasting For Tocando’ — The 4th annual “Tomatoville” fundraiser for El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Music Project is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at 750 Linda, to experience the “ultimate BLT.” Tickets: $75; available at Information: 532-3776.
  The Symphony’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students.

Buddy Walk - EPCC Diversity Programs host its 7th annual walk benefiting Down Syndrome Coalition and EPCC Scholarships for Students with Disabilities 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Cost: $15 (free for individuals with Downs Syndrome); registration at or at the starting point day of event. Information: 241-1040, or on Facebook.
  The Buddy Walk is a nationally sponsored walk organized by the local DSCEP in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), to raise awareness of Down syndrome.

Mission Trail Association Fundraiser — El Paso Mission Trail Association hosts it annual fundraiser dance 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at historic La Cueva Theatre, 10180 Socorro Road, in Socorro, Texas. Danzas Espanola, presents A Spanish Knight of Flamenco Dance and Zarzuela Arias. Silent auction starts at 4 p.m.; performance at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: 851-9997 or

Tote Couture Fashion Show — Leadership El Paso Class 39, a Program of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, hosts the fashion show noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at EPCC Administrative Services Center Auditorium, 9050 Viscount Building A, with lunch, thrifty fashion contest, silent and live auctions, and local celebrities in attendance. Host is local radio personality Monica Castillo. Cost: $25. Information: 534-0500.
  Clothes provided by Pret-A-Porter Fashions Thrifty Contest clothing provided by Wardrobe Exchange Proceeds benefit El Paso SMART scholarship fund.

Walk for Kids — Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso hosts the fundraising walk 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Sunland Park Racetrack, 1200 Futurity Drive. Registration and kids zone opens at 8 a.m. with fun walk at 9 a.m. Registration: $20 (includes shirt); Kids 13 and under are free (no shirt). Dogs welcome (must be on leash). Registration: Information: 542-1522 or
  Ronald McDonald House Charities provide temporary lodging to families when their child is seriously ill or injured and are seeking medical treatment in one of the El Paso area Hospitals.

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

Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or
Sept. 1: Karaoke Night
Sept. 8: FM Junkies
Sept. 15: “Fiesta” Friday with Locomotion and more
Sept. 22: Chris Baker.

Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation — Registration on a first come, first serve basis at the Soldier Activity Center. Information: 744-1532 or
• White Sands Camping is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3, with overnight family camping, barbecue and outdoor activities White Sands National Monument. Cost: $15 ($50 family of four plus $10 each additional person in the family); includes tent (one per family of four), sleeping bags, pads and dinner. Park entry fee separate. Space is limited; registration deadline two weeks prior to the event. Open to the public.
• Roll and Paddle Kayaking Clinic is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Aquatics Training Center. Rolling is one of the essential kayaking techniques that can make paddling enjoyable by reducing the fear and hassle of swimming in whitewater. Learn the basic movements in a calm environment and have a blast while doing it. Cost: $15 and includes kayaks, skirts, helmets, personal flotation devices and paddles.
• Climbing Movement Course is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Soldier Activity Center. Cost: $8 per class; and open to the public, ages 10 and old (ages 10-17 must have a parent or legal guardian present.

Memorial Stair Climb — The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb allows participants to pay tribute Monday, Sept. 11, by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Participants will utilize Soto Physical Fitness Center’s stationary stair steppers and are given 25 minutes to symbolically help the fallen complete their heroic journey to save others. Opening ceremony is at 5:15 a.m. with the first wave at 5:30 a.m. and last wave at 8:14 p.m. Cost: $10; all participants get a tribute t-shirt. Early registration encouraged at Soto PFC; space is limited to 175 people. Information: 744-5790.

Family Days at the wall — The Soldier Activity Center, 0732 Constitution Avenue on Central Fort Bliss, is open to all climbers age 6 and older noon to 6 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday. Climbing available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: 744-1532.

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

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

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The public is invited. Information: (575) 522-1691 or
Sept. 5: “Carl Maier Portfolio Presentation.” Maier, a professional photographer recently relocated to Las Cruces, will present a body of work, which includes dramatic black and white photos.
Sept. 19: Third Quarter Print Competition plus monthly theme photos: “Up Close.”

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s monthly social is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Great American Land & Cattle Co., 9800 Gateway North in Northeast El Paso. The theme will be “Get reacquainted” and a National Preparedness message. Information: 755-4038.

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish),, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  Fall semester French language classes sessions start Sept. 11 at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Mailing address is 500 W. University Dr. PMB 213, 79912.
  Alliance Française presents “Le Huitième Jour,” 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at International Museum of Arts, 1211 Montana, as part of the International Film festival. Reception follows for a small contribution to the Alliance. Information: 585-1789, email

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Thursday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Sept. 9: Dinner and UTEP football
• Saturday, Sept. 16: Dinner and a play
• Saturday, Sept. 30: Dinner and cornfield maze.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Fashion Show and Luncheon — Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s annual fall luncheon and fashion show is noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Centennial Club and Conference Center on East Fort Bliss, with fashions modeled from Dress Barn and door prizes. Open to the public. Tickets are $22. Reservations by Sept. 22 to ROWC, 867 Dulce Tierra Drive, 79912. Tables for 8 available; submit names of guests with payment. Information: 852-9151.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information:
  The annual Awards Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at El Paso Country Club. The community is invited. Cost: $23. Reservation deadline is Sept. 21: 598-6376.
  The group will attend the UTEP Dinner Theater production of “The Addams Family” Saturday, Oct. 14. Reservations (by Sept. 8): $44.50.

Discover El Paso Awards — Discover El Paso Association will host its annual Awards Luncheon noon Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. The nonprofit group is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Cost: $23. Reservation deadline is Sept. 21: 598-6376.

Friendship Club — The club meets 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Program is ”USO, Then and Now,” presented by Yolanda Castillo. Cost: $10 includes program and luncheon. Visitors welcome; RSVP: 772-2734.

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

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

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

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. A program on zippered bags will be presented after the meeting. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Patti Lyons, 585-2518.

Toastmasters Amigo Club — The Toastmasters International club meets 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, first floor conference room. The club develops professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Information: 691092.

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

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $20.75 42 inches or taller or $15.90 juniors 36 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410 or
  September hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays in, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays and Monday, Sept. 4.
  October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 21.

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends through Sept. 10. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, or on Facebook.
  Now open is the new family-friendly attraction, Jaguar Falls, the largest attraction in the water park’s 38-year history.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
  Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

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

Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $75 for adults, $68 children and senior, $62 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or
  The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.

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,
  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.

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

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at

La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  La Viña Sunday farmer’s market featuring local food producers are noon to 4 p.m. Sundays with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine tasting and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog and kid friendly. Live Music on the patio during market.

Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
Sept. 3: Dusty Low
Sept. 10: Perfect on Paper
Sept. 17: James Springer
Sept. 24: Julio Ortiz

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

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. Day Pass (includes solar viewing and tour): $8 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); solar viewing only; $5 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); twilight program: $5 and $6, depending on program; Star Party $12 ($10 senior, military; $8 age 6-12). Age 5 and younger admitted free to most programs.
  Reservations, event schedule available online at
  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at Lucha Libre star El Escorpión Dorado headlines the wrestling show at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Tickets: 220-880 pesos.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at Bronco performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Tickets: 165 to 750 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at Jinete Supreom rodeo is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Admission: 165 pesos (55 peso childdren), plus service charge.

Miller Lite Get Together — The festival begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Desportivo Cheramis, Heroico Colegio Militar 32300. Ages 18 and older. Admission is 91 pesos. Tickets at
  Entertainment includes music by Los Claxons and Vagabonds, and comedy by
Daniel Sosa and Nicho Peñavera. Also featured is the American Grill Experience by Weber.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• Actor, model, entrepreneur and life coach Diego Dreyfus talks on
“Te Vas a Morir” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Tickets: 275-605 pesos.
• “Un Día Particular,” a stage adaptation of the 1977 Italian film, is performed at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Tickets: 275-600 pesos. Stars Edith Gonzalez and Luis Felipe Tovar as two people who find an unlikely kinship in the face of fascism.
• Ensamble de la Rosa performs a gala concert of classical music at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Tickets: 100-300 pesos.
• Singer-songwriter Nicho Hinojosa performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Tickets: 220-550 pesos.
• “Paw Patrol,” a live version of Nickelodeon show, is at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Tickets: 385-495 pesos.
• The comic play “Busco al Hombre de mi Vida Marido ya Tuve” is at 8 p.m. Thursda, Sept. 28. Tickets: 220-440 pesos.
• Odin Dupeyron presents his hit show “Veintidos Veintido” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, with Erika Blenher. Tickets: 330-605 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at
• El Fantasma su Equipo Armado perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Tickets: 275-1,650 pesos. El Fantasma (Alexander Garcia) is known as “el rey del underground.”
• Jarabe de Palo, a Spanish rock group from Spain led by singer, songwriter and guitaris, Pau Donés, performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Tickets: 385-835 pesos.

Bar Brookling — Av. Tecnologico #1669,  across from Galerias Tec. Tickets at The foam and paint event, Prepas Fest vol 8, is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Admission: 91 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at Florida). Tickets at
• Reyno performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, with special guests Cocó Cecé, Young Tender and Tetas Lazzer. Tickets: 330-770 pesos.
• “The Con,” featuring comics, cosplay, technology and video games, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct 1. Admission: 50-100 pesos

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at
• “La Reina del Hielo” is at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Tickets are 165-275 pesos.
• The comic trio Los Tres Tristes Tigres perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets are 220-495 pesos.
• The YouTube sensation Team Brocoli performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are 220-550 pesos.

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez). Tickets at The “Caballos Domecq” horsemanship show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Ticket: 275 to 1,650 pesos.

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

Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at Rata Blanca performs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Tickets: 495 to 605 pesos.

Feria Juárez 2017 — The annual fair runs Sept. 29-Oct. 15 at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (at “The X” monument) with food, rides, entertainment, international artists, games, a circus and other activities. General admission is 50 pesos. On Monday through Wednesday, the admission will include free carnival rides. Feria hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  Headline entertainment offered most nights. Prices vary; most headline admission is 210 or 315 pesos (315-630 VIP). The Oct. 8 concert is 840 and 1,260 pesos. Tickets available at
Sept. 29: Yuridia
Sept. 30: Banda San Jose de Mesillas
Oct. 1: El Tri
Oct. 4: Leo Dan
Oct. 5: Teo Gonzalez
Oct. 6: Calibre 50
Oct. 7: Conjunto Primavera
Oct. 8: Julion Alvarez
Oct. 11: Los Cadetes de Linares y Miguel y Miguel
Oct. 12: Musica Electronica starring DJ Diego Miranda
Oct. 13: Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey
Oct. 14: Los Rieleros del Norte
Oct. 15: Margarita la Diosa de la Cumbia.

FC Juarez Bravos — Juarez’s Ascenso MX league soccer team home matches run through Sept. 30 at Benito Juarez Stadium. Shuttle service available for El Paso fans for $1 from the Mexican side of the Avenido Benito Juarez Bridge to the stadium, from two hours prior to each game to two hours after each game. Information, schedule: or on 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 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.

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

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information:, or Facebook.


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