July 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Celebrate Independence Day
Southern New Mexico

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

Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday (preliminaries) and Saturday (finals), June 29-30, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $17-$22. Information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894, 820-3734, laurasproductions.com or elpasopageants.com.
  The competition is divided into three categories: Personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. In addition to choosing Miss El Paso and Miss El Paso Teen with awards in Most Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit, and Miss Congeniality. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.

Sun City Blues Festival — The festival of food and music is 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Barnett Harley-Davison, with music by Calista, Smokin’ Blues Band, Dusty Low, Sorry ‘bout Your Sister, Ten Second Pistol and The Derrick Harris Band, as wells as food trucks, vendors and more. Portion of proceeds benefit Hands of Love and Hope. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Information: suncitybluesfest.com.

Independence Day Extravaganza — City of Socorro hosts its Independence Day celebration 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Cougar Park, 10664 Socorro Road in Socorro with live music, arts and crafts, games, food trucks, family activities, raffles and a fireworks show. Admission is free; no outside or drink or pets allowed. Information: 860-8615 or ci.socorro.tx.us.

El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso Live hosts the family event noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in Convention Center Plaza, Downtown, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, gelato, churro splits, snow cones, a toppings bar, live music, ice cream-inspired arts, contests, food trucks, inflatables, face painters and balloon twisters and more. General admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door; age 2-12 admitted for $5; 2 and younger free. “Hero” tickets for teachers, first responders and military are $10; VIP Sunday Funday tickets are $40 ($25 kids). Tickets available at icecreamfestep.com.
  Free kids passes available at all El Paso museums, libraries and recreation centers, Plaza Theatre Box Office and El Paso Zoo.

Little & Mini Miss Patriotic — The Junior, Little, Mini Miss Patriotic beauty pageants for contestants ages 4-12 are 1 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway. Tickets: $10 at the door; free for age 4 and younger. Information, registration: 999-1781 or patrioticpageants.org.
  The pageants focus on honoring and celebrating their military Heroes and Country during our pageants proudly focus on promoting patriotism and recognizing our military.

Garden Bros. Circus — The family circus is 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $25 ($10 children) general admission; $35 ($20 children) ringside seats. Family packages available. Tickets at gardenbroscircus.com.

Ysleta Mission Festival — The annual fiesta is July 6-8 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 131 S. Zaragosa (at Alameda), with live music, southwest cuisine cooked by mission families, game booths, carnival rides and more. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Matachine dancers are 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848, ysletamission.org or on Facebook.
  This year’s headliners are Abe Mac Band, Exito and Oh La La.
  Ysleta Mission is the second oldest practicing church in the United States and the oldest mission in Texas. Proceeds from the annual festival go towards maintaining the mission and surrounding grounds.

World of Custom Wheels — The 5th annual Auto Show and Expo is 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at El Paso Convention Center presented by Knuckleheads Garage. The show features custom cars, trucks, 4X4s, motorcycles and racing vehicles, along with live entertainment, food and beverages and a beer garden. Admission: $8 (age 12 and younger free) at the door. Information: 449-1032 or worldofcustomwheels.com.
  Registration for vehicles is $35; $25 motorcycles and $20 bicycles. Cost is $45 day of show, if space available.

NAMI Summer Bash — NAMI El Paso hosts the family bash and car show 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, behind Tinseltown at 11855 Gateway West (back parking lot), with live music, a car show hosted by Evince and Royal Legion, and live performances by Never Too Late and more. Admission is free; all guests receive one Redbull. Admission is free. Information: 778-5726 or namiep.org.
  Those interested in participating in the car show can email yarmendariz@namiep.org.
  NAMI El Paso is a local grassroots organization aimed at breaking the stigma on mental illness.

Noche Mexicana — Hillcrest Funeral Home-West, 5054 Doniphan, hosts the outdoor family event 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, with games, food and music. Admission is free. Information: 587-0202 or hillcrestfhwest.com.

Alameda Auto Electric Car Show — The 3rd annual car show benefiting Child Crisis Center of El Paso is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive, with music, entertainment and door prizes. Bring sunscreen and water. General admission is free; vehicle registration: $20 by July 15 at alamedaautoelectric.com. Day of show registration is $25. Information: 873-1978.
  Complimentary picture to any entrant that desires a professional photograph of their car, courtesy of VDL Image.

Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The 13th annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at El Paso Convention Center, with more than 90 vendors for cakes, hairstyling, bridal gowns, tuxedos, ballrooms, decorations, catering, photography, videography, deejays, floral arrangements, invitations, limousines and other services and products. All door proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5; age 12 and under free. Information: 740-4349 or elegantpenguinenterprises.com.

San Ignacio Kermes — St. Ignatius Church, 408 S. Park (near Downtown in Segundo Barrio) will celebrate its 112th year 6 to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 27-29 with entertainment, music and dancing, rides and authentic food. Admission is free. Information: 532-9534.

A Reynolds Home Car show — A car show to benefit the Reynolds Home for homeless women and children is 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosted by the Shrine’s Red Barons, with live music, DJ, drinks, vendors and family fun. Open to all classes of vehicles. Information: 929-9055 or Star.reynoldshome@gmail.com.

Mexican Food Fiesta — The Mexican food event is Saturday, Aug. 4, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, presented by Metro PCS. Details to be announced. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.

Celebrate Independence Day

East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. Entries may include floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 204-5206 or on Facebook.

West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 22n annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Be The Inspiration.” This year’s Grand Marshal is El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 474-4241, july4parade.com or on Facebook.
  Fee for entries is $40 for businesses ($10 non-profits; free for youth groups and churches) by June 30. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Judging criteria will include special effects, costume originality, theme and crowd pleasing. Information packets available at july4parade.com.

Rim Area Neighborhood parade — The 17th annual neighborhood parade is 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, along Rim Road from Brown to Tom Lea Upper Park. Grand marshal is Bob Moore, former El Paso Times editor. Interested participants should meet at the corner of Kerbey and Rim at 9:45 a.m. with decorated bikes, scooters, pets and more. Parade followed by ice cream and festivities in the park. Everyone is welcome. Information: rimareaneighborhood.org.

Fourth of July at Ascarate Park — El Paso County Parks & Recreation hosts a day of activities Wednesday, July 4, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with food trucks, live music, and a fireworks display over the lake. Parking: $5 per vehicle; no charge for walk-ins. Picnic shelters are free on a first come, first served basis, but shelter rentals are available throughout the park starting at $50 for the day. No alcohol or tobacco allowed in the park. Information: 771-2380, epcountyparks.com and on Facebook.
  Ascarate Pool will have extended hours noon to 5 p.m. for regular session, plus 6 to 9 p.m. for evening events.
   A skills tournament and VIP area for fireworks viewing planned at the Ascarate Golf Course. Fee to participate is $30; includes a meal and live music by Little Mike and the Blue Kings Band.
  Live music and food trucks featured in the park 3 to 9:30 p.m. prior to the fireworks display. Display will take place on the west side of the lake at 9:30 p.m.

La Viña Fourth of July Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 20th annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, featuring musical entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque. Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers and no pets. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.

Fourth of July at Cohen Stadium — The Independence Day GECU presents Music Under the Stars performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with music by country performer Frank Ray, followed by a fireworks finale. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.

‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music, conducted by EPSO Assistant Conductor James Welsch, at the 8th annual event 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Show is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union, featuring the USO Show Troupe and violinist Andrew Sords. Fireworks follow performance. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247, epso.org or bliss.armymwr.com.
  Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults. Food and drinks, including beer, sold; plus family activities offered.

Wet ’N’ Wild Fireworks — The water park in Anthony, Texas will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show at dusk (around 9 p.m.) in the parking lot. Wednesday, July 4. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.

Abundant Living Faith Independence Day — The patriotic service is 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at both Abundant Living Faith Center campus, 1000 Valley Crest (east), and 7100 N. Desert (West), with food trucks on site and water games for kids. Annual fireworks display follows service on the East campus only. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543, alfc.com or on Facebook.

Ardovino’s Fourth of July — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, celebrates Independence Day with its annual BBQ 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, with food, live music, and a great view of surrounding fireworks displays. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.

Cloudcroft July 4th — Cloudcroft’s Independence Day weekend activities are Saturday, June 30, with the annual parade at 4 p.m., with a street dance on Burro Avenue 7 to 11 p.m. featuring music by Tell Runyan. Information: coolcloudcroft.com
  Melodrama performances of “Doc Doc Goose” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, presented by the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company.

Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Admission fees waived 6 to 9 p.m. that day. Information: (575) 744-5923 or Elephantbutteadventures.com

Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University’s annual 4th of July Celebration are Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Headliners are Dennis DeYoung with the music of Styx, and Jefferson Starship. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2550, (575) 646-5981 or las-cruces.org.
  The Electric Light Parade, “Illuminate the Sky” is 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex. Information: (575) 541-2550.
  The annual Electric 5K and One-Mile Fun Run precedes the parade at 7:30 p.m. beginning at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Information:
  Independence Day celebration and concerts are Wednesday, July 4, at Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead on the NMSU campus. Jefferson Starship begins at 6 p.m. with headliner Dennis DeYoung performing the Music of Styx at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Food vendors will be on site; no grilling, personal fireworks, alcohol, RV’s or overnight parking allowed.

Carrizozo BBQ — Carrizozo Woman's Club July 4th BBQ is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, with dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at Carrizozo Woman's Club, corner of 11th and D Ave. Tickets: $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Advance tickets at Highway 54 Emporium in Carrizozo, or from a Woman's Club member. Information: Shelby Hyatt, (575) 648-4299 or Anne Exterkamp (575) 686-0794.
  Paul Pino & the Tone Daddies performance is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with El Ultima 7 to 9 p.m. followed by fireworks.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10:30 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. Free shuttle ends at midnight. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Mesilla Independence Day — The annual fireworks display is 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol. Live music and food vendors, 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
  The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla.

Red, White and Blue and Music Fest — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce hosts the music festival 8 a.m. to midnight Wednesday and noon Thursday, July 4-5, at Hang Glider Park Griggs Field, 3000 N. Florida in Alamogordo, with headliners The Bart Crow Band and Micky and the Motor Cars, as well as local and regional bands Rosewater Blues
CW Ayon, Black Hats and Pearl Snaps, and
Gasoline Alley. Great view of annual Fireworks follows. Tickets: $23 general admission; $35 Main Sound Stage sanding room only; $55 reserve seats and $75 VIP; available at redwhitebluebrew.eventbrite.com.

Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Uncle Sam Wants You,” is 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, snaking down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street in Silver City. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast precedes the event in Gough Park; activities and entertainment throughout the day around 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
  Silver City Museum’s 35th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in museum’s courtyard, with refreshments, live music, Cake Walk, traditional children’s games and more.

Socorro Independence Day — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host the 26th annual celebration starting 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, on the New Mexico Tech campus near the Macey Center, One Olive Lane, featuring family entertainment and activities, a lineup of some of New Mexico’s favorite musical performers, BBQ and food for sale, and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark. Admission is free. Information: nmtpas.org.

Southern New Mexico

San Juan Fiesta and Turtle Fest — The annual fiesta and turtle derby is usually held the 3rd weekend in June at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, N.M., near Las Cruces. The celebration dates back to when the present day Tortugas consisted of two separate villages, Guadalupe and San Juan. Information: Parish Office, (575) 526-8171.
  A Pre-Derby Tardeada is held Saturday evening with traditional food available for purchase. Information: (575) 526-4003.
  Sunday’s festival is all day Sunday with the annual Turtle Races, along with traditional food booths, kids activities and entertainment, plus a dance/tardeada.
  To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.

Wednesday Nights on Main — The free summer series runs twice monthly 6 p.m. Wednesdays through July at Plaza de Las Cruces on historic Main Street, with vendors, food trucks, music, activities, and entertainment. Information: (575) 522-1232.
May 30: “50s Night,” with cars, costumes, and music from the ‘50s.
June 13: “Mexican Fiesta,” with El Sombrero Taco Eating Contest, dancers, and music.
June 27: “Country Western Night,” with live music from the Line Five Band and the Cotton Eyed Jokers.
July 11: “Circus Night” with entertainment from Odd Lab’s Circus Bootcamp.
July 25: “Superheroes.” All ages can cosplay as their favorite superheroes and meet costume performers.

Great High Mountain Bed Race and Green Chile Cookoff — The 2nd annual event benefiting High Mountain Youth Project is Saturday, June 2, at Wingfield Park, 801 Resort Drive in Ruidoso. Races begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by cookoff and festivities 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: highmountainyouth.org or visitruidoso.com.
  A Bed Race Parade is 10 a.m. beginning at the corner of Sudderth Drive and Eagle Drive through Midtown.

Tularosa Art and Music Festival — The summer kick-off event hosted by the Tularosa Arts and History Council is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, on Granado Street in Tularosa, with art vendors, ice cream social, live music and a street dance. Information: (575) 629-0787 or trytularosa.org.

WCC&D Spring Fiesta — The 34th annual fiesta at the former New Mexico mining boom towns of Winston, Chloride, Chiz and Dusty 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Community Center, between between Axtel and McConky in Winston, 35 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences on NM 52. Events include parade, BBQ dinner, craft fair and flea market, cow chip poker, raffle, family games and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 743-2081, wccd-nm@outlook.com or on Facebook.
  Western dance is 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $5.

Western BBQ and Street Dance — Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo, N.M. hosts its 2nd annual western barbecue and street dance Saturday, June 2, at Patron’s Hall, 1106 New York, next to the center. Dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Three Rivers; country and rock dance follows 8:30 to 11 p.m. featuring The Yarbrough Band. Cost: $25 dinner and dance. Beer and wine cash bar offered. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
  Raffle prizes include: $5,000 first prize; $2,500 second prize; big screen TV third prize; a 50/50 drawing and silent auction items.

Taste of Las Cruces — the Rotary Clubs of Las Cruces hosts an evening of sampling food from several area restauranteurs 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, with music by The Two of Us. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Casa de Peregrinos. Tickets: $40; available at lascrucesrotary.org/taste.
  This year’s participants include Andele Restaurante, Le Rendez-vous Café & French Pastry, Aqua Reef Euro-Asian Cuisine, Let Them Eat Cake
Boar’s Head Brand Deli Meats and Cheeses, Lorenzo's Italian R


West Texas

Fort Davis Independence Day Weekend — The West Texas town hosts its annual “Coolest 4th of July Celebration” Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1 in Fort Davis. Vendors and entertainment on the Courthouse Square are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and fireworks after dark on Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (432) 426-3015, 1-800-524-3015 or fortdavis.com.
  Live concerts are 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 29, with Joe Davila & The Jetliners, and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 30, with Jody Nix & the Texas Cowboys. Tickets: $15 at the door; age 10 and younger free.
  The “Coolest” 5K run is Wednesday, July 4. Registration age active.com.

Bazaars and Fairs

Cloudcroft Art Society’s Art Show and Sale — The society’s Fourth of July art show and sale is June 30-July 4 at The Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft. The artwork includes paintings (all media), photography, pottery, pine-needle baskets, painted gourds, handcrafted dolls, prints and cards. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Information on Facebook at Cloudcroft Art Society.

Mexican Arts Show and Sale — The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 1, on the visitor center patio at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo. Admission is free to the show and sale; pots range from $20 to museum quality pieces. Information: (575) 479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa.
  The show features intricate Mata Ortiz pottery made in the traditional style without a potter’s wheel, whimsical Oaxacan woodcarvings, and vibrant Zapotec rugs. Daily film screenings and kids’ activities also featured.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 7:30 a.m. to noon 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.
• Sunrise yoga is to 10 a.m. Cost: $10.
• An Americana Market is July 7, with bobbing for apples, red rover, duck, duck, goose, jump rope and more.
  Apple Pie Bake Off judging begins at 9 a.m. with tasting at 10:30 a.m. Categories for various crusts, as well as Old Fashioned, gluten free and vegan. Entry fee is $5 per entry per category; entry deadline is June 30. Full rules and entry available online.
• Cooking Demos are 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14 and 28, Chef Patrick Rosser and his students from El Paso Community College. Recipes published on ardovinos.com.
• Kid’s Day/Pajama Day events are July 21 with story time, crafts, water balloon toss, snacks and more.

Christmas in July Craft Fair — Park East Club House, 1725 hosts a craft fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, featuring 16 vendors selling items such as yard art, hand made scarves, vintage dishes and jewelry, jams and jellies, artwork and other items. Admission is free. Information: 588-2735.

Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The annual arts and craft show is Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, featuring around 60 all-New Mexico made artworks, handmade items and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.

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.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27 in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard), and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 23 Grant County Convention Center parking lot, US 180 and 32nd Street Bypass. Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.

Our Lady of the Light Bazaar — The annual bazaar is Aug. 3-5, at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church, 4500 Delta, with entertainment food and drink booths with traditional regional foods, family games and more. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 532-1757.

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. (July 15, Aug. 19) on the third Sunday of the month March through November in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Shows are offered on the outdoor stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with live music, folklorico and other dancers, and reenactments by the Pistoleros gunfighters. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 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.

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.

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: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  Second Saturdays Markets are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt.

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.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 a.m. to 3 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

PechaKucha Night Volume 19 — The global PechaKucha sensation returns to kick off the summer at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Presentations begin at 7:20 p.m. Admission is free; cash bar available. Information: pecha-kucha.org or on Facebook at PechaKuchaep.
  PechaKucha (pe-chak-cha) is Japanese for “chit chat” or the sound of conversation. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their ideas, creative works, thoughts, manifestos, or just about anything — in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.
  The event is always seeking community organizers, artists, architects, designers, musicians, art directors, technologists, photographers, filmmakers, creative students or anyone else with ideas who would like to present at future PKN events. To participate, contact William Helm, info@pechakucha-ep.com or 227-2040.

‘Surviving and Thriving’ classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts a free multi-session, interactive program for participants whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting in the classroom, led by trained facilitators who bring new approaches to nurturing, positive living and gratitude. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.

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 (July 7) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

Homeschooling Conference — The El Paso Homeschool Association Conference, ‘Beyond the Box,” is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13-14, at Vino Nuevo East, 988 Kessler, to equip and encourage families interested in or currently educating they children at home. Registration $45 per family; daycare available for additional cost. Vender hall is free and open to the public. Information: Raquel Ruiz, 373-7941 or elpasohomeschool.org.
  Topics covered will include Enrolling in dual credit courses, lesson planning, self-care, Understanding Dyslexia, The Early Years of Education , and Curriculum.
  Keynote speaker is Andrew Pudewa of IEW. Featured speaker Peggy Polyhor, Founder/CEO of SPED Homeschool.

Opening the Energy Gates — Center for Internal Arts, 5757 Montoya Drive, hosts and “Opening the Energy Gates of the Body” Chi Gung meditation and movements workshop 9 a.m. to noon Sundays July 15 and 29, Aug. 5 and 12, and Sept. 2.  Cost: $190 for all five sessions. Information, registration: Steve Barowsky, 584-4730, sborowsky1@gmail.com or centerforinternalarts.com.

Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.
  The July forum features several short documentary films, including “Avanyu: Protecting the Rio Grande” directed by Dana Romanoff and Amy Marquis, “Boy zshan Bi-den (Buffalo Return)” directed by Colin Ruggiero, “Leche y miel” directed by Justin Clifford, and “Wildlife and the Wall” directed by Ben Masters.

‘Seismology’ Nerd Night — Seismology is the subject for the 8th Nerd Night event hosted by Insights El Paso 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Border Burger Bar, 3329 Fort Blvd, with guest speaker Dr. Aaron Velasco from UTEP Geologic Sciences. Age 21 and older welcome. Admission; $10 per person; RSVP at insightselpaso.org/programs/nerd-nights/. Military discount offered. Information: 534-0000.
  Could an earthquake happen in El Paso? Who’s “fault” would it be? Join the state seismologist of Texas to learn more about the seismic activity of the Border Region and the science of seismology. Participants will play on a Fact or Fiction Seismology Trivia game centered on clips from the movie “San Andres.”

‘Bring Sexy Back’ Smut Slam — Seven Gods Entertainment host the smut slam 8 p.m. midnight Friday, July 20, at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Café, 824 N. Piedras. Audience members can sign up to tell a five-minute, true story about a sexual encounter. Admission: $5, adults only. Information: 226-7110 or on Facebook at Smut Slam.
  There will also be sexy vendors and performances throughout the night, and a with panel of “Sexperts” answering sex or sexual health-related questions. Questions will be kept anonymous.

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 (July 21). 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 nps.gov/cham.

Chicano(a) History Project — The Chicano(a) History project will initiate plans for the La Raza Organizing in El Paso in the 1980s Conference 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno. Admission is free. Information: 801-5915 or on Facebook at eptchicanhistproj.

RWVA Appleseed Clinic — Project Appleseed History, Heritage, and Rifle Marksmanship Clinic 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, at EPCC Law Enforcement Training Academy, Mission Del Paso Campus, 10700 Gateway East. Open to all shooting sport enthusiasts. Families welcome. Class size restricted. Cost: $60; $20 active military, Guard, Reserves, LEO, disabled, youth, elected officials. Information: tx@appleseedinfo.org. Website: appleseedusa.org.
  The next marksmanship event is Oct. 21-22.

Art of the Arts Society — The informal organization created for the purpose of attracting members of the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, hosts a presentation in the parlor at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, July 21, with author, musician, artist and entrepreneur James Robert Murphy. Information: 543-6747.
  Murphy co-founded the New York State Blues Festival, serving as festival director from 1992-2003, and also served as director of the Syracuse Guinness Irish Festival 1999-2003. He and his family moved to El Paso in 2004 where he first worked as managing director for El Paso Opera. He was director of development for the El Paso Museum of History since 2006 until his recent retirement. ”Austin” Jim Murphy has been a songwriter and performer since the early 1970s.
  Guests encouraged to stay for a reception and free Sunset Film Society movie screening of the Sunset Film Society’s “The Incredibles” at 2 p.m.
  August’s speaker will be Rosa Guerrero.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (July 17) 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.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible.

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 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.

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.

H-D Riding Academy — Those interest in learning to ride a motorcycle can take classes June 29-July 1 and July 27-29 at Barnett Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway, with riding portion at Santa Teresa Airport. Information: Eddie, (575) 202-7693.

Job Corps Tours — Job Corps, 11155 Gateway West, offer free tours at 2 p.m. every Tuesday and 10 a.m. every Thursday. Free GED or Online HSD and training for those who qualify. Participants must be 16-24 years of age, low income, committed to living a drug-free life, must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Call to be added to visitors list: 621-0881. Information: davidlcarrasco.jobcorps.gov.

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.

For a good cause

Lumbre Run to Benefit the Young Marines — The motorcycle run begins Sunday, July 8, at Barnett Harley-Davison, Gateway East, with stops at CJ’s Sports Bar, 7026 Alameda; Aceitunas; 3200 Doniphan El Maida Shriners Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Registration is 10:30 a.m. to noon, last bike in at 3 p.m. Information on Facebook at Lumbre Run to Benefit the Young Marines.

Barnett Harley-Davidson Blood Drive — Barnett’s Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, hosts its 25th blood drive 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15, during regular hours. Those donating blood during the drive will have a chance to win a Harley; goody bags and daily prizes drawings also offered. Information: barnettharley.com or on Facebook.

Furr Ball — The Lincoln County (N.M.) Humane Society’s benefit for the local animal shelter is 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club, with dinner, wine and entertainment. Tickets: $1,100 per table, $140 per person (starting July 1 if space available). Information: hslcnm.org.

The Cat’s Meow Fundraiser — In celebration of the first birthday of Rita, The Cat’s Meow poster kitten, a well as the first anniversary of the Cat’s Meow Adoption and Resource Center
2211 N. Mesquite in Las Cruces with a lasagna fundraising event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The event offers lasagnas from several local restaurant donors, Italian sodas, desserts and more. The public is invited to bring their special lasagna to donate for the dinner. Silent auction also featured. Tickets: $15 (2 for $25) Information: (575) 640-0011, (575) 639-3036 or thecatsmeowlascruces.com.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, host the toiletries collections to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Items will be 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.

Fan Drive for the Elderly — El Pasoans are urged to donate new fans for use by the elderly or disabled through the summer months for the annual Extreme Weather Summer Fan Drive. Fans may be dropped off at any El Paso fire stations. Dial 211 for the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force emergency line.

‘Encore! Children’s Arts Engagement Benefit’ — El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown, and Pro-Musica will host an event celebrating the launch of their new “Encore! initiative to enrich core learning through the arts 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the museum. Event features tours of the Kress Collection, food and drink. Proceeds benefit schools’ participation in the initiative’s free workshops for the 2018-2019 school year. Tickets: $100; available at epmadevelopment@elpasotexas.org. Information: 212-0300 or elpasoartmuseum.org.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas — The Court Daughters of the America #1581 hosts its 67th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Fundraiser with a sit-down dinner and dance Saturday, Sept. 8, at Magoffin Hall, 801 Magoffin. Dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dance 8 p.m. to midnight with live music and door prizes. Tickets: are $35 (tax-deductible); available from Barbie at 240-5959, Josie at 603-6368, Hazel at 267-9070 or at cdaelpaso1581@yahoo.com.

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.

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The social club for spouses of retired Commissioned or Warrant Officers hosts a Hawaiian-themed luncheon noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, on East Fort Bliss. Speaker is El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. Wives and widows of retired officers from any branch of service are invited. Cost: $18. Reservations (by noon July 13): 472-1979.

Tap & Cork Craft Beer and Wine Fest – Family and MWR Special Events hosts its 2nd annual event Aug. 3-4, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Details to be announced. Information: 588-8247, bliss.armymwr.com or on Facebook at BlissTapAndCork.

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 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 freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) 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.

Resiliency through Art – The Art & Hobby Shop at Fort Bliss opens its studio doors for those who want to create their own art, pottery, photography and more 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: $25 for two hours (includes most supplies in multiple artistic mediums and instructors to help along the way). Open to DoD ID card holders and guest age 15 and older. Ages 15 through 17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: 568-5563.

Club news

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 246-3810, 585-1789, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (July 10) 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.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at The Greenery Restaurant in Sunland Park Mall. Lunch on one’s own from menu. RSVP: Alicia Sanchez, 449-2121 or alicalosan@aol.com.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The group will attend the UTEP Dinner Theatre production of “South Pacific” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the UTEP Student Union. Call for details.

Vegetarian Society Dinner and Movie — The Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts a Mediterranean themed vegan buffet and showing of the British comedy “Carnage: Swallowing the Past” 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Radisson El Paso Airport, 1770 Airway. The public is welcome. Cost: $25 ($22 society members); reservation due by July 10 to 877-3030 or vsep.org.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs, open to the public, 7 to 9 p.m. selected Tuesdays at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: daphotoclub.org.
  July 17: Table Top Photography with Dale Taylor, along with a review of photographs made during recent field trips to City of Rocks and Three Rivers Petroglyphs, and member images of the monthly theme “Fluid.”

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts a new series of workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W Paisano, Second floor meeting room. Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at the.elusive.photon.im/PEEP/.
July 25: Astrophotography with John Hall
Sept. 26: Lightpainting with Chad Puerling
Nov. 28: Advanced Photoshop.

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 (July 12) 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 (July 14) 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

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, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays during the summer months. Season pass for 2018 (May 5-Sept. 9) is $48.99. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; free for babies under 1. Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
Neon Paint Party, an after hours electronic dance party featuring Deorro, is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Call for ticket information.
  The annual Fireworks display is 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.

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.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 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, westernplayland.com or on Facebook.
  July hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Closed July 26.

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.
  Free hiking safety demonstrations offered every 30 minutes 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
  See “Nature” listing for hikes at the Tramway.

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

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 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.

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.
  The annual 4th of July Picnic is 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, with refreshment, musical entertainment, water slide and games.

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

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

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.

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.

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 $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, 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.

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 spaceportamerica.com/experience.

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.

Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
  Singer-actress Lorena Herrera performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Tickets: 515 and 920 peso.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  Christian music singer Samuel Adrian performs at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Tickets: 105-625 pesos.

Teatro de INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• “Tributo Soy Luna el Musical” is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Tickets are 175, 235 and 290 pesos..
• “PJMasks: Heroes en Pijama” is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Tickets are 175, 230 and 290 pesos.
• “Novia de Rancho,” a one-woman show written and directed by Cutberto Jópez and starring Marisol Sánchez, is at 8 p.m. Friday, July 20.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• Banda Machos from Jalisco performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Tickets: 115 and 433 pesos.
• YOLO Tour featuring Trap Latino, Reggaeton and Festival Urbano music is at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Tickets:389-1,23 pesos.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
• El Combo performs a benefit concert for the Mexican Red Cross at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14. The group features Jorge Guevara, ex-vocalist for Caos y Elefante; Cesar López, “El Vampiro” former guitarist for Mana and Jaguares; and Mauricio Claveria, ex-drummer for La Ley. Tickets: 230, 575 and 1,160 pesos.
• The rock and electronic music JRZ Music Fest is Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. Doors open at 3 p.m. Information: jrzmusicfest.com or on Facebook ate JRZ Music Fest. Tickets: $200 per day at stubhub.com
  Friday’s performers include Maldita Vecindad, Drowning Pool, Celso Piña, Titán Cuca, Little Jesus, Beach Fossils, Surf Curse, La Banda Baston, Golden Ganga, Cocó Cecé, Philipp Gorbachev, Flor Capistran, Niño Árbol, Burghost and FancyNatra.
  Saturday’s performers are Infected Mushroom, Los Caligaris, Plastilina Mosh, Belenova, Mi Banda el Mexicano, Fuel, María Daniela y Sonido Lasser, Los Románticos de Zacatecas, Los Victorios, Lng/SHT, Sotomayor, Apolo, Sonido Santanás, Mijo, Climbers, Eddie Mercury and Andy Martín.

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.
• Carlos Cauahtéoc Sánchez presents “Crecer en tiempos de tormenta” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Tickets: 290 to 460 pesos.
• Magno Concierto, featuring world music by various groups from the Juárez area, is at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Admission: 105 pesos.
• Noche Paranormal with Silvia Enciso and Alberto del Arco is at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Tickets: 115-290 pesos.
• The musical “Billy Elliot” is presented at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Tickets: 575-1,200 pesos.

El Atoron — Gral Jesús M. Ríos 5207. Roberto Flores performs standup comedy at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Admission: 110 pesos. Tickets: 275 pesos.

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.
  Summer camp runs July 3-Aug. 4.

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: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.


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