April 2014

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Celebrating Easter
Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

‘Kidspalooza’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra hosts the 7th annual family art and music festival 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, throughout Downtown. Most activities are free; minimal fee for some events. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  This year’s event includes special appearances by Daniel Tiger and Curious George at Arts Festival Plaza, aerial performances by Project in Motion, at Arts Festival Plaza, kiddie rides at Cleveland Square Park, children’s shows by Youth Opera of El Paso at the Downtown Public Library and Kids-N-Co. at Cleveland Square Park, arts and crafts at OLO Gallery, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of History, special admission at El Paso Exploreum and more.
  El Paso Symphony presents JumpinJazz Kids “A Swinging Jungle Tale” at noon and 2 p.m. the Plaza Theatre. Admission: $5.
  Participating partners include El Paso Children’s Hospital, City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department, El Paso KidsExcel, El Paso Public Library, El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Zoological Society, Kids-N-Co., El Paso Exploreum, Magoffin Home Stage Historic Site, OLO Gallery, home of Creative Kids, El Paso Latinitas, Sun Metro, Youth Opera of El Paso, USO and Fort Bliss: FMWR.
  In conjunction with the event is the annual EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $10-$32.

Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 8th annual free family fun day is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Admission is free. Free parking available at the EPCC Northeast campus with free shuttle service 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information: 755-4332 or franklinmountains.org.
  The family fun day includes nature walks, educational exhibits and demonstrations by local environmental organizations and wildlife displays include a live, socialized wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and Houdini the Harris Hawk from the El Paso Zoo. A children’s activity center will offer arts and crafts led by local community members including Girl Scouts. Local performing groups will provide music and dance. Local vendors will offer original and hand-made merchandise for sale. Lunch and snacks can be purchased from food vendors on-site.

Celebre Segundo Barrio Day — Celebre Segundo Barrio hosts a health fair and family day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Lydia Patterson Institute Gym, 571 Florence, with health fair, entertainment and more. Admission is free; but canned goods donations welcomed. Information: 533-8268.

Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee hosts the outdoor picnic in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno, with live music, picnic in the park, Wheels and Pedal Car Show, and more. Canned food donations taken for Border Agricultural Workers Project. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584 or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.

Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham — El Paso pastors join the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to host the outreach event Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. No tickets required; seating is general admission. Information: 219-7991 or elpasofestival.org.
  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. both days, with the festival beginning at 6 p.m.
  Saturday is Student Night. Musical performers are Thousand Foot Krutch, Flame, Funky, Joshua Chavez and Band, Dennis Agajanian and Tommy Coomes Band, with a message from Franklin Graham.
  Sunday is Family Night, with music by Michael W. Smith, Daniel Calveti, Mariachi Isai, Joshua Chavez and Band, Dennis Agajanian and Tommy Coomes Band, with a message from Franklin Graham.

Generation 2000 — Clear Channel Media and Entertainment presents the 28th annual children’s fair 10 a.m. to 6 p. m. Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, at the El Paso Convention Center, consisting of more than 100 specialty booths, games and interactive displays aimed at entertaining and educating children of all ages. Tickets to be announced. Ticket information: generation2000.net.
  Portion of proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso.
  This year features Family Fun Adventure Prize Walk, Imagination Station arts and crafts area, Mini Golf, live entertainment, Giant Bubbles, Adventures in Learning Science Area, Roller Races, Tiny Tots, Giant Sand Tables, Beading Area and more.

El Paso Sports and Get Fit Expo — The 13th annual family show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The expo features free health screenings, consultations, sports card and collectors’ tables, and sports-related retailers will exhibit and sell sporting goods, apparel and more. Admission is free. Information: 351-4592 or krod.com.
  This year’ special guests are Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage. Autographs are $25 flat items; $50 deluxe items.
  VIP luncheon include reserved seating for breakfast with Gossage at 9 a.m. or lunch with Williams at 11 a.m.; includes one autograph (item provided by ticketholder). Cost: $100

Progressive Insurance El Paso RV and Travel Show — Hundreds of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, truck campers, and folding campers will be on display April 11-13 at El Paso Convention Center, with camping accessories, information on campgrounds and travel destinations and daily seminars and entertainment. Hours are  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8 ($6 online; $4 Good Sam Club members; free for ages 12 and younger). Information: 1-800-848-6247, ext 2414 or ElPasoRVShow.com.

Lower Valley Health Fair — The 32nd annual health fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Socorro High School, 10150 Alameda, with free preventative education, screenings, and familiarize themselves with local resources, food, entertainment, games for kids and more. Sponsored by University Medical Center, the City of Socorro, the El Paso Department of Public Health, Texas Kids Dental Care, and Molina Health Care. Information: 937-8307.

Massing of the Colors — Veterans, school and civic organizations will participate in the 34th annual event 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. Participating units are usually featured from Fort Bliss, JROTC, law enforcement and fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and more. Participants urged to arrive by 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038.
  The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.

‘Party for the Planet’ — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host special Earth Day exhibits and activities are Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13. Details to be announced. Information: 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
  The event is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) events making up the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America.

‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ — The 18th annual children’s day/book day is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Washington Park, corner of Franklin and Santa Fe, with free activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5480 or elpasolibrary.org.
  The idea for “Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Author Pat Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1996 to celebrate children and promote literacy.
  Selected branches of El Paso Public Library will also host events. Visit the library’s website for schedule.

Great American Cleanup — Keep El Paso Beautiful’s 2014 cleanup is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, citywide. All supplies available through the Keep El Paso Beautiful’s Community Tool Sheds located at all El Paso Fire Departments. Trash and debris collected will be picked up by Environmental Services (rolloffs available for large sites). Information: 621-6709 or RuizAR@elpasotexas.gov Web: kepb.org.

History Conference First Thanksgiving Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society’s 23rd annual History Conference and First Thanksgiving dinner is 1 p.m. Saturday April 26, at L.G. Alarcon Elementary, 12501 Socorro Road in San Elizario, with historic talks, exhibits, dinner and more. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682.
  Talks include “Establishment of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro” with Troy Ainsworth of Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Association; “Patronato Real: Franciscans of the Camino Real” with Antonio Trujillo of San Fidel and “Viticulture on the Camino Real: Wines of the Southwest” with Gordon Steel of Rio Grande Winery.
  Exhibits include Post Mistresses, Lawmen and Oñate Expedition, as well as a student model exhibition by L.G. Alarcon Elementary.
  The conference dinner is 5 p.m. featuring live music by Ceiba. Tickets: $20.
  In conjunction with the event is the El Paso Mission Trail Association’s 25th annual historical celebration in San Elizario, Texas is noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 26-27, around the plaza at 1556 San Elizario Road, with historic reenactments of the Mass and feast of Thanksgiving celebrated April 30, 1598 by Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate, along with food, music, dancing, kids’ rides, arts and crafts, gunfight re-enactments and mission tours. Admission is free. Information: 851-9997 or info@elpasomissiontrail.org.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines available for tasting or purchase is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. one mile north of Vinton Road on Highway 28 (parking behind vineyard, no parking on the highway). Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission; $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine; $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  Saturday’s live music lineup: 24/7 Blues Band at noon, Salina and The Chuco Soul Project at 2:15 p.m. and Tom Lepinski Band at 4:30 p.m.
  Sunday’s live music: Dusty Low at noon, Kat Crosby at 2:15 p.m. and Frank Zona and Urban Edge at 4:30 p.m.
  This year’s poster “Vine Tree of Life” was created for Guillermo Contador.
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, approximately 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28)

Celebrating Easter

Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned throughout Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 18-20, by various groups of all denominations. Security and concessions offered throughout most of the weekend.
  The Mt. Cristo Rey trailhead is located off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Cloudcroft Easter Egg Hunt — The mountain community of Cloudcroft will hold its annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Zenith Park, 1001 James Canyon Highway (Highway 82). Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733.
  The Lodge Resort will also offer its annual Easter Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, with Easter Bunny appearance, egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $35 ($15 12 and younger). Call for details: 1-800-395-6343.

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 13th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.

Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunt is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Washington Park in Alamogordo. A Easter parade begins at 10 a.m. from City hall to Washington Park followed by festivities in the park including free games and prizes for age 10 and younger. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4142 or (575) 439-4250.

Golden Egg Hunt and April Pools Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. The event will also feature water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition and sponsored by Price’s Creameries Give Em’ Five Fund. Admission is free. Information: 544-3556.
  The Easter Egg Hunt will be 1 to 3 p.m. in the shallow depth area of the pool at the Aquatic Center. Participants can swim free 11:30 a.m. to noon for ages 4 and younger; noon to 12:30 p.m. for ages 5-7 and 12:30 to 1 p.m. for ages 8-12.

Ardovino’s Easter Brunch — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual brunch Sunday, April 20. Information, reservations: (575) 589-0653.

Community Easter Sunrise Service — The 39th annual inter-denominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Oz Glaze Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Information: 588-2757.

Southern New Mexico

Mesilla Valley Stamp Show
— The postage stamp show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29-30, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces, with stamp dealers from five states, door prizes, free stamps for junior stamp collectors, competitive one-frame exhibitions, ribbons for winning exhibits. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 202-1937.

Old Timers Celebration — The 101st anniversary of the annual reunion of the Old Timer’s Association of Luna County is Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, in Deming, N.M. To be eligible, “old timers” must be 30 years old, have lived in Luna County 10 years, at least 30 years of age, or be the descendant of a registered Old Timer. Information on facebook at Deming-Luna County Old Timers’ Association.
  Saturday’s events begin with a coffee 8:30 to 11 a.m. at First Methodist Church, corner of Granite and Buckeye. The evening program, banquet and dance is 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Banquet admission: $25 (early payments by April. 10 encouraged).
Sunday’s breakfast is 7:30 a.m. to noon at Kretek Twin’s home, 881 West Pine.
  Payments may be sent to Old Timers’ Association of Luna County, c/o Sylvia Coussons, 1420 S. Mesilla, Deming, N.M. 88030.
  In 1913, a Deming businessman decided that all Luna County residents age 30 and older should get together once a year and renew friendships. Now, 101 years later, the Old Timers Association is still meeting — and dues are still $1 a year ($100 for lifetime membership).

Southwest New Mexico Dutch Oven Cook-Off — The 12th annual cook-off begins at 9 a.m. through mid-afternoon Saturday, April 5, at Glenwood Community Park on CatWalk Road in Glenwood, N.M. (one hour north of Silver City). Tasting begins at 2 p.m. at the park pavilion with awards at 2:30 p.m.
  Also featured are musicians, craft vendors and awards for winning cooks. Bucky Allred of Glenwood’s Blue Front Café will sell barbecue sandwiches (beginning at 11 a.m.), and Glenwood Senior Center will sell breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, tea and lemonade. Proceeds benefit park upkeep and future cook-off events. Taster plates for spectators are $7:50; tickets sell out, early purchase and arrival recommended. Information: Leah Jones, (575) 545-3737 or gilaleahjones@gmail.com.
  Cooking categories are “Fancy Fixer,” “Camp Cookie,” and “Tenderfoot” along with Single Pot or Three Pot dishes. Cook’s registration begins at 8 a.m. Entry packets may be viewed online at glenwoodgazette.com.
  Also that day are a rummage sale by Glenwood Woman’s Club Rummage Sale, along with the Library’s Book and DVD Sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Whitewater Mesa Kite-Flying Picnic is noon to dusk.

Annual American Indian Week — ASNMSU hosts the Native American heritage celebration Monday through Saturday, April 7-12, on the NMSU Campus, Las Cruces, presented by NMSU’s American Indian Program. Call for schedule: (575) 646-4207 or mchorse@nmsu.edu.
  Opening ceremony with blessing by Mary Harney is 10:30 a.m. Monday outside Hadley Hall, followed by Parade of Nations at 11 a.m. to the Corbett Center Student Union and a Native American Giveaway at the union rotunda
  Miss Native American NMSU Meet and Greet is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stan Fulton Center Monday, and the Pageant is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Corbett Center Auditorium
  An Evening of American Indian Tradition is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Corbett Center Outdoor Stage.
  An Indian Taco Demonstration is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Corbett Center rotunda
  The “Laugh Your Frybread Off” Native American Comedy Show is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Corbett Center Auditorium
  A dance with DJ Kyle Tom is 8 to 11 p.m. at the Corbett Center ballrooms
  Native American Arts and Craft Expo is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Corbett Center first floor area. A Flute and Drum performance with Randy Granger is Saturday.

An Evening with the Artist — Mimbres Region Arts Council presents storyboard artist/director Gary Trousdale at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Western New Mexico University’s Parotti Hall in Silver City as part of its monthly art lecture series. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: (575) 538-2505.

History Notes Lecture Series — The monthly program is 1 to 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, north end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The April 10 lecture is “Acequia Culture in the Mesilla Valley” with Amado Guzmán. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or las-cruces.org/museums.
  Next month’s lecture is May 8, with “Archaeology in the Mesa Verde Region: Ancient Ties Across the Southwest” with Fumi Arakawa.

Border Book Festival — The 20th Anniversary celebration of the Border Book Festival is April 24-27, at 314 S. Tornillo in Las Cruces and other locations. This year’s theme is “Honoring The Corn Mother.” Events culminate with a Corn Festival Saturday at Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite The festival brings together writers, journalists and filmmakers to explore the roots of connection on the historic Camino Real de La Tierra Adentro, a 1,600 mile trade route between Mexico City and northern New Mexico. School and community outreach programs are planned Friday. Information: (575) 523-3988. Schedule online at borderbookfestival.org/bbf.
  Opening Ceremony is presented by Balam and Alejandro López. Balam and López are co-directors of Somos El Maíz/We Are the Corn, a Center of Transformation, Renewal and Healing in Santa Cruz and Santa Fe. Balam runs “La Cocina de Balam,” a restaurant featuring natural Latin American Foods in Santa Fe. López is a writer, poet, photographer, painter, adobero (adobe maker) from generations of New Mexican families who are farmers and caretakers of the earth.
  The Corn Festival will feature panels, workshops, pláticas/talks in nearby galleries, community centers, and miscellaneous venues. The park will be the site of a day-long series of arts events including workshops, readings, theatre and music, as well as a trade show.
  Corn Festival highlights include a corn cooking contest, children’s corn on the cob eating contest, sculpture workshop with Kathleen Chávez Page, weaving and painting demonstrations with Miguel Ángel Díaz Guerreo and Pedro Martín Concepción, and construction of a Circular Maíz Ramada.
  This year’s artists are from Puebla, Mexico: painter Miguel Ángel Díaz Guerrero, weaver Pedro Martín Concepción and María del Carmen Olvera Trejo, Eco Tourism director and Cultural Representative for 17 village in the Sierra Norte.
  Other planned events:
• A reception for the exhibit “Tejido/Papel y Pintura/Weaving/Paper and Paint,” exhibit with Catalina Delgado-Trunk and Guerrero and Concepción is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Nopalito’s Galería, 326 S. Mesquite.
  Workshops (call for final times/schedule):
• Albuquerque artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk, a native of Coyoacán, México, will host several workshops on Papel Pacado/cut paper. She is considered one of the top Papel Picado artists in the world. Call for schedule.
• Plant biologist Susan J. Tweit, author of 12 books, including the memoir “Walking Nature Home, A Life’s Journey,” will host a workshop on the “surprising lives of plants” in a series of writing and creativity exercises.
• Cultural preservationist and writer, Dick Davis will give a presentation and read from his book, “Bus Journey Across México: Exploring México by Bus from California to Guatemala: Encounters and Reflections.” Time to be announced.
• A Celebratory All Corn Meal catered by Chef Olga Nuñez is planned for Friday, April 25, with music and sharing by festival artists. Cost: $40; reservations required.
• A celebration honoring La Madre Del Maíz with Balam, Alejandro López and Festival Artists is Sunday, April 27, with a planting of Corn at Casa Camino Real, a procession in honor of the Corn Mother with music and song, and preparation and communal sharing of Atole. Participants are asked to bring a Corn Dish for a Community Potluck at Casa Camino Real.
  Other featured writers include V.B. Price, poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic and teacher who Editor of the online zine, “New Mexico Mercury.” Featured festival writers will visit schools and community centers April 21-25.

Mustang Round-Up — The 11th annual Mustang and Specialty Ford car show is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Alameda Park on White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo, hosted by Alamogordo Mustang Club, Inc. Special prizes given throughout the day. Spectator admission is free. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Information: alamostang@hotmail.com. Web: alamostang.com.
  Preregistration and get-together for participants Friday, April 25 at Margo’s Mexican Food; call for details.

Railroad Days — The annual event, celebrating the 133rd anniversary of the first train coming to Las Cruces, is Saturday, April 26, at the New Mexico Railroad and Transportation Museum in the Santa Fe Train Depot at Mesilla and Las Cruces avenues, west of the Downtown Mall (351 N. Mesilla). Activities include educational booths, vendor and family activities. Admission is free. Information, times: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.

WNMU Great Race — the 47th annual race is noon Saturday, April 26, on the Western New Mexico University campus’s Old James Stadium, Silver City. The competition features teams pushing their specially made cars (with one team member in the driver’s seat) around the hills of campus with pit stops and a water hazard. Information/registration: WNMU Alumni Affairs (575) 538-6675, alumni@wnmu.edu or wnmu.edu.

Smokey Bear Days — The Village of Capitan will host two days of family fun and fire prevention and conservation exhibits during its 10th annual festival Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, at Smokey Bear Historical Park and throughout the community, about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Events include live music, vendor marketplace, kid’s games, parade, conservation exhibits, chainsaw carving contest, auction and street dance. The event honors Smokey Bear, the famed bear cub that survived a fire in the Capitan Mountains and became a beloved symbol of fire prevention. All events are free. Information: (575) 354-2748 or smokeybeardays.com.
  Vendor area open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  Dance is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with Parade 10 a.m. Sunday.
  Smokey Bear Historical Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with playground and picnic areas. Regular park admission: $2 ($1 children).

T or C Fiesta — The 65h annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo, music, carnival, vendors, games in the park, live music, salsa contest, bike show, barbeque, Sunday duck race and more. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday through Downtown, with this year’s theme “T or C Fiesta.” Also planned are mystic wanderers, belly dance, carnival, food and merchandise vendors and more. Admission is free, unless listed otherwise. Information: (575) 497-9480, torcfiesta.com or on facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  Fiesta Tribute dinner is Saturday, April 19, at the Moose Lodge.
  Karaoke in the Park is Friday, May 2.
  Fiesta Golf Tournament is Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the Truth or Consequences Municipal Golf Course, 685 Marie. Details/cost to be announced.
  The Fiesta Rodeo is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena.
  When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game show’s invitation for a town to change its name to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward for doing so was to have the show’s host be the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and the community continues to celebrate every first weekend in May.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event includes live entertainment, and more than 20 vendors of arts and crafts, games and food booths. Children’s activities include amusement rides, jumping balloon, piñata bash and a greased pole climb at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are advised to bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed in the plaza. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

Deming Cinco de Mayo — The City of Deming’s Cinco de Mayor Parade is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3, beginning at Courthouse Park, east on Poplar to Country Club Road, north on Country Club Rd and ending at Voiers Pit Park, across from Starmax Theater. Information: demingchamber.com.

Dona Ana Longhorn Show — Texas Longhorn Breeders of New Mexico hosts the World qualifying show for registered Texas Longhorns 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at Dona Ana County Fairgrounds, Las Cruces, NM. Kids and adults show and ride these massive Longhorn cattle; winners qualify for the annual Texas Longhorn World Show held in Fort Worth every summer. Spectator admission is free. Information: 886-3410.

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays early May through the first frost in October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681.

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 523-2950.

West Texas

Viva Big Bend Food Festival
— The event celebrating the flavor of the Big Bend is Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, with tastings, tastings, cooking demonstrations and more in at locations in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon, Texas. Information/tickets: vivabigbend.com or on facebook.
  Featured locations are Blue Mountain Bistro, the Fort Davis Drug Store and the Mountain Trails Lodge in Fort Davis; Gage Hotel in Marathon Big Bend Brewing Company, in Alpine Marfa Maid Goat, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, Ranch 616 in Marfa and more.
  Free events:
  An Opening night party is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Railroad Blues, 504 W. Holland, in Alpine.
• Tito’s Handmade Vodka DIY infusion class is 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Sibley Gallery, 103 W. Holland, in Alpine.
• Dining along Historic Highways presentation is 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Hotel Paisano Ballroom, 207 Highland, in Marfa.
• Fine Whiskey Tasting room open 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Johnson Feed and Western Wear, 2600 Highway 90 in Alpine.
• Cow Dog/Plaine party is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Cowboy and Plaine, 215 E. Holland, in Alpine.

Big Bend Gem and Mineral Show — The 25th annual show and sale is April 18-20, at Alpine Civic Center, Alpine, Texas, with door prizes and demonstrations by vendors. Admission is free. Information: (432) 729-4526 or moonlightgemstones.com.

Bazaars and fairs

Guatemalan Mercado — The sale of Guatemalan weavings and other crafts is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery, 1201 Pope (at 12th) in Silver City. Proceeds benefit the artisans and the Arts Council. Information: (575) 538-2505, mimbresarts.org or on facebook at MimbresArts.
  Handcrafted items for sale include woven scarves and shawls, coats and vests, jewelry, backpacks and purses, place settings and tablecloths, pants, skirts, blouses and belts, Santos and so much more! Prices start at just $1 and modestly go from there. Many items sell out quickly.

Wagon Trails Market — The market is every Friday through September beginning April 4, at Old Fort Bliss, Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482.
  The market features local gardeners and growers, canners, cooks, bakers, crafters and creators selling seasonal produce, baked and canned goods, honey and more.

Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar — The Noncommissioned Officer’s Club hosts the spring bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at Fort Bliss Trading Post, 1717 Marshall Road, with arts and craft, antiques, clothes, bake sale, door prizes and food booths. Admission: $1. Information: Sue Gonzales: 590-7202.

Gun Show — The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Fall Gun Show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $5, $4 active military with ID, $3 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Information: 598-0935.
  The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc. was formed in 1964 and raises funds for various charities.

Johnny Lolita’s Artisans and Farmers Market — Johnny Lolita’s Coffee Shop, 3200 S. Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. Information: 929-4008 or johnnylolitas.com.
The monthly Artisan’s Market is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, with handmade gifts, and a farmer’s market of fresh eggs, honey and more.
A Farmers Only Market is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Local farmers will sell fresh eggs, assorted cuts of beef, pork and lamb, canned items, raw local honey and other food items.

UUCEP Spring Arts and Crafts Bazaar — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron, hosts its spring arts and craft bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, with may handcrafted items and selections from noted El Paso area artists. Portion of the proceeds goes to the upkeep of the Community. Admission is free. Information: 562-4001 or uuelpaso.org.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (April 20 through Nov. 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Cinco de Mayo Wine & Art Market Sunland Winery, located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the spring art market 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2-4. Free wine tasting with a local arts market. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Sunland Winery is north of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. From I-10, take Sunland Park to Futurity, turn right, then left of Trifecta and right on Victory. Look for the red umbrellas.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s semi-annual arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with continuous entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 544-0753 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  Art vendor registration is at Recreation Administration Offices, 911 S. Ochoa.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  Artists may rent booths for only $2, but are required to prove they produce their own work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and attend one of the monthly orientation sessions offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the City Hall third floor training room. Information/guidelines online at elpasotexas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism & Initiatives.”

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Rummage Sale — The society’s fundraising sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden. Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs year round. Winter hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.
  Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.

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

Something for everyone

EPCC Spring Arts Festival
— The 37th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May; schedule to be announced. Most events are free. Information: 831-2461, rguti178@epcc.edu or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival.
  Exhibits in the Administrative Service Center Foyer, 9050 Viscount are the Annual Student Art Show, April 3-29, with opening ceremony 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and “Arte Maestro Exhibit,” May 5-22, with closing ceremony 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22.
  Other events:
• “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroes” documentary screening — 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Rio Grande Campus Little Temple, 100 W. Rio Grande, with remarks by Julie O’Reilly. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• From Jazz to Rock performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, with Cased Closed Jazz Quartet and Friday, March 28 with Souled Out (classic rock/R&B), at the Administrative Services Center conference room.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital — 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex, with students of EunMee Garza and Melissa Sanchez.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Dance Recital — 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Administrative Services Center Auditorium with students from Pre Ballet, Ballet I and Hip Hop dance classes.
• Guitar Studio Master Class — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Valle Verde Campus A1201, with Armin Harrison.
• “En l’air” poetry reading — 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 8, in the Northwest Library Conchita’s Café, with Pamela Herron reading from her collection “En l’air poems.”
• Marty Olivas Duo performance — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Valle Verde Campus A1201. Olivas and Ruben Gutierrez perform jazz and talk about experiences as musicians.
• Chaucer in Middle English — 1 to 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Valle Verde Campus B106. English students read selections from the General Prologue of “The Canterbury Tales” in Middle English.
• The Production of Contemporary Music — 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Valle Verde Campus A1201, performance and talk by EPCC music professors.
• Seniors Grand Gallery of Art and Music Extravaganza‚ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex, with Senior Adult Program faculty and students.
• Voice Faculty Master Class — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Valle Verde Campus A1201.
• Spoken word performance — 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Valle Verde Campus B240 with poet Ms. EkereTallie.
• EPCC Poetry Slam 5 — 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 25, in Valle Verde Campus Amphitheater.
• Faculty Music Recital — 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona.
• The Art of Brass Playing — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Valle Verde Campus A1201 with tuba player and music professor Jeffrey J. Meyer.
• Spring Dance Concert — 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, in the Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, with ballet, modern and folklorico from faculty and students.
• Mariachi: History and Styles — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Valle Verde Campus A1201, with AnjiMorgan Thornton.
• The El Paso Trio Recital — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Transmountain Forum Theater, with Mary Elizabeth Thompson, flute, Michelle Vaughn, violin and Hector Landa, piano.
• The Business of Dance workshop — 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Valle Verde Campus B110.
• Spring Music Showcase — 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Transmountain Forum Theater, featuring Mariachi, Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz Band. Admission: $3.
• 4th Annual EPCC Film Festival — 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Administrative Services Center Boardroom.

Centennial Lecture Series — The free lecture series is 5 p.m. at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center. The Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact society, culture and lives in the years ahead. Receptions follow the presentations, and the public is invited. Admission is free. Information: 747-5555 or utep.edu.
• Mark A. Wynne — Vice President, Associate Director of Research and Director of Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will talk about the “Euro Crisis: What Happened and Why It Matters” Thursday, March 27
• Monica C. Lozano — Publisher and CEO of ImpreMedia LLC/La Opinión, will speak Tuesday, April 15.

Las Cruces Dog Park Coalition dinner — Las Cruces Dog Park Coalition hosts its 4th Annual Dinner and Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the LCAR Conference Hall, 150 East Idaho (north of Main Street intersection) in Las Cruces. Mesilla resident Randy Granger will play acoustic music following the dinner. Tickets: $12 ($5 coalition members). Information/reservations: Kevin, (575) 525-8694 or on facebook at lcdogparkers.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is at 1140 St. Vrain (at Arizona). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: 440-SEED (7333), mustardseedcafe.org or on Facebook.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Meals are prepared by culinary expert Roman Wilcox, an El Paso native.
  The Mustard Seed’s Community Garden area will offer training with a Master Gardener at 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Saturdays (March 29, and April 12).
  Education classes are 11 a.m. every other Tuesday in the cafe. April 8: Warm and Cool Season Veggies with Dave Turner and Bill Hodge.

‘TAPS Academy’ — Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society will bring cast members of the SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters TV show to El Paso for a paranormal, science, and technology workshop Saturday March 29. Details to be announced. Information: 694-2317 or help@ghosts915.com.

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization at 810 Gato Road hosts several monthly events for the community. Weekday schedule 4:30-5:45 pm Tuesday and Thursday; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday (Wednesday classes begin Feb. 12), 5 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Saturday. Drop in rage is $10 (prepaid packages are $45 four classes; $65 six classes). Information: 231-0066 or sobhapodila@yahoo.com.

YISD Spring Health Fair — Ysleta Independent School District, Healthscope and Cigna host the health fair 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the YISD Central Office, 9600 Sims, with health screenings, immunizations, zumba demonstrations, giveaways and snacks. Information: yisd.net.

German Marksmanship Awards — The U.S. Paratroopers of the Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will host a German Marksmanship Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, April 4, at “Home of the Airborne,” 2608 Fort Blvd (near Alabama). Information: John, 240-8104 or johceb@msn.com.
  Officials of the German Air Force will recognize U.S. soldiers who have earned German Marksmanship Badges after demonstrating proficiency with weapons of the German Armed Forces.

Human Trafficking Awareness Week — NMSU IJM hosts events April 2-4 in Las Cruces to raise awareness about human trafficking in the community. Admission is free. Information: 471-5990 or on facebook at nmsuijm.
• Movie screening of “At the End of Slavery” is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at NMSU’s Corbett Center Colfax Room
• Former sex slave Melissa Woodward will tell her story at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in NMSU’s Corbett Center Auditorium.
• A Benefit concert is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, at International Delights, 1245 El Paseo, featuring local artists.

Philosophical Society conference — The 65th annual New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society conference is April 4-6, at UTEP. NMT holds annual meetings in late March or early April and is an inviting place for philosophers of all levels to present their ideas. Registration for presenters/participants; $70 full-time professors; $45 part-time professors and adjuncts; $35 graduate students; $25 undergraduate students and retirees; free for observers. Information: nmwt.org.

Money Smart Week — Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-El Paso Branch hosts a series of sessions in observance of Money Smart Week April 5-12, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Sessions are aimed at all ages and income levels, covering all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first-time home buying. All sessions are free. Schedule available at moneysmartweekep.org.
  The week kicks off with the Economic Empowerment Conference 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at EPCC’s Administrative Offices 9050 Viscount. Information: Maureen Hankins, 577-2530 or m.hankins@ywcaelpaso.org.

‘Voice of Voiceless’ Awards — The Solidarity Dinner with Persecuted Journalists in Mexico is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Santa Lucia Amistad Hall, 518 Gallagher. The 2014 theme is “Speak Truth to Power: The Journalists as Prophetic Voice.” Tickets: $50 ($400 table for 8). Information: 743-7754 or annunciationhouse.org.
  This year’s award will be presented to Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez for her journalistic work in the face of ongoing threats to her life and family.
  The Border Witness Recognition will be presented to Mexican businessman Carlos Gutierrez, who, unable to continue paying extortion, had both legs cut off by a drug gang. He undertook the Pedaling for Justice campaign, a 700-mile bike trip, to raise awareness for violence in Mexico and the plight of Mexican asylum seekers in the United States.
  The Teacher of Justice recognition will be presented posthumously to Mike O’Connor for his advocacy for the protection of journalists as the Mexican representative on the Committee for the Protection of Journalists.
  A free community forum 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. Patrick Cathedral Multipurpose Center, 1111 N. Stanton. Keynote speaker is Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, investigative reporter and author, presenting “Speak Truth to Power: The Journalist as Prophetic Voice.”
  Breakout Sessions include “Follow the Money: Who Profits from the Drug Wars,” with Tom Barry, Director of the TransBorder Project at the Center for International Policy; “Under Attack: Journalists in Mexico Today,” with Anabel Hernandez, investigative reporter and author; “Hope for Democracy in Mexico: A Credible Press?” with Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times Mexico Bureau Chief; “Forced to Flee: A Reporter’s Dilemma,” with reporter Hector Gutierrez; and “Defining Moments: Journalists Moved to Speak Truth to Power” with Diana Washington-Valdez, El Paso Times reporter, Armando Velez, co-editor of El Diario, and others. Information: (803) 743-7754.

Wheels on the A — Austin High School’s Sandra Day O’Connor Academy hosts Rockabilly, Rides and Car show 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Austin High, 3500 Memphis. Setup for participants begins at 8 a.m. Admission is free; cost for participants is $20. Information: Scott Graves, 494-6213 or swgraves@episd.org.

College Sorority Workshop — El Paso Alumnae Panhellenic will host free workshop 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at UTEP Hilton Garden Inn, 111 W. University. The event is for high school seniors girls and their college bound friends. Mothers also encouraged to attend. Learn about sororities and recruitment at U.S. colleges and universities. Information: 525-5023 or Gogreekelpaso.org.

San Francisco Stables Spring Break Camp — San Francisco Stables, 1114 Casas Road in Anthony, N.M., host a Spring Break camp for ages 6 to 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Friday, April 7-11, with horseback riding, petting zoo, arts and crafts, games and outdoor activities. Participants must bring water bottle, hat, sunscreen, closed toe shoes, and sack lunch (lunch provided Friday). Cost: $150 per week or $30 per day. Information: 491-9408 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) ana@sfstables.net, andrea@sfstables.net or sfstables.net.

Southwest Character Council — The council’s monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Great American Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills. Cost: $15 (includes lunch, networking and training). Cash or check only. Information/RSVP: 779-7719.

UTEP Campus Open House — University of Texas-El Paso hosts a campuswide open house is all day Thursday, April 10, as part of its Centennial Celebration. Information: Centennial Office, 747-5362 or 2014@utep.edu.
  Activities begin with the Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Rubin Center for Visual Arts, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues around 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday with exhibitions, demonstrations, and presentations. Laboratories and classroom buildings will be open as well as some athletic facilities. Food will be sold, and transportation will be provided for visitors on campus.

Mini Health Fairs — UTEP Wellness program hosts the mini-health fair focusing on alcohol awareness 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 11: “Alcohol Awareness” and “Allergies,” in the College of Health Sciences School of Nursing lobby, with free screenings for UTEP students, faculty and staff, as well as raffles, snacks and more. Information: chs.utep.edu/wellness/.
  Their fair is part of a monthly series of fairs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. focusing on different wellness topics throughout the spring an and summer months:
• Thursday, May 8: National Employee Fitness in the Campbell Building and Library (location subject to change).
• Thursday, June 26: Men/Women/Child Health Preventative Exams, in the Mike Loya Building.
  Health fairs will also be offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union’s Tomas Rivera Conference Center during annual July enrollment.

Notre Dame Club of El Paso — The club plans several events during the spring months. Information: elpaso.undclub.org or on Facebook at Notre Dame Club of El Paso.
• Fish Frys are 6 p.m. Fridays, through April 11, at St. Matthews Church, 400 W. Sunset.
• A fundraising book fair for children is planned for Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at Barnes & Noble at The Fountains at Farah.

Girl Power Fest — Latinitas hosts the confidence-building day for girls 11 to 18 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at UTEP’s Student Union. Guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges in addition to, panelists, a booth fair and live entertainment, a fashion show, multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. Tickets: $5 in advance; $10 at the door (limited number of scholarships available). Information/registration: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso.

Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. All classes are at 10935 Ben Crenshaw, #207, unless otherwise listed. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.org.
  Girl Power Fest for girls 11 to 18 is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at UTEP’s Student Union. Tickets: $5 in advance; $10 at the door. See separate listing for details.
  Girls Empowerment Team volunteer orientation is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
  Submissions for the annual Día de las Madres/Mother’s Day essay contest are being taken through May 1, at Latinitas headquarters. Open to girls ages 10-18 residing in the Greater El Paso region. Essays should be 200 to 500 words. Winning submissions to announced and published on LatinitasMagazine.com.
The winner will also win a salon package to give to her mom as a Mother’s Day gift and tickets to a Mother’s Day brunch.

Stay Teen Contest — Essay entries are being taken through April 14, 10935 Ben Crenshaw, #207, for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May. The contest is aimed at uniting and educating teens for a positive change. Teens are invited to submit essays, artwork or videos with their teen pregnancy prevention message. Top winners in each category will win prizes and be featured on the Stay Teen El Paso website. Information: stayteenelpaso@gmail.com or stayteenelpaso.blogspot.com.

Cultural funding — The City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department seeks funding proposals through April 28 for its Fiscal Year 2014 (Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 15, 2015) Cultural Funding Program. Applications may be returned to MCAD at 400 W. San Antonio Ave, Suite A. Information: 541-4167 Socorro Diamondstein, diamondsteinsq@elpasotexas.gov.
  All applicants are advised to review program categories, guidelines and workshop locations in the cultural funding section of elpasoartsandculture.org.
  MCAD workshops to discuss guidelines, criteria and application process for Fiscal Year funding are Tuesday, April 15. Attendance to at least one workshop is mandatory for all applicants.
  Morning sessions are at Cisneros Library, 1300 Hawkins; afternoon sessions are at El Paso City Hall, Main Room 2nd Floor, 300 N. Campbell.
• Project Support Program:
Morning Session: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
• Community Arts Programs: 11 to 11:45 a.m. or 6:15 to 7 p.m.
• Artist Incubator Program: noon to 12:45 p.m. (morning location) or 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Free tax preparation — AARP Foundation offers free tax preparation for individuals with low or moderate income through April 15 at selected El Paso Parks and Recreation Senior Centers. Information: 544-0753.
• Memorial, 1800 Byron, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Information: 562-4260.
• Hilos de Plata,4451 Delta, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Information: 533-3207.
• Eastside, 3200 Fierro, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Information: 591-4292.
• Father Martinez Senior Center, 9301 Alameda, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 860-9131.
• Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell, 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 755-7566.
• Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: 581-9525.

Latina Leader Summit proposals — Wise Latina International hosts it “Strength, Power & Influence” Summer Summit 2014”, is taking presentation proposals from Latina leaders through April 15, for Friday and Saturday, June 13-14 in Downtown El Paso. The purpose of the summit is to raise awareness about the specific issues that affect women of color within the community, culture and country. The Summit will promote excellence and innovation by encouraging women to find their passion and unleash their creativity without fear. Presentation Proposals may be sent to wiselatinainternational@gmail.com. Information: 790-2890.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso host a happy hour for dogs and their owners “back by popular demand” 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (April 19, May 17), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

Administrative Professionals conference — Positive Directions presents the 13th annual Conference for Administrative Professionals 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Headstart Multipurpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego, in observance of Administrative Professionals Week. The conference features national speakers, free lunch, mini-massages, door prizes, vendor booths, break out sessions and more. Participants may attend either day; comfortable clothes and pants recommended. Cost: $185 by April 11; $199 after. Information/registration: 838-1000 or positive@positivedirectionsco.com. Online registration at apcsouthwest.com.
  Speaker include two-time Billboard Magazine “National Radio Personality of the Year,” Sonny Melendrez; leadership and communication expert Darlene Templeton, inspirational speaker and pastor Felicia Hopkins and conference founder and columnist Aliana Apodaca.

Community Health Education Series — Sierra Providence East, 3280 Joe Battle, hosts a free seminar series the second Wednesday of the month. English presentations are 6 p.m., with Spanish presentation 7 p.m. The programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects to help improve and maintain the health of the community. Information: 577-SPHN (7746).
April 23: Living Wills and Advance Directives.
May 14: Aging Parents and Reversing Roles
  Also this month is the conclusion of the free “Spring Into Health,” lecture series, with “Back Pain and Treatment Options for Pinched Nerves” 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

BAJA SAE competition — The 2014 international competition for engineering students is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, on the UTEP campus. Baja SAE consists of three regional competitions that simulate real world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. Spectators welcome. Information: bajasae2014.utep.edu.
  Teams include West Point, NMSU, UCLA, Mexico, India, South Africa and United Arab Emirates.

Doña Ana Arts Council Arts Awards — The 28th annual Community Arts Awards event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, outside at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The Arts Council annually honors special individuals and organizations that are actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts in our community through leadership, support and advocacy. Tickets: $20. Information: (575) 523-6403 or las-cruces-arts.org.

Bowie Class of 1964 Reunion — The Bowie High School Class of 1964 will celebration its 50th class reunion with a dinner-dance on 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso, with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring music by El Paso Starliners. Dress is semi formal. Tickets: $30; proceeds benefit Guillen and Bowie students. Tickets, information: Sergio, 276-4351, Corina, 433-2082, Angie, 240-1209 or Joe, 490-2510.

Project Save a Kitten Spring Fling — The spring event benefiting the cat adoption program is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at MVS Studios, 535 N. Main in Las Cruces, with food, drink, live entertainment and a silent action. Auction items include one of a kind handcrafted plates and platters by Kate and Russell Mott, using drawings created by youth from Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces, along with gift certificates, works by local artists and artisans and more. Information, donations: (575) 680-7749 or gardens@zianet.com.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full) Saturday, April 26, at Sam’s Westside Club, 7970 N. Mesa. Bring up to three boxes of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0195.

Genealogy conference — Dona Aña Genealogical Society hosts its conference, “I Dream of Genealogy,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the First Baptist Church, 106 Miranda, in Las Cruces. Registration deadline is April 7; space is limited. Registration (through April 12): $50; includes lunch, printed materials, snacks and door prize. Information: (575) 527-0196 or LCgenealogy@aol.com
  Nationally recognized genealogist and author Billie Stone Fogarty, past President of Oklahoma Genealogical Society, will give four presentations: “Courthouse Research,” “Unlocking the Treasures of the National Archives,” “What’s Online That I Shouldn’t Miss” and “Have I Proven Who I Think I Am? The New Proof Standards.”

Junior Ranger Day — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, presents family and children’s programs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, as part of National Junior Ranger Day, with crafts, games, games and an appearance by Chami the Spotted Ground Squirrel. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Mass Gay Wedding — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host a mass gay wedding event Saturday, April 26. Space is limited, call to reserve a spot. Information: (575) 589-0653.

Rebuilding Day volunteers — Rebuilding Together El Paso Inc. seeks volunteers for its 2014 Rebuilding Day event set for Saturday, April 26. The event features volunteers working on home repairs for elderly, disabled and/or lone-income homeowners in El Paso who might not otherwise be able to afford work on their homes. Monetary donations are also accepted. Information/applications: 832-7010 or rebuildingtogetherelpaso.org.

Golden Bear Anniversary Dance — The Golden Bear Social Club’s 34th Anniversary Dance is 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, with music by Rhapsody. Semi-formal dress. Refreshments available; BYOB. Tickets: $15 donation. Information: 772-4643 or 755-4038.

CASA volunteer training — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of El Paso is a non-profit organization currently seeking volunteers to act as representatives in court for abused and neglected children, striving to provide them a safe and permanent home. The next sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 29-May 8, at El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio. Information: 546-8146 or casaofelpaso.com.
  All volunteers are required to complete a free 30 training class to prepare them to be effective advocates. Trainings held every 6-8 weeks. Check our website for specific schedule.

UTEP Walking Tours — In honor of its Centennial Celebration, University of Texas at El Paso hosts a series of guided walking tours to highlight different aspects of the UTEP campus and its history. A new series is offered each month. Reservations required; groups should consist of at least five individuals. Information: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669 or mvillalva2@utep.edu.
  April’s planned tour is on Basketball Athletics Facilities
  Upcoming tours in 2014 include UTEP History, Bhutan on Campus, Arts and Culture on Campus, Haunted UTEP and Research for the Future.

Latinitas Mother’s Day Essay Contest — LatinitasMagazine.com, a digital magazine by and for Latina youth, is accepting submissions through May 1 for the annual Día de las Madres/Mother’s Day essay contest, at its headquarters at 10935 Ben Crenshaw, #207. Open to girls ages 10-18 residing in the Greater El Paso region. Essays should be 200 to 500 words. Submit entry to emaillatinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or MyLatinitas.com. Submission is free. Information: 219-8554.
  Winning submissions to announced and published on LatinitasMagazine.com.
The winner will also win a salon package to give to her mom as a Mother’s Day gift and tickets to a Mother’s Day brunch.

Elder Abuse Prevention Month — Adult Protective Services hosts a series of events help raise awareness of and help prevent abuse and exploitation of elderly Texans. Events are free and open to the public. Information: dfps.state.tx.us.
• “Go Purple 2014: APS Health Fair” sponsored by Amerigroup is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Basset Place Mall.
• Helen of Troy “Charity Sunday” is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Helen of Troy outlet store, I-10 Exit 9 at Redd Road (on Helen of Troy Drive).
• “Go Purple Chili Cook Off Rally” is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Holiday Day Inn Central parking lot, 409 E. Missouri. Hot dog plate: $5 with choice of chili.

Free Comic Book Day — The 13th annual nationwide free comic book giveaway encouraging readers to discover the comic book art form is Saturday, May 3. Most area comic book stores and distributors will offer free comics (while supplies last) and other activities. Information: freecomicbookday.com.
• Asylum Comics and Cards 5360 N. Mesa Ste. L-12, has comic giveaways 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with appearances by select comic book characters 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m., food and drinks 3 to 5 p.m. (while supplies last) and hourly drawings. Local artists from Merc Studios will also present their work. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600.
• Daxie Boy Toys, 126 Shadow Mountain, Suite D, hosts activities with guests and giveaways. Details to be announced. Information: 996-3296.
• El Paso Public Library’s Esperanza Moreno branch, 12480 Pebble Hills, will offer free comics 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: eplibrary.org.
• Zia Comics, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1, in Las Cruces, will host special activities that day. Details to be announced. Admission is free. Information: (575) 405-0461 or ziacomics.com.

Renal Nutrition Spring Symposium — El Paso Chapter National Kidney Foundation Council hosts its symposium 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Landry’s Seafood 6801 Gateway West, for healthcare professionals, students/interns, patients or anyone interested in gaining knowledge in kidney disease and nutrition. CPE will provided for Dietitians, Social Workers, and Nurses. Cost varies; online registration at eventbrite.com.

‘Recent Contributions of Brain Imaging’ — A lecture on the recent contributions of brain imaging towards the understanding and treatment of developmental stuttering is 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, at UTEP’s Campbell Building. Details to be announced. Information: UTEP Centennial Office, 747-5362 or 2014@utep.edu.

Better Business Bureau and Torch Awards — Author and speaker Frank Abagnale returns as guest speaker for BBB’s 60th Anniversary luncheon meeting and Torch Awards 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at El Paso Convention Center. Abagnale, author of “The Art of the Steal,” is one of the world’s leading authorities on forgery and embezzlement. His years as a teenage criminal mastermind were portrayed by Leo DeCaprio in the hit movie “Catch Me If You Can.” Proceeds from this year’s event will help the BBB purchase its own building.
  Tickets: $65 ($60 BBB members). Tables for 10: $1,200 ($1,000 BBB members). Event sponsorships range from $2,500-$10,000 and include a “Meet & Greet” with Abagnale before the event, advertising and more. Information: Margo Monreal, 577-0195, 490-0762 or communications@bbbelpaso.org.
  Abagnale will also host a seminar 2 to 4 p.m. following the luncheon.

Alzheimer’s support groups — Alzheimer’s Association El Paso offers support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at several locations throughout town. Caregivers can exchange practical information, discuss challenges and coping, share feelings, needs and concern and learn about available resources in the community. Information: Kelli Moorehead, 1-800-272-3800.
• Eastside — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at SunRidge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount. Refreshments served.
• Northeast — 1:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month at Richard Burges Branch Library, 9600 Dyer.
• Far Eastside — 6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Cambria, 1991 Saul Kleinfeld. Bilingual group, refreshments served.
• Westside — 6 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at SunRidge at Desert Springs, 5901 Bandolero. Bilingual group.
  Early Stage Support Group meets fourth Friday of each month. Pre-screening required. Information: Blanca Loya at Bienvivir All-Inclusive Senior Health, 562-3444.
  New support groups meet at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Sunridge at Cielo Vista, 7949 Sunmount (Eastside) and the fourth Friday of the month at Royal Estates, 435 Mesa Hills (Westside).

Bridge leagues — Duplicate bridge events are hosted at Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159, 2216 East Yandell. Admission: $6. Information: 544-6565 or elpasobridge.com. Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-8897.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (April 19). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

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

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

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

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

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

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic 6 a.m. to noon Sundays. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.

For a good cause

Beaux Arts Ball — Texas Tech School of Architecture El Paso and American Institute of Architecture Students host the fundraising “Locomotion” costume ball at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Union Depot, 700 San Francisco Street. This year’s event features performers from El Paso Opera’s production of La Bohème. Tickets: $30. Information: El Paso Opera, 581-5534.

Project Meowvelous — Humane Society of El Paso is taking donations and sponsors for the renovation of its living area for resident cats. Donations of any amount welcome. Sponsor opportunities: $1000 for cat condos, $500 to have their cat’s portrait on the Playroom wall,$250 to have a pawprint painted on the wall. Information/donations: Betty Hoover, Executive Director, HSEP, 532-6971, ext. 110.
  In conjunction with the project, Linda Noack, Artist of Cats and Paw Prints for the project, is Sunland Art Gallery’s April “Artist of the Month.” All of Noack’s earnings (from the sale of any paintings, prints, cards at the gallery) during April will be donated to society.
  Eight cats are currently commissioned at $500. The first will be unveiled on April 1 at the Sunland Art Gallery. See gallery listing for details.

House of Hope Car Raffle — House of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center hosts its 11th annual fundraising dinner and car raffle 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 2. Live auctions follow with the announcement of the raffle winner for a 2014 Ford Mustang; only 350 raffle tickets will be sold. Tickets: $250 (includes dinner for two and car raffle ticket). Information/location: 544-9600 or HouseofhopeFriends.org.

Art Auction 2014 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual fundraiser featuring works by area artists 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6. All mediums of art by local artists are represented, as well as antiques, collectibles and celebrity items. Works available for purchase during live auction only. Information: 590-1313 or kcostv.org.

Celebrity Waiter Spaghetti Dinner — Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center’s 15th annual fundraiser is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at St. Pius X’s Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, at Geronimo. Local celebrities, candidates for office and other politicians will serve as waiters for a night working for tips. A silent auction and iPad raffle also planned. Admission: $45 ($450 table for 10). One raffle ticket included in ticket price. Available in advance at 544-5126. Information: las-americas.org.
  Proceeds benefit Las Americas’ work with immigrant children, battered immigrant women and asylees/refugees from 64 countries who have ended up in El Paso.

Child Crisis Center Gala — Springfire performs for the center’s gala dinner, is 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Wyndham El Paso, 2027 Airway. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Tickets: $100 per person (tables of 10 available). Information/reservations: 562-7955 or childcrisiselp.org.

Coffee, Beans & Rice — First Christian Church and the Mustard Seed Café, 1104 St. Vrain entrance (at Arizona) hosts the 4th annual coffee house benefit 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, to raise money to feed families in Mexico. Featured entertainer is Patricia Morrison, a folk singer/songwriter in the style of Joan Baez. Admission: $10 (includes performance, bottomless cup of coffee and dessert). Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.

‘STAR Western Gala’— The Alzheimer’s Association STAR Chapter of El Paso will host its annual gift basket fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Proceeds will benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease. Ticket information: Susie, 544-1799 or susie.gorman@alz.org.

March Madness symphony fundraiser — The 16th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 7, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Live and silent auctions and raffles will be held before the game and during halftime. Call for cost. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is earlier Monday. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and 18 holes of golf at 1 p.m.

Quiz for a Cause — Junior League of Las Cruces, in conjunction with Geeks Who Drink, will host a quiz night benefiting the league’s community service projects 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Dublin’s Street Pub, 1745 E University in Las Cruces. Teams up to six compete in eight rounds for a cash prize. Admission: $5 suggested donation. Information: geekswhodrink.com

Fashion Show and luncheon — The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America hosts its annual fundraising luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with fashions by Dress Barn and Dillards, designers, silent auction, opportunity drawings and more. Tickets: $30. Information/reservations: 751-6116.

Woman’s Club ‘Over The Rainbow’ Spring Celebration — The shoe fashion show and benefit luncheon is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, El Paso, with silent auction and entertainment. Profits support the upkeep of the historic Woman’s Club Clubhouse. Shoes of various styles modeled from Veriae, Rocketbuster, Tres Mariposas and Steinmart. Tickets: $40, Information: 532-6131, 526-0904 or wcoep.org.
  The Woman’s Club of El Paso is on both the Texas and National Historic Registries. The Club currently supports Wounded Warriors Fund, Avance, Opportunity Center, Kelly Food Bank and Texas Ramp Project.

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — The 21st annual benefit luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Keynote speaker to be announced. Tickets $100 donation per seat. Information, reservations: 533-2311 or ywcaelpaso.org.

Cinderella Prom Dress Project — NMSU Housing & Residential Life’s 5th annual prom dress donation project is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 19 and 26, at NMSU Pinon Hall (near the duck pond. Young ladies needing a dress should bring current high school ID. Those with prom dresses they no longer need may donate them to make high school prom more special for girls in need. Dresses should be clean and no more than 10 years old. Information: (575) 527-1193 or on Facebook at Prom Dress Project L.C.
  Dresses may also be donated to La Tienda, 335 Colonia (at Alameda and Main).

ACCEP Anniversary Celebration — Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso hosts its 18th anniversary celebration is Wednesday, April 23. Ticket information: 545-5400 or advocacycenterep.org.

Casas for CASA – CASA of El Paso hosts its annual fundraiser 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Drive, with dinner and a silent and live auction of one-of-kind playhouses created by the area’s finest builders. Tickets: $100. Information: 546-8146 or casaofelpaso.com.
  CASA of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system.

‘Dining Out for Life’ — Participating restaurants in more than 40 cities, including El Paso, will donate 25 percent of the day’s sales for lunch and/or dinner on Thursday, April 24, towards the work of International AIDS Empowerment. Information/participating restaurants: diningoutforlife.com or internationalaids.org.

‘Jewelry For A Voice’ — En Voz Alta, a non-profit organization that supports children with hearing loss, hosts its 3rd annual dinner and silent jewelry auction featuring work from local artists and jewelers 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at El Paso Club, 201 W. Main (top floor Chase Building), with food, jazz music, silent jewelry auction and jewelry artisan contest. Tickets: $50; available at 521-7229, ext. 2989. Information: umcfoundation.org.

March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 7 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Fountains of Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Proceeds help fund prevention of birth defects. Team donations made online at marchforbabies.org.
  The Las Cruces March for Babies is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada. Registration is 7:30 a.m. Information: (575) 523-2627.

‘Sgt. Pepper’s Wondrous Wigorium’ — The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation and the Green House 4 Seasons beauty program present the Beatles tribute concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The concert features a rock band, brass band and string quartet. Admission: $20. Information/tickets: 317-2087 or rgcf.org.
  All proceeds will be donated to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation & the Green House’s Four Season Beauty Program to provide wigs and products for patients dealing with the effects of treatment.

Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s 13th annual fundraising gala is Saturday, May 3, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Yappy Hour silent auction is 6 p.m. with dinner and festivities 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for 10). Reservations and payment due by April 25. Information: 821-7283 or info@arlep.org. Web: arlep.org.
  This year’s theme is “Who Rescued Who.” Anyone with a story and picture regarding their rescue dog or cat they would like to share may call or send an email to the league.
  Support levels available are: “Top Paw” ($1,500), “The Cat’s Meow” ($1,000) and “Top Dog” ($800). This year’s theme is “Thank You” (attendees are invited to submit a picture of their rescued animal they would like to share).

Western Gala — The annual “Cowboy Dress-Up” dinner-dance benefit for the annual El Paso Dodge Ram Dealers Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo is Saturday, May 3, at Sunland Park Race Track and Casino’s Futurity Ballroom. Cocktails served at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing 8 p.m. to midnight. Information/reservation: Julie Johnson, 525-8464.

Bowie Exes Tardeada — The Bowie classes of the 1960s exes hosts a fundraising tardeada 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins, to benefit Bowie students. Admission: $15. Information: 494-8396 or 562-4292.

Veterinary Community Awards Banquet - The 29th annual banquet, “Celebrate a Healthy Pet” hosted by the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Camino Real Hotel, Downtown. This year’s Director of Ceremonies is Felipa Solis. The banquet is held in conjunction with National Pet Week, with the 2014 Veterinary Community Award and Pet Hall of Fame inductee to be announced. Tickets: $40. Information: 593-1712 or epvma.org.

Desert Valley 4-H Benefit Trap Shoot – Desert Valley 4-H hosts its 10th annual trap shoot 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at El Paso Skeet & Trap Club, 9817 Alameda. Check in starts at 8 a.m. Registration open through day of event. Cost per five-person team: $250 adult level; $50 youth (age 8-18). Spectator admission is free. Information: 269-1229, 433-5431 or on facebook at Desert Valley 4-H.
  Event also includes silent auctions, raffles, gaming area (water balloon shoot, archery poker, darts, silhouette shooting gallery) and concessions.
  Pre-ordered smoked briskets (12-14 pounds pre-cooked) are available for $75. All proceeds and donations to directly benefit the Desert Valley 4-H Youth Shooting programs. Pre-orders taken through April 28; delivery or pick-up arrangements can be made at 433-5431.

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

Fort Bliss

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

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 Easter brunch — The Centennial Club’s Easter brunch buffet is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at Building 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill. Reservations required. The Easter Bunny will be present for pictures and visits with guests. Cost: $20.95 ($10.50 for children ages 5-10, and free for children ages 4 and under). Information/reservations: 744-1171.

Dinner and Dancing — Fort Bliss Family and MWR hosts dinner and dancing with choreographed instruction 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Pershing Pub located inside the Pershing gate. Cost: $25; $40 per couple ($10 for just dancing). Information: 781-6809.

Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 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.
  A three-course meal, followed by an evening of dancing is 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. Cost: $20.

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (except holiday weekends) at Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies Fridays. Tuesdays consist of rosary making/preemie caps/hats and prayer shawls. Information: 867-2785 or dcatarroja@sc.rr.com.

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

Club news

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

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 355-4598 (Spanish), afofelpaso.com or on facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French classes for adults and children are offered throughout El Paso. New Advanced Conversation classes offered, and will emphasize the ability to communicate complex ideas as well as everyday life situations. Information: 328-8268, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  A Mediterranean Dinner is Sunday, March 30, at UPC, 244 Resler, with Chorbal Moroccan Couscous by Chef Zino. Reservations required; space is limited.
  French film is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at The Garden restaurant, 511 N. Western.
  Cheese and wine tasting is Friday, April 25, at Sunland Winery.
  French cooking classes now being planned; details to be announced.

Westside Welcome Club — The group is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free newcomers’ coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Charlotte’s Furniture, 5411 N. Mesa. No RSVP necessary
  The monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at El Paso Country Club. Social time starts at 11 a.m. Program is a Spring Fashion Show by Dress Barn. Cost: $20; reservation checks may be mailed to the club via Box 13167, 79913. Information/reservation: 845-1896.
  The Westside Welcome Club’s Day at the Races is Sunday, March 30, at Sunland Park Racetrack. Call for details.

Woodworkers Club of El Paso — The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building). Robert Lichlyter will present a program on “How to Make a Longworth Chuck,” followed by a show and tell segment. Admission is free. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 25 to 45. Bible study held every Thursday. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
  Saturday events:
April 5: Festival of Hope
April 12: Dinner and a movie
April 19: Hueco Tanks hike
April 26: Dinner and pool.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at Golden Tee, Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471 or 755-0843.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly luncheon is noon Tuesday, April 22, at DoubleeTree El Paso, 600 N. El Paso. Information, reservations: 584-3858.

ANDA meetings — Area Network for Disabilities and Aging meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, at Chihu’a Restaurant El Paso, 9135 Gateway West. Election of officers and board members will be held. Annual club dues of $12 are due. Information: 598-0900.

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

Del Valle High School Retirees — All Del Valle High School retirees, former faculty and staff are invited to no-host luncheons at 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call for location: Marsha Labodda, 629-7063.

Doña Ana Camera Club — The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Meetings offer technical presentations, friendly suggestions for improving member photos, travelogues, networking, and other activities. Meetings are free and open to all interested photographers. Information: (575) 524-1288 or dacameraclub.org.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday (April 10) of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 494-7977 or epnequilters@gmail.com.

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

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

Macintosh Users Group — The El Paso Macintosh Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. The group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or epmug.org.
  The club now features two special interest groups:
• “SIGs” Photography/Photoshop on improving digital photography skills (begins at 9:30 a.m.)
• LiveCode, building stand-alone apps for OSX, Windows, Linux and Androids (all from within the OSX program). No previous experience in programming a computer necessary.

Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (April 3) at the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning and advanced collectors are invited to trade, buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202-1937.

Project Linus — The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, (April 12, May 3) at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.
  The April meeting will be the second Saturday of the month, April 12.

Toastmasters — The Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Learn how to make speeches, gain confidence and other leadership skills. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: 833-1406 or 691092.toastmastersclubs.org.

UFO Discussion Group – The video/internet topic discussion group meets 1:30 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Burges Public Library’s annex room, 9600 Dyer (at Rushing). All meetings are free and open to the public. Information: Rita P. Freeman, 755-0473 or w717688@yahoo.com.

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com. Take Sunland Park Exit 13 from I-10.
  Now open is the park’s newest roller coaster, The Hurricane.
  April hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, plus Friday, April 18, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
  May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Monday, May 26.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  The live horse racing season runs through April 15. Racing days are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:55 p.m. through April 15.
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  The copper-domed casino offers slot machines, and video-machine versions of poker, keno and other games. Hours are 10a.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.
  To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from I-10, go south (left turn coming from Downtown) and follow the signs.

Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) opens for its 2014 season Saturday, May 3. Individual tickets: $21.99, plus tax; $18.99 or age 4-12; $2.99 age 1-3. Parking is $2 per car. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
  2014 season passes now on sale for $39.99.

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

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

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway gives passengers a view of 7,000 square miles, two countries and three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour before closing. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 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.

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

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

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.

Sunland Winery — Located at Art & Frame Mfg., 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Jack Welch, saxophone, performs Thursdays and Saturdays. Sweetwater band performs Fridays and Sundays. Free wine tasting. Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.

La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
  The annual La Viña Spring Wine Festival celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines available for tasting or purchase is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Admission; $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine; $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. See “Roundup” listing.

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.
  Free live music on the patio offered Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Boxing begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. Featured matches are El Diamante Lozano vs. El Magico Briones, El Bombardero Lozano vs El Flash Bustos, Leslie La Explosiva Morales vs. Katya Lopez, Johanna La Estudiante Porras vs. Karla La Princesa Valenzuela, and five other bouts. Admission is 50 to 275 pesos, sold at the door or in advance at donboleton.com.

Alianza Francesa de Cd. Juárez — Calle Tlaxcala #2644 Col. Margaritas (at Ignacio Ramirez). Information: 6391011 (Tania Bonfil) or ciudadjuarez.af.org.mx.
  Opening reception is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, for an exhibit of the art of Cristina Gardea, whose work features floral, bird and women subjects.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte — Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and center’s the box office.
• Orquesta Sinfonica Esperanza Azteca performs at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Admission is 100 and 150 pesos.
• Orquesta Sinfonica UACJ presents a piano concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Admission is 73 to 182 pesos, plus service charges. Half off for students, teachers, university staff and senior citizens.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos — Cuatro Siglos Boulevard at Arizona. Gastronomica Expo Fest 2014 is Saturday, March 29. Features top restaurants and food workshops. Admission: 80 pesos.

Convenciones Otaku — Plutarco Elias Calles at Simona Barba. Expo Comics-Cosplay is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30. Costumes, sushi, posters and other merchandise, performances. Admission: 55 pesos (25 for under age 11).

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.
  The documentary series concludes at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, with “Looking for Sugarman” (Sweden/UK). Cost is 20 pesos (10 pesos for students with ID and seniors).
  Showing all month: A tribute to Alfredo Lopez Austin, a 78-year-old schcolar born in Juárez who was devoted to the study of ancient civilizations of Mexico. The exhibit includes photos, his books, his achievements and recognitions by several universities.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.
  Guided tours for schools available. Call Roberto Fernandez at 6124707 for appointment.

Salon Paso Del Norte —Plutarco Elias Calles Av at 21 de marzo. Media cosplay expo is 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.

Galeria Virtudes — Ruiz Arroyo (Americas Av 678, 5 minutes from Cordova Bridge). Organization Arte Juarez presents the book “Juarez vive, resiste, ama” by Leticia Ruiz Arroyo at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31.

Centro Municipal de las Artes — Old City Hall, 16 de Septiembre and Mariscal in the Zona Centro. Information: 615-0232. “Caras y gestos,” an art exhibition by Cecilia “La Catrina” Briones, considered the most popular artist in Juárez, is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4.

El Rincon De Ana Lucia — The restaurant and gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building). The monthly art reception is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, featuring the art of Armando Giner from Oaxaca. Wine and appetizers served. Admission is free.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Gregorio M. Solis (near Cordova Bridge). Singer Alfredito Olivas performs at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4. Tickets are 1,000 pesos, sold at donboleton.com.

Museo del INBA — Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414.
  The museum marks its 50th anniversary this year, and will have a special celebration Friday, April 4, with two exhibitions opening at 7 p.m.:
• Photos, documents, museum plans and other works by architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, who designed and built the museum. He was also the architect of Estadio Azteca and the Basilica de Guadalupe, among other buildings.
• “Abstraccion y Sicodelia,” the art in Mexico of the 1960s.
  “A Day at the Museum” is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12: Guided tours, children’s workshops and puppet shows.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at donboleton.com. Singer Joan Sebastian, on his Farewell Tour, performs at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The popular ranchero singer known as “El Rey del Jaripeo” has been a regular on Mexico’s Top 40 charts since 1977. Tickets are 460, 920 and 1,200 pesos, sold at donboleton.com.

La Bandida Discoteque — Boulevard Zaragoza 6141 (at Casas Grandes, in front of Gran Patio Mall). Singer Tito Torbellino and Escala Norteña Group perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Tickets are 250 to 800 pesos, available at donboleton.com. Tables available.

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez). Bullfights are scheduled for Sunday, April 6.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park, Juárez (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
• Opening at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11: “Sentimientos Reciclados” (Recycled Feelings), and art exhibition by modernist painter Veronica Rico. Poet Sobeyda Lili, also known as Flor del Desierto, will read several of her own poems related to the artwork.
• Opening at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25: A retrospective of the art of Miguel Angel Moreno, paying tribute to one of the longest career artists in Juárez.

Expo Jutsu Me — Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, at Universidad Regional del Norte, entrance by Juarez Porvenir Highway.

Bazar Otakia — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, at Plaza de las Americas Mall. Pronaf Zone

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. Rock bands perform 1-4 p.m..

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). Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  Showing all month is the 3D documentary, “The Great White Shark.” Tickets sold separately for the film.
  The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.
  There is also a 3D theater, library with computer area, outdoor garden with labyrinth and performance venue.

Juarez en la Frontera — The radio cultural talk show is 2-3 p.m. Sundays, 1490 AM.

‘Por Amor al Arte’ — The radio show, covering all aspects of the arts in Juárez, airs 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays on 860 AM. The show includes music, interviews, reviews of events, recommendations of books and movies, hosted by Hogla Lizeth Olivas. Information: 806Noticias.com.mx.

Radio Cultural Milenio — Alfonso “The Duck” Quiñones hosts the radio program devoted to the cultural world in Juárez at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on 640 a.m.

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

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