August 2018

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Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
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Area Attractions

Tequila & Margarita at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the evening of tequila sampling and live music 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with premium tequila brands and frozen margaritas available for sampling. Admission is free; $20 for sample 10 tickets and a souvenir shot glass. Information: 1-800-572-1142, or on Facebook.

SOOB Summer Fair — Social Order of the Beauceant host their first indoor Summer Fair fundraiser 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at El Paso Lodge, 1505 Magruder, with various food booths hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes, chips, drinks, and desserts. Grand door prize offered at 5:30 p.m.; must be present to win. Admission: $6; includes 6 food tickets. Additional tickets are $1 each; available in advance from any SOOB member or from Rosemary Alsworth at (575) 496-9878.

Tap & Cork Craft Beer and Wine Fest – Family and MWR Special Events hosts its 2nd annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3-4, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Fort Bliss, with live music, local vendors, food and drink. Admission: $15 DoD cardholders, $20 general public.  Information: 588-8247, or on Facebook at BlissTapAndCork.

Fiesta de San Lorenzo — The annual fiesta at San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Clint is noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Admission is free to all events. Information: 851-2255 or
  One of El Paso County’s oldest traditions, the event includes food, games, rides, matachines, loteria and live music throughout the weekend. The event traditionally attracts more than 10,000 people each day.
  To get there, take the Clint exit from I-10 and follow the Mission Trail signs.

Greased Lightning Car Show — The benefit car show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Open to all vehicles. Proceeds benefit the museum. Admission is free. Registration for entries is $20 in advance; $25 day of show. Information: 346-9340 (send text), or on Facebook.

John Wesley Hardin’s Demise — The Concordia Heritage Association’s John Wesley Hardin “Secret Society” annual commemoration is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 Yandell. The event marks the infamous gunslinger’s 1895 fatal shooting with a special gravesite ceremony and reenactment by Six Guns and Shady Ladies and historians at 7 p.m. There will also be the annual “Toast to John Wesley.” Short ghost tour follows. Bring lawn chairs, flashlight and closed-toe shoes. Old West attire encouraged. Admission: $5; free for age 5 and younger). Information: 581-7920, 591-2326,, or on Facebook at JohnWesleyHardinSecretSociety.
  Proceeds from the event benefit the preservation and restoration of the cemetery, including the recently added Military Memorial. 
  Hardin moved to El Paso in 1895 after his release from prison. He was shot to death in Aug. 19, 1895, by Constable John Selman. Hardin was 42, and claimed to have killed 30 men.

Mexican Food Fiesta — The Mexican food event is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at San Jacinto Plaza, with gorditas, tacos, clamatos and other Mexican food vendors, and live entertainment. There will also be a Mercadito and a live art competition with art from local and regional artists. Admission is free; food tokens are $2 each. Information: 544-9550 or

B.E.S.T. Car Show — The car show benefiting B.E.S.T. (Building, Empowering, Succeeding Together) is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs. Vendors, music, food and creative works from children’s camps. Car show is open to all makes and models of vehicles. Spectator admission is free. Registration information: 821-2122 or
  The organization helps children and families of children with autism and other learning disabilities.

Minerpalooza 2018 — UTEP’s 28th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally is Friday, Aug. 31, on the UTEP campus, corner. The family friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment, family activities, and beer and wine garden for 21 and older. Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5648, or on Facebook.

St. Mark Fest 2018 — Saint Mark Church,11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its Labor Day weekend family festival 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, with live music, food and beverages and lots of entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 300-2800 or

Great American Rockabilly Riot — The 7th annual Kustom Kulture Extravaganza, hosted by Hardknocks Car Club, is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at El Paso County Coliseum, with a Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show, a Classic Pin-Up Contest, Vendors, Food Trucks, Adult Beverages, live tattooing and a Kiddie Corral. Portion of the proceeds go towards charities. All ages welcome; age 12 and younger free. Tickets: $12 per day; $20 for both days (Ticketmaster). Information, pin-up pageant and car show registration 
  Saturday’s headliner is Voodoo Glow Skulls with Reno Divorce, Rockabilly Strangers, Pope Paul & the Illegals and Ian Rosewood.
  Sunday’s Headliner is Dale Watson with Kitty Rose and the Rattlers, Bobby Rosales and the Premiers, Sorry About Your Sister and Los Chucanos.

Southern New Mexico

Full Moon Nights — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts monthly full moon programs May through October. Summer nights are 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, and 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Call for program. Entrance fee: $5 age 16 and older. Free for children. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to

Ruidoso Art Festival — The 47th annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca (NM Highway 48), with more than 100 artists from across the nation. New this year, the festival will feature some New Mexico wineries; with free wine tasting at many locations.
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  Admission: $6 per day; $4 for military; $1 ages 10 and younger. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Military discount of $4. Tickets with wine tasting are additional $10. Sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Information: (575) 257-7395, 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676) or 
  Rated as one of the country’s top 100 juried art shows, the festival features acrylics, oils and other media paintings; fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.

Art & Wine in the Cool Pines — The wine and art festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum in Cloudcroft, N.M. with art, wine, food and live. Tickets per day: $10 for nondrinkers and under 21; $15 for a glass. Advance tickets available at the chamber office. Information: Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce, (575) 682-2733 or

Chile the Kid Beer & Wine Festival — Ruidoso Midtown Association and City Bank hosts the beer, wine, and green chile benefit for non-profit and local businesses Aug. 3-5, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino on US70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. All ages welcome. Tickets: $25 VIP night Friday; $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday (includes pint of wine glass). Admission free for age 18 and younger. Information: (575) 348-4431, or on Facebook.
  Participants include Lost Hiker Brewing Company, Noisy Water Winery,
Tularosa Vineyards and Winery, Abbey Brewing Company, Sheehan Winery, Glencoe Distillery, Black's Smuggler Winery and
Picacho Peak Brewing Co.

Old Lincoln Days — The 78th annual celebration of Lincoln’s Wild West heritage is Aug. 3-5 in Lincoln, N.M., a restored Western town famous for the bloody Lincoln County Wars of 1878 and the escape of Billy the Kid after he was sentenced to die by hanging. The town, maintained by the Lincoln State Monument and Lincoln County Heritage Trust, is on U.S. 380 about 30 minutes from Ruidoso. The event features, vendors, food, living history demonstrations and wagon rides. Information: (575) 653-4372 or or on Facebook at Billy the Kid Pageant.
  “Last Escape of Billy the Kid” folk pageant is 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($6 children).

Kids Expo — The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual family expo for all ages 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Plaza de Las Cruces, with music, games, giveaways performances by local youth, and “Chalk the Walk” chalk art on the sidewalk. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2454.
  Information will be provided on extracurricular activities and services that are available for youth in the Las Cruces area. Local businesses, groups, and agencies will provide information about their services.

Lincoln County Fair — The 65th annual fair is Monday through Saturday, Aug. 6-11, at the County Fairgrounds at 5th and Hwy 48 in Capitan, N.M. (north of Ruidoso), featuring exhibits in several livestock categories. Admission is free. Information: (575) 648-2311 or

Las Cruces ‘Discover Downtown’ — The City of Las Cruces and Downtown Las Cruces Partnership offers free Discover Downtown passports at the new Visit Las Cruces offices, 336 S. Main. With each passport, users get a one-time 20 percent discount at participating downtown retailers through Aug. 10. Each time the passport is used, participants earn a stamp. When participants gain stamps for at least half the retailers, they return the passport to Visit Las Cruces or Downtown Las Cruces Partnership to be entered in a drawing for a “Love Las Cruces gift basket.” Information: (575) 541-2286 or

Carrizozo Festival and Artists’ Studio Tour — Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, throughout Carrizozo, N.M. (Highway 54 and 380). The studio tour is both days, with festival all day Saturday. Information or maps: (575) 336-4061, or on Facebook at Carrizozo Art.
  The festival offers live music and dance, a street dance and fireworks Saturday. All events are free and family friendly. 
  Festival begins with double elimination horseshoe tournament registration at 8 a.m. Cost: $20 (two-member team). Other special events include performance by Saint Francis de Paula Folklorico, local bands Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies and La Ultima, and evening street dance. Beer Garden, food trucks, arts and crafts booths and a Kids’ Fun Zone also featured.
  Artist studio and historical homes walking and trolley tours are Saturday and Sunday with 24 artists at 12 sites. Featured media include pottery, woven copper, glass, tile, sculpture boxes, painting, batik, jewelry, repurposed wood and steel, fiber and graphic novels. Look for streamers marking the locations.
  Leroy Lopez will open his town installation of vintage cars and buildings filled with antiques and vestiges of the ranching and farming lives that once defined the area 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Preview party is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography.
  Walking and riding historical home tours will highlight many of the residential and commercial buildings both on and off the National Register beginning at 10 a.m. both days.

Run to the Copper Country Car Show – The 25th annual car show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Gough Park in Silver City, N.M., with vendors, refreshments, raffles, and a trophy winner parade. Sponsored by Copper Country Cruizers. Admission is free; registration is $35 per car. Information/registration: (575) 313-9700, (575) 574-2186 or or on Facebook.
  Registration is 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Holiday Inn Express, 1103 Superior, with a hot dog burn at 5:30 p.m. and Oldies dance 6 to 8 p.m.
  The Cruizers are a family oriented auto club, limited to vehicles from 1973 and earlier.

Great American Duck Race — The 39th annual running of the ducks is Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 23-26, in Deming, N.M. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea, Racing the Tide.” Admission is free for spectators, and anyone can be a duck racer for just $5. The ducks are provided; don’t bring one. Call for entry forms. Information: (888) 345-1125, (575) 544-0469 or
  The Tournament of Ducks Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Deming.
  Live Duck Races and Water Races are noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at McKinley Duck Downs. Duck Race eliminations and finals are 3 p.m. Sunday.
  Other events include Duck Royalty Pageants Thursday, carnival and vendors daily, hot air balloon ascensions at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5K race, outhouse races, tortilla toss and more.

Fourth Fridays at Alameda Park Zoo — The City of Alamogordo hosts free summer evening event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Alameda Park Zoo, 1321 N. White Sands, with live music, outdoor movie, food vendors, prizes, giveaways and more for the entire family. No pets or outdoor food and drink; alcohol service for age 21 and older offered. Admission is free. Information: or on Facebook.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta — The 38th annual regatta begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26 at Lions Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Events include competitions, mass ascension of hot-air balloons, vendors, arts and crafts, food, music and balloon-boat relay and more. Park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies. Information: (575) 744-5923, or on Facebook.
  Tethered balloon rides start at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $20 ($15 age 12 and younger).
  Sunset Balloon Glow is around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla — The annual family party is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. Street dance is 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and family social beginning at noon Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $20, includes souvenir wine glass. Designated drivers and age 15-20; $5. Military; $17 (with valid current DoD ID). Tickets available at Miners must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information:            
(575) 649-8994,, or on Facebook.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.
  The NMWGA also sponsors the Harvest Wine Festival at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park the same weekend.

Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world” holds its 47th annual celebration 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden, mud volleyball, mariachi competition, and fresh roasted Hatch green chile and contests. Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission; $10 carload (good for both days). Information: (575) 267-5483, or on Facebook.

‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 35th annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 1-3 at the Grand County Veterans’ Memorial Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E in Silver City. The show offers more than 40 vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as the Wheel of Fortune. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information:
  The show features dealers from around the Southwest with mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
  Rockhounding and educational field trips offered each day.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The annual benefit for Silver City MainStreet Project is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Silver City, with food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more at 17 different locations. Tickets: $20, available in advance at Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson, The Place, 201 Bullard or
  Tickets available day of event at The Hub, 600 N. Bullard.

West Texas

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo — The annual Working Ranch Cowboy Association-sanctioned rodeo is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, at the Sul Ross State University S.A.L.E. arena, Hwy 90 E, in Alpine. Area cowboys compete for cash and prizes in various events including branch bronc riding, wild cow milking, team doctoring, team branding and team sorting. Awards ceremony follows Saturday performance. Tickets: $10; free for age 12 and younger. Information: (432) 364-2696, or on Facebook.
  Cutting horse competition is 8 a.m. Friday at the 06 Flats Arena.
  Rodeo dance is 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ole Crystal Bar in Alpine.
  Cowboy Church service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Marfa Lights Festival — The 32nd annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 around the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include food and crafts booths, a main street parade, contests, concerts and street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area. Information:
  Events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with vendors beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday. Food and craft vendors, street dances Friday and Saturday nights.
Other events:
• 5K run begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the courthouse.
• Ernest Chavez Golf Tournament is 10 a.m. Saturday, at Marfa Golf Course. Two-man Scramble. Registration is 9 a.m.: $50 per player.
• Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday Downtown, followed by live entertainment and events all day.

Bazaars and Fairs

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

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

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3,, or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Yoga classes with Bianca are 9 a.m. Cost: $10; bring a mat.
• Cooking Fresh demos are 9:30 and 11 a.m. July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25, with Chef Patrick Rosser and his students from El Paso Community College. Recipes published on
• La Semilla hosts a cooking demo with fresh produce and meats at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 4.
• The 3rd annual Touch a Truck event is Aug. 18. Kid's can let climb, cranes, ambulances, military vehicles, police cars, firetrucks, dump trucks, front loaders, cement mixers and more. Live music 9 a.m. to noon.

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

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.

Santa Teresita Kermess — The 84th annual kermess is bazaar is 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Santa Teresita Mission Church, 3400 Zapal, with gorditas, enchiladas, tacos, hamburgers, and hot dogs, as well as bingo, a country store, kid’s games and musical entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 217-5743.

Second Hand Treasures for Second Chance Wildlife — Second Chance Wildlife Rescue hosts a day of day of food trucks, animal product vendors, local organic produce, and secondhand items 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, on their new 7-acre property at 7800 Doniphan in Vinton. Donation-based yoga offered at 9 a.m. from Unity Community Yoga & Produce. Proceeds from sales go directly to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. To make donations of clothes, furniture, jewelry, funds or more visit

St. Pius X Rummage Sale — St. Pius X, 1050 N. Clark, hosts its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 11. Proceeds help fund the church’s annual bazaar. Information: 252-1897.

Our Lady of the Valley Bazaar — Our Lady of the Valley Church and School, 8600 Winchester, hosts its annual kermess 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17-19 with live music, games, food, pony rides, and vendors. Admission is free. Information: (Parish Office) 859-7939 
  The 2nd annual OLV Car Show is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration is $15 per car. Information: Alberto at 502-5973.

San Judas-St. Jude’s bazaar — St. Jude Catholic Church, 4006 Hidden Way (off Doniphan), hosts its 40th annual kermes 5 to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, with live music, games, food and more. Admission is free. Information, hours: 584-1095 or on Facebook at StJudeElPaso.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military ID. Information: 345-6245 or
  The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Aug. 19, Sept. 16) on the third Sunday of the month March through November in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario with food and drink, concessions and entertainment. Shows are offered on the outdoor stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with live music, folklorico and other dancers, and reenactments by the Pistoleros gunfighters. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or

Cristo Rey kermes — The church at 8011 Williamette hosts its Feria del Valle kermes Aug. 24-26. Information: 591-0688.

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

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

St. Mark Church Bazaar — St. Mark Catholic Church, 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its annual kermes Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Information: 857-2955 or

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of 80 to 90 area artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1-2. The event includes an enchilada dinner, food vendors, silent auction, raffle, live music and beer garden. Admission is free; donations taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688 or

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 54th annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261 or Facebook.

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

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

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  Second Saturdays Markets are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt.

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

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

Something for everyone

‘Seismology’ Nerd Night — Seismology is the subject for the 8th Nerd Night event hosted by Insights El Paso 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at The Fainting Goat, 504 W. San Antonio, with guest speaker Dr. Aaron Velasco from UTEP Geologic Sciences. Age 21 and older welcome. Admission; $10 per person; RSVP at Military discount offered. Information: 534-0000.

Teen Splash Night — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department invites teens 13-17 to Teen Splash Night Friday, July 27, at Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley. The event will from 7 to 11 p.m. with swimming, music, and games. Admission: $1. Information: (575) 541-2782.

Health and Wellness Classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts free classes including yoga classes with Deb Grade 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Space is limited; call for reservations. Information: 562-7660 or
  Other classes:
• Self-healing with Lynn Provenzano is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
• Intro to Homeopathy is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 8, with Armando Gonzalez-Stuart.
• Medical Uses of Cannabis: What You Need to Know, with Armando Gonzalez-Stuart and Marlene Jessup of Ambary Health Southwest is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, preceded by a light dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Smeltertown-Buenavista Reunion — The historic neighborhoods will host the annual reunion 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 4, at Forum Ballroom, 2800 Mattox, featuring music by The Starliners. Tickets: $25. Information: 433-0649 or on Facebook at SmeltertownBuenaVistaReunion.

Android Checkup & Tips — Free advice on how to make the most of Android software and its apps available 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 and 19, at the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Program is funded by a grant from the Texas State Library & Archives and the Institute of Museum & Library Services. Information: 212-3230.

Beyond LGBT 101: Youth, Gender, and Sexuality — Borderland Rainbow Center, 2714 Wyoming, hosts a workshop on the acronym LGBTQIA 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, featuring age-appropriate strategies for working with elementary and middle school age LGBTQ youth. Space is limited; advance registration strongly encouraged. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Information: 263-4623 or

Workforce Solutions JobCons — Workforce Solutions Borderplex seeks businesses to participate in its two Fall 2018 JobCon events for Far West and Far East El Paso County. The events are geared to high school students to learn about the in-demand careers of the Borderplex region. Participating companies must bring an interactive exhibit where students can get hands-on experience in that industry. Deadline to register is Aug. 6. Information: 887-2332 or
  Far East JobCon is Thursday, Aug. 30, in Fabens, geared towards schools in Fabens, Tornillo, Clint, Fort Hancock
  Far West JobCon is Wednesday, Sept. 19, geared towards schools in Anthony, Canutillo and Vinton.
  Venues and times for both events to be announced.

‘Let's Talk Hablemos Advance Care Planning’ — MYC Institute of Integrative Health presents a two-part workshop to learn the fundamentals of Advance Care Planning 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 and 23, at Project Amistad Conference Center, 3210 Dyer.
Simultaneous English/Spanish translation available. CEUs provided for Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers. Cost: $20 per person per session; discounts available for groups of 4 to 9, and 10 or more. Information: 246-2003 or
  Part I (Aug. 9): Learn from attorneys and nurses about different possible medical scenarios, choosing a health agent, and preparing an advance care directive. 
  Part 2 (Aug. 23): Learn about hospice care and behavioral health support for families. 
  Participants will also be guided through the first steps of Advance Care Planning. Sessions will be repeated in September; dates to be announced.

Back to School Expo — The annual tax-free weekend expo is Saturday, Aug. 11, at Cielo Vista Mall, featuring fashion shows, exhibitions, various vendors and more. Information: 544-9550 or Sponsored by Ysleta ISD and Western Tech.
  From 8 to 10 a.m. first two thousand students ages 4-18 wearing a school shirt or school ID will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies courtesy of Ysleta ISD and community partners.
  The general public can begin to line up starting at 7 a.m. at the Mall’s main (south) entrance between James Avery and Starbucks. The line for the backpacks also will begin there.

Sales Tax Holiday — Most clothes and shoes prices under $100 can be purchased tax-free Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12, during Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday. Most clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from sales taxes. Customers may purchase as many tax-exempt items as they wish. Information: 1-800-252-5555.
  Sales Tax Holiday in New Mexico is Aug. 3-5.

Project Amistad volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad seeks volunteers to help with various programs. Volunteers must undergo criminal background check and orientation. Information, requirements: 298-1104 or
• Customer Satisfaction volunteers needed staring the week of Aug. 13.
• Interns sought to be Peer Support Specialists. Includes a $100 per five-week stipend. Interns must be 18 and undergo paid training.
• Guardianship Department volunteers are always needed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. selected days at 3210 Dyer.
• Companionship Program volunteers needed to visit clients in group homes to perform various tasks.
  Project Amistad serves as the court-appointed guardian of over 350 wards in El Paso County.

Numerology workshop            — An “Understanding Yourself Through the Art of Numbers” workshops with Ruth Drayer are 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 14-Oct. 9, at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D. Drayer is the author of “Numerology, The Power in Numbers.” Cost: $40 per workshop. Information: (575) 523-6403 or

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Classes begin Sept. 4 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for ages 50 or older. 
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs Aug. 14-21, and is $70 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after May 25).
  Classes include art, current events, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities. College degree is not required.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209, 500 W. University. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Register by phone, mail to the office or in person. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280 (during office hours). Course list and details at

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (Aug. 18). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or

Art of the Arts Society — The informal organization created for the purpose of attracting members of the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, hosts a presentation in the museum parlor at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, with dancer, choreographer, educator, artist and historian Rosa Ramirez Guerrero. Information: 543-6747.
  Guerrero founded the International Folklorico Dance Group and has also been active in the Catholic Church. She has been called the "Dancing Missionary" in religious circles, and is also known for her multicultural dance programs that have been performed around the country and featured in the film “Tapestry.” She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and has an El Paso school named after her.
  Guests encouraged to stay for a reception and free Sunset Film Society movie screening of the Sunset Film Society’s “The Man from Snowy River” at 2 p.m.

ALFC ‘Thrive’ Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center’s annual convention, is Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at 1000 Valley Crest. Conference service times are 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 532-8543, or on Facebook.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Aug. 21) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,

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

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or

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

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

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

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

El Paso Lupus Support Group — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (Aug. 4) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

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

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

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

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

For a good cause

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

Capoeira El Paso Roda-Thon — Capoeira El Paso’s annual fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana. Participants play as many Capoeira games as they can based on the contributions received from their networks. Donors can give by cash, check, or online at Information: 996-1814 or
  Capoeira El Paso, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to sharing Capoeira and related Brazilian arts in El Paso.

Brunch & Bingo at the Museum — The fundraiser for International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, is 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, with host comedian Nico Adjemian. Cost: $5 (includes mimosas and appetizers); age 21 and older admitted. Information: 543-6747 or

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

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts a “stuff the truck” drive noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, collecting toiletries to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Hot dogs for participants, while supplies last. Items also accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

LULAC Dance — LULAC Council 22269 hosts its annual dance 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins, Suite #18, with music by 2’s Company (Chuy & Mando), silent auction of oil paintings and china painting plates 3 to 7 p.m. and music by Azucar 5 to 9 p.m. Brisket burritos available; free beer, sodas, tea and setups (BYO wine or bottle). Admission: $20 donation plus canned good.
  Drawing for NFL Raffle prize tickets to Oct. 14 game of Dallas Cowboys v. Jacksonville Jaguars, and other prizes is 7 p.m. Donation: $15 per ticket.

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

Catholic Daughters of the Americas — The Court Daughters of the America #1581 hosts its 67th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Fundraiser with a sit-down dinner and dance Saturday, Oct. 20, at Magoffin Hall, 801 Magoffin. Dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dance 8 p.m. to midnight with live music by the Starliners Band and door prizes. Tickets: are $35 (tax-deductible); available from Barbie at 240-5959, Josie at 603-6368, Hazel at 267-9070 or at

Fort Bliss

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

Tap & Cork Craft Beer and Wine Fest – Family and MWR Special Events hosts its 2nd annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3-4, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center with live music, local vendors, food and drink. Information: 588-8247, or on Facebook at BlissTapAndCork.

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

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

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

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or

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

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

Club news

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs, open to the public, 7 to 9 p.m. selected Tuesdays at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: (575)323-3624 or
Aug. 7: Live demonstration on portraiture and flash lighting followed by a program on portraitist Phillipe Halsman.
Aug. 21: Demonstration on adding light rays to a photo using post processing, followed by a showing of recent fireworks photos, and reviewing submissions on the monthly theme “Not My Style.”

L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 246-3810, 585-1789, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  An art exhibit by Alliance Française members is Aug. 7-Sept. 3 at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, Building A , 9050 Viscount. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 10. Admission is free.
  Fall 2018 session I for French classes starts Saturday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 10, for children and adults. Information: 346-3810 or 585-1789.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Aug 14) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 833-5154.

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

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

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

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

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

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s launches its 2018-2019 year with a luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Great American Land & Cattle, 9800 Gateway N Blvd (next to Cohen Stadium). The Chapter will honor members 80 and older. Information 755-4038.

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

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, or on Facebook.
  August hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday through Aug. 17. Park closed Aug. 19.
  September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  Tequila and Margarita at the Park is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with live music and premium tequilas and frozen margaritas. Admission is free; $20 for 10 sample tickets and souvenir shot glass.

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays during the summer months. Season pass for 2018 (May 5-Sept. 9) is $48.99. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; free for babies under 1. Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, or on Facebook.
  “American Hero Salute” Military and First Responders Appreciation Day is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, with a Mr. & Miss. American Hero Fit-Body Competition, and Soldiercon Car Show.

Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
  A free Geocaching 101 workshop is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. All materials provided. Participants should bring water comfortable shoes, sun protection (hat, sunscreen). RSVP by calling the park.
  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. 
  See “Nature” listing for hikes at the Tramway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• The musical “Billy Elliot” is presented at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Tickets: 575-1,200 pesos.
• “El Matrimonio Perjudica Seriamente la Salud: is presented at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Tickets: 345-860 pesos.

Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
• The rock and electronic music event JRZ Music Fest is Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. Doors open at 3 p.m. Continuous entertainment; for schedule to go to or on Facebook ate JRZ Music Fest. Tickets: $200 per day at
  Friday’s performers include Maldita Vecindad, Drowning Pool, Celso Piña, Titán Cuca, Little Jesus, Beach Fossils, Surf Curse, La Banda Baston, Golden Ganga, Cocó Cecé, Philipp Gorbachev, Flor Capistran, Niño Árbol, Burghost and FancyNatra.
  Saturday’s performers are Infected Mushroom, Los Caligaris, Plastilina Mosh, Belenova, Mi Banda el Mexicano, Fuel, María Daniela y Sonido Lasser, Los Románticos de Zacatecas, Los Victorios, Lng/SHT, Sotomayor, Apolo, Sonido Santanás, Mijo, Climbers, Eddie Mercury and Andy Martín.
• La Beerbena festival is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12, featuring the Grill Master Experience and music by Kinky. Admission: 160 pesos.
• Comic Con is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission is 175 pesos (95 youth) daily or 230 (175) both days. VIP passes available.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at Florida). Tickets at Juarez Ink Tattoo convention is Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29. Doors open at 10 am. Admission: 115 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at Adrenalina International Challenge, with barrel racing, bulls and live music by Memphis, is at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Tickets: 120 pesos (25 for children).

Teatro de INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Information: 616-7414, Advance tickets at “PJMasks” live children’s show is at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Tickets: 150, 200 and 250 pesos.

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

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. AAA Lucha Libre, with featured bout Pagano vs. El Migra, begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Tickets: 85-835 pesos

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

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

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


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