January 2017

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Southern New Mexico
New Year's Eve
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Summer Fun for Kids
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 83rd annual football classic begins at noon, Friday, Dec. 30. Teams, to be announced Dec. 4, will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Information, Captain Club Ticket prices: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
   The pre-game Fan Party is 9 to 11:30 a.m.; location to be determined. Open to the public.
   The 18th annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at El Paso Convention Center, with various live bands, a battle of the university bands, children’s entertainment and more. Admission is free.
 Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at noon Thursday, Dec. 29, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
 Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive — The 17th annual citywide effort to restock area food pantries runs Jan. 3-16, with several organizations participating. Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at various locations throughout town, including local grocery stores, public library branches, City Hall, and other locations. The food will then be collected, sorted and distributed among agencies serving the less fortunate including the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, El Paso Rescue Mission and others. Information: 212-3201 or elpasolibrary.org.
   Organizations benefiting from the drive include Salvation Army, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, Center Against Family Violence, La Fe Montana Vista Community & Satellite Resource Center, La Posada Home, El Paso Villa Maria, La Familia Del Paso, Reynolds Home, Recovery Alliance, YWCA Transitional Living Center, El Paso Rescue Mission.
   Grocery Store collection sites: Big 8 Stores, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets and Super Centers, Vista Quality Markets, Horizon Vista Food Stores, Montana Vista Food Store, and Vista Central Supermarket,
   El Paso Public Library’s Food for Fines program will give patrons the opportunity to pay library fines by donating canned and nonperishable food Jan. 3-14. Fines reduced by $1 for every can of food donated up to $5 per day, provided that library books and materials have been returned in good condition.
 WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, host the winter events through Jan. 8 in Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas, with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger); spectator admission is free; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $50, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or on Facebook at EPWinterfest.
   Rink hours are noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 28-29; Jan. 2-5; and Jan. 8; noon to 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve; 4 to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day; and noon to 11 p.m. Jan. 6-7. Skating sessions begin on the hour and last 50 minutes. Special skate discounts include $2 off with canned good donations on Tuesdays for and with warm clothing donations on Wednesdays.
   Also featured is El Paso Electric’s Tree, Mexican hot chocolate from the Coffee Box, churros, “chilly” dogs, pozole at the Big Media Kringle Kafé Winter Wonderland festivities courtesy of Ruhmann Law Firm.
   Special events:
 • Jersey Day is 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29; wear a jersey for one dollar of skate pass. Special appearance by Chico the Chihuahua.
 • Skate-N-Date Night is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, with live music, couple’s skating and cocktails in the cafe.
 • WinterFest Grand Finale is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, with live music, dancers and games.
 Tequila & Margarita Festival — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the 2nd annual tequila and music festival 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, with dozens of brands of tequila available for sampling. Admission is free; $20 for 10 tickets to sample premium tequilas and flavored margaritas. Information: 1-800-572-1142 or sunland-park.com.
 Days of Remembrance Bridal, Quince & Sweet 16 Expo — The 27th annual event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at El Paso Convention Center, presented by Elegant Penguin Productions. The event is the largest and longest running of its kind. and features more than 125 vendors with wedding gowns, quince and sweet 16 dresses, ballrooms, photographers, tuxedos, florists, jewelers, skincare, eye care, DJs, bakers and more. Samples and giveaways offered. Admission: $5; free for children under 5. Information: 740-4349 or bridalquince.com.
   All door proceeds benefit the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.
 A Chocolate Affair — KISS-FM hosts its 6th annual evening of chocolate delicacies 5 to 10 Thursday, Jan. 26, at EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills, with samples from several area chocolate vendors. Tickets: $15 by Jan. 2; $20 Jan. 3-25; $30 day of event (includes samples). VIP passes are $30 through Jan. 27; $30 at the door; if tickets available. Tickets available at holdmyticket.com. Information: kisselpaso.com.
   Admission is for entry 5 to 7 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. General Admission includes a tour of the Chocolate Factory and a Chocolate Box per ticket. Ticketholders must arrive at the time designated on their ticket; tour times scheduled every 20 minutes.
   Pure Imagination VIP packages are $35: includes admission into event, the tour time of choosing, a chocolate box with samples from each of the chocolate experts, a front-of-line pass, a commemorative glass filled with wine (21 and older guests), and access to the Pure Imagination Lounge with exclusive seating and treats.
   This Year’s theme is “The Chocolate Factory.” A chocolate factory maze will pave the way to fill a chocolate box with specialty treats from El Paso’s chocolate innovators. Wonka-themed characters and whimsical props will line the factory tour.
   There is also a Room of Wonderment, available to all guests, filled with trinket vendors, chocolate and dessert demonstrations, music and more.
   Participating chocolate curators include: Chocolate D’Lite, Costco, Craze Yogurt Lounge, Diamond Catering, El Paso Cookie Inc., Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Kern Place Florists, Kona Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mesa Street Grill, Orange Peel Pastries, Cakes, & More, Pastry Chef Cafe, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Tropical Smoothie and Frozert.
 Spring Home Show — The El Paso Association of Builders presents the annual event Jan. 27-29 at the El Paso Convention Center. The show features booths providing exhibits, demonstrations, and more. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 ($3 for ages 11-16; free for ages 10 and younger). Information: 1-800-756-4788, ext. 46 or HomeShowElPaso.com.
   Special events include a Sultry Bedroom Makeover Seminar by HGTV’s “Design Star’s” Jennifer Bertrand; and a Makeover Seminar with designer Lauri March, the “House Counselor.”
 New Mexico Day at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M., hosts the family-friendly indoor event noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, featuring homegrown Southern New Mexico Pecans, Pistachios, Chile Peppers and Wines. Admission is free. Information: 1-800-572-1142 or sunland-park.com.
 Miss West Texas 2017 — The precursor to Miss Texas America is 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Information: 532-7273.
 Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.

Southern New Mexico

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The mountain village of Ruidoso hosts the following events though the Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights.
 Las Cruces Bridal Showcase — Helping Hands Event Planning hosts its bridal and special event show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Free admission with donation of gently used prom dress for the Cinderella Prom Dress Project. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lascrucesbridalshowcase.com.
 Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 18th annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Wild West Days.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 unique, locally made, handcrafted chocolates. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate. Information: (575) 538-2505 or chocolatefantasia.org.

New Year' Eve

Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2017 Saturday, Dec. 31. Live music during dinner. DJ and dancing begins at 11 p.m. Cost for the four-course dinner is $100 per person plus gratuity. Festive dinner attire. Complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
 El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration Saturday, Dec. 31. Information: 562-1444 or elmaida.com.
 Inn of the Mountain Gods New Year’s Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its annual New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner and concert beginning at Saturday, Dec. 31, with entertainment by JMA & Hard Livin’ Band, DJ Frizzo, Abe Mac Band, Hillbilly Starz and more. Midnight countdown celebration follows entertainment; 1920 attire recommended. Tickets: $125 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-545-9011.
 Lights All Night — DeadMau5 and RL Grime headline a night of light and sound with a special New Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31, at El Paso Convention Center. General admission: $49.99; VIP tickets available starting at $119.99. Age 18 and older. Available via Ticketmaster or online at lightsallnight.com.
   Other performers include Excision, the Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs DJ Set, Felix Cartel, No Mana and Bijou.
 New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at the Saturday, Dec. 31, celebration. The party is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with free party favors and prize drawings. The casino will be open. No cover.
   The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
 New Year’s Eve Dance — Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane, hosts its New Year’s Dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, featuring music by Azucar. BYOB (beer, wine, ice chest and snacks; free ice available). Admission: $30; $35 at the door. Ticket information: Shundo, 532-2043. For delivery: 691-8489 or 867-3848.
 New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft will host its New Year’s Eve events, Saturday, Dec. 31, with adult party at the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations and cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.
 New Year’s Chile Drop — The New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, in Las Cruces Civic Plaza, with live entertainment by Caliente. Information: (575) 640-8283.

Bazaars and Fairs

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
   Closed Dec. 31.
   Items include honey, gourmet food items, soaps and skin care, art and jewelry. Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
   Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
   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.
   A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month. Bring a used book in good condition, to exchange for another.
   A New Year’s Market celebration is Jan. 7.
 Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Marriott Hotel, 1600 Airway, hosted by J & M Sportscards. Features Marvel and DC, Spawn, Hot Wheels, Funko, sports and non sports cards and memorabilia, autographs and more. Admission is free. Information: 856-7777.
 El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
   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.
 Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28-29, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
 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. No market Dec. 31. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
 Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.
 Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
   The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
 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.

Something for everyone

Winter Camp — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Camp for youth is 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell, and East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Participants need to bring lunch and a snack. Water and Gatorade provided. Cost: $90; $15 per day. Information: (575) 541-2550.
   Registration runs through Dec. 16 at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1400 E. Hadley; Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 Hadley; and Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center during regular business hours.
 GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes and tests for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.
 Unity El Paso events — Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama, hosts several events and observances during the holiday season. Admission is free (unless otherwise listed); love offering accepted. Information: 566-5544 or unityelpaso.org.
 • Burning Bowl Ceremony bilingual service is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to release negative energy from the previous year.
 • A White Stone Ceremony is 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 1.
 Computer Classes — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, hosts free computer literacy classes 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in January in the training lab on the second floor. Registration not required; yet only first eight attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. Information: (575) 528-4005 or library.reference@las-cruces.org.
 Jan. 10: Introduction to Computers: The Basics.
 • Jan. 17: Windows 10
 • Jan. 24: Introduction to the Internet
 • Jan. 31: Introduction to Computers: File Management.
 ‘Innovate the New Year’ — The Hub of Human Innovation, 500 West Overland, Ste 230, hosts the networking event 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. Connect with innovators and entrepreneurs and learn what is have planned for the start of 2017. Admission is free; pizza and beer offered (21 and older). RSVP required: Leslie D. Lanier, 321-3123 or leslie@hubep.org. Information: hubep.org.
 The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (Jan. 15) at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming. Anyone, regardless of age, who aspires to become a poet, storyteller, musician, writer, singer or dancer is welcome to share their talent, fine tune it, and receive feedback if so desired. Admission is free. Information: 490-6440.
 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Spring classes begin Feb. 6 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 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 Jan. 17-27, 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 Jan. 27).
   Classes include art, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities. No exams or papers. 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. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.
 Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or gwilliams@epcf.org.
   Speakers and topics:
 • “The Historic Rio Grande in Paso del Norte” with Dr. Mark Cioc-Ortega, Chair, Department of History, Professor, UC Santa Cruz.
 • “Water Harvesting” with Mike Gaglio, owner of High Desert Native Plants.
 • “The Joy and Benefit of Being. Vegetarian” with Dr. Elizabeth J. Walsh, professor, UTEP Department of Biological Sciences, and president of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso.
 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 (Jan. 21). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
 TSI Academy — El Paso Community College offers a 16-week course 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, beginning Jan. 23, designed for adults who interrupted their education and have decided to go back to school, but do not feel college ready. The course integrates instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics to improve scores on TSI tests. College readiness skills and a unit on college culture and systems will also be incorporated. Information: EPCC Center for College Access and Development, 831-7808. 
   TSI students must commit to attending the entire semester, and pay for TSI retesting in areas of deficiency ($15 per subject test). To qualify, students must score “Not College Ready” on one or more subjects on the TSI placement tests, be a U.S. citizen or resident, and interview with a Career Navigator or faculty member.
 The Gospel Mix — The forum for local artists and churches to network and share their gospel talent with the community is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. The community outreach program gives local businesses an opportunity to get in front of loyal consumer-based markets such as the military and Christian-based church communities.
 Admission: $15 ($10 with three canned goods). Information: (972) 302-6253 or associatesentertainmentgroup.com.
 Miracles Gathering course — Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama, will host the course let by Alicia, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays, in the library. The new group meeting discusses miracles. Admission is free. Information: 566-5544 or unityelpaso.org.
 Amistad for Veterans volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad, Amistad, 12100 Esther Lama, is seeking volunteers for its for Veterans Program. Project Amistad, which works to serve and advocate for the elderly, at-risk, and persons with disabilities in far West Texas, is always seeking qualified volunteers for its “Amistad for Veterans Program,” supported by Texas Veterans Commission “Fund Veterans’ Assistance.” Through the program, veterans from all branches of the service who qualify, receive help with transportation, employment training, housing options and other services such as replacement of lost identification documents, or food pantry access. For requirements and qualifications, call Ana, Rebecca or Alicia at 298-1104. Information: projectamistad.org.
 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.
 El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Jan. 17) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Academic Services Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.
 Facilitated dialogue – Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, hosts the discussions at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month (Jan. 18). Park rangers and visitors can make personal connections to a relevant topic or shared experience. Information: 532-7273.
 Faith & Grief Luncheon — People of all faiths are welcome to monthly luncheons for those experiencing the loss of a loved one noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.
 Admission and lunch is free; reservations strongly encouraged. Donations welcome. Registration: 562-7660 or FaithandGrief.org.
 Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts a free Pranic Energy Healing clinic 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, June through December, at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama, for ages 16 years and older, with a short overview of Pranic healing, followed by a guided healing meditation. Participants will be required to complete a form so a Pranic healer can be assigned to work with them. Donations welcome. Information: Lynn Provenzano, 449-0619, or pranichealing.com.
   Lynn Provenzano hosts Twin Hearts Meditation 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month Unity, 1420 Alabama. Love donations appreciated.
   Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.
 Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. (Hours good through March 17, 2017.) Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or district2@elpasotexas.gov.
 Society for Creative Anachronism — Society for Creative Anachronisms hosts weekly Medieval Combat Demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Sundays Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood, near the tennis courts. These mock combats are loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.

For a good cause

Barnett Harley-Davidson Blood Drive — Barnett's Harley-Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, hosts its 22nd annual blood drive Jan. 13-16, during regular hours. Those donating blood during the drive, will have a chance to win a Harley. Information: barnettharley.com or on Facebook.
 Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball – El Paso Chapter, The Links Inc. hosts its 9th annual black tie dinner gala 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival, with  dinner, dancing, a silent auction, raffle and a King/Queen Coronation Ceremony. Tickets: $60; available via 987-1669 or 593-5738. Information: linksinc.org.
   Proceeds benefit student scholarships and community service programs.
 Over the Edge for the El Paso Zoo — Participants will rappel 12 stories down the Anson Mills Building in Downtown El Paso 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, to benefit El Paso Zoo’s wildlife and conservation programs with DJ, food trucks, animal education stations, craft stations, climbing rock wall, kid’s zone, and sponsor booths. Spectator admission is free. Information: El Paso Zoological Society Office, 212-0245.
   Limited amount of rappel spaces available; register at EPZooOverTheEdge.
 Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at all El Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or 834-5772.
   Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.
 El Paso Habitat for Humanity ReStore — The second-hand store at 11221 Rojas benefits Habitat El Paso. Donations of furniture, appliances, building materials and more are accepted. Pickups may be arranged by emailing donatedgoods@habitatelpaso.org or call 308-0833. Volunteers also needed. The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: 706-5060.
   Habitat El Paso a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry open to people of all faiths that builds homes for deserving families in El Paso, and also supports Habitat for Humanity's international projects. Partner families pay a 30-year interest-free mortgage.
 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. Public access is available through the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.
 New Year’s Eve Bingo –— The Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill Street on Central Fort Bliss, hosts New Year’s Bingo event for DoD ID card holders ages 18 and older at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a New Year’s observance on the East Coast at 10 p.m. Ticket buy-in is $50; includes bingo paper pack, dinner and a champagne toast (age 21 and older) Registration required. Information: 744-1171.
 ‘Out with a bang’ – Desert Strike Lanes hosts a New Year’s Bowling Blowout 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, with food and bowling specials. Each bowler gets a goody bag. Information: 568-6272 or blissmwr.com.
 Health and Fitness Fair – The 7th annual fair is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Soto Physical Fitness Center, 20751 Constitution, on Fort Bliss. Learn about the classes, programs and services offered by the fitness team. Also offered are mini-session classes, and community health resources. Information: 744-5790.
 Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
 Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 a.m. Fridays (except holiday weekends) at the Religious Activities Center, Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies. Child care provided free of charge. This year’s theme is “Works of Mercy.” Information: fortblisscwoc@gmail.com.
 Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
   Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).
 Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or blissmwr.com/rodandgun.
 Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.

Club news

 L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
   Spring semester French language classes begin Jan. 16 for adults, Jan. 21 for children, at the AFEP School, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 200. Registration available online or in person 5-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12-13. Private and semi-private classes also available.
   AFEP members will host an art exhibit of their work Jan. 6-24, at EPCC’s Administration Building, A 9050 Viscount, Reception is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the foyer.
   A lunch with Galette des Rois (King Cake) and installation of 2017 officers is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. A French Opera Recital by students of Lazaro Ferrari Academy begins at 3 p.m.
   Coming in late January will be a visit by Prudence Plessis, vice consul and Chef de Chanellerie. Call or check Facebook for details.
 Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
 • Saturday, Jan. 7: Dinner and dancing
 • Friday, Jan. 13: Dinner and a movie
 • Saturday, Jan. 21: Dinner and UTEP Basketball
 • Saturday, Jan. 28: Dinner and Rhino Hockey.
 Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
   The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the home of Anamelia Cesar, 1222 Franklin Dove. No RSVP necessary. Information: (310) 404-1618.
   The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Country Inn, 900 Sunland Park Drive. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 892-5178.
 Military Order of the World Wars — The  El Paso Chapter’s monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Great American Land & Cattle Company, 9800 Gateway North in Northeast El Paso. Past Chapter Commanders will be honored and  will discuss events and accomplishments. Information: 755-4038.
 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 General Meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, Jan. 24. Information, reservations: 598-6376.
 Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The public is invited. Information: daphotoclub.org.
   A “Photography Boot Camp” workshop on “Learning Your Camera” is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, with tips on how to improve photos after they are taken. First in a series of five workshops. Cost: $5; workshops are free to those who join DAPC for $15. Registration: daphotoclub.org. Information: Rob Peinert, education@daphotoclub.org.
   Other upcoming Boot Camps:
 • Feb. 25: Getting camera off auto mode/how ISO, aperture, shutter speed work
 • March 25: Composition
 • April 22: Editing
 • May 27: Image critique and Q&A
 Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Jan. 14), at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. New techniques and workshops are being held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Carmen Guzman, 203-0515.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.
 Apple Users Group — The El Paso Apple Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. EPAUG is a hands-on club for Apple Computer, iPad, and iPhone users to share information and ideas. 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.
 PFLAG El Paso — 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.
 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.
 El Paso Library Chess Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Boards provided; admission is free. Information: 543-5433 or elpasolibrary.org.
 El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 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 elpasocoinclub.com.
 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.
 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, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or projectlinuselpaso@yahoo.com.
 Toastmasters International — Members encourage and critique each other, participating in differing roles in the meeting every week. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
 • Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Information: 833-1406.
 • Border Toastmasters meet 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Lunchbox, 3623 Buckner (off Montana). First time guests get a free breakfast. Information: Arturo, 226-9705.
 • Eastside Toastmaster Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Pebble Hills Command Station, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: 588-8799.

Area attractions

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
   Live racing runs through mid-April. (See “Sports” for details).
   New Year’s Eve free performance featuring live music from Fungi Mungle is Saturday, Dec. 31.
 • Tequila & Margarita Festival is 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.
 • New Mexico Day at the Park is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
 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 First Day hike is Sunday, Jan. 1. Last Sunday Hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning in the park’s parking lot to the top of Ranger Peak. Bring water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing. Participation is free.
   Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.
 Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.
 Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $75 for adults, $68 children and senior, $62 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
   The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.
 Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
   Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
   Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
 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.
 Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.
 San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
   Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
 Spaceport America Visitor Center — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport’s new Spaceport America Experience tour is open for visitors at 301 S. Foch, in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, N.M., with educational and interactive space exhibits, tour tickets and official Spaceport America merchandise. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
   Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information/group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.
 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.
 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 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with food truck most Saturdays; bring a picnic basket Sunday.
   Open mic sessions are 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month. See separate listing.
 Sunland Winery — 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday; live music and free wine tastings. Information: (575) 589-1214.
 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.
 McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
   The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
   Reservations required for all programs. Day Pass (includes solar viewing and tour): $8 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); solar viewing only; $5 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); twilight program: $5 and $6, depending on program; Star Party $12 ($10 senior, military; $8 age 6-12). Age 5 and younger admitted free to most programs.
   Reservations, event schedule available online at mcdonaldobservatory.org.
   To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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

Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Visitors can now begin their tour at the new Visitor Center across the street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). Group tours available with advance registration. Information: 533-5147 or visitmagoffinhome.com.
The adobe home, built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, tells the story of a multicultural family that influenced the development of the Southwest borderlands. It includes authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily lives of the Magoffin family.

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.

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.
 Centro de Convenciones Las Anitas — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Cornelio Vega y su Dinastia headline at the New Year’s Eve party beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Tickets are 150 to 650 pesos (donboleton.com).
 Auditorio Don Manuél Talamás Camandari — Calle Pedro Rosales de León 1860, Seminario. The comic play “Un Mal Día” is presented at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Written by Argentinean Hugo Daniel Marcos, with a cast of 13. Admission: 75 pesos.
 Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
   Francisco Cespedes performs “Noche Bohemia” at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets: 440-1,100 pesos.
 Pablo Ahmad — The accordionist and composer opens Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s 2017 Matices Culturales performance series Saturday, Jan. 28, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Season tickets: $750 pesos. Information: in Juaerz 612-3175, fmascarenas.org or on Facebook at MaticesCulturales.
   Upcoming performances:
 • Saturday, Feb. 18: Sonex
 • Saturday, March 18: Una Noche Latin jazz ensemble
 • Friday, April 21: Los Pachamama
 • Saturday, May 6: Grupo Yuka.
 Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
 • Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro present their hit show “Imparables,” a comic battle, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Tickets: 440 to 990 pesos.
 • Singer Carlos Rivera, winner of season 3 of La Academia and famed performer in the Spanish version of “The Lion King,” performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Tickets: 550 to 1,100 pesos.
 • Singer-songwriter Raul Ornelas performs at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Tickets: 275 to 660 pesos.
 • The musical comedy “La Jaula de las Locas” (”La Cage aux Folles”) is at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Tickets: 550 to 880 pesos.
 • Jose María Napoleon performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets: 550 to 1,300 pesos.
 • Jorge Bucay gives a presentation of “El Camino de la Felicidad” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Check for ticket prices.
 La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
   3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos. 
   The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.
 Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded. The event also features live music.
 Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
 Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (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.

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This month's listings, stories and columns

Feature story
Here's the Ticket
Program Notes
On Stage
Southwest Art Scene
At the Museum
History Lessons
Film Scene
Keep on Bookin'
Becoming Bicultural
Liner Notes
Stage Talk
Gallery Talk
Better Parenting

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