April 2015

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Celebrating Easter
Southern New Mexico

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


‘Kidspalooza’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra hosts the 8th annual family art and music festival 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, throughout Downtown. Most activities are free; minimal fee for some events. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  This year’s event includes special appearances by a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, along with children’s concerts, circus fun, trains, arts and crafts, puppets and other activities.
  Locations include Arts Festival Plaza, Cleveland Square Park, El Paso Exploreum, Creative Kids’ Olo Gallery, El Paso Library, El Paso Convention and visitor Bureau, El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Museum of Art, Railroad and Transportation Museum, Union Depot, Southwest University Park and the Downtown Arts and Farmers Market at Union Plaza.
  El Paso Symphony Orchestra, led by Andy Moran, will present performances of “Peter and The Wolf” at noon and 2 p.m., in the Plaza Theatre, with costumed dancers performing the beloved children’s musical story. Produced by Eden Enterprises. An instrument petting zoo will featured in the lobby at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets: $5
  In conjunction with the event is the annual EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $10-$32. See separate listing.

Southern Pass Renaissance Faire — Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) hosts a renaissance faire 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Tobin Park Methodist Church, 9410 Roanoke (near Irvin High School). Admission: $6 ($1 SCA members). Feast available for $8 per person. Activities include Armored Combat, Fencing and Youth Combat Competitions Medieval and Society Classes Bardic (singing songs from the middle ages), Medieval Arts & Sciences, merchant booths and two Baronial Courts, including the King & Queen of the Outlands inducting into Court our new Baron and Baroness. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
  The SCA hosts archery and Atl-Atl demonstrations and practice 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the El Paso Archeology Museum.
  Fighter practice is noon to 3 p.m. Sundays at Album Park.

Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee hosts the outdoor picnic in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno, with live music, picnic in the park, “Viclas, Wheelas and Pedal Car Show” and more. Canned food donations taken for Border Agricultural Workers Project. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584 or lincolnparkcc@aol.com.
  A new column mural, “Dolores Huerta,” will be dedicated.

El Paso Sports and Get Fit Expo — The 14th annual family show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at its new location at Socorro Entertainment Center. The expo features free health screenings, consultations, sports card and collectors’ tables, and sports-related retailers will exhibit and sell sporting goods, apparel and more. Admission is free. Information: 351-4592 or krod.com.
  Featured guest is Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley.
  The Cowboy Fan Connection will bring Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith to their booth noon to 2 p.m. for autographs.
  Dallas Cowboys Anthony Hitchens will also be on hand for autographs.
  Autographs for the Cowboys trio will be available for sale on site starting at 11 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. Signatures priced at $25 each, or all three for $50.
  Beasley, Crawford and Hitchens will also appear at a meet-and-greet during the expo. VIP meet-and-greet lunch with the players are $100; includes luncheon where all three players will briefly speak and sign autographs.

Franklin Mountain Poppies Preservation Celebration — The 9th annual free family fun day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54).The family fun day often includes nature walks, educational exhibits and demonstrations by local environmental organizations and wildlife displays. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or franklinmountains.org.

Capoeira Quinto Sol Batizado — The annual batizado, ceremonies and celebrations for the Capoeira Quinto Sol students are Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11 in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that includes self-defense and acrobatic movements as well as songs and percussion music. A batizado is an annual ceremony and celebration where new capoeira students receive their first cord and other students move up to the next cord level. Spectator admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 252-8258 or capoeiraquintosol.com.
Schedule:
April 9: 7 to 10 p.m. Sol Studio, 4106 Montana in El Paso
April 10: 6:30 to 9 p.m. NMSU Activity Center, 1600 Stewart in Las Cruces
April 11: Juarez, venue and time to be determined.

Massing of the Colors — Veterans, school and civic organizations will participate in the 35th annual event 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at St. Raphael Church, 2301 Zanzibar, sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. All Civic, Veteran, Patriotic, Girl and Boy Scout organizations are invited to participate. Participants urged to arrive by 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 755-4038 or theattache@aol.com.
  The Massing of the Colors is a non-sectarian ceremony, dating back to 1922, that recognizes the sacrifices of all Americans, military and civilian, in both war and peace.

Chili Cook Off and Old West Tradin’ Days — The Pod of the Pass’s annual chili cook off begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Lower Valley Coliseum, 894 S. Horizon, in Socorro, Texas, with an Old West Farm/Ranch Tradin’ Days, Equine Services Expo and Lower Valley Horseman’s Association Jackpot Ranch Sorting. Cook’s meeting is 10 a.m. with tasting at 2 p.m., raffles and samples. Admission is free. Information: 852-1884.
  Attendees may bring their farm and ranch related items or other southwest type items to buy, sell or trade-there is no charge for space; but reservations required.
  Lower Valley Horseman’s Association’s Jackpot Ranch Sorting begins at 10 a.m. with different competition levels, plus demonstrations by local equine professionals. Participation fee varies.

‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ — The 19th annual children’s day/book day is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Washington Park, corner of Franklin and Santa Fe, with free activities, food booths, free books, crafts and more. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or elpasolibrary.org.
  The idea for “Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Author Pat Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1997 to celebrate children and promote literacy.
  Selected branches of El Paso Public Library will also host events. Visit the library’s website for schedule

History Conference First Thanksgiving Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society’s 265th annual History Conference is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday April 25, in front of the San Elizario Mission-Chapel on Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario, with history experts, food, tours, performance, living history events, kid-friendly educational activities and historical character meet-and-greets. All events are free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 851-9997 or jreed@utep.edu.
  This year’s theme is “Giving Thanks Since 1598.”
  Arts, crafts, food, entertainment and education exhibits run noon to 6 p.m. featuring the El Paso Heritage Alliance, El Paso History Museum, Concordia Cemetery and Magoffin Home State Historic Site, along with an “Ask the Historian” informational booth.
  Guided tours of San Elceario Mission Chapel are at 1 p.m.
  First Thanksgiving re-enactments are 1 and 4 p.m. with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark J. Seitz at 5 p.m.
  Live music provided by Sabor, Exito and Los Alegres del Valle 8 to 10 p.m.
  Preview Night is 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Adobe Horseshoe Theatre featuring Opera UTEP performing Zarzuela arias, and a historical reenactment of the 1598 First Thanksgiving presented by Opera UTEP. Tickets: $25 ($30 at the door). Ticket information: Jackie Reed, (213) 215-5155.

La Viña Spring Wine Festival — The annual spring celebration of music, arts and crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. one mile north of Vinton Road on Highway 28 (parking behind vineyard, no parking on the highway). Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission; $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine); $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free. All wines also available to buy by the glass or bottle. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  Saturday’s live music lineup: Mosaic at noon, Tiffany Christopher at 2:15 p.m. and Slick Reynolds at 4:30 p.m.
  Sunday’s live music: Twisted Hams at noon, Salina & The Chuco Soul Project at 2:15 p.m. and Frank Zona and Urban Edge at 4:30 p.m.
  This year’s poster artist is Candy Mayer.
  From I-10, take the Vinton Exit turn West on Vinton road, approximately 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery (do not park on NM 28)

Sun City Bacon Festival — KLAQ and KISS-FM host the area’s newest food event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Union Plaza, Downtown, with more than one hundred varieties of food and drink all connected to bacon or the flavor of bacon. From bacon on burgers, chicken, and steaks to bacon maple ice cream, bacon donuts, and bacon chocolate bars. The event features food and drink vendors, live bands, DJs, games and more. Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.
  The Garden will feature a VIP/Garden experience for a minimal charge that gets you in the doors. VIP bracelet good for three beer samples and reentry into The Garden throughout the day.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut — The Israel Independence Day Celebration is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Congregation B’nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Lane. Hagit Yaso, winner of Israel’s Kochav Nolad (A Born Star) competition, performs following a ceremony at 11 a.m. in honor of the 67th anniversary of Israel’s independence. The festivities continue with a community choir, activity booths and Israeli food. Admission is free. Information: 842-9554 or jewishelpaso.org.

Celebrating Easter


Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunts — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts several Easter egg hunts and children’s events for youth at various recreation centers and parks. There will be fitness obstacles to get the “Bunnies to the eggs” and children will be divided into different age groups. All events are free. Information: Information: 544-0753.
  Thursday, April 2, hunts are 3 to 6 p.m. at Chihuahuita, 417 Charles and Seville, 6700 Sembrano
  Friday, April 3, hunt is 4 to 7 p.m. at Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana.
  Saturday hunts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Armijo, 700 E. 7th; Carolina, 563 N. Carolina; Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge; Galatzlan, 650 Wallenberg; Gary del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood; Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri; Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista del Sol; Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount; Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell; Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia; Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda; San Juan, 701 Glenwood and Veterans, 5301 Salem.

Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned throughout Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 3-5, by various groups of all denominations. Security and concessions offered throughout most of the weekend.
  The Mt. Cristo Rey trailhead is located off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash — The 15th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Admission is free.Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.

Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunt is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Washington Park in Alamogordo. A Easter parade begins at 10 a.m. from City Hall to Washington Park followed by festivities in the park including free games and prizes for age 10 and younger. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4142 or (575) 439-4250.

Explore Easter — The Easter event geared towards children age 2 to 10 and their families is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona (St. Vrain entrance), with Easter crafts, egg decorating, a story moment and egg hunt. Admission is free. Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.

Golden Egg Hunt and April Pools Day — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. The event will also feature water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition. Admission is free. Information: 544-3556.

New Life Festival — Ascension Lutheran Church, 6520 Loma de Cristo, hosts a family Easter celebration 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, with an egg hunt, butterfly craft, egg roll game, seed planting, egg coloring, balloon release, live rabbits, music, food and more for children. Adults and Teens will watch the inspiring movie, “Great Is Our God,” by Louie Giglio from the Passion Talk series. Admission is free; Information: 833-1009 or ascension.church-builder.com.
  Children should bring an Easter basket to be filled. Preregistration encouraged to assure there are plenty of supplies.

Northeaster Parade — Thousands of people are expected to watch the 37th annual Transmountain Optimist parade, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, along Dyer Street from Hercules to Northpark Mall. Co-sponsored by Mimbela Contractors. Line up for participants begins at 8 a.m.
  Application information: 751-2761, northeasterparade@yahoo.com or northeasterparade.wix.com.

Community Easter Sunrise Service — The 40th annual inter-denominational service is 7 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at Oz Glaze Center, 13969 Veny Webb, in Horizon City, with area churches participating. The event includes a presentation of colors, Pledge to the American and Christian flags and a children’s choir. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City. Information: 588-2757.

Easter Mariachi Service — Mariachi San Pablo will lead Easter services Sunday, April 5, at San Pablo Lutheran Church, 301 S. Schutz. Services are 9 a.m. in English and 11:30 a.m. in Spanish. Information: 858-2588 or ylm.org.

San Elizario Easter Egg Hunt — The 2nd annual hunt featuring 10,000 Easter eggs and prizes for ages 3-12 is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5, on an enclosed field at historic Main Street and Alarcon Road in San Elizario, with food, music, reenactments, arts and crafts and More. Hosted by San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.
  Children must pre-register and be accompanied by parent or guardian. Registration begins at noon.

Southern New Mexico

Mesilla Valley Stamp Show — The postage stamp show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28-29, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces, with stamp dealers from five states, door prizes, free stamps for junior stamp collectors, competitive one-frame exhibitions, ribbons for winning exhibits. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 202-1937.

Annual American Indian Week — ASNMSU hosts the Native American heritage celebration Monday through Saturday, April 6-11, on the NMSU Campus, Las Cruces, presented by NMSU’s American Indian Program. Events usually include the annual Miss Native NMSU Pageant, arts and craft fairs, opening ceremony, demonstrations, dinners and more. Information: (575) 646-4207 or mchorse@nmsu.edu

Southwest New Mexico Dutch Oven Cook-Off — The 13th annual cook-off begins at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Glenwood Community Park on CatWalk Road in Glenwood, N.M. (one hour north of Silver City). Tasting begins at 2 p.m. at the park pavilion with awards at 2:30 p.m.
  Also featured are musicians, craft vendors and awards for winning cooks. Bucky Allred of Glenwood’s Blue Front Café will sell barbecue sandwiches (beginning at 11 a.m.). Glenwood Senior Center will sell breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, tea and lemonade. Proceeds benefit park upkeep and future cook-off events. Taster plates for spectators are $7:50; tickets sell out, early purchase and arrival recommended. Information: (575) 539-2373 or tourglenwoodnm.com.
  Cooking categories are “Fancy Fixer,” “Camp Cookie,” and “Tenderfoot” along with Single Pot or Three Pot dishes. Cook’s registration begins at 8 a.m.

Old Timers Celebration — The 102nd anniversary of the annual reunion of the Old Timer’s Association of Luna County is Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, in Deming, N.M. To be eligible, “old timers” must be 30 years old, have lived in Luna County 10 years, at least 30 years of age, or be the descendant of a registered Old Timer. Information on Facebook at Deming-Luna County Old Timers’ Association. Information on Facebook at Old Timers Association of Luna County.
  In 1913, a Deming businessman decided that all Luna County residents age 30 and older should get together once a year and renew friendships. Now, 101 years later, the Old Timers Association is still meeting — and dues are still $1 a year ($100 for lifetime membership).

Las Cruces Country Music Festival — The legendary Kenny Rogers performs for the City of Las Cruces’ Downtown festival April 24-26, on historic Main Street. The festival will be held in conjunction with the NMSU Inter-Collegiate Rodeo. Weekend Festival pass: $40 in advance; $45 at the gage (includes access to all concerts, the rodeo, “Behind the Music” events; discount for military and their families). Day passes: $22 in advance; $25 at the gate. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lccountryfest.com.
  Friday’s headliner is Kenny Rogers at 9 p.m. on the main stage, with opening act RaeLynn at 7 p.m. Festival gates open at 4 p.m. with local bands.
  One of the best-selling artists of all time and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rogers is most famous for hits such as “Lucille,” “Lady,” “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County.”
  Saturday’s headliner Dustin Lynch at 9 p.m. with Festival gates open at 4 p.m. with “Behind the Music” festival artists in the Rio Grande Theatre, and performances by Bri Bagwell at 6:15 0.m. and Sown Brothers at 7:30 p.m.
  The official After Party is 11 p.m. Saturday at De La Vega Pecan Grill.
  The festival will conclude with “Tout Enough to Wear Pink,” breakfast and fashion show at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
  Rodeo performances are 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the NMSU campus.
  A VIP Preview party is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Hotel Encanto.

T or C Fiesta — The 66th annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo, music, carnival, vendors, games in the park, live music, salsa contest, bike show, barbecue, Sunday duck race and more. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday through Downtown, with this year’s theme “Fiesta.” Also planned are mystic wanderers, belly dance, carnival, food and merchandise vendors and more. Admission to most events is free. Information: (575) 497-9480, torcfiesta.com or on Facebook at Truth or Consequences Fiesta.
  When Hot Springs, N.M., accepted a game show’s invitation for a town to change its name to Truth or Consequences, part of the reward for doing so was to have the show’s host be the guest of honor at a festival each year. Ralph Edwards fulfilled the promise for 50 years, and the community continues to celebrate every first weekend in May.

Street Legends Custom Car Super Fest — The family show and expo benefiting Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Southern NM State Fair Grounds off I-10 (west of Las Cruces), featuring hundreds of Custom Cars, a swap meet, car corral, food, various vendors, beer and wine garden, kids zone and more. Live Entertainment on two stages with Windy City, Chicago Tribute, Rockabilly Strangers, Soiled Out, Steppin Up and Unlyshed. RV parking available. Admission: $5 in advance; $10 at the gate; under 10 free. Information: (575) 520-8776 or streetlegendssuperfest.com.
  Advance tickets available at ABC Paint & Body Supply, 1670 W. Picacho in Las Cruces and All That Music, 6800 Gateway East in El Paso.

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


West Texas

Big Bend Gem and Mineral Show — The 26th annual show and sale is April 17-19, at Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland in Alpine, Texas, with door prizes and demonstrations by vendors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (432) 729-4526, (432) 837-5353 or moonlightgemstones.com.

Bazaars and Fairs

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Pet adoptions and goodies for dogs every last Saturday of the month.
  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.
  Egg expert Harold Shumate will present a side-by-side comparison of good quality store bought eggs vs. free range hen’s eggs at 11 a.m. March 28.
  Certified horticulturist Estela Flores will give a free lecture on Transplanting to Garden at 11 a.m. April 4.
  A Psychic Fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, with a variety of readings from different psychics, palm readers, tarot card readers, henna artists and more. Reading prices vary.
  A Dino Hike and brunch is 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 11. Hike the 2-and-a-half mile dinosaur trails at Mt. Cristo Rey with Dinosaur Tracker and Geologist Eric Kappus. Cost: $7.50 per person (brunch not included); strenuous hike not intended for children under the age of 5. Parents must accompany children under 18 years of age. Reservations required as limited space available.

Gun Show — The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Spring Gun Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28-29, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $5, $3 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Information: 799-7691.
  The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc. was formed in 1964 and raises funds for various charities.

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
  The market now includes a Farmers’ Market with regionally grown agricultural products.
  La Semilla Food Center and local chefs and restaurants will host free healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. each Saturday.
  An Earth Day Poetry Slam featuring Nancy Green and Barbed Wire Open Series is April 11, with a walking “nature poetry” workshop.
  The 2nd annual Earth Day Everyday Celebration is April 18, with a community resource fair, gardening and cooking demonstrations and workshops, seed exchange, live entertainment, free arts and crafts activities, lunch options from local food trucks, and shopping with artisan and produce vendors. Event begins with Kidical and Critical Mass followed by bike safety workshop organized by Velo Paso.

La Viña Farmer’s Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 19 and 26, with art, food and wine. The market continues through the summer months. Admission is free. Information: 490-3491.
  Items include fresh eggs, canned farm fresh vegetables, beef jerky and handmade artwork and clothes.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts during the 5th season for the monthly open-air market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (April 19, May 17) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market — The market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month at 1710 Joe Battle, featuring handmade items, local artists and other wares, along with live performances by local bands. Information on Facebook at El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market.
  Twilight Markets are 1 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday at TIME at Montecillo.

Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar — The Noncommissioned Officer’s Club hosts the spring bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at Fort Bliss Trading Post, 1717 Marshall Road. Information: Sue Gonzales: 590-7202.

Art a la Cart — La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of the month, with vendors, entertainment and food. Open Air Yoga in the backyard is at 9 a.m. Information: 533-8890 or latierracafe.com.

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

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.

Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The weekly mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (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



AIGA El Paso Chapter Launch — AIGA El Paso’s official chapter launch event, “Eye Opener,” is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at The Station, 500 W. Overland, Ste. 250. Established in 2014, AIGA El Paso is the local AIGA affiliate, a professional membership organization of design advocates, artists and creatives. Eye Opener, a one-night exhibition, features work by many of the city’s most renowned graphic designers, art and creative directors, illustrators, and photographers, past and present. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 996-9947, elpaso.aiga.org or on Facebook at aigaep.

EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 38th annual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May 9. Most events are free. Information: 831-2220, cwoolf@epcc.edu or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival.
• Guest artist Tom Baugh is featured Thursday and Friday, March 26-27.Information/location: jmeyer6@epcc.edu.
• ‘On The Borderline’ with John Macker is 3 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Valle Verde Campus. Information: 831-2537.
• Children’s College Spring Arts Piano Recital is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex. Information: 831-2089.
• Children’s College Spring Dance Recital is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. Information: 831-2089.
• “Good Hair” documentary Screening is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Rio Grande campus Little Temple. Information: 831-2435.
• Margarita B. Velez presents “Stories from the Barrio: A visual perspective,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the Northwest Campus Library. Information: 831-8886.
The Glass Menagerie’s Celebration of the Arts is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9, outside the Northwest Campus Main Building. Information: 831-8901.
Northwest Early College Piano Recitals are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Northwest Campus Library Annex. Information: 831-2617
• The “Arte Maestro” exhibit is April 9-29, in the Administrative Service Center Foyer. Reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Information: 831-2410.
• Grand Gallery of Senior Art and Music Extravaganza is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex. Information: 831-7803.
• Festival reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Administrative Service Center.
EPCC Mass Communication Colloquium Series event are 10 a.m. at the Northwest Campus Library, noon at the Rio Grande Campus Little Temple and 2 p.m. at the Valle Verde Campus, Friday, April 17. information: 831-2844.
Chaucer in Middle English presentation is 1 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Valle Verde Campus Room A2126. Information: 831-2254.
Yoga Sculpt with Sarah Navarrette is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Valle Verde campus A1215. Information: 831-2364.
Pilates Class with Sarah Navarrette is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Valle Verde Campus A1215. Information: 831-2364.
Intermediate Contemporary Movements with Sarah are 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Valle Verde Campus A1215. Information: 831-2364.
• EPCC Poetry Slam is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 25, at the Valle Verde V Campus Amphitheater. Information: 549-2662
The stories of Mexican and Latino Jews in El Paso and a brief history of the Inquisition of Spanish Jews and their migration to Latin America, is 6 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Rio Grande Campus Little Temple. Information: 831-2844.
• Northwest Early College Spring Musical Showcase is 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Administrative Service Center Auditorium. Information: 831-2617
“Do It With Rhythm,” Read with Dr. Seuss, is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 30, at the Downtown Branch of El Paso Public Library. Information: 831-8886.
Spring Arts Festival Gala is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch Downtown, featuring a performance by Ballet Folklorico Aires Internacionales presented by The Glass Menagerie. Information: 831-2220.
Spring Dance Concert is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, in the Transmountain Campus Forum. Call for cost: 831-2364.
EPCC Music Department Showcases are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, in the Transmountain Campus Forum. Admission: $3. Information: 831-2617.
• The 5th Annual EPCC Tejano Film Festival is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Administrative Service Center Boardroom. Information: 831-2844.

Arduino Day 2015 — The 24 Hour Hack-A-Thon is 6 p.m. to Friday, March 27, to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at H3 Laboratories, 11060 Dyer, Suite D-11.Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software, and is intended for anyone making interactive projects. There will be several workshops throughout the day and night, with a project show and tell at 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 317-6579 or h3laboratories.com.

Latinitas — The nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth offers regular creative expression workshops, exhibits and more. Latinas offices are at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207. Information: 219-8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or LasLatinitas.org.
• The ‘Viva la Mujer’ family-friendly showcase of local female talent and celebration of notable women in history in honor of Women’s History Month 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Cafe Mayapán, 2000 Texas, with an art exhibit, dance performances, live musical entertainment, arts and crafts and carnival games, silent auction and loteria game. Proceeds support educational scholarships for young women leaders.


Tour of the Caribbean — Chefs Frausto and Trejo of El Paso Community College, present a Caribbean-themed dinner Friday, March 27, at El Paso Community College’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount. This interactive dinner allows guests to choose their favorite from different plates in each course includes different plates for each course. Featured dishes include piña colada shooter, seafood soup, mango mojito sorbet, suckling pig, rice with pigeon peas, vegetables and mini tartlet. Seats at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per person; $25 chef’s table. Information/reservations: 831-4309.

‘Viva la Mujer’ — Latinitas El Paso hosts a family-friendly showcase of local female talent and celebration of notable women in history in honor of Women’s History Month 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Cafe Mayapán, 2000 Texas, with an art exhibit, dance performances, live musical entertainment, arts and crafts and carnival games. Information: 219-8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.
  Proceeds support educational scholarships for young women leaders with a silent auction and loteria game fundraiser. Art booths and vendor space is available.

‘Everything Comes From The Streets’ — El Paso Community College presents the El Paso premiere of the one-hour documentary tracing the origins and history of lowriding in San Diego, Calif, and the borderlands at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Board Room (Building A), 9050 Viscount. Low rider car show in the parking lot. Information: 831-6615.

Las Cruces Dog Park Coalition dinner — The Coalition hosts its 5th annual dinner and meeting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the LCAR Conference Hall, 150 East Idaho (north of Main Street intersection) in Las Cruces. Mesilla resident Randy Granger will play acoustic music following the dinner. Tickets: $10 ($5 coalition members). Information/reservations: Kevin, (575) 525-8694 or on Facebook at lcdogparkers.

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.
  Southern Pass Renaissance Faire is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Tobin Park Methodist Church, 9410 Roanoke. Admission: $6 ($1 SCA members). Feast available for $8 per person.

Easter Family Fun Day — San Francisco Stables, 1114 Casas Road in Anthony, N.M., hosts a spring family day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, with Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, jumping balloon, pony rides, games and hay rides. Snacks and beverages available for sale. Cost: $8. Information: 491-9408 or sfstables.net.

Vietnam War Commemoration Dance — American GI Forum-Paso del Norte’s Commemoration of Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Dance honoring the “Legacy of Valor” and contributions of the nation’s Vietnam Era Veterans 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins. Veterans, families, and friends are welcome; music provided by Little Mike and the Blue Kings. Cost: $15 donations (includes admission, beer, soft drinks and set-ups). BYOB, except for beer and wine. Ticket information: Carlos Rivera, 255-8877 or vetrivera@yahoo.com.
  This dance is the forum’s first of the series for 2015. Details to be announced.

LIGHT Center — The community benefit organization is at 810 Gato Road. Information: 231-0066 or lightelpaso.com.
• Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tatiana, 503-5222.
• EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Papo, 238-4696.
• NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Jose, 694-6109.
• Pranic Healing Clinic: 3 to 6 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Linda, (575) 649-8081.
• Full Moon Meditation: 7:30 p.m., night of the full moon. Lynn, 449-0619.
• Laughter Yoga sessions are also planned. Call for schedule: Teresa, 373-3100.

Paso del Norte Health Foundation luncheon — Paso del Norte Health Foundation will celebrate its forthcoming 20th anniversary in September with a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Wells Fargo Plaza Paso del Norte Health Foundation, 221 N. Kansas, Suite 1900, to celebrate their accomplishments, and share with their plans for the future to make the El Paso region a healthier place to live. Please RSVP by March 25 at 544-7636 ext. 2613 or iortegon@pdnhf.org.

Women’s History Month Conference — Iota, Iota, Iota Presents the 5th annual conference, “The Naked Truth: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” April 1-2 at the UTEP student Union. The conference features activists, scholars and artists from all fields hosting panels, workshops, lectures and performances. Participation is free; registration required at whm.iss.utep.edu. Information: 747-5028.
  Sessions are 9:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, and 9 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday.
  Lunch and keynote speaker Liz Chavez, President and CEO of Wise Latinas is noon Wednesday, in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center, 308 Union East.
  The closing event is a screening of the film “Good Hair,” and reception 3 to 5 p.m. in the Little Temple of El Paso Community College, 906 El Paso.

Manicure, Martinis & Music — The evening of pampering with Westend Hair Salon is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. The evening includes a mini manicure, select martini and music. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
  Twenty-five percent of the proceeds benefit the nonprofit shelter for women, Villa Maria El Paso.

Bassett Place — Information: 772-7479 or shopbassettplace.com.
  Digital pictures with the Bunny are offered through April 4 in Bassett’s “Easter Garden.”

Theology on Tap — Catholic Diocese of El Paso hosts and opportunity for younger Catholic adults (age 18-40) to meet and explore their faith in a comfortable setting 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 and 21, at Amigos Restaurant, 2000 Montana. A different speaker will be featured at every session. All faiths welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at ElpasoYAM.
  The April panel topic is “Selfish or Selfless: The Art of Choosing.”

ALFC Spring Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center’s annual convention, “Thrive,” is April 14-17 at 1000 Valley Crest. Pastor Charles Nieman will be joined by Dr. Creflo Dollar, John Gray, Marcos Witt, Israel Houghton, Tim Storey, Dr. Dave Martin and Brian Houston. Conference service times are 7 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Spanish translation, nursery, preschool and children’s church provided at all services. Information: 532-8543, alfc.com or on Facebook.
  Youth guest speakers are Alex Arredondo, Chris Durso and Chad Veach.

‘Healing the Wounds of Life’ — El Paso Community College hosts the Spanish-language class, “Sanando las Heridas de la Vida,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 14, at the Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Room B323. Discover techniques to help heal emotional wound and increase one’s quality of life. Cost: $130. Information: 831-4116.

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

Lifeguard Training — The City of Las Cruces will host three lifeguard training workshops for people 15 years and older interested in practicing their skills for the Lifeguard Training Program pre-test at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview. Information: (575) 541-2782.


Stone Brewing Tap tasting — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, welcomes Stone Brewery for a night of beer tasting at 5 p.m. Friday April 17. Cover: $15, includes five beer tastings; first 50 people receive a complimentary glass. A la carte dinner available. Reservations recommended at (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Stone Brewery will also be at the Farmers’ Market at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, for a small beer sampling.

Tech recycling — El Paso Community College’s Recycling Program hosts tech and electronics-related recycling during the week of Earth Day, 10 a.m. to noon, April 17-24, at various campus locations. Bring in personal computers, cell phones, old electronics, batteries or used closed. Free reusable stainless steel bottles for first 100 participants at each locations. Information:
Locations:
• Friday, April 17: Mission del Paso, 10700 Gateway East, courtyard.
• Monday, April 20: Rio Grande, 100 W. Rio Grande, Building B cafeteria
• Tuesday, April 21: Valle Verde, 919 Hunter, Building A amphitheater
• Wednesday, April 22: Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A Foyer
• Thursday, April 23: Transmountain, 9570 Gateway North, mall area
• Friday, April 24: Northwest, 6701 S. Desert, outside main building.

China Power Fest — The Latinitas event for girls age 10 to 18 is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at UTEP’s College of Business Administration. Guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. Information: 219-8554,latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or laslatinitas.com.

Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, April 18, at Sam’s Club West, 7970 N. Mesa. Bring up to three boxes of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0195 or bbb.org.

Rascals at Ruli’s — Ruli’s International Kitchen, 4176 N. Mesa, welcomes well-behaved and leashed pets 2 to 6 p.m. the third Saturday of the month (April 18). One dollar per all drinks sold at this time will be donated to The Humane Society of El Paso. Information: 313-4806 or on Facebook.

Women’s Self Defense Workshop — El Paso Karate Academy, 10710 Gateway North, hosts free self-defense workshops to help women learn easy techniques to defend themselves in the case of an attack 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Students will practice on a live person wearing a padded suit. Information, reservations: 822-8818 or epkarate.com.

Golden Bear Anniversary Dance — The Golden Bear Social Club’s 35th Anniversary Dance is 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, with music by Rhapsody. Semi-formal dress. Refreshments available; BYOB. Tickets: $17 donation. Information: 772-4643 or 755-4038.

Census workshops — United States Census Bureau will be host two census workshops in West Texas. Both workshops are 8:30 a.m. to noon. Information/registration: Raul Gonzalez, 533-0998 ext. 137 or raulg@riocog.org.
A computer lab on using economic and business-related census data effectively and efficiently is Tuesday, April 21, at EPCC’s Rio Grande Campus Library in El Paso.
  A computer lab on how to navigate the U.S. Census Bureau website is Thursday, April 23, at the Bryan Wildenthal Library within Sul Ross State University’s Big Bend Campus in Alpine (Alpine is on Central Time).

Administrative Professionals conference — Positive Directions presents the 14th annual Conference for Administrative Professionals, “Shake it Off,” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 22-23, at Headstart Multipurpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego, in observance of Administrative Professionals Week. The conference features national speakers, free lunch, mini-massages, door prizes, vendor booths, breakout sessions and more. Participants may attend either day; comfortable clothes and pants recommended. Cost: $199 by April 10; $249 after. Information/registration: 838-1000 or positive@positivedirectionsco.com. Online registration at apcsouthwest.com.
  Keynote speakers include Hall of Fame Inspirational Speaker Patrick Combs, bestselling author of “Spirited Leadership..52 Ways to Build Trust” Ellen Castro, motivational speaker and stand-up comic Stacy Pederson and El Paso’s Power 102 Executive Producer Mike Davila.

‘OSHA Update’ Better Business Bureau Lunch and Learn — Better Business Bureau hosts the luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Learn about OSHA Topics include statistics, new reporting requirements, top ten violations, National Fall Safety Stand-Down and Outreach Campaigns. Cost: $60 ($50 BBB members). Information: 577-0195 or bbb.org.

Grant workshops — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, in Las Cruces, will host a series of monthly grant foundation classes for adults through May 21. All workshops are 1 to 2 p.m. on selected Thursdays. Information: (575) 528-4005, library.las-cruces.org, or grantspace.org.
April 23: Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
May 21: Proposal Writing Basics.

Asthma Prevention and Healing Strategies — Integrative Healing Works hosts the informational event on asthma at 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, at The Wholesome Body Massage Clinic, 6633 N. Mesa, Suite 507 (in back). Participants learn steps they can take to prevent or find relief with different natural healing modalities including foods, herbs, stress reduction, gentle exercise, breathing and more. Admission is free; pre-registration encouraged as space is limited. Information: (602) 670-4648 or integrativehealingworks.com.

Junior Ranger Day — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, presents family and children’s programs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, as part of National Junior Ranger Day, with crafts, games, games and an appearance by Chami the Spotted Ground Squirrel. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

Caboots: Art of the Boot — The El Paso bootmakers will offer self-guided studio tours of its bookmaking studio at 407 E. Nevada, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment Saturday April through July. Visitors can watch boots being made and have themselves measured for a pair of custom boots. Tours are free. Information: 309-4791. or caboots.com.
  CABOOTS is an original El Paso family owned business that has four generations of history. The studio also features local artist works in its gallery; April’s featured artist is painter Roman Martinez.

LiveStrong at the YMCA — The small group program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis meets through March at all three El Paso YMCA branches. Through this program YMCAs are creating communities among cancer survivors and guiding them through safe physical activity, helping them build supportive relationships, and reducing stress. Morning and afternoon sessions offered, enrollment open with all written doctor’s approval. Dates and times vary with locations. Participation is free for all survivors. Information: Rebecca Hendricks, 755-9622 or elpasoymca.org.
Locations:
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth. Information: 755-9622.
• Westside YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa. Information: 584-9622;
• Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood. Information: 590-9622.


Ascarate Park new hours — New gate collection hours for Ascarate Park begin May 1. The park will keep its regular operating hours 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with new extended gate collection hours 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Gate entrance fee $2 ($5 on holidays and special events). Information: 772-5605 or epcounty.com.
  Holidays include Easter Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, Independence Day, Labor Day Monday, Columbus Day Monday and Day after Thanksgiving on Friday.

‘Go Purple 2015’ APS Health Fair — Adult Protective Services hosts its annual health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway West, with several to help raise awareness of and help prevent abuse and exploitation of elderly Texans, as well as learn about healthy lifestyles for older individuals. Booth space available. Admission is free Information: dfps.state.tx.us.

Lean Startup Workshops — HQ EP hosts a business growth workshop series 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, through May 11, at 3131 E. Yandell. The 9-week Group Workshop began in March and is on the Lean Startup and the Business Model Canvas. Cost: $10 per workshop; available on eventbrite.com. Information: 269-9735 or khcrooklaw.com.

After School Fall Program — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 2014-2015 After School Program continues through the school year at local recreation centers and selected EPISD and YISD elementary schools throughout the city. The program runs from school dismissal time to 6 p.m. and is open to age 6-12. Cost: $5 per week per child at public school sites; free at recreation centers. Information/list of centers: 544-0753. Register online at elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  The After School Program at Recreation Centers is now called “Connect” and is free to participants and is tailored to be a drop in activity for children at the same age level.

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

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

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday Crafts — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures through arts and crafts for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month (April 18). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different craft concept each month centered on cultural diversity. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.

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

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Locations vary. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

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

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

Fibromyalgia Support Group — The group meets 2 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Alternatives Centre for Behavioral Health, 7760 Alabama as a network of support and resource education for those with Fibromyalgia, their families, and friends. Guest speakers and group members share their own experiences. Admission is free.
Information: 219-9970 or alternativescentre.com.

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

Knitting for Soldiers — Free patterns, instruction and assistance projects for wounded soldiers and soldiers in Afghanistan are offered for anyone interested in knitting 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations required to reserve a space. Information/reservations: 996-9346.
LCGamers — Games of all ages interested in board games, card games and other table top games are invited to weekly game demonstrations at Zia Comics and Gaming, 1300 El Paseo Suite E1 in Las Cruces. Call for schedule: (575) 405-0461 or ziacomics@gmail.com.

Medieval-Themed games — Amtgard, Kingdom of the Burning Lands hosts role-playing games and crafts 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday at Memorial Park, 3200 Copper. The club has met every Saturday at Memorial Park for most of the past 30 years. Visitors are always welcome; admission is free. Information: 544-2034 or amtgardinc.com.

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

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

Plateaux – The Community Cafe and Shop at the Banner Building, 217 N. Mesa, Downtown. Plateaux, founded by Hector Saenz and Juan Ferret, provides a forum for local artisans to display and sell their creations, and also presents other local art, music and literature. Information on Facebook at PlateauxEPT.

Wine and Canine — Sunland Winery, 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. welcomes well behaved dogs on leash with their owners 2 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Food and music offered; $1 for every drink purchased will go toward El Paso Humane Society Information: (575) 589-1214. or hselpaso.org.

For a good cause



NAMI Silent Art Auction — National Alliance on Mental Illness on Campus-UTEP hosts a fundraising silent auction 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano, with art, photography and pottery by local artists. Admission is free. Information: 274-0530 or nami@utep.edu.

Women’s Hall of Fame — The El Paso Commission for Women’s annual Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremonies are Saturday, March 28, at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Proceeds benefit scholarships for young women graduating from high school in El Paso. Winners and time to be announced. Information: 253-1616 or elpasowomen.org.

Casino Night Fundraiser — El Paso Wind Symphony hosts its fundraiser event 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Sunset Event Center, 150 Sunset. Participants receive play money for blackjack, roulette and craps. Winnings at the end of the event can be used at an auction towards the end of the event. Finger foods and cash bar provided. Cost: $30 (includes “$100” in play money for gaming tables). Information: 274-6521 or elpasowindsymphony.com.

oLotería — Creative Kids at hosts a night of Bingo benefiting the Creative Kids program 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at its Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco, with food by Juanitos Taquitos. Games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35; includes original Creative Kids Lotería card, all food and drink. VIP tables available for purchase. Last year’s event sold out. Information: 533-9575 or andrea@creativekidsart.org. Tickets available online at creativekidsolostore.com.
  Among this year’s prizes are custom Lucchese Boots and Neon Desert concert tickets.

March Madness symphony fundraiser — The 17th annual fundraiser benefiting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach programs is Monday, April 6, at the El Paso Country Club, featuring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship finals on several wide-screen televisions. Games begin about 7 p.m., pre-game activities and dinner at 6 p.m. Live and silent auctions and raffles will be held before the game and during halftime. Individual tickets; $110; sponsorship opportunities available. Information, reservations: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  The annual March Madness Golf Tournament is earlier Monday. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and 18 holes of golf at 1 p.m.

Cinderella Prom Dress Project — NMSU Housing & Residential Life’s 6th annual prom dress donation project is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and 18, at NMSU Piñon Hall (near the duck pond. Young ladies needing a dress should bring current high school ID. Those with prom dresses they no longer need may donate them to make high school prom more special for girls in need. Dresses should be clean and no more than 10 years old. Information: (575) 527-1193 or on Facebook at Prom Dress Project Las Cruces.
  Dresses may also be donated to La Tienda, 335 Colonia (at Alameda and Main).

Purrs ‘N Boots — Project Save a Kitten’s spring event benefiting the cat adoption program is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Alameda House, 526 S. Alameda in Las Cruces, with a country and western dinner dance featuring a chip and salsa bar cowboy dinner, music by the Neal McCowan Band and door prizes. Tickets: $50 ($90 coupled; $350 for a table of 8), cash or check only; available in advance at Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla and 315 Telshor; Hubbard’s Music N’ More, 108 Wyatt; American Classifieds, 151 S. Solano; Horse’N Hound, 991 W. Amador; LuLu’s, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla or Andele’s. 1950 Calle Del Norte. Information: (575) 680-7749 or corella@zianet.com.
  The fundraiser supports Project Save a Kitten by the Coalition for Pets & People; ACTion Programs for Animals Furrever Homes; and Cat’s Meow non-profit groups who rescue kittens and cats from the shelter to place them in homes.

Cuisine and a Classic — Trinity-First Day School presents “The Roaring Twenties,” at its 7th annual dinner fundraiser 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Trinity-First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa, with a silent auction, five-course meal prepared by Chef Jesus Lugo, music by Chrissy Gurrola and “casino games.” Reservations encouraged as seating is limited. Admission: $25 by April 10; $30 after. Childcare provided for additional fee; includes dinner and activities. Information: 533-2674, ext. 23 or trinity-first.org.
  Proceeds assist in purchase of educational materials, student scholarships, school improvements and teacher bonuses.

Empty Bowls Soup Dinner — The Art Student Society at El Paso Community College will sponsor the 11th annual soup dinner and silent auction to raise funds and awareness of world hunger 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A.
  Potters and other craftspeople work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread prepared by some of El Paso’s finest restaurants. In exchange for their cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Admission: $25 donation ($15 students/military/seniors; free for children under five; $60 family pack). Information: 298-0353 or elpasoansfightinghunger.org.
  The dinner emphasizes international and local hunger problems. Money goes to the permanent local food bank of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, serving 99,000 food insecure individuals and distributes more than 9 million pounds of food a year to some 114 partnering agencies.

Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The Humane Society of El Paso hosts a happy hour for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third Saturday of each month (April 18, May 16), at Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. One dollar from every drink sold goes to the society. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org (Humane Society), or 845-2277 or aceitunaselpaso.com.

Kiwanis Uncorked III — The benefit wine tasting gala is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at El Paso Community Foundation, 333 N. Oregon. The event includes wine tasting, food, silent auction. Proceeds benefit Border Youth Athletic Association. Advance tickets are $30, which includes wine tastes, cheese, fruit and a commemorative glass. Information: 383-4603.
  Kiwanis International celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year.

Northeast Consortium Spring Dance — Northeast Consortium comprised of Most Holy Trinity School and Our Lady of Assumption School of the El Paso Catholic Diocese, hosts a Spring Dance to raise money for their financial assistance fund 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 18, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama with a spaghetti dinner and music by Fungi Mungle. Beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets: $40; $350 table for 10. Information: Our Lady of Assumption School, 565-3411 or Most Holy Trinity School, 51-2566.
  Advance tickets at Our Lady of Assumption School, 4805 Byron or Most Holy Trinity School, 10000 Pheasant.

‘Voice of Voiceless’ Awards — Annunciation House’s annual Solidarity Dinner is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Santa Lucia Amistad Hall, 518 Gallagher. The theme is “The Right to Migrate: Set My People Free.” Tickets: $50; advance tickets only as space is limited. Information: 533-4675 or annunciationhouse.org.
  This year’s award will be presented to Mexican priest and activist Padre Alejandro Solalinde. Solalinde is the founder and director of Hermanos en el Camino in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, a shelter opened in 2007 for Central Americans migrating through Mexico. As part of its work, the shelter tracks human rights abuses against migrants.
  The Border Witness Recognition will be presented to U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  The Teacher of Justice recognition will be presented to Las Patronas, a group of women who for the past 15 years have provided food daily to Central American migrants passing by on the “Train of Death” in Veracruz. They were the recipients of the prestigious National Commission’s Human Rights Award in Mexico.

Woman’s Club Spring fundraiser — The benefit spring luncheon is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, with luncheon, silent auction, fashion through the ages style show, and more. Tickets: $60; includes two drawing tickets, seating and lunch; tables for ten available for $600. Information: 532-6131, 526-0904 or wcoep.org.
  Proceeds support educational materials for El Paso Diabetes Association, as well as upkeep of Woman’s Club’s historic clubhouse.

‘Dining Out for Life’ — Participating restaurants in more than 40 cities, including El Paso, will donate 25 percent of the day’s sales for lunch and/or dinner on Thursday, April 23, towards the work of International AIDS Empowerment. Information/participating restaurants: diningoutforlife.com or internationalaids.org.

YWCA Women’s Benefit luncheon — The 22nd annual benefit “out of the box” luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Keynote speaker is Ms. Veteran American Amanda Wirtz, a Navy veteran who is also a published scientist, humanitarian, and nationally renowned speaker and violinist. Tickets: $100 minimum donation; corporate tables available. Information, reservations: 533-2311 or ywcaelpaso.org.
  Wirtz enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1997 where she served for six years as a Cryptologic Analyst, including combat assignments in Iraq and Yugoslavia. She was one of the first women to serve aboard the USS Nicholson. She was medically separated in 2003. She completed her B.S. and MPH in Health Promotion and was honored as the top graduating student in both programs. In addition, she received the 76th California State Assembly Veteran of the Year Award in 2011 for domestic and international service.

Casas for CASA – CASA of El Paso hosts its annual fundraiser 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at 150 Sunset Event Center 150 Sunset, with dinner and a silent and live auction of one-of-kind playhouses created by the area’s finest builders. Guest speaker is Ashley Rhodes-Courter, author of “Three Little Words” a book chronicling her time in the foster care system. Tickets: $100. Information: amarcee@epcounty.com or casaofelpaso.com.
  CASA of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system.

Black and White Ball — Enterprising and Professional Women Paso del Norte hosts a fundraising event 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 25, at Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway. Featured entertainment by The Rookies and Virginia, with Marimba El Paso Music. Formal attire. Cost: $60; includes dinner. RSVP by April 10. Information: 533-8904.
  The EPW raises funds to award scholarships to women pursuing a postsecondary education or training.

‘Jewelry For A Voice’ — En Voss Alta, a non-profit organization that supports children with hearing loss, hosts its 3rd annual dinner and silent jewelry auction featuring work from local artists and jewelers 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at El Paso Club, 201 W. Main (top floor Chase Building), with food, jazz music, silent jewelry auction and jewelry artisan contest. Tickets: $50. Information: Mary Ceglio, 240-2368 or Anne Hernandez, 328-3447.

‘An Affair to Remember’— The Alzheimer’s Association STAR Chapter of El Paso will host its annual fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with cocktails, dinner and silent auction of painted stars. Proceeds will benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease. Ticket information: Susie, 544-1799 or susie.gorman@alz.org.
  This year’s artists featured are Corinne Abeyta-Spinnler, Bob Adams, Ladonna Apodaca, Al Borrego, Debra DeSantos, Alberto Escamilla, Melinda Etzhold, Tim Gallegly, Jerry Knotts, Candy Mayer, Francisco Romero and Nina Cobb Walker.

Animal Rescue League’s ‘Dinner with Friends’ — Animal Rescue League of El Paso’s 14th annual fundraising gala, is Saturday, May 2, at the Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Yappy Hour silent auction is 6 p.m. with dinner and festivities 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $65 ($650 table for 10). Reservations and payment due by April 24. Information: 821-7283 or info@arlep.org. Web: arlep.org.
  Support levels available are “Top Paw” ($1,500,) “The Cat’s Meow” ($1,000) and “Top Dog” ($800). All support levels include a reserved table for ten and recognition at the dinner.
  This year’s theme is “For Better or Worse,” participants may share a picture or two of their animal doing something naughty or sweet. Email pictures to info@arlep.org or post them on the league’s Facebook page.

Art Auction 2015 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual on-air juried art competition and fundraising auction set for noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3. The event will be juried for the first time this year. Information: 594-5345 or kcostv.org/artauction.
  Local artists the opportunity to display their best art work while giving our viewers the chance to bid and win their favorite pieces. The winner of each category has the chance to win a cash prize, including a non-juried category that features Early El Paso artists and other donations.

‘Las Vegas Night’ — Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Theta Delta Lambda Education Foundation sponsors its 36th annual fundraiser 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 8, at Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport,1770 Airway, with free food, drinks, play money for gaming activity, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a trip for two people to Las Vegas with hotel accommodations. Tickets: $50. Information: 598-1462 or on Facebook at El Paso Alpha.
  Las Vegas Night is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds going towards scholarships to high school seniors.

El Paso Ability Walk — The 4th annual fundraising non-competitive walk for people of abilities benefiting Ability Connection Texas in El Paso is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Veterans Park, 5301 Salem. Cost: $25 per team. Information: 532-7795. Online registration at abilitywalk.org.
  Ability Connection Texas is a non-profit serving children and adults with disabilities.

March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Fountains of Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Proceeds help fund prevention of birth defects. Registration begins at 76 a.m. Information: 590-9499. Team donations made online at marchforbabies.org.
  Proceeds support research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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.

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 1 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.
March 27: Abe Mac Band (country)
April 3: Maddison Livingston (country)
April 10: Sha’Vonne Williams (R&B)
April 17: Joe Barron Band (country)

Fort Bliss Easter events — The following events are planned in celebration of Easter at Fort Bliss. Information: blissmwr.com.
• Easter Eggstravaganza — The annual family concert and parade, “Bunny Hop,” is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sgt. Major Blvd. This year is a rockin’ 1950s theme. Enjoy favorite jukebox hits from the ‘50s, dancing, free photos with the Easter Bunny, games and crafts presented by Fort Bliss Family Readiness Groups. All proceeds benefit the FRGs’ unit funds. Bring decorated 1950’s-themed strollers, bikes, scooters, wagons, outfits. Lawn chairs, coolers and blankets welcome. Pets, glass containers and alcoholic beverages prohibited. Admission is free. Information: 588-8247.Parade pre-registration is encouraged at blissmwr.com/easter/.
• Easter brunches — The Centennial Club’s Easter brunch buffet is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Building 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill. Reservations required. The Easter Bunny will be present for pictures and visits with guests. Cost: $21.95 ($11.50 for children ages 5-10, and free for children ages 4 and under). Information/reservations: 744-1171.
 
Underwood Golf Complex,3200 Coe, also hosts a casual Easter brunch at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Cost: $17.95 ($9 age 5-10; free age 4 and younger) Reservations required: 568-1116.

Fort Bliss Yard Sale — The semi-annual post-wide yard sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at all housing units on the all on-post housing area. The sale is free and open to the public, but only DoD cardholders are allowed to sell items. Information: 568-6741.

Soccer Golf — The combination of two sports will make its debut 3 t 6 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. The event is open to DoD ID card holders and their family members and authorized user of all ages. Cost: $15 to play plus $6 for cart rental. Information: 568-1059.
  Players use soccer balls in place of a golf ball. The object is to get a soccer ball with the lowest number of kicks from the tee area into the designated area around the hole. There will be 9 holes available for Soccer Golf play that day.

Old Ironsides Mud Challenge — The 4-mile, 16-obstacle challenge is Saturday, April 25, at the Air Assault Obstacle Course and Rappel Tower at Abernathy Park at Jeb Stuart and Pershing just inside the Buffalo Soldier gate on Fort Bliss. Waves start at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Information: 744-5794. Online registration at raceroster.com.
  The mud run is open to the entire community, both youth and adults; however, any runners under age 18 must compete with a parent or guardian.

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 Bow & 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/bowandgun.

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).

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

Club news


Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The group will attend an El Paso Playhouse production on Thursday, April 2, and UTEP Dinner Theater’s Production of “Mary Poppins,” Saturday, April 25.
  The monthly luncheon meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at the Doubletree Hotel, 600 N. El Paso. Information, reservations: 584-3126.

La Leche League of El Paso Westside — The nonprofit group, dedicated to providing education and support to women who want to breast feed, meets 10:30 to noon a.m. Thursday, April 2, at Las Palmas Lifecare Center, 3333 N. Mesa. Accredited by La Leche League International. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and children welcome. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at La Leche League El Paso Westside.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group, founded in 1978 as a social, educational and civic organization, is open to both newcomers and long-time residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free friendship coffee for new and longtime residents is 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Charlotte’s, 5411 N. Mesa. No RSVP necessary. Information: 587-8641 or 484-8272.
  The Gala April Luncheon and Spring Style Show is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, with fashions by Chico’s. Cost: $20; reservation required. RSVP: 845-1896 or w-speters@prodigy.net.

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 events:
April 4: Dinner and dancing
April 11: Dinner and a play
April 18: House party
April 25: Hueco Tanks hike.

Woodworkers Club of El Paso — The club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building). The program includes a video of woodworking techniques, followed by a show and tell segment. Admission is free. Information: 760-6536 or 564-5915.

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. The institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Information: 585-1789, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.org, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French Classes for the 2015 Spring Session II begins April 6 for adults and April 11 for children. Conversational classes begin April 8 and 10. Visit afofelpaso.org and Facebook for dates and locations.

AAUW Spring Fashion Show — The El Paso Branch of American Association of University Women hosts their Spring Fashion Show scholarship fundraiser at Saturday, April 11, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Fashion showings, including items from Dress Barn, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Door prizes offered. Cost: $10. Reservations: 564-1852.
  The El Paso Branch of AAUW was organized on Feb. 5, 1915. The Centennial Celebration’s theme is “A celebration of El Paso Women — Past to Present.”

Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) — The organization for photographers of all skill levels and ages meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11, at the Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano. Every meeting includes an educational program given by an expert in the field. Information: Heidi Phillips, 588-3747 or on Facebook at PEEPofElPaso.
  PEEP, a member of Gulf States Camera Club Council, offers educational programs, exhibitions and competitions.

El Paso Mortgage Bankers — The organization’s monthly educational meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Hilton Garden Inn, 6650 Gateway East. Sarah Ellinor of Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, presents “Increase Your Client’s Capital using TSAHC’s Home Buyer Programs.” Cost: $30 future members ($20 members; $25 non-RSVP members), cash or checks. RSVP: relopez@tfcu.coop.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (April 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: 345-7771 or epps.stamps@gmail.com.

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.

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

El Paso 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 and quilting bees are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). Social time and setup begin at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Information: 503-7485 or epnequilters@gmail.com.

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

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

Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only publicly accessible mountain tramway 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.
  Hikes begin in the tramway’s parking lot. Dress for weather, in sturdy shoes, walking stick and bring water for all hikes.
• The monthly Last Sunday guided hikes are 8 a.m. the last Sunday of the month.
  The March 29 hike is up Directisimo Trail and around the peak on Ranger Loop Trail. Two miles; strenuous.
  The April 26 hike is a Kids Hike, suitable for kids and adults. Group will go up the Directisimo Trail as far as they can go, depending on group.
  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.

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets: $20.45 adult; $15.80, plus tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
  April and May hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, plus Friday, April 3, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Monday, May 25.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
  Free live music on the patio offered Saturdays; bring a picnic basket.
  A “Painting Party to go” with Deana Hicks is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, featuring the theme “New Mexico Wine Cellar.” Live jazz music begins at 2:30 p.m. Reservations: 241-8808 or deanahicks2@elp.rr.com.

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.
  La Viña Farmer’s Market featuring local food producers is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 19 and 26, with art, food and wine. The market continues through the summer months. Admission is free. Information: 490-3491.
  The annual La Viña Spring Wine Festival celebration of music, arts and crafts, food and award-winning New Mexico wines available for tasting or purchase is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Tents, tables and chairs are provided. No picnic baskets, pets or outside beverages allowed. Admission; $20 (includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine; $10 ages 12-20; under 12 free.

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

Sunland Winery — ?1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 589-1214.
  Showing through April is photography art by guest artist Lisa Williams.
  Painting and tasting classes are offered the third Friday and Saturday of the month; call for details.
  Live Music is 7:30 p.m. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays with David Huerta, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays with Huerta and Lala Ledezma, plus 8 p.m. Thursdays with Ledezma and Team Havana, and free Latin dance lessons. Free wine tastings.
  Wine and Canine is 2 to 7 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of every month, with food and music. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcomed. One dollar from each drink purchased with go to the Humane Society of El Paso.

Ski Apache ZipTour — 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 $65 for adults, $58 children and senior, $52 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: $35 ($32 ages 10-13 and 60-plus); $81 for all-day pass.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Boliches Pete's — Hermanos Escobar Avenue one block west of Perez Serna Avenue, Camino Rivereño. Live rock with Kyptarollyn, Day light, Before The Tempest, Buzon,Evil Thing, Fermonts and Vynil is at 9 p.m. Friday, April 3. Admission is 30 pesos.

El Rincon De Ana Lucia — The café-gallery is at Blvd Tomas Fernandez 8215-2A (lower level in front of Torres Campestre building).
  Seven music groups perform beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Admission 25 pesos.
  “Charlas Fotograficas,” a series of lectures on the art of photography, is 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is 20 pesos, includes one coffee.
  Continuing all month: an exhibit the art and photography collective “Juárez Difuso.”

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
• Easter buffet brunch at Jardin Terraza begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 5. Reservations: 656 6880560/92 (in El Paso, call 915-235-1406).
• “Ladies and Gentleman Night,” a charity event for Salesianos A.C., is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Lottery and dominos. Tickets are 250 pesos, available at 20 de Noviembre 4305-7 and at the door. Information: djnsalesianos.mx

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Toro Fest, with rodeo and live music, is 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday, April 5. Admission is 80 pesos (under age 12 free).

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda.
• The Primer Congreso de Autismo is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 9-10. Admission is 100, 150 and 350 pesos.
• Mexicanto 30th anniversary tour with special guest Alejandro Santiago is at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Tickets: 250 to 400 pesos.
• Theater group La Tropa Lascurain presents “Mi Corazon es Tuyo” at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Tickets: 450, 600 and 750 pesos.

Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas — Francisco Villa 201 Centro (one block east of Avenida Juárez).
  Matadors Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Ignacio Garibay and Juan Pablo Llaguno headline an unusual nighttime bullfight event that begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10. Tickets available at Ticketmaster and box office.

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.
• Showing through Sunday, April 12: paintings by Guillermo Torres, “La luz en ti ... la luz en mi.”
• Artist Guillermo Torres will present “Pirogrado,” a technique using fire on paper, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17.

Moroccos - Inside Jardines Carta Blanca, Reforma at Peru. Los Enanitos Verdes rock group’s Tic Tac Tour show is at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Admission: 250 pesos.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Tickets for many events sold at donboleton.com, and the center's box office.
• Theater performance of “La Fierecilla Tomada,” with Jacqueline Andere, Hector Bonilla, Chantal Andere, Norma Lazareno, Monica Sanchez Navarro and others, is at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Tickets: 350, 550 and 750 pesos.
• “A Vivir! Ten Years of Success,” presentation by Odin Dupeyron, is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Admission: 250 to 500 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at Florida). Packing and Supplies Expos for the maquiladora industry is April 23-24, with booths, presentations and food area. Information: packing-expo.com, 656 625-6735.

Centro Cultural Universitario — Plutarco Elias Calles and Av. Hermanos Escobar. The University Jazz Group presents a 10th anniversary concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Admssion: 40 pesos.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays  and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos ($2.50 US). Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos ($6.25 US). Family package is 299 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. 

Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
  The anti-bullying puppet show “Camila Aprende” is offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
  Interactive museum tours are offered at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays. Puppet show is 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414. Showing all month: “Encuentros,” a major exhibition by top Juárez artists.

Downtown Juárez Tours — Juárez bus tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays, leaving by at 11 a.m. from El Paso Saddleblanket , 6926 Gateway East, in El Paso and returning at 3 p.m. Cost is $12 round trip. Guided tour of downtown Juárez available, or visitors can take a self-guided tour. Attractions on the tour include Martino’s Restaurant, the Kentucky Bar, various historic buildings, shopping centers, Juárez history museum (old Customs House) and more. Information: (El Paso) 307-4210.

Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is 11 a.m. 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.
  The book, “Memorias del Monu,” about the people of the bazaar over the years, is available for purchase at the Pablo Montalvo/Carolina Rosas Heimpel booth.


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






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