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Feria El Paso — The event hosted by El Paso County Sheriff Foundation is 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29-30, at El Paso County Coliseum with food, games, music, fun zone, car show (Sunday) and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at EPSheriffsFoundation.
Saturday’s performers are Fungi Mungle, Phat Soul and Abe Mac. Sunday’s performers are Little Mike & the Blues Kings, Explosion and Tejas.
Downtown Street Festival — The “StreetFest” encompasses the entire El Paso Convention Center area 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, with music, food and entertainment. Performances are on the Bud Light Main Stage and four stages around the festival area. Local stages will include a mix of genres such as classic rock, world, alternative and indie. The festival includes the O’Reilly Auto Parts Car Show, USO Military Village, dozens of food trucks, beer and more. Tickets: $15 general admission; $65 VIP (age 21 and older only); available at universe.com or the Plaza Theatre Box Office. Ticket prices will increase closer to the event dates. Information: epstreetfest.com or on Facebook.
Friday’s headliner is Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, with Mark Farner’s American Band and Jefferson Starship.
Saturday’s headliner is Jonathan Davis of Korn, September Mourning, Shim, and Dead Girls Academy.
Other Friday performers include Viva Las Vegas, Damian Wyldes, Los Chucanos, Sangre Gitana on the Estrella Jalisco Stage; and Rust, C.W. Ayon, Windy City and Fungi Mungle on the Stella Artois Stage.
Other Saturday performers include Vitral, Sets, Dulce Mal, and Tribes on the Estrella Jalisco Stage; and Tasting Colors, Bottom of the 9th, Cordova, and Great Shapes on the Stella Artois Stage,
DJ performers both outside and in the convention center both nights.
Rocking the Rez Pow Wow — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s 9th annual pow wow is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, 11200 Santos Sanchez. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, 860-7777 or on Facebook at rockingtherez.
Contest events offer $50,000 in prize money, with adult, teen, junior and tots categories.
St. Luke’s Country Fair — The 35th annual fair, featuring the popular “Great Dachshund Stampede,” is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7050 McNutt in La Union, near Canutillo. The event includes dachshund races and an all-other breeds race. Pets on leash welcome. Events include arts and crafts, food booths, big barn sale, kids games and more. Admission is free; canned food item donation for Canutillo Food Bank encouraged. Information: Bridget Griggs, 204-7365 or stlukeslaunion.com.
To get there: Take Farm Road 259 west from Canutillo, which becomes McNutt Road. St. Luke’s is a half-mile west of the state line.
Races are noon with dress up pet parade at 1 p.m. and Pet Blessing at 3 p.m.
UTEP Football & Homecoming - The 2018 homecoming game against North Texas is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tailgating events begin at 3 p.m. Tickets: $10-$28. information: 747-5234 or 1-800-745-3000. Event information: 747-8600 or alumni.utep.edu.
The 9th annual Miner Dash 5K Run, 3K Walk and Family Fitness Fiesta is 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Centennial Plaza. Registration: $30; minderdash.utep.edu.
Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Don Haskins Center. The format of the event is an open seating, networking cocktail dinner with a wide variety of food and dessert stations. Cocktail attire.
Tickets: $100. Information: Judy Heredia-Perry, 747-6361 or email@example.com.
Big Bounce America — The Guinness World Record Holder for the world’s largest bounce house visits El Paso Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at Sue Young Park, 9730 Diana. Hours are 1:15 to 5:45 p.m. Friday and 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The inflatable castle measures 10,000 square feet and 32 feet tall. The bounce house includes an obstacle course, air basketball courts, giant slide, ball pit and a professional DJ. A Bounce Village and Ninja Run are also part of the tour. Tickets: $12, available at thebigbounceamerica.com/tickets/.
Sessions for various age groups include toddler, junior, bigger kids a and adults. Sessions last one hour.
Chalk the Block — The 11th annual outdoor art event is Oct. 12-14 throughout Downtown El Paso. The event includes various art projects, art vendors, live music, performance art, interactive kid’s zone, food and refreshments chalk and street artists, the Kalavera Culture shop mural walk. and more. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 212-0110, chalktheblock.com or on Facebook.
This year’s featured projects:
• Impulse, publicly activated light and sound seesaws, from Creos of Quebec.
• The premiere of Ricardo Chavaria of Anthony, N.M. new large scale mural “6:”
• Chalk it Out installation featuring four foot by 10-inch pieces of chalk by El Paso artist Angel Cabrales.
• Paradox Pyramid abstract interactive sculpture by Laura Turan of El Paso and Juarez.
El Paso Fall Home and Garden Show — El Paso Association of Builders hosts the 11th annual show Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14 at the El Paso Convention Center. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the door: $5: free for ages 16 and younger, active duty military with ID and first responders. $1 off admission with canned food donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 778-5387. Full schedule and admission coupons at ElPasoHomeAndGarden.com.
This year’s celebrity guest is Brian Santos “The Wall Wizard,” a fourth-generation painting contractor and author of best-selling how-to books. He will present his “edutainment” painting seminars all weekend.
See website for other special seminars and exhibits.
Cars & More Show and Expo — NMSU Alamogordo hosts the car and truck show and expo 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Tays Center parking lot, 2400 N. Scenic Drive, on the NMSU campus in Alamogordo, with raffles, food and drinks and prizes. Car clubs, individual owners, and anyone interested in showing off their car or truck are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Automotive and Hybrid Technology programs at NMSU-A.
Spectator admission is free. Information: John Hurt (575) 442-9237 or johnHurt@nmsu.edu.
Registration for cars, trucks or motorcycles is $25.; register online at nmsua.edu prior to the event, or in person at the campus business office.
La Viña Harvest Wine Festival — The annual fall celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, with more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase, and live music. Admission: $20 (includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine). Admission for age 12-20: $10; free for under age 12. No pets or picnic baskets allowed. ATM on site. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Saturday’s performers are Frank Zona & Urban Edge at noon; Hypnosis at 2:15 p.m. and Guitar Slim at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday’s performers are Border Beat at noon; Austin Jimmy Murphy at 2:15 p.m. and Twisted Hams at 4:30 p.m.
Parking and entrance to the festival are at the back of the winery; no parking on Highway 28.
Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Landmarks — The El Paso County Historical Society will host the 15th annual Tour of Homes noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with nine locations in the neighborhood between Downtown and UTEP, five participating for the first time. Residents will give guests a personal walk-through of these properties. Pedi cabs available. Funds go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association to improve neighborhood residences.
Tickets: $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); available in advance at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, and day of tour at the Gallery and the Burges House, 503 W. Yandell. Information: Hal Marcus Gallery, 533-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, with (tickets, shopping, snacks and restroom available)
• 1210 Los Angeles “The Diego House” and 1212 Los Angeles “The Frida House.”
• 1013 W. Yandell, McGregor Home (Henry Trost’s residence)
• 1020 Prospect, Morales Home
• 718 Prospect, the Caruso House
• 501 Randolph, Old House
• 713 Upson, Ortega Home
• 603 W. Yandell, the Burges House (El Paso Historical Society)
• 220 W. Yandell, Pearl Properties, Mural Viewing/Unveiling.
Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time — A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of El Paso Scene, and is also part of the Celebration of Our Mountains. Security is provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Festival Día de los Muertos — La Casita, 5034 Doniphan Ste 13 (Placita Santa Fe) offers “Noche de Muertos 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, with an original altar, guest speaker, entertainment and refreshments; the festival continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with loteria games and coloring pages by artist Candy Mayer, face painting, paper flower creations and catrina costume contest. Door prizes. Information: 637-4582.
Concordia Cemetery Walk through History — The annual living history tour is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Gunfights featuring Six Guns and Shady ladies at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit maintenance, preservation and security of historic Concordia Cemetery. Admission: $5 ($3 students; free age 5 and younger). Information: 591-2326, or concordiacemetery.org.
Visitors can ride and tour the cemetery aboard the Serna Ranch Hayride. Historical souvenirs available. Volunteers dress in period costume and share historical vignettes in character of many of Concordia Cemetery’s eternal residents including Rancho Concordia owners Hugh and Juana Stephenson, Buffalo Soldiers, Curandera Teresa Urrea, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, Chinese railroad workers, Ben Dowell and his Tigua Indian Princess bride, John Wesley Hardin, Constable John Selman, Octavia Magoffin, Lucy Van Patten, Billy the Kid, Railroad Engineer and Conductor, Harvey Girls, Mexican Vaqueros and more.
Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair — The 24th annual Interpretive Fair 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road. The family-oriented event focuses the preservation of the Site’s natural and cultural resource with various programs and activities. Admission is free. Information: 857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov.
Red Ribbon Block Party — Ysleta del Sur Pueblo will host its annual drug-free family event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the YDSP Community, 9314 Juanchido, with a parade, live entertainment, food, games and educational materials. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 858-6118 or Ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Turkish Food and Crafts Festival — Raindrop Foundation will host a food and crafts fair 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Raindrop Turkish House in El Paso, 10767 Gateway West, Suite 610, featuring authentic Turkish food, kids activities, water marbling show, folk dances and other live performances. Admission is free. Information: 400-7450, email@example.com or raindropturkishhouse.org.
Soakin' in the Blues — The inaugural blues festival is 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Truth or Consequences Healing Waters Plaza on Sims & Daniels in T or C, N.M. presented by Sierra County Arts Council. Admission: $15. Information: (575) 894-0615 or sierracountyarts.org.
Performers include Pat Dutton Trio at 1 p.m. 24/7 Blues Band at 3 p.m. and Maynard Mills Blues Band.
The event kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Truth or Consequence Brewing Co., 410 N Broadway with CW Ayon. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 297-0289.
St. John Paul II Parish Fiesta — The parish’s fiesta is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the YMCA building at 6400 Mason Farms road in Sunland Park (off Westside Drive), with a bilingual Mass at 10 a.m. followed by the fiesta. Food booths, family activities and more offered. Admission is free. Information: (575) 332-4496 or stjohnpaulsecondchurch.org.
Chamizal Festival — The public festival celebrating the rich cultural history of this area through storytelling, pottery demonstrations, music, dance and theater performances 1:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free; native crafts available for sale. Information: 532-7273.
El Paso IMPACTFest — The Virtual Reality Festival is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, at El Paso Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, with showings of Texas Short VR and experimental films and VR games. Visitors can see the best Virtual Reality and experimental entries from around the world, over a two-day period. There will also be discussion panels with directors and producers of the films and games. Admission: $3-$5.Information: 257-8470 or elpasoimpactfest.org.
Workshops are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at FabLab, 601 N. Oregon.
Awards presentation is 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at Top Golf, 365 Vin Rambla.
Categories are Virtual Reality Best Virtual Reality Film under 10 minutes Best Virtual Reality Film over 10 minutes, Best VR Mobile Game or APP, Best VR Computer Console Game or APP, Best VR Game on a Gaming Platform Short Films (Non VR), Best Short Film under 5 minutes, Best Short Film 5-10 minutes, Best Short Film 10-20 minutes, Best Short Film over 20 minutes, Best Animated Film, Best Locally Made Film Best Experimental Film, Best Music Video.
‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El Paso will host its 14th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery. Registration begins at noon. The event includes music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Advance registration: $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs (limit of two dogs per person). Registration on day of event is $5 extra. Military with ID receive $5 discount. Information, cost: 247-6057, PetsAliveElPaso.org, or facebook.com/petsaliveelpaso.
Pets Alive El Paso is a nonprofit corporation working to make El Paso a no-kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.
Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The largest pilgrimage each year is on the last Sunday in October, the traditional Feast Day of Christ the King. The 78th anniversary procession begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The pilgrimage annually attracts thousands of celebrants, many of whom begin their trek before dawn. Gates open at 5 a.m. Information: San Martin de Porras (575) 589-2106.
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.
‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 45th annual holiday shopping fair is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4, at the El Paso Convention Center. This year’s theme is “O Deer!.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair brings together about 200 merchants from across the country as well as arts, crafts, live entertainment, music, and Storytime with Santa. Tickets at the door: $10 ($8 seniors, military, children 6-12; free for children under six). Two-day tickets are $15 Information: 584-3511 or jlep.org.
LumberJack Bash is 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, with performance by Dirty River boys, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and private shopping, Tickets: $75.
A Flannel & FlapJacks Children’s Party is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, with breakfast, entertainment, crafts and admission to the fair. Tickets: $15.
Mazes & Pumpkins
La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open through Nov. 4 (weather permitting) for its 18th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. This year’s theme celebrates El Paso’s “Monarch Butterflies.” Information: 549-1323 or launionmaze.com.
Columbus Day hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8.
Bring Your Dog to the Maze Day is Sunday, Nov. 4. Shot records required.
Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $6 for ages 2-5 ($5 military.) Free for age two and seniors over 75. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with reservations. Tickets in advance at ticketleap.com.
The Maze offers the Big Maze, a kids flower maze, family jumping pillow, big slide, pedal cars, target practice, sports throw, zipline, horse walk swing, rubber ducky races, sand box, picnic tables under huge tent and concessions.
Rides to the pumpkin patch, cow train and pig races also offered during daylight hours.
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 29-Oct. 28 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. The maze is celebrating its 20th season. Food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919, mesillavalleymaze.com or on Facebook at Mesilla Valley Maze.
Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides until 6:30 p.m., giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.
To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
The Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, with contests, live entertainment and special events.
The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.
El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 4th annual season, “Maze-O-Saurus,” 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 29-Nov. 4 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. Food “Truck Wagons” on site; no grills or glass containers allowed. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $10.95; $9.95 military/teacher with ID; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386), elpasocornmaze.com or on Facebook.
Pumpkin Palooza — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts a free family event 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Frank O’Brien Community Center, 304 Bell, with arts and crafts, pumpkin photo booths, costume contests for various age groups and pets, face painting games, free pumpkin for those in costume. Information: (575) 541-2454.
Outdoor screening of “Goosebumps” is 8:30 p.m. in the park.
Ramirez Pumpkin Patch — Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 N. Loop in Clint, Texas, hosts a pumpkin patch, featuring pumpkins from a local farmer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13-14, as well as pumpkin decorating and free activities for the family. Admission is free; pumpkins available for purchase. Admission is free. Information: 851-2003 or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.
Massacre on Marshall Road — Fort Bliss’s annual haunted house is open 6 p.m. 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 5-27, and 6 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Not recommended for children under 10 or the “faint of heart.” Admission: $5; discounted prices ($3) Oct. 27-28, during the Monster Bash event. Information: 588-8247.
KLAQ Haunted Houses of Terror — The annual haunting is Oct. 4-31 at Desert Warriors Paintball, 13900 Montana featuring five haunted houses for one ticket price. Haunted House recommended for ages 14 and older. Times, cost: 544-9550 or thehauntedhousesofterror.com.
Lost El Paso Paranormal Tours — The group specializes in original historical El Paso ghost tours. Tours listed are hosted by “Weird Texas” author Heather Shade or other costumed guides. Space is limited for many events. Information: 503-8960, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook. Tickets at squareup.com.
• Sunset Heights Ghost Walk is 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, meeting at the gazebo in Mundy Park, 1299 W Yandell. Discover the secrets of the tunnels hidden beneath the infamous Turtle House, learn stories of haunted dolls and ghostly apparitions in the Burges House, hear firsthand tales of the paranormal investigations of the haunted Hixson House and more. Check-in at 7:30 p.m. Cost $15.
• Downtown Ghost Tours are 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, starting at the Gardner Hotel, 311 E Franklin, for a lantern-light walk through Downtown El Paso, with tales of haunted history and more. Friday’s is a “Mad Monster Night!” theme and Saturday is “Vampire’s Night.” Costumes pertaining to the evening’s theme encouraged. Check-in at 8:30 p.m. with refreshments and Halloween candy offered. Costume contest with prizes before the tour begins. Tickets: $20.
• Spirit Walk of Old San Elizario is 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, meeting at the Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 Main Street. Check-in is 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.
• Devil’s Night Concordia Ghost Tour is 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 30. The night before Halloween is known as Devil's Night aka Mischief Night. Costume contest with prizes at the beginning of the tour. Check in is 8:30 p.m. Gates will be closed at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Concordia Cemetery. Cost: $15.
Haunted Village — The “Terror in the Clouds” village is open 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27, and Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum 1000 U.S. 82 in Cloudcroft, N.M. Proceeds benefit the museum. Cost: $8: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com or on Facebook.
Paranormal Travels and the Ghost Bus Tour — The Rev. Henry Flores will lead new paranormal adventure beginning 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at L&J Cafe, 3622 E. Missouri. Visit seven of the city’s most haunted/historic locations, including El Paso High School, Downtown Library, Magoffin Home and Concordia Cemetery, and more. The tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours. Cost: $30. Information: Paranormal Travels on Facebook or call 216-2257.
Voices from the Past Moonlight Tours —≈ State Monument, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, host moonlight tours 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with ghost stories and legends of New Mexico. Meet historical figures from the past. Group tours leave every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Museum of NM Foundation. Admission: $5 (free for kids) at the door. Cash or check only. Information (575)526-8911 or nmmonuments.org.
This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System.
EPHS Tunnel Tours Haunted House — El Paso High School Tiger Theatre Troupe presents a haunted tunnel tour to the basement of the city’s” most haunted high school” 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at El Paso High School, 800 E. Schuster, complete with ghosts. Tickets: $5, first come first serve. Information: 236-2500 or msmossephs.weebly.com.
Ghosts of the Ancients — Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, Ranch Road 2775 off U.S. 62/180, hosts its first paranormal fundraising tour 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in conjunction with Paso del Norte Paranormal Society. featuring a tour of the dark, mysterious, and historic areas of the park. Meet at 7:30 p.m. for check-in. Proceeds benefit the park. Tickets: $20; available only through squareup.com. Email confirmations must be shown at the park gate for entrance. Information: 857-1135, ext. 0, or texasstateparks.gov.
Stay on all posted trails at all times, any items or artifacts may not be picked up or touched. Some areas can be moderately strenuous. Bring water, bug spray, closed toed shoes, and clothing appropriate for the evenings weather.
Dinner Detective Halloween Show — The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show presents the Halloween-themed show 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Holiday Inn Sunland Park, 900 Sunland Park Drive, Actors are hidden in the audience in plain sight. Costumes welcome and encouraged. Tickets: $59.95 at eventbrite.com.
Other Dinner Detective shows are 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, at Holiday Inn Sunland Park.
Downtown Halloween Zombie Walk Carnival — El Paso Parks and Recreation Departments hosts the carnival event 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at San Jacinto Plaza, downtown El Paso, with live music, Haunted House, costume contest and more. Information: (915) 212-1731.
Downtown Zombie Walk 2018 — Downtown Las Cruces Partnership hosts the Zombie Walk for all ages 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, with love music, food trucks, vendors, and the Zombie parade at 7 p.m. Trophies for the best costumes for Best Adult, Best Youth, and Best Group. Participation is free. Information: downtownlascruces.org or on Facebook.
Forbidden Acres — The Haunted House experience is 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-21, and nightly Oct. 26-31, at 13161 Tobacco Road (far east El Paso, off, take Square Dance Road north from Montana). All ages welcome; young children accompanied by an adult. Admission: $15 cash only; military discounts offered. Information: 256-3088 or on Facebook.
‘Terror Trail Haunted House’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 Fridays and Saturdays, and Halloween Night, and 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 28-Nov. 3. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets available 30 minutes prior to each performance, or online at texasterrortrail.com. Information: 877-FEAR (3327).
The Zombie Adventure also runs during this time, allowing guests to hunt down zombies with laser guns.
Carnival-style waiting area includes photo ops, simulated “Last Ride” 4D coffin adventure, roaming characters and more.
Trick or Treat & More
Fort Bliss Halloween — Fort Bliss will host these Halloween season events:
• Monster Bash Family Halloween is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at the Trading Post. This year is a New Orleans style “Monster Masquerade,” with inflatables, crafts and entertainment. Costumes encouraged. Choose from, three haunted house experiences; “Barely Scary,” for $1; “Kinda Scary,” for $2; and “Massacre on Marshall Road,” discounted to $3 during the event. Information: 588-8247.
• Halloween Harvest Festival is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at Old Fort Bliss Replica, 5054 Pershing, with haunted pumpkin patch, rides, lawn games, trick or treating in fort rooms, face painting and more. Pumpkins at the patch are available on a first-come, first serve basis with a $5 donation to the museum. There will also be a farmer’s market with food and beverages for purchase. Free shuttle rides available from the festival to Monster Bash. Information: 588-8482.
• The annual Halloween Boo-ling Party is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Desert Strike Lanes, 2949 Carter Road, with be goodie bags and cake, while supplies last Costume contest for ages 1 to 16. Discounted prices on shoe rental, food, drinks and games during the event. Information: 568-6272.
Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, hosts its 11th annual safe trick-or-treating event for families with children ages 2 to 12 Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28. Activities include candy stations, games, animal enrichment activities and more. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
Halloween on Granado Street — Tularosa Arts and History Council hosts the Halloween event 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on Granado Street in Tularosa with vendors, games, live music, a haunted house and more. Information: (575) 629-0787 or trytularosa.org.
Spooktacular — The Junior Woman’s Club’s 28th annual fall family fiesta is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with live entertainment, a kids game area, cake walk, pumpkin decorating, Haunted House, vendor booths, food booths, free hands-on crafting and other activities. Costume contests with prizes are 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 ($4 children; free age 2 and younger). Advanced tickets from any club member are $3. Information: 274-1141 or jwcelpaso.org.
El Paso’s largest indoor Halloween carnival raises money for local charities.
City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Happiness throughout the city at area recreation centers Wednesday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Call for times. Admission is free.
• Armijo Center, 700 E. 7th, 544-5436.
• Officer David Ortiz Center, 563 N. Carolina, 594-8934
• Chihuahuita, 417 Charles, 533-6909
• Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge, 587-1623
• Galatzan, 650 Wallenberg, 581-5182
• Gary Del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood, 629-7312
• Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri, 562-7071
• Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista Del Sol, 855-4147
• Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount, 598-1155
• Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell, 755-7566
• Pat O’Rourke, 901 N. Virginia, 212-0127
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda, 858-1929
• Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana, 751-4945
• Seville, 6700 Sambrano, 778-6722
• San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood,779-2799
• Veterans, 5301 Salem, 821-8909.
Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Time, information: kernplace.org or on Facebook at Kern Place Association.
KLAQ Halloween Parade — The annual parade is Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood, and returns there. The parade is 1.9 miles and lasts about one hour. Prizes will be given in various categories. No entry fee, but entries must display “KLAQ.” Parade usually begins at 3:30 p.m., but early arrival strongly encouraged; pre-registration is 10 to 3 p.m. Information: 544-8864 or klaq.com.
Trick-or-Treat Off the Street — Bassett Place mall, 6101 Gateway West, hosts its annual safe trick or treat event 4:30 p.m. (until the candy runs out) Wednesday, Oct. 31. Alta Vista Optimist Club will be located near the Food Court passing out candy to those who dress up. All children in costume welcome to participate, admission is free. Information: 772-7479 or shopbassettplace.com.
Southern New Mexico
Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 26-30, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Grounds open at 9 a.m. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Tickets: $14 ($10 age 7-14) after 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday; free for age 6 and younger: available at holdmyticket.com. Half-day tickets available at the gate. Information: (575) 524-8602 or snmstatefairgrounds.net.
Headliners are Tell Runyan on Thursday, Bri Bagwell on Friday, and John Wolf on Saturday, with mariachi music on Sunday.
End of Summer Car Show — Sierra County Car Club and Sierra Joint Office on Aging, 360 W. 4th Street in Truth or Consequences, host the 2nd annual car show benefiting the meal program at the Senior Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Open to cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes. Information: email@example.com or sierracountycarclub.com.
Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 13th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities, best pie contest,, silent auction and more. Information: (575) 536-9845 or mimbresharvestfest.com.
‘What’s Your Las Cruces’ — The Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main, seeks participants for focus groups and community conversations held through spring 2019. Discussion on Mesilla Valley agriculture, food, art and the creative industry, business and economy, social justice – the border and immigration, environmental issues and land, and more. The discussions are part of “What’s Your Las Cruces?” a Branigan Cultural Center project that seeks community input to develop an exhibit about the Mesilla Valley. Space is limited; call (575) 541-2159 to reserve a place. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or museums.las-cruces.org.
Sierra County Fair — The annual county fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 3-7, at Sierra County Fair Barn in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Extension Service, (575) 894-2375 or sierracountynewmexico.info.
Southwestern New Mexico State Fair — The 72nd annual fair, “Wild Wild West,” is Oct. 3-7 at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming. The event includes livestock shows, arts and crafts exhibits, fair queen crowning, parade, baked goods and produce sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, livestock auction, entertainment, horse shows, carnival and dances. Information: (575) 546-5255 or on Facebook at swnmsf.
Red Dot Red Weekend at the Galleries — The annual event runs Friday through Monday, Oct. 5-8 at studios and galleries in Silver City, N.M. with art shows, receptions, studio tours, local musicians, Sunday brunch event and more. Information: (575) 313-9631 or silvercityart.com.
Galleries open at 11 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with receptions 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Brunch is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, on the patio at Vicki’s Eatery, Texas and Market. Suggested donation: $5.
The annual “Indie Show” exhibit is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday, at Geisler Common Ground Studio and Gallery, 102 West Kelly.
Events for the annual Southwest Print Fiesta are also planned the same weekend. Information: southwestprintfiesta.org.
Socorro Fest — The City of Socorro, N.M. hosts its 16th annual celebration 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5-6, on and around the historic Socorro Plaza. The event features a day of feasting, dancing, native food dishes, car show, arts and crafts booths, spirits tents, family activities and music and entertainment on multiple stages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927, socorrofest.com or on Facebook.
Headliners are Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles at 8 p.m. Saturday.
New this year is the Chile Cookoff, with tastings is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Oktoberfest is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hammel Museum, 500 6th Street.
Southwest Print Fiesta — Mimbres Region Arts Council hosts the 3rd annual gathering together of regional and local printmakers Friday through Monday, Oct. 5-8 in Downtown Silver City, N.M. celebrating the art of printmaking through demonstrations, workshops. children’s activities steamroller street printing event, artisan marketplace and more. Information: (575) 538-2505, southwestprintfiesta.org or on Facebook.
New this year are deep-dive Sunday workshops with several more casual drop-in sessions for those with limited time or budgets.
Welcome Party is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Power and Light Press, 601-F N. Bullard.
Vendor market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Downtown. Steamrolling Printing is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Coffee and donuts served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, at Power and Light Press, with workshops and drop-in demos 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aspenfest — The Village of Ruidoso’s celebration of fall colors is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. Events include a chili cook-off, arts and crafts fair, street vendors, Aspenfest Parade and vintage car show. Information: Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce: (575) 257-7395 or ruidosonow.com/aspenfest.
The Aspenfest Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sudderth and Mechem, ending at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “Triple Crown.”
Arts and crafts booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, 134 Reese Dr. Admission: $2 (free for children under 12). Information: (575) 808-8338.
The Rod Run Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. Admission is free. Information: Ron Duscha, (915) 598-0621.
The annual Open Chili and Chile Society Pod Chili Cook-Offs are Saturday at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino. Public tasting is noon; tasting cups available for a donation.
Craft Beer and Wine Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, at Wingfield Park. Admission: $15 (with tastings); $5 general admission; 16 and younger free.
Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta — The 2018 fiesta, “Carry Me Away” is Oct. 6-14 in Albuquerque. Mass ascensions each morning at 7 a.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park. Tickets: $10; $45 five-pack. General parking: $15/car. Balloon Fiesta Hotline: (888) 422-7277 or balloonfiesta.com.
Other events include balloon glows, fireworks, car show, special shapes rodeos, flying competitions and more.
The Music Fiesta is Saturday, Oct. 13, with The Noms, Michael Ray and Old Dominion. Tickets; $10-$75.
The park is off I-25 north of I-40; take the Balloon Fiesta Parkway.
NMSU Homecoming — The NMSU Aggies’ 2018 Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, against Liberty University. Tickets: $10-$30 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstatesports.com.
Celebration of Traditions Memorial Ceremony is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Trader’s Plaza and Aggie Memorial Tower, with the Homecoming parade “A Moment in Time” at 10 a.m. along University Avenue.
Alumni and Friends Tailgate events begin at 4 p.m. near the stadium’s northeast entrance. RSVP required; space is limited. Ticket information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Clair Vineyards WineFest — New Mexico’s largest winery will host its 24th annual WineFest noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6-7, at 1325 DeBaca Road in Deming, with family activities, live music, door prizes, arts and crafts, silent auction and various fun contests. Fireworks Saturday evening. Admission: $5 (includes souvenir glass); free admission for active duty military and law enforcement with ID. Information: 1-866-336-7357 or stclairwinery.com.
To get there: Take I-10 east to Exit 85 in Deming, go a half-mile south, turn east on Highway 549 and go three miles to St. Clair Vineyards and New Mexico Wineries Inc.
WNMU Parade — The Western New Mexico University Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Silver City. The annual parade includes floats, bands and other entries. Information: (575) 538-6011 or alumni.wnmu.edu.
The Homecoming game is 2 p.m. Saturday against Angelo State on WNMU’s Altamirano Field.
Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium — Cowboy poets, musicians, craftsmen and chuckwagon cooks meet for the 29th annual symposium 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Hosted by the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Admission: $20 Friday and Saturday (Sunday admission free. Evening concerts and chuckwagon meal tickets sold separately. Multi-day packages and group rates available. Tickets, information: (575) 378-4140 or cowboysymposium.org.
The Symposium offers continuous music, poetry and storytelling, western demonstrations and more. A variety of children’s activities, including a Kids’ Rodeo, are offered. A Western Expo features 110 vendors selling western art, saddles, tack, hats, boots and western clothing, jewelry, home accessories, books and more.
Evening concerts offered at 7 p.m. Oct. 11-14:
• Thursday: Lee Greenwood with opening act Dave Alexander & the Big Texas Swing Band with Floyd Domino. Tickets: $65-$100.
• Friday: Sawyer Brown with Coby Carter. Tickets: $65-$100.
• Saturday Day Night Dance tickets are $40 ($60 VIP).
The World’s Richest Chuckwagon Cook-off is all weekend. Competitors in the $13,000 event are judged not only for their food, but the authenticity of their wagons and attire. Chuckwagon lunch is noon Saturday, and breakfast is 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost per plate: $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday breakfast.
Tularosa Art and Wine Fest — Rotary Club of Tularosa hosts its festival 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and Oct. 12-13, at 800 3rd Street in Tularosa, N.M. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the gate. Information: Jessica, (575) 491-6927, email@example.com or tularosawinefestival.com.
Columbus Day Festival — The annual festival is Saturday, Oct. 13, in the historic village of Columbus, N.M. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Broadway, followed by all day entertainment, vendors and games in the Columbus Park Plaza. Admission is free. Columbus is 65 miles west of Santa Teresa and 30 miles south of Deming. Information: (575) 494-0009.
Los Leones de Mesilla Car Show — Los Leones de Mesilla (Mesilla Lion’s Club) hosts the annual car show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. The show features hot rods, muscle car (pre-1972), trucks, low riders, motorcycles), and classics. Admission is free for spectators. Information: (575) 524-3262 or mesillanm.gov.
‘Toss No Mas’ Citywide Cleanup — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful hosts the 24th annual “Toss No Mas” campaign 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 13. Hundreds of volunteers will collect litter at parks, schools, streets and business properties. Volunteers will then be treated to a free lunch sponsored by local businesses from noon to 2 p.m. at Young Park, 1905 Nevada. Individual volunteers, groups, and civic organizations are encouraged to register by Oct. 8. Information: (575) 528-4506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Las Cruces Country Music Festival — Dwight Yoakam, Randy Houser and Rick Trevino headline the 2018 festival Oct. 19-21, along Main Street in historic Downtown Las Cruces, with two stages of music, food vendors, western and apparel vendors, a kids corral with jump houses and other activities and a cash bar all three days. Festival gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. VIP passes are $150. Festival general admission for Friday or Saturday is $35; $10 Sunday; Weekend passes are $75. Children under 12 admitted free with paid adult ticket. Tickets at lccountryfest.com or eventbrite.com. Information on Facebook at LCCountry.
Dwight Yoakam headlines Friday with Frankie Ballard opening acts King Leg and Frankie Ballard.
Randy Houser headlines Saturday with opening acts Brennin and Sawyer Brown.
Rick Trevino headlines Sunday.
Regional and local acts perform on the second stage.
In conjunction with the festival is the Giddyup Gallop 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
Rubber Chicken Ride — New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance’s 7th annual ride is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21 in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Registration: $65 for the weekend(includes dinner Saturday night, event t-shirt and decals, and raffle ticket). Limited to first 100 paid entrants. Information: (505) 321-3155, email@example.com, or nmohva.org.
Ruidoso Oktoberfest — The 37th annual Lincoln Country version of the German tradition is Oct. 19-20 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. German food, beer, wine, music, games, live music and folk dances will abound 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be featured as well as a “Kinderhall” Featured entertainment: Familienmusik Doppler from Austria and two other bands. Proceeds benefit various Lincoln County charities.
Admission: $10 per day; $16 for both days; $6 for ages 13-17 and free for children 12 and under. Children and teens must be accompanied by adult. Information: (575) 257-6171 or OktoberfestRuidoso.com.
Ag Day — NMSU hosts its AG-griculture Day events celebrating New Mexico’s agricultural community noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Aggie Memorial Parking Lot, with booths, live animals, educational exhibits, New Mexico food samples more. The public is invited. Information: aces.nmsu.edu.
Cultural Bazaar — The 8th annual family celebration of the area’s cultural diversity is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main in Las Cruces, with art, dance, clothing, and other customs of more than a dozen cultures represented in Las Cruces. Traditional dance, music and songs from different cultures will be performed throughout the day. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or las-cruces.org/museums.
High Rolls Apple Festival — The annual open-air harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at the Community Center, 56 Cottage Row, in High Rolls, N.M. The festival features fresh local and other apples, apple pies and apple butter, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Admission and parking is free. No pets. Information: (575) 682-6044 or highrollsfestivals.com.
The festival is presented by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the community center. High Rolls is on U.S. 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft (east of the tunnel).
Inn of the Mountain Gods Health Fair — Inn of the Mountain Gods, hosts its 7th annual health and wellness fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with information, health screenings, free zumba and Mixfit (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and more. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a walk/run at 9 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 1-800-545-9011 or innofthemountaingods.com.
The 5K Stride for a Cure is 8 a.m.; registration is 7 a.m.
Pancho’s Car Show — Friends of Pancho Villa State Park’s 13th annual car show and auto parts swap meet is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, N.M. with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles and choppers, along with music, food and drink, the park's Exhibit Hal. Show admission free with regular park admission of $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) 531-2711 or panchovillastateparkfriendsgroup.org.
Columbus is 30 miles south of Deming on NM 11, and 65 miles west of El Paso on NM 9.
Pre-registration for vehicles is $20 ($10 for each additional vehicle); $25 day of show. Set up time is 8 to 9:45 a.m.
Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival — Holy Family Church’s annual festival and barbecue is all day Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Luna County Courthouse Park in Deming, N.M. Started by area Czechoslovakians, the event offers bingo, homemade Bohemian sausage, cowboy coffee, salad, desserts and barbecue beef. Information: (575) 546-9783.
Harvestfest — Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce’s annual afternoon of family fun is 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft, N.M., with hay rides, carved and decorated pumpkins, a costume contest, parade and trick or treating. Most activities are free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com.
The annual Great Pumpkin Race is 2 p.m. with amateurs, semi-pros and pros competing for prizes by rolling pumpkins down a hill; a piñata bash and pet parade follows.
Costume contest and parade is 3:30 p.m. on Burro Avenue.
Trick or treating at the merchants is 4 to 6 p.m.
New Mexico Pumpkin Festival — The 10th annual festival celebrating the fall gourd is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, at the Mesilla Valley Maze and Lyles Family Farm, 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Corn maze, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, and a country store offered. Winners from the annual coloring and pumpkin-carving contests will be displayed. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.
Other activities include live music, a pie eating contest, hula hoop contest, stick horse rodeo, goblin egg gourd hunt, tug of war, great pumpkin drop and more.
Silver City ‘Día de los Muertos’ — Día de los Muertos activities in Silver City run Oct. 28-Nov. 4 throughout Downtown. Information on Facebook at Silver City Día de Los Muertos.
A ¡Calacas y Calaveras! kickoff celebration is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, on the corner of Market and Texas Streets.
Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, host several Family Fun Programs are 10 a.m. to noon. Cost; $5. Space is limited; advance registration encouraged at (575) 597-0222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tissue Paper Marigolds making is Tuesday, Oct. 16.
• Papel Picado making is Wednesday, Oct. 17.
• Sugar skull decorating is Thursday, Oct. 18.
• Matchbox Altars are Friday, Oct. 19.
• “Making an Ofrenda for Theodora Hobart” is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, celebrating early Silver City business woman Theodora Hobart.
Día De Muertos Art Fest — The Day of the Dead festival is 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Luna County Courthouse Park, 700 S. Silver in Deming, N.M. with live music, mariachi and folklorico dancers, traditional folk art, sugar skull decorating, vendors, art stations, pan de muerto, face painting and more. Admission is free. Information: diademuertosartfest.com.
Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 51st annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Oct. 31-Nov. 4, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170, with live music by Los Pinche Gringos, The O’s, King Bucks, Mark David Manders, Mark David Manders, Joe King Carasco, Thomas Michael Riley and Gary P. Nunn. art show, and more. Ticket information: (817) 251-1287, abowlofred.com or on Facebook at OTICCC.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 52nd annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff events are Oct. 31-Nov. 3 with cookoff Saturday, Nov. 3 at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua.
Live music by Blue Kountry Band-Krazy Flats Thursday through Saturday.
Cost: $40 per person per week for camping; $20 single day pass. Information: 713-248-0681, casichili.net or on Facebook at CASI Chili Appreciation Society International.
Tom Lea Month
Tom Lea Month — The Tom Lea Institute, along with other area organizations, celebrates the life and work of the late El Paso art legend with various events in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez throughout October. The 2018 year celebrates his “Paso of the North Mural.” Admission is free except as noted. For all reservations, registration and RSVPs, call 533-0048. Information: TomLea.com.
Tom Lea (1907-2001) was the son of an El Paso mayor who became a nationally famous muralist, illustrator, novelist, historian, World War II war correspondent and studio painter.
An evening at Misión de Nuestra Señora
de Guadalupe in Juárez is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, with dinner and opening of the urban photography exhibition The “Mission of Guadalupe, Witness Our
History.” Features comments by Adair Margo and music by José Mario Sánchez
Soledad of Cena Music. Call for cost, reservations: 533-0048.
• Presentation on “Women and Westward Expansion: Reality and Historical Memory” by Susan Stanfield is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, 500 University.
• ”Cook Like the Pioneers: Sweet Potato,
Pumpkin and Squash Pies” classes are 10 a.m. for families and 1 p.m. for adults Saturday, Oct. 6, at Magoffin Home, 120 Magoffin, using recipes from the 1898 Cookbook.
• “Universal Themes Found in Tom Lea’s Novels” presentation by Adair Margo for the Book Club of the El Paso Woman’s Club is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Woman’s Club, 1400 N. Mesa. RSVP to Jeff Lane: 532-6131.
• Downtown Art Walk with United Way
Young Leaders Group is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, led by Adair Margo.
• Magoffin Home Tour is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Includes walk-through of the home, cowboy storytelling outside, and hot cocoa and coffee by a campfire.
• Walking tour of San Elizario township
and mission is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, with Dr. Rick Hendricks, state historian of New Mexico and co-author of “San Elizario: Spanish Presidio to Texas County Seat. San Elizario Mission, 1556 San Elizario Rd., San Elizario, Texas.”
• Tour of Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Juarez is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by a recital by String Quartet Silvestre Revueltas.
• Solemn Eucharist of Thanksgiving for the 350 years of the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is noon Sunday, Oct. 14, presided by Bishop Guadalupe Torres Campos, with chorus.
• Authors Mimi Gladstein & Marcia Hatfield Daudistel will present and discuss their new book, “The Women
of Smeltertown.” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Literarity Book Shop, Pepper Tree Square, 5411 N. Mesa 19B.
• “Paint to Donate: “Painting Like Tom,” is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at I Painted That!, 5200 N. Mesa, C102, where participants recreate Tom Lea’s
Rio Grande in part with the alla-prima technique that Lea used. Tickets: $35 (includes a $10 donation to the Tom Lea Institute). Reservations: bit.ly/2AtwYEB
• Lectures on “Tom Lea’s Murals in Texas and New Mexico in the 1930s” by Deborah Rindge are 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at NMSU’s Branson Library, 1305 Frenger in Las Cruces, and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza.
• A lecture on “The History of the Calvary on Fort Bliss” by John Hamilton is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at El Paso Museum of History, 510 N Santa Fe, with discussion of the depiction of military tack and gear in Tom Lea’s Pass of the North mural.
• Author Alfredo Corchado reads from and discusses his book “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate
of the Great Mexican-American Migration” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Literarity Book Shop in Pepper Tree Square.
• A tour of “Pass of the North” mural followed by presentation by Dr. Melissa Warak. R.E. Thomason is 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Federal Building and Courthouse, corner of Campbell and San Antonio.
• Presentation on “The Evolution of Texas Medicine: From Cabeza de Vaca
in 1535 to the Current State of Texas Healthcare” by Dr. Alan Tyroch, is 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Medical Education Building, Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center.
• El Paso Sheriff’s Posse Horse Clinic with Six Guns and Shady Ladies will re-enact El Paso’s Marshal Dallas
Stoudenmire’s 1881 shootout, “Four Dead in Five Seconds” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sheriffs Posse Club House, 1801 McNutt in Sunland Park.
• Presentation and scenic walk on “The Natural History of Tom Lea’s Mountain” by Dr. Eric Kappus is 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, meeting at the intersection of Robinson and Scenic Drive. Kappus
talks about the construction of Scenic Drive, the ecosystem it cuts through and the 450 million years or so of history it reveals.
• Author Philip Connors reads from and discusses his new book, “A Song for a River” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Literarity Book Shop in Pepper Tree
Bazaars and Fairs
Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s fall 2018 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment by local musicians and dance groups, and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
Punk Rock Flea Market — 5 to 10 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, 100 Pitt (Whole Foods). Halloween Edition market is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military ID. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and feng shui products and essential oils, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.
Fort Bliss Yard Sale — The semiannual post-wide yard sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 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: 568-2554.
Sales opportunity at Old Fort Bliss Replica, 5054 Pershing Road, for DoD ID cardholders not living on post. Participants must bring their own table to display.
Western Hills Autumn Bazaar — The annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Western Hills United Methodist Church’s Stewart Family Life Center, 524-A Thunderbird, with vendors, crafts, bake sale, book sale, silent auction, Grandma's Attic, cafe, and more. Admission is free. Information: 584-2133 or westernhillsep.org.
The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the Western Hills United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards UMW missions and charities.
St. Mark’s Fall Bazaar — St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road, hosts its fall arts and craft bazaar benefitting their Hungary missions team 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with food items, crafts, decorations and more. Information: Nancy Watters, 581-4444 or loveroad.org.
Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual gun and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las Cruces. Information: lascruceslionsclub.org.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario with food and drink, concessions and entertainment. Shows are offered on the outdoor stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with live music, folklorico and other dancers, and reenactments by the Pistoleros gunfighters. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.
Fall Festival & Market — The 2nd annual festival is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset, with live music, vendors, food trucks, trick-or-treat with vendors, costume contest, scavenger hunt and more. Admission is free. Information: substationep.com or on Facebook.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest is 6 to 7 p.m., open to grades 8-12. Winners receive cash prize for their school’s art department. Information and rules online.
NMSU jewelry sale — The students of New Mexico State University’s jewelry and metalsmithing program will hold their 36th annual jewelry sale 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at NMSU’s Barnes and Noble book store on University Ave. Information: (575) 646-1238 or artdepartment.nmsu.edu/.
All the pieces are unique jewelry created in the Metalsmithing and Jewelry studio. Profits support student activities.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, email@example.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Tierra de Vida Community Farm — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan’s farmer’s market events are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Avenue. Information: Information: 217-1126.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
River Run Craft and Farmers Market — The market featuring local produce and crafts if 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through December at River Run Shopping Plaza, 1071 Country Club. Admission is free. Vendor information: Clara’s Brass Teapot, 300-0688 or 588-6226.
Kern Place Art and Farmers Market — The monthly market is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at 205 Cincinnati Street. Information kernplacemarket.wordpress.com.
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.
Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27 in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard), and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 23 Grant County Convention Center parking lot, US 180 and 32nd Street Bypass. Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.
Something for everyone
Eat Authentico! Restaurant Crawl – The Downtown foodie event is Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 26-28 Downtown, with a five-course meal served at five different downtown restaurants (one course per restaurant). Groups of 10 will start the crawl at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. all three nights, with addition crawl at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $40 ($45 Friday crawl), space is limited. Information: downtownelpaso.com.
Rail Fan FUNdays — The Railroad Model and Historical Association of El Paso and Union Pacific Railroad are present the day of train are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park. The event offers a 270-degree panoramic display of passenger and freight trains from the Camino Real Sky Deck. Visitors can learn about El Paso’s new Streetcar with representatives from Sun Metro, and meet area train Historians from the Las Cruces RR Museum, Tularosa Basin Museum of History and Harvey House Girls.
UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of UTEP administrator Laura M. Nuñez-Bolaños; artist and muralist Ernesto Pedregón Martinez; “The Godfather of New Mexico Music” Al Hurricane Sr.; and muralist Margarita “Mago” Gándara. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
“Día de los Muertos Altar and
Display” runs Oct. 30-Nov. 9, during regular hours at University Library, Third Floor Gallery.
Presentations and discussions:
• A workshop on “Digital Dissertation” A workshop by Anne von Petersdorff, filmmaker, on how to incorporate digital elements into doctoral dissertations is 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the UTEP Writing Center in the University Library, with a film screening and follow-up on “Wanderlust: Cuerpos en Transito” 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at UTEP Rhetoric and Writing Studies,
• A Spanish-language book presentation on “Las Fronteras: Espacios Estratégicos para la Globalización” is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Blumberg Auditorium., with Irasema Coronado and Josiah Heyman.
• “Día de la Raza/Day of Service” is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at Tierra es Vida Community Farm, 208 S. Glenwood.
• A book presentation on “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security” by author Todd Miller is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
• A book presentation on “Sí, Ella Puede: The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers” is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at UTEP Liberal Arts Building, Room 319, by Stacey Sowards, Chair and Professor,
Department of Communication.
• A presentation on “Health Opportunity Prevention and Education Initiative (HOPE) Plus (Plus = Culture and Heritage)” is 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, 1208 Myrtle.
• A lecture on “Lengua e identidad: ¿Ser Latino es cuestión de idioma o no?” is Wednesday, Oct. 24, at UTEP’s Centennial Museum by Antonio Medina-Rivera, Chair, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Cleveland State University.
Artistic and literary events:
• UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Bless Me, Última,” by Rudolfo Anaya, Oct. 3-14, at Fox Fine Art Wise Family Theatre.
• A guitar recital, “Black on Brown: African Influence on Latin American Guitar Music,” is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with repertoire from Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Paraguay, Perú, Spain and Argentina.
• Bilingual reading with Mexican novelist Yuri Herrera and Peruvian Poet and translator Mariela Dreyfus is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Rubin Art Gallery.
Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, westernplayland.com or on Facebook.
October hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20.
Hoppy Monk’s ‘Monktoberfest’ — Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa, hosts its Oktoberfest celebration Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, both indoors and outside with German beer, traditional Bavarian food, live music and more. Information: 307-3263, thehoppymonk.com or on Facebook at TheHoppyMonk.
Rail Fan FUNdays — Railroad Model and Historical Association of El Paso and Union Pacific Railroad hosts the event 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. The exhibit features a 270-degree panoramic display of passenger and freight trains. Visitors can learn about El Paso’s new Streetcar with representatives from Sun Metro, and meet area train Historians from the Las Cruces RR Museum, Tularosa Basin Museum of History and Harvey House Girls. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
The Farmers’ market at Ardovino’s will also take place 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 11th annual conference 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Region 19 Head Start Program Education Service Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Free breakfast and lunch, health screenings, living wills, advanced directives, door prizes and goodie bags. Flu shots offered. Tickets are free with donated fan, blanket or personal hygiene items for the APS Silver Star Room. Registration required at eventbrite.com. Information: 834-5772.
Don Bartletti — The illustrated lecture on the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndtheatre.org.
After almost four decades working along the U.S./Mexico border, Bartletti believes migration for survival is as old as humanity, unstoppable as the wind and frequently misunderstood. In his lecture he details how he photographed courage, fear, joy, hate, hope and heartbreak on both sides of this political boundary.
UTEP Black Alumni Network — The Black Alumni Network will host 2018 Homecoming activities Oct. 4-6 at various locations. Package cost: $50; includes access to hospitality suite at Hilton Garden Inn. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 30. Information: alumni.utep.edu/uban.
Meet and greet is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Hilton Garden Inn, 111 W University.
BBQ is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, at McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming.
Round-table Summit is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at UTEP’s Union Cinema.
Tailgate party is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Kidd Field, preceding the Homecoming Football game at 5:30 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Pink Boutique — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N. Virginia, Suite D, hosts the pop-up boutique for all breast cancer survivors 10 a.m. to noon p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, featuring mastectomy bras, exercise wear, tops and swimwear. Admission is free, but registration required at rgcf.org. Information: 562-7660, ext. 303.
Prices for these hard-to-find garments will be $20 to $30. Hats, scarves, accessories and other items will also be available for purchase.
Southwest Mind-Body & Integrative Medicine Conference — Trans-Pecos Counseling Association & Community Light Center hosts the 3rd annual conference to promote a culture of health and wellness 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 6, at the Region 19 Education Service Center, 6611 Boeing. The conference provides training and education in holistic health, healing methods and modalities. CEUs for professionals, and a track in Spanish offered. Cost: $50 general public; $30 professionals; $20 students (includes breakfast). Information Phone Number: 831-2419 or elpasooasis.com/conference.
Keynote speaker is Aurora Anaya-Dyer, with other speakers Rene Qian, Roman Velasquez and Susan L. Martinez.
EPCC Hispanic Heritage Mentor’s Dinner — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Administrative Service Center, Building A Auditorium, 9050 Viscount. Social hour at 5:30 p.m. Keynote speaker is Lombardo Boyar. Mistress of Ceremony is Stephanie Valle of KVIA. Tickets: $30; on sale though Oct. 3. Information: 831-3324, epcc.edu/hispanicheritage or on Facebook at EPCCHispanicHeritage.
Boyar is a stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist, known for his role as Mariachi and Gustavo in the Disney/Pixar movie “Coco.”
This year’s mentors are Judge Angie Juarez Barill, 346th District Court; Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Aldo Acosta, weather anchor, Entravision Communications
Boyar will give a free talk for EPCC students 2 to 3 p.m. that afternoon in the EPCC Valle Verde campus, Architecture Building Z (breezeway).
Art exhibit celebrating Hispanic Heritage runs through Oct. 10 at the Administrative Service Center, Building A.
Compassionate Friends ‘Walk to Remember’ — Compassionate Friends’ 5th annual walk is 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Album Park, 3110 Parkwood. The 1.5-mile walk honors the memory of a deceased child or sibling, and raises funds for an upcoming local conference, with a balloon release and potluck picnic (BYO balloons). Late registration is 9 a.m. with opening remarks at 10 a.m. and a balloon release at 10:45 a.m. Walk is free; but participants must fill out a registration form through Oct. 10: elpasotcf.org. Information: 740-5496.
Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.
Participants can also purchases t-shirts and bibs ($15) through Oct. 1, or “In Memory” markers, and engraved wooden hearts ($25 each) through Oct. 8.
Cultivate Forum — The forum on local food systems and sustainability is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free; light refreshments served. Information: Gary Williams, 533-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The October forum features talks on “Edible Gardening Within Reach” from Landscape Architect Jennifer Barr of Desert Elements Landscape Design; “The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo in History and Memory” with NMSU Department of History head Mark Cioc-Ortega; “On How to Raise Chickens” with Philosophic Systems Institute Executive Director Juan Ferret; and “Protecting Biodiversity in San Elizario for Sustainability and Economic Growth” with San Elizario City Manager Maya Sanchez; plus a showing of the short documentary film “Person of the Forest,” directed by Tim Laman and Melissa Lesh.
Catholic Charismatic Conference — Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Center hosts the “Let God Arise and His Enemies Be Scattered!” conference 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at Las Alas Center, 501 E. Paisano. Speakers are Father Daniel Balizan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and Jesse Romero, Catholic Lay Evangelist, of Phoenix. Music ministry Zion will lead worship and praise. Mass is 6 p.m. followed by healing service. Snacks, drinks and Saturday lunch will be offered for sale. Tickets: $20; $5 age 12-18; available at Madonna Shop, Holy Spirit Books & Gifts, Mission Guadalupe Store and Open Arms. Information: 595-0589, 820-2692 or openarmscommunity.org.
Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Activities vary and may include games, guided walks, experiments, and crafts. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended at: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
Document shredding — Better Business Bureau’s free paper shredding event, provided by Commercial Records Center, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sam's Club Far East, 11360 Pellicano. Bring up to 100 pounds (three boxes or bags) of documents for shredding; old checkbooks, paperclips and staples okay. Do not bring wet or burnt documents. Donations accepted. Information: 577-0191 or bbb.org/elpaso.
RWVA Appleseed Clinic — Project Appleseed History, Heritage, and Rifle Marksmanship Clinic 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at EPCC Law Enforcement Training Academy, Mission Del Paso Campus, 10700 Gateway East. Open to all shooting sport enthusiasts. Families welcome. Class size restricted. Cost: $60; $20 active military, Guard, Reserves, LEO, disabled, youth, elected officials. Information: email@example.com. Website: appleseedusa.org.
Etching Event — AAA Texas, 5867 North Mesa Suite A, hosts its annual free VIN Etching event for vehicles 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 5867 North Mesa Suite A, done by the police. Free 40 point vehicle inspection, food, drinks and prizes offered. Information: 778-9521, ext. 221, or texas.aaa.com.
Halloween ComicFest — The free comic event is Saturday, Oct. 27, featuring free Halloween-themed comics (while they last), and other activities at various comic book dealers in the area. Times and activities vary, depending on location. Admission is free. For list of this year’s book, visit halloweencomicfest.com.
Participating stores include:
• Asylum Comics, 5360 N. Mesa. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 875-8600 or on Facebook.
• Mayhem Toyz & Comics 2200 Lee Trevino. Store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information: 595-6762.
• Comic Cards Collectibles, 9477 Dyer. Information: 755-6877
• Lost Dogs Comics, 9627 Sims, Suites E and F. Information: 253-3637.
• Old Major Comics, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: 449-0990.
• Zia Comics events are noon to 7 p.m. at its new location on Main Street (Downtown Mall) in Las Cruces. Main Street Zombie Walk is 5 to 7 p.m. Information: (575) 405-0461, ziacomics.com or on Facebook.
For a good cause
Feed the Body and Soul — Nosotros is featured band at the benefit for the Casa de Peregrinos and Dona Ana Arts Council children’s programs 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center outdoor courtyard, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, in Mesilla. In addition to the performance, there will be food trucks, beer and wine available. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the gate; available in advance at CDPEvents.org or at the DAAC office, located the center. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
Cowboys for Cancer Research Benefit — The organization’s 36th annual dinner, dance and silent auction is Friday, Oct. 5, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner; dance begins at 9 p.m. with music by the Delk Band. All proceeds benefit New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center and at NMSU. Tickets: $100; $1,200 tables for ten. Information and registration: (575) 642-5696 or (575) 642-5693 or c4cr.com.
Doors open to the public for the dance only at 8:30 p.m. Admission: $10 at the door; age 12 and younger free.
FEMAP Gala — The Friends of FEMAP will host its_ 13th annual gala, “A Night with the Stars,” celebrating 45 years of FEMAP at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside. Tickets: $200; $2,500 table for 10. Formal attire required; black tie encouraged. Information: 544-4151, firstname.lastname@example.org or femap.org/gala.
Buddy Walk - EPCC Diversity Programs host its 7th annual walk benefiting Down Syndrome Coalition and EPCC Scholarships for Students with Disabilities 9 to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Cost: $15 (free for individuals with Downs Syndrome); registration at EPBuddyWalk.org or at the starting point on the day of event. Information: 241-1040, dscep.org or on Facebook.
The Buddy Walk is a nationally sponsored walk organized by the local DSCEP in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Society to raise awareness of Down syndrome.
Rock the House VII — Isaiah House of El Paso hosts its 6th annual dinner and dance benefit 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Crystal Palace Ballroom, 1550 Hawkins, Suite 18, with buffet dinner 7 to 8 p.m.; followed by dancing and DJ music. Tickets: $30; $225 table for 8. To order, send check to Isaiah House, 210 N. Campbell (include phone number). Tickets also available at the door. Information: 228-9899 or isaiahhouseelp.org.
All proceeds benefit Isaiah House, a faith-based transition home for men returning from incarceration. Event includes an auction of art works and other items, some of which are donated by prison inmates.
Tomatoville — The 5th annual “BLTs for Tocando” fundraiser for El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Music Project is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at 750 Linda, to experience the “ultimate BLT,” and enjoy drinks, live music and a silent auction. Tickets: $75; available at epso.org. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
The Symphony’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students.
A Wild Night...for Wildlife — The annual gala, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Southwest Environmental Center’s work to protect wildlife and wild places in the Southwest is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Plaza on Main Street, Las Cruces. Food from local restaurants, Santa Fe Brewing Company Brews, fine wine, music by M.C. Julian Alexander, Rhythm Mustic and others, and a silent auction. Tickets: $50 in advance; $60 day of gala. Information: (575) 522-5552 or email@example.com.
Featured restaurants and food include hors d’oeuvres from Alma d’Arte, Dragonfly, ¡Ándele! Restaurante, Salud! de Mesilla, Pastaggio’s Italian, De La Vega’s Pecan Grill, Le Rendez-vous Cafe, Let Them Eat Cake.
El Paso Airplane Pull — The inaugural fundraising airplane pull competition for Special Olympics Texas El Paso is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the FedEx Ramp, 501 George Perry. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Cost: $60 ($1,500 teams of 25). Information: 533-8229 or
Latino Legacy Awards — Community en Accion hosts its 2nd annual awards and fiesta honoring community leaders 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 13, at EPCC Administration Building. Tickets, information: 833-1000.
This year’s Trailblazer Award goes to UTEP President Diana Natalicio, with Latino Legend Awards to Tony G. Cande and posthumous award to Judge Albert Armendariz, Sr. as well as the presentation of the Richard Castro Scholarship fund.
Riding For Boobs — The 7th annual motorcycle run against breast cancer begins at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at Barnett Harley-Davidson,, 8272 Gateway East, with stops at the Dry River and Mamacita’s Bar and Grill. Registration starts at $15. Information: ridingforboobs.thundertix.com or on Facebook.
Final stop is in the San Elizario Historic District with live music by all-female AC/DC tribute “Thund-Her-Struck,” Texas Voodoo Stomp, the Smokin’ Crowes (Black Crowes Tribute), Steel Queen and the Abe Mac Band.
Riding for Boobs is a non-profit organization under the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer whom are dedicated to help raise funds for women in the El Paso Community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors of families whom were impacted by the loss of the loved one due to breast cancer.
Walk for Kids — Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso hosts the fundraising walk Saturday, Oct. 13, at Sunland Park Racetrack, 1200 Futurity Drive. Registration and kids zone opens at 8 a.m. with fun walk at 9 a.m. Registration: $20; $10 age 10-15; free for age 9 and younger. Dogs welcome (must be on leash). Registration: walkforkidselpaso.org. Information: 542-1522 or rmhcelp.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provide temporary lodging to families when their child is seriously ill or injured and are seeking medical treatment in one of the El Paso area Hospitals.
KCOS Wine & Food Classic — KCOS’s 15th annual gourmet tasting event is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A, with tastings from top area restaurants and wine distributors, as well as live and silent auctions. All proceeds help KCOS, El Paso’s nonprofit public broadcasting station. Tickets: $75; $1,000 tables for ten. KCOS members save $10 per ticket at 590-1313. Information: 594-5332 or kcostv.org.
Participating restaurants and catering teams include Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, Café Central, Crave, Craze, El Paso Community College Culinary Department, Entrecôte & Co., Gallery 3 Kitchen, Gusto Restaurant & Bar, Hillside Coffee & Donuts, Independent Burger, Jerusalem Grill, Ode Brewing, and Tabla, as well as wineries L&F Distributors, Pioneer Wine Company, Republic National Distributing Company and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.
‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ walk — YWCA El Paso del Norte Region hosts its 9th annual international men’s march, raising awareness to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Anson 11, Downtown El Paso. Participants will walk a mile in red women’s high heel pumps to raise money for the cause. Registration and shoe pickup is 4:30 p.m., with awards at 6:30 p.m. Registration: $25; $20 student and military. Information: 533-2311 or walkamileinhershoes.org. Registration at ywcaelpaso.org.
Día de la Hispanidad — Sociedad Cultural de España and the Honorary Consul of Spain, Martha Vera, present the 10th annual celebration of Día De La Hispanidad in honor of “The Great Museums of Spain” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Entertainment by renowned Santa Fe flamenco troupe La Emi Arte Flamenco, and internationally renowned violinist Roberto Jurado. Tickets: $150 ($100 members) available at border-heritage.com. Information: 274-9563 or 304-9245.
Sociedad Cultural de España is a nonprofit organization which promotes all things Spanish. Funds benefit a scholarship program for students to study in Spain.
Empty Bowls — The 26th annual benefit for El Caldito Soup Kitchen is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, corner of Alameda and Griggs in Las Cruces. The event features soup donated by local restaurants served in soup bowls hand made by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. This is the oldest Empty Bowls event in New Mexico. Tickets: $20 lunch and handmade bowl. Information: (575) 525-3831 or elcalditolc.org.
Mission Trail Association Fundraiser — El Paso Mission Trail Association presents Danzas Espanolas in the semi—annual fundraiser dance Saturday, Oct. 20, at historic La Cueva Theater, 10180 Socorro Road, in Socorro, Texas. Reception begins at 3:30 p.m. and theater opens at 4:30. Tickets are $25, available at the door or at Studio Metropolis, 2308 Piedras. Information: 533-1713.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas — The Court Daughters of the America #1581 hosts its 67th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Fundraiser with a sit-down dinner and dance Saturday, Oct. 20, at 801 Magoffin. Dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dance 8 p.m. to midnight with live music by the Starliners Band and door prizes. Tickets: are $35 (tax-deductible); available from Barbie at 240-5959, Josie at 603-6368, Hazel at 267-9070 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ — American Cancer Society will host its annual walk benefiting breast cancer awareness at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Edgemere Linear Park, in front of Burges High School. Walkers may sign up as individuals or teams to help raise funds for the cause. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Information, registration: ElPasoTXStrides@cancer.org or makingstrides.acsevents.org.
Masquerade Ball — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger’s fundraising gala is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway, with live and silent auction, tastings from 16 restaurants and live music with Bosse Band. Masquerade or formal attire encouraged. Tickets: $100. Information: 298-0353 or email@example.com.
Murder at the Museum — International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, hosts its annual fundraising murder mystery party Saturday, Oct. 20. All proceeds will go directly to Museum. Age 21 and older. Information: 543-6747 or internationalmuseumofart.net.
‘Smoke & Scotch’ — The annual “Flights and Bites” black tie gala Tasting Event is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, 715 N. Oregon, featuring scotch tastings, smoked BBQ and other tasty food items, live music, dancing, and more. All proceeds support the museum. Ticket information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
Operation Pumpkin — The 17th annual event benefiting the children of Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s home is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor, featuring 12 area doctors and dentists testing their surgical skills in a pumpkin carving competition. Participants may bid on finished creations in a live auction. Silent auction also offered. Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $25, Information: 544-8777 or leemoor.org.
Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus, Inc. hosts its fall fundraising event 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with dinner, live and silent auctions and more. This year’s theme is “Woodstock,” with music by Fungi Mungle. Dress for run and comfort. Tickets: $75 ($750 tables). Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-profit organization working in the colonias of Juárez. SPJ builds new homes and helps clothe the families in need.
El Paso Muscle Walk — The walk benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cielo Vista Mall. Teams and individuals walk to raise money to help MDA local services and research. Information: 584-6355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration at mdamusclewalk.org.
El Paso Wine Fest — Rotary Club’s fundraising festival is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Downtown El Paso, across from San Jacinto Plaza, with more than 20 of the area’s finest chefs and restaurants. All proceeds go to support Rotary projects in the El Paso area. Tickets: $100 (all inclusive). Information: 833-6616, ElPasoWineFest.com or on Facebook.
Restaurants include Anson 11, Café Central, Crave, DELIght, Dragon Fly, Entrecote, Fire, Hallelujah BBQ, Magic Bistro, Morrison Healthcare, 150 Sunset, Orange Peel, Park Tavern, Pecan Grill, Pot au Feu, Ruli’s, Ruth's Chris, Smallcakes, St. Clair and more.
Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts a drive noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, collecting toiletries to benefit the area’s needy. Hot dogs for participants, while supplies last. Information: 532-4441 or elpasoelks187.org.
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.
Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or blissmwr.com/rodandgun.
Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or email@example.com.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.
Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, westernplayland.com or on Facebook.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
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.
La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.
San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobservatory.org.
To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.
Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Brochures are available for walking tours of historical sites in downtown El Paso amd Juárez. Information: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 534-0600.
Concordia Cemetery - A historic cemetery that now lies in the shadow of El Paso's principal freeway interchange, Concordia is the final home of gunfighters John Wesley Hardin, John Selman and others. The former town "Boothill" can be reached by taking the Copia exit from Interstate 10. To find out about tours or other information, call the Concordia Heritage Association at 755-0000.
Franklin Mountains State Park - The largest urban park in Texas extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mount Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level. Park rangers give guided hikes on the first and third weekends of the month, beginning at the Tom Mays Unit entrance and last 2-3 hours. Information: 566-6441.
Entry fees are $3 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, until 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during summer. The park also offers mountain biking, camping and picnicking.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site - The park is famed for its unique geology and Native American rock art. Unguided access is limited to North Mountain. Rock art tours, hiking tours, and bouldering tours are available Wednesday-Sunday mornings. Reservations recommended: (915) 849-6684.
Admission fee is $4, special rates for seniors; free for children 12 and under. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 857-1135. To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains, then turn left on Ranch Road 2775. It's about 32 miles from downtown El Paso.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Park headquarters is at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180. McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center, 7 miles east of Pine Springs, offers nature, canyon and geology trails. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry. Information: (915) 828-3251.
So. New Mexico day trips
White Sands National Monument - The glistening gypsum dunes are a year-round attraction, offering eerie vistas, relaxing hikes and a wonderful natural playground for kids of all ages. The monument is about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks are offered an hour before sunset.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last weekend of each month. Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles then hike 3/4 mile to the source of the white sands. Advance reservations (beginning two weeks before tour) are required.
Hours: Visitor Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to sunset.; expanded hours in summer. Summer events include full moon night programs. Entry fee: $3 for adults. Information: (505) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - The caverns open at 8 a.m. daily, and the last elevator down leaves at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also walk to the main caverns through the natural entrance - last walk-in is 2 p.m. (hours extended 1 1/2 hours in summer). Cost is $6 ($3 for ages 6-15, for seniors with discount card).
Additional tours offered; call for fees and reservations. Information: (505) 785-2232 or www.nps.gov/cave.
The park is 160 miles east of El Paso.
Aguirre Spring Campground - The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle. The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.
Information: (505) 525-4300.
Alameda Park Zoo - Alameda Park, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. The zoo is part of the park that lines Alamogordo's main highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.20 adults, $1.10 children and seniors. Information: (505) 439-4290.
City of Rocks State Park - Between Deming and Silver City, four miles east of U.S. 180 off NM 61, is the peculiar formation known as City of Rocks. Erosion has sculpted the "city" out of volcanic material, creating a natural playground for rock climbers. Admission is $3. Information: (505) 536-2800.
Dripping Springs Natural Area - The recreational area is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area includes the A.B. Cox Visitor Center, several hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. The area's entrance gate is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed (except for assistance animals). Information: (505) 522-1219.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Carlsbad, N.M. Living Desert offers visitors an up-close at the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert. Admission: $3 ($1 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Information: (505) 887-5516.
Old Mesilla - The largest town between San Diego and San Antonio before the railroad passed it by in 1881, Mesilla has retained its appearance and character as a 19th-century center of the Southwest. The town plaza was the site of the official celebration in 1854 of the Gadsden Purchase. Mesilla also served as a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Trail.
Many of the adobe buildings, some dating back to 1850, have been restored. Dozens of shops and galleries, scenic San Albino Church, the Fountain Theatre and historic restaurants await visitors.
Stahmann Farms - The world's largest family-owned pecan orchard offers free tasting tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through August at Stahmann's Country Store, 22505 Hwy 28 South, La Mesa, N.M. (six miles south of Mesilla). Allow one hour for tour; advance reservations for groups of 8 or more.
The tour is in the heart of Stahmann's 4,000 acres, and includes the shelling and candy plants.
Sample various sauces and condiments off the grill at Saturday culinary samplings, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through August.
Fort Selden State Monument - Fort Selden, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, was a 19th-century adobe fort. The monument preserves the remaining ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits of military life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free). Information: (505) 526-8911.
All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Polo ConSentido — The 3rd annual charity polo tournament is 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Las Anitas Polo Field on Rio Bravo in Cd. Juarez, Cost: 100 pesos general admission VIP Seating: 500 pesos VIP seating; 5,000MXN VIP table; available on Eventbrite.com. Information:centroalianzaseducativas@gmail or on Facebook at AlianzasEducativasJuarez.
Proceeds benefit charities that help pregnant women and girls; and academic development of Juarez’s youth.
Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Comedian Cosos Canon performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Tickets: 230-405 pesos.
• Flor Amargo, singer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist, whose diverse music is known as “katartic pop,” performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets: 230, 345 and 460 pesos.
Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Vikings Gladiator Fest Bazar y Peleas de MMA is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets: 208 and 1,320 pesos.
• The Colombian pop band Morat performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Tickets: 460-1,720 pesos.
Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
Alta Consigna, banda quintet from Tijuana, performs everything from traditional corridos and original narcocorridos to polkas at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets: 175-805 pesos.
Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
Festival Cumbianchero starring Grupo Cañaveral, with Chicos de Barrio, Skandolo and more begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets: 290, 487 and 860 pesos.
Chupacabras — The 21st annual 100K mountain bike race in Juarez is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Chamizal Monument in Juarez. The 62-mile race along the U.S./Mexico border, considered the top mountain bike event in Mexico with nearly 3,000 participants, with times ranging from 3 1/2 to 10 hours. Also offered is the Fast Fifty 50K event, Sprint 30K and Chubabritas. Cost, information: chupacabras100km.com or on Facebook at CarreraChupacabras.
Package pickup is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, with live music, food and drinks, vendor booths and more.
Chupacabritas family event is 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, with family entertainment, food and exhibits.
Estadio Juárez Vive — Av Sanders 1450, Melchor Ocampo, 32380.
• Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer Bad Bunny performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, as part of his La Nueva Religión Tour II. Tickets 510-2,040 pesos.
• Comedian Alan Saldana performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Tickets: 290, 405 and 460 pesos.
• Latin Grammy winner Julion Alvarez performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.Tickets: 175-2,060 pesos.
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• Los Silver Sinfonico performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Tickets: 175, 230 and 290 pesos.
• Singer/composer José María Napoleón
performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Tickets: 690-1,720 pesos.
• Alberto de Arco presents “Noche Paranormal” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Tickets: 175-760 pesos.
• The comic play “Señora Presidenta” starring Hector Suarez is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets: 460-920 pesos.
Maraton Internacional — The 9th annual Maraton Internacional Gas Natural de Juarez (Marathon, Half Marathon) is Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez. Registration: 500 pesos. Information: maratondejuarez.com.
La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.
The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
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