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Billy the Kid Festival — ?San Elizario Historic Art District hosts the 8th annual festival named for the infamous outlaw Friday through Sunday, June 2-4, in San Elizario. The event celebrates Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876 to break out a friend from the old El Paso County Jail. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093, billythekidfestival.com or on Facebook.
To get there, take Loop 375 south from I-10, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to Main Street.
The free presentation of the original play “Billy The Kid 1876” is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, on the Main Street Stage.
Feast in the Middle East — The 52nd annual dinner and festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and the Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival.
Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The event includes live Arabic music, dance, belly dancers, authentic Middle Eastern food, bake table and guided church tours.
Admission is $2 (free with advance purchase of $20 advance food tickets); children 9 and under admitted free. Information: 584-9100 or feastofthemiddleeast.com.
Reptilia — El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. The celebration of snakes, lizards and more is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, with exhibits, animals, reptile and amphibian encounters 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: 212-0966 or elpasozoo.org.
Special Edition Chili Cook off — Special Edition, 3333 N Yarbrough, Suite D, hosts a chili cook off Saturday, June 3, with tasting from 4 to 5 p.m. Tasting cups; $5. Entry fee for participants is $20. Information, rules: Kathy, 203-8326 or email@example.com.
Sun City PrideFest 2017 — El Paso Sun City Pride’s 10th anniversary festival is Saturday, June 3, at 401 N. Mesa, in honor of LGBTQI Month, with performances and parties. This year’s theme is “Hear Me Roar.” Gates open at 4 p.m. The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday from Houston Park to Gray Dog in Downtown, with El Paso Chihuahua’s mascot “Chico” the Chihuahua as Grand Marshal. Tickets start at $20; one-day and weekend passes and VIP access (includes meet and greets) available. All ages event. Information, reservations: (615) 603-2122 or epscp.org.
This year’s event features four headliners that have a huge following in the LGBTQI pop culture: Dominican-American singer Kat DeLuna, who spawned hits such as “Whine U” and ”Run The Show;” RuPaul’s “Dragrace” Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen; International Dance Music artist Crystal Waters; and Chi Chi DeVayne, the dancing powerhouse from RuPaul’s Dragrace. Pride Week will also feature appearances by DJ Irene, faux-queen Wendy Ho and New York singer-songwriter Johnathan Celestin.
Pride Week events run May 28-June 4 including:
• Hear Me Roar Night at El Paso Zoo, Wednesday, May 31. Information: 212-0245 or elpasozoosociety.org.
• Pride Night with the Chihuahuas, Thursday, June 1.
• Kick-Off Party 9 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at EPIC Bar & Nightclub, 510 N. Stanton. Admission: $5 21 and older; $10 age 18-20 (free with Price pass).
• Pride Youth Dance at the Hyatt Place Hotel & Block Party Friday, June 2, at EDGE Bar & Nightclub featuring Candy Arcade starring India Ferrah, music by Christian Rodriguez, free food, dance, karaoke and video games.
• A Block Party is 9 p.m. Friday, June 2, at The Edge Bar, 610 N. Mesa. Admission: $10 21 and older; $15 age 18-20 (free with Price pass).
• Pride Brunch is Saturday, June 3, at Pallets Flair Cocktails, 204 Mills, Suite C. Cost: $20; all ages welcome. Call for time
• Wet N Wild Splash Party Sunday, June 4. Admission: $50 (free with Pride Pass); all ages welcome.
LGBTQI stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex.
El Muro’s Crawfish & Border Blues Festival — The 2nd annual crawfish and music fest offering a test of Louisiana to the border is 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at The Boardwalk at Ricky’s 1773 Pali, with food trucks, local vendors, crafters a and live music. Tickets: $10 in advance; includes 1 pound of crawfish, corn, potatoes and cover charge. Portions of proceeds to the TOCA Foundation. Information on Facebook at 915Crawfest.
Live music includes Ten Second Pistol, The Birddogs, Black Jack, Barbecue Blues Band, Border Heat, Daisy Blue, and Jerry G and the Cold Cash.
St. Anthony’s Day Celebration — The annual commemoration of the reservation’s patron saint is Tuesday, June 13, at Ysleta del Sur Reservation. St. Anthony is patron saint of the Tigua tribe in Ysleta. The celebration, primarily religious in nature, is free and open to the public. Information: 859-8053.
Preparations begin in early morning, with a Mass at the Ysleta Mission, and a procession bearing St. Anthony’s image immediately following. People with promises to St. Anthony’s can take their vows or display acts of devotion.
Tribal members return to the tuh-la (ceremonial site similar to a kiva), where dancing continues all day, then back to the tuh-la. The tuh-la is located near the reservation: Take Alameda east to Candelaria, turn left, then right on San Fernando and right on Juno. The reservation is a few blocks from the mission and Ysleta Cultural Center. The public is invited to watch, but photographs of the ceremonies should be taken only with permission. Bring folding chairs.
Aquapalooza — The 4th annual water event is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Biggs Park on Central Fort Bliss across from the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, with free water fun, games, rides and slides. A fire truck will be on-site to soak willing participants. Face painting, snow cones, and balloon animals will also be offered. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 588-8247, bliss.armymwr.com or on Facebook at blissmwr.
Flag Day Ceremony — The El Paso Texas “Flags Across America” chapter will host its 11th annual ceremony Saturday, June 17, at the Old Glory Memorial, 9550 Gateway North (enter on Kenworthy). The 50’x 100’ flag donated by VFW 8550 will be raised as well as flags from all 50 states and six territory flags. Information: 328-6309 or elpasoflag.org.
In conjunction with the event is the annual chili cook-off and yard sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with hot dogs, sodas, ice cream, snow cones, popcorn, and more. The flag store will be open, and live music is offered. Admission is free; proceeds from cookoff benefit the memorial.
Rum Festival at the Park — Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. hosts the indoor festival 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 17, with frozen rum drink samples and live music. Admission is free; sample tickets $20 for 10 (includes souvenir glass). Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Miss Earth Texas — The 16th annual “beauty with a cause” pageants are Saturday, June 17, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. The winner of Miss Earth Texas serves as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns statewide. Preliminary events are 1 p.m. with finals at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 general admission; $35 reserved. (Ticketmaster). Information: missearthtexas.com.
Puerto Rican Festival — The annual festival celebration of Puerto Rican culture is 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, in Downtown El Paso, with music by Reunion, Grupo extreme Steve Styles, Danny D-Xtreme, Azucar and Fabio “Magniliko” Rankiao, as well as Puerto Rican dance, art and food. Tickets, details: $15 (Eventbrite.com).
Boarder City Game Convention — The 2nd annual tabletop gaming convention “Uncovering Pharaoh’s Tomb” is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23-25, at Adventures in Learning, 7230 Gateway East. Information: boardercitygameconvention.com or on Facebook.
Advance badges (through May 31): $23 three-day ($14 age 6-12); $10 Friday ($6 age 6-12); $13 Saturday ($8 age 6-12) and $7.50 Sunday ($4.50 age 6-12).
Badges at the door: $28 three-day ($17 age 6-12); $11.50 Friday ($7 age 6-12); $15.50 Saturday ($9.50 age 6-12) and $8.50 Sunday ($5 age 6-12).
Events include open game play, raffle, scheduled games and tournaments, an Escape Room, panels, video games, door prizes and more.
Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday (preliminaries) and Saturday (finals), June 23-24, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $17-$22. Information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894, 820-3734, laurasproductions.com or elpasopageants.com.
The competition is divided into three categories: Personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. In addition to choosing Miss El Paso and Miss El Paso Teen with awards in Most Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit, and Miss Congeniality. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.
Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.
Fort Davis Independence Day Weekend — The West Texas town hosts its annual “Coolest 4th of July Celebration” Friday through Sunday, June 30-July 2 in Fort Davis. Information: (432) 426-3015, 1-800-524-3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flaco Jimenez and Texmaniacs perform Friday evening; Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys perform Saturday, and Friday, with the annual fireworks display is Sunday after dark.
Other events include a Parade (Saturday), baking contest, gunfight reenactments Saturday, and a battle of the bands Saturday and Sunday
The “Coolest” 5K run is 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.
El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso live and Dubow House Creative Services celebrate Independence Day Weekend with the family event 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at Cohen Stadium, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, live entertainment and the “Red, White and Boom” Fireworks show. Tickets (online): $10; $5 military; free for age 12 and younger. Information: 534-0600 or icecreamfestep.com.
East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. with floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles are among the entries. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 204-5206 or on Facebook.
Fourth of July at the Chamizal — The Independence Day GECU presents Music Under the Stars performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial, with music by Neon Circus (Brooks & Dunn Tribute), and a fireworks show. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.
La Viña Country Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 17th annual picnic 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, featuring musical entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque. Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers and no pets. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music at the annual event 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park; preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union. Fireworks display follows. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247 or epso.org.
Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults.
West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 21st annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Salute to Freedom – Texas Style.” This year’s Grand Marshals are Sheriff Richard Wiles and the men and women of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 231-2559 (Parade Chair), email@example.com, rotarywestelpaso.org or on Facebook.
Fee for entries is $45 ($10 non-profits) by June 17. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Judging criteria will include special effects, costume originality, theme and crowd pleasing. Information packets available at july4parade.com.
Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Admission fees waived 6 to 10 p.m. that day. Information: (575) 744-5923 or Elephantbutteadventures.com.
Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The city’s annual Electric Light Parade and 4th of July Celebration are Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Performers to be announced. Admission to all events is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
The Electric Light Parade, “Celebrating Freedom, Our Patriots, and America!” is 9 p.m. Monday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex.
Las Cruces Running Club’s Electric 5K Fun Run precedes the event Monday along the Parade Route. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10:30 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. Free shuttle ends at midnight. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Heroes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, snaking down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street in Silver City. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast precedes the event in Gough Park; activities and entertainment continue throughout the day. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
Socorro Independence Day — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host the 25th annual celebration starting 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, on the New Mexico Tech campus near the Macey Center, One Olive Lane, featuring family entertainment and activities, a lineup of some of New Mexico’s favorite musical performers, BBQ and food for sale, and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark. Admission is free. Information: nmtpas.org.
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“Paint Out Silver!” — Silver City Art Association hosts the plein air painting event Friday through Sunday, May 26-28, throughout historic Downtown Silver City, in conjunction with the annual Silver City Blues Fest and their Sunday morning Art Walk. All media are welcome and the public is invited to watch area artists turn canvases into art.
Check-in at the visitor center is 8:30 a.m. Friday, and submission for work for judging, exhibition and sale is 2 p.m. Saturday. Cash prizes awarded; final awards, including People’s Choice award and closing is Sunday afternoon. Information, entry forms: Rebecca at (575) 654-4384 or Rita at (575) 388-5262.
The annual Blues Fest Art Walk is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28.
Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival — The 22nd annual event is May 26-28 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City. Live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, raffles, food vendors and a beer garden. Admission is free at all Gough Park events; other event prices as listed. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or silvercitybluesfestival.org.
The Festival Kick-Off Dance is 6:30 p.m. with Ghost Town Blues Band featuring a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. Cost to be announced.
Saturday’s headliner is Markus James and the Wassonrai at 7 p.m. with a blend of North Mississippi-style blues riffs and rhythms laid down by a trio of West African musicians. Other performers include the Delgado Brothers, Johnny Long, Miller and the Sinners. Performances begin at 12:15 p.m.
Sunday’s headliner is the Chase Walker Band at 3:45 p.m., led by 19-year-old guitarist phenom, Chase Walker. “American Blues Scene” called Walker one of the “Top 10 Musicians Under 18 You Need to Know” and “Blues Rock Review” named him among the top 5 “2016 Artists to Know.” Other performers include Pat ‘Guitar Slim’ Chase and Walker Shellist. Performances begin at noon. A harmonica workshops with Ronnie Shellist is at 3 p.m.
• Silver City’s Glasserie will put on the first Gila Glass Classic Flame-off 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday. Glass artists from the region compete to make the best glass creation.
• Denver’s Knomad Colab will create a light installation in the park throughout the weekend.
• Explora Museum will be coming from Albuquerque to provide interactive science based activities for kids and families.
In conjunction with the festival is the Kneeling Nun Bike Run, annual motorcycle run. Details to be announced.
Las Cruces Wine Festival — The 25th anniversary festival (formerly Southern New Mexico Wine Festival) is 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 27-29, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers wines by New Mexico wineries as well as specialty food and arts and crafts vendors. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers.
Tickets: $15 general admission in advance; $20 at the gate; $12 military; $17 at the gate; $5 designated driver and non-drinker over 16. VIP early access pass: $35 (entry 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); available at holdmyticket.com or nmwine.org.
Saturday’s performers: Nosotros at 12:30 p.m., Border Avenue at 3:45 p.m.
Sunday’s performers: Phat Soul at 12:30 p.m., Lane Change at 3:45 p.m.
Monday’s performers: Merican Slang at 12:30 p.m., Yarbrough Band at 3:45 p.m.
Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 44th annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, at Zenith Park, with new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more as well as live music, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: , (575) 682-2733 1-888-874-4447 or coolcloudcroft.com.
Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents a melodrama at 7:30 p.m. each night in the park pavilion.
First New Mexico Bank Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo — The 27th annual PRCA Rodeo rides into Silver City 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May 31-June 3, at Southwest Horseman’s Park, U.S. 180 East (at Caballero Road). Performances begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. with mutton bustin’ at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the gate. information: (575) 534-5030 , silvercityprorodeo.com or on Facebook.
Road Rally New Mexico — Alamogordo Downtown Merchant’s Association hosts a road rally event begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3 in the Alamogordo Washington Avenue Park. The Road Rally is a road course, scavenger hunt, trivia contest, and social media support; not a race. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $25 per team. Information, rules: (575) 442-6863 or roadrallynm.wix.com/roadrallynm.
WCC&D Spring Fiesta — The 33rd annual fiesta at the former New Mexico mining boom towns of Winston, Chloride, Chiz and Dusty 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Community Center in Winston, 35 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences on NM 52. Barbecue dinner, craft fair, flea market kids’ games, entertainment and parade. Admission is free. Information: (575) 743-0003, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Western BBQ and Street Dance — Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo, N.M. hosts its inaugural western barbecue and street dance Saturday, June 3, at Patron’s Hall, next to the center. Dinner is 6 to 7:30 p.m. accompanied by music by Sky & Ed; dance follows 8 to 11 p.m. with music by 2 Shots Down. Cost: $25 dinner and dance; $15 dance only. Beer and wine cash bar offered. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
A 50/50 raffle drawing precedes the event, including winner of a new Toyota Yaris 1A.
Bumps, Babies & Beyond Baby Expo —Parents, parents-to-be, and their children will have a day of fun at the expo 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with a wide range of resources, from baby photographers and party planners to healthcare providers and daycare representatives. Expo admission is free. Information: bumpsbabiesbeyondexpo.com or (575) 522-1232.
The expo will also feature breakout sessions and seminars on how to do a baby wrap, breast-feeding consultations, healthy baby food and more, as well as a maternity and kids’ fashion show.
A Kids Character Breakfast is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters. Tickets: $15, by online pre-sale only.
Elephant Butte Chili Challenge — The 26th annual cook-off is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Desert Cove camping area of Elephant Butte State Park. Area cooks compete to have the best and hottest red and green chili in the southwest. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Park admission fee applies; plus $2 per chili sample. Information: (505) 604-5046.
BAMM Music Festival — The 8th annual weekend of music and camping is Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, in Cloudcroft, N.M. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with event site closing at 1 p.m. Sunday. No pets, alcohol, glass containers, open flames, or charcoal grills. Propane okay with a metal pan underneath. Tickets: $30 in advance; $40 at the gate; ages 12 and younger free. Information: (575) 682-1229, bammfestival.com or on Facebook.
Live music is 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, with the Lizard Lounge, Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, Shawn James and the Shapeshifters and Casual Fridays.
Saturday’s events are 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. with music by Mystic Groove, The Robert Kuhns, Orange Feathers, Kikimora, Secret Circus, Delaney Davis, The Shady Rest Band, Squash Blossom Boys, Vibes Arise and Merican Slang.
The event also features Odd Lab Fire, Hipshum Belly Dancers, a piñata bash, beard contest and food and art vendors.
Fiesta Latina — A weekend of Latin cultures, rhythms, flavors, artisans crafts and tequila tasting is Friday though Sunday, June 16-18, at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M. Most performances in the WNMU gardens. Fiesta VIP pass is $41.50 for all events; available at fiestalatina.org.
A Sneak Peek event is 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, with opening reception, music, cash bar, and chips and salsa. Baracutanga/Columbian dancers perform 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $10.
Saturday’s headliner is Tobias Rene at 8 p.m. in the WNMU gardens; live music entertainment runs noon to 5:45 p.m. with Mariachi Plata, Ballet Folklórico Paso del Norte, Quinto Sol Capoeira and Samba Batucada Alma de Fogo.
Sunday’s entertainment includes Ballet Folklorico de San Vicente de la Cienega at 1 p.m. and Trio Los Amigos at 2 p.m.
Kids activities are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Columbian dance and drumming workshop is 11 a.m. Saturday.
Artisan workshops are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, in WNMU Light Hall/Pavilion.
Fiesta in The Clouds — Sacred Heart Mission’s annual event in honor of the Sacred Heart Feast Day celebration is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Sacred Heart Mission, 203 James Canyon Highway in Cloudcroft, N.M. Admission is free; candy and goody bags for all kids. Information: (575) 692-6200 or sacredheartcatholiccloudcroft.com.
The traditional procession with prayer and devotion through the mountain village, begins at 10 a.m. followed by Mass at Sacred Heart Mission.
“DJ Rico,” Andres Montoya will kick off the Fiesta at noon, with a variety of food, folklorico dancers, singers and local musicians as well as games, face painting, raffles, a cake walk and a rummage sale. Giant 16-foot Piñata Bash is at 3 p.m.
High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions Club Cherry Festival — The 48th annual festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17-18, at High Rolls Community Center, 56 Cottage Row. The festival features all varieties of cherry products — pies, tarts, ciders — and fresh bing cherries, children’s activities, and more than 65 arts and crafts vendors. Proceeds benefit Lions Club causes. Admission is free. No pets. Information: highrollsfestivals.com or on Facebook at High Rolls Festivals.
High Rolls is nine miles east of Alamogordo on U.S. 82 (between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft). Follow the signs to the community center.
San Juan Fiesta and Turtle Fest — The annual fiesta and turtle derby is usually held the 3rd weekend in June at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, N.M., near Las Cruces. The celebration dates back to when the present day Tortugas consisted of two separate villages, Guadalupe and San Juan. Information: Parish Office, (575) 526-8171.
A Pre-Derby Tardeada is held Saturday evening with traditional food available for purchase. Information: (575) 526-4003.
Sunday’s festival is all day Sunday with the annual Turtle Races, along with traditional food booths, kids activities and entertainment, plus a dance/tardeada.
To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.
Spaceport America Cup — The International Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition is Tuesday through Saturday, June 20-24, at Spaceport America, for rocket teams from all over the country and around the world. Student teams competing in the Spaceport America Cup Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition must design, build, and launch a rocket carrying no less than 8.8 lb. of payload to a target apogee either 10,000 ft. or 30,000 ft. above ground level (AGL). Rocketeer fee: $50. Spectator fee: $15 day one; $25 day two; $30 day three. Awards banquet: $30. Information: spaceportamerica.com.
Roswell UFO Festival 2017 — The annual celebration, marking the 70th anniversary of the 1947 “UFO crash” near Roswell, is Thursday through Sunday, June 29-July 2, at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center, 912 N. Main, and other locations in Roswell, N.M. The four-day event features guest speakers, celebrity appearances authors, vendors, live entertainment, family friendly activities and carnivals, as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets. Most events are free; nominal charge for UFO Museum admission. Information: 1-800-822-3545 or ufofestivalroswell.com.
Alien Costume Contest is 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Pearson Auditorium on Main Street, with pet contest at 10 a.m. on the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn outside Early registration encouraged at ufofestivalroswell.com/costumecontest/
The UFO Festival Light Parade is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, from Ninth to Third Street.
The Alien Chase 5K and 10K runs and walks are 7 a.m. Saturday, July 1, starting at the convention center. Online registration via the Roswell Runners Club.
The Roswell Galacticon science fiction con and film festival is June 30-July 1 in the Roswell Mall, 4501 Main, with special guests, and a Steampunk Ball. Tickets: $5 per day; $25 three day pass; individual workshops costs vary.
City of Roswell’s Independence Day Fireworks show is 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Live music by the Kumbia Kings All Starz begins at 6 p.m.
Red White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival — The Fourth of July weekend event is 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 2, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with samples from regional wineries and micro-breweries, live music and vendors. Admission: $20 at the gate, $15 in advance; available at redwhiteandbrewfestival.com. Admission free to under 21 with parent or guardian. Cost is $10 for designated drivers; includes free bottle of water. Information: (575) 522-1232.
Friday’s headliner is Loud Boy Tim.
Saturday’s music by Vince Alten and Derrick Harris Band
Sunday’s music by Soulshine and CW Ayon Trio.
Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation hosts Indian dances and rodeo performances Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, on the Mescalero Rodeo Grounds in Mescalero, N.M. Native dances (including Dance of the Apache Maidens and Dance of the Mountain Gods), arts and crafts and food vendors featured daily. Dinner served at 5 p.m. nightly. Main gate opens at 10 a.m. Rodeo performances at 1 p.m. Rodeo admission: $12 ($5 child). Information: (575) 464-4494 or mescaleroapachetribe.com.
The 38th annual parade, “Honoring Youth Through Culture & Tradition” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, with a dance at dusk at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Information: (575) 937-2307.
The annual Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run 5K and 10K run is 8 a.m. Monday, July 3, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information, cost: (575) 464-3473.
Smokey Bear Stampede — The 62nd annual celebration is Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, in Capitan, N.M. about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.
The 37th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.
White Sands Burgers & Brews — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce hosts the summer event is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Jim R. Griggs Sports Complex, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, featuring Craft Beer Tractor Brewing Co., live musical entertainment, food trucks and more. Tickets: $10 ($15 for two) in advance; $15 ($20 for two) at the gate. Information: (575) 437-6120, 1-800-826-0294, or alamogordo.com.
Bazaars and Fairs
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, email@example.com or ardovinos.com.
Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music. A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month. Bring a used book in good condition, to exchange for another.
• Alan Morgan will talk on Solar Energy at 9 a.m. June 3. Guests encouraged to bring their electric bills. Solar City will provide food and soft drinks.
• From the Heart Animal Rescue have pets to adopt and wears to sell June 3.
• Thank a Farmer Day events are 7:30 a.m. to noon June 17. Anyone can participate in writing or coloring a thank you note to local farmers to Annual “Thank A Farmer” benefit dinner. Events lead to a “Thank A Farmer Festival,” Saturday, Sept. 23.
• Animal Rescue League will have pets ready for adoption and pet items to sell 7:30 a.m. to noon June 24.
• Master Gardeners present a talk on Bees, Bulbs and Pollinating June 24.
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.
La Frontera Fair Trade Store — The store featuring fair trade items made by women from the border area and Mexico runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, June 3-Aug. 26, at Nopalito’s Galería, 326 S. Mesquite, in Las Cruces. All proceeds from sales go to the women who produce the products, and the store is staffed entirely by volunteers. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items include Guerrilla prayer flags made by women in Juárez, household items and scarves made by women at Centro Santa Catalina in Juárez; clothing and household items, offered by Weaving For Justice and hand-woven by Maya women in Chiapas, Mexico.
Southwest New Age Expo — The fair featuring readers, healers and local vendors, stones, cards and more is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Center for Spiritual Living, 575 N. Main in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (979) 255-9736.
Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds including the latest craze, Fidgit Spinners. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.
Fort Bliss Farmer’s Market and Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club will host the summer bazaar and farmer’s market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10-11, at Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717 Marshall (at Hahn), with fresh produce, plants, food, antiques and crafts. Admission is free and the public is invited.
El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, at Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway, at Boeing. Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or elpasopsychicfair.com.
The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, and Feng shui products, along with readings by a dozen or more professional psychic readers and mediums from across Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for its 8th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (June 18, July 16) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.
Hispano Arts Market and Fiesta — Deming Arts Council hosts the market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, at Deming Art Center, 100 S. Gold, in Deming, N.M., featuring traditional and contemporary Hispanic artists from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Mexico, as well as vendors, music, food and dance. Admission is free. Information: (575) 546-3663 or demingarts.org.
La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.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.
Old Fort Bliss Wagon Trails Market – The Traders’ Market at Old Fort Bliss Replica (OFBR) runs 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 25, with shopping and eating opportunities. Information: 588-8482.
Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: email@example.com or on Facebook.
The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month (during the Downtown Farmer’s Market), at 115 S Durango, Suite D, with art, music, fashion, baked goods, pet goodies, soaps, skincare, handmade objects, food and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at tablapopupmercado.
Mexican Arts Show and Sale — The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, on the visitor center patio at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, as part of its Step Through Time series. Admission is free to the show and sale; pots range from $20 to museum quality pieces. Information: (575) 479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa.
Mexican culture is expressed through Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs from Northern Chihuahua and Oaxaca Mexico. Live demonstrations throughout each day.
Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays mid-May through October in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.
Las Artistas applications — Applications are being taken through June 9 for the 48h annual juried event and one of El Paso’s premier arts and crafts show Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 Mills. Fine artists and craftspersons showing works in various media. Information: 319-4541 or Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online applications at lasartistas.org.
Something for everyone
Wear Blue Run To Remember — The annual Memorial Day run and walk meet-up is 8 a.m. Monday, May 29, at William Haddad WWII Memorial Park (The El Paso Flag Pole). Route is two to four miles. The run part of a national nonprofit running community honoring the serve and sacrifice of the American military. Everyone is welcome. Information: email@example.com or wearblueruntoremember.org.
Concordia Cemetery Memorial Day — Concordia Cemetery Heritage Association will honor veterans of all wars buried at the historic cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, in Concordia Cemetery’s Buffalo Soldier Memorial, 3700 Yandell. An empty table ceremony will also be held. Co-sponsored by Roy Benavidez & Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
National Health and Fitness Day — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts the 24th annual National Health and Fitness Day 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda. Admission is free. Information: 860-9131 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
National Health and Fitness Day is the nations largest older adult health and fitness event and is entering its 24th year.
Community Meetings — City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department holds community meetings for public input on several projects throughout the city. Information: 212-0065.
• Roundhouse and Lazy Cow Trailhead meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Nolan Richardson Middle School cafeteria, 11350 Loma Franklin.
• Thunderbird and Thousand Steps Trailhead meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Morehead Middle School’s cafeteria, 5625 Confetti.
Homeschooling Conference — The El Paso Homeschool Association Conference is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2-3, at Centro Vida Life Center, 1335 Henry Brennan, to help homeschooling families and those interested in home education with practical, encouraging and inspiring information to use in their journey. There will be two full days of speakers and vendors whose aim is to help homeschooling families thrive. Exhibit hall is open to the public; nursery options available for children 6 and under.
Registration $45 per family. Donations are tax deductible. Information: 999-3314 or elpasohomeschool.org.
National speaker is Dr. Brian Ray, from the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI).
Legal Clinic — El Paso Lawyers for Patriots and El Paso Bar Association host a free legal clinic for all veterans, active duty military and their family members 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at El Paso Community College’s Mission Del Paso Campus, 10700 Gateway East, with legal consultations, referrals and informational presentations on a variety of resources available to area veterans and military. Information: 532-7052 or on Facebook at El Paso Lawyers for Patriots.
AIM Convention — Texas Western Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ hosts its 2017 Auxiliaries in Ministry (AIM) Convention June 6-10, at Holy Light COGIC, 5928 Trowbridge. Services begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with Music and Youth Convention 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Information: TWJCOGIC.org or on Facebook.
Youth Award Ceremony is 6 p.m. and Chairman’s Night is 7 p.m. Friday, June 9.
Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in Logan Park, 5500 Byron.
WWII/D-Day Commemorative Celebration — The Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. commemorates the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Chamizal National Theater, 800 S. San Marcial The event honor surviving/deceased veterans of all World War II Campaigns. The event is free and the public is welcome; reception with soft drinks, cake and ice cream follows. Information: John Ceballos, 240-8104 or JohCeb@msn.com.
Parents’ Night Out — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers a monthly Parents’ Night Out 6 to 11 p.m. the third Friday of the month (June 16, July 21), at the Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 W. Bell. Parents can enjoy an evening together while their children, kindergarten through eighth grade, enjoy games, music, and themed activities. Participants will be placed in appropriate age groups. Cost: $10 per participant per night. Information: (575) 541-2455.
Space is limited and is first come-first serve. Participants must pre-register, no drop-ins will be accepted.
Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (June 17). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
This month’s event features a “Hummingbird Watch” activity in celebration of Great Outdoors Month.
The Hub of Human Innovation — The Hub of Human Innovation hosts summer workshops 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Saturday in June and July, at 500 West Overland, Suite 230. Cost per workshop; $30 ($30 students). Information, registration: 321-3121 or hubep.org
• June 17: “Startup Now: Discover, Validate + Launch Your Business.” A concentrated overview of the Customer Development Process, Business Model Canvas and Minimal Viable Product.
• July 15: Build a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign. Learn the fundamentals of how to properly research, plan, create and launch a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Father’s Day Tardeada — VFW Post 8782,691 N. Carolina, hosts its Father’s Day event 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 18, with live music by Little Mike & The Blue Kings. Admission: $8 per person. Information: 593-0262.
The Gathering — The gathering of poets, storytellers, singers, and musicians is 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming. Anyone, regardless of age, who aspires to become a poet, storyteller, musician, writer, singer or dancer is welcome to share their talent, fine tune it, and receive feedback if so desired. Admission is free. Information: 490-6440.
‘Chamizal Asks: What Do You Think?’ — A discussion on the dance performance “El Chamizal: Wild River, Disputed Land” is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
After this musical dance performance interpreting the story of Chamizal National Memorial, a discussion will follow to give audience members a chance to share their thoughts as related to themes from the show.
Free Vaccinations — El Paso Public Library & City of El Paso Health Department hosts free vaccinations for eligible individuals and their family noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Library, 501 N. Oregon. Eligible individuals include those on Medicaid and uninsured. Bring IDs and immunization records, if available. Information: Modinat Lawal, 212-6645 or elpasolibrary.org.
Wine, Camera, Action! — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso (PEEP) host a series of Wednesday workshops every other month at Wine Attitude, 6633 N. Mesa. Each workshop is 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost for each is $35, which includes two glasses of wine; or $25 without wine. PEEP members get 20 percent off. Information, reservations: Ron Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: peepclub.org.
• July 19: Long Exposure, Panning, & Landscapes
• Sept. 20: Sports Photography & Night Photography
• Nov. 15: Lightroom & Photoshop.
Austin High School 50th Reunion — The Austin High Class of 1967’s 50th reunion is Oct. 27-29. Details: 383-8683 or austinhsreunion67elpasotx.com.
American Flag disposal — El Paso Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association offers free collecting and proper disposal of unserviceable U.S. Flags. Flags may be dropped off at any time at the blue collection bin outside of 82nd Airborne Chapter Facility
2608 Fort Boulevard. Information: John, 240-8104 or JohCeb@msn.com.
Bridge leagues — Duplicate bridge events are hosted at Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159, 2216 East Yandell. Admission: $6. Information: 544-6565 or elpasobridge.com. Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-8897.
‘Corner of Hope’ Resource Center — Rescue Mission of El Paso has opened a resource center on the corner of Cotton and Magoffin, providing showers, laundry facilities, access to counselors and a refuge from the weather for anyone experiencing homelessness. For more information, or to tour or see the facility, call Megan Pratt, Director of Marketing, at 532-2575.
El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday (June 20) of the month on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, email@example.com.
Estar Guars Loteria — TinMan, 2301 N. Zaragoza, hosts free loteria nights 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with prizes. Admission is free. Information: 270-9963 or on Facebook.
Faith & Grief Luncheon — People of all faiths are welcome to monthly luncheons for those experiencing the loss of a loved one noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.
Admission and lunch is free; reservations strongly encouraged. Donations welcome. Registration: 562-7660 or FaithandGrief.org.
GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes and tests for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.
Miracles Gathering course — Unity El Paso, 1420 Alabama, will host the course led by Alicia, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays, in the library. The new group meeting discusses miracles. Admission is free. Information: 566-5544 or unityelpaso.org.
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. Sundays. Scenic Sundays gives people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Society for Creative Anachronism — Society for Creative Anachronisms hosts weekly Medieval Combat Demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Sundays Eastwood (Album) Park, 3001 Parkwood, near the tennis courts. These mock combats are loosely inspired by forms of historical combat practiced in medieval Europe and Asia. Admission is free. Information: 274-4947 or southernpass.org.
For a good cause
‘Hear Me Roar!’ — The LGBTQ community celebration in observance of June as Pride Month is Wednesday, May 31, at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano.
A variety of DJs will provide music. Wine and beer available, as well as “street food” from Taste of El Paso’s The Beastro Food Truck. Evening drag show in the Wildlife Amphitheater. All ages welcome. Tickets: $15 ($5 age 2-18); available at epzshearmeroar.com.
Kids Excel ‘Rock Stars’ — Kids Excel’s annual fundraiser show is Friday, June 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Information: 351-6999 or kids-excel.org or on Facebook.
Bowl-A-Thon — El Paso Electric sponsors the Bowl-A-Thon benefiting Junior Achievement of El Paso is Saturday, June 3, at Fort Bliss Bowling Center. Prizes offered for bowling champs and Best Dressed 80s Team. Two-hour bowling spots begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration: $100 (five person team); each team member commits to raising $100 in donations. Information: 772-5566 or on Facebook at JA El Paso.
Margarita Shake-Off — Aceitunas, 5200 Doniphan, hosts its 6th annual event with public voting 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10, benefiting Hospice El Paso. Cost: $5 at the door. Information: 845-2277 or on Facebook at AceitunasBar.
‘The Doctor is In’ Gala — The fundraiser for University Medical Center Foundation is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, with dinner, program and entertainment. “Hydration hour” is 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $100. Information: 521-7229, ext. 80523 or email@example.com. Website: umcfoundationelpaso.org.
A Taste of the Spencer — The Spencer Theater Guild presents its annual fundraising benefit at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy. 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso), with hors d’oeuvres (carving stations and more), fine wines, and the live and silent auction of trips, antiques, vehicles, art, jewelry, tools, sporting packages, fine clothing, collectibles and more. Tickets: $65 (all inclusive). Information/reservations: (575) 336-4800, 1-888-818-7872 or spencertheater.com.
Summer Solstice Party — Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan, hosts a fundraising party 6 tp 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, with live music and entertainment, dancing, nature tours, and more. Admission: $10 donation (all proceeds benefit the park); age 12 and younger free. Information: 584-0563, keystoneheritagepark.com or on Facebook.
Project ARRIBA Dinner — Project Arriba hosts its 4th annual dinner and fundraiser 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at El Paso Airport Marriott, 1600 Airway. El Paso business leader and philanthropist Paul Foster is the keynote speaker. Tickets: $75 ($1,500 table for ten). Information: projectarriba.org.
Seat and table proceeds benefit the mission of Project ARRIBA. All donations made the night of the event will benefit the Jim R. Phillips Endowment Fund and will provide future scholarships to participants pursuing a four-year degree in nursing at UTEP.
El Paso Habitat for Humanity ReStore — The second-hand store at 11221 Rojas benefits Habitat El Paso. Donations of furniture, appliances, building materials and more are accepted. Pickups may be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 308-0833. Volunteers also needed. The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: 706-5060.
Habitat El Paso a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry open to people of all faiths that builds homes for deserving families in El Paso, and also supports Habitat for Humanity's international projects. Partner families pay a 30-year interest-free mortgage.
El Paso Humane Society — Regular adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10 for pets four months age or older for city rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.
EPCC Tejanos Food Pantry — El Paso Community College’s Student Government Association’s food pantry serving students from EPCC is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Monday, at the Valle Verde Campus in room C-102 Student would receive food for a month until they can come again and collect more food. The food pantry will be supplied by student donations, club donations, and SGA funds allocated for this purpose. Information: 831-2096.
Plan are to expand to other campuses in the future.
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.
Non-Commissioned Officers Wives Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month, at the Fort Bliss Trading Post (former Commissary), 1717 Marshall Road.
Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (leave a message) or email@example.com.
The nonprofit social organization consists of active duty, retired and reserve spouses from all branches of service with current Military I.D. Card (E-4 promotable or higher).
Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation — Information: 744-1532 or bliss.armymwr.com.
• White Sands Camping is Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, with overnight family camping, barbecue and outdoor activities White Sands National Monument. Cost: $10 ($35 family of four plus $10 each additional person in the family); includes equipment for camping, recreation, games, drinks and food. Entry fee separate. Space is limited; registration deadline two weeks prior to the event.
• Tube the Rio event is Sunday, June 18, on the Rio Grande near Truth or Consequences. Cost $35 per person ($80 family of four); Open to the public. Outdoor Recreation provide the equipment, water, snacks and transportation. Bring swimsuits, sunscreen and drinks. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution Avenue F.
Father’s Day at Fort Bliss — The Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill at Biggs Army Airfield holds its Father’s Day Brunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Reservations required for all seatings. Cost: $22.95 ($11.95 ages 5 to 10; free for ages 4 and under. Information: 744-1171 or blissmwr.com/centennial.
Desert Strike Lanes hosts a “Bowl with your Hero” event noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Dads bowl one free game with a paying child. Open to the public. Information: 568-6272.
Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The social club for spouses of retired Commissioned or Warrant Officers hosts a brunch 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 20, at Fort Bliss’s Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Quilts will be displayed and discussed after brunch. Members and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite quilts, either their own own work or treasured heirlooms. Cost: $18. Reservations (by May 12): 759-9728 or 472-1979.
Organized in 1948, the social club is open to wives or widows of retired officers of the armed services.
Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
Family Days at the wall — The Soldier Activity Center, 0732 Constitution Avenue on Central Fort Bliss, is open to all climbers age 6 and older noon to 6 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday. Climbing available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: 744-1532.
Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or blissmwr.com/rodandgun.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.
Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Thursday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, June 3: Dinner and a movie
• Saturday, June 10: Dinner and pool
• Saturday, June 17: Dinner and dancing
• Saturday, June 24: House party
• Sundays in June: Music Under the Stars
June White Water Rafting Weekend Trip planned; date to be determined.
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Regular monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The non-profit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, younger and older quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Each month the club offers a newcomers coffee and a luncheon. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, June 9, at Ella Blu, 5410 N. Mesa. No RSVP necessary.
The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Mi Piaci Restaurant, 5411 N. Mesa. Guest speaker is Fran Timbrook, senior designer at Charlotte’s Furniture Store, assisted by Beate Burdette. Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22. Information, reservations: 892-5178.
Sun Country Doll Folks — The group hosts a meet-up 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana (downstairs). The Sun Country Doll Folks is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Visitors are invited to come and explore two doll collections. Admission is free. Information: 581-1782.
El Paso Quilters’ Association — The association will meet 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood. Anyone interested in quilting may attend. Admission is free. Information:(920) 279-2034.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and offers francophiles the opportunity to use the French language in a variety of activities. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish), email@example.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
Spring semester French language classes are now in session at the AFEP School, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 200. Private and semi-private classes also available.
PFLAG El Paso — The El Paso chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG El Paso, offers four meetings a month in various locations. The meetings are open to the LGBT community and straight allies. Admission is free. Information: 209-AMOR (2667) or pflagelpaso.com.
Meetings are 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Eastside, first Wednesday of the month at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2155 Wedgewood.
• Westside, second Thursday of the month at University Presbyterian Church, 244 North Resler
• Central, fourth Sunday of the month at St. Pius Ministry Center, 1059 North Clark Drive.
Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter — The Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 2608 Fort Boulevard. A free lunch for current and new members and invited guests served at 1 p.m. with general membership meeting at 2 p.m. Information: 562-9969 or bpaac.org.
Del Valle High School Retirees — All Del Valle High School retirees, former faculty and staff are invited to no-host luncheons at 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call for location: Marsha Labodda, 629-7063.
El Paso Library Chess Club — The club meets 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Boards provided; admission is free. Information: 543-5433 or elpasolibrary.org.
El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 345-7771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Business meeting starts around 6:30 p.m. Numismatic presentations start at 7 p.m. with auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclub.com.
Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning and advanced collectors are invited to trade, buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202-1937.
Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. A program on zippered bags will be presented after the meeting. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Patti Lyons, 585-2518.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.
Project Linus — The national non-profit charitable group, which has donated thousands blankets and afghans to seriously ill and/or traumatized children of the El Paso area, meets once a month 9:30 to 11 a.m. selected Saturdays, at Ft. Bliss Trading Post (Old Commissary), 1717 Marshall. New volunteers welcome. Information: 781-0880 or email@example.com.
Toastmasters International — Members encourage and critique each other, participating in differing roles in the meeting every week. New member fee: $20; international dues are $36 every six months. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Toastmasters Amigo Club meets 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Thursdays in the Doris Van Doren Library’s Craft Room, 551 Redd. Information: 833-1406.
• Border Toastmasters meet 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Lunchbox, 3623 Buckner (off Montana). First time guests get a free breakfast. Information: Arturo, 226-9705.
• Eastside Toastmaster Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Pebble Hills Command Station, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: 588-8799.
Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends; daily during summer months. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
New to the park this year is the attraction Jaguar Falls.
Chuco fest is May 27-29, with lowrider car show, Spanish music and live art.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, with a free 30-minute lesson. Must preregister to participate: 886-2222.
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.
Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $20.75 42 inches or taller or $15.90 juniors 36 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplayland.com.
June hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday beginning June 14.
Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
National Trails Day hike is 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3. Bring: water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks for a two-mile hike up Ranger Peak. Participation is free.
An Outdoor Cooking Workshop is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Learn to cook on a Dutch oven and other techniques like foil packs. Participation is free; but RSVP required.
Last Sunday hike is 7 a.m. June 25, up Ranger Peak. Meet in the parking lot, for 1 mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hats and sunscreen; bring walking stick and water for all hikes.
Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.
Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.
Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $75 for adults, $68 children and senior, $62 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
Mount Cristo Rey — The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross tops the mountain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park.
Because of safety concerns, people are advised to hike only in groups. The best time to hike is when volunteers are working on trail maintenance, usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. For information on Saturday hiking times, call 252-9840.
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.
San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.
The Spaceport America Cup International Rocket Engineering Competition is June 20-24.
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.
Sunland Winery — 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday; live music and free wine tastings. Information: (575) 589-1214.
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.
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.
• May 28: Dusty Low
• June 11: Dan Lambert and the Creatures of Habit
• June 25: Ricardo Valencia.
McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Reservations required for all programs. Day Pass (includes solar viewing and tour): $8 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); solar viewing only; $5 ($7 senior, military and age 6-12); twilight program: $5 and $6, depending on program; Star Party $12 ($10 senior, military; $8 age 6-12). Age 5 and younger admitted free to most programs.
Reservations, event schedule available online at mcdonaldobservatory.org.
To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.
El Paso Missions - Three historic churches lie within eight miles of each other in El Paso County's Mission Valley.
· Mission Ysleta - Spanish and Tigua Indian refugees from northern New Mexico founded the community in the 1680s. The first mission was built in 1692, and rebuilt completely in both the 18th and 19th centuries. The current structure was built in 1851. It's near Zaragoza and Alameda.
· Mission Socorro - The first adobe structure in Socorro was built in 1692, and like Mission Ysleta, was destroyed by floods in later centuries. The current structure dates back to 1843. It's off Socorro Road two miles southeast of Ysleta.
· San Elizario Chapel - Established in 1789 as a Spanish presidio to protect the Camino Real, San Elizario was the first county seat of El Paso. The church was built in 1877, replacing one built about 25 years earlier. It's on the San Elizario plaza, off Socorro Road 5.5 miles southeast of Socorro Mission. Nearby is the famous jail which Billy the Kid reportedly broke into to rescue a friend.
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.
Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• “La Semesienta,” a comic “children’s story for adults” starring La Wander Lover, Dorismar and Ale La Jarocha with 9 others, is at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Tickets: 220-660 pesos.
• The Mexican rock duo Fobia, starring Leonardo de Lozanne and Francisco “Paco” Huidobro, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Tickets: 150-385 pesos.
• Sergio Corona and Chabelita perform Saturday, June 10, with guests La Sonora Eskandolo. Tickets: 220-385 pesos.
• Lucha Libre featuring Garza Jr. and Emulo vs. Black Demon and Venum, plus three other bouts, begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Tickets: 110-275 pesos.
• Lorenzo de Monteclaro performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 16. Tickets: 165-385 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.
• Queen Sinfónico, concert by Orquesta Sifónica Cd. Juárez featuring the music of Queen, is 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28. Tickets: 150-200 pesos.
• The comic play Los Hombres Son De Marte y las Mujeres de Venus is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. Tickets: 275-605 pesos.
• “Lucas Previo,” a play by Odin Dupeyron, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, June. 3. Tickets: 330-605 pesos.
• Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández performs at 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Tickets: 385-1,100 pesos.
• “Variaciones Enigmáticas,” a thriller starring César Evora and Jorge Salinas, is at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 14. Tickets: 330-715 pesos.
• Flamenco singer Diego el Cigala performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Tickets: 605-1,350 pesos.
Juaritoz Café y Horneria — Fray Estebanico, #6593, Col, San Lorenzo. Luiki Wiki headlines a standup comedy show with guests José Jaritoz, Robert Sandoval and host Santo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Admission: 100 pesos.
Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com. The Iron Cowboy Invitational 2017 is Saturday, May 27, with bullfighting, rodeo and concert performances. Tickets: 110 pesos (25 children).
Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles. Color Fest Glow begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Entry: 220 and 330 pesos (donboleton.com).
Cowboys Discotheque — Santiago troncoso y terrazas del valle #571. Information: 269-8659. Neto Bernal performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2. Tickets: 220-330 pesos (donboleton.com).
Estadio Juárez Vive — Av Sanders 1450, Melchor Ocampo, 32380. The cumbia group Los Angeles Azules presents its new show, “De Plaza en Plaza,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Tickets: 210-1,045 pesos.
Hysteria Beer & Rock — Ignacio Mejía 127 y F. Villa. Admission: 80 pesos (donboleton.com).
• Heavy metal band Luzbel performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Special guests: Resurrection, Anesthesia and Misterio. Admission: 125 pesos.
• Anabanta (metal goth) and Vannister (Nightwish tribute) perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Admission: 225 pesos.
Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. AAA Lucha Libre Verano de Escándalo event begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Tickets: 150-1,400 pesos (donboleton.com).
Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• “El Show de Chuponcito” comedy show is at 8 p.m. Friday, June 9. Tickets: 220-880 pesos.
• Corridos composer Omar Ruiz performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23. Tickets: 220-880 pesos.
JRZ Music Fest — The rock and electronic music event is 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, at Plaza de la Mexicanidad (by the red “X” monument). Doors open at 3 p.m. Continuous entertainment; for schedule to go to jrzmusicfest.com. Tickets (for both days) 1,375 pesos general admission. VIP is 2,410 pesos. Tickets at donboleton.com. Information: 613 44 44.
Performers include Los Tigres del Norte, Cafe Tacvba, La Barranca, Kinky, Love of Lesbian, Division Minuscula, La Gusana Ciega, Puddle of Mudd, Inspector, Dorian, Camilo Septimo, Insite, Timothy Brown and Costera.
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.
Camp for ages 4-12 is in July, call for details.
The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.
Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded. The event also features live music.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
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