February 2016

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Southern New Mexico
Black History Month
Valentine's Day
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Tom Lea Month
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Bourbon and Whiskey Festival — More than 60 brands will be available for sampling noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Sample tickets: $10 (ten samples). Cigar aficionados can also learn about rolling, cutting, and other techniques. Live entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. with Joe Barron Band at 9 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Mechanical Bull Riding Competition is noon to 6 p.m. Finals begin around 5 p.m.

Wine Tasting at the Park — noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Sample tickets: $10 (ten samples). Live entertainment at 4:30 p.m. and Fleetwood Nicks (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) at 9:30 p.m. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

Two Nations, One Faith — El Paso will observe Pope Francis’s visit to Juárez Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a simultaneous celebration beginning at noon in Sun Bowl Stadium. The “Two Nations, One Faith” event includes live telecast of the Pope’s journey and Papal Mass in Juárez, as well as music and other cultural and religious programming at the Sun Bowl. General admission is $15, with tickets sold at the UTEP Ticket Center ($10 tickets available to local Catholic churches). Information: TwoNationsOneFaith.com.
  Schedule: Gates open at noon. A fun zone for children will be available and commemorative merchandise will be sold. Musical programming begins at 1:30 p.m. Telecast of Papal Mass in Juarez begins at 4 p.m. Event ends at 6 p.m.
  This is the first time a pope has visited the El Paso/Juárez area. Pope Francis will fly into in Juárez that morning for the final leg of his five-day trip to Mexico, then depart that evening for his return to Rome. The pope will visit a local prison, college and seminary before arriving at the Juárez fairgrounds to celebrate Mass before an expected crowd of hundreds of thousands.
  Performers at the Sun Bowl event are expected to include the El Paso diocesan choir, directed by Peter Kolar. Tony Melendez, a musician who was born without arms and plays the guitar with his toes, is scheduled to perform (he played the guitar for Pope John Paul II), along with others to be announced.

Coin Show - The International Coin Club of El Paso’s 53rdd annual Coin Show is Feb. 19-21 at El Maida Hall, 6331 Alabama, with tables of coins, paper money, medals and tokens by dealers from around the country. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 533-6001 or on Facebook at elpasocoinclub.
  The annual kids auction is 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to 14. The kids auction is a no-cost auction; script provided for the bidding.
  This year’s Coin Show commemorative medal will highlight the centennial of El Paso High School.
  This year’s coin show will also feature a display of over 20 different U.S. currency notes that feature the names of eight El Paso banks.
  The U.S. government issued currency from the late 1800s through 1933 with the bank’s name on it. Those with the names of El Paso banks are considered uncommon, if not rare, with only one or two known to exist in some cases.
  Anyone possessing such a note is invited to bring it for appraisal and cataloguing at the coin show; ask for John Grost.
  El Paso banks that have their names on paper money are: The First National Bank, El Paso National Bank, The State National Bank, The City National Bank, The Commercial National Bank, The National Exchange Bank, The Border National Bank, The American National Bank, El Paso National Bank of Texas, Lowdon National Bank and National Bank of Commerce.

Sun City on Tap — Townsquare Media hosts the beer festival and tasting event featuring more than 100 beers from more than 50 craft breweries from throughout the world 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Venue at Southwest University, 6500 Montana. Admission: $25; cost includes eight beer sample tickets; souvenir sampling glass and live music. Additional samples available for purchase. Information americaontap.com.
  Participants must be 21 or older; designated driver admission is $10 at the door.

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.

Leap Year Festival — The 2016 Worldwide Leap Year Festival in Anthony, N.M./Texas is Thursday through Monday, Feb. 25-29, with parades, birthday dinners and special events throughout the weekend. A birthday celebration is planned for Monday, Feb. 29, at a local winery. Information: (915) 999-1781, gracie@emajj.com or on Facebook at Leap Year Capital of the World. Event registration: (915) 543-0554.
  The community of Anthony is known as the “Leap Year Capital of the World.” In 1988 local resident Mary Ann Brown and her neighbor Birdie Lewis, both born on a leap day, approached the Chamber of Commerce with the idea of a leap year festival and a leap year birthday club for those born on a leap day. The Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club now has members from all over the world who in Anthony to join the community in celebrating this event that takes place every four years.
  Leap Day, Feb. 29, is the extra day tacked onto February every four years in order to bring the calendar into alignment.

Pet-A-Fair — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts its 4th annual event for pet owners and pets 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge, with indoor and outdoor activities such as exhibitions, vets, groomers, adoptions, immunizations, discounts, pictures and more. Admission is free; (vendor booth fee is $65; $45 all other booths). Information: 212-1731 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

Import Dub Autoshow and Concert — The car show and concert is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Zero to 60 Motor SpeedWay, 8600 Gateway East.
  R&B artist Angie B. Marie with guest artist Classic Muzie perform at 4 p.m. indoors. Admission to car show and concert is $8; 12 and under free with parent. Information: 449-1032 or importdubautoshow.com.
  Car show registration is $25 by Feb. 14, $30 day of show. Categories: Import Car, Domestic, Truck, SUV.
  Saturday, Feb. 27 events:
• Team Kart Racing Challenge, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $100 per 8-member team or $12.50 a person.
• Limbo Challenge, beginning about 5 p.m.
• Meet & Greet with Angie B. Marie is 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Black History Month

Black History Month at UTEP — The African-American Studies program, in conjunction with other UTEP departments, presents a variety of events throughout campus in February in recognition of African American History. Most events are free. Information: African American Studies Program, 747-8650.
  The annual Gospel Explosion is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Fox Fine Art Recital Hall.
• Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead will discuss the Civil Rights movement and the #BlackLivesMatter movement 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Rubin Center Auditorium.
• John Siqueiros presents “The Death of Jimi Hendrix: Peace, Love and Murder” at noon Thursday, Feb. 11, and 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in UTEP Library’s Blumberg Auditorium.
• A presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd is noon to 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Blumberg Auditorium. Title to be announced.
• Dr. William Guzman presents “Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Liberal Arts Building, Room 319.

EPCC Black History Month — El Paso Community College will host events in February in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories” All events are 7 p.m. Mondays at EPCC’s Administrative Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount. Admission is free. Information: 831-3324 or ochavez30@epcc.edu.
Feb. 8: ”Freedom Summer” documentary showing, in conjunction with El Paso Museum of History.
Fab. 16: Performing Arts Night.
Feb. 22: Jazz Night with Bill Townes
Feb. 29: “Remembering and Honoring Our Past”
  A public student art display will be on exhibit at the Administrative Services Center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  The 27th annual African-American Read-In, a celebration of African-American writers, students, faculty and community will read selections of prose and poetry by famous authors 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following campus locations:
• Northwest campus, Library Room L-114, Wednesday, Feb. 10.
• Rio Grande Campus Little Temple, Wednesday, Feb. 24.
• Transmountain Campus Outside Theater Friday, Feb. 26.

La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703. Showing Feb. 1-19: Black History Art Show. Awards Presentation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

‘Created Equal, America's Civil Rights Struggle’ — Capoeira Quinto Sol and Samba Batucada Alma de Fogo perform capoeira, samba, and other related Afro-Brazilian arts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at YWCA Shirley Leavell Branch, 10712 Sam Snead, as part of the El Paso Museum of History's series to inspire conversations about the meaning of freedom and equality. Admission is free. Information: 252-8258 or capoeiraquintosol.com.
  Capoeira is a martial art developed by slaves in Brazil that combines music, defense, attacks, acrobatics, and dance as a form of expression during the slave trade.

Black History Month Parade and Rally — The annual Inter-Club Council Black History Month Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Montana and Pershing and travels east on Montana to Copia then south to Missouri ending at Mary Webb Park, 3401 E. Missouri. This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.” The rally immediately follows the parade 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary Webb Park, with vendor booths, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 241-6046.

Valentine’s Day

Hidden Hearts in Downtown — Downtown Management District is giving the public the opportunity to win Valentine’s inspired prizes, sponsored by downtown businesses, with five papel picado hearts hidden in one downtown business each week, leading up to Valentine’s Day. One prize winner per heart hidden each week through Feb. 9. All participants automatically entered for a chance to win a “Dream Date Package” sponsored by Tabla, Pedicabs El Paso, and El Paso Pro-Musica.
  Clue given each week via the “DWNTWN El Paso” social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to help the public find the Hidden Heart. Once found, take a picture with the heart and hashtag #DTEP or #HiddenHearts, or direct message DWNTWN El Paso to automatically be entered in the contest. No purchase is necessary in the business the heart is hidden in order to participate.
  Winners will be announced one week after the clue is given. Both couples and singles can enter; participants can enter as many time as they like, but may not post location of heart. Cropping of photo may give it away, just do not say it.

Valentine’s dinners — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, presents a series of dinners Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 12-14.
• Friday: a la carte menu and a special fixed-price three course dinner. Music by Locomotion Trio.
• Saturday: Fixed-price four-course dinner, with music by Tolstoy & Leo.
• Sunday: Fixed-price four-course dinner, with music by Tolstoy & Leo.
  Brunch special for two offered Saturday and Sunday.
  Call for prices. Reservations strongly recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

Valentines from Chico — El Paso Chihuahua’s mascot Chico will deliver special valentine gift packages to loved ones in the El Paso area Feb. 12-14. Call for cost, details. Information, scheduling: Grant Gorham, 242-2049.

Senior Love Conference — El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program’s 21st annual conference is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, 9050 Viscount, featuring speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and art exhibit and more. Food donations accepted at the door. Information, conference passes: 831-7801 or maryy@epcc.edu.

Tonantzin Rising: V-Day Revolution — La Mujer Obrera hosts a V-Day brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, with traditional Indigenous-Mexican cuisine, Danza Azteca Omecoatl, music by Christina Gurrola writing workshops by author/poet: Dolores Dorantes and author Martha Galeana, and fair trade products by Lummetik, a collective of Indigenous Women Artisans. Admission is free. Information: 799-2890 or mujerobrera.org.

Valentine dinner and dance — Santa Lucia Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher, will host its annual Valentine dance 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church’s Centro Amistad Hall, featuring a dinner and live music by The Starliners. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. BYOB; set-ups, sodas and beer available for purchase. No outside beer or coolers allowed. Cost: $30; reservations recommended. No refunds. Tables for 10 available with advance reservation. Information: 592-5245 or santaluciachurch@sbcglobal.net.

Valentine’s Day Dance — Shundo Ballroom & Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane hosts a Valentine’s dance featuring the music of Azucar 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, with a performance by Shundo Dancers. BYO food and beverages, and ice chest; free ice available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance: $20 at the door. Tickets: Shundo 532-2043 or for delivery at 691-8489 or 867-3848.

Valentine’s Weekend Babysitting — Mount Hope Lutheran Church Preschool and Daycare, 9640 Montwood, hosts a babysitting evening 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Dinner provided for the children. Registration at the church through Feb. 10, or online at mthopeelpaso.com. Cost: $20 for first child; $10 for each additional child. Information: 598-2141.

Cascada de Flores Chocolate Buffet — The Flickinger Center for Performing Arts’ annual Valentine fundraiser is 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, with live music featuring Cascada de Flores “Radio Flor,” and the famous Flickinger chocolate buffet. Tickets: $20-$40. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
  Cascada de Flores-Radio Flor is called a love letter to the early days of Latin American radio, when songs were king and a melody grabbed one’s heart for a lifetime. Whether broadcasting from station XEW in Mexico City, or RHC of Habana, Cuba, the sultry songs of Radio Flor tell the story of a bygone era. Musical vignettes feature heart-wrenching bolero, raucous Cuban guaracha, or earthy Mexican son. Set in an old-time radio show format, the show includes jingles and radio drama, a bit from 1930 and a bit from the musicians' bicultural imaginations.

Southern New Mexico

Las Cruces Bridal Showcase
— Helping Hands Event Planning hosts its bridal and special event show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Free admission with donation of gently used prom dress for the Cinderella Prom Dress Project. Information: (575) 522-1232 or lascrucesbridalshowcase.com.

Mardi Gras in the Clouds — The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce will bring a little New Orleans to the mountain community Feb. 5-7 with its 15th annual Mardi Gras celebration, “Cirque Du Mardi Gras.” The family celebration includes food, music, vendors, games a parade and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com, or on Facebook.

Chocolate Fantasia – Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 17th annual celebration of arts and sweet delicacies is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in historic downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “Around the World.” While strolling through downtown, participants can enjoy 20 unique, locally made, handcrafted chocolates. Tickets sell out every year. Tickets: $25 for 20 individual pieces of chocolate. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.

Downtown Dance Party — Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare, 130 S. Main in Las Cruces, hosts a “Borderland Benefit,” 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, featuring live music from Simeon Beardsley, and DJ RiseOHM Shahid Mustafa. Admission; $5 donation. Information: (575) 312-6569 or crossroadsacupuncture.com.
  Proceeds benefit Flores de Juarez, a barefoot health project in Mexico & Developing Youth from the Ground Up/Sustain Flores de Juarez or “Flowers of Juarez” a collective of local groups in the borderlands committed to the long-term sustainability and comprehensive advancement of barefoot community health and wellness in Juarez.

Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta — The 23rd annual fiesta brings together some of the Southwest’s best storytellers, poets and musicians 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum (Old Armory), 708 E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M. Master of Ceremonies is Steve Hill. Proceeds benefit the museum. Tickets: $12 ($8 students) and includes both sessions and hamburgers and soft drinks at intermission. Information/tickets: (559) 381-1465 or hookjune@hotmail.com.
  Advance tickets available in Lordsburg at Verla’s Western Wear, 980 E. Motel, and Gold Hill Outpost, 1000 Birchfield.
  Featured performers are Larry Harmer, Leon Pearce, Billy Chadborn, Rusty Tolley, Doc Jordan, Bill Cavaliere, Pete Kennedy and the Outriders.

The Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show — The 4th annual gem and mineral show is Feb. 20-21, at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, featuring around 60 vendors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 522-4100 or lcmuseumrocks.com.

Gathering of Quilts — The Winter Quilters of Sierra County’s annual quilt Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at Albert J. Lyon Event Center, 2953 S. Broadway in Truth of Consequences, N.M., with more than 100 quilts by local quilters, vendors and door prizes. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-2959.
  The Sierra County Woodworkers group will exhibits their carvings in the hobby room next door that weekend.

Cowboy Days — The 17th annual celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces. Children’s activities, cowboy food and music, cowboy mounted shooting, horseback and stagecoach rides. The event also offers living history and gunfight reenactments with Borderland Pistoleros cowboy mounted shooting club, a 19th century fashion show, arts and crafts vendors, roping, horseshoeing and other demonstrations. Working dog demonstrations are Sunday. Admission: $5; four and younger free. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmcowboydays.com.

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at art venues of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508.

West Texas

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — The 30th annual gathering is Feb. 26-27 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The second oldest of its kind in the country, the event offers stage shows and individual performances by nationally known cowboy poets, musicians and storytellers. Information: (432) 837-2326, 1-800-561-3712 or cowboy-poetry.org.
  This year’s headliners are Ray Fitzgerald, Jeff Gore, Chris Isaacs, Ross Knox, Jean Prescott, Gary Prescott and Trinity Seely Friday, and Don Cadden, Kristyn Harris, Don Hedgpeth, Randy Huston, Joel Nelson and R.P. Smith Saturday. Performances are 7:30 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. Tickets: $15.
  Recitations of poetry and music are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday throughout the Sul Ross campus, starting with an open session at 9 a.m. each day. Sessions are free.
  A Red and You performance featuring Red Steagall is 1 p.m. Friday, and RW Hampton is 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10 per show.
  A Saturday night dance is planned benefiting the Crisis Center, featuring this year’s headliners. Tickets: $20.
  A chuckwagon breakfast is 7:30 a.m. each morning at Poet’s Grove (east side of Kokernot Field). Cost: $5.

Bazaars and Fairs

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.

Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30-31, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $5 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
  The next show is Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.

Spanish Colonia Art Market — Spanish Colonial Art Society in Santa Fe hosts its first Las Cruces market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20-21, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor. Around 40 Spanish Colonial artists include exponents of tinwork, colcha, retablos, straw-work, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery, ironwork and carving.
Admission: $5; $8 couples; ages 12 and younger free. Information: (505) 982-2226 or spanishcolonial.org.
  The Society runs the traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe the last full weekend of July every year, and Winter Market in Albuquerque the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Sunrise Lions Gun Show — The semiannual guns and outdoors show opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20-21, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las Cruces. Vendors from across the state will sell and display their products. Information: lascruceslionsclub.org.

German Spring Bazaar — The German Air Force Air Defense Center of Fort Bliss hosts its 13th annual bazaar 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the former Oktoberfest Building, Building 747 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss. Hobby craftsmen and women will display their various goods, including items for Easter. There will also be German food specialties like bratwurst, waffles and German cakes and pastries, German beer, coffee and soft drinks. Admission is free. Information: 568-0259, 568-1924, 569-5736 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
  All proceeds help the center’s “Aid for the Needy” charity benefit the following projects on both sides of the border: Centro Communitario del Esperito Santo A.C, Centro Santa Catalina and the colonia in Chaparral.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase on patio 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.
  Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music.
  Weekly yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. with Erin from Casa de Yoga. Cost per class: $10.
  From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino.

Art a la Cart — Inni Heart Eatery (formerly La Tierra Cafe), 1731 Montana, hosts the monthly event noon to 4 p.m. the last Saturday of the month, with vendors, entertainment, food, and a Kid’s Activity Corner. Information: 533-8890 or Facebook at Inni Heart Herminia Escajeda.

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.

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

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

Something for everyone

Community Health Fair — Word of Life Church, 11675 Pratt, hosts the health fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 30, sponsored by MCNA Dental. There will be physician on site throughout the event. The event include testing for vision, glucose/blood sugar, high blood pressure and fitness tests. Door prizes, music and other entertainment, and educational materials also offered. Admission is free. RSVP: Lucy Galvan, 491-1935 or Lgalvan@mcna.net.

EPCC Programs of Study Fair — El Paso Community College’s Career Services’ fair is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex, Building C, 919 Hunter. Admission is free, and open to the public. Information: 831-2605 or epcc.edu/careerservices
  Numerous EPCC college programs will be there to provide career information to EPCC students and the community.

Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas — The network hosts a new member orientation and general membership meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the KCOS Office, 9050 Viscount. The public is invited. Information: hwntelpaso@gmail.com or hwntelpaso.blogspot.com.
  Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT) is a non-profit organization and has become the premier Hispanic women's organization in Texas.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Spring 2016 classes begin Monday, Feb. 8 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for people age 50 or older.
  The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs through Jan 29, and is $70, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Aug. 21).
  Classes include arts and crafts, history, languages, literature, music and physical activities.
  Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to residents of El Paso, Juárez and southern New Mexico age 50 or older, and meet afternoons Mondays through Fridays.
  The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280, 747-8848 or olliatutep.org.

Beginning Knitting Class — Branigan Memorial Library hosts a beginning knitting class designed for ages 18 and older who have never knitted before and want to learn 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 11-April 14. Students will develop a solid foundation in ten weeks. Men and women ages 18 and above are welcome to register for the classes. Supplies: $5; registration required. Information, registration: Carmella Lee at (575) 528-4024 or calee@las-cruces.org.

Mariachi Service — Mariachi San Pablo will lead worship music at both the 9 a.m. English service and 11:30 a.m. Spanish services Sunday, Feb. 14, at San Pablo Lutheran Mission, 301 S. Schutz. The group assisting congregations across the country with evangelism and Hispanic outreach. Information: 858-2588.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Feb. 16) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Academic Services Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

Foundation Center Workshops — Thomas Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho, in Las Cruces, hosts series of grant foundation classes for adults. All classes are 1 to 2 p.m. Registration: (575) 541-2393 or email at kpartin@las-cruces.org
Courses in the series include:
• Thursday, Feb. 18: Introduction to Finding Grants.
• Monday, March 14: Guide to Online Grant Seeker Resources
• Monday, April 25: Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
• Monday, May 23: Introduction to Proposal Writing
• Wednesday, June 22: Introduction to Foundation Maps.

Lifeguard Training — The City of Las Cruces will host two American Red Cross lifeguard training workshops for people 15 years and older interested in practicing their skills for the Lifeguard Training Program pre-test at 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, for Session I, March 11 for Session II, and April 8 for Session III, at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview. Participants must pass pre-test to participate in program. Class cost: $180, plus $10 for pocket mask. Information: (575) 541-2782.
• Session I is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-28.
• Session II is March 14-18. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
• Session III is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 9-17.
  Candidates 17 years old and younger must have parent or guardian sign Parent Consent Form prior to participation.

SUNS Health Fair — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Students United Para Nuestra Salud (SUNS) hosts its 6th annual a health fair 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at Dolphin Terrace Elementary School, 9790 Pickerel. Services include free vaccinations for children and adults, free EKG’s and fitness testing, free diabetes screening, and activities for kids and adults. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at SunsHF2016.

Arts and Culture Charette — Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite in Las Cruces, hosts the arts meeting Feb. 26-29. Kick-off is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Information: (575) 528-3000.

Project MOVE — UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement‘s annual Project MOVE (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) Day is Saturday, Feb. 27. Volunteers will experience the importance of civic engagement, leadership, and service. During this Centennial year, the goal is to work with at least 100 sites. Check in for volunteers is 8 a.m. at Glory Field. Information on projects: 747-5076 or projectmove.utep.edu.

English GED Course — The free GED preparation course is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, through May 12, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus. integrating College and Career Exploration to prepare student for completion of GED and transition into postsecondary education. Includes math, integrated reading and writing, academic advising and access to free online GED study. Must be a U.S. citizen or resident with valid Texas identification and Social Security number, and TABE test of 9.0 average. Information, registration: 831-7782.

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

Texas Western BBQ Festival participants — The barbecue festival, planned the Spring of 2016, seeks sponsors, BBQ joints, food trucks, classic rock and country bands to perform on the main stage, vendors and more. Date and location to be announced. Information: Carlos, 626-4299 or txwbbqfestival@gmail.com.

El Paso Natural Hair Expo — Bebe Michelle of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., hosts the natural hair expo noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Cascadas Ballroom, 1071 Country Club, with vendors, educational classes, and on stage demonstrations. Also offered is a RE-Lounge (Relax, Rejuvenate, and Reconnect) from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets: $5; lounge entry ticket extra; available with purchase of regular ticket. Information: 209-2819 or naturalhairexpoep.com.
  A “Mommy and Me Event: Beautifully and Wonderfully Made” precedes the expo at 11:30 a.m., to learn about girl’s hair care. Includes activities for children, light refreshments and door prizes. Tickets: $10 in advance; $20 at the door. First 100 attendees to purchase a ticket get a free expo swag bag.

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.

Disaster Room 915 — The area’s first escape room experience is open 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, at 1112 Myrtle. Groups must find clues, solve puzzles and codes, open locks and master other mysteries in under 60 minutes to escape the scenario. Cost: $15 ($12 per person for groups of 5 to 10). Information: disasterroom915 or on Facebook.

Dog adoptions — Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue, a no kill, non-profit shelter, hosts adoptions are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, at the shelter, 3910 Square Dance (at Montana). These adoptions replace the weekly adoptions at El Paso Saddleblanket. Information on Facebook at Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue Of El Paso.

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

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.

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.

Trivia Wednesdays at The Black Orchid — Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N. Mesa, Suite A, hosts trivia contests 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Trivia consists of 15 questions per round for a total of 2 rounds. Cost: $5 per team of four, per round, age 18 and older welcome. Information: 307-5617 or theblackorchidlounge.com.

For a good cause

Golden Hearts Benefit Banquet — Golden Retriever Rescue of El Paso’s benefit banquet is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at El Paso Marriot, 1600 Airway, with guest speaker Luis Carlos Montalván, author of the New York Times bestseller “Until Tuesday-A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever that Saved Him,” and the follow up children’s book “Tuesday Tucks Me In.” VIP mixer begins at 6 p.m. Tickets: $65 ($75 VIP mixer tickets, limited amount); available online at holdmyticket.com. Information: (575) 522-1232 or grrep.org.
  Montalván is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Capt. Montalván served multiple tours abroad and his service awards include two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and the Combat Action Badge. He travels with his service dog Tuesday, the recipient of the 2013-14 American Kennel Club Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence - Service Dog.
  A book signing for “Tuesday Tucks Me In” is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Barnes & Noble at Fountains at Farah.
  Golden Retriever Rescue of El Paso is a nonprofit rescue organization dedicated to rescuing Golden Retrievers.

Scouting for Food Program – Scouts from all packs, troops, teams and crews will spread out across El Paso on Feb. 6 dropping off flyers to remind El Pasoans to gather up canned goods and other non-perishable items and set them aside. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Scouts will return to collect donations. Scouts ask that donations be placed by the front door by 8 a.m. Information: 241-8936.
  All the food collected will be distributed to local food banks and non-profits throughout the El Paso Metro area.
  Last year, El Paso’s Boy Scouts of America spent more than 4,000 community service hours gathering nearly 26,000 pounds of food. Twenty food banks and non-profits shared in the collection of food by the Boy Scouts, including El Paso Rescue Mission, Dame la Mano, Opportunity Center, Annunciation House and more.

Fire truck pull rematch — The truck pull benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Area 19 athletes is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Fire Fighters Academy, 6800 Delta (at Ascarate Park). Teams must consist of 10 members, one must be a female and the truck will be pulled 75 feet. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost: $25 per individual; $250 teams of 10. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.

Over the Edge for the El Paso Zoo — Participants will rappel 12 stories down the Anson Mills Building in Downtown El Paso 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, to benefit El Paso Zoo’s wildlife and conservation programs, along with a block party, rock climbing walls, face painting, photo booth, food trucks, animal presentations and more. Information: El Paso Zoological Society Office, 212-0245.
  Limited amount of rappel spaces available; register at EPZooOverTheEdge.

Heroes for the Homeless luncheon — Dallas Cowboys legend Ed “Too Tall” Jones is guest speaker for the Salvation Army’s 2016 fundraising luncheon at noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100 (tables for 10 are $1,000-$2,000); available in advance at the Salvation Army main office at 4300 E. Paisano. Tickets: information: Rose Lucero, 544-9811.
  Jones played more than 230 games with his 15 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and is a member of the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. He was a three-time Pro Bowl participant and All-Pro selection.

Peggy Post — Author and great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily post speaks on new trends and societal hot topics at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, as part of the Centennial Celebration for the clubhouse. Admission: $45. Information: 532-6131.
  Post is author of more than one dozen books on etiquette, has a monthly column in “Good Housekeeping,” appears on national television, and conducts business seminars nationwide.

Safari Nights Gala — El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International hosts its 13th annual gala, auction and expo at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with 30 outfitter booths from around the world, wildlife artists and outdoor equipment specialists. Tickets: $100 ($40 ages 12-17; age 12 and younger admitted free but must acquire a ticket). Group tables available for $400-$1,200; available at 478-8505 or online at scielpaso.org.
  El Paso Chapter of the Safari Club International is one of the newest chapters in Texas, with members from the El Paso, Texas metro area, west Texas and southern New Mexico regions.

Project Save a Kitten donations — The cat adoption program seeks donations for a spring jewelry auction and sale for its annual benefit event. Donations of new or gently used jewelry pieces, jewelry boxes, small decorative items, lace and linens may be dropped off at Better Life Pet Foods at their Las Cruces stores, 315 Telshor and 365 Avenida de Mesilla, through the end of February. Information: Jackye at Project Save a Kitten at (575) 323-0903 or gardens@zianet.com.

Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. The purpose is to helps prevent cold weather and carbon monoxide emergencies in the El Paso area. Recommendations for those in need of blankets are also being taken. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at local fire stations or El Paso County Sheriff substations. Information: 834-5772 or graciela.ortiz@dfps.state.tx.us.
  Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.

El Paso Humane Society — Regular adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10 for pets four months age or older for city rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.

Fort Bliss

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

Right Arm Night — Right Arm Night begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at Pershing Pub, Building 243 Club Road on West Fort Bliss, with free snacks and drink specials. Information: 781-6809.

Challenge Course Day — Challenge Course Day family event, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Fort Bliss’s Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution, for ages 14 and above to use the course. Information: 744-1532. Cost: $10 per person.
  Children under 14 can be evaluated for permission if they properly fit in the harness.

Fort Bliss National Prayer Breakfast — The prayer breakfast is 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Centennial Club, Building 11199, East Bliss. Guest speaker is Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford, deputy chief of chaplains for the U.S. Army. Ticket information: 568-1519.

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6 to 1 p.m. Fridays, at the outdoor fireplace. Bands perform 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ music before and after. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.

Catholic Women of the Chapel — The CWOC meets 9 a.m. Fridays (except holiday weekends) at the Religious Activities Center, Building #449 on Fort Bliss. Meetings consist of fellowship, saying the rosary, craft making projects or Bible studies. Child care provided free of charge. This year’s theme is “Works of Mercy.” Information: fortblisscwoc@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Club news

Singles in the Son
- The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Tuesday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
• Saturday, Jan. 30: Dinner and El Paso Rhinos
• Sunday, Feb. 7: Super Bowl Party
• Saturday, Feb. 13: Valentine’s Dinner
• Saturday, Feb. 20: Dinner and UTEP
• Saturday, Feb. 27: Dinner and El Paso Rhinos

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, 497-5196 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso hosts its annual Mardi Gras (Faschings) part at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Golden Tee, at Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe. No regular luncheon held this month. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is a social, educational and charitable organization of more than 200 women open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
  The monthly free “get acquainted” coffee is 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 820 Sunland Park (adjacent to Sunland Park Mall). Includes tour of the home improvement showcase. No RSVP necessary. Information: 585-6545.
  The February luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Coronado Country Club 1044 Broadmoor. Guest speaker Michael J. Romano, M.D. will talk about the new Westside Center of the Texas Tech University Health and Science Center under construction. Reservations required: $20. Information: 588-6352.

Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Feb. 13), at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. New techniques and workshops are being held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Carmen Guzman, 203-0515.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.

Woman’s Department GEPCC coffee — Woman’s Department Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Coffee is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 18, at the home of Betty MacQuire, 1209 Thunderbird. Information: 755-6193 or qwilliamq@aol.com.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter will hold its annual ROTC Cadet Recognition Luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Great American Land & Cattle Company, 9800 Gateway North in Northeast El Paso. Information: 755-4038.

Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
  The monthly General Meeting and luncheon is noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, at State Line Restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Drive. Reservations: 598-6376.

El Paso Retired Teachers luncheon — All retired teachers and school personnel are invited to a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway. Program will be presented by Texas Tech on Heart Health. Cost: $17. Reservations: 755-4434.

Apple Users Group — The El Paso Apple Users Group is open to anyone interested in Apple Macintosh computers. EPAUG is a hands-on club for Apple Computer, iPad, and iPhone users to share information and ideas. The group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, 1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or epmug.org.

Dona Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.
  The Feb. 16 program is “Bird Portraits: From Far and Near” presented by Nirmal Khandan.
  The club hosts a monthly Photography Boot Camp 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays through May at the center. The camp is aimed at anyone new to photography, wanting to learn how to better use their camera, or with questions about photography and how to take better photographs. Cost: $5 per workshops; $15 DAPC membership (workshops free with membership purchase). Space is limited. Registration: Rob Peinert,education@daphotoclub.org.
Jan. 30: Learning About Your Camera
Feb. 20: Taking better photographs
March 19: Getting your camera off automatic mode
April 16: Editing
May 21: Image critique.

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

Area attractions

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.
  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.
  Last Sunday hike is 8 a.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 28, beginning in the tramway’s parking lot. February’s hike is a Couple’s Hike. Wear sturdy shoes, bring walking stick, snacks and water for all hikes.
  A “Love’s Better Outside” photo contest runs Feb. 1-14. Visitors may submit their photos of their loved ones (family, friends, pets, etc.) for a chance to win Tramway ride tickets. Deadline to submit photos to Diana.Moy@tpwd.texas.gov is Feb. 10; and voting for the best picture is Feb. 12-14 on the tramway’s Facebook page. The photo with the most “Likes” wins.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing season runs through April 19. Post time is 12:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19-April 19. Nine races held each race day.
• Bourbon and Whiskey Festival is noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Sample tickets: $10 (ten samples). Live entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. with Joe Barron Band at 9 p.m.
  Mechanical Bull Riding Competition is noon to 6 p.m. Finals begin around 5 p.m.
• Wine Tasting At the Park is noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, with live entertainment at 4:30 p.m. and Fleetwood Nicks (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) at 9:30 p.m. Sample tickets: $10 (ten samples).
• Mariachi Festival is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Additional live entertainment follows at 9 p.m.

Tombaugh Observatory — NMSU’s Tombaugh Observatory in Las Cruces hosts open house each Friday nearest the time of the first quarter moon from September to May, weather providing. Programs begin with a short presentation, followed by guided observing through telescopes. Information: (575) 646-4438, or (575) 646-6278 to confirm the observatory will be open that evening.
  Upcoming open houses are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 and March 11.

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.

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.

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 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, which also offers family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.

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

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

Spaceport America Visitor Center — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport’s new Spaceport America Experience tour is open for visitors at 301 S. Foch, in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, N.M., with educational and interactive space exhibits, tour tickets and official Spaceport America merchandise. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information/group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
  Free live music on the patio offered 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with food truck most Saturdays; bring a picnic basket Sunday.
  Open mic sessions are 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month.

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 — New Mexico’s oldest winery is just across the state line from El Paso, at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Nuvo — Plaza San Luis, Ejercito Nacional at Francisco Villarreal. Wedding and Quinceañera Expo is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Fashion shows at 1 and 5 p.m. Raffles offered.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 or ccpn.com.mx (Facebook: ccpnteatro). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• The musical comedy “Como quieras Perro amame” is 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Admission: 150 to 350 pesos.
• The musical “Chicago” is 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Admission: 150 to 250 pesos.
• “La Dalia Negra,” a play about the Black Dahlia murder starring actor Fernando Luja, is 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.
• Children’s theater, “Peppa Pig,” is presented at 1:30, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Admission: 250 to 450 pesos.
• Lecture by Cesar Lozano, “Por el placer de vivir,” is at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Admission: 220 to 400 pesos.
• Concert by El Consorcio (formerly Mocedades) is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Admission: 400 to 650 pesos.

Telon de Arena — Insurgentes Avenue and Cayetano Lopez, behind Plaza Grande Business Center. Information, ticket prices: 656 6119545, telondearena.org.
  Presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in February: “La Celestina,” a play by Fernando de Rojas, adapted by Perla de la Rosa and Guadalupe de la Mora. Admission: 120 pesos.

Museo del Chamizal — Chamizal Park (next to the Bridge of the Americas). The museum features archaeological and historic exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 611-1048.
  Showing through February: ”Monuments,” scale models of Juárez’s major public monuments.
  Dog walking, with talks on dogs and adoption fair, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the park area outside the museum.

Museo del INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. Admission is free. Information: 616-7414, Bellasartes.gob.mx.
  The IV Biennial Ciudad Juárez/El Paso Biennial exhibit presented by S-Mart runs through Feb. 7. The 44 artists in the exhibit have works on display at both INBA and the El Paso Museum of Art.

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Mario Aguilar comic show is at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Tickets: 180 to 270 pesos.
• “Paw Patrol” theater for children is 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Tickets: 120 to 180 pesos.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre.
  Valentine’s Day dinner dance is at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Olimpo Room, with three course dinner and music by Cliche. Bring your own bottle. Special dinner also served at Terraza Garden Restaurant, with live music.

Papal Visit — Pope Francis will visit various sites in Juárez Wednesday, Feb. 17, as the last leg of his five-day trip to Mexico. See “Roundup” for details.

Paté de Fuá — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas presents the jazz, tarantella and tango fusion group from Mexico City at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez, as part of its 2016 Matices Culturales series. Tickets information: 612-4075. In El Paso: 544-5118. Web: fmascarenas.org.
  Upcoming programs in the series:
• Friday, March 18: Joven Ballet de Jalisco
• Friday, May 6: Erika Suárez (Flamenco dancer)
• Saturday, May 28: San Juan Project (jazz).

Habaneros Restaurant — Plaza Diamante, Tecnologico Av corner of Ave Del Paraiso. Comedians Richard Villa, Sam Butler and Noe Cervantes perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Cost: 100 peso plus dinner cost.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Wrestling starring Los perros del Mal plus 15 other professional wrestlers begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Admission: 60 to 450 pesos.

La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos. February special: 4-people admission is 200 pesos (need not be a family). Current film: “Little Giants.”
  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.
  An exhibit on Mother Teresa of Calcutta including her clothes, Nobel Peace Prize and photographs is scheduled to be on exhibit in February; details to be announced.

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.
  Every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. is Domingueana, with guided tours and puppet shows.
  A free literary workshop with Guadalupe Frieto is 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on the last Friday of each month.
  Permanent exhibitions in nine rooms highlight the Mexican Revolution. Displays include the Francisco Madero carriage, Pascual Orozco hat, Francisco “Pancho” Villa displays and a scale model of Juárez-El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.
  Audio guide available for 50 pesos.

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

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

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