November 2017

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
For other monthly categories, click here
Harvest & Halloween
Haunted Houses
Mazes & More
Veterans Day
Southern New Mexico

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



‘A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior League of El Paso’s 44th annual holiday shopping fair is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-5, at the El Paso Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Merry & Bright.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair brings together about 200 merchants from across the country as well as arts, crafts, live entertainment, music, and Storytime with Santa. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, military, children 6-12; free for children under six). Information: 584-3511 or jlep.org.
Special events:
  A Great Gatsby/ Murder Mystery Style “Exclusive Preview Party” is 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, with silent and live auctions, dinner and shopping. Seating is limited. Call for tickets.  
  A private “Sip and Shop” shopping
experience is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost: $30 (includes, mimosa, bloody Mary or non-alcoholic beverage, breakfast and private shopping).
  “Polar Express PJ Party” is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost: $30 for one child and one parent; $15 per each additional child (includes breakfast, entertainment, visit from Santa).  
  “Clara’s High Tea Party” is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $30 for one child and one parent; $15 per each additional child (includes breakfast, entertainment and visit from Santa).

Paw Pageant — El Pawso’s Pageant: A Pageant for Dogs, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Cleveland Square Park, 510 N. Santa Fe. Food trucks, entertainment, vendors and family activities. Admission is free; $25 contestant (includes enrollment in the glamour wear, costume and photogenic categories). Information: 235-2022, events@emajj.com, emajj.com/el-pawso-s-pageant.html, or on Facebook at epawsos.
  Competitive events include: Personality Wear, My Dog’s Got Talent, and Glamour. Ribbon Winner categories include Photogenic, Best Tail Wagging, Best Mirror Image (look-alike), most original costume, and ugly duckly.

El Maida Circus — The famous Shrine Circus returns for its 65th annual performances Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 9-12, at El Paso County Coliseum. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Doors open one hour early to meet performers, with animal rides and other activities. Reserved and floor seat are $28 and $22; discounts offered. Information: supershrinecircus.com, Ticketmaster or call 562-1444.

Taste of El Paso — The area’s “ultimate culinary experience” is Thursday, Nov. 9, at El Paso Convention Center, with samples from premier restaurants, each paired with either a craft beer or wine tasting. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a cocktail party and art show, followed by samples at 6 p.m. Tickets: $40 ($55 after Oct. 28) general admission; $75 VIP ($100 after Oct. 28);(Ticketmaster).
  Every guest receives a program good for the sampling of appetizers, desserts, main courses, and sampling tickets for an Island Bar stocked with favorites from Dead Beach Brewery, Ode Brewery, along with additional craft beers, wine, plus tequila samples and more.

Freedom Fest — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road, hosts a Veterans Day weekend Carnival at 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11-12, with live bands, small carnival rides, games, food vendors and beer tents, inflatables, chalk artists, magic shows, carnival performers, a fortune teller booth, face painting, balloon artists and more. Fireworks finale on Saturday. Admission is free; the public is welcome. Information: freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.

German Advents-Bazaar — The annual “Christkindlmarket” arts and crafts festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Building 757 on Carter Road in Fort Bliss (former Oktoberfest venue). Admission is free. Information: 201-5939, 201-5938 or betreuunginelpaso.com.
  The traditional German Christmas fair features vendors selling handmade products ranging from decorations, handmade greeting cards and quilts to woodcraft products. German bratwurst, smoked fish, German beer and Gluehwein, German coffee, cakes, pastries and cookies will also be sold.  
  All proceeds go towards social projects on both sides of the border through the German Air Force’s charity organization “Aid for the Needy.”

Las Artistas — Las Artistas 48th annual Art and Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18-19, Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E Mills, with more than 90 artists and craftspeople, and art students from El Paso and around the country. Cost: $6; free for age 17 and younger. Information: 319-4541 or lasartistas.org. 
  More than 90 boothholders, including students from the UTEP Metals and Ceramics program. You will see a wide range of art and fine crafts: paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood, wearable art and more.
  This year’s show will feature a Next Generation booth featuring work by the children and relatives of Las Artistas members. Classical and Flamenco guitarist Jake Mossman will be performing on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. 
  A preview party is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Hotel Indigo’s Circa 1963 Room, 325 N, Kansas. Cost: $15 (includes one-day admission to the show).

Paw into Fall Festival — Chewy’s Animal Rescue’s inaugural fundraising festival is 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Cafe Galeria, 11550 North Loop, with food trucks, jumping balloon, face painting and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Chewysrescue.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events Nov. 18-Jan. 1 in Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger); spectator admission is free; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $35 starting Nov. 1, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or on Facebook at EPWinterfest.
  Discount days include $2 off Tuesdays with canned good donation. Skating fee with small toy donation Nov. 27-Dec. 3.
  New to the event this year is a mural on the El Paso Museum of Art’s exterior wall creating a photo opportunity for guests.
  Also featured is a giant inflated snow globe, Electric 25 holiday tree, Warming Tent, Kringle Kafé, Winter Market Shoppes (featuring Mini Donut Depot, Delicious Mexican Eatery, and other local vendors), and numerous lights and décor.  
  Special Thursdays events include Ice, Ice, ‘80s Party, Skate with Santa, and Let it Snow Day.
  Free holiday movies offered at the Plaza Theatre Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 31 (no movies Dec. 17). Titles to be announced.
  Skating hours (subject to change):
• Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, Nov. 18, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30.
• Noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 19-22, Nov. 26, Dec. 20-24; Dec. 26-28, and Jan. 1.
• Noon to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day.
• 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-7, Dec. 11-14 and Dec. 18-19.
• 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
• Noon to 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade — The 81st annual Sun Bowl Parade is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23(Thanksgiving Day), at Montana and Ochoa and proceeds east three miles to Copia. This year’s theme is “American Folklore.” Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana):
$10; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office. Information: 533-4416 or sunbowl.org.
  The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935, and was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was changed to Thanksgiving Day. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the region.

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.

Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 82nd annual evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 2, at San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 212-0092 or on Facebook at El Paso Parks and Recreation.
  The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade.
  Parade begins north of Campbell on Main Street, and proceeds left on Mesa Street to Overland, and left on Campbell to Myrtle.


Harvest & Halloween

Pumpkins on the Plaza – 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, on the Downtown Plaza in Las Cruces, 100 Main Street, with costume and pumpkin carving contests, food trucks, games, live entertainment and more. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces. Information: lascrucescvb.org.

Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host its 11th annual safe trick-or-treating event for families with children age 2 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29. Activities include candy stations, games, animal enrichment activities and more. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156, 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.

Boo Bash — Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West, hosts its annual family Halloween event 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the in the Lower Level, Center Court, with crafts, games, prizes, and costume fashion show. Children encouraged to wear costumes. Admission is free. Information: 779-7070, simon.com or on Facebook.
  Mall-wide Trick-or-Treating is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Families can enjoy collecting treats from retailers throughout the mall.

Downtown Halloween Zombie Walk Carnival — El Paso Parks and Recreation Departments hosts the carnival event 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at San Jacinto Plaza, downtown El Paso, with the closure of Oregon, Mills and Main streets surrounding the plaza for added safety. Zombie Walk starts at 7:30 p.m. All ages invited; friendly pets welcome on leash. To register for the walk, a donation of a non-perishable food or supplies for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be required. Information: (915) 212-17o4. 
  Live music provided by local bands and best DJ’s. Jumping balloons, games, activities and candy provided by local services.
  Zombie Walk costume contests for various age groups includes best make up, Best Frightful Scream Contest, pet costume and dance contests.

Fort Bliss Halloween — Fort Bliss will host these Halloween season events:
• Massacre on Marshall Road Haunted House — The haunted house is 6 p.m. 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 28, and 6 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 31. This house has been voted scariest in the area in past years. Not recommended for children under 10 or the “faint of heart.” Admission: $5; discounted prices ($3) Oct 27-28, during the Monster Bash event. Information: 588-8247.
The Monster Bash family Halloween event is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. This year’s theme is “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Choose from, three haunted house experiences; “Barely Scary,” for $1; “Kinda Scary,” for $2; and “Massacre on Marshall Road,” discounted to $3 during the event.

Halloween Extravaganza — City of Las Cruces Museums, 411 to 501 N. Main Street, host Halloween activities 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28, for all ages. Programs are free. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
• “Haunted Museum” events at the Museum of Nature and Science. Visitors can wear their Halloween costume and take a selfie with Stan the T-Rex. Creepy crafts include making a pumpkin lantern and a spooky flying ghost.
• “Artrageous” activity is decorating a trick or treat bag in the atrium of the Museum of Nature and Science.
• Sugar skull making at the Branigan Cultural Center. Registration required.
  The Nature Center will also host a special edition of “Animal Encounters” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Museum of Nature and Science’s classroom.

Halloween Fest at Tramway — The annual Halloween Fest is noon to 5 p.m. at Wyler Aerial Tramway, Saturday, Oct. 28, with creepy crawler and bats exhibits. The annual carved pumpkin contest is noon; bring pumpkins by at 11:45 a.m. carved and ready to display. Visitors will vote on favorites, and winners announced at 5 p.m. for tramway souvenir prizes. Cost for tramway rides is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
  To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.

Harvest Fest — The free festival for all ages is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West with free entertainment, door prizes, handcrafted items for sale, pumpkin decorating stations and costume contests for all ages. Information: 772-7479 or shopbassettplace.com.

Spook Town — Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road, hosts a family Halloween event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. with trick or treating beginning at 11:30 a.m., and games, activities and costume contest on the lawn noon to 2 p.m. Information: freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.

Halloween HorsePower Car, Truck, Bike Show — The Halloween event wraps up Barnett’s 40th Birthday Bash noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, with car, truck and bike show benefitting Hands of Love and Hope, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, with a fashion show, Halloween costume contest, kids fun zone, food trucks and a beer garden. Admission: $3; free for age 12 and younger. Information: 449-1032 or elpasostreetscene.com.
   As part of the weekend, Barnett will host a Factory Demo Truck Friday and Saturday, as well as food trucks on Saturday. Admission free both days. Information 1-800-453-1513 or barnettharley.com.

Haunted House — Women’s Intercultural Center, 303 Lincoln Street in Anthony, N.M. hosts a haunted house 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 29-31. Admission: $3. Information: (575) 882-5556 or womensinterculturalcenter.org.

‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk — Pets Alive El Paso will host its 13th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery. Registration begins at noon. The event includes music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Advance registration: $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs (limit of two dogs per person). On-site registration on day of event is $5 extra. Military with ID receive $5 discount. Information, cost: 247-6057, PetsAliveElPaso.org, or facebook.com/petsaliveelpaso.
   Pets Alive El Paso is a nonprofit corporation working to make El Paso a no-kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.

City Halloween carnivals — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Happiness throughout the city at area recreation centers Tuesday, Oct. 31. The carnivals include family costume contests, jumping balloons and other types of family fun. Call for times. Admission is free.

EPCC Fall Festival — El Paso Community College hosts the family fall festival 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus’s Americana Language Village, 919 Hunter, with inflatables, rock wall, costume contest, carnival rides, food and games, and a magician. Activity bracelets: $15 for all rides (individual ride tickets may be purchased). Information: 831-2096.

Forbidden Acres — The Haunted House experience is 7:30 p.m. to midnight Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, at 13161 Tobacco Road (far east El Paso, off, take Square Dance Road north from Montana). All ages welcome; young children accompanied by an adult. Admission: $15 cash only. Information: 256-3088 or on Facebook.

Kern Place Halloween — The Kern Place Association’s annual Halloween events are Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Madeline Park. Time, information: kernplace.org or on Facebook at Kern Place Association.

King’s Kastle Party — The Children’s Ministries at Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, host a Halloween alternative party 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, featuring a non-scary carnival atmosphere with games, candy, cake walk, live entertainment, food and prizes. Non-scary costumes welcome. Admission is free; game tickets offered for a nominal fee. Information: 584-3912, ext. 27 or cbcelp.org.

KLAQ Halloween Parade — The annual parade is Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood, and returns there. The parade is 1.9 miles and lasts about one hour. Prizes will be given in various categories. No entry fee, but entries must display “KLAQ.” Parade usually begins at 3:30 p.m., but early arrival strongly encouraged; pre-registration is 10 to 3 p.m. Information: 544-8864 or klaq.com.



Haunted Houses

‘Bloody Shakespeare’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance student organization, The Playmakers, present a 30-minute journey — part haunted house, part classic theatre — to the darkest corners of Shakespeare’s mind 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Monday through Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 3; and 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Tickets are $14 ($12 for UTEP faculty, staff and alumni with card; military and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students). Some shows are sold out. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  Murder, witchcraft, and poetry blend into a ghoulish mix as guests walk from one macabre chamber to the next. Proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund.

Haunted Village — The village is open Saturday and Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28-29, at Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum 1000 U.S. 82 in Cloudcroft, N.M. Call for cost: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.

‘Terror Trail Haunted House’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 29, plus 7:30 p.m. until last ticket sold Tuesday, Oct. 31. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Tickets: $16 general admission haunted house only; $18 Zombie Shoot; combo ticket is $29. Information: 877-FEAR (3327) or texasterrortrail.com.

KLAQ Haunted House — The annual haunting “Area 52,” runs through Oct. 31 at Desert Warriors Paintball, 13900 Montana. Haunted House recommended for ages 14 and older. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays; 7 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets: $15. Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com.


Mazes & More

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The 17th annual labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 29 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. This year’s theme is “It Ain’t Corny.” Food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919, mesillavalleymaze.com or on Facebook at Mesilla Valley Maze.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.  
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.  
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 3rd season noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 5 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. Food “Truck Wagons” on site; no grills or glass containers allowed. This year’s maze theme is Venture through Renewable Energy. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $10.95; $9.95 military/teacher with ID; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386), elpasocornmaze.com or on Facebook.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open through Nov. 5 (weather permitting) for its 17th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. This year’s theme celebrates El Paso Chihuahuas with a depiction of mascot, “Chico.” Information: 549-1323 or launionmaze.com.  
  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
  Cost: $12 ($10 military; $7 seniors 65-75); $6 for ages 2-5 ($5 military.) Free for age two and seniors over 75. Open weekdays for scheduled field trips 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with reservations. Tickets available in advance at ticketleap.com.  
  The Maze offers the Big Maze, a kids flower maze, family jumping pillow, big slide, pedal cars, target practice, sports throw, zipline, horse walk swing, rubber ducky races, sand box, picnic tables under huge tent and concessions.
  Rides to the pumpkin patch, cow train and pig races also offered during daylight hours.
  October nights feature the Haunted Pallet Maze (additional $7 person).


Día de los Muertos

Concordia Día de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society celebrate Day of the Dead 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (between Boone and Stevens) with revelers dressed in vintage Mexican clothes complete with skulls painted on their faces, 10-foot mojigangas (dancing skeleton puppets), a scavenger hunt, live music, food trucks, face painters, dancers, poetry readings, arts and crafts and ceremonial offerings. Tickets: $5 ($1 age 16 and younger; $2 seniors 60 and older and military; free for children under 6). Information: 497-1126, 593-8906, comaes39@aol.com, concordiacemetery.org or lallorona915@yahoo.com.
  Guests may come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas (skeletons).

Día de los Muertos — The Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old Mesilla Plaza with food, music, stories, dancing and piñatas noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28-29. Traditional day of the dead altars will be on display. Altars can be to specific persons, groups of people, a cause, or beloved pets. Vendors will feature handmade Day of the Dead-themed gifts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-2639 or calaveracoalition@gmail.com.
  A candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto and coffee is held each year on Nov. 2. Call for time.
  All proceeds from this event are donated to the Community of Hope & Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry; donations of five canned goods requested for all altar setups.

Día de los Muertos ‘Artesania: Patrimonio Cultural’ — La Mujer Obrera Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas, hosts its 20th annual Day of the Dead 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, with traditional food, calaveras and catrinas, altars, raramuri, and a celebration of the arts from Chiapas, Puebla, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and Chihuahua, as well as entertainment by Danza Azteca Omecoatl, Ceiba, Carambola community music, Amalia Mondragon and Frontera Bugalu. Admission is free. Information: 217-1126, mujerobrera.org or on Facebook at mujerobrera.

La Fe Día de los Muertos Celebration — Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe hosts a Día de Muertos Celebration beginning Thursday, Nov. 2, at the La Fe Culture and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building). Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 545-7190.
  This family event will feature an altar display in the auditorium, live music and entertainment including outdoor performances by the Mariachi Leyenda Azteca, the Danza Apache San Judas Tadeo Matachines, and the Ballet Folklórico Totec de La Fe. Other outdoor festivities include food, Day of the Dead bread, and refreshment booths. Face painting for children and adults and a Catrín/Catrina Costume Contest will also be featured. Proceeds benefit La Fe’s culture, arts, and education programming.  
  The public is invited to participate in the community altar display by creating an altar to a deceased. To contribute, contact La Fe Día De Los Muertos Event Coordinator Emmanuel Alfaro at 545-7190.

Silver City ‘Día de los Muertos’ — A community ofrenda procession is 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at the Silver City Museum Courtyard, 312 W Broadway. and ending at Miller Library. The guided tour of community ofrendas celebrates passed loved ones and community icons. Information on Facebook at Silver City Día de Los Muertos.
  The Día De Los Muertos Downtown celebration begins at noon Sunday, Oct. 29, with parade at 3:30 p.m., live music, and workshops, talks and other presentations.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day — Veterans Day originated at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany, which brought closure to World War I. In 1954, the United States designated Nov. 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.

Veterans Day Gala — El Paso Area Veterans Organizations’ annual Veterans Day Gala dinner is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Centennial Club, 1119 Sgt. E. Churchill, at East Fort Bliss. The “Veterans Honoring Veterans” celebration will honor veterans from various wars and conflicts. Dress code is coat and tie for civilians and Army Service Uniform for the military. The public is encouraged to attend. Tickets: $30 ($300 table for 10). Information: 566-2880 or 568-2497.

Veterans Day Parades — Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11.
• The Downtown El Paso parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The 1.3-mile parade, sponsored by the United American Veterans Organization, starts at Myrtle and Florence streets and circles San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 541-4050.
• The annual Northeast Veterans Parade usually begins at11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Stahala and Hondo Pass and ending at Old Glory Memorial at Diana and Gateway North for ceremony. Information: Jimmy Melver, 549-5031.
• The Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, along Water and Main Street. lascrucesvetday.org.
  Veterans Day originated at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany, which brought closure to World War I. Known as Armistice Day, Congress voted the day a federal holiday in 1938.

Mesilla Veterans Day — A ceremony honoring the town’s veterans is 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 11, at Parque de los Veteranos, Avenida de Mesilla and Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

San Elizario Veterans Day Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society hosts the 21st annual patriotic celebration beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. A parade starts at the corner of Socorro and Thompson Road and goes to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of historic San Elceario Chapel. Grand Marshal is Manuel Alvarado, with Honorary Marshal Robert Holguin, KFOX news anchor. Information: 383-8529, rayborrego99@msn.com or sanelizariogenealogy.com.
  A Veterans Celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. This year’s honorees are veterans Eduardo Apodaca, Deanna Caldwell, Tony Perez, Enrique Valdez Jr., and Frank Valdez Jr.

Southern New Mexico

Harvestfest — Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce’s annual afternoon of family fun is 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft, N.M., with hay rides, carved and decorated pumpkins, a costume contest, parade and trick or treating. Most activities are free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.
  The annual Great Pumpkin Race is 2 p.m. with amateurs, semi-pros and pros competing for prizes by rolling pumpkins down a hill; a piñata bash and pet parade follows.
  Costume contest and parade is 3:30 p.m. on Burro Avenue.
  Trick or treating at the merchants is 4 to 6 p.m.

New Mexico Pumpkin Festival — The 9th annual festival celebrating the fall gourd is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29, at the Mesilla Valley Maze and Lyles Family Farm, 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Corn maze, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, and a country store offered. Winners from the annual coloring and pumpkin-carving contests will be displayed. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID. Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalleymaze.com.  
  Other activities include live music, a pie eating contest, hula hoop contest, stick horse rodeo, goblin egg gourd hunt, tug of war, great pumpkin drop and more.

NMSU Homecoming — The New Mexico State University Aggies’ 2017 Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, against Arkansas State. Ticket information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstatesports.com.
  Alumni and Friends Tailgate events begin at 4 p.m. near the stadium’s northeast entrance. Tickets: $20 ($20 age 4-12; free for age 3 and younger). RSVP required; space is limited. Information: alumni@nmsu.edu.
  The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Corbett Center Ballrooms, 3rd floor. Tickets: $50. Information: alumni@nmsu.edu.
  AG-griculture Day events are 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Aggie Memorial Parking Lot, with booths, live animals, educational exhibits, New Mexico food samples, trick or treat with Pistol Pete and more.
  The Homecoming parade is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, along University Avenue.

Renaissance Artsfaire — The 46th annual event, sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at Young Park, Walnut and Lohman in Las Cruces, with handcrafted items created by artists from around the Southwest, food offered by and supporting area non-profit organizations, entertainment on several stages — including the return by popular demand of jousting on horseback, a beer and wine garden with local brews, and the rejuvenated Magellan the Dragon. Parade each day at 1 p.m. Artistas del Camino Real will demonstrate Spanish and Native art. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
  Admission: $10; free for age 12 and younger; advance discount tickets (two for $15) offered at the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite-B-D or at daarts.org. No pets except service animals. VIP Pass is $60, includes 2-person one day entry, access to VIP tent with refreshments and up-front views of jousting, photo ops with jousters, preferred parking for one vehicle, and two vintage Ren Faire T-shirts. One-person VIP pass is $35.
  There are two Royal Realms and the Middle Eastern Village to visit with the knights and ladies and watch period dances and other entertainment. Children’s Realm featuring activities and entertainment, a scavenger hunt, petting zoo, and canoe rides offered as a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts where they can get up close to Magellan.
  The Order of Epona’s jousters on horseback return with two shows daily. Other entertainment includes Robert the Ratcatcher at the top of the hill with his “Ratapult,” Greyhounds of Fairhaven and Hawkquest. The Society for Creative Anachronism and Amptgard will reenact medieval battles.  
  Free park and ride shuttles run between the southwest corner of the Mesilla Valley Mall and Young Park every 15 minutes.

Veterans’ Day Car Show — The 20th annual car show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Veterans Center, 992 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Antique and classic vehicles will be on display along with a swap meet and concessions. On-site entry fee for participants $30 on site. Spectator admission is free. Information: (575) 894-4222, or sam.shannon@state.nm.us.
  The annual ‘Run For the Wall’ motorcycle run begins at 9 a.m.

Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference — The annual conference returns Nov. 8-12, with workshops and classes Wednesday through Friday. Information: (575) 525-1735 or on Facebook. Tickets: lascrucesmariachi.org.
  The Student Showcase concert is 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch, Las Cruces. Tickets: $10.
  The Spectacular Concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Centennial High. This year’s performers include Mariachi Bellas Musical of Tucson, Mariachi Aztlán of University of Texas RGV, and Mariachi Cobre from Walt Disney World. Tickets: $35 general admission; $45 reserved.
  The Mariachi Mass is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Plaza de Las Cruces, followed by the ¡Mariachi y Mas! Finale event noon to 5 p.m.

Christmas Jubilee — The annual Ruidoso shopping extravaganza is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 10-12, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with more than 82 merchants, a food court, holiday music and decor, pictures with Santa, kids’ crafts and a Mouse Caboose. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Ruidoso Valley Greeters. Admission: $2 (free for active duty military and children under 12). Information: Paula Ray Bates (512) 796-7023, Marilyn Barnes, (575) 257-7395, ruidosochristmasjubilee.net or on Facebook at Ruidoso Christmas Jubilee.
  The Ruidoso Greeters are a non-profit branch of the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce and have held the jubilee for over 30 years.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The mountain village of Ruidoso hosts the following events though the Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights.
  The Christmas Jubilee is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a/m/to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10-12, at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Admission: $2.
  The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. This year’s theme is “Christmas Candyland.”

HomeGrown — The 4th annual New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Admission: $5 per vehicle; first 100 vehicles each day receive a free burlap shopping bag. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
   Vendors from around the state will sell products such as honey, salsas, candy, cheese, gift items, wine and jerky. Includes free demonstrations, samples, crafts and more.

‘Toys For Kids’ Parade — The Las Cruces Motorcyclists’ 37th annual toy drive parade begins at noon Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Mesilla Valley Mall. Parade travels south on Don Roser, turning west on Missouri to Solano, then south to University, ending at the Las Cruces Convention Center at University and El Paseo. Registration is 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Mesilla Valley Mall.  
   Bike show, live music with Triple Jack, door prizes, grand prize drawing, raffles, vendors and more follow at Convention Center. Call for cost: (575) 527-7552, (575) 523-1061, (575) 527-4930 or on Facebook.
  Beneficiaries include agencies that support children in need.

Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade — The 27th annual Silver City Lighted Christmas Parade, “A Hometown Holiday — Past, Present and Future,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in the historic Downtown district. Information: (575) 534-1700, Lightedparade@gmail.com or silvercitymainstreet.com.
  The parade starts at the intersection of Cooper and Broadway and ends on Bullard at the intersection of College.

All Aboard Tree Lighting — Inn of the Mountain God’s family event is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, the resort and casino 287 Carrizo Canyon, in Mescalero, N.M., with free pictures with Santa until 2 to 4 p.m., free cookies & hot cocoa 4 to 5 p.m., choir presentation and tree lighting at 6 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission; includes a Polar Express book (Ticketmaster). Information: innofthemountaingods.com.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or carlsbadwinterwine.com.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include:
• The Christmas Tree lighting is Saturday, Dec. 2 at dusk; stores on Burro will be open late for holiday shopping.
• Santa Land Bonfires are 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16, in Zenith Park behind the Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with and cookies, as well as a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, cocoa and more. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-4447 or coolcloudcroft.com.

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.
  The event includes the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale, which began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s many artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the Art Show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that.  
  Proceeds support several nonprofit organizations serving Hillsboro and the surrounding areas.
  Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will celebrate the day with food, music, and special holiday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa hats, and village maps will direct visitors to Christmas in the Foothills and other village holiday events.
  Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.

Electric Light Parade — The annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, along Main Street (from College to 3rd Street) in Roswell, N.M. A Christmas Caroling Contest precedes the event 4 to 6 p.m. Information: (575) 420-5718 or mainstreetroswell.org.

Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 13th annual arts stroll 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on the historic plaza and several surrounding shops in Socorro. The event features, live music, artwork, hay rides food and beverages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927.
  The city’s official Christmas tree lighting is 7 p.m. on the plaza, with appearance by Santa on the gazebo.

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.  
  The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12 (4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or christmasonthepecos.com.

West Texas


Dueling Chili Cookoffs — Two rival chili cookoffs compete simultaneously on the first weekend of November for the talents and taste buds of chili lovers from around the country in the remote beauty of the Big Bend.
• The 50th annual Original Terlingua International (Frank X. Tolbert-Wick Fowler Memorial) Chili Cookoff is Nov. 2-4, at Arturo White’s Terlingua Store on Highway 170, with live music by Gary P. Nunn, 4 Way Street, Thomas Michael Riley, the Texas Tornadoes and Los Pinche Gringos. Ticket information: (817) 251-1287, abowlofred.com or on Facebook at OTICCC.
• Terlingua International Chili Championship — The 51st annual CASI-sanctioned championship cookoff is Saturday, Nov. 4 at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua.
  Preliminary cookoff is Tuesday, Oct. 31, with “Anything but Chili” cookoff and nighttime illuminated golf cart parade is Wednesday, Nov. 1, Desert Burger Bash Thursday, Nov. 2, and salsa, beans and hot wing competitions Friday, Nov. 3. Live music by Casey Pilgreen Thursday and Friday and Blue Kountry Band Thursday through Saturday.
Cost: $40 per person per week for camping; $20 single day pass. Information: 713-248-0681, casichili.net or on Facebook at CASI Chili Appreciation Society International.

Alpine Artwalk — Alpine, Texas’s 24th annual Gallery Night events honoring dozens of Big Bend artists is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at more than 25 Alpine studio and gallery locations. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days as well as a silent auction and an “Hecho a Mano” open-air food and art market at Kishmish Plaza. Admission is free. Information: Kiowa Gallery, (432) 837-3067 or artwalkalpine.com.
  The Artwalk Art Car Parade is noon Saturday down Holland Ave from Alpine Civic Center to Jackson Field.
  Free live music featured both days, with headline acts at 10 p.m. Friday’s headliners are Brice Daniels Band at the Ole Crystal Bar and Zack Walther at Railroad Blues. Saturday’s headliners are the Powell Brothers at Granada Theatre, Tyler Rogers Band at Crystal Bar and Aaron Stephens at Railroad Blues.
  This year’s honored artist is Jon Sufficool.
  Blacksmithing workshops with and Luminarias workshop with Dale Jenssen are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15-16.


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. Fall and winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Upper parking lot for Handicap Parking only. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, farmersmarketadc@outlook.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
  Yoga 9 to 10 a.m.; with massage 9 a.m. to noon by certified massage therapist.
  Weekly events include kids’ coloring booth and tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music. A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month.
Oct. 28: Día De Los Muertos Kid Trick or Treating. Bring the kids in costume. Día de Los Muertos items available as well as trick or treating with vendors and Halloween games.
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day celebration
Nov. 18: “It’s a Kid’s Thanksgiving,” with story time about the First Thanksgiving, “Make a Centerpiece” craft, games and more.

Mesita Fall Carnival — Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N. Mesa, will host its annual carnival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The event includes booths and games, carnival rides and food. Wristbands and activity tickets available at the gate. Information: 328-7415 or lyzbryan0306@hotmail.com.

NMSU jewelry sale — The students of New Mexico State University’s jewelry and metalsmithing program will hold their annual jewelry sale 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in the lobby of Williams Hall 1390 E. University. Information: (575) 646-1238 or on Facebook at NMSUjewelrysale.
  All the pieces are unique jewelry created in the Metalsmithing and Jewelry studio. Profits support student activities.

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.

Native American Market — The 5th annual event is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, on the historic Mesilla Plaza, with Native American dancers, authentic fry bread and Indian tacos, and Native American artisan crafts. Presented by the Native American Business Student Association. Admission is free. Information: nabsa.nmsu@gmail.com.

Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar — The NCO Wives’ Club will host the annual bazaar Nov. 4-5 at the Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717 Marshall (at Hahn). The bazaar features more than 100 vendors from throughout the Southwest offering arts, crafts, antiques and food. Door prizes also offered. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit various charitable projects. Admission: $1 (includes door prize ticket); free ages 17 and younger. Information: 590-7202.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: (916) 222-5458.
  Black Friday show is also planned for Friday, Nov. 24.

St. Paul’s Fall Festival — The St. Paul’s Methodist Women’s annual fall bazaar is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10-11, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with local artists and crafters, commercial vendors, specialty foods and more. Admission is free. Information: 772-2737 or stpaulschurchelpaso.org.

Calvary Chapel Craft Fair — Calvary Chapel of El Paso, 1771 Zaragoza, hosts a craft fair 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, featuring local vendors showcasing handmade crafts, jewelry, baked goods and Christmas items. Vendor spaces are $25. Admission is free. Information: 855-4565 or calvaryep.com.

Northgate Arts and Crafts Fair — Northgate Christian Church, 5430 Yvette, hosts the fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Specht Hall Building, next to church. Admission is free. Information: 755-0831.
  Vendor spaces available. Information: Mindy, 682-206-9200.

St. Francis Xavier Christmas Fair — The Catholic church’s fair is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12, at the parish hall, 519 S. Latta. Merchandise includes art, antiques, bath and beauty products, clothing, Christmas and holiday décor, garden items, home décor, jewelry, toys and more. Food and drink sold by the church. Admission is free. Information: 532-2761 or 204-2020.

Las Cruces Potters’ Guild show — The group’s 37th annual holiday art show and sale is 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1701 Missouri (at Locust) in Las Cruces, with functional pottery, sculpture and decor, mosaics, jewelry, and textiles. Admission is free. Information: (575) 639-6786, Facebook or pottersguildlc.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, Nov. 18-19, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.

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 in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. Food and drink concessions and entertainment. Pets welcome. Final market of the season is Nov. 19. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.

Mission Trail Harvest Market — The annual market is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, 1500 Main Street in San Elizario, with more several vendors selling arts and crafts, fall harvest goods and food. Live entertainment featured in the park gazebo. Admission is free. Information: 594-8424 or MissionTrailArtMarket.com.

Art in the Park — The City Parks & Recreation Department’s Spring 2017 arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12, at Memorial Park’s Reserve area, 3100 Copper, with arts and crafts vendors, and food booths. Local entertainment provided by dance groups, bands, and other recreational groups. Admission is free. Information: 212-1704.
  Postponed from Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 27th annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 1-3 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

San Elizario ChristKindleMarket and Tree Lighting — San Elizario Artist Guild’s 6th annual ChristKindle, a German tradition, is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3, on the historic plaza, with crafts, gifts, German food and drink. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org.

Putnam Holiday Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with more than 25 local vendors showcasing jewelry, art, woodworking, bake sale, face painting and free crafts for children, pictures with Santa and performances by the Putnam Falcons. Information: 203-4683 or putnam.episd.org.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 13th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.
  There is also an additional tent with more vendors on the new Camino Real Deck, as well as cooking demos by Chef Patrick Rosser from El Paso Community College.

St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and crafts fair 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with jewelry, baked items, and handicrafts made by resident artists. The annual Blessing of the Cribs will also be held. Information: 929-1034.

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.

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: elpasopunkrockfleamarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.

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

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.



Something for everyone


Mardi Gras Dance — Jefferson High School hosts a Mardi Gras dance 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E Paisano, featuring headlining music by Little Joe y La Familia. Details to be announced. Information: 491-3541 or lajeff.com.
  The Jefferson Mardi Gras is seeking contact information for all past Mardi Gras Queens: Jenny Robles, 540-5161.

Rubber Chicken Ride — New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance’s 6th annual ride is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29, at Red Pelican Courtyard, 102 Main in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Registration: $80 for the weekend(includes dinner Saturday night, event t-shirt and decals, and raffle ticket). Limited to first 100 paid entrants. Information: (505) 321-3155, resourcedirector@nmohva.org.
  Featured rides include Palomas Gap, Chloride Canyon and Mount Withington.

Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage — The largest pilgrimage each year is on the last Sunday in October, the traditional Feast Day of Christ the King. The 77th anniversary procession begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The pilgrimage annually attracts thousands of celebrants, many of whom begin their trek before dawn. Gates open at 5 a.m. Information: San Martin de Porras (575) 589-2106.
  The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross tops the mountain, 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler, the monument is accessible off McNutt Road (Highway 273) in Sunland Park — take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of retired professors Dr. John Haddox, Department of Philosophy and Chicano Studies, and Dr. Robert H. Schmidt Department of Geological Sciences and Center for Inter-American and Border Studies. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
  Exhibits:
  Showing through Dec. 15: “George Rodriguez: Where is Our Exile?” exhibit at the Rubin Center L-Gallery.
  Showing through Dec. 16 is the exhibit “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance” at the Centennial Museum.
• “Día de los Muertos Altars” display is Oct. 27-Nov. 3, at the Union Building, and Oct. 30-Nov. 6 at UTEP Library’s Third Floor Gallery.
• “Re-encountering the Columbian Exchange” photo exhibit of the food, history and culture from students’ study abroad in Spain is Nov. 13-17 in the Pick and Shovel Dining Hall, Union Bldg., Second Floor.
  Lectures and presentations:
• “Rarámuri Piano Concert” by Romeyno Gutiérrez is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
• Lecture on “Environmental Governance on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Progress and Perils” by Dr. Irasema Coronado, professor, Department of Political Science is 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Liberal Arts Building, Room 319.
• “Re-encountering the History and Cultural Impacts of the Columbian Exchange: Student documentaries of Study Abroad in Spain” presentation by Dr. Gina Núñez-Mchiri, Dr. Selfa Chew-Smithart and Héctor Enríquez, Spanish Coordinator, Department of Languages and Linguistics is 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Blumberg Auditorium.

Sharefest — Thousands of El Paso families will receive free gently used items 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the El Paso County Coliseum Pavilion, 4100 E. Paisano. Free parking available. Information: 313-5618 or epfj@aol.com.
  About 200 tables and clothes racks will offer free dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, sweaters, shoes, purses, toys, blankets, appliances, tools, canned food, furniture and more, with volunteers assisting, including bilingual speakers. Everyone is invited to attend. No documentation is needed.

‘The Hands of Cantú: Horsemanship at the Pass — The 3rd annual free family friendly horse-themed event in cooperation with the Tom Lea Institute is 10 a.m. to a p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Upper Valley Ranch, 6666 Morrill Road, with activities and various horse performances; driving, jumping, reining, Arabian horses, hippotherapy, adaptive riding, horse themed crafts and more.
Information: 203-0885, compadrestherapy.com and on Facebook.
  Guest lecturers are Dr. Melissa Warak on “Tom Lea, Horses and Horsemanship,” and Mr. John Hamilton on “The History of the Cavalry and its Role in El Paso and at Fort Bliss.”
  The event is inspired by Tom Lea’s 1964 novel, “The Hands of Cantú”, which tells the tale of an orphaned Spanish youth learning the art of horsemanship in the New World.

City Manager talk — El Paso Central Business Association hosts a presentation by El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez at noon Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Doubletree Hotel’s Franklin Ballroom (17th floor), 600 El Paso Street. Tickets (includes lunch): $25 ($30 members); tables of ten available. Information, RSVP: 235-2022 or administrator@elpasocba.com.  
  Gonzalez will talk about of the projects defining the future of the community, including the trolley car project.

El Paso Chicano(a) Legal Leadership Institute — The institute meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. every other Wednesday, Nov. 1, Lantana Room, 1st Floor of UTEP’s Union East. Pre-law students and anyone interested in applying to law school is invited to join this pre-law organization. Admission is free. Information: 490-9250.

EPCC Community Forums — El Paso Community College hosts free community forums to share news about EPCC’s upcoming campus enhancements. Each forum will feature an update from EPCC President Dr. William Serrata, a campus-specific presentation from the architecture firms about details for each project and an opportunity for questions and answers. Additional forums for other campuses will be held in 2018. Students, staff, faculty and the public are invited to attend. Information: 831-6526 or epcc.edu.
• 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre
• 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex
• 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, Northwest Campus Cafeteria.

Southwest Women’s Leadership Institute — Positive Directions’ 6th annual institute is 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Headstart Conference Center, 11670 Chito Sameniego, with various guest speakers. Cost (includes breakfast and lunch): $229 by Oct. 20; $279 after Oct. 20. Tables for 5 and 10 available. Information: 838-1000 or positiveiliana@gmail.com. Registration at positivedirectionsco.com.
  Keynote speaker is consultant and author Annette Simmons.
  Other speakers are Cynthia James, transformational specialist and author; UTEP President Dr. Diana Natalicio; and Kimberly Davis, expert on authentic leadership.

Young Professionals Leadership Summit — United Way’s Young Leadership Society will present “Engage,” a half-day summit geared toward young professionals in the borderland region, at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at DoubleTree Downtown, 600 El Paso Street. The summit includes a keynote speaker and three panels focused on topics such as leadership development, community engagement, philanthropy, entrepreneurship and economic growth, as well as an evening social at the DoubleTree’s Sky Lounge. Schedule and details announced soon. Ticket information: engagesummit.org.  
  The event is in partnership with the Association of Latino Professionals for America - El Paso, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s Breakthrough Leaders Initiative, the Office of Senator Jose Rodriguez, Progress 321 and the Young CPA Committee of El Paso.

‘Gathering for Ayotzinapa’ — Mujer Obrera welcomes Omar Garcia, a survivor a survivor from the attack against the Ayotzinapa students three years ago, at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Donations accepted for the families of students of Ayotzinapa.
   Forty-three students disappeared in the hands of the Mexican army and are still missing, Garcia has spoken openly about contradictions and deficiencies in the way the Mexican government has handled the Ayotzinapa case.

Border Mass — The Peace & Justice Ministry of the Dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez will host the mass in memory of migrants who have died crossing the border at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Rio Grande levee at the end of Calleros Street (near the Santa Fe Bridge). Bring a lawn chair and arrive early; space is limited to the first 400 people. Information: 872-8422.
  The event is led by the bishops of the Juárez, Las Cruces and El Paso dioceses.

Train Show — Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 3420 hosts the show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at Freeport McMoRan, 850 Hawkins. Follow the signs. Events include tours of No. 8420 Locomotive and a classic Santa Fe Caboose, plus train-related activities for children. Admission is free. Information: 204-3600 or 240-8384.

Model railroad open house — The Railroad Model and Historical Association of El Paso will sponsor its 68th annual open house 1 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in November at 6335 Vaughn Court (between Delta and Alameda, just west of Ascarate), with 1,700 square feet of tracks in three permanent layouts. Admission is free. Information: 500-9347 or on Facebook.

Tigua Post Tardeada — VFW Auxiliary hosts the Tigua Post #8782’s 55th anniversary tardeada 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the post at 691 N. Carolina. Door prizes and raffles offered. Tickets: $8. Information: 593-0262.

‘Democracy, Peace and Justice: Views from the Border’ — Students, experts from other campuses, and members of the community will reflect on the situation today in the U.S., U.S. relations with other countries, and conditions in El Paso/Juárez 8:45 a.m. to noon at Blumberg Auditorium, UTEP Library, and 12:15 to 7 p.m. at Andesite Room, Union East 102B, Wednesday, Nov. 8. Panels, roundtable discussions, lectures, and performances will analyze the evolution of current conditions and policies, as well as diverse reactions to them. Information: UTEP History Department,747-5508 or history@utep.edu.

Faces of Diabetes Conference — The 14th annual Faces of Diabetes Conference is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway. The event includes guest speakers on a variety of topics, breakout sessions and lunch. Physicians and nurses of all specialties involved in the management and care of a patient with diabetes are encouraged to attend. Information: aorquiz@epdiabetes.org.

Aviation Hall of Fame — The 34th El Paso Aviation Association’s Hall of Fame banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road at the Dona Ana County International Airport. Keynote Speaker is Rodolfo “Rudy” Maldonado, director of Air Operations for U..S Custom and Border Protection office of Air and Marine, El Paso Branch. Cost: $50. Public is invited, but RSVP by Nov. 3 to 581-3866. Information on Facebook at El Paso Aviation Association or War Eagles Air Museum.
  Honorees are Franklin T. “Tom” Baker, Juan L. Brito, and (posthumously) Lawrence Tyler Francis.

Bowie Guinness Record attempt — Bowie High School ex-Bears and ex-employees are invited to help break the Guinness World Record for Largest School Reunion 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 11, at Sun Bowl Stadium, during the Bowie vs. Jefferson Homecoming game. The goal is to get 3,800 Bowie Exes to break the record. Pre-registration required. Fee is $15; for reunion t-shirt and number. Shirt must be worn to event to be counted. Information on Facebook at “Bowie Guinness Book of World Record-Largest High School Reunion.”

Car Seat Safety Clinics — University Medical Center Foundation hosts monthly Car Seat Safety clinics at various locations. Upcoming clinics are Saturdays, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. Schedule an appointment: Carolyn Williams, 521-7229, ext. 80528 or cwilliams@umcelpaso.org.
 
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta — Alex Rodriguez, former Texas Rangers and New York Yankee baseball star and founder and CEO or A-Rod Corp, is guest speaker at the chamber’s 27th annual gala event Saturday, Nov. 11, at Wyndham El Paso Airport. Reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 8 p.m. The event also includes its popular tequila tasting and piñata bash. Tickets: $125 ($1,500 table for 10); on sale Oct. 15. Information: 566-4066.
  Rodriguez is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with a 20-year career that includes 14 All-Star appearances and three American League MVP Awards and a World Championship in 2009 with the New York Yankees. Rodriguez is now a color commentator for FOX Sports.
  He is also founder and CEO of A-ROD Corp, a private holding company with businesses in the U.S. and Latin America.

The Hub of Human Innovation — The Hub of Human Innovation hosts the workshop “From Idea To Acton” 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 500 West Overland, Suite 230, presented by Steve Garguilo of Action Surge. Admission is free. Information, registration: 321-3125 or hubep.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, peepfocalpoint@gmail.com. Web: peepclub.org.
Nov. 15: Lightroom & Photoshop.

ECCM Conference — The annual ECCM conference, “Is there not a Cause,” is Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 16-19, at Christian Joy Center, 1208 Sumac. Admission is free. Registration, times: 595-1307 or joycenter.org.

FAFSA Nights — Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce works with area businesses, UTEP and EPCC to help high school students submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Events are planned 4:30 to 7 p.m. at area high schools through Nov. 16. Full schedule at 831-2565, or at elpaso.org/financialaid.

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 (Nov. 18). 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 activity will focus on the first Thanksgiving in El Paso and highlight Native American Heritage month.

Compassionate Thanksgiving — Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts its annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Radisson El Paso Airport. A vegan dinner, open to the public, will be followed by a talk by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Reservation deadline is Nov. 14. Call for cost: 877-3030 or vsep.org.

Veteran’s Family Workshop — Amistad for Veteran’s Program, 3210 Dyer, hosts the workshop, “Understanding the Veteran in Your Family,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, in observance of Military Family Appreciation Month. Learn how to respond to veterans and how to receive additional community resources. Snacks and drinks provided. Registration: 298-1107, kward@ProjectAmistad.org (subject line, “Event Registration:), or on Facebook at AmistadVeterans.

Holiday Sleigh Rides — Grindstone Stables hosts its holiday horse-drawn sleigh rides beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23-25, weekends Dec. 1-16, nightly Dec. 17-31 and Jan. 5-6, through historic Upper Canyon in Ruidoso. Rides depart from Martha’s Fabrics’ parking lot at the top of the “traffic circle,” at the west end of Sudderth Drive. Santa Claus visit on Christmas Eve. Blankets furnished for all riders. Cost: $20 ($10 age 12 and under). Reservations (575) 973-3533. Information on Facebook at GrindstoneStables.

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations — The “Immunize El Paso” clinics for eligible persons ages 6 months and older are at various schools and other locations for those on Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid and Chip through November. Call for cost, eligibility, clinic locations, and schedule: immunizeelpaso.org.

Beginner’s Yoga — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, hosts free beginner’s yoga facilitated by Linda Bustamante 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the foundation’s classroom. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.

‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event Friday, Dec. 1, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with, shopping fair, fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and more. Shopping begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free; child care provided. Information: 532-8543 or theonesisterhood.com.

1 Million Cups — Local entrepreneurs can meet and present their startups to the El Paso community 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Hub of Human Innovation, l500 W Overland, Suite 230. The event is free to everyone; coffee served. Information: 321-3123, hubep.org or 1millioncups.com/elpaso.
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group’s final meeting of the year is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 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, ccwilkie@elpasocrohns.com.

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.

Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Prompt arrival strongly encouraged. Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing, followed by Twin Hearts Meditation. It will require some simple exercises prior to and after the meditation. Services offered on a first-come basis. Provided solely by volunteer efforts of the many El Paso Pranic healers. Donations welcome. Information on Facebook at LightElPaso.
  Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church. Donations welcome.
  Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give 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 district2@elpasotexas.gov.



For a good cause


Option for the Poor — The annual awards dinner, “One Community, One Mission,” hosted by Diocese of El Paso Peace and Justice Ministry is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Santa Lucia Parish Hall, 518 Gallagher, with keynote speaker and presenter, Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ. Tickets: $35 ($240 table for 8). Information: 872-8422.
  Oat of Justice Award winners include Luz Maria Luna, Mark and Michel Zayas, Ana Ramos, Oscar Luna, Tony and Adriana Posada and Doris Fierros.

El Paso Muscle Walk — The walk benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Cielo Vista Mall. Teams and individuals walk to raise money to help MDA local services and research. Information: 584-6355 or kborn@mdausa.org. Online registration at mdamusclewalk.org.

‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs Nov. 1-Dec. 16. New blankets, twin size or larger will be collected during “blanket Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information, additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or bradenaboud.com.

Brew at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoological Society’s 4th annual benefit is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, with 10 beer and 10 food samples, local food trucks, Red Cup Olympics, live music, games, live animal encounters and more. Ages 21 and older only. Last call at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $35; $60 couples; $180 six pack; $20 designated drivers. Includes a collector’s sampling glass. Information: epbrewatthezoo.com.

Black and White Ball — Silhouette Civic & Social Club’s annual ball is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 4, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sergeant E. Church Street on Biggs Field. Social hour is 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. and dance 9 p.m. to midnight with cash bar and music by DJ Mike Mike. Formal black and white or military dress required. Proceeds benefit Silhouette Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $40. Information: 253-4547 or silhouette1967@gmail.com.

Dance for Kids’ Sake — Big Brother Big Sisters of El Paso will host its 10th annual local take on the show “Dancing with the Stars” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Plaza Theatre. Local corporate, political and media celebrities star as dancers and judges to money and awareness for the needs of more than 100 at-risk children and the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring. Admission: $50. Information: 544-4203, bbbsep.org.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball — 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation of El Paso, Texas, hosts it 10th annual ball celebrating the 242nd U.S. Marine Corps birthday 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 4, at Centennial Club at Biggs Army Airfield, with music by Second Wind, free soda and keg beer. Cocktail hour begins at p.m. with birthday ceremony at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dance 8 p.m. to midnight. Dress is semi-formal (suit with tie). Cost: $35 donation per person. Information: 504-2728 or on Facebook at 19thRifleCo.USMCRFoundation.

Brunch, Barks & Bingo — The 8th annual benefit for Animal Rescue League is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park.
Grooming service and other pet-geared vendors will be available, along with raffles and a pet costume contest.
Well-behaved and leashed pets welcome. Cost: $25 (includes 5 bingo cards). Reservations recommended: (575)
575-589-0653, ext. 3.
  Free doggie treat with donation of cleaning supplies, new or gently used collars, leashes and/or canned dog or cat food.

El Paso Toy Run — El Paso Motorcycle Coalition’s 35th annual toy run parade is 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, beginning at International Truck Driving School, 141 Quinella in Sunland Park and ending at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso for toy drop-off. Registration is at 11 a.m.; parade leaves at 11:15 a.m. to Cohen Stadium. All proceeds benefit the underprivileged children of El Paso County and its surrounding area. Entry: $10 plus a new toy donation ($5 or more value). Children under 10 admitted free with a new toy donation of $5 value or more. Information: 494-4881, 740-9991, elpasomotorcyclecoalition@gmail.com or on Facebook.
  The ride departs the school and proceeds on Doniphan to Talbot and up and over Transmountain to Cohen Stadium where they will drop off their toys and enjoy food, door prizes, music by local bands and more. Non-riders welcome at drop-off event.

YLM Gala — Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care hosts its gala dinner, “Portraits of Care” Friday, Nov. 10, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, drinks, music, presentation, and silent auction. Tickets: $125. Information: 858-2588 or ylm.org.

Black and White Ball — Business and Professional Women Paso del Norte hosts its scholarship fundraising event 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 11, at Coronado Country Club 1044 Broadmoor, with music by Grupo Exelencia. Dinner served 7 to 8 p.m. Formal attire (black tie/long dress). Tickets: $60 (tax deductible). RSVP by Nov. 4. 422-6685

Villa Maria Anniversary — Villa Maria celebrates 10 years of service to the community with its annual wine and tapas benefit is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills, with music by Kikimora, Windy city and Manny Rivera. Dress is cocktail chic. Admission: $65; available in advance at 544-5500. Information: 433-1677. villamariaep.org or on Facebook at elpasovillamaria.
  El Paso Villa Maria is a nonprofit residence where women transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.

El Paso Giving Day — Nonprofit organizations and donors throughout the community are invited to take part in the 2nd annual day of promoting philanthropy, engaging new and younger donors, and using social media to improve the quality of life in the community Wednesday, Nov. 15. Information: kimmy@elpasogivingday.org.

Elks Lodge food drive — El Paso Elks Lodge’s annual Thanksgiving Basket food drive runs through Nov. 15 at 2278 Trawood, Suite C, for area residents who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Donations needed include canned corn, peas, green beans, gravy mix, potatoes, cranberry sauce & stuffing mix, bread rolls and Apple or pumpkin pie. Items may be delivered 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. To arrange a pick up, call 532-4441. Information: elpasoelks187.org.

Stuff the Truck — The Salvation Army hosts a housewares and clothing drive 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East. Fill the donations truck with gently used housewares and clothing. For every 20 pounds of donations, donors will get a raffle ticket good towards 40 prizes, including restaurant meals, and a weekend getaway. First 300 donors receive a free meal from sponsors and goody bag. All proceeds will help provide shelter, clothing, and food for El Paso’s homeless families and individuals. Information: 565-6532 or salvationarmytexas.org/elpaso.

Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 118th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala featuring ‘80s band Spazmatics! is 6:30 to 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100. Dress is cocktail attire. Table sponsorships available starting at $1,000. Information/RSVP: 534-0500. Registration at elpaso.org.

Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at all El Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or 834-5772.
  Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.

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



Fort Bliss

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

Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. 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.

Club news

L’Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish), cgomez@afofelpaso.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  French classes’ Fall Session 2 begins Saturday, Nov. 4, and Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 for adults and children, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Information: 346-3810 or 585-1789.
  An Aperitif Dinatoire is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler, to celebrate fall. Cost: $28 ($20 members).  
  The annual Beaujolais Nouveau dinner is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Thirteen09 Restaurant (El Paso Community College’s Culinary Arts program), 9050 Viscount. Cost: $38 ($30 members).
  Celebrate the holiday season with food, French Christmas Carols, and gag gift exchange fun at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler.
  Event information: 585-1789, josette.shaughnessy@gmail.com, afofelpaso.com.

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: epnequilters@gmail.com.

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, Nov. 3, at the home of Birget Cudahy, 4 Cielo Lindo Drive in Anthony, N.M. No RSVP necessary.  
  The monthly luncheon is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Double Eagle in Mesilla, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe. Fashion Show by Emerald Isle Boutique Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22 by Nov. 3. Information, reservations: 449-2121.

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, Nov. 4: Renaissance Artsfaire
• Saturday, Nov. 11: House Party
• Friday, Nov. 17: Dinner and a Movie.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Nov. 14) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 833-5154.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s monthly social is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Great American Land & Cattle Co., 9800 Gateway North in Northeast El Paso. This month will feature a speaker on national security, and also honor HOBY youth. Information: 755-4038.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The public is invited. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.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.

Toastmasters Amigo Club — The Toastmasters International club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room. The club develops professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: 691092. toastmastersclubs.org.

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 or 566-6622.
  Halloween Fest is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, with creepy crawler and bats exhibits. The annual carved pumpkin contest is noon; bring pumpkins by at 11:45 a.m. carved and ready to display. Visitors will vote on favorites, and winners announced at 5 p.m. for tramway souvenir prizes.
  Last Sunday hikes are 8 a.m. Oct. 29, and Nov. 26, up Ranger Peak. Meet in the parking lot for 1-mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hats and sunscreen; bring walking stick. Hike rated as strenuous.
  A Women’s Hike is 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, one mile up Ranger Peak through Directisimo and Jackaloop trails.
  Outdoor Cooking workshop is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, offering and outdoor cooking workshop where participants will learn different methods of cooking when camping such as foil packs and dutch oven. Registration is free, but space is limited.
  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.

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 begins the weekend of Dec. 15-17 and runs through mid-April.

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.

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 artist 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.

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.
  The 13th annual ‘Howl-O-Wine’ Dog Walk, hosted by Pets Alive El Paso, is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

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.
Oct. 29: Dusty Low
Nov. 12: Dan Lambert and the Creatures of Habit
• Friday, Nov. 24: Julio Ortiz.

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.
  The winery’s Christmas Art and Craft Fair is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, with arts, crafts and wine. Several classes held throughout the day.

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  
  Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobservatory.org.
  To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.

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

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

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

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

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

So. New Mexico day trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• Grupo Codiciado performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets: 110-440 pesos.
• Remmy Valenzuela y Pancho Barraza perform perform their “2 Generaciones 1 Sentimiento” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets: 440-1,980 pesos.
• The alt-rock band Matisse performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Tickets: 330-770 pesos.
• The regional Mexican quintet Alta Consigna performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Tickets: 275 and 660 pesos, 1,210 VIP.

Teatro el Paseo — The theater is in the Centro Comercial El Paseo, Av. Lopez Mateos 2005 (at Carr. Casas Grandes). Information: 267-4626.
 Comedian Rogelio Ramos performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, as part of his 2017 “La Risa es Cosa Sera” tour. Tickets: 330 and 400 pesos (donboleton.com).

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com.
• The children’s show Ksi-Meritos is at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets: 165, 220 and 275 pesos.
• The comic show with Sylvia Pasquel, “No seré feliz, pero tengo marido,” is at 6:45 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Tickets: 385 and 495 pesos.
• Standup comic Sofia Niño de Rivera performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, as part of her “No ed el de Netflix” tour. Tickets 440, 605 and 770 pesos.
• Latin power singer Griss Romero performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, with guests Silvia and Karmen. Tickets 385, 440 and 495 pesos.
• The drag show “Adragal Transformistas,” starring Franck Adragal, is at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Tickets: 200, 300 and 400 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
  “The Midget Power de los Enanitos” bullfighting show is at noon and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, wth concert by Vicente Fernandez, Paquita la del Barrio and Banda MS. Tickets: 88, 132 and 220 pesos.

Piso 2 Casa de Terror — 16 de Septiembre at Gregorio M. Solis. Open 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Sunday, through Oct. 29. Admission 45 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.
• “Mexico y su Folclor” is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, with folklorico dancers and mariachis, presented by the Rotary of Cd. Juárez to benefit charity. Tickets: 55 to 275 pesos.
• The live children’s show, “La Gallina Pintadita,” is at noon Sunday, Nov. 5. Tickets: 165-275 pesos.
• Comedian La India Yuridia performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Tickets: 275-495 pesos.
• The horror play “La Dama de Negro” is at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Tickets: 275-550 pesos.
• “Dos comediantes de cuidado” Jorge Falcón and Teo González perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Tickets: 385-715 pesos.
• The Russian State Ballet Voronezh performs “El Cascanueces” (”The Nutcracker”) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Tickets 385-715 pesos.

Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown.
• Three-time former world champion (bantamweight and featehrweight) Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico and No. 2 featherweight Irving Berry of Panama face each other in the main event of boxing that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets: 110 to 770 pesos (donboleton.com).
• AAA Lucha Libre wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Tickets: 150-1,100 pesos.

ExpoArte 2017 — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’ annual gala, “Night of Art and Culture” is Thursday, Nov. 9, at Cibeles Convention Center in Juárez, featuring live performances, music and culinary arts. Time, ticket information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175, 615-6301 or 612-4075 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.
  Featured chef is Marcela González Alba of Escuela Culinaria Francesa Dubrulle in Vancouver, Canada, live music by La Pingo’s Orquestra, and dance by La Compañía Estatal de Danza.

Juaritoz Café y Horneria — Fray Estebanico, #6593, Col, San Lorenzo. Luis Wiki performs his “Stand Up con Maddre” comedy show with Denisse Guevara, Daniel Vazquez and Memeliux Salinas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Admission: 100 pesos.

Day of the Revolution — The day of Nov. 20 is celebrated as the day when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, led by Francisco Madero against the forces of the entrenched dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Madero had his base of operations in Juárez during the revolution, and assumed the presidency in May 1911 after Diaz resigned.

El Atoron — Gral Jesús M. Ríos 5207. El Tio Rober performs standup comedy at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. Admission: 110 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.
  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.


 
 

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