September 2018

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Minerpalooza 2018 — UTEP’s 28th annual back-to-school bash and pep rally is 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, on the UTEP campus, corner. The family friendly event features fall sports teams, games, information booths and appearances by UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment, family activities, and beer and wine garden for 21 and older. Admission is free; food and some activities sold separately. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5648, or on Facebook.
  This year’s headliner is Paul “DJ Pauly D,” DelVecchio, a cast member of MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore.” Also performing are singer Drake Bell, best known for his starring roles on Nickelodeon’s “The Amanda Show” and “Drake & Josh,” DJ Orange Calderon and local rockers Volta.

St. Mark Fest 2018 — Saint Mark Church,11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its Labor Day weekend family festival 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, with live music, food and beverages and lots of entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 300-2800 or

Great American Rockabilly Riot — The 7th annual Kustom Kulture Extravaganza, hosted by Hardknocks Car Club, is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at El Paso County Coliseum, with a Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show, a Classic Pin-Up Contest, Vendors, Food Trucks, Adult Beverages, live tattooing and a Kiddie Corral. Portion of the proceeds go towards charities. All ages welcome; age 12 and younger free. Tickets: $12 per day; $20 for both days (Ticketmaster). Information, pin-up pageant and car show registration
  Saturday’s headliner is Voodoo Glow Skulls with Reno Divorce, Rockabilly Strangers, Pope Paul & the Illegals and Ian Rosewood.
  Sunday’s Headliner is Dale Watson with Kitty Rose and the Rattlers, Bobby Rosales and the Premiers, Sorry About Your Sister and Los Chucanos.

Frontera Food Cooking Classes — La Mujer Obrera presents cooking classes offered each Thursday at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas, featuring a different recipe each week. Cost per class: $35 ( Information: 217-1126.
Sept. 6: Salsas
Sept. 13: Chiles en Nogada.

‘Dog Day’ swimming event — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 7th annual dog swim days are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad. Social dogs can enjoy a pool day interacting with other friendly pets. A paper copy of current shot records for each dog must be shown to gain admittance (no screen shots accepted). Among the contests on both days are prettiest doggie bikini and longest doggie leap Cost: $2 per dog (owners free). Information, pool rules for pets: 212-0397 or
  Animal Rescue League and El Paso Animal Services will have information on dogs available for adoption.

‘Aging to Perfection’ expo — The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging’s 19th annual senior expo is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the El Paso Convention Center. About 80 booths offer health screenings, social and medical services, and other services and products for older adults, family caregivers and adult children caring for aging parents. Admission is free. Information: 533-0998 or

Fiesta San Elceario — San Elizario’s annual fiesta is Sept. 14-16 at Veterans Memorial Placita in front of San Elceario Catholic Church, 1556 San Elizario Road, with food and game booths, carnival rides, folklorico and matachines dancers. Information: 851-2333.
  The church is one of the oldest churches in El Paso County, dating back to its days as a presidio church under Spanish rule. Proceeds from the fiesta go towards its maintenance and restoration.

Beer Bites and Beats — KISS FM and Deadbeach Brewery hosts the new Craft Beer Festival 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 15, at Epic Railyard Center, and other locations throughout Downtown El Paso. featuring headline entertainment from Blue October with opening act the Chamanas. Admission: $15 (includes access to festival grounds, brewery bars, pop-up kitchens, concert and souvenir glass). Additional cost for tasting tokens. VIP tickets available. Information:
  Several seminars and events planned Sept. 12-14. Cost to be announced (all seminar costs include admission to the main festival).
• A Beer Bites and Beats Golf Tournament is 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Butterfield Trail Golf Club.
• A Bikes and Barley event biking tour is planned for Thursday, Sept. 13, followed by a beer dinner.
• Sunrise Yoga Brunch is Friday, Sept. 14.

Mt. Zion Community Street Fest — Mount Zion El Paso, 3400 Wyoming, hosts the street festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, with a health fair, car show, food trucks, live entertainment, 3 on 3 basketball, kids zone, vendors and more. Admission is free. For vendor space information, visit Facebook at Mount Zion El Paso.

‘Running of the Chihuahuas’ — The 6th annual event is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Animal Rescue League of El Paso, 7256 La Junta in Canutillo. Races for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes, under 20 lb. category and a costume contest for all dogs. All well-mannered dogs and their families welcome. Entry fee: $20 per dog (limit two per family); includes t-shirt and goodie bag. Entry fee day of race is $25, if any slots are open. Information: 877-5002,, or on Facebook.
  The event also feature music, vendors; raffle and more. All well-mannered dogs and their families are welcome.

Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Fest — The 3rd annual wildly infamous festival is Saturday, Sept. 15, at its new location at Born TX Raised, 2106 N. Zaragoza, with 40 tequilas to sample, cervezas, music, lawn games, taco food trucks, lucha libre, vendors and more. Tickets: $25 age 21 and over only; $50 VIP ( Information on Facebook.

El Paso County Fair — El Paso County Fair Association runs Sept. 19-22, at El Paso County Coliseum. The El Paso County Fair will feature expanded programming all around with live music, livestock on display, and an open auction for the public to attend. A full calendar of El Paso County Fair activities and attractions will be released by the El Paso County Fair Association: or on Facebook.

Oktoberfest — Bliss MWR brings a taste of Bavaria back to El Paso Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23 in at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd on East Fort Bliss, with German food, beer, music and dancers. Information: 588-8247 or
  Musical guest is Terry Cavanaugh and the Alpine Express. The German Air Force Schuhplattler Dance Group also will perform.
  Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to midnight; age 18 and older admitted, must be 21 to purchase drinks. Tickets: $25, includes stein, German meal. Table reservations for 10 people or more are available at 568-6078.
  Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. Free, all ages. Food available for purchase.
   Babysitter for those registered with CYS is available for $4 per hour Friday and Saturday. Call 744-7879.

Harvest Festival — The City of Socorro, Texas presents the festival 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at 901 Rio Vista, with music, entertainment, food, farmers market, jalapeno eating contest, and red/green salsa and Chile con queso competitions. Admission is free. Information: 860-8615.

La Union Maze — The 12-acre cornfield maze is open Sept. 22-Nov. 4 (weather permitting) for its 18th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. This year’s theme celebrates El Paso “Monarch Butterflies.” Information: 549-1323 or
  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
  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.

Lincoln Park Day — Lincoln Park Conservation Committee’s 14th annual car show and Chicano art exhibit is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno. Admission is free. Information: 204-1584, or
  The event includes a lowrider car show; mural presentation from mural presentation of “Wirikuta Tree of Life” by Gabriel Gaytan; live music and art by Phat Soul, Gaytan ArtWorks and others, and Omecoatl and Matachines.
  Pre-registration for car show participants is $35; spaces limited at 204-1584.

Eat Authentico! Restaurant Crawl – The Downtown foodie event is Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 26-28. Details to be announced:

‘Terror Trail Haunted House’ — WinkeyDoodles Paintball Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 28-Nov. 3. Ages 10 and older welcome; no costumes may be worn to the trail. Ticket information: 877-FEAR (3327) or

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta — Texas Parks and Wildlife will host its 13th annual fiesta highlighting the animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Section (off of Transmountain Road on the west slope). The theme for this year’s celebration is “Focus on Nature.”
  The festival offers hikes and other outdoor activities, CASI chili cookoff, music, food, dancers and more.

El Paso Brewfest — The festival featuring tastings from more than 50 breweries, is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Southwest University Park, with food trucks, music and lawn games. Tastings offered from local, regional, national and international breweries. Cost: $40 general admission; $50 VIP (includes entrance at 6 p.m.); age 21 and older only. Information: 242-2018 or

El Paso Space Festival — Insights has teamed up with the El Paso Elks Lodge #187 and Boy Scout Troop 187 for El Paso’s inaugural space festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at El Paso Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood.
  The event is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the fields of earth and space science. Activities include exploring how water moves in a watershed, creating stomp rockets, making and investigating moon craters and more. Early-bird tickets are $3 (admission $5 at the door); free admission with donation of toiletries. All attendees should RSVP via Information: 534-0000.

El Paso’s Corn Maze — The 10-acre maze and pumpkin patch is open for its 4th annual season, “Maze-O-Saurus,” 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 29-Nov. 4 at 1100 Old Hueco Tanks Road (south of I-10 at Exit 35), with the big corn maze, interactive games, a kiddie maze, rides, food and drinks, pumpkin train rides to pumpkin patch, slide, tire pyramid, rubber duck races, pedal carts, mini pedal carts, and a cow train. Food “Truck Wagons” on site; no grills or glass containers allowed. School field trips offered Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $10.95; $9.95 military/teacher with ID; $8.95 age 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. Group rates available. Information: 915-213-4FUN (4386), or on Facebook.

Sun City Showdown — The 4th annual car show is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Western Technical College, 9624 Plaza Circle, with top 25 and specialty trophies awarded. Information: Mario, 472-3882 or Harry, 217-6482 or on Facebook.

Miner Dash and Family Fitness Fiesta — The 9th annual event kicks off UTEP’s Homecoming festivities 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza.
  The Fitness Fiesta offers a variety of physical activities and health screenings including a jumping balloon, inflatable obstacle course, zumba, yoga and more. Cost: $5.
The 5K run and 3K walk begin at 8 a.m. Register at Information: 747-7245.

Southern New Mexico

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla — The annual family party is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, on Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft. Street dance is 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and family social beginning at noon Sunday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-866-682-8777 or

Harvest Wine Fest — The New Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its Labor Day Weekend festival Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $20, includes souvenir wine glass. Designated drivers and age 15-20; $5. Military; $17 (with valid current DoD ID). Tickets available at Miners must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets, coolers or open containers allowed. Information:            
(575) 649-8994,, or on Facebook.
  To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.
  The NMWGA also sponsors the Harvest Wine Festival at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park the same weekend.

Hatch Chile Festival — The “chile capital of the world” holds its 47th annual celebration 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Hatch Airport on N.M. Hwy 26, 1 1/2 miles west of Hatch, featuring vendors, carnival rides, arts and crafts, chile food and ristra tying and painting demonstrations, live music, beer garden, mud volleyball, mariachi competition, and fresh roasted Hatch green chile and contests. Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission; $10 carload (good for both days). Information: (575) 267-5483, or on Facebook.

‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral Show — Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society’s 35th annual show in Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 1-3 at the Grand County Veterans’ Memorial Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E in Silver City. The show offers more than 40 vendors, silent auctions, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as the Wheel of Fortune. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information:
   The show features dealers from around the Southwest with mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems. Quantities of “rough” stones are available for cutting and polishing work, as well as equipment and supplies.
  Rockhounding and educational field trips offered each day.

Taste of Downtown Silver City — The annual benefit for Silver City MainStreet Project is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Silver City, with food samples from various menu items from different restaurants and shops, vendors and more at 17 different locations. Tickets: $20, available in advance at Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson, The Place, 201 Bullard or
  Tickets available day of event at The Hub, 600 N. Bullard.

End of Summer Bash — Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. hosts its Labor Day weekend bash 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, with concessions, jumping balloons, live music on the lawn, fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free 9 (jumping balloon tickets $10 per person); all ages welcome. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

Elephant Days — The City of Elephant Butte’s annual celebration is Sept. 7-9 at Elephant Butte event grounds, with carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, live music, food and more. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking is free. Information: (575) 744-4892 or
  Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, on Butte Blvd. This year’s theme is “The Roaring Twenties.”
  Car show is 11:30 a.m. at Sierra del Rio Golf Course, 101 Club House Drive.

The Our Lady of the Light Fiesta — Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church, 4 La Luz Road in Cloudcroft hosts its annual festival 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7-8, with live music, king and queen crowning, family activities and more. Information: (575) 434-9460 or

Labor Day Trail Ride — The Chihenne Ranch’s 17th annual Labor Day ride is Sept. 9-15, beginning with dinner Sunday and ending with breakfast Saturday. This base camp ride returns back to the Lodge headquarters each day. No electricity or water hookups, but flush toilets and showers offered. Evening programs with musical entertainment as well as dancing will be available each night. Registration: $350 (due by Sept. 1). Information/registration: Greg Evans, (575) 743-1602 or
  The Chihenne Ranch is in the foothills of the Black Range near the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta — The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at the Mesilla Plaza, with vendor booths offering art, crafts, games, drinks and food. There will also be a greased pole climb and piñatas for kids. Attendees may bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed on the plaza. Information/entry forms: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or
  The Fiesta Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.

Dog Cruces Pet Expo — The 2nd annual expo for pet owners is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with treats for dogs, a K-9 agility course, prizes and giveaways both days. Products and information booths for experts on behavioral issues, nutrition, grooming and more. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Admission: $5; free for age 4 and younger. Information: (575) 522-1232 or

Lumberjack Day — The annual event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Zenith Park, Cloudcroft, N.M. with axe throw and standing block chop and “hot saw” competitions, demonstrations and more. Visitors can test their own lumberjack skills. Kids activities, food and drink available. Admission is free for spectators. Participant fee is $5 per event (registration in advance). Information: (575) 682-2733 or
  A lumberjack pancake and coffee breakfast is 7:30 to noon in Zenith Park. Cost is $5.

Cliff-Gila, Grant County Fair — The fair is Sept. 19-23, at the Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. The fair includes exhibits, a midway, livestock auction and a barbecue. Admission: $3 per day. Information: (575) 388-1559 or
  Cliff is a half-hour northwest of Silver City on U.S. 180.

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The 49th annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 19-23 in Ruidoso, N.M. Part of the Gypsy Tour series. All access rally pass is $60 for all four days; $20 one-day pass. Information: (575) 973-4977,, or on Facebook at RuidosoRally.
  Trade show hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Trade show admission $3.
  Events include daily contingency prize drawings, free demo rides, parade, bike games, poker runs, riding tours, bike judging, tours pins and patches and food.
  A daily non-denominational church service is hosted by Christian Motorcycle Association.

Otero County Fair — The 79th annual fair and rodeo is Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 19-22 at the fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Alamogordo, N.M. with various livestock shows, exhibits, a frontier village, amusement rides, queen pageant, a pet show and more. Information: (575) 434-0788, or on Facebook at Otero County Fair & Rodeo.
  The fairgrounds are off U.S. 54 on the north side of town, across from White Sands Mall.

La Gran Fiesta — CARE’s signature cancer fundraiser 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21-23, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main, with food, live entertainment, arts and more. Tickets: $10 Friday; $25 Saturday; $30 Saturday and Sunday. Meet-and-greet tickets: $100; available at (575) 649-0598 or
  Saturday’s headliner is A.B. Quintanilla III and the Kumbia King Allstarz at 10:30 p.m. Other performers are Orlando-Antonio, Alyssa Adriana, Mariachi Aguilas, Los Latinos, Steppin’ Up and Caliente.
  Friday’s performers include Karlos Saucedo, Natajja, LC Gents and Phat Soul.
  Sunday’s performers are Salvador & Sal Hernandez, Double Trouble, and Eli James Band.
  Roberto’s Enchilada Cook Off is noon, with a chile eating contest at 2 p.m. Sunday.
  Parade is 3 p.m. Saturday, with the theme “A Community that ‘Pays it Forward II.” Entry deadline for participants is Sept. 17. Information:
  In conjunction with the event, is the Jubilee Walk of Life at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Young Park, 850 S Walnut Registration: $10 (free for cancer survivors).

Brews, Blues & BBQ — The food and music festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. Choose from more than 200 different beers, enjoy BBQ anywhere, and listen to live blues bands on the lawn in front of Lake Mescalero. It’s always cool by the water. Cost: $25 for 10 4.oz pours.
  Breweries include Ballast Point, Santa Fe Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Rio Bravo Brewing Co. and more.

Fort Bayard Days — The annual living history festival is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23 at Fort Bayard, N.M., six miles east of Silver City off U.S. 180, with living history reenactors, life period music, sporting events, and a military ball Saturday night. Events begin at 9:15 a.m. both days. Information: (575) 388-4477, (575) 388-4862, or

Southern New Mexico State Fair — The fair is Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 26-30, at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12 miles west of Las Cruces off I-10. Grounds open at 9 a.m. Admission to fair and special events includes the Speedway, rodeo and live entertainment. Tickets: $14 ($10 age 7-14) after 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday; free for age 6 and younger: available at Half-day tickets available at the gate. Information: (575) 524-8602 or
  Headliners are Tell Runyan on Thursday, Bri Bagwell on Friday, and John Wolf on Saturday, with mariachi music on Sunday.

Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles Family Farms — The labyrinth and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 29-Oct. 28 at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. The maze is celebrating its 20th season. Food and beverage concessions available. Admission: $12 ($10 children under 12; free children under 2) $2 discount for military with ID (not to be used with other discounts). Group rates and scout troop discounts also offered with advance reservation. Information: (575) 526-1919, or on Facebook at Mesilla Valley Maze.
  Activities include corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides until 6:30 p.m., giant slides, face painting, pedal carts, gem mining, picnic grounds, playgrounds. duck racing, hayride to the pumpkin path, and more. Activity tickets (available until 5:30 p.m.) are $1 each or 22 for $20.
  Open weekdays for school field trips with advance registration only; no pets allowed except service animals.
  To get there: Take exit 139 off I-10 West (Motel Blvd.), go north one mile and turn left at Picacho (U.S. 70). Go past the Rio Grande one mile to the Maze on the Lyles’ family farm.
  The Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, with contests, live entertainment and special events.                                                      
  The New Mexico Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, featuring, pumpkin painting, slides, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the Pumpkin Glow, and more.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival — The 13th annual celebration hosted by Mimbres Valley Health Action League is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at San Lorenzo Elementary School grounds, on NM 35 in the Mimbres Valley, N.M. with live music, community greenhouse tours, farmers’ market, arts and craft fair, storytelling and poetry, kids activities, best pie contest,, silent auction and more. Information: (575) 536-9845 or

‘What’s Your Las Cruces’ — The Branigan Cultural Center,, 501 North Main, seeks participants for focus groups and community conversations held through spring 2019. Discussion on Mesilla Valley agriculture, food, art and the creative industry, business and economy, social justice – the border and immigration, environmental issues and land, and more. The discussions are part of “What’s Your Las Cruces?” a Branigan Cultural Center project that seeks community input to develop an exhibit about the Mesilla Valley. Space is limited; call (575) 541-2159 to reserve a place. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or

West Texas

Marfa Lights Festival — The 32nd annual festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious lights is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 around the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, Texas. Activities over the Labor Day Weekend include food and crafts booths, a main street parade, contests, concerts and street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area. Information:
  Events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with vendors beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday. Food and craft vendors, street dances Friday and Saturday nights.
Other events:
• 5K run begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the courthouse.
• Ernest Chavez Golf Tournament is 10 a.m. Saturday, at Marfa Golf Course. Two-man Scramble. Registration is 9 a.m.: $50 per player.
• Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday Downtown, followed by live entertainment and events all day.

Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair — The 60th annual Dell Valley Hudspeth County Fair is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, on the fairgrounds in Dell City, with a Main Street parade, team roping, barbecue, music, dances, exhibits and more. A Ranch Rodeo is Friday at the Fairgrounds. Vendors and exhibits open all three days. Admission is free. Information: on Facebook at Dell Valley Fair.

Bazaars and Fairs

St. Mark Church Bazaar — St. Mark Catholic Church, 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its annual kermes Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Information: 857-2955 or

All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show — The 28th annual show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr. Hundreds of guns, gun-related items, Indian artifacts, knives, cowboy gear and more will be on display. Proceeds benefit Lincoln County charities. Admission: $7 (free for under age 12). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts — Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of 80 to 90 area artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1-2. The event includes an enchilada dinner, food vendors, silent auction, raffle, live music and beer garden. Admission is free; donations taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688 or

St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 54th annual Labor Day weekend festival is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3, at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). The event offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261 or Facebook.

Wednesday Night Farmer’s Market — Sierra Vista Growers Garden Center, 2800 Hwy 28 in La Union, hosts a weekly farmers market 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 7, with natural produce from four local farms, craft vendors, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 874-2415 or

Chalk-the-Block call for vendors — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) seeks artisans and vendors applications through Sept. 3 to participate in the Oct. 12-14 Chalk the Block event. Chalk artists and musicians must submit an online application by 11:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Applications and requirements for arts and crafts and food vendors are available at No paper applications accepted. Information: 212-0110.

St. Genevieve’s Fiesta — The Las Cruces church’s annual fiesta, celebrating the church community’s 155th year, is noon to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces. Live entertainment includes live music; ballet folkloricos and ballet, mariachis and more. Admission is free. Information: (575) 888-5578 or
  Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the procession to the fiesta.

Woman’s Club Fantastic Fall Fling — Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will celebrate hosts its fall bazaar and event Sept. 14-15. Information: 532-6131 or on Facebook at The Woman’s Club of El Paso.

Gun Show — The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Spring Gun Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $6, $4 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Free admission for Wounded Warriors. Information: 564-0904 or
  The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc., formed in 1964, raises funds for various charities.

Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (Sept. 16) on the third Sunday of the month March through November in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario with food and drink, concessions and entertainment. Shows are offered on the outdoor stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with live music, folklorico and other dancers, and reenactments by the Pistoleros gunfighters. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3,, or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. every week. Cost: $10; bring a mat.
  The 2nd annual Chile and Salsa Festival is 7:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 22, with chile roasting and a salsa cook-off. Registration for participants: $5 at

Socorro Mission Bazaar — The annual event is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30 at La Purisima Catholic Church, 10041 Socorro Road, with live music, food, raffle prizes and other activities. Admission is free. Information: 859-7718.

St. Pius X Kermes — St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1050 N. Clark, hosts its Grand Bazaar and Kermes 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, with games, entertainment, music, food and refreshments. Admission is free; food and game costs vary. Information: 772-3226.

Darlins of the Desert Vintage Market — The 5th annual vintage market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at 407 Central Highway 54, in Downtown Carrizozo, N.M. with vintage items, antiques and art. Information:

Kern Place Art and Farmers Market — The monthly market is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Sunday of the month April through November at 205 Cincinnati Street (between Stanton and Mesa), with free yoga and local shops and restaurants open for food and shopping. Information

Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27 in the Main Street Plaza (intersection of 7th and Bullard), and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 23 Grant County Convention Center parking lot, US 180 and 32nd Street Bypass. Information: (575) 536-9681 or

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

Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 10 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, 100 Pitt Street, 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: or on Facebook.
  The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
  Art and Vintage Night Market is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt.

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

Tierra de Vida Community Farm — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan’s farmer’s market events are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Avenue. Information: Information: 217-1126.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.

Something for everyone

ALFC ‘Thrive’ Conference — Abundant Living Faith Center’s annual convention, is Aug. 29-Sept. 2, at 1000 Valley Crest. Conference service times are 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 532-8543, or on Facebook.

UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration — This year’s celebration is in memoriam of UTEP administrator Laura M. Nuñez-Bolaños; artist and muralist Ernesto Pedregón Martinez; “The Godfather of New Mexico Music” Al Hurricane Sr.; and muralist Margarita “Mago” Gándara. Most events are free. Information: 747-5462 or
  Events kick off at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, with UTEP’s El Grito Ceremony:
Commemoration of the Declaration of Mexican Independence” at UTEP Union Plaza.
  “Día de los Muertos Altar and
Display” runs Oct. 30-Nov. 9, during regular hours at University Library, Third Floor Gallery.
  Presentations and discussions:
• A dialogue on “Humanitarian Crisis at the Border, Family Separation and Detention: Challenges and Responses” with local, national and international leaders and advocates is 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center, in Union Building East.
• A documentary screening on “Alicia Chacón, A Leader Beyond Her Expectations” is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, by Professor Homero Galicia, Chicano Studies, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• A book presentation on “Fault Lines of Care: Gender, HIV, and Global Health in Bolivia” is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, with Carina Heckert, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• A presentation on “How Social Media has Changed the Political Dynamics of the Bilateral Relations between US and Mexico” by Manuel Chávez, Director, Information and Media Ph.D. Program, is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• A lecture on “Carmen Takes Charge: Reflections on Cannery Women, Cannery Lives” is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, by Vicki Ruiz, Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine. Blumberg Auditorium.
• “An Evening with Natalie Scenters-Zapico” book reading is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Quinn Hall, Rm. 212.
• A documentary screening on “The Second
Cooler” by Ellin Jimmerson is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Blumberg Auditorium.
• A book presentation on “The Shadow of the Wall: Violence and Migration on the U.S.-Mexico Border” is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Blumberg Auditorium, by Jeremy Slack, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Blessed Women’s Conference — Ignite Mission Church, 440 S Yarbrough, hosts the conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Guest speakers are church co-founder Patty Valenzuela, Norma Carnera, Karen Schatzline and Phyllis Sawyer. Registration: Information: Jackie Cain at 694.7363 or

Baby Bump Day — Desert Sun Chiropractic, 3800 N. Mesa Suite C-1, hosts the free event for pregnant ladies 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, with food and drink, raffles (including Tory Burch diaper bag), shopping, and health information. First 50 women received gift bags. Information: 838-1500 or

Pranic Healing — Master Choa Kok Sui hosts a basic course on pranic healing events Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9 in Spanish and Sept. 15-16 in English, at, at Chase Suite Hotel Conference Center, 6791 Montana. Call for times. Registration and information: 790-8238, or

El Paso Retired Teacher Association — The association’s luncheon meeting is noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, at El Paso Wyndham, 2027 Wyndham. Costs: $18. Reservations: Lila Murphy at

NEBA Business & Health Services Fair — Northeast Business Alliance hosts the free health fair 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Northeast YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, with free flu shots, glucose and blood pressure checks. Admission is free. Information: 345-5391, or 549-4922
  Healthcare, doctors, nurses, home health care, message therapy, physical therapy are sought to participate as well as business vendors in financial, workforce, home business, food, auto, industrial, contractors, retail, nonprofits, security, technology, event planning, social media, education and apparel.

EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration — El Paso Community College and Diversity Programs’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration, “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions,” includes events at various campuses, with kickoff at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, on the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Information: 831-3324, or on Facebook at EPCCHispanicHeritage.
  Art exhibit runs Sept. 24-Oct. 10 at the Administrative Service Center, Building A, 9050 Viscount.
  Mentor’s Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Administrative Service Center, Building A Auditorium. Social hour at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to be announced.
  Free read-ins are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
• Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Northwest Campus’s Library Reading Room, 6701 S. Desert
• Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Rio Grande Campus’s Little Temple, 100 W. Rio Grande
• Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex
• Friday, Sept. 28 at Mission del El Paso, outside area, 10700 Gateway East; and Transmountain Campus foyer,
9570 Gateway North.

Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. This month’s program focuses on Mexico's Independence Day and will take place in the evening during the park’s El Grito event. Come to the National Park Service ranger tent on the park grounds. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or

El Paso Water’s Science Saturday — El Paso Water’s TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana, hosts a “one-stop-shop” for ideas on Science Fair projects 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, where experts will highlight experiments on various topics. Presentation at noon for students and parents get a better understanding of the scientific method. Admission is free. Information: 621-2001 or

Freedom Nights — The “Night of Worship, Ministry, and Compassion” is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Crosspoint Church, 11995 Montwood, hosted by Reach and Relieve Ministries. Attendees can learn how to make a difference in the community. Giveaways, coffee and donuts, and a free gift for attendees offered. Free childcare is provided. Admission is free. Information: 867-9563 or

Intersect ELP Day of Wellness — Bethel Family Ministries, 6301 Alabama, hosts its wellness event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, with Holy Yoga practice, strength and fitness training, worship, devotion/wellness study, and prayer. Refreshments served. Cost: $17.50; tickets at in advance or $20 at the door. Information: 637-7569.

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Sept. 18) 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 (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,

Women of Impact — El Paso Electric and El Paso Inc. presents the awards event celebrating influential area women Tuesday, Sept. 18, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Reception begins at 7:30 p.m. with program at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 (tables $300 and $800); available at RSVP by Sept. 12 at 534-4422, ext. 135.
  Honorees are Cindi Aboud, Yolanda Arriola, Andrea Gates-Ingle, Adair Margo, Rosemary M. Marin and Marina Monsisvais.

El Paso Technology Conference — Townsquare Media hosts the 4th annual conference 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.19, at El Paso Wyndham, 2027 Airway, with speakers, demons and breakout sessions focusing on business technologies. Admission is free; lunch tickets are $21.50 (Eventbrite) Information: Rebeca Rodriguez, 521-6327 or

EPHS Alumni Outstanding Exes — El Paso High School Alumni Association will honor its 2018 Outstanding Exes during Homecoming Week with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the El Paso Club. Cost: $35; call for tickets, reservations: 545-2246. Information:
  This year’s honorees are Myles Cohen, Class of 1958; Anna Lucia Mares, Class of 1980; and Mary Jo Ponsford Melby, Class of 1958.
  The Homecoming Parade and Eve of the “E” is 6 p.m. that evening at EPHS’s R.R. Jones Stadium, with homecoming game vs. Hanks at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

CBD oil presentation — Free presentation on how CBD oil (hemp plant oil), can change health and well-being are 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Oasis Wellness Center, 10600 Montwood. Information, reservations: Linda, 867-2986. Additional presentations are 6 p.m. Wednesdays through April at Embassy Suites, 6100 Gateway East.

Global People Summit — KaizenRhino Solutions International invites people to take park in the online summit 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, Downtown, during the United Nations General Assembly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 650-8728 or

Rio Linda Neighborhood reunion — The first public reunion of former Rio Linda Neighborhood residents is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, in the south-central portion of the park closest to the Delta Drive Gate. Admission is free, but each family is asked to bring their own picnic food as well as chairs or blankets. Limited covered picnic shelters with grills and tables available as well. No glass containers allowed; pets must be leashed. Information: Robert Morales (Viro), 525-5199; Felipe Peralta (Pipi), 613-7675; or Angie Vargas (Dominguez), 540-1207.
  The former Rio Linda Neighborhood included 11th through 13th Streets between Cotton Avenue/Park Street and Rosita. All residents were relocated in the mid-1960s by the United States Federal Government in order to create the new, permanent concrete channel for this section of the Rio Grande/Bravo that flows between El Paso and Juárez under the terms of the Chamizal Convention.

Health and Wellness Classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D. Classes are free but space is limited; call for reservations. Information: 562-7660 or
• Medicinal Herbs & Inflammation with Armando Gonzalez-Stuart is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22.
• Super Brain Yoga & Pranic Healing with Lynn Provenzano is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29.

Full Moon Yoga — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will host a full moon yoga class with at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, on its Camino Real Sky Deck. Bring a mat. Cost: $15, includes full moon cocktail.
Information: (575) 589-0653 or

All Indian Reunion 2018 — Ysleta High School’s annual All-Indian Reunion is honors the classes of 1967, 1968 and 1969 with a classmate mixer at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and school tour at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 29, at the high school. Dinner and dance is 7 p.m. Saturday, at Sunland Park Casino with music by Route 66 Band. Cost (includes all events): $40. Information: 383-6032
  Make checks payable to “YHS Reunion 2018” and send to 300 Thunderbird, Suite 17, 79912.

‘Future of Computing’ Nerd Night — Insights El Paso hosts the event 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Cardwell Collaborative Building, 5130 Gateway East. Age 21 and older welcome. Admission; $10 per person; RSVP at Sponsored by Curry Adkins. Information: 534-0000.
  Local experts Jim Currey and Vladik Kreinovich will demystify the realms of super and quantum computing. Nerd Night guests will also take a tour of the new Cardwell Collaborative center of innovation. Quantum computing is a new field of computer science based on the principles of quantum theory, which could vastly expand the power of computers.

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), or on Facebook.
  The café’s mission is to provide nutritious and delicious meals regardless of people’s ability to pay while using local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible.

Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. Sundays. Scenic Sundays 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

Crimes Against the Elderly Conference - Adult Protective Services and the El Paso County Attorney will host the 11th annual conference 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Region 19 Head Start Program Education Service Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego. Free breakfast and lunch, health screenings, living wills, advanced directives, door prizes and goodie bags. Tickets are free with donated fan, blanket or personal hygiene items for the APS Silver Star Room. Registration required at Information: 834-5772.

Irvin Class of 1978 Reunion — Irvin High School Class of 1978 hosts its 40th Reunion, Oct. 4-6, during Homecoming week. Reunions are open of all Irvin alumni. For full schedule visit Information: 549-4606.

UTEP Black Alumni Network — The Black Alumni Network will host 2018 Homecoming activities Oct. 4-6 at various locations. Package cost: $50; includes access to hospitality suite at Hilton Garden Inn. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 30. Information:
  Meet and greet is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Hilton Garden Inn, 111 W University.
  BBQ is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, at McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 Wyoming.
  Round-table Summit is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at UTEP’s Union Cinema.
  Tailgate party is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Kidd Field, preceding the Homecoming Football game at 5:30 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium.

Austin High School 50th Reunion — The Austin High Class of 1968’s 50th reunion is Oct. 12-13, at the Wyndham Hotel, 2027 Airway. Cost: $155. Details: 585-1987.

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

Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration:
  Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• B-17 Bomber’s Oyster Pub, 201 S. El Paso, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
• Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursday
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

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, or
  Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.

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

Cocktails with Friends — The Networking Group hosted by Pronto Body Shop is 5 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Alamo Drafthouse’s Glass Half Full Tap Room, 250 E Montecillo, with free drinks to the first 30 business professionals, live music by Xavier Tisa Gonzales and networking opportunities. Admission is free. Information: 691-9442 or

El Paso Lupus Support Group — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (Sept. 1) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

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

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

For a good cause

4 The Love of Animals food drive — The nonprofit Tails of Two Cities hosts a food and cleaning supplies drive 10 a.m. 5o 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Pet’s Bar, 368 N. Yarbrough. Information: 471-4190 or on Facebook at TailsofTwo Cities.

Signature Chefs Auction — The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence presents the annual benefit auction for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 Mills. Top area chefs will present their signature dishes, along with a menu of gourmet auction packets. Tickets: $150. Information: 249-2270, or

‘Walk Like MADD’ 5K — Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host its 5K walk in partnership with El Paso Community College 10:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at Crime Victims Memorial Park, Judge Edward Marquez Library and Yucca Park, off Lafayette. The walk benefits MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, through fundraising pledges made by the participants. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. Information: 779-1987, ext. 4885 or
  Remembrance ceremony is 9:45 a.m.; Commitment celebration follows walk at 11:15 a.m.

Foundation of Faith Dinner — Author and journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell is the keynote speaker for Diocese of El Paso’s 12th annual dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at El Paso Convention Center. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5 p.m. followed by seated dinner. Dei Gratia Award presentation honors the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto for their impact in the areas of healthcare and education. Event includes a live auction. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 table for ten). Sponsorships available. Ticket information: 872-8412 or
  Campbell is an author, print and broadcast journalist, and former presidential speechwriter. Her books include her award-winning spiritual memoir, “My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir” and the critically acclaimed journalistic study, “The New Faithful.”

Autumn Equinox Party — — The fundraiser for Keystone Heritage Park and Botanical Garden, 4220 Doniphan, is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, with birdwatching, walking tour of the wetlands, local arts and crafts, fashion show by Pret-A-Porter, belly dancing, flamenco and African dancing and food by One Grub Community. Sangria and beer available with a donation. Proceeds also benefit Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. Admission information: 490-8571 or

NAMI Walks — National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Paso hosts its annual walk 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Memorial Park Reserve, 1701 Copia. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 778-5726 or
  The non-profit NAMI offers free mental health support and education to the El Paso community. NAMIWalks is a public display of support for people with mental health challenges, changing how Americans view mental illness. All walkers who raise more than $100 for the cause receive a t-shirt.

Fajitas & Margaritas for Scholarships — El Paso Community College’s Culinary Arts program benefit event is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B Foyer. Tickets to be announced. Sponsorships available. Information: 831-6483 or

Rebuilding Trost — Paul Foster is guest speaker and host for the Trost Society’s fundraising event 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the restored White House Department Store (Centre Building), 123 W. Mills. Art auction and live jazz and painting, complimentary hors-d’oeuvres by Anson Eleven, and craft cocktails by International. Tickets: $25 ($75 VIP); available at Information: 703-3151.
  Foster has an extensive record of preserving some of Trost & Trost’s largest and most important buildings in the heart of El Paso’s historic center including the Mills Building, White House Department Store and Plaza Hotel.
  Proceeds help to implement an architectural workshop for 7th and 8th graders.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts a drive noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, collecting toiletries to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Hot dogs for participants, while supplies last. Items also accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Upcoming drives are Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.
  Order toiletries online that will ship directly to lodge at the TTP "Wish List" at

Walking Words — The progressive dinner fundraiser in Historic Silver City for the Southwest Festival of the Written Word is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Guests will walk to three top restaurants in downtown Silver City (Howard’s Corner Kitchen, Diane’s Restaurant, and Revel). The food includes hors d’oeuvres with poetry, dinner with non-fiction, and desserts with creative fiction. Authors Jesse Ehrenberg (”Surprise!”), Cindy Medina (”A Journey into the Heart of the Black Madonna: Self-Discovery, Spirituality, and Activism”) and Maggi Petton (”Sofia’s Song: A Novel of Historic Fiction in Three Parts”) will provide short presentations at each restaurant. Registration: $150; space is limited, call for availability at (505) 881-2499.
  Checks payable to “SWFWW” via Paul Hotvedt, 808 West 8th Street, Silver City, NM 88061. Must be received by Sept. 7.

Feed the Body and Soul — Nosotros is featured band at the benefit for the Casa de Peregrinos and Dona Ana Arts Council children’s programs 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center outdoor courtyard, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, in Mesilla. In addition to the performance, there will be food trucks, beer and wine available. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the gate; available in advance at or at the DAAC office, located the center. Information: (575) 523-6403 or

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.

Memorial Stair Climb — The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb allows participants to pay tribute Tuesday, Sept. 11, by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Participants will utilize Soto Physical Fitness Center’s stationary stair steppers and are given 25 minutes. Opening ceremony is at 5:15 a.m. with the first wave at 5:30 a.m. and last wave at 8:14 p.m. Cost: $10 non competitive; $15 competitive; all participants get a tribute t-shirt. Early registration encouraged at Soto PFC; space is limited to 175 people. Information: 744-5790.\

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The social club for spouses of retired Commissioned or Warrant Officers hosts “Peacock Tales,” luncheon with holiday decor presentation by Mayra Dominguez and Griselda Pena, noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, on East Fort Bliss. Dominguez and Pena are designers from At Home-The Home Decor Superstore. Door prizes awarded. Wives and widows of retired officers from any branch of service are invited. Cost: $24; tables of 8 may be reserved. Reservations (by Sept. 13): 585-1061 or 852-0151.
  Reservations by check should be payable to “ROWC” and sent to ROWC, 857 Dulce Tierra, 79912.

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

Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music. Information: 564-5311 or

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Sept. 4) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or

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: 246-3810, 585-1789, or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
  An art exhibit by Alliance Française members runs through Sept. 3 at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, Building A , 9050 Viscount.
  Fall 2018 session I for French classes starts Saturday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 10, for children and adults. Information: 346-3810 or 585-1789.

Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs, open to the public, 7 to 9 p.m. selected Tuesdays at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Information: (575)323-3624 or
Sept. 4: Photoshop's masking and selection features. Presenter is Debbie Hands.
Sept. 18: Dale Taylor presents an introduction to street photography, including legal and ethical issues. Monthly theme submissions and prints of the quarter will be displayed and discussed.

Westside Welcome Club — The social and charitable nonprofit club was established 40 years ago to welcome women to the El Paso community. Open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information:
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, Mas y Menos Coffee & Tap Room, 1035 Belvidere, Suite 300.
  The monthly luncheon and annual Activity Fair is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, allowing members to sign up for upcoming activities. Cost for lunch: $22 (for vegetarian options, indicate when making reservation). Send check to PO Box 13167, 79913. RSVP (by Sept. 7): 474-5205.

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Sept. 11) 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.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservations: 755-5471.

Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Great American Land & Cattle, 9800 Gateway N Blvd (next to Cohen Stadium). Learn about the chapter’s future events. Information 755-4038.

Club Friendship — The club meets 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Program is “Rosa Guerrero Celebrates Life with Dance and Music.” Cost: $10, includes lunch. Open to the public. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 21: 591-2326.

PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts a new series of workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W Paisano, Second floor meeting room. Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at
Sept. 26: Lightpainting with Chad Puerling
Nov. 28: Advanced Photoshop.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held weekly; call days. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, or on Facebook.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (Sept. 13) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information:

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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 (Sept. 8) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information:

Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information:
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.

Area attractions

Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $21.21 42 inches or taller or $16.60 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, or on Facebook.
  September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3.

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.
  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. 
  See “Nature” listing for hikes at the Tramway.

Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through Sept. 9. Tickets: $25.99, plus tax; $20.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; free for babies under 1. Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Information: 886-2222, or on Facebook.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

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

La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or

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
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700,
  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

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

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

McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
  The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule:
  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

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
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.

Auditorio Don Manuél Talamás Camandari — Calle Pedro Rosales de León 1860, Seminario. Lucah (pop duo of Carlos Colosio and Luis Fernando Huerta) performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets: 470 and 575 pesos (

Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at
• “Descontrolada: El Show de Juanita” is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Tickets: 230-460 pesos.
• Standup comic Chumel Torres performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Tickets: 427, 553 and 635 pesos.
• “Unicronias: El Magico Mundo” children’s show is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Tickets: 230, 290 and 345 pesos.

Estadio Carta Blanca — Av. Reforma (at Sanders, across from Comision Federal de Electricidad). Tickets at
  Christian Nodal performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept 7. Tickets: 290 to 1,560 pesos.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• The children’s show “Pulsar” is presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Tickets: 115 pesos.
• El Consorcio performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, as part of their Cantar Contigo tour. The four-member Spanish group is composed of former members of Mocedades. Tickets: 520-805 pesos.
• Independece Day Fest with Tarja is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Tickets are 690 to 1,150 pesos.

Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at
  Jesus Chairez y Banda Renovacion perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Tickets are 175, 460 and 690 pesos.

Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at
• Gran Fiesta Mexicana begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Walterio Magdaleno, Betty Pueble, Pepe Rodriguez, Mariachi Real de Juárez, Hermanos Escamilla, Ballet Folklorico Temar, plus horsemanship, fireworks and more. Admission is 115 pesos.
• Strangelove (Depeche Mode Tribute) performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Admission is 460 pesos.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at
• Rata Blanca, Argentina’s top heavy metal band, performs its XXX Aniversario Tour at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets: 515 and 920 pesos.
Norteõ singer El Komander performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Tickets: 345-1,260 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
  3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.

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:, or Facebook.


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