El Paso Gem and Mineral Show —
Theannual show is
at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3 ($2 for seniors, mil-itary; free for children 12 and younger withadult admission). The show features gems, min-erals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools andequipment, geode cutting, silent auction,demonstrations and door prizes, Information:Gem Center USA, 533-7153, 1-877-533-7153or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPSO ‘Symphony of Homes’ —
El PasoSymphony Orchestra’s 3rd annual fundraisingChristmas home tour features some of thearea’s most beautiful houses decked out in holi-day cheer
, sponsored by Pizazz. This year’s tour features the prestigious “Park Hills”neighborhood, in the Westside foothills of theFranklin Mountains. Tours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Nostrollers allowed in homes. Tickets: $25 for allhomes ($20 active duty military). Individualhouse tours $7; available at the symphony office, online at epso.org or at any of thehomes the days of the tour. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.Featured home themes and addresses onCalle del Sur are “Hacienda Christmas” (1160),“Harlequin Christmas” (1220), “ChristmasCollage” (1237) and “Naturemade Christmas”(1240), as well as “Christmas Traditions” at1128 Calle Lomas.New this year is a Holiday Wear FashionShow with fashions by Tres Mariposas andDuck Duck Goose. “Santa’s Workshops” offer top-to-bottom Christmas tree decorating by Annie Moe’s, holiday centerpiece and wreathmaking and cooking. A “Sip, See and Socialize” preview tour is 1 to5 p.m. Friday,
, with food, wine and hotbeverages, fashion show and Santa’s Workshops. Tickets: $40.
San Jacinto Plaza Christmas TreeLighting
— The 76th annual “Celebration of Lights” holiday tradition of the plaza’s spectacu-lar Christmas tree and displays is Saturday,
, at San Jacinto Plaza downtown. Theceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. with live enter- tainment. The lighting of the Christmas tree at5:55 p.m. followed by the 14th annual lightedChristmas parade. Information: 541-4331 or elpasotex.gov/parks.
North Pole at the Museum
—International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, will host its 5th annual afternoon of holiday entertainment 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday,
.Children and family pictures with Mr. and Mrs.Santa Claus, portrayed by Professor and Mrs.Blevins, can be taken in a setting more than 100Christmas decorations. Information: 543-6747or internationalmuseumofart.net.The event will also feature winners of themuseum’s coloring and drawing contests.
‘Navidad on the Border’ —
The annualhomage to the community’s traditionalChristmas customs is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday,
, at the Chamizal National Memorial theater. Presented by Que Bonita Familia and the El Paso Community College Senior AdultProgram. Admission is free, but seating is limit-ed. Complimentary tickets must be obtained inadvance; available through the Seniors AdultProgram: 831-7801.The holiday musical and cultural exchangepresented by seniors from El Paso and Juarez,features “The Real Spirit of Christmas,” theNativity, Our Lady of Guadalupe and JuanDiego, traditional songs and dances and anappearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves,all showcasing the talent of seniors and com-munity performers.
— The Glasbox, 1500 Texas,presents the experimental art show created by Chris Adame at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday,
, with dance, music,art and theatrical performance. Tickets: $10 at the door. Information: 751-1588 or 549-6358.“Overload” is comprised of performancesfrom contemporary dance to classic ballet tospoken word poetry to performance art inorder to “overload” the landscape.
— The Anime Conventionis 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday,
, atCamino Real Hotel, 101 S. El Paso Street. Theevent focuses on the Japanese artistic culture,as well as live music, games, animation, science