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Your monthly guide to community
entertainment, recreation & culture
Plein Air Painters of El Paso
15th Anniversary Exhibit
The exhibit will be on display Sept. 2-30 at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.
Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2
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Hot Art at Hospice Dinner
Artist-created chilies will be auctioned at Hospice of El Paso’s
annual fund-raiser Sept. 7. Shown here is “Dancing Girl” by
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Lincoln Park Day
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includes a car
show, dance and
El Paso Scene
El Paso Scene
Fiesta de las Flores —The Hispanic
Cultural Center presents the festival Aug. 31-
Sept. 2at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100
Paisano. Activities begin at 6 p.m. each day.
Tickets (available at local 7-11 stores) $10 in
advance; $15 at the gate. Information: 533-
3730 or fiestadelasflores.org.
Friday’s opening day entertainment begins at
is DJ Cane.
Saturday’s band entertainment includes
Liberty Band and Sonny Ozuna. Selection of the
2012 Fiesta Queen is at 8 p.m.
Also on Saturday are Senior Citizen
Appreciation Day health screenings at noon fol-
lowed by a Senior Appreciation Dance at 3
p.m. Admission is free for ages 55 and older.
Military Appreciation Day is Sunday.
Headlining entertainment includes Ruben
Ramos and the Mexican Revolution and Little
Joe y la Familia.
The World Championship Huachas
Tournament is 8 a.m. Saturday with registration
7 to 10 a.m. Entry fee: $25.
Minerpalooza 2012— UTEP’s 22nd annual
back-to-school bash and pep rally is Friday
night, Aug. 31, in the center of UTEP’s cam-
pus, corner of University and Hawthorne. The
family-friendly event features fall sports teams,
games, information booths and appearances by
UTEP athletes, along with live entertainment
and family activities. Admission is free; food and
some activities sold separately. Information:
747-5670 or utep.edu/minerpalooza.
Orange River Fiesta— Fox 92.3 FM hosts
the UTEP vs. Oklahoma tailgate party at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1, along Cincinnati Street
(between Stanton and Mesa). Admission: $6;
advance tickets on ticketbully.com.Block party
activities begin at 10 a.m.
Civic-Cultural Organization of Puerto
Ricans — The El Paso group’s traditional
Labor Day weekend family celebration is 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at El Paso
Veteran’s Park, 5301 Salem, with salsa music,
traditional dancing troupes and Puerto Rican
dishes for sale. Please bring chairs, umbrellas
and canopies. Alcoholic beverages not allowed.
Admission is free. Information: 877-2884, 227-
5582, 584-4177 or occpr.org.
KLAQ BBQ — The 27th annual event begins
at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at Western Playland
in Sunland Park. The events includes barbecue,
rides and concert by Hinder (at 8 p.m.).
Tickets: $16.70. Information: 544-8864, (575)
589-3410 or klaq.com.
Red & Green Chile War Festival— The
Mission Valley fiesta is 2 p.m. to midnight
Saturday and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8-9,
at Cougar Park, 10664 Socorro Road, featuring
arts and crafts, food and drink booths, and live
entertainment and the crowning of the Jalapeño
Festival Queen. Contests include Best Salsa,
Chile Eating and Salsa Dance. Information: 613-
7967, 790-0661 or 227-4575.
Diabetes Expo — El Paso Diabetes
Association hosts the expo 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9, at the El Paso Convention
Center, with diabetes screenings, eye and foot
checks, presentations information booths, and
entertainment provided by Telemundo.
Admission is free. Information: 532-6280.
Grandparents Day celebration— El
Paso Community College Senior Adult
Program’s 9th annual Grandparents Day cele-
bration is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at
Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway West, with
informational booths and activities promoting
an active, healthy and positive lifestyle.
Oktoberfest — The 40th annual celebration
is Sept. 14-16in Building 747, Carter and
Pleasonton roads on Fort Bliss. Courtesy of the
German Air Force Air Defense Center at Fort
Bliss, the event includes authentic Bavarian
food, beer, music and a souvenir shop. Events
begin at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.
Sunday. Ticket information: 568-8923.
VIP night is 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.
El Paso Comic Con— Award-winning
comic creator Arthur Suydam (Marvel
Zombies) is guest of honor for the third annual
EPCON 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at the El Paso
Convention Center, with publishers, artists,
vendors, comics, panels, performances, music
and cosplay. Celebrity judge for this year’s cos-
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play contests (Saturday and Sunday) is
McKenzie Westmore, host of SyFy Channel’s
hit show “Face Off.” Tickets: $40 Saturday; $25
Sunday; $35 three-day ticket. (Ticketmaster).
VIP Preview Night is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept.
14. Tickets: $40.
Celebrity guests include David Prowse (Darth
Vader from the original “Star Wars” Trilogy),
Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Dr. Who),
Jeffrey Combs (“Re-Animator”), Kelly Hu (“X-
Men 2”), Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next
Generation”), Michael Biehn (“The
Terminator,” “Tombstone”), Edi Gathegi (“X-
Men: First Class,” “Twilight”) and many others.
The Alien Warrior Comedian returns as Master
Comic creator guests include Joe Jusko
(“Vampirella”), Mark Texeira (“Thor: Heaven
and Earth”), Brian Pulido (“Lady Death”), James
O’Barr (“The Crow”) and many others.
Wartime Music Fest is 1 to 10: 45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16, headlined by Hit the Lights.
More than a dozen other bands will perform.
• The official Launch Party is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 14, at The Garden, 511 Western,
in Union Plaza.
• The official after-party is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hoppy Monk, 4141 N.
Mesa, with special guests in attendance, includ-
ing EPCon’s Guest of Honor.
Maldonado Maze— The 19-acre family-
owned maze is open Sept. 15-Nov. 4on Hwy
28 in La Union, N.M. Hours are 5:30 to 10
p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and
12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Various foods and soft
drinks sold. Petting zoo, hayrides, slides, pedal
car maze, mini mazes, jumping balloons and
other attractions also featured. Call for admis-
sion prices and group rate/field trip reserva-
The maze is open weekdays for school tours
only 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $5 or $6
per student, depending on package purchased.
Reservations must be made at least two weeks
‘Vivamos Mexico’ 16 de Septiembre
— In celebration of the 202nd anniversary of
Mexico’s Independence Day, the Mexican
Consulate hosts a family celebration 5 to 9:30
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Chamizal
National Memorial Amphitheatre, 800 S. San
Marcial, with live entertainment, food and drink
vendors and a fireworks display. “Grito de
Independencia” is at 8:30 p.m. No outside alco-
hol or pets allowed. Admission is free.
Information: 532-5540 or vivamosmexico.com.
The “Grito de Dolores” is the cry Padre
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave Sept. 15 that
ignited Mexico’s rebellion against Spain.
Entertainment include Sonora Skandalo,
Azucar, Grupo Cabalgata, Armandura Norteña,
Ballet Folklorico Queetzalez, Mariachi Raices
de America con Juan Ledezma, Ballet
Folklorico Paso del Norte, “El Charro Cantor”
Joseluis Garcia and more.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Betty McKnight
Multipurpose Center in Chaparral, N.M.
• 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at UTEP’s
Student Union Plaza.
• Viva Mexico! performances at 7 p.m. Friday
and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-
16, in the Chamizal Theatre.
• Noon Saturday, Sept. 15, in historic Mesilla
Plaza in Mesilla, N.M.
El Paso Ford Dealers Southwestern
International PRCA Rodeo —The 83rd
annual rodeo is Sept. 20-23at Cohen Stadium
in Northeast El Paso. Cowboys and cowgirls
from all over the world are scheduled to par-
ticipate in El Paso’s only professional rodeo fea-
turing nightly performances and live entertain-
ment. Thursday is Military Night (free admis-
sion for military personnel with valid ID) and
Sunday is “Fiesta de Rodeo.” Performance
times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12; free for chil-
dren under age 3. Information: 755-2000 or
La Union Maze —The 12-acre circular
cornfield maze is open Sept. 21-Nov. 4for its
13th season at 1101 Highway 28 in La Union,
N.M., next to Zin Valle Winery. Information: 1-
888-383-6293 or launionmaze.com. This year’s
theme is “Our Amazing Constitution.”
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10
p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Cost: $10; $5 for ages 2-5; free under 2 free.
Military discount with ID and group rates avail-
able. Field trips and private party tent available.
The Maze offers tractor-pulled wagon rides to
the U-pick garden and pedal cars, rubber duck
races, huge jumping pillow and target practice.
Also on site are a farm animal corral, family
slide, mini-maze, tube slides, tent with picnic
tables and concessions. Rides to pumpkin patch
and a cow train offered during daylight hours.
Lincoln Park Day— Lincoln Park
Conservation Committee hosts a car show and
art exhibit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23,
at Lincoln Park (Chicano Park), 4001 Durazno,
with Latin Pride Car Club’s car show hosted by
Latin Pride, Chicano, community, booths,
dance by Danza Azteca and live music the
Night Owls. Food provided by Cafe Mayapan
or public may bring a picnic or grill. Admission
is free. Information: 204-1584, or lincol-
This year’s exhibit features the mural presen-
tation of “A New Light of Hope” by Gabriel
‘Terror Trail’— WinkeyDoodles Paintball
Adventures, 401 Anthony, in Canutillo, hosts its
two-acre Terror Trail Haunted House Sept.
28-Nov. 3. Ages 10 and older welcome; no
costumes may be worn. Hours are 7:30 to
midnight Friday and Saturday and 7:30 to 10
p.m. Sunday. Admission: $14. No children
under the age 10. Admission: $13; canned food
donations encouraged for West Texas Food
Bank. Information: 877-3327 or texasterror-
trail.com. A portion of proceeds benefits West
Texas Food Bank and Boy Scouts of America
Savannah’s Birthday and Elephant
Festival — Savannah the Asian elephant cele-
brates her 60th birthday, along with friend
Juno, during the annual elephant festival 9:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the El
Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Juno and Savannah
will have a short training session with paper
mache piñatas and Savannah’s favorite treats at
noon. Information: 532-8156 or 521-1850, or
Zoo admission is $10 ($7.50 for ages 62 and
older and active duty military with ID; $6 ages
3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under). Zoo
members admitted free.
Mount Cristo Rey: Hike Through Time
— A hike with presentations on Mount Cristo
Rey and local history is offered at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland
Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3
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hours). Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation
requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration
Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reser-
vation is required.
The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike
leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of
El Paso Scene. Security is provided.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is
suitable for all ages.
Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead
to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273).
Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross
the Rio Grande.
Southern New Mexico
All-American Gun & Western
Collectible Show — The annual show is 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2,
at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Admission:
$5 (free for age 12 & under free). Age 18 and
younger must be accompanied by parent or
guardian. Information: (575) 257-6171 or trek-
Cloudcroft Labor Day Fiesta— The
annual family party is all day Friday through
Sunday, Sept. 1-3, on Burro Avenue in
Cloudcroft. Live music, games, a sidewalk sale,
food, street dance, wild west show and more.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733
or 1-866-682-8777 or cloudcroft.net.
Sidewalk sales from various merchants are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Wild West Gun Fights with Six Guns and
Shady Ladies are 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Saturday on Burro Street.
A Street Dance with Corner Pockets is 7 to
11 p.m. Friday.
Firehouse Music is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday behind
the Fire Station, and Daniel Park performs at 6
p.m. at The Lodge Resort.
The 2nd annual Outhouse Races are 2 p.m.
Sunday on Burro Street.
Free melodramas at the CLOC Pavilion are
7:30 p.m. nightly with the play “Stop The
Cottonwood Festival —The 22nd annual
Labor Day Weekend arts and craft festival is
Sept. 1-3in Alameda Park, alongside White
Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70) in Alamogordo. The
event offers more than 80 booths of arts and
crafts, entertainment, car show, food, carnival
rides and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. Information:
Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, (575)
437-6120, 1-800-826-0294 or
An Ambassador Pancake Breakfast is 7 to 10
a.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6.50 per plate.
Harvest Wine Festival — The New
Mexico Wine Growers Association presents its
2012 Labor Day Weekend festival noon to 6
p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3, at
the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds,
Las Cruces. Admission: $15, includes souvenir
wine glass; under 21 free accompanied by par-
ent of legal guardian. Monday is Military Day,
with $3 discount for active duty military with
ID. All adults must have valid ID, regardless of
age; designated drivers encouraged. No pets,
coolers or open containers allowed.
Information: (575) 522-1232 or wineharvestfes-
The festival features wines produced by 16 of
New Mexico’s leading wineries, available for
tasting and for sale by the glass, bottle or case,
plus live entertainment each day, specialty
foods, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors,
grape stomp contests at the top of every hour
Featured entertainers begin at noon and 3
p.m. daily. Saturday’s performers are Stepping
Up and The Mixx Band; Sunday’s are Chris
Baker and Jason Jones; Monday’s performers
are Matt Morgan and Daniel Park.
To get to the fairgrounds, take I-10 West
toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit
and follow the signs.
Hatch Chile Festival —The “chile capital
of the world’s” 39th annual celebration is
Saturday and 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 paint-
ing demonstrations, live music, beer garden and
fresh roasted Hatch green chile. Admission:
$10 per carload. Information: (575) 267-5483
The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday
Opening ceremonies and Queen’s coronation
are noon Saturday; and live music begins at
noon both days.
Contests are 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday and
1:30, 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. Sunday, including chile
eating, chile toss and watermelon eating.
Hillsboro Harvest Festival — Percha
Creek Traders Artisan’s Cooperative hosts the
4th annual Labor Day weekend festival
Saturday, Sept. 1, in Hillsboro, N.M.
Information: (575) 895-5797 or perchacreek-
Percha Creek Traders is in downtown
Hillsboro on Highway 152, 17 miles west of I-
25 at exit 63.
‘Rolling Stones’ Gem and Mineral
Show— Grant County Rolling Stones Gem
and Mineral Society’s 29th annual show in
Silver City, N.M. is Sept. 1-3at the Grant
County Business and Conference Center, 3031
Hwy 180 East, in Silver City, N.M. The show
offers guided field trips, vendors, silent auc-
tions, exhibits and demonstrations. 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: rollingstones-
Rockhounding trips depart at 9 a.m. each day,
with new educational trips at 1 p.m. each day.
Elephant Days — The City of Elephant
Butte’s annual celebration is Sept. 7-9, with
live music, food, vendors and a car and motor-
cycle show. This year’s theme for the City of
Elephant Butte’s celebration is “Happy 100th
Birthday, New Mexico.” Information: Mel
Tepper, (575) 744-4411 or meltepper@valor-
Activities kick off Friday with a dazzling bal-
loon glow, with the Elephant Day’s parade at
10 a.m. on Saturday along Hwy. 195.
The 32nd annual Elephant Butte Balloon
Regatta is 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at Lion’s Beach, Elephant
Butte Lake State Park. Admission: $5 per car.
‘First Fridays’ in Silver City— Several of
historic Downtown Silver City’s restaurants,
shops and “Red Dot” galleries will stay open
late the first Friday of each month as part of
the monthly “First Friday” shopping event. Free
live music and other special events also planned
each month. Information: 1-800-548-9378 or
Taste of Downtown activities are Friday,
Sept. 7, (Tickets are $15) with a free street
dance to kick off Pickamania.
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El Paso Scene
El Paso Scene
The debate over the proposed
baseball stadium in downtown El
Paso, along with the demolition of
City Hall and the Insights museum,
leads me make a few observations.
• Advocates and opponents don’t
always play fair. In this case, propo-
nents tells us this is a once-in-a-life-
time opportunity while critics accuse
them of greed and arrogance.
• You can be opposed to the baseball
stadium/move city hall proposal and
still be for progress.
• Just because rich people are for
something does not mean they are just
trying to stuff their pockets. People and
companies that are heavily invested in
downtown have the most reason to
push for improvement. Sure, it might
help their holdings in the downtown
area but what improvement wouldn’t?
• Being rich doesn’t make you smarter
than everyone else. Just because pow-
erful people are for something doesn’t
mean it’s good for everyone.
• Insisting that everything must be
approved by a majority vote of the
public is a guaranteed way to keep any
city from moving forward. Government
works best by electing good leaders
and letting them lead.
• The counterpoint is that leaders can
only go far ahead of public opinion. The
most progressive El Paso mayor in
recent years was Raymond Caballero,
who was defeated when he ran for a
The best example of downtown revi-
talization I’ve seen has been the El
Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza
Theatre. The museum was a case of
government at its best: They picked a
perfect spot and gave El Paso a top-
class museum at a budget price. The
Plaza, by comparison, has been a suc-
cessful partnership of government,
nonprofit organization and for-profit
management that evolved over many
In both cases, the process took a long
time and the public knew what was
While the idea of a downtown sports
arena has been discussed for many
years, the current proposal was
dropped on the public like a bomb. It’s
hard for the average person to accept
tearing down City Hall and Insights
Museum, and also downgrading Cohen
Stadium, in hopes that a new sports
stadium will make it all worthwhile.
Having said all that, it may be that
building a stadium and bringing a
Triple-A baseball franchise to El Paso
could turn out to be a great success
story. It’s hard for anyone to be sure.
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Now a few words about some El Paso
• El Paso Bicycle Club’s annual Chile
Pepper Challenge is Sept. 30 (see Page
50). This year it’s based at La Viña
Winery, so the fun should keep going
on long after the last bike pulls in.
• After the Chile Pepper Challenge, I’m
heading over to the Plaza for The
Capitol Steps (Page 16). What better
way to prepare for the home stretch of
a presidential campaign than by enjoy-
ing bipartisan musical satire?
• The Celebration of Our Mountains
kicks off this month. See Page 40 for
upcoming events. Among them is El
Paso Scene’s annual Hike Up Cristo Rey
Oct. 6 (see listing on Page 4 for details).
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This issue marks El Paso Scene’s 19th
anniversary ... and the beginning of our
countdown to the big Two-0 next year!
© 2012 Cristo Rey Communications
Editor and Publisher
Lisa Kay Tate
(915) 542-1422 ext. 4
Yvonne T. Herrera, Will Summers
Randy Friedman, Gil Garza
Carol Viescas, Brian Chozick,
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San Elizario Art District — Pages 28-29.
• Sept. 7: First Friday ArtWalk and evening
• Sept. 7 and 15: Live music at El Bandito
• Sept. 15: “Viva Mexico” Art Exhibition at
Peña Gallery and Studio
• Sept. 16: Mission Trail Art Market.
‘Othello’— Sept. 21-30, in the Fox Fine
Arts Wise Family Theatre with guest artist
Will Badgett as Othello. Page 30.
Arts International — The 45th annual Arts
International Juried Exhibition runs Oct. 6-
27, at Crossland Gallery. Page 59.
Crossland Gallery— Showing Aug. 31-
Sept. 22: “Days Gone by” in the Bissell
Gallery; “Autumn” in the Cox Gallery; Tracy
Navar and Rodolfo Sigala in the Williams
Gallery. Page 42.
UTEP Football— The Miners’ home games
are Saturdays at Sun Bowl Stadium beginning
with the game against Oklahoma Sept. 1.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso— Fall
semester French classes sessions for all levels
begin the week of Sept. 10or adults and
children. Page 4.
UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin
Center for the Visual Arts— Showing
Sept. 13-Dec. 21in the Rubin and L
Galleries is “Shifting Sands: Recent Videos
from the Middle East,” and “SEFT-1” works
by Ivan Puig and Andres Padilla Domene in
the Project Space. Page 41.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
• Sept. 14: Ultimate Michael Jackson
Tribute, “Who’s Bad,” Signature Showroom.
• Oct. 15: — La Mafia outdoor concert.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
UTEP —The popular UTEP program offers
non-credit classes for people age 50 or older.
The Spring 2012 classes begin Sept. 17.
Sasahara Gallery— Afternoon Artisan
Market is Sept. 15. Bill Herring will host a
workshop Oct. 18-22. Page 44.
Chi Gung seminar -Center for Internal
Arts hosts a Chi Gung meditation seminar,
“Gods Playing in the Clouds, The Essence of
Tai Chi” Sundays Sept. 16-Oct. 14. Page
El Paso Symphony Orchestra- The
Symphony opens its 82nd season and contin-
ues its search for new conductor/director
Sept. 21-22, in the Plaza Theatre, with
guest soloist Ilya Yakushev and guest conduc-
tor Arthur Post. Page 8.
‘Shakespeare on the Rocks’ Theater
Festival - The annual Shakespeare festival is
Sept. 21-Oct. 14, at Chamizal National
Memorial Theatre. This year’s productions
are “Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard III” and
“Twelfth Night.” Page 5.
La Union Maze —The 12-acre circular
cornfield maze is open Sept. 21-Nov. 4for
its 13th season with this year’s theme is
“Our Amazing Constitution.” Page 4.
LYNX Exhibits —El Paso’s only traveling
exhibit museum feature “In the Dark” Sept.
22-Jan. 6. Page 18. The museum is also
home to El Paso Artisan Gallery with works
by local artists and regional gifts. Page 43.
‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’ — Sept.
27-Oct. 6at the EPCC Transmountain
Campus Forum Theater. Page 39.
‘Run the Rio’— Fight to the Finish and
H.A.R.T.S. host a 5K “obstacle course run”
Sept. 29, Gallegos Park, Canutillo. Page 34.
Farm to Chef event — La Mujer Obrera
and Centro Mayapan, host the culinary event
Sept. 29. Page 47.
Jewelry in the Gazebo— The show and
sale is Sept. 29at the Gazebo in Placita
Santa Fe. Page 22-23.
The Capitol Steps— Impact|Programs of
Excellence presents the politically incorrect
bipartisan musical parody comedy troupe
Sept. 30, at the Plaza Theatre. Page 16.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — The 11th annual market are
Saturdays through mid October, with locally
grown goods, artisans, yoga class and brunch
on the patio. Page 32.
Motorcycle Madness— Through Jan. 20
at the El Paso Museum. Page 24.
Hal Marcus Gallery— Artist for the Month
for September is painter Francisco Romero.
The gallery will take park in the Sunset
Heights Home Tour Oct. 6. Page 43.
Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and
Landmarks— The El Paso County
Historical Society will host its annual Tour of
Homes Oct. 6. Page 18.
Health Fair— Sun City Women’s Health
Care hosts its health fair Oct. 20the their
offices. Page 32.
‘Giselle’ — El Paso Youth Ballet presents
the classic French ballet Oct. 26-27at
UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Page 24.
Southern New Mexico
‘Pickamania!’— Mimbres Region Arts
Council celebrates folk, bluegrass and
Americana acoustic musical traditions Sept.
7-9in Gough Park. Page 14.
Silver City MainStreet— First Friday
events are Sept. 7(Taste of Downtown)
and Oct. 5(Gallery Walk kickoff). Page 27.
Deming events— The City of Deming
hosts several fall events in its historic
Downtown and other locations. Page 11.
• Sept. 9: St. Anne’s Fiesta
• Sept. 19-22: SW New Mexico State Fair
• Oct. 20-21: St. Clair Wine Festival
• Oct. 21: 84th Klobase BBQ.
Gila River Festival — The Gila
Conservation Coalition will host its 8th annu-
al river festival Sept. 13-16. Page 33.
Tularosa Basin Wine & Music Fest —
Area Rotary Clubs host the 5th annual event
Sept. 15-16in Alamogordo. Page 5.
The Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery
Walk— The gallery walk and tour featuring
artists from throughout Grant County is
Oct. 5-8. Page 45.
Ski Run Road Challenge— The 6th annual
race featuring the highest finish in New
Mexico is Oct. 27at the Eagle Creek Sports
Complex in Ruidoso. Page 10.
Scene Spotlight highlights events
advertised in this issue.
Taste of Downtown Silver City — The
annual “walk-about tour” of 15 area restau-
rants, cafes and coffeehouses is 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 7, in downtown Silver City. Food
samples from different restaurants and shops, a
fake/bake sale and music showcase, vendors
and more. Cost: $15. Information: (575) 534-
9005 or silvercitymainstreet.com.
Winter Quilters— The Winter Quilters of
Sierra County will host a show and sale during
Elephant Days festivities Sept. 7-9on the cor-
ner of Warm and Water Street in Truth or
Consequences, N.M. Show is 2 to 6 p.m.
Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. A
fundraising quilt raffle will also be held.
Information: (575) 744-4892 or email@example.com.
Doña Ana Doll Club Show & Sale —
The annual doll and accessory show is 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Americas Value Inn
(formerly Days Inn), 901 Avenida de Mesilla,
Las Cruces. Includes dolls, doll accessories,
Teddy bears, toys and miniatures by vendors
from four states. Doll IDs and appraisals
offered. Admission: $2 (free for ages 10 and
younger). Information: (575) 523-1413.
Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta —The
32nd annual regatta is 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9at Lion’s
Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Events
include competitions, mass ascension of around
50 hot-air balloons, vendors, arts and crafts,
food, music and more. Admission: $5 per car.
Information: (575) 821-8558.
St. Genevieve’s Fiesta —The Las Cruces
church’s annual fiesta celebrating the church
community’s 153rd year, is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
8-9, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las
Cruces Ave. with Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi
and Saturday dance with The Mixx Band, as
well as children’s games, arts and crafts, raffle
and silent auction. The church’s famous gordi-
tas will be served as well as hamburgers, corn
on the cob, desserts, drinks, snacks and more.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649
Mass is 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the pro-
cession to the fiesta.
Huachas tournament is 2 p.m. Sunday; regis-
tration begins at 1 p.m. Prizes awarded to first
and second place. Entry cost: $25 per team.
St. Anne’s Fiesta— St. Anne’s Parish host
its annual fiesta Sunday, Sept. 9, in the
Courthouse Park, 700 S. Silver, in Deming,
N.M. BBQ served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with festiv-
ities continuing until 5 p.m.. Information: (575)
546-3343 or 1-800-848-4955.
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — The
41st annual rally is Wednesday through Sunday,
Sept. 12-16, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in
Ruidoso, N.M. The rally includes poker runs,
trade show 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, bike judg-
ing, tours, parade, stunt show, green chile
cheeseburger competitions, a “paws and
stripe” demo” and other events at Ruidoso
Downs Sports Theater Complex. Sponsored by
the American Motorcycle Association National
Road Riding Convention. Information: (800)
452-8045, (575) 257-8696 or
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta —
The annual fiesta is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday
and noon to 7 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 mesilla-nm.us.
The Fiesta Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday
along Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at Four
Points Gin and ending at the Mesilla Town Hall.
This year’s theme is “100 Years of Statehood.”
No entry fee. Deadline to enter is Sept. 4.
Lumberjack Day— The 19th annual is 10
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” competi-
tions, demonstrations and more. Visitors can
test their own lumberjack skills. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 682-2733 for 1-800-
Tularosa Basin Wine & Music Fest —
Rotary Clubs of Alamogordo, Tularosa and
White Sands host the 5th annual event is noon
to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at
Alameda Park on White Sands Blvd. in
Alamogordo, with wine samples from New
Mexico vineyards, live music, local artists and
vendors, food and more. Live art action is 4
p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at
the gate (age 20 and younger must be accom-
panied by adult; age 21 and older must have
photo ID). Information: (575) 522-1232 or
White Sands Hot Air Balloon
Invitational —Alamogordo Chamber of
Commerce’s 21st annual ballooning event fea-
turing around 50 hot air balloons is sunrise
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at White
Sands National Monument and locations in
Alamogordo. Launches begin at sunrise both
days and come down around three hours later.
Park entrance fee: $3 (free for ages 15 and
younger). Information: (575) 679-2599 or 1-
Art in the Garden Tour —The 5th annu-
al Tour is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16,
in the Picacho Hills area of Las Cruces. Maps
available on the corner of Picacho Hills Drive
and Pueblo Gardens Drive and at the Picacho
Hills Country Club. Banners, signs and red flags
will mark the showcased gardens. Works by
various local artists will also be featured. The
event is free and open to the public. Not suit-
able for pets or children under 12. Service ani-
mals are welcome.
Information: artistsofpicachohills.com or visit
Art in the Garden Tour on Facebook.
Southwestern New Mexico State Fair
— The annual fair is Sept. 19-22at the Luna
County fairgrounds in Deming. Livestock
shows, arts and crafts exhibits, a fair queen
crowning, parade, baked goods and produce
sales, other food vendors, rodeo events, live-
stock auction, entertainment, horse shows, a
carnival and dances. Information: 1-800-848-
4955 or demingchamber.com.
WSMR Oktoberfest— White Sands
Missile Range hosts its Oktoberfest at 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21, at Volunteer Park on White
Sands Missile Range, with German beer and
food, music, Bavarian dancers and a fun zone.
Admission: $18 (includes stein) in advance; $25
at the gate (limited amount of steins available at
the gate); free for ages 16 and younger with
adult. Information: (575) 678-7991.
Oktoberfest at Holloman — The
German Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base
near Alamogordo, N.M. invites the public to
enjoy German food, drink and music at its
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annual Oktoberfest 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 22, at the GAF Maintenance Hangar.
Tickets are $13 in advance or $16 at the gate
(includes mug and first filling); free for ages 16
and under. Information: (575) 572-2612.
Ages 21 and only admitted 8 to 11 p.m.
Grant County Fair— Sept. 26-30, at the
Cliff Fairgrounds, Cliff, N.M. Admission: $3 per
day. Information: (575) 388-1559.
Whole Enchilada Fiesta— The 32nd
annual festival is Sept. 28-30, at Meerscheidt
Recreation Center, 600 E. Hadley in Las
Cruces. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.
to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday. Events include live entertainment, food,
arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides and
“Enchilada Land” games and rides for kids.
Admission: $5 (free for age 12 and younger).
Weekend passes available for $22 at Pic Quik’s
through 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Information: (575)
526-1938 or enchiladafiesta.com.
A beer garden is open 5 to 11 p.m. Friday,
noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to close
Sunday. Admission: $5 (ages 21 and older only).
Live musical entertainment is all three days on
two stages, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.
Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Friday’s headliners are Bri Bagwell at 7:45
p.m. and Josh Grider 9:30 to 11 p.m.
Saturday’s headliners begin with Raulito
Navaira at 6:30 p.m. Sunny and the Sunliners
perform at 8:15 p.m. and Little Joe y La Familia
at 10 p.m.
Sunday’s headliners include MC Magic at 2:45
The annual Whole Enchilada Parade begins at
10 a.m. Saturday at the Hadley Complex, cele-
brating 100 Years of Statehood.
Huacha Tournament begins at noon Saturday
at courts on Hadley Ave., east of Unidad Park.
Horseshoe Tournament begins at noon
Sunday on the courts on Hadley.
The Whole Enchilada 5K race and 1-mile runs
begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Meerscheidt
Recreation center. See sports listing for details.
‘Cruisin’ for Critters’ Motorcycle Run
— The 3rd annual charity run benefiting
ACTion Programs for Animals is Saturday,
Sept. 29, starting at Barnett’s Las Cruces
Harley Davidson, 2600 Landside. Registration is
10 to noon, with participation at each stop and
an after-party 3 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Moon Bar
in Radium Springs, N.M. Cost: $10 per rider.
Information: (575) 621-4942.
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze at Lyles
Family Farms — The 13th annual labyrinth
and pumpkin patch is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 29-Oct. 28at
3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Open weekdays
for school field trips only; no pets allowed
except service animals; no outside food and
beverage allowed. Food and beverage conces-
sions available. Admission: $10.50 ($8.50 chil-
dren under 12); $2 discount for military with
ID (not to be used with other discounts).
Information: (575) 526-1919 or mesillavalley-
White Oaks Rascal Fair — The communi-
ty and artists of White Oaks N.M. hosts the
weekly fair 5 p.m. ‘til dark Fridays through mid-
October (to encompass all the fall harvests
with garden items, soaps, pottery, wood work-
ing and photos, as well as gold panning, cook-
ing, growing and pottery demonstrations.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 648-4015
or (575) 648-2195.
Marfa Lights Festival —The 26th annual
festival that pays tribute to Marfa’s mysterious
lights is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept.
2in Marfa, Texas. Food and crafts booths, a
main street parade, contests, concerts and
street dances in the Presidio Courthouse area.
Vendor booths are open at 5 p.m. Friday, plus
all day Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Information: (432) 729-4942, 1-800-650-9696
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: marfacc.com.
The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, with
street dances Friday and Saturday nights.
New this year is the Marfa Lights Festival Box
Car Derby for racers age 5 and older. Call for
Big Bend Balloon Bash — The 2012 hot
air balloon festival in Alpine, Texas, will feature
nearly 30 colorful balloons Saturday through
Monday, Sept. 1-3at the Sierra La Rana com-
munity 2 miles south of Alpine on State Hwy
118. Gates open at 7 a.m. mass ascension at
7:30 a.m. each day. Admission to the launch
site is free; no pets allowed. Information: (432)
837-7486 or bigbendballoonbash.com.
A Fire Concert is 8 p.m. Sunday, at Alpine
High School’s Buck Stadium.
Mountain Man Rendezvous— The 28th
annual event celebrating the mountain man cul-
ture is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30, at
the Evans Mulhern Ranch, off Hwy 118,
between Alpine and Fort Davis. Gates open at
8 a.m. Friday. Includes various black powder
shooting competitions including a pistol and
blanket shoot, trail walk and more. Also sched-
uled is a Saturday evening supper, “Council
Fire,” raffle, Award Ceremony and Sunday
morning church service. Entry fee for partici-
pants: $15 per person; $25 family. Traders wel-
come; no cost to participate. Information:
Charlie, (432) 426-3818, (432) 249-0395, or
Campers should bring firewood and water.
Modern and primitive campsites available; no
pets in primitive camps.
Bazaars and fairs
Downtown Artist Market— The City of
El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs
Department’s market for area artists are
Saturdays on Anthony Street in the Union Plaza
area along Anthony Street. Summer hours are
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists
available each month. Information: 541-4481.
Booth space costs $2, and artists will be
required to prove they produce their own
work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and
attend one of the monthly orientation sessions
offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each
month in the City Hall third floor training
room. Information/guidelines online at elpaso-
texas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism
Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts— Holy
Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road in
Mesilla Park, will showcase the works of about
75 area artists 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 1-2. The event includes painting,
pottery, jewelry, woodworking and textile art.
Food (including an enchilada dinner), music and
raffle also offered. Admission is free; donations
taken at the door. Information: (575) 524-3688
St. Anthony’s Bazaar— The 49th 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
El Paso Scene
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Crescent). The event offers food, games and
live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a
Franciscan seminary. Admission is free.
Information: 566-2261 or
Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Gun
Show— 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at the El Maida
Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show
includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or
trade. Admission is $5, $4 active military with
ID, $3 for under 18. Minors must be accompa-
nied by a parent. Information: 598-0935.
‘The Garden’ at The Maze— The Maze
at La Union, 1101 Hwy 28, in La Union (next
to Zin Valle) hosts a farmer’s market featuring
five acres of U-pick vegetables 7:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through
Sept. 8. Information: 549-1323 or lau-
Woman’s Club Fall Festival— Woman’s
Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa, will host its
annual Fall Festival bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
8-9, with a bake sale, local artists and vendors,
a “Grandma’s attic” and dining in the tea room.
Proceeds benefit the preservation and restora-
tion of the club, built in 1916. Admission: $3.
Sports Memorabilia Show and Sale—
El Paso Saddleblanket, 6926 Gateway East,
hosts a show and sale of items from area busi-
nessman Pat Goff’s sports memorabilia collec-
tions, one of the largest in the Southwest, dur-
ing regular business hours Friday and Saturday,
Sept. 14-15. Admission is free. Information:
St. Frances Fiesta — St. Frances Xavier
Cabrini Catholic Church’s 14th annual bazaar is
Sept. 14-16at 12200 Vista del Sol. Live enter-
tainment, food, games and raffle. Hours are 6
p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight
Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast
booth opens at 9 a.m. Sunday. Admission is
free. Information: 857-1263.
St. Mark’s Arts Market - St. Mark’s
United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road,
will host their 4th annual fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15. Breakfast, lunch and snacks
available for purchase. Admission is free.
Information: 581-4444 or email@example.com.
Proceeds benefit several St. Mark’s programs.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans
and craftspeople display their fine arts and
crafts during the monthly open-air market 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the historic
Veteran’s Memorial Plaza at the San Elizario
Chapel, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Food and
drink concessions and entertainment. Pistoleros
de San Elizario will perform a Billy the Kid
reenactment at 1 and 3 p.m. at the old county
jail. Admission is free. Information: 594-8424 or
Art in the Park- The City Parks &
Recreation Department’s semi-annual arts &
crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 22-23, at Memorial Park, 1701
N. Copia (off Copper). Continuous entertain-
ment. Vendor spaces being taken through Sept.
14 at the Armijo Center, 700 E. 7th. Admission
is free. Information: 252-9031 or 240-3310.
Farm to Chef event — La Mujer Obrera
and Centro Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle, host the
culinary event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 29, with local produce from the
Mayapan Farmers Market and cooking demon-
strations by local chefs. Information: 887-1520.
Mercado Mayapan Farmers’ Market—
La Mujer Obrera’s Mercado Mayapan, 2101
Myrtle, host its market 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 28, with
local farmers selling vegetables, fruits, dairy,
meat, eggs and flowers. Information: 887-1520
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing — The 11th annual market is 7:30
a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid October
at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M.
This “producers only” market features quality
farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. The
CoffeeStream will serve house-made pastries,
coffee and juice on the patio; brunch offered at
the restaurant at 8 a.m. Information: (575) 589-
0653, ext. 3.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market
— Arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and
other food items are offered at the market 8
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays
on Griggs Avenue from Water Street to Church
Street. Information: (575) 541-2288 or
Silver City Farmers Market— The mar-
ket runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays early May
through the first frost in October in the Main
Street Plaza (intersection of 6th and Bullard).
Information: (575) 536-9681 or
Vinton Farmer’s Market— The seasonal
market with fresh produce and handcrafted
items runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday year round at 7810 Doniphan (former
Pat’s Country Store location), in Vinton.
El Paso Mineral and Gem Society
Rummage Sale— The society’s fundraising
sales are 9 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the
month at Memorial Park Senior Citizen’s
Center, 1800 Byron, behind the rose garden.
Information: 740-9937 or 592-8820.
Something for everyone
24-hour Paintball Scenario Game—
WinkeyDoodles Inc. hosts the 24-hour scenario
game based on the “Resident Evil” movie 9
a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2,
at Mountain Park Trout Farm in High Rolls,
N.M. Paintball teams and individuals will partici-
pate in this “zombies vs. survivors” annual
event with camping and game over 40 acres of
woods, creeks and grassy meadows.
Registration: $65. Information: (915) 877-2110
Bassett Place— The mall at 6101 Gateway
West celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Information: 772-7479 or
• El Paso Community College Senior Adult
Program’s 9th annual Grandparents Day cele-
bration is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, with
informational booths and activities promoting
an active, healthy and positive lifestyle.
• EP-Con Weekend events are Sunday, Sept.
9, with a Battle of the Bands noon to 6 p.m. in
the parking lot behind Premiere Cinemas. A
Black Ops Call of Duty Tournament is 10:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cinema, with a com-
munity fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a Zombie
Walk at 4:30 p.m. Activities end with an Indy
Film Fest 6 to 10 p.m.
• Arts and Craft Fair is Friday through Sunday,
Sept. 14-16, with local artists, jewelry and col-
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• Jazz Brunch with Valley Jazz Band is Sunday,
Sept. 16, in Café Plaza.
• Low Cost Immunizations are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in front of Kohl’s with
El Paso Department of Public Health.
• Power of Pink display of Breast Cancer
Survivors portraits is Saturday, Sept. 22, in
front of Pretzel Maker.
• BorderWalk Line Dancers perform Sunday,
Sept. 23, in front of Café Plaza.
• Disney on Ice’s Princess Parade events are
Saturday, Sept. 29, with photos, crafts and
• VNA will offer flu shots Saturday, Sept. 29,
next to the Children’s Play Area.
• A Lucha Libre event is Sunday, Sept. 30, in
front of Café Plaza.
Boys & Girls Club House open house
— Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso host an open
house to invite the community to tour the
youth club house at 801 S. Florence recently
given a make-over by Lowe’s Hero’s, 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, with free food,
exhibits and a variety of activities to inspire
youth as they prepare to go back-to-school.
Latinitas— The nonprofit dedicated to
empowering Latina youth offers regular cre-
ative expression workshops, exhibits and more.
firstname.lastname@example.org or latinitas-
• Chicas Advancing in Media Project for teens
ages 13-18 to learn media skills from the pros
with workshops on photography, creative writ-
ing, filmmaking, art and audio production taking
place is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1,
Sept. 15, and Oct. 6at the Latinitas
Headquarters, 1359 Lomaland, #503.
The organization seeks female volunteer men-
tors in various areas. Informational sessions are
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4and 18, at the head-
• Creative Girls Saturday Camp grades 4-8 is
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Judge
Marquez Public Library, 610 N. Yarbrough).
• The new Multimedia Arts After-School Clubs
focused on encouraging local girls to build con-
fidence through media and creative expression
programs will take place at various public
libraries, schools and community centers, kick-
ing off with an informational session for parents
and girls at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the
End of Summer Custom Car Show—
Anthony Texas Police Food Pantry presents the
benefit car show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 2, at Wet N Wild Waterworld, 804 S.
Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0).
Registration for cars: $25 in advance; 35 day of
event (includes two tickets to Wet ‘N Wild.
Spectator admission is free with regular park
admission: $20.99, plus tax; $18.99 or age 13
and younger. Information: 740-1308. Register
online at EndOfSummerCarShow.com.
EPCC Personal Enrichment Classes—
El Paso Community College’s fall continuing
education classes begin Sept. 4at
Transmountain and Valle Verde campuses.
Classes available in Home, Garden, Culinary
Arts, Creative Arts, and On-line enrichment, as
well as other subjects. Registration available at
all EPCC campuses; courses begin at $25.
Information/schedule: 831-2346 or epcc.edu.
Childbirth preparation classes—
Providence Memorial Hospital’s childbirth
experts and lactation consultants offer free
classes for parents, future parents, grandpar-
ents and other adult family members who are
preparing to, or have welcomed a new baby
into their families in the hospital’s auditoriums
B and C, 2001 N. Oregon. Information/regis-
tration: 577-SPHN (7746).
• Breastfeeding classes are 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 6and Oct. 4.
• Childbirth Preparation four-week sessions
meet 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 4-25and
Oct. 2-23. Participants should begin classes
during the seventh month of pregnancy.
• Teen Childbirth Preparation three-week class
for teen mothers and their partners are 7 to 9
p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 31-Nov. 14.
• Baby Care Basics for expecting, adoptive and
new parents, grandparents, and older brothers
and sisters (9 years and older) is 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13and Oct. 11.
• Pediatric Question and Answer/CPR
Demonstration is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
20 and Oct. 18.
• Children’s “big brother and sister” class for
ages 3 to 8 is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
27and Oct. 25. Parents attend with their
Mark Chironna— Livingway Family
Church, 200 S. Alto Mesa, presents the
American evangelist, faith healer, seminar
leader and author 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
6. Chironna is founder and senior pastor of
Church on the Living Edge in the Orlando, Fla.
area. Admission is free. Information: 243-2291
‘Black Ops’ tournament— EPCON will
be host a “Call of Duty: Black Ops” gaming
tournament noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday Sept. 8-9, at Premiere 18 Movie
Theaters (Bassett Place Mall). Participants
(teams of two) play the game on the theatre’s
big screens. Open to age 17 and older (or
unless accompanied by an adult). Players who
make it to the final round get a VIP badge to
EPCON 2012. First place winner will meet
actor James C. Burns (voice of “Black Ops” Sgt.
Franks Woods) at the convention; cash prizes
offered throughout the day. Onsite registration
is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 or in advance through
Denise Nunez at email@example.com (write
“Call of Duty Tournament” on the subject line).
A zombie walk follows at 4:30 p.m.
Children’s College Fall Classes —El
Paso Community College Children’s College
classes begin Saturday, Sept. 8 at Valle Verde
and Transmountain campuses for ages 5-17
years of age to help improve their academics
skills and explore a personal interest. Courses
include Academic Enrichment, Performing Arts,
Sports and other interests. Classes begin at $25
(cost and class time varies). Information/sched-
ule: 831-2790 or epcc.edu. Registration avail-
able at all EPCC campuses.
‘Dog Day’ swimming event— City of El
Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 4th
annual dog swim days are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at Nations
Tobin Aquatic Center, 8831 Railroad Drive.
Social dogs will be allowed to enjoy a pool day
interacting with other friendly pets. Dogs are
encouraged to dress in red, white and blue.
Cost: $2 per dog (owners free).
Information/pool rules for pets: Stacy Wright,
544-3556 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
The Animal Rescue League and other agencies
will have dogs available for adoption, and the
Humane Society will offer adoptions with
micro-chipping for dogs at $15 per dog while
The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso
will give tips on water safety.
Girltopia— Girl Scouts of the Desert
Southwest’s annual back-to-school rally is 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Women’s
Pioneer Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Ave. in Las
Cruces, with community organizations, groups
and businesses. This event is open to all girls
and their families; girls do not have be Girls
Scouts to participate. Information: (575) 526-
2532, firstname.lastname@example.org or gsdsw.org.
Girl Scouts is open to all girls age 5-17.
Registration is $12 per year.
Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations— The
following organizations will host flu vaccination
services this fall:
• The Visiting Nurse Association of El Paso —
“Clinics” for qualified individuals ages 5 and
older are offered September though
November. The vaccinations are a covered
Medicare benefit, and subject to availability. Call
for cost. Clinic locations/times: 532-0888; Flu
Shot Hotline, 545-6346; or vnaelpaso.org.
• El Paso Parks and Recreation offers flu and
pneumonia shots for seniors Sept. 10-Oct. 5
at various city senior and recreation centers.
Cost: $25 (Medicare Part B accepted).
• The 2012 “Immunize El Paso” clinics for eligi-
ble persons ages 6 months and older are Sept.
11-Nov 19at various schools and other loca-
tions. Covered by Medicare, Children’s
Medicaid and Chip. Cost is $25 for flu shots,
$40 for pneumonia shots. Clinic
locations/times: 533-3414 or elpasoflushots.org.
House of Hope Open House — House of
Hope celebrates the opening of its new central-
ized location at 1204 Montana with an open
house 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Admission is free. Information: 544-9600 or
House of Hope is a non-profit organization
whose mission is to empower women, men,
and families facing an unwanted pregnancy and
to be proactive in promoting healthy life-style
choices through education. They provide preg-
nancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, and
peer counseling free of charge.
Event Planning Conference — Bliss
MWR hosts the “Food, Fashion and Fun” event
planning conference 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Centennial
Banquet Hall and Conference Center, 11199 E.
Churchill, on East Fort Bliss, with lunch and
breakout sessions on menu planning with Chef
Jon-Paul Delamonte, Decor on a Dime, fashion
for events and more. Cost: $20 ($15 active mil-
itary with ID). Information 744-1711. Tickets
available online at ticketbully.com
The event was postponed from June 20.
Southwest Character Council — The
council’s monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Great American
Land and Cattle Company, 701 S. Mesa Hills.
Cost: $10 (includes lunch, networking and
training). Cash or check only.
The East Side meeting is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13, at Great American, 2220
UTEP Hispanic Heritage Celebration
— Events are planned throughout the fall
months. Most events are free. Information:
747-5462 or academics.utep.edu/chicano.
UTEP’s annual Grito Ceremony:
Commemoration of the Declaration of Mexican
Independence” is 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14,
in the Bhutan Lounge, Second Floor, Student
• “Are You a Dreamer?: President Obama’s
Deferred Action Policy” panel is 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 6, in University Suite, Union
Building East, Room 312.
• “Communications Strategies in Political
Campaigns” by Dr. Richard Pineda, Associate
Professor, Department of Communication is
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Blumberg
UTEP Library, First Floor.
• “Controversial Issues and the Rights of
Teachers: What We Don’t Talk about in
Teaching the Humanities and Why” by Dr.
Jonathan Zimmerman is 5:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 20, in Blumberg Auditorium.
• “Migration and Literature: Sam no es mi tío:
Twenty-Four Migrant Stories and American
Dream” is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in
Quinn Hall (Room TBA) by Dr. Aileen El Kadi,
Assistant Professor, Department of Languages
and Linguistics and Diego Fonseca, reporter,
• Book Presentation on “Social Justice in the
U.S.-Mexico Border Region: An introduction by
the Editors” by Mark Lusk, Kathy Staudt, Eva
Moya, Irasema Coronado, and Griselda
Villalobos is 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the
Health Science and School of Nursing Building
Auditorium, Room 217.
• “Nuestra Casa” runs Sept. 1-Dec. 6at the
Centennial Museum at Wiggins Rd. and
University. Hours are 10 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
• “Political Buttons.” Opening Lecture by Greg
Rocha on the “Political Buttons” exhibits is 5
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Blumberg
• “Hispanic Participants in El Paso Politics”
exhibit runs Sept. 10-Nov. 10, in the
University Library, Third Floor.
• “SEFT-1: Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla
Domene” runs Sept. 13-Dec. 21at both the
Centennial Museum and the Stanlee and Gerald
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Project Space.
Opening reception is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
13at both locations.
Film and Performing Arts:
• A “Political Films” series is 12:30 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 14-Nov. 2,in Blumberg Auditorium.
• Screening of the documentary “Precious
Knowledge” directed by Ari Palos is 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21in the Union
Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor. Cost:
$2 ($1 UTEP faculty, staff & students).
Chamizal Saturday Morning Crafts —
Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San
Marcial, invites families to explore various
world cultures through arts and crafts for kids
age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The
monthly program offers a different craft con-
cept each month centered on cultural diversity.
Admission is free, but space is limited.
Reservations recommended. Information/reser-
vations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
Humane Society ‘Yappy Hour’ — The
Humane Society of El Paso host a happy hour
for dogs and their owners 4 to 8 p.m. the third
Saturday of each month (Sept. 15), at
Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. All
dogs must be well behaved and on a leash. One
dollar from every drink sold goes to the socie-
ty. Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.
Women’s Conference — LULAC District
IV will host its annual conference 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Camino Real
Hotel Main Ballroom featuring speakers, pan-
els, workshops and exhibit tables. Registration:
$35 (includes continental breakfast and lunch).
Information: 726-5647 or lulacdistrictIV.com.
This year’s theme is “Are you truly living or
just existing?” looking at the mind, body, spirit
connection. Guest speakers include congres-
sional candidate Beto O’Rourke, County Judge
Veronica Escobar, Dr. Guillermina Nunez-
Mchiri, Dr. Azalia V. Martinez and Mary Tafoya
Webb MA, LMHC, LPC, PhD.
Chi Gung seminar -Center for Internal
Arts, 5757 Montoya Drive, hosts a Chi Gung
meditation seminar, “Gods Playing in the
Clouds, The Essence of Tai Chi” 9 a.m. to noon
Sundays, Sept. 16-Oct. 14. Gods Playing In
The Clouds consists of six movements designed
to amplify and integrate all the physical, Chi,
and spiritual components of the internal arts
such as Tai Chi, and serves as a bridge to Taoist
Meditation. Cost: $175. Information: Steve
Barowsky, 584-4730 or
Tequila Tasting Party— Patrón Tequila
hosts a tasting party in celebration of Mexican
Independence Day, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16,
at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino
Drive in Sunland Park, featuring live music and
Mexican food. Gran Patrón Burdeos available
separately in very limited quantities.
Reservations recommended. Information: (575)
589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
EPCC Hispanic Heritage Celebration
— El Paso Community College and Diversity
Programs’ 2012 Hispanic Heritage Celebration,
Migration: Ancient Pathways, Modern
Promise,” includes events in September and
October at various campuses. Information:
Student artwork will on display at the
Transmountain Campus and works by Gabriel
Gaytán and Rolando Lujan on display in the
Administrative Service Center.
International students will give traditional per-
formances at all locations.
• The Kickoff event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Rio Grande
Campus Cafeteria, 100 W. Rio Grande Ave.,
with Chicano Literature, poetry, student art-
work, and entertainment including music by
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Jose Luis Garcia. The movie “Dawn of the
Maya” is 1 p.m. in the library classroom.
• Valle Verde Campus activities are 12:30 to 9
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the
Amphitheater, 919 Hunter, including Hip Hop
artist B. Taylor talks on Hispanics in the film
industry by actress Yvette Yates and director
Luis Mandoki, Chicano literature by Criselda
“La Rana” Muñoz, rock music with Bash, and a
Movie Under the Stars.
• Valle Verde Annex activities are 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with a talk on “Mayan
Calendar; the Indigenous Perspective” by
Gabriel Gaytán and Carlos Aceves, Chicano lit-
erature including author and poet Javier O.
Huerta, entertainment by Jose Luis Garcia and
Danza Folklorico from Instituto Tecnológico de
UTEP Career Expo— UTEP will host a
career expo 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20-21, at the Don
Haskins Center. Last year’s event drew more
than 2,200 students. Information: 747-7503.
‘Speakeasy, Big Easy Zoot Suit
Evening’— LULAC Council 4964 will host a
trip back in time benefiting its scholarship fund
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at
Monteleone’s Ristorante, 3032 Gateway West
(between Copia and Piedras), with wine, beer
and hors d’ oeuvres, “Funny money” blackjack.
Tarot cards, palm reading, a tour of ‘haunted
homes’ in El Paso, prizes, dancing and more.
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
Information: 474-1081 or
Participants are encouraged but not required
to wear clothes from the Zoot Suit era.
‘A Better Beginning Conference’ —
UTEP’s College of Education sponsors the 8th
annual ABC event 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 22, in Magoffin Auditorium. The confer-
ence is open to novice teachers, experienced
teachers, UTEP student interns, faculty, and
staff. Registration is free. Information: 747-5572
Keynote speaker is Marcia L. Tate, renowned
speaker and author of “Worksheets Don’t
Women’s Wellness Expo — Desert Sun
Chiropractic’s annual expo is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, at 3800 N. Mesa, Suite C-
1, featuring free health screening including
spinal health, body fat assessment, vitamins,
blood pressure, eye screenings, massage thera-
py, facials and more. Admission is free, and the
public is welcome. Information: 838-1500 or
Leadership El Paso Class 34 —The
Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce seeks
applicants for the next Leadership El Paso year-
long class. The program is designed to prepare
candidates to assume executive positions on
the boards of associations and organizations.
The tuition fee is $2,500 ($2,000 chamber
members). Deadline to apply is Sept. 27.
Program will begin with a two-day retreat
Jan.11-12, 2013. Information: 534-0526.
Singles Game and Wine Tasting Night
— Peggy Kligman, inventor of “The Goat
Game,” will host an evening for singles age 21
and older at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Sunland
Winery’s Wine Tasting Room, 1769 Victory
Lane in Sunland Park. Learn flirting tips and
take part in the game on “goatish” dating
behaviors, and enjoy wine tasting and live
music. Participants must be single. Cost: $10.
RSVP: 740-5051 or pkligman60-
ECI Stroller-A-Thon and 5K— The 7th
annual Early Childhood Intervention event is
Saturday, Sept. 29, at Ascarate Park, 6900
Delta. The 5K fun run starts at 8 a.m. with
stroller-a-thon at 9:30 a.m. Participants are
invited to bring their strollers and babies for a
one-mile stroll around the lake. Games, infor-
mation booths, arts and crafts and a Diaper
Derby follow. Registration/information: 599-
6693 or elpasoeci.org. Online registration at
‘El Paso Through Your Eyes’— El Paso
Associate AIA Chapter hosts a photo walk con-
test of Downtown El Paso 7 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at San Jacinto
Plaza, 111 E. Mills. Beginner and experienced
photographers are welcome to explore
Downtown El Paso and take photos that inspire
people to love the Sun City. Cost: $20 (through
Sept. 20); $25 after. Information:
All contestants receive a disposable camera
with 24 photos at the start location. Photo sub-
missions must be taken during contest hours;
15 final photos selected and top three places
receive a prize. Contestants will also receive an
area map, coupons to local vendors, granola
bar and water.
Girl Scout Open House— Girl Scout
Program Center, 9700 Girl Scout Way hosts
and open house for anyone interested in learn-
ing more about being a Girl Scout 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Adult women and
men interested in becoming mentors are also
welcome. Information: 566-9433 or gsdsw.org.
Junior Leadership El Paso– Participants
are sought through Sept. 30for the
2012/2013 program for area high school jun-
iors. Participation is free. Information: 534-
0526 or email@example.com.
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners,
cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic
Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, free of
traffic 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays. Dogs on leash
permitted. Admission is free. Information: 541-
4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A More Beautiful You — House of Hope
hosts the women’s luncheon and fashion
extravaganza 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
6, at Camino Real Hotel Ballroom, 101 S. El
Paso Street for mother/daughter, grandmoth-
er/granddaughter, aunt/niece, or
mentor/mentee. Cost: $25; available in advance
at House of Hope, 1204 Montana or through
event co-chairs Yvette James, 494-8600 and
Debbie de Santis, 588-6346. Information: 544-
9600 or HouseofHopeFriends.org.
Leah Darrow of the reality show “America’s
Next Top Model” will share her experiences on
the lifestyle choices she made while modeling
and how her fashion reflected those choices.
Darrow also will give a presentation on
mercy, forgiveness and the ability to change
one’s life 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at
Bowie High School Auditorium, 801 S. San
Marcial. Admission: $5. Reservations recom-
mended by Sept. 21. Information: 544-9600
Paso del Norte Children’s
Development Center— The center, 1101
E. Schuster, hosts a variety of programs for par-
ents of children with disabilities, other family
members and the children. Programs include:
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• Leadership Academy for Families, a seven-
week course on topics related to disabilities. A
special academy offered for “Understanding
• Autism Mentoring Project, which includes an
• Case Management
• Sibling Workshops for ages 6-12
• Parent to Parent Mentoring
• Parenting Classes on various topics.
• Respite programs (after school care, parent’s
night out, summer camp)
English and Spanish courses offered.
For a good cause
Art From the Heart dinner and Chile
Tour— The dinner benefiting Hospice El Paso
is 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Centennial
Banquet Center, Biggs Field. Live and silent
auction of artist-painted chilies, “chili-poppers.”
Casual dress; no coats or ties. Tickets are
$125, includes dinner and drink ticket. Table
sponsorships available. Information: 532-5699
Signature Chefs Auction -The Regional
Children’s Hospital at Providence presents the
8th annual benefit auction for the March of
Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Thursday,
Sept. 13, at Cutter Aviation, 1771 Shuttle
Columbia Drive. Top area chefs will present
their signature dishes, along with a menu of
gourmet auction packets. Cocktails, chef sam-
pling and silent auction is 6 to 7 p.m., live auc-
tion of chef packages is 8 to 10 p.m. Ticket
information: 249-2270 or marchofdimes.com.
Paw-Za-Palooza —The fundraiser for
Great Dane Rescue of El Paso begins at 6:30
p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park.
The event features a silent and live auction with
live entertainments. Tickets are $75, which
includes hors d’oeuvres, one specialty drink and
dinner. Attire is blue and black. Tickets online
at paw-za-palooza.ticketbud.com. Information:
email@example.com or (915) 545-3432.
Jaz-Zee Blue Friday — Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. Eta Iota Chapter hosts its
fundraising scholarship dinner 6:30 p.m. to 1
a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Wyndham Hotel Ball
Room 2027 Airway, with live jazz, R&B, line
dancing, prizes, food, networking and more.
Attire is semi-formal. Cost: $30.
Information: 202-8879 or zpb1920hiz.org.
Polo With A Mission— The 3rd annual
polo event benefiting St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church is Saturday, Sept. 22, at
Rancho Santa Maria, 8201 Luciano Road in
Vinton. Gates open at noon. Tickets: $30 gen-
eral admission (includes buffet and tea); $100
preferred VIP seating. Tables for ten range
from $500 to $1,500. Information: 867-8599 or
Wine and Tapas— El Paso Villa Maria cele-
brates its 5th anniversary with its annual
fundraising gala event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 22, at El Paso Import Company, 22012
E. Mills, with dinner, auction and live music by
Cesar Ivan and Brown Betty. Participants may
bid on a dinner with local celebrities like Beto
O’Rourke, Hal Marcus, Keitha Adams and oth-
ers. Various auction packages. Attire is cock-
tail/Moroccan chic. Tickets: $50; available
online at villamaria.eventbrite.com or 544-
5500. Information 584-5018 or
Villa Maria is a nonprofit run by Loretto nun
Sr. Helen Santamaria, is the only center in El
Paso that exclusively serves single homeless
Special Olympics Paintball
Tournament— Special Olympics Texas and
the Law Enforcement Torch Run hosts its 2nd
annual Paintball Tournament 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, at American Eagle Paintball,
13191 Montana. Participants must be at least
14 years old. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Cost (by Sept. 17): $40 per player (a limit of
five players per team); late registration $50 per
player. Information: Marsha Baray, 533-8229
Marsha Baray or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening With Oliver North—
Mesilla Valley Christian Schools host a fundrais-
ing dinner with guest speaker Oliver North at 7
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, Las Cruces
Convention Center, 680 E. University in Las
Cruces. Cost: $175 ($1,500 table of 10).
Information: (575) 525-8515 or
North is a former U.S. Marine lieutenant
colonel who came into the national spotlight
during the Iran-Contra affair in the late 1980s;
he later became a high-profile political figure,
running unsuccessfully for the senate in 1994.
He is the author of several books and hosts a
show on Fox News.
St. Jude Fashion Night— The El Paso
Loves St. Jude fashion event benefiting St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital is 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 27, at Plaza Theatre, 125
Pioneer Plaza. Cocktail hour precedes the fash-
ion show at 6 p.m. Tickets: $40-$80 reserved
seating; $40 standing general admission.
FEMAP Gala— The Friends of FEMAP, a
binational organization that seeks to improve
the quality of life for the less fortunate in Juarez
and El Paso, will host its 7th annual gala 7 p.m.
to 2 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the El Paso
Convention Center. The year’s gala has cock-
tails, dining and dancing Venetian-style. Tickets:
$150; $1,500 corporate table for ten (corpo-
rate tables include two bottles of wine).
Information: 544-4151, email@example.com or
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Hike for the Poor— The El Paso Council
of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul hosts the
hike in Franklin Mountain State Park Saturday,
Sept. 29, as a benefit for the poor in the El
Paso area. Individuals, families and groups will
choose from any of three hiking trails, and are
asked to make donations or gather pledges.
Participants are asked to park at the ADP
building at Resler and Transmountain, and buses
will shuttle them to and from the Tom Mays
Unit of the state park. Hikes will leave from 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will receive bottled
water, energy bars and t-shirt. Hike options are
3/4-mile nature walk (20 to 30 minutes); 3.4
miles Tom Mays Trail (about 1.45 hours); and
4.7 miles Tom Mays/Upper Sunset Trail (2.5
hours). Park entry fees will be waived. To regis-
ter, go to svdelpaso.org or in person at 2104 N.
Piedras. Registration also available the day of
hike. Information: 564-4357.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2012— The
Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraising walk to
help raise awareness and monies for the associ-
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ation is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at La Viña
Winery, 4201 S. Highway 28 in La Union, N.M.
Information/donation: 544-1799 or
SPJ Dinner — Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus,
Inc. hosts its annual fundraising dinner 7 to 11
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at El Paso Country Club,
5000 Country Club Place. This year’s event is a
western theme with raffles, music and live auc-
tions. “Hats and boots” and other western
attire encouraged. Cost: $60 ($600 table for
ten). Information: 449-5883 or spjinc.org.
Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is a non-
profit organization working in the colonias of
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. The Robert E. Lee Gate at
Airport and Airway is usually always open.
Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The
social club for spouses of retired commissioned
or warrant Officers hosts its fall luncheon and
fashion show, “A Harvest of Fashion,” noon to
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Centennial
Club, 11199 Sgt. Churchill, at Biggs Field on
East Fort Bliss, featuring fashions by Stein Mart.
Cost: $20; reservation deadline is Sept. 11.
Tables for eight available. Information: 598-
Dinner on a Dime— Financial Readiness
Program at Army Community Service hosts the
monthly class that helps families make pasta,
sauces, appetizers, desserts and more on a
shoestring budget 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20,
at the Milam Youth Activity Center, 10960
Haan Road. The class is free, but pre-registra-
tion is required. Information/registration: 569-
4227 or blissmwr.com/frp. Free child care will
be provided for children registered with Child,
Youth and School Services.
Wagon Trails Market at Old Fort Bliss
— The farmer’s market is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fridays through Sept. 28(excluding federal
holiday weekends) at the Old Fort Bliss Replica,
corner of Pershing and Pleasonton. Information:
568-4518 or 588-8482.
Macintosh Users Group— The El Paso
Macintosh Users Group is open to anyone
interested in Apple Macintosh computers. The
group’s monthly meeting and demonstration is
9:30 a.m. to noon the first jSaturday of the
month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement,
1000 Montana (enter in alley). Admission is free
for visitors. Information: 239-7846 or
Doña Ana Camera Club— The club
meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of
the month Southwest Environmental Center,
275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
Meetings are free and open to all interested
photographers. Information: (575) 532-1919 or
• Sept. 4— The Use of “layers” feature in
Photoshop with member Debbie Hands.
• Sept. 18— “Three Documentaries: 1969-
2012” with photojournalist and NMSU
Professor Bruce Berman.
Woodworkers Club of El Paso —The
club’s monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 4, at 3228 Sacramento (back of building).
Earl Arbogast will demonstrate how to apply
decals to turned wooden pens and finish them
with super glue. A members’ show and tell seg-
ment follows. Admission is free. Information:
760-6536 or 564-5915.
Assistance League of El Paso — The
league meets 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at
the chapter house at 2728 E. Yandell. All ladies
interested in volunteering and giving back to
the community are invited. Information: 478-
0995 or 564-0600.
Germania Club —The Germania Club of El
Paso’s monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday,
Sept. 7, at the Soldatenstube (German Club),
Robert E. Lee Road, Building 5095, Fort Bliss.
Newcomers welcome. Information/reserva-
tions: 595-1108 or 755-5471.
Westside Welcome Club —The group is
open to both newcomers and long-time resi-
dents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
The club’s monthly free newcomers’ coffee is
10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at 1116 Calle Parque.
The club’s September luncheon and activity
fair is Wednesday, Sept. 12, at El Paso Country
Club, 5000 Country Club. The 2012-13 Board
of Directors will be introduced. Activity fair
begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch served at noon.
Cost: $20 Reservation deadline is Sept. 7.
Borderland IONS— The Borderlands
IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) Community
Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at
Doris Van Doren Library Branch, 551 Redd.
Guest is Lynn Provenzano, a Certified Pranic
Healer studying with Master Stephen Co.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Information: 526-6297 or noetic.org.
Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso
(PEEP)— The organization dedicated to
encouraging the improvement of the photo
enthusiast’s photography meets 9 a.m. to 11
a.m. the second Saturday of the month (Sept.
8) at Memorial Park. 3200 Copper, for photog-
raphers of all skill levels and ages. Information:
PEEP, a member of Gulf States Camera Club
Council, offers educational programs, exhibi-
tions and competitions.
Daughters of the British Empire Tea
— The El Paso MacGregor/Chester Chapter of
Daughters of the British Empire begins its new
chapter year at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
Plans for the coming year will be discussed.
Social hour after the meeting. Information/loca-
Membership is open to women of British or
Commonwealth birth and/or ancestry.
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Military Order of the World Wars—
The El Paso Chapter the Military Order of the
World Wars host its “Reacquainted Luncheon”
at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Underwood
Golf Course, 3191 Coe Avenue on North Fort
Bliss. September is National Preparedness
Month and a speaker will make a presentation
on Homeland Security and Preparedness.
El Paso Paralegal Association— The
association’s general luncheon meeting is noon
to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at El Paso Club
18th Floor Chase Bank Building, 201 Main.
Daniel Caudillo will speak on the Dream Act of
2012. Admission is free and open to the public;
lunch on one’s own ($16 buffet or $10.50 salad
bar). Information: 546-5267 or elppa.org.
Discover El Paso— The nonprofit group,
founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting
things to do and see in and around El Paso.
The annual Awards/Grants Luncheon is noon
Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Airport Holiday Inn,
6655 Gateway West. This year’s recipients
include Concordia Heritage Association
President Patricia Kiddney, Discover El Paso
member Sandy Gibson and artist Bill Rakocy.
A field trip to Magoffin Home is 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12. Cost: $4 ($3 groups of
10 or more). Information: Lynn, 833-9108.
L’Alliance Française d’El Paso— The
group promotes French culture and offers fran-
cophiles the opportunity to use the French lan-
guage in a variety of activities. Information: 585-
1789, 845-6535, afofelpaso.com
Fall semester French classes sessions for all
levels begin the week of Sept. 10. Classes for
adults held on East Side and West Side; classes
for children offered on West Side. Information:
Linda 751-9719 or Maud 833-8705.
Singles in the Son- The group develops
friendships among Christian singles ages 25 to
45. All denominations are welcome.
Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-
1997 or SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com.
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only
coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first
Monday of the month at Travelodge-La
Hacienda, 6400 Montana. Meetings include
educational presentations and an auction of
materials submitted by members. Visitors
always welcome, and admission free for first-
time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpaso-
Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld — The water
park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at
Exit 0) is open for its final weekend of the sea-
son 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 1-2. Individual tickets: $20.99, plus tax;
$18.99 or age 13 and younger. Parking is $2 per
car. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
The Anthony Texas Police Food Pantry’s End
of Summer Custom Car Show is 10 a.m. to 7
p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.
Western Playland— The amusement park
is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M.
across from the racetrack. Tickets: $16.70, plus
tax (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission;
free non-rider passes for ages 2 and younger
and age 60 and older, includes train and sky
ride admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.
Information: (575) 589-3410 or westernplay-
land.com. Take Sunland Park Exit 13 from I-10.
September hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays
and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays, plus Labor Day,
Monday, Sept. 3.
The KLAQ BBQ is Sunday, Sept. 2.
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 cattle-
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino—
The copper-domed casino offers slot machines,
and video-machine versions of poker, keno and
other games. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday. Lounge is open, with live
entertainment and dancing, until 2 a.m. week-
ends. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. every-
day. General admission and parking are free.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
To get there, take the Sunland Park exit from
I-10, go south (left turn coming from
Downtown) and follow the signs.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305
Yaya Road, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta
Mission. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday. The center features a museum
on the Tigua tribe, including its relationship to
the Tiwas of northern New Mexico. Admission
is free. Information: 859-7700 or
Wyler Aerial Tramway — Texas’ only pub-
licly accessible mountain tramway gives passen-
gers a view from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632
feet. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children
12 years and under. Tickets sales stop one hour
before closing. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Monday through Thursday. Information:
566-6622. To get there: Take Alabama to
McKinley and turn toward the mountain.
La Viña Winery — New Mexico’s oldest
winery is just across the state line from El Paso,
at 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of
Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
lavinawinery.com. The tasting room and patio
are open for sales and tasting of wines from 12
to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed
Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5.
Licon Dairy— The dairy’s gift shop popular
for its homemade asadero cheese products is 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 regu-
larly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free,
with a nominal charge for fishing hole use.
Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
San Elizario Historic District— Main
Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail fea-
tures art galleries, artists studio/galleries, 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).
Zin Valle Vineyards— 7315 Hwy 28 in
Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tast-
ings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.
Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com. Free
Music Sundays are 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays
featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
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For event tickets sold through Ticketmaster,
call 1-800-745-3000 or go to ticketmaster.com.
The UTEP Ticket Center number is 747-5234.
Pan Am Center Box Office is (575) 646-1420.
Many clubs sell tickets through ticketbully.com.
Unless indicated, prices listed do not include
Sun City Music Festival— The annual
electronic music festival at 4 p.m. Sept. 1-2, at
Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with headliner
David Guetta Saturday and Above and Beyond
Sunday, with about 30 other acts. Tickets: $40
per day; $70 weekend pass (general admission).
VIP tickets for 21 and older are $60 per day;
$100 for weekend. Available in advance at
Happy House, Headstand, All That Music and
online at groovetickets.com.
Also performing are Sander van Doorn,
Wolfgang Gartner, Funkagenda, Umek,
Brodinski, Knife Party, Morgan Page, Crizzly,
Dada Live, John Dahlback, Destructo, Nic
Fancuilli, Dirty Phonics, Downlink, Kevin Focus,
Dillon Francis, Gesalffestein, Kill the Noise,
Lucky Date, M.A.N.D.Y., Modestep, Audrey
Napoleon, Stefano Noferini, Revolvr, Alvin Risk,
Nicky Romero, Riva Starr, Gina Turner, Joris
Voorn and Zedd.
Bart Crow — The Texas musician and his
band perform at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at
Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Early
arrival recommended. Tickets: $10 per show;
available at (ticketbully.com). Information: 921-
ETHEL and Robert Mirabel— The pio-
neering Native American string quartet per-
forms with guest artist Grammy-winning flutist
Robert Mirabel to open the 2012/2013 NSMU
Cultural series season at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7,
at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Tickets:
$15 ($10 NMSU students). Season tickets are
$81. Information: (575) 646-1420 or
Using the instruments of the string quartet,
Native American flutes and drums, as well as
the spirited voices of students and community
members, ETHEL and Mirabal unite to create a
cross-cultural contemporary music event. The
collaboration grew out of the ETHEL/Mirabal
work on TruckStop, which premiered at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.
‘The Man In Black: The Music Of
Johnny Cash’ — The new concert produc-
tion featuring the most popular songs from
Johnny Cash’s nearly 50-year career is at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Rio Grande Theatre,
at 211 Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, starring
national touring and recording artist Robert
Shaw and his Lonely Street Band. Part of the
Doña Ana Arts Council’s Performance Series.
Tickets: $25 and $30. Information: (575) 523-
6403 or RioGrandeTheatre.com.
The band performs favorite Cash hits from
the early days of “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I
Walk The Line” on through the decades, includ-
ing “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue” and
“Ghost Riders in the Sky.”
Gigantes Tour— Latin superstars Marc
Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis
share headliner status at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
9, at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $43.75
and $194.25 (Ticketmaster).
El Buchanan — The event center is at
11540 Pellicano. Tickets for most events avail-
able at groovetickets.com or ticketbully.com.
(ages 18 and older, unless otherwise listed).
• Electronic Never Dies Dayglow paint party
hosted by SMG is 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13,
at El Buchanan, 11540 Pellicano. All ages show.
Tickets available at Happy House, Headstand
and online at groovetickets.com.
• Australian DJ Tommy Trash performs at 9
p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Tickets: $16; available at
Happy House, Headstand and online at
Disney’s ‘Phineas and Ferb Live: The
Best LIVE Tour Ever!’— The hit Disney
Channel animated show brings its live action
musical tour to El Paso Sept. 14-16, at
Abraham Chavez Theater. Showtimes are 7
p.m. Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4
p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$40 (all patrons age 2
and older must purchase ticket). Available
Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a live
tour! Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Baljeet,
Buford and Perry (aka Agent P) and friends take
to the stage as they make the most of the last
day of summer by building an invention bigger,
better and more amazing than ever. Musical
madness abounds in an escapade so awesome
that even Candace can’t help but join the hilari-
Who’s Bad — The Ultimate Michael Jackson
tribute band performs a dinner show at 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 14, at Sunland Park Racetrack and
Casino’s Signature Showroom. Doors open at 6
p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome; ticket prices
to be announced. Information: (575) 874-5200
In January of 2004, Who’s Bad mesmerized a
standing-room only gathering of friends and
pop music lovers at a small nightclub in Chapel
Hill. They have since played more than 700
shows in numerous countries and now boast
the title, “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
Band.” Their live performance is a jaw-drop-
ping musical extravaganza that pulls from three
hours of Michael Jackson’s catalogue and spans
four decades of Jackson’s extraordinary music
Founded in 2004 by saxophonist, composer
and arranger Vamsi Tadepalli and spearheaded
by some of North Carolina’s premiere musi-
cians, Who’s Bad has crafted an intricate per-
formance complete with synchronized dance
routines, blaring horn section and down-deep
rhythms — each delivered with a precision that
could only be superseded by the King of Pop
OTEP— The heavy metal band’s “Destroy To
Create” Tour is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at
House of Rock East, 8838 Viscount, with guests
Butcher Babies and One-Eyed Doll. All ages
show. Tickets: $20 in advance; available at tick-
‘The Price is Right, LIVE!’— The hit
interactive stage show comes to El Paso for
one night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at
the Plaza Theatre. The Price is Right, Live!
gives contestants pulled right from the audience
the chance to “come on down” to win appli-
ances, vacations, and even a new car by playing
classic games from television’s longest running
and most popular game show. Tickets: $27.50
and $37.50 (Ticketmaster).
From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel,
and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite
games are played just like the TV show. Even
those whose names are not called to play still
have a chance to win. Guest’s names are called
out throughout the show to win prizes just for
No purchase necessary to play. Register at the
Plaza Theatre box office beginning at 4:30 p.m.
that day for a random drawing to be a contest-
ant. Open to U.S. legal residents, 18 years or
Canteca de Macao— The eclectic Spanish
band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20,
at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Tickets:
$15 ($10 NMSU students), as part of the
NMSU Cultural Series. Season tickets are $81.
Information: (575) 646-1420 or panam.nmsu-
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The band’s diverse sound includes samplings
of reggae, jazz, rock and Mediterranean influ-
ences. Their latest album is “Nunca Es Tarde.”
Jason Coleman — Las Cruces Civic
Concert Association presents the pianist and
grandson of Floyd Cramer at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Rio Grande
Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces
Downtown Mall. Tickets: $20. Information:
Craicmore - The Celtic musicians perform at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Flickinger
Center for Performing Arts,1110 New York
Ave. Alamogordo. Craicmore draw their
words from the traditional music of Ireland and
Scotland and claim influences as diverse as the
Afro Celts, Chieftains and Pogues; rock, and
Australian indigenous music. Tickets: $10, $20,
$25 and $30. Information: (575) 437-2202 or
Official Blues Brothers Revue— The
NM Tech Performing Arts Series show is at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21at New Mexico
Tech’s Macey Center, 801 Leroy Place, in
Socorro, N.M. Information, ticket prices: (575)
835-5688 or nmtpas.org.
Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty (Jake &
Elwood) got their start in the award winning
Las Vegas show “Legends in Concert.”
Yuridia & Reyli —Two of Mexico’s hottest
pop and R&B performers will share the stage at
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at El Paso County
Coliseum. Tickets: $37, $47, $67 and $87
Darlene Zschech— The artist performs at
Sunday, Sept. 23, at Abundant Living Faith
Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with guest Hillsong.
Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.
‘Legacy of Floyd Cramer’ — Showtime
El Paso opens its season with a performance by
Jason Coleman, grandson of the legendary
Floyd Cramer, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23,
at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket informa-
tion: 544-2022 or ShowtimeElPaso.com.
Cramer’s distinctive sound is still alive and
powerful today through Coleman, who has
been playing the piano since he could reach the
keys. Coleman highlights the far-reaching influ-
ences of his grandfather’s “slip notes” as he
plays a nostalgic lineup of country, pop and easy
listening standards, including many that featured
Cramer’s on the original recordings or were his
own self-penned hits.
Coleman made his debut on the Grand Ole
Opry at age 17, as he accompanied country
music legend Hank Locklin on the song “Please
Help Me, I’m Falling,” which Floyd originally
recorded with Hank more than 40 years prior.
Coleman later played for the Country Music
Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony recognizing
his grandfather’s induction into the Hall of
Il Volo— The Italian singing group performs
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at The Plaza
Theatre. The group’s latest CD and DVD is “Il
Volo Takes Flight — Live From The Detroit
Opera House.” Tickets: $37-$77
VIP “Meet and Greet” packages include auto-
graphed photo and personal photo with group,
collectible tour poster, reserved seats in first 10
rows and tour shirt. Cost: $275.
Their first PBS Special “Il Volo Takes Flight”
was a huge hit, and the band begins their first
North American headline tour this summer.
Jenni Rivera —The Latin singer and her
band and mariachi brings her “Joyas Prestados”
tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at
UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $40, $60,
$80 and $120. (Ticketmaster).
Rivera has released more 12 studio albums
since 1995, selling more than 20 million copies
worldwide, with her 2008 self-titled CD mak-
ing No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart.
Her latest release is “En Vivo desde
Her latest CD pays tribute to the Latin Pop
sounds of her youth.
The Capitol Steps— Impact|Programs of
Excellence presents the “hilarious, politically
incorrect musical parody comedy troupe at 6
p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Plaza Theatre.
Ticket prices to be announced (Ticketmaster).
The evening of bipartisan parody will likely
focus on the presidential campaign as well as
other antics in the news.
The Capitol Steps was born in December,
1981 when some staffers for Sen. Charles
Percy were planning entertainment for a
Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a
nativity play, but in the whole Congress they
couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So,
they decided to dig into the headlines of the
day, and they created song parodies & skits that
conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.
Many of the staffers quit their day jobs, and
while many of the current members did not
start as congressional staffers, the troupe still
has worked in a total of 18 Congressional
offices over the years. The Capitol Steps have
recorded over 30 albums, including their latest,
“Take the Money and Run — for President.”
Disney on Ice: ‘Dare to Dream’ —
Disney’s hit animated film “Tangled” and
“Princess and The Frog” come to life Oct. 3-7,
at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
through Friday and noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s noon perform-
ance in Spanish. Tickets: $15, $21 and $26.
Limited number of VIP seats available for $35;
$45 for rinkside. Ages 2 and older must have
The Black Keys— The Grammy-winning
indie blue rock duo performs at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, at NMSU’s Pan American
Center in Las Cruces with guest Tegan and
Sara. The duo won three 2011 Grammy
Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo
or Group for their hit “Tighten Up” (also nomi-
nated for Best Rock Song), and for Best
Alternative Music Album and Best Recording
Package for the album “Black Mud.” They also
won the 2010 MTV Video Music Award for
Best New Artist. Tickets: $32.50 to $45.50.
Their latest high “Lonely Boy” from their
album El Camino reached Number One on the
U.S. Alternative Charts. They recently sold out
two consecutive shows at Madison Square
Garden (the first within 15 minutes).
Tegan and Sara who have made a name for
themselves at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin
City Limits and late night TV appearances.
Eddie Vedder— The Pearl Jam frontman
performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at
The Plaza Theatre, as part of his solo tour, with
opening act is Academy Award winning Irish
vocalist/guitarist Glen Hansard of the movie
“Once.” Vedder’s latest album is “Ukelele
Songs.” Tickets: $75. (Ticketmaster).
Postponed from April 17; tickets purchased
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‘A Chorus Line’ – Broadway in El Paso
Series kicks off with the Tony Award winning
musical at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the
Plaza Theatre. As casting for a new Broadway
musical is almost complete, 17 dancers audition
for the chance of a lifetime; something they
have trained for hours every day of their lives.
Tickets to be announced. (Ticketmaster).
Morrissey— The former lead singer of The
Smiths returns to El Paso with his at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El
Paso, with special guest Kristeen Young.
Tickets: $39.50. (Ticketmaster).
Morrissey’s influence is felt worldwide
through the countless artists that cite him as
their primary inspiration. His 20-year solo
career has produced countless UK Top 10 hits
and a series of Billboard Top 20 albums includ-
ing “Vauxhall and I” with the hit single “The
More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get.”
Applejack Band— The El Paso folk band
performs its annual Christmas dinner show at 8
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at La Tierra Cafe, 1731
Montana, with opening act Mitch Mosley. Cost:
$32 (tip not included, BYOB), reservations
required. Information: 592-5122 or (575) 541-
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ —
The Moscow Ballet presents the 20th
Anniversary of the holiday classic at 3 and 7
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Plaza Theatre.
Tickets: $28, $36 and $88 (Ticketmaster).
Group discounts available. Information: nut-
The production, with more than 40 dancers,
includes a spectacular new “Dove of Peace”
performed by two dancers, a Christmas tree
that grows to seven stories tall, falling snow,
towering silk puppets, 200 lavish costumes, all
set to Tchaikovsky’s complete score.
Venues & series
M’s Lips Lounge— 510 N. Stanton.
Information: 566-0376. Tickets: $10. Tickets
for most events available online at
• King Conquer — The deathcore band’s
“Devastation on the Nation” Tour is 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30, with Bermuda, The
Devastated and The Last Ten Seconds of Life.
• Eye Empire — The American rock “super-
group” performs Thursday, Sept. 27, in sup-
port of their debut CD “Impact.” Tickets to be
Lowbrow Palace— 111 E. Robinson.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 18 and older wel-
come ($3 ticket surcharge for age 18-21),
unless listed otherwise. Tickets available online
at ticketbully.com, unless listed otherwise.
Information: 356-0966 or
• Maxxi Soundsystem — The DJ performs
Saturday, Sept. 1, with Light Year, Rob Bass
and Slowhands. Tickets: $10.
• Tycho & The Album Leaf — San Francisco
based artist and producer Tycho performs with
Album Leaf, the solo project for Tristeza gui-
tarist Jimmy LaValle Tuesday, Sept. 4—
• Hume — The Washington, D.C. experimen-
tal rock band performs Wednesday, Sept. 12.
• Eyes Lips Eyes — The disco punk band
known for their hit “Don’t Blow it” presents a
free show Tuesday, Oct. 9.
• Mono — The Japanese instrumental rock
band performs Thursday, Oct. 11. Tickets: $8-
• Gardens and Villa — The California indie
rock band performs Tuesday, Oct. 16. Tickets:
• STRFKR — The electronic pop band per-
forms Monday, Nov. 5, with guest Onuinu.
Tricky Falls— 209 S. El Paso. Doors open at
7 p.m.; showtime at 8 p.m. for most shows. All
shows are all-ages (16 and older), unless listed
otherwise. Information: 351-9909 or tricky-
falls.com. Tickets for most shows available at
All That Music, Bowie Feathers and Maria’s
Closet, and online at holdmyticket.com.
• Bun-B — The rapper performs at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1, as part of the official UTEP
vs. Oklahoma after party planned for 9 a.m. to
2 a.m. Tickets: $10 general admission; $40 VIP;
• Twin Shadow — The new wave artist per-
forms Wednesday, Sept. 5. Tickets: $10-$13.
• Strung Out — The punk band’s “Twisted in a
Suburban Wasteland” tour is Thursday, Sept.
6, with guests Such Gold, Gentlemen and
Clarity. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Atmosphere — The hip-hop artists perform
Tuesday, Sept. 25, with opening acts I Self
Devine and Carnage. Tickets: $20.
• Hot Water Music — The Florida punk band
performs Thursday, Sept. 27, with Girl in a
Coma and Low Culture. Tickets: $17.50.
• Kreator — The German thrash metal band is
on stage Saturday, Sept. 29, with guest
Swallow the Sun. Tickets: $17-$20.
• Pennywise — The punk band performs
Tuesday, Oct. 16, with opening act Street
Dogs. Tickets: $21 in advance; $25 day of
• Taking Back Sunday — The rock band’s tour
celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album
“Tell All Your Friends” is 7:30 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 29, with Bayside, Gabriel and The
Marine. Tickets: $25.
• Red Fang — The Portland hard rockers’ con-
cert is Thursday, Nov. 1, with guests Black
Tusk and Lord Dying. Tickets: $12.
• The Birthday Massacre — The industrial rock
band performs Monday, Nov. 19, with guests
William Control and Aesthetic Perfection.
Tickets to be announced.
• Morrissey — The former lead singer of The
Smiths performs Tuesday, Nov. 27, with special
guest Kristeen Young.Morrissey’s 20-year solo
career has produced countless UK Top 10 hits
and a series of Billboard Top 20 albums includ-
ing “Vauxhall and I” with the hit single “The
More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get.”
Tickets: $39.50. (Ticketmaster).
Socorro Entertainment Center —
Speaking Rock’s indoor concert venue is at
11200 Santos Sanchez (off Socorro Road, 4.5
miles southeast of Loop 375). Doors open at 6
p.m. unless otherwise listed. Ages 18 and older
welcome for most shows. Admission to all
shows is free. Information: 860-7777 or speak-
• Reik — The Grammy-winning Mexican pop
band performs Saturday, Sept. 15.
• Alejandra Guzman — The Mexican Grammy-
winning rocker performs Sunday, Sept. 16.
• Buckcherry and Lit — The rock bands per-
form Saturday, Sept. 22.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
— 125 S. Pueblo Rd. Information: 860-7777 or
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• In This Moment — The alt-rock band per-
forms Fridy, Oct. 19.
• Drowning Pool — The Dallas-based hard
rock band performs Saturday, Oct. 27.
Live music nightly. The center hosts tribute
bands of various genres each Thursday.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts
— Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12
miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Free public
guided tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays (except show dates). Information:
(575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or
Pre-show buffets are $20.
• The Lovin Spoonful — The American rock
legends perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. In
the 1960s the band created such hits as “Do
You Lovin’ Believe in Magic,” “Daydream,”
“You Didn’t Have to be So Nice,” “Darlin’ Be
Home Soon,” “Never Goin’ Back,” “She’s Still
A Mystery to Me,” “Nashville Cats” and more.
Tickets: $56 and $59. Shrimp and beef kebab
buffet served at 6 p.m.
• Chinese Cirque (Cirque Chinois) — The
troupe’s first U.S. tour makes a Ruidoso stop at
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Direct from Beijing,
the renowned troupe of 45 acrobats, contor-
tionists, trapeze artists and dramatists have
won over 20 gold and silver medals at interna-
tional festivals throughout Asia and Europe.
Tickets: $66 and $69. Chinese buffet served at
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and
Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8
p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold
through Ticketmaster; prices listed do not
include service charge. Information: 1-877-277-
5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Roots and Boot Tours— Country artists
Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin
perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets:
• Ray Stevens — The country music
musician/comic performs at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 13. Tickets: $25-$125.
• Kumbia Kings — The Grammy-winning hip-
hop, R&B and cumbia band performs at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24. Tickets: $25-$65.
• Kenny Rogers — The country music legend
behind “The Gambler,” “Coward of the
County” and countless other hits performs at 8
p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Tickets: $40-$100.
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“Choice” has become one of the buzz-
words of modern thinking. Instead of
talking in terms of right and wrong, we
talk about making good choices and bad
choices. When someone has made a
mess of his or her life, we say they
made some bad choices.
My guess is that the bigger problem
with most people is not so much that
they are making bad choices, but that
they don’t realize they are making
For example, when I was sitting next
to Dave Madalone in 7th grade, I mar-
veled at the way he cracked his knuckles
and so I copied him. Nearly 50 years
later, I am still cracking my knuckles,
much to my wife’s dismay. I don’t
remember ever choosing this relatively
harmless habit, but it has stuck with me
for life. There are some other not-so-
harmless habits of mine that had similar
origins. But knuckle-cracking is a lot
easier to talk about.
If someone had come up to me and
said, “Randy, you’re making a bad
choice” as I popped those knuckles in
Social Studies, I would have thought
they were nuts. I wasn’t making a
choice. I was just doing something I
thought was cool.
Of course, undoing a habit does require
a choice. Anyone who has quit smoking
knows that. Same with anyone who has
stuck with a diet or exercise plan.
I think if you asked people who have
turned their lives around, the true turn-
ing point was not making the right
choice. It was realizing that they had a
choice to make.
The moment we stop saying “I can’t”
or “I have to” and realize that we can or
don’t have to, that’s the moment change
A key theme in John Steinbeck’s “East
of Eden” centers on a theological argu-
ment made by the Chinese servant Lee
about what God told Cain just before
Cain killed Abel. While the common
translation has God telling Cain that he
“must” master the sin that is crouching
at the door, Lee notes that the Hebrew
word “timshel” should be translated that
Cain “may” rule over sin. In other
words, Cain had a choice.
In the Genesis story, Cain goes on to
make a very bad choice and kills his
brother. He probably did not think of it
as a choice. The point that Lee makes in
Steinbeck’s novel is that Cain had the
power to choose — and that was a great
blessing, because it meant that even if
he did sin, he could take responsibility
for it and have the potential to change.
Randy Limbird is editor of
El Paso Scene. Comments?
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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El Paso Scene
Young El Paso Singers auditions — The
Y.E.S. (Young El Paso Singers) youth choir,
directed by Dr. Cindy Jay with pianist Ruben
Gutierrez, seeks singers ages 8-22 for perform-
ances throughout the city. Auditions are 5 to 7
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Western Hills United
Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird, or by
appointment. Singing and/or music experience a
plus, but not required. Tuition is $75 per
semester ($125 full season). Information: 227-
6002 or youngelpasosingers.org.
Rehearsals begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Y.E.S. is a low-cost community choir open and
welcoming to all local youth. The group per-
forms music ranging from pop to theater and
classical to sacred. Singers can also earn service
credits for school.
Diocesan Choral Celebration—
Musicians from across the Catholic Diocese of
El Paso will present a grand concert of choral
works, led by Diocesan Choir Director Peter
Kolar 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at St.
Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church, 1700
George Dieter. Selections include liturgical and
classical pieces, such as Mozart’s “Ave Verum”
and Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus. Also featured
are solo piano works performed by Kolar,
including original compositions from his new
CD. Admission is free. Information: 872-8469.
‘Opera for All’ — El Paso Opera opens its
2012-2013 season with popular arias from four
operas at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Abraham
Chavez Theatre. Two of the featured arias are
from operas featured this season, “Die
Fledermaus” and “The Barber of Seville.”
Tickets: $25; free for ages 16 and younger with
purchase of an adult ticket. Information: 581-
5534 or epopera.org.
The event will showcase performance by the
2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant recipient
and young opera trailblazer, baritone Nicholas
Pallesen; nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano
Vanessa Cariddi and Prima Donna for New
York City Opera Lauren Flanigan.
Encores and Overtures Gala— The El
Paso Opera Guild’s 13th annual kickoff dinner
event for El Paso Opera’s 19th season is 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8, at Camino Real Hotel Grand
Ballroom, 101 S. El Paso, with a silent auction,
gourmet meal and performances from the
upcoming production of “Barber of Seville.”
Tickets: $125. Information/reservations: 581-
5534 or epopera.org.
The exclusive performance will feature
Vanessa Cariddi and Nicholas Pallesen. Guest
star for the evening is All-American Prima Dona
‘Sounds Delicious’ benefit — Las Cruces
Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein,
presents its benefit concert and auction
Saturday, Sept. 8, at Branigan Cultural Center,
501 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, with an
evening of musical offerings by the orchestra
and La Catrina Quartet, tastes from area
restaurants and a complimentary beverage
from St. Clair Winery or the Mimbres Brewery.
Live and silent auctions also planned. Proceeds
benefit activities of the LCSA for the Las
Cruces Symphony at NMSU. Cost: $30.
Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessym-
La Catrina Quartet is the resident string quar-
tet at New Mexico State University.
Living Christmas Tree Chorus Kickoff
— The 48th annual Living Christmas Tree
Presentation program kickoff is 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Sept. 15, at First Baptist Church 805
Montana. The chorus of over 150 singers is
comprised of singers in Junior High through
adult from throughout the community. The
Kickoff is the first of several rehearsals through-
out the fall. Performances are Dec. 8-9. No
auditions of fee need to participate.
Information: 533-1465, email@example.com or
John Siquieros- Music Forum El Paso pres-
ents the classical guitarist at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 16, at El Paso Museum of Art auditori-
um, One Arts Festival Plaza. Admission is free.
Information: 755-0724 or musicforum-
El Paso Symphony Orchestra- The
Symphony opens its 82nd season and continues
its search for new conductor/director at 7:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, in the
Plaza Theatre, with guest pianist Ilya Yakushev.
Guest conductor Arthur Post will lead a pro-
gram with “Count Up” by Stewart Goodyear,
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 37, C
minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, op.
36, F minor. Iformation: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Now in his second season as Music Director
of Canada’s Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra,
while continuing for a tenth acclaimed season
as Music Director of the San Juan Symphony,
Post has established a reputation for ground-
breaking programming that combines the mas-
terworks of the orchestral repertoire with
music reflecting local cultures and concerns. He
has conducted tours with popular artists James
Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, and performed in
the PBS Pittsburgh Pops television specials with
Jason Coleman ‘The Legacy of Floyd
Cramer’ - Grant County Community
Concert Association opens its season with the
pianist and grandson of Floyd Cramer 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21, at WNMU Fine Arts Center
Theater in Silver City. Admission: $20 ($5 stu-
dents 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-
5862 or gcconcerts.org.
LCSO’s New Mexico Centennial
Celebration — Las Cruces Symphony
Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, opens its
2012-2013 season with the world premiere of
William McGlaughlin’s commissioned work hon-
oring New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood at
7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
29-30, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall,
with guest violinist Pip Clarke. Selections also
include Johann Strauss’s “Overture to Die
Fledermaus,” Lee Actor’s Concerto for Violin
and Ottorino Respighi’s “Roman Festivals.”
Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575)
646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
A luncheon with Klein is 11:30 a.m. Thursday,
Sept. 27, at Paisano Cafe, 1740 Calle de
Mercado in Mesilla, featuring a preview of con-
cert music. Cost: $16 in advance; $20 at the
New Horizons Symphony— The sym-
phony is seeking experienced players, particu-
larly strings, for its upcoming season.
$8.00 per person
$8.00 per person
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Champion Studio — The studio presents
its annual “Folklórico Summer Fiesta 2012” at 6
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Chamizal
National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial,
with a colorful and cheerful representation of
traditional Mexican dances. The folklórico
group will perform dances from the states of
Tabasco, Michoacán, Yucatán, and Jalisco.
Admission is free. Information: 593-2729.
Dance for Dreams event — An evening
of salsa, bachata, cumbia, cha-cha, reggaeton,
techno, merengue and more is Saturday, Sept.
8, at Leo’s Mexican Food, 9420 Montana, fea-
turing DJ Orlando Garcia (DJ Beetz). Dinner
served at 7 p.m. with dance lessons at 9:30
p.m. and dancing 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Raffle also
held. Tickets on sale mid-month. Cost: $15
($12 members); available in advance at El Paso
Ballroom Dance Academy and Luna’s and Son
Grocery. Information: Deliris Montanez or
Dance for Dreams Foundation (Facebook) or
dation. Donations site:
‘Ritmos Nortenos’— Centro Cultural Paso
Del Norte, directed by Rodolfo Hernandez,
presents the folklorico production at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at
Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S.
San Marcial. Danzón, corridor, cumbia and
shotis dance styles as well as live music, colorful
scenery and more than 40 cast members in
their rendition of dances from the northern
states of Mexico. Admission: $10 donation.
‘Nutcracker’ auditions —El Paso Youth
Ballet will host auditions for its 2012 produc-
tion of the “Nutcracker Ballet” at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15, at El Paso Conservatory of
Dance, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H.
Roles open include mice, angels, soldiers, party
children and “Waltz of the Flowers.” Open to
ages 8 to adult Information: Marta Katz, 760-
6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contra Dancing —The Southern New
Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly
contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 21, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251
Calle de Santiago, Mesilla. The dance begins
with beginners lessons; no partner needed.
Cost: $6 ($5 age 17 and younger). Information:
(575) 522-1691 or snmmds.org.
The contra dances are old-time dances are
done in long lines, accompanied by live,
National Ballroom Dance Week event
— USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 cele-
brate National Ballroom Dance Week with a
dance 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Little
Bit of Texas, 5500 Doniphan, with dinner
catered by OPUS. Proceeds benefit the chap-
ter’s social ballroom dance, dancesport and
youth scholarships. Cost: $40 ($30 members).
Tickets available from El Paso Dance Academy,
Shundo Dance Studio, at 487-9396 or desert-
Desert Dancers is a non-profit organization
that organizes and fosters programs for the
recreational enjoyment of ballroom dancing by
Big Band Dance Club— The club spon-
sors dances 8 to 10 p.m. selected Thursdays or
Fridays, at Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court,
in Las Cruces. Age 21 and older welcome.
Beginners, singles and couples welcome; no
dance partner necessary. Membership encour-
aged but not required; dress code. Cost: $7
(CD music nights); and $9 ($7 members) on
live music nights. Information: (575) 526-6504
Beginner’s group dance lesson at 7 p.m. led
by John Giusto; free with paid admission.
Ballroom dancing — City of El Paso Parks
and Recreation Department offers free ball-
room dancing 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays
at Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron, with
live music by the Silvertones Band. New partici-
pants always welcome. Information: 562-4260.
Instruments available for use. Rehearsals are
6:15 p.m. Thursdays in the NMSU Band Room
110, in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 522-
5571 or (575) 523-9101.
El Paso Chopin Music Festival —The
2012 fall series of piano concerts is sponsored
by El Paso Community College and the El Paso
Chopin Festival Society. Concerts are 7 p.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 13, Oct. 27and Nov. 10.
Admission is free, but people are advised to
arrive early; concerts are almost always stand-
ing room only. Information: 584-1595 or
email@example.com. Web: elpaso-
• Oct. 13— Lucy Scarbrough, at
Transmountain Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway
North. Scarbrough is the founder and director
of the El Paso Civic Orchestra and the El Paso
Chopin Music Festival. In addition to Chopin’s
music, Scarbrough will play her own composi-
tions “Puerto de Luna” and “Mephisto Brujo.”
• Oct. 27— Andrew Tyson, at Chamizal
National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Tyson
was First Prize Winner of the 2011 Young
Concert Artists International Auditions.
• Nov. 10— Igor Lovchinsky, at the Chamizal
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra—
Mimbres Region Arts Council and Grant
County Concert Association present the
Symphony’s Silver City concert at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26, at WNMU Fine Arts Center
Theatre, with featured guest artist James
Houlik, the leading tenor saxophone performer
in the world. Tickets: $25 ($20 MRAC and
GCCCA members; $15 each for groups of ten
or more; $5 students). Information: (575) 538-
2505, 1-888-758-7289 or mimbresarts.org.
Maestro Lonnie Klein of LCSO is the recent
recipient of the prestigious New Mexico
Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Sun City Chorus auditions — The cho-
rus’s Choral Singers, directed by Dr. Carl
Smith, rehearses at 7 p.m. every Monday at St.
Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm.
Participants ages 8 and older of all voices are
sought; particularly altos, basses and tenors.
Information: Carl Smith,
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EP Release— Trade Wind presents the indie
and electronic rock CD release party 9 p.m. to
2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Low Brow Palace,
111 Robinson. Performances by the band, with
opening act Halfbreed Lovers. Admission: $5
age 21 and older ($8 ages 18-20). Information:
355-9052 or tradewindpresents.com.
Ronny Cox— The Cloudcroft-born folk
musician and actor, (“Deliverance” “Beverly
Hills Cop”), performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
2, at The Percolator Café, 217 N. Stanton.
Tickets: $20; available at The Percolator.
Austin Jimmy Murphy CD release —
The local musician will celebrate the release of
his latest CD “A History of Blues” with release
parties 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Sept. 5,
at King’s X, 4119 N. Mesa, and Sept. 12, at
Mulligan’s North, 10710 Gateway North #1A.
Admission is free. Information: 526-0719.
The CD is a retrospective of nearly 40 years
of recording., with 4 CDs and 12-page booklet.
Howling Coyote — The open mic for musi-
cians, poets, writers, storytellers and perform-
ance artists is 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Rio
Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, in
Las Cruces, as part of the monthly Downtown
Ramble. Performer sign-up is 6:30 p.m. Coffee
and light snacks provided. Admission is free,
but donations welcome. Information: Bob
Burns, (575) 525-9333, (575) 523-6403 or
Literary Open Mic is 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rio
Grande Theatre auditorium.
Jazz at Sunset— El Paso Community
College will host the free outdoor jazz show 7
to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at EPCC’s Valle
Verde Campus’s Americana Language Village,
919 Hunter with performances by Ruben
Gutierrez and Case Closed, with special guest
Billy Townes. Opening performance by Jorge
Gonzalez Trio. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
No alcohol allowed. Refreshments will be sold.
‘Pickamania!’— Mimbres Region Arts
Council celebrates folk, bluegrass and
Americana acoustic musical traditions Sept. 7-
9in Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th
Streets in Silver City, N.M. Information: (575)
538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
New this year is a free Street Dance kick-off 6
to 9 p.m. on 6th and Bullard streets (next to
the Silver City Food Coop), with acoustic
group Saltine Ramblers, performing bluegrass,
alt-country, old time fiddle tunes, folk, blues,
Saturday’s headliners are The Wiyos at 6 p.m.
followed by a Pickin’ in the Park jam 7 to 11
p.m. Music begins at 11:30 a.m. with
Gleemaiden, Tarantchilicious, Goddess of Arno,
Mike and Ruthy and Foghorn Stringband.
Sunday’s performers include “New Mexico
Treasure” and Governor’s Award for
Excellence in the Arts recipient Antonia
Apodaca at 11:30 a.m. followed by Le Chat
Lunatique, Birds of Chicago and Head for the
This year’s fundraising raffle is for a handmade
Old Wave Mandolin, built and donated by luthi-
er Bill Bussman. Raffle tickets are $5.
The Evidence Quintet — The quintet will
play for the El Paso Friends of Jazz Society’s
meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Ay
Caramba, at 8001 N. Mesa (at Crossroads).
The concert follows brief announcements.
Food available for purchase as a buffet or a la
carte. The public is invited, admission is free.
Information: 321-JAZZ or
Ballroom Marfa— Marfa, Texas.
Information: (432) 432 729-3600 or ballroom-
marfa.org. Legendary blues saxophonist Peter
Brötzmannand vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz
perform at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the
Crowley Theatre on S. Austin Street. Doors
open at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Mariachi Sundays in Mesilla— The Town
of Mesilla, its business community and the Las
Cruces International Mariachi Conference host
the fall afternoon series 4-6 p.m. Sundays,
Sept. 23-Nov. 4, in the Plaza at historic Old
Mesilla. Admission is free. Bring folding chairs
or blankets. Pets and alcohol not allowed in
plaza. Information: (575) 525-1735 or
The concerts lead up to the 19th annual Las
Cruces International Mariachi Conference Nov.
Trans-Pecos Gathering of Music +
Love — El Cosmico vintage trailer lodge at
802 S. Highland in Marfa, Texas, hosts the
music festival Thursday through Saturday, Sept.
27-29, with live music, sandlot baseball, arts
and crafts, vendors and other activities. Tickets:
$25 per day in advance; $70 for three nights.
Additional cost for tickets purchased at the
door. Passes with camping are $95 for two-
nights; $130 for three nights. Information: 1-
877-822-1950 or elcosmico.com.
A Saturday night dinner is offered for $12 a
plate (mixed grill or vegan plate available).
Thursday’s performers include Meshell
Ndegeocello, Chris Bruce and Bobby
Patterson, plus guests.
Friday’s performers are Hotel Brotherhood,
Eastern Sea, Li’l Cap’n Travis, Ben Kweller and
Saturday’s acts are Dana Falconberry, Bruce
Robinson, Kelly Willis, Amy Cook, David Garza,
Robert Ellis, Brownout and special guest Martie
Maguire of the Dixie Chicks.
Kokopelli Jazz & Blues Festival— The
new music festival hosted by Flickinger Center
is 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Alameda
Park, 1500 N. White Sands Blvd. in
Alamogordo, N.M.,with some of the area’s
best blues and jazz performers, art and food
vendors and wine provided by local vineyard
will provide wine. Bands scheduled include Taxi
Dancer Band, Dirty Mojo Junkies and the 24/7
Blues Band. Gates open at noon. Admission:
$10 ($2 ages 7 to 18; free for age 6 and
younger). Information: (575) 430-0739, 437-
2202, (575) 430-9169 or (575) 437-5701.
Private Music Lessons— La Guitarra
School of Music, 6503 N. Mesa, is registering
for its fall music lessons in guitar, piano, voice,
violin and bass. Lessons are 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
during the week and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays. Information/registration: 842-8808
Mesilla Jazz Happening— The 11th annu-
al event is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, at
the old Mesilla Plaza. Hosted by Mesilla
Merchants Association and the Mesilla Valley
Jazz and Blues Society. Times and performers
to be announced. Information: Bob Burns,
(575) 525-9333 or (915) 799-5684.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino —
1249 Futurity Dr. (at and Sunland Park Drive),
Sunland Park, N.M.
Live music is offered 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and Mariachi 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sundays in the Franklins Lounge. No cover.
Information: (575) 874-5200.
Disco with local DJs is 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Karaoke offered with Rock The House
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday. Weekly win-
ners receive gift bag with prizes.
Padre’s Marfa — 209 W. El Paso Street in
Marfa, Texas. Information: 432-729-4425 or
• David Beebe Appreciation weekend is Friday
through Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, with per-
formances by Joe King Carrasco and the
Original Crowns, Houston lounge legends Peter
and James, and other guests.
• Hot Burrito weekend is Friday and Saturday,
Sept. 7-8, with performances by several of
Texas’s indie rock bands, including Bobby
Jealously, Holy Wave, American Sharks and
Railroad Blues— 504 W. Holland, Alpine,
Texas. Performances begin at 10 p.m.
Admission is $7, unless otherwise listed.
Information: (432) 837-3103 or
• Texas Belairs — The Texas country/alt band
performs Saturday, Sept. 1.
• Los Pinche Gringos — The border boogie
band performs Sunday, Sept. 2. Admission: $6.
• Dickie Lee Erwin — The country/Americana
artist performs Monday, Saturday, Sept. 8.
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• Cow Bop — The Western Bebop band per-
forms Thursday, Sept. 13. Admission: $5.
• Eddie Turner and the Trouble Twins — The
blues band performs Friday, Sept. 14.
• Zack Walther Band — The Texas roots rock
band performs Saturday, Sept. 15.
• Eric Larson and Peacemaker — The alt/coun-
try band performs Saturday, Sept. 22.
• Little Joe y La Familia — The Grammy-win-
ning Tejano band performs at 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 28. $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
• Radio La Chusma — El Paso Latin
reggae/rock band, Saturday, Sept. 29. $10.
Zin Valle Free Music Sundays— Zin
Valle vineyard, 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4
mile north of FM 259), hosts free live music 1
to 4 p.m. on selected Sundays. Guests may also
enjoy wine tastings. Information: 877-4544 or
• Sept. 2: Julio Ortiz
• Sept. 16: Greg Gonzalez
• Sept. 30: Dusty Low.
‘Every Other Tuesday’— Doña Ana Arts
Council hosts a variety of musical performances
6:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at the historic
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las
Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575)
523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.
• Sept. 4— ZB Blue. Vintage folk, blues,
western and swing styles, performing on guitar,
tenor guitar, bass, mandolin and fiddle.
• Sept. 18— Lovato. Composer, a teacher
and a life-long music maker.
• Oct. 2— MST Trio.
Alfresco! Fridays —The 10th season of
free outdoor concerts continues at 6 p.m.
Fridays through Sept. 28at Arts Festival Plaza
(between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza
Theatre). Presented by the El Paso Convention
and Performing Arts Centers and the El Paso
Convention and Visitors Bureau. No outside
food or beverages, or pets allowed.
Information: 534-0675, or alfrescofridays.com.
The final three events of the summer include
• Sept. 7— Eddie Carranza Orchestra (big
• Sept. 14— Sobredosis del Sabor
(salsa/merengue) Brown Betty (classic rock and
• Sept. 21— Sha’Vonne & The Vibe (Top 40
R&B pop and rock) and Prime 80s Xperience
• Sept. 28— Magiztral Sonora (cumbia) and
Twilight Symphony — The local band fea-
tures live 80s rock with laser light show and
video effects. Information: twilightsymphonyon-
• Friday, Sept. 21and Oct.12— King’s X,
4119 N. Mesa. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 22and Oct. 6— Iron Horse
Saloon, 4930 Hondo Pass.
• Friday, Oct. 5and Nov. 2— Handlebars,
1731 N. Lee Trevino. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 11— Aceitunas Beer
Garden, 5200 Doniphan.
• Friday, Oct. 26— Tanya’s Garden, 4620-A
Wednesday Music Café —UTEP’s free
weekly outdoor brown-bag concert series is
noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at UTEP’s Student
Union Plaza, featuring a variety of music.
Performers to be announced. Information: 747-
Lee Fields & the Expressions —
Ballroom Marfa presents the “unadulterated
gut-bucket soul singer” with more than 30
years of performing history and his band Friday,
Oct. 12, at The Capri, 601 West San Antonio
in Marfa, Texas. Tickets: $10 at the door. Call
for showtime. Information: (432) 729-3700 or
Folk Fury— KTEP, 88.5 FM, features three
hours of acoustic and folk music — with an
emphasis on recordings by local musicians and
occasional live appearances by them — from 7
to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Hosts are Dan Alloway
and Gregg Carthy. Requests: 747-5153.
Border Chorders— The El Paso men’s
barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at
7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at University
Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Director is
Anthony Bartholomew. Singers in all male vocal
ranges welcome. Information: Gayle Hageman
822-3000 or barbershop.org.
The Border Chorders are the El Paso chapter
of the Barbershop Harmony Society and were
established in 1947. Prior choral singing experi-
ence and voice lessons are not required.
Sungold Chorus— The El Paso Sungold
Chorus of the Sweet Adelines rehearses four-
part harmony 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at All Saints
Church, 3500 McRae. All ladies interested in
making good friends and good music are invit-
ed. All ages and levels of musical background
welcome. Information: Jeanette, 778-7503 or
The women’s chorus is dedicated to the per-
formance of four-part barbershop harmony,
musical education, and community involve-
El Paso Comic Strip —1201 Airway.
Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday,
8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Military admitted free
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets: $6
Wednesday and Thursday; $12 Friday and
Saturday, $8 Sunday, unless listed otherwise.
Reserved tickets at ticketweb.com.
Information/reservations: 779-LAFF (5233) or
• Aug. 29-Sept 2: Monique Marvez with fea-
ture act Kris Shaw. Marvaz is a radio and televi-
sion personality, writer and comedian. Recently,
she shot two Showtime Specials: Snoop Dogg
Presents the Bad Girls of Comedy and her own
hour “Not Skinny, Not Blonde.”
• Sept. 5-9: Jim Tavaré. A native of the United
Kingdom, Tavaré is reportedly Prince Charles’s
favorite comic. Tavaré’s film debut came in
2004 when he played Tom the Innkeeper in
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
He was one of the top five finalists in the TV
series Last Comic Standing when he was a
finalist in the top.
• Sept. 12-16: The Sandman. The world’s
Number One Comedy Hypnotist. Extreme
adult show is 8 p.m. Sunday.
Carlos Mencia performs a special engagement
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27. Details to be
‘Que Funny’— El Paso Playhouse welcomes
five of El Paso’s funniest comics for a one-night
event at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Intended for
ages 18 and older due to graphic material; per-
sons under 18 must be accompanied by an
adult. Tickets: $10 (by Sept. 8); $15 at the
door. Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplay-
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El Paso Diablos Baseball -The American
Association minor league team’s final games of
the regular season are against the Sioux Falls
Pheasants at Aug. 31-Sept. 3, at Cohen
Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Game time is
7:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. Sunday). Tickets: $7 gen-
eral admission; $8 box seats; free for ages four
and younger. Information: 755-2000 or diab-
Fireworks are Friday, Aug. 31(Military
An appearance by the Zooperstars is
Saturday, Sept. 1.
Fan Appreciation night is Monday, Sept. 3.
All American Futurity — The running of
the 53rd All American Futurity is Labor Day,
Monday, Sept. 3, which marks the end of the
racing season at Ruidoso Downs. From 160 to
180 quarterhorses compete in the trials, with
the 10 fastest advancing to race for a $2 million
purse. General admission and parking are free;
reserved seating varies; Turf Club admission is
$10; valet parking is $5. Information: (575) 378-
4431 or (575) 378-4140 or raceruidoso.com.
El Paso Arenacross– The motorcross bike
event is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30, at
Cohen Stadium, hosted by Cycle City
Promotions. The event is part of the Kicker
Summer Series. Details to be announced.
Information: 755-2000 or cyclecitypromo-
UTEP Football— The Miners’ home games
are Saturdays at Sun Bowl Stadium. Season
tickets: $120 ($75 youth)- $370 for reserved
tickets; $90 ($60 youth) for general admission.
Captain’s Club: $1,320. Family pack season
tickets ($198). Individual game tickets are $20-
$55 ($35-$70 for Oklahoma game). Ticket
information: 747-5234, 544-8444 or utepathlet-
• 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1— Oklahoma
• 6 p.m. Sept. 15— New Mexico State
• 6 p.m. Oct. 6— SMU
NMSU Aggies Football — The New
Mexico State University Aggies home games
are 6 p.m. (1:30 p.m. for November games) at
Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Season
tickets: $42.86-$111.43. Individual game tickets
to be announced. (Ticketmaster) Information:
(575) 646-1420 or nmstatesports.com.
• Thursday, Aug. 30— Sacramento State
• Saturday, Sept. 22— New Mexico (State
• Saturday, Sept. 29— UTSA (TETWP Breast
Cancer Awareness game)
UTEP Volleyball— All home games are at 7
p.m. (noon on Sundays) at Memorial Gym.
Ticket information: 747-6150 or
• Sunday, Sept. 23— Southern Miss
• Wednesday, Sept. 26— New Mexico State
• Friday, Sept. 28— UAB
• Sunday, Sept. 30— Memphis
UTEP Women’s Soccer— Home games
are at UTEP’s University Field. Tickets: $5 ($3
children). Information: 747-6150 or utepathlet-
Third Annual Border Bash games:
• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7— Weber State
• Noon Sunday, Sept. 9— Sam Houston State
Regular season games:
• 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5— UAB
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7— Memphis
El Paso Bicycle Club -Club events are
open to the public; helmets required.
Wednesday night rides leave from Rio Plaza
(6205 Upper Valley, at Art Craft) and go 18-20
miles through the Upper Valley to
Vinton/Anthony and back. Most riders leave
about 5:45 p.m. No official leader - find a
group that matches your pace. Optional dinner
afterward at Hello Pizza, River Run Plaza, 1071
Country Club Rd.
• 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Mesilla-Hatch.
Meet at the Mesilla Municipal parking lot (Hwy
28 just south of The Bean) and ride to Hatch.
Lunch at Sparky’s, then return. 80 miles, mod-
erate pace. Rick Rivas, 867-7199, and Larry
• 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2- Westside
Fingers. Meet at Bagel Shop, 985 N. Resler.
Explore the ups and downs of the hillside
neighborhoods. 25 miles, moderate. Fidel
• 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3- Mesilla Holiday
Ride. Meet at Rio Plaza. Ride to Mesilla and
back. Fast and/or moderate pace depending on
who shows up. Randy Limbird, 328-4110.
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8- Fort Davis
Tune-Up. Meet at Rio Plaza. Ride to Vinton
then take the rollers to top of Anthony Gap.
Ride across valley to 28, then to McNutt and
climb Artcraft. 45 miles, moderate to fast (16-
20) pace. Randy Limbird, 328-4110.
• 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9—B/IG Century.
Start at Rio Plaza and ride to Fort Selden and
back. Riders must have prequalified with the
63- or 80-mile ride. Arrive 15-30 minute
before takeoff time. Moderate pace. Margaret
• 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 — Valley and
Vado. Meet at Rio Plaza, Artcraft and Upper
Valley. Ride to La Mesa via the Valley then on to
Vado and return on the rollers. 40 miles, mod-
erate (15-17 mph) pace. Bob Clark, 204-2531.
• Sunday, Sept. 16— Oryx Challenge Bike
Tour, East Fort Bliss. See separate listing.
• 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22— Border
Crossing/La Union. Meet at Rio Plaza. Climb
Artcraft, ride to Border, return via La Union.
Option to ride to Gadsden for extra miles. 30-
40 miles, moderate pace. Rick Rivas, 867-7199.
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23— Chile Pepper
Warmup. Meet at La Union (park behind
Gallery 28 on NM 28 across from La Union
Station). Ride to Anthony Gap and Mesilla, fol-
lowing the Chile Pepper Route. 64 miles, mod-
erate pace. Blanca Harp, 422-2238.
• 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29— Stay loose for
the Big Ride. Meet at Rio Plaza for very moder-
ate 20-mile spin around the Valley. Linda Price,
• Sunday, Sept. 30— Chile Pepper Challenge.
See separate listing.
Beginner/Intermediate Group (B/IG)
Rides -The El Paso Bicycle Club’s special
training program for beginning and intermedi-
ate riders concludes its weekday season at 6
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6at Rio Plaza, 6205
Please see Page 25
Upper Valley Road (at Artcraft). Brief lesson on
Nutrition/Hydration followed by an Upper
Valley ride. Helmets required. Information:
Margaret O’Kelley, 588-3825.
B/IG Century Ride is Sunday, Sept. 9. See list-
Fort Davis Cyclefest — The 36th annual
bike tour series is Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
15-16, in Fort Davis. Most rides depart from
Prude Ranch, 5 miles west of Fort Davis Texas
on Highway 118.
Rides begin at 8 a.m. Saturday ranging from
10 to 76-mile rides including scenic loops,
mountain climbs and rolling hills.
The “infamous” Mt. Locke Hill Climb to the
McDonald Observatory begins at 9 a.m.
Sunday. Registration is 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the
observatory’s solar panels. All riders who cross
the finish line under their own power with their
bicycles will receive a special prize. Cash prizes
to the top men and women.
A dinner at the Prude Ranch is 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, featuring door prizes.
On-site registration is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 14; and 6:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday at the
Prude Ranch Office. Cost is $30 (free t-shirt for
those registering by Sept. 5). Saturday meal is
$12 ($5 for children under 10). Mount Locke
Hill Climb registration is $10.
Information: (432) 699-1718. Online registra-
tion at active.com.
XCel Energy Tour de Ocho Millas —
The 2nd annual bicycle tour is 8 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 15, Bottomless Lakes State Park. Tour de
Ocho Millas will feature up to a metric century
around the eight-mile loop of the Bottomless
Lakes State Park shorter options of 8, 16, 24,
32, 40, 48, 56, or 64 miles. Proceeds benefit
Reflections and Recovery outreach program for
those overcoming addiction. Registration: $35
(online only); $45 late registration. Under 18
may register for $10 at packet pickup only.
Information: (575) 317-7169 or tourdeochomil-
las.com. Packet pickup is5 to 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 14, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2300 N.
Main, in Roswell.
Oryx Challenge Bike Tour —The 2nd
annual 30K and 100K bike events are Sunday,
Sept. 16, starting and finishing at USO El Paso,
East Fort Bliss, 20727 Sergeant Major Blvd.
100K ride begins at 7 a.m.; 30K at 9 a.m.
Entry fee: $35 ($15 active military); includes
T-shirt if registered by Sept.8. Free for Warrior
Transition Battalion members. Online registra-
tion at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Packet
pickup 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at The
Bicycle Co., 3800 N. Mesa D-5; and 4-8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 14, at Atom Cyclist, 1886 Joe
Battle, Ste 205.
The 100K course goes east on Montana to
Hueco Tanks. The 30K course goes through
East Fort Bliss.
Food, beverages, music and other entertain-
ment at the finish.
Participants must enter Fort Bliss through the
Global Reach Gate off of 601 Spur/Liberty
Expressway (exit Old Ironsides) or via Global
Reach Dr. Parking is next to FirstLight Federal
Tour de Ruidoso— The 6th annual 100K
and 20-mile bicycle rides benefiting several
local nonprofit organizations is 8:10 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, in Ruidoso, N.M. Start and
finish for all events is the soccer field parking
lot next to the Lodge at Sierra Blanca, 107
Sierra Blanca Drive. Information (575) 258-
0028 or bicycleruidoso.com.
Full Moon Bike Ride— White Sands
National Monument, 5 miles southwest of
Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts its first
Full Moon bike ride for 2012 at 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 28. Reservations begin Aug. 28; space
limited to 200 riders. Reservations online only
via nps.gov/whsa. Fee is $5 per person/$2.50
ages 15 and younger. Information: (575) 479-
6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232.
Chile Pepper Challenge— The El Paso
Bicycle Club’s annual Big Ride is Sunday, Sept.
30, with ride distances of 100, 62, 37, 20 and
10 miles, all beginning and ending at La Viña
Winery, 4201 S. NM28 in La Union. Start times
are 7:30 a.m. (100 mile), 9 a.m. (62 mile), 9:30
a.m. (37 mile), 10:30 a.m. (20 mile) and 10:45
a.m. (10 mile).
The post ride Chile Pepper Fiesta is noon to 5
p.m. at La Viña with live music and comple-
mentary refreshments, as well as some food
and wine for sale.
Entry fees are $25 by Sept. 1, $30 Sept. 2-22;
$35 Sept. 23-25 or in person Sept. 29; and $40
on race day at La Vina. Entry is free for riders
age 15 and younger if accompanied by paying
parent. Approved helmets required.
Proceeds benefit Lee and Beulah Moor
Children’s Home, Animal Rescue League of El
Paso, Hospice of El Paso and Big Brothers/Big
Sisters of El Paso.
Package pick-up and registration is noon to 7
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Academy Sports,
801 S. Mesa Hills.
Online registration (through Sept. 25) at
active.com. Route maps and more information
All rides are fully supported with rest stops,
route markings and SAG vehicles. Rest stops
offer snacks, water and port-a-potties.
Critical Mass -All bicyclists are invited to
the mass ride beginning at 7 p.m. the last Friday
of every month at San Jacinto Plaza in
Downtown El Paso. Riders will choose a route
through Downtown. Information: deenadelos-
firstname.lastname@example.org. The ride occurs every
month, rain or shine. Helmets and lights are
El Paso Bicycle Co-op— The YMCA of El
Paso’s community bike building area in the
Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, is open
4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, depend-
ing on volunteer availability. Donations of parts
accepted. Information: Kevin Pearson: 532-
9622 or elpasoymca.org.
The co-op is not bike shop, but a place to
earn a bike and build it from the ground up.
Riders may bring their bikes by to fix it them-
selves (or learn to fix it), as well as to connect
with other bicyclists. Volunteers staff will help
people look for odd parts, teach people about
repairing and maintaining their equipment, and
help children and adults appreciate the freedom
and fun that bike riding offers.
Stormy Edwards Partnership — The
two-man golf tournament runs Sept. 6-9, at
Cree Meadows Golf and Country Club in
Ruidoso, N.M. Team Shoot Out is 2 p.m. Friday
($50 per team) with rounds played 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday through Monday.
Information/cost: (575) 257-5815 or play-
Golf With a Rhino— The 4th annual Rhino
Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at
1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Lone Star Golf Club,
1510 Hawkins. Check in begins at noon. Prizes
for longest drive and closest to the Pin, as well
door prizes and raffles. Proceeds benefit the
EPHA Youth Scholarship Fund. Registration
(through Sept. 17): $400 team (with 1 to 3
Rhinos players); includes green fees, cart and
meal. Information: Mike Erramouspe, 526-8485
or Tom Herman, 491-7879 or therman@rhino-
First Tee Desert Classic — Rotary Club of
West El Paso’s 4th annual golf tournament in
memory of Jonathan Rogers begins at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, at Fort Bliss’ Underwood
Golf Course. Co-ed scramble. Cost: $175 per
player; $700 team of four. Information: 239-
3116 or firstteedesertclassic.com.
Franklin Cheerleading Golf
Tournament— The Franklin High School
Cheerleading squad’s annual fundraising golf
tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Painted Dunes, 12000
McCombs. Registration is 7 a.m. Cost: $100
($400 per team); includes green fees, cart,
range balls, lunch, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place, goodie bag and more. Information:
Heather Price: 425-770-5102 or
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Pat O’Rourke Rec Center leagues— El
Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts
registration Sept. 1-15for youth leagues at the
Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 901 N
Virginia. Scholarships available. Information:
• Volleyball Skills Camps — Games are 5:30 to
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 3-
Oct. 23for ages 8-14. Cost: $40.
• Mini Basketball League — Games are 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 22-Nov. 10for ages
4-5 and 6-7. Cost: $35.
Youth Basketball Skills Camp— El Paso
Parks and Recreation Department’s Basketball
Skills Camps are 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 4-7 and 6
to 7 p.m. 8-10 Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept.
3-Oct. 23, at Seville Recreation Center, 6700
Sambrano. Registration deadline is Aug. 30.
Cost: $32 (scholarships available). Information:
Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club
— One Tennis West Lane, off Westside Drive. .
Information: 581-5471 or tennis-west.com.
• Flex League is open for singles and doubles.
Cost: $25 ($25 members).
• Beginners Night is 6:30 p.m. every
Wednesday through the fall. Cost $50 for four
lessons ($40 members). Last day to register is
• Monthly Monday Women’s Scramble begins
at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Deadline to
enter is Sept. 16. Cost: $10 (includes lunch).
• The Edward Abraham Memorial Adult Tennis
Tournament is Sept. 5-9. Deadline to enter is
Sept. 2. Registration: $20 singles ($49 per play
for doubles) Register at tennislink.usta (ID#
• Tennis West Junior Open is Oct. 4-7.
Registration is $18 singles ($15 per player for
doubles) Deadline is Sept. 29. Register at ten-
nislink.usta (ID# 759403012).
Special Olympicsgames — Special
Olympics Texas Area-19 hosts free training and
games in preparation of the 2012 Fall competi-
tions. Athletes must have a current medical
form on file at the Special Olympics office,
4100 Rio Bravo, Suite 311. Young Athletes
Program (YAPS) games for ages 2-7 are also
scheduled at participating schools. Information:
533-8229 or sotx.org.
• Bocce — 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at
Veteran’s Park, 5301 Salem.
• Softball — 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, begin-
ning Sept. 8at Veterans Park.
• Equestrian training at Darrington Park
Training Facility, 1360 Quail Springs in Clint.
Call for schedule: 694-6616.
Sun City Blades Skate School— Sun
City Blades Figure Skating Club’s fall classes
begin at 11 a.m. Saturdays, beginning Sept. 8,
at El Paso County Coliseum’s Special Events
Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Cost: $18 per class;
$60 per month. Military discounts offered.
Information/registration: 740-4670 or
Las Cruces Ciclovia— The first free
monthly public fitness event of 2012 is 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Young Park,
Walnut and Lohman. Activities include Hula
Hoops, gunny sack races, jump roping, dancing,
volleyball, parachute games and more for all
ages. Bikes and skates welcome. Information:
(575) June Donohue, 522-0289.
Archery Classes for beginners —The
Archers of El Paso Club hosts two-hour super-
vised shooting classes 9 to 11 a.m. the last
Saturday of every month, at the Archers of El
Paso Range, in Northeast El Paso off Martin
Luther King at Stan Roberts. Bows and arrows
provided for the seminar. Youth and adults age
7 and older welcome; parents must be present
for kids age 16 and younger. Reservations
required; limited number of spaces available
each month. Cost: $20. Information/reserva-
tions: Ricardo Urias, 487-8199 or
email@example.com (specify name,
phone number, age, right or left handed).
X Motoball— The motocross and paintball
center is at 4452 Cummings (near Krag Street
and Cassidy Drive in far East El Paso — take
Montana east of Zaragoza). Information: Gabe,
355-0271, or xmotoball.com.
The final 2012 date is Sept. 22. Gates open
at 10 a.m.; registration starts at 1 p.m. with
racing at 6 p.m.
El Paso Speedway Park — 14851 Marina
(off Montana 7 miles east of Loop 375). Races
are 7:45 p.m. Fridays, and include wing sprints,
super stocks, street stocks, modifieds, super
trucks, limited late models, and legends. Season
runs through September. Gates open at 5:30
Admission is $10 ($7 seniors/military with
ID/students age 11-15 or with UTEP ID). Free
for children 10 and under. Information: 791-
8749 or epspeedwaypark.com.
Arroyo Seco Raceway — The Southern
New Mexico track is located off Hwy 549, off
I-10 at the Akela exit, with drag racing, motor-
cycle racing, sportscar testing and more. Race
times vary. Spectator admission: $5 (ages 5-12
free). Pit passes are $10. Information: (575)
544-3440 or arroyosecoraceway.com.
El Paso Motorplex — The drag strip is at
13101 Gateway West, (east of El Paso at I-10
off Clint exit #42). Drag races are 6 to 10 p.m.
Sundays. Spectator admission varies.
Information: 588-8119 or southwestdrags.com.
Speedway of Southern New Mexico —
The track features modifieds, super stocks,
speed stocks and more at 7:45 p.m. Saturdays.
Gates opens at 5:30 p.m. The Speedway is 11
miles west of Las Cruces exit 132, off I-10.
Take south frontage road to Southern New
Mexico Fairgrounds. Admission is $10 ($7 sen-
iors/military with ID/students age 11-15 or with
UTEP ID). Free for children 10 and under.
Season tickets (21 events) are $189 ($133 sen-
ior/military/ students 11-15 and UTEP stu-
dents). Information: 1-800-658-9650 or snm-
Runs and walks
Danny Ray Sanchez Memorial Run —
The 2nd annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk
benefiting the Danny Ray Sanchez Memorial
Fund is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at
Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood.
First 200 runners receive race t-shirt.
Registration; $20 per event; $15 per run for
teams of 10 or more; $25 on race day (no race
day team registration). Online registration at
Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.
31, at Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter,
Suite 0, and 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. on race day.
Eagle in the Sun Triathlon— El Paso’s
only USA Triathlon-sanctioned multisport race,
with a 400m swim, 20K bike ride, and 5K run is
planned for 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, starting
and ending at the Tigua Recreation and
Wellness Center. Participants may race as an
individual or as part of a relay team. The race is
now closed to entries. Information: 433-3439.
Online registration at raceelpaso.com/events.
Future Engineers 5K— Texas Society of
Professional Engineers’ fundraising 5K competi-
tive run and 5K and 1 mile fun walks are 8 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3233 Up and Running. T-
shirts for first 200 registered participants;
refreshments at the finish line. Proceeds benefit
El Paso Chapter UTEP Engineering Endowment
Scholarship Fund. Registration (through Sept.
6): $20 per event ($15 students, military and
ages 60 and older). Late registration is $25 for
all events. Information: 478-5663. Online regis-
tration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 7, at Up and Running, and 7 to 7:45 a.m.
on race day.
German-American Night Run —The
19th Annual German-American Oktoberfest
Night Run’s 8K run and 5K fun walk is at 6
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, Freedom Crossing,
1611 Haan Road, Fort Bliss. A corporate/mili-
tary team division 8K Run will also be held.
Registration: $20 in advance; $25 day of race.
Information: 568-0259 or 568-6741. Online
registration at ganightrun.com.
Early registration (through Sept. 1) may be
sent to: IMWRF-Sports, P.O. Box 6100, Fort
Bliss, TX, 79906.
Packet pick up is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
through Friday, Sept. 3-7, at Freedom
Crossing. Late registration and packet pick up is
3 t 5:30 p.m. on race day.
Food, music and games offered 4 p.m. includ-
ing German coffee and pastries, moon jump
and other games. Live entertainment by the
First AD Band and German Schuhplattler
Post-race events and food served at 6 p.m.
including bratwurst, German beer and coffee,
pastries, soft drinks and snow cones. Awards
for top male and female finishers and top three
runners in all age categories given as well as
prize drawing for two tickets to Las Vegas.
The event, sponsored by German Air Force,
MWR Fort Bliss and FirstLight Federal Credit
Union, will benefit the “Helping Hands” and
“Aid for the Needy,” charity organizations,
which have been reaching out to the needy on
both sides of the Texas/Mexico border for
more than 20 years.
Healthy Heart Walks— The city’s Parks
and Recreation Department’s monthly family
walks begin at 8 a.m. on selected Saturdays
through September at various local park and
recreation centers. Registration starts at 7:30
a.m. Everyone is welcome; registration: $5
one-time fee (includes all walks and t-shirt at
the end of the season). Information: 544-0753.
Pre-register online at elpasotexas.gov/parks.
The Sept. 8walk is at Polly Harris Senior
Center, 650 Wallenberg. Information: 581-
Yucca Triathlon— The 10K run/50K bike
and 400 meter swim is 7:30 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 8, at White Sands Missile Range’s Bell
Gym. Participants must be at security gate by 6
a.m. Deadline is Aug. 29. Cost: $45 individual;
$65 teams. Information: (575) 678-3374. Web:
wsmrmwr.com (click on “Bell Gym”).
Run/Walk for Life— The 5K run/walk and
1-mile family walk it 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15,
at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $20;
$15 students and military with ID and per per-
son for teams of 10 or more through Sept. 13
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(team entries due by Sept. 10). Fee includes t-
shirts, goodie bags and refreshments at the fin-
ish line. Information: 317-5733. Online registra-
tion at raceadvaenturesunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in advance
at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa or 7 to 7:45
a.m. on race day at the starting line.
Franklin Wrestling 5K— Franklin High
School’s wrestling team’s fundraising 5K is 8
a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Franklin High School,
900 N. Resler, sponsored by Injury and Medical
Clinic. Entry fee: $20; $25 on race day. Team
registration (by Sept. 7): $15 per person for
teams of 15 or more. Canned food donations
also taken. Online registration at raceadven-
Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 15, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa.
Race day registration and packet pick up is 7 to
7:45 a.m. at the race site.
El Paso Dental Conference Run — The
2nd annual “Tooth Trot” 5K run/1 mile walk,
hosted by El Paso Dental Conference, is 8 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, at Sunland Park Racetrack
and Casino. Entry fee: $20 in advance ($15 mili-
tary with ID). Additional fee for race day regis-
tration. All runners receive t-shirt; refresh-
ments served at finish line, with prize raffle and
awards. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-5222.
Online registration at raceadventuresunlimit-
Packet-pickup and race day registration is 7 to
7:45 a.m. at the starting line.
McKelligon Canyon Challenge— El Paso
on the Move’s 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk
is 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at McKelligon
Canyon Amphitheater. Participants registered
by Sept. 10 receive race t-shirt; food and
refreshments for all participants and finish line.
Trophies for top three male and female finish-
ers in 5K run and medals for two three male
and female runners in each age category.
Registration (by Sept. 18): $20; $15 military and
per runner for teams of 10 ore more; $10 ages
12 and younger. Late and race day registration:
Information: Irish Pugao, 257-5521 or Dionicio
Rivera, 329-1039. Online registration at racead-
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 20, at Central SDA Church, 1801
McRae. Race day registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m.
(gate closes at 7:45 a.m.)
Tony Mena Memorial Race— The 8K
race and 1-mile run/walk for PTSD Awareness
is 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Sunland Park
Racetrack and Casino, hosted by Citizens
Commission for Human Rights. Registration:
$20 ($25 on race day). Trophies for top 3 male
and female runners in each age group.
Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Online
registration at raceadeventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at the start
AlamoShape Sunset Run— The Half-
Marathon, 10K and 5K evening runs start at 5
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at AlamoShape 700 E.
1st in Alamogordo, N.M. Information:
firstname.lastname@example.org or alamoshape.com.
Online registration at race360.com/15113.
Elephant Man Triathlon— Elephant
Butte’s 4th annual 1-mile swim/26.5-bike and 6-
mile run is Sunday, Sept. 30, at Elephant Butte
Lake’s Dirt Dam area. The USAT-sanctioned
event begins at 8 a.m. with awards ceremony
at 1:30 p.m. Registration: $100-$185.
Temporary USAT membership available for
$10. Information: (575) 744-5187 or (575) 744-
0055 or elephantmantriathlon.com. On-line
registration at active.com.
Packet pickup is 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday; no race
day pick up or registration.
The “Elephant Kids Tri” kids race is 3:30 to
4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, followed by
awards at 5 p.m. Packet pickup and registration
is 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Participation is free.
‘Run the Rio’— Fight to the Finish and
HARTS (Hardcore Adventure Rekindles the
Soul) hosts the inaugural 5K “obstacle course
run” 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Gallegos
Park, 7361 Bosque Road in Canutillo.
Participants navigate around, through and over
obstacles along and in the Rio Grande (entire
run is within Texas borders), with climbing,
crawling, and getting wet and dirty (no swim-
After-party with entertainment follows at the
park. First wave of runners start at 9 a.m. with
additional waves to follow every half hour.
Runners must be registered for their allotted
start time one hour in advance. Donations will
be accepted for the El Paso Homeless Shelter.
Cost: $50 before Sept. 1; $60 Sept. 1-23; $75
on race day (one hour prior to open run) and
during packet pickup. Information: (956) 793-
4713 or email@example.com. Online
registration/updates at fight-tothefinish.com.
Packet pick-up is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, Sept. 27-29. Location to be
Whole Enchilada Fiesta runs — The 5K
Race and 1-mile Fun Run are Saturday, Sept.
29, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, Hadley
and Hermosa, Las Cruces. Hosted by Mesilla
Valley Track Club. Registration begins at 6:30
p.m., fun run starts at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 8 a.m.
Awards ceremonies follow at 9 a.m. on the
Meerscheidt Stage. Registration information:
(575) 526-7824. Registration forms available at
Youth Triathlon — Las Cruces Parks &
Recreation Department will hold a Youth
Triathlon on 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, or age
ages 7 to 16. Registration runs Aug. 27-Oct. 7
Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E.
Hadley. The distance for swimming, bike and
running events vary according to age. A copy of
participant’s birth certificate must be provided.
Cost: $25 (full payment due at time of registra-
tion, no telephone registration accepted).
Information: Regional Aqua Center, (575) 541-
Ski Run Road Challenge— The 6th annu-
al race featuring the highest finish in New
Mexico is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Eagle
Creek Sports Complex, Hwy 532, in Ruidoso.
The USA Track & Field sanctioned event
includes a 20K high altitude foot race (solo or
relay) up Ski Run Road (Hwy 532) in the
Sacramento Mountains with an elevation gain of
2,660 feet. In addition to the 12-mile solo or
relay runs, this year has a 3-mile fun run. Bring
a Halloween costume. Prizes and food for fin-
ishers. Proceeds benefit Ski Apache’s Disabled
Registration for 12-mile solo: $25 by Sept. 30;
$30 by Oct. 15; $35 by Oct. 27; $45 on Oct.
28 ($25 military; $20 youth).
Registration for relay (4-person team): $120
by Sept. 30; $150 by Oct. 15; $175 by Oct. 27;
$195 on Oct. 28 ($100 military teams).
Registration for fun run: $25 through Oct. 27;
$30 on Oct. 28.
Information: (575) 937-7106. Online registra-
tion at active.com or skirunroadchallenge.com.
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On the eve of this year’s Renaissance
Artfaire, Las Cruces will celebrate a
renaissance of its own when the
city’s new Museum of Nature and Science
opens at its new location in the Downtown
The scheduled Nov. 2 opening of the for-
mer Museum of Natural History (which for
years has been at the Mesilla Valley Mall)
is one more step in an ongoing renaissance
in Las Cruces, In early 2011 the city
opened the doors of its new Convention
Center, and by the end of this year not
only will add a new museum to the
Downtown area but also a Center for the
Arts on the NMSU campus.
The Downtown Mall — home of the
expanding museum district and the Rio
Grande Theatre, which reopened in 2005
after complete restoration— remains at
the center of Las Cruces’s growing reputa-
tion as a hub for culture and arts in
Southern New Mexico. As El Pasoans
debate their own plans for downtown rede-
velopment, they cannot help but learn a
few lessons from their next-door neighbor.
Las Cruces’s Downtown was the center
of city’s progress for decades, but urban
renewal in the 1960s had some mixed
impact, with the demolition of 60 percent
of downtown buildings and the closing of
Main Street to all vehicle traffic, creating
the Downtown Mall. City leaders looked at
various ways of revitalizing Downtown,
now referred to as Main Street Downtown.
By the mid 2000s, sections of Main Street
were opened up to traffic with more access
to the blossoming businesses, galleries and
performance space lining the area. Public
events from the Downtown Ramble to
Farmer’s Market were now associated with
the “Downtown Mall” area.
In 2006, Las Cruces City Council estab-
lished a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area
(MRA) to cover everything from acquiring
land to tax issues. The MRA included land
between Picacho, Campo, Alameda and El
The city also established a special district
that uses what’s known as tax increment
financing to pay for capital improvement
projects. As gross receipts and property
taxes go up, the extra revenues created by
revitalization pay for new projects.
Chief Planning Administrator David
Dollahon said the city should establish the
remaining priorities for the use of tax
increment district funds within the next six
“The items for consideration on city pri-
orities are the conversion of Church and
Water Streets to two-way traffic, creation
of a civic plaza, and a further analysis of
the parking situation,” he said. “Most of
the accomplishments to date have been
through city and grant funds to return
Main Street to vehicular traffic. We are
now starting to see private investment in
Downtown with the opening of new busi-
nesses, restaurants and schools.”
‘It’s really happening’
As many of its original plans have been
realized, the downtown business communi-
ty adopted the slogan “It’s really happen-
ing!” to highlight the progress of its mile-
Lisa Pugh of Las Cruces Museum of Art
said this progress has produced renewed
interest in the Downtown area.
“As the revitalization project moves for-
ward, the visibility of the Museum System
has increased dramatically,” she said.
“More people are coming downtown. They
want to see what is happening and they
want to be a part of it.”
The downtown improvements encourage
the Museum of Art to offer major exhibits
by works by internationally known artists
such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy
Warhol, Pugh said, as well as to continue
to showcase new works of art from artists
around the region. The museum is seeing
more community response to all programs.
“The studio art classes are often filled to
capacity,” Pugh said. “Every day brings
new visitors, new experiences, and stu-
dents of all ages.”
The Museum of Art is one of two city
Downtown Mall museums, along with the
Branigan Cultural Center, that soon will be
joined by the Museum of Nature and
Science. The other city museum, the
Railroad Museum, is a few minutes away.
“As the ‘museum district’ becomes a
reality, downtown becomes a true commu-
nity gathering place where people can
explore the world of art, see ancient
Paleozoic trackways, learn about railroad-
ing history, and discover more about the
people and places of New Mexico,” Pugh
said. “With the four city museums being
centrally located, we have an opportunity
to work together, build exciting new pro-
grams and exhibitions, and to continue to
serve the community to the best of our
Outdoor events like the Las Cruces
Farmers & Craft Market are benefitting
from the growth as well.
Peggy Miller serves as acting coordinator
for the market. She said the Main Street
progress has allowed the market to contin-
ue to grow.
“The city has provided a wonderful place
for locals and visitors to gather and enjoy
the Market,” Miller said.
The twice-weekly, year-round market
began from a small association of local
farmers interested in selling their produce
directly to the community, but has grown
significantly with around 50 vendors each
Wednesday and 250 on Saturdays.
“While the city has been going through
an urban renewal process, the market has
evolved into a pedestrian center, creating a
perfect location for a downtown communi-
ty farmers and crafts market,” Mill said.
The market celebrated its 40th anniver-
sary in 2011, and works to reflect the
area’s rich Hispanic and border heritage
through music and food, including mari-
achi groups and chile roasting in early
summer and fall.
Miller said many area residents consider
it not just a shopping opportunity, but a
“Main Street in downtown, amidst gov-
ernment buildings, city hall, and other
major employers means hundreds of peo-
ple pass through the market area on
Wednesdays,” she said. “On Saturdays
several thousand people may walk the
Market looking for the perfect produce
from their local farmers, the perfect gift, or
a delicious meal or snack.”
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