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Second Year in a Row! Immanuel Christian School Tennis Team Wins State!
ICS has built its tennis program into what is now a state winning team for the last two years! The ICS warriors competed in the TCAF District and State Tennis Tournaments at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. ICS tennis team won the district team championship and moved on to state competition. Last Tuesday, ICS Tennis Team played hard to win the TCAF State Team title. Coach Valerio states he is proud of what the ICS tennis team has accomplished over the last six years and looks forward to next year. This year’s TCAF District and State competition came with unique challenges as ICS faced tough opponents from central Texas that compete in the junior tennis touring circuit, but ICS prevailed under hot humid conditions at TCU’s beautiful campus and state of the art tennis courts.
Aquatics Job Fair on May 18, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at O’Rourke Recreation Center
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host an Aquatics Job Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the O’Rourke Recreation Center, 901 N. Virginia St. The fair will guide potential aquatics staff through the process of getting hired to work for the City of El Paso. Information and registration for lifeguarding classes and swimming skills pre-test will be available along with computers for applying with the City.
Information (915) 544-3556
2013 TCAF District 2 Team Champions Immanuel Christian School Warriors TCAF District 2 Girls Singles 1st Place –Melissa Bedolla 3rd Place- Mariana Gutierrez TCAF District 2 Boys Singles 2nd Place- Mauricio Issa 4th Place-Joshua Valerio TCAF District 2 Girls Doubles 1ST Place-Cristina Melendez and Minette Escapite 1st Place Consolation-Olivia De Leon and Faith Arciniaga TCAF District 2 Boys Doubles 1st Place-Gabriel Bayona and Frank Moran 2nd Place- Jose Saenz and Andres Pando TCAF District 2 Mixed Doubles 1st Place- Alejandra Gutierrez and Danny Rico 3rd Place- Kayli Carrillo and Liam Morris
2013 TCAF State Team Champions Immanuel Christian School Warriors TCAF State Girls Singles-All State 2nd Place-Melissa Bedolla TCAF District 2 Boys Singles-All State 2nd Place-Mauricio Issa TCAF State Girls Doubles-All State 1st Place-Cristina Melendez and Minette Escapite TCAF State Boys Doubles-All State 1st Place- Gabriel Bayona and Frank Moran 4th Place-Jose Saenz and Andres Pando TCAF State Mixed Doubles-All State 1st Place-Alejandra Gutierrez and Danny Rico
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Chuco De Mayo Celebration
Chuco Artist Network (C.A.N.) Chuco De Mayo Celebration
The Chuco Artist Network proudly presents: Chuco De Mayo! featuring Art, Music, Comedy, Poetry and Dance celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Chuco Artist Network and Cinco De Mayo. Hosted by: The Wolf Chucoartist.com promotes, develops and connects the best creative talent in el Chuco, Atzlan and the Southwest. Artists, Businesses, Organizations and People for Visual, Music, Written and Performing Arts make up the network of over 900 members and counting. Mobile Application also available. Chuco De Mayo will feature Live Performances by: Chuco Soul Project, IMA, Christina Gurrola, Manifique, Lawrence Welsh, Siren St. Sin and more! Artists Include: Ayer Eternal, Deadboy, Chris Torresdy, KAT, Carolina Rico (Henna Artist) and Andy Perez. Gallery featuring: Gabriel Marquez and Creed Yup Workshops by: Orgonite by Mando, Crochet with Red Moss, and More… Sponsored by: Eternal SEO and Bear Space Collective Food and Drink Specials by: 501 Bar and Bistro $5 Adults $3 Kids 2pm – 2am @ San Carlos Building 501 Texas St. 79901 The Chuco Artist Project is privately funded. Any and all proceeds will be used to further benefit and enrich the lives of the Artists and to further help promote them.
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“The Sin Fin Column”
by Joe Olvera ©, 2013
El Paso Senior Games Awards Ceremony
Banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd at Hilos de Plata Senior Center
El Paso, Texas – Bravo Health, Urgent Care Home Health Inc. and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host the El Paso Senior Games Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta Dr. Guest Speakers will be Dr. Zafer Haydar, M.D. ABIM, an internal medicine doctor talking about the benefits of exercising and why people should be motivated to participate in athletic competition as a senior. The other guest speaker will be Dr. Gillermina Nunez – Mchiri, a UTEP Professor of Anthropology talking about the benefits of healthy living and aging. The El Paso Senior Games Hall of Fame Inductees are Eva Navarro, a participant in the Senior Games since 2005. Navarro has won a large amount of medals while participating in racquet sports, bowling, cycling, track, horseshoes, washers, race walks, basketball, volleyball and softball. Wright Stanton, the other inductee has set 19 records in swimming and 27 overall in the El Paso Senior Games over the past 10 years as a participant in other sports such as horseshoes and bowling. The Banquet will also honor the many outstanding athletes from the 2013 El Paso Senior Games with tickets priced at $6 per person and can be purchased at any El Paso Parks and Recreation Senior Center. Information (915) 544-0753
Cinco de Mayo: More than meets the eye
Some people joke about Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo, saying “Cinco de (Hold) the Mayo.” That magic day, however, is one of the most famous and popular days of distinction celebrated by Mexicans all over the Aztec nation and, of course, the United States. Even though it has evolved into a dancing celebration, with mustachioed hombres and well-dressed senoritas stomping on historical fact, with their pachangas and beer-drinking celebrations, too many of the celebrants don’t really know what they are celebrating, but, they know a good time when they’re having one. “But, to be truthful, Cinco de Mayo – aka May 5, 1862 – is one of the most important dates in Mexican history, albeit not considered as important as Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16 to some Mexicans. The Fifth of May is when an army of peasants, with their farm tools, stones, and other primitive weapons managed to rout the French Army – a superior force of some 6,000. Led by then-President Benito Juarez, the Battle of Puebla marked the beginning of the end of the French occupation of Mexico. Ruled by Napoleon III, France was trying to turn Mexico into a monarchy. The story goes that England, France and Spain were owed money by Mexico. England and Spain negotiated a settlement, but France, seizing an opportunity to extend its empire, thought Mexico was ripe for the conquering. It refused to settle amicably. The greedy French would have loved to set up a dependent empire so close to the United States, a move which then-President Abraham Lincoln totally rejected. In 1861, a wellarmed French fleet invaded Vera Cruz, landing a powerful force and driving President Juarez and his government into retreat – well, so the French had hoped. Led by French General Charles Latrille de Lorencz, the 6,000 strong force stormed Puebla. But, the French did not count on Juarez’s rag-tag army to put up much of a resistance. With a mere 2,000 men, mostly Indians or mestizos, Juarez sent them to Puebla. They were led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza. Badly outnumbered by the French troops, Puebla was fortified as the Zaragoza forces awaited the assault. Despite their superior weaponry and size, the ragtags prevailed with courage, conviction, and lack of fear. When the dust had cleared, more than 500 French troops had been killed. Less than 100 Mexicans died at that siege. The victory, although it didn’t represent a major strategic win for the Mexicans, did represent a great symbol of what Mexicans could do when they were pressed against the wall. Abraham Lincoln, who was involved in a little war of his own, had ordered Napoleon out of Mexico and for him to take his so-called emperor with him. Napoleon refused. Lincoln had then promised France that if it didn’t pull out, he would award Mexico a $50,000 grant for arms and ammunition. Still, Napoleon refused, thinking that by the end of the Civil War, the South would win and the South most certainly would accept a monarchy as a neighbor. But, of course, everyone knows that the South lost that war. Once again, Lincoln warned France to pull out, or he would train his millionmen war machine against the French. This time, Napoleon listened. Scurrying out of Mexico as fast as his fat little legs could take him, he abandoned Maximilian and left him to his own desires. Maximilian was determined to become the new Mexican emperor and refused to skedaddle with Napoleon back to France. So, he stayed – to his own detriment. Accused of conspiring against the Mexican Republic, Maximilian met his death not on a battle field, but in front of a firing squad. Thus, the symbol of Mexico as a strong Republic, one that could defeat stronger and superior forces like the French was set, of course, with a little bit of help from its friends, like Honest Abe. Thus, Benito Juarez became the first Constitutional President of Mexico, while Lincoln went on to re-election, becoming the greatest President the United States has ever had. So, celebrate Cinco de Mayo anyway you want – with mariachis, piñatas, special foods, but, don’t lose sight of what Cinco de Mayo means. It means Victory. Go, Mexico.
Eva Navarro (right)
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Welcomes Award-Winning Native Author
Ray Gonzalez, the seminal Chicano writer who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, returns home for a rare local appearance from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 3rd at the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Administrative Services Center Building A Board Room, 9050 Viscount Blvd. This event is free and open to the public. Gonzalez, who is a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of MinnesotaMinneapolis, is the award-winning author of 17 books of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction. He’s also edited 14 literary anthologies in a career that spans more than 30 years. Gonzalez is the author of a memoir about growing up in El Paso, Memory Fever (1999) and essay collections, including The Underground Heart: A Return to a Hidden Landscape (2002), which received the 2003 Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters for Best Book of Nonfiction. In 2004, Gonzalez received a 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature from the Border Regional Library Association. For more information, contact Lawrence Welsh at (915) 831-2537.
El Paso Community College 36th Annual Spring Arts Festival Presents:
A Chicano Legend Returns:
The Work of Ray Gonzalez
PREducation College Fair
FORT BLISS, Texas— Team Bliss Education Services officials will conduct an Education Services College Fair Thursday and Friday, May 2 & 3. This event is from 10a.m.to 5p.m. Thursday and 9a.m. to 3p.m. Friday at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, East Fort Bliss. The Education Services College Fair is a collaborative effort between Fort Bliss Education Services with universities and colleges nationwide participating. This large scale fair allows campuses, programs and administrators the opportunity to inform college level students the opportunity to peruse their various educational options, gather information, and meet with school representatives. This event is open to all Soldiers, family members, DoD Civilians and military retirees. This is a FREE event.
Featuring El Paso Native Ray Gonzalez : Live Gonzalez is the prize-winning author of 17 books, including poetry, memoir, essays and fiction He’s also edited 14 literary anthologies
FREE, open to the public event - Friday, May 3, 2013 6-7:30 p.m.
El Paso Community College , Administrative Services Center Building A, Board Room, 9050 Viscount Boulevard For Information, call Lawrence Welsh: 915-831-2537
El Paso County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
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By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
How’s Fishing at Elephant Butte Lake?
Last week we talked about Elephant Butte Lake and how the lake continues to be very low. But is the fishing suffering due to the drought? I talked to Elephant Butte local fishing guide Frank Vilorio. He’s been a fishing guide there for 19 years. 8-12 lbs. Trophies (the largest) range from 30-40 lbs. If you’re wondering what kind of fish swim the lake, Vilorio says there are quite a few. You can expect catching anything from Stripers, Walleye, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Crappies, Perch, Bream, Catfish, White Drum and occasionally Rainbow Trout if they can make it down river. Just a few weeks ago a 30” Northern Pike was caught – Vilorio says that hasn’t happened in a very long time. State record fish from Elephant Butte: (Courtesy of fishing guide Frank Vilorio) Striped Bass: 54 lbs, 8 ounces Flathead Catfish: 78 pounds Smallmouth Bass: 6 lbs, 7 ounces Green Sunfish: 1lb 6 ounces
Field and Stream Outdoor magazine rated Elephant Butte Lake what rating in the nation for trophy stripers?
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He says the fishing continues to be very good. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department periodically stock the lake with strippers, walleyes and large mouth bass. Vilorio says the lake was stocked with 750,000 striper frys (young fish about 1 inch long) last year. New Mexico fish biologists claim thirtysix thousand will make it to 5-8 lbs in about five years. The average striper caught in the lake is around
“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.
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High: 71º Low: 55º
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by the Ball Boy
Barely in its 2nd week and some of these series are already over.
The Miami Heat have been extremely impressive this playoffs. The Heat just got their first playoff sweep in franchise history with a win over the Bucks. The Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta hawks are deadlocked at 2-2 in this series. Josh Smith has been exemplary with 18 points average in this first round of the playoffs. After an exciting win for Chicago on Saturday, The Brooklyn Nets pulled off a win on monday against a Kirk-less Bulls. Game 5 now goes back to Chicago where Kirk Heinrich is expected to make a return. NYC had Boston against the wall with a 3-0 lead but Boston pulled out a win and forced a game 5. Game 5 goes back to Madison Square Garden and lets see if a desperate Boston can make this series longer. Oklahoma is faced with a bad situation now that Westbrook is out for the playoffs with an injury. Kevin Durant has to step in and be selfish and take a larger amount of shots to win this series against Houston and after that. OKC leads 3-1 and game 5 goes back to OKC. The San Antonio Spurs locked up a sweep against the Kobeless Lakers. Dwight Howard was ejected in the final game and it could very well be his last game as an L.A. Laker. The Other LA team is down 3-2 and has had a tough match against Memphis with its Defensive Player of the year
UTEP Opens Registration for Summer, Fall 2013 Classes
The University of Texas at El Paso has opened registration for scores of classes that will be available during summer sessions and the fall 2013 semester, and UTEP officials suggest students act fast. Craig Westman, Ph.D., associate vice provost for student solutions and outcomes, encouraged students to meet with their advisers and register early for the courses they want and need to get ahead or to stay on track to graduate because the classes fill quickly. The University will offer more than 1,200 courses during the summer and in excess of 3,500 in the fall. The summer session includes the two-week Maymester starting May 20, and the four-week summer I and II sessions that begin June 10 and July 8, respectively. Fall courses begin Aug. 26. The early registration deadline is about four days before the start of classes. To access a complete calendar, visit http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=68816. Although intense, the summer class schedules offer students the flexibility to continue their education and have time to work or accomplish other goals, Westman said. Undergraduate students can review the tuition and fees schedule on UTEP’s Student Business Services website, sbs.utep.edu. Those who live in Texas or are eligible for instate rates can expect to pay anywhere from $775 for three student credit hours (SCHs) to almost $2,150 for nine SCHs. Those who take 15 SCHs in the fall will pay $3,529. UTEP’s tuition is the lowest among the eight emerging Tier One institutions in Texas.
Stephen Curry in Marc Gosal. The LA Clippers field goal percentage is not where it should be and Memphis is taking advantage of that. Denver and co. against Stephen Curry and co. is really heating up into a competitive battle. This being Stephen Currys first playoff appearance the boy is putting up some major numbers.
SIERRA PROVIDENCE HEALTH NETWORK FREE SEMINARS
El Paso, TX – Sierra Providence Health Network is offering free seminars on various topics including: Breastfeeding, Childbirth, and Surgical Weigh Loss. To register, please call 577-SPHN (7746).
FRIENDS OF SAN ELIZARIO
SHELDON HALL DEDICATION
Veterans Memorial Walk in San Elizario, eight new additions. A brick honoring the late Sheldon Hall will be dedicated on Sunday at 3pm, along with a ceremony and Portrait dedication at the Portales Museum. Sheldon Hall was instrumental in ...the preservation and acknowledgement of San Elizario's history. Join the Hall family, friends and the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society and the San Elizario Veterans Committee for this special event on Sunday. Information: 915-851-0093
B • Breastfeeding Class: For those couples considering breastfeeding their babies. Includes preparing nipples, breast pumping, storing, freezing and thawing breast milk; positioning of baby; weaning; and much more. May ! ! Class Date: ! Thursday, ! ! 2, ! 2013 ! ! ! ! ! ! Time: 7:00 p.m. ( Place:(Providence ! Memorial ! ! Hospital,! Auditoriums ! B ! & C, ! 2001 N. ! Oregon. ! ! ! Registration ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! is required to (915) 577-7746.
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The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Presents
The Monarch Butterfly
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:00 pm, Free Admission
Monarch Butterfly photo by Gertrud Konings
Dr. Gertrud Konings shows many photographs of the Monarch butterflies taken at the Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico and explains their behaviors and unique multigenerational migration through North America in this talk. Dr. Konings, Assistant Professor of Biology at EPCC, visited the Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico with her husband on their 2012 Christmas vacation. Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso TX 79924 Information: Marilyn Guida, 915-755-4332, firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARMED FORCES DAY
FORT BLISS, TEXAS — Armed Forces Day 2013 comes to Fort Bliss 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at BIGGS PARK. It's FREE and open to the public.
Celebration at Biggs Park
Activities include: equipment static displays, demonstrations by the area high school JROTC Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams, entertainment by the 1st Armored Division Band; Chili Cook-Off, Car Show, East Fort Bliss Build-up Tour and food and drink concessions. Armed Forces Day at BIGGS PARK is an open house event that provides you the opportunity to meet with service men and women and learn about the equipment they use in support of this nation. Armed Forces Day 2013, Saturday, May 18, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC For more information, call the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office at 568-4505.
Fort Bliss Field of Honor ceremony
What: Major General Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss and the First Armored Division, will add the names of 13 Soldiers killed in action in the past year, Afghanistan to the Field of Honor Memorial. Who: Major General Dana Pittard, Fort Bliss Commanding General will officiate the ceremony. When: 10:00 a.m. Mountain, Friday,
May 17, 2013.
Where: Fort Bliss Field of Honor (immediately inside Cassidy Gate on West Fort Bliss) Background: The Field of Honor is a permanent monument to service members from Fort Bliss killed in overseas conflicts. Each service member is memorialized on a granite wall overlooking the historic Fort Bliss parade field. Every May, Soldiers killed during the previous twelve months are added to the wall. This year the following Soldiers’ names will be added to the memorial wall: Spc. Trevor B. Adkins Spc. Erica P. Alecksen Capt. Bruce K. Clark Pfc. Leroy Deronde III Spc. Jason K Edens Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs Jr. Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza Jr. Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuanes Spc. Alejandro J. Pardo Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija Sgt. James L. Skalberg Jr. Spc. Cameron J. Stambaugh Spc. Clarence Williams III
For more information contact Maj. Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office: (915) 744-0287
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The Cottonwood Spring Archaeological Site
El Paso Archaeological Society Program
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2:00 pm, Free Admission
Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso 79924
The Cottonwood Spring Site is the largest prehistoric site known in south central New Mexico. Over the past five years Dr. Meade Kemrer, the program speaker, has worked in Cottonwood, mapping and collecting other data. His talk and PowerPoint presentation describes different aspects of this unique site, the four villages dating to A.D. 900-1400, numerous rock art images, and the defensive system. Information on methods of archaeological investigation of this site, such as environmental studies and use of unmanned aerial vehicle remote sensing will be included. Dr. Kemrer received his doctorate degree in archaeology from the University of Arizona. He has lived in New Mexico for 34 years, conducting archaeological studies throughout the American Southwest. For the past 18 years he has lived in Las Cruces, studying the prehistory of southern New Mexico. This program is presented by
Marfa Contemporary Announces Terminal Iron Works:
Marfa High School Welding Exhibition May 20-May 25
MARFA, TEXAS (April 29, 2013) – Marfa Contemporary to showcase welding pieces by Marfa Junior and Senior High School students beginning May 20 through May 25 at 100 East San Antonio St., Marfa, TX 79843. Marfa Contemporary is proud to present a week long exhibition of welding work from the students of Marfa Junior/Senior High School. The Marfa High Welding Exhibition has been created to showcase the talent of the students in the Marfa community. According to Gallery Administrator, Dr. Natalie Roncone, “It’s an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it’s a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of their peers. And for the public, it’s a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity and ability in the local community’s student body.” The works will be available for sale and 100% of the proceeds go to the student artists. The exhibit will also feature a catalog showcasing the individual achievements. The opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20 and is free and open to the public. About Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Oklahoma Contemporary, formerly City Arts Center, is a regional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. Founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary offers contemporary arts exhibitions throughout the year, free to the public, as well as youth art camps, adult art classes and workshops, lectures and independent film screenings. For more information, please call 405.951.0000 or visit www.oklahomacontemporary.org About Marfa Contemporary Marfa Contemporary is the first regional extension of Oklahoma Contemporary. www.marfacontemporary.org
Photo of Dr. Meade Kemrer, courtesy of Meade Kemrer Photo of Cottonwood Springs site petroglyph the El Paso Archaeological Society in partnership with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. Information: 915-755-4332; email@example.com
Blue Bell introduces delicious Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream
BRENHAM – Any way you slice it, the newest flavor from Blue Bell is fabuloso…or maybe it’s simply delizioso! Blue Bell has combined a popular cake with its great-tasting ice cream to create Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream. Italian Cream Cake is a creamy vanilla ice cream with pieces of delicious Italian cream cake, shredded coconut, roasted pecans and a smooth cream cheese icing swirl. “We’ve created a flavor that not only has all the ingredients of an Italian cream cake in each bite, but there are actual cake pieces in the ice cream too,” said Wayne Hugo, general sales manager for Blue Bell. “I’m not sure it gets any better than that.” Italian cream cake, a very popular cake served at Southern weddings, is also known as an Italian wedding cake in other parts of the country. “Blue Bell is a Southern tradition and so is Italian cream cake,” Hugo added. “We have had lots of success with flavors inspired by cakes so we figured we might just be onto something.” Blue Bell also offers a Birthday Cake Ice Cream which features chocolate cake combined with a vanilla ice cream, a chocolate icing swirl and bright multi-colored sprinkles and last year “the little creamery” introduced Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream, which became an instant success. Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream will be available in May. Also look for Key Lime Pie Ice Cream and Coconut Fudge Ice Cream in your grocer’s freezer section. For a complete list of ice cream now available from Blue Bell, visit www.bluebell.com.
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El Paso Parks and Recreation Lifeguard Course
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a Lifeguard Course from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th, at the Armijo Aquatics Center, 911 S. Ochoa St. The course fee is $201 per person and all attendees must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. Each person must also all meet each of the following requirements: · Pass the pre-course swim test consisting of swimming 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back side is not allowed. · Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. · Must complete in one minute and 40 seconds by starting in the water, swim 20 yards and the face may be in or out of the water and swim goggles are not allowed. ·Each individual must attend and participate in all sessions. ·Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities. ·Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios. ·Attendance is mandatory for each and all of the dates listed above. Information – (915) 544-3556
·Surface dive, feet- first or head – first to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. object and then return swimming on the back to the starting point, set down the brick and climb out using a ladder.
York and Kate Spade. Indeed not since the '50s when Lucille Ball collected gold charms celebrating the musical career of her husband, Desi, to Jackie O's single-charm bracelet, charms are once more making a big comeback, and Mother's Day is the perfect time to give your mom a gift of history on her wrist. It's one of the most personal gifts you can give and pass on to the next generation.
Don't have any gift ideas for one of those most important women in your life? How about a gift
that fits no matter what size your Mom is? It's one of the best ways to give the significant women in your life a present they'll really appreciate —
braceleter who enjoys the thrill of the hunt and collects charm mementos over time? Or are you the instant-gratification type who sees a gorgeous ready-made bracelet that stops you dead in your tracks and that you must have immediately? Determine which category your mom fits into.
—Pick a theme. If you
are starting a bracelet from scratch for your mom, consider buying charms in just one category — fashion, family, travel landmarks, dogs, hearts, buildings or flower charms, for example. Or your mom may prefer a hodgepodge of charms — You may want to start with one charm and let her dictate how she wishes to build the bracelet. —And if your Mother happens to run out of room on a bracelet, you can always start another one, or a charm necklace!
—Commit to a metal. If
you are starting a bracelet for your mom, you might want to take a cue from the jewelry she already wears — mostly gold (often, more expensive) or silver (more casual). Zabar recommends sticking to 14-karat gold for charm bracelets. "It will stand up to the clinging and clanging of the charms." There are also lots of alternatives now for moms who want a different look — check out all the woven leather bracelets that have more of a hip vibe.
just think charming bracelets!
There are lots of ways to say "I love you" with jewelry that becomes an heirloom and are one of the most personal gifts you can give. Personalized bracelets have always been a great way to celebrate special occasions. I still cherish a special bracelet from high school dangling with sterling cheerleader megaphones and tennis racquets. Every generation has a new way of collecting these wearable memories — Moms have been wearing charm bracelets since the days of ancient Egypt. "People seem to have always had the need to adorn themselves with beautiful, symbolic or magical things," says Tracey Zabar, artist and author of "Charmed Bracelets" (Stewart Tabori & Chang, 19.95). "Ancient peoples relied upon amulets and other lucky charms to ward off the "evil eye" and other bad spirits, and then they held fast to religious charms promising fertility and love," acknowledges Zabar, who has designed bracelets for Barneys New
Here are some of Zabar's tips on composing your own charm bracelet: —First, decide which side of the fence you are on: do-it-yourself or prefab. Are you the type of charm
Make it personal. Give Mom a gift of unique bracelets from Ippolita's "Lollipop" collection with matching birthstone bracelets for children. (www.ippolita.com)
—More is more.
Try to choose real stones and pearls as often as possible, says Zabar. "Since most of the stones are tiny, they aren't that expensive. You don't need the perfect color or quality; just make sure that the stones are pretty and you don't see any obvious inclusions or chips."
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MAY 02, 2013 PAGE 14 everyday cheapskate by Mary hunt
Overspent and Overloaded? You Need Margin
Bill Smith sits down to his most dreaded chore — paying bills. Every month, it's the same story: Pay the most urgent, and leave the rest. There's never enough money, no matter how hard he works. Jane Miller flies into the school office frazzled and 30 minutes late because she was 20 minutes late getting out of the dentist's office because she was 15 minutes late to her appointment. How will she ever get the kids home, homework started and dinner on the table, and be make it on a single salary. His ever-growing student debt will come due whether he graduates or not. Quitting is out of the question. Most days it is all Tom can do to just keep going. Bill's, Jane's and Tom's situations could not be more different. Yet they share the same problem. They are stretched to the limit. Bill is living beyond 120 percent of his income, Jane is presuming upon more than 120 percent of her time, and Tom is requiring more than 120 percent of his energy. All are overspent and overloaded and perfect candidates for all kinds of stress-related maladies. Richard A. Swenson, M.D., author of the book "Margin," explains: "Margin is that space between us and our limits. It's something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. As a society, we've forgotten what margin is. In the push for progress, margin has been devoured. We are besieged by anxiety, stress and fatigue. Our relationships suffer. We have unexplained aches and pains. The flood of daily events seems beyond our control. We are overloaded!" back out the door in time to chair the PTA meeting that evening? Tom Johnson gets up every morning at 4:30 to make the 5:30 train for his 90-minute commute into the city. He crams during every spare minute for the classes he's taking at night. Getting his degree is no longer something Tom can put off. It's been weeks since Tom's made it home for dinner. But what's he to do? Without a promotion they will never Most people regularly commit to a 120-percent life. It's rare these days to see a life prescheduled to only 80 percent, leaving a margin for responding to the unexpected, says Swenson. Pain characterizes the marginless life. Physical, emotional and spiritual pain is manifested in many different ways, such as increased blood pressure, chest pain, arrhythmias, hyperacidity, ulcers, back pain, headaches, fatigue, depression, withdrawal, confusion, worry, teeth grinding, jaw-clenching, compulsive shopping, hostility, paranoia, insomnia, burnout, breakdown, addictions — need I go on? The way to build margin into our lives is to simplify. That means downscaling, dejunking, reducing expenses and choosing to say no so we can give ourselves the gift of margin. Life is too short to live stretched beyond the limit. If you yearn for relief from the pain and pressure of overload, Swenson suggests a daily dose of margin. The benefits of good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, peace and joy are what you can expect for your efforts. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com and author of 23 books, including her 2012 release, "7 Money Rules for Life." You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.
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WellneWs by scott laFee
Go Ahead and Kiss the Frog
A new study by researchers at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands says the best way to avoid warts is to, well, avoid family and friends. Not really, but the researchers did find conclude that the top mode of transmission for warts wasn't things like dips in dubious swimming pools or traipsing barefoot in even more dubious communal showers. It was hanging out with family and friends who already have the unsightly lumps of skin cells gone wild. The prospective study looked at 1,000 children ages 4 to 12 (who were asked to keep track of when they or people they knew got warts) and found they were most likely to get warts if somebody close to them had them, as well. The actual cause, of course, is the human papillomavirus, a nasty family of microbes that's also linked to various cancers and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The research said nothing about the more pressing issue of foolproof methods for getting rid of warts. Not that there's a lack of advice. A Google query "How do you get rid of warts?" turned up 1,080,000 hits. These recommendations range from salicylic acid and cryotherapy (freezing) to cold-pressed castor cream and good old duct tape. A Cochrane Review in 2012 examined almost 90 studies of wart treatments and then declared that salicylic acid produced a modest therapeutic value, but cryotherapy wasn't much better than just waiting for the warts to go away on their own. And duct tape? It does a lot of things well. Removing warts isn't one of them.
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Sad Times Call for Happiness Strategies: Be Kind and Seek Joy
After the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing, with the Sandy Hook massacre and the defeat of the gun background check bill in the Senate still fogging my rose-colored glasses, I choose today to focus on happiness. at the grocery store on a machine, and it asked if I had been depressed lately. But it did not ask if I had been experiencing a lot of enjoyment and joy lately." Here, then — to help you drop the fear and anger and live in the sweet spot of life — are a few more insights into happiness, as reported by Mary Monroe in the IDEA Fitness
Happiness in You,” author Robert Holden reports that happiness is a journey from the "ego-mind" to the "heart of your unconditional self." Holden elaborates: "Happiness is your true nature, who you are, what you experience when you accept yourself." In that sense, every person must define happiness for herself. I'm talking to you, dear Reader: What is your definition of happiness? Are you living it? Who is the happiest person you
know, and what does he teach you about happiness? — In the "How of Happiness," psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, explains that about 40 percent of our happiness is within our power to change through the ways we act and think. (That's a lot!) Studies show that only about 10 percent of our happiness is associated with circumstances of life, such as money, health, beauty, marriage, etc. (Only 10
"It's in our power,"
says Lyubomirsky, "to achieve real and lasting happiness. It's not something outside of us — it's inside — a way of perceiving and approaching ourselves and the world. But the one thing we've learned from research is that it takes work." — Lyubomirsky compares happiness to fitness. Both are lifelong endeavors. "You need to work at it every day of your
life, but once it becomes a selfreinforcing habit, it becomes easier." One terrific way to work on it, as described in Martin Seligman's classic "Authentic Happiness," is to recall and write down three good things that happen to you every day. Seligman's single most effective exercise for boosting well-being? Acts of kindness. Do one completely unexpected act of kindness —tomorrow! — ... Continues on page 18
“There is no way to happiness,” says the
great Buddhist philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh.
“Happiness is the way.”
Improving your state of mind won't reset the unsettling past, but it will certainly have an impact on your future. Happy people are healthier, less anxious, more productive. And they live longer. Whereas people who feel overwhelmed by negative emotions — the kind of sustained stress that grips us when we see innocent lives lost and healthy limbs blown off — are at a much higher risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
— Real happiness,
according to Ed Diener, is not a continual state of bliss. Nor is it the absence of all unpleasant feelings. In fact, the mindless pursuit of intense highs while avoiding all sad or unpleasant feelings is actually considered to be unhealthy.
So what's the fix? I'm
not advocating denial or detachment or Dewar's. Just take on board the latest research from the happiness experts who study Positive Psychology. Figure out what happiness means to you, and know that you can get there, step by step, if you are willing to stay focused on the good stuff and let go of the bad. “This is a big new direction,” says Ed Diener, author of
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— Real happiness, his research shows, is not a goal —
it's a process. It re-
"Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth." "I
just took a health questionnaire
quires positive attitudes about life and continuing and fresh involvement with life-affirming activities. Forget the BMW and a penthouse overlooking Central Park. Instead, live a life full of meaning and values. Surround yourself with supportive social relationships. Do rewarding work. (But not for Wayne LaPierre.)
— In “Be Happy: Release the Power of
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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
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MIDDLE SCHOOLER'S HEARING AIDS CAN'T TUNE OUT LAUGHTER
DEAR ABBY: Last year, I began to lose my hearing due to a genetic disorder and now I have to wear hearing aids. I will be a freshman in high school next year. My teachers all have to wear microphones so I can hear them. I'm scared other kids will make fun of me for being different. I have already gotten laughed at. What should I do? - EMBARRASSED TEEN DEAR EMBARRASSED TEEN: When people laugh at a person who has a disability, it is usually out of ignorance. Because this happened at school or another place where there is adult supervision, you and your parents should talk to the principal or person in authority so that person can speak privately with the guilty parties and explain why your hearing aids and the microphone are necessary. Your parents should also have a meeting with the principal of your high school before you go so the problem can be avoided. When I was in grammar school, a classmate of mine had severe hearing loss. Because the students understood what her problem was, she was never ridiculed. P.S. Making fun of a child who has a disability is a form of bullying, and should be treated as such. ** DEAR ABBY: I'm 25 and have been with my husband for nine years, married for four. I cheated on him twice. He caught me both times. Even though I strayed, he decided to stay. But now he treats me like I'm a child and a prisoner. He took away my phone, my Internet and I can't go anywhere. He says this is my punishment for what I did. Do I really deserve that? I know we're both wrong, but is he more wrong? -- BROKEN WIFE DEAR BROKEN WIFE: From where I sit, you are equally wrong. How long ago did the cheating incidents occur? If they are recent, you two should be in marriage counseling. If they were long ago, then you must decide if you want to live the rest of your life being treated as a child and a prisoner. Your husband doesn't trust you because you haven't been trustworthy. But taking away your phone and Internet and keeping you under lock and key will not help you to rebuild it. You two need more help than anyone can give you in a letter, and I hope you will seek it. If he won't go for counseling, you should go without him because I don't think the status quo can last. ** DEAR ABBY: My sister and brother-in-law passed away two years ago. I am the only living relative of their 28-yearold son, "Louis." He is a loner, spoiled and a poor houseguest. I invite Louis over only because I don't want him to be alone at holiday times. My husband, teenage daughter and I have nothing in common with him, and frankly, he spoils our holidays. How can I stop inviting my nephew without feeling guilty? Or is there another solution? I hate to make waves. -HOLIDAY HATER IN CANADA DEAR HOLIDAY HATER: If you invite your nephew for FEWER holidays you will be able to ease your conscience, enjoy more holidays and allow the young man a chance to become more proactive in planning entertainment for himself. ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
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20 Fibber McGee's address 23 Initial for Superman 24 "___ Ike." 28 Shove off 32 Type of steel 35 Buzzer 36 Slick 37 Briefcase item 38 Herman Munster's street 42 Zoo attraction 43 Earthen pot
By Holiday Mathis
week 5/02 - 5/08
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The things you deal with in a day are different from what others grapple with, and because of this, you don't expect anyone to fully understand where you're coming from. So when you find a kindred spirit this week — someone who really can relate to your experience — you will cherish the new tie. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just because something is conveyed in a believable way does not make it true, though it usually indicates that someone believes it to be true and wants you to agree. You have a mind of your own and are not so easily convinced this week. Your reticence is wise, because what you believe will change your world. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Your imagination is strong, and because of the way you repeatedly project the same thoughts, you'll turn fantasy into reality. You'll get things done in a group this month, assigning tasks that keep everyone busy and happy. Physical energy will be high. An old wound heals in July. After the break you take from work in August, it will be tempting not to come back. Negotiations in September put you in a better position to improve your lifestyle. A wealth of emotional satisfaction springs from home and family in October. The holidays will grow your spiritual and cultural awareness.
Venus in Gemini and the Solar Eclipse
On Thursday, Venus will slip from earthy Taurus into the air sign of Gemini adding her levity to matters of the heart. This breezy social energy is also rather trendy. Love will reflect the zeitgeist. The trends that affect others will make a difference in the way you live, too, so pay attention. You are more than a statistic, but that doesn't make the statistics untrue. A solar eclipse, also on Thursday, will punctuate the numbers. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have a luxury of choices this week. The best part is that you recognize this (while many others don't), and it makes you feel lucky that you get to write your own story. You get to do all of the rewrites, too. Second and third chances abound as long as you're not too impatient or proud to take a "doover." TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your eyes may be bigger than your wallet, as the planets in your realm amplify cravings for high-quality goods and lower your buyer's resistance. As the 19th-century humorist Artemus Ward said, "Let us all be happy and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with." GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Regarding the response you thought of a moment too late: To replay in your mind the version where you do and say the perfect thing is a form of self-reprimand. Let it go, secure in the knowledge that your time will come. When it does, you'll be filled with the confidence and brilliance it takes to fully seize the moment. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Because you have high standards for yourself, being reasonably nice to most people is just not enough in your book. You'll receive a benefit connected with being extremely nice to absolutely everybody. All of the good will you've been building up culminates in big karma points that boomerang back to you midweek. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). An anonymous person said, "Never forget what it's like to be 16." You could have a different opinion, as there are some aspects of youth you're happy to be done with forever. For all of your experience, you are still naive in some regard. It is this quality that will endear you to an amazing teacher this week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Friendly reciprocation happens in many ways, some not as obvious. Those with a generous spirit can receive in a relaxed way because they have the sense that they've given plenty, even though they weren't exactly keeping track. Your friends like you and want you around. You don't have to worry about keeping score. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When everyone zigs, your zagging impulse can be downright irresistible. It's not that you're difficult or rebellious; following the crowd just isn't your idea of a good time. You'll still do it, though, if it makes good sense. Think through your plan. Honestly consider your motives. Joining the group may benefit you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Savoring food — not just eating it but fully living inside each bite — is an animal pleasure not to be missed under the current cosmic lineup. You will be rewarded for adventurous attitudes about food. This is an excellent time to change things up, too. The dietary style you've been considering will be good for you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Will you look back at this and laugh? Not if you're not laughing now. Your sensibility and humor aren't going to change much in the weeks ahead, and time will not provide the emotional detachment it usually does. So if you're displeased, instead of resolving to endure your displeasure, make a change. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You don't glamorize the idea of being in charge. It's not like you want all eyes on you. You really want to see a certain result, and that's the only reason you step into the leadership position. Your leadership is trusted because you walk your talk. You won't ask others to do anything you wouldn't do yourself.
the savage truth on Money by terry savage
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Be Wary of Student Loans
This is the season for families to take on the burden of student loans, as acceptance letters arrive. But be sure to do the calculations of the overall loan repayment burden so you know the true cost over your lifetime. There are several websites that will help you compare and calculate financial aid packages. At SimpleTuition.com and at Finaid.org, you can calculate the true, long-term burden of that aid offering. And when you see the total cost of your education, including interest, you might reconsider the possibility of living at home for the first two years and attending community college. It's not your imagination that student loans have become a government rip-off of the younger generation and their parents. Still, over a lifetime, the benefit of a college education in total earnings remains significantly higher for college grads than those who drop out or stop their education at high school. Your challenge is to manage the cost of that reward. There is more student loan debt outstanding — $1 trillion — than credit card debt! And the government is making a huge profit on it — an estimated 36 cents on every loan dollar. Here's the real shame: The government gets to borrow for 10 years paying less than 2 percent interest on U.S. Treasury notes, while students must pay 6.8 percent interest on the loans they get from the government! The government is ripping off college students, leaving them with a burden of debt that averages $27,000, and for many exceeds $100,000, while they are forced to pay above-market interest rates. Students will spend so much time and pay so much interest getting out of student loan debt that most will never be able to afford to buy a home. Today's homebuyers can get a 3.5 percent, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. But today's students may never get to take advantage of today's low mortgage rates because the government demands twice that rate to pay off their student loan debt. And to make things worse, there is no way to default on a student loan. These loans are not discharged in bankruptcy and will follow today's students into their old age, when government will dock their Social Security payments for outstanding loan balances. seven years ago, the student loan interest rate changed every July 1, based on the Treasury bill auction rate set at the end of May, rounded up to the next quarter percent. That would put today's repayment rate at 0.25 percent. That's not a typo! Today's graduates would be paying less than a quarter of one percent in interest under the old formula. And they each had a one-time chance to lock in the repayment rate for the life of the loan. If the old formula were still in effect, students would save a fortune in interest — and could go on to put their education to more productive use for themselves and the economy.
Here's an example of the student loan burden.
Let's use a federal student loan debt of $31,000 — which is the maximum that can currently be borrowed in Federal student loans over a four-year college career. And let's assume a 10year repayment schedule. And just to be fair, let's not use the "old formula" which would have the loan repaid at a 0.25 percent. Instead, let's use the rate the government pays today on 10-year Treasury notes, and round it up slightly to 1.75 percent. — At the current repayment interest rate of 6.8 percent, the monthly payment on that loan would be $356.75. And the
total repaid over 10 years would be $42,809.33 — of which $11,809.33 is interest. — At a rate of 1.75 percent on that student loan, the monthly payment would drop to $284.63. And the total repaid would drop to $34,155.68 — of which the total interest would be only $3,155.68. Today's students would save a fortune in interest if they only paid the same rates that the Treasury pays to borrow for 10 years. And since federal student loans are now made directly by the government, and the government will get repaid on those loans eventually (even if they have to deduct the amount from your Social Security payments in your old age), don't you think they should charge a
more reasonable rate? Restoring student loans to market-based rates, with a lifetime cap, is something politicians on both sides of the aisle should be able to agree upon. But that won't happen until students — and their parents — get organized to press their case, just like other lobbying groups. In the meantime, borrow carefully so your education can pay for itself. That's The Savage Truth.
Terry Savage is a registered investment adviser and is on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She appears weekly on WMAQChannel 5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at www.terrysavage.com. She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?"
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Here are the facts:
Rates on unsubsidized Stafford Loans (which accrue interest while the student is in school) are 6.8 percent. On July 1, 2013, rates on subsidized Stafford Loans (which don't accrue interest until graduation) will jump from the current 3.4 percent back to 6.8 percent. And rates on parental PLUS loans are an astounding 7.9 percent. All are fixed for the life of the loan. Yes, there are options to defer payments and an income-based repayment plan for those who get low-paying jobs, but the burden of these high-rate loans hangs over them for a lifetime, like a mortgage that can't be refinanced or foreclosed. Student loans weren't always such a bad deal. On Feb. 8, 2002, President Bush signed legislation changing the interest rates on education loans from variable rates to fixed rates for new loans issued after July 1, 2006. Before the student loan repayment formula was changed
sustainable living by shaWn dell Joyce
Our Mother Earth has about 22 billion acres of usable land. This is contains about 3.3 billion acres of farmland, 8.4 billion acres of pastureland and 10.1 billion acres of forestland. Not all of the land is fertile, which will affect its ability to produce food. Our population recently hit 7 billion, leading some to wonder if we have already passed our planet's carrying capacity. We also must share this land with other species already dependent upon that land for survival. According to Dr. Sidney Liebes' book "A Walk Through Time," if the earth were the scale of a ball that you could hold in your hand, the amount of usable farmland would look like a tiny speck of dust. Additionally, all the drinkable water would look like a tiny water droplet, while the breathable atmosphere would be a thin coating of shellac. Our current ecological footprint, which measures how much land it takes to feed, clothe and shelter a typical American, is about 9.6 global hectares, compared to the
Buzz Aldrin took this photo of the Earth from the moon, which coincided with the first Earth Day in 1970. available 1.8 global hectares of usable land. If everyone used resources and land the way we Americans do, we would need three more planet earths to sustain our population. Some scientists say that not only are we living beyond earth's carrying capacity, but we are also eating up future generation's ability to live within earth's means. We are literally emptying the earth's bank account, rather than living off the interest as our ancestors have done, and leaving a "balance due" for future generations. Continues on page 18
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How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?
Continued from page 17....British geographer, Ernst George Ravenstein is credited with first estimating the carrying capacity of the earth to around 6 billion. Presently, at 7 billion, at least a billion of our population does not receive enough food energy to carry out a day's work. Even through Ravenstein was operating on statistics from last century, he hit fairly close to home. Before Ravenstein, the English clergyman Thomas Robert Malthus argued that human population always increases more rapidly than food supplies and that humans are condemned to breed to the point of misery and starvation. The two hundred years since Malthus' essay was first published have proven him wrong. We can artificially increase food production above birth rates and even decline in numbers in the presence of plenty. The World Hunger Program at Brown University estimated based on 1992 levels of food production and an equal distribution of food, "the world could sustain either 5.5 billion vegetarians, 3.7 billion people who get 15 percent of their calories from animal products (as in much of South America), or 2.8 billion people who derive 25 percent of their calories from animal products (as in the wealthiest countries)." We have already passed all sustainable estimates and are now entering the "borrowed time" area of the population chart. In order to provide the projected 9 billion people in 2050 with 2100 calories per day (what food aid agencies declare as the minimum caloric intake) we would have to double our global agricultural production. Humans have already plowed over most of the usable farmland on the planet, and there is a limit to any field's fertility. Could Malthus be right after all? This is not a new chapter in human history. We have faced starvation before, and triumphed. According to Lester Brown, "In the 15th century, Icelanders realized that overgrazing of their grasslands was leading to soil erosion. Farmers then calculated how many sheep the land could sustain and allocated quotas among themselves, thus preserving their grasslands and a wool industry that thrives today." Celebrate Earth Day by reducing your ecological footprint:
DR. WALLACE: I'm 13 and have been told that I don't have a positive self-esteem. Does this mean that self-esteem is negative? Please explain. Maybe I don't have any close friends because my self-esteem is low. What can I do to improve my self-esteem? I really want to change it. — Rosa, El Paso, Tex. ROSA: Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. When
someone has a positive self-esteem, this person has selfconfidence. This means the person sets goals and is confident that these goals can be successfully accomplished. When a person has low self-esteem, he or she may feel not worthy of being accepted or even loved. For example, this person may feel or say "I'm really dumb," or "Nobody cares for me or likes me." All humans have some degree of weaknesses and some degree of strengths.
IF HE SAID "NO," I'D BE EMBARRASSED
DR. WALLACE: I'm 15 and really like a certain boy, and I know that he likes me, too. He has told this to my best friend, and he even told my brother. The problem is that he is very shy, and I'm sure he won't ask me out. I want to ask him out, but my best friend keeps telling me that "nice" girls don't ask boys to go out with them. I really don't believe that and that's not my problem. If I would ask Carlos out and he would happen to refuse my offer, I'd be so embarrassed. I'd just die. What should I do? —Dawn, Phoenix, Ariz. DAWN: Ask him out. If he refuses (I'll bet that he won't) you surely won't die. You'll just be disappointed, and that will fade away in a week or two.
The alternative is that he won't ask you out because he is too shy. By asking him, you have a good chance of getting your wish. Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at email@example.com.
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—Measure your ecological footprint at www.myfootprint.org
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—Walk, bike or share a ride instead of driving or flying —Have a home energy audit and increase your home's efficiency —Adopt energy-saving habits and use clotheslines and curtains —Eat local, in season and organic —Eat less meat —Invest in a greener home instead of a bigger home —Buy less, reuse more —Have smaller families and support zero population growth
Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at Shawn@ShawnDellJoyce.com.
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Continued from page 15...and notice what happens to your mood. — If you want to be happy, all these Positive Psychologists report, do what happy people do: Devote a lot of time to nurturing and enjoying relationships; savor life's pleasures and live in the present moment; make physical exercise a weekly or daily habit.
Spend some time thinking about your strengths. Are you honest, loyal, helpful, kind, considerate, etc.? Think about these positive attributes that apply to you and remember them every day. Keep telling yourself every day that, "I'm intelligent," and "I can do this." Practice in front of a mirror to give yourself an opportunity to see yourself while thinking positive thoughts, and remember to smile! Keep a daily journal, listing events from the day where you exhibited your strengths. If you make a mistake, don't let it hinder your attempt to improve your self-esteem. All humans make mistakes, but you need to learn from them and then forget them. Finally, make friends with those who you feel have good self-esteem. These future friends can come from your neighborhood, your church, or your school. Please make improving your self-esteem an important part of your future. Please contact me again and let me know how you are doing.
Exercise makes you happier? I feel better already.
COMING SOON: How to give yourself a happiness makeover. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! LISTEN “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” — Thich Nhat Hanh difficult is getting up and taking action.”— Al Batt
Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, well-being coach and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longestrunning syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, http://marilynnpreston.com and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.
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Skin Cancer Preventable With Proper Sunscreen
By Dr. David Lipschitz I believe that too much sun exposure accounts for the increasing incidence of malignant melanoma.
While I was a teenager, not a summer went by without at least one severe and painful sunburn, which significantly increased my risk of melanoma, the most dangerous of all skin cancers. Fortunately, I have been spared, but my sister and mother were not so lucky. Each had a change in a mole that was recognized early enough to only require removal. The volume of ozone in Earth's stratosphere — the ozone layer — appears to be declining every year. Meanwhile, the incidence of melanoma has increased. From 1970 to 2009, melanomas increased by 800 percent in women and 400 percent in men. The American Cancer Society estimates that 76,690 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in 2013 and 9,480 people will die of the disease. The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, estimates that Americans developed more than 2 million new cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer in 2012 (basal cell and squamous cell cancers), but these cancers caused fewer than 1,000 deaths. By comparison, the institute estimates that in 2013, melanoma will be diagnosed in 76,690 Americans and it will cause 9,480 deaths. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of all skin cancers, this disease causes more than 90 percent of skin cancer deaths. Although it seems unlikely, of the seven most common cancers in the United States, melanoma is the only one whose incidence is increasing. Between 2000 and 2009, incidence climbed 1.9 percent annually. New evidence published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that rates of melanoma are significantly increasing in children. has occurred or if a mole is more than one color, has irregular margins or starts bleeding or forms an ulcer. A newly pigmented spot or one under the nails, between the toes or on the genitalia is suspicious and should never be ignored. Once the diagnosis is made, the melanoma can be excised surgically. The entire cancer is removed with a wide margin of normal tissue around it. The extent of the incision depends on the size of the melanoma and whether it has spread to tissue beneath the surface of the skin. In some cases, the incision may be so large that a skin graft is required. Deep growths usually require further testing to assure that cancer has not spread to lymph nodes and distant tissues. If it has, surgery to remove those lymph nodes and chemotherapy may be needed. products with an SPF value of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, if used as directed with other sun protection measures. Sunscreen should be applied to chest, back and all sun-exposed areas even if you wear a shirt all day. The average T-shirt provides only SPF 7 protection. A non-oily, water-resistant spray is the best way to provide liberal coverage to all areas including the scalp. (Under FDA rules, sunscreens must not claim to be "waterproof" or "sweat-proof " because all products eventually will wash off and thus should be reapplied routinely.) During the summer, apply every two hours if outdoors, and continue use during the winter. Stay in the shade during the heat of a day and wear a hat whenever possible. Despite compelling evidence that sun avoidance and sunscreens prevent melanoma, research presented at the American Association of Cancer Research Society meeting showed that 25 percent of melanoma survivors did not use sunscreen and 2 percent reported using tanning beds. Sun damage and all skin cancers are preventable. Lying in the sun and tanning beds can be relaxing, but they are taboo. If
you absolutely have to look tanned to feel healthy, consider a spray tan; it is harmless, and they can look quite natural these days. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." More information is available at: www.drdavidhealth.com
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To prevent melanoma as well as the far more common basal and squamous cell skin cancers, and to avoid ugly blotches, wrinkles and skin lesions that can be precancerous, dermatologists advise us to avoid sunburns and wear sunscreen. Most importantly PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY is sun avoidance during the If melanoma is diagnosed when heat of the day. Exposure to limited to the most superficial dangerous UVA and UVB rays layers of the skin, the cure rate occur whether the sky is cloudy is 98 percent. If, however, it has or clear. spread to distant organs, the chance of surviving more than The Food and Drug Adminisfive years after diagnosis is tration allows sunscreens that only 15 percent. protect against UVA and UVB rays to claim they are broad The lighter the skin and the spectrum. The strength of a more frequent the sunburn, the sunscreen is determined by the greater the risk of melanoma. SPF value. While many offer Anyone at high risk must be values of 70 or more, there is vigilant and have their skin exno evidence than an SPF of amined by a physician fregreater than 30 offers any more quently. A melanoma should be protection. Under new labeling considered if a change in the rules that took effect in summer size, shape or color of a mole 2012, only broad-spectrum
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Tips on Kitchen Remodeling
Q: We are finally redoing the kitchen in our l898 house (after living here for nine years!) I am struggling with a "bewilderment of riches," to quote my husband. There are so many options. I can't make a decision. All I know for sure is that I don't want dark wood — the rest of the house is paneled in oak. Could you give me a few tips on current kitchen trends, mainly colors? A: "Trends" and "kitchen" really don't belong in the same sentence. You're about to spend a lot of money and endure a long spell of inconvenience during renovation, so don't even think about being "trendy." You want to make decisions you'll enjoy living with for many years, not something that comes and goes on the tide of what's trendy. Enough pedantry. Let's talk about the fun part of doing over a kitchen, such as choosing a style that suits your house, colors that suit you and conveniences that will make you love coming into your kitchen every morning. That's just what its owner says about the kitchen we show here. She worked with a professional kitchen designer — a good idea for you, too. A kitchen pro can banish your "bewilderment of riches," explain all your options and then order everything you desire and see it properly installed. (To find a certified kitchen designer in your area, go to the Kitchen and Bath Association ProSearch at nkba.com.)
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Most of the work is done by hand, including "distressing," that is, beating up cabinets with chains and awls to make them look time worn, worm eaten and loved. In fact, the same craftsperson does the work on every piece that's going into the same kitchen because "everyone has a signature style of distressing," Plain and Fancy sales manager Brian Yahn told reporters during a recent visit. Brian also passed along insider info on what's currently hot — we won't say "trendy" — with Plain and Fancy's customers. —White or light-colored cabinets with a darker center work island. In this kitchen, the homeowner was inspired by a piece of furniture she'd seen in Savannah and asked Plain and Fancy to match it. No problem: The color lab can match almost anything. "People have sent us fabric swatches, photos of antiques, even a toilet seat for color matching," Brian reported. —Brighter colors are coming back with the rising economy. "Colors get muted when a recession hits," he said. A good sign for the times: Emerald green is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013. —Watch for new hardware that facilitates space-saving doors that slide open or lift (like the Delorean auto). Also, look for LED lights built into cabinets and drawers — a bright idea we didn't know we shouldn't be living without.
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.
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A very personal kitchen is centered with an island painted a color the owner remembered from a trip to Savannah. —Photo courtesy Plain and Fancy Cabinetry. In this case, the homeowner teamed with a pro designer who works with one of the top custom cabinetry makers in the U.S., Plain and Fancy (plainfancycabinetry.com), smack in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Acclaimed for its craftsmanship for the past 45 or so years, Plain and Fancy builds every door, drawer and cabinet to order in the vanishing point perspective of its 250,000-square-foot-Schaefferstown facility.
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Big Idea in Today's Crowded World -Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: In an earlier column, you
mention a 325-square-foot apartment that's been built in a New York museum. As a single guy, I am very interested in small-space living. At the rate we're filling up the planet, it may soon be the only option. You said the furniture was "transformable." Can you show and tell me more?
A: There's nothing new about transformable — or doubleduty — furniture. Even before the planet began "filling up," people wrestled with the problem of how to make small spaces work better.
The l7th-century colonists had settle chairs with chests on the bottom and tops that flipped over to create a table. The l8thcentury added tables with drop leaves. And the 19th-century Victorians adored furniture that did "tricks," like the child's highchair on wheels that turned into a stroller. The early 20th gave us the mother of all transformables, the sofa bed that is actually comfortable enough to sleep in. And here we are in the 21st with even more good news: double-duty furniture that is actually good-looking, mostly thanks to the European taste for lean, clean contemporary styling. They love right angles and sleek surfaces and hate the very thought of "clutter," which includes frisky fabric designs, architectural embellishment like carvings and OMG! patterned wallpaper. If memory serves, however, the "brick" wall in the mico-studio apartment built inside the Museum of the City of New York is actually wallpaper. Adding a touch of the familiar was a smart move by architect Pierluigi Colombo, who designed
A little space can mean a lot thanks to clean, contemporary thinking and the innovative hardware that makes this 325-square-foot micro apartment livable. Photo: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York.
the room in collaboration with Clei, the Italian manufacturer (clei.it), and Resource Furniture (resourcefurniture.com). Packing eight rooms into just 325 square feet makes every inch count, bringing to mind the old advertising slogan, "Better living through modern technology." Innovative new hardware powers the transformables: The bed folds down over the sofa without upsetting objects on the shelves. Doors slide sideways. Hassocks open to hidden storage. The bath has wall-hung fixtures (by Duravit), and there's a fully functioning kitchen. This tiny home may be no bigger than many closets, but claustrophobic it's not. Think beds of thorns and blood-red roses hung headdown over knife-like snake plants! Dark, foggy, ominous, the seven-room "Jack" display drew the longest line at last months' huge Philadelphia Flower Show (theflowershow.com). for the U.N.-endorsed International Year of Snow and Ice. Vox Natuare also plans to install an iceberg from the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon in Iceland as a huge and slowly melting sculpture in New York next year (vox-natuare.org). hold the memories of life ... where you've been ... who you loved (at that time) ... who your parents were," reminded Nate, who said he manages to work some 80 percent vintage furnishings into any design project. But he added a word of caution about collecting things: "Shopping for vintage is not a team sport ... especially with friends who have the same taste as you!"
Q: Keeping an Idea Notebook?
A: Some tidbits to jot down from the round of spring design shows: —Scary flower arrangements? Contradiction of terms? Not in the hands of Schaffer Designs of Philadelphia, who conjured Whitechapel, London, in l888, the days of Jack the Ripper.
—Centuries-old ice cubes? They were chipped
off a chunk of glacier flown into the Waldorf Hotel for the Explorers Club's annual dinner in March. The idea, explained Pall A. Davidsson of the NGO Vox Natuare — icepick in hand — is to warm up enthusiasm
—Submerged in collectibles? Relax, say
Margaret Russell, editor of Architectural Digest, and Nate Berkus, designer and TV personality. "The best interiors look curated," Margaret told an audience of designers at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week. "Things
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.
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'Defiance' is Off to a Good Start
DEVELOPER: Trion Worlds PUBLISHER: Trion Worlds SYSTEM: Windows PC (Xbox 360, PS3) PRICE: $49.99 ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5) Video games based on movies aren't a new concept, but Trion Worlds wants to take this transmedia idea one step further with a game that revolves around Syfy's new TV show, "Defiance." Not only does this MMO-style shooter let players jump into the same world as they see on TV, they can also follow similar plot points and even influence the show's direction later in the season! Set in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth has been ravaged by a devastating war, both humans and aliens struggle to survive. As an Ark Hunter, it's up to players to help return Earth to its former glory by retrieving alien artifacts called Ark Cores. Very few details are revealed as to how this is accomplished, but part of the fun is discovering the story as you play. Unlike traditional MMO games, there are no classes in "Defiance." Instead, players choose to be either human or Irathient with one of four unique backgrounds and the ability to use any weapon. All of them, including assault rifles, grenade launchers and the Bio-Magnetic Gun, are highly upgradeable. While it's possible to specialize in all-out combat or stealth abilities, the upgrade system doesn't pigeonhole players into predetermined roles or styles of play. One of the most influential choices available occurs early in the game when the first surrealistic EGO power is chosen. Blur lets players move faster, Overcharge increases the power of their ammunition, Cloak turns players invisible, and Decoy creates a hologram to confuse enemies. I like the ability to try them all out first, especially since branching upgrade paths mean that it will be a while until another EGO power can be chosen. My favorite aspect of "Defiance" is how the developers have ... err ... defied the conventional "lock-on" style of MMO combat in favor of the traditional "aim and shoot" fighting found in most shooters. This means that skill is required to hit enemies with attacks rather than simply locking on and dancing around them as players tap countless ability buttons. As a result, the only combat abilities at the player's disposal are shooting, dodging, tossing grenades, using EGO powers and ramming enemies with vehicles. In addition to speeding up combat and saving players from carpal tunnel syndrome, offering minimal abilities puts players on a level playing field. It also stresses the importance of successful shooter tactics like gaining increased damage from headshots. Unfortunately, most quests revolve around the standard "shoot the bad guys," "escort this character" and "fetch this item" templates. On the other hand, the dynamic Arkfall events are much more engaging. In these visually stunning combat scenarios, players band together to fend off random hordes of enemies that fall to earth in a damaged spaceship section.Continues on page 33
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Continued from page 32 Player vs. Player (PvP) combat occurs in two different forms, the standard eight vs. eight deathmatch and free-flowing capture-and-hold Shadow Wars for up to 100 players! While deathmatches are good for beginners, they can quickly grow old. However, the massive Shadow Wars offers ever-changing game play where players must take control over and defend certain areas of the map. Even unexpected Arkfall events can occur in this frantically fun PvP mode. Not surprisingly, all is not perfect in the post-apocalyptic world of "Defiance." For starters, the visuals are rather bland, and the storyline is forgettable. In addition, players are forced to fight annoying bugs both in-game and also in the
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software. Lastly, I would appreciate more reasons to band together with other players than simply to fight bigger enemies. Nevertheless, "Defiance" is a fun alternative to fantasythemed MMOs that actually rewards skill more than perseverance.
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The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Presents
Sky Stories, Ancient and Modern
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:00 – 9:45 pm
Native American storyteller Alex Mares and astronomer Francisco Carreto-Parra join up in this program to interweave Native American stories and knowledge of the cosmos with astronomical knowledge from ancient people of many cultures and modern science. Local astronomers are providing telescopes for public viewing. Photography, filming and recording of this event is limited. The event is free to the public and suitable for adults and children of elementary school age and above. Each participant should bring a flashlight. Advance reservations required and limited to sixty people due to limited seating and parking. Detailed schedule and registration at 915-7554332 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas 79924
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Double Tree Hotel 600 N. El Paso St.
International Museum Day
This program is presented in celebration of International Museum Day on May 18. The museum is
free and open to the public with extended hours until 10:00 pm for this day only. Note,
only those pre-registered can attend the Sky Stories program. This years theme is “Museums (memory + creativity) = social change.” It reflects the role of museums in displaying and protecting heritage while recognizing the inventiveness and Total Lunar Eclipse courtesy of vitality of all cultures. Francisco Carreto-Parra
Come celebrate Mother's Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit with spa day booths, manicures, fashion show, brunch, live musical entertainment, dance performances, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. The funds generated from the event will support the Latinitas scholarship campaign. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them.Tickets are available for $25 or 2 for $40 for a mother and child ticket. For more information, contact 915.219.8554, email@example.com or www.LasLatinitas.org
Alex Mares speaking on grounds of El Paso Museum of Archaeology, courtesy of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology
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Making a World of Difference…. One Cookie Package at a Time
Gift of Caring
For many years, Girl Scouts across the country have used Girl Scout Cookies to show their appreciation for men and women in uniform. For various reasons, some customers do not want to buy cookies for themselves, or they only have a limited need. With Gift of Caring, they have a chance to give to others while supporting Girl Scouting at the same time. Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest in partnership with Fort Bliss send donated Girl Scout cookies overseas to deployed soldiers. The Gift of Caring Service Project is a wonderful way to show our soldiers we are thinking of them. After all, Girl Scout cookies are not only tasty, but a great American tradition!
Girl Scouts remember deployed Soldiers; donate 11,460 boxes of cookies
FORT BLISS, Texas(April 29,2013)— The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest collected 11,460 boxes of their famous cookies during this year’s Gift of Caring Service Project. The cookies will be delivered to the hands of Soldiers at the air deployment facility on East Fort Bliss, TODAY, 2:30 p.m. Garrison Command Executive Officer Lt. Col. Dean Sanders and several Soldiers from Garrison Command will accept the cookies from the Girl Scouts. The cookies will be loaded onto future flights bound for theaters of operation in Southwest Asia for distribution to deployed Military personnel. Although deployed, Military personnel will be able to enjoy a taste of home and an American tradition.
Every girl that sells at least six boxes of cookies for the Gift of Caring Service Project will earn the Gift of Caring Patch!
Cookie Sales period is from January 19th to March 3rd!
You purchase the cookies, and Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will deliver them to Fort Bliss soldiers. Call our Cookie Hotline at (915) 566-9433 or visit our website at gsdsw.org for more information how to buy cookies!
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Teaching a dog to relax in confinement is essential for a happy life
By Gina Spadafori Universal Uclick There’s nothing harder for a young puppy to learn than being alone. Dogs are social animals, just as we are. And when you bring a puppy home you’re not only asking him to do something for which he isn’t really wired, but also to do it for the first time, under the stressful circumstances of being in the new home. Under those conditions, you’d scream, too. Especially if past experience had shown you that vocalizing brought your mom and littermates on the run. Alone? Scared? Scream, and you’ll be surrounded by help. And yet, the ability to relax alone is a critical skill for a modern dog. Being able to relax while isolated in a comfortable carrier is essential to riding safely in a car, resting after medical care at the veterinary hospital, and even being cared for away from home by strangers during times of disaster. On the flip side, dogs who don’t learn to stay alone are at higher risk of losing their homes or even their lives. Veterinary behaviorists call the problem “separation anxiety,” and see it in their practices constantly. Some dogs may be capable of learning not to be frantically destructive and noisy when alone through changes in their environment, behavior modification and medications such as Prozac. Others may suffer throughout their lives, even if they stay in their homes. For all these reasons and more, it’s essential to “crate train” a puppy. While cratetraining has long been used to shape the equally important behavior we know as “housebreaking,” the use of a crate to teach relaxed confinement is just as important. There’s a puppy at my house now, a retriever named Riley. I’m raising him for a couple of months before he goes to live with friends, and that means he’s now learning many of his first, most important “grown-up” lessons at my house, includThe ability to stay alone quietly in a crate is an important part of a modern dog’s skill set, but it can be difficult to teach. ing crate-training. I know some people “cold turkey” a pup when it comes to crate-training, but I don’t think that’s necessary. While I never open the pen or crate door on a screaming puppy (and thus reward him for the noise), I set him up for a whole lot of “win.” With Riley, as with any young puppy, that means making sure he’s tired or has just been fed before being crated, making it more likely he’ll sleep. I make the sessions short, and add a word and a treat to him going in. “Crate!” I say, throwing a toy or treat in and praising him for following the motion to go inside. Before he’s ready to wake up, I wake him up and take him out for a walk. I also alternate between putting him in the crate in my office while I’m working or the pen in the living room while I’m watching TV in the evenings. The pen is harder for him to endure, because it’s around the corner from where I sit and he can’t see me from there. I prefer letting him fuss in the pen, since being distracted from a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” is something I can live with short term. For someone self-employed, however, not being able to work because a puppy is crying is a much bigger deal. Fortunately, the crate in my office is right next to my leg, which means he’s “behind bars” and learn ing, but not particularly isolated. Like any normal puppy, Riley wants to be where the people and other dogs are. He’s learning quickly that that’s not always possible. This lesson takes time, and I’m patient. I know that soon Riley will know that being alone isn’t forever, and that’s as important a lesson as any dog can learn.
Are ‘kiddie pools’ safe for dog play?
Q: Our friends keep a blue plastic pool — the kind you buy for toddlers — in the yard for their dog. Is this safe? — via Facebook A: Just as it seems that as many “baby” gates are purchased for pets as for children, the ubiquitous “kiddie pool” has thoroughly gone to the dogs as well. Safe? If used under supervision, with both pool and water kept clean, then absolutely. These small pools made of hard plastic are perfect for dogs of all sizes, providing a tummy-cooling wallow for an overheated retriever or a safe way to wade for a swim-challenged pug. (Be sure to choose the hard-plastic variety; the inflatable kind doesn’t hold up well to dog claws.) Kept clean and stored in a covered spot for winter, a kiddie pool will last for many seasons. Just remember in the summer that standing water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and toxic algae, so rinse it clean after every use and refill it with fresh water every time. If you want something bigger and sturdier, check out the selection at your nearest feed store. Hard-plastic stock tanks are excellent pools for dogs (and yes, for kids as well). Be sure to keep it small enough that you can dump it out regularly for cleaning and refilling. At my house, a Rubbermaid 50-gallon stock tank works perfectly for canine use and shows no signs of wear after several seasons. — Gina Spadafori Do you have a pet question? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook.com/DrMartyBecker.
About Pet Connection
Pet Connection is produced by a team of pet care experts headed by “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show” veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and award-winning journalist Gina Spadafori. The two are affiliated with Vetstreet.com and are also the authors of many best-selling pet care books. Dr. Becker can also be found at Facebook.com/DrMar tyBecker or on Twitter @DrMartyBecker.
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EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN
Runtime 118 min MPAA Rating R for Language, Some Brutal Violence, Sexuality. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofia Gala, Oscar Alegre Genre Crime drama Synopsis A man assumes his deceased twin's identity in Argentina.
Runtime 115 min MPAA Rating R for Violence, Some Graphic Nudity, Drug Use, Sexual Content, Language, Some Involving Teens. Starring Jason Bateman, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Alexander Skarsgård, Paula Patton, Max Thieriot, Hope Davis, Marc Jacobs, Colin Ford, Jonah Bobo, Michael Nyqvist, Haley Ramm, Norbert Leo Butz, Kasi Lemmons Genre Drama Synopsis A youth becomes a victim of cyberbullying in one of three tales centered around the impact of the Internet on people's lives.
Runtime 130 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Some Violence, Language, Smoking, Sexual References, Thematic Elements. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, Ray McKinnon, Paul Sparks, Joe Don Baker, Stuart Greer, Michael Abbott Jr., Bonnie Sturdivant, Kristy Barrington, Clayton Carson Genre Drama, Adventure Synopsis While exploring a Mississippi River island, Arkansas boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter Mud (Matthew McConaughey),a fugitive who needs their help. Though Mud killed a man in Texas and has bounty hunters on his trail, he is most concerned about reuniting with Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), the love of his life. Ellis, who is suffering the pangs of his first crush, agrees to help Mud. He and Neckbone do all they can to protect Mud and help him reunite with Juniper.
Open Nationwide 04/19/13 Runtime 125 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Nudity, Brief Strong Language, Sci-Fi Action Violence, Some Sensuality. Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell, Abigail Lowe, David Madison Genre Action, Science fiction, Adventure Synopsis In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated after a war with aliens. Jack has two weeks left before his mission ends and he joins his fellow survivors on a faraway colony. However, Jack's concept of reality comes crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko) from a downed spacecraft. The woman's arrival triggers a chain of events that culminates in Jack's nearly single-handed battle to save mankind.
PAIN & GAIN
Open Nationwide 04/26/13 Runtime 120 min MPAA Rating R Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson Genre Comedy drama, Action Synopsis Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.
THE BIG WEDDING
Runtime 90 min MPAA Rating R for Language, Brief Nudity, Sexual Content. Starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Topher Grace, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora Genre Comedy Synopsis Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton) are longdivorced, but when their adopted son's ultraconservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly in for the young man's nuptials, they are forced to play the happy couple to avoid an awkward situation. With their heartily amused friends and adult children looking on, Don and Ellie must confront their past, present and future -- and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.
IRON MAN 3
Open Nationwide 05/03/13 Runtime 130 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Intense Sci-Fi Action/Violence, Brief Suggestive Content. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany, William Sadler, Dale Dickey, Ty Simpkins, Miguel Ferrer, Wang Xueqi, Shaun Toub Genre Action, Adventure, Science fiction Synopsis Plagued with worry and insomnia since saving New York from destruction, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), now, is more dependent on the suits that give him his Iron Man persona -- so much so that every aspect of his life is affected, including his relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). After a malevolent enemy known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) reduces his personal world to rubble, Tony must rely solely on instinct and ingenuity to avenge his losses and protect the people he loves.
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
Runtime 140 min MPAA Rating R for Language Throughout, A Sexual Reference, Some Violence, Teen Drug and Alcohol Use. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin, Gabe Fazio, Olga Merediz Genre Crime drama Synopsis In upstate New York, two men (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper), and later, their sons (Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen) must deal with the unforeseen consequences of their actions.
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CINEMARK CIELO VISTA
Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall
6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for Friday May 3rd
*2D ESCAPE FROM PLANET EAR (PG) | 10:30 am | 1:05 pm | 3:40 pm *3D ESCAPE FROM PLANET EAR (PG) | 6:15 pm | 8:50 pm *EVIL DEAD (R) | 10:40 am | 1:20 pm | 3:55 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:05 pm *2D GI JOE: RETALIATION (PG-13) | 10:30 am | 1:25 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:15 pm | 10:10 pm *3D GI JOE: RETALIATION (PG-13) | 10:45 am | 1:40 pm | 4:35 pm | 7:30 pm | 10:25 pm *HOME RUN (PG-13) | 10:30 am | 1:15 pm | 4:00 pm | 7:00 pm | 10:00 pm *IDENTITY THIEF (R) | 12:30 pm | 3:30 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:30 pm *2D IRON MAN 3 (PG-13)12:10 am | 12:10 am | 10:40 am | 12:30 pm | 1:50 pm | 5:00 pm | 7:00 pm | 8:15 pm *3D IRON MAN 3 (PG-13)12:05 am | 12:05 am | 12:15 am | 10:30 am | 11:00 am | 1:30 pm | 2:10 pm | 3:50 pm | 4:30 pm | 5:20 pm | 7:30 pm | 8:35 pm | 10:00 pm | 10:30 pm *3D D-BOX IRON MAN 3 (PG-13) | 12:15 am | 10:30 am | 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:30 pm | 10:30 pm *3D JURASSIC PARK (PG-13) | 12:40 pm | 3:50 pm | 7:00 pm | 10:10 pm *MUD (PG-13)11:45 am | 3:00 pm | 6:15 pm | 9:30 pm *OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R)10:35 am | 1:35 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:35 pm *TEMPTATION (PG-13)10:30 am | 1:15 pm | 4:10 pm | 7:05 pm | 10:00 pm *THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (R) | 11:40 am | 3:05 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:55 pm * -- denotes Pass Restricted features
Runtime 125 min MPAA Rating R for language. Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling Genre Drama Synopsis Jim Grant is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant's world is turned upside down,when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name. Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant's past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country. As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his antiwar group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.
Schedule good for Friday May 3rd
Pain & GainR120 Mins Digital Cinema 10:00am | 11:05am | 1:05pm | 2:10pm | 4:10pm | 5:15pm | 7:15pm | 8:20pm | 10:20pm Oblivion PG-13125 Mins Digital Cinema 10:15am | 11:15am | 1:15pm | 2:15pm | 4:15pm | 5:15pm | 7:15pm | 8:15pm | 10:15pm The Big Wedding R90 MinsDigital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:30pm|7:30p| 10:30pm Filly Brown R99 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:05pm | 4:05pm| 7:05p| 10:05pm The Lords of Salem R100 MinsDigital Cinema 9:45pm 42PG-13128 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 1:10pm | 4:15pm | 7:20pm | 10:25pm The Company You Keep R125 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am | 1:35pm | 4:35p|7:35pm | 10:35pm DisconnectR115 Mins Digital Cinema 10:25am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm | 7:25pm | 10:25pm Scary Movie 5PG-1385 MinsDigital Cinema 10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Everybody Has a Plan R118 MinsDigital Cinema 10:20am | 1:20pm | 4:20p|7:20pm| 10:20pm The CroodsPG91 Mins 10:00am | 1:00pm | 4:00p|7:00pm| 10:00pm Digital Cinema 11:00am | 2:00pm | 5:00pm | 8:00pm | 10:30pm Oz the Great and PowerfulPG127 Mins2:45pm Digital Cinema 11:30am | 6:15pm
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
CINEMARK 14 - EL PASO
West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10
Schedule good for Friday May 3rd
Iron Man 3PG-13130 Mins9:00am | 12:15pm | 3:35pm | 7:00pm | 10:25pm 9:30am | 11:20am | 12:50pm | 2:40pm | 4:10pm | 6:00pm | 7:30pm | 9:15pm | 10:55pm Digital Cinema 10:00am | 10:30am | 1:15pm | 1:50pm | 4:30pm | 6:30pm 8:00p|9:45p| 11:10p Pain & GainR120 MinsDigital Cinema 9:55am | 1:10pm | 4:25pm | 6:55pm | 7:45pm | 10:10pm | 11:00pm OblivionPG-13125 MinsDigital Cinema 9:45am | 12:55pm | 3:55p| 7:15p| 10:30pm The Big Wedding R90 MinsDigital Cinema 9:10am | 11:45am | 2:20pm | 4:50pm | 7:20pm | 9:55pm 42PG-13128 Mins Digital Cinema 9:25am | 12:35pm | 4:00pm | 7:10pm | 10:20pm Scary Movie 5PG1385 MinsDigital Cinema 11:00am | 1:35pm | 4:05pm | 6:45pm | 9:35pm Jurassic Park (2013) PG-13127 Mins 9:05am | 12:10pm | 3:20pm The Place Beyond the PinesR140 Mins Digital Cinema 9:20am | 12:45pm | 4:15pm | 7:35pm | 11:05pm G.I. Joe: Retaliation PG-13110 Mins 9:15am | 12:40pm | 6:40pmDigital Cinema 3:40pm | 9:30pm The CroodsPG91 Mins9:40am | 3:30pm Digital Cinema 12:30pm | 6:15pm Olympus Has Fallen R120 MinsDigital Cinema 8:55pm
EAST POINTE MOVIES 12
Schedule good for 5/3 42 (PG13)12:00 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 10:00 BIG WEDDING, THE (R) 11:30 | 1:50 | 4:10 | 7:00 | 9:20 | 11:40 EVIL DEAD (R)12:30 | 4:00 G.I. JOE:RETALIATION 2D (PG13)11:00 | 2:00 IRON MAN 3: 2D (PG13) 11:00 | 12:30 | 2:00 | 4:00 | 5:15 | 7:15 | 8:30 | 10:30 | 11:45 IRON MAN 3: 3D (PG13) 10:00 | 11:30 | 1:15 | 2:45 | 4:30 | 6:00 | 7:45 | 9:15 | 11:00 | 12:30am OBLIVION (PG13)11:00 | 12:30 | 2:00 | 3:30 | 5:00 | 7:10 | 8:00 | 10:10 | 12:00am OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R)11:00 | 2:00 PAIN AND GAIN (R) 11:00 | 1:15 | 2:00 | 4:15 | 5:00 | 7:15 | 8:00 | 10:15 | 12:00am SCARY MOVIE 5 (PG13) 12:30 | 4:00 THE CROODS 2D (PG) 11:00 | 11:30 | 1:30 | 2:45 | 4:30
I-10 & Lee Trevino
Schedule good for 5/3 - 5/9
21 AND OVER(R)11:20a| 2:15p | 4:35p | 7:05p | 9:25p A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (R) 5:00p | 10:00p DARK SKIES (PG-13) 11:10a | 1:25p | 3:40p | 6:30p | 8:50p 2D HANSEL AND GRETEL:WITCH HUNTERS (R) | 12:10p | 4:50p | 9:15p 3D HANSEL AND GRETEL:WITCH HUNTERS (R) | 2:40p | 7:00p 2D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 11:30a | 2:05p | 4:40p | 7:15p | 9:50p 3D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 11:00a | 1:35p | 4:10p | 6:45p | 9:20p 3D LIFE OF PI (PG) 9:00p 3D MONSTERS INC. (G) 11:25a | 1:45p | 4:00p | 6:40p 2D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) 4:15p | 9:05p SIDE EFFECTS (R) 11:50a | 2:20p | 4:45p | 7:20p | 9:45p SNITCH (PG-13) 11:15a | 1:50p | 4:20p | 6:55p | 9:35p THE INCREDIBLE BURTWONDERSTONE (PG-13) | 11:40a | 2:30p | 7:35p THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R) | 11:00a | 1:40p | 4:25p | 7:10p | 9:55p WARM BODIES (PG-13) 11:35a | 2:25p | 4:55p | 7:25p | 9:40p 2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) | 11:05a | 1:30p | 6:35p
Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa
Schedule good for Friday May 3rd
Iron Man 3PG13130 Mins9:50am | 1:00pm | 4:10pm | 7:20pm | 10:30pm10:15am | 11:15am 11:40am | 12:35pm | 1:25pm 2:25pm | 2:50pm | 4:35pm | 5:35pm | 6:00pm | 6:55pm | 7:45pm | 8:45pm | 9:10pm 10:55pm | 11:55pmDigital Cinema 10:45am | 12:10pm 1:55pm | 3:20pm | 3:45pm | 5:05pm | 6:30pm | 8:15pm | 9:40p |10:05p| 11:25p Pain & GainR120 MinsDigital Cinema 10:00am | 12:05pm | 1:10pm | 2:15pm | 3:15pm | 4:20pm | 6:25pm | 8:35pm 9:35pm | 10:40pm OblivionPG-13125 MinsDigital Cinema 11:05am | 12:40pm 3:55pm | 5:25pm | 7:15pm | 10:25pm | 11:45pm MudPG-13130 Mins Digital Cinema 11:55am | 3:10pm | 6:20pm | 9:30pm The Big Wedding R90 MinsDigital Cinema 12:15pm | 2:45pm | 5:20pm | 7:50pm | 10:15pm Filly BrownR99 Mins Digital Cinema 10:25am | 1:15pm | 4:05pm | 7:00pm | 9:45pm 42PG-13128 Mins Digital Cinema 9:45am | 12:55pm | 4:00pm | 7:10pm | 10:20pm Scary Movie 5 PG-1385 Mins Digital Cinema 12:30pm | 2:55pm | 5:15pm | 7:35pm | 9:55pm Evil DeadR91 Mins Digital Cinema 12:00pm | 2:40pm | 5:10pm | 7:40pm | 10:10pm Jurassic Park (2013) PG-13127 Mins 12:20pm | 3:35pm G.I. Joe: Retaliation PG-13110 Mins 10:30am | 4:15pm | 9:50pmDigital Cinema 1:20pm | 7:05pm The CroodsPG91 Mins4:45pm | 10:00pmDigital Cinema 11:20am | 2:00pm | 7:25pm Olympus Has Fallen R120 Mins Digital Cinema 6:40pm | 9:40pm
PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7
2200 N. Yarbrough
Schedule good for 5 /3 - 5 /9
21 & OVER (R) 5:00 pm | 7:45 pm | 10:00 pm 2D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 4:20 pm | 9:10 pm 3D JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) | 6:45 pm 2D LIFE OF PI (PG) 4:15 pm | 9:45 pm 3D LIFE OF PI (PG) 7:00 pm SIDE EFFECTS (R) 4:40 pm | 7:20 pm | 9:50 pm SNITCH (PG-13) 4:35 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:35 pm SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R)4:25 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:40 pm 2D WRECK IT RALPH (PG) 4:25 pm | 6:55 pm | 9:20 pm
TIMES FOR MAY 3 - MAY 9 THE GREAT GATSBY IN 3D (PG13) Thu. 10:00 PM PAIN & GAIN (R) Fri.-Wed. 1:20 4:15 7:10 10:05; Thu. 1:20 4:15 7:10 THE GREAT GATSBY (PG13) Thu. 10:00 PM OBLIVION (PG13) Fri. 1:40 4:35 7:35 10:25; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 PEEPLES (PG13) Thu. 9:00 PM 1:40 4:35 7:35 10:25; Mon.-Thu. 1:40 4:35 7:35 10:25 IRON MAN 3 (PG13) 12:00 12:45 1:00 1:30 3:00 3:45 4:00 42 (PG13) Fri.-Wed. 1:45 7:45; Thu. 1:45 PM 4:30 6:05 6:45 7:00 7:30 9:00 9:45 10:00 10:30 (12:00 12:45) THE CROODS (PG) Fri. 1:50 4:25; Sat.-Sun. 11:05 1:50 IRON MAN 3 3D (PG13) 12:30 3:30 6:30 8:00 9:30 (11:00 4:25; Mon.-Thu. 1:50 4:25 12:30); Thu. 12:30 3:30 6:30 9:30 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R) Fri. 4:40 10:10; Sat.-Sun. THE BIG WEDDING (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:35 2:50 5:05 7:20 9:55 11:00 4:40 10:10; Mon.-Wed. 4:40 10:10; Thu. 4:40 PM
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Out & About
seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. “Temperamentals” was a 1950s code word for homosexuals. This is the story of two gay lovers who founded the first gay support group in the pre-Stonewall era. Based on true events. For mature audiences (not suitable for under age 18).
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Advance tickets available for purchase at 800 Montana or 590-2118. Information: internationalaids.org/event.
Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk — The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society host the fundraising walk 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. The family-oriented celebration includes the walk, Kids’ Corner activities, food other festivities. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and walkers are encouraged to form a team online and raise money for the cause. Information: 253-0580 or cff.org.
Physical Fitness and Sports Month — City of
El Paso Parks and Recreation Department host a celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, with fitness demonstration classes, fitness equipment displays, free health screening, and events to promote health and fitness. Admission is free. Information: 821-8909. Guest speaker is Chaplain (LTC) Karen Meeker, 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss.
March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Cohen Stadium. Proceeds help fund prevention of birth defects. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Information: 2492275 or marchforbabies.org.
norteño/conjunto musician performs Friday, May 3, at Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez (off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375). Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com
‘La Parada’ — The indoor/outdoor Spring Kick Off for the monthly music series is 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Main State performers are Los Superflats, Mextape, and Rob Bass & System A. Inside state music by Chuco Soul Project and Project Sol (Alfredo Macias and Vinnie PD). Admission: $5, ages 18 and older welcome. Information: facebook/laparadaep.com. In addition to musical entertainment, art will be featured by Chuchulukos y Golocinas. Guests invited to bring their Lucha Libre masks. La Parada is an ongoing music, art and social party held the first Friday of the month.
— The show featuring Tony Dize and Michael El Nuevo Prospecto is 11 p.m. Friday, May 3,at Nova Luna. 2270 Joe Battle, with DJ Black Apache and DJ Tornado. Tickets: $20. VIP tickets available at the club only. Information: 588-8596.
Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s 17th
annual membership show is May 5-29, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. This year’s judge is artist and architect Larry F. Nichols. Participating members include Candy Mayer, Mitzi Quirarte, Barbara McLain, Melinda Etzold, Rami Scully, Nancy Bissell, Winfrey Hearst, Bob Zeissel, Ruthanna Droke and others. Information: 642-4390. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Refreshments served and the public is invited.
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The
Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703. Showing May 3-22: 13th Annual Student Art Awards Exhibition, with works by Ysleta ISD elementary, middle and high school students. Awards presentation and reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, with elementary awards at 5:45 p.m. and middle and high school awards at 6:30 p.m.
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Wondrous Wigorium’ —
The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation and the Green House present a Beatles Tribute Concert, “All You Need is Love,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $20 ($15 student/ $10 children). Information: 317-2087. Advance tickets for the concert are available at the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, All That Music or online via pay pal at rgcf.org. All proceeds will be donated to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation & the Green House’s Four Season Beauty Program to provide wigs and products for patients dealing with the effects of treatment.
Special Olympics Spring Games — The
Area 19 2012 Spring Games’ main events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Burges High School, 7800 Edgemere. Events include basketball, track and field, motor activities. The “Athlete Village” will feature different games, music and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org. Opening Ceremonies are 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Burges High School, featuring recognition of athletes, sponsors, coaches and other volunteers. A Victory Dance follows.
Teneia Sanders — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Live presents the southern folk singer at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in ADC’s Mecca Lounge, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653. Sanders is quickly making a name for herself in the Indie music scene and one of her recent pieces, “Stand” earned a placement in the HBO documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi.: She recently released her second album, “Confessions of a Scorpio,” featuring the single “Love You Thru Words.”
Raphael — The Grammynominated Spanish singer performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39-$99 (Ticketmaster). Raphael has had 326 gold albums, 49 platinum, and more than 50 singles in Italian, French, German, English, and Japanese. His wide-range voice, added to his quality as showman, has entertained and engaged people worldwide for more than five decades. He has performed at many well-known theatres including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Santiago Benabeu Stadium, and Madison Square Garden.
Northeast Country Fair – Northeast Christian
Academy and Sun Valley Baptist Church, 9901 McCombs, hosts its annual “Old Fashioned Country Fair” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The fair includes games, arts and crafts and vendor booths, food and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: Nancy Adams, 755-1155 or 494-9560.
Books are Gems Yard Sale — A yard sale benefiting
Books are Gems, 7744 North Loop (behind Compass Bank), is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4. Information: 845-5437 or booksaregems.org. Donations of new or clean, used household items, toys, small furniture items and books (especially children’s books) can be brought to the store 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Books are GEMs bookstore provides free books for children. Book donations (especially children’s books) are accepted year round.
— El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents John Marans’s play about the founding of the Mattachine Society through May 11. Directed by Ivan Sandlin. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8
Ramon Ayala — “The King of Accordion”
Hip Hop for AIDS — The inaugural day long dance off and open mic event benefiting International AIDS Empowerment is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, with a special performance by R&B singer, rapper and actor Marques Houston. Vendors and food also available. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Senior Pool Tournament
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host an age 55 and over Pool Tournament at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo Court. Registration is now through May 2, 2013 with a fee of $2 in a double elimination format with prizes for First, Second and Third Place. Information Annette Campos or Grace Faulkner at 915-772-8365.
9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 at San Juan Senior Center
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Alfresco! Fridays — Banda Jerezana (tambora) opens the 11th season of free outdoor weekly concerts at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at 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: 534-0665 or alfrescofridays.com.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 18 and older welcome, unless listed otherwise. Advance tickets at Happy House, All That Music, Pizza Joint, the Headstand and online. Tickets for some shows may be ticketbully.com. Tickets are regularly $3 more for ages 1820. Information: 356-0966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Born Ruffians — The Canadian indie band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. • Chad Valley — The British electronic music artist performs Saturday, May 4, with guest indie band Ski Lodge. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. All shows are all-ages (16 and older), unless listed otherwise. Information: 351-9909 or trickyfalls.com. Tickets for most shows available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers, Maria’s Closet, Eloise and online at holdmyticket.com. • El Paso bands Get The Honey, Hip city,
Music Under the Stars Concert Series 30th Anniversary Sponsored by GECU
The Lodge in Cloudcroft Wins Top State Hospitality Honors
CLOUDCROFT, N.M. — Historic property, The Lodge Resort & Spa, located in the picturesque mountain setting of Cloudcroft, N.M., has won top state hospitality industry awards from the New Mexico Lodging Association (NMLA). The Lodge is proud to announce that Mary Ann Hines, Golf and Retail at The Lodge Resort & Spa, has received First Place as the “Specialized Service Employee of the Year”. She is truly The Lodge’s “Hole In One”. Mary Ann has lived and worked in Cloudcroft over 25 years. We have known Mary Ann for years because of her community service in Cloudcroft. She has always been available to give someone a helping hand. In July of 2010 we had the great honor of having her work with us at The Lodge Resort. It was under unfortunate circumstances with the fire on Burro Street and the loss of several businesses. But it was the Lodge’s good fortune to reach out into the community and employ some of these folks. It was one of the best decisions we have ever made. We found our very own “Hole In One”. Mary Ann started working in the retail stores. It did not take her long to want to cross train and work at the golf shop. She has a feisty personality. She went on to be the “Best Beer Babe” driving the beverage cart on the golf course. Our golfers love her and her sales are outstanding. She has also taken responsibility for landscaping both at the golf course and The Lodge Resort. This past summer our flowers were beautiful at the Lodge and the Pavilion. Many of the landscaping projects on the golf course were newly developed. Her ability to work with others is outstanding. The golf course crew did a lot of rock work while she planted & designed the flowers. The projects on the golf course were appreciated by our golf members. Mary Ann is also cross trained to host in Rebecca’s to cover shifts while others take vacation and during the holidays. She runs the package sales store at The Lodge Golf Shop during the winter. This is a lady that takes all of her projects seriously and does an outstanding job at all of them. The Lodge has not been able to find anything Mary Ann cannot and will not do. We love you, Mary Ann!!! The NMLA is a 75-year-old trade association, representing approximately 400 lodging members throughout New Mexico. For more information visit www.nmhotels.com.
Seasoned by a rich and cultured past, The Lodge, located in the Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico, is a magnificent monument to a vanished age that possesses a quality unlike any other resort. Since its original construction in 1899, The Lodge remains committed to first-class service and attention to detail. With 59 distinctive Victorian rooms and suites on-site, The Lodge offers fine dining, mountain golf, meeting facilities and a spa in a beautiful and memorable mountain resort setting. For information, visit www. TheLodgeResort.com or call (800) 395-6343 for reservations.
Popular Series at the Chamizal National Memorial Sunday Evenings, June 9 - August 11 7:30- 9:30 pm
The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) announces the 30th season of Music Under the Stars Concert Series, sponsored by GECU. “Summers are always a great time to spend with family and friends. GECU and Music Under the Stars is a great partnership about community, family and friends and we’re excited to work together to bring the most exciting season yet for the entire community to enjoy!” Crystal Long President and CEO GECU Concerts will be held Sunday evenings starting June 9, 2013, through August 11, 2013, with the exception of July 7, at the Chamizal National Memorial located at 800 South San Marcial Street. The Patriotic Celebration with fireworks finale will be held on Thursday July 4, 2013 also sponsored by GECU. Grills are allowed at the park except at the inner part of the park known as the bowl. There is no smoking in the bowl area. Outside alcohol is not permitted at the park. Food, beverages, and alcoholic beverages will be for sale within the park. Glass containers or pets are NOT allowed.
Avindale, Komari Vosa and All Gold perform
at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2. • Laura Stevenson — The New York folk singer performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3 (originally scheduled at Gallery 127), with Field Mouse, Our Fried The Mountain and Rye. Tickets: $8. • Subrosa Union — The Texas band’s first performance with original members in over a year is 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, with Steady Shakedown and Mexklan opening. Tickets: $10.
2013 Music Line Up
June 9- Frontera Bugalu- Latin American Dance (El Paso, Texas) June 16- Desert Noises- Indie Rock (Orem, Utah) June 23- La Magiztral Sonora- Cumbia (Sunland Park, New Mexico) June 30- Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds- Funk Soul (Closter, New Jersey) July 4- El Paso Wind Symphony- Orchestra (El Paso, Texas) Patriotic Celebration with fireworks to follow performance. July 7- Blackout Date July 14- Morry Sochat and the Special 20’sSwing & Blues (Chicago, Illinois) July 21- Jenni Dale Lord- Americana (Lubbock, Texas) July 28- Fungi Mungle- Disco (El Paso, Texas) August 4- Rosco Bandana- Americana Roots (Gulfport, Mississippi) August 11- Los Arrieros- Mariachi (El Paso, Texas)
Free Comic Book Day — The 12th annual nationwide free comic book giveaway encouraging readers to discover the comic book art form is Saturday, May 4. Most area comic book stores and distributors will offer free comics (while supplies last) and other activities. Information: freecomicbookday.com. • Asylum Comics and Cards 5360 N. Mesa Ste. L-12, has comic giveaways 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with appearances by select comic book characters 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m., food and drinks 3 to 5 p.m. (while supplies last) and hourly drawings. There will also be book signings and sketches by local artists and Adversary Comix. Admission is free. Information: 875-8600. Sun City Singers — The chorus presents its Spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1810 Elm. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: Carl Smith, 261-3963 or suncitysingerselp.com. In addition to choral music, the concert will include a salute to present and past member of the armed forces with patriotic songs, concluding with the service medley, with everyone singing all five service songs.CONT/P/42
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MAY 02, 2013 PAGE 42 Continued from page 41... Sun City Singers ..Attendees are invited to bring mementos (photos, etc.) to display of those family members who have served or who currently serve. sions offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the City Hall third floor training room. Information/guidelines online at elpasotexas.gov/mcad at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism & Initiatives.” as part of their Concert Playreading Series at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4-5, in Philanthropy Theatre of the Plaza Theatre annex, inspired by Dr. Armand S. Nicholl Jr.’s 2003 book “The Question of God.” Tickets: $25-$35 ($15 students). (Ticketmaster). It is the beginning of World War II, two weeks before the death of Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychiatry. Freud, suffering from cancer and a staunch atheist, has invited C.S. Lewis, a renounced atheist and now evangelical Christian, to his office for what becomes a heated debate. Graves, Neeshia Macanowicz, Larry Ramos, Aaron Ransbarger, Audra Rodgers and David Tucker. Year. He sold out New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden in less than 10 minutes. His No. 1 hits include “Take A Little Ride,” “1994” and “The Only Way I Know” featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church. music, vendor marketplace, kid’s games, parade, conservation exhibits, chainsaw carving contest, auction and street dance. The event honors Smokey Bear, the famed bear cub that survived a fire in the Capitan Mountains and became a beloved symbol of fire prevention. All events are free. Information: (575) 354-2748 or smokeybeardays.com. Vendor area open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, with Chainsaw carving 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Continues on next page
Zumba for the Cure —
Komen El Paso invites people to “party themselves into shape” at a zumba event 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Magoffin Hall, 801 Magoffin, with proceeds benefiting local breast cancer services. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a new instructor and door prizes every thirty minutes. Cost: $10. Information: 5334433 or komenelpaso.org.
‘ASARCO-End of An Era’ — Sunland Art Gallery
and Plein Air Painters of El Paso host the exhibit commemorating the history of the Asarco plant May 3-25, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M., with scenes of the grounds, the powerhouse, the smokestacks and anything pertaining to Asarco. Participants include the Plein Air Painters of El Paso, who painted on the Asarco site in January, as well as photography.
Jason Aldean — The CMA and ACM award-winning musician presents his “2013 Night Train Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces, with special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. Tickets: $28.75 and $54.75 (Ticketmaster). Tickets sold out at press time. Aldean has been nominated for American Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the
Smokey Bear Days — The Village of Capitan will host two days of family fun and fire prevention and conservation exhibits during its 9th annual festival Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at Smokey Bear Historical Park and throughout the community, about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Events include live
Race Against Diabetes
— El Paso Diabetes Association’s 5th annual 5K run and 5K and 1-mile fun walks begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Garden, 511 Western Court in Union Plaza, Downtown. Registration: $20 for competitive run; $10 for walk ($5 for walk for ages 12 and younger. Pets welcome on leash for a $5 registration fee. Information: 532-6280 or epdiabetes.org. Race day registration and packet pickup is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.
Assistance League Dinner and Silent Auction — Assistance
League of El Paso hosts its fundraising dinner benefiting Operation School Bell 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Summit, 120 N. Festival. Dinner served 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $50. Information: 760-5740 or 564-0600.
Chuco De Mayo — Chuco Artist Network’s Cinco De Mayo celebration is 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 5, at 501 Bar and Bistro, 501 Texas, with music, art, poetry, comedy, dancing, visual art, workshops and more. Proceeds benefit the Chuco Artist mobile application and website. Admission: $5. Information: Chucoartist.com. Downtown Artist Market — The City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942. Artists may rent booths for only $2, but are required to prove they produce their own work. Artists must obtain a sales permit and attend one of the monthly orientation ses-
‘Evita’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical about the life of Evita Peron through May 12. Tickets: $33-$45 Friday and Saturday; $30-$40 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dinner matinees; $16-$26 non-dinner matinees. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday non-dinner matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 and May 5. Tickets: $45 Friday and Saturday; $40 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dinner matinees; $26 non-dinner matinees ($2 discount for all tickets for UTEP faculty/staff/ alumni association members; group of 20 or more; ages 4-12; non UTEP-students, military; $10 discount for UTEP students). Information: 747-6060. Featuring the memorable classic “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” the story follows the life of poor Argentine girl who becomes the First Lady of Argentina. She was celebrated as a hero among the people as the voice of the poor and working class until her untimely death. ‘Freud’s Last Session’
— Frontera Repertory presents the play by Mark St. Germain
SOUTHERN NEW MExICO
Doña Ana Music Night Union — Multi-instrumental musicians with various leaders and songwriters perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10; available at Hubbard’s Music-N-More, Mesilla Valley Pro Music, The Bean of Mesilla, Spirit Winds, Milagro Coffee y Espresso and Vintage Wines. Information: (575) 523-6403 or email@example.com. The D.A.M.N. Union is comprised of members from Music Night, a weekly happening in Mesilla, where musicians gather to inspire and educate each other in an organic forum. Band members include Danny
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM MAY 02, 2013 PAGE 43 Continued from page 42...Smokey Bear Historical Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with playground and picnic areas. Regular park admission: $2 ($1 children). plaza. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116. Saturday’s performers: Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Encanto with La Academia Delores Huerta, Mariachi Corazon del Desierto/Mariachi Rosas del Desierto, Las Cruces Catholic School Ballet Folklorico Colores de Cristo, Mariachi Real de Chihuahua, Las Perlitas del Pueblo Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Aguilas and Animo. Sunday’s performers: Ballet Folklorico Cuauhtli, Mariachi Alma de Jalisco, Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Encanto, Mariachi Azteca and Fierro Band. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 victory of Mexican soldiers over the French army at the Battle of Puebla.
T or C Fiesta — The 64h annual fiesta is Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Events include a rodeo, music, carnival, vendors, games in the park, live music, salsa contest, bike show, barbeque, Sunday duck race and more. The 2013 theme is “How the West Was Fun.” The annual parade is 10 a.m. Saturday through Downtown, follow by junk boat races and fishing derby at Ralph Edwards Park. Admission is free, unless listed otherwise. Information: (575) 4979480 or torcfiesta.com. The free Street dance is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Southwest parking lot, with salsa tasting contest, and music by Yarbrough Band. Beer garden available. Fiesta Golf Tournament is Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at the Truth or Consequences Municipal Golf Course, 685 Marie. Shotgun starts are 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday’s play is a scramble; and Sunday’s is a 2-man Best Ball. Special pre-tournament event planned at 6 p.m. Friday. Cost: $200 per two-person team. Information/registration: (575) 894-2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fiesta Rodeo is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Sport competitions include a 3-on3 basketball tournament after the parade on Saturday, annual pool tournament is Sunday at the Lee Bell Johnson Senior Recreation Center; and Skateboard Competition and Fiesta Horseshoes at Ralph Edwards Park. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta — The Town of Mesilla’s annual celebration is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at the Mesilla Plaza. The event includes live entertainment, and more than 20 vendors of arts and crafts, games and food booths. Children’s activities include amusement rides, jumping balloon, piñata bash and a greased pole climb. at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are advised to bring folding chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets allowed in the
Las Cruces Tour of Gardens — The 18th annual Las
Cruces Tour of Gardens hosted by Desert Daubers and Mesilla Valley Garden Clubs of Las Cruces is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at six Las Cruces area gardens. This year’s home are located south of Mesilla Proceeds benefit garden-related beautification and educational projects in the community. Visitors may begin the tour in any garden; signs will identify the gardens. No toilet facilities available at the homes on the tour. Children should be supervised, as many plants are fragile and some may be poisonous. Tickets: $7 (free for children 12 and younger). Available in advance at Ashley Furniture Home Store, 3299 Del Rey; Boudreau Jewelers and Gallery, 2001 E. Lohman.; Dr. Green Hydroponics, 129 E. Idaho; Emerald Isle, 1701 Calle de Mercado; Enchanted Gardens, 270 Avenida de Mesilla; Glen Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; Guzman’s Garden Center Color Your World, 540 Telshor; Indoor Garden Supply, 1001 S. Solano ; White Sands Missile Range ITR Office and from garden club members. Tickets also available during the tour all garden sites. Information: (575) 521-0521. Complimentary refreshments available at one of the gardens, and drawings for gate prizes. Dona Ana County Extension Service Master Gardeners will be available in each garden to answer questions. Continues on page 45
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Deming Cinco de Mayo — The City of Deming’s Cinco de Mayor Parade is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, beginning at Courthouse Park, east on Poplar to Country Club Road, north on Country Club Rd and ending at Voiers Pit Park, across from Starmax Theater. Information: Julie (575) 546-2674 DemingLuna Chamber of Commerce or demingchamber.com. Folklorico dancers and contests for Queen, Mariachi, soloist, Best Dressed Chihuahua and Jalapeno Eating are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Voiers Pit Park, North Country Club. LCSO with Mark Kosower — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, welcomes the guest cellist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4-5, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, Selections include Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Cello and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com. A luncheon with Klein is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Paisano Cafe, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, featuring a preview of concert music. Cost: $16 in advance; $20 at the door. ‘Let It Shine’ — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s spring concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, featuring sacred selections, spirituals and pops favorites. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 647-2560. Race for Music — The 2nd annual Mayfield High School
Orchestra Race for Music 5K and Fun Walk is at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at La Llorona Park, Las Cruces. Check in and registration is 7-8 a.m. Cost: $25 ($15 students; $60 for 4-person team) in advance; $30 day of race. Register at active.com. Information: email@example.com.
Lady Antebellum - Golden Rod Stewart- Time
DJ SHADOW in Concert | Sat.May.11th
Tricky Falls by SMG Events & Toozany
Pistol Annies- Annie Up Patty Griffin- American Kid She & Him- Volume 3 Natalie Maines - Mother Straight No Chaser- Under the Influence Deerhunter- Monomania
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Ginger’s Race to the Rainbow — Barnett’s Las Cruces Harley Davidson, hosts the 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at Barnett Harley Davidson, 2600 Lakeside Drive (at Avenida de Mesilla) in Las Cruces, benefiting families who have loved ones with pancreatic cancer. Registration: $22 for 5K; $17 for 1 mile. Team discount of $17 per runner for teams of 10 or more (by May 1). Information: Mike Coulter, firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter (in El Paso), and Saturday, May 4, at Barnett’s Las Cruces Harley-Davidson. Late registration and packet pickup is 7 to 7:45 a.m. day of race at starting site. First 200 runners receive technical t-shirt; refreshments for all runners at end of race. ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ — American Southwest Theatre Company ends its season with the hit play by Steve Martin through May 5 at NMSU’s new Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday (second and third week of production) and 7:30 p.m. the final Thursday of the production. Tickets: $15 ($13 seniors/NMSU staff and faculty with ID; $10 NMSU students and students age 3-17 with current school ID). Information: (575) 646-4515. A Parisian bar is the location of a chance meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, who challenge each other’s ideas about art, science, life and love.
98 Degrees- 2.0 Talib Kweli- Prisoner of Consciousness Lil Boots- Noctunres Kingdom Come - Outlier Ruth Moody - These Wilder Things Mike Tramp - Cobblestone Street Emily Bear- Diversity Havoc - 13
Neon Desert Music Festival
Sh*T Robot @ Lowbrow Palace
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JUSTICE ACCESS ALL ARENAS
Disco took them from Australia to United States, Europe and South America. The duo - as laidback on rock festivals main stage (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Les Eurockéennes, Les Vieilles Charrues…) as electro ones (Ultra, Sonar, Melt…) - will perform a hundred of concerts which allow them to master their show. JUSTICE - LIVE ALBUM “ACCESS ALL ARENAS” COMING MAY 7th Ten years ago, ‘We Are Your Friends’ reached our ears and pushed Justice to the front of the scene, a young French duo signed by Pedro Winter on the label he had just created: Ed Banger Records. The record that followed,✝, was an album of condensed jerky electro, of disco reminiscences and heavy metal energy, with unstoppable tunes like ‘D.A.N.C.E’, ‘Stress’ and ‘Phantom’, and its videos, allowed Justice to follow the 90’s French Touch and its filtered disco loop. Since the release of their debut album in 2007, Justice has been tirelessly touring the world by bus, road festival to festival and concerts all over throughout the planet. Since their first tour, the band developed a powerful stage design that they polished and magnified throughout the years and the gigs. The wall of vintage Marshall amps front of the stage, an imposing cross, impressive light shows, and the sound of Justice totally revisited for the live shows. In 2012, the Audio, Video, When the first notes of ‘Genesis’ rang out as an intro, you realized you had just embarked on a one and a half hour sonic roller coaster with
their hit songs mashed into a megamix with an epileptic light show. With Access All Arenas, Justice offers a recording of their show in the Nîmes arenas last July, part of their worldwide tour which lasted almost a year, and take the occasion to revisit as a best-of, 10 years of existence, and three albums (« ✝ », « A Cross The Universe » and « Audio, Video, Disco »), giving us a taste of the wild effervescence and the energy of their lives.
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By T.J. TOMASI
WHAT’S THE RULE?
GOLF SPOKEN HERE
A golf ball that is hit very high with drastically reduced distance, similar to a pop-up in baseball.
IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GAME
Margin Slot from the top of error
While some rules are not known by the players and a few arcane rules are not known by the officials (that’s why you carry a rule book in your bag), neither is the case with Rule 26, the drop rule that both groups know well. In a water hazard such as at the 15th hole at Augusta National, you have three options: (a) you can play it; (b) you can drop it and play from the same place; (c) you can go back as far as you want, keeping the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard between the drop and the target. At the Masters, there was also a drop area on the 15th hole. Tiger Woods’ ball crossed both margins of the hazard — the one closest to him and the one closest to the target. Then it rebounded off the flag and veered off at a 30-degree angle, recrossing the target-side margin well left of its original flight and making that the legal entry point. When Tiger lined up his drop, he used the point where it first crossed the hazard line rather than the last entry point. Had his ball been short and in the water without crossing the greenside hazard line, Tiger would have been correct in dropping as far back on that line as he wanted. He could have gone back 2 yards, which he did, or 20 yards, but instead he used the line of flight and therefore played from the wrong place. ABOUT THE WRITER Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit hiswebsite at tomasigolf.com. Most golfers think that fitting the golf club into the so-called “pro slot” starts during the downswing. But to slot the club on the way down, you first must be in position at the top of your backswing. The slot has distinctive characteristics, such as the club shaft bisecting the trail arm, a straight lead arm over a bent trail arm and a big separation of the hands from the back shoulder as the clubhead closes in on the ball. Let’s look at the necessary features you should incorporate to become a slot machine by inspecting Annika Sorenstam’s top-of-thebackswing position. First, she arrives at the top with her back leg slightly flexed, which allows her hips to be active as she starts down. This avoids the locked-up condition that occurs when the back knee goes ramrod straight.
Second, her hands are in line with her right shoulder with her left arm at the same angle as her shoulders (relative to her spine), a perfect on-plane position. Third, her shoulders are turned twice as much as her hips to ensure coil, without which it’s difficult to slot the club. Once in position, Annika simply drops her arms downward, then turns and hits it. One final note: If the top of the backswing position is so important, how do golfers like John Daly and Carlos Franco play well when their backswings have a lot of “extra things” going on? The answer is simple: All those “extra things,” like high hands and a clubhead that dips way past parallel, are just window dressing. I assure you, the good player returns to an on-plane position and then slots the club. The “extras,” while they can add distance, are not always upgrades because the price is wildness.
Hole-In-One Recorded at Butterfield Trail Golf Club
El Paso, Texas, April 26, 2013 – Butterfield Trail Golf Club, another Hole-in-One was officially recorded at Butterfield Trail Golf Club. Bob Sanchez achieved the difficult feat announced Robert Wood, Head Golf Professional at Butterfield Trail Golf Club. Sanchez was playing on hole #17 which is a Par 3 and was playing from 205 yards with a 4 Iron when he shot the Holein-One. The Hole-in-One was witnessed by Tito Marquez, Ervy Granger and Hector Luna. Sanchez was playing with the Rotary Bi-National Benefit Golf Tournament and shot the hole-in-one to win a 2013 Dodge Challenger provided by Dick Poe Dodge. “I wish all my friends and family could feel what I am feeling right now, I just can’t describe it” said Sanchez. Butterfield Trail Golf Club a Tom Fazio-design and public golf destination in the Southwest, recently received the No. 1 ranking in Texas by Golfweek in the publication’s 2013 “Best Courses You Can Play” state-by-state list. This is the club’s 5th consecutive appearance on the best-in-state list. Golfweek unveiled its 2013 list of the best public access golf courses state-by-state in March. The magazine’s Best Courses list is determined by an expert panel of more than 750 course raters around the country. About KemperSports Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationallyranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit http://www.kempersports.com.
To get the feel of Annika’s top-of-thebackswing position, practice the “nobackswing backswing.” Pose as Annika is here, adjust until it’s perfect, then start your downswing from there.
When you start in the correct position at the top, slotting the club on the way down is easy — just drop your arms down.
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In response to a Golf Digest poll of tour players, 30 percent said that Kelly Tilghman was the “golf announcer you could live without.” This surprises me because she is almost perfect in her delivery, is very knowledgeable and was once a good player. Next on the list was Nick Faldo (17 percent), followed by Peter Kostis (13 percent) and Johnny Miller (9 percent). Others receiving votes were Bobby Clampett and Gary McCord. “Who’s the brightest guy on tour?” Leading by a whopping margin (50 percent) was Joe Ogilvie, followed by Paul Goydos (13 percent) and Tiger Woods (13 percent).
Players’ Ball placed forward gains poll extra yard age off the tee
Q: I’ve watched a lot of golf on TV, and it seems to me that a lot of the pros play the ball forward off their toe when they set up on their tee shots. Is this an optical illusion, and if not, what is the reason for it? I’ve always been under the impression that my driver should be played opposite the heel of my forward foot. — J.W. A: Your observations of the tour players are correct, although if the camera is positioned slightly behind “straight-on,” i.e., nearer the ball, the ball will appear to be even more forward than it actually is. Pros often play the ball forward to hit it on the upswing to maximize their distance. In addition, teeing it high and playing it forward helps them to hit the ball on the “hot spot” of the new-technology metal woods. Hitting on the “hot spot” also maximizes distance. There are also many pros who want to hit down slightly with the driver to control the spin. This costs them yards, but they can afford it. Most amateurs, though, will gain 25 or more yards changing from a descending angle of contact to an ascending one. Insider Takeaway: Hit your driver on the upswing! (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at: email@example.com.)
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Race: Aaron’s 499 Where: Talladega Superspeedway When: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX Sports 2012 Winner: Brad Keselowski (right)
Race: Aaron’s 312 Where: Talledega Superspeedway When: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2012 Winner: Joey Logano
CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS
Race: NC Education Lottery 200 Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway When: May 17, 8:00 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2012 Winner: Justin Lofton
Talladega Superspeedway, built for speed, leads to restrictor-plate ‘tight, difficult’ racing
Talladega Superspeedway, site of this weekend’s Aaron’s 499, was built with maximum speed in mind, but throughout its history, that speed also has been a problem. The speeds shown in practice for the first race in 1969, coupled with the tire failures brought about by those speeds, led to a major driver boycott. Officials and race teams continued to search for ways to deal with speed before a major change came following the Winston 500 in 1987. Bill Elliott set NASCAR’s all-time qualifying mark of 212.809 miles per hour to win the pole for that race, with Bobby Allison on the outside pole with a speed of 211.797 mph. Allison’s mark is the the thirdfastest qualifying effort ever, behind Elliott’s record speed and his speed of 212.229 mph the year before at Talladega. But on the 21st lap, Allison’s engine blew as he roared down the frontstretch. Parts flying from his engine punctured his right rear tire and launched his No. 22 Buick into the grandstand fence, ripping down a section and injuring several fans. NASCAR responded by placing restrictor plates on the engines to slow speeds, but racing with the restrictor plates also has been controversial. The plates lead to big packs of cars and often multicar crashes. But fans seem to love those packs and the crashes, so the debate goes on. ESPN TV commentator Dale Jarrett, a nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his driving exploits, has seen it all, literally, when it comes to restrictor-plate racing. His first Sprint Cup start at Talladega came in the same race that Allison crashed, and the last of his 32 Cup wins came at Talladega in the fall of 2005. He said little has changed at Talladega over the years. “It’s the same as always to me,” he said. “It’s tight, difficult racing. You get so many people involved at the end of the race, and it’s going to be high-speed pushing and shoving. It’s no different than when we started running the restrictor plates back after the 1987 accident with Bobby Allison.” Jarrett has vivid memories of that incident. “I was 14 or 15 cars behind that, just close enough to see what happened,” he said. “When Bobby’s car went up in the air, my biggest thought was trying to keep my focus and not become part of the incident. “It looked to me like the car was going straight to the flag stand. I was concerned that’s where it was going, and then obviously into the stands. “It was much relief when I knew that didn’t happen.” Even though he was still running an estimated 215 miles an hour at that point, he recalls other details.
“I saw parts and pieces flying,” he said. “I saw the car hit the fence out of the corner of my eye. “I remember seeing the caution flag. I don’t think the flagman ever flinched. I don’t know how he didn’t, because that’s where it looked
Lowe’s Motor Speedway Archives
like the car was heading.” Jarrett said he doesn’t believe there is a simple way to find a balance between what the fans and promoters want at Talladega and what the drivers will like. Some have suggested lowering the banking in the turns at Talladega, which would slow speeds and break up the packs. But track and series officials have been reluctant to consider that in the past. “Fixing the race track is not going to happen,” Jarrett said. “There’s really not anything you can do unless you spend a ton of money and downsize the engines tremendously, which is probably not a bad thing for the entire series.” Jarrett said his longtime car owner Robert Yates made a push for that back in 1995, but it didn’t gain any traction. So, that means the plates are here to stay, he said. “You can’t have the cars running 200-something miles an hour,” he said. “Most racing that the fans enjoy is frustrating to the drivers. We’re not going to get them both on the same page. As a driver and a competitor, you go in knowing that you’ve got a long day ahead of you.”
Bill Elliott’s No. 9 Coors Ford
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Don’t count Kevin Harvick out until the checkered flag falls
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Revised Lexus RX350 keeps it at the top of its game.
By Christopher A. Randazzo
Since its introduction in 1998, the Lexus RX luxury SUV has been the best selling vehicle from the premium Toyota division. Good ride, excellent build quality, decent price – Americans fell for the RX like a fish to water. Now in the middle of its third generation, the RX350 gets a minor freshening and keeping the traditional “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it” logic. The styling of the current RX350 can be traced back to its original 1998 model, although it has gained some muscle and a touch of Lexus L-Finesse in an attempt to attract more male buyers. For 2013 Lexus expands on that look by applying the “spindle grille” to the front of every RX, keeping in order with the rest of the Lexus family. In addition to the grille, a new F Sport model adds a more visual flare to the RX350 by giving it a more aggressive front bumper and spoiler as well as special badging found around the vehicle. Just as it has been since day one, the RX continues to be a five-passenger midsize luxury crossover vehicle. Those insisting on a third-row still need to look elsewhere. But if you insist on fine luxury in an SUV, this is it - with acres of real wood and leather trim placed throughout the cabin. Driver and front passenger have it made with excellent seats that are both 10-way power controlled. In back, its equally comfortable thanks to seats that recline and can slide forward and back. And with the backseat being a 40/20/40 split, the RX350 is very flexible in carrying cargo – and can even hold up to 80 cubic feet of goods. One item that is making its way in other Lexus vehicles and is available on the RX is the Remote Touch controller used to control the optional navigation system and other vehicle functions. BMW has iDrive and Mercedes-Benz has COMMAND – both of which add confusion to the driving experience. But I continue to be impressed with Remote Touch. It replaces the familiar touch screen setup with a mouse-like controller on the center console. It’s very intuitive and far easier to use than the above mentioned competitors. If you know how to use a mouse, you already know how to use Remote Touch. And if you want more bells and whistles, Lexus has plenty to offer. Besides a rear entertainment system and heated and ventilated seats, all of which are becoming more common these days, there is an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which measures the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and maintains that distance when driving with the cruise control on. Then there is the Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) that actually turns the headlamps as you go into a turn, allowing you to see better at night. Also available is a power operated liftgate and rain-sensing wipers. Literally, the RX can be fitted with the latest luxury gizmos and gadgets. Into music? Audiophiles will be thrilled to hear the optional Mark Levinson sound system. With 15-speakers, it sounds amazing, making you not want to leave the cabin of the RX. The RX350 continues to use a 3.5 liter V6 engine married to a six-speed automatic transmission making 270 horsepower. It is available in either frontwheel drive or all-wheel drive. Going with the F Sport package requires the all-wheel drive feature and gets the added benefit of an eight-speed automatic transmission. Continues on page 53
Kevin Harvick wins the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Kevin Harvick’s recent records show that it’s never a good idea to count him out until the checkered flag falls. In Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, he looked to be just another also-ran until a late caution set up a sprint to the finish. Harvick stopped for four fresh tires and lined up seventh for the green-white-checkered-flag run to the finish. He sped into the lead on the start, bolting past drivers with just two or no fresh tires, and led the final two laps to get his first pointspaying Sprint Cup victory of the 2013 season. All told, he led three laps all night. But that’s not uncommon for him. Last year, he won in the fall at Phoenix, leading only 15 laps overall, but they were the final 15. In 2011, he won at Auto Club Speedway with just one lap led. He won at Martinsville Speedway leading six laps, including the final four. In the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, he led two laps, including the one that counts the most. Only at Richmond that year did he lead a significant number of laps (202), including the final 16. Harvick’s crew chief, Gil Martin, also had a hand in the late-race surge to victory at Richmond. Besides making the call to pit for four tires with just two laps remaining, he had the chassis of the No. 29 Chevrolet dialed in for a dash to the front. “We probably made more adjustments tonight on the car than we’ve made in any race in a couple years,” Martin said. “But it was right when it needed to be. That restart was vintage Kevin Harvick. That was a really, really good restart right there. That was exciting to watch.” Martin admitted that if not for a late crash by Brian Vickers, Continues on page 52
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Harvick’s smart final pit stop strategy at Richmond enabled him to overtake the competition and win the race. Continued from page 51....substituting for the injured Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota, Juan Pablo Montoya and his crew would have been celebrating the victory. Montoya was leading comfortably with four of the scheduled 400 laps to go when Vickers spun, sending the race into overtime and allowing drivers and crews one last chance to either pit for tires or stay on the track and try to hold on with worn, and therefore slower, tires. “The laps were winding down so fast, Montoya was going to have to make a mistake for us to get by him at that point,” Martin said. As it was, Montoya, who led 67 laps, took two tires, restarted on the outside line that got bogged down by drivers ahead of him on old tires, and wound up fourth. “When you restart on the outside and people got really bad tires, everything packs up,” Montoya said. “When you are on the inside, you can just jump to the guys.” But he still saw positives in his team’s performance. “Remember, before this we had six really bad weeks,” he said. “I’m just really proud of the guys.” Jimmie Johnson finished 12th and heads to Talladega Superspeedway on top of the standings, 43 points ahead of secondplace Carl Edwards, who finished sixth at Richmond. Matt Kenseth, returning to the track for the first time since incurring a major penalty at Kansas Speedway, won the pole and led a race-high 140 laps before fading to seventh at the finish. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, who had won four straight spring races at Richmond, led 40 laps but finished 24th.
Sprint Cup Standings
1. Jimmie Johnson, 343 2. Carl Edwards, 300 3. Kasey Kahne, 297 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 297 5. Clint Bowyer, 290 6. Brad Keselowski, 284 7. Kyle Busch, 278 8. Greg Biffle, 272 9. Kevin Harvick, 271 10. Paul Menard, 271
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Continued from page 51 It should come as no surprise that the RX delivers a serene driving experience. The ride is very smooth and quiet – in that typical Lexus tradition. Performance and handling, while not totally absent in the RX350, are not its main points, unless you opt for the F Sport package. But when it comes to safety, the RX350 can’t be beat. It comes standard with 10 airbags as well as various opBy The Numbers: tional systems including a radar-based Pre-Collision System that can cinch the seat belts and prime the brakes for maximum effectiveness if it detects a collision is imminent. Pretty cool stuff. For 15 years now, the Lexus RX has been a best-seller. And it’s easy to see why. Good looks, safe, and equipped with a luxurious cabin along with the Lexus reputation of dependability and quality makes it hard to look past the RX350.
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Sprint Cup victories at Talladega Superspeedway by Jeff Gordon, tops among all active drivers
Sprint Cup races won from the outside pole at Talladega Superspeedway, more than any other starting position
2013 Lexus RX 350
Base Price: $39,310.00 Price as Tested: $52,185.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 3.5 liter V6 Transmission: 6 - speed automatic Horsepower: 270 hp Torque: 248 lb-ft EPA Fuel Economy: 18 city / 25 highway [Visit me at www.carsbycar.blogspot.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Top-10 finishes this season by Kevin Harvick, the fewest of any driver in the top 10 in the Sprint Cup points standings Bonus points for leading laps earned by Matt Kenseth this year, tops among Sprint Cup drivers
Hamlin hopes to start at Talladega
Denny Hamlin, who injured his back in a last-lap crash at Auto Club Speedway on March 24, had hoped to return to the seat of his No. 11 Toyota at his home track, Richmond International Raceway, but his doctors determined that he hadn’t healed sufficiently. “My injury is very, very hard because there is no exact science to the risk,” Hamlin said. “No one knows what the risk will be if I race this least start the race at Talladega this week and turn the car over to a substitute, which would give Hamlin the points. Then he would like to run the whole race at Darlington Raceway the following week. If that doesn’t happen, he said he’d consider taking a longer break to allow his back to fully heal, because then there would be little chance of him making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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week or if I race two weeks from now.” Hamlin hopes to at
Kenseth’s Kansas penalties under appeal
The unusually stiff penalties imposed on Matt Kenseth’s team for having a light connecting rod in the engine he used to win at Kansas Speedway on April 21 dominated the garage conversations at Richmond International Raceway over the weekend. The big debate centered around whether the penalties should have reflected the fact that the infraction probably didn’t create any increase in performance and most likely was unintentional. The penalties, which are under appeal, include a six-week suspension and $200,000 fine for crew chief Jason Ratcliff, a 50-point reduction for Kenseth and car owner Joe Gibbs and a six-week suspension for Gibbs as a car owner, which means Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota won’t earn owner points during that time, if the penalties are upheld. NASCAR’s vice president for competition, Robin Pemberton, explained NASCAR’s position to reporters, saying parts either fit the rules or they don’t. “We are strictly here to regulate the rule book and keep a level playing field for the garage area in which to work and make sure everybody gets a fair chance at competing,” Pemberton said. “As everyone knows, there are a few things that are understood in the garage area that are big. When you talk about engines, you talk about tires, and you talk about fuel. Continues on next page
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Continued from page 54 “That’s a common thread that’s been understood, and it’s stood the test of time for the last 65 years. Don’t mess with those areas, and the penalties are severe.” He said having engine parts that don’t meet specs is a big no-no, even when the infraction is small. Kenseth’s connecting rod apparently was about six grams under the minimum of 525 grams. Several years ago, journeyman driver Carl Long was fined $200,000 when his engine was found to be a few thousandths of an inch over size. “Some of our most severe penalties over time have surrounded engine infractions,” Pemberton said. Still, Kenseth was upset over the penalties when he met with reporters at Richmond. “I think the penalties are grossly unfair,” he said. “I think it’s borderline shameful. There’s no argument the part was wrong. They weighed it and it was wrong. “However, there is an argument that there certainly was no performance advantage. There was no intent. It was a mistake.” There also has been debate over whether the infractions are mistakes or cheating. Defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who has a May 1 appeal hearing over penalties his team incurred at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13 when the rear-end assemblies of his No. 2 Ford as well as the No. 22 of his Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano were seized by inspectors before the race, said referring to NASCAR rule-breakers as cheaters is incorrect. “I don’t think that’s fair, because you look at the best players in the NBA, Michael Jordan committed fouls and you don’t see situations where the fans in the NBA look at him and call him a cheater,” Keselowski said. “It’s just kind of part of the game. When you’re pushing to the limits, sometimes things just step over, whether it’s intentional or not.”
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