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Independence

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Story and photos by Ricky Jimenez Carrasco
For many people in the community, simply getting out of bed, showering, changing and
going to and from work can be a daunting task
due to their disabilities. But advocacy groups like
the Volar Center for Independent Living exist to
find El Pasoans with disabilities the necessary
help to get through the day, live and thrive with a
measure of independence that might not otherwise be possible.
To get the message about independence
out into the community, Volar hosted the 13th annual “Our Lives” conference and service
providers’ expo last week at the Camino Real
hotel. This year, Rhoberta Leeser, Mayor Oscar
Leeser’s mother, was the opening speaker. She
spoke about being independent even at her age.
The conference attracted many disabled individuals from the area, as well as local, state, and federal representatives from various agencies such
as Project Amistad, the Area Agency on Aging,
and private healthcare providers like Total Prosthetic Solutions and Tender Care Home Health.
The conference is unique in Texas; the only local
agency out of 26 in the state that hosts such a

Dennis Borel from Coalition of Texans with
Disabilities and Dan Monroe from Volar

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It’s an opportunity to give those citizens a voice
so that they can be heard. The series of speakers
Maria Perez, Support Services Coordinator for Volar, stated that their message still needs
to be heard and reinforced. “It’s very important
that people with disabilities realize that they can
have an integrated lifestyle. Independence is
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just about being able to perform an action on our
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Avoiding Seasonal Illness

Fall brings about cooler weather, holidays
and fun family gatherings. The cool, crisp smell
of this season imparts an almost heady anticipation of crackling fires and hot cocoa as well as
looking forward to the colorful transformations of
foliage and trees.

Anyone who has suffered the misery of a seasonal
cold or survived a debilitating bout of the flu can
assure you they would prefer never to experience
either again. But because these germs run rampant during the fall, chances are we all have the
potential to become infected from time-to-time.
The flu vaccination is highly recommended for
seniors to prevent contracting that virus. However, even after vaccination some people may get
the flu, though symptoms are not as severe as
they can be without the vaccine. While there is no
vaccination for the common cold, there are ways
to decrease your chances of catching colds as well
as the flu by educating yourself on prevention
methods and practicing due diligence when putting your knowledge to work.

nutrients from foods to keep their immune systems healthy and for people with vitamin deficiencies. Foods that help boost your immune
system contain high levels of vitamin C, which
produces antibodies that fight infection. Include
choices such as red, yellow, and green peppers,
pineapples, oranges and kiwis in your daily diet.
Sleep is critical to maintain vital immune systems. Experts recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per
night for optimum results. Also, indulge in daily
naps to give your body the quality time it needs to
rejuvenate.
Fluid consumption keeps the mucous membranes
in your nose and lungs hydrated, which deters
germs from becoming active in those places. Vitamin A can help maintain moisture of the mucous
membranes in your nose and mouth, as they are
often the first line of defense against infection.

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Unfortunately, riding on the coat tails of seasonal
changes are some pretty nasty germs that can
cause mild to severe colds and flu in people of all
ages. Children and seniors are especially at risk,
along with those who have weak immune systems. No one can pinpoint exactly why there is a
rise in the these infections during the fall and winter except to surmise that people are more apt to
stay indoors during cold weather, putting themselves in closer proximity to those who may be
sick and spreading germs.

The most important factor in preventing and battling bacteria and viruses is to remember to wash
your hands frequently throughout the day. The
Centers for Disease Control advise washing hands

for approximately 20 seconds longer than you
normally do, with warm, soapy water. Doing so is
the best way to prevent catching and spreading
germs. If you must cough or sneeze, do so within
the crook of your elbow to keep germs from
going airborne. Limit your time in enclosed
spaces with people who exhibit signs of illness or
if you are not feeling up to par It is also important to maintain a healthy immune system. A diet
containing whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables is key. Physicians may recommend vitamin
supplements for those who do not receive enough

Intense stress often negatively impacts otherwise
healthy immune systems. While some stress cannot be avoided, you can minimize its effects. The
American Medical Association recommends exercising 30 minutes a day to maintain healthy immune systems and also to keep stress at bay.
Socializing and performing a favored activity,
such as gardening, promotes brighter outlooks on
life and emotional health.
It is not necessary to quarantine yourself indoors
to prevent catching a cold or the flu. Putting these
methods into practice in your daily life can help
you maintain overall good health and hopefully
limit your susceptibility to seasonal illnesses.
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(2011).
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strategies
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set
for
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illness
season.
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8,
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Affordable
ways
for
seniors
to
prevent
illness.
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8,
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CDC.gov.
Preventing
the
flu:
good
health
habits
can
stop
germs.
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on
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2012
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Social Security column By Ray Vigil Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas

SOCIAL SECURITY SERVES THOSE WHO’VE SERVED
On November 11, we honor
our Nation’s veterans for their service to America. What better time
than now to tell you — and for you
to help spread the word — about the
many benefits and wealth of information Social Security has available
for veterans and military personnel?
Social Security recognizes those
who put their lives on the line for
our freedoms. Members of the armed
forces receive expedited processing
of their Social Security disability applications. The expedited process is
available for any military service
member who became disabled during active duty on or after October 1,
2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Some dependent children and spouses of military
personnel may also be eligible to receive benefits.

cally for our wounded veterans:
www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. There, you will find answers to a number of commonly
asked questions, as well as other
useful information about disability
benefits available under the Social
Security and Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) programs. Please pay
special attention to the fact sheet
available on that website, Disability
Benefits
for
Wounded
Warriors.

You’ll also find a webinar that explains the faster disability process
available to wounded warriors. The

program covers general information
about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to
wounded service members. The online video is less than three minutes
and a great introduction to disability
benefits for veterans and active duty
military.
On the same webpage, you’ll also
find links to useful Veterans Affairs
and Department of Defense websites. The requirements for disability
benefits available through Social Security are different than those from
the Department of Veterans Affairs
and require a separate
application.
Military service members are covered for the
same Social Security
survivors, disability,
and retirement benefits
as everyone else. Al-

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though the expedited service is relatively new, military personnel have
been covered under Social Security
since 1957, and people who were in
the service prior to that may be able
to get special credit for some of their
service.
To learn more about Social Security
for current and former military service members, read Military
Service
and
Social
Security. It’s available in
our digital library at
www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
But first, take a look at the wounded
warrior page at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. The
webinar, factsheet, and pertinent
links will brief you on everything
you need to know to “maneuver”
your way through the Social Security process.

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Weight Loss in the Elderly Irrespective of
the Cause Is a Harbinger of Poor Health
By Dr. David Lipschitz

The worldwide epidemic of
obesity is recognized as a serious
health threat, contributing to a higher
risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, severe osteoarthritis and back
pain, physical disability at a younger
age and a shorter life expectancy.
Furthermore, obesity is linked to
poverty, poor education and lack of
access to care, which certainly aggravates the problem.

It would seem likely that life expectancy would be longest in normal
weight individuals. However, this is
not the case as the longest lived are
those in the overweight but not
obese group. This particularly applies to anyone over 75 where the
greater your weight the longer the
life expectancy. And weight loss
whatever the cause must be taken seriously as it is always a major predictor of poorer health and shorter
life expectancy.

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The Body Mass Index (BMI), although not perfect, is the way in
which obesity is evaluated. It adjusts
the weight of individuals for their
height. Clearly a 150-pound person
who is 5 feet tall is more likely to be
overweight than a person of the
same weight who is 6 feet tall. The
BMI is calculated by dividing the
weight by the height squared. A BMI
between 19 and 25 is considered to
be of normal weight, and over 30 is
obese. Between 25 and 30 includes
individuals who are overweight but
not obese.

Often weight loss is the first and
only manifestation of an illness. But
in frail older persons over the age of
80 and despite an extensive evaluation, no cause for the weight loss can
be found. This condition is often referred to as "failure to thrive" and
virtually no intervention leads to
weight gain. It also indicates a substantially shorter life expectancy.

Only if a correctable cause for
weight loss can be identified is there
hope for significant improvement.
The most common causes are drugs,
depression and disease. It is remarkable how many medications can lead
to weight loss. These include medications used to treat depression,
heart disease, Alzheimer's disease,
and many other common conditions.
Medications causing weight loss are
so common that a physician or pharmacist must review every medica-

tion taken and discontinue those affecting appetite.

Depression is a common
cause of loss of appetite
leading to weight loss.
Symptoms can be difficult to identify, and if there is even the slightest
impression that the patient is depressed, therapy with antidepressants
and psychotherapy can be greatly
beneficial. Interestingly, even though
many of the drugs used to treat depression suppress appetite, addressing the root cause of the depression
can help patients readily gain back
any lost weight.
Many diseases are associated with
weight loss. These include serious
infections, immune diseases and cancers. A careful history, physical examination, laboratory tests and
appropriate X rays and imaging studies are required to identify illness,
such as tuberculosis, various illnesses associated with joint pains
and many cancers.
If a specific illness is identified and
treated weight gain will frequently
occur spontaneously. However, in
patients diagnosed with chronic conditions that are not curable, gaining
weight becomes a challenge. Every
effort must be taken to increase calorie and fat intake. In general, this
means a high-fat, high-protein diet.
This includes full cream ice cream,
fatty meats, bacon and eggs or
chocolates. Fried foods are better

than grilled, and always avoid
"empty calories," such as candy or
sodas. Nutritional supplements can
be of value as well. The supplement
chosen should have the highest fat
and calorie content possible.
Another important recommendation
is to graze rather than have big
meals. Slowly sipping a supplement
or milkshake over a few hours will
not lead to satiety as quickly as consuming 12 ounces in a few minutes.
The slower you eat over time, the
more calories consumed over 24
hours.
And finally, there is compelling evidence that without exercise and
physical therapy aimed at increasing
muscle, effective weight gain will
never occur. And sadly to date, there
are no medications that help stimulating appetite that are effective.
Many of my overweight patients
over the age of 75 still are willing to
try anything to lose weight. Sadly, at
this age it is better to be pleasantly
plump than shedding pounds that are
likely to lead to ill health.
Dr.
David
Lipschitz
is
the
author
of
the
book
"Breaking
the
Rules
of
Aging."
More
information
is
available
at:
DrDavidHealth.com
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Dear Doug By Doug Mayberry

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Reset and Recharge

Q: Many of our friends who share

their feelings with us tell us how depressed they are becoming. Most
agree that the TV talking heads are
the worst because they only deliver
bad news. They repeat it over and
over.
We feel helpless because we cannot
do anything about it. How can we
lift their spirits?

A: We live in a highly competitive
world. Many of us are sympathetic
toward our fellow man and would
like to help. Some of us internalize
our personal fears about health,
aging, finances, family relationships
and other factors that cause us even
more stress.
Helplessness discourages hope. Pessimism makes people less capable of
acting effectively, even when it is in
their own best interests.
Statistics confirm the things we
worry about are only going to happen about half the time. For example, one out of 10 men fears prostate
problems. Yet those problems only
occur in about 10 percent of men.
Also, other fears, such as diabetes,
auto accidents and unforeseen experiences occur less frequently than we
think. Some of us overreact to ongoing bad news.
Most media focus on bad news to get
our attention. According to Geoff
Meeker, a media columnist, programmers and editors choose to disseminate negative news because the
public is attracted and fascinated by

it. He reminds us that man against
man is our history. Wars and sports
events are obvious examples.
The reality is that news is only interesting if it includes conflict.
One practical solution is to turn
down the noise and attempt to turn it
off.

There are many websites available.
If you do not own a computer, your
librarian can help you find those
sources.
It is very important for you to find
some time out for yourself and take a
break. If you don't, you may experience a burnout yourself and then
who will be able to help?

Do not be hesitant to ask neighbors,
strangers and others to whom you
come into contact for help. We all
need help sometimes, and you will
be surprised how many people come
forward to help!
Doug
Mayberry
makes
the
most
of
life
in
a
Southern
California
Retirement
community.
Contact
him
at

deardoug@msn.com.

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One reader told me when she wakes
up she turns on the old LUCY/DESI
episodes to make her laugh while
she gets dressed.
The answer to how best rid yourself
of pessimism lies in how you respond to whatever happens to you.
Choose positive options. Recharge
and try to eliminate information that
makes you unhappy. Search for good
news and focus on it!

Q: My husband and I have enjoyed
a 44-year love affair. Six months
ago, we learned he has terminal cancer. The doctors predict that he only
has about another six to months.
I have willingly become his full-time
caretaker. Both of our children live
in distant states and are not in a position to help us financially or in person.
I am getting worn down and need
help. I am depressed, stressed out,
and my energy is draining fast.
Where can I get help?

A: Helpful sources can be your
local senior center, asking your doctors for resources, your religion,
neighbors and hospice-care worker.

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By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

This is the time of year for those who
have outdoor plants and vegetables fear
– the upcoming freeze. Typically we see
our first freeze November 14th in El
Paso and November 5th in Las Cruces.
It is a sad time of year for me because I
really enjoy grabbing a large ripe
tomato from my garden anytime I’m
ready for that burger or turkey sandwich. But did you know that we can
protect our plants from the first freeze
as long as it doesn’t get too cold?

If the temperature is expected to hit a
low around 32 degrees, we can stave off
the damage by implementing a couple
of tactics. One of these is watering the
soil around the plant early that day. This
can help raise the temperature by two or
three degrees. The moist soil will absorb
more heat from the sun during the daylight and then reradiate that warmth at
night thus protecting the plant.

Weather Trivia:
When does El Paso typically see our first hard freeze?
(typically upper 20's for two to three hours)
A. November 15
B. November 24
C. December 2
D. December 12

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time for the First Freeze

plants. You typically do not want to rest
the covering on the plant itself but support it by a surrounding structure such
as using stakes. Make sure the covering
reaches all the way to the ground. This
procedure could increase the temperature by a few degrees. You could also
use a small electric heater or a light bulb
to allow for a larger
drop in temperatures.

The other option is to place a sheet,
blanket or a plastic cover over the
“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.

Answer: A - November 24

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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from November 2013
If you want your upcoming event listed in Mature Time’s Out & About section, please send all your relevant data
by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

NORThEAST/CENTRAL
Fort Bliss Holiday Bazaar —
The NCO Wives’ Club will host the
annual bazaar Nov. 2-3 at the Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Bldg. 1717
Marshall (at Hahn). The bazaar features more than 120 vendors from
throughout the Southwest offering
arts, crafts. Various military units
will sell food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission: $1 (free for children); includes free door prize ticket.
Information: 309-0970 or 590-7202.

Concordia Dia de Los Muertos — Concordia Heritage Association and Paso Del Norte Paranormal
Society celebrate Day of the Dead 4
to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell
(between Boone and Stevens) with a
ghost tour, fortune teller, flower vendors, decorated altars and more. Proceeds go toward the restoration and
preservation of Concordia Cemetery.
Tickets: $5 ($1 age 16 and younger;
$2 seniors 60 and older, military and
military dependents). Information:
694-2317, help@ghosts915 or concordiacemetery.org.
Guests may “get in the spirit” and
come dressed as Calacas or Catrinas.

Dia de Los Muertos en Buena
Vista — The Buena Vista community will host a Dia de Los Muertos
celebration 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 2, at Centro Artistico y
Cultural, 120 Courshesne (off of
West Paisano, south of Racetrack
Drive), with music, art, food, and
community altars, artists Israel Armendariz and Aryk Gardea, Buena

Vista Azteca Dancers, Mary Lou Valencia, painting of the “Worlds
largest painted skull,” a skull painting station, papel picado, dead bread,
roasted corn Café El Chuco, coffee
and other refreshments. Admission is
free; donations accepted. Information: (619) 886-1892 or centroartisticobv.blogspot.com.
World music group Ceiba hosts a
Latin American Roots Music workshop 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the event.
Music by Dr. Iya Khan is 9 p.m. to
midnight on the outdoor stage. Khan
has been a professional musician for
more than 25 years. The solo exhibition “all things dead” features
works by David Lyon Andersen.

A Christmas Fair’ — The Junior
League of El Paso’s 40th annual holiday shopping fair, “The Magic of
Christmas” is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3, at the El Paso Convention Center. The fair brings
together about 200 merchants from
across the country as well as arts,
crafts, live entertainment, music,
photos with Santa and more. Details
to be announced. Information: 5843511 or info@jlep.org. Web:
jlep.org.

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing —
The 12th annual market now runs
year round. Winter hours 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturdays. This “producers
only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans.
Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ —
Broadway in El Paso presents the
Tony-winning Broadway musical at

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Plaza
Theatre, inspired by the electrifying
true story of the famed recording
session that brought together rock ’n’
roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny
Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl
Perkins for the first and only time.
(Ticketmaster).

work from UTEP's Metals Program.
This is an excellent place to get
some holiday shopping done and to
see beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade work, made here in the USA.

Las Artistas Art & Fine
Crafts Show

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort
and Casino — Mescalero, N.M.
Shows begin at 8 p.m. Age 21 and
older admitted. Tickets sold through
Ticketmaster; prices listed do not include service charge. Information: 1877-277-5677 or
innofthemountaingods.com. • Grand
Funk Railroad — The classic rock
blues band performs Saturday, Nov.
2. Tickets: $25-$75.

Saturday, Nov 23 10:00a to 5:00p
Price 3.00
First Presbyterian Church
1340 Murchison Dr.
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 533-7551
The Las Artistas Art & Fine Craft
Show and Sale, will feature the work
of over 70 juried artists, and students

SOUThERN
NEW MEXICO

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Dia de los Muertos — The
Calavera Coalition hosts its celebration of Day of the Dead at Old
Mesilla Plaza 2 to 8 p.m. Friday;
noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1-3, with food,
music, stories, dancing and piñatas.
Traditional day of the dead altars
will be on display. Altars can be to
specific persons, groups of people, a
cause, or beloved pets. Vendors will
feature hand-made Day of the Deadthemed gifts. No political campaigning allowed. Admission is free;
donations of non-perishable food
items encouraged. Suggested cost
for altar builders is five canned food
items per altar. Proceeds donated to
local charities including Casa de
Peregrinos Food Bank and Community of Hope. Information: (575)
647-2639 or

calaveracoalition@q.com. A candlelight procession to the cemetery
is 7 p.m. All Souls Day, Saturday,
Nov. 2 to the San Albino Cemetery
and back to the plaza for pan de
muerto and coffee.

42nd annual event, sponsored by the
Doña Ana Arts Council, is 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at “Ye Olde”
Young Park, intersection of Walnut
and Lohman in Las Cruces. Admission: $6 donation (free for children
12 and under). No pets except service animals allowed. Information:
(575) 523-6403 or las-crucesarts.org.

3:00p. Price Free
Mesilla Valley Mall
700 S. Telshor Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88007
Molina Healthcare is hosting a free
yoga class in Las Cruces for all ages
that is open to the public and designed to make yoga fun and exciting for people who have never tried
it before. Instead of the slow, meditative music most people associate
with yoga, this event will have a live
DJ mixing popular music and energetic yoga instructor teaching some
basic poses designed to get your
heart rate up while calming your
mind.
The first 200 people to attend the
event will receive a free yoga mat.

Yoga to the Beat in Las
Cruces Saturday, Nov 9 1:00p to

Healing Place Church 3rd
annual Christmas Fair

Renaissance Artsfaire — The

Continued from page 3
It’s about pooling your resources together,
which is what anybody, at any capacity, does.” Perez
herself contracted polio at a young age due to a
failed polio inoculation. She holds degrees from
UTEP and UT-Austin, so she knows not only the difficulties her clients face, but also what is possible
with the right motivation and assistance.
Luis Enrique Chew, Executive Director of
Volar, wanted to stress that the message is for people
with disabilities not only to survive, but to actively
participate in their community. “Don’t stay at home.
Get involved with agencies, with your church, with
any kind of events. Be visible. We wish to show that
having a disability is a natural part of life. As we all
age, we tend to acquire disabilities. So we being in
the community is beneficial to everyone. I’d like to
think that if President Roosevelt (who had polio) had
made it a point to be seen in a wheelchair, many
things would have been different now.”

The conference also brings in representatives
from various agencies that advocate for the disabled.
Dennis Borel, Executive Director of the Coalition of
Texans with Disabilities, based out of Austin, came
to speak about his agency’s role in the community.
“We’re an advocacy group for people with disabilities. We work with agencies like Volar who our
troops on the ground, the people who know their
communities best. I’ll get calls from people like Dan
(Monroe at Volar) about situations or laws that need
to be changed or implemented, that deal with everything from architectural laws to accessibility to technology.” Borel explained that one of the victories he
saw this year was getting the Texas government to
increase funding by over $600 million to provide
more community services.
Borel summed up the purpose of the conference with their focus on independence and equal integration into the community. “The more we can
have people with disabilities working, paying taxes,
going to church and voting, the stronger the community will be as a whole.
For more information about the conference and assistance for the disabled, contact Volar at
www.volarcil.org

Saturday, Nov 16 10:00a to 3:00p
Healing Place Church
5312 Rio Bravo Dr.
Suite 12
Santa Teresa, NM 88008
(575) 502-4079
We are excited to host our 3rd annual Christmas Fair at Healing Place
Church Lots of food, fun, shopping
with great local vendors and door
prizes to be given!

A Christmas Carol
Friday, Nov 22 7:30p, Sat Nov 23
7:30p, Sun Dec 1(2:00pm), Thu Dec
5 7:30p , Fri Dec6 7:30p
NMSU Center For The Arts
1000 E. University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88003 Las Cruces,
NM
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Numbers Game

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ACROSS
1 Toast type
6 Vitamin A veggies
10 Pigeon kin
14 Dostoevsky novel,
with The
15 Jai- ___
16 Zoology suffix
17 Useless person
19 More, occasionally
20 Price of doing
business
21 Pathet ___
22 Danish coin
24 Comedian
27 Smoothly, in
music
30 Lose, as power
31 Almanac filler
32 Deviation
33 Bigfoot's kin
37 Come together
38 Psychologist Havelock
39 Crude
40 Impediment
42 Catch redhanded
43 Mideast gulf
45 Far out
47 Roman assassin
48 Press
52 Ed Wood actor
53 Here, in Nice
54 Get the flu
57 Director Preminger
58 Intuition
62 Check

27 Arrives later
28 Garden of ___
29 Charity do
32 Cautionary device
34 Rate anagram
35 Restriction: var.
36 Tennessee Waltz
beginning

63 Sermon theme
64 Musician Lopez
65 Aphrodite's squeeze
66 Columnist Barry
67 Epsom ___

DOWN
1 Irritate
2 Reporter Magnus
3 Biography
4 HS course
5 Spokesperson, sometimes
6 Naive sort

7 English festival
8 Ginnie ___
9 Decorative touches
10 Hokum
11 Olympic stage
12 Up and about
13 Iraqi port
18 City on the Brazos
23 Extreme, to a
hipster
24 Fall
25 Nervous types
26 Troll for fish

38 Pumped
41 Ruth and Gale
43 Agent's clientele
44 What, in Seville
46 Actress Hagen
47 Musical family
48 4 Down topic
49 Peckinpah product
50 Free
51 Book page
54 Pea family shrub
55 "___ it romantic . .
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56 Garlands
59 Marsh elder
60 MCD divided by C
61 Historian's specialty

Pecan Festival
Tuesday, Nov 26 11:00a to
7:00p
Phone (575) 524-2408
Price Adults - $10.50, Children (under 12) - $8.50, Children (under 2) - Free
St. Clair Winery and Bistro
1800 Avenida De Mesilla
Las Cruces, NM 88046
524-0390
New Mexico is one of the top
three pecan-growing states in
the United States and this festival celebrates the role pecans
and the pecan industry play in
New Mexico in general and in
Dona Ana county in particular.
Lots of good family fun, celebrating and promoting the
Pecan!
SAN ELIZARIO

Mission Trail Art Market Sunday, Nov 17 11:00a
to 6:00p Price FREE
San Elizario Historic District.
1501 Main St.
San Elizario, TX 79849
(915) 851-0093
Discover the Mission Trail Art
Market, The Mission Valley’s
premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across
the region present an amazing
selection of quality art and
craft. The event is Pet
Friendly. All amoungst the Art
Galleries, in the Historic San
Elizario Art District. Live Entertainment and more. Be
Sure to catch the "Billy The
Kid Breakout" show by the
'Pistoleros De San Elizario'
reenactment troupe at 1 &
3pm. FREE. Make it a Day!
Come and Play!

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The Lions of El Paso County Invite Local Veterans to Join Club
The sixteen El Paso, Horizon, and
Fabens Lions Clubs are offering
local U.S. veterans a special opportunity to serve their community.

by Lions Clubs International that offers qualified U.S. veterans an entrance fee waiver when joining a
local Lions club.

The Involve
a
U.S. Veteran program
is a nationwide initiative sponsored

Eligible veterans include retired U.S.
military personnel or honorably-dis-

charged members of the Air Force,
Army, Coast Guard Services,
Marines, National Guard, Navy or
Reserves. Those currently serving in
the National Guard or Reserves are
also eligible.
To learn more about the Involve
a
U.S. Veteran program or about a specific El Paso County Club contact
Lion Past District Governor Dean
Royalty at 915-820-3493.
The sixteen clubs meet at different
times and dates all over El Paso
County, and one will be suited for
you.

Lions Clubs International is the
largest service club organization in
the world. Its 1.35 million members
in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in over 200 countries and geographical areas around
the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs
have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives
and strengthened local communities
through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.
For more information about Lions
Clubs International,
visit lionsclubs.org.

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