The El Paso Museum of Art announces

Discovering the American Modern Song
Book: Standards from 1900-1960
a vocal performance by Laura Tate Goldman
Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:00 PM FREE
Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM in
the El Paso Energy Auditorium at
the El Paso Museum of Art for
Discovering the American Modern Song Book: Standards from
1900-1960, a vocal performance
by Laura Tate Goldman. Seat-

by the Ball Boy

Standard composed by Jazz musician
Thelonious Monk (Around Midnight,

Sponsored in part by United
Bank of El Paso del Norte

The El Paso Museum of Art Museum
School and Educational Programs are
ing is limited to the
generously supported by The Marian
first 200 people, and is
Meaker Apteckar Foundation, Wilma
on a first-come, firstD. Moleen Foundation, Moor Foundation, The Boeing Company, Teresa
served basis. FREE.
E. Bustamante and Jorge A. Vergen,
Shiloff Family Foundation, Texas
Laura Tate Goldman
Live five piece jazz concert perCommission on the Arts, The El Paso Muformance featuring the great songs of unrequited
seum of Art Foundation, Museums & Cultural
and fulfilled love during the development of
Affairs Department, and the City of El Paso.
jazz, blues, and soft rock standards by the great
artists of the time, including Arthur Hamilton
Parking is available at the Convention Center,
(Cry Me a River, c. 1920s, recorded in the
Camino Real Hotel, and Mills Plaza Parking
1950s), Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (Stormy
Garage for a small fee. Limited metered parking
Weather, 1933) Cole Porter (I’ve Got you Under
is available on Main Street. Free metered parkmy Skin, 1936), and the most recorded Jazz
ing on Saturdays and Sundays.

Miner Basketball is finally upon us and the
city is tremendously excited. A new landscape in C-USA creates new potential rivalries and a lot of unknown for the Miners.
UCF, Houston, SMU and Memphis all departed and leaves UTEP and Southern Miss
to take dominance in a somewhat new conference. The Miners face Loyola this Saturday at 7pm in what will be a very exciting
first game of the season. UTEP has even
lowered the price of ALL tickets to $10.
UTEP did awesome in its exhibition last
weekend against Southeastern Oklahoma
State winning 91-63. The Miners had 5 play-

ers in double figures lead by Senior John
Bohannon with 16 pounds and 9 rebounds.
Freshman Vince Hunter impressed with 15
points and 8 rebounds. The 21st rated senior in the country last year will be a good
help to the Miners on the boards this season.
The Miners look to start strong early in the
season. Any real test doesn't happen until
the Miners head to the Battle for Atlantis
tournament at the end of the month. UTEP
could potentially face top 10 ranked Kansas
or even USC.


On November 3nd, the annual El
Paso Motorcycle Coalition Toy Run was held
from the truck driving school in Sunland Park
to Cohen Stadium.
This year over 2000 bikers rode from
Woodrow Beams Transmountain. This years
31th annual run got a lot of great sponsors that
included Bronco Disposal, Popular Mattress,
El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, Walgreens, Camacho Real Estate and San Jose Funeral Homes.

People looking to donate more toys can do so
at their nearby Walgreens until December
This years run is expected to get over 5000
toys for underprivileged children in the El
Paso area. The El Paso Motorcycle Coalition
has done a tremendous job at keeping this
even growing in the sun city.

The El Paso Museum of History
at 510 North Santa Fe Street
will be celebrating the holiday
season with a Festival of Trees
starting on November 27,
2013. The museum is inviting
local businesses, community associations and families to display a decorated holiday tree in
the museum. Deadline to submit
your participation will be
November 20, 2013. Thank you
for supporting the El Paso Museum of History.
For further information and to
submit your participation, please

Images: Courtesy of Google

El Paso Motorcycle Coalition Toy Run El Paso Museum of History Seeks
photos by Ricky Jimenez Carrasco
Participants for Festival of Trees

call Marilú Valenzuela Alemán
at 915.351.3588 or email at


More Restaurants Join Eat Well!
El Paso in Time for Holidays
While families prepare Thanksgiving menus,
area restaurants debut revamped children’s
El Paso, Texas –The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is
happy to announce the second wave of locally owned restaurants that
are fully participating in the Eat Well! El Paso initiative. This program
matches restaurant owners with nutrition professionals to create a
healthy children’s menu that is low in calories and high on nutrition.
“During the upcoming winter months eating out may be a more
common option for local families, but thanks to the Eat Well! El Paso
initiative, finding healthier options for the kids will be a lot easier,”
said Joy Leos, Project Coordinator. “We hope moms and dads take
into consideration what their children are eating during the holiday
It is an important concept, because obesity among children is a
growing trend in our nation and in our community. Proper nutrition is
one way to help battle this dangerous condition. Locally owned
restaurants in El Paso are taking a step forward and doing their part
to positively impact children in our community by offering meals that
meet established nutrition standards based on calorie, fat, and sodium
limits. In addition, sugar sweetened beverages such as sodas are not
allowed on the children’s menu. Allowable beverages include 100%
juice, low fat or fat free milk, and other unsweetened beverages such
as water or tea.
The nutrition professionals assist the restaurant owners to improve
children’s entrées and side dishes by altering cooking methods,
reducing portion sizes, adjusting recipes, and adding more fruits and
Sara Peidle, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, has been working
with the Eat Well! El Paso program since its inception. “I decided to
work on this project because I believe we need to do more to
promote the health of El Paso children through good nutrition,” she

The following restaurants have launched their new Eat
Well! El Paso children’s menu:

Moe’s Restaurant, 6298 Alameda 79905; 779-9542
The Green Ingredient, 201 E. Main St. 79901; 298-1010
Chubb’s BBQ, 5810 Dyer 79904; 471-8019
Casa Pizza, 1311 Magruder 79925; 775-2010
Forti’s Mexican Elder, 321 Chelsea 79905; 772-0066
Los Aguachiles, 7500 N. Mesa, #107 79912; 585-7588
To learn more about the Eat Well! El Paso Restaurant Initiative, visit
our website at and click on the special projects
tab. Locally owned restaurants interested in participating may call
The mission of the El Paso Department of Public Health is to work in
partnership with people in our community to promote and protect the
health of the borderland. For more information on the programs and
services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit or call 2-1-1.


- Ten schools from across the U.S. will each win $1,000 grant
for drug prevention - Ten families will each win an iPad for their home Online voting ends on Tuesday, November 19th,
at 11:59 p.m. (EST) There will be one winning family
from each of the ten regions nationwide.
The National Family Partnership®
(NFP) announces that online voting
is now live for the national contest
for its 28th annual Red Ribbon
Week®, until 11:59 p.m. (EST)
Tuesday, November 19th. This
year, families across America can
vote online and help promote
awareness in their communities.
Here's how families entered the national contest by decorating the
front of their homes with this year's
message: "A Healthy Me Is Drug
1.Students brought the Red Ribbon
Week® message home by working
alongside parents to decorate their
front door, mailbox, fence, etc. with
this year’s theme “A Healthy Me Is
Drug Free™.”
2.They took a photo with their family and their Red Ribbon Week®
decoration, then uploaded it to or to
(only parents or those aged 18+
could upload photos).
3.The voting is now live! Contestants are asking family and friends
in their communities and local
schools to vote for their entries at Ten lucky
winners from regions across the
U.S. will win. Winners will be announced on December 6th on the website and at
events at the winning schools in
“Year after year, students have
taken Red Ribbon Week’s® message of prevention home to their
neighborhoods with this national
contest,” said the NFP’s Volunteer
President Peggy Sapp. “By decorating their homes together with this
year’s Red Ribbon theme, families
carried the message to their communities. Now during the online
voting period, families can come to-

gether to discuss prevention and
awareness while choosing their favorite entries and the Red Ribbon
message can continue to be shared
with their network of supporters online.”
The nation’s oldest and largest drug
prevention campaign reaches more
than 80 million people nationwide.
The DEA is co-sponsoring this
year’s national contest. “The DEA
is proud to partner with the National Family Partnership on this
contest and other initiatives that
spread the drug prevention message
throughout our local communities,”
said DEA Administrator Michele
M. Leonhart. “Wearing red ribbons
in October represents our pledge to
be drug free and honors the sacrifice of DEA Special Agent Enrique
“Kiki” Camarena and all who have
lost their lives in the fight against
drugs.”Adds the NFP’s Peggy Sapp:
“Take the Red Ribbon Week®
pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug
free.” Visit to take
the pledge.
About the National Family Partnership (NFP) and Red Ribbon
The NFP was established in 1980,
and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy.
Its mission is to lead our nation’s
families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy,
drug-free youth. Red Ribbon
Week® is the nation’s largest and
oldest drug prevention campaign,
reaching 80 million people. NFP
created the campaign in response to
the 1985 abduction and murder of
DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.


Seville Recreation Center
Youth Volleyball Skills
Sign Up Now
Who: El Paso Parks and Recreation Department
What: Youth Volleyball Skills Camp (Ages 4-11)
When: Registration starts November 1, 2013
Camp starts December 2, 2013
Where: Seville Recreation Center, 6700 Sambrano


El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department will start registration for a co-ed Youth Volleyball
Skills Camp for children ages 4-11 from November 1, 2013
through November 29, 2013 at the Seville Recreation Center,
6700 Sambrano Dr.
The eight week camp begins December 2, 2013 lasting through
January 28, 2014. The camp days will be 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
on Mondays and Tuesdays for the 4-7 year old age group and for
ages 8-11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Center.
The registration fee is $40 per participant and scholarships are

Jorge Palacio or Rosa E. Montes at (915) 778-6722

Road Race at Hidden Valley Park
Free Event on Saturday, December 14, 2013
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a free Road Race at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday December
14, 2013 at the Hidden Valley Park, 200 Coconut Tree Ln.
The race will have a women’s and men’s division with competition in two separate categories for ages 50-59, 60-69 and also
for ages 70 and over.
Sylvia Marquez one of the event coordinator’s says, “This
is a fun, lively competition that all seniors and citizens of El Paso
can enjoy.”
Eliseo Duran (915) 544-0753 or (915) 503-6544


Texas celebrates three decades of
Lemon Law relief for new car buyers
AUSTIN – Don’t let the stress
of having problems with a new
vehicle put the squeeze on you.
Today the Texas Department of
Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is
celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the state’s Lemon
Law. To mark the occasion,
Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed today “Texas Lemon
Law Day.”
Through this law, consumers
buying or leasing defective new

flaw fixed. This law provides
real relief for the innocent car
The TxDMV provides a wealth
of consumer protection resources to assist Texans before
they even begin the process of
buying a vehicle. Once the purchase is complete, if you have
repeated problems getting the
vehicle to operate the way it
should, the TxDMV may be
able to provide “Lemon-Aid.”
The first step for consumers is to file a
Lemon Law complaint form with a
$35 fee and provide
notice of the complaint to the manufacturer with a final
opportunity to fix the

than 16,000
complaints and received more
than $113 million in relief.
“Buying a new car or truck is a
big decision for many families,” said TxDMV Executive
Director Whitney Brewster. “If
your new vehicle has unresolved problems, we’re here to
help. In many cases, the
TxDMV can work directly with
the consumer and manufacturer
to reach an amicable resolution.”
Texas was one of the first states
to pass a Lemon Law to assist
buyers and manufacturers with
new vehicle warranty performance.
“The Lemon Law is a true case
where we took lemons and
turned them into lemonade,”
said former Senator R.E.
‘Buster’ Brown who authored
the bill during the 68th Texas
Legislature in 1983. “As a state
senator, I heard about so many
cases where an individual purchased a vehicle and spent
years trying to get an incurable

Lemon Law program staff will
review the complaint and attempt to resolve it through mediation between both parties. If
unresolved, the complaint will
be referred for a hearing before
an administrative law judge at
the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). (Note:
Beginning in January 2014, the
hearing process will transfer
from SOAH to the TxDMV.)
Resolution options include repurchase, repair or refund depending on the facts of the
The Texas Lemon Law applies
to new or leased cars, trucks,
motorcycles, motor homes and
titled/registered travel trailers.
Used vehicles may be covered
under laws related to warranty
performance if they are still
covered by the manufacturer’s
original warranty.
The Texas Department of
Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is
charged with overseeing the

state’s motor vehicle services
that provide consumer protection, assist motor vehicle-related businesses and raise
revenue for the state. For every
$1 it spends, the TxDMV returns $10 to build and maintain
highways, roads and bridges
and provide needed services to
Texans. Each year the agency
registers more than 23 million
vehicles; regulates more than
23,000 vehicle dealers; credentials buses and big trucks for
intrastate and interstate commerce; and awards grants to
law enforcement agencies to reduce vehicle burglaries and

Learn more at

“Wildlife for Lunch” webinar
addressingF Wild Pig Management
Texas Wildlife Association has teamed with
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension !to host a series
of webinars covering a wide array of wildlife and
land management topics. These FREE online
! hour (noon
webinars are held during the lunch
– 1 p.m., CST) so that anyone interested may tune in during the work
day. The webinar series provides
sound, science-based wildlife
management information delivered by experts to you in the
comfort of your own home or office.
The next webinar, “Wild Pig
Management”, will be held on
Thursday, November 14th, 2013.
This month’s presenter will be Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Professor and Extension Wildlife and
Fisheries Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension. Life history and control techniques
for wild pigs will be discussed in this webinar.
Trapping is the landowner’s first line of defense

in the War on Wild Pigs and detailed trapping
best management practices will be emphasized.
How to sign on: On the day of the webinar, simply point your browser to and click to join the
Wildlife for Lunch webinar. (Please note:
WebEx webinars are not supported on
handheld devices such as iPads or
iPhones.) Each web based seminar is
fully interactive and allows you to
engage the experts, make comments,
and ask questions during the course
of the presentation.
If you cannot
make the live webinar: Each
webinar is archived and available for viewing
following the initial air date at the Texas Wildlife
Association website:
For more information: Contact Texas Wildlife
Association’s Clint Faas at or 1-800-839-9453.


Bringing Texas Closer to the Rest of The World

2013 Veterans Day Gala
honors Veterans

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Previous visits to Israel – a significant trading partner of our
state – helped spur the creation
of the Texas-Israel Chamber of
Commerce, an organization
based in Houston that facilitates further commerce between Texas and Israeli

In 2012, Texas exported nearly
$265 billion in goods and services. That amount is larger than
the entire GDP of countries like
Chile, Nigeria, the Philippines
and Portugal.

This trip helped build upon
those existing economic ties,
and brought us closer together
culturally as we announced
plans for a Texas A&M international branch campus in
Nazareth. The goal for this
campus is admittedly lofty: To
be a means to preserve peace
and build understanding between cultures. We want to see
students and instructors from a
diverse array of nationalities,
faiths and backgrounds within
its classrooms, with each student learning more about the
world and the bright possibilities that lie ahead for all of us.
Again, that’s a tall order. But
after speaking with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon
Peres, and people throughout
the region about their vision,
it’s easy to see why these goals
are achievable. I’m proud that
Texas will play a part in it.
Additionally, trips like this one
– which included a stop in Lon-

We’ve established ourselves as
a global trade leader. And with
the growing investment in
Texas from worldwide innovators like Samsung, Toyota and
Apple, that’s certainly not
going to change anytime soon.
While in Israel, I also met with
Israeli Deputy Foreign Affairs
Minister Zeev Elkin; Minister
of Energy and Water Silvan
Shalom; Minister of Finance
Yair Lapid; Minister of Economy and Trade Naftali Bennett;
Minister of Defense Moshe
Ya'alon; as well as executives
from a variety of Israeli industries.
While in the United Kingdom, I
was honored to meet with officials such as Hugh Michael
Robertson, Minister of State at
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Edward Davey,
Secretary of the State for Energy and Climate; and key leaders from the financial industry.
Among the themes that
emerged consistently throughout these meetings were energy
and water issues that countries
around the world are facing –

and they’re certainly issues
we’re used to dealing with in
Energy has always played a key
role in our economy. Not just
oil and gas, but alternative or
renewable sources, like wind
and solar.
In terms of water, Israel and
Texas share many of the same
challenges. We both have an
acute need to utilize the latest
technology and strategies to
make the most of the water
supplies we have.

the concept of competition, the
ones that understand the value
of economic freedom, and the
ones that make the most of the
resources at their disposal. In
that way, it’s similar to what
I’ve discussed on the state level
in the United States. The states
that truly “get it” about the importance of job creation are the
ones that will prosper.
As I said consistently, the freedom to excel and make the
most of our opportunities is
what made the United States
great, and embracing that has
made Texas our nation’s economic powerhouse over the
past decade.
I’m always excited to tell that
story to employers everywhere.

Israel provides an excellent example of how to maximize
water supplies. The country already has a water reuse rate of
more than 80 percent, with
goals to push that past 90 percent in the near future. With
voter approval next week, we’ll
have an opportunity to fund
water projects in Texas for the
next 50 years, many of them
projects that will help us increase the reuse and recycling
of our existing supplies. This is
projected to push our water
reuse to more than 10 percent.
Throughout the trip, I was reminded that the countries that
are going to succeed in the future are the ones that embrace

Seville Recreation Center
Arts and Crafts Fair
Sign Up Now
Who: El Paso Parks and Recreation Department
What: Arts and Crafts Fair
When: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
November 20, 2013
Where: Seville Recreation Center, 6700 Sambrano
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and
Recreation Department will host an Arts and
Crafts Fair at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
November 20, 2013 at Seville Recreation Center, 6700 Sambrano Ave. Vendor spaces are
available for $5 per table for Arts and Crafts Exhibitors and $45 per table for Non-Craft Vendors.


don, as well – underscore our
state’s growing status as a
global trade power. Many people aren’t aware that Texas is
the United States’ top exporter.
Fewer still know we’ve held
that title for 11 years running.

Cost is $30 for a seat, or $300 for a table of ten. The dress
code for this event is coat and tie for civilians and Army Service Uniform for
the military.
Don’t miss this opportunity to come out
and honor our Veterans.
For ticket information, call (915) 568-4601
or 568-2497.


The link between Israel and Texas is as strong as
ever, and I was honored to be
in the Holy Land recently to
witness critical new milestones
in the deepening of our relationship.

FORT BLISS, Texas—Area Veterans organizations are hosting
the 2013 Veterans Day Gala at the Centennial Banquet and
Conference Center, 6 p.m., Nov. 7. The theme is Veterans
Honoring Veterans. Each Veterans organization will select
one of their Veterans to be honored at the gala.
Members of the public are invited to purchase tickets to attend the event.

Jorge Palacio or Rosa E. Montes
at (915) 778-6722


Weather Trivia:

How much precipitation does El Paso average
each year?
A. 7.35”
B. 8.91”
C. 9.43”
D. 10.51”

Reserve your space today!


Answer: C – 9.43”

Weather 101

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

How’s the Drought?
The good news is that the El
Paso area is not looking at any major
drought issues this time of year. The
U.S. Drought Monitor has far west
Texas and El Paso in the “healthy” zone
considering where we were at the beginning of the summer. Our recent wet
spell for the months of July and September really aided our once dismal status. The upcoming winter could drop us
back down a couple of categories if we
don’t get much precipitation for November.
Las Cruces is still regarded to
be in what is considered “abnormally
dry.” Some light rain last week helped a
little but not enough to mark any real

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The state of California and Nevada are
enduring some of the driest conditions
right now across the country.
“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You
can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10
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The Grand Theatre starts

“Cans for a Cause”
Food Drive
The Grand Theatre 10 will donate
to local food bank
Fort Bliss, TX. (Oct 7th, 2013) – The Grand Theatre 10 Fort Bliss, managed
by Southern Theatres, L.L.C., announces the start of the second annual “Cans
for a Cause” food drive, benefitting the West Texas Food Bank in El Paso.
From October 14th to November 21st, a specially-marked donation station will be set up lobby of the Grand Theatre for customers to drop
off unexpired non-perishable and canned goods.
As a special thank you,
for every 10 cans donated, the guest will receive a coupon for1 free
small Reel Rewards popcorn. As a thank you to
those most generous, single donations of 300 or
more cans will be entered
to win a Season Pass,
good for free admission
to the Grand Theatre during all of 2014.
“We are happy to once again be a part of providing a memorable holiday season for everyone,” said Ronald Krueger II, President and COO of Southern
Theatres, L.L.C. “We thank our patrons in advance for their generosity during
this food drive.”
The Grand Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility featuring stadium seating, digital sound, 3D presentations, high-back rocker seats, a specialty café and a
game room. Grand Theatre patrons enjoy the latest technologies and amenities
available–a signature trademark of Southern Theatres’ first-class customer
service and entertainment experience.
About Southern Theatres
Southern Theatres, LLC., owned and operated by George Solomon, was
formed in May of 2002. Solomon has been in the theatre business with his
family for over 50 years and launched Southern Theatres, LLC. to develop
and operate state-of-the art multiplex stadium-seating movie theatres.
In April 2005, Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) made a $30 million equity investment in Southern Theatres, LLC. VSS is a private equity and mezzanine
capital fund management company dedicated to investing in media, communications and information industries in North America and Europe.
Southern Theatres, LLC. is currently responsible for the daily operations of
The Grand Theatres, Amstar Cinemas, GrandLuxe Theatres, The Theatres at
Canal Place and oversight of operations for Movie Tavern. The company operates 36 locations with 433 screens in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Southern Theatres, LLC. is well positioned for
continued expansion in key markets throughout the United States. Southern
Theatres, LLC. is proud to be headquartered in New Orleans, LA.


17th Annual Veterans Parade &
November 9 & 10, 2013
San Elizario Veterans Memorial Plaza
1500 Main Street
San Elizario, Texas
The historic town of San Elizario will be celebrating its 17th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Celebration, on Saturday, November 9 & 10, 2013. The parade starts at 9:00 am, at
Thompson Rd and Socorro Rd and heads east on Socorro
Road to Main Street in San Elizario, ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of the San Elceario Church. The Celebration
will continue there, with Veteran presentations. Special Guests
and the 2013 Grand Marshall will be introduced, followed by
the lighting of the Candles and the POW-MIA table ceremony.
Five Veterans will be honored for their military service. The Veterans Celebration will continue to midnight with numerous
food, art and craft vendors and fun for the kids, along with live
music entertainment. The Veterans Celebration will continue on
Sunday, November 10, from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The Veterans Committee of the San Elizario Genealogy and
Historical Society and the town of San Elizario, cordially invites
everyone to attend our Veterans Event in the San Elizario Historic District. Bring your families and enjoy a day honoring our
veterans. Visit our Presidio Chapel, the Portales Museum, the
Eduardo M. Pedregon Veterans Museum, the old jail, visit the
Veterans Memorial Walk Project, and the world famous Art

Information: 915-851-1682 / 915-851-0093
Contact: Ray Borrego, Chair, San Elizario Veterans Committee:


City streamlines
bidding process
for construction
More information now available online

EL PASO – Contractors seeking
to participate in construction projects for the City of El Paso will
have to make fewer trips to city offices and have more information
immediately available via the
city’s Web site.
Bid packets, the voluminous documents describing the specifications and requirements to bid on
city construction projects, were
previously available to contractors
if they were able to physically pick
them up at city offices.
Now, they’re also available on the
city’s Web site at Users will have to
create a username and password
to access information.
“These bid packets include so
much information that, in the past,
we haven’t had the space to post
them online,” said Leila Melendez,
interim deputy director of the City
of El Paso’s Engineering and
Construction Management Department. “We hope that having
all the documents available on the
Web site will make it easier for
more contractors to compete and
participate in these projects.”
The Engineering and Construction
Management Department oversees all aspects of the city’s Capital Improvement Program which
includes nearly 400 active projects and is valued at more than
$1 billion.


The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Presents

Plants and People of the Desert Southwest
Sat., November 16, 2013, 9 to 11 am, Free Admission

Those planning to attend should
contact the museum at
This program is co-sponsored by
the Las Cruces Chapter of the
New Mexico Native Plant Society
and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Alex Mares draws upon unique
knowledge and wisdom from
being raised with Native American
relatives and close friends in El
Paso and from both north and
south of the border. He went on to
add to his education through

2013 Spirit of Christmas, Safety
Town,Pride Day, Officer Appreciation and Recognition Programs.

Photos courtesy of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

Alex Mares speaks on the plants
used for food, medicine and all
kinds of materials needed for daily
life by the ancient people of El
Paso and the desert southwest, and
some still used by their modern
descendants. Participants will explore the Chihuahuan Desert
plants found on the museum’s
grounds with Alex and then go
into the museum to see both original and replica artifacts made from
those same plants.

Each program is a positive community contributor to the quality of life
for various eastside El
Paso citizens. For example, the 2012 Spirit of
Christmas Program provided 145 Christmas
gifts to needy eastside
El Paso elementary school
children. This year’s fundraiser
goals include an Officer of the Month Award, support for the annual Safety Town at the Pebble Hills
Regional Command Center, and support for the
annual Pride Day Volunteers Appreciation cookout.
Alex Mares leading a tour on the grounds of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

courses and degrees in anthropology and sociology at EPCC and
UTEP. He has been involved with
the American Indian Program of
NMSU and Indigenous Nations
for Community Action of Las
Cruces for more than ten years.
Alex has served as a state park
ranger in both Texas and New
Mexico. He is currently chair of
the Chihuahuan Desert Education
Coalition, based in El Paso and is
a member of the Friends Group of
the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

record a portion of his presentation. Brief recording for news
broadcasts or announcements before or after the event are generally permissible. Recordings of
any length for later commercial
use, sale, or business purposes are
not permissible. Mr. Mares is
available before or after the program for interviews.
Information: Marilyn Guida, 915755-4332,

Our Mission:

Photo of Alex and Lillian Mares

The El Paso Police
Foundation and the
Pebble Hills Regional
Command Citizen’s
Advisory Board (CAB)
are sponsoring a
fundraiser benefitting

Photography, Filming, Recording:
Alex Mares does not allow full
filming or recording of his entire
presentation by private individuals
or by representatives of the media.
Members of the media should
identify themselves with their credentials to Mr. Mares before the
presentation begins if you wish his
permission to photograph, film or

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is dedicated to the interpretation of archaeological and
anthropological artifacts through
research, exhibits, and education.
We focus on the prehistory and
culture of the El Paso-Juárez region and the Southwest.

This year’s fundraiser will continue to partner with
the established and well respected Leo's Mexican
Restaurants and the La Terraza Restaurant. Each
ticket holder will enjoy a Mexican combo plate. The
cost per ticket is $10.00 and includes dine-in or
carry-out. The tickets will be honored on November 11 or November 12 from 11am to 8:30pm.
The 3 participating restaurants are:
Leo's Mexican Restaurant (West) 7520 Remcon Circle - 833-1189
La Terraza Restaurant (East) 11250 Montwood Drive - 593-6400
*Leo's Mexican Restaurant (Central) 315
East Mills, Ave. 544-1001
*(from 9 am to 3pm this location only)
We truly appreciate your consideration and support
for this worthwhile fundraiser. If you wish to purchase tickets call Anna Nazario, CAB Co-Chairperson, 204-4326. Please make your check payable to
the El Paso Police Foundation with a note on the
check stating PHRCC-CAB.


Beer and Breweries on the Border
El Paso Archaeological Society Program
In Partnership with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 2:00 pm, Free Admission
Location: El Paso Museum of Archaeology
4301 Transmountain Drive, El Paso 79924
ur speaker Bill
known as
“Bottle Bill” for
his focus on historic bottles, shines a light on a
little known subject, El
Paso and Juarez breweries and how to identify
their bottles. Prior to the
arrival of the railroads,
the main source of alcohol in El Paso was wine.
The railroads brought
beer -- and beer bottles.
Photo of William “Bottle Bill”
The El Paso
thirst reached its limit in
1903, when a group of
businessmen opened the
El Paso Brewery. With
the advent of Texas prohibition in 1918, the
brewery closed. The corporation reorganized and
moved the brewery


across the border, where
it became the Juarez
Brewery. With the return
of drinking in 1933,
Harry Mitchell, the
owner of a Juarez bar and
restaurant, organized a
corporation that built the
Image of the El Paso Brewery

Harry Mitchell Brewery
on the foundation of the
old El Paso Brewery.
The firm sold to the Falstaff Brewing Assoc. in
1956, but Falstaff closed
the plant in 1967.
The building currently
houses apartments, offices, and art studios.
Bill Lockhart is a Sociology professor at the
Alamogordo campus of
New Mexico State University. He is also a hisImage of the Juarez Brewery

torical archaeologist,
specializing in glass containers. Lockhart has
written numerous articles
and several books on bottles and the bottle-related
industries of El Paso,
Southern New Mexico,
and Juarez. His latest
book, Breweries and
Beer Bottles at El Paso,
Texas, is on the history
of the El Paso brewing
industry and its bottles.
He has written several articles in The Artifact,
published by the El Paso
Archaeological Society,

on dating local/regional
glass bottles. In addition,
Lockhart plans to complete histories and bottle
chronologies of the El
Paso Dairy industry and
Drug Store industry before he retires in two
Information: 915-7554332;
Photo and images courtesy
of William Lockhart


Toy Run
Continued from page 3


returns to the Sun City November 12, 2013
returns to the Sun City November
12, 2013, UTEP Magoffin Auditorium, 7:00PM.
Known for their sensuous moves,
vibrant costumes, and scintillating
rhythms, Balé Folclórico da Bahia
performs traditional ‘Bahian’ folkloric dance forms including slave
dances, capoeira (a form of martial
arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival.
The diverse troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers brings together
this wide variety of dance styles
into one grand performance rich in
color, sound and movement. The
strong historic influence of the
African slaves, Portuguese people
and Indígena natives created a rich

mixed culture in which the stroll,
the smile, the flirtation, the glance,
the face, the voice, the skin and the

color of the Bahian people are
unique in the world.
This rich variety of influences is
translated into a contemporary theatrical vision of several Bahian
folktales, as well as modern forms
such as Samba Reggae. The stage
show of Balé Folclórico da Bahia
will have the audience in awe.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia made its
European debut in 1992 when it
participated in Berlin’s Alexander
Platz International Festival and
drew an audience of 50,000.
It’s most prestigious international
engagement to date has been a
spectacularly successful appearance
at the Biennale de la Danse in
Lyon, France. From among the
cover companies from four continents participating, the "New York
Times" commented that this Brazilian company exemplified the festival’s celebration of Africanderived
dance. Most recently, BFB performed for theopening ceremony
2010 FIFA World Cup tournament
in South Africa.

Their 2013 North American tour is a CELEBRATION of their 25th
Tickets available at the UTEP
Ticket Center 915.747.5234 or,
800.745.3000, tickets prices are
$34 & $29 + service fees.

Sharon Mosley

When it comes to planning for the holidays —
whether it's serving up a scrumptious
dinner or hosting a small cocktail party
for the neighbors — there's always one
thing to do first: Make a plan. Even
though you may still have candy left
over from Halloween, it doesn't mean
it's not too early to ditch the candy apples and get your mind stuck on sorting
out what you're going to wear for special occasions during the next few
months. Leave the scary costumes behind; it's time to put some festive
touches on your wardrobe. Start the
countdown now.

First, make a list
and make it count.
Santa does it, so can you. If you already
have special events on the calendar or
family dinners, then start writing it
down. Or let your phone keep you on
track. The holidays tend to snowball
once November rolls around, and we all
know where those end up ... at the bottom of the hill if we're not careful ...
covered up in more tidings of comfort
and joy than we can stand.

At the top of the list
should be shopping for
special clothes, if the occasion calls for it. If you've
got any "Save the Date" invites, go
ahead and set your sights on what
you might wear. If you rarely
attend black tie events,

you may need to carve out a date to
browse the Internet or the mall. There's
nothing worse than making a mad dash
to the designer department of your favorite store a day or two before the big
party to find nothing but picked-over offerings ... and nothing suitable in your
size. It is, indeed, a little too stressful,
and wouldn't you really rather be drinking eggnog before the fire, looking at
those beautiful fashion magazines and
imagining yourself the belle of the ball?
But even if you're just cooking up some
delicious fun for your relatives and
friends, or that special someone you've
just met on, dress up! Bring
out the velvet and brocade; make it festive. Or wear an embellished cardigan
and tee with your jeans. Comfortable
leggings and a graphic sweater is another stylish option. You can always
wear one of those fun holiday aprons!
Remember all those photos that will
show up on Facebook.
Anyway, we've all been there, so promise yourself that this year things will be
different and start shopping early if you
need to. You can always get some of
your holiday gift shopping done while
you are looking for the perfect dress, too
— hopefully, at a leisurely pace so big
mistakes are kept at a minimum. Or give
yourself enough time ahead of special
events so that if you do decide that you
really can't sit down in that frothy pink
feathery skirt or slinky sequin sheath,
you can still return it in plenty of time
and find another stunning entrance

Don't pass up vintage
stores. These are some of my
favorite places to find those unusual one-of-a-kind treasures to
wear and to give as gifts. I've
found patent leather 1950s
clutches, a Persian lamb
stole, suede platform
pumps, and tons of interesting statement jewelry.

A great pair of
rhinestone drop earrings will give that old, little black dress new sparkle
or make a wonderful gift for
a friend. And remember, one
size fits all is the perfect gift
you don't have to worry about returning. Indeed, make the weeks
before December count, scoring not
only stylish treats but also stocking
stuffers and hostess gifts.

Then don't forget to
make salon appointments
early. Even
if you wear
your favorite
on for
you'll feel more
like celebrating if your hair
looks good and your nails
are manicured! Think
bright red. And spray tans
are looking better and better.
Get in the spirit of looking
good. You may actually have
time to celebrate.

The Princess Vera Wang
collection offers lots of
festive options for holiday
dressing. Twill pants and
graphic open lace sweater
at Kohl's

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock
and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

EvEryday ChEapskatE By Mary hunt

sustainaBlE living By shaWn dEll JoyCE

No Green Thumb Required

Made in China

lected garbage. Caution: While a little garbage is
good, more is not better. Go easy.

I love houseplants and boy, do I have some beauties! The truth is I don't have a green thumb, I
just know a few secret tricks and tips that I will
gladly share with you.

—Coffee grounds. Just work used
coffee grounds into the soil.

Aspidistra is also known as the "cast iron plant"
and for good reason. This baby can survive any
condition, including low light and a dry environment. And it is not ugly.
Pathos comes in many varieties that tolerate poor
light and actually enjoy being left alone.
Ficus Elastica or "rubber plant" likes a cool,
dimly lit space. But, if you should happen to set
it in a sunny area, watch out. It will grow like
crazy and you'll be searching on the Internet for
how to prune the darned thing.
Spider plant, also known as chlorophytum comosum, is tough and does well in low light. It sends
out these really cool trailing vines.
Dracaena or
"corn plant" is a
great choice for
hot, dry apartments.
likes a medium
to low light
source and even
moisture. Will
survive even
under the most severe conditions of neglect.

fan of the Walmart and Target garden departments. Home improvement centers like Home
Depot and Lowe's are excellent sources as well.
Just look for the bargain table, and you'll run
right into the plants on my list above.

silk and plastic, live houseplants do require
water, and weekly is good. Pick a day, any day
— then water your plants on the same day every
week. Don't overdo it.

KNOW YOUR FERTILIZER. Houseplants need to eat from time to time, but don't
think you have to buy them food. I feed mine se-

people are starting their holiday shopping this week, and
most of that hard-earned
money will go right to China.


KNOW YOUR VARIETIES. Only consider plants in what I call the "thrivuus neglectus" family, which comes from the Latin root
meaning "really cheap and thrives even under the
harshest conditions of poor light and neglect."

It is difficult to buy
anything that is not
made in China today,
since the U.S. imports
more than half of its
consumer goods from
that one country. Many

—Egg shells. Crush, and then work
into the soil.
—Water from boiling potatoes and
pasta. Plants love that starch.
—Milk solution. No, I'm not kidding, but
it has to be very, very, very weak. Rinse the
empty milk container with water and feed that to
your plants. That's how weak it should be.

—Banana peels. Chop them very finely
and mix a small amount into the soil.
Keep the leaves of your plants clean. Dust plugs
the pores and prevents plants from taking in the
carbon dioxide from the air. A damp cloth once
every few weeks will do the trick.
Live plants are an inexpensive way to create a
warm and welcoming atmosphere in any living
space. As a bonus, they improve the indoor air
quality. And when you select plants that require
little or no care, you save yourself time and
Mary invites questions at, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box
2099, Cypress, CA 90630. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters
cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is
the founder of, a personal finance member website and the author of
"7 Money Rules for Life," released in 2012.

The flood of consumer goods
from China has nearly tripled
since 1997, and the number of
recalls has grown proportionately. The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration
is deluged by this flood.
The FDA has only 1,317
field investigators for
320 ports of entry. The
agency inspects just 0.7
percent of all imports —
half of what it did a decade
ago. David Acheson, an assistant commissioner for food
protection at the FDA, points
out that it would be impossible
to test all imports from China.
"It's got to be based on risk,"
says Acheson.
And we have seen how risky it
is, with recalls on pet food,
produce, toothpaste and hundreds of other products. FDA
inspectors report that tainted
food imports from China are
being rejected with increasing
frequency because "they are
filthy, are contaminated with
pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned
Recently, China quietly surpassed the United States as the
world's top polluter. China has

no real environmental safeguards in place to protect
drinking water from contaminants, no labor laws to keep
children out of sweatshops and
no legal ethics to keep entrepreneurs from producing dangerous products. In addition,
our communities suffer financially when we buy imports
over locally made goods.
When we opt for a cheaper import, our dollars flow out of
our community and fund a system

what $10 million
could do for your
If you are getting fed up with
cheap imports flooding our
stores and damaging our economy, and dangerous products
slipping through the holes in
our safety nets, then here's a
few simple actions you can
take today:

—This year, think
“home for the holidays,” and spend your
money locally. Visit local
artists, crafters and artisans
for gifts. Look for items
that are made using local
products as well, like wines
from local grapes and jams
from local fruits.

degrades people and the planet.
Our small businesses suffer,
manufacturing jobs leave, and
we find ourselves with
boarded-up storefronts in our
downtowns. This economic exodus further devalues our currency and increases the
demand for "cheap."
A recent economic study conducted in Austin, Texas, found
that if each household in Travis
County redirected just $100 of
planned holiday spending from
chain stores (carrying cheap
imports) to locally owned merchants, the economic impact
would reach approximately
$10 million.


—Boycott anything made in
China, even for
only a week. It will
make you aware of how overdependent we are on imports
and may protect your family
from unsafe products.
Make it illegal to sell defective
goods, and hold every business
in the supply chain legally responsible for what they sell.
Shawn Dell Joyce is an awardwinning columnist and founder
of the Wallkill River School in
Orange County, N.Y. You can
contact her at

WEllnEWs By sCott laFEE

Fingernails grow at 0.02 inches per week, four times faster than toenails. This translates to .0028 inches in a day or 0.000119 inches per
hour. The middle fingernail grows fastest, the thumb slowest.

'tWEEn 12 and 20 By dr. roBErt WallaCE

Keep Television-Viewing
to a Minimum
TEENS: Do you enjoy watching television? How many
hours a night do you spend viewing your favorite programs?
According to a recent study, children and adolescents who
watch more than two hours of television nightly are more
likely, as adults, to become smokers, overweight and out of
shape. They are also more likely to have problems with high
cholesterol. Researchers from the Dunedin Health and Development Research Unit in New Zealand assessed 1,000
younger people, at regular intervals, until age 26. The study
was the first to monitor a group from childhood to adulthood.
The researchers found that those who watched television at
least two hours a day between ages 5 and 15 had higher
body-mass indices, lower cardiorespiratory fitness and
higher cholesterol than those who watched less TV. They
were also more likely to smoke.
According to the data gathered from the 26-year-olds who
participated in the study, 17 percent of weight problems
could be directly attributed to watching television for two or
more hours a day during childhood and teen years. The same
was true of 15 percent of raised cholesterol levels, 17 percent of smoking and 15 percent of poor fitness.

DR. WALLACE: My father was born in Persia (now Iran) and
is very strict. His favorite saying is, "In the old country, we
didn't do things that way."
I'm 17 and I have been allowed to date for a year. He insists
on meeting the guys I go out with and he wants to see their
driver's license and the kind of car they drive. If the car is
dirty or needs repairs, he tells the guy, "Don't come back
until you clean up your car and fix it."
Last night I went out with Josh, and my dad got paranoid
when he was driving a van. He said that accidents happen
more frequently in vans than in regular cars, and told Josh to
take his van home and borrow his dad's car. I tried to convince my dad that vans are built stronger, therefore are safer
if involved in an accident, but he didn't agree.
What can I do to convince my stubborn dad that vans are
safer when involved in an accident? Josh can't always get the
use of his dad's car, so when this is the case, we can't go out.
— Nona, Detroit, Mich.

NONA: I don't think your father was talking about a collision-type of accident when he refused to allow you to go out
with a guy who drives a van. It was another "accident" that
might happen in a van that was his concern.
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.
E-mail him at

thE savagE truth on MonEy By tErry savagE

Bankruptcy and Pensions
The pension war has been a long
time coming. Now, in the midst
of Detroit's bankruptcy trial over
whether the city can legally file,
the real issue will be whether the
bankruptcy trustee can cut the
pension benefits of retirees as
part of the process that requires
assets of the bankrupt city to be
fairly apportioned between creditors.

tough city manager, it was simply far too easy to compensate
public employees with pension
promises, while avoiding the required pension contributions.
Just ask your city where it stands
on the simple issue of assets vs.
liabilities, including pension

Nearly five years ago, in
a Chicago Sun-Times
column on January 26,
2009, I raised this issue,

Meanwhile, the city of Detroit is in court right
now — litigating the
issue of whether
the city's emergency manager
can actually
and, thus,
cut pensions.
The issue is a
huge one: Of
the city's $18
million in long
term liabilities,
roughly $10 million
is owed to pensions and other
employee benefits.

"Pension wars are coming to
Chicago. In the near future, they
will pit the taxpayers against the
city workers who provide services ranging from police and fire
protection, to snow removal and
public school education. It won't
be a pretty fight."
The column generated a spate of
emails telling me that a city
"couldn't" default on its pension
promises — that they were
"guaranteed." The anger of the
responses suggested that there
would be little negotiating on an
appropriate way to balance the
promises of the pensions with the
cost to the taxpayer.
And even as I write, the Chicago
municipal pension fund deficits
are being juggled by Mayor
Rahm Emanuel, who has promised not to raise property taxes or
the already steep 9.25 percent
sales tax (second highest municipal sales tax in the country) paid
on purchases in the city — all
while facing an additional $600
million contribution to pensions,
out of the city's nearly $7 billion
budget. Proposed hikes in cigarette taxes and parking fines simply can't fill the gap!
And, no matter where you live
— small town or large — it's
likely that your city will be facing similar problems in the years
ahead. Unless you had a fiscally

Detroit's Pensions

There is some precedent for municipal pension cuts in two
smaller city bankruptcies. Central Falls, Rhode Island (just
north of Providence) filed for
municipal bankruptcy in 2011 —
and subsequently reduced municipal pensions, in steps, by 45 percent and eliminated medical
coverage. Before that, Pritchard,
Alabama, filed for municipal
bankruptcy in 2009, resulting in
retirees receiving
only about
one-third of
their promised pensions.
Needless to
say, Detroit's
20,000 municipal retirees and

have been vocal in their resentment. But, since there is no Federal protection for state, they
may find themselves standing in
line with other creditors. (The
Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp,
which provides at least some
level coverage for corporate pensions of bankrupt companies,
does not cover government
workers.) So at any moment, the
court is likely to decide that the

bankruptcy will go forward and
that, despite the promises made
in the past, the pensions are part
of the bankruptcy estate — and
fair game to be reduced.
Other Standoffs
The deficits in municipal pensions pale in comparison to the
underfunding of State pension
funds. CONT./P/22


travEl and advEnturE

Modern-day Pilgrims Trek
Through Southern France
By Victor Block
Until recently, I would have said that
St. Francis of Assisi, Shirley
MacLaine and I had little in common.
That was before I visited southern
France and hiked sections of one of
the most popular and historically important pilgrimage routes in the world.

and an immersion in the history and
culture of a region unfamiliar even to
many French people. Added to that
were memorable accommodations,
some in centuries-old castles, and
food and wine that my taste buds still
recall with delight. No surprise there;
after all, I was in France!

I followed short stretches of "The
Way," as it is popularly known, for a
more mundane reason. I was on a
"Walking Through History" tour that
provided an introduction to the fascinating story of that well-known religious route, and much more.

I first learned about The Way in 2010
when I saw a movie of that name that
starred Martin Sheen. However, it has
been known since at least the ninth
century to many thousands of people
who have followed all or part of the
network of ancient pilgrim routes that
stretch across western Europe. They
eventually converge and end at the
shrine of Santiago de Compostela at
the western-most tip of Spain. There,
according to tradition, the remains of
the apostle St. James were buried after
being transported by boat from

The pre-trip information I had received from the New England Hiking
Holidays tour company also promised
visits to remote medieval villages and
walled cities, fortresses and castles,

Historically, most have people made
the pilgrimage for religious reasons.
Others had a more worldly agenda.
For some people in the Middle Ages,
the promise of having debts forgiven

St. Francis, the Italian friar who is one
of the most venerated religious figures
of all time, made the pilgrimage in the
13th century. For MacLaine, the long
walk was part of the spiritual exploration for which she is well known.

Modern-day pilgrims walk along "The Way" in southern France.
Photo courtesy of Victor Block.

was the impetus. For others it provided a temporary escape from the
rigors of village life. Then there were
those who saw the pious pilgrims
trudging along as easy targets to rob.
That diversity continues to this day. A
young French couple named Lucie
and Sebastian explained that they recently made the trek because it had always been their dream to walk
hundreds of miles through breathtaking scenery. A teacher from New
Hampshire who keeps a list of reasons
people tell him they made the journey
said giving up smoking and losing
weight were among his goals.
While much of the network of trails is
fairly flat on good paths, there are
places that are rocky, steep and more
challenging. After huffing and puffing
up a few of those stretches, I figured
weight loss is a fact for virtually
everyone who makes the trek.
Along the way, the route passes by
and into charming medieval villages,
each with its own stories to tell. The
houses often are clustered around a

small castle that
once was
occupied by
a nobleman or at
least a member of the
upper class who served as both
the local government and protector of
the settlement. The little homes of the
townspeople line narrow, twisting,
cobblestone streets. Many of them are
festooned by flowers, which add an
explosion of color to the scene.
A major stopping point for pilgrims
over the centuries — and for other
visitors to the region, as well — is the
charming town of Conques. Nestled in
a densely wooded valley near the foot

Mountains, Conques is a true jewel of
medieval France. Sections of the original walls, punctuated by fortified
gateways, are still visible. The muted
colors of traditional timber-framed
houses are accentuated by the red
sandstone and bronze limestone of
other structures, set off by blue slate
roofs. Lush plantings of roses and
wisteria add to the painter's palette of
The center of attention in town is the
imposing Abbey Church of Sainte Foy
(Faith). It was built during the 11th
and 12th centuries to commemorate
the memory of a young girl who, according to legend, was martyred at the
time of the Roman Empire.
Continues on page 23


Merry Month of May

DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
45 Soviet co-op
46 Marsh bird
47 Arbor Day honoree
48 High peak
50 No ifs, ___ or buts
52 Time of remembrance
57 Mineral spring
60 La Scala song
61 Mr. Rogers
62 Cholesterol, e.g.
64 Swim alternative
65 Catchall abbreviation
66 Not chronic
67 Reebok rival
68 Autumn implement
69 M*A*S*H extra


1 Pie, for one
6 Bayonet
10 Partner of chips
14 Giblets part
15 Kind of flower
16 Run in place
17 Appetite stimulant
18 ___ mater
19 All in the Family producer
20 Hankering
21 Mexican holiday

24 Fix
25 Application form info
26 Relinquish
29 Delta deposit
31 Molded salad
36 East of Eden character: var.
37 Frank's ex
38 New York city

1 Ali, once
2 Employ
3 Warwick's river
4 Sleep stage, for short
5 Natchez ___
6 Louganis specialty
7 Soft rock
8 Nearly
9 Lawnmower feature
10 Shutterbug's need
11 Inkling
12 Overwhelm with laughter
13 Audie Murphy, e.g.

39 Pimlico event
42 Pistol
43 Oil treatment letters
44 1996 Tony-winning musical

22 Bonkers
23 Glorify
24 Dennis, for one
26 It's a Wonderful Life diBy Holiday Mathis

27 Screwup
28 Carry out, old style
30 Prop for Will Rogers
32 Intelligence
33 Tightwad
34 Goodnight girl
35 Hindu social class
38 Spain, in Seville
40 ___ Gold Fields, India
41 Bestride
46 In the Heat of the Night setting
49 Career soldier
51 Poet Thomas
52 False face
53 Ohio lake
54 Watch over
55 Former acorns
56 Plumbing problem
57 San Antonio cager
58 Absolute worst
59 Zip- ___ -Doo-Dah
63 Hosp. section

week 11/07 - 11/13

Two Retrogrades End
The cycle of Mercury retrograde in
Scorpio ends today, and between
now and Tuesday, the progress toward normalcy will be slow and
steady. On Wednesday, Neptune also
goes direct. On the bright side, the
change in Neptune's direction restores a sense of hope. On the downside, there's no guarantee that the
hope isn't false hope. Given the
choice of believing the best or believing the worst, which do you think
makes for a better experience?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Spiritually, we are as unique as the various
species of animals at the zoo. So balance means something different to
each person. Honor what feels right to
you instead of trying to move as the
creature in the next habitat is moving.
You may be as different from that person as a giraffe from a beaver.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Just because a rational approach makes
more sense doesn't mean it's the right
answer. This week brings at least two
instances in which abandoning logic
will get you much further along than
sticking to the known order of things.
Those feelings that seem to rush forth
from nowhere are your best informants.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are so
lighthearted this week that people
could get the wrong idea about your
work ethic. Make it clear to those who

depend on you that you take your responsibilities very seriously — much
more seriously than you take yourself.
This is how you stay happy, healthy
and wise, not to mention popular.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). When
one event overturns the apple cart of
your expectations, you will begin to
question everything, even the most
basic truths. This is ultimately the path
to transformation, and you will welcome this new incarnation. You can't
stay the same and still rise to the occasion.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You can't
change people who don't want to
change. You probably can't change
people who do want to change, either
— it's something that each person
has to do for him or herself. But what
you can do, and will do this week, is
be the person who inspires people to
act differently because they want to
be more like you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Working
hard makes you luckier, but only if you
genuinely enjoy your work. Work that
drains you can't add to your fortunes,
because your main treasure — the
one from which all other treasures
spring — is your health and vitality.
Recharge and revitalize Thursday
through Saturday, and stay well
through winter.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Unless you

change your perspective, the slow
pace and sameness of the week's
events threaten to bore you silly. So
play with alternative viewpoints. What
would change if you had a magic
wand? What if you were an alien doppelganger dropped into your current
scene with the mission to make your
life easier?
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Events
call for your response. Your desire to
say and do the right thing is sincere.
Acting appropriately or even knowing
what's appropriate might be a challenge. What you need is a good
model to follow. Research by asking
friends, or take it to the Internet.
That's what search engines are for.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's
an excellent time to take pride in your
accomplishments. Acknowledging
how far you've come will remind you
how strong and capable you are and
motivate you toward future goals. Just
keep it to yourself or to your inner circle. Boasting is rotten communication
that sets up an uneven dynamic.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19).
Sometimes people say what they
don't mean. More often, though, they
say what they do mean and then
backpedal when they have doubts
about the statement's acceptability.
Keep in mind that moods come and
go. The intensity level of feelings will
change from day to day. Stay slightly

detached from drama.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Silence
will mean many things throughout the
week. Sometimes it will mean what
you've said is profound and people
are processing it. Other times it will
mean no one is listening. On Friday, it
will mean the atmosphere is so
charged that no one dares to say
what's going on beneath the surface.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your
powers of empathy will be in high demand this week, and you could even
be a major part of someone's healing.
You've felt pain before, so you understand another person's pain. Sure,
your understanding is incomplete, but
it's enough to make a connection and
let someone know that he or she is
not alone.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Abundance comes to you, but not by
magic. It comes because you're willing to work daily to get what you want.
You seek the plain truth and get it and
then apply what you learn to advance
your interests. At the start of 2014, the
playing field doesn't look level, and
yet it really is, so don't let anyone intimidate you into changing your goals.
The star of your inner circle will go the
distance to make you feel loved in
February. You'll get the group cooperation you need to pull off a big event
in March.

DEAR ABBY: Veterans Day
is next week, and I hope you'll
address something I have encountered over the years. I am a
Navy veteran who served four
years as a Seabee. I was one of
the first women to be assigned
to a combat unit, and I am
proud of my service. However, I
dread it when Veterans Day
rolls around. Why do people assume that because I'm a woman
I am not a veteran?
Two years ago, when
I went into a restaurant that
serves veterans a free meal, the
man in front of me was asked if
he wanted a veterans' menu. He
declined. The hostess did not
ask me if I needed one; I had to
request it. Later in the meal, the
manager went to each of the tables speaking to the veterans,
but skipped mine.
Today, many women
serve, and it should not be a
stretch that some veterans are
female. Would you comment,
Gladly. I can understand why
you were offended. However, I
hope you realize that what happened occurred because of these
people's ignorance, and it wasn't
personal. While our armed
forces have always been predominantly male, women have
officially been part of our military only since World War II.
Many veterans wear
hats or other items that identify
what branch of the service they
were in. To prevent this oversight from happening to you
again, wear an insignia next
Monday, which is Veterans Day.
If you do, it will draw attention
to the fact that many women
serve in the military, which
might be helpful to other female
veterans. Thank you for your
service to our country.
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I
are having a disagreement about
texting. She insisted that you
can text anyone anytime -- day
or night. I feel you shouldn't
text after a time when you
wouldn't CALL someone.
Cellphones are set to

ring when texts come in just as
landlines do. I say if you don't
need an immediate response,
send an email. What is proper
etiquette regarding when people
should send texts? -- POLITE
DEAR POLITE: I don't think
there are hard-and-fast rules of
etiquette regarding texting -yet. But common sense would
suggest that if people suspect
they "might" disturb someone
by texting, then they should refrain. Of course, recipients who
don't wish to be interrupted can
put their cellphones on silent or
turn them off.
If the texts you're arguing about are intruding on
time the two of you should be
concentrating on each other, I
see no reason why they shouldn't be responded to the next day.
DEAR ABBY: Our family is
moving into a new house soon.
When we were looking at the
house, our 10-year-old daughter
asked if she could have the bigger bedroom. We said yes, and
our 12-year-old son said he
"didn't care."
We have been in contract for two months and have
gone to see the house several
times. When we did our final
walk-through, our son pulled
my husband aside and said because he is older, he should get
the bigger bedroom.
Of course, our daughter is upset. My husband seems
to think the older kid should get
his way. My thought is that our
son had more than two months
to speak up, but at the 11th hour
the green-eyed monster is
emerging. What do you think? - STARTING ANEW IN OHIO
ANEW: I think that at this
point, to keep peace in your
new home, it would be advisable for your children to draw
straws to decide who gets the
larger bedroom.

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 or
P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA

WEllnEWs By sCott laFEE
a grEEnEr viEW By JEFF rugg

Along with the science of medicine, there's the art of doctoring. That is, an effective
physician is one who can not
only accurately diagnose and
treat a disease, but who can
also calmly, compassionately
and correctly connect with his
or her patients to explain the
situation and future. This is the
art of the "bedside manner."
Some doctors possess it inherently, but it can be learned as
well. Schools of medicine actually have classes in the subject.
A new study by researchers at
Johns Hopkins University and
the University of Maryland Medical Center followed 29 internal
medicine interns — doctors in
their first year out of med
school — to assess what they
had learned.
Study observers looked for five
key strategies known as etiquette-based communication:
introducing oneself, explaining
one's role in the patient's care,
touching the patient, asking
open-ended questions such as
"How are you feeling today?"
and sitting down with the patient.
The interns did a pretty good
job of touching their patients
(either as part of a physical
exam, shaking hands or just a
caring touch) and asking open
questions, but less than half of
the time did they introduce
themselves, explain their role or
even sit down.
"Basic things make a difference
in patient outcomes and they're
not being done to the extent
they should be," said study author Dr. Leonard S. Feldman.
"These are things that matter to
patients and are relatively easy
to do."

Q: I recently bought a box of cereal that said it
was non-GMO. It said the grains were not genetically modified organisms. That got me to wondering
if other garden plants are being genetically modified?

A: I am glad you are concerned enough to ask

afraid may cause problems. Almost all of the corn
and soybeans in the United States have genetically
engineered genes that protect them from insect damage or herbicide damage. Genetic engineering is a
short cut to get a new genetically modified organism
that would be time consuming or impossible to
achieve through hybridization.

questions. There is a lot of confusion about the term
One of the problems people have is they sometimes
argue for one side or the other about a controversial
topic without knowing the definitions of the words
they are using. Sometimes they purposely confuse
the issue by improperly using words or by using the
same words, but defining them differently.

For instance, let's look at the acronyms and terms of
GEO and GMO. GEO is short for geneti-

cally engineered organism and
GMO is short for genetically modified organism. These two terms are often
used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing
— unless you are trying to confuse people.
Throughout all of history, all organisms, except for
naturally occurring clones, have been and always
will be genetically modified organisms. Even identical twins may have slight differences in their DNA
and therefore are, like the rest of us — GMOs. Even
identical twins are GMOs of their parents.
We are always on the lookout for new genetically
modified plants and animals. We want to find the
improved characteristics of more production, better
quality and better disease resistance, and we want to
get rid of plants and animals that we believe are not
improved. Plant and animal breeders are constantly
improving our landscapes with prettier flowers, our
pets with stronger animals and our gardens with new
hybrids, such as seedless watermelons. Genetic
modification is normal and natural and nothing to be
upset about at all.
In a recent development, a subset of GM has been
transferred to the laboratory. Following what some
bacteria and some viruses are able to do, people can
now transfer genes between organisms that are not
sexually compatible. This high-tech method is called
recombinant DNA transfer. It is a method of genetic
modification that occurs in nature, but scientists engineer changes that they see as beneficial to people.
This genetic engineering is what some people are

The industry people who are involved in GE often
use the terms GM and GMO. By saying modifying
and not engineering, they are not being specific.
They seem to think that people who don't know the
difference will be fooled into thinking that they are

just doing what nature does — modifying.
On the other side of the controversy, people against
GE will also use the terms GM and GMO because
they too seem to want to cloud the issue. They seem
to think that since people hear GMO coming from
the industry that they should be against GMO, instead of the proper thing they are actually against,
At the present time, there are no genetically engineered seeds available to home gardeners, but every
seed packet, even the heirloom and the organic seeds
are all genetically modified seeds. It is easy to say
do not be afraid of GMO plants and animals. Even
though several years of scientific investigation saying GE plants and animal are also safe and you have
been eating GEO food for years, it is the new thing
and new things are often scary. As for your box of
cereal, it may not have GE grains, but it definitely
has GM grains in it.
Email questions to Jeff Rugg at

Bankruptcy and Pensions...
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And there is no precedent, or chapter in the bankruptcy code, for a state to declare bankruptcy.
Plus, most states' pensions are guaranteed by the
state constitution. All of this leads to the potential
for far greater conflicts between state tax-payers
and pension beneficiaries.
Postponing the confrontation only makes the
problem larger, as all recognize. Are they waiting
for the tooth fairy? Only the Federal government
can get away with making unfunded promises forever - because they can simply <> the money!
We tell young children to close their eyes so the
"boogie man" can't get them. But closing your
eyes to this oncoming disaster won't make it go
away. If you can stand knowing the truth about
your state's financial condition, go to, where they have posted the financial
condition of each state.
Some are doing well. The top five "sunshine"
states include Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota,
Utah and Nebraska — each with an accounting
surplus for each of its citizens. At the bottom is

Connecticut, followed closely by Illinois, Hawaii,
New Jersey and Kentucky. Much of these states'
unfunded liabilities come from unfunded pension
liabilities and retiree medical promises.
That's why everyone who has open eyes is keeping a close watch on what happens in Detroit. If
precedent is set there for one of America's (formerly) largest cities to default on its pension
promises, then it will likely drive other cities and
states into more serious negotiation about both
funding and re-adjusting their pension plans.
That's the one good thing you can say about
what's going on in Detroit: It will hopefully motivate the politicians, employees and unions everywhere else to face reality.
And 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 WMAQ-Channel
5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at She is the author of the
new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much
Money Do You Really Need to Retire?"

Pilgrims Trek...


Continued from page 20
Because she refused to renounce Christianity she was
tortured to death and now is
listed in church catalogs of
martyrs and saints.
An image of the girl, bowing
before the hand of God, holds
a central place on a tympanum,
a semicircular carved arch over
the main entrance into the
church that depicts the Last
Judgment. The remarkable
carved stone decoration, measuring 22 feet wide and 12 feet
high, includes 124 characters
and is one of the major surviving art works of the 12th century. As Christ welcomes the
Virgin Mary accompanied by
saints into heaven, Satan presides over the grotesque figures of people being punished
into hell for their pride, vanity,
greed and other earthly sins.
The other treasure of Conques
is, in fact, a treasure. Housed
in a small room that resembles
a crypt, it consists of portable
altars, chests, cameos and other
religious artifacts, many goldplated and covered with precious stones. The collection is
considered to be one of the five
most important displays of
works by medieval goldsmiths,
and it is the only one in France.

The Abbey Church of Sainte Foy is a stop for modern-day pilgrims walking through southern France. Photo courtesy of Victor
For people on a journey along
The Way, the story of a peasant
girl who died for her religious
beliefs can be as powerful as
the site where one of the apostles is said to be buried. The remains of soaring castles

contrast sharply with tiny
nearby houses of peasants who
lived in them centuries ago,
and which continue to be occupied today.
This represents the diversity
that awaits those following in
the footsteps of countless pilgrims who have walked on The
Way for more than 1,000 years.
It's possible to experience part
of their quest, and much more,
during a Walking Through History trip in southern France.

Despite its name, New England Hiking Holidays organizes trips throughout the
United States and to several
countries in Europe. For more
information call 800-869-0949
or visit
These timber-framed buildings are typical of those in Conques in
southern France. Photo courtesy of Victor Block.

Victor Block is a freelance writer.


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Save the World in 'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes'
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros
SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360
(PS3, PC)
PRICE: $49.99
REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars
(out of 5)
When "LEGO Star Wars" was
released, I don't think anyone
imagined this new LEGO series
would become renowned
worldwide. After covering
everything from The Lord of
the Rings to Harry Potter, it
makes sense to turn the focus to
society's obsession with superheroes. Fortunately, comic
book fans can rest easy now
that "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" has been released.
This game takes place in an
open-world version of New
York, and centers on the fight
against the world-consuming
enemy of mankind, Galactus.
In addition, many other super
villains, including Loki and
Doctor Doom, plan on using

plague coop mode.

this deadly distraction to further their own agenda. Only a
vast legion of LEGO superheroes has the power to band
together and save Earth!
Over 100 Marvel superheroes
ranging from well-known staples like Captain America and
Deadpool to lesser-known good
guys like Colossus and Doctor

Strange are
playable. Not
every character
is available
while performing missions,
but they're all
at my fingertips
in the open-world hub of New
York. It's really cool to experiment with so many different

Thankfully, the game play has
more variety than previous
LEGO installments. For example, the first boss fight against
the Sandman forces players to
switch between powerful characters like Iron Man and The
Hulk in order to use their specific powers against the everchanging threat. It's also fun to
simply explore New York using
different characters and flying
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superhero powers. Some collectibles can only be obtained
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which forces players to restart from
the nearest checkpoint. I could see the humor in
A.I. characters getting stuck in
repeating animations while
lodged on an object, if it didn't
happen so often. I also don't
like the rotating screen and
awkward camera angles that

Still, "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" is a solid entry in the
franchise that's sure to please
comic fans!

“How to
PUBLISHER: 505 Games
SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360
(PS3, PC)
PRICE: $14.99 Download
REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars
(out of 5)
Season four of AMC's "The
Walking Dead" has reinvigorated my desire to slay the undead, so now's the perfect time
to sink my teeth into the zombie-infested RPG, "How to Survive." This fun game combines
elements from several different
genres into one action-packed ..
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...title that's well worth the purchase
Oddly enough, the storyline doesn't go
very far beyond the title. Players
choose one of three castaways, and the
goal is simply to live throughout the
adventure. Fending for oneself on a
deserted island is difficult enough, but
having to slay a wide variety of undead enemies makes it much harder!
Surviving is made easier by the ability
to craft weapons, armor, and potions
out of everyday materials found on the

island. For example, spiked shoulder
armor can be crafted by combining a
rubber tire with a bone and a machete.
A stealthy bow can be created by combining a tree branch with wire. It's just
too bad that there are no storage chests
because my inventory was always
filled, and I usually had to drop items
to pick up more.
Combat is fast and extremely fun,
thanks to a great control scheme and
the ability to quickly switch between
distance and melee weapons. This lets
me pick off enemies from afar with my
trusty bow, and then whip out my ax
for a more personal introduction. I also

like how the flashlight can temporarily
blind light-sensitive enemies that come
out at night.
An interesting twist to this game is
that players must also keep track of
their character's hunger, thirst and
sleep. Running low on any of these
basic needs adds a realistic disadvantage, so each character must periodically cook and eat food, drink from
watering holes and sleep in protected
Even though "How to Survive" could
use more variety, the game is still


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By Kim Campbell Thornton
Universal Uclick
very few years, when we
get a new puppy or
adopt an adult dog or
have a foster dog spend some
time with us, I have to dogproof our home and learn some
new tricks about interacting
with particular dogs. You might
think that I would have dogproofing down by now, but
each dog has been attracted to
different items or has done
things it didn’t occur to the
other dogs to try. Our current
“new dog” is Kibo, a Cavalier

King Charles spaniel we’re fostering until he is adopted.
One of the first things
Kibo taught me was to put
away my shoes and to close
doors. None of our other dogs
have been chewers, but Kibo
likes to examine things with his
mouth in the fervent hope that
they will be edible. He has
gone into the closet to chew on
my leather sandals (caught before he did any damage) and
explored the walk-in shower.
There he found and carried
away a plastic razor, which,
fortunately, he abandoned in
the hallway instead of swallow-

ing. He is also fond of a tiny,
gold papier-mache box. He hasn’t chewed it up or swallowed
it, which he could easily do, but
he likes to take it off the side
table and lie with it. It’s now
out of reach, too.
Despite his short
stature, Kibo tries hard to be a
countertop surfer. We’ve
learned not to hold or place
food at any height where he
could jump up and reach it. Our
other dogs are also highly foodoriented, but they wouldn’t
dream of snatching food out of
our hands. Kibo does more than
dream it — he tries it. I always

Sometimes it’s necessary to rearrange
your home to protect both your
belongings and your dog
Tether your dog. That
means he is leashed at your
side at all times. This is a great
way to learn the signals a new
dog or puppy gives when he
needs to go potty. It keeps him
under your watchful eye so he
can’t get into mischief and
helps build a bond between

Evaluate your living
areas to make sure
your new dog doesn’t
have access to anything
that could hurt him or
that he could damage.

Get down at dog’seye level to see what
might attract the dog’s
attention. Electrical cords,

A cat’s tail up?
Safe to approach
food and food ingredients, the paper
• In a Washington Post article, anreports that the animal proteins generthrozoologist John Bradshaw, who
ally caused skin lesions or a combinahas studied cat behavior for more
tion of skin lesions and
than 30 years and is the author of
gastrointestinal symptoms. Wheat and
the new book “Cat Sense,” writes
corn typically caused gastrointestinal
that the key signal allowing cats
to assess each other’s moods is
upset. Beef, dairy products, chicken
and wheat were responsible for 78 perthe straight-up tail. Two cats
cent of reported adverse food reactions
checking each other out commuin dogs.
nicate their willingness to ap• Dogs eat the darndest things. Based
proach peacefully by raising the
tail. It’s a form of neoteny, a kiton animal X-rays submitted to the Vettenlike behavior retained into
erinary Practice News’ “They Ate
What?” contest, the following items
adulthood. “The tail-up signal alwere found in the stomachs of some
most certainly evolved during doA raised tail signifies
dogs with indiscriminate eating habits:
mestication, arising from a
that a cat is confident a long piece of metal with a two-inch
posture wildcat kittens use when
greeting their mothers,” Bradshaw and happy.
curve; a 14-inch wooden back scratcher;
a wooden-handled hunting knife; a mass of 70
writes. “Adult wildcats do not raise their tails to
rubber hair bands, which were at first mistaken
each other.”
for a tumor; a bread knife; an electronics cable;
• According to Winn Feline Foundaa llama rib bone; a Playstation controller; and an
tion, a paper published in the April 2013 issue
arrowhead. The takeaway? Never assume your
of Veterinary Dermatology found that beef,
dairy products and fish account for nearly 90
dog won’t — or can’t — swallow something
— Dr. Marty Becker and Kim Campbell
percent of all reported cases of adverse food reThornton
actions in cats. Based on a literature search of

push the chair in if I get up
from the table because I can tell
that the idea of jumping onto it
to get at the food is running
through his mind.
If you are living with
a Kibo of your own, here are
some tips to keep your belongings safe, your house
in one piece and your
dog out of trouble.

Use a crate. When you
cannot supervise your dog,
even if it’s just for a few minutes, put him in the crate to prevent any misbehavior. Kibo
hangs out in his crate on his
own and he’s happy to go into
it when asked because he
knows he will get a treat.

small trash containers and dangling dish towels all can pose
threats. Bundle cords and encase them in tough plastic covers, put trash containers out of
reach, and keep dish towels in
drawers if your dog is attracted
to them. Chair and table legs
often look good to chew. Coat
them with Bitter Apple spray to
deter taste-testing (try it first in
an inconspicuous area to make
sure it doesn’t damage the finish). Make sure no sharp edges
or choking hazards are within a
dog’s reach.

Most important,
never underestimate the intelligence and inventiveness of
dogs. They can learn to open
doors, climb up on counters
and desks using other pieces of
furniture as launch pads, and
crawl under or wiggle into
places you’ve never imagined
they would go. Be smart and
put away or block access to
valuable, fragile or dangerous
items and secure cabinets with
childproof locks.
Do you have a pet question? Send it to or visit


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During a solo voyage in the
Indian Ocean, a veteran
mariner (Robert Redford)
awakes to find his vessel
taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping
container. With his radio and
navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly
into a violent storm and
barely escapes with his life.
With any luck, the ocean
currents may carry him into
a shipping lane -- but, with supplies dwindling and the sharks circling, the sailor is forced to face his own mortality. Starring:
Robert Redford

Open Nationwide 11/08/13
Runtime 124 min
MPAA Rating R for Some Sexual
Content, Language.
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel
McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lindsay Duncan, Lydia Wilson, Richard
Cordery, Will Merrick, Lisa Eichhorn, Tom Hughes
Genre Romantic comedy, Science
Synopsis When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father
(Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel
through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to
improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel
McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel
and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim
finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves
from the problems of ordinary life.

Runtime 134 min
MPAA Rating R for Some Nudity, Brief Sexuality, Violence/Cruelty.
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt,
Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael
Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp, Kelsey Scott, Quvenzhané
Wallis, Cameron Zeigler
Genre Historical drama, Biography
Synopsis In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man
from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of
one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also found unexpected kindness from another, as he
struggled continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changed Solomon's life forever.

Open Nationwide 11/08/13
Runtime 111 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for Some Suggestive Content, Intense Sci-Fi Action/Violence.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan
Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano,
Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Howard
Genre Action, Fantasy
Synopsis In ancient times, the gods of Asgard fought and won a war
against an evil race known as the Dark Elves. The survivors were neutralized, and their ultimate weapon - the Aether - was buried in a secret
location. Hundreds of years later, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) finds
the Aether and becomes its host, forcing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to
bring her to Asgard before Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)
captures her and uses the weapon to destroy the Nine Realms - including Earth.

Open Nationwide 11/01/13
Runtime 114 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for Some
Violence, Sci-Fi Action, Thematic Material.
Starring Harrison Ford, Asa
Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld,
Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley,
Viola Davis, Moises Arias,
Aramis Knight, Suraj
Parthasarathy, Khylin Rhambo,
Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Conor
Carroll, Nonso Anozie, Tony
Mirrcandani, Caleb Thaggard
Genre Science fiction, Action
Synopsis When hostile aliens called the Formics attack Earth,
only the legendary heroics of Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley)
manage to attain a victory. To prepare for the next attack, Col.
Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and his cohorts initiate a military
program to find the next Mazer. Recruit Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) exhibits an unusual gift for the training, easily mastering
all of the challenges thrown at him. Mazer Rackham, himself,
takes Ender as a protege to prepare him for the oncoming war.

Open Nationwide 11/01/13
Runtime 104 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for Sexual
Content, Language.
Starring Michael Douglas, Robert
De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin
Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Roger Bart,
Joanna Gleason, Bre Blair
Genre Comedy
Synopsis Aging pals Billy (Michael
Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro),
Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best
friends since childhood. When Billy finally proposes to his muchyounger girlfriend, all four friends go to Las Vegas to celebrate the
end of Billy's longtime bachelorhood and relive their glory days.
However, the four quickly realize that the intervening decades
have changed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they had
not imagined.

Now Showing


All Is Lost


Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall

Schedule good for Friday Nov 8th
Ender's GamePG-13114
MinsDigital Cinema
10:45am | 11:45am |
1:45pm | 2:45pm |
4:45pm | 5:45pm |
7:45p 8:45p 10:45pm
Last VegasPG-13104
MinsDigital Cinema
10:15am | 12:15pm |
1:15pm | 3:15pm |
4:15pm | 6:15pm |
7:15p|9:15p| 10:15pm
12 Years a Slave
R134 MinsDigital Cinema
10:10am | 1:15pm |
4:20p|7:25pm| 10:30pm
Jackass Presents: Bad
GrandpaR92 MinsDigital
Cinema 10:40am |
1:40pm | 4:40pm |
7:40pm | 10:40pm

Carrie R99 Mins
Digital Cinema10:35am |
4:35pm | 10:35pm
About Time R124 Mins
Digital Cinema10:25am |
1:25pm | 4:25pm |
7:25pm | 10:25pm
Thor: The Dark World
PG-13 111 Mins 10:30am
| 1:30pm | 4:30pm |
7:30pm | 10:30pm
12:00pm | 3:00pm |
6:00pm | 9:00pmDigital
Cinema 11:15am |
2:15pm | 5:15pm |
8:15pm | 11:00pm
All Is Lost PG-13105
Mins CinéArts Digital
10:05am | 1:05pm |
4:05p|7:05pm | 10:05pm

Escape Plan R116 Mins
Digital Cinema
7:00pm | 10:00pm
I'm in Love With a
Church GirlPG118 MinsDigital Cinema
1:35pm | 7:35pm
Cloudy With a Chance
of Meatballs 2
PG95 Mins10:00am |
4:00pm Digital Cinema
Prisoners R153 Mins
Digital Cinema
Instructions Not Included PG-13115 Mins
Digital Cinema
10:20am | 1:20pm |
4:20pm | 7:20pm

West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10

Schedule good for Friday Nov 8th
Ender's Game PG-13114
Mins Digital Cinema
9:10am | 9:55am |
12:20pm | 1:05pm |
3:30pm | 4:10pm |
6:40pm | 7:25pm |
9:45pm | 10:35pm
Last VegasPG-13104 Mins
Digital Cinema 10:30am |
1:20pm | 4:20pm |
7:35pm | 10:25pm
Free Birds PG84 Mins
9:05am | 11:50am |
2:55pm | 6:00pm |
9:05pm Digital Cinema
9:40am | 12:45pm |
3:50pm| 6:55pm | 9:50pm
Gravity PG-1391 Mins

10:45am | 7:00pm |
9:55pmDigital Cinema
1:35pm | 4:25pm
Jackass Presents: Bad
Grandpa R92 Mins
Digital Cinema 11:35am |
2:25pm | 5:15pm |
8:05pm | 10:45pm
About Time R124 Mins
Digital Cinema 9:35am |
12:55pm | 4:15pm |
7:15pm | 10:30pm
Thor: The Dark World
PG-13111 Mins 11:45am |
3:25pm| 7:05pm| 10:40pm
11:05am | 2:45pm |
6:25pm | 10:00pm
Digital Cinema

9:00am | 12:25pm |
4:05pm | 7:45pm |
The Counselor R117 Mins
Digital Cinema 10:10am |
1:25pm | 4:40pm |
7:55pm | 10:55pm
Carrie R99 Mins
Digital Cinema 9:10pm
Captain PhillipsPG-13133
MinsDigital Cinema
12:00pm | 3:35pm |
6:45pm | 10:00pm
Cloudy With a Chance of
Meatballs 2 PG 95 Mins
9:45am | 3:20pm
Digital Cinema
12:35pm | 6:15pm



12704 East Montana - East of Joe Battle

Schedule good for Friday Nov 8th , 9th & 10th
About Time (Digital) (R)
12:20PM 3:45PM
7:10PM 10:25PM
All Is Lost (Digital) (PG13)10:55AM 1:50PM
4:45PM 7:40PM 10:35PM
Carrie (2013) (Digital) (R)
1:40PM 7:25PM
Cloudy With A Chance
Of Meatballs 2 (3D) (PG)
Cloudy With A Chance
Of Meatballs 2 (Digital)
(PG)11:25AM 4:50PM
Counselor, The (Digital)
(R)10:50AM 4:25PM
Ender's Game (Digital)
(PG-13)11:35AM 1:20PM
2:45PM 4:20PM 5:55PM
7:30PM 9:05PM 10:40PM
Escape Plan (Digital) (R)
Free Birds (3D) (PG)
12:15PM 2:55PM
5:35PM 8:15PM 10:50PM

Free Birds (Digital) (PG)
10:55AM 1:35PM
4:15PM 6:55PM 9:55PM
Gravity (3D) (PG-13)
11:30AM 5:05PM
7:50PM 10:30PM
Gravity (Digital) (PG-13)
Jackass Presents: Bad
Grandpa (Digital) (R)
10:50AM 12:10PM
2:50PM 5:30PM 8:10PM
Last Vegas (Digital) (PG13)11:05AM 1:45PM
4:35PM 7:20PM 10:05PM
Thor: The Dark World
(3D) (PG-13)12:00PM
3:00PM 6:00PM 9:00PM
Thor: The Dark World
(Digital) (PG-13)1:00PM
4:00PM 7:00PM 10:00PM
Thor: The Dark World
(XD-3D) (PG-13)11:00AM
2:00PM 5:00PM 8:00PM


I-10 & Lee Trevino

Schedule good for 11/8 - 11/14
2 GUNS (R) 11:05a | 1:35p | 6:45p
2D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 11:25a | 1:50p | 4:10p |
6:30p | 8:50p
3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 2:45p | 7:30p
ELYSIUM (R) 11:35a | 2:10p | 4:55p | 7:25p | 9:55p
GROWN UPS 2 (PG-13) 12:25p | 5:05p | 9:45p
2D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) 11:45a | 2:15p | 4:50p
| 7:20p | 9:50p
11:30a | 4:25p | 9:15p
2D PLANES (PG) 11:10a | 4:00p | 9:00p
3D PLANES (PG) 1:30p | 6:40p
PULLING STRINGS (PG) 11:15a | 1:45p | 4:15p | 6:55p |
RIDDICK (R) 11:20a | 2:00p | 4:40p | 7:20p | 10:00p
2D R.I.P.D. (PG-13) 4:30p | 9:35p
2D SMURFS 2 (PG) 2:00p | 6:50p
2D THE WOLVERINE (PG-13) 3:00p | 9:10p
3D THE WOLVERINE (PG-13) 12:00p | 6:20p
2D TURBO (PG) 11:40a | 4:45p | 9:20p
3D TURBO (PG) 1:55p | 7:00p
WE'RE THE MILLERS (R) 11:00a | 1:40p | 4:10p | 7:10p
| 9:40p


2200 N. Yarbrough

Schedule good for 11/8 - 11/14
2D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 11:40 am | 4:25 pm | 9:10 pm
3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG)2:00 pm | 6:45 pm
ELYSIUM (R)11:15 am | 2:05 pm | 4:40 pm 7:10 pm | 9:50 pm
GROWN UPS 2 (PG-13)1:50 pm | 6:50 pm
2D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G)11:15 am | 4:25 pm | 7:00 pm
2D PLANES (PG)11:25 am | 4:15 pm | 9:15 pm
RIDDICK (R)1:45 pm | 9:40 pm
RUNNER RUNNER (R) 12:10 pm | 2:40 pm | 5:10 pm
| 7:35 pm | 10:00 pm
2D TURBO (PG)11:30 am | 2:25 pm | 4:45 pm
| 7:15 pm | 9:35 pm
WE'RE THE MILLERS (R) 11:20 am | 1:50 pm | 4:20 pm
| 7:00 pm | 9:45 pm

Premiere Cinemas
6101 Gateway West S.15
Schedule good for
Friday November 8th
*BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) | 11:40 am
| 2:15 pm | 4:50 pm | 7:20 pm | 9:55 pm
| 11:15 am | 1:30 pm | 2:10 pm 4:30 pm
| 5:05 pm | 7:25 pm | 8:00 pm 10:20 pm
ENOUGH SAID (PG-13) 10:35am |
12:55 pm | 3:10 pm | 5:25 pm 7:40 pm |
9:55 pm
*2D FREE BIRDS (PG) 10:30 am |
12:45 pm | 3:00 pm 5:15 pm | 7:30 pm |
9:45 pm
*3D FREE BIRDS (PG) 11:15 am | 1:30
pm | 4:00 pm 6:30 pm | 8:45 pm
*2D GRAVITY(PG-13)10:30am| 5:45 pm
*3D D-BOX GRAVITY (PG-13)12:05 pm
| 2:30 pm | 4:55 pm 7:25 pm | 9:50 pm
EN ESPANOL) (PG-13) 11:15 am | 4:10
pm | 6:30 pm | 9:00 pm
*3D GRAVITY (PG-13) | 12:05 pm
| 1:00 pm | 2:30 pm | 3:20 pm | 4:55 pm
| 7:25 pm | 8:10 pm | 9:50 pm | 10:35 pm
| 10:40 am | 1:45 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:30 pm
| 10:20 pm
THE NEVER (R) | 12:25 pm 2:50 pm |
5:10 pm | 7:35 pm | 10:00 pm
Y INGLES) (PG) | 11:50 am | 2:30 pm
| 5:05 pm | 7:45 pm | 10:20 pm
RUSH (R) | 10:45 am | 1:45 pm
| 4:45 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:40 pm
*SKINWALKER RANCH (R) 10:30 am |
12:45 pm | 3:05 pm | 5:20 pm
| 7:40 pm | 10:00 pm
*THE COUNSELOR (R)11:05 am |
12:05 pm | 1:55 pm | 2:40 pm 4:40 pm |
5:20 pm | 7:20 pm | 8:00 pm 10:00 pm |
10:40 pm
* -- denotes Pass Restricted features

Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa

Schedule good for Friday Nov 8th
Ender's GamePG-13
114 Mins Digital Cinema 11:35am |
12:30pm | 1:25pm |
2:25pm | 3:20pm |
4:25pm | 5:15pm |
6:10pm | 7:15pm |
8:15pm | 9:10pm |
10:10pm | 11:10pm
Last VegasPG-13
104 Mins
Digital Cinema
11:15am | 1:55pm |
3:25pm | 4:40pm |
7:20pm | 8:50pm |
10:05pm | 11:30pm
Free BirdsPG84 Mins
1:00pm | 3:40pm |
6:25pm | 9:00pm
Digital Cinema
11:20am | 2:20pm |
5:00pm | 7:50pm |
Gravity PG-1391
12:25pm | 2:55pm |
5:25pm | 7:55pm |
10:25pm Digital Cin-

ema 12:40pm|
Jackass Presents:
Bad GrandpaR92
Mins Digital Cinema
11:00am | 1:45pm |
4:20pm | 7:10pm |
8:25pm | 9:40pm |
Thor: The Dark
PG-13111 Mins
1:30pm | 4:30pm |
7:30pm | 10:30pm
11:05am | 12:15pm
| 2:05pm | 3:15pm
| 5:05pm | 6:15pm
| 8:05pm | 9:15pm
| 11:05pm
Digital Cinema
11:40am | 12:50pm
| 2:40pm | 3:50pm
| 5:40pm | 6:50pm
| 8:40pm | 9:50pm
| 11:40pm
The Counselor
R117 MinsDigital Cinema 11:10am |

2:00pm | 4:55pm |
8:00pm | 10:50pm
Carrie R99 Mins
Digital Cinema
11:45am | 2:35pm |
5:10pm | 7:45pm |
Escape Plan
R116 Mins Digital Cinema 12:20pm |
3:55pm | 6:55pm |
Captain Phillips
PG-13133 Mins
Digital Cinema
11:55am | 3:30pm |
7:05pm | 10:15pm
Cloudy With a
Chance of Meatballs
2 PG 95 Mins3:05pm
Digital Cinema
12:10pm | 5:50pm
Instructions Not
PG-13115 Mins
Digital Cinema
11:50am | 3:00pm |
6:40pm | 9:45pm

Schedule good for 11/08
1:00 | 4:05 | 7:10 | 10:15 | 11:50
CARRIE (R)11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00 |
7:00 | 10:00
CLOUDY W/ CHANCE MEATBALL 2,2D (PG)11:15 | 1:55 |
4:35 | 7:00 | 9:25
11:00 | 12:30 | 1:45 | 3:15 | 4:30 |
6:00 | 7:15 | 8:45|10:00 | 12:00am
ESCAPE PLAN (R)11:00 | 1:50 |
4:40 | 7:30 | 10:20 | 12:00am
FREE BIRDS 2D (PG)11:00 |
1:15 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:15
12:00 | 2:15 | 5:00 | 7:45 | 10:00
12:00 | 2:25 | 4:50 | 7:45 | 10:10
11:00 | 1:25 | 4:00 | 6:45 | 9:10
GRANDPA (R)11:00 | 12:15 |
1:25 | 2:40 | 4:00 | 5:05 | 7:00 |
8:00 | 9:25 | 11:00 | 12:00am
11:10 | 1:45 | 4:20 | 7:10 | 9:45 |
(PG13)11:45 | 1:00 | 2:30 | 4:00 |
5:15 | 7:00| 8:00 | 9:45| 10:45 |
(PG13) 11:00 | 1:50 | 4:40 | 7:30 |
10:20 | 12:15am

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R) Thu. 8:00 10:30
FREE BIRDS (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 2:10 4:20 6:45 9:00
THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG13) Fri. 1:00 2:00 3:45
FREE BIRDS IN 3D (PG) Fri. 1:15 3:25 5:35; Sat.-Sun.
4:45 6:30 7:30 9:15 10:15; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 1:00 2:00 3:45 4:45
11:05 1:15 3:25 5:35; Mon.-Thu. 1:15 3:25 5:35
6:30 7:30 9:15 10:15; Mon.-Thu. 1:00 2:00 3:45 4:45 6:30 7:30
LAST VEGAS (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:05 2:40 4:55 7:35 10:10
9:15 10:15
THOR: THE DARK WORLD 3D (PG13) 1:30 4:15 7:00
8:00 9:45 (10:45)
12:15 2:35 5:00 7:15 9:35
ENDER’S GAME (PG13) Fri. 1:50 2:25 4:30 5:05 7:10 7:45
CARRIE (R) Fri.-Thu. 7:40 10:20
9:50 10:25; Sat.-Sun. 11:10 11:40 1:50 2:25 4:30 5:05 7:10
7:45 9:50 10:25; Mon.-Wed. 1:50 2:25 4:30 5:05 7:10 7:45 9:50
Fri. 2:30 5:15; Sat.-Sun. 11:45 2:30 5:15; Mon.-Thu. 2:30 5:15
10:25; Thu. 1:50 2:25 4:30 5:05 7:10 9:50


Out & About
‘Beyond Therapy!’
— El Paso Playhouse, 2501
Montana, presents Christopher
Durang’s screwball comedy
Nov. 8-30. Directed by Kevin
Mullins. Showtimes are 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.
Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with
ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317,
Prudence and Bruce are two
Manhattanites trying to embark
on a stable romantic relationship despite the “help” of their
respective psychiatrists and the
disapproval of his male lover,

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Therapeutic Horsemanship Fall Festival

Nov. 10, at Dominic’s Italian
Restaurant, 6901 Montana,
with headliners Jonathan Martin and Aldo Marchlian. Admission: $15 in advance.
Information: 1-888-316-0722
New Jersey native Jonathan
Martin made his acting debut
on the Dave Chappelle Show
and has shared the stage with
fellow comedians Chris Tucker,
Mike Epps, John Witherspoon,
Sommore, and others.

— Therapeutic Horsemanship
of El Paso hosts its annual family fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 9, with food, pony
rides, mechanical bull, jumping
balloon and games. Admission
is free; activity tickets start at
$1. All proceeds benefit the organization. Information: 8774889 or
Therapeutic Horsemanship of
El Paso, is a nonprofit rehabilitative health organization serving the disabled community.

St. Paul’s Arts &
Crafts Bazaar — The St.

Igor and The Red
Elvises — The Russian “ro-

Paul’s Methodist Women’s annual fall bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at St.
Paul’s United Methodist
Church, 7000 Edgemere, with
arts, crafts, bake booth, commercial vendors and more. Proceeds benefit various charities.
Information: 772-2734.

kenrol” band performs at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 Points
Bistro, 3019 Montana, with The
Pinsetters and Invagination.
Tickets: $10; available at All
That Music and Video, 5 Points
Bistro and online at

Holiday Festival
Antiques, Collectables, Art & WestThe Chariot — The metal
ern Memorabilia
band’s “All’s Well That Ends
Show & Sale — The
Well” Tour is 6 p.m. Saturday,

Veterans Day Gala
— The Air Defense Artillery
Association’s Veterans Day
Gala dinner is 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Centennial Club, 1119 Sgt. E.
Churchill, at East Fort Bliss.
The celebration will honor veterans from various wars and
conflicts. Dress code is coat
and tie for civilians and Army
Service Uniform for the military. Tickets: $30 ($300 table
for 10). Information: 568-4601
or 568-2497.

Nov. 9, Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano. Audien
will open. Age 21 and over.
Tickets are $27,

Nov. 9, at Open Gate Church of
the Nazarene, 9821 McCombs,


9th annual fall show is Nov. 910 at El Maida Shrine Temple
Auditorium, 6331 Alabama.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission: $3 ($2 active duty military with ID).
Parking is free. Information:
443-0824, or Facebook at
AntiqueShow ElPaso,TX.

Morgan Page’s 3D
tour— 9 a.m. Saturday,

with Glass Cloud, Birds in
Row, To The Wind and Rebuker. Tickets: $13; available
online at Information: 346-8331 or

Laughing Stock Comedy Show — The Laughing
Stock Comedy Show returns
9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday,

‘Revolucion 2013’ —
Rodolfo Hernandez presents
the celebration of the Mexican
1910 Revolution at 7:30 Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
9-10, at Bel Air High School
Theatre, 731 Yarbrough. Ballet
Folklorico Paso Del Norte will
present a recreation of the 1910
Mexican Revolution with live
music, dance and costumes.
Ticket information/reservations: 588-5743.
El Paso Rhinos - El
Paso’s Junior League ice
hockey team hosts the New
Mexico Renegades at 7:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 89, at the Sierra Providence
Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Ticket
information: 479-PUCK (7825)

Fall Arts and Craft
Fair — Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel School, 131 S.
Zaragoza, will host its Christmas fair 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, with food, music,
and a variety of arts and crafts
vendors. Vendor space available. Admission is free. Information: 859-9848.

Ysleta del Sur Indian
Market — Ysleta del Sur
Pueblo hosts the 3rd annual
outdoor market 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Nov. 9-10, at Tigua Indian Cultural Center, 305 Yaya Lane,
with Native American artists,
YDSP social dances, Indian
bread, Pueblo tacos, arts and
crafts, free children’s activities,
bead looming sessions and storytelling. Special guest performances by Nawetsa Dance
Group from the Pueblo of Zuni,
N.M. Information: 859-7700 or

EPCC Literary Fiesta
— El Paso Community College’s 5th annual celebration of
readers, writhers and books is 1
to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at
the EPCC Administrative Center, 9050 Viscount, with food,
book and craft booths, a children’s activity corner and free
books. Admission is free. Information: 831-4039 or

UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners host Loyola
for the first regular season
home game at 7:05 p.m. Satur-

day, Nov. 9, at the Don Haskins
Center. Tickets: $8-$50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234

Downtown Artist and
Farmers 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:

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.

Queen of Peace
Bazaar — Queen of Peace
Ladies’ Guild hosts its annual
bazaar is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9-10, at Queen of
Peace Catholic Church, 1551
Belvidere, with more than 50
arts and crafts vendors, bake
sale and rummage sale. Admission is free. Information: 5845817.

Veterans Day Parades
— Veterans Day originated at
the 11th hour on the 11th day of
the 11th month in 1918 when
the Allied powers signed a
ceasefire agreement with Germany, which brought closure to
World War I. Known as
Armistice Day, Congress voted
the day a federal holiday in
• The Downtown El Paso parade, “2013: Year of the Veteran,” begins at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9. The 1.3-mile
parade, sponsored by the

United American Veterans Organization, starts at Myrtle and
Florence streets and circles San
Jacinto Plaza. This year’s
Grand Marshal is Lt. Col. (Ret.)
Robert Eugene “Bob” Chisolm.
Information: 541-4050.

Nine Inch Nails — The
industrial rock band led by
Trent Reznor brings its “Tension 2013” Arena Tour at 7:30
p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at
UTEP’s Don Haskins Center
with special guest Explosions
in the Sky. Nine Inch Nails’ latest full-length album, Hesitation, comes out in September
featuring the single “Came
Back Haunted.” Tickets:
$39.50-$89.50 (Ticketmaster).

Anjelah Johnson —
Live Nation presents the standup comic, TV actress and former pro football cheerleader at
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at UTEP
Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets:
$35 (Ticketmaster).



Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are
from November 7th - 13th, 2013

As an Oakland Raiderette,
Johson was named Rookie of
the Year and even performed in
Super Bowl XXXVII. After
that year she decided to move
to Los Angeles to pursue her
dream of acting. She became an
internet sensation with her viral
video “Nail Salon” which led to
many stand up and performance
opportunities. That same year
she joined the cast of “MADtv”
as a series regular, which
spawned another internet sensation “Bon Qui Qui.”

($85 orchestra table). Information: 581-5534 or
The event also includes Metropolitan Opera stars Pamela
Armstrong and Melissa Parks,
and tenors David Portillo and
Eric Hanson, along with soprano, Kellie Rumba. Special
guest appearance by local favorite Sha’vonne Williams.
The program includes selections by Puccini, Verdi, Strauss
and other great composers.
Cocktails before and after the
concert with live entertainment
by Vibe in the theatre lobby.
A celebratory dinner follows
at 7:30 p.m. El Paso Museum
of Art. Tickets: $65.

Friends of Jazz presents the
Santa Fe world class jazz pianist Bert Dalton for a fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 10, at Ardovino’s Desert
Crossing, One Ardovino Drive
in Sunland Park. He will be accompanied by El Paso jazz legend Ricky Malichi on drums
and Erik Unsworth, professor
of String Bass and Jazz Studies
at UTEP. Doors open at 5 p.m.,
dinner served at 5:45 p.m. Cash
bar available. Tickets: $35;
available at All That Music and
Video, and both Olivas Music
Centers. Information: Tony
Venegas at the jazz hotline,

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E.
Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m.
and age 18 and older welcome,.
Tickets are regularly $3 more
for ages 18-20. Information:
356-0966 or

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El
Paso. All shows are all-ages (16
and older), unless listed otherwise. Information: 351-9909 or
• Cut

bats — Mimbres Region Art
Council hosts China’s celebrated acrobats at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8, at WNMU Fine
Arts Center Theatre in Silver
City, as part of its Performance
Series. Ticket information:
(575) 538-2505, 1-888-7587289 or
The Golden Dragon Acrobats
represent the best of a timehonored tradition that began
more than 25 centuries ago.
World renowned impresario
Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine
acrobatics, traditional dance,
spectacular costumes, ancient
and contemporary music and
theatrical techniques.

— The annual Ruidoso shopping extravaganza is Friday


tralian synthpop band performs
at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7,

with special guest Larry Gus.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $22 at
the door.
• Baauer — The music


producer known for his hit
“Harlem Shake” performs at 9
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, with DJ
Mustard and S-Type. Tickets to
be announced; available at
J.Luxe, Craze Yogurt and All
the Music.

Golden Dragon Acro-


Opera For All — El
Paso Opera’s 20th anniversary
gala performance is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Abraham
Chavez Theatre. The performance is hosted by America’s
most famous baritone, Sherrill
Milnes, and featuring the finest
of international and national
opera performers and talented
local artists. Tickets: $35 seats

musician performs Sunday,
Nov. 10, with special guest
Beacon. Tickets: $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at
the Ruidoso Convention Center,
with more than 80 merchants, a
food court, holiday music and
decor. Hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Ruidoso
Valley Greeters. Admission: $1
(free for active duty military
and children under 12). Information: (575) 336-2542, (575)
336-4877 or
Storytelling and visits with

$35 in advance; $45 at the door
(cash only). Active duty military is $32 with ID (includes
dinner and non-alcoholic beverage). Information: Deliris Montanez or Dance for Dreams
Foundation (found on Facebook and or (704)
293-4307 or

‘The Rocky Horror Show’ — Alamogordo Music Theatre’s

Christmas Jubilee

• Tycho — The electronic

Copy — The Aus-

Santa are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday.


Bert Dalton — El Paso

presents Richard O’Brien’s cult
classic Nov. 8-16, at Flickinger
Center, 1110 N. New York in
Alamogordo, N.M. Directed by
Daniel Humm. Showtime is
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets:
$10. Contains adult material.
Information: (575)430-9162 or

Desert Dash — Asombro Institute hosts the 5K, 10K
and Children’s 1K Trail Race
Saturday, Nov. 9, at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park,
56501 N. Jornada, in Las
Cruces. The 10K begins at 9
a.m. with 5K at 9:15 a.m. and
Children’s 1K at 9:30 a.m. Registration: $25 though Nov. 1;
$30 Nov. 1-6; $35 on race day
(all registration includes oneyear membership to Asombro
Institute and post-race refreshments. Information:
Packet pickup is noon to 7
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at
Asombro Institute for Science
Education, 401 E. College in
Las Cruces; race day registration and packet pick up is 8 to
8:45 a.m. at the race site.

Oak Ridge Boys —
The country music legends perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
9, at Inn of the Mountain Gods
Resort and Casino, Mescalero,

N.M. Tickets: $25-$80. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

Antique Car Show
and ‘Run for The
Wall’ — The 17th annual
Veterans Day Antique & Classic Car Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Veterans Center, 992 S. Broadway,
Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Antique and classic vehicles
will be on display along with a
swap meet and concessions.
Trophy Plaques and Dash
Plaques will be awarded for
People’s Choice and Judge’s
Picks. Judging starts at 11:30
a.m. with door prizes at 1 p.m.
Entry fee for participants is
$30; spectator admission is
free. Information: (575) 8944222, or
The 11th annual ‘Run For the
Wall’ motorcycle run will be 9
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the park
with vendors, games, a car
show, food, music, a bike run
and rodeo. A Tug-O-War TugOff is 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Information: Bobby Allen,
(575) 740-7111 or

Thanksgiving Dinner and Dance
Bash — Dance for Dreams
presents the dance event 8 p.m.
to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9,
at Hilton Garden Inn El Paso
Airport, 6650 Gateway East,
with DJ La Santa and dancing
to salsa, merengue, bachata,
cumbia, cha-cha and more.
Semi-formal attire. Dinner and
live lounge music starts at 8
p.m. and dancing 9:30 p.m. to
1:30 a.m. Dance performances
and a raffle also held. Tickets:

‘Give Us This Day’ —
Barry Dunleavey’s stage adaptation of the 1956 memoir by
Sidney Stewart, 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Nov. 911, at the Rio Grande Theatre,
211 N. Downtown Mall in Las
Cruces, relating a first-person
account of the Battle of Bataan,
the infamous march that followed and the brutal inhuman
treatment American soldiers endured for three and a half years.
Ticket information: (575) 5462841 or
‘Full Circle: A Dance
Performance’ — Mesilla
Valley Dance Collective concludes their second season with
a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Black Box
Theatre, 430 N Downtown
Mall in Las Cruces, taking the
audience through the Seasons,
into the circle of emotions, and
onto a reflection of shapes.
Local guest artists include the
Hellenic Greek Dancers. Tickets: $10. Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223.
The Mesilla Valley Dance
Collective is open to dancer of
all levels and backgrounds.

Look Who’s Dancing
— The annual dance event is 3
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at
NMSU’s Pan American Center.
Las Cruces community leaders
and local personalities and their
DanceSport partners compete
against each other in a friendly
contest. NMSU DanceSport
students choreograph the
dances, instruct, and perform
with the local celebrities. Tickets: $20 ($12 student/seniors;
$6 age 12 and younger (Ticketmaster). Information: (575)


DRACO ROSA "Triumphs"
In Return To Touring:
"The spectators never sat down" During the Deeply Introspective
Rock Star's Emotional Performance - "It was an all-night standing
ovation... A true celebration of Life"

Music Releases

November 12th
Erasure - Snow Globe
Kellie Pickler - Woman I Am
Little Mix - Salute [US release in 2014]
Psapp - What Makes US Glow
Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
Grace & Tony - November

Nightlife calendar
Nov 9th

Morgan Page@ Buchanans Event

Nov 10th
Tycho @ Lowbrow Palace

After his two-year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, highly respected musician, singer-songwriter
& producer Draco Rosa released new album VIDA - a
personal celebration of LIFE with his closest musical
friends. With an unrivaled Who's Who of Latin Music
appearing on the album, VIDA made a March debut at
#1 onBillboard's "Top Latin Albums" chart - posting
the strongest first week sales of any Latin album released in the first half of 2013 while being hailed as:
"elegant, reflective and mysterious... one of the best
recordings of 2013. Period."
Nominations For:
- RECORD OF THE YEAR: "Más y Más" (with
Ricky Martin)
"Draco Rosa had come to celebrate Vida, his latest
(and first post-cancer) album. It was a triumph. All
night, Rosa, showed us how to enjoy the moment. As
soon as he took the stage, the energy was contagious.
..he tackled the Miami concert with the gusto of a
gambler and a true survivor. ... Over the years, Rosa
has composed very popular songs for singers like Luis
Miguel and Ricky Martin, among others. But at the
Fillmore, he proved his tremendous talent and unique
style as a solo performer. ...It was amazing to see how
every person in the crowd was a true fan, singing his
songs and living the moment with the same passion as
him. ...during the entire show, the spectators never sat
down. It was an all-night standing ovation. At the end
of the night, the audience asked for more and Draco
Rosa came back with 'Aleluya', his take on the
Leonard Cohen classic, making this last moment one
to remember. A true celebration of Life."
- Miami New Times
Robi Draco Rosa Celebrates Being Alive. 'Vida' is the
title of Robi Draco Rosa's new album and tour to celebrate being alive, after his two-year battle with nonHodgkins lymphoma. With his concert in The
Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, his
fans in Miami were able to enjoy his rock music just
like old times.
Accompanied with his Phantom Vox band, Draco
Rosa appeared in the stage wearing all black: pants,
jacket, hat and shades. He played a sparkling silver

guitar and chose one of his darkest and most popular
songs to start the night, "Brujería." The fans at the theater knew that Draco was back. The sound of his voice
and his guitar were so strong, that it is difficult to believe that this is the same person who was so ill that
his fingers hurt when tried to play the guitar. During
the presentation, Draco remembered one of the greatest singers of Latin rock: Gustavo Cerati, the former
front man of Soda Stereo, the pioneering Argentine
rock band. Cerati has been in a coma since suffering a
stroke while on tour in 2010...'He was such an inspiration. This song is dedicated to him, for the love I have
for him,' Draco said and started to sing a slower version of "De Música Ligera,"
Not only did he perform old and new songs, but he
also had fun on stage dancing. He rocked "Mama,"
from his album "Frío." Draco then invited a fan from
the public to the stage, and right in the corner, he
started dancing salsa with her. This is Draco, the rock
singer who once was part of Menudo, who co-wrote
"Livin La Vida Loca" for Ricky Martin, and who
knows how to rock and dance salsa. He did not leave
out one of his favorite songs, "Cómo me acuerdo." On
Saturday, the song took a different significance. 'This
is a very romantic song. Mom doesn't know it, but
once I was singing it in Madrid, and started crying...
thinking of you, mom," said the artist, whose mother,
father and family were at the show.'
- NBC NEWS (NBC Miami)
Draco Rosa was born to make music. The former
Menudo idol grew up listening to a mix of classic rock
tunes from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and the fastpaced descargas of salsa. And for over two decades
now, the Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning
singer, artist, writer, and producer has been pursuing
his passion. After two years of battling cancer and
working on his latest album, Vida, Rosa is finally back
in action, cancer-free, touring the Americas" - Miami
New Times
"Draco Rosa's cancer diagnosis two years ago could
have been a death sentence. Instead, it was a reason to
live. As the singer-songwriter embarks on his first tour
since fighting the disease and learning in May the cancer is gone, Rosa, is reflecting on what he's learned and why he never gave up." - New York Daily News
For more information on Draco Rosa visit:

Heidecker & Wood - Some Things Never Stay
The Same
ILLLS - Hideout From The Feeders
Jeremy Jay - Abandoned Apartments
Katey Sagal - Covered
Keller Williams - FUNK

Less Than Jake - See The Light

Nov 11th

Baauer @ Tricky Falls

Mount Eerie - Pre-Human Ideas
Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains - Yours
To Discover
Sebastien Tellier - Confection

Nov 15th

DJ Sneak & Doc Martin @ 301 Live

Nov 16th

Benoit and Sergio @ The Network

Susanna Hoffs And Matthew Sweet - Under
The Covers, Vol. 3
Vaadat Charigim - The World Is Well Lost
††† (Crosses) - †



Born and raised in
the South Bay area of Los
Angeles, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) was an unfocused pupil of classical
piano. However, she has
come to use this background to create vast textural soundscapes through
utilizing live instruments,
percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty noise.
Through her musical creations, she is able to fuse
vintage sounds with progressive styles into something unique.
Her music has been recognized and praised by the
very best in avant-garde
and mainstream media.
TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various large scale
radio programs such as:
BBC Radio1, NPR, BBC
World Service, J Wave (JP),
Studio Brussels (BE), Radio
Nova (FR), KCRW (USA) to
name a few. Subsequently,
she has been featured in
print by DJ Mag, Pitchfork,
XLR8R, URB, Paper, LA Times,
SPIN, and more. LA Weekly
ranked her as 2010′s #1
female DJ in Los Angeles.
Additionally, Resident Adviser did a full feature on
her for their “Breaking
Through,” an RA series
which focuses on the next
big artist.
There's nothing quite like
TOKiMONSTA's sound either.
In a day and age, when
electronic music is synonymous with the dance floor,
she approaches it from a
different angle.
"It doesn't always have to
be aggressive and party
hardy," she insists. "I'm outside of that. There's a different side of electronic

Her latest album title also
holds a special place in
Lee's heart. Plucked from
the Haruki Murakami book,
Kafka on the Shore, it resembles her approach to
art. She explains, "In the
book, they use the term
idea that people walk
around with light shadows
because they're half in the
spiritual world and half in

reality. Some part of them
isn't here.That really resonated with me."
Ultimately, TOKiMONSTA is
welcoming everybody on
this otherworldly ride with
her. "I wanted this to be a
musical odyssey. You leave
this planet, and then the
music gently places you
back on earth."




Release the energy,
not just the club.
The key to power and accuracy is releasing the
clubhead to the ball correctly. Energy is formed
in the body, using the resistance of the ground
and the body coil. This force is then multiplied
by the correct use of levers, i.e., the lever formed
by the fold in your trail elbow (90 degrees) and
the lever put in place when you cock your wrists
(90 degrees).
Once all this is in place, the energy produced
must be delivered to the ball, a process called the
“release” or “releasing the club.” It should really
be called “releasing the energy.”

How it works
Because the swing is an inclined arc, the wrists
release their 90-degree angle sideways to the
ball. One of the most difficult things to do in golf
is to allow this sidewinder release to happen
without rolling the forearms prematurely toward
the ball. “Patience” and “momentum” are the
watchwords here, and if you try to help the
process, energy leaks away like air from a punctured balloon.

But anatomy and physics are on your side if you
will just rely on your friend momentum. When
you release the wrists from the side, momentum
softly nudges the two bones in your forearm (the
ulna and radius) to roll over.
These two bones are responsible for rotation
about the long axis of the forearm, and when
your lead forearm turns palm toward the sky, the
clubface closes. Thus it is the release that drives
the rotation and not the rotation that releases the
club — a huge difference if good shots are your

Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a
teaching professional in
Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit
hiswebsite at

Ways to fight winter’s blues
Do you get the blues during the winter when
you can’t play golf? Well, there may be more to
it than just missing golf. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), an annual feeling of lethargy and
maybe even depression, is a common malady
that may center around control of your ions
rather than your irons.
When you take a breath, you inhale a combination of negative and positive ions, electrically
charged particles that can affect how you feel
about everything, including your golf (or lack
thereof). We live in a sea of particles, where the
negative ions sop up the bad stuff that is hanging around in the unhealthy air created by lack
of ventilation. Long winter days in the dryness
of indoor heating remove negative ions from
the air, depriving you of their protective function. It can be the same with a steady diet of air
There are many who believe that a lack of negative ions can cause mood changes and thus
contribute to SAD. In a study published in the
Journal of Aviation, Space and Environmental
Medicine (August 1982), investigators summarized their findings as follows:
“Subjective perceptions of psychological state,
using individual ‘normalcy’ as standard, reflected significant differences between control
and negative ion exposure groups. Prominent
perceptions reported were reductions in irritability, depression and tenseness, and increases
in calmness and stimulation associated with ion

Bend it like
Expert teacher Mike Bender has invented a
teaching aid called the BenderStik, which
has a large yellow foam ball that can be positioned to give you feedback on virtually any
movement in the swing.
This tour player has started his sidewinder release with his trail forearm open to the sky. Ninety
percent of golfers make the mistake of trying to
force the clubhead to go directly to the ball by
rolling over their forearms. This delivers a
straight-line, tomahawk trajectory suitable for
killing snakes, but not for hitting golf balls.

At impact, the tour player keeps the clubface from
closing by releasing his wrists from the side while
keeping his forearm pointing to the sky, a key
combo for straight shots.

The product includes an instructional DVD
that walks you through the golf swing while
detailing the benefits of the BenderStik. It’s
$99.99, or 100 bucks for those of you who
are never fooled by tricky pricing, at

exposure. For psychological state, negative ion
exposure appeared associated with feeling better about self, less sensitive, and more responsive or innervated (energized).”
You will not find a high concentration of negative ions indoors, shut up in hot, airtight rooms
with no sunshine all winter, especially if you
stare at a computer monitor all day. Monitors
release a steady stream of positive ions, requiring your limited supply of negative ions to
work overtime.
So is it any wonder that you can’t wait to get
outdoors and play golf come springtime —
you’re in the sun and near water, a prime
source of negative ions. Pierce Howard, author
of “The Owner’s Manual for the Brain,” writes:
“The best ratios of negative to positive ions are
associated with waterfalls and … storms. The
worst are found in windowless rooms and
closed, moving vehicles.”

Pierce offers these suggestions:
“1. Don’t live or work in a space with no fresh
air unless the air conditioning system contains
an ion generator.
“2. Purchase a room ion generator.
“3. Take frequent breaks in fresh air, and when
you can’t, open the window!”
But the best treatment to avoid SAD is a
Florida vacation, where you can put your irons
to work.


Drill improves exit
from bunker
Q: I’m a new golfer and have
a hard time getting out of the
bunkers. Could you help me
with a tip? — Pam T.

A: There’s one thing about
bunkers, Pam — it’s easier to
get in them than to get out!
Your pro can show you the
stance and aim, but I’ll give
you a tip that will ensure success once the basics are under
control: Don’t hit the ball onto
the green; hit the sand.
The photo here is of a tour pro
doing just that. Most amateurs
quit on the shot, so the sand
goes nowhere, but if you hit
about an inch behind the ball,
as you should, then the clubhead speed is going to be muffled by the sand.
So smack down behind the ball
hard enough to splash sand on

No ball, no problem. This young tour
pro has a great practice recipe —
just hit the sand onto the green,
then add the ball.

the green. Start practicing with
just sand, and when you can
plop it nicely on the green,
then simply add the ball.
(To Ask the Pro a question
about golf, email him at:


Micro-mishaps grow into huge errors
In golf more than any major sport,
differences of a fraction of an inch
can impact the quality of the outcome.
“Hold on,” you say. “What about
football, where a team can fail to
get a first down by half an inch? Or
baseball, where a line drive barely
misses the shortstop’s glove and
that’s the difference between a hit
and an out?” Both are true enough,
but in golf, these micro-mishaps
can take place on each and every
shot — except, of course, for the
rare, but always exciting, swingand-miss.
Golf looks like a big-world game
since its playing field is measured
in acres and the time frame is long.
But quality in golf actually depends
on small-world numbers. Both the
300-yard drive and the 5-foot putt
start with millimeters that separate
excellent from awful. And when
millimeters are the measure, truly
anything can happen.
Case in point: Given a face angle
and club path both looking at the

target, if you impact the ball just
one dimple (0.142 of an inch) off
center toward the heel of your
driver, it creates a shot that starts
straight but curves about 11 yards
off line at 275 yards.
Not much room for error is
there? No wonder Tiger Woods
often leaves his driver in the bag.

Golf classes
this fall- 2013 at the Ascarate golf course.
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The official stat is called “driving accuracy,” but it should be called “accuracy
from the tee.” Players who have trouble
hitting the driver accurately, including
Tiger Woods, shown here on a practice
tee, often use other clubs off the tee, like
a 3- or 5-metal, that have more loft and
therefore produce less adverse curve on
the ball.

PRO SHOP AT 915-772-7381.






Race: AdvoCare 500
Where: Phoenix International Raceway
When: Sunday, 3 p.m. (ET)
2012 Winner: Kevin Harvick (right)

Race: ServiceMaster 200
Where: Phoenix International Raceway
When: Saturday, 4 p.m. (ET)
2012 Winner: Joey Logano

Race: Lucas Oil 150
Where: Phoenix International Raceway
When: Friday, 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: Fox Sports 1
2012 Winner: Brian Scott

To hear Jimmie Johnson and
his crew chief Chad Knaus tell
it, the start of their dominating
run in the AAA Texas 500 at
Texas Motor Speedway on
Sunday can be traced to a test
session at the track two weeks
prior to the race weekend.
“After two days, we
really honed in on the balance
of the car and comfort of the
car,” Johnson said in his winner’s interview after leading the
most laps, winning the race and
moving seven points ahead of
Matt Kenseth with just two
races left to run. “We felt really
strong about things, but at the
same time, we’re here testing,
as all of our competitors were
as well. So it was tough to

leave here overly excited, because your competition is here
getting better and getting data
and all of that as well.
“So we came back
and just kept our blinders on
and focused on our team, our
race car and got the thing pretty
dang awesome.”
Knaus pointed out
that Kenseth, who entered
Texas tied with Johnson atop
the points standings but finished fourth in the race, didn’t
have such a good Texas test. He
crashed his No. 20 Toyota after
blowing a tire during the session.
“I know if I was
[Kenseth’s team], and I came
here and on my last day of testing I blew a right-front tire, I’d

Harold Hinson for Chevrolet

Jimmie Johnson dominates AAA Texas 500; credits test sessions two weeks prior to
race for team’s success

Jimmie Johnson led the most laps and took the checkered flag in the AAA Texas 500.
be nervous coming back,”
Knaus said. “So that had to
have been looming over them.”

Johnson said that testing at Texas two weeks earlier helped the team with the
balance of the No. 48.

Harold Hinson for Chevrolet

Knaus said he believes his No. 48 team also
came out ahead in a test session
last week at Homestead-Miami
Speedway, in which teams prepared for the season-ending
Ford 400.
“Quite honestly,
based on what I saw at Homestead, they’re probably pretty
nervous about that same thing
happening there,” he said.
Knaus said there
were several things learned at
the Texas test, which was
rained out and then rescheduled, that helped his team score
its first victory on a 1.5-mile
track this year.

“I think it was very
beneficial for us,” he said. “We
were able to really kind of
break down what the race car
was doing. Jimmie was able to
go out there and kind of explore a little bit and find the nuances of the race track in kind
of a more calm environment.
“I think it paid huge
dividends for us from a lot of
different levels, and it was
Kenseth shouldered
much of the blame for his
team’s inability to come up
with a winning setup at Texas,
which historically has been one
of his best tracks.
“We’re just a little
off,” he said. “I just couldn’t

help [the crew] enough to give
them the information they
needed to get in the car what I
needed to run a little bit better.
“It’s all on me. We
just worked hard that first
[Texas] race, came and tested,
worked hard through all the
practice sessions, threw a lot of
stuff at it and just never had it
quite good enough.”
But Kenseth said
Johnson’s points lead can be
“It’s not insurmountable,” he said. “It’s still in your
hands. The math works out if
you win the last two races.
“If we go out there
and can outrun everybody for
two weeks, then it’s ours.”


Hot-rod hatchback! The Ford
Focus ST

Martin Truex Jr. signs 2014
Sprint Cup sponsor deal with
Furniture Row Racing

By Christopher A. Randazzo

If you’re a fan of little pocketrockets, you know – cars that
appear to be small, economical
commuter cars, but are really
fast and fun performance machines, boy does Ford have a
treat for you. The all-new for
2013 Ford Focus ST reminds
me a lot of the original pocketrocket – the Volkswagen GTI.
Like the GTI was when it first
made the scene in 1983, the
Focus ST is affordable and
economical – even practical,
but the most important thing is
that it is just down right fun to

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR

The news of Martin Truex Jr.’s loss of sponsorship
from NAPA Auto Parts after his Michael Waltrip Racing team’s
involvement in the race-altering scandal at Richmond in September couldn’t have come at a worse time for the veteran Sprint
Cup driver.
By early fall, most team and sponsor deals for the upcoming season are already in place, and the looming shutdown of
his No. 56 team could have put him without a quality ride for the
2014 season.
But Kurt Busch’s surprise departure from the No. 78
Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet team opened the door for Truex
to take over as driver for that team, which, despite its single-car
status, has proven that it’s a legitimate Chase contender.

Martin Truex Jr. announces his new sponsor deal with
Furniture Row for the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
Truex and Furniture Row made the official announcement of their pairing last week at Texas Motor Speedway.
“As unlucky as I got at Richmond a month or two ago,
I got just as lucky when this deal turned up,” Truex said. “What
can you say? I guess all things happen for a reason; hopefully all
this happened for a reason, and we will be able to do some great
things together.”
He said there were some anxious moments after NAPA
announced that it was dropping his current team after he was removed from the Chase by NASCAR as part of punishment for
MWR’s actions at Richmond, none of which directly involved
Truex or his No. 56 crew.
“The biggest thing for me as a driver is, a few weeks
ago when dominoes started to fall, I wasn’t sure where I would
end up,” he said. “To have an opportunity like this — this late in
the season — I just feel really blessed. I feel really lucky and definitely excited and looking forward to the future with this team.”
In joining Furniture Row, which has an alliance with
Richard Childress Racing, Truex will get to work with his close
friend and fellow racer Ryan Newman, who is moving to RCR to
drive that team’s No. 31 Chevrolet next year.
“We will kind of be teammates next year, which is really cool,” Truex said. Continues on page 40

The current Ford Focus has
been out since 2011 and it has
been quite the winner. But this
year Ford held nothing back
when it released the Focus ST.
Think of it as the ultimate

Focus ST feels like a much
more expensive sports car.
With the short-throw shifter in
the palm of your left hand, the
thick steering wheel in your
right and your two feet working the three pedals, the Focus
ST is a downright blast to put
through the paces.

EcoBoost four-cylinder engine
with a unique intake and exhaust allows this hot-rod Focus
to make 252 horsepower, or 92
horses more than a regular
Focus. Torque is rated at 270
lb-ft. The extra power from this

with a variable-ratio steering
rack, lowered suspension,
firmer shocks, revised stabilizer bars and sticky tires this
hatchback’s handling goes
from good to amazing. Along
with excellent body control the

little engine is achieve via an
intercooled turbocharger that
can boost up to 20 psi. Mated
to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission (the only
transmission available), the
Focus ST can hit 60 mph in
about six seconds flat.

By The Numbers:

Despite the firmer suspension,
the Focus ST doesn’t seem to
ride significantly worse than a
regular Focus. And the noise
levels, either from the wind,
road or engine are kept in tune
as to not be a concern for the
occupants. All these nice little
characteristics make the Focus
ST suitable as a daily driver.
Continues on next page

Just one look at the ST - which
comes only as a hatchback and you’ll know this isn’t your
run-of-the-mill Focus. There is
that snazzy looking grille up
front, large fenders, side skirts,
roof spoiler and 18” wheels.
An aggressive looking centermount exhaust system completes the package. And with
colors like Tangerine Scream,
Race Red and Performance
Blue, the Focus ST is sure to
attract quite a bit of attention.
Then there is the interior. The
regular Focus already offers
one of the nicest cabins on the
market, but Ford spices things
up by adding optional Recaro
seats and some extra gauges.
The layout of the center console remains a bit more intrusive than most and there seems
to be an unusually large
amount of buttons and controls, but it quickly becomes
easy to understand.
But what really makes the ST
is the excitement under the
sheetmetal. Ford’s 2.0 liter

As quick as it is, the Focus ST
is really about handling. The
regular Focus is no slouch on
curvy roads, so already the ST
started with a good base. But

2013 Ford Focus ST
Base Price:
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front-engine / front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.0 EcoBoost turbocharged inline-4 cylinder
6-speed manual
252 hp
270 ft-lbs
EPA Fuel Economy:23 mpg city / 32 mpg highway
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Achieving 23 mpg in the city
and 32 mpg on the highway are
also good excuses to use the ST
While the Focus ST is fast and
fun to drive, it’s also comfortable and practical. The optional
Recaro seats are a must-have
option – they are super supportive and comfortable – and they
look cool too. Back seat passengers may feel a bit more
pinched when it comes to
legroom, although headroom
isn’t an issue. If you are transporting cargo instead of humans, fold down the rear seats
and you can carry 44.8 cubic
feet of whatever. Behind the


rear seat there is 23.8 cubic

led in the past 17 Sprint Cup races
847 atLaps
Phoenix International Raceway by Jim-

Points separating Brad Keselowski, 14th in
points, and Jamie McMurray, in 15th, as the
two vie for the bonuses that go to the highest-finishing non-Chase driver in the Sprint Cup standings.

Just like the original pocketrocket, the Volkswagen GTI,
the Focus ST is quite affordable. Starting price for the ST is
$23,700. My tester included
options like the Recaro seats,
dual-zone climate control, MyFord Touch interface and a
Sony sound system, all which
made the price jump to
$28,170. Not pocket change,
but still less than the price of an
average selling car. And the
Focus ST is anything but average.

Drivers who have started at least one Nationwide Series race this season.

mie Johnson, tops among drivers.
Cup victories at Phoenix by Chevro16 Sprint
let, the most of any manufacturer.


Ty Dillon delivers command performance
in Camping World Truck Series victory at

A week after his soon-to-be former teammate Kevin Harvick called him a “rich kid” who got his ride only because his
grandfather was a team owner, Ty Dillon put on a command performance in the Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor
Speedway. He led 130 of 147 laps to get his second Truck win of
the season and third of his career. The victory marked the 100th in a
major NASCAR series by a No. 3 Chevrolet fielded by Dillon’s
grandfather, Richard Childress. The late Dale Earnhardt got the majority of those victories.
Dillon’s crew chief, Marcus Richmond, who was fined by
NASCAR after a pit crew member tossed a mallet at Harvick after
he and Dillon crashed at Martinsville Speedway, said Friday night’s
win was especially rewarding, in light of the events of the previous
“We’ve had some bad luck the last few weeks and after
everything that happened last weekend, this was a great way to
show how strong this Bass Pro Shops team really is,” Richmond

AMS publicity director dies after cancer

The NASCAR community lost one of its most tireless and
dedicated workers last week. Marcy Scott, who managed publicity at
Atlanta Motor Speedway, and prior to that worked as a publicist for
drivers including Matt Kenseth, Jeff Green and Ward Burton, died of
cancer at age 42.
“We will all miss her charisma, her penchant for detail and
her way of making any task fun and enjoyable,” AMS president Ed
Clark said in a statement. “To people throughout the NASCAR and
the Atlanta media communities, she was a great friend and a consummate professional.”
Martin Truex Jr. said Scott’s struggle with cancer and her
death helped him realize that career uncertainty like he experienced
in recent weeks, and NASCAR racing in general, are not always the
most important things in life.
“You think about people like Marcy Scott — losing her,”
he said. “You know, life is not fair. As big of a deal as this is to a lot
of us, sometimes it’s not the end of the world.”

Truex Jr...


Continued from page 38
“I’m looking forward to
working with him and hopefully helping each other.”
And he said he
doesn’t believe the single-car
operation is as much of a disadvantage as some might assume, because single-car
teams can make changes
more quickly than multi-car
“When they want
to build a part and put it on
the race car, they do it,” he
said. “There is no five, six
weeks of it going through a
system to get it on the race
car. I think that from a technology standpoint, I think it’s
a great thing. There are a lot
less channels for things to go
Furniture Row’s
general manager Joe Garone
also announced that his team
has hired the current crew of
Truex’s No. 56 to service his
No. 78 next year.
“We’ve been able
to secure Martin’s pit crew;
actually bring them on board
in full-time positions for
2014,” he said. “I think that
is going to really help that
part of our program.”

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11.16 | 6 PM





Johnson takes the lead in Sprint Cup points standings with two races remaining

Points standings and race results following the AAA Texas 500 at Texas
Motor Speedway:

(finished 38th) 2,273 points; behind –

(finished first) 2,342 points; leader

He hasn’t had a top-5 finish since the
second race of the Chase, at New
Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he
finished third. He never seemed to really get going at Texas. “We just
weren’t where we wanted to be. It was
a tough day.”

(finished third) 2,251 points; behind –


the cutoff for being on stage at the annual awards banquet in Las Vegas.
“We will just go on to Phoenix and,
hopefully, get another win there and
go to Homestead.”

(finished 13th) 2,290 points; behind –
After entering the race with an outside
chance to catch Johnson and Kenseth,
a blown tire led to a crash that essentially took him out of the title hunt.
“You just can’t have things like this
happen if you are going to make a run
at a championship.”

He dominated the race, leading a
whopping 255 of 334 laps to score the
maximum 48 points and break a tie
with Matt Kenseth, the only driver
with a reasonable chance of stopping
him from winning a sixth Sprint Cup
title. “It’s hard to get points in this
championship battle, and we got a
couple [Sunday].”

(finished fourth) 2,335 points; behind

He battled back from an early wreck to
run up front, only to be caught speeding on pit road late. “[Busch] was giving us all he had to give us — the best
finish possible, and we took a little bit
more than what was there,” said crew
chief Dave Rogers of the speeding

(finished 10th) 2,273 points; behind –

(finished ninth) 2,224 points; behind –
Despite a loose-handling car, he
His Ford was fast, but not nearly as
fast as Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet.
“Overall, we can’t be disappointed
with a third-place finish, but the 48 car
was just ridiculously fast.”

(finished 17th) 2,246 points; behind –
scored his 17th top-10 finish of the
season and his fifth in the Chase. “We
just couldn’t get it to where I needed it
to be. But in spite of how much we
struggled today, to finish ninth was

JR.(finished second) 2,280 points;
behind –62
He’s had six finishes of 11th or better
in the eight Chase races to date, and a
worst of just 17th, at New Hampshire,
but he started the Chase with no bonus
points and has just one top-5 finish, a
third at Martinsville.

He overcame a penalty for speeding
on pit road to score a top-5 finish and
remain in the running for the championship. “Honestly, the 48 (Johnson)
had us from the time they unloaded
until the time they put it back on the
truck. They were just dominant all

(finished eighth) 2,302 points; behind
Another steady performance kept him
clinging to an outside chance of winning the championship, but it won’t
happen unless both Johnson and
Kenseth experience major setbacks in
one of the next two races.

(finished 12th) 2,269 points; behind –
He scored his third runner-up finish in
the past six races, but he hasn’t been
able to overcome a 35th-place finish in
the Chase opener. Otherwise, he has
an average Chase finish of 5.4. “We
feel like we’re doing a lot of good
work and getting really close to probably breaking through and getting a


After a runner-up run at Kansas, he’s
had four straight finishes outside the
top 10 and has been mathematically
eliminated from title contention, as
have the drivers below him in the
standings. “We need a turn-around in
the final two races, because it has been
too good of a year to end on a struggling note.”

(finished fifth) 2,209 points; behind –
He’s still at the bottom of the Chase
standings despite his second top-5 in
the past four races. “I’m glad we were

(finished 37th) 2,226 points; behind –
He started on the pole, but fell out
with a blown engine and now finds
himself outside the top 10, which is

able to have kind of a flawless race,
and race all day and make a little bit of
ground at the end.”


Distracting Attention From a Hard-Working Kitchen
By Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: Instead of taking out the
entire wall between the kitchen
and dining room, the past owners who remodeled the house
left a half-wall as a passthrough. I find it unnerving to
have dinner guests looking in at
my messy kitchen, but I've gotten to like the convenience of
the pass-through.

My husband thinks we should
hang louvered doors in the
opening, but that really defeats
the purpose. Anything else you
could suggest?

A: I'd suggest borrowing an
elegant — but simple — idea
from "Creating the Inspired

House" by John Connell (the
Taunton Press). Browsing for
clever solutions to sore spots in
today's homes, Connell focuses
on the pictured pass-through
(from the cook's eye view,
looking toward the dining room

bowls and tchotchkes, the handsomely hand-crafted shelves
form a grid that draws attention
from the more utilitarian function of the pass-through. Dinner
guests may admire the display
without really looking into the
"messy" kitchen beyond.

Themed as a display space for a
collection of attractive ceramic

Talk about sleight of hand! As
with much of interior decorating, it's the ultimate effect that
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the coauthor of "Manhattan Style,"
"Hampton Style," and five other
books on interior design.

Objets d'art: Set with an interesting collection of bowls, display shelves transcend their
more mundane role as a utilitarian pass-through from kitchen
to dining room. Photo courtesy
of Rob Karosis, the Taunton

Perfect Approach to
Restoration is Imperfection
Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: We are redoing the kitchen in our
19th-century brownstone. We took
down the wall between the kitchen and
breakfast room, but now we are worried that we've spoiled the character of
the old house. What kind of cabinets
and fixtures should we put in to be true
to the time period?

A: Restoring a vintage home authentically requires painstaking research and
careful editing of materials. Sure, the
rest of us old-house lovers rejoice when
new owners are willing to spend the
time and money to recreate the right
historic attitude.
Easy for us; it's not our time and
money. Continues on page 6
Morphing the new into the old, walnut
cabinets and restoration glass add
character to a made-over kitchen.
Photo by Ellen McDermott.



Decorating Windows Gives You the
Shutters? Great Idea!

Overarching window problems? Easily solved with new wood-look shutters that circumnavigate radiators and add architectural heft to this dining room. Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas.

Q: How do you handle a living room with three arched
windows across the side wall?
To complicate matters, the center window comes all way to
the floor, but the side windows
are short because they're both
over radiators. I'd curtain the
entire wall and be done with it,
but my husband says it's a mistake to muffle the heat from the

A: He has a definite point,
but that's no motive to let reason interfere with your aesthetics.
There are any number of ways
to deal with this window wall
successfully, but you still must
factor practicality into even the
best-looking solution. That
means that unless they look out
on a neighbor's brick wall, you
want to be able to open and
close the windows and the window coverings.
Among your options for a more

formal room: swags and jabots
installed over short curtains
that line up mid-window across
all three, leaving the top panes
open to the light. The center
one will obviously be longer —
to the floor — while the shorter
side curtains leave the radiators
free to go about their work.
In a less formal setting, you
could leave the top arches
beautifully bare and substitute
cotton cafe curtains below.
Or consider the more architectural solution pictured, where
all three windows are covered
with wood-look shutters — including the arches. The shutters
(NewStyle hybrids from Hunter
Douglas, look
like hardwood,
but they are less
costly and less
susceptible to the
heat-cold extremes near window panes — the
promises. More
good news: The

Rose Bennett Gilbert

shutters come in four different
wood colors, the better to blend
with other woodwork in the

Q: Our house is a taupe with
white trim and black shutters. I
want to paint our front door a
deep red ... not maroon but really red. ("Fire and Ice" red, if
you're old enough to remember.)
My question is, do we paint
both the inside and outside of
the door? The front hall is a
sage green.

A: Any red in sight?
If so, a "Fire and Ice"
door could be fun. If
not, match the inner
door color to the other
woodwork in your entryway. Choosing
door colors is an open
and shut case against
P.S.: Remember "Fire
and Ice?" I still buy it!



Want to Bring Down the House?
Use Illusion to Lower the Ceiling
Rose Bennett Gilbert

Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: We have a large collection
of Ukrainian textiles, family
pieces brought over in the early
20th century and kept in my
mother-in-law's closet until we
found them clearing out her
apartment last winter. There
are embroidered pillows, men's
dress shirts and table runners,
all hand-worked and wonderful. We'd like to bring them out
and show them off, but I am
afraid they will "take over" our
home, they are so colorful —
dare I say, "ethnic"?

A: Dare to say it! There's

great renewed interest in celebrating one's individual heritage in the way you decorate
your home. Ditto handcrafts,
one-of-a-kind furnishings created by today's generation of
artisans working in the tradition of the arts & crafts movement of the early 20th century.
It's the country home of designer Marian McEnvoy, who
"has spent her life making a
bold statement in fashion and
interior design," writes Chippy
Irvine in her intriguing book
"Shades of Country (The
Taunton Press).
Marian has created what the
author calls "Uzbekistan on the
Hudson," adding suzani trimmings over all the white cur-

tains, lampshades and pillows
in the room. Suzanis, FYI, are
hand embroideries traditionally
made by the women in various
Asian tribes, mostly in Uzbekistan but also in Afghanistan,
Chippy Irvine explains. It's an
art form involving designs and
motifs that may go back 2,000
years and can take years to
make, even with several
women working on the same
By using a glue gun instead of
needle and thread, Marian
made short work of adding the
brilliant ethnic color and pattern that comes as a surprise in
her early American stone

Q: We are remodeling our
master bath and want to include some "personal indulgences," as my husband calls
them, such as a whirlpool tub, a
double-sink lavatory and
maybe even a small fireplace
— how cool is that!
Our question is about the high
12-foot ceiling (this is an old
Victorian house). We're looking
for cozy, and that's hard with
such a high ceiling. What do
you suggest?

A: Who says you have to go
on living with that high ceiling? Not when there are relatively easy ways to bring it
down ... or create the illusion
that you have.
Dark colors often do the trick.
If you paint your ceiling deep
brown, midnight blue or even
black, it will appear lower.

Cozily set off by decorative columns in a high-ceiling bath, a
whirlpool tub boasts its own TV and fireplace. Photo courtesy
Simple color alchemy: dark
colors advance to the eye, making the surface look closer.

Light colors recede, making the
surface look farther away.
Continues on page 12

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Wonderful for the country: You're helping protect our architectural heritage. Challenging for homeowners, who may be facing such an
undertaking for the first time. To quote an intrepid friend, who came up delighted but dazzled
from a "six-week" renovation that took nearly
three years: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience
because I am never doing that again!"
But I don't mean to discourage you. There's a
rainbow of rewards at the end of your project.
And getting there may indeed be half the fun —
especially if you have a wise guide like New
York designer Kathryn Scott, whose design studio helped the homeowners turn back the calendar for the pictured handsome brownstone.

Coming home to colorful country, glued-on suzanis (Asian embroideries) adds ethnic flavor to a
white living room. Photo: Randy O'Rourke, Courtesy The Taunton Press.

Built in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., in 1864, the
house boasted elegant features like ornate plasterwork ceilings. But it had been built to serve family life as it was lived nearly a century-and-a-half
ago. Today's lifestyle calls for open spaces and
easy communication between them. So, the designer joined the work and eating areas, keeping
the original fireplace and plasterwork.

She designed the new space to look like a library,
Scott says, using age-appropriate materials, such
as walnut cabinet fronts and restoration glass
(waves and bubbles) for the sliding doors. The
kitchen ceiling had been dropped during an earlier "updating," so she also brought in a plaster
master to recreate the ornate overhead by copying the original ceiling over the staircase.
Another way to make the new feel old: Find
hardware with an antique finish. "Not lacquered,"
she insists. "You want the finish to wear off
slowly, just like the real thing. Hardware should
change with time and take on a life of its own."
The keyword is "character," Scott says. "You
don't want to be perfect." That is not always an
easy concept for her clients to accept, the designer confides. "It often takes agonizing on the
clients part before they can see that imperfections
add character and are more beautiful and interesting."
See more of Scott's work at






Want to Bring Down the

Standing Room Only?
Ideas to the Rescue
Rose Bennett Gilbert

Continued from page 6

Q: Our living room/dining

You might also consider a strongly patterned
wallpaper on the ceiling — has the same effect
as a dark color. Ditto for dark exposed beams
and low hanging lights, all of which make the
ceiling more omnipresent in the mind's eye.

room is not very large, so we
bring the dining chairs from the
table into the living area when
we have extra guests. I can't
help but think that it looks like
some kind of prayer meeting.
All those legs!

Helgeson's clients had nurtured their dream
house for years, she reports, "and were finally
able to build it with everything they ever
wanted." That includes posh materials, such as
those marble countertops and real hardwood cabinetry — from Wood-Mode (, also the source of the decorative
columns and wide mouldings.


Even more dramatic, borrow designer Peggy
Helgeson's imposing idea for the high-ceiling
pictured master bath. She created a room-withina-room, adding arches and decorative posts to set
the tub off from the rest of the bath. Sunk in a
marble-topped surround, the tub becomes the
centerpiece of the bath, an environment that's all
about "personal indulgences" — it has its own
TV and fireplace set into the dividing wall.


All that wood in a bath, you might ask? Thank
today's protective wood finishes. New surface
coatings render wood all but impervious to normal bathroom moisture. That goes for wood
floors in a bath, too, as long as you don't leave
puddles standing around for long.

We have a three-seater sofa and
two armless chairs in the living
"room," but maybe there's another way to provide extra seating when we need it?

A: You are not alone with
your problem: smallish rooms
— especially rooms that do
double-duty like living and dining — need solutions that go
beyond the usual sofa-chair categories. Furniture manufacturers have responded with clever
solutions, such as low stools
that stow under cocktail tables
and storage benches that also
make for sturdy seating.
Sectional sofas are another
smart answer. Angle a sectional
so it embraces the cocktail
table, and you multiply seating
opportunities exponentially —
no arms to limit the number of
sitters who can fit on the "L."
Interior designer Gail ShieldsMiller has yet another answer:
ottomans. Like you, she dislikes seeing all those chair legs
in a room. Instead, she says, "I
love ottomans. I'm an ottoman

Touch of the wild: Zebra print ottoman adds extra seating
and extra umph to a smallish living room.
Photo courtesy of Peter Rymwid.
Shields-Miller's prefers big ottomans, too, as you can see in
the pictured living room. The
large zebra-print ottoman is always on hand for extra seating.
Moreover, it fulfills the designer's credo: She's known for
mixing styles and periods. In
her rooms, colors don't match
— on purpose.

"Matching makes a room look
like a hotel!" Shields-Miller insists. Hence, the horizontally
striped curtains — made of a
synthetic fabric that poufs like
crinoline — do not match the
taupe-gray sofa, which does not
match the rug, which has a suggestion of orange. And the rug
definitely does not match the
pillows tossed on the sofa: "like
adding lipstick — it's bold but
not in your face!"
How to cultivate that captivating near-miss at home? "Take
out the Benjamin Moore
swatch of the color you like
and go down — or up — two
steps. It will bring your room
alive." Learn more at



Rx for the Color-Phobic
Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: My house is just plain dull. It's
because I grew up with only beiges
and neutrals. My mother was a child
of the Depression and thought everything she bought had to last forever,
meaning no color to "get tired of." My
midlife crisis is about wanting color,
but at the same time I don't know how
to handle it. Can you help my phobia?

A: Here's my prescription: Take an


But we're not talking Malcolm Gladwell's l0,000 hours — that's what it
takes to become a pro yourself. You
just need to invest time enough to feel
both excited by and at-ease in an environment that jumps with color.

Nisbet cautions, "using strong saturations of color requires the utmost discernment. ... It can be a high-wire act,"
the designer admits, "but if you can
keep your balance, the effect is transformative."

"High punch color" is what Amanda
Nisbet calls it in her new book, "Dazzling Design" (Stewart, Tabori and
Chang). Browse a few pages, and
you'll begin to tingle, I promise, with
the sheer fun of unexpected color used
in unexpected places. Like the vivid
purple library we show here.

Yet another word of advice from a top
designer, Mario Buatta, whose sevenpound tome, "Fifty Years of American
Interior Decoration" is due out this
month from Rizzoli. Mario urges his
color-phobic clients "to buy art," he
told an adoring audience at the annual
"What's New/What's Next" event at
the New York Design Center last

afternoon to curl up with a couple of
good books by interior designers who
revel in Color! with a capital C and an
exclamation point! The pros may have
been born with extra rods and cones,
but amateurs can learn color, just as
you can learn to dance or play a good
game of tennis.

No need to whisper, "Quiet, please."
The colors may dance and patterns
dazzle the eyes, but the net effect is
calming and contemplative, as befits a
room devoted to reading, relaxing and

The key — as with everything you
want to do well — is practice, practice, practice.

For another super color-infusion, get
your hands on designer Jamie Drake's
book, "New American Glamour"
(Bullfinch Publishers). Although he
seems to have given up wearing be-

Speaking of purple prose, in this ladylike library the cry is for a really
vivid hue. Photo: Amaris Granado.
spoke suits of emerald, red and orange, Jamie is still renowned for interiors filled with extroverted Color!

Jamie proclaims. Spend an afternoon
studying his rooms, and you'll begin to
catch the bug.

"Everything I do begins with color!"

Of course, there are caveats. Amanda

“Art is a way of introducing color into
a room. Art is color. It can be lifechanging.”
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author
of "Manhattan Style," and six other
books on interior design.


Making Space for Sleepovers

Mastering the Mix of
Color and Pattern

Rose Bennett Gilbert

Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: We are looking for more sleepover

Q: I relate to that person who

space in our country house. We have four
children who constantly invite friends up,
and I've grown weary of sleeping bodies on
the living room sofas. We are thinking of
building a half-wall in the upstairs hall and
stuffing a bed behind it. There must be
other solutions?

wrote about growing up in a
bland white and beige house.
Like her, I now want color and
pattern in my life, but I have no
clue how to go about mixing
things up. I'm not afraid to use
just one color and one pattern
and leave everything else neutral. But I'd like a lot! Are there
any tricks to mixing several
patterns together?

A: If I weren't sure you've already
thought of them, I'd mention sleep sofas
and Murphy beds, both time-tested solutions to sleep-space shortages.

A: Oh, yes. And happily, once
you get over your fear they are
not hard to learn.

Your hall half-wall sounds creative — and
doable. It might also discourage some of
your young guests (at least those who've
read Poe's "Cask of Amontillado," wherein
a man immures another behind a brick wall
in the wine cellar).

Easiest route to a successful
mix of patterns: Let a professional do it for you. There's a
wealth of home fashions coordinates on today's market. The
pros have already taken the
worry out of putting a room together by creating entire collections, including wall coverings,
fabrics, even rugs and pillows,
that work perfectly together.

Guests at Terry John Woods' country house
in Maine would be luckier. The
designer/author offers a friendlier solution
to housing guests, seen in this photo borrowed from Woods' handsome new book,
"Farmhouse Modern" (Stewart, Tabori and
Chang). It, too, is in an upstairs hall that is
just wide enough to accommodate a mattress on top of a low storage unit.
Framed-in and hung with a heavy curtain,
the sleeping nook is fairly private. It's certainly attractive, with its linen damask fabric and interior decoration — including a
naive portrait hung in lieu of an ordinary

Small can be comfortable: Tucked behind a
curtain in an upstairs
hallway, a sleeping
alcove coddles extra
Photo: Kindra Clineff.

Q: What to do with all those souvenirs of
summer's travels?

A: Top designer Vicente Wolf has a good
suggestion: Before you buy anything, try to
decide how you will fit it into your home
life, he told a packed house at the New
York Design Center's "What's New/What's
Next" event last week.
"When I'm traveling, I try to look at objects
as something I can decorate with, not as
souvenirs," Vicente said. As a mega-designer to millionaires and bold-face names,
he is shopping for more than his own home
when he travels.

Which is every winter to ever more exotic
places, like Nepal and India — India was in
the spotlight at the Design Center; Wolf
paired with Stephanie Odegard, the remarkable former Peace Corps volunteer who has
become the go-to source for rugs and custom furniture handmade the traditional way
in India and Nepal.
Thanks to Wolf and Stephanie, we Westerners can live at ease with exotica from the
East: rugs woven of Himalayan wool —
"the world's best wool," according to
Stephanie — tables and jali (window
screens) carved from a single piece of marble and carved teak chests skinned in
bronze, brass, copper or silver. And then

Doing it yourself is no mystery,
either, once you discover the
magic formula: Choose patterns that have a common color
denominator. As long as they
share a prominent hue and vary
enough in scale, many different
patterns can co-exist beautifully — say, a large floral and a

medium-sized plaid with several stripes that vary in width,
plus a mini-geometric and
some solid colors in a variety
of surface textures, just for the
fun of it.
To perfect their mix of patterns,
professional designers work up
a swatch board, using goodsized cuts of fabrics and wall
coverings. By standing back
and eyeing them altogether,
even a beginner can see if they
get on well — or if they don't.
The photo we show here
should help. Known for his
down-home farmhouse-style,
designer Terry John Woods has
gone off on an interesting new
tact in his latest book, "Farmhouse Modern" (Stewart, Tabori and Chang), wherein he
updates his relaxed, rustic
rooms with surprisingly contemporary touches.
Here he transforms his home
office into a modern space
with a couple of genius
strokes: a dramatically overscaled wallpaper pattern that
plays a background role to an
equally dramatic (but smaller)
geometric pattern on the lamp
shade. Note that they share the
same color palette. And there in
a nutshell, you have the secret
of mixing patterns successfully.

there's that Indian palette, colors to knock
your socks off — as it did Wolf's on his
first visit. "I went to India to get jolted out
of black and neutrals," the New York-based
designer said. At the time, he was working
on a line of colors for Pittsburgh Paint, and
India added a high-decibel kick:
"The Indians have such freedom about mixing colors! Even the women street sweepers
wear bright yellow and pink saris!"
But will it play in Peoria? Wolf thinks
maybe so. "People have gotten so much
more sophisticated," he vowed. "Color and
exotic pieces are no longer scary."

Colors that are alike and designs that differ dramatically are the basic
secret to mixing patterns successfully. Photo: Kindra Clineff.


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