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March 15, 2012

The Lions Clubs International President, Wing-kum Tam has made this years goal the planting of one million trees throughout the world. As a global organization we believe that this is a very attainable goal over the next year. The Ysleta Lions Club decided that as part of this global objective we wanted to make sure that our contribution would also contribute to the beautification of our city. As we considered where we could plant the trees and make a significant impact for our city, it was decided that what better place to adorn then one of the jewels found in the city of el paso. Concordia Cemetary has been here since the city began. The history rampant as a result of the famous and infamous figures buried here is truly an invaluable piece of history needing to be preserved. Therefore Ysleta Lions Club, in conjunction with the Five Points Lions Club and Martin Funeral Homes decided to plant 250 desert willow trees along the south corner of the cemetary once grown, these trees will be a site to behold, especially for people driving by on i-10. A special Thanks to Patricial Kidnney president of the concordia cemetary association for their assistance and guidance in this project and to Charlie Black, Community Projects Director for Ysleta Lions Club.

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disease with no cure or hope for recovery


By Joe Olvera , 2012

Alzheimers: A dread
gets worse over time. Early diagnosis gives an afflicted person the time to plan for the future while he or she can still make decisions and function properly. Symptoms of Alzheimers may occur in people 65 and over, but, early onset can occur earlier as a result of a defective gene. Although the exact cause of Alzheimers is still a mystery, there are two types of brain cells that may be causing the damage plaques and tangles. Plaques are clumps of a normally harmless protein called beta-amyloid, while tangles are fibrous tangles made up of abnormal protein called tau protein. The disease progresses slowly over a period of from seven to ten years. It causes a gradual decline in the ability of a person to learn and to remember. It is also a killer. Royalty, 82, an educator who visits places where the elderly reside or wherever he can find groups of people over age 65, has been spreading the word for many years. A member of the Lions Club International, he is a volunteer with the Alzheimers Association of El Paso. He talks to support groups and works with caregivers. He also is involved in advocating with Congress for the passage of two bills to generate funding to deal with the problem. In April, his group will meet with Silvestre Reyes (D-El Paso) and other political leaders to push forward legislation... Continues on page 6

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Dean Royalty

Dean Royalty has a vital and


important mission in life. He wants to educate people, especially the elderly, about the dread disease that is Alzheimers. There is no cure for the disease, said Royalty. Eventually, we will find a cure, thats the optimistic view. But, the reality is that, as of today, we dont know what causes the disease and we dont know how to cure it. However, there are several studies that look promising. The best that an elderly person can do is to remain active, stay healthy exercise, and do the things that they still can do. Alzheimers, which is associated with dementia, is a type of dementia that

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SOcIAL SEcuRITY cOLumN


By Ray Vigil
Social SecuRity PuBlic affaiRS SPecialiSt in el PaSo, texaS

EARTH DAY OR ANY DAY, SAVE A TREE BY GOING ONLINE


April 22 is Earth Day. More than one billion people will celebrate Earth Day in one way or another. You could plant a tree, and recycle your plastic, glass, and paper, or use the back side of printer paper before tossing it. But whats even better than recycling your paper is not having any paper to begin with. By doing business with Social Security over the Internet, youll be doing your part to help us in our environment-friendly practices. Whether you want to get an estimate of your future retirement benefits, apply for Social Security benefits or Medicare, request a replacement Medicare card, report a change of address or direct deposit (if you are currently receiving benefits), or take charge of your retirement planning, you can use our secure website. Going online saves you a trip, as well as the gas and carbon emissions that go along with it. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices to get started. Doing business with Social Security online is fast, easy, and secure. Its also environmentally the cleanest, greenest way to do your Social Security business. Many of our online services are available as automated phone services too. Just call 1-800-772-1213. On Earth Day, not everyone can give their home or office an environmental makeover or purchase an electric car. But anyone can use our online services or automated phone services.

managing urinary Incontinence in the Home


As seniors age, many
things come into play safety in the home and out, health conditions seniors face, the emotional ups and downs when dealing with the normal aging process, including the loss of loved ones. Whether someone is caring for an elderly relative or being employed to care for a senior, it is critical to the seniors health and well-being for the caregiver to be sensitive to these issues and to interact in such a way that helps foster independence in the home for as long as possible. Sometimes, this interaction is easy. Participating in activities such as playing games, walking in the park or cooking and eating with seniors keeps them engaged and fosters feelings of worthiness and self-esteem. However, a caregivers duties may stretch beyond those fun-filled moments and extend into the realm of uncomfortable topics. One such topic that is of concern among seniors is urinary incontinence. often the cause of incontinence for men. It is important for seniors to discuss issues of incontinence with their doctors, as incontinence is a symptom, not a disease itself. Understanding the different types of incontinence is crucial. Stress incontinence occurs during moments of laughter, sneezing, bending or lifting. Urge incontinence is caused by sudden bladder contractions causing an urgent need to urinate. Sometimes the bladder is unable to hold urine, causing involuntary overflow of urine. Functional incontinence occurs in seniors with dementia who may forget to use the restroom, or in those with impaired mobility who are unable to reach the toilet in time. The good news is there are ways incontinence can be treated and managed so seniors can continue to pursue active and happy lifestyles.

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Incontinence may be tough to tackle and downright embarrassing for seniors, but it is important for caregivers to take a proactive approach to help seniors recognize and successfully deal with the condition. While many seniors may believe incontinence is a sign of the normal aging process, this is not necessarily true. Medical conditions and some medications can cause involuntary loss of urine. Women generally suffer incontinence due to weakened pelvic muscles. Enlarged prostate glands are

The following are a few treatments that may be suggested and performed under a doctors care.

Strengthen pelvic muscles by performing Kegel exercises the tightening and releasing of the muscles that control urine. Stronger muscles in this area enable seniors to hold urine in their bladders for longer periods of time. Teach seniors to become more aware of their bodies signals, which aids in the training of strengthening pelvic muscles. chart voiding and leaking times to help seniors, including those with dementia, determine specific times they should use the restroom. There are other factors that can contribute to incontinence. Alcohol and caffeine can cause incontinence in later years and exacerbate the problem once it surfaces. Excessive fluid intake and consumption of spicy foods, highly acidic foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices may contribute to the problem. Encourage seniors to pay attention to the foods they eat to determine if certain food affects their incontinence. Continues on next page

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managing urinary Incontinence...


Continued from page 5

Alzheimer...

Limit fluid intake before bedtime. Make sure bathrooms are easily accessible.
If none of the above techniques help, there are medications available to treat some types of incontinence. Temporary, disposable devices can be used to insert in the urethra to stop involuntary urine flow. The use of adult incontinence pads or briefs can provide seniors the freedom to enjoy active lifestyles. Learning about incontinence and its causes can help seniors successfully manage the condition. The first step is to encourage seniors to talk about their issues to help determine factors that contribute to their incontinence. Work together to find solutions that aid in alleviating incontinence and the embarrassing moments it may cause. By doing so, caregivers help to create positive attitudes and environments that cultivate happiness and wellbeing for the seniors in their care.
References Schneider, Adina. MD. Managing incontinence in the elderly. Retrieved on February 4, 2012 from http://sci.rutgers .edu/forum/ showthread.php?t=14494. Sollitto, Marlo. How to control incontinence. Retrieved on February 4, 2012 from http: // www. aging care. com /Articles/ managing- incontinence - 144710 .htm. Managing Incontinence in the Home document outline provided by Comfort Keepers.

Continued from page 3 .... that will allow more people to become aware. He also has first-hand experience in dealing with the disease. My wife became afflicted with Alzheimers in 1999, and she died in 2005 from complications brought on by this terrible disease, Royalty said. The worst part for us was her change in personality. She lost her ability to function. She suffered from the Sundown Syndrome, which means that she couldnt sleep at night, but would take frequent naps during the day. She also used to wander at night. I feel for the caregivers of such a person, because I know what they go through. Sometimes it means a 36-hour responsibility for a loved one. They need outside help. It ties you down. I was working, but had to quit my job to take care of her. Royalty said that in the state of Texas the disease attacks people of every ethnicity. The disease does not discriminate. Overall, in 2010, there were over 19,000 cases. Of that number, 5,280 died. Once a person reaches the age of 80, the casualties escalate. More than 50 percent of people with dementia develop Alzheimers. It is estimated that by the year 2025, 200,000 people in Texas will develop it. El Paso citizens also suffer as do others across the state. The big problem here is that many cases are not reported. Some people look for help, but, others dont. Some symptoms include memory loss, difficulty communicating, inability to learn or remember new information, personality changes, inability to reason, paranoia, and hallucinations, among other problems. Its all about educating the public, Royalty said. The dollar amount being spent on the disease is phenomenal. The future does not paint a pretty picture. People, initially, dont know they have the disease. It begins with loss of memory and it progresses from that point. Hopefully, some day, we will find a cure for it. It cant come too soon.

The Obesity Epidemic: How Does It Affect Seniors?


Obesity, today, is a hot
topic. In fact, due to the significant rise of obesity in children and the subsequent health issues it causes, health experts predict that todays children may have shorter life spans than their parents. This projection has parents, the medical community and other health advocates promoting significant lifestyle changes and better eating habits for children in hopes they achieve brighter health statistics in their futures. Another population suffering the effects of the obesity epidemic that is garnering widespread attention is Americas seniors. Many seniors battle weight issues, often thought of in terms of being too thin or malnourished. However, the growing population of seniors at risk of being overweight faces obesity-related serious health issues, as well, including risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, loss of memory and an even higher risk of developing dementia in later years. In short proper eating habits should begin early in life and continue

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through the golden years. The problem is no one is that perfect and todays fast-paced, fast-food society makes it easy to deviate from healthy choices. However, no matter what age, practicing healthy nutritional habits can make a big impact

on a persons overall health. Caregivers of seniors play an important role in ensuring seniors consume healthy, well-balanced diets. Simply interacting with seniors by helping them shop for nutritional items at the grocery store, choosing healthy snack alternatives, and planning menus that provide adequate nourishment without unnecessary calories are key. Preparing healthy meals together can foster better eating habits and provides an activity enjoyed by all. Dining with seniors whenever possible adds another opportunity to oversee healthy food choices. This also offers seniors a bit of socialization, making seniors feel less lonely and isolated than when dining alone. Continues on next page

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Seniors Have Fun with Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Dances at various Senior centers this week
El Paso, Texas - The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will have various Easter activities at Senior Centers. San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo Court is donating goodies for the children at the San Juan Recreation Center for their big Easter Egg Hunt. The Senior Centers with Easter activities are listed below: april 6 (friday) eastside 3200 Fierro St. 10:00 a.m. 591-4292 (Easter Egg Hunt) april 11 (Wednesday) grandview 3134 Jefferson Ave. 10:00 a.m. 566-1217 (Easter Egg Hunt) april 13 (friday) father Martinez 9311 Alameda Ave. 1:00 p.m. 860-9131 (Easter Egg Hunt & Dance) general information - (915) 544-0753

The Obesity Epidemic...


Continued from page 7 Companionship during meals stimulates appetites, paving the way for seniors and caregivers, alike, to eat proper amounts of nutrient-rich foods. Along with good nutrition, daily exercise helps combat obesity. A stroll through the neighborhood or a bike ride in the park promotes cardiovascular health benefits for seniors while burning calories. Encourage seniors to develop an exercise regimen with their physicians help that offers the best benefits specific to their physical abilities. Caregiving provides a unique opportunity for caregivers of seniors to make a difference in more ways than one. Interacting with seniors talking together, sharing meals, and participating in other activities -- cultivates overall healthy lifestyles that are crucial to helping seniors live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
References: YMCA of the USA. The y recognizes national childhood obesity month. Retrieved on February 7, 2012 from http://www.ymca.net/news-releases/20100827-childhood-obesityawareness.html. Comfort Keepers. Senior nutrition: balanced nutrition leads to a healthier life. Retrieved on February 8, 2012 from http://interactivecaregiving.com/seniornutrition. Caring Right at Home. Seniors arent spared by todays obesity epidemic. Retrieved on February 8, 2012 from http://www.caringnews.com/pub.59/issue.1641/article.6925/ Dryden, Jim. Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom (2012). Diet-exercise combo best for obese seniors. Retrieved on February 8, 2012, from http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/22091.aspx.

The benefits of good nutrition are many:


Improved energy and feeling of wellness Strengthened immunity Sharpened mental focus Stronger bones and muscles Improved weight control, digestion and regularity Better cardiovascular health Reduced incidence of mood swings and depression, and so much more

Don't Hate that late Weight


By Scott LaFee Being old and fat doesn't necessarily translate into being unhappy, too. At least not according to a new study of 10,000 people in the United Kingdom and United States who were evaluated on eight different factors, including perception of general health, social functioning, mental health and pain. The study, reported in the European Journal of Epidemiology, found that most of the respondents said they enjoyed a better quality of life as they aged, even if the physical quality of their lives declined. Being overweight or obese did not alter their perceptions of mental health. People with a body mass index of more than 30 displayed similar upbeat mental qualities to those considered to be at a healthy weight. "It's obvious that people's physical quality of life deteriorates as they age, but what is interesting is that their mental well-being doesn't also deteriorate-in fact it increases," said Saverio Stranges, who led the study at the University of Warwick. The researchers suggest one reason could be that older people have developed more robust coping abilities. They've learned how to deal with hardship and negative circumstances. It may also be partly due to lower expectations. The study also looked at the effect of sleep on quality of life, finding that the optimum amount was between six and eight hours compared to people who slept less or more.

BODY OF KNOWLEDGE
The adrenal glands, which produce and release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, reside directly above the kidneys and change in size throughout life. In the seventh month of a fetus' development, the glands are roughly the same size as the kidneys. At birth, they have shrunk slightly, a reduction in size that will progress for the rest of the person's life. By old age, the glands are often so small as to be almost invisible.

Seniors and medications


Living independently is important to all of us, but especially to seniors. As they age, seniors face unique challenges, such as losing a spouse and elderly friends, changes in physical and mental abilities, and other general lifestyle changes that often occur during the golden years. Living in a comfortable and familiar environment becomes paramount to a seniors happiness and feelings of well-being. As the relative, friend or caregiver of a senior, it is important for you to help seniors achieve this goal. One area that deserves special attention with seniors is managing medications they take. Chances are the number of medications they are required to take increases with age, as seniors are often prone to medical conditions that are regulated by medicine. Taking the medications is important. However, it is equally important for seniors and their family caregivers to understand what medicine the senior takes, to become knowledgeable about side effects, and also to determine whether there appear to be adverse effects of taking different types of medications at the same time. Mismanagement of medications can be detrimental and sometimes even life eat properly. Seniors who become addicted to painkillers may become secretive regarding their use of those drugs and seek prescriptions from various doctors and pharmacies. In extreme but not uncommon cases, some medications when mixed can cause death. Seniors who have trouble successfully managing medications are not alone. In fact, research indicates that approximately 40% of people entering nursing homes do so because they are unable to self-medicate in their homes. In addition, 30% of all hospital admissions for people over age 65 are directly attributable to missed doses or

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threatening. Medication mismanagement can be minimal or extreme. Forgetting to take medication can cause obvious problems but may not be of great concern if it does not happen often. But, combining some types of medicines can cause critical adverse reactions and if a senior is required to take painkillers, addiction can raise its ugly head. For these reasons it becomes essential to keep seniors well informed of the hazards mismanagement of medications can cause and to keep the doctor informed all of medications the senior is taking and of any apparent adverse side effects. Signs of medication misuse include dizziness, nausea, confusion and memory issues, increased falls, troubled sleeping patterns, incontinence, and even hallucinations. Malnutrition can also indicate improper medicine administration, because confused seniors may not

overdoses of medication. With these statistics in mind, the medical community has offered advice and other solutions to help seniors manage medications in their own homes. When family members visit, it is an opportunity to remind seniors to take their meds at designated times. If possible, seniors are encouraged to keep logs of the times they take their medications in order to keep track, determine the time of their next dose and to prevent over-dosage. Home health care companies, such as Comfort Keepers, offer solid solutions in the form of medication reminder devices.Continues on page 11

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By: Doppler Dave Speelman

One more month of Wind


Its been a windy February and March so far. Weve recorded 30 days of wind gusts over 30 mph with a peak gust last Sunday of 66 mph (what a brown and dusty day), 51 mph February 28 and 46 mph as of March 7th. We still have the month of April to go another windy one. Blowing dust and sand is a common phenomenon in El Paso this time of year. Meteorologist David Novlan and Michael Hardiman at the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa noted that during the months of March, April and May there is a 42% chance of encountering blowing dust on any single day. This had been the case since records were kept in El Paso. It was noted from a news article reporting on a storm in 1895 (Cox, 2005): A Big Blow hit El Paso late on the night of April 4, 1895by the midnight the anemometer (wind measuring device) at the Weather Bureau registered 50 mph and continue to gain strengthThe wind took down many of the citys scare trees and ripped away telegraph, telephone and power lines, leaving the city without electric lights. Did you know that El Paso averages 14.5 significant dust events per year? This is, in my opinion, the most unpleasant feature of our weather. The wind does not have to be considered excessive but because this is our driest time of the year it doesnt take a lot of real strong winds to elevate our dust and sand. This blowing dust causes many hazards. We typically must endure reduced visibility; the dusty conditions

selves are not sufficient for a significant dust event. David Novlan says the wind must be sufficiently turbulent to loft dust and it must occur in a reasonably unstable environment. (The 2 pictures were taken at my house Sunday, March 18th. Shows the damage our spring winds can do.)

cause respiratory problems and the blowing dust can get in to moving parts and reduce the mechanical life of equipment. There are often more accidents associated with dust storms resulting in fatalities and roads being closed due to the poor visibility. It should be noted that strong winds by them-

Weather Trivia
What has been the highest recorded wind gust in el Paso not associated with a thunderstorm?

a. 75 mph B. 84 mph c. 92 mph

D. 98 mph

Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.

Answer: B 84 mph. Recorded March 10, 1977 and March 26, 2010

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Seniors and medications...


Continued from page 9 The Safety Choice TabSafe Medication System by Comfort Keepers stores medication and dispenses the proper dosage into a locked drawer at the bottom of the unit. If a dose is missed, the unit places a call to designated Comfort Keeper or other contact persons who can then call to remind loved ones to take their medicine. If no one is reached, a call to the monitoring station prompts a call or visit to the client or caregiver. The use of one or all of these strategies can assist seniors who take multiple medications. It is also essential to make sure their doctors know of all medications seniors take so they can coordinate care and prescribe additional medicine, when needed, that will not cause adverse effects when combined with other meds. Others should keep a close eye on seniors who take medications to ensure seniors are properly administering their own meds. Research shows seniors who live alone are more likely to inadvertently misuse medications. Knowledge is power, but control is key regarding medication management. The reward in helping seniors properly manage their medication is helping them achieve their ultimate goal of living healthy, independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.

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el Paso Senior games


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Out & About


NoRThEAST/ CENTRAl

Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from April 2012
If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHTS Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

Mamma Mia Broadway in


El Paso presents the hit musical based on the music of ABBA at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-11, at the Plaza Theatre with hits like Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Take A Chance of Me and more. Tickets: $40$70. Information: 231-1111 or theplazatheatre.org. On the eve of her wedding, a

daughter tries discover the identity of her father by bringing three men from her mothers past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Bjrn Ulvaeus global smash hit musical is celebrating more than 4,000 performances in its tenth smash hit year at Broadways Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadways top selling musicals. The current North American Tour has played over 3,700 performances in over 150 cities with 145 repeat visits. The blockbuster feature film adaptation is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

El Maida ClayBusters Fun Shoot El Maida Shrine Temple


sponsors its annual fundraising trap shoot is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club, east of Railroad Drive and Dyer. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Awards offered for gold, silver and bronze divisions, as well as high man, woman and junior. Silent auction and lunch available. The public is invited. entry fee: $250 for fiveperson team; $50 individuals (will be placed on team). Information: Jack, 241-1761 or Dave, 588-5884.

April 7. Directed by Jean Ames. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. An aging woman decides to return to her hometown of Bountiful in order to restore her strength, dignity and peace of mind that she will need in order to live out the rest of her life.

Easter Family Gathering

El Paso Santos/JUAREZ JUVENTUS The teams, part of


the new Pecos Soccer League, plays their inaugural season home games at 2 p.m. Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North. Championship game is April 15. Tickets: $5 (ages 6 and younger free). Information/tickets: 755-2000, (575) 680-2212 or PecosSoccer.com. Saturday, April 7 EP Santos vs. Alamogordo Stealth. Sunday, April 8 Juarez Juventus vs. Hatch Chili Kickers.

Trip to Bountiful El Paso


Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the play by Horton Foote through

The Easter event geared towards children age 2 to 10 and their families is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7, at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona. The event features Easter crafts, egg decorating, a story moment and egg hunt. Admission is free. Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.

Northeaster Parade Thousands of people are expected to watch the annual parade, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the corner of Hercules and Diana and continues 1 1/2 miles along Diana to Railroad Drive. Participants include groups from Fort Bliss, El Paso Fire Department, dance groups,... Continues on next page

Cast and Crew of "Trip to Bountiful"

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Northeaster Parade ..Continued


from page 12.... Girls Scouts, Rainbow Girls and others. Line up for participants begins at 8 a.m. Applications for entries are still being accepted; nonprofit entry is free. Information/applications: Jack Sturgess, 751-6964, 491-4167 or jsturgess@elp.rr.com.

tainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Road. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrockentertainment.com.

Juntos Por Mexico Ballet Folklrico Churuhui and Paso del

and Auction, Boots and Bling is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Live entertainment provided by Six Guns and Shady Ladies and musical group Sweetwater. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 for a table for 10). Information/reservations: 532-6004.

EASTSIdE
Eli Young Band The band behind the No. 1 hit Crazy Girl per-

The Devils Carnival The


horror/rock musical by director Darren Lynn Bousam (Saw II, III and IV, Repo! The Generic Opera) and writer/actor/comic book author Terrance Zdunich carnival road tour begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at East Pointe Movies 12, 8300 Gateway East. The event includes screening of a cinema short, bur-

lesque show, cast meet-and-greet, question-and-answer forum, sing-along, costume contest and more. Tickets; $20 show only; $30 with pre-signed poster; $40 VIP (includes show, poster, meet and greet with Bousman, Zdunich and Spooky Dan). Tickets available online at thedevilscarnivaltour.eventbrite.com. Information: thedevilscarnival.com.

forms at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. at Whiskey Dicks, 580 George Dieter. Tickets: $20 ($30 ages 1820). Information: 921-9900.

Norte, along with the cast of Huapango, come together in their annual gala performance of the dances from the different regions of Mexico at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $7. Information: 588-5743.

doWNToWN/ WESTSIdE
Casas for CASA CASA of El
Paso hosts its annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Drive, with dinner and a silent and live auction of one-of-kind playhouses created by the areas finest builders. Tickets: $100. Information: 546-8146, ext. 6 or casaofelpaso.com. CASA of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system, striving to provide them a safe and permanent home.

Crowbar, Prong and Witchburn The metal triple-bill is 9


p.m. Sunday, April 8, at House of Rock East, 8838 Viscount. Tickets: $15. Advance tickets available at ticketbully.com.

MISSIoN VAllEY
Michael Salgado The Tejano
singer performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Speaking Rock Enter-

Childrens Grief Center dinner The Childrens Grief Centers gala Spring Fundraiser Dinner

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Last Chance Poetry Slam


Free Hole Slam hosts the event featuring slam master and former

Austin Poetry Slam Team member Danny Strack 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at The Percolator, 217 N. Stanton (between Texas and Mills). Admission is free. Information: 4946762 or freeholeslam.com.

Low Brow Palace 111 E.


Robinson. Doors open at 9 p.m. Age 18 and older welcome ($3 ticket surcharge for age 18-21), unless listed otherwise. Tickets available online at

ticketbully.com. Information: 3560966 or lowbrow.elpaso@gmail.com. Supernite events featuring internationally-known DJ and producers are selected Saturdays. Cost: $12. April 14 Flight Facilities, whose hit Crave You features singer Giselle.

El Paso Artists Studio Tour


The 5th annual tour featuring two dozen local studios and galleries is Saturday and Sunday April 14-15 at Westside, Upper Valley and Downtown studios, and April 21-22 on the Eastside, Northeast and Mission Valley. Look for the bright yellow signs. Information: 833-0636, casgallery@elp.rr.com. Full studio list and directions available online at pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com. Tours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, both weekends. Sponsored by Plein Air Painters of El Paso and El Paso Scene. Art lovers will be able to browse the private studios, meet the artists and shop for fine art. Admission is free with refreshments served at each studio.

Mesitas Its A Spring Thing


The Mesita PTA and Mesita Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) will host the 4th annual spring concert featuring the popular 70s cover band Fungi Mungle Saturday, April 14, on the Mesita Elementary School lawn, 3307 N. Stanton, with

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino The 2011-2012 live


horse racing season runs through April 17. Race days are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. First post is 12:25 p.m. each race

show starting at 6 p.m. Bring picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs. Food, soda, show cones, popcorn and candy available for sale. Call for times/ticket information: 373-0424, 203-7605 or fungimungle.com.

UTEP Department of Music


Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, except as noted. Tickets $5 ($3 seniors/military/non-UTEP students; free for children/UTEP students/faculty/staff). Ticket information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/music. Tuesday, April 10 UTEP Symphony Orchestra Thursday, April 12 Chamber Players

day. General admission is free to the track and casino. Turf Club seating is $7. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

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Tricky Falls 209 S. El Paso.


Doors open at 7 p.m.; showtime at 8 p.m. for most shows. All shows are all-ages, unless listed otherwise. Information: 351-9909. Tickets for most shows available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers and Marias Closet, and online at holdmyticket.com. Yolanda Be Cool 9 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Sunny Seats (include pre-show meet and greet with two characters) for $50. All seats (except

Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $11 on opening night (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-745-3000 or sesamestreetlive.com. Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Her new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed: rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000 or westsidecommunity.org.

other special events also planned each month. Information: 1-800548-9378 or silvercitymainstreet.com. April 6: Haiku celebration of spring with poetry readings, contests and a street dance 6 to 9 p.m. on Bullard.

Trinity Site Tour The semiannual tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, April 7, at White Sands Missile Range. At the site, visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero, where a small obelisk marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded. Historical photos are mounted on the fence surrounding the area. Food and souvenirs sold at the site. Admission is free. Information: White Sands Public Affairs (575) 678-1134 or wsmr.army.mil. Continues on next page

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First Fridays in Silver City
Several of historic Downtown Silver Citys restaurants, shops and Red Dot galleries will stay open late the first Friday of each month as part of the monthly First Friday shopping event. Free live music and

Ardovinos Easter Brunch


TechN9ne Hostile Takeover Tour The rappers tour also featuring Machine Gun Kelly is Saturday, April 7, with Krizz Kalko, MayDay, Prozak and Stevie Stone. Tickets: $25. VIP packages: available. Ardovinos Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will host its Easter brunch at 10:30 a.m. Sunday,April 8, with a buffet meal of more than 50 items. The restaurant will be closed for dinner that evening. Cost: $36 ($16 children under 12). Reservations required, space is limited. Information/reservations: (575) 589-0653.

Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music The Sesame


Street Live annual Easter week shows are April 5-8 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.Presented by VEE Corporation. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11, $15 and $20; limited number of VIP Gold Circle seats for $28 and

Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash The annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Francisco

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Trinity Site Tour..Continued


from page 16... Visitors also can ride a missile range shuttle bus two miles to the Schmidt/McDonald ranch house where the scientists assembled the plutonium core of the bomb. Enter off U.S. 380 on the north end of the range (Stallion Gate) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m. Must show a photo ID at the gate A car caravan departs at 8 a.m. from at Tularosa High Schools westside athletic field. Return arrival between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Information: (575) 437-6120. Visitors are encouraged to have a full tank of gasoline and a spare tire for the trip, which is 85 miles each way. There are no service stations on the route. Department of Defense police will direct traffic. Pets allowed on leash only.

Desert Dolls Caliginous Cabaret The Southern Mexico


burlesque troupe presents a journey of dreams and magic at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The classic Burlesque show features lots of dancing, a magic show, cabaret singers and more. Tickets: $10 at the door; doors open one hour prior to show. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information, schedule: (575) 571-9824 or wix.com/desertdolls/burlesque.

music. Admission is free (small charge for Easter Bunny photos). Information: (575) 541-0202 or lascruces.org. Egg hunts are 10 a.m. (age 2 and younger) 11 a.m. (age 3-4), noon (age 5-8) and 1 p.m. (age 8-12).

N.M. Tickets: $25 reserved (first five rows; $20 general admission. Presented by Mimbres Regional Arts Council. Information: (575) 5382505. Shockeds albums include Short Sharp Shocked, Arkansas Traveler and ToHeavenURide.

Cloudcroft Easter Egg Hunt


The mountain community of Cloudcroft will hold its annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Zenith Park, 1001 James Canyon Highway (Highway 82), sponsored by Cloudcroft Kiwanis. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733.

SpringFest The 16th annual


Springfest and Easter Egg Hunt is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada, in Las Cruces, featuring childrens activities, Easter Bunny photos, and live

Michelle Shocked The


folk/rock singer-songwriter and recording artist performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos,

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texas commission of licensing and Regulation


adopts Rules to implement HB 1451
On March 27, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopted the rules to implement HB 1451, the Dog or Cat Breeders Act. The proposed rules were made available for public comment, discussed and recommended by the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee (Committee). As is common with many advisory boards, most but not all of the Committee's recommendations were approved by the Commission for the initial rules. these rules, it's light years ahead of where we were before," said Commission Chairman Frank Denton. Initial licensing requirements include inspection of facilities of applicants who do not currently hold an FDA license. Licensees will undergo a criminal background check. Licenses and background checks have never been required before and will help ensure that Texans are purchasing pets from reputable breeders. In addition to the licensing requirements, standards of care have been put in place which have never existed in Texas. These standards include temperature controls, ensuring that animals are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They also include protections from animals being subjected to crates which have protruding or dangerous surfaces. Additionally, standard procedures for feeding and exercise are included, along with standards for regular veterinary care. Taken together, these standards establish a baseline to ensure animal health and well being and begin the regulatory process. This process will evolve as this new regulatory program takes shape and staff begins visiting breeding facilities. To learn more about the Licensed Breeders Program, visit its website at http://www.license.state.tx.us/bre/bre.htm

Baby Chicks and Rabbits are not Easter Gifts,


Says The Humane Society of the united States
(April 2, 2011) The Humane Society of the United States reminds people to refrain from acquiring live chicks and rabbits as Easter gifts this holiday season. Instead of live animals as gifts, consider giving children a plush toy or a chocolate rabbit. Rabbits and chickens can make wonderful companions, but those adorable babies grow up quickly into adults that will need proper socialization, care and companionship for many years, said Inga Fricke, The HSUS director of sheltering and pet care issues. After cats and dogs, rabbits are the animals most frequently surrendered to animal shelters, largely because people acquire them as youngsters but arent prepared for the long-term commitment involved. Others are simply released into backyards by people who mistakenly believe they will be able to fend for themselves. Unlike wild rabbits, domestic rabbits sold or adopted as pets cannot survive on their own outdoors. Chickens also need dedicated, consistent care and far too many of them end up in shelters, rescues and sanctuaries as well. The decision to add any new pet to your household, whether it be a baby rabbit or chick, a puppy or kitten, or any other pet, should not be made on impulse. The HSUSs resources on rabbit care and adopting and caring for backyard chickens can help you decide whether a rabbit or a chicken is the right pet for you. Then visit www.ShelterPetProject.org to find rabbits, chickens and other pets already in local shelters waiting for a wonderful new home like yours.

Commission Chairman Frank Denton expressed his intent for further discussion on those items that were not adopted. For a comparison of the recommendations with what the Commission adopted, see here http://bit.ly/HpgFAd . "We have in place standards that did not exist before. And those standards may be improved over a period of time but if you look at where we came from prior to the enactment of this legislation and where we've come today and where we are going to be by adopting

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By T.J. TOMASI

Match elbow and hip for solid contact


Here are two cures for a hip/elbow package that is out of sync: 1. A long elbow swing: If your elbow must travel a long distance from the top

ABOUT THE WRITER


Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Web site at tjtomasi.com.

Athletes of today

The quality of your impact position is determined by the relationship between two body parts: your trail elbow and hip. The trail elbow determines the path of the clubhead to the ball, so if your elbow matches up evenly with your hip, as in the first photo below, your hands can get back in front of your body in time for impact. golf SPoKen HeRe However, if your elbow is trapped behind your hip, as the second golfers is below, youll have an awful time squaring the face correctly.

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of your backswing to impact, then your will hit the ball farther than necessary. hips need to wait a bit as they make (2) Going to one too their turn so your elbow can catch up. many nightclubs the You can keep the long backswing, but evening before the big you need to slow down your hip turn. match. Both are unnecessary 2. A short elbow swing: Its just the excesses that can opposite if your trail elbow doesnt adversely affect your swing long enough at the end of the game. backswing. Since the elbow has a short journey to impact, it runs the risk of arriving too early, well ahead of the hip. In this case, you can lengthen your backswing or, if you like your short swing, simply speed up your hip turn. Either way, youre back in match. this golfers elbow lines up evenly and Slow hips and fast elbows are is not blocked by her hip. mismatched unless you like to pull the ball way to the left. The fast hips/slow elbow duo isnt any better because your clubhead will be late for impact, sending the ball to the right of the target. To swing your best, you need to coordinate your elbows and hips so they this golfer is trapped her elbow is match, slow with slow, or fast blocked by her hip, making it very diffiwith fast.
cult to square the face at impact.

(1) Using a club that

Jack Nicklaus describes his contemporaries: In those days, most of those guys were club pros. Their usual thing was, after a round, to come in and have a drink and socialize. They did that when they played tournaments. I always felt drinking did not do well with nerves. The guys today dont do that. I never did that. Guys take the game today as more athletes, and I took it that way. Insider Take: Announcer Roger Maltbie, once a fine player, said the reason he stopped jogging was that the ice cubes kept falling out of his Scotch glass. And Maltbie was no exception; outside of Gary Player and Frank Stranahan, in Nicklaus day, hardly anyone took care of their bodies like they do now.