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July 29, 2016

FRIIDAY

The Tabletop Gaming: Boarder City Game Convention http://visitelpaso.travel/events/boarder-city-game-convention

Making its debut in 2016, Boarder City Game Convention (BCGC) is the premier tabletop gaming convention for the El Paso area. BCGC is a 3 day event for those interested in trying a new fun and friendly hobby, casual gamers looking to learn more, and seasoned gamers looking for others to enjoy a game with. Along with open gaming, other entertainment will be provided making for an event everyone can enjoy. BCGC is a creation by a student organization eager to share the joy of tabletop gaming with the residents of El Paso and others in the Southwest region. In hopes of starting a tradition and spreading awareness of the gaming hobby, BCGC focuses on bringing people together and promoting a sociable, fun, and safe hobby. Located in the border of two states and countries, BCGC is proud to aid bridging the gap of cultures and uniting people through fun, and friendly gaming.

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The Bordertown Favorite: First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Fridays: Mariachi Fatigo http://visitelpaso.travel/events/first-light-federal-credit-union-presents-alfresco-fridays-mariachi-fatigo

El Paso Live is pleased to announce FirstLight Federal Credit Union as the title sponsor, for the fourth year in a row, of the 14th season of Alfresco! Fridays. The celebrated concert series produced by El Paso Live, is due to kick off on May 6. The FREE concerts will take place every Friday evening at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso; starting at 6PM. Concerts will not take place on June 17 or September 2. Patrons have an informal opportunity to enjoy a diverse mix of the best regional talent. Alfresco! Fridays features Salsa, Jazz, Cumbia, Country, Reggae, Classic Rock, Blues and other popular music genres. Attendees are reminded that no outside food, beverages or pets are allowed. About Mariachi Fatigo

This bordertown favorite is breaking the mariachi mold with a fusion of traditional mariachi sounds mixed with Southwest influences, Latin jazz and salsa to create a new musical sound. This eight-member band describes their new sound as progressive bordertown music and have performed in El Paso community events like Chalk the Block, in addition to local venues such as Tricky Falls. The band is made up of Mike Montoya (vocals/guitar), Mike Hernandez (guitarron), Nathan Sansom (vihuela), Joe Madrid (guitarra de golpe), Cindy Cabada (violin), Aldy Montufar (trumpet), Robin Vining (accordion and piano) and Demetrius Williams (drums).

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The Fire Jam: Odd Lab Fire Troupe Performing immediately after Alfresco, this Las Cruces group will host a public fire jam. An event you won’t want to miss!

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SATURDAY

The Anthropological Tour: Public Tours of Archaeology Museum http://visitelpaso.travel/events/public-tour-of-archeology

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is proud to introduce our Saturday Public Tours program. Traditionally our tours have been reserved for school groups and other private reservations, but beginning is September the public will be welcome to receive a free public tour of our galleries. Our knowledgeable docents will lead any interested visitors through a 45 minute guided tour of our facility. In addition to the regular tour schedule, the last Saturday of each month will feature a special story time book reading in our lobby! With this new initiative we hope to educate and engage our visitors with the rich heritage and culture of El Paso. Tours begin at 10:30 am and will be delivered by request until 2:00 pm.

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The 110th Anniversary: San Ignacio Kermess http://visitelpaso.travel/events/san-ignacio-kermess

San Ignacio will celebrate its 110th anniversary this year by holding the annual San Ignacio Kermess-with entertainment, music and dancing, rides and authentic regional food like gorditas, enchiladas, mangoes, elotes and much more.

The 4 Decades: Viva! El Paso http://visitelpaso.travel/events/22573-viva-el-paso

El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Community College and El Paso Live are pleased to announce the 2016 season of Viva! El Paso at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre from June 17 through August 7. The outdoor musical extravaganza will be performed each Friday and Saturday night, with special Sunday night performances on July 3 and August 7. All performances are at 8:30pm. Viva! El Paso, which features a refreshed script by Tony-Award winning El Paso playwright Marty Martin, chronicles the 400-year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, the Spanish Conquistador, the Mexican and the Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song and dance by a cast of over 50 performers. Keith Townsend, Director of EPCC’s theatre and forensics program, will serve as Artistic Director for Viva! El Paso. There is also some new music written by El Pasoans Jim Ward and Gabriel Gonzalez.

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SUNDAY

The Bazaar: St. Thomas Aquinas Bazaar http://visitelpaso.travel/events/st-thomas-aquinas-bazaar

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, hosts its bazaar with a craft fair, rides, entertainment, games and food. Vendor and craft spaces available. Information: or Headliners are Prime and Tripwire Friday, Windy City and Inolvidable Saturday and Jose “Pepe” Aleman, Souled Out and Exito Sunday.

The Vineyard: Gold Hearted Crowns @ Zin Valle Vineyards http://visitelpaso.travel/events/free-live-music-gold-hearted-crows-zin-valle-vineyards

Come on out Sunday, July 31st to enjoy the sounds of Gold Hearted Crows. A unique band bringing the sounds of folk, blues and country western! These four are not to be missed! Bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the day at Zin Valle Vineyards. Music is 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Salud!

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Visit El Paso

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Visit El Paso

Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.

July 25, 2016

We’re home to rare, endangered animals during the day, but did you know the El Paso Zoo is home to some of El Paso’s rarest Pokemon at night?

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When the animals go to sleep, the Pokemon wake up at the El Paso Zoo! The El Paso Zoo is home to 17 Pokestops, a gym and, once the sun goes down, more than 72 different Pokemon characters! From Abra to Zubat, you can find ‘em all in El Paso, and especially at the Zoo, which was named one of the “Five Awesome Pokestops in El Paso!”

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The El Paso Zoo is hosting TWO exclusive Pokemon sleepovers for the true masters of El Paso’s Pokemon! Get exclusive access to our late night Pokemon, and for the first time ever, we’re dropping lures!

This special sleepover experience includes a box dinner, continental breakfast, animal encounters inspired by your favorite Pokemon characters, two behind the scenes tours and more! Enjoy making Poke Ball enrichment so you can watch the Zoo animals “catch” some treats too. We’ll have free wifi, charging stations and of course, a campfire and s’mores right next to the gym!

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This sleepover package includes a Zoo admission ticket so you can come back and catch the rest of the Pokemon here during the day, too! Register by August 1 for the Pokemon Sleepover August 12 Register by August 5 for the Pokemon Sleepover August 19

For more information contact the Education Department at zooeducation@elpasotexas.gov or by phone at (915) 212-2826.

El Paso Zoo

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El Paso Zoo

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and the Foster Tree House Playground. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.

The El Paso Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for yourself, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.

The El Paso Zoo is proud to be a department of the City of El Paso.

July 22, 2016

Anson 11 | 303 N. Oregon St. | 915-504-6400 | http://anson11.com/
The atmosphere on this patio is friendly and inviting. Situated in the heart of downtown, Anson 11’s outdoor dining scene pairs the feel of a neighborhood bistro or pub with delicious food and exceptional service. Anson

Crave Kitchen and Bar | 300 Cincinnati Ave. | 915-351-3677 | http://cravekitchenandbar.com/
The historic Kern District is where Crave calls home. The patio is a perfect place to hand out, drink one of over 70 international beers and enjoy your favorite comfort food prepared with a Crave twist. Crave

D’Lox |630 Sunland Park Dr. | 915-760-4889 | http://www.dloxelpaso.com/
One of El Paso’s best kept secrets, this west side café is always packed. Delicious Bloody Mary’s, and an endless Sunday brunch make for a winning combination.

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Eloise | 255 Shadow Mountain Dr. | 915-581-2441 | http://eloiseelpaso.com/
This cozy European inspired café is home to a quaint patio and a diverse array of house made and vegan beers and bites.

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Magic Bistro | 5034 Doniphan Dr. | 915-833-2121 | http://www.magicbistroelp.com/
Known for its charming garden, the Magic Bistro offers up some of the most freshly prepared dishes made with house-smoked meats and homemade dressings and sauces. Ask for the quiche of the day-it won’t disappoint.

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The Garden | 511 Western St. | 915-544-4400 | http://www.thegardenep.com/
Tucked away in El Paso’s Union Plaza Entertainment District, The Garden provides its patrons with the splendor of fine dining and a beautifully designed outdoor patio. The Garden wins for its lively outdoor nightlife and tasty selections.

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The Hoppy Monk | 4141 N. Mesa St. | 915-307-3263 | http://www.thehoppymonk.com/elpaso
A saloon, bar, tavern or neighborhood inn-call it what you will, The Hoppy Monk is where locals gather for craft beer and made from scratch eats. This unique gathering place is home to a rustic outdoor patio where on any given day locals come together to discuss just about anything.

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The Kitchen at 150 Sunset | 150 E. Sunset Rd. | 915-308-8528 | http://150sunset.com/kitchen/
Situated adjacent to a nursery, the Kitchen at 150 Sunset’s patio impresses diners with its lush oasis surrounded by potted plants and native desert landscapes. They pair their community-centric philosophy with outstanding service to make sure your dining experience is second to none.

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Visit El Paso

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Visit El Paso

Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.

July 21, 2016

It was still dark in the bedroom, but I could see a slight glow around the edge of the curtains. Sunrise was about an hour away. I had just enough time for a jolt of caffeine and a snack before loading my mountain bike on the truck to go see Chuck.

If I want to see Franklin Mountains State Park at sunrise and I have time to cross town from my home near UTEP I usually choose to start my rides at Chuck Heinrich city park on the north east side of town. Look to the east from Chuck Heinrich at daybreak and you’ll see the sun pop over a distant eastern horizon. Better yet, look to the west and watch a bright orange glow bring the Franklin Mountains to life.

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To reach the park from the center of El Paso, take US 54 north (it’s traveling north, but highway signs say 54 east) to the Martin Luther King exit and turn left on MLK. Then go one mile and turn left on Jon Cunningham Blvd - Chuck Heinrich Park is at the end of the road. From the parking lot walk toward the mountain and up onto the earthen dam, then turn left and walk along the dam to the pay station to enter the park.

You can just walk up on the earthen dam to see the views or you can hike or mountain bike for miles and miles from Chuck Heinrich. Even if you have a full day of sightseeing (or heaven forbid, work) planned, you’ll still have the full day ahead of you to do so.

And experiencing that morning glow will make any day better.

Don Baumgardt

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Don Baumgardt

Don Baumgardt is a long time volunteer at Franklin Mountains State Park. He is also chief adventurer at GeoBetty.com and GeoBetty Tours. The company offers online and printed maps of hiking and mountain biking routes in the area as well as guided tours. Photo Courtesy: Dennis McElveen

July 19, 2016

More than half the animals at the El Paso Zoo are endangered, but endangered means there’s still time to make a difference for wildlife – and you can help!

The El Paso Mayor’s Office along with City Council have proclaimed this week National Zoo Keeper Week, July 17 to 23, in El Paso! The El Paso Zoo and the zoo keepers are celebrating all our keepers do – including helping save animals in the wild! As the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats has increased, the zoo keeper’s role as educators and wildlife ambassadors has become essential. Both the keepers - and the animals - deserve the recognition.

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In celebration of National Zoo Keeper Week, the zoo keepers at the El Paso Zoo, through the local chapter of their professional organization, American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), is hosting Bowling for Rhinos! Bowling for Rhinos is 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday July 23 at Fiesta Lanes, and you’re invited! Your $10, one-hour game of bowling will go toward worldwide rhino conservation efforts when you come Bowl with the El Paso Zoo keepers, or you can get a group together for a special rate and help our keepers do the favorite part of their job: save species!

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For many zoo keepers, the satisfaction of caring for animals that represent some of the last of their species on earth, and helping to preserve these species, is the best part of their job. In addition to providing care and enrichment for the animals, our staff members are consistently involved in research projects as well as conservation and outreach work. We are incredibly proud of the collective impact they've made on the lives of our guests and our local community! Our animal care staff has traveled to Mexico and Indonesia, but also works closer to home in the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts saving species.

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Bowling for Rhinos is just another fun way for the keepers to meet the community that supports the animals they care for daily, while doing one of their favorite parts of their jobs as keepers!

Rhinos have lived on earth for over 50 million years but whether they survive even 50 more years is open to speculation. Only 5 species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species. With the reamining 5 rhino species totaling 25,000 individuals, spread across Africa and parts of Asia, every loss is another setback in the recovery of the rhino. The five remaining species- The White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan – are all endangered. Researchers estimate one rhino is poached about every 10 hours. Even with these losses, protection measures are helping rhinos slowly increase with both populations up by 10 percent - or more! - since 2007. One hundred percent of all funds at Bowling for Rhinos raised goes directly to conservation projects for all 5 species of Rhino and their habitats, which also benefits hundreds of other endangered plants and animals.

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Like our keepers say, endangered means there’s still time to make a difference.

Join us for Bowling for Rhinos! Saturday, July 23 2 – 5 p.m. Fiesta Lanes Tickets: $10 for one hour of bowling with all rentals included

El Paso Zoo

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El Paso Zoo

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and the Foster Tree House Playground. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.

The El Paso Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for yourself, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.

The El Paso Zoo is proud to be a department of the City of El Paso.

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