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September 23, 2016

FRIDAY

The Outdoor Concert:First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Fridays Featuring Team Havana
http://visitelpaso.com/events/23376

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 Team Havana
Team Havana is a high energy group of very talented musicians who are originally from Cuba. The group, made up of seven musicians, perform a wide variety of rhythmic music including salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, mambo, Latin fusion and cha-cha-cha. Although the band is based mainly in El Paso, they have performed in various cities including Phoenix, Los Angeles and Miami.

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The Fan Favorite: Movies in the Canyon Featuring The Jungle Book
http://visitelpaso.com/events/movies-in-the-canyon-the-jungle-book-fan-favorite

El Paso Live is excited to announce that Movies in the Canyon will return on August 19 to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre with a diverse lineup guaranteed to excite the whole family! Friday and Satturday night, bundle up with your loved ones around dusk and sit under the beautiful desert ngiht sky to enjoy some quality feature films on a giant state-of-the-art movie screen! Popcorn, sodas and other treats will be available for purchase in the theatre. Movie start times will change as the season moves along, so make sure to check El Paso Live’s social media for updates.

SATURDAY

The More the Merrier:Trail Maintenance Day
http://visitelpaso.com/events/21735-last-sunday-hike

Show your love and support for State Parks and Public Lands and join us for this trail work day! We will be picking up trash, re-defining trails,etc.

Bring: Water, Sturdy shoes, Weather appropriate clothing, and Your sense of adventure

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The Ink:Texas Showdown Tattoo & Music Festival
http://visitelpaso.com/events/texas-showdown-tattoo-music-festival

Don’t miss the country’s largest tattoo & music festival that spans over 3 days and boasts live tattooing, various vendors, celebrities and over 20 national bands!

The Streets: Trapfest Block Party
http://visitelpaso.com/events/trapfest-block-party

TX artists featuring the Barong Family stars: Yellow Claw, SAN HOLO, Cesqeaux, and Mike Cervello. See you in the streets for another unforgettable night!

SUNDAY

The Crash Site:Celebration of our Mountains Red Rock Canyon to B-24 Site
http://visitelpaso.com/events/celebration-of-our-mountains-red-rock-canyon-to-july-1944-b-24-crash-site

Hike a canyon with billion-year-old rhyolite formed when our continent was connected to western Australia. End at the July 1944 B-24 crash site. This is a 3.5-hours moderate hike. There is no trail and you will scramble over rock. Meet at Memphis and Mayfield Terrace.

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The Missing Characters:Pokemon Catch ‘Em All
http://visitelpaso.com/events/pokemon-catch-em-all-4ec48501-5a65-443e-be3a-2a6b5e6f1603

For all of you who can’t get enough of Pokémon, this is for you! The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a number of events from now through the fall so you can catch all those missing Pokémon characters.

Each event will offer prizes and giveaways, including Pokémon team hats. There will also be music, games, and charging stations provided. Also, for the player who has the best picture with Pokémon in a participating park posted to the Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ParkemonEP will win a special prize.

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September 13, 2016

“They” say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s true, this picture is descriptive enough that I can skip writing a few thousand words.

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September is one of the best months to be in El Paso. The summer heat is beginning to wane and we’re usually well in to our rainy season. In July, August and September we typically receive over half of our average annual rainfall of 9.7 inches. And biology tells us that makes it the time for plant life to grow and reproduce.

From a distance in September Franklin Mountains State Park may still look just “a little green” to the uninitiated. But go for a hike in the Tom Mays Unit of the park (or any other part) this month and the greens are intense. Add in all of the plants that flower this time of year and it’s difficult to take a step without being amazed by the greens and reds and yellows.

So get out there fast. It’s the desert after all and the greens won’t last.

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.

August 31, 2016

It seems darn hot for this transplanted Yankee in El Paso during June, July and August. Don’t get me wrong, I still get out into our mountains several times per week in the summer. I just go really early before things heat up. That still leaves a nine month season of more temperate weather for outdoor adventures in the Franklin Mountains.

Yes, I just called it a NINE MONTH SEASON for outdoor fun. If you’re planning a visit to El Paso, that’s a big picture window when you can get out just about any time of the day. And I mean everyday, since we have well over 300 days of sunshine each year. At the beginning and end of our season (September and May) you can expect high temps in the mid 80’s. In December and January it usually reaches the 50’s. Add or subtract one layer of clothing (within reason) and you’re good to go.

So, start now. Grab your kids, or someone else’s, and take a hike. If you go regularly starting at the beginning of the season, you’ll be ready to bag a peak by April or May. We even have a peak in Franklin Mountains State Park that’s worth bagging. North Franklin Peak tops out at 7,192 feet above sea level. On the trail from the west side of the mountains, you’ll hike up four miles climbing 2400 feet to enjoy the sensation of seeing that you’re higher than everything else around you. Then all you have to do is retrace your steps four miles back to your car for a drive to a celebratory Mexican meal.

Let me be the first one in 2016 to wish you “Seasons Greetings”. Get out there and enjoy month after month of great outdoor adventure opportunities on our El Paso Southwest.

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.

August 29, 2016

Are you suffering from those “end of summer, I should have vacationed more” blues? We have the prescription – and it’s not more cowbell! If you’re seeking a little more time to play, it’s time to get some green and some vitamin zoo! Take a day and escape into adventure at the El Paso Zoo.

Be a tourist in your own town Did you know the El Paso Zoo is El Paso’s Most-Visited Family Attraction? You don’t have to travel far to experience going around the world! With the Zoo’s three continental areas, you can visit wildlife from Asia, Africa and the Americas in one day. This is great way to come see first-hand the most popular family attraction here in the place you call home!

Convene with nature

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With 35 acres of expansive green space, the Zoo is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing any modern conveniences. You can connect closer to nature and wildlife at the Zoo by meeting the animal experts at Meet the Keeper programs, or even feeding a giraffe! Daily programs get you next to your favorite Zoo animals.

Splash around

For some, there are few better ways to relax than getting close to water – especially here in the Chihuahuan Desert! Visit the Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad at the Zoo … it’s a water feature - with a view! Splash and stay cool (no pool required!) as you soak up the last of the summer sun.

Party with your WILDEST friends

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Party animals are always welcome! Is there a wilder selfie than one with a tiger? Get literally WILD with the Zoo animals! The Zoo is always a good time, from Alligator to Zebra – whether you’re underwater at the sea lions or face to face with the African lions!

Treat yourself to fun and adventure

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Don’t be blue – get some green and vitamin Zoo – and enjoy a staycation escape right here in El Paso!

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.

August 28, 2016

El Paso is serious about its shopping, and the convenience of mall shopping offers those interested in retail therapy plenty of options to choose from. Cielo Vista Mall, located in the fastest-growing area of the city on the Eastside, is one of El Paso’s premier shopping destinations with Macy's, Dillard's, Sears and over 140 specialty stores such as Apple, Michael Kors, Sephora, H&M and Forever 21. Hungry? The mall has an array of dining options to satisfy any palette including Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Hooter’s. Cielo Vista is a must-stop shopping destination.

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For shoppers wishing to take advantage of El Paso’s famously temperate climates, The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso is the place to be! The shopper’s paradise features an array of outlet stores, retail stores and dining – all while enjoying the gorgeous scenery of Northwest El Paso. Every day shoppers can take advantage of savings up to 70% off – sometimes more! – at designer and name brand stores such as Pottery Barn, NIKE, Banana Republic, Nine West, Brooks Brothers and many more!

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Shoppers can also take delight in shopping at the first mall built in El Paso, Bassett Place. With a Target, Kohl’s and IMAX theater inside, there’s so much to be offered under just one roof. See a new movie, buy some new clothes and even get some grocery shopping done!

Locally owned and operated, Sunland Park Mall is located on the west side of El Paso and also offers a great shopping experience. For fashion lovers there is a two-story Forever 21 for all of your trending needs, along with Old Navy, Macy’s, Dillard’s, New York and Company, and Victoria’s Secret. You can catch a bite to eat at the delicious The Greenery Restaurant or enjoy a cold beer and a burger at the Cinemark Movie Bistro.

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Finally, El Paso’s newest shopping mall, The Fountains of Farah, is an open-air oasis of dining, shopping, beauty and wellness options, and family entertainment in a unique setting. From Nordstrom Rack to Deutsch & Deutsch, Kona Grill to Grimaldi’s, there is truly something for everyone.

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Heard of El Paso Connection? If not, consider this your initiation to a unique Sun City treasure. The specialty store carries rustic furniture, iron accessories, western artwork, Mexican pottery and more. Located just five miles east of El Paso, this is a store not to be missed by anyone who loves the rugged look!

In the market for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at some of the region’s most eclectic areas? Consider El Paso the most deserving digs to lay down your hard-earned retail dollars. From charming antique shops to chic boutiques, El Paso can claim some of the best retail therapy in the Southwest.

Doniphan Drive holds down the fort as the go-to for funky jewelry, antiques and second-hand collectibles. For many, shopping at the small stores and boutiques that are peppered along the 5000-6000 block of the busy street and the surrounding area are often a treasure hunt at local gems like Tulip’s Antiques and Consignments (5411 N. Mesa Street) where you can find fine consignment items like jewelry or tea cups, Libby and Lilly (6431 Doniphan Drive) which has incredible finds and the Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe (5034 Doniphan Drive) where the items change regularly and Area 51 Shoppe (6016 Doniphan Drive) has toys, comic books and other fun finds.

For high fashion, look no further than local gems like Ella Blu, Tres Mariposas or Vanities Jewelry & Gifts. Through these boutiques, patrons will find special items from one-of-a-kind handmade, designer pieces to sterling silver jewelry.

If you stopped someone carrying a shopping bag along the boutique-lined street near UTEP and asked which store the bag came from, you're more likely to hear an unfamiliar calling card than a standard chain, along with an enthusiastic story about the cool owner of the shop from whence the tote (most likely eco-friendly) came. A retail destination to many in the search for the eclectic and the unique, El Pasoans can shop at stores ranging from local boutiques like J Luxe (230 Cincinnati Ave.), which carries fun jewelry, accessories and clothing, to So El Paso, (2712 North Stanton) a specialty grocery store that carries a line of food products inspired by El Paso, as well as gifts.

Looking for eclectic artifacts, handcrafted jewelry, vintage clothing, books, contemporary gifts, hard-to-find music and more? Look no further than TI:ME at Montecillo Shopping District (4935 North Mesa). The center is home to trendy boutiques such as Backyard Patio, the Black Dot, Mother of Pearl Vinyl, High Point and Le Trendy. The center also occasionally has evening and weekend events such as live music, farmer’s markets, night markets, holiday events and other great opportunities.

Love quirky finds? Then head over to The Mix at Union Plaza (518 W. San Antonio). Located in the heart of the Union Plaza Entertainment District, the mixed-used apartment and retail complex has fun stores with one-of-a-kind treasures – often local – from new area favorites such as Manchot, Nuhda and more. There, you will find ceramic catrina dolls or postcards and cards made by local El Paso artists, beautifully made clothing, shoes and more.

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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.

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