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Last Minute LocalMay 15, 2015

FRIDAY

The Latin Band: Alfresco! Friday featuring Radio La Chusma
http://elpasolive.com/alfrescofridays

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Tonight’s Band: Radio La Chusma

Radio La Chusma is, first and foremost, a reggae band, but the band also incorporates cumbia, Afro Cuban music, and world beat rhythms that are a combination of all of the above. In fact, the band is a veritable word beat encyclopedia of sounds. A shining representation of the borderland not because it adheres to any one localized style, Radio La Chusma inhabits many. It is a band at the crossroads, with a style and sound that crosses borders and cultures with ease. They sing in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Their sound is an infectious mix of Caribbean and South American sounds aimed at a mainstream American audience. TJ English (Author, Journalist NYC)

The “Bi-cycles:” The Tweed Ride
http://elpasobikemonth.com/

Celebrate an evening of jolly fun, local craft drink enjoyment, the use of your own mechanical bi-cycles, and the fantastic company of friends and foes alike. This participatory evening will see us visit some of our most respected drinking establishments, thus we do require that you are of age for this joy ride. List of such locations is to be revealed in the coming days.

SATURDAY

The Market: Armed Forces Day @ Ardovino’s Farmers Market
http://ardovinos.com/

Join us in celebrating the Military for Armed Forces Day. Active Military and Vets will enjoy a free stack of pancakes with Military I.D. (Limit 1 per person.) The Color Guard from Franklin High School ROTC will present the colors. Brunch from 9am-2:30pm. Special military discount from our Farmers’ Market vendors.
Enjoy an ever increasing selection of locally grown spring and summer organic and pesticide free produce, along with all natural eggs, beef, pork, lamb and goat, native plants for garden and yard, salsas, baked goods, and unique artisan goods.

Yoga classes every Saturday at 9:00 am. Weekly events include kids’ tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardner talks and live music.

Bring your well behaved pet and enjoy a cup of coffee, house made pastries and fresh squeezed juices on the patio. Brunch available from 9:00 am-2:30pm.

The Great Outdoors: 5th Annual National Kids to Parks Day
http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/5th-annual-national-kids-to-parks-day

Join Texas Parks and Wildlife, El Paso Parks and Recreation, and the National Park Service and kids across America for a fun day of outdoor activities! National Kids to Parks Day empowers kids and encourages families to get outdoors and visit America’s parks. We’ll have activities, games and demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy!

The Musicians: Miller Lite El Paso Blues and Jazz Festival
http://www.epbluesandjazz.org/

The festival hosts a variety of international, national, local and regional performers and provides a comfortable festival setting, professional workshops, an artist merchandise area and affordable crafts, food and beverage vendors.

SUNDAY

The County Jail: Bill the Kid Breakout Show
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The “Pistoleros De San Elizario” present two monthly reenactment shows in front of the Old El Paso County Jail in the San Elizario Historic District. The shows are during the monthly Mission Trail Art Market. Performances are at 1:00 & 3:00 PM.

The Artisans: Mission Trail Art Market
https://www.facebook.com/MissionTrailArtMarket

The Mission Trail Art Market is in its 7th Season .Discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and craft. Choose from delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, and seasonal decorations. Painting, sculpture and photography for the connoisseur. Sweet and savory treats for the gourmet. Enjoy the food concessions and entertainment. The event is pet friendly. In all the Art Galleries in the Historic San Elizario Art District. Plenty of parking. Live entertainment at the Bandido Cantina & Restaurant and more.

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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.


Get Your Daily Dose of “Vitamin N” in the Franklin MountainsMay 7, 2015

Our connection to nature is deep-rooted, though for many of us that connection has been overlaid by concrete and metal. We are living in a period of rapid urban expansion where more and more of us are fleeing the countryside and moving to metropolitan cities for “opportunity”. However, what many are trading for in these pursuits is their health and well-being. Fortunately, for El Pasoans, we’ve got both nature and opportunity at our fingertips where our wellness need not be sacrificed.

Photo by:  Ranger Weickhardt

Photo by: Ranger Weickhardt

Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods” and “The Nature Principle”, coined the term Nature-deficit disorder to describe the reality that we humans, especially children, are spending less time outdoors which in turn is leading to a wide range of behavioral and physiological problems. Nature has so much to offer those who spend time immersed within it, though; research findings indicate that even small doses (15 to 30 minutes) of “Vitamin N” (aka Nature) lead to reduced stress, lower blood pressure, more creativity and an overall uplift in mood. What’s great about “Vitamin N” is you can’t overdose, so take in as much as you can and reap the benefits.

Photo by:  Ranger Weickhardt

Photo by: Ranger Weickhardt

The Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban wilderness park, it’s completely surrounded by the city of El Paso. So, when your work is done, head for the nearest path through nature, whether that’s in the Franklin Mountains, a local city park, or down by the rio – let your heart be light as a feather, your mind as tranquil as an alpine lake, your body strong as a redwood, your spirit untethered as a breeze, and your creativity limitless as the universe. I’ll leave you with this John Muir quote and something I hope you hear every day: “ The mountains are calling and I must go!”

Photo by:  Ranger Weickhardt

Photo by: Ranger Weickhardt

As the school season begins to wrap up and the school field trips slow down we begin to switch gears at the park and offer more public programs ranging from our National Kids to Parks Day festival to our popular “Melodies Under the Milky Way” star party and outdoor concert. Check out our list of events and give us a call to make your reservations: (915) 566-6441, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MAY
Sun., May 10: 8:00 a.m. – Mother’s Day “Bark in the Park” Hike
Sat., May 16: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.– National Kids to Parks Day – McKelligon Canyon
Sun., May 17: 8:00 a.m. – Guided Women’s Beginners Mountain Bike Ride
Sat., May 23: 8:00 a.m. – Guided Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride
Fri., May 29 – May 30: Starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday “Chihuahuan Desert Summer Campout”

JUNE
Sat., June 6: 8:00 a.m. – Guided Beginner’s Mtn Bike Ride (National Trails Day)
Sat., June 6: 10:00 a.m. – Copper Prospect Mine Tour (National Trails Day)
Fri., June 12: 7:30 a.m. – Bark in the Park, dog-friendly hike
Fri., June 19: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – “Melodies Under the Milky Way” – Concert & Star Party!
Sat., June 20: 8:00 a.m. – Nature Walk Trail Hike
Sun., June 21: 5:30 a.m. – Peak Fitness Challenge hike to N. Franklin Peak
Sun., June 28: 7:30 a.m. – Women’s Hike to West Cottonwood Springs

JULY
Sat., July 4: 7:00 a.m. – Patriotic Pups Parade (dog hike) – dress yourself & pup in red, white & blue!
Fri., July 10: 5:30 a.m. – Peak Fitness Hike – Ron Coleman Trail
Sat., July 11: 7:00 a.m. – Guided Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride
Sat., July 11: 8:00 a.m. – Nature Walk Trail Hike
Fri., July 17: 7:00 a.m. – Women’s Hike along Lower Sunset Trail
Sun., July 19: 7:00 a.m. – West Cottonwood Springs Trail hike
Fri., July 24: 6:30 a.m. – Sunrise Hike along Upper Sunset Trail

What to bring:
For Hikes: Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, hiking stick, camera, and binoculars!
For Bike rides: functional mountain bike, cycling helmet, drinking water and eye protection (sunglasses). We highly recommend that each participant also bring flat repair materials (extra inner tube, plastic tire levers, handheld bicycle pump, etc.), snacks, cycling gloves, cycling shorts, sunscreen, and a backpack or hydration pack (i.e. Camelbak).

References:
1) Louv, Richard. (2005) Last child in the woods :saving our children from nature-deficit disorder Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,
2) http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/about/programs/gsv/pdfs/health_and_wellness.pdf
3) http://richardlouv.com/blog/Ten-Reasons-Why-Children-and-Adults-Need-Vitamin-N/

About the Author

Adrianna Weickhardt

Park ranger, adventure chaser, environmentalist. As a park ranger with Texas Parks & Wildlife, I help people connect w/ the outdoors & have a lot of fun doing it!

Weickhardt is a graduate of Arkansas State University and has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife since 2011.


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Last Minute LocalApril 24, 2015

FRIDAY

The Classic Rock: Route 66
http://elpasolive.com/alfrescofridays

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

The Evening Exercise: Franklin Football Glow Run
http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com/Franklin-Football-GLOW-RUN-5K-And-1-Mile-Run-Walk/1267/details

Awards, live DJ, and refreshments available at finish line.

SATURDAY

The Health Fair: YMCA of El Paso Healthy Kids Day
http://www.elpasoymca.org/

Enjoy a free day at Southwest University Park while enjoying demonstrations of the YMCA’s youth and adult programs, including gymnastics, martial arts and Zumba! There will be different vendors and giveaways!

The Celebration: First Thanksgiving present by the El Paso Mission Trail
https://www.facebook.com/EPMissionTrail

The El Paso Mission Trail Association will present the 26th Annual First Thanksgiving Celebration Saturday, April 25. Highlights include a Zarzuela concert featuring Opera UTEP, three historical reenactments of the First Thanksgiving featuring Opera UTEP, a Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Seitz, an 1877 Salt War Reenactment performed by the Pistoleros de San Elizario, haunted tours led by the El Paso Paranormal Society, and musical performances by local artists. Food, art, historians, informational booths and entertainment for all ages will abound throughout the weekend.

The Gardens: FloraFEst
http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=59900

The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens present the 2015 FloraFEST – Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, at the Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus. FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and is the LARGEST sale of its kind in the region. Shoppers can purchase native plants and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at FloraFEST are not available at local nurseries or retailers. This year’s theme is “FloraFEST 2015 – Celebrating West Texas” and, as a new FloraFEST feature, there will be a series of lectures and events leading up to the big two-day native plant sale.

SUNDAY

The Outdoor Concert: Zin Valle Live Music
http://www.zinvalle.com/

Making their first debut at Zin Valle Vineyards, please come on out Sunday, April 26th to enjoy the sounds of the J. Cordova Band. These guys are great! Strumming and singing songs from the 80’s, 90’s and more recent hits to perfection! 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.

The Local Market: La Vina Sunday Market
http://www.lavinawinery.com

Local artisans and crafters, fresh in season produce, food trucks, wine tasting and live music on the patio in the summer. Come Sunday picnic with us!

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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.


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