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Last Minute LocalMarch 6, 2015


The “Two Masterpieces-One Exhibition”: Vasil Kandinsky and Franz Marc: Expressionism and Der Blaue Reiter

As a logical successor to the EPMA’s first Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum installment that explores the beginnings of Cubism in works by Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso, this second Guggenheim focus installation—Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc: Expressionism and Der Blaue Reiter—examines the bold and colorful energy of two leaders of German Expressionism, which followed closely on the heels of Cubism as the next major modernist style of the early twentieth century.

The Photography: “Serendipity” by Miguel Seañez

The Consulate General of Mexico is pleased to invite the bi-national community of El Paso del Norte region to the opening of the photographic exhibition “Serendipity” by Miguel Seañez. In this collection, Seañez experiments with the unexpected result of capturing images unplanned as its main objective, enhancing the positive effect in the creative process when an artist gets used to have an open mind to new options and possibilities. In other words, this exhibition celebrates the beauty of spontaneity and mysticism that the photographer continuously gets in his artistic production as he is distracted by elements or outside the focus situations.

The “Living Laboratory”: “Science of Bowling”

In celebration of the USBC Championships, the El Paso Exploreum will feature an exhibit that features two bowling lanes and interactive games. The exhibit will include bowling balls, shoes, Xbox games and more.


The New, Used and Antique: Provost Gun Show

The El Maida Provost Gun Show will feature a variety of firearms, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus, and more.

The “Bowling Alley”: United States Bowling Congress 2015 Open Championships Opening Ceremony

Free and open to the public, the USBC Open Ceremony will be held in the Convention Center at 3 pm. This tournament boasts more than 110 years of tradition and attracts bowlers from across the country each year. The 2015 event will mark the tournament’s first visit to El Paso and first trip to Texas since 2006.

The Graves: Concordia Cemetery Ghost Tour

Experience the hauntings of Concordia Cemetery and see if YOU can find activity inside El Paso’s City of the Dead. Bring your cameras and become the Ghost Hunter as you learn about the history, mystery, and lore of this historic landmark. $10 a person and all proceeds go to the cemetery for restoration and preservation purposes.


The Four Wheels: Monster Jam

Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through! Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

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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.

Que Pasa BorderlandMarch 5, 2015

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Kimber McCarden Foster

Join Destination El Paso's Kimber McCarden Foster every week for a run down on events happening right here in our community.

Signs of SpringMarch 4, 2015

What does Spring mean to you? To us it means hiking, camping, festivals, blooms and more!

We’re all very excited to offer El Paso and its visitors some amazing programs throughout March and April that will be sure to have you fired up about getting outdoors, getting active and connecting with the natural world around you in new ways.

We’ll be offering two of our much anticipated Texas Outdoor Family Campouts this year with the first one just around the corner: April 11th – 12th. The best part of all is no experience is necessary, it’s affordably priced and you get all the help and advice you need from highly skilled outdoor specialists and trained volunteers. There is a limit of 10 families for this event, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. For reservations and more information: Contact us by e-mail at or call us at (512) 389-8903 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn everything you need to know to have a successful camping experience at our TOF workshop hosted at the Franklin Mountains State Park.

Start: 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11th
End: 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12th
Cost: $65.00 per family (up to 6 family members)
Description: We provide all the equipment, too, including a tent, stove, pans, lanterns, air mattresses, cooking utensils, and more!
Your family will receive hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as:

• How to set up and break down camp (including your tent)
• Fire starting
• Outdoor cooking
• Jr. Ranger Program
• Guided nature walks
• Geocaching
• Introductions to a wide range of outdoor activities specific to Franklin Mountains State Park

If you know a family who would love to participate, but may not have the means, you can make some dreams come true by sponsoring a family. Just let the receptionists know when you call to make the reservations. We’re looking forward to pitching tents, roasting marshmallows and taking in the splendors of the Franklin Mountains with you!

Check out our upcoming schedule of events:

MARCH 2015
Fri., March 20: 9:00 a.m. – “Bark in the Park”, dog-friendly hike (5.5 mi) Sat., March 21: 10:00 a.m. – Backpacking 101 Workshop
Sat., March 28: 8:00 a.m. – 15th Annual Jackrabbit Classic & Javier Arana Jr. Memorial (5k and 7 mile Foot races)
Sat., March 28: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.- presentation: “National Outdoor Leadership School” held at Reliance Outdoor Supply
Sun., March 29: Coyote Classic Mountain Bike Race

APRIL 2015
Sat., April 4 : 9:00 a.m. – Guided Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride
Sun., April 5: 7:00 a.m. – Peak Fitness Challenge – Ron Coleman Trail (CARPOOLING NECESSARY)
Sat., April 11: Texas Outdoor Family Campout (Day 1)
Sun., April 12: Texas Outdoor Family Campout (Day 2)
Sun., April 19: 9:00 a.m. – Women’s Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride
Fri., April 24: 9:00 – Nature Walk Trail Hike

MAY 2015 (Full May schedule to come…)
May 16th, 2015: National Kids to Parks Day at McKelligon Canyon
For more information or to make reservations call (915) 566-6441. We look forward to seeing you on the mountains soon!

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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.

Last Minute LocalFebruary 27, 2015


The Workshop: Tigua Cultural Center Classes

Learn the basics on how to make a dream catcher! Classes will be offered throughout the month of Feb.

The Texas Country: Friday at the Fire featuring Joe Barron Band (country)

Join us every Friday night for an evening of music and fun at our beautiful outdoor fireplace. Bands play from 7pm – 9pm with DJ before and after. Our current schedule of entertainment for this free weekly event is listed below. Friday at the Fire is proudly sponsored by Western Technical College and Hoy Fox Automotive.

Tonight’s Band: Joe Barron Band
Based out of El Paso, TX, the Joe Barron Band bases its roots in Texas Country and Rock and Roll. Front man, Joe Barron, has had a passion for Texas Country that he blames on a road trip to Central Texas years back. “I had never really heard of Texas Country, but on this trip, that is the only type of music that was in my friend’s car… I was hooked”, says Barron. Since that day, Barron has had a driving passion for writing music and playing live gigs. In early 2011, Joe took the initiative to form a full band and start gigging. The musicians that make up the Joe Barron Band all come from different backgrounds musically. Blending Texas Country with these other genres is what gives the Joe Barron Band its unique style. The band has quickly made a name for themselves with their energetic live shows that captivate the audiences. They’ve shared the stage with such names as Brantley Gilbert, Josh Abbott Band, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, Stoney LaRue, Josh Grider, Dirty River Boys, Bleu Edmonson, Eric Paslay, Matt Wayne, Curtis Grimes, Cory Morrow, John Anderson, Robert Earl Keen, and Johnny Cooper.


The 3 T’s: Tales, Tails and Tots

The fourth Saturday of each month kids ages 3-6 are invited to spend story time with Chami and a ranger. Enjoy new tales every month, from animals to adventures to ancient peoples. Chami can hardly wait, and you will love it too!

The “SUNS”: 5th Annual Students United Para Nuestara Salud Health Fair

Free health care services and information will be provided, free immunizations, free bicycle helmets for children, United Blood Services blood drive, and lots of entertainment, raffle, prizes and more!

The Haunted Saloons: Downtown El Paso Ghost Tour

On this haunted ghost tour, you will walk the streets of haunted downtown El Paso, and hear stories of betrayal, unique symbolism of buildings, and see the deadliest intersection of the Old West. We will be going inside the remains of The Palace Saloon and The Wigwam Saloon. Tour begins at the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center located at 108 E San Antonio.


The Rink: El Paso Rhinos vs. Oklahoma City Blazers

El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team plays home games at the Sierra Providence Events Center,regular game time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets; $20 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 blue lines; $5 general admission

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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.

Last Minute LocalFebruary 20, 2015


The Chihuahuan Desert: “Authentic Texas: People of
the Big Bend” Exhibit
“Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend” is a photography and storytelling exhibit based on the 2013 award-winning book by the same name. Authors Bill Wright and Marcia Hatfield Daudistel spent more than two years interviewing and photographing residents of the Big Bend region — one of the most sparsely settled areas in the United States.“Authentic Texas” beautifully chronicles the lives of these individuals who call the Big Bend home, as well as the stunning landscapes in this vast region of the Chihuahuan Desert. The book was awarded the 2014 Southwest Book Award by the Border Regional Library Association.

The Concierto: EPSO presents The Language of Romance

EPSO and pianist Mauricio Nader will perform this romantic piece next weekend February 20 and 21, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to end this weekend. Join us for “The Language of Romance.”


The Shopping Spree…for your pet: El Paso Parks and Rec Pet-A-Fair 2015

El Paso Parks and Recreation Special Events will be having its 3rd annual 2015 Pet-A-Fair event. “Where the pet brings the owner to shop.” The public is welcome to bring their loved pets to the Don Haskins Rec Center. Stroll along indoors/outdoors and shop for your pooch. A variety of vendors will be presenting and selling their homemade goods for all types of pets.

The Ranger “Certification”: Jr. Ranger Saturday

The third Saturday of each month kids ages 5-11 are invited to come have fun and create a cultural or natural craft and learn about nature or cultures with a park ranger. Become a Chamizal Junior Ranger. Stop by the visitor center and pick up a Junior Ranger book. Junior Rangers can earn a patch or a badge and be sworn in as an official National Park Junior Ranger.

The Rock Musical: “Rent”

El Paso Community College’s Theater Ensemble presents the hit Broadway musical Directed by Keith Townsend, Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, this rock musical is based loosely on Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Jonathan Larson follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.


The Peak: Last Sunday Hike-Couples Hike

Don’t miss this one mile hike to the top of the mountain and ride the Tram down. Bring: water, appropriate footwear and clothing.

The Walking Tour: San Elizario Historic District Tour

The San Elizario Historic District will present Two Free guided walking tours of the nationally recognized Historic District on the 4th Sunday of every month. Tour Times are at Noon and 3 PM. Participants are asked to gather at the Main Street Mercantile, 15 minutes prior to the tour. The tour will take approximately one hour and a half. This is a walking tour, at a slow pace.

The Bout : Sun City Roller Girls

The exciting all female contact sport of roller derby has planted its seed in the great city of El Paso and it’s sprouted into the ever-growing league now known as the Sun City Roller Girls.

With a successful 2010 season at the El Paso County Coliseum, our wonderful ladies have given back to many local non-profit organizations in the form of time and donations. As we continue to grow in numbers and popularity, we make it our goal to always remember those that have helped us on this journey, and in return vow to help out others who may be in need. We foresee more of the same in the years to come. There is nothing we won’t do in support of our beloved “Sun City”!

Doors open at 5pm – Bout starts at 6pm.

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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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