Last Minute LocalDecember 13, 2013
The XMAS Concert: A Rock N’ Roll XMAS
Live! The Devotions, Raw Deal, the Rockabilly Strangers, the F Bombs, and the Pinsetters. Doors open at 8 pm, all ages welcome. $5 at door.
The Home: Magoffin Home Holiday Open House
Join us for an evening of fun as the Magoffin Home comes alive with the sights and sounds of the season. Enjoy the lights and holiday decorations as you wander through the Home. The Riverside Middle and High School Choirs will be entertaining guests and seven lighted trees will be gleaming in the moonlight. Meet for refreshments outside.
“The Home is especially lovely during this time of the year and a holiday visit has become a tradition for many El Pasoans,” said Site Manager Leslie Bergloff. Warm clothing is suggested for the outdoor activities.
The Luminarias: 22nd Annual Navidad De La Fe Luminarias
Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe cordially invites you and your family to join us for the 22nd Annual Navidad De La Fe Luminarias! An evening of holiday joy and giving for those less fortunate in our community. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to donate cash or canned, non-perishable food as they view the luminarias and the living Nativity scene while they travel westbound on Scenic Drive.
The Performance: DJ Pando
Performing live! 18 and over welcome. Doors open at 6 pm.
Last Minute LocalDecember 6, 2013
The Market: 3rd Annual ChristKindle Market
http://www.elpasomissiontrail.com/christkindlemarket.com or http://www.sanelizariohistoricartdistric.com
The Third Annual, Christmas holiday market takes place in the heart of the San Elizario Historic Art District and offers unique crafts and gifts for sale, a variety of entertainment, as well as German food and drinks. ChristKindleMarket offers a holiday shopping experience unlike the department stores in the area, as many of the items are handcrafted and incredibly unique. Wares range from hand-painted glass and wooden ornaments, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, jewelry, toys, clothing, and more. Many of the vendors also offer demonstrations of the making of their items. As it’s important to keep a full belly to stay warm in the winter chill, ChristKindleMarket will have a number of food and drink vendors on site as well. German sausages, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes are all on tap. Sweets, pastries and candies help provide a nice finish to your meal. To drink, German beers will be on hand as well as the traditional “Glühwein”, a hot spiced wine that is served around the holidays. So this Christmas season, gather up the family and swing by ChristKindleMarket San Elizario for a one of a kind holiday experience — outside of Germany, that is.
The Tree: 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in San Elizario
Santa Claus will arrive in San Elizario at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Official Lighting at 6:30 p.m. The 30 foot live Christmas Tree from the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico will be decorated by local volunteers. Live Christmas Music will fill the air and tons of vendors will be on hand, Santa will be available for photos. A Christmas Fire Extravaganza will also be presented on the Main Stage at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Bryan Serrano, Femmes of the Flames, Odd lab and others. Rain or shine! Presented by the San ELizario Genealogy and Historical Society.
The : El Paso Mineral and Gem show
915-533-7153 or email@example.com
You will be captivated and enchanted as you wander through of 100’s wonderful gems, minerals and fossils. You will have chances to win door prizes, contributed by dealers from all over the southwest, known for their vibrant jewelry and other treasures.
The Holiday Celebration: Celebration of Lights Parade
The single largest event in downtown El Paso will be center stage when the evolve Federal Credit Union Celebration of Lights Program unfolds. A new route for the Holiday Lights Parade has been done due to construction at San Jacinto Plaza with exceptional support from many city departments and businesses. Cleveland Square Park will be the site for the Holiday Lights with thousands upon thousands of lights and decorations. Evolve Federal Credit Union will sponsor the largest fireworks display downtown from atop Mills Plaza Parking Garage. Fernanda Garcia, eight years old of Candlelighters of El Paso will flip the switch with El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.
The Run: Up and Running Jingle Bell Run
All runners receive long sleeved technical t-shirt and Jingle Bells! Hot Chocolate and Tamales available at finish line! Santa Sightings – Best dressed Santa and Elf will receive $50 gift cards from Up and Running.
Holidays are here! Get down and jolly Sunday, December 8th for FREE live music and FREE wine tasting. Come on out and enjoy the sounds of Dusty Low from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the day at Zin Valle Vineyards. Salud!
You’ve seen the El Paso Zoo, now continue your adventure: plan a winter trip to Bosque Del Apache NWFDecember 3, 2013
At the El Paso Zoo a male Sandhill Crane named Frazier lives on the north side of the American Lands Exhibit along with a pair of javelinas and a small colony of bolson tortoises. Frazier is one of nearly 10,000 Sandhill Cranes living within a three hour drive of El Paso. You could say that he is a local “Ambassador for Birds of the North”. Most sand hill cranes live in the far northern and Arctic regions of the continent during the greater part of the year. They migrate south to our warmer climes during the months of November to February.
Frazier’s keeper, Tracy Deardeuff, spends part of her day training him to come towards a target. This enrichment technique involves using a stick with a colored object attached at the end. Keepers use the target to help animals demonstrate their natural behaviors. The training adds variety to their day and in the case of Frazier when he moves towards a target, Tracy gives him special treats like peanuts. He likes to catch the peanuts in the air. Catching things like insects is a natural behavior which Frazier also demonstrates as he follows keepers around the exhibit. As they rake debris and leaves, Frazier stays close to the rake and hunts for insects that were hiding.
The El Paso Zoo encourages people to connect with nature, but for most people wanting to see animals in the wild, jumping on a plane to Africa or Asia is not something everyone can do. On the other hand, taking a trip to some of our local and regional natural areas is a much more practical option. El Paso is surrounded by a wide array of beautiful natural landscapes within city limits and just beyond. At many of these places like at the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico you can see a nice variety of wild animals including mule deer, elk, wild turkey, tree squirrel, and if you are really lucky – black bear. In other areas you can see colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats and all kinds of birds and other small animals.
Many of us take weekend trips to the Lincoln forest, White Sands National Monument and parks like Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. Skiing areas in southern New Mexico are popular during the winter months, but during most of the year it is pretty difficult to see large numbers of wildlife, especially when you are walking into a cave or riding a lift to the top of a ski slope. There is one place, however, where wildlife viewing opportunities can best be described as spectacular. Just a three hour drive north of El Paso is a place called the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
If you are looking for something really special to do with your family over the holidays consider a trip to see one of nature’s grandest wildlife spectacles just south of the town of Socorro, New Mexico. Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a few miles southeast of the San Antonio, New Mexico exit off of I-25. It is one of the premier birding and wildlife refuges in the world and is the winter home to nearly 10,000 Sandhill Cranes and tens of thousands of Snow Geese. Friends of Bosque Del Apache offers weekly updates on their website estimating the numbers of birds living on the refuge at any one time. The report for November 22, 2013 estimated that there were 8,640 Sandhill Cranes, 42,740 Light Geese (mostly Snow Geese) and over 87,000 ducks!
The best way to experience the refuge is to stay at a motel in Socorro, New Mexico the night before. You will definitely want to get up very early so that you can leave Socorro about an hour before sunrise. By arriving at first light you will experience the first flights of thousands of geese followed by sandhill cranes as they soar overhead. You just have to be there to really appreciate how exciting and beautiful the sight of so many birds flying in the sky on a cold New Mexico morning can be.
The birds sleep on the water at night as a form of protection against predators like foxes and coyotes. Once they have flown from their overnight areas you can drive around the refuge and find them feeding in the grain fields maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make sure there is enough food for the entire winter season.
Other animals to watch for include mule deer, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Pintails, Mallards and dozens of other waterfowl and small bird species. Watch for the flocks of thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds and if you get real lucky you might even see a mountain lion! For a list of recent sightings be sure to visit the visitor center and gift shop across from the main entrance to the refuge or go online to the friend’s website at www.friendsofthebosque.org
Here is a list of tips I can offer to help you have an enjoyable trip.
1. Have $5 ready to pay your vehicle fee at the entrance to the refuge on your left as you drive down Old Highway 1 just past the turn off to the Visitor Center. The Friends website offers these simple directions: “To reach the refuge from Socorro, drive nine miles south on I-25 to exit 139, go east one-fourth mile on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center. From Las Cruces, drive north on I-25 to exit 124 (San Marcial), then north on Old Highway 1 to the Visitor Center. The entrance to the scenic tour loop for vehicles is just south of the Visitor Center.”
2. Pack a breakfast the night before or get up an extra hour early to eat breakfast in Socorro. There are a few restaurants open 24 hours. Take a thermos, some drinks and snacks so that you do not get hungry during your visit. The Visitor Center (phone: 575-835-1828) opens from 7:30 to 4:00 daily (8:00 to 4:30 weekends) except major holidays. Usually they have a few snacks and coffee available.
3. I cannot over emphasize how important it is to arrive on the scenic tour loop before sunrise. If you are not an early riser bring a couple of alarm clocks since you cannot always count on motel staff to wake you with a phone call.
4. When you enter the scenic tour loop entrance turn left on the Marsh Loop Road and drive the short distance to the Flight Deck (#7 on the map).
5. After all the geese and cranes fly away from the marsh between sunrise and the first hour of day light, spend the next few hours following them to their feeding areas by driving the farm loop road. If you leave the refuge by noon or after lunch you can easily get back to El Paso before sunset.
6. Bring a tripod and camera with a good telephoto lens. Make sure that your camera has a lot of memory for all the pictures you will want to take.
7. When you find a flock of several thousand Snow Geese feeding in one spot, be patient. Sooner or later they will all get up at once and you will be able to experience one or more daylight “flyouts” as thousands of birds fly up into the sky together. Oftentimes these flights are joined by Sandhill Cranes and several species of ducks.
Watch for coyotes nearby hoping to find a sick or injured bird.
About the Author
Rick LoBello has worked in the field of conservation education since 1973 when he started his career as Zoological Curator at the Kansas City Museum of History and Science. He has spent 25 years working as a park ranger and Executive Director at four national parks including Big Bend, Yellowstone, Guadalupe and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks. Since coming to work at the El Paso Zoo in 2002 he has served as Education Curator and has been very active in conservation programs in the region working with organizations like the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition. Over the years his efforts have been honored by Rotary International, the National Park Service and most recently by the Trans Pecos Audubon Society and The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 2012 Environmental Summit. In 2009 he wrote a guidebook for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International entitled Guide to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park: Home to Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas available on Amazon.com.
Last Minute LocalNovember 22, 2013
The Concert: El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy tonight’s classical concert-La Danza Clasica with world-acclaimed musician Peter Soave. Soave has performed as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Russia. He has performed on several albums with other artists as well as releasing his own, “Pride and Passion.” He also founded the Peter Soave Music in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy in 2010.
The Contest: Pie Baking Contest @ Downtown Art & Farmers Market
Calling all bakers! Enter your favorite recipe in the pie baking contest. Winner receives a holiday gift basket! Not a baker-not a problem. Enjoy local original arts and crafts, food vending, regionally grown agricultural products and entertainment from local artists, artisans and farmers in El Paso County.
The Exploreum: El paso Exploreum
El Paso’s newest museum, a “living laboratory” museum for children of all ages. Fly high in the Airport Adventure; ride back in time to the Old El Paso Village; solve exciting engineering problems at STEAM Ahead; engage cutting-edge technology in High-Tech Hot Spot
The Exhibit: Up in Smoke
As El Paso changed from a small adobe village to a railroad center built of brick and lumber, the possibility of disastrous fires dramatically increased. Not until El Paso organized a volunteer fire department, with City funded equipment, could the community seriously consider building up and out. The exhibit includes the El Paso Fire Department’s 1901 Steamer, Engine No. 2, and other early fire memorabilia.
The Reptiles: Repticon El Paso
West Texas is at last where Repticon arrived with Repticon El Paso, following after the tradition of a great series of shows throughout eastern Texas. Nestled within a stone’s throw of New Mexico and the U.S. border, this show offers an outlet to a whole new community of those with an interest in reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic animals. The El Maida Shrine is the location for all the unbeatable herp related shopping as both regional and national vendors offer animals, supplies, feeders and more. Included will be raffles with thrilling prizes and the hourly educational presentations and seminars for the whole family. The show also marks a new hot or venomous included show, heating up West Texas even further. Check back to this page as one of the wildest reptile shows in the West continues with Repticon El Paso!
The Live Music: Dan Lambert and the Double Drum Trio & Wine Tasting
Come on out and enjoy the sounds of Dan Lambert and the Double Drum Trio from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the day at Zin Valle Vineyards.
The Concert: Built to Spill
Built to Spill is an indie rock band based in Boise, Idaho, United States. The band is best known for its catchy guitar hooks and the unique voice of frontman Doug Martsch. Former Tree people frontman Doug Martsch formed Built to Spill in 1992 with Brett Netson and Ralf Youtz as the band’s original members. In an interview with Spin magazine, Martsch stated that he intended to change the band’s lineup for every album, with Martsch being the only permanent member.
Last Minute LocalNovember 15, 2013
The Captain: Captain Morgan Meet and Greet
Captain Morgan himself will be here at Freedom Crossing on Friday, November 15th for several meet and greet opportunities! He will be at the Exchange Main Store from 2:45pm – 3:45pm and at the Class Six from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. He’ll then swing down to Shamrocks Irish Pub for happy hour from 6pm – 7pm before joining us at our Friday at the Fire concert at 7pm! Also, when you meet him at the Exchange you can receive a FREE personalized Captain Morgan bottle label, no purchase necessary.
The Live Music: Fridays at the Fire
Every Friday night enjoy free live music and entertainment by the outdoor fireplace. Toast the evening with the sounds of El Paso’s best bands. Tonight: Mark Monroe
The 5k: CARE 5K Run/Walk
All participants will receive an event T-shirt! The “Top Three” Places for the 5K Run will receive a 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Prize. This is in the men’s, women’s and children runner categories.
The Celebration: 2nd Annual, Native American “Celebration of our Culture”
Celebrate Native American month in San Elizario with historic talks of the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache and Taino. Enjoy native dances by the War Kui Dance Group, Danca Nunutzi, Danza San Elizario and Danca Azteca Omecoatel and Native American arts & crafts. Music, food and aspecial appearance by the Pistoleros de San Elizario.
The Warrior Run: 3rd Annual Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5k
In honor of the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the United States Military, Spartyka is proud to host the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K, a family-friendly event that welcomes anyone with a patriotic spirit who wants to show support for the troops and veterans who have served our country. The goal of the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K is to raise awareness and show support for the men and women in the United States Military, and raise funds for our Nation’s Wounded Warriors.
The Concert: El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra
Featuring all 4 EPSYOs Orchestras performing great works by Verdi, Elgar, Dvorak, and more!
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