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October 28, 2016

Boo at the Zoo
The El Paso Zoo will host its annual Boo at the Zoo – El Paso’s WILDEST trick-or-treat in town on October 29 - 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This family-friendly event provides a safe environment to have some ZOO-rrific fun while celebrating Halloween! Enjoy candy stations, games, a maze animal enrichment activities and more!

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Dia de los Muertos Festival
Held at Concordia Cemetery, the annual celebration will begin at 2 pm and run till 8 pm with a screening of the Ghost Adventures episode at 7 pm. Attendees will enjoy food, live music, scavenger hunts, offerings, face painting and much more.

KLAQ Halloween Parade
Beginning and ending at Eastwood Park, the anticipated parade will depart the park at 3:30 pm on Monday and head west. Participants may line up from 10 am to 2:30 pm.

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Movies by the Lake
Held at Ascarate Park, Movies by the Lake will have a Halloween theme this year. The animated comedy Hotel Transylvania will show at approximately 8 pm this Friday. The flick will be shown on an inflatable screen set up near the waterfront on the lawn across from the pavilion. Film and park entry are free.

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October 18, 2016

The El Paso Zoo will host its annual Boo at the Zoo presented by Subway! Boo at the Zoo is El Paso’s wildest trick-or-treat in town. This year Boo at the Zoo is October 29 - 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with NEW extended hours! This family-friendly event provides a safe environment to have some ZOO-rrific fun while celebrating Halloween.

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Special Event Activities Include:

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Pumpkin Enrichment
Watch the animals enjoy pumpkin enrichment treats as they celebrate fall fun with you!

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Inflatable Fun
Jump around and slide down with inflatable fun at the Zoo!

Maze
Twist and turn your way through a Halloween maze.

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Haunted Alligator Alley
Watch out for alligators in this delightfully frightful kid-friendly haunted house!

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Pumpkin Bowling Activity Zone presented by Neighbors Emergency Center
Roll a pumpkin to see how many bowling pins you can hit. It’s a sure way to strike up some fun!

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Creepy Crawly Glow in the Dark Bug Room presented by MetroPCS
Are you afraid of the dark? Get up close encounters with GLOWING bugs!

We are so excited for you all to join us at El Paso’s largest and WILDEST trick-or-treat celebration! We are also excited to share the unique opportunity to present the fifth palm oil conscience Boo at the Zoo. Thanks our candy sponsor Walmart, this means we will only be handing out candy from brands using certified sustainable palm oil, or no palm oil. We are asking you to help us save animal habitats worldwide by only passing out certified sustainable palm oil or palm oil free candy at your house, too!

Palm oil is a type of edible vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. This tropical tree species originated in West Africa, but now grows as a hybrid plant in many parts of the world, including South East Asia, Central America and South America. As an ingredient, palm oil is found in at about half the products you find at the grocery store. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction. Meanwhile, worldwide palm oil consumption is doubling every 10 years. Many of the animals at our Zoo - including Asian elephants Savannah and Juno, Sumatran orangutans Ibu, Khaleesi and Butch, and Malayan tigers Seri, Belahat, Melor - could go extinct in the wild if nothing changes and the palm oil industry continues its current practices.

We’ll be waiting for YOU … at the El Paso Zoo!

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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.

October 11, 2016

The porcupette is now on exhibit!

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Come visit the baby porcupine at the El Paso Zoo! This is first offspring for the 4-year-old prehensile tailed porcupines – and the first baby prehensile tailed porcupine born at the Zoo.

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The porcupette weighed .95 pounds when it was born. The face of a prehensile tailed porcupine is irresistible – two dark round eyes and a curiously large, bulbous, whiskered nose set in a soft ball of speckled spines. The baby’s quills will turn from soft and orange colored to hard about 1-2 weeks after the baby’s birth, so resist the urge to cuddle!

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The El Paso Zoo welcomed this new baby into the South American Pavilion on September 16.Zoo staff is waiting to name the baby porcupine, or porcupette, under the sex of the baby can be determined in a few weeks.

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.

September 30, 2016

FRIDAY

The Final Outdoor Concert of the Season: First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Fridays
http://visitelpaso.com/events/first-light-federal-credit-union-presents-alfresco-fridays-fungi-mungle

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. 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 Fungi Mungle
Fungi Mungle is a four-time “Best of the Border”, and five-time “Best of the Best” award winning group. The Original Superheroes of Funk straight from Studio 54 have been performing nationwide since 1996. Playing all the favorite Disco, Funk, Pop, Rock and Dance hits, the band is 100% live - not faking it to tape like most bands in Vegas. Fungi Mungle has headlined the Six Flags Fiesta, The Whole Enchilada Fiesta, Ysleta and Texas Street Festivals, University of Texas Minerpalooza, That 70’s Party, Mardi Gras in El Paso, Fiesta de Las Flores, Gran Fiesta, MCAD Music Under the Stars and Alfresco! Fridays, Plaza Classic Film Festival, Bennigan’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash, Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta and the Sun Bowl Halftime Show. They have shared the stage with KC and the Sunshine Band, The Pointer Sisters, Tower of Power, Donna Summer, The Village People, Sister Sledge, Chicago, Kimbia All Stars, mini Kiss, Mr. Jefferson- the late Sherman Hemsley, Malo, Blue Oyster Cult, David Archuleta, and Zull Bailey, just to name a few.

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The Mammal Metropolis: Movies in the Canyon Presents Zootopia
http://visitelpaso.com/events/movies-in-the-canyon-zootopia

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 German Party: Oktobeerfest
http://visitelpaso.com/events/23513

Imported beers from all over the world will be on site and ready for you to taste. Admission is only $10, the first 2,500 people will receive a 10oz. event mug. There will be food vendors, live music, local artisans, and beer to purchase for only $5 each! Come out, be ready to have a beer or two, and be ready for some fun as we’ll have beer pong, German beer checkers, contests, and more.

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The Jam: Rio Grande Country Jam
http://visitelpaso.com/events/rio-grande-county-jam

Parking lot party with mechanical bull riding and roping! Doors open at 5pm. Don't miss out! Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or at the Coliseum box office.

The City of the Dead: Concordia Cemetery Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/concordia-midnight-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. Tickets are $15 a person; as proceeds go to the cemetery for restoration and preservation purposes. Meet @ the Yandell entrance to the cemetery at 8:30pm. Ages 13 and up. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult over 21. Proceeds to benefit Concordia Cemetery for preservation and restoration purposes.

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SUNDAY

The Winery: La Vina Winery Sunday Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/la-vina-winery-sunday-market

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

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The Live Music: Gold Hearted Crows @ Zin Valle Vineyards
http://visitelpaso.com/events/free-live-music-gold-hearted-crows-zin-valle-vineyards-4fac44f7-f95f-47c4-9229-53933700d94b

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September 29, 2016

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The History of Chamizal National Memorial Chamizal’s rich history dates back to the late fourteenth century when Spanish conquistadors first made contact with the indigenous peoples of the El Paso Del Norte Region, but the focus of this story starts in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This historic treaty officially identified the Rio Grande as the line of demarcation between the United States and Mexico, which was problematic for one main reason: substantial flooding altered the course of the grand river, blurring the borderline. Uncertainty about the position of the international border fueled a century-long dispute between the nations.

The issue was named after Chamizal because of a case the Mexican government brought forth on behalf of Pedro Garcia, whose land – the Chamizal tract – became US property after the river changed its course. After decades and decades of tension and ambiguity, President John F. Kennedy met with Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos in 1962 to resolve the Chamizal.

issue in hopes of making Mexico an ally in light of the Cold War. The two heads of state signed the Chamizal Convention, which proposed the construction of a concrete channel to act as the permanent US-Mexican border. After the death of President Kennedy, President Mateo resigned due to ailing health. Hence, President Lyndon Johnson and President Diaz Ordaz saw the channel’s installation through in 1967.

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Though the Chamizal Convention effectively solved the border dispute through peaceful negotiation and cooperative efforts, there were still unfavorable consequences that arose from the deal. The transfer of land between the two nations displaced many Chamizal residents. Both US and Mexican citizens were forced to leave their homes and relocate, causing pain and anguish that still resonate today with some former Chamizal residents. To make amends and to celebrate the distinct cultural contributions of the borderland populations, the US Congress established the Chamizal National Memorial in 1974. Today, the memorial is a lively cultural center that bursts with activity all year long. Visitors come to picnic on the beautifully manicured grounds, to see world-class performances on the theatre stage, to gaze upon the vibrant murals that adorn the memorial walls, to enjoy fun cultural festivals, to learn about the ties that bind the US and Mexico and, ultimately, to feel the beating heart of the borderlands.

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The Cultural Center Your visit to the Chamizal National Memorial commences with trip to the Cultural Center. But before you enter the center’s welcoming glass doors, you’ll be compelled to stop and admire the magnanimous mural painted lovingly on the center’s main wall. Completed in 1993, by El Paso artist Carlos Flores, Nuestra Herencia is a bold, passionate depiction of the integrated heritages of Americans and Mexicans. And it is this blended heritage that composes the shared legacy of the borderlands. The breathtaking work of art recently got a fresh coat of paint. Carlos Flores and his son, fellow artist Marcos Flores, restored the mural in 2015. Today, Nuestra Herencia continues to celebrate the region’s collective culture in living color.

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The Cultural Center is divided in two halves. To the right, you’ll find the Visitor and Information Center, and to the left, you’ll find the art spaces. The visitor center is the best place to start your day at Chamizal. Though the visitor center is a small space, there’s quite a bit to see and do. The center houses a museum exhibit on history of the Chamizal Convention, a mini theatre for viewing the informative orientation video, the Western National Parks Association store, and a stunning collection handmade dolls that represent each of the distinct states of Mexico. Once you’ve learned about Chamizal’s history, it’s time to head to the other side of the building for the cultural encounter the center promises. The Franklin G. Smith Gallery is a popular attraction among art aficionados. The gallery affords visitors the unique opportunity to experience the Chamizal legacy through visual renderings from the borderland’s best artists. The gallery hosts many interesting exhibits throughout the year.

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Your cultural experience at Chamizal isn’t limited to the museum or the gallery; much of it is discovered on the stage. The memorial houses a 500-seat indoor theatre where live performances take place almost every weekend of the year. World-class performers across many disciplines have graced the Chamizal stage, making it the perfect place to see noteworthy stage plays, dance concerts, operas, piano recitals and so much more. Shows at the theatre are very inexpensive, and most are absolutely free. Seating is typically first-come, first-serve, so make sure to view the calendar of events in advance to see what’s coming to stage.

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The indoor theatre isn’t the only place to see great performances. Chamizal National Memorial also hosts live entertainment from spring to fall on the outdoor stage. The stone amphitheater is in the heart of Chamizal’s bowl area, and crowds flock to the verdant lawn for concerts, festivals and so much more. The Music Under the Stars concert series is a fan-favorite to look forward to this summer. Starting in June, musicians from near and far will take stage each week on Sunday night to gift the borderlands with their talents. The concerts are free of charge, so grab a blanket or a lawn chair and plan to be there. Whether you’re enjoying a concert, having fun at a festival, strolling down one of the many trails, admiring the natural beauty or reliving history, you’re in for a time to remember at Chamizal National Memorial.

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