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Last Minute LocalMay 28, 2015

FRIDAY

The Tejano Band: Alfresco! Friday’s featuring Exito
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 Party on the Patio: The Fox presents The Nova/Abe Mac Band
http://www.923thefox.com/party-patio/

Party on the Patio features live bands every Friday! First band plays from 6-9 pm and the second from 9:30 pm-12:30 am.

SATURDAY

The 1 Mile Fun Walk/5K Competitive: 13th Annual Walk/Run for Families in Crisis
http://raceadventuresunlimited.com/13th-Annual-WalkRun-For-Families-In-Crisis/1128/details

Help us make this year’s event the BIGGEST we’ve ever had! Saturday, May 30th, 8am, Sunland Park Racetrack. Enter either the 1mile fun walk or the 5k competitive run! Entry fee is the same for both events! All proceeds raised stay in El Paso to help the children of the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home. There will be a pre-race Zumba warm-up, bands, cheerleaders, and so much more!

The Backyard: Art a la Cart
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008713127793&fref=ts

Enjoy vendors, entertainment and food. Open Air Yoga in the backyard is at 9 a.m.

The Roller Skates: El Paso Roller Derby
http://www.elpasorollerderby.com/

Hey, ?ElPaso?! Don’t forget about ??ElPasoRollerDerby?’s home game coming up this Saturday at our new location at The Field House at Market, 6827 Market Ave.

Doors Open at 5:30pm, first whistle blows at 6pm! Get a good seat! Our traveling team, the ??TexPistols?, will be facing off against PPDD’s Slamazons of Colorado Springs.

SUNDAY

The Annual Feast: Feast in the Middle East
http://www.feastofthemiddleeast.com/about.html

Known as Feast of the Middle East, this is the 48th annual festival held by the members of El Paso’s St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Over 30 members of the St. George Ladies Society prepare for the feast as early as March to ensure they can feed over 10,000 people. The parish first opened in 1951 on North Florence Street before moving to its current location in 2003. Its roots are primarily in Orthodox Christians of Arab descent, but the past decades have seen its members diversify as numerous people from different backgrounds have converted and are now members of the church. “Feast of the Middle East, an event experience like no other in El Paso.”

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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 BorderlandMay 28, 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.


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.


Que Pasa BorderlandMay 6, 2015

About the Author

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.


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