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Last Minute LocalSeptember 4, 2015

FRIDAY

The Burrowing Owls: Rio Bosque Wetlands Park Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20900-celebration-of-our-mountains

Urban Wildlife Biologist, Lois Balin will give a tour of the burrowing owls of the Rio Bosque Wetlands and talk about the owls and other birds at the park. Minimum number of people 4; maximum 7. Meet at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park Visitor Center parking lot. From I-10 take Americas Ave/Loop 375 (south). Exit and turn left on Pan American. Go 1.5 miles to the bridge and turn onto levee. The Visitor Center parking lot is at the end. For more information and reservations, contact Lois Balin, 915-227-1988 or lois.balin@tpwd.texas.gov.

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

The Rock-Steady Concert: Alfresco! Friday featuring b Series
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20118-alfresco-friday-b-series

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.

About b-Series
b-Series is a group of musicians with a wide variety of influences and backgrounds. The band is comprised of seasoned veterans of the El Paso underground music scene, as well as new, equally talented members. The band defies categorization. With a palette that traverses the musical spectrum, the group continues to push boundaries and challenge conventional styles. From punk, Rocksteady and Ska, to traditional Mexican music on through classic jazz, swing, reggae, cumbia, and folk music, b series continues to define its sound.

b Series

b Series

The Unseen Spirits: San Elizario Ghost Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20442-san-elizario-ghost-tour

Investigate with us on this tour of deep history. Art galleries come to life through soft whispers and see why the Old County Jail (aka Billy the Kid jail) invites guests willing to talk to its occupants.

San Elizario Historic District

San Elizario Historic District

SATURDAY

The Track Sites: Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20900-celebration-of-our-mountains

Visit the most scientifically significant Early Permian track sites in the world located in the Robledo Mountains near Las Cruces. The Trackways contain footprints of numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects, plants and petrified wood dating back 280 million years. Directions: go north on I-25. Take Dona Ana exit 9. Head west on NM 320 for 2 miles until you reach NM 185. Turn right on NM 185 and head north for ½ mile to Shalem Colony Road. Turn left onto Shalem Colony Road and head west to Rocky Acres Road. Turn right onto Rock Acres Road. After ¼ mile turn left onto Permian Trackways Road and continue to the parking lot. Contact McKinney Briske, mbriske@blm.gov.

The Cooking Demo: What’s Cooking at the Farmers’ Market?
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20902-what-s-cooking-at-the-farmers-market

Ardovinos Desert Crossing is cooking something up! A cooking demo presented by Chef Elmeisha Fahrner using Farmers Market produce. Recipes and tastings are available.

Ardovinos Desert Crossing

Ardovinos Desert Crossing

The Frozen Fever: Movies in the Canyon featuring Frozen
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20780-movies-in-the-canyon-frozen

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen.

SUNDAY

The Crash Site: Red Rock Canyon and March 1944 B-24 Crash Site
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20900-celebration-of-our-mountains

Hike billion-year-old granite canyon to July 1944 B-24 crash site. This is a free 3.5 hour hike. Meeting point: Meet near 2401 Memphis Avenue, El Paso, TX and park on Memphis, Kentucky or Mayfield Terrace which all converge at the trailhead. For more information including a map and contacting Karl Putnam, visit El Paso Hiking Group, www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking/.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

The Community Celebration: St. Anthony Annual Bazaar & Picnic
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20984-st-anthonys-bazaar

The 51st annual Labor Day weekend festival offers food, games and live entertainment hosted on the grounds of a Franciscan seminary. An evening mass is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 566-2261. Proceeds from the event go directly to the education, housing and living expenses for the seminarians.

St. Anthonys Bazaar

St. Anthonys Bazaar

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Last Minute LocalAugust 28, 2015

FRIDAY

The Country Rock Band: Alfresco! Fridays featuring Trailer Band
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20130-alfresco-friday-trailer-band

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.

Trailer Band

Trailer Band

The Evening Hike: Celebration of Our Mountains-Sunset Hike Loop
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20900-celebration-of-our-mountains

Take an easy to moderate hike along the lower trails of the Palisades. Bring flashlight, water and sturdy shoes and perhaps a camera and walking stick. This is a pet friendly hike for the whole family. Meet at the Palisades Trailhead, 2000 East Robinson. From N. Stanton, turn on E. Robinson Avenue toward the mountain. Just before Robinson bends to join Scenic Drive, you will see a parking area for the trail head.

Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park

SATURDAY

The Scenic Trail: Celebration of Our Mountains-Palisades Loop
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20900-celebration-of-our-mountains

Take an easy to moderate hike along the trails of the Palisades. Bring flashlight, water and sturdy shoes and perhaps a camera and walking stick. This is a pet friendly hike for the whole family. Meet at the Palisades Trail head, 2000 East Robinson. From N. Stanton, turn on E. Robinson Avenue toward the mountain. Just before Robinson bends to join Scenic Drive, you will see a parking area for the trail head.

Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park

The New Family Member: Pet Adoptions at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmers’ Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20423-animal-rescue-league-pet-adoptions

The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing; this “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome.
Join us the last Saturday of the month from May-October as we welcome the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. Give your new family member a forever home.

Animal Rescue League Pet Adoptions

Animal Rescue League Pet Adoptions

The Sci-Fi Adventure: Movies in the Canyon featuring ET The Extra-Terrestrial
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20778-movies-in-the-canyon-et-the-extra-terrestrial

Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he’s right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn’t sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the “little squashy guy,” perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he’ll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects.

SUNDAY

The Mile High View from the Top: Last Sunday Hike
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20504-last-sunday-hike

Join us for our monthly mile long hike up Ranger Peak with the option of doing an extra mile around the peak.
Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes (no open-toes), hat, weather appropriate clothing, snack (optional), hiking/walking sticks (optional), and finally your sense of adventure!

Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park

The Vineyard: Zin Valle Vineyards featuring J. Cordova Band and Free Wine Tasting
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20407-free-live-music-and-free-wine-tasting

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.

Zin Valle Vineyards

Zin Valle Vineyards

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Last Minute LocalAugust 14, 2015

FRIDAY

The Funk, Soul Concert: Alfresco! Fridays featuring Everyday People
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20128-alfresco-friday-everyday-people

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.

Everyday People

Everyday People

The Inflatable Robot: Movies in the Canyon featuring Big Hero 6
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20772-movies-in-the-canyon

El Paso Live and Rudolph Dealerships are excited to announce that Movies in the Canyon will return August 14 to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater with a great lineup of fun and family friendly films.

The movies will be shown every Friday and Saturday night through October 3. There will be one film per night beginning at dusk, which is approximately 8:30 PM in the first half of the season.

The 16 free films will be shown on a giant state-of-the-art movie screen in the outdoor amphitheater. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket or light jacket in case it cools off in the canyon. You can also get your popcorn, soft drinks, and your favorite movies snacks at the concession stand. No outside food or beverages may be brought into the amphitheater or plaza. For weekly, event related weather updates call the Summer Weather Hotline at 915-534-0675. Closed captioning is provided.

SATURDAY

The Historic District: Chihuahuita Walking Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20867-chihuahuita-walking-tour

The one-hour tour will cover the southern half of the historic district and include history of the Santa Fe Railroad, the old El Paso Laundry, the Santa Fe Bridge, the Mexican Revolution, the tenements at the 900 block of S. Chihuahua and a trip to the river levee area, where the Border Patrol will present a presentation. Bring an umbrella and the tour will end in the trees located close to the river.

El Paso Laundry

El Paso Laundry

The History of the Chamizal: Jr. Ranger Saturday
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20507-jr-ranger-Saturday

The third Saturday of each month kids ages 5-11 are invited to come have fun while learning about nature, cultures and Chamizal history with a park ranger. Activities vary and may include games, walks, experiments and crafts. Meet at the Cultural Center information desk. Program and materials are free!

The Tank Engine: PBS Kids Fiesta
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20816-pbs-kids-fiesta

Thomas & Friends™ invites you to bring a friend and make new ones at the free PBS Kids Fiesta event presented by KCOS, Mattel, and Southwest University. The event is aimed at building a stronger relationship with the community through educational activities featuring a favorite character making an appearance for children and their families.
Thanks to an appearance by Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the hit PBS KIDS series, Thomas & Friends™, and last year’s positive turnout of 1500 attendees, this year’s event is expected to be even bigger. In 2015, Thomas & Friends celebrates its 70th anniversary with new content, partnerships and activations around the globe.

Thomas the Tank Engine encourages El Paso area children to join him on this fun filled event on Saturday, August 15th, at the Southwest University Events Center located on 6500 Montana Avenue, from 1pm-6pm. Thomas the Tank Engine will be available for photos with children and their families from 2pm-6pm. There will be music, face painting, as well as educational games and activity booths, food trucks and more.

Thomas the Train

Thomas the Train

SUNDAY

The Gateway to Texas!: 1st Annual Food Truck ThrowDown
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20707-gateway-to-texas-1st-annual-food-truck-throwdown

Get ready to see The Area’s best food trucks duke it out for a $2,000.00 dollar grand prize and the title of “Texas Best in the Southwest”, $600.00 prize to “Crowd Favorite”, and a $400.00 cash prize to the food truck voted “Best Dressed”. We’re going to have Live Music, Cold Beer, and the area’s Best Food Trucks. Come on down and have a great time, at what’s going to be one of the area’s Best outdoor food truck events….and BTW. Did I mention it’s going to be free!!! That’s right. “Free Admission”!!!!. So bring all your Family and Friends, your picnic blankets and outdoor folding chairs and get ready to have a great time down here at the Gateway to Texas!! Anthony, TX. There will be a jumping balloon area for the kids to play in and splash around. No outside food or drinks will be allowed.

The Free Live Music and Wine Tasting: Zin Valle Vineyards featuring Dan Lambert and the Double Drum Trio
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20406-free-live-music-and-free-wine-tasting

Join us Sunday, August 16th for FREE live music and FREE 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.

Dan Lambert is something of an institution, a singular guitarist who has been performing and teaching in the El Paso area for 30 years. His sound has evolved from the blues music the Chicago-area native made at the start of his career to encompass jazz and various musical styles from around the world. In addition to acoustic guitar, Lambert has mastered an array of exotic instruments, including the Indian sarod and the Chinese ruan. He recently returned to the Double Drum Trio format of his most acclaimed album. The latest incarnation features Dan on guitar, with Chris Serrano and Mauricio Gonzalez on various drums and percussion.

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Last Minute LocalAugust 7, 2015

Plaza Classic Film Festival

Plaza Classic Film Festival

A Classic Film Festival Weekend
http://plazaclassic.com

Established in 2008, The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world’s largest film festival dedicated to classic cinema. The event incorporates more than 80 feature films and 60 short films; from rare screenings of classics to screenings by up-and-coming directors. The Festival also includes film talks with celebrities and film scholars, concerts and special presentations. Below is a list of this weekend’s must-see films!

FRIDAY

Jezebel Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 1:00 pm, $6
Sons of the Desert Philanthropy Theatre @ 1:00 pm, $4
Bless Me, Ultima Philanthropy Theatre @ 3:00 pm, $4
The Misfits Kendle Kidd Performance hall @ 3:30 pm, $6
Warhol’s World 1 El Paso Museum of Art Energy Auditorium @ 6:00 pm, Free
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 7:00 pm, $10
Bloodsucking Bastards Philanthropy Theatre @ 7:30 pm, $4
Mariachi Fatigo Oregon Street @ 7:30 pm, Free
The Good, the Bad, and the Indie, Vol. II Foundation Room @ 7:30 pm, Free
Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones Oregon Street @ 9:00 pm, Free
Y Tu Mama Tambien Philanthropy Theatre @ 9:30 pm, $4
Midnight Cowboy Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 10:30 pm, $8

SATURDAY

Warhol’s World 2 El Paso Museum of Art Energy Auditorium @ 10:00 am, Free
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 11:00 am, $6
Thieves Like Us Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 1:00 pm, $6
Fort Bliss Philanthropy Theatre @ 1:00 pm, $4
Warhol’s World 3 El Paso Museum of Art Energy Auditorium @ 3:30 pm, Free
The Messenger Philanthropy Theatre @ 3:30 pm, $4
Gone With the Wind Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 6:00 pm, $8
The Bicycle Thief Philanthropy Theatre @ 7:30 pm, $4
Los Traques Oregon Street @ 7:30 pm, Free
Shorts 1 Foundation Room @ 7:30 pm, Free
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Oregon Street @ 9:00 pm, Free
Truth Philanthropy Theatre @ 9:30 pm, $4
Enter the Dragon Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 11:00 pm, $8

SUNDAY

Combat America Philanthropy Theatre @ 12:00 pm, $4
Dark Victory Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 1:00 pm, $6
Hondo Philanthropy Theatre @ 1:30 pm, $4
Witness to War Foundation Room @ 2:00 pm, Free
Do You Dream in Color? Philanthropy Theatre @ 3:30 pm, $4
The Mark of Zorro Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 4:00 pm, $6
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kendle Kidd Performance Hall @ 7:00 pm, $8
Panic In the Streets Philanthropy Theatre @ 7:30 pm, $4

The pre/post meal: Oasis Bistro & Lounge
http://oasisbistroandlounge.com/

Oasis Bistro & Lounge

Oasis Bistro & Lounge

Whether you’re looking for a downtown gathering place to unwind, a delicious meal or planning a night on the town, Oasis Bistro & Lounge is the perfect spot for a pre or post Film Fest meal! Freshly-prepared delectable entrees and a stylish full-service bar make this one of the most sophisticated, yet easygoing restaurants in the downtown area. The Oasis Bistro & Lounge is located in the heart of the downtown historic district at 125 Pioneer Plaza, next to the Plaza Theatre.

During the Film Festival the Oasis Bistro & Lounge will offer a soup, salad, sub sandwiches and appetizer bar for $12.95 per person. Enjoy hot wings, spring rolls, quesadillas, chicken empanadas and much more! Includes non-alcoholic beverages.

Parking is available in the Convention Center Parking Garage.

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

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