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Que Pasa BorderlandMay 26, 2016

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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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Last Minute LocalMay 19, 2016

FRIDAY

The Outdoor Concert: First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Fridays: Exito
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22339-first-light-federal-credit-union-presents-alfresco-fridays-exito

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, is due to kick off on May 6. The FREE concerts will take place every Friday evening at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, starting at 6PM. Concerts will not take place on June 17 or September 2.

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 Exito
Exito is a Tejano band who originated in El Paso, Texas. Johnny Vasquez, along with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Vasquez, founded the band back in 1992. Johnny has been a musician for over 40 years and is the accordion and keyboard player for Exito. The band consists of five members, and have their own soundman, who sets up the equipment and runs the sound during the performances. They have been the opening act for various groups including Ruben Ramos, Little Joe, Ramon Ayala, and La Mafia and can currently be found at Exelarys Night Cloud every Saturday night.

The Artists: Let It Kill You
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22515-let-it-kill-you

Border Theater and Local Eyes with Green presents seven short plays written by local playwrights, directed by local directors and performed by local actors, focusing on the rituals and stages of grief, at 8 p.m. tonight. The production will also feature dance and music performances.

SATURDAY

The Asana: Yoga at the Magoffin Home with Elena Nash
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22381-yoga-at-the-magoffin-home-with-elena-nash

Built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, the Magoffin Home is an El Paso treasure with peaceful gardens where the family loved to spend time in contemplation and relaxation. It hasn’t been until now that visitors have had the opportunity not only to tour the home, but also to use its serene and beautiful gardens to relax and do yoga! Come “stretch” your knowledge about El Paso as you exercise your body in gardens blooming with seeds of rich culture and history. This class is sponsored by the Casa Magoffin Compañeros. All proceeds go to support the preservation of the Magoffin Home.
Bring: Mat or Blanket, Water, Sunscreen

The Great Outdoors: Kids to Park Day
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22525-kids-to-park-day

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and Franklin Mountain State Park hosts the 6th annual National Kids to Parks Day. Workshops, games, hikes, demonstrations and other kid-friendly activities.

The Patriotic Event: Armed Forces Day
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22327-armed-forces-day-open-house

The Soldiers of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss invite the El Paso community to attend their annual Armed Forces Day Celebration at Biggs Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 21. The event is free and open to the public. The festivities start at 10 a.m. with a selection of patriotic music and the Armed Services Medley performed by the 1st Armored Division Band.

Armed Forces Day features the military personnel and the equipment they use daily. The public will be able to talk to the military personnel and learn more about what they do, as well as be up close with their equipment. Fort Bliss units are displaying the Abrams Tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Patriot Launcher, Blackhawk helicopter, and much more.
Entertainment lined up includes the Military Police Working Dog Teams, the 1AD Band’s Rock Band performance and the area high school JROTC Programs’ Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams Competition. El Paso area high school JROTC armed, unarmed drill teams sharpen their skills throughout the school year and are competing for top honors in precision drills.

Other activities at Biggs Park include the Law Enforcement, Emergency Services displays, and several organizational displays. The organizational displays include the Fort Bliss Recycle Center and the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Look Twice for Motorcycle” safety campaign. There will also be a variety of food and drink concessions available at a minimal cost.

When entering Fort Bliss, have Driver’s License, proof of insurance and vehicle registration readily available.

The Roller Derby: TexPistols vs Juarez All-Stars
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22497-el-paso-roller-derby-texpistols-vs-juarez-all-stars

Get ready for El Paso Roller Derby’s BORDERLAND BATTLE!
This time, we are taking on the All-Star Juárez team! It is guaranteed to be an action packed game as well as a fun time for you, your date, your friends, or your family!

But first, here are some important details you will need to know:

And as usual, this TEXMEX BATTLE will have a half time show of Luchadors! We also have prizes for our fans and baskets to raffle off in support of our featured charity!

In addition, there will be food, drinks, and adult beverages (21+ with ID) available for purchase by cash only! Credit will be accepted at the door! (Unfortunately there is no ATM on site.)

SUNDAY

The Sunday Market: La Vina Arts & Farmers Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22330-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!

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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.

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ReptiliaMay 17, 2016

Slither into Reptilia at the El Paso Zoo for the opening weekend of the new Reptile House June 4 and 5! But first, here’s a quick peek inside the Reptile House!

Crawl through the world’s largest Texas tortoise and discover the Zoo’s cold-blooded collection! The existing Reptile building is now a giant tortoise, and has received four new exhibits and an outdoor pond highlighting our turtle collection.

Also, we added anti-glare walls to aid the viewing of existing exhibits for Zoo guests. There are new exhibits and new scaly, not scary animals at the new Reptile House!

You can eat like a reptile at Reptilia! Try the grub, er, bugs, at special edible insect eating tastings and cooking presentations with the Zoo’s Executive Chef, Miguel Guillen!

Get up close to the Zoo’s reptiles during special encounters and spotlight presentations! We love having the opportunity to get Zoo guests connecting closer to wildlife!

University of Texas at El Paso’s Dr. Eli Greenbaum, a noted herpetologist and associate professor of evolutionary genetics, will have a sampling from his exhibit, the Emerald Abyss. Dr. Greenbaum’s exhibit highlights nine years of reptile research! This interactive experience is an awesome way to see the awesome, and sometimes dangerous, research on reptiles happening right here in El Paso!

At Reptilia, it’s easy to ssssseeee reptiles are SSSSSSCALY NOT SSSSSSSCARY! We’ll ssssseeee you there!

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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.

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Last Minute LocalMay 13, 2016

FRIDAY

The Outdoor Concert: First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Friday’s: Windy City
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22337-first-light-federal-credit-union-presents-alfresco-friday-s-windy-city

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, is due to kick off on May 6. The FREE concerts will take place every Friday evening at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, starting at 6PM. Concerts will not take place on June 17 or September 2.

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 Windy City
It was 1967 when six young musicians with the same dream of starting a rock band with horns came together in a small apartment in Chicago. Their dream was to play rock-and-roll incorporating horns along with the typical guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. These horns would be the other voice of the band and not just a support section.
The band, which pays tribute to the famously popular band “Chicago” is based on the concept of playing the bands most well-known and beloved songs. “Windy City” was formed in 2004 and have been playing to Chicago fans ever since.

The Tour on the 13th: Downtown Ghost Friday the 13th Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19678-friday-the-13th-downtown-ghost-tour

Whispers and legends have passed thru El Paso, so relive the stories of the Old West and how it’s ghostly past stays in downtown. Hear stories of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, John Selman, Billy the Kid, Elfego Baca, haunted brothels and saloons, and the notorious John Wesley Hardin. (There’s so many to mention!) Tour will take you inside the remains of the Wigwam Saloon. Meet at the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center by 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

The “producers only” Market: Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19535-farmers-market-at-ardovinos-desert-crossing

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. Enjoy an ever-increasing selection of organic and pesticide-free produce, beef, pork, lamb and goat, fresh-baked breads and salsas. Enjoy a fair trade cup of coffee, house-made pastries and fresh-squeezed juices, along with Brunch in the restaurant.

The HWY 28 Bike Tour: Bike Month Winery Bike Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22454-the-winery-bike-tour

Starting time is at 10AM at La Sombra Antigua Winery (430 La Viña Rd), and group will work their way to La Viña Winery and Zin Valle Vineyards, and finally ride back to La Sombra to end the tour. At the return to La Sombra, there will be live music, food trucks, and showers! Please remember to drink responsibily, All ages welcomed, Only 21+ WITH an ID can wine taste.

The Albanian American Singer: JMSN
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22437-jmsn

Christian Berishaj, better known by his stage name JMSN, is an Albanian American singer-songwriter and record producer from Eastpointe, Michigan.

SUNDAY

The Sunday Market: Mission Trail Art Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/21647-mission-trail-art-market

The Mission Trail Art Market is in its 8th 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. Two Old West Reenactment Shows of the ‘Billy The Kid Breakout’ at 1 & 3pm. Special Cultural Presentations at 4pm. Galleries remain open until 5pm. FREE. Make it a Day! Come and Play! This Project is funded in part with a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Author

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.

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Last Minute LocalMay 13, 2016

About the Author

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.

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