Scout Expo — The Yucca Council’s Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest, will host a Scout Expo 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Washington Park, in conjunction with the annual Dia de los Libros/Dia de los Niños event. Admission is free. Information: Jack Galindo, 543-5468.
A joint camp-out with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is Friday and Saturday nights, April 29-30, at Bowen Ranch. Information: David Panko: 525-9257.
Scenic Sundays — El Paso area citizens and their pets are invited to ride, skate, walk or run on Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Richmond, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays through September, and 7 a.m. to noon during the fall and winter months. Safety barrels will line the area and the El Paso Police Department will provide security along this popular path. Hosted by the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd. Admission is free. Information: 541-4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waka Flocka Flame — The rap artist known for his single “No Hands” performs for his first time in El Paso Saturday, April 30, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North, with guest El Dreamer, Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Also featured is a classic car and bike show, appearances by Swagg Team USA and local performers. All ages show. Tickets: $15; available in advance only from All The Music, El Paso Diablos Ticket Box office or online at diablos.com. VIP after-party packages available. Information: 525-5645 or (240) 601-5474.
Sportspark Chili Cook-off — Commissioner Anna Perez, El Paso County Sports Commission and El Paso Diablos host the first ever Sportspark “Just for Fun” Chili Cook-off, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at El Paso County Sportspark, 1780 N. Zaragoza, featuring music, prizes and a performance by the El Paso Diablos Cheerleaders. Admission is free. Information: 546-2014, email@example.com.
Cook-off participation fee is $25; cash prizes for first, second and third place winners; other prizes for best decorated booth. Participants may begin setting up at 7 a.m. Registration forms available at epcounty.com.
Club 101 — 1148 Airway. Advance tickets for most events available at Club 101, All That Music, Psycha and online at ticketbully.com, unless otherwise listed. Information: 544-2101 or club101.com.
• Social Distortion — The legendary punkabilly band performs Wednesday, April 27, with Chuck Regan of Hot Water Music and The Sharks. The band’s latest CD “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” was released in January. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 day of show.•
All That Remains — The metalcore band performs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, with guests Nonpoint, Hail the Villain, Surrender the Fall and Years of Cold. Tickets: $20.
‘Anne of Green Gables’ — The Shining Star Drama Team, performs the classic American story 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The team consists of area home-schooled students. Admission to be announced. Information: 532-7372.
‘Just Dance 2011’ – Viva! El Paso and El Paso Association for the Performing Arts presents its first annual competition and master classes with Lauren Gottlieb of the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.” The competition is 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Socorro High School Theatre, 10150 Alameda. Gottlieb will judge. Open to dancers ages 6 and older in all dance forms such as ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, folklorico, flamenco, tap or more. Registration deadline is April 22. Tickets: $35-$55. Information: 873-0970 or viva-ep.org.
‘Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros’ — The 15th annual children’s day/book day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Washington Park, next to the El Paso Zoo. A free new book will be provided to each child who attends the event, along with other free goodies. Admission is free. Information: 543-5468 or elpasolibrary.org.
The idea for “Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros” comes from Latin America where Children’s Day honors young people in the same way in which Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated. Mora started America’s celebration of Children’s Day in 1996 to celebrate children and promote literacy.
Border Chorders — The barbershop quartet’s 64th annual show featuring a cappella singing by choral groups is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The Border Chorders are the El Paso chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Admission: $8 ($5 seniors, students and military). Information: 581-5248 or borderchorders.org.
Conjunto Primavera — The norteño group performs a concert and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Tickets: $37.50, plus service charge (Ticketmaster).
Conjunto Primavera was founded in Ojinaga, Chihuahua in 1978 featuring singer Tony Melendez, accordionist/keyboardist Felix Contreras, saxophonist Juan Dominguez, bajosexto player Rolando Perez, bassist Oscar Ochoa and drummer Adan Huerta.
‘The Sound of Music’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the Rogers and Hammerstein family classic April 22-May 22. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; dinner matinee performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1; non-dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 15 and 22. Tickets $26-$38 dinner shows; $12-$22 non-dinner matinee. Information: 747-6060.
When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.
‘The Three Musketeers’ — UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents Ken Ludwig’s lively adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s adventure April 29-May 8, in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Chuck Gorden. Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students and children age 4 to 12). Information: 747-5118 or theatredance.utep.edu.
Join D’Artagnon as he swashbuckles his way through the 17th century France with Athos, Porthos and Aramis. From the streets of Paris to the Court of King Louis, the heroes fight bravely against the dastardly Cardinal Richelieu to defend the honor of the Queen of France.
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday. Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
The annual observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, to remember the 11 million people killed during the Nazi Holocaust and celebrate the lives of the survivors. This year’s theme is “Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned.”
Go Fly A Kite! — Mothers and More hosts a family kite-flying event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School, also featuring free snacks and drinks, games, prizes, balloon animals and more. Admission is free. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or meetup.com/mothersandmorewestep.
FeatherFest — The 11th annual Family Day at the Garden is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan. The event offers tours, nature booths and presentations on plants, wildlife, archaeology and history by local experts, family activities and more. Food available for purchase. Admission: $3. Information: 584-0563 or
Bella Donna — The Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks Tribute dinner and concert is Saturday, April 30, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets:?$35 ($250 for table of 8). Information:?(575) 874-5200.
Neon Desert Music Festival — The inaugural music festival benefiting Amor Por Juarez and Creative Kids is Saturday, April 30, in Downtown El Paso, feature 27 local and touring bands on four stages, food vendors, local artisans and more.
Tickets: $25 for first 1,000 sold online at neondesertmusicfestival.com; $35 thereafter ($1 from each ticket sold will also go towards El Paso’s Parks and Recreation Department). All active duty military admitted for $25. Ages 5 and younger admitted free when accompanied by ticket-holding adult; no one under age 14 admitted without adult supervision. Information: email@example.com.
Lineup includes touring acts Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group featuring the former El Pasoan, Monterrey Mexico’s Kinky, Venezuelan rockers Los Amigos Invisibles, San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma, Gobi, and New York’s Designer Drugs, Brazilian indie rock band CSS, Toronto electronic duo MSTRKRFT, as well as local bands DA, Lusitania, Radio La Chusma, Mexicans at Night, Frontera Bugalu, Zech’s Marquise, The Royalty, Through the Trees and Bulletproof Tiger.
Alfresco! Fridays — The free outdoor concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays April 1-Sept. 30 at Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0600, or alfrescofridays.com. April 29 — La Explosion Lagunera (Latin Cumbia).
Buddy Jewel – Showtime El Paso presents the winner of the 2003 Nashville Star competition at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $25 ($10 students with ID; ages 6-25). Information: 544-2022 or ShowtimeElPaso.com.
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Mozart’s ‘Grand Mass’ — NMSU Choirs conclude the academic year with its performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Grand Mass” or “Mass in C,” conducted by Jerry Ann Alt, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29-30, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, will full orchestra. Ages 7 and older welcome. Tickets: $15 and $20 ($5 for students); available at the Pan Am Box Office (575) 646-1420.
Information: NMSU Choir Office, (575) 646-2067.
The Mass in C calls for tenor, bass and two soprano soloists, orchestra, and double chorus. The orchestra consists of professional musicians, NMSU faculty and students, Las Cruces community members, and professional instrumentalists from El Paso, under the direction of violinist and concert master, Stephanie Meyers.
Chorus members from NMSU’s auditioned choir, University Singers, will join singers from the student/community choir, Masterworks Chorus.
British Car Days Show — The British Motorcar Club of Southern New Mexico’s 18th annual car show is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, on the Old Mesilla Plaza. Several British cars will be on display, including Mini Coopers, MGs, Jaguars and Morgans. Admission is free to spectators. Information: (575) 647-0122 or (575) 526-7807.
Celebration of Spring Expo — The 15th annual event of art and music begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30, in historic downtown Silver City, N.M. This year’s event coincides with the 25th annual Tour of the Gila, and includes area vendors, a beer garden, live music, kids area and more. Admission is free. Information: 1-800-548-9378 or (575) 534-1700.
Community Earth Day Fair — The 17th annual event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Alameda Park Zoo, 1021 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, with hundreds of exhibits on alternative energy and fuels, a mini health fair and screenings, interactive games for kids, live entertainment planting and growing information and a native plant sale from Otero County Master Gardeners, breakfast and a tree sale. Admission is free. Information: (575) 434-6296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also featured is a butterfly release at 11 a.m.
A 2-mile Lions Strides Diabetes Awareness walk is 2 p.m. Participants receive a free t-shirt.
Ruidoso Kite Festival — The Ruidoso Parks and Recreation Department and We Cree8 hosts the 4th annual family kite flying event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at corner of Hull and White Mountain, near Kidz Connection Park. Participants may bring their own kites or purchase one at the event. Donations welcome. Information: (575) 257-3006 or ruidosokitefestival.com.
International Day of Dance — The 6th annual celebration of dance is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Branigan Cultural Center, Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces, featuring performances from local and international dance troupes from a variety of styles and cultures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or las-cruces.org/museums.
‘An Inspector Calls’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents J.B. Priestly’s stylish thriller April 15-May 1 at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$15. Information: 1-800-525-ASTC (2782).
Set in 1912, the play focuses on the well-to-do Birling family at their home in Brumley. The family is visited by Inspector Goole, who questions them about the suicide of Eva Smith. Over the course of the evening, as secrets are revealed, the interrogation pushes the family to their breaking point.