EPCC Breaks Ground on Transmountain Campus Expansion
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will have a groundbreaking at its Transmountain Campus. This is the first project to begin a Districtwide expansion as part of the College’s Master Plan.
What: EPCC Transmountain Campus Groundbreaking
When: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Where: EPCC Transmountain Campus Dean’s Foyer
9570 Gateway Blvd. North
Visuals: Groundbreaking ceremonies, interviews with EPCC Board of Trustees, students and project architects.
This project is the first campus project to break ground as a result of EPCC’s Master Plan. To enhance student experiences and to prepare for future growth, EPCC’s Master Plan recommended multiple phases of construction to expand facilities. These important projects will address campus improvement needs and make sure EPCC has the capacity to serve students with additional classroom and laboratory space, state-of-the art learning experiences and improved technology. These projects will enhance student life and experience while providing new and innovative learning opportunities.
The Transmountain campus expansion will add additional classrooms along with much needed student study and collaboration spaces. This addition will also allow for expansion of Fashion Technology and Interior Design labs and state-of-the-art computer labs. Learn more about these projects at: http://buildthefuture.epcc.edu
EPCC Showcases Trendsetting Work to Texas State Librarian
El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library on the Northwest campus hosted Mark Smith, State Librarian from the Texas State Library and Archive Commission (TSLAC).
On this first-ever visit by a Texas State Librarian to El Paso, Smith learned about the partnership between EPCC, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the El Paso Library System in offering services not just to EPCC students, but to the surrounding community.
“This is an outstanding library in its own right, but I am really excited about the cooperative project with the El Paso Public Library,” Mark Smith, Texas State Librarian said. “The library is an anchor to the community, it is a technology center where kids can progress to community college and beyond.”
Being the only library in a 10-mile radius, the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library offers educational services and community programs such as Summer Books and Beyond, Toddler Tech, physical fitness and citizenship classes.
Opened in 2003, the library was named for Jenna Welch, a former Canutillo resident, and her daughter Former First Lady, Laura Bush. The mother and daughter have visited the library sharing their love of books and family reading.
EPCC builds community awareness and grows partnerships by sharing the many ways it transforms students’ lives and impacts the community and region.
PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR COMING TO THE EL PASO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
After 30+ years of touring, Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen it before.
Presented for the first time in 1986, producer Steve Monistere has established the Laser Spectacular as the longest running, touring theater show in history!
Driven by cutting edge effects, Full Color Lasers, Hi-Def Multi-Screen Video Projection, Concert Quality Sound and Lighting Effects, your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the soundtrack of this exciting show.
Viewed though specially designed 3-D glasses, the audience is drawn into this magical production, often singing along with the re-mastered sound track.
The show has become a favorite with progressive rock fans of all ages. At most shows, parents are seen rocking’ out with their teenagers, as the Laser Spectacular brings together two generations of Pink Floyd music fans.
Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Place: Chavez Theater at El Paso PAC
Tickets: $25-$35 at Ticketmaster or the PAC Box Office
On Sale Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
On Sale Time: 10 am
Website for more info: pinkfloydlasershow.com/elpaso
Visit a City Museum During the Holiday Season
The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department invites everyone to spend the holiday season visiting one of the City’s three museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum Archaeology.
All three museums will be open regular hours through the winter holidays with free family-friendly exhibitions.
- The El Paso Museum of Archaeology offers archery or atl-atl demonstrations on Saturday mornings. The trails around the museum are open for family-friendly hikes.
- The El Paso Museum of History is hosting two free preservation workshops as part of the new exhibition, What We Brought. This exhibition explores what people brought with them when they relocated to El Paso. Visitors can learn how to preserve their family heirlooms during the special workshops. Visitors are encouraged to bring an item to preserve. The workshops are at 2 p.m. December 27 and at 5 p.m. December 28.
- The El Paso Museum of Art has several free, ongoing exhibitions as well as drop-in activities during open studio hours from noon to 2 p.m. December 26 through 29. Each of the workshops are designed for visitors 4 years and older and features an art making activity tied to the museum’s current exhibitions.
o Build It Family Workshop, Tuesday, December 26, build homes and buildings with LEGO bricks inspired by the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior.
o Print It Family Workshop, Wednesday, December 27, discover the exhibition Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights and create a watercolor monoprint using leaves and flower petals.
o Make It Family Workshop, Thursday, December 28, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work was inspired by nature. See the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior and create your own stained glass window cling.
o Paint It Family Workshop, Friday, December 20, make a watercolor masterpiece inspired by works from the exhibition, Tom Lea Watercolors and Washes
In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, all three museums will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1.
For more information, visit elpasoartmuseum.org/, history.elpasotexas.gov/, or archaeology.elpasotexas.gov/.
Season’s Reading Book Club
Public Library encourages everyone to curl up with books this winter
The El Paso Public Library encourages every one of all ages to snuggle up with a good book this winter by participating in the Season’s Reading book club that begins Saturday, December 16, at all library branches.
The club requirements are simple; register online or at any library branch, read at least three books and submit a reading log with a list of the titles read. Those who complete the reading requirements will be eligible to win prizes and receive a certificate of completion (prizes vary by branch).
The book club encourages everyone to spend more time reading together this holiday season. Books such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” are just two of the many holiday books available for loan at library branches.
To register for the Season’s Reading book club, visit any public library branch or go online at www.elpasolibrary.org.
El Paso Parks and Recreation Department to Offer Lifeguard Training Courses
The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is offering lifeguard training courses from December 20 through 23 at the O’Rourke Aquatics Center, 901 N. Virginia St.
The classes on Wednesday, December 20, are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A second Lifeguard Training Class will be on December 27 through 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the O’Rourke Aquatic Center.
Each course is $217 per person but discounts are available. For more information on the lifeguard training classes, call the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 212-2145 or visit elpasotexas.gov/parks.
The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus is one of only two hospitals nationwide to meet new, more rigorous standards for heart failure treatment
Hospital earns Heart Failure Accreditation by the ACC under new Version 3 standards
EL PASO, Texas — The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus is one of only two hospitals in the country to receive recognition from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) under new, more rigorous standards for treating patients suffering from heart failure.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Heart Failure Accreditation on Sierra Campus,” said Abraham
Joseph, Vice President of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Sierra Campus for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing El Paso area patients with excellent care of heart failure patients.”
Sierra Campus was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in October, 2017 based on on-site review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.
Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment, and are able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of- stay and hospital readmissions.
Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.
“This important accreditation is a result of our team’s hard work, and commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of Sierra Campus.” We thank our team for their passion and dedication to our patients and to moving health forward.”
The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Sierra Campus access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including heart failure.
About The Hospitals of Providence:
The Hospitals of Providence covers the El Paso Region to include West Texas and Southern New Mexico. The system includes Memorial Campus, Providence Children’s Hospital, Sierra Campus, East Campus, Transmountain Campus, Horizon City Campus; Imaging Centers; Trawood and Northeast Emergency Rooms; Paso del Norte and El Paso Day Surgery Centers; Teen Health Resource Centers; Wound Care and Hyperbaric Centers; In-patient Rehabilitation Program; Outpatient Therapy Centers; MedPost and MedPost Kids Urgent Care Centers; and ‘A New Me’ Surgical Weight-Loss Program. The Hospitals of Providence is dedicated to continuing the over-60-year commitment legacy to the El Paso Community. For more information please visit
26th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias On Scenic Drive
? The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will come alive from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 when 4,000 luminarias (sand-filled paper bags with a candle) will be lit aglow at nightfall along El Paso’s Scenic Drive during the 26th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias.
? The luminarias’ amber light will guide vehicles slowly westward along Scenic Drive ? past the serenity of campfires manned by event volunteers ? and toward Santa Claus. Old St. Nick will be joined by Mrs. Claus, Santa’s cousin Pancho Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be collecting canned foods or cash donations to help El Paso families in need.
? Each Christmas season, more than 100 Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. (La Fe) staff members and volunteers work together throughout the day to stage this beloved holiday tradition. La Fe CEO Salvador Balcorta MSSW said, “This is our organization’s gift to El Paso. Luminarias are traditional, shining beacons of hope for peace and social justice. They are a symbol of the commitment that La Fe has had to our community’s families since 1967.”
? The 4,000-plus Navidad de La Fe Luminarias symbolize much more than just La Fe’s Christmas spirit. “These luminarias represent La Fe’s hope that every El Paso child and family receives peace, health, quality housing, education, and social justice in the New Year. It’s up to each of us to work together to make that happen. It is what La Fe’s founders believed in 1967. It’s what we believe today,” Balcorta added.
? The event is free and open to the public. Beginning at 6 p.m., vehicles can enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue (eastside of the mountain). Traffic will enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue and head westbound in a single lane. Vehicles will exit Scenic Drive at Rim Road. Drivers are asked to dim their vehicle’s lights and proceed slowly and cautiously along the event route. For safety reasons, participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times.
? Canned foods can be dropped off at the top of Scenic Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cash donations to help feed El Paso families in need are also welcomed. Checks can be made out to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” or to “La Fe.” For more information, the public can call (915) 545-7190.
When & Where: 26th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias
? Event Gates Open From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
White Sands Missile Range Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
WSMR will hold their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 7. Children from the WSMR Youth Center will sing holiday songs, including the New Mexico version of
the 12 Days of Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the WSMR children
and give them stockings filled with candy. One child will be chosen to help
the commanding general flip the switch that will turn on more than 400
lights wrapped around the enormous Christmas tree in front of building 100.
WHAT: WSMR Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
WHERE: In front of building 100 at WSMR
EPCC Celebrates its Fall Graduation
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will celebrate its Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony; 2,234 students will receive their degrees and certificates.
WHAT: Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Don Haskins Center at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
WHO: Fall 2017 Class
Keynote Speaker: L. Frederick “Rick” Francis, Chairman of the Board for WestStar Bank Holding Company, Inc. and CEO of WestStar Bank
EPCC President, Dr. William Serrata
EPCC Board Members
DIRECTIONS: Press parking is next to Memorial Gym on Glory Road. Access this location from Sun Bowl Dr.
EPCC focus is completion and increasing graduation rate. EPCC provides academic programs and support services that are clear pathways to skill development, timely degree completion and transfer to a university or gainful employment.
BLAKE SHELTON TOUR TO MAKE STOP IN LAS CRUCES
Country superstar Blake Shelton kicked this year off by “Doing It To Country Songs,” and he will jump into 2018 with his fellow “Country Music Freaks” on his just announced headlining tour. Shelton will make a stop in Las Cruces alongside Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and very special guest Trace Adkins on February 17 at NMSU’s Pan American Center.
“The main thing that I look forward to these days, and honestly I always have, is my live performances,” said Shelton. “And even though I’m the first to say that too much time on the road can wear me down, too much time away from the road can break my heart. It’s been a while and I cannot wait to get out there! I think this is going to be my greatest tour yet.”
The upcoming tour will showcase fan favorites along with music from Shelton’s latest project, Texoma Shore. Due this Friday, November 3 and available now for pre-order, the album is led by his quickly rising single “I’ll Name The Dogs.” The romantic tune is approaching Top 10 this week at country radio within two months of impact, with Taste of Country praising “one of the strongest, most compelling melodies of any song [Shelton] has recorded and released in years.” After making its world premiere this morning, Shelton will take another brand new track, “At The House,” to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this evening on NBC at 11:35/10:35c. Download the audio here.
In addition to the headliner himself, the “Country Music Freaks” Tour will feature performances from three of the biggest country music freaks in the business: Shelton’s chart-topping, Platinum-selling label mate Brett Eldredge, People-deemed “new voice of Country” Carly Pearce and Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” duet partner and good friend, Trace Adkins. Eldredge brought his 2017 self-titled album to the top of Billboard’s all-genre Top Album Sales and Country Albums charts upon release. With six Country Airplay No. 1 singles under his belt, the singer / songwriter’s latest song “The Long Way” is already proving to be another smash with over 15 million streams and counting. Pearce released her debut album Every Little Thing on Big Machine Records October 13 as the Top 5 title track makes her the only solo female currently ranked this high – and one of only three females to reach Top 10 this year – at country radio. Adkins, who will join Shelton on stage for multi-song appearances during his set, has enjoyed extensive radio and sales successes throughout his 20-year career.
Added Shelton: “These are some of the best people I’ve had on a tour. Brett Eldredge is going to be there with me. I’ve known that kid for many years now and it’s been fun to see his career grow – he’s a great singer and such a funny guy to be around. He’s ugly, but it just shows you that enough talent can break down those barriers and he’s been able to make it anyway. We’re also going to have Carly Pearce out there, and she’s had a breakthrough with her first hit this year. Then bringing along my longtime friend and brother Trace Adkins – and who knows what’s going to happen with him. To be honest we don’t even really have a plan yet, I just knew we needed to spend a little time together, and what better way than out on the road?”
Tickets for the 14-date run will go on sale on November 10. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, November 9 at 10 p.m. local time.
Shelton is teaming up with CID Entertainment once again to offer VIP Experiences throughout the tour. In 2018, packages will feature new perks including an autographed ‘Country Music Freaks’ Tour plaque and an exclusive BS’ers Lounge baseball cap. VIPs will also get access to the BS’ers Lounge where Blake will perform an acoustic set and answer fan questions. More details available via www.cidentertainment.com/events/blake-shelton-tour-2018.
TeamEvo Hurdles Camp
Come learn hurdling from one of the best, Evonne Britton is a High School Texas State Champion, D1 BIG10 Indoor, Outdoor and Triple Crown Championship, World Jr. Olympic Medalist 2016 Olympic Trial Qualifier . She is giving young El Paso runners a chance to soak up her expertise in the Hurdles.
TeamEvos Hurdles camp will help athletes develop the skill and technique necessary to become a more efficient faster hurdler on the track! The camp will teach the fundamentals of hurdling. You will learn proper hurdle technique, the 3 step rhythm that the collegiate and professionals use in the 100mh, and proper execution of how to run your race! Athletes will develop confidence in their abilities and have an understanding of what it takes to be a faster, stronger, more efficient hurdler.
Camp Dates: November 11th
Ages :12-18 (as long as they are able and willing to hurdle)
Camp Time: 8am-11am
?Registration will starts at 7:30am sharp. The camp will begin at 8am
$60 For Pre-registration
$ 65 Paying at the gate
Jefferson High School, El Paso, Tx. (At The Track)
The camp will include a series of different drills, every drill will help develop the components necessary that will ultimately increase the Hurdlers ability to be the most efficient while running the hurdles . The Athletes will be instructed on what the focus of each drill is on and how to execute it properly.
There will be a Professional Doctor to give the athletes knowledge on proper injury prevention, recovery as well as a demonstration.
Campers will receive a Exclusive Team Evo 2017 T-Shirt
Gatorade and water will be provided !!!
TxDOT EL PASO ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF NEW TOWING INITIATIVE IN CONGESTED GO10
The Texas Department of Transportation will begin a new towing initiative, starting Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 a.m. Multiple tow trucks will be on standby on I-10 from Cotton to Thorn, encompassing the GO10 Project and a portion of the Border West Expressway project during peak rush hours: 6 – 9 a.m., and 4 – 7 p.m.
Due to construction, the majority of this portion of roadway has no shoulders and few exits, so vehicles blocking a lane pose a safety hazard and create greater congestion. Vehicles will be towed to the nearest safe place, where people can address issues or await help.
Funding for this initiative came through the El Paso MPO, so drivers will not be charged for this service. The plan is to get vehicles off of I-10 and out of harm’s way, whether they are out of gas, have a flat tire, or are experiencing mechanical problems. Vehicles may also be towed in the case of minor fender benders involving no injuries.
Spotters at TxDOT’s TransVista operations center will advise the towing company when they see a stopped vehicle in the roadway. Once removed from I-10, it will be up to drivers to get the help they need, and not abandon their vehicles, at risk of having them towed and impounded by another entity. Vehicles that have been abandoned will be towed to the northeast corner of I-10 and Mesa.