24th Annual Senior’s Navidad on the Border
presented by EPCC Senior Adult Program
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
EPCC ASC Auditorium, Bldg A
9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
For complimentary tickets, log on to eventbrite.com or call (915) 831-7801
The El Paso Community College Seniors’ Navidad on the Border musical production was first produced 24 years ago by Mary Yanez, Director of the Senior Adult Program for the purpose of celebrating the holiday season with our senior community. The show highlights the American, Mexican and the Nativity traditions on the U.S. Mexico border region.
The Navidad musical showcases seniors with talents discovered while attending music and dance classes provided by the college. The show exemplifies how community volunteer cast members come together to educate, entertain and socialize for the good times. Many seniors find themselves alone during the holiday season when relatives live far away or many of their friends have dwindled. The event presents an opportunity to thank our elders for their contributions and invite them to enjoy a festive experience among their peers to spark the holiday with song and dance.
The show features three parts of the holiday season commencing with the presentation of Our Lady of Guadalupe who appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and after 487 years is still celebrated in the Basilica de la Virgin de Guadalupe in Mexico City. The Serenatas (songs) are dedicated to the Lady and sung by famous singers accompanied by Mariachi music. On the eve of December 12th the Matachines groups, dance offering go on day and night to their patron mother La Gudalupana Empress of Mexico and of the Indians. The St. Pius Matachines dance and Alberto Trevizo (Juan Diego) sings to the Lady.
The Mexican Fiesta begins with a performance by the Coro Mi Tierra directed by Johnny Martinez, the senior chorus performs traditional Mexican Navidad songs like Los Peces en el Rio, Blanca Navidad, Burrito Sabanero and El Niño del Tambor. The Rondalla Romance de El Paso directed by Francisco Espinoza also performs an array of songs with a Latin upbeat tempo which moves the audience to swing and sing along.
A Fiesta is not complete without the Sacramento Senior Folklorico Dancers directed by Lupe Frescas with a Jalisco number. Amazingly these performers are age 60 to 75 plus who apply many hours of practice to perfect each regional dance and learn the traditional costuming that goes with it.
The Seniors Mariachi Valle Verde directed by Juan David Martinez follows with Feliz Navidad, Mi Virgin Bella and other songs the students learn in their Mariachi class. The seniors are accompanied by guest Mariachi musicians from the community to make a memorable time for the audience.
The reason for the season is “The Nativity” which is a special part of our production. Imagine the night scene with Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus laying in a manger. Flutist, Nancy Green with her magical sounds settles our spirit while the holy family is surrounded by shepherds, barn animals and a bright Star singing above the stable. Now the Three Kings arrive bearing lavish gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The Little Blind Drummer Boy offers his drum, the only precious thing he can give. The beautiful music of the nativity continues with O Holy Night, We Three Kings, and The Little Drummer Boy among other songs of the season which are sung by local talented singers. The actors are young people from St. Pius Special Needs Ministry and Antonio Diaz plays the little drummer boy accompanied by his grandmother, Monica Zubia.
Now the volunteers scatter to change the scene to the American Christmas traditions. Ho, Ho, Ho, Santa Claus arrives first to a cozy and warm fireplace and a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree in the home setting. The children are sleeping but magically come alive to dance around the living room, it’s the Sun Desert Dancers in their pajamas, choreographed by Krystal Nance and directed by Darlina Nazario.
Trish Laskowske directs her energetic senior line dancers to a popular Holly Jolly Christmas musical extravaganza by the San Juan Center Line Dancers. It’s not only entertaining but fun too. The Country and Latin steps are smooth and synchronized but the smiles from the dancers are fantastic. Just having fun while you learn and perform.
The Rockerettes from Eastside Senior Center plan to dazzle the audience with their dance routine leaving everyone with a sense of youthful vigor and desire to tap our feet.
The stage is decorated with Christmas trees to be donated to the elderly by Adult Protective Services, the door prizes and goody bags are given away, the refreshments and snacks are just about gone. Special thanks to our sponsors EPCC Senior Adult Program and Clover Health among other community exhibitors for their contributions to the success of this community show.
Santa is still at the photo booth taking pictures with seniors. The sponsors are pleased, the performers are tired, and everyone is ready to say….
Feliz Navidad and to all a Good Night !!!
Global Tech Accelerator Comes To El Paso For First-Ever High School Start-Up Program
WHY: Youth today are not self-identifying as entrepreneurs. While schools have effective
models for nurturing the academic aspect of student development, they do not have
the resources to create a system that harvests the entrepreneurial development of
students. To bridge this gap, STTE is bringing in a global partner (Techstars) that will
excite, engage and funnel students into programs that advance entrepreneurial
WHO: Techstars (Program Partner) is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs
succeed. Their mission is to foster inclusion and diversity throughout our
entrepreneurial ecosystem. ( https://www.techstars.com/ )
The Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation (Organizing Partner)
mission is to discover, develop and deploy entrepreneurship and technology
education content for middle school, high school, and college students to support a
thriving entrepreneurial culture. ( https://sttefoundation.org/ )
Microsoft (Sponsoring Partner) is invested in supporting youth in technology.
WHAT: As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Techstars will visit El Paso to host the
first-ever high school entrepreneurial Techstars pilot project at the two largest El Paso
School Districts — El Paso Independent School District and Socorro Independent
School District. The estimated number of high school youth impacted will be 800-1,000.
WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EPISD)
Friday, November 16, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (SISD)
WHERE: Thursday, November 15 — Bowie High School Gym
(801 S. San Marcial St, El Paso, TX 79905)
Friday, November 16 — Socorro High School Gym
(10150 Alameda Ave, El Paso, TX 79927)
Unwind this Holiday Season and Ditch the Lines at Traditional Stores
Silver City, NM Offers Unique Galleries, Shops, and New Holiday Traditions
Silver City, NM – October 31, 2018 – Silver City, New Mexico is well known for its outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and history, and it’s a unique destination to unwind, find one-of-a-kind gifts, and create new traditions this holiday season. With over 30 art galleries, Silver City’s historic downtown district provides optimal holiday shopping for everyone on your list.
“Instead of standing in long lines, stressing over finding the perfect gift, and buying the same old thing from a department store, we challenge people to find something personal and rare for their gift giving this year,” said Alex Brown, Town of Silver City Manager. “In addition to enjoying a nice getaway in Silver City, you can take care of all of your holiday shopping without breaking the bank, while ensuring you’re giving something out of the ordinary and supporting small businesses. Our wide array of galleries and shops are great to find that special something—from unique art pieces, to handmade wares, and more.”
In addition to holiday shopping, Silver City turns festive with a variety of holiday-themed events, kicking off with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 24. With the theme of “A Storybook Christmas,” the festivities will feature holiday stories, as well as a spectacular parade. On both Friday and Saturday, a horse drawn wagon will take shoppers around downtown, in conjunction with Shop Small Saturday, where local businesses will be offering specials and deals to encourage shopping small.
In December, take a step back in time and celebrate Victorian style with the 24th Annual Victorian Christmas at the Silver City Museum. In addition to showcasing the history of the Victorian era, the event includes live music, snacks, interactive activities and visits with Santa.
“Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway to relieve the stress of planning for the holidays, shopping, or you’re looking to immerse yourself in a community and celebrate the events and culture of the area, Silver City has something for everyone this holiday season,” added Brown. “We encourage people to escape the hassle and worry of planning the perfect holiday, and simply enjoy some time with friends and family, discover incredible art, and relaxation.”
For more information on all there is to see and do in Silver City, or to find out more information on holiday events, go to http://www.visitsilvercity.org.
EPCC Cross Country Continues Top Five Rankings
El Paso Texas-October 31, 2018 El Paso Community College (EPCC) Cross Country teams, men and women, continue their top five rankings in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Poll of October 31, 2018 for Division 1 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) teams.
The Tejanas are ranked second in this week’s poll. This is the fourth week in a row the women are in the number two spot. The Tejanos are ranked third, the second week in a row at this position.
Both teams are coming off championship runs at the NJCAA Region V Championship in Ranger, Texas.
EPCC will travel to Garden City, Kansas on Saturday, November 10, 2018 for the NJCAA National Championships
For more information about the USTFCCCA rankings, visit http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/10/featured/2018-njcaa-di-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-week-4.
Day of the Dead Celebration
· Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 pm at El Museo de Arte de El Paso.
· Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 pm at El Museo de Arte de El Paso.
· Saturday, November 3, at 5:00 pm, Noche de Calaveras Procession and Concert
· They present the Consulate General of Mexico and the Art Museum of El Paso.
· Free entrance.
The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) are pleased to invite the binational community of the Paso Del Norte region to the celebration of the Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition through which families and friends meet to honor and remember their deceased loved ones. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a national holiday that is traditionally celebrated on November 2. On this occasion a series of activities will be held to commemorate this celebration: The first is the inauguration of the traditional Altar de Muertos on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 pm at El Paso Musuem of Art (One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901). The second activity is “Fiesta de Muertos” a Workshops and face painting on Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 pm at El Museo de Arte de El Paso and we will finish with “Noche de Calaveras Procession and Concert” a Parade of the Day of the Dead, the parade and celebration will kick-off at EPMA with mariachis, dancers, marching bands, catrinas, calavera masks and large-scale marionettes designed by celebrated Mexico City artist collective, Colectivo Ultima Hora and end with a final celebratory concert.
On this occasion, an altar dedicated to José Guadalupe Posada, a painter, illustrator, caricaturist, famous for his drawings of genre scenes, folklore, socio-political criticism and for his illustrations of scenes of the dead like “La Catrina”, will be mounted and popular prints and social caricatures, his work confirms his great aesthetic renown and his determination to make an art properly Mexican. This installation, created with a contemporary vision of the Department of Community Affairs of the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso, will recreate a little of its life and essence, integrating elements used in the traditional offerings of the Day of the Dead, including a specially prepared portrait of Posada for this occasion.
José Guadalupe Posada
Mexican painter and caricaturist, famous for his lithographs with death scenes, popular prints and social cartoons, inspired by folklore.
From the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 until his death in the year of 1913, Master Posada worked tirelessly in the press directed to the workers. His first works realized in workshops and small printing presses, gave him the possibility of developing his artistic skills as a draftsman, engraver and lithographer; At that time, he made some satirical illustrations that appeared in the magazine El Jicote. He was critical of the government of Francisco I. Madero and of the campaigns carried out by Emiliano Zapata.
He illustrated corridos, stories of crimes and passions, of apparitions and miracles.
He portrayed and caricatured all types of characters: revolutionaries, politicians, shot, drunk, bandits, catrinas, elegant ladies, charros, bullfighters and workers. He also illustrated the famous “skulls” (verses with an allusion to death that were illustrated with living personified skeletons), a genre that Posada developed in an extraordinary way. He coated the skeleton in the skull: essence of the sorrows and joys of the people.
Great draftsman, tireless worker and a great technician of engraving, Posada died as poor as he was born, on January 20, 1913 in Mexico City.
For more information, please contact the El Paso Museum of Art, telephone (915) 532-1707, and/or Paloma Medina, Consulate General of Mexico, at (915) 533-3644, extension 224.
14th Annual Howl-O-Wine Dog Walk
October 28, 2018
La Viña Winery
La Union, New Mexico
Join in the fun at Pets Alive-El Paso’s 14th Annual Howl-O-Wine Dog Walk this Sunday, October 28, 2018 from noon-4pm at La Viña Winery in La Union, New Mexico! This spooktacular event features a 1-mile dog walk around the boo-utiful grounds of La Viña. There will be music, contests, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale, and more. All proceeds benefit Pets Alive-El Paso’s spay/neuter programs!
The walk begins at 1:00 PM with the canine costume contest to follow. Visit Pets Alive-El Paso for more information.
We hope you’ll help us spread the word about this fun event and support our efforts to stop the killing of adoptable animals in our community. Thank you!
Pets Alive-El Paso
Board of Directors
Founded in 2001, Pets Alive-El Paso works to stop the killing of adoptable animals in El Paso animal shelters by promoting spaying/neutering and providing free spay/neuter services to low-income pet guardians. Pets Alive-El Paso is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
El Paso Children’s Museum Takes Next Steps Towards Creating a New World-Class Experience Internationally Recognized Firm Selected as Architect
EL PASO – October 18, 2018 – Today, the El Paso Children’s Museum announced that Snøhetta, an award-winning international architecture firm, has been selected to design the new children’s museum in downtown El Paso. Last year, the museum and El Paso Community Foundation engaged in the architecture selection process which included community engagement meetings, presentations, and a public vote with three architects who competed for the project.
“We are thrilled to be working with Snøhetta, and their exciting concept was the unanimous choice of the public vote, our architectural panel and the board of directors of the El Paso Children’s Museum,” said Dr. Paul Kortenaar, Founding Director of the El Paso Children’s Museum. “We recognize that the concept Snøhetta produced best embodied the innovation and cooperation that the El Paso Children’s Museum hopes to inspire.”
The El Paso Children’s Museum will aim to welcome and engage children and families from El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, the American southwest, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora. The design will support the museum’s mission to celebrate the city’s multi-cultural community and create an enriching environment for collaboration, STEAM education cooperation, and critical thinking.
“We are thrilled to be the designers of the new children’s museum, to become part of the rich architectural legacy of downtown El Paso, and to contribute to its thriving future,” said Elaine Molinar, Partner and Managing Director of Snøhetta. “As a native El Pasoan, the opportunity to create something of lasting impact for the city I grew up in is extremely rewarding.”
The El Paso Children’s Museum will be located at 201 W. Main between the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art within the Downtown Arts District, an area that attracts more than 1.5 million local, national, and international visitors per year. The Arts District is home to the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museum of History, the only bilingual Holocaust museum in the country, artist lofts, award-winning performing arts venues, a MiLB ballpark, a convention center, public art, festivals, green spaces, and more.
In 2012, El Paso voters overwhelmingly approved a Quality of Life Bond program, which included a new children’s museum as one of its signature projects. Since 2016, the El Paso Community Foundation has provided leadership on the public-private museum effort, including holding public forums, developing a master plan, hiring Founding Director Dr. Paul Kortenaar, and conducting the international architectural design competition.
In 2018, City Council approved additional funds to construct a world-class museum in response to private-sector stakeholders pledging to double their contribution to $20 million. The total cost of the EPC Museum is approximately $60 million. To manage this project, the City approved the creation of a Local Government Corporation. City Council will serve as the board for the corporation and manage the construction of the museum. The project is currently in development with construction expected to be completed in late 2021.
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For more information about Snøhetta, please visit https://snohetta.com/about.
About EPC Museum
For more information on EPC Museum, please visit https://epcf.org/childrens_museum/about.
October is the Perfect Time to Find a “Fall Friend”
“Name-your-own-price” pet adoptions every time weather takes a dip
EL PASO, Texas – The temperature is dropping which means the fall cuddle season is here. If you are looking for a cuddle buddy, you are in luck. For the entire month of October, Animal Services will be hosting a “Fall Friend” adoption special. Any time the weather forecast predicts a temperature of 65 degrees or lower, all pet adoptions at Animal Services will be “name-your-own-price.” When the weather dips, you can adopt a pet for $1, $5, or whatever you chose to pay.
All adoptions will include the pet’s spay/neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations and city license.
Animal Services is encouraging its media partners to take part in this fun adoption promotion by sharing the news any time their forecast lists a temperature of 65 degrees or lower. Animal Services will honor all forecast predictions from its media partners.
WHO: El Paso Animal Services
WHAT: “Fall Friend” adoption promotion with “name-your-own-price” adoptions anytime the weather forecast predicts a temperature of 65 degrees or lower.
WHEN: The entire month of October.
WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson Ave.
Every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“When a woman rises—no man is left behind.”
Friday, October 5. Cafe Mayapan, 6 pm.
Author, Christine Eber, debuts book at Café Mayapan
El Paso, TX.- La Mujer Obrera presents: When a Woman Rises, the debut novel of Weaving for Justice founding member Christine Eber on Friday, October 5th at 6pm at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave. The book draws from Eber’s 30+ years of friendships with Tsotsil-Maya women weavers and community organizers in highland Chiapas, Mexico. Join us for an evening featuring author, Christine Eber, with dinner, dessert and silent auction to support the efforts of La Mujer Obrera. The event is free and open to the public.
When a Woman Rises begins in the Maya township of Chenalhó in Chiapas, where Veronica, a teenage girl, is recovering from a disastrous early marriage. Spurred on by a community program of women telling their stories, she asks her mother, Magdalena to record the story of her growing up. Magdalena summons the soul of her comadre who has disappeared. She tells how, as young girls, they yearned to be teachers and how poverty, cultural beliefs, and gender roles stole away their dreams.
In 1987, Christine Engla Eber lived for a year with a family in San Pedro Chenalhó, doing fieldwork for her PhD in Anthropology. She shared daily life with women and their families, witnessing the difficulties they faced. It changed her life. After all these years she continues visiting with her friends in San Pedro Chenalhó, working with weaving and fabric collectives; and she has created a non-profit WEAVING JUSTICE to sell their work in the U.S. Now, as a respected anthropologist, she writes of their communities. Her research is centered in Chiapas, Mexico, where she studies the gendered aspects of social change, specifically women’s participation in the Zapatista movement, the weaving cooperative movement, and the Liberation Theology movement of the Catholic Church. She is author of Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: WATER OF HOPE, WATER OF SORROW which was recently translated into Spanish, and co-editor with Christine Kovic of WOMEN OF CHIAPAS: MAKING HISTORY IN TIMES OF STRUGGLE AND HOPE. She is also a board member of the Maya Educational Foundation (www.mayaedufound.org) which seeks support for scholarships for young people in Maya communities of Chiapas, Guatemala, and Belize. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Raising Scholarships with Great Food and Drinks
The Foundation for El Paso Community College (EPCC) will be hosting an event with the Culinary Arts program to benefit student scholarships.
What: Fajitas and Margaritas for Scholarships
When: Thursday, September 27th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: EPCC Administrative Services Center 9050 Viscount Blvd. Building B – Foyer
Visuals: EPCC Culinary Arts students will be having a fajita cook-off and margarita shake-off.
Tickets are $50 for EPCC faculty, staff, and students. General admission tickets are $100. Tickets are available at the door and at all EPCC campus cashiers or online at www.epcc.edu/foundation.
EPCC Art Exhibition Free to the Public
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will have an art exhibition to commemorate the Hispanic Heritage Month, September 6 – October 10 at the Administrative Services Center (ASC) Building A Foyer during business hours. The artists will hold a reception to welcome the community.
WHAT: Art Exhibit Reception
WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: ASC Building A Foyer, 9050 Viscount Blvd.
WHO: Artists: Gabriel Gaytan, Frank Rosales and Angel Ortiz
Hispanic Heritage Month is the celebration of people of diverse Spanish-speaking backgrounds in the United States. El Paso Community College hosts special programs, events, and cultural exhibits to celebrate the heritage, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans.