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.
EPCC Celebrates the Written Word
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will be hosting a fun event appreciating literary work and celebrating writers.
What: 9th Annual EPCC Literary Fiesta
When: Saturday, October 14th, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: El Paso Public Library 501 N. Oregon St.
Visuals: There will be a haunted house, book fair, games, crafts, poetry slam and free books for kids
Admission to the Literary Fiesta is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the EPCC Office of the President, Salute to the Arts and PaPaGaYo Literary Center. For details, visit http://literaryfiesta.wordpress.com.
27th Annual Spooktacular
The exciting 27th annual Spooktacular is coming to the El Paso County Coliseum.
El Paso’s largest indoor Halloween carnival, organized by the Junior Woman’s Club of
El Paso, will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Coliseum,
4100 E. Paisano.
The yearly festivel event will feature a costume contest with prizes, haunted house, cake
walk, children’s game area, pumpkin decorating, live entertainment, crafts, activities and a
variety of vendor booths, all the while providing a safe and fun environment for the holiday
Tickets will cost $5 for adults, $4 for youth and free for ages 2 and under. Military discounts
also will be available. Advance tickets are $3 and can be purchased from club members.
Also, a coupon for $1 off a youth ticket is available online at jwcelpaso.org.
The Junior Woman’s Club of El Paso, founded in 1934, is a non-profit, service-based,
volunteer organization dedicated to improving the community. The club annually hosts
Spooktacular to raise funds for charitable organizations across the borderland.
Information: 274-1141; jwcelpaso.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook.com/ElPasoJWC;
countycoliseum.com; @ElPasoColiseum on Twitter; facebook.com/EPColiseum;
Hurricane Harvey Benefit RC Race
Hals Hobby Warehouse and The Ysleta Lions Club present an RC race to benefit the coastal area where Hurricane Harvey hit. Proceeds will be distributed by the Lions Club.
Racing starts at 5pm Saturday September 9th until Midnight.
Entry is $20
1440 Bessemer Dr, El Paso, TX 79936
For more info call: 915-591-2213
Rodney Atkins to headline Rio Grande Country Jam at Coliseum
The Rio Grande Country Jam is back.
The second annual event, set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the El Paso County Coliseum
Pavilion, 4100 E. Paisano, will feature country music star Rodney Atkins. Bri Bagwell and
Frank Ray from Las Cruces, as well as El Paso’s own Abe Mac also will perform.
Tickets cost $25 and $35 and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. Tables of
eight also are available for $87.50, plus fees. Tickets officially went on sale today, Aug. 31.
The event, which is part of the El Paso County Fair, will get underway at noon and also will
feature food, vendors, mechanical bull riding, balloon jumping, roping, rides and more.
The popular singer and songwriter Atkins will headline the event. The Tennessee native
charted his first single, “Honesty (Write Me a List),” in 1997 and released his debut album in
2003. Since, he has had several hit songs, including “If You’re Going Through Hell,”
“Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun,” “It’s America” and “Take a
Back Road.” His fifth album, “Greatest Hits,” was released in 2015.
Bagwell, a four-time Texas Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, released
her first full-length album, “When a Heart Breaks,” in 2015, featuring the hit, “My Boots.”
Mac, a Socorro High School graduate, has released two albums – “My Kind of Friends” in
2013 and “Chasing On” in 2015. Ray released the album, “Different Kind of Country,” in July.
Information: 533-9899; wkp915.com; facebook.com/WKP915; instagram.com/WKP915;
countycoliseum.com; @ElPasoColiseum on Twitter; facebook.com/EPColiseum;
Photo credit: Courtesy of Rodney Atkins
Changes to International Bridge Toll Rates Take Effect September 1
El PASO, Texas – A new initiative aimed at expediting cross-border vehicular mobility at international bridges managed by the City of El Paso will go into effect on Friday, September 1.
Motorists, commercial and non-commercial, crossing into Juárez through the Stanton or Ysleta/Zaragoza ports of entry will see a 50 cent increase in bridge tolls if they pay with cash. Fees will not change for motorists, who pay bridge tolls through the Automatic Vehicle Identification label program. Pedestrian bridge tolls also are not affected.
“In our ongoing efforts to expedite traffic at the bridges and to encourage motorists to utilize our Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) label program, a $.50 increase for cash transactions will be implemented effective September 1,” said Paul Stresow, assistant director of the City’s International Bridges Department. “Cash transactions are more labor-intensive and slow down the lines; we encourage motorists to take advantage of convenience of the AVI label program.”
On an annual basis, more than 5 million vehicles, commercial and non-commercial combined, travel into Mexico through these two ports of entry. The change to bridge tolls will help reduce the amount of time vehicles spend idling in traffic and will improve cross-border mobility. The change was recently approved as part of the City’s budget process.
Motorists may sign up for the Automatic Vehicle Identification label program by visiting the Toll Plaza Office, at the Ysleta/Zaragoza port of entry. To learn more visit: https://www.elpasotexas.gov/international-bridges/avi-program or call (915) 212-7540.
Lions Clubs International Foundation – Disaster Relief Efforts
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the hurricane in Texas, USA. In times of crisis, Lions are often among the first to offer critical supplies of food, water, temporary shelter, and clothing. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is right there beside them, ready to support their efforts with fundraising assistance through disaster relief grant programs.
Your generous donations to LCIF enable us to respond swiftly wherever and wherever the need exists. Please consider making a donation LCIF’s disaster fund today so that we may continue to provide help and hope to those who need it most.
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation
FAA Hurricane Harvey Update
The Federal Aviation Administration continues to handle emergency and relief operations at a number of airports in the Hurricane Harvey area, including at Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental. The FAA is prepared to support the resumption of commercial service flights when airport authorities reopen the airports.
This Hurricane Harvey information is critical so that first responders can conduct rescue and recovery operations.
Drone Users: The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that flying a drone could interfere with the U.S. National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Texas Military Department’s rescue and recovery missions as evacuations escalate due to rising water. You could be subject to significant fines if you interfere with emergency response operations. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.
Commercial passengers: Passengers should be aware that resuming normal airline operations will take time and airlines may not be operating a full flight schedule immediately after the airports reopen. Although airports may be listed as “open,” flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or at the airport. As a result, every aspect of your trip to the airport, including parking, checking in, getting through security and boarding may take longer than usual. As always, check with airlines about the status of your flight before you leave for the airport.
GA pilots: There is currently a TFR in place for Rosenburg, Texas until further notice. Continue monitoring TFR.FAA.gov and @FAANews on Twitter for the latest information. Regardless of where you are flying, always be aware of the weather conditions. If you are planning to travel to or from Texas or Louisiana, know the runway conditions before operating by contacting your destination facility.
Operations Update: The FAA has set up a Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower (MATCT) at Fort Worth Meacham (KTFW) awaiting further deployment as needed.
Super Hero Health Fair
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO HOST SUPER HERO HEALTH FAIR
Hundreds of Backpacks and School Supplies Will Be Given Away
El Paso Health and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (TTP El Paso) Pediatrics will host an end of summer Super Hero Health Fair on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso located at 4801 Alberta. The family event is free and open to the public. The first 300 children will receive a free backpack with school supplies. TTP El Paso Pediatrics will offer Texas Health Steps checkups and well-child check-ups exams for children with Medicaid or CHIP, as well as sports physicals.
“Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Pediatrics is very proud to partner with El Paso Health to bring resources to the children in our community. This is a great opportunity for parents to bring their kids for their medical checkups as schools get underway,” stated Maria Villanos, M.D., director of the TTP El Paso Pediatrics Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics.
Attendees will enjoy a special Super Hero appearance, face painting, door prizes, games, snacks, and entertainment and an opportunity to win an iPad. More than 25 vendors will provide information and community resources.
Super Hero Health Fair
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso
El Paso, TX 79905
For more information, contact Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso at 915-215-5706