Happy Mothers Day
What have you gotten your mother for Mothers Day? This question has been on all of our minds recently. Some people buy flowers, candy and cards for their mother on Mothers Day. A worldwide holiday celebrated by many all over the world and little do people actually know about the origins of this important springtime celebration of Maternity. Numbers aggregator Statistic Brain says Americans spend $14.6 billion on gifts for mom, including $671 million for cards and $1.9 billion for flowers. The average amount spent to honor mom is $126.90. Mother’s Day is also the most likely day of the year for mom to be shooed from the kitchen and told to relax while the rest of the family prepares a meal or picks a restaurant.
The origins of Mothers Day can be traced back to the year 1908. A woman by the name of Anna Jarvis was living in West Virginia at the time. Jarvis’s mother had passed away three years prior to this and Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother and all mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, today the International Mother’s Day Shrine, in Grafton, West Virginia. After this she started contacting business executives, politicians and church groups to let them know our country needed a national day to celebrate Mothers across the country. After all of her hard work, Mothers Day was finally made a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson. Shortly after this happened, the holiday started spinning into a more commercialized setting. Card companies started marketing to consumers to purchased pre made cards for their mothers. Candy companies and florists started advertising that giving a mother flowers and candy was the best expression of love they could do. Anna Jarvis was bothered by this mainly because she viewed the holiday as a celebration for the bond and connection a person has for their mother. She felt the holiday was too commercialized and to the point of being exploited.
Today Mothers day is a Holiday we all celebrate with our families to celebrate those Mothers in our lives. Nowadays Red carnations are traditionally given to mothers and white carnations are usually taken to burial grounds where deceased mothers are. Mothers Day has become a rich family tradition of gathering and celebration. Mothers Day should still be looked at as a celebration for the bond and connection one has with their mother. Happy Mothers Day!!
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Summer is almost here and the El Paso Symphony has some great events planned for this season. In its 83rd season The El Symphony Orchestra Association is a non profit organization. The Mission of the EPSOA is to assure that superior concert music is made available to entertain and educate the multicultural community of the greater El Paso region. Through various special events EPSOA hopes to outreach to new and younger crowds every season. Free tickets are always open to low-income students and seniors.
The symphony is considered a very important focus of art in any community and El Paso is no different. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra has received both national and international recognition as a result of tours in Germany in 1996 and Turkey in 2000 and continues to represent El Paso with lots of pride and tradition. A very important part of the arts in El Paso and just one of many reasons for us to give them support throughout the year.
Events like Pop Goes The Fort and The Worlds Greatest Show are just some of the exciting shows EPSO has in store for us this summer. You can reach EPSOA at (915) 532-3778 or online at Epso.org
Are you ready?
El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball is Here!
April 28th will be first home game for The Chihuahuas Baseball team and the entire city is buzzing about the new Southwest University ballpark and Chihuahuas baseball. Last week season ticket purchasers received their season ticket packages and everyone is excited for the April 28th first home game which is right around the corner.
The City of El Paso has been working diligently to let the whole city know of what to expect when trying to get to the games. In order to control traffic the gates for games will open 2 hours before game time in hopes of many people going early and the streets having less congestion. The City has also sent out maps for everyone to know exactly where the best places to park near and around the stadium are.
Sun Metro is offering $3 roundtrip rides from 6 stations around town to the stadium as well. Sun Metro is offering PARK+RIDE FROM SIX LOCATIONS with direct bus service to the OPENING GAME DAY. PASSENGERS ARE REMINDED TO HAVE EXACT CHANGE ($3 round trip) FOR THE FAREBOX. Reduced fares and bus passes will NOT be accepted on these routes. Children 5 and under ride for free and must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is free at five of the six Park+Ride locations and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Glory Road Transfer Center will cost $1 per hour, $10 max.
More info visit: www.sunmetro.net/ballpark.html
It’s Holy Week, and along with the religious observances, there are also fun Easter activities planned for kids by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department. There are over 15 different Parks and Rec locations that will hold Easter egg hunts, and the best part is, they’re free! The hunts will be split between age groups. A perfect excuse to bring the entire family to ur nearest neighborhood park and relax and reflect and join in on the yearly festivities.
Aside from these Easter egg hunts there are other events throughout the city such as more hunts, Easter Brunches, Easter Festivals and Religious pilgrimages. Lots to do this weekend for the entire family to gather with friends and extended family. The weekend looks to be a bit breezy but with plenty of sunshine for a nice clear day.
EL PASO PARKS EASTER EGG HUNTS
Each Parks and Rec Easter egg hunt site is listed below, so check for your part of town. There will be fun fitness obstacles to get to the eggs, and there will be different age groups for kids under 17 years old.
Parks and Rec is also bringing back April Pools Day at the Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa. That Easter egg hunt, called the ‘Golden Egg Hunt’, happens at the shallow end of the pool, and if your child takes part in the hunt, they get to swim for free.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Chihuahuita 417 Charles Rd. 915-594-8934?Seville Recreation Center 6700 Sambrano St. 915-778-6722
Friday, April 18, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Rae Gilmore 8501 Diana Dr. 915-751-4945
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Armijo 563 700 E. 7th Street 915-544-5436?Carolina 563 N. Carolina Dr 915-594-8934?Don Haskins 7400 High Ridge Dr 915- 587-1623?Galatzan 650 Wallenberg St. 915-581-5182?Gary Del Palacio 3001 Parkwood St. 915-629-7312?Leona Ford Washington 3400 E. Missouri Ave. 915-562-7071?Marty Robbins 11620 Vista Del Sol 915-855-4147?Multipurpose 9031 Viscount Blvd. 915-598-1155?Nolan Richardson 4435Maxwell Ave 915-755-7566?Pat O’Rourke 901 N. Virginia St. 915-533-1611?Pavo Real 9301 Alameda Ave 915-858-1929?Salvador Rivas Jr. Park 12480 Pebble Hills Dr. 915-252-9031?San Juan 701 N. Glenwood St. 915-779-2799?Veterans Recreation Center 5301 Salem Street 915-821-8909
Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Bash
— The 13th annual family event, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. The event includes thousands of eggs, family activities including jumping balloon and face painting, appearance by the Easter Bunny and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 877-8000, 490-2800 or westsidecommunity.org.
Saturday, Apr 19 11:00a to 12:30p Looking for a good Easter egg hunt in town? Look no further! Come out and enjoy EASTER-FEST 2014! with over 10,000 FREE EGGS,GAMES,PRIZES! Enjoy the live music,food,arts,free health screenings and more! Celebrate this Easter in a fun-family oriented atmosphere! Sponsored By: El Paso Park & Recreation,Move El Paso! After5ive Magazine and Manasseh Medical Imaging & Vein Clinic. *Vendors welcomed!
Easter in the Park — The annual egg hunt is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Washington Park in Alamogordo. A Easter parade begins at 10 a.m. from City hall to Washington Park followed by festivities in the park including free games and prizes for age 10 and younger. Admission is free. Information: (575) 439-4142 or (575) 439-4250.
Cloudcroft Easter Egg Hunt — The mountain community of Cloudcroft will hold its annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Zenith Park, 1001 James Canyon Highway (Highway 82). Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733.
The Lodge Resort will also offer its annual Easter Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, with Easter Bunny appearance, egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $35 ($15 12 and younger). Call for details: 1-800-395-6343.
Cristo Rey pilgrimages — Pilgrimages and hikes are planned throughout Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 18-20, by various groups of all denominations. Good Friday is the main day for pilgrimages, but the mountain will be open Saturday and Sunday as well. Security and concessions offered throughout most of the weekend.
The Mt. Cristo Rey trailhead is located off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Ardovino’s Easter Brunch — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, will host its annual brunch Sunday, April 20. Information, reservations: (575) 589-0653.
La Madeleine opens in El Paso!
Story and photos by Ricky J. Carrasco
Arrian, a Madeleine trainer holding a fruit tart.
With a twinkle in his eye and mischievous smile, “La Madeleine” restaurant founder Patrick Esquerre’ states that he has no real culinary experience or business skills. “What I do have is a palate!” In 1983, Esquerre’ started a small cafe in Dallas with the hopes of recreating the taste and feel of a traditional French cafe’. The 68th La Madeleine in the country just opened at the Fountains at Farah shopping center last week to introduce El Paso to something unique in the area.
Arrian, a Madeleine trainer from Dallas explained the fruit tart, one of the traditional deserts offered there. “There is a vanilla pastry crème made in house topped by strawberries, kiwi, oranges, grapes topped by a apricot pastry glaze. It’s one of best sellers.” Though Madeleine offers a wide variety of pastries and deserts, it offers a complete menu with French themed dinners, lunch sandwiches, soups and salads. A first time lunch customer is recommended to get a Croque Monsieur, a French ham and Swiss with garlic cream sauce on wheatberry bread, with a side of their famous Tomato Basil soup, finished by the aforementioned fruit tart.
Hafed Yaiche, vice president of operations, says that El Paso is welcome to come and experience the home styled atmosphere of the restaurant. “Everything is made fresh from scratch and it comes through in the food. All the bread and pastries are made fresh in-house and all the dishes are created fresh here every day. If you come today, you will be back for the food, ambience, and service, which is what we stand for as a company.”
There are 2 more La Madeleine restaurants slated to open in El Paso and 3 for New Mexico in the near future. They are open from 6:30am to 10pm daily. To view their menu, visit their website at: www.lamadeleine.com
Our earth is the playing field, the staging ground, the backdrop of all this human drama. In the words of the late Carl Sagan, “Every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived (here) – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
Two numbers stand between our busy life on this fragile blue planet, and Sagan’s “great enveloping cosmic dark;” 383 and 350.
Since the Industrial Age, human activity has generated carbon emissions that have raised the level of atmospheric carbon to today’s level of 383 parts per million. NASA scientist James Hansen, along with leading climatologists and environmentalists, say we need to reduce that number to 350 ppm to avoid a series of catastrophic climate tipping points. These tipping points include trees migrating towards the poles; the loss of glaciers and sea ice, which reflect sunlight, causing the oceans to warm quicker; defrosting permafrost that releases uncounted tons of Methane into the atmosphere; and rising oceans. Individually, these tipping points are like sprinkling Miracle Grow on climate change, but together they equal a death sentence.
Hansen told a panel of scientists at the American Geophysical Union conference, “There looms a huge gap between what is understood (by scientists) and what is known by the public.” He says, “We are closer to a level of dangerous, human-made interference with the climate than we realize.”
But have we passed the point of no return? “Not quite,” says author and activist Bill McKibben in a recent Washington Post column. “Not any more than your doctor telling you that your cholesterol is way too high means the game is over. Much like the way your body will thin its blood if you give up cheese fries, so the Earth naturally gets rid of some of its CO2 each year. We just need to stop putting more in and, over time, the number will fall, perhaps fast enough to avert the worst damage.”
Andy Revkin writes in the New York Times; “The stakes, for all life on the planet, surpass those of any previous crisis. The greatest danger is continued ignorance and denial, which could make tragic consequences unavoidable.”
Hansen warns that we need an immediate moratorium on coal-fired power plants that can’t capture their own carbon emissions. He suggests setting a carbon price to reduce fossil fuel use, and a “reward system for improved agricultural and forestry practices that sequester carbon could remove the current CO2 overshoot.” With government policymakers on board, it appears still feasible to avert catastrophic climate change.”
There is hope! This Earth Day, imagine what a sustainable society would look like: —Grocery shopping means weekly trips to local farms to meet the people face-to-face who feed us.
—Buildings are Energy Star rated and some even produce their own electricity through solar panels. Perhaps whole neighborhoods produce their own electricity and food, and share a “cul de sac community garden and wind turbine.”
—Cars are traded in for bicycles, as public transportation improves and downtowns become more vibrant and walkable.
—Farmers plant wind turbines in farm fields for a second harvest of renewable energy. —Communities began to process municipal solid waste into ethanol for cars and electricity. Some communities even find local sources for home heating like pelletized crop residues.
—Recycling becomes a way of life as public receptacles appear on street corners and in schools.
—No one would even consider purchasing something that wasn’t made from recycled or reused materials.
—Asthma becomes a disease of the past as air quality improves, and buildings are made from materials that don’t pollute.
—Local economies thrive as “green collar” jobs create opportunities for native sons and daughters to find lucrative careers and affordable homes in their own hometowns.
—All this is happening right now, in some small town, maybe even yours. It took our grandparents 3 1/2 years to transition to a wartime economy in World War II. It is time to tap that collective well of inner strength to meet the challenge of our changing climate. We are the only force in the universe capable of saving us from ourselves.
Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at Shawn@ShawnDellJoyce.com.
PARTY FOR THE PLANET AT THE EL PASO ZOO
Saturday and Sunday, April 12 -13, 2014?El Paso Zoo – 4001 E Paisano Dr, El Paso, TX 79905?10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come celebrate our amazing planet at the El Paso Zoo! We will have several opportunities for you to see how the El Paso Zoo party’s animal style, all while learning how you can help to protect all life on Earth. This is the 9th year the El Paso Zoo has been a part of the largest combined Earth Day event in North America.
For more events visit: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Event-Calendar.php
Earth Day Festival at the El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market
FREE FAMILY EVENT! The El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market has teamed up with the City of El Paso’s Office of Sustainability to hold a Earth Day Festival in the Union Plaza District on April 19, 2014 from 9am – 1pm!
This year’s event will feature arts, crafts and produce vendors, green activities for kids of all ages, cooking and gardening demonstrations, food, entertainment and educational booths promoting recycling, waste reduction and the preservation of the environment and natural resources. The event is FREE and open to the public.
FREE Activities and Entertainment Include:
o Live Music from Our Friend the Mountain and the Bowie High School Mariachi and Folklorico Group
o Live Micro-Farm Petting Zoo
o Gardening, Aquaponic, composting and solar energy demonstrations
o Hands-on art activities for kids from local artists and organizations including:
o Oscar Moya’s Desert Weeds Printmaking
o Bike Blender Green Smoothies
o Seed paper demonstration
o Mini Bike Sculptures
o Native Tree Giveaway
o Bike Clinic from Velo Paso
o Cooking Demonstration from the Green Ingredient
o Free Yoga Class from Hot Box Yoga
o Coffee Brewing Demo from Hello Day Café
o Arts, Crafts and Produce Vendors
o Food Trucks
*Kids activities sponsored by: U.S. Green Building Council – Chihuahuan Desert Chapter (USGBC- CDC)
* Musical performances sponsored by: Eco El Paso
The Downtown Artist and Farmers Market is located in Union Plaza (Anthony St) close to Union Depot. Parking available on-street and in multiple parking garages close to Union Depot. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes, ride the Sun Metro Bus or carpool to the market!
April is here and that means another Generation 2000!
Generation 2000 is the largest children’s fair. This event has over 100 specialty events, games, booths and interactive displays aimed at not only showing kids a great time but also educating these kids in every aspect. All the games are aimed for participation with parents as well to help their child connect with each and every activity.
Generation 2000 is also aimed to help a non-profit from the El Paso region. This year a portion of the funds raised at this event will go to benefit the Child Crises Center of El Paso. This year promises to be the biggest yet from any previous years. This year marks the 28th annual generation 2000 and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The Imagination Station is an arts and crafts area where parents and kids create their own special creations from a wide assortment of materials to take home. As in the past, Generation 2000 will still have Mini Golf, Live Entertainment on the Nerium Main Stage, Giant Bubbles, Adventures in Learning Science Area, Roller Races, Tiny Tots, Giant Sand Tables, Beading Area, and more fun stuff for the whole family.
Generation 2000 takes place Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th from 10am-6pm daily. The price for admission is $3.25 for children and $4.50 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door as well as purchased at any Domino’s Pizza in El Paso. Another great event in our city benefiting a great cause such as the Child Crises Center.
Horizon Golf and Conference Center
The resurgence and excitement of a new golf course in El Paso has been steadfast on the Eastside of town. Horizon Golf and Conference Center has been going through some great changes and developments in the past two years and there is a buzz. This facility is no stranger to the city and has actually been in town for a very long time. The rich history and traditions of Horizon Golf and Conference Center can be traced back to the 1960s.
Horizon Golf and Conference Center was originally built in 1964 by the Horizon Development Corporation. The corporation built many golf courses at this time around Texas and New Mexico. Horizon Development company then sold the golf course 9 years later. Ownership of this course has traded many hands throughout the years. Horizon city council even passed an ordinance that Horizon would stay a green space and could never be turned into development property. Horizon regional water decided to purchase the course and have been maintaining it and building it up for the past 2 years.
Lee Trevino has history at Horizon as well. In the year 1965 Trevino was working in Dallas managing a driving range. He was recruited to work at Horizon Golf Course and this was actually his first pro job. In 1966 Trevino qualified and won the U.S. open while working at Horizon. In 1965 Golfer Raymond Floyd came to Horizon and had actually had a pretty even match against Trevino.
Currently Jeff Gates is the Superintendant and General Manager of Horizon Golf and Conference Center. Jeff was previously at Painted Dunes Golf Course for 12 years and was brought in for his expertise and experience. Already Horizon has been brought up to playing standards but is still not where Jeff envisions the standards of the facility to reach. The course is open 7 days a week and t-time is at 7am every morning. The prices at the facility are very reasonable and is quickly becoming an Eastside favorite course.
Moonlight Bar and Grill has been open for 3 months and has quickly become the perfect place for a great time and awesome food. The Horizon community has missed this restaurant for the past 5 years. With renovations in the bar, ballroom and dinging hall, Moonlight can also host small groups all the way up to wedding parties. The newly renovated ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests. Moonlight is currently in the process of remodeling the party room to give patrons the best experience with a lounge that matches the awesome pool that will be ready for the summer. High schools have already been taking advantage and booking the ballroom for graduations this spring. Besides catering to the needs of the golf course, Moonlight is offering services to the entire community. From a new soccer field to a full size bar, Moonlight strives on amazing service and an overall fun experience.
The El Paso Association of Builders brings to you “Spring golf”
Presented by StrucSure Home Warranty
April 16, 2014
Horizon Golf and Conference Center
16000 Ashford St.
Horizon City, TX 79928
Registration: 11:00 am
El Paso Chihuahuas
Get ready for El Paso Chihuahuas baseball! The Chihuahuas Team will be led by Pat Murphy. Murphy has over 25 years of Coaching experience behind him at Arizona State, Notre Dame and within the Padres organization. Murphy is a proven winner and it shows wonders of what a great front office the Chihuahuas have in such an early stage for El Paso. The goal of Triple-A baseball is to develop players for the major league. But that doesn’t mean Murphy will not focus on winning and bringing a winning team to the community.
The team has been at spring training since February and this inaugural season could not come sooner. April 28th is opening day for the El Paso Chihuahuas and there will be lots of giveaways during the first week of play. The Chihuahuas play host to Fresno at 7:05pm and every fan will receive a rally towel.
The specials for the season are as follows:
- Military Monday Presented By KPRR-FM and KHEY-FM – Military personnel receive a ticket in Zone E for $10 when they show their military ID.
- Seniors Eat Free Presented By Southwest Senior, KDBC-TV, KOFX-FM – Seniors receive a meal voucher for a jumbo hot dog meal, available at most concession stands.
- Kids Eat Free Presented By KINT-TV/Entravision – Kids 12 & under receive a meal voucher for Eat Well El Paso Kid’s Meal with ticket purchase.
- Thrifty Thursday Presented By KLAQ-FM – Available from 6 pm-8:30 pm ($2 12oz beers, $2 20oz soft drinks, $2 value size popcorn, $2 value size Chihuarrrines)
- Fetch the Fun Friday Presented By KTSM-FM, KTSM-TV – Giveaway: For first 2,000 fans on most nights. Promotion: A few dates have various entertainment acts and / or a giveaway
- Fireworks Saturday Presented By KSII-FM, KVIA-TV
- Kids Day Sunday Presented By El Paso Inc, KINT-TV, Entravision – Giveaway: First 2,000 fans 12 and under most Sundays. Post- Game: Kids Run the Bases, presented by Sierra Providence Health Network.
With many restaurant additions in the past year throughout downtown El Paso, a great dining experience followed by a baseball game sounds ideal. If you plan on eating at the game you can always experience something in the ever growing downtown nightlife scene as well. The city has been waiting for some additional sports and we have a great team and a nice new stadium to match. The excitement is already spreading throughout the city and April 28th cannot come soon enough. This new stadium should continue to bring new businesses and entertainment to the downtown area. New restaurants, new hotels and shops are already in the works and are great in stimulating the downtown economy of our city.
The Big Bag Theory: Spring Handbag Trends
By: Sharon Mosley
They can be our closest friends. They’re with us day after day, night after night. They carry our valuables … and they carry our necessities … they may even carry our secrets. They’re our handbags, and they become a part of our fashion family … for better or worse.
And since many of us love to splurge on this accessory when the seasons change, here are a few of the latest handbag trends to check out this spring and summer:
—The Structured Top Handle Bag — It’s one of the biggest statement bags of the season. The ladylike satchel is one of the best investments you can make. From boxy Birkin-inspired silhouettes to futuristic trapezoid shapes, this is a bag to hang on to for years.
—The Shopper Tote — The bigger the better this season, ladies. You can find it in casual basket bags and more-sophisticated perforated leather bags. These are the perfect bags to take to the beach or take to the farmer’s market.
—The Cross-Body Bag — Some of my favorites, these bags can free up your hands for much more important tasks … like picking out the perfect heirloom tomato or riding that vintage bike. My old Prada nylon cross-body bag has served me well for years.
—The Camera Bag — It looks as it sounds — and these smaller handbags will not weigh you down, but they will carry all those basic accessories in style … even a camera.
—The Duffel Bag — If you’re a traveling woman, then this is the bag for you. This spring, the duffel shape comes in every size, from small mini shapes to larger, luggage looks. An embossed black leather duffel is my go-to bag for weekend getaways.
—The Fringed Bag — Get ready to swing with a little fun this season. Detailed with long fringe and tassels, this bag is one of the hottest fashion accessories of the year. Think ’70s with a Western flair. Hee-haw!
—The Exotic Bag — Got a special evening event coming up? Or just want to show off a little fun fashion spirit at work? Check out the latest embellished clutches trimmed with feathers, bohemian beads, embroidery, crystals and even artsy prints and florals.
—The Bold Bag — It may be your evening clutch, or it may be your everyday bag, but the handbag du jour is a scene-stealer in bright color blocks or graphic prints. If you really want something that will wake up your wardrobe, look for a handbag in an eye-popping neon or candy pastel. Sweet!
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CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT
Conference USA tournament time is upon us and there is so much excitement this year. This year El Paso is the host for the Conference USA Mens and lady basketball tournaments. 31 teams along with their coaching staffs, families and fans will all be in town this week in what will be a great week of basketball. This tournament will bring a small boom to the economy. Hopefully this tournament stays in rotation in the city of El Paso. A lot of teams will be playing very tough this week. UTEP being 5th currently in the standings will need a lot of help from all of its fans. The Miners home court advantage will be extremely important this week when it has an extremely hard 4 days of basketball to fight through.
The UTEP Miners have a lot to celebrate even if they do not win the conference tournament. UTEP ended its season record with a 22-9 mark giving Tim Floyd his first 20+ win season. Jon Bohannon was selected to the ALL Conference Third team list. Julian Washburn and Vincent Hunter were selected to the 2nd team list. Vincent Hunter was also awarded the Conference USA Freshmen of the year award. Hunter had (5) 20+ games this season along with (2) 26 point games tying a school record for freshmen. Hunters career will only continue to flourish here in El Paso. Julian Washburn was selected the all-defensive team. Great accolades for both players who look to be leaders in this weeks tournament.
The Miners will need to win 4 straight games in 4 straight nights if they want to win this tournament. A tournament win would send the Miners to the NCAA tournament. That would be Coach Tim Floyd’s first NCAA birth since becoming head coach at UTEP. That would mark the first time in 5 years that the Miners would make the NCAA tournament.
Here is the schedule and times for the games.
2014 Conference USA Championship Schedule
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Tuesday, March 11?(10) North Texas vs. (15) Rice (C-USADN) 3:30p?(11) Florida Atlantic vs. (14) Marshall (C-USADN) 6:00p?(12) East Carolina vs. (13) UTSA (C-USADN) 8:30p
Wednesday, March 12?North Texas/Rice vs. (7) Tulane (C-USADN) 12:00p?FAU/Marshall vs. (6) Old Dominion (C-USADN) 2:30p?ECU/UTSA vs. (5) UTEP (C-USADN) 6:00p?(9) Charlotte vs. (8) UAB (C-USADN) 8:30p
Thursday, March 13?UNT/Rice/Tulane vs. (2) Tulsa (C-USADN) 12:00p?FAU/MAR/ODU vs. (3) Middle Tennessee (C-USADN) 2:30p?ECU/UTSA/UTEP vs. (4) Southern Miss (C-USADN) 6:00p?UAB/Charlotte vs. (1) Louisiana Tech (C-USADN) 8:30p
Friday, March 14?Semifinal # 1 (CBS Sports Network) 2:00p?Semifinal # 2 (CBS Sports Network) 4:30p
Saturday, March 15?Championship Game (CBS) 9:35a
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Every year Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is a fun filled event that embraces the whole city of El Paso. This past weekend El Paso had its 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The 5k race is the largest 5k in the city of El Paso. The race was followed by Concert for the cure which featured Windy City, a Chicago tribute band. This year the race attracted more than 10,000 participants to Biggs Army Airfield. Nationwide the race had over 1,000,000 participants all running to help fight breast cancer.
Susan G. Koman fought a hard willed battle against breast cancer. Throughout her treatment and hospital visits her main concern was for other women and their battles. After Susan passed away, her sister Nancy G. Brinker carried out her wish to help battle breast cancer. Nancy then started the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation. Worldwide the Susan G. Komen foundation has been a life force for the breast cancer movement having invested more than $2.2 billion since 1982. The foundation has over 122 affiliate offices throughout the country.
The local branch of Susan G Koman was founded in El Paso in 1993. Suzie Azar with help from friends founded the Partners for the Cure. More than $70,000 was raised in their first year of hosting the race. Since 1993 Komen El Paso has awarded over $4.1 million in grants. These grants have helped in breast cancer screenings, education and treatment in El Paso. The local foundation Covers the whole County and plays an important role in fighting breast cancer in our community.
You and your family can be involved year round and not just during race season. If you and your family would like to get involved with the foundation they can be reached at
Susan G Komen El Paso
1700 Murchison, Suite 207
El Paso, TX 79902
The Monster Jam Trucks are Coming!
Story by: Ricky Jimenez Carrasco | Photos courtesy of Feld Entertainment
The Monster Jam monster truck show will rumble its way into the UTEP Sun Bowl this weekend! This year’s show will feature 18 of its famous Monster Jam trucks including fan favorites Gravedigger, Son-uva Digger, El Diablo, El Toro Loco, and the Monster Energy Truck. Also in this year’s line up are Robosaurus, a mechanical fire-breathing dinosaur the size of a semi, and Street Warriors, off-road races featuring local trucks that compete for prizes and bragging rights. Shows will be 7pm on Saturday, March 1, and 2 pm on Sunday, March 2. All general admission tickets are $12 each.
Joe Vilchis, Event Director – Feld Entertainment
A key difference to this year’s show is that it will be directed by Joe Vilches, an El Paso native who has been with Feld Entertainment (Monster Jam’s parent company) for 5 years. Joe worked as a manager for Thunder Alley, a local racing arena owned by his father, for about 7 years. Joe put in his application as a fabricator to work on the Monster Jam trucks, but because of his local experience, he was hired as an event manager for the Aurora, Illinois, company. After all that time in the cold of Illinois, he just got the opportunity to move back to El Paso.
“I used to take my kids to the Monster Jams when they were little, not having a clue that I would be doing this for a living. I’m really the only one in the company who speaks Spanish. That ability has taken me to many of the international shows including Mexico City, Panama, and Costa Rica. Now, I finally have the opportunity to do a show for my hometown! Being a local and knowing what locals like, and simply understanding our community better, I know I can put on a very good show.”
Vilches explained that it usually takes about a year of planning to put on a show, from the smallest venue to something as large as the New York Giants Stadium where they have had 60,000 person crowds. The shows at the Sun Bowl can have crowds as large as 45,000 people.
With his experience, Vilches knows what it takes to put on a good show. “One of my best shows ever was in Mexico City where the venue has state of the art jumbo-tron screens, robotic lighting, fog machines and sound systems. It makes for a better show because those are tools that we can use. We can format our shows to fit any venue. But when the show flows, when the trucks are performing at their best, when the crowd is chanting the truck’s name, that’s special.”
Vilches explained that he and the other event managers get together often to view tapes on each other’s shows to take notes, compare, critique and learn from each other. “On any given weekend, there are 9 or 10 shows across the country. We own about 80 trucks full time and have the capacity to hire independent drivers that brings our truck count to around 200 trucks total. That’s a lot of shows, a lot of action, and a lot of video to go over, but it’s all so we can bring a better show each time.”
He explains that in ticket sales, Monster Jam Truck shows are above even NASCAR because they give the best possible show in a shorter amount of time. “Our shows aren’t 10-12 hours long. Our shows are 2 hours of non-stop action and entertainment. You don’t have to invest an entire day to this.”
Part of the show is also the competitive nature of the races that take place. Points and victories of each driver are recorded throughout the year. The top drivers and trucks are then invited to the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas on March 20-22. “When you see the drivers pushing their trucks to the limits, there’s a reason for that. The competition is real!”
Joe Vilches would like to invite all El Paso to come see the show he’s prepared for his hometown this weekend. “There’s something for everyone! On Saturday there’s a pit party before the show from 3-5pm where all the fans can come to the floor and meet all the drivers and buy merchandise from their favorite trucks. There will also be live music playing. After the show, the drivers will be on the concourse to meet with the fans and sign autographs until the last fan leaves.”