UTEP Basketball is Back!
UTEP basketball season is coming back to the Sun City and the Rodney Terry era is set to begin. Rodney Terry revamped a lot of the team after a rebuilding offseason for the miners. The UTEP miners start the season officially on Nov 9th against UT Permian Basin.
Terry comes back to the state of Texas where he grew up and started his coaching career. Terry comes to UTEP from a stint for 7 seasons as the Fresno State head coach. Terry, 49, guided the Bulldogs to a record of 126-108 in seven seasons as head coach (2011-18), including 20-win campaigns in four of the last five years. Before Fresno, Terry served as an assistant for Rick Barnes at The University of Texas. Terry was instrumental in securing recruits like D.J. Agustin, T.J. Ford, and Kevin Durant.
His nine-year tenure as an assistant coach at Texas produced nine NCAA Tournament appearances including a Final Four berth in 2003, trips to the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2008, and four Sweet 16 showings. The Longhorns fashioned a mark of 232-80 during that span, the winningest nine-year period in school history. They posted 30 victories during both the 2005-06 (30) and 2007-08 (school-record 31) seasons, and 28 during the 2010-11 campaign. In January of 2010, Texas reached the no. 1 spot in the country for the first time in school history.
Lots of changes this offseason for the miners including player changes. Transfers Bryson Williams, Tydus Verhoeven, Anthony Tarke and Souley Boum will have to sit out and not play until the 2019-20 season. Incoming freshman Deon Stroud will sit out this coming season to focus on academics.
UTEP Men’s Basketball Schedule
Oct. 30 Tuesday New Mexico Highlands (Exhibition) 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 Tuesday UT Permian Basin 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 Friday at NM State TBA
Nov. 14 Wednesday at Arizona TBA
Nov. 19 Monday Eastern New Mexico 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 Saturday at New Mexico TBA
Nov. 28 Wednesday NM State 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 Saturday Northwestern State 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 Tuesday at Marquette TBA
Dec. 16 Sunday UC Riverside TBA
Dec. 21 Friday Norfolk State 7 p.m. (Haskins Invitational)
Dec. 22 Saturday East Tennessee State/Wyoming TBA (Haskins Invitational)
Jan. 3 Thursday at UTSA* TBA
Jan. 5 Saturday UTSA* 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Thursday North Texas* 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 Saturday Rice* 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 Thursday at UAB* TBA J
an. 19 Saturday at Middle Tennessee* TBA
Jan. 24 Thursday Old Dominion* 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 Saturday Charlotte* 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 Thursday at Marshall* TBA
Feb. 2 Saturday at WKU* TBA
Feb. 7 Thursday Florida Atlantic* 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 Saturday FIU* 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 Thursday at LA Tech* TBA
Feb. 16 Saturday at Southern Miss* TBA
Feb. 23 Saturday TBA* (Games from Feb. 23 and beyond will be announced by C-USA at a later date)
Feb. 27 Wednesday TBA*
March 2 Saturday TBA*
March 6 Wednesday TBA*
March 9 Saturday TBA*
March 13-16 Wednesday-Saturday at Conference USA Championship
VIVA LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL
Come experience Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with your pals at the El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market! November 17-18th at the El Maida Shrine. This is a free, family friendly, indoor/outdoor event held at the historic El Maida Shrine Auditorium tucked right next to the Franklin Mountains in Northeast El Paso. Plenty of seating, parking and indoor restroom facilities.
There will be altars to honor loved ones that have passed on, a procession (parade), food trucks, a mercado (local art/artisan market), demonstrations/workshops, performances, music and large art installations perfect for photo ops, Loteria, prizes, face painting, a jumping balloon, stuff for your little monsters to do and more. Day of the dead has always been a sacred thing for us and this will be a fun vibrant, cultural experience for everyone.
El Paso Buddy Walk Raises Awareness
El Paso, Texas October 1, 2018– The Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), in partnership with El Paso Community College (EPCC) will hold the ninth annual Buddy Walk and 5K Fun Run. The run begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk festivities begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6 at the EPCC Valle Verde Campus Americana Village, 919 Hunter. The walk raises funds for the DSCEP, EPCC scholarships for students with disabilities and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).
The 5K run and the three-quarter of a mile walk circles the beautiful Valle Verde campus. Activities include entertainment, food trucks and appearances by members of the El Paso Rhinos, the EPCC Cheerleaders with mascot Tejano Jack and other special guests. All individuals with Down syndrome and children in attendance will receive a Buddy Walk medal.
Register in advance for the walk as an individual or as a member of one of the many teams at www.epbuddywalk.org. Registration is available the day of the walk. The registration fee is $15 and includes a 2018 Buddy Walk t-shirt.
The DSCEP Buddy Walk is one of 250 walks nationally. October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs once in every 700 births in the United States. NDSS is the national advocate for the acceptance and the inclusion of people with Down syndrome as valued members of the community.
EPCC Cross Country Teams Nationally Ranked
El Paso Texas, September 21, 2018 El Paso Community College (EPCC) Cross Country teams, men and women, are ranked at the same time on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Poll on September 19, 2018. The women are ranked 2nd and the men 4th, thanks to their performances at the Lori Fitzgerald Open on September 15th, the men finished in 1st place and the women in 2nd place. The best competitors individually were Gideon Cheplak, finishing in 1st place for the men, and Everlyn Kemboi, finishing in 5th place for the women.
“Most important is that they all excel academically,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director and Cross Country Head Coach said. “Each team member is a leader and they depend on each other to excel.”
The next competition for the EPCC teams will be the NMJC Cross Country Invitational at Hobbs, NM on September 28th. This will be the next to last race before getting to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regionals in the last week of October, and national championships in the first two weeks in November. The teams are looking forward to repeat last year’s achievements where the men finished in 2nd place and women in 1st place at the NJCAA regionals.
For complete rankings, visit http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/09/featured/2018-njcaa-di-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-week-1.
BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MÉXICO DE AMALIA HERNÁNDEZ
Ballet Folklórico De México is coming back to the sun city October 11th at the Plaza Theatre. In 2018, Ballet Folklórico de México will return to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance, and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era.
With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad. This tour visits more than 100 international destinations in over 300 cities.
Location:One Pioneer Plaza
Contact Name:Plaza Theatre Box Office
Disney On Ice
It’s almost time! Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is coming to El Paso October 3 – 6, to the El Paso County Coliseum. Believe in what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with Demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness.
Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true. Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!
Skater Anna Madorsky who portrays Elsa in Frozen recently spoke to Spotlight about Life on tour and what if means to her being a part of Disney on Ice.
Spotlight: What does your skating background entail?
Anna Madorsky: I have been with Disney for about 2 years and I’ve been show-skating since 2009. Ive been fortunate to have performed all over the world. I started skating at age 3 and most of the skaters grew up skating as well. As a skater, I went to sectionals, nationals then into a performance career
SP: What is it like to portray an iconic role like Elsa?
AM: It’s been such a wonderful experience and this is currently my 2nd season portraying the role. So far we’ve taken the tour to the east coast and Mexico. Touring Mexico was such a special experience. We started in Mexico City at the national auditorium which was incredible every show. We then performed in Guadalajara and Monterrey. Show wise the fans were so outgoing, dressed up in character and sang all the songs. Every performance I’d hear the audience support and sing with me which really was magical. The experience of Mexican culture, the music, trying new food and the customs was very memorable.
SP: How do you train for these roles?
AM: We are tied to portraying characters as close to how they were designed by the great engineers of Disney. We are given the look, makeup and are trained for hand movements. When they are seeing me they are seeing Elsa, I’m almost lost in it.
SP: what else can we expect to see from “Dear to Dream- Finding Your Inner hero”
AM: We open with beauty and the beast and then the audience meets Cinderella. A tango tale with Rapunzel follows and then frozen with a finish with our newest Milan story. We also have a pre-show where Miguel from Coco sings.
SP: Any other big takeaways about the show that we should know about?
AM: One of the big takeaways is we have a modern twist on these stories that we can all be the creators of our own stories. We can all be our own heroes for our own stories. Princesses conquering their own adversary giving it a fresh message. The modern story really makes it relatable.
Wednesday, October 3 7:30pm (Opening Night Only – $15)*
Thursday, October 4 7:30pm (Spanish Performance)
Friday, October 5 7:30pm
Saturday, October 6 Noon, 3:30pm, & 7:30pm
Sunday, October 7 Noon, 3:30pm, & 7:30pm
Photo Credits: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
11TH ANNUAL FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
The 11th annual Fall home and Garden show is right around the corner and this year is looking to be a great one. One October 12-13 The entire El Paso Convention Center will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a Home and Garden Extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the Annual El Paso Fall Home & Garden Show. Come take advantage of “Show Only” prices. There will be stunning landscapes, pergolas & outdoor living displays and take a seat at the garden stage to learn tips and tricks from your local Master Gardeners.
This event shows products like home furnishing and gardening products and services including landscaping technologies, outdoor patios, pools and spas, garden design, kitchen cabinetry, renovations, and new construction and so much more from Architecture & Designing industry.
There will be a large variety of Home Improvement Specialists. Tickets will be $5 for adults and children 16 and under are free. Active military is also free. Find everything for your home improvement needs at Show Only Pricing! Kitchen & Bathroom Remodelers • Builders & Contractors • Countertops, Cabinets & Flooring • Patios & Outdoor Living • Discount Building Supplies by Habitat for Humanity ReStore • Pools & Spas
October 13, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
One Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901
Miner Football is Back!
The Miner football season is upon us and there is a lot of excitement in this town right now. Coach Dana Dimel takes over a 0-12 UTEP team that is looking for a big turnaround. Coach Dimel’s son Winston Dimel transferred to UTEP and will be the starting fullback position after having a stellar career at Kansas State.
This year’s Miner team has a lot of great games on its schedule. Big away games against Tennessee and UNLV highlight the Miners schedule but smaller games also look to create some excitement. NMSU is slated to play at the sun bowl on Sept 22nd in what will be a game the miners definitely want to get revenge from last year. Conference play will begin Sept 29th against In-state rival UTSA.
There is a little bit of a quarterback controversy leading up to the first game of the season. Quarterbacks Ryan Metz and Kai Locksley are still in a quarterback battle leading up to the first week of play. Coach Dimel expressed that both quarterbacks will receive a fair amount of playing time this weekend. No clear favorite has been expressed by the staff and both will be ready to shine against Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 1 NORTHERN ARIZONA
Sept. 8 at UNLV
Sept. 15 at Tennessee
Sept. 22 NM STATE
Sept. 29 at UTSA*
Oct. 6 NORTH TEXAS*
Oct. 13 Bye
Oct. 20 at Louisiana Tech*
Oct. 27 UAB*
Nov. 3 at Rice*
Nov. 10 MIDDLE TENNESSEE*
Nov. 17 at WKU*
Nov. 24 SOUTHERN MISS*
*Conference USA Games
Photo Credits: UTEP Athletics
Harvest Happiness at the Harvest Wine Festival
Annual Wine Festival to Celebrate New Mexico’s Best Wineries
Las Cruces – The Harvest Wine Festival is quickly approaching and will occur over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3 at the Southern New Mexico State Fair Grounds. With over 150 wines, new vendors, fantastic local cuisine and award winning musicians this festival is one you won’t want to miss!
With music ranging from Country to Indie and from Reggae to Jazz there will be sounds for everyone to enjoy!
There are some fun new additions to the festival this year with a lounge tent with high end hors d’oeuvres provided by Dragonfly! There will be a grape stomping competition where a grape king and queen will be crowned and for those who do not wish to compete can stomp grapes at our photo booth/stomping area. There will be on site Salsa dancing lessons and performances along with paint classes and DIY class daily.
There are three tiers of tickets from general admissions tickets, VIP tickets and Taste of Harvest Lounge Tent Access Pass. With your purchased general admission ticket, you receive our newly designed commemorative wine glass and access to wine samples from 17 wineries along with access to all the festival happenings.
VIP tickets come with an early access VIP only hour Saturday only, a commemorative Crystal glass, a $5 off token for any one bottle of wine, $5 off any one item under the New Mexico Wine tent, and a VivaVino gift.
The Taste of Harvest Lounge Tent Access Pass if for Sunday only. It comes with a commemorative festival glass, access to the private lounge tent where from 1pm-3pm Dragonfly, a local restaurant in Las Cruces will provide high end cheeses, meats, tapenades, salmon and more. Upon exiting the tent for the day, you will receive a special lounge tent gift found no-where else in the festival grounds.
Finally, the Harvest Wine Festival has partnered with the new grassroots program Experience Mesilla.
Your festival wristband received upon entering the festival will also get you discounts at participation Mesilla businesses, restaurants, and bars over the weekend! Discounts vary among business but for examples your wristband will get you 1$ off draft beers at Salud! de Mesilla or 10% off at Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria.
Come enjoy the Harvest Wine Festival in Las Cruces where you are sure to find something you love.
Further event details and ticket can be found on New Mexico Wine’s website, www.nmwine.com under the Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival placed on the home page.
New Mexico Wine – Las Cruces Wine Festival, September 1 – 3, 2018
Way Out West Fest
Hang on to your hats, El Paso! LEE BRICE is set to headline the Third Annual Way Out West Country Music Festival (WOW Fest). Happening October 13th, The Way Out West Country Music Fest will also feature a Margarita contest, Chili Challenge, a one-of-a-kind outdoor dance floor, unique retail and craft vendors, plenty border food favorites along with ice cold drinks! Kick back with a frosty beverage and sing along or grab your partner and two-step under the stars! Live Country music, delicious food, and a fabulous climate… Just a few reasons to celebrate WAY OUT WEST – where Texas begins and the party never ends! Tickets are on sale now!
Lee Brice has five number one radio songs: “A Woman Like You”; “Hard To Love”; “I Drive Your Truck”; “I Don’t Dance”; and “Drinking Class”.
When Lee isn’t selling-out arenas on tour, he’s writing and recording songs, working on his new business partnership with whisky brand American Born, or spending time with his family in the great outdoors.
Lee is a family man, proud husband, and father of two sons and new daughter Trulee Nanette, born in June. His new single, “Boy,” serves as a tribute to his young boys, Takoda (9 years old) and Ryker (3), both of whom appear in the song’s emotional video. The song delivers another poignant performance from a world-class male vocalist whose string of multi-platinum hits – including “I Don’t Dance,” “Hard To Love,” and “Drinking Class” – have always shone a light on the everyday heroes in our midst. Brice’s fans won’t have to look very hard to see glimpses of their families in “Boy.”
Photo Credits: Way Out West Fest
The El Paso Street Festival
KLAQ, TFCU, and Western Tech present the El Paso Downtown Street Festival 2018. Friday, October 5th will feature Denis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Jefferson Starship and Mark Farner’s American Band on the Bud Light Stage. Saturday, October 6th features Jonathan Davis of Korn, Through Fire, and Dead Girls Academy rocking the Bud Light Stage. There will be featuring local and regional bands, so if you have a band that would love to play at the people’s party, enter the band competition NOW.
VIP Tickets (Ages 21+) includes access to the entire festival grounds, including the exclusive VIP lounge, a catered meal, 2 hosted beers, and parking. This ticket will also allow access to premium Budweiser Stage views from the San Antonio Street Balcony. Single Day Tickets includes access to the festival grounds featuring four live music stages. Gates open at 4pm. General admission, standing room.
For more details, head over to elpasodowntownstreetfestival.com
Chalk the Block 11
October 12-14, 2018
Chalk the Block (CTB) was not always the big monster that it is now. In 2008 it started as a one-day sidewalk chalk art competition with about twelve artists that took place at Arts Festival Plaza next to the El Paso Museum of Art. Organizers from the City of El Paso- Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation quickly realized after the overwhelming support that the event needed to expand in order to enhance the experience.
Since its inception, CTB has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events and the largest FREE three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing over 38,000 people annually. In 2018, CTB is celebrating 11 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees.
Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy. The event features: Temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors, access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and more!
CHILE PEPPER CHALLENGE
The Chile Pepper Challenge is El Paso’s premier cycling event. Over 900 cyclists line up for an epic ride through the scenic and historic Mesilla Valley over country lanes covered by pecan orchards and lined by New Mexico’s world-renowned chile fields. This September 30 event looks to be the biggest yet.
Each ride is fully supported with rest stops, route markings and SAG vehicles. Snacks, water, and port-a-potties will be provided at all rest stops. All rides start and end at Grace Gardens. After the ride there will be plenty of food, drinks, and vendor booths.
Each year the Chile Pepper Challenge raises thousands of dollars for local charities. This year all proceeds will go to the benefit of The Humane Society of El Paso. The Humane Society of El Paso is a non-profit shelter dedicated to building a better community of all animals through education, adoptions, foster-care, volunteer work and community events. The Humane Society is the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in El Paso, in continuous operation for over 66 years.
The Chile Pepper Challenge offers routes and distances for cyclists of all skill levels and ambition. Five ride alternatives and start times are available: 100 miles — 7:00 a.m. 61 miles — 7:30 a.m. 40 miles — 8:00 a.m. 25 miles — 8:30 a.m. 10 mile — 9:00 a.m.