Startup Chica Conference
The annual Startup Chica Conference comes to El Paso April 21st to Southwest University. Open to girls, ages 11 to 18. Girls will spend the day learning the business skills needed to launch their own product or idea. As a team, working alongside community mentors from The Hub of Human Innovation they will come up with a creative product, pitch it to a group of judges and exit with a passion for entrepreneurship. Selected teams will also get the chance to continue working with The Hub following the conference to make their product become a reality!The Hub following the conference to make their product become a reality! Early bird registration is $20 until Friday, April 20th! Tickets at the door will be $25. Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact us for volunteer roles and time commitments.
Participants will learn about financial literacy, critical thinking, design, communications and public speaking. Girls will also learn about marketing strategies and other skills that will help them in life and their careers. The event will be taking place at Southwest University 1414 Geronimo from 9 am to 4 pm.
SUNLAND DERBY 2018
Over $1.5 million in purses will be offered on Sunland Derby (Gr. III) day – Sunday, March 25, 2018. The 15th running of the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) at one and one-eighth miles is the richest and most impactful race of the meet for three-year-old Thoroughbreds seeking a berth in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. The winner of the Sunland Derby (Gr. III) receives 50 critical qualifying points for entry into the Kentucky Derby. 2017 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) winner Hence went on to win the Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows. Irap, fourth-place finisher in last year’s Sunland Derby (Gr. III), raced on to win the Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. II), the Ohio Derby (Gr. III) and the Indiana Derby (Gr. III) and was third in the Grade I Travers Stakes.
The 2015 Sunland Derby (GR III) winner, Firing Line, ran second to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Sunland Derby (GR III) winners Chitu (2014), Governor Charlie (2013), Daddy Nose Best (2012) and Twice the Appeal (2011) all ran in the Kentucky Derby. In 2009, Mine That Bird parlayed a fourth-place finish in the Sunland Derby to a victory in the Kentucky Derby at 50-1 odds.
In addition to the Sunland Derby (GR III), the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, $100,000 Harry W. Henson Handicap, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap, $100,000 La Coneja Stakes, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks and $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby will help propel Sunland Park’s greatest day on March 26. Looks to be a very exciting day at Sunland Park that day.
Texas Country Music Festival
Photos: Texas Country Music Festival
The 2nd Annual Texas Country Music Fest returns to the El Paso Coliseum on Saturday, April 14, 2018, featuring five country artists from the great State of Texas including headliner Randy Rogers Band with Special Guest Tracy Byrd.
Critically acclaimed, the Randy Rogers Band has earned well deserved praise in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, People, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Billboard, Pollstar, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Washington Post, Cowboys & Indians and Country Weekly among countless others. With hits like “Kiss Me In The Dark”, “In My Arms Tonight “and “Tequila Eyes,”, RRB is sure to pack an amazing show!
Randy Rogers Band is a regular chart-topper as their last four studio albums made their debut at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart. Their last studio album made its debut at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. Also, the Randy Rogers Band has Earned 3 nominations for ACM Top Vocal Group Of The Year. Randy Rogers Band’s new album “Nothing Shines Like Neon” includes guest vocalists like award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, the legendary Jerry Jeff Walker, and 28-time GRAMMY award winner Alison Krauss.
Tracy Byrd, a 6-Time Certified Gold Record album holder and award-winning recording artist, will keep you rocking with songs like “Lifestyle’s of the Not so Rich and Famous”, chart-topping hit “Watermelon Crawl”, and #1 on the singles charts off a Double Platinum Album “The Keeper of the Star’s”. Tracy Byrd will also keep you dancing with hits like “10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo”, which shot to the top of the Billboard Charts to notch Byrd’s third #1 single, and “I’m From the Country”. A party song stating what most fans already know, that Tracy Byrd was from the Country and sing Country Music. So don’t miss out on this huge country event happening on April 14th in El Paso.
NEW BEGINNINGS – COACH DIMEL
UTEP Athletics has had some tremendous changes in the past few months. From Coach Kugler and Coach Tim Floyd stepping down to a new athletic director, there has been so many changes. One very important change was the hiring of a new head football coach that couldn’t have been possible without new Athletic director Jim Senter.
Dana Dimel was named the 26th head coach in UTEP football history by University President Diana Natalicio and Director of Athletics Jim Senter. Coach Dimel brings a lot of experience coming from a big 5 conference that El Paso really needs.
Dimel, 55, was previously the head coach at the University of Wyoming and the University of Houston. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator, running backs coach and tight ends coach at his alma mater, Kansas State University, where he has worked since 2009. He also spent three seasons on the staff at the University of Arizona.
The recruiting for this new Miner squad will be exciting and there is a lot of optimism in the sun city. Dimel this week has a new quarterback signed by the name of Kai Locksley. Junior college quarterback Kai Locksley, a former Texas Longhorn who won the NJCAA offensive player of the year award at Iowa Wesleyan this past season. Locksley, rated the No. 4 dual-threat junior college quarterback by 247sports, passed for 2,238 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 20 touchdowns and 705 yards this past season for 11-1 Iowa Wesleyan.
There is lots of excitement this offseason for the Miners and El Paso. Let’s see what a new athletic director and a new head football coach can do for UTEP. UTEP has always been a sleeping giant and the only direction from here is up.
El Paso Marathon
Celebrating its eleventh year, the Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon, half marathon & Up and Running 5K courses will give runners a taste of the city’s different neighborhoods, from upscale new developments in the east sections to the urban Victorian homes on Montana Avenue that date to the 19th century.
All three races will start and finish at Southwest University Park.
Race numbers and timing chips must be picked up at The Hospitals of Providence Expo at the El Paso Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, Saturday, February 17, 2018.; they cannot be mailed and will not be available for pick-up on race day. You must pick up your own race number and timing chip – no exceptions. You’ll need to show your race number to pick up your T-shirt and goodie bag. If you do not wear your computer chip you will not be timed.
COURSE TIME LIMIT
A 6 HOUR TIME LIMIT WILL BE IN FORCE FOR THE MARATHON COURSE. Runners and Joggers are welcomed to participate in the Marathon Race. Although the marathon race is mainly put on for racers, we applaud all those who set out to complete the marathon distance, regardless of the pace. The race is permitted through the city of El Paso and we use officers from the El Paso Police Department to monitor traffic along the route to keep the runners safe. Our City of El Paso Permit requires us to reopen the public streets we run on to vehicular traffic after a certain time period, and thus the need for a time limit.
2018 Registration Fees
January 1 – February 17, 2018
$110 Full Marathon – $75 Half Marathon – $40 5k – Kid’s Dash – $10
Race Expo Registration Fees February 17, 2018
$120 Full marathon – $85 Half marathon – $50 5K Run/Walk- Kid’s Dash – $10
Military Discount $5 for each race.
The Michelob Ultra Marathon will start at the east El Paso campus of the The Hospitals of Providence, 3280 Joe Battle. Buses will transport all marathon runners to start line and the last bus will leave the finish line area promptly at 5:30 a.m. Bus assembly area will be adjacent to the Durango St. entrance of Southwest University Park. All marathoners should be adequately trained to complete their course within 6 hours. Please note – this is gun time, not chip time. Please plan your training accordingly. If you want to drop out of the race (for non-injury reasons), visit the nearest medical station on the course. Water, sports drink, energy gel, and medical teams will be located on the marathon course at select mile stations.
Michelob Ultra Marathon finishers will receive a custom-designed finisher’s medal. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female overall finishers during the awards ceremony after the race.
El Paso Spring Home Show
It’s That time of year for the El Paso Spring Home Show. Spring forward to the El Paso Spring Home Show as it returns to the El Paso Convention Center January 26th – January 28th, 2018. There will be hundreds of booths full of new innovative products, ideas, and services to update the inside and outside of your home at HUGE savings! Tour a trendy “Tiny Home” inside the show, enjoy a great line-up of seminars and demos from HGTV guests, stroll through gorgeous landscape displays, and register to win thousands of dollars in prizes, and much more! El Paso Spring Home show will also be featuring a Pet Expo this year!!
El Paso Convention Center
One Civic Center Plaza – El Paso TX 79901
El Paso Spring Home Show & Pet Expo dates, times, and ticket prices are as follows:
January 26-28, 2018
Friday, January 26 – 1pm to 7pm
Saturday, January 27 – 10am to 7pm
Sunday, January 28 – 11am to 4pm
Adults $7.75, Youth 16 & Under free!
LONE STAR 100
Registration is open for one of the most exciting races of the year in the sun city. February 10-122 is The Lone Star 100. The Lone Star 100 is a rugged, unforgiving mountain race located here in El Paso. This is a true Texas mountain race. The races will start at around 5,000′ altitude and climb to 7,192′ for the 50k. Most of the trail is low desert with runnable terrain and some easy, technical segments. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of steep climbing and switchbacks. And be prepared. It might get chilly out there.
100M will be 3 loops of 33.70 miles with Approx. 20,000 feet of gain and descent. The loops will be run washer style, so you will run the first clockwise and the 2nd counter clockwise and the last clockwise. Relay teams for the 100M are 3 people.
100k will be 2 loops of 31.5 miles with Approx. 13,500 feet of gain and descent. The loops will be run washer style, so you will run the first clockwise and the 2nd counter clockwise. Relay teams for the 100k are 2 people.
Friday February 9th
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Packet Pickup @ Start Line of The race, Tom Mays Unit, Upper Sunset Parking Lot
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Racers Meeting (Not Mandatory, but you should go) @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
Saturday February 10th
4:00 am – 7:00 am Packet Pickup @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
5:00 am 100 miler Race Start @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
6:00 am 100k Race Start @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
Sunday Feb 11th
5:00 pm Cutoff @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
8:00 pm post party @ Leo’s on Remcon. Address: 7520 Remcon Cir, El Paso, TX 79912
Christmas time is finally here and all around the sun city everyone can see and sense it. Family coming into town along with the long lines at the mall. The anticipation for family gatherings along with presents and children excited to be on break. Tamales are in almost every home at this time of year and anticipation for presents is at an all-time high.
Along with all the holiday festivities, there are lots of events going on in and around town Christmas weekend. Public Skating at Winterfest will be going on until January 1st in front of the Camino Real Hotel. Skating admission is only $8 and there will be sessions all day long. The 84th annual Sun Bowl Game will also be attracting many people on Dec 26th as Arizona State faces off against NC State. Another big tradition in El Paso is the Mount Cristo Rey Hike through time that takes place on Dec 29th. A perfect time of the year to do this hike. Trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande. Whatever you and your family do, be sure to embrace everything that’s happened this past year and look forward to a great 2018.
HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
Photo Credit: Sun Bowl Association
It’s that time of year for the annual Sun Bowl game in the Sun City. The 2017 game will mark the 84th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. This year’s teams are the Arizona State Sun Devils and the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Both teams had outstanding seasons and will be an interesting matchup at the end of the month.
The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) will travel just over 400 miles to El Paso, Texas for a matchup with the No. 24 North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-4) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. MT. This is Arizona State’s 30th trip to a bowl game and sixth to the Sun Bowl. ASU holds a 3-1-1 record in the Sun Bowl with a 14-14-1 bowl record overall. North Carolina State makes its first Sun Bowl appearance in the history of the program. The Wolfpack hold a 16-13-1 bowl record and will play in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season.
For the last 83 years, the Sun Bowl has featured the color and pageantry that is college football. Seven of the top 10 winningest programs of all-time have participated in the Sun Bowl and 30 college programs that have won national championships in the past have appeared as well. Through the years, 38 Sun Bowls have been decided by a touchdown or less, including six of the last 11 games. Through its first 83 years, the Hyundai Sun Bowl has featured 78 different programs, more than any other bowl in the nation.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 9th a Christmas Carol comes back to El Paso. The classic journey of redemption and hope returns to the UTEP stage. Enjoy this heartwarming show that reminds everyone that kindness is the most generous gift. Travel through the past, present, and future with this magical production that will transport the audience to the streets of London through emotional performances, dazzling costumes, and breathtaking sets. This production is perfect for the whole family and an unforgettable way to kick off the holiday season.
Buy-one-get-one-free (as noted for the Wise Family Theater productions):
12/09 UTEP Alumni Night
12/10 UTEP Faculty & Staff Night
12/15 Military Night
12/17 El Paso City/County Employee Night & Educator Appreciation Night
Venue:Wise Family theater, Fox Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor
Admission: Adults: $14; UTEP Faculty/Staff, Seniors, Military, Groups (10+), Alumni (with card), Non-UTEP Students: $12; UTEP Students, Children: $9
Contact Phone Number:915-747-5118
CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS CHRISTMAS TREE
The Celebration of Lights comes back to Downtown El Paso on December 2nd. The annual Downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade are a yearly favorite in El Paso. Downtown El Paso will again play host to a full day of holiday entertainment that will begin with a Holiday Market at noon and culminate with the spectacular nighttime parade featuring numerous floats and walking groups all tricked out in colorful lights. The parade begins north of Campbell on Main Street, and proceeds left on Mesa Street to Overland and left on Campbell to Myrtle. The Christmas tree lighting festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. in San Jacinto Plaza. A fireworks display and the annual light parade will follow immediately after.
2017 Celebration of Lights Schedule of Events
Mayor Dee Margo will flip the switch for his first time on the hundreds of thousands of lights that will set San Jacinto Plaza aglow at 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting will be followed by the annual light parade winding down the streets of downtown
4:30 p.m. First Armored Division Band
5:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s Seminary Franciscanos Choir
5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:55 p.m. Celebration of Lights Parade
KVIA ABC7 will broadcast the Celebration of Lights festivities from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
UTEP BASKETBALL IS BACK
The UTEP Miner Basketball team is back and in full swing. The Miners won 100-50 in an amazing first game performance of the season against Louisiana College. The Miners look to have a big season this year with Matt Wilms and Omega Harris looking to capitalize on their senior seasons.
UTEP did not fair well this week against Boise State and South Carolina. UTEP was a contender in the Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament. The Miners were leading Boise state 53-51 in the final 30 seconds of the matchup but Boise came through and capitalized on a turnover and won the game. The next morning this young miner squad faced off against Frank Martins South Carolina squad and lost 80-56. South Carolina coming off a final four appearance in last years NCAA Tournament.
The Miners face off next week against one of their biggest rivals in NMSU. Newcomer Keith Frazier is quickly showing leadership with the miners. Frazier is currently averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former Mcdonalds All-American is a transfer from UNT and looks to have a standout senior year for the Miners.
FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE
Photo Credit: FFCU
The 81st annual Sun Bowl Parade is Thanksgiving Day.This year’s theme is “American Folklore.” The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935, and was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was changed to Thanksgiving Day. The Sun Bowl
81 Years of Parade History: The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.
100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.
Television: Live coverage of the Parade on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC). – Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. (MT).
Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana): $10; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office.