Frontera 10th Anniversary

Frontera 10th Anniversary — Frontera
Land Alliance celebrates its 10th anniversary
with its annual event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Nov. 1, with tours, talks and wild animals on
the site of their first conservation easement,
Thunder Canyon. Admission is free.
Information: 351-8352 fronteralandalliance.org.
To get there: from Mesa take a right onto
Shadow Mountain, then a right onto Pebble
Beach. Follow this road around to Oak Cliff
Drive and will take a right. Oak Cliff dead ends
at Thunder Canyon.
El Paso Cactus and Rock Club — The
club will celebrate Cactus Appreciation Month
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at El
Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant, in Memorial
Park, with informational briefings, a plant sale,
refreshments and a free CD with plant information. Admission is free. Information: elpasodesert.com/epcrc or on Facebook.
Dino Hike and Brunch — Ardovino’s
Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in
Sunland Park, N.M., hosts a brunch and hike of
the dinosaur trails at Cristo Rey Saturday, Nov.
8. Hikes depart at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Reservations required; limit 30 people per hike.
Cost: $7.50, plus tax. Information: (575) 5890653, ext. 3
GRO El Paso — US Green Building Council
Chihuahuan Desert Chapter hosts its “Growth,
Resilience and Opportunity” event 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, at
Double Tree Hotel and Memorial Park
Reserve. The two-day event focuses on both
professional development and community
engagement intended to increase awareness of
sustainable community and living practices with
the goal of maximizing resilience and quality of
life. Information: 532-3177 or usgbc-cd.org.
Friday’s events are geared towards the professional community; visit site for details.
The Community Day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, at Memorial Park Reserve,
3100 Copper. The public can learn about, recycling, composting, solar and wind energy and
training, health, wellness and more, as well as
enjoy food, entertainment and dancing.
Admission is free. Information: 208-9693 or on
Facebook at GRO El Paso.
Velo Paso and El Paso Bicycle Club will host
rides Saturday; see EPBC listing in Sports.
Festival of the Cranes — The 27th annual
event is Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 18-23,
at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
near Socorro, N.M. Events also are at the
Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech
Campus and other area locations.
Information/schedule: (575) 835-2077 or
friendsofthebosque.org/crane.
The Festival of the Cranes celebrates the
yearly return of thousands of sandhill cranes,
snow geese, ducks and whooping cranes among
the 325 species found at the Bosque.
The festival schedule includes the annual expo
and wildlife art show, about 100 events, most
requiring advance registration.
A variety of birding tours of Bosque del
Apache will be offered from dawn to dusk.
Special events are offered Thursday through
Saturday evening. Cost varies per event.
The annual friends dinner is 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday at Bodega Burger Co. Restaurant,
606 N. California, Socorro. Keynote speaker to
be announced. Cost: $37.
El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo sum-
mer entrance hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. Zoo admission is $10 for ages 13 to 61;
$7.50 for ages 62 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $6 ages 3 to
12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 532-8156,
521-1850 or elpasozoo.org.
Giraffe Encounter feedings are 11 to 11:30
a.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Tokens are $2 each. “African Star” Train ride
tickets are $2 plus tax ($1.50 for children and
society members). Asian Elephant Training
Encounters scheduled at noon daily.
El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
— The November meeting and program is at 7
p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Centennial
Museum on the UTEP campus. Hummingbird
expert Kelly Bryan of Fort Davis will discuss
“The Lucifer Hummingbird in West Texas.”
Open to the public.
A Dripping Springs Natural Area field trip with
possible Soledad Canyon visit departs at 7 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, from the southwest corner
of Outlet Shoppes of El Paso’s parking lot (off
Talbot). Brown bag lunch at La Cueva area.
Nominal entry fee per car. Nonmembers and
beginners welcome. Call for details and reservations: Mark Perkins, 637-3521.
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hiking and mountain-biking trails begin in the
Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Road on
the west side of the park (east of I-10).
Entry fee is $5 per person, free for age 12 and
under (with family). Correct cash or check
only. Group rates available. Hours are 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. daily. Information: 566-6441 or on
Facebook at FranklinMountainsSP.
A Happy Tails n’ Happy Trails dog adoption
fair is Saturday, Nov. 1, with activities for people and their dogs. Time to be determined.
Photography 101 Workshop by Wayne Pope
is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Call for details.
Guided hikes and bike rides are $3 additional
fee ($1 ages 5-12; under 5 free). Dogs welcome on leash on some hikes. Reservations
El Paso Scene
required: 566-6441 ext. 221, 224 or
[email protected]
• Halloween Mine Tour, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
• Peak Fitness Challenge Hike, 7 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 15, at North Franklin Peak.
• Nature Walk, 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.
• Women’s Beginner Hike is 9 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 22, at Lower Sunset Trail.
• The Turkey Trail Trilogy (three back-to-back
hikes) begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27.
Mountain Bike rides, all at 9 a.m.:
• Women’s Beginner Rides, Sunday, Nov. 2.
• Beginner’s Rides, Saturday, Nov. 8 and
Sunday, Dec. 6.
• Intermediate Rides, Sunday, Nov. 16 and
Dec. 14.
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s
Center for Environmental Resource
Management offers free guided walking tours
and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands
Park in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Tours last
about two hours. Information: 747-8663 or riobosque.org.
• Introductory tour is 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9,
• Bird tour is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
• Community Workday is 9 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 15.
Meeting place is a bridge crossing Riverside
Canal. Take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan
American Drive, turn left and travel 1.5 miles.
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic
Site — The site is famed for many Native
American rock paintings and unique geology.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission: $7
(free for children 12 and younger). Additional
activity cost for tours (including morning hike):
$2 (free for age 4 and younger). Information:
857-1135 or texasstateparks.gov.
To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S.
Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco
Mountains then turn left on Ranch Road 2775.
North Mountain is available for self-guided day
use, for up to 70 people at a time; reservations
recommended. There is an annual orientation
program for visitors. Bicycles permitted only on
designated paved areas. Pets allowed only in
camping or picnic areas. Call for reservations,
tour schedule other information: 857-1135 or
(512) 389-8900.
Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso
Desert Botanical Garden — 4200
Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission: $3 (free for members). Information:
584-0563, keystoneheritagepark.org or elpasobotanicalgardens.org.
Aguirre Spring Campground — The
Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the
federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S.
70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five
family camping and picnic sites, plus two group
areas. Day-use fee is $3 per vehicle.
Information, group reservations: (575) 5254300.
Dripping Springs Natural Area — The
recreational area is at the base of the Organ
Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road
(the eastern extension of University Avenue),
about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area,
run by the federal Bureau of Land Management
in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy,
includes the A.B. Cox Visitors’ Center, several
hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area.
The visitor center and main trail is open 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. for the winter months.
Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed
(except for assistance animals). Information:
(575) 522-1219.
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November 2014