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Chamizal National Memorial provides opportunities for Food, Beverage Vendors

Chamizal National Memorial is providing business opportunities for food and beverage vendors at regularly-scheduled and special events that take place at the Memorial during 2020.

The events currently planned for the year are:

  • Music Under the Stars on June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020
  • Mexican Independence Celebration on September 19 (may change to September 12), 2020
  • Borderland Heritage Festival on a Saturday to be determined in October, 2020

Dates for additional events may be added during the year. If so, vendors will be notified thirty days prior to the scheduled event.

The Memorial is also interested in theme-related food and beverage items to complement occasional, specific events at various times throughout the summer season. There are eight electrical spaces to accommodate a maximum of eight vendors operating at any one event.

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is required to provide food and beverage services at Chamizal National Memorial. The application processing fee is $50, non-refundable, which must accompany each application.

Upon vendor selection there is an additional fee of $250 for the CUA. Commercial Use Authorization request packages will be available beginning November 1, 2019 and must be returned no later than November 30, 2019.

Applications are available for download at the park’s website, or potential vendors can pick them up at the administration building at Chamizal National Memorial from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm.

For more information, contact Jose Payan in person at Chamizal National Memorial, by email at, or by phone at 915-532-7273 ext.106. You may also contact Robin Machado at or 915-532-7273 ext.103.

Borderland Heritage Festival at Chamizal National Memorial set for Saturday

Storytellers, dancers, artwork, owls, food trucks, Pokémon GO, and more will be taking over the Chamizal National Memorial this weekend.

The festival is set for Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance to Chamizal National Memorial and park-sponsored events is always free.

Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez invites all to come celebrate, commemorate and connect to some of the many cultures of the borderland via the Borderland Heritage Festival.

“We have an exciting and diverse range of cultural demonstrators, presenters, performers, exhibits and hands-on activities lined up for this year’s Festival,” says Sanchez.

Some of the day’s events include a sculpture scavenger hunt on the memorial grounds featuring artwork by UTEP students, several food trucks, Pokémon GO excursions, opportunities to make your own corn husk doll and pictographs, visit booths to learn about other area public lands and local burrowing owl ecology, see and purchase native artwork from multiple tribal groups, watch tribal and ballet folklorico dancers, and learn more about the history of how and why Chamizal National Memorial was established.

There will be multiple outdoor performance and activity spaces around the memorial grounds.  Additionally, the Cultural Center and Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A reminder for their safety, please leave your pets at home. Glass is not permitted on the grounds at any time. Please also watch for people crossing park roadways.

Performance Schedule

10 a.m. John Yazzie, Dine’/Navajo Traditions

11 a.m. K’AAY Ballet Folklorico

11 a.m.                 Musician Tooths

11:35 a.m.          Ballet Folklorico Cuauhtli, Champion Dance Studio

12 p.m. National Anthem, Horizon ROTC

12 p.m. Ranger-led Pokémon GO Excursion

12:10 p.m.         Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte

12:45 p.m.         El Paso Center for the Visual & Performing Arts

1 p.m.  Musician Aliza Voit

1 p.m.  Ranger-led Pokémon GO Excursion

1:20 p.m.            Matachines of San Ignacio de Loyola

1:30 p.m.            Musician Tim Thompson

2 p.m.  Tigua Youth Dancers of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

2 p.m.  Ranger-led Pokémon GO Excursion

2:30 p.m.            Human Nature Contemporary Ballet

For more information about this and other upcoming events and programs, visit the park’s website.

Thank you to all the participating groups, artists, and organizations: Angel Cabrales, Aliza Voit, Avila Farms, Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte, Border Patrol Museum & Memorial Library, Bureau of Land Management, Camino Real Ballet Folklorico, Champion Studios, Claude Montes,  Dine’ (Navajo) storyteller John Yazzie, El Paso Center of the Visual & Performing Arts, El Paso Ghost Tours Association, El Paso Police Department, El Paso Water’s TecH20 Center, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Horizon ROTC, Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, Human Nature Contemporary Ballet, International Boundary & Water Commission, K’AAY Ballet Folklorico, Katie Red Legs, Latinitas El Paso, Magoffin Home State Historic Site, Matachines San Ignacio de Loyola, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Pokemon GO, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Tim Thompson, Tooths, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Art Department, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo & Tigua Youth Dancers. Food trucks: Epic/Pride Lounge, Gumball’s, Off the Grill, Panini Bus, Rainbow Ice Cream, Tap on Wheels, Viejo Coffee.

Chamizal National Memorial celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Chamizal National Memorial Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez announced that the South El Paso landmark will recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2019, starting this Saturday.

The Chamizal National Memorial was established to commemorate the monumental achievement of Mexico and the United States to settle a longstanding disagreement through mutual respect, goodwill, and diplomacy.

“Such a heritage is one to be proud of, and we are happy to offer these events to help the El Paso community recognize the achievements of Hispanics and discuss issues that continue to affect Mexican Americans and our neighbors in Mexico. We appreciate the efforts of the Amigos del Chamizal Foundation to bring these opportunities to Chamizal National Memorial,” said Superintendent Sanchez.

The Chamizal National Memorial will present three special events, in partnership with Amigos del Chamizal Foundation.

Each presentation begins at 7 pm and is free to the public, first come first served.

Saturday, September 13The Forgotten Eagles, a documentary about Mexico’s 201st Fighter Squadron and their contribution to the Allied Forces during World War II.

This film, brought to El Paso by the Amigos del Chamizal Foundation and Legacy of Valor, highlights the remarkable but little-known story of 300 volunteer soldiers, including 50 pilots, from Mexico and their participation alongside the United States in the combat that led to the liberation of the Philippines.

General Douglas MacArthur recognized the contribution of “Escuadrón 201,” and they were welcomed as heroes when they stopped through El Paso on their way back to Mexico after the war ended in 1945. Today, however, there is an effort underway to formally honor their contributions.

Documentarian (producer of The Men of Company E), Alfredo Lugo, will speak after the film about his involvement with House Resolution 1889, which seeks to award the soldiers with a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. The maker of the film The Forgotten Eagles, Victor Mancilla, will also be present for closing comments and questions.

Saturday, September 20And Then They Came For Us, a film about the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Even after multiple generations, this story remains relevant as our country struggles today to appropriately balance national security with individual liberty in times of other perceived threats.

Wednesday, September 25: Commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the ceremony at Bowie High School with Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Adolfo López Mateos to mark the settlement of the Chamizal dispute. Former El Paso City Planner Nestor Valencia will give a presentation about the negotiations and his involvement in the resolution.

Chamizal National Memorial will also receive a letter of appreciation and commemorative medallion that was given to a Bowie alumnus from President Johnson and has been stored in recent years at the high school.

For more information about the event on September 13th or the film The Forgotten Eagles, contact Arnulfo Hernández, Jr. at 916-616-4211, Alfredo Lugo at 562-706-3286, Carlos Rivera at 915-255-8877, or Fernie Bermúdez at 915-491-7726.    

XII Travelers to unveil model of future statue at Chamizal National Memorial

Officials with the XII Travelers of the Southwest are inviting residents to the unveiling of the maquette (model) of the Benito Juarez – Child to Man bronze sculpture, to be held at Chamizal National Memorial next week.

There will be entertainment, refreshments, and free parking at the event, scheduled for Thursday, August 22 at 11:00 am. 

The bronze sculpture of Benito Juarez will be the fourth monumental statue to be completed by the XII Travelers of the Southwest.  The others are Fray Garcia de San Francisco, (Pioneer Plaza,) The Equestrian (Airport,) and Susan Shelby Magoffin (Keystone Heritage Park.)

The dual figure sculpture will feature a seated Benito Juarez as a 12-year-old Zapotec Indian shepherd, and as the President of Mexico.

In addition to the preview of Ethan Houser’s inspired work of art, there will also be a special initial viewing of the Abraham Lincoln/Benito Juarez Bronze Medallion, another beautiful piece of art, showing both presidents’ faces in bas relief.

Both figures hold books, signifying the essential role that education played in Juarez’s rise from poverty to greatness. There will also be the unveiling of an accompanying medallion featuring the faces of both Abraham Lincoln and Benito Juarez.

“Though the two never met in person, their mutual respect and support for each other, before and during their countries’ respective civil wars, are an inspiration to us all,” officials shared.  “It signifies, in a powerful way, the importance of mutual understanding and sensitivity to each other’s cultures, relationships, and histories.”

Officials added that this unique project is especially significant because such a commemoration in the neighboring Chamizal parks has been many years in the making.

“In 1964, Ciudad Juarez erected a statue of Abraham Lincoln. A 1986 development concept plan for Chamizal National Memorial proposed a statue that was never created, but now the El Paso park is reciprocating with the bronze sculpture, Benito Juarez-Child to Man.”

For more on the project, click here.

Chamizal National Memorial hosts annual Music Under the Stars Concerts starting Sunday

The long-running partnership between the National Park Service and City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) continues this weekend, as the duo host the first of the annual Music Under the Stars concerts.

The four concerts hosted at the Memorial will start on on Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.

This summer’s concert series will feature a variety of musical styles as selected by MCAD.

June 9: Soul Parade will perform Indie Rock and Pop music

June 16: Tribes will perform Indie/Mariachi music

June 23: Our Friend, The Mountain will perform Folk Rock music

June 30: Mariachi Alegre will perform Noche Ranchera music

Superintendent Sanchez reminds concert-goers and other park visitors of the following rules for safe and fun family events at the Memorial:

  • No outside alcohol is permitted from June 1-August 31 each year; there will be park-authorized vendors selling alcohol, food, and other refreshments during concerts. All coolers and ice chests are subject to search. Please be sure to have a designated driver and remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the summer heat.
  • No pets are allowed on concert day afternoons through evenings for the safety of the animals as well as park visitors.
  • Glass containers are never permitted on the grounds.
  • No personal fireworks are allowed.
  • Grills are not permitted in the concert area surrounding the amphitheater but are allowed in other areas of the park. Please dispose of coals only in designated containers.
  • Running, kicking, and throwing games as well as bicycling and smoking are not permitted in the concert area but are allowed in other areas of the park.
  • Shade structures and umbrellas are permitted in the concert area but must be taken down before the concert begins.
  • Chairs and blankets are welcomed.

For the complete 2019 Music Under the Stars season schedule and to find information about parking and shuttle options, please refer to the MCAD website or call 915-212-0110.

To find out more about events and general visitor information for Chamizal National Memorial, please visit our website or call 915-532-7273.

City releases line up for 2019 Music Under the Stars

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is excited to announce the line-up for the annual Music Under the Stars, free summer concert series that features four performances at the Chamizal National Memorial.

“We are excited to roll out this year’s line-up for the 36th Season of Music Under the Stars with a focus on our talented local musicians,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Production and Marketing Coordinator Ismael Acosta.

“This concert series has become a summertime staple which we are proud to continue as part of the City’s commitment to enhancing El Paso’s quality of life.”

For information on Music Under the Stars, including schedule changes due to weather, follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook.

Music Under the Stars – Free Admission

Chamizal National Memorial, 5800 San Marcial Street
June 9 Soul Parade Indie Rock/Synth Pop 7:30pm – 9:30pm
June 16 Tribes Indie/Mariachi 7:30pm – 9:30pm
June 23 Our Friend the Mountain Folk Rock 7:30pm – 9:30pm
June 30 Mariachi Alegre Noche Ranchera 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Reunion of Former Rio Linda Neighborhood Residents Scheduled for September

As part of a celebration set up the Chamizal National Memorial, after 50 years, former residents of the Rio Linda Neighborhood are invited to the first-ever reunion picnic, a virtual stone’s throw away from their former homes .

The former Rio Linda Neighborhood included Eleventh through Thirteenth Streets between Cotton Avenue/Park Street and Rosita Street.

All residents were relocated in the mid-1960s by the United States Federal Government in order to create the new, permanent concrete channel for this section of the Rio Grand that flows between El Paso and Juarez under the terms of the Chamizal Treaty.

The Treaty was signed by the U.S. and Mexico in August 1963 and ratified in April 1964; however, the new channel did not open until December 1968.

Chamizal National Memorial Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez states, “We are happy to support and foster direct connections and reconnections with those who are part of the history this living Memorial commemorates. We are honored to provide them the opportunity to share their stories with us and the countless visitors who come here.”

Businesses, residences, and community centers in Chihuahita, Segundo Barrio, and Cordova Gardens neighborhoods were also among those relocated in order to accomplish the diplomatic measures created by Chamizal Convention which finally settled this international boundary dispute that lasted more than a century.

“Come one, come all and be part of this historic event!” invites Felipe Peralta, former resident and Reunion Coordinator.

Of his former home, Peralta reflects:

“…residents included families, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who had histories of long personal relationships. In most cases, residents did not have an opportunity to say goodbye to individuals and groups who had lived in the same area for a long time. There were no farewell community gatherings by the residents or organized by the government as families left the neighborhood in tears.

After 50 years, it is time for residents of the neighborhood to come together and share stories since their departure from this beautiful community. Rio Linda was a place full of life with the Rio Grande River on one side, the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks on the other, and the Peyton Packing Plant on the east side. Families were very close and protective of the children who played freely in the streets throughout the day and house parties were common on Saturday nights.

Almost 99% of the students attended Hart Elementary School and Bowie High School in later years. The neighborhood had a community grocery store owned by locals and the Nite Drifters Band members resided in the area as well. It is essential to reach as many people who have fond memories of the Rio Linda Neighborhood to reunite and share those memories and to say our goodbyes, like it should have been back 50 years ago.”

Partners from UTEP’s Institute of Oral History will also be available during the event to record and preserve the memories and stories of those directly affected by the Treaty.

The free event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial Street. The reunion will take place in the South-Central portion of the park, closest to the Delta Drive Gate.

There is no cost to enter the park or for the event, but each family is asked to bring their own picnic food as well as chairs and/or blankets. There are limited covered picnic shelters with grills and tables available as well.

Park officials remind attendees that no glass containers are allowed on the Memorial grounds at any time and pets must be leashed at all times for everyone’s safety.

Chamizal National Memorial Presents First In-House Theater Production in 25+ Years: Ground

For the first time in over a quarter of a century, Chamizal National Memorial will present a play that has been selected, cast, directed, and fully produced by the park’s theater staff.

According to Chamizal officials, “The Memorial has hosted many excellent and varied performances over the years and will continue to work with partners and community groups to offer our visitors performances that align as closely as possible with our mission. We are especially excited, however, to fulfill the original purpose for the theater: to use it for telling the story that Chamizal National Memorial was established to commemorate.”

Chamizal National Memorial is a historic site. Congress established it as one of the national parks to commemorate the Chamizal Convention and connected stories about the continuing relationship between the United States and Mexico.

In addition to relaying the history surrounding “the harmonious settlement of the long-standing boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico concerning the Chamizal,” it is our goal to present performances that relate modern stories of the varied perspectives and experiences of people along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Chamizal National Memorial theater staff selected the play Ground by Lisa Dillman to inaugurate our new in-house production initiative. Ground tells the story of Zell Preston as she returns to her childhood home, a pecan farming border community that she finds completely changed.

Shifting social norms and immigration policies test the bonds of community and family, introducing conflict and leading Zell to proclaim, “This ground and me, we belong together…If we don’t all take care of each other, we won’t have any chance at all.” We hope the Chamizal National Memorial community will join us for a free performance of this powerfully relevant theatrical work.

On July 18, 2018 at 7 pm, Superintendent F. Gus Sánchez will introduce the theater production initiative at our monthly “Chamizal Asks: What Do You Think?” program series. The actors will recite selected scenes from the play and will join the audience in a discussion afterwards.

The play is in English, and the full performance schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, August 3, at 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 4, at 7 pm
  • Sunday, August 5, at 2 pm

Admission is free and first come first served for all performances.  Due to some violence, we do not recommend this play for young children. The Cultural Center closes daily at 5 pm but will open at 6 pm before the August 3rd and 4th performances.

Attendees are asked to arrive with plenty of time to park and be seated on time. Late arrivals will not be able to enter the theater until intermission.

For more information about Chamizal Theater Productions, Ground, and other park events, visit their website, or call the visitor center at 915-532-7273 ext.126.

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta Celebrates Natural Wonders of the Franklin Mountains Saturday

The 13th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park is planned for Saturday, September 30, from 9am to 3pm.

The free family event helps people connect with the great outdoors of the Franklin Mountains and is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Organizes say the annual event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in Northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert.

Schedule of Events at the Entertainment Stage Area – End of the Loop Road next to the Exhibitor Tent Area

· 9:00am-9:15am- National Anthem
· 9:30am-10:00am- Cheerleading
· 10:00am-10:15am Zoo Animal Encounter
· 10:30am-11:00am- Story Telling(Marylyn Guida)
· 11:10am-11:35am- Martial Arts Demonstration
· 11:45am-12:15pm-Keyboarding/Piano
· 12:30pm-1:00pm- Rondalla Estudiantil
· 1:15pm-1:45pm- Ballet Folklorico (Champion Studio)
· 2:00pm-2:30pm- Belly Dancers

More on Geosciences Education Activities – Mini-field trips will run from 9am to 3pm, and will last only 30 minutes, with one exception. The short time means you will not be walking far. The geosciences do not only about understand the earth at your feet, but the vistas in the distance, and the sky above us.

Many of the following field trips may include a walk to a nearby place of higher elevation to get a better view. Hikers are encouraged to bring binoculars for the picturesque hike.

All mini-trips with the exception of trips 4 and 6 meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road to the right of the main stage and exhibit area.

Trip 1- 9:45 am to 10:45 am – Agave Loop for hikers interested in connecting to Mundy’s Gap.  See Park Map for Location.

Trip 2-10:30 am to 12:00 pm- Aztec Cave Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail that features a cave and is good for all skill levels.  See Park Map for Location.

Trip 3 – 11:00 am- 11:30pm- Short walk to elevation change.  Meet at the Trail head at the end of the loop road.

Trip 4 -11:00 am – 12:30pm –  Underground Copper Mine Tour, a maximum number of 15 participants with flashlights or headlamps. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip uphill over a rocky trail. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water, and a working flashlight. We will explore an underground tunnel which was part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto! See Park Map for Location.

Trip 5 -1:00 pm – 2:30pm –  Underground Copper Mine Tour, a maximum number of 15 participants with flashlights or headlamps. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip uphill over a rocky trail. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water, and a working flashlight. We will explore an underground tunnel which was part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto! See Park Map for Location.

Trip 6 -1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Upper Sunset Trail; is one of the shorter ones (1.3 miles) and offered some great views of the valley below.  Meet at the restrooms at the end of the loop road.

Trip 7- 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Short Hike.  No elevation change. Meet at the Trail head at the end of the loop road.

Exhibitors attending the festival this year include New Mexico Farm, Ranch and Heritage Museum, Chamizal National Memorial, Hueco Tanks State Park, Aerial Tramway, Franklin Mountains State Park, Mexican Gray Wolf,  El Paso Parks and Recreation, Tech H2O, El Paso Zoo, International Boundary and Water Commission, Sierra Club, Women’s Voting, Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, Greater Big Bend Coalition, Frontera Land Alliance, Texas Master Naturalist, UTEP, El Paso Fire Department, Sustainability and Resilience Office, Audubon Society, and Friends of the Rio Bosque.

Special thanks to our volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, Franklin Mountains State Park, City of El Paso Parks and Rec, El Paso Zoo, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

For more information contact Franklin Mountains State Park at (915) 566-6441 or contact CDEC Committee Chair Carlos Rodriguez at 915-240-3311.

Music Under the Stars Shifts to Chamizal National Memorial for the 4th

The skies over the Chamizal National Memorial will light up on Tuesday, July 4, when GECU Presents Music Under the Stars returns to the park for its annual fireworks spectacular and concert.

Neon Circus will play tribute to the sounds of country super duo Brooks & Dunn, as they recreate Brooks & Dunn’s exciting live show down to the last detail. They will perform hit country anthems like My Maria, Neon Moon, and Boot Scootin’ Boogie. The concert will be followed by a fireworks spectacular.

Because this is one of the larger events, parking will be available at the El Paso Zoo with a shuttle service running to the Chamizal National Memorial. Shuttles will start at 6 p.m. and return visitors to the zoo parking lot after the concert.

The remaining four shows in this year’s season will be at the Chamizal National Memorial. July will also feature salsa night, a fusion of jazz, funk and reggae, and noche ranchera.

Chamizal National Memorial, 5800 San Marcial Street
July 4 Neon Circus/Fireworks Country (Brooks & Dunn Tribute) 7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 9 Team Havana Salsa Night 7:30pm – 9:30pm
July 16 Chuco Soul Project Jazz, Funk, Reggae 7:30pm – 9:30pm
July 23 Mariachi Los Arrieros Noche Ranchera 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For updated information on GECU presents Music Under the Stars, including schedule changes due to weather, follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook.

Music Under the Stars Kicks Off Its 34th Season This Sunday

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), in collaboration with El Paso Live, a division of Destination El Paso, invites the public to celebrate the start of the annual Music Under the Stars (MUTS) on Sunday, June 4, at Cohen Stadium.

Grammy-winning band’s Ozomatli, based in Los Angeles, will bring unique fusion of alternative, Latin, ska and rock to Music Under the Stars.

In addition to live entertainment, the City of El Paso Animal Services Department and MCAD have teamed up to create the Mutts for MUTS pet adoption campaign. The Animal Services adoption van will be on site with adoptable dogs, and concertgoers can adopt pets for $20.

For one night only, dog owners can bring their furry friends as they will be allowed in Cohen Stadium. Owners will be required to sign a waiver upon entry. Dogs must be leashed, and owners should bring doggie bags.

The 34th annual free summer concert series features eight performances; four at Cohen Stadium and four at the Chamizal National Memorial, including the traditional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and “Noche Ranchera.”

For information on Music Under the Stars, including schedule changes due to weather, follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook.  This year’s concerts are sponsored by GECU.

Line-Ups Set for Music Under the Stars

On Wednesday, the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), in collaboration with El Paso Live, announced the line-up for the annual Music Under the Stars (MUTS.)

The free summer concert series features eight performances; four at Cohen Stadium and four at the Chamizal National Memorial, including the traditional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and “Noche Ranchera.” Music Under the Stars will begin June 4 at Cohen Stadium.

“We are excited to roll out this year’s line-up for the 34th Season of GECU presents Music Under the Stars,” said Assistant Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Ben Fyffe. “This concert series has become a summertime staple which we are proud to continue as part of the city’s commitment to enhancing El Paso’s quality of life.”

This year, Music Under the Stars is presented by GECU.

GECU presents Music Under the Stars – Free Admission

Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North Blvd.
June 4 Ozomatli Alternative, Funk 7:30pm – 9:30pm
June 11 Departure Journey Tribute 7:30pm – 9:30pm
June 18 Sayverse Latin Pop Rock 7:30pm – 9:30pm
June 25 Magic Reggae Pop 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Chamizal National Memorial, 5800 San Marcial Street
July 4 Neon Circus (with Fireworks Finale) Brooks & Dunn Tribute 7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 9 Team Havana Salsa Night 7:30pm – 9:30pm
July 16 Chuco Soul Project Jazz, Funk, Reggae 7:30pm – 9:30pm
July 23 Los Arrieros Noche Ranchera 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For information on GECU presents Music Under the Stars, including schedule changes due to weather, follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook.

Western National Parks Association Board Meeting Set for El Paso

Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will be holding its next board meeting at WNPA partner park Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, May 12-13.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our board to experience Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, as well WNPA’s two newest partner parks, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park,” said James Cook, WNPA Executive Director. “I’m especially delighted at the outstanding sales generated at our two newest park stores. Their success helps WNPA support all of our 71 national park partners across the West.”

WNPA also announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The board is the governing body of the organization and serves as an ambassador for WNPA, articulating its message, mission, and accomplishments to the public.

Gerard Baker
Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker, a full-blood member of the Mandan-Hidatsa tribe, is the highest-ranking American Indian in National Park Service (NPS) history.

He was born and raised in North Dakota and grew up in a traditional Indian home on his father’s cattle ranch. Baker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Southern Oregon State University in 1979, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in public service from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2007.

Baker began working for the NPS in 1974 and served in several capacities until his retirement in 2010. He is a widely-recognized figure for American Indians, thanks in part to his work as a mediator between the NPS and tribal governments. He has appeared in two Ken Burns films, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.

Dennis Hernandez
Dennis Hernandez

Los Angeles-based attorney Dennis Hernandez, whose legal career spans four decades, has experience ranging from intellectual property litigation and criminal prosecution to advising Senator Edward M. Kennedy on education, immigration, and youth labor issues. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and sits on the Citizens Advisory Board of the California Highway Patrol.

“All of us at Western National Parks Association are thrilled with the addition of our two newest board members. Both gentlemen bring vast experience, skills, and knowledge to the organization,” said Cook. “WNPA is now affiliated with 71 national park units across 12 western states. With such a large scope of operations and a forward-thinking strategic vision, WNPA is fortunate to have a board of directors comprised of members from five western states, all with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and areas of expertise. This helps ensure the organization is reflective of the communities we serve and hope to serve in the future.”

As a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supports 71 park partners across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience.

Since 1938 WNPA has worked to connect new generations to parks in meaningful ways, all with one simple goal: create advocates who want to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time.

Hundreds of Kids Helped by HACEP’s Back to School Fair

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) hosted its 7th annual “Back-to-School Fair” today benefitting over 500 children from the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.

HACEP transformed their Central Office parking lot, on the corner of East Paisano Drive and Cortez Road, into a fair celebrating the quickly approaching 2016 school year.

The Fair featured the distribution of backpacks filled with the essential school supplies (valued at $30 each) and included over 15 exhibitors from various El Paso businesses and community organizations.

IMG_0206For the past six years, HACEP has positively impacted over 2,000 children and their families by providing the tools necessary to help them be successful in the classroom.

Children from ages 6 – 11 years old received backpacks that included notebooks, crayons, pencils, rulers, markers, scissors, and folders.

Two lucky families even went home with laptop computers, a new entry on the list of school supplies, which will help close the digital divide.


These supplies help offset the cost to families earning an average of $12K-$15K a year as the beginning of a school year can leave a dent in anyone’s wallet.

Hundreds of little faces lit up with delight as they picked out their favorite color backpack, and picked up other new “treasures” at the fair. IMG_0153The parents were excited too, as well as relieved, knowing that this opportunity will make the start out the school year less challenging.

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report, students who attend school equipped with the needed school supplies have a better chance of achieving excellence in the classroom. Their confidence soars, classroom behavior improves, and grades go up.

“Today, we were able to go beyond providing safe and sanitary homes to our families,” said Lorena Rivera, Director of the HCV Program. “This is due to the tremendous support we received from our community partners, whose participation is key to the success of this event.”

The HCV Back-to-School Fair was made possible by a generous grant from the Wilma D. Moleen Foundation and supported by various local community partners and volunteers: Chase Bank, Rio Bravo Title, El Paso’s National IBF Featherweight World Champion Jennifer Han, City of El Paso Public Health Department, Smile Magic, Star Medical Group, Chamizal National Memorial, 2-1-1 Texas, El Paso Zoo, El Paso Library, Big Boy Concessions, Craze, the Food Truck Association, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, UTEP, EP Fitness, Fresh on Mondays and the HACEP Community Services Smoke-Free Initiative Team.

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