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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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