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2nd. Anniversary Celebration


By Joe Olvera ©, 2010

The float with the huge lion on board will, once again, greet parade-goers at the Del Norte Lion’s Club’s 31st Annual Fourth of July parade on, of course, Fourth of July. Frank Ramirez, secretary/treasurer of the Del Norte Lion’s Club said that the parade is probably the oldest in El Paso, because it’s been

held since 1979. “We’re the oldest, because, for 31 years, we’ve grown from a few spectators to more than 10,000 today,” Ramirez said. “We’ve also grown from about 25 floats and other entries to more than 130.” Prepping for this year’s event is both a difficult process, and a labor of love.

helps support such special charitable programs as providing transportation for children to the Texas Lion’s Camp for Children with Disabilities, the Lion’s Southwest Eye Health Foundation, in which children are fitted with new eyeglasses, the Hearing and Speech Clinic Examinations, and other activities, including scholarships, throughout the year.

“Sure, there’s a lot of work involved, but, hundreds of volunteers help get the show on the road. The payoff is the gratitude expressed by the participants and the spectators. The parade is our biggest event, but, we also feature other events, some of them

are meant as fundraisers so that we can continue our charitable work, but, the parade is totally free.” Some of those events include a yearly golf tournament, soliciting donations, and the Club’s Casino Night Program. The money raised

The parade on the Fourth will start at 9 a.m. and will culminate at 11 a.m. The route starts at Hanks High School, at the corner of Lee Trevino and Montwood, and finishes at Album Park. “We will have, of course, Leon Blevins in his perennial and inspiring costume as Uncle Sam, and State Rep. Joe Pickett, riding atop his vintage fire truck, with siren blasting along the parade route. “We will also feature

cheerleaders, high school bands, vintage automobiles, euro cars, and, even, low-riders, a Sheriff’s Posse, veteran’s groups, and, politicians who represent the Eastside,” Ramirez said. “Last year, we featured, as Parade Grand Marshals, the Socorro Bulldogs - the Texas State Baseball Champions from Socorro High School.” One unique aspect of this parade is that spectators are invited to march along with parade participants. “This truly is the ‘people’s parade,’ Ramirez said. “Everybody is encouraged to participate by walking alongside the marching bands and all the other entrants, including, of course, Old Glory. It wouldn’t be a Fourth of July Parade without the presence of our beautiful Red, White, and Blue American Flag.”


WEATHER 101 By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Myths and Truths about Sun Tanning We are now into the summer season. That means more people than ever will be exposing themselves to the sun's rays over the next several months. There are several misconceptions about sunburns and tanning. 1. Have you wondered if you can get sunburn or tan through a window? A window acts like a sunscreen. It does not block all the UV radiation but it does block the most dangerous wavelengths of UV radiation. You will burn much more quickly when driving with the windows down and exposed to the sun as compared to driving with the windows up and exposed to the sun. 2. It is erroneously thought that a tan is healthy and protects you from sunburn. In actuality, a tan results from the body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation. A tan does somewhat protect the body from the sun, BUT a tan over white skin acts only as about an SPF 4 sunscreen. A tan may look beautiful, but that does not mean the skin is healthier than non-tanned skin. Sunburns greatly increase the risk of skin cancer, wrinkles, freckled skin and leathery skin later in life. 3. It is an incorrect notion to think that if the skin feels cool it will not sunburn as quickly. Although a cool breeze, swimming, or cooler temperatures will make the skin feel more comfortable, it is getting the same dose of UVV radiation as when the wind is light and temperatures are hot. Some people make the mistake of staying out in the sun longer since they don't feel hot. Then they go inside and realize they overexposed themselves.

Weather Trivia: What city in the United States is considered to be the sunniest? A. Phoenix, AZ B. El Paso C. Yuma, AZ

D. Tucson, AZ E. Las Vegas, NV

4. Another myth is thinking that taking breaks while sunbathing reduces the chance for sunburn. In actuality, sun burning exposure is cumulative during the day. 5. You may have heard this: "you can get sunburn just as quickly on a cloudy day as compared to a sunny day". In many cases this is completely false. On an overcast day, especially an overcast rainy day, the amount of UV reaching the surface is significantly reduced. Any overcast conditions will reduce UV radiation reaching the surface. With this said, partly cloudy conditions do NOT reduce the sunburn risk. 6. It is sometimes erroneously thought that water is a sun block. Shallow water offers minimal protection from UV, and reflections from water can enhance the UV exposure also. 7. Sun block is not a perfect protection from the sun. It is easy to miss spots on the skin when putting on sun block. The sun block does not protect the eyes. Some people make the mistake of staying out in the sun much longer when they have the sun block on. Given enough time, the skin will burn even with sun block on. This is especially true if sweat and swimming wear off the sun block effects. “Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at

Answer: C – Yuma, Arizona. El Paso is the 6th sunniest.


Latest Stormwater Update In previous articles, I provided you with some information about the Stormwater District that was formed by the City of El Paso. The essence of the articles was the plans that had been put on paper by the District. First of all, we should all be grateful for the excellent plans put on paper by the District. I am very appreciative of Ed Archuleta's commitment to me in the legislative session to impact El Paso as a region and not just a city. While the plans are excellent, that is all that they are. The best engineers in El Paso county drew the blueprints of a stormwater control system that makes many areas of the county much safer from our annual thunderstorm flooding. What is not in place is the money for executing the plans. The stormwater district that was formed by the El Paso Water Utilities is not responsible for funding or even implementing the plans. At this moment, the plans are still pending more discussion at the Utilities. For all intents and purposes, the district has done its job. The development of the plans was not an easy task. Although some facets of the plans were provided by the Army Corps of Engineers, much of the content of the plans were researched and developed by the fine engineers who work at the district. The hard part of the project is before us. That is the funding. Great plans are only as good as the community commitment. In the past, this county has been very hesitant to work toward getting the funding necessary to begin controlling the storm runoffs. The collaboration needed to even start the smaller projects should included the Federal, State and County government. If indeed the plans are finalized for the projects, a strong effort should be taken at the county commissioners court to start the grant and loan process to fund the plans. If we don’t start now, the cost will eventually increase. In fact, the longer we wait the more the chances are that current arroyos may be altered by natural or man made influences. If that were to happen, the efforts to develop the plans would have been worthless. For my part, as soon as the plans are final, I commit to discussing with state agencies where possible funding can be tapped. I would hope that a similar effort would be forthcoming from the county and federal elected officials. In the mean time, take the same precautions during the monsoon season; or for that matter whenever thunderstorms are present anywhere in the county.

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FAMILIAS TRIUNFADORAS, INC. RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE U.S.ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM IN THE AMOUNT OF $25, 000 FOR THE FAMILIAS SALUDABLES PROJECT San Elizario, Texas – The Familias Triunfadoras, Inc. receives a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $25,000 for “The Familias Saludables Project (Healthy Families Project). The project is a culturally relevant and bilingual outreach and education project that engages colonia adults, youth, schools, and local governments in working together to

Covernali Ortiz, Executive Director of the Familias Triunfadoras, Inc.

address the most pressing environmental concerns affecting the quality of life along the U.S/Mexico Border Region such as poor water quality, ground water contamination, illegal dumping, lead based and chemical poisoning. The project tar-

gets colonias in San Elizario, Fabens, Clint, Montana Vista and other areas who do not have water or wastewater utilities and those living in poor housing conditions that use salvaged construction materials to build their homes. “The project is designed to (1) build community knowledge and capacity of residents to effectively assess and monitor present and potential community environmental hazards though community outreach and educational workshops; (2) develop the leadership capacity among the residents and support them in the formation of Environmental Justice Block Committees in order to monitor illegal dumping; (3) develop a culturally relevant and bilingual social media campaign on environmental issues; and (4) Inform residents on how to purify drinking water and maintain water containers clean to reduce contamination”, said Maria

About the Familias Triunfadoras, Inc. Founded on December 7, 2006, Familias Triunfadoras, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 women-led non profit organization with a mission to empower women living in the colonias of El Paso County who are affected by domestic violence to become economic self-sufficient and take control of their lives. We also serve as an advocate for long-term socioeconomic change in the colonias. Familias Triunfadoras, Inc. serves over 3,000 people a year by providing housing rehabilitation, social service information and referrals, basic computer classes, arts & crafts workshops, food distribution, domestic violence support groups and health awareness programs. For more information about the Familias Triunfadoras, Inc. call (915) 851-1141 or visit us at: and

Turn ASARCO into a People’s Museum By Joe Olvera ©, 2010 Believe it or not, when I was in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Travis AFB, California, I used to brag and be proud of the smokestack at ASARCO. I actually felt great that my beautiful international city of El Paso would be host to the largest such stack in the world. In those days, El Paso didn’t have much to brag about, so we had to do with the smokestack, as it towered high over our city. So, here’s my solution to what to do about the present-day tower. Roberto Lerma and I believe that we should turn it into a museum. Yes, that’s right, turn it into a museum. But, not a museum that features photos and the great lives of only the founders, and other big shots that lorded it over the smelter and its workers. Show us, instead, the workers, the people who worked at the smelter and who lived in the infamous Smeltertown, Texas. My own sweet mother, Mrs. F. J. Olvera, was born and raised there, because my grandfather, Panfilo Jimenez, was one of the workers. I’m not sure because, like an idiot, I never took down their oral histories, but, I believe all her siblings were born and raised there. I’m talking about my Uncles, Martin, Timoteo, and Simon – who was killed at the Rio Rapido in World War II. But, let’s not forget my Aunt Licha and, of course, my mom. Later, when my grandfather retired, he bought a house on Pera Street in what was then East El Paso. His retirement pension made it possible for him and my grandmother, Cruz Jimenez, to buy that white house with its blue trim, its huge back yard, and its small front yard that was always green and ladened with trees. Of course, like I said, I’m a little fuzzy about the true history of my mom and her family, but, I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. So, yes, turn it into a museum, but, make it a museum for the people – the real people. The ones who worked there, the ones who lived there, and, of course, the ones who died there. On another note: I’m truly angered at Mexican President Felipe Calderon. He turned the death of that unfortunate 15 year old into a political football. The tragedy never should have happened, but, it did. That Border Patrol Agent never should have fired his gun, because rocks just can’t compete with guns, no matter what anybody says. Instead of Calderon blasting the United States for protecting its prerogatives, he should’ve blasted his own government, because, if it wasn’t for the corruption among politicos in Mexico, that 15 year old kid would never have been guiding or smuggling people across the border. Can’t he see that it’s his own failures that led to that poor young man’s death? That young boy should never have been guiding the huddled masses across that dry river bed. He should’ve been in school. He should’ve been getting ready for the school prom, or getting ready to play a game of soccer, or baseball. That young boy, who had to turn to crime in order to survive, never should have died. But, thanks to Calderon’s own failures to control his people, to control the elements of violence that permeate Mexico, he was shot and killed. Again, yes, the Border Patrol agent shot at an unarmed boy – armed only with rocks. But, the real culprit in this scenario is Calderon. I can’t wait for him to leave office, can you? Sin Fin


Sharon Mosley Love it or hate it. Swimsuit season is here. You can cover it all up or figure out a way to accentuate the positive and have a great time. Let's face it, we all have figure flaws, so let's figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to baring it all ... well, almost! "The first decision is whether to wear a one-piece or two-piece suit," says Jill Martin, fashion expert and author of "Fashion for Dummies." "What you choose depends on what you're comfortable in and what body part you want to show off or hide," she says. "Get a onepiece suit if your belly is an area that you don't feel comfortable revealing." Here are some of Martin's tips for choosing a swimsuit that fits your body style: — Small-busted. The bandeau top or triangle top looks great on you (and many suits now come with padding if you want an extra boost!). Also, a cute suit with ruffles on top helps accentuate the chest area. Any detail on top helps give the illusion that you're more curvaceous. These tops are available in either a one-piece or twopiece style, so you can choose which look you prefer. — Large-busted. If you have larger breasts and want to wear a two-piece suit, try ones that have more supportive straps. The brastyle bikini top is a very good choice for you as is the halter-top suit. These both flatter and support you in the chest area. If you prefer to wear a one-piece suit, look for one with straps that provide the support you're looking for. Draw your inspiration from the likes of Gilligan's Island with these highwaisted, retro swim bottoms. The low-rising candy-striped placket creates playful drama, while the wide waistband keeps everything under wraps. Photo courtesy of

— Bottom-heavy. Play up your top in order to even out the proportions. Choose either a one-or two-piece suit with a top half that attracts all the attention. Separates — where the top has thicker straps or a colorful print and the bottom half is a dark solid that flatters and still matches the top — are always a good choice. Or try a color block one-piece with lighter colors on the top and darker ones on the bottom. Avoid boy short bottoms, which emphasize and attract attention to your derriere. Accentuating your cleavage is a good way to divert attention from other areas. — Short legs: Choose a suit that's cut high at the hip to make your legs look longer. A plunging neckline also creates a more vertical look. Vertical stripes serve the same purpose. — Long torso: Go for horizontal stripes. A two-piece suit breaks up your midsection. If you wear a one-piece, try one with cutouts, which break up your torso. And don't be afraid to add splashes of color to keep eyes from looking at you in a straight up-and-down manner. — Thick waist: If your hips and waist are about the same size, wear a two-piece suit with bright colors, so there's a clear definition between your two halves. Choose bottoms that sit low on your hips (these add a lengthening effect), and try to find a suit that has some bows or other adornment at the hips to differentiate your hips and waist. — Plus-sized. Dark colors are the best. A streamlined one-piece in a dark color makes you look longer and leaner. Try an interesting neckline, maybe one that's deeper rather than rounder, as it creates more of an illusion of length and draws attention to your chest area. — Cover-ups. Hey, we all need them at times. Martin suggests buying one of the most versatile cover-ups: a sarong. "The great thing about a sarong is that you can use it in several ways, depending on which parts you want to cover," she says. "Tie it above your chest, like a bath towel, and it covers you entirely without being too hot or looking out-of-place. If you just want to cover your lower half, tie it at your waist. Sarongs are so easy to put on and take off. You can even use it to lie on at the beach when you take it off!" Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM


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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren

WOMAN WANTS TO BELIEVE SEX OFFENDER'S CLAIM OF INNOCENCE DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Claude," and I are deeply in love. He's devoted to me and my son. He brings me candy and flowers and takes me out. He includes my son in everything we do. My problem is, he recently mentioned that he is on the national sex offenders list. He says he didn't do it and that he was framed. It happened years ago -- if it happened at all -- and he doesn't like to talk about it. Abby, I need your advice. Should I believe him or run the other way? It scares me to think that I am putting my son in danger, but then again, I don't believe Claude did what they say he did. Please help me. -- MOM IN THE SOUTH DEAR MOM: The first thing you should do is check the national sex offenders database. Find out if Claude should, by virtue of the fact that he is a convicted sex offender, even be around children. Learn the facts of what happened from the authorities in that community. And then, think with your head instead of your heart and put your son's welfare above everything. ** DEAR ABBY: You frequently say children are not responsible for their parents' divorce. My grandmother said my parents married because my mother was pregnant with my sister. They divorced because I was born. What do we say to our parents, knowing they divorced

because Mom didn't want us? (I have met her only twice, and she's not around to defend herself.) I am 25 Dear and have Abby had selfesteem problems my entire life. -STILL FEELING SAD, MESA, ARIZ. DEAR STILL FEELING SAD: I'm sorry you have had so little contact with your mother. Had it been otherwise, you might have discovered that your parents' divorce had nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with her and your father's level of maturity at the time and the quality of their marriage. I strongly suspect that other factors in your mother's life made her unable, rather than unwilling, to nurture. If it's possible for you to contact her, you should do so. And if not, discuss this with a therapist who will help you put any questions about your self-worth to rest once and for all. ** DEAR ABBY: My son is married to a beautiful Japanese woman who is well-educated and speaks both Japanese and English fluently. They have a daughter, "Mari," who is 2 1/2 and just starting to talk. My concern is whether my granddaughter should be taught English or Japanese first. Mari already speaks and understands a little of each language, but I'm

worried that she may grow up confused while trying to communicate with others. I feel she should learn English first. Then, as Mari grows older, her mother can teach her the Japanese language. Am I being concerned about something I shouldn't be? By the way, there is no family conflict here. I'm just concerned that my granddaughter will grow up confused. -- HAPPY PAPA IN CALIFORNIA DEAR HAPPY PAPA: Worry no more. Children absorb languages like sponges absorb water. Mari is a lucky little girl to be learning Japanese and English so young. If she's able to practice both, they will become interchangeable for her. So stop worrying, and if you're receptive, your granddaughter may teach you a few phrases. ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. ** For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order "How to Be Popular." Send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby -- Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included in the price.) COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

De-Aging: The Miracle of Each Moment

Marilynn Preston I have a friend visiting me on this small, remote, glorious Greek island. He is a Zen master, a poet, a peace activist and a world-class calligrapher. His name is Kazuaki Tanahashi. Sometimes, when people ask hello, how are you? Kaz will laugh and answer, "I am de-aging." In his late '70s now, Kaz is the inventor of de-aging. It's not a product or a program. It's a concept, a way of slowing down the aging process without resorting to desperate anti-aging measures involving pills, plastic surgery or fetal lamb cells. "Anti-aging is defensive thinking," Kaz explains to me one day after breakfast, sitting high atop a hill, overlooking an endless sea. “De-aging is more active. Each moment we have a choice.” Kaz takes a breath, and so do I. I've heard him talk about de-aging before. This time, I'm taking notes. "The idea is we lose vitality and gain vitality each moment. Aging is not a one-way street, going downhill. We become older, we become younger, every moment." Kaz has explained his deaging theory to many friends who are doctors, and they all agree it's a good one. "We age as a whole," Kaz continues, his long scraggly beard waving in the breeze. "Our body, our mind ... we can't reverse it. But when we look at aging at the micro level — each day, each hour, each moment — we see that it goes up and down. So in each moment, we have a choice." The choice is between doing something that ages us, or deages us, something that makes us more vital or less vital, more healthy or less healthy. He mentions eating well and exercising. I see a column arising in my mind. I am

happy. I'll be free to spend the afternoon de-aging at my favorite beach. "If I'm tired, I can choose to take a walk, or I can watch TV," he elaborates. "I can choose to relax and meditate, or I can smoke. I can overwork, or I can rest. I can take a job that is more stressful or less stressful ... and in this way, we can shape our life. Are we aging or are we deaging? It's an active choice." When it comes to living a healthier, happier lifestyle, it always comes down to personal choices. Fortunately for all of us, you don't have to be a Zen master to figure it out. Will you have a doughnut and

too much, for too long. "I am Japanese; I'm a kind of workaholic. I have to tell myself to slow down, to be lazy. Lazy people don't have to be reminded to be lazy." He stops to laugh at his own joke. "To be lazy doesn't mean not to work. It means to slow down, do less work and be more effective. That kind of laziness." Negative emotions get in the way of de-aging, Kaz goes on. "Anger, envy, jealousy, hatred ... all these negative emotions contribute to aging. So you have to find a way to turn a negative situation into something positive. This is the practice of being calm, more compassionate, more under-

“Taking a break will allow a breakthrough to happen.” — Kazuaki Tanahashi diet cola for breakfast or yogurt and fresh fruit? Hold onto anger or let it go? Drive your car or ride your bicycle? "You can't really control overall aging," Kaz says, "but by doing de-aging, we can slow it down." So de-aging is a kind of practice, I say. Kaz doesn't pick up on the word practice. I feel myself aging, just a little. What are some other ways we can de-age? I ask. "It's important to be excited about life!" Kaz says, raising his voice to just above a whisper. "Being in love! You could be in love with art, grandchildren or doing service work. Have a passion. Love what you do!" Kaz says he loves what he does — writing, painting, running a revolutionary nonprofit called A World Without Armies ( — but he is aware of his tendency to do

standing. This turns aging into de-aging" It's time to take a break, another form of de-aging practice. Can I call it a practice even if Kaz does not? It's something to think about as I sit on the sand and build a little tower one stone at a time, watching myself grow younger every moment. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! THE ZEN OF VACATIONS Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to COPYRIGHT 2010 ENERGY EXPRESS, LTD.


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the surrounding space. This also provides the full therapeutic and aromatic values of the oils to remain intact.

Boasting clean design and style, reed diffusers are a simple, elegant way to fill your home with fragrance. Ilio, a leading manufacturer of home fragrance products, has a line of reed diffusers that add affordable luxury to everyday life and provide a way to safely and subtly add scent to your home. "Reed diffusers are growing more popular as a home fragrance option because they offer several advantages over candles," said Damon Smith, president of ilio. "They are less fragrant than a candle or a plug-in, but offer a subtle, constant scent. They also have the advantage of portability, safety and fit in with any room decor." Unique in design and fragrance composition, each diffuser includes an Italian-designed glass, cylin-

Choosing a home fragrance is like choosing a perfume. Reed diffusers by ilio give you plenty of choices. Photo courtesy of ilio. der bottle filled with 245 mL of high quality essential oils and 10 reed sticks, which are 12 inches long and used to absorb and diffuse the oils.

Ilio also offers duos — a pair of 100 mL bottles with 10 reed sticks each in complementary scents, allowing you to add different fragrances to different rooms while still

maintaining an overall cohesive home scent. By soaking the reed sticks in the essential oils, the fragrance is released subtly into

To control the level of fragrance diffused in the air, you can flip the reed sticks so the dry side becomes immersed in the essential oils. This allows the saturated end to ionize and fill the space with scent. The diffuser is specially designed to conserve the essential oils, which can be used for up to four months. "We wanted to create a reed

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Shawn Dell Joyce About 1.3 percent fewer Americans are expected to fly this summer than last summer, according to the Air Transport Association. Which may be good news for the environment, since a single transatlantic flight for a family of four creates more carbon emissions than that family will generate domestically for an entire year. Instead of making pricey travel plans this year that damage the environment as well as your bank account, take a local vacation, or "staycation." This is a chance to rediscover the beauty of your home region by taking the time to visit cultural attractions and natural places that you may be too busy to see in your daily routine. A staycation does not mean staying home and doing yard work, or the list of jobs

you've been putting off for the past year. "Instead," suggests Pauline Frommer of Frommer's Travel Guides, "become a tourist in your own hometown." Plan to see tourist attractions, historic sites, take an art class, learn to swim or a number of small adventures

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ways wanted to do if you had the time. A fringe benefit of staycations is that you develop a deeper connection to your community and hometown. People feel more connected to a

place when they experience the history and natural beauty of it firsthand. Try to see something different each day — a different spectacular view, a different museum, a new restaurant. At the same time, you benefit your local community by pumping vacation money into the local economy. Some staycationers go so far as to camp in a nearby campground to get away from the daily routine. If you are addicted to technology, and can't imagine a day without email or Internet, then consider leaving the house and staycationing in a local campground or Bed and Breakfast. You'll still save gas money and travel expenses, but you'll feel refreshed after being away from the computer for a few days. Here are a few tips for a successful staycation:

— Explore the rail trails in your area by bicycle. Most communities have rail trail projects connecting larger cities by walking and biking paths. Explore your area by riding in five miles sections each day. ( — Go to the local tourism office or website for a list of historic sites and museums to visit. — Spend a Saturday touring farms and farm markets in your region to find out what is grown locally, and get a fresh delicious taste of the local flavors. ( — Pick a nearby town on the map, and spend the day walking through the whole town, antiquing, eating in local

restaurants, and getting a real sense of the history and culture of the place. — Take an art, music or acting class. Do something you always said you would do if only you had the time. If you really must go out of town, make your vacation as green as possible: — Stay in a green hotel when possible. If you strive to be green at home, why not on vacation as well? (, — Travel with friends, and share the costs and carbon of each car trip. If you carpool, then share a vacation rental including meals. You form tighter friendship bonds, use

less gas and eat out less. — Consider a working vacation, and volunteer to work on an organic farm located in a place you wish to visit. Many countries also have programs for whole families to spend a vacation working as part of a relief effort. (, — Offset the carbon emissions from your air travel by purchasing carbon offsets through the airline or Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at m. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

Reed Diffusers.. Continued from page 9 — Clear: Lavender Ocean, Summer Breeze and Flower Shop. — Crisp: D'Anjou Pear, Lemon Drops and Cucumber Slice. — Bright: Amber Warmth, Vanilla Sunset and Spring Blossom. Each fragrance contains a unique combination of ingredients, such as gardenia, mandarin and sandalwood, to enhance relaxation, motivation and inspiration. Ilio duos are available in four pairs of complementary scents falling into four categories: — Clear: Lavender Ocean (a fresh mix of lavender and eucalyptus, finished with the soft notes of lilac blossoms) and Rain Forest (a scent with tones of Brazilian lemon and ylang ylang, highlighted with sandalwood and vanilla bean). These scents smell clean and light, providing an

invigorating pick-me-up. — Crisp: Cucumber Slice (a scent where the crisp notes of cucumber combine with leafy greens and a drop of honeydew) and Bamboo Leaves (a blend of pomelo, bamboo and Asian tiger lily finished with notes of ebony wood). These have tart, fresh aromas that inspire creativity and productivity. — Bright: Amber Warmth (amber infused with the smoky scents of patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, Eastern spices and a trace of white musk) and Autumn Fig (the essence of figs ripened in the sun with amber and white musk). These fragrances call to mind relaxation and the warmth of the sun, providing a vacation from stress. — Still: Winter Fir (fresh notes of fir and eucalyptus underscored with tones of pine cones and moss) and Cranberry Clove (a blend of

cranberry, tangerine and bing cherries infused with traces of clove and vanilla). These scents reflect the peacefulness of quiet, shady groves and relax the senses. "With four scent profiles to choose from, duos can reflect the user's mood, stir memories and inspire creative thoughts, whatever the mood may be. These scents are meant to be paired and together, inspire one mood or emotion," said Smith. The ilio reed diffusers retail for $35 and the duos are $28. For more information, call 206-340-ILIO (206-3404546) or visit Maggie Reed may be reached at COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM


FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson

YOUNG A DULT S C AN 'T SUC C EE D IF LI V ING W IT H MOM A ND D AD QUESTION: I'm twentytwo years old and am still living at home. It's driving me nuts. My folks are in my face every day. They want me to get a full-time job 'cause I only work part-time at a convenience store. Why can't they get off my case and leave me alone? DR. DOBSON: With all respect, I think it's time for you to pack. Many young adults like you continue to hang around the house because they don't know what to do next. That is a recipe for trouble. Your mother and father can't help "parenting" you if you remain under their noses. To them, it seems like only yesterday since you were born. They find it difficult to think of you as an adult. The way you live probably irritates them, too. They hate your messy room, which would require a tetanus shot just to walk through. They don't like your music. They go to bed early and arise with the sun; you keep the same hours as hamsters. You

ence of intelligent and charismatic people who taught us. I wish there were an easier, more efficient process for shaping human minds than the slow and painful experience of education. But until a "learning pill" is developed, the old-fashioned approach will have to do. ** QUESTION: Our fourteenyear-old recently came to my husband and me to say, "I'm pregnant." Nothing has ever upset us more than hearing those words. What should our attitude toward her be now?

drive the family car like you've been to Kamikaze Driving School. They want you to get a job -- go to school -- do something. Every day brings a new argument -a new battle. When things deteriorate to that point, it's time to get out. ** QUESTION: I've heard that we forget more than 80 percent of what we learn. When you consider the cost of getting an education, I wonder why we put all that effort into examinations, textbooks, homework and years spent in boring classrooms. Is education really worth what we invest in it? DR. DOBSON: In fact, it is. There are many valid reasons for learning, even if forgetting will take its usual toll. First, one of the important functions of the learning process is the self-discipline and self-control that it fosters. Good students learn to follow directions, carry out assignments, and channel their mental faculties. Second, even if

the facts and concepts can't be recalled, the individual knows they exist and where to find them. He or she can retrieve the information if needed. Third, old learning makes new learning easier. Each mental exercise gives us more associative cues with which to link future ideas and concepts,

and we are changed for having been through the process of learning. Fourth, we don't really forget everything that is beyond the reach of our memories. The information is stored in the brain and will return to consciousness when properly stimulated. And fifth, we are shaped by the influ-

DR. DOBSON: Responding to a teenage pregnancy is one of the most difficult trials parents are ever asked to face. When the news breaks, it's reasonable to feel anger at the girl who has brought this humiliation and pain into her life. How dare this kid do something so stupid and hurtful to herself and the entire family! Once you have caught your breath, however, a more rational and loving re-

sponse is appropriate. This is no time for recrimination. Your daughter needs your understanding and wisdom now more than ever. She'll face many important decisions in the next few months, and you can't afford to alienate yourselves from her. If you can summon a measure of strength and love at this stressful time, you should be able to create the bond that often develops between those who have survived a crisis together. ** Dr. Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from "Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2010 JAMES DOBSON INC.



Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: United Front Games PUBLISHER: Sony SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Everyone REVIEW RATING: 4.0 stars (out of 5) Welcome, one and all to "ModNation Racers," the most customizable game on

this isn't your average kartracing game. In fact, players looking for instant racing satisfaction will most likely grow bored with the game after awhile. On the other hand, anyone interested in deep customization will find the user-friendly mod tools to be an excellent template. For example, vehicles have many features to alter, ranging from body type to accessories to the paint job itself. Even painting is broken down into

creates a huge amount of free content available for players from the moment they take "ModNation Racers" online. Unfortunately, the game play is where this title could use an overhaul. While racing isn't actually bad, I hate how A.I. competitors gang up on the leader only when it's a human player. Sure, I appreciate the ability to activate a temporary shield to block incoming missiles and power-ups, but it

ModNation Racers image courtesy Sony.

the planet (I'm talking about planet Earth, not "Little Big Planet"). Other racing games offer the ability to convert vehicles or maybe even the course layout, but only "ModNation Racers" lets players modify vehicles, drivers and courses and then share them with other players online. Let me begin by saying that

color, patterns and decals for each part of the vehicle. When players are satisfied with their custom creations, they have the option to play with them in single player or online multiplayer. It's also possible to upload whatever you create to an online server so others can use and/or modify them even further. This

rarely lasts long enough to weather each onslaught. This title also has very long loading screens around every corner. If you don't mind game play taking a backseat to a virtual cornucopia of modification options, then you'll surely love "ModNation Racers."

REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM 5 stars = Must Have 4 stars = Very Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother

RATINGS KEY Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) E: Everyone E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older) T: Teen (13 and older) M: Mature (17 and older)

To find out more about Jeb Haught and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM.


Calico cats are truly distinctive Secure pets are a better bet on the road By Gina Spadafori Universal Uclick

The number of people who travel with their dogs is growing, and so too are the options for pets on the road. From “ruffing it” at campgrounds to enjoying fabulous four-star hotels, the time has never been better to pack up your pet and go. Still, traveling with a dog is no picnic sometimes. Finding lodgings can be difficult, luxurious inside dining is largely sacrificed in favor of eating takeout in the car or a park, and spending hours tripping through quaint shops becomes a thing of the past when a dog is waiting. Traveling with dogs offers some challenges, but nearly all are surmountable with common sense and creativity. The travel industry wants to help, that’s for sure. Countless books cover traveling with dogs, and some travel agents have carved out a niche booking canine-cen-

The calico cat has distinct patches of color.

Unsecured pets are a danger to themselves, to others in the car and others on the road as a driver distraction that may cause an accident.

tered vacations. People in the travel industry have learned that many people with dogs are exceptionally grateful for pleasant accommodations, and so return to the places that treat them well year after year. As a result, some entrepreneurs have gone to great lengths to attract dog lovers. You can even find canine camps, where people do nothing but share a slice of “dog heaven” with their pet for a week or more at a time. Is your pup ready to hit the road? As with all other training, ending up with a good carrider starts with molding correct behavior when your dog is a puppy. No

matter how cute or how small, do not allow your pup to ride in your lap, and don’t make a fuss over him while you’re driving. Traveling with your dog in a crate is often easier and definitely safer. Depending on the size of your dog and the size and shape of your car, a crate may not be feasible. It should always be considered, though, especially for those dogs who are so active that they distract the driver. Collapsible crates are available for easy storage in the trunk when not in use. Another safety tool is a doggy seat belt. Some models attach to the vehicle’s seat belt and then to a harness you provide, while others come complete with harness. Also good for keeping a pet in place — if you have a station wagon, van or SUV — are widely available metal barriers that fit between the passenger and cargo areas. These barriers aren’t considered as safe in the event of a crash as a crate or a safety belt, but they do solve the problem of a dog whose behavior can distract the driver.

If your dog’s only exposure to travel is an occasional trip to the veterinarian’s, don’t be surprised if he hates car rides. Try to build up his enthusiasm by increasing his time in the car and praising him for his good behavior. The first short trips should be to pleasant locations, such as parks. Because most of the car-sickness problems come from fear, not motion sickness, building up your pet’s tolerance for riding in a car is a better long-term cure than anything you could give him. Ask your veterinarian’s advice for any medication to help in the short term. On the road, remember to stop at regular intervals, about as often as you need to for yourself, for your dog to relieve himself and get a drink of fresh water. Always keep your dog on a leash for his own safety. And don’t forget that your dog’s ID tags are never as important as when you’re on the road. With a few short practice trips and some training, you’ll be on the road in no time.

• Calico and tortoiseshell (or tortie) refer to a pattern of markings, not to a breed. The link between them is red fur, which can run from a very pale tan to a bright, rich rust. The two marking patterns are genetically similar, but differ in the way they are expressed on the cat. On calico cats, the red, black and white colors are distinct patches; on tortoiseshells, the colors are swirled together. Almost all such cats are female, but males do turn up rarely. Male calicoes are unusual for more than their coloring: Although they appear male, they’re carrying not only a Y chromosome, but two X ones (one extra), which is what makes the calico patterning possible. • Human health trends almost always end up echoing in the pet-care industry as well. General Nutrition Center and PetSmart are reported to be in talks to have GNC create a product line — to be sold exclusively at PetSmart — of vitamins and supplements aimed at each stage of a pet’s life. The companies are counting on people being as interested in fitness, weight loss and healthy living for their pets as they are for themselves. • A healthy cat’s heart normally beats between 140 and 220 times per minute, with a relaxed cat on the lower end of the scale. It’s not unusual for the heartbeat to be high at the veterinarian’s, since cats don’t like being away from home, and they certainly don’t like being poked and prodded by strangers. Put your hand over your cat’s left side, behind the front leg. You’ll feel the heart pulsing beneath your fingers. Count the beats for 15 seconds; multiply by four to get the BPM, or beats per minute. — Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker Shannon





CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for Friday June 25th GROWN UPS*(PG-13) 10:45am 11:45am 12:45pm 1:45pm 2:45pm 3:45pm 4:45pm 5:45pm 6:45pm 7:45pm 8:45pm 9:45pm 10:45pm KNIGHT & DAY*(PG-13) 11:15am 12:15pm 2:15pm 3:15pm 5:15pm 6:15pm 8:15pm 9:15pm KNIGHT & DAY* - DIGITAL (PG-13)10:15am 1:15pm 4:15pm 7:15pm 10:15pm GET HIM TO THE GREEK (R) 10:40am 1:40pm 4:40pm 7:40pm 10:40pm JONAH HEX*(PG-13)10:35am 1:35pm 4:35pm 7:35pm 10:35pm

MARMADUKE (PG)10:05am 1:05pm 4:05pm SEX AND THE CITY 2 (R) 6:35pm 9:55pm SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG) 10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm SHREK FOREVER AFTER - REAL D 3D (PG)10:25am 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:25pm 10:25pm THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - CinéArts (R) 6:25pm 9:45pm TOY STORY 3* (G)10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:20pm TOY STORY 3* - REAL D 3D (G) 10:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:30pm 10:00pm



West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday June 25th & Saturday June 26th GROWN UPS*(PG-13) 9:35am 10:05am 12:10pm 12:40pm 2:45pm 3:15pm 5:20pm 5:50pm 7:55pm 8:25pm 10:35pm 10:55pm KNIGHT & DAY*- DIGITAL (PG13)11:35am 2:10pm 4:45pm 7:20pm 9:55pm GET HIM TO THE GREEK (R) 11:50am 2:30pm 5:10pm 7:50pm 10:15pm JONAH HEX*(PG-13)10:40am 12:55pm 3:10pm 5:25pm 7:40pm 9:50pm KARATE KID(PG)9:40am 10:10am 10:45am 12:50pm 1:20pm 1:50pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 5:00pm 7:10pm 7:50pm 8:10pm 10:20pm 10:40pm

KILLERS (PG-13)12:25pm 5:40pm 10:45pm PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (PG-13) 9:45am 2:50pm 8:00pm SHREK FOREVER AFTER - REAL D 3D (PG)10:00am 12:20pm 2:50pm 5:15pm 7:30pm 10:05pm THE A-TEAM (PG-13)11:05am 2:00pm 4:50pm 7:35pm 10:30pm TOY STORY 3*(G)11:45am 2:25pm 5:05pm 7:45pm 10:25pm TOY STORY 3* - REAL D 3D (G)10:05am 11:15am 12:45pm 1:55pm 3:25pm 4:35pm 6:05pm 7:15pm 8:45pm 10:00pm

Tinseltown 1:20pm 4:15pm 7:05pm 9:55pm *KNIGHT & DAY - DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:25am 2:30pm 5:30pm 8:20pm 11:05pm MARMADUKE (PG) 10:10am 12:35pm 3:05pm PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (PG-13) 1:00pm 7:10pm SHREK FOREVER AFTER 3D (PG) 10:25am 11:35am 2:10pm 4:45pm 7:20pm 10:05pm *TOY STORY 3 (G) 11:15am 12:00pm 2:15pm 3:00pm 5:15pm 6:00pm 8:15pm 9:00pm 11:15pm 11:55pm *TOY STORY 3 (3D) (G) 9:45am 12:45pm 3:45pm 6:45pm 9:45pm *TOY STORY 3 (3D) (XD) (G) 10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm


Premiere Cinemas

6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for 06-25-10

*9500 LIBERTY (NR)10:00a 12:00p 2:00p 4:10p 6:15p 8:15p 10:15p *A-TEAM- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 10:30a 11:35a 12:45p 1:30p 2:35p 3:45p 4:30p 5:35p 6:45p 7:30p 8:35p 9:45p *HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3D-DIGITAL (PG) 10:05a 12:55p 3:50p 7:10p 9:50p *KARATE KID- DIGITAL (PG) 9:45a 1:45p 2:30p 6:05p 6:35p 9:30p 10:00p *PLEASE GIVE- DIGITAL (R) 9:45a 12:10p 2:35p 5:15p 7:45p 10:10p IRON MAN 2- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:00a 11:20a 2:35p 6:05p 7:00p 9:10p 10:00p

KILLERS- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 10:35a 12:25p 1:15p 3:15p 4:15p 6:05p 7:05p 8:50p 10:00p LETTERS TO JULIET- DIGITAL (PG)M10:20a 1:30p 4:20p 7:20p 10:10p PRINCE OF PERSIA- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:55a 11:35a 1:05p 3:00p 4:05p 6:10p 7:15p 9:15p 10:15p ROBIN HOOD- DIGITAL (PG-13) 9:45a 10:40a 1:15p 2:15p 4:50p 6:05p 8:25p 9:35p SPLICE- DIGITAL (R) 10:00a 1:00p 4:00p 7:15p 10:30p * -- denotes Pass Restricted features

EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 06/25 - 07/01/10 NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010) (R) 1:05 | 3:15 | 5:30 | 7:45 | 9:45 ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010) (2-D) (PG)12:20 | 2:25 | 6:50 CLASH OF THE TITANS (PG-13) 12:15 | 1:15 | 2:20 | 3:20 | 4:25 5:25 | 6:45 | 7:30 | 9:00 | 9:50 DATE NIGHT (PG-13) 4:45 | 9:20 DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2010) (R) 12:05 | 2:15 | 4:40 | 7:00 | 9:25 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG) 12:35 | 2:35 | 4:25 | 6:35 | 8:35

Grown Ups 06/25/10 "Grown Ups" is about five men who were best friends when they were young kids and now are getting together for the Fourth of July weekend to meet each others' families for the first time. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn't mean growing up. Rated PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and some male rear nudity Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph

FURRY VENGEANCE (PG)12:40 | 2:55 | 4:55 | 7:15 | 9:30 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (PG) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:10 | 3:10 | 4:30 5:15 | 7:05 | 7:50 | 9:05 | 10:00 KICK-ASS (R) 12:45 | 3:05 | 5:20 | 7:35 | 9:55 DISNEY’S OCEANS (G)12:55 | 2:45 | 5:10 | 7:10 | 9:10 THE BACK-UP PLAN (PG-13) 4:35 | 9:15 THE LAST SONG (PG)12:25 2:30 6:55

Knight and Day 06/23/10 A wholesome, Midwestern woman accidentally gets involved with an international super spy and is forced to flee the country with him while he protects a dangerous new piece of technology. Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace, Peter Sarsgaard, Marc Blucas, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez, Stream, Nicole Signore

The A-Team Toy Story 3 06/18/10

Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday June 25th & Saturday June 26th A-TEAM, THE (PG-13) 10:50am 11:40am 1:55pm 2:40pm 4:55pm 5:45pm 8:00pm 8:45pm 11:00pm 11:40pm GET HIM TO THE GREEK (R) 10:00am 4:05pm 10:10pm *GROWN UPS (PG-13) 9:55am 10:45am 11:45am 12:40pm 1:40pm 2:35pm 3:30pm 4:35pm 5:25pm 6:20pm 7:35pm 8:30pm 9:10pm 10:25pm 11:20pm 12:01am Iron Man 2 (PG-13) 7:25pm 10:40pm *JONAH HEX (PG-13) 10:15am 12:30pm 3:10pm 6:05pm 8:25pm 10:50pm KARATE KID (PG) 9:50am 10:40am 1:10pm 2:00pm 4:25pm 5:20pm 7:50pm 8:40pm 11:10pm *KARATE KID - DIGITAL (PG) 12:20pm 3:40pm 7:00pm 10:20pm KILLERS (PG-13) 10:05am 12:50pm 3:35pm 6:15pm 9:05pm 11:45pm *KNIGHT & DAY (PG-13) 10:20am

Now Showing

"Toy Story 3" welcomes Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it's all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new facessome plastic, some plush-join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberryscented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. Rated G Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf

The Karate Kid 06/11/10 Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying -- and the feeling is mutual -- but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson

06/11/10 Follows the exploits of a team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, Maury Sterling, Gerald McRaney

Coming Soon The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 06/30/10 In "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob-knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning


PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7 2200 N. Yarbrough


Schedule good for June 25 - July 1st

CLASH OF THE TITANS (PG13)12:15p 2:40p 5:05p 7:30p 9:45p DATE NIGHT (PG-13) 12:10p 2:20p 4:30p 6:40p 8:50p DEATH AT A FUNERAL (R) 7:20p 9:35p DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG) 12:20p 2:35p 4:50p HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (PG)12:00p 2:15p 4:35p 6:55p 9:15p KICK ASS (R)1:40p 4:20p 6:50p 9:20p NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST (R) 12:30p 2:45p 5:00p 7:15p 9:30p


ICE AGE PG 10:00AM TUESDAY 6/22 ONLY*$1.00 ADMISSION KNIGHT & DAY PG-13 11:00 1:00 1:30 3:35 4:15 6:10 7:05 8:45 9:45 (11:30 FRI/SAT) GROWN UPS PG-13 11:00 12:45 1:35 3:10 4:05 5:35 7:00 8:00 9:30 (10:25 11:50 FRI/SAT)

TOY STORY 3 PRESENTED IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D * 3D SURCHARGE APPLIES G 10:50 11:50 12:00 1:15 2:10 2:25 3:45 4:30 4:50 6:15 6:50 7:15 8:45 9:15 9:40 (11:20 11:50 12:05 FRI/SAT) TOY STORY 3 G 12:00 2:25 4:50 7:15 9:40 (12:05 FRI/SAT) JONAH HEX PG-13 10:50 1:00 3:15 5:30 7:45 10:00 (12:15 FRI/SAT) THE A-TEAM PG-13 10:50 12:45 1:15 3:25 4:10 6:10 7:00 9:00 9:45 (11:40 FRI/SAT) THE KARATE KID PG 12:00 1:00 3:00 4:00 6:05 7:05 9:15 10:05 (12:10 FRI/SAT) GET HIM TO THE GREEK R 11:00 1:45 4:35 7:20 10:00 PRINCE OF PERSIA PG-13 11:00 1:30 4:20 7:00 9:40 (12:15 FRI/SAT) SHREK FOREVER AFTER 3D *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES PG 11:50 2:10 4:30 6:50 FRI/SAT) IRON MAN 2 PG-13 9:00 (11:45 FRI/SAT)


Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from June 25th thru July 1st. 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:

NORTHEAST/ CENTRAL ‘Viva El Paso!’ — The summertime pageant returns to McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre for its 33rd season at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 4-Aug. 7, offering an array of multicolored costumes, electrifying musical production numbers,

and legendary characters. The outdoor musical extravaganza highlights the four major cultures of the region, through drama, song and dance, that have called El Paso home: Native American, Spanish Conquistadors, Mexican and Western American. Tickets: $18.20 general admission. Dinner show: $24.35 ($14.05 age 12 and younger). (Ticketmaster) Information: 2311165 or

Santa Lucia Kermess — Santa Lucia Catholic Church will host its

40th annual Gran Kermess Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, at on the church grounds at 518 Gallagher, featuring music, dancing, food and activities for everyone. Live music includes Asi, Rapsody, Exito, River City and more. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 592-5245.

El Paso Diablos Baseball — The American Association minor league team regular home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Tickets: $7 box seats; $6 general admission (free for age 4 and

younger). Information: 7552000 or July 1-4 — Shreveport-Bossier Captains. Independence Day Fireworks display June 2-4.

thentic traditional food, wine tasting, live folklore music and dances. Admission is free.


local and visiting belly dancers 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Radisson 1770 Airway. Admission: $20. Information: 217-4500 or 532-2043.


Music Under the Stars — The 27th summer

Bi-national Rally on the River - Rio Grande

concert series, Music Under the Stars World Festival, presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, features local and international performers 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays, June 13-Aug. 15, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial. The June 27 concert is Greg Cropp Band (Country). Admission is free. Information: 541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273 (Chamizal) or

Information: 859-9848 or New this year are cultural arts workshops 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, in the mission’s Jesuit Hall, including mosaic art, traditional dance, color pigmentation on retablos, clay and pastels. Fee: $25 (includes lunch and materials). Thirty percent discount for seniors and military.

Southwest Cultural Arts Market — The

Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Sol — The

market is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26-27, at the Ysleta Mission, 131 Zaragosa, in conjunction with the Ysleta Mission Festival. The market celebrates 327 years of Southwest tradition, life, and history showcasing handcrafted retablos, weaving, tinwork and Native American craftsmanship. Also featured is Indian bread, au-

group’s 10th annual gala event is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, at the

Chamizal National Memorial Theater. The group will perform dances from various regions of Mexico and South America. Tickets: $4 Information: 920-3110.


Belly Dancing Goddess — Rakkassat Aldahab presents the belly dance event starring Virginia and both

Safe Communities Coalition’s 6th annual event in observance of “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at International Boundary Monument Marker One, where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet. The anti-drug awareness day was established by the United Nations in 1988. Admission is free. Sponsored by Rio Grande Safe Communities Coalition. Information: 775-2555 or .

tardeada is Saturday. The annual Turtle Races begin at 3 p.m. Sunday. The celebration dates back to when the present day Tortugas consisted of two separate villages, Guadalupe and San Juan. Information: (575) 526-8171. To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia. An open golf tournament is all day Friday.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’– The Las Cruces Community Theatre, in the city’s Downtown Mall, ends its season with the musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice June 11-27. Di-

Summer Art Festival — Shows featuring area visual and performing artists are featured throughout the summer Aceitunas Beer Garden, 5200 Doniphan. Show include both visual and performing arts. The second in the series of shows is noon to midnight Saturday, June 26, featuring the macabre and whimsical dolls, paintings and crafts by Annette E. Padilla, as well as bands, open mic, raffle, artist demonstrations and more. Wear black attire for one free raffle ticket; wear a Halloween costume for five free tickets to win a unique piece of artwork. Artist/musician RSVP: Joey, 726-9216.


San Juan Fiesta and Turtle Fest — The 22nd annual event is Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, N.M., near Las Cruces. The Fiesta

rected by Dale Pawley. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Gala opening night is June 11. Tickets: $8-$9. Information: (575) 523-1200 or The musical tells the biblical story of Joseph, who is sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers after his father gives him a gift that ignites their jealousy. Using his gift to interpret dreams, Joseph rises from lowly slave to become Pharaoh’s righthand man, while his brothers find their fortunes falling fast as a famine strikes the land.



George Varga It's purely a coincidence, Sting insisted with a chortle, that he and Peter Gabriel each decided to tour and record this year with full orchestras — two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees doing highbrow symphonicpop projects at nearly the same time. "Peter Gabriel and I are not tapping each other's phones!" Sting said, his laughter reaching a well-modulated crescendo. "We've both grown in the same kind of creative arc. We're both led by curiosity. And this is the adventure we decided on." A serious man by nature, Sting, 58, laughed even harder when sharing a favorite joke a moment later. "You can't print it in a newspaper," he cautioned, before

letting loose with a one-liner profane enough to make even a shock-comic blush. But when it comes to sharing his feelings about the first concert trek of his storied career with an orchestra — now crisscrossing North America with European dates to follow in the fall — the English musician born Gordon Matthew Sumner sounded very earnest, erudite and, well, quintessentially Sting-like. "There's this whole universe of music that is simply limitless," he said from Vancouver, where his 40-date North American tour with the London-based Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra began on June 2. "When you think you know everything about music, you discover you can't get to the end. I'm on this lifelong journey, and orchestral music is where it's now taken me."

ing his fans familiar music in a fresh setting, cynics might say he's simply treading water, creatively speaking. But the pragmatic performer believes his tour and new album allow him to experiment, without going too far afield.

He isn't alone. Electric guitar great (and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Jeff Beck is now on a world tour that features an orchestra on some dates, the better to perform several near-symphonic pieces from his new album, "Emotion and Commotion." Former Genesis singer Gabriel — like Sting, a veteran solo star of genre-blurring music — recently completed the first leg of his world tour with an orchestra, which resumes this fall. Closer to home, the acclaimed Brooklyn indie-rock band Dirty Projectors and Tijuana electronica group Nortec Collective have both performed concerts with orchestras, while San Diego's Album Leaf last month completed a tour with a string quartet.

"I'm not treading water," he said. "If I presented a program of new music with an orchestra, it would be very daunting for audiences to deal with. To give them something they partially recognize, and then alter it, gives them a different point of view. It's not exploring new water as much as a different part of the musical river. "Sometimes to move forward, you need to go back and reexplore something, and then go forward. If anything, this experience will encourage me to write new material for this (orchestral) format. But I needed to experiment with my old music first."

But none of them has em-

This year, Sting will be recording and going on tour with a full orchestra. Photo courtesy of Clive Barda. braced the pop-meets-classical realm with as much relish or success as Sting, who in 2006 topped the classical charts with "Songs From the Labyrinth," his album of voice and lute music by the 16th-century composer John Dowland. "I've done one-off performances with orchestras at the Grammys and at the Oscars, but I hadn't put a whole evening together with an orchestra until last May in Chicago," Sting noted. "It was important for me that I didn't do the normal thing, where you sing pop ballads and have (classical) musicians 'sawing' along behind you as musical wallpaper. I wanted them to be engaged. The Chicago Symphony enjoyed it, to my surprise, and I did the same thing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. So, once that experiment succeeded, I felt we could take it

to rest of country." Sting's tour coincides with his new album, "Symphonicities," due out July 13 on Deutsche Grammophon, the classical-music world's most prestigious record label. It features "re-imagined" orchestral versions of songs from his solo career ("I Burn for You," "Why Should I Cry for You?") and his tenure with The Police ("Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"). On both "Symphonicities" and Sting's tour, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is conducted by Steven Mercurio (whose previous credits range from jazz great Chick Corea and former violin master Mark O'Connor to Luciano Pavarotti and the San Diego Symphony). Mercurio is one of nine arrangers featured on the album. With String essentially offer-

The rock-meets-classical marriage ignited in 1967 with The Beatles' landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (an album so influential it later inspired the formation of the band the Electric Light Orchestra). In the late1960s and early '70s, artists as varied as Frank Zappa and such English bands as The Moody Blues, The Nice and Procol Harum recorded and performed with orchestras. "Back then, it was highly experimental and almost dangerous to move the 'hippies' into the academic and more specialized world of an orchestra," recalled former Deep Purple organist and composer Jon Lord, whose live "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" album in 1969 teamed his band with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He left rock behind more than a decade ago to focus on composing and recording classical music, including his new album, "To Notice Such Things," a sixmovement suite with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Continues on next page


Rounding up filmmakers and film aficionados for the First-ever Ghostlight 48-hour Film Slam Local Advertising Boutique Adds Zest to the Average Film Festival Creativity is Key When 48-Hours Are on the Line EL PASO, TX (June 17, 2010) Ghostlight Creative hosts the first annual Ghostlight 48hour Film Slam, a festival unlike any seen in the Borderland. Filmmakers of all levels are invited to participate in this unique event in which short films are made— conception to completion— within the span of 48-hours. Participants are required to meet at The Percolator in Downtown El Paso on Friday, July 16 at 6:00 pm for a briefing in which each director will chose from a selection of 8 genres in order to make a film that has a running time of 8 minutes or less. Entrance fee is $35 and participants can register online at Directors are then given the command, “On your mark, get set, GO!” By any creative

means necessary and definitely working sans two nights of sleep, films are to be submitted to The Percolator by Sunday, July 18 at 7:00 pm. All films will be viewed

for both Ghostlight and the City of El Paso. As Sanchez stated, “Every day we have the opportunity to work on projects in collaboration with our clients to bring unique

and juried, leading up to a showing of the winning selections at The Percolator on Friday, July 23 at 7:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded for best of show ($700), 2nd place ($200) and 3rd place ($100).

and creative ideas to life through various means. We got into this business because that’s what we wanted-an atmosphere in which we could stretch our imaginations. The festival is another avenue in which we can do so and this time, we’re the client!”

The brainchild of Ghostlight Creative principal, Ray Sanchez, the festival serves as yet another outlet of creativity

Judges for the festival include Steve Osborn and Maya Sanchez.

Sting.... Continued from page 22 "What I now see," Lord observed, "is that it has become almost de rigueur — a rite of passage — for rock acts to 'go classical.' At some point, you think: 'Let's get the old symphony orchestra in and that'll look good.' It doesn't always come off, though, because it's been done more for visual, and maybe career reasons, than musical reasons." Today, everyone from Metallica to Paul McCartney has performed a concert or two with an orchestra. But the cost of mounting an orchestral tour, especially at a time of global recession, is substantial. Rather than take the less expensive option of hiring musicians from local orchestras in each city to back him, Sting is doing his entire tour with Mercurio and the 45piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. They will be augmented at each concert by Sting's longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, veteran jazz bassist Ira Coleman, vocalist Jo Lawry and Bang On A

Can All-Stars percussionist David Cossin. With 40 songs rehearsed and polished — 12 more than they'll perform each night — Sting and his 50 supporting musicians will be able to change their repertoire from show to show.

with an orchestra, but not now. We're very sensitive about the harmonic textures and about how what we do compliments what the orchestra does, and vice versa. Sting has put his whole being into this." Even so, mounting an orchestral tour in what is fast shaping up to be a very trying summer for the concert industry could be risky. "I am a gambler and I think I've always been rewarded for my risk-taking," Sting said.

"We really are trying to do something good here," said the classically trained Miller. "We've invested a lot of time and quite a lot of money, to the point of doing five or six arrangements of some of Sting's songs until they sounded right. It's not a matter of him just playing his hits with an orchestra, which is shallow. "In the 1970s, it was a novelty for rock stars to work

"My ambition is to be allowed to do anything that I want to do again, and to reach a standard where people will at least say: 'That was OK.' I think the whole idea of being 'successful' in music is to have a unique signature or sonic fingerprint, and — no matter what context you sing in — people recognize it as you. Whether they like it is another matter." COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

name a few!) Mr. Osborn is an award winning director and cinematographer and owner of Tortilla Productions. He has worked on major motion pictures, commercials and documentaries throughout his storied career. His client list includes Bed Head, BBC Television, Discovery, The History Channel, Fox Sportsnet, HGTV and Whataburger. (Just to

Ms. Sanchez began her career casting for shows Survivor, Big Brother and MTV’s Who Wants to Be a VJ. She also had the opportunity to work on the independent film Ripple Effect, starring Minnie Driver and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. She spent the last seven years as a commercial producer in Los

Angeles working with famed directors such as Sam Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street). For more information, visit To schedule an interview, please contact Maya Sanchez at 915-851-8339 or email


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ACROSS 1 Sgt. Friday’s focus 6 “Born Free” star 10 Bouquet vessel 14 Bayou or fjord 15 Radical pessimists 17 Condition 18 Kept mum 19 Gender-specific pronoun 20 Arafat’s gp. 22 Tennis call 23 ___ tree: stumped 24 Bawled

26 Disorient 28 Narrow valley 29 Line- ___ veto 30 Celsius ice point 31 Corkwood 32 Our Lady of ___: Portuguese shrine 34 Complete 36 Amb. attendant 37 Smithy 39 ___ de coeur: call of distress 42 Syrian president 43 Hot 45 Meager 48 Band work

50 Spelunker’s milieu 51 Midterm, e.g. 52 ___ bleu! 53 Part of ABC 54 Einstein’s birthplace 55 Jim and Tammy’s TV club 56 Longstanding 58 Gin mill 59 Noisy 62 City south of Gainesville 64 Atlantic states 65 Bus fare 66 Algerian port

1 Foulmouthed shrew 2 1862 Maryland battle site 3 Jed, of “The Beverly Hillbillies” 4 Vietnamese New Year’s celebration 5 Part of a flight 6 Use a cipher 7 Abner’s diminutive 8 Scallions 9 Evangelist McPherson 10 Contest 11 ___ as ditchwater 12 Chowderheads 13 Iberican nacion 16 Max. 21 Lepers 25 PA site of a 1979 nuclear accident

27 Of an ancient Celtic religion 28 Billfish 31 Crooked 33 Spinnaker support 35 Mortarboard topper 38 Follow 39 Seaside party 40 Telltale 41 Always right 42 Kind of hill 44 Andean tuber 45 Home exterior 46 Basement 47 Capital of Eritrea 49 Concerto __ 52 Liny marking 55 Party hack 57 Wait on hand and foot 60 Presidents Day, for short 61 Egypt, in the ‘60s 63 Watergate prosecutor Archibald

Sometimes showing our love means offering protection, assistance and hugs. Other times, it's more loving to stand back and let a person find the inner strength to solve his or her own problems. This week Mercury and Pluto respectfully disagree with each other about which way is more appropriate. As the messenger planet in nurturing Cancer opposes the dwarf planet in challenge-oriented Capricorn, decide carefully! ARIES (March 21-April 19). There will be a series of trades. It may not seem that you are bargaining with any one person directly, but rest assured, you are doing business with the forces at large. Give one thing up, and another thing will drop into the space. By Thursday you will understand completely what to give in order to get what you want. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Mundane tasks pile up, forcing you to push aside your higher creative calling. It is frustrating, but know two things: This is a temporary inconvenience, and these lesser obligations wouldn't bother you so much if there weren't so many of them. Next time you won't let them pile up. Now you'll take it in stride. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You want to mingle in a certain exclusive group. Do you know enough about the scene to be a part of it? Gather more information. When you finally break in, you'll do so because you attained a degree of expertise, though you'll still manage to come across as modest and genuinely interested in others. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll receive a wide variety of opinions. Even knowledgeable individuals may be biased. Keep in mind that some professions require pessimism from their practitioners. For instance, lawyers must anticipate what could go wrong in order to offer a counter-plan. As you gather information, always consider your source. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many are drawn to the safety of investigating other people's lives and troubles — much preferred to dealing with one's own issues. You are courageous enough to look into your own problems this week. Your success starts with becoming aware of what's bugging you and being willing to handle it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Ignore the naysayers. They are compelled by jealousy and fear. You have an idea worthy of pursuit — develop it. If that means striking out alone, then you can add character-building to the list of positives that await you. Friday brings a new friendship. This may be with someone who is already your acquaintance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). This giant world has so many problems. You'll wonder what difference you could possibly make. There is only one area you can affect for certain, and that is the corner you occupy. Start there. Shine it up. Make it gleam, and you will notice that the light radiates out to the rest of the universe. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Some degree of worry is to be expected. Handle it with grace, and you'll attract good fortune to yourself. Anyway, it is a waste of time to try to figure out who started the problem. Instead, dissolve the tension. Most of the problem goes away once you do that. And whatever is left can be easily worked out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You want to make everything nice for your loved ones. However, your ideas and their ideas about what qualifies as "nice" differ. And once you find out their preferences, you may also discover that what you really want to do is make things nice for you. And that's not such a bad idea. Why not start there? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The world is filled with contradictions that clash like wind currents, causing emotional storms. Whatever you can do to keep it simple will calm the winds, part the clouds and allow the sun to shine on you. Get organized, and clean things up. Suddenly you'll see the clear path you couldn't see before. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you consider the passages of life you have already been through, a feeling of uncertainty or awkwardness, or even the sensation of being totally lost, is essentially part of the deal. You can't appreciate feeling "found" — having a home and a sense of belonging — until you know what it's like to be "lost." PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're a bit touchier this week than you usually are. Loved ones make requests. Colleagues need things from you. The general public doesn't always seem to be on your side. The way things are communicated to you may get on your nerves. You need a reprieve. Go to your own little relaxing bubble for a while.



A line in the sand W

hile the photos might lead you to believe that this article is about sand play, it isn’t. At least not directly. It’s about where you should start your divot with any iron. I chose to demonstrate this in a fairway bunker sand shot because it’s easy to see by the divot that I picked the ball cleanly before my clubhead continued down and forward. So the divot starts where the front of the ball used to be. Most golfers don’t do this because, true to the counterintuitive nature of the game, it appears best to hang on the back foot and scoop the ball into the air, which will cause you to hit it fat or catch the top of the ball. Either way, you can’t take a proper divot, nor can you hit a proper shot. To get the ball airborne, your weight must be on your front leg at impact, making it easier for your clubhead to hit the back of the ball first then continue into the ground. Far too many beginners think they must get the club “under” the ball, a critical mistake that makes adherence to “Bernoulli’s principle” difficult. Daniel Bernoulli, a Swiss mathematician, explained the principles of fluid dynamics that must be followed in order to fly a plane or spin your golf ball into the air. Although he didn’t have golf in mind, he solved a nasty problem that confronts every new golfer: How do I get the ball into the air? A properly struck golf ball comes off the clubface spinning so that the air moving over the top of the ball produces a low pressure flow while the air flow under the ball creates high pressure. Continues on page 27 As with any correctly struck iron shot, I want the divot to start where the front of the ball is. To accomplish this, my goal is to catch the back of the ball using a descending angle of attack. Conceptualize it as down and forward vs. just down.



Tiger bagged the most birdies How many birdies per round did players on the PGA Tour make in 2009? Tiger Woods led the tour with 4.15 birdies per 18 holes. Pat Perez was in the middle with 3.53, while Tom Lehman was last with 2.62. So over a four-round tournament, Tiger made about six more birdies than Lehman.


Milk the grip

Refers to constant regripping at address. Sergio Garcia milked the grip so much at the 2002 U.S. Open in New York that the crowd began calling out the number of regrips. For one shot it was 17. Sergio has since broken this unhealthy habit.


Putting in the wind Q: It’s windy here in Texas, and I don’t putt very well in the wind. Do you have any tricks to help? — Karen A: Here are some tried-and-true “wind hints” that will help you do your best. • Widen your stance for stability and bend a bit more from the waist. This will keep gusts from blowing you off balance. • Use the knock-kneed approach made famous by Arnold Palmer to keep you steady as a rock.

• Since widening your stance gets you closer to the ground, shorten up on your putter to accommodate your new height. • Concentrate on distance control when you warm up. Focus on lagging your long putts to leave yourself the shortest putt possible for your second putt. • On short putts, hit the ball firmly — a decelerating stroke is death in the wind. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at:



Good grip starts in the thumbs The Thumb Caddy helps you align your grip properly every time you swing a club. This small nylon and rubber grip aid fits on the shaft of any club and guides your top thumb into a correct position. It can be used by both right- and left-handed players. Simple, but effective. The Thumb Caddy will set you back $19.95, and is available through


Seeing only what you believe Faldo stated that in order to hit a good shot he must not drop down because in the sand he’d hit it fat. Tiger hit a beautiful shot, and then came the replay, showing Tiger dropping down, yet Sir Nick rattled on about how Tiger stayed up even as the video showed him dropping. Faldo must think the viewers are either blind or dumb. FALDO Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

Announcer Nick Faldo is so committed to his opinion that all of Tiger’s swing problems stem from his dropping down toward the ground to start the downswing, he can’t see anything else. The fact that Tiger played the greatest golf ever in 2000 and 2001 while dropping down doesn’t faze Faldo. Instead of believing what he sees, Faldo sees what he believes. Nowhere was this more evident than in his analysis of Tiger’s long fairway bunker shot in the first round of this year’s Memorial at Jack’s house. Before Tiger hit,

A line in the sand Continued from page 25

This pressure differential causes lift as the higher pressure underneath pushes the ball upward. And just like the airplane whose wings are specially designed to take advantage of Bernoulli’s principle, your golf ball is shaped to fly. All you have to do is supply the correct amount of force, as the jet engine does, and up she goes. I make sure my weight has shifted to my left side before impact while I stay on top of the ball, with my swing center indicated by the line. Bernoulli would have been proud of this one!

ABOUT THE WRITER Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Web site at



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Race: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Where: New Hampshire Motor Spdwy When: Sunday, 1 p.m. (ET) TV: TNT 2009 winner: Joey Logano (right)

Race: New England 200 Where: New Hampshire Motor Spdwy When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2009 winner: Kyle Busch

CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS Race: Lucas Oil 200 Where: Iowa Speedway When: July 11, 1:30p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2009 winner: Mike Skinner

By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers


Infineon race brings surprises in a season that’s been full of them


like we’ve arrived for sure.” Jeff Gordon was uncharacteristically aggressive on the track, a fact pointed out more than once by the TNT broadcasters covering the race – and by Elliott Sadler and others afterward. “We got taken out by [Jeff] Gordon,” Sadler said in his post-race interview. “He took out Martin Truex for no reason. The 33 [Clint Bowyer] and me were side-by-side and he got two-for-one there, so he was just kind of knocking everything out of his way.”

Marcos Ambrose, driving the No. 47 Clorox/Kleenex Toyota, during Friday’s practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway (NASCAR photo)

ven in the midst of a wacky Sprint Cup season, Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway stood out. That race might best be described as a combination of things one wouldn’t expect to see in an ordinary Sprint Cup Series race, even in the era when the boys have been told by series officials to “have at it.” A driver closing in on his first career Cup win, with a dominant car and seemingly plenty of fuel in the


tank, stalls the car in an uphill portion of the track, apparently trying to alternately cut his engine on and off to save gasoline. That driver, Marcos Ambrose, the almost always upbeat Australian, seemed deflated and crushed afterward. Many in the media, including the TV commentators, said his blunder was the biggest in NASCAR since Mark Martin pulled off the track on the white flag lap while leading

under caution at Bristol Motor Speedway in a Nationwide Series race in 1994. Then there was the dismal day for Joe Gibbs Racing, which for the past several weeks has been all but unbeatable in the Sprint Cup Series. A variety of misfortunes saw the three-driver team fail to crack the top 30 in the finishing order. Joey Logano was best of the three with a 33rd-place run. Denny Hamlin, who

had won five of the previous 10 Cup races, struggled to a 34th-place finish, and Kyle Busch was 39th. In fairness, team owner Joe Gibbs has been saying for weeks that his team’s phenomenal run could end any day. “This can all turn on a dime,” Gibbs said after Hamlin won at Pocono Raceway. “We know how pro sports are. I’m never confident, or I don’t think anybody on our team feels

To his credit, Gordon didn’t entirely disagree. “Guys were making it three wide, and I’m as guilty of it as anybody,” he said. “After they started doing it to me, I had to do it to others. There are some things that I’m not proud of that I did today; certainly with Martin [Truex Jr.]. I mean, I completely messed that up and I will try to patch that up. Other things that happened out there were just really hard racing incidents.” And then Jimmie Johnson won on a road course, a feat that was somewhat overshadowed by the other events of the day. It’s something the four-time Cup champion had never done before in his entire career, even though his formative years in the sport were spent racing motorcycle and off-road vehicles that should have prepared him for success on tracks where drivers turn both left and

Jimmie Johnson celebrates after winning Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. (NASCAR photo) right and drive up and down hills. But those who follow Johnson and his team shouldn’t have been too surprised. They’ve been testing regularly in an effort to allow him and the No. 48 team to cross another item off their “bucket list.” Earlier this year, Johnson ended a careerlong drought at Bristol Motor Speedway. But he said there still are a few entries on that shrinking list. “It’s not complete,” he said. “I think we have four more tracks to work on to try and win at all of them. I’m just happy to get back to Victory Lane, especially at a track that has been so tough on me over the years.”


Dodge Grand Caravan – the perfect family hauler. The poor minivan.

SXT is a 3.8 liter V6 rated at 197 hp. The base SE gets a 3.3 liter V6 (175 hp). The SXT gets the added advantage of getting a sport tuned suspension.

Most people scoff at the idea of owning one. But while they are dogged by many, the minivan is probably the most practical vehicle on the road today. And since practically creating the minivan market back in 1983, Chrysler and Dodge minivans have been at or near the top of the list in terms of sells volume since day one. In 2008 we saw the fifth generation of the Chrysler and Dodge minivan debut. Dodge dropped its short-wheel base version meaning there is no longer a Caravan – now it’s just the Grand Caravan. And like its Chrysler counterpart, the Town & Country, this Canadian built minivan is one of the most innovative vehicles on the road today. As you look at the Grand Caravan you may see design cues familiar with Dodge’s early minivans. Gone is that rounded look, traded instead for a squared off and somewhat boxy theme. Someone even suggested it looked like the space shuttle. I’m not sure if that was a compliment or not. In terms of size, it’s roughly the same as its Honda and Toyota competitors. The interior is really where the Grand Car-

avan shows off in terms of functionality. The standard setup is a second-row bench seat and a third-row bench seat that folds flat into the floor – a feature created by Honda a few years ago and has now been copied by everyone else. But Dodge and Chrysler were the first to offer the option of a powerfolding third-row seat. While folding the third-row seat into the floor was big news when it came out, Dodge upped the ante by giving the Grand Caravan Stow ‘n Go – second row captain’s chairs that can also fold flat into the floor. After that, we

got a new seating package called Swivel ‘n Go which allows the second-row seats to swivel 180 degrees to face the third row seats. The package also includes a removable table that installs between the two rows. Cards, anyone? Along with the unique seating the Grand Caravan also offers plenty of comfort and convenient features throughout the cabin like a 3-zone climate control system, heated front seats and heated middle seats, power liftgate, remote start, 3rd row power vented windows and power driver’s side and passenger side sliding doors. When it comes to powertrains, optional on the top-of-the line SXT trim level is Dodge’s 4.0 liter V6 engine mated to a sixspeed transmission. This combination is good for 251 hp. The normal engine for the

My Grand Caravan SXT was decked out with nearly every option including the larger engine. The Swivel ‘n Go seating worked as promised but I was disappointed that I lost the Stow ‘n Go feature (you can get either or, but not both). With Swivel ‘n Go, the second-row seats can still be removed from the vehicle, but you’re stuck leaving them at home. If I had my choice, I would opt for the Stow ‘n Go feature. There were other features that caught my attention, though, including the removable sliding front console that is quite roomy. If even more storage room is needed, there is a

dual glove box which is huge. Second and third row passengers can keep the sun from shining in by pulling down retractable sun shades. Then there are heated seats for both front and second row seats as well as a remote start feature – all great for winter days. Dodge (and Chrysler with their more upscale Town & Country) continue to go all out in their minivans by loading them with creature comforts - and all are geared for the family. And with the Swivel n’ Go seating, think of the Grand Caravan as a family room on wheels. Regardless of what people say about minivans, there is no getting around that they are the perfect go-getter vehicles for active families. -- Christopher A. Randazzo

By The Numbers:

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Base Price: $26,730.00 Price as Tested: $33,695.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 4.0 liter V6 Transmission: 6 - speed automatic Horsepower: 251 hp Torque: 259 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy:17 city / 25 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to]

SprINT CUp pOINTS 1. Kevin Harvick 2,334; Leader 2. Jimmie Johnson 2,194; behind - 140

3. Kyle Busch 2,193; behind - 141 4. Denny Hamlin 2,183; behind - 151 5. Jeff Gordon 2,142; behind - 192 6. Kurt Busch 2,118; behind - 216 7. Matt Kenseth 2,092; behind - 242 8. Jeff Burton 2,027; behind - 307 9. Greg Biffle 2,011; behind - 323 10. Tony Stewart 1,983; behind - 351 11. Mark Martin 1,947; behind - 387 12. Carl Edwards 1,932; behind - 402


Road-course race highlights need for track variety ASK RICK!

“Should there be more road-course races on the Sprint Cup schedule and should one of them be in the Chase for the Sprint Cup?” A: Not necessarily, but some variety in the size and shapes of races tracks appears to be universally desired among race drivers and fans. One of the biggest complaints heard over the years is about the similarity of the racing at the “cookiecutter” mile-and-a-half tracks. Some of the most interesting racing occurs at places that are different, like the flat halfmile oval Martinsville Speedway and the high-banked half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, or at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway and at Talladega Superspeedway, just a shade longer than Daytona. Tony Stewart, who is as versatile a driver as they come in motorsports, said he’d rather see NASCAR make a really big change if its decision-makers decided to shake up the Chase lineup. “I’m still trying to get them to add a dirt race to the Chase,” he told reporters at Infineon Raceway last week. “That is going to be my focus before I worry about getting a road course in the Chase.” Mark Martin weighed in on the issue at Infineon, saying it would be difficult to add a road course to an already busy schedule.

“I think if you look at the schedule, that’s pretty self-explanatory,” he said. “That’s kind of a pie in the sky question, to me, because our schedule is full. So how are we going to have more road courses? Take ovals away? That’s not a popular answer either. “I will tell you this. NASCAR has brought the sport to where it is today. Had I been in charge, it wouldn’t be anywhere as near where it is today.” But many drivers, including four-time champion Jimmie Johnson, point out that the two road-course races, at Infineon and at Watkins Glen, do play a role in the championship hunt even though they’re not among the final 10 Chase races. Race winners who make the Chase get 10 bonus points for each regular season win, and points earned at road courses could be the difference in making the Chase and missing it. Johnson said road-course races “could affect the championship, and I think the effort has been made for these teams to be better at road-course racing.” And he added that road-course racing is increasingly popular among his generation of drivers and those even younger. “We have a younger generation of drivers that have some type of road-courseracing background or interest in their minds,” he said. “The older generation was just ‘get out of here and move on’ – didn’t care. “I think this younger generation enjoys road-course racing. It means more to us.” Road-racing fans also can take heart in the fact that the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., last Saturday drew an impressive crowd, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to nearly 100,000, which is a strong turnout for a Nationwide race.

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Spotlight EP News June 25, 2010 No. 332  

Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive...

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