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Event: On Friday, December 18 at 5 p.m., Holiday Lights will begin

Intermediate and Bonham and Hillside Elementary School, hosts the

in the Eastwood neighborhood and end in the Eastwood Stadium that

32nd annual toy drive at El Coco on Monday, December 21st with

will be lit with luminarias. Enjoy the festivities of the Eastwood band

community bikers accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they collect

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High School Girls Track Team. Dress up as Santa Claus or as an elf and

with dances to Azucar, and a song auction with Messiah Soloists.

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Ruby Gonzalez Racing Towards Success

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Photo courtesy of: Coady Photography “I will teach you to sing, if you’ll teach my

hours, and the camaraderie with fellow riders.

Gonzalez practiced only once or twice a year.

daughter to ride.” This was the conversation

Even when the dangers and pressures of the

That was until she began working under S.

that sparked the beginning of a promising

sport are mentioned, she adamantly defends

Gonzalez’s tutelage, when no matter how

career.

her career choice. There is no other business

hard she had hit the ground the day before,

she ever wants to be involved in.

she would return the next day, ready to jump

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between

jockey Ruby Gonzalez’s father, Valentin,

right back in the saddle. From the beginning,

an accomplished mariachi and a racehorse trainer. His musical group had been hired to

Unlike many riders, R. Gonzalez did not grow

S. Gonzalez saw tremendous potential and

perform at trainer Sal Gonzalez’s ranch, and

up at the racetrack, nor did she ride horses

talent, an eagerness to learn and persevere.

when S. Gonzalez asked to sing along, it was

on a regular basis as a young girl. Her family

Soreness and falls became a regular part of R.

noticed that he needed a little guidance in his

lived in East El Paso, and as mentioned,

Gonzalez’s daily life, but did not dissuade her.

vocal pursuit. R. Gonzalez’s father seized the

her father made his living as a musician, a

She remained more determined than ever,

opportunity to make his daughter’s dreams

mariachi. Every weekend R. Gonzalez and

even when at her trainer’s insistence, it was

come true, and thus the deal was made, he

her two older brothers would watch their

time to make the intimidating transition from

would teach S. Gonzalez to sing, in exchange

father perform, eventually performing in a

the training facility to the racetrack.

to teach R. Gonzalez to ride.

youth group of their own. For 10 years, she played an integral role as a singer, dancer,

R. Gonzalez transferred from Bel-Air High

“The secret to success is loving what you

and violinist as the group won competitions

School to Coronado High School midway

do.” R. Gonzalez loves what she does. Her

throughout the Southwest. As she says,

through her junior year. The close proximity

face lights up when she speaks of her love

“We were good!”

between the racetrack and school would allow her to continue her education while

of horseracing and all that it entails: the competitive nature of each day, the adrenaline

Living in the city did not provide easy access

learning at the track. She would arrive fifteen

rush of winning a race, the early morning

to horses, and riding was something R.

minutes before the track opened, exercise

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ruby G on zal e z

horses, shower, then head to class, often

and offers her daughter many “great jobs,”

late. It paid off, not only did she benefit

along with the occasional “you messed up,”

from S. Gonzalez’s instruction, but from the

no longer only opening her eyes after she

constant guidance of other trainers and her

finishes the race, but instead relishing every

soon-to-be peers. At 18, she was ready to

second of it.

ride her first race. For R. Gonzalez, the learning process is It didn’t take long for the new rider to find the

ongoing.

winner’s circle, she won the second race of

jockeys offer constant encouragement and

The

older,

more

experienced

her career in front of her friends and family,

constructive criticism. She is quick to mention

albeit her mother watched through partially

how “lucky” she is to find herself surrounded

closed eyes! Her family, especially her

by such a supportive colony of riders. And

father, is infinitely proud of her, taking every

the feeling of having “a ton of horse” under

opportunity to tell anyone who will listen

her, ready to pounce at any second, is one

about her accomplishments. Her mother

she wouldn’t trade for anything.

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Photo by: RK Photography

Izabella and her Grandpa Robert Aguilar

The dangerous aspects, well, she tries to

Aguilar may grow into one of R.

keep those thoughts tucked safely away

Gonzalez’s biggest fans, but S. Gonzalez

in the back of her mind. As she sees it,

will always be her biggest influence.

the benefits far outweigh the risks.

She credits his ongoing insight and encouragement with her continued

With the impending return of live racing

improvement. He still offers up the

to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

occasional “you should have switched

on December 16th, R. Gonzalez’s fans

sticks” or “you need to save ground,”

will once again be able to cheer her on.

but always with affection for her.

One such fan is a young lady by the name of Izabella Aguilar, all of 10 years

As for S. Gonzalez’s singing career, that

old, whose grandfather was a jockey

too, has flourished. V. Gonzalez, has

in the early 60s. Aguilar also aspires to

proven a great instructor in his own

ride, and has found a new inspiration in

right. The two men now sing together

R. Gonzalez. She is now a role model

with the mariachi group, Los Toritos,

for little girls, proving they can compete,

on a weekly basis, and are currently

excel and endure in a predominantly

recording a CD. It was a good deal for

male sport, #ridelikeagirl!

both of them!

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ost El Pasoans know

resources that show it has been utilized since

Castner Range as “the

the Early Archaic period (6,000 B.C.).

place where the poppies bloom” every spring. The

Currently, the public isn’t allowed onto the

blanket of yellow Mexican

location. That’s because Castner Range is also

poppies attracts thousands to

home to unexploded ordnance, remnants of

the mountain every year. While the flowers are

the forty decades between 1926 and 1966

a seasonal visual enticement, Castner Range

when the Department of the Army used the

has permanent unique features year round.

area for live firing. Activity stopped when The

The range’s natural features include a dozen

City of El Paso grew around its boundaries.

natural canyons, arroyos and alluvial fans that help transport run-off to the Hueco Bolsón.

“We are very concerned as time goes on that more and more development will occur

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Nearly 30 wildlife and plant species listed

which will change the landscape, the wildlife

as “threatened or endangered” by the U.S.

habitat, and flat areas that allow water when

Fish and Wildlife Service are believed to be

it rains to flow back into the aquifer, and

present on the land. The area also holds

that would be altered greatly,” said Janae’

historical significance. Experts say Castner

Reneaud, executive director of The Frontera

Range contains archaeological and historical

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Beto O’Rourke meeting with Judy Ackerman, Scott Cutler, Stephanie Otero, and Angel Pena. Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke “With Castner Range, it allows them to go

Congressman Beto O’Rourke submitted a

“It’s a place that’s incredibly significant

from the highest peak to the flat area along

bill to designate Castner Range a national

for our region and we thank the country

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monument on December 15, 2015.

because of the cultural, historical, geological, biological, (and) ecological significance that

than Transmountain road,” said Reneaud. “That is significant as the area around the

“Castner Range is the crown jewel of West

it represents,” he said online. “It would be

Franklin Mountains is becoming developed.”

Texas,” posted Congressman Beto O’Rouke

great for tourism in El Paso, quality of life,

on his Facebook page the day he filed the bill.

and it’s critically important to the Northeast

Efforts to safeguard the range have been

“It deserves to be protected and preserved

part of town. Essentially, our legislation

backed by El Paso City Council, El Paso County

in its natural state.”

would require the Department of Defense to transfer this land over to the Bureau of Land

Commissioners and Texas state legislators, and have strengthened over the last year.

Photo courtesy of the Frontera Land Alliance

The Congressman documented the bill’s

Management and the BLM would ensure

signing and delivery on video.

that it’s protected forever.”


December/January, 2017 So far, more than 30,000 signatures have been gathered and 25,000 letters have been signed in support. Artwork of Castner Range made by area children has also made its way to the nation’s capitol. “In the spring, seeing the mountain lathered up in yellow flowers is amazing,” said President/CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation, Eric Pearson. “Add to that the opportunity for children and others to enjoy the nature and our environmental beauty without having to drive miles out of town, and you have an important resource to

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resolutions to get all their 4th graders out to Castner Range if it does become a national monument. She adds that cleaning up, then opening up the land would allow more people to get out onto the mountain. Unlike other parts of the neighboring mountain, flat areas allow people in wheelchairs or with strollers to enjoy it. Anyone can help with efforts to preserve Castner Range. Visit http://castner4ever.org to download and sign a letter of support, or write your own. Supporters say the more representatives in Washington hear from the people who live here, the greater the chance of making Castner Range National Monument a reality. #castner4ever

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The World’s Toughest Row The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge | By: LADONNA APODACA photos courtesy of: THE SCHWARTZ FAMILY |

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wo young men, both born in El Paso, are

issue hits the newsstands. During the next

me know how you’ll go about staying in

preparing to represent the United States

2 1/2 months, the Schwartz rowing team,

touch with everyone so we know that

as they set sail December 14th to row

which has come to be known as Row32North,

you’re safe and doing well?

3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

will point their compass in the direction of Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua

John Schwartz (JS) - Absolutely Ladonna!

As a contributing writer to this magazine

and Barbuda—the ultimate destination of this

First of all, Kurt and I are really glad to have

almost since its inception, I’ve had the

grueling and arduous journey.

this opportunity to visit with you and want to thank you for the desire to share our story

privilege of interviewing a number of fascinating people for a variety of interesting

“Why” I asked myself, “would anyone want to

with your readers in El Paso. I don’t know if

articles. No story, however, has given me

tackle such a challenging and dangerous row?”

our mom ever explained to you the genesis

more pride and pleasure to offer our readers

The answer to that question will be answered

of the name of our team, Row32North?

than the piece you are currently reading.

for you now as you read the interview I recently

My godson, Kurt Schwartz (28), and his older

had during a conference call with these

LA - Actually, no. I thought the name might

inspirational and adventurous brothers.

represent some connection with the US and your ultimate destination. So, what was the

brother John (32) are preparing to leave their homes in New York City, to embark

Ladonna Apodaca (LA) - Hi guys! I’m so

on an ambitious 3,000-mile row across the

thrilled to have this opportunity to visit

Atlantic Ocean. It’s quite likely that they will

with you for a while before the two of you

JS - Well, if you look on a map, it’s actually

have already set sail from San Sebastian in

set sail. Can you first share with me some

the latitude and line that runs from El Paso

La Gomeria, Canary Islands by the time this

information about the row itself, then let

to San Diego. Although born in El Paso, the

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boys and their sister were raised in San Diego. We wanted the name of our team to remind us of important places that we’ll always consider to be home. LA - Kurt, can you tell me what the inspiration was for the two of you to take on the challenge of this row? How did this all come about? Kurt Schwartz (KS) - It started quite simply with John flying across the ocean. While traveling abroad he thought it might be a cool idea for us to someday row across the Atlantic. Sure enough, after doing some research, we came across the Talisker Whisky Challenge. It had everything that we wanted. The foundation also had the structure to provide the safety that would matter to us and our friends and loved ones. The connection with The Samfund got looped in afterwards. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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be a safe endeavor? JS - Well, our boat is extremely sophisticated and self sufficient. We’ll be able to stay in touch with the outside world through pretty much every form of communication. The boat will have a radio that will enable us to access all forms of social media. We’ll be accessible through email and Facetime as well. Should any emergencies arise, we’ll be

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able to send signals to the Coast Guard, or if

taking a beating. We’re pretty confident with

we end up in distress for any reason a plane,

the fact that we have every aspect covered

will be available to rescue us as well. All in all,

regarding safety.

the organization has done a great job to make sure that all the participants will be safe.

LA - Can you share with our readers the inspiration for naming your vessel the

KS - Something else worth noting is that

Bonny Rey?

there are also chase boats that are part of the

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organization. If we encounter hurricane type

KS - Absolutely! Well, Bonny as you know, is

weather, which actually happened last year,

our mother’s family nickname. Rey was our

the boat is designed to act as a life capsule.

grandmother’s maiden name and combining

If it happens to overturn in heavy swells it’s

the two just seemed to be a fitting way to

designed to flip right back up. The whole

honor two of the women who have had such

vessel is water tight and very capable of

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emotional challenge. Being able to finish the row, for anyone, is a huge personal achievement. A number of folks … have really gotten behind us and been so supportive. It’s made it easier for Kurt and I to prepare because we don’t feel at all like we’re doing this alone. LA - Thank you for sharing this adventure with me and our readers. I can’t wait to hear where we’ll find you the next time we visit. In part two of your story we’ll touch base on your daily schedule, how you’re holding up and any other topics that become noteworthy. Be safe guys and bon voyage for now! The brothers have nominated The Samfund, JS - Of course! The idea of the Atlantic

LA - It’s amazing to think how challenging

Challenge Race came about when an East

this race will be on so many levels.

Coast sailor and businessman by the name of Sir Chay Blyth was rowing the Atlantic Ocean

JS - That’s true. A number of boats will

in 1966 with a friend named John Ridgeway.

actually end up dropping out of the race

It was a 92-day battle against hurricanes, 50

because they’ll either find themselves to be

foot waves and near starvation. That was

completely ill prepared or exhaustion will set

the pivotal event that sparked the concept of

in and the team will ultimately give up.

making this an annual event. We’re in this for the long haul though! It’s When we were researching the row it was mentioned a couple of times that more people have been into space, or climbed Mt. Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic. We knew we would be faced with severe sun burns, lots of blisters, torn up hands, salt rashes, infected sores, sharks and sleep deprivation. That’s why the TWAC is touted as the world’s toughest row. KS - We’ll be paddling 12 hours each per day. But distance-wise, there’ll also be plenty of days that we’ll actually go backwards because of the winds or lack thereof. Around 40-50 miles a day will be a good clip if we can consistently do that.

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not so much a race as it is a personal and

a charity that supports young adult cancer survivors, as their beneficiary and are racing to raise money and awareness for them in remembrance of late friend Jeremy Hill, who was John’s former boss. Check out www.row32north.com for updates, where they’ll be live blogging and streaming during the race which begins December 14th.


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Ignite Movement The word ‘ignite’ can be interpreted as a kindling of light or the setting of something ablaze, which are basically one in the same. When applying either of those meanings to one local, Lower Valley church, we find a more powerful notion of ‘igniting’ that relates to the “enlightenment” of one’s innermost self, and the joy and freedom that follow from that “illuminating” experience. Founded in 2012 by Pastors Andy and Patty Valenzuela, and through the assistance of daughters Andrea and Jaklyn, Ignite Movement Church has a mission to empower individuals in their longing for the often total transformation they seek, and in a very real and tangible way. Recently commissioned as an apostle of the church, a rare feat for female ministers, Apostle P. Valenzuela explains that in the area of self-improvement, the power to make beneficial, necessary, or even critical, changes in our lives must follow a more deeply rooted transformation. In her own compelling words, Apostle P. Valenzuela explains, “If we have the power to change our hearts, we have the power to change our lives.” And the transformations that she and the church have witnessed are literally miracles! From evidence of confirmed healings, “financial breakthroughs,” restored marriages and other countless testimonials, Ignite Movement Church is working wonders where, for many, the future seemed bleak. And for those looking for simple congregation or a place of shared, spiritual uplifting, rest assured that the experience will leave you fully ignited! Not surprisingly, its following has grown exponentially in the relatively few years that Ignite Movement has made its spiritual mark. Expanding from 200 members in 2012, to approximately 2,000 total members this year, the church saw an astounding rate of growth when it embraced as many as 1,700 followers just this year. As Apostle P. Valenzuela eloquently offers, “Our mission is to bring heaven to earth. We operate in the supernatural and bring miracles to earth,” adding, “People are looking to end depressions, discouragement…” often to no avail. She asserts, “We don’t have to accept disease, addiction, etc.,” and points out that businesses and individuals, alike, seek similar answers and look for “deliverance” from those debilitating conditions. Amazingly, and a common experience apparently for many, the moment one walks through their doors, the energy is real and palpable. With an open invitation to “connect,” Ignite Movement could be your answer to igniting that “new you” and setting your New Year’s desire ablaze for a powerful transformation in 2017 … and beyond!

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discoveries do, by accident. Since it became commercially available in 1839,

people have been obsessed with taking photos. Those truly overcome with this

obsession are known as photographers. In the modern era the title of photographer

is worn by many different people, with various degrees of experience behind the lens. I am blessed enough to count myself among those lucky few.

A photographer in the modern era has become something of a cautionary tale. Forbes recently named a degree in Film, Video and Photographic Arts as the second most worthless degree a graduate could have based on earning potential. However, I would like to ask you to think of a world without photos, where moments faded from memory without the ability to hold a little piece of yesterday in your hands. I cannot imagine such a place.

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Last summer I found myself in an art museum in Venice, Italy admiring the paintings that hung there. Each a masterpiece. Each a piece of history. Each a portrait of a person long gone from this physical realm. Already into my fourth year as a professional photographer, I thought about the life each of these people led. How this painting was probably hung with care in a family home for generations before time erased attachment to the contents of the frame. How the painting found its way to public view and how we all look at it today, studying the brush strokes forever frozen in the paint and the colors the artist used. I knew at this moment I wanted to continue my pursuit of portraiture, capturing and preserving the future images of people.

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December/January, 2017 The modern photographer is a jack of many trades. Part psychologist, easing people’s insecurities about their bodies. Part entrepreneur, there are very few corporate positions for photographers, most are self employed. Part wizard, manipulating light and bending it to his will. Part technological genius, the darkroom has moved from random corners in homes into computer desktops. The great thing about being a photographer is being a part of your life’s journey, even if only for a day, many to stand as “the best day of your life” days. We join you for your engagement and

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When next you see that old black and white photo of your grandmother, young and vibrant, in the prime of her youth, smile, remember all the moments you had with her. Know that she took that photo in order to remember herself as much as to preserve for the future what she once was. Know that someone like me basked in the radiance of that brief moment and became apart of your families journey for a time. Remember that we are still among you today, wanting to capture another brief minute of history, preserving it so that your grandchildren might look back in wonder. This is worth so much more than money.

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to serve as must-haves this season, and the fur

trims have made a good thing even better. The “Mr. and Mrs. Italy” offerings have become popular with stylish celebs like Rhianna and Cara Delevigne. Created in 2009 to create the perfect winter coat, Alessia Giacobino started the company known as Mr. and Mrs. Italy. She reinvented the classic parka by adding a modern twist. The designer began lining the parka’s with exotic furs, adding fur trims on cuffs and hoods, and applying the same luxe touches to classic bomber jackets and trench coats. While the high-end label ranges in price from $2,500$10,000, many local retail stores carry Italy-inspired pieces without the killer price tag. One of the most popular brands is Jocelyn Furs (pictured here), which are made of authentic fox and mink. Another more affordable option are the faux-fur selections by Central Park West. These feature adjustable and detachable faux add-ons to a wide range of styles. Whether you’re in the market for faux or the real thing, make sure you’ve got it covered when it comes to fun and fabulous furs this winter!

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Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches is a business that uniquely identifying diamonds and gems; and the emotional, when certain pieces represent milestones and important events in one’s life. Customers will find quality, expertise and commitment at Susan Eisen. “The most rewarding aspect is the earned trust from our customers coupled with creating a piece they will love and cherish,” Eisen said. The diamonds are hand picked for quality by Susan herself and the sales mantra is “the service after the sale is even more important than the sale itself.”

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The Susan Eisen shopping experience is all encompassing and impressive. Eisen is a master gemologist appraiser, goldsmith and author, so her store is different from most other retail stores. “Knowing the back end of how things are made, what is necessary to keep them in their best condition, while maintaining the highest quality control standards and appraisal credentials, sets us apart,” Eisen said. Eisen began her business 36 years ago with an art metal background from UTEP. A s a native El Pasoan, Eisen sponsors events for the Junior League and the El Paso Museum of Art and designs jewelry for famous celebrities on the red carpet.

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Oso Good Food Truck

erving the community is what Whole Foods Market and the International Business Academy students from Bowie High School have in common.

Whole Foods Market opened its first store in El Paso, on October 19. Five percent of their opening day sales went towards a community grant they provided the students with for their Oso Good Food Truck. “Coming in (to El Paso) we want to do our best, whether it’s a local product or working with a local non profit organization, to ensure that we are infiltrating the market and supporting those that are around us,” Regional Marketing and Community Relations for Whole Foods Market Victoria Gonzalez said.

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Students were given the idea about the Oso Good Food Truck after Principal Dr. Michael Warmack presented them with a school bus that was donated to the district. The idea to reconstruct and retrofit the bus into a food truck costs $35,000, but that did not stop the students from looking at the bigger picture. “It’s good knowing that you have a good support system there to get this project up and going,” senior Sisco Gonzalez said. “If we didn’t have a good community surrounding us it would make it a lot harder. We were just so grateful and excited (to receive the grant from Whole Foods Market).” The produce from the school garden will be featured in menus and recipes including: salads, stews, quesadillas, tortas and agua frescas. The proceeds from the food truck will go towards a scholarship fund for the current and future Bowie High School students.

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“Be Legendary, Not Ordinary.”

“We are going with it very intently and

accessible and that is exactly what the

passionately,” Bowie High School Marketing

students are doing.”

Teacher Rochelle Rosas said. “So many students at our school will be able to benefit

The students plan to launch the food truck in

from the financial aspect of being able to get

January 2017 at local EPISD sports events and

a scholarship.”

school functions. To reach a larger audience,

Whole Foods Market local leadership will be

the Oso Good Food Truck will be located at

working closely with the students to provide

Whole Foods Market once a month.

input on menu developments, mentorships and

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understanding the best business practices for

“We are making sure the puzzle pieces fall

food distribution. They will also be their vendor

into place because we want to continue to

for other ingredients needed for the menu items.

make our school and community proud,”

“They have been a phenomenal partner

Rosas said. “I think it’s important that our

and we were so impressed with this great

students get to see and be a part of it. It

business plan established for us,” Gonzalez

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said. “It’s close to our core mission and

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ore than 120 individuals attended the 3rd Annual Insco Distributing Golf Tournament “Golf for Wishes” on November 3 at Butterfield Trail Golf Club. The event raised the funds for the Make-A-Wish© North Texas El Paso Regional Office to grant more wishes for area children battling life-threatening medical conditions. More than $25,000 was raised.

Four passionate committee members—Rey Madrid and Paul Guerra of Insco Distributing, Charlie Rosales of Kings Aire and Marty Olivas of Ysleta Independent School District—chose to band together to coordinate and execute the event in an effort to put together something that would benefit the El Paso community. The team volunteered hundreds of hours to coordinate the event that included a Silent Auction, lunch, golf, raffle prizes and contests.

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Among the highlights of the evening was

“I am so excited for my son to have his wish

the moment in which an El Paso child found

come true,” said Jaxon’s mom, Melissa,

out that his wish was to be granted. Jaxon,

during the opening ceremonies. “It’s been

3-years-old, battles a hematologic disorder.

a hard road. But seeing everyone who cares

Jaxon, who loves all things Disney, chose to

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“The support is what gets the families through the difficult times,” he said. “When your child is facing chemotherapy or hospital visits or medical treatments, knowing that you have people who care makes all the difference.” Jaxon, who served as Master of Ceremonies, officially started the tournament. After golfing, the participants enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse followed by an award ceremony. The first place team was made up of David Flores, Jesse Gutierrez, Joe Rodriguez and Poncho Garcia. Second place was awarded to Freddy Martinez, Jason Varva, Robert Gunder and David Reyes. The third place team was George Anaya, Matthew Hinojosa,

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TCM Pet of the Month highlights our readers’ best friends!

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Owner: Nicole Enriquez Monster is a Chow Chow German Shepherd Mix! We adopted Monster from the Humane Society of El Paso back in 2008. We adopted him in October and we’ve always considered Halloween his birthday! This year he turned 10 years old so we decided to throw Monster a Halloween Birthday Bash! We invited all of his furry friends and their owners. We had a total of 24 doggies attend his birthday party! He’s a gentle giant and so full of love. I am so happy that I’m his dog mom and able to enjoy this sweet soul. Opt to adopt, it’s a life changing experience!

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from the Inside Out

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spiritualit y

ne of my all time favorite quotes is by Albert Einstien:

solid because the cells are so densely packed together, but everything

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.

is, essentially plasma. This means that when someone emotes—

Match the frequency of the reality you want and you

sends an emotion out into the space that surrounds them—which we

cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other

all do unintentionally all the time, even if we never open our mouths—

way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” I’ll break

that emotion, that feeling vibration, is absorbed by the surroundings

this down in my own language—you are the mayor of Yous-ville.

we inhabit, and by the people we are with. This adds to the hidden Feng Shui of any space.

Twelve years, numerous certificates, teaching classes at UTEP, and hundreds of consultations later, I am finally realizing the most powerful

The point is, we matter; And how we think and how we feel matter.

Feng Shui isn’t the action of moving furniture or changing paint colors.

So much of Feng Shui—wind, water, sun, electromagnetic energy—

It isn’t quite as simple as changing the surface of your home or office.

is out of our hands. Merely rearranging the top of your dresser isn’t

I have discovered through direct experience and actual practice of

going to make a huge difference in your life, but transforming yourself

Feng Shui—the energy of the environment—is not generated solely

into the person who is unaffected by being stuck in traffic for two

by the earth, how the house is shaped or decorated but rather by the

hours will indeed transform your life, allowing you to become a living

inhabitants of the space themselves.

example of good Feng Shui. Once this occurs and you clean up the top of your dresser, the energy in your space can flow smoothly, your

Have you ever been in a room where the tension was as thick as a

life will change in unexpected and delightful ways.

morning fog in Mississippi? That is external Feng Shui generated by the people themselves and an example of how we affect the spaces

Just as no space that is cluttered can be said to have good Feng Shui,

we inhabit.

no person who is carrying around the baggage of their unconsciously lived early years can be said to have good internal Feng Shui.

Feng Shui, literally translated as Wind Water, is a poetic term for the energy of any environment, inside or out. It all comes down to energy,

We are all energy beings. We all vibrate at a certain frequency

but everything always does. The earth is alive with energy, an energy

according to the thoughts that we manage and the feelings that

that is inescapable. This energy is easy to imagine in volcanic activity,

we have, work through and release. It makes sense to understand

harder to realize in a simple rock but it is ever present and equally

the management of our energy and how our energy might become

unavoidable in the form of winds, waters, and electromagnetic flows

obstructed or how it can easily flow through us.

both around and within the earth. These various flows are the most dramatic influencers of Feng Shui—thus the name.

Good Feng Shui starts inside of you. The changes you make in your space will support the changes inside but they can’t make

We know from quantum physics that there are spaces between the

them happen for you. Only you have the power to accomplish that.

cells of everything; nothing is truly solid. We may perceive things as

Remember, you are the mayor of Yous-ville.

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‘Tis the time to be solo! If you’re not merry about singleness during the holiday season, here are some reasons why single-hood isn’t so bad. 1. There’s no need to compromise. The best part about riding solo is that you get to choose which party you want to go to. You no longer have to deal with splitting up your time for the holidays or attending boring holiday parties. Choose the party that best suits you … meaning the one with the best gifts and booze (wink, wink). 2. You can now spoil yourself. Aside from buying your loved ones gifts, it is now time to indulge and spoil yourself. Make sure your wants and needs are also part of the Christmas list. You have worked very hard all year, so treat. yo. self. 3. Being in a relationship during the holidays can be a pain in the butt, especially when having to find the right gift for your SO. If you are anything like me, gift giving is not my forte. The good thing is that you don’t have to stress anymore about finding the “perfect” gift for him/her. 4. Every year you get a gift that you weren’t that thrilled about. No more faking enthusiasm for any crappy gifts you get from your partner. 5. In my opinion the best part of singledom, is the fact that you no longer have to impress your SO’s family; especially the in-laws, which we all know can sometimes be difficult. 6. We all have that crazy family member who tends to drink too much and start spilling the beans. The good thing is, your aunt Jill isn’t able to embarrass you anymore. 7. You are now able to relax and enjoy quality time with your family. There’s no more having to entertain your date situation. 8. All in all, you are free to do whatever you want this holiday season, so enjoy it! You have a clean slate to create your own traditions. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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| By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photography by: DAVID PARISH |

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f ever a hidden gem, Illume Decor is

How did she get her start? Interestingly, a

also exclusive to El Paso, that includes

without question the epitome of the

remodeling project of an older residence she

Venetian-inspired goblets, authentic “old

phrase! Aside from its obscure Far

and her husband purchased, is what served

fashioned” champagne glasses and other

Eastside-ish location, what truly makes

as the catalyst for Illume Decor. Difficulty

exquisite glassware.

this tiny treasure a pleasant surprise is

acquiring rare and fresh items for their

the sheer exquisiteness one enjoys the

new home left Ellman feeling “limited” in

And coming soon are the exotic, hand-

very moment you step through their doors.

what she considers our locally, underserved

embroidered cushions by Indian artist, Tamara

Founded in 2015, Laura Ellman, Owner and

market. Her subsequent exploration of

Zlotogoura,

Buyer, is a natural in her skill and taste for

other markets and some great finds led

Ellman, and whose works are on permanent

acquiring unique merchandise that exudes

her to embark on what’s proving an already

display at The Victoria and Albert Museum

timeless elegance, yet is highly diverse in

successful venture!

in

London,

commissioned

England,

personally

and

exhibited

by

in

galleries worldwide. Their vibrant colors and

style. A quaint, 800 square-foot gem, the tiny store is a definite must-see that proves itself

With an impeccable knack for buying, Ellman

exquisite fabrics make these rare cushions

an absolute treasure trove of goodies for the

delivers a selection of striking products that

a statement piece for any sofa or chair in

home and beyond.

promise to make for interesting conversation

the home. Let’s also not overlook the plush,

in any home. Take for instance the Royal

cubed ottomans than can be clustered or

exclusive

Crown Derby Bone China imported directly

isolated, or specially customized to any

merchandise from as far away as England

from England. This handmade, fine bone,

desired shape, size or look. Add to that their

and Spain, to unique and special items that

gold-finished china can’t be found anywhere

exclusive assortment of American-made

cover the entire spectrum of price points, one

else in El Paso. As Ellman’s right-hand

crystal lamps with unparalleled detail that

can look forward to landing a conversation

exclaims, “They’re gems you leave behind

make for “whimsical” pieces, certain to be

piece fit for any room in the home or

for your children … an heirloom” and

the focal point of any room.

office. Ranging from high-end, top-quality

undoubtedly make for a marvelous wedding

furnishings, lightening, and more, they also

or anniversary gift.

Carrying

an

eclectic

mix

of

And let’s not forget the incredible Indonesian furnishings like the artisan-made beds,

carry beautiful merchandise at surprisingly lower price points, that will leave admirers

Illume Decor’s stunning selection of lighting,

chests and wine cabinets that are made from

guessing! As Ellman explains, “I don’t cater

that includes a dazzling line of chandeliers

sublimely hand cut wood, as well as their

to one particular style,” and instead, offers

that are handmade by Egyptian artisans,

luxurious selection of hard-to-come-by NEST

products that will both “fit” and compliment

can be clustered or hung alone, and feature

candles, which now feature a handsome,

any one motif.

beautifully handwoven beads throughout.

silver matchbox holder for that perfect

There’s also the lovely hand-blown barware,

accessory.

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stunning artwork and their promise for one-

and

of-a-kind pieces that very soon, will include an

decor that local builders, interior designers

individual

furnishings,

lighting

and

“Artist of The Month� showcase from local

and the aficionado of everything home-

artists looking to sell their works of art.

decorating, now look to for that special something. Bottom line: This hidden gem

It makes perfect sense that in the short time

will not disappoint and promises to bedeck

Illume Decor has been open for business,

any home, at any price, leaving you and your

it’s built a growing reputation for unique

guests awe-inspired and looking for more!

The purchaser of a NEST candle and silver matchbox holder will receive a gifted NEST hand lotion while supplies last. Layaway is available.

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L ady B e h i n d t h e Cam e r a

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t’s so incredibly unique,” Katherine Horak

Horak, 22 years of age, is set to graduate from the

said. “Everything about it; you can’t

University of Texas at Austin this December. Choosing

replicate it anywhere else,” she continued,

to double major in her undergraduate studies, she will

commenting in regards to El Paso, her

hold degrees in Liberal Arts and Science from an honors

hometown. “It’s so authentic. Not only does

program and a degree from the university’s distinguished

the city have a high production value, but

Department of Radio-Television-Film. After joining

there is also a rich pool of local talent here,

the Creative Mind Group (Filmmaking and Internship

both in front of and behind the camera. You walk

program), Horak attended the Cannes Film Festival. It was

down any street and it’s incredibly cinematic.”

there where she won a competition in the filmmaking

She uses the term “cinematic” aptly. Horak is a

program. Clearly, there was a calling. The young artist

young filmmaker, and much to her surprise, “No

later went on to study abroad in Prague, where she flirted

one is making big studio films here.”

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By the time she left the Czech Republic, Horak

It’s a room with my disco ball, film posters,

departed with encouragement and inspiration.

pictures of people and lots of pillows.”

She had an idea.

The title of the film is “What We Were.”

STRONGER

TOMORROW

“I wrote pages and pages for each character,”

The film follows 22-year-old Lee Wallace

Katherine said, addressing the early stages

amidst her limbo between post-graduation of

of the writing. It was a tedious and intense

college and adult life in the real world, where

process. Scores of pages were written on

Wallace goes home for two weeks. Due to

extensive research and background. Each

her overwhelming fear of the unknown future,

character’s past was written. “From birth to

she ends up slipping back into her old group of

present [for each character]. It helped me with

high school friends and former boyfriend. The

the dialogue and character development.”

relationships renew. The group, as a whole,

Once the extensive “prep work” was done,

begin a dark journey to recreate all of their best

Horak buckled down to write the screenplay.

high school memories together, not simply by

It took her four days to complete. “I split my

revisiting and reminiscing—but by actually

time between a local coffee house and a closet

playing their previous selves in a ritualized

in my room nicknamed the ‘creative closet.’

manner. Each event increases in stakes and

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The Best Holiday

Beauty Buys for

2016 | By: MATTHEW ABRAHAM |

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Lipstick Love Several cosmetics companies are offering entire lipstick collections this season, packaged and completed enough to offer lip options that complement any makeup look you come up with during 2017. Of all the sets offered, the favorite of all beauty editors this season is the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Vault. This beautifully packaged collection of 38 rich, pigmented, nourishing and long-lasting lipsticks, are all the perfect size to slip in your clutch for touch ups at all of your holiday parties. Another great lipstick find this holiday season is the edgy Urban Decay Cosmetics Blackmail Vice Palette ($35, Ulta), which has 12 hot shades, including some on-trend metallic lip colors that are all the rage this winter.

Brush Binge The most sought after (and priciest) cosmetic brush set of 2016 was handsdown the Artis makeup brush set. The incredibly soft Artis Brush Elite Gold 10 Brush Set ($495, net-a-porter.com) will help ensure that your makeup is expertly blended, using densely packed CosmeFibre bristles. If you don’t want to drop such a large amount of dough, the Makeup Revolution Pro Precision Oval Brushes ($67.50 tambeauty.com) are equally attractive as the Artis brushes and more importantly, equally as effective. Another great brush set available now is the Sonia Kashuk Lavish Luxe 10-Piece Brush Set ($30, Target), which features dense fluffy white bristles and a gold finish.

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Hair Dryer Hero Dyson has not only reinvented the vacuum cleaner, but has also reinvented the traditional everyday hair dryer. At $400, this is quite a steep price for a hairdryer, however for people who spend a lot of time blow drying their own hair or a lot of money on professional blowouts, this dryer may prove to be a good investment (Dyson stands behind their products to last for several years.) Not only is this dryer designed to be easier to use than a traditional dryer, the power and control of airflow with this hairdryer is truly unmatched, cutting down the time and effort you spend drying your hair significantly.

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Nude Attitude Nude and neutral eyeshadow palettes have been all the rage for beauty bloggers and Instagrammers for the past couple of years and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Not only are these palettes extremely versatile (they make creating daytime or nighttime looks a breeze), but they will never go out style or be at the back of your makeup drawer by the end of the season. Makeup legend, Bobbi Brown, handpicked eight of her all-time favorite nude shadow palettes from her vast archives and created the ultimate nude eyeshadow palette. The Bobby Brown The Nude Library 25th Anniversary Edition ($200) is already being hailed by reviewers as the best (and the last) nude eyeshadow palette you will ever own. With 40 base, lid and liner colors designed to flatter every skin tone, this palette can create limitless looks. Also, try the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics ($54, ulta.com).

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Malin+Goetz Mojito Soap Set These soaps are the ideal holiday gift. The three bars are scented

L´Occitane en Provence Men´s Luxury Shave Set

in peppermint, lime and rum (Duh, Mojito!) and are the best way

For the guy that cherishes his shaving sessions. This gift set has

to forget about the cold weather. Revigorate with the scented

a luxurious, foamy shaving cream that will also help hydrate your

glycerin bars, filled with natural ingredients. Available at www.

skin, a brush to apply the cream evenly across the face, and it’s

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own razor (just in case you´re not happy with those drugstore bought razors). This gift is set to make a good impression at your

Billy Jealousy Market IV Life Tattoo Care Kit

holiday dinner. Get it at www.usa.loccitane.com for $80.

Have a family member that´s all “tatted” up? This is the perfect gift for them; these products are ideal for taking care of tattoos.

Marvis 7 Days of Flavor Gift Set

One bottle is a wash, perfect to keep your ink fresh, the other

Have a family member/friend that after every holiday dinner is

bottle is lotion to help moisturize, and the balm helps to set

in need of a mint? This is the perfect gift! The Marvis gift set

colors so they don’t lose their vibrancy. Gift this to whoever

contains seven tubes of toothpaste in different flavors (because

wants to keep their art looking pristine. Buy it at

traditional peppermint, although appropiate for the holiday

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season, can get boring). The flavorful tubes come in mint, cinnamon, ginger, jasmine, licorice mint, classic and whitening flavors. You´re worried that you’re the only one with bad breath? Buy them for yourself and enjoy a fresh kiss under the mistletoe! Purchase them for $36 at www.eastdane.com.

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Stop Making

New Year’s

Resolutions! Start Doing This… | By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |

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fitness

“Well, in 2016 I said I wanted to exercise more and eat better, and I was motivated for three weeks, then life got in the way, and I kinda let it go…” Sound familiar? Most of us try to start fitness resolutions and think of an extreme ideal, then fall off the wagon and try to forget we ever said anything. Instead of going through that same old cycle of creating hollow resolutions that never get fulfilled, let’s be realistic. Here are a few tips to do a “No Resolution” resolution:

A lot of us end up using the excuse “I don’t have the willpower” or

Tip 3: Create space between you and the bad influences

“I’m just not that motivated” and that’s not really how we, as humans,

Ever heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” This saying goes

work. Start by coming to an understanding with our crazy, irrational

very true when kicking out bad habits, and creating new healthy ones.

brains. We are creatures of habit. We are products of our environment.

So clear out all the junk food from the cabinets. Put your alarm clock

We become like the people we associate ourselves with. By creating

across the room, so you have to get up and go workout. Stop listening

systems and habits in our lives, our bodies can adapt and accomplish

to that girl in the office always talking about food, etc.

Tip 1: Forget “motivation”

faster and easier, instead of waiting to feel motivated. So for example, a healthy dish each night that you will take “on the go” the next day

Tip 4: Decrease the steps between you and the good habit

for lunch, five days a week. Little by little, you can work your way up

Stock your fridge with healthy things to eat. Pack your gym bag in

to also having a healthy breakfast ready, etc. Or instead of trying to get

the car ahead of time so you’re always ready. Sleep in your workout

a workout in every single day, try to schedule a session with a trainer

clothes so you can wake up and go. All these things make it easier for

or someone to hold you accountable, three times a week.

you to continue forming that habit.

Tip 2: Create a new habit

Tip 5: Form a group of allies

By setting short term goals, your brain is more likely to cooperate. Like

Now that you have a plan in place, it’s time to recruit teammates to

the example above, start working out three times a week. Eventually

help. This could mean joining a running group, or starting a group

you will make it a habit and three times a week will become easy for

text of friends also going for the same goals. Because we become

you. When you feel you are ready to kick it up a notch, add one more

the average of the people we surround ourselves with, we should

day, and so on until eventually you’re doing something everyday.

surround ourselves with happy, fit, and successful people so that we

instead of trying to eat healthy every day all year, try to start by cooking

are subtly influenced in that direction. 2017 is going to be a big year for you! You’re not going to rely on a “resolution” or “motivation” to start you in the right direction. You’re not going to fail at a “too large” goal. You’re going to slowly, but surely, move forward to reach a long term goal and feel successful and satisfied! 2017 is your year for the “no resolution” resolution.

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| By: PABLO DELGADILLO |

A Little Sparkle

Squeeze Tight

It is a must to be the “light” of the family gatherings

We are not only talking about hugging your loved

this holiday season. A little shimer is the perfect

ones this December, but we are also talking about

accessory to dazzle during dinner or to steal the

covering up your legs when the cold weather breaks

limelight at your New Year´s Eve party. Choose

out. If you refuse to let your skirts or shorts rest this

a dress that has a little sequin, or try a metallic

winter, tights are the perfect thing to pair them up

pullover. We know shimmer for the holidays might

with. With tights in cotton, nylon, and even wool, there

be a little overdone, but c´mon .. it´s the holidays!

are quite a variety of ways to keep those limbs cozy.

Christmas Movies TV marathons are always nice, reminiscing of sweet times when you were young and you used to binge watch holiday movies on Christmas day. Now, if you´re tired of staying home and need a family break, not a lot of people know this but … the theaters are open during the day on Christmas! Usually big movies open that day, so why not make it a nice tradition of going to the theater and ending the holiday with a tub of popcorn?

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Political Animals

When sitting at your holiday dinner it is important to leave your strong political beliefs at the door. The season is

for jolly and loving times, and if someone brings up the election, or any political/religious arguments, trouble is sure to erupt. Try to focus on the good things, and enjoy the people close to you – Cheers!

Ugly Xmas ENOUGH with the ugly Christmas sweaters! Yes, they are tradition and the holiday season is the only time you can wear them out, but come on people … if they´re ugly, they´re ugly.

Grinchy Attitude It really is a time for unity, and in the cold winter, no one wants to be alone. You might not love the holidays, but being a grinch and a loner is never fun. If you´re not into the season, “fake it ‘til you make it.”

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GOODBYE 2016

HELLO A

| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |

s we say goodbye to 2016, we usher in the new year with

If we look back at 2016, we can see many changes. The biggest one

optimism. This holds especially true for 2017 from a

to note was the recent election and how the candidates were more

numerology standpoint. This year, 2016, when added

disliked than any ever known before. There have been moves in

together is a nine in numerology (2+0+1+6=9) which

government with Great Britain leaving the European Union. Many of us

represented change, endings and closure. In numerology, there are

experienced personal changes ourselves—from our relationships, our

only nine numbers, then you start the cycle all over again. If we look

homes and even careers. The “nine” vibration gives a “letting go” or

at the past nine years we can see how much change has happened

“releasing” energy to allow room for something new to manifest into

during this cycle.

our lives. Like the old saying: “Out with the old and in with the new.”

Reflecting back to nine years ago, we had cellphones which have now

At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, we are always ready to

advanced into being our GPS, music downloader, camera and more.

make our resolutions to lose weight and save money. This year is a

Today online shopping is easier than ever and is quickly replacing big

great year for setting intentions and resolutions because 2017 will be

box retailers. We’re officially in the “Jetson” era where we can shop

a “one” in numerology (2+0+1+7=10).

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AST ROLO GY

The “one” year represents beginning, starting over. It is an excellent

If you have the traditional New Year’s resolution of losing weight and

time to plant the seeds for what you want the coming nine-year cycle

working out, and start in the cycle of the “one,” your chances of

to bring. For example, if you wanted to launch a new business in

sticking to it will be greater and pay off. You are planting the seed for

2016, it may have been impossible or delayed because the “nine”

what you want long term, with the path to it holding and working in

was about endings and closures, not beginnings. However, if you

your favor. If your resolution is to kick a bad habit such as smoking,

want to launch a new business in 2017, it is a great time to do so with

2017 will also be a great year to do so as it reinforces a fresh start.

the vibration of the “one” representing the start of all things. Now that you know the power of the “one,” set some time aside to In the “one” year cycle, not only is it a perfect time to start a business

set goals and manifest what you would like the New Year to bring.

but also to get married, change jobs or change your lifestyle. 2016

With some hard work on your part and the “one” being on your side,

was full of delays, red lights and speed bumps. 2017 is green lights

2017 can be your best year yet!

and hit the road— there is nothing stopping you! www.GracethePsychicLady.com

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food

J

anuary is the time for new beginnings. Many people rush to gyms

This month I am introducing a very different way of eating by

to sign up for a workout program to improve the look of their

substituting a healthy shake (my favorite product is the “CLEAN”

bodies. However, what many of us don’t realize is that although

program) or two in place of a meal that will give your body all the

fitness is a key component to good health, diet is responsible for

nutrients it needs while eliminating the hungry feeling you feel when

80% of your wellbeing. This can be why your weight, AND your overall

your blood sugar drops. The key to a successful shake/meal substitute

health, don’t change if your diet is not what it should be.

is by putting in the proper clean ingredients that will keep your body satiated longer and keeps your blood sugar regulated.

The simple fact is that what you put into your mouth has a profound effect on your body’s health and the shape that your body takes on.

One very important thing to remember is that you must consume

Something that can be beneficial for those of you feeling that you

good fat in order to loose fat and the fat will keep your body fuller

need a change, along with a well-rounded workout regime, is to do

longer. Also, always include protein and carbs in your shake or meal

an “elimination” diet. This is where you eliminate specific foods from

for a well-balanced diet. If you can eat every three to four hours, by

your diet that may cause you to hold onto weight, or even cause

including a small, healthy snack, your body will burn fat for energy

you to have symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, headaches,

instead of the sugars, therefore causing weight loss at a healthier

fatigue, nausea and inflammation.

rate. Go ahead and incorporate a cleanse into your diet with clean food this New Year and see how amazing your body will look and feel.

One successful tool in this process is to do a cleanse for your body that contains clean food products void of preservatives, food dyes,

(*Note: any ingredient in these recipes can be substituted for a similar

pesticides, chemicals and GMO’s. Locally-grown organic products are

ingredient to satisfy your taste!)

the very best choice you can make in choosing healthy food to consume. Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy

BON APPÉTIT!

food.” By choosing food that is clean and close to the source it will promote not only wellness, but also the look of health and beauty.

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ELAINE’S MORNING SHAKE Ingredients: 16 ounces of purified water 1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk 1 cup of chocolate almond milk ½ cup of organic coconut water 1-2 handful of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries ½ of small banana

1 cup ice

1 tablespoon of nut butter (sunflower, almond) ½ teaspoon of hemp seeds a handful of nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans) ½ teaspoon of raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds 2-3 Medjool dates, pits removed ½ avocado a pinch of sea salt 1 packet “Clean” Shake or other protein powder 1 tablespoon of macha powder (for energy) ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder Directions: Blend until creamy and delicious. Enjoy! (You can use some mason jars to store your shake and drink it throughout the day)

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PEACHES AND CREAM SMOOTHIE Ingredients: 2 cups organic frozen peaches 16 ounces filtered water 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 2-3 Medjool dates, pitted 4 drops of liquid stevia ½ teaspoon chia seeds ½ avocado 2 cups of ice cubes 1 teaspoon of macha powder a handful of pecans Directions: Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

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DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

Anson 11 $$-$$$

House of Pizza $$

303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400

208 N. Stanton St. | (915) 533-3424

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

The vintage and trendy House of Pizza offers their most popular

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

specialty pizza, which is called the House Special. It includes

Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson

pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black olives,

11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

onions, bell peppers and irresistible extra cheese. O

ALL OVER TOWN

The Downtowner $$

El Taco Tote

325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200

$

201 East Main St. | 2921 N. Mesa St. | 1000 Magruder St. Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel

1461 N. Zaragoza | 9933 Kenworthy St. | 9910 Montana Ave.

Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only

3480 Joe Battle Blvd. | (915) 838-6000

breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the

This is not fast food, this is Real Mexican Grill food that we’ve made just

amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully

for you, El Paso. Changing the face of Mexican food, we offer different

crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.

variations of tacos ranging from: barbacoa, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish and much much more. Also on our menu, try our new veggie taco.

Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H

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WESTSIDE

Mi Piaci

WESTSIDE

Avila’s

$$$

$$

5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034

6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621

Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner

Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips

Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest

and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will

seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,

satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O

lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR

Pho King

$$

311 N. Kansas St. | (915) 260-5400

Westside’s 3rd Hole

An authentic Vietnamese restaurant offering your favorite pho. With different menu options, like spring and egg rolls and rice dishes, Pho King also offers “build it youself” pho and grill with different protein options and spices to suit your taste buds. It’s the best phoking place in town!

The Green Ingredient

$$

1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H

$$

201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010

The State Line

$$

1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the

Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four

real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are

principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous

nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely

portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and

high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!


EASTSIDE

UNIVERSITY/KERN

The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$

Mesa Street Grill $$$

8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)

3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881 Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a

Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso. The Original Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the house with their own original recipes; prepared fresh and slowly cooked to perfection using apple wood during the whole process creating a magnificent flavor. H

summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

King Crab $$$ Rulis International Kitchen

1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697 $$

4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806

You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the

Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’

seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh

International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best

seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H

of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF

NORTHEAST

Edge of Texas The Garden Grill

$$

111 W. University Ave. | (915) 351-2121 Enjoy American cuisine with influences from around the world. Try the popular green chili soup, sip on some wine after work or class and enjoy El Paso’s weather on our outdoor patio. Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, this treasure is for all of El Paso to experience. O, H

$$$

8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.


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december/January Advertiser INDEX

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A + O Group................................................................Pg. 125

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 80

Alto Outlaw Golf Estates.............................................Pg. 125

Nosh..............................................................................Pg. 47

Axess Media..................................................................Pg. 60

Patient Care Associates...............................................Pg. 129

Ben Bridge Jewelers.....................................................Pg. 15

Quatermane Salon.........................................................Pg. 79

Casa Buenavista......................................................Pg. 18, 19

RGU Cancer Center.....................................................Pg. 123

D’ansa Jazz Stage........................................................Pg. 125

Scott Asbury, Allstate Insurance....................................Pg. 42

Dr. Jorge Villarreal........................................................Pg. 106

Shannon Quartermane..................................................Pg. 77

Dr. Keith Johnson........................................................Pg. 128

Southwest Plastic Surgery..............................................Pg. 3

Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 45

Southwest University at El Paso...................................Pg. 13

El Paso Coyotes.............................................................Pg. 95

Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 69

GECU.................................................................... Inside Front

Stonewood Modern American Grill.............................Pg. 119

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 43

Strategic Wealth Advisors...........................................Pg. 105

Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 76

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique......................................Pg. 109

Hughes Financial Group...............................................Pg. 104

Sun City Emergency Room...........................................Pg. 86

Illume Décor..................................................................Pg. 25

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino..............................Pg. 27

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino......................Pg.5

Sunset Funeral Homes..................................................Pg. 45

Intraceutical.................................................................Pg. 153

Table Occasions...........................................................Pg. 107

Johnson Jewelers.........................................................Pg. 71

The Green Ingredient...................................................Pg. 107

KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 54

The Bartlett Assisted Living.........................................Pg. 124

KTSM News Channel 9...............................................Pg. 154

The Hospitals of Providence............................................Pg. 9

Makios.......................................................Pg. 81, Back Cover

The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.........Pg. 102

Matthew Abraham Make Up.........................................Pg. 94

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 43

Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover

The Mattress Store........................................................Pg. 11

Melissa Aranda, Realtor...............................................Pg. 123

The Woodhouse Day Spa..............................................Pg. 83

Mesa Street Grill..............................................................Pg. 7

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1

Mix Salon and Spa.......................................................Pg. 133

Walgreens................................................................Pg. 16,17

Montenegro Salon.......................................................Pg. 142

Westside’s Third Hole...................................................Pg. 50

National Furniture Liquidators......................................Pg. 115

WyattUnderwood..........................................................Pg. 39

New You Gym..............................................................Pg. 122

77 Stone...............................................................Pg. 146,147

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