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IN THIS ISSUE: TRAVEL...112 THE LOOK... 78 BEAUTY... 94

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Kickin’ it New School THESE (VERY) YOUNG BROTHERS ARE READY FOR BUSINESS By: DENISE NELSON-PRIETO

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Features

So Long, Farewell MAYOR OSCAR LEESER ON HIS CAMPAIGN, EL PASO AND FUTURE ADVICE By: VERONICA NEVAREZ

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Community Servant ONE MAN’S PATH TO A LIFE DEDICATED TO SERVICE

One Can, One Life THIS LOCAL TOOK ENERGY DRINKS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

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June, 2017

e think a lot about men, we talk a lot about men, so why not write about men? This is our fourth year of publishing an issue exclusively devoted

to men. In our pages you’ll find stories of triumph and various

successes. Aside from sharing their stories, we offer any man who reads

this: grooming advice, styling tips and a peek into cryotherapy (page 106).

The definition of a man’s role in society keeps changing, as well as what we want

in a man. What doesn’t change is their unfailing desire to be ambitious, to make a name for themselves and create something that will make them proud. As you’ll read when you turn each page, every man we profiled has created their own success, their own extension of themselves translated into their business. Whether it’s an energy drink, selling shoes, a photo booth or creating art, the characteristic that unites them all is that they are hardworking. We proudly feature a wonderfully diverse group of men, all admirable and distinct in varied ways. Our cover stars, brothers Drew and Jaime, are not letting age get in the way of their dreams. They turned their love for shoes into a pop-up business, offering other sneakerheads a place in the city to purchase rare finds. You will also find an exclusive interview with Mayor Oscar Leeser, a farewell to his time in office. As I said in the article you can read on page 24, he will always have my vote. He has been a top-notch mayor and a huge proponent in creating a great border relationship and bringing businesses to the city. His constituents will miss him. On a lighter note, we show you how men continue to find their own style—on page 78—and what the current fashion trends are. For some, it’s a kind of style made up of the basics … a comfortable jean and jacket combo, for others it means a refined suit and tie, and still others find their signature in a more “metrosexual” style. The men in our office each showed off their style as they walked downtown El Paso. The heart of the city was used as a backdrop to showcase this season’s smartest sport coats, messenger bags and color combos. So, cheers to the men on these pages—may you have continued success in all your endeavors.

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rew and Jamie Frank, 13 and 12

respectfully, have kick started

a sneaker revolution in El Paso.

Kickpin, a sneaker pop-up, located at The

Shops on Mesa, offers one-of-kind, limited edition, rare shoes and clothes a couple of times each month. These

brothers

have

honed

their

entrepreneurial spirit, which started as a love for shoes and blossomed into a highly successful business. They have now joined the ranks of “kidpreneurs” the world over. “We always wanted to do something with shoes,” said Drew. “My brother and I have loved shoes our entire lives, and there was nothing like this in El Paso. We wanted to bring something different to the city.”

For the Frank brothers, seeing their grandfather’s

The seemingly overnight success of Kickpin,

hard work and determination, along with his

fueled by the ubiquitous buzz of social media

The impetus to establish Kickpin was also

encouragement to start their own business,

and good old-fashioned word of mouth

nurtured by a deep-seated entrepreneurial

quickly established a platform for success.

advertising, even reached the ear’s of some

proclivity, which stemmed in part from the

of the nation’s top recording artists.

boys’ grandfather, Gerald Rubin. He is the

Kickpin launched last December and was

founder and CEO of beauty supply behemoth,

quickly determined to be the “It” spot to buy

Trap-rap heavyweight, DJ Carnage, with rapper

Helen of Troy. He stepped down a few years

shoes. Kanye-created Yeezy’s, Adidas, Nikes,

Lil Yachty in tow, used Kickpin as the setting

ago after manning the helm for 46 years and

Jordan’s and other popular brands line the

for their meet and greet session prior to their

is now CEO of River Oaks Properties.

shelves. The boys even managed to get their

performance in El Paso in early February.

hands on a pair of Yeezy’s autographed by “He was the CEO and founder of Helen of

the creator himself.

“[Carnage] was performing here that night

Troy,” said the boys’ mother, Dana Frank.

and decided to sell his merchandise at our

“But when he was 16, he started a beauty

shop,” Drew said. “Lil Yachty also came—

supply business with his brother.”

it was crazy.”

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“Location” sensation, chart-topping superstar,

The boys partnered with the Braden Aboud

Dana also sees her sons’ motivation and

Khalid, dropped by the store before his

Foundation last year and bought socks

dedication to their business as a way to

hometown gig at Tricky Falls the same

and shoes for all the students at Bealls

cultivate crucial life skills which will help

weekend.

Elementary School, some children at the

throughout their lives. For her, the time

YWCA shelter and the Lee & Beulah Moor

management

Children’s Home.

maturity she sees from her sons is invaluable.

“The foundation . . . is a continuation of giving to shelters, schools, anywhere there’s a need,” Dana said. “We’ll give back a percentage of our sales to the foundation.”

She and her family were also pleasantly

The Frank boys show no signs of slowing

skills,

responsibility

and

down with their business. Their website launches this month, as well as the Kickpin Foundation, which will utilize a portion of the shop’s sales to purchase shoes for kids in need. The idea of the foundation originated from a charitable gesture by Drew last year. “I used all my Bar Mitzvah money to buy shoes and socks for kids less fortunate than me,” he said. “We’re going to start a Kickpin Foundation to continue this.”

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surprised to see the amount of work the boys were willing to put into their endeavor. Drew

and

Jamie

established

business

relationships, partnerships and collaborations all on their own through a lot of networking and elbow grease. “They’re prioritizing and devoting themselves, and it’s showing them how to be successful,” Dana said.

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Through the launch of the Kickpin website,

They

the Frank brothers hope to establish a

including their tike-sized Baby Yeezy’s.

specialize

in

hard-to-find

items,

“We would love to continue because we love to do it,” Drew said. “We want to expand the brand and [work] with some of the biggest

worldwide customer base. They already have a steady clientele that has gone from local to

For the time being, the pop-up shop hours

national in just a few months.

of operation will remain intact due to time

names out there.”

constraints, as the boys are still in middle

Through hard work, great time management

They also plan on adding more inventory to their

school. They do have plans however to

skills, dedication and familial support, the Frank

clothing lines, which presently includes street

continue to grow the business, possibly into

brothers have turned a dream into reality.

fashion mega-designer, Bape [A Bathing Ape],

adulthood.

as well as skate culture innovators, Supreme. 22

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“We would love to continue because we love to do it. We want to expand the brand and [work] with some of the biggest names out there.”

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Mayor Oscar Leeser

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Mayor

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M ay o r O s c a r L e e s e r

he average citizen looks to

The decision to run for mayor back in 2013

a city’s mayor as a position held by an

was by no means an easy one for Oscar

individual, a politician rather, who from

Leeser. The story behind it is one of heavy

a long-standing career in politics is

contemplation around the unavoidable life

deemed eligible to take such office. The

changes that would come from that decision.

commonly-held perception of these

Oscar Leeser and his wife of 30 years, Lisa

individuals is a past fraught with aggressive

Leeser, painstakingly discussed every possible

political

mayoral

angle on how both their private and public

campaigns and all the political affiliations that

lives would be impacted by a decision that,

can be expected from it.

as the mayor says, “became a partnership.”

stances,

high-profile

He’d considered running long before the 2013 Paso’s

election but this would mark the year that the

incumbent mayor and the antithesis of the

couple would finally make the decision to

typical mayoral trajectory. As the 53rd mayor

move forward. The 5 p.m. deadline looming,

of our Sun City, the decision to run for mayor

Mayor Leeser recalls arriving with his wife to

did not come easily for him, or his family.

City Hall at 2:30 pm on March 1, 2013 to fill

A leader in the automotive industry, Oscar

out the required paperwork and laughingly

Leeser made great strides as President of

remembers how they’d later ask how they

Hyundai of El Paso, taking the dealership to

were “actually going to kick off a campaign?”

Enter

Mayor

Oscar

Leeser,

El

the top as one of the most successful car dealers in not only our city, but in the nation.

All joking aside, the couple had talked long

This was not your typical politician. A native

and hard about how running for office would

of Mexico who immigrated with his family to

impact not only their own lives, but that

the U.S. at age 9, he was also the very first

of their children’s. They pressed through

mayor in El Paso’s history who originated

difficult moments, nervously contemplating

from anywhere other than the U.S.

the life-altering decision up through the filing deadline that Friday. “You decide to

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June, 2017 run for office, you decide that you’re going to be the public official, that you’re going to be out there and you’re prepared, but your wife and kids aren’t,” said the mayor. Yet, the best interests of the community selflessly prevailed and during his very first press conference at 5 p.m. that day, Oscar Leeser detailed an agenda for creating jobs, lowering unemployment and representing the community in its entirety. He says, “It always seemed to frustrate me that we always seem to ask 100 percent of Photo by John Horta

the people to pay taxes, but some of the decisions made are for five percent of the people and that’s not correct.” Representing 100 percent of the people was exactly what he committed to. Upon taking office, what most don’t realize, is that Mayor Leeser voluntarily chose to donate his salary to charity, a decision that came during those early discussions regarding the manner in which he’d operate while in office. It was also a decision initially kept quiet, so as not to appear as being a “campaign tool.” Now referred to as the Commitment to Care Fund, the Leesers made their intent to pledge the mayoral salary public during their inaugural ceremony and admirably, Mayor Leeser has donated 100 percent of his salary ever since. From the beginning, Lady Leeser has selected a worthwhile charity every month as part of that commitment, each and every penny helping our city and its residents. In getting to know the mayor more personally, we also learn that his agenda for transparency extended to many of the expenses related to food and travel from hosting visiting companies. As opposed to customarily being expensed to taxpayers, these were absorbed by him personally. In fact, he’s also turned down every gas allowance provided to him as a city employee and says, “I didn’t want anything. I wanted to do this all for the right reasons and I feel very lucky that I have the ability to be able to afford that and give back to our community.” As for being the only elected mayor in El Paso who wasn’t born in the U.S., Mayor Leeser

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“I learned a long time ago that you don’t make a decision until you hear all the facts, hear all the people … because your decision is permanent.”

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says, “That meant a lot to us because one

to invite business leaders to visit our city and

“I took public office to make a difference …

of the biggest things I wanted to do is create

“meet our citizens, see our climate...” and

I will continue to live that life.” His biggest

a great working relationship between El

helped build valuable partnerships.

hope for the new mayor is clear: “Continue to build value in our community and bring

Paso, Juárez and Mexico … We need to tear down the walls … because we knew that

While Mayor Leeser knew he wouldn’t run

ambassadors to our city … continue to help

we were one economy.” In fact, he and the

for office again, his reason was simple: He

our small business,” all for the future growth

mayor of Juárez worked closely in helping to

accomplished exactly what he set out to do.

of our city. Tellingly, when asked for a favorite

expand our community, and together shared

“I wanted to do the right thing. I wanted to

quote, Mayor Leeser cites Henry Ford,

in the aim of approaching companies to take

create a future … I wanted to say I did the

“Whether you think you can or think you

interest in and invest in the border.

things that were best for the community,”

can’t, you’re right.”

irrespective of an implied or future vote. There are many today who would love nothing

Bringing companies to El Paso was one of our mayor’s stated goals and more notable

His advice for his successor is also simple,

more than to see Mayor Leeser run for

accomplishments. Although he elicited scrutiny

and reflects the importance of someone who

another term. A loveable persona, genuinely

for not having a platform at first, following

is sincere and genuine in their approach to

adored and with the approachability of no

criticism of his predecessors often-failed

their duties. He says, “One of the things

other, it’s easy to see why. In eloquently

agenda for job creation, in reality he did just

that I think made me successful in who I

describing our mayor, our own Editor-in-

that—create jobs. When Mayor Leeser took

am today—I was Oscar when I entered the

Chief, Shelley Mozelle, says it best: “He’s a

office in June 2013, our city’s unemployment

office and I’m Oscar today. You can’t say, ‘I’m

people’s mayor. We were lucky to have the

rate was at a high of 9.0 percent.* By May

the Mayor of El Paso’ and now, you’re going

four years of his life to do great things for this

2016, that rate dropped to a low of 4.1

to change.” He adds, “[We need to] learn to

city,” adding, “He defines the word public

percent,* an improvement credited to the fact

listen, and listen to people, and a lot of times

servant for me. You can’t buy him. Bar none,

that, as promised, our mayor aimed to provide

what we think is best is not always what

he’s the most honorable man. He’ll always

the right incentives to attract companies and

needs to happen … what’s best is what’s

have my vote.”

ultimately spur growth in our economy through

best for the majority. Always represent the

jobs. The incentives proved invaluable.

people that casted the vote and trust in you.”

For a man with only the most noble of interests at heart, we may never get to cast

He explains, “Now we’re building a future

He says of the new mayor’s decision-making

another vote for Oscar Leeser anytime soon,

for El Paso. If we’d done this 20 years ago,

responsibilities, “I learned a long time ago

but we can certainly pay him homage for

we wouldn’t be having this conversation,

that you don’t make a decision until you hear

his selfless and wholehearted service to our

but people were afraid to give incentives.

all the facts, hear all the people … because

great Sun City and its residents. The Leesers

People were afraid to bring companies. In

your decision is permanent.”

thoughtfully embarked on a journey that they decidedly accomplished together. And like

my opinion, they felt that they couldn’t get re-elected again.” He adds, “We were never

As for our mayor’s legacy, he says, “That I

Henry Ford, Mayor Leeser ultimately proved

on anyone’s radar,” although El Paso is one

represented 100 percent of the people.”

that by thinking he could, he was right.

of the safest cities, with some of the best

He points out that it was not the majority

weather and amazing culture. So, he worked

or special interest groups he had in mind.

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larde as a Public Servant | By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES |

S

ome people call Al Velarde the

care and support services. Al is new to

able to make changes in children’s lives

rockstar of nonprofits. Ask Al

the organization, but not new to nonprofit

was the most rewarding.

himself and he’ll quickly tell

administration. He led the Child Crisis Center

you he is just blessed to serve.

of El Paso for almost 12 years.

Ironically, it was the life of a child that helped pave Al’s path to the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.

“I’ve always been in a field of work where

“Looking back it’s hard to let go,” he

I can make a difference to somebody, to

recalled. “I had some great experiences at

something, somewhere. That’s a source of

the Child Crisis Center. I feel we had some

His first career was in the El Paso Police

pride for me,” he said.

great success.”

Department serving the people of the

The native El Pasoan currently leads the

During his tenure, Al said he grew the

the department and served in many roles

Paso Del Norte Children’s Development

organization,

and

including motor officer and detective. He

Center

executive

shifted funding to primarily state and

retired as a sergeant and director of public

director. The organization helps children

government dollars for several evidence-

information. It was a tragic case that led him

with special needs reach their full potential

based programs in preventing abuse and

to seek a new chapter of his life.

by providing therapeutic, educational, child

neglect in our community. He says being

City of El Paso. He dedicated 21 years to

as

the

organization’s

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“The Alexandra Flores case, it was a kidnapping/murder in the Lower Valley,” he recalled. “It was a case that made international news. My role was not in the investigation, but in getting the information out. I saw this little girl. I worked with the mom and the dad at the time to put out a plea to the kidnapper, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. When it was all said and done, that case made me realize I had enough. Police work wasn’t fun anymore, I didn’t enjoy living in tragedy and that being a daily thing. I needed something different,” said Al. He stayed in communications and took on a role as public information officer at the Housing Authority for the City of El Paso. He was then promoted to Director of Housing Programs and Community Services. After 2.5 years at HACEP, Al had the opportunity to join the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.

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Photos by David Parish When asked about his continuous role

“I think sometimes, for whatever reason, your

thing that says is the Board of Trustees for

in public service, Al said he gets asked

calling is presented to you,” explained Al. “The

the El Paso Independent School District is

that question all the time and wishes he

irony there was what caused me to leave the

trusted. And in a two-year period, that’s a

could say public service is what he always

police department was the death of a child and

huge turnaround,” said Al.

wanted to do.

I ended up in an environment with abused and neglected children living in tragedy.”

The Burges alum said while his mother taught him discipline, it was his father that had the

“I was supposed to be a pilot,” he said smiling. “My life dream was to become a

That experience helped Al gain a passion for

most influence on him. Al’s father was an

pilot in the Air Force,” recalled Al. “In fact, in

working with kids. That enthusiasm to help

immigration officer and Marine who fought in

high school I was accepted into the Air Force

the youth applies to his spare time. He loves

the Korean war. He instilled many values in Al

Academy, except that during my senior year

football and has been an official for the City of

and still today challenges him to persevere.

of high school I got hit by a drunk driver. My

El Paso for 14 years, refereeing mostly varsity

One true test was Al’s business degree from

car broke down coming back from Ruidoso

level football games all over West Texas.

UTEP that took him 13 years to achieve. Many of those years he worked overnights

and I got hit by a drunk driver on the side of the road. That destroyed my knee and I no

Al is also halfway through serving his four-year

for EPPD so he could attend classes during

longer could pass the flight physical and that

term as a member of the El Paso Independent

the day. He had three sisters, and as the only

dream disappeared.”

School District Board of Trustees. He’ll never

boy, wanted to make his dad proud.

forget how gratifying his election was. “My dad didn’t have a child yet that had a

Al credits his positive attitude and high value of integrity for his successes and knows now

“I got elected at a time when there was

college education and he wanted his only

that helping others is what he’s always been

no trust on the board, fresh from scandal

son to have a college degree,” said Al. “It

meant to do.

and just last year we passed a $660-million

took me a while to get that degree and there

bond—the highest, most expensive bond

were many times I wanted to quit along the

this community has ever seen and the big

way but I had a father that was watching over

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June, 2017 me saying, ‘When are you going to get that degree’. In those moments that I would say ‘I’ve had enough I don’t need a degree I got a job’ it was thinking about my father saying ‘you’ve got to get that degree,’ that kept me going. I give him credit for that.” The UTEP alum’s community contributions have not gone unnoticed. He’s received many accolades, most recently the Alicia R. Chacon Award from United Way. It’s the highest award given to a nonprofit individual for community partnership and collaboration. As for how long he plans to give back, the father of three and grandfather of four said he’s looking forward to serving the Borderland another 10-12 years. “I’m hoping I make a little bit of difference in this community and if one person says, ‘you helped me make a change, you helped me make a difference in my life,’ that will be the icing on the cake,” he said.

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Lee and Beulah Moor Run/Walk for Families in Crisis The Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home hosts the 15th annual 5K and 1-mile fun walk on Saturday June 3rd at the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino benefitting the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home which provides services and programs in El Paso for child support and

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Pints & Puppies Bring your pet to Aceitunas Beer Garden on June 3rd and socialize from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., drink craft beer and enjoy the company of man’s best friend. Proceeds will go towards a local dog rescue. Early bird tickets are $10 and include one free drink and a photo with your pet. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com

Seed of Abraham Charity Run Barnett Harley Davidson hosts the Seed of Abraham Charity Run on June 4th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At just $10 per person, help build proceeds for the Alzheimer’s Association and also enjoy live bands, door prizes, auctions, food and other festivities after the run. More info and other events at facebook.com/barnettharley/events

3rd Annual Denning Dash As part of a nine-part race series challenge presented by Up and Running, is the 3rd annual Denning Dash on June 17th at 7:30 a.m. This 5K benefits the Charlie Denning Memorial Scholarship fund. Register online at raceadventuresunlimited.com

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OneB

eing passionate about something is like a hunger you cannot settle—it starts with a small idea, then becomes the center of your interest. Until

you achieve it, it grows into something that

Man’s Passion

One Life

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drives you to attain it. Passion sometimes transpires from a dark place, but it allows you to shed the lingering negativity.

Dion J. Castro, whose life shifted in a positive way after graduating from Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, attended school on a sports scholarship for basketball, making it a priority with academics falling to the wayside. Dion received a letter from school announcing a possible academic probation. This, and other struggles caused Dion’s downfall. With time off from school, Dion realized that he needed motivation to get back in control. A blessing in disguise, “a wakeup call” as he described it, was what he explained was needed to overcome the situation. Through this, and the help of a teacher, Dion dedicated himself to school, taking the mandatory 18 hours and graduating in the spring of 2015 with a 3.5 GPA as a new, positive, highly motivated person. “It was the process that I needed to go through to shed that old me or the skin that had been dragging me down. It was the process that allowed me to get the mindset that I have now, where I view struggle as temporary,” says Dion. Returning to El Paso, Dion began his first venture in youth basketball training. He set up shop in an eastside location while maintaining a job at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Dion knew there was something more. He took the plunge and bought a barber studio after a deal was struck with the previous owner. Initially viewing the barber studio as a business that could run on its own, Dion was surprised to find that he was heavily involved in revamping the studio after taking it over. Engaging with his employees to build quality customer service, Dion’s focus is to treat the barber studio as a company. “It was a lot more beneficial than I could have ever anticipated, it was individual growth,” says Dion. Through that individual growth, gained through the studio and his job at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Dion ventured onto a new idea that had been developing in his mind: One Life. Dion explains that while drinking “the competition,” an idea for an energy drink came along. With a desire for a strong

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message of passion behind the idea, Dion

Made with pure cane sugar and a natural

decided to refrain from playing into the ideas

source of caffeine, green tea extract, Dion

that other energy drinks promote.

wants his beverage to be revitalizing and to provide you with the confidence to face your

“It’s people buying into the marketing aspect

goals head on.

of it, to what they stand for as a brand. I figured I could use that in a positive light to

A strong message and a delightful taste, Dion

motivate people who are on the fence about

worked on a symbol to bring that all together—a

taking that plunge, in doing whatever it is

classic, white can with an emblem of a black

they want to be doing,” Dion says.

outlined box with two arrows piercing through in opposing directions, both equally striking

Wanting it to be more powerful than “just

upwards. Dion explains the meaning behind

jumping off a cliff,” as Dion says, he strives for a

the symbol:

strong, positive, message behind the refreshing and delectable product that is, One Life.

“The first thing you notice is the arrows—I feel that the arrows in itself are a symbol

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of positivity. The [arrow] outside is to think outside of the box, and the arrow piecing through the box is for the times in life where you have no choice but to lower your shoulder and barrel through whatever is in front of you. Inside the box is my competition. I look at the competition and I want to be that arrow that pierces through,” he says With over twelve local businesses, including Crossfit 915, Steve’Os, Phit Phuel and many others featuring One Life, Dion strives to include El Paso in the growth of his product. His ultimate goal is to feature it in a chain store. By creating a wave of change in the energy drink business, with a bold message and refreshing flavor, Dion’s focus is unstoppable. “There

have

been

pitfalls

that

have

happened, but it’s nothing that will keep me from pursuing what I want to do,” he says.

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he urbanized, industrial district that is TIME at Montecillo has gusto so it should come as no surprise that the businesses set up in there do not lack in any creativity and allure. The area is built on a heap of excitation and the spirits that abound are

thriving and fresh. Tin Man Filling Station embodies all of these qualities and ensures their beers are cold and in superabundance. And they do it for you. Tin Man Filling Station at Montecillo is El Paso’s only beer growler filling station that carries regional craft beers as well as beer from three very supportive local breweries. A macro brew mart, if you will, that’s part “sit-and-sample” or “get-and-go.” “Our atmosphere is low key to where you can run in and out or sit down and enjoy explains, ”Kenji Shigematsu, co-owner with Moises Valdez. The vibe is not the only thing that’s low-key, the prices could not be more chill too. “We want El Pasoans to come into Tin Man and tell us what their tastes are because we believe craft beer is for everyone and if you have an idea of what you like to drink, we’ll find the best fit for you.” Shigematsu and Valdez are both native El Pasoans with an enthusiasm for craft beers and a fervor to secure a spot on the map for their city as a craft beer location.

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June, 2017 The inception of Tin Man, a Texas concept, came from the craving to fill the void of a local growler station and their shared love for Texas craft beer, made in a traditional or non-mechanized way, often coming from smaller breweries. Craft brewers are defined as small, independent and traditional not at all unlike Tin Man itself, hence the utilization of the historic beer growler, a 64-oz. glass receptacle in which you can take your macro brew home. “Growlers are gaining popularity again and we wanted something new to El Paso, something that old-school breweries used, it’s the Tin Man brand,” Moises adds. Tin Man is staffed with the authorities in ale and their patience for fitting you into the perfect Texas craft beer is top priority. Kenji asserts, “Our staff are very knowledgeable. Even to help you select a brew to fit your menu.” Beer Snobs? No, just eager craft beer virtuosos with impeccable customer service and the desire to pair you with something they know you’re going to love. This is not always an easy feat as their selections are all Texas craft beer. With a menu of 15-20 weekly rotating beers, there’s bound to be more than one that will undoubtedly become a staple at your next cookout or pool party. So, what are Tin Man’s intentions? “We want to convert draft beer drinkers.” Kenji says. Coowner Moises adds, “When someone new comes into Tin Man, we want them to feel

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MEN in Business “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford As our Sun City prepares to welcome a new mayoral elect, it’s only appropriate that we bid farewell to current Mayor Oscar Leeser with, tellingly, one of his favorite quotes by Ford. Without question, these memorable words ring true for our featured “Men In Business.” Representing a variety of fields, a diversity of backgrounds and their own unique vision, one thing’s clear: These men have proved that success is a direct component of intentional and focused thought. Read the following showcase and enjoy what gives each of these men their own edge... You might just want to do business with them!


Casa nissan The Casa Nissan commercials are something that the entire city of

as hard as they did when they first started. We are so fortunate to

El Paso is familiar with. However, that doesn’t mean that the city

have such great people,” says owner and general manager, Justin

really knows Casa Nissan. They are bigger than their image and stand

Lowenfield. Casa Nissan realizes that car shopping is not something

for a lot more than one commercial can tell you. Now in it’s third

that most people find to be a fun process, but they are changing

generation, the Lowenfield family has proudly served El Paso with

that perspective. The kind of energy and friendliness that you see

their locally owned business for 33 years.

on the commercials with “The Pelones” is genuine and the same that you’ll experience when you are at Casa Nissan (Where Montana

What sets them apart is not their inventory, even though it is extensive.

and Paisano collide!). The attitude of each employee, the music and

It is the heart of the team and the readiness to provide personable and

the energetic atmosphere all play an important part in providing a

knowledgeable service to every customer that walks in their doors.

particular car-buying experience you won’t get anywhere else.

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Still receiving 70% of customers by referral, Casa Nissan is providing

The Casa Nissan team is consistent in their service to their customers

service that people recommend and come back to. While they have

and the city of El Paso. It is an environment where people love what

major accomplishments like being top 50 in the nation out of 1,200

they do, encompassing their whole hearts and energy into helping

dealers, top 10 in the region and number one in the district, they

and touching El Paso in every way.

pride themselves most on being a part of the community. Justin says this stemmed from his grandfather, who always said to

Casa Nissan

“respect the dignity of every human being”. For years Casa Nissan

5855 Montana Avenue

has been involved with the Make-a-Wish foundation, the staff using

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Tim Krebs, Zach Frey, and Trevor Ladd of Butterfield Trail Golf Club The allure of Butterfield Trail Golf Club goes beyond its stunning

Butterfield Trail Golf Club offers year round programs and events

grounds and premium amenities. It lies in the award-winning

tailored to every age and skill level. With group instruction, junior

customer service of a priceless golf experience made available

leagues, driving range socials, open tournaments and more,

to each and every Sun City resident. Enter Tim Krebs (General

Butterfield Trail Golf Club can be enjoyed by everyone. Named to

Manager,) Zach Frey, and Trevor Ladd, the course’s professional

Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play, Texas” for the past eight

staff with over 40 years of golf industry expertise, providing a

years, along with a myriad of other awards, Butterfield Trail spells

nationally recognized golf experience.

top-notch golfing for everyone—right in our backyard!

The only full-service golf course in El Paso, Butterfield Trail Golf

Butterfield Trail Golf Club

Club is a true gift to our city through an economic initiative by

1858 Cottonwoods Drive

the El Paso International Airport and happens to be the only Tom

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Russell Stover of BMW-MINI of El Paso BMW-MINI of El Paso got a whole lot sweeter with the addition of Russell Stover two and a half years ago. With a name that is recognized worldwide, and a pedigree as being an eight-time recipient of the coveted BMW Center of Excellence award, Russell is proud to call El Paso his home. Center of Excellence selects the top dealerships in the world based on 38 components ranging from customer service, sales efficiency, service, and customer loyalty. The award is a huge honor that Russell and his team strive to attain every year. “Our number one priority for our customers is to see them completely satisfied with their experience at BMW-MINI of El Paso. This is made possible by the incredible team of professionals that we have at our dealership.” Russell says that El Paso is made great by the sense of community, one that he feels very much a part of, and one that he generously supports. BMW-MINI of El Paso is involved in several community events and is a proud supporter of the Children’s Hospital of El Paso, El Paso Zoo, UTEP athletics and countless others. Next on the horizon for BMW-MINI of El Paso is a new showroom which will be debuting in late 2017. Russell Stover of BMW-MINI of El Paso 6318 Montana Ave. El Paso, Texas 79925 | (915) 778-9381 www.bmwofelpaso.com | www.miniofelpaso.com

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David Paul Montenegro Salon & Spa 5857 N. Mesa St., Ste. #12 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 873-3359

David Paul When you get your hair done with David Paul, you are getting quality,

creativity has been spotlighted on the stage many times. Apart from

exclusivity and consistency. What became a passion early on in life has

that, he shares his passion and talent with the elderly living at Legacy

catapulted into a long career comprised of loyal clientele, continuous

and the kids that walk into the salon.

education and specialization. “Being an individual is important,” says the stylist. And what he For five years, David Paul served as an apprentice to Oscar Sandoval

provides is an individual experience for everyone, focusing on

at Foliage, honing his skill and receiving expert knowledge before

exclusivity and a fun, safe environment. “I want [my clients] to enjoy

branching out on his own. With his immense experience, David Paul

their time. I like helping people and making them happy.” His cuts

has been able to have a diverse set of clients. From pageant girls

have been praised, his coloring is cutting-edge and the tools and

to the elderly, his clients are of all ages and hair types. Having been

equipment he uses are fully researched and top of the line—so you

involved with El Paso pageants for over 10 years, his styling and

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Travis Ryan Dixon Financial Services Professional* New York Life Insurance Company Licensed Agent 303 N. Oregon St. Suite 1100 El Paso, Texas 79901 (817) 781-9757

Travis Dixon, New York Life The adage, “Change is good,” is exemplified by none better than

Agent of The Year for El Paso and qualified for the elite New York Life

Travis Dixon, Financial Services Professional for New York Life. The

Council program. The single dad attributes his success to his vision of

Fort Worth native moved to the Sun City three years ago, “devoid of

being a role model for his son, Riley, and says, “I want to encourage

connections,” and says, “it was an uphill battle to build a new practice

my son to have an entrepreneurial spirit by seeing his dad put the will

in a new town.” Even so, his financial practice has blossomed into a

and work ethic into his grassroots practice.”

burgeoning career in just a few short years. A key to his success is Travis’ refreshingly “fun” style and approach, In 2016, Travis qualified for the industry’s prestigious Million

and the belief that finance doesn’t have to be boring, but instead

Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premier Association of Financial

liberating and even therapeutic. “Once clients unload their stress and

Professionals, which is recognized globally as the standard of

put it all on the table, I can educate them to a better tomorrow.”

excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and

Today, Travis is “extremely honored to have such an impact in the El

financial services industry. He was also awarded the New Organization

Paso community” and says proudly, “My clients are my family.”

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Tony Benitez, New York Life Amassing over 19 years of financial expertise with New York Life, Tony epitomizes the meaning of “dedication.” A Tokyo, Japan native, his parents met while his father served in the U.S. Army. An Andress H.S. graduate, Tony earned a BBA in Accounting at UTEP and eventually, obtained his CPA.¹ Aspiring higher, Tony explored an opportunity with New York Life that marked the beginning of a prosperous insurance practice where financial know-how and winning dedication have proved pivotal to his success. Through professional memberships with the Greater El Paso Chamber, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau, to name a few, Tony aims to build mutually valuable and lasting relationships. He was recognized as an SBA Small Business Champion of the Year and as Past-President of the Texas Society of CPA’s El Paso Chapter, Tony’s innovativeness led them to win the Mid-Sized Chapter of the Year Award. A knowledgeable Financial Services Professional,* Tony is authorized to offer products from New York Life to AARP members, Annuity and Long-Term Care Options from New York Life². He also helps clients with their Retirement and Employee Benefit plans. His proven “integrity, dedication and attention to client care,” are why he was, tellingly, asked to “take care” of three retired New York Life agents’ own families and clients. As for his vision, Tony puts it simply: “I’ll be there now and in Tony Benitez, CPA, LUTCF®, ARPC, Agent

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Santiago Alonso of The Italian Kitchen West Since 1948, The Italian Kitchen has been satisfying El Paso’s taste

menu, including Italian, Mexican and Texas Barbecue. It is all very

buds. In conjunction with the expansion to the westside of El Paso,

mouth-watering and anything you choose will make any foodie happy

Santiago Alonso and his team has taken his family’s authentic Italian

(but you should definitely order the flautas).

recipes to new heights. With traditional, authentic Italian dishes, the growth of Italian Kitchen West has been well received and has

In the future, Santiago hopes to capitalize on the food trucks even

continued to allow Alonso to bring bigger ideas to fruition.

more and thoughts of creating an express Italian Kitchen are in the process. Whenever the craving for Sicilian flavors happens, the best

“El Paso’s support has allowed The Italian Kitchen the opportunity

places to twirl your fork at is the Italian Kitchen West.

to become a strong foundation in the community,” says Santiago. Multiple generations have been loyal customers, a tribute to the unwavering quality service and food provided.

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Hamilton Construction Inc. Lloyd Hamilton Construction Inc., has been a general contractor in the

Lloyd Hamilton Construction serves the community through contract

El Paso area since 2002. Over the course of 15 years, the company

processes such as design build to turnkey bid projects.

has flourished and is more excited than ever to be a part of the revitalization of the city.

Recently the company finished construction on a reverse osmosis water treatment plant collaborating with Norris Leal to create the

A family-owned company, they understand the importance of working

world’s first full-recovery water desalination system. This system

closely with their clients. They focus on building lifetime relationships

allows for the minerals in water to be extracted, resulting in clean

by providing quality workmanship, cost efficiency and dependable

water. Lloyd Hamilton Construction looks forward to continued years

service both during and after the construction process.

of building and serving the commercial and innovative needs of the city.

They construct and remodel everything from doctor’s offices to

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Jesus Briseño, Realtor® at ERA Sellers & Buyers When Jesus Briseño, Realtor® at ERA Sellers & Buyers, joined the company in 2015 as a brand-new agent, he defined the phrase, “hit the ground running.” At only 23 years of age, he earned himself the 2015 “Fast Starter Award” for the most residential sales in the shortest period of time and in only four months, proved that age really is just a number. If that’s not enough, he hit the $1 million mark for total closings in April 2017, considered a rarity for agents within a short, 30-day period and what most, usually, do in one year. With 9 years of sales experience under his belt, having worked in sales since age 16, Jesus says of his newfound career, “I love what I do ... so, why not sell people their greatest investment in life, their home.” From first to multiple home purchases, investment properties, flips and foreclosures, he’s well-versed in residential real estate and there to “guide you through the home-buying jungle and help anyone find their dream home.” He also loves to give back. Last year, he organized a clothing drive for the Opportunity Center for the Homeless called, “Drop A Layer,” which kept 50 plus homeless individuals warm and he aims to double that number this year. With plans to “connect 50 different people to their dream home” by year-end, Jesus Briseño is way ahead of the curve! Jesus Briseño, Realtor® ERA Sellers & Buyers 1346 N. Zaragosa Rd., Ste. A El Paso, Texas 79936 Cell: (915) 261-4269 Email: jesusbriseno@sellersandbuyers.com www.jesusbriseno.com By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: DAVID PARISH

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Mr. Photo Booth

erendipity–maybe a word that wouldn’t

For the most part, everyone likes to have

marketing or advertising, Mr. Photo Booth

cross the mind of Mr. Photo Booth

their picture taken. Whether they like to

was booked through word of mouth and

owner, Justin Anchondo, but one

admit it or not is a different story. The photo

from people seeing them at events.

that describes the way that the

booth is a unique experience that gets even

business started. In 2012, Justin

the shyest person in front of the camera.

Fast forward to present time and it is now not

had just graduated high school (yes, he’s

With props made especially for events, it’s

an ordinary photo booth. Expanding outside the

very young) when his then-girlfriend asked

a fun experience that everyone can get into.

box of just doing weddings and quinceañeras, the marketing events make up almost half of

him to create a photo booth for her sister’s quinceañera. At the time, Justin had no plans

The first photo booth was huge—about

the bookings. GECU, the El Paso Chihuahuas

on creating a business out of providing a

eight feet all around—and was nothing

and Southwest University are just a few of

photo booth service to birthday parties and

compared to what they operate now. Like

the clients they have provided marketing for

weddings. “Someone else at the quince

many innovators, such as Steve Jobs and

by setting up a fully customizable photo booth

asked me to do one for their family,” he

Bill Gates, Justin started out of his garage. “I

for their events. This has been key to their

recalls on how he began getting booked.

[used to] rent UHaul’s to move equipment,”

contribution in the city.

he says of his beginnings. With no form of

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The marketing aspect is just one of the factors

Grammys. This makes them the only photo

that sets them apart from others. Being a

booth in El Paso that travels for out-of-state

small local company, they are avid supporters

and out-of-town clients.

of other local business and are a huge proponent of the growth downtown. “We’re

“I’ve been working here for almost two

here because we want to help El Paso grow

years,” says Event Team Manager, Dennison

and show people that we can be the next [big

Garcia. He has seen the immense growth

city]. We’re working with Last Thursdays Art

within the company in that short period of

Walk now to contribute to making Durangito

time. He also says that he likes what he does

a fun arts district for everyone to enjoy,” says

with the company. “I’m able to put my skills

Creative Director, Tim Cobos.

from my hobbies into my job.”

Their growth, talent and quality has also

“Just from last year to this year, there’s

taken them out of town, making a name for

been so many changes,” adds Justin. He

El Paso in other cities. Within the last couple

refers to the changes in technology and

of years, they have set up multiple booths at

keeping up with the trends. “People want

various music festivals across Texas. Besides

gifs now or they want 3D gifs,” he says. This

Neon Desert, Mr. Photo Booth has set up gif

is also in reference to the fact that they have

photo booths and regular booths at JMBLYA,

now included a mobile cargo bike which will

a music festival in Dallas and Austin, Mala

serve as a mobile photo booth, something

Luna, a music festival in San Antonio and

that Southwest University used for Neon

even Las Vegas to set up a booth for the Latin

Desert this year.

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“Success is doing something that you love every day,” says Justin. At just 22, his company and his team of 13 employees has not only brought a fun and unique photo booth to El Paso, but has also created a fun work environment for creative Millennials to contribute their ideas and work together. “Mr. Photo Booth gave me the opportunity to stay here, do what I love and contribute to our community. We’re keeping our ideas local and Mr. Photo Booth wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t for the creative individuals who stay in El Paso,” adds Tim. With roughly eight photo booths a week, this might not be a “from rags to riches” story in the traditional sense, but Justin took a UHaul and a camera and morphed it into a supreme El Paso business. Don’t forget to strike a pose when you see them out.

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CELEBRITY EATS

June, 2017

BOHUSLAV RATTAY | By: ELAINE GORDON |

El Paso Symphony Music Director and Czech Conductor Bohuslav Rattay (known to many as Bo) has created a delicious, mouthwatering entrée that is a culinary delight. When he is not spending his time conducting for the El Paso Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and the Lake Charles Symphony in Louisiana, Mr. Rattay is spending his creative energy preparing an amazing Bohemian Chicken Paprikash entrée accompanied by tantalizing dumplings. I am sure you will enjoy making this tasty traditional Czech recipe that will be well received at any dinner gathering. Bon Appétit!

BO’S BOHEMIAN CHICKEN PAPRIKASH WITH DUMPLINGS

Czech Dumplings Ingredients:

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of salt

8 skinless chicken thighs (organic)

1 teaspoon of baking powder

4 medium onions

1 1/2 cups of milk (organic)

2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil

2 cups of flour (white, coconut, or almond)

1/2-1 tablespoon for red paprika

3-4 cups of cubed bread crumbs, white or wheat (toast bread and cut

Small carton of whipping cream (preferably organic)

into 1/2 cubes)

2 teaspoons of salt (Himalayan or sea salt) Directions: Directions:

Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the

Chop the onions into semi-small pieces while heating up the oil in a

milk, salt then combine both ingredients in the two bowls together

pan to sauté the onions until golden brown.

and mix to create the dough. Add cubed breadcrumbs and keep mixing until the dough is semi firm. Add more flour if the dough is not

Add the chicken thighs by laying them evenly next to each other,

firm enough. Mold the dough into two loaves.

covering the onions. Cook for 10-15 minutes, turning the chicken several times. Add the whipping cream as to cover all of the chicken

Bring a saucepan large enough to accommodate two loaves of dough

pieces. Simmer for another 10 minutes and start adding the red

to a boil with the water salted. Place the two loaves of dough into

paprika to the whipping cream until the cream turns orange. Add

the salted water turning the loaves several times, ensuring that the

more paprika and salt for your taste.

loaves cook well from all sides. Cook for approximately 25 minutes.

Simmer an additional 30 minutes so that the sauce will become

Cut the loaves into oval pieces and serve with the chicken and cream

semi-thick and creamy. Continue to add paprika if the desired color

sauce over the top of the dumplings.

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Leo Villareal Volume, 2015 LEDs, custom software Site specific installation: Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC © Leo Villareal, courtesy Pace Gallery Photograph by Ron Blunt, courtesy Renwick Gallery


June, 2017

Portrait of Leo Villareal, 2013© Leo Villareal, courtesy Pace Gallery

Leo Villareal Artist of a New Generation

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| By: LADONNA APODACA |

eo Villareal has made a bold imprint on

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Leo,

His wife, Yvonne Force Villareal, is involved

the art world and secured his place as

50, was raised in El Paso and Juárez before

in the art community as well. She was

one of the leading light artists of

enrolling in a New England boarding school at

instrumental in the permanent Prada Marfa

our time.

the age of 16. He graduated with degrees in

installation in Valentine, Texas, is highly

art and computer design from Yale and NYU.

recognized as an art world impresario and is

Paso

has

many

distinctions.

the co-founder of Art Production Fund, a non-

Few

profit organization in New York.

inhabitants, however, know that one of

Leo says he still has a lot of family in his

those distinctions is that our city is the

home town. Although he now resides in

hometown to a number of famous people.

New York City with his wife and two children,

The work of Leo is both complex and unique.

The list of acclaimed citizens includes several

he comes back to our part of the country

Initially trained as a sculptor, the artist has

renowned actors, singers and novelists,

as often as he can. His father hailed from

been working with light and computer

a television executive, an award winning

Chihuahua and his mother is originally from a

code for more than a decade. He creates

journalist and a renowned artist or two. In

ranch in Marfa, which ironically, has become

commanding installations, sculptures and

this last category, no one’s efforts stand out

a mecca of its own for fellow artists from

public projects that are at first glance both

more on an international level than the body

around the world. In such an environment,

captivating and perplexing.

of work created by light artist, Leo Villareal.

Leo is naturally right at home.

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Leo Villareal

His kinetic works are created of white or multicolored incandescent, neon, strobe or LED lights, whose pulsing, flickering and fading is controlled by computer codes that the artist writes himself. Leo engages with his lights to create patterns that pulse in non-repeating sequences. The artist had this to say about his work, “Things are slowly fading in, fading out. It has a lot of range and sequences generally last one to two minutes. I’m keenly aware of people’s attention spans and I feel like something discernible has to happen within that time span.”

Leo Villareal Current for the Illuminated River Competition, 2017 LEDs, custom software Site specific installation: bridges of the River Thames, London, England © Leo Villareal, courtesy Pace Gallery Rendering by Ed Manning with Leo Villareal Studio, Brooklyn, NY

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Leo Villareal The Bay Lights, 2013 & 2016 LEDs, custom software Site specific installation: The Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA © Leo Villareal, courtesy Pace Gallery Photography by James Ewing

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Leo Villareal Buckyball (Exploratorium), 2016 LEDs, metal, custom software & electrical hardware Site specific installation: Exploratorium, Pier 15, The Plaza, San Francisco, CA © Leo Villareal, courtesy Pace Gallery

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June, 2017 Elements of Leo’s childhood growing up in the southwest can be evidenced in his work by the many suggestions of phenomena of nature—ground-like waves, the flickering of stars and the vibrancy of a hot setting sun. Leo says, “There’s always this element of chance. When something compelling occurs, I capture those moments. And then there’s the process of harvesting those discoveries, building them up into more elaborate compositions that are then displayed on the pieces, and that’s what gets randomized—a random order, for a random amount of time.” Seeing Leo’s work in action is a compelling sight to behold. One of the artist’s most iconic light sculptures is The Bay Lights, which shines from dusk until dawn on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. It is 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high and was inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th anniversary. Now an imposing permanent installation, a group of more than 20 independent analysts from leading companies in and around San Fracisco has determined that The Bay Lights has boosted the regional economy by more than $100 million annually. Although the artist has works in public installations, galleries and private collections throughout the United States and abroad, the

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work that seems to have brought his name to the forefront of innovation within the art community are his massive light displays.

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smoothly changes hues and color to suggest the passing clouds or sunrise of the city Leo loves and the place he will always call home.

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Etiquette

Appreciating Dad | By: JOANN WARDY |

Having been in the gift business, I couldn’t help observe the noticeable difference in sales between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Somehow fathers always got the short end of the stick. It never seemed quite fair. While men seem to be more difficult to shop for than women (since we love everything), we must not forget the importance of acknowledging our fathers on his special day. Here are some suggestions: • A well thought-out letter expressing our love and appreciation • Taking him out to dinner • Buying him a special book we know he will find of interest • Equipment for his favorite sport • Tools if he is into them • Tickets to his favorite entertainment • Don’t forget the big hug and kiss and the words “I love you, dad” • Spend a special afternoon with just your dad Have a wonderful Father’s Day! Joann Wardy owns and directs “The School of Etiquette and Enrichment” and was certified at “The Protocol School of Washington.” For children and adult class schedules call (915) 584-3930.

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Never Ends | By: SHELLEY MOZELLE |

ne cannot live in the panhandle, or love Texas music for that matter, without humming along

that instantly puts you at ease. He spoke of his early life in the panhandle and ending up in Lubbock.

to the songs of singer/songwriter Joe Ely. My

young-adult time was spent in Lubbock, Texas where I

I find the mind of a musician fascinating, so I asked Joe

could often be found pushing my way to the front of the

about the timespans between records. He talked about

stage when the hometown boy, Joe Ely, returned to play

needing to take time off and about how stale things can

for his homies. The gigs he chose were often the outside

get in the music world (I wonder what he’d think about

honky-tonks, where country rock was the drug of choice,

my world, if his own became stale?). In 1974, he was on

dancing was a must and if you didn’t know the words

the road for eight consecutive years, then took two years

to every single song, you might as well just sit on the

off to work on new records. When asked how he finds his

sidelines with the wallflowers.

inspiration for lyrics, he described that he typically starts a record by driving up to the panhandle; the flatness, a

We all know that life’s about connections in the West

big space where the only thing that can fill it up is a good

Texas El Paso world, or being in the right place at the right

song, he says. He wants to write songs that make people

time. With the help of Greg Azar, I found myself recently

feel like life is full.

listening to the mic check of the man we used to rock to, the man I swayed in the crowd to and the musician

Joe reminisced about the first time he heard himself on

I thought I’d never meet. As I waited for my promised

the radio. His eyes smiled as he recalled driving down 34th

five minutes with the one and only Joe Ely, I listened

Street in Lubbock. They had just released his first MCA

as he sang short verses from several familiar songs, his

record and he looked around, wondering if anyone else

70-year-old voice unchanged, raspy, still sexy, untouched

was hearing what he was. It was then that he described

by the years.

the scale jumping up a notch.

He was in El Paso to be inducted into The Texas Institute

I asked about the day he knew he’d made it, but he

of Letters for his recent book “Reverb: An Odyssey.”

turned the conversation to a time when the days were

To date, he’s the only musician to be inducted, which

dark and he almost hit bottom. With management issues

Sharon, his wife of 30 something years, proudly shares.

lingering, he changed things up and started playing in

She shared with me the pages he was to read during

Australia and Europe. During the early 80s, he turned

his inauguration, and we both laughed until we cried as

a different direction. Walking away from the United

I repeatedly asked if what I was reading was truly his life

States gave him a fresh start, but fortunately the crowds

experience. A story about a live shark in a bathtub? You’ll

followed. It was then that he was reminded of the Elvis

have to read for yourself—I won’t ruin that for you.

Costello song, “My Aim Is True,” with a message of getting through anything. A lesson we can all learn from

I knew I was in a special place as Joe sat down, smiling

the man whose party never ends.

with an inviting openness I did not expect. His soft eyes had the lines of wisdom, a life lived to the fullest. The conversation was casual, as if speaking to a new friend

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“We cannot, today, recreate the original ‘wilderness man’ in shape, form and habitat. But we can recover him, because he exists in us. He is the foundation in spirit or psyche on which we build, and we are not complete until we have recovered him.”

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June, 2017

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t seems most of the men I know

wildness is the preservation of the world.”

are watching reality shows like,

It is precisely this wildness that we are in

“Survivor” or “Survivor Man,”

search of, one that fosters an authenticity that

shows about living and existing

is most like nature. The depth of conditioning

with no food, no shelter and no

that we are shaped by is immense and the

fresh water. I would rather watch

levels of crippling self-consciousness that

paint dry than watch something

results depletes a man until he lives a life,

like this, but it occurs to me that there is

as Thoreau also said, “of quiet desperation.”

something missing from these men’s lives,

The world is in great need of men who

something primal. Perhaps it’s an initiation

live genuinely and who are willing to stand

experience, an ancient ritual no longer

outside of consensus reality and speak

present in our modern world.

words of truth.

Many traditional cultures escorted their

Initiation experiences are archetypal as

young men into the world of adulthood and

well as deeply spiritual. They have been

the sacred through an elaborate series of

a part of the human journey for thousands

rituals. These rituals occurred in space set

of years and act as a rite of passage. This

apart from the rest of the community and

experience represents a very specific

took place over many weeks or months.

archetypal journey meant to challenge you

Preparation for initiation was often extensive

to discover unknown power within you.

and included witnessing the ongoing life

Extreme conditions are either chosen—as

of the people and observing the qualities

in going on a Walk About, when a young

displayed by men of spirit. Underneath and

Aboriginal man comes of age, or presented

holding up this initiatory process was a

to you through unseen life events such as

deep and abiding relationship to nature and

illness, accidents, family death, divorce or

the spirits of the place. This passage was

any other life circumstance that starts a

also rooted in a nearly endless succession

person on this extraordinary experience.

of generations that had come to learn the

As is often the case today, most people

necessity of such a transition.

do not even recognize that they are on an initiatory experience, as it is a spiritual

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natural and supernatural worlds must shape a man’s soul. In other words, to become a

These reality shows demand that the

man, certain gateways needed to be crossed

people confront their own weaknesses or

in order for that territory to be fully embedded

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with the wild. Some say this constitutes

Spirit will assist you because you understand

a regression to the past, while others see

how to pray with humility.

it as an opportunity to sanction a letting go of restraint. While these two options are

Maybe these reality shows are worth seeing.

intriguing, they are nonetheless far from

Well, if you’re a man anyway.

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| By: SAVANAH HERNANDEZ |

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Photo by: Saul Ramirez

s that a new best-seller we smell? If

teacher at the Henderson Middle School that

2015 and again in 2016. A part of the 700-

you’re a fan of victory stories, settle in

same year, where he hoped to pave a better

plus student body at Henderson that come

for an unexpected tale of victory in a

path for the children there.

and go across the border to Juarez every day, these “border kids” showed their raw

game that requires no ball, no running and no court. Which game are we

Having grown up in El Paso’s Segundo

talent and ambition as they beat the odds to

referring to do you ask? Chess. That’s

Barrio, labeled one of the poorest zip codes

become champions.

right, the game of chess is one that has taken

in the United States, Ramirez knew the

the El Paso ISD’s Henderson Middle School

struggles his students would have to face

Consisting of one girl and 11 boys, the

by storm. The Champions’ Game, an inspiring

and decided to create the club as a way to

story introduces us to the spirited and hard-

story about the Henderson Middle School

create “a revolution of the mind” in each of

working students that make up the team,

chess team follows the journey of the 12

his students. Utilizing 14 rules that apply to

highlighting

“border kids” and their coach Saul Ramirez on

both life and chess, Ramirez used the game

difficulties the students faced on their way

their unlikely journey to becoming champions.

to expand the minds, insights and potential

to becoming champions…with the coaching

of the chess team.

of Ramirez of course.

the

triumphs,

failures

and

Written by Ramirez, an El Paso native, teacher from El Paso’s Segundo Barrio and previous

The

kids”,

This story, released in May, is sure to ignite

Texas state chess champion, he discovered

competed

national

the El Pasoean pride within all of us and will

the game as a child and used it as a pathway

competitions and surprised the nation when

make you laugh, cry and believe in the raw

toward a better life. Graduating from UTEP

they not only competed, but took first place

talent and passion hidden within the low-

in May of 2010, he began working as an art

in the national chess competition in April of

income neighborhoods of our beautiful city.

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students, in

labeled local,

“border

state

and

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Compliments that Women Can’t Resist | By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |

This month I decided to focus on helping you gentlemen out in the love department. Let’s face it, men tend to lack in the complimenting factor. Compliments are important in any relationship but it can also be a tricky situation. You must learn to compliment women without seeming disingenuous. Be wary men, women can usually tell if you’re lying, so make sure you mean your compliments. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

1. Compliment certain attributes

4. Compliment women on their

Most men usually go for the safe compliments

efforts to give you advice

such as, “YOU are so beautiful,” which

“Thank you for always hearing me out or for

is always well-received, but if it becomes

giving me the best advice you can.”

repetitive it can begin to seem disingenuous. Go a step further by focusing more on her

5. Compliment on their uniqueness

best features such as: smile/eyes/hair/etc

There

and complimenting them specifically.

her that made you choose her over other

was

women.

obviously

something

about

It lets your girlfriend know that

2. Compliment them on their

you like her unique personality quirks and

sense of humor

reassures her that you find them endearing

For some reason, there’s a myth that women

rather than weird.

aren’t as funny as men. Women comedians are constantly trying to make a name for

6. Compliment her on how grateful

themselves. It only makes sense that men

you are to have her in your life.

tend to be too preoccupied trying to be the

This type of compliment can be more

funny ones, that it may be preventing you

meaningful than most. We want to be

from noticing your girlfriend’s funny jokes. A

reassured that you are happy, comfortable

funny man always gets brownie points, why

and in love with us.

should it be different for women? 7. Compliment her skills or talents 3. Compliment women on

Who doesn’t like to get complimented for

their intellect

their talents, skills and merits? A compliment

Everyone wants to feel as though they

like such means you are paying attention to

bring some valuable information/intellect to

certain traits that she is good at. Pointing this

the relationship. You and your partner may

out will help set you apart and make her feel

both bring something to the table in terms

warm and fuzzy.

of knowledge, which is why you must think carefully about what exactly your girlfriend or date is teaching you. Make sure to compliment on that specifically so that the compliment is more genuine. For example, “You have great taste in books/music/movies/etc.”

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The Power of “No-Makeup” Makeup: Men’s Edition W | By: ELYSE SIMONS |

hy wouldn’t you like to look 30 when you’re actually 50? Studies show that 1 out of 10 men secretly wear makeup. Despite what you may think or believe, men are wearing makeup and are proud of it! Men today want to look like David Beckham, George

Clooney and David Gandy. They are inspirational modern and good looking men who happen to wear a bit of concealer and lip balm. The key to men’s makeup is to look natural. Makeup for men is becoming mainstream for headshots, weddings, photos, video, TV, film, and everyday living. The most important part of men’s makeup is creating a smooth texture

and surface. The key factors are giving the skin life with color, providing “lift” with light/dark theory and an overall groomed appearance. The goal for men’s makeup is to look natural. A good rule of thumb is less-is-more. The power of a no-makeup makeup look is a groomed healthy look. This is easily accomplished by taking care of all spots, blemishes, shine, redness, broken capillaries and overall grooming. Today, makeup brands like Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Jane Iredale, Menaji and Marc Jacobs are focusing on men’s makeup products.

CONTOURING

GUYLINER

Contouring can enhance your best features

To make your eyes pop and stand out use

by using light and dark theory. This will help

a taupe guyliner. Stay very close to your

define your cheekbones and jawline, and you

eyelashes and lightly dot the pencil, then

can also create a thinner or straighter nose.

connect the dots. No one will ever know that you’ve done this eye-opening trick.

CONCEALING UNDER-EYE CIRCLES AND REDNESS

SOFT LIPS

Too many late nights, too much alcohol, or

Lips are usually overlooked. Keep them soft

are your genetics catching up to you? Dark

by applying a lip balm daily. Exfoliate your lips

circles and/or redness from spots or broken

with a lip scrub as needed at night to remove

capillaries are easily erased by applying a

any dead skin. Not only will it give your lips a

small amount of concealer to these areas.

smooth appearance, it will also prevent them from getting chapped.

FACIAL HAIR Facial hair is basically makeup, it can give

DAILY SKIN CARE

men a contoured look and cover spots

Don’t share your girlfriend’s or wife’s skin

and redness in the skin. Use a nose or ear

care products—men’s skin is different. In

trimmer and a small pair of scissors to groom

addition to being thicker, a man’s skin texture

eyebrows, mustaches and beards. If needed,

is tougher. Sebum (oil) and its production also

a brow pencil can be used to define or fill in

differ. Your skin is important, treat it that way!

any sparse areas. A little bit of mustache wax or beard oil can also go a long way in keeping any hairs in place. Unruly facial hair can easily make a man look unkempt.

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Medical

June, 2017

TRENDS IN PLASTIC SURGERY FOR MEN IN 2017 | By: SOUTHWEST PLASTIC SURGERY | We are becoming a society of change, creating awareness in living a healthy lifestyle, and looking our best. Beer bellies, baldness, and crows feet are not considered sexy in men anymore. Sometimes, hitting the gym is not enough to obtain the result one is looking for. More and more men are opening up to the idea of exploring the possibilities of getting a little help here and there. Visiting the plastic surgeon’s office has become accepted. The latest trends in plastic surgery for men are:

Frank Agullo, MD FACS Humberto Palladino, MD FACS Southwest Plastic Surgery 10175 Gateway Blvd West, Suite 210 (915) 590-7900 swplasticsurgery.com

1. ETCHING LIPOSCULPTURE

4. GYNECOMASTIA

is a specialized technique that involves removing

is the overdevelopment of the breast

excess fat from the midsection but in a more

tissue in men usually caused by a natural

detailed approach than traditional liposuction.

hormonal imbalance, certain medications,

The fat around the abdominal muscles is carefully

and in some cases the use of street drugs

removed to create the “six pack,” a look that

and alcohol. Although this condition has

most men desire.

few physical complications, it can cause psychological and emotional problems due

2. PECTORAL AUGMENTATION improves the contour of the male chest by augmenting and reshaping the pectoral area, giving a more muscular and athletic appearance. This augmentation can be accomplished with fat transfer or by placing a pectoral implant.

3. RHINOPLASTY is the medical term for a nose job or nose surgery. This is the ideal procedure to correct the size, shape, and aspect of your nose. Men who typically search for a rhinoplasty are those who have had a previous injury or their nose has been broken, have a deviated septum, or simply are not happy with the overall appearance of their nose.

to the unwanted appearance of the enlarged breasts. Fortunately, a board certified plastic surgeon can help by surgically removing the excess fat with liposuction, or in some cases by performing an endoscopic mastectomy to remove the breast gland tissue.

5. HAIR TRANSPLANT is the surgical way to correct hair loss. This option is usually considered when alternative treatments have been proven ineffective. Hair restoration techniques have greatly evolved in recent years and deliver extremely natural results. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are two of the most commonly used techniques for hair transplantation. Hair follicles are extracted from the donor site where hair is healthy and transplanted to areas where hair loss has ensued. Transplanted hair will grow

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H i s P r e r o g at i v e

Feel Unique’s Energizing Bronze Cream If laying outside and tanning is not for you, Feel Unique offers this bronzing cream that will help you achieve a healthy glow without looking overbaked and the dangers of skin cancer! This cream has a hint of color that evens your skin tone and gives you golden, silky smooth skin. Jojoba and vitamin B5 will soothe and protect your skin, while the African pepper will give it that extra shine that it needs this summer season. Get it at feelunique.com for $38.50.

Davids’ Natural Toothpaste The best thing to accessorize this summer is a bright and fresh smile. Thankfully, Davids’ brand has developed a chemical and artificial flavore-free toothpaste, just in case you were feeling you were putting too many dirty things in your mouth. The toothpaste has a minty-fresh flavor thanks to mint oil that will help annihilate all those germs after every meal. Get the 5.5 oz toothpaste at freepeople.com for $7.95.

Cocoon’s Apothecary MALEchemy Groom Box If you’re the type of guy that doesn’t like to shop around for different grooming products, and would rather get everything at once, then this groom box is for you. Targeting the male’s basic needs, the groom box comes packed with a balsam clove shaving foam, and a bay rum aftershave and pomade, making it a great gift for Father’s Day or even a gift for yourself. The natural ingredients will not only avoid irritation, but will also refresh your skin. As for the pomade, it will leave your hair smelling amazing and leave it in place. Snatch it at cocoonapothecary. com for $60.

The Man Can If bundles are your thing, or you’re still looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift, The Man Can might be the perfect thing for you. The Man Can is literally a can packed with essential men’s grooming tools. The can contains a fresh soap, a shaving gel, rum oil for your beard, butter for your body and a scrub. Make any shower a good manly time with this can. Available at plumislandsoap.com for $48! Keep the can to storage your tools or other manly stuff you have.

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June, 2017

Reaping Resources and Sowing Sustainability at the El Paso Zoo | By: ART AGUIRRE |

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B

ack in 2016, thanks to the

experienced hardships caused by harsh

particularly during dry or cold months. These

2012 Quality of Life Bond,

winters that either brought drought or

keyhole gardens were highly effective for

the El Paso Zoo constructed

flooding. Years of this type of weather left the

growing crops, required less water than

and began growing an eco-

country in a state of food security emergency.

traditional gardens and more importantly,

community

garden

It was at this time that Lesotho was included

produced enough vegetables to feed a family

that would allow the zoo,

in the Consortium for Southern Africa Food

of five year-round. Lastly, these keyhole

the

Zoological

Security Emergency (C-Safe) project, led by

gardens lessened the hardships associated

Society (EPZS) and the

international NGOs Care, the Catholic Relief

with gardening because of the cut-out

Service (CRS) and World Vision.

in these raised-beds, or the “keyhole.”

El

crop

Paso

Junior League of El Paso to work together to

Individuals who were sick or elderly did not

share knowledge with the community about sustainability and conservation. This Eco

C-Safe started their project in Lesotho

have to bend down or over to reach the crops.

Garden, sponsored by the Junior League,

with what they called “keyhole gardens.”

They simply could walk into the keyhole of

features six keyhole gardens and was built

According to A New Dialogue: Putting People

the bed and reach any of the crops inside.

in the Africa area of the zoo. Knowing that it

at the Heart of Global Development, keyhole

would be in that area, it was designed based

gardens are circular, raised-bed gardens

The keyhole garden project was such a

off of techniques adopted in Lesotho, Africa.

consisting of layers of soil, ash, manure

success that it was included in the official

and other organic material that retains

food security policy in Lesotho and led to

Lesotho is a small landlocked country, and

moisture and nourishes the soil, making it

conservation agriculture being added to the

over the past 15 years, its people have

more productive than a traditional garden,

curricula at the Lesotho College of Education

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June, 2017 and the Lesotho Agriculture College. This incredible background behind keyhole eco gardens are why they were the perfect educational/informational tool to be brought into the El Paso Zoo. In addition to being an incredible teaching tool for the zoo’s guests, the crops raised in the Eco Garden help feed the animals at the zoo as part of their enrichment program. Animal enrichment is provided to animals to provide mental and physical stimulation in their daily lives, and these crops allow zoo staff to stimulate the animals through a variety of scents, smells and tastes. “It’s amazing to be able to walk over to the Eco Garden and ‘harvest’ what I’ll be using for enrichment,” said Zoo Enrichment Coordinator Carrie Trudeau. “And the animals love it. You’ll see our snakes curl up on top of the rosemary and our tortoises race to the other side of their exhibit to get some hibiscus.” The Eco Garden is a perfect example of the mission and purpose of the El Paso Zoo. The zoo acts and communicates with the purpose of inspiring people to value wild animals, taking responsibility for their safeguarding and action for their stability. The Eco Garden does this by highlighting the critical connection between humans, animals and the earth. “[The Eco Garden] project with us, the Zoo and the Junior League was such a tremendous opportunity,” said Renee Neuert, Director of the El Paso Zoological Society. “Our primary goal is to fund and support the efforts of the zoo, but we also work diligently to develop and maintain meaningful programs and engaging exhibits that emphasize an appreciation for wildlife and healthy ecosystems. Our Eco Garden does just that, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a fantastic project.” Guests are encouraged to visit the Africa area of the zoo where they can find signs that provide information about the Eco Garden and how to build one of their own at home. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |

he word “chakra” comes from an ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit. Chakra means vortex, spinning wheel, or circle. Now imagine the chakras as circles of energy, flowing all the way through our body.

These circles of energy aid in the running of our body, mind, and soul. If a chakra is out of balance, this could cause our physical, mental and spiritual selves to suffer. These chakras start at the base of the spine and move upwards to the last one at the crown of the head. The following seven chakra symbols are vital to our health.

ROOT or BASE CHAKRA (base of spine tailbone) Color is red and rules zodiac signs Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus. Represents earth-centered energy and physical strength. You can utilize this chakra when you need courage and physical strength. Health issues: joint pain, lower backache, obesity, constipation, anorexia and poor immune system.

THROAT CHAKRA (throat and neck area) Color is blue—no

SACRAL CHAKRA (naval area) Orange in color, ruling zodiac

zodiac sign. This chakra relates to the right to speak and be heard:

signs Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. This chakra controls sexuality,

speaking our peace. When truth and principals are at stake use this

reproduction, and relationships. Influences the release of adrenaline

chakra. Health issues: ear infections, thyroid problems, disorders in

in the body. Invoke this chakra to help in relationships. Health issues:

the throat, ears, voice, neck, cervical spine, esophageal problems.

uterine or bladder problems, sexual difficulties, impotence, sciatica

THIRD EYE (pineal gland or third eye) Purple in color—no

and problems with large intestines.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA (slightly above the naval

zodiac sign. Our intuition and our ability to see with vision comes from

area) Yellow in color. Zodiac signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. This

to see and know the truth in all things. Use this chakra for psychic

chakra connects us with the energy of self-esteem and expressing

awareness. Health issues: headaches, eye problems, pituitary and

our personal power. Use this chakra when you need courage. Health

pineal glands, neurological problems.

issues: blood sugar, pancreatic issues, gallstones, low energy, muscle cramps, stomach problems, liver, and lumbar spine.

here. It is the center of divine wisdom, the spiritual eye that seeks

CROWN CHAKRA (Top of head) Color is a violet white

HEART CHAKRA (heart area) Green in color, ruling zodiac

light—no zodiac sign. Guidance comes directly to us from the divine

signs Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. This chakra relates to emotions

God, spirit, and the universe. Use this chakra for wisdom. Health

such as love and compassion. Use this chakra for harmony with

issues: migraines, brain tumors, neurological issues, nervous and

others. Health issues: high blood pressure, circulation problems,

muscular system disorders, mental issues and skin disorders.

and is received through this chakra. From here we are inspired by

upper respiratory issues, chest pains, disorders of the heart and tension between the shoulders.

If you are interested in learning more about the chakras and how to open and balance them, there are many resources on the internet as well as guided meditations on YouTube to help you start. www.GraceThePsychicLady.com

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The Cold Cure

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Cryotherapy: My Personal Experience | By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |

T

he term Cryotherapy derives from

and Level 3 brings the tempurature down to

the Greek cryo meaning cold, and

-166 degrees. He set the height adjustment

therapy meaning cure. You may

to make sure my head is above the machine

have heard of this new therapy

and we’re set. Stepping into the machine,

from athletes and celebrities that claims

I must admit, the nerd in me felt like Han

to help you lose weight, decrease muscle

Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back,” when

soreness, increase collagen for anti-aging

Darth Vader places Han Solo in the freezing

benefits and help you sleep better.

chamber. But I took the dive, took off the robe in the machine, and went in for the

Sounds like the ultimate deal right? I tried it

three-minute countdown.

myself at El Paso’s new Cryo center, Apex Cryo. Co-owner, Matt Lopez, explained more

I’m not a big fan of cold but I buckled down

about how Cryotherapy works.

and pushed through the freeze. It was the longest three minutes of my life, I turned in

“It’s a new technology of an old form of

circles and rubbed my body for warmth as

treatment (cold therapy), it allows you to get

the countdown went on. Finally, when I was

colder temperatures in a more convenient

done and down to -150 degrees, I got out and

way. In three minutes your body is exposed

put back on the plushy robe to warm back up.

to sub zero temperatures, activating natural hormetic benefits. Benefits include treatment

After the session, I felt completely relaxed.

of chronic pain, decreased inflammation,

My body felt like it had melted all tension

sped up the body’s recovery from injuries,

away. I just wanted to take a nice long nap,

recovery from soreness, increased collagen

which I did … a deep three-hour nap! After, I

production, burns fat and calories, boosts

didn’t wake up with the usual soreness I feel

immune system,” Matt stated.

after leg day (I had worked legs that morning). Instead, I woke up feeling refreshed and

Giving me a big fuzzy robe, gloves, socks

brand new. I loved the feeling cryotherapy

and shoes to protect finger and toe tips

gave me, so I went back for more.

from frostbite, I went into the nice clean locker room to strip down to my undies

My second session was not as hard as the

(underneath the robe of course). Matt then

first, because I knew what was coming, but

set the machine for a “Level Two Cold.” The

even though I’m not a fan of the cold. I’m

machine can be controlled at three levels.

now a regular and I want to make it a lifelong

Level 1 is for beginners, getting down to -130

commitment to stay healthy and strong!

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Into Flavor | By: JESSE MAYNES |

Spring is finally here! That means it’s time for vibrant flavors that go hand in hand with the shining sun and outdoor activities. Ceviche is one of my favorite spring-time dishes. It’s a dish that I hold close to my heart. it’s always had a place in my home growing up and on a table when dining at a restaurant. I took my favorite parts of different ceviche’s and came up with a killer recipe that is fresh, “citrus-y” and fulfilling. It may contain ingredients you’re not accustomed to using, but at the end of the day we’re building levels to create something special. Hot days and refreshing seafood work so well together, I urge you to try this dish! If seafood isn’t your thing, try using grilled fruit and dry cured meat for an unmatched salad that is sure to steal the show. Prosciutto is a dry-cured uncooked thinly sliced ham that embodies the best of a fresh fatty taste that’s a true Italian gift to the world—also known as prosciutto crudo. Grilled fruit compliments the fresh fattiness of prosciutto and I’m confident will be the new standard to specialty salads in your recipe collection. 108

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them hot and ready to go on salad just before serving. First plate your spring mixture in a large salad bowl or individual bowls.

Ingredients

2. Carefully remove your prosciutto from your packaging, try not to

1 1/2 pound Raw shrimp (peeled, deveined)

tear it, we want whole piece that we can roll into florets. Visually, it’s

1/2 pound Sole, medium dice

a great way to take your salads to the next level. Hold the prosciutto

1 cup Cherry tomato, small dice

by pinching the end and letting it hang, start to wrap it around your

1/2 Avocado, small dice

thumb until you’ve reached the end of the strip. Gently wiggle your

1/2 Red onion, fine dice

thumb out of the pocket you’ve created, they should resemble small

2 Jalapeno, fine dice, seeded/deveined

florets that will look great placed into the leaves of your salad.

1/2 Bunch cilantro, chopped

3. Now to grill the peaches. You do not have to use a grill to obtain the

3/4 cup Orange juice

marks you need. I highly suggest a ribbed cast iron skillet for indoor

1/3 cup Lemon juice

use. Rub a lightly oiled paper towel onto the pan so it has a slight

1/3 cup Lime juice

shimmer. Heat on medium high, place peaches down and let grill

1/4 cup Clam juice

marks show themselves, don’t worry if there is excessive browning,

Salt/Pepper to taste

as long as it’s not burned. The caramelization equals flavor. A couple minutes on each side, let the peaches soften and warm through.

Directions

4. Slice and grill bread as a side for the salad. Continue to use the cast

1. Combine orange, lemon, lime, and clam juice.

iron skillet (or grill) after grilling peaches.

2. Add finely diced tomato, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and avocado

5. Place peaches in the salad before serving, top with balsamic

to citrus mixture. Set aside and cover in fridge.

vinaigrette and grilled bread on the side.

3. Peel and devein shrimp (if not already done), cut fish to a medium dice, add to chilled citrus mixture. Gently fold in shrimp and sole to

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evenly incorporate into the mixture, cover and refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

Ingredients

4. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

1/4 cup Balsamic vinaigrette 2 tablespoons Honey

Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Salad

1 1/2 tablespoon Spicy brown mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 Peaches, cored and sliced into sections

1 Clove garlic, minced

1/2 pound prosciutto (thinly sliced)

3/4 cup – 1 cup Olive oil, depending on desired consistency

Spring Mix

1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper

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peaches warm when they get to the salad. Warm peaches will bring

it needs to hold all the ingredients together and coat the salad better.

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I miss China. E very day I spent there was an adventure. Especially the

day we visited The Temple of Heaven.

Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998, this

Chinese Cultural Relic has proudly stood southeast of the

Zhengyang Gate in Beijing for centuries. Started in the year

1420 by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, it continued to

grow in unparalleled splendor, until its final completion during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty.

The Temple of Heaven is one of the best preserved architectural gems on planet Earth, and as with many human masterpieces, it was erected (in Pagoda shaped reverence) as a place of worship—a historical sanctuary where emperors bowed prostrate and humbled, praying before the powers of heaven. In the northern quadrant of the grounds, The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests was originally named the Great Hall for Sacrificial Rituals. Accordingly, its main attraction is the excessively opulent Altar of Prayer. This altar features 24 pillars which reach to the ceiling and support vibrant, carved eaves representing seasonal solar positions. Golden Dragon and Phoenix images embellish the raised well or domed structure. Below the dome, in the middle of a stepped marble Dias, sits the encased Tablet of the God of Heaven, where, on the 10th day of the first lunar month, the emperor would hold an elaborate ceremony and pray for plentiful grain and good harvests

of Heaven throughout his vast kingdom.

Only the emperor or his appointed representative could climb those stairs and officiate over the ceremony. It is said that monks

secretly cleaned the Dias after dark as their mere mortal presence on this holiest of platforms might lead to their demise.

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June, 2017 We knew that this building was significant when we saw the series of arched, glazed gates one must pass through in order to reach the roadway that leads to its entrance. You will also pass The Echo Wall before you get to the door. This acoustically designed barrier amplified the sound of clanging gongs and melodic lutes that accompanied the emperors’ procession. Inside, tablets commemorating the eight emperors of the Qing Dynasty are embodied in jade and blue-tinged vases that sit on scarlet hand-carved pedestals. They form a crescent on either side of the most precious tablets of God and heaven, centered beneath a set of marble and cushioned blue silk stairs that climb to a throne where the emperor sat alone, in divine contemplation. The tour is far from over though. The Fasting Palace where the emperor and his court prepared their bodies for sacred rituals; The 24 Star Worshipping Gates that surround The Circular Mound; The Heavenly Center Stone or Supreme Ultimate Stone where holy men read prayers so loudly they believed the words could be heard by the Gods above; The Beamless Palace where the emperor greeted and met with his ministers; The Tassel Gate at the entrance to the emperor’s inner sanctum and bed; the hexagon shaped Well House of The Butcher’s Pavilion, covered in green tiles and bronze figurines, The Hall of Gathered Happiness, where dancers and musicians performed in the Ming and Qing Dynasties; The Double Ring Pavilion built to commemorate Emperor Qianlong’s mother and The Seven Star Stones, an aerolite placed by humans to perfectly depict the distance and position of each star in The Big

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June, 2017 orld Wish Day is celebrated around the globe on April 29 in

honor of the very first wish granted

in 1980. The Hospitals of Providence

partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to ensure that every child with a life-threatening medical condition has the opportunity to experience a life-changing wish. Vivian, an 18-year-old patient of the Hospitals of Providence, is one of the many children that was “prescribed a wish.� Today, Vivian is enjoying her senior year at Franklin High School. Vivian was diagnosed with a condition called neurofibromatosis at age two. At eight, she was diagnosed with an optic glioma. She recalls not being scared during that time, however she also remembers being very sad and having a big dislike of needles. Doctor visits, hospital stays and two years of aggressive chemotherapy were part of her journey.

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Make-A-Wish Vivian shared, “The doctors and nurses

Make-A-Wish. Vivian’s one true wish

at Providence Hospital made me feel

was to go to Walt Disney World Resort

very confident and made our stays very

with her family. Vivian shared that her

comfortable. They were always very

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attentive towards my mother and I. Dr.

felt as if she was dreaming. She further

Canales would come and visit me every

explained that the wish experience

night for my treatments to make sure

brought her family closer. “It’s an

everything was going well. If I could

experience of a lifetime,” shared Vivian.

tell Dr. Canales anything, I would tell him that I will always be very grateful

With each heartfelt wish comes the

to him for doing everything possible

power of possibility for children like

so that my tumor would not grow any

Vivian. Hope is kindled and the effect

more than the size it is right now. In

is transformational. Research shows

the 16 years that I’ve been treated by

a wish has a significant lasting impact

Dr. Canales, I feel that I couldn’t have

on the emotional and physical health of

had a better doctor. I want to thank

children fighting critical illnesses. The

Dr. Canales for everything because

Hospitals of Providence are happy to

without him, I don’t know what would

partner with Make-A-Wish to help add

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Daring Denim

It is time to bring denim to the forefront as a staple in anyone’s wardrobe. Denim deserves to be respected, it is versatile and it really is in everyone’s closet. Rocking the “Canadian suit” is no longer a no-no! Try to flaunt denim on denim, or even opt for a more stylish denim piece that will sizzle your outfit. It can either be a denim embellished jacket, a bold denim pant, or short. It is up to you, but give denim a well-deserved chance and don’t be afraid to experiment!

Ring! Ring! Put that engagement ring away and rock a statement piece that will make all your girlfriends jealous. Sometimes a chunky piece of jewelry is the way to go to accessorize the perfect outfit. The material is up to you, but with so many styles to choose from you can’t go wrong. Bejewel your fingers with big stones, or if you like a simpler style, you can choose smaller rings and sort them out on all of your fingers. Pearls for a daintier look, silver for a classic look. Cuff your fingers and flip them up!

Keep it Fresh! We all know that summer is the devil when you’re living in the desert. With the sun shining down upon us, we tend to sweat like crazy and let those odors creep on us. Keep yourself fresh all summer long by spending a little more on personal hygiene, because no one likes a smelly armpit, trust me! Spend good money on a good deodorant and even some baby powder to keep everything fresh and clean. Walgreens is a great spot to pick up a good deodorant (and The City Magazine!). Don’t be the friend that smells funky, it’s not fun.

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Cellphone dates It is not a fun sight when you see someone on a date and catch them on their cellphone. It seems like we’ve lost touch with personal relationships and it’s easier to engage through our cellphones. Even at the movie theatre, it is really annoying when someone pops their phone out just to check that Facebook notification, really? You can’t bare not looking at your phone for an hour and a half? Ridiculous. Invest on one “date” without a phone and see how much you’ll enjoy your friends or partner.

Keeping it Basic We all need basic pieces in a wardrobe (a white shirt, a black shirt, etc.…) but what is with these overpriced basics nowadays!? We’ve seen white T-shirts selling for more than 50 dollars, and let’s be honest, who wants to pay that much for a regular plain tee? A lot of stores take advantage on the fact that some of these basic items could be highend or a well-known brand, but no one is checking anyone’s tags so it doesn’t matter if that white T-shirt underneath your jacket cost $5 at Walmart or $150 online. Who cares?

Tan-NO-rexic Are you an Oompa Loompa? If yes, keep your orange fake tan. If not, then ditch it.

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Create a Tax-free Nest Egg for Your Children | By: KEVIN O’NEILL | It’s not a question we like to ask ourselves, but we all think about it at one time or another…

“What financial gifts can I leave for the people I love, after I die”? By setting up the right kind of life insurance policy, you and your Financial Consultant can

Kevin O’Neill is a Financial Investment Specialist

work together as a team to provide tax free funds for all of your beneficiaries, including your children. These funds may be used to pay for whatever they need, including a better education, a mortgage-free home, their own retirement fund or the taxes they might owe as a result of the rest of their inheritance, left behind by you. Let’s start by establishing a very important fact. No matter how much the Death Benefit in your Life Insurance Policy amounts to, every dollar of it is received income tax free by your beneficiaries. That includes State and Federal taxes –no one will pay income tax on whatever Life Insurance benefits you bequeath.

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Even inherited IRAs, tax-deferred annuities and some qualified retirement plans can be taxed. Depending on their individual circumstances, your beneficiaries may pay more than a third of these monies back in taxes. BUT NOT SO WITH LIFE INSURANCE. Keeping this fact in mind, how soon should you sit down with a Life Insurance Consultant and review your insurance options? How about today?

A Different Option There’s another way to accomplish income tax free financial giving. If you really don’t have the

Securities and advisory services offered through Cetera Advisors LLC. Member of FINRA/SIPC Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity. No system or financial planning strategy can guarantee future results.

funds for a substantial monthly insurance payment or your age or health restrictions mean you’d have to pay more for a policy than you feel you want to, have you considered talking to your children about them buying a life insurance policy on your life? This also applies when you have funds available and want to avoid leaving them behind as taxable estate funds. By giving your children those funds NOW and asking them to invest those funds in a life insurance policy on your life, you can not only save them money on unavoidable estate taxes, but also help them to achieve an income tax free nest egg. Do you believe it’s possible you may have to pay higher taxes in the future? Will you max out your 401(k) deposits for the year but still want to save more money in a tax-deferred shelter? Have your circumstances changed since you took out the Life Insurance Policy you already own? Do you think your beneficiaries may have to pay a higher rate of taxes than you want them to, when they inherit your house or your family business? These are all good reasons to review your Life Insurance Policy with a Financial Consultant. Don’t wait till it’s too late, please call and set up an appointment today.

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El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball ::: June 1-30

AAA baseball team’s home games are all at Southwest University Park in beautiful downtown El Paso. Chihuahuas vs. Salt Lake June 1 @ 6:35 p.m. June 2, 3 @ 7:05 p.m. June 4 @ 6:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Fresno June 9, 10 @ 7:05 p.m. June 11 @ 6:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Tacoma June 13-16 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Sacramento June 26-29 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Reno June 30 @ 7:05 p.m.

West Star Bank Presents: Cool Canyon Nights ::: June 1-29

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. McKelligon Canyon West Star Bank returns with their free summer concert series in McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater with craft beer, food trucks and live music, you’re set for a “cool” night. June 1- Windy City June 8- Ooh La La June 15- Los Arrieros June 22- Joe Barron June 29- Main Street Admission: Free Info: coolcanyonnights.com

Alfresco! Fridays ::: June 2-30

6:00 p.m. Convention Center El Paso Live returns with their 15th season of free, outdoor concerts. June 2- Azucar June 9- Dusty Low June 16- PT & The Cruisers June 30- Ooh La La Admission: Free Info: alfrescofridays.com

Celebrating 10 years of Pride in El Paso, Pride Week promotes awareness and advocates for members of the LGBTQI community. This event invites guests of all ages to celebrate in the streets at the intersection of east Franklin Ave. and north Oregon St. in downtown El Paso. Admission: Free Info: epscp.org

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9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Every Saturday throughout the summer, enjoy some of the best vendors. With a lush variation of fruit, home goods, jewelry, and other fun finds—this market is the perfect place to spend a Saturday. While you’re there, why not enjoy a delicious brunch on the patio of the restaurant? You won’t be sorry!

Matt U. Johnson ::: June 2

8:00 p.m. Gravity Night Club Inner Music Inc. presents Matt U Johnson for his first time in El Paso. Blending an exciting mixture of Reggae, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop, this is surely a concert you won’t want to miss! Admission: $10 (General Admission), $100 (VIP) Info: mattujohnsonmusic.com

Wicked Wine Run ::: June 3

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. La Union Winery Race through a 5K or 1K with wine tastings along each of the trails, this wine-fueled run will inspire you to dress as wickedly as you can. Celebratory wine will also be offered at the end of the race along with food trucks, live band, and of course, more wine. Admission: $50+ Info: wickedwinerun.com

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Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmer’s Market ::: June 3-24

Downtown Art & Farmers Market ::: June 3-24

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Don’t miss Saturdays at the Union Plaza District in downtown El Paso throughout the summer to find delicious food, arts, crafts and entertainment; including free activities for kids.

Music Under the Stars ::: June 4-25

7:30 p.m. Cohen Stadium The Sunday summer concert series sponsored by GECU and presented by the El Paso MCAD will delight you with music under the beautiful El Paso sky. Admission: Free Info: elpasolive.com

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinerella ::: June 6

7:30 p.m. Plaza Theater Tony Award-winning Broadway musical brings a contemporary take on this classic. Featuring an incredible orchestra highlighting your favorite scenes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with these new twists. Admission: $43-$115 Info: cinderellaonbroadway.com

Viva! El Paso

8:00 p.m. McKelligon Canyon Ampitheatre Vivia! El Paso returns for their annual performance Celebrating 40 years, this outdoor musical pageant celebrates the beauty of our city! Admission: $10 Info: ticketmaster.com

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Shamaley Ford Summer Music Series ::: June 7

8:00 p.m. The State Line Don’t miss Wednesdays as Shamaley Ford presents their annual summer concert series. Donations of nonperishable food or money will go towards El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. June 7- Alice Wallace June 14- TBA June 21- TBA June 28- Ooh La La Admission: Free Info: countyline.com

KLAQ Downtown StreetFest ::: June 23,24

::: June 16-17

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Downtown El Paso Rock legend Alice Cooper and Papa Roach take over downtown on June 23rd and 24th. With sub-headliners, In This Moment, Starset, Jackyl & Dokken, enjoy 4 stages with local bands, festival eats, El Paso-themed art in the streets, and fireworks to close out the night. Admission: Single Day- $30+, StreetFest 4-pack- $100, Down Front Experience Ticket$50 (Friday), $75 (Saturday), VIP- $125 Info: ticketmaster.com or epstreetfest.com

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Aquapalooza ::: June 17

Last Thursday’s Art Walk ::: June 29

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Biggs Park Enjoy free water rides and games! Picnic supplies and food vendors are welcome. This event is open to all service members, their family and guests. Admission: Free Info: bliss.armymwr.com/us/bliss

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6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Downtown El Paso Enjoy galleries and follow a map around downtown to enjoy local art. Admission: Free Info: info@lastthursdaysep.com

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El Paso Psychic Fair ::: June 10,11

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hawthorn Inn Psychic readers from all over Texas and New Mexico will feature items such as crystals and gems as well as oneon-one readings, this event is written in the stars! Admission: $5 Info: elpasopsychicfair.com

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Paw Patrol Live ::: June 17

Plaza Theatre Watch Bayer’s team embark on the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger as they “Race to Rescue”. June 17- 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. June 18- 10a.m., 2 p.m. Admission: $16+ Info: ticketmaster.com or pawpatrollive.com

Red, White & Brew ::: June 30-July 2

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Las Cruces Convention Center With live music and exclusive New Mexican wines and beer will be featured. Admission: $15- $20 (Includes souvenir tumbler) Info: redwhiteandbrewfestival.com

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DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

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

204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050

Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

From the same people that brought you150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options

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

available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new

11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H

addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.

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WESTSIDE Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat.

The Downtowner $$

• We cater large or

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

small events

Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.

Italian Kitchen West

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450 Thorn Ave., El Paso TX 79912 | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoorWest patio Italian.Kitchen.

www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.comm or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside. Italian Kitchen

West is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from an ocean away. O, PR

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WESTSIDE

Mi Piaci

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Avila’s

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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

The Green Ingredient

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201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Westside’s 3rd Hole

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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

Bogart’s Steakhouse $$$

The State Line

5825 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX | (915) 307-4159

1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371

We have created a menu of dishes using the finest seasonal

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

produce. Taking inspiration from around the world, our dishes

principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous

showcase an array of flavors with ingredients that are paired to

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

perfection. Simple, yet bold, our menu offers many options for

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

everyone to indulge in. PR, O, H

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Mesa Street Grill $$$

King Crab $$$

3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881

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

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the

You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef

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

Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H

summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

Rulis International Kitchen

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

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

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3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200

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

This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working

International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked

of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink.

BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular

On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour

sunsets! PR, O

Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF

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

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

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

To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email: info@thecitymagazineelp.com


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5925 Silver Springs Ste. A 2240 sq. ft.

VISTRA Properties LLC (915) 479-6666 (915) 587-7777


June, 2017

june Advertiser INDEX A + O Group................................................................Pg. 121

Scott Asbury, Allstate Insurance..................................Pg. 110

Casa Buenavista............................................................Pg. 45

Shannon Quartermane................................................Pg. 115

Dr. Jorge Villarreal........................................................Pg. 103

Sin Vodka.................................................Pgs. 69, Back Cover

Elaine Gordon Consulting..............................................Pg. 92

Southwest Plastic Surgery..............................................Pg. 9

El Paso Country Club.....................................................Pg. 85

Southwest University at El Paso..................................Pg. 2,3

Elyse Simons Beauty.....................................................Pg. 33

Southwest University Park..........................................Pg. 105

Fox Auto Group.............................................................Pg. 97

Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 63

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

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique......................................Pg. 111

Grace the Psychic............................................... Lady Pg. 103

Sunset Funeral Homes..................................................Pg. 43

Hal Marcus Gallery........................................................Pg. 75

Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 66

Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 107

Telemundo.....................................................................Pg. 67

Hughes Financial Group.................................................Pg. 89

The Green Ingredient.....................................................Pg. 84

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 11

The Hospitals of Providence..........................................Pg. 13

KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 37

The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.........Pg. 118

KTSM News Channel 9.................................................Pg. 17

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 75

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

The State Line...............................................................Pg. 49

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 131

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

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 35

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 77

Park Tavern....................................................................Pg. 95

15 Minutes of Fame....................................................Pg. 125

Quartermane Salon......................................................Pg. 117

77 Stone............................................................ Pgs. 128, 129

RGU Cancer Center.......................................................Pg. 47

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