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IN THIS ISSUE: HIS PREROGATIVE…86 TRAVEL…100 FITNESS…78

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Lane Gaddy RE-SHAPING EL PASO ONE BLUEPRINT AT A TIME

Men in Sports THE MEN CALLING THE BIG PLAYS IN EL PASO

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“If a man expects a woman to be an angel in his life, he must first create heaven for her. Angels don’t live in hell.”

-Anonymous

en, we love them. We love them in suits, we love them in jeans, we love them in uniforms. We just love

them. I’m often asked, “What does a woman like in a man?” Ladies are complicated and often send mixed messages (or do we really?). It is a well-known concept that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. So, as the timing of our June Men’s issue would have it, I was recently in mixed company discussing this topic, and one of my male friends asked, “What do you ladies REALLY like?” I asked a few of my girls for some considerable help with that question. Their responses were a fresh and a thoughtful look at what women like in a man today. Because good advice never goes out of style, I’ve put together a list of what attracts women to men. Here are some suggestions and things to avoid … What women find attractive about a man:

What turns a woman off:

1.

A snappy dresser, good grooming and looking good no matter

22. Giving your cell phone more attention than your lady. Just put

where you are. Women notice great shoes; it speaks to your

style and social status.

23. Never cancel dinner plans with a text. It’s rude and makes

2.

Chivalry. Being a modern gentleman—showing gentleness to a

woman, shows your code of ethics.

24. A man who is insecure and constantly needs attention.

3.

Well-respected. Being well-thought of in your community

25. A dirty car or home. It shows the character flaw of laziness.

is very attractive.

26. Constantly looking in the mirror. It gives the air of cockiness

4.

Talking respectfully to a woman, it makes us smile.

5.

Honorable. Admitting flaws and being man enough to work on

27. Too much PDA. A touch is good, a short kiss is wonderful, but

them. It makes our hearts skip a beat.

don’t mark your territory in public. We’re not fire hydrants and

6.

Appreciate your parents, we like to see your soft side.

your name isn’t Spot.

7.

Being genuine. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

28. A liar. We’d rather hear the hard truth than a lie that we know

We find that very sexy.

8.

Being a giver, generous. The opposite of selfish.

29. Canvas backpacks carried by grown men when traveling means

9.

The alpha male. A man should always pay—drinks, dinner,

parking, etc. We love it when a man takes care of us.

30. Men who complain all the time. It shows unhappiness. Life’s

it away. us suspicious.

and we’re turned off by cocky.

is a lie. you’ve never left the college mentality. Invest in luggage.

10. Honesty. Being able to speak the truth might be difficult,

31. Strong cologne. No one should smell it from five feet away or

but it shows you have character and integrity.

too short.

11. Loyalty. Be faithful in every way possible to your oaths

32. Guys who forget that there’s more to their relationships than

and obligations.

five minutes after you’ve left the room.

12. Conviction. Be a man of strong beliefs, it shows you’re in control.

13. A charming personality is both endearing and adorable.

33. Avoid that last scotch. You’ve probably had enough, and you can’t

14. Good manners. Be one who opens doors, pulls chairs and

34. T-Shirts. Even if you think they fit well, chances are they don’t.

orders for his lady.

football, golf, gambling and talking about themselves. have a love affair with scotch. I promise it will never love you back.

15. Be good with animals. It indicates that you’re capable

35. And finally, the worst turn off of all, a man whose head turns at

every glimpse of cleavage and who constantly flirts with another

woman. It shows a dishonorable character and there’s no future in that.

of protecting and caring.

16. Intelligence. Be a well-rounded man of current events, talking

about more than just the last sports bet.

17. Have a good sense of humor, but not always laughing. You don’t

want us to think you’re that immature, good-time-boy looking to please the crowd.

18. Drive. Women are attracted to a man who has goals and is

actively pursuing them.

19. Being fully present in the moment. Listening is the quickest

way to our heart.

20. Vulnerability. All the power, prestige and honor won’t get you

anywhere near fulfilling a relationship if you won’t let a woman

see you emotionally.

21. Own a tuxedo. Buy it before your 30 and stay that size.

So, what attracts a classy woman? A classy man.


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Charity Register June Opportunities to Give & Support Carnival for ASFP | June 9 A family-friendly fundraising event benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will include carnival-themed events/activities as well as food this June. Registration is free and available online. Carnival booth tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the event registration table. All revenue from ticket purchases will go directly to AFSP.

Battle on the Border | June 16 Test your fitness and help raise funds that benefit local children! All of the entry fees for this competition will go towards buying school supplies, blankets and toys for kids in local orphanages.

Climb Out of Darkness | June 23 Survivors, providers and members of the community will come together in a community walk to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event brings people together all over the globe near the solstice (the longest, brightest day) to shine a light on a darkness we often don’t speak about.

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asily characterized as a budding

answer lies in the cyclical nature of the metal

entrepreneur and savvy investor,

recycling industry and the periodic downturns

Lane Gaddy proves he’s much

expected to occur about every five years.

more beneath the surface. We find that what

The uncertainty of these economic crashes,

lies at the core of his work in elevating our

typical of most industries, and the subsequent

city’s image is sheer devotion to El Paso

unease that comes from it is what Lane points

and its people. An MBA graduate with dual

to as the catalyst for venturing

degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship

into new territory. As he

from the University of Arizona, Lane was set

explains, “I realized

on starting his career immediately following

diversification was

graduation by way of a job opportunity in New York. Yet, as fate would have it, and “at the request and insistence of [his] grandfather to explore options with the family business,” he decidedly embarked on the Sun City. Seeing the opportunities in “cross-border trade,” as he explains, the Albuquerque native accepted his grandfather’s proposal and joined the ranks at W. Silver Recycling,

extremely

Inc., a 100-year-old metal recycling company

important” and

once operated by his grandfather, Bernard

adds, “There’s a

Fenenbock, who himself succeeded the

crash and the crash is

original founder and his own father-in-law,

very unpleasant,” pointing

William Silver.

to the industry hurdles as to what motivated him to seek out

Today, Lane serves as President of W.

new opportunities, specifically, those in

Silver Recycling, Inc., which operates in

real estate development.

the purchasing and servicing of byproducts produced by the “maquiladoras” across the

Although credited for several notable projects,

borderland. In fact, the company has operations

when asked whether he considers himself

from Calexico, California to McAllen, Texas

a developer, he points to a “10-year rule”

and impressively covers the border region

of steadily working in a profession in order

throughout with facilities in Northern Mexico,

to claim ownership, in this case, to the title

as well. Although he’s come to be known

of “developer.” Still, the magnitude of his

more recently for his innovative mindset

projects is by no means limited to that 10-year

in moving forward El Paso’s downtown

philosophy he holds for himself. A perfect

revitalization agenda, Lane still considers his

example of that is the impressive Martin

main order of business the daily operations

Building restoration with its towering and now

of his full-service recycling company. Since

signature “ElectriCity” marquee. When asked,

joining in 2006, Lane has grown the operation

Lane openly describes it as one of his more

from 25 employees to now over 300 and has

“painstaking” endeavors given the inherent

put the company on the map as a leader in our

challenges of what’s considered an “adapted

nation’s recycling industry.

reuse.” In keeping with the adage “No pain, no gain,” overcoming those hurdles proved

Our city has taken particular notice of Lane’s

rewarding. The massive $7.4 million project

development initiatives and naturally, leads

and certified rehabilitation of the once El Paso

one to wonder what sparked his passion for

Electric headquarters was awarded a historic

reshaping our landscape and spearheading

building plaque in 2017 by Preservation Texas

some of El Paso’s largest projects to date. The

in recognition of Lane’s remarkable revival of

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also considered by Lane as his largest project to date in terms of “gross dollars spent,” but says it was also one of the shortest projects at only three years for a building of this scope. The endeavor called upon the expertise of “an A-class team of specialized national architects” in rehabilitating the roughly 88-year-old, Art Deco landmark building designed by El Paso’s own renowned architect, Henry Trost. The motivation for this particular restoration is what Lane describes as “finding value where others overlook it,” an apparent “recurring theme” that the entrepreneur says he’s come across throughout the course of his projects. the landmark building. Completed in 2016, the 100-year-old plus establishment was

Given his accomplishments in revamping our

readapted to house 42 apartment lofts on

city’s image, it’s no surprise that Lane was

the top five floors, along with office and retail

bestowed the Hub of Human Innovation

space below. Known as the new Martin Lofts,

award

the renovated mixed-use building is the first

Redevelopment” in March of 2017. The

of its kind for downtown and the towering

award was the first of its kind, and honored

LED sign adorning the building’s rooftop has

Lane for his progressive and innovative efforts

redefined our downtown skyline.

in not just revitalizing El Paso’s downtown

for

“Innovation

in

Downtown

landscape, but also for bringing value to our Before the Martin Building, Lane’s first

community as a whole. With the upcoming

major investment in 2010 was the 11-story

restoration of the landmark Roberts-Banner

Coronado Tower on the westside of El Paso,

Building in the works, another Trost building,

which he refers to as “an unpolished gem.”

we expect the awards and accolades will no

The renovation of the high-rise building,

doubt continue, and rightfully so.

which has remained in rare form for the area from the time it was constructed in 1966,

When questioned candidly on the driving force

initially failed to elicit support from those

behind his literal investment in our city, Lane

in the community who apparently did not

affirms what we’ve now learned, “The people

share in the project’s vision. Much to the

of this city, the friendliness and camaraderie

contrary, the substantial $2 million, 67,000

are the selling points.” He goes on to say

square foot makeover was an overnight

that our characteristically amiable nature is

success and garnered an overwhelmingly

unmistakable when meeting El Pasoans in other

favorable response from the community.

cities. His vision for a “first-class downtown”

Not only has the rebuild enhanced Coronado

is undeniably on the horizon for both residents

Tower’s unique presence in the area, it

and visitors alike. For the moment, Lane’s

helped redefine the building as a viable and

knack for reviving our city’s monumental and

affordable commercial leasing option to the

often forgotten architectural feats is playing a

pricier downtown establishments.

pivotal role in the Sun City’s very own modern renaissance. By the looks of his current

Fast forward to the present and coming

trajectory, it’s certain that he’ll make good on

soon is Lane’s latest acquisition and newest

his own “10-year rule” and even more probable

project—the revitalization of the iconic

that Lane Gaddy will eventually claim his title as

15-story Bassett Tower and what will be a

one of El Paso’s own, true visionaries.

new-to-our-area Aloft Hotel. The makeover is

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E l Pa s o ’ s M e n i n S p o r t s

June, 2018

Jim Senter UTEP Director of Athletics New UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter came to the Sun City with a vision–Every Person Makes a Difference (#EPMAD). Senter was announced to the position on Nov. 22, 2017, after serving as the director of athletics at The Citadel for the past three years. University President Diana Natalicio says, “his previous experience at the University of Idaho, San Diego State University and the University of Colorado gives him a rich set of perspectives on the complexities of intercollegiate athletics in the 21st century.” Senter has made his way to El Paso and has worked feverishly to increase community support for UTEP Athletics. Senter brings passion, excitement and his ability to fundraise is topnotch. He’s already announced plans to upgrade Sun Bowl Stadium, with the new GECU Terrace, sky lounge, renovated press box and concourse coming soon. His busy first few months on the job have also included hiring football and men’s basketball coaches, as well as engaging various constituents with town halls across the city. Senter says, “I am really honored to be here and be named athletic director of UTEP. I am humbled by it.”

Cory Herman El Paso Rhinos Head Coach Cory Herman has been a staple of hockey in El Paso since 1999 when he first arrived, while helping the Sun City embrace a sport he has immense passion for. Most recently, the El Paso Rhinos were by-and-large the most dominating club in the Western States Hockey League after posting a 49-1-1 record and claiming the WSHL Championship during a 3-2 victory over the Ogden Mustangs on April 15, 2018. It was the third Thorne Cup for the Rhinos (2008, 2014). Herman played one season with the El Paso Buzzards before he founded the El Paso Rhinos junior hockey team in 2006. Herman’s goal is to help youth hockey players achieve theirs by playing at higher levels of hockey, including the NCAA. Herman says the most important part of his job as head coach is practice. “Practice is where they learn everything,” he says. But his team’s success on the ice is not all that matters. The Rhinos are heavily involved with local charities and organizations, while also reaching out to schools all around El Paso.

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Rodney Terry UTEP Men’s Basketball Head Coach

June, 2018

Rodney Terry was appointed the 19th head coach in UTEP men’s basketball history on March 12, 2018. Terry returns home to the Lone Star State, as the native of Angleton previously served as the head coach at Fresno State for seven years. The Bulldogs experienced tremendous success under Terry’s direction, including 20-win campaigns in four of the last five years and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2016. Terry takes over a storied basketball program and says, “I want to build on the tradition, I want to build on the history. I want to have a connection with the campus.” One of Terry’s mentors, Harry Miller–Baylor University’s head coach from 1994 to 1999–gave Terry his first opportunity in coaching. Prior to his time at Fresno State, Terry served a nine-year tenure at the University of Texas as the Longhorns produced nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 2003. Current University of Tennessee head coach and former Longhorn head man Rick Barnes says Terry, who has been part of teams that posted a combined 461 wins, is a “phenomenal hire” for UTEP.

R Od Barajas El Pas Chihuahuas Manager Rod Barajas was hired as the El Paso Chihuahuas manager on January 14, 2016. The Chihuahuas achieved instant success under his direction as El Paso won its first ever Pacific Coast League championship during his first season in 2016. The Chihuahuas followed with a PCL South Division title in 2017 before falling short in the championship series. Barajas played 14 seasons (1999-2012) as a catcher in Major League Baseball, most notably winning a World Series title with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, playing with the Texas Rangers when he hit 21 bombs with 60 RBI in 2005, while also donning Dodger Blue for a pair of seasons. After a lengthy career and catching for some of baseball’s best pitchers, Barajas managed the Padres Arizona Rookie League affiliate in 2014, while he began the

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2015 season as High-A Lake Elsinore’s hitting coach and was elevated to be Double-A San Antonio’s manager at mid-season. Barajas played with the El Paso Diablos back in 1999 and was excited to make his return to the Sun City, but this time, as a manager. Barajas says he loves El Paso, the community and that it’s a great place to manage and play.

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Jon Teicher “The Voice of the Miners”

Jon Teicher will enter his 38th season (2018-19) as the UTEP Football and Men’s Basketball radio play-by-play “Voice of the Miners.” Teicher brings personality and passion over the airwaves as his “touchdown, Miners” call gives goosebumps to anyone listening. Teicher was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2001 and was most recently honored in New York City in December of 2017 as a recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award, for a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football by the National Football Foundation. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell says, “Jon Teicher has had an exceptional broadcasting career and his voice has become synonymous with UTEP football and West Texas.” When Teicher first arrived to the Sun City, he called play-by-play for the minor-league baseball Diablos from 1980 to 1984 and again from 1988 to 1992. He also broadcast professional baseball in Portland, Ore., and in Wichita, Kan. A graduate of UCLA in 1979, Teicher looked up to the likes of former Dodgers voice Vin Scully and former Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn.

Kevin Baker UTEP Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Baker took over a successful UTEP women’s basketball program and continued the winning ways during the 2017-18 season. Baker directed the Miners to a 17-win season, which more than doubled their win total from a year ago, and a first-round victory in the Conference USA Championships in Frisco, Texas. Baker was appointed as the eighth head coach in women’s basketball history on April 24, 2017 after posting 50 wins in two seasons at Angelo State University (2015-17). The Lufkin, Texas, native also saw success at UT-Tyler for three seasons (2012-15) that included a pair of 27-win campaigns during Baker’s final two years. Baker led both a Division II (Angelo State) and Division III (UT-Tyler) school to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Baker brought an exciting brand of basketball as his offensive style is pressing, getting up and down, and shooting a lot of threes. Baker’s UTEP squad displayed www.thecitymagazineelp.com

mental toughness as the team finished with seven wins in games decided by five points or less, which were the most such victories during a season in program history. Overall, Baker has chalked up 361 victories as a head coach, including 10 seasons as a high school head coach.


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Dana Dimel UTEP Football Head Coach Dana Dimel was announced as the 26th head coach in UTEP football history on Dec. 6, 2017. Dimel brings a wealth of NCAA Division I football experience with over 30 years of coaching. Dimel was the head coach at the University of Wyoming (1997-99) and the University of Houston (2000-02), while serving as associate head coach at the University of Arizona (200708). Most recently, Dimel was the co-offensive coordinator at Kansas State University (201117). On his coaching philosophy, Dimel says “you’re trying to be as efficient as you can, score a lot of points and have an exciting brand of football.” With Dimel calling plays over the last seven seasons, KSU averaged 33.4 points per game with five nine-win seasons. Dimel assembled a coaching staff that has played or coached at Power Five schools, including new offensive coordinator Mike Canales and defensive coordinator Mike Cox. The buzz is out on Dimel and the new era of UTEP football, as he’s already compiled an impressive recruiting class to make a difference during the upcoming 2018 campaign.

Mika Laaksonen UTEP Track & Field Head Coach Mika Laaksonen is currently in his eighth season at the helm for the UTEP Track & Field program. Laaksonen served 12 years as an assistant under legendary USTFCCCA Hall of Fame coach Bob Kitchens. Laaksonen took over a program that saw 143 outdoor AllAmericans, 73 indoor All-Americans and 15 cross country All-Americans under Kitchens’ direction. The winning ways have continued as UTEP star athlete Michael Saruni broke an NCAA record in the 800m after clocking a time of 1:43.25 in Tucson, Ariz., on April 29, 2018. Laaksonen, who was a former UTEP student-athlete and 1992 NCAA hammer champion, has directed the program to a multitude of success that includes the women’s track and field team claiming both the indoor and outdoor Conference USA title in 2017, while also being honored as both the indoor and outdoor Coach of the Year. In fact, Laaksonen has been named the C-USA Indoor Coach of the Year five times following his 2017 recognition. For the UTEP women, it was their third consecutive C-USA Indoor Championship title. In 2013, the men’s side won the C-USA Outdoor title, their first since 2008.

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any business owners will say that owning a

Travis’s idea, one that has ensured the longevity of

business, managing production, ensuring the

the business, was to begin producing pet food. “We

quality of product and services and trying to do

discovered that we could easily compete with grocery

all of that while still being fresh and innovative

stores and the best way to compete was by bringing in a

is no walk in the park. Dean Travis, President of

higher quality product. That’s when the idea of a premium

Valley Feed & Supply, Inc. knows this, but he has

dog food first started showing up in the marketplace.”

made it his company’s primary goal that a walk in the park, at least for your pet, is the only

thing that your loyal companion has to worry about.

The prospect of being a part of a growing industry only solidified Travis’s determination. He began working with companies to produce a premium dog food.

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Soon after, Travis saw that an increased interest in his

Antonio, Dean Travis has expanded his mission of

product led to having to consistently produce more to

providing the area with the highest quality and care.

put on shelves. “We started growing our Activa line

Travis’s involvement with the company began in 1966,

and our Apetito line. Next thing you know, we went

when he joined his father in a partnership for commercial

from having pickup trucks show up picking up 20 or

livestock feed. Throughout his participation, Travis felt

30 bags. A few years later it was semi-truck loads

that expansion and a shift in focus might benefit the

that were exporting to Mexico.” Now, the company

interest of the company. “I grew up in this industry and

manufactures up to 160,000 pounds of dog food a day.

as I got older I started thinking about the future and the

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and the people that worked in the organization.”

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Instantly recognizable with its bright red

With the intention of creating the best dog

be able to cater to as many pets and their

façade and rural aesthetic, Travis believed that

food they can, Travis realized that there was

owners. With the decreasing quality of big-

the ability to control the quality and fair pricing

more to pet food and a particular dog’s needs

name brands looking to turn a profit above all

of their product was integral to the legitimacy

than meets the eye. The perfect dog food,

else, Travis saw the opportunity to develop a

of the company and its growth. “We control

even as an idea, was something that wasn’t

system that was sure to revolutionize the way

it all the way from the raw ingredients. We

in the realm of possibility. Considering that

that people thought about dog food. “We’re

work with the farms and suppliers all the

much like humans, dogs are all different,

always looking at ‘how do we provide a better

way to the retail stores. Our goal is to make a

not only in the breed, but in age, health and

product that comes closest to meeting that

better dog food all the time.”

specific needs, there needed to be a way to

need of an individual dog,’” says Travis.

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June, 2018 Through various processes like manufacturing, shipping and shelf life, the benefits of vitamins, minerals and probiotics are diminished or destroyed, so it was Travis’s goal to reinstate the nutrients back into the dog food in order to give customers the full value of the purchase. “We have developed a system where we can customize a bag of dog food specifically for each individual dog. Because they are all different, there are different nutrient requirements and combinations that we can do with our patented machine and we can do that in 60 seconds.” The machine, which Travis initially proposed to his team through an assemblage of tools and a popcorn maker, is now present at Pet’s Barn stores and customizes dog food for all customers who purchase dog food from their Activa line, allowing up to 55,000 combinations of enrichments, oils and flavors. “There are days where we are up to 600-700 bags in a day, the system works,” says Travis. The constant strive for the betterment and growth of the company, with the customer and their needs always at the forefront, is what has ensured security for Travis, his company and employees. As for advice to aspiring business owners, Travis wisely comments,

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Alaa Alqadi of Jerusalem Grill and Jerusalem International Foods An Arabian Gulf native, Alaa Alqadi, owner of Jerusalem Grill and winner

Eastern dishes. Together, Jerusalem Grill and Jerusalem International

of The City Magazine’s 2017 “Best Mediterranean” award, immigrated

Foods provide a tantalizing culinary experience that will transport your

directly to El Paso with his family over 20 years ago. Alaa’s family,

taste buds to the exotic flavors of Arabia.

originally from Jerusalem, made the decision to join his two brothers, Nader and Maan Alqadi, who had already made their long U.S. journey

Today, Jerusalem Grill is the only upscale Mediterranean and Middle

to the Sun City. The three brothers opened several businesses together

Eastern restaurant in El Paso to provide FDA-approved Halal beef, lamb

including Jerusalem International Foods, a popular Middle Eastern food

and poultry that’s completely natural and hormone-free. What’s more,

market that, ultimately, inspired the now locally renowned, Jerusalem

their mouth-watering dishes are made fresh daily and in-house by

Grill. Their own company, A2Z Professional Remodeling, a 100 percent

chefs who follow Alaa’s own traditional and delightful family recipes.

locally-manufactured remodeling business, in fact, built the alluring

It should come as no surprise that Jerusalem Grill has also been

Jerusalem Grill nearly 16 years ago. Located on Mesa Street near

awarded, among many others, the 2013 Best El Paso Restaurants

Festival Drive, the market offers delicious products that remain unique

award by urbanspoon.com and it should be said that our own “Best

to our area, while the restaurant portion of the operation dedicates itself

Mediterranean” award stems from nearly 186,000 votes casted in last

to serving savory, 100 percent freshly-made Mediterranean and Middle

year’s online contest. As for their numerous awards and recognition,

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Alaa humbly states, “The hard work comes more after this because we need to keep it up ... not to lower our standards for any reason.”

Alaa Alqadi, Owner Jerusalem Grill and Jerusalem International Foods

“Keeping it up” is an understatement. The restaurant delivers above and

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please. The feedback, in fact, from customers regarding these exclusive house specialties means they often make the regular menu when the reviews deem them simply irresistible. Aside from the amazing Middle Eastern ambiance, there’s also live jazz music every Saturday and complimentary BYOB service means guests can bring along their favorite wine or beer pairing for an enhanced dining experience. So, come taste the winning experience and savor Jerusalem Grill! SPECIAL ADVERTISING | 41


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James Tidwell of TruTEMPS Staffing Group Touching lives is what James Tidwell, President of TruTEMPS Staffing

that we’re servicing.” He adds of those vital partnerships, “I think

Group, prides the operation on. A UTEP MBA graduate with a solid

communication’s key. It’s something that we strive for with our clients …

marketing background, James opened the full-service staffing agency

making sure that we send the best-qualified employee to their worksite.”

in 2016 with the help of his late father, Jim Tidwell. James credits his son for serving as “a big trigger to push the company to make sure it

TruTEMPS and its tentative team are already making strides as a

was successful.” Drawing from his prior sales expertise, James utilizes

proven area staffer in their first two years in business. Currently, there

the invaluable relationships he’s cultivated over the years to build a rich

are two recruiting offices conveniently serving the Sun City on the

client base and the job opportunities that lie therein. From basic entry-

Eastside, Westside and a third corporate office located in Downtown

level to top-level executive placement, the TruTEMPS team diligently

El Paso. “We plan to continue to grow in El Paso, and by year-end

works to help individuals become gainfully employed and productive in

expand to other areas of Texas.” Serving a variety of clients and

our great city. The agency’s core services include temporary staffing,

skillsets across the board, James is making invaluable contributions

payroll services and direct hiring within a diversity of industries to

to our community and says it’s what he finds most rewarding. Today,

effectively assist both employers and prospective employees.

James and his team are paving the way to success for job-seekers and employers alike, and in keeping with his slogan, thrives on “Helping

With clients that include the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso,

Careers and Businesses Grow.”

UTEP, to local small businesses like Agency Ink, TruTEMPS services a wide array of markets proactively and efficiently. A highly tech-savvy

James Tidwell, President

agency, James points out that TruTEMPS and its team is a leader in

TruTEMPS Staffing Group

our area in implementing innovative and customized online training

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for its applicants. Their clients are equally a priority for James, who

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Adrian Padilla A baby shark is still a shark and Adrian Padilla is a testament to that statement. At only 17-years-old, Adrian Padilla started his now-thriving business, Off The Grill. The food truck scene was slow to take off, he recounts, especially since he started without any guidance, “I didn’t have anyone to turn to. I had to figure this all out on my own.” Figured it out he has, Adrian and Off the Grill have not only won local awards but have also been recognized nationally—including an SBA award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Adrian sees himself as more than a vessel for delivering delicious BBQ to the mouths of patrons, he sees himself as a vessel for developing and nurturing young businessmen and women in our region. He along with a group of other local role models have developed a program called “Shine On” that nurtures and develops local talent in a multitude of areas. Taking his lessons and guidance to heart, he is never stagnant and has found a new and emerging opportunity in the catering business. “Don’t be afraid to take the leap with me,” is Adrian’s mantra and what keeps him moving forward.

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Joel Ehler and David Quelch of Biometrix Biometrix takes a holistic/scientific approach to human health and

amalgamation of their interests, lifestyles and career. Using the latest

performance and the gentlemen behind the El Paso operation are

cutting-edge technology in the medical and fitness world, members

a testament to that. Joel Ehler, CRNA and David Quelch, CRNA are

are introduced to the programming by way of general physicals—this

both anesthetists by trade and have always had a deeply-rooted

allows Biometrix to asses a range of physiological factors to ensure

passion for physical fitness and health. David, who was a client of

clients get the proper regimen of dietary/nutritional advice, vitamin

Biometrix, was approached with an opportunity to buy a franchise.

supplementation, a tailored physical fitness routine and a plethora of

With the partnership of Joel, they moved into operational oversight

other factors that, when coupled, will contribute to a long and healthy

last year in February. On a daily basis as anesthetists they would

functional life. As they said, “The body is a symphony. You can’t only

work with people who shouldn’t have been in the condition they were

work on the strings and neglect the horns. So, we are here to make

in. Moving into a more preventative approach to medicine was the

you sound good.”

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David Veloz of United Blood Services David Veloz has a long history of serving the El Paso community in

or a holiday, patient needs never take a break. For that reason, David

various leadership roles across multiple organizations. His biggest role

reminds the public to continue giving blood. Now that we are up against

to date is that of Senior Director of Donor Recruitment for United Blood

the summer months, there is a greater urgency for blood donations.

Services. Not only are he and his team responsible for the blood supply

David has one appeal, “Please make it a priority to give blood in the next

of El Paso and southern New Mexico, but also that of West Texas, the

few weeks. Someone’s life could be saved with your donation.”

lower Rio Grande Valley and northern New Mexico. His career with UBS started 19 years ago. When he started with the organization, the El Paso

David Veloz

operation was a small operation dependent on other communities for its

Senior Director, Donor Recruitment

blood supply. Today, El Paso is part of a much larger team (Southcentral

United Blood Services

Division) responsible for the blood supply of more than 4 million people.

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Most importantly, the El Paso operation is completely self-sufficient and

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in a positon to help other communities when the need arises.

(915) 544-5422 dveloz@bloodsystems.org

Somewhere in our local hospitals, patients are being transfused blood daily. The need for blood is constant. It doesn’t matter if it is the weekend

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Jeremy Ryan, Alloy Wheel Repair No stranger to the wheel business, Jeremy Ryan and his wife Melissa

Whether the craftsmanship is done at their remanufacturing facility or

opened up shop in 2009. After 17 years in the tire business, Jeremy

through their mobile efforts at various dealerships and body shops, high-

decided to branch off and open up a local Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists

quality work, customer satisfaction and lifetime warranties are the pillars

franchise as a side business. Growth being at the helm of his vision, he

of their business model. For all of your rim repair needs, look no further

has shifted from relying solely on their mobile business to opening a brick

than the talented craftsmen at Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists.

and mortar storefront (remanufacturing facility) over four and a half years ago. The company has now expanded to over 15 employees and an

Jeremy Ryan

additional three trailers. Their services focus on repairing cracks in rims,

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curb rash, and even bent wheels. An emerging demand in the custom

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rim market—where customers request various colors and finishes—

El Paso, Texas 79922

has driven a new venture into their paint and powder coating services.

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Jose R. Nakid Southwest University’s business department has a new director who is committed to the betterment of our students. Jose R. Nakid has a Master’s in Business Management from the University of Texas at El Paso. As a new member of Southwest University, he shares the mission and commitment to educate and strengthen our students’ academic career path. He strongly believes that his passion and experience in different business areas will allow him to pass along the knowledge to the future of our business world. He is always willing to help students determine the different areas of improvement throughout the program’s duration, therefore guaranteeing students’ success in the program. Having Jose R. Nakid as our new Business Program director at Southwest University will truly make it happen.

Jose R. Nakid Southwest University 1414 Geronimo Dr. El Paso, Texas 79925 (915) 778-4001 www.southwestuniversity.edu

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Justin Underwood & Dereck Wyatt The prosperous firm of Wyatt Underwood was formed in 2004 by Dereck Wyatt and Justin Underwood. After working together at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, the men decided to branch out, Dereck being the infantryman in that charge, with Justin soon following. They have grown from their original compact office in the Basset Tower to a residence of ample size; needed to handle the volume and gravity of cases they handle on a daily basis. A specialization in criminal cases has led the men to countless victories and has elevated them to be the experts in their fields. Justin Underwood focuses on DWI cases and Dereck Wyatt has an emphasis on drug related cases. Very often, their expert knowledge is called upon by local and national law enforcement agencies, students, and anyone who needs to have a thorough understanding of the law and their rights. Wyatt and Underwood both boast an impressive track record and a winning mindset. The past few years alone, both men have received not guilty verdicts for clients in some of the region’s most high-profile cases; including a not guilty in a case with a false/forced confession. The accolades are endless for the firm, but for the two men it’s not about awards, it’s all about serving the community with the legal counsel they deserve.

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Ian Hicks, Vice President Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling 14417 McMahon Ave. El Paso, Texas 79928 (915) 852-7334 | www.longhornairep.com

Ian Hicks of Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling, Inc. With over 30 years of “Keeping El Paso Comfortable” and boasting stellar reviews, Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling, Inc. is a thriving family-owned business proudly operated by Ian Hicks, Vice President. Founded in 1987 by his father and president, Arthur Hicks III, Ian worked for him during high school and quickly learned the inner-workings of the business. A proud 2004 Eastwood High School graduate, Ian jumped on board following graduation. Today he successfully drives forward an unbeatable reputation for impeccable customer service and top-notch quality. Licensed, insured and bonded, Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling, Inc. offers trusted refrigeration conversions, service installation and sheet metal ductwork fabrication all across El Paso. As a plus, they offer zero percent financing for 60 months, which makes the comfort of refrigerated air in our desert area all the more doable and positively, the only way to go in the Sun City. Pointing to “quality workmanship” as his company’s competitive edge, Ian is also a self-proclaimed “people-person” who loves what he does. He considers working alongside his father a “privilege” and enjoys “giving back to El Paso” via charitable funding for local sports teams and the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association. Highly top-rated, Ian makes it clear: “To be in business this long, you got to be doing something right.” To that we say, it shows! By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: JOHN HORTA

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common? They were all great aficionados of highgrade premium cigars. They were men who had stimulating conversations, took the time to kick back, enjoy the quality of life and the passing of time. This inspiring practice sparked these men with the aromatic scents of their favorite cigars. Enter El Paso’s hidden gem by the ballpark, Vitola’s Whiskey and Cigar Bar. Owner, Fernando Gandara, (born and raised in El Paso and a graduate of El Paso High School) was born with a hearing disability that made it difficult for him to socialize. That is what drew him to a business that was intimate, with much more conversation and face-to-face interaction. “I value few things more than meaningful conversation. I see every single conversation as an opportunity to learn something new,” he states. Vitola’s Whiskey and Cigar Bar is a convivial, peaceful place where premium natural cigar smoking can facilitate an unwinding effect and can strengthen new or existing bonds. The cigar community is growing and Vitola’s offers an environment that is warm and friendly—no one is a stranger. It is the local hub for relaxation and a meeting of the minds. Vitola’s is an incredibly refreshing experience to engage in from time to time. My philosophy is to live with moderation in life and indulge in moments of celebration … a new birth, job promotion, marriage … in completely new and different surroundings. For those moments, this comfortable lounge will leave a very long and lasting impression. “Quality over quantity! Drink less, drink better!” Fernando exclaims. “Premium, natural cigars don’t have to be a vice,” Fernando says, “they should be approached as a treat or a victory celebration.” According to Fernando, sometimes smoking the right cigar in

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Maximize Your S Abundance at Work with Feng Shui

ummer is the perfect time for an office feng shui overhaul! Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system, dating back approximately 4,000 years, that helps organize your life to promote the balance and flow of energy that moves through your home and your

office. It’s not just Chinese wisdom; it’s universal common sense. It’s not a belief system, a religion, superstition or magic. You don’t need to believe in it in order for it to work. It’s not about changing your luck but it is about creating a space that promotes a feeling of balance, well-being and happiness. Feng shui works through the interconnections between matter and energy. Everything is connected. When you live and work in a space that feels good to you, your attitude becomes more positive and the quality of your life and your work improves. In order to have an optimal life, you must have optimal surroundings.

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June, 2018 Here are some feng shui tips that will help in creating a vibrant energy of abundance in your office space. No matter if you office is a small cubicle, corner office or home office, feng shui can help achieve balance, harmony and success. Apply a few of these tips and watch your productivity increase, your abundance expand, and your well-being soar!

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Don’ts

and for the Office

DO sit in the corner farthest from the entrance to the room to have

DON’T have any mirrors in your office, as they can reflect negative

a “command” position.

energy from clients to other people in the room. You should always

DON’T

sit in line with the door, as you will be in the path of

negative energy.

DO keep your back toward a corner or a wall for support. If a post protrudes from the corner or wall, correct it by covering it with a hanging plant’s draping foliage.

DON’T face away from the door. Business will symbolically come to you through the door; so don’t turn your back on it.

DON’T

maintain control over the energy in your office.

DO treat the files in your office with respect. They represent your past, present, and future business.

DO

keep the cords to your office equipment well hidden. This

eliminates clutter and allows for the free flow of chi.

DO consistently go through old emails and delete the clutter of any emails you no longer need.

arrange your workspace so that you look straight out

into a corridor or see the stairs, storage rooms, closets, elevators,

DON’T sit underneath a painting of water. This symbolizes being

escalators, or toilets.

under water.

DO put your computer in the north or west area of your office to

DO bring in a live plant representing growth.

enhance your creativity. Place the computer in the southeast if you

DO select artwork for the office that represents growth, strength

use it to generate income.

DO place an aquarium or tabletop fountain in the east, north, or southeast. A small aquarium with black or blue fish in the north area of your desk or office will activate your business and career

or wealth to you.

DO

keep your desk clutter free at all times and make a habit of

cleaning your whole desk meticulously once a week.

success. Guppies or a single fish are ideal for an aquarium made of

DO prevent stagnant air and keep the vibrant flow going with

glass and metal.

a small fan.

DO

DO promote a clear mind and lighten the office with an

have a good balance of yin and yang when decorating your

workspace. Balance light and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your choice of window treatments, furniture, and flooring.

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hen you venture outside our city and tell

Vinny Bohn says that their moment was a collection

people you are from El Paso, the first images

of moments that started before this season and when

that may paint themselves into their minds

hoisting the Thorne Cup overhead was nothing more

are sand, heat, and the ever-expansive desert

than a distant goal.

that we seem to thrive in. Very rarely, if ever,

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do people associate the sun city with ice, pads,

Vinny played with the Rhinos over seven years ago and

skates, and sticks; but this is Rhino country. Hockey

missed a Thorne Cup championship win; losing to Idaho.

and El Paso have a relationship that on the surface

“Yea that loss really hurt. When I went on to play NCAA

level, outsiders may say, “It’s never going to work out

hockey my teammates were actually a few of the guys

between the two of you.” We have defied the odds. El

on that Idaho team. They would always make it a point

Paso, somehow, is a hockey town. Grab a seat at any

to wear their rings around me. It was all in good fun, but

Rhino’s game and you can feel the electric buzz filling

yea it kind of pissed me off.” After playing all four years,

the air, you can feel the vibrations on the floor as patrons

Vinny went on to coach college for a stint of time but

around you stomp their feet, you can hear the pounding

always kept in touch with the Sun City and the Rhino’s

on the plexiglass surrounding the field of battle as every

organization. “The Rhinos taught me a lot. You know, I

fan in the sold-out arena is summoning an energy deep

was sort of known as being a bit of a punk and I really

within them—now amplify that feeling at an alarming

grew up and matured here, especially playing under

rate and you get a sampling of the environment on April

(head coach) Corey.” When the opportunity to come back

15, 2018, when the Rhinos charged to claim another

to the organization arose, Vinny grabbed it with ferocity

Thorne Cup trophy. As with any great victory, glory

and fire and had a goal in mind; helping the Rhinos take

does not belong to a single moment—the “aha” factor

home the Thorne Cup. Vinny’s role was heavily focused

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a new kid was coming into the program and

was his time. Immediately upon his arrival

here a lot of the guys and even I hadn’t seen

about to make their way down to El Paso,

in El Paso, Kranny hit the grind. “Meeting

him play yet. I remember during a practice

Vinny told them he needed two things from

him for the first time, he had this sense of

he was flying down the lane and took on a

them, a copy of their contract and their ring

professionalism that you don’t see in many

few guys and then drove the puck to the net

size. Jakob Kranabetter wears a size 10.

kids his age. He was focused and elevated

and it went right under the bar. I immediately

everyone around him.” Says Vinny. He went

turned to Corey and said, ‘good deal.’”

Jakob, better known as Kranny, came by way

on to explain to me that their team was

of Valencia in a trade. Kranny and Vinny have

already great. They had only lost two games

There wasn’t a missed step or hiccup adding

plenty in common, the main thing being they

up to this point and some of the players were

Kranny and the other players into the lineup.

both came ever so close to winning a Thorne

skeptical about changing things up at this

The first three lines the Rhinos had were

Cup. Kranny had already been in the league

point in the season. All of their skepticism

already solid. Kranny made them bulletproof.

for five years, and in that time had seen five

was erased shortly thereafter. “He came to

“Goal production went up, physicality went

other teams raise the trophy; this last season

play and to win. One of the first days he got

up, accountability went up, we as a team just

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and the WSHL All-Time Points record with

goal coming into this organization was to

351 points in 196 games. “Winning that

get better every day. Plain and simple,” said

game was seven years in the making for

Kranny. The desire and hunger for the trophy

me. It felt really good. The best part though,

seeped into the other players and staff

not just about that win but about the job,

members. The connection and goal to win

in general, is seeing these kids grow up

became the driving force in every practice,

and become men. They definitely keep me

every pass, every shot, and everything the

young,” says Vinny as he then takes off his

team did leading up to the final moments

hat and moves his hands to his head, “they

of the championship game. The Thorne Cup

also age me more than you know.”

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recommended envisioning yourself in a white light bubble. See yourself inside this bubble from head to toe until you are physically feeling protected by the white light. You may also call upon your guardian angels and/or loved ones who’ve passed to protect you. St. Michael is also great to call upon for reinforcement as he’s known for safeguarding us. Daily meditation or prayer are also beneficial. Other methods to deflect psychic energy can be done more easily. While it may seem contradictory, try wearing the color black if you are in an unhappy environment as the color black will deflect the “dark” energy of the psychic attack. Wearing jewelry or crystals that are black such as obsidian, tourmaline, or hematite are great shields for your aura. If this happens in your residence you can also burn some sage or incense to clear the space. Open windows to let in light or ntipathy is defined as a deep state of dislike or aversion

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towards another. At some point in our lives we will all likely express it or experience it on the receiving end. One form of this ill-will can be easily represented in a lesser known idea called psychic attack. Psychic attacks most commonly emanate from our fellow humans that are cruel, envious

of us, or wish harm onto others. Unfortunately, whether or not people outwardly express these feelings or not, psychic attack is still happening as the negative energy is being felt by another.

go outside and get some sunshine. Once the energy is cleared and you are no longer under psychic attack you will feel uplifted, happy, vital and at peace. Remember you get what you give so when someone wishes negativity to others, things will go wrong for them. Karmic law states you get what you give multiplied. Wish them love, peace and most of all, happiness. www.GracethePsychicLady.com

The most common of the psychic attacks is gossip and likened to the common cold as it’s highly contagious and spreads quickly. Most gossip is caused by an underlying sense of envy. We may feel the need to gossip about Jane’s marriage because we have faults in our own. Whether it’s jealousy of a career, relationship, or material possessions, we should never allow envy to infect us and encourage gossip about others as once the words are spoken or thought, the psychic attack has begun. Physical symptoms you may have when under psychic attack can include: fatigue, headaches, trouble concentrating, cold sensation, back pain, depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal issues. One way to find out if someone may be sending a psychic attack towards you is by paying attention to how you feel when you’re around them. For example, you walk into a room and someone glares at you intensely and you feel a chill run up your spine, this person is attacking you on a psychic level. The easiest way to protect yourself is to get away from the person(s) as quickly as possible. If this is not an option, it is www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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FASTING YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH | By: DR. DAVID WARDY |

The concept and practice of fasting is nothing new. Fasting is a dietary approach that we see historically and archeologically all over the world. This ancient healing strategy has been talked about for thousands of years and practiced since the times of Hippocrates, as spiritual fasting is part of many religious practices worldwide. Why are we barely tapping into this amazing healing strategy? Simply put, what we have had indoctrinated into us as a healthy diet and eating habits is so far astray from this approach that as a country we are chronically inflamed. This inflammation leads to immune disorders, hormone dysfunction, weight loss resistance, thyroid disease, and cancer. Fasting is a highly effective tool to incorporate in your daily lifestyle to maximize your body’s innate healing abilities. Many people think of fasting as starving yourself which of course is not the case. Fasting occurs when we abstain from food and drink for a specific period of time. This disruption of our eating patterns enables us to express health through adaptation. Our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for and when given the opportunity we can activate this innate healing ability to maximize the expression of the perfection within. Benefits of Fasting: 1. Autophagy (self eating)-is how the body naturally removes cellular debris. The body eats bad cells and proteins. 2. Weight Loss—can jumpstart weight loss and aid as a dietary strategy to get fat adapted for a ketogenic diet. 3. Can Reboot the Immune System—Stem cell regeneration of immune cells is seen after five days of a block fast. 4. Reduces Cellular Inflammation 5. Improves Hormone Sensitivity and Increase Growth Hormone/Testosterone levels 6. Helps Athletes—has positive effects on body mass, endurance, and other health markers. 7. Normalizes Ghrelin Levels—reduces this hunger hormone. 8. Normalizes Leptin Levels—which help inhibit hunger and improve energy. 9. Lowers Triglyceride Levels—lowers bad cholesterol levels 10. Anti-Aging—eating less increases life expectancy Depending on what benefit you are trying to achieve determines which type of fasting strategy you can implement into your lifestyle. Each has its benefits and if used properly can make massive changes in your overall health. Types of Fasting: Intermittent-“Cyclic Fasting” range from 16-18 hours Partial-Limited and strategic caloric intake, involves macronutrient ratio of low protein, low carbs, and high fat Block-4-10 days consuming only water/bonebroth Alternate Day-Limited caloric intake on fasting days (about 25% of normal intake) and eating to stomach content on non-fasting days 24 Hour-Fasting for a full 24 hour period (i.e. dinner to dinner) You’re not eating less, you’re eating less often. Remember that fasting is not starvation, nor deprivation. When you do eat be sure to eat delicious healthy nutritious whole foods until your’re satisfied. Be well! **Disclaimer** Although the health benefits of fasting are very appealing, fasting isn’t for everyone. If you are on certain medications or have a health condition, it’s best to consult a doctor about introducing fasting into your lifestyle. However, for most of the population, intermittent fasting can be a really helpful tool in managing your weight and health.

Dr. Wardy practices with his wife Clarissa in Westside El Paso and also coaches clients virtually. Dr. Wardy is 1 of 60 doctors who is a Cellular Healing Specialist. He has over 10 years of experience in his functional approach to spinal correction, nutrition, and cellular detoxification. The Wardy Wellness approach is to teach and empower their clients and patients with the knowledge to continue their healing journey.

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t has often been said that when it

a mentorship program. The annual boxing

comes to winning, the determining

event, Clash of the Titans, where El Paso

factor has more to do with the size

law enforcement, the EPFD and other first

of the fight in the dog, and less to do with

responders go a few rounds in the ring to

the size of the dog in the fight. For four

raise money for charity was created by Tree.

years now, Warrior’s Edge Boxing Gym has

The event itself, that has managed to raise

been igniting that flame in the belly of each

around $75,000 in ten years for organizations

beast that chooses to walk through their

like March of Dimes, and Golden Gloves,

doors and begin training. What began as a

became the inspiration to open the gym.

handful of deputies from the El Paso Sheriff’s Department working out in a coworker’s

Many of the trainers and staff of the gym

garage in 2009, has grown into a full-fledged

have been around since the beginning. WEB

boxing gym where one might just be lucky

strength trainer and 14-year veteran of the

enough to catch a glimpse of some well-

Sheriff’s

known names toning up for their next bout.

Genera was in that garage back in 2009,

Department,

Ruben

“Bulldog”

where Tree recalled punching bags being Luis Treviño, affectionately known to his

pounded on so hard, it felt as though the

friends as “Tree” began with a few punching

entire kitchen shook. The gym has relocated

bags and an idea to open up a space where

several times over the years, before settling

fellow deputies could stay fit for the job,

in its current location. For a brief two months

and that youths could utilize while gaining

WEB was located off of James Watt Dr.,

valuable information and guidance through

on the east side of town. As a result of an


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accident while doing some work atop a

suffering from the disorder. The Trigeminal

ladder, the gym equipment was placed in a

Neuralgia Warriors Race will take place October

storage facility for just over a year, while Tree

7, 2018 at Ascarate Park. The 10th Annual Clash

recuperated from compound fractures he

of the Titans, sponsored by the El Paso Sheriff’s

suffered to an arm and both of his legs.

Department is scheduled for September 29, 2018 at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Mother of their three boys and Tree’s wife of

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19 years, Claudia Treviño works as the gym’s

WEB’s cardio trainer, Sandy Hernandez and

CEO, or “CEO/janitor” as she jokingly put it.

Tree first met while working for the Sheriff’s

Much like her husband fighting to get back

Department. Sandy heard through some

to work after his accident, Claudia recently

coworkers about Tree, his gym and the event he

began a fight of her own after being diagnosed

was organizing at the time. Sandy began training

with a rare neurological disorder called

at Tree’s gym shortly after, and even participated

trigeminal neuralgia. Although the disorder is

as a fighter for the department in the very first

considered to be extremely painful, causing

Clash of the Titans. Before her boxing match

sporadic burning-like sensations throughout

even took place, Sandy was already inquiring

the face, Claudia can still be found at the

about possibly passing on what she had been

gym, taking care of business.

taught leading up to the event.

In true fighter’s form, WEB swiftly jumped into

It doesn’t take much time to figure out what

action and began organizing a fun run/walk and

sets Warrior’s Edge Boxing Gym apart from the

5k race to raise money and awareness for those

other larger boxing gyms around the city. Just

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about every trainer and staff member works

Over the years, WEB has played host to

getting some training in at WEB. Coming by

in law enforcement and is there volunteering

several world champions and other well-

way of El Paso’s sister city, Ciudad Juárez,

their time and knowledge. The trainers work

known boxers. Five-time world champion

Mexico is Antonio “Tony” Escalante, and El

with at risk-youth in the community and has not

De Marcus “Chop Chop” Corley, who has

Paso native, Herman Delgado. Both of these

gone unrecognized. Some of the bigger names

stood toe to toe in the ring against fighters

fighters have broken a sweat at the gym.

in the sport who have spent time training in

like Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather,

El Paso chose to train at WEB because of the

spent a year training at Tree’s gym. Both two-

family environment and the gym’s dedication

time champions Devon Alexander and Daniel

to the youth.

Ponce De Leon have also been spotted

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YOU START OFF BY MAKING AMAZING PROGRESS. THE WEIGHT WAS COMING OFF, YOUR CLOTHING SIZE WAS GOING DOWN. THEN OUT OF NOWHERE YOUR PROGRESS TAKES AN ABRUPT HALT. NOTHING IS MOVING. YOU’VE HIT THE PLATEAU. This happens to a lot of us and it is best to figure out why you hit this plateau and then figure out how you can get off of it. One reason you may have hit a plateau is that you were not eating enough to start with. Since your body doesn’t know the difference between starvation and dieting, sometimes your body will start to store fat because it goes into starvation mode. If you’re trying to lose weight it’s best to slowly cut your calories. If you start too low in caloric intake, you’ll have

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fitness nowhere to cut more calories from and your

your body, just not on the scale, it’s okay

body will begin to think you aren’t going to

because muscle outweighs fat, so you

feed it enough, resulting in fat storage.

may weigh the same but be losing inches or dress sizes. Fat loss should be the goal,

Another reason is you just might be eating

not weight loss.

too many carbs. Your body uses carbs as energy and if you eat too much energy and

You may also want to switch up your

don’t burn it off, it will start to store into fat.

workouts. Sometimes our bodies get used

Try sticking to a low carb, high protein, and

to a certain type of exercise and we stop

high healthy fats diet to lose weight. Once

seeing changes. Try adding in strength

you cut your carb intake, your body will

training or take up a new sport to shake it up

wonder “Where’s all the rest of that energy

and get motivated.

he/she used to give me?” so then it will turn to using fat as energy instead, turning your

Make

body into a fat burning machine.

and water intake. It’s important to be

sure

you’re

tracking

your

food

accountable. If you aren’t watching what you Hormones and stress can also play a big role

eat, you may be justifying extra goodies too

in weight-loss plateaus. As we get older,

often. If you don’t know how to track your

our hormones decline and it makes it more

food, MyFitnessPal app is a great place to get

difficult to keep fat off, especially around

started. Your water intake should be around

the abdominal area. When you’re stressed,

eight 8-ounce glasses per day which is about

cortisol levels rise in your body which can

two liters or half a gallon. This will help your

lead to stored belly fat. It has also been

body work more efficiently.

proven that processed foods that have highfructose corn syrup confuse our leptin levels

If nothing else works, consult a professional.

in the body which is a hormone that tells us if

You can hire a trainer or a nutritionist,

we are hungry or not.

or coach who has shown that they get their clients results in a healthy way. Be

So what can you do to get off this plateau?

sure to choose someone who has plenty of experience, proper certifications, and

First, be patient. Consistency always pays

practices what they preach!

off. Keep at it, even if it takes longer than expected. If you are still seeing changes in

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June, 2018 fter building a name for himself at home, El Paso’s country singer-songwriter Joe Barron, is making his mark in the renowned Music City of Nashville, Tennessee. With an everexpanding network of talented fellow musicians and a deal with a major streaming network, Barron’s presence is about to be felt all over. Barron’s musical memories stretch all the way back to his childhood and his grandfather, who is still a musician today, filling family gatherings and parties with the strum of his guitar. By three or four years old, he said, he’d become “obsessed” with his parents’ George Strait records and the movie “Pure Country,” both of which he credits for turning him on to country music. Though he retained a love for country music growing up, Barron developed an appreciation for R&B and rock. Soon, a college road trip exposed Barron for the first time to Texas country as he traversed the same red-dirt roads as the Texas country troubadours that came before—but his own entry in the scene was still to come. A two- and sometimes three-sport athlete through high school and into college, Barron’s days on the field were ended prematurely after, almost like a country song, a bull-riding accident left him with a torn meniscus, two crutches and an inordinate amount of free time. So he decided to learn to play the guitar and sing. Slowly but surely, Barron found his voice, and two years after his injury and his decision to start making music, he took his project out of the garage, pulling together a full band—Isaac Almodovar on drums, Marcos Molinar on bass and Mark Ramos on electric guitar—and taking any opportunity that came his way to perform. Soon, he said, “it started to snowball.” Over the years, Barron has honed a sound all his own, fusing his classic country roots with the rock and R&B of his adolescence, bringing together the red dirt country of his college years with the pop sensibilities of today’s Nashville country. “I went to Texas State (in San Marcos) for school, where there’s a big Texas country scene, and I fell in love www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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with that scene and circuit,” Barron said. “Over the years, though, my sound progressed, and I started following a lot more of the mainstream guys coming out of Nashville. I changed my style and found my sound a little bit. I fell in love with what is going on in Nashville right now and felt like I needed to be here.” So far, the move to Music City has been a boon. A few months after making his way to Nashville, Barron landed a six-day-a-week residency at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. After a year and a half at Tootsie’s, Barron felt it time for another change and has since taken up a spot of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, considered by many to be the No. 1 spot on Broadway today. Lately, Barron said, he’s hard at work, holed up in a Nashville studio “just writing and writing, concentrating on writing the best songs I can, and either get them cut by a big artist or put together a nice portfolio and maybe get a record deal or publishing deal.” “Just last week I was hanging out with Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum),” he said. “It’s weird. Hanging out with Jason Aldean is something I never in a million years thought would

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June, 2018 happen. Six years ago, I was in nosebleed seats at one of his shows in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and now here we are taking a shot of Patrón.” Tequila shots with an idol is nothing to scoff at, but Barron notes that’s “just about any night in Nashville—you see celebrities all the time. At any different show, you could meet one of your heroes.” Since making music his full-time gig, Joe’s shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Texas country and beyond— Brantley Gilbert, Josh Abbott Band, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam and Cory Morrow to name a few. One “insane” standout in Joe’s mind is his 2016 performance with Tyler Farr for more than 10,000 people at Fort Bliss’ Let Freedom Sing Summer Concert Series; just ahead is a hometown opening gig with Craig Campbell on June 16 at El Paso County Coliseum. However, Barron’s biggest moment in music to date came not on stage, but on the small screen, as streaming giant Netflix recently acquired two of his songs for its hit comedy “The Ranch.” Both tracks are currently available

on

Barron’s

“Strangers

With

Memories” EP, and are set to debut on the show in June. Though Barron has made Nashville his home for now, there’s something undeniably special about playing hometown shows after being away. “I do love it here, and it’s opened up so many more doors, but at the same time, I love going back to El Paso because, where it used to be me playing every day and people getting tired of hearing me, now I go back once or twice every few months and it’s a fresh crowd,” he said.

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PET OF THE

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

MONTH

Junior

Owner: Marty Levario I got married last year and unfortunately I can’t [have] a baby. We tried to adopt here, and even in Mexico, with

no luck, so we decided to get our Frenchie. He has been a blessing to us. He is like a baby—he has a stroller and a playpen and gets a lot of attention. He has come

to bless our life.

Is your pet TCM’s next Pet of the Month? Send a photo and short story with why you think your pet belongs in this page to kim@thecitymagazineelp.com.

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| By: ANDY MARTINEZ |

Many times, it seems like there are so many

new products coming into the skincare and

grooming scene that we can’t even begin to

image just what they’re supposed to do. The

fact of the matter is that these products have

been around for a long time, though they’ve just

recently made their way into the men’s market.

Try these out for yourself and see what you’ve

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1 Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner

Toner is still a fairly new addition to many men’s skincare regiments,

3 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

so finding the right one for you might take a lot of trial and error.

Ideal for all hair types, this solution for post-workout hair (let’s be

Luckily, this toner is suitable for all skin types and works to remove

honest, not all of us shower right after) absorbs excess oils, sweat

excess oil, minimize the appearance of pores and to balance your

and unwanted odors and can simply be brushed away after letting

skin in order to prepare it for the next step, facial moisturizer. Simply,

the formula work its magic. For those with short and dark hair, hold

and with clean hands, pat a small amount of toner onto your face

further away in order to prevent product buildup.

right after cleansing.

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For us wet shavers out there that haven’t figured out how to shave

moisturizing post-shower alternative to body lotions is a fast

without those pesky razor bumps and irritation following soon after,

absorbing, aromatherapeutic way to nourish your skin without

put aside the aerosol shaving cans, this is the lather for you. This

the greasy feeling. Work into the skin while still damp for ease-of-

hydrating lather lifts even the most dense and coarse hair up for easy

application. In addition to use as a moisturizer, the oil can also be

shaving without having to go through with multiple passes.

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June, 2018

How to Avoid Being Placed in the

Friend Zone | By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |

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There are many men who are or have been placed in what is known as “the friend zone.” Urban dictionary defines this situation as: A situation in which a male inadvertently becomes a ‘platonic friend’ of a female who he is trying to initiate a romantic relationship with. In other words, you thought you were getting close to scoring your crush’s heart, but in reality, you took a few detours along the way and now you guys are just friends. Unfortunately getting out of the friend category can be a difficult task that most men can’t break free from. While I can’t necessarily say I will get you out of the friend zone, I can at least give you some techniques that may help you from falling back into the friend zone in the future.

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1. Coming to Your Senses First things first. Realizing you have a problem is the first step to recovery. It’s time you start thinking of what you have been doing up to now and for you to start taking a different approach. What you’re doing is obviously not working or else you would be romantically involved already, right?

2. Define How Your Friend Sees You Identifying how your friend sees you is crucial. Do they see you as a brother, a parent, or a go-to therapist? If this is the case, then you’ve got an uphill climb. Look at yourself from your friend’s perspective and try to figure out what role you are playing in their life. Changing the role you have been playing will allow you to climb out of the friend zone hole once and for all.

3. Confess Your Feelings A big part of getting out of the friend zone is by letting your friend know how you really feel about them. However, there are good ways to do this and definitely bad ones. Make sure your confession is done in person in a quiet and private place. You must be thinking, “it’s okay, I’ll just have a drink to curb my nerves before I confess.” In fact, that’s never a good idea. It’s very important that you and your friend are in a clear and sober state of mind. A wrong time to reveal your emotions would be while you’re drinking, on the phone, or sitting in front of a computer screen.

4. Allow Your Friend to Miss You I know what you’re thinking, “out of sight, out of mind.” There’s no need to be afraid and think of worst case scenarios. Just think about it this way, the more you’re out of the picture, the more your friend will be thinking of you. Creating a separation, forces your friend to realize what life is like without you and to stop taking you for granted. “The Separation” is the most important stage of getting out of the friend zone. If you don’t give them a chance to miss you, they never, ever will.

5. Stay Busy Having a life of your own aside from spending time with your friend is important. It not only shows your friend that you don’t need her on the daily, it also shows that you can be independent without relying on her. The minute you make yourself less available is the minute their curiosity starts to peak.

6. Changing Up Your Look Changing the way you look will make her wonder what else you’re capable of. When changing up your look don’t consult your friend for their opinion, just do it. People like surprises. It’s exciting. Plus, this will keep her wondering what else is new with you.

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Lip

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| By: ELYSE SIMONS |

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beaut y

Let’s Get Back to Bullets

The lipstick bullet is back and going strong. This is a sign that “what is old will eventually become new again.” We are craving creamy, hydrating lip formulas. My all-time favorite is Nars Audacious Lipstick with its bold, ultra-saturated colors that stay put. www.narscosmetics.com

Lip Balm

Our lips have no oil glands; therefore, they cannot self-moisturize. It’s important to give them a helping hand by adding a layer of moisture to

product of crude oil, which in turn, forms a moisture

Matte Lipstick

barrier that prevents your lips from “breathing.” My

but they are getting an upgrade for spring/

favorite is the matte formula by B3 Brush Beauty Balm.

summer 2018. Whether the formula is

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liquefied, or bulleted, matte lipsticks last

keep your lips smooth and full of life. Today’s lip balms come in both high-shine sheen or matte formulas. Look for petroleum-free formulas because petroleum is a by-

Matte lip formulas aren’t going anywhere,

the longest. Forget about the dry finish and look for highly-pigmented color that won’t suck the life out of your lips. My favorite is M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo. www.maccosmetics.com

Mirror Shine Glossy Lips

Color Talk

The beauty world is fixated with all things dewy,

blue-red like the classic Nars Audacious

and this trend has shifted to lips. Mirror shine glossy

Lipstick in a shade called Carmen or an

lips were seen this year on fashion runways around

orange-red like Laura Mercier Velour

the world. Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta says,

Extreme Matte in a shade called Fire.

“lip gloss makes your lips glimmer, giving your face

Offbeat colors are also ruling this summer

youthful radiance.” Try Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-

as purples are in style. Try Urban Decay

Gloss Lip Lacquer. It comes in a multitude of colors.

Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection

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in a shade called Plague.

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CONQUER

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June, 2018

E L PASO

Walk for Wishes Provides Wishes for 20 Local Kids | By: ROSE LUCERO photography by: RAUL MARTINEZ |

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l Paso could not have asked for a more perfect day to host the Third Annual Walk for WishesÂŽ presented by the Hospitals

of Providence. On Saturday, April 28, the sun was shining, the traditional spring winds in the city had seized and there were smiling faces across the promenade as close to 1,000 people made their way around the beautiful grounds of the Fountains at Farah in east El Paso for a nearly 1-mile leisurely walk, all to benefit Make-A-Wish. This walk was a platform for people to showcase their support for the organization and also allowed them to walk side-by-side with wish kids and their families, many of whom are still fighting their critical illnesses.

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June, 2018 This signature walk for Make-A-Wish is considered the largest public community fundraiser. This year, the organization raised over $100,000 to help fund the organization’s mission to grant life-changing wishes to children between the ages of 2-18 who are battling critical illnesses. This year’s efforts doubled from last year in both attendees and money raised, enough to grant wishes for 20

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children from the El Paso area. The event was also supported by various volunteer groups including church groups, corporate groups and school groups that helped execute some of the most pivotal elements of the event. Walk attendees also had the opportunity to partake in the Wish Zone, sponsored by Popular Mattress, that highlighted over 10 previously granted wishes. There were also

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hands-on activities for kids such as “I wish to be a fireman…” or “I wish to be an artist…” If that wasn’t enough excitement, the event stage was filled with entertainment of all kinds, including the El Paso Youth Opera, Ballet Folklorico, area singers and other performances that kept attendees of all ages dancing and active on their feet. Make-A-Wish also focused on integrating their mission into Walk For Wishes as well. This was highlighted by a wish reveal for 13-yearold Rubi who is headed to Hawaii with her family this summer. Rubi was also surprised with luggage courtesy of Walmart. Make-AWish also recognized the top three fundraising teams for the event. They included top finisher Kemarah’s

Chasing

Rainbows

($5,180),

second place Schneider-Electric ($3,160) and third place Casa Auto Group ($2,759). The Casa Auto Group was also recognized as the largest team with 73 participants. Despite the outpouring of support from our community and success that Walk For Wishes was, the reality is there are still children waiting on their wish to be granted right here in the El Paso area. We need your support! To learn more about Make-A-Wish and how you can get involved, visit www.ntx.wish.org or call (915) 855-8700. Thank you for helping to ensure every eligible child has a wish to count on.

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Missing

Mothers

| Written and Photographed By: DANIELLE MOTON |

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or the last seven years, the El Paso Zoo has participated in raising awareness on

many issues that endangered animals face. This includes the Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M.) event hosted at the zoo every year, around Mother’s Day. This event focuses on encouraging the community to help protect this species and their habitats. This campaign is a proactive and positive way to shed light on the crisis that these large apes, as an endangered species, face. In speaking to the orangutan keepers, Zoo Collections Supervisor Griselda expressed the importance of this event with me in saying, “The international M.O.M. event brings awareness to the public of how important orangutan mothers are for the survival of the species. Every day, orangutan mothers go missing due to poaching, black market pet trade and palm oil farms that encroach on their living space. In turn, most of the baby orangutans end up orphaned and in the hands of the black market pet trade, weak, lost and/or starved to death. This event means a lot to us and we contribute by holding this event yearly on Mother’s Day and donating to credible orangutan sanctuaries.”

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AT A TIME

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Much like humans, orangutan babies and

Not only is this deforestation further declining

mothers have an extremely dependent

the population, but it also leaves the hundreds

relationship for the first few years of their

of surviving orangutan mothers and babies

life before venturing out on their own. They

helpless, with nowhere to go. According to

learn how to live by mimicking their mother’s

their website, “Orangutan Outreach works

actions and habits. These habits include

with professional organizations such as the

how to find food, building nesting areas

Borneo Orangutan Survival and the Center for

and various survival methods. This time

Orangutan Protection to care for more than

of intimacy and growth is often cut short

1,000 orphaned and displaced orangutans

because of a growing demand for palm oil.

until they can be returned to the forest!” The

Palm oil is the most popular vegetable oil in

El Paso Zoo has proudly offered its support

the world, and the cheapest to produce. It is

and encouragement to Orangutan Outreach

used in thousands of products, from cookies

on behalf of the community. “Orangutans

to lipstick. Indonesia and Malaysia produce

are losing their habitat and way of life and

about 85 percent of the world’s supply. This

we need to be their voice to bring about their

growing demand has put a strain on the

preservation through awareness and action,”

orangutan population, in particular orangutan

commented Rachel, area supervisor in the

mothers.

orangutan

Asia section of the El Paso Zoo. Both Rachel

mothers are being killed on the islands of

and Griselda work with the residing Sumatran

Borneo and Sumatra in order to access the

Orangutan family at the El Paso Zoo that is

palm oil trees and make way for palm oil

made up of Butch, Ibu and Khalessi, who is

plantations.

now 3 years old. It is easy to see that their

Every

year,

more

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June, 2018 commitment to the welfare and survival of this species begins in El Paso and spans across oceans, rooting itself into the deepest jungles. The El Paso Zoo has continuously aided in raising awareness to this pressing issue. They set a leading example right down to details in their events. For their largest event of the year, Boo at the Zoo, the El Paso Zoo only hands out palm oil free, or sustainably made candy. Griselda further expressed that, “El Paso is a community that has shown endless support for all of the hard work done here at the zoo. We are proud to help represent this community in such a program as this. This speaks volumes to the other participating zoos, aquariums and orangutans—that near or far, we care. We care a great deal.”

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Cultural Icon, Architectural Wonder | By: MARIE MOORE |

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National Reputation. Local Expertise.

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rom a distance, the castle in

Schwerin looks a lot like the one

but remains essentially architecturally intact, since the mid 1800s.

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closer, you realize it’s much bigger and

As the seat of the Dukes and Grand Dukes

sits in a far more elaborate setting.

of Mecklenburg who were distant relatives

Built on its own island and surrounded by

of the Czar’s family; the building, artwork

exquisite gardens and recreational areas, the

collection, dishware, furnishings and grounds

castle’s first foundation was laid in 973. Since

reflect Russian, Prussian and German design

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and lifestyle practices required to create and

museum which to my great delight, is open to

sustain such opulence.

the public every day, a neo-Gothic chapel that serves its own Presbyterian congregation,

Today, the castle serves as a sort of one-

a banquet hall and café catering to special

stop town center offering modern, state-of-

occasions and everyday dining and finally,

the-art session rooms for the current district

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We would like to welcome you to the Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, founded in 1997. We look forward to meeting and continuing to serve our loyal guests and making new friends.

Regent Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

was

responsible

for commissioning the leading architects of his time (mid-19th century) to remodel and reconstruct an aging fortress into a magnificent residence. He and his wife actually lived in the castle so our walk through the museum took us through his throne room, library, office, grand salon, dining

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offered a view of the bathroom. My husband reveled at the steam heating system, copper pipes, ornate inlaid wooden floors, fireplace carvings and moldings. I found the linens, tapestries, draperies, porcelains and china absolutely astounding! Everywhere we looked, there was art. Wooden and bronze busts ... oil and water pastel portraits, landscapes and frescoes ... delicately featured statuary ... hand-painted window sills, doorways and columns ... handcarved doors that were several inches thick,

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Santa Maria

Steak Chef’s tip

| By: JESSE MAYNES |

Let your steaks sit for 10 minutes after cooking to ensure juiciness in every bite. 2 NY Strips, 1-½ inch

1.

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anta Maria style BBQ is a California classic that can easily take credit for launching the development of food scenes across the state. Of course, classic and traditional recipes have a time and place and today

is not that time, nor that place. Today is Father’s Day, and I want to step it up, my dad does a lot for me and I want to try something special for him. So I’m going to take the base elements of a Santa Maria rub and apply it to a NY Strip. I want a thick cut of meat that will take the high heat and stay juicy and pink in the center. I want that high heat with open flames so I can create a char and crust from the Santa Maria rub. The rub is filled with strong flavors that will complement each other; nonetheless, they are strong flavors. It’s best to serve this with a tangy and fresh salad to cut through the heaviness. Go the Greek salad route, the cucumbers, olives, red onion, and tomato will be the perfect side to a steak dinner.

Reheat grill on high heat with lid closed for 15-20 minutes.

1 tablespoon garlic powder

This will ensure all potential bacteria is removed and grill

1 tablespoon onion powder

Scrape grill grates with grill safe brush and wipe clean

1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

is hot enough to create grill marks and form a crust. with an oiled kitchen towel. 2.

towel. A dry outer area of meat will retain the Santa Maria rub evenly while cooking. Place steak on plate or

½ teaspoon sage 1 teaspoon rosemary 1 teaspoon citrus zest, dried

baking sheet while rub mixture is prepped. 3.

throughout the rub. 4.

Drizzle each piece of meat with olive oil (both sides) and season steaks generously with rub mixture. If rub is not sticking to meat, drizzle a little more oil and continually add rub until a dense coating has covered the meat.

5.

Grill on both sides until desired doneness, turn and rotate steak for grill marks and even cooking. Let steak sit for

1 tablespoon pepper olive oil, drizzle

Combine spices and herbs into small mixing bowl. Stir to evenly incorporate and until a similar color is seen

1 tablespoon oregano, dried/crushed 1 tablespoon salt

Remove steak from packaging and pat dry with paper

10 minutes after cooking to ensure even distribution of juices throughout. 6.

Cut across the grain into thick slices and serve. Garnish with herb butter or fresh cut parsley.

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| By ViC Poulos | What is it about rosÊ that makes people think of cheap, pink swill that's primarily designed just for women? Is it the color? Is it that most people (DEPENDING on your age) have less than fond memories of Mateus, Tj Swan, Boone’s Farm, Bartles & james or Reunite?

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June, 2018

W

hether you're male or female, if you've never tried a good, dry rosé, you're truly missing out –

particularly in the summertime, when they offer a refreshing counter to the outside heat. Over the last decade or so, dry rosé wine is becoming more and more popular among wine drinkers across the country, and it's even gaining some popularity among men and the same wine connoisseurs who once snubbed it. As consumers enjoy rosé more and more, winemakers are also taking notice and producing more types, or varietals, of rosé. Now you can fi nd a good, dry rosé on

just about every fi ne restaurant wine list you come across.

What is a rosé? Rosé denotes neither a grape varietal nor a grape region, and in some countries it's called rosado or rosato. In France it is called rosé, after the “fl ower of romance,” which is the rose, of course. Rosés are usually pink in color, but depending on the grape varietal used and the wine-making techniques, a rosé can range from a pale orange to a vivid,

When a rosé is made through “bleeding,” the winemaker removes most of the pink juice at an earlier stage and ferments it separately from the large batch of “must,” which is a substance containing grape juice, skins and other parts of the grape. The final method to make rosé wine is by simply blending a red wine with a white

near-purple.

wine. This method is seldom used and

The most popular type of rosé however, is

emakers. The exception to this is rosé

white zinfandel, but that's not what we're fo-

is generally frowned upon by most winchampagne, which can be very good, and

cusing on here – we're focusing on dry rosé.

is my favorite type of sparkling wine

How is rosé made?

Rosé can also be made from many

There are three main ways to make rosé wine – through skin contact, bleeding or blending. In the skin contact method, red grapes are crushed and their skins are left to remain in contact with the juice for a period just long enough to turn the juice pink – typically just two or three days. Then it all goes through the pressing process, by which the skins are discarded. Most importantly, the skins of the grape contain tannin, which is a major factor in the fi nal taste of dryness in a rosé. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

or Champagne!

different types of grapes, but the most common are zinfandel, syrah, grenache, pinot noir, mourvedre or cinsault.

When do I drink a rosé?

One of the big draws of a rosé is that it can possess some of the hearty characteristics of a red wine and the lightness of a white wine. 'Refreshing' is the word I hear most often when someone tries a rosé for the first time. Rosé is finding its spot “in the sun” as a summer wine. Many people describe the fla-

vor or finish as being very mineral-like. While “minerality” is a controversial word in wine, the finer rosés from the Tavel or Bandol regions of France are often described based on their minerality. Regardless of the proper descriptor, its crispiness and lightness make it a great wine to have by the glass in hot weather. Call me a wine “sissy” if you want, but truth be told, real men are starting to enjoy rosé! I enjoy a good rosé even in the cooler months, when paired with the right food.

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Disney’s The Lion King ::: June 1-10, 2018

Plaza Theatre The timeless classic has arrived in El Paso! Watch it come to life on the stage. Admission: $60+ Info: elpasolive.com

Insights - Dinosaur Track Tours (General Public) ::: June 3

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Mt. Cristo Rey Join Insights for prehistoric tour of fossilized dinosaur tracks right in the heart of the border region. Admission: $15 Info: www.insightselpaso.org

Pride Parade ::: June 2

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Houston Park A parade that closes out Pride week and kicks off Pride Fest—a celebration of love and community. Admission: Free Info:www.suncitypride.org

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Memorial Park 3200 Copper Ave, El Paso TX Family-friendly fundraising event benefitting the non-profit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Admission: Free, booth tickets for sale Info: Eventbrite.com

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Carnival for AFSP ::: June 9

Hablemos De Dinero 2.0 - Business Development Program ::: June 7

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Learn the basic skills you need to take your business to the next level! Admission: Free Info: visitelpaso.com

Viva! El Paso

::: June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the Sun City — Native American, Spanish conquistadors, Mexican and Western America. Info: vivaelpaso.org

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Pridefest

::: June 2

2:00 PM - 12:00 AM 401 N. Mesa St. PrideFest is celebrating over a decade of strong attendance and this year will be no different as people take to the streets during the day and evening to come together and celebrate. Admission: $20 GA, $75 VIP Info: www.suncitypride.org

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Feria Juárez ::: June 8

2:00 PM – 12:00 AM Parque El Chamizal The Juarez fair brings international artists, shows and attractions for all. Admission: 50 pesos

Borgore

::: June 15

7:00 PM-12:00 AM Tricky Falls 209 S El Paso St, El Paso, TX 79901 Catch one of the world’s biggest acts in the EDM world live. Admissions: $21 Info: Eventbrite.com

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Boarder City Game Convention 2018 ::: June 22 - June 24

Battle on The Border ::: June 16

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Nations Tobin Recreation Center The premier tabletop gaming convention for the El Paso area. Admission: Free Info: boardercitygamesconvention.com

7:00 AM Push Fitness 6440 Gateway Blvd E Test your fitness in this annual competition. Admission: $100 per team Info: Eventbrite.com

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Mission Trail Art Market ::: June 17

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Main Street - San Elizario The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and crafts. Admission: Free Info: visitelpaso.com

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UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic ::: June 23

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mary Ann Dodson Camp Annual reunion PICK-NIC event for all UTEP alumni, family, and friends Admission: $8, $10 Info: alumni.utep.edu/pick-nic

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Glenn Miller Orchestra ::: June 18

7:00 PM Plaza Theatre This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time! Admission: $75+ Info: eventticketscenter.com

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The Neon Paint Party ::: June 30

8:00 PM – 2:00 AM Wet N Wild Waterworld Dance the night away with the largest and most colorful wave pool festival of the year. Admission: $20 Info: Neonpaintparty.com

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Texas Country Music Fest

On Saturday, April 14, we celebrated the 2nd Annual Texas Country Music Fest at the El Paso County Coliseum, with performances by the Randy Rogers Band, Tracy Byrd, Kyle Park and more! | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |

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The 12th annual Braden Aboud Memorial 5KRun/5K & 1 Mile Walk

was held on May 6 at Zach White Elementary. The race is the largest in the Southwest and is a fundraiser that gives back to youth all over El Paso. | Photos by: TAYLOR HINES |

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Our May Unveiling Party took place May 3 at The Hotel at Sunland Park Racetrack. We donned our finest hats in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and celebrated El Paso’s Women in Business.

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Polo Real

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Ben Bridge Jewelers

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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 you 150 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.

$$

NORTHEAST

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

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

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

Edge of Texas

$$$

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

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

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WESTSIDE June, 2018

Mi Piaci

WESTSIDE

Avila’s

$$$

$$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O

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

Jerusalem Grill $$

Westside’s 3rd Hole

5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357

1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577

Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,

There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated

baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is

as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El

complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita

Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We

and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing

saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H

$$

array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events

The State Line

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1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!

Italian Kitchen West

$$

450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio

or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 121 an ocean away. O, PR


UNIVERSITY/KERN

WESTSIDE

The Kitchen

June, 2018

Mesa Street Grill $$$

$$

150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801

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

Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner

Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple

with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The

Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is

Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,

crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this

with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.

dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H

P, H, DF, PR

R E S TAU R A N T & B A R

NOSH

Gusto

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$$

150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674

5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346

Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A

Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west

sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with

side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-

healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has

American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with

something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo

a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a

options. P

modern environment. PR

EASTSIDE

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

$$$

King Crab $$$

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

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

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

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

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 122

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Summer Blockbusters

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Summer Blockbusters | By: FELIPA SOLIS |

It’s the summer everyone has been waiting

the ultimate wisecracking anti-super hero

amazing ladies such as Sandra Bullock, Cate

for...summer 2019. With more CGI, special

character ever. This time he joins three

Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham

effects, good scripts and of course popcorn.

mortals to defend a boy from the all-powerful

Carter and Rihanna ready to go after a $150

We have become so sophisticated in the

and evil Cable. This remains the ultimate

million necklace right in the middle of the

cinema we even ask for truffle oil on our

lampoon of all things super hero and just in

MET Gala in NYC. The film, produced by

popcorn. So, let us begin.

time for the summer. Word is this mercenary,

Steven Soderbergh is the story of Debbie

whose dream it is to be the ultimate bartender

Ocean, the long lost estranged sister of

not summer without

is chock full of gags and is clearly the life of

Danny Ocean, who is fresh out of prison. She

Marvels Avengers, but this one promises to

this party. Early reviewers say that the movie

still has another heist in her and engages her

leave you hanging until the summer of 2019.

lacks a great deal when Ryan is not in the

friends to accomplish the job. “We’ve Come

Avengers—Infinity War, features an all-star cast

room... Stay tuned.

A Long Way Baby!”

1970s. Everyone in Hollywood is in this film.

SOLO—Sans

Oscar winners, tough guys and then some.

story of the young man who found his

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom—In the spirit of the

So, this time around, Thanos, played by Josh

way through the Empire. Solo, played by

world coming to an end, which is the usual

Brolin, is on the hunt for the six infinity stones

Alden Ehrenreich, meets his future pilot,

basic plot twist of most summer blockbusters,

that could either change or destroy the world.

Chewbacca, and off they go to defeat the

we have to resort to dino DNA. You may recall

All of the Avengers have to rally together to

villain, Dryden Vos, played by Paul Bettany.

the Jurassic World scenario in 2015, where

keep it from happening. But don’t worry, even

The film, directed by Ron Howard, also stars

a resort in Costa Rica was overcome by

if the ending is dark and leaves you hanging,

Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton. The

Indominous Rex and other carnivores looking

there is a sequel already in the can for the

underlying theme is very political, in a story

for a little prehistoric annihilation. Chris Pratt,

summer of 2019. Look for Robert Downey

against fascism. The question is whether the

(a strong summer for him), Bryce Dallas

Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Zoe

young Solo, has the charisma, the chops and

Howard and Jeff Goldblum are back, this

Saldana, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johanssen,

all that Harrison Ford brought to the table

time, to save Isla Nubar, from a volcano and

Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman,

from the beginning in 1977. No Darth here,

all new genetic breeds of dinosaurs. This time

Lupita N’yongo, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del

but a chance to look at a young actor with

it could lead to the end of the planet, where

Toro, and the list goes on. Make sure to see

very big shoes to fill.

dinosaurs have the last laugh.

Ocean’s 8—This is not Las Vegas Baby!

The summer list is certainly longer than this,

Infinity War—It’s

that rivals the amazing disaster movies of the Harrison Ford, this is the

Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as it sheds a great deal of light on this story line.

This is New York City and these bank robbers

but these are films to keep you in refrigerated

Deadpool 2—Ryan Reynolds is back,

are, to quote the chauvinistic lingo of the

comfort where you can sit tight, enjoy and

and also behind the camera as producer of

original film, “all dames.” Ocean’s 8 stars

wait anxiously for next summer’s sequels.

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Etiquette

June, 2018

Mixed Drinks and Wine | By: JOANN WARDY |

At a dinner party, your hosts may offer mixed drinks before dinner. When dinner is served however, do not carry your hard liquor to the table or consume it during the meal. Wine will normally be served with your meal. White wine is customarily served with chicken or white fish. Red wine is served with red meat or red fish such as salmon or tuna. Champagne may be served with dessert. If you do not wish to drink what is being served, put your hand over the glass and say “No thank you.” Feel free to ask for a non-alcoholic beverage. 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) 355-0992.

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June Advertiser INDEX Ben Bridge Jeweler.............................................. Back Cover

NOSH......................................................................... Pg. 114

Casa Buenavista........................................................Pgs. 4, 5

Ortho El Paso................................................................ Pg. 76

Dr. David Wardy............................................................ Pg. 73

Park Tavern................................................................. Pg. 128

Edge of Texas............................................................. Pg. 105

PUR............................................................................ Pg. 115

El Paso Rhinos.............................................................. Pg. 83

Pure MedSpa................................................................ Pg. 69

Elyse Simons Beauty.................................................. Pg. 126

RJL Real Estate.......................................................... Pg. 102

Farmers Insurance........................................................ Pg. 23

Smallcakes.................................................................... Pg. 84

Flavours Catering.......................................................... Pg. 95

Southwest Plastic Surgery........................................... Pg. 15

Fox Auto Group.......................................... Pg. 85, Front Fold

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

Gardea Construction..................................................... Pg. 98

Spectrum Technologies................................................ Pg. 37

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

Subaru El Paso............................................Inside Back Cover

Geico............................................................................ Pg. 56

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique..................................... Pg. 119

Grace the Psychic Lady................................................ Pg. 95

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists..... Pg. 103

Hotel Indigo.................................................................. Pg. 54

Table Occasions............................................................ Pg. 77

Indicium Display Network......................................Pgs. 34, 38

Texas Fabrics & Foam.................................................... Pg. 8

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino................ Pg. 9

The Hospitals of Providence..................................Pgs. 11, 92

Institute Regenerative Medicine................................ Pg. 105

The Italian Kitchen West............................................... Pg. 36

Intraceuticals.............................................................. Pg. 125

The State Line.............................................................. Pg. 55

Jerusalem Grill.............................................................. Pg. 16

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

KTSM............................................................................ Pg. 57

Walgreens.................................................................Pgs. 6, 7

Mesa Street Grill........................................................... Pg. 31

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers.................................. Pg. 29

Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa.......................................... Pg. 19

YWCA........................................................................... Pg. 99

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon............................................ Pg. 17

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