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STATE OF THE ARTS: The Harley Farley Zombie Book Series

The Harley Farley Zombie Book Series began as a way for Donna Munoz to engage her kids in conversation and imagination and to get them away from their electronic devices. Now its evolved into a passion project that has resulted in one published book, one on the way, and a running series in El Paso Kids Inc. She’s taken the series all over El Paso, spreading the message of unconditional friendship and acceptance using a creature that most people would stereotype and fear- a zombie. Here to tell us all about her passion project is Donna Munoz.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP, known as OLLI, is all about providing learning opportunities for senior adults, 50 years of age and older. Through the programs offered at OLLI, El Paso area senior adults will find numerous opportunities to become involved, engage their minds, elevate their spirits.

OLLI is currently taking registration for their summer programs that feature art, music and film classes. Here to tell us all about this program and how to participate is Susan Sobin and Ian Wilson. 

The Harley Farley Zombie Book Series began as a way for Donna Munoz to engage her kids in conversation and imagination and to get them away from their electronic devices. Now its evolved into a passion project that has resulted in one published book, one on the way, and a running series in El Paso Kids Inc.

She’s taken the series all over El Paso, spreading the message of unconditional friendship and acceptance using a creature that most people would stereotype and fear- a zombie.  Here to tell us all about her passion project is Donna Munoz.

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The borderland is home to many talented filmmakers and many of those filmmakers are giving back to the community. Local filmmaker Angie Reza Tures not only  has a passion for creating films but also for creating opportunities for others to learn filmmaking techniques and exposing the work of local borderland filmmakers to a broader national audience.

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