El Paso Prime Time

Saturdays at 1pm

El Paso Prime Time focuses on the diverse lifestyles, interests, and concerns of senior living.

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   Noemi talks with J. Eric Evans, CEO of Sierra Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital.  Evans talks about his background as an industrial engineer, and the $120 million investments which will provide patient-centered improvements to the region's hospitals including technological upgrades and specialized units.  We'll also hear about the national recognition recently received by Sierra Medical Center, and about his goals for the future of the region's health care.

Aired Jan. 11, 2014.

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Borderless Giving Campaign

Jan 4, 2014

New El Paso Prime Time host Noemi Rojas and Dennis talk to Dennece Knight, executive director, University Medical Center Foundation, and Dr. Shaun Machen, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, El Paso Children's Hospital, about the Borderless Giving Campaign. It allows for extensive surgical procedures to be done on Juarez children who have been identified with severe bone structure deformaties that hinder proper growth.

For information, the Foundation's local number is 915-521-7229, toll-free at 877-736-7229, or visit them on the web:http://umcfoundationelpaso.org

Information: http://elpasochildrens.org



  Dennis and new co-host Noemi Rojas talk with Dr. Hoi Ho, Associate Academic Dean for Faculty Affairs & Develpment, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; and Claudia Cortez, rehabilitation counselor at TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.    They talk about the Advanced Teaching & Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS), the only accredited Center in Texas by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).   Over 100,000 deaths occur each year due to medical errors, and simulation centers could lead to the reduction of these deaths.  Hear about how ATACS trains uses through virtual reality, manniquins, and volunteer "patients" known as "standardized patients."  http://www.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom/atacs/

Aired Dec. 28, 2013.

An encore presentation of Florence's exclusive 2010 conversation with Mr. &  Mrs. Santa Claus!  Santa & his lovely wife offer insight on their preparations for their Christmas deliveries.  Mr. & Mrs. Santa talk about the robots that are helping the elves in Santa's Workshop, how technology is helping Rudolf and the other reindeer keep to their schedule, and how Santa can manage to eat all those cookies!  Aired Dec. 21, 2013.

EL PASO PRIME TIME: From Cub Scout to Eagle Scout

Dec 14, 2013

Dennis talks with Boy Scouts of America-Yucca Council chief operating officer Josh Inguanzo and Cubpack 511 leader Philip Lee about the history and the goals of the BSA and how parents and grandparents alike may participate in the BSA. For information locally, phone 915-772-2292




   Dennis and co-host Noemi Rojas talk with Andrea Gates-Ingle, Executive Director and co-founder of Creative Kids.  Andrea talks about the beginnings of Creative Kids and how it has expanded over the years into a program that has served over 600 youths in their various programs.  One of their programs, Project AIM (Arts in Motion), serves pediatric oncology patients through arts and digital media.  Creative Kids' Project AIM program recently received the President's Commission on the Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award.  Hear an excerpt from the ceremony in this interview.  View the complete White House video of the ceremony here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/11/22/first-lady-honors-national-arts-and-humanities-youth-program-award.

Creative Kids will hold a "Shopping with a Purpose" fundraiser on Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m., at 504 San Francisco.  Creative Kids is located at the oLo Gallery, 504 San Francisco.  915-533-9575, http://creativekidsart.org/

Aired Dec. 7, 2013.


    In the first half of the show, Dennis talks with Harry Bruntz of the El Paso Gem & Mineral Society about the upcoming Gem & Mineral Show, Dec. 6-8 at the El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama.  $3 adults, $2 seniors/military, free for children.  All kids who attend will receive a free geode!  Hear about the fascinating minerals right in our own backyard, and about the many ways you can score free tickets.  http://epmgs.com/

In the second half of the show, Dennis welcomes Audrey Marufo and Art Anchondo of the Small Business Development Center.  Hear about the free International Business Summit taking place on Friday, Dec. 6, at 9050 Viscount, Building B-520.  The summit will focus on international marketing for small business owners.  Learn more information and register online: http://elpasosbdc.net/training/seminars/international-marketing-is-your-passport-to-profit/ or call (915) 831-7742.

Aired Nov 30, 2013.

Dennis talks with Lauren Pace, Advancement Assistant with Loretto Academy, about the Greatest Christmas Cookie Exchange taking place Sat. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Loretto Academy Gym, 1300 Hardaway.  To learn more about the exchange or to sign up as a baker, visit http://www.loretto.org/loretto-news/general-loretto-news/the-greatest-christmas-cookie-exchange-in-el-paso/, or call the Advancement Office at 915-566-8400.

Dennis also talks with Estela Reyes, Public Information Officer with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about the 22nd annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias display along Scenic Drive on Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m.  Drivers and pedestrians are asked to donate cash or canned, non-perishable food as they view the luminarias and the living Nativity scene while they travel westbound on Scenic Drive.  For information or to volunteer, contact Estela Reyes at 915-545-7226 or email estela.reyes@lafe-ep.org.  Visit La Fe on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/CentroDeSaludFamiliarLaFe.  

Aired Nov. 16, 2013.

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Food Truck Circus

Nov 9, 2013

Russ Chianelli, co-host for Science Studio, and Keeley Cheshire, owner/executive chef of Italians, 5380 N. Mesa St. Suite 110, talk to Gabe Padilla, president, and Paloma Trejo, vice-president, of a movement called Food Truck Circus. The philanthropic group of food truckers set up in different sections of El Paso on weekends for patrons to feast on gourmet items not usually found in restaurants in the borderland.

For information, follow them on Facebook: http://facebook.com/foodtruckcircus and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/foodtruckcircus

In a rebroadcast from Nov. 17, 2012, Florence Schwein welcomes back fitness & nutrition expert Patrick Hopkins to talk about holiday eating.  Holiday meal time shouldn't be a roller coaster event.  Hopkins explains why you don't have to sacrifice all your favorite foods during the holidays just as long as you make smart & healthy choices in regards to portion control and food preparation.  http://www.builtbypatrick.com/patrick_hopkins.html  

Aired Nov. 2, 2013.

 In a rebroadcast from July 20, 2013, Dennis is joined by co-hosts Russ Chianelli and Chef Keeley Cheshire to talk to Chef Denise Daniels, culinary arts instructor at El Paso Community College, and 2 of her students, Marlene Lopez and Hector Villalobos.  Marlene & Hector talk about why they chose a career in the kitchen and about the joys they find in cooking.  They also talk about the satisfaction they feel when everyone at the table is satisfied, and how they deal with dissatisfied customers!  Chef Denise shares what it takes to learn the culinary arts - it's not just cooking but learning ALL aspects of running a restaurant, from washing dishes to staying within a budget.

Aired Oct. 26, 2013.

Courtesy of Mayaluna Yarns


   In a rebroadcast from Sept. 10, 2011, Florence Schwein talks with Barbara Upsal of Mayaluna Yarns.  Florence & Barbara talk about the history of knitting and its outgrowth from the United Kingdom.  The practice of knitting may not be as popular as it was at the turn of the century, but it still can brag of very loyal practitioners!  Visit https://www.ravelry.com/account/login - a free site for knitting & crocheters.

Mayaluna Yarns is located at Placita Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan.  http://www.mayalunayarns.com/https://www.facebook.com/MayalunaYarns

Aired Oct. 19, 2013.

  In a rebroadcast from Aug. 3, 2013, Louie talks with Denise Kiernan, author of "The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II."  Kiernan talks about the women who were sent to work in a top secret city to enrich uranium for the first atomic bomb...but they didn't know it.   Learn more about the book and view videos at http://www.girlsofatomiccity.com/, or visit Denise Kiernan's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeniseKiernanAuthor.

Aired Oct. 12, 2013.

    Dennis talks with film historian Jay Duncan about the newly-formed Sunset Film Society, which screens films every 3rd Saturday at 6:30 p.m., at the historic Hixon House in the Sunset Heights Neighborhood.  Screenings are free, but RSVPs are requested.  Find out about the other perks involved with becoming a member of the Sunset Film Society at http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/.

Dennis & Jay also reminisce about the old homes of the Sunset Heights Neighborhood which were featured in the Oct. 5 Sunset Heights Tour of Homes.

Aired Oct. 5, 2013.

  Dennis talks with Mallory Jacobson of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) about NAMI Walks, a fundraiser for the organization that aims to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness in the community.  NAMI Walks begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, at Memorial Park.

Register for NAMI Walks online at https://securewalks.nami.org/registrant/LoginRegister.aspx?eventid=102137&langpref=en-CA&referrer=direct%2fnone

Aired Sept. 28, 2013.

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Sun Metro Fall Changes

Sep 21, 2013

Laura Cruz-Acosta drops by to talk about the route changes that start on Sunday, September 22, as well as other major and minor issues that face Sun Metro and its ridership every day. She also talks about the Miner Shuttles to and from the transit centers around the city for more convenient transportation to the Sun Bowl Stadium.

For more information, call 915-533-3333 or visit http://sunmetro.net  

Wiara Books

In this episode, we revisit a conversation that Louie Saenz had with noted author Barbara Dzikowski on Feburary 23, 2013. Dzikowski had just released her inaugural novel, "Searching for Lincoln's Ghost," a novel that explores the topic of coming-of-age, with the setting being the era of the mid 1960s.  Searching for Lincoln's Ghost" is a 2013 Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion honoree.

Find more information and order info at http://barbaradzikowski.com

Dennis talks with Florence Schwein about life after El Paso Prime Time, where her family is headed and her many experiences here and abroad. Florence taught art history at the Osher Lifelong Institute on campus at UTEP for many years, after retiring as the UTEP Centennial Museum director.


Aug 25, 2013

Dennis talks with Mallory Jacobsen, an advocate with the El Paso chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), about the organization, the need for volunteers, and the upcoming NAMI Walks fundraiser set for mid-September. For information, visit http://www.nami.org/sites/NAMIElPaso  or call 915-534-5476.

EL PASO PRIME TIME: T'ai Chi and Cancer Survival

Aug 19, 2013

Dennis talks to Ray Abeyta, a T'ai Chi sifu, about the art of T'ai Chi, how the martial art helps cancer survivors focus on healing, and what a Tai Chi beginning student can expect from the very first session.

Ray is one of several presenters at this year's "Keep On Dancing" cancer survivorship conference, to be held at the Wyndham Hotel on Saturday, August 24. More information and registration information is at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7wabnrv4d57ec71&llr=foaglqdab and at http://rgcf.org.

Ray's website is http://texastaichi.net.  

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Watching your Bone Density

Aug 10, 2013

Dennis chats with Martha Vera, a bone density specialist, about individual bone density, its importance in keeping cancer in check, exercise to bolster bone density and more. Martha is one of the presenters in this year's "Keep On Dancing" conference slated for Saturday, August 24, at the Wyndham Hotel. Information on registration and more at http://rgcf.org.

  Louie talks with Meghan Robinson of the Binational Breastfeeding Coalition, which is hosting The Big Latch On public breastfeeding event at Bassett Place in El Paso on Aug. 3.  Robinson talks about the myths that may cause some women to forego breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding has countless benefits for both the child and the mothers.  Robinson also talks about the problems that many moms may face in breastfeeding their infants.  

Area women can visit the El Paso Baby Cafe at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (415 E. Yandell, Mon/Wed 9-11 a.m., Tue/Thu 1:30/3:30 p.m.) http://www.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom/obgyn/babycafe/ 

Visit the Binational Breastfeeding Coalition Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Binational-Breastfeeding-Coalition/192119737562815.

Aired Aug. 3, 2013.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, Dennis re-airs his interview from July 13, 2013, with Robert Medrano, Programs Manager for the USO El Paso.  Hear about this important volunteer-based organization that has been providing support for US troops for decades.  Hear about volunteer opportunities as well as upcoming events such as the Oryx Challenge cycling event taking place on September 15, 2013 (http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com/09-15-2013/Oryx-Challenge/647).  Robert also talks about the special services available at the USO locations across the region.

Sign up to be a USO volunteer at http://usovolunteer.org/custom/500/index.php.

Aired July 27, 2013.

Dennis and Science Studio cohost Dr. Russ Chianelli converse with Italians owner and chef Keeley Cheshire and their guest author Rebecca Jean Downey. Ms. Downey is celebrating the release of her new suspense novel, "The Middle Eye," set for a July 2nd release. Keeley and Becky are also collaborating on a fundraiser set for Monday, June 24th, at Italians Restaurant, 5380 N. Mesa. Tickets are available at the restaurant. The fundraiser is for a new local organization, Paso Del Norte Center Of Hope. The center is designed to find safe haven for victims of human trafficking. "The Middle Eye" is available for preorder through Barnes and Noble booksellers and through http://www.tatepublishing.com.   Aired June 22, 2013.

Dennis and Science Studio cohost Dr. Russ Chianelli converse with Italians owner and chef Keeley Cheshire and their guest author Rebecca Jean Downey. Ms. Downey is celebrating the release of her new suspense novel, "The Middle Eye," set for a July 2nd release. Keeley and Becky are also collaborating on a fundraiser set for Monday, June 24th, at Italians Restaurant, 5380 N. Mesa. Tickets are available at the restaurant. The fundraiser is for a new local organization, Paso Del Norte Center Of Hope. The center is designed to find safe haven for victims of human trafficking. "The Middle Eye" is available for preorder through Barnes and Noble booksellers and through http://www.tatepublishing.com

With this being the Father's Day weekend (6/16/2013), the producers thought that the interview with former El Paso FBI Special Agent Richard "Dick" Schwein and his son, Rick, would be appropriate, as they share their thoughts of life in El Paso, and for Rick, the thought of being awarded the same medal that his father won, both in the line of duty. The interview originally aired March 3, 2012, with the recording being in late Feburary of that year.

Dennis talks with Estela Reyes, spokesperson and Director of Communications at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe.  Estela talks about the upcoming Father's Day 5K Run/Walk on June 15, 7:30 a.m., at the La Fe Culture & Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building).  $20 early registration, $25 race day, $5 discounts for teams. Register online at www.raceadventuresunlimited.com.  Estela and Dennis also talk about the historic nature of El Paso's Segundo Barrio.

In the 2nd half of the program, Dennis and Louie talk with T.C. Bryant, author of the children's book "The Day God Played with Me!"  The storyline was based on a revelatory kite flying adventure he experienced as a child.

Aired June 8, 2013.

In a rebroadcast from April 10, 2010, Florence Schwein talks with Samuel Riccillo, director of the Biosemiotic Research Laboratory at UTEP.  Ricillo talks about the role of human communication in the neurosocial evolution of the brain.  He talks about the development of early childhood communication, and about a recent study involving researching the thinking process from low-level abstraction to high-level abstraction.  Riccillo also explains why talking to yourself isn't necessarily a bad thing!

To learn more about the Biosemiotic Research Laboratory at UTEP, visit http://orspprofile.utep.edu/profilesystem/editprofile.php?pid=1701.

Aired June 1, 2013.

El Paso Prime Time: Summertime and your pets

May 25, 2013

Dennis, John Bricker and Randy Chinaut talk about your pets, vaccinations, road trips with your pets, and more. For more information, it is suggested that you talk frankly with your veterinarian about specific issues and problems. To report an animal incident, call Animal Control at 915-842-1000 or 915-842-1001.

Dennis talks with Susie Gorman, Development Director of the West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  Gorman talks about an upcoming fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association, "The Longest Day," which asks members of the community to take part in an activity of their choice from sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year - June 21 - to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association.  Register online at www.alz.org, $35 registration fee. 

Gorman also talks about how the Alzheimer's Association supports both individuals suffering from Alzheimer's and their caregivers, and offers encouragement for people who wish to become ambassadors for advocacy.

Alzheimer's Association West Texas Chapter http://www.alz.org/westtexas/, 1-800-272-3900.

Aired May 18, 2013.