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  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us to talk about caring for cut Christmas trees and live Christmas trees.  Cut trees have no root system and should be recycled to mulch after the holiday season.  Live trees can be replanted into your landscape.

Plus, find out more about cutting your own Christmas tree in the nearby Lincoln National Forest here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lincoln/home/?cid=stelprdb5336243.  Permits are $5 and are available through Dec. 24.

Aired Dec. 12, 2015

  David Salcido co-founded BORDERLANDS MEDIA, which is a group that aims to offer local independent filmmakers services such as quality control, aggressive marketing, and assistance in distribution. Borderlands Media is currently accepting short films to be packaged into a future feature-length anthology on the theme The Sins of Man.
http://www.borderlandsmedia.com/

Aired Dec 12, 2015

Guest host Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, welcomes Jose Contreras, Vice President for International Relations for CANACO (Camara Nacional de Comercio, Servicio y Turismo), which is itself a chamber of commerce for Ciudad Juarez.  Richard and Jose discuss the unbreakable bond between El Paso and Cd. Juarez, and why stricter borders would only negatively affect both countries.  Plus, they talk about possible future collaborations between both Chambers, and ways Cd. Juarez is enticing visitors to come back to the city.  

UTEP's Military Student Success Center has been ranked #20 in the Military Times' 2016 "Best for Vets" in the nation!  To tell us more about this center which aids veterans and their dependents attending UTEP, will be the center's director Nadia Muñoz and assistant director Clarence Court (pictured). 

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance continues the tradition of A Christmas Carol and you are invited to come along for the journey of reflection and redemption as Scrooge learns the true meaning of holiday spirit. 

In collaboration with El Paso Community Foundation, Amor por Juarez host its 5th Annual Art Auction on Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 6pm at the Sotoa Building located at 500 W Overland in Downtown El Paso. Art pieces by local established and emerging artists from Juarez and El Paso will be auctioned. 

Hope Riot is a singer songwriter from El Paso that has recently released her debut CD called Lacuna. She recorded this album at the world-renowned Sonic Ranch Studios and was fortunate to have David Garza serve as her producer.  

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  Tis the season for holiday plants.  Whether you are buying them as a gift or buying them for yourself, it's good to know how to take care of these unique plants which are actually more inclined to thrive in warm, tropical climates!  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us and walks us through how to care for and maintain poinsettias, Norfolk pines, living wreaths, and Christmas cacti.

Aired Dec 5, 2015.


EL PASO PRIME TIME: Tax Preparer Workshop

Audrey Marrufo-Hernandez of the El Paso Small Business Development Center, and tax consultant John Romero of Romero Consulting will discuss the upcoming Annual Filing Season Program for Tax Preparers.  This workshop will offer training to tax preparers who want to keep up to date with changes in tax laws, especially with health care laws.  Marrufo-Hernandez and Romero will also offer tips for new small business owners who will be filing for the first time, and will also discuss the differences between the various tax forms available.


Gary Shteyngart is a writer whose latest memoir, Little Failure, was a New York Times bestseller.  Shteyngart will make an appearance on the UTEP campus on Thursday, December 3.  On the next FOCUS ON CAMPUS, Ezra Cappell, Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at UTEP, joins us to tell us more about the event and about Shteyngart's other books, including Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan. 

Artistic Director Marta Katz formed El Paso Youth Ballet in 2009 with the mission to to help aspiring young dancers refine their technical and artistic skills, develop positive personal values and life skills, and gain valuable stage experience. A group of young performers will be doing just that when they perform in the only local production of the Nutcracker at Magoffin Auditorium on December 5th and 6th, 2015.

The magic of make up is undenaible and El Pasoan Nicole De La Torre, a current student at  Tri-State Cosmetology won 2nd prize in a national Halloween make-up contest presented by HedLux, an ultra premium supplier of beauty products to the industry.   Her make up was so good that reperesentatives thought that her submission was a mask. 

  While you're doing your holiday shopping, don't forget the gardening enthusiast (or gardening beginner) in your life!  County Extension Agent Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka share their recommendations:  Sunset gardening books, books about gardening with succulents, gardening tools, and much, much more!

Aired Nov. 28, 2015

Harry Bruntz is the Show Chair for the Mineral, Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show, taking placeDecember 4-6 at the El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama.  Bruntz tells us what we can expect at the show, including free jewelry & stone analysis.  

The University Counseling Center at UTEP provides support for students who are looking for a career or struggling through a life crisis. The center also provides workshops, group counseling, and professional training.  Jorge Marquez, a licensed psychologist with the University Counseling Center, and Cecilia Holguin, a licensed clinical social worker, tell us more about the services available to the UTEP community. 

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – a part of The University of Texas at El Paso – and the JUNTOS Art Association present the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an eclectic portrayal of the contemporary border landscape and its culture through the artwork of 22 JUNTOS artists. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2016 and here to talk about it is guest curator Diana Molina and JUNTOS artists Ilana Lapid and Miguel Valenzuela.

Aired November 21, 2015

The 45th annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft Show has a new location—The Epic Railyard in downtown El Paso. With a wide variety of one of a kind art and functional crafts, this event is ideal for holiday shopping. Here to give us the scoop on what to expect are Pamela Sullivan and Laura Caballero.

Aired November 21, 2015

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  Looking for that perfect host/hostess gift for the holidays, or trying to liven up your own tablescape?  Denise & Norma talk about do-it-yourself terrariums in mason jars.

Plus...will it be a good poppy year?  

Denise also sings the praises of delphiniums.

And if you're looking for a nice citrus tree for your patio, Denise recommends one that's a Texas Superstar.

Aired Nov. 21, 2015

Henry Brutus is the CEO of the El Paso Diabetes Association, and he joins us to tell us about the advances in diabetes diagnosis, treatment, and medication, and about the support the organization offers to the community.  

Ann Horak of the UTEP Religious Studies Program joins us to tell us more about the program, which offers students academic and interdisciplinary perspectives of the world's religions and how they impact human culture and history.  The Religious Studies Program is also inviting the public to its series of lectures on Religion & Culture.  The talk “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom: The Intersecting Interests of Religious and Non-Religious Americans”  will take place Tuesday, November 17th, at 6 p.m., at the Rubin Center Auditorium on the UTEP campus.  

  Host Daniel Chacon is inspired by a line from one of Donald Hall's poems to reflect up0n living longer than his mother.  Daniel is in his early 50s, and his mother died at 48.

Aired Nov. 15, 2015.

Under the artistic direction of in2improv founders Sandra Paola and Dr. Chris Reyman, knee-jerk is an improvisation ensemble that brings together musicians/sounders and dancers/movers to explore how to best create together.

El Paso Pro-Musica in conjunction with Johns Hopkins and the Peabody Institute has formed the Young Artists Development Series designed to train and mold a new generation of performing artists through community engagement. Two doctoral students in performance from Peabody will spend five days in El Paso performing in Concerts and Educational Outreach throughout the region. Here to talk about the Young Artists Development Series is El Paso Pro-Musica Executive Director Felipa Solis. 

Aired November 14, 2015

gardeningwithtomleroy.com

  With autumn in the air, leaves are beginning to turn yellow, orange, and red...and are drifting off our trees into our (and our neighbors') yards.  Don't reach for that blower or rake - leave those leaves alone!  That yard litter is providing essential nutrients and protection for our landscape.   Plus...the more we know about the microclimates in our landscape, the better off we'll be preparing for the winter cold.

Read a related article here: http://www.gardeningwithtomleroy.com/leaving-leaves-in-your-landscape/

Aired Nov. 14, 2015.

  Isela Ocegueda, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, talk about the upcoming Graduate Research Expo, a mini-conference which offers UTEP graduate students the opportunity to present their research while further developing their professional and communicative skills.  It takes place Friday, November 13, 7:30am-7pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn at UTEP. 

Learn more at http://gradexpo.utep.edu/

Aired November 6, 2015.    

 El Paso theater legend Hector Serrano and Alexander Wright join us to talk about The Mexican-American Experience, a 2-day event featuring three 1-act plays by Luis Valdez.   These bilingual works address the unique, and often uncomfortable, experience of straddling two cultures in the borderland.  Performances areNovember 13 & 14 at 7pm at the Chamizal National Memorial.  The featured plays are Soldado Razo, Los Vendidos, No Saco Nada de la Escuela

Rosalba Ruiz-Holguin is the Outreach Officer for the Binational Diabetes Committee with the Alliance for Border Collaboratives.  She joins us to tell us how El Paso will celebrate World Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 14.  Kids and their parents are invited to the El Paso Exploreum at 300 W. San Antonio to enjoy family friendly activities that will also teach them how to prevent Type II diabetes.  Wear blue at the event, taking place from 9am-noon.

  Ruby Roth is a teacher and children's book author & illustrator.  Her recent books introduce young readers to a compassionate lifestyle, including "V is for Vegan," "Vegan is Love," and "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals."

http://www.wedonteatanimals.com/

Aired Nov. 8, 2015

Greenpeace

  In the wake on the news that bacon and red meat can cause cancer, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center reports that plant-based ingredients serve as cancer fighters.  Ginger has been shown to kill ovarian cancer cells.  Read more at http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/news/gingerovarian06.shtml.

One Green Planet reports that the Amazon rainforest is shrinking at such a rapid rate, that it is causing weather patterns to fluctuate, affecting animals and people in the region.  Much of the deforestation is related to soy production to feed livestock.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/meat-burgers-amazon-rainforest/

Wildlifenews.com reports on a Florida bear hunt meant to control "problem bears" that encroach on human land.  Humans are, in fact, to blame for drawing bears to their neighborhoods through negligence.  Read more at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2015/10/26/florida-black-bear-hunt-represents-failure-of-wildlife-management/

Aired Nov. 8, 2015

  

  Hosts Daniel Chacon and Tim Hernandez, inspired by Randy Fertel's memoir "The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak," talk about what makes a good steak...and they think about how to subtly ask Randy for a gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Aired Nov 8, 2015

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