The El Paso Zoo recreates the global animal kingdom with more than 220 species housed in more than 35 acres of landscaped terrain. Like a cell dividing to attend different bio-parties, the zoo splits into three geographic sections: Asia, Africa, and the Americas, with each area containing its native mammalian zebras, reptilian Burmese pythons, and avian screech owls, to name just a few. Recently opened lion and meerkat exhibits in the Passport to Africa habitat display two of the savanna's most frequently animated animals. Zookeepers perform animal encounters with Asian elephants at noon and train California sea lions during "Meet the Keeper" presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Whether traveling solo or with a wee one in tow, the El Paso Zoo provides a diverse and entertaining experience for wildlife lovers of all ages.
Since 2006, the Women's Fund of El Paso has thrown a glamorous purse-shopping event to raise money to send single mothers and low-income women to college. Power of the Purse 2012 continues this philanthropic tradition, hosting both silent and live auctions of designer and celebrity handbags, plus surprise items rumored to include Santa's enormous clutch. As guests wait to bid on luxurious purses, they sip on drinks, nibble appetizers, and mingle.
Cookie cutters are the bane of Arnold Rodriguez's existence. It's not because they lead to cookies, which can sidetrack even the healthiest eater. Instead, it's what they represent: a one-size-fits-all approach. At his fitness-training facility, Hybrid Fitness, nearly every activity is tailored to individual needs. During one-on-one training, Arnold and his team of certified personal trainers propel clients toward goals with custom-built workouts performed at a location of their choice. Markedly non-cookie cutter boot camps and other group-training classes adopt a team approach to exercise, which can motivate participants to run faster, jump higher, and lift more weight than Clifford the Dog’s pooper scooper. The staff also offers online training programs, which accommodate exercisers with weekly workouts, nutritional guidance, and unlimited access to trainers via phone, text, or email.
Mission Trail Experience walks history lovers through El Paso's past on tours that explore museums and offer eyes feasts of architecture dating back to the days of Spanish colonization. The three- to four-hour tour of the San Elizario historical district pauses at 17 sites of local and historical importance, such as the colonial Presidio Chapel and the Old County Jail, where Jesse James penned his first vegan cookbook. Embark on the four- to five-hour Mission Trail tour to venture farther afield, visiting the colonial Ysleta and Socorro missions, along with the San Elizario chapel and the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
After spending years immersed in the fitness and athletic industries, Ernesto McLaurin and Kim Brutzman had grown weary of the monotonous exercise equipment found in large corporate gyms. On their search for a more substantial form of fitness free from bulky machines, the two trainers fell in love with the CrossFit program’s high-energy, functional-movement-based workout routines, eventually joining forces to form CrossFit El Paso in 2006. They stuff their Eastside and Westside locations with simple resistance-training equipment, free weights, and kettlebells, conducting CrossFit classes throughout the week with the help of certified instructors. In addition to leading rigorous CrossFit workouts, they provide students with nutritional guidance and host regular health seminars. They also offer a FemmeFit class, where women and male comedians in convincing makeup can practice CrossFit workouts specifically designed for the female body.