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Weekend events happening Oct. 6-8

weekend events

AAA Texas will offer a free clinic to protect drivers and vehicles. Auto technicians will conduct a 38-point visual inspection which includes: tire pressure, tire tread, engine air filter, battery cable/clamps/terminals, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades, engine fluids, antifreeze/coolant protection and belts and hoses. Inspections should take about 10 minutes and will be on a first come-come, first served-served basis.

In addition, the El Paso Police Department will provide free VIN etching to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Since car thieves frequently steal vehicles to sell off the automobile's parts, a window that is VIN etched makes a vehicle less profitable for thieves and helps law enforcement recover stolen vehicles. To be eligible for VIN etching, vehicle owners should bring their current insurance information.

The clinic is Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The AAA Texas branch is located at 5867 N. Mesa St., El Paso.

Chalk the Block is a public art festival in its 10th year. The event runs Oct. 6-8 in downtown El Paso. The event features a sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, live music and local art and food vendors.

Chalk the Block is the largest arts festival in the region, drawing more than 40,000 people to downtown each year. The festival reportedly has a significant economic impact with a projected $1 million pumped into the local economy over the weekend.

On Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., chalk artists begin their masterpieces and the food truck garden opens. On Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., the kids zone, live music and additional activities will be added into the special events line-up. Chalk the Block is open on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will additionally feature a free yoga workshop.

Fort Bliss MWR will provide a free shuttle service for military families on Oct. 7 between Fort Bliss and the festival. Additional information is posted online at www.chalktheblock.com.

The Las Cruces Fun Hunt is a scavenger hunt between teams of up to eight people. Groups compete to complete tasks from a list of about 250 objectives over the span of 24 hours. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Action Program for Animals. Teams may register at the event or online at lascrucesfunevent.com.

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