Around Town First Day March 04, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

BAND BOOSTERS — The Artesia Band Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Artesia High School band hall. The band calendar and upcoming trips will be discussed. All band parents are welcome to attend.
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COTTONWOOD 4-H — The Cottonwood 4-H Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Artesia High School ag shop. This is the last meeting to enroll in 4-H this year. For more information, contact Kacy at 746-3670.
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS — Athletics and bocce practice for Special Olympics Pecos Valley will begin March 14 at the Park Junior High track. Practices will be held from 9-11 a.m. each Saturday and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until May 28. The Area Games will be April 25 in Carlsbad and the State Games May 29-31 in Albuquerque. Special Olympics is open to anyone over age 8 who has an intellectual/mental disability with or without physical disability. For more information, contact Connie at 308-6270 or Joyce at 703-5228.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

MARCHIVERSARY — The Artesia Public Library will celebrate its one-year “Marchiversary” next month, consisting of four weeks of activities. Week One will be English Literature Week and will include (with all events taking place in the meeting room unless otherwise noted): all day today until 5 p.m., Scavenger Hunt with prizes (forms at circulation desk); 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Learning Night (resume writing with Noreen Teel); noon Friday, March 6, Books & Bites (lunch available for $3), “Images of Artesia” by Nancy Dunn; noon – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, special events (KSVP live remote, hot dogs in west parking lot).
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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WOODBINE CLEANUP — Woodbine Cemetery’s spring cleanup will begin today. Any tributes or holiday decorations in the soil that families wish to save should be removed. For more information, call 746-3640.
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BOOKS N’ BITES — In conjunction with the Artesia Public Library’s MARCHiversary celebration, the Friends of the Library invite the public to a Books n’ Bites program with Nancy Dunn, author of “Images of Artesia,” from noon – 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the library. Admission is free. A light lunch will be available for $3.
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YESO PTO — The Yeso Elementary School PTO will meet at noon Friday, March 6, in Room 8. All parents are encouraged to attend.
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FISH FRY — The Knights of Columbus will host a Lenten Fish Fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the St. Anthony Parish Hall, 502 S. Ninth St. Plates are $7 for adults, $3 for children, and include fried fish and two sides. Tickets may be purchased at the door, dine in or carry out.
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BENEFIT CONCERT — A concert featuring the Joel Gothard Band to benefit homeless aid organization On The Move will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Jahva House. Tickets are $7 each and available at The Jahva House or by calling 365-5505. Donations of clothing and other items will also be accepted at the event to help stock the Care-A-Van.
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ENCHILADA DINNER — The Artesia High School track program will hold its enchilada dinner fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Park Junior High cafeteria. Plates are $8 each, dine in or carry out. Tickets may be purchased from any track athlete or by contacting Tina Burgess at 308-9130.
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AHS DRAMA — The Artesia High School Drama Club will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the AHS Auditorium. Admission is $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact Eugene Irby at 703-5888.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.
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GOLF SCRAMBLE — The Artesia High School golf team will host a six-man golf scramble at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Artesia Country Club. To register, contact Juan Jimenez at the Pro Shop, 746-6732. Proceeds will benefit the AHS golf program.
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CHARLOTTE’S WEB — The Ocotillo Storytellers will present “Charlotte’s Web” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC Box Office.
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GIRL SCOUTS — Any girl in grades K-12 can sell Girl Scout cookies and become a Girl Scout. Girls can sell as much or as little as they like to earn prizes. Cookie sales are ongoing through March 8. For more information on participating or on where to purchase cookies, call 746-9846, ext. 105, or visit www.gsdsw.org or 2703 W. Main St.
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ROAD CLOSURE — Northbound Second Street between Richardson and Quay avenues and eastbound Quay Avenue between Second and First streets will be closed March 9-29 for the installation of “The Foundation” bronze in the roundabout.
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SCHOOL BOARD — The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 1106 W. Quay Ave. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will hold its annual board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Sweatt Construction conference room. The public is invited.