Around Town First Day April 15, 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.)

APS CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Schools will be closed Friday, April 18, for Spring Interim.
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MAUNDY THURSDAY — First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue, invites the public to its Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17. For more information, call the church office at 746-2721.
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GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Artesia Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, at the Artesia Public Library. Anyone interested in family history is welcome. For more information, contact Dorothy at 748-3909.
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EMMAUS — The Artesia Emmaus Community will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the First Baptist Church fellowship hall for a potluck meal followed by praise and worship at 7:15 p.m. Fourth Day speaker will be Don Plotner with Steve Massey leading music.
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EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA — A free Easter Extravaganza for all elementary-aged students, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, will be held from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, April 19, on the Yucca Elementary School playground. Games and an egg hunt will be held. For more information, call the church office at 746-2721.
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FIRST METHODIST — First United Methodist Church, 500 W. Grand Ave., invites the public to its Holy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, and its Easter Sunday service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 20.
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REPUBLICAN WOMEN — The Republican Women’s Club of Carlsbad will host speakers Aubry Dunn, candidate for State Lands Commissioner, candidates for State Representative District 54 Pam Richardson and Jim Townsend, and Magistrate Judge Division 1 candidate Fred Hill at noon Thursday, April 17, at Pizza Inn, 1210 W. Pierce St., Carlsbad. The public is invited. For more information, call 706-0704.
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MASONS — The Masonic Lodge will hold its regular monthly communication at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. All members of Artesia No. 28, AF and AM, are encouraged to      attend.
(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.)

SUMMER DRIVER’S ED — Artesia Public Schools is currently registering students for summer driver education classes. Classes for new drivers and a defensive driving class for students who have already taken the APS classroom course will begin Monday, June 2. To enroll, students must be 15 years old by July 15. Registration ends Monday, May 12, or when classes are full. For more information, contact Brion Johnston at 746-9892 or 623-1346.
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ZIA ENROLLMENT — Zia Intermediate School will host a meeting for all parents of fifth-grade students at 6 p.m. today in the school cafeteria to provide enrollment information for the 2014-15 school year. All fifth-grade parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
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HEARTLAND EASTER PARTY — The Heartland Care Helpers Club will host an Easter party for the residents at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the dining room. Cupcakes and punch will be served. All members and families are urged to attend. For more information, call 746-2885.
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RED HAT — The Red Hat Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17 (note change), at the home of Wanda Maupin, 2502 W. Runyan Ave. For more information, call 748-2473.
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ZIA PTO — The Zia Intermediate School PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Room 12. Everyone is welcome. All fifth-grade parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Eugene Irby at 703-5888.
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YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY — A 12-week Bible study based on the book “To Live is Christ, To Die is gain” by Matt Chandler will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at 205 E. Cottonwood Road. For more information, contact Seth Menefee at 575-616-1077 or Russ Panzer at 703-0338.
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BULLDOG SAMS — The April meeting of the Bulldog Sams will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Senior Center. Refreshments will follow the meeting. All campers are urged to attend. For more information, call 703-8177.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed for a half-day beginning at noon Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday. The sheriff’s office will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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EGG HUNT — The Third Annual Community Easter Service and Egg Hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Roberts Park. The event will feature free food and prizes, games, 25,000-plus eggs, and more. For more information, call 575-921-7928 or 575-302-6565.
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ADOPT A TREE — Artesia Clean & Beautiful is offering free seedlings at the AC&B office, 422 W. Main St. Seven varieties are available: hybrid cottonwood, lacebark elm, desert willow, hoptree, green ash, bigtooth maple, and buffaloberry. Trees will be available until all are gone. For more information, call 748-3192.
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ZIA YEARBOOKS — The Zia Intermediate School yearbook is now on sale. Books are $25, and supplies are limited. To order, contact Julie Sedillos in the front office.
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AHS YEARBOOKS — Artesia High School students and parents have 10 days left to order the 2014 yearbook. The extended deadline is April 24. Books are $85 and may be ordered from Sherrie Bratcher at AHS or online at balfour.com. No orders will be taken after April 24, and no extra books will be ordered.
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RESTLESS HEART — Restless Heart, presented by Par Five Energy Services and sponsored by Tate Branch Dodge, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $30 and are available at the OPAC box office or online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com.
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WASTE COLLECTION — The New Mexico Environment Department will be collecting hazardous waste, including appliances, paint, electronics and batteries, as well as pharmaceuticals, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Carlsbad Beach dock area.
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HAYOVEL — A HaYovel event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. HaYovel is an organization dedicated to strengthening independent farmers in Israel through networking, education, tourism and activism. For more information, contact Susie at 513-1191.
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LINCOLN DAY DINNER — The Republican Party of Eddy County will present its 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner Friday, May 2, at the Leo Sweet Community Center in Carlsbad. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Congressman Steve Pearce on “Grit,” and Susan Riedel, candidate for Attorney General, will speak. For ticket information, call 575-887-6918, 706-0704 or 302-3194.
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GOLF SCRAMBLE — The 16th Annual Desk & Derrick Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, May 10, at the Artesia Country Club. The scramble will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Entry is $25 and includes one mulligan. Goodie bags and door prizes will be given. To register, contact Juan Jimenez at 746-6732.
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GRIEFSHARE — GriefShare will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays beginning April 10 at the Senior Center. For more information, call 575-887-0933.
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SPRING SOFTBALL — A new spring softball league is forming for men’s, women’s and coed teams. For registration forms or more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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UMPIRES NEEDED — Umpires are needed for the upcoming spring softball and adult kickball leagues. Training will be offered. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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TAX REBATES — Low income tax and property tax rebates will be done from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum Ave. for those with an income of $22,000 per year or less. VITA volunteers will be available to assist in filing returns. Bring a Social Security card, photo ID, and all proof of income for 2013. Those 65 and older making less than $16,000 a year may bring property tax receipts or rent receipts for the year. For more information, call 748-1207.
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FITNESS CLASS — Free walking/fitness classes are being held from 9-10 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. For more information, contact Tarra Williams at 746-9009.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.
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LITERACY TUTORING — One-on-one tutoring services are now available at the Artesia Literacy Council. Regular business hours are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The council is seeking students ready to work on GED, ESL or basic skills and tutors willing to teach. Call 748-9740.
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WOMEN’S AA — A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.