Around Town First Day July 20, 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.)
RELAY FOR LIFE — Relay for Life will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, in the Artesia General Hospital cafeteria. Artesia’s Relay for Life event is scheduled for Aug. 22-23. Survivors and teams are still needed and are encouraged to attend the meeting for more information.
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PECOS PURPLE PEPPERS — The Pecos Purple Peppers Red Hat Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Kwan Den. Interested women are welcome. For more information, call 748-2473.

(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.)

LANE CLOSURE — Idalis Construction will begin work for the City of Artesia Monday, July 21. A one-lane closure will be in place at Seventh Street and James Avenue and at 810 W. JJ Clarke Drive. The closures will last two days.
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EMMAUS — The Emmaus Community will hold its July meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 21, in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church. A potluck dinner will precede praise and worship at 7 p.m.
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ALTRUSA RUSH — The Altrusa Club will hold its 2014 Membership Rush at 6 p.m. Monday, July 21, at Cottonwood Winery. Anyone interested in learning about Altrusa and what it does for the community is asked to attend or contact any Altrusa member or Anna Pitts at 703-5034 for more information.
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FOREVER FREE VBS — Forever Free Fellowship will hold a “Son Treasure Island” Vacation Bible School for children ages 5-12 from 5:30-8 p.m. July 21-25 at the church, 801 Grand Ave. For more information, contact Olga Olguin at 575-635-7555 or Sally Carrera at 575-520-1075.
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YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION — Registration for the Artesia Youth Soccer Association will be held at Faith Baptist Church on the following dates: 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 22 and 24; and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 26 (final day). Fee is $35 per child. For more information, contact Ramona Kilpatrick at 602-400-9270.
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FLOWER SHOW — The Artesia Garden Club would like to remind Eddy County gardeners to enter their flowers and plants in the Eddy County Fair. Entries will be accepted from 8-10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds Community Building.
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SUMMER FOOTBALL — Summer football will be held through July 25 at Bulldog Bowl according to the following schedule: Artesia High School athletes, 7 a.m.; Park Junior High athletes, 9 a.m.; Zia Intermediate athletes, 10 a.m.
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TENT REVIVAL — Forever Free Fellowship will sponsor a tent revival beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 26 – Aug. 3 at Guadalupe Park. Children’s Church will be held nightly, and a youth rally is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1. For more information, contact Freddy or Rosa Carrera at 303-507-8063 or 303-246-0224.
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CALIENTE CLASSIC — The Caliente Classic slowpitch softball tournament will be held July 26-27 at Jaycee Park. Divisions will include men’s and coed, Classes D and E, in a pool play/double elimination bracket format. Entry fee is $265. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299. To register, visit usssa.com or contact Rhiny Williams at 748-6487.
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HOSPITAL BOARD — The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the meeting room at Artesia General Hospital.
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CLASS OF 1974 — The Artesia High School Class of 1974 will hold its 40-year reunion Sept. 19-20. Payments of $50 per person for the Friday and Saturday night events should be mailed to Melinda Gable Piper by Aug. 1. For more information, contact Piper at 746-0220 or 308-1840; Perry Conner at 365-4284; Shawn Starkey Kinnibrugh at 513-2375; or Denise Tidwell Tice at 513-0619.
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MEET THE TEACHER DAY — Meet the Teacher Day for the 2014-15 school year will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, for students entering first grade, and from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, for students entering kindergarten.
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RELAY FOR LIFE — Teams are still needed for Artesia’s Relay for Life event, to be held Aug. 22-23 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. For more information, visit relayforlife.org, email artesiarfl@yahoo.com, or contact Cheryl Bartlett at First American Bank, 746-8046, cbartlett@firstamb.com, or Lucy Bejarano at 703-4997.
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BABY PHOTO CONTEST — Pregnancy Help Center of Artesia will hold a baby photo contest through Aug. 25. Pictures should be of babies ages birth through 18 months and must be in .JPG format with a resolution of no less than 630×450. No professional photos. Twelve winners will be used at the center’s inaugural fundraiser banquet, “Laugh for Life,” and receive a framed collage and one free banquet ticket. Email photos to Denise Gunderson, pazzazzsalon@gtmail.com.