Around Town First Day July 27, 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.)
SUMMER MOVIES — The Artesia Arts Council will present “The Defiant Ones” (1958), starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier, at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Heritage Walkway. The movie and popcorn are free. Bring a chair and a drink.
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ZIA PTO — The Zia Intermediate School PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Room 12. All interested parents are invited to attend.
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LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY — Women of all denominations are invited to join a Ladies’ Noon Bible Study beginning Thursday, Aug. 7, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. The study will continue in the book of Acts. Lessons are covered during the lunch hour each Thursday, and lunch is available for $3. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

(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.)
SCHOOL SUPPLIES — Valley Christian Church will be providing school supplies for Grand Heights Early Childhood Center kindergarteners in need. Bring backpacks to the church, 2001 W. Grand Ave., between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, and they will be filled with supplies. The church will strive to provide supplies for as many students as possible, but they will be available on a first come, first served basis.
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AHS CROSS COUNTRY — The Artesia High School cross country teams will begin practice at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the old boys’ gym. Be prepared to run. For more information, contact coach Shelley Ebarb at 575-616-9034.
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CENTRE AVENUE VBS — Centre Avenue Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School for students ages 4 through seventh grade from 9-11:30 a.m. July 28 – Aug. 1 at 1711 Centre Ave. (across from Yeso Elementary School). Pre-register by calling 748-3678 or 575-315-4704.
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ACT REUNION POTLUCK — The Artesia Community Theatre will hold a reunion potluck luau at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 917 Watson Blvd. Past participants in ACT productions are invited to attend and remember the fun had and learn what’s being planned for the future. RSVP to 748-2367 by July 28.
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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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WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY — Pre-registration for the Women’s Community Bible Study will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at The Jahva House. Women and children ages birth through sixth grade are invited to learn more about WCBS and pre-register for an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark. For more information, contact Betsy at 575-317-3108.
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SNMCAC — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation will hold its Board of Directors meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the SNMCAC Building, 1915 San Jose Blvd., Carlsbad. For more information, call 575-887-3939.
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MEET THE COACH NIGHT — All girls interested in participating in the 2015 season of Lady Bulldog softball are encouraged to attend a Meet the Coach Night with new head coach John Tigert at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the varsity softball field at the Mack Chase Athletic Complex. Bring a glove and bat if possible.
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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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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.
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CAMERA CLUB — The Artesia Camera Club will not meet in July. The next meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. The topic will be macro photography. All photo enthusiasts are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Duff at 703-1971.
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AHS SCHEDULES — Artesia High School students may pick up their class schedules and parking permits in the AHS office according to the following schedule: seniors, 8 a.m. – noon Monday, Aug. 4; juniors, 8 a.m. – noon Tuesday, Aug. 5; and sophomores, 8 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Aug. 6. Bring $2 for parking permits. Student contact information must be completed and parking permits purchased prior to receiving schedules. Students with fees or fines from the 2013-14 year must pay prior to receiving schedules. Students who have recently moved to Artesia and will be attending AHS for the 2014-15 school year are encouraged to enroll in the AHS guidance office beginning Monday, July 28. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 11. AHS orientation will be held at 8:17 a.m. Aug. 11 in the old boys’ gym. Seniors will enter through the southeast doors, juniors through the northeast doors, and sophomores through the southwest doors (inside Morris Field).
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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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STREET CLOSURE — The portion of South Roselawn Avenue between Richardson and Quay avenues will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 15, as Constructors Inc. begins roadwork for the City of Artesia.
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QUARTERBACK CLUB — The Artesia Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Bulldog Bowl field house. All men interested in the AHS football program are welcome. Officers will be elected, and the hamburger fry will be discussed.
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL — The first day of school for Artesia Public Schools grades 1-12 will be Monday, Aug. 11. The first day of kindergarten will be Monday, Aug. 18.
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TACKLE FOOTBALL — Registration for the City of Artesia youth tackle football league for boys in grades 5-6 will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15 at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Cost is $65. Space is limited to 88 participants. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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FLAG FOOTBALL — Registration for the City of Artesia youth flag football league for boys in grades 1-4 will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15 at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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CHEERLEADING — Registration for the City of Artesia youth cheerleading squad for girls in grades 1-6 will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15 at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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COACHES NEEDED — The City of Artesia youth tackle football, flag football and cheerleading programs are in need of coaches for the upcoming season. Coaches are encouraged to sign up early; registration ends Aug. 15. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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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.