Around Town First Day August 22, 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.)
ZIA MATH WORKSHOP — Zia Intermediate School will host math workshops on the Digits Math Program at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26. Parents can learn about the features and benefits the online Digits Math Program has to offer sixth- and seventh-grade students.
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SEEKING ARTISTS — Artesia MainStreet is currently seeking artists to sell their work during the ARTesia Art Walk. Local and regional artists will be paired with local businesses from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, for a day of art and shopping downtown. Interested artists and anyone knowing an artist who may be interested are asked to call Artesia MainStreet at 746-1117.
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HEAD START ENROLLMENT — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation Head Start Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 program year. Children must have turned 3 or 4 prior to Sept. 1, 2014. The following documents are needed: birth certificate, current immunization record, income verification (W-2 or income tax forms), Social Security card, and Medicaid or health insurance card. Enrollment is being held at Artesia Head Start, 504 W. Ave., 748-1141. Services for children with disabilities are available, and parents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the Family and Community Partnerships Office of the local Head Start.
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HEAD START — Parent orientation and Meet the Teacher Day for Artesia Head Start will be held from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Aug. 25-26. All parents who received an acceptance letter must attend an orientation before children can attend. Developmental screenings will be held Aug. 27-28 by appointment. All children receiving acceptance letters must attend developmental screening before being assigned a classroom. Call 748-1141.

(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.)

SHREK THE MUSICAL — The Ocotillo Comedy Troupe will present “Shrek the Musical” at 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, and may be purchased at the OPAC box office or online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com.
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BUTTER BRAID BREAD — The Artesia High School junior class is selling frozen butter braid bread in many flavors. Loaves are $13 pre-paid with delivery Sept. 17. To order, contact any junior class member or Haley Goff, Marcia Gardner or Sylvia Wilson at AHS, 746-9816. Proceeds will benefit prom and senior banquet.
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FUNDRAISER — HIS Kids Learning Center will hold a garage sale and car wash from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at West Main Baptist Church. Donations for the garage sale will be accepted Thursday and Friday at the church. All proceeds will benefit the daycare.
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GLOW PARTY — The Girl Scouts will host a Back to School Glow Party for girls in grades K-12 from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Girls need not be Girl Scouts to attend. The event will feature games, glowing makeup and jewelry, snacks and dancing. To register or for more information, contact Maria at 746-9846, ext. 105.
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CHINA PAINTING — The New Mexico World Organization of China Painters – Roswell Chapter will hold its yearly meeting, competition and show at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Peppers Grill and Bar in Roswell. Members are asked to bring competition and show pieces. Registration is $5; a meal will be provided.
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BIBLE SCHOOL IN THE PARK — First United Methodist Church will host its final 2014 Summer Bible School in the Park program, “Standing Firm with the Full Armour of God,” from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Central Park. The free event will feature games, Bible lessons, singing, and a waterslide; bring a towel. Lunch will be provided.
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CLASSIC CAR SHOW — The Mayhill Café and Mayhill Community Center will sponsor a Classic Car Show at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. The event will feature music, a craft fair, farmers’ market, and lots of fun. Registration for the car show is $15; all other events are free. To register for the car show, contact Dorothy at 746-9477. To reserve a table for the craft fair, contact Patty at 575-687-2003.
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SEEK FIRST FLAG FOOTBALL — Children completing grades K-7 interested in participating in Seek First flag football must attend one of two evaluation clinics to be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 30 at Zia Intermediate School. The league will run from Sept. 1 – Oct. 11. Registration forms are available at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact league director Ty Houghtaling at seek1stsports@gmail.com or 748-1308.
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS — Special Olympics Pecos Valley is beginning fall sports. Basketball will be held from 2-3 p.m. Sundays and 7-8 p.m. Thursdays from Aug. 24 through November at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Bowling will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays starting Aug. 23 at the Artesia Lanes at a cost of $6 for a practice of three games. All children ages 8 and up and adults with special needs are invited. For more information, contact Joyce at 703-5228.
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BALLOT BOXES — The Eddy County Bureau of Elections will be opening ballot boxes from the primary election at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Eddy County Warehouse, 326 S. Canyon St., Carlsbad. Anyone wishing to witness the opening of the boxes is welcome to attend. For more information, call 575-885-3383.
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FFA PARDNERS AND MEMBERS — The Artesia FFA Pardners will hold their first meeting of the 2014-15 school year at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Artesia High School ag shop. FFA members are not required to be in official dress for this meeting. All parents, family members, and community members interested in supporting Artesia FFA are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Debbie Kishur at 748-5647 or 484-3462.
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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, Aug. 25, in the meeting room at Artesia General Hospital.
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CHOIR BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School and Park Junior High Choir Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the AHS choir room. All parents of junior high and high school choir members are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Melinda Weast at 746-7234.
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BAG SALE — Second Chances, 401 W. Quay Ave., will hold a bag sale Aug. 26-30.
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INSANITY WORKOUT — A free trial of the Insanity workout will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Artesia Center. Everyone is welcome. Classes are structured to fit all conditioning levels. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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CHEER CLINIC — The Artesia High School cheerleaders will hold a cheer clinic for girls ages 3 to fifth grade from 3:45-5 p.m. Aug. 27-28 at the AHS girls’ gym. Register at the door beginning at 3:20 p.m. Cost is $30 per girl, $15 for each additional sibling in the home, and includes a certificate, t-shirt and entry to the football game Friday, Aug. 29. For more information, contact Jennifer Houghtaling at 308-1624.
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COOKING DEMONSTRATION — A cooking demonstration will be from 5:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Artesia Public Library for those interested in quick, easy, inexpensive meals.
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LANE CLOSURE — A one-lane, southbound lane closure will take place through Aug. 29 on U.S. 285 between Richey Avenue and Main Street as Franco Road crews begin work on manholes.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The sheriff’s office will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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LIBRARY CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.
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9/11 GOLF TOURNAMENT — A 9/11 Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Artesia Country Club. Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Unit Scholarship Fund. Sponsors and four-man teams are needed. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 746-2744 or Danielle Brady at the Artesia Fire Department, 746-5057 or dbrady@artesianm.gov.
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CLAYS CRUSHER SHOOT — The Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun Shoot will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Eddy County Shooting Range. This year’s event features exhibition shooter Travis Mears, Friday Night Under the Lights Game Night, and two rotations Saturday with door prizes after each. Shooters and sponsors are needed. Contact the chamber at 746-2744.
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CLASS OF 1984 — The Artesia High School Class of 1984 will hold its reunion Sept. 19-20. Register online at www.1984ahsbulldogs.com. For more information, contact Staci Sanders at 703-6023, Nora Vazquez at 513-1965, or Missy Williams at 308-1120.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).