Around Town First Day JANUARY 29, 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.)

ENCHILADA PLATES — Enchilada plates will be sold from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in St. Damian Hall at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church to benefit Josh Garcia. Tickets are $8 for cheese, $9 for meat, dine in or carry out. Baked goods will also be sold. To purchase, contact Terry at 513-9158 or purchase at the door.

(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.)

SAXSATIONAL — SAXsational, a special concert featuring accomplished saxophonist Rob Verdi and the Artesia High School band, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today at the AHS Auditorium. The performance will feature arrangements of swing and jazz standards, movie and television hits, and pop favorites to showcase a variety of rare saxophones and the local band’s talents. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center Box Office. Proceeds will benefit the band program.
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AGSA REGISTRATION — Registration for the Artesia Girls’ Softball Association will be held at Hibbett Sports at the following times: 5-7 p.m. today; and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 31. Cost is $45 per girl, $5 off per additional child from the same household. Late registration will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3 and 5 and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 7 with the fee increasing to $55 with no discounts offered.
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AYB REGISTRATION — Registration for Artesia Youth Baseball will be held at The Jahva House at the following times: 5-7 p.m. today; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7; and 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Cost is $50 per player until Feb. 8 when it increases to $70 per player. Bring birth certificate to verify player’s age. For more information, contact Leigh Ann Thomas at 308-9073 or artesiayouthbaseball@gmail.com.
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UMPIRES NEEDED — Umpires are needed for high school baseball and softball. Contact Kevin Ross at 308-1343 or at Bulldog Pit, 746-2373.
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WALLER CONCERT — A benefit concert featuring John Waller’s “Crazy Faith” tour will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at 322 W. Grand Ave. A love offering will be collected to help fund Pregnancy Help Center of Artesia and Lifeline Children’s Services of Artesia. Tickets are free and may be picked up at any local church or by calling 513-1826.
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REFUGE CHURCH — The Refuge Church has been holding services at 1210 W. Missouri Ave. since Jan. 31, 2009. As of Jan. 31, 2015, due to losing its lease on the building, the church will begin holding Thursday night Bible study at 7 p.m. at 201 N. York St. Services at the facility in Carlsbad, 126 Kircher St., are held at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, contact Pastor Paul Hollandsworth, 575-921-3546, or Tonia Hollandsworth, 575-921-7928.
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COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Artesia Community Theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at First Christian Church. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Maria at 748-4905.
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SOFTBALL BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School Softball Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the AHS special services room.
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AMERICAN LEGION — American Legion Post 41 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a pot luck at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room. Lunch of lasagna and salad will be available for $5. Speakers will be Steve Dordick and Jason Hessler of First American Bank. RSVP to Cassy Hyden, chyden@yatespetroleum.com or 748-4342. Standing reservations will apply.
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DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a pot luck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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APS EARLY DISMISSAL — The Artesia Public Schools will dismiss early Wednesday, Feb. 4. Students will be released as follows: Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, 1:05 p.m.; all elementary schools, 1:15 p.m.; Zia Intermediate and Park Junior High, 1:20 p.m.; and Artesia High School, 1:30 p.m. There will be no DD preschool that day.
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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JUNIE B. JONES — Theatreworks USA will present the musical “Junie B. Jones,” adapted from the book series by Barbara Park, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC Box Office.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Artesia Animal Shelter. All donations are appreciated.
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BULLDOGS ON REVUE — The Artesia High School and Park Junior High choirs will present Bulldogs on Revue (Country Style) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 7, at the AHS Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students; tickets may be purchased in advance at the AHS office or Bulldog Pit. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.
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GOLF SCRAMBLE — The Artesia High School Bulldog Baseball Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry fee is $25, plus $30 green fee for non-members and $14 cart fee. To register, call the Pro Shop at 746-6732.
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HOTEL CALIFORNIA — Hotel California, the original salute to the Eagles, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $25 to $15 and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC Box Office.
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COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Artesia Community Theatre will present “The Wedding from Hell,” a dessert theatre, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14 (doors open at 6 p.m.) and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 (doors open at 1 p.m.) at Cottonwood Winery. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center Box Office or by contacting Maria Almanza at 748-4905 or Danielle Brady at dbrady@artesianm.gov.
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VALENTINE’S DANCE — The Artesia Center will host a daddy/daughter and mother/son Valentine’s Day Eve dance from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Cost is $35 per couple, $15 per additional child. Only the first 75 couples to register by Feb. 6 will be accepted. The event will feature a nice dinner and DJ. To register or for more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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PECOS VALLEY WATER — The Pecos Valley Water Users Organization will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the NMSU Ag Science Center conference room. The organization meets four times per year to review and discuss water issues. The Interstate Stream Commission is working to update the 2001 plan and will be making its second presentation to the group. All interested persons are welcome.
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COOKING CAMP — Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold “Let’s Get Cooking!,” a one-day cooking camp, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Artesia program center, 2703 W. Main St. Cost is $15 per girl. To register or for more information, contact Melanie Lipman at 575-887-2577 or mlipman@gsdsw.org.
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FUNDRAISER — A raffle of a $1,000 gift card from Bennie’s Western Wear toward your choice of gun is being held to benefit Tara Chandler. Tickets are $10 each and available at Bennie’s, Simply Bello, Sun Country Garden Center and Castle Rentals.