Around Town First Day OCTOBER 01, 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.)

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS — Free developmental screenings for children ages 0-5 will be held from 8:30 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Grand Heights Early Childhood Center gym. CARC will provide screenings for children ages 0-3 and Artesia preschool for children ages 3-5. For more information, contact Cari Jowers of APS at 746-2777 or CARC at 736-1170.
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PRISON MINISTRY CONFERENCE — An ecumenical prison ministry conference will be held at 8:30 a.m. with lunch at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Hobbs. Various volunteer programs, including Kairos, Kairos Outside, Angel Wings and Heart’s Desire, will be showcased.

(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.)
VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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LIBRARY PROGRAMS — The Artesia Public Library is now holding community programs. During the month of October, Baby Time for infants 0-24 months will be held at 11 a.m. Fridays, preschool for children 25 months – 5 years at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, and homeschool for children in grades K-3 at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Programs will last one hour. For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Geri Dosalua at 748-9966.
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UNITED WAY GOLF SCRAMBLE — The 28th Annual United Way Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry is $30 plus cart and greens fees for non-members. To register, call the pro shop at 746-6732.
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VOTING MACHINE CERTIFICATION — The Eddy County Bureau of Elections will be certifying early and absentee voting machines for the upcoming general election at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the machine warehouse, 325 N. Main St., Carlsbad. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, call the bureau at 575-885-3383.
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TAILGATE PARTY — The Bulldog soccer team will hold a tailgate party Friday, Oct. 3, at Bulldog Bowl, prior to the football game against Las Cruces High. Tickets are $6 each and include a hamburger/cheeseburger, chips and a drink. Tickets may be purchased from any Bulldog soccer player or by contacting Amanda at 513-6133, Jennifer at 703-5455, or Dorothy at 746-7446.
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SPACE NIGHT — Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a Space Night party from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Artesia program center, 2703 W. Main St. Cost is $10 to pre-register by Oct. 2. All girls ages K-12 are welcome; non-registered Girl Scouts may register for $15, and financial assistance is available. For more information, contact Melanie Lipman, program specialist, at 575-887-2577 or email mlipman@gsdsw.org.
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CRAFT SALE — The Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum Ave., will host a craft sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Items for sale will include kitchen towels and aprons, woodcrafts, crochet items, purses, jewelry, baked goods and candy, Christmas decorations, handmade greeting cards, quilts, and burritos and tamales. Refreshments will be served.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.
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CHAUTAUQUA PERFORMANCE — The Artesia Public Library will host a Chautauqua Program, “Diamond Bessie: A Tale of Love and Murder,” by accomplished storyteller Susi Wolf at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the meeting room. Admission is free. Due to mature content, no children will be admitted. For more information, contact Geri Dosalua at 746-4252 or visit www.artesianm.gov/library.
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ALTRUSA GOLF SCRAMBLE — The Altrusa Club of Artesia’s 13th Annual Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry fee is $30 plus cart and greens fees. Tee box sponsorships are available for a donation of $50 or more. Tate Branch Dodge will sponsor a hole-in-one contest. Proceeds will benefit academic scholarships for deserving young leaders in the community. To enter, call the pro shop at 746-6732. Sponsorships or donations may be mailed to: Altrusa Club of Artesia, P.O. Box 652, Artesia, N.M., 88211-0652.
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SCHOOL BOARD — The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 1106 W. Quay Ave. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building. Note that this meeting is being held a week earlier than usual.
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ALTRUSA — Altrusa International of Artesia will hold a regular business meeting at noon Monday, Oct. 6, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room. Hospitality will provide lunch for $6. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact any Altrusan or Anna Pitts at 703-5034.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Yates Petroleum multi-purpose room. A boxed lunch from Adobe Rose will be available. This month’s program consists of a team-building exercise. RSVP to LaVelta Jenkins at laveltaj@yatespetroleum.com or 748-4468. Standing reservations will apply.
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CAR CORRAL — The 16th Annual Southeast New Mexico Regional Swap Meet and Car Corral, sponsored by the Artesia Car Enthusiasts and Valley Vintage Motor Car Club of Roswell, will be held from 7 a.m. – dark Oct. 10-11 at 1802 W. Main St. Reserved registration is $15 for both days or $20 at the gate. Public admission is free. Swap meet is for items related to any type vehicle; car corral is for any motorized vehicle for sale. For more information, contact Frank or Dorothy Hammond at 746-9477 or Kenny or Nancy Forrest at 622-4350.
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GIRL SCOUT ENROLLMENT — Enrollment in Girl Scouts has begun for the 2014-15 year. Membership is $15 a year; some financial aid is available. Anyone interested in registering their daughter or starting a troop may contact Maria Escamilla at 746-9846, ext. 105, or mescamilla@ gsdsw.org, or visit www.gsdsw. org.
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GRANT ASSISTANCE NEEDED — On the Move, a local ministry for the homeless, is seeking someone with financial/grant experience to assist with grant applications. Call 708-0033.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Home Care Connection and Hospice, an Encompass Company, is seeking hospice volunteers to serve Artesia patients. For more information, contact Andy Harris at 575-887-6050.
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FOOTBALL PARKING PASSES — West Main Baptist Church youth are selling 2014 Bulldog Football Parking Passes for $30. The pass includes a free t-shirt and allows parking on the West Main campus for all home games, including playoffs. Passes may be purchased during the week at the church office or in the parking lot Friday night.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.
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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).
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS — Lakeview Christian Hospice Care is seeking volunteers in Artesia. Different opportunities are available. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933 or volunteercoordinator@lakeviewchristian.com.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws is seeking volunteers to aid at the Artesia Animal Shelter. Must be 18 or older. To apply, visit the shelter at 501 Paddy Wagon Way.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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CASA VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is preparing to train new volunteers in September or October. The organization is seeking volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care. All necessary training provided. Screening and background check required. For more information call 746-6077 or visit 405 S. Second St.
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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.