Around Town First Day August 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.)
YESO PTO — The Yeso Elementary School PTO will hold its monthly meeting at noon Friday, Sept. 5, in Room 8. All parents are encouraged to attend.
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GOOD OLE SCHOOL DAZE — The Pecos Valley Baptist Association will host “school” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Speaker will be Paul Chinikidiadi with music by the Houghtaling Family. A meal will be available for $5.
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the 2014 location, the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting following a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.

(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.)

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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CAR WASH — Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Burger King. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
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BAG SALE — Second Chances, 401 W. Quay Ave., will hold a bag sale through Aug. 30.
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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. 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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LITERACY COUNCIL CLOSURE — The Artesia Literacy Council will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.
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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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TRACTOR CLUB — The Pecos Valley Classic Ag Antique Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at La Fonda. All interested people are encouraged to attend.
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SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL — Deadline to register for the fall slowpitch softball league for men’s, women’s and coed teams in upper and lower divisions is Sept. 2. The season begins Sept. 9 at Jaycee Park. Entry fee is $275 per team. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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GARY KING TOUR — The Eddy County Democratic Party will host Gary King’s Education Vision and Listening Tour from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Carlsbad Public Library Annex, 101 S. Halagueno, Carlsbad. For more information, call 706-6945 or email eddycountydemocrats@ gmail.com.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Certificates are for Eddy County residents only. All donations are appreciated.
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LITERACY DAY — The Artesia Literacy Council will celebrate International Literacy Day Monday, Sept. 8, by honoring all students and tutors with a luncheon. The ALC is beginning its 20th year of service and will be celebrating its history throughout the year.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, and the second and fourth Tuesday of each month thereafter at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will hold its 2014 Industry Appreciation Banquet Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the barn at Cottonwood Winery. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., catered by Adobe Rose and consisting of a mixed grill (salmon, steak, chicken and sausage), whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, salad and choice of carrot or chocolate cinnamon cake. Special guest will be Jim Townsend, District 54 state representative. Cost is $30 per person. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 29, to LaVelta Jenkins, laveltaj@yatespetroleum. com, 748-4468. Standing reservations will not apply.
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COED KICKBALL — The fall season of the “Kick This” adult coed kickball league will begin Sept. 15 at Jaycee Park. Cost is $35 per player and includes a shirt. Deadline to register as a team or individual is Sept. 8. To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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OLD TIMERS’ SOFTBALL — An old timers’ softball tournament/league for players ages 45 and older is being planned. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CHURCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL — A church softball league is being planned. Entry will be $165 per team. All players must be church members. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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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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U.S. 285 SHOWDOWN — The U.S. 285 Showdown nighttime slowpitch softball tournament will be held Sept. 12-13 at Jaycee Park. Entry is $265 per team. Men’s and coed classes B/C and D/E will compete in pool play, then double elimination from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and 6 p.m. – completion Saturday with a home run derby at 8 p.m. Saturday ($25 per hitter, 100-percent payout to winner). To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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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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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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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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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).
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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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U8 BOYS SOCCER — FC Artesia U8 boys’ soccer is in search of 7-year-old boys interested in joining a traveling team. For more information, contact Victor Munoz at 746-7838 or Celia Perches at 420-0982.
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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.