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First Day — Aug 27, 2015

(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.)

VVA

The VVA will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 402 W. Hermosa Drive.

DAV

The DAV will meet Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 402 W. Hermosa Drive. A pot luck dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

GIRL SCOUTS

The 2015-16 Girl Scout year begins Oct. 1, and Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest invites the public to visit their office and program center at 203 W. Main St. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday for information and to register girls for troops. Membership is $15 per year; financial aid is available for memberships, books, uniforms and program fees. For more information, call 746-9846.

GIRL SCOUT VOLUNTEERS

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is seeking volunteers for the 2015-16 Girl Scout year. Men and women ages 15 and older are needed for administrative help, working with girls, starting new troops, organization, and building maintenance. GSDS is a 501C3 nonprofit organization, can provide letters of recommendation, will sign off for any individual needing community service hours. No experience needed; all training is provided. Visit at 2703 W. Main St. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday or call 746-9846 for more information.

BAND BOOSTERS

The Artesia Band Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the Artesia High School band hall to discuss the upcoming clay shoot fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 3. Band parents of all ages should attend.

INSTRUMENT DRIVE

Zia Intermediate School will hold a band instrument drive from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in the school cafeteria.


(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 nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

CITY OPEN HOUSE

The City of Artesia will host a comeand- go open house from 4-7 p.m. today at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Attendees will be informed on how the city’s new water conservation ordinance involves them and will be able to speak with experts on the issue. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 746-2744.

CLASS OF 1970

The Artesia High School Class of 1970 will hold a reunion planning meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Artesia Public Library. For more information, call 365-4266.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

The Democratic Party of Eddy County will hold a County Central Committee meeting at 6 p.m. today at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad. The public is invited to attend.

BLITZ BUILD

Habitat for Humanity of Artesia will hold a Blitz Build at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30, at 606 W. Cleveland Ave. Anyone age 16 and older is welcome to participate. For more information, contact Teresa Ashley at 746-3167.

DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING

Disaster relief training will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at First Baptist Church in Carlsbad, 112 N. Alameda, and will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The training will include how to set up, clean, tear down, and store a kitchen, shower and laundry unit. Saturday’s training will include a light breakfast. RSVP to the Pecos Valley Baptist Association at 746-2729 or [email protected], to Carolyn at 361- 5403, or to Cathy at 746-7951.

BENEFIT CAR WASH

The Guerreros will host a benefit car wash at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Terry’s Electronics to raise money for the family of Wayland Gilchrest. For more information, contact Guerrero Aba at 748- 5109 or Guerrero Nene at 746- 7545.

FUNDRAISER

A garage sale and car wash will be held from 8 a.m. – noon Saturday, Aug. 29, at West Main Baptist Church with proceeds benefiting Classical Conversations homeschool group tuition. For more information, contact Shirley Bailey at 626-9165.

OILFIELD OLYMPICS

Registration is ongoing for the Red Dirt Black Gold Oilfield Olympics, to be held Saturday, Aug. 29, in Eagle Draw between Seventh Street and Roselawn Avenue. Pre-registration cost is $100 for teams of four; registration will be $150 after Aug. 20. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 29 with the event to begin at 10 a.m., followed by awards at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.artesiaacd.org.

APS ORGANIZATION MEETING

All Artesia Public Schools activity, booster and PTO club presidents/sponsors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the Artesia High School theater room.

T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER

The Lady Bulldog Soccer Boosters are selling “Bulldog Soccer” t-shirts through Aug. 31. T-shirts are available in glitter or plain lettering and in sizes YS through 3X. To order or for more information, contact Carol Sanchez at 365-6585.

TRACTOR CLUB

The Pecos Valley Classic Ag Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at La Fonda.

ENCHILADA DINNER

The Yeso Elementary School PTO is selling enchilada supper tickets. The supper will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria. Plates are $8 each and include dessert. To purchase, contact any Yeso student or contact Leigh Ann at 308- 9073.

9/11 GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Artesia Fire Department will hold its 9/11 Memorial Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Artesia Country Club. The fourman scramble will begin with a shotgun start and includes doughnuts and coffee before play and hot dogs and drinks during, a commemorative challenge coin, tournament logo polo, and chances for numerous door prizes and drawings. Prizes will also be awarded for holes in one, closest to the pin, and longest drive, and players are encouraged to bring additional cash for the Helicopter Ball Drop and other surprises. Entry deadline is Friday, Aug. 31, or once the first 32 teams are registered. To register or for sponsorship details, contact Danielle Brady at 746- 5057 or [email protected].

GUN RAFFLE

The Bulldog Basketball Boosters are raffling an AR-15 to raise funds for the upcoming season. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any player’s parent or at George Gandy Insurance. The drawing will be held Sept. 5.

PIANO CONCERT

Artesia native Jacob De Hoyos will perform a piano recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the OPAC box office. For more information on De Hoyos visit his website, jacobdehoyos.com, and YouTube channel.

CLASS OF 1970

The Artesia High School Class of 1970 will hold its 45th class reunion Sept. 11-12. RSVP to [email protected] or call 575-365-4266. To view the schedule of events, visit http://www.classreport.org or the reunion Facebook page: “The AHS Class of 1970 45th Class Reunion.”

LAS VEGAS RAFFLE

The Marisela Araujo Memorial Scholarship Fund is selling raffle tickets for a four-day, three-night trip to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, for $20 each.

Only 200 tickets will be sold. To purchase, contact Carmen at 308-3237. The drawing will be held once all tickets are sold.

TRUE COLORS 5K FUN RUN

The Marisela Araujo Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold a 5K color run Sept. 12 at Jaycee Park. Early registration cost is $35, $25 for children 14 and under, and includes a shirt if registered prior to Sept. 7. Children in strollers are free. Registration after Sept. 7 is $35 and does not include a shirt. To register or for more information, contact Carmen at 308-3237.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

Community Bible Study for women and children will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning beginning Aug. 26 in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

An in-depth study of Isaiah will be used for 30 weeks. For more information, contact Betsy at 317-3108 or visit communitybiblestudy.org.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

A free after school program is available to youth ages 6-12 from 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The program will continue through the end of the school year. For more information, call the center at 746- 9009.

SNMCAC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) is seeking volunteers for its foster grandparents and senior companion programs. For more information, contact Delilah Coss at 746-6712 or visit 1313 Gilchrist Ave.

RC CLUB

The Artesia RC Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the Artesia Bowling Lanes banquet room. Workshops are held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays following the meetings.

TUTORS NEEDED

The Artesia Literacy Council, 1902 W. Main St., is now offering evening classes. Tutors are needed for both evening and day classes. Two hours, two days or evenings a week, are required. For more information, contact June Marie at 748-9740.

CASA VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit child advocacy organization, is preparing to train new volunteers in the fall. The organization is seeking volunteer citizens to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children living in foster care. CASA provides all necessary training. Three to four hours per week and an interest in being a voice for Eddy County’s vulnerable children are all that is needed for the program. A screening and background check will be required. For more information, call 746-6077 or visit 402 S. Second St.

SHOES FOR PETS

New Mexico’s only no-kill shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking residents to donate gently- worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Shoes may be dropped off at the bin inside Blue Lily. To schedule a pickup or for more information, call 308-2199.

HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT

Classical Conversations, a group designed to help support local homeschool families by offering resources and encouragement, meets from 9-10:30 a.m. Fridays at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. For more information, visit classicalconversations.com.

PVPG ART SALE

The Pecos Valley Potter’s Guild Art Sale, a noted yearly arts and crafts market in Roswell, is accepting applications for its 34th annual event, scheduled for Nov. 13-15 at the Roswell Convention Center. The guild selects quality guest artists working in a variety of media to participate in the sale with an emphasis placed on unique and original art and fine crafts, including painting, drawing, prints, glass, photography, sculpture, metal, textiles, fiber arts, wood, leather and mixed media. Applications will be accepted until late October. Spaces are limited and first come, first served. To apply, visit http://www.roswellpottersartsale.org or contact Barbara at 626-8033 or [email protected].

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a nondenominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Westside Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 736- 0201.

ON THE MOVE

On the Move is seeking volunteers and donations to help the homeless and those in need. Anyone interested in volunteering or becoming a board member may call 708-0033.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

Lakeview Christian Hospice’s Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. The group is open to any caregiver of the chronically and terminally ill and is free of charge. For more information, contact Samantha at 575-887- 0933.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

BAG SALE

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.

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.