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First Day — Aug 26, 2016

(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.)

BLOOD DRIVE

United Blood Services will be conducting a blood drive from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, and 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the Artesia Senior Center multipurpose room, 202 W. Chisum Ave. Schedule an appointment online at www.unitedbloodservices.org or contact Stephanie Seabrease at 840-8178.


(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.)

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Registrations are being accepted through today at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St., for the City of Artesia’s flag and tackle football leagues. Cost is $35 for flag football, $65 for tackle. For more information, contact Gavino Saiz or Miriam Kramer at 748-0299.

YOUTH CHEERLEADING

Registrations are being accepted through today at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St, for youth cheerleading. Cost is $50 for ages 4-12. For more information, contact Gavino Saiz or Miriam Kramer at 746-9964.

CAR WASH

Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Fenn’s Country Market. Cost is $10 per vehicle.

RC CLUB SHOW

The Artesia RC Club will hold a fly-in show and member event from 4 p.m. – sundown Saturday, Aug. 27. Need not be a member to attend.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Special Olympics Pecos Valley basketball practices will begin from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Basketball will practice from 5-6 p.m. Thursdays and 2-4 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 29 for the Holiday Classic State Games. Bowling practices will begin from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Artesia Lanes and continue until Nov. 12. For more information, contact Connie Lewis at 308-6270 or Joyce Munoz at 703-5228.

CLASS OF 2018

A work day for all Artesia High School juniors will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, in the AHS science wing.

CLASS OF 2018 PARENTS

A meeting for parents of the Artesia High School Class of 2018 will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, in the AHS theater room to discuss the year’s events. For more information, contact Judy Stewart or Becky Torres at 746-9816.

ACT

The Artesia Community Theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at First Christian Church. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Maria L. Almanza at 748-4905.

FFA

The Artesia FFA Chapter and FFA Pardners will hold their monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Artesia High School ag shop. All parents and community members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Teresa at 308-2346.

ADULT COLORING

Keep Calm and Color On continues from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room.

HOSPITAL BOARD

The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.

MATH HELP

Math homework help will be offered from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Chase Foundation. Subjects include algebra I, geometry, algebra II and math analysis. For more information, contact Jenifer Urban at 746-4610.

TEEN ANON

A Teen-Anon support group, based on the 12 steps of AA/NA, will meet from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 702 W. Chisum Ave. The group is open to teens in the community who are seeking support with peers having similar struggles. For more information, call 736-7024.

BIBLE STUDY

Community Bible Study (CBS) will begin the study of the book of Revelation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. CBS is multi-denominational and will meet each Wednesday. Women of all ages are invited as well as their children ages birth to eighth grade. For more information, contact Teresa Ashley at 746-3167.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will hold registration for religious education from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the St. Damien Center. For more information, contact Deacon Richard Rodriguez at 914-0558 after 5 p.m.

FOOTBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED

Football officials are needed for the 2016 high school season. For more information, contact Gavin Vaughan at 915-6298.

SLEEPY HOLLOW AUDITIONS

The Ocotillo Comedy Troupe is seeking players for its Oct. 28-29 production of “Sleepy Hollow: The Musical.” To schedule an audition for ages 12 and up, contact Lauren at 746-4212.

UNDERGROUND OF ENCHANTMENT

“Underground of Enchantment,” featuring beautiful images of Lechuguilla Cave plus 3D viewers and a hands-on table with local rocks and minerals, is on display through Aug. 31 at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. Hours are 9 a.m. – noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment.

CROSS COUNTRY FUNDRAISER

The Cross Country Boosters are selling raffle tickets for chances at a Yeti Hopper 10-gallon cooler and a 35-quart Pelican cooler. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the AAGA Hardware Store, 204 E. Main St., or from any booster member. Drawing will be held Sept. 29 at the cross country home meet. For more information, contact Mecca Mauritsen at 746-4335.

CLASS OF 1987

The reunion planning committee for the Artesia High School Class of 1987 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at The Wellhead Restaurant & Brewpub.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will hold its first meeting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at First United Methodist Church. The group will meet the first and third Thursdays of each month thereafter. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

DANCING AT THE LIBRARY

Dancing at the Library continues by popular demand. Learn some moves from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Fridays at the Artesia Public Library with Bob Power.

ARTS CLASSES

Registration for fine and performing arts classes will begin Sept. 6 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Classes begin Sept. 12. For more information, including a schedule of children’s and adults’ classes, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

The Artesia Democratic Committee will hold officer elections at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the IUOE Union Hall, 412 W. Chisum Ave. The meeting is open to the public. All registered Democrats in precincts 1-8 and 37-42 are eligible to vote and be nominated. To expedite registration, bring voter ID card. For more information, contact Christy at 302-3209 or email [email protected].

CANVAS EVENTS

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host Canvas and Girlfriends, and Canvas and Couples events at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10. Attendees may paint and share BYOB wine. Cost is $30 for individuals, $50 for couples, all supplies and instructions included. To register or for more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

YOGA

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host yoga classes from 9-10 and 10-11 a.m. each Saturday morning beginning Sept. 17. Class cards for 10 weeks may be purchased for $60 or drop in to a single session for $10. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

WATERCOLOR CLASS

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host a watercolor class from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 17-18. Cost is $35 for one day, $60 for both days. To register, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

QUARTERBACK CLUB

The Artesia Quarterback Club meets at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Bulldog Bowl Field House. All men are welcome to come support the football program.

MILLIONS OF STEPS PROGRAM

The Artesia Public Library is still trying to reach its goal of 12 million steps for the Millions of Steps program. Obtain a step log at the library, count steps each week, and bring back the log to get a stamp and earn entry into a Fit-Bit drawing. The drawing will be held once the goal is reached.

7024U FALL SESSION

The 7024U Youth Outreach Center is beginning its fall after-school program for youth in grades 6-12. Registrations are being accepted for youth who would benefit from tutoring sessions, self-help topics, arts and crafts, and a light meal provided after school. For more information, call 736-7024 or visit 702 W. Chisum Ave. Limited spots are available.

NOON BIBLE STUDY

All ladies are invited to participate in a Thursday Noon Bible Study on the book of John at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Lessons will be covered during the lunch hour from noon – 1 p.m. and are perfect for working women. Lunch is available for $3. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

PRE-K PROGRAM

Little Castle Learning & Development Center Inc. will be providing the free statewide New Mexico “Pilot” Early Pre-K Program. All children served must have turned 3 prior to 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1, 2016. Full and half-day classes are available. Space is limited. Inquire at 108 S. 14th St. or call 746-9642.