Around Town First Day February 26, 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.)

SENIOR FUN DAY — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) will take two buses to Ruidoso at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, for a fun day. The trip is open to all Eddy County residents age 60 or older or married to one who is. To reserve a seat, contact Mary Aguilar at 746-6712 by Thursday, March 12.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.
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ALTRUSA — Altrusa International of Artesia will hold a regular business meeting at noon Monday, March 2, in the CVE Community Room. Lunch is available for $6 from hospitality. 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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MARCHIVERSARY — The Artesia Public Library will celebrate its one-year “Marchiversary” next month, consisting of four weeks of activities. Week One will be English Literature Week and will include (with all events taking place in the meeting room unless otherwise noted): noon – 1 p.m. Monday, March 2, Book Discussion/Bring Your Own Lunch, “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman; 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, Cooking Demonstration with Nancy Dunn; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Scavenger Hunt with prizes (forms at circulation desk); 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Learning Night (resume writing with Noreen Teel); noon Friday, March 6, Books & Bites (lunch available for $3), “Images of Artesia” by Nancy Dunn; noon – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, special events (KSVP live remote, hot dogs in west parking lot).
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COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Artesia Community Theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2, at First Christian Church. Everyone is invited to attend.
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SOFTBALL BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School Softball Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria.
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CHOIR BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School and Park Junior High Choir Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the AHS choir room. All parents of high school and junior high choir members are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Melinda Weast at 746-7234.

(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.)

AACTFEST — Theatre New Mexico is hosting its 2015 AACTFest in Artesia. The public is invited to attend the nightly two-block performances today through Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Artesia High School Auditorium. Cost is $10 per evening at the door; doors open at 6:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m. From 7-10 p.m. today, the Artesia Community Theatre and Los Alamos Light Opera will perform; 7-10 p.m. Friday, the Nat Gold Players from Las Vegas, N.M., and Los Alamos Little Theater; and from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, the Southwest Rural Theatre Project from Albuquerque and the Lincoln County Community Theatre.
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LAW ENFORCEMENT RECEPTION — The Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition will honor local law enforcement, fire and EMS with a come-and-go appreciation reception from 6-7 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Grand Ave.
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DAN FRANKLIN SMITH — Classical pianist Dan Franklin Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Franklin, of New York City, has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and is known for his emotional style. Tickets range from $20-$10 and may be purchased at the OPAC Box Office or online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com.
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FUNDS4BOOKS — The Park Junior High Library is holding a Funds4Books campaign to raise money for new library books. All proceeds benefit the library. To donate, visit www.funds4books.com and enter code 79C9.
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FAREWELL PARTY — The public is invited to join City of Artesia Community Development staff for a “farewell and best wishes” party for Paul Klontz, city electrical inspector, who is moving on after five years of service. The party will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Community Development building, 801 Bush Ave.
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GIRL SCOUT NIGHT — Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest and Yum Yum Yogurt will host a Girl Scout Night from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Yum Yum Yogurt. Interested volunteers, girls, and their families are invited to come by for free frozen yogurt with Girl Scout cookies and information on joining Girl Scouts. First 10 girls will receive a free membership; any girl signing up will receive a prize. For more information, contact Maria Escamilla at 746-9846 or mescamilla@gsdsw.org.
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THEATREWORKS USA — Theatreworks USA will present “Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Stories” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 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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OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP — An oil painting workshop with Mike Mahon will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 1, at 310 W. Main St. Tuition is $70. Space is limited; register online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or by calling the OPAC Box Office at 746-4212.
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PORCELAIN ART — The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2801 W. Fourth St., Roswell. Coffee and fellowship will begin at 9 a.m. with the business meeting at 9:30 a.m. Helen Greer will give a short demonstration on roses, followed by group painting. Bring any Easter projects to finish; other projects will be allowed. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Linda Monk, president, at 575-317-6758 or Julia Esquibel at 622-5024.
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LIGHT PAINTING — The Light Painting photography exhibit by Park Junior High students will be on display through the end of the month in the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center lobby. Prints are for sale for $20.
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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, March 2, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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CAR ENTHUSIASTS — The Artesia Car Enthusiasts will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Senior Center. All members are urged to attend; final plans will be made for the upcoming 18th Annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise, featuring a 1948 Lincoln Continental owned by Babe Ruth. Volunteers are needed to escort the car March 27 to the elementary schools. Meetings are open to visitors. For more information, contact Dorothy at 746-9477.
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SPIN-TACULAR — The Spin-Tacular basketball show, as seen on “America’s Got Talent” and in “Sports Illustrated,” will appear at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Artesia High School old boys’ gym, hosted by First Baptist Church. For more information, call 748-1308 or visit championsforever.com.
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DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a pot luck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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WOODBINE CLEANUP — Woodbine Cemetery’s spring cleanup will begin March 4. Any tributes or holiday decorations in the soil that families wish to save should be removed prior to March 4. For more information, call 746-3640.
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BENEFIT CONCERT — A concert featuring the Joel Gothard Band to benefit homeless aid organization On The Move will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Jahva House. Tickets are $7 each and available at The Jahva House or by calling 365-5505. Donations of clothing and other items will also be accepted at the event to help stock the Care-A-Van.
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ENCHILADA DINNER — The Artesia High School track program will hold its enchilada dinner fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Park Junior High cafeteria. Plates are $8 each, dine in or carry out. Tickets may be purchased from any track athlete or by contacting Tina Burgess at 308-9130.
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GOLF SCRAMBLE — The Artesia High School golf team will host a six-man golf scramble at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Artesia Country Club. To register, contact Juan Jimenez at the Pro Shop, 746-6732. Proceeds will benefit the AHS golf program.
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CHARLOTTE’S WEB — The Ocotillo Storytellers will present “Charlotte’s Web” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC Box Office.
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CRYSTAL TRIO — Crystal Trio, a unique group of Russian musicians who perform with special glass instruments, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $20-$10 and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC Box Office.
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FREE TAX PREP — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers will be available to prepare low-income state tax returns for free from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center. Bring a Social Security card, photo ID and all income amounts (SSA, SSI, W-2s, 1099s). If over 65, bring property tax or rent receipts for 2014. No federal returns. For more information, call 748-1207.
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GIRL SCOUTS — Any girl in grades K-12 can sell Girl Scout cookies and become a Girl Scout. Girls can sell as much or as little as they like to earn prizes. Cookie sales are ongoing through March 8. For more information on participating or on where to purchase cookies, call 746-9846, ext. 105, or visit www.gsdsw.org or 2703 W. Main St.
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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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TENNIS RACKETS NEEDED — Anyone with tennis rackets they’re no longer using willing to donate them to the Park Junior High PE Department in order to teach PE students the game of tennis is asked to drop rackets off at the school office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or call 746-9892.
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CELEBRATE RECOVERY — Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, 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.
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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW — Smokin’ on the Pecos is accepting applications now for the 2015 Art, Craft and Trade Show, scheduled for June 26-27 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.smokinonthepecos. us or contact Leah Boone at 513-2863.
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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.
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BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER — The Artesia High School Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Boosters are selling raffle tickets for a new car. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from any basketball parent or at George Gandy Insurance. Need not be present to win.
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ARTS EDUCATION — Registration for music, theatre and arts classes is ongoing at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Lessons include drums/percussion or bass with Myron Soliz, clarinet with Vicky Soliz, guitar with Marcos Quiros, theatre with Lauren Austin, and art with Pam Atkins and Julie Newton. To register, visit the OPAC lobby from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or call 746-4212 for more information.