Around Town First Day May 27, 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.)

ALTRUSA — Altrusa International of Artesia will meet at noon Monday, June 1, in the CVE meeting room. Lunch will be provided for $6. All members and interested persons are invited to attend and learn about Altrusa. For more information, contact any Altrusan or Anna Pitts at 703-5034.

(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.)

SUMMER MOVIES — The Artesia Arts Council’s summer movie series will begin at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in Heritage Walkway with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. The movie and popcorn are free; bring a chair and a drink.
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CAR WASH — Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in the Fenn’s Country Market west parking lot. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
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HOMESCHOOL MEETING — A homeschool informational meeting for parents to discuss state requirements, share ideas, and offer support for all home educators will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Hermosa Church of Christ, 2512 W. Bush Ave. No children please. For more information, contact Lynette Throneberry at 746-2407.
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TEEN SUPERHERO DANCE — The Artesia Public Library will kick off its Teen Summer Program with a free Superhero/Villain Dance for youth ages 13-18 from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30. The evening will include costume contests, games, dancing, food, crafts and more. For more information, contact Erin at 746-8515.
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LITERACY COUNCIL CLOSURE — The Artesia Literacy Council will be closed through Sunday, May 31, to move to its new location at Living Well Church of the Nazarene, 1902 W. Main St. The ALC will reopen Monday, June 1. For more information, call 748-9740.
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AMERICAN LEGION — American Legion Post 41 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a potluck at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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ADULT SUMMER READING — Registration for the Artesia Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, “Escape the Ordinary,” is ongoing. For more information, contact Adult Services Librarian Jo Scott at 746-4252.
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KIDS’ SUMMER READING — Registration for the Artesia Public Library’s Kids’ Summer Reading Program is ongoing. The program, “Every Hero has a Story,” will run June 1 – July 31 and feature programs, prizes, StoryTimes and drawings for Kindle Fire tablets for children ages 5-7 and 8-12. Special programs for toddlers and babies will be offered in June. For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Geri Dosalua at 748-9966.
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GUEST READERS WANTED — Artesia Public Library Youth Services Librarian Geri Dosalua is seeking guest readers for the Kids’ Summer Reading Program. The program will run June 1 – July 31 and feature three StoryTimes per week. Anyone interested may contact Dosalua at 748-9966.
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TEEN SUMMER PROGRAM — The Artesia Public Library will hold a free Teen Summer Program for youth ages 13-18 each day in June and July. Activities will include movies, video games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and other events with a superhero theme. Teens will be eligible to win an iPad grand prize. For more information, contact Erin at 746-8515.
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MEGA SPORTS CAMP — A Mega Sports Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, through Thursday, June 4, at Zia Intermediate School. Students may choose one sport – football, soccer, basketball or cheerleading – to work on all week. For more information, call 746-6195.
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BASKETBALL CAMP — The Bulldog basketball team will host a kids’ camp for children in grades 1-8 from 1-4 p.m. June 1-3 at the Artesia High School old boys’ gym. Cost is $45 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt and basketball. The camp will feature drills, scrimmages, contests, positive attitude sessions, and a concession stand. Each day, campers should bring clean gym shoes, workout clothes and camp t-shirt, and money for concession. Registration will be held from noon – 1 p.m. June 1 at the gym. For more information, contact coach Michael Mondragon at 308-3524.
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STEM CAMP — The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will host a Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for girls in grades 2-12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, through Thursday, June 4, at the program center, 2703 W. Main St. Cost is $25 per girl. There will be a field trip to the Artesia Police Department and animal shelter. To register or for more information, contact Melanie Lipman at 575-887-2577 or mlipman@gsdsw. org.
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USSSA SOFTBALL — The deadline to enter Artesia’s USSSA men’s and co-ed summer softball leagues is June 5. Entry fee of $420 per team (umpire fee included) must be paid in full. The season will begin June 18; games will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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TRAVELLING DUMPSTERS — Artesia Clean & Beautiful and Holly Frontier will host the Travelling Dumpsters through May 31 at Bulldog Bowl and June 1-7 at Missouri Avenue and 10th Street. No household hazardous waste or tires will be accepted. For more information, call 748-3192.
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SUMMER WRESTLING CLINIC — The Artesia Wrestling Club will host a summer wrestling clinic for boys and girls ages 5-15 from 8-10 a.m. for grades 1-5 and 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for grades 6-12 June 8-13 at the Artesia Family Fitness Center, 401 W. Texas Ave. All skill levels welcome. Bring current insurance and emergency contact information. Cost is $95 (includes t-shirt), due at the time of registration. Registration will be from 7-10 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Fitness Center. Late sign-ups are allowed. For more information, contact Eric Zottneck at 420-0059 or pastoreric@livingwellchurch.net.
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LADY ‘DOG BASKETBALL CLINIC — The Lady Bulldog basketball team will host a basketball clinic from 1-3 p.m. for children in grades K-3 and 1-4 p.m. for grades 4-9 June 8-11 at the Artesia High School old boys’ gym. Cost is $25 for grades K-3 and $35 for grades 4-9, and includes a camp t-shirt and basketball. The clinic will feature instruction from the Lady ‘Dogs and coaches, concession, contests, and player autographs. To pre-register, contact coach Jeff Houghtaling at 308-7661 or jhoughtaling@bulldogs.org. Registration the day of the clinic will begin at 12:30 p.m.
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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM — Registration for the Artesia Center’s summer youth recreation program begins June 8 and runs through July 24. Cost is $50 per child. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal or Miriam Kramer at 748-0299.
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MISSOULA THEATRE — Registration begins June 9 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “Cinderella.” Registration is open to all school-aged children. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt, “Love Note,” and one free performance ticket. Rehearsals will be held June 15-20.
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RISING STARS — Registration begins June 9 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center for the fourth annual Rising Stars summer musical, “The Grunch – A New Children’s Musical.” Registration is open to children ages 7 and up. Cost is $40 and includes a “Love Note” and one free performance ticket. Rehearsals begin June 22 for the July 18 performance.
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SMOKIN’ ON THE PECOS CONCERTS — Tickets are on sale now for the Smokin’ on the Pecos concerts. Little Joe y La Familia will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, and Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at www.artesiaarts council.com or at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center box office.
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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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KITCHEN MAMAS — The Eddy County Fair is July 20-25, and the Kitchen Mamas are seeking volunteers. Help is needed for open class entries, judging, and displaying on July 18, as well as for the kitchen and take-down at the end of the fair. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the fair or who just has an hour or so to give may contact Mary Karr at 365-7192 or Diana Thompson at 513-1762.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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).