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First Day — Jul 27, 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.)


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.


The Artesia Literacy Council is open from 9 a.m. – noon and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday inside Trinity Temple Assembly of God, 1507 W. Hermosa Drive. The council is closed Mondays and Fridays. Evening classes are cancelled till further notice.


The Artesia Community Theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at First Christian Church. Plans for the upcoming play Aug. 18-20 will be discussed. All are invited. For more information, contact Maria Almanza at 748-4905.


An appreciation luncheon to honor, celebrate and support law enforcement, firefighters and supporting staff will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Westside Church of Christ, 2002 Grand Ave. For more information, contact Maria Almanza at 748-4905.

(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.)


Registrations are being accepted now through Aug. 26 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.


Paws & Claws will conduct a food and supply drive through July 30 at the Eddy County Fair. Donations will be accepted at the Paws & Claws booth in the Eddy County Community Building. Items needed include, for dogs, leashes, large and small collars, toys, dog and puppy food (Purina preferred), treats, canned pumpkin, and for cats, food and treats. A drop-off bin is also available from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way.


The Pecos Purple Peppers Red Hat Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at The Wellhead Restaurant & Brewpub.


Adults are invited to snack on healthy finger foods and listen to music while coloring to reduce stress from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, as part of the Artesia Public Library’s Keep Calm and Color program. Door prizes will be drawn randomly during the three-hour time period.


Jennifer Urban of the Chase Foundation will hold an optional workshop for new Chase Scholars from 9:30 a.m. – noon Thursday, July 28, at the Artesia Public Library. Topics include study skills, time management, learning styles, financial responsibility, handling stress, and library resources. Anyone interested in attending may contact Urban at 746-2419.


The public is invited to a Community Story Time Grand Finale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, at the Artesia Public Library, featuring stories, songs, activities, special craft stations, and cake. The drawings for Children’s Summer Reading Program prizes will also be held. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to celebrate the Teen Summer Reading Program’s Grand Finale at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Artesia Public Library, featuring indoor mini-golf and cake. Drawings for Teen Summer Reading Program prizes will also be held. This is an after-hours event, so teens must arrive by 6:40 p.m. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.


The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host a waterfall earring workshop from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Cost is $61, all supplies included. To register, visit www.artesiaartscouncil.com or the OPAC box office.


The Band Booster Club will hold its first meeting of the school year at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, in the Artesia High School band hall. Parents of band students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend to work on band signs and discuss upcoming events.


Forever Free Fellowship will host a “Submerged” Vacation Bible School for children ages 5-12 from 1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 1-4. For more information, contact Olga Olguin at 635-7555 or Sally Carrera at 748-8839.


The Artesia Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Bulldog Bowl field house. All men interested in the football program are welcome. Officers will be elected and the upcoming hamburger fry discussed.


Registration for the Artesia Youth Soccer Association will be held during the AHS 3v3 Tournament Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Mack Chase Athletic Complex. Returning players may register online at artesiasoccer.wix.com prior to Aug. 19 and must participate in an evaluation Aug. 13 for the new, draft-style team selection. U5 and U6 players need not attend the evaluation. For more information, email [email protected] or call/text 748-7152 after 5 p.m.


One-a-day volleyball practices for athletes in grades 8-9 will be held from 8-10 a.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 8, at Park Junior High School. Athletes must have a current physical to participate.