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First Day — Feb 10, 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.)


Artesia High School Drama will present their competition piece, “The Whole Shebang” by Pat Cook, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the AHS Auditorium. Admission is free; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Eugene Irby at 703-5888.


Absentee voting by machine for the March 1 Regular Municipal Election begins today and ends Friday, Feb. 26. Voters wishing to cast their ballot early may come to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 511 W. Texas Ave., during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, file an application, and cast their vote by voting machine. For more information, call the office at 746-2122.


Pinners Anonymous for adults will meet from 2-4 p.m. today in the Artesia Public Library meeting room to make scrapbook coasters. The Paperbound and Silver Screen Book Club will watch the movie “The Lovely Bones” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11, in the meeting room.


The Artesia High School Softball Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria. All parents and interested persons are urged to attend.

(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.)


First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to mark the beginning of Lent with a service of communion and the imposition of ashes at 6 p.m. today at the church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue.


The Friends of the Library will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Artesia Public Library Community Room. Topics to be discussed include the stained glass door project, acoustics for the teen room, and the donation from Tip Vandewart. All interested persons are urged to attend.


The Artesia Emmaus Gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Westside Church of Christ.


The San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will hold a Valentine’s Day party at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the dining room. Cherry pie and coffee will be served, and the queen and king will be crowned. All members, interested persons, and families are invited to attend. For more information, call 365-7244.


The San Pedro Helpers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the First Baptist Church Total Life Center west meeting room.


The Artesia Association of Educational Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Hotel Artesia. Vernon and Kate Asbill will present a program about Israel.


Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Fenn’s Country Market. Cost is $10 per vehicle.


The Artesia Public Library will put on moody music and host an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party for teens ages 13-18 at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Teens can make cranky crafts, eat broken-heart desserts, and play jaded games. The event is free. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.


The Democratic Party of Eddy County Pre-Primary Nominating Convention will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. All registered Democrats attending will nominate and elect delegates to the State Pre-Primary Convention. For more information, contact Christy Thomas at 302-3209 or [email protected].


The Artesia Public Schools, including DD preschool, will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. Classes will resume Tuesday, Feb. 16.


The Artesia Public Library and Artesia Historical Museum will host a drop-in Recycled Workshop from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. Teens ages 13-18 are invited to alter t-shirts into something cool to wear. Designs for both boys and girls will be provided. The event is free, and all supplies are provided. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.


A free, six-week workshop for anyone with or caring for someone with a chronic disease will be held from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 16March 22, at the Artesia Public Health Office, 1001 Memorial Drive. To register, contact Maria Vasquez at 746-6201, ext. 6811.


The Sixth-Man Club will host the inaugural Bulldog Basketball Hamburger Fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Bulldog Pit for Pack the Pit night. Tickets are $7 each and include a hamburger, chips, drink and dessert. Meals can be eaten in the stands. Tickets are limited; to purchase, contact Perry at 308-3759.


The Artesia High School basketball teams are selling tickets for their Second Annual Car Raffle. Prize is a 2015 Jeep Renegade. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any basketball parent and at each home game. The drawing will be held on Pack the Pit night, Friday, Feb. 19. Need not be present to win. For tickets or more information, contact Christie Harris at 513-6017 or Shelli Taylor at 308-9640.


Valley Christian Church will screen the movie “War Room” from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the church, 2001 W. Grand Ave. Everyone is welcome. The movie is free, and popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 626-1200.


Zia Intermediate School is selling 2015-16 yearbooks. Yearbooks may be pre-ordered for $25. After Feb. 26, the cost will be $30. For more information, call 746-2766.