First Day — Nov 27, 2015
(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 CRAFT SALE
The Artesia Senior Center will hold a craft sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the center, 202 W. Chisum Ave. Crafts including kitchen items, woodcraft items, crocheted items, jewelry and purses, baked goods, candy, and Christmas decorations will be available. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Pecos Valley Classic Ag Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at La Fonda.
(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.)
Artesia Magistrate Court is closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Artesia Public Library is closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.
COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE
The Eddy County offices are closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The road department will be closed today but will have a crew on call. The sheriff’s department will remain on duty.
LITERACY COUNCIL CLOSURE
The Artesia Literacy Council is closed through Sunday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
SIXTH MAN CLUB
The boys’ basketball Sixth Man Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Bulldog Pit. Anyone interested in supporting Bulldog basketball is urged to attend.
Adults are invited to color their stress away from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room.
GUERREROS TOY DRIVE
The Guerreros motorcycle club is holding a toy drive for underprivileged children. Toys or $15 donations may be dropped off locally at Get Cut, MY-vape, The Jahva House, Lykins Tire, O’Reilly Auto Parts, or Cisco Equipment. The Seventh Annual Toy Run, featuring food, music and door prizes, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Roswell Mall. For more information, call 748-5109.
LIGHT UP ARTESIA
The annual Light Up Artesia event will be held from 4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in downtown Artesia. Downtown merchants will stay open late for Christmas shoppers, vendors will sell goodies along Main Street, and Santa Claus will make his arrival in the Parade of Lights. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, Santa will take holiday requests at the Artesia Public Library.
CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS
The public is invited to spend an evening with Dave “Elvis” Ehlert, who has made being Elvis into an art, from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Paperbound and Silver Screen Book Discussion Group will meet from 5-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room for discussion.
GOOD SHEPHERD TOY DRIVE
The 15th Annual Good Shepherd Toy Giveaway will be held Dec. 19. New or used toys may be dropped off at Forever Free Fellowship, 801 Grand Ave., or call 520-1075 for pickup. For more information, call 748-8839.
The inaugural ‘Coach Mo’ Memorial Dodgeball Tournament will be held Monday, Dec. 21, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Play will be six-on-six. Cost is $100 per team; age groups from first grade through adult are available. Deadline to register is Dec. 11; only the first eight teams in each age group will be accepted. Entry forms and checks made payable to the Greater Artesia Foundation may be dropped off at the TLC. All proceeds benefit the Marcos Morillon Memorial Scholarship. For more information, contact Mecca Mauritsen at 746-4335 or [email protected].
Volunteers are needed to make gingerbread dough, as well as to roll and bake the dough and help assemble houses, for the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center’s upcoming Gingerbread House Workshop. Gingerbread dough can be made beforehand and dropped off to the OPAC, where it will be frozen until time to make houses. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. To volunteer, contact Lauren Austin at 746-4212. A gingerbread recipe can be found online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com (click 11th Annual Gingerbread House Workshop link).
Living Well Church is seeking donations of coats, hats, gloves and blankets for men, women and children to help those in need of warmth this winter. Donations may be dropped off at the church, Pecos Diamond, Artesia Physical fitness, Artesia Public Schools or contact Michelle Silvas at 308-3719 or Pastor Eric at 420-0059.
Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christcentered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa 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.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH DONATIONS
The Community Outreach Center, an outreach ministry of Hermosa Church of Christ, is in need of general household items, furniture and appliances. Donations benefit local families in need. Items needed include couches, chairs, bed sheets, and bedroom furniture. No clothes please. Donations can be dropped off from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center, 515 W. Centre Ave. For more information, call 736-2727.
AUXILIARY BAG SALES
The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store is bringing back its $5 bag sale. The store is open from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and bag sales are held each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Copies of “Artesia’s Most Wanted: Pioneer Recipes 1900-1960” are available at a cost of $19.95 each at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. The cookbook features more than 200 recipes by Artesia pioneers in their own words. All proceeds support travelling exhibits at the new Art Center. For more information, call 748-2390.
ON THE MOVE
On the Move will host a free clothing drive for those in need from the Care-A-Van on the second Saturday of each month in the Fenn’s Country Market parking lot and the last Saturday of each month in the Gregg’s Foods parking lot. For more information, call 708-0033 or 365-5505.
COURSE IN MIRACLES
A Course in Miracles study group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call 704-6129 or 702-215-1495.
Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Harvest Fellowship. Childcare is provided for children ages birth to kindergarten. All mothers are welcome. Visit on Facebook at Artesia MOPS.
ON THE MOVE MINISTRY
On the Move Ministry is looking for a parcel of land in the county to place an R.V., tent or mobile home for emergency shelter for those in need. Also accepting donations of R.V., trailer or mobile home and monetary donations. For more information call 708-0033.
On the Move ministry is seeking volunteers, especially van drivers, to help with the clothing van for the homeless and those in need. For more information, call 708-0033.
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
Community Bible Study for women and children is held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. An in-depth study of Isaiah will be used for 30 weeks. For more information, contact Betsy at 317-3108 or visit communitybiblestudy.org.
AHS ANNUAL SALES
The 2016 Artesia High School yearbook is on sale now at a cost of $85. Students are encouraged to order early, as many did not receive the 2015 book due to forgetting to order prior to the spring deadline. To order, see Sherrie Bratcher in Room I-150 at AHS.
SNMCAC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) is seeking volunteers for its foster grandparents and senior companion programs. For more information, contact Delilah Coss at 746-6712 or visit 1313 Gilchrist Ave.
The Artesia RC Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the Artesia Bowling Lanes banquet room. Workshops are held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays following the meetings.
The Artesia Literacy Council, 1902 W. Main St., is now offering evening classes. Tutors are needed for both evening and day classes. Two hours, two days or evenings a week, are required. For more information, contact June Marie at 748-9740.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey Ave.
The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.