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First Day — Jun 29, 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.)

LIBRARY CLOSURE

The Artesia Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

MAGISTRATE COURT CLOSURE

Artesia Magistrate Court will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

SUMMER MOVIES

The Artesia Arts Council’s Summer Movies series continues at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Heritage Walkway with “The Goonies” (1985), starring Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. The movie and popcorn are free; bring a chair and a drink.


(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.)

LADY ‘DOG SOCCER

Artesia High School Lady Bulldog summer soccer practices will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Mack Chase Athletic Complex. Practices are open to all interested girls in junior high and high school. For more information, contact Coach Tim Trentham at 420-2026.

INDIANA BONES

The public is invited to join Indiana Bones as he takes children on an adventure through his stories at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The program, sponsored by the Artesia Public Library, is free. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

MEMORY LOSS

The Artesia Public Library will host “Coping with Memory Loss for Loved Ones” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, with Priscilla Lujan of the Alzheimer’s Association. Lujan will discuss recognizing the signs of memory issues and how to cope with the effects of memory-affecting diseases.

COMMUNITY STORY TIME

The Artesia Public Library will hold a Community Story Time with the Artesia Fire Department at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1. The free event features stories, songs, activities, crafts and snacks, and firefighters will read stories, discuss their jobs, and show off their fire trucks. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

TEEN WATER GAMES

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to take a break from the summer heat to compete in relay water races at 3 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the Artesia Public Library. Participants should dress accordingly, as the event will be held outside and they will get wet. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

CLASS OF 1996

The Class of 1996 will hold its 20-year reunion July 1-2. The class will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Cottonwood Wine & Brewing; from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center for a family hangout; and for dinner Saturday, July 2, at a time and place to be determined. For more information, contact Jennifer (Kuykendall) Humble at 308-3976.

CAR WASH

Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Fenn’s Country Market. Cost is $10 per vehicle.

PAWS & CLAWS

Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.

GRAND HEIGHTS SUMMER HOURS

Grand Heights Early Childhood Center summer hours are from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Anyone seeking to register a child for kindergarten for 2016-17 should bring current immunization records, proof of address, original birth certificate, and a photo ID of the person registering the student. For more information, call 746-6282.

COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE

The Eddy County offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The sheriff’s office will have deputies on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.

4-ON-4 VOLLEYBALL

A coed 4-on-4 volleyball tournament will be held July 4 at Jaycee Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the middle canopy; no early registration necessary. Cost is $20 per person with no more than two men on the court at a time. Pool play will begin at 9 a.m. with a double- elimination bracket to follow. For more information, contact Becky Argo at 308-8019.

KICKBALL TOURNAMENT

Pregnancy Help Center of Artesia will host a kickball tournament with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and games at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, on Langston and Williams fields at Jaycee Park. Cost is $10 per player, minimum of nine players. Co-ed, all ages. For more information, call 736-6400.

5K FUN RUN

A 5K fun run will be held July 4 at Jaycee Park. Entry fee is $20 for early registration, $25 the day of the run. Registration will be held from 6-6:20 a.m. and the race at 6:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Changing Lives Coalition. To register or for more information, visit www.changinglivesnm.com or call 736-7024.

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY

The Artesia Police Department will host a Junior Police Academy for kids ages 12-17 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 5-8. For more information or to register, contact Leticia Gomez at 746-5004.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP

The Bulldog volleyball team will host youth camps for girls entering grades 7-8 July 5-6 and girls entering grades 3-6 July 18-20 at Park Junior High. The July 5-6 camp will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the July 18-20 camp from 9 a.m. – noon. Cost is $40. To register or for more information, call 308-6336.

BULLDOG SOCCER

Boys in junior high and high school interested in playing Artesia High School Bulldog soccer should attend a player meeting and practice at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Mack Chase Athletic Complex. For more information, contact coach Phillip Jowers at 575-693-2631.

BAND BOOSTERS

The Band Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Artesia High School Band Hall. For more information, text or call Melissa at 703-4954.

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM

7024U will host lunch from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the youth outreach center, 702 W. Chisum Ave. Children eat free; cost is $3 for adults. Choice of hamburger, hot dog or green chile burger with all the fixings, chips, fruit, milk (white or chocolate) or juice. For more information, call 736-7024.

VIDEO & BOARD GAMES

Teens in grades 6-12 can play Xbox One and board games with friends at 3 p.m. each Thursday in June and July at the Artesia Public Library. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

FRIDAY MORNING DANCE

Adults are invited to a Friday Morning Dance program from 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in June and July at the Artesia Public Library. Bob Powers, retired competition dancer, will teach a different dance each week.

WALK THE STORY

The Artesia Public Library invites adults to “Walk the Story at Eagle Draw” from 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Saturday in June and July. Participants will discuss June’s stories while walking along Eagle Draw. Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” is available for checkout now.

SUMMER REC

The Summer Recreation Program for children ages 6 and up is now ongoing from 8 a.m. – noon, Monday-Friday, through July 22 at the Artesia Center. Cost is $50 per child and includes a t-shirt, dance and prizes. The program features games, arts and crafts, and exploring the recreation theme “It’s a jungle out there!” To register or for more information, contact Miriam at 746-0299.

UNDERGROUND OF ENCHANTMENT

“Underground of Enchantment,” featuring beautiful images of Lechuguilla Cave plus 3D viewers and a hands-on table with local rocks and minerals, is on display through Aug. 31 at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. Hours are 9 a.m. – noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment.

LITERACY COUNCIL

The Artesia Literacy Council is now open from 9 a.m. – noon and 1-3 p.m. inside Trinity Temple Assembly of God, 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

SHOES FOR PETS

New Mexico’s only no-kill animal shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking Artesians to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Businesses willing to house collection bins are also needed. Call 308-2199 for shoe pickup or drop off at the Artesia Daily Press, 503 W. Main St.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 4 p.m. Sundays in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.