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First Day — Jul 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.)


Meet the Teacher Day for all Artesia Public Schools elementary schools will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Grand Heights Early Childhood Center will hold a Meet the Teacher Day from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, for kindergarten students. The first day of school for APS elementaries, Zia, Park and Artesia High School is Monday, Aug. 15. The first day of school for Grand Heights is Monday, Aug. 22.


Auditions for the Ocotillo Comedy Troupe’s production of “Sleepy Hollow the Musical” will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 8-9 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Auditions are open to ages 12 and up; come with a prepared song and/or monologue. Ages 12-14 will be part of the Elite Children’s Theatre group and will rehearse separately; adult actors, if cast, must pay a membership fee and script fee of $30. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212 or visit www.artesiaartscouncil.com.


The Artesia High School Class of 1992 will hold a 25th reunion organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at The Jahva House. For more information, contact Melissa (Saiz) Boone at 703-4954.

(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.)


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


The Artesia Democratic Committee will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Pecos Inn.


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.


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.


“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.


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.


Eddy County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking caring, committed citizens to become advocates for abused or neglected children living in foster care. CASA provides training for volunteers. Training is scheduled to begin in the fall. For more information, call 746-6077; email [email protected]; or visit www.eddycountycasa.org or the CASA Office, 405 S. Second St.


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.


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 (plain or chocolate) or juice. For more information, call 736-7024.


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.


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.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Harvest Church. MOPS is open to any mom with kids ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided.


Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.


Women’s Community Bible Study will cover volume two of the Isaiah study from 9:35-11:35 a.m. Wednesdays in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. All denominations are welcome. A children’s program for homeschooled students ages birth to 13 years will have an age-appropriate Isaiah study. For more information, visit communitybiblestudy.org or contact Betsy at 317-3108.


Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered 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.


The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop 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. The shop is also in need of copy paper boxes. Call 746-6324 for pickup or deliver to 611 N. First St.


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. The group is also seeking volunteers.