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First Day — Apr 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.)


Due to the recent passing of Sandi Lanning, Friend of the Library, the Artesia Public Library will be closed from 12:30-3 p.m. Monday, May 2, so the staff may attend the funeral.


The Eddy County Bureau of Elections is informing the public that the certification of early and absentee voting machines for the primary election will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the voting machine warehouse, 326 S. Canyon St., Carlsbad. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, contact the bureau at 575-885-3383.


Adults are invited to color their stress away from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room. Refreshments and snacks will be served.


Smokin’ on the Pecos is scheduled for June 24-25 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. Anyone interested in hosting a booth in the art, craft and trade show may contact Leah Boone to make a reservation. Booths are $50, first come, first served. For applications or more information, visit www.smokinonthepecos.us or call 513-2863.


The American Legion will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, at 402 W. Hermosa Drive. A potluck dinner will be followed by a meeting. All veterans are welcome to attend.


DAV will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at 402 W. Hermosa Drive to share a potluck dinner and camaraderie. A meeting will follow.


The Artesia Literacy Council will hold its end-of-year party Thursday, May 12, to honor GED students, those who have obtained citizenship, most-improved ESL students, and tutors. For more information, contact June at 748-9740.


The Artesia High School softball banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Tickets are $9 each.

(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.)


St. Anthony’s Catholic Church will be selling pro-life t-shirts after Mass April 30May 1 for $20 each, cash only, to benefit the Pregnancy Help Center of Artesia. Baby bottles will also be distributed after both Masses in the foyer; fill with coins, cash or checks and return May 14-15 or drop off at the St. Anthony’s Gift Shop or Pregnancy Help Center.


The Artesia Community Theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the First Christian Church parlor. Plans for the upcoming play “Honk!”, under the direction of Alice Lorang, will be discussed. Everyone is invited to come and share ideas. For more information, contact Maria Almanza at 748-4905.


The Men’s Group of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will hold its homemade menudo sale from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the St. Damien Center, 1111 N. Roselawn Ave. Cost is $8 for a 16-ounce container of menudo with all the trimmings. Proceeds will benefit evangelization events.


The Yeso Elementary School PTO will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday, May 4, in Room 8. All parents are encouraged to attend.


A Mother’s Day party, sponsored by the Helpers Club of San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the center dining room. Cake and punch will be served, and the line dancers will entertain. All members, families and interested persons are urged to attend. For more information, call 365-7244.


The Artesia Community Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Honk!” (a musical version of The Ugly Duckling) May 5-7 at First United Methodist Church. Parts are available for all ages. Children’s auditions will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. May 5, youth and adult auditions from 6-8 p.m. May 6 and 9 a.m. – noon May 7, and open auditions will be held from 2-4 p.m. May 7. Singers, dancers and gymnasts wanted. Production dates are Aug. 18-21. For more information, call 746-3756.


The inaugural Summer Activities Fair signup will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Yeso Elementary School gymnasium. This is a one-stop shop to learn about all the summer activities available this summer to kids. The fair is sponsored by the Yeso PTO.


Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.


Artesia MainStreet will hold an ARTesia Art Walk from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in downtown Artesia. Check out local artists, sidewalk activities for the kids, and shop for Mom. For more information, call 746-1117.


Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will present nationally acclaimed Catholic speaker, evangelist and author Jesse Romero, M.A., at its Youth Conference at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6 (Spanish session), and 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 (English session), in the St. Damien Center, 1111 N. Roselawn Ave.


The inaugural Kickin’ It 4 Africa 3v3 Soccer Tournament will be held May 7-8 at Jaycee Park. Four-player minimum, six-player maximum teams may register through May 2 in age divisions U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, open men, open women, and adult coed. Cost is $125 per team by today $135 after. Forms may be obtained at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact Jami Ragsdale at [email protected].


The Artesia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 12 will hold its first meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Elks Lodge, 322 W. Quay Ave. Any current, former or retired police officer is invited to attend. This is a membership drive. For more information, visit www.FOP.net or email [email protected].


The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its annual food drive Saturday, May 14. Brown bags will be delivered to be filled and picked up by Artesia’s letter carriers. Nonperishable items only (canned goods and boxed items). Fill bags and place them by the mail receptacle May 14 for pickup.


The Senior Salute committee meets at 5 p.m. each Monday until that day’s projects are completed. Meetings are come-and-go and will be held in the Artesia High School art annex room. Anyone interested is welcome to come help.


The Stanford 10, a national achievement test for homeschoolers, will be administered to students in grades 4-12 May 23-24 at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. To register or for more information, visit www.homeschooltestingservices.com. Registration ends May 1.


This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program, “Exercise the Mind,” is all about health and wellness. The Artesia Public Library is searching for photographers who would like to display their sports photos at the library during the months of June and July. Photos must be framed and matted, and accompanied by a card with the photographer’s name and any contact information they’d like to provide. For more information, contact Jo Scott at the library, 746-4252. Photos must be submitted by May 25.


The 7024U Youth Outreach Center has spots available for students in grades 6-12. Topics over the next few weeks will include cell phone use (pros/cons), bullying, and social skills. Tutoring services are also available. For more information, call 736-7024 or email [email protected]. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to call, email, or visit the center.


Hermosa Bright Beginnings Preschool is now enrolling 4- and 5-year-olds for the 2016-17 school year. Classes are held from 8-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursday from August 2016 – May 2017. Tuition is $130 per month; space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Laura Williams or Paula Gatewood at 748-3301 or [email protected] and [email protected].


The Chase Foundation is hosting math homework help for Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Math Analysis from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays during the month of April at their office, 2103 W. Main St. For more information, contact Jennifer Urban at [email protected] or 746-2419.


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.