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First Day — May 22, 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.)


The Artesia Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum Ave., will host an open house and craft sale, plus an art exhibit, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. Items will be on display and for sale from all craft classes, and artists will be showing their paintings and demonstrating techniques. For more information, call 748-1207.


A pre-registration meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Hermosa Church of Christ, 2512 W. Bush Ave. (enter via north door), for the Homeschool Christian Academy for students in grades K-12. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, September 2016 – April 2017. For more information, call 513-1445.


The Democratic Party of Eddy County will hold its 2016 Presidential Nominating County Convention at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. All eligible registered Democrats in attendance will nominate and elect 17 representatives for the Post-Primary District and State Conventions. For more information, email [email protected] or call 575-302-3209.

(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.)


All high school and junior high girls planning to play soccer in the fall must meet with coach Tim Trentham at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, in his classroom at Artesia High School.


Artesia Clean & Beautiful and HollyFrontier will host the traveling dumpsters at the following locations: May 23– 29, South 10th Street and West Missouri Avenue; May 30June 5, Bulldog Bowl; June 6-12, Brewer lot at 26th and Main streets; June 13-19, 601 N. 16th St. Do not bring household hazardous waste. For more information, call 748-3192.


The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 23, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.


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.


Poll worker training for the June 7 primary election will be conducted from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Eddy County Public Works Building, 2611 S. 13th St., Artesia, and 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1302 W. Pierce St., Carlsbad. Anyone interested in working the election should attend a training. For more information, contact the Bureau of Elections at 575-885-3383.


The 7024U Youth Outreach Center is accepting applications for vendor booths at the School’s Out Summer Splash. Applications for the May 27 event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex may be picked up at 702 W. Chisum Ave. or call 736-7024 for more information.


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 last day of school for the Artesia Public Schools will be Friday, May 27; early dismissal will also be held that day, according to the following schedule: Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, 1:05 p.m.; all elementary schools, 1:15 p.m.; Zia Intermediate, 1:20 p.m.; Park Junior High, 1:20 p.m.; and Artesia High School, 1:30 p.m.


The Artesia Public Library will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.


“People of the Land,” a collection of Southwest fine art, is on display at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center through May 31. Contemporary and historic pieces are featured, along with a computer kiosk for further exploration. For more information, call 748-2390.


The Eddy County Bureau of Elections is informing the public early voting for the June 7 primary election is ongoing through June 4. Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Eddy County Clerk’s Sub-Office, 602 S. First St., Artesia, and the Eddy County Clerk’s Office, 325 S. Main St., Carlsbad.


The Eddy County Bureau of Elections is reminding the public that absentee voting for the June primary election is underway. Anyone wishing to absentee vote, in person or by mail, may contact the bureau at 575-885-3383 or visit 325 S. Main St., Carlsbad. Final day for mail-out ballots will be June 3.


Faith Baptist Church is registering students in grades 2-5 for a church camp, to be held June 5-9. Cost is $250. For more information, contact Paul Dunbar at 513-3106 or visit fbcartesia.com.


The Bulldog basketball team will hold a kids’ camp for students in grades 1-8 from 1-4 p.m. June 6-8 at Bulldog Pit. Cost is $40 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt and basketball. The camp will feature drills, scrimmages and contests, and medals for competition winners. Campers should bring clean gym shoes, workout clothes and camp t-shirt, and money for the concession stand. Registration will be held from noon – 1 p.m. June 6 at the Pit, or contact coach Michael Mondragon at 308-3524 to obtain a pre-registration form.


First Evangelical Presbyterian Church will host the Collinsworth School of Music choir in concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the church, 402 W. Grand Ave. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.


The Third Annual Band Boosters Sporting Clay Shoot will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Eddy County Shooting Range. Orange ($1,250) and White ($500) sponsorships are available to help Bulldog band students in grades 6-12 with travel, uniforms, equipment and scholarships. Gun boards are also located at Bennie’s Western Wear, Big Chief Trading Post, and First Street Firearms. Donations may also be mailed to: Artesia Band Boosters, 4011 W. Main St., Artesia, N.M., 88210. For more information, call 308-3184, 308-9688 or 308-1634.