If your non-profit group or organization has an event or ongoing project/program that you want to publicize, please submit your information to us, and if you qualify for free public service announcements, we’ll spread the word for you! Write down your info about the event or program, then get it to us. You can fax it to 575-393-4310; mail it or bring it to 619 N. Turner in Hobbs; or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a contact name and phone number or email address with your information. Questions? Call Dawn at 575-397-4969 or 575-399-4225.)
Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, will hold a blood drive Thursday from 11am until 3pm at Albertson’s in the Hobbs Plaza (bloodmobile will be parked outside the store) and on Friday from 11am until 3pm in the Safety Room at Smith & Sons Construction and Welding, 2750 Northwest County Road. Walk-ins are welcome or set up an appointment online at bloodhero.com or vitalant.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 Hobbs Senior Center dance is canceled until further notice.
The public is invited to the Shipp Street Plaza in downtown Hobbs for the annual Hobbs August Nights starting at 5pm Friday when vendor booths open. The Center for the Arts invites everyone to learn how to make chalk for creating chalk art beginning at 5pm. Local bands will entertain from 6pm until about 10pm. Admission is free. On Saturday, the Classic Car Show will be from 8am until 3pm, with a Cruise Down Broadway after the judging and award presentations. Games and activities for kids get under way at 10am and last until about 5pm. Vendor booths open at 10am and there’ll be food trucks, cold drinks, sweet treats and more. Concerts begin at 6pm with local singer Glenda Mackey followed by Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock band Poison. Admission is free and open to everyone.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY/TUESDAY (Sunday movie has Spanish subtitles)
The City of Lovington invites the public to the historic Lea Theatre across from the courthouse to see “Angry Birds 2: The Movie” at the theater across from the courthouse at 7pm. Movies are usually shown on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at 7pm. Sunday showings have subtitles in Spanish. Regular movie admission is $8 for adults, $7 for kids 12-and-younger and $7 for senior citizens age 65 and older. Tuesday tickets are $4 each. When applicable, add $1 each for 3D show or take your own 3D glasses. Find out more at 1radiosquare.com. Money spent at helps finish restoration projects on the theater. (Concessions open; Lea Theatre on FB; Questions? Call City Hall, 396-2884)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
Hobbs Juneteenth Committee invites the public to a “Back 2 School Bash” from 8am until 5pm at Washington Park near Booker T. Washington Elementary, East Marland and 5th street. There’ll be a basketball game between the Hobbs Police and Fire Departments plus a basketball tournament for elementary kids, volleyball and kickball games. There’ll be plenty of booths for food, drinks and other goodies plus “dancing with the DJ” fun too. (Jan, 964-4316 or Cathey, 318-3829)
The Hobbs Farmers Market will be open 9am-1pm at Green Meadow Lake on the Lovington Highway. Admission is free. A variety of vendors will be on site each Saturday offering items such as locally grown fruits, vegetables, jewelry, arts and crafts, and more. (runs each Saturday thru October)
The Lovington Farmer’s Market is 9am until 12noon outside the Lea County Courthouse. Admission is free and open to everyone. There’ll be a variety of vendors on site each Saturday through the end of summer and into fall.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019
Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame currently has a Sunday classic series featuring the theme "Great Westerns" with movies starting at 2 p.m. at the theater inside the museum on the NMJC campus. The movie this Sunday will be "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) starring John Wayne Admission is free and open to all. Refreshments are included. For more information, please call 492-2678.
Outdoor pools at Humble and Heizer are now closed for the year.
The pool at Del Norte Park, 4314 N. Grimes also is now open only on Saturday/Sunday Tuesday noon-6pm through Labor Day Weekend (including Labor Day Monday). Admission is $2 for ages 4-61 (free younger than 4 and older than 61).
CORE is open daily with several indoor pools and aquatics features—for info, 393-2673; 4827 Lovington Hwy; COREhobbs.com
Splash pads are open only on Saturday and Sunday at Mills, Taylor, Washington and Jefferson elementary school parks and at Hobbs City Park from 10:30am until 7:30pm and are free to use. (If water isn’t on, hit activation button to turn it on.) For more information, please call 397-9291, parks and rec Facebook page)
Lovington’s pool at 1002 S. Industrial Road is now closed.
Lovington’s splash pad at Chaparral Park, 1005 S. Commercial, will remain open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day through Labor Day weekend (last day is Sept. 3). Usage is free and open to everyone. (Lovington City, 396-2884)
The outdoor public pools in Eunice and Jal are now closed for the summer!
Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet on Sept. 6 at the Lea County Event Center with cocktail hour at 5pm and the banquet at 6pm. Special guest speaker will be entrepreneur and business mentor Richard Montanez, inventor of “Hot Cheetos”. Awards will be given out and dinner served. Tickets are $75 per person or $520 for a table of eight and are available at the chamber office, 113 N. Shipp, or call 393-1030.
Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce Foundation invites the public to the 9 th annual Fiestas de Septiembre on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6-11pm at the Shipp Street Plaza in downtown Hobbs (corner of Broadway and Shipp). It will feature live music from Duelo, Solido, Mariachi Flores Mexicanas, along with food, drinks, rides for kids and more. It’s free and open to everyone. Sponsorships are available until the deadline, Aug. 23. (Oscar Gonzalez, 575-390-7676; chamber at 393-1030)
A free Marriage Conference hosted by the “God Wants Us Together” program will take place every Thursday night through September at 7pm at Holiday Inn Express on the Lovington Highway in Hobbs. It’s open to everyone. Childcare will be available. For more information, please contact S. Marin at 575-441-0598.
The City of Hobbs will offer its Large Item Pickup service again beginning August 10 for residences south of Broadway and within city limits; Sept. 14 for residences between Broadway and Sanger within city limits; Oct. 5 for residences north of Sanger and west of Fowler within city limits; and Nov. 2 for residences north of Sanger and east of Fowler within city limits. Residents should place large items all the way out to the curb no later than 8am on the day of pickup. No more than four (4) passenger tires are allowed to be picked up per household. Hazardous materials, such as wet paint, must be placed separately from non-hazardous materials. Items that will NOT be picked up include construction materials, demolition materials, tree limbs longer than 4 feet (cut them shorter than 4 feet to be picked up), commercial waste and biological waste. Anyone who needs help getting large items to the curb should call 397-9292 by noon on the Wednesday before scheduled pickup day to request help.
Lea County Humane Society invites the public to its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday each month at 6:30pm at the Animal Adoption Center, 700 N. Grimes in Hobbs. The group also is seeking volunteer drivers to take animals to rescues in other states so they can find forever homes and not be euthanized. For more information, please contact Bobby at 575-399-0272 or Pat 441-2087.
The Guidance Center of Lea County is accepting donations to provide monetary and emotional support for transitional housing for Lea County folks who would otherwise be homeless. Guidance Center is the local lead agency for special needs housing and is asking for the community’s help in bridging the gap for citizens who are struggling with homelessness. The funds are to help Guidance Center quickly move at risk populations to stable housing by removing short-term financial barriers such as deposits, first month’s rent, utility expenses, bus tickets, warm clothes/blankets and temporary hotel stays. The JF Maddox Foundation will match all donations up to $5,000. If you’d like to donate or get more info, call 575-393-3168 or mail donations to Guidance Center of Lea County, PO Box 907, Hobbs, NM 88241-0907.
Guidance Center of Lea County’s Autism Clinic is accepting applications for employment for Behavioral Technicians. The Autism Clinic is an early intensive behavior intervention clinic that serves children from 12 months of age up until they start kindergarten who are at risk for or have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is no cure for autism or ASD, but intensive, early treatment can make substantial and lasting improvements in a child’s future growth and development. Anyone who wants to apply for a Behavioral Technician position, please contact HR coordinator Stephanie Moore, 393-3168, ext. 243, or go to 920 W. Broadway for an application packet.
Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation want area residents to know that help is available with rent, mortgage, utilities and prescriptions with a complete, approved application for assistance. Applications are available at 401 W. Taylor St. Speak with Laura, who is available Mondays and Wednesdays, 8am-3:30pm.
If you have a few hours a week and would like to do something to help the community fight domestic violence, Sheri’s House of Hope Thrifty Boutique is accepting applications for a part-time clerk. Must be available to work mid-days and Saturdays. Stop by 800 N. Turner anytime Monday-Saturday from 10am until 6pm to fill out an application. No phone calls please, must apply in person.
The Hobbs Water Conservation Period has begun and continues through Sept. 15. Residents who have odd-numbered addresses may water lawns on odd-numbered days of the month. Residents who have even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered days of the month. Watering is allowed once each day, either from 4-8am or 7-11pm. No watering is allowed on the 31 st day of the month.
Grief Share is a weekly grief support group sponsored by Kindred Hospice. The group meets on Mondays at 3pm at Northgate Free Will Baptist Church, 7201 N. Grimes in Hobbs. It is free and open to anyone who has lost a loved one and is trying to deal with that loss. (Pastor Dennis Durfee, 724-651-0510, or Dendurfee52@gmail.com)
Sheri’s House of Hope in Hobbs reminds those who like a great bargain on clothing, appliances, furniture and home décor items to take a look at the large selection of gently used and new clothing and items for the home on sale for great prices at the organization’s boutique, 800 N. Turner St. You can shop for items you want and need AND help fight domestic violence at the same time. The boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am until 4pm. If you have gently used clothing, furniture, appliances or household items that you don’t use, you can donate them and help fight domestic violence in Lea County. Drop off items at Sheri’s House of Hope. For more information, please call 575-393-4673.
The EnergyPlex Toastmasters is a group whose mission is to help you improve your communication skills and open doors in your fpersonal and professional life. The group meets on the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Agnes Head Community Center, 200 E. Park St. For more info, please call Pam Beasley, 575-725-3023.
Llano Estacado Art Association hosts “Drink and Draw” on the evening of the fourth Friday of each month at Undergrounds, 3421 N. Grimes in Hobbs. Non-members may take their own art supplies and join members for the event free of charge.
Option, Incorporated is the Domestic Violence Center and Emergency Shelter for Lea County. It is a non-profit organization that works to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and spread awareness. Option offers a variety of services to both victims and offenders of domestic violence. Services, which are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, include safe harbor and refuge, legal advocacy, facilitation, and education. Option is located at 200 N. Dalmont St. in Hobbs. Call 575-397- 1576 for help or dial 9-1- 1 if you feel immediately threatened or unsafe.
To get a referral for a free evaluation on hearing, vision and developmental milestones for children from birth to age 3, call Meca Therapies at 575-492- 9505. If you suspect your child may have some kind of developmental delay, call and ask for a free referral. For more information, please call Katrina Fuller, 575-631- 8714.
Have some extra time on your hands? Volunteers are needed for community-minded service work to help fight domestic violence. Sheri's House of Hope Thrifty Boutique has opportunities for individuals or groups to do voluntary service. For more info, apply in person at 800 N. Turner in Hobbs. The boutique always offers an interesting and unique shopping experience with your money going towards the fight against domestic violence. For more information, please call 390-0648.
If you’re interested in getting your GED, free classes are available locally to get you ready to take your High School Equivalency Test. You can enroll in the next session of free classes at the Adult Education office, Suite 205, 2 nd floor Ben Alexander building at New Mexico Jr. College in Hobbs. A Spanish speaker is available. The office is open M-F, 8-5. The AE program offers free classes for English as a Second Language, as well. Call 575-492- 2629 for more information.
Southeast New Mexico Community Action invites the public to find out more about becoming a foster grandparent. Volunteers who become foster grandparents help local children develop the academic and life skills that are critical to their development and future successes. Free training and information are available at NationalService.gov/SeniorCorps, or call 1-800- 942-2677.
Hobbs Public Library’s Young Adult Program will be held in the library meeting room on the first Wednesday of every month from 3-4:30pm. Activities such as coloring, games, arts & crafts, movies, Legos and more are free to boys and girls in grades 4 and up at 509 N. Shipp St. The time, day and grade level of the library’s youth program have been adjusted to hopefully include more students and to take advantage of the early dismissal on Wednesdays in the Hobbs schools. For more information, please call 397-9328 or visit hobbspubliclibrary.org
The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General offers advocates to help consumers who encounter scams, faulty products, and broken promises. The AG’s office advises those who need help to fill out a consumer complaint form on the website at www.nmag.gov or call toll-free statewide at 1-844- 255-9210.
Isaiah’s Soup Kitchen at 304 W. Harden in Hobbs provides two hot meals per day to struggling, disabled and elderly citizens, Monday through Friday. Isaiah’s thanks all who have donated in the past, but the recent economy has cut donations significantly and Isaiah’s is asking local folks, organizations, businesses and churches to donate, so that the soup kitchen can continue to provide services, as it has for the past 25 years. All donations are tax deductible. Isaiah’s motto is, “We offer a hand up, not a hand out!” The staff and volunteers served more than 30,000 plates of food in 2017 and provided 1,641 food boxes. If you’d like to donate, contact the director, Renee Madron at 631-2220, or board president Mike Stone at 441-3793.
The Office of Attorney General of New Mexico offers advocates to help consumers who encounter scams, faulty products and broken promises. Those who need help should fill out a consumer complaint form on the website, www.nmag.gov, or call 1-844-255-9210. All services are free. For more information, please call 505-717-3500.
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