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SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021
Hobbs Community Players will hold its annual Gala on Saturday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 1700 N. Grimes. It is free and open to everyone. The group will observe state-mandated health practices for those who attend. The event will be streamed on Facebook on the Hobbs Community Players page. (Also if state health orders permit, the players plan a 5-show season beginning in mid-March and continuing through mid-December, including a musical, a summer youth workshop production, and a haunted house for Halloween. Carey Lindner is currently the president of the HCP. For more information, please visit www.communityplayersofhobbs.com or the organization's Facebook page.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021
Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, will hold its next community blood drive in Lea County on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 1-5 p.m. at Lovington Chamber of Commerce, 201 S. Main in Lovington. Walk-ins are accepted only if all donation slots are not filled. Set up an appointment to give blood during the drive times by calling Stephanie at 575-840-8178. All donors must wear a facemask or cloth-based face covering if they wish to donate blood. To save time, donors may register ahead of time online at www.vitalant.org. (More blood drives: Jan. 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Hobbs; Jan. 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at NMJC Training & Outreach Center; Jan. 29, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Smith & Sons Construction Hobbs)

ONGOING
The New Mexico Dept. of Health office at 302 N. 5 th St. in Lovington will offer free flu shots each Friday until further notice from 11am to 2pm. Pre-registration IS NOT REQUIRED. Adults do NOT have to have health insurance but should show insurance cards if they do. The drive-through clinic is available for no charge for children and uninsured adults, while supplies last. For more information, please call 396-2853.

The New Mexico Dept. of Health’s Hobbs Public Health Office, 1923 N. Dal Paso, will host drive-through free flu shot clinics in the north parking lot every Friday from 11am until 2pm while supplies last. Health officials advise that everyone from six months of age and older should get a flu shot each flu season. Remember, masks are required for those who want to get the free flu shot, and shot will NOT be given to anyone with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing or to someone who’s recently tested positive for COVID-19. Only four (4) people per car will be accepted (one person per vehicle window). Pre-registration is NOT required. For more info, call the health office at 575-397-2463 option 4.

New Mexico State Police will continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and registration-insurance-driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties and issuing citations through November. This is an effort to reduce alcohol-related deaths and help change society’s attitude about driving while impaired by alcohol or other substances. Buckle up, don’t speed, and don’t drink-and-drive…instead, help save lives. For more information, please call 575-885-3138 or visit www.sp.nm.gov.

Hobbs Boys and Girls Club is open and provides programs Monday through Friday, with services designed for your kids when they are not in school. Breakfast, lunch and one daily afternoon snack will be provided, along with the usual supervised games, activities and studies at the club, corner of Broadway and Fowler in downtown Hobbs. It is on a first-come, first-served basis each week to the first 100 kids that sign up. Yes, there are openings now. Cost per child is the annual $25 membership fee plus:

*$40 weekly fee for one child;
*$30 weekly fee for two children;
*$20 weekly fee for three or more children.
For more information, call the club at 575-397-4556 or 575-393-7905.

The New Mexico Dept of Veterans Services has posted two videos on its website with info about veteran suicide awareness and prevention, including immediate and long-term resources available for veterans at risk for suicide. The videos can be found at www.nmdvs.org. The NMDVS also is asking veterans to take a short online survey to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the state’s veteran population. No personal or confidential questions are asked. The survey can be found at the top of the DVS website homepage, www.nmdvs.org. Questions may be easily answered by selecting a provided answer, then clicking the submit button at the end of the survey.

The New Mexico Activities Association Foundation will be handing out an additional $20,000 in scholarships this school year (for a total of more than $40,000) to high school students in New Mexico. The NMAA Foundation also will distribute more than $25,000 in grants to various athletic programs that need financial assistance. The deadline to apply for scholarships is April 1. To find out more, go to www.nmact.org, use Twitter @_NMAA or #WeWillPlayAgainNM.

The New Mexico Forestry Division’s spring seedling sale is under way with about 30,000 trees and shrubs available for sale on the website www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD. The deadline to order is April 16. For more information, please call 575-476-3200.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at the public health office in Hobbs from 7-10:30am weekdays ONLY for those who register ahead of time online at https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. The testing is done at the Lea County Health Office in Hobbs, 1923 N. Dal Paso Suite B (use north entrance on Michigan Street) and REMAINin your vehicle. For more information, please call 575-397-2463.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are being given in Lea County according to state health dept. guidelines and procedures. Those who want to get vaccines MUST REGISTER FIRST either online at www.vaccinenm.org, www.cvvaccine.nmhealth.org or by calling your doctor. Find our more about the vaccine, who is eligible, how to register and other details online at www.cv.nmhealth.org or call toll-free 1-855-600-3453. Also, free testing for COVID-19 continues in a variety of places and times in Lea County. Go online for a schedule of testing options in a variety of places and times in Lea County. Go online for a schedule of testing options at www.cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. Get more info about vaccines and/or testing through Nor-Lea Hospital in Lovington, Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, NMJC, public health offices in Hobbs and Lovington, and at any local doctor's office or medical/health clinic.

The Lea County Center for the Arts is closed again at 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Normal hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1-7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. When reopened, admission will remain free and open to everyone. Find out more information at lccanm.org or call 397-ARTS.

The Lea County Museum in Lovington is closed again with buildings at 103 N. Love, 114 E. Central and others that are also near the courthouse. Normal hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; admission is free to all buildings and exhibits and to most programs. The current exhibit is "Stephanie in 3D" featuring ceramic art by Stephanie Holland of Hobbs is scheduled to resume when the museum reopens. For more information, contact Jim Harris at 396-4805.

Lovington Mainstreet and Lovington Chamber of Commerce are handing out FREE packs of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to families from 8 a.m. - noon Monday through Thursday at the Troy Harris Center, 201 S. Main (a block south of the courthouse) in Lovington. Each packet contains items like facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and more for a family of 4. For more information, please call 575-396-5311 or 396-1418.

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 dawn@1radiosquare.com. 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.)

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. Shop for items you want AND help fight domestic violence at the same time. The boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am until 5pm. For more information, please call 575-393-4673.

Option, Incorporated is the Domestic Violence Center and Emergency Shelter for Lea County. It is a non-profit organization that works to reduce 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.

Is your child age 1-3 on track with their growth and learning? Meca Therapies offers FREE screenings to track your child’s development. To get a referral for a free evaluation on hearing, vision and developmental milestones for children from birth to age 3, call at 575-492-9505. If you suspect your child may have some kind of developmental delay, please call and get a free referral. (Meca is at 2424 N. Lovington Hwy, Hobbs)

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 at 800 N. Turner in Hobbs. The boutique offers an interesting shopping experience with your money going towards fighting domestic violence. For more information, please call 390-0648 mobile.

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.

During the school year (and only when school is in session), Hobbs Public Library’s Young Adult Program is held in the library on the 1st Wednesday of each 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. For more information, please call 397-9328 or visit hobbspubliclibrary.org.

The Children, Youth and Families Department of the State of New Mexico reminds everyone that there are thousands of children of all ages in the state who need to be placed with loving parents or families for foster care or adoption. If you are interested in finding out more about foster care or adoption, call the New Mexico CYFD hotline at 1-800-432-2075. Of if you need to report suspected child abuse, call 1-855-333-SAFE or #SAFE from your cell phone. For more information, please visit cyfd.org.

For parents and families of foster or adoptive children in Lea County, Emma’s Closet offers children’s clothes free of charge. The closet is located at CASA of Lea County, 501 N. Linam and available during business hours. You can donate items on Wednesday 8-11am or by appointment, call 407-756-0028. (CASA, 393-0015)

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.

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.

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, 800 N. Turner in Hobbs. Tax deductible donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday, 11am until 4pm. For more information, please call 575-393-HOPE; 393-4673.

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 JF Maddox Foundation will match all donations up to $5,000. 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.

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. Get applications at 401 W. Taylor St. Speak with Laura on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8am-3:30pm.

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. For more information, please contact Pastor Dennis Durfee, 724-651-0510, or Dendurfee52@gmail.com.

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.

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, 575-399-0272; Pat, 441-2087.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes and about one-third of all people in New Mexico have pre-diabetes (very high-risk for developing diabetes). Nor-Lea Hospital in Lovington urges people with diabetes or at-risk for the disease to eat smaller portions every 4-5 hours and always have healthy snacks with you; Avoid processed foods and sodas; eat more fresh foods; It’s never too late to start eating better and getting more exercise to help avoid diabetes and its deadly complications. You can still live a full, enjoyable life filled with delicious foods even if you are diabetic. Nor-Lea invites the public to special FREE meetings about living with diabetes on the 3 rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the hospital at 1600 N. Main in Lovington and on the 3 rd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm at the Senior Center (English/Spanish available). Find out more at 575-396-6611 ext.1201)

Hobbs Kennel Club welcomes the public to its monthly meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at the kennel club, 2337 N. Jefferson. The club also offers obedience and handling classes that start in the spring. For more information, please contact Allen Jackson at 575-392-9417.

Guidance Center of Lea County is now enrolling individuals in its new Health Home program, which is not a place but a group of health care professionals and service providers working together to ensure you get the appropriate care and services needed to stay healthy. Some benefits of a Health Home are managing your physical and behavioral health issues, social services, and other community programs that will support and assist you and your family. It is designed to focus on your choices, your strengths, good health and total wellness (body, mind, spirit). To get more info, call 575-393-3168, ext. 207.

COVID-19 CLOSURES
The Lea Theatre remains closed as per the governor’s order. There WILL NOT be a movie this weekend—check the theater’s Facebook page for updates and keep listening to us for more information. The City of Lovington invites the public to the historic Lea Theatre across from the courthouse to see new, hit films at 7pm. Movies are usually shown on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at 7pm. Sunday showings often have Spanish subtitles or are dubbed 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.  (Concessions open; Lea Theatre on FB; Lovington City, 396-2884) Lea Theatre continues to provide pop-up Drive-In Movies each month (with different show dates and movies featured), so keep watching/listening for more info!

Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame often has a free movie series on Sundays featuring movies starting at 2pm at the theater inside the museum on the NMJC campus. There IS NO series currently but another one should begin once theaters and museums are able to reopen. The series features admission that’s free and open to everyone. Free popcorn and soft drinks are available on movie days, too. (The museum’s regular hours are 10am until 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for sr. citizens and student. Admission is free for 5-and-younger, museum members, NMJC faculty and staff, veterans, active military and first responders.) For more information, please contact 492-2678.


Hobbs Community Playhouse has 2021 season set; see communityplayersofhobbs.com
Lea County Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway is closed (reg hours are Tue/Thurs/Fri/Sat from 1-7pm; Wed 1-5pm; admission is free)


Southwest Symphony’s 2020-21 season has been cancelled

Eagle 9/Allen Theaters closed until further notice

Hobbs Public Library is open (Mon-Wed 10a-6p; Thur-Fri 10a-5p; curbside service also with programs for adults/youth in the virtual environment. 397-9328 or Facebook)

TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (The museum is closed until further notice.)
Upon reopening, the Western Heritage Museum will invite the public to special and regular exhibits at the museum on the NMJC campus. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am until 5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for sr. citizens and students, free for 5-and-younger, museum members, NMJC faculty and staff, veterans, active military and first responders. For more information, please call 492-2678.

See Weekend Events for details on the FREE “Take and Make” programs on the 2nd Saturday of each month held OUTSIDE the museum when they resume.
 
NOR-LEA HOSPITAL CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE IS 575-396-9090 — If you have symptoms of fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and/or loss of taste or smell call for screening and to schedule testing; also ask medical questions and about local resources. Nor-Lea offers free, drive-through testing Mon-Wed from 8-10am at the fairgrounds in Lovington. (No appointment or pre-registration is needed.)

THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT. IN HOBBS at 1923 N. Dal Paso, Suite B offers free COVID-19 testing weekdays from 7-10:30am but you must be registered online first: cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. Use the north entrance (Michigan St.) and stay inside your vehicle. (575-397-2463)

LEA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TESTING HOTLINE IS 575-392-1973.

NM HEALTH HOTLINE IS 1-855-600-3453

STATE DEPT OF HEALTH WEBSITE IS cv.nmhealth.org
One-stop source for coronavirus info is newmexico.gov
See CDC.gov and Johns Hopkins University website and map at coronavirus.jhu.edu

NM HOTLINE FOR ALL NON-MEDICAL QUESTIONS IS 1-833-551-0518

NM SENIOR FOOD LINE IS 1-800-432-2080

LOCAL NON-EMERGENCY HELP LINE IS 2-1-1 (for referrals including
food/clothing/shelter, special and other needs through local help agencies)
Senior citizens (and anyone else) living outside city limits who are self-quarantined and need help of ANY kind should call 575-396-3611, ask for Deputy Martinez.

LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH: Guidance Center of Lea County, 575-393-3168

LEA COUNTY DOMESTIC ABUSE/PREVENTION: Option, Inc., 575-397-1576

SPECIAL STORE HOURS FOR SR. CITIZENS AND AT-RISK POPULATIONS:
Albertson’s Market – Mondays/Thursdays only, open 7-9am
Dollar General stores – Opening at 7am (one hour early) every day
Big Lots – Reserving first hour of business every day, 9-10am
Walmart – Tuesdays only, open one hour early at 6am

HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS:
*Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
*Keep at least 6 feet away from other people;
*Don’t gather in groups of more than ten (10) people;
*Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue (throw tissue in trash);
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and
*STAY HOME and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*WEAR a mask or cloth face covering when out in public places.
 
LEA COUNTY SCHOOL MEALS INFORMATION: The lunch/breakfast pickup
schedule goes back to the way it was done in the spring. Kids pick up meals at whatever school they attend or whichever is closest to where they live, except for Highland Middle School students who pick up their meals at Coronado Elementary. Students must show their school ID or provide name, home campus and grade to receive ONE lunch/breakfast. Pickup is from 11:30am until 12:30pm.) Find out more at hobbsschools.net or the HMS Facebook page. In keeping with the governor’s orders and state health guidelines, there will be free lunches (with breakfast for next day) handed out every weekday while school is in session in Hobbs. Meals are provided for all children from birth to age 18 and are prepared by Nutrition Services of the Hobbs Municipal Schools.

Hobbs school buses will continue to deliver meals each weekday to 10 different stops
in the school district’s outlying areas as follows:
*11:30am--4704 Alabama (Alabama and World Drive)
*11:30am—801 W. Alabama (Alabama and Knowles Road)
*11:30am—Kountry Corner Store (Kansas and Knowles Road)
*11:30am—Zia Crossing (Millen Drive and Zia Crossing, west of the casino)
*11:30am—Monument Post Office in Monument (west of Hobbs)
*11:30am—5711 S. Gasper in Nadine (south of Hobbs)
*11:30am---Stateline, Old Hester Self Service Station
*12noon—7807 N. World at J & J Rentals (Kansas and World Drive
*12noon—Lea County Roadside (Dal Paso and Kansas)
*12noon—Southeast corner of Bensing Road and Bender Blvd.

The WHI HOBBS backpack program has started up again with weekly drop-offs of
snack bags free for students signed up for the program. WHI Hobbs is a non-profit
organization that delivers bags of food weekly to school district students who are food
insecure over the weekend. Donations and volunteers are welcomed. Find out more at
WHI Hobbs Facebook; 575-441-2732

The Meals on Wheels program in Hobbs is still operating. If you or a senior citizen you know needs meal assistance, call 575-397-9301 (which is the Hobbs Senior Center number but the center at 200 E. Park building is closed to the public TFN). But drive-through meals will be handed out from 12-12:30pm Mon-Fri outside the Senior Center.

Isaiah’s Kitchen (Hobbs soup kitchen for the homeless and others in need) has changed
its schedule during the coronavirus pandemic but is still providing free meals at 304 W. Harden (a block north of Marland and east of Turner) Monday through Friday 11am-1pm. In compliance with the State’s COVID-19 orders, the kitchen is closed for dining inside but is handing out to-go bags or boxes of free food to those in need. (The kitchen’s exec director says Isaiah’s is temporarily NOT serving breakfast meals but is handing out emergency boxes while supplies allow.) Volunteers are NOT needed but DONATIONS of food or money ARE needed and appreciated--drop off donations 10am-1pm Mon-Fri at the kitchen. (Renee Madron, director; 575-393-4125; info verified again on 12/23/20)
 
United Way 2-1-1, Salvation Army of Lea County and Cissy’s Food Ministry are still partnering to disperse meal boxes to senior citizens and to people who are shut-in or disabled in the community. Please text 575-263-7321 to request delivery and provide the following information:
*Person’s name and age (clarify age and/or disability, if any)
*Address (must be where the person is residing)
*Food allergies or other dietary restrictions
*Relation to the person receiving food (if you are requesting on behalf of someone else).

Hobbs Express, the city’s public transportation system, has restarted its fixed-route bus service. Additionally, Hobbs Express WILL CONTINUE to provide demand-response service for essential travel, allowing only FOUR passengers per bus. To schedule a ride or for more info, call 575-397-9290. On-demand rides will depend on scheduling availability. (Rides are available on days and hours of normal service; hobbsnm.org.)

City of Hobbs Animal Adoption Center and Lea County Humane Society, 702 N. Grimes has reopened Monday-Thursday noon-6pm and Friday/Saturday 10am-2pm BUT because of state health restrictions, ONLY 5 TO 7 PEOPLE are allowed in the lobby at a time. The front door is locked but staff will open it on request until capacity is reached; extra visitors can remain outside until space opens inside. Stop by or call 397-9323 to look at pets for adoption or to identify missing pets. Spay/neuter services also have restarted. Transports to Colorado and Arizona are happening again with volunteers to drive animals needed and people to provide foster homes for animals also desperately needed.

Guidance Center of Lea County wants the community to know how mental health services are occurring during the current health crisis. Guidance Center is operating 8am-5pm Monday through Friday at 920 W. Broadway in Hobbs. It offers tele-health/telephonic services with many of its mental health providers. The Center wants to help individuals regardless of whether they are current clients—no one in need will be turned away. For more info, call 575-393-3168.

NM Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a scam alert warning restaurants and other businesses not to become fraud victims during the pandemic. Individuals are impersonating a variety of different “state officials” and trying to collect false “fines” and other payments from local businesses, as well as personal information from residents to use for fraud, theft and other crimes. The A.G. reminds everyone that authorized inspectors always will present credentials when visiting a restaurant or other business; any concerns or fines will be presented through official means, such as in writing. Any business approached by scammers or by others who seem suspicious should report the incident online at www.nmag.gov or call 1-844-255-9210.