Hobbs Chamber of Commerce will hold a Job Fair on Friday, Sept. 10 from 8am until 4pm at the Lea County Event Center. It’s free and open to everyone. A good number of local businesses and organizations will be present taking job applications and resumes, doing interviews and hiring employees. For employers who want to participate, Chamber members get 2 chairs and one free 6-foot table (additional chairs $25 each). Chamber Firm Foundation members get 2 chairs, 2 free 6-foot tables (additional chairs $25 each). Reserve your table at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide contact name/cell phone number for day of event, number of tables, need for electricity, and billing (if applicable). For more information, please call 397-3202.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 11
Hobbs Farmer’s Market will be open Saturday from 9am until 1pm at Green Meadow Lake, 4300 N. Lovington Hwy. Admission is free. A number of vendors will offer a variety of items that MIGHT include garden-grown vegetables, fruits and nuts, along with (possibly) plants, arts and crafts, honey, jewelry, hand-made items, products made from food, and more. There also may be food trucks and other snacks, drinks and treats for sale. (see Hobbs Farmers Market on Facebook)
Lovington Farmer’s Market will be open Saturday from 9am until 12noon on the Lea County Courthouse lawn. There’ll be vendors offering a variety of items each Saturday morning through October. Admission is free.
The City of Hobbs invites the public to enjoy “Dog Daze of Summer” featuring a discount shot clinic, pet information booths, contests, giveaways, animal adoption event and more at Del Norte Pool, 4314 N. Grimes. The shot clinic will be from 12noon-1:30pm outside the pool. It will include free microchipping for your dog. The Del Norte Doggie Paddle will be from 1-3pm with only pooches in the pool. There’ll be a Best Wet Look contest and Best Swimsuit contest with prizes. Admission is free and open to everyone. (397-9291; hobbsnm.org, “The Guide”)
The City of Hobbs is offering another Large Item Pickup Day on Saturday, Sept. 11 for city residents who live between Broadway and Sanger within city limits. Have any unwanted, large items by your curb no later than 7am on Saturday, Sept. 11. The items will be pickup up and disposed of properly by city crews with help from Waste Management. This is a free service. For help in getting large items to your curb, call the city by noon on the Wednesday before your scheduled pickup date. More pickup days for other areas of the city are scheduled for October and November. For more info, log onto hobbsnm.org. (575-397-9292; other dates are Sat. Oct. 2 for north of Sanger and WEST of Fowler; Sat. Nov. 6 for north of Sanger, EAST of Fowler)
Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, will hold a blood drive on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 11am until 2:30pm at the Christian Center Church Fellowship Hall on the Lovington Highway (corner of College Lane). All blood types are needed. Juice and cookies will be given after each blood donation. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are recommended, call 575-840-8178. (More blood drives are set for Sept. 15, 23, 28 and 29 in Hobbs; see vitalant.org for schedule.)
Station One Pre-school will hold the 20th annual Ride to Remember on Saturday, Sept. 11. Participants will meet at 6:30pm at Acoma & Navajo (Ashley store’s west side parking lot). Departure is at 7pm with a slow roll thunder parade through Hobbs. All street-legal vehicles are welcome. Arrival at the Firefighter Memorial (Jack Gomez and Lovington Hwy) will be around 7:45-8pm. A candlelight memorial ceremony will begin at 8:15pm. The motto is “We ride for those gone home before us.” This year’s ride is dedicated to Archangel Tony “Cajun” Crochet.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 16
Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6-8pm (cocktails at 5:30pm) at The White House, 1826 N. Jefferson. Keynote speaker will be comedian Momo Rodriguez. Tickets are $65 per person or $450 per table of eight. Sponsorships also are available. To buy tickets or sponsorships or ask questions, call the chamber office, 575-393-1030 or go online at email@example.com.
Hobbs Downtown Slam and Jam IS STILL SCHEDULED to be held Sept. 18 and 19 at 300 E. Broadway with online registration EXTENDED through Monday, Sept. 6 at www.macker.com. Cost is $148 per team. Register for other events by calling 575-397-9291. Events will include Sept. 17 4-7pm Gus Macker registration; Sept. 18 7am-12noon Macker registration; 8am opening ceremonies and tournament begins; 8am Volleyball tournament in Boys & Girls Club (10 team limit); 10:30am Studio M dancers; 11am Talent show; 6pm Slam Dunk Competition; H.O.R.S.E. Competition open ALL DAY along with food courts and kids’ activities; Sept. 19 8am Macker Tourney continues. Find out more at hobbsnm.org and city FB page.
THROUGH SEPT. 26
The City of Hobbs Splash pads are open at 5 locations WEEKENDS ONLY through Sept. 26. Hours are from 10:30am until 7:30pm. They are free for everyone to use—City Park on East Clinton, elementary school parks at Jefferson, Taylor, Mills and Booker T. Washington. (Go to www.hobbsnm.org, click on The Guide; 575-397-9291)
THROUGH SEPT. 30
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 September. 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. 575-885-3138; www.sp.nm.gov.
MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Weekly)
Hobbs Public Library at 509 N. Shipp has reopened with the hours of Monday 9:30am-8pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 9:30am-6pm, and Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm. It is closed on Sunday. The library is offering a free Take and Make project "Beach in a Bottle" available at the front desk while supplies last. The library also is offering special summer reading program for youth, virtual programs and other fun activities during the summer. Curbside service still is available; you may order books, DVD’s, audiobooks and music CD’s with a limit of 5 items to be picked up Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4pm. Call the library when you arrive outside and items will be taken by staff to your vehicle. You must have a valid Hobbs Public Library card in order to check out items through curbside service. (Hobbs Public Library on FB; hobbsnm.org; 397-9328)
The Lea County Center for the Arts is open again at 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Normal hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1-7pm and on Wednesday from 1-5pm. Admission is free and open to everyone. Find out more at lccanm.org or call 397-ARTS.
***Membership drive through Sept. 30. All new and renewing members will be in a drawing for a $100 gift card to a local restaurant of choice; winner announced on Oct. 1.
***Fan Art Exhibition from Sept. 7-30. This is art created by fans of a work of fiction or derived from a TV or movie series character or other aspect of that work.
***Anime Workshop on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm. The fee is $45 per person.
***After School Art Classes for elementary students every Wednesday 4-5pm and for middle-school students every Thursday 4-5pm.
The Lea County Museum in Lovington is open 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 9am-5pm; 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 on display in the Town Hall building across from the courthouse. (396-4805; Jim Harris)
The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame is TEMPORARILY CLOSED again until further notice. When it reopens, the current exhibits hopefully will still be on display by reservation only: White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian*, and To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA. The museum is on the NMJC campus. Go online to www.nmjc.edu/museum to get more information. (Call 575-492-2678; When open, admission is $5 adult, $3 sr. citizen (65*) and student (6-18); FREE for kids 5 and younger, museum members, NMJC faculty/staff/students, active military/veterans/first responders.)
Donations are being accepted for the local Women’s Career Closet. Donations should be primarily business casual and professional clothing to be used for free by women in need who are entering and advancing through the job market. Donations are appreciated and may be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm at 107 S. Dalmont in Hobbs.
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!
Hobbs Community Playhouse has 2021 season set; see communityplayersofhobbs.com
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-5; curbside service also with programs for adults/youth in the virtual environment. 397-9328 or Facebook).
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)
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.
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