.WEEKLY AND WEEKEND EVENTS BEGINNING JUNE 15, 2022
Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, June 15 from 10am-2 in the Bloodmobile at Nor-Lea General Hospital, 1600 N. Main in Lovington. Another blood drive is scheduled on Friday, June 24 from 10am-2pm in the Bloodmobile at Legacy Safety & Consulting, 3229 Industrial Drive in Hobbs. Walk-ins are welcome or call ahead to set up an appointment to give blood and save lives at 575-840-8178. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (No t-shirts or drawings this time.)
Hobbs Public Library will host Tall Paul’s magic show on Thurs, June 16 at 2pm at the library, 509 N. Shipp St. Admission is free but a ticket is required; get free tickets at the circulation desk inside the library. To find out more, call the library at 575-397-9328 or go online to hobbsamerica.com.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JUNE 17 and 18
Lovington Mainstreet and Lovington Chamber of Commerce invite the public to the annual “Smokin’ on the Plaza” sanctioned chili and barbecue cook-off and more. ***Friday at 5pm is when the competition check-in and setup happens. Vendors will open at 6pm, along with the free roller shaking rink which closes at 10pm. There’ll be smore’s roasting at 7pm, plus the Best Food Truck/People’s Choice competition will be held from 7-9pm. Admission is free and open to everyone.
***Saturday the chili and barbecue cookoff registrations close at 9am; Vendors will open at 11am (plus competition turn-in times for food will continue throughout the day. The beer garden opens at 4pm; Awards will be handed out at 5:30pm followed by Mike and the Moonpies performing live; The cornhole tournament begins at 6pm; Kody West performs at 7:15pm followed by Josh Weathers at 9pm. Admission is free and open to everyone. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (Lov Mainstreet, 575-396-1418 or on FB)
FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY, JUNE 17-19
Hobbs 26th annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Booker T. Washington Park, 1200 E. Humble St starting on Friday with a Coach/Pitch Baseball Tournament for 5-6 year-olds at 6pm at Carl Mackey Field. It’s double-elimination with a $100 fee per team. Call Kathy Marshall for info or sign up at 575-318-3829.
***Saturday, booth setup will be from 7-11:30am, fee is $75.per space; the Little Guys Coach Pitch tournament starts at 8am; the HLMT 5th-6th grade boys Basketball Tournament begins at 9am. The Parade lineup is at 9am at City Park with the Parade starting at 10am and ending at Washington Park.
***From 10am-2pm, there’ll be fun activities for all kids with T Kids in the Park; at 11am the Volleyball Tournament begins.
***From 11:30am-2:30pm there’ll be FREE hot dogs, hot links, chips and water for all;
***At 12noon the Cornhole Tournament starts; at 1pm the Dominos competition begins; at 3pm the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament starts.
***At 4pm the “Show Your Talent” entertainment will be held (entry is free and open to everyone); at 6pm awards for all tournaments will be handed out.
***At 11am on Sunday, the weekend concludes with Church in the Park, open to all.
For questions about anything or to sign up for anything, call Kathy at 575-318-3829.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16
Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame invite the public to the opening of two new photography exhibits, “Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian; and “A Colorful Dream” at the museum on the campus of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. The exhibits will be on display during regular museum hours through Aug. 11. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. Go to www.nmjc.edu/museum to get more info. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (492-2678; Admission is $5 adult, $3 sr. citizen (65+) and students (6-18); FREE for 5-under, museum members, NMJC faculty/staff/students, active military/vets/1st responders.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Friends of the Hobbs Public Library will have a Fabulous Friday sale from 1:30-3:30pm at the store inside the library, 509 N. Shipp. Most items will be priced half off. Proceeds help the library provide resources and services to the public. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (575-397-9328)
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame invite the public to a FREE Family Fun Day from 10am until 2pm at the museum on the campus of NMJC. Create found object rainbow and sand art and enjoy activities for all ages from the new photography exhibits on display. Admission is free and open to everyone. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (nmjc.edu)
TURFS (Teams United Repping Field Sports) is holding a Flag Football Tournament on Sat, June 18 at Watson Memorial Stadium in Hobbs as a fundraiser through United Way of Lea County to benefit the Hobbs Schools Crisis Team. They need more teams to sign up and also need volunteere refs for the games. Team cost is $250. Gates open at 8am. The Moneyball winner gets $5,000. To sign up or get more info, call 575-631-9502. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (Isaac Kincaid, 631-6052)
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JUNE 17 and 18
Cardinal Speedway in Eunice invites the public to IMCA-sanctioned dirt track racing every Friday and Saturday night with grandstands open at 6pm and racing starting at 7pm. There are racing classes for hobby stock, sport modified, I-stock, used sport compact, street stock, and modified racing. The track is located 18 miles south of Hobbs on the north side of Eunice at 1011 Raceway Lane. There is an admission fee plus food and drinks available. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com.
THROUGH JUNE 30
Hobbs Public Library Children’s Department will host its Summer Reading Program continuing through July 1 at the library, 509 N. Shipp St. The theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. Registration is open at the library through June 30. An end-of-program party will be held for those who finish and qualify on July 1. All programs are free and open to the public. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (575-397-9328)
FRIDAY, JULY 1
Lovington Mainstreet invites the public to its Live in Downtown summer entertainment series featuring live musical performances and great food. On Friday, July 1 the local performers will be “Las Liras de JJ” from 6-8pm at the Fran Atchley Plaza near the intersection of Main and Central streets by Lea Theatre. It’s free and open to everyone. Find out more at lovingtonmainstreet.org or hobbsamerica.com. (396-1418)
THROUGH AUGUST 11
The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame is once again open to the public by reservation only with a two new photography exhibits, “Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” and “A Colorful Dream” on display through Aug. 11. Find out more at nmjc.edu/museum and hobbsamerica.com. The museum is on the NMJC campus. Go to www.nmjc.edu/museum to get more info. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (492-2678; Admission is $5 adult, $3 sr. citizen (65+) and students (6-18); FREE for 5-under, museum members, NMJC faculty/staff/students, active military/vets/1st responders.)
THROUGH JUNE 30
***Lea County Sheriff’s Office announces that it will conduct DWI checkpoints at various times and places in Lea County throughout May and June. Drivers are reminded to buckle up and drive safely and soberly without texting or other distractions. Please make sure passengers, especially children are wearing seatbelts and pets are properly secured. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com.
***New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and registration-insurance-driver’s license checkpoints in all counties and issuing citations through June. This is an effort to reduce drug and alcohol-related deaths and help change society’s attitude about driving while impaired by alcohol or other substances such as marijuana. Buckle up, don’t speed, and don’t drink-and-drive…instead, help save lives. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (575-885-3138; www.sp.nm.gov.
The City of Hobbs invites the public to enjoy Del Norte Pool, 4314 N. Grimes from noon until 6pm daily except for Mondays. Admission is $2 for ages 4-61 (3-and-younger and 62-and-older get in free). Also, the pool WILL BE OPEN on Monday July 4 and Labor Day Monday Sept. 5. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com.
(hobbsnm.org; 397-9291; after school starts, pool will be open weekends only through Labor Day) Indoor swimming and aquatic activities are available at the CORE on the Lovington Highway across from the Lea County Event Center. Humble Pool is being used for swimming lessons while Heizer Pool is being repaired and upgraded..
The City of Hobbs invites the public to enjoy five splash pads FREE for anyone to use from 10:30am until 7pm every day through the weekend before school starts in August. Then, splash pads will be open weekends only through September 30. The splash pads are at Hobbs City Park, 1001 E. Clinton, and the school parks at Washington, Jefferson, Taylor and Mills elementary schools:
***Booker T. Washington, 1301 E. Marland; Jefferson, 1120 W. Park; Taylor, 1800 E. Pecos; Mills, 3000 N. Acoma. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com (call 575-397-9291)
KILL SEPT. 15
There will be a gathering of the Hobbs High School Eagles Class of 1972 on Sept. 16-17 in Hobbs—a 50th class reunion celebration. Registration is open. To register, send an email to Bropeo@aol.com. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com.
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Salvation Army of Lea County’s Food Bank at 520 E. Main St. IS STILL OPEN but with reduced hours until further notice while the organization undergoes hiring and training of new staff. The free food pantry is open for those in need on Wednesdays only from 9am-12noon and 1-3pm (weather permitting, extreme heat is a problem in the building.) Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (397-2119; SA office at 820 S. Fowler)
Ask about enrolling in the next round of FREE classes for NMJC’s English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, and High School Equivalent (GED or HiSET) programs. All these classes are offered at no charge. Students who are interested should call the office for dates, times and other info. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (Kathleen, 575-492-2630; Spanish speakers Haidee 492-2629 and Syrtiha, 492-2631)
Hobbs Public Library at 509 N. Shipp is now open Monday 9:30am-8pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 9:30am-6pm, Thursday-Friday 9:30am-5pm, and closed on weekends. Watch the library’s Facebook page for details about free projects and programs for all ages or call the front desk for info, 397-9328. Curbside service still is available; order books, DVD’s, audiobooks and music CDs with a limit of 5 items to be picked up Mon, Wed and Fri from 2-4pm. Have your current, unblocked library card ready. Call the library when you arrive and items will be taken by staff to your vehicle. (575-397-9328)
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. Find out more at 1radiosquare.com. (396-4805; Jim Harris)
The Lea County Center for the Arts is open again at 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Normal hours are Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat 1-7pm and on Wed from 1-5pm. Admission is free and open to everyone. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (575-433-2787, 397-ARTS)
***The new show, “Fan Art” which includes all types of art created by fans of media such as comics, graphic novels, movies, TV series, video games, literature and more is open to the public and will be on display through the end of June.
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 may be dropped off M-F 8am-5pm at 107 S. Dalmont in Hobbs. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com.
Oilfield Connections International, Hobbs Chapter has recently organized and is looking for members. Anyone may join. The annual membership fee starts at $25. Monthly luncheon meetings feature guest speakers and are open to members and the public ($25 meal charge). Buy a membership and get up to 20% off the luncheon cost. Members meet to network, exchange knowledge, info and experience in order to help businesses grow and prosper. Go online at www.oilfieldconnections.net for more info or to RSVP. Find out more at hobbsamerica.com. (Derek Jones, 575-393-7316)
Isaiah’s Kitchen, 304 W. Harden in Hobbs, serves two free meals daily M-F: breakfast 9:30-10am and lunch at 12noon to anyone who shows up. Meals are intended to help those who would otherwise go hungry but all community members are invited. Those
who can afford to donate are welcomed but not expected to do so. To volunteer or ask about donating food or money to the cause, call Renee, 575-393-4125.
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