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The public is invited to fill out a quick online survey and be entered into a drawing to win $500 cash. Click on the green TOMA banner on the homepage of hobbsamerica.com and fill out the short survey about businesses in Lea County.

The Hobbs Boys & Girls Club, corner of Broadway and Fowler, is having its 37th Annual Car Raffle Fundraiser with tickets available for $50 each and a variety of new vehicles from Permian Auto Group for grabs - one lucky ticketholder will get to choose one of the vehicles available during the final drawing on October 29 at 6 p.m. Qualifying drawings have begun - each Thursday - so get your ticket and more info by TEXTING THE WORD "CAR" to 71441. Door prizes will be given during the Thursday night drawings from 6-6:30 p.m. Tickets are sold online only using credit cards or Paypal - buy one or however many you want (buy 10 tickets and get one free). You also can find out more at bgchobbs.org and the organization's Facebook page. A silent auction is underway and continues through Oct. 22. You can view items on FB or the website or visit the Silent Auction webpage to place a bid. All funds raised in the car raffle and silent auction will help the club provide programs and services to the youth of Hobbs. For more information, please call 397-4446 or 393-7905.

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 areopenings now. Cost per child is the annual $25 membership fee plus:
*$40 weekly fee for one child;
*$30 weekly fee for two children; and
*$20 weekly fee for three or more children.
For more information, call the club at 575-397-4556 or 575-393-7905.

The last day to register IN PERSON to vote in the November General Election is Oct. 31. You can no longer register online to vote in the Nov. 3 election - that deadline has passed. When you register to vote at the Lea County Clerk's Office (open M-F, 8-5), you must also vote at the same time/same day at the courthouse. Call the Lea County Clerk's office at 575-396-8619 to get registration info, to update your address, or get other information about voting early or by absentee ballot. If you have questions, you also can go online to www.leacounty.net or www.nmvote.org. (Your city or town clerk can answer voting questions, but they cannot register you to vote in the upcoming election - that deadline has passed.)

***EARLY VOTING is Mon-Fri 8-5 plus Sat. Oct 31 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Courthouse in Lovington
Starting Oct. 17 in Hobbs, early voting is Tues-Sat from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lea County Event Center at the Lea Co. office complex, 1019 E. Bender
On Fri-Sat, Oct. 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.at Jal City Hall
On Fri-Sat, Oct. 30-31 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Eunice Community Center

***ABSENTEE BALLOTS must be mailed back to the Lea County Clerk no later than Oct. 27. Absentee ballots also may be hand-delivered to the County Clerk's office at the courthouse during regular business hours and early voting hours up until 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 election day. Absentee ballots also may be turned in at any early voting site during voting hours through 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 election day.

***SAMPLE BALLOTS may be picked up for FREE from the County Clerk's office in Lovington or from any city clerk's office in Hobbs, Lovington, Eunice, Tatum or Jal during normal business hours.

***STRAIGHT PARTY or STRAIGHT TICKET voting is not allowed in New Mexico.

To see a list of the polling places for the general election, go to www.leacounty.net. Please remember when voting to TURN OVER each page of the ballot, as there is material on both sides of each page.

You may also see sample ballots and information about candidates, issues and voting on the NM Secretary of State's website, www.sos.state.nm.us.

Free COVID-19 testing is available from 7-10:30 a.m. weekdays ONLY for those who register ahead of time online at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. The testing is done at the Lea County Health Office, 1923 N. Dal Paso Suite B (use north entrance on Michigan Street) and REMAIN in your vehicle. For more information, please contact 575-396-6611 for more information.

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-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.

The Lea County Center for the Arts is open again at 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1-7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to everyone. There is an exhibit on display now through the end of the month called "Out of Isolation" with artwork created by local people during the pandemic shutdown and quarantines. Admission is free and open to everyone. Find out more at 397-ARTS.
**Entries for the "Fabulous Fiber Arts" Show 2020 are being taken during regular days and hours of operation through Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The show will be judged on Nov. 6 and will open to the public for viewing on Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. Categories will include quilts, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, weaving/knitting/crochet and other (paper, clothing, wood, felt, wool, etc.) The fee is $10 per entries; limit of 10 entries per artist. Prizes will be awarded.

The Lea County Museum in Lovington is open again with buildings at 103 N. Love, 114 E. Central and others that are also close to the courthouse. 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 featuring 124 individual works that span more than 50 years and vary in size from a 6-inch tall angel to a life-size ceramic and fabric sheep.

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)

City of Hobbs Parks and Rec Dept. presents this year’s final Movie Under the Stars Drive-in Edition--“Beetlejuice” at dusk (around 7pm) at Hobbs Industrial Air Park (HIAP) just west of Harry McAdams Park at 5425 W. Jack Gomez Blvd. The public also is invited to a free viewing of special Halloween Looney Tunes at 6:30pm (a pre-show for kids). You will hear the movie through your car radio tuned to 94.1FM KZOR. There also will be a costume contest before the shows but participants and movie watchers must remain in their vehicles, per social distancing recommendations (judges will come to vehicles). Yes, you can watch the movie from your truck bed. Please take your own snacks and drinks; a restroom will be provided near the entrance/exit point. For more information, please call 397-9291.

The Lea Theatre in Lovington invites the public to a free Drive-In Movie at the Fairgrounds in Lovington featuring the 2001 film “Jeepers Creepers”. Parking starts at 6:30pm (the first 3 rows are reserved for cars only). The movie will begin at dusk between 7:30 and 8pm. There will be free popcorn provided by Lea Theatre while supplies last. Food trucks will start serving at 6:30pm. The movie is free and open to everyone. (see Lea Theatre on Facebook)

Hobbs Farmers Market is open again this summer and fall on Saturdays from 9am until 1pm at Green Meadow Lake Park in Hobbs. Admission is free but take money to shop from a variety of vendors offering a big selection of items, which MAY include locally- and regionally-grown fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, flowers, plants, handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, accessories and more. Some vendor booths are "regulars" but many of the booths (and items offered) are not necessarily the same from week to week. For more information, visit Hobbs Farmer's Market Facebook page or contact Kendra at 915-241-1833)

Lovington Farmer’s Market is open from 9am until 12noon outside the Lea County courthouse each Saturday through end of October. Admission is free but prices for items vary according to each vendor. A variety of homegrown foods and other things will be offered for sale each Saturday.

SUNDAYS (Movie series is ON HOLD; Museum is closed with no reopen date yet)
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 free admission and is open to everyone.

***The museum is closed until further notice pending orders by the State of New Mexico in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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 call 492-2678.

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 in Hobbs. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. 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 call 492-2678. See weekend events for details on the "Take and Make" program on the 2nd Saturday of each month OUTSIDE the museum.

Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) will hold a community blood drive from 12noon until 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Yucca Room, 1350 W. Joe Harvey Blvd. in Hobbs. Call or text Stephanie at 575-840-8178 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. If all appointment slots are filled, wal-ins will not be accepted; therefore, appointments are recommended. All donors must wear a face mask or cloth-based face covering if they wish to donate blood.

Hobbs Community Playhouse/no performances or shows until further notice
Lea County Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway has reopened s(Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat from 1-7 p.m.; Wed 1-5 p.m.; admission is free; exhibit "Out of Isolation" on display)
Southwest Symphony’s 2020-21 season is to be announced
Eagle 9/Allen Theaters closed until further notice
Hobbs Public Library has reopened with regular hours (M-W 10a-8p, Thu-Sat 10a-5p) also with programs for adults/youth in the virtual environment. For more information, please contact 397-9328 or view Facebook page.

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 tast or smell call for screening and to schedule testing; also ask medical questions about coronavirus and local resources.


NM HEALTH HOTLINE IS 1-855-600-3453


One-stop source for coronavirus info is newmexico.gov
See CDC.gov and Johns Hopkins University website and map at coronavirus.jhu.edu


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 should call 575-396-3611, ask for Deputy Martinez.

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

*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 five (5) 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.
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. 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 through Municipal Schools. Following is a list of meal sites and times meals are served:
Hobbs school buses will deliver meals each school day 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, east of the casino)
*11:30am—Monument Post Office in Monument (west of Hobbs)
*11:30am—5711 S. Gasper in Nadine (south of Hobbs)
*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 each Friday delivers bags of food to school district students who are food insecure over the weekend. Donations and volunteers are welcome. Find out more at WHI Hobbs Facebook or call 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 is closed until further notice). But drive-through meals will be handed out from 12-12:30 p.m. 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 at 11am-1pm. In compliance with the State of New Mexico’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 executive director says Isaiah’s is temporarily NOT serving or providing breakfast meals but is handing out emergency boxes of food while supplies allow.)
*Volunteers are NOT needed but DONATIONS of food or money ARE needed and would be much appreciated. You can drop off donations between 10am and 1pm Mon-Fri at the kitchen. (Renee Madron, director; 575-393-4125)
United Way 2-1-1, Salvation Army of Lea County and Cissy’s Food Ministry are 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. Rides provided will depend on scheduling availability.
The 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 victims of fraud during the pandemic. Individuals are impersonating Occupational Safety and Health, or OSHA inspectors and visiting restaurants and other businesses to collect so-called "fines" of $100 for alleged violations of state health orders - only to discover later that they have fallen for a scam. The A.G. reminds everyone that authorized inspectors will always 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.

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.

Llano Estacado Art Assoc. 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 free of charge. (There is no fee to attend and you don’t have to become a member of the LEAA.)
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, 2nd 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. The time, day and grade level of the 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; 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.

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 (breakfast and lunch). Donations of money and food are accepted and all donations are tax deductible. Isaiah’s motto is, “We offer a hand up, not a hand out!” Contact Director Renee Madron at 575-631-2220. They also are always looking for volunteers to help cook, serve and help in other ways. (Clothing, coats, bedding, toys also accepted and given to needy folks who eat at the kitchen.)
MECA Therapies provides child therapy and home visiting care to local families through a new program that specializes in early childhood intervention, outpatient clinic care, autism programs and more. They can visit you in your home, provide support and understanding as you discuss your parenting thoughts and concerns, answer questions about your baby’s development and connect you with local resources and support systems throughout the community. For more information, please call 575-492-9505, 2424 N. Lovington Hwy, Hobbs.

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 (meaning they are 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 but consume more fresh foods; And remember, 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 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the hospital at 1600 N. Main in Lovington and on the 3rd 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 call Allen Jackson, 575-392-9417.

ON HOLD - The Lea County Museum in Lovington hosts a Senior Dance on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at the museum’s Town Hall, 114 E. Central across from the courthouse. Dinner starts at 5:30pm and the band begins playing at 6pm for dancing or just musical enjoyment by those who attend.

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.