Around Town: field trip to the Hondo Iris Farm on May 16

May 15, 2013 • Vistas

Field trip
Everyone is invited to join and meet our members for our May field trip to the Hondo Iris Farm. We will meet Thursday, May 16, [auth] at Lawrence Brothers IGA, 900 W. Second St. at 9 a.m. and we will carpool. Come with us, you won’t have to drive! Bring a lunch and your camera and be ready to enjoy a beautiful sightseeing trip. Relax in the amazing, historic Hondo valley, and tour the Iris Farm for all of your favorite iris and even a few new ones! For more information, call Jan Smith at 910-1657 or Pam Davis at 914-3729.

Bingo every Thursday at the Roswell Elks Lodge, 1720 N. Montana Ave. Great Winnings! The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food service available. Call 622-1560 for more information.

Lynda Whalen, director of Volunteer Services at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, is speaking at Healthsense at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Senior Circle in the Wilshire Center, 2801 N. Main St., next door to Family Dollar. It is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served. Whalen will discuss the benefits and perks of being part of the hospital Auxiliary as well as the numerous volunteer opportunities and what is done with funds raised. She will also discuss Lifeline, the service for people who may need assistance in emergencies. For more information, call Senior Circle, a resource of ENMMC, at 623-2311.

Art at the Zoo
Friends of the Roswell Zoo and the Roswell Fine Art League and Gallery will have an Art at the Zoo on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We will be having a show-and-sell, plus demonstrations on art and clay. Entrance to the event on East College Boulevard. For more information contact Nancy Phillips at 623-3213.

Taste of Italy
Come experience “A Taste of Italy” Italian dinner, a silent auction, a mini-concert and a grand prize drawing all as part of a fundraiser to help two local teens make it to Europe to perform this summer. The fundraiser/dinner event will take place Saturday, May 18, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 501 N. Sycamore Ave. Dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m. The event will benefit McKaylee Todd and Bethany Blewett, members of the 2013 Sound of American Honors Chorus and Band European Music Education Concert Tour. Todd and Blewett will perform the mini concert. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased by contacting Jana Blewett at 910-9367 or Sherri Todd at 622-8118.

Grace Community Church is hosting Resonate: A Worship Gathering on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the church, 935 W. Mescalero Road. Join us for an evening of worship at Grace. Our focus for this month’s Resonate will be prayer. We will also have coffee and light snacks following the event. Don’t miss it!

Iris farm tour
On Sunday, May 19, the Pecos Valley Iris Society will tour the Hondo Iris Farm. Please meet at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., at 1:30 p.m. and we will drive together. For more information please call president Sue Chambers at 622-6329.

Xcellent Music
Xcellent Music at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art presents the debut of The Winds at Bitter Lake, a Suite for Chamber Orchestra by Ted Schooley, and a Quartet for Two Violas and Two Cellos by Dr. Sara Montgomery. The event will be Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the AMoCA, 409 E. College Blvd. Doors open at 2 p.m. Free admission.

There will be an Old Time Gospel Hour event Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 1224 W. Country Club Rd. Come and enjoy an hour of singing old-time gospel songs!

Chapter Z P.E.O.
Chapter Z, P.E.O. will hold its spring luncheon Thursday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. at the home of Hetty Hasekamp, with Patti Mitchan and Tina Mattlage serving as co-hostesses. Please bring an unwrapped children’s book for Ryan Putman’s new baby boy. RSVP by Monday, May 20, to Tina, 624-1930.

Tax workshop
There will be a business tax workshop presented by Pat Jenking, EA, ABA, RTRP, of the New Mexico Society of Enrolled Agents, on Tuesday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell’s Occupational Technology Center, room 115. The workshop will cover gross receipts tax and how to file, selecting your business legal structure, depreciation, record keeping and more. Workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, email or call Carolyn Arias at 624-7133. Seating is limited.

Toastmasters open house
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to teaching public speaking and leadership. Roswell is lucky enough to have a club which is in need of additional members. We are therefore holding an Open House on Tuesday, May 21 at Candlewood Suites at 4 Military Heights from 6-7 p.m. We are inviting all interested men and women in the area to join us and see for yourselves what Toastmasters is all about. Hope to see you there. No reservations are required. Just come and enjoy yourselves. For more information, contact Del Davis, 627-6007.

Learn public speaking
Do you wish you were a better speaker or a better communicator? You can be! Roswell Noonday Toastmasters is a painless, inexpensive way to become a confident speaker and effective communicator. Regardless of whether you are a salesperson, a professional, the CEO of a big corporation or a mom talking with your child’s teacher, you can sharpen your skills and be the best communicator you want to be. Come to Toastmasters. Meetings held every Wednesday from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on the corner of Union Avenue and 19th Street. For more information call Onita Barkley-King, 625-2626.

Breakfast seminar
There will be a breakfast seminar on the effect of violence on the community with a presentation by Dennis Kintigh on Tuesday, May 21, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, 131 W. Second St. For additional information contact Greg Neal at 317-8238.

Sale donations
Garage sale items are needed for the Alzheimer’s Association annual garage sale. Please call 624-1552 to make arrangements to drop off or have item picked up if needed. Garage sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 404 1⁄2 N. Kentucky Ave.

Class reunion
The Roswell High School class of 1973 is having its fabulous 40th reunion June 21 and 22. An exciting weekend of events is scheduled with Friday night registration and refreshments, Saturday lunch with the bunch and Saturday night dinner and delights. For more information, contact Allie Lunsford Bishop 575-578-1070, Lynda Goodwin Brown at 637-2589 or Cathy Merlo Henderson, 626-3158. You may also send an email to

Light parade
The UFO Festival planning is in full swing for 2013. We are accepting parade entries for the July 6 light parade. We are offering cash prizes for the floats. The parade will begin at 9 p.m. This is a UFO Light Parade. We are also encouraging people to begin on their floats and their costumes for the annual costume contest. All forms are available at For more information, call Juliana Halvorson at 317-1568.

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