Artesia, Dexter, Carlsbad, Hagerman, Lovington and Roswell
Until Dec. 8
Ride for Bikes
The public charity, Ride for Bikes announced that this year it will be awarding 600 bikes to the children of southeastern New Mexico. That is the most bikes they have done to date.
Over the past 12 years, Ride for Bikes has awarded bikes to children in the area. Organizations who have received bikes are: CASA, Grammy’s House, Heart’s Desire, Headstart, Lovington and Artesia public schools and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. More than 4,000 bikes have been assembled.
They are asking for help to meet this objective. This target is set so that no child is left out.
Any dollar amount or donated bike does make a difference and is greatly appreciated. Volunteers can participate in putting the bikes together on Dec. 8.
For more information and locations, visit rideforbikes.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way Benefit Concert
The Austin band Midland performs at the Lea County Event Center & Fairgrounds at Lovington Highway, at 6 p.m. as United Way Benefit Concert.
For more information and tickets, visit uwolc.org.
Nov. 2 to 4
Annual Arts & Craft Festival
The 31st annual Arts & Craft Festival takes place at the Lea County Fairgrounds. On Nov. 2 is the VIP night. For more information, call 575-396-5311 or visit its Facebook event page.
Free The One80: Live music, drama & video
A local alternative band and a hip-hop duo perform, live drama and skits and fun for the entire family. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for free refreshments and the bands go live at 7 p.m. at The 180 Performance & Event Venue, 1515 N. Florida Ave.
For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Carlsbad Downtown Lions Barn Dance
Join in the Carlsbad Downtown Lions Barn Dance at the Balzano Family Vineyard, 5230 7 Rivers Hwy., from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be hotdogs, s’mores and the local band Stranded will perform. For more information and tickets, visit its Facebook event page or eventbrite.com.
El Paso, Texas
Noche de Calaveras Parade and Concert
Join in the first Noche de Calaveras Parade in El Paso, Texas. The parade will kick-off at El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza, with the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Social Dancers, Parkland High School Marching Band, mariachis, catrina dancers, calaveras, along side large-scale marionettes designed by celebrated Mexico City artist collective, Colectivo Ultima Hora and end with a final celebratory concert with Orkesta Mendoza. Attendees are encouraged to wear Day of the Dead costumes and calavera masks, bring candles, LED lights, flowers and remembrances of loved ones. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 915-212-3068 or email@example.com.
Dia de Muertos Festival
The fifth annual Dia de Muertos Festival is presented by the Lincoln Merchants Association in the historic town.
It is a lively annual community Day of the Dead celebration, honoring the stories, lives and legacies of those who passed away. There will be live music, dance, family activities, face painting, Ofrendas (altar offerings), arts and crafts, food and drink vendors.
The community event is free to the public. For more information, call 575-653-4045.
Nov. 3 and 4
Balloons & Tunes Festival
The annual Balloons & Tunes Festival takes place at Eagle Draw, downtown Artesia.
The balloons launch on Friday from the Elementary Schools and on Saturday at 7 a.m. and on Sunday at 6 a.m. from Eagle Draw (weather permitting).
Highlight is the Saturday night Fire Concert featuring the balloon pilots and the Artesia High School Band from 6 to 7 p.m. The concert takes place in the Bulldog Bowl parking lot on Bulldog Boulevard.
For more information, visit artesiachamber.com.
Nov. 3 and 4
Unique Art and Craft Show
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is hosting the second annual Unique Art and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All arts and crafts are handmade. There is no fee to attend the Unique Art and Craft Show in the Visitor Center, but regular admission fees will apply for those wishing to enter the zoo.
For more information call the park at 575-887-5516.
10th anniversary party of Artesia Arts Council
The public is invited to attend the 10th anniversary party of the Artesia Arts Council, which includes the Shari Rowe concert at 7 p.m.
There will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks and door prizes, as well as a live auction for the Brooks & Dunn’s official final tour hat, signed by Dunn.
For tickets and more information, call 575-746-4212.
Taste of Culture
Experience food from around the world at New Mexico State University Carlsbad’s seventh annual Taste of Culture, 1500 University Drive, sponsored by the NMSU Carlsbad Diversity Committee. Admission is free.
The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in room 101, 103 and in the courtyard. This annual event has had participants from all over the globe, including food from China, Yemen, Nepal, Iran, South Korea, Scotland, Spain, Nigeria, Mexico, Canada and the Philippines.
For more information visit its Facebook event page or call 575-234-9200.
Fee Free Day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The public is invited to experience all national parks, including Carlsbad Caverns National Park, without entrance fees. For more information, visit nps.gov.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Baish Veterans Park, 511 W. Texas Ave.
The event will include a patriotic performance from Artesia Public School’s third grade choir and the Artesia High School Band. They will be revealing and reading aloud all the new additions to the Wall of Honor.
There will be a day full of events. From 8 to 10 a.m. is the second annual pancake breakfast hosted by J&J Home Care at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center Building, 322 W. Grand Ave.
At noon is the Veterans Exhibit opening and reception at Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center, 505 W. Richardson Ave.
For more information, call the Artesia Chamber of Commerce at 575-746-2744.