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First Christmas in July happening Saturday in Artesia


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July 13

First Christmas in July Toy Run

Winged Riders DD invite everybody to its first Christmas in July Toy Run to Cloudcroft. There will be high- and low-hand poker run winners, tickets for Sig Sauer pistols available, 50/50 raffle tickets and more.

Meet at Artesia Walmart at 8:30 a.m., from there the ride goes to Jaycee Park to start the Fun Run. Last bike in at 4 p.m.

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For more information, visit artesiachamber.com or call 575-746-2744.

Fort Stanton

July 13

Fort Stanton Live

The annual Fort Stanton Live event brings costumed re-enactors from the Civil and Indian wars era to the fort for demonstrations, presentations, live music and a military ball.

Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists and a variety of historical vendors to site. There will also be local food vendors. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit fortstanton.org or call 575-354-0341.

Radium Springs

July 13

A Summer’s Night with La Llorona

A Summer’s Night with La Llorona takes place at Fort Selden Historic Site, 1280 Fort Road, at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit its Facebook event page.


July 14

Summer movies in the park

The movie “Mary Poppins Returns” will be shown at the Halagueno Arts Park at dark.

For more information, visit carlsbadchamber.com.


July 18, 25 and Aug. 1

Free Thursday evenings with Rodin

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame presents its free Thursday evenings with Rodin from 5 to 8 p.m., starting at 6:30 p.m. with various activities including films, lessons and gatherings coinciding with the current traveling exhibit: Rodin: Truth Form Life, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections.

On July 25, artists are welcome to join in the exhibit for an evening of sketching.

For more information, visit nmjc.edu/museum or call 575-492-2678.


July 20

National Day of the Cowboy

Artesia celebrates its annual National Day of the Cowboy festivities with the show “Patsy & Friends” at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 300 W. Main St., a free Equine Petting Zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free lunch at Bennie’s Western Wear and the free movie, “Spirit.” Downtown Artesia will have vendors, a canvas painting class and all shops will be open.

For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.


July 20

Dawn of the Bats

Dawn of the Bats event at Carlsbad Caverns National Park starts at 5:15 a.m. and in the evening at sunset around 7:15 p.m.

More than 100,000 of Brazilian free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Caverns home from April through October. It’s tradition to watch their mass exodus from the cave each evening. But one day each year, the public can gather at dawn to watch their return. Seating is in the Bat Flight Amphitheater to watch these creatures of the night dive back into the darkness of the cavern.

After the bats return, there will be bat-related activities throughout the day in the visitor center. The day ends with the Bat Flight Program in the Bat Flight Amphitheater around 7:15 p.m.

For more information, visit nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/dawn-of-the-bats.htm.


July 21

Ultimate Electric Light Orchestra tribute

A New World Record, the ultimate Electric Light Orchestra tribute, will be performing at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St., at 7:30 p.m.

A New World Record — The Ultimate ELO experience includes eight core members plus a string section of four players. Formed in 1970, The Electric Light Orchestra’s ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements and futuristic iconography rocketed the group to massive commercial success throughout the 1970s.

This one night only concert will feature such well-known songs as, “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Xanadu,” “Evil Woman” and “Livin’ Thing.” This newly formed production absolutely nails the persona and sound of ELO.

The attention to detail that has been taken to re-create this concert experience is unprecedented.


July 20 and Aug. 17

Free movies on the stage

The city of Alamogordo is hosting a family-friendly movie night every third Saturday of July and August at the Washington Park Stage. Movies will start at dusk. The public should bring chairs, blankets and snacks.

On July 20, by “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is shown and in August, “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World.”


July 27

Free concert by Stranded

The band Stranded performs for free at the Cavern Theatre, 210 N. Canyon St., 8 to 10 p.m. The event is for the entire family. Organizers ask to bring your own chairs. No alcoholic beverages permitted.

For more information, visit cityofcarlsbadnm.com.


Aug. 3 to 8

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Volunteers are needed for the National Veterans Golden Age Games. Help is needed for 21 sporting events, opening ceremony/parade of athletes and “May I help you please?” for 2,500 volunteer opportunities.

Register to volunteer at veterangoldenagegames.va.gov.


Aug. 4

Summer movies in the park

The movie “Grease” will be shown at the Halagueno Arts Park at dark.

For more information, visit carlsbadchamber.com.

If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email vision@rdrnews.com or call 622-7710 ext. 309.

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