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Anthem singers needed for 2019 New Mexico State Fair

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Albuquerque

By July 19

National Anthem auditions

Eight selected winners will perform the National Anthem at the 2019 New Mexico State Fair concert and rodeo series in September. Individuals or groups can audition (ranging from all ages), group performances may not be over five members. The first 50 individuals and/or groups to submit their form will be selected for an audition. Selected individuals and groups will be notified by phone. For more information, visit statefair.exponm.com/p/getconnected/competitions/national-anthem-audition or contact Isaac Trujillo at issac.trujillo@state.nm.us.

Alamogordo

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July 20

Celebrating Apollo

In honor of the July 20 anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing, the New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 State Route 2001, has several activities planned as part of One Giant Leap — Celebrating Apollo 11, including a new manned spaceflight gallery opening, a free day at the museum, and a day full of free activities for kids of all ages. In addition to the variety of activities taking place inside and outside the museum that day, the New Horizons Dome Theater will be showing “Apollo 11: First Steps” hourly starting at 10 a.m. That evening at 7 p.m., museum executive director Chris Orwoll will host a free showing of the inspirational film “The Wonder of it All,” which focuses on the rarely told human side of the astronauts and their families. For more information, visit nmspacemuseum.org or call 1-877-333-6589 or 1-575-437-2840.

Artesia

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.

Carlsbad

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

Alamogordo

July 21

‘Galaxy of Wonders’ exhibit

With the New Mexico Museum of Space History as the featured institution for the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Wonder on Wheels (WoW) van, it will show off its “Galaxy of Wonders” exhibit on July 21 at the White Sands Mall. The mall and the museum have worked together to create a space-themed exhibit inside the mall that includes the “Eyes on Earth” traveling exhibit, three 20-feet by 8-feet lunar murals, and a 1/3 scale restored lunar module. For more information, visit nmspacemuseum.org or call 1-877-333-6589 or 1-575-437-2840.

Farmington

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.

Alamogordo

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

Hobbs

July 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.

Carlsbad

July 27

Free concert by Stranded

The band Stranded performs for free at the Cavern Theatre, 210 N. Canyon St., from 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.

Santa Fe

Aug. 3

Honoring Purple Heart Award recipients

Purple Heart Award recipients will be honored at a special Purple Heart recognition ceremony at the Santa Fe Veterans Memorial, 407 Galisteo St. (Northwest corner of the Bataan Memorial Bldg.), at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit nmdvs.org.

Albuquerque

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.

Carlsbad

Aug. 4

Free concert

A free concert by Grupo Veneno, featuring Los Ilagales Del Bravo and DJ Pete Subia will entertain the public for free and the new Carlsbad Beach Bandshell pavilion, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit cityofcarlsbadnm.com or call 575-887-1191.

Carlsbad

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.

Magdalena

Aug. 9 and 10

Music on Main Magdalena

A two-day curated musical event featuring five extraordinary bands: Buttercup, Garrett T. Capps, Paper Moonshiners, Walter Salas-Humara and Wolverton. Performances will be in the Warehouse 1-10 garden, 110 N. Main St. The event is part of Magdalena’s Camp Chair event series (bring your favorite camp chair). Limited entry. For more information, visit warehouse110.com.

Angel Fire

Aug. 10

Festival Eclectica

This year’s Festival Eclectica features powerhouse vocalist and searing guitarist, 2018 Blues Foundation Best Female Contemporary Blues winner Samantha Fish, who heads up the pack of amazing woman-fronted acts at this year’s second annual Festival Eclectica. Also bringing the “Eclectic” to the beautiful village of Angel Fire are “The New Face of Angola World Music,” Vivalda Dula; quirky Indie Rockers Red Light Cameras; sultry and soulful Latinx group NOHE & SUS SANTOS and northern New Mexico’s own award-winning singer-songwriter Lara Manzanare. From Blues to Indie Rock to Latin to Afropop to Folk and beyond … it’s a one-of-a-kind Music Festival benefiting Shuter Library. There will also be food, art and refreshments available. Gates open at noon. For more information, visit festivaleclecticanm.brownpapertickets.com or call 575.377.6755.

Carrizozo

Aug. 16 to 18

Carrizozo Arts Weekend

During the Carrizozo Arts Weekend, local studios and galleries are open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 artists are participating, from painter Joan Malkerso, woven copper painter Suzanne Donazetti, to mixed media sculpture artist Cynthia Clark and woodworking artist Chuck Riley to name a few. A free preview party on Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. takes place at Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, 401 12th St. For more information, visit carrizozoarts.com or its Facebook event page.