Around Town: Carlsbad

The Around Town - Carlsbad section of FocusNM.com is designed to keep our readers informed about events of interest to the general public in Carlsbad and the surrounding area. Events typically include those for non-profit organizations, civic organizations, schools, all forms of government and churches.

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Tuesday
Mar142017

Tuesday
Mar142017

Spring Break Schedule

Carlsbad Municipal Schools will be closed Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24, for Spring Break. School will resume on Monday, March 27, at regular times.

Thursday
Feb232017

On Saturday Feb. 25th from 9:00am till 4pm ,  car enthusiasts will be doing a "Show & Shine" showing our custom cars at Lowe's parking lot, to try and get as much of the community as we can to participate in donating to the "Muscular dystrophy association.  For more info. Call Mark Lujan(575)312-099

Sunday
Jan292017

Docent Training at the Living Desert 

Imagine watching the face of a child as he or she experiences their first visit to the Zoo. You can be a part of this rewarding interaction as a volunteer educator at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park – a Docent! The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.

 

Docents lead small groups of students or adults on tours, or are stationed by various exhibits when larger groups visit us. Docents plan and conduct two weeks of Zoo Camp in July every year. Some Docents take outreach programs into schools, libraries, and to Scout Troops. We also have Storytime for pre-school children at 9:30 a.m. on Friday mornings during the school year.

 

This year’s Docent Training at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park will be held on eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning on February 1 and continuing through March 22. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m., so bring a sack lunch. You will learn about every aspect of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, including geology, plants, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and mammals.

 

The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the Docent Manual and polo shirt. Scholarships are available for those with financial needs who are willing to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours annually. Bilingual Docents are especially needed.

 

To register, please call the Park at (575) 887-5516.

Thursday
Jan192017

Early Dismissal

 

Carlsbad Municipal Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, January 25, as noted below.  School will resume on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at regular times.

 

Emmitt Smith preschool: 11:15am, Sped Bus-11:10am (no afternoon session)

ECEC (Kindergarten): 11:25am, Sped Bus-11:15am

Elementary Schools (Grades 1-5): Bus-12:00pm, Walkers-12:05pm

Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy: 12:30pm

Carlsbad Intermediate School (Grades 7-8): 12:57pm

Carlsbad High School (Grades 9-12 & Freshman Academy): 1:10pm

Early College High School: 1:00pm

Eddy Alternative School: Elementary-12:30pm, 2nd Chance (middle school)-12:45pm, Phoenix (high school) 1:00pm

Tuesday
Jan172017

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Annual Youth Poster Contest

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Annual Youth Poster Contest

Salt Flat, Texas – What is your favorite nature memory? Did you go hiking with friends and family in a national park?  Maybe you climbed a mountain peak, had a wildlife encounter or camped out under the stars for the first time. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is sponsoring a youth poster contest and this year’s theme is “Your favorite nature memory”.  From January 1 – April 30, 2017, youth ages 6-18 years can submit artwork to share their favorite nature memory. The contest is free to enter.  

Participants can draw or paint their favorite memory outdoors. The memory does not have to take place at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, although we encourage you to come for a visit!  To help plan your visit go to our website at www.nps.gov/gumo . All poster submissions must be on at least an 8 1/2" x 11" poster board or paper. Suggested media can be crayons, pastels, acrylic, color pencils, markers, pen and ink or tempera paint.

 

Entries can be dropped off at the Pine Springs Visitor Center in the park, Carlsbad National Park Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico or mailed to: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Attn: Poster Contest - 400 Pine Canyon Drive, Salt Flat, Texas 79847.  The winning entry will receive a gift certificate from Western National Parks Association and a certificate of achievement. The winning art will also be featured on the 2018 Guadalupe Mountains Annual Park Pass.  Honorable mentions, prizes and recognition will also be awarded in three age categories. Check the website for information about prizes and contest rules at www.nps.gov/gumo.

 

For updates on status of the contest and current entries follow Guadalupe Mountains National Park on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/guadalupe.mountains , Twitter at http://twitter.com/GuadalupeMtnsNP  and Instagram athttp://www.instagram.com/guadalupemountainsnps/ .

Monday
Jan162017

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hosts 2nd Annual Children’s Bird Count Event

Salt Flat, TX –  Guadalupe Mountains National Park invites families with children ages 8-16 years of age to the second annual park Conservation Bird Count for Kids event (CBC4Kids) on  Saturday,  January 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Gather family and friends to flock to this half day event that celebrates the outdoors, birds and family fun! This event introduces basic bird watching to help engage the next generation of citizen scientists and stewards. Every year, Guadalupe Mountains National Park participates in the annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, an event that thousands of volunteers across the country take part in. It’s the longest-running wildlife census to assess health of bird populations and help guide conservation action. But this event does not include children’s bird sightings. So to introduce the next generation to recreational birding, Guadalupe Mountains is offering a family -friendly birding event for the second year.  The event will also feature a presentation from the Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

“We want youth to have fun in the outdoors and experience bird watching as a family activity!” said Eric Brunnemann, Guadalupe Mountains Superintendent. “Participants form teams to compete to see who can identify the most birds. No need to be concerned that you don’t know how to bird watch. We start with a binocular basics class, teach basic birding techniques and then get you out on the trails with a knowledgeable birder.  It’s a great adventure in the park.”

Participants should meet at the Pine Springs Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.  Bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, snacks and clothing suitable for changing weather conditions. There is no fee for events in the park, but there is the usual entrance fee of $5.00 per person, (15 years and younger are free). Park information, including park conditions and weather are available on the park’s website www.nps.gov/gumo or by telephone at (915) 828-3251.

Wednesday
Jan112017

CMS closure January 16

Carlsbad Municipal Schools will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 17, at regular times.

Friday
Dec092016

CMS Early Out Days

 

Carlsbad Municipal Schools will dismiss early on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16, as noted below and will be closed Monday, December 19 through Friday, December 30 for the Winter Break.  School will resume on Monday, January 2, 2017, at regular times.

 

Emmitt Smith preschool: 11:15am, Sped Bus-11:10am (no afternoon session)

ECEC (Kindergarten): 11:25am, Sped Bus-11:15am

Elementary Schools (Grades 1-5): Bus-12:00pm, Walkers-12:05pm

Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy: 12:30pm

Carlsbad Intermediate School (Grades 7-8): 12:57pm

Carlsbad High School (Grades 9-12 & Freshman Academy): 1:10pm

Early College High School: 1:00pm

Eddy Alternative School: Elementary-12:30pm, 2nd Chance (middle school)-12:45pm, Phoenix (high school) 1:00pm

 

Friday
Dec022016

HOLIDAYS WITH THE ANIMALS AT LIVING DESERT STATE PARK


Carlsbad, NM – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will celebrate
Holidays with the Animals on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 p.m. until
3:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center. There will be face painting for children and
they will make holiday cards and treats for their favorite Living Desert
animals. At 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m., a docent will read Christmas stories to
the children.

There is no fee for the activities in the Visitor Center, but regular admission fees will apply for those wishing to enter the zoo to watch the animals with their treats. For more information, call the park at (575) 887- 5516.