United Way Stuff the Bus This Weekend

CARLSBAD – The 9th Annual United Way of Carlsbad & South Eddy County Stuff the Bus program, brought to our community by Mosaic, starts on Friday, July 21, 2016.  This year’s Stuff the Bus program has been restructured to allow an even greater opportunity to make an impact to local children in need. 

United Way of Carlsbad & South Eddy County is working in conjunction with another local nonprofit to provide the over 850 local children dressed by the organization with a backpack filled with supplies specific to their grade level.  Every student should be ready to walk into school the first day of school with a backpack filled with necessary supplies.

 Supplies will be collected by 10 local teams at Walmart and Albertsons on Friday, July 21st from 4pm – 8pm and on Saturday, July 22nd from 9am – 3pm.  Each team will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations.  All donations, cash or other, go directly to the Stuff the Bus program.

 This year the McDonalds team will be joined by their very own Ronald McDonald.  He will be available for pictures, coupons and popsicles will be given out at Walmart from 11 -1, as supplies last. 

 School supplies being collected include: number 2 pencils, wide and college ruled paper, crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers, spiral notebooks, earbuds, black and red pens, and both blunt and sharp scissors. 

 “We are incredibly thankful for all the support we have received from local businesses in developing teams and financially.  The partnerships we have developed with our local schools, nonprofits and businesses are crucial for the success of the program.  We want to make a large impact, and I believe with these partnerships we will be,” said Linda Dodd, Executive Director of the United Way of Carlsbad & South Eddy County.

 Supply donations can be made at First American Bank, both Financial Security Credit Union, all Carlsbad National Banks, First Christian Church, all Western Commerce Banks, Pioneer Bank, U1st Credit Union and the United Way Office.  Three year running winner of the “Big Bus Trophy”, First Christian Church, is vying for a fourth year.

 For the 9th year, Mosaic is the title sponsor of the program.  “Mosaic is proud to continue to support our local Stuff The Bus campaign. The future of our community starts with our school-aged children.  Many children in Carlsbad and Loving do not have the means to purchase school supplies necessary to get that solid education…not even the basic necessities.  As a community, it is up to us to help these children as much as we can.  It’s our responsibility.  By supporting Stuff the Bus, you are investing in the future.  Whether you are a continued supporter or a new supporter, please donate school supplies for this very worthy cause.” said Tonk Chester, Mosaic HR Manager

 For more information on donating to this program, please contact the United Way office by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone.


Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Host Music Event in July

Salt Flat, Texas – Guadalupe Mountains National Park will host Songs and Stories of Our National Parks in celebration of the second century of the National Park Service and more than 100 years of conservation. This musical event is scheduled for Sunday, July 9 and will begin at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at the Pine Springs visitor center.  


National parks are best known for wildlife and scenery, but the reasons parks matter go far beyond the tangible. From Yellowstone to Hawai’i Volcanoes, Gettysburg to Guadalupe Mountains, national parks are powerful places that impact people in extraordinary ways. Through music and storytelling, Rangers Megan Davenport and Gary Bremen share deeply personal experiences from national parks across the country. They take participants through a full range of emotions, leaving audiences uplifted, proud, and looking forward to creating their own memories in their national parks.


In partnership with Chamizal National Memorial, White Sands National Monument, and Western National Parks Association, Songs and Stories of Our National Parks will also be presented at Chamizal National Memorial on Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm and at White Sands National Monument on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 pm. These programs are free; entrance fees apply at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.


For more information about the Guadalupe Mountains July 9 music event visit or call (915) 828-3251.


Art Association Show at Living Desert 

Carlsbad, NM – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will be hosting the annual Carlsbad

Area Art Association Living Desert Show in the Visitor Center from Saturday, June 24 through

Tuesday, July 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. This show features the exhibit and sale of

artwork and crafts with a Chihuahuan Desert theme, including photography, paintings, pottery,

sculpture, jewelry and more. There is no fee to come to this show, but regular admission fees

apply if you wish to visit the zoo. For more information, call (575) 887-5516.


Gem and Mineral Show

Carlsbad, NM – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will be hosting the annual Carlsbad

Gem and Mineral Show in the Visitor Center Friday through Sunday June 16 - 18. The hours

for the show are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.

This is a great opportunity to purchase jewelry, fossils, minerals, and other decorative items.


There is no fee to come to this show, but regular admission fees apply if you wish to visit the zoo.

For more information, call (575) 887-5516.


Frijole Days Music Festival

Salt Flat, Texas – The public is invited to attend the Frijole Days Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the historic Frijole Ranch, located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The event begins with a morning hike to Smith Spring to celebrate National Trails Day! Meet at the Frijole Ranch trail head at 8:30 a.m. for a 2.3 mile ranger-led hike to the historic Smith Spring. Then join in the fun at Frijole Ranch as it comes alive for an afternoon of music, crafts and culture.


The Frijole Days Music Festival will feature original southwestern music from the bands Hard Road Trio and the Mule Tones, as well as entertainment from Texas cowboy poet Don Cadden. Full of Texas pride and gumption, Don’s prose will connect you to by gone days and cowboy ways! The festival event includes living history narratives from relatives of the original family that settled Frijole Ranch, ranger-led hikes, crafts and historic games, as well as mule packer demonstrations. Bring a picnic lunch, folding chairs or blanket and relax in the shade of the pecan trees. Light refreshments will be offered, but visitors are encouraged to bring picnic lunches and refreshments. The event is free to the public, but park fees apply.    


For more information regarding this event call (915) 828-3251 or visit the park website at or on social media at .