TNSA Permian Basin Chapter and Jesus House will be collecting winter items for the homeless population from 9:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Jesus House Odessa, 1335 E. Sixth St.
Items in need are toiletries, coats/jackets, thermals, beanies, gloves, socks, shoes, Chapstick, blankets, tissues, and other winter items.
Hot cocoa will be served.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Ector County Library, 321 W. Fifth St., has scheduled the following events in January.

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m., Story time and craft (letter ‘P’ for peacock).
  • Thursday: 10:30 a.m., Baby story time.

For more information, call 332-0633 or visit
The Odessa Police Department has scheduled Coffee with a Cop from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mama’s Kitchen, 1534 E. Eighth St.
The Black Cultural Council of Odessa has scheduled “An Evening with the Stars,” a banquet recognizing young stars in the community, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Odessa Regional Medical Center, 515 N. Adams Ave.
The annual event for Black History Month includes guest speaker Thalia M. Dubose, the sole owner and lead attorney for the Law Office of Thalia M. Dubose.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from BCCO members.
For more information, call 212-6700 or 305-0369 or visit
The Odessa Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the 2018 Outstanding Citizen of the Year luncheon in honor of Kirk Edwards at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Odessa Country Club, 1 Fairway Drive.
Edwards is President and CEO of Latigo Petroleum, LLC. The company manages, operates and explores diverse oil and gas assets and surface lands with properties located throughout the United States and the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
For more information or to purchase a table, call Lynn Van Amburgh at 333-7862, email or visit
Odessa Arts is seeking applications from artists and designers interested in creating artwork for four electrical along the intersections of 52nd Street and Tanglewood Lane, 52nd Street and JBS Parkway, and the East and West entrances of Music City Mall.
The boxes will become part of the identity of an Outdoor Gallery of Public Art, joining twenty already completed boxes. The completed boxes will be unveiled in Summer 2019.
One artist or designer will be selected for this opportunity and will be paid an all-inclusive fee of $4,000 to create the artwork. We are seeking an artist or designer who will approach the boxes as a family of art works and can create a unified and artistically interesting body of work. The chosen artist will be required to submit a design for four traffic utility boxes. The boxes will be wrapped with adhesive vinyl on which the art has been printed.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Odessa artists, residents, and business owners and three finalists will be selected, based upon the criteria below. Finalists will be paid a $500 stipend to develop a proposal and present it to the panel. One artist or designer will be awarded the commission, based upon their proposal, presentation and references.
Criteria for selection of finalists: Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work and shown in the submitted materials, understanding of the project and ability to create work that responds to the goals of the project, and ability to create a work that will be durable and easy to maintain for an expected life span of at least five years,
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Finalists will be selected in early April. Finalist proposals will be due in May and the commission will be awarded in June.
Submission requirements: A typed Letter of Interest (no longer than a page); current artistic resume including contact information (no longer than three pages); up to five digital images of previous work, submitted electronically (Images must be JPEG file format and should be labeled with a number indicating the viewing order and the artist’s last name. Images must be no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side and must be “high quality” JPEG file format at 300 dpi.); a corresponding image list with image number, title, medium, dimensions, brief description, and date of work; and three references with current contact information including phone numbers and emails.
For photos of the original 12 boxes, visit
To apply, visit
For more information, call 337-1492 or email
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) is now accepting applications for the annual Croly Award.
The Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women, or simply, the Croly Award, recognizes journalists who best capture the courage, vision and spirit of Jane Cunningham Croly.
Deadline to apply is April 30, and the award will be presented later this year at the GFWC Annual Convention in Austin.
Electronic submissions will be accepted online at
For more information, visit
Saturday Morning Club for families with children age 5 years old and younger has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club of Odessa, 800 E. 13th St.
Family activities include crafts, games and food. Siblings of all ages are welcome.
Events may be held at other locations some Saturdays. Get weekly updates by texting BGC Odessa to number 313131, and receive a weekly update of time, location and activities.
Call 337-8389 or email
Geek Club Inc., 2817 JBS Parkway, Suite A201, a community of geeks of all ages in Odessa providing a shared space for members to meet friends who have common interests and hobbies, is seeking new members. The club offers a market for games and collectibles, and organizes social functions and gaming tournaments. Members can receive discounted products from distributors and can buy, sell and trade games, collectibles and other geek merchandise with other members.
For more information, call 770-3178 or visit
The Permian Basin Genealogical Society meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month, except for November and December, at Distinctive Funeral Choices, 1506 N. Grandview Ave.
Call Barbara Wilson at 332-8221 or visit or
The Permian Basin Community Service Organization meets at 11:45 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Mi Piaci Italian Restaurant, 2607 N. Grandview Ave. Call 210-7234.
The Monday Senior Bridge Club meets from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday at the Northside Senior Center, 13th Street and Adams Avenue.
Call 337-5281.
The Odessa Chapter No. 447 Order of the Eastern Star meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month (first Monday only in November and December) at the Andy G. Vaughn Masonic Lodge No. 1421, 3017 Mercedes Ave. Call 557-2058 or visit
Permian Basin Depression Glass Club meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month at First Christian Church, activities building, 601 N. Lee Ave.
Call 580-5800.
The Odessa Optimist Club meets for lunch at noon Fridays in the community room on the second floor of Odessa College’s Student Union Building.
Visitors are welcome.
Call 362-1964.
Area Rotary Clubs meet at the following times:

  • The Odessa Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Odessa College Joe Zant Community Room. Call 335-6684.
  • The Odessa East Rotary Club meets at noon each Thursday at Ellen Noel Art Museum at 4909 E. University Blvd.

Call 559-0976.

  • The Greater Odessa Rotary Club meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, 5321 JBS Parkway. Call 559-9489.

Toastmasters International Club of District 23, Area 63 meets at the following time and place.

  • Odessa Toastmasters Club No. 7072 meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at BB&T, 618 N. Texas Ave., in the conference room on the second floor.

Call 638-1299 or visit or
Area Lions Clubs meet at the following times and places:

  • The Odessa Westside Lions Club meets at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Westwood Baptist Church, 2600 E. Eighth St.
  • The Grandview Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 401 N. West County Road.
  • The Odessa Barrios Lions Club meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month at Mi Casa Restaurant, 1301 N. West County Road.
  • The Odessa Downtown Lions Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the club building, 1101 N. Whitaker Ave.
  • The Odessa Ante Meridian Lions Club meets at 8 a.m. Saturdays at Mi Casa Restaurant, 1301 N. West County Road.

The Midland/Odessa Dance Club offers country two-step from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and line dance from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Moose Lodge, 2711 N. Dixie Blvd.
Cost is $1 per person.
Call 978-7722 or email
West Texas Dance Club has scheduled a dance night with the live band, Tommy & The Boys from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at 208 E. VFW Lane.
Bring sandwiches, chips, dips, soup or salad for the Birthday Night potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members.
The dance is an alcohol and smoke free event.
Call Betty Berry at 528-6308.
Ector County Dance Club has scheduled dance nights with a live band from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays at the Northside Senior Center, 1225 N. Adams Ave.
Admission is $5. Visitors are welcome.
The dances are alcohol and smoke free events.
Call 337-5281.
Tejas Shooting Sports and Indoor Range, 421 E. Eighth St., has scheduled a First Aid for Gunshot Wounds Class from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Learn how to treat a gunshot wound to an arm or leg, chest or abdomen, and head or neck; and how to control shock and place a victim into a safe position until EMS arrives.
No prior first aid or medical training is needed.
Cost is $39.
Call 325-232-5988, email or visit
The Ellen Noël Art Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd., has scheduled Adventures in Art classes for children, ages 6 to 12 years, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following days.

  • Feb. 3: Painting: Kids will learn about the work of Horace Pippin and Faith Ringgold in recognition of Black History Month, $20 per child.
  • March 3: 3D Design: Kids will view the Permanent Collection Gallery and choose their favorite piece for inspiration, $20 per child.
  • April 7: Oil Pastel: Kids will explore the vibrant work of Charles Edward Williams and learn how to work with oil pastels, $20 per child.
  • May 5: Sculpture: Kids will tour the ECISD student show and make a sculpture from unusual materials, $20 per child.

The deadline to register is the Thursday before each class.
Scholarships are available through the Neely Hunter Palmer Memorial Fund.
For more information, call Annie Stanley at 550-9696, ext. 213, email or visit
Odessa Fire Rescue is accepting applications for the 2019 Citizens Fire Academy. The 10 week program begins March 5, and will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday nights.
The program is a hands-on opportunity for citizens to become familiar with firefighting apparatus, learn about emergency medical services, vehicle extrication, fire prevention, hazardous materials, technical rescue, fire investigations, as well as receive fire extinguisher and CPR training.
There is no cost for the classes. Space is limited.
For more information or to apply for the program, call 257-0521 or visit
Interfaith Service (Sewing) Council, 910 S. Grant Ave., is inviting sewers and quilters to participate in open sewing and get assistance with sewing projects from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Sewing machines (Berninas), quilting rulers and cutters and scissors will be provided.
Thursday is primarily for quilters.
Call 332-4800 or email Mary Jane Malone at
Yang Style Tai Chi classes have been scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4001 E. University Blvd.
Call 631-5051 or visit
M.A.D. Children has scheduled classes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 810 N. Dixie Blvd.
Register from noon to 6 p.m. daily at M.A.D., 810 N. Dixie Blvd.
Call 272-5834 or 272-5812 or 325-455-4990.
Love To Dance Studio, 2817 JBS Parkway, Suite E-1, has scheduled Ballroom/Latin, Salsa, Bachata, Country Two Step, Belly Dance group and Zumba classes.
Private lessons are also available.
Call 349-1472 or visit
Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico Dance Studio, 1212 W. 10th St., has scheduled Folklorico dance classes for all ages.
For the current class schedule, call 438-2590.


Museum of the Southwest, 1705 W. Missouri Ave., Midland, has scheduled Dome Shows at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday of each week and at 3 p.m. Sundays, throughout January in the Blakemore Planetarium.

  • Noon: In My Backyard.
  • 2 p.m. (and 3 p.m. Sundays): Two Small Pieces of Glass.
  • 4 p.m.: New Horizons.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up; $3 for children (age 3-11), seniors and active military; and free for museum members and children age 2 and under. Sundays are free for everyone.
Call 683-2882, email or visit
The Region 9 Prevention Resource Center, a program of the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, has scheduled “Real Talk” from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Midland High School Auditorium, 906 W. Illinois Ave., Midland.
Drugs are highly accessible in our area. Real Talk will bring awareness to our youth’s environment, teach parents and guardians what substance use may look like in their child, effective communication techniques, impactful intervention strategies, and provide realistic expectations of treatment and recovery.
Local researchers and agencies will be present to provide resources.
Admission is free and open to the public (geared towards adults). Food will be served. Please RSVP on the website.
For more information, call Kayla Fishbeck at 333-4100, ext. 200, email or visit
The Midland College Cogdell Learning Center, 201 W. Florida Ave., Midland, has scheduled the 2019 Citizenship Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to provide information and resources for individuals seeking to obtain their U.S. citizenship.
There will be booths, two presentations and a panel discussion with new U.S. citizens.
Admission is free.
For more information, call Alfredo Chaparro at 686-4910 or email
Midland College is accepting nominations for the 2019 MC Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award through Feb. 8.
The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award honors individuals who have attended Midland College and who have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields of endeavor and to the community in their personal and professional lives.
For more information, call Taylor Shorb at 685-4519 or email
Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center, 802 Ventura Ave., Midland, has scheduled a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 9.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
All proceeds will go towards serving more children with special needs in the Permian Basin.
For tickets, visit
Sibley Nature Center, 1307 E. Wadley Ave., Midland, has scheduled Nature Club: Erosion, a drop-off outdoor education and exploration program for students in kindergarten through third grade, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9.
Kids will play games, do experiments and have a great time while learning how weathering and erosion impacts the world around us, gain a greater understanding of how humans have impacted weathering and erosion, and then tour Sibley for real-life examples.
Registration fee is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Advance registration is required.
For more information, visit
Midland YMCA, 800 N. Big Spring St., Midland, has scheduled the 2019 Heart & Sole 1K/5K/10K at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9.
Medals and prizes will be given away. T-shirts are available for those who register in advance.
All proceeds will benefit Midland YMCA scholarship funds for assistance with programs and memberships.
For advance registration, go to the YMCA (in person) or visit
For more information, email or visit
Girls World Expo, a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls, has been scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Midland County Horseshoe, 2514 Arena Trail, Midland.
Activities include “Girl of Merit” award recognition, hot-topic seminars, live entertainment by talented local artists, healthy living workshops and demonstrations, a college and career fair, Girls World of Art Show, “Bright Ideas” STEM Showcase, a unique street-style marketplace and more.
For more information, visit
Permian Basin Area Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-20 academic year.
Students and counselors may view eligibility and selection criteria for more than 80 scholarships through the application platform, AcademicWorks, which can be accessed through the foundation’s website.
Deadline to apply is March 31.
For more information, call 617-3213 or visit
The Midland Humane Coalition will be administering microchips at Yappy Hour from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at The Beer Garden, 7112 W. Highway 80, Midland.
The cost is $20 per chip.
Profits go towards helping homeless pets find their forever homes.
The chip website to register pets is
For more information, visit
The Midland Palette Club, 907 W. Wadley Ave., Midland, has scheduled free watch and learn demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11.
Call 699-3209 or 687-6854 or visit
The Midland Gem and Mineral Society, 602 S. Main St., Midland, has scheduled “Open Shop Night” for members and the public from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays.
Guests can watch members cut rocks and work on lapidary projects.
The Midland Desk and Derrick Club, a member of the international Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs, meets the second Thursday of each month at Ranchland Country Club, 1600 E. Wadley Ave., Midland.
Social hour starts at 5:45 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by the program.
Dinner is $20 and is optional. Reservations are required.
Programs are educational in nature and focus on the oil and gas industry. Annual dues are $60.
Call Joyce Nolly at 889-4426 or email Brenda Norman at
Permian Basin Poetry Society meets for open mic night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at The Ground Floor Coffee Shop, 203 W. Wall St., No. 104, Midland.
The society and others will be sharing poetry, spoken word, music and comedy. Admission is free.
Call 349-5042, email or visit
Permian Basin Poetry Society meets for a writer’s round table at 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month at The Ground Floor Coffee Shop, 203 W. Wall St., No. 104, Midland.
Writers of all genres are welcome. Admission is free.
Call 349-5042, email or visit
The Midland Palette Club, 907 W. Wadley Ave., Midland, meets at 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday except on monthly meeting days. Local and area artists are welcomed to bring supplies and paint. Club dues are $35 a year and are due in October and welcomes artists of all levels.
Call 699-3209 or 687-6854 or visit
Overeaters Anonymous Meetings for all eating disorders (bulimia, bingeing, obsessive/compulsive eating or anorexia) have been scheduled in the portable building at Christ Church Anglican, 5501 N. Midkiff Road, Midland, at the following times:

  • Mondays: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., 12 Step Study.
  • Saturdays: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Topic Meeting.

Admission is free and open to the public.
Call 553-1031 or visit
Toastmasters International Clubs of District 44, Areas 11 and 12 have meetings at the following times and places.

  • Permian Toastmasters meets at noon Thursdays at Wurster, Armstrong & Williamson, 6 Desta Drive, Suite 2800, Midland. Call 683-5474.
  • Pop-Ups meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, corner of A and Illinois avenues. Call 522-2716.
  • Tall City meets at noon on every first and third Thursday at Campfire USA, 2408 N. Big Spring St., Midland. Call 620-0282 or 684-6034.
  • Wall Street meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Midland County Public Library, 301 W. Missouri Ave. Call 368-5517 or 620-5638.

The Permian Basin Dance Club has scheduled dance nights with a live band from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Downtown Lions Club, 200 Plaza St., Midland.
Admission is $8 for members and $10 for guests.
Call 631-6125 or email
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 I-20 West, Midland, has scheduled Building Bots – Robotics and Engineering Fun Lab for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates.

  • Feb. 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7: Kindergarten through second grade.
  • Feb. 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21: Third grade through sixth grade.

Equipment used includes Lego Robotics, Ozobots, Osmos, Spheros and NEW Tetrix Prime and Kubo.
The cost per student for each class is $25 for Petroleum Museum members and $30 for non-members.
Call 683-4403 or visit
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 I-20 West, Midland, has scheduled STEAM Sprouts, a new STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) educational program for children ages 4-5, on Mondays, beginning March 18 through April 22.
There are two time options to choose from, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children may attend only during the time they are registered for.
The program will engage pre-school children in STEAM-based curriculum and challenges. The theme for this spring is Lego Steam Park. Kids will learn about artistic design, performing arts and probability in a carnival-themed experience building boats, ferris wheels, gears and guessing wheels.
Pre-registration is required. The cost per student for the six-week session is $80 for Petroleum Museum members and $100 for non-members.
Call 683-4403 or visit
Lacy J Pilates & Fitness Studio, 3211 W. Wadley Ave., Suite 13, Midland, has scheduled a variety of group classes including the original Chair30, Barre30, Core30, a variety of yoga and Zumba.
Classes are available for all levels and ages throughout the day.
For the current schedule or information, visit
The University of Texas Permian Basin Small Business Development Center has scheduled QuickBooks classes from 9 a.m. to noon every first and third Wednesday of each month at the SBDC office at the CEED Building, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland.
Art Quest, 700 Andrews Highway, Ste. D, Midland, is offering classes for children and adults on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.
Cost is $75 per month for each child (includes supplies) and $70 per month for adults.
Class schedules and descriptions are available online.
Call 682-2469 or visit


Helping Hands Support Group for the West Texas Desert Council of the American Council of the Blind meets at 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizen Center, 1010 W. 14th St., Fort Stockton. Call 432-336-3648 or 432-290-2966.


The Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church.


The Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at the Pecos Valley Country Club.