COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of Feb. 25, 2018

ODESSA

EVENTS

Ector County Library, 321 W. Fifth St., has scheduled the following events.

  • Monday: 6:30 p.m., Excel Basics class.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m., Story time and craft (letter S is for squirrel); 6 p.m., Book Club.

Call 332-0633 or visit www.ector.lib.tx.us.

The United Way of Odessa Annual Meeting has been scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the MCM Grandé Hotel and FunDome, 6201 E. Business 20.

The United Way Board of Directors will present outcomes from 2017, including partner agency allocations, venture grant funding and campaign successes. In addition, awards will be presented to volunteers, businesses and constituents that gave their time and money to the United Way of Odessa in 2017.

Seating is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight.

For reservations, call 332-0941 or email admin@unitedwayodessa.org.

Briar Patch Trade Days has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 in barns D and E at the Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway.

There will be more than 200 booths with new, used and one-of-a-kind vintage finds.

Admission is free.

Call 272-1177 or visit at www.BriarPatchOdessa.com.

The Education Foundation of Odessa has scheduled “Take Me Out Tuesday” March 6 at La Margarita Mexican Food, 1301 S. Grant Ave.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

La Margarita will donate a percentage of all sales to the Education Foundation of Odessa to benefit students and teachers in the Ector County Independent School District.

America’s Small Business Development Center of UTPB, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland, has scheduled a QuickBooks Online workshop for beginners from 9 a.m. to noon March 7.

Learn how to keep track of your business finances with QuickBooks Online.

Cost is $49 at the door. Please RSVP.

Call 552-2455 to reserve a seat.

West Texas Talent Entertainment has scheduled “1937-1939: The Long Road to War” at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Ellen Noël Art Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd.

The years leading to World War II will be presented through music and spoken word.

The Odessa Jackalopes, Odessa Humane Society and Our Bakery Bites have scheduled Dog Night at the Odessa Jackalopes vs. Lonestar Brahmas hockey game on March 9 at Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway.

Doors open and “tail gate” begins at 6 p.m. Game time is at 7:11 p.m.

There will be contests, treats, and other dog related activities.

For more information, call 552-7825, ext. 201 or visit www.jackalopes.org.

Ruffles and Rust Expo has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 in Barn G at Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway.

The event features a variety of carefully selected vendors offering furniture, home decor, jewelry, clothing and handcrafted goods.

Admission is $5. Children age 12 and under get in free.

Visit www.rufflesandrustexpo.com.

St. Mary’s Central Catholic School, 1703 N. Adams Ave., has scheduled a Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9-13.

CLUBS/OUTREACH GROUPS

The Odessa Forum has scheduled Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the back area of the Odessa Police Department, 205 N. Grant Ave.

All law enforcement agencies and fire protection agencies that operate in the city and county are invited. The mayor will present proclamations at 10 a.m. in the lobby.

Snacks and goodies will be available.

H2i Coalition has scheduled lunch meetings for the Here to Impact Ector County program from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, through Dec. 6, at the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, 120 E. Second St.

H2i engages and serves the community through education and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in order to build a stronger united community.

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP with Sara Tomlinson at stomlinson@pbrcada.org.

For more information, call 333-4100.

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 judith@basinkids.org.

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 www.facebook.com/GeekClubInc.

The Permian Basin Genealogical Society meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, except for November and December, at Bethany Christian Church, 4522 N. Everglade Ave.

Call 559-9807 or visit www.permiangen.org or www.facebook.com/permianbasingenealogicalsociety.

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 www.agv1421.org.

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, 61
8 N. Texas Ave., in the conference room on the second floor.

Call 638-1299 or visit www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/00007072-00007072 or www.facebook.com/odessatoastmasters.

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.

CLASSES

The Odessa Police Department has scheduled the 25th session of the Citizen’s Police Academy from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday nights, through May 24.

The 16 week academy is designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Odessa Police Department. The instruction is comprehensive and covers different divisions each week. The goal is to educate the public about the OPD and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers.

For more information, visit www.odessapd.com.

Odessa Fire Rescue is accepting applications for the 2018 Citizens Fire Academy. The 10 week program begins March 6, 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 http://www.odessa-tx.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/citizens-fire-academy.

The Odessa Police Department, 205 N. Grant Ave., has scheduled women’s self-defense classes from 8 a.m. to noon March 24 and April 7 in the classroom on the first floor.

The classes are intended for women, 18 years of age or older, who want to learn basic self-defense.

There is no cost, but the classes are limited to the first 14 applicants.

The class for March is now full. The deadline to register for the April class is April 2.

Email ddevolin@odessa-tx.gov or visit www.odessapd.com.

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 mjmalone@cableone.net.

West Texas Legends in Line, a social line dancing group, has scheduled several line dancing classes for people interested in learning how to line dance.

All levels of dancers are welcome. Beginner, intermediate and advanced dances will be fully demonstrated.

Shoes with slick soles (like cowboy boots) are encouraged.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/zs738fo.

Yang Style Tai Chi classes have been scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4001 E. University Blvd. Call 631-5051.

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, Cumbia Pegadas, Country Two Step, Belly Dance group and Zumba classes.

Private lessons are also available.

Call 349-1472 or visit www.lovetodancestudio.com.

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.

The Midland/Odessa Dance Club offers dance lessons from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Moose Lodge, 2711 N. Dixie Blvd. Dances include the waltz, two-steps, swing and line dances.

Call 638-3707 or email rlandreth638@gmail.com.

West Texas Dance Club has scheduled dance nights with a live band from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 208 E. VFW Lane.

Bring a meat dish, vegetable, salad or dessert for the Birthday Night potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members.

The dances are alcohol and smoke free events.

Call Betty Berry at 528-6308.

Ector County Friday Night Dance 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.

MIDLAND

EVENTS

An Oil/Gas and Transportation Job Fair has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Texan Hotel & Convention Center, 4300 W. Wall St., Midland.

Available positions range from entry level up to professional and management.

Bring plenty of resumes or work history with references and be ready for open interviews on-the-spot.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information or to pre-register, call 210-785-9300 or visit JobNewsUSA.com.

Girls World Expo, a celebration for girls (ages 11-18) has been scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Midland Plaza, 117 W. Wall St., Midland.

There will be a “Girl of Merit” awards ceremony, fashion, live music, dance performances, shopping, healthy living, a gallery of local art, college and career information, Henna art, volunteer opportunities, a Bright Ideas STEM Fair, hot topic seminars and workshops and more.

For more information, email varinda@girlsworldexpo.com or visit www.girlsworldexpo.com.

America’s Small Business Development Center of UTPB, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland, has scheduled a QuickBooks Online workshop for beginners from 9 a.m. to noon March 7.

Learn how to keep track of your business finances with QuickBooks Online.

Cost is $49 at the door. Please RSVP.

Call 552-2455 to reserve a seat.

Midland Job Fair and Oil Convention has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7-8 at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena, 2514 Arena Trail, Midland.

The event features some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.

Visit www.jobfairsnow.com.

The 2018 Sewell Leadership Event has been scheduled at 9 a.m. March 8 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland.

Doors open at 8 a.m.

Keynote speakers will be John Maxwell and Andy Stanley.

Activities include keynote sessions and a roundtable Q &
A session with both speakers and Patrick Payton and Collin Sewell.

Ticket prices range from $42 to $62. All proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Call 432-498-0198 or visit www.sewellleadershipevent.com.

The Easter Bunny Photo Experience has been scheduled March 17-31 at the JC Penny Court at the Midland Park Mall, 4511 N. Midkiff Road, Midland.

The following special events have been scheduled.

  • March 18: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Caring Bunny. Children with special needs and their families can enjoy a carefully managed Bunny photo experience prior to the mall opening. Guest may register in advance at simon.com/caringbunny.
  • March 24: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Food Court.
  • March 25: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny.

Visit simonbunny.com to save time, avoid the line and reserve an appointment for a special moment with Bunny.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 I-20 West, Midland, has scheduled “How Oil Won WWII” by Randy Wilson from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 20, as part of the Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Call 683-4403 or visit pbpetro.org.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 I-20 West, Midland, has scheduled an Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture, “Dare to be Different” with speaker Robbie Gries at 7 p.m. April 24.

Gries is the president of Priority Oil & Gas, LLC, the first woman president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and author of “Anomalies: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology (1917-2017).”

Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. Seating is limited.

Call 683-4403 or visit pbpetro.org.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 I-20 West, Midland, has scheduled Family Science Night: Planet Earth from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 26.

Activities include more than 20 stations with hands-on experiments and educational demonstrations for the entire family.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

Call 683-4403 or visit www.pbpetro.org.

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 www.idtag.com.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/y8k8w98z.

CLUBS/OUTREACH GROUPS

Comanche Trails Wood Turners has scheduled a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 at George Hancock’s shop, 1709 Clark St., Midland.

Hancock will demonstrate making an acorn box with threaded lid.

The meeting is open to the public.

Call 439-5343.

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.

Visit www.midlandgemandmineral.org.

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 bnorman10@sbcglobal.net.

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 kopykat@grandecom.net or visit Poetrysocietyoftexas.org.

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 kopykat@grandecom.net or visit Poetrysocietyoftexas.org.

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 www.paletteclubmidland.com.

Overeaters Anonymous Meetings for all eating disorders (bulimia, bingeing, obsessive/compulsive eating or anorexia) have been scheduled in room 117 at Midland Centennial Public Library, 2503 W. Loop 250 N., Midland, at the following times:

  • Tuesdays: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 12 Step Workshop and Study Guide.
  • Saturdays: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Topic Meeting.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Call 553-1031 or visit www.oa.org.

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.

Visit www.toastmasters.org.

CLASSES

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.

  • March 6, April 3, May 1: Kindergarten through second grade.
  • March 20, April 17, May 15: Third grade through sixth grade.

Pre-registration is required. The cost per student for each class is $25 for Petroleum Museum members and $30 for non-members.

Call 683-4403 or visit www.pbpetro.org.

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 www.lacyjpilates.com.

The University of Texas of the 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 www.artquesttx.com.

The Permian Basin Dance Club has scheduled dance nights with a live band from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Crown Royal Club, 1110 E. Scharbauer Drive, Midland.

Admission is $6 for members and $8 for guests.

Call 631-6125 or email maxking@mygrande.net.

West Texas Legends in Line, a social line dancing group, has scheduled line dancing classes for people interested in learning how to line dance from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Midland Senior Center, 3303 W. Illinois Ave., Suite 18, Midland.

All levels of dancers are welcome. Beginner, intermediate and advanced dances will be fully demonstrated.

Shoes with slick soles (like cowboy boots) are encouraged.

Admission is free.

Visit www.meetup.com/WestTexasLegendsInLine.

ALPINE

EVENTS

Sul Ross State University, 400 N. Harrison St., Alpine, has scheduled a presentation by David Valdez, former Presidential photographer, at 6 p.m. March 21 in the Briscoe Administration Building, Room 304.

Valdez, the fifth Presidential photographer of only 10 in history, became the personal photographer of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1983. He published “George Herbert Walker Bush: A Photographic Profile” in 1997.

He will begin the evening with a short video piece and then show his White House photographs of George H.W. Bush, while recounting stories of his time in the White House and with the Bush Family.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.museumofthebigbend.com.

ANDREWS

EVENTS

The ninth annual Wrap’n Up a Cure, a barrel race and fundraiser benefiting those who suffer from cancer, has been scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at the Andrews County Expo (ACE) Arena, 1441 E. State Highway 176, Andrews.

FORT DAVIS

EVENTS

The Nature Conservancy in Texas has scheduled Open Preserve Weekend from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16-18 at Davis Mountains Preserve in Fort Davis.

The preserve will be open to the public for hiking, camping, biking and other outdoor activities.

Camping is only allowed in designated areas, and only on open weekends.

Guests will be required to sign in and out at the McIvor Conservation Center.

Visit www.nature.org.

FORT STOCKTON

CLUBS/OUTREACH GROUPS

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.

MONAHANS

CLUBS/OUTREACH GROUPS

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

PECOS

CLUBS/OUTREACH GROUPS

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

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