There’s a lot going on next week, and we thought it would be best to go over the entire schedule.
On Monday, City of Carlsbad offices will be closed for Labor Day. However, the Carlsbad Water Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monday will also be a normal trash pickup day. Please have your rollouts out to the curb by 6 a.m. We will not be having a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday at the civic center this upcoming week.
On Wednesday, our community’s National Public Lands Day celebration will kickoff with an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Sunset Reef Campground. The Bureau of Land Management has organized public lands projects all week, including tree planting at Six Mile Dam and trail brushing at the La Cueva Recreational Area. Many energy industry companies are also helping with projects around the area. Tracy Hughes is coordinating the list of activities around Eddy County. For more information, please contact her at the BLM office at (575) 234-5972.
The annual Homecoming Parade is set for Thursday. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run from the CHS student parking lot to the Carlsbad Beach. There will then be a pep rally at the beach area.
Carlsbad MainStreet is hosting a Stranded Concert on Friday from 7-9 p.m. in downtown Carlsbad. The concert is free and there will be a beer garden, food trucks and chance to tour the Cavern Theatre. The Carlsbad Cavemen varsity football team will host Coronado at 7 p.m. at Ralph Bowyer Cavemen Stadium. The Sept. 4 varsity football game in Albuquerque was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Also on Friday, Jericho Walk activities will begin at the Carlsbad Beach area. Friday activities are scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Hosted by the Community of Hope, activities include entertainment, prizes and a Poker Run.
Things get interesting on Saturday. The Jericho Walk itself will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the outlook on C-Hill and travel down Church Street to the Beach Bandshell. A Jericho Walk ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bandshell and include a tribute to our first responders. Jericho Walk activities will continue at the beach all day.
There will also be a 16th of September Parade beginning at 9 a.m. at the CMS Administration Building. The parade will travel down Canyon Street to Plaza Street and end at the Ray Anaya San Jose Plaza. The 16th of September Celebration will take place at the Plaza all day and on Sunday.
At noon on Saturday, Sept. 11, the BLM, City and County are hosting a ceremony to honor first responders at the civic center. A number of organizations and vendors will also be set up at the civic center. County Commissioner Ernie Carlson and Sheriff Mark Cage will be part of the ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy. There’s also a book fair going on at the civic center at the same time in the front portion of the building.
It’s going to be a very busy week in Carlsbad!
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway