DEL NORTE — The 40th Annual Covered Wagon Days in Del Norte is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 with events in the park unless otherwise noted including: Saturday: pancake breakfast 7-9:30 a.m. at Community Banks; parade at 10 a.m.; open house at museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; merchant open house 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 5K run at 9 a.m.; firemen’s barbecue at noon; kids games 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; hamburgers/hot dogs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; vendors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; live music 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tractor, motorcycle and mud truck show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; mud volleyball at 1 p.m. ; and Sunday: fly-in at airport at 7 a.m.; church services in at 10 a.m.; community potluck from 12-2 p.m.; kids games 1-3 p.m. ; and flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HOOPER — Colorado Gators Reptile Park announces it’s 17th annual Gatorfest, with the world’s only Alligator Rodeo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily August 4-5. The park is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be barrel racing for the kids. See www.coloradogators.com.
CRESTONE — The 14th Annual Crestone Music Festival continues August 4 and 5 in Crestone. Order tickets at www.crestfest.org, or by calling 719-256-4533 or toll free at 855-85MUSIC. Musicians include “Elephant Revival,” “Queen of Reggae,” Sister Carol and Maura O’Connell.
CREEDE — Creede hosts the 11th Annual Rock and Mineral Show on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Underground Community Center with exhibits of minerals, fossils, nuggets, geodes, jewelry, and gems from the Creede Mineral District, Colorado and around the world. Saturday evening, August 4, Calvin Webb presents “Petrification – Agate Deposition – Ore Deposition: Similar but Different.” Admission is free. Contact Jenny Inge at 719-658-2376 or the Chamber at 800-327-2102.
Saturday, August 4
LA JARA — La Jara Glory Days begins Sat., Aug. 4, with breakfast at Jack’s Market, 7-9 a.m.; 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. at town hall; booths, crafts and entertainment all day at the town hall; parade at 10 a.m.; Chihuahua races at 11 a.m. at town hall; and street dance from 8-11 p.m.
DEL NORTE — An ice cream social will be held on August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rio Grande County Museum.
FORT GARLAND — The Fort Garland Museum will present “Camino Real: Backstory, History and Myth” on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. with Deborah Martinez Martinez, Ph. D. The presentation is part of the genealogy workshop conducted by genealogist, Maria C. (“Clara”) Martinez. Both events will be presented at the Fort Garland Museum Mess Hall. Parking is available behind the Infantry Barracks. Call 379-3512.
ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Youth Hockey Association is sponsoring a clean up day at Carroll Park Ice Rink on Aug 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to paint and repair vandalism that was done recently. A potluck barbecue will follow for all helpers. Contact Sharin Varner at 588-4826.
ALAMOSA — A Defensive Driving Class, certified by both the National Safety Council and the Colorado Safety Association, will be held Saturday, August 4. This class may be used to defer tickets and/or lower insurance rates. Call 587-0450 to register and for additional information.
DEL NORTE — Del Norte Public Library’s annual book sale is Saturday, Aug. 4. from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with hardbacks for 25 cents and paperbacks 10 cents.
DEL NORTE — On Saturday, August 4, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) will hold their annual Sunset BBQ benefit at the Wilson Rio Grande Ranch near Del Norte. The Rio Grande Ranch Fishing Derby will take place at 8 a.m. Ticket prices are $150/person. Contact Alyssa Street at 303-225-8677 or by e-mail at Alyssa@ccalt.org. Visit www.ccalt.org
DEL NORTE — The Val Alto Study Club of Del Norte invites everyone to its 35th Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Community Banks of Colorado Parking Lot. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds resents George Cole & Eurocana (Jazz) on Saturday, August 4, at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.
VILLA GROVE — Cotton Creek Cemetery will be dedicated at 3 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 4. The cemetery is located off Hwy 17 east on Road AA for five miles, then north onto County Road 64 for about 2.5 miles. Contact: Leonard Martinez, 719-369-6056 or Phil Duran, 626-664-0378.
ALAMOSA – The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library will host a Saturday book sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Friends’ shed north of the Alamosa Post Office and west of Cole Park. Contact: Rhonda Borders, 580-2010.
ALAMOSA — Habitat for Humanity is planning a fundraising sale on Saturday, August 4 from 9 a.m. until noon at Apple Tree Storage on the 1800 block of State Avenue in Alamosa. Call 589-8678 or check www.slvhabitat.org
ALAMOSA — Colorado State Patrol-Alamosa, Drive Smart Pueblo, Colorado Dept. of Transportation and Crossroads’ Turning Points, Inc. are sponsoring a free car seat safety check Sat., August 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SLV Regional Medical Center south parking lot, Alamosa. Spanish translators are available. If a car seat needs to be replaced with a new one, a donation of $25 will be requested.
Sunday, August 5
SARGENT — Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 3-5:30 p.m. at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 N. Cty Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. Potluck will follow. Call Sylvia, 303-517-8199, Larry, 852-3190 or Gail, 850-1303.
DEL NORTE — On Sunday, August 5 at 10 a.m. the Rio Grande Sportsman’s Club will hold a competitive military rifle shoot. Teams are welcome. Rifles must be in original, unaltered military configuration with open sights (no optics). Shooters pay a fee of $2 for each course of fire. Bring eye and ear protection plus ammunition. Contact Greg Carpenter 580-0355 or Dave Pote 580-0738.
MONTE VISTA — The San Luis Valley Fair on the theme of “110 Years of Service, Excellence and Tradition” will be August 6-10 at the Ski Hi Fairgrounds in Monte Vista. Contact Jodie at 588-6322; Bob Peterson at 580-2799; or the CSU Extension Office at 852-7381. A kids rodeo will be from 12-2 p.m. Aug. 10.
Tuesday, August 7
MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Police Department /Neighborhood Watch will host an ice cream social from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Chapman Park Pavilion for the Neighborhood Watch Annual National Night Out.
MONTE VISTA — The FFA Alumni meeting will be held at the SLV Fair in the McMullen building Tuesday, August 7th at 7 p.m.
VALLEY — A Soil Health Tour with free dinner is planned on August 7. Registration is preferred at https://www.signmeup.com/85403 or call 719-589-6432 X123 for more information. Meet at 1:15 p.m. at Compost Technologies, 51201 C.R. G, Center.
ANTONITO — The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council will make a 20-minute presentation on an environmental health risk assessment for the Valley at the Aug. 7 meeting for the Conejos County Community Coalition at 9 a.m. at the Antonito Mental Health Building.
Wednesday, August 8
ALAMOSA — Fiber Floozies will meet at the Alamosa Public Library on Wednesday, August 8 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. All fiber enthusiasts are welcome. Call Jan at 587-5529.
ALAMOSA — 3rd Congressional candidates Republican Scott Tipton will debate Democrat Sal Pace from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Adams State University Theatre in Alamosa.
ALAMOSA —Trinity Lutheran’s summer science club will be held through the month of August on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. August 8, 15, and 22. Cost is $10 per session. Preschoolers through 5th graders are welcome. Call 589-3271.
MONTE VISA — The Center and Rio Grande Conservation Districts and Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative will host the 3rd Annual “Small Acreage Landowner’s Expo” on August 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Ski Hi Stampede Facilities, Sherman Ave, Monte Vista. Lunch will be provided to the first 250 people who pre-registered. Contact Brenda or Jennifer at 754-3400 x108.
MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Community Blood Drive will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Monte Vista LDS Church, 99 W. Prospect Ave. Cake will be served. Contact 800-365-0006, ext. 2; sign up online at www.bonfils.org, site code 0615; or call Kim Maestas at 852-2955.
Thursday, August 9
CRESTONE — A free tour of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge will be held on Thurs., Aug. 9, 4-7 p.m. Meet at 4 p.m. (From Hwy. 17 & Cnty. Rd. T, go east 10.2 miles to the entrance gate signed “Luis Maria Baca Grant.” Turn south and go another .6 miles to the refuge office.) RSVP to Barb at 719-256-5436 or email@example.com
ALAMOSA — TEFAP commodities for Alamosa County will be distributed on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 9-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. at the Alamosa County Shop, 1316 17th Street, Alamosa. Present ID with proof of residency. Contact: 589-4567.
Friday, August 10
MONTE VISTA — In conjunction with the SLV Fair and 4-H barbecue, the FCE pie auction begins at 5 p.m. Aug. 10 in the multipurpose area under the grandstands at Ski Hi Park in Monte Vista.
CREEDE— The Creede Arts Council presents “Art in the Park 2012” featuring the sculptures of local artist Heather DeLonga from Friday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Collins Memorial Art Park in Creede. The opening day reception is 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. See www.creedeartscouncil.com or call 658-0312.
SAGUACHE — Red Bandana headlines the Ute Theater in Saguache on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
SOUTH FORK—The South Fork Music Association presents the annual Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival in South Fork Aug. 11 and 12. Admission to the festival is free, but there will be a $20 parking fee. See southforkmusic.org.
Saturday, August 11
ANTONITO — United Presbyterian Church Bazaar is Sat., Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch for $6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (beans, chili, sopapilla and drink.) Bazaar features baked goods, crafts and jewelry. Contact: Margie Garcia, 376-2418 or Betty Gilbreth, 589-9073.
DEL NORTE — Rio Grande hospital will hold its 6th annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction “Keeping the Dream Alive” starting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Del Norte School Bus Garage. Dinner will be provided once again by Ron Martinez of Mountain View Restaurant and tickets at $10 are on sale at Rio Grande Hospital and Clinics.
Sunday, August 12
CRESTONE — Sasha Dorje Meyerowitz photographs will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone. A symposium with Sasha will be held on Sunday August 12 a 3 p.m. A reception will follow. Visit www.shumeicrestone.org or call 256-5284.
ALAMOSA — Sweet Radish, an acoustic folkgrass band from the San Luis Valley, will play for the Alamosa Live Music Association’s Sundays at Six series of free admission concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park, Sun., Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
SAGUACHE — A free workshop entitled “Customer Service Excellence!” will be held August 14, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the 4th Street Diner, Saguache. Contact 589-3682.
Thursday, August 16
ALAMOSA — George Winston will perform a benefit solo piano concert benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Leon Memorial Concert Hall of Adams State University. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Boys & Girls Club, ASU President’s Office, Cranes & Crows Giftshop, and Narrow Gauge Bookstore. See www.bgcslv.org/
Friday, August 17
ALAMOSA — Adams State University will dedicate McDaniel Hall in honor of Dr. John E. McDaniel, emeritus professor of history, at 2 p.m. Friday, August 17. The event is free. Refreshments and tour of the building will follow the ceremony.
SOUTH FORK — The 2012 South Fork Balloon Festival will be August 18 and 19 beginning daily at 6:30 a.m. at the community center. Also, a pancake breakfast will be held Saturday and night glow at 5:30 p.m. Call 1-800-571-0881 or see www.southforkcolorado.org
Saturday, August 18
MONTE VISTA —The Rio Grande Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold their annual fundraising banquet at the Ramada Inn in Alamosa, on Saturday, August 18. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with games and the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the live auction starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per couple and $55 per single. Members can purchase additional dinners at $20 per dinner. Reservations are required. For tickets, contact Janet Wescott at 588-8737 or Barry Wiley at 873-1930.
DEL NORTE — Enjoy another Mud Bog Aug. 18. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the runs go until the last truck gets dirty. The cost is $5 per person to attend and $65 to run a truck. To participate or, please call Art at 480-3037 or Liz at 657-2000.
CREEDE—There will be “Back to School Garage Sale” at the Creede Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Table set up is from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 (please make an appointment). The Community Center will be accepting garage sale and baked goods donations on Aug. 17 from 2-6 p.m. for its table. To book a table, contact Connie at 719-849-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTE VISTA — Upper Rio Grande Animal Society presents “Furry Friends Fling” Pet Walk and Dog Festival August 18 in Chapman Park, Monte Vista, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring dogs for pet walk, costume, tricks, owner-pet look alike, tail wager and agility contests. Registration fee for pet walk is $15 (T-shirt and goody bag given while they last.) Collect pledges and win a prize. Registration forms available at:
Conour Animal Shelter, Jack’s Market, San Luis Valley Federal Bank, Sunflower Bank, Dell’s Insurance, call 852-3435 or register at the event. All dogs must have current ID/rabies vaccination tag. Events for kids include face painting, tattoos, and coloring contests, games/contests. Shelter dogs will be available for adoption.
Sunday, August 19
SARGENT — Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 3-5:30 p.m. at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 N. Cty Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. NO potluck. Call Sylvia, 303-517-8199, Larry, 852-3190 or Gail, 850-1303.
ALAMOSA —The Adams State University Great Stories Celebration begins Thursday, August 23 and continues Friday, August 24 with music, food, poetry, and art, showcasing changes happening on campus. Events are free and open to the public with the exception of the Scholarship Dinner.
Thursday, August 23
CREEDE — The 100th anniversary celebration of the Rio Grande Reservoir is Thursday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the reservoir. Call 754-2254.
Saturday, August 25
CAPULIN — Valle del Sol Community Center will host their seventh annual Poker-Toy Run Saturday, August 25. Events include registration, pancake breakfast and a barbecue. The $15 cost per poker hand includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is at 9 a.m. and kickstands up at 10 a.m. Live music at 2:30 p.m. will be by “Bitter Sweet.” Contact: Julie Gomez at 580-4789 or Pauline Gonzales at 588-1581 or the Center at 274-5520.
ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health Department is offering an evening clinic for kids needing immunizations for kindergarten on Wednesday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m. These special hours provide an opportunity to receive kindergarten immunizations in addition to our regular clinic hours and immunizations available at school registration. Call 589-6639. Also see www.alamosacounty.org
Tuesday, August 28
ALAMOSA — La Llave Family Resource Center, Inc. is offering a free parenting class called “Incredible Years,” a positive parenting program that reduces children’s aggression and behavior problems and increases social competence. Free dinner and childcare provided. Classes start on Aug 28. Contact: 589-9688.
Wednesday, August 29
VALLEY — Leading Edge Seminar for Business Owners in the San Luis Valley will begin on August 29 at 6 p.m. Cost for the 12-week seminar is $250. Contact Donna Wehe at 589-3682 at the Small Business Development Center.
Saturday, September 8
CREEDE — The 2012 Silver Thread Studio Tour is on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.creedeartscouncil.com
VALLEY — Early Iron Club members are out in the community seeking sponsors for the annual festival. All club members have Early Iron unique identification. Businesses are welcome to ask for IDs and/or call Jeff Woodward, club president, at 580-0026 or the club at 589-9170. Also, new this year the club is adopting the pediatric unit of the SLV Regional Medical Center, and sponsors are welcome to donate an extra dollar or more towards this cause.
SAN LUIS — The San Luis Farmers Market is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown San Luis. To get involved, contact Santa Cruz at 672-0999.
LA JARA — Come to the La Jara Farmers market to enjoy fresh produce, delicious food, live music and the work of local artists every Friday to September 7th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the La Jara Town Hall Park. Call VGail or James at 589-6374.
ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Farmers Market meets every Saturday at the parking lot near State and Main in downtown Alamosa beginning at 8 a.m. See www.alamosafarmersmarket.org. Contact: 480-4365.
ALAMOSA — La Puente is calling on the community to donate back-to-school items for the Fall Backpack Drive. Items such as notebooks, folders, pencils, paper, and crayons can be dropped off at La Puente’s Outreach building at 929 State Ave, Alamosa Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Contact Sue Miller at 587-3781, extension 23.
ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa is soliciting proposals from local or regional artists or groups of artists to display their work on a rotating basis throughout the city hall and library complex. September 1, 2012: Deadline for submissions. Contact Andy Rice at 589-2105 or email@example.com
ANTONITO — Due to flooding, the Antonito Food Bank is in need of food donations and cleaning supplies. Drop off donations at the Alamosa Food Bank from 12-4 p.m. between Monday and Friday, or in Antonito at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Monday through Thursday in the main office and Friday in the church basement from 3-6 p.m. Call 589-4567.
MONTE VISTA — Eliria Lopez, 11, was diagnosed with lymphoma. Those who would like to help her can make donations to the Eliria Lopez Cancer Fund at Rio Grande Savings & Loan, P.O. Box 29, Monte Vista 81144.
ALAMOSA — The Alamosa FFA Alumni are selling Buffalo Hunt raffle tickets $20 each or six tickets for $100. Drawing will take place at SLV Fair Livestock Auction. Contact Kevin Rice 850-0074 or Kim Gesink 588-0613. All proceeds go to Alamosa FFA Alumni scholarships.
ALAMOSA — The free Alamosa Community Summer Garden Camp is held every Thursday morning through August 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boyd Community Garden at 11th and State Streets, Alamosa. Contact Meghan Ibach or Jenna Kallestad, Garden Camp Program Coordinators at 589-4567 ext. 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALAMOSA — Every Tuesday is Garden Night at Boyd, 11th and State, Alamosa, from 5-7 p.m. and ever Friday is Garden Morning at Boyd from 9-11 a.m.
VALLEY — Those who are expecting or already parents of multiples are invited to help establish a local chapter of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. Call or text Christina Beiriger at 849-1253.
ALAMOSA — Light bulbs containing mercury may be recycled at the Christine Caton Insurance Agency just east of the Alamosa Post Office. Contact: 589-9031.
VALLEY — Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op, a volunteer-run food cooperative featuring fresh, high quality produce at wholesale pricing, is currently on a two-week rotation. Contribution is $18 for first time participants and $15 for returning participants. Sites are currently at the High Valley Community Center in Del Norte, Marsh Elementary School in Monte Vista and at the Gyllings’ property in La Jara. Visit www.BountifulBaskets.org or call or email Vilate Thacker 719-659-9174, email@example.com
SOUTH FORK — Kiwanis meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in South Fork. Contact: Karen Miller, 719-873-5466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DEL NORTE —Every second Saturday of each month the Rio Grande Sportsman Club shooting range will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost will be $5 per person; children under 13 are free. Shooters must provide and wear their own hearing and eye protection. An NRA certified Range Safety Officer will always be present. For the safety of everyone, shooters must follow Range Safety Officer instructions.
The range is located 1.3 miles west of the Regional Landfill turnoff. Turn south off US 160 onto Rifle Range Road, at about mile marker 207.5. Please contact Greg Carpenter 580-0355, Dr. John Alfson 850-2712, or Dave Pote 580-0738.
MONTE VISTA — Homelake Veterans Museum Hours from May through October will be Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1-3 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m. A self guided walking tour is now available. The guide can be picked up at the museum.
ALAMOSA — La Puente has established a special fund to assist the Guatemalan workers that have been laid off from the Rahkra Mushroom Farm. Needs to be addressed include rent, utility, transportation, medical and other household emergencies. Food assistance can be donated to the San Luis Valley Food Bank Network and many local churches. To contribute to the Mushroom Workers Assistance Fund, please send tax-deductible contributions to La Puente, PO Box 1235, Alamosa 81101. Express the intent of the gift. To volunteer as a translator or for further information, please call 589-5909.
ALAMOSA — Toddler and Community Storytimes are back at the Alamosa Public Library. Parents and caretakers of young children are invited to come to the Alamosa Public Library every Friday for storytime with toddlers at 9:30 a.m. and community at 11 a.m. Come sing, dance, play and read. For information contact Children’s Librarian Becky Steenburg at 589-6592.
ANTONITO — Antonito Senior Center is planning a trip to Tunica/Memphis Tennessee from October 13 to 21, 2012. The 9 day 8 night trip is $659, double occupancy, $75 due upon reserving. This includes Motorcoach transportation; 8 nights lodging; 14 meals-8 breakfasts and 6 dinners; tour of Graceland; time on Beale Street and more. The group will depart from the Antonito Senior Center at 701 Main Street, Antonito with a stop in Espanola, NM.
VALLEY — For those who would like to connect with other artists in the San Luis Valley, announce their work or are just interested in getting email announcements about the arts in the Valley, the SLVArtsannouncements group is available for them. Email email@example.com, or if for those who have a Yahoo account go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/slvartsannouncements/
ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health Department encourages young adults to seek reliable information about pregnancy, birth control and sexually transmitted infections at www.Beforeplay.org. Beforeplay.org is a website that encourages young adults to take responsibility for their sexual health by having conversations with their partners, friends, family members and medical providers. Call Alamosa County Public Health Department at 589-6639.
ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa has vacancies on some of its advisory boards including the recreation advisory board and tree board. Applicants must be city residents, verified through voter registration. For more information and application forms, go to www.cityofalamosa.org or call the Alamosa City Clerk’s office at 589-2593 ext. 8.
CREEDE —The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Creede is seeking donations of cell phones, computers and other electronics. The items will be recycled and proceeds will be donated to veterans’ projects including Homelake and VFW sponsored organizations. For more information and to see if an item might be useful, please contact Betsy Strawn at 580-5983.
ALAMOSA — The Freedom Writer’s Community Writing Workshop meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the La Puente Outreach Conference room, 929 State Ave., Alamosa. Participants spend time writing, learning how to become better writers, sharing their work with each other and listening to others share their works. Everyone is welcome. The second Wednesday of each month is an Open Mic at Milagros to share works with the greater San Luis Valley community. Call La Puente’s office of Community Education for information, 587-3499.
MONTE VISTA —The Monte Vista Historical Society has commemorative playing cards for sale, depicting various buildings and events in Monte Vista’s history, available at the MV Coop, MV City Hall, and the MV Information Center for $10 per deck.
ALAMOSA— School groups, birthday parties, scout troops, or clubs are welcome for a day of challenge and fun at the Adams State College Adventure Program Indoor Rock Climbing Wall. Groups of six or more can reserve the wall for private climbing experiences. ASAP staff will be available during group climbs to instruct participants how to belay and climb safely. For more information please contact Levi Wilner at 587-7813, or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit asap.adams.edu
ALAMOSA —Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at Trinidad State Junior College in Room 132. Everyone is welcome.
MONTE VISTA — Upper Rio Grande Animal Society has started a low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter program in Monte Vista. Alpine Veterinary Hospital, P.C., 2835 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista, will perform the spay/neuter surgeries through appointments only by calling 852-2561. This new program, funded in part by PetSmart Charities(r), is open for pet dogs owned by residents with zip code 81144, Monte Vista. Applications for the program will be available at Conour Animal Shelter, 2835 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista 81144 or mailed by calling 852-3435. Completed applications may be dropped off at Conour Animal Shelter, 2825 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista, or by mailing them to Upper Rio Grande Animal Society, P.O. Box 369, Monte Vista 81144.
SOUTH FORK — Recycle - Creede will stop in South Fork every third Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information contact 658-2020 or recyclecreede.org
ALAMOSA — Colorado State Patrol Office offers a Car Seat Fitting Station at the Colorado State Patrol Office, 3110 First Street in Alamosa, on the first and third Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment, 589-2503. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect, install or replace car seats. Up to 90 percent of all car seats are installed INCORRECTLY. If a car seat is replaced, a cash donation will be requested.
HOMELAKE — The Veterans History Center Museum at Homelake will be open: Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1-3 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1-3:30 p.m.; and Saturday 1-3 p.m.
ALAMOSA —The San Luis Valley Blue Star Mothers meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Alamosa. For more info call Vicki Jones at 852-3123.
ALAMOSA —Tu Casa is now hosting groups for survivors of sexual assault, date rape, marital rape, and sexual abuse as a child. These groups are open to the community and area held at the Tu Casa office every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. For more information call 589-2465.
ALAMOSA — Free cancer support groups are held the first and third Monday of every month from 4-5 p.m. in the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, Physician Services bldg., 2115 Stuart Ave, Alamosa, first floor conference room. Please call Roberta Tesar to sign up, 589-8008.
ALAMOSA — La Puente recently started a program for homeless veterans struggling with substance abuse and/or mental illness. The six month to one year program provides transitional housing, one on one case management, transportation to appointments and a tailored plan to help veterans get back on their feet. Please call 589-5909.
ALAMOSA —La Puente Homeless Shelter in Alamosa needs the following: canned vegetables, fruit, tomato products, pasta, sauce, beef, chicken, beans, fresh vegetables and fruit, canned tuna, peanut butter, cereal, rice and coffee; hygiene kits with items such as soap, shampoo, razors and cream, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, washcloth, etc.; spoons; work boots and pants in men’s sizes; blankets; towels; work gloves and hygiene products; mattresses and basic furniture; cups, mugs, jars, and glasses of all shapes and sizes. La Puente is also requesting simple items such as food donations and adult gifts for shelter guests. Practical presents might include gift cards, gas cards, or first aid supplies. La Puente’s children’s program needs recreational equipment such as educational games and sports safety gear. All programs need gas cards to help defray the high cost of fuel. Donations can be dropped off at 913 State Avenue, Alamosa. Call 587-3499 with questions.
ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Food Bank’s most pressing needs are: eggs, produce of any kind, rice/grains, tomato products, canned corn, cereal, peanut butter, tuna, pasta, macaroni and cheese, soup, baby formula, dry or canned beans, canned fruit, flour, dry milk, fruit juice (non-perishable) and frozen meats. Call 589-4567.
MONTE VISTA — Do you have a talent or hobby you enjoy sharing with others? Why not consider teaching a Community Education Class through the Byron Syring DELTA Center. Instructors typically charge fees to offset their costs. Call Jenny at 852-2212.
MONTE VISTA — Dharma Study Group Meditation Study and Practice occurs from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturdays at the Carnegie Public Library in Monte Vista. Participants may bring a cushion or blanket for the meditation practice. For more information call: Tetsuko at 852-2868.
HOMELAKE — In memory to Corporal Randal Rosacker, 21, who was killed in action on March 23 2003, and is buried at Homelake, his parents would like to raise funds to replace all of the benches and install a site map to direct visitors to historical sites on the center’s grounds. Visit the website www.wix.com/rosacker/homelake-fundraiser or mail donations to “Homelake Foundation” with specific donation designated on the check, PO Box 97, Homelake, Colo. 81135.
VALLEY — Habitat for Humanity works with volunteers and applicants to build simple, affordable homes. For information and to request an application, please call the habitat office at 589-8678.
VALLEY — The San Luis Valley Housing Coalition offers affordable low interest loans to make home repairs with funding available on first come, first served basis. Call Rachel or Desiree at 587-9807 or pick up an application at 529 Main St. #6, Alamosa.
VALLEY — If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence, contact Tu Casa’s 24-hour hotline at 589-2465 or visit their website www.sluvtucase.net.
MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Food Bank needs several items to help assist those in need in the San Luis Valley including lotions, towels, coffee, boxed goods, jelly, sandwich bread, feminine hygiene products, and shaving cream. Please deliver donations to the Monte Vista Food Bank on Tuesday or Friday from 2- 4 p.m. or call Sarah Elsey at 587-3499.
ALAMOSA — Biggles’ Battle Mountain Animal Shelter and Sanctuary is in need of blankets, towels, Igloo doghouses and dog and cat food and financial donations. The shelter is a “no-kill” shelter. Donations may be left at/mailed to 76 El Rio in Alamosa. For more information call the SLV Animal Welfare Society at 587-WOOF (9663.)
VALLEY — Residents of the SLV now have access to low cost HIV screening and testing through grant funding. The cost of the test is $5 each, though no one will be denied services if unable to pay. Please contact Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Alamosa at 589-4906 for confidential information and appointment times.
ALAMOSA — If there is a member of your family, or a family you know that is prone to wander away from home and become confused or lost, possibly due to a medical situation such as Alzheimer’s, a dementia disorder or Down syndrome or autism, the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office offers CARE TRAK. Call the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office at 589-6608.
ALAMOSA— Women’s co-dependent/overcomers group meets Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. at Alamosa Presbyterian Church at 330 State Ave. Contact this anonymous group by calling Nancy at 589-2930.
ALAMOSA— La Leche League of the San Luis Valley holds its monthly meetings on the fourth Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. at Hospice del Valle, 524 Main St in Alamosa. Pregnant and nursing women are welcome to attend with their children and babies. Please call 587-3657.
ALAMOSA — A support group for neurological diseases meets from 4-5 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the old restaurant part of the Grizzly Inn in Alamosa. Both patients and caregivers are welcome.
ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health is offering vaccine against cervical cancer. Girls 9 to 18 years of age qualify for this vaccine and are invited to special HPV clinics on Tuesday afternoons. Call 589-6639.
ALAMOSA — Adams State College Community Partnerships offers a recycling option for plastic caps. Bring them to the Community Partnerships Center, corner of Hwy 160 and Edgemont on the Adams State campus (former art building) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 587-8227.
ALAMOSA — Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets the second Thursday of every month from 9-11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2005 Mullens Ave., Alamosa. Call 719-937-2117 for more information.
DEL NORTE — American Legion Del Norte Memorial Post 406 meets the second Friday of the month at the Rio Grande Hospital at 7 p.m. Please enter through the emergency room visitors’ entrance. Meetings are held March through December. Contact is Commander John Alfson: 589-6658.
MONTE VISTA — Challenge Colorado Therapeutic Riding Program is in need of volunteers for their Saturday sessions. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and must complete a volunteer training. Call 852-2795 or 850-1535. Please leave a message.
ALAMOSA — Partner with Habitat for Humanity and drop off empty, bagged cans at one of the following official recycling locations.
Alamosa: City Market, Safeway and Villa Mall parking lots
Monte Vista: Jack’s Market & Safeway
La Jara: Jack’s Market
Del Norte: Jack’s Market
Creede: Creede Community Church
Antonito: Main and Third
Moffat: Natures Sundance Flower Shop
Crestone: Jillian’s Studio
Contact David at 589-8678 for more information about hosting a bin at homes, businesses, or events.
MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Band Parents’ Association would like to help efforts to recycle and earn cash at the same time. Recycle empty inkjet cartridges, empty laser cartridges, used cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, iPods, PDAs/Palm Pilots, video games, and video game consoles. This is a year-round fund-raiser. Drop off items at Southern Colorado Computer Services, 157 Adams Street, Monte Vista or call Myrna at 852-2209.