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 music, wagon rides and night glow at 5:30 p.m. Call 1-800-571-0881 or see www.southforkcolorado.org
Saturday, August 18
ALAMOSA — Katie Dix will share handkerchief wit and wisdom on Saturday, August 18, with programs at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Bridge, 3407 Carroll St. in Alamosa. Tickets are $10 for each presentation or $20 for both presentations. Tickets can be purchased at the office of Christine Caton, State Farm Insurance at 431 Third in Alamosa or by calling Christine at 589-9031 or Theresa Rudder at 588-7913.
MONTE VISTA — The public is invited to join the Tri-County Senior Citizens Center for a Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Breakfast for $5 from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at 311 Washington St., Monte Vista.
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. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per couple and $55 per single. 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. 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. 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 planned. Shelter dogs will be available for adoption.
ALAMOSA — The First Christian Church will hold their free Third Annual Carnival on Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 518 First Street in Alamosa. Enjoy free drinks, hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn as well as lots of games. Relays will be held at 12 p.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Carriage rides with Clydesdale horses will take place at the park. Contact: Shirley, 480-2315.
BLANCA — Musician Brian Flynn will be appearing at Lu’s Main Street Cafe in Blanca Saturday, August 18, at 7 p.m. for a benefit concert for local food pantries. Admission is one non-perishable food item that will be donated to area food pantries.
Sunday, August 19
DEL NORTE — The Rio Grande Sportsman’s Club will hold a competitive rifle shoot at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, with potatoes as targets. This fun event is open to the public and club members. Teams are welcome. Shooters pay a $2 fee for each course of fire. Bring eye and ear protection plus ammunition. Contact Greg Carpenter at 580-0355 or Dave Pote at 580-0738.
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 — Girlyman’s three part harmony folk-pop band will play Alamosa’s Cole Park on Sun., Aug. 19, at 6 p.m., closing out the 2012 season of “Sundays at Six,” free concerts.
ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa will host Riders on the Orphan Train, a free program for all ages and audiences, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. The one-hour multi media program including music, video and a dramatic reading of a novel in progress by award-winning author Alison Moore. Although the program is about children it is designed to engage audiences of all ages.
CREEDE — Mineral County or San Luis Valley residents can see the romantic comedy Harry the Great for $10, with a local ID. The Creede Repertory Theatre is offering a locals appreciation performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Call 658-2540 or visit the CRT Box Office to receive the discount.
DEL NORTE — “The Art Thing,” a group of local artists, will be showing at the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center, 580 Oak Street in Del Norte, for three weeks starting with a reception from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Call Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center at 657-2847.
MANASSA — Front Range Veterinary Services is offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic Aug. 20-22 in Manassa between the Opera House and the Town Hall, Fourth and Main. Vaccinations and dental work are available. Call Becca at 719-313-3271 to make an appointment or for costs, or San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society for other questions, 719-587-WOOF (9663).
Monday, August 20
VALLEY — U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton will hold town hall meetings: from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, at the San Luis Valley Information Center, 947 1st Avenue, Monte Vista; and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, at the Blanca–Fort Garland Community Center, 17591 East US Hwy 160, Fort Garland.
ALAMOSA– Parents of present and future Alamosa High School students are encouraged to attend a meeting in the AHS auditorium Monday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Maroon Pride Booster Club, the meeting is regarding the future of AHS facilities for the students of today and tomorrow, particularly focusing on agriculture, athletics and technology.
ALAMOSA — The Northern Colorado Model T Club has coordinated a six day excursion in the San Luis Valley from August 19 through August 25. Approximately 30 antique Model Ts and Model A cars will be puttering around the valley enjoying all the activities and attractions. The public is invited to view this collection of classic automobiles to be on display in Cole Park on Monday, August 20, from 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21
FORT GARLAND — The Friends of the Fort Garland Museum is hosting author Virginia Sanchez, author of Forgotten Cucharenos of the Lower Valley, on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mess Hall at the Fort Garland Museum. The free presentation will follow the regularly scheduled meeting of the Friends of the Fort Garland Museum. Contact: 379-3512.
Wednesday, August 22
CENTER — The Center town board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the school auditorium to discuss the water meter project.
MOFFAT — Trailwise Back Country Horsemen is inviting all interested horseback riders to join them on their weekly rides. Meet at Hwy 17 and AA Rd. north of Moffat at 9 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 22, for Cotton Lake ride. Call Barb Carpenter at 657-9116 or 588-5666.
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 public with the exception of the Scholarship Dinner.
Thursday, August 23
ALAMOSA — Adams State University Board of Trustees meet Thursday, August 23, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Union Building, Room 309.
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.
ALAMOSA — Adams State Music Faculty Concert is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in Leon Memorial Hall.
ALAMOSA —The Adams State University Luther Bean Museum is hosting an open house from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, during the Great Stories Celebration. The open house features a display of items reflecting the history of Adams State, including a friendship quilt, by Ruth (Curtis) Gilbert ’35, with signatures by Ira Richardson, Beryl McAdow, and Luther Bean.
ROMEO — The Conejos County Democrats meet at the Romeo Town Hall on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. Contact: Lorraine at 376-5506 or Cathy 274-4420.
Friday, August 24
ALAMOSA — Hospice del Valle, 154 Main Street, Alamosa, will host a 30th anniversary celebration open house from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 24.
ALAMOSA — Adams State faculty will host a poetry reading from 2 -3 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Nielsen Library.
ALAMOSA — A free concert by Los Lobos begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, at the Adams State University Rex Stadium. A fireworks display will follow the concert. Contact: 587-7436 or visit adams.edu/university-celebration/
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 — FamJam is planned on August 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Living Water Bible Fellowship, 2910 Clark Street, Alamosa, with petting zoo, bouncy house, games for all ages and concessions by Reign Youth Group. RockFest will be held on August 25 at 7 p.m. in the west parking lot at Living Water Bible Fellowship, 2910 Clark St., Alamosa, featuring The Ryan Zimmer Band.
SAND DUNES — Artist in Residence Robert Dash will offer a free workshop “Composing the Micro Landscape—Seeing the World in a Grain of Sand” on Saturday, August 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Participants will first meet at the Dunes Parking Lot. Call Patrick Myers at 719-378-6343 to register, and leave a voicemail with name and type of camera.
SOUTH FORK — The Colorado Field Institute will tour beetle-killed forest near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Rio Grande on Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Silver Thread Information Center in South Fork. This trip is only open to current CFI members join or renew at www.coloradofieldinstitute.org
Tuesday, August 28
CREEDE — The Forest Service will hold an open house to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the analysis and provide comments on the Village at Wolf Creek Access Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Tuesday, August 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Creede Community Center.
MONTE VISTA —Ribbon cutting ceremonies at Bill Metz Elementary and Monte Vista High School will be August 28. The ceremony at Bill Metz Elementary, 545 Second Ave., will be at 3 p.m. with the high school ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. at 345 East Prospect Ave., Monte Vista. A community burger fry will follow.
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.
ALAMOSA — Storyteller Allen Beck, author of the children’s book series, “Color-It-Yourself,” will appear at a reception and book signing from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Papers of Distinction, 510 State Ave., Alamosa, 587-9100.
CREEDE — The Writers Work Group of Creede meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Creede Community Church fellowship hall. Call 658-0312.
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.
MOFFAT — Trailwise Back Country Horsemen is inviting all interested horseback riders to join them on their weekly rides. Meet at Pine Cone Books, Del Norte on Wed., Aug. 29, for Fremont Christmas camp ride. Call Barb Carpenter at 657-9116 or 588-5666.
Thursday, August 30
ALAMOSA — The Valley’s County Veteran Service Officers will hold a meeting for all veterans on Thursday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alamosa County Conference Room, 8900 Independence Way, Alamosa, to report on a recent meeting with Veteran’s Administration. RSVP to 589-1109.
SAN LUIS — “Tax Tips for the Self Employed” will be presented by Christy Jackson, Enrolled Agent, Jackson Accounting, from 5-7 p.m. on Thurs., August 30, in the Public Health Conference Room, San Luis. Cost is $20. Contact: Donna Wehe, 589-3682.
DEL NORTE — The Forest Service will hold an open house to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the Village at Wolf Creek Access Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Thursday, August 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande County Annex, 965 6th Street, Del Norte.
Friday, August 31
SAND DUNES — Artist in Residence Robert Dash will present a portfolio of images from his residency from 8-8:45 p.m. at the park amphitheater on Friday, August 31 and will offer a free workshop “Into the Night—Shape, Shadow and Luminosity” from 9-10:30 p.m. Call Patrick Myers at 719-378-6343 to register. Meet at the Dunes Parking Lot. Bring a light source.
August 31-September 2
ALAMOSA — Enjoy Early Iron Festival in Cole Park, Alamosa, with about 500 vintage and hot rod automobiles. See www.earlyironclub.com
Friday, August 31
CRESTONE — Folk singer Jenny Bird will perform with Don Richmond at Shumei International Institute on Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. Donation of $10 requested. Visit www.shumeicrestone.org or call 719-256-5284.
ANTONITO — Enjoy Labor Day weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, in Antonito with chili cook off, library fund-raiser, entertainment at Antonito water park, ball games at town park, Fourth and Spruce, and parade on Main Street on Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact 376-2355 for parade/booth entries; 376-5845 for chili cook off entries; 580-8564 for entertainment entries.
CRESTONE — The 23rd Annual Crestone Energy Fair is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with music, food, presentations, home tours and kids’ events. Special event on Sunday at 1 p.m. will be Oniyan Wakan Tipi and Steven Blue Horse with Native American drumming and dancing. Contact: 719-256-5110 or crestoneenergyfair.crestonecolorado.com
Wednesday, September 5
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. Call 589-6639. Also see www.alamosacounty.org
VALLEY — The 14th annual Rio Costilla Studio Tour is September 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the San Luis Valley and Northern New Mexico, featuring 25 visionary artists, craftspeople and businesses. Pick up a map at the information booth in the historic plaza of Costilla, New Mexico, go to www.riocostillastudiotour.org or call 719/672-4009.
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
ALAMOSA — First United Methodist Church will host Life Line Screening on September 24 at 2005 Mullins Ave in Alamosa. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
Tuesday, September 11
LA JARA — The Conejos County Community Coalition will discuss community center plans at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the North Conejos administration building.
Sunday, September 16
ALAMOSA — The community is invited to the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust’s second annual “Headwaters Hoedown” on Sunday, September 16 from 1-6 p.m. at the Gilmore Ranch just west of Alamosa on the Rio Grande. The afternoon will feature a local food feast, fine wine and beer, and live music by local favorites Don Richmond and the Rifters and by Sweet Radish. There will be a ranch tour and lots of fun activities for kids. To RSVP, visit www.riograndelandtrust.org or call 657-0800.
CENTER — The Center Police Department is doing their 2nd Annual Back to School Backpack Drive filled with school supplies for underprivileged families that may otherwise struggle to provide their children with the basics. Contact Beatrice Gutierrez at 754-3141.
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 — 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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.