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Posted: Saturday, Dec 21st, 2013

Through January 2

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa announces the trash pickup schedule for Christmas week: the Commercial Route for Wednesday, December 25 will be conducted on Thursday December 26; Thursday and Friday commercial route will be collected on their normal day; the residential route for Wednesday, December 25, will be conducted on Thursday, December 26; the residential route will be conducted one day late the rest of the week. The Recycling Center will close at 12 p.m. on Tuesday December 24, be closed on Wednesday December 25 and reopen Thursday, December 26.

The trash pickup schedule for New Year’s week is: the commercial route for Wednesday, January 1, will be conducted on Thursday, January 2; Thursday and Friday commercial route will be collected on their normal day; the residential route for Wednesday, January 1, will be conducted on Thursday, January 2; the residential route will be conducted one day late the rest of the week.

The Recycling Center will be closed Wednesday, January 1, and reopen Thursday January 2.

Contact 589-6631.

Through December 22

ALAMOSA — Climb aboard the train to Christmas Town departing Alamosa Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through December 22. For the remainder of the RGSR’S Train to Christmas Town departures any guest that brings a toy or canned food donation will receive a special Train to Christmas Town souvenir. Toy donations will be donated to the Boys and Girls club to support their local toy drive and canned food donations will be given to the Alamosa Food Bank. The conductor will welcome folks aboard and punch their ticket as they find their seats in warm, decorated cars. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, even Zephyr the depot cat and laugh along with elves while they’re busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, Santa climbs on board and walks through the cars greeting each child with holiday cheer and his signature “Ho, Ho, Ho”! Contact 1-877-726-7245 or go to www.coloradotrain.com

Saturday, December 21

ROMEO — Compassion Food Bank will be distributing food in Romeo at the fire station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. Everyone is welcome, no qualifying. Requested donation is $15 per box. Please bring own box. Contact: Larry at 719-406-4174 or Brenda at 588-4778.

ALAMOSA — La Puente Community Outreach Christmas Party at La Puente Shelter at 913 State Avenue, Alamosa, is on Saturday, December 21, from 12-3 p.m. Visit Santa and enjoy a delicious meal. Santa will give away a gift to each girl and boy of any age, and there will be plenty of treats for everyone. Please call Outreach Director Tara Bay at 587-3781 Ext 23, to volunteer or provide a donation.

ANTONITO — Meet Santa and receive a treat at the Antonito Water Park on Sat.  Dec. 21, at 3 p.m., followed by the Parade of Lights.

Sunday, December 22

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center, 580 Oak Street in Del Norte, will be hosting a concert by Randy Macy, Sarah Off and Rachel Hand on December 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $15 for adults and family tickets for parents and children will be $25. Tickets can be obtained at the Rio Grande County Museum. Call 657-2847 or e-mail at rgmuseum@riograndecounty.org

Tuesday, December 24

VALLEY — The Costilla County Public Health Agency Commodity Food Program is now serving the Rio Grande County elderly population, 60 and over, and children 5-6 years old. Food packages consist of canned fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, or tuna, also juice, cheese, pasta, cereal and milk. This is about a $60 package and is free to the elderly and age group described above. Please bring proof of income and residency, to determine eligibility at the time of initial pick up. Contact: 672-3332.

The Costilla County Public Health Agency will be distributing commodities in following locations:

• Alamosa area, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., alley behind the VFW

• Mosca area, Dec. 24, 2-3 p.m., 5385 Barker St., the Methodist Church

Wednesday, December 25

ALAMOSA — The 23 Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner will be Christmas Day at the American Legion Hall, 514 Fourth Street in Alamosa between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event is open to all, and will feature Santa, with a gift for all young children. Complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served as musicians provide their music. To volunteer time, please call Margrett Geist at 587-0835. To schedule a homebound meal, please call Donna Ditmore at 589-5952. To donate desserts, pies, cookies please deliver to the American Legion on Tuesday the 24th between 9-5 p.m. To donate funds please call Cindy Morin at 588-6580 or mail to Community Christmas Dinner, PO Box 1981, Alamosa 81101.

Saturday, December 28

SAND DUNES — Birders and nature enthusiasts in the San Luis Valley will join birders across the western hemisphere to participate in Audubon’s longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), held at Great Sand Dunes National Park on Saturday, December 28. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Meet at the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center Conference Room by 9 a.m. Bring binoculars, warm clothing, food, water, and bird books if possible. Snowshoes may come in handy, as well. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided beginning at 8 a.m. before the count. The CBC is free. Additionally, the park will waive the entrance fee for CBC participants on that day only. Participants may register online at http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/, or contact park ranger Phyllis Pineda Bovin directly at 719-378-6363 or phyllis_bovin@nps.gov

SAND DUNES — Singer and songwriter Zach Tipton is Artist in Residence at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve through December 30. Tipton will perform a set of his greatest hits at the Visitor Center on Saturday, December 28 from 1-2 p.m. The set will include new songs written on location. The performance is free; no park entrance fees will be charged that day.

VALLEY — The Upper Rio Grande Nordic Club (URGNC) is providing free cross country ski lessons at the Deep Creek Cross Country Ski Trail on Saturday, December 28th at 11 a.m. A one to two hour lesson will be taught by Jeff Johnson, an URGNC volunteer. After the lesson, there will time to ski on the trail. The Deep Creek Cross Country Ski Trail trailhead is located at the US Forest Service Administration site on the east end of Deep Creek Road. For directions and further information, call Jeff at 719-850-1530.

Tuesday, December 31

CREEDE—The Creede Elks Lodge #506 is holding their yearly New Year’s Eve Dance on Dec. 31 with the Black Rose Band from Colorado Springs. There will be a $10 cover charge and the doors will open at 7 p.m. with the band starting at 8:30 p.m. Call Jim Van Rye at 970-903-3068.

Saturday, January 4

MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Citizens Center will hold its monthly breakfast of biscuits, sausage gravy and scrambled eggs from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, at the Tri-County Senior Citizens Center, 311 Washington St., Monte Vista. Cost is $7.

Saturday, January 11

ALAMOSA – Practice the skills of CPR and First Aid on Jan. 11, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This class will teach how to respond quickly and competently in an emergency. Practice what to do in cases of choking, drowning, poisoning, head injuries, bleeding, seizures, burns and allergic reactions. This class is very hands-on, with the focus on preventing accidents and building skills and confidence as a rescuer. Participants will receive an American Heart Association Certification Card upon completion.

The class fee is $60 per person with a book fee of $16. It is held at the San Luis Valley Health Education & Conference Center, 1921 Main St. in Alamosa. To register, call San Luis Valley Health Educator Dawn Weed, RN, at 587-1422.


January 17-18

ALAMOSA — The 2014 Alamosa Ice Fest will be held Jan. 17 and 28 in downtown Alamosa on the theme “Alamosa in Wonderland.”

Tuesday, January 21

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Water Conservation District board meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the conference room of the Bureau of Reclamation Building, 10900 Highway 160 East, Alamosa.

SAGUACHE — The Saguache Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing in the Saguache County Road and Bridge meeting room at 501 Fourth St., Saguache, on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 4-6 p.m. to consider proposed changes to the Saguache County Land Development Code, specifically retail marijuana regulations. To view the proposed changes, contact the Saguache County Land Use Department, PO Box 326, Saguache 81149 or wmaez@saguachecounty-co.gov, or call 655-2321. Residents may also view the changes at www.saguachecounty.net. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 17 and may be sent to Saguache County Land Use Department at the address listed above.

Saturday, January 25

MOFFAT — Presenters from Co-operate Colorado will hold an informal discussion of a citizen initiative for universal health care in Colorado, the Colorado Health Care Cooperative, on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa Conference Center, north of Moffat. Dinner is provided. Guests may bring hors d’oeuvres or a dessert. Please RSVP by Jan. 18 to Chuck, 719-221-8433, cwt29@icloud.com or Barb, 719-221-8434, slvbarb498@gmail.com


ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Museum presents “Christmas at the Museum”. Included in the toy collection are dump trucks from the early 1940s, handmade dolls, blocks, skis and skates (for the older children) and Barbie dolls. The Model Airplane Exhibit has been included in the museum’s Christmas celebration. Come and enjoy “Christmas at the Museum” through Jan. 4, 2014. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while visiting Christmas from the past at 401 Hunt Ave., Alamosa. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

ALAMOSA — The first of what is anticipated to an annual toy drive benefitting the Alamosa Boys & Girls Club is underway with toys accepted at the following locations: Budweiser Warehouse; City Market; Beer Keg Liquor; Terry’s Liquor; 1st Southwest Bank; Safeway; Airport Liquor; Bank Shot; SLV Federal Bank; Chief Liquor; St. Ives; SLV Pizza; ABC Pro Bowl; Alta Fuels; Discount Liquor; Calvillo’s; and Big R.

MONTE VISTA — Christmas tree cutting permits are for sale at all the Rio Grande National Forest and Bureau of Land Management offices in the San Luis Valley. The permits cost $8 each with a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be growing on land managed by the Rio Grande National Forest or the BLM’s San Luis Valley Field Office. All trees must be at least 100 feet away from any campground, picnic area or road and can be up to five inches in diameter at shoulder height. Cutting trees within designated wilderness areas or the Conejos Canyon is prohibited. In addition to the public lands offices, Rio Grande National Forest Christmas tree permits may also be available at the Creede Chamber of Commerce; Rainbow Grocery and the Silver Thread Information Center in South Fork; the Green Spot Garden Center and Antiques in Alamosa; and the Hometown Food Market in Antonito. Contact 852-5941.

CONEJOS COUNTY — During December the La Jara Library and the Antonito Branch will be collecting food for fines. All the food collected will be given to the Food Bank of Conejos. Contact: 274-5858 or 376-5904.

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Foundation for Water Education announces the availability of applications for the 2014 Water Leaders Program. This six-month training program is targeted for mid-level water professionals committed to developing their leadership skills in managing staff and teams, negotiating conflict, problem solving, networking and career advancement. Apply by January 17, 2014. Contact Kristin at (303) 377-4433 or kristin@yourwatercolorado.org 

ALAMOSA — A Course in Miracles study group meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa. This is not a religion but is a self-study program of relinquishing a thought system based on fear and accepting a thought system based on forgiveness. Contact: darr.friend@gmail.com or 719-486-6326.

SAGUACHE — Mountain Valley School District is offering a new after school program. The program will offer all kinds of activities aiming enhance students’ academic, physical and social skills. After School programs have been proven to increase participant’s academic achievement, self-confidence and social skills while reducing participant’s behavioral challenges and likeliness to engage in risky behaviors during adolescence. The After School Program is also actively seeking volunteers to help with art projects, tutoring, Spanish, gym games and more. Contact Michael Clausen at clausenm@valley.k12.co.us or 655.2568 for more information.

ALAMOSA — Hospice del Valle and the GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club are working together to provide the annual Tree of Memories to remember someone special this holiday season with a personalized ornament. Members of the Woman’s Citizenship Club have ornaments and for a $5 donation, the personalized ornament will be placed on the Tree of Memories at one of the participating banks: Alamosa State Bank, Community Banks of Colorado, First Southwest Bank, San Luis Valley Federal Bank, or the Sunflower Bank in Monte Vista. Forms are also available at the Hospice del Valle office, 514 Main Street in Alamosa. After Christmas, the ornament will be sent to the family along with the acknowledgement of the donor’s remembrance. Contact Hospice del Valle at 589-9019.

ALAMOSA —The Alamosa Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Contact: Suzanne DeVore, 719-588-2557 or email seaton@fairpoint.net

ALAMOSA — Sit for 30 minutes every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa, for a slightly guided meditation promoting inner peace and awareness. Contact 719-486-6326.

VALLEY — Attention homeschoolers:  Shared Schools still has room. The group will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays this year. Call Denise Cadicamo at 849-8902.

CENTER — Veterans are welcome to learn about the range of benefits they have earned at the Center Public Health and Social Services building on the last Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 719-655-2680.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Public Library is carrying the online language-learning software by Mango Languages free of charge to patrons. Call Alamosa Public Library, 589-6592.

ALAMOSA — Habitat Store is open every Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 530 State Avenue, on the corner of Sixth and State in Alamosa. Habitat accepts donations of gently used building materials and home furnishings and what it cannot use for building projects, it resell to the public at discounted prices. All proceeds then go into Habitat’s building program. Habitat is a self-help housing program for the San Luis Valley. Call 589-8678 or check out www.slvhabitat.org

VALLEY — Cats food is desperately needed for volunteers who are feeding feral and abandoned cats and kittens. To donate cat food, please contact Donna Ditmore at 589-5952.

ALAMOSA — La Puente Home is requesting hygiene kits to assist the less fortunate of the San Luis Valley. La Puente provides kits full of hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, razors and cream, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, washcloth, etc. Unfortunately, to create a few kits, just load a few small tote or plastic grocery bags with the sort of everyday hygiene supplies that everyone uses and bring the bags to La Puente. The bags may be customized for women, men, or children. Contact: 589-5909.

ALAMOSA — Mindful Meditation for Medical Management is every Tuesday, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main St. Mindful meditation helps with chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, tinnitus, and other chronic medical conditions. Contact 589-8008.

ALAMOSA — Around 45,000 meals are served at La Puente shelter every year. For the past three years, La Puente has not had a budget for food but has relied on the generosity of the community to continue feeding so many individuals in need. Please consider donating any extra food to La Puente Shelter. Call 589-5909 or drop off donations at 913 State Avenue, Alamosa.

ALAMOSA – SLV Regional Medical Center has teamed up with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program to provide free (colon) screenings to the underserved. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable with early detection. Another grant-funded program through SLVRMC and the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services. Call SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Office of Outreach Services is requesting any donations of chopped wood. Outreach Services provides families with firewood for the winter months. Contact Sue at 587-3781 extension 23.

ALAMOSA — Cancer patients and survivors are invited to meetings of a cancer support group on the third Wednesday of every month from 12-1:30 p.m. in the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa. Contact: SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.

ALAMOSA — Sierra Blanca Chapter #43, Order of The Eastern Star, meets on the first and third Mondays, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamosa Masonic Hall, 512 San Juan Ave.  Call Sharon at 589-4320.

ALAMOSA — Veterans Therapeutic/Support Group meets every Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. at 315 State Ave. Ste 101, Alamosa. Please call 588-8885 to register or email d.counselingservices@hotmail.com

HOMELAKE — The Homelake Veterans History Center Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-3 p.m. or by appointment. Appointments can be arranged by calling 852-5118 or 580-0023.

VALLEY — Parents, grandparents and members of the community: Girl Scouts of Colorado invites you to become a mentor by volunteering with us. Please contact cheryl.martinez@gscolorado.org or 588-3825.

ALAMOSA — Join Alamosa Public Library every Friday for fun, innovative and engaging programming for Storytimes.  Toddler Time ages 3 and under will be at 9:30 a.m. and Storytime ages 4 and up will be at 11 a.m.  Call Becky at 589-6592.

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, vilatekthacker@gmail.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 mkmillermink@aol.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.

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 slvartsannouncements-subscribe@yahoogroups.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. 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. 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. The second Wednesday of each month is an Open Mic at Milagros to share works with the greater San Luis Valley community. Call 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. Contact Levi Wilner at 587-7813, or leviwilner@adams.edu or visit asap.adams.edu

ALAMOSA —Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at Trinidad State Junior College in Room 132.

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.

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 — La Puente has 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.

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.

VALLEY — Habitat for Humanity works with volunteers and applicants to build simple, affordable homes. Call 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 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— 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.

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.

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

Antonito: Main and Third

Manassa: Donald’s Service on Main Street

Center: South Broadway and East Fifth

Contact 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.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa High School has partnered with the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers to provide troops with free calls home. They are asking area residents to help troops call home by donating gently used cellular phones. Residents can donate their phones in the school’s main office at the Alamosa High School, 805 Craft Drive.

Alamosa High School wants their students and community members to come together to help collect phones for those who have served this country and are unable to get a phone for themselves. The phones collected will go to soldiers currently fighting for freedom and soldiers that have fought in the past. For more information, please call the school or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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