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Posted: Saturday, Sep 29th, 2012

Saturday, September 29

VALLEY —The Monte Vista Police Department will be participating in the national Drug Takeback program Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone wishing to dispose of outdated or unneeded medication can drop these items off at the Monte Vista Police Department, 95 West 1st Avenue, Monte Vista. There will also be drop off locations at: City Market – Alamosa – Alamosa PD; Jack’s Market – Del Norte – Del Norte PD and Rio Grande SO; 1st Stop – Saguache – Saguache SO; Costilla County Health Building – San Luis – Costilla SO; Antonito Police Department – Antonito – Antonito PD; Health Clinic – La Jara – La Jara PD. In addition, a child car seat inspection will be conducted at the same time at the MV PD.

SAGUACHE — A Republican potluck fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Saguache Community Building. Burgers, buns and condiments will be furnished by Republican Committee. Bring tableware. Donations suggested.

ALAMOSA — Jenny Bird will celebrate the release of her 12th album, “Migration,” on Sat., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., at Milagros Coffeehouse, State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa. Admission will be $11.

GREAT SAND DUNES — Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is waiving entrance fees to celebrate Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. Attend ranger programs at the Dunes Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m. Join a ranger for a guided hike at 3 p.m. at the Dunes Parking Lot, and celebrate the park’s dark skies at 8 p.m. at the amphitheater. Call 378-6399.

DEL NORTE — “Art for the Endangered Landscape” invites artists of all media to gather at San Francisco Creek south of Del Norte starting at 9 am on Saturday, September 29. The public is also invited to enjoy the artists at work.

See www.slvev.org or call 589-1518.

ALAMOSA — Habitat for Humanity plans a benefit Recycle/Reuse Sale to sell donated building materials and home furnishings on Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. until noon at Apple Tree Storage on the 1800 block of State Avenue in Alamosa. Habitat continues to accept donations of new and gently used building materials. Call 589-8678 or see www.slvhabitat.org

Sunday, September 30

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande Sportsman Club will host a muzzleloader/blackpowder shoot on Sunday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $2 per relay. In-lines are welcome. All shooting will be off-hand. Patched round ball and open sights only. Contact Earl Wilson 873-1234 or 580-9750.

ALAMOSA — Join La Puente for the conclusion of a week of events to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in the San Luis Valley. HOPE Week ends on Sunday, Sept 30th with a 30-year celebration and barbecue at the shelter on State Avenue in Alamosa at 12 p.m. Contact 587-3499.

Monday, October 1

FORT GARLAND — Compassion Food Bank will be distributing free blankets and bed sheets to the public on October 1 from 3-6 pm. in Ft. Garland at the food bank building on Gilpin and Hwy 160. No qualifying required. The distribution is open to everyone. Call Brenda Vialpando 588-4778.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Board of Education meets Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at 209 Victoria Avenue. Agenda items include an athletic complex/VoAg facility update, appraisal payment agreement with the Trust for Public Land and a request from A-PAGE to address the board.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Treasurer Lois Widhalm reminds residents that Monday, October 1 is the last day property tax payments will be accepted to avoid additional advertising fees. The Treasurer’s Office is located at 402 Edison Ave. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 2

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Community Development Corp. will hold its first annual Harvest Moon Fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Monte Villa Inn.

Call 852-2692.

ALAMOSA — Vote on the “Best of Alamosa County” and have a chance to win one of three $50 bills. Entry deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 2. Completed ballots and entry forms may be dropped off at the Valley Courier, 2205 State Avenue, or the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce, 610 State Avenue (railroad depot).

ALAMOSA —“The Line,” a groundbreaking documentary on the new face of poverty in America, will be screened on Oct. 2 at ASU, McDaniels #101. Snacks at 5:30 p.m.; video at 6. Discussion moderated by John Taylor, ASU theatre professor.

ALAMOSA — The SLV Spellbinders storytelling training will begin on Tuesday October 2, from 4-6 p.m. at Hospice del Valle, 514 Main Street Alamosa. Cost is $50 for new trainees for materials and background check; $20 will be refunded after fulfilling the training requirements and telling stories to local children. Call Julie at 588-2583.

Wednesday, October 3

ALAMOSA – Karen Lemke, college readiness program director, will describe practices used to support underprepared students during the Faculty Lecture, "What’s New in Developmental Education? Kellogg Institute/National Center for Developmental Education and Adams State" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Porter Hall room 130. Contact: 587-7767 or klduran@adams.edu

ALAMOSA — Tu Casa invites all to Lunch N Learn on Wednesday, October 3 from 12-1 p.m. at Hospice Del Valle, 514 Main St., Alamosa for the “Impact and Treatment of Victims and Offenders of Domestic Violence” with guest speakers Jamie Bogner from Tu Casa and Tammy Obie from Mental Health. To RSVP call 589-2465 or email Angela at angela@slvtucasa.net.

ROMEO — Compassion Food Bank will have a food distribution on October 3 from 2:30-6 p.m. at the Romeo Fire Station. No qualifying required. The distribution is open to everyone. Bring a box. Call Mike Chavez 588-5776.

October 4 and 5

SAGUACHE COUNTY— The Northern SLV Conservation Roundtable presents “We’re in Hot Water – Geothermal in the Northern San Luis Valley” on Thurs. Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saguache Road & Bridge meeting room, 305 3rd St., Saguache and again on Fri. Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baca Grande POA Hall, 68575 County Rd. T west of Crestone. Geothermal Geologist Paul Morgan, Sr., with the Colorado Geologic Survey, will speak about geothermal in the Northern San Luis Valley. Contact: 719-221-8434 barb@olt.org.

Thursday, October 4

CENTER — Meet the candidates at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Center school auditorium.

ALAMOSA — QuickBooks for Payroll Users will be presented by Donielle VanGieson from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Depot, 610 State Ave, Alamosa. Cost is $25. RSVP to Donna Wehe, donna@slv-sbdc.com or 589-3682.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa High School parent teacher conferences will be Thursday Oct. 4 from 4-7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 11 from 4-7:30 p.m.

MONTE VISTA — Civil Air Patrol, Heart of the Rockies Composite Squadron, meets at Church of the Nazarene Gym in Monte Vista at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 for physical fitness/drill and safety night. Call Ruth or Bob at 657-9028.

Friday, October 5

FORT GARLAND — The Friends of the Fort Garland Museum presents a "Night with Manuel Lujan, the Ghost of Fort Garland" on Friday, October 5. The evening will start with a chili supper at 6 p.m., time to visit the Civil War Room and Buffalo Soldiers displays, get acquainted time and then stories of the Ghosts of Fort Garland will begin around 9 p.m. Cost will be $25 per couple for members; $35 per couple for non-members; $15 for single/member; and $20 for single/non-member. Make reservations by calling Theresa Rudder at 589-9393.

VALLEY — Rep. Scott Tipton’s Field Representative Brenda Felmlee will hold mobile office hours from 1-3 p.m. at La Jara Town Hall, 221 Broadway Avenue, La Jara on October 5 to assist constituents, provide information on services available to constituents, as well as give an update on Congressman Tipton’s work on behalf of the Third District.

DEL NORTE — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in partnership with the Alamosa River Keepers and Water 2012 in the Rio Grande Basin, is hosting a tour of the Summitville water treatment facility on Friday, October 5 at 1 p.m. The tour will be capped at 30 people and participants MUST register. Go to www.rgwcei.org, select “Calendar of Events”, and select the date of the tour. Full tour details will be given upon registration.

Saturday, October 6

ALAMOSA — The 9th Annual Stephanie L. Miner 5k Walk and Run benefiting the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center at the SLV Regional Medical Center is Oct. 6 at 9:45 a.m. in Cole Park, Alamosa. Pre-registration is $30. Race day registration is $35. Contact Kelly Gurule at 587-5707 or visit Vee’s Gift Shop in the hospital or the SLVRMC Foundation office at 1921 Main Street. A free potato buffet in the park follows the race.

SOUTH FORK — Heather Meyer, Mrs. Southwest Colorado 2013, will be hosting a dinner/dance/silent auction benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of the San Luis Valley on October 6 at The Hungry Logger in South Fork with a Mexican Buffet Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for $30/person must be purchased by September 30. Call Heather Meyer at 719-480-1525. At 8 p.m., the doors will be open to the general public for a $15 per person donation and Mojones of Creede will play. The silent auction will be open to the general public, as well, beginning at 8 p.m.

ALAMOSA — A Defensive Driving Class, certified by both the National Safety Council and the Colorado Safety Association, will be held Saturday, October 6. This class may be used to defer tickets and/or lower insurance rates. Call 587-0450.   

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Sat., Oct. 6, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 N. Cty Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. For information call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.

ALAMOSA — Free clothes will be given away from newborn sizes through adult, men, boys, girls and women, all sizes, from 9-11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 6, at the First Christian Church, 518 First (First and State) in Alamosa. Call 480-2315.

ALAMOSA — The annual Masquerade Ball and Auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley will be held Oct. 6 at the Ramada Inn. Call 589-5252 for tickets.

ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library will host a special $5-a-bag book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Friends' shed north of the Alamosa Post Office and west of Cole Park. Patrons can buy a bag of paperbacks, children's books, audiocassettes and VHS tapes for $5. The Friends also have a full stock of hardbacks, CDs, and DVDs, and special books such as rare, antique or coffee table books, which will sell for half their usual price. Call sale chairman, Rhonda Borders, 580-2010.

SAGUACHE — A fundraiser for World Championship Mutton Bustin’ Tori Hill to participate at the National Finals Mutton Bustin’ in California this October will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, with dance from 8-11 p.m. at Old Cow Town. Barbecue and dance are free. Donations are welcome. Old Cow Town is located 14 miles west of Saguache on Hwy 114 and south on County Road 36CC. Just follow the signs. Contact Dave or Joanne Wendl at 719-655-2224.

Tuesday, October 9

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Clerk & Recorder Melanie Woodward reminds all Alamosa County residents that Tuesday, October 9, is the last day to register to vote in the General Election. The Alamosa County Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Residents may also register to vote at the Colorado Driver’s License Bureau, Alamosa City Hall and Hooper Town Hall. Mail in applications are available at the U.S. Post Office, U.S. recruiting offices, and public assistance offices. Call 589-6681.

SAN LUIS — Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 2-5 p.m. at the senior citizens center, 1101 Salazar Street, San Luis.

Thursday, October 11

ALAMOSA — Alamosa High School parent teacher conferences will be Thursday, Oct. 11 from 4-7:30 p.m.

ALAMOSA — Civil Air Patrol, Heart of the Rockies Composite Squadron, meets at the Alamosa Airport, S. building, second floor, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. Cadets will have a ceremony for rank advancement and leadership. Call Ruth or Bob at 657-9028.

Friday, October 12

VALLEY — Rep. Scott Tipton’s Field Representative Brenda Felmlee will hold mobile office hours from 1-3 p.m. at the San Luis Valley Information Center, 947 1st Avenue, Monte Vista on October 12 to assist constituents, provide information on services available to constituents, as well as give an update on Congressman Tipton’s work on behalf of the Third District.

Thursday, October 18

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Stake is presenting a Hispanic Genealogy Night to help participants find their Hispanic family legacy threads with Author Maria C. Martinez and Genealogist Linda Mortensen at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Alamosa Ward Chapel at Third and Richardson, Alamosa. Feel free to bring information on ancestors to the class.

DEL NORTE — Civil Air Patrol, Heart of the Rockies Composite Squadron, meets at Patriot University in Del Norte at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 for aerospace education night. Call Ruth or Bob at 657-9028.

Saturday, October 20

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Sat., Oct. 20, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 N. Cty Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. For information call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.

ALAMOSA — Los Trinos of Albuquerque, NM will present “Panorama Musical” on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Adams State Theatre Building Main Stage. Tickets are $10 and are available at Papers of Distinction and San Luis Valley Federal Bank in Alamosa.


ALAMOSA — Century Property Management is hosting its 9th Annual Home Makeover. To be eligible for the makeover applicants must: 1) own their home and 2) be current on mortgage payments. Please write a short essay 100 words or less on why this home would be great for the project, what needs to be done on the property and a little bit of information about the family. Mail or bring in the above information to: Home Makeover, 823 Main Street, Alamosa 81101; or email info@alamosarentals.com (make sure to put home makeover in subject line.) Deadline is October 15.

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.

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 — Alamosa Public Health reminds those who received their first dose of HPV vaccine at school registration that it is time for the second dose. HPV vaccine is available during immunization clinic at ACPHD on Tuesday afternoons without an appointment. Medical providers also carry HPV vaccine. Call 589-6639.

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.

CONEJOS COUNTY — The Conejos County Community Coalition is having a contest for a logo for their organization. This contest is open to all Conejos County residents. Deadline is Oct. 15, and the grand prize is $100. All hard copy drawings must be submitted before 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct.15, at the following drop off locations: Manassa Elementary, the North Conejos School Board Administration Building in La Jara, the Choke Cherry store in Capulin, the Department of Social Services office in Antonito, or the Valley Courier office at 2205 State Street in Alamosa, near the airport.

MONTE VISTA — San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is selling a Newsboy recipe compilation to commemorate SLVREC’s 75th anniversary and help Valley food banks. Cookbooks can be purchased at SLVREC’s office in Monte Vista for $10 each. For every cookbook sold, SLVREC will donate $5 to the Valley Food Bank Network. Cookbooks are also available by mail. To order cookbooks through the mail, in addition to the $10 purchase price, please include $3.50 for shipping and handling per book. Send a check or money order to SLVREC, P.O. Box 3625, Monte Vista 81144.

ALAMOSA– Plans are underway for a gala celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of Alamosa County on July 4, 2013. Any businesses, groups, vendors and bands interested in participating in the daylong festivities is asked to contact either Belinda Ramirez or Carol Osborn at the county offices, 589-4848, or by email: bramirez@alamosacounty.org or cosborn@alamosacounty.org.

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.

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.

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.

Call 376-2294.

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 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 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. 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— 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.

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