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Posted: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

Saturday, October 13

ALAMOSA — Songster, busker balladeer J. Michael Combs of Tres Piedras, N.M. will hold a CD Release Party at Milagros Coffeehouse, 529 Main Street Alamosa on Saturday, October 13, from 6-9 p.m.

CREEDE — The Mineral County Search and Rescue offers an all-you-can-eat chicken and sausage gumbo dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Creede Community Center at no charge, just donations. Call 658-2600.

MANASSA — Fall Clean Up Demolition Derby in Manassa will be held at the fairgrounds October 13 at 2 p.m. Call Chris at 274-5224 or 580-3939.

DEL NORTE — On Saturday October 13th, at 10 a.m. the La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail is planning a field trip to investigate and inform folks about the West Fork Trail and the East Fork Trail of the North Branch of the Old Spanish Trail in the San Luis Valley. Meet at the stone landform sculpture by the Limekiln Gulch road at 10 a.m. This is 6 miles west of Monte Vista and 5 1/2 miles east of Del Norte on US 160 (turn south). Bring water, a lunch, sun protection and a jacket for cool weather. 4-wheel drive is necessary. Call Ken 719-657-3161 Suzie 719-850-2350.

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande Sportsman Club shooting range will be open to the public on Sat., Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost will be $5 per shooter. Shooters and spectators should provide and wear hearing and eye protection. Paper targets are provided. Hanging reactive steel targets are also available. NRA certified Range Safety Officers will always be present to oversee safety of everyone at the range. The range is located 2.2 miles west of the Regional Landfill exit. Turn south off US 160 onto Rifle Range Road. Contact Greg Carpenter 588-4108, Dr. John Alfson 850-2712, or Dave Pote 580-0738.

Monday, October 15

ALAMOSA — Tu Casa’s Domestic Violence Awareness/Action Event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness/Action Month Drumming for Peace will be held Monday, Oct. 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Plachy Field House on the ASU campus with music, face painting, balloon animals, drum making, family games, bean bag toss, art , popcorn, caramel apples. Contact: 589-2465 or angela@slvtucasa.net.

Tuesday, October 16

MONTE VISTA — The annual Byron Syring chili supper and band appreciation night is Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. with concert at 7 p.m. at the Monte Vista High School cafeteria. Cost is $6. Purchase tickets from band members.

LA JARA — A regular board meeting for the North Conejos School District Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the district administration office in La Jara. Agendas are available at the office, 17890 US Highway, La Jara, or on our web site www.northconejos.com Phone 274-5174.

ALAMOSA — There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District on Tuesday, October 16 in the conference room of the Bureau of Reclamation Building located at 10900 Highway 160 East in Alamosa beginning at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, October 17

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the American Legion Hall, 514 Fourth St., Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Adventure Program will host world famous Pakistani Mountaineer Nazir Sabir at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. Tickets are free at the ASAP rental shop on Monterey Ave., or call 587-7813.

ALAMOSA — Senator Mark Udall will hold a public meeting to discuss his Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park proposal at the Alamosa Masonic Lodge, 512 San Juan Ave., second floor, in Alamosa at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and at the Alamosa Democratic Party/Obama for America Office from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

CREEDE — The Lower Willow Creek Restoration Company will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. to celebrate construction along Willow Creek.

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. 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..

Friday, October 19

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds is hosting Laurie D “What Can I Do?” Multimedia Environmental Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Special guest speaker will be Tom Wolter from the “Rio Grande Watch Dogs.”

LA JARA — USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD) State Office Management will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 19, at 2 p.m. at the NW Conejos Fire District’s meeting room at 710 Broadway St., in La Jara to provide producers with an update on current FSA, NRCS and RD programs as well as discuss the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Process.

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Department of Music presents Overtures and Exaltations! Music for Winds from Around the World featuring the Adams State Wind Ensemble with the Adams State Chamber Choir at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Leon Memorial Hall. Call 587-7621.

SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Chili Cook-Off is Friday, Oct. 19, from 4-8 p.m. in the community building on Hwy 149. Cost is $5 to taste and vote. Cash prizes will be awarded for red chili, green chili and salsa. Call 873-5512.

October 19-21

SAN LUIS — The 2012 Colorado Congreso de Acequias will be held Oct. 19-21 in San Luis. A welcoming reception will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Emma’s Hacienda on Main Street, San Luis. Saturday’s events will be held in the Centennial school gym and will begin at 8:15 a.m. On Sunday, Oct. 21, events will include an acequia tour. Register at www.sangreacequias.org/congreso

FORT GARLAND — The San Luis Valley Theatre Company presents the live theatre production of “Dead To The Last Drop” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. nightly at the Sierra Grande High School auditorium, Fort Garland. The event will be preceded with dinner at 4 p.m. at All Gon Restaurant in Fort Garland. For reservations please call All Gon Restaurant at 379-2222 or SLV Theatre Company, 719-859-2949.

Saturday, October 20

BLANCA — The 9th Annual Harvest Blanca Festival will be held at Main Street and Smith Avenue in Blanca on Saturday, October 20 with entertainment, a pie contest, a silent auction, kids’ games and vendors. Children will again enjoy the potato toss game and the sack races. Call Blanca Town Hall at 379-3461 or stop by at 601 Main Street.

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.

VILLA GROVE — Orient Land Trust will hold its quarterly board meeting on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at OLT/Valley View Hot Springs. Please check in at the Welcome Center. See www.olt.org or call 719-256-5212.

SAGUACHE — The Ute Theatre will host “Dance of the Dead,” a Live Dance Production visiting from Crested Butte, on Oct. 20. This show uses modern dance and performance styles along with many traditional themes of Day of the Dead. Ticket prices are $15 for VIP seating and $10 general admission. Call Christine 970-596-4521.

Monday, October 22

MONTE VISTA — All are invited to attend the 2012 annual meeting of the Monte Vista Historical Society, including a Dutch lunch, at the Monte Villa Inn Dining Room, October 22, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 23

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Community Blood Drive is Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 927 Weber Dr., Alamosa. Call (800) 365-0006 opt. 2 or visit www.bonfils.org

Wednesday, October 24

ALAMOSA –Dr. George Backen, associate professor of philosophy, will provide answers to “What is the meaning of life?” during a free faculty lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Porter Hall room 130. Contact Dr. Kristi Duran at 587-7767, or by email: klduran@adams.edu

Friday, October 26

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Chemistry Department invites everyone to the free 21st annual Chemistry Show, “Solutions for the Future,” at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Richardson Hall Auditorium. After the show, everyone can participate in safe and fun hands-on activities on the third floor of Porter Hall rooms 324 and 320. Larger groups are asked to notify Dr. Christy Miller at 587-7506.

Saturday, October 27

MONTE VISTA — Celebrate Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the SLV Regional Landfill. Bring nonperishable food items (not outdated) instead of fees with loads of trash from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 27. “Cost” is 12 food items per pickup or carload; 24 items for pickup+small trailer; 24 items for large trailer; 36 items for loaded pickup; and 24-48 items for truckloads over pickup size. Tires require food donation plus $1 for passenger size, $10.50 for semi truck size and $21 for tractor size. No commercial haulers admitted for donation prices. Contact: 852-3810.

CREEDE — The Creede Early Learning Center will host a fall festival on Oct. 27 from 1-5 p.m. with carnival games, hay maze, apple bobbing, trunk or treat and cake walk. Contact: Sheri at 658-2090.

Wednesday, October 31

ANTONITO — The Antonito Seniors will hold a Halloween Dance on Oct. 31 from 1-4 p.m. Music will be by Donald Garcia. Costumes are optional but there will be prizes for the three best costumes. Bring a favorite snack to share and wear dancing shoes. Fee is $3 per person.

Thursday, November 8

ALAMOSA — Learn how to use Facebook to promote event or businesses from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at the Bistro Rialto Restaurant, Alamosa. RSVP to donna@slv-sbdc.com or 589-3682.

Saturday, November 10

ALAMOSA — Veterans organizations of the San Luis Valley are planning the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Alamosa on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 10:45 a.m. Any individual, group or organization wishing to participate in this patriotic parade should contact the parade chairman Mel Archuleta at 589-9269. Parade lineup will begin at 10 a.m. in the vacant lot at Sixth and La Due. Contact: Aaron Holcomb, 587-5514.


CONEJOS COUNTY — The Conejos County Board of Commissioners will make available to the residents of Conejos County a free dumping site for trees, tree branches and other shrubbery ONLY. Site is on State Hwy 142 east of Manassa to the north of the old dump site. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. SATURDAYS ONLY, October 13 and the 20. Call 376-5772 or 376-2014 Monday thru Friday.

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.

SOUTH FORK — The Cisneros family in South Fork lost most of their belongings in a fire last month. Call 849-5077.

DEL NORTE — Help High Valley Community Center (HVCC) streamline recycling by donating a 16-foot flatbed trailer. This would reduce the work and costs associated with double and triple handling of the recycling materials and would allow HVCC to continue the recycling drop-off center for Del Norte and the surrounding communities. Donations are tax deductible. Contact HVCC at 657-2172.

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. Cookbooks can be purchased at SLVREC’s office in Monte Vista for $10 each. Cookbooks are also available by mail for $10 purchase price, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling per book. Send a check or money order to SLVREC, P.O. Box 3625, Monte Vista 81144.

VALLEY —The Colorado Nurses’ Association, District 6, is soliciting nominations for the SLV Nightingale Award. Nomination forms are available at the SLV Area Health Education Center, 300 Ross in Alamosa, by calling Charlotte Ledonne 589-4977 or by going on line at www.slvahec.org. Deadline is Friday, December 21, 2012.

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.

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 not be open

Monday mornings and Saturday afternoons during the winter.  The first of November the hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 to 12 and 1-3 p.m. or by appointment.

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 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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