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Posted: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2012

Saturday, November 3

ALAMOSA — The next ‘Volunteer Day’ of the Friends of Locomotive 169 is Saturday, November 3, at Alamosa’s Cole Park. Starting at 10 a.m., scheduled work includes preparing for the holiday display and other tasks, and the public is invited to visit the display. For more details please contact the Friends at 866-970-3540, or at ‘friendsof169@amigo.net.’

MOSCA — Help support the March of Dimes on Saturday, November 3 when Sangre de Cristo FBLA will be hosting a benefit dance “Blue Jeans for Babies” in their high school cafeteria from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $3 for FBLA-PBL members and $5 for non-members.

ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library will host their annual Holiday Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Friends’ shed north of the Alamosa Post Office and west of Cole Park. The focus on the sale is on special books such as coffee table and antique books as well as fiction and other books in excellent condition patrons can be proud to give as Christmas gifts. The books in the shed are all on sale and there are some bargain offers. 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. Hot beverages and cookies will be served. Contact 580-2010.

ALAMOSA — LWML Crafts Bazaar and Bake Sale will be Sat., Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 52 El Rio Drive, Alamosa, featuring handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, lightly used treasures, silent auction gift items and coffee and rolls.

ALAMOSA — The Romney Tour Bus will be in Alamosa Saturday, Nov. 3 for a meet and greet event with Craig Romney, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Rosario Marin, and Former Administrator of Small Business Administration Hector Barreto at the north end of Cole Park from 11 a.m.-noon. If it is wet, cold or windy the Meet and Greet will be at the Hub on 3330 Clark Street by Walmart.

ALAMOSA — Congressional candidate Sal Pace, a Democrat running for the 3rd District, former US Congressman John Salazar (D-CO), and US Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) will attend a final Get Out The Vote rally in Alamosa on Saturday, November 3, at 4 p.m. at the Alamosa Democratic campaign office, 1435 Main Street, Suite B. Also expected are Colorado State House candidate Ed Vigil and Colorado State Senate candidate Crestina Martinez.

SOUTH FORK — A Health Fair will be held on Saturday, November 3 at the South Fork Community Building, Hwy 149 from 6:30-10:30 a.m.

ALAMOSA – On November 3 at 6 p.m. the Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will be open to the public for a free showing of “Tales of Maya Skies/2012”, followed by a 7:15 p.m. showing of “Interstellar Boundary Explorer/Star Tour” and an 8 p.m. reshowing of “Tales of Maya Skies/2012.” Telescopes will be set up outside from dusk until after the last show each night, weather permitting. All programs are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the planetarium starting 30 minutes before the first program. No advance tickets will be available. Limit two tickets per person present. Children must be accompanied by an adult. See blogs.adams.edu/zacheis.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Taxi Dancer (blues) on Saturday, November 3rd at 850 Grand Ave. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757.

ALAMOSA — Join the Alamosa Community Gardens and volunteers on Saturday, November 3 at Alamosa Elementary school garden (NE corner of the campus, closer to 8th street) from 9 a.m. until at least 1 p.m., and help install garden infrastructure awarded by The Kitchen Community. This award includes: 10 raised bed boxes, 2 art poles, a sun shade and more. Volunteers of all abilities are welcome, and the more hands the better.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University radio station, KASF, is hosting a Rap/Hip-Hop Concert with Lil’ Flip, Simes Carter, and more. The concert starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. Tickets are on sale through KASF. Advance tickets cost $10 for general admission and $20 VIP admission. Tickets are $15 at the door for general admission or $30 VIP admission. Contact KASF at 719-587-7830.

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Sargent Elementary School Gym, 7090 N. Cty. Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. Contacts: Sylvia, 303-517-8199; or Charlie, 852-9849.

Sunday, November 4

SAGUACHE — On Nov. 6, Bill Hatcher’s memoir, “The Marble Room: How I Lost God and Found Myself in Africa,” will be released by Lantern Books. The local author will be reading from his book and signing copies at the Villa Grove Trade on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m. See www.billhatcherbooks.com

Monday, November 5

ALAMOSA — Alamosa school board meets Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the administration building board room, with agenda items including Alamosa Community Gardens request, art/music technology request and updates on the Ombudsman school and athletic/vo-ag complex.

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista school board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the board room at 345 East Prospect Ave. A 6 p.m. work session is planned on construction budget.

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) and Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will hold a regional strategic planning session to educate potential providers about the benefits of agritourism on November 5 in Alamosa at the Ramada (formerly Inn of the Rio Grande), 333 Santa Fe Ave., from 1-3 p.m. To RSVP to a regional meeting contact: Laura Grey, Heritage & Agritourism Program Manager, Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 2700, Denver, 80202, 303-892-3885, laura.grey@state.co.us

Wednesday, November 7

ALAMOSA – ASU Dr. Richard Goddard, professor of archaeology, will present, the free faculty lecture, “Archaeological Research at Fort Massachusetts,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Porter Hall room 130. Contact Dr. Kristi Duran at 587-7767, or by email: klduran@adams.edu

ALAMOSA — Tu Casa hosts its monthly Lunch N Learn on Wednesday, November 7 at noon at Hospice Del Valle, in Alamosa. The topic this month will focus on “Understanding Grief and Loss in All Its Forms.” Many may identify grief and loss when someone has passed away, but grief and loss comes up in many changes in life such as job loss, divorce, and so on. Guest speaker Hospice Director Lois Booth will go over what grief looks like, how to cope, when you can’t stop grieving (i.e. complicated grief or depression), and identifying resources and support through this process. She will also discuss how to plan ahead for a loss (i.e., directives, Power of Attorney, etc.) As always this is a free event and for those who RSVP pizza is provided. Contact Angela, at angela@slvtucasa.net or call 589-2465.

ALAMOSA – Central City Opera and CU Opera present Opera As You Like It, scenes from operas and musicals based on the works of Shakespeare at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Adams State University Leon Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the ASU Music Department Office. A master class, free and open to the public, will be held at 3 p.m. the same day in Leon Memorial Hall. For more information call 587-7621.

SAN LUIS — The Rio Culebra Coop is sponsoring the film Vanishing of the Bees at the Rio Culebra Coop office at 401 Church Place, San Luis, on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

MOSCA — A free Soil Health Tour will be held on Wednesday, November 7, from 12-4 p.m. at the old Sangre High School location in Mosca. The tour will visit four different farmers’ fields, all with different types of cover crops. No RSVP is necessary; just show up. Call the Center Conservation District at 754-3400, ext. 108 and talk with Brenda.

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.

ALAMOSA —Civil Air Patrol, Heart of the Rockies Composite Squadron, meets at the Alamosa Airport, S. building, 2nd floor, 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, including an open house for the public. Call Ruth or Bob for information 657-9028.

ALAMOSA — Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” the acoustic string duo Taarka is coming to Alamosa, along with virtuoso bassist Eric Thorin, presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) and the Adams State University Music Dept., Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at Adams State University’s Leon Memorial Hall.

Friday, November 9

ALAMOSA —Alamosa Public Library invites the public to free “Movie Night at your Library” at 300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa. Join in some good old-fashioned movie time. Showing November 9 will be “Pocahontas II”. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Pocahontas sets off on a journey to England with Meeko, Flit, and Percy. Hearing rumors of John Smith’s death, Pocahontas tries to prevent war and battle.

Popcorn is free. Bring a drink.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Marbin performing jazz, blues, rock and fusion at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9 at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Museum is proud to present “Imagenes del Pais/Images of the Homeland.” This exhibit will be filled with sacred and non-sacred images of the Spanish Colonial era traditions in both Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. These include colcha embroidery (stitchery, santos (saints) - both bultos and retablos, Rio Grande weaving, furniture, tin work, inlaid straw work, jerga, bone carvings and mixed media. Mark calendars for Friday November 9 at 6 p.m. to attend the grand opening of this “one of a kind” event at the San Luis Valley Museum, 401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa. The exhibit will be at the museum from November 10 through January 31, 2013. Admission is free. Contact Joyce at 587-0667.

November 10-11

SAN LUIS — San Luis residents are invited to a low-cost spaying and neutering event for cats and dogs at the Town Hall, 408 Main Street, San Luis. The one-day dog clinic will be Saturday, Nov. 10 for $20 per dog. The one-day cat clinic will be Sunday, Nov. 11. Be at the clinic by 7:30 a.m. Service is on a first-come, first-served basis. No food after midnight the night before surgery—water is OK. Dogs must be on a leash; cats must be in a box or carrier.

Saturday, November 10

MONTE VISTA — A fundraiser barn dance and baked potato bar/Frito pie dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, with dinner/entertainment at 6 p.m. and dessert/pie auction at 7 p.m. at the Francis Indoor Arena, 7758 County Road 100 South, Monte Vista, for Emily Pizel who has a rare nerve disorder (Pudendal Neuralgia). Surgery is extremely expensive and recover is lengthy. Contact Katrina Francis at 852-4642 or 588-0806.

ALAMOSA — Veterans organizations of the San Luis Valley are planning the annual Veteran’s Day Parade to be held in Alamosa on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The parade will halt in front of the reviewing stand at State and Main in Alamosa at 11 a.m. to hold a solemn tribute to fallen comrades. Any individual, group or organization wishing to participate in this patriotic parade should contact the parade chairman Mel Archuleta at 587-3710. Parade lineup will begin at 10 a.m. in the vacant lot at Sixth and La Due. Contact: Aaron Holcomb, 587-5514.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Big Band is calling all veterans, Armed Forces men and women, families, and all patriotic Americans to attend a spectacular evening of music honoring and celebrating our military service groups who have served or who are serving the United States of America. “In Their Honor,” as this annual SLV Big Band performance is known, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Richardson Auditorium at Adams State University in Alamosa. Admission to the concert is free.

ALAMOSA — Parents and educators are invited to the 11th Annual San Luis Valley Parent Institute on Saturday, November 10 at Adams State University in the Student Union Building from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided. Contact La Llave at 589-9688, email Katrina Ruggles at kruggles@center.k12.co.us, and/or go to www.slvpi.weebly.com

DEL NORTE — Weather permitting, the next Lookout Mountain Observatory Association, Inc. star party will be Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Del Norte Observatory. Featured viewing will be the planet Jupiter and deep sky objects.

Star party attendees should park and sign-in at the Rio Grande County Courthouse Annex at 6th and Penasco Streets. Also, bring a flashlight to better and more safely follow the rocky trail from the Annex to the Observatory. Call Alva Hibbs, 657-3718.

SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Music Association welcomes everyone to their Fabulous Fall Fiesta annual membership party Nov. 10 at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to Rebakah at 588-8458 by Monday, Nov. 5.

ALAMOSA — On November 10, the U.S. Forest Service will be bringing the US Capitol Christmas Tree (www.CapitolChristmasTree2012.com) to Alamosa, and invites all people young and old to come celebrate this annual holiday tradition. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will to be on display at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 10, in downtown Alamosa. Festivities will include a Welcome of the Capitol Christmas Tree by Mayor Kathy Rogers, entertainment, and photo opportunities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be traveling with the tree.

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Fire Department cooks up its annual free chili supper from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the fire station to show the community how much their support is appreciated. Donations will be appreciated to help purchase an additional thermal imaging camera and an inflatable fire safety house for the public education program. Local author Donna Templeton will sell and sign her newly released children’s book, “Mother’s Surprise.” All proceeds from book sales that evening will be donated to the Monte Vista Fire Department.

Sunday, November 11

MONTE VISTA — Colorado State Veterans Center Homelake invites all veterans and their families to a Veteran’s Day Social on November 11. The annual “Honor our Veterans” event will take place from 2–3 p.m. at 3749 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista in the dining room. Contact Pam or Melanie at 852-5118.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

CREEDE—The Lower Willow Creek Restoration Company is applying for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant to continue work on the Lower Willow Creek Floodplain. A public meeting will be held on Nov. 14 in Town Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to receive comments on the proposal. Written comments may be received until Nov. 14, to the LWCRCo P.O. Box 457 Creede or at Creede Town Hall.

Thursday, November 15

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council with Trout Unlimited, Colorado Field Institute, and EARTH of Adams State University invite the public to attend Beyond Season’s End in Colorado: Climate Change, the Effects on Wildlife and Fisheries by Bill Geer, Climate Change Project Manager, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Beyond Season’s End in Colorado will be hosted as part of the Colorado Field Institute’s lecture series the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Room 130, Porter Hall, Adams State University, Alamosa. The event is free. Contact: 589-1518 or see www.slvec.org

Friday, November 16

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Christian Reformed Church will be holding its Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cinnamon rolls, coffee and hot cider will be served both days. The event will beheld in the Waverly Youth and Community Center, 1836 Road 10 South. For directions or information call 589-2072 or 589-2001.

November 16-17

MONTE VISTA—The 4th Annual MVC Education Fund Bazaar will be held Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the MVC Community Room. For booth space, please call Denise or Judi at 852-5181.  Booth fees are $25 for both days or $15 for one day.  All proceeds for booth fees will go to the MVC Education fund.

Saturday, November 17

ALAMOSA – On November 17, the Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will be open to the public for “Dynamic Earth/Star Tour” at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m., with “Black Holes/Star Tour” showing at 7:30 p.m. Telescopes will be set up outside from dusk until after the last show each night, weather permitting. All programs are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the planetarium starting 30 minutes before the first program. No advance tickets will be available. Limit two tickets per person present. Children must be accompanied by an adult. See blogs.adams.edu/zacheis.

ALAMSOA — The Parents of Cub Scouts Pack 307 will be hosting a fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner with Silent Dessert Auction on November 17 at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Mullins Ave., Alamosa. Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Contact Dawn at alamosascouts@hotmail.com

Raffle for Manning Jersey will start that night as well; tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5, drawing December 15.

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Sargent Elementary School Gym, 7090 N. Cty. Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. Contacts: Sylvia, 303-517-8199; or Charlie, 852-9849.

Thursday, November 22

SOUTH FORK — The Kiwanis Club is planning their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  They are asking for extra hands to help out with all kinds of things that they have going on that day.  Be a part of the annual free dinner for the community. They are now working on assigning spots for things to do. Please contact Karen Miller at 873-5466 or mkmillermink@aol.com to sign up.

Friday, November 30

ALAMOSA — “Share the Magic” benefit for La Puente gala reception, raffle and premier holiday play “Robin Hood” will be held Friday, Nov. 30, with reception at 6 p.m. and play at 8 p.m. in the Adams State University Main Stage Theatre. Call 587-1010 for tickets.

Saturday, December 1

ALAMOSA — Wee Care at First United Methodist Church in Alamosa is accepting vendor applications for their Holiday Bazaar, to be held December 1.  Local craftspeople are encouraged to call Kristine at 589-2243 for more information.

Sunday, December 2

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Sargent Elementary School Gym, 7090 N. Cty. Rd 2 E, Monte Vista. A covered dish meal will follow the dance. Contacts: Sylvia, 303-517-8199; or Charlie, 852-9849.


Recycle those Halloween pumpkins for the critters at Colorado Gators and receive free passage to see the alligators. Many of the rescued critters at Colorado Gators will eat the leftover pumpkins, such as the giant tortoises, turtles, lizards, etc. Those who would like to donate their pumpkins, but not make the trip to the farm on Hwy 17 north of Alamosa may drop them off at SLV Audio Plus on the east end of Main Street, Alamosa. See www.coloradogators.com or call 378-2612.

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Kiwanis Club will be holding the third annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser on February 22nd and 23rd, 2013. The club is looking for community projects for which to use the funds that are raised. Please e-mail requests to Leslie_widger@hotmail.com or mail to Monte Vista Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 287, Monte Vista 81144 by November 21. Please include the name of the project, the amount needed, and how the funds will be used. The club will consider the requests to assist in the funding. Interested dancers who want to compete in the contest may also e-mail or call 852-5789.

ALAMOSA — Donations are being accepted for the family of Adams State University Dr. Stuart Hilwig who was killed in an accident last weekend. An informal memorial is planned at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 outside the south entrance to the SUB, First St., Alamosa. Tammy Lopez with the ASU Foundation is accepting checks made out to Stephanie Hilwig and may be reached at ASU at ext. 7122, or in RH 162. Care packages and gifts, cards are being gathered in McD 341, and donations via PayPal will soon be accepted on the blog “Living Forward with Stuart Hilwig.”

ANTONITO – Funds are being accepted to help Marissa, 15, Mariah, 14, and Marina, 13, daughters of Beverly Barela, who died at age 33, finish paying for their father’s funeral expenses. Their father, Joel Martinez, died in a car crash several years ago. Recent donations helped the teens pay for their mother’s funeral; however, the girls still owe for the full bill of their father’s funeral. Donations can be made to the Guadalupe Parish Credit Union. Contact 376-5413.

ALAMOSA — The Immigrant Resource Center IRC is requesting item donations to help serve the immigrant population, particularly adult clothing, children’s clothing, shoes, kitchen utensils, small appliances, toys, or other items that are still in good condition. Bring them to the IRC office at 225 Sixth St., Suite B in Alamosa between 9 and 5 every day (closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.) Warm items such as hats, gloves, scarves, coats and blankets would be especially appreciated as winter approaches. Bring donations by November 9.

SOUTH FORK — The Cisneros family in South Fork lost most of their belongings in a fire. Any donations would be appreciated. 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 — 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.

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.

VALLEY —The Colorado Nurses’ Association, District 6, is soliciting nominations for the annual SLV Nightingale Award. Nomination forms are available at the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center, 300 Ross in Alamosa, by calling Charlotte Ledonne (719) 589-4977 or by going on line at www.slvahec.org. Nominations must be postmarked by 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.

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 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

Antonito: Main and Third

Manassa: Donald’s Service on Main Street

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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