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Posted: Friday, Nov 9th, 2012

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. Contact Katrina Francis at 852-4642 or 588-0806.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley annual Veteran’s Day Parade will 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. 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 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. Sign-in at the Rio Grande County Courthouse Annex at 6th and Penasco Streets. Bring a flashlight. Call Alva Hibbs, 657-3718.

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. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be traveling with the tree. In conjunction the nation’s capitol Christmas tree appearance, the Alamosa Rotary Club will be conducting a food drive to assist with La Puente’s annual Thanksgiving meal box program. Rotary members will be on hand accepting food and cash donations.

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.

ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s Suicide Prevention Campaign, SWAG: Suicide Watch Awareness Gang will be presenting ASU student’s “Reasons to Stay Alive and

Connected” on the Jumbo Screen at this Saturday’s ASU Football half-time show. Contact the ASU Counseling Center at 587-7746 or email


ALAMOSA — Alamosa Community Greenhouse at 12th and Edison will host a Microgreen Workshop on Saturday, November 10 from 1-3 p.m. Seeds and soil will be provided. A $5 fee will be charged. Call 719-937-2319 or email slvlocalfoods@gmail.com

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.

ALAMOSA — Veterans and guests are invited to the annual Veterans Day dinner of roast beef and baked potatoes at the American Legion Hall, 514 Fourth Street, on Sunday, November 11. A cash bar will be from 5-6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. There is no charge. Reservations are required, call 589-4241. Contact Jack Rudder at 588-9838.

CREEDE — Creede Community Center will host a fund-raiser luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 for equipment for the county health department. Freewill donations accepted.

Monday, November 12

ALAMOSA — Adams State University will host a luncheon and celebration in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. The event will commence with a flag raising ceremony in front of Richardson Hall at 11 a.m., followed by lunch in the Student Union Building at noon. All veterans and their families are welcome at no charge. Registering is not necessary. Call 587-7814.

FORT GARLAND — Sierra Grande School invites the public to its Veterans Day program “Honoring Our Veterans,” on Monday, Nov. 12, from 10-11 a.m.

Tuesday, November 13

MOSCA — The Sangre de Cristo School Board of Education will meet on Tuesday November 13 at 8751 Lane 7 in the library with an executive session at 6 p.m. with general session at 6:30 p.m.

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 — 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, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Room 130, Porter Hall, Adams State University, Alamosa. Contact: 589-1518 or see www.slvec.org

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Big Band will play big band favorites, Broadway classics, and hot salsa during the Fall Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. Call 587-7621.

ALAMOSA — The holidays can be a devastating time for those who have lost a loved one. Please join Liz Hood and other grievers for a holiday grief support group at Alamosa First United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 15, from 12-1:30 p.m. Bring a lunch if desired. Call 589-4727.

Friday, November 16

ALAMOSA — Alamosa’s 5th Annual Celebration of Lights will be held on Friday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m., starting at the Alamosa County Courthouse, then proceeding to the Alamosa City Hall and Library Complex, and ending with a musical performance by Don Richmond and Friends at the Alamosa City Firehouse. Free cocoa and cookies will be served, and rumor has it the “Jolly Old Fellow” himself will be making an appearance.

November 16-17

DEL NORTE — The Gallery at the Windsor, 625 Grand Ave., Del Norte, will host its Holiday Small Prints Show Nov. 16-17, with the opening from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to close on Nov. 17. Call 657-9030 or see www.galleryatthewindsor.com

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Christian Reformed Church will hold 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. in the Waverly Youth and Community Center, 1836 Road 10 South. Call 589-2072 or 589-2001.

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. 

Saturday, November 17

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Department of Music Fall Band Concert, “From Russia with Love” will feature the Adams State Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Leon Memorial Hall. Contact: 587-7621.

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. All programs are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the planetarium starting 30 minutes before the first program. See blogs.adams.edu/zacheis.

ALAMOSA — 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.

ALAMOSA — The Third Annual Adams State University International Cuisine Potluck will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Alamosa Elks Lodge, at 406 Hunt Ave. Bring a dish. Those not providing a dish may purchase a $30 ticket. Each person must supply their own tableware, including plates, silverware, napkins, and cups. Contact: Oneyda Maestas at 719-688-9083, or Krystin Chee at 928-349-2486 or email the ASU Diversity Multicultural Club ascdiversitymc@adams.edu

ALAMOSA — First Christian Church’s 12th Annual Craft and Bake Sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 518 First Street (First and State) in Alamosa. Call Bill Brooks at 588-0585.

CREEDE — The Creede community Thanksgiving dinner will be at 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17, at the Creede Community Center. Turkey, ham, potatoes/gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and drinks are provided. Bring veggie, salad or dessert.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte, presents Singer Songwriter Martha Reich, Folk & Story Telling, on Saturday, November 17. Cost is $12. Call 657-4757.

November 19-30

ALAMOSA — Sunshine Christian School in Alamosa will be taking orders for ruby grapefruits, Florida navel oranges and tangerines from Monday, November 19 through Friday November 30. Fruit is expected to arrive around December 16. For pricing or to order, call 719-937-3322 or stop by 315 Craft Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon.

Thursday, November 22

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Thanksgiving meal will be served on Thursday, November 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the shelter. La Puente will be serving 200-300 people from the community. Anyone who would like to help prepare a dish or volunteer time may please call Alyssa at 589-6729.

SOUTH FORK — The Kiwanis Club annual Thanksgiving dinner is Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  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.

Thursday, November 29

ALAMOSA — Facing the holidays while experiencing grief can be very painful. Learn some tips to make it through the holidays. Hospice del Valle offer “Grief and Gratitude” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 29 at Hospice del Valle, 514 Main Street, Alamosa. Call 589-9019 and ask for Tricia, Gary or Beth.

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.

CENTER — The Center United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday December 1, in the church basement located at Fourth and Broadway. They will be featuring wreaths, door hanging, and centerpieces made from live greens. There will also be craft items, home made candy, cookie bar and other bake goods. A turkey dinner will be served at noon. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6-12. Those under age 6 will be served free. Contact 754-2243.

ALAMOSA — The Villa Mall Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, December 1st and Saturday, December 8th, with music and local artisans selling their crafts. Santa will be on hand to hear children’s wish lists, and Santa pictures will be available. Contact Erin at eriny2005@yahoo.com.

ALAMOSA — The San Juan Nordic Club is holding a ski and gear swap to help cover the cost of grooming local cross country ski trails. Bring old equipment to sell, donate items or come and find outdoor gear. Registration to sell items is $1 per item. The swap is Saturday, December 1 from 10 – 1 with registration Friday November 31 from 12 – 4 or Saturday, December 1 from 9-10. The swap will occur at the Colorado State Forest Service office in Alamosa at 129A Santa Fe near Highways 17 and 160 between Loaf and Jug and Days Inn. Call 719-937-2202.

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.

Thursday, December 6

ALAMOSA — Facing the holidays while experiencing grief can be very painful. Learn some tips to make it through the holidays. Hospice del Valle offer “Grief and Gratitude” on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Hospice del Valle, 514 Main Street, Alamosa. Call 589-9019 and ask for Tricia, Gary or Beth.

December 7-8

ALAMOSA — On Dec 7th and 8th people will once again be able to see a wide variety of arts and crafts, all handmade by valley artisans at the Sacred Heart Holiday Bazaar. A huge bake sale, a white elephant sale, Sloppy Joe lunch and enchilada dinner will be offered. Booth rental is $35 or $40 with electricity and are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Call Kathy Martinez at 589-5267.

ALAMOSA — Wild Roses at 511 Main Street in Downtown Alamosa is accepting vendor application for their Holiday Bazaar, which will be held on December 7th, and 8th in conjunction with the Alamosa Downtown Holiday Open House. Call Joyce at 589-5163.

Saturday, December 8

ALAMOSA — The Villa Mall Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, December 8, with music and local artisans selling their crafts. Santa will be on hand to hear children’s wish lists, and Santa pictures will be available. Contact Erin at eriny2005@yahoo.com.


ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Food Bank is in desperate need of non-perishable food items such as: vegetables (canned), rice, stuffing, pasta, tomato sauce, tuna, baby food and formula. For the third year, Dell’s Insurance will be collecting non-perishable food items from now until November 19. Bring in any non-perishable food items to 510 Bell Ave. in Alamosa to be donated to the Alamosa Food Bank.

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.

HOMELAKE — The Homelake Cemetery participates once again in the Wreaths Across America Day to honor and remember our veterans who have served this country. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Homelake Cemetery at 3749 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista on December the 8th to coincide with the Wreaths Across America Day official ceremony. Those who are interested in purchasing a wreath please contact Carol Martinez at 719-849-1830. Deadline for ordering and paying $15 per wreath is November 20th, and the wreaths may be placed at the Homelake Cemetery or at any private cemetery of the buyer’s choice.

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.

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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