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Posted: Friday, Nov 23rd, 2012

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.

Saturday, November 24

CREEDE—Tickets are available for the 23rd Annual Creede Chocolate Festival, planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Fireworks have also been scheduled after dark on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased for $8 each online at creede.com or at the Chamber of Commerce office. Sales will begin at 10:30 a.m. both mornings. Contact the Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce at 658-2374. Also, from 11-4 a free arts/craft show will be shared at the Creede Community Center. Call 849 8527 to reserve a vendor spot.

ALAMOSA — Habitat for Humanity plans a Recycle/Reuse Sale to sell donated building materials and home furnishings at discounted prices and help Habitat build houses in the Valley on Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. until noon at Apple Tree Storage on the 1800 block of State Avenue in Alamosa. Habitat continues to accept donations of new and gently used building materials. Call 589-8678 or see www.slvhabitat.org

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents free We Be Jammin Open Mic and Jam Session on Saturday, November 24. The event starts at 12 p.m. noon and lasts until it is over. There will also be a Mexican food potluck. Please bring a dish to share or dessert. Bring your own drink. Bring your own amp. Call 657-4757.

LA JARA – The Conejos County Rotary Club is planning a holiday fund-raiser 5K/Walk at 11 a.m. at La Jara Elementary on Saturday, Nov. 24 to support Rotarian projects within the community. Entrance fee is $5. Contact Julie Gomez at 274-5431 or Jason Coombs at 274-0224.

Sunday, November 25

SAGUACHE — As a fund-raiser for its 2nd Annual Toy Drive, the Ute Theatre in Saguache will show “Fred Claus” at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. Admission is by donation or unwrapped new toy.

Monday, November 26

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Board of Trustees meets Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. at Richardson Hall, Room 208, with agenda items including ASU performance contract approval and budget update.

SARGENT — Sargent School board meets on Monday, Nov. 26, with a work session at 5 p.m. in the high school conference room, executive session at 6 p.m. and regular session at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

Tuesday, November 27

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University senior creative writing majors Jason Slauson, Nathaniel Sellers, and Kylie Bowen will read from their work at 7 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in McDaniel Hall room 103. A guest writing workshop, with author Chad Parmenter, will be held from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in McDaniel Hall room 240. All events are free and open to the community. Contact 587-7862.


November 28

VALLEY — Compassion Food Bank will be distributing food on November 28 at the United For Christ Community Church, Hwy 160 north on Broadway two blocks in Blanca. Call: Brenda at 588-4778.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Percussion Extravaganza will feature the ASU Percussion Ensemble, the Grizzly Drum Line, the SLV Community Steel Band, and the ASU Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. Call 587-7621.

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.

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SOUTH FORK—The Town of South Fork is hosting a Holiday Kick-Off Party and Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants are also invited to be a part of the town’s Giving Tree. They have partnered with the Rio Grande Department of Social Services to help 20 children in foster care to have a merry Christmas. They will have a giving tree at the Visitor Center with envelopes containing the children’s Christmas wish lists. These will be available at the party.

They are asking for gifts under $25 to be wrapped and dropped off at the Visitor Center by Dec. 17. Contact the Visitor Center at 873-5512.

ALAMOSA — Friends of the Alamosa Public Library invites everyone to a reading and reception to celebrate publication of the fourth volume of its literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake in the Alamosa City Council Chambers on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at 300 Hunt St. (Cole Park.) The books will be available for $10 each, and cash prizes will be awarded to authors and artists in various genres and age categories. Copies will also be available at the library.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council and Community Partnerships at Adams State University announce the opening reception for the Art for the Endangered Landscape Show and Sale on Friday, November 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the ASU Community Partnerships Gallery, Main Street and Edgemont Blvd. in Alamosa.

The show features over 25 regionally and nationally acclaimed artists which will include paintings, photography, weaving, paper constructions and sculpture. Music, spoken word and short film will also be presented.

ALAMOSA — A free workshop for veteran entrepreneurs will be held on Nov. 30 from 12-2 p.m. at the Depot, 610 State Ave., Alamosa. RSVP to 589-3682.

November 30-December 1

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Holiday Festival will be Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st in downtown Monte Vista.  To kick things off, on Friday, Nov 30th at 7 p.m. the Monte Vista Recreation Department will have an 18 year and older Dodge Ball Tournament at Ski-Hi.  Call 852-2692.  On Saturday, December 1st have breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 9:30 at Stars Restaurant or from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Monte Villa. (Reservations are required.) The festivities continue with a Crafter’s Bazaar at the Church of the Nazarene Gym, The Monte Arts Council Annual Art Walk and Bisque Bowl fundraiser at the MV Elks lodge and Christmas Train Rides with the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.  Kids can make Holiday Crafts and play games at the Monte Vista Kids Connection from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Kiwanis will be selling luminaras to “Light up the Night.” Contact Raydene Plane at 852-4897.  The Memorial Tree lighting is at 5 p.m. followed by the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. and visits with Santa at the MV Information Center.  The evening will be concluded with fireworks and dancing at Alibi’s.

December 1, 7, 8, 9

ALAMOSA — Adams State University Theatre presents Robin Hood Dec. 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current ASU I.D. Call 587-TIXX (8499).

Saturday, December 1

SAGUACHE —Visit Saguache on Saturday, Dec. 1, for a Winter Extravaganza, featuring a full day of festivities including a Christmas Bazaar in the Community Building at Otto Mears Park beginning at 10 a.m. The Historic Ute Theatre in downtown Saguache will present “Christmas in Saguache” wing music, dance and skits. The first performance will be a matinee beginning at 3 p.m. followed by an evening performance at 6:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5. In between the two performances will be the lighting of the Christmas Tree on Main Street at 5 p.m., and hot chocolate and snacks at the new Welcome Center.

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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with music and local artisans selling their crafts, children signing carols, chainsaw carving and children’s games. Santa will be on hand to hear children’s wish lists, and Santa pictures will be available. Contact 580-0401 or 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.

ALAMOSA — A Defensive Driving Class, certified by both the National Safety Council and the Colorado Safety Association, will be held Saturday, December 1. This class may be used to defer tickets and/or lower insurance rates. Call 587-0450 to register.

LA JARA —The Town of La Jara Christmas tree lighting will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. Please join the festivities at the Town Hall for hot chocolate, cookies and carols.

MONTE VISTA — Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast at Tri-County Seniors on Saturday, December 1, with pancakes, bacon, coffee and juice from 6:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Sunday, December 2

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds present Cabinet (bluegrass, country, folk, old timey) on Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Music Department presents their annual Winterfest Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Plachy Gymnasium. Tickets are free to AS&F and Friends of Music, and $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Contact the Music Department at 587-7621.

Tuesday, December 4

ALAMOSA — “Tax Tips for the Self Employed” taught by CPA Bob Gjellum will be shared from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, at the Depot, Alamosa. Cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP to 589-3682.

Wednesday, December 5

DEL NORTE — “Start Your Own Business” workshop (legal registration, EIN, sales tax and more) will be held on Wednesday, December 5, from 4-6 p.m. at the Del Norte Computer Center, 1025 Spruce Street in the La Hacienda Development. Cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP to 589-3682

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.

Friday, December 7

SOUTH FORK—A Holiday Boutique sponsored by the South Fork Chamber of Commerce will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The boutique will be held at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork. Local businesses will be at the boutique offering opportunities to do Christmas shopping and more right at home. Contact the chamber at 873-5556.

ALAMOSA — On Friday, Dec. 7, at 8:30 p.m. Sweetwater String Band will perform at the San Luis Valley Brewing Co. in downtown Alamosa. Sweetwater String Band performs danceable bluegrass.

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. 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.

DEL NOFRTE — On Saturday, December 8, the 2012 annual Stuffed Stocking Auction and Gala will be held at the Ruth Marie Center in Del Norte. There will be an array of delicious food, wine and beer. Auction items range from travel packages to Denver with tickets to the Botanical Gardens, History Museum, and Denver Art Museum as well as tickets for Comedy Works. There are an amazing number of items from local businesses including Kip’s Grill, Colorado Gator Farm, Sand Dunes pool and Wolf Creek Ski Area. The gala will have its ever popular “Stud Bucket” and “Goddess Basket” as well. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. for a viewing of the items with auction starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Babysitting and activities provided. Call 850-2617 or email theruthmarie@yahoo.com

ALAMOSA — The fifth annual Adams State University Classified Employee Craft Fair is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Plachy Hall Field House, located on the Adams State campus. Participants do not have to be Adams State employees. Visit adams.edu/committees/cec for $20 vendor applications. A diversity of vendors will be accepted including unique handmade items, supplies for creating handmade items, homemade jams/jellies, baked goods, art works, jewelry, stained glass, and more. Contact Jeff Cook at 588-5074.

FORT GARLAND — The Friends of Fort Garland Museum will hold their annual Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the mess hall at the Fort. Bring a side dish and/or a dessert to share. Entrée provided.

There will be no charge for the dinner but participants may buy tickets for door prizes. The tickets are 12 for $10 or 6 tickets for $5. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dr. Mark Gose, renowned living historian and musician from Pueblo. Call Theresa Rudder at 588-7913.

Wednesday, December 12

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista Community Blood Drive will be Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 99 W. Prospect, Monte Vista. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Kim Maestas at 852-2955.

Friday, December 14

ALAMOSA — Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute is playing a free show for the public at the San Luis Valley Brewing Co. in Alamosa Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 15

CENTER — The Kiwanis Club is seeking individuals, organizations and businesses interested in entering floats for the Center Christmas Parade on Dec. 15 this year at 1 p.m. Contact: Dick Ramstetter at 580-3329 or Lars Worker at 580-2431.

Tuesday, December 18

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Community Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 927 Weber Dr., Alamosa. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at (800) 365-0006 opt. 2 or visit www.bonfils.org

Friday, December 21

ALAMOSA — The 2nd Annual Alamosa Christmas Light Parade will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street. Last year’s winner US Tractor will start the parade with Santa. Get entry forms at SLV Brewing Company.

Saturday, December 22

HOOPER — Sand Dunes Swimming Pool presents “Christmas Cosmic Night” from 4 p.m. to close on Saturday, Dec. 22, featuring music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a light show from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and dinner at the Mile Deep Grill. Admission is $4 for all from 4 p.m. to close. The pool is located just north of Hooper, east of Highway 160, at 1991 County Road 63; 378-2807; www.sanddunespool.com

Tuesday, December 25

ALAMOSA —The 22nd Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner, which is open to everyone, will be held on Christmas Day at the American Legion hall located at 514 4th Street in Alamosa, with a full turkey dinner served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be music, and Santa will have a present for all young children. To donate food in any quantity, please call Margy Robertson at 852-3735, or Diana Hamilton at 274-5998. Cash donors can contact Margy, 852-3735; Pat Lucero, 937-1575; Rick Esquibel, 588-4717, Sandra Hostetter, 580-7184, or Dale Becker, 850-1198. Checks can be written to Free Community Christmas Dinner, P.O. Box 1981, Alamosa 81101.

To volunteer, please call Rick at 588-4717, or Margy at 852-3735. To receive a homebound dinner, call ahead of time to Donna Ditmore at 589-5952 or 580-9078.



MONTE VISTA — Toy boxes are out in Monte Vista for the “Angels Among Us” toy drive. Boxes are located at Jacks, ALCO, San Luis Valley Federal, Sunflower Bank, Rio Grande Savings & Loan, Monte Vista Athletic Club (two boxes), Alibi’s Sports Bar & Grill, the Information Center and Monte Vista Co-op. Call 850-1994.

SAGUACHE — The 2nd Annual Ute Theatre Toy Drive is underway with the theater as a drop off point and cash donation cans all over town to buy toys to complement the toy donations. The Flickengers are donating the use of their building on Fourth and Denver (the brick building with the muscle man on it) for this year’s spot for toy storage. Last year 81 area children received toys. Call Sky at 719-849-3699 or stop in at the Ute Theatre and see Christine.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Kiwanis Club is holding a nut fund-raiser, offering a gourmet assortment or seven-way chocolate covered assortment for $20 each. Nuts may be purchased from any Kiwanis Club member or by contacting the Kiwanis Club Secretary Amanda at 589-2564 or Amanda@alamosastatebank.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. 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

Center: South Broadway and East Fifth

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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