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Posted: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012

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

ALAMOSA — The Friends of Locomotive 169 are having their next Volunteer Day this Saturday, December 1, at Alamosa’s Cole Park. Scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., members will be working on the locomotive and the business car, and the public is invited to visit the display. Contact the Friends at ‘friendsof169@amigo.net.’

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Holiday Festival continues on Saturday, December 1st in Monte Vista. 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 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 conclude with fireworks.

SAGUACHE —Visit Saguache on Saturday, Dec. 1, for a Winter Extravaganza, featuring a Christmas Bazaar in the Community Building at 10 a.m. The Historic Ute Theatre will present “Christmas in Saguache” at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5. The lighting of the Christmas Tree on Main Street is at 5 p.m., and hot chocolate and snacks at the new Welcome Center.

ALAMOSA — The Wee Care Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 1. Also enjoy a great home-made lunch, and take a picture with Santa. Bring a camera. All the excitement happens at the First United Methodist Church in Alamosa, 2005 Mullins Ave. on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. Call 589-2243.

SAGUACHE — The friends of the Saguache Library will be hosting their second annual Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Community Building.

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. 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. Santa will be on hand. 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 is $1 per item. The swap is Saturday, December 1 from 10 – 1 with registration 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. 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. Call 587-0450.

LA JARA —The Town of La Jara Christmas tree lighting will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. Come to 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.

ALAMOSA — A memorial to celebrate the life of Dr. Stuart Hilwig, Adams State University professor of history, is planned for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3-5 p.m. in the banquet room at the Inn of the Rio Grande - Ramada, on Hwy. 160 just east of the Hwy. 17 junction in Alamosa.

Sunday, December 2

MONTE VISTA — Neighbors Helping Neighbors are sponsoring a fund raising dinner for the Monte Vista Food Bank on Sunday, December 2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Monte Vista First Christian Church, Second Street and Washington Street, Monte Vista. A suggested donation is requested of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and senior citizens 65 and older.  Pre-sale tickets are available at Rio Grande Savings and Loan.  

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 587-7621.

Monday, December 3

ALAMOSA — A FREE showing of the documentary film “Genetic Roulette” about genetically engineered foods will be shown on Monday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Adams State University Student Life Center. Childcare will be available. Email slvlocalfoods@gmail.com or call 719-937-2319.

SAGUACHE — A public hearing to determine whether the Crestone Fire District/Emergency Services District should be dissolved will take place on Monday Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Saguache County Courthouse in the courtroom on the second floor. Contact 655-2522.

Tuesday, December 4

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Department of Social Services and the TEFAP program will be distributing commodities on December 4 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Rio Grande Annex building in Del Norte.

ALAMOSA — jcpenney is bringing a Rockefeller-sized Christmas tree to Alamosa. The festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Alamosa County Courthouse on Fourth Street. A group of carolers will also be on hand to offer free cups of hot chocolate and other goodies. Santa will be there, too.

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.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Human Performance and Physical Education Health Promotions Class invites the public to a free community health promotion event from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in McDaniel Hall room 101.

Wednesday, December 5

MONTE VISTA — Rio Grande County Department of Social Services and the TEFAP program will be distributing commodities in Monte Vista on December 5 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building, 40 Batterson Street.

DEL NORTE — “Start Your Own Business” workshop 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.

ALAMOSA — Join Tu Casa and the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition on Wednesday, December 5 at noon at Hospice Del Valle, 514 Main St., Alamosa for December Lunch N Learn. Presenters will help teach nutrition skills to employ during the holidays. RSVP to Angela at angela@slvtucasa.net or 589-2465.

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Faculty Lecture “Mistletoe: Our Favorite Parasite,” will feature Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Porter Hall room 130. All talks are free. Contact Dr. Kristy Duran at 587-7767, or by email: klduran@adams.edu

LA JARA – The Conejos County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 4th Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Dinner on Wednesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. at Mel’s Restaurant, 404 Main St. La Jara. Professional and motivational keynote speaker Tyron “Ty” Coleman will be presenting. Tickets are $12 each in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. A silent auction will be available. Call 376-2277 (voice mail) or email info@conejoschamber.org

Thursday, December 6

ALAMOSA — Hospice del Valle offers “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.

ALAMOSA –The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will host two free shows on Thursday, Dec. 6. “Tales of Maya Skies/2012,” begins at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Tickets will be available at 6 p.m.

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Department of Transportation is requesting citizen input regarding proposed safety improvements on US 285 just south of the junction with US 160. The public is invited to an open house on Thursday, December 6, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the City of Alamosa Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 300 Hunt Avenue.

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista school board meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the district board room, 345 East Prospect Ave., Monte Vista.

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. at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork. Contact 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 Alamosa. Sweetwater 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 hosting their Holiday Bazaar, on December 7th, and 8th in conjunction with the Alamosa Downtown Holiday Open House. Call Joyce at 589-5163.

Saturday, December 8

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Symphony will present its Fall Classics Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Leon Memorial Hall on the Adams State University campus. Tickets will be available in the Music Department Office and at the door. Call 587-7621 or email walipke@adams.edu. Admission is $5 adults, $1 children, and free to AS&F and Friends of Music.

ALAMOSA — The Villa Mall Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, December 8, with music and local artisans. Santa will be on hand. Contact Erin at eriny2005@yahoo.com.

DEL NORTE — On Saturday, December 8, the 2012 annual Stuffed Stocking Auction and Gala will be held at the Ruth Marie Center in Del Norte 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 on the Adams State campus. Visit adams.edu/committees/cec for $20 vendor applications. 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, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the mess hall at the Fort. Bring a side dish and/or a dessert to share. Entrée provided. Call at 588-7913.

SAND DUNES — Join Friends of the Dunes for their annual Holiday Open House at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on Saturday, December 8, from 1-3 p.m. with live classical chamber music by the Adams State University Woodwind Trio. Holiday shoppers will also receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases from the Visitor Center Bookstore for this day only.  The Friends of the Dunes will provide hot drinks and sweets. Contact Lucy Adams at 587-5412 or Kathy Faz at 378-6341.

Sunday, December 9

ALAMOSA —The Valley Community Chorus concert will include holiday carols from around the world as well as excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Sacred Heart Church, in Alamosa. Tickets are $5 adults; $1 children; and free for AS&F and Friends of Music. Call 587-7621.

LA JARA — The Coalition of Churches Christmas Concert will be held Sunday, December 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Centauri Middle School gym, La Jara. There is no admission fee, but please bring items of non-perishable food to donate to the food bank in La Jara.

Monday, December 10

SOUTH FORK — SLVREC will hold an informational meeting about rate changes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at the South Fork Library.

Tuesday, December 11

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable meets Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2-5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Alamosa.

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.

CREEDE — SLVREC will hold an informational meeting about rate changes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Creede Town Hall.

December 14-16

ALAMOSA — Mountain Valley Dance Studio will perform “The Nutcracker” December 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and December 16 at 2 p.m. at Richardson Hall, Adams State University, Alamosa. Tickets for $7 each are available at SLV Federal, Alamosa State Bank, 1st Southwest Bank and Mountain Valley Dance Studio. Call 589-4472 or 580-3931.

Friday, December 14

ANTONITO — A Christmas dance is planned at the Antonito Senior Citizens on Friday, December 14 from 1-4 p.m. with music by Bernal Maestas and Alex Lopez.  Admission is $3.  Bring a favorite snack to share.

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

Sunday, December 23

DEL NORTE — On December 23 at 7 p.m., the Rio Grande County Museum will host a concert with Randy Macy, Sarah Off and vocalist, Rachel Hand. Tickets are $15 and available at the Rio Grande County Museum. Seating is limited so early reservations are suggested. Call 657-2847.

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 — All are invited to a Christmas dinner from 1-5 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at St. Joseph’s Church cafeteria, 425 Batterson Street, Monte Vista, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Monte Vista Council #6393. Food and cash donations will be accepted that day to assist the local food bank and La Puente shelter home.



SOUTH FORK —Christmas tree permits are available this year for $8 through the South Fork Visitor Center. Cash or checks are welcome. Please make checks payable to the USDA Forest Service. The Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DEL NORTE — The Rio Grande County Sheriff is seeking donations for Christmas food baskets. The department has operated these programs every year and the school provides the names of families in need in Rio Grande County. This program has been conducted for three successful years, and last year the department was able to help more than 30 families for Thanksgiving and 90 for Christmas.

ALAMOSA — Toys are needed by December 12 for boys and girls of all ages up to teenagers. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Dell’s Insurance, 510 Bell Ave. in Alamosa. The gifts will then be wrapped by the Dell’s Insurance Employees and handed out under the supervision of Laurie Rivera of Social Services in Alamosa. Contact Maggie Cannon by phone 589-3606 ext. 115, fax 589-5757, or email 115@DellsInsurance.com.

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

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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