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Posted: Friday, Dec 7th, 2012




December 8-9



ALAMOSA — Adams State University Theatre presents Robin Hood Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 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).



ALAMOSA–Downtown Alamosa will be hosting a Holiday Open House Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 until 6 and Sunday, Dec. 9, from 12-4 p.m. Wild Roses will host their 7th Annual Christmas Bazaar, Treasure Alley’s Trollbeads Trunk Show and Holiday Open House, Green Spot and the Thai House will have refreshments. Other open houses include Carlucci’s, Colorado Sports, Heartstrings and Heirlooms, The Turquois Shop, JC Penney, Lockhart’s Furniture, Skiball’s, Firedworks, Loose Screw Press, and Wiley Chiropractic. Restaurants included are the Bistro Rialto, May-Wa and Rubie Slipper. Open Skies Yogo Studio, Pam Williams and the Ink Pusher and J & J Smokehouse & Wine Shop also are included in this event.



Saturday, December 8



ALAMOSA — On Dec. 8 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 its Holiday Bazaar on December 8 in conjunction with the Alamosa Downtown Holiday Open House. Call Joyce at 589-5163.



ALAMOSA — Semillas de la Tierra will host its 2012 December Fiesta in Adams State University’s Richardson Auditorium at 7 p.m. on December 8.



ALAMOSA — Saturday the 8th at 8:30 a.m. is the Alamosa Seniors Center’s annual Christmas Bazaar with a great silent auction, a bake sale, crafts, white elephant and seniors are still selling raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt and other prizes. They are selling delicious breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls as well.



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 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 NORTE — On Saturday, December 8, the 2012 annual Stuffed Stocking Auction and Gala will be held at the Ruth Marie Center in Del Norte. 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 on the Adams State campus. A diversity of vendors will present 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. Call Theresa Rudder 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. Holiday shoppers will also receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases from the Visitor Center Bookstore for this day only.  Contact Lucy Adams at 587-5412 or Kathy Faz at 378-6341.



CONEJOS COUNTY — Local storyteller Julie Herrera has published her first book, “Old China through the Eyes of a Storyteller: an Anthology of Chinese Folktales and the Stories behind Them.” Julie will be signing books on December 8: from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the La Jara Library; and 1-3 p.m. at the Antonito Library. Contact: 588-2583.



Sunday, December 9



ALAMOSA —The Valley Community Chorus concert will begin 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.



SAGUACHE — Ute Theatre in Saguache will host a fund-raiser movie on Dec. 9 at 3:30 and 6 p.m., “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.” Bring an unwrapped gift or donation for those less fortunate.



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.



ALAMOSA — Sangre de Cristo School District Board of Education will hold a work session on CASB training-policy and superintendent evaluation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in the Ramada, 333 Santa Fe Ave., Alamosa.



Tuesday, December 11



SANFORD — A regular board meeting for the Sanford School District Board of Education will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 in the district board room. See www.sanfordschools.org.



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



MONTE VISTA — The regular meeting of the board of managers for Special Improvement District No. 1 of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District will be held at 7 p.m. on December 11 at the Monte Vista Co-Op. Also at this meeting, the board will ask for public comment on changes to the rules for the Temporary Fallow Program. See rgwcd.org or go to 10900 Highway 160 East in Alamosa.



MONTE VISTA — SLV Rural Electric Co-op board of directors meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the headquarters office in Monte Vista. The agenda includes approval of the 2013 budget.



MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista high school and middle school bands will present their annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Central Auditorium. There is a nominal admission fee.



LA JARA — The Conejos County Community Coalition meets at 9 a.m. on Dec. 11 in the North Conejos School District Administration Building, La Jara.



Wednesday, December 12



LA JARA — The North Conejos school board will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-9 p.m. in the district office, 17890 US Hwy 285 La Jara.



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. 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.



Thursday, December 13



ALAMOSA — The kick-off meeting for a cancer support group will be Thursday, Dec. 13, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by Dec. 12 to SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.



CREEDE—The Creede Ladies Aid Society will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Fellowship Hall of Creede Community Church on Main Street to host the annual cookie exchange. Make four dozen favorite Christmas cookies; bring them to “exchange” with the others, and fill boxes to be delivered to bring Christmas cheer to others.



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



ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will meet at noon on Fri., Dec. 14th in the cabaret room at Clancy’s in the Ramada Inn for a Christmas luncheon. The club will also hold a membership drive. Those who are interested in joining, please drop by Call Regent Linda Andrews at 379-3510.



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.



ALAMOSA — The VFW Post 899 will hand out 75 bags of food to veterans and their families on Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 2 p.m. at the VFW Bingo Hall. Please enter through the alley door. Proof of military service must be brought to pick up a bag of food. This distribution is for veterans and their families only. Contact: Chuck Cooper at rcooper@gojade.org or 937-3090.



ALAMOSA — Free to the community, the Alamosa Public Library invites the public to “Movie Night at your Library” on December 14 at 7 p.m. with “Secret of the Wings.” Popcorn is free. Bring a drink.



ALAMOSA — Julie Herrera will host a Book Release Party for her newly published book “Old China through the Eyes of a Storyteller” on Friday, Dec. 14, at Milagros in downtown Alamosa from 7-8 p.m.

Saturday, December 15



ALAMOSA — Celebrate Christmas at La Puente Home, 913 State Avenue, Alamosa, on Saturday December 15th from 12–3 p.m. Enjoy lasagna, cookies, live music and time with Santa. To donate gifts call 587-3781 ext. 26. To donate food call 587-3499.



CENTER — The Center Christmas Parade is Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Contact: Dick Ramstetter at 580-3329 or Lars Worker at 580-2431.



MONTE VISTA — The 55th Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count is Saturday December 15. Email Lisa Clements at lgclements@yahoo.com or meet at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge office Saturday December 15, at 7:30 a.m. Bring warm clothing, a sack lunch, and binoculars.



Sunday, December 16



MONTE VISTA — The Order of Easter Star annual Christmas home tour in Monte Vista is on Sunday, December 16 from 2-5 p.m. Go to the Masonic Lodge at 40 Batterson St. between 2-3 p.m. to get a map to the homes. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To purchases tickets in advance contact any OES member or call 850-1669 or 850-1767.



ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Democratic Central Committee invites all SLV Democrats and friends to a holiday lunch to celebrate the accomplishments of the party and celebrate the service of Senator Gail Schwartz with special guests: Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, Representative Edward Vigil and others on Sunday, December 16, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Bistro Rialto, 716 Main Street in Alamosa. Cost is $18.50 per person. RSVP by December 12 to: alamosa.democrats@gmail.com Contact Mike Garcia at 588-6781.



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



Thursday, December 20



ALAMOSA — TEFAP commodities for Alamosa County will be distributed on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 9-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. at the Alamosa County Shop, 1316 17th Street, Alamosa. Present an I.D. with proof of residency. Contact: 589-4567.



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



ALAMOSA —The Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) and Don Richmond and friends host a sing-along featuring traditional carols and other music of the season, Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. in Milagros Coffeehouse on the corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa. Songbooks will be provided to facilitate singing. Attendees are encouraged to donate canned goods or money for the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley.



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.



SAGUACHE — Ute Theatre in Saguache invites the public to a relaxed casual evening of Christmas caroling in the lobby on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m. with live music featuring “Mike & Me & You.” Also enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.



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.

 

Saturday, December 29



SAND DUNES — Birders and nature enthusiasts in the San Luis Valley will join birders across the western hemisphere to participate in Audubon’s longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), held at Great Sand Dunes National Park on Saturday, December 29. Meet at the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center Conference Room by 9 a.m. Bring binoculars, warm clothing, food, water, and bird books if possible. Snowshoes may come in handy, as well. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided beginning at 8 a.m. before the count. Participants may register online at http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/, or contact park ranger Phyllis Pineda Bovin directly at 378-6363 or phyllis_bovin@nps.gov.



Monday, December 31



SOUTH FORK— Celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 at the South Fork Community Building skating rink this New Year’s Eve. Think hot dogs, s’mores and bonfires. Snacks, cocoa, and hot dogs will be available for sale and skates provided compliments of Alpine Bike & Ski.





Ongoing



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



HOMELAKE — The Homelake Veterans History Center Museum will be closed December 10, 2012 until January 14, 2013 for some unexpected maintenance on the building.  Starting January 15, 2013 the museum will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon and from 1-3 p.m. or by appointment. Appointments can be arranged by calling 852-5118 or 580-0023.



VALLEY — Parents, grandparents and members of the community: Girl Scouts of Colorado invites you to become a mentor by volunteering with us. Share your interests, talents and leadership skills to help change a girl’s life forever. Please contact cheryl.martinez@gscolorado.org or 588-3825.



SAN LUIS — The Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association will be holding elections for members of the board of directors at its monthly meeting on February 12, 2012.  Board members commit to attending the monthly meetings, which last at least two hours, and commit to review the organization’s finances and providing vision for the association’s programs.  If interested in joining the board, fill out an application and submit it by January 15.  For an application, please contact Sarah Parmar at (719) 695-0060, Delmer Vialpando at (719) 298-2089 or Joseph Gallegos at (719) 298-7278.  All are welcome to apply especially applicants from acequias that don’t currently have board members.  Prior board experience is helpful, but not necessary.  All participants are invited to attend the meeting on February 12 at 6 p.m. at the office above the Community Bank in order to vote for the Board of Directors.



ALAMOSA — SLV Regional Medical Center (SLVRMC) and Colorado Colorectal Screening Program (CCSP) are providing free colorectal (colon) cancer screenings. A grant will allow 19 patients to receive free screenings at SLVRMC through April 2013. To be eligible patients must: meet Colorado identity and citizenship verification criteria; have no health insurance or have an insurance plan that does not cover any cost for these screenings; meet income requirements; and, be 50 and older or under 50 with personal or family history of colon cancer. Call SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.



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.



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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