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Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

Saturday, January 5

MONTE VISTA — San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association and Cattlewomen meet today, Jan. 5, for their 2013 annual meeting at 3 p.m. at Dos Rios Restaurant, Monte Vista, with dinner at 5 p.m. A silent auction follows. RSVP to Marilyn at 274-5364.

MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Citizens is hosting their monthly fund-raiser breakfast with biscuits and gravy, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee or tea for $5 from 8–10 a.m. at 311 Washington Street in Monte Vista on Saturday, January 5.

FORT GARLAND — A chili dinner benefit for a Haiti mission trip will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, from 3-6 p.m. at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Kids under age 5 eat free. A silent auction will also be held.

ALAMOSA — Friend Darr will lead a workshop on how to grow self-watering tomato plants on Saturday, January 5, at 2 p.m. at Milagros Coffee House on the corner of State and Main in Alamosa. Each participant will take home a self-watering tomato plant. Cost is $8. Register by calling The SLV Local Foods Coalition at 719-937-2319 or emailing slvlocalfoods@gmail.com.

ALAMOSA — Habitat for Humanity is planning a recycle/reuse sale to sell donated building materials and home furnishings at discounted prices. All proceeds will help Habitat build houses in the Valley. The sale will be held on Saturday, January 5 from 9 a.m. until noon at Apple Tree Storage on the 1800 block of State Avenue in Alamosa. Look for signs by the road. Habitat continues to accept donations of new and gently used building materials. Call 589-8678 or check www.slvhabitat.org

ALAMOSA — A Defensive Driving Class, certified by both the National Safety Council and the Colorado Safety Association, will be held Saturday, January 5.  This class may be used to defer tickets and/or lower insurance rates.  Call 587-0450 to register and for additional information.   

CREEDE — The Creede School District will host a community work session with the master planner on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 6

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents “Birds Of Chicago” on Sunday, January 6 at 850 Grande Ave. (Hwy 160), Del Norte. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.

Monday, January 7

ALAMOSA — Alamosa city council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in the city hall council chambers, 300 Hunt Ave., to meet with KRW Associates to develop the new city manager recruitment and transition process and to appoint an interim city manager from among current department heads. An executive session will be part of the special meeting regarding the personnel matter of selecting the interim city manager.

DEL NORTE — There will be a presentation on the Rio Grande County Hydrogeology Study at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 7 at the Rio Grande County Annex in Del Norte.

ALAMOSA — The American Legion Post 113 invites those interested in a concessionaire contract for the snack bar for bingo on Friday nights to bring a proposed menu to the Legion saloon, rear entrance, 514 Fourth Street, Alamosa, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7.

Tuesday, January 8

MONTE VISTA — Upper Rio Grande Economic Development Council’s first annual dinner meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Kelloff’s Movie Manor Meeting Room, 2830 West Hwy 160, Monte Vista. The program will be by Randy McClure, acting general manager for Rio Grande Silver, Inc. RSVP information is at www.URGEDC.org or call 657-2744.

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable will meet Tuesday, January 8 at the Ramada Inn from 2 to 5 p.m. Agenda items include election of officers, a report from the Colorado Division of Water Resources, a sub district update, an oil and gas drilling update and various funding requests.

CENTER — The Center town board meets Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. at which time the board will schedule the recall election.

SAN LUIS —Rio Grande Basin State Division Engineer Craig Cotten will attend the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association (SDCAA) meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 5 p.m. above the Community Bank in San Luis. People recently told they don’t have a water right or right to divert water, have concerns or are uncertain about water rights or rights to divert water or people that are unsure if they have a decree from the water court are encouraged to attend.  Bring all documents that may relate to water rights.

Wednesday, January 9

MONTE VISTA — The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the downstairs Community Room of the Monte Vista Public Library. Contact Tim Armstrong at 852-2452.

ALAMOSA — Join Tu Casa and presenter, Janice Holman, Victim Advocate for Alamosa County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday, January 9 at noon at Hospice Del Valle, 514 Main St., Alamosa This month’s topic will be on stalking. Free pizza will be provided for those that RSVP to Angela at angela@slvtucasa.net or 589-2465.

Thursday, January 10

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista school board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at 345 East Prospect Ave.

MONTE VISTA — The Colorado Department of Transportation is hosting a public open house on Thursday, January 10, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce, 947 First Avenue, to share information and answer questions about upcoming improvements at US 160 & US 285 in Monte Vista. For more information call Nancy Shanks at (970) 385-1428 or see www.coloradodot.info

ALAMOSA — On Thursday, January 10, Civil Air Patrol, Heart of the Rockies Composite Squadron meets at the Alamosa Airport, S. building, second floor, from 6:30-8 p.m.  Call Ruth or Bob for information 657-9028.

Friday, January 11

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Public Library invites the public to free “Movie Night at your Library” January 11 with “Brave” at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free. Bring a drink.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Community Gardens is having a potluck to celebrate the successes of 2012 and look toward the future on Friday, January 11th from 5-8 p.m. at the Alamosa Senior Center. There will be music, a storyteller, kids’ activities, games with prizes and a short program. Everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated. Beverages are provided. Please call 589-4567 or email AlamosaCommunityGardens@gmail.com

LA JARA — Conejos County Community Blood Drive will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the LDS Church Social Hall at 716 Broadway, La Jara. Contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at (800) 365-0006 opt. 2 or visit www.bonfils.org As a thank you, all donors who give blood through Jan. 19, will receive a Bonfils messenger bag while supplies last.

Saturday, January 12

LA JARA — Anthropologist Carole Counihan, author of “A Tortilla is Like Life,” will talk about what she learned about beliefs and behaviors surrounding food production, distribution, preparation, and consumption in the southern San Luis Valley at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 12, at the Conejos County Library in La Jara, 17703 Hwy 285 (south of Centuari High School). Refreshments and activities for children will also be provided.  The author will have books available for signing. Call 719-937-2319 or email slvlocalfoods@gmail.com

Sunday, January 13

VALLEY — Lil Beauties of the Valley plans to hold its 1st Annual Beauty Pageant. All girls ages 2-10 are encouraged to enter. Informational meeting will be held at 431 Lincoln Ave, Monte Vista on Jan 13th at 5 p.m. Questions or comments, email LilBeautiesoftheValley@yahoo.com

Tuesday, January 15

ALAMOSA — TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the College Heights Baptist Church, 2035 Church Ave., across from Ortega Middle School Alamosa, south entrance. TOPS is a low cost, nonprofit weight loss support group designed to help members in their weight loss efforts by providing weekly weigh-ins, programs and contests. Call Doris at 589-6396.

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Water Conservation District board meets Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the Bureau of Reclamation building at 10900 Highway 160 East in Alamosa.

Thursday, January 17

DEL NORTE — On Thursday, January 17, Civil Air Patrol, Heart of the Rockies Composite Squadron meets at Patriot University in Del Norte at 6:30 p.m. This will be aerospace education night. Call Ruth or Bob for information 657-9028.

LA JARA — The Conejos County Community Coalition plans a community meeting at the North Conejos School District Administration building on Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. about the possibility of building a recreation/community center for the county.

LA JARA — “Create Your Own Website” workshop is offered free to Conejos Chamber members from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Conejos County Library in la Jara. Seating is limited. Cost is $15/person for non-chamber members. Please RSVP to Donna Wehe at 589-3682 or donna@slv-sbdc.com Sponsors are the Conejos County Chamber of Commerce and San Luis Valley SBDC. The San Luis Valley SBDC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Friday, January 18

CRESTONE — Shumei International Institute welcomes back acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Barlow’s expressive arrangements have been described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door and all proceeds benefit the artist. For more information visit www.shumeicrestone.org or call 719-256-5284.

January 18-19

ALAMOSA — The 4th Annual Alamosa Ice Fest will be held Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 in downtown Alamosa on the theme “Mascot Madness,” featuring ice sculptures of local team mascots. Events include Saturday afternoon Block Party from 2-6 p.m. in front of SLV Brewery with live music by “Formula 151;” 2nd Annual Faux Snowman Decorating Contest from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 (Main Street, downtown Alamosa), entry fee $5, contact Andy Rice at arice@ci.alamosa.co.us or 589-2105; and 2nd Annual Rio Rendezvous 5K Fun Run on Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at Cole Park, entries available at the AFRC, contact Jess Jolly at jjolly@ci.alamosa.co.us or 589-2105.

January 19-20

VILLA GROVE — Orient Land Trust will hold its annual board meeting on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at OLT/Valley View Hot Springs. Please check in at the Welcome Center. OLT is dedicated to the preservation of natural and biological resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations. See www.olt.org or call 719-256-5212 for more information.

Sunday, January 20

CRESTONE — Local painter Jo Anne Kiser will have work on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone for the months of January and February. A symposium with Jo Anne will be held on Sunday Jan. 20th starting a 3 p.m. A reception will follow. This event is free to the public. Please visit www.shumeicrestone.org or call 256-5284 for more information. The Shumei gallery is open every day 9 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22

ALAMOSA — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and considering paths to ending violence, the film “The Interrupters” will be shown at 6 p.m. on January 22 in ASU McDaniel Hall #101. The film looks at people “interrupting” violence in creative ways. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 24

MONTE VISTA — SLVREC will hold a meeting on new irrigation rate class changes, general rate increase and changes in how wires and maintenance charges are billed for irrigators at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 at the REC office in Monte Vista. RSVP by Jan. 17 to Cheryl Jones, 852-6624. A light lunch will be served following the meeting.

VILLA GROVE — The Northern SLV Conservation Roundtable, a forum of diverse stakeholders collaborating to conserve natural resources and local heritage, will hold its next meeting on Thurs., Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa conference room. Contact: 256-5436 or barb@olt.org

Saturday, February 9

SAGUACHE—The first annual “Stay Warm” Fiber Arts Workshop is on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the BEBOP Studio, 317 San Juan, in downtown Saguache. Workshop attendees can choose two half-day sessions (offered morning or afternoon) in wet or dry felting, presented by Chaffee County CSU Extension Agent Karin Niedfeldt; “Warm Windows” instruction by Marilyn Davey, owner of Shades & Quilts in Monte Vista; or a Raggy Quilt workshop, taught by Jamie Mortensen from Heartstrings & Heirlooms in Alamosa, during which participants complete a crib-sized quilt. Alternatively, attendees can choose an all-day class in Colcha Embroidery, offered by Delores Worley, a founding member of Las Costura del Saguache. The “Stay Warm” Workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $50 fee includes a hot and healthy soup-and-salad lunch, beverages and snacks throughout the day. Space is limited, so please register early. Groups of five or more who register together are eligible for $10 discount. Call 655-0216.

Wednesday, February 13

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Family Recreation Center will host Life Line Screening to reduce risks of having strokes or bone fractures on February 13 at 8593 County Road 109 South, Alamosa. Packages start at $159. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com

March 1-2

MONTE VISTA — Dancers and sponsors are wanted for the Third Annual Kiwanis Dancing for a Cause dance competition on March 1 and March 2. Beginner and experienced dancers from the entire SLV are welcome to participate. The club wants to have 20 couples for the event. Dancers need to sign up by February 14. Anyone interested in participating in the contest or becoming a sponsor may call Janet Noland at 852-5789 or Leslie Widger at 587-7161 or email Leslie_widger@hotmail.com by February 14.


DEL NORTE — A donation account has been set up at the Del Norte Bank for the Wiseman family, former San Luis Valley residents. Carol Wiseman passed away Jan. 3 of a massive heart attack. Jim Wiseman was in the hospital for six weeks.  They have many, many medical bills and now funeral expenses and they have very little money.  To help Jim with expenses make checks payable to “Carol Wiseman Donation Account” and send to Del Norte Bank, 705 Grand Ave.  P.O. Box 450, Del Norte 81132.  

MONTE VISTA — Albert Pasket, who is on disability, oxygen and is in a wheelchair, is trying to find a way back home to Trinity, Texas where his health would improve with the lower altitude. He could help with gas expenses. Anyone who may be going to east Texas, such as those who might be skiing in Colorado and would be headed back to Texas, and would have room for Albert and a few personal items, please contact him at (719) 937-3615.

ALAMOSA — Friends of the Alamosa Library are collecting book and media donations in their book shed behind the Alamosa post office the first Sundays of the month, January through May from 1-3 p.m. to prepare for the summer book, CD, DVD and tape sales. Folks may drop off donations or browse the shelves during those hours and purchase more books, CDs etc. The Friends will pick up donations within the Alamosa city limits. Call 588-2287.

SAND DUNES — Three short residencies for artists, composers or writers will be offered in 2013 at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: May 22 - June 5 (visual artist), September 25 - October 9 (visual artist), and a 2-3 week residency with flexible dates in late fall (composer or writer). Selected artists will be offered housing near the main visitor area of the park. Applications will be accepted through January 31. See www.nps.gov/grsa/artists-in-residence.htm Call park ranger Patrick Myers at 378-6343.

ALAMOSA—In an effort to reduce the impacts to riparian habitat on San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges by elk the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service released for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Assessment of strategies that can be immediately used to manage elk on Alamosa, Baca and Monte Vista NWR in Alamosa, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties. The service has opened a 30-day comment period and will consider comments received or postmarked on or before January 18. The draft EA is posted on the web site for the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex:  www.fws.gov/alamosa Comments may be submitted electronically to alamosa@fws.gov, or in writing to: San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 9383 El Rancho Lane, Alamosa 81101.

VALLEY — The Creede Arts Council welcomes area painters, photographers, poets and writers, students included, to submit their work for consideration for the 2013 Willow Creek Journal. Young artists and writers are encouraged to submit their work. The deadline for submission is February 28. See www.creedeartscouncil.com, creedearts@gojade.org, or call (719) 658-0312.

VALLEY — The American Red Cross is seeking skilled communications volunteers to utilize their skills in helping the Red Cross in Durango, Pagosa Springs, Alamosa and the surrounding communities. Several positions are open; volunteers may serve in one or multiple roles, depending upon skills and availability: Disaster public affairs: Serve on-call several days a month to provide public information and media outreach during local disasters; Digital Engagement: Contribute to our blog and support the daily operations of our local social media; Storytelling: Help share the Red Cross story by taking photos and/or interviewing clients, volunteers and heroes and capturing their stories in writing, video and/or photo. Prospective volunteers should have excellent writing and communications skills, have solid computer and social media skills, and be willing to commit to serve for at least one year. E-mail resumes to Patricia.Billinger@redcross.org

HOMELAKE – The advisory board for the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake Friday issued a call for volunteers to sit on the advisory board. The board, which is advisory to the administrator at the center, is made up of volunteers from throughout the six San Luis Valley counties. Membership is not limited to veterans although two-thirds of the board should be either veterans, members of veterans’ auxiliaries, or widows, spouses or ex-spouses of veterans. The board meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Friday of February, April, June, August, October and December at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake administration building. Submit a letter of interest to board chairman Erin Smith, P.O. Box 1717, Alamosa, Colo. 81101, or by e-mail to zapata@gojade.org.  Call 589-6161.

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.

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. 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, 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.  Winter 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 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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