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Posted: Friday, Feb 8th, 2013




Saturday, February 9



ALAMOSA — Scout Venture Crew 307 is having a Bake Sale fund-raiser this Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Wal Mart and Feb. 13 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at City Market.



ALAMOSA — The Muddy Mountain Orchestra will play a danceable and eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-timey ballads, bluegrass, country, and original music on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at Milagros Coffeehouse in Alamosa. Although donations of $7 for the general public, $5 for ALMA members, and $2 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers, military and veterans, are suggested, all are welcome.



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; “Warm Windows”; or a Raggy Quilt workshop. Alternatively, attendees can choose an all-day class in Colcha Embroidery. The “Stay Warm” Workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $50 fee includes lunch, beverages and snacks. Call 655-0216.



SAGUACHE — Saguache County Republicans will hold a reorganizational meeting at the Saguache County Road and Bridge conference room at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Contact: Richard Drake, 256-4215.



Sunday, February 10



SAGUACHE — The 12th Annual Ranching Celebration will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Saguache Community Building from noon to whenever it’s done. The afternoon begins with a potluck meal so bring a favorite dish. ScSEED will supply coffee, tea, juice, plates and plastic ware. Enjoy western pickin’ by local musicians during the potluck. The remainder of the afternoon will be filled with cowboy stories, songs and poems. To reserve a time slot to share a story, reserve a table or to volunteer for the event, please call Liza Marron at 719-539-5606.



Monday, February 11



LA JARA — Conejos County Republican Central Committee will be holding a reorganizational meeting, Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Nursing Service building in La Jara.   



Tuesday, February 12



DEL NORTE — Loren Howard, CEO of San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, will be speaking to the Upper Rio Grande Economic Development Council on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 a.m. at The Windsor in Del Norte. The topics are expected to include the SLV REC Broadband Initiative and the proposed power transmission line. Breakfast is available on a cash basis. Contact Shon Davis at 589-8800. 



ALAMOSA — Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable meets Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2-5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, East Highway 160, Alamosa.



MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista school board meets Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the district board room, 345 East Prospect Ave., Monte Vista.



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 at 6 p.m. at the office above the Community Bank.



ALAMOSA — On Tuesday February 12, the Alamosa County Republicans will have their re-organizational meeting at the SLV Tortilla Company’s meeting room at 6 p.m.



CREEDE— The third annual Fat Tuesday celebration will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5-9 p.m. in the Cave at the Community Center. Please bring a Fat Tuesday themed potluck dish. Admission is $5.



Wednesday, February 13



ALAMOSA — Fiber Floozies will meet at the Alamosa Public Library on Wednesday, February 13 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. All fiber enthusiasts are welcome from beginners to accomplished artists. Call Jan at 587-5529.



ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Faculty Lecture “How Our Thoughts Form and Turn into Arguments: Why is Everybody Stupid but Me?,” by Dr. Michael Tomlin, professor of business, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.13, in Porter Hall room 130. All talks are free and public. Contact Dr. Kristy Duran at 587-7767, or by email: klduran@adams.edu



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. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com



ALAMOSA — Adams State University will host a brown bag Colorado Planned Giving Round Table on Wednesday, February 13, from 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McDaniel Hall, Room 387, Alamosa with the topic “Social Media & Generational Donors.” Call Julie Mordecai at 580-0379.



ALAMOSA — Attention high school seniors, complete the requirements and earn a $500 scholarship to TSJC Red Carpet Scholarship Event at the TSJC Valley Campus, 1011 Main St., Alamosa on Wednesday, February 13 or Thursday, February 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check with school counselors about preliminary steps or contact TSJC Recruiter Michael Sisneros 589-7083, michael.sisneros@trinidadstate.edu



ALAMOSA—The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Alamosa refuge office at 8249 Emperius Road, Alamosa.  Contact Tim Armstrong at 852-2452.  



Thursday, February 14



ALAMOSA — Civil Air Patrol will meet on Thursday, February 14 at Alamosa Airport, second story building, south side of parking lot from 6:30-8 p.m. for leadership training.  Call Ruth or Bob at 657-9028.



HOMELAKE — Colorado State Veterans Center Homelake extends an invitation to all veterans and their families to visit Homelake for the Valentines for Veterans Social on Thursday February 14, from 2:30–3:30 p.m. at 3749 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista in the dining room. Contact Pam or Melanie at 852-5118.



ALAMOSA — Brigham Young University Contemporary Dance Theatre presents a special Valentine’s Day performance, “The Thing About Love,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in Plachy Hall, Adams State University, Alamosa. Cost is $8 per person or $25 for family of six. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 588-2520.



Friday, February 15



ALAMOSA — Tu Casa’s 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball will be held Friday, Feb. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Alamosa, with live music, Cajun cuisine, hurricanes and auction. Tickets are $50 including $20 raffle ticket for trip to Montreal, Canada. Call 589-2465 or e-mail ashley@slvtucasa.net



DEL NORTE — The Ruth Marie Community Center welcomes back Jah Kings world-class reggae music on Friday, February 15. Show is at 7 p.m. Entrance fee is $12. Kids under 7 are free.



ALAMOSA — Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) of Alamosa is holding their annual Valentine’s Day Banquet and Auction on Friday, February 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Living Water Bible Fellowship, 2910 Clark Street, Alamosa. Tickets are $35. Childcare is available. Tickets are available from Bonny at the Living Water Office, 589-6351 or bonny1@amigo.net.



Saturday, February 16



VILLA GROVE — The Infinite Bee is organizing the 3rd Annual San Luis Valley Seed Exchange on Saturday, February 16, in the Joyful Journey Hot Springs Conference Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free. Bring saved seed or unused, unopened packages of commercial seed to share. Call 655-2011.



DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Marc Berger from New York City playing Americana (www.marcbergermusic.com) on Saturday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.



SARGENT — Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, February 16, at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 North County Road 2 East, Monte Vista from 7-9:30 p.m. Call Sylvia at 303 517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.



Sunday, February 17



ALAMOSA – Denver’s Zikr Dance Ensemble will perform at Adams State University at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, on the Theatre Department’s Main Stage. Tickets are free for AS&F; $12 general admission; $10 seniors; and $5 youth; call 719-587-8499.



MONTE VISTA — Chapter CH, P.E.O. will host the 5th Annual Bridge and Bunco Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Masonic Hall, 24 Batterson in Monte Vista from 1:30-4 p.m.  The cost will be $25 per couple to play Bridge and $12.50 per person to play Bunco.  RSVP to Alana at 852-3186 by Feb. 13.



DEL NORTE — “Doodling Around” at the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center, 580 Oak Street in Del Norte will open with a reception on Sunday, February 17th from 2-4 p.m. Contact 657-2847.



Monday, February 18



SOUTH FORK — The Del Norte and South Fork fire departments invite public input on the creation of a separate South Fork department during a meeting on Monday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., probably at the South Fork Community Building.



CENTER — The Center Kiwanis will host a pancake supper at Center Schools on Monday, Feb. 18 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Center schools cafeteria. Adult plates are $6 and children’s plates are $3. Sausage also will be sold in bulk for $3 per package.



Tuesday, February 19



ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health Department (ACPHD) extends an invitation to human resources directors and employers to participate in training about breastfeeding in the workplace on Tuesday, February 19 at 9 a.m. Call Samantha Escobedo, RN at 589-6639, Extension 1339.



ALAMOSA — The Valley Community Chorus is open to all adults including high school students, in 9-12 grades. No auditions are required. The first rehearsal is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Adams State Music Building room 117. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Contact Dr. Beth Robison, director, at 587-7300 or brobison@adams.edu



Thursday, February 21



ALAMOSA — Civil Air Patrol will meet on Thursday, February 21 at Del Norte Patriot University on French Street, from 6:30-8 p.m. for aerospace education. Call Ruth or Bob at 657-9028.



SAGUACHE — The Northern SLV Conservation Roundtable will hold an educational presentation on the Gunnison Sage-grouse and its recent proposed Endangered Species Act listing Thurs. Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saguache Road & Bridge meeting room, 305 Third St., Saguache.

ALAMOSA – Meet a representative from the New Mexico Fish and Game, to learn of job opportunities in resource management in New Mexico, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Porter Hall room 128, on the Adams State University campus. Contact Dr. Tim Armstrong at 587-7211.



Tuesday, February 26



ALAMOSA — Alamosa Community Blood Drive sponsored by the Alamosa Rotary Club will be Tuesday, February 26, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the LDS Church at 927 Weber Drive, Alamosa. Contact 800-365-0006, ext. 2, or sign up online at www.bonfils.org, enter site code #0319.



MONTE VISTA — Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar invites the public to attend a town hall meeting focusing on meat processing and inspections at 7 p.m. February 26, at the Colorado Potato Growers Administrative Committee Office, 1305 Park Ave., Monte Vista. See www.colorado.gov/ag



SALIDA — A public meeting to address spruce beetle concerns in the Saguache County area, with a forest entomologist, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Salida Scout Hut, Salida. Contact: Adam Moore, 587-0915.

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. Dancers need to sign up by February 14. Call Janet Noland at 852-5789 or Leslie Widger at 587-7161 or email Leslie_widger@hotmail.com by February 14.



Saturday, March 2



ALAMOSA — A Defensive Driving Class, certified by both the National Safety Council and the Colorado Safety Association, will be held Saturday, March 2.  This class may be used to defer tickets and/or lower insurance rates.  Call 587-0450 to register.    



MONTE VISTA — San Luis Valley 4H-Extension office, SLV Back Country Horsemen and SLV Dressage and Combined Training clubs are co-sponsoring a Horse Workshop and Tack Sale and Swap on Sat., March 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the McMullen Indoor Arena at the Ski Hi complex in Monte Vista. The event is free (donations appreciated.) Booth space is available. Call SLV Extension 852-7381, Patti de Avanzar 379-4080 (especially for tack sale questions), Claire Barker 378-2024, and April Kessler-Harris 852-2694.



Wednesday, March 6



MONTE VISTA — The Rio Grande Water Users Association annual membership meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Monte Vista Coop Hospitality Room in Monte Vista to elect the board of directors, levy an assessment for maintenance and operation and transact other business.



March 18-22



VALLEY — A Rio Grande Leaders Course has been organized to provide the opportunity for 20 community members to engage in education and networking to prepare to take a future role in safeguarding, developing, and managing the water resources of the San Luis Valley in the evenings of March 18th-22 at the office of the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa. Applications are due to the SLVWCD offices or to HeatherRDutton@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on March 1. Applications can be downloaded from rgwcd.org or slvwcd.org, or picked up at 623 Fourth Street in Alamosa. Contact Heather Dutton or Mike Gibson at 589-2230.





Ongoing



ALAMOSA — Trinity Lutheran School is holding its first Read-a-Thon fundraiser, “The Big Catch,” from February 4 to February 28 to encourage students to read more and enjoy reading. Those who are interested in making a pledge or donating a prize, please contact the school at 587-3271. Monetary donations can be mailed to Trinity Lutheran School at PO Box 787, Alamosa 81101 and are tax deductible.



ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s Zacheis Planetarium presents free Friday movies at 4:15 p.m. The movies are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the planetarium starting at 4 p.m. each Friday. Limit two tickets per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. See descriptions of the movies at blogs.adams.edu/zacheis

The schedule includes:

February 15 — “Tales of Maya Skies” (33 minutes)

February 22 — “Dark”

March 1 — “Two Small Pieces of Glass” (25 minutes)

March 8 — “IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System” (27 minutes)

March 22 — “Black Holes” (24 minutes)

March 29 — “Natural Selection (40 minutes)

April 5 — “Oasis in Space” (24 minutes)

April 12 — “Dynamic Earth” (24 minutes)

April 19 — “Tales of Maya Skies” (33 minutes)

April 26 — “Dark”



ALAMOSA —Adams State University School of Business, Trinidad State Junior College Valley Campus, and The Piton Foundation are providing free tax service for families with income under $50,000. Adams State’s site is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Saturday and 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and every Monday through April 13, in the School of Business Building lobby, Third St. and Richardson Ave. This site will be closed March 9-17 for spring break and Saturday’s hours will change to 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and starting March 23 and Monday’s hours will change to 4-7 p.m. starting March 18. The TSJC Valley Campus room 216, 1011 Main St., is open from 4-8 p.m. every Wednesday from January 30 through March 13; and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and March 16. The Alamosa Senior Center, 92 Colorado Ave. will offer free tax services from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesdays, February 6 through March 27, call 589-3277 to schedule an appointment. Call 587-7316 or 955-0742.



ANTONITO — Antonito Senior Citizens Association is planning a trip to Branson, Mo., October 5-13. The Branson Show Extravaganza trip is open to all adults 21 and older. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 376-2294 or email seniors1@gojade.org



ALAMOSA — Veterans Therapeutic/Support Group meets every Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. at 315 State Ave. Ste 101, Alamosa. Please call 588-8885 to register or email d.counselingservices@hotmail.com



ALAMOSA — The Adam State University Human Performance and Physical Education Department’s Human Performance Lab opens its doors to the San Luis Valley Community for a variety of fitness tests at affordable prices. Dr. Tracey Robinson, professor of HPPE, and graduate assistant Maria Martinez will conduct fitness tests every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Fitness testing is by appointment only. To set up an appointment please contact Martinez at martinezmm008@grizzlies.adams.edu or Robinson at tlrobins@adams.edu or 587-7663.



ALAMOSA — SLV Regional Medical Center provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services through the Women’s Wellness Connection Program (WWC). To be eligible for WWC, patients must be 40 to 64 years of age and meet income requirements. Call SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.  Limited funding is available so call now.



ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa is soliciting proposals from local or regional artists or groups of artists to display their work on a rotating basis throughout the City Hall and Library Complex. The project is open to all artists, age 18. Artists must prepare and submit: Letter of Interest; Digital Portfolio of 3+ pieces that are representative of the work to be displayed; and Artists Statement and CV. Please forward all electronic submissions to arice@ci.alamosa.co.us; physical documents should be dropped off or mailed to the Alamosa Family Recreation Center, 2222 Old Sanford Road, Alamosa. Please contact City of Alamosa Community Activities Manager Andy Rice at 589-2105 or arice@ci.alamosa.co.us for more information.



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.



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 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 Homelake Veterans History Center Museum is 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.



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. 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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