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Posted: Friday, Mar 29th, 2013




Saturday, March 30



ALAMOSA — The Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Sunset Park, across from the Knights of Columbus in Alamosa. The event is open for ages 3-11.



SOUTH FORK— The South Fork Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Rickel Park on Hwy. 160. Admission is free. Games and refreshments will be provided, and the Easter bunny will arrive on a fire truck. Contact marketingdirector@southfork.org



LA JARA — The Town of La Jara will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at the park next to town hall at 221 Broadway in La Jara on March 30 at 9 a.m. for children 12 and under.



ALAMOSA — The public is invited to a book launching of Phil Ray Jack’s “The Spirit of the Horse” and Other Works at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Milagros, 520 Main Street, Alamosa.



Sunday, March 31



ALAMOSA — The Annual American Legion Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 at Boyd Park in Alamosa. All kids, ages 1 – 10 are invited. Prizes will be awarded. The annual Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the American Legion Post 113, and candy was donated by the Marine Corps League.

Wednesday, April 3



ALAMOSA — Tu Casa’s Lunch N Learn on Child Sexual Abuse will be held on Wednesday, April 3, from 12-1 p.m. at Hospice Del Valle, 514 Main St. in Alamosa. A panel of local experts will discuss handling and preventing child sexual abuse and the development of the Child Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley. RSVP by e-mailing Asha at Asha@slvtucasa.net or call 589-2465 to reserve a place.



ALAMOSA – Nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Sut Jhally, will speak on the Adams State University campus regarding gender and alcohol use in society at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Carson Auditorium, in the Student Union Building. The event is free and public. Contact Christina Harrell at: charrell@adams.edu



April 3-4



VALLEY— San Luis Valley farmers and ranchers are invited to a free workshop on risk management April 3 at 7 p.m. in Center and April 4 at 7 p.m. in Manassa. AThe April 3rd workshop will be held at USDA Service Center 0048 W. Cty. Rd. 10 N. in Center and the April 4th workshop will be at the Opera House in Manassa. Contact Lori Kester at (719) 480-0890.



April 4-5



ALAMOSA — Students from art, psychology, chemistry, geography, education, government, math, will present their scholarly research during the Adams State University sixth annual Student Scholar Days. Presentations will be held all day Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5 in McDaniel Hall room 101. The event is free and public. Call 587-8217 or cwhitney@adams.edu



ALAMOSA — ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, in the Adams State Student Union banquet rooms. Contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



April 5-6



MONTE VISTA — The 9Health Fair will be at Ski-Hi Park, Monte Vista Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, from 7–11 a.m. both days. There will be many free screenings available. Blood tests will also be available for reasonable fees.



April 5-7



ALAMOSA — “Bless Me, Ultima,” will be shown on the Adams State campus at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5; noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Carson Auditorium, in the Adams State Student Union Building. The noon show on Saturday, April 6, will be followed by a discussion panel. The Sunday, April 7 showing will be followed by a free reception. Tickets are free for AS&F and students and a recommended $10 donation for community members. Visit SdCNHA.org or call 376-6760.



Thursday, April 4



ALAMOSA — The public is invited to a community reception to meet the finalists for Alamosa city manager at city hall, 300 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa, from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.



ALAMOSA – Adams State University Faculty Lecture “When a “Hero Story” becomes a “Heroine Story” in U.S. Popular Film” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Porter Hall room 130. All talks are free.



DEL NORTE—The High Valley Community Center will hold a spring carnival on Thursday, April 4, at the Ruth Marie Center, 575 Columbia St., Del Norte from 2-6:30 p.m. Games will be 50 cents each or $5 for an all-day wristband. Games will include basketball shoot, bouncy house, target shooting, gumball toss, cake walk, duck pond, tattoos, nail painting, ring toss and more. One parent or guardian free for each paying student and multi-student discounts will be available. Drinks and snacks will also be sold.



Friday, April 5



ALAMOSA — Latin classical music, Celtic tunes, local singer-songwriters, acoustic folk, bluegrass, blues and more are on the agenda for the third annual ALMA and friends benefit concert, Fri., April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Bistro Rialto, on the south side of Main St. between San Juan Ave. and Edison Ave. in Alamosa. Tickets are $10, and performers are donating their talents, so all proceeds will be used to support Sundays@Six and other Alamosa Live Music Association events.



CENTER — The annual Saguache County Health Fair will be Friday, April 5, from 7-11 a.m. at the Head Start building at 301 East Third Street, Center. Many free screenings will be available as well as blood tests for nominal fees. For information or to volunteer call 754-3191, 754-2773 or 655-2533.



ALAMOSA — “Eating Sugar the Right Way,” a free workshop aimed at teaching how to reduce sugar cravings and to eat sweet foods in enjoyable ways without affecting weight or energy, is scheduled at Trinidad State Junior College Valley Campus, room 124 on April 5 at 3 p.m.



DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Bonnie and the Clydes, a six-piece country band (www.bonnieandherclydes.com) on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave. (Hwy 160), Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.



Saturday, April 6



ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Senior Center is having a bridge tournament on Saturday, April 6. Time is 12:30 p.m. with play at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. First place couple wins $200. Last place couple wins $100. Call 589-3277 to sign up.



SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, April 6, at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 North County Road 2 East, Monte Vista from 7-9:30 p.m. Bring snacks. For information call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.



MONTE VISTA — The public is invited to attend Tri-County Seniors’ Monthly Breakfast Fund-Raiser of homemade biscuits smothered in homemade sausage gravy for $6 from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Tri-County Senior Citizens Center, 311 Washington St., Monte Vista.



ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Friends of NRA Annual Fund-raising Banquet is Saturday, April 6, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Inn of the Rio Grande (Ramada) in Alamosa. Proceeds will support local youth shooting sports programs. Enjoy fun games, raffles, silent auction, and live auction. Call 754-2223.



ANTONITO — The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Board of Directors announces its second annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rainbow Nite Club in Antonito. Tickets are on sale now for $50, which includes a lunch of traditional foods, a live auction and the opportunity to see “Bless Me Utilma” at Adams State University’s Carson Auditorium between April 5 and 7th. A walking tour will follow lunch. See www.sdcnha.org



MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista United Methodist Church is offering a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Class on April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 215 Washington Street, Monte Vista. For additional information call 852-3435. To register for the class call 719-480-5676 or email addijlee@jahoo.com



Sunday, April 7



ALAMOSA — Join La Puente in the 2013 San Luis Valley CROP Walk—a community event to raise awareness of global hunger issues. CROP Walk is also a fundraiser for the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley and a global organization that devotes their time to combating world poverty and hunger. Start a team and fundraise or simply join us for the walk on Sunday, April 7. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at the Senior Center by Cole Park, with the walk at 3 p.m. and a free barbeque to follow. Call 587-3499 or check out cropwalkonline.org



Monday, April 8



ALAMOSA — Join La Puente for Hunger Education Week, and come out to see a documentary called “A Place at the Table” on April 8 at 7 p.m. in Porter Hall on Adam State University’s campus. The documentary will focus on food access and nutrition in America. For more information please call La Puente’s office of Community Education at 587- 3499 or visit lapuenteevents.wordpress.com



Tuesday, April 9



ALAMOSA— The San Luis Valley Tourism Association will be hosting the 12th Annual Tourism Conference on April 9, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Alamosa Recreation Center, 8666 Rd 109 So. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Share “what’s new”; listen to Doug Lewis speak about the potential for the film industry in the Valley; and be a taste-tester for the “best local dish competition,” presented by local restaurants. For more information or to receive a registration form, call Lynne at 580-7841 or email Erin at: eriny2005@yahoo.com



ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable will meet at a new location on Tuesday, April 9, from 2-5 p.m. in the conference room of the SLV Water Conservancy District, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa.



SOUTH FORK — Enjoy a community potluck at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the South Fork Community Center.



ALAMOSA — Join La Puente for Hunger Education Week, and come share and hear writings about hunger issues on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Milagros Coffeehouse in Alamosa. For more information please call La Puente’s office of Community Education at 587-3499 or visit lapuenteevents.wordpress.com



ALAMOSA — “Finding Your Wellness Balance” presentation is set for noon on Tuesday, April 9, in McDaniel Hall room 101, Adams State University, Alamosa. For more information contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Wednesday, April 10



ALAMOSA — Interested in a workshop on how to grow food in easy to find containers? Come to a free workshop that is great for beginning gardeners with little to no yard space on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Milagros Coffeehouse in Alamosa. For more information please call La Puente’s office of Community Education at 587- 3499 or visit lapuenteevents.wordpress.com



MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista Community Blood Drive is Wednesday, April 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. in the Common Area at 99 W. Prospect Ave., Monte Vista. 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, April 11



ALAMOSA — The Women’s Resource Center is planning a fund-raiser banquet featuring Gianna Jessen, a woman born with cerebral palsy as a result of a failed saline abortion procedure who is now an internationally-known speaker and pro-life activist, at the River of Life Church in Alamosa on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Tickets for $10 can be purchased through the SLV WRC office. Call 589-6698 for reservations.



ALAMOSA — A new bi-lingual storytime will begin at the Alamosa Public Library April 11 at 6:30 p.m.  All families with children under 5 are welcome to come for stories, rhymes and activities presented bi-lingually. This new storytime will take place every second and fourth Thursday. 



DEL NORTE — Keir Royale Magic Show is planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the Del Norte High School Auditorium. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students. Opening for Keir will be the High Valley Community Center Fabulous Friday Folklorico Dancers and Semillas de la Tierra. See www.HighValleyCommunity.org or call 657-2172.



Friday, April 12



ALAMOSA — Join La Puente for the last event of Hunger Education Week, and come to an interactive meal addressing hunger in the U.S. and celebrating food on Friday, April 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the SLV Water Conservancy District Conference Room, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa. For more information please call La Puente’s office of Community Education at 587- 3499 or visit lapuenteevents.wordpress.com



ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health Department will host the Alamosa 9Health Fair on Friday, April 12 from 7-11 a.m. at 8900 Independence Way, in Alamosa. Participants must at least 18 years of age. For additional information go to www.9healthfair.org or call 589-6639.



ALAMOSA — “safeTALK: Tell Ask Listen Keep Safe” training will be from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 12, SUB A131. For more information contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Saturday, April 13



ALAMOSA — The Alamosa FFA fund-raiser OMJ Auction is planned for April 13. Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at the Ag Shop and a tax deductible receipt is available with any donation. Call Kevin Rice, Alamosa FFA Advisor at 587-1619.



ALAMOSA — A Rural Women Veterans Focus Group, talking with local female veterans about healthcare needs, will be held April 13. Participants must be: 18 or older, rural residents, female veterans. Compensation provided. Space is limited. Please contact: Dr. Elizabeth Brooks: elizabeth.brooks@ucdenver.edu - (303) 724-1405 before March 29.



ALAMOSA — Adams State University Community Partnerships is facilitating a “Talk Straight with Adams State” forum and panel discussion on how the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) will impact citizens in the San Luis Valley on Saturday, April 13, from 1- 3 p.m. in McDaniel Hall Room 101.



Monday, April 15



ALAMOSA — Get Healthy SLV, a project of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, has teamed up with Adams State University’s Community Partnerships and several middle schools and high schools in the San Luis Valley to present the “Get Health SLV Art Show,” featuring work from Valley students, focused on relevant community health issues, through the month of April at the Community Partnerships building on the ASU campus. An art reception will be held on April 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Community Partnerships. Contact Elena 589-8148.



Tuesday, April 16



ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Water Conservation District board meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the conference room of the Bureau of Reclamation at 10900 Highway 160 East, Alamosa.



Friday, April 19



ALAMOSA — Alamosa Public Library invites the public to free “Movie Night at your Library” April 19 featuring “Sandlot” at 7 p.m.



ALAMOSA — “PTSD and Closed Brain Injury” presentation is set for noon on Friday, April 19, in McDaniel Hall room 101, Adams State University, Alamosa. For more information contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Saturday, April 20



CREEDE—Free pap smears, free breast exams, and low-cost bone density scans will be available at Creede’s 2013 9Health Fair, but exams must be scheduled. Call Betty Jo Bell at 658-2416. This year the 9Health Fair will be held in Creede on Saturday, April 20 at the school gym from 7-11:30 a.m.



ALAMOSA — The mystery/comedy “Darling, You Slay Me!” will be held at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Tickets for the dinner theater production are $25. Receive a $10 per couple discount by reserving by April 1. For reservations call 719-849-3872 or 719-859-2949.



MONTE VISTA — The Small Business Development Center and the area chambers are presenting a vendor marketplace, and would like to invite Valley businesses to participate at Ski-Hi Park in Monte Vista on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The SLV Small Business Expo is open to the public, and admission is free.  This is a great opportunity to showcase businesses and products.  Those who are interested in participating in this event please contact Linda Archuleta at the Monte Vista Chamber at 852-2731, email Kay Harmon at mvchamberpresident@gmail.com or contact Cindy Morin from the Alamosa Chamber at cindysbooksr4u@gmail.com



ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, April 20, at the Alamosa Elks Club, 406 Hunt Ave., Alamosa from 7-9:30 p.m. Bring snacks. For information call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.



MONTE VISTA—The Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation invite the public to a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of 10 new homes in the Tierra Del Sol neighborhood, at 725 Tyndale St., Monte Vista on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Sunday, April 21



ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, April 21, at the Alamosa Elks Club, 406 Hunt Ave., Alamosa from 1:30-4 p.m. with covered dish meal from 12-1:30 p.m. For information call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.



Tuesday, April 23



ALAMOSA — Alamosa Community Blood Drive is Tuesday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose Community Room at 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



ALAMOSA — “Mindfulness in Practice” presentation is set for noon on Tuesday, April 23, in McDaniel Hall room 101, Adams State University, Alamosa. For more information contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Wednesday, April 24



MONTE VISTA — Friends and family will be holding a benefit baked potato and chili bar dinner for Helle Brimhall, who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, on Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Monte Vista LDS Church. Donations will be accepted. There will also be a dessert auction. Bring a dessert and/or come and buy one or more.



Thursday, April 25



ALAMOSA — “Basic Accounting Workshop for Small Business Owners” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 25, at the Depot, 610 State Avenue, Alamosa, with “Use QuickBooks to Apply Concepts” from 1-2 p.m. that day. Cost is $20 per person. Pre-register to Donna Wehe at 589-3682 or donna@slv-sbdc.com by April 16.



Friday, April 26



ALAMOSA — “Beating the Blues, Mood/State Relationship” presentation is set for noon on Friday, April 26, in McDaniel Hall room 101, Adams State University, Alamosa. For more information contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Saturday, April 27



ALAMOSA — Tu Casa invites everyone to Tu Casa’s Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 5k and March on Saturday, April 27 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Cole Park in Alamosa. The 5k is $25 for general public and $20 for students. The march is free. Tu Casa will also have activities for the kids. Register at www.slvtucasa.net



ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Trout Unlimited’s annual benefit auction will be Saturday, April 27, at the Inn of the Rio Grande (Ramada) in Alamosa. For information, tickets and to donate items for the auction, contact Mark Seaton at 378-2751 or seaton@fairpoint.net



Wednesday, May 1



ALAMOSA — Out of Darkness Walk/Fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.) on Wednesday, May 1, at the Adams State Rex Stadium. For more information contact Laurel Carter at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Friday, May 31



CREEDE — Celebrate the season opening of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and experience the best of locally sourced food from the San Luis Valley at the 38th annual Opening Night Dinner for Creede Repertory Theatre May 31 at 5 p.m. at Creede Community Center. Visit www.creederep.org or call 719-658-2540 x233.





Ongoing



ALAMOSA — Alamosa County is looking for Alamosa County residents residing in Alamosa who were born in Alamosa and will be or who have just turned 100 this year to celebrate their 100th with Alamosa County. Contact Belina Ramirez at 589-4848.



ALAMOSA — Cat traps and small cages are requested for a new program that will trap, spay/neuter and release feral cats. Please call 589-5952 or 580-9078.



ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa Yard Waste Pick up program will resume on April 2. Cost for this service is $5/month, which includes the city-provided container. For those who have already signed up for this program the city will start picking up containers on the 2nd and the charge will be added to utility bills starting in the April billing period. Those interested in joining this program please call the Public Works Office at 589-6631. Yard waste can also be disposed of for no charge at the recycling center located at 1130 Old Airport Road. This site will also be reopened on Sundays from 12- 4 p.m. Please call 589-6631 or 580-5554 for further information.



ALAMOSA — From April 28 thru May 4 the Alamosa seniors are going on a trip to Laughlin, Nevada, staying five nights at the Riverside Casino. Cost is $490 per person, triple occupancy; $525 per person, double occupancy; and $575 single. Available activities include gambling, golf, shopping, river walk, water taxis, river cruises, a car museum, Hero museum and many other activities. Participants do not have to be seniors, just 21 and older. Call 589-3277.



ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa expects a larger “crop” of potholes this spring than in the past because of moisture and extremely cold weather. The city crews are permanently patching the potholes that do not go through the asphalt to the base and temporarily patching those that do. The city cannot do permanent patches on potholes that go through the base until the ground completely thaws and hot mix asphalt is available, probably mid to late April. Until that time, the city will continue to do surface patches and seal cracks. Once hot mix is available, city crews will be cutting clean edges on the holes, repairing the road base and patching the asphalt.

Report potholes to the city by calling 589-6631 or going to the city web site at www.cityofalamosa.org



ALAMOSA — Due to an accident at the San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa, some of the glass Alamosa milk bottles have been broken. Anyone who has pint and/or half-pint Alamosa milk bottles they would like to donate to the museum, please call Jo at 589-4624.



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:

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 — Alamosa High School, in partnership with ShoeBox Recycling, introduced a school wide shoe recycling program with a focus on REUSE. Students, faculty, families, and community members are all encouraged to participate. With ShoeBox Recycling bins placed throughout the school, students are encouraged to responsibly discard of their gently used shoes. The drive will continue until the end of the school year.



ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Office of Outreach Services is requesting any donations of chopped wood. Outreach Services provides families with firewood for the winter months. Contact Sue at 587-3781 extension 23.



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 1 p.m. every Saturday and 4-7 p.m., and every Monday through April 13, in the School of Business Building lobby, Third St. and Richardson Ave.



VALLEY — Need help with home repairs? Christian Community Service Projects is now accepting applications for home repair for the 2013 summer work program. Services include basic home repairs, painting, yard work, roofing, weatherization and other miscellaneous jobs. To receive an application call Suzanne at 589-2330 or email ccsp@gojade.org



ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library invites submissions for the fifth edition of its literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake. Creative writers and photographers of all ages may submit pieces for the volume, to be published in the fall. Submission deadline is May 15. Genre categories include poetry, short creative fiction and non-fiction, and black and white photography. There is a special category for full-color cover photography. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submission guidelines and entry forms are available online at: www.alamosalibrary.org. For more info, call 589-6592.



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 — Sierra Blanca Chapter #43, Order of The Eastern Star, meets on the first and third Mondays, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamosa Masonic Hall, 512 San Juan Ave.  For more information call Sharon at 589-4320.



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.



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. 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.





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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