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Posted: Friday, Apr 19th, 2013




April 20-28



ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Theatre Program presents Compleat Female Stage Beauty for mature audiences. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current ASU ID. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 20, 26 and 27; and 2 p.m. April 28. Call 587- 8499.



Saturday, April 20



MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista High School Drama club presents “The Importance of Being Earnest” on April 20 at the Bill Metz Auditorium at Second and Broadway, Monte Vista. Curtain will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors (65 and older). Contact 588-8937.



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. The 9Health Fair will be held in Creede on Saturday, April 20 at the school gym from 7-11:30 a.m.



ALAMOSA — Children’s Clothing and Gear Swap is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 9-11 a.m. at Living Water Bible Fellowship, 2910 Clark Street Alamosa. Bring children’s clothing, toys, baby/nursery gear, and maternity clothes in good repair and exchange with others. Contact: markmandyp@yahoo.com 589-6678.



ALAMOSA — The mystery/comedy dinner theater “Darling, You Slay Me!” will be held at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Tickets are $25. Call 719-849-3872 or 719-859-2949.



MONTE VISTA — The Small Business Development Center and the area chambers are presenting a vendor marketplace for Valley businesses 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.  Contact 852-2731, email Kay Harmon at mvchamberpresident@gmail.com or contact 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. Call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.



MONTE VISTA—The Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation holds a grand opening and ribbon cutting for 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.



VILLA GROVE — Orient Land Trust board meets on Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. at OLT/Valley View Hot Springs. Check in at the Welcome Center. See www.olt.org or call 256-5212.



DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Don Conoscenti Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.



SAN LUIS — A Self Reliance Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., April 20, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 705 Main St., San Luis, with demonstrations including dry pack canning, gardening, food storage and first aid supplies. No preregistration or fee required. Come and go anytime that day.



ALAMOSA — A huge benefit garage and bake sale with toys, furniture, tools, dishes, baby items and more will be held at First Christian Church, 518 First Street, First and State Ave., Alamosa, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Contact: 480-2315.



ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Composers Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Leon Memorial Recital Hall.



MOSCA — Colorado Gators is a free admission on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of Mr. Bo “Mangles”, Colorado’s only albino alligator. Colorado Gators is 17 miles north of Alamosa on Highway 17. Check out www.coloradogators.com or call 378-2612.



Sunday, April 21



ALAMOSA — The American Legion District 9 Annual Spring Conference will be Sunday, April 21, at the American Legion Post 113 in Alamosa. A meal for $5 will be served at 1 p.m. with the meeting at 2 p.m. Bring per capita dues or contact District Commander Chuck Cooper at 937-3090.



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. Call Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or Charlie at 852-9849.



ALAMOSA — Hillbilly Hoedown, a Sunshine Christian School fund-raiser, will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Alamosa airport with haystack dinner, silent auction, contests, best dressed hillbilly award and entertainment. Call 937-3322. Cost is $5; under age 5, $2.



April 22-23



ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health Department will be providing Tdap immunization at no charge for kids age 11 and up on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact: 589-6639.



Monday, April 22



ALAMOSA – Artist and Ute elder Russell Box, Sr. will present “Awakening of Life” at 6 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Student Life Center of the Student Union Building. The event is free. Contact United Campus Ministry at 587-7516.



MONTE VISTA — The public is invited to a parenting class “Brainwise Class for Parents” at Grace Community Baptist Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Monte Vista, beginning April 22 for five Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. The class, supper and childcare are free. Contact: Mary Ellen Fleming at the CSU Extension Office, 852-7381.



SARGENT — Sargent school board meets Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Agenda items include employee renewals/non-renewals for 2013-2014.



Tuesday, April 23



ALAMOSA — On Tuesday, April 23, at 7 a.m. the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley will celebrate the 2013 Youth of the Year and hear guest speaker Zoila Gomez during its annual fund-raiser breakfast. ontact Darla Malouff at 589-5252. The event is free, but pledges are welcome.



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. Contact (800) 365-0006 opt. 2 or visit www.bonfils.org



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



ALAMOSA COUNTY —Commodity Food Program serving Alamosa County’s elderly (60 and over) who meet eligibility guidelines and children between ages 5 and 6 distribution will be Tuesday, April 23, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at 519 Main St. in Alamosa; and in Mosca from 2-3 p.m. at 5385 Barker St. Methodist Church. Bring income documentation and picture ID. Contact: Connie Gurule at 672-3323.



ALAMOSA — An EARTH art show reception begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Adams State University Art Building lobby featuring a tie-dye activity.



Wednesday, April 24



MONTE VISTA — A benefit baked potato and chili bar dinner and dessert auction will be held for Helle Brimhall on Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Monte Vista LDS Church. Donations accepted. Bring a dessert or buy some.



MONTE VISTA —A free social to recognize Administrative Professional Assistants Day is from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Monte Villa Inn on Wednesday, April 24. Contact 852-3930.



SAGUACHE — The Northern SLV Conservation Roundtable is sponsoring a presentation on grazing on Wed., April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Saguache Road & Bridge meeting room, 305 3rd St., Saguache. Contact: 256-5436 barb@olt.org



ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Percussion Extravaganza concert is at 7 p.m. Wed., April 24, in Richardson Hall. Contact: 587-7621.



Thursday, April 25



SAGUACHE — The Northern SLV Conservation Roundtable will meet on Thurs., April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saguache Road & Bridge meeting room, 305 Third St., Saguache. Contact: 256-5436 barb@olt.org



MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista High School will host the free Intermountain League Art Show April 25 in the high school gym from 2-4:30 p.m.



ALAMOSA — On Thursday, April 25, in Porter Hall room 130, Adams State, “Revenge of the Electric Car” video will be presented in celebration of Earth Week at 6 p.m.



SAND DUNES — Visitors wanting to learn more about the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the moonlight are invited to a ranger-guided 45-minute full moon hike on April 25 at 8:30 p.m. Meet at the park amphitheater at 8:15 p.m. with flashlights, and warm clothes. Entrance fees waived for National Parks Week.



Friday, April 26



MONTE VISTA — The public is invited to attend the Arbor Day Celebration in Monte Vista at the Montez Skate Park on April 26, at 11 a.m.

ALAMOSA — A Rio Grande cleanup is 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 26. Meet on the campus green, Adams State.



ALAMOSA — A driver Safety Class is Fri., April 26, at 8 a.m. at TSJC, Room 236. Call 589-3277.



ALAMOSA — “Beating the Blues, Mood/State Relationship” is noon on Friday, April 26, in McDaniel Hall room 101, Adams State University, Alamosa. Contact at 587-7746 or laurelcarter@adams.edu



Saturday, April 27



ALAMOSA — “Girl’s Day Out” is Sat., April 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Murphy and Mullins Ave. in Alamosa, with manicure or hand massage, silent auction, more. Cost is $10 until April 26 and $12 at the door. No children under 12, please. Contact: Theresa Rudder at 589-9393 or 588-7913.



ALAMOSA — Tu Casa’s Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 5k/March is Saturday, April 27 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Cole Park in Alamosa. See 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



VALLEY — The Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs at: City Market, 131 Market Street, Alamosa; Monte Vista Police Department, 95 West 1st Street; Antonito Police Department, 302 Main Street; Center Police Department, 294 South Worth Street; Manassa Town Hall, 401 Main Street; Costilla County Public Health, 233 Main Street, San Luis; Jack’s Market, 1210 Grande Ave., Del Norte; 1st Stop, 315 Eighth Street, Saguache; Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center, 17591 Highway 160.



SAGUACHE COUNTY—Join the Saguache Democrats for pork sandwiches or vegan lasagna and dessert auction on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saguache Community Center. Admission is $10. RSVP Lynne Thompson 754-9163, sheebalt@yahoo.com or Barbara Tidd 256-5436 btidd19@fairpoint.net. For donations, contact Judy Marold 655-2320 jmarold@gmail.com



SAGUACHE COUNTY—The Saguache County Republicans are holding their Spring Fling dinner and auction at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at The Old Cow Town resort 14 miles west of Saguache on Highway 114, then one mile south on County Road CC-36. Tickets at the door or in advance are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. RSVP to: Richard Drake, 256-4215; Steve Carlson, 850-2920; Ed Nielsen, 655-2255; Mike Cowan, 655-6202; Randy Glover, 850-9282 or Rock Finley, 754-9458.



ALAMOSA — Join La Puente on April 27th for the fourth-annual Generosity on Tap fundraiser for the Food Bank Network from 7-11 p.m. at the San Luis Valley Brewing Company. Tickets are $25 and include an appetizer, and $1 from each drink served will go to the Food Bank Network. The night will include a live and silent auction as well as a performance by Don Richmond and the Rifters. Contact 587-3499.



ALAMOSA — The annual Reduce Reuse, Recycle, Garage Sale is from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in front of the Student Union Building, Adams State.



ALAMOSA — An East Campus Community Garden work day is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 27, on the corner of West Street and First Avenue, Alamosa.



Sunday, April 28



ALAMOSA — A “Leave No Trace” hike with Adams State Adventure Programs to Windy Peak will be held Sunday, April 28. Contact: 587-7357.



Monday, April 29



ALAMOSA — Beyond Medication free workshop to learn about epilepsy, new anti-seizure medication and options outside of medication will take place Monday, April 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Education Center at 1919 Main Street in Alamosa. To register for this free event visit www.epilepsycolorado.org or call Charlotte Ledonne at the SLV Area Health Education Center, 589-4977.



Tuesday, April 30



ALAMOSA — The public is invited to help the tree board and city parks/rec plant trees at State and Cascade, Alamosa, at noon on Tuesday, April 30. Bring a shovel if possible.



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



ALAMOSA — A free training on how to know if a house in the Wildland/Urban Interface has been properly mitigated against wildfire hazards from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, May 3, at the meeting room behind the Hungry Farmer Restaurant on Main Street in Alamosa. All realtors, insurance agents and their employees are invited. To register, call Maggie at Dells’ Insurance at 589-3606 ext. 115.



Friday, May 3



ALAMOSA — How do realtors and insurance agents know if a house in the Wildland/Urban Interface has been properly mitigated against wildfire hazards? All professionals who work in these fields are invited to a free training from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, May 3, at the meeting room behind the Hungry Farmer Restaurant on Main Street in Alamosa. To register call Maggie at Dells’ Insurance at 589-3606 ext. 115.



Saturday, May 4



ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library will hold a book sale May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Friends’ shed north of the Alamosa Post Office and west of Cole Park. Contact: 580-2010.



CAPULIN— The Valle del Sol Community Center is hosting a Cinco de Mayo community barbecue on Saturday, May 4, from 12-4 p.m. Street dance begins at 2 p.m. Dance to the music of “Kickin Back” band.” Games and piñata will be available for the kids and  $2 hamburgers.  Contact: 274-5520.



ALAMOSA — Help Fort Garland Museum protect Pike’s Stockade from wildfire threats by volunteering to remove dead and downed wood at Pike’s Stockade on May 4 at 9:30 a.m. If large groups such as Scout Troops plan to attend please contact 587-0915 in advance. Lunch and a free shirt will be included. No special training required, but please bring loppers and bow saw if possible.



Wednesday, May 8



CENTER — Center Conservation District will host a Private/Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s Continuing Education Credits Workshop on May 8 in the Conference Room of the new USDA Service Center, 0048 W. County Road 10N, Center. Registration and light breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. Call Lamar Taylor at 754-3400 x105 or Brenda Anderson at 754-3400 x104.



Saturday, May 11



ALAMOSA — Join Sweet Radish on Saturday, May 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a CD fundraiser concert at Milagros Coffeehouse. Admission is free.



CREEDE — The 3rd High Country Hustle, a 6K Run/Walk for Water, will be held at the Creede Ballpark in Creede, on May 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project and Willow Creek Reclamation Committee.  There will also be a silent auction, live music from MoJones, a scavenger hunt, raffle prizes and tours of a Willow Creek Project. See: www.highcountryhustle.webs.com



Wednesday, May 15



ALAMOSA — The 25th Annual Women’s Conference is Wednesday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Adams State University Student Union Building. Cost for the day is $25/ $15 for students and $30 after May 8. Registration fee includes lunch and presentation handouts. The Women of the Year Awards ceremony will be held directly after lunch. Consider nominating a deserving woman. Call Charlotte Ledonne, SLV AHEC at 589-4977. Pick up registration forms at the SLV AHEC at 300 Ross in Alamosa.



Saturday, May 18



ALAMOSA — Boy Scout Troop 307 will be having their annual garage sale on Saturday, May 18th, next to Sears.  Those who have items to donate please contact Angie Douglas at 850-2086. 



Sunday, May 19



ALAMOSA — Jim Moon will perform a benefit concert for Sunshine Christian School entitled “Consume Me,” with selections from his recently released CD and special guests Don Richmond and the Sunshine Christian School Choir, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at Leon Memorial Auditorium, Adams State University, Alamosa. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. For $20 purchase CD and ticket. Contact Winema at 580-0887.



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 — Boy Scout Troop 307’s annual yard soil sale has begun. Cost is $3.50 a bag with free delivery in Alamosa area. Call 589-9800 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to order.



ALAMOSA — The 11th Annual Alamosa Artwalk is scheduled for Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. San Luis Valley resident artists working in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional mediums are invited to sign up during April. Registration forms are available by sending an email request to artwalkalamosa@gmail.com or by stopping by the Chamber office, Treasure Alley or Wiley Chiropractic. Entry fee of $15 is due with registration form by May 1, at the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce, 610 State Ave. in Alamosa. This event is exclusively for San Luis Valley artists.



ALAMOSA – SLV Regional Medical Center has teamed up with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program to provide free (colon) screenings to the underserved. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable with early detection. Another grant funded program through SLVRMC and the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services. Call SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.



VALLEY — Underage Vietnam vets (age 16 or younger) please send anything in print (newspaper clippings for example) to verify that service, to be used as part of a magazine series on underage veterans, to: Robert Widener, VFW Magazine, 406 West 34th St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111. Call 816-968-1173 or e-mail rwidener@vfw.org



CENTER — A group of Center High School students are trying to organize a community blood drive for May 22 and need 40 people to express interest in being a donor before setting the date. Those who are interested please leave a message with name and number at 754-2232 and the students will call back.



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 — The City of Alamosa Yard Waste Pick up program has resumed. Cost for this service is $5/month, which includes the city-provided container. 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 — 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 26 — “Dark”



MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Center presents a trip to Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota August 18 – 24. For information and reservations contact: Carol Refior at 852-5778.



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.



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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