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Posted: Friday, Jun 7th, 2013

June 8-9

FORT GARLAND — White Mountain Trading Post on Hwy 160 in Fort Garland hosts a free glass blowing demonstration June 8 and 9 from 12-5 p.m. There will also be a gunfight at high noon and the blacksmith is going to fire up the forge.

Saturday, June 8

ALAMOSA — On Saturday, June 8, Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation will host a Block Party to celebrate their new Self Help neighborhood at 4 p.m. at Tremont and Craft behind Town and Country in Alamosa. There will be a live performance by Sweet Radish, free food, face painting. Contact: 589-1680x10, or email Dana@crhdc.org

HOMELAKE — The Veterans History Center Museum at Homelake will have a benefit yard sale Saturday, June 8 starting at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in front of the museum.

SAND DUNES — On Saturday, June 8th, Great Sand Dunes National Park hosts Junior Ranger Day at the Visitor Center and Dunes Play Area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds Mini Music Festival IV will begin at noon (doors open at 10:30 a.m.) on Saturday, June 8, at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $25 plus potluck dish. Contact: 657-4757. See www.wildwoodsounds.com

SOUTH FORK — The 3rd Annual Break the Cycle Race against Domestic Violence 5K Walk/Run in South Fork is on Saturday, June 8 at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $25/person with children under 10 participating for free. To register, email meyerhd@hotmail.com or call 719-480-1525. After the race, enjoy National Get Outdoor Day activities at the South Fork Community Building from 10-2 and then Little Britches Rodeo.

MONTE VISTA — Community members are invited to a guided birding tour on a ranch along the Rio Grande, west of Monte Vista, on Saturday, June 8 from 8-11 am. Cost is $35 and space is limited. Contact: 657-0800 or email info@riograndelandtrust.org

MONTE VISTA — Kid’s Fishing Day is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat. June 8, at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge south of Monte Vista on Highway 15. Children must be accompanied by an adult and need to bring their own fishing rod, reel and bait. A free lunch will be served. Contact LeeAnn at 589-4021.

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity will host an open house at its Habitat Store 530 State Avenue, Sixth and State, Alamosa, on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 589-8678 or email sanluisvalleyhfh@yahoo.com

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande Sportsman Club opens shooting range to the public on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost will be $5 per shooter. The range is located 2.2 miles west of the Regional Landfill exit. Contact Dave Pote 580-0738.

Sunday, June 9

SOUTH FORK —Community members are invited to a GPS workshop on a conserved ranch along the Rio Grande near South Fork on Sunday, June 9, from 10 am to 1 p.m. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch. This event is free, but an RSVP is requested to 657-0800 or info@riograndelandtrust.org

Monday, June 10

ALAMOSA — The Friends of Locomotive 169 are holding Volunteer Week #2 beginning on Monday, June 10, at Alamosa’s Cole Park from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. See www.friendsof169.com or call 866-970-3560.

Tuesday, June 11

MONTE VISTA — San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative will hold the co-op’s Annual Meeting on June 11 at 7 p.m. in Carson Auditorium at Adams State University. RSVP to 852-3538, 800-332-7634 or power@slvrec.com

FORT GARLAND — The Friends of the Fort Garland Museum will meet on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. with a special program with Dennis Lopez speaking on “Early Hispano Settlements of Conejos County.”

ALAMOSA — A Prenatal Wellness Class: Nutrition for the Childbearing Year will be offered on June 11 from 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the The Midwife at 309 San Juan Ave in Alamosa. Registration is requested; $20 includes a healthy lunch. See www.slvmidwife.com or call 588-2417.

Wednesday, June 12

MONTE VISTA — Compassion Food Bank will distribute food in Monte Vista at 1121 North Highway 285, behind liquor Mart from 12-4 p.m. on June 12 for a donation of $12 per box. Call Kelley 719-480-9528.

ALAMOSA — SLV Regional Medical Center Women’s Health Clinic is hosting a baby shower for the community on Wednesday, June 12, from 11 to 2.  The unwrapped gifts brought to the shower will be delivered to two well-deserving entities in Alamosa that help young families in need. Bring unwrapped gifts on June 12 in the hospital’s atrium, 106 Blanca Ave. in Alamosa or drop them off at the main lobby reception desk at SLVRMC. Contact Kathy at 587-1209.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents the Hazel Miller Trio on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Contact: 657-4757. See www.wildwoodsounds.com

ALAMOSA — There will be a public meeting of the San Luis Valley Regional Habitat Conservation Plan Steering Committee on June 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Bureau of Reclamation Building at 10900 Highway 160 East in Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will meet on Wed., June 12, at 7 p.m. at 8249 Emperius Road, Alamosa. Call 589-4021.

Thursday, June 13

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Co-op’s annual meeting will be June 13 at Ski Hi Park in Monte Vista from 5:50-7 p.m.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Republicans will meet on Thursday June 13, at the Golf Course restaurant “Mulligans on the Green” at 12 p.m. noon in the conference room.

June 13-15

ALAMOSA — The Rocky Mountain Artists will present their Annual Fine Arts and Craft Show on June 13-15 at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

June 14-15

MONTE VISTA — On June 14-15 Monte Vista hosts the eighth annual Rally in the Valley at the Alibi Sports Bar and Grill and Absolute Shine. The rally will have a poker run, bike show, bike games, music and much more. Call 852-9300.

Friday, June 14

ALAMOSA — Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will show “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on June 14. The program is free. Tickets are required and will be available a half an hour before the first showing.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., invites the public to free “Movie Night at your Library”June 14 with “Dragons: Riders of Berk” at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free. Bring a drink.

Saturday, June 15

ALAMOSA — At Home Healthcare is hosting a giant garage sale on June 15th to raise money for the American Cancer Society. To donate items call Donna at 589-6425, or bring items to 177 Craft Dr, Suite 100, in Alamosa (next to Aaron’s Furniture).

ALAMOSA — The annual San Luis Valley Greenwing (youth) Day is Saturday, June 15 at the Del Monte Gun Club (2355 Hwy 60) with activities such as outdoor survival skills, casting techniques, sporting clays and archery. Lunch will be provided. Attendance and membership is FREE to all kids ages 17 and younger, but please RSVP to Damian, 850-1645or darellano@msn.com

SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Music Association will host the singer/songwriter competition on Saturday, June 15th at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork at 7 p.m. The public may attend free but vote for performers by making donations. Visit www.southforkmusic.org or call Heather Meyer at 719-480-1525.

CREEDE — A fish fry and homemade pie social to benefit the Creede dental clinic will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the parking lot of the medical clinic.

MONTE VISTA — A Hamburger Fry and Dance to celebrate dads will be held on Saturday, June 15 at Tri-County Senior Citizens Center, 311 Washington St., in Monte Vista with dinner from 5-7 p.m. and dance from 6-8 p.m. Dinner is $7.

FORT GARLAND — A book signing for “Ghost at Fort Garland” by Jack Rudder will take place at Fort Garland Museum on June 15 at 2 p.m. Also included will be a tour of the haunted areas. Call 379-3512.

MONTE VISTA — A Relay for Life fund-raiser will be held at Dos Rios Restaurant on June 15 from 5-9 p.m. Call 754-1987.

Sunday, June 16

ALAMOSA — The Rollin’ Deep Car Show is on Father’s Day, June 16, at Alamosa’s Cole Park, featuring customized cars and trucks, food and fine entertainment. Call 719-580-3939 or 719-580-0541.

DEL NORTE — Rock Art of the Southwestern United States and Europe will be the art show at the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center, 580 Oak St. in Del Norte with a reception and program on June 16 at 7 p.m. Call 657-2847.

CREEDE — On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, the Second Annual Father’s Day ATV Poker Run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mineral County Fairgrounds. Fee is $30 per rider. Riders can bring their own lunches or purchase a lunch ticket for $5. Contact Mike at 658-0547.

Monday, June 17

ALAMOSA — The community is invited to bid farewell to Russ Johnson and welcome new SLV Regional Medical Center CEO Konnie Martin during a reception on Monday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first floor atrium of the hospital.

June 18-22

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Round-Up is June 18-22 at the Alamosa fairgrounds. Events include ranch rodeo, barbecue, mutton bustin, cattle drive and parade, PRCA rodeo, rodeo & rails block party, demolition derby and cowboy church and Sunday evening concert. Buy tickets at The Colorado Welcome Center and Alamosa Big R. See www.alamosaroundup.com

Tuesday, June 18

ALAMOSA — Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will show “Dynamic Earth” at 5:30 p.m. and “Black Holes” at 6:15 p.m. on June 18. The programs are free. Tickets are required and will be available a half an hour before the first showing.

Friday, June 21

ALAMOSA — On June 21st, Center for Restorative Programs will host the second annual Summer Night’s Dream at Bistro Rialto in Alamosa at 6 p.m. Virtual tickets may be purchased at www.restorativeprograms.org. or call Paula Medina at 589-5255.

June 21-22

ALAMOSA — Enjoy art demonstrations of all types, exhibitions, entertainment and special fare in downtown Alamosa from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21-22 during the Alamosa Art Walk. Contact: 719-589-3681, 587-0878 or 589-5163.

June 21-23

ALAMOSA — “Historical Archaeology” will be taught at Adams State University on Friday, June 21, from 6-9 p.m. and June 22 and 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $12 payable to Colorado Historical Society, at 1200 Broadway, Denver 80203. Contact Loretta Mitson at 719-480-3143 or mitson53@yahoo.com

Saturday, June 22

ALAMOSA — Boy Scout Troop 307 will hold a garage sale on Saturday, June 22, at 7 a.m. at 221 Walker Rd., south of Sears and Delmar Carpet, Alamosa.  To donate please contact Angie Douglas at 850-2086. The Scouts will also have available garden soils to sell at $3.50/bag.

Sunday, June 23

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on June 23 at the Sargent Elementary School gym from 3-5:30 p.m. A potluck meal will follow. Call Sylvia at (303) 517-8199 or Charlie or Mollie at 852-9849.

Tuesday, June 25

WOLF CREEK PASS — At 10 a.m. on June 25 at the “Lobo Overlook” on Forest Road #402 overlooking Alberta Park and the entire Wolf Creek Pass area Conservation Trekker John Davis will host a TrekWest Trail Break to highlight the ecological importance of the pass and threats from the proposed Village at Wolf Creek resort development.

ALAMOSA — QuickBooks™ Beginner Class will be conducted from 2:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Depot, 610 State Street, Alamosa. Cost is $20 per person. To register, contact Donna Wehe at 589-3682 or donna@slv-sbdc.com

June 27-28

MONTE VISTA — Cub Scout Day Camp will be held this year on June 27 and June 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Monte Vista. This camp is open to all cub scouts in 1st to 5th grade. Cost is $45 per boy for the 2 days. Please Contact Dawn at alamosascouts@hotmail.com or leave a message at 719-937-2487.

Friday, June 28

MONTE VISTA — A concert to benefit the SLV Women’s Resource Center will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 28 at the Valley Church of the Nazarene, 228 Madison St., Monte Vista. Donations will be accepted for the Earn While You Learn Program. Contact: 589-6698.

June 28-30

ALAMOSA — The Tough Love Valley Open tennis tournament June 28-30 at Carroll Park in Alamosa will benefit the future Children’s Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley. See www.toughloveopen.org to register, and businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring can contact Wendi Seger at 850-0235.


VALLEY — Cats alive needs cat food for volunteers who are feeding feral and abandoned cats and kittens. To donate cat food, please contact Donna Ditmore at 589-5952 or email catsaliveslv@gmail.com

ALAMOSA — La Puente Home is requesting hygiene kits to assist the less fortunate of the San Luis Valley. Often guests arrive to our homeless shelter without even the most basic of necessities. For this reason, La Puente provides kits full of hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, razors and cream, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, washcloth, etc. Unfortunately, La Puente is running dangerously low on these kits and needs the public’s help. To create a few kits, just load a few small tote or plastic grocery bags with the sort of everyday hygiene supplies that everyone uses and bring the bags to La Puente. The bags may be customized for women, men, or children. Contact: 589-5909.

DEL NORTE — Flea Market, Garage Sale, Swap Meet, Farmer’s Market and Trading Post will be held every Saturday in June, July and August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Side Storage, one mile west of Del Norte. Spaces rent for $5. Bring own table or display case. Contact: 657-2712, 850-0346 or 657-0286.

ALAMOSA — Mindful Meditation for Medical Management is every Tuesday, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main St. Mindful meditation helps with chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, tinnitus, and other chronic medical conditions. Contact 589-8008.

ALAMOSA — As part of a statewide early literacy campaign, Lt. Gov., Joe Garcia’s One Book 4 Colorado initiative invites families of all 4-year olds to come to the Alamosa Public Library and pick up a FREE copy of the book “Duck on a Bike” or “Un Pato en Bicicleta” by David Shannon. Books available while supplies last.

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.

SOUTH FORK — Have a great time this summer at Beaver Creek Youth Camp. Camps are divided by ages and begin June 23. See www.beavercreekcamp.org or contact Manager Allan Allsup at 719-873-5311.

ALAMOSA — Around 45,000 meals are served at La Puente shelter every year. For the past three years, La Puente has not had a budget for food but has relied on the generosity of the community to continue feeding so many individuals in need. Please consider donating any extra food to La Puente Shelter. Call 589-5909 or drop off donations at 913 State Avenue, Alamosa.

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

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.

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

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 — Cancer patients and survivors are invited to meetings of a cancer support group on the third Wednesday of every month from 12-1:30 p.m. in the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa. This is a unique opportunity to meet with other cancer survivors who are either in or beyond treatment. The cancer support group is sponsored by the SLV Regional Medical Center Oncology/Infusion Clinic and SLVRMC Behavioral Health and San Luis Valley Mental Health Center. Contact: SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 719-587-6319.

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 — 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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