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Posted: Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

July 13-19

CREEDE — Enjoy the Woodcarvers Rendezvous at the Creede Community Center July 13th - 19th.

Saturday, July 13

ALAMOSA — SLV Pilots Association presents the annual free Air Show, Fly In and breakfast on Saturday, July 13, with pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. and air show from 10 a.m. to noon at the SLV Regional Airport-Bergman Field, Alamosa.

SOUTH FORK — Rock the Rio Grande Barrel Racing and Bull Riding Series continues July 13 at 5 p.m. at Rickle Arena, South Fork. Call 588-9979. Firefighters admitted free.

MONTE VISTA — Sand Dunes Drifters 4-H Club is hosting two events this Saturday, July 13, at Ski Hi Park in Monte Vista. The 2nd Annual Livestock Jackpot will be held at 5 p.m., with check in at 3:30 p.m. Entry fees are $10 per entry. Then, the 4-H club and Sangre de Cristo FFA Alumni will host a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. at Ski Hi. Dinner tickets are $2 for kids, $5 for adults or $20 for families of four. Dance tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Contact: Heather Tillman at 719-849-3644.

ALAMOSA — B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 1297 will celebrate its 100th birthday in grand fashion from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outside the lodge. There will be a street party, with bands, games, vendors and a beer garden.

MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Citizens will have it monthly fund-raiser breakfast on Saturday July 13 from 8-10 a.m. at 311 Washington Street, Monte Vista Menu for $6 is biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee or tea.

CREEDE — Come to the Mineral County Fairgrounds in Creede, Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for the 2nd Annual Wild Wooley Riding & Barnyard Games Kids Rodeo. The entry fee for the Mutton Bustin’ is $25. All other events are FREE. Admission is free. Donations for the Mineral County Fairgrounds will be accepted. Call Shane at 588-9979.

MOGOTE — San Rafael Presbyterian Church in Mogote will host a lecture series on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Geri Cummings will hold a photography and ceramics show, and Andrea Cherne will play the flute. A light lunch will follow. Call Rica at 376-5669.

SAND DUNES — Michael Butler, author of Images of America: Great Sand Dunes National Park, will be at Great Sand Dunes on Saturday, July 13th to give a short presentation followed by a book signing at the park visitor center at 12 p.m. Contact: 719-378-6395.

ALAMOSA—The Valley Farmers’ Market is held in downtown Alamosa every Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  July 13th will feature “Veggie Monsters” activity for the kids and performance by Sweet Radish, a local acoustic string band.  See www.alamosafarmersmarket.org

MONTE VISA — The Rio Grande Sportsman Club range will be open to the public on Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost will be $5 per shooter. The range is between Monte Vista and Del Norte south off US 160 on Rifle Range Road. Please contact Dave Pote 580-0738.

SAGUACHE — The Saguache Community Theater Company will be performing Pirates of Penzance on Saturday, July 13, at the historic Ute Theater, 410 Fourth Street, Saguache, and again on Saturday July 20 at the Center Schools Auditorium. Show time is 7 p.m. on each day. Contact Virginia Drake at 719-580-4443. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for youth under 12 years of age.

CREEDE — Enjoy an Evening of Jazz Standards with Adam Bartley at Creede Repertory Theatre on July 13th at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets online at www.creederep.org or by calling 719-658-2540.

Sunday, July 14

ALAMOSA — The Bridge at Alamosa, 3407 Carroll St., Alamosa, will host a car and tractor show and sock hop from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Special guest is “Elvis.” Contact: 587-3514.

LA JARA — The Conejos County Hospital Auxiliary and the La Jara Rotary Club’s 50th barbecue and quilt auction fund-raiser for the hospital will be Sunday, July 14, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Jara. Dinner will be served from 11:30 until 3 p.m. The quilt auction is at 1 p.m.

SAGUACHE — Pip Conrad will present The Cheetah Conservation Fund at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Saguache County Museum. This is a free program.

SOUTH FORK — National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant will hold a guitar workshop on Sunday, July 14 in South Fork. The workshop is $50 per person from 12-3 p.m. at the South Fork Community Building. Contact sfma1@live.com or visit www.southforkmusic.org.

SOUTH FORK — South Fork Music Association’s Free Summer Concerts on Sundays in July continue Sunday, July 14 with Tyler Grant at 5 p.m. at the South Fork Visitor Center pavilion. Visit www.southforkmusic.org

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Live Music Association presents a free concert, Mariachi San Luis, in a Sundays at Six concert July 14th.

MONTE VISTA — On Sunday, July 14th at 10 a.m., the Rio Grande Sportsman Club will hold a casual competitive rifle shooting event “Center Fire and Rim Fire”. The range is located between Monte Vista and Del Norte south off US 160 on Rifle Range Road. Contact Dave Pote 580-0738.

Week of July 15

ALAMOSA — The Friends of Locomotive 169 will be holding Volunteer Week #3 beginning July 15, at Alamosa’s Cole Park. Scheduled from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., members will continue lettering the locomotive and tender and continue mechanical work on the display. The public is invited to visit the display. Visit www.friendsof169.com or call 866-970-3560.

Tuesday, July 16

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (bluegrass edged tunes with jazz and world-fusion elements) on Tuesday, July 16 at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.

ALAMOSA — Rio Grande Water Conservation District board meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at 10900 Highway 160 East, Alamosa.

Wednesday, July 17

ALAMOSA — The VFW will host a POW-MIA Committee green chili dinner fund-raiser from 5-8 p.m. or until the chili is gone on Wednesday, July 17. Tickets are $3 per bowl for adults; $1.50 per bowl for seniors and kids; $8 for family of four; and $5, all you can eat.

Thursday, July 18

ALAMOSA — The nonprofit D-A-V (Disabled American Veterans) Mobile Service Office will provide counseling and claim filing assistance free to all veterans and members of their families on Thursday, July 18, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Alamosa VA Outpatient Clinic, 622 Del Sol Drive, Alamosa.

July 18-19

CREEDE—The Ladies Aid Society of Creede will host their annual bazaar and rummage sale on July 18 and 19 at the Community Church from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday.

July 19-20

MANASSA — Centauri High School 1965 -70 class reunion will be held at the Manassa Elementary School Gym from 2–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th. Questions? Mary Parker: Lazymlp@yahoo.com; Fred Sisneros: Sneakyfred@aol.com

MANASSA — The 37th Annual Manassa Pioneer Days will be held with parades, races, rodeos and more on July 19 and 20.

Friday, July 19

LA JARA — The Conejos County Community Blood Drive is Friday, July 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main church social hall at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 716 Broadway, La Jara Contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at (800) 365-0006, ext. 2 or visit www.bonfils.org

SOUTH FORK — The 2nd Annual Friends of CRT Golf Tournament is July 19 with 8 a.m. registration at the Rio Grande Club, South Fork. Contact 719-658-2540, ext. 233 or sarah@creederep.com

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Lojo Russo playing Roots Blues Americana on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave. (Hwy 160), Del Norte. Tickets are $15. Call for reservations to 657-4757.

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista farmers market begins Friday, July 19 and runs every Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September. The market is located in Monte Vista, just a block off 160 on Madison at the Super Foods Parking lot.

July 20-21

ALAMOSA — La Jara High School Classes of 1957, 1958 and 1959 will hold a class reunion at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa on Saturday, July 20, with registration at 5 p.m. A breakfast brunch will be held Sunday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at the Inn of the Rio Grande. Call Stella A. Salazar-Martinez, 801-292-2603 or Olivia Abeyta Lujan, 580-4381.

Saturday, July 20

MOSCA — The Mosca-Hooper Fire Department’s annual barbecue will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the fire station in Mosca. Donations are appreciated.

Saturday, July 20

FORT GARLAND — The 4th Annual Fort Garland Band Jam gets underway Saturday, July 20, at noon at the Fort Garland Museum Quadrangle. The Jam will feature live music from four bands, as well as arts and crafts from local artisans, food, silent auction, and a beer garden. The musical headliner is Colorado Springs favorite Tejano Heat. Also featured will be Justified, Indian Nickel and the SLV Big Band. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students (with ID) at the door. Children under 12 are free. Discounted tickets are available in advance at fgbj.org or at the Fort Garland Museum or the Fort Market in Fort Garland.

ALAMOSA — Native son Antonio A. Lopez and spectacular live looping musician, Arthur Lee Land will appear in concert in the Leon Memorial Hall - ASU campus on July 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are: $10 adults, $5 children, available at Narrow Gauge Bookstore or call 589-6543.

VALLEY — Bike 2 Build, San Luis Valley Century will be held Saturday, July 20. Pedal 100 miles embraced by the dramatic 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains.  Experience the great expanse of the San Luis Valley pedaling beneath the forever reaching blue skies.  Bike 2 Build is a benefit ride for Habitat for Humanity.  Call 589-8678 or email bikes@slvhabitat.org

SOUTH FORK — Jeff Harms, known as “the best in clean, clever, original humor”, will be headlining the South Fork Music Association’s Comedy Night at the Rio Grande Club on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Feeling Good Cafe & Coffee House, The Whistle Pig Gas Station or Beau Meyer Realty in South Fork or by contacting Heather Meyer at 719-480-1525. Advanced purchase tickets are $40/couple or $25/person. Tickets at the door will be $50/couple or $30/person.

VILLA GROVE— The Orient Land Trust (OLT) will hold its quarterly board meeting on Saturday, July 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at OLT’s Everson Ranch. See www.olt.org or call 256-5212.

SAGUACHE — The Saguache Community Theater Company will be performing its very own rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Tony Award winning Pirates of Penzance on Saturday, July 20, at the intimate Center Schools Auditorium at 7 p.m. For tickets contact Virginia Drake at 719-580-4443. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for youth under 12 years of age.

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista Co-op’s annual Community Yard Sale is Saturday, July 20, from 7 a.m-12 p.m. There is no fee for each space. Call 852-5181. The Open Dog Show will be held at the MVC on July 20 on the Ampride lawn area. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m., with the show beginning at 9 a.m. Call Joy Werner at 251-3334.

Sunday, July 21

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, July 21, at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 No. County Road 2 East, Monte Vista. Dancing will be from 3-5:30 p.m. A potluck meal will follow. Call Sylvia at (303) 517-8199, Charlie at 850-0864 or Mollie at 588-7526 or mollie235@q.com

ALAMOSA — Ronnie Shellist will play the blues at Sundays at Six on July 21 in an all-ages community concert in Cole Park in Alamosa. Sundays at Six is a free summer concert series for the entire community organized by the Alamosa Live Music Association.

SAGUACHE — Bill Hatcher from Villa grove will talk about “A Journey Through Africa” at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at the Saguache County Museum. This is a free program, although donations are accepted.

SOUTH FORK — South Fork Music Association’s Free Summer Concerts on Sundays in July continue Sunday, July 21 with Don Richmond at 5 p.m. at the South Fork Visitor Center pavilion with refreshments available for purchase. Visit www.southforkmusic.org

Tuesday, July 23

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents I Draw Slow from Dublin, Ireland, playing Bluegrass Folk Americana with a touch of Irish at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at 850 Grand Ave. (Hwy 160), Del Norte. Tickets are $15. Call for reservations to 657-4757.

Thursday, July 25

ALAMOSA – Hilos Culturales will host an evening Fandango in Alamosa on Thursday, July 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Adams State University Student Union Building on the Adams State campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at Papers of Distinction and SLV Federal Bank in Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — TEFAP commodities for Alamosa County will be distributed on Thursday, July 25, from 9-11 a.m. and from 4-5 p.m. at the Alamosa County Shop, 1316 17th Street, Alamosa. Present ID with proof of residency. Contact: 589-4567.

July 25-28

MONTE VISTA — Celebrate the 92nd Ski Hi Stampede July 25-28 with parades, rodeo and a double concert on Thursday, July 25 with Thomas Rhett opening for headliner Tracy Lawrence at 8 p.m. in front of the Ski-Hi grandstand, followed by the first of three dances. Rodeo fun again begins Friday at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday at 2, with parades downtown Friday and Saturday. Reserved, premium and general admission concert tickets are now on sale at the Stampede office in Monte Vista, Carlucci’s Shoes and Apparel in Alamosa, and on-line at: www.skihistampede.com.

July 27-28

LA JARA– The Our Lady of Guadalupe will host a community fiesta July 27 and 28 at the church and parish in Conejos. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and will last until 7 p.m. The fiesta will begin with a 5K walk starting at the parish. There will be family entertainment including pie contests, kids games, carnival type games, prizes, food and a beer garden for the adults. There will also be a basketball tournament and mass later in the evening. Contact Joanne Salazar at 710-376-5985.

HOOPER — The UFO Watchtower will host the 2013 UFO Conference July 27 and 28 at the watchtower, 22.5 miles north of Alamosa on Hwy 17. Activities begin at 9 a.m. both days. For fees and reservations contact Judy at 719-378-2296 or visit www.ufowatchtower.com

July 26-27

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Band Boosters will host their annual hamburger fry on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 in the Sunflower Bank parking garage on Adams Street immediately following the Ski Hi Stampede Parade in Monte Vista. Cost is $7. Purchase tickets on site or from a band member beforehand.

Friday, July 26

SAGUACHE — Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute will perform on Friday, July 26th at 7:45 p.m. at the Ute Theatre, Saguache. Tickets are $10 general/$15 VIP available at 970-596-4521. See www.doctorroberttribute.com

SAN LUIS — The Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center opens “Artists of San Luis,” on Friday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center South Wing Gallery. “Artists of San Luis” is an exhibit representing the talents of about 25 current and former residents of Costilla County. It is part of an ongoing theme of “Sabor a San Luis” adopted by the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center.

Saturday, July 27

MONTE VISTA — Come picnic after the Saturday Stampede Parade on Saturday, July 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Juniper Village at Monte Vista at 2277 East Drive. Help celebrate 25 years of serving the community with music, hot dogs and fun.

MONTE VISTA—The Ski-Hi Stampede will hold their 2nd Annual Stampede to the Food Bank food drive Saturday, July 27. Volunteers, wearing green shirts will be collecting food items before the start of the parade. Canned goods can also be brought to the food bank at 245 Washington St., or monetary donations may be mailed to The Monte Vista Emergency Food Bank, P O Box 844, Monte Vista 81144.

CRESTONE—The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, July 27 at noon at the Baca National Wildlife Refuge headquarters near Crestone.  Contact Tim Armstrong at 852-2452.

Sunday, July 28

SOUTH FORK — South Fork Music Association’s Free Summer Concerts on Sundays in July continue Sunday, July 28 with Lipbone Redding at 5 p.m. at the South Fork Visitor Center pavilion with refreshments available for purchase. Visit www.southforkmusic.org

August 3-4

DEL NORTE — Del Norte will celebrate “COVERED WAGON DAYS” 2013 on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4. Saturday events will include a parade at 9:50 a.m. on Grand, with several additional events on Columbia Street. Participants will reenact the “Biscuit Throw” just before 10, in addition to an 1860 era Stagecoach with re-enactors of “THE GREAT STAGECOACH ROBBERY” shootout. On Columbia Street after the parade, there will be a Wagon Show, a Car Show and a Farmer’s Market. After the parade, the park will host Mud Volleyball, Kids’ Activities, Vendors’ Booths and a Horseshoe Tournament. Del Norte Volunteer Fire Dept. will host their annual barbecue fundraiser at the firehouse. The Rio Grande County Museum will hold their Ice Cream Social. The Val Alto Pancake Breakfast will take place before the parade. The library holds a book sale before the parade. On Sunday, there will be church services in the park. Call Karen 657-0286 or email karenbonnie@q.com

August 5-9

MONTE VISTA —The San Luis Valley Fair will be held August 5-9. Watch horse shows, a kid’s rodeo, a fashion show, and dog show to name a few, culminating in the 4-H BBQ and FCE pie auction followed by the livestock auction on Friday evening. For more information call the Extension Service at 852-7381 or pick up a fair book at various stores in Monte Vista and Alamosa, including Heartstrings and Heirlooms, Big R and Shades Quilts and Etc.


ALAMOSA — To help aid in the rebuilding of the valley economy following the West Fork Complex Fires, Del Mar Carpet One will be donating a dime for every square foot of carpet sold in the month of July to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

SOUTH FORK — Due to the West Fork Complex Fire, the Beaver Creek Youth Camp Commissioners has rescheduled the cancelled third and fourth grade camp for July 28-August 2. The fifth and sixth grade camp has been rescheduled for July 21-26. Previously registered campers will be notified. The first, second, seventh, eighth and 9-12th grade camps remain as previously scheduled. Contact: 873-5311. There are still openings. Registrations are available online at www.beavercreek.camp.org

ALAMOSA — In October the Alamosa seniors will be taking a Southern Charms trip through Georgia and South Carolina. The dates are October 16-22. Contact 589-3277. A down payment of $500 is required by the middle of July. Non-seniors also welcome.

ALAMOSA — The Summer Food Service Program at Alamosa Elementary K-2 is serving free meals this summer through July 25 at 1707 West 10th Street with breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 12-1 p.m.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Public Library is carrying the online language-learning software by Mango Languages free of charge to patrons. Call Alamosa Public Library, 589-6592.

ALAMOSA — The GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club of Alamosa is selling pinwheels for $5 (with pinwheels to be placed in the advocacy center’s garden) to help build the Children’s Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley. To purchase a pinwheel through September, please contact Bessie Konishi at 589-6546, Arvilla Weldon at 589-7365 or Tu Casa at 589-2465.

ALAMOSA — Habitat Store is open every Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 530 State Avenue, on the corner of Sixth and State in Alamosa. Habitat accepts donations of gently used building materials and home furnishings and what it cannot use for building projects, it resell to the public at discounted prices. All proceeds then go into our building program. Habitat is a self-help housing program for the San Luis Valley. Call 589-8678 or check out www.slvhabitat.org

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 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.

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 — 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 — 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.

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.

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 Monte Villa Inn 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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