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Posted: Friday, Jul 19th, 2013

July 20-21

SOUTH FORK—South Fork is again hosting the annual Logger Days Festival Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21 at the community center. Enjoy craft booths, live music, logging competition and wood carvings on site. Saturday events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Logging competitions start at noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. The event is free. Contact: 873-5466.

ALAMOSA — Cat’s Classic 2013 is July 20 and 21 at the Sutak Raceway south of Alamosa off Hwy 285 on Road 11 South. Highlights include vintage bike show and 4-corners pro challenge at 4 p.m. Saturday, Reverend and the Blues Pushers concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, and races from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and SRAC Championship on Sunday. Bring lawn chairs. See www.catsclassics.com

Saturday, July 20

MANASSA — The 37th Annual Manassa Pioneer Days continued on Saturday, July 20, with an 8 a.m. 5 K, 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m. barbecue, 1 p.m. rodeo and 5:30 p.m. demolition derby. Also enjoy live entertainment and carnival rides.

ALAMOSA—The Valley Farmers’ Market welcomes locals and visitors to downtown Alamosa every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  July 20th will feature a performance by Skin Your Teeth, a Reggae band out of Denver as well as “Bees Make More Than Just Honey” pollinator crafts and beekeeping expertise by Karen Lemke. 

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.

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 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.  Bike 2 Build is a benefit ride for Habitat for Humanity. Call 589-8678 or email bikes@slvhabitat.org

SOUTH FORK — Clean comic Jeff Harms 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) board will meet on Saturday, July 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at OLT’s Everson Ranch. See www.olt.org or call 256-5212.

CENTER — The Saguache Community Theater Company will be performing its very own rendition of 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. Call 852-5181. The Open Dog Show will be at the MVC on July 20 on the Ampride lawn area. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m., with the show at 9 a.m. Call Joy Werner at 251-3334.

SOUTH FORK — Rock the Rio Grande Barrel Racing and Bull Riding Series continues Saturday, July 20, at 5 p.m. at the Rickle Arena, South Fork. Call 588-9979. Free admission to firefighters.

SAGUACHE — The historic Ute Theatre in Saguache will host the Telluride Mountain Film Festival Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 21

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Knights of Columbus #2096 monthly breakfast will be from 9-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, at Sacred Heart Church, 726 Third Street, Alamosa. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10 years old.

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, July 21, at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 No. Cty Road 2 East, Monte Vista 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.

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; 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. Visit www.southforkmusic.org

DEL NORTE — On Sunday, July 21, starting at 8 a.m. the Rio Grande Sportsman Club hold its 22nd annual Shoot-Out competitive pistol shoot open to trained and experienced pistol shooters only. Entry fee for all courses of fire is $10. Bring eye and ear protection plus ammunition. The range is between Monte Vista and Del Norte south of U.S. Highway 160. Contact Dave Pote 580-0738.

ALAMOSA – The 30th Annual McDonald’s Children’s Care String Tournament is Sunday, July 21, at the Cattail’s Golf Club with registration at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $65 per person with cart and breakfast included. Contact: 589-9515.

Monday, July 22

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Drug Court will hold an open house from 3-5 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at the Alamosa Family Recreation Center, 2222 Old Sanford Road, Alamosa. Win door prizes. Find out about local agencies. Have pizza, snacks and drinks. Find out about drug court and talk to people who have completed it. Daycare is provided.

SARGENT — The Sargent school board meets Monday, July 22, at 4 p.m. in the high school library.

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.

ANTONITO — Michelle Phillips, of Rapid Medical, LLC, will speak at the Antonito Senior Center on Tuesday July 23, at 11 a.m. sharing tips on safety and remaining independent in the home.  This discussion is free and open to the public. Contact: 376-2294.

Wednesday, July 24

ROMEO — Compassion Food Bank will be distributing at the Romeo Fire Station on Wednesday, July 24, from 12-4 pm. Donation of $15 is requested. Contact: Brenda at 588-4778.

CREEDE—Creede Historical Society presents their 4th Annual Mining through Poetry, Stories, and Songs fundraising program on Wednesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Humphries Brown Theatre. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased through the Creede Repertory Theatre or at the door.

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.

ALAMOSA — There will be a showing of Symphony of Soil, a documentary film about the miraculous substance soil, on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Milagros Coffeehouse in Alamosa. The film is free, but donations are always appreciated. The film is sponsored by the SLV Local Foods Coalition and the Alamosa Community Greenhouse.

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 for hamburger, fixings, chips, drink and cookie. 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.

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista High School Class of 1973 will host a reception for graduates from the 1970’s on Friday, July 26, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Monte Vista Elks Lodge, 121 Washington Ave. Enter from Second Avenue.

July 27-28

ANTONITO — The 3rd Annual Art Show and Celebration at Rocky Mountain Estates will be held July 27 and 28 at the community fire house at Rocky Mountain Estates, west of Antonito off Hwy 17, seven miles north of Horca on FDR 250. The art show, with music and refreshments, will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 and 12-6 p.m. July 28. Contact: 376-6070.

Saturday, July 27

MONTE VISTA —Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and beverages at the Annual Monte Vista Kiwanis Club Stampede Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 27, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in front of Sunflower Bank on Adams Street. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

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

Wednesday, July 31

ALAMOSA — The public is invited to bring a lunch and join San Luis Valley Health Wellness Coordinator Logan Shaver for a presentation on stress management on Wednesday, July 31, from 12-1 p.m. Learn how to identify the symptoms of stress and understand its side effects, as well as ways to manage stress and overcome stressors. The free session takes place at the San Luis Valley Health Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main St., in Alamosa.  RSVP by July 29 to Logan at 587-6382 or logan.shaver@slvrmc.org

Thursday, August 1

ALAMOSA — Enjoy free barbecue dinner, drinks and music at the San Luis Valley Water Reception from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Gilmore Ranch, 3731 S. 105 Road, Alamosa, to celebrate the Rio Grande “Headwaters” magazine publication

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Chuck Pyle, The Zen Cowboy on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.

August 2-4

CRESTONE —The 15th Annual Crestone Music Festival will be held August 2-4 at the Challenger Golf Club in Crestone. The festival is a three-day, multi-genre, multi-cultural event with family activities, contests, arts and crafts, international cuisine and libations. Headliners are Tab Benoit, The Haunted Windchimes & Vieux Farka Toure! Returning favorites from last year are: Nokuthula, Atomga, Chimney Choir and Crestone Kaminari Taiko! See www.crestfest.org or call 719-256-4533.

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.

Friday, August 9

MONTE VISTA — Bring recyclable materials to Juniper Village at 2277 East Drive in Monte Vista on August 9 between 1 and 3 p.m.  Juniper is working with the Scouts to assist the community in recycling newspapers and plastics. There will be lemonade and cookies. 

ALAMSOA — Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., invites the public to free “Movie Night at your Library.” Showing August 9 is “Escape from Planet Earth” at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free. Bring a drink.

Saturday, August 10

DEL NORTE — Keeping the Dream Alive 7th Annual Fund-raising Dinner and Auction for the Rio Grande Hospital will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Del Norte School bus garage. Tickets are $12, available at Rio Grande Hospital and clinics.

Monday, August 12

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Outreach Services, 929 State Ave. in Alamosa, will be giving away school supplies on Monday, August 12, from 9 a.m. until noon or until the supplies run out. The child must be present to receive these supplies. Call 587-3781.

Tuesday, August 13

SOUTH FORK — Women’s health workshop and luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the South Fork Community Building, with complimentary lunch provided. Call Rachele at 657-4140 to register.

Saturday, August 24

DEL NORTE—The first San Luis Valley Youth Festival will be on August 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Del Norte. Focus is on youth and family related programs. There will be games, health education, food, music, health screenings, a car show and plenty of other activities sponsored by local agencies to keep youth and families entertained. Contact Greg Porter at 657-2150.

September 12 – 15

ALAMOSA — The Southern Colorado Film Festival will take place in Carson Auditorium at Adams State University this fall, September 12 – 15. The Southern Colorado Film Festival (SCFF) seeks to relate the unique issues of the San Luis Valley to the world through the medium of independent film. The theme LAND, WATER, COMMUNITY has been chosen to represent this year’s festival. SCFF is currently accepting submissions. Visit www.socofilmfest.com or email info@socofilmfest.com.


LA JARA —The Conejos County Farmer’s Market is held in La Jara next to the town hall on Friday afternoons between 3 and 7 p.m. The market features fresh produce, baked goods, paintings, homemade soap, and crafts from local artisans. To become a vendor, please call 588-9584.

SAGUACHE—Downtown Saguache Farmers’ Markets are held every Friday afternoon beginning July 26 and running through Oct. 4 from 2-6 p.m. at the new “Pocket Park” adjacent to the Ute Theater. Prepared food, baked goods, arts and crafts items, and live music will be featured as well. Contact; Tracy Benton at (806) 543-8337, or stop by the Welcome Center at 404 4th St. for an information packet.

ALAMOSA — La Puente is calling on the community to donate backpacks for the Fall Backpack Drive. These backpacks can be dropped off at La Puente’s Outreach building at 929 State Ave. in Alamosa—Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations will be used to provide free school supplies to children in the San Luis Valley. Contact: 587-3781.

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.

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 — 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.

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 — 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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