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Posted: Friday, Nov 15th, 2013

Saturday, November 16

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Square Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sargent School Elementary Gym, 7090 N. County Road 2 East, Monte Vista from 7-9:30 p.m. Please bring snacks. Call Sylvia at 303 517-8199 or sylarmijo@yahoo.com, Charlie at 850-0864 or Mollie at 588-7526 or mollie235@q.com

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Colorado pirate Celtic rockers, “Potcheen” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Inn of the Rio Grande, Alamosa. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for ALMA members and $5 for community volunteers and students. See www.almaonline.org

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista Fire Department is hosting their annual free chili supper on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station, 401 South Broadway.

ALAMOSA — Painter David Montgomery will be presenting a painting demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 16 at the SLV Health Medical Center (the Alamosa Hospital) on the 2nd floor Artrium in Alamosa. Contact Dave at 580-5574.

LA JARA — La Jara Elementary PTA Fundraiser Craft/Vendor Fair is Saturday, November 16, from 8 a.m.– 12 p.m. noon.

SAGUACHE — Ute Theatre hosts an evening of live music with some of Saguache’s own musical talent beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, with acoustic pieces and rock & roll. Admission is free.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents an open mic and jam session beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte, 657-4757. Bring food for a Mexican food potluck and bring a drink.

ALAMOSA–The Fourth Annual Adams State University International Cuisine Potluck will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Sacred Heart Church Gymnasium, on 715 4th St., in Alamosa. Entrance fee is one dish per family and $1 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Cost is $10 for participants without a dish to share. Please bring tableware including plates, silverware, napkins, and cups. Contact: Oneyda Maestas at 587-7687, or Krystin Chee at 928-349-2486.

SAGUACHE — A presentation on industrial hemp yields, market and regulations will be held on Saturday, November 16, at the BeBop Studio in the Saguache Welcome Center on Fourth Street in Saguache. It will begin with a hempluck (potluck) brunch, and meet and greet starting at 10:30 a.m. Please bring a dish to share. The presentation will begin at 11:15 a.m., followed by a question and answer session. Recommended donation is $5.

ALAMOSA — The Senate Democratic Listening Tour will hold a town hall meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Milagros Coffeehouse, 529 Main St., Alamosa. The event is free, nonpartisan and public.

Sunday, November 17

DEL NORTE — On Sunday, November 17th at 10 a.m. the Rio Grande Sportsman’s Club will hold a competitive turkey shoot. Prizes are certificates for frozen turkeys from a local grocery store. This is a rifle event. This fun event is open to the public and club members. The range is located between Monte Vista and Del Norte. Contact Dave Pote 580-0738.

CRESTONE—Local artist Sergey Noskov ‘s works will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone during November and December. A symposium with Sergey will be held on Sunday Nov. 17 starting at 3 p.m. This event is free to the public. Please visit shumeicrestone.org or call 256-5284.

ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Library in Alamosa are planning for their 2014 book sales. Starting this Sunday, November 17, they are holding monthly book collection events at Spines in the city sheds behind the Alamosa post office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. For pick up call 719-588-2287.

Monday, November 18

SARGENT — Sargent school board meets Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Prior to the regular meeting a special meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the library.

Tuesday, November 19

LA JARA —The North Conejos School District Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 19, at the District Administration Office in La Jara. Agendas are available at the office, 17890 US Highway, La Jara, or at www.northconejos.com Contact 274-5174.

ALAMOSA — Rick and Barb Wise founded WiseChoices to share their story and educate audiences regarding HIV/AIDS, healthy relationships. Rick and Barb will be speaking on ASU campus in Richardson Hall on November 19th at 7 p.m. The event is free.

MONTE VISTA — Action 22 will hold a San Luis Valley area meeting on Tuesday, November 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the SLV Rural Electric Cooperative, 3625 US 160, Monte Vista.

CENTER — The Center Town Board will hold a public hearing on utility rates on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Theatre Program production, “The SantaLand Diaries,” opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 and runs nightly through Saturday, November 23 in the Xperimental Theatre. Individual tickets are $8 for general public, $7 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current Adams state identification. To reserve tickets for Santaland Diaries, call 587-8499. Adult content.

LA JARA — The Conejos County Republican Central Committee will have a Lincoln Day Dinner Planning Meeting on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 p.m. at the Conejos County Nursing Service Building. 

Wednesday, November 20

CENTER — Center Schools is hosting a career fair on Wednesday, November 20, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  Please contact Katrina Ruggles at kruggles@center.k12.co.us or Arabia Morgan at 754-2232.  

ALAMOSA — Get Answers at the Alamosa Public Library on November 20 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. by Certified Health Coverage Guides about how to access the website, what financial assistance is available and other questions concerning the Affordable Care Act.

ALAMOSA —The SLV Area Health Education Center will present a webinar in Alamosa on A Statewide Discussion of Prescription Drug Abuse Among Youth on Wednesday, November 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the SLV Health Education Center on 1919 Main Street in Alamosa. Call Charlotte Ledonne, at 589-4977.

ALAMOSA – An evening film premiere and book signing will be held by Hilos Culturales at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Centennial School in San Luis.

ALAMOSA–The Adams State University Faculty Lecture “Arnold Schoenberg: Finding the New Shore (Israel) and the Return of God in his Choral Work, Dreimal Tausend Jahre,” by Dr. Beth Robison begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, in Porter Hall room 130. All talks are free and public. Contact Dr. Kristy Duran at 587-7767, or by email: klduran@adams.edu

Thursday, November 21

ALAMOSA – The Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21 will be held in Alamosa from 8 a.m. to noon at SLV Health Regional Medical Center, 106 Blanca Ave., and from 1-5 p.m. at SLV Health Stuart Avenue Clinic, 2115 Stuart Ave. Enroll in FREE support services with the SLV Health tobacco navigator and enter into drawings to win $25 gift cards. Call 587-6334.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Presbyterian Women will be having their annual pecan and walnut sale on November 21 from 9 until 2 at 330 San Juan.  Baked goods and candy will be sold.  Enjoy coffee and a homemade caramel roll.  

CRESTONE — The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council welcomes John Fielder, on Thursday, November 21, in Crestone from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Colorado College Baca Campus, $20 suggested donation. Call 719-589-1518 or go to www.slvec.org

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium free programming includes Thursday evening programs, at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. with November 21 – “Natural Selection,” a movie. Tickets are required and available at the planetarium. Visit blogs.adams.edu/zacheis

Friday, November 22

VALLEY — The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council welcomes John Fielder on Friday, November 22, in Alamosa from 12-2 p.m., at the Adams State University Main Theater. Reception follows at Adams State Community Partnerships. That Friday evening, November 22, he will be in Del Norte, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruth Marie Colville Center, $20 suggested donation Call 719-589-1518 or go to www.slvec.org

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium free programming includes “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” on November 22 at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are required and available at the planetarium. Visit blogs.adams.edu/zacheis

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte, presents Tara Linda, American Tex-Mex cabaret, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.

ALAMOSA — Get Answers at the Alamosa Public Library on November 22 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. by Certified Health Coverage Guides about how to access the website, financial assistance and other questions on the Affordable Care Act.

November 21-23

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista High School Drama announces their fall play, Neil Simon’s farce FOOLS for three performances: November 21, 22, and 23, 7 p.m. at the Bill Metz campus auditorium. Adult tickets will be $7 and student tickets will be $3.

November 22-23

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Co-op will host its Fifth Annual Education Fund Bazaar on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon in the co-op community room. Call: 852-5181

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Christian Reform Church will host its Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar on Fri. Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cinnamon rolls, coffee and hot cider will be served in the Waverly Youth and Community Center, 1836 Road 10 South. Call 589-2072 or 589-2001.

November 22-25

ALAMOSA — Basic Site Survey Techniques is the next class offered in the Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification. The class will be offered at Adams State University from Nov. 22-25. Cost is $12. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 17. Contact: Loretta Mitson at 719-480-3143 or mitson53@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 23

MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Citizens Center, Monte Vista, will host their Annual Bazaar on November 23, from, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with white elephant table, craft items and baked goods. Cost for lunch, baked potato, chili bar and beverage, is $6. Call 852-5778.

ALAMOSA – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Programs free interactive sessions are open to the public from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations are required to Cindy Bervig at 587-7586 or cbervig@adams.edu November 23 – “Optics, Telescopes, and the Sky,” Porter Hall room 120, appropriate for grades 5-8; and “Cellbots: The Art of Mobile Driven Robotics” and “Visual Anonymity Enhancing Technologies,” Porter Hall room 232, appropriate for grades 9-12.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Senior Citizens, at the north end of Cole Park in Alamosa, will host its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with crafts, baked goods, white elephant items, silent auction and quilt raffle. Also for sale will be breakfast burritos, green chili and coffee. Call 589-3277.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grand Ave., Del Norte, presents Grayson Erhard, singer-songwriter, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.

CREEDE—The Creede Community Center will be once again hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. Dinner includes: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing gravy and rolls. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Thursday, November 28

ALAMOSA — La Puente is hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the shelter. La Puente will be serving 200-300 people from the community. Individuals or families who would like to help prepare a dish, donate food, or volunteer time, please call Vax Podsiadlo at 587-3499.

MONTE VISTA — The 1st annual Turkey Trot 5K walk/run with proceeds for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital will take place, rain or shine, on Thanksgiving morning, November 28 at 10 a.m. at Homelake in Monte Vista with the start line at the boat ramp. Prizes will be awarded for the best turkey costume and winners of the race.  On Facebook see “St. Jude’s turkey trot: Monte Vista” and follow the link to register.  Registration fee is $35 and includes a St. Jude’s t-shirt. For questions or to make a donation, please call Kaitlin at 719-480-1124. 

SOUTH FORK—South Fork Kiwanis plans its 12th annual free Valley-wide Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Building on Highway 149. Take outs are available. There will also be a children’s winter clothing drive. Bring new or used items to be collected and distributed. Contact Karen at 873-5466.

November 29-30

SOUTH FORK—The South Fork Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Boutique on Nov. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Rio Grande Club. There will be many Christmas shopping booths and lunch service is available. Booths are $25 for South Fork Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Get a booth the day of the event for $25. Call 873-5556. 

Monday, December 2

ALAMOSA — Childcare Providers can register for upcoming trainings at Alamosa County Public Health Department.  Medication Administration class will be on Monday, Dec. 2 from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, December 9 from 3-5 p.m.  This is a two-part class and participants must attend both parts to receive their certificates. The cost of the class will be $45. Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited. Contact Samantha Escobedo, RN at sescobedo@alamosacounty.org or at 587-5339 and leave a message. Classes will be held at the Alamosa County Administration Building at 8900-B Independence Way. The county must have enough pre-registered participants in order to hold the classes. 

Tuesday, December 3

ALAMOSA — Need affordable health insurance? Get answers on December 3 at 8 a.m. at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Learn more about Connect for Health Colorado during this free event. Please RSVP to 303-433-3375 x 105 or email CMCACoverageassist@yahoo.com

Wednesday, December 4

ALAMOSA — “Rejoice, a Celebration of Art, Wine and Cheese,” is a premiere event this holiday season in Alamosa, hosted by Sacred Heart Parish. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, features an art auction with various unique works of art by renowned local artists. It will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. that evening in the Fireplace Room. Tickets, at $25 each, will be limited to 50 and may be purchased at Papers of Distinction, the parish hall or by calling event organizer Kathy Martinez, 589-5267.

Thursday, December 5

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Field Institute invites the public to its annual meeting and celebration of the 2013 season at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the Bistro Rialto in Alamosa. The program will be a lively interlude with Fred Bunch, resource management specialist at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. He will be presenting a historical account of the travels of Zebulon Pike. The cost is free to members and $18.50 for non members. To reserve a spot at the Colorado Field Institute Annual Event, please RSVP to www.coloradofieldinstitute.org by Nov. 29.

December 6-7

ALAMOSA — Sacred Heart Church’s bazaar is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7. Hours on Friday are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and dinner available for sale along with numerous booths and wonderful holiday items to purchase. Hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with breakfast and lunch available.

ALAMOSA – Wild Roses will be hosting its 9th Annual Christmas Bazaar on December 6th and 7th at 511 Main Street in Downtown Alamosa. Lunch will be served as well as great local crafts including jewelry, working wooden toys, cards, photography, quilts, ornaments, snowmen and much more. New this year, sign up now with the Crane Building merchants to win Christmas Bazaar Cash. For more information call 589-5163.

Friday, December 6

MONTE VISTA — The Kelloff Regional Center for the Arts will host the first annual Holiday Arts, Craft and Antique Fair beginning December 6 at 102 Adams Street in the Fassett Building. The newly formed arts group that has an emphasis on all media of art are looking for artists of all media, crafter’s, jewelers, quilters, bakers, candy makers, cards, toys, candles, bath products, local book authors, gift baskets and more. The group is also looking for someone who would like to set up coffee and pastry sales in the kitchen and musicians to provide holiday music for Saturdays, December 6, 14 and 21. Contact Charlotte Crites at 852-5337, or at robinchar@bresnan.net. In addition, the Monte Arts Council will hold their annual Christmas Art show in the building and will host an opening reception on Friday night, December 6.

Saturday, December 7

SAN LUIS VALLEY—The San Juan Nordic Club with co-sponsor San Luis Valley Great Outdoors is holding a ski and gear swap to help cover the cost of grooming cross country ski trails.  Bring used or new outdoor and ski equipment to sell, donate or buy.  The swap is Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Forest Service office at 129A Santa Fe Ave., Alamosa. Registration is Friday Dec. 6 from 12-4 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. Call 587-0915.

SAGUACHE—Friends of the Saguache Public Library are sponsoring a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Saguache Community Building on Seventh Street. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A table at the bazaar is $10. The Town of Saguache requires that vendors at events on town property have liability insurance of their own or sign a waiver of liability. For more information and to reserve a table, call Wilma at 655-2566, or Delores at 655-2275.

ALAMOSA — Wee Care at First United Methodist Church in Alamosa is accepting vendor applications for their Holiday Bazaar, to be held December 7.  Local craftspeople are encouraged to call Kristine at 719-589-2243 for more information.

CENTER — The Center United Methodist Church will hold there annual Christmas Bazaar at 10 a.m. on December 7 at Fourth and Broadway in Center. There will be wreaths, door hangings and centerpieces made from live greens. There will also be craft items, homemade candy, cookie bar and baked goods. A buffet turkey dinner will be served at noon. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 will be served free. For more information contact the church office at 754-2243.

December 17-18

ALAMOSA — Nationally recognized expert Dr. Neil E. Harl will present a two-day seminar on the major income tax and estate and business planning issues for farms, ranches, and agribusinesses on Dec. 17-18. Geared to accountants, lawyers, and agribusiness professionals, the seminar will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in Room 309 of the Adams State University Student Union Building, First Street in Alamosa. The seminar provides 450 minutes of CLE/CPE credit. The registration fee prior to Dec. 10 is $250 for one day and $450 for both days. Discount information and a registration form are available at www.agrilawpress.com. Questions may be directed to Robert Achenbach, 1-360-200-5666 or e-mail: robert@agrilawpress.com


HOMELAKE — The Homelake Cemetery participates once again in the Wreaths Across America Day to honor and remember veterans who have served this country.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Homelake Cemetery at 3749 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista on December 14th to coincide with the Wreaths Across America Day official ceremony. Homelake will hopefully have a beautiful day to lay the wreaths although dress warmly as it is usually very chilly, but the results are breathtaking and emotional. This year’s date will be December 14th at 10 a.m. at the CSVC Homelake Cemetery. Deadline for ordering and purchasing wreaths will be November 25. Cost remains at $15 per wreath. Contact Carol Martinez at 719-849-1830 or at P.O. Box 181 Monte Vista 81144. Please make checks payable to Carol Martinez Attn: Wreaths Across America as she is the location director.

ALAMOSA — Need affordable health insurance? Get free and informative answers from a certified health coverage guide at the Alamosa Public Library Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of November from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  A 15-minute overview will take place at the top of every hour. Find out more about the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace on November 13, 15, 20 and 22.  Contact Donna Wehe at 587-1330.

CONEJOS COUNTY — During the months of November and December the La Jara Library and the Antonito Branch will be collecting food for fines. All the food collected will be given to the Food Bank of Conejos. Contact: 274-5858 or 376-5904.

SAGUACHE — Mountain Valley School District is offering a new after school program. The program will offer all kinds of activities aiming enhance students’ academic, physical and social skills. After School programs have been proven to increase participant’s academic achievement, self-confidence and social skills while reducing participant’s behavioral challenges and likeliness to engage in risky behaviors during adolescence. The After School Program is also actively seeking volunteers to help with art projects, tutoring, Spanish, gym games and more. Contact Michael Clausen at clausenm@valley.k12.co.us or 655.2568 for more information.

CONEJOS — The Conejos Writers Circle is preparing for its third annual anthology, Circle Book 2014.  All San Luis Valley writers and artists are invited to submit essays, short stories, or poetry, photographs, artwork or music.  The December 1st deadline is firm, and all submissions must include a brief (2-4 sentence) bio.  Submission forms can be downloaded at http://www.conejoswriters.org/books.html. Call 580-4114

ALAMOSA —The Free Community Christmas Dinner, held every year in Alamosa, is looking for more volunteers to staff the committees. This committee meets only in October, November and December. Call 588-6580.

VALLEY — The Colorado Nurses’ Association, District 6, is soliciting nominations for the annual SLV Nightingale Award. This event will recognize exceptional nurses who are working or retired from nursing and who have contributed to the San Luis Valley through leadership, education, clinical care of patients or through community involvement. Nomination forms are available at the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center, 300 Ross in Alamosa, by calling Charlotte Ledonne 589-4977 or by going on line at www.slvahec.org. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, December 20.

ALAMOSA —The Alamosa Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Contact: Suzanne DeVore, 719-588-2557 or email seaton@fairpoint.net

VALLEY — Attention homeschoolers:  Shared Schools still has room. The group will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays this year. Call Denise Cadicamo at 849-8902.

CENTER — Veterans are welcome to learn about the range of benefits they have earned at the Center Public Health and Social Services building on the last Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 719-655-2680.

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 — 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 Habitat’s 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. La Puente provides kits full of hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, razors and cream, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, washcloth, etc. Unfortunately, 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.

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

ALAMOSA — 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. Contact: SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 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.  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 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. Please contact cheryl.martinez@gscolorado.org or 588-3825.

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.

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. 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. The second Wednesday of each month is an Open Mic at Milagros to share works with the greater San Luis Valley community. Call 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. 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.

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 has 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.

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.

VALLEY — Habitat for Humanity works with volunteers and applicants to build simple, affordable homes. Call 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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.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 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.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa High School has partnered with the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers to provide troops with free calls home. They are asking area residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Residents can donate their phones in the school’s main office at the Alamosa High School, 805 Craft Drive.

Alamosa High School wants their students and community members to come together to help collect phones for those who have served this country and are unable to get a phone for themselves. The phones collected will go to soldiers currently fighting for freedom and soldiers that have fought in the past. For more information, please call the school or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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