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Posted: Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013

November 23-24


ALAMOSA — Longtime valley artist Phoebe Russell, her daughter Jocelyn, and accomplished artist Sue Patterson, are showing new works of art at the Inn of the Rio Grande (Ramada) in Alamosa. The show is Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit www.JocelynRussell.com, www.SuePattersonArt.com and/or call Phoebe at 589-2393.

Saturday, November 23

ALAMOSA — On Saturday, November 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local authors will have copies of their published books to sell ranging run from poetry to novels to short stories at the San Luis Valley Museum, 401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa. Contact: 587-0667. Admission is free.

ALAMOSA — S.W.A.G. invites the public to the annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 23 in the Student Life Center of the SUB (Student Union Building) on the Adams State University campus in Alamosa. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a broadcast at 11. Closing remarks will be given by a speaker at 12:30 p.m.

ALAMOSA — First Christian Church’s 13th Annual Craft and Bake Sale is Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 518 First St., Alamosa, at the corner of First and State in Alamosa. There will be lots of baked items as well as creative handcrafted items including jewelry, wood crafts and clothing. Call Bill Brooks at 588-0585.

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

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Christian Reform Church hosts its Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar on 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.

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

MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Citizens Center, Monte Vista, will be hosting 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 and are scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations are required to Cindy Bervig at 587-7586 or cbervig@adams.edu The November 23 program is “Optics, Telescopes, and the Sky,” in ASU 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 host 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.

Sunday, November 24

ALAMOSA — “For This We Give Thanks — A Musical Celebration of the Harvest” will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 24, at Adams State University’s Leon Memorial to support the Alamosa Emergency Food Bank. A number of musical groups from local churches as well as ASU’s choir will participate. Admission is cash donations or non-perishable (canned or packaged) food for the food bank.

Tuesday, November 26

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. at The Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa for the annual Flies and Lies meeting where members come to demonstrate their favorite fly patterns and swap stories. The meeting is free and public. Call 378-2751.

SANFORD — Sanford Schools is holding its annual “Fill a Room to Feed the Needy” Food Drive from through Tuesday, Nov. 26. All food donated will be delivered to the SLV Food Bank.

ALAMOSA —The annual North American Falconers’ Association (NAFA) Meet is in Alamosa at the Inn of the Rio Grande Hotel, 333 Santa Fe Avenue, Alamosa. On Tuesday, November 26, from 12-5 p.m. there will be a Community Blood Drive through Bonfils Blood Center at the Inn of the Rio Grande. Contact Anne Price at (303) 587-6987 or Ron Clarke at (907) 723-6840.

Wednesday, November 27

ALAMOSA —The annual North American Falconers’ Association (NAFA) Meet is in Alamosa at the Inn of the Rio Grande Hotel, 333 Santa Fe Avenue, Alamosa. On Wednesday, November 27, from 7- 8 p.m. there will be a free public program on falconry featuring live hawks and falcons at Alamosa High School, 805 Craft Dr., Alamosa. Bring a camera.

Thursday, November 28

ALAMOSA — La Puente is hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the shelter. 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 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. 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. Contact Karen at 873-5466.

Friday, November 29

ALAMOSA —The annual North American Falconers’ Association (NAFA) Meet is in Alamosa at the Inn of the Rio Grande Hotel, 333 Santa Fe Avenue, Alamosa. On Friday, November 29, at 10 a.m. there will be an informal tour and presentation at the Inn of the Rio Grande “Weathering Yard” on the east side of the hotel. All are welcome.

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. 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. 

November 29-December 1

SAND DUNES —Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center Bookstore offers a holiday sale on Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 with 15-30 percent off on all items in the bookstore. The center also carries the National Park quarters coin series both individually and as a set. The visitor center and bookstore are open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. seven days a week except for winter federal holidays. Contact Meg Kunze at 719-378-6345 or the Visitor Center at 378-6399.

November 29-December 22

ALAMOSA — Climb aboard the train to Christmas Town departing Alamosa Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from the weekend of November 29-December 1 through December 22. The conductor will welcome folks aboard and punch their ticket as they find their seats in warm, decorated cars. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, even Zephyr the depot cat and laugh along with elves while they’re busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, Santa climbs on board and walks through the cars greeting each child with holiday cheer and his signature “Ho, Ho, Ho”! Contact 1-877-726-7245 or go to www.coloradotrain.com

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

MONTE VISTA — Join staff from Senator Mark Udall’s office and members of the Monte Vista Community Development Corporation for a free event on December 3rd at the Monte Vista Information Center to learn more about the health care reform laws.  Choose from either 4 or 5:30 p.m. for a one hour informative event presented by members of the Connect For Health Colorado team, representing Rio Grande Hospital, Valley-Wide and SLV Health.

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 — Hospice del Valle will hold a holiday grief group in two sessions, 1-3 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m. on December 5. Participants must call Tricia to register, 589-9019. The groups will be held at the hospice office at 514 Main Street, Alamosa.

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.

ALAMOSA– The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will debut the free show “Escher’s Universe” on Thursday December 5, at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets will be available at the planetarium when the doors open, and are required. See blogs.adams.edu/zacheis

December 6-7

ALAMOSA — Semillas de la Tierra presents their December Fiesta with special guests Mountain Valley Dance on December 6 and 7 at the ASU Richardson Hall Auditorium, Adams State University, Alamosa, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and can be purchased at Papers of Distinction and Oscar’s Restaurant.

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

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center in Del Norte hosts “Home for the Holidays” exhibits of quilts, a crocheted gingerbread house and village, annual nativity show, Christmas trees, antique dolls and toys and Swedish and Hispanic Christmas exhibits through Dec. 22. The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the Del Norte Open House and Parade of Lights on December 6. The museum will remain open that evening until 8 p.m. The museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte. Winter hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 657-2847 or e-mail at rgmuseum@riograndecounty.org

DEL NORTE — Parade of Lights will be held in downtown Del Norte on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:45 p.m.

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.

SOUTH FORK—The South Fork Music Association will host a holiday party and membership drive on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Feeling Good Café and Coffee Shop. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, menu items available for purchase and live music by Steve Baxter. Casual or semi casual attire.

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will debut the free show “Supervolcanoes” on Friday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Tickets will be available at the planetarium when the doors open, and are required. See blogs.adams.edu/zacheis

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.

ALAMOSA — A festive day of folding paper will be held at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa, on Saturday, Dec. 7. Two separate workshops, one for children and one for adults, will feature instruction on how to fold and create origami holiday decorations. The workshop for children 12 years old and younger will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7. Parents are requested to stay with their children. The workshop for adults and teenagers 13 years old and older will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. The workshops are free, and origami paper will be supplied.

FORT GARLAND — The Friends of Fort Garland Museum will hold their annual Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the mess hall at the Fort. This year it is an old fashioned potluck with the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy being provided. The public is invited. Bring a side dish and/or a dessert. There is no charge for the dinner but buy tickets for some wonderful door prizes. The tickets are 12 for $10 or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the door. Call Theresa Rudder at 719-588-7913 to RSVP.

MONTE VISTA — Come and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs at the Tri-County Senior Center, 311 Washington, Monte Vista from 8-10 a.m. on Dec. 7. Cost is $7.

Sunday, December 8

SAND DUNES — The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve invites San Luis Valley residents and visitors to come enjoy holiday music on Sunday, December 8th. Serenity Strings, a local San Luis Valley strings ensemble will be performing holiday music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be provided for visitors to enjoy while singing along to Christmas carols and other favorite holiday tunes. Park staff will also have arts and crafts activities available for children.

Wednesday, December 11

MONTE VISTA— Monte Vista Community Blood Drive is Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Common Area at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 99 W. Prospect, Monte Vista. Contact Kim Maestas at 852-2955.

December 7-15

ALAMOSA – The Adams State Theatre Musical Production, Sleeping Beauty, great for all ages, will run December 7, 8, and 15 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. The La Puente Home benefit performance is December 6 and the ASU Alumni performance is the December 14 matinee. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current ASU ID. Call 587-8499.

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

ALAMOSA — The 3rd Annual Alamosa Lights Parade presented by Honeycutt Rodeo will be marching down Main Street on Friday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. Come see bicycles, cars and floats all lit up in Christmas lights.

Thursday, December 19

ANTONITO — Antonito Senior Citizens will have a Christmas Potluck at the Center on Thursday, December 19, from 1-4 p.m. with music by Alex Lopez and Bernal Mestas. Please call 376-2294 to let us know what you will bring for the potluck. Also there is an optional gift exchange. Let the center know if bringing a gift of $10.

Sunday, December 22

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center, 580 Oak Street in Del Norte, will be hosting a concert by Randy Macy, Sarah Off and Rachel Hand on December 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $15 for adults and family tickets for parents and children will be $25. Tickets can be obtained at the Rio Grande County Museum. Call 657-2847 or e-mail at rgmuseum@riograndecounty.org

January 17-18

ALAMOSA — The 2014 Alamosa Ice Fest will be held Jan. 17 and 28 in downtown Alamosa on the theme “Alamosa in Wonderland.”


ALAMOSA — Alamosa FFA is holding a fruit sale until Dec. 5. Check out their Facebook page at “Alamosa FFA” or call 587-1619.

DEL NORTE—The Del Norte Police Department is planning a Third Annual Christmas Toy and Food Drive in collaboration with TEEN Approach at Del Norte Middle School. They are accepting donations of new unwrapped toys for ages 1-16, non-perishable food items, turkeys and/or hams. Cash may also be donated, and checks may be made payable to the Del Norte Police Department. Toys and food items can be given at the Del Norte Police Department or the Del Norte Middle School. Also on Dec. 7, Wal Mart will be hosting a “Fill the Truck” day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. where donors can also make donations of gifts or food items. Deadline for donations is Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. Call Robin Medina, 657-4030 ext. 2121 or Sergeant Frank Archuleta at the Del Norte Police Department 657-2600 ext. 12.

MONTE VISTA — Christmas tree cutting permits are for sale at all the Rio Grande National Forest and Bureau of Land Management offices in the San Luis Valley. The permits cost $8 each with a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be growing on land managed by the Rio Grande National Forest or the BLM’s San Luis Valley Field Office. All trees must be at least 100 feet away from any campground, picnic area or road and can be up to five inches in diameter at shoulder height. Cutting trees within designated wilderness areas or the Conejos Canyon is prohibited. In addition to the public lands offices, Rio Grande National Forest Christmas tree permits may also be available at the Creede Chamber of Commerce; Rainbow Grocery and the Silver Thread Information Center in South Fork; the Green Spot Garden Center and Antiques in Alamosa; and the Hometown Food Market in Antonito. Contact 852-5941.

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.

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 food is desperately needed for volunteers who are feeding feral and abandoned cats and kittens. To donate cat food, please contact Donna Ditmore at 589-5952.

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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