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Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014

April 5-6; 11-13

CREEDE—Creede Community Players performing as Creede Comique welcome everyone to join them at the Ruth Theatre in Creede on April 5, 6 and 11, 12 and 13 for “The Red Velvet Cake War” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 658-1126. Tickets can also be purchased at the door with prices of, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students with I.D.

Saturday, April 5

MONTE VISTA—The 9Health Fair continues at Ski-Hi Park, Monte Vista on Saturday, April 5 from 7–11 a.m. with many free or low-cost screenings available. To register online go to www.9healthfair.org. Kiwanis Member Colette Skeff will pay for Health Fair participants to each have a breakfast burrito at the 9 Health Fair, Ski-High Park, Monte Vista.

MONTE VISTA — Tri-County Senior Citizens Center, 311 Washington St., in Monte Vista, invites everyone to enjoy breakfast burritos filled with eggs, potatoes, sausage, cheese and smothered with green chili on Saturday, April 5, from 8-10 a.m. Coffee and juice are included. Cost is $7.

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Friends of the NRA Banquet will be held on April 5th at The Inn Of The Rio Grande in east Alamosa. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for social hour with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. For tickets contact Dick Lobmeyer at 719-850-0302, Aaron Adams at 719-588-0811, Moe or Cindy Jones at 719-754-2223, Kelly Slater at 719-849-8296 or at Valley Gun Service in East Monte Vista.

ALAMOSA — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays continue with free interactive sessions open to the public from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations are required. Contact Cindy Bervig at 587-7586 or cbervig@adams.edu. Registration forms are also available at adams.edu/stem. April 5 – “The Scientific Method and a Survey of Life,”grades 4-6; enrollment cap is 16.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Optimist Club presents renowned magician Keir Royale performing “Magic & Illusion” on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Ortega Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $6 each, general admission seating, and will be sold at the door one hour prior to each performance. Seating is limited, so please plan on arriving early.

ALAMOSA — ALMA and Tu Casa present “Rock against Rape” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Elks Lodge in Alamosa. Featured bands include Pedro and the Pistons, and Bittersweet. FREE. Please bring donations for Tu Casa.

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, April 5, at Sargent School Elementary gym, 7090 N. County Road 2 East, Monte Vista, from 7-9:30 p.m. Bring snacks. Contact: Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or slyarmijo@yahoo.com; Charlie at 850-0864; or Mollie at 588-7526 or molie235@q.com

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents a double concert with Taarka & Matt Flinner Trio on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at 850 Grand Ave. (Hwy 160), Del Norte. Cost is $20. Call 657-4757.

ALAMOSA — Wal-Mart associates plan a benefit bake sale to help with medical bills of 1-year-old Liam Aldridge on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the store in Alamosa.

Sunday, April 6

ALAMOSA — The 17th annual CROP Hunger Walk in Alamosa is Sunday, April 6. Meet at the Alamosa Senior Center at 2 p.m. The walk will commence at 3 p.m. and will follow a 5k route through town meeting back at Cole Park for a barbecue picnic and live music. Sign up online at crophungerwalk.org/alamosaco. Contact: 587-3499 ext 13.

ALAMOSA — The T-Rex Express is Sunday, April 6. Dig up authentic dino bones; pet a giant salamander; sing dinosaur songs; visit with Rexy, the dinosaur mascot; and enjoy free goodies for each child. There are two time slots, one at 1 p.m. and another at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are only $15 for coach or $25 for dome cars. Call 587-0520 for reservations.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa First United Methodist Church is hosting a free informal talk, “The Importance of PE and the Arts to Learning,” from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the church’s Memorial Room.

ALAMOSA— The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library will host a spring book sale at Spines, the book shed off the alley behind the Alamosa Post Office, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Donations will be taken as well. Call Erin Smith, 589-6161.

Monday, April 7

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Board of Education meets Mon., April 7, at 209 Victoria Avenue. The ABOE will hold a work session at 6:15 p.m. to discuss character education, and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

ALAMOSA — Join La Puente and Cooking Matters for a Shopping Tour at the Alamosa City Market at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 7, to learn more about the ins and outs of healthy grocery shopping on a very tight budget. Call 587-3499 or visit www.lapuente.net.

Tuesday, April 8

MOSCA — The Sangre de Cristo School Board of Education will meet on Tuesday April 8 at 8751 Lane 7 in the library with general session at 6:30 p.m. Agendas are posted on the website, at Hooper and Mosca Post Offices, the Mosca Pit Stop and My Sisters Place.

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Hunger Education Week series continues on Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a documentary night focusing on Hunger History and Economics in the U.S. at Milagros Coffee House at 529 Main Street in Alamosa. Call 587-3499 or visit www.lapuente.net

ALAMOSA – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting a telephone town hall for the residents of Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties, to ask questions and provide input about regional transportation priorities on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Dial in, toll-free, at 1-877-229-8493, PIN 112034.

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable meets from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, in the conference room of the SLV Water Conservancy District, 623 Fourth St., Alamosa.

Wednesday, April 9

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Family Rec Center will host a public forum on a potential City Dog Park on Wednesday, April 9 from 7-9 p.m. Feasibility, location, and amenities, among other issues, will be discussed. 

ALAMOSA —La Puente’s Hunger Education Week continues on Wednesday, April 9th, with a lecture by Karen Lemke called, “Empowering people through food” at Adams State’s Porter Hall, room 130 at 7 p.m. Call 587-3499 or visit www.lapuente.net.

ALAMOSA—The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will meet on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the office for the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in the green building with white trim on the north side of County Road T, east of the golf course. Contact Tim Armstrong at 852-2452.

Thursday, April 10

ALAMOSA — TEFAP commodities for Alamosa County will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10 at the Alamosa warehouse, 8375 Independence Way, north of social services in Alamosa. Present a photo ID with proof of residency in Alamosa County. Contact: 589-4567.

ALAMOSA — Hilos Culturales presents the La Musica de la Gente II Concert, with Frank McCulloch, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Carson Auditorium.

DEL NORTE — Christine Cerbana, CFERT (Colorado Family Education, Resources and Training) - CSU, will present an interactive presentation “The ABC’s and 1,2,3’s of Discipline” on Thursday, April 10, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Rio Grande County Courthouse Annex, 965 6th St., Del Norte. Contact Mary Ellen Fleming, CSU Extension, 852-7381.

SANFORD — Celebrate the 2014 State Championship of the Sanford Indian Boys Basketball Team on April 10 at Sanford School Auxiliary Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. Last names beginning with A-L, please bring a covered dish. Last names beginning with M-Z, please bring a salad. Meat, dessert and rolls will be provided. Pictures of prior state champions will be taken.

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista school board meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at 345 East Prospect Ave., Monte Vista.

Friday, April 11

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa 9Health Fair is Fri., April 11 from 7 to 11 a.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Online registration is available for the Alamosa website and only a check or cash will be accepted the day of the fair. Low-cost screenings include Blood Chemistry ($30), PSA for men ($25), Blood Cell Count ($15), Colon Cancer Take-Home Screening Kit ($20), Vitamin D ($40), Hemoglobin A1C ($25). To receive the most accurate blood test results, fast for 12 hours prior to the health fair. Drink plenty of water during the fasting period and continue to take medications. Diabetics should not fast. The 9Health Fair is also offering free screenings including blood pressure, hearing, lung function, mental health, nutrition, vision, and more. For additional information call 589-6639 or go to www.9healthfair.org.

Friday, April 11

ALAMOSA — Join La Puente’s final Hunger Education Week Event on Friday, April 11th at 6 p.m. with a photography reception at Milagros Coffee House, to showcase a photo-installment depicting food access within the San Luis Valley. This installment will also be available for viewing at Milagros all throughout the month of April. Call 587-3499 or visit www.lapuente.net.

ALAMOSA — Free to the community: Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., invites the public to “Movie Night at your Library” April 11 with “The Smurfs 2” at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free. Bring a drink.

ALAMOSA — Help celebrate Alamosa City Clerk Judy Egbert’s and Alamosa Public Works Director Don Koskelin’s retirements from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in the city hall council chambers, 300 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa, with a presentation at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds presents Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner, Americana, on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte. Cost is $15. Call 657-4757.

Saturday, April 12

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Origami group SALVO will be folding models with Easter in mind on Saturday, April 12, at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa, with a free session at 10 a.m. for adults and teens 13 years and older and another free session for children 12 years old and younger at 1 p.m. Origami paper is supplied.

CENTER — The Center Kiwanis Club of Center plans a clean up and repair project at Center Community Park on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served.

SANFORD — Sanford Head Start Parent Committee plans an indoor yard sale beginning at 9 a.m. on April 12 at the Sanford Community Center, 390 Greenleaf Street, Sanford. Donations for the yard sale are welcome. Contact Cherielle at 588-9229.

Sunday, April 13

HOMELAKE — The American Legion District #9 will host the 66th spring convention at Homelake on Sunday, April 13. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. with meeting at 2 p.m.

Monday, April 14

MONTE VISTA — All hunters and anglers who are concerned about wildlife and related issues are invited to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region “Sportsmen’s Roundtable” meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 14, at the Monte Vista Co-Op. A presentation will be made about an ongoing elk research project. Agency staff will also talk about current issues and projects, and take questions from the public. Contact: joe.lewandowski@state.co.us, or 1-970-375-6708.

Tuesday, April 15

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Water Conservation District board meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the Bureau of Reclamation building, 10900 Highway 160 East, Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — U.S. Senator Mark Udall will be at the Milagros Coffeehouse, 29 Main St., in Alamosa on Tuesday, April 15, from 12:45–2 p.m. to launch his reelection campaign. Contact Cameron Bean at (720) 328-3760 or cameron@udallforcolorado.com.

Wednesday, April 16

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Health’s Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wed., April 16, at the Education and Conference Center, 1921 Main St., Alamosa. Lunch will be served. April’s theme is “Mind, Body and Soul.” RSVP to Theresa Curtis, 587-6319.

ALAMOSA — The documentary, Training Rules, examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, colludes in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes. Adams State University CIELO is sponsoring a free showing of the film at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in McDaniel Hall 101. Contact Carol Guerrero-Murphy at cgmurphy@adams.edu or 719-587-7386.

Thursday, April 17

ALAMOSA — Veterans, spouses, and family are invited to a SLV County Veterans Service Officers meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 17 at the Alamosa County Services Building, 8900 Independence Way Bldg. A, Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Family Rec Center will host the “Bronco’s Fans Appreciation Tour”, which will consist of two players, two cheerleaders, and Miles the horse Mascot in their Main Gym on Thursday April 17 from 9-10 a.m. They will have photograph and autograph opportunities available to the public.

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Field Institute invites the public to a lecture and slide show Declining Riparian Habitat of SW Colorado– Addressing Serious Threats to Fish and Wildlife at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in Room 130 of Porter Hall on the Adams State University campus, Alamosa. Email coloradofieldinstitute@gmail.com, or visit www.coloradofieldinstitute.org

Friday, April 18

ALAMOSA – The Agricultural and Forest Products Economic Development Assistance Forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18 at the Adams State University Student Union Building in Alamosa. The workshop is free of charge and includes lunch, but advance registration is required. RSVP to 587-0915.

Saturday, April 19

MONTE VISTA— The Monte Vista Police Department is hosting an Easter egg hunt at the golf course in Monte Vista at 11 a.m. on April 19.

ALAMOSA — College Heights Baptist Church, 2045 Church Ave., Alamosa, is hosting a community wide Easter egg hunt on April 19 at 11 a.m.

ALAMOSA — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays continue with free interactive sessions open to the public from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations are required. Contact Cindy Bervig at 587-7586 or cbervig@adams.edu. Registration forms are also available at adams.edu/stem. April 19 – “Robotics using Arduinos – for Girls,” grades 6-12; enrollment limited to 12 females.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, April 19, at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Doors open at 6 p.m. for preview of auction items and the auction begins at 7 p.m. There is a $5 admission fee that includes appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Contact: 719-378-2751.

LA JARA — La Jara is hosting an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the 23 Acre park, 312 Main St.

ALAMOSA — Children’s Clothing and Gear Swap will be held on Saturday April 19, from 9-11 a.m. at Living Water Bible Fellowship, 2910 Clark Street Alamosa. Bring children’s clothing, toys, baby/nursery gear, and maternity clothes in good repair. Sort items onto tables by gender/size. Take what your family needs. Donations also accepted and can be dropped off at Living Water Bible Fellowship April 14-18 between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: Bonny Stohlquist 589-6351.

Sunday, April 20

SARGENT — The Rio Grande Squares Dance Club will host a dance on Sunday, April 20, at Sargent School Elementary gym, 7090 N. County Road 2 East, Monte Vista, from 3-5:30 p.m. Bring snacks. Contact: Sylvia at 303-517-8199 or slyarmijo@yahoo.com; Charlie at 850-0864; or Mollie at 588-7526 or molie235@q.com

ALAMOSA — America’s Dreamsicles host an Easter egg hunt with entertainment, food, bouncy house and appearances by the Easter Bunny, Shrek, Scooby-Doo, Spiderman, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Rafael TMNT and Madagascar from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, at Cole Park, First Street entrance by the senior center. This is a free event for ages 0-13. Bring a basket.

Wednesday, April 23

ALAMOSA – The San Luis Valley Health Volunteer Ambassadors are hosting a viewing of “The Period of Purple Crying” during a Lunch and Learn for new and expectant mothers and anyone who takes care of newborns. There is no cost and lunch will be provided. The Lunch and Learn will take place on April 23, from 12-1 p.m. in the SLV Health Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa. To register, please contact Kelly Gurule at 719-587-5707. Register by April 21.

Saturday, April 26

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26. Bring old or unused prescription drugs to the department at 95 West First Ave. in Monte Vista from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit dea.gov for additional information. They will not be able to accept needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters or illicit drugs.

CREEDE —The 9Health Fair offers numerous screenings on April 26 in the Creede school gym from 7 a.m. to noon. Pre-register at www.9healthfair.org.

SAN LUIS — The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is inviting the public to join them for a day of celebration on April 26 at Centennial School in San Luis. At 10 a.m. they’ll have Mariachi San Luis and a Silent Auction, 11 a.m. brunch will be served, at 12 p.m. the Heritage Area Presentation will begin, followed by tours. Contact: 719-376-6760 or see http://www.sdcnha.org

ALAMOSA — Got hair? Please share at the Locks of Love ponytail drive on Saturday, April 26 at the LDS church at Third and Richardson in Alamosa across from Safeway from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact Theresa Curtis at 580-0884 after 5 p.m. Pony tails cannot be bleached but can be colored and need to be at least 10 inches in length for Lock of Love to use them in the hair prosthetics. Shorter ponytail can also be sold by Locks of Love to offset the cost of making the hair prosthetics. Old ponytails that are in good condition can also be donated. Ponytails will be cut at the church, and some of the local salons and TSJC students will be on hand to cut, style, and pamper hairdos, male or female.

Sunday, April 27

MONTE VISTA—Burris & Sons plan their 4th Annual Barrel Racing & Bull Riding Series known as their “Spring in the Valley” showcase at the Ski-Hi Park Arena in Monte Vista on Sunday, April 27, from 2-3 p.m. This show will feature open & junior barrels, mutton bustin, calf riding, steer riding, Jr. bull riding, novice bull riding, and open bull riding.

May 2-3

MONTE VISTA — The second annual SLV Community Showcase will be held on May 2 and 3 at the Ski Hi arena in Monte Vista. Register early by contacting the Monte Vista Chamber 852-2731. There will be entertainment for the kids, food and of course small businesses. Admission is free to the public.

Saturday, May 3

ALAMOSA – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays continue with free interactive sessions open to the public from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations are required. Contact Cindy Bervig at 587-7586 or cbervig@adams.edu. Registration forms are also available at adams.edu/stem. May 3 – “Creating and Controlling Lego Robots,” grades 4-6; enrollment cap is 16.


ALAMOSA — The Alamosa FFA is currently seeking donations for their 6th annual One Man’s Junk Auction. Proceeds from this year’s auction will be earmarked to send chapter members to Louisville, Kty. next October for the National FFA Convention and Chapter operations. The group will accept almost anything except clothing. Call Alamosa FFA Advisor Kevin Rice at 850-0074 or go to Alamosa FFA on Facebook.

ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library is pleased to invite submissions for the sixth edition of its literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake. Creative writers and photographers of all ages may submit pieces for the volume, to be published in the fall. Submission deadline is May 15. Genre categories include poetry, short creative fiction and non-fiction, and black and white photography. There is a special category for full-color cover photography. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submission guidelines and entry forms are available online at: www.alamosalibrary.org. Call 589-6592.

ALAMOSA — Want to learn how to: reduce stress, manage chronic pain, manage chronic illness and improve quality of life? Join “Let Go Of The Stress” every Tuesday from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the Grizzly Education Center Board Room at 1919 Main St. in Alamosa. There is no cost. Contact: 589-8008.

VALLEY — The horses on Wild Horse Mesa are in need of hay. Spirit of the Wild Horse Foundation feeds as many horses as possible to keep them on top of the mesa, off the highway, and away from the ranches. 

Please contact Spirit of the Wild Horse to donate hay, which the group can pick up, or contribute funds to buy some.  Call Spirit of the Wild Horse 719-206-2749, message number 575-586-0784 email: , or address mail to PO Box 100, Costilla, NM 87524.

ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s Dr. Tim Armstrong, professor of biology, will lead a trip to Australia July 7 through July 20. The trip will include visits to several of the eastern coastal cities, various national parks, and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. The estimated, inclusive cost is $6500 per person and includes upper division course credit, airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, and park entrance fees. Contact Armstrong at 587-7211 or email taarmstr@adams.edu

ANTONITO — Antonito Seniors are planning a Diamond Coach Tour to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and Laughlin, Nev. from October 4-9. Cost is $560 double occupancy and includes 5 nights lodging, 5 meals, Grand Canyon National Park and much more. $75 is due upon signing. Call 376-2294.

ALAMOSA — A Course in Miracles study group meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa. This is not a religion but is a self-study program of relinquishing a thought system based on fear and accepting a thought system based on forgiveness. Contact: darr.friend@gmail.com or 719-486-6326.

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

ALAMOSA — Sit for 30 minutes every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa, for a slightly guided meditation promoting inner peace and awareness. Contact 719-486-6326.

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 building on the third 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 Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 507 Main Street 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 — Cat 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

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at noon at the San Luis Valley Health Conference Center. Contact: Amanda Wilkinson, 719-589-2564 or email amanda@alamosastatebank.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.

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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