Valley Calendar

© 2017-Alamosa News

September 23-October 1

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Theatre program opens its 2017-2018 season with The Diary of Anne Frank. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 29, 30 and 2 p.m. Oct. 1. Tickets are $10 for general public, $9 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current Adams State identification. Call 719-587-8499. See theatre.adams.edu

Saturday, September 23

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Farmers’ Market is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth and State with regional farm fresh products and handcrafted goods, performance by Jill Cohn, cooking demos, and kids activities hosted the Alamosa Public Library. See www.alamosafarmersmarket.org or the Farmers’ Market tent on Saturdays.

SAGUACHE — Headwaters Hoedown will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, from 1-5 p.m. at La Garita Creek Ranch in Saguache County. See www.riograndelandtrust.org for details and to buy tickets. Call 719-657-0800.

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center will host a reception for its agricultural fall exhibit on September 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte. Call 657-2847.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa hosts Chalk-a-Walk on Saturday, Sept. 23. Artists can team up or go it alone to create sidewalk art at the Depot on the corner of Sixth and State! Talent of all levels is welcome. Also make chalk and decorate cookies. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Sumner at 589-9386.

MONTE VISTA— Monte Vista Recreation and Rio Grande Prevention Partners/Communities that Care will host a Family Fun Skate Night on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Ski Hi Park. Bring skates. Admission is $5 per family.

VIEJO SAN ACACIO — Viejo San Acacio — old San Acacio — will celebrate a feast honoring the town’s patron saint on Saturday, Sept. 23. The day will begin with a procession from the cemetery to the church, with a celebration mass at 12:30. Admission for the fiesta celebration and lunch at the community center is $7 and those attending will be treated to a barbecue lunch, beverages and entertainment by live local bands, Indian Nickel and Salt & Pepper.

DEL NORTE—Please join Gateway Church of Del Norte (975 Grande Avenue, behind the church) for their Second Annual Fall Fest Saturday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy live music, homemade ice cream, free potato bar and fun for kids of all ages. Help judge the chili cook off and enter the elk bugling contest for fun prizes. Contact Darlene at 849-3315 or Amy at 580-0638.

MONTE VISTA — The Valley Fiber Arts group meets on Saturday Sept. 23, beginning at 1 p.m. Call, email or text Wanda for directions to attend the meeting at [email protected], home 719-852-5000 or cell 718-580-4976.

Sunday, September 24

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents hONEyhoUSe, featuring Blues Soul Folk Americana, on Sunday, September 24th, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757 or see wildwoodsounds.com

VALLEY — Rock Creek Ski Trail Workday is Sunday, September 24, from 9-12 at Rock Creek Trailhead. Help the San Juan Nordic Club prepare the trails for winter skiing. Bring loppers, bowsaw and gloves.

September 25-October 1

ALAMOSA — La Puente offers several events during HOPE (Homeless Outreach & Prevention Education) Week Sept. 25-Oct. 1 including: Adams State food pantry grand opening, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the Student Life Center; public forum, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at McDaniel Hall Room 101, Adams State; candlelight vigil, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 27, La Puente Shelter, 913 State Ave., Alamosa; stone soup, Thurs., Sept. 28, Alamosa Elementary; “Life Off the Grid”, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Milagros Coffee House, 529 State Ave.; shelter open house, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 913 State Ave. Call 587-3499.

Monday, September 25

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Theatre program presents “In Her Own Words: Holocaust Survivor Barbara Steinmetz” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the SLV Federal Bank Main Stage Theatre, located in the Adams State Theatre Building. The event is free and open to the public.

MONTE VISTA — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold a teleconference public meeting to discuss the “Future of Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Recreation in Colorado” for Southwest Region residents at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Monte Vista wildlife office, 0722 Road 1 East. Contact Joe Lewandowski at [email protected]

MONTE VISTA — Families with youth interested in participating in the San Luis Valley 4-H Youth Robotics program are invited to attend an informational free open house from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at the SLV Area Extension Office, 1899 E. Hwy 160, Monte Vista. All Valley youth ages 8 to 18 are invited. RSVPs are appreciated to [email protected] or 719-852-7381.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Rotary Club hosts Ashley Valdez, area manager of Community & Local Government Affairs for Xcel Energy in Southern Colorado, at the meeting on Monday, September 25, at noon at Juanito’s Restaurant, 1019 Sixth Street in Alamosa. Visit the club’s Facebook page or call Club President Dean Swift at 719-588-2357.

SAGUACHE—The Saguache County Democratic Party Central Committee will meet on Monday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Saguache Road & Bridge Meeting Room, 305 3rd St. Contact Kevin Noland 970.351.6747 [email protected]

Tuesday, September 26

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Theatre program will show the documentary “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Richardson Hall Auditorium. The event is free. Call 719-587-7382.

DEL NORTE — Former State Sen. Gail Schwartz will join interested Del Norte School District residents to discuss the BEST grant proposal on Tuesday, September 26 from 2-3 p.m. at the Ruth Marie Community Center in Del Norte, at 581 Columbia.

MONTE VISTA — The San Luis Valley REC board of directors meets on Tuesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the headquarters building at 3625 US Highway 160 W, Monte Vista.

ALAMOSA — Join the SLV Chapter of Trout Unlimited for its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 7 p.m. at the SLV Health, Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa. Contact 719-378-2751.

September 27-27

ALAMOSA – Of Words and Walls: The Anne Frank Project at Adams State University presents two community events in the SLV Federal Bank Theatre, located in the ASU Theatre Building. Connecting the Past to the Present will be on Wednesday, September 27 and Coming Together: An Evening of Dialogue is on Thursday, September 28.  Both events are free to the public and begin at 7 p.m. Call 719-587-7382.

Wednesday, September 27

MONTE VISTA — The TEFAP program will be distributing commodities in Rio Grande County on September 27 at the Ski-Hi Arena starting at approximately 10 a.m. until they run out of food. Eligible TEFAP recipients are able to receive each month in Monte Vista as long as they are Rio Grande County residents.

ALAMOSA –Adams State University Dr. Robert Benson, professor of geology, presents the next free Faculty Lecture, “The Adams State University Field Geology Experience,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in McDaniel Hall room 101. Contact Dr. Courtney Allen at 719-587-7888 or [email protected]

September 29-30

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Sculpture program hosts a two-day public event showcasing of a Mars Habitat concept outdoor installation. The project will be open to the public from 2-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, near the Zacheis Planetarium. Contact Dan Provence at [email protected]

Saturday, September 30

ALAMOSA — A host of beverages, food, live music and activities await at the first-ever “Octobrufest”, sponsored by the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 30. The event will be in Sunset Park (across from the Bank Shot) from 1-8 p.m. and features micro-breweries and distilled spirits, all created from malt generated by Colorado Malting Company of Alamosa. Live music, food, contests and kids’ activities are also planned.

SAND DUNES — On Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m., William Probeck will lead a 1.5-hour smart phone photography workshop, specifically focusing on the phone’s capabilities to take surprisingly high-quality images. The workshop is free but there is limited space available, call the visitor center at 719-378-6395 to reserve a spot.

ALAMOSA — U.S. Olympic track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be at Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley off Highway 285 and 10th Street, Alamosa, from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa school board candidate Thom Miller MD will host a meet and greet at Milagros in downtown Alamosa on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 3-5 p.m. for voters to ask questions and talk about issues that concern them.

SAGUACHE — Saguache County commissioners are hosting a 150th anniversary celebration of the county at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 501 Fourth Street, Saguache. Celebrate with pulled pork and chicken sandwiches and fixings.

Sunday, October 1

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents Hiroya Tsukamoto, featuring Cinematic Guitar Poetry, on Sunday, October 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757 or see wildwoodsounds.com

CRESTONE — Samuel Breene (baroque violin) and Jeffrey Noonan (theorbo, baroque guitar) make up Musicke’s Cordes, who will perform “Looking South: Italian Music in the Chapels and Courts of Germany” in Crestone at Shumei International Institute on Sunday, October 1st at 3 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Contact 719-256-5284 or visit www.shumeicrestone.org

Monday, October 2

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Department of Human Performance and Physical Education hosts guest lecture Dr. Conrad Earnest, Tour de France or Tour de Folly: A Scientific and Historical Perspective of the Tour de France, at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. The event is free. Contact Dr. Tracey Robinson at [email protected]

Tuesday October 3

MOSCA — The Sangre School is hosting a FREE 6-week nutrition and hands on cooking class through the SLV Cooking Matters program starting Tuesday, October 3rd from 4:30-6:30 p.m. that teaches parents about healthy foods options, budgeting, meal planning, and much more. Class meets every Tuesday for six weeks. Call Barb Grandell @ 719-378-2321 or email @ [email protected]

Wednesday, October 4

ALAMOSA — Join Save the Children for a celebration honoring SLV community partners at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 4, at The Barn at La Manzanilla, 6491 Highway 17, Alamosa. RSVP to [email protected] or 719-580-8271 by Sept. 22.

Thursday, October 5

ALAMOSA — Families with youth interested in participating in the San Luis Valley 4-H Youth Robotics program are invited to attend an informational free open house from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 at HobbyTown, 3211 Main Street, Alamosa. All Valley youth ages 8 to 18 are invited. RSVPs are appreciated to [email protected] or 719-852-7381.

Saturday, October 7

ALAMOSA — The Valley Community Chorus and the San Luis Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah” on December 8, in Adams State University Richardson Hall. Solo auditions for Part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Adams State University Music Building Choir Room. E-mail David Schneider at [email protected] or call 719-580-3785 or 719-937-2616.

ALAMOSA — The annual Bag and Box Sale at Spines will be Saturday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices will be $5 for a plastic grocery bag, $8 for a personal tote bag, and $12 per medium box. Fill one or more containers. Call or email Patty at [email protected] or 719-937-2346 or library employee Melissa at 719-589-6592 ext. 2541.

SAGUACHE — The 7th Annual Saguache County Chocolate Street Fair is Saturday Oct. 7 from 3-6 p.m. on 4th Street in Saguache. There will be a chocolate pie-eating contest, music, face painting, a pie toss and more. Call Ellen E. Cox at 719-655-2544.

Sunday, October 8

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents Missy & Heine Andersen, featuring Blues & Soul, on Sunday, October 8th, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757 or see wildwoodsounds.com

Thursday, October 12

SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Annual Chili Cook Off will be held at the South Fork Community Building from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12th. Contestants will be dressed and tables decorated to express this year’s theme of “South Fork’s 25th Anniversary.” Anyone interested in participating can contact the South Fork Visitor Center at 719-873-5512 or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The next Lean In Lunch will feature Dr. Liz Thomas Hensley, PhD. on Thursday, October 12, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the SLVH Education and Conference Center, 1921 Main Street, Alamosa. RSVP by October 5th to [email protected] 

October 13-15

CRESTONE — The annual Crestone Artists’ Open Studio Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, from 12-5 p.m. in Crestone. There will be kick-off event on the evening of Friday, October 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Desert Sage Restaurant. A digital version of a map to each studio may be found at www.crestoneartists.com

Saturday, October 14

VALLEY — The Colorado Field Institute (CFI) invites members to a sightseeing trip to the Wheeler Geological Area on Saturday, October 14.  The trip will meet at the South Fork Visitor Center at 9 a.m., and access to the site is over a rough four-wheel drive road. A BBQ lunch will be provided by CFI. This trip is limited to CFI members. To become a member see www.ColoradoFieldInstitute.org

ALAMOSA – Sign up for Adams State University Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays, free interactive sessions open to grades 9 through 12. Registration is required. Sessions are from 9 a.m. until noon. Set for October 14 is “Learning to Run the World with Electronics,” grades 4-6. Contact Jayson Mitchell at 719-587-7586 or [email protected] or see adams.edu/stem.

Sunday, October 15

CRESTONE — Local sculptor Bob Long’s works will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone during October. A free symposium with Bob will be held on Sunday, October 15th starting at 3 p.m. A reception will follow.

Wednesday, October 18

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Department of Transportation’s 11th Annual Health Fair “Get on the Highway to Good Health” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th from 8-11 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1112 8th Street, in Alamosa.  Everyone is welcome. Available will be blood work at reasonable fees, educational information and free screenings. Contact Christine Bond at 719-589-4251.

Saturday, October 21

MONTE VISTA — The San Luis Valley Quilt Guild is pleased to present “A Persian Pickle Afternoon with Sandra Dallas” on Saturday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at 215 Second Street in Monte Vista. Please RSVP to the Alamosa Quilt Company at 719-937-2555 by Wednesday, October 18. Admission is $5 donation. 

Ongoing

VALLEY — La Puente Outreach has emergency utility assistance support available until September 28th. If your household is in the San Luis Valley and has not received assistance since October 1, 2016, you may be eligible for emergency assistance with your utility bill or firewood. Please call 719 587-3781 for information.

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista Coop is holding their annual coat drive, now through Dec. 31. Please drop off coats, hats or gloves at the main office, 1901 E. Hwy. 160 in Monte Vista.

ALAMOSA — MOPS, (Mothers of Preschoolers), a gathering place for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support to meet the needs of every mom meets every first and third Wednesday at Living Water Bible Fellowship Church, 2910 Clark St., Alamosa, from 9–11 a.m. See facebook.com/mopsalamosa or mopsalamosa.com

LA JARA — MOPS–La Jara provides a re-energized program this fall on a new day, Thursday, with new crafts, discussions, snacks and learning at the United Church of La Jara, a safe place for the older kids to play and learn with a great staff to lead all activities. The great times begin at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. Call Debbie at 580-6721.

VALLEY — Rio Grande County Tourism Board is looking for high quality photographs that photographers would be willing to let the tourism board use for advertising purposes. Contact Ruth Carapella at [email protected] or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa offers green waste pick-ups. Pick-ups will be every Monday until November. The cost of a 96-gallon container is $7.50 a month. Contact the Public Works Department at 589-6631.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Senior Center presents: A Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza November 11 – 19, price $849 (double occupancy) including 8 nights lodging, 14 meals & admission to 7 fabulous Branson shows! Stop by the Alamosa senior center, 92 Colorado in Alamosa adjacent to Cole Park, call 589-3277 or see: http://www.alamosaseniorcenter.org/branson.

CONEJOS COUNTY — The Conejos Library District has applied for and received a grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation titled Growing Readers Together. The purpose of the grant is to provide early literacy reading materials, reading related toys, and educational activities for home day care providers. The library will be able to provide kits in the form of books, educational toys, music, and activities to anyone doing home day care in Conejos County. Those who are interested in participating in this program please contact the library at 274-5858.

ALAMOSA—The Valley-Wide Pharmacy is now a registered drop-off location for the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program. There is now a drop-off receptacle located at the pharmacy for the collection of household medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Drop off any unwanted household medications for free at the Valley-Wide Pharmacy. The Valley-Wide Pharmacy is inside the Alamosa Family Medical Center clinic at 1710 First St, Alamosa.

VALLEY — La Puente Outreach is currently accepting medical applications. Those who are in need of help paying for prescription glasses, hearing aids, medical equipment or dental procedures, please come to 929 State Avenue, Alamosa, or call 719-587-3781.

VALLEY — The San Luis Valley Naloxone Education Empowerment Distribution (SLV N.E.E.D.) project came to an end. Free Narcan Nasal kits are still available at any of the local participating pharmacies while supplies last. Those pharmacies are: LaJara Health Mart Pharmacy, Alamosa Pharmacy, Valley Wide Health Systems Pharmacy (for Valley Wide Health Systems patients only), Jacks Market Pharmacy in Monte Vista and Rio Grande Pharmacy in Del Norte. Residents may need a prescription to pick up a kit.

DEL NORTE — The Rio Grande County Museum Board is looking for pictures of the construction of the “new” courthouse. The second courthouse was built in the late 1930s as a WPA project. Individuals can either donate the photos to the museum or a board member will make copies of them and return them. Contact Louise at the museum at 657-2847.

ALAMOSA — Youngsters are invited to the Alamosa Public Library Story Room every Friday morning to sing, color, dance, read, enjoy adventures, share with friends and giggle. Babies and toddlers are welcome at 9:30 a.m. and preschoolers at 11 a.m.

ALAMOSA — A Caregivers Support Group meets at First United Methodist Church, 2005 Mullins, Alamosa, on the first Monday of every month. For more information, call 589-2243.

MONTE VISTA— Valley Fiber Art Guild welcomes anyone interested in spinning, crocheting, knitting, weaving or other portable fiber activities to come to VFA gatherings. The group meets the second Saturday of every month starting at 1 p.m. at 757 County Rd. 29, Monte Vista. Email [email protected] or call 852-5000.

VALLEY — Those concerned about their children’s development are welcome to contact the free service SLV BOCES Child Find at 719-589-5851. Child Find’s job is to locate, identify and screen/evaluate children for whom there is a suspicion of a delay in speech, language, motor, social, self-help or cognitive skills. If a significant delay is identified, families are connected with appropriate free services to address delays. 

ALAMOSA — Free breastfeeding classes are offered in Alamosa at the San Luis Valley Health Education and Conference Center on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 3-4 p.m.

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Outreach Services now has energy assistance funding in place. The qualifying fuels are: natural gas, electricity, propane, oil, kerosene, firewood, solid fuel pellets and coal. Please contact (719) 587-3781 with any questions or stop by 929 State Street in Alamosa to complete an application. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesday from 1-5 p.m.

VALLEY — La Puente’s Outreach Services Program is looking to assist veterans in the San Luis Valley with services including rental assistance, medical and non-medical gas vouchers, household provisions, interview or work clothing, tuition assistance and job training. Call 719-587-3781 ext. 213 or email [email protected]

VALLEY — The Senior Community Service Employment Program is seeking low-income unemployed seniors 55 years and older to participate in its paid job training program throughout southwest Colorado. Call 970-385-3995.

VALLEY — San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is seeking donations of used Little Tikes playground equipment for their seven doggie parks: pools, houses, slides. Please call Aileen at 719-587-WOOF (9663) to donate, or email: [email protected]

VALLEY — Valley children are often sent to the Front Range because there are not enough foster homes here in the San Luis Valley. Needs include foster homes, respite homes and support for foster homes. Call Mary Morin at 719-580-6234 to hear more or 719-589-2581 for an application packet.

ALAMOSA — Open drop-in meditation for health, stress management and spiritual growth, is held at 10:45 a.m. the second Sunday of the month at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa, with Mountain Institute, A Kriya, Meditation & Lamplighting School. Contact Martin at 575-758-5876 or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Police Department offers a bicycle registration program. Owners wishing to register their bicycles can bring them to the Alamosa Police Department at 425 4th St. during normal business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This service is free of charge to all residents of Alamosa, Alamosa County, and students of Adams State University or Trinidad State Junior College. Contact 589-2548.

ALAMOSA — The Veterans Affairs Office is looking for volunteer drivers to transport veterans for medical care in Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver. Call Frank Muniz at 589-1109.

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s homeless shelter serves three meals per day, 365 days a year, to guests and community members. That’s more than 45,000 meals per year. La Puente needs cans of vegetables, fruit, and tomato sauce, as well as pasta, dairy products, and pasta sauces. Blankets of all sizes are also welcome. Those who have anything to spare may please bring it to the shelter at 913 State Avenue in Alamosa (between 9th and 10th St.). For more information or to find out other ways to help, please call 589-5909 or come by the shelter any time.

ALAMOSA— Peace Meditation at the Campus Ministry Office, Adam State University, Alamosa, is held on Thursday evenings at 5:15 p.m. Everyone is invited. Contact Candace Knowlan 805-886-6959.

DEL NORTE — Weekly yoga will be held at the Ruth Marie Center, 575 Columbia Ave. in Del Norte, with Milcah Hawk from 5:30-7 p.m. every Thursday. Come stretch, breathe and relax for just a donation. Bring your mat or use ours. Call 719-850-1672.

ALAMOSA— Alamosa Masonic Lodge meetings are every first and third Thursdays at 7 p.m. (except June, July and August) at the Alamosa Masonic Lodge, Main and San Juan.

LA JARA — The United Church is beginning MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), which will be meeting the second and fourth Friday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the La Jara United Church, Main and Fifth, with refreshments, babysitting and timely topics just for moms. Call Debbie Vance at 719-580-6721.

ALAMOSA — Adams State University offers the expertise of its faculty to assist communities and local governments in a number of realms, from agribusiness and government internships, to dropout prevention and strategic planning. The guide was produced in cooperation with the Colorado Municipal League. It is available online at: www.adams.edu/community/asu-resource-guide.pdf.

ALAMOSA — Families Healing Families is a community-based organization that provides support and resources for families affected by the impact of substance abuse. They meet on the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center at 92 Rio Grande Ave. (on the north end of Cole Park) in Alamosa.

ANTONITO — Free Zumba classes for all ages are held at Guadalupe Elementary in Antonito Monday - Thursday from 6:15-7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Senior Citizens sell Safeway and City Market Gift cards and receive 5 percent of the sales to make a little money for the center. Stop at the center at 92 Colorado Ave. (north end of Cole Park, Alamosa) and purchase one. The cards are great for groceries, prescriptions or gas as well as gifts.

DEL NORTE — Want to help preserve the history of Rio Grande County? That opportunity is available through the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center in Del Norte, which needs volunteers to help with greeting visitors, doing exhibits, inventory and computer work. Also the Rio Grande County Museum, Inc. is looking for board members to help with funding-raising, grant writing and other activities. Contact the museum at 657-2847. The museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte.

ALAMOSA — Enjoy Storytime Fridays at the Alamosa Public Library starting September 4 and running through May 28, 2016 every Friday in the Story Room (subject to change.)  Babies/Toddlers Storytime is at 9:30 a.m. and Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) is at 11 a.m. 

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Photography Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Alamosa Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Contact Stephen Jensen at 379-0001 or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) CO 568, Alamosa, a non-profit weight loss organization, meets every Tuesday evening at the College Heights Baptist Church at 2035 Church Avenue in Alamosa.   Weigh-in is at 5:30 p.m. with an informative meeting at 6:15. Anyone interested in having weight loss support is welcome to attend a free meeting or call Doris at 589-6396 for more information.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Police Department will now provide citizens with dog licenses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $2 for spayed and neutered dogs, and $10 for unaltered. A current proof of rabies vaccination is required.

LA JARA — Toddler Time will be at The Conejos Library in La Jara on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.  It is beneficial for parents to read to their children and this provides an excellent opportunity to get started. Free to the public.

ALAMOSA — Search and Rescue meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Alamosa County Sheriff Office, 1315 17th St., at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is welcome. Call Suzi at 719-588-9236.

ALAMOSA — A newly established confidential support group for people struggling with change will take place the first and third Monday of the month in room one of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Center at 6 p.m. Changing from the Inside Out, facilitated by Luis Murrillo, will provide topics that will lead to conversations about individual struggles with change. Contact Lisa at 719-588-5363.

VALLEY — The Saguache County Veteran Service Office is pleased to announce that homeless veterans and other veterans in financial need can receive help thanks to a five county grant administered by the Chaffee County Veteran Service Office. Contact Jim Sheeran at 719-655-2680. Office hours are Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.             

MONTE VISTA – The San Luis Valley 4-H Robotics is looking for used laptop donations to help with expansion of their youth robotics program. Donated laptops should run Microsoft Windows XP or later or Mac OS 10.6 or later, and have 1 GB of ram and at least a 1 GHz processor. Those interested in donating to support this program can call 719-852-7381 or drop laptops off at the SLV Area Extension office at 1899 E. Hwy 160 in Monte Vista.

ALAMOSA—Alamosa Elks Lodge 1297 hosts bingo at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the lodge room. Food is available.

MONTE VISTA—Tri County Seniors, 311 Washington St. in Monte Vista, are hosting line dance classes every Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. for only $1 per class. New students are welcome. These are for all ages.

ALAMOSA — La Puente Home is requesting hygiene kits to assist the less fortunate of the San Luis Valley. Often, guests arrive at the homeless shelter without even the most basic of necessities. For this reason, La Puente provides kits full of hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, and a washcloth. At this time, La Puente is running very low on all hygiene supplies. Call 589-5909 or stop by La Puente Home at 913 State Ave., Alamosa.

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.

ANTONITO — The Antonito Senior Center is hosting Free Nutrition Classes as long as there is an interest.  They are held Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Antonito Senior Center, 701 Main Street, Antonito. Call Alicia Wagar at 852-7382 or 376-2294.

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.

MONTE VISTA — The Homelake Veterans Museum’ winter hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon and 1-3 p.m. or call 719-580-0023 for an appointment.  The museum will be closed the week of Thanksgiving Nov. 21-28.

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. 

Call Spirit of the Wild Horse 719-206-2749, message number 575-586-0784   email: <[email protected]>, or address mail to PO Box 100, Costilla, NM 87524.

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: [email protected] or 719-486-6326.

ALAMOSA —The Alamosa Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon Juanitos in Alamosa.  Contact Dean Swift, 589-3499 or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The Optimist Club of Alamosa meets at the Bistro Rialto, 716 Main St., two Tuesdays a month at noon. Contact the club at [email protected] gmail.com or Kellie Veneman at 719-588-3659 to confirm exact dates. Visitors and new members are welcome.

ALAMOSA — Alzheimer’s support group meets the second Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Alamosa Senior Citizens Center, 92 Colorado Ave., Alamosa. Call the helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or 719-544-5720.

ALAMOSA — American Legion Auxiliary Unit #113, Alamosa, holds its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday at the American Legion Building at 514 Fourth Street, Alamosa. Call Evelyn Espinola at 719-313-1466 or Alice Robinson at 589-0543.

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.

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 Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 507 Main Street, Alamosa.  Habitat offers gently used building supplies and home furnishings for deeply discounted prices. All proceeds go into Habitat’s building program. Habitat will be picking up the first Wednesday of every month in South Fork, Del Norte and Monte Vista and in the La Jara and Antonito area the second Wednesday of every month. To donate, call Rhonda at 588-3689; for information call 589-8688; or check out www.slvhabitat.org

VALLEY — Generous donations from the Valley community have helped to feed more than 1,000 cats and kittens in the San Luis Valley, both feral and pet owned cats whose owners have limited means. To donate cat food please call Donna Ditmore at 589-5952 or 580-9078 or drop donations off at 3095 County Road 108 South, Alamosa. Ongoing donations are much appreciated.

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 – SLV Health 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 — 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 [email protected]

VALLEY — Parents, grandparents and members of the community: Girl Scouts of Colorado invites you to become a mentor by volunteering with us. Please contact [email protected] or 588-3825.

VALLEY — Those who are expecting or already parents of multiples are invited Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. Call or text Christina Beiriger at 849-1253.

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, [email protected]

SOUTH FORK — Kiwanis meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Feelin’ Good Coffeehouse in South Fork. Contact: Karen Miller, 719-873-5466 or email [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Kiwanis Club meets on the second, third and fourth Thursdays at noon at IHOP.  Contact:  Amanda Wilkinson, 719-589-2564 or email [email protected]

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. 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 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 [email protected], 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.

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. Contact Levi Wilner at 587-7813, or [email protected] or visit asap.adams.edu

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 Military Family Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Alamosa. For more info call Vicki Jones at 852-3123.

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— 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 — 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.

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