Valley Calendar

© 2017-Alamosa News

July 22-23

SAN LUIS — The Santiago Festival and the Santa Ana Festival continues July 22-23 in San Luis with dances, crowning of a festival queen, lots of music, a barbecue and a mariachi mass in the courtyard of Sangre de Cristo Parish.

Saturday, July 22

MANASSA — Manassa’s 138th Annual Pioneer Days celebration continues July 22, featuring parade at 10 a.m., carnival, hamburger stand and rodeo. Saturday night’s events include demolition derby and fireworks. Call the Manassa town hall at 719-843-5207 or see Manassa Pioneer Days on Facebook.

ALAMOSA — Bike 2 Build, a benefit for San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity, will be held on Saturday July 22, with a variety of routes: a 35-mile, a 62.5-mile Metric Century and the 100-mile Century. Call (719) 589-8678 or email [email protected]

MONTE VISTA — Community Walk to STOP Diabetes, supporting the American Diabetes Association and hosted by Farm Fresh Direct of America, will be held on July 22 at 8 a.m. (check-in from 7:15-7:30 a.m.) at Chapman Park, Monte Vista. To signup: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/FarmFreshDirect

SAND DUNES — Great Sand Dunes hosts a book signing and presentation at the visitor center on Saturday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Author Veronica Tiller will present on the culture and history of the Jicarilla Apaches, including their contributions to Colorado history.

MOSCA — Mosca-Hooper Fire Department will be holding their annual B.B.Q. on Saturday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the Mosca-Hooper Firehouse. Donations appreciated.

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Farmers’ Market welcomes locals and visitors to downtown Alamosa on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and State. Regional farm fresh products and handcrafted goods are available as well as on site cooking demos and dog related activities for the kids. See www.alamosafarmersmarket.org

MANASSA — St. Joseph’s Parish will serve a benefit Frito Pie Dinner on Saturday, July 22, following the Manassa Pioneer Days parade from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Manassa Catholic Parish Hall east on Main Street.

Sunday, July 23

ALAMOSA — Sundays at Six, free music presented by The Alamosa Live Music Association at 6 p.m. at Cole Park in Alamosa, will feature the Cordovas performing Americana music on July 23.

ALAMOSA — Come out this Sunday, July 23rd for a day full of outdoor fun at Cole Park, Rio Grande Farm Park, and on the Rio Grande. There are activities for all ages and ability levels including story time, Zumba, yoga, paddleboarding and walking. Email [email protected] or visit weekendsontherio.

SAGUACHE — On Sunday, July 23rd, please plan to attend the free program on the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II at 1:30 p.m. at the Saguache County Museum. Refreshments are served. Donations are always accepted

Monday, July 24

FORT GARLAND — On Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. in the Mess Hall at Fort Garland Museum, Harriet Freiberger will discuss her book, “Lucian Maxwell: Villain or Visionary.” Contact Fort Garland Museum at 719-379-3512.

SARGENT — The Sargent school board meets at 7 p.m. in the school library on Monday, July 24.

Tuesday, July 25

ALAMOSA — The new owners of community corrections will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at Society Hall, 400 Ross Avenue in Alamosa. The public is welcome to meet the new owners and share questions, comments and concerns.

MONTE VISTA — The SLV REC board will meet on Tuesday, July 25, at the headquarters office located at 3625 US Highway 160 W, Monte Vista, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 26

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa invites everyone to Cole Park on Wednesday, July 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the eighth annual City Services Fair with exhibits and free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and cotton candy. Call 589-2105 or go to www.alamosarec.org

ALAMOSA — Folks of all ages are invited to the finale of the summer reading program at the Alamosa Public Library. Purly Gates will share “Songs for a Better World” on Wednesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Call the library at 589-6592 for more information.

ALAMOSA — A free Mobility Workshop sponsored by SLV Health takes place at the Alamosa Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, July 26th at 11 a.m.

July 27-29

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Senior Citizens Patio Sale will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. July 27th, 28th & 29.

July 27-30

MONTE VISTA — The 96th Ski Hi Stampede in Monte Vista will be held July 27-30.  There will be parades beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The rodeo brings major entertainment and many of the best cowboys in the country to Monte Vista’s Ski-Hi Arena. Also enjoy dances, fireworks, carnival and chuckwagon dinner. Featured in the Thursday night concert this year will be Old Dominion. Call 719-852-2055 or see www.skihistampede.com

July 29-30

MONTE VISTA — Attention Monte Vista Class of 1977, the 40th class reunion will be held July 29th and 30th. RSVP by Tuesday, July 25th, to 719-480-5061 (Monica); 785-217-5300 (Becky); or 785-217-5568 (Doug-text only.)

Friday, July 28

ALAMOSA — Toastmasters will host a free informational meeting on Friday, July 28th at Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 52 El Rio Drive, starting at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to (501) 289-2383 by July 27th.

Saturday, July 29

SAGUACHE — The Sixth Annual Hollyhock Festival will be held in Saguache on Saturday, July 29 with maps and Hollyhock seeds and plants available at the Community Building at Otto Mears Park located at 525 7th Street, Saguache.  Other activities include hands-on-activities, face-painting, master gardeners clinic, bee-keeping display.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents The Tumbling Wheels, featuring American Folk Country & Soul, on Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757 or see wildwoodsounds.com

LA JARA — Enjoy a free concert with The Luceros during the Town of La Jara’s July Rocks from 7-9 p.m. on July 29 in the town park pavilion, 221 Broadway, La Jara.

Sunday, July 30

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Live Music Association continues its free Sundays at Six series on July 30 in Cole Park, Alamosa with The Giving Tree Band, imaginative American rock ‘n roll. See www.almaonline.org

Wednesday, August 2

SAN LUIS — A beginning colcha stitching class will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center, San Luis, on Wednesday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. Students and adults are welcome. The class is limited (first come, first served). Call 719-672-0999 or stop by 401 S. Church Pl., San Luis, between 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $10.

Thursday, August 3

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Transportation Planning Region meeting is August 3 at 10 a.m. in the Alamosa County Services Center, first floor commissioner’s meeting room, 8900 Independence Way, in Alamosa. Please note the change in meeting room.

August 3-4

DEL NORTE—The Annual Covered Wagon Days features a quilt show on Aug. 3 at Kathy’s Fabric Trunk and Knights of Columbus potluck. On Aug. 4, there will be live entertainment at the city park and a pig roasting. On Aug. 5 there will be the annual parade with the theme “Preserving our Western Ways.” The Del Norte Public Library will host its annual book sale in the parking lot located next to the library on Highway 160. A pancake breakfast will be available at the High Valley Community Center prior to the parade. The center will also host a dance in the afternoon. Also during Covered Wagon Days will be a dog show, car show, the annual Del Norte Fire Department barbeque lunch and biscuit throw. Visit www.coveredwagondays.com

August 4-5

CRESTONE — Crestfest will be held Friday and Saturday August 4th and 5th, at the Challenger Golf Course in Crestone. Tickets are available online at crestfest.org or call 719-256-4533. Enjoy an eclectic array of performers as well as a midway style carnival smoothies, ice cream, popcorn, roasted corn, Arts & Crafts, open air activities and contests, healers and The Salida Circus. Performers include The Alcapones, Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers, 2MX2, Onda and Groovement.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa hosts the San Luis Valley Beat the Heat BBQ, a sanctioned

Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain Barbecue Association State Championship event, on August 4 and 5. Enjoy BBQ, beer, live music, kid’s games and family entertainment. See www.slvbeattheheat.com/

August 4-6

CREEDE — Creede Rock, Mineral and Fossil Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 4, 5 and 6 in the Underground Mining Museum in Creede. Admission is free. Geology programs will be shared at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Friday, August 4

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents for Covered Wagon Days The Rifters, dance and show on Friday, August 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 657-4757 or see wildwoodsounds.com

Saturday, August 5

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Museum will host Angie Krall, forest archaeologist for the Rio Grande National Forest, with a presentation about the ongoing research at the Bunker Site (5SH614) at 2 p.m. on August 5th. Contact (719) 657-2847 or email at [email protected]

LA JARA — Enjoy a free concert with Lowdead from 7-9 p.m. on July 29 in the town park pavilion, 221 Broadway, La Jara.

DEL NORTE — In conjunction with Del Norte’s Covered Wagon Days Val Alto Women’s Fellowship Club will host the 41st Pancake Breakfast Saturday. August 5th from 7-9 a.m. with delicious homemade pancakes, prepared and donated by the Kerr family of the Mystic Biscuit Restaurant and Coffee House. The menu consists of pancakes, sausages, orange juice, coffee and tea for only $6 for adults and $3 for children.  Profits go to local charities. The location is on the southwest corner of US 160 (Grande Avenue) and Columbia, the High Valley Community Center. Call Suzie Off 719-657-2350.

Saturday, August 12

VALLEY — The Creede Arts Council and area artists present the free 14th Annual Silver Thread Studio Tour on Saturday, August 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a self-guided driving tour along the beautiful Silver Thread Scenic Byway in the San Juan Mountains. Watch for the bright red and yellow signs, banners and windsocks. Contact 719-658-0312 or [email protected]

DEL NORTE — “Keeping the Dream Alive” 11th Annual Fund-raising Dinner & Auction will be held on August 12 with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. at the Del Norte Schools bus garage, 1055 French Street, with dinner by Smokin’ Johnny’s BBQ. Tickets are $12 and are available at the hospital, clinics and at the door.

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host their annual banquet on Saturday, August 12th at the Rodeway Inn in Alamosa. Doors open at 4:30 pm. For more information, please call 719-480-8884. 

Ongoing

ALAMOSA — La Puente’s Outreach Services is now holding its eighth annual backpack drive to gather school supplies for SLV children in need. A simple monetary donation of $5 can fill a backpack with the essential items children need. The drive will also be collecting donations of backpacks, pencils, blue and black pens, lined paper, rulers, folders, notebooks, crayons, 3-ring binders, and colored pencils. Drop off school supplies at the Outreach Services Office located at 929 State Ave. in Alamosa on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the administration office, 911 State St. in Alamosa, from Monday through Friday. Call Mae Mercadante at 719-587-3781 ext. 213.

ALAMOSA — The public is invited to vote on the People’s Choice Award among the 2017 “Alamosa ArtScape” sculptures located throughout the central downtown area. View them and vote for a favorite, which will receive a $1,000 stipend, by August 2 at cityofalamosa.org/public-art/ The sculptures are on loan to the city through June 2018. The public can purchase any of the sculptures on display, but will not be able to take ownership of the art until the one-year contract is up. For more information or to purchase a piece please contact Jolene Webb at 719-587-2509 or [email protected] 

ALAMOSA — The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library are seeking writing and photography submissions for “Messages from the Hidden Lake,” in these categories: children ages 6-12, teens ages 13-17 and adults 18 years old and older. The deadline is Sept. 1. Entry forms and submission guidelines are available online at http://www.alamosalibrary.org/volunteer/join-friends/ Electronic submissions are preferred, and can be emailed to Salai Taylor at [email protected] Call Salai at 719-589-6592.

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 sixth annual Southern Colorado Film Festival invites all filmmakers to submit their work for consideration on the 2017 theme, CONVERGENCE, intending to inspire a diverse conversation about cinematic expression. Submit films at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SoCoFilmFestival.

ALAMOSA — Wiggles & Giggles Summer Storytime for Families will be held every Friday in July at 10:15 a.m. Children from babies through age 5 are invited to bring their caregiver and older siblings to Storytime at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa schools are once again providing nutritious summer meals at no charge for all children and teens at the Alamosa Elementary School K-2 building, 1707 West 10th Street in Alamosa through August 11. Breakfast is served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday every weekday except July 4. Call 587-6609.

ANTONITO — South Conejos School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Free meals will be provided at the South Conejos School District: Breakfast from 8-9 a.m.; and lunch from 12-1 p.m. Contact JoAnn Garcia, 719-376-7016, [email protected]_os.com

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Farmers’ Market seeks vendors for two market sites for the 2017 season. The downtown Saturday market includes vendors selling produce, farm goods, baked goods, arts and crafts each week through October 14.  The new market for 2017 is a weekday market at the Rio Grande Farm Park. This market is for produce vendors only (including roasted chilies). See alamosafarmersmarket.org or contact [email protected] or 719-480-4365.

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa has begun 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.

ANTONITO — Antonito Seniors are going to Chicago, Illinois September 16-24, to visit the Art Institute of Chicago, 360 Chicago, Skyline cruise on Lake Michigan and gambling. Cost is $799.99 per person double occupancy.  To reserve a spot send $75, check made out to “ Diamond Tours” and mail to Antonito Seniors, PO Box 296, Antonito 81120. Call 719-376-2294. The trip is open to all 21 years old and older.

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 on September the 15th. 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.

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.  

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 alamosaoptimistclub@ 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 — The Parkinson’s/Neurological Diseases group meets at The Bridge every third Wednesday at 4 p.m. with a presentation and light snacks provided. Please contact Ashley Koppenhafer with any questions at 589-5149.

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 —Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at Trinidad State Junior College in Room 132.

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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