Valley Calendar

© 2018-Alamosa News

Saturday, March 17

ALAMOSA — The members of the Dickey-Springer Post 113 of the American Legion invite Legion members and guests to the celebration of the 99th birthday of the national organization.  A potluck dinner is planned on Saturday, March 17, in the Legion Hall. There will be a cocktail hour from 5-6 with dinner at 6 p.m.

LA JARA — The Conejos County Democratic Assembly is Saturday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m. in the Knights Of Columbus Hall, La Jara.

ALAMOSA — Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds will be back at Society Hall, Alamosa, on Saturday March 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are available at the Green Spot in Alamosa, or online at

ALAMOSA — A co-founder, shareholder invitation meeting by the Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative (CHPC) will be held Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at McDaniel Hall on the Adams State University campus. Call 303-525-2611.

DEL NORTE— The Del Norte Food Bank will be distributing on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 645 Pine St., Del Norte. Del Norte and South Fork residents are eligible. Contact Robin Medina at 480-4120.

MONTE VISTA—The City of Monte Vista Recreation Department in conjunction with Rio Grande Prevention Partners and Communities that Care are hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Skate Night on Saturday, March 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Ski-Hi. Bring skates or rent skates for $2 an hour or $5 all night. Admission is $2 per person for skaters or $1 per person for those not skating. Parents/guardians must be present with children; all ages are invited.

Sunday, March 18

CRESTONE — “The Jungle Sale” by local artist Terry Corcoran will occupy the Shumei gallery during March. The free opening and symposium is on Sunday, March 18th from 3-5 p.m. See or call 256-5284.

ALAMOSA — Please join the SLV Painters in celebration of their “On the Wing” show at a reception on Sunday, March 18th, from 1- 3 p.m. at Milagros, corner of State and Main streets in Alamosa. Call the Alamosa Family Recreation Center at 589-2105.

ALAMOSA — There will be a free seminar on the nutritional and medicinal uses of hemp on Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the Valley Food Co-op in the Villa Mall in Alamosa. Go to or call 719-589-5727. 

Monday, March 19

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Rotary Club hosts Bill Ellithorpe as speaker on Monday, March 19 at noon at Juanito’s Restaurant, 1019 6th Street.  Ellithorpe will share stories and artifacts from his family’s rich history of mining for gold at Summitville. Visit or its Facebook page or call Dean Swift at 719-588-2357.

Tuesday, March 20

ALAMOSA — The Mosca-Hooper Conservation District (MHCD) in Alamosa County will have a special meeting to discuss financial matters on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the USDA/NRCS Shared Service Center at 101 S. Craft Drive in Alamosa. The meeting is open to the public.

DEL NORTE —The Rio Grande County Republican Central Committee will hold its County Assembly on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the High Valley Community Center in Del Norte.

SAGUACHE — Saguache County Commissioners meet on Tuesday, March 20, at 9 a.m. at the courthouse with agenda items including formal statement on marijuana at 11:30 a.m., further marijuana issues at 1 p.m. and 2018 Cycle #1 Sales Tax Grant decisions at 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

ALAMOSA — The monthly Veterans/VA Health Forum meeting in the San Luis Valley will be Wednesday, March 21 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the SLV Health Education and Conference Center, 1921 Main St, Alamosa. All veterans welcome.

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Field Institute will host a winter lecture on geography and linguistics in the San Luis Valley by Dennis Lopez at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, in Porter Hall, Room 130, on the Adams State University Campus, 208 Edgemont, Alamosa. Email [email protected] or visit

Thursday, March 22

ALAMOSA — The Access to Justice Committee of the 12th Judicial District is offering a free educational presentation on the eviction process on March 22 from 3-5 p.m. at the San Luis Valley Behavioral Health East Building (8745 County Road 9 S in Alamosa). Register with Kaylene Guymon at 719-589-7621 or [email protected]

MOFFAT — Communities that Care meets on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Moffat Consolidated School.

Sunday, March 25

FORT GARLAND — La Pasion de Cristo reunion and potluck will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. Bring a favorite dish and tableware.

Monday, March 26

SARGENT — Sargent school board meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the high school library. A 6 p.m. work session is set to discuss armed personnel.

Tuesday, March 27

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University English Department will host “Writing West: An Evening of Readings and Conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Nielsen Library Cooper Room.

ALAMOSA–Adams State University alumna Victoria Martinez will speak at a luncheon honoring Cesar Chavez at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Student Union Building La Mesa Dining Hall. The event will include cultural music and cuisine.

Wednesday, March 28

SAN LUIS — Conejos Clean Water and Costilla County Community Members will be facilitating a public meeting regarding municipal solid waste on Wednesday, March 28 from 6-7 p.m. in the Public Health Conference Room located at 233 Main Street, Suite C, in San Luis. Community members will have the opportunity to engage in open dialogue and provide input for possible solutions to trash issues. Contact Anna Lee Vargas at [email protected] and/or (719) 580-0740.

ALAMOSA — The next free Adams State University Faculty Lecture “The Nature of Flow,” by Dr. Jeffrey Elison, professor of psychology, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in McDaniel Hall room 101. Contact Dr. Courtney Allen at 719-587-7888 or [email protected]

Saturday, March 31

SOUTH FORK— The Annual South Fork Easter Egg Hunt will be at Rickel Park on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children ages 2-10 with over 1,200 hidden candy filled eggs and special prizes, refreshments, games and the Easter Bunny. Following the Easter egg hunt there will be a Kite Festival at the Community Ballpark from 1-3 p.m. Children ages 2-10 will receive a free kite. Call 719-873-5512.

Sunday, April 1

ALAMOSA — Angelica’s Dreamsicles Easter Egg Hunt for ages 0-13 will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, at Cole Park, First Street entrance by the Alamosa Senior Citizens Center. Bring a basket. Enjoy entertainment, food, refreshments, bouncy house, the Easter Bunny and other celebrities Shrek, Scooby-Doo, Spider Man, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Rafael TMNT and Madagascar. Bring a camera. Win prizes. The event is free.

Thursday, April 5

SOUTH FORK — The San Luis Valley Republicans will be having a Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, April 5th at the Rio Grande Club and Resort in South Fork.  Social hour starts at 5:30 and dinner is at 6 p.m. Candidates for governor, state treasurer, attorney general and U.S. Representative Scott Tipton will be there. For tickets please contact: Gail Mattive at 719-852-4659 or Sandra Wagner at 505-455-3079.

CENTER — The Colorado State Forest Service will offer a tree pruning workshop on Thursday April 5th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Center at the Kiwanis Building at S. Broadway St and E. 5th St. The morning session will be classroom-based, with an afternoon field session. Cost is $20, which includes lunch. Space is limited. Call 587-0915 for reservations.

Friday, April 6

ALAMOSA — A dedication of his bicycle in memory of Joshua “Butters” Hendren will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, following an artist lecture and prior to the Cloyde Snook exhibit “Fe!” closing reception. Call 719-587-7823.

ANTONITO — The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado University at Boulder are proud to present our third place-based teacher workshop.

This free, one-day workshop will take place on Friday, April 6th, 2018, from 9am to 4pm in the South Conejos School District building.  Lunch will be provided and all participants will earn continuing education units along with a $100 stipend upon completion of a lesson plan at the workshop. Register at, or email [email protected]

Saturday, April 7

ALAMOSA — Support Hospice del Valle and find treasures at an indoor rummage sale on Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to noon at 514 Main Street, Alamosa. There will also be a baked goods table and breakfast burritos for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Valley’s only palliative care and hospice program.

ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s Semillas de la Tierra presents the 4th Annual Baile de la Primavera at 7 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Adams State University, 208 Edgemont, Alamosa. Tickets are $8, adults, $6, children, free for ages 7 and under and AS&F with ID. Get tickets at Papers of Distinction, 510 State St. or Oscar’s Restaurant, 520 Main S., Alamosa. Call 719-589-9000.

Monday, April 9

SOUTH FORK — Upper Rio Grande Economic Development annual dinner meeting at the Rio Grande Club & Resort in South Fork will be Monday, April 9, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. featuring Mark Falcone and Mike Anderson, the Frontier Drive-in Project. Dinner is $34, no credit cards. Cash or checks payable to URGED may be mailed to P.O. Box 6, Del Norte 81132. RSVP to [email protected] or call 719-657-2827.

April 9 & 11

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Family Recreation Center announces a youth rocketry class for kids 6-16 on Monday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the AFRC Children’s Room. Rocket supplies are included in the class fee - $20, but participants will need to bring a small collection of supplies such as tape, scissors, etc. Ages 6-8 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at

Friday, April 13

CENTER — Center Head Start, in conjunction with Rio Grande Hospital, will host their annual health fair Friday, April 13, from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the Center Head Start Building. Blood screenings along with blood pressure, pulmonary lung function, blood glucose finger stick and pulse oximetry tests are available. To set up a booth at the Health Fair or for more information, contact Della at 754-3191.

Saturday, April 14

ALAMOSA — A ServSafe® Food Safety Certification Class will be held in Alamosa on Saturday, April 14. The course costs $140 and includes an eight-hour interactive classroom instruction and a proctored certification exam. Contact Carol at FOOD SYSTEMS [email protected] Registration deadline is April 1.

ALAMOSA — Every Child Matters presents a Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Alamosa Family Recreation Center. Enjoy free fun, food and activities including the Salida Circus. Contact Cheryl at 719-587-5243 or Becky at 719-589-2465.

MOFFAT — The Baca Grande Emergency Services, in partnership with local emergency responders, will be hosting a First Responder Festival on April 14 at the Baca Grande Golf Course, 67487 County Road T, Moffat, at 11 a.m. to give citizens a chance to interact with first responders serving Saguache County. There will be information booths, interactive demonstrations, displays of emergency vehicles and family and kid friendly activities. See or call 719-256-4171.

Sunday, April 15

CRESTONE — Blue Starseed is Shumei’s featured artist for the month of April. A free Art Symposium will be held on April 15th from 3-5 p.m. A reception will follow. Visit or call 256-5284.

Sunday, April 22

ALAMOSA — La Puente will host the San Luis Valley CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, April 22, which will start and conclude at Cole Park. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the walk will commence at 2 p.m. in front of the Alamosa Senior Center. Register to walk as a team or as an individual at Call 719-587-3499 or e-mail [email protected]

Friday, April 27

ALAMOSA — On Friday, April 27th the Alamosa Senior Citizens will host a Ladies Spring Tea and Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Cost is $5. A special feature consists of a Vintage Hat and Jewelry Fashion Show. Call 719-589-3277.


ALAMOSA – The Adams State University School of Business is providing free tax preparation assistance for individuals with household incomes of less than about $54,000 a year. Adams State’s free tax site is open in the Business School lobby, Third St. and Richardson Ave., Alamosa, from 4-7 p.m. on Mondays from March 26 through April 2.

CREEDE — The deadline to submit prints for the 18th Annual National Small Print Show (NSPS) is April 9. The NSPS is a unique, juried art show of matted hand-pulled prints. Cash awards will be given for Best in Show, second place and third place. Visit

ALAMOSA — Hospice del Valle needs gently used donations for a fund-raiser rummage sale. All donations are tax deductible. Items will be accepted Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 6 at 514 Main Street in Alamosa. Call 719-589-9019.

MONTE VISTA— The Monte Vista Assembly of God Church, God’s Closet, located at 881 N. Hwy 285, across from Mountain King is in need of clothing donations. Bring them to the white shed.

VALLEY — Cat food is desperately needed to distribute to all the volunteers that are feeding the cats this winter. Cat food donations may be left with Abie Roybal, 225 10th Street, Alamosa, and monetary donations may be made to Donna K. Ditmore, manager for cat welfare for Alpha Humane, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization, and sent to 3095 County Road 108 South, Alamosa 81101.

ALAMOSA — Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, in partnership with Ray & Colette Skeff, are offering a 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, to the highest bidder as a fund-raiser. Call Claire Lara at 719-589-5252 or email [email protected]

ALAMOSA — Moose, a therapy dog who helps school-aged children improve their reading skills, will be available from 3-5 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month from February through May at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave. in Alamosa. Call to reserve a time to read to Moose at 719-589-6592 or stop in.

ALAMOSA — Silver Linings, an open and free positivity group, meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Nestle Toll House Café in downtown Alamosa.

VALLEY — La Puente is in need of volunteers split wood to bring relief to local families. Volunteers with chainsaw skills are most needed, but anyone is invited. To volunteer, call Shanae at 719-587-3499 or email [email protected]

ALAMOSA —The Alamosa Food Bank has new hours. It will be open on Mondays from 2-6 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 12– 4 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 513 Sixth St. Please bring a photo ID to utilize the food bank. 

ALAMOSA — Made up of community members who write in many different genres, the Sophia Circle meets weekly to provide support for writers and their writing projects in the downstairs conference room at the Colorado Welcome Center at Alamosa, 6th and State on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. Writers may drop in on any meeting. Bring copies of the work you want to share. Call Holly at 719-588-7066.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Senior Center is hosting a trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan June 21st - 27th. Stop by 92 Colorado in Alamosa or call 719-589-3277.

ALAMOSA — “Planting Seeds for Kindergarten” is the Alamosa Public Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Participants will be rewarded for every 100 books they read. Register at the Alamosa Public Library today, 300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa.

CONEJOS COUNTY — The Conejos County Library is looking for volunteers to real aloud to young children. Volunteers can join in visiting homes around Conejos County and talking to parents and caregivers about the value of instilling a love for reading. Please contact Margie Wagoner at the Conejos County Library at 719-274-5858.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Bowl Family Fun Center is starting Thursday and Friday Night Leagues as well as Tuesday Morning Coffee League. Come by to sign up or call 719-937-2505.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Toastmasters meets on Mondays at noon at The Bridge in Alamosa at 3407 Carroll Street. Participants will find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows them to achieve their goals at their own pace. Call (719) 588-5127.

ALAMOSA — Can’t make it to Storytime at the Alamosa Public Library? That’s okay, check out the Storytime to Go Kits designed to bring Storytime into your home! Come into the Alamosa Public Library today, 300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa.

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 or

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]

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:

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 – The GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club of Alamosa meets on the second Friday at noon from September through May at First United Methodist Church, NW door, 2005 Mullins Ave. For more information, please email: [email protected]

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] 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

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  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 mkmillermi[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]

CENTER — The Center Kiwanis meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Kiwanis Hall in Center. Contact Dick Ramstetter at 719-580-3329.

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

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Public Health Department encourages young adults to seek reliable information about pregnancy, birth control and sexually transmitted infections at 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 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

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

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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