Valley Calendar

Saturday, November 17

SAN LUIS — The last community meeting/dialogue concerning La Vega will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 10 a.m. at the Costilla County Conservancy District Office in San Luis. Contact Shirley Romero Otero at 970.640.8014. 

ALAMOSA — The fourteenth Annual Wild Roses Christmas Bazaar continues on November 17th.  Over 18 crafters will be showing their wares at Wild Roses at 511 Main Street in downtown Alamosa.  Hours will be 9-4 on Saturday.  Christmas photo cards will be available along with all the other crafters.  Call 719 589 2888.

ALAMOSA — First Christian Church’s 18th Annual Craft and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 518 First Street, Alamosa, with baked items great for the holidays (pies, cookies, breads) and handcrafted items such as jewelry, woodcraft and clothing. Call Shirley Adcock at 580-6072.

MONTE VISTA — Tri County Senior Center, 311 Washington St., in Monte Vista will host a holiday bazaar on November 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring homemade items. Stop by the office to sign paperwork. The bazaar will include a bake sale, baked potato bar, and hand crafted items. Call 719-852-5778. A raffle will be held at noon on Nov. 17. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

ALAMOSA — A benefit dinner and dance for Jimmy Martinez, who is battling throat cancer, will be held from 2:30-11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the National Guard building, 1877 Old Sanford Road, Alamosa. Tickets are $20 for couples, $15, single, $7 kids ages 5-12, and free for kids under age 5. Pre-sale tickets are $15, couples; $10, singles; $5, kids ages 5-12; and free for kids under age 5. Tickets are available at Main Copy Source, 1010 Main St., Alamosa. Ask for Roxanne or Melanie. Donations may also be sent to 4821 County Road 14 South, Alamosa.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents Martha Reich, featuring Progressive Folk, on Saturday, November 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets for this concert and dance are $15. Call 657-4757 email [email protected] or see

DEL NORTE— The Rio Grande County Museum hosts an inaugural free admission “Gateway to the Holidays” event on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the museum featuring ethnic holiday goodies, music by local artists and opportunity to purchase unique holiday items from the museum gift shop.

SAN LUIS — The last community meeting/dialogue concerning La Vega will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 10 a.m. at the Costilla County Conservancy District Office in San Luis. The board of directors and their attorney Jerome DeHerrera are finalizing legal plans. La Vega users from San Acacio and Chama are urged to attend as well as users from San Pedro, San Pablo, El Rito and Los Vallejos. Contact Shirley Romero Otero at 970.640.8014. 

ALAMOSA — The Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative will be hosting Karen Ballentine’s official book release on Saturday, November 17th from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Her newest book is titled Bygone Stories from the Creede Candle 1894.

CREEDE — The Creede Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the community center. Bring a dessert or large side dish to share. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, rolls and cranberry sauce will be provided.

Sunday, November 18

DEL NORTE — The Calvary Baptist Church is hosting their Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 12-2 p.m. at 2160 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Monday, November 19

MOSCA — Sangre de Cristo will host Spuds and Taste Buds community dinner and fifth grade cooking challenge on Monday, November 19th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per individual and $10 for the entire family.

Tuesday, November 20

ALAMOSA — Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative, Alamosa, hosts Preschool Story Time on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 3-4 p.m.

SAGUACHE — Saguache County commissioners meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Thursday, November 22

ALAMOSA — La Puente would like to invite everyone from the community to join in this year’s Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 22, at 1 p.m. at La Puente Shelter, 913 State Avenue, Alamosa. There will be music, entertainment for all ages, and a Thanksgiving feast. Those who would like to prepare a dish, donate food, or volunteer time, please call Camille at the Volunteer Coordination Office at (719) 587-3499.

ALAMOSA– Local gym Anytime Fitness of Alamosa will be holding its annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 at 7 a.m., as a fundraiser to support the Luke Yoder family as they navigate the journey of their son’s seizures. Register at, or the day of the event for $25 at the gym. To sponsor the event or provide a donation without participating, contact Eddie Valdez with Anytime Fitness at 719-580-4633. 

November 23-24

CREEDE — The Creede Chocolate Festival will be held on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, showcasing luscious samples of chocolate specialties created by local business owners and individuals. For more information and tickets at $10 each, go to

Saturday, November 24

ALAMOSA — ALMA and Society Hall present Frank Scott with a free CD release party and community potluck on Saturday, November 24 at Society Hall, 400 Ross Ave., Alamosa at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. See

Monday, November 26

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa will host a public meeting on Monday, November 26th at 6 p.m. with an update on the design and construction of Montana Azul Park located in southwest Alamosa at the Tierra Nueva Apartments Community Room at 600 Craft Drive.

Wednesday, November 28

ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s Art in Residency Program will host a free public postcard-making workshop created from Lily Kuonen’s Mail Art Project from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Visual Art Building room 230. Contact the ASU Art Department at 719-587-7823 or the Music Department at 719-587-7621.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., will host Moose the therapy dog November 28 from 3-5 p.m. To sign up to read to Moose, please call the library at 719-589-3786.

Friday, November 30

ALAMOSA — The 11th Annual Alamosa Celebration of Lights will feature the traditional lighting of Alamosa’s City Hall (300 Hunt Avenue), starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, then the Alamosa County Courthouse (702 E. 4th Street). Afterward at the Roast (420 San Juan Avenue), kids can share their Christmas wishes with Santa, warm up with some hot cocoa, and snap a ‘Selfie with Santa’. Visit or call (719) 589-2105.

Saturday, December 1

ALAMOSA — Alamosa seniors will host breakfast, silent auction, raffle and plenty of items for sale during its holiday sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the senior center, 92 Colorado in Alamosa adjacent to Cole Park. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and includes burritos with red or green chili, coffee, juice, milk, tea and hot chocolate for $7/person. Beta Sigma Phi will be donating cinnamon rolls for sale at $2 each. Raffle items include an original Steve Quiller Framed Etching, Handmade Quilt (Caffeine Frenzy) by Rhonda Borders, $50 City Market Card, $50 Amazon Card and several smaller items. Tickets are 5 for $10 or 1 for $3. The center is accepting items for the silent auction and baked goodies. Call 719-589-3277.

CRESTONE — Pam Uhlenkamp’s mandala paintings will be on display at the Shumei Shop/ MoSPACE Gallery in Crestone through January 5th. Pam will be teaching a mandala painting class sponsored in part by Present & Creative Art Supply, MoSPACE, and Shumei International Institute December 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 8 years and up. Please email [email protected]  to reserve a space. 

ALAMOSA — Ski and Gear Swap by San Juan Nordic Club will be held Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Forest Service office, 129a Santa Fe Ave, Alamosa. Register items on Friday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 6

ALAMOSA — The San Juan Nordic Club is hosting a cross-country ski wax clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 6 p.m. at Kristy Mountain Sports in Alamosa.

December 7-8

ALAMOSA — “Holiday Bazaar 2018” will be held Friday, Dec 7th from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 8th from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 709 4th St. in Alamosa featuring works of many talented arts & crafts vendors.  The church booths include a White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction, Bake Sale and “The SHC Candy Bar”. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days. Friday evening, enjoy Navajo Taco dinner from 4:30- 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are $7 and are available at the door. Call Mary Motz (589-2267) or Phyllis Melgares (580-5477).

SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Chamber of Commerce and The Town of South Fork will hold the 15th annual Winterfest on Friday and Saturday December 7th and 8th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rio Grande Club and Resort. Please call Mark Teders at the South Fork Visitor’s Center at 719-873-5512 to sign up to be a vendor.

Saturday, December 8

CONEJOS COUNTY — The Antonito and Capulin Libraries will host a Cookie Exchange on Saturday December 8 at 9:30 a.m. Bring a dozen cookies (recipe included) and exchange your dozen for a different dozen. We will also sell baked goods to raise money for our summer reading program.

ALAMOSA — The Annual Villa Mall HobbyTown Holiday Craft Fair will be held Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3211 Main Street, Alamosa.

Enjoy handcrafted gifts, jewelry, woodworking and local crafts and visit local micro business people. Vendor spaces are available. Stop by HobbyTown or email Tammy at [email protected] or call 719-937-2570.

MONTE VISTA — The One Stop Christmas Shop event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ski High Complex, 2389 Sherman Ave, Monte Vista. There will be tons of local vendor booths including handmade crafts, goodies, and direct sales. Santa will also be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in having a booth please email [email protected] Space is limited.


DEL NORTE— The San Luis Valley Ministerial Alliance in the Del Norte area will be hosting their annual toy drive. Drop off unwrapped toys and canned good to Del Norte Catholic Church, New Life Church, Pioneer Church, Cornerstone Church and Gateway Church Tuesday through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Gateway Church and on Sundays during service. Each church will have two large boxes located near the entrance for donations. Toys should be unwrapped and can be for either a boy or a girl. Contact Pastor Greg Schaffer at 719-657-3681.

VALLEY— SLV Health will be teaming up with Conejos County EMS to collect new or gently used coats, hats and gloves- of all sizes. Call 719-298-1459.

Donations will be accepted until Nov. 20 at the following locations:

Conejos County Hospital - 19021 Hwy 285, La Jara

Regional Medical Center - 106 Blanca Avenue, Alamosa

Stuart Avenue Clinic- 2115 Stuart Avenue, Alamosa

Antonito Clinic - 115 Main Street, Antonito

La Jara Clinic - 509 Main St La Jara

Monte Vista Clinic - 103 Chico Court Monte Vista

Conejos County DSS- 12989 County Rd G.6, Conejos

ALAMOSA — Assist with River of Life’s annual turkey drive. This year the goal is to provide 250 families with a Thanksgiving dinner. The dinners will be passed out on November 20. Food and monetary donations are being requested. Needed are frozen turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cake mixes and frosting.  River of life church is a 501 (3C) tax-deductible organization and can provide a donation certificate for those who request it. Please make out checks to River of Life Church and on the memo line write turkey drive.  Donations can be dropped off at River of Life Church, 2602 Clark Ave., Alamosa, Essential Radiance, or Blessed Brews, 2431 Main St, Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — Area residents are invited to help Amarah bring Christmas to “Kids Like Me” again this year. Completed applications may be taken to Ace Hardware or mailed to Amarah’s Hope for Kids Like Me, P. O. Box 354, Alamosa, CO 81101. Donations to the annual Kids Like Me Toy/Food/Warm Clothing Drive may be dropped off at Ace Hardware, 157 Craft Drive, Alamosa, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas gifts will be distributed on Friday, December 21st at the Church of Christ, 408 Victoria St., Alamosa, from 1-7 p.m. New clothing and toys are welcome, as are food and cash donations.

CONEJOS COUNTY — The Conejos County “Gifts of Giving” organization helps families give their children a Christmas they could not otherwise have. The organization is now accepting both toy and monetary donations to help fund its fifth annual toy drive. Toy drop off sites are located at the Conejos County Courthouse, Donald’s Service Station, Sanford School, Kim’s Fitness and the Antonito school.

If writing a check, make it out to “Concepts.” Contact Suzan Robins at 719-588-1791.

LA JARA — Northerners Senior Citizens in La Jara are sponsoring a trip to Branson, Missouri, April 27-May 5, 2019. The cost is $840 double occupancy. This price includes motor coach transportation via Diamond tours. This price includes 8 nights lodging, 14 meals, 7 shows including the Showboat Branson Bell, Oklahoma City bombing memorial. This trip is for those 18 and over. Contact Northerners Senior Citizens, Lynette De Priest at 719-274-4029.

CONEJOS COUNTY — For the second year, the Boys and Girls Club of Alamosa will be sending a bus to Conejos County on Friday. The club is open to all young people ages 6 and up. Registration is required; the cost is $10 per month and participants need to pack a lunch. Pick up is Friday at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of La Jara Elementary on Main Street. Sign up now at the club in Alamosa or pick up the forms at the club on Friday. Go to www., or call 719.589.5252.

VALLEY — Energy assistance is provided through La Puente’s Outreach homeless prevention program. To qualify you must be directly responsible for an energy bill, your bill must be past due, and you must meet income qualifications. Call 719-587-3781.

CAPULIN — Free tutoring is available in the Capulin Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday for students first grade through twelfth grade in all subjects.

ALAMOSA — Cats Alive is in need of dry cat food to help volunteers feed cats throughout the San Luis Valley. Also goat milk is appreciated for the kittens. To donate cat food call Marge at 719-298-7028 (willing to pick up donated food) or send monetary donations to help with the cat food to Cats Alive, P.O. Box 84 Alamosa, CO 81101 or online at

CONEJOS COUNTY — Conejos Library District is in need of volunteers in Antonito, La Jara and Capulin. The library is a great place to volunteer. Please contact Maria DeHerrera at (719) 274-5858.

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 needed to distribute to all the volunteers that are feeding the cats. 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.

VALLEY — Wreaths Across America™ ceremony will take place on December 15 at the Homelake Cemetery, 3749 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista, at 9 a.m. To purchase a wreath contact Carol Martinez at 849-1830 or Pam Self at 825-8216. The cost is $15 per wreath with all orders and money needed by November 28.  Please send your request and money to Carol Martinez, PO Box 181, Monte Vista, CO 81144. The wreaths will be delivered to the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake.

CREEDE—Trinidad State Junior College is planning on holding an EMT class in Creede beginning in January. The class will meet two nights a week from 6-10 p.m. until mid-May as well as a couple of Saturday sessions. If interested in taking this class and becoming a Mineral County EMT, please contact Don Dustin at 719-658-0184. Serving as an EMT is an excellent way to give back the community and to provide a valuable service to the residents and visitors to Mineral County.

ALAMOSA— Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for homeownership in Alamosa. Applicants contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity,” time and labor. Construction is done with the help of hundreds of volunteers. When a house is completed, applicant families purchase the homes from Habitat for Humanity with a no-profit mortgage.  Call Habitat at (719) 589-8678.

ALAMOSA — Grief support group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Alamosa 1st United Methodist Church from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call Liz Hood, 580-3697.

ALAMOSA — VFW in Alamosa hosts bingo every Tuesday at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. Packs are $5.

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

ALAMOSA — Groups are held for women who have experienced domestic violence every second Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Grizzly Training Center, Alamosa. There will be refreshments and childcare provided. Contact Jennifer McCoy-Hanna at Tu Casa, Inc. 719-589-2465.

VALLEY — Keep drivers safe in your community. Become an AARP Driver Safety Volunteer Instructor today. Do you have a passion for helping others and want to make your community safer? AARP needs dedicated volunteers as instructors to grow this leading educational program. Sign up today at

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 is 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 — Circle of Parents in Recovery provides a safe, supporting, confidential, non-judgmental environment where parents can openly discuss the successes and challenges of parenting in recovery. The group meets every first and third Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. at Living Water Bible Fellowship 2019 Clark Street Alamosa. Contact Mary Lambert at (719) 587-6965 or [email protected]

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 — “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 Chris Quintana at [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The Optimist Club of Alamosa meets at Nino’s Restaurant in Alamosa the first and third Tuesdays at noon. Contact the club at [email protected] or President Dawn Melgares at 719-580-0178. 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.

DEL NORTE — Free video workshops presenting a unique perspective on peace by world renowned speaker Prem Rawat are shared at Wildwood Sounds 850 Grande Ave. Del Norte. Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Call Sue at (720) 989-4747 or visit

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. 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]

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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