Valley Calendar

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July 14-15

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ESTATES — The annual Rocky Mountain Estates Community Firehouse Art Show and Fundraiser with live music, refreshments and world-class artists will be held Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Estates, located 27 miles west of Antonito and 29 miles east of Chama on Forest Service Road 250 between Horca and Platoro. Contact Peggy Bell at 719-376-6070.

July 14-20

CREEDE—Talented woodworkers from all around the country will come to Creede for the 27th Annual Woodcarvers Rendezvous July 14-20 where they can sell their wares or learn a new skill. Each year offers new demonstrations, classes and contests. See

Saturday, July 14

CENTER — The community is invited to an open house at Leach Airport in Center on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants in the International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely Piloted Aircraft (ISARRA) will explain their research and envisioned economic benefits, showcase their Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), demonstrate technology and run test flights, calibrate and cross-compare instruments and answer questions.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Origami hosts a fun day of folding paper on July 14 at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., at 10 a.m. for an easy-to-intermediate folding session and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. an advanced folding session. See

CENTER — The Poor Boy Car Club con Arregla 2 Truckin will host its 8th annual car show July 14 at West Fourth Street, Center.

HOMELAKE—The Homelake Historic Preservation and Restoration Foundation will host a picnic and viewing of the old administration building renovations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the pavilion at the veterans’ center at Homelake, 3749 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista. The Foundation will provide free hotdogs and drinks.

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Downtown Saturday Farmers Market at the corner of State & 6th streets will begin July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Local Marketing District and KRZA Radio are co-sponsoring “Sweet Street Sounds” featuring “Diamond Life,” vocal and piano duo on Saturday, July 14 from 1-3 p.m. at Essential Gardens.

ALAMOSA—The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will hold its annual meeting and workday at the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 14. Meet at the visitor’s center on El Rancho Lane at 9 a.m. Please bring work gloves and water. Contact Tim Armstrong at 852-2452.

MOSCA — Mosca-Hooper Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual BBQ on Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at the fire station in Mosca.

ALAMOSA — Texas singer-songwriters Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, and Walk Wilkins, aka the Three Amigos will perform at Society Hall on Saturday, July 14th, 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 — The SLV Museum will celebrate the “First Thanksgiving” on Saturday, July 14. Lunch will be served at the American Legion on Fourth Street at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, the San Luis Valley Museum at 401 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa, will host music by Los Cancioneros Del Valle from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Enjoy the music, dance, have dessert, tour the museum or visit with Geronimo Olivas, who creates santos and will have many on display. Call 719-587-0667.

Sunday, July 15

ALAMOSA — The Bridge at Alamosa will host its 10th Annual Car Show & Concert featuring cool cars, tractors, model cars and live music from John Denver tribute artist Chris Collins from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at 3407 Carroll Street, Alamosa, west of Wal-Mart. Picnic lunches will be available for $6. Dress in a 70’s themed outfit and vote for favorite automobiles.

CRESTONE — Nick Keefer’s work will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone in July. A symposium with Nick will be held on Sunday, July 15th starting at 3 p.m.

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Live Music Association presents SLV Big Band at Sundays at Six, July 15, in Cole Park, Alamosa. Like ALMA on Facebook or go to

ALAMOSA — Weekends on the Rio will continue this Sunday, July 15 with all free events in Cole Park, Alamosa, unless otherwise noted: 7 a.m. – Birding Walk @ Alamosa Disc Golf Course Parking Lot; 11:30 a.m. – Learn to Disc Golf @ Alamosa Disc Golf Course; 1 p.m. – Yoga in the Park; 3-6 p.m. – Paddle boarding on the Rio Grande; 6-6:45 p.m. –Friends of the Library Book Bike / Storytime;  6:45 p.m. – Percussion Lessons. Contact John Reesor, 2222 Old Sanford Rd., Alamosa, 719-937-9025, [email protected]

Monday, July 16

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Rotary Club hosts Jeff Owsley of the San Luis Valley Hemp Company as the speaker on Monday, July 16 at noon at Juanito’s Restaurant, 1019 6th Street. Jeff will present an update on the hemp industry. Visit our Facebook page or contact club president Chris Quintana at [email protected]

Tuesday, July 17

CRESTONE – The Colorado State Forest Service Alamosa Field Office is partnering with the Crestone Tree Board to offer a fruit tree pruning workshop from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the Baca Property Owners Association meeting hall, Crestone. The workshop will cost $15, which includes lunch. Register by calling the CSFS Alamosa Field Office at 719-587-0915.

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Water Conservation District board will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the office at 8805 Independence Way, Alamosa. The meeting will be followed by a work session with sub-district boards of managers and presentations from Allen Davey and Craig Cotten.

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Democrats will meet on Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Three Barrel Brewing in Del Norte.

July 18-19

CREEDE— The Ladies Aid bazaar and rummage sale will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at the town gym from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The rummage sale will continue on Thursday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, July 18

CREEDE—The Fifth Annual Creede Chute Out bull riding & barrel racing series continues on Wednesday, July 18. See

LA JARA — The San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition’s Cooking Matters Program will offer a free store tour for the public on Wednesday, July 18, from 4:30-6 p.m. at Jack’s Market in La Jara. Each participant will receive a free reusable grocery bag, $10 to their market, and booklet full of recipes and information. Call 719-937-2319 or email [email protected]

MONTE VISTA — The TEFAP program will distribute commodities in Rio Grande County on July 18 at the Ski-Hi Arena at 10 a.m. until they run out of food. Eligible TEFAP recipients are able to receive each month in Monte Vista as long as they are Rio Grande County residents.

Thursday, July 19

SANFORD— The town of Sanford will host the annual Sanford Pioneer Days celebration including a 10 a.m. parade. Call 274-4024.

LA JARA — The San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition’s Cooking Matters Program will offer a free store tour for the public on Thursday, July 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Jack’s Market in La Jara. Each participant will receive a free reusable grocery bag, $10 to their market, and booklet full of recipes and information. Call 719-937-2319 or email [email protected]

July 19-21

MANASSA— Manassa Pioneer Days will feature a parade at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, carnival, rodeos, live music, celebration royalty, horse racing and a much-anticipated demolition derby July 19-21. See for more information.

July 20-22

SOUTH FORK—The 26th Annual Logger Days celebration with events such as axe throwing, two-man cross cut, speed cutting and more will be held in South Fork July 20-22. The parking lot and community center are packed to with children activities, various vendors and food trucks. The event is free to the public. Call 719-873-5512 or see

Friday, July 20

ALAMOSA — Cloverbuds, for ages 5-7, will meet on Friday, July 20 for a bird watching special field trip at the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Meetings cost $10 per child, and cover supplies and a snack. RSVP by July 18, at 719-852-7381 or [email protected]

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents Cowboy Entertainer Dave Stamey on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, reservation only. Call 657-4757 or see

CREEDE — The Creede Arts Council (CAC) invites the public to the Creede Sculpture Show opening reception on Friday, July 20 at 6 p.m. The reception will be held at Basham Park in Creede. Visit

July 21-22

CREEDE—The Creede Arts Council (CAC) and several sculptors from the region present the Creede Sculpture Show in Creede. The opening reception will be held July 20 at 6 p.m. at Basham Park and the show will continue from July 21-22.

Saturday, July 21

ALAMOSA — Dickey-Springer Post 113 of the American Legion is proud to partner and host a recognition for all men and women who served in the Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Sen. Larry Crowder will be present to be honored for his service and to present the lapel pins. The service will take place on July 21 at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 514 Fourth Street in Alamosa. All the veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Also invited are the community and all town and city officials in the San Luis Valley. For more information contact Donna Gates at [email protected]

CRESTONE — All are invited to the Crestone Artisans Gallery, 120 Cottonwood, for a delicious brunch complete with mimosas, live music and drawing for art from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 21. Get a ticket at the door.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Local Marketing District and KRZA Radio are co-sponsoring “Sweet Street Sounds” in Alamosa featuring “Diamond Life,” a local vocal and piano duo, on Saturday, July 21 from 1-3 p.m. at The Shop.

DEL NORTE — A special historical program “Rio Grande County Museum: Trails, Trappers and Traders-Old Spanish Trail- Geology and Volcanic History SLV and San Juan Mts.,” will be held at the Rio Grande County Museum on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following the presentations, a half day geologic road tour/field trip is offered to those interested in seeing the remnants of the deeply eroded Summer Coon Volcanic center. A donation of $10 is requested. Call museum @ 719- 657-2847 early to reserve a spot.

Sunday, July 22

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Live Music Association is pleased to present The Ant People at Sundays at Six, July 22, in Cole Park, Alamosa. The concert at 6 p.m. is free.

July 23-24

ALAMOSA — Public input meetings regarding Alamosa’s downtown design plan will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 23, in the city hall council chambers, 300 Hunt Ave., and from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Nestle Toll House Café, 703 Main Street, Alamosa. Childcare will be provided on July 23, and Spanish interpreters will be on hand for both meetings. Call 589-2593 or see

Monday, July 23

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 23, at the Alamosa County Service Center, 8900 Independence Way.

Wednesday, July 25

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa invites the public to Boyd Park on Wednesday, July 25th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for the ninth annual City Services Fair. Get to know the various services available through the city and enjoy free hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, and cotton candy. Call 589-2105 or go to

July 25-29

MONTE VISTA—Celebrating its 97th year, the Ski Hi Stampede is Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo. In addition to the great rodeo action, there are parades Friday and Saturday, a chuck wagon dinner Thursday, dances, concerts and a carnival at Ski Hi Park in east Monte Vista. The annual concert will feature country music artist Gary Allan, with Smithfield as the opening act. See

July 25-26

CENTER — The San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition’s Cooking Matters Program will offer a free store tour for the public on Wednesday, July 25, from 5-6:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 26th from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. at K&J Thriftway in Center. Each participant will receive a free reusable grocery bag, $10 to their market, and booklet full of recipes and information. Call 719-937-2319 or email [email protected]

Saturday, July 28

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents Anne Hills, featuring Contemporary Folk Music, on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757 or see


MANASSA — Conejos County Willow Pit will open to county residents on the last Saturday of each month, July 28, August 25, and September 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. located 4.5 miles east of Manassa on HWY 142. Accepted will be tree branches, limbs, twigs, leaves and shrubbery. No household trash, tires, furniture, man made and construction debris will be accepted. Call Jarret at 719-496-6615, or the land use office at 719-376-2014 M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ALAMOSA — The Annual Artwalk will be a festive event scheduled for September 7th and 8th as part of the Alamosa Art Festival. Artists working in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional mediums are invited to register by August 6. Registration forms are available by sending an email request to [email protected] or by stopping by the City of Alamosa, Treasure Alley or Wild Roses. Entry fee of $20 is due with registration form no later than August 6th at the City of Alamosa, Treasure Alley or Wild Roses in Alamosa.

ALAMOSA — Cats Alive is in desperate need of dry cat food to help volunteers feed cats throughout the San Luis Valley. The goal would be 42 bags, about two pallets worth. 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.

ANTONITO — Antonito Senior Citizen Association is conducting a shoe collection drive thru August 1st to raise funds to support the Antonito Senior center.  Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at the Antonito Senor Center.

VALLEY — San Luis Valley Health is hosting “The Apple Tree Project,” to distribute school supplies to over 175 classrooms serving about 3,500 students across the Valley.  Wish lists will be attached to special “Apple Trees” at SLV Health clinics and hospitals and businesses. Take an apple from the apple tree and purchase items on the lists. Cash donations or checks to “SLV Health Apple Tree Project” are tax-deductible and can be mailed or dropped off at the Foundation office at 1921 Main Street, Alamosa. SLV Health will accept all donations throughout July. Please call Jenn at 719-587-5782 or email her at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.

VALLEY — Be one of three winners of two $50 gift certificates by visiting the participating museums between Memorial & Labor Day weekends! Pick up a punch card and map at one of the participating museums. Visit the participating museums to get punch card stamped. Check out

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.

ALAMOSA — Community Garden Nights began May 1st at Boyd Garden in Alamosa between 5-7 p.m. and continue every Tuesday to October. Community members are invited to join in and help plant, weed, water, and harvest Boyd Garden, between 11th and 12th on State Ave. in Alamosa. Contact 719-589-4567 or email [email protected]

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. 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 — 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.

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 Dean Swift, 589-3499 or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The Optimist Club of Alamosa meets at Nino’s Restaurant in Alamosa 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.

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. 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]

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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