Valley Calendar

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November 18-19

VALLEY — Del Monte Gun Club Turkey Shoot will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. both days. Contact Jere at 719-852-5289 after 5 p.m. or Louie at 719-589-6059.

Saturday, November 18

ALAMOSA — Nuts that have been ordered from PEO Chapter DP may be picked up Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alamosa Methodist Church, 2005 Mullins Ave. Coffee and goodies will be available.

MONTE VISTA — Tri–County Senior Citizens will host a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, at the center, 311 Washington St., Monte Vista. The bazaar will include a bake sale, baked potato bar and hand crafted items. Call 852-5778.

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Christian Reformed Church will continue its Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar on Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cinnamon rolls, coffee and hot cider will be served. The event will be held in the Waverly Youth and Community Center, 1836 Road 10 South, Alamosa. Call 589-2072.

ALAMOSA — The 14th Annual Wild Roses Christmas Bazaar will continue on November 18th at 511 Main Street in downtown Alamosa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring locally made crafts, art, jewelry, art, collectibles and pies. Call Wild Roses at 589 2888.

ALAMOSA — The First Christian Church at First and State in Alamosa will host its annual Bake and Craft Sale on November 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome. Please call Shirley Adcock at 580-6072.

ALAMOSA — Shop early for holiday gifts at the Adams State University Classified Employees Council Annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Plachy Hall Field House. For a Craft Fair vendor form contact Susan Ellis at 719-587-8137 or [email protected]; Jeff Gallegos at [email protected]; or Dodie Day at [email protected]

ALAMOSA — SLV Women’s Forum planning session will be held to celebrate the first anniversary of the SLV Women’s March.  Please come with ideas on November 18th at 10 a.m. at Alamosa Presbyterian Church, 330 San Juan Avenue, to plan another event. Call Jan Oen at 719-480-4771.

ALAMOSA — The free Adams State University Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays features “Radioactivity in our World, Sandra Wagner” from 9 a.m. until noon on November 18 for grades 9-12. Contact Jayson Mitchell at 719-587-7586 or [email protected] Also see

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium shares the free public showings “Dream to Fly” and “Supervolcanoes” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Visit:

ALAMOSA — Alamosa High School presents “The Wiz” November 18 at 7 p.m. at the Alamosa High School. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are purchased at the door or can be purchases in advance at AHS from music teacher Kim Waller and English teacher Aaron Zak.

CREEDE— Creede residents are invited to a community Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Creede Community Center. Local sponsors are providing turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, rolls and cranberry sauce. All attendees are asked to bring a large side dish or dessert that will serve 10-15 people.

Sunday, November 19

MONTE VISTA – The annual free community Thanksgiving dinner will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2160 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista. Everyone is welcome to join for a wonderful meal of turkey and all the trimmings, complete with lots of pie and cake.

CRESTONE — Local artist SD Youngwolf’s works will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone for November and December. A free symposium will be held on Sunday, November 19th from 3-5 p.m. A reception will follow. Visit or call 256-5284.

DEL NORTE — Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grande Ave., Del Norte, presents Andreas Kapsalis, featuring 10 finger tapping guitar style, on Sunday, November 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 657-4757 or see

Monday, November 20

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Rotary Club hosts Jane Rhett of the Homelake Foundation as the speaker on Monday, November 20, at noon at Juanito’s Restaurant, 1019 Sixth Street in Alamosa. Visit the Alamosa Rotary Club Facebook page or call Suzanne DeVore at 719-588-2557.

ALAMOSA — Join Alamosa Public Library on November 20th from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave., for a free, hands-on class: ”Emotional Wellness with Essential Oils.” Register at 719-589-6592.

Thursday, November 23

SOUTH FORK—The Kiwanis Club of South Fork is planning their 16th Annual Free Valley-wide Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Fork Community Center. Everyone is welcome. They’ll also be once again hosting a clothes/toy and food drive. To volunteer to help at the dinner, please contact Karen at 719-873-5466 or [email protected]

ALAMOSA — The community is invited to a Thanksgiving feast from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, at La Puente, 913 State Ave., Alamosa. To donate a dish or time, contact Leighton at 587-3499.

November 24-25

CREEDE — Creede’s 28th Chocolate Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25 from 11 a.m.- 4 pm. daily. Tickets are limited, $10 each. Buy early at the Creede Visitors Center or

Wednesday, November 29

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University free faculty lecture “Implicit Gender Biases in the STEM Fields,” by Dr. Renee Beeton, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, professor of sociology, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in McDaniel Hall room 101. Contact Dr. Courtney Allen at 719-587-7888 or [email protected]

Thursday, November 30

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium shares the free public showings “Dawn of the Space Age” and “Moons: Worlds of Mystery” on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Visit:

December 1, 8, 9, 10

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Theatre program will perform William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the annual holiday season production on the San Luis Valley Federal Bank Main Stage. For ages 10 and up. Public performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

Tickets are $10 for general public, $9 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current Adams State identification. The box office is open from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 719-587-8499.

December 1-2

ALAMOSA — “Holiday Bazaar 2017” will be held Friday, Dec 1st from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 2nd from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 709 4th St. in Alamosa featuring the works of many talented artists and crafters. 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, there will be a Navajo Taco dinner. Dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Dinner tickets are $6 and are available in the parish office or at the door. Call Mary Motz (589-2267) or Phyllis Melgares (580-5477)

ALAMOSA – The Alamosa High School After Prom Committee will host a Christmas Craft Fair on Friday, Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Alamosa High School Commons Area. Vendor fee is $40 total for both days; spaces are 8’x10’. Contact Alicia Cook at 719-588-1848, [email protected] or Paula Willis at 719-207-1386, [email protected]

Friday, December 1

SOUTH FORK— Community Banks of Colorado in South Fork will host the giving tree within its South Fork branch. Beginning on Dec. 1, the bank will host an open house event. Patrons and residents of South Fork wishing to participate can stop by and choose an envelope from the tree containing a Christmas wish from one of many children in need from the area. Participants can purchase the gift and return it, wrapped, to the bank. Contact 873-5562.

Saturday, December 2

ALAMOSA — The Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Alamosa Senior Center will feature quilts, art pieces, afghans, specialty baskets and a variety of jewelry, items for the home and crafts on December 2nd from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., and seniors be serving breakfast burritos, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice or milk for $7 & homemade cinnamon rolls for $2.  Silent auction items, hand crafts & baked goods are available for purchase from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Raffle drawing takes place at 1 p.m. Tickets are $3 for one & $10 for five. Stop by the center to purchase tickets. The Alamosa Senior Center is at 92 Colorado in Alamosa adjacent to Cole Park.

CENTER — The Center United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 2 starting at 9 a.m. at 387 4th St. in Center. There will be wreaths and centerpieces made from live greens. Also there will be candy, cookies, baked goods and craft items.

FORT GARLAND — The Friends of Fort Garland Museum will hold their annual Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the mess hall at the Fort with an old fashioned potluck with the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy being provided.  Please bring a side dish and/or a dessert to share. There will be no charge for the dinner but please buy tickets for some wonderful door prizes. The tickets are 12 for $10 or 6 tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the door. Also offered are silent auction items to bid on. Call Fort Garland Museum at 719-379-3512 to RSVP by Nov. 27. 

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium shares the free public showings “Undiscovered Worlds” and “Sunstruck” on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Visit:

Tuesday, December 5

ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Watershed quarterly meeting will be Tuesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. in the Alamosa County Conference Room, 8900 Independence Way, Alamosa. This quarter the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District will host a chili cook-off at the event. Please come and bring a pot of chili (requested, not required.)

There will be prizes. The conservation district will provide a couple of pots of chili, serving utensils, and a variety of toppings. Please RSVP to [email protected]

Thursday, December 7

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium shares the free public showings “Ice Worlds” and “Stars of the Pharaohs” on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Visit:

Saturday, December 9

ALAMOSA — The Villa Mall HobbyTown Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3211 Main Street, Alamosa featuring handcrafted gifts, jewelry, woodworking and local crafts. Vendor spaces are available. Pick one up at HobbyTown or email Tammy at [email protected] to have one sent electronically. Vendor space fee is $25 per space, which includes an 8’ table and a couple of chairs pre-set up. Call HobbyTown at 719-937-2570.

MOSCA — On Dec. 9, a Community Shopping Event is planned at Sangre de Cristo school cafeteria from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Support local small business owners and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.) More vendors are welcome. Call Krista (580) 618-4076.

MANASSA — The 3rd Annual Manassa Opera House Holiday Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 9 at 103 North Fourth Street, Manassa. Vendors may contact Debbie Gonzales at 719-496-6499 or Renee Scarce at 719-843-0180.

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium shares the free public showings “Origins of Life” and “Astronaut 2012” on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Visit:

Saturday, December 23

ALAMOSA — The 2017 Alamosa Christmas Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 down Main Street to Cole Park where they will be displayed.  Enjoy hot chocolate. Also new this year is the 1st Annual Round-UP Rudolph Run, a 5K race at 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at Cole Park, Alamosa. Sign up at:


CONEJOS — Caring Conejos County residents are again launching its Gift of Giving program to make Christmas merrier for children in need. Flyers are being distributed around the county and Conejos County businesses are being contacted. Call Conejos County DHS at 376-5455.

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

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.

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

HOMELAKE — The Homelake Cemetery is participating in the “Wreaths Across America” to honor the fallen on December 16 at 10 a.m. at Colorado State Veterans Center, 3749 Sherman Avenue, Homelake. To purchase a wreath contact Carol Martinez at 719-849-1830 or P.O Box 181 Monte Vista 81144 (make checks payable to Carol Martinez & in memo note+ Wreaths Across America.) Cost is $15 per wreath. Order by November 22.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CENTER — Veterans are welcome to learn about the range of benefits they have earned at the Center Public Health building on the third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 719-655-2680.

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

ALAMOSA — Want to learn how to: reduce stress, manage chronic pain, manage chronic illness and improve quality of life? Join “Let Go Of The Stress” every Tuesday from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the Grizzly Education Center Board Room at 1919 Main St. in Alamosa. There is no cost. Contact: 589-8008.

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

VALLEY — The horses on Wild Horse Mesa are in need of hay. Spirit of the Wild Horse Foundation feeds as many horses as possible to keep them on top of the mesa, off the highway, and away from the ranches. 

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

ALAMOSA — A Course in Miracles study group meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa. This is not a religion but is a self-study program of relinquishing a thought system based on fear and accepting a thought system based on forgiveness. Contact: [email protected] or 719-486-6326.

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

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

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

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

ALAMOSA — Sit for 30 minutes every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 607 Fourth St., Alamosa, for a slightly guided meditation promoting inner peace and awareness. Contact 719-486-6326.

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Public Library is carrying the online language-learning software by Mango Languages free of charge to patrons. Call Alamosa Public Library, 589-6592.

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

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

ALAMOSA — Mindful Meditation for Medical Management is every Tuesday, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main St. Mindful meditation helps with chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, tinnitus, and other chronic medical conditions. Contact 589-8008.

ALAMOSA – SLV Health has teamed up with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program to provide free (colon) screenings to the underserved. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable with early detection. Another grant-funded program through SLVRMC and the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services. Call SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.

ALAMOSA — Cancer patients and survivors are invited to meetings of a cancer support group on the third Wednesday of every month from 12-1:30 p.m. in the SLV Regional Medical Center Education and Conference Center at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa. Contact: SLVRMC Patient Navigator Theresa Curtis at 587-6319.

ALAMOSA — Sierra Blanca Chapter #43, Order of The Eastern Star, meets on the first and third Mondays, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamosa Masonic Hall, 512 San Juan Ave.  Call Sharon at 589-4320.

ALAMOSA — Veterans Therapeutic/Support Group meets every Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. at 315 State Ave. Ste 101, Alamosa.  Please call 588-8885 to register or email [email protected]

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

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

VALLEY — Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op, a volunteer-run food cooperative featuring fresh, high quality produce at wholesale pricing, is currently on a two-week rotation. Contribution is $18 for first time participants and $15 for returning participants. Sites are currently at the High Valley Community Center in Del Norte, Marsh Elementary School in Monte Vista and at the Gyllings’ property in La Jara. Visit  or call or email Vilate Thacker 719-659-9174, [email protected]

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

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

DEL NORTE —Every second Saturday of each month the Rio Grande Sportsman Club shooting range will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost will be $5 per person; children under 13 are free. Shooters must provide and wear their own hearing and eye protection. The range is located 1.3 miles west of the Regional Landfill turnoff.  Turn south off US 160 onto Rifle Range Road, at about mile marker 207.5. Please contact Dave Pote 580-0738.

VALLEY — For those who would like to connect with other artists in the San Luis Valley, announce their work or are just interested in getting email announcements about the arts in the Valley, the SLVArtsannouncements group is available for them. Email [email protected], or if for those who have a Yahoo account go to

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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