Noticias

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ARTS

SATURDAY, DEC. 10
TOMÉ GALLERY  hold its annual Demo Demo Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demos and hands on in clay, fiber, metal, wood, jewelry and more. Its free and fun for the whole family. For information, call 565-0556. Tomé Gallery is at 2930 N.M. 47 in Tomé.
TRAILS AND RAILS, Arts and Heritage in Valencia County will be presenting its first “Trail Mix: A Taste of the Trail” at the Thome Dominguez Community Center and Museum, 2933 N.M. 47, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants of the free, self-guided tour will come together in one place to show off what they have to offer. There will be fine food, fine art and local heritage by about 25 trail participants. For information, call 866-0582 or 859-0919.
THE MANSION PLAYERS will present its Christmas production at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Ave., at 6 p.m. They will be performing “The Littlest Angel” and “Trial of Santa,” with a possible surprise play. Most of the performers will be local school children.
MARIACHI HOLIDAY CONCERT will be held at 7 p.m. in the Los Lunas High School Auditorium. Some of the performers will be Ramon Y Lydia, Mayela Alejandra, Romano Enrique, Mariachi Tradicional and Arnoldo Arrieta. For tickets, call 620-3428 or 865-6811. All proceeds will benefit the Los Lunas High School marching band.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND and Dance Band will be playing, along with other musical groups, at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 2 to 5 p.m.
ART PRODUCTIONS BY DEBRA, 480 Rio Communities Blvd., will hold a Kids Gift Making Class for Mom and Dad from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $20. For information, call 261-5057.
YOUTH ART CLASSES are being offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. The classes are offered for students from seventh grade to college level. The instruction is free, students buy the supplies. Learn how to paint. For information, call 861-8250.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
THE MANSION PLAYERS will present its Christmas production at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Ave., at 6 p.m. They will be performing “The Littlest Angel” and “Trial of Santa,” with a possible surprise play. Most of the performers will be local school children.
A CASTING PARTY will be held for the 2012 production of the Passion play, “The Death of the Messaih,” at 2 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. Coordinators are looking for all ages, male and female for speaking and non-speaking roles, and stage hands. There will be food. For information, call director Therese Hidalgo at 864-1925.
THE SOUTHWEST COUNTRY MUSICIANS will jam at 2 p.m. at the Duncan Memorial Building, 12 La Ladera in Los Lunas. Everyone is welcome to sing, play, dance or just listen. Bring your instruments and join in. For information, call 865-7985 or 249-6380.
MONDAY, DEC. 12
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is rehearsing every Monday from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd. If you have some band or instrumental experience, this is an good time to pick up your horns again and volunteer your talents. The band is for everyone, including high school and college students. For information, call Joe Arvizu at 553-3371.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
THE FRIENDS OF THE BELEN LIBRARY are presenting a reading program for children ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult, with stories, songs and crafts project. The program is held on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. In the children’s section of the library. For information, call Stephanie Wallace at 966-2608.
WRITING PRACTICE GROUP meets weekly. Learn to use writing for self-exploration and personal growth. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Belen Senior Center, 715 Main St., and from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. For information, call 277-5191.
WATERCOLOR CLASSES for beginners, intermediate and advanced will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. At the Belen Art League Gallery. The instructor is Heidi S. Craig; and the cost is $10 per session. For information, call Heidi at 864-6036.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas offers line dancing classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027, or at the center, 839-3845.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
OIL PAINTING CLASSES for adults is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belen Art League Gallery. The course consists of simultaneous instruction in drawing, composition, color harmony and mixing. The instructor is Dawn MacDougall; the cost is $65 for four classes. For information, call Dawn at 861-5624.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
THE NEW MEXICHORDS AND THE UNM-VC CHORUS will be performing in the second annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. at the Student-Community Center at UNM-VC. Tickets are $10, with proceeds to benefit the student scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served.
VALENCIA COUNTY WOODCARVERS CLUB meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. They offer free woodcarving instruction at any level. For information, call 864-6788.
BELEN STITCHERS meets from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Belen Public Library program room. Anyone who embroiders, knits, beads, quilts or does other needlework is invited. For information, call Nan, 864-7671.
ADULT ART CLASSES are being offered from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. The classes include painting and drawing. The cost is $32 per month, plus supplies. For information, call 861-8250.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas will be offering line dancing classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, men and women of all ages at any level of experience. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027, or at the center, 839-3845.
WRITING PRACTICE GROUP meets weekly. Learn to use writing for self-exploration and personal growth. The group meets from 10 to noon at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. For information, call 507-2686 or 861-5955.
BOSQUE FARMS COMMUNITY CENTER is offering free beginning line dance lessons from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call 869-5133.
A FREE MOVIE, “The Help,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
BOSQUE CUADRILLOS square dance club meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Belen Senior Center on 715 S. Main St. in Belen. For information, call Greg, 883-8681, or John, 864-7901.
THE FIDDLERS AND MUSICIANS OF NEW MEXICO play at 6 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. For information, call 864-6606 or 331-1778.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
YOUTH ART CLASSES are being offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. The classes are offered for students from seventh grade to college level. The instruction is free, students buy the supplies. Learn how to paint. For information, call 861-8250.
FIBER TO FINISH, a spinning and weaving guild, for anyone interested in working with wool and other natural fibers to join in spinning, weaving and other hand work, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Belen. For information, call Diana, 864-7097, or Myra, 864-0876. (except August and December)
STORY TIME at the Bosque Farms Library is held from 11 a.m. to noon for children 3-7 years old. Parents are required to stay with the children during the hour. Parents can pre-register by calling 869-2227, or stop by and sign up. Space is limited.
THE BELEN LIBRARY LITERARY SERIES, sponsored by the Belen Public Library and the UNM-VC English Department, will host Jessica Helen Lopez, “La Palabra: A Zicana Slam Poet Speaks.” The presentation will be held at 1 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18
THE SOUTHWEST COUNTRY MUSICIANS will be holding a potluck at 1 p.m.,  jam at 2 p.m. at the Duncan Memorial Building, 12 La Ladera in Los Lunas. Everyone is welcome to sing, play, dance or just listen. Bring your instruments and join in. For information, call 865-7985 or 249-6380.
MONDAY, DEC. 19
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is rehearsing every Monday from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd. If you have some band or instrumental experience, this is an good time to pick up your horns again and volunteer your talents. The band is for everyone, including high school and college students. For information, call Joe Arvizu at 553-3371.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
WRITING PRACTICE GROUP meets weekly. Learn to use writing for self-exploration and personal growth. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Belen Senior Center, 715 Main St., and from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. For information, call 277-5191.
WATERCOLOR CLASSES for beginners, intermediate and advanced will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. At the Belen Art League Gallery. The instructor is Heidi S. Craig; and the cost is $10 per session. For information, call Heidi at 864-6036.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas offers line dancing classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027, or at the center, 839-3845.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
OIL PAINTING CLASSES for adults is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belen Art League Gallery. The course consists of simultaneous instruction in drawing, composition, color harmony and mixing. The instructor is Dawn MacDougall; the cost is $65 for four classes. For information, call Dawn at 861-5624.
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND will provide relaxing Christmas music at the Center for Ageless Living’s Winter Solstice celebration at 6:30 p.m.
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SOUTHWEST BY MIDWEST, a exhibit by Robert S. Rea and Baldwin G. Burr, will be held at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts through Jan. 7. The artists, who both grew up in the small Midwestern town of London, Ohio, will display their views of the Southwest.

CLASS REUNIONS

THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class of 1982 is looking for classmates for its 30-year reunion. Email contact information to belenclassof82reunion@gmail.com.
THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL class of 1992 is preparing for its 20-year reunion, which will be held July 20-21, 2012. Send contact information to llhs1992@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

COMMUNITY

TUESDAY, DEC. 13
THE EL CERRO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. at the El Cerro Community Center. For information, call June McClellan at 720-6002.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
JOSE DOLORES CORDOVA CULTURAL CENTER ADVISORY BOARD meets at 5 p.m. at the center in Jarales.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
THE MEADOW LAKE PARKS AREA ASSOCIATION meets at 3 p.m. at the MLPAA property at the end of Meadow Lake Road. For information, call Jim at 865-9786.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18
HISTORIC TOME-ADELINO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION meets at 5 p.m. at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center off N.M. 47.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. at Tierra del Sol Country in Rio Communities.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ECUCATION

THURSDAY, DEC. 15
PARENT NIGHT at Belen Consolidated Schools will hold a presentation on acceptance of lesbian, gay and bisexual students by PFLAG from 6 yo 7:30 p.m. in the administration boardroom.
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FREE ENGLISH CLASSES for adult students are available at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. Students can now register for free English as a Second Language classes. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings in Meadow Lake, El Cerro and at the campus in Tomé. For information, call 925-8900.
KWIK MATH offers free one-on-one math tutoring for GED students and students 9 years and older at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. Call Marie at 864-4778.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL is looking for individuals willing to read to children in local health care clinics. No experience is required, only a desire to help build an appreciation for reading in children. If you are able to volunteer one hour per week, or would like more information, call Irene Gogal at 999-9877.

ETC.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10
THE BOSQUE FARMS COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY and sing-a-long will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Bosque Farms Elementary School students will be singing holiday songs, and a solo will be performed by local vocalist and musician Amy Thoms. At 3 p.m., Melismata: Musical Phancies, an a capella choir, will perform, and at 4 p.m., the Valencia County Community Band and Dance Band will share their talents. For information, call 869-5133.
FESTIVAL OF TREES will be held at the Harvey House Museum in Belen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
VISIT WITH SANTA at 6 p.m. at Daniel Fernandez Park in Los Lunas. Stockings will be given to children.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY FEDERATED REPUBLICAN WOMEN and the Republican Party of Valencia County are hosting its annual morning mixer at 10 a.m. at Teofilo’s, 144 Main St. NE, in Los Lunas. Invited guests are Gov. Susana Martinez, Secretary of State Dianna Duran, all U.S. senate and congressional District 1 candidates and Valencia County state representatives. Tickets are $30. Bring an unwrapped toy to support Valencia County’s El Ranchito de Los Ninos. For information, visit vcfrw.com, or call 916-1GOP.
THE CRUZIN’ SOUTH ROUTE 66 CAR CLUB will hold its December cruise, a toy drive, at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank in Bosque Farms, travel south to the Valencia “Y” and go west to N.M. 314 and south to Belen to Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley, where a tour will take place. Refreshments will be served. The Belen Police Department will be on hand to take the toys.
AARP SAFE DRIVING CLASS will be held at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belen Community Center. No RSVP required. For information, call Karen Hicks at 228-1090.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
THE BREAKFAST OPTIMIST CLUB OF BELEN presents Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Belen Masonic Lodge, at the corner of Goebel and Sixth St. in Belen. Children 12 and under are free. Admission for adults is $3.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
A FOSTER PARENT ORIENTATION will be held at 6 p.m. at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane in Belen.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
SANTA CLAUS will be stopping by the Los Lunas Public Library at noon. Get your picture taken with Santa and receive a free goody bag. Following pictures with Santa, singer Andy Mason will be singing Christmas songs at 2 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
THE VALENCIA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION will hold an open house at its new location on the second story in the back of the VIA building, 206 W. Rio Communities Blvd. They welcome all hams and the public to see how they contact the world. VCARA will begin a special event, “Christmas in Bethlehem, N.M” where they will, beginning at 8 a.m., through Dec. 24, be contacting people from around the world sending Christmas greetings. For information, call 859-2822.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION will hold a Christmas party and dinner for interested amateur radio operators. Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon Smokehouse, 925 S. Main St. in Belen. The cost is $10 per person and reservations must be made by Dec. 10. For information, call Margette at 859-2822, or Laurie at 480-2131.
HAVE YOUR CHILD’S PICTURE taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tillery Buick GMC in Los Lunas. Free stockings will be handed out to children.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
RURAL BOOKMOBILE WEST will be at the Cristo Rey Church in Bosque from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and at the Veguita Fire Department from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
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THE LOS LUNAS LIBRARY will be waiving all late fees on books, movies and audio books through the month of December. Start the year off with a clean slate. For information, call 839-3850.
THE BOSQUE FARMS LIBRARY will be holding its annual used and new book sale until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Buy used books by the bag and new books for a fraction of the cost. All books have been received as donations to the library. They have fiction, non-fiction and children’s books for sale.
OCCUPY LOS LUNAS meets at 1 p.m. every Sunday on the river bridge in Los Lunas. Check out the Occupy Los Lunas Facebook for details.
PICKLE BALL BELEN meets at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park from 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Helga at 864-8779.

FUNDRAISERS

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THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL baseball boosters are selling luminarias for $10 a dozen. They can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, or Saturday, Dec. 17, at the LLHS baseball field. If within the Los Lunas village limits, they can be delivered for an extra $5. To place an order, call Lynda Romero at 459-2113, or email LLHSBaseball@yahoo.com.
A CHRISTMAS DINNER will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, 1000 W. Chavez and 10th Street in Belen. You can show your support by making a donation of a toy for children ages 1-13, a gift certificate from a local business or a monetary donation to be dropped off at Ladyhawk Feed & Supply, 800 S. Main St. For information, call Yvonne at Ladyhawk Feed at 864-3336.
THE PUEBLO OF ISLETA LIBRARY is holding a food and coat drive through Wednesday, Dec. 21. If you have a fine at the library, donations can reduce or possibly clear the fine. Donate non-perishable food items or a coat to the library. For information, call 869-8119.
THE RIO GRANDE ESTATES FIRE DEPARTMENT is now accepting all non-perishable food items and new or nearly new toys for children of all ages. Items collected will be distributed throughout Rio Communities and the Tierra Grande area during the upcoming holidays. Drop of donations at the RGEFD, 108 Rio Communities Blvd. For information, call Yvonne Gonzales at 864-7489.
PERFORMERS ARE NEEDED for the Valencia County Literacy Council’s Noche de Estrellas Talent Night and Chocolate Buffet in March. Groups will perform for 10 minutes, and individuals for five. For information, call Jill at 925-8926.
BELEN ELKS LODGE, 19513 N.M. 314 in Belen, will be holding bingo at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Proceeds will be applied to Elks charities.
DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED for Belen resident Antonio Marquez, who has esophageal cancer. Help is needed to pay for medical expenses. An account, the Antonio Marquez benefit fund, has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, account number: 7479179025. For information, call Judy Marquez at 861-3387 or 489-5505.
DONATIONS OF OLD RAILROAD OVERALLS are needed for the Harvey House Museum in Belen. To donate, call Ken Gibson at 864-7433.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY of Valencia County office closed as of  July 1. To contact Habitat, call Bill Brown at 864-0718, or by mail at 208 Doering St., Belen, N.M., 87002. Habitat is still conducting business, and will be for some time to come.
THE ABUNDANT GRACE FREE STORE has reopened at a new location, 203 Rio Communities Blvd. (south of the Dollar General). The store is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursdays (for seniors) and Saturday. For information, call 359-8406.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY seeks assistance with the rebuilding of Mary Sanchez’s home at 79 Eastside School Road. All funds donated will be received through St. Vincent de Paul. An account has been established at Wells Fargo Bank, Acct. No. 8098914453. For information, call Manuel Rodriguez, 864-0808, or Joe Maestas, 573-5568.
PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING to the Belen Area Food Pantry, which depends exclusively on gifts to provide food for eligible families within the Belen Consolidated School District. The food pantry can purchase 2,000 pounds of food for less than $300. The food pantry, located at 115 S. Fourth St. in Belen, is open from 1-2:30 p.m., Monday,Wednesday and Friday; and from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Donations can be mailed or delivered to the same address. For information, contact Laurie Duffy at 864-8621.

GOVERNMENT

MONDAY, DEC. 12
BELEN CITY COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at city hall.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
BELEN BOARD OF EDUCATION meets at 6 p.m. at the central administration building.
LOS LUNAS BOARD OF EDUCATION meets at 6 p.m. at the central administration building.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION meets at 5 p.m. at the county administrative building.
PERALTA TOWN COUNCIL meets at 7 p.m. at town hall.