Noticias

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ARTS

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.
THE MANSION PLAYERS will perform Christmas plays at 7 p.m. at the Los Lunas Transportation Center. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 22
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, Kung Fu Panda 2, will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, DEC. 23
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.
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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.
LOS LUNAS PAINTER’S GUILD is offering adult oil painting classes. Classes are offered in both landscapes and portraits by Jim Anderson. The cost is $80 per month. For information, call 865-7870.
THE MANSION PLAYERS, a theater group in Los Lunas, meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. To participate, call Brian or Marie at 565-2154, or go to www.mansionplayers.org.
FREE LINE DANCE LESSONS will be offered from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 2:15 for beginners and intermediates Tuesdays at the Fred Luna Senior Center, 315 Don Pasqual NW in Los Lunas.  Beginners welcome. Instructor is Lynda Huffstutler. For information, call 839-3853.
FREE LINE DANCE LESSONS will be offered for beginners from 8 to 9 a.m. and for intermediate dancers from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays for intermediate dancers at the Belen Senior Center. Instructor is Patty Herrington, 864-4266.
LATIN DANCE CLASSES are being offered at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center in Los Lunas from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until December. The cost is $2 per person, per class. Dance instructor Fred Laureta will introduce dances such as Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue and Tango. For information, call Laureta at 966-6027.

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

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.
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. at Valley Plaza Center in Rio Communities.
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDUCATION

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.

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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28
EXPLORE THE WONDERS of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge with your camera from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an exploration of the features at the refuge. Reservations are required and space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 864-4021.
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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.
THE BELEN COMMUNITY CENTER at Eagle Park is offering beginning Yoga classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. All levels are welcome. For information, call 966-2700.
THE BELEN COMMUNITY CENTER at Eagle Park is offering Zumba classes at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. For information, call 966-2700.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas is offering Yoga and Pilates from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Everyone is welcome to participate, men and women alike — any level. For information, call 966-6027.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas is offering Salsa aerobic classes from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
THE CITY OF BELEN RECYCLING CENTER is open every Monday (except holidays) from 1 to 5 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The center, located at 832 N. Main St., is open to all city and county residents. For information, call Robert Rimorin at 966-2735.
SENIORS ARE INVITED to play bridge at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Bosque Farms Community Center. Beginners are welcome. For information, call 869-2117.
DROP-IN TENNIS is held from 9 to 11 a.m. every weekday, Monday through Friday at the tennis courts at San Antonio Park on Los Lentes NE in Los Lunas. This is an intermediate group of players seeking new players. Both men and women welcome. No beginners please. For informations, call 865-0645, or show up to play.
DO YOU WANT TO ADOPT a pet? Spayed and neutered dogs and cats can be found at the Valencia County Animal Shelter for only $10. The shelter is located south of Daniel Fernandez Park on N.M. 314 SW in Los Lunas. The shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
SHOPPING TRANSPORTATION from the Fred Luna Senior Center is being offered on the first and third Thursdays of each month for a $1 donation.
FREE OR LOW COST health coverage is available for pregnant women, children and families at Youth Development Inc. For information, or to set up an appointment, call Cecilia Vasquez at 352-3475 or Edwina Moya at 352-3473.
DO YOU PROVIDE DAY CARE in your home? Receive money for serving healthy meals. Se habla Espanol. For more information, call Kendra Edwards at Youth Development Inc., at 352-3485.
COME SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD in a rewarding child advocacy volunteer position with YDI-Valencia’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Volunteers are needed to make a difference in the life of children in foster care. For information, call Tasa Stromei at 352-3483, or email tstromei@ydinm.org.

FUNDRAISERS

SATURDAY, DEC. 17
A BENEFIT DINNER/DANCE will be held for Joseph Mascarena to help with his medical expenses from 3:30 to 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Belen. The cost is $10 per person. Dinner will include roast beef. Entertainment will be provided by Gonzalo, El Gringo, Severo y El Grupo Fuego, A.J. Martinez and Kevin Chavez Band. A silent auction and raffles will be held throughout the night. For information, call Bryan Mascarena at 620-8678, Peggy Marquez at 459-5209 or Sandra Padilla at 220-5010.
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. 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.
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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.
THE BEST STORE, a thrift store and clothing bank at 320 Becker Ave. in Belen, has clothing, furniture and hard items. It’s a student-run store. If you have items you don’t want, the store accepts furniture and other items. The BEST Store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 966-1546.

GOVERNMENT

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION meets at 6 p.m. at the county administrative building.
PERALTA TOWN COUNCIL meets at 7 p.m. at town hall.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
LOS LUNAS VILLAGE COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at village hall.
BOSQUE FARMS VILLAGE COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at village hall.

ORGANIZATIONS

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
ROADRUNNER BUSINESS ALLIANCE meets at 8 a.m. at Casa de Abo on River Road in Belen.
PILOT CLUB OF BELEN meets at 6:30 p.m. at the the Wells Fargo Building, 101 S. Main St. on the fourth floor. New members are welcome. For information, call Terri at 864-3179.
LOS LUNAS VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 9676 meets at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall at Daniel D. Fernandez Park. Members are encouraged to attend, bring a fellow veteran. For information, call James Garley, 865-5265.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
BOY SCOUT TROOP 360 meets at 6 p.m. at the Tome/Adelino Fire Department. Camping every month. For information, call Coleman, 385-7066.
WEIGHT WATCHERS meets at the Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, 25 Wesley, in Peralta. Weigh-in is at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. For information, call Frances at 565-0262.
TOPS NO. 203 meets in the community room of the Vista Del Rio Center Mobile Home Park on N.M. 304 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. For information, call 859-0489.
EL JARDIN ENCANTO Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. at the the Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service, 404 Courthouse Road SE. For information, call Janelle at 565-8772 or Laura at 565-3002.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Padre Pio Council 10629 meet at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé.
MIDDLE RIO GRANDE BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN meets at 7 p.m. Meeting locations are subject to change. For information, call Becky at 861-1025.
VENTURE CREW 360, high adventure Scouting meets at 7 p.m. in the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center.