Noticias

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ARTS

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.
TUESDAY, DEC. 27
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. 28
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. 29
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, “Cowboys & Aliens,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, DEC. 30
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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
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.
••ART PRODUCTIONS BY DEBRA, 480 Rio Communities Blvd., will be holding a Christmas Scrapbook Pages class from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $25.
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 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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 31
ART PRODUCTIONS BY DEBRA, 480 Rio Communities Blvd., will be holding a Christmas Scrapbook Pages class from 3 to 5 p.m.. The cost is $25.
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.
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.
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
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, JAN. 4
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.
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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.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND will be resuming rehearsals for the 2012 season on Monday, Jan. 9,  and every Monday.  They  welcome anyone who has had some high school or college playing experience in a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. This is an excellent way to “give back to our community” with your musical talents and join our third year of growth and success.  For more information contact Joe Arvizu at 553-3371 or email thevccb@gmail.com.
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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDUCATION

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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. 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 VALENCIA COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE is accepting applications for its Master Gardener Program, which is a two-part educational effort between the Extension Service and local gardeners. Master Gardener training begins Jan. 9. The cost is $150. For an application, call 565-3002, or email ktator@nmsu.edu. Applications are due by Monday, Jan. 2.
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.
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.
ZUMBA CLASSES will be held at the Fred Luna Senior Center in Los Lunas from 8 to 9 a.m. every Monday, and 8 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays, and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. For information, call Renee at 839-3853.
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

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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. 21
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION meets at 9:30 a.m. at the county administrative building.

ORGANIZATIONS

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
ROADRUNNER BUSINESS ALLIANCE meets at 8 a.m. at Casa de Abo on River Road in Belen.
COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM, which focuses on victims of crimes, meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Los Lunas Fire Department.
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS meets at 7 p.m. at the post home, 155 S. Fifth in Belen.