Noticias (02/04/12)

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ARTS

SATURDAY, FEB. 4
THE LOS LUNAS MUSEUM OF HERITAGE AND ARTS presents “New Mexico: The Road to Statehood”  from 2 to 4 p.m. The guest speaker will be  Baldwin G. Burr, president of the Valencia County Historical Society. For information, call 352-7720.
PLUMB ADEQUATE BAND (Bert Berthold and David Hise with their group) will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. Go and enjoy classic country music. A donation of $3 for individuals and $5 for couples will be collected at the door. For information, call 869-5133.
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.
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.
RIO GRANDE VALENCIA POETS, a chapter of the New Mexico Poetry Society, meets at 1-3 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. Visitors are welcome; bring poems. Join in and help identify topics for future workshops. For information, call George Forest at 864-0837.
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.
A FREE MOVIE, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5
TOMÉ ART GALLERY will be hosting the fourth annual Sour-R-Bowl Party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual event benefits the Virginia Casados Clark Scholarship Fund at UNM-VC. Handmade bowls of all kinds are available for $10 per bowl and a ticket, which includes all homemade soups, breads and dessert. The foods will be served at the Thome Dominguez Cultural Center, across the street from the gallery.
A NEEDLE-FELTING CLASS will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Art League, 509 Becker Ave. in Belen. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with needle-felted flowers, pins or broaches, decorated cards, beads, embellishments for hats and bags. The cost of the class is $25. For information or to sign up for the class, call Mary Curik at 359-4534.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7
THE RIO VALLEY OPRY PLAYERS will honor the Blue Star Mothers with a classic country program to include an tinge of Mexican and blue grass music at Sopa’s Restaurant in Bosque Farms from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All music tips will be donated to honor and assist local military families. For information, call Barbara at 865-6817.
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 FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY are presenting Tales for Tots at the Belen Public Library on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. In the library’s children section. Storytellers will read a story, and there will be music and related craft activities. Everyone is welcome.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
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.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR FRED LAURETA will be giving beginning country western/ballroom/Latin and swing dance lessons every Wednesday until the end of March at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center in Los Lunas. The class will be held from 7:35 to 8:40 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, per class. Men and women, boys and girls, ages 14 and older, are welcome. Singles and couples are encouraged to participate. For information, call Laureta at 966-6027.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9
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.
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, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10
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.
NEW MEXICO SPECIAL ORCHESTRA plays at 7 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. For information, call Gair, 864-3749.
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
THE VALENCIA COUNTY JAZZ BAND and Dance Band will hold a Valentine’s performance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. A donation of $3 for individuals or $5 for couples will be collected at the door. For information, call 869-5133.
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, FEB. 12
A VALENTINE TEA, sponsored by the Belen Art League, will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the gallery, 509 Becker Ave. in Belen. The event is a scholarship fundraiser for a Belen High School student. Tickets are now on sale at the gallery for $8. There will be door prizes, a raffle and live music by Jane Chevalier, who will be playing the harp. For information, or tickets, call 861-0217.
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.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14
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 FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY are presenting Tales for Tots at the Belen Public Library on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. In the library’s children section. Storytellers will read a story, and there will be music and related craft activities. Everyone is welcome.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15
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.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR FRED LAURETA will be giving beginning country western/ballroom/Latin and swing dance lessons every Wednesday until the end of March at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center in Los Lunas. The class will be held from 7:35 to 8:40 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, per class. Men and women, boys and girls, ages 14 and older, are welcome. Singles and couples are encouraged to participate. For information, call Laureta at 966-6027.
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THE ART CENTER AT RIO COMMUNITIES is looking for artists and fine crafters to participate in the “Art on the Rio Grande Art Show and Sale,” which will be held on the weekend of May 5-6. in Williamsburg, N.M. For information, call Eddie at 263-3104.
THE LOS LUNAS MUSEUM OF HERITAGE AND ARTS presents “New Mexico: The Road to Statehood” through March 24. The exhibit features New Mexico’s role in obstructing the Confederate’s westward expansion during the civil war. The museum, 251 Main St. SE in Los Lunas, can be reached at 352-7720.
YOUTH AUDITIONS for The Mansion Players’ spring production — by appointment — are being held for youth 12-18 for a series of short comedies with the common theme of “Things Are Not as They Appear!” You may bring a prepared monologue or just read from the script. No experience is necessary, and students with reading difficulty can easily be accommodated. The shows will be performed several times in April throughout Valencia County. To audition, call Marie at 565-2154.
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 VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BANDS rehearse every Monday from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the UNM-VC Student-Community Center. The bands are still open for woodwind, brass and percussion players, who have had some playing experience and would like to volunteer their talents to performing in the county.  They will continue to select and fill a standard dance band instrumentation from its concert band and a jazz combo for those who are willing to work in more hours. For information, call Joe Arvizu at 553-3371, or visit www.valenciacountycommunityband.wordpress.com
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.
FREE BEGINNING LINE DANCE LESSONS are being offered at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call 869-5133.

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.
THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class if 1962 is looking for classmates for its 50-year reunion. Email contact information to classof62reunion@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY

TUESDAY, FEB. 14
THE EL CERRO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. at the El Cerro Community Center. For information, call June McClellan at 720-6002.
LA ASOCIACION DE LA COMUNIDAD DE SAN CLEMENTE meets at 6:30 p.m.  at 430 W. N.M. 6 in San Clemente.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16
JOSE DOLORES CORDOVA CULTURAL CENTER ADVISORY BOARD meets at 5 p.m. at the center in Jarales.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18
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.

EDUCATION

MONDAY, FEB. 6
A PARENT MEETING will be held regarding graduation activities for Los Lunas High School seniors at 6 p.m. in the LLHS auditorium. Information on the graduation ceremony, senior robing ceremony, senior dues, senior fun day, class gift, senior finals, scholarships and financial aid will be provided. Jostens will also be available to take orders for caps, gowns and announcements.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
BELEN HIGH SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL/PARENT ADVISORY will meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s library. All are welcome to attend.
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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, FEB. 4
THE DITCH BANK BANDITS and the village of Los Lunas Open Space Division will be holding a children’s fishing derby from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Park in Los Lunas. A fishing class will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on how to fish in the ditches in Valencia County. There will be prizes and a fish fry — hot dogs included — for all participants. Parents/guardians must sign a waiver for their children.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE – Valencia sponsor, survivor, team sign up and dinner will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Cafe in Belen. For information, call Mark Gwinn, event chair, at 264-3415.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE will hold a Los Lunas area kick-off party from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Katherine Gallegos Elementary School in Los Lunas. There will be games, activities, prizes and a free lunch. For information, go to www.relayforlife.org/loslunasnm or contact Karin Trujillo at ktrujillo@comcast.net or 379-4846, or Frank Sherman at mfrz_mar@msn.com or 440-1558.
YUCCA LITTLE LEAGUE will be holding registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Strike Zone Batting Cages, 3551 N.M. 47 in Peralta. Registration is open for children ages 4 and older.
THE RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION and Pilot Club’s flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Valley Community Plaza, 373 Rio Communities Blvd. Indoor spaces are limited. Spaces are $5. Bring your own tables. For information, call 864-4668 or 861-0090.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY EXPO will hold a crafts/vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association’s Cowboy Hall. For information, visit www.vccexpo.com.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10
THE VALENCIA COUNTY SINGLE SENIORS will hold their Valentine’s party and potluck from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. Enjoy live music, food, fun and friends. For information, call 977-5070.
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
CRUZIN’ SOUTH ROUTE 66 will hold a Sweetheart Cruise starting at 1 p.m. from the Wells Fargo Bank in Bosque Farms.
A HOME LANDSCAPING PRUNING, tool maintenance, rose pruning and fruit tree pruning workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bosque Farms Church of Christ, 1635 Bosque Farms Blvd., in Bosque Farms. The event, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and the Valencia County Master Gardeners.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION (VCARA) W5YI Volunteer Examiners group is holding a testing session for technician, general and extra Federal Trade Commission licenses for ham radio operation from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 11, at 206 W. Rio Communities Blvd. Tests will be taken every six weeks. For information, call 859-2822.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14
THE VALENCIA COUNTY OLDER AMERICANS PROGRAM will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Party from 10 a.m. to noon at the Belen Senior Center, 715A S. Main St. in Belen. Music will be provided by Los Alegres de Belen. Frank Rivera and Nellie Rivera will be crown king and queen.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15
A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING on the N.M. 47 Peralta Corridor Study will be held at Peralta Elementary School. An open house will begin at 6 p.m., while the presentation will start at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held regarding the planning and operation of the Older Americans community-based services and programs at 10 a.m. at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane. For those who need transportation, call 864-2663.
VALENCIA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE networking membership luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the newly relocated and renovated Graphic Arts Station, 727 Main St. SW, in Los Lunas. All are welcome. The cost is $10 per person. The program topic and speakers will feature “Wellness Check for Businesses in Valencia County: Keeping your Business on Track for 2012.” Space is limited. RSVP to 352-3596 or email vcchamber@loslunas.gov.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16
A FOSTER PARENT ORIENTATION will be held at 6 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park, to learn about foster parenting opportunities with CYFD. For information, call Diane Granito at 476-1045.
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BACA ROUGH STOCK RODEO will be held at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, from Feb. 4-19, and from March 3-11, at the Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Belen. The rodeo will feature top athletes from around the country in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. There will also be a kids rodeo featuring sheep riding, calf riding and steer riding. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children (6-12) and free for children under 6 and senior citizens 60 and older.
AARP FOUNDATION TAXAIDE is offering free tax help for the elderly and low income individuals at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane,from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays on a first-come-first-serve basis; and at the Fred Luna Senior Center in Los Lunas from 9 a.m. to non, Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. Call 839-3853.
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. Occupy Belen meets at 1 p.m. every Saturday in front of Belen City Hall on South Main Street.
ZUMBA CLASSES are being 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.
A ZUMBA POOL PARTY will be held at 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Isleta Pueblo Recreation Center. Get your cardio and body toning done against the resistance of water for safe, challenging workout. The cost is $5, and is open to the public. For information, call 712-6329.
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 Latin dancing from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas is offering Tai Chi self defense classes for men and women from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. 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, FEB. 5
A CAR WASH will be held for leukemia patient, Gary Rapking, at 10 a.m. at O’Reillys in Los Lunas. The car wash is sponsored by Piggly Wiggly Detailing and O’Reillys.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10
A BENEFIT DINNER AND DANCE to cover funeral costs for Doreen Sanchez will be held beginning at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Belen. The cost is $10 per person, which includes dinner. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, raffles, music by Kevin Chavez, Donna Christine and Grupo Impresion. For information, call Loretta 730-0985.
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO-VALENCIA CAMPUS third annual Gala will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the UNM-VC Student-Community Center. The event will include an awards ceremony, donor recognition, plated dinner, live and silent auction and live music. All proceeds go to the UNM-VC Scholarship Fund. For information, or tickets, call 925-8550.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12
A FUNDRAISING DINNER AND DANCE for Corrine and Kevin Revnik, who has brain cancer, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on N.M. 314, north of Belen. There will also be a silent auction. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For information, call the Elks Lodge at 864-3930.
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THE BELEN PUBLIC LIBRARY is accepting book donations from the public. Children’s books are always needed. Books may be dropped off at the library, or you can arrange for a pickup by calling the library at 966-2600.
A SPECIAL DONATION account has been set up by the Christ the King Lutheran Church at Wells Fargo Bank for Becky and Richard Johnson and their two sons who lost their home in a fire. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank, Acct. No. 7296510030.
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.
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 10 to 11:30 a.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

MONDAY, FEB. 6
BELEN CITY COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at city hall.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION meets at 5 p.m. at the county administrative building.
PERALTA TOWN COUNCIL meets at 7 p.m. at town hall.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9
LOS LUNAS VILLAGE COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at village hall.

ORGANIZATIONS

SATURDAY, FEB. 4
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS CLUB meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
RETIRED ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS meet at 10 a.m. at Sopa’s in Bosque Farms. Call 865-6761 or 869-3348.
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS and its auxiliary meet at 10 a.m. at the Belen Masonic Lodge.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call 803-2393 for information.
MONDAY, FEB. 6
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call 803-2393 for information.
UNM-VALENCIA QUEER STRAIGHT ALLIANCE meets from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 141 in the Academic building at UNM-VC. For information, email Richard Sylvestre at rislves@unm.edu, or Patricia Gillikin at gillikin@unm.edu.
ORDER OF EASTERN STAR meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Belen Masonic Lodge.
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY EXPO BOARD meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Valencia County Extension office in Los Lunas. If you would like to be involved, email Tabatha Chavez chavezmommyof3@aol.com.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7
BUSINESS WOMEN OF VALENCIA COUNTY meets at 7:30 a.m. at  Henrietta’s in Los Lunas. Call 866-5284.
BREAKFAST OPTIMIST CLUB OF BELEN meets at 7 a.m. at Rutilio’s Restaurant.
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets at noon every Tuesday  at the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call 803-2393 for information.
WEIGHT WATCHERS meets at the Belen Multipurpose Center, 200 Eagle Lane, in Belen. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Frances at 565-0262.
CUB SCOUT PACK 360 ALL  DENS meets at 6:30 p.m. at Tomé-Adelino Fire Station. For information, call Katy, 565-0088.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 111 meets every Tuesday night. For information, call Gary Antal at 865-5526 or Jay and Janice Smith at 869-4318.
GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10283 meets every Tuesday night. For information, call Sara Antal at 865-5526.
ROCK HOUND AND CHOW HOUND CLUB meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. Call 869-5133 for information.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS meet at 7 p.m. at the Belen KC Hall.
VALENCIA FAIR MANAGEMENT BOARD meets at 7 p.m. at the Valencia County Fairgrounds. The meeting is public, so everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call 610-7585, 865-4584 or 864-2563.
VALENCIA COUNTY RIGHT TO LIFE meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday at 1128 Peyton Road in Los Chavez. For more information, call 865-6160. The public is welcome.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
ROADRUNNER BUSINESS ALLIANCE meets at 8 a.m. at Casa de Abo on River Road in Belen.
VALENCIA COUNTY BREASTFEEDING TASK FORCE meet at 10 a.m. at Your Play Cafe, 1400 Main St. NW, Suite H in Los Lunas. For information, call 864-7743.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Belen Council 2673 meet at 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 121 S. Ninth Street in Belen.