Noticias (02/08/12)

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ARTS

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.
THE MANSION PLAYERS will hold an actors workshop with a Valentine’s theme at 11:30 a.m. at the Fred Luna Senior Center, 315 Don Pasqual, in Los Lunas.
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.
THE MANSION PLAYERS will hold an actors workshop with a Valentine’s theme at 2 p.m. at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Ave., in Belen.
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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16
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, “Planet of the Apes,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17
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, FEB. 18
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.
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 Barbara Rousseau, who will present “Tagore: His Poetry and Philosphy.” The presentation will be held at 1 p.m.
PLUMB ADEQUATE BAND will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. A donation of $3 for individuals and $5 for couples will be collected at the door. For information, call 869-5133.
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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 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.
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.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
HISTORIC TOME-ADELINO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION meets at 5 p.m. at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center off N.M. 47.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. in the Valley Community Plaza multipurpose room and senior center in Rio Communities.

EDUCATION

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.
MONDAY, FEB. 13
FAFSA FREE FOR ALL WORKSHOPS will be held at Los Lunas High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Senior parents need to bring their completed 2011 income tax returns to fill out the FAFSA online. FAFSA representatives will be available to guide through the process and to answer questions. Workshops will be held in computer lab B-17. For information, call 865-4646, ext. 6016.
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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.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9
THE DEL RIO SENIOR CENTER Valentine’s dance will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Don and Marge Thompson will be crowned king and queen. Music will be Aguila. Lunch will be served at noon.
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 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.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18
WRITING WILD, a creative writing experience, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, 2424 N.M. 47. Participants will be shown how to transform journal entries into poems and stories with the guidance from Gregory Candela, Ph.D. Children must be 7 and older and accompanied by an adult. The fee is $20 for participants and $10 for each additional child at no charge for an accompanying parent or adult. For information, call 864-9814.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF VALENCIA COUNTY will be holding its county convention at 6 p.m. at the Los Lunas Transportation Center. Delegates will be elected at the county convention. For information, call 710-9623.
RURAL BOOKMOBILE WEST will be at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the Veguita Volunteer Fire Department from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
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BACA ROUGH STOCK RODEO will be held at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-19, 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

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 Corine and Kevin Revak, 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. An account, the Antonio Marquez benefit fund, has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, account number: 7479179025. For information, call 861-3387.