Noticias (02/15/12)

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ARTS

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.
A KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, led by Ann Krom, meets at noon, every Saturday, at the Los Lunas Public Library.
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.
LEARN TO BEAD demonstration and bead sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lodi’s Beads, 1400 Bosque Farms Blvd., in Bosque Farms. Molly Boyle is bringing a selection of glass, bone, vintage beads and finished jewelry and more for a special sale. For  information, call 869-2333.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
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.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21
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. 22
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. 23
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, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24
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, FEB. 25
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 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.
A KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, led by Ann Krom, meets at noon, every Saturday, at the Los Lunas Public Library.
THE LOS LUNAS MUSEUM OF HERITAGE AND ARTS will host “Making Sense of the Civil War” from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is part of the national “Let’s Talk About It” program, which includes an open discussion on various topics that will be based on multiple readings. The discussions will be held until April 28. For information, call 352-7720.
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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

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.
THE WILDFLOWER AND HUNING RANCH neighborhood associations will hold their quarterly board meetings at the Los Lunas Teachers Resource Center on Coronado Street. The Wildflower meeting is set for 5:30 p.m., and the Huning Ranch meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. All homeowners are invited. For information, call 888-4479, ext. 28.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29
THE DWI PLANNING COUNCIL meets at 1 p.m. at the Los Lunas Wellness Center, 3445 Lambros Loop, in Los Lunas.

EDUCATION

MONDAY, FEB. 27
FAFSA FREE FOR ALL WORKSHOPS will be held at Los Lunas High School from 4 to 6 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.

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, 785 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.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17
THE BOSQUE FARMS MOM’S CLUB will be holding their monthly coffee break from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. Pack up the kids and take the opportunity to meet with other moms in the area. Bring a treat to share. Parents must take responsibility for their children at all times. For information, call 869-5133.
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.
A COUNTYWIDE VALENTINE’S DAY baby shower and open house for CareNet Pregnancy Center of Valencia County will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CareNet in the Mondel Plaza, 601 Main St. SE, Suite 26, in Los Lunas. They are asking for donations of diapers, wipes, formula, new and gently used baby items sizes 0-2. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The event is sponsored by the Valencia County Kiwanis Club.
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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
HERBALIST KIMBERLEE JOHNSON, of Sun Herbal Southwest, will be offering a free, introductory class on local medicinal herbs at 7 p.m. at The Porch, 515 W. Reinken, in Belen. Learn about plants that might benefit your health. She will be presenting information on an upcoming visit to Peru to work with the shamans of the Shipibo tribe and their vision of a hospital in their area. The class is free, but space is limited. For information and to reserve a seat, call 321-1185 or 864-7903.
SATURDAY, FEB. 25
AARP 55 ALIVE DRIVING CLASS will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center, 950 N. Bosque Loop, in Bosque Farms. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. No reservation is needed. For information, call 228-1090.
THE NEW MEXICO GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT will be hosting a computer access location at Belen High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Game and Fish Department has gone paperless this year for the big-game draw. This event will provide computer access for those who want to apply.
THE PILOT CLUB OF BELEN will be holding an event celebrating 65 years of service in Belen from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Harvey House Museum in Belen. Scheduled events include Brainminders Puppet Show, Paws & Strips.org, veteran’s dog training program presentation, Pilot Challenge Game and a membership drive. There will also be raffle tickets on sale for three party baskets, a silent auction to benefit the museum and Paws & Stripes.org, and free door prize drawings and refreshments.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY HISPANO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MATANZA will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse. The cost is $10 at the door. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free. Along with all the food you can eat, there will be tortilla, biscochito and chile contests, live entertainment and art on display. All proceeds benefit the chamber’s scholarship fund.
TUESDAY, FEB. 28
AN INTRODUCTION TO YOGA, by Christina Bouajila, will be held from 6 yo 7 p.m. at the Los Lunas Public Library. The event is free to the public.