Noticias (05/02/12)

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ARTS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
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, MAY 3
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.
THE FIDDLERS AND MUSICIANS OF NEW MEXICO play at 6 p.m. at the Cowboy Hall on Arena Road in Bosque Farms. For information, call 864-6606 or 331-1778.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
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, MAY 5
BELEN ART LEAGUE will be holding a reception for its Spring Art Show, which runs from May 5 through June 2, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Harvey House Museum in Belen.
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.
A KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, led by Ann Krom, meets at noon, every Saturday, at the Los Lunas Public Library.
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. For information, call Annmarie, 865-5605, or G. Forest at 864-0837.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
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, MAY 9
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, MAY 10
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.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
SCHOOL OF DREAMS ACADEMY dancers will perform “And the Show Goes On” at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Westside chapel, 19 El Cerro Road in Los Lunas. A charge for the performances will be $2 for students and $5 for adults.
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, MAY 12
••THE LOS LUNAS MUSEUM OF HERITAGE AND ARTS will host “My Camera in New Mexico: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. The show runs from May 12-July 26.
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.
A KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, led by Ann Krom, meets at noon, every Saturday, at the Los Lunas Public Library.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
TOMÉ ART GALLERY will be holding an opening reception and demo day for its “All Fired Up” show, which runs from May 11-20. The demo day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Potters will hold a hands-on “playing in the mud,” a day of clay-making and unique firings. For information, call 565-0556.
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THE LOS LUNAS MUSEUM OF HERITAGE AND ARTS will host “My Camera in New Mexico: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” from May 12-July 26.
BELEN ART LEAGUE will be holding its Spring Art Show from May 5 through June 2, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Harvey House Museum in Belen.
THE DUNCAN MEMORIAL BUILDING, 12 La Ladera in Los Lunas, is looking for bands who would like to perform there. The performances will be free of charge, with a donation being accepted at the door to help pay for necessities. For information, call Jim or Dot Duncan at 865-7985.
THE BELEN ART LEAGUE presents it Black and White Photography Show through May 11. The BAL Gallery and Gifts, 509 Becker Ave., is open from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. For information, call 961-0217.
THE BELEN PUBLIC LIBRARY will be hosting its second annual Hub City Rail Heritage Day on Saturday, May 12. The event will include a special historical play/musical that celebrates the coming of the railroad to Belen performed by the Mansion Players. The Mansion Players are issuing a casting call for those who would like to participate. Needed are four to five men for engineers, five to seven Harvey Girls and assorted townspeople. For information or for an audition appointment, call Marie at 565-2154.
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.
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.
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.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR FRED LAURETA will be giving beginning Latin/country western/swing dance lessons on Mondays, Thursdays at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center in Los Lunas. The dance lessons will be held from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. On Mondays and Thursdays, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday mornings. Learn to dance like pros, get ready for proms, graduation parties, weddings, fiestas and other social events involving dancing. The cost is $2 per person, per class. Singles and couples are encouraged to participate. For information, call Fred 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.
THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class of 1962 is looking for classmates for its 50-year reunion. Email contact information to classof62reunion@gmail.com.
THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL class of 2002 is preparing for its 10-year reunion, which will be held July 21-22, at Hotel Albuquerque and a park in Los Lunas. Send contact information to llhsclassof2002@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.
THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL class of 1982 is preparing for its 30-year reunion, which will be held Aug. 10-12, at Isleta Hard Rock Casino and the Luna Mansion. Send contact information to LLHS1982reunion@yahoo.com and visit our Facebook page and website www.loslunas82.net for further information and to register. Call 238-8580 or 934-1650.
THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class of 1967 is preparing for its 45-year reunion, which will be held July 20-22. Email contact information to annatruj1@msn.com or greenchil@aol.com, or call 720-6412 or 977-9382.
THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class of 1977 reunion committee is sponsoring a picnic reunion on Saturday, June 16, at the Baca Chica Campgrounds on N.M. 47, south of Belen. There will be a mixer at 4 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. For information, call Rhona Baca Espinozat at 463-5558, or ruapilot@msn.com, Venetia Freeman Yates at 864-2419, or ventialouie1977@gmail.com, or Carmen Ortega Shiplet at 861-3109.

COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
THE EL CERRO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. at the El Cerro Community Center. For information, call June McClellan at 720-6002.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. in the Valley Community Plaza multipurpose room and senior center in Rio Communities.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDUCATION

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE presentation by Ginny Adame, Valencia County DWI Program prevention enforcement coordinator, will be held at 11 a.m. in Room 134 in the Fitness and Wellness Education Center at UNM-VC.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
BELEN MIDDLE SCHOOL will be hosting Heritage Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Entertainment will include singers, dancers, guitar performances and Taico drumming. Pizza and drinks will be served. Vendors will be selling Mother’s Day gifts.
A SPECIAL FRIDAY WORKOUT, stretch at relax, will be held at 11 a.m. in room 140 in the Fitness and Wellness Education Center at UNM-VC.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
UNM-VC will be holding a pinning ceremony at 6:30 p.m. for nursing program in the Student-Community Center.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
UNM-VC will be holding its 2012 adult education center commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Student-Community Center.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
UNM-VC will be holding its 2012 commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Student-Community Center.
INFINITY HIGH SCHOOL graduation will be held at 6 p.m. in the Belen High School auditorium.
MONDAY, MAY 14
LOS LUNAS MIDDLE SCHOOL is holding a College Day to promote college awareness from 7 a.m. to noon at LLMS. The school is looking for students that attended Los Lunas Schools, especially LLMS, and who are currently in college or are recent graduates of college. To participate, call Lori Dearing at 866-8424, or email ldearing@llschools.net.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
BELEN HIGH SCHOOL graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the BHS football stadium.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL graduation will be held at 6 p.m. in the Blue Gym at Century High School.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
VALENCIA HIGH SCHOOL graduation will be held at 9 a.m. at the Pit in Albuquerque.
LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL graduation will be held at 1 p.m. at the Pit in Albuquerque.

ETC.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FORUM, hosted by the Democratic Women of Valencia County, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center on N.M. 47 in Tomé. Refreshments and meet and greet will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
A LOS LUNAS JOB FAIR, hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and the Valencia County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center, 1103 N.M. 314, in Los Lunas. This event is free to both businesses and job seekers.
THE TOMÉ FIRE DEPARTMENT will hold elections for the board of directors at 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Station.
THURSDAY, MAY 3
THE GREATER BELEN Chamber of Commerce will be holding its after hours at Belen Academy for Martial Arts, 715 S. Main St. in Belen, at 5:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
SAN CLEMENTE DAY celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Virginia Smith’s property, 4.4 miles west of Interstate 25 on N.M. 6, west of AT&T Road, and east of Dalies Road. There will be free grass-fed beef burgers, live music, pony rides for children, native plant display and sale, bake sale, silent auction and presentation. For information, call 866-5066.
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION and the Pilot Club will be holding their monthly flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the Rio Communities Valley Plaza, 373 Rio Communities Blvd. Spaces cost $5, and vendors need to bring their own tables. For information, call 864-4668 or 861-0090.
THE ANNUAL BOY SCOUT TROOP YARD SALE will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old bowling alley in Bosque Farms. There will be everything and all things for sale.
MONDAY, MAY 7
THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL staff Renaissance Committee will be sponsoring this year’s student-alumni basketball game at 6:30 p.m. in the Tiger activity gym. Former Tigers, male and female, who want to participate, can call Pam Davis or Chris Garcia at 865-4646. The cost of the game is $3 for adults, $2 for students without Renaissance cards and $1 for students with cards.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
NMSU COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE is offering an “Easy, No Cook Candy Making” class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cooperative Extension Service Office, 404 Courthouse Road in Los Lunas. There is a $5 participation fee and participants will be making five recipes and will receive and “easy” candy recipe book. Space is limited and an RSVP is required by Friday, May 4. For information and to register, call Brenda at 565-3002.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area. There will be educational and entertaining activities, with a morning bird count at 7 a.m. for experienced birders. See live animals such as prairie dogs, owls and hawks. Hear the experts speak, take a guided nature walk and participate in hands-on projects to take home. There will also be a silent auction. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds with benefit Friends of Whitfield Community Education Fund.
LAS MARAVILLAS will be holding its annual yard sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
RURAL BOOKMOBILE WEST will be at the Cristo Rey Church in Bosque from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and at the Veguita Volunteer Fire Department from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
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VFW POST 2387 IN BELEN is accepting used and tattered American Flags for proper disposal. Flags may be dropped off at the Post Home, 122 South Fifth St. in Belen.
BRIDGE ANYONE? A bridge group is forming to play at the Belen Senior Center. There is a possibility of free beginner lessons. For information, call 861-6906.
THE LOS LUNAS PAINTBALL facility has been re-opened. The facility is open by appointment every Saturday, and open to the public all day on Sundays. To make an appointment, call 352-7661 or 352-7717.
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 at Anna Becker Park in Belen.
ZUMBA CLASSES are being held at the Fred Luna Senior Center in Los Lunas from 8 to 9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information, call Renee at 839-3853.
TAI CHI CLASSES for seniors will be held every Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fred Luna Senior Center in Los Lunas. 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 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. All levels are welcome. For information, call 966-2700.
THE BELEN COMMUNITY CENTER at Eagle Park is offering Zumba classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. 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, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome to participate, men and women alike — any level. The cost is $2 per person, per class. 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 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $1 for seniors (65 and older) and $2 per person, per class. 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.
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, MAY 4
LOS LUNAS SCHOOL RENAISSANCE and Partners in Education will host an annual employee recognition gala and fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Lunas High School auditorium. For information or tickets, call Marlene Pino at 865-9636, or email mpino@llschools.net.
THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL Tiger Band will be hosting its 13th annual Tiger Band Golf Tournament at Isleta Eagle Golf Course. For information, call Carole Caswell at 249-3493.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
BUSINESS WOMEN OF VALENCIA COUNTY will be holding a donation drive for area seniors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walmart in Los Lunas. They will be accepting monetary donations, toiletries, detergent, soap and shampoo.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
THE BELEN PUBLIC LIBRARY will be holding its monthly book sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the library, 333 Becker Ave. in Belen.
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THE TIM LARDNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 18. To sign up, call 864-8091, or email Rhona@belenchamber.com.
LOS LUNAS SCHOOLS Renaissance Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 4, at the Tanoan Country Club. For information on sponsorships or entry, call Tarah Santana at tsantana@llschools.net or call 866-8273.
THE VILLAGE OF LOS LUNAS is asking for participants to join its 2012 Relay for Life Team. Village employees can join for free, others can pay a $5 registration fee. To join, see team captains Misty Shiplet or Sara Martinez at the Los Lunas Police Department, or register or donate online at www.main.acsevents.org/goto/VLL.NM.
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.
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.
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.

ORGANIZATIONS

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS CLUB meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
MONDAY, APRIL 30
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.
TUESDAY, MAY 1
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.
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, MAY 2
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.
THURSDAY, MAY 3
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Padre Pio Council 10629 meets at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé.
VENTURE CREW 360, high adventure Scouting for ages 14 to 21, meets at 7 p.m. in the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center, N.M. 47 and Romero Road in Tomé. For information, call Liz, 203-2069.