Noticias (05/26/12)

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ARTS

SATURDAY, MAY 26
REGISTRATION FOR CHILDREN’S Summer Arts Program at Belen Art Gallery, 509 Becker Ave. in Belen, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. No phone registrations will be accepted. The program will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., June 4-7 and June 11-14 for children ages 7-12. The cost is $5 per week for the first child, $2 for the second child.
THE SOUTHWEST COUNTRY MUSICIANS will be holding a potluck at 6 p.m., jam at 7 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. How does chi work? Make your art come alive. The class is for students in seventh grade and up. Instruction is free, students by supplies.  For information, call David Mintz at 861-8250.
A KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, led by Ann Krom, meets at noon, every Saturday, at the Los Lunas Public Library.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
THE FIDDLERS AND MUSICIANS OF NEW MEXICO play at 2 p.m. at the Cowboy Hall on Arena Road in Bosque Farms. For information, call 864-6606 or 331-1778.
MONDAY, MAY 28
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is now rehearsing at the First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd., in the old sanctuary. Anyone who has previously played an instrument, is welcome to join. Ability to read music is a must. We need flute, clarinet and trumpet for the concert band as well as all other instruments; we need guitar and piano and trumpet for the dance band; and guitar, bass guitar and piano for the Variety Combo. The Concert Band rehearses from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. The Dance Band rehearses from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. The Variety Combo rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For information on the  VCCB, call 916-1776 for more information.
TUESDAY, MAY 29
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 30
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 31
A FREE MOVIE, “Temple Grandin,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
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.
THE SPIRITUALITY IN ART art class is held from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Belen Public Library. Learn to paint and make your paintings come alive. The cost is $32 per month, plus supplies. For information, call David Mintz at 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 VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is now rehearsing at the First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd., in the old sanctuary. Anyone who has previously played an instrument, is welcome to join. Ability to read music is a must. We need guitar, bass guitar and piano for the Variety Combo. The Variety Combo rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For information on the VCCB, call 916-1776 for more information.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
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, JUNE 2
YOUTH ART CLASSES are being offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. How does chi work? Make your art come alive. The class is for students in seventh grade and up. Instruction is free, students by supplies.  For information, call David Mintz at 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.
MONDAY, JUNE 4
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is now rehearsing at the First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd., in the old sanctuary. Anyone who has previously played an instrument, is welcome to join. Ability to read music is a must. We need flute, clarinet and trumpet for the concert band as well as all other instruments; we need guitar and piano and trumpet for the dance band; and guitar, bass guitar and piano for the Variety Combo. The Concert Band rehearses from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. The Dance Band rehearses from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. The Variety Combo rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For information on the  VCCB, call 916-1776 for more information.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
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, JUNE 6
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, JUNE 7
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.
THE SPIRITUALITY IN ART art class is held from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Belen Public Library. Learn to paint and make your paintings come alive. The cost is $32 per month, plus supplies. For information, call David Mintz at 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 VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is now rehearsing at the First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd., in the old sanctuary. Anyone who has previously played an instrument, is welcome to join. Ability to read music is a must. We need guitar, bass guitar and piano for the Variety Combo. The Variety Combo rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For information on the VCCB, call 916-1776 for more information.
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, JUNE 8
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, JUNE 9
YOUTH ART CLASSES are being offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. How does chi work? Make your art come alive. The class is for students in seventh grade and up. Instruction is free, students by supplies.  For information, call David Mintz at 861-8250.
A KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, led by Ann Krom, meets at noon, every Saturday, at the Los Lunas Public Library.
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THE LOS LUNAS MUSEUM OF HERITAGE AND ARTS will host “My Camera in New Mexico: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” through Thursday, July 26.
BELEN ART LEAGUE will be holding its Spring Art Show through Saturday, June 2, 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 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 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for beginners, and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. for intermediates Tuesdays at the Fred Luna Senior Center, 315 Don Pasqual NW in Los Lunas. 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 Espinoza at 463-5558, or ruapilot@msn.com, Venetia Freeman Yates at 864-2419, or ventialouie1977@gmail.com, or Carmen Ortega Shiplet at 861-3109.
THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class of 1992 reunion has been planned for 7 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Fat Sat’s Bar and Grill in Belen; Saturday, July 14, at Holiday Inn Express in Belen for cocktails and dinner. The total cost for the events is $60 per person. For information, email 1992.BHS.Reunion@gmail.com or through Facebook.

COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
DWI PLANNING COUNCIL meets at 1 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 2445 Lambrose Loop in Los Lunas.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDUCATION

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LOS LUNAS SCHOOLS’ Child Find Program screens children whose parents are concerned with their speech, language and fine and gross motor development. Vision and hearing screening are also part of the Child Find screening. If you have concerns about your child’s development in these areas, call 866-8337 to schedule a screening appointment. Screening is don every Thursday morning at Los Lunas Schools’ Special Services Child Find office, 343 Main St. If a delay is suspected in one or more of the areas screened, you will be asked to bring your child in for a complete evaluation. Your child may then qualify for therapy and/or the Los Lunas Schools’ Preschool Program depending on the results of the evaluation.
CHILDREN WHO WILL BE ENTERING KINDERGARTEN in the Belen Consolidated Schools can participate in a research project that includes 25 additional school days that focus on early reading and math. The program will run from June 4 to July 8, Mondays through Thursdays. Free transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided. If interested, call the Belen Consolidated Schools at 966-1000, or 1-855–806-9522.
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.
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.

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TUESDAY, MAY 29
THE BOSQUE FARMS PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading Program will begin its registration at the library. In addition to being able to win a new bike when they register, children will also be able to pick out a new “Penworthy Book” for their age group. For information, call 869-2227.
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, MAY 29-JUNE 1
NMSU COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE will be providing free nutrition classes at the Jose Dolores Cordova Cultural Center in Jarales from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are being taught by a nutrition educator. Topics to be covered include stretching our food dollars, healthier choices, label reading and food safety. To register, or for information, call Dorothy at 565-3002.
THURSDAY, MAY 31
BELEN SUMMER OF SERVICE PROGRAM will hold in informational meeting and sign up from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. Students are needed for the program full of field trips, guest scientists, community members, outdoor experiences and civic engagement to fly. The program dates are from June 4-July 13. Applications are available now by contacting Sierra Netz at sierranetz@gmail.com or by calling 620-5112.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
HUNING RANCH subdivision will be holding a community-wide yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 565-8277.
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 BELEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM will begin on Tuesday, June 5. Activities will include programs on night visitors, dreams and wishes, nocturnal animals, night shivers and even a pajama party. The program is open to 4-11 year olds. For information, call the library at 966-26-8, or visit www.belen-nm.gov/library.htm. All programs are free of charge.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7
BELEN WALKABILITY PROJECT will be holding its second community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Belen City Council Chambers, 100 South Main Street. There will be a presentation of findings and strategic direction and a question and discussion period.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
A RESTORATION FIESTA BLESSING of the San Antonio Historical Mission de Los Lentes, Los Lunas, will be celebrated, starting at 10 a.m. with a Mass and blessing at the church. There will then be a procession with San Antonio and a recital of the Holy Rosary, led by the Catholic Daughters. Festivities will be from noon to 9 p.m. and include free entertainment, raffles, silent auction, dancing to local music and the famous green chile cheese Fiesta Burger.
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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.
SOLVE VANPOOL EXPRESS has several openings for new riders. The Socorro-Los Lunas Vanpool Express is a not-for-profit group solely formed to provide transportation between the greater Los Lunas area (including Bosque Farms and Belen) and Socorro for employees of New Mexico Tech, the NRAO, or other reasons. Part-time and full-time riders are welcome. For information, visit SOLLVE website, or contact Dr. Michelle Chreech-Eakman at mce@kestrel.nmt.edu.
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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
THE RIO GRANDE ESTATES Fire Department will hold a car wash and hot dog sale from 4:30  to 7 p.m. at the fire station in Rio Communities. All proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire and rescue personnel.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 1-2
RELAY FOR LIFE will be held at the Belen High School baseball fields, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, with opening ceremonies and a survivor and caregiver lap. There will be a special dinner for survivors and caregivers. There will also a purse auction, cake contest and salsa contest. For information, go to relayforlife.org/valenciacountynm or email Event Chair Mark Gwinn at ggwimc@aol.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL Tigerettes will be holding a car wash from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Los Lunas Middle School parking lot. The cost is $5. They will also be selling baked goods. For information, go to www.tigerettes.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
CALVARY RIO GRANDE CHURCH, Belen is holding a fundraiser spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will help pay for medical costs for Stephanie Romero, who is suffering from breast cancer, and Priscilla Barela, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
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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.
BRIANNA K. PADILLA, of Isleta and a UNM nursing student, is asking for donations to help fund a trip to Kenya in October hosted by Project Helping Hands, a non-profit organization based in the United States. The cost of the trip for each student is $3,400. If you are interested in donating, you can receive a tax credit for the donation by going to www.Project-Helping-Hands.org, or call Padilla at 449-7315.
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.
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, MAY 26
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS CLUB meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
MONDAY, MAY 28
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 29
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.