Noticias (07/21/12)

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ARTS

SATURDAY, JULY 21
CREATING FABRIC POSTCARDS workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belen Art League Gallery, 509 Becker Avenue in Belen. Bring fabric pieces to class and explore the process of creating with scissors, fabric, fake jewels, ribbons, etc., to make postcards to frame or mail. The class costs $15. For information, call Geni Hatch at 864-3106.
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.
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 at 864-7097, or Myra at 864-0876.
MONDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 23-28
DUNCAN STUDIO, 130 N. El Cerro Loop, will hold art classes photography and computer art, shrinkydinks. For information, call 866-6076.
MONDAY, JULY 23
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is continuing for the summer weeks with rehearsals at the Bosque Farms Community- Senior Center, 950 N. Bosque Loop, every Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. They are looking for more band musicians who have played an instrument before and who is ready to share the same passion for playing and performing throughout the county. For information, call Joe Arvizu at 553-3371.
TUESDAY, JULY 24
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; the cost is $10 per session. For information, call Heidi at 864-6036.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY present Tales for Tots at the Belen Public Library at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the library’s children section. Storytellers will read a story, and there will be music and related craft activities. Everyone is welcome.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
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, JULY 26
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.
SPIRITUALITY IN 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.
A FREE MOVIE, “Annie,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
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 at 883-8681, or John at 864-7901.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
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.
SOUTHWEST COUNTRY MUSICIANS will be holding a potluck at 1 p.m., jam at 2 p.m. in honor of one of its member’s 90th birthday, 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.
MONDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 30-AUG. 4
DUNCAN STUDIO, 130 N. El Cerro Loop, will hold art classes in jewelry and paper crafts. For information, call 866-6076.
MONDAY, JUNE 30
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND is continuing for the summer weeks with rehearsals at the Bosque Farms Community- Senior Center, 950 N. Bosque Loop, every Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. They are looking for more band musicians who have played an instrument before and who is ready to share the same passion for playing and performing throughout the county. For information, call Joe Arvizu at 553-3371.
TUESDAY, JUNE 31
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; the cost is $10 per session. For information, call Heidi at 864-6036.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY present Tales for Tots at the Belen Public Library at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the library’s children section. Storytellers will read a story, and there will be music and related craft activities. Everyone is welcome.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1
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.
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A BOOK CLUB has been launched by the Valencia County Historical Society, with its first meeting set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Los Lunas Transportation Center, the Rail Runner station. The first selection is “When We Were Young in the West: True Stories of Childhood” by Dr. Richard Melzer. The book can be purchased at the Harvey House Museum in Belen, 861-0581, or online at amazon.com. The author will attend; the session will be led by B.G. Burr, president of the historical society. For information, call Sandy Battin, 864-2034.
EXPRESSIONS Art Show by the Camino Real 8 will be held through Wednesday, July 25, at the Harvey House Museum in Belen. The artists include Lorrain Burleson, Judy Farrow, Janice Leach, Sondra Schlotterback, Gwen Wileman, Jean Stone, Evelyn Yoder and Penny York.
THE WOOD SHOW, “Turning Out,” at Tomé Art Gallery will be held through Wednesday, July 25, at the gallery. The show will include wood from the Rio Grande Bosque to the far reaches of Africa used to make furniture, wood quilting, retablos and more.
ARTISTS, CRAFTERS and food vendors are invited to participate in the Bosque Farms Community Center’s Arts and Crafts Fair, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. For information, call 869-5133.
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.
ZIA SIT AND SEW groups meets at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month. All forms of fiber arts are welcome. For information, call 869-5133.
FREE LINE DANCE lessons are 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 are 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 is giving dance lessons in beginning country western and swing from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., starting Saturday, July 7. Also, beginning ballroom and Latin dance lessons will be taught from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning Wednesday, July 11. This is your opportunity to learn to dance like the pros, dance at weddings, fiestas, school dances, graduations parties and other social events. Both classes are being held at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center on N.M. 314 in Los Lunas. The cost for each 12-week class is $2 per person, per class. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
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. The reunion is set for Aug. 3-4. Email contact information to belenclassof82reunion@gmail.com.
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 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.

COMMUNITY

SATURDAY, JULY 21
THE MEADOW LAKE Parks Area Association meets at 3 p.m. at the Meadow Lake Community Center. All are invited to attend. For information, call Jim at 865-9786.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
VALENCIA COUNTY JUVENILE Justice Board meets at noon in the Partners in Wellness building, 750 Morris Road, SW, in Los Lunas.
SUNDAY, JULY 29
TOWN OF TOMÉ LAND GRANT meets at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center on N.M. 47 at 1 p.m. Agenda is available upon request La Merced del Pueblo de Tomé tendra su junta del trimester el dia 29 de Julio  a la 1 de la tarde en el Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Centro Comunidad.

EDUCATION

THURSDAY, JULY 26
INFINITY HIGH SCHOOL in Belen will hold a meeting for new students from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Belen High School’s auditorium.
MONDAY, JULY 30
VALENCIA HIGH SCHOOL seniors will register for school from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Parents or guardians must accompany students to complete required legal forms.
TUESDAY, JULY 31
VALENCIA HIGH SCHOOL juniors will register for school from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Parents or guardians must accompany students to complete required legal forms.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1
VALENCIA HIGH SCHOOL sophomores will register for school from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Parents or guardians must accompany students to complete required legal forms.
THURSDAY, AUG. 2
VALENCIA HIGH SCHOOL freshman will register for school from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Parents or guardians must accompany students to complete required legal forms.
INFINITY HIGH SCHOOL in Belen will hold a meeting for returning students from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Belen High School’s auditorium.
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KINDERGARTEN to sixth-grad pre-registration at Sundance Elementary School is ongoing. Parents or guardians should bring a birth certificate, Social Security card, current immunization records and proof of residency. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2012. For information, call the school’s office at 866-0185.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION at H.T. Jaramillo Community School is held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. For information, call 966-2000.
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 screenings is also part of the Child Find program. If you have concerns, call 866-8337 to schedule a screening appointment. Screening is done every Thursday at Los Lunas Schools’ Special Service Child Find office, 343 Main St.
THE CAPTAIN TAMARA Long-Archuleta Memorial Scholarship is offering $500 cash scholarships to students who were home-schooled in high school and attending UNM-VC or UNM Main Campus full time. Send transcripts and a short essay on how this scholarship will help you to: Capt. Tamara Scholarship, P.O. Box 819, Belen, N.M., 87002. The deadline for entries is Aug. 1.
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.

ETC.

SUNDAY, JULY 22
COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, a group drumming for health and fun, will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at The Porch, 512 Reinken Ave. in Belen. Bring your drum and percussion instruments; extras will be available. Go and find your rhythm and beat. If you’ve got a heart, you’ve got rhythm. No experience required. For information, call 865-9055.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Queens contest meet and greet will be held at 6 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Cafe in Belen. For information, call Rebekah Johnson at 264-7531, or email unmcowgirl@aol.com to get forms.
TUESDAY, JULY 24
RURAL BOOKMOBILE WEST will be at the Cristo Rey Church in Bosque from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and at the Veguita Fire Department from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
A HEALTHY SUMMER Foods Cooking Class, sponsored by the Valencia County Extension Service, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Peralta Methodist Church. The cost is $5. RSVP by July 18. For information, call 565-3002.
VALENCIA COUNTY Amateur Radio Association monthly club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 302 Rio Communities Blvd. Paul Ridley will present the program, “Sight and Sounds of Ham Radio.” For information, call 369-4958.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
U.S. REP. MARTIN HEINRICH will hold a Public Safety and Consumer Protection Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Student-Community Center at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. The fair is to raise awareness of and address the increasing criminal activity in Valencia County. Federal, state and local agencies will be on hand to participate in one-on-one conversations about their role in protecting the public. Seminars will be given on tools people need to report criminal activity and be informed of crime prevention methods.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
THE SEVILLETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE will be holding a lecture, “Native Plants of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m., with guest speaker, landscape designer and author, Judith Phillips. To reserve your spot, call 864-4021.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
A ONE-DAY, hands-on demonstration in subsurface drip irrigation for turf, sponsored by the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Los Lunas. RSVP is required for directions. For information, call 565-3002, or email valencia@nmsu.edu. The demonstration will include learning how to design, install and maintain the irrigation system, and how to save water. The demonstration is free, but space is limited. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY of Valencia County will be holding a grand opening of its headquarters from 2 to 7 p.m. at 413 Los Lentes Road in Los Lunas. There will be food, fun and politics will be available. For information, call Lisa at 710-9623, or Pam at 514-7492.
A SUBSURFACE Drip Turf Irrigation demonstration, hosted by the Valencia County Extension Service, will be held. Call 565-3002 for directions and to RSVP.
VALENCIA COUNTY Amateur Radio Association W5YI Volunteer Examiners group is holding a testing session for technician, general and extra FCC licenses for ham radio operation from 9 a.m. to noon at 302 Rio Communities Blvd. For information, call 450-7447.
TUESDAY, JULY 31
U.S. REP. MARTIN HEINRICH’S staff will be holding mobile office hours from 10 to 11 a.m. at the El Cerro Community Center, 309 El Cerro Mission Road; from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Taqueria, 2350 N.M. 47; and from 1 to 2 p.m., in Rooms 101A and 101B at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus’ Learning Resource Center. Mobile office hours allow residents to speak one-on-one with Heinrich’s staff about casework in their communities.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AUG. 3-5
THE BOSQUE FARMS Community Fair will be held at the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association property. Events include a dog show, toad races, car show, a parade at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, foot races, rolling pin throw, greased pole clime, chile contest, family dance and much more.
FRIDAY, AUG. 3
A FREE SCHOOL supply distribution will be held beginning at 9 a.m. at the Belen Moose Family Center 1680, 19482 N.M. 314, in Belen. For information, call Toby Jaramillo at 269-2512 or Sandie Jaramillo at 269-9044.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4
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.
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THE VALENCIA COUNTY Community Expo is looking for vendors for its August event. For information, call Kathy at 220-2240.
A FREE TENNIS CAMP is being held from 6 to 7 p.m., every Thursday through Aug. 2 for children ages 5 to 10 years old at the San Antonio Park on Los Lentes in Los Lunas. For information, call Matt Castillo at 450-4615, or mcastillo@llschools.net.
THE BOSQUE FARMS LIBRARY is offering “overdue forgiveness month” from July 7 to Aug. 7. Bring your overdue books and movies in during the month or you might be cited into court after the month.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas is now offering a new fitness class specifically designed for adults 50 and better — EnhanceFitness. The program is a physical activity program for older adults designed to improve functional fitness and well being. EnhanceFitness classes meet three times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for the duration of 16 weeks. The first class meets on Tuesday, July 10. For information, call 839-3845, or instructor Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
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.
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 10 a.m. every Sunday on the river bridge in Los Lunas. Check out the Occupy Los Lunas Facebook for details. For information, go to www.occupyloslunas.info.
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.
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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday; 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Jorge or Janice 861-0532.
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.
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 BOSQUE FARMS Community Center holds yoga classes at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. For information, call 869-5133.
THE 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.
THE DANIEL FERNANDEZ YOUTH CENTER in Los Lunas is now offering a new fitness class specifically designed for adults 50 and better — EnhanceFitness. The program is a physical activity program for older adults designed to improve functional fitness and well being. EnhanceFitness classes meet three times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for the duration of 16 weeks. The first class meets on Tuesday, July 10. For information, call 839-3845, or instructor Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
DO YOU WANT TO ADOPT a pet? Spayed and neutered dogs and cats can be found at the Valencia County Animal Shelter for only $10. The shelter is located south of Daniel Fernandez Park on N.M. 314 SW in Los Lunas. The shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
SHOPPING TRANSPORTATION from the Fred Luna Senior Center is being offered on the first and third Thursdays of each month for a $1 donation.
FREE OR LOW COST health coverage is available for pregnant women, children and families at Youth Development Inc. For information, or to set up an appointment, call Cecilia Vasquez at 352-3475 or Edwina Moya at 352-3473.
DO YOU PROVIDE DAY CARE in your home? Receive money for serving healthy meals. Se habla Espanol. For more information, call Kendra Edwards at Youth Development Inc., at 352-3485.
COME SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD in a rewarding child advocacy volunteer position with YDI-Valencia’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Volunteers are needed to make a difference in the life of children in foster care. For information, call Tasa Stromei at 352-3483, or email tstromei@ydinm.org.

FUNDRAISERS

SATURDAY, JULY 28
A MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FUNDRAISER for Leslie Pino-Durant and her husband, Rick Durant, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Fat Sat’s Bar and Grill in Belen. Mention the fundraiser to your server and a percentage of your purchase will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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A BANK ACCOUNT has been set up for Alicia Jacquez, who will be having brain surgery. The account is Frank Garcia/Alicia Jacquez Donation Account No. 6735773241 at Wells Fargo Bank.
LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL Tigerettes will be washing vehicle windows for donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Shell gas station, 1860 Main St. SW, in Los Lunas
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.

GOVERNMENT

TUESDAY, JULY 24
BELEN BOARD OF EDUCATION meets at 6 p.m. at the central administration building.
LOS LUNAS BOARD OF EDUCATION meets at 6 p.m. at the central administration building.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
PERALTA TOWN COUNCIL meets at 7 p.m. at town hall.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
LOS LUNAS VILLAGE COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at village hall.

ORGANIZATIONS

SATURDAY, JULY 21
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS Club meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
RETIRED ALBUQUERQUE POLICE Department Officers meets at 10 a.m. at Sopa’s in Bosque Farms. Call 865-6761 or 869-3348.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 85 meets at the old Hospital and Training School in the meeting room. For information, call Gene Gorman at 866-9590, or Ron Archer at 865-6011.
MONDAY, JULY 23
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, JULY 24
BUSINESS WOMEN OF VALENCIA COUNTY meets at 7:30 a.m. at  Henrietta’s in Los Lunas. Call 866-5284.
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.
RIO ABAJO LODGE No. 17 meets at 7 p.m. at 1000 W. Chavez in Belen.
VALENCIA COUNTY AMATEUR Radio Association meets at 7 p.m. in the second story in back of the VIA building, 302 Rio Communities Blvd., in Rio Communities.
KIWANIS OF VALENCIA COUNTY meets from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Village Inn restaurant in Los Lunas. For information, call Bart at 565-5913.
VALENCIA COUNTY CIVITANS meets from 6 p.m. at La Vida Felicidad, 530 Sun Ranch Village Loop SW. For information, call 865-0786.
VALENCIA CHILD ABUSE Prevention and Education (V-Cape) task force meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Purdy Hall Training Center at 442 Luna Ave. SE in Los Lunas.
VALENCIA COUNTY SINGLE SENIORS meet from 5 to 7 p.m. at Henrietta’s in Los Lunas. For information, call Frank at 977-5070.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
DIE DEUTSCHLANDER German-American Club of Valencia County meets at 7 p.m. at the Belen VFW Hall, 122 S. Fifth St. For information, call 864-7760 or 864-0111.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
BOY SCOUT TROOP 360 meets at 6 p.m. at the Tome/Adelino Fire Department. Camping every month. New boys welcome. 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.
BETHLEHEM MASONIC Lodge No. 56 of Belen meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Belen Masonic Lodge.
VALENCIA COUNTY CIVITANS meets at 6 p.m. at La Vida Felicadad. For information, call 565-9014.
COORDINATED COMMUNITY Response Team, which focuses on victims of crimes, meet 8 a.m. at the Center for Recovery and Wellness, 750 Morris Road SW, in Los Lunas.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
CUB SCOUT PACK 360 Bears and Webelos Den meets at 6:30 p.m. at Tomé Elementary School. For information, call Katy, 565-0088.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS Club meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
MONDAY, JULY 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, JULY 31
BUSINESS WOMEN OF VALENCIA COUNTY meets at 7:30 a.m. at  Henrietta’s in Los Lunas. Call 866-5284.
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1
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.

SUPPORT

AGORA Crisis Center provides free, confidential help to anyone in need of emotional support. Phone and walk-in services are available. Open 24 hours a day, based on availability of volunteers. Call 277-3013.
ALANON meets at 6 p.m., Tuesdays, behind the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé. Are you in need of help for a relative or friend who is addicted to alcohol or drugs? For information, call 865-5765, or call Alanon information service office at 262-2177.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at Peralta United Methodist Church; a women’s group on Mondays at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church; on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Belen, at 8 p.m. at Los Lunas Wellness Center; Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Belen Rec Center, 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church in Isleta; on Thursdays starts at 7 p.m. at the Peralta United Methodist Church, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Belen and at 8 p.m. at the Los Lunas Wellness Center;  and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Belen. For information, call 266-1900.
ALZHEIMERS AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Los Lunas Senior Center, 197 Don Pasqual. It meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Belen Senior Center, 715 S. Main. It’s sponsored by the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association. For information, call Barbara, 379-9266.
BELEN AREA FOOD PANTRY is open from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the First Baptist Church of Belen, 115 S. Fourth St.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS whose children died of miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or other natural causes in the first year of life will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Office of the Medical Examiner at the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque. For information, call 272-2485 or 272-3397.
BEREAVEMENT AND CONSOLATION GROUP meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Faith Formation Building at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on the east side door. It’s open to all denominations. For information, call Sister Maria, 864-8851.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel. For information, call 864-4448.
CARENET, a pro-life pregnancy center, is located at 601 Main St. SE, Suite 26, in Mondel Plaza in Los Lunas. It offers free pregnancy tests, counseling, education, information about prenatal development, parenting and childbirth classes, adoption, lifestyle choices, and other information. For information, call Glenda, 565-3838.
CONSUMER SUPPORT GROUP for adults with a mental illness meets the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the third Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Valencia Counseling, Casa Manzana Lodge, 703 Don Pasqual NW in Los Lunas. It’s free. For information, call Leo, 865-1408.
COMPULSIVE EATERS ANONYMOUS-HOW meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Bosque Farms Church of Christ. For information, call Cynthia at 688-5578.
DOUBLE TROUBLE IN RECOVERY for those currently or formerly experiencing or dealing with mental disorders and chemical addiction meets at noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, at 703 Don Pasqual in Los Lunas. Call 865-1408, ext. 10, or call Tabatha at 907-2407.
DOVES, a ministry for widowed, separated and divorced people, meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays at San Clemente Catholic Church parish hall in Los Lunas. For information, call the San Clemente Parish, 865-9370.
DWI SUPPORT GROUP meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Los Lunas Community Services Department off N.M. 47 across from Albertson’s. For information, call Dorothy Hern, 869-2531. It’s for surviving victims of DWI crashes and their caregivers.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at San Clemente Parish Hall, 244 Luna Ave NE. For information, call Angie, 865-1323, or Gloria, 363-9296.
GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP for anyone who is grieving the death or the serious illness of a loved one meets every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ambercare Hospice, 420 N. Main in Belen. For information, call 861-0060.
GRIEFSHARE meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, 25 Wesley Road off N.M. 47. Anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, who is coping with the death of a loved one is invited. For information, call 865-9334.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, a support group for those trying to stop using drugs, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Spanish at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez. For information, call 565-4043.