Noticias (09/19/12)

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ARTS

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19
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 is giving beginning ballroom and Latin dance lessons from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center on N.M. 314 in Los Lunas. This is your opportunity to learn to dance like the pros, dance at weddings, fiestas, school dances, graduations parties and other social events. The cost for the 12-week class is $2 per person, per class. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
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.
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 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.
WII GAMING is held from 3 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at the Los Lunas Public Library.
A FREE MOVIE, “Camelot,” will be shown at 6 p.m., at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
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, SEPT. 22
THE DEADLINE FOR ‘Enchanted Images’ photo contest is Saturday. The contest is open to the public for cash prizes for youth and adult categories. Drop off your framed photos at the Belen Art League Gallery, 509 Becker Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 861-0217.
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.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR FRED Laureta is giving dance lessons in beginning country western and swing from 9 a.m. to 10 every Saturday at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center on N.M. 314 in Los Lunas. This is your opportunity to learn to dance like the pros, dance at weddings, fiestas, school dances, graduations parties and other social events. The cost for the 12-week class is $2 per person, per class. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE group, drumming for health and fun, meets from 3 to 5 on the fourth Sunday of every month at The Porch, 512, Reinken Ave. in Belen. Bring your drum and percussion instruments (extras will be available.) No experience necessary. Find your rhythm and beet. If you’ve got heart, you’ve got rhythm. For information, call 865-9055.
MONDAY, SEPT. 24
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.
FREE LINE DANCE lessons are offered 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.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 25
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.
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 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.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
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 is giving beginning ballroom and Latin dance lessons from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center on N.M. 314 in Los Lunas. This is your opportunity to learn to dance like the pros, dance at weddings, fiestas, school dances, graduations parties and other social events. The cost for the 12-week class is $2 per person, per class. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
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.
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 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.
WII GAMING is held from 3 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at the Los Lunas Public Library.
A FREE MOVIE, “The Avengers,” will be shown at 6 p.m., at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
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, SEPT. 29
‘ENCHANTED IMAGES’ photo contest reception and awards ceremony will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Belen Art League Gallery, 509 Becker Ave. The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 13.
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.
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.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR FRED Laureta is giving dance lessons in beginning country western and swing from 9 a.m. to 10 every Saturday at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center on N.M. 314 in Los Lunas. This is your opportunity to learn to dance like the pros, dance at weddings, fiestas, school dances, graduations parties and other social events. The cost for the 12-week class is $2 per person, per class. For information, call Fred Laureta at 966-6027.
MONDAY, OCT. 1
ZIA SIT AND SEW groups meets at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. All forms of fiber arts are welcome. For information, call 869-5133.
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.
FREE LINE DANCE lessons are offered 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.
TUESDAY, OCT. 2
THE RIO VALLEY Opry Players will honor the Blue Star Mothers with a classic country program to include an tinge of Mexican and blue grass music at Sopa’s Restaurant in Bosque Farms from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All music tips will be donated to honor and assist local military families. For information, call Barbara at 865-6817.
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.
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 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.
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THE LADIES OF the Valley Lutheran Church are looking for vendors for their arts and crafts fair to be held on Oct. 27. Spaces are $15. For information, call Veronica McCoy at 864-6355, or the church at 865-6169.
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.

CLASS REUNIONS

THE BELEN HIGH SCHOOL class of 1962 is looking for classmates for its 50-year reunion. The reunion is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at Fat Sat’s Bar and Grill in Belen, and on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express. Email contact information to classof62reunion@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19
DWI PLANNING COUNCIL meets at 1 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 3445 Lambros Loop in Los Lunas.
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
JOSE DOLORES CORDOVA Cultural Center Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m. at the center in Jarales.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
VALENCIA COUNTY JUVENILE Justice Board meets at noon in the Partners in Wellness building, 750 Morris Road, SW, in Los Lunas.

EDUCATION

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
A PRESENTATION on drug abuse will be held at parent night at La Merced Elementary from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
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LOS LUNAS SCHOOLS has several options for preschool children in the district, including no-cost therapy appointments and no-cost preschool services for students who have significant developmental delays, reduced-cost preschool services for typically-developing children and a no-cost PreK program for 4 year olds in the Tomé Elementary and Desert View area. For information, contact Special Services at 866-8337.
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.
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.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
THE NEW MEXICO ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on food security and water rights at the Transportation Center in Los Lunas, 101 Courthouse Rd. SE. For information, call 995-9644.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
••WHITFIELD WILDLIFE Conservation Area will hold its speaker series beginning at noon with “Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico,” with authors Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and Friends of the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area. For information, call 864-8914.
TREK FOR TRASH in the village of Los Lunas will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Those who want to participate will meet in front for the village administrative offices. Lunch, as well as trash bags, will be provided. For information, or to volunteer, call 839-3842 or 352-7658.
LARK IN THE PARK will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anna Becker Park in Belen. Ideas will be shared about the first residential healing farm community for adults with mental health needs for Casa de Vida Neuva. Tickets, which cost $15 for adults, $25 a couple, $5 for children and 12 and under are free, are only sold in advance. Keith Sanchez and the Moon Thieves will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
A HEALTH EXPO will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Los Lunas Seventh Day Adventist Church, near the intersection of N.M. 47 and South El Cerro Loop. There will be free blood pressure checks, glucose, cholesterol, peak flow and Harvard Strep tests.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 25
THE SENIOR CITIZEN’S LAW OFFICE will have a free workshop for seniors 60 and older at 10 a.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. The workshop will discuss how to prepare powers of attorney and advanced directives. For information and to register, call 869-5133.
A TOUR OF THE RESTORATION efforts at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé will be held at 5 p.m. as a follow-up to the lecture “Adobe Churches:  History, Preservation and Diagnostic Technologies” at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus on Sept. 18.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 28-30
OLD CARS AND PARTS Swap Meet, sponsored by the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs and the village of Los Lunas, will be held at the Los Lunas Sports Plex on Morris Road and N.M. 314.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
RIO ABAJO BECKER Street Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Becker Street. Some of the activities include a chile showdown, classic and muscle car show, poker bike run, arm wrestling, including a county mayor’s division, special shape hot air balloons, beer garden, live bands, food, craft vendors, martial art and dance performances, a carnival and art shows.
VALENCIA COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS games and ball, to include paid, volunteer, municipality and county firefighters, will be held at Daniel Fernandez Park in Los Lunas. The games, such as ladder race, bucket brigade, hose relay,  barrel race and tug of war, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After a short rest, the celebration will continue at the Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. where announcement and presentation of awards for the winners of the fire games, Firefighter of the Year, and Department of the Year. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Valencia County Fire Administration or at the Los Lunas Fire Department.
TREE NEW MEXICO AND PNM RESOURCES are hosting a tree give away at 11:30 a.m. at the Los Lunas Public Library, and at 11:30 a.m. at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane. There will be 120 trees available at each location, limit two per household. First come, first served.
HUNING RANCH will be holding a community-wide yard from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 565-8277.
FIRST CHOICE COMMUNITY Healthcare will be holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting at its new facility at 145 Don Pasqual in Los Lunas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be face painting, music, food and more.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3
A COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Presbyterian Medical Group, 609 Christopher Road in Belen. For information or to sign up, call Cindy Clark at 363-9665, or visit www.unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: Belen.
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THE BOSQUE FARMS PUBLIC LIBRARY is holding its annual fall book sale now through December 10. There is a large selection of books for children and adults, fiction and nonfiction. Cost is $2 for a plastic bag and $3 for a paper bag. For information, call 869-2227.
THE CITY OF BELEN is asking for all former Snow Queens and Princesses to participate in the 25th Annual Miracle on Main Street Electric Light Parade and Festival. If you were a Snow Queen or Princess, call Brenda at 966-2701.
THE CITY OF BELEN will be hosting its second annual Battle of the Bands competition on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Heart of Belen Plaza. There will be four judged categories, including rock, country/western, folk and Latin. The competition will be open to bands only. Solo artists are welcome to perform in between band performances. For information, call Brenda at 966-2701.
HABITS OF HEALTH free seminars meet at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Paseo de Peralta-Faithworks Boutique, N.M. 47 and Zamora Lane, in Peralta. The free seminars offer easy-to-learn strategies to accomplish one of the most important goals in life – optimal health. For information, call Beth at 715-3171, or email healthyconcepts@ymail.com.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Amateur Radio Association is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday. The club radios can be used by ham operators. The club often has events, work sessions and classes planned. Club members are present to answer questions, give tests for amateur licenses and provide help to hams and interested individuals. For information, call 859-2822.
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 from 5 to 8 p.m. on 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., 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 offers 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 offers 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 DANIEL FERNANDEZ Youth Center in Los Lunas offers Zumba classes at 5:15 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; and at 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Everyone is welcome to participate. The cost is $2 per person.
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.
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, SEPT. 22
THE RIO GRANDE FIRE DEPARTMENT is hosting a “50 cent taco night” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 108 Rio Communities Blvd. Two beef or chicken tacos, served with rice, beans and a beverage is $5 per person. Additional tacos are 50 cents each. All proceeds benefit volunteer fire and rescue personnel.
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A BANK ACCOUNT has been set up for a ramp van replacement fund for Julia Mosimann, a quadriplegic living in Rio Communities. The account is at MyBank under the name of “Van Replacement Fund.” The account number is 58014934.
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 No. 2499, 19513 N.M. 314 in Belen, holds bingo every Tuesday night, and is open to the public. Early Bird bingo starts at 6:45 p.m. with regular bingo starting at 7 p.m. Jackpot is progressive and pays up to $500. Proceeds will be applied to Elks charities.
LA MERCED MOOSE LODGE 2550, in Rio Communities, holds bingo at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday, and at 4:30 p.m. every Sunday. All proceeds go to Moose charities. It is open to the public.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Abundant Grace Free Store, located at 203 Rio Communities Blvd. (south of the Dollar General), is seeking volunteers to help sort donations, hang clothing, restock shelves and prepare the store for the days it is open. They need volunteers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for sorting, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to assist customers. If you are interested, call 359-8406, or Sallie at 250-9098.
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

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
VALENCIA COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING meets at 4 p.m. at the county administrative building.

ORGANIZATIONS

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS meets at 7 p.m. at the post home, 155 S. Fifth in Belen.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
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.
CUB SCOUT PACK 253 meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms. Boys ages 6-10 years old are invited. For information, call Ginger Eldridge at 869-8525.
EL JARDIN ENCANTO Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. at the the Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service, 404 Courthouse Road SE. For information, call Janelle at 565-8772 or Laura at 565-3002.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Padre Pio Council 10629 meet 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. If you are looking for high adventure, such as camping, canoeing or hiking, join in. For information, call Liz, 203-2069.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
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, SEPT. 22
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS Club meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
MONDAY, SEPT. 24
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call 803-2393 for information.
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, SEPT. 25
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.
GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10283 meets every Tuesday night. For information, call Sara Antal at 865-5526.