Noticias (11/14/12)

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ARTS

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14
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, NOV. 15
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 OF ART-Art Club is held from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Belen Public Library. Learn to paint and make your paintings come alive. The class is for students 14 and older. Students furnish 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.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY will be holding and after-school Adventure Hour for school-aged children, 7 to 11 year olds, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be music, stories and crafts.
A FREE MOVIE, “Brave,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16
THE VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Starlight Theater in Los Lunas. The VCCB gives the gift of live music to local civic and business organizations and private parties through charitable musical performances.
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.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 16-17
PERALTA MEMORIAL UNITED Methodist Church will be holding the 34th annual Crafty Ladies’ Bazaar. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Some of the items for available will be Christmas wreaths, swags, garlands, centerpieces, gift baskets and more. The United Methodist Men’s groups will be selling breakfast burritos and drinks. For information, call 865-9334.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 17-18
BOSQUE FARMS COMMUNITY Center will be hosting its annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Find a variety of handcrafted gifts. A local Girl Scouts troop will have breakfast goodies available. Papa Hank’s BBQ will be available Saturday for lunch and Roxy’s Bistro will be available Sunday for breakfast and lunch. For information, call 869-5133.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Chamber of Commerce is holding a Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Fred Luna Senior Center in  Los Lunas. For information, call Stephanie Flynn at 352-3596, or at vcchamber@loslunasnm.gov.
THE UNITED METHODIST Women will host their annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 75 Manzano Expressway. A soup lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop for baked goods, homemade gifts, country store items and white elephant treasures. There will also be a craft show. They will be taking orders for Christmas cookies.
SUNDANCE ELEMENTARY School will host its 2012 Holiday Shopper’s Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be crafts, gifts, food, music, performances and more.
ST. PHILIPS EPISCOPAL Church will be holding its holiday bake sale and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 113 La Luna Place in Rio Communities. There will be baked goods, homemade jelly, breads and rolls, holiday gifts, needlework, art, jewelry and handcrafted items. Door prizes will be given away every hour. All proceeds to go outreach.
SPIRITUALITY OF ART-Art Club is held from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Belen Public Library. Learn to paint and make your paintings come alive. The class is for students 14 and older. Students furnish 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.
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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
SOUTHWEST COUNTRY MUSICIANS will jam at 2 p.m. at the Duncan Memorial Building, 12 La Ladera in Los Lunas. Everyone is welcome to sing, play, dance or just listen. Bring your instruments and join in. For information, call 865-7985 or 249-6380.
MONDAY, NOV. 19
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.
FREE INTERMEDIATE LINE Dance lessons are being offered at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday. For information, call 869-5133.
ZIA SIT AND SEW groups meets at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. All forms of fiber arts are welcome. For information, call 869-5133.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20
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, NOV. 21
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.
FRIDAY, NOV. 23
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, NOV. 24
BELEN ART LEAGUE will hold an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. They will have cookies, hot cider and a new selection of affordable art gifts. The holiday art sale continues through Dec. 22.
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.
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.
SPIRITUALITY OF ART-Art Club is held from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Belen Public Library. Learn to paint and make your paintings come alive. The class is for students 14 and older. Students furnish 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, NOV. 26
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.
FREE INTERMEDIATE LINE Dance lessons are being offered at the Bosque Farms Community Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday. For information, call 869-5133.
TUESDAY, NOV. 27
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, NOV. 28
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.
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CHRIST THE KING Lutheran Church is looking for vendors for its Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 24. Spaces are available for $15. To reserve a table, call Barb Emblem at 977-0344, or Kaylan Orton at 315-6587.
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 VALENCIA COUNTY Community Band needs talented musicians to play percussion, wind or brass instruments and give the gift of live music to local civic, senior, businesses and arts events. Come play a variety of styles of music with a fun group of people. Dust off that instrument and get involved. Contact VCCB at the.vccb.nm@gmail.com, www.thevccbnm.org, or call 916-1050. Rehearsals are from 6 to 8 p.m., every Monday at the Bosque Farms Community Center, 950 N. Bosque Loop.

COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14
THE DWI PLANNING COUNCIL will meet at 1 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 3445 Lambros Loop, Los Lunas.
THURSDAY, NOV. 15
JOSE DOLORES CORDOVA Cultural Center Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m. at the center in Jarales.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
THE MEADOW LAKE Parks Area Association meets at 3 p.m. at the MLPAA property, at the end of Meadow Lake Road. Immediately following the meeting, there will be a bon fire, live guitar music, munchies, etc. Bring hot dogs, marshmellows, non-alcoholic drinks, chairs and share a good camp fire with friends. All are invited to attend. For information, call Jim at 865-9786.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
HISTORIC TOME-ADELINO Neighborhood Association meets at 5 p.m. at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center off N.M. 47.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. in the Valley Community Plaza multipurpose room and senior center in Rio Communities.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDUCATION

THURSDAY, NOV. 15
A SMALL BUSINESS Ownership workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 131 of the Academics Building at UNM-VC. Topics include business structure, records and tax deductions, vehicle expenses,and more. Leigh Van Gilst, a local CPA, will be the presenter. Call 925-8980 to register, or go to www.nmSBDC.org.
LOS LUNAS ELEMENTARY is holding a family bingo night at 5 p.m. Five rounds (three cards each round) costs $3. Win a Village Inn pie or your choice of gift certificate. A turkey bingo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. A free movie will be shown in the library for LLE students. Food and drinks will be sold.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16
VALENCIA ELEMENTARY School is hosting a barn dance and pie action from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a turkey bingo, face painting and music by a deejay. The cost is $5 for briquet and $3 for a hot dog plate. All proceed benefit Valencia Elementary School. The suggested entry free is one canned good or nonperishable food item per person.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
SUNDANCE ELEMENTARY School will host its 2012 Holiday Shopper’s Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be crafts, gifts, food, music, performances and more.

ETC.

THURSDAY, NOV. 15
THE NEW MEXICO Children, Youth and Families is holding a free foster parent orientation at 6 p.m. at the Los Lunas CYFD office, 475 Courthouse Road, Los Lunas.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
THE VILLAGE OF Los Lunas will be holding a recycling day from 8 a.m. to noon at the solid waste/senior citizen center yard located on Don Pasqual. For information, call 352-7658.
A FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER, hosted by the First Baptist Church of Belen, will be held at the Canyon Smokehouse, 925 S. Main St., in Belen. There will be three meal seating times available at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. Call 864-9621 to make reservations. Tickets will be available at the church office and must be reserved and picked up by Friday, Nov. 9, for admission to the dinner.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Chamber of Commerce will hold its networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Los Lunas Transportation Center, 751 Juan Perea Road. Cheryl Ryder, of the Business Women of Valencia County, will be the guest speaker. The cost is $10 per person. RSVP to the chamber office at 352-3596 or vccchamber@loslunasnm.gov.
THURSDAY, NOV. 22
A FREE THANKSGIVING meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Christian Center, 105 Avenida del Fuego, in Rio Communities. For information, and to RSVP, call 301-9148.
FRIDAY, NOV. 23
THE CITY OF BELEN will be hosting a clean-up project through Dec. 1. Residents may pick up free transfer station cards at the water department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The transfer station is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Construction material is not accepted. There will also be a roll-off container at Vivian Park.
SATURDAY, NOV. 24
THE CITY OF BELEN will be holding its 25th annual Miracle on Main Street Festival from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Heart of Belen Plaza. The electric light parade will be held at 6 p.m. The theme of the parade is “Silver Bells Ring in the Hub City.” There will also be a biscochito and pastelito contest. The city is also accepting parade entries. All entries must have lights on them and there is a $10 fee. Awards will be given to the best non-profit and business who use the theme. Applications can be picked up at the Belen Community Center or the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce. The city is also looking for vendors for the annual event. All spaces cost $50 for food and $25 for others. For more information, contact Brenda at 966-2701 or 977-9054.
THE GREATER BELEN Chamber of Commerce will be holding a membership appreciation open house from 5 to 8 p.m. at the chamber office, 712 Dalies Ave. There will be holiday treats, hot chocolate and coffee.
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THE VILLAGE OF Los Lunas is accepting applications for the annual Christmas Electric Light Parade to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Call Kathy Martinez at 352-3584, or Jeralyn Duran at 352-7661.
THE CITY OF BELEN is looking for individuals who want to compete for the 25th annual Miracle on Main Street Electric Light Parade and Festival Show Queen and Snow Princess contest. The princess is for individuals 12 and younger, and the queen is for individuals 13 and older. All contestants must choose a qualifying sponsor, which is usually a non-profit or charitable organization. The contestant who raises the most money will receive the crown on Saturday, Nov. 24. For information, call 966-2700.
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.
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 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 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 at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $3 per class. 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 and Thursday. Call 869-5133.
THE BELEN RECYCLING CENTER is open every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The center, located at 853 N. Main St., is open to all city and county residents. For information, call at 966-6571.

FUNDRAISERS

SATURDAY, NOV. 17
THE TOWN OF TOMÉ Land Grant is holding its biannual yard sale starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center off N.M. 47. Proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the town’s scholarship fund and general fund.
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THE BOSQUE FARMS Police Department is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots program. They will be accepting donations through Saturday, Dec. 15. Now toys can be dropped off at the police department, Lodi’s Beads or at Dollar General in Bosque Farms. If you would like to make a monetary donation, stop by the police department. For information, call 869-2358.
THE LOS LUNAS FIRE Department is asking for non-perishable foods for the holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at 465 E. Main St., in Los Lunas. For information, call Vivian Lujan at 866-2116.
EL RANCHITOS DE LOS NINOS is in need of a variety of items for the holiday season, including pasta, peanut butter, soups, diapers (size 4), canned vegetables, granola bars, toddler snacks, wipes, canned fruit, crackers, Ziplock bags and paper towels. You can drop of the donations at First American Bank, N.M. Bank and Trust, RAKS Building Supply and Back to the Basics.
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.
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.