Noticias (11/17/12)

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ARTS

SATURDAY, NOV. 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 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.
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.
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 in Los Lunas 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. PHILIP’S 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.
A PRESENTATION AND book signing for Ray John de Aragon’s new book, “Hidden History of Spanish New Mexico,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE.
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.
PLUMB ADEQUATE BAND will perform from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. A $3 donation will be collected at the door. For information, call 869-5133.
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.
CHRIST THE KING Lutheran Church will be holding its Christmas Craft Fair. To reserve a table, call Barb Emblem at 977-0344, or Kaylan Orton at 315-6587.
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.
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A CASTING CALL is going out for all ages to volunteer your time and talent for the 14th annual Passion Play. The group is in need of cast members and crew to continue the traditional play to be performed during the spring of 2013. For information, call 864-1925. Rehearsals start in January.
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

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.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ  de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDUCATION

SATURDAY, NOV. 17
SUNDANCE ELEMENTARY School in Los Lunas 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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1
LOS LUNAS MIDDLE School will be holding an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables will not be provided, so bring your own. The cost is $25 per space. Santa Claus will be available for pictures. This event is sponsored by the Renaissance program and all proceeds will benefit the students at Los Lunas Middle School. For information, call Cathy Jojola at 865-7283.
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LOS LUNAS FAMILY SCHOOL is currently accepting students for the 2012-13 school year. Los Lunas Middle School is home to seventh- and eighth-grade students and Katherine Gallegos Elementary is home to first- sixth-grade students. Students participate for 2 1/2 days in public school instruction in language arts and math while the other  2 1/2 days students are home schooled in science and social studies. If interested in this program, contact LLMS at 865-7273, or KGE at 865-6223, or by email at jbaca@llschools.net.
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.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

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 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.
THE 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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 25
LA GRAN PASTORELA de Belen will perform at 3 p.m. at the Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1
THE LOS LUNAS Christmas Electric Light Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street from the Valencia “Y” to Don Pasqual Road.
LA GRAN PASTORELA de Belen will perform at 6 p.m. at the Harvey House Museum in Belen.
THE BOSQUE FARMS Elementary School Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria and gym. There will be a food vendor, a gift-wrapping table, and many vendors with crafts such as painting, needle crafts, candles, coffee, snacks, jewelry, and other holiday gift items.
THE BOSQUE FARMS Fiber Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. There will be a fiber arts show and sale from different guilds. Admission is free. For information, call Mary Curik at 379-4534.
PERALTA UNITED MEMORIAL Methodist Church invites the community to the Nativity Walk in the auditorium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A large variety of Nativity scenes will be on display, from thimble size to large lawn size, many from other countries. Activities for the children and refreshments for everyone will be available. The event is free.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 1-2
THE BELEN MOOSE Lodge 1680, located on N.M. 314, will be holding its arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. There will be a variety of arts and crafts and food.
THE MANSION PLAYERS Youth Theatre Christmas will perform a matinee at the Belen Public Library on Saturday, and a matinee at the Light of the World Church. (More information can be found at the Mansion Players website, www.mansionplayers.org, or on the Mansion Players Youth Theatre’s Facebook page)
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
LA GRAN PASTORELA de Belen will perform at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
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THE ORGANIZERS OF the Festival of Trees at the Harvey House Museum in Belen are seeking gently used trees, ornaments and strings of lights to expand the display. Donations can be dropped off at Hair Innovations, 403 S. Main St., Belen.
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.
THE 13TH JUDICIAL District Attorney’s office is holding its annual sock drive through Friday, Dec. 14. Drop off warm clothing for all ages, including socks, gloves, hats, coats, as well as hygiene items, such as travel-size lotion, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste at the DA’s office, 101 S. Main St., Suite 201, in Belen. For information, call Deon Rains, or Britteny Echols at 861-0311.
LADYHAWK FEED AND SUPPLY in Belen is once again preparing for its annual Valencia County Christmas Dinner. Donated items needed include toys, meals and monetary help. To donate, or for information, call Yvonne Maushund at 864-3336.

ETC.

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.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Older American Program will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal at all the senior centers at noon. The Belen Senior Center will hold a dance with Los Alegres de Belen performing at 10 a.m.
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, DEC. 1
THE 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.
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 861-0090.
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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.
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.