Noticias (12/01/12)

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ARTS

SATURDAY, DEC. 1
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.
RIO GRANDE VALENCIA POETS, a chapter of the New Mexico Poetry Society, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. Visitors are welcome; bring poems. For information, call Annmarie, 865-5605, or G. Forest at 864-0837.
TOMẾ ART GALLERY holds kids pottery classes for ages 6 to 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. every Saturday. The cost is $7.50, including materials and firings. For information, call 565-0556.
MONDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 3-8
DUNCAN STUDIOS will be holding Christmas gift making art classes for children. They will be making shrink dink ornaments and jewelry. Clay ornaments will be made all month long. For times and costs, go to Duncan Studio’s Facebook page, or call Terry Duncan at 866-6076.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
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.
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, DEC. 4
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
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, DEC. 6
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.
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.
FRIDAY, DEC. 7
THE LOST HOWLIN’ COYOTES will play from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center, 950 N. Bosque Loop.
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.
CASA MANZANA will be holding a crafts fair and flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, 703 Don Pasqual. For information, call Susan Frost at 865-1408, ext. 10. The event is free.
SOUTHWEST COUNTRY MUSICIANS will 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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
A GRAND OPENING FOR “Good Morning New Mexico,” featuring art by Georgie Sichler Bemis, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. The show will be held through Monday, Dec. 31. As part of their New Mexico Centennial celebration, the show will include paintings of all 33 counties in New Mexico. Georgie will give a presentation on her paintings as well as her Sichler family roots in Los Lunas.
SCHOOL OF DREAMS ACADEMY will be holding an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
TOMẾ ART GALLERY holds kids pottery classes for ages 6 to 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. every Saturday. The cost is $7.50, including materials and firings. For information, call 565-0556.
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
TOMẾ ART GALLERY will hold a tin luminaria workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20. All materials are provided. Bring a small hammer. For information, call the gallery at 565-0556.
MONDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 10-15
DUNCAN STUDIOS will be holding Christmas gift making art classes for children. They will be making special boxes. Clay ornaments will be made all month long. For times and costs, go to Duncan Studio’s Facebook page, or call Terry Duncan at 866-6076.
MONDAY, DEC. 10
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, DEC. 11
RIO GRANDE ELEMENTARY School in Belen will hold an winter art sale and expo in the school’s cafeteria and gym from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
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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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 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.
SOUTHWEST COUNTRY Musicians is a small group, looking to expand. Their format is generally country and gospel, but any musician or singer is welcome to attend. 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.

COMMUNITY

TUESDAY, DEC. 4
RIO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. in the Valley Community Plaza multipurpose room and senior center in Rio Communities.
LA ASOCIACION DE LA Comunidad de San Clemente is having its Christmas cookie social for community members at 7 p.m. at 430 W. N.M. 6 in San Clemente. Bring your favorite Christmas cookies and enjoy an evening filled with food, fun and friends. For information, call Virginia at 866-5066.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
THE THOME DOMINGUEZ de Mendoza  Museum off N.M. 47 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
TUESDAY, DEC. 11
THE EL CERRO Community Association meets at 7 p.m. at the El Cerro Community Center. For information, call June McClellan at 720-6002.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
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.

EDUCATION

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.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
BELEN HIGH SCHOOL will be hosting a college connection night for seniors and their parents at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
TUESDAY, DEC. 11
RIO GRANDE ELEMENTARY School in Belen will hold a winter art sale and expo in the school’s cafeteria and gym from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

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 will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Belen Public Library, and at 2 p.m. at the Light of the World Church on Sunday.
BOSQUE FARMS RODEO Association will be holding its annual Country Christmas Bazaar at the Cowboy Hall, 1040 Arena Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call Lori Cordova at 869-1122.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
LA GRAN PASTORELA de Belen will perform at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY, DEC. 6-7
THE MANSION PLAYERS Youth Theatre will perform at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Belen Moose Lodge, and at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Belen Christian Church.
FRIDAY, DEC. 7
THE LOS LUNAS Cops and Kids Winter Dance will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center. There will be music provided by G&A Mobile DJ Service, dancing for all ages and refreshments will be served. Santa Claus will the special guest. Organizers will be accepting two-can/nonperishable food donations. Children must be present to receive a gift and all children must be accompanied by a parent.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 8-9
THE MANSION PLAYERS Youth Theatre will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the  Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Valley Lutheran Church.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
SANTA IN PARK will be at the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center, 1103 N.M. 47, at 6 p.m. Children should bring their list to share with Santa and Mrs. Claus. They will receive a free candy-filled stocking. The event is free to the public, courtesy of the village of Los Lunas Parks and Recreation and Streets Department.
LA GRAN PASTORELA de Belen will perform at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé.
THE SCHOOL OF DREAMS Academy Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
THE FESTIVAL OF TREES will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harvey House Museum in Belen. The festival is free to the public, and anyone can come in for a look during regular museum hours, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
A COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. The Valencia County Community Band and the Joyful Noise Bell Choir will perform. Amy Thoms, a soloist, will share her Christmas selections.
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
PERALTA MEMORIAL UNITED Methodist Church’s Children’s Christmas program “A Christmas Carol — contemporary style” will be presented in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

ETC.

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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
A BELEN 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 at 363-9665, or visit www.unitedbloodservice.org, and enter sponsor code: Belen.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
THE DITCH BANK BANDITS and Los Lunas Open Space will be holding a kids fishing derby at the River Park in Los Lunas beginning at 8 a.m. The derby is free of charge, and there will be food, drinks and prizes. There will be a fish fry as well. They will also hold classes on how to set up and fish the ditches.
WHITFIELD WILDLIFE Conservation Area will celebrate is third birthday with a party from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be cake and ice cream, and a talk, beginning at 11 a.m., given by Howard and Heidi Snell on the wildlife of the Galapogos Islands. There is no charge for this event, however donations are always appreciated. For information, call 864-8914.
TUESDAY, DEC. 11
A COMMUNITY BLOOD Drive, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Lunas, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center on Lambros Loop in Los Lunas. Drop ins are welcome, or call Pete or Jan Smargon at 565-0284, to make an appointment of for information.
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PEREZ FIGHTING SYSTEMS Fight Club meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Perez Fighting Systems. The free class is for students 5 to 18 years old. Visitors are welcome. There is also classes for adults. For information, call Ashley or Annabelle at 864-8890 or 720-1674.
THE BOSQUE FARMS Historical Exchange Forum is attempting to locate men and women who were members of the Eastern Valencia County Citizens Patrol from 1971 to 1979. Any former members wishing to participate in an EVCCP reunion, call Bob Courtney at 459-3136. They are also interested in obtaining additional EVCCP-related photographs, 1972 roster and other memorabilia.
THE BOSQUE FARMS Public Library is holding its annual fall book sale now through December 1. 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.
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.

FUNDRAISERS

SATURDAY, DEC. 8
A SPAGHETTI DINNER will be held for Profirio Lopez, who has been diagnosed with meningioma, a tumor that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Belen Community Center.
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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., is seeking 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. Call 359-8406.

GOVERNMENT

MONDAY, DEC. 3
BELEN CITY COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at city hall.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION meets at 9:30 a.m. at the county administrative building.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
LOS LUNAS VILLAGE COUNCIL meets at 6 p.m. at village hall.

ORGANIZATIONS

SATURDAY, DEC. 1
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS Club meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
RETIRED ALBUQUERQUE POLICE Department officers meet at 10 a.m. at Sopa’s in Bosque Farms. Call 865-6761 or 869-3348.
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS and its auxiliary meet at 10 a.m. at the Belen Masonic Lodge.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call 803-2393 for information.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
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.
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday of the month at the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call Robert at 573-9864 for information.
ORDER OF EASTERN STAR meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Belen Masonic Lodge.
VALENCIA COUNTY COMMUNITY Expo Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Valencia County Extension office in Los Lunas. If you would like to be involved, email Tabatha Chavez chavezmommyof3@aol.com.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4
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.