Noticias (12/05/12)

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ARTS

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.
AN ANNUAL DEMO DAY will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tomé Art Gallery. A cross section of artists will demonstrate how to create art in their various specialties. Some of the demos are for observing and others are for your hands-on fun.
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.
••A FREE MOVIE, “Arthur Christmas,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
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
THE SCHOOL OF DREAMS Academy’s dance class will present “Tis the Season of Dance” at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Belen, 401 Becker Ave. Tickets for the event are $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students. Children under 6 are free.
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
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. 13
ANNMARIE AND BILL Pearson will present a poetry reading with a photograph slide show, and read from the mystery novel, “The Fetish Ruby,” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE.
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, “The Dark Knight Rises,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.

FRIDAY, DEC. 14
NICHOLAS OTERO will speak on the process of creating the illustrations and will show the original artwork from “How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico,” by Rudolfo Anaya, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE.
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.
NEW MEXICO SPECIAL ORCHESTRA plays at 6:30 p.m. at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park. For information, call Gair, 864-3749.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
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.
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.
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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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 16
HISTORIC TOME-ADELINO Neighborhood Association meets at 5 p.m. at the Thome Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center off N.M. 47.

EDUCATION

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.
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VALENCIA COUNTY LITERACY Council is offering two-day free tutor training courses in both basic literacy and English as a second language at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus on Saturday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 2, with an orientation prior to the training. To register, or for information, call Bob Bishop at 925-8935, or email bbishop@valencialiteracy.org.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

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.
FRIDAY, DEC. 14
THE MANSION PLAYERS Youth Theatre will perform at 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Belen.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
MARIACHI HOLIDAY CONCERT will be held at 7 p.m. in the Los Lunas High School auditorium. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. Reserved seating is available. For information, call Pedro Rael at 865-6811.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Senior Singles Christmas party potluck and white elephant gift exchange will be held at 6 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center. For information, call 977-5070.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Toys for Tots from Cops distribution at the Valencia County administration building, 444 Luna Ave. in Los Lunas, from 1 to 4 p.m. Santa will give gifts to all registered children. Walgreens will take pictures of each child with Santa. Walgeens will also give free flu shots that day to children and adults. New York Life will be on site to administer child fingerprint kits and personal photo IDs.
SUNDAY, DEC. 16
PERALTA MEMORIAL UNITED Methodist Church’s adult Choir Christmas Cantata “All is Well” will be featured at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services.
ABEYTAS FIRE DEPARTMENT will be collecting Toys for Tots from noon to 4 p.m. at the Belen Walmart. They are collecting unwrapped toys, new clothes and gift cards for needy families in both Valencia and Socorro counties.
TUESDAY, DEC. 18
THE BELEN SENIOR Center will have a dance with Los Alegres de Belen performing from 10 a.m. to noon, and a traditional Christmas meal will be served.
LA GRAN PASTORELA de Belen will perform at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Diego Mission in Meadow Lake.
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VALENCIA SHELTER SERVICES is now accepting tamales and biscochito orders for the holidays. All sales will directly support its clients. Tamales are $13 per dozen, and biscochitos are $4 per dozen. To place an order, call 565-3100, or email juliets@valenciashelterservices.org.
••THE LOS LUNAS HIGH SCHOOL Baseball Boosters are selling luminarias for $10 a dozen. Pickup dates are Saturday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 22. For information, call Lynda at 459-2113, or email LLHSbaseball@yahoo.com.
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 off 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.

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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
THE GREATER BELEN Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Belen, 75 Manzano Expressway. The cost is $14 per person, which includes a full holiday dinner. The special guest speaker will be Steven Tomita, the city of Belen’s planning and zoning director.
FRIDAY, DEC. 7
A FREE SEASONAL FLU shot clinic, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the New Mexico Department of Health, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 3447 Lambros Loop, in Los Lunas.
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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13
A FOSTER PARENT ORIENTATION will be held at 6 p.m. at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane, in Belen, to learn about foster parenting opportunities with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. For information, call Doug Black at 841-7890.
TUESDAY, DEC. 18
RURAL BOOKMOBILE WEST will be at the Cristo Rey Church from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and at the Veguita Volunteer Fire Department from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20
A FOOD FOR LIFE Diabetes and Weight Loss Workshop will be help at 6 p.m. at The Porch, 515 Reinken Ave. The free workshop is sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health organization. Information will be provided in both English and Spanish.
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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.
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 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. For information, 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 Herman Madrid at 966-6571.
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, 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.
CONTINUING
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.

ORGANIZATIONS

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
VALENCIA COUNTY BREASTFEEDING Task Force meet at 10 a.m. at Your Play Cafe, 1400 Main St. NW, Suite H in Los Lunas. For information, call 864-7743.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Belen Council 2673 meet at 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 121 S. Ninth Street in Belen.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Padre Pio Council 10629 meets 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, DEC. 7
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, DEC. 8
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF Dowsers Los Lunas Chapter meets at 1 p.m. at the Los Lunas Transportation Center. The guest speaker will be Kimberlee Johnson on “My Amazon Adventure.” The cost is a $5 donation. First timers and children are free. Learn to dowse. The public is welcome. For information, call 565-1784.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Association of Educational Retirees will meet at the home of Lorraine Sandoval in Abeytas at 11 a.m.
VALENCIA COUNTY CHESS Club meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Belen Public Library.
BLUE STAR MOTHERS of Valencia County meets at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms. For information, call 217-1806.
SECUNDINO BALDONADO American Legion Post meets at 1 p.m. on Baca Avenue in Belen. For information, call 864-6709 or 865-1298.
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS in Belen holds a monthly breakfast, including eggs, toast, chile, pancakes, coffee and juices, at 8 a.m. to noon. The cost will be $6 per person, children 10 and under are free. The Knights ask attendees to bring canned goods and nonperishable items for food baskets to be distributed to local needy families.
MONDAY, DEC. 10
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.
LAS ESTRELLITAS EASTERN STAR meets at 7 p.m. at Tenth and Chavez in Belen.
TUESDAY, DEC. 11
BUSINESS WOMEN OF VALENCIA COUNTY meets at 7:30 a.m. at  Henrietta’s in Los Lunas. Call 866-5284.
ZEN MEDITATION GROUP meets at noon every Tuesday  at the Lotus Center, 1501 E. River Road in Belen. Call 803-2393 for information.
WEIGHT WATCHERS meets at the Belen Multipurpose Center, 200 Eagle Lane, in Belen. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Frances at 565-0262.
CUB SCOUT PACK 360 all dens meets at 6:30 p.m. at Tomé-Adelino Fire Station. For information, call Katy, 565-0088.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 111 meets every Tuesday night. For information, call Gary Antal at 865-5526 or Jay and Janice Smith at 869-4318.
RIO GRANDE MULE AND DONKEY ASSOCIATION meet at 6:30 p.m. at El Serape in Los Lunas. Anyone interested in trail rides, driving mules or donkeys is invited. For information, see rgmda.com or call 861-5129.