Noticias (12/08/12)

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ARTS

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.
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
NICOLAS 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

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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20
JOSE DOLORES CORDOVA Cultural Center Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m. at the center in Jarales.

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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13
A TASTE OF VALENCIA will be held at 4:45 p.m., with a drama production at 5 p.m. at Valencia High School; a photography presentation at 5:45 p.m., a pottery display at 6 p.m. and concert band and jazz band performance at 7 p.m. Delicacies to be catered through the evening. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support culinary arts.
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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

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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13
SANTA CLAUS will visit the Los Lunas Library at 3 p.m. A musical performance by Andy Mason will be held at 4:30 p.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.
MONDAY, DEC. 17
THE THIRD ANNUAL Winter Concert at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus will be held at 7 p.m. at the Student-Community Center. The New MexiChords Men’s Barbershop Chorus and the UNM-VC Chorus will sing an ensemble of both sacred and secular holiday music. Tickets are $10, with proceeds to benefit the student scholarship fund for UNM-VC students. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Children under 6 are free. Refreshments will be served. For tickets of information, call 925-8550.
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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20
THE DEL RIO SENIOR Center will have a dance with Aguila performing from 10 a.m. to noon, and a traditional Christmas meal will be served.
MONDAY, DEC. 24
A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS Eve service will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, with traditional Christmas music, message and celebration of Holy Communion.
THE BELEN CENTER for Spiritual Living presents a Christmas Eve Taize Service, a time for prayer, music and meditation. The service will be held Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. The center is located at 2295-C N.M. 304, in Rio Communities. For information, visit www.belencsl.org, or call 861-5774.
THE 18TH ANNUAL Valencia County Christmas Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1000 W. Chavez and 10th Street in Belen. Ladyhawk Feed and Supply in Belen is once again preparing for the annual dinner. Donated items needed include toys, meals and monetary help. To donate, or for information, call Yvonne Maushund at 864-3336.
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A WINTER LIGHT Labyrinth is held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at the Center for Ageless Living, 3216 N.M. 47. The free event also includes S’mores on Thursdays and Fridays.
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Amateur Radio Association is hosting its annual “Christmas in Bethlehem,” from Tuesday, Dec. 18, through Monday, Dec. 24. Hams will be using the club station, KC5OUR to send Christmas greetings around the world. The station is located at 302 Rio Communities Blvd., upstairs in the back of the building, just north of MyBank. For information, call Ralph at 821-7636.
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 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.

ETC.

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.
CRUSIN’ SOUTH ROUTE 66 will hold a toy cruise to benefit the Bosque Farms Police Department. Officers will give them out to needy children in the Bosque Farms area. The cruise will begin at the Wells Fargo Bank in Bosque Farms at 1 p.m. Snack and drinks will be served.
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. Call 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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19
THE VALENCIA COUNTY Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wecks Restaurant, 3463 Main St. The guest speaker will be Darin Miller, architect for the Los Lunas Hospital. The cost is $10 per person. RSVP to the chamber office at 352-3596.
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.

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.