Summer Swimming


Belen High School Outdoor Swimming Pool and Natatorium

Belen High School, 1619 W Delgado Ave, Belen; 966-1338

Summer 2019 hours begin Tuesday, May 28

Pool hours

(seven days per week)

First session: 12:30-3 p.m.

Second session: 3:15-5:45 p.m.

Third session: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Lap swimming: Everyone, 6 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday; adults only and swim team, indoor, 6-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday

Friday night swim under the stars: 9-11 p.m. (includes music)

Pool prices

5 years old and under, spectators: $1

6-12 years old, senior citizens: $2

13-18 years old: $3

Adults: $4

30-day passes (good for one session per day)

5 years old and under: $15

6-12 years old, senior citizens: $30

13-18 years old: $50

Adults: $65

Couple prices also available

Family (four members, add $15 for each additional member: $90

Adult only, 10-visit punch card: $35

Annual passes also available

Swim Lessons

Registration is ongoing between 9-11 a.m. beginning Tuesday, May 28. The cost is $30 per student

Session 1: June 3-13

Session 2: June 17-27

Session 3: July 1-11

Session 4: July 15-25 (No lessons on July 4. Make-up day on July 5)

Lesson times

9:30-10 a.m.: Advanced/Intermediate

10-10:30 a.m.: Beginner

10:30-11 a.m.: Beginner

11-11:30 a.m.: Beginner

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Parent/Tot (1-4 years old)

*All beginners must be at least 5 years old

Water aerobics

9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Summer Recreation Programs


City of Belen

The city of Belen is currently registering participants for its annual Summer Recreation Program, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 3-21 for the first session; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 8-26 for the second session. The cost is $75 per session.

Each participant will be served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

Some of the activities include ping pong, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, board games, corn hole, volleyball, dancing and more.

Participants will also be able to go on a variety of field trips, including to the Albuquerque Zoo, Explora, Wet and Wild Day, Gravity Park, Natural history Museum and Dynamax Theater, movies in Los Lunas, Cliff’s Amusement Park and swimming at the Belen High School Pool.

The field trip cost is separate and is not included in the registration fee.

Those participating in the swim days and Wet and Wild should bring the required swimming apparel for the pool, as well as a backpack, water bottle, sunblock and mosquito repellent.

Village of Los Lunas

The village of Los Lunas is currently taking registrations for its Summer Recreation Program. To register your child or children, visit

The program will be offered in two sessions, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 3-20, and July 8-25, at the Daniel Fernandez Recreation Center in Los Lunas.

Registrants must provide proof of age to register, such as a birth certificate or report card.

Some of the activities include sporting events, such as dodgeball, kickball, volleyball and basketball. Participants will also be able to do arts and crafts.

Some of the field trips planned for this summer will be going to the Albuquerque Zoo, Cliff’s Amusement Park, Cool Springs (trampoline park), Wild West Nature Park, movies in Los Lunas, swimming at the Belen pool, and a trip to Dion’s.

The cost is $45 per session, per child and accepting the first 300 children registered.

The Los Lunas Parks and Recreation is also offering before care, from 7-9 a.m., and after care, from 3-5 p.m. This costs $60 per session and is only available to the first 50 children.

For more information, call 839-3845.

Los Lunas Outdoor Adventure

The village’s Open Space department is once again offering its Outdoor Adventures for children ages 8-12 from 8 a.m. to noon, July 29 through Aug. 2, at Los Lunas River Park. Activities, which take place outdoors, will include a rock wall, archery, BB gun shooting, fishing, hiking and a four-wheeling class.

The cost is $45 for the week.

To register your child or children, visit For more information, call 839-3845.

Village of Bosque Farms

The village of Bosque Farms will host its Summer Recreation Program and welcomes all children ages 6-16 to participate in the program.

Registration for the Bosque Farms Summer Recreation Program is held on the first day of the program, Monday, June 3. The program, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bosque Farms Community Center, 950 N. Bosque Loop, will be held Monday through Friday until Friday, July 26. Parents can sign-up on June 3 or anytime during the program.

The program will be closed for the Fourth of July.

Field trips will include walking trips to the Cowboy Camelids Alpaca Ranch, the Bosque Farms Public Library, McDonald’s as well as other fun activities.

There will be sports activities at the Bosque Farms playing fields and playground. Participants will also be gardening and having fun with science activities, arts and crafts, puzzles and board games.

For details, call the village office at 869-2357.

Town of Peralta

Peralta summer activities will start in June and consist of free movie passes to Mitchell’s Starlight Theater in Los Lunas. For information, call the Peralta Town Hall at 869-2050.

Summer Library Programs

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Belen Public Library

333 Becker Ave.


Children’s Summer Reading Program

“A Universe of Stories”

Registration is required

Events are at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the library’s public lecture hall.

• Christine Carter from the ICAN program

• Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, New Mexico Humanities Council

• Wonders on Wheels Mobile Museum

• Dr. Misty Carter, “Phases of the Moon”

• Movie “Peter Pan”

• Annual water day with Belen Fire Department

• Last Day Party and drawing to win prizes

Teen Summer Reading Program

Registration is required

Events are at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the teen room or public lecture hall.

• Dance Dance!

• Guitar Hero

• Christine Carter from the ICAN program

• Alison Martin, Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Center

• Oreo tasting

• Kate Kuligowski, author of “Let’s Git Outta Here,” a book about the Valencia County Animal Shelter

• Movie “Wonder Woman”

• Last Day Prize Party

Adult Summer Reading Program

Registration is required

• Monday, June 3-Wednesday, July 31: Trivia question challenges about authors and books

• 2-4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2: Croak and Dagger, a special mystery author event in the public lecture hall

Belen Harvey House Museum

104 N. First St.


• 2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 30: Belen Historic Tour, with local historian Jim Sloan, $10. Registration is required, and opens Wednesday, June 19.

• 12-4 p.m., Saturday, July 20: Summer picnic at the museum with Tin Lizzy Car Club

Books on Becker

513 Becker Ave.


Books on Becker, the second-hand bookstore run by the Belen Friends of the Library, is planning a reading program for children in kindergarten through third grade.

From 11 a.m.-12 p.m., starting Saturday, June 15, Summertime Stories will be held every Saturday until school starts.

Initially, two Books on Becker volunteers will read stories, and there will be several visiting readers during the summer, including Belen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, Belen Fire Chief Bret Ruff, volunteers Merita Wilson and Kathy Jaramillo, city of Belen Community Services Director Brian McBain and Valencia County News-Bulletin Editor Clara Garcia, Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce Director Rhona Espinoza.

Bosque Farms Public Library

1455 W. Bosque Farms Loop


Tuesday, May 28: Summer Reading Program registration begins.

All registered participants will be entered in a reading contest. There are prizes for the top readers and a drawing for prizes as well.

Repeating events:

• 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, and June 19: Board game days for all ages

• 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6, June 13 and June 27: Crafts for all ages

• 1:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, and June 26, and Tuesday, July 2: Lego play

Movies: 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays

• June 4: “Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom”

• June 11: “Hidden Figures”

• June 18: “Bumblebee”

• 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20: Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area traveling truck presentation

• 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 25: Indiana Bones Storyteller

• Saturday, July 6: Last day to turn in reading logs

• 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 10: STEM program with Whitfield Wildlife Conservation area

• 10:30 a.m., Thursday July 11, and Friday, July 12: STEM program

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, July 15: Color page art

• 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 16: Exotics of the Rainforest

Los Lunas Public Library

460 Main St., NE


Summer Reading 2019

“A Universe of Stories”

Tuesday, June 4-Friday, Aug. 2

Programs for all ages at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays-Fridays. Programs for teens at 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays

Repeating events:

• 2:30-4:30, every Friday, June 7-Aug. 2: play Xbox and Wii video games

• 2:30-3:30 p.m., every Wednesday, June 12-Aug. 1: Teen Filmmaking Class — create a short film using the theme “A Universe of Stories” to submit to a national library contest in August. Prior enrollment is required.

Lego Club: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays

• June 4: Recreate the Moon landing

• June 18 You’re a space explorer who builds your discovery

• July 2: Create inventions to survive an ice world

• July 16: Build a telescope to explore the universe

Movies: 4:30-6:45 p.m., Tuesdays

• June 11: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

• July 23: “Mars Needs Moms”

• July 30: “Treasure Planet”

Teen Crafts: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays

• June 13: Exploding books

• June 20: Duct tape creations

• July 11: Stained class votive holders

• July 25: Make a T-shirt tote bag (Bring your own old T-shirt)

Teen Activities: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays

• June 27 and Aug. 1: Minute-to-Win-It, complete challenges in under a minute

• July 18: Play fun party games together by connecting via smartphone


• 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, June 5: Kick-off Party

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6: A Little Science “Constellations”

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, June 7: Marvelous Moon

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 12: Opera Unlimited: 3 Billy Goats Gruff

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13: Hop, Froggy, Hop!

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, June 14: STEM Problem Solving

• 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesday, June 18: Wonders on Wheels Mobile Museum

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 19: Eye in the Sky

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20: ICAN Nutritional Program

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, June 21: Space Explorers!

• 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, June 25: Health in Space

• 6-6:45 p.m.: Rocky Mountain Puppets

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 26: Exotics of the Rainforest

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 27: Book Bingo

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, June 28: Mars Explorers


• 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, July 3: Curious Chris

• 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 5: STEM Problem Solving

• 4:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, July 9: Space Sorting Activity

• 5-6 p.m.: Dog Stars!

• 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, July 10: Animal Adaptations

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 11: Timmy Telescope

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, July 12: Ice Worlds

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 17: Colorful Chemistry

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 18: Kamishibai Storytelling

• 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 19: Storytelling for All Seasons

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 24: Andy Mason

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 25: Jordan Wax

• 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, July 26: Planetarium at the Los Lunas Transportation Center

• 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, July 31: It’s Not Magic, It’s Science


• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 1: Bricks 4 Kids

• Reading logs due: Friday, Aug. 2

• 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2: Very Large Array Tour — travel by bus to the Very Large Array for a private tour and exploring the grounds. Limited to 30 participants. Advanced sign-ups required. Bring a sack lunch. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult


Summer Meals


Meals will be served Monday through Friday. No meals will be served on July 4 and 5 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

All meals must be eaten on site.

Belen Consolidated Schools Summer Meal Sites

For more information, call 966-1714.

Monday, June 10 - Friday, Aug. 2

Breakfast and lunch

8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Belen High School, Belen Middle School, Dennis Chavez Elementary School, HT Jaramillo Elementary School


4:30-6:30 p.m.: St. Mary’s Catholic School cafeteria

Monday, June 10 - Friday, July 26


11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Anna Becker Park and Willie Chavez Park

Los Lunas Schools Summer Meal Sites

For more information, call 866-2490.

Tuesday, May 28 - Friday, July 26

Breakfast and lunch

7-8 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Los Lunas High School, Century High School and Desert View Elementary School


11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Main Street Memorial Park, Riverside Park, Peralta Elementary School and El Cerro Community Center and Daniel Fernandez Park

Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday, July 18

Breakfast and lunch

8-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Los Lunas Elementary

Summer Sports Camps

little kids couple playing basketball characters


Los Lunas Tigers Youth Football Camp

Los Lunas Tigers will host a football camp at the LLHS Football Field from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 18. The camp is for kids ages 6-12, and is sponsored by LLHS Tiger Football Booster Club. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per child (cash or check only).

Belen Eagles Youth Football Camp

Belen High School will host a youth football camp on Friday, July 12. Cost is $40 per camper. Visit for more information.

Valencia Jaguar Youth Football Camp

Valencia High School will host a football camp this summer at a date TBA. Visit for more information.


Valencia Jaguars Youth Basketball Camp

Valencia High School will host a youth basketball camp for boys and girls in grades K-8 at the VHS gym on June 4-5. Each camper will be provided a basketball to keep and will receive instructions from Jaguar coaches and players.

Cost is $40 per child, and $10 for additional siblings. For more information, contact Coach Mattox at 288-8113 or Coach Medina at 350-7633.

Belen High School Boys’ Basketball Youth Camp

Belen will host a youth camp for boys and girls in grades 2-8. The camp will be held at the Belen High School gym from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., June 11-13. Camp features include a camp T-shirt, a basketball to keep, drills, competitions, scrimmages and instruction from coaching staff and players.

Registration and pay can be done online through the Belen Eagle Boys Basketball Facebook page. Cost is $50 per camper. There will be a $5 discount if multiple campers are registered.

Los Lunas High Summer Basketball Camp

A basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 3-8 will be held at the LLHS main and auxillary gyms from 1-4 p.m., June 25-27. Features will include instructions on fundamentals from coaches and players, competitive games and a T-shirt.

Cost is $40 before June 14. Walk-up registration is $50 per camper. Make checks and money orders payable to Los Lunas Boys Basketball Booster Club.


Jaguar Summer Junior Team Tennis

Valencia High School will host junior team tennis season for kids ages 5-18 who are attending VHS or a VHS feeder school. Practice starts on Thursday, May 28, and the season will run through mid-July.

For more information, contact Matt Castillo at 450-4615 or Jennifer Castillo 720-0402.

Junior Tigers

Los Lunas will host summer tennis clinics for boys and girls grades 5-8. Features include a program T-shirt and 10 hours of instruction over the course of two weeks. There is a limit of eight players per session, and half of all proceeds will go to the Los Lunas High School tennis program.

Cost is $40 per two-week session. Multiple sessions will be held throughout the summer. For information, contact Mike Velasquez at 238-6245.


Little Eagle Volleyball Camp

Belen High School’s volleyball team will host The Little Eagle Volleyball Camp June 18-20 at Belen’s gym for children in grades K-8. Camp features include instruction from staff and players, drills, lunch and a camp T-shirt.

Registration will be held from 9-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, but pre-registration can be done through mail before Friday, June 14. Cost is $30 pre-registered and $40 at door. A $5 discount will be given to siblings in the same household.

Contact Coach Montano, 37 Vista Alegre, Belen, N.M., 87002

The village of Los Lunas Youth Volleyball

For summer youth volleyball in Los Lunas, kids ages 8-13 can compete in either a competitve league or a fundamental league. Games will be held on Saturdays in June and July. Games will begin on June 22. Cost is $30 per camper. Visit for more information.


VHS Girls Soccer Skills Camp

The Valencia High School girls soccer team will host a camp for girls grades 8-12 from June 24-28 on the VHS soccer fields. The camp will be run by Laney Kolek, the head coach for Albuquerque Academy’s boys soccer coach. Cost is $60 per camper.


Tierra Del Sol Golf Camp

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course in Rio Communities will host a youth golf camp. Visit, or call 864-1000 for more information.

Summer Programs & Activities

Outdoors Adventures Youth Camp


Outdoors Adventures Youth Camp, sponsored by the NMSU Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service, is three days of exploration and discovery right here in Valencia County. Youth will disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and the outdoors by exploring the bosque and Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, learning about wildlife, bugs, plant life and the ever important Rio Grande.

Youth will discover the history, heritage and life-sustaining importance of the river we are so fortunate to have running through our community. Youth will also climb and explore Tomé Hill, discover how it came to be in our majestic valley, the historical importance to our community and what plants and animals live there.

Outdoors Adventures, for ages 10-14, will be held from 8:30-11 a.m., June 17, 19 and 21.

To sign up for the program, call 565-3002.

Food Camp for Kids


With Food Camp for Kids, sponsored by the NMSU Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service, children will discover the source of our food from farm to plate.

Food Camp for Kids is focused on helping youth discover the benefits of agriculture and reconnecting to our sources of our food.

The camp will be six days of discovery through field trips to farms and dairies, talking with farmers and ranchers, the very ones growing or raising our food. Children will also learn recipes to prepare, making grocery lists, going shopping and cooking meals utilizing the agricultural products you’ve just seen growing in a field.

They will also learn to set a table, meal time etiquette, food and kitchen safety, how to read a recipe and how to measure ingredients.

The camp concludes with a final presentation to family and friends about their camp experience from videos, photos, and journal entries campers recorded throughout their experience.

Food Camp for Kids, for children ages 9-14, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 8-13 or July 22-27.

To sign up for the program, call 565-3002.

LEGO Robotics Camp

Happy smiling boy constructs technical toy. Technical toy on table full of details

The Rio Communities Optimist Club is sponsoring a LEGO Robotics camp this summer at Rio Communities City Hall, 360 Rio Communities Blvd.

Children entering second through fourth grades this fall can register to attend. They will have a two-day camp from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 16 and 18.

Students entering fifth and sixth grades this fall will have camp from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 23, 24 and 25.

There is no cost for this camp, and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Call Marilyn at 433-0209 to reserve your child’s spot. Leave a message if there is no answer. There will be a wait list.

UNM-Valencia Technology Camps

Internet of Things (IoT)

June 24-27 (20-person limit; $10 fee)

Covers basics of PC networking, the internet and programmable devices (ex. Raspberry Pi’s). Labs (for middle and high school students) will cover connecting devices such as cameras, sensors, locks, thermostats, WiFi, switches and thermostats to home networks and the Internet

Cyber Security

July 8-11 (20-person limit; $10 fee)

Introduces basic computer networking, the internet and cyber threats. Will cover protecting networks from common threats and how to use free Open Source security tools. (For middle and high school students.)

Rooftop Solar for Homeowners

July 13-20 (20-person limit; $10 fee)

If you are a homeowner thinking about adding a solar system to your roof, this workshop (for adults) can answer your questions.

The workshop will answer the following key questions (and more):

• Is your house suitable for a rooftop solar system?

• How many solar panels will you need?

• How much will your system cost?

• Can you completely offset your electric bill?

• Is rooftop solar a better investment than the stock market?

At the end of this workshop you will have a layout of a rooftop solar system for your own house.

3D Printing

July 23-24 ((20-person limit; $10 fee)

If you are interested in 3D printing this two-day workshop (for middle and high school students) is a good way to learn the basics.

• The workshop will answer the following key questions (and more):

• What can I make with a 3D printer?

• What materials are used for 3D prints?

• Where can I find free 3D printable designs?

• Can I make my own custom designs?

• What steps do I have to follow to 3D print a design?

• We will be using five 3D printers for the hands-on portion of the workshop.

For more information about these technology camps, call 925-8600 or email

Vacation Bible Schools

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VBS to be held at Los Chavez First Baptist Church

Vacation Bible School at Los Chavez First Baptist Church will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, June 3-7, for children ages 4-12. The program is free. Lots of fun and fellowship. If you need a ride, call 865-7701.

Vacation Bible School at PMUMC

Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 17-21, at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church. The program is for children ages 5 years old to the sixth grade. The program is free.

VBS at First Baptist Church Belen

Join First Baptist Church Belen from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday, June 24-28, for Vacation Bible School. All-week fun, food and games ending with a Pinewood Derby Race.

Registration is now open for The Incredible Race. No matter where we live, what shade of skin we have or what language we speak, we are all part of the same race — the human race — and all part of the same family from Adam and Eve. Join The Incredible Race and experience God’s love for every tribe, language, and nation. Visit First Baptist Church Belen or to register.

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