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Adams State University
The Adams State University Human Performance and Physical Education Department (HPPE) continues to offer the community a variety of affordable fitness tests. Testing is conducted from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday, in the Human Performance Lab room 106, located in the East Campus Building. Fitness testing appointments are mandatory. Fitness tests available include VO2 Max $50, Wingate anaerobic power test $10, FitnessAge $15, and body composition $10. To set up an appointment, contact Dr. Tracy Robinson at 719-587-7663.
“BOUNCE” – an art exhibit by the Adams State University art faculty opens in the Cloyde Snook Gallery on August 31 and continues through September 24. An opening reception begins at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 3 in the Art Building. For information call the Art Department Office at 719-587-7823.
The 2015 Adams State University Last Lecture event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, in McDaniel Hall room 101. This year’s presenters are David Wreford and Dr. Nick Saenz. The discussion is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served. For information call 719-587-7827
Walk For Life
The San Luis Valley Women’s Resource Center is holding its’ annual Walk for Life, Saturday September 12, 2015. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 8:30 am. The walk will be held at Alamosa Christian Church- 410 McQuerry St. Alamosa, CO 81101. The SLVWRC is asking for a minimum donation of $10 but walkers are encouraged to fundraise! All proceeds will directly benefit the clients of the center. Walkers’ donations cover the cost of a t-shirt and refreshments following the walk. All ages are welcome! There will be balloons and face painting for tiny walkers. Register at the SLV Women’s Resource Center, online at email@example.com, by calling 719-580-6698, or the day of the event.
Friends of the Alamosa Library
Do you have trouble deciding what to read? Friends of the Alamosa Library has a solution for you. September’s sale will feature mystery grab bags of paperback books for $2 per bag. Each grab bag includes older and newer books from a variety of authors in certain genres. Sale hours are 11 to 5 on Friday, September 4th, and 9 to 3 on Saturday, September 5th at Spines, located just north of the post office and near the Skate Park. The Friends will have tables outside to display our full assortment of books. Pamphlets, magazines, and children’s pamphlet-type books are free at this event. The money raised by Spines is used to enhance programs, collections and activities at the public library. Donations of used books may be made at Spines on sale dates or at the library at other times. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rhonda at 719-580-2010, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Dunes sponsoring a Volunteer Work Day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, August 15, 2015
On Saturday August 15, 2015 at 9:30AM, the Friends of the Dunes will sponsor a volunteer work day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The project is expected to last 2-3 hours and volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00AM. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is extremely grateful for the stewardship in action shown by this indispensable park partner. The service project will provide essential assistance to the Great Sand Dunes Invasive Species Management through Citizen Stewardship program. Invasive weed species in the park can be easily controlled through the efforts of volunteers, as the areas we are treating are generally limited in nature, and do not require anything other than gloves, shovels, and a proclivity for doing good stewardship on public lands! The Friends of the Dunes was founded in 1989 to provide a forum for citizen involvement at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Since the formation of this non-profit organization, the Friends Group has provided much benefit to the park and its visitors. Donations that are received, contribute directly to the park. The Friends have supported numerous projects in cooperation with park staff including, the expansion of the park’s night sky program with the purchase of a large telescope, sponsoring events such as the Park Volunteer Work Day, and securing and managing resource research grants for major archaeological and scientific research. Membership fees and more information on this organization can be found at www.friendsofgreatsanddunes.org The VIP Work Day project will assist in the removal of the invasive species, Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus.)An invasive species is generally defined as:
• a species that has been introduced or is non-native to a particular ecosystem; and
• 2) the introduction of which could cause environmental damage or economic loss.
Tall and wooly, with somewhat attractive spikes of yellow flowers at summers’ end, common mullein is known by many names: wooly mullein, velvet dock, flannel leaf, Common mullein can be found where mean annual precipitation is greater than 3-6 inches and the growing season lasts for a minimum of 140 days. Intolerant of shade, mullein will grow in almost any open area including natural meadows and forest openings as well as neglected pastures, road cuts, industrial areas. An area does not necessarily have to be disturbed in order for it to establish. Mullein plants are easily hand pulled on loose soils due to relatively shallow tap roots. This is an extremely effective method of reducing populations and seed productivity, especially if plant is pulled before seed set. A park supervisor will provide on-site and off-site training to safely carry out these duties and responsibilities. Working conditions require standing for extended periods in the sun upon uneven (dirt) surfaces. Long pants, long sleeves, work gloves and eye protection are suggested for participants. An appreciation luncheon for all park volunteers will be served upon completion of the project. To participate in the August 15, 2015, Great Sand Dunes Volunteer Work Day contact Volunteer Coordinator, Eric Valencia, at email@example.com or call 719-378-6349 for more information about volunteering. To learn more about Great Sand Dunes, visit www.nps.gov/grsa.
The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Blue Canyon Boys at Sundays at Six, Aug 16th at 6 p.m. in Cole Park, Alamosa. The Blue Canyon Boys are one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass acts and are known for their energetic live shows. ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.
Q&A Over Methadone Clinic To Be Held
There will be a community meeting to learn and ask questions about the new Methadone Clinic and Heroin Detox Unit, which is coming to the South Side of Alamosa in the next month. Meeting will be held at the SLV Baptist Church (10th & State) on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from Crossroads Turning Point will give a presentation then answer questions in a moderated Question & Answer session.
Tire Collection Day Plus School Supply Drive
Come help support your local schools and clean up the blight within your community. Waste tires can attract and harbor rodents and mosquitoes, both of which carry diseases that can harm humans. Bring your old tires on Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at locations:
• San Luis Valley Regional Landfill, 1600 County Road 44, Monte Vista, CO 81144
• Alamosa County Road and Bridge, 8663 County Road 109 S, Alamosa, CO 81101 All tires will be accepted, but they must be off the rim. No commercial tire haulers will be accepted. The fee is just $1.00 per tire plus a donation of school supplies, which will then be distributed to schools throughout the San Luis Valley. You may donate glue sticks, bottle of glue, box of crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens, dry erase markers, highlighters, scissors, folders, loose leaf paper, binders, notebooks, Kleenex, backpacks, and/or money donation accepted to the school of your choice. This event is sponsored by San Luis Valley Regional Land Fill, Alamosa County Land Use, Alamosa County Public Health Department, and Alamosa County Road and Bridge. For more information call 719-852-3810 or 719-589-3812.
The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Mariachi San Luis at Sundays at Six, August 2nd in Cole Park, Alamosa. Come celebrate our region’s Hispanic heritage with a favorite local Mariachi group. ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.
There will be no Tb testing or immunizations at Alamosa County Public Health Department on Tuesday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 11. We apologize for any inconvenience. Regular hours of 8:00-11:30 for Tb testing and 1:00-4:30 for immunizations will resume August 18. Please call Alamosa County Public Health Department at 589-6639 for more information.
West Nile Virus Found in Alamosa
The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on July 28th 2015 at 3pm. at the following locations: North West corner of District around the 6mile and the 113, an area on North River Road in vicinity of the 4.5 mile, and a site near the new elementary school. The Alamosa Mosquito Control District responded immediately by treating the areas and searching for sources of mosquitoes. According to Teyler Hurst, District Manager, the District will be deploying all larvacide crews to treat all the standing water within the immediate areas of concern, and if weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via truck and airplane. AMCD will set 3 additional traps within the areas as well and continue to monitor/test the area until the risk lessens or is eliminated. Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellant, according to directions, which contains 20% to 30% DEET and wearing clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible. Please contact the District at 589-5409 for more information.
The Search Continues for Missing Man
Joseph Keller, 19, of Cleveland Tennessee remains missing today after an intense search effort that began last Thursday evening in the mountain area just west of Horca, CO. Keller went missing on the first day of his visit to the area while vacationing with two friends. He left to go jogging around 4:30 pm on July 23rd and has not been seen since. Conejos County Sheriff’s Office has been coordinating the search and investigation of Keller’s disappearance with assistance from many agencies and volunteers. Those helping on Monday included the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Department, several search and rescue teams including Conejos County, Alamosa County, Upper Pine River Search and Rescue, Larimer County Search and Rescue & dog team. Volunteers from American Red Cross, Romeo and Sanford Fire Departments, and VA volunteers from Conejos and Alamosa also assisted. Colorado State Rescue Board out of Cortez and search dogs from Winter Park will be out today and this evening. Volunteers have been using a standard grid pattern to make sure that the area is thoroughly covered. In addition, Sheriff’s deputies have made door-to-door contacts. Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez is not ruling out foul play. “I’m hopeful that he will be found alive,” said Galvez. Keller’s family has offered a reward for information leading to his safe return. Anyone with information is asked to call 719-376-6778
Become A VIP
Volunteer with the National Park Service (NPS) and help care for these special places. Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) work side-by-side with National Park Service employees and partners. Become a VIP and put yourself at the heart of the park experience. As a VIP you will work in unique settings, preserve the country’s natural and cultural legacy, and help visitors discover the resources, meanings, and values found of your national parks. Whether you work behind the scenes or with park visitors, you can make a difference by helping to connect people with their parks. For more information on volunteering at the park and participating in the August 15, 2015, Great Sand Dunes volunteer day contact Volunteer Coordinator, Eric Valencia, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-378-6349 for more information about volunteering. To learn more about Great Sand Dunes, visit www.nps.gov/grsa.
Rural Philanthropy Days
All San Luis Valley Non-Profit Organizations are invited to meet with potential grantmakers during Rural Philanthropy Days September 23rd, 24th and 25th in Creede, Colorado. Rural Philanthropy Days, a program of community Resource Center is a three-day event that provides a unique opportunity for Colorado’s most influential funders and local grant seekers to strengthen partnerships and better serve the state’s rural communities. Through the RPD program, rural nonprofits can get direct access to the financial resources, collaborative opportunities, and professional development services they need to meet their community needs. For further information contact Event Coordinator, Kim Smoyer, at 719-655-0104, e-mail SLVRPD@gmail.com or visit our website at SanLuisValleyRPD.org.
The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Don Richmond & The Rifters at Sundays at Six, July 26th in Cole Park, Alamosa. Don Richmond & The Rifters are a local favorite and a true musical voice of our region! ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.
Block Party for V.B.S July 26th at 2:00 P.M located at The College Heights Baptist Church 2035 Church Ave. There will be free pony rides, games and food and everything is free! For more info call 719-589-6814.
Great Outdoors Colorado
Great Outdoors Colorado is coming to Alamosa to introduce its new five-year, $25 million initiative to inspire youth to reconnect to nature. “Children today spend half as much time outdoor as their parents did. Just living in Colorado does not ensure that its young people are able to enjoy its incredible natural treasures, from urban parks to the mountain backcountry,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, GOCO executive director. “We need statewide, coordinated support to reconnect youth, and GOCO is prepared to provide the leadership necessary to make this happen.” The new “Inspire Initiative” will start with five pilot communities in its first year and focus on providing funding for “places, pathways and programs” that will give youth and their family meaningful experiences in the outdoors. The first planning grants will awarded in October. The initiative will eventually fund 15 communities across the state. Grants will range between $1 million and $5 million per pilot community. GOCO is sponsoring a two-hour, regional workshop on Monday, Aug. 3 in Alamosa to walk interested coalitions through the new Inspire Initiative and the application process. This is an opportunity for coalitions to ask questions, discuss challenges and share successes to date. Each workshop will be followed by a one-hour networking session. The Alamosa workshop is set for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Alamosa Recreation Center, 2222 Old Sanford Road. To attend, send an RSVP and the number of attendees to email@example.com. For more information about the initiative and other workshop dates and locations, visit http://www.goco.org/inspire GOCO will partner with selected communities to build or enhance outdoor recreation sites that are close to residential neighborhoods, build or enhance trails and other pathway to create safe access to those sites, and fund expanded outdoor education and recreation programs for kids of every age. The initiative also will seek to fund more service learning opportunities that could lead to careers tied to stewardship of the outdoors. The outdoor programs will include visits to state parks and/or state wildlife areas operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). GOCO provides about $30 million a year to support CPW, including its youth education and volunteer programs. GOCO funds have added more than 47,000 acres to the state parks system since 1992. The new initiative was crafted after a year of engaging Coloradans through a listening tour in 13 communities across the state, surveys of the public and stakeholders, and close examination of current trends in population, climate, and other factors in Colorado. Concerns about youth not getting outdoors enough or having positive outdoor experiences in their formative years was common throughout the state. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit goco.org for more information. Since its inception, GOCO has invested $4.8 million in Alamosa County and permanently preserved nearly 30,000 acres, most notably $1.5 million to conserve 1,457 acres of Green Ranch outside of the City of Alamosa.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected Della Vieira, Director of Alamosa County Public Health Department, to its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. NACCHO is governed by a 27-member board that comprises local and tribal health officials who are elected by their peers. The Board also includes ex-officio members who represent the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Vieira begins her 2-year term as an at-large member on July 1, 2015. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.
A community meeting will be held on July 2 at 7 p.m. at the San Luis
Valley Baptist Church, 930 State Ave., Alamosa, to address some of the concerns that have recently been expressed about the neighborhood of South Alamosa. Organizers are seeking the involvement and input of the neighborhood and community as well as seeking a pledge of support from the City Council of Alamosa , the Alamosa Police Department and Alamosa County Sheriff’s office. Everyone is encouraged to attend with ideas and a sense of community pride.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is hosting Bike 2 Build, the San Luis Valley Century on Saturday, July 18th. Pedal 100 miles embraced by the dramatic 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains. Experience the great expanse of the San Luis Valley pedaling beneath the forever reaching blue skies. The ride includes shorter 35-mile and 60-mile loops. Come pedal a benefit ride for Habitat for Humanity. For info, call (719) 589-8678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLV Federal Bank hosts Annual 4th of July Fireworks
San Luis Valley Federal Bank proudly presents the 19th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show! Please join us on July 4th at the Alamosa Fairgrounds. Gates to the stands will open at 7:30pm and the fireworks will start at 9:30pm. This show is free for everyone so be sure to join us! In the event of bad weather be sure to join us Sunday night at the same time! Please contact Duane Bussey at San Luis Valley Federal bank if there are any questions regarding this announcement.
Centauri Falcons Fundraiser
Centauri Falcons High School Wrestling Team will be having a fund raiser at Splashland from 6p to 9p on the 6th of June. 10$ tickets and 40$ tickets for a Family.Tickets are available from the High School Wrestlers or at the door.
The VEGI Program, or Valley Educational Gardens Initiative, will be offering a free garden camp from June 4th-August 6th. Children from age 6-12 are welcome to come to the Alamosa Elementary School Garden on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; no registration required! Garden camp offers educational and fun activities about nutrition, gardening, and the natural world. For more information, email Robin Lewis, VEGI Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Conejos Library District
The Conejos Library District is gearing up to begin their annual summer reading program. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” and will be taking place from June 3 through July 15. Come and join in on the fun this summer, Wednesdays at 10:00 am in Capulin, Thursdays at 10:00 am in La Jara and Fridays at 10:00 am in Antonito. For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904
The Preserve America Youth Summit: Next Generation Stewards: Celebrating Cultures
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will collaborate with Conservation Legacy to host 45 students from throughout the state at Adams State College and a variety of historic sites throughout the San Luis Valley. This is a great opportunity to engage middle and high school age students and their teachers or service leaders in a nationally recognized learning, service and leadership program. The Preserve America Youth Summit: Next Generation Stewards: Celebrating Cultures will be held August 4-7, 2015 at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Sponsored by the National Park Service; History Colorado, State Historical Fund; Conservation Legacy and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, the program is developed in partnership with the Preserve America Youth Summit staff of educators and preservationists working with federal, state and local leaders. Thanks to the sponsors-there are no costs! Lodging, meals, program costs and transportation during the Summit are provided to all selected participants. This experience empowers youth to learn more about culture, history, tourism, and historic preservation, as well as provides specific trade-related skills through service projects. The program offers “behind-the-scenes” experiences at historic places and also includes visits and activities not generally available for field trips or family visits. At the Summit, students will gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in real-life advocacy, service learning, and policy shaping experiences that both prepare them for advancing their education and work in the 21st century. Youth gain invaluable experience being treated as “consultants” in visits to historic places; they provide ideas and produce recommendations on critical current issues. Youth are asked to share their ideas and opinions with leaders from our San Luis Valley communities, fostering leadership development. All students receive a Certificate of Participation and 32 hours of community service and the opportunity to attend other Summits, including national Summits! Many Youth Summit program alumnae have used the Youth Summit experience in job and college applications and also in reference to receiving scholarships and other ways to be considered for advancement. Students, teachers and service leaders are selected through competitive application available online at: www.preservationyouthsummit.org. The application is not intended to defer those students that may not yet achieved their academic potential, but to have applicants convey their interest and motivation and particular attention is paid to the references. San Luis Valley 8-12th grade students are encouraged to apply. Deadline – June 10, 2015. For more information on applications or the Youth Summits email to: Christina Gallegos: (719)580-2768 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Alamosa Optimist Club
“The Alamosa Optimist Club and Splashland Hot Springs are co-sponsoring a “Youth Swim Day” on Thursday, June 11th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of admission is $3 PLUS TWO non-perishable canned good items for youth 18 years of age and under, and $5 PLUS TWO non-perishable canned good items for swimmers 19 years of age and older. All food will benefit the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley.
- Lifeguards will be on duty
- Younger children MUST be accompanied by an adult
- Snacks will be available for purchase at the concession stand
- Pool toys and floats available for rent
- Cost of admission includes use of the 26 foot water slide
(Please note: if you are not swimming, but wish to enter the facility, pool management requires a $3 entry fee) Bring family, friends, and neighbors, spread the word, and enjoy a fantastic afternoon of fun! For additional information, call Laura at 588-1337 or visit their Facebook page at: “Alamosa Optimist Club”.”
Jr. Ranger Day at the Dunes
Jr. Ranger Day at the Dunes, this Saturday June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterwards come to Alamosa for Summerfest on the Rio! http://summerfestontherio.org/ Lodging: http://www.alamosa.org/lodging-and-di…/alamosa-hotels-motels
• Build a sandcastle at the dunefield by Medano Creek;
• Try on a ranger uniform and learn more about National Park Service careers at the visitor center;
• Learn about mountain lions, pronghorns, and a variety of insects at the “Animal Obstacle Course” at the dunefield;
• Stop by the “Touch Table” station at the visitor center to learn more about the physical features (skulls and bones) of large and small animals.
• Participate in a scavenger hunt along the Sand Sheet loop trail at the visitor center;
• In an effort to promote physical activity in National Parks, the Friends of the Dunes will be providing pedometers for Junior Rangers to participate in “Steps for Stamps” – clock 1,000 steps (0.5 mile) with a pedometer and earn a stamp; or
• Participate in the Bucket Brigade activity by the Medano Creek to learn about the various roles water plays in the dunefield.
Upon completion of one or more activities, collect a stamp from each activity and earn fabulous prizes! To earn an extra stamp, Junior Rangers are encouraged to attend the Friday, June 5th evening program at 8:30pm at the outdoor amphitheater. This evening program will introduce visitors to the natural sounds of nocturnal animals and will be followed by a telescope viewing, weather permitting. Entrance to the park is free for kids under 16, $3 per person age 16 or over. No fees or reservations are required for any of the sessions. This is a popular event and parking is very limited so carpooling is highly recommended. Consult the park website www.nps.gov/grsa or call the Visitor Center at 719-378-6395 for more detailed program schedules and information.
Adams State University
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills are now more than ever necessary in order for the U.S. to compete in a global economy. The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “Persistence and Retention of Hispanic Students in STEM Fields,” by Dr. Anicia Alvarez, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Porter Hall room 130. For information call 719-587-7767.
The San Luis Valley Symphony will present its Spring Classics Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Richardson Hall, located on the Adams State University campus. Under the direction of Dr. William Lipke, the program will feature popular selections including Ludwig van Beethoven’s dramatic Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, J. S. Bach’s profound Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major. For more information call 719-587-7621.
SLV BLM Grand Opening
The Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office will host a grand opening ceremony to welcome the public to their new building on May 7, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The new office is located at 1313 E. Hwy. 160, Monte Vista, CO. We would like to thank the City of Monte Vista and Rio Grande County for their support during the planning and construction of the new building, said Field Manager Andrew Archuleta. The community has been especially welcoming and we look forward to building on those relationships as we serve the San Luis Valley from our new office. The Grand Opening kicks off at 3 p.m. with light refreshments, opening remarks and tours of the new office. The public is encouraged to help the BLM celebrate moving into their new location and tour the facility. The new building consolidates three offices into one, reducing the overall footprint of the office and improving the efficiency of operations. Consolidating the offices improves customer service by providing a one-stop-shop for products such as maps, permits and information about BLM-managed public lands. The BLM San Luis Valley Field Office manages slightly more than 500,000 acres of your public lands in Colorado’s Rio Grande Basin. The landscape includes eight Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, four Special Recreation Management Areas, more than 400 miles of designated routes and countless opportunities to enjoy your public lands. For more information, please contact Heather Salaz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-852-7074.
Mother’s Day Happenings
Let the Conejos Library District do your baking for Mother’s Day! The Conejos Library District will be having a mother’s day bake sale on May 9, 2015 from 9:30-1:30 at both the La Jara and Antonito Libraries. All proceeds will go to sponsor the annual summer reading program. For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904
The Valley Community Chorus Concert begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Sacred Heart Church, located in Alamosa, Colorado. This concert will pair the words from religious texts, anonymous texts, and poetry from Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling with music by Eric Whitacre, Paul Manz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others. For more information call 719-587-7621.
RGNA Public Meetings
The Rio Grande Natural Area Commission is seeking public comments on the draft management plan for the Rio Grande Natural Area. The purpose of the RGNA is to “conserve, restore, and protect the natural, historic, cultural, scientific, scenic, wildlife and recreational resources of the Natural Area.” The draft management plan covers 5,900 acres of private land within the Natural Area and is non-binding unless a private landowner agrees in writing to be bound by the management plan. The RGNA Commission is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the draft management plan and obtain feedback on the draft. The plan is intended to be an information document that provides current information regarding resource conditions and includes recommendations. The two primary concerns being addressed within the management plan are the overall number of abandoned and feral horses and trespass livestock grazing. Both of these have tremendous impact on both the riparian and upland vegetation. The draft plan and project maps can be found at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/slvfo/rio_grande_natural.html
The public meetings are scheduled for:
• May 12 – 6 pm. San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District Office, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa, CO 81101.
• May 13 – 6 pm. Costilla County Public Health Agency, 233 Main Street, Suite C, San Luis, CO 81152.
• May 14 – 6 pm. Antonito Senior Center, 701 Main Street, Antonito, CO 81120.
This comment period gives the public a chance to review the draft plan and then identify issues and concerns they might have with the draft plan. The comment period starts on May 11 and will run for 30 days. For additional information, please contact Steve Vandiver at 719-589-6301. You can submit written comments to: email@example.com. Established in 2006, by the U. S. Congress, the RGNA is located in the southern portion of the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado. The RGNA encompasses approximately 8,800 acres and includes the Rio Grande river corridor from the southern boundary of the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to the Colorado/ New Mexico state line, extending ¼ mile on either side of the bank of the river.
Adams State University
The Adams State University Theatre Production, Marat Sade, is total immersive theatre. Set in the Charenton [pron: Cher (like the singer)-en-ton] Mental Asylum outside of Paris, France, the play asks the question- does revolution come from changing society or changing oneself? Unlike any other play produced at Adams State – directed by Jenna Neilsen – the play opens at 7:30 p.m. May 1, running May 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9; with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. May 10. Seating is limited. Tickets go on sale April 20. Reserve tickets by calling 719-587-8499.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Friends of the Dunes invite San Luis Valley residents and visitors to come enjoy music in the park on Sunday, May 3rd. Don Richmond, a local San Luis Valley musician, will be performing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. Hot drinks will be provided by the Friends of the Dunes for visitors to enjoy while listening to local multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter, Don Richmond. Great Sand Dunes anticipates a large crowd and encourages individuals to RSVP to ensure they receive a seat. Those interested in attending should call the visitor center at 719-378-6399 between the hours of 9am and4:30pm to reserve a seat. The Friends of the Dunes are requesting a small donation for non-members, Friends of the Dunes members will receive free admission to the concert. Attendees who aren’t members of the Friends group will also have an opportunity to become a member. Membership fees and more information on membership perks can be found at www.friendsofgreatsanddunes.org The Friends of the Dunes was founded in 1989 to provide a forum for citizen involvement at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Since the formation of this non-profit organization, the Friends Group has provided much benefit to the park and its visitors. Donations that are received contribute directly to the park. The Friends have supported numerous projects in cooperation with park staff including, the expansion of the park’s night sky program with the purchase of a large telescope, sponsoring events such as the annual summer Junior Ranger Day, and securing and managing resource research grants for major archaeological and scientific research.Visitors should also find some time to enjoy hiking, sand sledding, or splashing in the creek at the Dunefield. Great Sand Dunes visitor center and store are open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. However, Great Sand Dunes is open 24 hours a day. Entrance fees are $3 per person for 16 years and older and free for anyone younger than 16 years. Check the park’s website, www.nps.gov/grsa, for accurate weather information and trail and road conditions before you visit the park. You can also call the park’s visitor center at 719-378-6399 for more information.
Local Community Gardens Kick Off Gardening Season
The local Rio Grande Healthy Living Park (RGHLP) Committee will be hosting a second community process meeting on Monday, May 4th 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Adams State University’s Norma Peterson Room 101 in McDaniel Hall. The meeting will once again be facilitated by Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) landscape architect Emily Patterson. TPL will be presenting the compiled input provided during the October 2014 community process meetings, as well as the community surveys gathered over the winter months, and will be asking for additional feedback on physical and programmatic plans based on previous community input. Due to the community’s interest in a fruit tree orchard, the RGHLP launched a successful campaign in March to raise over $3,000 towards the purchase and planting of fruit trees at the park during the 2015 growing season. Though this community planning process will take more than a year before final plans are in place for the long-term building out of the park, the Committee is already seeing much activity on the land thanks to the community’s active input. Other activity has included a successful community work day held on April 18th where over 60 community members were in attendance to help with clean-up, expansion of the existing garden plot, tree thinning, and fence post placement, among other things. Following the completion of the community planning process, the revised master plan will then go out to bid to select a final planning team, made up of diverse professionals such as a landscape architect, a community planner, an agronomist, and others proposed by the bidding teams. These final plans will be used to inform construction documents for the different phases of the park, as well as for fundraising for the RGHLP. If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Julie Mordecai, 719-580-0379. If you are unable to attend, but would like to send your ideas in writing, please send to RioGrandeHLP@gmail.com. Spanish translation will be available in order for all members of the community to participate. For further updates on the RGHLP visit our website at www.healthylivingpark.org
Come celebrate the 2015 gardening season! The Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) will host their annual garden kick-off party on Tuesday, May 5th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Join us at Boyd Garden on the corner of 11th Street and State Ave. for a potluck dinner, planting in the garden, garden tours, and kids crafts. For more information check out VEGI’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Valley-Educational-Gardens-Initiative or contact Robin Lewis at 589-4567. And don’t forget to bring a dish to share!
Adams State University
Featuring some of the traditional jazz classics from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, plus a few surprises, – the Adams State University Jazz Concert begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. For the first time the jazz band and 68 West will perform two tunes together. For more information call 719-587-7621.
The Adams State University Music Department Spring Choir Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Sacred Heart Church, located in Alamosa, Colorado. The chamber choir will perform Brahms’ Liebeslieder (Lovesong) Waltzes and the concert choir will perform a variety of pieces. For information call 719-587-7621.
Live entertainment by Kazual – the Adams State University Student Athlete Advisory Committee will hold a Backyard Bash with carnival games, food, raffle, and a musical performance by Kazual – from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Plachy Hall. For information call 307-287-2467.
The Annual Adams State University Music Department Composers Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Leon Memorial Hall, located on the Adams State campus. The concert will feature newly written chamber music by student composers Ben Paden, Dryden Hill, Logan Hjelmstad, Lais Harmsen, Sage Vickers, and Jon Colson. For information call 719-587-7621.
The Adams State University Percussion Extravaganza will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. The concert will feature the works of Levitan, Rennick, Reich, Shostakovich, Trevino, Westlake, and more. For information call 719-587-7621.
Get out from behind your desk and get fit. The Adams State University Police Department, Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa Sheriff’s Department, and the Colorado State Patrol organized a 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Colorado. The run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in front of Rex Activity Center. The course is approximately 2.5 miles and costs $10 to register, a t-shirt is included. For more information contact Chief Grohowski, ASU Police Department, at 719-587-7901.
Mariachi San Luis!
Mariachi San Luis! The event will be 4/25/15 @ 6:00 PM at Centennial Gymnasium in San Luis. Tickets are $7 and proceeds go to send students to support the program. Tickets can be purchased at Papers of Distinction in Alamosa or Covered Wagon in San Luis.
Alamosa Community Greenhouse
Interested in starting plants from seed? What about transplanting the seedlings? Come learn more and lend a hand at the Alamosa Community Greenhouse this Sunday, April 26 at 2 pm. The community greenhouse is located at 1201 Edison Avenue. This hands-on workshop will be lead by Audrey Liu and address starting vegetables (and some flowers) from seed and then when and how to transplant. Participants will take home a new start. The workshop is free, but donations will be accepted. It is co-sponsored by the SLV Local Foods Coalition, VEGI, and ASU Nielsen Library’s Seed to Seed program. For further information, call Jan Oen at 587-5529.
Trout Unlimited Annual Fundraiser Auction
The San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its Annual Fundraiser Auction on Saturday, April 25th at the Inn of the Rio Grande/Rodeway Inn in Alamosa. Doors open at 6:00 PM for viewing items and the auction begins at 7:00 PM sharp! The $10.00 admission fee includes appetizers and a cash bar will be available. There will be a Silent Auction, Live Auction and Bucket Drawings. Plus, don’t miss the fabulous Catch of the Day drawing! There will be great deals on: Art work by local artists, Guided Trips, Fishing Gear, and Much, much, more. Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Adams State University
The Adams State University Faculty Clarinet Recital by Alyssa Powell will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Leon Memorial Hall. The program will include a great deal of variety with pieces by Carl Maria von Weber, Miklós Rózsa, Barry Cockcroft, and Gregory Wanamaker. For more information, call 719-587-7621.
The Adams State University Counseling Center will host an exclusive screening of the new documentary “The Hunting Ground,” a film by Kirby Dick, which premiered this spring at the Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the issue of sexual assault on college and university campuses. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Carson Auditorium in the Student Union Building. The event is free. After the viewing, a talk-back panel will discuss the issues presented in the movie. For more information call 719-587-7746.
The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “American Debt: Are We Maxed Out?,” by Armando Valdez begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Porter Hall room 130. Controversial, misunderstood, and much-debated, the U.S. national debt is a relevant topic and this lecture will add at least one more perspective to the conversation. For information call 719-587-7767.
The Veterans at Adams State are hosting their 3rd annual banquet. The banquet, starting at 5 p.m. on the 18th of April, will be a 1940s USO theme, and will include dinner and a silent auction. Captain Jack Bilack, author of “Flight Medic” will be the guest speaker and entertainment will be Reveille 3, an Andrews Sisters Tribute Act. Tickets are on sale now – $10 for students and $20 for the general public. To get yours call 719-587-8452 or 719-850-3883, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Library Week
The Conejos Library District will be celebrating National Library Week during April 12-18. Fines will be forgiven for those who visit the library during this week. In addition, we will be giving away a free book for any children who come in and a free ice cream treat will be given to all new patrons who sign up for a library card during National Library Week. Come and celebrate with us at the La Jara and Antonito Libraries. For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904
The Center for Restorative Programs
The Center for Restorative Programs will offer mediation training in Alamosa on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and April 18th. This training is designed for potential volunteers, but is open to any interested persons 16 or older. Participants must pre-register by April 15th. Call Heather Driedger at (719) 589-5255 to register or for more information.
The Alamosa Optimist Club
The Alamosa Optimist Club proudly presents renowned magician Keir Royale performing one day only in two separate “Magic & Illusion” shows on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Ortega Middle School auditorium. Keir has been performing for over 21years and has received many awards including runner-up for Best Stage Magic at the esteemed Midwest Magic Jubilee. He will amaze and astound with clever illusions, magical surprises and audience involvement suitable for all ages! The annual event helps support the Alamosa Optimist Club’s Youth Eyeglass Project which assists in providing eye exams, glasses, and various visual needs to San Luis Valley youth. Tickets are $5 each general admission seating, and will be sold at the door one hour prior to each performance. Seating is limited, so please plan on arriving early. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimist Clubs conduct service projects which reach five million young people each year. The Alamosa Optimist Club has been providing programs to support youth-oriented endeavors for over 26 years and is proud to be serving the youth of Alamosa and the surrounding communities of the San Luis Valley. The Alamosa Optimist Club meets every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at noon at the Bistro Rialto Restaurant and invites anyone interested to attend. For more information, contact Kris at 719-480-9420 or at email@example.com or visit our Facebook page at “Alamosa Optimist Club”
Alamosa County Public Health Department has set the date for its annual 9Health Fair. This year the fair will be held on Friday, April 17 from 7a.m. to 11 a.m. You must be 18 years or older to participate. This year’s theme will be “Back to the Basics!” The focus will be on getting participants in and out as quickly as possible. The site co-coordinators, Pat Radford and Kelli Robinson-Gonzales, announced that there will be approximately 20 blood stations to accomplish this. Alamosa 9Health Fair will provide: registration ambassadors to assist with registration forms, Spanish translators, a separate check-in line for online registrations, medical advisors to help you select which blood tests you should choose, colon cancer screening kit – $25, free blood pressure/pulse screening, height/weight/BMI screening, first aid station, Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral. Alamosa’s fair will not have interactive educational centers. 9Health Fair is endorsed by the Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Nurses Association, and the Colorado Hospital Association. To register online go to www.9HealthFair.org