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FULLER CENTER FOR HOUSING BICYCLE ADVENTURE: Cross-country bicyclists will come to Taos Friday, June 30, 7 p.m. at Ranchos Presbyterian Church (north of Ranchos de Taos Post Office). This is in connection with a movement to end poverty housing and rebuild homes damaged in disasters. A presentation by bicycle riders will be followed by fellowship. For more information, contact Julie at (575) 737-0604.

Acequias, water and neighborhood associations

ACEQUIA MADRE DEL RÍO GRANDE DEL RANCHO: Commissioners will meet June 27 at 2 p.m., Talpa Community Center. Interested parciantes may attend. For more information, contact Sam DesGeorges, (575) 770-7406; John B. Gonzales, (505) 350-2729; Beverly Armijo, (575) 224-5315.

EL SALTO DEL AGUA ASSOCIATION: Annual meeting will occur June 24, 6 p.m., at Kachina Lodge, 413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more information, call Erminio Martinez, president, at (575) 741-0370.

LA MERCED DE CRISTÓBAL DE LA SERNA meetings are set for third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Talpa Community Center, off State Road 518. Contact Beverly Armijo, (575) 751-0776.

RÍO FERNANDO: A community meeting for all commissioners, mayordomos and parciantes on the Río Fernando will be held at the Brethren Church in Cañón (814 Witt Road) June 25 at 2 p.m. The meeting is meant to stimulate discussion about acequia concerns, encourage collaboration and envision a common future path. There will be refreshments, music and entertainment. The meeting is sponsored by the Taos Valley Acequia Association. For more information, call Judy Torres at (575) 758-9461.

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BINGO FUNDRAISER (FOR TAOS COUNTY SENIOR OLYMPICS) will occur June 25 at Talpa Community Center, off State Road 518. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Bingo will be played from 1-4 p.m. There will be a concession stand.

CAT AND DOG SPAY/NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM: There is a new free spay/neuter and vaccine program for town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo residents' dogs and cats. Lower-income pet owners in these locations and all feral/outdoor/barn cat owners are eligible for free dog and cat spay/neuter and vaccine services at Española Valley Humane, (505) 753-0228. The program is for dogs and cats from 8 weeks old up to 8 years.

CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST TEACHER and writer Stephen Bachelor will lead meditation and talk on topics relating to recent books exploring the dharma in a secular age and uncertain times in two separate events, both June 26, at TaoSatva, 2 Upper Las Colonias Road (junction of Upper Las Colonias Road and U.S. 64), Las Colonias. The noon-4 p.m. event requires registration and an admission fee. The 6:30-8:15 event is free, but donations are accepted. Contact Jean Admire at jeanniea@fastmail.fm or (505) 901-9455.

NONVIOLENCE FORUM: The Green Party of Taos County will offer a free public forum on nonviolence to be facilitated by retired psychology professor Gaia Mika at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, June 24, 2-6 p.m. RSVP to Susann at (575) 758-4035, as participation is limited.

AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY COURSE for people 50 and older is Thursday, June 22, noon-4:30 p.m. at Coronado Hall, 120 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. Registration is from 11:30-11:50 a.m. This is a refresher class; it does not include driving or written tests. Participants can receive a discount on their insurance. Cost of the course is $15 per person for AARP members and $20 per person for nonmembers. Class members should not bring cash; make checks payable to AARP. Call (575) 758-3619 and leave a name, phone number and, if applicable, an email address to reserve a seat or register by sending this same information to taosaarp@gmail.com.

ASSISTANCE DOGS OF THE WEST, a nonprofit service dog organization, and The Mission Continues Fellowship Program seek a post-9/11 veteran in Taos for a paid fellowship. Applications are due July 17. Each fellow will receive a stipend and personal coaching and mentorship. The class will run in Taos Oct. 13-April 14. Contact denise@assistancedogsofthewest.org for additional information.

CAT SPAYING/NEUTERING: Free pet cat spaying/neutering is available with a voucher in Taos via Zimmer Feline Foundation. Call (505) 466-1676. Town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo cats are eligible for aforementioned programs.

NARFE – the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 1401 – luncheon meetings are first Thursdays monthly, 11:30 a.m., at El Taoseño Restaurant. All current and retired federal employees are invited. For information, call (575) 758-4191.

TALPA LIBRARY is now taking hardback and paperback book donations in good condition. The free Summer Reading Program is June 1-July 31, and children may now be registered for it. The library is also taking fabric donations for the free preteen sewing/quilting class that meets the second Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m.-noon, year-round. Call (575) 751-1014.

TAOS FERAL FELINES: Springtime is mouse time. Beat the Taos mouse with a Taos feral feline. Special spring offer: two cats for $15. All cats are fixed, vaccinated and guaranteed ready to hunt. Call Taos Feral Feline Friends at (575) 737-9208.

TAOS LIVING TREASURES: Taos County residents are asked to nominate senior citizens deserving honors for a lifetime of volunteer service by writing a letter stating the name of the nominee and why that person deserves the award. Stress volunteer service and list the person's contributions. Letters should be sent to: Talpa Community Center, c/o Luzita Trujillo, Taos Living Treasures, Box 10511, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. The deadline for submitting a nomination is July 14. A panel of judges will select two honorees, and pueblo officials will name honorees from Taos and Picuris pueblos.

Education

ANANSI DAY SCHOOL, which serves New Mexico pre-K 3-5-year-olds, is now accepting applications and registration for its 2017 summer camp and for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, call Michele at (575) 776-5711 or email anansidayschool@gmail.com.

ARROYOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Arroyo Seco has vacancies in all grades K-5 for the 2017-18 school year. No lottery submission is required and daily bus transportation is available to/from the town library. Call the school at (575) 737-6175 or visit 405 Hondo-Seco Road, Arroyo Seco, to pick up an enrollment packet.

TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START is now enrolling for the 2017-18 school year. The program is open to all 3-4-year-old children born by Sept. 1, 2014. The program provides meals and transportation and serves children with special needs. The new school year begins Sept. 7. For more information and to request an application, call Taos Pueblo Head Start at (575) 758-5819. Additionally, My First School Child Care is now enrolling 1-2-year-old Native American children.

UNM-TAOS HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM (HEP) is now enrolling students. “We offer eligible participants who have worked at least 75 days in seasonal or migrant farmwork in the past two years assistance for books, meals and transportation needs while studying for your HSE diploma.” Classes are in Taos and Española Mondays through Thursdays. In Taos, classes are at 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 100. Call (575) 737-3725. UNM-TAOS is now offering a number of health career certificate programs, including emergency medicine, nursing assistant, medical billing/coding and more. A high school diploma is not necessary to take these courses. The program supports development of academic skills, financial aid, job placement and more. Call (575) 737-3731.

Food assistance

HELP NM, INC. – CACFP. The organization provides help with out-of-pocket expenses incurred in an attempt to serve nutritious meals for children; non-taxable reimbursement for meals may be received in the amount of $100 to $600 per month. For more information, contact Renee Quintana at (575) 758-3988, (575) 613-3268 or renee@helpnm.com.

LITTLE POOR ONE FOOD PANTRY is open every Thursday from noon-2 p.m. for commodities. Old convent building, 205 Don Fernando St. Call (575) 770-2434.

NORTH CENTRAL FOOD PANTRY operates in Questa, adjacent to Ancianos at 148 Embargo Road. Food is distributed there the second and fourth Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY is open Thursdays, 12:30-4 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (at Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn). The pantry offers supplemental groceries to all.

Health

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL HEALTH SUPPORT, free events at HCH Community Wellness Center (lower entrance), 1397 Weimer Road, Taos. For more information, contact Maria Meadowcroft at mariam@taoshospital.org, (575) 751-8909 or TaosHealth.com.

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