Featured: TAOS VETERANS DAY PICNIC PLANNING MEETING: Oct. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., there will be a planning meeting for a Taos Veterans Day picnic. Input and volunteer help are needed. The meeting will be at Not Forgotten Outreach, 461 Valverde Commons Drive in Taos. Call (575) 224-1503.

Acequias, water and neighborhood associations: ACEQUIA DE ATALAYA: Annual meeting will be Oct. 21, 2 p.m., Arroyo Hondo Community Center. Agenda includes election of commissioners and discussion about a new headgate.

ACEQUIA MADRE DE CERRO DEL GUADALUPE ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION: Annual fall meeting will be Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., Cerro Community Center, Cerro Road in Cerro. All parciantes are asked to meet at the community center at 8 a.m. for a work day to clean the acequias before winter. Parciantes should bring work tools, gloves and boots. Cleanup work will be done in groups. The fall meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. following the cleanup. On the agenda are: the financial reports, date set for January meeting, bylaw change to add vice president and request for treasurer assistance. Food will be prepared for all parciantes. For more information, call Medardo Vigil at (575) 770-0270, Rachel Leon at (575) 779-0565 or M.J. Kelly at (575) 586-1189.

ACEQUIA MADRE DEL SUR DEL RÍO DE FERNANDO DE TAOS: Annual meeting will be Oct. 15, 1 p.m., at the Canon Mutual Domestic office, 814 Witt Road, Taos. Agenda includes acequia issues, improvements, bylaw updates and election of officers. Call Joe Fernandez, (505) 795-1891, for agenda and information.

EL SALTO MUTUAL DOMESTIC WATER CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION: The monthly board meeting will occur Oct. 18, 6 p.m., at Arroyo Seco Community Center. If the main building is still being repaired, the meeting will occur in the building next door. For more information, contact Larry Szczech at or (575) 776-1894.

UPPER ARROYO HONDO Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association monthly board meetings are held the second Monday of each month at Hondo-Seco Fire Department at 6 p.m. Agendas are available 72 hours prior to the meeting. To have an item placed on the agenda or to get a copy, call (575) 776-8970.


CANCER FUNDRAISER: From 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13, there will be a fundraiser for Cancer Support Services, a program of Holy Cross Hospital, at Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Events include a silent auction with pottery, clothing and gift certificates. People who donate $10 will get food and wine. Call (575) 751-8927.

FREE CONCERT: Marty Rotella, a three-time Grammy nominee, will perform at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Oct. 15, 3 p.m. The concert is open to all and sponsored by Catholic Daughters and Knights of Columbus.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA 100TH ANNIVERSARY: Catholic Daughters will offer a public rosary on Taos Plaza Oct. 14, noon. All are welcome.

TAOS COUNTY DWI PLANNING COUNCIL: The monthly meeting will be Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m., Taos Police Department, 400 Camino de la Placita. For information on the agenda, contact Herbert Valdez, Taos County DWI Program coordinator, at (575) 737-3857 or

AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY COURSE for people age 50 and older is Tuesday, Oct. 24, noon-4:45 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

JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY GROUP reads and discusses selections of Carl Jung’s writings every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon at SOMOS. Attendance is free, but there is a nominal monthly fee for the use of the room. Contact Anne Robinson, Jungian analyst, at (575) 776-3961.

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.


TAOS EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER is now offering high school equivalency (HSE/GED), career development, literacy tutoring and English as a second language (ESL) classes. Classes are offered in Taos days and evenings. HSE classes are also available in Spanish. The next session will begin Oct. 16. For more information, call (575) 737-3730 or drop by 115 Civic Plaza Drive.

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.

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 Renée Quintana at (575) 758-3988, (575) 613-3268 or

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.

SHARED TABLE distributes food commodities and basic health care items the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m.-noon in El Prado at El Pueblito Methodist Church (1309 Paseo del Pueblo Norte) and from 2-3 p.m. at Ranchos Presbyterian Church. Call (575) 758-3166.

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


HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL HEALTH SUPPORT, free events at HCH Community Wellness Center (lower entrance), 1397 Weimer Road, Taos. For more information, call (575) 751-8909 or visit


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.

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.


NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH WELLNESS CENTER, 461 Theodora Lane, Taos, offers free events and services, including free yoga for military families, 10 a.m., Tuesdays; relaxation and pain management techniques classes, Wednesdays, 3 p.m.; acupuncture services for military families, second Friday of each month; Warrior Canine Connection Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (veterans train service dogs for fellow veterans); 12-step recovery meetings for veterans and military families recovering from addiction, noon Fridays; caregiver (physical or mental) support meetings, first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m.; VFW regular meetings are second Saturdays, 2 p.m. Call (575) 741-1503 or visit

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