WE'RE STILL IN! Join like-minded folks Friday (Dec. 8), 7​-9 p.m. to respond creatively to climate change and find solutions for a sustainable, healthy and adaptive Taos. First Presbyterian Church (by Kit Carson Park), 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free (575) 770-8681.

'CREATIVE WELLNESS: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE,' a public forum with Angie Fernández, will be presented by the Taos Green Party on Saturday (Dec. 9 ) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cultural Energy offices, located at 112 Civic Plaza Drive. Space limited so please RSVP early to Susann at (575) 758-4035.

NORTHERN REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY Board Meeting is Monday (Dec. 11) at 10 a.m., at the MFA Office, 344 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

NEW YEAR'S EVE SHUTTLE. Charley Rael at Mountain View Shuttle provides local Taos shuttle service this New Year’s Eve to help keep our community safe. For information, email or call (575) 770-8759.


Strong backs needed Saturday, Dec. 16, through Wednesday, Dec. 20, to help sort donated food; and to fill and distribute boxes. Learn more online at Monetary donations can be made online with a credit card or PayPal or mail a check to Taos Feeds Taos, PO Box 234, Taos 87571.

December Basket Distribution

Taos, National Guard Armory, Thursday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m.-noon

Questa / Cerro, Harvest Church, Thursday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Peñasco, El Centro de Comunidad, Friday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m.-noon

Amalia / Costilla, RCCLA Offices, Friday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-noon

For more information in Taos call Ernestina, (575) 770-0681; in northern Taos County call Louise (575) 613-5490 or Lillian (575) 586-1965; in Peñasco, call Mary (575) 770-1621.

Acequias, water and neighborhood associations

ACEQUIA DEL MADRE DEL PUEBLO Annual Membership Meeting is Saturday (Dec. 9) at 11 a.m. at Juan González Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Road, Taos. Call Jim Schlarbaum, (575) 737-9038.

ACEQUIA DEL MADRE DEL RIO GRANDE DEL RANCHO Commissioners' next monthly meeting is Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Talpa Community Center; interested parciantes asked to please make plans to attend. For information, contact Sam DesGeorges, (575) 770-7406, John B. Gonzales (505) 350-2729 or Beverly Armijo (575) 224-5315.

EL SALTO MUTUAL DOMESTIC WATER CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION next monthly board meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m. at the Arroyo Seco Community Center, State Road 150, Arroyo Seco (if the main building is still under repair, meet in the building next door). 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.

AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY COURSE for people age 50 and older is Thursday (Dec. 28), 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


2018 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR NEW MEXICO COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC LANDS. Meet the candidates Saturday (Dec. 9), noon-2 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing ("The Mothership"), 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected constitutional officer in the executive branch in charge of managing all state lands and mineral rights, as well as overseeing leases and royalties on state land. He or she is responsible for generating and maximizing revenue from state land trusts while concurrently protecting, conserving and maintaining the lands for use by future generations. The money generated is used to support public education and other beneficiary institutions. Candidates include Garrett Veneklasen, State Senator George Nuñoz, and State Representative Stephanie Garcia will introduce themselves; talk about their positions on public land conservation, uses of State Trust Lands, clean energy development, and support for public education; take questions; and mingle with the crowd. Free admission. Call (575) 776-8342.

NORTHERN REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY Public Hearing for the CFP 5-Year Plan is Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m., at the NRHA Office, 525 Ranchitos Road, Unit 962 in Taos.

HABLAMOS JUNTOS/WE SPEAK TOGETHER. Join a friendly monthly gathering (the next is Thursday, Dec. 14), 5:30-6:30 p.m. for Spanish and English speakers interested in improving fluency in each others’ languages, with Andrea Nicholson and Tara Somerville, at Taos Charter School, Cafeteria, 1303 Paseo del Cañón East, Taos. Free admission. Contact or call (575) 779-7713 or (575) 741-5103.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION REDUCTION. Helping rural, small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy consumption, contact or call (505) 827-0264.

JANUARY TEN events will be held at the UNM Bataan Hall, downtown UNM campus. Scheduled events: (December - no event) Jan. 16- "Life is a Pitch”; Feb. 20 - Elevator Pitch Contest. Contact, Rose M. Reza, TEN Business Development Manager at

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 COMMUNITY CENTER LIBRARY is overstocked with books for sale. The library is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Books are selling for 10 cents for paperbacks and 25 cents for hardbacks. For information, call (575) 751-1014.


TAOS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL will hold its regularly scheduled governing council meeting on Monday (Dec. 11) at 5:30 p.m. at 110 Paseo del Cañón West, in Taos, New Mexico. This listing was inadvertently not published as requested for the Nov. 30 Anuncios of The Taos News, an error for which we apologize. If you have any questions or would like a copy of the agenda, please call (575) 751-3109 or visit

TAOS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MONTHLY GOVERNING COUNCIL meeting is Monday (Dec. 11) at 5 p.m. at 118 Este Es Road, Taos. Call (575) 751-7115 with any questions or a copy of the agenda.

TAOS CHAPTER OF THE NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO grant deadline is Dec. 31 for two $250 grants to any Taos County school and/ or school teacher who needs money for education or projects related to native plants in the fields of botany, biology or ecology. Applications can be submitted to: TaosNPS@gmail.comfor funds to be used during calendar year 2018. For more details, go to

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 farm work 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. Taos classes are at 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 100. Call (575) 737-3725.

UNM-TAOS ADVISORY BOARD REGULAR MEETING, is Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4-5 p.m., at Taos Municipal Schools Administration Building Schools Board Meeting Room, Cyber Magnet School, 310 Camino de la Placita, Taos. Information or copy of tentative agenda available at UNM-Taos Administration Building, 1157 County Road 110, Klauer Campus, PMSSC Room 120, Ranchos de Taos; or call Rosalie O. Romero, (575) 737-6204.

Food assistance

GIVING TREE is a local clothing bank and food pantry serving 3,473 individuals in Taos and surrounding areas.To make donation, call Christalyn Concha at (505) 980-3387, email or visit

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, 1 San Francisco Road, Ranchos de Taos. 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).


CPR/AED/FIRST AID CERTIFICATION is Saturday (Dec. 9) 11:30 a.m.​-2:30 p.m. at High Frequency Loft, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite Q. The CPR/AED/FIRST AID course gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic first aid care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Students Receive: Digital (pdf) 2-year certification cards. Digital Book comes with card. All course fees include lab fees, all supplies are provided by the instructor, Alana Grier Integrative Health Coach, LMT, E-RYT. For more information, call (575) 224-2022.

FREE MEET & GREET Dec. 9, from 5-6 p.m. at High Frequency Loft for a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Jan. 6-June 3, 2018). Program offers a well-rounded knowledge base for interested Yoga practitioners and instructors to develop a fulfilling life long practice. High Frequency Loft, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite Q, Taos. Call (575) 224-2022.

HEALING EXERCISE, A Practice In Gentle Movement with Dr. Celeste Griego, ND, MS, LMT, is Dec. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Taos Whole Health office. Reduce stress and pain and improve body awareness, circulation and healing throughout with gentle challenges, stretches and movement. Taos Whole Health, 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite O, Taos. Call (575) 776-7806

TAOS COUNTY DWI PLANNING COUNCIL next monthly meeting is Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m., at Town of Taos Police Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos. Contact Herbert Valdez, Taos County DWI coordinator at (575) 737-3857 or e-mail: for information on the agenda.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS MEETING, is the third Wednesday of every month (next is Dec. 20), from 4-5 p.m. at TCEDC Conference Room, 1021 Salazar Road, providing support for people MS, their family members and caregivers, dealing with the physical limitation, emotional and psychological well-being experienced with MS. Free admission. Call Lorrie for information, (575) 751-0493.

GENERAL HEALTH & WELLNESS SUPPORT. For questions, call Taos Public Health Office at (575) 758-2073.

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

SISTERHOOD & EMPOWERMENT. A new bi-monthly gathering for 12-year-old girls to promote sisterhood, empowerment, physical, psychological, spiritual well-being and self-love through self-care. This is a safe, fun, inspirational space for navigating the changes from childhood to womanhood while deepening into a support network with other young women under the gentle guidance of big sisters and aunties who share their wisdom, gifts and tools. There will be different guest speakers each week to give the girls various flavors of role models; all women walking their empowered path.

Sunday Speaker schedule: Dec. 3 - Discovering the Goddess; Self-care & our gifts; Dec. 17 - Herbs, Earth & Moon; herbal remedies, our physical connection to the earth, menstruation and moon cycles with a Solstice celebration; Dec. 31. - Embracing Winter & New Year; inner world, listening to the body, observing the mind, setting intention and goals; Jan. 14 - Rituals & Routines; caring for mind, body & spirit with daily practice; Jan. 28 - Respecting & Protecting; Sacred body & sexuality; Feb. 4 - Initiation into womanhood. Cost $0-$20 per circle, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact main facilitator, Krystal Cretecos.: (720) 355-2555,,


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.


TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS ANGEL FIRE CHAMBER RAFFLE. Day 12, 12 winning tickets will be drawn and 12 prizes will be given away. On Day 11, 11 prizes will be given away; Day 10, 10 prizes given away, etc., until the last day (called Day One) when there will be a drawing for one Grand Prize, which is $500 cash, donated by Mike Woolley and the agents at Remax Mountain Realty! Daily live drawings on FaceBook at 10:30 a.m. beginning Monday (Dec. 4). Winners and donors names to be posted on Facebook, the email blast, the AF Chamber website and any other chamber advertising. Contact phone, (575) 377-6353 or email


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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