TAOS COUNTY DWI PLANNING COUNCIL next monthly meeting is Wednesday (Nov. 8) at 11:30 a.m. at the Town of Taos Police Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos. Please contact Herbert Valdez, Taos County DWI Coordinator for information on the agenda, (575) 737-3857.

NORTHERN REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY Board Meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m., at the NRHA Office, 525 Ranchitos Road, Unit 962, Taos.

Acequias, water and neighborhood associations

ACEQUIA DEL MONTE DEL RIO CHIQUITO will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. at the Talpa Community Center, at 4 Archuleta Road, Ranchos de Taos. ACEQUIA MADRE DEL RIO GRANDE DEL RANCHO. Commissioners' next monthly meeting is Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Talpa Community Center, 4 Archuleta Road, Ranchos de Taos. Interested parciantes please make plans to attend. For more information contact Sam DesGeorges at (575) 770-7406, John B. Gonzales (505) 350-2729 or Beverly Armijo. EL MOLINO ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION annual meeting is Saturday (Nov. 4), 10 a.m., at 405 Valverde Commons Dr. All parciantes encouraged to attend. For information, call Linda Fair, (575) 776-5503.

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.

VIGIL Y ROMO: Commissioners will meet Saturday (Nov. 4) from 8-10 a.m. at the Taos Land Trust office at 410 La Posta Road. Interested parciantes may attend. For more information, contact Kristina Ortez de Jones, (575) 751-3138 or, or Cipriano Medina at


AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY COURSE for people age 50 and older is Tuesday, Nov. 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

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

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 (paperbacks) and 25 cents for hardbacks. For information, call (575) 751-1014.



• Governing council member training is Saturday (Nov. 4), 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Road, Taos. Call (575) 751-3109 with questions.

• Governing Council Meeting is Monday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m., at 110 Paseo del Cañón West. For questions or a copy of the agenda, call (575-751-3109 or visit

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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