This week's community meetups and resources:
ANGEL FIRE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING takes place Thursday (Dec. 5) at 5:30-7 p.m. Entertainment, musicians and Christmas caroling while you enjoy marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate and cookies. Centro Plaza, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire.
WINTER BLUES FEST - Taos County Chamber of Commerce's market-your-business event happens Thursday (Dec. 5) at 5:30-8 pm. Live blues, cash bar, food sampling, silent auction, networking. Admission $15; $10 chamber member. Taos Country Club, 54 Golf Course Drive, Ranchos De Taos. Contact Lindsey at (575) 751-8800.
ACEQUIA DEL MONTE DEL RIO CHIQUITO will have its annual meeting Thursday (Dec. 5) at the Talpa Community Center at 6 p.m. Contact John MacArthur at (575) 758-8366.
YULETIDE TREE LIGHTING event takes place Friday (Dec. 6) from 4-7 p.m. at the Taos Plaza. Join Mayor Dan Barrone, the town council, music and dance performances by local musicians, food vendors and Santa for this 33rd annual event. Contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037.
FESTIVAL OF TREES is Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 5-7) with a reception Friday (Dec. 6), 6:30-9:30 p.m. at El Monte Sagrado, 317 Kit Carson Road. $20 admission - all benefits go to DreamTree Project. Also seeking event volunteers - see story in Tempo. RSVP to dreamtreeproject.org/events.
TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER DANCE takes place Friday (Dec. 6), 8 p.m.-midnight at Eagles Club, 1016 Dea Lane. Admission $20 per person or two unwrapped $10 gifts. Sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary and Helping Hands. Contact the club at (575) 758-7859.
LIGHTS OF LOS LUCEROS takes place Saturday (Dec. 7) from 4-9 p.m. in Los Luceros. Visitors stroll the picturesque roads of the village lit by thousands of farolitos. Entertainment by Hispanic and indigenous performers, dancers, carolers. Bonfires, vendors. Admission $6 adult; $3 youth 3 to 15; free children under 3. 253 County Road 41, Los Luceros. Contact (505) 476-1165.
TALPA COMMUNITY CENTER AND LIBRARY is hosting their 19th annual Arts & Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7-8), from 10 a.m.-4:30 pm. Saturday at 1 p.m. Santa and Ms. Claus will be in the library to greet the children with a bag of goodies and a stuffed animal. Free lunch both days. Live music by Toby; 16 vendors. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014.
TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR takes place on Saturday (Dec. 7), from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Taos Pueblo Community Center, 200 Rotten Tree Road, Taos Pueblo. Vendors needed. Get your holiday shopping locally. Authentic arts and crafts. All proceeds benefit Taos Pueblo Head Start. Contact Kimberly Marcus at (575) 779-8243
LIGHTING LEDOUX STREET PARTY happens Saturday (Dec. 7) at 5-7 p.m. Bring cookies to the Harwood Museum's front desk from Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 5-7), for all the kids expected to the event, located at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Contact email@example.com.
ARTS AND CRAFTS BAZAAR BY PEÑASCO HS SCHOOL CLASS OF 2022 takes place Saturday-Sunday (Dec. 7-8) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Peñasco Middle School gym, 13 School Road, Peñasco. Mariachis, concessions, Turkey bingo and a silent auction. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWO-DAY ANGEL FIRE HOLIDAY MARKET is Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 8) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors, Santa pictures, entertainment. Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Road, Angel Fire.
LIDDIE MARTÍNEZ READS AND SIGNS her recently published book, "The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexico Recipes," starting at noon Saturday (Dec. 7) at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte, located at 1219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado. Books are for sale on ChileLine.com or at the book signing. For more information, check Facebook at liddiemartinezauthor.
TALK TO THE WORLD. Want to talk to the world on a ham radio? Join the next Taos Amateur Radio Club meeting Wednesday (Dec. 11) and every 2nd Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Taos County Emergency Management Center. Contact us at (575) 770-1961 for more information.
EMOTIONAL HEALING LECTURE SERIES. "Relationships: Staying Connected," presented by Rio Grande ATP and Golden Willow Counseling, Thursday (Dec. 12) 6-8:30 p.m. at Kit Carson Conference Room, 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos. According to Rachel Cox, LSCW, "We will deepen our understanding of the disconnection and isolation that trauma can create and explore the effects of relationships and reflection as potent healing processes." Free and open to the community and professionals (2.5 CEUs offered). For more information, contact Rio Grande ATP at (575) 737-5533.
OO-OO-NAH ART & CULTURAL CENTER HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR takes place on Dec. 14-15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center next to Tiwa Kitchen on Veteran's Hwy. (the main road to the Pueblo). Concessions and raffle. Vendors needed. For vendor information, contact Marie Reyna at (575) 779-6294. Everyone welcome.
TAOS SATURDAY WINTER MARKETS take place on two Saturdays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local artisans bring furniture, pottery, stone knives, jewelry, weaving, sculpture, handmade creams for arthritis and insomnia, food (blue corn tamales, pastries, vegetables and more). Guadalupe Parish Gym, 205 Don Fernando Street. Call (575) 737-5111.
EMBUDO VALLEY LIBRARY RAFFLE is an important fundraiser for library. Drawing will be held Saturday, Dec. 14. Call (505) 579-9181 and visit embudovalleylibrary.org.
AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE is available for those age 50-plus on Monday, Dec. 16, from noon to 4:45 p.m. at Coronado Center, 120 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. To register, call (575) 758-3619 or email TaosAttorney@aol.com. Cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for nonmembers. No cash.
TAOS COUNTY DWI PLANNING COUNCIL monthly meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m., at The meeting will take place at the Taos County Administration Building, 105 Albright Street, in Conference Room 175. For information on the agenda, contact Coordinator Herbert Valdez, (575) 737-3857 or email email@example.com.
U.S. 2020 CENSUS is taking applications for jobs - various levels of experience and training, temporary full time to flexible part time, between $13.50-$15/hour. Visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call (855) 562-2020.
QUESTA CREATIVE COUNCIL is inviting kids to come do some easy, fun printmaking and make holiday cards for friends and family on Monday (Dec. 9), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Questa Youth Center, Municipal Park Road. All are welcome. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAOS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL will hold its governing council meeting Monday (Dec. 9) at 5:30 p.m. at 110 Paseo del Cañón West. Contact (575) 751-3109 or visit taosacademy.org.
UNM-TAOS ADVISORY BOARD meets Tuesday (Dec. 10), from 4-5 p.m. at Taos Municipal Schools Administration Building, 310 Camino de la Placita. Contact Rosalie O. Romero at (575) 737-6204 or email@example.com.
TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START is now enrolling for 2019-2020. Children enrolled in other Federally Recognized Tribes and children with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply. Call to schedule for availability and intake meeting at (575) 758-5819.
ANANSI CHARTER SCHOOL is seeking substitute teachers for kindergarten-eighth grade, PE, Spanish, Art, Special Education and office subs. Find the application online at anansicharterschool.org or call the school at (575) 776-2256. Anansi Charter School is located at 57 State Road 230 in Des Montes.
TAOS CHARTER SCHOOL SEEKS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS for kindergarten-eighth grade. Special Ed, PE and office subs needed as well. Contact (575) 751-7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office to pick up and application at 1303 Paseo del Cañón East, Taos.
HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START, operated by YDI, is taking applications for students at all of its locations throughout Taos County. For more information, call (575) 758-3425 or (575) 758-4556.
PREGNANT MOMS AND HOME BASE in Llano Quemado are taking applications. For information, call (575) 758-3425 or (575) 758-4556.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TAOS -- Bring canned goods or a nonperishable gift every first Sunday of the month for The Shared Table. First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-3124.
NORTH CENTRAL FOOD PANTRY in Questa is adjacent to Ancianos at 148 Embargo Road, Taos. Food is distributed 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 Talpa Community Center, State Road 518, Ranchos de Taos. Call Pastor Cheri Lyon at (505) 440-6849.
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), Taos.
RETAILS STORE AND CAT CAFÉ grand opening is Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1204 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Suite D, next to Taos Clay. Resale of high-quality furniture, office furniture, art, jewelry and home decór. Cat café $5 admission. Benefits Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. Contact (575) 758-2981.
TAOS FERAL FELINE FRIENDS say: Beat the Taos mouse with a feral cat - they are fixed, vaccinated and ready to hunt. Call (575) 737-9208 for information.
CAT AND DOG SPAY/NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM for the town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo residents' dogs and cats. Lower-income pet owners and all feral/outdoor/barn cat owners are eligible for free dog and cat spay/neuter and vaccine services at Española Valley Humane Society, (505) 753-0228. Dogs and cats must be between 8 weeks and 8 years of age.
CAT SPAYING/NEUTERING: Free pet cat spaying/neutering is available with a voucher in Taos from the Zimmer Feline Foundation. Town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo cats are eligible. Call (505) 466-1676.
TAOS VETERAN COMMUNITY COLLABORATION meets every other month from noon-1:30 p.m. Taos Community Foundation, 115 La Posta Road, Suite A, Taos. Contact email@example.com or call (575) 737-3722.
HEROES HANGOUT is a nonprofit resource and recreation center for veterans and their families. Come join us for billiards, camaraderie and fun. We are right next door to the VA clinic at 1353 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, and are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (575) 751-2803.
NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH WELLNESS CENTER, 461 Theodora Lane, Taos, offers free events and services every day. For schedule, call (575) 741-1503 or visit notforgottenoutreach.org.
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