Announcements

TESUQUE CASINO FREE MOBIL VACCINATION CLINIC is Thursday (Aug. 12), 3-7 p.m. "We want to be a resource to help people who want to get vaccinated to do it conveniently, safely and quickly by stopping by our parking lot."

Taos Amateur Radio Club. FCC licensing testing open to the general public, Saturday (Aug. 14) 10 to 11:30 a.m. Must have an email and FRN to take the test. Monthly Wednesday meetings have also restarted, also at Taos County Emergency Ops Center, 6 Miranda Canyon Road, Ranchos de Taos; $15. Info at Tim L. Henson S20thkbs@aol.com or 575-770-1961.

VISTA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNING COUNCIL regular meeting is Monday (Aug. 16) at 5 p.m. via Zoom platform: zoom.us/j/416203345 or by telephone: +1-669-900-6833 Meeting ID 416203345#; and in-person at VGHS, 213 Paseo del Cañon E. Parents along with the general public are invited to attend.

EL SALTO MUTUAL DOMESTIC WATER CONSUMERS ASSOC. Monthly board meeting will be held outside the Arroyo Seco Community Center on Wednesday (Aug. 18) at 6 p.m. Will also be discussing the backup well project. For more, contact ESMDWCA Larry Szczech, lszczech@gmail.com or 575-776-1894.

CALLE FILIBERTO ROAD MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION Annual Meeting is Thursday, Sept. 19, 3-5 p.m. in the large meeting room at Quail Ridge, 88 State Road 150.

FREE FAMILY LAW CLINICS - virtual and in-person, first Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fill out eighthdistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/12/Intake-form-Family-Law-Clinic1.pdf, and email to taodgus@nmcourts.gov, or send to: Virtual, 105 Albright St. Suite N, Taos. Free. Call 575-751-8634.

SIGN THE PETITION! ¡FIRME LA PETICIÓN! - All Registered Voters of La Cordillera, Llano Quemado, Los Córdovas, Ranchos de Taos, Talpa - Las Comunidades del Valle de los Ranchos. SIGN THE TRADITIONAL HISTORIC COMMUNITY PETITION! Protect our Acequias. Protect our Traditions. Protect our Independence. Petitions available to sign Friday (Aug. 13), 9 a.m. - noon at the Talpa Community Center Farmers Market; and noon - 6 p.m. San Francisco de Asís Plaza. On Saturday (Aug. 14), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Joe's Service Center. On Sunday (Aug. 15), 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Del Norte Liquors. And on Monday (Aug. 16), noon - 6 p.m., Joe's Service Center. Also, petition forms are available for download from the website, RanchosdeTaosNA.com, or by email: RanchosdeTaosNA@gmail.com or text message at 575-613-8153. Petitions can be signed during business hours at: Joe's Service Center, El Valle de los Ranchos Water & Sanitation District office at 8 Miranda Canyon Road, and Del Norte Liquors, 1574 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Ranchos de Taos.

TALPA MUTUAL DOMESTIC WATER ASSOCIATION membership can now view the annual Consumer Confidence Report. For copies call Raul E. Vigil at 575-751-4373 or see the copies at Talpa Community Center off State Road 518.

FREE RED & GREEN VEGFEST ALBUQUERQUE, VEGAN LIVING VIRTUAL FEST Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29, 10 a.m.-noon. Each day brings individuals speaking on veganism; cooking demos and giveaways. Vegan, vegetarian, veg curious, don't miss event by Sprouting Compassion (501c3 nonprofit engaging, inspiring and educating on the topic of veganism as a social justice movement). For more, see sproutingcompassion.org or contact Nancy Arena, 505-332-0446 or nancy@sproutingcompassion.org.

Economic Recovery

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY LOAN FUND Loans up to $150,000 at 1.625 percent for up to 10 years. No payments due the 1st year, interest-only due the 2nd and 3rd year, no pre-payment penalty. For information, see nmfinance.com/small-business-recovery-loan-fund-2021.

Education

TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START is now enrolling for 2021-2022. Children enrolled in other Federally Recognized Tribes, and children with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply. To schedule availability and intake meeting call 575-758-5819.

TAOS EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER AT UNM-TAOS offers free online classes for High School Equivalency (HiSet/GED) preparation, support for college, career development and English-language instruction. Also available for basic computer skills, the center offers free online classes for internet and computer basics. Email tecc@unm.edu or call 575-737-3730.

Help wanted

CHARLES COLLINS CALL FOR ARTISTS. The Charles Collins Gallery on Taos Plaza still needs a couple more artists works to hang on its walls. To apply for this great opportunity, call Charles at 704-254-5753.

WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED. Writers on the Range seeks writers of color, women and young people; topics on intermountain territory; authentic, unique perspectives on Western public lands, water, natural resources, agriculture or economic institutions; word-count 750. See writersontherange.org, betsym@writersontherange.org.

General

TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY. The library is now open to CARD HOLDERS ONLY, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To get a card, phone or email the library Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks required indoors at this time. Curbside service is Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Return items 24/7 to library Drop Box. If on delay or closed due to weather, notice will be at taoslibrary.org and Facebook. Contact 575-737-2590 or librarian@taosgov.com.

MINDFUL FREE MEDITATION COURSE: "Exploring Mindful Meditation: Basics." Online course offered free to the public by Mindful Frontiers, a local meditation community. Must register, at mindfulfrontiers.thinkific.com/

FREE FRIDAY MEDITATION CIRCLE, 7-7:20 a.m. A weekly guided-Zoom meditation. Instructor is creative director/founder Anne-Marie Emanuelli. Must register at app.ubindi.com/Mindful.Frontiers/.

Food Assistance

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TAOS. Bring canned goods or nonperishable gift Sundays, 10-11 a.m., 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, for parking lot drive-thru and drop-off of packaged foods and/or monetary donations to Shared Table, as well as foods or monetary donations for the Taos Men's Shelter. Foods must be unopened and within their expiration date. Checks should be made payable to either Shared Table or Taos Coalition to End Homelessness.

NORTH CENTRAL FOOD PANTRY OF QUESTA food distribution days are second and fourth Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. For updates, call Questa village office at 575-586-0694 or see Facebook. For an emergency food box call Jeannie Master, 575-779-9194 or Nancy Parker, 505-699-7563. To donate, go to ncfpquesta.com or mail to North Central Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1076 Questa NM 87556.

SHARED TABLE distributes food commodities and basic health care items on second and fourth Wednesdays 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, 12:30-3:45 p.m. drive-thru at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (off Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn), Taos.

Pets

PAYS TO HELP STRAYS. Thinking about adopting a stray cat? It's hard to be homeless, hungry and cold with predators always nearby. Taking in a stray is the ultimate act of kindness and Taos Feral Feline Friends, the all-volunteer animal charity, wants to help. Pays To Help Strays is a free adoption service helping stray cats of Taos County and the Enchanted Circle. If you qualify, you receive the most complete set of veterinary benefits available in New Mexico: Spay/neuter surgery; all vet-recommended testing; vaccinations for rabies, and deadly viral diseases FVRCP and FELV. To be eligible, the adopter must contact TFFF within 60 days, or in advance, of the adoption. Cats from shelters, pet stores or breeders are ineligible for this program. Call TFFF at 575-758-3519 for more information.

CAT AND DOG SPAY/NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM for the town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo pet owners. Lower-income pet owners and all feral/outdoor/barn cat owners also eligible for free 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 in Taos available with a Zimmer Feline Foundation voucher. Town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo cats eligible. Call 505-466-1676.

Free COVID-19 testing

FREE DRIVE-THRU ORAL SWAB COVID TESTING. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Taos Youth and Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañon East. Register at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org; also see curative.com or cur.tv/taos. Painless, self-administered oral swab test. Results delivered electronically within 48 hours of receipt at the lab.

FREE NASAL SWAB COVID TESTING. Mondays, 8-10:30 a.m. at Taos Department of Health, 1400 Weimer Rd, Taos. Register at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. For more information, call 575-758-0493.

NO-COST AT-HOME COVID TESTING for all New Mexicans. New Mexico and Vault Medical Services offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Order a test online at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org.

COVID-19 VACCINE DASHBOARD Stay up-to-date about the state's vaccination effort, including the number of vaccines administered: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html.

BEWARE VACCINE SCAMS: MEDICARE COVERS COVID-19 VACCINE at no cost to seniors. If asked to share your Medicare number or pay for vaccine access, it's a scam. Don't share any personal or financial information if someone calls, texts or emails promising vaccine access for a fee.

- Compiled by Virginia Clark forum@taosnews.com

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