Announcements

Due to COVID guidelines, call to verify the anuncio is still happening.

GUARDIANS OF TAOS WATER CEREMONY Sunday (June 20) at 2 p.m. is at Kit Carson Park in front of the Pavilion. All welcome together in prayer and Talking Circle. For more information, call Clifton Bain, 575-770-2167

COMPOSTELA TAOS Free training opportunity Tuesday-Friday (June 22-25), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. a Community Health-Worker Basic Core Competency Skill training. Training is focused at individual females who have experienced being detained in Taos County. Space is limited; COVID-19 guidelines observed. To register contact 575-758-7253 and/or email compostelataos@gmail.com.

VISTA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNING COUNCIL will hold its regular meeting Monday (June 21) at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place via Zoom platform: zoom.us/j/416203345 or by telephone: +1-669-900-6833 Meeting ID 416203345#

UNM-TAOS ADVISORY BOARD REGULAR MEETING is Wednesday (June 23) via Zoom, 4:30-5:30 p.m. For more information or a copy of the tentative agenda, email chumbers@unm.edu. NOTE: Date, time and location are subject to change.

TAOS CONNECTS is a free nonprofit website that links volunteers and resources in the Enchanted Circle to neighbors in need. Features local projects from nonprofit organizations, religious groups, schools, businesses and individuals. To learn more check out taosconnects.org or to browse volunteer opportunities go to vomo.org/org/taos-connects.

TAOS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY thanks everyone for their continued support through the COVID-19 Pandemic. TCHS will host its Honoree Luncheon on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at noon, at the Sagebrush Convention Center, to honor the Return of Blue Lake to Taos Pueblo. Featured speakers are Vernon Brown, grandson of Paul J.Bernal of Taos Pueblo, and Rick Romancito, formerly decades-long Tempo editor. Please mark calendars now. Lunch TCHS members $35, non-members $40. Mail reservation and payment to TCHS PO Box 2447, Taos NM 87571. For more information, call Ernestina Córdova, 575-770-0681.

CALL FOR ARTIST at Charles Collins Gallery on Taos Plaza. Sell your own art, have your own 8 x 10-foot wall. To apply, call 575-758-2309.

COVID-19 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.

NM SAFE CERTIFIED TRAINING New Mexico businesses in all sectors are encouraged to receive training in COVID-safe practices to help ensure everyone's safety as New Mexico reopens for business and recreation. See nmsafecertified.org

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

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

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 access to the vaccine, it is a scam. Don't share any personal or financial information if someone calls, texts or emails promising access to the vaccine for a fee.

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

WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED. To submit a piece to Writers on the Range, email betsym@writersontherange.org. Seeking writers of color, women and young people. Topics should fit readers across the intermountain territory; word count 750 words; authentic and unique perspective on public lands, water, natural resources, agriculture or economic institutions of the West. See writersontherange.org.

GENERAL

THE LIBRARY is now open to Card Holders only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. If you don’t have a card and need one, contact the library by phone or email Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks are required in the building at this time.  Items can be returned to the library Drop Box 24/7. Call 575-737-2590 or email librarian@taosgov.com

LIBRARY CURBSIDE HOURS. Curbside will continue one day a week on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. If library is on a delay or closed due to weather notice will be posted at taoslibrary.org and Facebook.

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 a nonperishable gift Sundays from 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 every month 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 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, 12:30-3:45 p.m. drive-thru at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (on 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 and vaccinations for rabies, and the 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 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.

- Compiled by Virginia Clark

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