Announcements

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TAOS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL will hold its regularly scheduled governing council meeting on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 5:30 pm. This meeting will be held virtually. If you have any questions or if you would like a copy of the agenda, please call 575-751-3109 ext. 103 or visit taosacademy.org.

UNM-TAOS ADVISORY BOARD REGULAR MEETING is Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 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.

ANNUAL GREEN PARTY CONVENTION will be held virtually Saturday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. MDT. EVERYONE planning on attending MUST RSVP, prior to the meeting at convention2021greenpartynm@gmail.com.

CALL FOR ARTIST at Charles Collins Gallery on Taos Plaza. Sell your own art, have your own 8x10-foot wall. To apply, call 575-758-2309.

QUESTA CREDIT UNION ANNUAL MEETING is Saturday (June 5), 1 p.m. at the Questa Credit Union Parking Lot, 2433 State Road 522 in Questa, NM 87556. Board elections; Annual Reports, plus door prizes, food and more. See questacreditunion.org.

CASTING FOR RECOVERY ANNUAL RETREAT is Aug. 20-22, 2021, at Philmont Scout Ranch. Free fun and fellowship at the beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch. Open to breast cancer survivors at any age and any stage of recovery, who spend time learning the art of fly fishing and the calm of being outdoors and the strength of a shared journey at no cost to participants. Participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Aug. 6. Each enjoy individual room accommodations. All activities will be conducted outdoors or socially distanced. Mask protocols. All staff will be vaccinated. Applications at castingforrecover.org now through June 11, 2021. Please share this with your loved ones, friends and colleagues impacted by breast cancer.

Free COVID-19 testing

FREE DRIVE-THRU ORAL SWAB COVID TESTING Every Wednesday in June, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Taos Youth and Family Center. 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. Submissions should be no more than 750 words in length. Looking for diverse writers, writers of color, women and young people. Topics should be fit readers across the intermountain territory of Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. Readers also care about the Great Plains and the eastern parts of California, Oregon and Washington. Want authentic voices, if you work in the West and have a unique perspective on public lands, water, natural resources, agriculture or economic institutions of the West your submission is most welcome. See writersontherange.org.

General

LIBRARY CURBSIDE HOURS. Taos Public Library curbside hours April-December are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Drop box open Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 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 NM: 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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