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FREE FOOD FOREST TOUR in Talpa is Sunday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. There will be a 'jungle-like diverse forest of fruit trees and shrubs.' The tour involves 10 people, is FREE and will include an introduction to permaculture: Use trees and understory edibles, support species and mulch to retain moisture and feed the soil food web. 'Hundreds of apples on only five trees and 1/8 acre of other abundance.' Call Mike Musialowski 505-901-1078 or email polacomusial@gmail.com.

CDC and NMDOH guidelines: Mask up, get tested, get vaccinated

FREE PPE DISTRIBUTION of masks and hand sanitizer by the town of Taos, to anyone in need. Call for arrange delivery to the business or call to schedule a pick up at Coronado Hall, at 120 Civic Plaza Drive. Maintain appropriate distance and adhere to appropriate safety measures for staff and recipients. Questions? Call or email Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or email JEsquibel@taosgov.com.

FREE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson, available at Holy Cross Hospital (outside the main entrance) 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday in September. Pre-register online at VaccineNM.org or call 1-855-600-3453 (option 3). Pre-registration encouraged, but walk-ins also welcome. If you have any issue pre-registering, hospital personnel can help register on site and vaccinate the same day, 575-758-8883.

BILL PATTEN, HCH CEO TO SPEAK Bill Patten, CEO of Holy Cross Medical Center will be the featured luncheon speaker, hosted by the Lions Club of Taos, on Thursday (Sept. 16). 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Taos Country Club discussing COVID-19 and variants, booster shots, etc. Lions Club membership NOT required to attend. Lunch can be ordered from the Terrace Restaurant at the Country Club. Please RSVP by Monday, September 13 to: taoslions@gmail.com

SNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING is Saturday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. via Zoom. If you would like to attend please respond to this message and a Zoom link and agenda will be sent. Email dimundo53@gmail.com.

ANNUAL GOLD STAR FAMILY DAY is Sept. 26. The NM Gold Star Mothers Organization sells luminarias to honor our fallen military heroes. This is a special year, as the organization will be using these funds to send a NM Gold Star Mother to visit her Hero. Contact Joyce Paulsen 505-980-8787 (Gold Star Mother to SFC Matthew Q. McClintock - Green Beret KIA Afghanistan 1/5/16) The group has 100 kits left to sell. Please help spread the word.

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.

UNM TAOS ADVISORY BOARD REGULAR MEETING is Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4-5 p.m. in-person and Zoom at Office of Administration Taos Municipal Schools Meeting Board Room, 310 Camino de la Placita (date, time and location subject to change). Copy of the Tentative Agenda available by emailing Rosalie at Romerochumbers@unm.edu

TAOS AMATEUR RADIO CLUB. Monthly Wednesday meetings have restarted, 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.

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.

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.

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

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, 7-7:15 a.m. Not Free: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6-6:30 a.m. early bird class for working families fundraiser for Recipes for Wellness mindfulness programs. Registration 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

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