The deadline to submit a community announcement is at noon, Monday, the week of publication. Any submissions after that day will not run until the following week. The Rio Grande SUN only publishes free events or fundraising events for nonprofits and activities in Northern Briefs and gives preference to local nonprofits. This is a forum for community events. All announcements for events being held by for-profit businesses will be passed on to the advertising department.

Oct. 26, 27

• Jewelry and more

    The Española Hospital Auxiliary will host Larry’s Southwest jewelry and more sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, in the hospital lobby. Money raised from the sale will go toward scholarships for students pursuing a career in a health-related field and for hospital equipment.

Oct. 27

• Fall fun

    The El Rito Library will host two live theater programs, “Spider Justice” and “Energy Transformers,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. A free, light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 575-781-4608.

• Aces Fair

    The New Mexico State University Rio Arriba County Extension Office will host an Aces Fair, from 1 to 7 p.m., at the Rural Event Center in Abiquiú. The fair will host booths related to agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-685-4523 or 575-588-7423, or visit

• Halloween party

    The El Rito Library will host a party from  4 to 6 p.m., for children of all ages. There will be pumpkin painting, ghost stories, apple dunking and more. Come in costume. For more information, call 575-781-4608.

Oct. 31

• Harvest festival

    The First Baptist Church will host a free event for children and families, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 913 La Joya St. There will be prizes, food and a cake walk. For more information, contact Childrens Ministry Director Valerie Norris at 505-901-8540.

Nov. 3

• Hollyberry Fair

    The Española Hospital Auxiliary is hosting the annual Hollyberry Fair at noon, in the hospital lobby. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each, from Auxiliary volunteers or at the hospital. The drawing will be at noon. Proceeds to toward health-related scholarships and hospital equipment.

Nov. 4

• Literacy training

    Training to become a Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program basic literacy tutor or English-as-a-Second-Language tutor training will be held Nov. 4 and 17. In addition to the free training, study materials and on-going support are provided. A two hours per week, six month commitment is required. Applications are available at the Program office located inside the Espanola Public Library, or call 505-747-6162 or email

Nov. 10

• Blood drive

    The Rio Grande SUN will host a blood drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 123 N. Railroad Ave. To sign up, call Maria Lopez Garcia at 753-2126, United Blood Services at 877-827-4376, or visit and enter sponsor code ABSUN

Ongoing events

• Tutor training

    The Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program will hold two tutor trainings. Training for English as a Second Language will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 4; basic literacy tutor training will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 17. Both training sessions will be in Española. No previous teaching experience necessary. Training material and support are provided. Tutor commitment is two hours per week or tutoring, plus preparation time. For more information or to sign up for training, call 747-6162.

• Story hour

    The Española Public Library hosts story hour for children up to 5 years old from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursdays. Call 747-6087 for more information.

• VFW meeting

    Española’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5610 meets at 6 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month at the National Guard Armory on Industrial Park Road.

• Support group

    A men’s support group is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Monday at the Tewa Women United office at 912 Fairview Lane in Española. Call 575-770-6581 for more information.

• Yoga classes

    Free yoga classes to destress take place from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays on the third floor of the Española Hospital with instructor Dr. Jivan Khalsa. Contact or call 753-6241.

• Narcotics Anonymous

    Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m., every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Hands Across Cultures Teen Center in Arroyo Seco, and at 6 p.m. on Fridays at the Guadalupe Church in Pojoaque. Call Leroy at 920-5548 for details on the Arroyo Seco meetings or Caroline at 747-1754 for details on the Pojoaque meetings.

• Acoustic jam

    Valley View Methodist Church at 827 Spruce Street in Española hosts an acoustic jam session at 1 p.m. every Sunday. Call Mike Bremer at 929-1579 or Chris Herrick at 660-0264.

• Veterans services

    Free hostel-type accommodations are available to veterans who must travel more than 120 miles to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albuquerque and stay overnight. To reserve a bed in one of two rooms, or for more information, veterans need to call 265-1711, ext. 4555.

• Support group

    Women’s Circle of Hope is a Christian interdenominational support group that meets at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at New Hope Family Worship Center in El Llano. Call Pat at 614-6527.

• Domestic violence group

    ENIPC, Inc., and PeaceKeepers present Women’s Circle, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays at 705-C La Joya St. Workshops include: confidential environment, life skills, parenting, relationships and healthy boundaries, effective communication, trust building, anger and stress management, self esteem and motivation, employment, healthy eating and safety. For more information, call 753-4790.

• Gamblers Anonymous

    Gamblers Anonymous meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Bond Street in Española. Call 260-7272.

• Historical Society

    The San Gabriel Historical Society meets at 10:30 a.m., the first Wednesday of every month at Española’s Bond House. Call 747-8535.

• Blue Star Mothers

    Blue Star Mothers Northern New Mexico Chapter 4 meets at 6 p.m., the first Thursday of every month at the McCurdy School Ministries office. Mothers and family members of veterans and active-duty military personnel are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Marilyn at 505-927-4341.

• Youth help

    Those between 16 and 24, who are looking for work experience, to graduate or get their GED, can join the Access Program at Youth Shelters and Family Services in Santa Fe, for free. Call Andrea at 505-469-2200 for more information.

• Volunteer tutors

    The Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program provides free, one-to-one literacy and English as a Second Language tutoring to adults in Española and the surrounding area. Volunteer tutors meet two hours per week with either a Basic Literacy student (an adult reading below a sixth-grade level) or a new English learner. Training, tutor materials and support provided. Office and outreach volunteers also needed. Contact the Adult Literacy Program at 747-6162,, visit, or stop by the office in the Española Public Library at Lucero Center.

• Gay Straight Alliance

    The Northern New Mexico College Gay Straight Alliance meets at 3 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays in the student lounge, across from Eagle Café. For more information, call Abhaya Song at 505-579-4072, Ana X at 747-2256 or Peter Snyder at 747-5418.

• Abiquiú AA meetings

    Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held in Abiquiú Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room behind the LCDN Clinic and Saturdays at the Abiquiú Library. For more information, call 505-685-4145.

• Womens Circle

    Tewa Women United hosts Spirit of Butterfly for all women to come together, learn, share and support. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. A light meal is served at 5:30 p.m. To RSVP or for meal information, call 747-3259, ext. 1207.

• Support group

    The Retrain Your Brain Support Group for individuals with brain injuries meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bond House museum at 706 Bond St. in Española. Call 1-888-292-7415 for details.

• Retired teachers meetings

    The Española chapter of the Retired Educators Association meets at 10 a.m., the second Monday of the month at Angelina’s Restaurant. Call 753-2513 for more information.

• Veterans Club

    All veterans, active duty military and dependents of service members are invited to join the monthly meetings. You need not be a student of NNMC to attend. The club meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the Student Senate office located in the Administration Building. The school is located at 921 North Paseo de Oñate.

• Bicycling group

    Volunteers sought for the Española Bicycle Coalition, a group dedicated to encouraging children to bike to school, adults to bike to work and bike safety. For more information, call Johnnie de Schweinitz at 505-927-2636.

• Walk with ease

    The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Those who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain can have success in the program. Classes began Aug. 10, but those interested can still sign up. They are from 6 to 7 p.m., for more information, to include location, days and to sign up, call 505-685-4523.

• Mama’s milk

    Join other nursing mothers, expectant parents and families, as well as experienced Women Infants Children (WIC) peer counselors, to discuss challenges and successes, from 1 to 3 p.m., every second Thursday of each month, in the Pinion Room at Española Hospital, beginning Sept. 14. This is a free, ongoing gathering open to anyone who wants support or education about breastfeeding. Snacks provided. For more information, call or email Amy Myszko at 719-588-9020, or Stephanie Vigil, 505-927-0492,

• CASA volunteers

    Court Appointed Special Advocates, First Judicial District Court, provides advocacy in and out of court so abused and neglected children who are in foster care, have a voice and representation to ensure they are safe, have all they need for the future — and a forever home. CASA is in need of volunteer advocates for the next training class in January. For requirements and more information, call 505-820-1500 or visit

• AA meetings

    Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily in Española and Los Alamos. Call 505-603-9913.

• Al-Anon classes

    When you don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much, Al-Anon can help. The groups meet from 6-7 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Española; from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Pojoaque; and from 7-8 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Dixon. For more information, call Paul at 672-9565, Gaewyn at 579-4190 or Bette at 753-2011.

• Parents circle

    A new parents circle is open to all pregnant and parenting families with babies 0-12 month. Challenges with infant feeding, crying, colic or sleeping. Snacks and incentives provided. The group meets at Tewa Women United, 912 Fairview Lane. For more information, call 747-3259, ext. 1206.

• HELP-New Mexico

    The YouthBuild Program is accepting applications for a new program that starts in January 2017. The Program provides assistance with obtaining a high school diploma or general education development certificate, among other skills and training. Applicants to the free program must be between the ages of 18 and 24 who have not completed high school or earned a GED. For more information call 505-753-7181 or email

• Fatherhood program

    A free fathers group to connect with other dads and strengthen fathering skills meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays at Las Cumbres, 404 Hunter St., Española. Call Angelo T. Sandoval at 505-753-4123 for more information.

• Parenting circle

    Tewa Women United presents Brave Voices Parenting Circle, a free, safe space for parents of children who have been victims of sexual violence, from 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays at 912 Fairview Lane, Española. For more information, call 505-929-2169.

• Foster help needed

    The New Mexico Child Abuse & Neglect Citizen Review Board, a statewide program that provides independent and objective monitoring of children in foster care, is accepting volunteer applications. Volunteers review cases of children in foster care and make recommendations to the court and the State Advisory Committee. Those interested in child welfare in Rio Arriba County, who are able to devote 6-10 hours each month, complete mandated trainings, access and use a computer and travel within the County should visit or call 575-646-3785 for more information.

• Food program

    The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, based at 362 State Road 503 in Nambé, administers the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The program is available to low-income households of the Eight Northern area, including Taos County, Peñasco and non-Indian households within any of the Eight Northern Pueblos’ boundaries. Call 1-800-734-2488 or 455-2288.

• Veterans wall

    Veterans Memorial Wall Commission meets at 5 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month at the Convento Office. Veterans who wish to join or would like their names engraved may contact Ron Gallegos (information officer) at 505-901-9272.

• Habitat build

    Habitat for Humanity Española Valley Los Alamos began its 2017 build on April 15. In-kind donations are accepted, as are offers of labor, either on the building crew, or in support positions. Contact Habitat EVLA Volunteer Coordinator Victoria Erhart at 505-423-4982 or email, for more information.

• Volunteers needed

    The San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen on West Jonathan Drive needs volunteers to help with lunch service starting around 10 or 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.

• Womens circle

    ENIPC, Inc., PeaceKeepers will host a women’s circle from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays at 705-C La Joya St. Workshops include: family support, life skills, parenting, relationships and healthy boundaries, effective communication, trust-building, anger and stress management, self esteem and motivation, employment, healthy eating and safety. For more information, call 753-4790.

• Play reading

    A play reading club led by Rosalia Triana will meet weekly at Española’s MainStreet Theatre to read various plays. For more information, call 753-0877.

• Driver needed

    A volunteer is needed to drive from Española to the Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque on Tuesdays. Call Bernardo Jaramillo at 753-5594 or 927-3529.

• Girl Scout volunteers

    The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails are seeking volunteers. Contact Loretta at 983-6339, ext. 12, or

• Meditation

    A meditation and discussion group meets from 2 to 3:45 p.m., Tuesdays, in the upstairs atrium of the Northern New Mexico College Library. There is 30-minute meditation, followed by a 10-minute meditative walk, reading or dharma talk and sharing. Meditation instructions are offered, if needed. All are welcome — beginners, as well as those with meditation experience. There is no fee for participation. For more information, send email to

• Treatment groups

    Barrios Unidos hosts the following weekly groups: Accudetox Seeds from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Monday; Stop Underage Drinking, from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday; Men Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday; Lady in Waiting (for women only), from 4 to 5:30 Wednesday; Women Support Group, from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday; AA meeting with breakfast, 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday: Accudetox Seeds from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday. Barrio Unidos is located at #7 John Hyson, in Chimayó (the old John Hyson Mission School). For more information, call 505-351-1644.

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