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. 27

• Solar workshop

    The Southwest Rural and Indigenous Renewable Energy Resource Center will hold a free workshop for rural businesses about renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, others)  and energy efficiency. The workshop will be at the Española Public library from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information contact Peter Nardini at or call 505-268-0106.

Nov. 4

• Be a tutor

    The Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program provides free one-to-one tutoring for adults reading below the sixth grade level and for new English learners. There is a two-hour per week commitment, you pick meeting times in any public location. Ongoing tutor support is provided. There will be a free English as a second language training on Nov. 4. For more information, call 747-6162, visit, or send an email to

Ongoing events

• 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.

• Volunteers needed

  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.

• Support group

    Family and friends of those with dementia or Alzheimer’s are invited to meet at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, at Española Valley Nursing and Rehab, 720 Hacienda St. For more information, contact Marisa at 505-660-5193.

• 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 Women’s Circle, a free, safe space for women survivors of sexual violence, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 912 Fairview Lane, Española. For more information, call 505-929-2169.

• 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.

• 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

• Alcoholics Anonymous

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

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Historical society

    The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Española’s Bond House. Call 747-8535.

• 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. 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

• 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.

• Volunteers 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.

• Meditation

  Insight Meditation classes, taught by Abhaya Sandra Kopka, are from 2-3:45 p.m., Thursdays, in the upstairs library at Northern New Mexico College. The classes are free, all are welcome. For more information, send an email to, or call 505-579-4072.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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