The deadline to submit a community announcement is Monday at noon the week of publication. Any submissions after that day will not run until the following week. The SUN only publishes free events or fundraising events for non-profits and activities in Northern Briefs, and gives preference to local non-profits. 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.

June 26

• Million smile mile

    March to support the dreams of Northern New Mexico teens. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Abiquiú Lake Group Shelter #4. At 9 a.m., participants will walk, jog or run the 1.5-mile course (easier and wheelchair accessible routes available). There will be swimming, games and a barbecue at 10 a.m. at lakeside for walkers and families. To make a pledge or for more information, visit or call Leona Hillary at 505-685-9474 or

Ongoing events

• 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 educators meetings

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

• Alcoholics Anonymous

    Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily in Española and Los Alamos. Call 505-920-8799.

• 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.

• Volunteers sought

  The Plaza de Española is seeking volunteers to become docents on weekdays. Docents will volunteer in four-hour shifts. For more information contact Andrew Herrera at 505-929-3027 or

• Pueblo food program

  The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, based at 362 State Road 503 in Nambé, administers the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.

• Fatherhood program

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

• Kids' book exchange

   The Española Farmers Market is accepting donations of children’s books for its free Kids’ Book Exchange. Any child that comes to the regular market Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. can select a free book each week. Donations of used books can be left at the manager’s table. 1005 N. Railroad Ave., Española.

• 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.

• 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 Sacred Heart Church in Española. Call 260-7272.

• Adult literacy program

    The newly formed Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program is a growing volunteer organization seeking to expand its board membership. If interested, please call 505-614-5748. The Program offers free tutoring to adults reading at or below sixth grade level in our community.

• Applications accepted

  Habitat for Humanity of the Espanola Valley and Los Alamos, Inc., is now accepting applications from individuals/families desiring to be homeowners. This house will be constructed in Los Alamos. Applicants must live or work in Los Alamos, be low- to mid-income and willing to Partner with Habitat in order to qualify for this house partnership. Call Yvonne at 505-614-5853 or 747-2690 for more information or an application, or download one at

• Lose weight

  People with pre-diabetes or those just wishing to lose weight can sign up for a free eight-week minimum program to help them look at ways to lose weight through healthy eating, being active and overcoming barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. Classes, sponsored by the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service are from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Lucero Center. Class size is limited. To register or for more information, call 685-4523.

• San Gabriel Historical Society

    The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Española’s Bond House. Call 747-8535.

• Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help construct two new Habitat Homes every Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. No skills are required, only a willingness to help. Please call Yvonne at 614-5853 to RSVP for your free lunch and for more information. You may also call the Habitat Office at 747-2690.

• 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.

• Blue Star Mothers

  Blue Star Mothers Northern New Mexico Chapter 4 meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. 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.

• Veterans wall meeting

 Veterans Memorial Wall Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. 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.

• Volunteer 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 Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 747-6087.

• Yoga classes

   Free yoga classes to de-stress take place Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. 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 the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on Industrial Park Road.

• Narcotics Anonymous

   Narcotics Anonymous meets every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. 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.

• Grandparents raising children

   The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group meets for 10 sessions starting Aug. 21, until Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the months. Child care and dinner provided. For more information, call Delfinia Romero at 505-753-4123.

• Support group

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

• Habitat for Humanity

   Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help construct two new Habitat Homes every Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. No skills are required, only a willingness to help. Please call Yvonne at 614-5853 to RSVP for your free lunch and for more information. You may also call the Habitat Office at 747-2690.

• Acoustic jam

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

• Service for veterans

   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.

• Al-Anon

    Al-Anon meets every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Bond Street. For more information, call 927-4805. Wednesdays the group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Grazing Elk Drive in Pojoaque. For more information, call 445-2798.

• Support Group

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

• San Gabriel Historical Society

    The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Española’s Bond House. Call 747-8535.

• 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

• Helping Wounded Warriors

    The Blue Star Mothers Española chapter  and others are collecting health and comfort items for wounded soldiers. Drop off items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, clothes, book and magazines at Valley National Bank, 322 N. Riverside Drive, Española; the Española Library, 313 N. Paseo de Oñate; McCurdy Ministries, 261 S. McCurdy Road, Española; Curves, 326 S. Paseo de Oñate, Española; and Aaron’s Performance Diesels, 406 Calle Chavez, Española. For more information, go to

• Youth boxing

    The Española Youth Boxing Team offers free boxing lessons for youth aged 8 and up Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the J.F.K. Gym at Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). For more information, call Coach Orlando at 505-901-1261.

• Bond House Museum

    The San Gabriel Historical Society is sponsoring a new exhibit at the Bond House Museum, Farm Tools and Implements from the Española Valley, 1850-1950, with tools donated by Gilbert J. Vigil; running through Sept. 30, 706 Bond St., Española. The Historical Society meets the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the museum. For information, call 505-685-9463.

• 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, beginning Aug. 26 on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m., 912 Fairview Lane, Española. For more information, call 505-929-2169.

• Al-Anon

   Al-Anon family group can help those who don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much. The group meets from 6-7 p.m. Mondays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Bond Street. For more information, call 690-8597 or 927-4805.

• Volunteers needed

   The Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program is looking for volunteers who want to help the mission of Adult Literacy succeed. The Program is creating a team of volunteers who are interested in helping in the office at the Española Library, or aiding efforts to recruit literacy students and tutors, or being available to increase the program’s visibility in the community at public events like festivals and community forums. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Ofelia Martinez at 505-614-5748, or email

• 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.

•Women’s circle

  Tewa Women United hosts Spirit of Butterfly Women’s Circle, a free, safe space for women survivors of sexual violence, beginning Aug. 26 on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 912 Fairview Lane, Española. For more information, call 505-929-2169.

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