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TAOS LIVING TREASURES: Taos County residents are asked to nominate senior citizens deserving honors for a lifetime of volunteer service by writing a letter stating the name of the nominee and why that person deserves the award. Stress volunteer service and list the person's contributions. Letters should be sent to: Talpa Community Center, c/o Luzita Trujillo, Taos living Treasures, Box 10511, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. The deadline for submitting a nomination is July 14. A panel of judges will select two honorees, and pueblo officials will name honorees from Taos and Picuris pueblos. The celebration is scheduled at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Auxiliary Gym at Taos High School.

Acequias and neighborhood associations

ACEQUIA MADRE DEL RÍO GRANDE DEL RANCHO: Commissioners will meet Tuesday, May 23, 2 p.m., at Talpa Community Center. Interested parciantes are invited to attend. For more information, contact Sam Des Georges, (575) 770-7406; John B. Gonzales, (505) 350-2729; Beverly Armijo, (575) 224-5315.

LA MERCED DE CRISTÓBAL DE LA SERNA meetings are set for third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Talpa Community Center, off State Road 518. Contact Beverly Armijo, (575) 751-0776.

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EL DESCANSO CEMETERY: Work and cleanup will occur May 20, 8:30 a.m. or earlier. Participants should bring gloves and tools or send their $10 fee to Ranchos Presbyterian Church. Call (575) 776-4705 or (575) 741-1130.

LLANO QUEMADO CEMETERY CLEANING will occur May 20. Workers will meet at the old cemetery at 8 a.m. Weeds have been mowed, so participants should bring raking tools and wire cutters to strip off old decorations. All decorations will be removed. Anyone with loved ones at the Llano Quemado cemeteries should help. For more information, call Lipio at (575) 779-1023.

ASSISTANCE DOGS OF THE WEST, a nonprofit service dog organization, and The Mission Continues Fellowship Program seek a post-9/11 veteran in Taos for a paid fellowship. Applications are due July 17. Each fellow will receive a stipend and personal coaching and mentorship. The class will run in Taos Oct. 13-April 14. Contact denise@assistancedogsofthewest.org for additional information.

NORTHERN REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY: At 10 a.m. May 18, at the NRHA Office, 525 Ranchitos Road, Unit 962, Taos, there will be a public hearing for the 2017 annual plan. Additionally, NRHA has immediate availability for one-, two- and three-bedroom low-income housing units for rent in both Questa and Peñasco. Call (575) 758-2460 or check at local businesses in both towns for a public housing application.

TALPA CEMETERY will be cleaned May 27, starting at 8 a.m. Participants should bring their own tools. Call Del Torres, (575) 758-4905, for additional information.

TAOS COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN will meet May 20 for a no-host breakfast at 9 a.m., to be followed by a 9:30 a.m. meeting at Taos GOP Headquarters (behind the UPS Store). All Republican women are encouraged to attend. Call Sadie at (575) 751-0147.

AARP is offering its Smart Driver Safety Course (people 50 and older are eligible to attend) on Thursday, June 22, noon-4:30 p.m. at Coronado Hall (120 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos). Registration is from 11:30-11:50 a.m. This is a refresher class; it does not include driving or written tests. Participants can receive a discount on their insurance. Cost of the course is $15 per person for AARP members and $20 per person for nonmembers. Class members should not bring cash; make checks payable to AARP. Call (575) 758-3619 and leave a name, phone number and, if applicable, an email address to reserve a seat or register by sending this same information to taosaarp@gmail.com.

CAT SPAYING/NEUTERING: Four Corners Animal League offers free feral, outdoor and barn cat spaying and neutering with a veterinarian in Taos. Call (575) 425-0470. The services are also available in Española; call (505) 753-0228. Additionally, free pet cat spaying/neutering is available with a voucher in Taos via Zimmer Feline Foundation. Call (505) 466-1676. Town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo cats are eligible for aforementioned programs.

NARFE – the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 1401 – luncheon meetings are first Thursdays monthly, 11:30 a.m., at El Taoseño Restaurant. All current and retired federal employees are invited. For information, call (575) 758-4191.

NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH WELLNESS CENTER, 428 Theodora Lane, Taos, offers free events and services, including free yoga for military families, 10 a.m., Tuesdays; relaxation and pain management techniques classes, Wednesdays, 3 p.m.; acupuncture services for military families, second Friday of each month; Warrior Canine Connection Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (veterans train service dogs for fellow veterans); 12-step recovery meetings for veterans and military families recovering from addiction noon Fridays; caregiver (physical or mental) support meetings, first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m.; VFW regular meetings second Saturdays, 2 p.m. Call (575) 741-1503 or visit notforgottenoutreach.org.

TAOS FERAL FELINES: Springtime is mouse time. Beat the Taos mouse with a Taos feral feline. Special spring offer: two cats for $15. All cats are fixed, vaccinated and guaranteed ready to hunt. Call Taos Feral Feline Friends at (575) 737-9208.

Education

ANANSI DAY SCHOOL, which serves New Mexico pre-K 3-5-year-olds, is now accepting applications and registration for its 2017 summer camp and for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, call Michele at (575) 776-5711 or email anansidayschool@gmail.com.

ARROYOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Arroyo Seco has vacancies in all grades K-5 for the 2017-18 school year. No lottery submission is required and daily bus transportation is available to/from the town library. Call the school at (575) 737-6175 or visit 405 Hondo Seco Road, Arroyo Seco, to pick up an enrollment packet.

TAOS EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER is now offering high school equivalency (HSE/GED), career development, literacy tutoring and English as a second language (ESL) classes. Classes are offered in Taos days and evenings. HSE classes are also available in Spanish. For more info, call (575) 737-3730 or drop by 115 Civic Plaza Drive.

UNM-TAOS ADVISORY BOARD REGULAR MEETING will occur June 6, 4-5 p.m., Taos Municipal School Board Meeting Room, 310 Camino de la Placita in Taos. For further information, contact Rosalie O. Romero at (575) 737-6204 or chumbers@unm.edu. A copy of the tentative agenda may be picked up at the UNM-Taos Administration Building at 115 Civic Plaza Drive.

UNM-TAOS HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM (HEP) is now enrolling students. “We offer eligible participants who have worked at least 75 days in seasonal or migrant farmwork in the past two years assistance for books, meals and transportation needs while studying for your HSE diploma.” Classes are in Taos and Española Mondays through Thursdays. In Taos, classes are at 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 100. Call (575) 737-3725.

UNM-TAOS is now offering a number of health career certificate programs, including emergency medicine, nursing assistant, medical billing and coding and more. A high school diploma is not necessary to take these courses. The program supports development of academic skills, financial aid, job placement and more. Call (575) 737-3731.

VISTA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNING COUNCIL will have a regular meeting May 22, 5 p.m., in the café at the high school, 213 Paseo del Cañón East. Parents and the general public are invited. Call (575) 758-5100.

Food assistance

FREE MEAL PROGRAMS are in place at Peñasco Independent School District, Taos International School, Taos Charter School and Vista Grande High School. Students enrolled in these schools may participate in the breakfast/lunch programs at no charge, according to each school’s program guidelines. For details, refer to each specific school’s program.

HELP NM, INC. – CACFP. The organization provides help with out-of-pocket expenses incurred in an attempt to serve nutritious meals for children; non-taxable reimbursement for meals may be received in the amount of $100 to $600 per month. For more information, contact Renee Quintana at (575) 758-3988, (575) 613-3268 or renee@helpnm.com.

LITTLE POOR ONE FOOD PANTRY is open every Thursday from noon-2 p.m. for commodities. Old convent building, 205 Don Fernando St. Call (575) 770-2434.

NORTH CENTRAL FOOD PANTRY operates in Questa, adjacent to Ancianos at 148 Embargo Road. Food is distributed there the second and fourth Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY is open at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (at Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn); open Thursdays, 12:30-4 p.m. The pantry offers supplemental groceries to all.

Health

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL HEALTH SUPPORT, free events at HCH Community Wellness Center (lower entrance), 1397 Weimer Road, Taos. For more information, contact Maria Meadowcroft at mariam@taoshospital.org, (575) 751-8909 or TaosHealth.com.

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