Featured: 'PAWS FOR THE CAUSE': Taos Feral Feline Friends is hosting its 13th annual fundraiser walkathon Oct. 7. Kim Sides (a veterinarian), Mish Rosete and Ben Mitchell will walk 27 miles. To support animal welfare and cats, citizens are encouraged to pick walkers and make a pledge by calling (575) 737-9208. There will be a free walkathon party Oct. 7, noon-4 p.m., at Bent Masonic Lodge, 124 Camino de Santiago (near St. James Episcopal Church). There will also be lunch and dessert buffets, live music by Billy and Johnny Archuleta and a silent auction featuring art, jewelry and gift certificates. Everybody is welcome. For additional information, call (575) 737-9208.
Acequias, water and neighborhood associations
ACEQUIA MADRE DEL RÍO GRANDE DEL RANCHO: Commissioners will meet Oct. 1 at 2 p.m., Talpa Community Center. Interested parciantes may attend. For more information, contact Sam DesGeorges, (575) 770-7406; John B. Gonzales, (505) 350-2729; Beverly Armijo, (575) 224-5315.
UPPER ARROYO HONDO Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association monthly board meetings are held the second Monday of each month at Hondo-Seco Fire Department at 6 p.m. Agendas are available 72 hours prior to the meeting. To have an item placed on the agenda or to get a copy, call (575) 776-8970.
DIABETES-FOCUSED FOOD CLASSES will be taught by Nancy Leicht, a registered dietitian, Tuesdays through Oct. 10 at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago. It covers the most important information for adults with Type 2 diabetes to know about food, including meal planning, serving sizes and more. Participants will receive a manual and two cookbooks. During each class, participants will prepare and sample a variety of dishes. Call the Taos County Cooperative Extension office at (575) 758-3982 to enroll. Seating is limited, and priority goes to people who have diabetes. Participants must register in advance and plan to attend all four sessions.
FREE LEGAL WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS: Legal Resources for the Elderly Program is hosting a free legal workshop for seniors Oct. 6, 601 Lovato Place. There will be a legal workshop presented by an attorney from 10-11:15 a.m. and one-on-one consultations from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Advance registration is required for one-on-one consultations. Call 1 (800) 876-6657 or (505) 797-6005.
NORTHERN REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY: There will be a board meeting Oct. 11, 10 a.m., at NRHA's office at 525 Ranchitos Road, Unit 962, Taos.
ST. JAMES FALL RUMMAGE SALE will be Sept. 29, 3-7 p.m., as well as Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago. Clothes for adults and children, winter coats, linens, household goods and much more will be offered. Call (575) 770-9103.
WOMEN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY of Ranchos Presbyterian Church will have a fall bake and Frito pie sale Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Ranchos Presbyterian Church (next to the Ranchos de Taos Post Office).
AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY COURSE for people age 50 and older is Thursday, Sept. 28, noon-4:45 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 email@example.com.
JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY GROUP reads and discusses selections of Carl Jung’s writings every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon at SOMOS. Attendance is free, but there is a nominal monthly fee for the use of the room. Contact Anne Robinson, Jungian analyst, at (575) 776-3961.
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.
TAOS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL will hold its regularly scheduled governing council meeting Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m., 110 Paseo del Cañón West, Taos. To ask questions or obtain a copy of the agenda, call (575) 751-3109 or visit taosacademy.org.
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. The next session will begin Oct. 16. For more information, call (575) 737-3730 or drop by 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.
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 Renée Quintana at (575) 758-3988, (575) 613-3268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SHARED TABLE distributes food commodities and basic health care items the second and fourth Wednesday 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 Ranchos Presbyterian Church. Call (575) 758-3166.
ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY offers supplemental groceries to all, Thursdays, 12:30-4 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (at Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn).
HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL HEALTH SUPPORT, free events at HCH Community Wellness Center (lower entrance), 1397 Weimer Road, Taos. For more information, call (575) 751-8909 or visit TaosHealth.com.
CAT AND DOG SPAY/NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM: There is a new free spay/ neuter and vaccine program for town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo residents' dogs and cats. Lower-income pet owners in these locations and all feral/ outdoor/ barn cat owners are eligible for free dog and cat spay/neuter and vaccine services at Española Valley Humane, (505) 753-0228. The program is for dogs and cats from 8 weeks old up to 8 years.
CAT SPAYING/NEUTERING: 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.
NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH WELLNESS CENTER, 461 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 are second Saturdays, 2 p.m. Call (575) 741-1503 or visit notforgottenoutreach.org.
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