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Noticias - June 11, 2012

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• Las Vegas Elks Lodge 408 in conjunction with the New Mexico Elks Association announced that the Cerebral Palsy Commission has implemented a new program emphasizing helping those in need on a local level. The assistance the Elks give is not limited to only individuals with Cerebral Palsy any person with special needs or disabilities will be considered. Under the new program, funds will be made available for equipment and modifications to equipment and facilities for those with cerebral palsy. Visit http://nmelks.org/cpapplication.pdf for applications. Once filled out, hand deliver the application to Las Vegas Elks Lodge, 2305 Collins Drive or mail to PO Box 397, Las Vegas,NM 87701 or contact Lodge CP Chairman Veronica Morris at 505-718-9571 for additional information.
• Samaritan House Thrift Store hours: Monday through Friday; the store will be open for sales and to receive donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays, personnel will receive donations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is now taking applications for volunteers to work with children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Children are in state custody and living in foster care. Call 454-0223 or visit CASA office at 1308 Grant St. at the Rodriguez Softball Complex, mornings.
• The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department has re-opened its utility payment center at City Hall at 1700 North Grand Ave. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is for payments only.
• Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth St. Call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of NM Office at 505-292-7414.
• Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.
• The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University offers counseling services to the community. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. Sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.