Noticias - May 20, 2011

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• Luna Community College is offering enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors. The programs will provide free tuition for up to eight credit hours, books and fees. Applications are available at the high school counseling offices and at the LCC Concurrent/Dual Credit office located in the technology building, room 114. For more information, call 454-5377 or 1-800-588-7232 ext. 175. Registration is on-going through June 10.

• The NMDOT District IV and Qualcon, Inc. announce that the 7th St. Sidewalk Project hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Qualcon, Inc. will continue installing new side walk, driveways, patterned concrete and asphalt paving on the Southbound outside lane of Seventh Street-Qualcon, Inc. will be utilizing a one lane closure on the Northbound outside lane of Seventh Street between Lowe’s Parking lot to Meadow Crest Drive. NMDOT and Qualcon remind motorists that the speed limit is 30 mph throughout construction zone. Motorists are asked to reduce your speed for your safety as well as the construction employees.

• Comedor de San Pascual is an outreach soup kitchen of the Methodist Church that operates Tuesday evenings at the Senior Center. Volunteer time is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should contact Bonnie Bolton at 505-617-8471 or bblvnm@hotmail .com.

• The Las Vegas unit of the American Red Cross helps individuals who have suffered a house fire plus engages in other emergency activities. Meetings are one Tuesday evening a month at 6 p.m. Those interested in becoming volunteers should contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224 or conniec@desertgate.com.

• The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service new hours of operation: Wednesday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. For service, call 429-0336.

• Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth St. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of NM Office at 505-292-7414.

• The Citizens Watershed Monitoring Team announced a new name that will emphasize its focus on the local area. The group’s new name is Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance. Lea Knutson, the group’s executive director, made the announcement. “Hermit’s Peak is instantly recognizable to everyone around here, so the new name will provide instant recognition that we are a local group. At the same time, we wanted a name that didn’t seem to limit us to just one watershed like that of the Pecos or the Gallinas.” Under its former name the group has been active for several years conducting classes in schoolrooms and outdoors in wildlife identification, sponsoring bird counts and monitoring logging operations.

• A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

• The United Community Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church at Eighth Street and National Avenue is open serving meals from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays.

• Samaritan House provides shelter, food and other services to local homeless people. For more information, call 454-1350 or 454-1390.

• Volunteers are needed for Girl Scouts to start troops and help girls become more confident and build character. For more information, call Loretta Armijo at (505) 983-6339, ext.12. or e-mail larmijo@gs-nmtrails.org.

• Volunteers are needed at Vida Encantada nursing home to help with activities on Friday mornings. If you are able to donate your time, call Sheena Galla at 425-9362.

• Highlands University’s counseling department is offering counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the counseling profession. Call 454-3564 for more information or to make an appointment. The counseling is confidential.The sessions are offered 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.