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Letters to Santa

Kids, don't forget to mail your letters to Santa. The deadline for North Pole delivery is December 10. Send your letters to: Placitas Post Office, Santa Box. The last pickup day is December 10. All letters will be answered by Santa unless they don't have a return address.


Storehouse West helps children, low-income families and individuals

The staff at Storehouse West in Rio Rancho is still in need of women volunteers to help in the Kids Clothes Closet (finding clothes for children, sorting, etc.) and fill food boxes (repack flour, sugar, beans, rice, etc.). If you are interested or would like further information, please call 892-2077.

Storehouse West also asks if anyone knows a low-income senior citizen who could use additional food. Perhaps someone who is housebound as well. They have a program to assist low-income seniors in Sandoval County with food and items for cleaning and personal grooming every month. If you know of someone who could benefit from these services, please call 892-2077 to refer them.


Lecture to focus on feathered friends

Sandoval County Master Gardeners continues their ongoing lecture series with “Being Kind to Your Feathered Friends,” a talk by Lee Hopwood of the Wild Bird Center. The program will be held on December 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road in Rio Rancho. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call the Sandoval County Extension office at 867-2582.


Train to be a master gardener

An eleven-week course for residents who have been gardening for a few years will begin on January 13. This master gardener volunteer training program is limited to twenty-five students. The program is designed to educate and assist the residents of Sandoval County in all aspects of gardening. To become a master gardener you must complete forty hours of classes, including tests, thirty hours of volunteer work, and ten hours on the hotline.

The deadline for applications is January 6. The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Grace Outreach Center, 2900 Southern Boulevard, in Rio Rancho. The cost is $60. For further information or an application form, contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service at 867-2582 or 1-800-678-1802.


Opportunities for foreign-exchange students, hosts

Qualified high school students are being offered the opportunity to spend an academic year, semester, three-month plan, or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, New Zealand, Australia, or South Africa as part of the American Scandinavian Student Exchange program.

Until a few years ago, only a fortunate few could afford to spend a school year or summer abroad,” announced Christie Holland, ASSE western regional director. Founded by the Swedish Ministry of Education, ASSE cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education and is officially designated as an exchange-visitor program by the United States Department of State.

Fifteen-to-eighteen-year-old students qualify for the program on the basis of academic performance, character references, and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a host family. ASSE families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of the host country.

ASSE also provides opportunities for families in the United States to host students from Europe, the republics of the former Soviet Union, South America, Asia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Selected students fifteen to eighteen years of age will attend the local school for a semester or an academic year.

For further information or to set up an interview, call 520-319-2773 or 1-800-733-2773.






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