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Rio Rancho Public Libraries host mitten trees and canned food drive

—Peter L. Wells

In support of national Mitten Tree Day celebrated on December 6, Rio Rancho’s public libraries will make available mitten trees this holiday season. Citizens and library patrons are invited to donate mittens, hats, and scarves during library operating hours to decorate the holiday tree displayed in the Loma Colorado and Esther Bone Memorial libraries from November 24 to December 20. Both libraries are collecting canned food as well. All items collected by the libraries will go to Storehouse West for distribution.

Rio Rancho’s Storehouse West is a nonprofit community-supported agency providing food, children’s clothing, and hygiene supplies to families, seniors, and individuals experiencing short-term and long-term need.

For more information, visit, or call 891-5013 for Loma Colorado and 891-5012 for Esther Bone Memorial. The Loma Colorado Main Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Blvd., and is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Esther Bone Memorial Branch Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road and is open on Tuesdays from noon to 8:00 and Wednesday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Master Gardener Training Program deadline in December

—Lynda Garvin

The deadline for the 2015 Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program is December 5. The volunteer program is designed to educate and assist the residents of Sandoval County in all aspects of gardening.

The 16-week course will begin on January 6, 2015, and end April 21, 2015. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Sandoval County Extension, located in the old Sandoval Court House in the Town of Bernalillo.

To become certified as a Sandoval County Master Gardener, completion the forty hours of classes, including testing, and thirty hours of volunteer work are required. The Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is limited to 35 students. The cost is $125 dollars. The class is filling up, so applications need to be submitted soon. First priority goes to Sandoval County residents.

Two scholarships are available for those in financial need. For more information and to obtain a Master Gardener application, contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service at 867-2582 or toll free 1 (800) 678-1802. The application is available online at

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the classes, call 867-2582 during the application process.

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