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Placitas Community Center news

Janice Mortensen
Director, Placitas

    Community Center

A very special thank-you to all who donated items to our holiday sale. Your kindness and generosity made the event very successful. It is so nice to know that we live in a community that is helpful and caring. Again, we thank all of you that donated food and paper goods to our sale. May you all have a safe and healthy New Year.

January Events:

January 1: Happy New Year! Center closed.

January 2: Bingo 1:00 p.m.

January 5: Exercise 9:30 a.m., San Felipe Casino 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

January 6: Arts & Crafts Club 9:30 a.m., Pottery 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

January 7: Ceramic Pouring 7:00 a.m., Exercise 9:30 a.m.

January 8: Yoga 9:30 a.m.

January 9: Exercise 9:30 am., Pottery 12:30-4:00 p.m.

January 12: Exercise 9:30 a.m., Trip to Traditions! (Billy the Kid)

January 13: Arts & Crafts Club 9:30 a.m., Pottery 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

January 14: Exercise 9:30 a.m.

January 15: Yoga 9:30 a.m., Shopping 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

January 16: Exercise 9:30 a.m., Pottery 12:30-4:00 p.m., Bingo 1:00 p.m.

January 19: Center closed. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20: Arts & Crafts Club 9:30 a.m., Pottery 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

January 21: Ceramic Pouring 7:00 a.m., Exercise 9:30 a.m.

January 22: Yoga 9:30 a.m., Valentines project 9:30 a.m.

January 23: Exercise 9:30 a.m., Pottery 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

January 26: Exercise 9:30 a.m.

January 27: Arts & Crafts Club 9:30 a.m., Pottery 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

January 28: Exercise 9:30 a.m., Trip to Tinkertown

January 29: Yoga 9:30 a.m., Potluck birthday social, advisory board meeting

January 30: Exercise 9:30 a.m., Pottery 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.


Surviving loss

The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women highlights their new "Surviving Loss" tool kit. This informational packet, offered free to the public, is something everyone should have on file as a guide through a difficult time.  

The "Surviving Loss" tool kit is designed to assist men and women in the event of a death of a spouse or other close loved one. The kit includes a fact sheet of national and local resources, a final checklist, a guide for the newly widowed, and information on Social Security, probate court, grief, funeral care.

The Commission on the Status of Women has collected, created, and packaged information regarding ten topics of interest to women. These kits are packed with information—brochures, pamphlets, flyers, and resource materials where consumers may seek out additional information. In addition to the new tool kit program, the commission publishes information on sexual harassment, domestic violence, pregnancy discrimination, elder abuse, pay equity, and legal issues. 

For further details on tool kits or other commission programs , call (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168. TTY/TDD users can use NM Relay at 1-800-659-8331.


Bereavement support group

VistaCare Hospice is offering the community a bereavement support group. People who have experienced a loss related to death or other events are encouraged to participate. The group is “open,” meaning that people may attend the group at any time, as they feel the need for support.

The group meetings are held twice a month, on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., at the VistaCare office on 5201 Venice NE, Suite F. For information as to whether the support group fits your needs and the dates of the meetings please contact Mary Gray, bereavement coordinator, VistaCare Hospice. at 821-5404.


Seniors, call for a free eye exam

In observance of Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day, the New Mexico Ophthalmological Society encourages you to call the EyeCare America Seniors Program. This program offers eye exams and care to seniors who do not have an ophthalmologist (a medical eye doctor).

To see if you, a loved one, or a friend, sixty-five years old or older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, call 1-800-222-EYES (3937), twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, operates the largest public service program in American medicine, covering glaucoma, diabetes, and individual eye-care programs for seniors. All eligible candidates will receive a referral to one of ECA’s 7,200 volunteer ophthalmologists.

The EyeCare America Seniors Program is cosponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and provides a comprehensive eye exam plus treatment for up to one year at no out-of-pocket cost for any condition detected during the initial visit.






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