Thursday, August 13, 2009

Area Briefs

Veterans Service Officer Visits Friday

An opportunity for military veterans to voice their concerns and ask questions about their benefits is coming up Friday, Aug 14.
Theresa Zuni, New Mexico veterans service officer, will hold office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the council chambers of Socorro City Hall.
Zuni will be able to help vets with paperwork or address questions concerning veterans affairs.
All veterans – from Socorro, Magdalena, Alamo and surrounding areas – are welcome.
Vets are requested to have with them their DD-214 and any other pertinent paperwork .

AARP Offers Driver Safety Class

AARP is offering a driver safety class, and participants will receive a certificate entitling them to an auto insurance discount.
AARP will offer the class at the Socorro Senior Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non members, per person, by check or money order made out to AARP, paid at the session.
The class is the nation’s first and largest classroom for motorists age 50 and older that helps them become better and safer drivers, according to a press release from AARP. Older drivers become more aware of changes that occur because of aging (vision, hearing and reaction time) and how to adjust driving accordingly.
Seating is limited. Call the Socorro Senior Center at 835-2119 or Tom at 835-1369 to reserve a seat.

Free Meals Available At Children’s Center

The New Mexico Tech Children’s Center has announced the sponsorship of a child and adult care food program, which offers free and reduced price meals.
Children who are members of Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or food stamp households are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.
All children will be offered the same meals with no discrimination. Yearly income standards for eligibility are determined by the number of household members.
Yearly income standards for free meals, by number of household members: one – $14,079; two – $18,941; three – $23,803; four – $28,665; five – $33,527; six – $38,389; seven – $43,251; and eight – $48,113. Add $4,862 for each additional household member.
Yearly income standards for reduced price meals are: one – $20,036; two – $26,955; three – $33,874; four – $40,793; five – $47,712; six – $54,631; seven – $61,550; and eight – $68,469. Add $6,919 for each additional household member.

STARS Program Meets Tuesday

The Healthy Family Initiative’s STARS (Socorro Teens Are Reaching Students) – STAT (Socorro Teens Against Tobacco) after-school program for students in sixth to 12th grades will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, at First Baptist Church on 203 Spring St.
The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. If interested, call Richard or Laura at 835-8707.

Thom Guengerich Scores Hole In One

Thomas Guengerich of Socorro aced No. 9 at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course in Socorro on Monday, Aug. 3. He used a 7-iron from the white tees (157 yards). The witness was Jessie Rameshwaram.

Golf Tourney To Benefit CASA

Rio Grande Valley CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its eighth annual golf scramble Saturday, Aug. 29, at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course.
Registration will start at 7 a.m., and the event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m. There will be an awards lunch at 12:30 p.m. “A” players will tee off from the blue tees, “B” and “C” players will tee off from the white tees and seniors and ladies will tee off from the gold tees.
Cost is $60 per person or $240 per team and includes practice balls, green fees, gift bags, carts and awards luncheon. Mulligans will go for $30 per team. There will be a casino hole for double or nothing.
To register, call the Tech Golf Course pro shop at 835-5335.

Car Seat Safety Class Is Aug. 26

Healthy Family Initiative offers a child safety seat class the last Wednesday of each month. This month, the class will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 26. HFI is located at 107 Faulkner St. Participants who need a car seat are required to bring $15 in either cash or money order made to Safer New Mexico Now. For more information, call Betty Cline at 835-8709.

Civitan Club Plans Annual Yard Sale

The Socorro Civitan Club will have its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the local Disabled American Veterans Hall at 200 Fifth St.
Donations will be greatly appreciated. Items like good usable furniture, miscellaneous household items, clean linens, blankets, small working appliances, dish sets, toys, art work, musical instruments, books and new to almost-new clothing items will be welcome.
There also will be a silent auction during the event. The money raised will go into the community to continue to help those in need. It is an opportunity for the community to browse and buy items at affordable prices.
For more information or to donate, call Mike or Mary at 838-0343 after 6 p.m.; Keith Valles at 835-0052, ext. 101; or e-mail

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