By Rachel Kuc´
Vida Del Norte Coalition is helping to organize these events in Questa this summer. Put these dates on your calendar today to stay involved, and have some safe alcohol/drug-free fun!
Community Connection Days
You may have already read about the Community Connection Days in the June issue of the Questa Del Rio News. These are monthly days of service and celebration where community members of all ages work together on a project that helps make Questa even more special. Collaborators with Vida are: LEAP (Localogy), Taos Behavioral Health’s SUCCESS Youth Program, the Village of Questa, Trout Unlimited, QEDF, and the Questa Del Rio News.
Community Connection Days meet at 9 am, with lunch served at 12:30 pm.
July 16: meet at Questa Municipal Park for a summer tree planting
celebration and dedication ceremony where memorial plaques are placed by the newly planted trees. You can still dedicate a tree to a loved one for a donation of $100. For more information visit: www.vidadelnorte.com/parktrees
August 20: meet at Eagle Rock Lake
September 17: meet at the Questa Farmers Market
Family Movie Nights Starting on June 24: Vida Del Norte is hosting a family movie night every other Thursday (mostly) and continuing through the summer. These movie nights are held in the side yard, outside of our office, at 62 Highway 38. Movies will start at dusk. To find out what movie will be playing visit www.vidadelnorte.com/movienights. Vida movie night dates are as follows: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2, and September 16.
Giveaway July 31: Packets of back-to-school supplies will be handed out from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Vida Del Norte, 62 Highway 38 in Questa.
Friday Night Teen Hangout
At the Vida Del Norte and starting on July 9, our offices will be open every Friday evening, from 7 – 11 pm, to provide an alternative location for teens to socialize in a safe, alcohol-, drug- and tobacco-free space. An adult will be on site on Fridays until 11 pm.
Monthly Vida Del Norte Coalition Meetings Last Monday of each month:
These meetings are open to the public and are a great way to find out what the coalition is up to. Brainstorm ways to prevent youth substance misuse. These meetings are at 6 pm on the last Monday of the month and will now be held in person at Vida Del Norte, 62 Highway 38. People can also attend online via zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85026030334.
Summer Music-Fest Fundraiser for Skate Park August 21:
Outdoor Music-Fest to raise money to build a skate park for youth in the Questa area will feature live performances by local musicians: the UZ Band and Mariachi Cielo. Tickets will be pre-sold online at www.vidadelnorte.com, or look for the Active8 youth selling paper tickets around town and at the gate on the day of the event. This event will be held at 64 Gallegos Rd., across from the old La Cienega School and Gym. Gates open at 1:30 pm, with live music from 2 – 7 pm. This is an all-ages, alcohol-free event. Kids get in free!
Police Appreciation Luncheon October 29:
Vida Del Norte has decided to host another Police Appreciation Luncheon this fall to show gratitude to our local law enforcement and invite community members and officers to come together to share a meal and some conversation. This year, Vida will host the luncheon on Friday, October 29. This date falls during Red Ribbon Week, which is an annual Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Prevention Awareness Campaign that happens in the US. Red Ribbon Week is a perfect time to be thankful for the help that our local law enforcement gives us every day to try and prevent substance misuse in our community.
Be on the lookout for flyers around town for these events and visit www.vidadelnorte.com/calendar to see if any other events come up during the summer. Also please visit us at Vida Del Norte or call Maria Gonzalez, the Coalition Coordinator at (575) 779-2260.