Be Safe, Not Sorry

The U.S. Drought Monitor has placed Farmington in the severe category of drought. These restrictions reduce the risk of fire to persons and properties by limiting potential fire sources including fireworks.

The City of Farmington has officially acted to restrict the use of fireworks within the City limits to the extent allowed under State law and will rigorously enforce fireworks restrictions.

Citizens are urged to know what fireworks are legal and which fireworks are not legal to possess or discharge within the City limits.

The following fireworks are legal within the City limits:

·  Ground & Hand Held Sparkling & Smoke Devices

·  Cone Fountains

·  Crackling Devices

·  Cylindrical Fountains

·  Flitter Sparklers

·  Ground Spinners

·  Illuminating Torches

·  Toy Smoke Devices

·  Wheels (stationary/small radius)

The following fireworks are NOT permitted to be used or possessed within the City limits:

·  Aerial Spinners

·  Helicopters

·  Mines

·  Missile-type Rockets

·  Roman Candles

·  Shells

·  Stick-type Rockets

·  Chasers 

·  Firecrackers

Any person in violation is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and will be fined $500 or imprisoned for up to 90 days or both. Any prohibited fireworks shall be seized or removed at the expense of the person in possession.

It is not the desire of the City to dampen the patriotic spirit of the celebration of our Nation’s birth and history. We encourage people to celebrate, but to do so safely and lawfully. The public fireworks display in connection with the Freedom Days events is a great opportunity for family and friends to gather in the observance of the traditions of the 4th of July. Let’s celebrate as a community, but let’s do so considerately and safely.

For questions or additional information, please contact Fire Marshal Robert Popa at (505) 599-1439.

Assayii Lake Fire

San Juan College and Associated Students of San Juan College would like to thank all who provided donations to SJC’s Community Donation Drop-off Drive for those affected by the Assayii Lake Fire.

            According to news reports, donation drives throughout the area have filled the need and officials are asking that donations now cease. The donation centers are now overflowing with water, food and personal hygiene items. Reports also stated that the Navajo Nation has asked that anyone who would like to continue to assist with the effort can provide monetary donations to Navajo United Way. All funds will go toward the fire relief. For more information, go to navajounitedway.galaxydigital.com/give.

Starry Days Planetarium Show

Take in the stars this summer when the San Juan College Planetarium presents a series of Starry Days shows, Wednesdays, July 2 through July 30, from 10 to 11 a.m.

            These shows are designed for small groups and families.  Video presentations are followed by a short sky show with planetarium star projector.

            No reservations are required, however, seating is limited and no entry is permitted once the presentation begins.  Summer shows include:

 

            July 2 – Windows on Mars:  Dance

            July 9 – On Robot Wings

            July 16 – The Flight of Apollo 11:  The Eagle Has Landed

            July 23 – Field Trip to the Moon

            July 30 – Path of Totality

           

            For further information and reservations, contact David Mayeux, at 566-3361, or mayeuxd(at)sanjuancollege.edu.  Additional information is also available at www.sanjuancollege.edu/planetarium

Skateboard Competition

Open House

Back 2 School Bash

TGIF

SJC Summer Band

Musicians of all ages are invited to play in the San Juan College’s Summer Band program, which begins Wednesday, June 11, at 6 p.m., and will meet through Sunday, August 3.

            The band will rehearse each Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m.  They will perform a concert on Sunday, June 29, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, August 3, at 7 p.m., at Brookside Park amphitheater.  Allowances are made for family travel plans.

            The class can be taken for credit or non-credit.  There are scholarships available for students who take the class for credit.

            High School students can register for non-credit classes through the Community Learning Center by calling 566-3214.  Those who are taking the class for credit must have earned their high school diploma or GED®, and may register for MUSI 180-001 online at www.sanjuancollege.edu, in Admissions or at the first rehearsal.

            A full concert listing of all music department events can be found on our Facebook site -- San Juan College Band, Orchestra and Combos.

            For further information, contact Dr. Keith Cochrane at 566-3386, or cochranek(at)sanjuancollege.edu.

SJC Summer Orchestra

Musicians of all ages are invited to play in the San Juan College’s Summer Orchestra program, which begins Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m., and will meet through Tuesday, July 29.

            The orchestra will rehearse each Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m.  They will perform a concert with guest artist Eve Fleishman on Tuesday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan College Little Theatre.  The schedule is relaxed and allows for family summer travel plans.

            The class can be taken for credit or non-credit.  There are scholarships available for students who take the class for credit.

            High School students can register for non-credit classes through the Community Learning Center by calling 566-3214.  Those who are taking the class for credit must have earned their high school diploma or GED®, and may register for MUSI 184-001 online at www.sanjuancollege.edu, in Admissions or at the first rehearsal.

            A full concert listing of all music department events can be found on our Facebook site -- San Juan College Band, Orchestra and Combos.

            For further information, contact Dr. Keith Cochrane at 566-3386, or cochranek(at)sanjuancollege.edu.

Rocky Mountain Summer 2014: The Season for Satisfaction

Durango, CO – Durango has a unique way of being able to feed your every need. Whether you’re craving adventure, rich cultural experiences, a delightful meal or some quality family time, Durango more than satisfies your appetite. Let a whitewater excursion get your adrenaline pumping, wander the trails in and around Durango to reconnect with nature, visit Mesa Verde National Park to get in touch with our ancient heritage, or stop at any one of Durango’s downtown restaurants to please your pallet. Plan your exceptional summer getaway now:  www.durango.org

 

FEED YOUR MIND:

  •  Twilight Tour of Mesa Verde:  This ancient and impressive historical site just a couple hours drive from Durango is magnificent any time of day, but the evening carries a specific allure. Experience the way shadows light the ruins on the Twilight Tour of the impressive Cliff Palace. If photography is a passion of yours, be sure to check out the new twilight photography tours. Prolong the experience by staying at the Morefield Campground where free evening programs offer a variety of presentations on both the natural and cultural history of Mesa Verde National Park.
  • Studio &: If you’re curious about Durango’s thriving local art scene, swing by Studio & on Main Avenue. Operated by 5 local artists, this unique space strives to create as a studio, sell and curate as a gallery, and serve as a confluence of art, ideas, and progress for the Four Corners region. Rotating monthly exhibitions are curated in-house, showcasing local talent. Unique to the art world, CSArt Durango is a yearly subscription service of locally-produced art. Some noteworthy summer shows include the artwork of Scott Dye, on exhibit from June 20 – mid July. The 5th annual Group show begins July 19 and remains until mid August when the Artwork of Minna Jain takes over on August 15.
  • Beauty & Necessity: Rio Grande Exhibit at Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Center of Southwest Studies, this exhibit of textiles and crafts will be on display until Dec 17. Visit the beautiful center and learn more about the traditions of local Native communities.
  • True West Railfest: There’s really no better way to learn about railroading and western lifestyle than by attending the True West Railfest, August 14 – 17. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad partners with True West Magazine to bring this unique event to town. Opportunities include riding the working train in one of the two cabooses, or witnessing demonstrations of tie pulling and spiking, dumping ballast, lifting and lining and unloading heavy equipment. While you’re at the station, be sure to check out the historic Train Museum.

 

FEED YOUR BODY:

  • Rafting, Paddle Boarding or Kayaking in the new Whitewater Park:

Whatever your vessel, the alluring Animas River offers a brilliant blend of casual floating, mellow rapids and daunting dips. New this year, the wave train at the infamous Smelter Rapid offers family fun and unique surfing opportunities. If adrenaline is your vice, a trip on the upper animas will keep you smiling for years to come. In early and mid-June, the Upper Animas offers non-stop class IV and V action, mellowing in late June and July. Even when mellow, this awesome adventure warrants a two or three-day trip, so you can take advantage of riverside camps and epic hiking options in the road-less wilderness that borders the river.

 

  • Zip-Line at Soaring Tree Top Adventures:

An adventure at high-altitude, Soaring Tree Top Adventures boasts one of the best zip-lines in Colorado and the largest in North America. During the 5-˝ hour adventure you sail down the mountainside through Ponderosa Forests and over the amazing Animas River. As an added bonus, you travel on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and dine in a tree canopy.

  • For local eats, Try Linda’s Local Foods and Cream Bean Berry: Durango prides itself on its strong farming community, the food it provides and the restaurants committed to serving it up! Aside from just serving local food, these local establishments have come up with creative ways to deliver local bounty to you.
    • Cream Bean Berry: This local ice cream shop popped up about a year ago, and has been serving up frozen treats. The only local ice-cream maker in town, you can get your fill of Cream Bean Berry from their cart located just off the Animas River Trail behind the Durango Discovery Museum.

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    • Linda’s Local Food Café: Linda’s has been preparing delicious, local food for some time now, and breakfast and lunch at their downtown location is always yummy. New and exciting this year is Linda’s Local Food CCSA. What is ‘CCSA’, you ask? It stands for Cooked Community Supported Agriculture, which means: Linda buys fresh food from farmers, turns it into creative sauces, frozen dishes, and fun soups, and then you buy it and can rest assured you and your family are eating the best there is while supporting local farmers, and with minimal effort.
  • 7th annual Tour de Farms: Talk about a great way to feed your body! On August 23, this annual event takes participants on a bike tour around local farms, ranches and gardens. There are family-friendly rides that tour around town and longer rides that take bike enthusiasts out to beautiful, bountiful farms around the county.
  • San Juan Brewfest: For the 16th year, this outdoor funfest brings nearly 50 breweries from near and far to share their craft with visitors and locals. On Saturday, August 23 head to Buckley Park in historic downtown Durango for brews, jams and a generally great time. Looking for something physical first? Lace up for the new "Thirsty 13" Half Marathon before you try a pint. 

 

FEED YOUR SOUL:

  • True West Rodeo: True West Rodeos and the First National Bank of Durango come together to bring back the western heritage of Durango. Broncs, bulls and Wild West entertainment will fill six weekends between June 4 and August 17. Head down to the La Plata County Fairgrounds for traditional rodeo fun and highlights like the Silver Belle Dancing Girls, a Native American Show, a Military Appreciation Show, a Wild West Gun Fight, a Firefighter Appreciation show and a plethora of special guests. Come participate in Durango’s journey back to its western roots.
  • Music in the Mountains: Music is good for you, the mountains are good for you, and the combination of the two offers up a truly awe-inspired experience. For the past 28 years, Music in the Mountains has produced an exceptional summer music festival with musicians of the highest caliber.  The youth program, the Music in the Mountains Conservatory is a two-week summer program of intense instruction for high school and college aged string players. Whether for a day or every day during the three weeks of this classical music festival, be sure to partake this outstanding opportunity.
  • Who’s Your Daddy: A family-friendly festival in historic downtown Durango, this Durango Discovery Museum Event celebrates the poppas, dads, da da’s and fathers among us. Sponsored by local favorite, Carver’s Brewing Company, this festive event offers live music, food vendors, a beer garden, slip n’ slides and other crafty and scientific activities.
  • Community concert series and sounds in a Secret Garden:  

Durango’s perfect summer weather offers an awesome opportunity for outdoor concerts; here are a few:

  • Concerts in the Park: The lovely month of July will be sprinkled with outdoor music events. Every weekend in July, gather from 5:00 -7:30 at Buckley Park in historic Downtown Durango for a free, family and dog-friendly event that invites you to pack a picnic and a chair, grab a spot and enjoy the community and live local music.
    • July 3: Tyller Gummersall (Country)
    • July 10: Latta Jazz Quintet (Jazz)
    • July 17: Elder Grown (Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Blues)
    • July 24: Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons (Groove Funk)
  • Summer Concert Series in the Secret Garden: From May – September, the historic Rochester Hotel’s intimate gardens offer up the perfect venue for local music. Evenings are perhaps one of the most beautiful times to be outside in Durango, and these Wednesday night concerts in the garden offer the perfect opportunity for a romantic evening with good drinks, delicious sliders by Santa Rita Ranch, and a grand community.

 

More Summer Fun…

Relax in the natural mineral waters at Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs. Visit the Durango Discovery Museum and Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. Shop and dine along our historic Main Avenue. Visit www.durango.org for information on all our summer festivals and events.

About the Durango Area Tourism Office

The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not for profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services.  1-800-GO DURANGO, www.durango.org

Like us at “visitdurango” on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Deion Tsinigine Exhibit

Artist Deion Tsinigine will exhibit an array of drawings, at the San Juan College Humanities Balcony Art Gallery, June 12 – July 3. 

            Deion was a student artist at San Juan College.  His work was featured in the Native Youth Art Camp.

            The Humanities Art Gallery is located in the Humanities balcony in the West Classroom Complex.  It is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464, or mcnealyc(at)sanjuancollege.edu.   

Kids Kollege

Messy, Messy Art, Math Maniacs, Pinteresting Preschool, and Science of Cooking – These are just a few of  the classes that will be offered at Kids Kollege, which begins June 9 and runs through August 1 at San Juan College.

            There are more than 200 such classes offered, for students ages 4-15, which will focus on a theme of Super Summer. The mission of Kids Kollege is to “provide young people with exciting learning opportunities that allow students to explore, expand and experience areas of interest,” explained Liesl Dees, director of the Community Learning Center at San Juan College.

            Kids Kollege offers a wide variety of classes and, this year, offers additional classes for the pre-teen age group.

            “We love to see kids enjoy learning in a fun and educational environment,” said Lucy Haber, assistant director of the Community Learning Center.

            The world of digital art will be available to Kids Kollege students this year. “Black Rocket” offers programs that are powered by the student’s imagination and are designed to bring ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment. Students will work in pairs or in teams to create a game apps and 3D videos.

             Most classes for ages 4-11 meet from 1 to 2:50 p.m. and from 3:10 to 5 p.m. at the main campus, with trained staff guiding students between the classes. Kids Kollege Kamps for various ages and for ages 12-15 meet in the mornings, which include some off-campus classes. The schedule includes some free classes; most cost $39, with others ranging up to $129.

            Kids may be registered at the Community Learning Center (Room 1911 in the West Classroom Complex) or online. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver, provide the child’s Social Security number or a San Juan College ID number for registration.

            For more information or to register online (for returning students only), go to www.sanjuancollege.edu/kidskollege, or call the Community Learning Center at 566-3214.

SJC Company Performance

Catch a summer concert with San Juan College Company.  During the months of May, June, and July, Company will perform at the following events:

Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. – Bloomfield Days at Salmon Park

Sunday, May 24 & 25, 12:30-2 p.m. – Riverfest – Berg Park

Saturday, May 31, noon-2:00 – Aztec Fiesta Days at Riverside Park

Saturday, June 14, TBA – Bloomfield Balloon Fest

Friday, July 4, 1:00-2:00 & 3:45-4:45 – Brookside Park in Farmington

Saturday, July 5, 1:30-3 p.m. – Freedom Days Ice Cream Social – Children’s Museum

Saturday, July 12, 6-8 p.m. – Gateway Museum

Saturday, July 19, 6-9 p.m. – Street Rodders Show, Downtown Farmington

 

For further information, contact Linda Edwards, at 566-3273, or edwardsl(at)sanjuancollege.edu .

Tick Activity Increases with the Return of Spring

Colorado residents who spend time outdoors this spring should avoid tick bites to prevent tick-borne illnesses. Colorado tick fever (CTF) is by far the most common tick-transmitted disease in this region, while Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is quite rare here. The most common carrier of both of these diseases is the Rocky Mountain wood tick. This tick is generally found in sagebrush, juniper and pine habitats in areas that have moderate amounts of shrubs and grasses from elevations of 4,000 to 10,000 feet. Adult Rocky Mountain wood ticks usually come out from their overwintering sites in the beginning of March, tick activity then peaks in April. This is expected to end in June due to hot dry conditions, though it is weather dependent.
Ticks are often found behind the knees, at the waistband and groin area, around the armpits and the nape of the neck. If you are bitten by a tick carrying CTF virus or the RMSF bacteria you may become ill. The time from the tick bite to when symptoms begin can vary from one to two day(s), or as long as two weeks. The symptoms associated with these diseases are similar. They include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and lethargy. A rash is also sometimes present. Many individuals who contract CTF will get better without treatment within a few weeks without treatment. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a more serious disease; it is caused by bacteria and should be treated with antibiotics as soon as possible.
Tips to protect yourself:
• Avoid wooded and brush areas with high grass and leaf litter.
• Walk in the center of trails.
• Use repellents that contain 20-30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions.
• Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
• Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in their hair.
• Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
• Treat your household pets with veterinarian recommended flea and tick treatments
How to remove a tick:
1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to
break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are
unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an
iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Follow-up:
If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the
doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.
Learn More: For this and more information about tick-borne disease visit
www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html or www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05593.pdf.

San Juan College students qualify for Skills USA nationals

San Juan College students made their mark at this year’s annual state SkillsUSA competition held in Albuquerque. Their skills were measured against students from CNM, Luna Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, NMSU Grants, NMSU Roswell, Navajo Tech and Dona Anna Community College.

Students enrolled in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, Carpentry, Nail Technology, Esthetics, Cosmetology, Fire Science, Machine Shop, Technical Drafting, Welding and Diesel Technology. Nine first-place finishers earned their place to compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA competitions are held at the local, state and national levels. At the annual national SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,000 students compete in 96 occupational and leadership skill areas.

AstroFriday at the SJC

Our April presentation at the Planetarium will be Speed, a 30-minute video in which we see how the need to go faster and faster has shaped people's lives and motivated their progress.

 Fueled by imagination, mankind has broken through new frontiers and expanded human potential. Daredevils, test pilots, racers, astronauts -- all of these contributors have brought people closer to realizing their dreams.  Following the video for each presentation will be a short sky show, using the Planetarium’s star projector to depict the night sky of early April.  We will also give out spring sky maps, while supplies last.  The show times are at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission charge, but there is a maximum seating capacity of 60 in the planetarium, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  In order to preserve dark-adaption, there is no late admittance into the planetarium once the show has started!

If weather permits, a free public stargaze with telescopes will be offered at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard behind the planetarium after the last show. The stargaze will last a maximum of one hour. There is no capacity limit for the stargaze, so come and view with us such objects as the craters and mountains of the waxing gibbous Moon, the brilliant, coppery-red Mars, now returning to the evening sky, and the mighty solar system behemoth, Jupiter!  If weather conditions are especially favorable, we may also see such deep-sky objects as the M81 and M82 galaxies, Orion Nebula (M42), and the Seven Sisters, or Pleiades.     

For questions concerning the program, please call David Mayeux at 566-3361. Further information about Planetarium presentations and policies are available via the internet at: http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/Planetarium/index.htm

San Juan College offers life-long learning in any subject

Would you describe yourself as a lifelong learner?  Are you an aspiring author or artist?  Do you want to have fun while getting fit or develop new computer skills? San Juan College’s Community Learning Center is pleased to offer our Spring II 2014 schedule of non-credit and Encore classes, with many choices for lifelong learning. Registration is now open and classes begin in March.

            Discover your passions and potential through non-credit and Encore classes.  Our non-credit and Encore students come from diverse backgrounds, education and experience, and many students return one semester after another because of our instructors or because there’s another topic that interests them.  Meet new people and learn from others.

            Choices abound in our non-credit spring schedule and include learning to fly fish, building and programing Lego robots, training your dog or making your own photobook online.  Combine fitness and fun with line dancing or improv/creative dance or even master a martial art such as Aikido, Tai Chi or Chi Gong. There are even options for exploring your creativity through painting, jewelry making or simple textile dyeing.

            Encore classes are specifically designed for learners 50 years and older, but classes are open to anyone 18 and older.  Students are welcome to audit Encore classes — with no grades or tests.   Master computer basics, color your world with watercolor, discover the stories behind constellations or photograph flowers and the garden landscape.

            Choose from short-term workshops or multi-week courses on varying days of the week and times of day.  Visit www.sanjuancollege.edu/clc or call 505-566-3214 for more information.

CASA Volunteers Needed

The San Juan Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer program is recruiting individuals interested in helping children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.  CASA’s mission is to support effective volunteer advocacy for the best interest of abused and neglected children and to assist in helping a child to reach a safe and permanent home.  If you are an interested individual willing to be a powerful voice in a child’s life please contact Amy O’Neill or Alysha Shipley at the San Juan CASA Program, 505 592-0168 or 505 592-0167.   Our Spring CASA Pre-Service Training starts April 8.  CASA volunteers provide hope for a brighter future for our children!  Please help us make a difference!

Grace Place

GRACE PLACE PREGNANCY CENTER IS A LOVING RESOURCE FOR WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE FACED WITH AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY.  THEY SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS AND AFFIRM LIFE WITH EVERYONE WHO WALKS THROUGH THEIR DOORS.

DO YOU FEEL CALLED TO HELP WOMEN IN CRISIS PREGNANCIES?

GRACE PLACE IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS, ESPECIALLY ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL LUCIA OR MELISSA AT 327-4747.  EXTENSIVE TRAINING IS PROVIDED.

CAN'T VOLUNTEER BUT STILL WANT TO HELP OUT?  GRACE PLACE CAN ALWAYS USE DIAPERS AND WIPES.  RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE LOW ON NEWBORN AND SIZE 3, 4 & 6.

FOR DIRECTIONS AND HOURS OF OPERATION, CALL THEM AT 327-4747.  THANKS FOR SUPPORTING MOMS & BABIES IN OUR COMMUNITY!

Be an MVP with the City of Farmington!

The City of Farmington is proud to announce the expansion of our volunteer program with the launch of the Mayor's Volunteer Program (MVP). This program offers a variety of ways for our citizens to get involved in municipal government. As a volunteer with the City of Farmington citizens will have an opportunity to put their knowledge, talent, and energy toward improving the quality of life in our community. The Mayor's Volunteer Program provides a broad source of expertise, talent, and manpower for City programs as well as an avenue for citizens to participate in local Government. As an MVP, they will benefit by gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for how our City operates and be instrumental in strengthening our community's bond. 

MVP opportunities are varied. Residents can volunteer through our Citizen Involvement Program - this program allows volunteers to help guide the City of Farmington by serving on a board, commission, or committee each with specific responsibilities. Boards, commissions, and committees study information in specific areas and make recommendations to the mayor and city council on issues within that board's area of expertise. Citizens can also volunteer for special City programs including the Citizen Insight Academy and the Citizen Police Academy. Volunteers can also lend a hand during Special Events. Events hosted by the City of Farmington offer a volunteer opportunity that will last a few days or even just a few hours - this opportunity is a great way to get a group involved or a chance to lend a hand with just a few hours to spare. The MVP Program also offers short-term projects and long-term and ongoing opportunities. Right now, the Farmington Public Library and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department have many opportunities to choose, from greeting to shelving to helping out with educational programs, there is an opportunity for everyone. 

Mayor Tommy Roberts said ""I am excited about the potential for volunteerism at the City of Farmington. This program will make it easier for citizens to identify volunteer opportunities and to engage in them. With a stronger volunteer base supplementing the efforts of City employees, we can focus more community resources on the goal of making Farmington a better place in which to live, work, and play."

Additional City Departments are working on Volunteer Service Descriptions to provide even more volunteer opportunities. Area residents are encouraged to go to the City's website at www.fmtn.org and click on the Volunteer! button to explore these exciting opportunities.

For more information, please contact Tom Swenk – Human Resources Director at (505) 599-1133.

Coffee & Kids!

Durango Joes drive thru employee Kayli, delivers a hot cup of coffee and a smile as Durango Joe’s and Citizens Bank help Childhaven find loving Foster Homes for children in need.  Please spread the word!

Foster Homes Needed!

Please stop by any of the Durango Joe's locations and take a close look at your coffee sleeve!

Durango Joe's and Citizens Bank have partnered with Childhaven to help find loving foster families for the children in our community. 

If you would like more information on how you can provide a safe, loving home for a child in need please visit our website at www.childhavennm.org or contact Susan Mullin (505) 325-5358.

United Blood Services

Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the New Mexico drives can call to set an appointment or get more information at 505.325.1505, Monday through Tuesday 9-6, Friday 9-2 or Saturday 9-1. You can sign up online at www.bloodhero.com

Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the Colorado area drives can call to set an appointment or get more information at 970.385.4601, Monday through Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-4.

FOR THE MOBILE BLOOD DRIVES, PLEASE SEE THE CALENDAR FOR MORE INFORMATION