Vida Del Norte Newsletter – June 2021 – Vida Summer Calendar

Vida Del Norte wants to share some of the events that they are helping to organize in Questa this summer. Put these dates on your calendar today to stay involved this summer and to have some safe alcohol and drug free fun.

Vida Town Hall Meeting
June 23 at 6pm at Vida Del Norte
– 62 Highway 38
When is Enough Enough?
Show up with your ideas of how we can:
- change the ways we use alcohol
- stop the negative consequences of overdrinking
- show our kids we can enjoy ourselves without alcohol
Let's protect our people!
Guest Speakers State Representative Kristina Ortez and Paster Peter Martinez from Living Word Ministries

Community Connections 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 to make Questa special. Collaborators helping to organize these events include: LEAP (Localogy), Vida del Norte Coalition, Taos Behavioral Health’s SUCCESS youth program, Village of Questa, Trout Unlimited, and QEDF. Community Connection Days meet at 9 am with lunch served at 12:30.

  • On July 16 meet at Questa Municipal Park for a summer tree planting celebration and also a 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:
  • On August 20 meet at Eagle Rock Lake
  • On September 17 meet at the Questa Farmer's Market location by the Visitor's Center

Family Movie Nights
Vida Del Norte is hosting a family movie night every other Thursday starting on June 24th and continuing through the summer. These movie nights are going to be held outside of Vida Del Norte, 62 highway 38. Movies will start at dusk. To find out what movie will be playing visit Vida movie night dates are as follows:
June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16

Back To School Supply Giveaway – July 31
Packets of back to school supplies will be handed out from 10 am – 1 pm at Vida Del Norte, 62 Highway 38

Summer Music Fest Fundraiser for Skate park
Outdoor Music Fest to raise money for building a Skate park for the youth in the Questa Area.
Featuring live performances by local musicians the UZ Band and Mariachi Cielo. Tickets will be pre sold online at 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, live music from 2-7. This is an all ages, alcohol free event. Kids get in free!

Police Appreciation Luncheon
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 be hosting the police appreciation luncheon on Friday October 29. This date falls during Red Ribbon Week which is a Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco prevention awareness campaign that happens annually in the United States. Red Ribbon Week is a perfect time to be thankful for the help that our local law enforcement does everyday to try and prevent substance misuse in our community.

Monthly Vida Del Norte Coalition Meetings
The monthly Vida Del Norte Coalition Meetings are open to the public and are a great time to find out what the coalition is up to and work with the community to come up with ways to prevent youth substance misuse. These meetings are at 6pm 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:

Be on the lookout for fliers around town for these events and visit 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.

Community Connection Days

Upcoming Community Connection Days
Monthly Intergenerational Day of Service and Celebration
June 18 - Cleanup Municipal Park / Downtown / Questa Farmers Market (meet at 9 at Municipal Park)
July 16 -  Questa Park: Summer Tree Planting and Celebration
August 20Cleanup at Eagle Rock Lake
September 17 – Cleanup Downtown / Questa Farmers Market
October 15Questa Park to finish the season

Vida Camp – Summer 2021

Back to Vida—Day Camp Open

Click Here to Enroll in Camp Today!

Vida Camp is back in 2021 with day camp running Monday through Friday, 9 to 4. The three-week camp is for 5- to 13-year old youth. Paying tuition is voluntary and enrollment is free to anyone. Sessions will run weekdays June 21st through July 9th.

New adventures happen each day, so campers are encouraged to attend all three weeks and those committing to the whole season will get first priority as the camp fills up.
After a tough year and a half, the summer of 2021 promises a joyful return to living life to the fullest. Summer camp is the place to make new friends, practice new skills, and take pride in doing good deeds in a fun and safe environment. Vida Camp explores our local watershed, foodshed and culture. Questa's very own day camp started in 2019 with building the Farmers Market site, and will reach farther into the community this summer.
The day camp is based at the Questa Youth & Family Center. From there, campers will be transported to local farms to learn and help out, or to hike by our scenic rivers to fish and play in the water. A wide variety of activities are planed from field games, to tying fishing flies, to digital photography. The one theme woven through the whole program is Questa's uniquely resilient lifestyle. Campers will team up to do rewarding work improving our community such as working on the acequias, harvesting produce for the pantry, and mural painting downtown.

Vida Del Norte Coalition, Trout Unlimited, Taos Behavioral Health, Questa Farmers Market, LEAP, and Casas de Culturas are among the many partners coming together to produce Vida Camp. Other entities or individuals who have knowledge to share with the kids, or work that needs doing locally are encouraged to contact Camp Director, Alejandro Avina @

Vida Camp will have a high staff to camper ratio. Activities will be mostly outdoors and will follow State Covid guidelines. Space is limited, sign up today: , or call Alejandro @ (505) 297-9250.
(Text from an article in the June issue of the Questa Del Rio Newspaper - Read this article in the paper here)

Click Here to Enroll in Camp Today!

Fundraiser to Plant Memorial Trees in Questa Municipal Park

This fundraiser is to plant memorial trees in the Questa Municipal Park.
A project of Vida del Norte, LEAP (Localogy) and the Village of Questa
More info: 575-635-2934

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago,
but the second best time is now!” – Chinese Proverb

This fundraiser was first launched to raise money for a community park cleanup day on April 23 in celebration of Earth Day. The park cleanup day was organized by LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place) in collaboration with the Vida del Norte Coalition, Questa Public Library, Village of Questa, Taos Behavioral Health and other community volunteers and organizations. During the park cleanup day trees were planted in the Municipal Park and people who made a donation of $100 will have a memorial plaque placed by one of the new trees with a dedication of their choosing. During the park clean up day, enough money was raised by this fundraiser to plant 7 trees with plaques. Participants enjoyed the park cleanup day so much that it manifested into something called Community Connection Days. These will be monthly intergenerational days of service and celebration where the community can work together on some project in the Questa area like cleaning up a park. There is still a lot of room in the Municipal Park for more memorial trees. This fundraiser will continue to raise more money to plant trees and buy dedication plaques. On May 21st and July 16th there will be Community Connection Days at the Municipal Park. During the Community Connection Days on May 21st and July 16th more trees will be planted in the park. On July 16th, the dedication plaques will be placed under the trees.

Donate $100 to sponsor a tree in honor of a loved one to plant in the park. We will create a permanent plaque to go by your tree with a dedication of your choosing. If you donate $100 to sponsor a tree you can create your dedication by using the form to the right or you can download a PDF version of this form here. Click the orange donation button to the right to go to our fundraising site and make a donation of any amount! Donations of $100 will plant a tree with a donation plaque. Donations of less then $100 will provide overall support for the tree planting project and help to buy other supplies to get other park improvement projects done.

You can donate any amount today by credit card by clicking the orange donate button on this page or send a check to:
P.O. Box 1015 168 Cabresto rd Questa NM Attn Maria Gonzalez

You can also drop off a check at the Questa Credit Union.

Please make checks payable to Vida Del Norte and write a memo on the check that it is for the tree project.

The Questa Municipal Park we enjoy today exists in large part due to the vision and diligence of the Playground Superheroes Project, a group of eight Questa High School student interns who were hired through a work-study program
in 2013-14. These motivated students helped transform the Questa Municipal Park with help from the Chevron Questa Mine, Community Build, and the Questa Economic Development Fund.



Read more about the Questa Municipal Park Cleanup Day by reading the article which was in the April 2021 edition of the Questa Del Rio News

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Anti Vaping / Smoking Billboards

Here are some Anti Vaping / Smoking  billboards found on various sites on the Internet and links to where they were found.

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