2021 Fall and Winter Events

Red Ribbon Week is a time to celebrate what it means to live drug free,  honor the individuals who promote a drug free lifestyle and fight against substance misuse as well as reflect on the struggle that so many people have faced because of substance misuse.
To find out more about Red Ribbon Week visit:

Find out what is going on in the Questa area for Red Ribbon Week below!

Red Ribbon Week Activities in Questa!

Sunday October 24:

Active8 paint the town RED. Any youth interested in helping paint windows are more than welcome to help. Contact Maria Gonzalez for mor information

Monday October 25th:

DRESS UP DAY: “Sock it to drugs!” – Wear crazy socks

Fabien Ramirez with Top Youth Speakers will kick off Red Ribbon week by speaking to our Junior and Senior Highschool at 9:25am and 10:25 am

Begin Door Decorating Contest:

Classroom door decorating contest. Vida Del Norte is sponsoring a Door decorating contest and the door with the best drug free slogans and messages will get a pizza party or Ice cream Social. PreK-3 and 3-6 will be judged.

Tuesday October 26

Dress up Day: Team up against drugs” – Wear sports jerseys

Wednesday October 27:

Dress up Day: Don’t get mixed up in drugs” – Wear mismatched clothes

6:00-7:00 pm Candle Light Vigil in the Center of Town at the light, for those who suffer and have recovered from Substance misuse.

Thursday October 28:

Dress up Day: “SPOOK THE Drugs Away” Wear Costumes

DEA and National Guard will have a Helicopter and obstacle course at the elementary at 1:00 in the afternoon

Friday October 29:

Trunk or treat/Officer Appreciation at the Village 3-5

Teen Night Costume Party at Vida Del Norte Office 6:30-10 Ages 11-18

Upcoming Holiday / Winter Events - (Check back soon as this list may grow)

Vida Coalition Meetings:

Last Monday of Every Month

This month the Coalition Meeting will be on Monday, October 25th at 6 pm. This meeting will be held on Zoom.
Here is the Zoom link and ID for the meeting:
or the Meeting ID: 857 862 0293

Light Up Questa! 2021 Holiday Fundraiser

Help Vida Del Norte and the Village of Questa Spread Holiday Cheer this Year - Donate and Participate to Light up the Village this Holiday Season!

Vida Del Norte and The Village of Questa are partnering together to light up Questa during the Holidays again this year. We would appreciate any volunteer help, Christmas Decoration donations such as lights but mostly we would really appreciate participation.
We would like for families to be able to adopt and decorate approximately 30 trees that are on 522 north of the light. They would need to be decorated with solar lights, if anyone is interested in adopting a tree please reach out to Maria Gonzalez at 575-779-2260 for more information.
We are also planning a light parade and would like for anyone who would like to decorate their vehicle and participate can also contact either Maria Gonzalez or Dina Coleman. We are currently working with the school district and local business to create a tree tour that will be in collaboration with the youth of our community and the local businesses. We look forward to a very festive Holiday season and we would like to see all our community participate in the festivities.

We also need to do some fundraising to cover all of the expenses involved in lighting up Questa and decorating for the holidays.  If you are able to make a donation online please click the green donate button or contact Maria Gonzalez at at 575-779-2260 to donate cash or a check or if you have donations of lights or decorations.

Vida Del Norte Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest 2021 – Carve Substance Misuse Out of Your Life

Carve out substance misuse from your life. Enter the Vida Del Norte Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Instructions to enter:

Carve a pumpkin and take a picture of you with your pumpkin.

You can carve your pumpkin alone or in a group.

Upload your image and your name to one of the following locations:

  • Via Email: to media@vidadelnorte (use #CarveOutDrugs as the subject line
  • To Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (to be entered you need to post your image with the hashtags #CarveOutDrugs AND #VidaDelNorte so we can find your submissions.)
  • You can also share your pumpkins on the Vida Del Norte Facebook Page
  • Or upload your photos using the form below. Don't forget to type in your name and email and then hit the "upload file" button
  • Upload Photo Form ↓



    Don't forget to vote for your favorite pumpkin! Visit this page again on November 3rd to November 8th to vote. All of the pumpkin photos will be posted by November 3rd so that you can vote on your favorite pumpkins. The Pumpkin Winners will be posted on Tuesday, November 9th.

    Community Connection Day – Friday 15th at Questa Municipal Park

    The last Community Connection Day of the year is this Friday, October 15, at the Questa Park, 9 AM -12:30 PM work time, followed by community lunch. We will be installing commemorative plaques for the trees planted in memoriam, closing down the irrigation system and continuing other care and beautification efforts at the park. We hope you can join us! Wear your work clothes, hat, layers for variable weather, and bring your water bottle. If you have them, bring work gloves and yard clean-up tools (rakes and shovels) or we’ll have extras for you. (Also, there is a cool kids’ Friday activity at the Questa Library with Explora 1 – 2:30 pm.) Hope you can join us!

    Community Connection Days are collaborative, intergenerational days of community give-back and celebration, taking place in and around Questa. This consistent coming together, showing up for each other and our community is part of ongoing, Creative Placemaking efforts in our area and is made possible by collaborators: Vida del Norte Coalition, LEAP, Localogy, Taos Behavioral Health Questa SUCCESS Center, Village of Questa, Questa Economic Development Fund, Questa Farmers Market, North Central Food Pantry and many Community Volunteers.

    Community Connection Day – September 17


    This Friday, September 17, join us for the 5th Community Connection Day this season, 9 am – 12:30 PM (and beyond), downtown Questa; meet at the Questa Farmers Market site.

    Help us start the new mural at the Questa Farmers Market and make progress improving the grounds at the neighboring historic property of Casa de Cultura. Wear a hat and sturdy shoes and bring water and if you have them, work gloves. We have extra work gloves and tools on hand for all that need them. Lunch and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

    9 AM – 12:30 – Casa de Cultura, historic property beautification
    Volunteers are needed to help chip branches, spread wood chips, pull and “wack” weeds, cut back elm tree shoots and load organic waste for removal.

    This beautiful historic home in downtown Questa with the huge Grandfather apricot tree, active acequia and various outbuildings is the site for the proposed Casa de Cultura. The property is owned by Estevan Rael-Galvez who is working with Localogy to bring about the vision for Casa de Cultura, a center for creativity, consciousness and community in downtown Questa. Learn more about this project HERE.

    10 AM – 12:30 and Beyond – Paint New Mural at Questa Farmers Market

    Painting of the new shipping container mural at the market site begins on Friday! Please join in painting this lovely quilted landscape ~ the mountains near Questa. The design of this mural invites all abilities and ages to paint together. A pattern will be drawn for you to fill up with color and design! 🎨🖌

    The design, by artist Rae @rubysofrae was inspired by the land and the practice of quilting that carries on in this community (and in many places). This mural seeks to bring many small pieces together to create beauty through our brushes!

    12:30 Simple Lunch provided on site for volunteers
    Painting may and clean-up efforts may continue into the afternoon and you are welcome to participate!

    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

    Maria Gonzalez Talks About Trauma

    Video Published February 2, 2021
    In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Vida Del Norte Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks about trauma. She talks about how she is reading a book called My Grandmother's Handsy by Resmaa Menakem. She talks about how this book talks about historical and generational trauma, trauma and race and how we metabolize trauma. She also talks about her personal experience with metabolizing trauma and mentions about how this book is being read no in the Yoga Sala Book Club. If you would like to join this book club you can find out more by visiting: http://www.yogasalaquesta.org/events-workshops/february-book-club/


    A Conversation with William Borges

    Video Published January 27, 2020
    In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks with Vida Del Norte Coalition member William Borges about his experience and his involvement with the coalition. William talks about how hopes to see the youth in the community overcome the obstacles that are in front of them, develop coping skills and not resort to substance use.