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

Questa Area Community Calendar

This is a community event calendar for Questa, NM and the surrounding area. If you have an event to add to this calendar please email Rachel Kuc' at Please include the event title, date, time, description and a photo if you have one. Thanks!

Vida Coalition Meetings: Last Monday of Every Month

This month the Coalition Meeting will be held on Zoom on Monday April 26 at 6 pm.
Here is the Zoom link and ID for the meeting:
or the Meeting ID: 857 862 0293


Yoga Sala April Calendar

For more events being offered by yoga sala please visit their website:

Yoga Sala April Book Club

Our April book club is reading:
There There by Tommy Orange
Meets 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. MST on zoom.
Two Saturdays: April 17 & May 1

About There There:
One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, TimeO, The Oprah MagazineThe Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

Listen to a sample reading of There There.

Tommy Orange discusses his book at Politics and Prose in 2018.

For more info about the book clubs and other classes and events at Yoga Sala visit their website:





The aerosol emited can contain harmful substances, including heavy metals such as lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents. 1



Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not resemble other tobacco products.1


E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine, a harmful drug to the brain and body.

Teens are particularly vulnerable to the effects of nicotine since the brain is still developing during these years and through young adulthood. 1

Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
A recent CDC study found that 99% of the e-cigarettes sold in the United States contained nicotine.

Some e-cigarette labels do not disclose that they contain nicotine, and some e-cigarettes marketed as containing 0% nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

Nicotine can harm the developing adolecent brain, especially the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.

Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs. 2

What Is in E-cigarette Aerosol?

E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”

The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:

  • Nicotine
  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • Flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Cancer-causing chemicals
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead

The aerosol that users inhale and
exhale from e-cigarettes can expose both themselves and bystanders to harmful substances.

It is impossible for consumers to really know what e-cigarette products contain. 2

What Are the Other Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.

Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.

Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.

Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes. Nationally, approximately 50% of calls to poison control centers for e-cigarettes are for kids 5 years of age or




Use these tips to talk with your teen:

  • Check in frequently to see how they are doing;
  • Choose informal times to talk, such as in the car, during dinner, or while watching TV;
  • Be clear and consistent about your expectations regarding vaping and other substance use;
  • Establish family agreements together for social and extracurricular activities;
  • Let them know you care and are always there for them; and Continue talking with your teens as they get older. 3

Source: FAQ: Vaping and Your Kids, What Every Parent Should Know


Help your teen create an “exit plan” in case he or she is offered an e-cigarette or faced with a difficult decision about vaping (such as texting a code word to a family member). Peer pressure can be powerful, so coming up with realistic action steps and practicing them together in a safe environment will prepare and empower your teen to make good choices when it matters.

It’s never too late to start talking with your teen about the risks of vaping. As teens age, they make more decisions on their own and face greater temptation and peer pressure. Though it may not seem like it, teens really do hear your concerns. It’s important you help them understand what e-cigarettes and other vaping products are, and why they shouldn’t use them. 3


Teens and young adults vape for many reasons, including peer pressure and wanting to fit in with friends. They may also be curious about all the different flavored vaping liquids available to them. Companies that produce vaping liquids create appealing flavors, such as apple pie or vanilla, to attract teens and get them hooked on their product. 3


Recognizing signs of vaping can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. One of the most telling signs that your teen may be vaping is the presence of vaping equipment among his or her belongings. Vaping equipment includes e-cigarettes, flavored liquid bottles, and small pods or cartridges that can contain THC oil. It’s important to know that e-cigarettes come in many different shapes and sizes, and may not resemble a tobacco product. Many often resemble a pen or flash drive that can be plugged into a laptop to charge. 3

Other signs include, but are not limited to:

  • A faint scent of flavoring in your house that you can’t locate or identify
  • An increase in your teen’s thirst level;
  • A rise in the number and frequency of nosebleeds your teen experiences;
  • A decrease in your teen’s caffeine





SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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Quitting doesn’t have to be a solo journey. With This is Quitting — the first-ever text-to-quit vaping service — the help and support you need is just a text away. All you have to do to get started is text DITCHJUUL to 88709 or visit for more information.

How to Quit Vaping

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Below are links to resources with information about vaping. We would like to continue to add to this list. If you find a good link that you would like to add to this list please email it to:

Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

An Evidence-Based Resource Guide published by SAMHSA.
This guide contains a foreword and five chapters. The chapters stand alone and do not need to be read in order. Each chapter is designed to be brief and accessible to school administrators, community members, policy makers, and others working to prevent and reduce youth vaping.

Basic Information About E-Cigarettes from the CDC

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.

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Tips For Teens: The Truth About E-Cigarettes

This fact sheet for teens provides facts about vaping. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of vaping. The fact sheet helps to dispel common myths about vaping. Access sources and references cited in this fact sheet.


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American Lung Association - How to Talk to your Teens About Vaping

This guide is intended to help you have an important talk about vaping with your kids. Sure, they may think you are uncool and annoying for bringing this up, but it is important that you do. The health risks are real and they need you to fight for them. Have The Vape Talk with your kids today.


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