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CDOT Hosting Career Fair

SOUTHEAST COLORADO — The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding a career fair on Friday, Dec. 10 in Pueblo seeking to hire permanent and temporary, full-time and part-time highway maintenance workers in the southeast portion of the state. The fair will be held at CDOT Region 2 Headquarters, 5615 Wills Blvd., Pueblo, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Positions are available in Lamar, La Junta, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fairplay, Bailey, Divide and Cripple Creek.
Candidates who cannot attend a fair are encouraged to view the job postings and apply on-line at:   https://www.codot.gov/topcontent/employment/cdot-job-openings.html

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Trinidad Library: Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD  —  Strap on your thinking caps on Monday, Dec. 13th at 5:00p.m. for another meeting of the Philosophy Café. This month’s topic was suggested by Café regular, Angelo Cuccia, and that topic is “Place.’
How do you envision place? For me, I think of place as a space imbued with a certain context or meaning. I also believe places are liminal, and their meanings are rooted in their time and space. We often ask ourselves when a house becomes a home, but when does a home become a house again? How does our perception change through those transitions?
Consider these questions and more! We’ll hope you’ll leave “room” for this exciting discussion.
This will be a remote meeting via Zoom Meeting, and you must register to join. To get the link, email Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

HUERFANO

CS Stylings Toy Drive now on for SCCY

WALSENBURG –   CS Stylings is holding a Toy Drive to benefit the local kids in the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth. If you want to donate, you can bring a toy suitable for ages 6-19 to CS Stylings at 725 Main St from now until Dec. 18th. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 719-738-5718.

The French Dispatch at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is “The French Dispatch,” rated R, with a run time of 1 hour 47 minutes.
THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. The director is Wes Anderson.
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Movie ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, $5 for children (ages 5 to 12).

Plant a Book at LV Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and you can choose a card to give to your special person. Plant-A-Book is going on now.  All dedications cost $15.00.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information. You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

Youth Basketball Signups

HUERFANO – Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Basketball! Ages 4-12. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Signup Monday-Friday, Dec 6-17 at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, from 3-6p.m.
Or you can sign up online at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Scholarships available. 8 week season Jan 8-Feb 26, 2022.
Questions regarding youth sports? Call us at 719-742-3555.

4th Annual Holiday Giving Celebration

HUERFANO – Spanish Peaks Business Alliance would like to invite you to the 4th Annual Holiday Giving Celebration! Just like last year, we are hosting this event virtually and donations will be accepted through our website, spba.huerfano.org, starting Dec. 6th. We will host a virtual Mixer on Dec. 14th at 5:30p.m. with an ugly sweater contest, so gather your friends for a watch party if you fancy!
A full list of participating nonprofits and what they are working on will be available on our website from Dec. 6th through Dec. 14th. You will be able to contribute right from the website and receive a tax deductible receipt from SPBA. We hope you will participate however you are able to this year, even if you just pop in to the online mixer for holiday cheer!

LVPL Holiday Cookie and Recipe  Exchange

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library is hosting a “tasty” event on Dec. 9th at 2p.m. We are inviting the community to come and share their favorite holiday cookie recipe(s). Ideally, if you bring your favorite cookies, along with the recipe, we can have a cookie exchange! It is so fun to share our favorite recipes and usually there is a great story behind them. Mitzi (known for all her great recipes) will compile them into the beginnings of our Cuchara Valley Recipe Legacy Cookbook and make it available to share. Please come!

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

HUERFANO – The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce annual meeting will be held Dec. 9th at 6 p.m. at Fatt Weller’s located at 124 N Main St. in La Veta.
Please RSVP to info@spanishpeakschamber.com. Thank you to all who supported small businesses throughout Huerfano County on Shop Small Saturday. Expect a visit from Santa on his golf cart in La Veta Dec. 4th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wishing all a safe and festive holiday season!

Rocky Mountain Eye Center presents SEE with Santa

WALSENBURG – Have you been looking for a kid-friendly way to have your child’s vision screened? Join us on Friday, Dec. 10th from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for this festive holiday event. Santa and his elves are busy working to provide a safe, fun environment to give your child a vision experience that spreads happiness and joy. These walk-in exams are for children under the age of 20 and there are special kids’ frames available.
Join us for cookies, hot chocolate, and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself!

Storytime at SP Library

WALSENBURG – Do you have some little ones who love playing with trucks?  Any destroyers in your family?  Bring them to story time at the library to learn about the trucks used for constructing and destroying things.  Construction storytime will be Friday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.

John Mall Christmas Concert on Friday

WALSENBURG –  The John Mall High School music department, under the direction of Ms. Kaitlyn Knutson, is holding their Christmas concert on Dec. 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the John Mall High School cafeteria

La Veta Village Bake Sale

LA VETA — “COME ONE, COME ALL!  The La Veta Village Auxiliary is hosting a bake sale fundraiser on Dec. 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Veta Public Library.  LOTS of goodies including cookies, cakes, and pies and much more!!  See you on the 11th!!!

Praise Church Open House

WALSENBURG – On Saturday, Dec. 11th from 4-6:30 p.m., there will be an open house at the Praise Church at 311 W 4th St. in Walsenburg. Join us for a FREE evening of family fun and gifts. Meet Santa! There will be a FREE toy for every child, a FREE BBQ dinner, face painting, karaoke, a photo booth and drawings for a drone and a kids’ bike.

MoF’s Annual Market Place of Ideas, more…finally back!

WALSENBURG – Please join us to meet in person after a two year hiatus. The annual “Market Place of Ideas” and “Made in Walsenburg and Beyond” holiday mart will feature locally made art, photographs, hats, scarves, food items, soap, beauty creams, and all handmade items on Dec. 11th at the Museum on 6th and Main for the Annual MarketPlace of Ideas and the Made in Walsenburg and Beyond artists holiday gift market and community celebration.
Artists and Craftspeople will be demonstrating how they create their unique items and be available to answer questions about their process. Help us to celebrate all the unique and creative Huerfano County makers and nearby makers who continue to add to our lives with beauty, talent, ideas and products.
Huerfano County non-profit organizations are invited to share what they do and discuss how the community can get involved with their projects. We will bring in the holiday cheer with hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies and other homemade goodies.  Please call 719-738-2858 to reserve a table and share in the advertising (on Facebook) and refreshments. Saturday, Dec. 11th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Set up for vendors begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday or Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

“Pop-up” Traditions Makers’ Market

LA VETA —Several of the favorite vendors from last week’s successful Traditions Makers’ Market will be doing an abbreviated “pop-up” version from 10a.m. – 3p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11th and 18th at 225 S. Main in La Veta.
Lisa Dasenbrock, the Sandys Squared, Arthur Short Bull and more will be there with all the good things that they have to share. Plus, a new vendor that we didn’t have space for last week that has a variety of handcrafted jewelry, fiber gifts and woodcrafts. Once again, the Falcon Cheesecake Truck will be serving their delicious food and have an assortment of unique and unusual wreaths. Shop local!

Eagles Ladies Aux Brunch

WALSENBURG –The Walsenburg Ladies Auxiliary 1187 will host a community brunch on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg. Come join us again for a delicious brunch!  The cost is $5 per adult, $2.50 per child. We will be serving a yummy golden biscuit covered with creamy sausage gravy, eggs, and a sausage patty.  The meal includes coffee or juice.  All proceeds go back to the community. We hope to see you there!

Water Conservancy District Budget Hearing and Meeting

HUERFANO – The 2022 Budget Hearing and December board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Ave, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Upcoming pruning work sessions for La Veta’s Park & Tree Board

LA VETA — Do you want to learn how to properly prune trees? Do you want to help improve and maintain La Veta’s “urban” forest at the park and along the streets? Please join the PTB members for upcoming pruning work sessions on  Dec. 14 and Dec 21. We will meet at the Town’s Maintenance Building just west of the Post Office at 8 a.m.
If you plan to join us, please contact Keith Hauber at 816-277-4833. Wear long sleeves, gloves, safety eye wear and a hard hat if you can. Work sessions may be cancelled due to weather.

Holiday Traditions of the Southwest

HUERFANO – We live in an area alive with traditions of the many ethnic groups that call our beautiful area home. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is pleased to partner with the libraries in Walsenburg and La Veta to present a program sharing some of the holiday traditions of the region. Join us at 2 p.m. on tuesday, Dec. 14 in Walsenburg and Thursday Dec. 16 in La Veta to share some stories of our rich heritage. Please come and share your traditions and learn about the ones that Albert Galvan and Sandy Dolak will share. Home bizcochitos and Mexican hot chocolate will be served. Join us for a special program of holiday sharing. This program is brought to you with support by Colorado Humanities.

Book and Bake Sale at SP Library

WALSENBURG – Please join the Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library for a book and bake sale Thursday and Friday, December 16th and 17th  from 10a.m. until 4p.m. There will be a wonderful selection of books along with a delicious variety of baked goods, all at reasonable prices. All proceeds go to support the Spanish Peaks Library District. The Book and Bake Sale will take place at the library which is located at 415 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg CO, 81089.

Eagles Ladies Aux Seeking Vice President

WALSENBURG – The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 has an opening position for vice president.  Qualified members, if interested please attend our next meeting at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg, on Dec 17. at 6p.m.

SCVA Ensemble Christmas Concert
LA VETA —The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble announces its Christmas Concert schedule for December, 2021:
Friday, December 17, 6:00 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta;
Saturday, December 18, 2:00 pm, at the Gardner Methodist Church in Gardner;
Sunday, December 19, 2:00 pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Walsenburg.  This year’s concert is titled “Song Heard ‘Round The World” and features a collection of music and carols from the world’s diverse Christmas traditions.
We promise an uplifting, inspiring and thrilling presentation of Christmas joy!  Join us one and all.  Enjoy cookies and cider after the concert. Free of charge; donations graciously accepted. For additional information, please call 719-635-3000

Volunteer for Community Holiday Food Packing Event

HUERFANO – Do you love your community and want to give back in a really tangible way? Spark the Change Colorado is hosting a food packing event on December 18th from 10a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Come listen to some holiday tunes and pack delicious nutritious food for your fellow community members. Over the course of this 2.5 hour event, volunteers will pack 15,000 meals! All of those meals will stay in Huerfano County to serve your friends and neighbors. Call Josie Boynton at (303) 623-1536 to sign up and give back this holiday season.

Tom Munch Christmas Concert

LA VETA — On Saturday, Dec. 18th at 7p.m., Tom Munch will be performing a Christmas Concert at the La Veta Mercantile.
Tom has been deeply steeped in Christmas and Winter songs since he wasa born, and has made a lifelong passion of learning and expressing these songs yearly at venues all over the place. They are unique in that we all share them and know them by heart – regardless of background and generation.
Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door, and they can be purchased at:
https://www.simpletix.com/e/tom-munch-christmas-concert-tickets-90943

United Church of Walsenburg Christmas Weekend

WALSENBURG –   The United Church of Walsenburg will hold services only at 9a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19th. The  Christmas Eve service will take place on Dec. 24th at 5 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.
Service on the 26th of December will be at the regular time of 1 p.m.  All are welcome, come join us.  The entrance by the ramp on Kansas Ave will be open.

Community Holiday Blessing
LA VETA —Join us in downtown La Veta on Tuesday, Dec. 21st at sunset to stroll along Main Street or walk your neighborhood with bells, chimes, or your favorite instrument. Come as you are or wear festive or vintage clothing to ring out the old and chime in miracles. Sponsored by the La Veta Creative District.

TCs Annual Community Christmas Dinner

WALSENBURG –   FREE TO THE COMMUNITY!  Come join Tim and Cindy for their annual Community Christmas Dinner at Delaney Hall (south of St. Mary Church), Christmas Day, from 12-2pm.  Volunteers and donations are welcome.  Call 719-989-7141 for more information or drop any food or monetary donations at TCs Diner, 284 Hwy 10.

LAS ANIMAS  

Trinidad Trolley Tours begin Dec 3

TRINIDAD  — Trinidad Trolley tours begin for the holidays on Dec. 3 and go through Dec. 22.  Tours run twice a day  Wednesday through Sunday with the first tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second being at  7p.m.

Cheap Perfume and Townies  

TRINIDAD  — Thursday, Dec. 9th at 7p.m. at the Trinidad Lounge. Cheap Perfume returns to Trinidad and local band Townies making their debut. Cover is $6 cash only at door. Doors open at 7p.m., shows starts around 8. 21+

Open House at Aguilar Library

AGUILAR  — On Saturday, Dec. 11th, there will be an open house at the Aguilar Public Library from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with an accompanying presentation of the new “Community Artisan’s” art wall and with Guest Speaker Fred Dixon with “Saddlery of the Old West.”
Facemasks are optional but encouraged!

Santa’s Gift Tree

TRINIDAD  — This year, give a local senior citizen a holiday memory they’ll treasure. The First National bank in Trinidad is sponsoring this event, in which you can head to the Main Bank, Motor Bank, or Wal-Mart Branch of the First National Bank of Trinidad and choose a letter to fulfill the request of a local senior citizen. Letters are now available  and gifts are due back by Wednesday, Dec. 15th.

Monoclonoal Antibody Treatment Bus

TRINIDAD  —  Test positive for COVID-19? Looking for treatment? Here’s what to do.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get monoclonal antibody treatment to help you recover.The Monoclonal Antibody Bus is in Trinidad for the next two weeks.
Find out if you’re eligible and you can self-schedule to receive antibody treatment. Las Animas County monoclonal antibody treatment clinic bus is currently at the Health Department Parking Lot. 412 Benedicta Ave.
December 6th thru December 11th
December 13th thru December 18th
https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/covid-19-treatments?fbclid=IwAR1LGccKEeGoJ2wxF6N7n85BQMrU6kcXmUIcG41NjMvjDGyLXjLcvDAz0-4
You do not need a prescription to make an appointment at a state-led clinic. However, you must have an appointment in order to receive treatment. Call Colorado’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) for help making an appointment.

12 Books of Christmas Scavenger Hunt

TRINIDAD  — From Dec. 6 – 22, Carnegie Public Library will be holding a Christmas Scavenger Hunt! Here’s how it works.
1. Pick up a scavenger hunt bookmark from the Carnegie Public Library or a participating business.
2. Using the clues on the bookmark, locate a hidden Christmas book in each participating business. (The book remains at each location) (Don’t tell your friends where they are hidden.)
3. Once you have located all of the books, bring the completed bookmark back to the library for a prize.
Participating businesses are the Trinidad Gift Shop, Chronicle News, Fishers Peak Outfitters, Curly’s Beads, Noah’s Ark, Shirley’s Thrift Store, Perkatory Coffee House, Colie’s Cakes and Pastries, Books and More, Mutiny Café, the Art Cottage, and of course the Carnegie Public Library.

Carnegie’s STEAM Day

TRINIDAD  — Let’s celebrate STEAM!
The Carnegie Public Library is celebrating by hosting an event on Dec. 10th at the Trinidad Community Center at 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Come play with our STEAM kits and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
There are two time blocks to come participate, depending on your student’s age. K-2nd Grade will meet from 10a.m. – 12p.m., and 3rd-5th Grade will meet from 1p.m. – 3p.m.

Annual Firemen’s Toy Drive takes off in Trinidad

TRINIDAD  — The annual Trinidad Firemen’s toy Drive is a go again!  Applications for the toy drive can be picked up at the utilities department at Trinidad City Hall, 135 N. Animas St; at the Trinidad Department of Human Services, 219 S. Chestnut St; and at the Trinidad Housing Authority, 422 E. First St.
Applications are due back by Dec. 10, and can be mailed to PO Box 900, Trinidad, CO 81082, or dropped off at either fire station, at 1102 Nevada Ave or at 1605 Santa Fe Trail.
Applicants must live inside the city limits of Trinidad to qualify.  Pick up of toys will be Dec. 18 from 9am-6pm at 149 E. Main St in Trinidad.
For any questions, contact Captain Gatlin at 719-989-4863.

Painting at the Perk

TRINIDAD  — On December 11th from 1 – 3p.m. and December 12th from 1 – 2:30p.m., there will be an Ornament Making & Painting Workshop as part of a workshop series by CromeCreate. $65 for this session! Instructions, supplies, aprons, favorite beverage, and baked delectable treats are included in seat reservation! For more information call (872) 588 – 0381

Mt. Carmel’s Annual December Market

TRINIDAD  — Mt. Carmel’s Annual December Market will take place this year on December 18th from 9a.m. – 2p.m. at Mt. Carmel at 911 Robinson. Emily’s Kitchen will be open! Vendors, call (719) 845-4875 or (719) 845-4894

Santa Photos and Story Time

TRINIDAD  —  On December 18th drom 3p.m. – 5p.m., Mrs. Claus will be at Corridino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple to read The Night Before Christmas. Kids will receive cookies, hot cocoa, a goodie bag and a picture with Santa. The cost is $10, which will go to benefit ROAR Relay for Life. For more information, call Kendra Doherty at (719) 680-0693 or (719) 946-5510

Reflections Celebration and Tree Lighting

TRINIDAD  —  Sangre de Cristo Community Care invites you to participate in this year’s virtual Reflections Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony! The Reflections Celebration highlights the memorable lives and stories of many of our patients, friends, and loved ones, and culminates with a tree lighting ceremony. For more information and access to the ceremony, visit www.sangre.org/event/reflections-celebration

Christmas Carols with Apishapa Valley Chapel

AGUILAR  — Please join us on Sunday, December 19th at 6p.m. at the Apishapa Valley Chapel at 309 S Romero St. for an evening of Christmas Caroling led by our local community singers.

Colfax

Springer Choir Christmas Concert

SPRINGER  — We invite you to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year with us! Come on out  December 12th at 3p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Springer for a Christmas Concert Sing-Along. Enjoy good music and Christmas ambiance!

Holiday Events at Sugarite Canyon State Park

COLFAX  —There are several fun events taking place up at Sugarite this holiday season, so come on out and visit for a breath of fresh air and a bit of winter cheer!
— Saturday Dec. 18. from 1-4 p.m. there will be a Holiday Open House at Sugarite Canyon State Park,
(Friends of Sugarite and park staff sadly decided against Christmas on the Chicorica because of staff shortage and other considerations.)
–Raton Christmas Bird Count, also Dec. 18. Volunteers from the Raton area are needed to watch/count birds at feeders and other locations (including Sugarite.)
–First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2022. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lake Maloya Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park.

Cards of Thanks

Thank you San Isabel Thank you, San Isabel.  Terrific winds and no Walsenburg outage! ~Carolyn Newman Walsenburg,, CO Thanks from Traditions I want to thank

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