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Activities & Events for week of December 13, 2018


First National Bank Santa’s Gift Tree concludes Friday

TRiNidAd/WALSENBURG — The First National Bank in Trinidad’s annual North Pole Gift Tree program is concluding Friday, December 14.

Bring your wrapped gift back by Friday, December 14. For info call 846-9881.


Expanding Quality in Infant & Toddler Care (EQIT) 2019 course

TRiNidAd — Huerfano– Las Animas (HuLA) Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council,Trinidad State Jr. College (TSJC), Division of Child Care, and the Colorado Office of Early Childhood & Department of Human Services present the 2019 EQIT course. The purpose of this FREE training is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of early childhood profes- sionals, including teachers, assistant teachers, family child care providers, parents and grandparents with up to date information towards high quality childcare.

Successful completion of the EQIT course meets the Divi- sion of Child Care Licensing Infant Toddler training course requirements. Topics to be covered include:
The Wonder of Infancy
Care of the Spirit
Responsive Care giving for Healthy Relationships
Our Partners, The Families
Cornerstones of Quality Care, Health, Safety, and Nutrition (two modules)
The Power of Places and Space
Day to Day the Relationship Way: Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
Exploring Early Learning
Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn
The Joy of Discovering Literacy
Babies in Motion
Understanding and Respecting the Gifts of Culture Welcoming Children with Special Needs
Making a Difference with Relationship Based Care Celebrating Our Profession

The class will begin on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 6 to 9pm at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Ave, Trinidad, CO. This is a 16 week course. In addition to course work, it is highly recommended for students to receive at least two hours of coaching related to the course modules.

Attendance is MANDATORY to receive certification from Colorado Department of Human Services. Supplies are provided. For more information or to register please contact Deb Hartman at (719) 845-0568 or Jennifer Sanchez McDonald at (719) 845-0463.



South American trip at LVPL today

LA VETA — The LaVeta Library welcomes Irene Heikes and Sue Walker on Thursday, December 13, 2 pm as they share stories and photos from their recent adventure to South America. They hiked Machu Picchu and then traveled to the Galapagos Islands off of Ecuador and had a amazing time yachting, snorkeling and learning about the Inca culture. Come and spend an hour in South American beauty! Brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library. For info, call 719-742-3572.


Christmas is a Comin’! We’d LOVE to sing for you!

WALSENBURG/ LA VETA/ GARdNER — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Huerfano County’s premiere intra-faith choir, presents: “Sing We Noel”, a beautiful Christmas cantata based on Celtic and Appalachian melodies. Friday, December 14, at 6 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg;

Saturday, December 15 at 6 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta; and Sunday, December 16, at 2 pm at the Methodist Church in Gardner. Enjoy cookies and cider after the concert to celebrate the yuletide spirit.


SPRHC Pink Ladies garage sale

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Women’s Hospital Auxillary is having a garage sale on Friday, December 14, 10 am to 2 pm at the hospital gift shop.


Flood mitigation volunteers needed!

LA VETA — La Veta Trails has joined the Town of La Veta in flood mitigation efforts along the Cucharas River from the north town bridge along Highway 12 to the south town bridge along Highway 12. The Town will be coordinating with the National Resources Conservation Service to determine the scope of what will need to be done. Two hundred volunteers are needed in this effort. Volunteer work will begin in January 2019 continuing through next March and can include helping to remove debris from the river to serving food to volunteers. To learn more about this effort, plan to attend one of the two informational meetings scheduled for Friday, December 14, 11 am to 1 pm and Saturday, December 15, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Both meetings will be held at the La Veta Public Library.

Volunteer Sign-up Forms are available at the La Veta Public Library. The Library hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 10:00-7:00 and Friday-Saturday 10:00-5:30. The Library is closed on Sundays. Please volunteer for this worthwhile and necessary effort. Contact La Veta Trails at (719) 890-4071 or email to obtain a Volunteer Sign-up Form.


Santa & Mrs. Claus in town

WALSENBURG — Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, 5 to 6:30 pm and Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22, 5 to 6:30 pm at Walsenburg Housing Authority meeting room, 220 Russell Street. Santa will have free gifts for the kids. Please bring letters to Santa and take photos. For more information call Sam at 719-890- 1079.


Tom Munch Christmas at the Merc

LA VETA — Local favorite Tom Munch performs everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes Friday, December 14, 7 pm at the Mercantile. Join us for a fun and meaningful evening with a few sing-alongs to add to the holiday spirit. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Call 719-742-3387 for information.


Holiday store-wide sale at The Painted Horse

LA VETA — The Painted Horse gallery (formerly Funky Monkey), 206 Main Street invites you to our store-wide Holiday Sale. Enjoy Warm Wassail, snacks and music while you do your last minute Christmas shopping. We will be introducing a new line “Alchemists Arachnid” these spiders each have their own story and are available for adoption just in time for Christmas. Shop for art, leather vests and purses, jewelry, cards, stockings, quilts and robots. Everything in the gallery will be 10% off. Free gift wrapping for anything purchased this weekend, 9 am-5 pm, Saturday, December 15.


Christmas dinner and a show at Spanish Peaks Church

LA VETA — Please join us for a Christmas Program Saturday, December 15, 6 pm (dinner show). Tickets for the dinner show are $10/$5. Sunday, December 16 there will be a matinee showing at 3 pm. Matinee tickets (desserts only) are $5. Spanish Peaks Church is located at 311 S. Main Street. Please RSVP as seating is limited; 719-742-3476.


Walsenburg RE-1 Music at Daily Perks

WALSENBURG — Come out to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Small Ensembles (Chamber Groups) Saturday, December 15, 6 to 7 pm at Daily Perks Coffee and Eats, 110 E 5th Street. All music department events are free to the public. It means a lot to our students when they see the community supporting them in the arts! Your presence may influence a student to practice harder and become a better musician!


Celtic Christmas music and tales with Celtic Orphans

LA VETA — Come enjoy an afternoon of Christmas and Celtic music with the Celtic Orphans Sunday, December 16, 2 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Don’t miss the entertaining stories by Jack Yule. Come celebrate the season with this free event.


Future of Huerfano County Forum at the Fox

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance in- vites you to attend the Future of Huerfano County forum Monday, December 17, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Fox Theatre in Walsenburg. The Forum, presented by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), will discuss the trends we are seeing across the state in relation to economic resiliency and how these trends may impact Huerfano County. The goal of this meeting is to share an overview of economic and demographic trends and to focus specifically on topics like wages and regional demographics impacting Huerfano County. We will use this as the foundation to discuss how Huerfano County can strategically leverage this information and identify how OEDIT can best support future efforts.


Order now! SCCY Holiday Tamale Sale

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth (SCCY) is having a holiday tamale sale. These delicious tamales need to be pre-ordered by Tuesday, December 18. Orders can be made by calling 719-738-1573, 719-746-0463 or 719-989-7813. You can also order tamales on our Facebook page. The cost of the tamales is $17 a dozen. The tamales will be ready for pick up at SCCY on Friday, December 21, 2018 after 3. Thank you for your continued support of the youth of Huerfano County.


Huerfano Re-1 Music Department Winter Concert

WALSENBURG — Come one! Come all! to our 2018 Winter Concert Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 to 9 pm at Washington School (201 E 5th St). Doors will open at 6:15 pm. This is a free concert, with a suggested $5 donation at the door. Seating is limited, so first come, first served!


Holiday Auction features non-profit organizations

WALSENBURG — Calling all businesses in the Spanish Peaks Region. The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance is planning a Holiday Auction event Wednesday, December 19, 6 to 8 pm at La Plaza Inn. We would like to personally invite you to attend!

We have invited non-profit organizations in the Spanish Peaks Region to present a 60-second speech regarding an over- view of their organization and the type of funding it needs on a yearly basis to succeed. The non-profit will then be auctioned off to local businesses with the amount of the winning bid going to support the non-profit. As business owners, we understand it is financially challenging to sponsor each of the non-profits in our region and it is even more challenging to make the decision of who to sponsor and who not to sponsor. We are hoping to make a greater impact on these non-profits by partnering 1 organization with one business for a full year rather than trying to carry the burden of sponsoring as many organizations as possible. Of course, every dollar will be a tax deductible which is just in time at year-end and/or 4th quarter financials.


Christmas Movie Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Thursday, December 20, 7 pm is Movie Night at La Veta Mercantile. Join us for the movie White Christmas. We’ll have an ugly sweater contest with prizes for the very best. This event is free!


Broadband fund comment period now open

HUERfANO COUNTy — The Broadband Deployment Board has begun accepting comments on applications for the fall 2018 grant cycle. Please visit broadband-fund/apps-received to view the applications and use our online form to submit comments. All comments must be received on or before Friday, December 21. Submissions received after this date will not be considered by the Board.

Huerfano County citizens, please comment in support of the grant for broadband expansion up Highway 12 to the Cuchara area. Reasons in support can be: the economy, the fire, and our need for broadband as it is unavailable from CenturyLink. Please take the time to do this. The application number is 2018-3. There are 18 applicants for this grant so input is critical.

Comments may also be submitted by email to or by mail to:
Broadband Fund
Department of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202

Please see our website at for more information and thank you for taking the time to get involved in our grant process.


The Cody Sisters at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The Cody Sisters will play Saturday, December 22, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The Cody Sisters experience blends old time, swing, gypsy jazz, jazz, folk, and modern Bluegrass together in a completely unique sound that stays with their audiences for weeks to come. Their original songs and sound always leave a lasting impression. Not simply a family band by any stretch of the imagination. Tickets: are $15 at the door.


Christmas Bird Count, La Veta

LA VETA — The 30th annual Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society will be held Saturday, December 22, 8 am at La Veta Town Park. Regardless of experience with birding, everyone is welcomed. Bird as long as you wish. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and enjoy the camaraderie of other for this free event. Bring a sack lunch and meet at noon at a local home; continue to bird in the afternoon if you wish. Call Tom at 742-3776 with questions.


Miss the parade? Come see the St. Mary float

WALSENBURG — The St. Mary Catholic Church Parade of Lights Float will be on final display Saturday, December 22, 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Colorado State Veterans’ Community Living Center then at St. Mary Church from 6 to 8 pm.


TCS seeking donations and volunteers for the annual Christmas Dinner

WALSENBURG — TCS is hosting its annual free Christmas dinner from 11 am to 2 pm at 284 Hwy 10 on Christians day. Tim and Cindy are now looking for volunteers and do- nations to make this a great success. Call Cindy at TCS to volunteer, donate, or for more information: 719-989-7141.



Mt. Carmel Youth Choir Concert tonight

TRINIDAD — The youth choir is ready to perform their seasonal, holiday set for the community Thursday, December 13, 7 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. There is no admission charge.


Book Readers Rock! at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Book Readers Rock! is a book club for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. They meet once a month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas Street. The next meeting is Friday, December 14, 1:30 to 3 pm. Bring your favorite book!


Corazon Gallery Holiday sale

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main street is having a holiday special store wide sale, 10% off, on Friday, December 14, AND Friday December 21. Store hours for the sale are 10 am to 7:30 pm (weather permitting).

Almost everything in the store is handmade by local artists and is one of a kind. If you are looking for a gift or something different and unique for that special someone, you may find it here. They have something for everyone. Prices start from $5. Come and check out their jewelry, clothing, pottery, wall art, coffee mugs and lovely Fair Trade baskets, along with many other unique items. Thank you for shopping local & supporting Trinidad’s artist community.


Book signing by Kim Krisco at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The library is excited to host a book signing introducing Kim Krisco’s newest Sherlock Holmes novel, The Celtic Phoenix. Kim will be at the library on Friday, December 14, 5 to 7:30 pm.

The event will include: Book sales at a special reduced rate; readings by the author; sample readings from the audio book; Sherlock Holmes quiz, with book prizes for winner and runner-up; questions and answer session, about the book, and about the writing and publishing process. This event is free and open to the public.


Meet & Greet Ashley St. Lawrence

TRINIDAD — Meet the Trinidad History Museum’s December to February Artist-in-Residence, Ashley St. Lawrence, Friday, December 14, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Museum, 120 S Chestnut Street.

We are thrilled to introduce Ashley St. Lawrence joining us from Florida. She is here to teach and share digital art, graphic novel work, illustration work, and more! All are welcome to this free event.


Christmas trolley tours

TRINIDAD — Trolley tours to see the beautifully decorated homes and businesses competing in the lighting contests began Wednesday, December 5 and will end on Sunday, December 23, Wednesday through Sunday with tours beginning at 5:30 and 7 pm.


Moonlit Ugly Sweater Christmas Hike at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — Be sure to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for the ugly sweater hike Saturday, December 15, 5 to 7 pm! Join the Friends of Trini- dad Lake State Park for hot chocolate, treats, a fire, and prizes including a Frog Hollow broom!

Meet at the amphitheater and enjoy some hot chocolate around the fire while we award prizes before heading out on the hike. Dress warm and in layers, we will be hiking a one mile loop. Participants are also required to bring a flashlight or headlamp for the evening hike.

This event is free to the public. All vehicles must have a daily or annual Park pass. Trinidad Lake State Park is located at 32610 CO 12.


Old-Fashioned Christmas at SCRT

TRINIDAD — SCRT and the Trinidad Community Chorale proudly present the 2nd Annual “Old-Fashioned Christmas” Saturday, December 15, 6:30 to 8 pm. The Chorale will again be singing favorite Christmas songs and leading the audience in singing Christmas carols. After the singing has concluded, a “Special Guest” will arrive and be avail- able for photos. Kids of all ages are welcome!

Christmas goodies will be available at the SCRT concession stand. While the performance is free, donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the production costs. Doors open at 6 pm. Last year, every seat was filled, so come early to make sure you get a seat! The Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT) is found at 131 W Main Street.


Wiskey Creek and Blue Canyon Band this weekend at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spanish Peaks Inn is the home of drinks, food, live music, and dancing in scenic Gulnare! This weekend enjoy the music of Wiskey Creek Saturday, December 15, 8 pm to 12 pm. There is a $5 cover charge. Sunday afternoon, December 16, 4 to 8 pm music from Blue Canyon Band, a dance, potluck dinner, and an Ugly Sweater contest will be rocking the Inn. Spanish Peaks Inn Bar, Grill & RV Park is located at 22590 CR 41.6


Cajun Christmas gumbo lunch & auction

TRINIDAD — Bruce & Christianne will provide Cajun gumbo and entertainment Sunday, December 16, 12 to 3 pm at Fishers Peak Community Church, 10377 Santa Fe Trail. Everyone else get out your Christmas dessert recipes and bring desserts for the silent auction. All monies from the dessert auction will go to our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.


Support ROAR by booking Santa—call today!

TRINIDAD — This ROAR Christmas fundraiser is called “Santa Tuck- in”. Santa and Mrs. Claus will come to your home and read Twas the Night Before Christmas to your special kid for only $10. Call now to schedule a time after 3 pm on Sunday, December 16 or Sunday, December 23 in the Trinidad area: 719-680-0693, or 719-946-5510.


Fisher’s Peak Ranch Visioning Project

TRINIDAD — We want to hear your vision for Fisher’s Peak Ranch! The City of Trinidad, Trust for Public Land (TPL), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are working together to acquire the Fisher’s Peak Ranch in southeast Colorado for a future transfer to public ownership. This 19,200-acre ranch sits on the edge of Trinidad and contains Fisher’s Peak.

On Monday, December 17 the City of Trinidad and their partners, TPL and TNC, will launch the Fisher’s Peak Ranch Visioning Project and begin collecting community feedback on how the property can best serve Trinidad and Colorado. A member of the Fisher’s Peak Ranch Visioning Team will be stationed at a table in Las Animas Grill on Monday, Dec 17, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Please pop in at your convenience to learn more about the project and the property and to share your ideas for the future conservation and enjoyment of the Fisher’s Peak Ranch.

Later, at 5:30pm on Dec 17, we’ll host a PRESENTATION & COMMUNITY BRAINSTORM at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theater. Representatives from TPL, TNC, and the City of Trinidad will provide an update on the Fisher’s Peak Ranch project, answer questions and invite you to share your dreams and ideas for the property. Can’t make it on Dec 17th?… Please email us your ideas and/or reach out to schedule a call with our team: You can also follow the project and provide input on Facebook and Instagram (hit the icons below to “like” us and email us).


Better Conversations at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas Street hosts “Better Conversations” once a month. The next meeting is Monday, December 17, 5 to 6 pm. This group focuses on improving human communication. All are welcome.


Big O Tires Shares Big Holiday Love

TRINIDAD — Big O Tires is sharing holiday love by giving over $4,000 in parts and services to families in December. In partnership with CarQuest, Big O Tires will select up to 10 families by Wednesday, December 19 to provide car service this month.

“This is a great community, and we want to give back during the holidays,” said Chad Cunningham, Big O Tires owner. The “Big O Shares Big Holiday Love” project has all of us here and our friends at CarQuest feeling the holiday spirit like never before.”

Applications can be submitted online at or at Big O Tires, 2803 Toupal Dr., by 6 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19.

`“We will review the applications, identify families that could benefit from the services most and notify them Dec. 21,” Cunningham said. “Bringing smiles to our friends in Trinidad brightens the season for all of us. We love helping out our neighbors.”


TLAC Chamber Christmas luncheon

TRINIDAD — The TLAC Chamber of Commerce is holding their Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 19, 12 pm in the Pioneer Room on the TSJC campus.

There will be live music provided by the Trinidad Music Association and party favors. Please feel free to wear your ‘Ugly’ Christmas sweater and Santa hat.

Come and meet the Chamber’s 2019 President, Cheri Jacobson and honor the outgoing President, Linda Barron. Please RSVP soon. Lunch is $12.

If you make a reservation but cannot come, be sure to cancel by phone, 846-9285 or by email to avoid being charged.

We are hoping you will join us for this most festive occasion.


Advent Vespers and community meal at Zion’s Lutheran Church

TRINIDAD — There will be an Advent Vespers service Wednesday, December 19, 5:45 pm at Zion’s Lutheran Church. The Advent Vespers service is based on the Holden Evening Prayer with Garrett Watson singing and leading us. This is a short 30 min service of centering. It will be from 6:30-7pm(ish). Before the prayer service, you are invited to gather in the fellowship hall at 5:45 for a community meal.


Nostalgic Movie Night: “The Spy Who Came In from The Cold”

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library screens a free classic movie every month. This month’s selection “The Spy Who Came In from The Cold” will be presented Wednesday, December 19, 6:30 pm. There is no admission charge and free popcorn served. All are welcome.


Holiday cookie exchange

TRINIDAD — Join us for a holiday cookie exchange Thursday, December 20, 12 to 2 pm at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Avenue. We will meet in the Garden Room. Come visit with Santa Claus, enjoy free cookies, and tour Mt. Carmel’s decorated campus.

12 pm – Head Start will be singing at noon
12:30 pm – Special Holiday Reading by Carnegie Public Library Children’s Librarian Phyllis Kilgroe


3rd Thursday program: Antique Ornaments

TRINIDAD — Each month on the third Thursday, Trinidad History Museum hosts a heritage night focusing on a different aspect of Southern Colorado life. This month’s program, “Antique Ornaments”, is Thursday, December 20, 5 pm at Trinidad History Museum on the Historic Santa Fe Trail. Enjoy treats, sweets, and hands on activities. These programs are geared towards adults but all ages are welcome.


Waltons Christmas Concert

TRINIDAD — Enjoy an evening of excellent Christmas music performed by the Waltons Saturday, December 22, 7 pm at First Christian Church. Proceeds to benefit Grace Christian School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at First National Bank, Mangino Automotive, and Grace Christian School.


Aguilar Parade of Lights

AGUILAR — It’s time to start planning your entry for the Aguilar Parade of Lights to be held Sunday, December 23. Please line up at Navajo by 6 pm. This year there will be a $20 first prize.


Lord’s Chapel Christmas Eve Service

SEGUNDO — Everyone is invited to the Christmas Eve Service, Monday, December 24, 5:30 pm. The service will be called “Candles and Carols” followed by cookies and treats. The Church is Located at the west end of Segundo on Hwy 12


5th Annual Shop with a Cop

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Police Department is continuing their annual Shop with a Cop event from now through December 25 and want to make it bigger and better. We are seeking kindhearted individuals and businesses to sponsor local children. Sponsors will receive a receipt for their donation and a photo of after the event.

Last year we were able to make Christmas better for over 100 kids. Each child was paired with an officer at breakfast, rode the Trinidad Trolley, and was also given $100 to spend as they wished. Many spent their money on family members and essentials like jackets and shoes for themselves. Each year more children in our community need assistance, especially during the holidays.

To become a sponsor you can mail or bring donations to: Trinidad Police Department – Shop with a Cop, 160 East 1st Street,

Any unused funds will be carried over to next year so that this program continues to grow and benefit our community. Any questions or comments can be directed to Detective Sergeant Jennifer Lay at 719-846-2993 ext. 205 or by email: Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.



The Polar Express 3D at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library

RATON — “The Polar Express” in 3D will be playing at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Avenue, on Friday, December 14, 3 pm. Kids of all ages are welcome! The movie will be upstairs in the meeting room and 3D glasses will be provided.


Christmas Open House ~ FNB New Mexico

RATON — Come to the FNB open house Friday, December 14, 10 am to 5 pm. FNB New Mexico is located at 1104 S 2nd Street.

Bring a new unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots and receive an extra drawing ticket! Santa, refreshments, ugly sweater contest, drawings, Ms Unger’s Piano Students will play 3 to 5 pm.


Christmas Carol at the Shuler

RATON — The Christmas Carol is returning to The Shuler Theater beginning Thursday, December 13, 7 pm (with three other performances, Friday, December 14, 7 pm; Saturday, December 15, 7 pm; and Sunday, December 16 2 pm.)

Come see the traditional Christmas story come to life with the story of Tiny Tim and Christmas Carols that we all love.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the performance. Ticket prices are $10 per person, $30 for a family, and $5 if the person comes dressed in traditional Victorian/Dickensian costume. Bring your whole family to this budget friendly event and support our talented local actors.


Toys for Tots donations and volunteers needed to wrap

RATON — The Raton Fire Department is accepting NEW un- wrapped toys or monetary gift donations for the Annual TOYS for TOTS. Please bring your toy gift or cash donations to: Fire Station 1 at 127 Clark Ave from 8 am to 5 pm; Fire Station 2 at 200 Troy Ave from 8 am to 8 pm; FNB New Mexico at 1104 S. 2nd; International Bank (main branch) at 200 S. 2nd; Phil Long Ford of Raton at 223 S 2nd; or Enchanted Grounds at 111 Park Ave. To sign up children ages 0 to 18 years old in order to receive a gift – go to Valle del Sol at 101 Letton Dr. or call 575- 383-2065.

If you would like to volunteer to help wrap gifts the Fire Department will be wrapping gifts on Saturday, December 15 downstairs at the Raton Convention Center starting at 9 am until all the gifts are wrapped. Delivery of the gifts will be December 20 through the 23 to the homes of children.

Personnel will be out collecting toys and monetary donations at Super Save Grocery Store on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am until 7 pm. Please drop by and support a great cause.


Light Parade and Holiday Home judging in Springer

SPRiNGER — The Springer Light Parade will be Saturday, December 15. The lineup starts at 5:30 pm in front of Colfax General L.T. Care Facility. The actual parade starts at 6 pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st ($75), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) places!

The Holiday Home Lighting Contest entrants will be judged following the parade. Prizes will be awarded for 1st ($75), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) places.

To enter the parade or the lighting contest, please pick up forms at either City Hall or Sportsman’s Crossroads or Alta Convenience stores.


Christmas on the Chicorica at Sugarite Canyon State Park

RATON — The Christmas on the Chicorica luminaria event will be Saturday, December 15, from 5-8 pm at the Sugarite Canyon State Park Visitor Center. There will be 1000 luminarias, hot drinks and treats, plus star gazing by telescope, and Santa! For more information call 575-445-5607.


Springer Athletics BINGO

SPRiNGER — Springer Athletics will be having Bingo Sun- day, December 16. Early Bird starts at 12 pm. Just $1 per game for early bird! Regular bingo starts at 1 pm. Tickets are $20 per packet, which includes 2 packs. You can get a ticket from any SHS athlete and they will be sold at the door. Come support SHS athletics!


Toy Run Party

CiMARRON — The Toy Run Party will be held at Sister Hildegard Parish Hall on Sunday, December 16, 2:30 pm. Santa will be giving gifts for children ages 0-12. ~ Sister Hildegard Parish


Movie night at the Rec Center

SPRiNGER — The Chamber will be showing The Grinch with Jim Carey Sunday, December 16, 6 pm at the Recreation Center Winners of the Home Lighting Contest will be announced prior to the movie. Admission to the movie is free.


CUMC Children’s Christmas Shop

CIMARRON – Children age 1-13 are invited to shop for family, friends, and teachers on Monday, December 17, 1 to 4 pm. Items available will include jewelry, toys, games and other items for everyone on your child’s list. Gift wrapping included. No adult shoppers please.


Springer Elementary Program

SPRiNGER — The Springer Elementary Christmas Program will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6 pm at Luna Community College’s auditorium. Afterward, Santa is scheduled to visit and pass out goodie bags to all the girls and boys. We hope to see you there!


Maxwell Municipal Schools Christmas Program

MAXWELL — Join our Maxwell Schools family as grades K-6 sing classic Christmas tunes Tuesday, December 18, 6 pm at Maxwell Municipal Schools, 4th and Parque. We welcome all our friends and families to bring a plate of cookies to share after the program. Hosted by Parents Advisory Committee for Maxwell Municipal Schools.


Candlelight Christmas service

RATON — Join us for our annual candlelight service as we honor the true reason for this season Sunday, December 23, 6 pm at Family Worship Center. There will be worship, carols, the Christmas story, Avalanche Human Video, Summit Kids Song, desserts and coffee. ‘Tis the season.


Christmas at Mesa Church

RATON — #ComeToTheTable to celebrate our Sunday Christmas Service at Mesa Church on Sunday, December 23 at 10:30 am. We will have special Christmas music and worship, a performance by our Kid’s Church, and a message by Pastor Joshua Duran. Afterwards, please join us for a free Christmas lunch!


Raton’s Winter Wonderland MainStreet attraction

RATON — Winter Wonderland is a Raton tradition that was a labor of love by Mr. Virgil Buscarini. In 2017 he donated it to Raton MainStreet so that the tradition would live on for years to come. We will be open every Friday and Saturday from 6-8 pm through December 29. Please come visit this special display and help us honor Mr. Buscarini.


Methodist Christmas Eve services

dES MOiNES/RATON — Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines will have a Christmas Eve Service, Monday, December 24, 5 pm. Later that evening, First United Methodist Church in Raton will have their Christmas Eve Service at 7:30 pm. Pastor Jon Kuncel will be leading both services. The services are open to all.


EMT-Basic course

SPRiNGER — An EMT-Basic course is slated to begin in January, 2019 to be held in Springer. The cost will depend upon the number of students that participate. If you are interested in this class please contact Lisa Cordova via text or telephone: 575-643-5883.