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Activities & Events for week of December 20, 2018


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 professionals, 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.


Shades Of The Southwest youth art show call for artists

rAton — Shades of the Southwest is a Northeastern New Mexico – Southeastern Colorado Youth Art Show which runs from Tuesday, January 8 to Monday,January 28 at Old Pass Art Gallery, 145 South First Street.

Submissions are due by 2 pm Saturday, January 5 at the historic Old Pass Gallery. Each school (Elementary, Middle, and High School) is invited to submit up to 8 pieces of Art for the entire show. Media Categories include : 1. Graphite, Colored Pencil, Pen and ink, Charcoal; 2. Oil, Acrylic, Water Color, Pastel; 3. Ceramic, Sculpture, Mixed Media The age divisions are: Kindergarden-2nd Grade, 3 rd-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade (Middle School), 9th-12th Grade (High School)

There is NO theme for the show. All art is welcome. Art is to be matted and framed and hang ready. Frames can be store bought or fabricated. (Framing is worth 10 points on the judges score sheet). Submissions must be accompanied with the artist’s name, media, grade, school’s name and contact info and art teacher’s name.

Each Age Division within each Media Category will be judged by independent judges (3) and a First Place, Second Place and Third Place will be awarded for each Age Division within each Media Category. A $50 Best in Show will be awarded for each Age Group and $100 People’s Choice will be awarded for the entire show.

The show will be at the Old Pass Art Gallery. There will be a reception on Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 3-5pm. Artists will have the options to sell their art if they like.



Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids”

wAlsenBUrg — The Knights of Columbus have new kids’ coats in a variety of sizes for boys and girls, available for any child who needs one. If you know a child in need of a coat, please check with the St. Mary Catholic Church office during regular office hours, 9am to noon and 1 to 4pm, and they can contact a member of the Knights of Columbus. Call 719-738-1204.


Christmas Movie Night tonight 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!


Santa & Mrs. Claus in town

wAlsenBUrg — Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus 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.


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? See St. Mary’s 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.


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.


Mission Deli Mesa Ugly Sweater night

lA vetA — Mission Deli Mesa, 124 N. Main, is having a special night of Karaoke and Ugly Sweater contest, Saturday, December 22, 8 pm. Merry Christmas!


Hope Was Born Christmas service at The Feed Store Church

LA VETA — The Monte Vista Campus Performing Arts Team will be performing song, dance, puppetry, and drama Sunday, December 23, 6 to 8 pm during a Feed Store Church Sunday evening service at  the La Veta 4-H barn,  401-499 Moore Ave, La Veta, CO 81055 Cocoa and cookies will be served after the performance. There is no admission charge.


Spanish Peaks Catholic Community Holiday Mass Schedule

wAlsenBUrg/AgUilAr/lA vetA — Christmas Eve, December 24, an 8 pm Vigil Mass will be held in Aguilar.

Join the Spanish Peaks Catholic Community for Christmas Carols in Walsenburg at 11:30 pm, followed by Mass at mid- night.

Christmas Day, December 25, Mass in La Veta will be at 8am; Mass in Walsenburg at 10:30 am. To celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen, a Mass will be held December 26 at 5 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, December 31, at 6 pm, there will be Mass in Walsenburg. On New Year’s Day, January 1, Mass will be at 8 am Walsenburg, then in Gardner at 10:30 am.


TC’S annual Christmas Dinner

wAlsenBUrg — TC’S Diner is hosting its annual free Christmas dinner from 11 am to 2 pm at 284 Hwy 10 on Christmas day, Tuesday, December 25. Tim and Cindy are now look- ing for volunteers and donations to make this a great success. Call Cindy at TC’S to volunteer, donate, or for more information: 719-989-7141.


“Jestifiable Homicide” at the Timbers

CUCHArA — The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts and the Timbers Restaurant invite you to join the fun trying to solve a “Jestifiable Homicide”, an audience interactive dinner theatre evening, Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29, 7 pm. Doors open and the fun begins at 6:15 pm, dinner starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 per person for dinner and the show (includes tax and gratuity, spirited libations are extra). Dinner entree choices are: herbed beef, smoked turkey or vegetarian lasagna. No member discounts for this show. Tickets are now available at or by calling Bruce Johnson in Cuchara, 719-742-3092. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended as seating is limited.

The Timbers end of the season schedule is as follows: Regular menu and times Dec 21 – Dec 31, 5-8pm, with the fol- lowing exceptions: Wine and Food Pairing Dec 23, $45; Closed Dec 24 and 25; Murder Mystery Dec 28 and 29, $40; New Year’s Eve 6 course extravaganza, $75. All information on the Timbers Facebook page Reservations are required for all events and highly appreciated for everything else: 719-742-3838


Pre-New Year’s Eve Party at Mission Deli Mesa

lA vetA — Mission Deli Mesa will have live music featuring Exit West Band for a Pre New Year’s Eve party, Saturday, December 29, 9 pm to 1 am. The party will feature free jello shots each hour. La Veta Inn has discounted rates that night.


Broadband fund comment period open until December 31

HUerFAno CoUnty — Help Support Broadband Expansion up Highway 12 to the Cuchara Area. Huerfano County, together with Blanca Communications, is applying for a grant to expand broadband (high speed internet via fiber) up High- way 12 to Cuchara.

Comments to support the grant are being requested. The more comments the better chance of getting the grant. You could provide reasons such as economic growth, the economic downturn from the Spring Fire, or the need for broadband as it is unavailable from CenturyLink.

Please take the time to submit a comment. Go to fund/apps-received to view the applications or use the online form to submit comments. The application number is 2018-3.

Comments may also be submitted by email to or by mail to Broadband Fund Department of Regulatory Agencies, 1560 Broadway, Denver CO 80202. All comments must be received on or before Monday, December 31. Submissions received after this date will not be considered by the Broadband Deployment Board. There are 18 applicants for this particular grant, so input is critical. Thank you in advance for your help!


First Day Hike at Lathrop State Park

wAlsenBUrg — Start the New Year with a hike! Meet at the Lathrop State Park visitors center Tuesday, January 1, 10 am. Refreshments will be served following the hike.


Movie matinee at LVPL

lA vetA — The La Veta Library will present “Book Club”, Thursday, January 3, 2 pm as their monthly matinee. This lively comedy stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Sternburgen as long-time friends whose lives are turned upside down when their Book Club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

This amazing cast delivers a fun, feel-good film. The monthly matinee is sponsored by the Friends of LaVeta Library. For more information call 719-742-3572.


Two Peaks Fitness Evening Spin Bike Classes change to 6 pm

lA vetA — Beginning in January, Evening Spin Bike Class is now at 6 pm, every Tuesday and Thursday. The class is free to Two Peaks Fitness and SilverSneakers members; low income memberships are available. Two Peaks Fitness is located at 216 S Main Street. For more information, call 719-742-3555.


Seniors Pilates Class offered by Two Peaks Fitness

lA vetA — Senior Pilates with Fresh Start, is beginning Monday January 7, every Monday and Wednesday at 11 am at the La Veta Community Center. Increase your strength, flexibility, and posture! $5 daily fee; Free to Two Peaks Fitness and SilverSneakers members. Low income memberships available. For more information, call 719-742-3555



Santa Visits Carnegie Public Library today

trinidAd — Come out today, Thursday, December 20, 3 to 5 pm to see Santa and share refreshments, holiday craft, story reading, and calendar for early readers.


Holiday cookie exchange

TRINIDAD — Join us for a holiday cookie exchange Thursday, De- cember 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 Chil- dren’s Librarian Phyllis Kilgroe


Third 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.


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 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.


Open House at BLDRS Supply & Home Center

TRINIDAD — Enjoy cookies and punch and hear plans for BLDRS 2019 remodeling plans at their open house Friday, December 21, 2 to 4 pm. There will be a drawing for a 36 Blackstone grill will be held at 4 pm. BLDRS Supply & Home Center is located at 108 W Colorado Ave


“A Gift from Children of Trinidad” at SCRT

TRINIDAD — Local children will perform an all-children Readers Theatre performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (edited for children by Thomas Hutchinson) Saturday, December 22. There will be two performances one at 2 pm and one at 7 pm at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT), 131 W Main Street.


Waltons Christmas Concert

TRINIDAD — Enjoy an evening of excellent Christmas music per- formed 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.


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 23 in the Trinidad area: 719-680-0693, or 719-946-5510.


Aguilar Parade of Lights

AGUILAR — Santa Claus will be at the Aguilar Community Center right after the Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 23. There will be bags of goodies, hot chocolate, and cookies. The parade starts at 6 pm no matter what the weather is on that evening! The parade is sponsored by the American Legion Post 42 and the Ladies Auxiliary. To be in the parade, line up at 5:30 by the Navajo. For more info call 680-1393


Christmas Trinidad 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.


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


Christmas potluck at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spanish Peaks Inn is the home of drinks, food, live music, and dancing in scenic Gulnare! Come out Tuesday, December 25, 4 to 8 pm for a Christmas Potluck. Please bring a dish to share. Spanish Peaks Inn Bar, Grill & RV Park is located at 22590 CR 41.6


Stitching Group at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — Join the stitchers for creation and conversation Friday, December 28,1 to 3:30 pm and every Friday afternoon. New members are welcome. Just show up for a meeting and meet the other stitchers. Call the library (846-6841) for more information. Ask to speak with Tom Porter or visit their website:


7th Annual First Day Hike and First Day Run at Trinidad Lake State Park

trinidAd — The Friends of Trinidad Lake State Park will meet on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 for the 7th annual First Day Hike. Meet at the Amphitheater at 10:30 am for hot cocoa and treats around the fire before heading out on the one-mile Levsa loop.

There will also be a run at 7:30 am for early birds. Both events are free to the public for all ages. All vehicles must have a valid park pass.


Canvas and Conversation

trinidAd —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, January 7, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonder- ful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at



Raton Museum open house

rAton — The annual open house and membership drive at Raton Museum, 108 S. 2nd Street will be held Thursday, December 20, 2 to 4 pm. For more information, please call 575- 445-8979.


Art Opening at Colfax Ale Cellar

rAton — Meet the RAGTAG Artists and enjoy their works. RAGTAG will kickoff their Art Exhibition at Colfax Ale Cellar with a reception open to the public on Friday, December 21, 5 to 7 pm. Come to appreciate the local art pieces and meet the artists of the Raton Art Group / Trinidad Art Group. The exhibition will be at The Cellar from December 21 to January 20. RAGTAG artists are Terry Bumpass, Roberta Lutgens, Kathy Longinaker, and Yvonne O’Brien.


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 — Come to the table 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!


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.


Christmas at Holy Trinity

rAton — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton warmly invites everyone to come and celebrate Christmas with us. Christmas Eve Service, Monday, December 24 will begin at 5:30 and Christmas Day we will gather at 10:30. Everyone is welcome! We especially invite those who do not have a regular church home to borrow ours. Join with us in celebration and gratitude as we renew our joy in the entry of God into our world. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Ever- lasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6-7 For more information call (575) 445-9884.


Procrastinators earn your CE’s!

rAton — Did you put off getting those CE’s this year? Get free EMS and RN CE’s Friday, December 28, 8 am to 5 pm at The Center for Sustainable Community, 130 Park Avenue. Courses include:

• CHF Management • Pediatric DKA • Basic EKG Interpretation • Trauma in Pregnancy • When to Call a Chopper • 12 Lead EKG Interpretation.


Raton Christmas Bird Count

rAton — Our new event is the Raton Christmas Bird Count, happening all day on Saturday, December 29! The Audubon Society has been sponsoring this tradition of more than 100 years. This count will include Raton and nearby areas including Sugarite Canyon State Park. Volunteering can be as simple as watching birds at your home feeder, or as active as hiking a trail. Volunteers need to call Scott Chalmers here at Sugarite (445-5607) in advance to be sure folks are assigned appropriately and that the birds are counted as accurately as possible. Only those who call to sign up in advance will be able to participate in the official count. (This is partly to make sure the same birds aren’t counted more than once.)


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 dis- play and help us honor Mr. Buscarini.


New Year’s Eve Party at Raton Regional Aquatic Center

rAton — Come swim in the New Year Monday, December 31, 9 pm to 1 am. $5 admission fee applies. This party is a partnership between Colfax County DWI and Raton Parks and Rec- reation. Once you leave, you will not be allowed to re-enter.


New Year’s Day 5K at Philmont

CiMArron — Walk or run the New Year’s day 5K! Bring the family and friends Tuesday, January 1, 9 am at Philmont Scout Ranch, 47 Caballo Road. Meet at the Welcome Center.


First Day Hike at Sugarite Canyon State Park

rAton — Join a ranger for an easy to moderate walk on the Lake to Lake Trail for our annual First Day Hike, Tuesday, January 1, 11 am to 12:15 pm. Bring water, warm clothes, and sturdy shoes.

Stay after the hike to indulge in the Polar Bear Plunge! at Lake Maloya at 1 pm. Take the plunge, then warm up with hot drinks and doughnuts!


Raton’s Polar Bear Plunge

rAton — Do you have what it takes to take the “Plunge”? Come out Tuesday, January 1, 1 pm to the Lake Maloya South Boat Ramp at Sugarite Canyon State Park. Mark it off your bucket list and JUMP into an icy lake at 7,509 ft elevation! Or just watch the plungers and sip some hot cocoa. It’s fun for the whole family on New Year’s Day.

Snow/weather permitting, other activities to precede the Plunge ie. snow bowling, ice-skating, sledding, robbing the snow bank, etc.

There is a $20 registration to make the plunge (made payable to the Friends of Sugarite). If there is no ice the boat dock will be put back in and participants will jump from the side of the dock into the lake then exit up the boat ramp.


CCWCD is seeking photos

rAton — Colfax County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking pictures you may have of the Arbor Day seedlings we give out every year at International Bank and to the 3rd graders in Colfax County.

We are interested in seeing the growth from seedling to tree. The best picture will win a $50 gift card from Colfax SWCD. The deadline for submittal is July 1, 2019.
The photo must be one of the following: Austrian Pine, Col-rado Blue Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, or Engelmann Spruce. For more information please contact Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District, 575- 445-9471.



ElectriCritters Expands at Pueblo Zoo with more animals, free Santa photos

PUeBlo — ElectriCritters runs 5:30 – 8:30 pm on event nights: December 26-30, and Santa dates: Santa will be at the zoo and FREE* professional photos available on December, 21.

Prices for Tickets (Purchased at the zoo before 4pm): Non- Member Adult $8, Non-Member Child $6, Member Adult $6, Member Child $4, and children under 3 years old are free. Full Details: Check for more information!

ElectriCritters now includes an additional building with some of your favorite exotic animals and photos with Santa every Friday before Christmas.


Exploring amateur radio

PUeBlo west — The Pueblo West Amateur Radio Club will conduct a General Class License Preparation Course on eight consecutive Thursday nights beginning on January 10, 2019 at the Pueblo West Fire Station #3, 729 East Gold, Pueblo West (corner of Gold and McCulloch). The course is open to Technician Class operators wishing to upgrade their FCC license, and to General Class Licensees wanting to review their knowledge of amateur radio procedures.

The sessions will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and will feature full coverage of principles involved in the FCC General Class examination through the use of Power Point presentations and a required textbook published by Ham Radio School.

Amateur radio has existed over 100 years as a hobby which appeals to a wide number of people with no age, class, ethic, socioeconomic, or educational barriers. It is a rewarding hobby that offers social, experimental, emergency communication, and community service involvement.

There is no charge for the course, but a $20 text book published by is required. Contact Frank Dunn KBØFD at 719-406-0617 to register, to reserve the text, or for additional information on the course.