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Activities & Events for week of December 6, 2018


33rd annual calendar open house at First National Bank

WALseNBuRg/TRINIDAD/RATON — Come join all three First National Bank branches Friday, December 7, 9 am to 3 pm for the 33rd annual open house reception and historic collectors’ series calendar distribution. This year’s calendar celebrates newspapers of the area during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Branch addresses are: Trinidad – 100 E. Main Street; Walsenburg – 135 W. 6th Street; Raton – 1247 S. 2nd Street.


First National Bank Santa’s Gift Tree concludes Dec. 14

TRINIDAD/WALseNBuRg — Join First National Bank in Trinidad in their annual North Pole Gift Tree program, beginning Monday, November 19, and concluding Friday, December 14.

Every year, over 250 local senior citizens write letters to Santa, which are hung on trees in First National Bank’s Walsenburg, 135 W. 6th and Trinidad, 100 E Main Street locations. Pick a letter from the tree on display in the bank lobby and fulfill the request (maximum $25 value). Bring your wrapped gift back by Friday, December 14. For info call 846-9881.



Everything you ever wanted to know about essential oils at La Veta Library

LA VeTA — Reminder: La Veta Library will host Kasandra Jackson as she presents a program on everything that you even wanted to know but never asked about essential oils today, Thursday, December 6, 2 pm. Come join the fun! Brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library. For more information call 719-742-3572.


Free holiday decoration class today

WALseNBuRg — A Holiday Decoration Making program will be held today, Thursday, December 6, 5:30 to 6:45 pm at 926 Russell. This fun, family friendly class is presented by Chrystal Burhans. An RSVP is required, the class has a ten person limit. Learn how to make handmade decorations for the holidays using everyday objects. Come down and get some glitter on your hands! All materials provided.


SPRHC Pink Ladies garage sale

WALseNBuRg — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Women’s Hospital Auxillary is having a garage sale on Friday, December 7 and 14, 10 am to 2 pm at the hospital gift shop.


VFC and Dorcas Circle Food Drive

WALseNBuRg — Dorcas Circle food bank, along with Volunteers for Community, will be collecting shelf stable goods and personal care items on Friday, December 7, 1 to 5 pm at

First Choice Market. If you care to, we can also accept cash so that gaps in what is needed can be filled in. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a successful drive.


Arts and Crafts sale in La Veta

LA VeTA — A very special Arts and Crafts show will be held Saturday, December 8 at the Mercantile,300 S. Main, from 10- 3. Many favorite artists and crafts people from the area will be featured along with a few exciting new faces. Santa will be there at 1 pm and there will be a special shopping area just for kids. This event is a great way to support your local community. Call 719-251-1271 or email for more information.


Warm clothing collection event

LA VeTA — One Nation Walking Together, a Colorado non- profit, will be collecting new warm things (mittens, scarves, hats) particularly for children and elders at the La Veta Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, December 8 at the La Veta Mercantile. Gifts suitable for children are also appreciated. Cash donations help with purchasing much needed hygiene items and with the delivery of goods over a seven state area. One Nation Walking Together strives to make a positive impact in the lives of Native Americans. Go to or contact Sandy Dolak ( for more info.


Local authors at La Veta Library

LA VeTA — Calling local authors: The La Veta Library is inviting local authors to be part of holiday festivities by sponsoring a book signing and sale to coincide with the Art and Craft Sale and the La Veta Mercantile on Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 3 pm. It will be a great opportunity for gift seekers to purchase books directly from the authors. Call Mitzi at the library to participate (no charge), 719-742-3572


Buy local this holiday season!

LA VeTA — Downtown La Veta stores will be open for a big day of holiday shopping Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 6 pm. Join in on the fun! Craft Fair and a visit from Santa at the Mercantile 10-3. Local Writers Book Signing at the La Veta Library 10 -3. Hot chocolate and cookies at the Bachman Office all day. Live painting and upcycle crafting demo at the Funky Monkey. Support your local La Veta Businesses! Gift cards are available at local Restaurants, Stores, The Salon, Twin Peaks Fitness, La Veta Liquor, Big R and Charlies. All downtown stores open! Sponsored by the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce.


Free gift wrapping at La Veta Village

LA VeTA — La Veta Village is offering free gift wrapping at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco St. Volunteers will be there to help with your wrapping needs. We are also participating in shop La Veta Stores on Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 2 pm. Do your shopping and come to La Veta Village for free gift wrapping for all your new purchases. For more information or with specific questions call 303-419-0694.


Veterans Day/Pearl Harbor Day Dinner

WALseNBuRg — American Legion Post 16/Auxiliary Unit 16 in Walsenburg is sponsoring a free Dinner for Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day on Saturday, December 8, 1 to 4 pm at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street. The Veterans Day dinner was cancelled on November 11 due to weather conditions. All Veterans and their families are invited to attend the dinner. Menu will consist of Pulled Pork sandwiches or Beef Brisket with Potato Salad and Beans as sides. This year the meal will be provided by Sid’s High Country BBQ of La Veta. Door prizes will be given out, one free ticket will be given to each veteran thereafter tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. The American Legion is celebrating 100 years as a Post along with the 100th year anniversary of the end of WW1 and also Pearl Harbor Day. Come on down and celebrate with Post 16 and other members of the Armed Forces!


Navajo 2018 Christmas dinner/ party

LA VeTA — The 2018 Navajo Ranch HOA party will be held Saturday, December 8, 6 pm at the La Veta Community Center, 131 East Ryus Avenue (east of Post Office). All property owners, renters, as well as your guests, are invited to attend. The HOA will provide turkey & ham – attendees are to bring potluck dishes to fill in the meal.

There will be live entertainment at 6:30 pm featuring Marvin Thiel, a John Denver/Elvis tribute artist, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, door prizes, including 32”HD LED TV, gift certificates, and more!

RSVP to Sara at 816-392-1781 (call or text); or Debbie 719- 989-9090 (call or text). We are again supporting the Toys4Tots. To participate bring an unwrapped gift for a child in a gift bag. We will also accept and forward monetary donations.


The Rifters at La Veta Mercantile

LA VeTA — La Veta Mercantile proudly presents The Rifters, Saturday, December 8, 7 pm. The Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.


Cooking Matters class at SPRHC

WALseNBuRg — Register for the Cooking Matters class at the “Farm Stand” at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center to be held on Monday, December 10, 5-7 pm. The class will be held indoors in the PT room at the hospital, and provides tips on shopping at the local farm stand and cooking with fresh veggies. There will be a cooking demo and great recipes to try and sample. Receive a free tote bag and $10 shopping voucher! Space is limited so call or text Keri at (719) 242-7607 to sign up.


Care ‘n Share distribution

WALseNBuRg — The next Huerfano County Care ‘n Share food distribution will be Tuesday, December 11 at Msgr Delaney Hall, E. 7th St., 10 to about 11:30 am. Food distributed on first come first serve basis. Proper ID required. Bring a box or bags for groceries.


Huerfano County Republican meeting

WALseNBuRg — Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 W . 6th Street. We are an active group and would love to hear what your ideas and concerns may be. After the meeting, we all gather for a no-host dinner at La Plaza Inn.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber Christmas Party at La Veta Mercantile

LA VeTA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce invites you to our annual Christmas Party Wednesday, December 12, 6 pm. Appetizers provided and beer and wine cash bar available. RSVP at 808-936-0663. A short business meeting will elect new officers and discuss next year’s goals.


Trivia Night at Crafty Canary Brewery

WALseNBuRg — Gather a team and join librarians from Spanish Peaks Library District for a night of trivia Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 pm at Crafty Canary Brewery, 107 E 5th Street. Trivia night consists of six rounds with ten questions in each round. Use of cell phones, tablets, and devices is forbidden. Trivia is free to play; food and drink available for purchase. For more information call 719-738-2774.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VeTA — The monthly Chamber of Commerce board of directors meeting will be held Thursday, December 13, 8 am at the La Veta Public Schools library, 126 E Garland. All members are welcome to attend.


South American trip featured at LVPL

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!


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 6:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg; Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta; and Sunday, December 16, at 2:00 pm at the Methodist Church in Gardner. Enjoy cookies and cider after the concert to celebrate the yuletide spirit.


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 concert at the Mercantile

LA VeTA — Local favorite Tom Munch per- forms 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.


Christmas Program 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.


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 sea- son with this free event.



Christmas trolley tours begin

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


Nine Lessons and Carols

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Music Association and Holy Trinity Catholic Church presents Nine Les- sons and Carols, A Global Christmas Tradition, Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Enjoy the Trinidad Chamber Singers in this presentation which features the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus told in nine short Bible readings with the singing of carols interspersed.


Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Friday, December 7, is Senior Day at Books & More Bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Store hours 11 am to 4:30 pm. Most items are 50% off.


Student art to be displayed at Trinidad State through Friday

TRINIDAD — Trinidad State will feature another President’s Office Student Art Show from now through Friday, December 7. These are the works of students from the Art Appreciation Class taught by Ily Reiling. Reiling sent them out of the class- room to find beauty in their environment. The student artists started by taking a closer look at their surroundings. They then experimented with ways to convey those observations and create a cohesive series. This showcase consists of samples from this artistic investigation.

On December 10, the Fisher’s Peak Series by Paul Milosevich by go back up through the end of December. 2019 Calendars by Milosevich are still for sale in the President’s Office for $20 with the proceeds going to Trinidad State.


Trinidad Photography Gallery First Friday

TRINIDAD — Come see Henry Monroe’s beautiful photography on the First Friday event December 7, 5 pm at Trinidad Photography Gallery. Henry Monroe will be here for a meet and greet 5-8 pm.


Reflections: A Time of Remembrance and Celebration

TRINIDAD — This service, Friday, December 7, 6 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robinson Ave. celebrates and re-members those we have lost. Reflections is brought to you by Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care. Refreshments to follow.


Trinidad Community Theater presents: Running Mates

TRINIDAD — The Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT) and Trinidad Community Theater presents Running Mates by Beth Kander and directed by Cora Warrick Friday, December 7, 7 pm and continuing Saturday, December 8, 7 pm and Sunday, December 9, 2 pm.

This comedy is appropriate for all audiences. Fri & Sat evening showtimes: 7pm; Sunday matinee: 2 pm. Tickets are available at or the box office: 131 W Main St, 719-846-4765


Santa at The Grateful Dog

TRINIDAD — Bring your pets and children to take pictures with Santa at no charge Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 2 pm at The Grateful Dog, 1133 N Linden Avenue. We will also have free nail trims! Donations will be accepted for Noah’s Ark.


Christmas Workshop by SCFC TRINIDAD — A Christmas Workshop sponsored

by Southern Colorado Family Center will be held Saturday, December 8, 11 am at Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial, 101 N Convent Street.

There will be Christmas crafts and Santa, gin-gerbread houses, stockings, ornaments, and s’more. Santa will have a treat for the kids along with a picture. Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt will take place at 1pm. For more information, please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509.


Santa Paws at Big R

TRINIDAD — Santa Paws is coming to town! Santa will be visiting Big R of Trinidad, 2208 Freedom Road during our special holiday event Saturday, December 8, 11 am to 2 pm.

Grab your leashes, cat carriers, and bring your pets and family out for a photo opportunity with Santa! 4×6 photos will be printed on site by professional photographer, Brad Kirby.

There will be lots of yummy holiday goodies to chose from at our famous holiday bake sale table. Our calendars will also be available to purchase.

NAAWA will be on site with several of our adopt- able pets who are looking for their forever home. Come on out and meet your perfect match! We hope to see you there! For more information call Anita at 719-680-2385. All proceeds benefit Noah’s Ark


Family Game Club at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The next Family Game Club at the Carnegie Public Library will be Saturday, December 8, 2 to 4 pm. The Family Game Club is a Saturday get-together to have fun with board games: Everyone is invited. You must be over six years old to play. Younger kids can watch! The Carnegie Public Library of Trinidad is located at 202 N. Animas


Wind River Band and breakfast 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 Wind River Band Saturday, December 8, 7:30 to 11:30 pm. There is a $5 cover charge. The monthly breakfast buffet will be served Saturday, December 9, 8 am to 12 pm. Spanish Peaks Inn Bar, Grill & RV Park is located at 22590 CR 41.6


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 do- nations 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.


ROAR Christmas Party

TRINIDAD — Family, friends, neighbors, co- workers, and all cancer survivors are invited to the ROAR Christmas Party Monday, December 10, 6 to 8 pm at Corradino Auto Body & Radiator, 126 N Maple Street.

The annual ROAR for Relay for Life Christmas Party is for Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. Guests are invited to bring a main, side, or dessert dish item.

We will have a “Mystery” gift exchange ($10-15 price limit) which is optional to participate in. For more information, please call 719-680-0693.


HULA meeting

TRINIDAD — The next Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting will take place Wednesday, December 12, 1 pm at the Las Animas County Health Department, 412 Benedicta Avenue.

We will discuss the council goals based upon four domains: Health, social/emotional health, early care and family support and education. The meeting is open to the public.


AARP Smart Driver Course TRINIDAD — The new four hour refresher course

from AARP Driver Safety will be offered at the Fishers Peak Senior Center, 1222 San Pedro Ave. Thursday, December 13, 9 am to 1 pm. Learn valuable defensive driving skills, stay current with new rules of the road, the latest driving technologies and much more. Drivers 55 years and older will get multi year discounts on their auto insurance. Course tuition is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non members. You may register or get more in- formation by calling 719-868-2288.


Mt. Carmel Youth Choir Concert

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!


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.


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 Trinidad 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.

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 available 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.


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.



Raton’s Winter Wonderland Main- Street 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.


Volunteer drivers needed for veteran transport from Raton to Albuquerque

ALBuQueRQue — Volunteer van drivers are needed for veteran patient transportation from Raton to the New Mexico VA Hospital in Albuquerque. Volunteer drivers are needed for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shifts and would cover all trips to and from the Raton/Southern Colorado area. If you are interested in volunteering for this rewarding job, please contact Chris or Edna Candelario at 575-707-0614 or 505-414- 0415.


Celebrate Hanukkah in Raton

RATON — Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 540 Rio Grande. The first of the 8 days of Hanukkah will be on Sunday, December 2 beginning at 6 pm. Temple Aaron in Trinidad is unable to host this happy celebration so the traveling feast will be venturing over the pass to alight in Raton. Everyone is invited to attend this event that commemorates the miracle of the lamps. After a victory over the Syrian Greek Army, the Jewish people needed to light the temple for eight days but there was only enough oil for one day – miraculously the oil lasted for eight days! Each day of Hanukkah another candle is lit representing the eight days of the miracle until the Menorah is full and the light fills the room. Sunday, December 2 is the first day of the eight days of blessing and will culminate on Monday, December 10. Special food, music and the story of the miracle will be told… expand your knowledge, come and join us for an interesting evening. Call for more information, 970-568- 6969.


Raton Retired School Employees Christmas Party

RATON — The Raton Retired School Employees Christmas Party will be Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 am at Casa Lemus. We will order off the menu. All guests are welcome. Please bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. A meeting will follow to discuss the upcoming 2019 State Convention to be held in Raton.


Angel Tree gifts must be returned by December 13

sPRINgeR — Angel trees are up for Colfax General Long- term Care Facility Residents (at Sportman’s Crossroads Gas Station) and for Springer Elementary children (at Best Care Pharmacy). Cards can be picked up now. Purchased items should be returned to these locations no later than Thursday, December 13.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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