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Activities & Events for week of February 14, 2019


Valentines single adult game night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Thursday, February 14, 6 pm join us for singles game night with drink specials, champagne and chocolate. John Costea may even buy the first round. You might get “board” this winter, fight that boredom and join your neighbors for Adult Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea. Come down to the La Veta Mercantile the second Thursday of each month through April, and have some fun. Beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks, music, and GAMES!! Support our local merchants this winter, we all need each other! This event is free!


La Plaza Inn open for Valentines Day

WALSENBURG — La Plaza Inn is reopening on Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14 with a menu that will be available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There are exciting changes happening, including a new regular menu starting February 19 and two new world-class chefs.


Busy Bee Cafe and Malt shop Valentines Day special

WALSENBURG — Busy Bee Cafe, 902 W. 7th Street, is serving Steak Parmesan and Shrimp for a special Valentine’s Day special with dessert for $12.50. We accept all major cards. Like us on Facebook!


Debby Shapiro presentation at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Join us at the La Veta Library Friday, February 15, 2 pm (please note the new date) as we welcome educator and licensed acupuncturist, Debby Shapiro. She has been practicing Chinese Medicine for 27 years and will discuss energy flows known as Qi and ways to improve circulation.

Debby will also demonstrate a gentle self massage technique for maintaining health and improving problems such as headaches, joint and muscle pain, and indigestion. this pro- gram is not to be missed! Free refreshments will be served. This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library. For more information call 719-742-3572.


Francisco Center For The Performing Arts Show Choir

LA VETA — Turn it in to a total Valentine weekend by joining the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir as we offer wine, chocolates, and a bunch of entertaining songs on Friday, February 15, 7 pm; Saturday, February 16, 7 pm; and Sunday, February 17, 2 pm. All performances are at the theater located at 127 West Francisco in La Veta. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10—seating is limited, so please join us at 6:30 pm to enjoy the refreshments offered. So mark your calendars now and be prepared to be entertained!


SPACe 2019 Members’ Show

LA VETA — The 2019 Members’ Show at SPACe is now on dis- play until March 9. An opening reception will be held this Saturday, February 16, 5 to 7 pm. There are 15 SPACe member artists showing a wide variety of artwork in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, photography, and fiber. In addition, Kenny Schneider is showing his collection of ex-votos in the Fuller Gallery. These colorful and whimsical creations tell stories taken from Kenny’s life. Enjoy delicious snacks, beverages, and visit with the artists. No admission fee. Call 719 742- 3074 for information or visit The SPACe galleries and gift shop are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am – 2 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm.


Valentine’s Day dinner at United Church

WALSENBURG – This is an open invitation to a Valentine’s Day dinner at the United Church of Walsenburg, across from Loaf’nJug, 108 Kansas. The dinner will begin at 6 pm, Saturday, February 16 and consist of prime rib, salad, baked potato, dessert, and drinks. There will be live and recorded music during the dinner. There is no charge for the dinner, however donations are welcome. This is not a fundraiser; this is to foster community spirit. The dinner will be provided until the prime rib is gone, so come early.


Cuchara Chapel service

cUcHARA — Services are held at 10 am every Sunday at the Cuchara Chapel, located just south of Cuchara Village on Hwy 12. This weekend, February 17, Rev Eileen Ramsey’s message is “Letting Go, Part 1.” All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible.


Free Class: Refuse to be a Victim

WALSENBURG — A free class, “Refuse to be a Victim” presented by Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office will be offered Sunday, February 17, 1 to 5 pm at the Ambulance Garage, 326 Main Street. Class size is limited to 25 people. RSVP: 719-738- 1600


Men’s basketball in La Veta

LA VETA – Every Sunday at 6:30 pm men’s basketball is avail- able at the Brunelli Gymnasium, La Veta Schools, 126 E Gar- land. For additional information, contact Two Peaks Fitness, 719-742-3555. This is a free event.


Inviting singers for 2019 Holy Week concert

LA VETA — Inviting all singers: It’s time again to put our hearts and voices together to make a springtime joyful noise. We’ll be learning a beautiful work for Holy Week, and because last summer’s Spirituals, Gospels, and Grace music was the most fun our choir has had, we’re going to do another such concert with repeat music and new music to boot. If you love to sing, please join us.

The first rehearsal of this season was Tuesday, February 12. Don’t worry if you missed that date. You still have plenty of time to join us up to the end of February. Please call Kalima to let her know if you are planning to join us by the end of February. Rehearsal time is 6 pm on Tuesdays at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street. We’ve got lots to sing about! Hope to see you all there! If you have any questions about the choir, music, or rehearsals, etc., please call Ka- lima at 742-5333.


February Howl and Growl

cUcHARA — The Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance February full moon Howl and Growl will take place on Tuesday, February 19, at 6 pm at Cuchara Mountain Park Day Lodge. This moon is known as the Full Snow Moon by many Native American tribes. We will have one group on snowshoes and one on XC-skis. Note: this will be yet another Super Full Moon. Be- cause it’s so close to Earth, a Super Full Moon also looks about 30% brighter and about 16% brighter than average. Feel free to bring food and drink to share and some will be on hand provided by SPAA. We play in the snow first and then return to the lodge for moon lore, story telling, conversation, and food! The event is family oriented and free.

Moon Trivia: Question – Do crime and accidents increase around the full moon? Join us and find out the answer!


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The American Legion Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, will meet on Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, 23500 US Highway 160. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to at- tend. We will be discussing current activities as well as activities for the rest of 2019. Come and join us! For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


Very beginner yoga

WALSENBURG — Helen Nuce, yoga instructor, offers very beginner yoga every Wednesday, 5:15 pm at·Washington Underground Recreation Center. Don’t know what a yoga pose is, but want to learn? Are you concerned that you have physical limitations that make yoga difficult? Helen is excited to teach everyone the very basics of yoga (with chairs available).


SPLD Trivia Night at Crafty Canary

WALSENBURG — Gather a team and join your favorite librarians for a fun night of trivia Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 pm at the Crafty Canary Brewery. Trivia night consists of: six rounds with 10 questions; each round has a topical theme, each question is worth one point; teams are allowed up to six members, questions are read aloud and teams write down the answers, turning answers in at the end of each round. The team with the most points after six rounds is the winner. Use of cell phone/tablets/devices is forbidden! There is NO CHARGE to participate in trivia. Food & Drink are available for purchase. For more information call 719-738-2774.


Let’s Talk: Advanced Directives

WALSENBURG — Take the first step to ensure your values and wishes are honored when it comes to end-of-life care. Join us for a dedicated class to make your wishes known by completing a basic set of advanced directives, Thursday, February 21, 1 pm at Spanish Peaks Library. This program is sponsored by Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care and will cover Power of Attorney, Medical preferences, and offer one-on-one sessions, group classes and Clinic support with Certified educators.


Stop the bleed program at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — The LaVeta Library is proud to welcome Eddie Ray, an EMT basic IV with years of experience Thursday, February 21, 2 pm. Ray will introduce “Stop the bleed” a life saving program brought to you by the American Heart Association. Sometimes there is not time to wait for help to arrive. Eddie will talk to us about proper application of tourniquets, and tell us about a new product called quick clot that can be used when time is of the essence. Be sure not to miss this important presentation brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library. For more information call 719-742-5278.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — February is Library Lover’s Month! Join us for a “Stuffed Animal Sleepover” for children in preschool through 3rd grade sponsored by GFWC Walsenburg Woman’s Club on Thursday, February 21, 5 pm to Friday, February 22, 9 am at Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue.

Wear your pajamas and bring your stuffed animal to the library for story time. The animals will spend the night in the library enjoying reading. Parents please stay and enjoy the stories with your children. Library policy requires that small children are accompanied by an adult.

Please return on Friday morning at 9 to have a light breakfast (for participating children only) and story time with your animal friend. For more information call 719-738- 2774.


Movie Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Wear your PJ’s and bring a blanket and watch a free movie on the big screen Thursday, February 21, 6 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The movie will be kid friendly and we’ll serve yummy free popcorn. The usual beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Watch our Facebook page for announcement of the movie selection the week prior.


La Veta Farmers Market vendors meeting

LA VETA — La Veta Farmers Market Vendors Assoc. first meeting of the 2019 season is Friday, February 22, 1-3 pm, at the upstairs meet- ing room of the La Veta public library. This meeting is for returning and new vendors and for anyone who may be thinking about being a vendor but is not sure. We will discuss, dates, times, possible locations, and rules & regulations for the La Veta market. All are welcome.


La Plaza de los Leones festival planning meeting

WALSENBURG — Volunteers from Eagles Hall are working to get the La Plaza de los Leones festival going again. We need people who would be interested in helping put the event together and to see if there is enough interest to move forward. Please call Jim Garcia 719-251-0483. We will meet Friday, February 22, 6 pm at the Eagles Hall, 416 Main Street.


Pub Night at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — Come get some Pub Grub, and listen to some very talented musicians known as our beloved Celtic Orphans Friday, February 22, 6 pm. Enjoy some adult beverages, soda, tea and coffee as well as snackage in a package. Truly incredible artists and it’s FREE!


Lightning Hall featuring Erik Knudson at the Mercantile

LA VETA — Enjoy the soulful roots/folk and blues music of Lightning Hall Saturday, February 23, 7 pm who will showcase quality originals as well as the songs of classic acoustic and electric blues icons like Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters; Lightning Hopkins and more. Tickets are $11. Check Lightning Hall out at:


Spanish Peaks Healthcare Foundation 11th Annual Wine Tasting

WALSENBURG — Please join us Saturday, February 23, 7 to 10 pm in the Veterans’ Din- ing Room, 23500 US Highway 160. Your ticket purchase supports the charitable and educational mission of the Spanish Peaks Health- care Foundation. Don’t miss your chance to attend a great event and support your community. For tickets and information, please call Lynette at 719-738-4540.


Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come out for a free evening of comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes Thursday, February 28, 6 pm. Re- serve your space soon, because this is a favorite event. Open Mic is hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space, 719-742- 3387.


Mardi Gras Chili Cook-off

LA VETA — Calling all chili chefs! The LaVeta Oktoberfest committee will be holding a “Mardi-Gras” chili cook-off and silent auction Saturday, March 2 at the Mission Deli Bar. The cook-off is a fundraiser for our yearly celebration. We are looking for the very best red chili, green chili and “mystery” (jambalaya, white chili, gumbo, etc). Please pick up your entry forms at LaVeta Library or call Mitzi at 719-742-5278 to have one mailed to you. The entry fee is $10, and in addition to bragging rights, we have some fantastic prizes for each category! It is going to be a great party for a worthwhile cause!


Wellness event at the Mercantile seeks vendors

LA VETA — A new event, “Tapping Into You Body’s Wisdom; Many Paths To Wellness” is inviting health promotion practitioners to participate in this exciting event scheduled for March 30, 10 am to 3 pm at La Veta Mercantile. You may have a single table for $25 to pro- mote your discipline, sell your products, or offer mini-treatments. 15 to 20 minute time slots on stage to further explain of your discipline will also be offered. This event is an excellent opportunity to get the word out about the many options in our community to become healthier citizens. Please call or text Sandy Dolak (719-251-1271) or reply to to participate. Space is limited.


Stand-up Comedy with Mike Stanley at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Originally hailing from Motown, and after spending a decade honing his craft in the windy city of Chicago, Mike regularly tours, both domestically and internationally. Don’t miss out on an incredible op- portunity to catch the man in action – this high level of killer stand-up is too remarkable to sit out Saturday, March 30, 8 pm. Tickets avail- able at or at the theatre.



“Writing Your Life” at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — All ages and writing levels are welcome in this eight-week session on memoir writing starting Thursday, February 14, 10 am at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas Street. The class cost is $40 per person for the entire series. Classes will occur every Thursday morning beginning at 10am and will concluding April 11 (no class March 21) at the library.

Bring your supplies and something to write on. No other supplies are necessary. Sign up by calling 719-846-7217


Valentines dinner tonight at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out to Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6 in scenic Gulnare for a special Valentines Day dinner Thursday, February 14, 5 to 8 pm. Cost is $35 per person and includes ribeye steak dinner and live music by Joe Mestas. Call for reservations 719-941-4288.


Trinidad Colorado Autism Awareness Chapter meeting

TRINIDAD — The monthly meeting of the Trinidad Autism Awareness Chapter is to- night, February 14, 6 to 8 pm a Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. This organization is a support group for families with a loved one with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Developmental Delay. A complementary dinner is served sponsored by Shandy Clinic. There will be a presentation followed by round table discussion.


Free tax assistance at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Free tax assistance will be offered Friday, February 15, 10 am at Trinidad State Junior College. Tax Help Colorado is offering free tax assistance at Trinidad State Jun- ior College this tax season! Tax help will be located in room Berg 303 from 10 am – 2 pm on Fridays, February 1 – February 22. Anyone who has earned $55,000 or less qualifies for free tax assistance. Find a list of what you need to bring here: tax-site-0


Growing Readers Together-TALK!

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas St., is presenting a series of 5 events for caregivers and kiddos ages 6 and under Friday, February 15, 2 to 4 pm. This is the second in a series of five events for care- givers (babysitters, grandparents, and other non-licensed providers) and kiddos ages 6 and under, to come learn and play with us! Each participant will leave with a goodies bag of books and toys .


Adult reading at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The adult reading program is held each year during the first quarter. This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories: The story of the universe. We will be taking this year’s theme quite literally, the core of the pro- gram will be a series of presentations high-lighting astonishing discoveries about the world we live in. Also, we’ll be revisiting the very popular adult spelling bee, and we’ll feature a presentation on how to use the library’s powerful databases. Two science fiction movies will round out the program. Pick up a reading list for science and science fiction books available at the library.

The next program will be held on Friday, February 15 5:30–6:30 pm when we learn about how to use the library’s research data- bases—”Better than Google!”


Introduction to Beekeeping

TRINIDAD — This two-day workshop, Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, 9 am to 3 pm will cover the origin of bees and an overview of the European honey bee and where it fits in the world of bees. The instructor is traveling from Tennessee. Please register before February 15th. The class will cover essential equipment for beekeepers, when and where to order bees, and what a beekeeper does will also be discussed. Cost for the class is $50 which includes handout materials. Register by contacting Donna at 719-846-5724.


Cupid’s Arrow Archery at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — The Friends of Trinidad Lake State Park will be hosting an archery clinic Saturday, February 16, 1-3 pm. Certified in- structors will be on site ready to guide you with safety and alignment tips. We will pro- vide the equipment as well as refreshments and prizes! This event is free to the public but all vehicles must have a daily or annual Park pass.


Hunter education class

AGUILAR — A two day hunter education class will be held Saturday, February 16, 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday, February 17, 2 to 6 pm at Aguilar Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive.

Students must attend all sessions for certification. Sign up for class online at:

The class is sponsored by Rob’s Gunshop, 941-4368. Bring your lunch for the Saturday class and bring eye and ear protection with you; dress for the weather.


VA “Vet Center” mobile van in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — The Department of Veterans Affairs, Readjustment Counseling Service’s Pueblo Vet Center Mobile Van (Vet Center) will be visiting Trinidad again on Tuesday, February 19. It will be located in the Big R parking lot from 9 am until 2 pm. For more information, please contact Las Animas County’s Veteran Service Officer Ray Odum 719-845-2589. Thank you Ray for securing this service for our vets.


Easter Cantata rehearsals

TRINIDAD — It’s not too late to come re- hearse with us for the Easter Cantata. Calling all singers to join us Tuesdays, 5:15 pm at Methodist Church, 216 Broom Street.


TLAC Chamber Luncheon

TRINIDAD — Please join us for an informative luncheon experience sponsored by Mt San Rafael Hospital Wednesday, February 20, 12 to 1 pm at TSJC Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Center. The cost for the luncheon is $12 per person, please RSVP to the Chamber Office 719-846-9285, or reply to TLACChamber@out- with the number of people planning to attend.

Please, remember to cancel your reservation 24 hours in advance if you are unable to attend. We look forward to seeing you there


Chronic Pain Self Management

TRINIDAD — This helpful class will take place every Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm beginning February 20 and concluding on March 27 at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. Contact Ashley Di-Paola to reserve a spot: 719-845-4877.


Self care at the Carnegie: Supplements

TRINIDAD — Next week, Wednesday, February 20, 5 to 7 pm join the discussion for “Supplements.” On their own, supplements can’t do much, but as part of a larger lifestyle, they can help bridge the gaps. Learn how to create a supplement plan for yourself. How to buy supplements that actually work and are worth your money. The program is presented by Carnegie Library staff member, Rahma Siddiqui. This series is a condensed version of her original program, aimed at helping members of the community of Trinidad get a jumpstart on their New Year’s resolutions


Nostalgic Movie “The Brother From Another Planet”

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library screens a free classic movie every month. This month’s selection will be shown Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 pm. The movie is “The Brother From Another Planet.” and is one of the programs linked with the adult reading program. This is a free movie and free pop- corn will be served. All are welcome.


Free diabetes self-management workshop

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County Health Department is offering a free 4-Part Diabetes Self-Management Workshop presented by Ivory Raye, ND; Yvonne Romero, RN/CDE; Terri Coombs, RN beginning Thursday, February 21, 2 to 4 pm at Las Animas County Health Department, 412 Benedicta Avenue. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions: February 21, March 7, March 14 , and March 21


No-Stitch Basket Weaving at Trinidad History Museum

TRINIDAD — Thursday, February 21, 5 pm at Trinidad History Museum, the Third Thursday heritage night will feature “No-Stitch Bas- ket Weaving”. Each month on the Third Thursday we will be hosting a heritage night focusing on a different aspect of Southern Colorado life. Enjoy treats, sweets, and hands on activities. These programs are geared towards adults but all ages are welcome.


Purgatoire Watershed data workshop at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Join us Friday, February 22, 9 am to 12:30 pm in the Pioneer Room at TSJC for the Purgatoire Watershed Water Data Workshop. Come learn more about the Purgatoire River and your watershed! No experience necessary! Whether you like your data on the back of a napkin or on a computer screen, there will be information for all levels! Free drinks and snacks provided!

Join us for this exciting upcoming work- shop! The workshop is free but please register and get more details at: https://pwp.wildap-


Hands on History: Film making

TRINIDAD — In the next Hands on History, Friday, February 22, 1 pm at Trinidad History Museum we will learn about film- ing techniques, practice acting the screenplays we wrote last week, and film! If you weren’t able to make it last week, don’t worry. We will have extra screenplays to use. Every student will have the chance to act, film, direct, and so on!

The cost of attending is $9 for students in grades 1-8 with scholarships available. For more information, please contact Abigail at 846-7217 or


Karen Roybal: “Telling Nothing but theTruth”

TRINIDAD — Join us for another installment of our Borderlands of Southern Colorado Lecture Series with Colorado College professor Karen Roybal Saturday, February 23, 6 pm at Trinidad History Museum.

In 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Mexican-American War came to a close and Mexicanas/os in California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico were thrust into U.S. citizenship without the full benefits afforded to Anglo Americans. Their citizenship status was better categorized as de jure, not de facto. This lecture focuses on the Nuevomexicanas/os who were subjected to a new U.S. legal system through which they had to reestablish their position as property owners and navigate a second-class citizenship shaped by a racial hierarchy. Karen Roybal describes how the testimonios taken by the U.S. Surveyor General during land grant adjudication proceedings in the late 19th century also demonstrate the gendered terrain of the property court cases as Nuevomexicanas/os responded to a new legal system and its laws and customs.

This event is free and open to the public.


Youth soccer camp

TRINIDAD — There will be a youth soccer camp hosted by AYSO Trinidad Saturday, February 23, 10 am to 12 pm at Sebastiani Gym, 206 N Animas Street. Covered in the camp are

soccer drills for youth and more. The cost for attendance is $10. Also during that morning is free in-person registration for the upcoming league. If you would like assistance with registering your child for this soccer season, please visit us at Sebastiani Gym. We will be there from 9:30 am to 1 pm to help. For more information visit:


“What the Health” at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — The Live Will Eat Well Program will sponsor a free screening of the documentary “What the Health” Saturday,February 23, 1 to 3 pm at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Avenue. For more information call 719-845-4800


Little Aguilar is at it again

AGUILAR — The Town of Aguilar celebrates its 125th Birth- day this year! The town will be celebrating this milestone all year long, beginning with a Birthday Party on Sunday, February 24 from 12 to 3 pm at the Community Center in Aguilar. The new Town Marshal is the special guest and refreshments will, of course, include cake and ice cream!


Chenoweth Awards Banquet

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad & Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2018 Chenoweth Award Banquet Saturday, February 23, 6 pm at Holiday Inn Trinidad, 3130 Santa Fe Trail. For tickets, please contact the Chamber Office at (719) 846-9285.


Reception for Jim Blecha at TSJC

TRINIDAD — A reception for the art show, “Photos of Jim Blecha” will be held Friday, March 1, 4 to 5:30 pm in Room 218 of the Berg Building at TSJC. Light refreshments will be served. The photos will be on display for six months during normal office hours (8 am to noon and 1 to 5 pm Monday through Friday).



Hunter education safety class

RATON — There will be a hunters’ education safety class Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 8 am to 5 pm at the Raton Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road. We will need at least 5 students in order to hold the class. Please Contact Matt at 505-218-1348 for any questions.


CCFA Sweetheart Ball

RATON — Mark your calendars, it’s time for the annual Col- fax County Fair Assoc. Sweetheart Ball! It will be Saturday, February 16, 6 pm to midnight at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd Street. Individual tickets are $30, and a table of 8 is $225. See Mesa Vista Vet Clinic 575-445-3912 to get your tickets today! As always there will be dinner, dancing, and great live & silent auctions.


3rd Annual Mother/Son Dance

RATON — The third annual Mother/Son Dance hosted by the RHS Cheer Moms will be held Saturday, February 16, 6:30 to 9 pm at Raton High School, 1535 Tiger Circle. Tickets are $15 per couple (mother/son) and $3 for each additional son. For more information please contact RHS Cheer Moms.


K of C Free Throw district contest

DES MOINES — Knights Of Columbus will have their district contest for Des Moines, Raton, Cimarron, and Clayton Sunday, February 17, 12 pm in the Des Moines High School gymnasium. Winners from this contest advance to the state level. We will have those dates later.


“The Hill and The Hole” at El Raton

RATON — “The Hill and The Hole” is a cult horror neo-noir set in the American southwest, a feature adaptation of Fritz Leiber’s 1942 short story of the same name will be screened for the first time Wednesday, February 20, 8 pm at El Raton Theater, 115 N 2nd Street. The film follows the story of Tom Digby, a land surveyor and archaeologist working for the Bureau of Land Management. Called on a mysterious job out to a remote high desert town, he finds a bizarre mound that seems to defy the laws of nature and strange townspeople living with a dark secret.

• The El Raton Theatre will screen the film, followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. For more info call 575-445-7008


Hello Growing Great Kids Coalition meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Growing Great Kids Coalition will be the usual 3rd Thursday of the month, Thursday, February, 21, 10 am at the Center for Community Innovation (formerly The Center for Sustainable Community).


Child Find developmental screening

cIMARRON — Child Find is a free screening for children ages birth to five years old. This year’s Cimarron Child Find is scheduled for Friday, February 22, at Eagle Nest school gym from 8:30 to 10:30 am and at Cimarron High School -Special Education Office from 12 pm to 2 pm

Target areas include: vision, hearing, learning, speech and language, as well as fine and gross motor skills. For an appointment call Elaina Cortez at 575-376-2512 ext 213. Child find is sponsored by High Plains Regional Educational Co- operative #3 and Cimarron Municipal Schools.


Raton MainStreet balloon rally logo contest for middle/ high school students

RATON — We want your design for this year’s International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally logo! Winning logo will be used in advertisements, t-shirts, and pins. Submit your design to the Raton MainStreet Office, at 145 S. First Street no later than Friday, February 22. Entries must include the following word- ing somewhere in the design in order to be considered — “2019 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally” and “Raton, NM” Design requirements:

Design on a 5 inch x 5 inch square (Design can be any shape though!)

• Use up to 3 colors
• Include student’s name, grade, and school (7th-12th grade students only)

For more information, please call Brenda Ferri: 445-2052, Christine Valentini: 445-2457, or Jessica Barfield: 575-245-9000.


Raton Cycling Club group ride

RATON — The next group ride of the Raton Cycling Club will be Saturday, February 23, 12 pm. The group will meet at Raton Aquatic center. We will travel up through Sugarite Canyon State Park and back. To become a member and participate or if you want more information, contact Robert (Mac)McIvor at 505-859-6683 or email


Frederic Chiu – Classical Smackdown

RATON — Come prepared for a fun, interactive concert where Fredric Chiu will help the audience hear classic pieces in ways they’ve never imagined Saturday, February 23, 7 pm at the Shuler Theater. With over 25 CD releases, Chiu has received “Record of the Year” by Stereo Review and rave reviews by The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal and NY Times. Reserved seating: $20 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students. come.html


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, February 24. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278- 3002.


Call to artists: “The Art of NM Women”

RATON — Old Pass Gallery will accept up to 5 pieces of art- work on Wednesday and Thursday, February 27 & 28, from 10am to 4pm. The show is “The Art of NM Women” which includes art from women in the surrounding area also! The entry fee for this show is $10 per piece or $5 if you are an Artist Member. All entries must be original works (painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and textile.) The show will open to the public on March 5. For additional information or questions contact: or call (575) 445- 2052


Early Childhood Literacy Night

RATON — Come help celebrate Early Childhood Literacy Night Thursday, February 28, 5:30 to 7 pm at Longfellow Elementary School, 700 E 4th Street. The celebration is free for all families of children aged 0-5. There will be pizza, door prizes, and play time. Child care provided. For more information call: 575-445-9261


“Through His Eyes” male artists-closing coffee at Old Pass Gallery

RATON — We have decided to try something new and have a “closing coffee” with our male artists. Come out and have conversation with our talented male artists over a cup of coffee. Friday, March 1, 5 – 7 pm at Old Pass Gallery, 145 S. 1st Street. For additional information or questions, contact: or call (575) 445-2052


Raton Cycling Club announces mountain bike ride at Sugarite

RATON — Raton Cycling Club is having a mountain bike ride in Sugarite Canyon State Park in celebration of National Trails day, Saturday June 1. A 12 mile mountain bike ride will start at the visitors center, go north on the Lake to Lake trail to L. Maloya. From there, we will proceed to Opportunity and Ponderosa ridge trails around Little Horse Mesa, then back down Lake to Lake trail to the visitors center. Folks that are not up to the full ride could jump off at various locations or simply turn around. Wee need to get this event out there so folks can plan ahead. Contact Robert D McIvor, Park Superintendent, Sugarite Canyon State Park at 575-445-5607 with any questions or suggestions.



Connect with a vet, hiring event at Fort Carson

FORT cARSON, cO — Fort Carson will host Connect with a Vet, a hiring event to introduce veterans to local employers Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 am to 3 pm at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center.

The hiring event is free and open to active duty service members, reservist and National Guardsmen, veterans and military spouses. All personnel entering Fort Carson must be in possession of a valid state or federally issued photo ID. Participants are encouraged to dress for success and bring copies of their targeted resumes. More than 80 employers with hundreds of vacancies will be on hand.

Industries represented include:

•construction, transportation and skilled trade; city, county, state and federal government; customer and retail services; energy, oil and gas; utilities; mining and engineering; financial; healthcare and insurance; IT/technical; defense, law enforcement, fire, and corrections, and manufacturing.

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