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Activities & Events for week of February 21, 2019


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 sav- ing 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 meeting 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’ Dining Room, 23500 US Highway 160. Your ticket purchase supports the charitable and educational mission of the Spanish Peaks Healthcare 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.


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, Sunday, February 24, Rev Eileen Ramsey’s message is “Letting Go, Part 2.” All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible. Special music by Tom Munch.


K of C Mexican breakfast

WALSENBURG — Knights of Columbus #2139 will be having a Mexican breakfast Sunday, February 24 11:30 am to 1 pm at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Adults $7 under 10 free. Everyone is welcome.


Two Peaks One Book programs kick off at La Veta Library

LA vETA — The La Veta Library is proud to kick off this year’s highly anticipated” Two Peaks/One Book” Series with some exciting events. This year’s chosen book is “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver and our theme is “How Communities Cope with Change”. For our first presentation. we will host Dr. David Westmoreland, PHD and Patty Kryzanowski from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs who will share their opinions and discuss Climate Change. Dr.Westmoreland has presented this talk to many people including the Dali Lama. The program is free of charge and will take place in the meeting room at LVPL on Sunday February 24, 2 pm.

The next segment will be on Thursday, February 28, also a 2 pm and it will be a moderated book discussion of the fascinating selection “Flight Behavior”. We hope that you will come to any of all of our programs whether or not you have read the book. We value your input! Sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library with delicious refreshments provided. For more information please call 719-714-3572


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 Garland. For additional information, contact Two Peaks Fitness, 719-742-3555. This is a free event.


SCCY burrito dinner

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth is having a Burrito Dinner on Monday, February 25. Dinner will be available for pick up between 4:30 -6:30 pm at SCCY. Dinner will consist of smothered burritos, rice, salad, and a dessert. Dinners can be ordered on SCCY’s facebook page or by calling 719-738-1573. If no one answers the phone, leave a message, and your order will be placed. Thank you for your continued support for the youth of Huerfano County.


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.


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).


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. Reserve 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.


Dorcas Circle and VFC food drive at First Choice Market

WALSENBURG — Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community will be having a non-perishable food drive at the First Choice Market on Friday, March 1, 1 to 5 pm. Many folks have to make decisions as to whether they pay their utilities or have food to eat, especially after this hard winter season. Please bring non-perishable food items, buy them at the market and/or donate money at our table near the front door. All donations are greatly appreciated! Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date.

Dorcas Circle also accepts items at the food bank, 911 Main Street, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. VFC and Dorcas Circle serve those in need in all parts of Huerfano County. Thanking you in advance.


The Rifters at the Mercantile

LA vETA — The Rifters will play at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main Street, Friday, March 1, 7 to 9 pm. The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico home- land has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. With a pedigree of bands like Hired Hands, the Rounders, and South by Southwest among them, the Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty. Advance tickets are $15 or by at the door for $20. For more information call 719-742-3387.


Mardi Gras Chili Cook-off

LA vETA — Saturday, March 2, 5:30- 8:30 pm come out for the Mardi Gras Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction at Mission Deli Mesa Bar. The cook off is sponsored by the La Veta Oktoberfest committee. Tasting tickets for deli- cious red, green or “mysterie” chili, just $7 per person and kids are free. Join us for this crowd pleasing fundraiser for the year’s favorite event and support scholarships and local aid to the needy! We are also still accepting entries for our chili chefs. Great prizes and bragging rights for all 3 chili types. Stop by La Veta Public Library before February 28 to sign up or call Mitzi at 719-742-5278.


Pop-Up Sale at La Veta Mercantile

LA vETA — La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street, welcomes Free the Monkey Consignment for a spectacular Pop-Up Sale featuring mens & womens clothing, housewares, home decor and more!

Victims of the Spring Fire and families in need, please private message us for an extra special shopping experience!

There will be a pre-sale on Saturday, March 2, 2 pm. Pay a $5 entrance fee and get first pick of the fabulous sale items! The pop up sale on Sunday, March 3, 10 am to 5 pm, re- quires no entrance fee. All sales are cash or check only!


Healthcare provider CPR Class

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is sponsoring a CPR class for healthcare providers Monday, March 4, 9 am at the SPRHC Training Center, 326 Main Street. Please sign up if your card expires within the next six months. Register at:


Movie matinee at La Veta Public Library

LA vETA — The next free movie matinee at La Veta Library will be Wednesday, March 6, 2 pm. The movie choice this month is “Made in Dagenham” starring Sally Hawkings. The movie is based on a true story of an ordinary woman who fights for equal rights and achieves an extraordinary change for her community.


Flood Preparedness Meeting at the Fox

WALSENBURG — A community Flood Preparedness meeting for Walsenburg will be held on March 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Fox Theater. The meeting is open to the public and everyone in Walsenburg is encouraged to attend. County and City officials will be presenting invaluable information to increase awareness of the potential impact of flooding here in Walsenburg.

Larry Sanders, Huerfano County Emergency Manager, will be providing background information about the potential for a serious flooding event resulting from the Spring Fire. John Galusha, Huerfano County Administrator, will be providing information on what is currently being done to mitigate the situation and prepare for a wide range of possible scenarios. City staff will be addressing steps the residents of Walsenburg can take to prepare and the importance of having a Home Emergency Plan.

Also to be discussed will be the City’s evacuation plan and re-entry procedures based on the salamander system. Everyone who resides in Walsenburg, or has property in the City is strongly encouraged to attend!


FOL Spring book sale

WALSENBURG — Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library have an upcoming book sale on Thursday, March 7 & Friday March 8, 10 am to 5 pm. If you would like to help with setup on Thursday March 7, come over to the library from 8:30 am to 11 am. Want to join our group? Please come to the FOL meeting on Monday, February 25 at 1 pm or call Dalene at 738-1184.


Orientation meeting for CircleTalk

WALSENBURG/LA vETA — The public is invited to an Orientation Meeting for Circle-Talk. Meet new people and have interesting and meaningful conversations. Be part of a dynamic program at Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell, Thursday, March 7, 2pm and La Veta Public Library Friday, March 8, 2 pm. CircleTalk is a simple idea with 1 hour regular weekly meetings. Come meet new friends. Find out more about the pro- gram or for more information call Beckie 303- 419-0694. Weekly meetings begin March 14 and 15 respectively for 12 weeks. See you there.


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 promote 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 inter- nationally. 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.



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-


Free tax assistance at TSJC

TRiNiDAD — Free tax assistance will be offered Friday, February 22, 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


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 filming 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


Trinidad Music Association Karaoke Night

TRiNiDAD — TMA is sponsoring a Karaoke Night featuring Postmodern Karaoke, Friday, February 22, 6 to 10 pm at Upswing Community Room, 419 W. Main Street (Next to Fox Theater). Choose from over 30,000 songs in Postmodern Karaoke’s catalogue. There is a $5 cover charge, college students eat free, great food, with a donation bar. All proceeds benefit developing quality music in our community. For more information email: trini-


Youth soccer camp

TRiNiDAD — There will be a youth soccer camp hosted by AYSO Trinidad Saturday, Feb- ruary 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


Karen Roybal: “Telling Nothing but the Truth”

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 citizen- ship 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.


Chenoweth Awards Banquet Saturday

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.


Fire Line, Live at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out to Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6 in scenic Gulnare and see the band Fire Line, Saturday, February 23, 7:30 to 11:30 pm. There is a $5 cover charge Spanish Peaks Inn has daily food specials and lodging. For more information call 719-941- 4288.


Little Aguilar is at it again

AGUiLAR — The Town of Aguilar celebrates its 125th Birthday 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!


VA “Vet Center” mobile van in Trinidad

TRiNiDAD — The Department of Veterans Affairs, Readjustment Counseling Service’s Pueblo Vet Center Mobile Van (Vet Center) has rescheduled the date for the mobile van. They will visit Trinidad again on Monday, February 25. 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.


Volunteer training for Sangre de Cristo Hospital and Palliative Care

TRiNiDAD — Volunteers are needed at Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care. Volunteers at the Hospice play a key role by allowing more time and resources to be used for patients in need. Volunteers give back to the community in many ways. Our next volunteer training is Tuesday, February 26, 9 am to 5 pm at 1502 E. Main Street. For more in- formation call 719-846-3060 or visit www.san-


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.


Self care series at the Carnegie: Self care review and catch-up

TRiNiDAD — Next week, Wednesday, February 27, 5 to 7 pm join the discussion for a re- view and wrap up of the self care series. 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


Care Kits at Carnegie Public Library

TRiNiDAD — Join us on the first Friday of each month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas Street, to assemble Care Kits for those experiencing homelessness, and learn about some of the challenges they face. This month we will meet on Friday, March 1, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, band-aids, baby wipes, and so on. If you’ve been want- ing to help, but not sure how, this is a great opportunity to get involved! Call for more information: 719-846-6841


College application help at Trinidad History Museum

TRiNiDAD — Friday, March 1, 9 am the Trinidad History Museum staff will be giving help to students who may need help with College Applications, FAFSA, personal essays, Job Applications, etc.. Walk in’s accepted, appoint- ments encouraged.


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).


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 program will be a series of presentations highlighting 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, March 1, 5:30– 6:30 pm when we learn about “Deep Space: Distance is Time” which discusses how astronomers can look back towards the Big Bang.


Mardi Gras Ball

TRiNiDAD — Saturday, March 2, 6 pm the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, 150 E Main Street, will hold their annual fundraiser Mardi Gras Ball. The entertainment will be Nacho Men. Tickets are $50 each. They will be available in advance starting February 5 or at the door. For more information call 719-846-4224.


Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner

TRiNiDAD — The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner is hosted by Holy Trinity Academy and will be held Tuesday, March 5,5 to 7 pm at Fishers Peak Soup Kitchen, 308 Church Street. Adult tickets are $8, children 10 and under $5.


Gunsmithing class for veterans at TSJC

TRiNiDAD — A free gunsmithing class for veterans is open to 10 students and will be offered July 15 – 19, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. This class is being offered to honorably- discharged military veterans or retirees and active-duty military personnel. This course will cover operational theory, disassembly and assembly, proper use of hand tools and precision measuring instruments, and an introduction to basic bench work of the Gunsmithing trade.

Consideration will be given to minor gun repair and the installation of firearm accessories. A brief study of Federal Firearm Law and record keeping will be included. Students should bring some type of project(s) to work on during lab times under the supervision of the instructor.

Applicants will need to provide a copy of their active mil- itary or retiree ID card or DD 214. Current Gunsmithing students or Gunsmithing alumni are not eligible for this class and is open only to first-time Gunsmithing students. Because the class is not offered for college credit, the GI Bill will not cover tools. Students will be responsible for providing their own tools/supplies.

The class is limited to 10 students on a first come, first-served basis. Residence hall rooms available for $120 for the week (check in July 14 and check out July 20). Meals can be purchased in the college cafeteria on campus. For more information please contact the instructor, Howard Massingill.: or 719-250-0879.

To register or for additional information including a suggested tool/supply list, contact: Donna Haddow at 719-846- 5724 or donna.haddow



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).


Sign up for big game hunting license at two NM libraries

RATON/SPRiNGER — Representatives of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library , 244 Cook Avenue, today, Thursday, February 21, 5 to 7 pm to aid anyone who wishes to enter the pub- lic drawing for big game hunting licenses on public lands. There will be two computers dedicated to entering those who are interested in obtaining a license. Both residents and non- residents of New Mexico may sign up. Come get professional help in signing up for this public drawing for hunting licenses!

The same program will be available Friday, February 22, 3 to 6 pm at the Fred Macaron Library 600 Colbert Avenue, Springer.


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 wording 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.


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


Free AARP Income Tax Preparation

CiMARRON — Free income tax preparation and efiling is being offered by trained AARP Tax Aide preparers in Cimarron on Friday, March 8. Please call the Senior Center for an appointment 575-376-2979.


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.



Boulder Bassoon Quartet performs in Westcliffe

WESTCLiFFE — A concert by the Boulder Bassoon Quartet, sponsored by Classical Music in the Valley, will be held Sunday, March 3, 2 pm at the Historic Jones Theater, 119 Main Street. Since 2006, the Boulder Bassoon Quartet has impressed a wide audience through substantive, engaging performances. At home in a variety of venues, the Quartet is dedicated to ex- panding the repertoire for the bassoon quartet in a variety of genres through new arrangements and original compositions.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in Westcliffe at Candy’s Coffee, Loan A Ranger, or at the door the day of the performance. For more information: or 719-371-6493.


Journey into the past at Bent’s Old Fort

LA JUNTA — The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for individuals to “step back in time” and experience life as it might have been 170 years ago at a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail.

On Saturday, March 16 the fort will host “Frontier Skills Day.” This one-day experience will allow adults to experience fur trade life of the 1840s. Participants will perform “hands on” activities in roles as traders, domestics, hunters/trappers, carpenters, and blacksmiths.

Activities might include learning Indian Sign Language, frontier cooking, using 19th century hand tools, animal pack- ing, or beaver trapping depending on which role you occupy. Open slots for this experience are limited as some roles have already been filled. Currently openings remain in all categories.

Pre-registration is required for this event, which will run from 9 am to 4 pm on that Saturday. Cost to attend is $20 which includes supplies and materials for living history activities and a period meal. Registration forms and more information are available at the park’s website, click on “Plan Your Visit,” then “Calendar” or you can stop by or call the park at (719) 383-5026.

This event will focus on the cross-cultural relationships found at the fort in the 1840s as participants experience life as it was in the past. You are invited to join us to take a step back in time at Bent’s Old Fort.