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Activities & Events for week of February 7, 2019


SPACe call for artists

LA VETA — Beginning Thursday, February 7, 11 am – 2 pm, SPACe will be accepting artwork for the SPACe Members’ Show which opens February 12. Members may also bring art- work on Saturday, February 9 between 10 am and 2 pm. New members are welcome to participate. Entry forms are available to print on the SPACe website, Or come in on Saturday to pick one up.

In conjunction with the Members’ Show, local artist and art professor Kenny Schneider will show a collection of new works based on the ex-voto theme, made popular by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. For more info, go to


Huerfano County Communications Coalition today at noon

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the HCCC is today, Thursday, February 7, 12 pm. This month’s meeting will take place at the Ambulance Barn, 326 Main Street. The HCCC is a monthly networking group to discuss activities in Huerfano County. For more information call 719-250-9367.


LVPL monthly movie matinee “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” today

LA VETA — The La Veta Library will feature “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” as their monthly matinee today, Thursday, February 7, 2 pm in the upstairs meeting room. This poignant and touching coming of age drama stars Chole Grace Moretz as an orphaned teenager sent off to strict gay conversion camp to be” cured” of her ” same sex attraction”. In the face of intolerance and denial, she meets a group of fellow sinners and they form an unlikely family as they fight to survive. (Mature theme and language). Sponsored by the Friends of LaVeta Library. Free popcorn and lemonade. For more in- formation call 19-742-3572


Huerfano County Democratic Party reorganization meeting tonight

WALSENBURG — The very important county reorganization meeting for the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held Thursday, February 7, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Avenue. At this meet- ing we will be electing the party executive board who will serve for the next two years. At the meeting, there will be elected a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Any Democratic elector of the county is eligible for election to those offices. Each county may select any other officers provided for in the county rules.


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup. The Huerfano Soup is a monthly community-based potluck where participants, through this micro-

granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. The first Huerfano Soup is Thursday, February 7, 6 pm. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear three five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evening’s donations.


Two Peaks/ One Book beginning soon

LA VETA — COMING SOON! The La Veta Library is pleased to announce that our Two Peaks/One Book community book read will begin in February, This year’s theme is ”how communities react to change” and the book that we have chosen to explore is “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. Stop by for your free copy of this timely novel, keep checking the Jour-nal for upcoming events and plan to join us for some of exciting programs and discussions that we will be offering!


Huerfano Hometown Heroes

WALSENBURG — Huerfano Hometown Heroes is a group of local people supporting our active duty military when they are deployed. We send boxes of snacks, reading materials and small necessities such as socks or toothpaste to service men and women with local ties. If you know someone who is or will be deployed or if you want more information about how you can help, contact us at Huerfano Hometown Heroes, by email: or call 719 859 5334. Please help us serve our service men & Women!


Little Attic and Silkworm open house

WALSENBURG — There will be an open house at the Little Attic and Silkworm, 108 W. 6th, Friday, February 8 from 4-8 pm. There will be refreshments and a special discount for shoppers. The open house will be a great opportunity for you to find some new clothes, a special gift, or a unique item for your home.


Valentines Day dinner and dance

WALSENBURG — Join the Spanish Peaks Catholic Community for a romantic Valentines Day Dinner Dance, Friday, February 8, 6 to 9 pm at Delaney Hall, south of St. Mary Church. A full lasagna dinner will be on the menu, including chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert. Dance with your sweetie to your favorite tunes, and bring the kids along, ’cause everyone is welcome! Adults $10; under 18, $5; under 5, free! Proceeds benefit SPCC youth group activities.


Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile is proud to present Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore Saturday, February 9, 7 pm. Tickets are $18 advance or $20 at the door.

Grammy winner Mollie has long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who’s not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses. Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership.


Sadie Hawkins Dance at JMHS

WALSENBURG — Saturday, February 9, 8 pm John Mall High School will sponsor a Sadie Hawkins Dance! Doors open at 8 pm. There are complimentary snacks and drinks; ticket prices are $3/person or $5/couple if bought in advance. Prices at the door are $5/person or $7/couple! There will be a photo booth: $1/Polaroid.


The RE-1 Music department mattress fundraiser returns!

WALSENBURG — The John Mall High School concert band and choir are sponsoring a mattress sale on Sunday, February 10, to raise $3,500 to pay for students to attend honor band and honor choir this spring. Last year’s mattress sale raised $9,000 which is paying for the JMHS band to go to band clinics and to perform in California and Arizona in March. Help music honor students and get a good night’s sleep to boot.

Questions? Email the band and choir director, Ben Pollack, at, or phone 719-695-0071.


Sock Drive

WALSENBURG/LA VETA — Sangre de Cristo Hospice is sponsoring a sock drive in Huerfano County for Veterans, Youth Groups and those less fortunate in our community. We are accepting new socks at these drop off locations: The Fox Theatre, Charlie’s Market, and Antique Avenue. Contact Cindy Thelen at 719-846-3060 for more information. Please donate socks by Saturday, February 10.


United Church of Walsenburg church conference

WALSENBURG – The United Church of Walsenburg will have its yearly church conference Sunday, February 10, 11 am with District Superintendent Margaret Gilliken, who will preach for the worship service. A potluck dinner with follow and then the church conference will be held, with the yearly reports given, and plans made for the future. The worship service will be in the sanctuary and the dinner in Hatfield Hall. Everyone is welcome for worship and dinner, with the members and interested persons welcome at the conference.


Care ‘n Share food distribution

WALSENBURG — The February Care ‘n Share food distribution will be Tuesday, February 12, 10 to 11 30 am at Delaney Hall on E. 7th. Bring proper ID and box or bags for groceries. Food is distributed on first come first serve basis. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”


Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4 to 5 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. The next clinic will be Tuesday, February 12. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, ap- peals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming 2019 dates: March 12; April 9; May 14; June 11; July 9; August 13; September 10; October 8; November 12; December 10.


Reserve by 2/12 for the La Veta Village Valentine fundraiser dinner

LA VETA — The Board of Directors of La Veta Village invites you to join them at a Valentine Fundraiser Dinner Saturday, February 16, 5 pm at Alys’ Restaurant, 604 Oak Street. The cost for this event is $50 per person-50% of ticket price is a tax deductible donation. Dinner Selection: Chicken Cordon Bleu or Poached Salmon. Cocktails & Wine are paid separately. Please call Beckie Ferrell-Roden to reserve your dinner preferences by Tuesday, February 12 at 303-419-0694 or to purchase tickets. You may also email with additional inquiries or comments.

Following dinner the same evening, starting @ 7:00pm, enjoy the FCPA Show Choir’s Seasons of Love at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts at 127 W. Francisco St. The cost of this event, $10, is to be paid directly to the FCPA.


Huerfano County Republican Central Committee annual organizational meeting

WALSENBURG — The annual organizational meeting of the Huerfano County Republican Central Committee will be held Tuesday, Feb- ruary 12, 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 West 6th Street. All Huerfano County registered Re- publicans are invited to attend. Check in and registration for the organizational meeting will begin at 5:30 pm, with the formal meeting beginning at 6 pm.

The main purposes of the meeting will be to elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary of the Huerfano County Republican Central Committee’s Executive Committee, to select or ratify the selection of the Huerfano County Vacancy Committee, and to conduct any and all other such business as may other- wise properly come before the Huerfano County Republican Central Committee.

Optionally, an informal, no-host dinner follows the meeting in the hotel’s restaurant.


LV/C Chamber meeting

LA VETA — The monthly meeting of La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will be Thursday, February 14, 8 am at the La Veta Schools Library, 126 E Garland Street.


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!


Debby Shapiro presentation at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Join us at the LaVeta 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 LaVeta Library. For more information call 719-742-3572.


Francisco Center For The Performing Arts Show Choir

LA VETA — Here’s a plan for you and your Valentine—celebrate with 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 opening reception

LA VETA — A reception at SPACe for 2019 Members’ Show will be held Saturday, February 16, 5 to 7 pm. This show features original artwork by members of SPACe, PLUS a new collection by CSU-Pueblo professor Kenny Schneider, of “ex-voto” themed works, inspired by acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Khalo. Enjoy delicious snacks, drinks and good company. The show will be on display until Mar. 9


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.


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. Because 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!


Movie Night at the 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!


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 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.


Mardi Gras Chili Cook-off benefit

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.



Las Animas County Republican Central Committee organizational meeting

TRINIDAD — Reminder, the organizational meeting of the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee is being held tonight Thursday, February 7, 6 pm at the Issac Walton League Building, 1900 Santa Fe Drive. Check in and registration for the organizational meeting shall begin at 5:30 pm.


Free tax assistance at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Free tax assistance will be offered Friday, February 8, 10 am at Trinidad State Junior College. Tax Help Colorado is offering free tax assistance at Trinidad State Junior 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: bring-tax-site-0


Ashley St Lawrence farewell

TRINIDAD — Join us in the Bloom Mansion as we showcase the work created during Ashley St Lawrence’ stay and say farewell to her, Friday, February 8, 5 pm at Trinidad History Museum on the Historic Santa Fe Trail.


Mother Son Winter Wonderland Dance

TRINIDAD — Join us for the annual Mother Son dance hosted by Hometown Holidays Friday, February 8, 6 to 9 pm at Brix Sports Bar and Grill, 231 E. Main.


My Furry Valentine

TRINIDAD — Looking for “the one” this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got your match! Join us Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 2 pm at Big R for “My Furry Valentine!”

Adorable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies will be at our adoption booth just waiting for the chance to meet you!

A yummy assortment of homemade pet

treats will be available at our bark sale table so be sure to pick up a special Valentine’s Day treat for your favorite furry friend!

Bring the kids with you to this family fun event, they can make a really neat craft project for either their pet or to give to a shelter animal.

Don’t forget to enter to win our drawing for really cool stuff like a free pet microchip! This is one fun and unique event you will not want to miss! See you there! #adoptlove. All proceeds benefit the animals of NAAWA.


Ice Cream Social for Special Needs Families

TRINIDAD — An Ice Cream Social for Special Needs Children and Families will be held Saturday, February 9, 2 to 4 pm at Alta Vista Alternatives, 415 S. Indiana Avenue. There will be fun, games, and treats for special needs children and the families and friends who love and care for them. For more information call 719-846-4400


Family Game Club at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library hosts a Saturday get-together to have fun with board games each month. The next family game club will be Saturday, February 9, 2 pm. Everyone is invited: you must be at least 6 years old to play, but younger siblings can watch. Mousetrap! Monopoly! And more!


Father Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance

TRINIDAD — The annual Father Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance hosted by Home- town Holidays will be held Saturday, February 9, 6 to 9 pm at Brix Sports Bar & Grill 231 E. Main Street.


Wiskey Creek and Valentines dinner at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out to Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6 in scenic Gulnare Saturday, February 9, 8 pm to 12 am for dancing and live music from Wiskey Creek band. There is a $5 cover charge. Spanish Peaks Inn is also taking reservations for our very special Valentines Dinner, Thursday, February 14. Call 719-941- 4288 for reservations.


Sock Drive

TRINIDAD — Sangre de Cristo Hospice is sponsoring a sock drive in Trinidad for Veterans, Youth Groups and those less fortunate in our community. We are accepting new socks at these drop off locations: Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1502 E. Main, Power Credit Union, 220 Pine Street, Phil Long Toyota, 105 W. Cedar Street, Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Prospect Street, TSJC Campus, Latuda Hall- Pine Street. Contact Cindy Thelen at 719-846- 3060 for more information.

We will be collecting new socks until Sunday, February 10.


Philosophy club at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Library is starting a new pro- gram for those that enjoy discussing philosophy. The club will meet each month on the second Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm. The next meeting will be Monday, February 11, 5 to 6 pm. Do you like philosophizing with others about timeless questions? Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation. We will start with a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy and a few questions to explore. Everyone is welcome!


“State of the City” address

TRINIDAD — Mayor Rico is holding a “State of the City” event at TSJC in the Pioneer Room, Monday, February 11, at 6 pm.


FREE legal help at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — The next free legal clinic at the Carnegie Public Library will be Tuesday, February 12, 3 to 4 pm. Patrons can have a private video conference with an attorney, here at the library. Call the library at 719/846-6841, or come in to sign up in advance. Normally, there will be four, fifteen minute sessions to discuss civil matters only


Easter Cantata Rehearsals

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


Self Care at the Carnegie: Connection

TRINIDAD — Next week, Wednesday, February 13, 5 to 7 pm join the discussion for “Connection.” Explore how different connections in life serve different purposes and why having supportive connections is crucial to living a self-care lifestyle. The series 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


“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


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 caregivers (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 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, February 15 5:30–6:30 pm when we learn about how to use the library’s re-search databases—”Better than Google!”


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 instructors will be on site ready to guide you with safety and alignment tips. We will provide 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.


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 TLAC- 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 DiPaola to reserve a spot: 719-845-4877.


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.


Purgatoire Watershed water 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 workshop! The work- shop is free but please register and get more details at:


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!


Reception for Jim Blecha show at TSJC

TRINIDAD — A reception for the art “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).



Honeysuckle Station Ribbon Cutting today

RATON — Come out to welcome a new business to Raton Thursday, February 7, 11 am to noon at Honeysuckle Station, 119 Cook Avenue. For more information call 575-445-9080.


Raton Business Woman of the Year and Young Professional entry deadline

RATON — The annual Woman of the Year and Young Professional competition hosted by Raton Professional Business Women is requesting nominations by Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5 pm. Nomination forms can be found posted in event discussion on facebook. The awards dinner will be scheduled in March- date, time and location TBA.


23rd Annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance

RATON — St. Patricks-St. Joseph’s Parish, along with FNB New Mexico, presents the 23rd Annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance to be held February 8, 7 to 9 pm at the Parish Hall with DJ Josh Martinez.

Tickets per person are $8. Snacks will be provided. Corsages and Photos will be for sale at the dance. Please note: There are a limited number of tickets, so buy your ticket early at the Parish Office, FNB New Mexico, or Enchanted Grounds Coffee Shop.

No Moms or Boys are allowed! This is a great opportunity for fathers, and father figures alike, to show their daughters how to be treated on a special date with dad. Proceeds from the dance will benefit our youth group attending the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference in Denver this summer.


K of C Adult Free Throw Contest

DES MOINES — Due to the popularity and requests from spectators, Knights of Columbus is going to hold an adult free throw contest Saturday, February 9 at Des Moines High School Gym after the Wagon Mound game which is scheduled to start at 2 pm.

Age groups are as follows: young adults – high school grads to age 30; mid lifers – 30+ to age 55; super seniors – age 55 +. Donations requested for entry and you earn the best bragging rights for NE NM!


Explore alternative energy in Raton

RATON — The new community group “Energized” is hosting its first get-together to explore renewable energy options for Raton, including community solar farms. Join us for a short film and conversation on creating a more resilient energy future. The event is Saturday, February, 9, 2-3:30 pm at the Center for Community Innovation (formerly Center for Sustainable Community), 130 Park Ave.


Springer vaccination clinic

SPRINGER — There will be a pet vaccination clinic Saturday, February 9, 9 to 11 am at the Springer Fire Department, 606 Colbert Avenue. The clinic is sponsored by Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital, Truman Smith, DVM. For more information please call 575-445-3912.


Cimarron vaccination clinic

CIMARRON — There will be a pet vaccination clinic Saturday, February 9, 1 to 3 pm at the Cimarron Ambulance Barn. The clinic is sponsored by Truman Smith, DVM. For more information, please call 575-445-3912.


Colfax Democratic Party elections

RATON — Get behind the BLUE WAVE and help us push! The Colfax County Democratic Party elections for County Chair and Vice Chair are to be held Saturday, February 9, 1 pm at the Colfax County Building on 3rd Street. This is an important meeting as we make our way forward to the next election cycle. Be a part of a dynamic group and work for change! Other important positions to be filled are Treasurer and Secretary. Now is the time to prepare for 2020!


Missoula Children’s Theater presents The Frog Prince

RATON — The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, will have one of its 44 actor/director teams arrive in Raton with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up. The cast will be made up of local children and is sure to provide a fun show for all to enjoy. The performances will be Saturday, February 9, 3 pm and 5 pm at the Shuler Theater, 131 N 2nd Street. This show is sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts.


Raton Lions Club Cupids & Hearts Valentines Dance

RATON — The Raton Lions Club is hosting a Valentines Dance, Saturday, February 9, 7 to 11 pm at the Raton Convention Center. Live music will be performed by Abe Elliott & Second Hand. There will be door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. Tickets are $6 for singles and $10 for couples.


MCMC Scrubs sale

RATON — Miner’s Colfax Medical Center Auxiliary brings CW Scrubs Sales to Raton. CW Scrubs is a uniform, shoes, and medical supplies retailer that offers the best selling brands at competitive prices. Name brands such as KLOGS, FILA, Springstep, Carhartt, Koi, WonderWink, and others will be in the lobby of MCMC on Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12 from 7 am until 4 pm. This is a fundraiser for the Auxiliary that provides important equipment to better serve the community. The hospital is located at 203 Hospital Drive.


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 Con- tact 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.


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


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


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.