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Activities & Events for week of January 10, 2019

New deadline for events submission in 2019.

Please turn in events to the events editor by Monday, 4 pm, for that week’s paper. We will try and run events for non-profits and advertisers at least two weeks before the event if we receive them in a timely manner.

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Dealing with drug abuse forum with experts from across the state

HUERFANO — Huerfano County Farm Bureau will hold a Panel Presentation and Discussion about dealing with drug abuse in our area Saturday, January 12, 1 to 4:30 pm at Washington School Auditorium, 201 E. 5th Street. We would like to explore what the community can do in addition to the efforts of law enforcement and public health in dealing with drug abuse so we are bringing in experts from across the state to have a panel presentation followed by discussion on what can be done to curb drug abuse.

The topics presented will include: dealing with a drug addict, dealing with your emotions when a loved one is a drug abuser, and programs now available. We want to explore pro- grams that have worked in other small communities and what we might try in Huerfano/Las Animas/Colfax counties to curb the drug abuse problem. Small steps can have an impact, but the first step is becoming informed and deciding what we can do. This presentation is open to anyone in Huerfano and surrounding counties.



Chamber January meeting today

LA VETA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting, will be Thursday, January 10, 8 am at La Veta Schools Library, 126 E Garland Street.


Railways of South Africa presentation today

LA VETA — The Library welcomes Harry Tournay, Senior Scientist from Transportation Technology Center Inc, on Thursday, January 10, 2 pm. Mr Tournay has worked on South Af- rican Railways for 30 years and has traveled and worked on projects in Africa, Europe, Australia and Japan. In his presentation he will discuss growing up in southern Africa, science based facts about railroads, some of the unusual projects he has been involved in, and he will share stories about some unique railroads in countries that few Americans have ever visited. This fascinating presentation is brought to you by he Friends of La Veta Library and refreshments will be served. For more information call 719-742-3572.


Adult board games at La Veta Mercantile tonight

LA VETA — You might get “board” this winter…Fight that boredom and join your neighbors for free Adult Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea Thursday, January 10, 6 pm. 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!


VFC food drive at First Choice Market

WALSENBURG — Help out those in need in our community by donating shelf stable food or personal care items at the Volunteers for Community/Dorcas Circle donation table set up at the door at First Choice Market, Friday, January 11, 1 to 5 pm. If you care to, we can also accept cash so that gaps in do- nations can be filled. We especially need pasta and rice pro- ducts. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Thank you in advance for helping make this a successful drive.


Free game day kickoff party at Washington Underground Rec Center

WALSENBURG — Bring the whole family Saturday, January 12, 11 am to 3 pm to Washington Underground Rec Center, 210 E 5th Street. This is a family fun event! There will be games to get the whole family moving: free throw shooting, cornhole, soccer goal shooting, and a football toss! There will be FREE smoked meats/food, FREE games, and FREE prizes! FREE Raffle & Games prizes range from $100 gift certificates to purchase shoes/athletic apparel, family gym memberships for a year, sports equipment, fitness equipment and local gift certificates!


Seniors Pilates class offered by Two Peaks Fitness

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


Two Peaks Fitness evening spin bike classes change to 6 pm

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


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The American Legion Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, will meet Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 pm on the 2nd floor of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, 23500 US Highway 160. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend. We will be discussing current activities as well as activities for the new year. Come and join us! For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Come for an entertaining history presentation Thursday, January 17, 2 pm in the La Veta Library meeting room. Linda Crawford and Laurel Campbell, co-chairs of the Goodnight Barn preservation committee will present an in- formative talk and slide show on the history of Charles Good- night’s life including his time as a Texas ranger, Indian Scout, his work on the cattle trail and his eventual purchase of the Rock Canyon Ranch and the famous Goodnight Barn built in 1870. The focus of this program, sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library, is Western Heritage in Colorado and its preservation for future generations.


Huerfano County Democratic meeting

WALSENBURG — The next monthly meeting of the Central Committee will be Thursday, January 17, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Street.


Movie night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Wear your PJ’s, bring a blanket, and watch a free movie on the big screen Thursday, January 17, 6 pm. La Veta Mercantile will be hosting FREE movie night the third Thursday of the winter months. Kid friendly, yummy free popcorn, and the usual beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Watch our Facebook page for announcement of the movie selection the week prior.


Celtic Orphans at the Mercantile

LA VETA — Come get some Pub Grub, and listen to some very talented musicians known as our beloved Celtic Orphans at Pub Night Friday, January 18, 6 pm. Enjoy some adult beverages, soda, tea and coffee as well as “snackage in a package” Come out to enjoy truly incredible artists and it’s FREE.


History Happenings at La Veta Library

LA VETA — The Huerfano County Historical Society is presenting a series of “History Happenings,” Sunday afternoon discussion/presentations salon-style. These events will high- light happenings that affected Huerfano history. Please join us for one or all of our titillating sessions.

You are invited to the second event of the Huerfano County Historical Society’s History Happenings series, Sun- day afternoon “salons” for history lovers. On Sunday, January 20, 2 pm at the La Veta Library we will focus on DNA testing to learn about your own history. Local favorite, Professor Emeritus and molecular geneticist, Mary Ann Nelson, Ph.D. will lead a discussion about the emerging field. Please join us for: Tracing your own history through DNA testing: What it’s all about, legitimate services available and ethical considerations. This salon is co-sponsored by the HCHS and the La Veta Public Library.


Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come out to Open Mic at La Veta Mercantile Thursday, January 24, 6 pm. Enjoy comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes. Reserve your space soon, because this event, hosted by Ken Saydak, is a favorite event. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space.


Ancestors Exhibition open call to artists at MOF

WALSENBURG — The Ancestor Exhibition at Museum of Friends is having an open call to artists, photographers and community members who would like to reflect on their deceased ancestors’ lives Saturday, January 26, 12 pm. Each artist will be given a 10′ space to install their works.


Afternoon of poetry

LA VETA — An Afternoon of Poetry, praising “What Matters” will be held Sunday, January 27, 3-5 pm at Tom Doerk’s home, 120 W. Grand. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information contact Tom, 742-3776 or Robin 742-3398.


Get out those chili recipes for a Super (Chili) Bowl competition at the FOX

WALSENBURG — Sunday, February 3, 3 to 10 pm there will be a Chili Cook-Off & Big Game Watch Party at the Fox Theatre. There is a $10 entrance fee to enter your chili into the competition and a $10 donation to sample the competition chili and cast your vote for best red and green chili. Desserts will also be for sale. Winners receive a prize package that includes cash, gift certificates, and other donated items.



Bingo & Vitals at The Legacy at Trinidad

TRINIDAD — All are welcome for Bingo and Vitals sponsored by The Legacy at Trinidad, 33 Legacy Lane, and Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care Thursday, January 10, 3 to 4 pm. This free to the public event is held the second Thursday of the month. Play Bingo for non-cash prizes, and get your vital signs (blood pressure, O2 saturation, respirations, pulse, temperature, and weight) checked for free. For more information, contact Cindy Thelen at 719-846-3060 or The Legacy at Trinidad at 719-846-8662.


Trinidad Autism Awareness monthly support group meeting tonight

TRINIDAD — Come out Thursday, January 10, 6 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Ave. for a monthly support group for families with loved ones with autism, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delay. A complementary dinner is served. Trained child-care available at no charge. Presentation followed by round-table discussion.


Book readers rock!

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the book club at the Carnegie for 6th, 7th and 8th graders will be Friday January 11, 1:30 – 3 pm. This month, bring your favorite book.


Pyramid Model Training at SCCOG

TRINIDAD — Saturday, January 12, 9 am to 12 pm join us for the first of a four-part train- ing that will take place every Saturday beginning January 12 and concluding on February 16 at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Avenue.

Pyramid Model Training covers strategies to make successful students by building the right environment and relationships. Also covered are Social Emotional Teaching strategies. The cost is $30 per session or $22.50 per session for early bird registration. You must pre-pay to register. Please contact Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council for more information: 719- 845-0463


Family Game Club

TRINIDAD — The next family game club will be Saturday, January 12, 2 pm at Carnegie Public Library. Family Game Club is a Saturday get-together to have fun with board games! Everyone is invited: you must be at least 6 years old to play, but younger siblings can watch. Mousetrap! Monopoly! And more!


Free pancake breakfast

TRINIDAD — Have a free breakfast on us, Sunday, January 13, 9:30 to 10:30 am at Trini- dad Church of the Nazarene, 733 Stonewall Avenue. All are welcome.


History Colorado: State Historical Fund meet & greet

TRINIDAD — A State Historical Fund Meet & Greet will be held Monday, January 14, 11 am to 2 pm at The Cafe, 135 E. Main Street. Meet and Greets are one-on-one 30 minute meetings with SHF staff to discuss your project in-depth. Register today and a staff member will contact you to set an appointment with you. Speakers will be Sara Doll and Danielle Lewon. For more information and to register, please visit Eventleaf:


Colorado Historical Society: State Historical Fund workshop

TRINIDAD — There will be a two-hour workshop Monday, January 14, 3 to 5 pm at Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main Street. The workshop includes basics about SHF as well as the opportunity to learn how to deter- mine and prioritize the next steps of starting an SHF application for your project. The speakers will be Tim Stroh, Sara Doll, and Danielle Lewon.

For more information and to register, please visit Eventleaf:


Philosophy club at the Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Library is start- ing a new program for those that enjoy discussing philosophy. The club will meet each month on the second Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm. The first meeting will be Monday, January 14, 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!


Mindfulness Tuesday ~ Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Learn how to manage stress and unwind with scientifically-based breathing techniques in this free six week program which began Tuesday, January 8, 9 to 10 am in the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Avenue. This program is free and open to the public and runs for six weeks.


Scrap booking for pleasure at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Make new friends and have some fun in this self-guided lab open to per- sons wishing to get together to scrapbook on a regular basis. This lab will occur Tuesdays from 10 am-1pm from January 1 to May 8 at Berg 401, on the TSJC campus 600 Prospect Street. The tuition is only $25 for the semester.

Some scrapbooking equipment and supplies will be available, but each person is encouraged to bring their own equipment and supplies. A 10-page scrapbook paper kit will be given to the first 5 persons to register! Contact Donna at or call 719- 846-5724 to register.


Free diabetes prevention program

TRINIDAD — This free class series will take place Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and concludes on January 29 at the Las Animas County Health Department board room, 412 Benedicta Avenue. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 15. Food is power, but being overweight can cause health problems, including diabetes. Join us in preventing diabetes and keeping you healthy in 2019!

Sessions are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and some insurances. If not covered, The Elvira Martin Scholarship will cover the cost. Contact: Yvonne Romero, 719-845- 3117 or

This program is from The Centers for Dis- ease Control and is proven to help participants learn how to change their lifestyle. Learn about nutrition, weight loss, exercise, and stress. Coaches are Ivory Raye, ND; Yvonne Romero, RN; Terri Coombs, RN


TLAC Chamber luncheon

TRINIDAD — Join the Chamber of Commerce for our monthly luncheon at the Pioneer Room at TSJC Wednesday, January 16, 12 pm. The luncheon is open to anyone in the community. The cost for the lunch is $12. Please RSVP as soon as possible by email,, or by phone 719-846- 9285. If you make a reservation and find you cannot attend, please cancel with us within 24 hours of the event so you will not be billed.


Self care series at Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Carnegie Library staff member, Rahma Siddiqui, attended medical school in Chicago. There, she saw first-hand how important lifestyle choices were to the overall mental, physical, and emotional health of a person. After graduating in 2014, she delayed residency to learn holistic healing methods. She created a highly successful and extensive self-care program in 2016 for her private clients.

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. Here’s the January schedule: The first event will be held Wednesday, January 16, 5:30 to 7 pm and covers “What is Self Care?” The rest of January events are each Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 pm. January 23, “Nutrition”~How to figure out what diet is ideal for you and how to stick to it for the long haul (plus why it’s important). January 30, “Movement” ~ Understanding the difference between working out and an active lifestyle. How to create room for both and why you need to.


“In Defense of Food” free screening at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Come watch the documentary “In Defense of Food” Wednesday, January 16, 6 pm in the Mt. Carmel Chapel, 911 Robinson Avenue. Enjoy a healthy snack on us! The documentary is about the history of the food industry in the United States. This film will explain why America is an unhealthy country and how we can fix it. Viewing is free and open to the public.


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 first event coincides with our Nostalgic movie night, Wednesday, January 16, 6:30–8:30 pm when we watch 2001: A Space Odyssey. The next four programs are: Friday January 18, 5:30–6:30 pm, HST: The Hubble telescope; Tuesday January 29, 5:30–6:30 pm, Other solar systems; Tuesday, February 5 5:30–6:30 pm, Measuring astronomical distances.


Heritage Nights: Photo Preservation at the Trinidad History Museum

TRINIDAD — Each month on the Third Thursday, the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S. Chestnut St., will be hosting a heritage night focusing on different aspects of Colorado life. This month Heritage Night will be held Thursday, January 17, 5 to 7 pm and the topic is Photo Preservation. Enjoy sweets, treats, and hands-on activities! These programs are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.


Growing Readers Together- READ!

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas St., is presenting a series of 5 events for caregivers and kiddos ages 6 and under beginning Friday, January 18, 2 to 4 pm. This is the first in a series of 5 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 .


Fire Line at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Fire Line band will perform at Spanish Peaks Inn in scenic Gulnare Friday, January 18, 7:30 to 11:30 pm. there is a $5 cover charge. Spanish Peaks Inn also serves delicious food with daily specials.


Rally for love, justice, and peace

TRINIDAD — Attendees will gather with signs at the intersection of Main Street and Santa Fe Trail Saturday, January 19, 11 am to 1 pm. The rally is in support of these themes: human rights, healthcare, justice, protection of environment and wild- life, voting rights, government accountability, and other progressive issues. Bring a chair if you need one!



RPBW January business meeting today

RATON — This month’s Raton Professional Business Women meeting will take place on Thursday, January 10, 1 pm (second Thursday of the month rather than the first due to the holiday season) at Enchanted Grounds Espresso Bar & Cafe, 111 Park Avenue. All members are encouraged to attend. Visit for more information on the organization.


Open Hands Thrift Store book sale

CIMARRON — Cimarron United Methodist Women’s Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, is having a book sale now until January 19. Store hours are 10 to 3 pm. We have lots and lots of books!


Opening reception at Old Pass Gallery

RATON — The opening reception for northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Colorado youth art show, “Shades of the Southwest” will be Friday, January 11, 3 to 5 pm at Old Pass Art Gallery, 145 S First Street. The show will run from January 8-28.


Women’s Luncheon at Mesa Church

RATON — Mesa Church’s monthly Women’s Luncheon will be held Saturday, January 12, 12:30 to 2 pm at the church, 140 N 1st Street. Pastor Patricia Duran will be speaking about the power of “Adornments.” Lunch is free! All women are welcome.


Pinewood Derby

CIMARRON — The Cub Scout Pinewood Derby will be held Sunday, January 13, 6:30 pm at Sister Hildegard Hall, W 11th Street. The Pinewood Derby celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2018. It all started with a father named Don Murphy who was the Cub master in Manhattan Beach, California. His son wanted to participate in the Soap Box Derby, but he was too young. So Mr. Murphy took his life-long hobby of building models and combined that with the Soap Box Derby’s concept of gravity-powered vehicles and the Pinewood Derby was created. To date, over 50 million boys and girls have participated in his creative idea. What a legacy and great activity! Come out and watch the fun.


Certified Food Manager class

RATON — The Center for Sustainable Community, 130 Park Avenue will host a Food Manager Class Thursday, January 17, 8 am to 4 pm.

Do you need a Food Manager Certification to work in your restaurant or food business? Sign up for this LOCAL class conducted by Florence Higgins R.S. Certified Food Service In- structor. The training consists of lecture, chapter quizzes, hands on demonstrations, and group problem solving. Each student receives a copy of the Certified Food Manager Text book (developed by the National Environmental Health Association, NEHA)

Certification awarded when exam is successfully passed and is renewable every 5 years. Total cost of the class is $195. To sign up, please call the Center 575-245-9000 or call Florence 575-447-6474.


Colfax County Democratic Party elections Saturday, Feb. 9

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!


CCWCD is seeking photos

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

We are interested in seeing the growth from seedling to tree. The best picture will win a $50 gift card from Colfax SWCD. The deadline for submittal is July 1, 2019.

The photo must be one of the following: Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, or Engelmann Spruce. For more info, contact Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District, 575- 445-9471.


Raton Cycling Club group ride

RATON — Start the New Year with the Raton Cycling Club group ride Saturday, January 26, 12 pm at Hwy 555 and Gardner Road. To become a member and participate or if you want more info contact Robert (Mac) McIvor at 505-859-6683 or email



Toy show in Lamar seeks vendors

LAMAR — Prowers County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the Lamar Elks Toy Show, to be held Saturday, January 12, at the Lamar Elks Lodge 28157 Hwy 287 South. The show will start at 9 am and run until 3 pm mountain time. Sales/Show tables available for $25 each.

Toys of all shapes and sizes, new in the box, hand built, 3D printed, collectables, antiques, children’s play toys and many other types of collectables will be available to buy, trade or just admire. A $2 admission fee will be charged, children under 10 get in free. Everyone is invited to attend and view the toys on display. For more information contact Garrett Mauch at 719-688-9787,


Food safety training for cottage food producers

PUEBLO — Are you interested in bringing your home-made food products to market? This training offered by CSU Exten- sion- Pueblo County will provide food safety training required by the Colorado Cottage Food Act. Extension Agent, Laura Krause, will present Cottage Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers on Friday, January 25, 1 to 4 pm at CSU Extension, 701 Court Street, Suite C. Learn foods that are permissible in the Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling requirements, as well as basic food safety for a home business. There is a registration fee of $40. Register online at For more in- formation, call 719-583-6566.