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Activities & Events for week of January 31, 2019


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 Journal for upcoming events and plan to join us for some of exciting programs and discussions that we will be offering!


Diabetes self-management workshop at Spanish Peaks Regional Outreach Clinic continues today

WALSENBURG — A series of four free workshops, presented by Yvonne Romero RN CDE, will be held Thursdays, 2 to 4 pm at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic, 129 Kansas Ave beginning, today, Thursday, January 24 and concluding on February 14. Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions. Register by calling 719-845-3117


VFC/Dorcas Circle food drive

WALSENBURG — Dorcas Circle food bank, along with Volunteers for Community, will be collecting shelf stable goods and personal care items on Friday, February 1, 1 to 5 pm at First Choice Market. The federal furlough has increased the pressure on many people and caused increasing pressure on the food bank. You can help make a difference in the health and care of Huerfano County if you will help out our friends and neighbors. We can also accept cash so that gaps can be filled in. We especially need pasta and rice products. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday, February 1. Donations can also be taken to the food bank every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to noon. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a successful drive and help Huerfano County!


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

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.

We need you! Is your chili the best? Sign-up and let the people vote! Competitor application is found at: http://fox-

These awards will be given: People’s Choice Awards for Best Red, Best Green, Best Spicy and Best Queso. Winners receive a prize package that includes cash, gift certificates, Fox Walsenburg merch, and other donated items.

There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prize. 1st place will receive 60%, 2nd place 25% and 3rd place 15%. Various tables and counter space will be provided. Set up location will be on a first come basis. Contestants must furnish own ingredients, equipment, and serving utensils. Power will be sup- plied. Setup begins at 2 pm. Bring your chili and set up your space. You may decorate your spot however you like! Feel free to promote at your spot!

Make your favorite recipe, with or without meat, with or without beans, with or without veggies. Please have a list of your ingredients used for allergy purposes. If peanuts or pea- nut oil is used, please display a warning sign. You may NOT use can, store-bought chili, or mixes! All ingredients must be pre-cooked and treated before the event, chili is to be brought “ready to eat.”

You must bring your own condiments and sides (chips, tortillas). Fox Walsenburg will provide spoons and cups for serving to the general public and of course napkins.
Need more details? Visit to enter!


Storytime explorers at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Join us for songs and stories in the Family Room every Wednesday at 10 am. After storytime, we’ll have refreshments for adults and toys set up for children in the meeting room.


Huerfano County Historical Society meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held Wednesday, February 6, 4 pm at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th St. The public is welcome to attend.


LVPL monthly movie matinee “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”

LA VETA — The La Veta Library will feature “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” as their monthly matinee on 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, 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 information call 19-742-3572.


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!


Huerfano County Democratic Party reorganization meeting

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 shall be elected a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Any Democratic elector of the county shall be 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.


SPACe winter hours and call for artists

LA VETA — SPACe gallery will have limited hours through- out January. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council will only be open on Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm until February 7.

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 artwork on Saturday, February 9 between 10am and 2pm. 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


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 $5/couple if bought in advance. Prices at the door are 3$/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! Show up Thursday, to earn the department $500

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.

Even if you are not in the market for a new mattress, you can help out by showing up at an informational meeting about the upcoming mattress fundraiser this Thursday, January 31, 6:15 pm in the JMHS Music Room. If we are able to get 75 adults in the room, the mattress company will donate an extra $500 to the music program. Questions? Email the band and choir director, Ben Pollack, at, or phone 719-695-0071.


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, appeals, 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.


Huerfano County Republican Central Committee annual organizational meeting

WALSENBURG — The annual organizational meeting of the Huerfano County Republican Central Committee will be held Tuesday, February 12, 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 West 6th Street. All Huerfano County registered Republicans are invited to at- tend. 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 Chair-man, 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 otherwise properly come before the Huerfano County Re-publican Central Committee.

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


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!


Francisco Center For The Performing Arts Show Choir

LA VETA — Love is in the air—and to help you celebrate, the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to 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. 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!!!


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 on Saturday, February 16, 5 pm at Alys’ Restaurant, 604 Oak Street. The cost for this event is $50 per person: $25 for the meal and $25 for La Veta Village. The dinner selection is Chicken Cordon Bleu or poached salmon. Cocktails & wine are paid separately. Please call dinner preferences directly to Alys by Tuesday, February 12, at 719-742-3742. For inquiries about this event or information about La Veta Village, please email Beckie Ferrell-Roden at or call 303-419-0694.

Following dinner the same evening, starting at 7 pm, 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.


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.



Trinidad Welcome Center volunteer meeting today

TRINIDAD — The next monthly meeting for volunteers at the Trinidad Welcome Center will be Thursday, January 31, 9 am. For more information, please contact Marty Hackett at 719-846- 9512. The Trinidad Welcome Center is located at 309 Nevada Avenue.


Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Friday, February 1 is Senior Day at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items are 50% off. Store hours are 11 am to 4:30 pm.


Care Kits at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — Join us on the first Friday of each month to assemble Care Kits for those experiencing homelessness, and learn about some of the challenges they face. The next meeting is Friday, February 1, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, tooth- brushes, deodorant, soap, band-aids, baby wipes, and so on. If you’ve been wanting to help, but not sure how, this is a great opportunity to get involved! For more information call 719- 846-6841. The Carnegie Public Library is located at 202 N Animas Street.


Upswing Boutique ribbon cutting

TRINIDAD — Visit Upswing Boutique, 419 W Main Street, to welcome the new vintage clothing and jewelry store to Trini- dad Friday, February 1, beginning at 5 pm. There will be live music and refreshments will be served!


Opening reception for Jim Alford at Trinidad Photography Gallery

TRINIDAD — Come out Friday, February 1, 5 to 8 pm to Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W. Main Street, for the opening of an exhibition by photographer Jim Alford. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and meet the artist. For more information call 214-336-4229.


YCT Snowflake Ball

TRINIDAD — The Youth Club of Trinidad is hosting the Snowflake Ball, Saturday, February 2, 5 to 9 pm at La Quinta Inn & Suites. Dress for the Ball and Win a Prize! The Ball is for 3rd through 12 grades and is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Enjoy an awesome 3 course meal in La Quinta’s beautiful banquet hall while learning how to dine with the coolness of James Bond and Lady Gaga. Then enjoy fun dance games and a dance-off to win prizes and show off your moves!

At 5:30 pm we will learn proper table manners and table setting. At 6 pm three courses of deliciousness and a message from the chef will arrive. Games and dancing begin at 7 pm with a “dance-off” starting at 8 pm. Best dressed awards, grand prizes, and dress for the ball all have chances to win. Parent pick up begins at 8:30 pm and ball ends at 9 pm.


Enjoy Spur of the Moment at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out to Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6 in scenic Gulnare Saturday, February 2, 7:30 to 11:30 pm for dancing and live music from Spur of the Moment Band. There is a $5 cover charge. Spanish Peaks Inn also serves delicious food with daily specials.


Carnegie Library closed Monday for staff retreat

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library will be closed Monday, February 4 for a library staff retreat. We are working hard to make the library better for all of our patrons!


Tai Chi class begins at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — A six-week class session begins Monday, February 4, 9:30 to 11:30 am at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. Tai Chi is a terrific exercise for everyone — as long as they choose the best approach. Tai Chi is gentle, and can quickly improve balance, core strength, circulation and flexibility, and at the same time decrease stress levels and increase life vibrancy and joy. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4 through Mar. 13, advanced classes from 9:30- 10:30 am and Novice Classes will run from 10:30-11:30 am. The cost of the six week class is 40, or for those 60+ years, the $40.00 registration is fee paid by Mt. Carmel. Contact Patricia Duran to register at 719-845-4875 |


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD — The next Canvas & Conversation at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue, is Mon- day, February 4, 6 to 8 pm. Looking for a night out with friends or a date night? Mt. Carmel offers Canvas & Conversation the first Monday of every month at an affordable cost! Come chat and paint with us. The $25 fee includes paint supplies, glass of wine, and snacks. To reserve your spot, Facebook message us with your name and number, or call Ashley DiPaola at (719) 845-4877.


Trinidad Music Association Community Chorale rehearsals begin

TRINIDAD — The first spring rehearsal for the TMA Community Chorale is Monday, February 4, 6:30 pm at Massari Music Room, Pine & State Streets. Rehearsals take place every Monday evening beginning at 6:30 pm.

This season’s program will feature vocal selections from popular musicals, including several current Broadway hits. Join us in singing Broadway choruses sure to bring down the house! Being a part of the chorale is a great way to meet others in the community and come together to achieve a common goal, an in- spiring concert sure to bring joy and entertainment to singers and audience alike! For more information call 719-846-3062.


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 Tuesday, February 5 5:30–6:30 pm when we learn about “Measuring astronomical distances”.


Trinidad Youth Club schedule

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Youth Club announces their spring schedule of programs which will run January through May. Programs are for ages 6 to 17 and include: TYC Cheer Squad, Midway Bound, Dance, Youth Leadership, Model Rocket Club, Junior Master Gardeners, TYC Youth Council, Kitchen Fun and Fitness, Arts and Crafts, TYC Young Actors Studio, Lights Cameral, Action! Get the complete schedule by following TYC on Facebook, calling 719-422-8090, or emailing:


Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace”

TRINIDAD — Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT) will be holding auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace’ Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6, 6 pm at SCRT (131 West Main Street) TCT Director Kris Miller will be auditioning experienced and aspiring actors for “Arsenic & Old Lace”, a dark comedy, written by Joseph Kesselring. He is looking for the following types:

— 3 females, age range 18-75
— 6 males, age range:25-70
— 5 male/female, age range: 20-60

Come out and strut your stuff and have a good time — hope to see you there!..


Self Care series at the Carnegie: Mind-set

TRINIDAD — Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library come our for week 4 of Rahma’s self care program, Mindset. The series is presented by Carnegie Library staff member, Rahma Siddiqui. This series is a condensed ver- sion of her original program, aimed at helping members of the community of Trinidad get a jumpstart on their New Year’s resolutions


Network Council meeting

TRINIDAD — Please join us at the next Network Council Meeting on Thursday, February 7, 8 am in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room in the John Building, 136 W. Main Street.


Las Animas County Republican Central Committee organizational meeting

TRINIDAD — In compliance with Article V, Section 1 of the Bylaws of the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee, notice is hereby given that the organizational meeting of the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee shall be held at the following date, time and location:

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.

The principal purposes of the meeting will be: To elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee’s Executive Commit- tee; To elect such bonus members as may be allowed to the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee for the Colorado Republican State Central Committee, to the Congressional District Central Committee, and to the Judicial District Central Committee as provided for by law; To select or ratify the selection of the Las Animas County Vacancy Committee in accordance with the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee bylaws; To conduct any and all other such business as may otherwise properly come before the Las Animas County Republican Central Committee.


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:


TCT presents “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking”

TRINIDAD — The 2019 Trinidad Community Theatre season starts off with a bang, as we proudly present John Ford Noonan’s cherished comedy about friendship in the most unlikely of places, debuts on stage in Trinidad starting Friday, February 8, 7 pm.

“A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” centers on Maude, a prim New York housewife living in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her quiet, organized life is upended by her new neighbor Hannah Mae, a raucous and free-spirited transplant from Texas. Hannah Mae’s insistence that the two become friends because “my back door faces your back door” seems absurd given their vast differences but they nevertheless find themselves learning from each other as their bond is forged over coffee.

This comedy, which features the chaotic nature of polar opposites, sparked the careers of Susan Sarandon and Eileen Brennan in the early 1980’s. A dive into the nuance and complexity of friendship, this comedy features some adult content and may not be suitable for children.

Opening weekend continues with performances on Saturday, February 9, 7 pm and Sunday, February 10, 2 pm. Closing weekend runs February 15 – 17, with evening performances at 7pm and the closing matinee at 2pm. For tickets contact the SCRT Box Office (719-846-4765) for special ticket offers or shop online to secure your tickets.


Mt. Carmel Spring Market

TRINIDAD — Come out Saturday, February 9, 10 am to 3 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue, for the opening of the Spring 2019 Market. Support local businesses and shop local by attending the Market during the Spring 2019 season. Every product and service is made with love!

The market will be held on March 16, April 20, and May 18, 10 am to 3 pm.

For more info or to be a vendor, contact Patricia Duran at (719) 845-4875 or or Ashley

DiPaola at (719) 845-4877 or The current list of vendors includes:
– Herbal Persuasions, LLC
– Turkey Creek Creations

– Whimsy Artisan Soap
– Wire Wrap Stones by Kris Miller
– Crafts by B & T
– Tamara Rosa Vintage Indian Dupattas – The National Choice Apothecary
– Youth Club of Trinidad
– Made with These Hands
– Frog Hollow Brooms
– Beachtree
– Hearth of the Goddess LLC


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 NeedsFamilies

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 in- formation call 719-846-4400


Father Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance

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


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. Moustrap! Monopoly! And more!


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.


“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.


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!


FREE legal help ~ Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — The next free legal clinic at the Carnegie Public Library will be 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


Little Aguilar is at it again

AGUILAR — Aguilar turns 125 years old this year and we are hoping to have a series of events throughout the year to celebrate. We are starting with a Birthday Party on Sunday, February 17 from 1 pm – 4 pm.


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 beginning Friday, January 18, 2 to 4 pm. This is the first 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 .


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:



Raton Business Roundtable today

RATON — Meet the new Community Coordinator, Patricia Duran Thursday, January 31, 11:45 am to 1:15 pm at K-Bob’s Steakhouse, 1228 S 2nd Street. She will be working with businesses, entrepreneurs, and the community to help Raton’s economy grow and prosper. Everyone who is concerned about community and economic development in Raton is invited to attend. The meal is $10, tax and gratuity included. For more information call 575-245-4769.


Raton Crime Stoppers

RATON — Help keep Raton safe. Raton Crime Stoppers en- courages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number and online secure reporting form to encourage citizens in the community to anonymously volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime.

Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest, recovery of stolen property, and/or confiscation of illegal drugs.

Please clip this information, and keep it on hand.

Raton Crime Stoppers’ tip line is 575-245-TIPS (8477), and the web address is


Capulin Volcano new hours

CAPULIN — With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Capulin Volcano National Monument will begin adjusted operations on January 28, 2019. Due to a shortage in staffing, operating hours will be 8:30am-4:30pm Thursdays- Mondays. The monument will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until positions can be refilled. Currently staff is working diligently to safely clean sidewalks and roads of ice, snow, and rock that accumulated during the 5-week federal government shutdown.

When venturing back into the monument, the public is asked to stay vigilant as many areas may remain snow packed and icy. Hikers should be aware of current winter conditions and plan accordingly. Know the limits of your abilities and carry the gear necessary to enjoy the beauty that winter brings while enjoying Capulin’s winter resources safely.

Capulin’s employees are happy to be back at work, serving the public. Please visit, call the Visitor Center, 575-278-2201, or follow CapulinVolcanoNPS on Facebook or Instagram, for updated information about the monument.


Fundraiser dinner & pool tournament at Cold Beer

CIMARRON — Colfax Tavern & Diner, 32230 US 64, will hold a fundraiser serving a dinner of enchilada, red chili posole, beans, and lasagna for $10 per person Saturday, February 2, 12 to 4 pm.

Raffle items and baked goods for sale. All proceeds will go to Becca Herrera to help with treatment expenses. 1 0% of bar proceeds will also be donated. The Pool Tournament be- gins at 2pm. For more information call 575-376-2229


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.


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 in- formation, please call 575-445-3912.


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!


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.


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 announces mountain bike ride at Sugarite

RATON — Raton Cycling Club is going to have a mountain bike ride in Sugarite Canyon State Park in celebration of Na- tional Trails day, Saturday June 1. We will have a mountain bike ride that will start at the Visitors center, travel north on the Lake to Lake trail to L. Maloya. From there, we will pro- ceed to Opportunity and Ponderosa ridge trails which would take us around Little Horse Mesa. Then we will travel back down Lake to Lake trail to the Visitors center. The distance would be around 12 miles. Folks that are not up to the full ride could jump off at various locations or simply turn around. I know this is a ways out, but we need to get this event out there so folks can plan ahead. I thinking maybe we can hot dogs and burgers at the Visitors Center after. Feel free to contact Robert D McIvor, Park Superintendent, Sugarite Canyon State Park at 575-445-5607 with any questions or suggestions.



Representing the West: A New Frontier

PUEBLO — The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center will again present the Representing the West: A New Frontier juried art show, February 2 through May 26. This exhibition is a chance to enjoy artwork in a variety of mediums which con- sider the changing culture and myths of the American West.

Non-traditional subject matters, materials, and concepts as well as traditional depictions of the West will be on display, including video pieces. Over $5,000 in prize money is awarded during this exhibition, along with a coveted “People’s Choice” title which is bestowed by public vote affording the opportunity for a solo exhibit at the Arts Center. This year’s juror is Tony Ortega of Denver. Tony Ortega holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Colorado and is currently a full professor for Regis University. The recipient of the coveted Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1999) and the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1998), Ortega’s lifelong goal is to contribute to a better understanding of cultural diversity by addressing the culture, history and experiences of Latinos through his art.

The show will display artists of wide-reaching back- grounds, ranging from coast to coast. A special “Coffee with the Curators” will feature Mr. Ortega at 11:15 AM Sat., Feb. 2 in the White Gallery, and is included with admission.

Following a more traditional approach to western art, the Goodnight Barn Invitational Art Show and Sale will open January 19 and run through March 10, 2019. The barn is sole remaining structure left of what was cattleman Charles Good- night’s Rock Canyon Ranch located on Colorado 96 west of Pueblo. Fans of Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” book and TV mini-series will recognize actor Robert Duvall as Charles Goodnight in the character Augustus “Gus” McCrae.

Works from both exhibitions are for sale and may be picked up at the end of each show. A portion of the proceeds from the Goodnight Invitational go to the preservation and restoration of the historic Goodnight barn. An opening reception for both shows will take place on February 2 during First Fri- day Art Walk from 5 – 7 PM with a chance for guests to meet the artists. Also featured that night will be country band The Atomic Fireballs playing at Festival Fridays in the Jackson Con- ference Center from 7 – 10 PM. While the First Friday Artwalk events are free, Festival Fridays has an admission charge of $8. There is a happy hour from 6 – 7 PM.

Also opening at the Arts Center in January: Pikes Peak Pastel Society’s Color of Light January 12 – May 5; Southwest Immersions of Gene Kloss, January 19 – May 16; and, Photographer in Residence Christopher May presents Icons of the Plains, January 19 – March 10. Representing the West is sponsored by an anonymous cowgirl and US Bank