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Activities & Events for week of November 29, 2018

Monthly matinee at La Veta Library

LA VETA — On Thursday, November 29, 2 pm La Veta Library will offer “Three Identical Strangers” as their monthly matinee feature. This remarkable documentary is the story of three strangers reunited by coincidence after being born identical triplets separated at birth and raised by three different families. They quickly become a global sensation, but then the truth is uncovered and a psychological tragedy unfolds. Don’t miss this fascinating and compelling story brought to you by the Friends to the La Veta Library. Free popcorn! For more information call 719-742-3572.


Cucharas Storage Collaborative meeting

WALSENBURG — The Cucharas Storage Collaborative will meet Thursday, November 29 at 6 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Ave, for an update on the Geotechnical Investigation of potential reservoir sites. The public is invited.


Free gift wrapping at La Veta Village

LA VETA — La Veta Village is offering free gift wrapping Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 10 am to 4 pm at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco St. Volunteers will be there to help with your wrapping needs. We are also participating in shop La Veta Stores on Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 2 pm. Do your shopping and come to La Veta Village for free gift wrapping for all your new purchases. For more information or with specific questions call 303-419-0694.


Joe Johnson at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — Friday, November 30, 6 pm come out to Deerprint Wine and Bistro to hear Mississippi raised, Manitou Springs recording artist, Joe Johnson. Johnson combines an unforgettable voice with an uncanny capacity for writing beautiful and moving songs. His south Mississippi drawl and keen intellect deliver authentic stories and music full of soul and spirit. “New West Sound” mixes saloon country and bluegrass gospel with dirty blues rock and lonesome ballads, all while maintaining a steady thread of lyricism and storytelling.


Holiday craft fair in Gardner

GARDNER — The annual Gardner holiday craft fair will be Saturday, December 1, 9 am to 3 pm at the Gardner Community Center. Come join us for a fun holiday craft fair at the Gardner Community Center. A few of the vendors will be: Marilyn the Pie Lady, Dannys, and Shii Koeii.


Reflections: A Time of Remembrance and Celebration

WALSENBURG — A special service brought to you by Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care will be held Saturday, December 1, at the United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Avenue. Music, provided by the Orphan Valley Singers, will begin at 1:30 pm. Service begins at 2 pm. This service celebrates and remembers those we have lost. Refreshments to follow.


Community Tree decorating event

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County United (HCU) is active again! HCU invites the pubic to help decorate a Christmas tree at the County Courthouse, Saturday, December 1, 5 pm. There will be cookies, hot cocoa, and music!


New Hope Reunion Feast

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg invites those who have attended or visited the church or the legacy church, Calvary Baptist, to visit once again at a special event. The New Hope Reunion Feast will feature a $1 dinner plate of pulled pork BBQ and sides. The dinner will be Saturday, December 1, 6 pm in the church fellowship hall at 801 Pennsylvania. There is no program other than time to meet new people and connect with old friends.


Yuletide around the World: La Veta Annual Holiday Arts Fund Raiser

LA VETA — In honor of the tenth anniversary of the La Veta arts community’s annual end of year culinary fund raising event, the funding beneficiaries have been expanded to include the La Veta Public Library’s Scary Story Contest, the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts (FCPA) Theater and the recently formed FCPA Show Choir.

The event is on Saturday, December 1 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The six participating venues are: La Veta Gallery on Main, SPACe, Funky Monkey Art Space, Shalawalla Gallery & Gift Shop, La Veta School of the Arts, and Silvershoe.

The FCPA Show Choir will provide Christmas caroling during the event. Each venue will provide international food and refreshment to ticket holders, from dessert sto taster or small plate offerings along with a liquid refreshment. Each venue will also be holding a drawing for a prize of their choosing. All ticket holders will be entered in the master drawing for an adult art scholarship, estimated value $100 plus. T Tickets are $25 each and are available at the participating venues, or online at

There are a limited number of tickets available, so please plan to purchase your tickets early. Happy Holidays to all!


Huerfano 911 Authority Board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County 911 Authority Board will hold its fourth quarter meeting and budget review Monday, December 3, 1pm at Walsenburg City Hall, 525 S Albert. The public is welcome to attend.


Eagles BINGO! every Wednesday

WALSENBURG — This Wednesday, December 5 and every Wednesday the Fraternal Order of Eagles presents Bingo Night with Fun, Cash, and Prizes! Doores open at 6 pm at Eagles Hall, 612 Main Street.


Everything you ever wanted to know about essential oils at La Veta Library

LA VETA — La Veta Library will host Kasandra Jackson as she presents a program on everything that you even wanted to know but never asked about essential oils Thursday, December 6, 2 pm. This class will appeal to men, women and even pets. She will discuss the 10 essential oils used for centuries to pro- mote health and wellness and ways to look 10-15 years younger in 10 minutes. Kasandra has 40 years experience in essential oils and her information is based on empirical knowledge and scientific fact. All of the oils used in this hands on presentation are FDA approved and samples will be provided.. Come join the fun! Brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library. For more information call 719-742-3572.


SPRHC Pink Ladies garage sale

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Women’s Hospital Auxilliary is having a garage sale on two Fridays, December 7 and 14, 10 am to 2 pm at the hospital gift shop.


VFC and Dorcas Circle Food Drive

WALSENBURG — With Christmas on its way, it is time to think of others. We have many people in our community who have a hard time meeting minimal expenses of the season. Why not share something with these people? Dorcas Circle food bank, along with Volunteers for Community, will be collecting shelf stable goods and personal care items on Friday, December 7, 1 to 5 pm at First Choice Market. If you care to, we can also accept cash so that gaps in what is needed can be filled in. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday, December 7 so that others can enjoy a bit of the holidays. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a successful drive.


Arts and Crafts Sale in La Veta

LA VETA — A very special Arts and Crafts show will be held Saturday, December 8 at the Mercantile,300 S. Main, from 10- 3. Many favorite artists and crafts people from the area will be featured along with a few exciting new faces. Santa will be there at 1 pm and there will be a special shopping area just for kids. This event is a great way to support your local community. Call 719-251-1271 or email for more information.


Warm clothing collection event

LA VETA — One Nation Walking Together, a Colorado non- profit, will be collecting new warm things (mittens, scarves, hats) particularly for children and elders at the La Veta Arts and Crafts Festival December 8 at the La Veta Mercantile. Gifts suitable for children are also appreciated. Cash donations help with purchasing much needed hygiene items and with the de- livery of goods over a seven state area. One Nation Walking Together strives to make a positive impact in the lives of Native Americans. Native Americans are people that are greatly underserved and misrepresented, ONWT is an organization about People helping People—not a cause. By address- ing the specific needs of each community we serve, One Nation is able to be more than a “dump and run” charity. We deliver the basic necessities of life while uplifting the lives of the most impoverished people in our country. Please go to or contact Sandy Dolak ( for more information


Local authors at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Calling local authors: The La Veta Library is inviting local authors to be part of holiday festivities by sponsoring a book signing and sale to coincide with the Art and Craft Sale and the La Veta Mercantile on Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 3 pm. It will be a great opportunity for gift seekers to purchase books directly from the authors. Please call Mitzi at the library if you would like to participate (no charge), 719- 742-3572


Buy local this holiday season!

LA VETA — Downtown La Veta stores will be open for a big day of holiday shopping Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 6 pm. Join in on the fun! Craft Fair and a visit from Santa at the Mer- cantile 10-3. Local Writers Book Signing at the La Veta Library 10 -3. Hot chocolate and cookies at the Bachman Office all day. Live painting and upcycle crafting demo at the Funky Monkey. Support your local La Veta Businesses! Gift cards are available at local Restaurants, Stores, The Salon, Twin Peaks Fitness, La Veta Liquor, Big R and Charlies. All downtown stores open! Sponsored by the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce.


The Rifters at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile proudly presents The Rifters, Saturday, December 8, 7 pm. Formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. The Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.


Cooking Matters one day class at SPRHC

WALSENBURG — Register for the Cooking Matters at the Farm Stand Event at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center to be held on Monday, December 10, 5-7 pm. This free class provides tips on shopping at the local farm stand and how to cook with fresh veggies. There will be a cooking demo and great recipes to try and sample. Don’t miss this informative and fun offering. Attendees will receive a free tote bag and $10 shopping voucher! Space is limited so call or text Keri at (719) 242-7607 to sign up.


Care ‘n Share distribution

WALSENBURG — The next Huerfano County Care ‘n Share food distribution will be Tuesday, December 11 at Msgr Delaney Hall, E. 7th St., 10 to about 11:30 am. Food distributed on first come first serve basis. Proper ID required. Bring a box or bags for groceries.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber Christmas Party at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce invites you to our annual Christmas Party Wednesday, December 12, 6 pm. Appetizers provided and beer and wine cash bar available. Please RSVP at 808-936- 0663. The Chamber will have a short business meeting to elect new officers and discuss next year’s goals.


First National Bank presents Santa’s Gift Tree

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Join First National Bank in Trinidad in their annual North Pole Gift Tree program, beginning Monday, November 19, and concluding Friday, December 14.

Every year, over 250 local senior citizens write letters to Santa, which are hung on trees in First National Bank’s Walsenburg, 135 W. 6th and Trinidad, 100 E Main Street locations. Pick a letter from the tree on display in the bank lobby and fulfill the request (maximum $25 value). Bring your wrapped gift back by Friday, December 14. For info call 846-9881.


Community Christmas Cantata

WALSENBURG — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble will present their Christ- mas Cantata entitled, “Sing Ye Noel” at St. Mary Church in Walsenburg Friday, December 14, 6 pm. Come and enjoy this community choir bringing beautiful voices together to celebrate the Christmas season! Light refreshments to follow in new hall.


Tom Munch Christmas concert at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Local favorite Tom Munch performs everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes Friday, December 14, 7 pm at the Mercantile. Join us for a fun and meaningful evening with a few sing-alongs to add to the holiday spirit. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.


Live comedy at the Silver Dollar in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — The Silver Dollar, 112 W.7th Street is hosting a live comedy hour, Saturday, December 15, 7 pm. The show features Crazy Shirley from Las Vegas, Nevada. There is lots of love and laughter, true grit humor with a twist. Limited seating; show up early for the best seats. There is no cover charge for the show!


CVCCS Christmas Basket food drive

LA VETA — The Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services is sponsoring a food drive. The food drive will accept non-perish- able and non-expired food for Christmas dinner baskets for families in need in the Cuchara Valley. The food drive will run from now through Sunday, December 16 at participating churches and vendors in the Cuchara Valley. To contribute money instead of food, mail a check to: CVCCS, PO Box 726, La Veta, CO 81055. Call 719-742-3241 for more information.


Celtic Christmas music and tales with Celtic Orphans

LA VETA — On Sunday, December 16, at 2 pm, at La Veta Mercantile, come enjoy an afternoon of Christmas and Celtic music in La Veta with the Celtic Orphans. Stories by Jack Yule. Come celebrate the season. Free.


2019 Lathrop Park calendars

WALSENBURG — The 2019 Lathrop State Park Calendars are on sale now through January 1 at the visitor center. The calendars, featuring photos from local residents, are $10 (cash only please). Funds from the sale of the calendars help support Lathrop State Park educational programs.


Plant a book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season, do something nice for someone who is special to you and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection, a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside the book of your choice and we will give you a personalized card for your special person. Plant-A-Book is going on now through the holiday season and costs $15. Call 742-3572 for more information.


Holiday Auction features non-profit organizations

WALSENBURG — Calling all Businesses in the Spanish Peaks Region. The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance is planning a Holiday Auction event Wednesday, December 19, 6 to 8 pm at La Plaza Inn. We would like to personally invite you to attend!

We have invited non-profit organizations in the Spanish Peaks Region to present a 60- second speech regarding an overview of their organization and the type of funding it needs on a yearly basis to succeed. The non-profit will then be auctioned off to local businesses with the amount of the winning bid going to support the non-profit. As business owners, we understand it is financially challenging to sponsor each of the non-profits in our region and it is even more challenging to make the decision of who to sponsor and who not to sponsor. We are hoping to make a greater impact on these non-profits by partnering 1 organization with 1 business for a full year rather than trying to carry the burden of sponsoring as many organizations as possible. Of course, every dollar will be a tax deductible which is just in time at year-end and/or 4th quarter financials.


Broadband fund comment period now open

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Broadband Deployment Board has begun accepting comments on applications for the fall 2018 grant cycle. Please visit to view the applications and use our online form to submit comments. All comments must be received on or before Friday, December 21. Submissions received after this date will not be considered by the Board.

Huerfano County citizens, please comment in support of the grant for broadband expansion up Highway 12 to the Cuchara area. Reasons in support can be: the economy, the fire, and our need for broadband as it is unavailable from CenturyLink. Please take the time to do this. The application number is 2018-3. There are 18 applicants for this grant so input is critical.

Comments may also be submitted by email to or by mail to:

Broadband Fund
Department of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202

Please see our website at for more information and thank you for taking the time to get involved in our grant process.



Monthly volunteer meeting at Trinidad History Museum

TRINIDAD — Join us in the Santa Fe Trail Museum Friday, November 30, 10 am as we discuss the upcoming month and volunteer opportunities. This is a great time to get to know your THM staff and the other volunteers. Even if you don’t volunteer that month we would still love to have you at the meeting.


Ribbon cutting in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — We have another Ribbon Cutting set for Friday, November 30 at 12 pm for Domino’s Pizza, (in the old Sunshine Donuts building across from Wonderful House).


Light up Trinidad Home Lighting Contest deadline Friday

TRINIDAD — Join your friends and family for our neighborhood lighting competition. The deadline to enter is Friday, November 30 and is open to City of Trinidad residents within the City Limits only. 1st place prize is a $300 credit to your City of Trinidad Utility Bill; 2nd place prize is a $200 credit; and 3rd place is a $100 credit. Trolley tours will begin December 5 and will end on De- cember 23, Wednesday through Sunday with tours beginning at 5:30 and 7 pm. To enter please call 719-846-9843 x123 or email Let’s light up Trinidad and shop, stay and play local!


Trinidad Potter’s Guild First Annual Holiday Sale

TRINIDAD — The opening reception for the Potter’s Guiild First Annual Holiday Sale will be Fri- day, November 30, 5 to 9 pm at One Raggio!, 108 S Commercial Street. These unique pottery pieces will be on holiday sale the entire month of December.


Fire Line at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spanish Peaks Inn is the home of drinks, food, live music, and dancing in scenic Gulnare! This weekend enjoy the music of Fire Line Saturday, December 1, 7:30 to 11:30 pm. Spanish Peaks Inn: Bar, Grill & RV Park is located at 22590 CR 41.6


5th Annual Shop with a Cop

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Police Department is continuing their annual Shop with a Cop event from now through December 25 and want to make it bigger and better. We are seeking kindhearted individuals and businesses to sponsor local children. Sponsors will receive a receipt for their donation and a photo of after the event.

Last year we were able to make Christmas better for over 100 kids. Each child was paired with an officer at breakfast, rode the Trinidad Trolley, and was also given $100 to spend as they wished. Many spent their money on family members and essentials like jackets and shoes for themselves. Each year more children in our community need assistance, especially during the holidays.

To become a sponsor you can mail or bring do- nations to: Trinidad Police Department – Shop with a Cop, 160 East 1st Street,

Any unused funds will be carried over to next year so that this program continues to grow and benefit our community. Any questions or comments can be directed to Detective Sergeant Jennifer Lay at 719-846-2993 ext. 205 or by email: Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.


Countdown to Christmas: Holiday Shopping at Gallery Row

TRINIDAD — Be original, shop original on Saturday, December 1 10 am to 3 pm. Visit vendors at Gallery Row as well as the Corazon Gallery, Marketplace Gallery, Carole Bourdo Fine Art, and Mor- inga Oasis Health & Wellness Gallery for one-of-a-kind homemade gifts this holiday season.


Trinidad Community Theater presents: Running Mates

TRINIDAD — The Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT) and Trinidad Community Theater presents Running Mates by Beth Kander and directed by Cora Warrick beginning Friday, No- vember 30, 7 pm and continuing Saturday December 1, 7 pm and Sunday, December 2, 2 pm. Running Mates will also be performed next week- end.

Sam Storm has been the beloved mayor of Anderson, Georgia for the past twenty years. Loved by the community and his doting wife, Sam’s name is usually the only one on the ballot come election time, but when an embarrassing video of him is leaked his seat in office is threatened. Sam has some real competition when the last person he ever expected to run against him puts her name on the ballot, his wife Sophia. Now it’s down and dirty as husband and wife duke it out. Can their marriage withstand the political fisticuffs? And what happens when an unexpected third candidate enters the race? This fast-paced political comedy brings new meaning to the phrase “family politics.”

This comedy is appropriate for all audiences. Fri & Sat evening showtimes: 7pm; Sunday matinee: 2pm.

Tickets for this event are available at or the SCRT box office: 131 W Main St, 719-846-4765


Annual Christmas Bazaar

TRINIDAD — Holy Trinity Academy invites you to our annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, December 1, 9 am to 3 pm at Sebastani Gym, 206 N. Animas Street. Pictures with Santa from 11 am to 1 pm. Concessions will feature our famous burritos and a bake sale. There are many unique handcrafted items from local community members. Make sure to bring the family to see all the holiday goodies, support local community members, and even get your picture with Santa!


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Annual Cut-a-Thon at Bombshells Salonbenefits Firemans Toy Drive.

TRINIDAD — Bombshells Salon, 1115 E Main Street, & A Lock in Time Photography team up to raise money and toys for The Trinidad Firemans Toy Drive. Saturday, December 1, 9 am to 4 pm. $10 hair cuts are free with a new unwrapped toy. Photos with Santa, $20 for 2 5×7 pictures, 10am-2 pm. Walk-ins only!


Grinch Festival at TYC

TRINIDAD — The Youth Club of Trinidad, Inc. is sponsoring the annual Grinch Fest, Saturday, December 1, 10 am. Come out for games, face painting, pictures with the Grinch, Candy Cane Hunt, concessions, and more!!!


Christmas Pops Concert

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Chorale presents the Christmas Pops Concert Saturday, December 1, 7 pm and Sunday, December 2, 4:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church. Come out for the free concert and enjoy traditional holiday classics from the silver screen. This concert also features the Trinidad Handbell Choir. Do- nations greatly appreciated.


Applications for the Firemans Toy drive due 12/3

TRINIDAD — Time is running out to apply for the Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive. Applications must be received by Monday, December 3. Applications can be picked up at all Trinidad Schools, City of Trinidad Utilities Department, DHS, Trinidad Housing Authority and at either Trinidad Fire Station.

Wrapping Date: December 8, 2018 starting at 10 am at 149 East Main Street

Toy Pickup Dates: December 15 and 16 from 1 to 6 pm at 149 East Main Street.

Donations: Monetary donations can be made to the Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive P.O. Box 900 Trinidad, Co. 81082 or dropped off to either Trinidad Fire Station. Donations of new unwrapped toys can be dropped off to either Trinidad Fire Station. For questions please contact Drew Gatlin 719-989-4863


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, December 3, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at


Colorado Gives Day benefits Trinidad non-profits

TRINIDAD — Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 4 is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by, a year- round giving website. On this special day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado non-profits like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Assn, Southern Colorado Endowment for Performing Arts, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre and Trinidad State Junior College Educational Foundation.

Each of these non-profit organizations receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 4, will receive a percentage of a $1 million fund established by $500,000 contributions from both Community First Foundation and FirstBank, thus increasing the value of every single donation received.

Join the movement! Colorado Gives Day is the ultimate feel-good giving experience. The 24-hour event connects donors with non- profits while connecting non-profits with an expanded base of sup- porters. It is one of the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Donations are accepted online at of your favorite non-profits). The minimum donation is $10 and the process is quick and straight-forward. A Q&A page is available on the website along with complete information about each organization. Give Where You Live!! We’re Stronger Together!


Alzheimer’s Association community forum

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County residents and community leaders are invited to take part in a town hall-format discussion to help identify regional needs and opportunities for serving those families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias Tuesday, December 4, 10 am to noon at the Trinidad Housing Authority, 422 E. First Street.

The community forum will seek input from people across the region, including business owners, public officials, health care professionals, church employees, librarians and others regarding the short-and long-term needs of citizens who are now or some day will be living with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association also hopes to identify volunteer re- sources in the community. Colorado currently has 71,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With a statewide staff of less than 50, the Colorado Chapter relies heavily on volunteers to ensure the delivery of education, programs and services to families at no charge.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please park on the street to the east of the building. For more information and to register call 800- 272-3900.


Nine Lessons and Carols

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Music Association and Holy Trinity Catholic Church presents Nine Lessons and Carols, A Global Christmas Tradition, Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Enjoy the Trinidad Chamber Singers in this presentation which features the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus told in nine short Bible readings with the singing of carols interspersed.


Reflections: A Time of Remembrance and Celebration

TRINIDAD — This service, Friday, December 7, 6 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robinson Ave. celebrates and remembers those we have lost. Reflections is brought to you by Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care. Refreshments to follow.


Trinidad Photography Gallery First Friday

TRINIDAD — Come see Henry Monroe’s beautiful photography on the First Friday event Friday, December 7, 5 pm at Trinidad Photography Gallery. Henry Monroe will be here for a meet and greet 5-8 pm.


Student art to be displayed at Trinidad State

TRINIDAD — Trinidad State will feature another President’s Office Student Art Show from now through Friday, December 7. These are the works of students from the Art Appreciation Class taught by Ily Reiling. Reiling sent them out of the classroom to find beauty in their environment. The student artists started by taking a closer look at their surroundings. They then experimented with ways to convey those observations and create a cohesive series. This showcase consists of samples from this artistic investigation.

On December 10, the Fisher’s Peak Series by Paul Milosevich by go back up through the end of December. 2019 Calendars by Milosevich are still for sale in the President’s Office for $20 with the proceeds going to Trinidad State.


Christmas Workshop by SCFC

TRINIDAD — A Christmas Workshop sponsored by Southern Colorado Family Center will be held Saturday, December 8, 11 am at Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial, 101 N Convent Street.

There will be Christmas crafts and Santa, gingerbread houses, stockings, ornaments, and s’more. Santa will have a treat for the kids along with a picture. Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt will take place at 1pm. For more information, please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251- 6509.


Santa at The Grateful Dog

TRINIDAD — Bring your pets and children to take pictures with Santa at no charge Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 2 pm at The Grateful Dog, 1133 N Linden Avenue. We will also have free nail trims! Do- nations will be accepted for Noah’s Ark.


Santa Paws at Big R

TRINIDAD — Santa Paws is coming to town! Santa will be visiting Big R of Trinidad, 2208 Freedom Road during our special holiday event Saturday, December 8, 11 am to 2 pm.

Grab your leashes, cat carriers, and bring your pets and family out for a photo opportunity with Santa! 4×6 photos will be printed on site by professional photographer, Brad Kirby.

There will be lots of yummy holiday goodies to chose from at our famous holiday bake sale table. Our NAAWA calendars will also be available to purchase.

NAAWA will be onsite with several of our adoptable pets who are looking for their forever home. Come on out and meet your perfect match! We hope to see you there! For more information call Anita at 719-680-2385.

All proceeds of bake sale and photos benefit Noah’s Ark


Family Game Club at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The next Family Game Club at the Carnegie Public Library will be Saturday, December 8, 2 to 4 pm. The Family Game Club is a Saturday get-together to have fun with board games: Everyone is invited. You must be over six years old to play. Younger kids can watch! The Carnegie Public Library of Trinidad is located at 202 N. Animas


AARP Smart Driver Course

TRINIDAD — The new four hour refresher course from AARP Driver Safety will be offered at the Fishers Peak Senior Center, 1222 San Pedro Ave. Thursday, December 13, 9 am to 1 pm. Learn valuable defensive driving skills, stay current with new rules of the road, the latest driving technologies and much more. Drivers 55 years and older will get multi year discounts on their auto insurance. Course tuition is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non members. You may register or get more information by calling 719-868-2288.


First National Bank presents Santa’s Gift Tree

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Join First National Bank in Trinidad in their annual North Pole Gift Tree program, beginning Monday, November 19, and concluding Friday, December 14.

Every year, over 250 local senior citizens write letters to Santa, which are hung on trees in First National Bank’s Walsenburg, 135 W. 6th and Trinidad, 100 E Main Street locations. Pick a letter from the tree on display in the bank lobby and fulfill the request (maximum $25 value). Bring your wrapped gift back by Friday, December 14. For more information, please call 719-846-9881.


Get planning now for the Aguilar Parade of Lights

AGUILAR — It’s time to start planning your entry for the Aguilar Parade of Lights to be held Sunday, December 23. Please line up at Navajo by 6 pm. This year there will be a $20 first prize.



Raton Humane Society presentation today

RATON— A presentation to inform the public of the beginning, the trials and tribulations, and the successes of Raton Hu- mane Society will be at Casa Lemus Restaurant today, Thursday, November 29, 12 pm.


Volunteer drivers needed for veteran transport from Raton to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE — Volunteer van drivers are needed for veteran patient transportation from Raton to the New Mexico VA Hospital in Albuquerque. Volunteer drivers are needed for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shifts and would cover all trips to and from the Raton/Southern Colorado area. If you are interested in volunteering for this rewarding job, please contact Chris or Edna Candelario at 575-707-0614 or 505-414- 0415.


2018 Springer Christmas Bazaar

SPRINGER — The Altar Society of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer presents the 2018 Christmas Bazaar at St Joseph’s Parish Hall Saturday, December 1, 9 am – 2 pm. There will be concessions, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, tin- work and more. Contact Judy Phelps at 575-447-3967 for more information or to reserve a space.


Noche de las Luminarias at Luna Community College

SPRINGER — Continuing more than a decade-long tradition, Luna Community College will host “La Noche de las Luminarias” Saturday, December 1, 6 to 9 pm. The public will get to view 4,000 luminarias as well as many lights and other dis- plays around campus. “La Noche de las Luminarias” is de- signed for motorists to tour the campus with a pre-determined route beginning at the top gates. The event is free.

Luna Community College works in conjunction with the Las Vegas Light Parade, which will also take place that even- ing, giving community members the opportunity to see both events. The luminaria drive is a campus-wide effort. Luna Community College is located at 366 Luna Drive, accessible off N.M. 65


Photos and holiday family fun!

RATON — Come out Sunday, December 2, 3 to 5 pm to Raton Country Club for a fun, family afternoon with hay rides, snacks, holiday music, and gifts for the kids! The Grinch vs Santa Claus: kids, adults, family can take a picture with Santa or the Grinch or both. Enjoy hay rides, snacks, hot cocoa, drinks, holiday music, and gifts for the kids. RSVP or call 575-445-8113 Facebook: @ratoncountryclub


Celebrate Hanukkah in Raton

RATON — Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 540 Rio Grande. The first of the 8 days of Hanukkah will be on Sunday, December 2 beginning at 6 pm. Temple Aaron in Trinidad is unable to host this happy celebration so the traveling feast will be venturing over the pass to alight in Raton. Everyone is invited to attend this event that commemorates the miracle of the lamps. After a victory over the Syrian Greek Army, the Jewish people needed to light the temple for eight days but there was only enough oil for one day – miraculously the oil lasted for eight days! Each day of Hanukkah another candle is lit representing the eight days of the miracle until the Menorah is full and the light fills the room. Sunday, December 2 is the first day of the eight days of blessing and will culminate on Monday, December 10. Special food, music and the story of the miracle will be told… expand your knowledge, come and join us for an interesting evening. Call for more information, 970-568- 6969.


Miners Day Celebration at MCMC

RATON — Miners Colfax Medical Center is hosting a Miners Day Celebration on Thursday, December 6 , 9 am to noon at the Raton Convention Center, 901 South 3rd Street. This event will showcase the minds working for the miners every day. We will hear from the Outreach Program, the Research Team of University of New Mexico on dust, related illness, the legal aspects of Black Lung, and a variety of other speakers whose careers revolve around the well being of the men and women who help keep out lights on. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Charles Pollard, Black Lung Coordinator 57- 445-4546 for more information.


Toys for Tots sign up deadline and donations, volunteers needed to wrap

RATON — The Raton Fire Department is accepting NEW un- wrapped toys or monetary gift donations for the Annual TOYS for TOTS. Please bring your toy gift or cash donations to: Fire Station 1 at 127 Clark Ave from 8 am to 5 pm; Fire Station 2 at 200 Troy Ave from 8 am to 8 pm; FNB New Mexico at 1104 S. 2nd; International Bank (main branch) at 200 S. 2nd; Phil Long Ford of Raton at 223 S 2nd; or Enchanted Grounds at 111 Park Ave. To sign up children ages 0 to 18 years old in order to receive a gift – go to Valle del Sol at 101 Letton Dr. or call 575-383-2065. You must sign the child up before Friday, December 7at 4:30 pm!

If you would like to volunteer to help wrap gifts the Fire Department will be wrapping gifts on Friday, December 15 downstairs at the Raton Convention Center starting at 9 am until all the gifts are wrapped. Delivery of the gifts will be December 20 through the 23 to the homes of children.

Personnel will be out collecting toys and monetary donations at Super Save Grocery Store on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am until 7 pm. Please drop by and support a great cause.


Raton’s Winter Wonderland Main-Street attraction

RATON — Winter Wonderland is a Raton tradition that was a labor of love by Mr. Virgil Buscarini. In 2017 he donated it to Raton MainStreet so that the tradition would live on for years to come. We will be open every Friday and Saturday from 6-8 pm through December 29. Please come visit this special display and help us honor Mr. Buscarini.


Christmas Carol at the Shuler

RATON — The Christmas Carol is returning to The Shuler Theater beginning Thursday, December 13 (with three other performances). Come see the traditional Christmas story come to life with the story of Tiny Tim and Christmas Carols that we all love.

Ticket are available at the door the day of the performance. Ticket prices are $10 per person, $30 for a family, and $5 IF the person comes dressed in traditional Victorian/Dickensian costume. Bring your whole family to this budget friendly event and support our talented local actors.


Two December events at Sugarite Canyon State Park

RATON — The Christmas on the Chicorica luminaria event will be Saturday, December 15, from 5-8 pm at the Sugarite Canyon State Park Visitor Center. There will be 1000 luminarias, hot drinks and treats, plus star gazing by telescope, and Santa! For more information call 575-445-5607.

Our new event is the Raton Christmas Bird Count, happening all day on Saturday, December 29! The Audubon Society has been sponsoring this tradition of more than 100 years. This count will include Raton and nearby areas including Sugarite Canyon State Park. Volunteering can be as simple as watching birds at your home feeder, or as active as hiking a trail. Volunteers need to call Scott Chalmers here at Sugarite (445-5607) in advance to be sure folks are assigned appropriately and that the birds are counted as accurately as possible. Only those who call to sign up in advance will be able to participate in the official count. (This is partly to make sure the same birds aren’t counted more than once.)


City of Bethlehem open

RATON — Raton Lions Club is proud to announce the opening of the annual holiday display, City of Bethlehem at Climax Canyon. The City of Bethlehem will be open through December 31.


EMT-Basic course

SPRINGER — An EMT-Basic course is slated to begin in January, 2019 to be held in Springer. The cost will depend upon the number of students that participate. If you are interested in this class please contact Lisa Cordova via text or telephone: 575-643-5883.



Red Cross Accepting Hero Nominations until Dec. 1

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Every day in Colorado there are events that disrupt lives and cause suffer- ing. The Red Cross has been serving Colorado for over 100 years, providing comfort and hope to people affected by dis- aster, teaching lifesaving skills and supporting our nation’s military. In addition to Red Cross volunteers, caring by-standers, trained volunteers and professionals, as well as our military are there when others are in need.

Each year, we recognize people from our community, who have stepped forward in times of need at the American Red Cross Heroes Soiree. Recognizing local heroes is not only a rewarding and moving experience for us, but being able to celebrate those heroes publicly throughout our community and honor their efforts, are the highlight of the evening.

We hope you will nominate those around you to receive a Community Hero Award for an extraordinary act or acts in the last year to be presented at this year’s American Red Cross Heroes Soiree. We are seeking individuals and organizations to be nominated for acts including: Responding at a time of others’ desperate need to save a life or give comfort (including using first aid, CPR, or an AED), Extraordinary act of service during an emergency, disaster, or deployment, Dedication to preparing for or preventing disasters and emergencies, Impactful service in support of our Armed Forces or military families. Please nominate those whose actions made a difference. Nominations may be submitted online at The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2018

The American Red Cross Heroes Soiree is the signature fundraising event will honor Community Hero Awardees as well as our local everyday heroes, including active military members, veterans, police officers, firefighters, medical responders and rescuers. Details at


33rd annual calendar open house at First National Bank

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD/RATON — Come join all three First National Bank branches Friday, December 7, 9 am to 3 pm for the 33rd annual open house reception and historic col- lectors’ series calendar distribution. This year’s calendar celebrates newspapers of the area during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Branch addresses are: Trinidad – 100 E. Main Street; Walsenburg – 135 W. 6th Street; Raton – 1247 S. 2nd Street.


SEIA Youth Tour 2019

HUERFANO COUNTY — San Isabel Electric Association, Inc. encourages all high school juniors in the SIEA service area to apply today for the 2019 SIEA youth tour, a week-long all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. next summer. Visit www.siea.youthleadership for more information.



ElectriCritters Expands at Pueblo Zoo with more animals, free Santa photos

PUEBLO — Opening night for Pueblo’s Christmas Tradition at the zoo is Wednesday, November 21. ElectriCritters will kick off with a tree lighting and gingerbread house contest on opening night. ElectriCritters runs 5:30 – 8:30 pm on event nights: November: 21, 23-25, 30, December: 1-2, 7-9, 14-23, 26- 30

Santa dates: Santa will be at the zoo and FREE* professional photos available on November 23, 30, December 7, 14, & 21.

Prices for Tickets (Purchased at the zoo before 4pm): Non- Member Adult $8, Non-Member Child $6, Member Adult $6, Member Child $4, and children under 3 years old are free. Full Details: Check for more information!

In addition to the more than 250,000 lights and over 150 sculptures, ElectriCritters now includes an additional building with some of your favorite exotic animals and FREE* professional photos with Santa every Friday before Christmas! Santa will be inside Islands of Life for 2018 alongside lemurs, meerkats, and more!