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Activities & Events for week of October 11, 2018


Planning commission meeting cancelled

HUERFANO — Due to a lack of agenda items, the regularly scheduled Huerfano County Planning Commission meeting set for today, Thursday, Oct. 11 has been cancelled.


FOL book sale at SPLD

WALSENBURG — Pick up some winter reading at the Spanish Peaks Library Friends of Library book sale this weekend. The sale runs Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, 10 am to 5 pm, then Sunday, October 14, 1 to 5 pm. Don’t miss out on this great sale!


E-bike demonstration

LA VETA — There will be a demonstration of electric bikes (e- bikes) on Thursday, October 11, 3 pm at the La Veta Farmers Market on W. Francisco St., La Veta. If you are curious whether an e-bike is right for you, plan to attend this demonstration. Join Sandy Borthick, John Benz, Jay and Denny Patterson, Mike Rutherford, Ken Bacon and Larry Hill for a demonstration and talk about their tricycle, bicycles and tandem e-bikes. For more information, contact: Marilyn Russell, President of La Veta Trails, at or 719-890-4071.


Free event for business professionals

CUCHARA — Join the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance for a free dinner, drinks and networking, tonight, Thursday, October 11, 6 to 8 pm at the Timbers Restaurant and the Dog Bar. San Isabel is this month’s spotlight speaker discussing energy efficiency along with upcoming energy grants available to local businesses.


Entry in the Ancestor Installation Exhibit deadline Saturday

WALSENBURG — The Museum of Friends invites artists in all media of all levels to submit an installation of their artwork for inclusion for the 2018 “Ancestor” Exhibit as MOFs annual El Dia de los Muertos Exhibition by Saturday, October 13. Each participant will have a 10’ area space in the ground floor changing exhibition area to design their installation that explores the theme of honor towards our ancestors or important people in our lives who have passed. Deadline for receipt of completed entry form, entry fee, and images is Oct. 13. Artists will hang their installation October 16 through 23.


Art welding at LVSA

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts is pleased to offer a two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14. This intensive two-day class will give students a hands-on introduction to gas and mig welding techniques for creating found-object and mild-steel sculpture. Learn common methods for cutting steel. Welding safety will be emphasized. Commonly implemented arts metal techniques will be dis- cussed/demonstrated in detail. On day two, the instructor will assist you in creating a sculpture from found objects that you have brought for that purpose. Instructor Doug Anderson teaches this popular and long-running workshop. He started studying art and illustration through high school and college. He was drafted and trained as a welder/metal fabricator, where he graduated at the top of his ship fitter class, before being sent to Vietnam. In 1985, he established an art welding/fabrication shop called the Iron Horse where he created art pieces designed around Indian artifacts, as well as ornamental railings using flat bar steel. In 2001, he brought his business to Walsenburg, CO. Doug collaborated with artist Laura Audrey on a large outdoor sculpture in front of the music building at UC Boulder called “Stop & Rest.” All classes take place at LVSA, on Ryus Ave. across from town park. Tuition is $150, plus $60 lab/supplies fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. For more information call 719-746-2252,

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LiveWell Huerfano County Fiesta Park Clean Up

WALSENBURG — Join us Saturday, October 13, 10 am-12 pm at Fiesta Park (behind Community Center at end of Russell Street) for a litter pick up. Please help us keep our Adopt-a- Park looking good and being a safe place for our children to play in. Let’s take pride in our community and be part of the solution! Come help us make Fiesta park shine and meet other community spirited folks!! Thank you!!


American Legion benefit

WALSENBURG — The Millicent Dubois Trio and The Barony of Aarquelle (Society of Creative Anachronisms) will be sponsoring a benefit event tor The American Legion Post 16 on Saturday, October 13 at Washington School from 9:30 am to 1 pm. There will be a free concert at 10 am followed by refreshments and a chance to view the various arts and crafts done by the Barony and the SCA. Donations will be accepted for the American Legion to help them in their work to aid the veterans in our community.


Public Square Rosary in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Please join the 2018 Public Square Rosary Crusade Saturday, October 13, 12 pm at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion. We ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.


Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Michael Moore’s documentary, 11/9 will be shown on Saturday, October 13 at 2 pm.

Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump’s victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the Electoral College, the government agenda and his hometown of Flint, Mich.

Fahrenheit 11/9 is Rated R. It is a Political/Documentary film with a running time of 2h 5m. Tickets are $7 Adults, $6 Students, $5 Children.

For more information on the screening call Mike Peters (419) 701-4467 or


David Starr at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — David Starr owns a thriving guitar store in the heart of Cedaredge, Colorado, yet he believes his most compelling instrument is his voice – a strong, beautiful baritone that is the cornerstone of his EP, The Head and Heart. He will perform at La Veta Mercantile Saturday, October 13, 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.


Two Peaks Fitness offers special senior classes every Monday and Wednesday

LA VETA — Yoga stretch classes for seniors is every Monday and Wednesday, 9:15 am at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus Ave. Not ready for hatha yoga? Yoga stretches include transitions between hatha yoga postures, Level 1 Pilates stretches, dance exercises, and breathing techniques.

Swiss Ball Classes, 10 am, every Monday and Wednesday at the La Veta Community Center, is geared towards seniors, this class provides opportunities for increasing balance and stability while using your abs and glutes, and helps to coordinate upper and lower extremities while strengthening your core.

Every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus Ave. seniors can improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, balance, core strength, and coordination with “Fresh Start” classes


Two Peaks Fitness Spin Bike Classes

LA VETA —A spin bike class is held 6 mornings a week, every Monday through Saturday at 7:30 am. Also, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm. Classes focus on endurance, strength, training intervals, high intensity periods of cycling, and recovery. Two Peaks Fitness is located at 216 S Main St in La Veta.


Friends of the Library fall board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Friends of the Library (FOL) is having their yearly annual fall board meeting on Monday, October 15, 4:30 to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served. This is a chance for all members to see what FOL has accomplished and for members to nominate & vote for your new officers. Hope to see you all there.


After school nutrition and fitness

WALSENBURG — Join the fun at the after School Nutrition and Fitness program at Washington Underground. It is held Monday-Friday 4:30 to 5:30pm. Have fun working out with Michael and eating a nutritious snack! Classes are limited to 10 students so call to reserve your spot today! Sign up by calling (719) 738-9890


Two Peaks Fitness Hatha Yoga classes

LA VETA — Join us for Hatha Yoga every Tuesday, 9 am at the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St, and Friday, 9:15 am at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus Ave. These classes are led by Mary Ann Lane. Learn yoga postures and breathing exercises to bring peace to the mind and body. These classes are great for seniors and all ages and a wonderful way to start the day and get some gentle exercise in!


Tuesday Boot Camp at WU

WALSENBURG — Boot Camp with Michael Reynolds every Tuesday night from 5:30-6:30 pm. No experience needed, just the desire to get fit!


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The American Legion Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, will meet on Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 pm at 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 rest of the year. Come and join us! For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


SPRHC “Pink Ladies” seeks volunteers

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Women’s Hospital Auxillary (Pink Ladies) are in the need of new members to work the hospital gift shop. Please consider this rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity. The auxillary meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. For more information please call Edna Crosson, 738-2132 or Rosalie Amidei 738-1504.


Edward Jones presentation on charitable gifting

LA VETA — Are You Looking for Ways to Improve Your Community and Services? Senior Assisted Living Residence & Gathering Place, will be hosting a talk by Lori Hoffman, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Wednesday October 17, 2 to 4 pm at the La Veta Library. Lori will help us explore how through gifting stocks you can avoid paying capital gains taxes. Also, how a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows you to give directly from your IRA to a qualified charity without any tax ramifications. These are just a couple of ways to help local organizations advance the much needed services in Huerfano County. Please join us at the La Veta Library to explore options and meet with qualified financial advisors. Light refreshments will be served. Call Beckie 303-419-0694 for any further questions. See you there.


Free junior gardener program

WALSENBURG — Starting Wednesday, October 17, 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Community Garden (Russell and 10th Street) a new program for kids 8 to 10 years old will begin. We will meet every Wednesday to learn about water, air, butterflies, bees, wildlife, plants and recycling! This free program is presented by Americorps Member Keri Powers. For more information contact Keri Powers at: 719-242-7607 or


Adult Co-ed Basketball at WU

WALSENBURG — Adult Co-ed Basketball every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 pm at Washington Underground gym. Get off the couch and join the fun!


Laura Lee Carter at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Please join us at the LaVeta Library as we kick off our adult program series for the fall and winter months. Our first program will be Thursday October 18, 2 pm (please note the new time) in the upstairs meeting room. Laura Lee Carter, published author and blogger, will recount her adventures of moving from Denver to Navajo Ranch in 2014. Her book is en- titled “A Memoir of Retirement: From Suburbia to Solar in Southern Colorado” and she will be presenting some great insights on discovering a peaceful, healthy, inexpensive lifestyle as well as some wonderful photos. We invite you to come and share your story, and perhaps learn something valuable information or meet someone new to our area. As always, the pro- gram is sponsored by the Friends of the LaVeta Library, free to the public. and tasty refreshments are provided. Hope to see you there!


La Veta Library seeks input for adult programs

LA VETA — It takes a community to make a great library! As we once again start our adult programing series in October, LVPL would love to have your input. If there is a program that you would like to see or present, a topic that you would like to explore or any ideas that you think might be helpful, Mitzi Kearns would be delighted to hear your thoughts. You may contact her at or call 719-742-3572. “I think that, it is going to be a great season and I look forward to hearing from you.”


Open house at First National Bank of Trinidad

WALSENBURG — Come celebrate our 25 years in Walsenburg at an open house Friday, October 19, 9 am to 3 pm in the lobby of the bank, 135 W. 6th Street.


What does the future hold?

WALSENBURG — A full week of seminars will be held at Walsenburg Free Seventh-day Adventist Church, 214 Pine Street Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 28. Each day a new topic will be discussed. “What does the future hold?” Come out to the prophecy seminars and find out!


17th Annual Health Fair

WALSENBURG — The annual Health Fair will be set for Saturday, October 20, 9 am to 12 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. Come pick up your blood draw results and visit with many vendors, win door prizes, play games, and sign up for drawings.


Paranormal 970 at the La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — Just in time for Halloween, join Francisco Fort Museum and the team from Paranormal 970 for a look into the spirit world Sunday, October 21, 2 pm. Paranormal 970 has been conducting research at the museum for the past three years. This Loveland based group undertakes similar research all over Colorado and will be at the fort conducting more studies the weekend just prior to this program. Using an array of the latest in modern equipment and “Sensitives” (also know as Psychics) the team has concluded that the fort is being visited by more than one spirit. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a glimpse into, “the other side!” This event is free, however, donations to the museum are gladly accepted! For more information call the museum at 719-742-5501.


Learn about the new Huerfano Judicial Center at SPLD

WALSENBURG — On Monday, October 22, 5-6 pm a presentation/question/answer session with coffee and snacks will be held at the Spanish Peaks Library. Come out and find out about the new center.


Cooking Matters for adults class at WU

WALSENBURG — The next Cooking Matters class will begin Monday, October 22, 2 to 4 pm at Washington Underground. Learn how to prepare and shop for healthy, low cost meals. Every week you’ll help make a meal and take home a free bag of groceries to create the meal at home! Take charge of your health and join in this fun and informative class. To reserve your spot call Diabetic Educator -Yvonne Romero at (719) 845- 3117


Presentation on New Huerfano Judicial Center La Veta Library

LA VETA — For La Veta/Cuchara residents there will be a presentation/question/answer session Wednesday, October 24, 6-7 pm at the La Veta Library. Refreshments will be available.


Trivia Night at Crafty Canary Brewery

WALSENBURG — Gather a team and join your favorite librarians for a night of trivia, Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Crafty Canary Brewery, 107 E. 5th Street.

What to expect: Six rounds – 10 questions each round; Each round has a topical theme; Each question is worth one point; Teams are allowed up to six members; Questions are read aloud and teams write down the answers, turning an- swers in at the end of each round.

The team with the most points after six rounds is the winner. Use of cell phone/tablets/devices is forbidden. There is NO CHARGE to participate in trivia. Food & Drink will be available for purchase. For more information call 719-738- 2774.


Scary Story Contest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 10th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! Turn in stories by Thursday, October 25 at the library. For more information, contact the library or email Ashley at Let your dark inner artist shine through!


FCPA Show Choir second season begins soon

LA VETA — Warming up those vocal chords??? Get ready, because the FCPA Show Choir needs YOU!!! Rehearsals with a cadre of eclectic music awaits your talents. Rehearsals start Thursday, October 25, from 5-6:30p at the theater (127 West Francisco). Questions? Call Peggy Arnold-Hoobler at 719 – 742-5496.


Huerfano County Farm Bureau candidate forum

LA VETA — There will be a candidate gathering, meal and forum featuring candidates in the upcoming election Saturday, October 27 at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E. Ryus Avenue. The gathering will be 11:30 am the meal begins a 12 pm. The cost of the meal is $10. The forum begins at 1:30 pm. Attendees who do not wish to attend the lunch can arrive shortly before the 1:30 pm forum.


eARTh at La Veta Gallery

LA VETA — All are invited to attend the La Veta Gallery, 210 S Main, eARTh show – featuring gallery artists – on display September 29 through October 30. Artist Kathy Hill will premiere a new painting.


Clay & Fiber Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The new Clay & Fiber Show at SPACe is now on display until Nov. 3. In addition to the remarkable and amazing clay and fiber artwork, three guest artists are also showing their work. Outstanding photographer Cathy Mullens is showing a collection of her amazing photos. Becky Myers is showing a collection of unique masks made with clay and fiber. LaClaire Skaggs is offering a collection of her timeless etchings and prints.

The SPACe Gallery and Gift Shop is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus. The Gift Shop is loaded with original jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, cards, and more, all created by SPACe members. Call 719 742-3074 for information or email SPACe is open Tues.- Fri- day, 11 – 4; Sat. 10 – 4; Sunday Noon-4. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is a member-owned nonprofit organization supporting education in the arts in southern Colorado. Donations are tax deductible.


Trunk or Treat?

WALSENBURG — St. Mary Catholic Church invites you to “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween, October 31. It will be an evening of fun and treats, starting with a spaghetti dinner, and including a bonfire, games, costumes, and wildly decorated car trunks, all in the St. Mary parking lot and new parish hall. Want to get involved? Call Denise by October 21 at 719-989- 4478 to volunteer, sign up to be a “trunk-er”, donate candy or prizes, or join in the funnest family fun in town.


Trucks & Treats from the Huerfano County Fire Department

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Fire Department would like to invite the community to come to Trucks and Treats on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, 4 to 8 pm in the Safeway parking lot, 222 W 7th Street.

An award ceremony will take place at 6 pm to honor seven firefighters for their courage and bravery during the Spring Fire. Come enjoy and celebrate the evening with candy, coffee, and hot cocoa.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox

WALSENBURG — There will be a midnight Halloween showing of a classic event The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox Theatre, 715 Main Street, Wednesday, October 31, 11:45 pm. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and/or bring props.

From the organizers: The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania”, Dr. Frank N. Furter; Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests, Brad and Janet; Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade; and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience!


Parade of Lights 2018

WALSENBURG — This year’s Parade of Lights will be held Friday, November 22 in downtown Walsenburg. Start planning your floats! The theme for the parade is “Christmas American Style!”



Book Readers Rock!

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the book club for 6th to 8th grade students at Carnegie Library, Book Readers Rock!, will be Friday, October 12, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This month bring your favorite book!


Freddy “Freak” Trujillo at Trinidad History Museum

TRINIDAD — Join Freddy Trujillo, a son of Trinidad, as he showcases his protest button display and talks about his time in the Chicano movement Friday, October 12, 3 to 4 pm at Trinidad History Museum, 120 S. Chestnut Street.


Great Pumpkin Giveaway

TRINIDAD — The Great Pumpkin Giveaway is an annual event at State Farm, 535 E Main, and will be held this year on Friday, October 12, beginning at 3:30 pm. Bring your kids to pick a pumpkin. Children 12 and under can come get a free pumpkin. The TSJC Women’s Softball team will be assisting.


Fire Line at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Friday, October 12, 7:30 to 11:30 pm the band Fire Line will perform for a $5 cover. Don’t forget Spanish Peaks Inn has Taco Tuesday and specials on Thursday and Friday nights! Dine in or call in and carry out! Spanish Peaks Inn is located in scenic Gulnare at 22590 County Rd 41.6 #10. Order to go and pick up in less than 30 minutes, (719) 941-4288.


Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Southeast Colorado’s finest Gravel Event will be held Saturday, October 13, 9 am. The race begins and ends at Branson School, 101 Saddlerock Drive. The race includes 100K, 72 K, and 45 K loops.

The Grinder is a fully supported ride. The registration fee is $40 with prizes for top finishers. Sign up on grinder. Follow us on Facebook at “Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder.” For more information contact


Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner Pumpkin Patch

HOEHNE — Visit Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 CR 75, in Hoehne for a Pumpkin Patch this October!

The pumpkin patch will be available Saturdays & Sundays through October 28 from 1-4pm. Appointments can be made to visit during the week. Please call 719-680-1402.


Octoberfest at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Welcome to the season of pumpkins, stews and cold brews! Mt. Carmel will be hosting its first annual Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 10 pm. We will have a variety of activities for the whole family. Come enjoy a festive after- noon and evening with us!

Be on the lookout for Octoberfest information at


Listen, talk, work it out: Conflict Resolution Month

TRINIDAD — October is Conflict Resolution Month which brings Coloradans an opportunity to learn, practice and pro- mote respectful and constructive ways of dealing with conflict, dispute, and disagreement. Conflict Resolution is a canopy under which many practices, both old and new, are found. They include arbitration, mediation, restorative justice, and non-violent communication. A growing number of cities have joined the state in recognizing Conflict Resolution Month, and this includes the City of Trinidad, since 2017. and the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library will celebrate Conflict Resolution Month with two public events in October. First, Monday, October 15, 5 to 6 pm, the library will host a facilitated group discussion of the book, Why Won’t You Apologize? by Harriet Lerner. This sanity-saving book shows us how a meaningful apology can transform a relationship, and, on the other hand, the many ways that apologies can fall short of opening the door to reconciliation. The library will have a limited number of copies of the book available to check out.

The second event is Monday, October 22, 5 to 6:30 pm. The library is excited to present a free, public screening of two TED Talks. “Is the World Getting Better or Worse?” is a look at the real numbers, by Steven Pinker. In “Finding Confidence in Conflict,” Kwame Christian talks about using conflict as a tool to improve communication. The event will include a facilitated discussion. Both October events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit:, and, or call the library at 719-846-6841.


TLAC Chamber Luncheon

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad / Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce for their monthly luncheon in the Pioneer Room at TSJC Wednesday, October 17, 12 to 1 pm. The luncheon is open to anyone in the community. The cost for lunch is $12. Please RSVP as soon as possible by e-mail or telephone. 719-846-9285.


Nostalgic movie night

TRINIDAD — Carnegie Library presents Picnic as the October nostalgic movie, Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm. Charming Hal Carter (William Holden) turned to wandering after a failed acting career left him loose in the wind. Interested in reuniting with an old college friend, Alan Benson (Cliff Robertson), Carter bums a train ride to a tranquil Kansas town. Alan greets him warmly, and together they join the community in a picnic celebration of Labor Day. However, his welcome quickly sours when sparks ignite between him and Alan’s girl- friend, Madge Owens (Kim Novak). Come out to enjoy this free award winning movie and free popcorn!


3rd Thursday Heritage Nights at THM

TRINIDAD — Each month on the Third Thursday, the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut Street, will be hosting a heritage night focusing on different aspects of Colorado life. Come out Thursday, October 18, 5 to 7 pm to enjoy sweets, treats, and hands-on activities! October’s topic will be Victorian Superstitions. These programs are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.


HULA Legislative symposium

TRINIDAD — Enjoy great presentations, networking with partners and discussion and data related to the bi-county region October 26,12 – 2 pm at TSJC – Pioneer Room, 600 Pro- spect Street. Meet elected officials and candidates. RSVP by Thursday, October 18 by calling 719/845-0463 or email:

Knowledge is Power-family friendly program

TRINIDAD — A free family friendly educational program presented by Lisa Hains Barker, Ph.D, licensed clinical psychologist will be held Monday, October 22, 5:30 to 6:45 pm at TSJC Pioneer Room. Your body and brain are interconnected so what affects one may affect the other as well. In this class participants will learn about brain and body connections that can change with concussion trauma, or even stress. Along with knowledge of brain and body connections, participants will engage in mindfulness and breathing exercises for such connection changes. Join Lisa as she walks you through a lesson on the brain and body along with teaching you how to improve the connection between the two. Space is limited, please RSVP prior to the class: 719-846-4416.


Diabetes self-management class

TRINIDAD — A three day Diabetes self management class will be held Tuesday, October 23 – Thursday, October 25, 3 to 5:30 pm at Las Animas County Health Department, 412 Bene- dicta Avenue. The class is presented by Dr. Ivory Raye, ND, and Yvonne Romero, RN, CDE in conjunction with Mt. San Rafael Hospital and Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center.

This class is completely FREE. The Elvira Martin Scholarship will pay for anything not covered by insurance and for those without insurance. Learn how to eat healthier, manage diabetes, and reduce health risks. Get FREE resources: Mayo Clinic DVD “Wellness Solutions for Diabetes”, free foot exam extension mirror, free class book and CD. To register, call 719- 845-3117.


Cooking Matters, Money Matters at TSJC

TRINIDAD — A fun and free hands-on skills, nutrition, and financial education program that teaches how to prepare healthy meals, plan, save money, and begins Wednesday October 24, 5 to 8 pm. The weekly classes will run October 24 through December 12 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving). Dinner and free groceries will be provided! Class size is limited. Please Call Mary Richards to register: 719-859-7137.


Monster Mash at the Trinidad Youth Club

TRINIDAD — TYC Dance Team fundraiser, Monster Mash, will be held Thursday, October 25, 7 to 9 pm at the Youth Club of Trinidad, 204 E. Kansas. Tickets are $5 which includes refreshments. For more information, please call 719-422-8090.


Creedence Revived: A tribute to CCR

TRINIDAD — Saturday, October 27, Creedence Revived “A tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival” plays a one-night concert event for Trinidad! Creedence Revived has rapidly become one of the most highly sought after tribute bands in the world. Playing all over the globe for crowds upwards of 30,000, and with a track-record of selling out shows everywhere they go, this group is the real deal.

The group is made up of four of Chicago’s & LA’s most talented and eclectic musicians – consisting of an award winning vocalist nicknamed “the chameleon” in the industry for his unique ability to shift his vocal to match the style of any vocalist, a world-renowned blues guitarist who attracts blues fans from around the world, a studio bassist who has a appeared on many top charting albums, and a drummer who sells out theaters on his own based solely on his unique playing style.

This SCRT concert event will be showcased at the Trinidad Middle School auditorium (614 Park Street, Trinidad, CO). The concert will kick off at 7pm sharp, and run until 9pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Contact the SCRT Box Office (719-846-4765) or Linda Velasquez (719-680-8887) for assistance securing tickets Join us for an evening of timeless music, appealing to all ages. Experience the Americana rock that defined an era.


Calling all chili chefs

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Historical Society in Agui- lar will hold their annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser on Sunday, October 28 at the Community Center. A $50 prize will be given to best red and best green chili each plus door prizes and crowd favorite. To enter your chili or for more details call Pat at 680-1393 or Charlie at 859-0918. Watch for more details in the coming weeks!


First National Bank presents: safe trick-or-treat & costume contest

TRINIDAD — Every Halloween, First National Bank sponsors Trinidad’s Safe Trick-or-Treat, where Main & Commercial Streets are closed to traffic, and local business hand out candy. This year come out Wednesday, October 31, 3 to 5 pm to enjoy this annual tradition

Look for the green window sign to identify participating locations. Merchants will place their “votes” for the best costumes while trick-or-treaters visit their store by awarding their favorites with a token. Trick-or-treaters with tokens need to assemble at The First National Bank in Trinidad, main lobby, at 5pm to tally the votes. Costume contest prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Sponsored by The First National Bank, 100 E Main Street. For more information, please call 719-846-9881.


Trinidad Community Foundation announces 2018 Grant Cycle

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) will begin soliciting grant proposals from designated non-profit organizations in Trinidad and Las Animas County on October 1. Completed grant application packets are due in the TCF office no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, October 31.

The Trinidad Community Foundation mission is to enhance and develop the quality of life in Trinidad and Las Animas County by building a culture of giving, and by providing grants in the areas of education, health and wellness, recreation, historic preservation, and communication.

Through its grant program, TCF supports activities and programs that benefit the people and community of Trinidad and Las Animas County, and that further the TCF mission. Since its beginning in 2006, TCF has provided over $285,000 in grant funding to the community.

Beginning October 1, visit for additional information about the TCF Grant Program and to download a grant application packet. The completed grant applications will accepted via e-mail at until October 31.



Important dates/places for New Mexico voters!

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO — Tuesday, Oct 9 – Absentee Voting Begins; Oct 9 to Nov 3 Early Voting at these locations:

Raton – Oct 9-Nov 3 at the County Clerk’s Office

Springer – Oct 20 from 9-4 at the Springer High School

Maxwell – Oct 22 from 10-2 at Maxwell School Auditorium

Cimarron – Oct 25 from 9-4 at the Village Hall

Eagle Nest – Oct 26 from 9 – 4 at the Community Center

Angel Fire- Oct 27 from 12-5 at the Community Center

Nov 6 is the last day to vote in the General Election – VOTE!


Raton PTO presents our Halloween Costume Craze!

RATON — Costumes and cookies and crafts… oh my! Friday, October 12, 2-4 pm at the Raton Intermediate School Gym. Get a ‘new to you’ costume at the COSTUME CRAZE EVENT on October 12. All sizes/ages welcome. All costumes will be $5 with accessories ranging from $0.50 – $2. Fun FREE crafts, hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks will also be sold.


Autumn star party at Capulin

CAPULIN — Capulin Volcano National Monument will be hosting an out-of-this-world interstellar event this month. Join us on the night of Friday, October 12, for an autumn star party! Capulin staff will be holding a night sky viewing event located at the base of the volcano next to the visitor center.

Over time, observing the night sky has unlocked a plethora of scientific discoveries, helping people of all generations to better understand our own planet and those beyond. Due to minimal light pollution, Capulin Volcano has one of the best, and most well preserved night skies in the nation. Come and explore the “park after dark” at Capulin Volcano National Monument as we discuss some of the many mysteries the dark sky holds. Visitors are invited to attend this event from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (MDT) to use telescopes and deep-sky viewing bin- oculars and observe all the wonders this beautiful resource holds. Park staff encourage visitors to bring blankets, warm clothes, and folding chairs.

This is a FREE event, though we do ask for guests to RSVP so Capulin may better prepare for your visit. To RSVP, please call the park at (575) 278-2201, or email us at


Walk/Run Against Violence

CIMARRON — This walk/run against violence, Saturday, October 13, beginning 9 am is the 9th Annual Event in Cimarron. The Run/Walk begins at Village of Cimarron Park. Registration begins at 9 am, walk/run begins at 9 am, run be- gins at 9:15 am. 1, 2, or 3 mile course. All monies will be collected at registration.


Mextoberfest in Raton

RATON — Our fall car and bike show will be the kick off for a brand new event, Mextoberfest, which is a Mexican/German fusion excuse to have a good time! The fest will be held at Raton Pass Motor Inn, 308 Canyon Drive, Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 2 pm.

We don’t know what we are doing, so that means we can all celebrate with our own interpretation of the theme. No entry fee, bring your favorite ride and show it off…participants show up by 9 am to get parked. We’ll have food and music and fun.


Fiesta Otoño & Roadrunner Car Show

SPRINGER — Fiesta Otoño is presented by the Springer Chamber of Commerce in con- junction with the Town of Springer, and will be Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 10 pm. The Master of ceremony is Timm Trujillo, President of the Springer Chamber.

The fiesta features: face painting, crafts, baked goods, odds and ends, vendors, kids pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving contest, Fort Union demonstration and kids participation skit, beer garden, Springer High School fundraiser games, bounce houses and lots of fun for the entire family! Come eat, dance, socialize and enjoy our community. Door prizes every hour, find Timm for a ticket!

Come out to the free event and enjoy the Los Diablos Car Show, 10 am to 3 pm, Horse Shoe Tournament (contact Keith Tabor 575- 643-6887 or Leo Laumback 575-447-7046), and Chili Cookoff 10 am to 3 pm.

Live music by Jonathan Castillo y Profundo, Tequila Rain and the Purple Sage Band. There will be a dance featuring Matthew Martinez y Perfeccion from 6:30 to 10 pm.

For vendor information contact Timm Trujillo 719-924-2303.


Elks National Hoop Shoot

RATON — The Elks National Hoop Shoot- Free Throw Contest is a Free Throw Program for Youth Ages 8-13. The 2019 Hoop Shoot National Finals will take place on April 27, 2019 in Chicago. This Free Throw event is sponsored by the Raton Elks Lodge #865, and will be held Saturday, October 13, 10:30 am to 12 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S. 3rd Street. Contact Danette Silva for more in- formation: 575-303-3529.


Operation Save a Rack- 5K & 10K Fun Run or Walk

RATON — Don’t put away your running shoes just yet!

A benefit fun run/walk hosted by NRA Whittington Center will be held Saturday, October 13. Registration will be at the Shotgun Center starting at 7:30am.

Bring the family out and enjoy a good walk in the beautiful fall weather! All proceeds will go to benefit The Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center.


Christian mindfulness: a labyrinth walk at the Mandala Center

DES MOINES — A special Labyrinth Walk will be held at the Mandala Center, Sunday, October 14, 2 pm. Join us for a centuries old practice to reflect…renew…rejoice! In case of inclement weather, the Labyrinth Walk will be moved inside. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 575-278-3002.


RPB Oktoberfest Membership Social

RATON — Enjoy some great sounds during the Oktoberfest Raton Professional Business- women Membership Social Thursday, October 18, beginning 6 pm at Colfax Ale Cellar, 215 S. 2nd Street. Come out and enjoy the great musical entertainment for the evening.


The Funniest Night of Your Life

RATON — Saturday, October 20, 7 pm come out for a great night of entertainment starring Todd Oliver & Irving the Talking Dog. The show is presented by the Raton Arts & Humanities Council

Back by popular demand with a new show, Todd Oliver is a ventriloquist and the “Funniest Night of Your Life” began as a kids dream. One day Todd was looking at his dog and thought he probably would have a lot to say if he could talk. Seven months later his Boston Terrier “Irving” premiered as America’s talking Dog! Tickets are: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10. Find out more at


Cimarron food co-op

CIMARRON — Order & Pay on Mon, Oct 22, before 2 pm at the Blü Dragonfly Brewery. Pick up Fri, Oct 26 between 10am-3pm at Gary’s little shed behind the bank.

• $5 membership fee for 3 months

• First box costs $33 and will contain:

1 gal 2% milk
5 lbs lean ground beef
2 granny smith apples

2 red delicious apples 2 lbs bananas
4 oranges
3 tomatoes

1 head iceberg lettuce 5 lbs Idaho potatoes 2 lbs yams
1/2 lb yellow onions 1 lb carrots

• Cash Only at this time
• Looking for help to pass out food on Oct 26; Call Rita if you can help: cell 505-728-2336 or home 575-376-2193
• Bring your own basket or bags


PBW political forum

RATON — The Raton Professional Business Women will hold a political forum on Monday, October 22, at the Shuler Theater. All candidates appearing on the ballots for Colfax County will be invited to this forum. Community involvement is crucial to a healthy government and the public is encouraged to attend. The forum will also be broadcast live on KRTN.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the forum will begin at 7 pm with introduction of candidates. Written questions from the audience will be accepted, screened and read to the candidates by the moderator. Questions may also be emailed in advance to

Attend the forum, submit your questions and make an informed decision when you vote on November 6th. For further information, contact Michael Anne Antonuci at 575-447-3723.


Classic Night at the Movies

RATON — The next classic movie night at El Raton is Wednesday, October 24, 7 – 9 pm is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Donated proceeds benefits Knights of Columbus.

This classic thriller features Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) who meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at Mitch’s sisters party. A huge assault starts on the town by attacking birds.


Calendar pet photos sought

RATON — Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital in Raton is seeking photos of pets to use in a calendar. Photos must be 300 or 600 dpi in JPEG format, in landscape mode and must include photographer’s name, address, phone number, email and photo title. Submissions can be of either a domestic pet or livestock. Deadline is Friday, October 26. Submit your photo to or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575-445- 3912.


Halloween Carnival

RATON — Raton Intermediate School is presenting a Halloween Carnival, Friday, October 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the RIS gym, 500 South 3rd Street. Tickets will be presold at the office the school. $20 for $25 worth of tickets, $10 for $12 worth of tickets, $5 for $6 worth of tickets, or $1 tickets. Questions? Call 575-445- 9881.


Happy Halloween Night

CIMARRON — Happy Halloween Night at Cimarron Village Park will be held Saturday, October 27, 6 pm. Be there for Hayride at 7 pm, $1 person. Enjoy food, drinks, games and contests all evening! The hayride proceeds go to Run for the Toys. Come if you DARE!! For more info call Pat Gruver 575-613-3476, Diann Carpenter 505-652-0700, Jan Reynolds 575-512-5130


Alternatives to Violence Candlelight Vigil

RATON — The Alternatives to Violence Candlelight Vigil at The Shuler Theater, 131 N 2nd Street will be held Friday, October 27, 6 pm. The guest speaker will be Doris Rivera Black. Glow sticks will be provided.


Phil Long Ford’s 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Contest sign up by October 29

RATON — Phil Long Ford of Raton would like to invite your business to participate in their 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Contest, Wednesday, October 31. Setup begins at 2:30 pm. Time of Trunk or Treat is 3 – 4:30 pm. Please bring extension cords if needed. Rules for costumes: ALL themes must be kid friendly. Prizes as follows: Best of Show = $200., Most Creatively Designed = $100 and Best Themed Idea = $50. Please call Cassie Phillips @ 575- 445-6904 to register. Registration deadline is October 29. $10.00 Donation to enter. Monies used to provide Thanksgiving Food Basket to a community family.


Trunk or Treat ~ Raton Nursing and Rehab Center

RATON — We will be hosting a TRUNK OR TREAT in our facility parking lot Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 – 8:30 pm! EVERYONE WELCOME! There will be activities and hot chocolate for all to enjoy!


Safe Trick-or-Treat in Raton

RATON — The Raton safe trick or treat, sponsored by Raton MainStreet, Raton Police Officer Association, Raton Elks Lodge #865, Sonic and Enchanted Grounds will be held Wednesday, October 31, beginning at 3:30 pm. Costume contest will be held and judged at Ripley Park. After contest, trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses and wrap it up at the Elks Lodge for hot dogs and punch. Glow items & water on sale at Ripley Park.


Raton Ministerial Alliance ~ Safe Trunk or Treat Events

RATON — Halloween night, October 31, 4:30 – 8:30 pm come enjoy our trunk or treat events at First Baptist, First United Methodist Church and Family Worship Center. The churches are located at: First Baptist Church – 236 S. 3rd, First United Methodist Church – 1501 S. 4th, Family Worship Center – 219 Kearney Ave. See y’all there!


Poll watchers wanted for November 6

RATON — Every election year the nonpartisan organization, Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM), works to help voters cast their vote freely by fielding a team of volunteer “poll watchers” to help answer voter questions, locate their poll and make sure their votes are counted. CCNM is now recruiting volunteers from all over New Mexico.

Poll watchers are an integral part of CCNM Election Protection project. CCNM recruits lawyers, students and ordinary citizens from across the state organizing them to take part in our democracy and make sure it works for everyone.

After reviewing an informational packet and attending an online training, Poll Watchers will have answers to voters’ frequently asked questions and have the web- sites and toll free numbers to direct voters for additional assistance. Contact Diane Wood to volunteer.

Additional questions about Election Protection NM please call or email Diane Wood, Voting Rights Director for Common Cause New Mexico 505-379-9470 or go to

Election Protection New Mexico is a non- partisan project for the state of New Mexico. This program seeks to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote can and that every vote is counted accurately. Election Protection NM is not affiliated with any party or candidate.


Second Annual Toy Land Character Contest

RATON — The Raton Lions Club is having their second annual Toy Land Character Contest. We invite contestants to use their talent to create new characters that will be dis- played on Apache Avenue on the way to City of Bethlehem.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this contest, individuals, groups, businesses, clubs,

First place – $150

Second Place – $100

Third Place – $75

Fourth Place – $50

Judging of the characters will be on No- vember 17 at 1pm at Climax Canyon. All characters made and donated will be accepted and displayed every year during the Christmas holiday. We ask that you put your name and date on the back of the character.

Please call 575-447-1242 if you have any questions and to register your name and character. During registration, we will advise if the character you have chosen to make is available. This will eliminate duplication of characters.



Fire fundraiser at Fort Garland

FORT GARLAND — A group of residents from Forbes Park are putting together a Fundraiser on Saturday, October 13 to benefit the American Red Cross and the Fort Garland/Blanca Community Center that housed, fed, and supported us for two weeks. Many of the residents of Huerfano County were equally affected and we would like to extend an invitation to any and all who would like to share a fun evening with us.

The fundraiser will include music by Cappton Reid from 5 to 8 pm, and a pulled pork/bean/slaw dinner starting at 4 pm. The event will be held at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center. Dinner tickets are $8, music tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students with special family pricing available. Please bring cash or checks, no debit or credit cards. All proceeds will be split between the Blanca/Ft. Garland Community Center and the local Red Cross. Both took care of the Spring Fire evacuees for two weeks.

If you have questions or need more information please contact 401-441-0249 or e-mail at


Cottonwood Show features Huerfano’s Inner Idea Artists

COLORADO SPRINGS —Head to our exhibition, now through 31 at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E Colorado Avenue.

Featured artists are: Marta Moore, David Zehring, Peggy Zehring, Mary Sewell Cooper, Fred Bender, Maggie MacIndoe, Rena Ka- plowitz, Charlotte Slade Decker, Raquel Di- mond, Cheryl A. Richey, Margo Spellman, Linda Hart, Nancy Judson, Max Fain, Lavone Newell-Reim, Georgia Quick, Mary Jane Rivers, Anna Rodgers, Cheryl Telford, and Lana Thomas.


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