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Activities & Events for week of October 4, 2018


Huerfano Coalition meeting today

WALSENBURG — The monthly luncheon of the Huerfano County Communication Coalition is today, Thursday, October 4 at noon at the Huerfano County Community Center, 10th and Russell. The luncheon is free. If you would like to be on the agenda, please call Debbie Channel at 719-250-9367 or email her at This is a new year and dues are due, $10 for the 2018-2019 year.


Pet blessing at Cuchara Chapel

CUCHARA — There will be a Pet Blessing at the Cuchara Chapel today, Thursday, October 4 at Noon, which is the Feast Day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals.


VFC and Dorcas Circle food drive at First Choice

WALSENBURG — Friday, October 5 is October’s food pantry collection at First Choice Market. The drive will be held from 1 to 5 pm and is sponsored by Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community. Please bring non-perishable food items, pet food, and personal hygiene items to help those who are in need of a little help. Drop items at First Choice, buy them at the market and/or monetary gifts are also much appreciated. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Your help is needed as the cooler weather is upon us. Thanking you in advance, Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community.


The Home Fires at Deerprint

LA VETA — The Home Fires will perform at Deerprint Wine and Bistro Friday, October 5, 6 pm. This Americana duo is based in Minneapolis and is comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they un- earthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah’s clear, melodic voice and Vicky’s warm, weathered harmony. Tickets are $12 available at the Deerprint website.


Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

LA VETA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is again holding a 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, October 6, beginning at 8:30 am. Entry fee is $20 per individual; proceeds fund scholarships for graduating La Veta High School seniors. The event begins and ends at La Veta Town Park. Register at


Oktoberfest Blood Drive

LA VETA — The La Veta Fire Protection District will host the Oktoberfest Bonfils Mobile Blood Drive on Saturday, October 6 from 10 am to 2 pm, 100 Block of East Ryus Ave. by the A.T.M. Interested donors wishing to donate a unit of life-saving blood are invited to call Sue Pezze at 719-742-3239 (cell 719- 989-7931) or 1-800-365-0006 Opt. 2 to schedule an appointment. ‘Walk-ins’ are also welcomed but appointments are recommended.


La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA — If you haven’t been to La Veta’s Oktoberfest, you’re missing a great event! This year, Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, beginning at 10 am. The 32nd Oktoberfest includes a car show, German band, dancing in the street all day long, over 60 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a Veteran’s tribute, and a German Biergarten.


After Oktoberfest concert at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us after the Oktoberfest festivities for live

music and German beer Saturday, October 6, 6 pm featuring Ken Saydak and Friends at La Veta Mercantile.


CappTon Reid at The Dog Bar

CUCHARA — CappTon Reid will play The Dog Bar Saturday, October 6, beginning at 8:30 pm. The night following La Veta’s Oktoberfest has been described as “insane.” Come out and enjoy the evening. Food & drinks available for purchase.


River: A local La Veta musician at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us at LVM for an intimate Sunday afternoon, Sunday, October 7, 2 pm with La Veta local and singer/songwriter River as she makes her La Veta Mercantile debut. Enchanting and inspiring, her lyrics are imbued with deep emotion for global awareness and an intense desire to bring about change. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Care n’ Share food distribution

WALSENBURG — The next Huerfano County Care n Share food distribution will be Tues Oct 9 at Delaney Hall (new hall behind St Mary’s Church on E 7th St) 10 to about 11:30 am. Food distributed on first come first serve basis. Picture ID required. Please bring own box or bags.


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 at 415 Walsen Avenue in Walsenburg. The next date for the clinic is October 9. Please note the new times for 2018.

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 dates in 2018 are: November 13; December 11, 2018.


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!


Huerfano County Republican monthly meeting

WALSENBURG — This month is a very important time to come to the meeting! Lola Spradley, former Speaker of the House for Colorado, will be going over the 85 pages of amendments and propositions on the ballot this November. It is critical you know what you are voting for or against. Join us, Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street in Walsenburg. We gather at 5:30 pm for a meet and greet. Then, after the meeting, join us for dinner at La Plaza Inn. Be there and be prepared.


Health Fair blood draw time

WALSENBURG — SPRHC and the Health Foundation bring you the annual Huerfano County Health Fair, Saturday, October 20. Low-cost blood tests are available before the fair so folks can get consultations from health professionals about their blood tests at the fair. The final blood draws for this year’s fair will be held next week, Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, 7 to 10 am at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue.

Tests offered are: Hemoglobin A1C, $10; Chemistry panel, $25; CBC $10; PSA, $25; and Vitamin D, $20. Remember to fast 10 to 12 hours prior to testing and drink plenty of water! For more information please call 719-738-5200.


WOW Wednesday

LA VETA — Join us on Wednesday, October 10 for Walk or Wheel Wednesday in La Veta to celebrate National Walk to School Day! Volunteers on foot or bike are needed to escort students to school. Everyone has a blast and the students look forward to their rewards. Please let Marilyn Russell know if you are able to volunteer.


‘YES on 4A’ information social

LA VETA — Wondering about La Veta School’s future? The Committee to Support La Veta Schools invites you to get the facts on Wednesday, October 10, 6 to 8 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Cash bar and information! Join us to ask, hear, and dis- cuss our facilities. The Yes on 4A committee hopes you will join us.


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!


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.”


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA — La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, October 11, 8 am at the La Veta School library, 126 E. Garland.


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


Call for submissions for Ancestors Exhibition at MOF

WALSENBURG — Dear artist and friends please consider submitting your work for an exhibition scheduled to open October 27 from 3 until 7 pm entitled “Ancestors at Museum of Friends. This show is the Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration with dance, music and food. This exhibition has been planned to acknowledge those who have passed and the people left behind who cope with loss. Loss is part of all of our shared experience. However this past summer in Huerfano County brought the Spring Creek Fire and its aftermath. This was more than most of us were prepared to comprehend. Work must be submitted by Saturday, October 13.

In respect to those who were affected by the fire and being evacuated and many who lost their homes, the Museum of Friends is inviting artists to create a new installation that explores mourning, loss or any aspect of the memory of ancestors.

Each participant will be given an approximate 10’ space to fill with photographs, xeroxes, giclee prints, original art, sculpture, fabric works and material ephemera or objects that reference the ancestor who has passed.

Please see artist submission form for relevant dates and information or give us a call to discuss your idea and how it may fit in with the show: 719-738-2858 or visit or email:

IMPORTANT DATES for the show: October 13-Deadline for receipt of completed entry form, entry fee, and images; October 16 through 23- artists hang their installation except (MoF closed on 21 & 22); October 27-Ancestor Exhibition opens to the public from 3 to 7 pm., music, dance and refreshments; January 26-Exhibition Closes.


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 discussed/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. In- structor 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, write, or visit the website at


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. Do- nations 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.


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.


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.


SPRHC “Pink Ladies” seeks new 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.


Cooking Matters for adults class at WU

WALSENBURG — There will be a free Cook- ing Matters for Adults Class at Washington Underground (201 E 5th Street) this fall. 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 enroll in this fun and informative class. To reserve your spot call Diabetic Educator – Yvonne Romero at (719) 845-3117


Edward Jones presentation on charitable gifting

LA VETA — Are You Looking for Ways to Im- prove Your Community and Services? Senior Assisted Living Residence & Gathering Place, will be hosting a talk by Lori Hall, 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 pro- gram 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


Open house at First National Bank of Trinidad

WALSENBURG — Come celebrate our 25 years in Walsenburg at an open house Friday, October19, 9am to 3pm 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!


FCPA Show Choir second season begins soon

LA VETA — We’re baaaack!!! Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to start our second season of entertainment. This is a non-auditioned choir and offers a community singing experience starting on Thursday, October 25, 5-6:30 pm at the theater (127 West Francisco)—so take your fabulous voices out of the shower and join the in preparing a show for mid-February. The FCPA Show Choir, is under the primary direction of Sam Sortore, but also includes the con- ducting experience of Peggy Arnold-Hoobler and Joanne Vargo. Let’s get together and see what happens. Questions? Call Di Sortore at 303-882-7764.


Scary Story Contest

HUERFANO cOUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frighten- ing? 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! For more information, contact the library or email Ashley at Let your dark inner artist shine through!


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.- Friday, 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.


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!”



Senior Day at Books & More

TRiNidAd — Friday, Oct. 5, is Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11am to 4:30 pm.


Author to tell of Old Boston, wild boomtown of eastern Colorado

TRiNidAd — Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 pm, the Trinidad Public Library is pleased to present a book-signing with Kent Brooks, author of a new book titled Old Boston: As Wild As They Come. Join us as the author presents a slide show and discussion, followed by book sales and signing. This event is free and open to the public.

Brooks gives us the following description of the book: “On November 16, 1886, four members of the Boston Town Company stopped on the southeast Colorado plains to stake out and establish Boston, Colorado in what was then eastern Las Animas County. Frontier newspaperman Sam Konkel joined the town company and promoted Boston as ‘The Utopian City of the Plains’. Built to catch the railroad and become the county seat of a new Colorado county, Boston became one of the rowdiest towns on the American frontier. Homesteaders and outlaws made Boston home during its brief, wild existence. Included among the inhabitants of Boston were the Jennings clan, before they gained fame as train robbers in Oklahoma. The story chronicles the life of the town leading up to the April 1889 siege which was the end of the Colorado Boomtown era and this old west town which was…As Wild As They Come.”


Meet the Candidates at TSJC

TRiNidAd — The Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor “Meet the Candidates” in preparation for the November 6th General Election. The event will be held Thursday, October 4, at the Massari Performing Art Center on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. The event will begin promptly at 6 pm. Candidates that are running for the offices of County Commissioner, County Clerk & Recorder, Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Assessor, County Coroner and County Surveyor have been invited to participate. Representatives from School District #1 have been invited to discuss Ballot Issues 4A & 4B which also appear on the November ballot. The format for the even- ing allows for candidates to make opening & closing statements, answer questions from the panel, audience, and telephone call-ins. Trinidad Times TV will also be present for possible live broadcast and recording for future view- ing. The Trinidad-LAC Chamber of Com- merce will provide refreshments. Additional information can be obtained from the Trini- dad-LAC Chamber of Commerce, Linda Barron (846-8223) or Ed Griego (846-9871).


TSJC Gun Club Thursday Trap Shoot

TRiNidAd — The TSJC Gun Club is hosting an evening Trap/Skeet Shoot every Thursday night at the Prator gun range, 2013 CR 24.6. The public is encouraged to come out and have some fun and meet other shotgun shooters.

The TSJC Gun Club greatly appreciates the support of all of the Trinidad Community. For more information contact: Kyle Smith, Club President, 1-317-600-9388 or


Trinidad Community Theatre presents Dinner with the Boys

TRiNidAd — Dinner with the Boys by Dan Lauria is the next production at Trinidad Community Theatre which continues this weekend. This show is directed by Kris Miller. The goombah cliches come fast and furious in the award-winning comedy which revolves around two old-world hitmen holed up in a house in “the wilds of 1970’s New Jersey” after incurring the displeasure of their mob boss.

This Mafia-themed comedy plays like a gangster variation on Arsenic and Old Lace with a touch of Sweeny Todd flavoring. This play is appropriate for adults and teens.

Showtimes are:
Friday, October 5 7:00 pm Saturday, October 6 7:00 pm Sunday, October 7 2:00 pm

Tickets for this event are available at or the SCRT box office, 131 W Main Street.


Dano Weston and Pork chop dinner at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Friday, October 5 enjoy a delicious Pork Chop dinner then come back Saturday, October 6 to enjoy Dano Weston band, 7:30 to 11:30 pm 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.


John Box Exhibition opening

TRiNidAd — John Box, photographer based in Colorado Springs, will have his work on display at the Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W Main Street this October. The opening reception will take place on Friday, October 5, 5-8pm. All are welcome.


Purgatoire River Clean Up Day

TRiNidAd — Meet at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, 224 N Chestnut Street, Saturday, October 6, to learn more about the Purgatoire River, help clean up, and get a free lunch! The schedule of events is:

9:30 am: Registration, snacks, goodies & pick- up clean-up gear
10 am: Educational Speakers Begin

History/Establishment of the Purgatoire River Walk with Karl Gabrielson, Trinidad Development

Russian olive & Tamarisk removal along Purgatoire River and why it’s important with Shelly Simmons, Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District

Fish Habitat Restoration Work in the Purgatoire River with Howard Lackey, Trout Un- limited

Development and Additional Enhancements Along the Purgatoire River with Karl Gabrielson, Trinidad Development
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: River Clean Up
12:30 pM: Free Lunch for all Registered Volunteers


Kiwanis Demolition Derby

TRiNidAd — The 4th Annual Trinidad Kiwanis Demolition Derby will be held Saturday, October 6, 2 – 5 pm at Las Animas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 2200 N. Linden Avenue. Tickets : Pre-sale $10, at the gate – $15 age 5 and under free.

Tickets and rules available at Inter- national Bank, Mariposa Rehabilitation Center, Farmers Insurance, 1st National Bank Walmart Branch, SCCOG Early Learning Center. For more information please contact Brian Blasi, 719-253-2163.


Relief! Printing Workshop

TRiNidAd — Saturday, October 6, 9 am at the Trinidad History Museum there will be a Relief Printing Workshop with Amanda Palmer. The class is open to students 16 years and older. Tuition is $35 (Minimum of 3 students). Bring your own lunch, art supplies provided!

Amanda Palmer said, “This relief printing workshop will offer an introduction to the wonderful tools and techniques of the age-old art of block printing. I propose to present a two week-long session in relief (linoleum) printing. The workshop will teach basic relief printing techniques including creating an image, cutting that image into a block and creating prints with a hand printing technique. Students will work together and receive one- on-one input from the instructor throughout the workshop. Their appreciation and under- standing of the value of creating artwork will be deepened, and they will come away with prints of their own, and also perhaps, of each others’ work.” –


Elite athlete, Zoila Gomez Lunch & Lecture at TSJC

TRiNidAd — Join us Tuesday, October 9, 12 to 1 pm in the Pioneer Room on the Trinidad Campus to hear about Zoila’s journey. She will share the obstacles she has encountered, opportunities and the network of support that has helped her reach the unreachable. Born and raised in Mexico, one of 16 children, Zoila is well-known as a professional athlete, youth mentor and community advocate. As an elite athlete Zoila was the 2008 USA women marathon Olympic alternate and represented the United States of America in three world championship events in the marathon: Osaka, Japan 2007, Berlin, Germany 2009 and Daegu Korea in 2011. While at Adams State, Zoila was named the women’s collegiate athlete of the year, won six national titles in Track and Field and was an 11 time All American. Zoila’s passion for life and the sport is second to none. Zoila’s motto in life is: “Be, Dream, Believe- Se, Sueña y Cree”. Her journey is one to be heard.


Presentation on Princeton at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center

TRiNidAd — Makenna Lauren May, admis- sions officer at Princeton University, will dis- cuss Princeton’s academic programs and admissions process Wednesday, October 10, beginning 4 pm at Zicardi Hall, Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.


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.


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 afternoon and evening with us!

Be on the lookout for Octoberfest information at


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


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.


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.


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 be- come 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 Aguilar 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!


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.



24th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run

RATON — Join with the Raton Professional Business Women & Raton Kiwanis Club for the 2018 Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness, Saturday, October 6. All proceeds go to Alter- natives to Violence here in Raton and go a long way to helping cover costs that grants do not specifically address. With your help, this community support helps ATV to carry out the work that they do. Registration begins at 8:30 am and Walk/Run starts at 9 am. 1, 3, and 5 mile courses are available and cash prizes can be won for individuals and teams!

Contact any PBW member to make a donation, to sign up to become a walker or to find out how you can help, 575-445- 9551


Raton Humane Society’s 4th Annual Petfest

RATON — Saturday, October 6, 10 am – 4 pm at Ripley Park come out for music, food vendors, auction, blessing of the animals, arts and crafts, pet show, petting zoo and more! Persons interested in having a booth please contact Jeannie, 575-445-3837


Overcoming challenges and understanding community workshop

RATON — Ever wanted a new way to navigate through relationships, understand and resolve conflict and feel empowered and enriched by your interactions with those around you? Come to Infinite Potential’s workshop – Overcoming Challenges and Understanding Community, Sunday, October 7, 8:30 to 11:30 am at Infinite Potential Raton Yoga, 115, S. 2nd Street. This workshop is perfect for those with families, with jobs, those who volunteer, business owners, church and community group leaders. Contact Colette to book your spot today at 575-707-2725 or email


Community roundtable

CiMARRON — The next community roundtable meeting will be Monday, October 8, 5:15 pm at the Baptist Church. We encourage all to attend, who are interested in seeing our Frontier Communities Grant project move forward.


Important dates/places forNew Mexico voters!

NORTHERN NEW MEXicO — Now to Oct 8 is voter registration. 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!


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 cavo_interpreta-


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 conjunction 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, sponsored by the Raton Elks Lodge #865, 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 information: 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.


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.


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 October 26. Submit your photo to or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575 445 3912


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 displayed on Apache Avenue on the way to City of Bethlehem.

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

First place – $150

Second Place – $100

Third Place – $75

Fourth Place – $50

Judging of the characters will be on November 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.



Second Annual Kickin’ Good Barn Dance

HATcHET RANcH — The Volunteers for Community Barn Dance fundraiser will be held Friday, October 5, 6:30 to 11 pm at the Hatchet Ranch Event Barn. This year, back by popular demand, Cappton Reid will play the night away. Don’t miss the line-up, besides the great live band we will also have a BBQ buffet, more than 25 silent auction items, and maybe a mechanical bull! This will be a fun event for a great cause $40 at the door.


Forbes Park Woodfest

FORBES pARk — Forbes Park will conduct another “Woodfest Weekend” Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, weather permitting. Several times each year Forbes Park residents help our friends across the valley by providing free firewood from the Park. If you’d like to participate bring your own saw, tools, rope or tie-downs, and safety equipment. Many trees have been cut down and may require additional cutting into lengths to fit your trailer, pickup, or other vehicle.

Convoys of participants will be escorted into the Park at 9:15 am and 12:15 pm. Please arrive at the gate 15 minutes early to sign in. If no one there, please wait for an escort.

Our goal as Forbes Park residents is to provide a simple process to share FREE firewood to our friends outside the Park,to reduce the chances of another forest fire by removing good firewood (fuel)…and help you to inexpensively heat your homes this winter. Visitors coming to get firewood are asked to spend 30 minutes or so stacking the slash from the firewood they are picking up, so we can pick it up with machines and haul it to the disposal area to be burned in the winter.

Contact: Rick Nulton – Publicity Chair – 719-379-4934 for more information.


El Pueblo History Museum: Borderlands of Southern Colorado lectures

pUEBLO — El Pueblo History Museum will host scholars, artists, writers, and activists from around the United States for a Border- lands of Southern Colorado lecture series this fall. The series will run each week from October 4 to November 14. Each lecture will expand the understanding of the topics in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit that opened at the museum in May.

Topics for the series will include borderlands foods, indigenous slavery in the Southwest, indigenous and borderlands art, land rights and dispossession, and more. Speakers, including author Gustavo Arellano, professor Nick Saenz, activist Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, poet Emmy Pérez, and others will come from around Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and California.
The talks will be at the following times:

Thursday, October 4, 6 pm: Nick Saenz, from Adams State University, will present “From Vision to Reality: Making Borderlands of Southern Colorado.” Hosted with the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society.

Wednesday, October 10, 6 pm: Independent scholar Virginia Sanchez will present “Survivors of Captivity: Agent Lafayette Head’s 1865 Indian Census.”

Thursday, October 18, 6 pm: Journalist and author Gustavo Arellano will present “Mexican Food Along the Borderlands (That Even Extend to Colorado).”

Wednesday, October 24, 6 pm: Border- lands poet Emmy Pérez, of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will present “With the River on Our Face: Poems from the Borderlands.”

Thursday, October 25, 10 am: Emmy Pérez will present a creative writing work- shop open to all levels of writers, “Writing from Family Stories, Our Lives, and Our Communities.”

Tuesday, October 30, 6 pm: Leland Chapin of the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area, will present “Art in the Border- lands: A Conversation with a Curator.”

Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm: Maira Álvarez & Sylvia Fernández, of Borderlands Archives Cartography, will present “Under- standing U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: News- papers Mapping Geographical Borders.”

Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm: Andrea Mérida Cuéllar will present “Dispossession in the Borderlands.”

Each talk is free and open to the public, and coffee and biscochitos will be provided. The series will continue in January with more speakers to be announced in late 2018.

El Pueblo History Museum, located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo, marks the site of the international border between Mexico and the United States prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors (65+). Current exhibits include Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Without Border: Art Sín Fronteras, Children of Ludlow and the Museum of Memory.

El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city’s history and the region’s many cultural and ethnic groups. The property includes a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, and the archeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post. El Pueblo History Museum is a Community Museum of History Colorado. For more information, visit


Cottonwood Show features Huerfano County’s Inner Idea Artists

cOLORAdO SpRiNGS — Mark your calendar for our upcoming exhibition, October 2 through 31 at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts. A gala opening is scheduled on Friday, Oct 5, from 5pm to 8pm with 21 IIA artists participating. Cottonwood Center for the Arts is located at 427 E Colorado Avenue. Visit their web site Artists in the show are: Marta Moore, David Zehring, Peggy Zehring, Mary Sewell Cooper, Fred Bender, Maggie MacIndoe, Rena Kaplowitz, Charlotte Slade Decker, Raquel Dimond, 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.


Learn to grow at home using hydroponics and aquaponics!

pUEBLO — Master Gardener volunteer Deb Hibbert will be teaching a class on controlled environment agriculture Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the CSU Extension office. The class is $5 and includes refreshments and handouts. Register with cash or check in the office at 701 Court St. Suite C or register online here: tickets-50094643427 Call 719-583-6566 for more information.



A day for small businesses in southern Colorado

pUEBLO –— The Latino Chamber of Commerce will be welcoming agencies and re- sources from around southern Colorado to participate in the 2nd Annual Small Business Summit – Growing Your Business in the 21st Century! The Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Pueblo Community College.

Small Businesses, Non-profits, and others

will have access to resources and information, networking opportunities, and much more on that day. Thanks to the support from the City of Pueblo, a daylong of resources have been laid out for small businesses from around Southern Colorado to help in their development!

All small businesses throughout southern Colorado are encouraged to attend. Interested businesses wishing to take advantage of such a day are eligible to receive two complementary seats to the daylong session. Interested businesses can reserve their seats by October 20 by calling 719-542-5513 or visiting the Latino Chamber website at

See schedule below: Event Details:

Location: Pueblo Community College- Fortino Ballroom
Time: 7:30 AM – Registration
8:15 AM – Welcome & Hispanic Business Re- port

9:00 AM – Breakout Sessions 1
10:30 AM – Breakout Sessions 2
12:00 PM – Lunch and Presentation (lunch provided)
1:25 PM – Breakout Session 3
3:00 PM – Women in Business and Leadership Panel
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception and Business Resource Fair


Capulin Volcano Art Contest!

cApULiN — Have great pictures or artwork of Capulin Volcano? Park staff invite all visitors to participate in the first annual Capulin Volcano Art Contest! The winning artwork will be featured on Capulin Volcano’s Annual Park Pass.

Rules for entry: All entries must be digital, and may be submitted through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #CapulinArt. Please ensure your post’s privacy setting allow public view, so that staff may be able to view your submission. Applicants may also email submissions to with the subject line titled #CapulinArt.