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Activities & Events for week of September 20, 2018


Food collection at Charlie’s Market

LA VETA — Volunteers for Change will be collecting food for Dorcas Circle today, Thursday, Sept. 20 in front of Charlie’s Market from 1 to 4:30 pm. If you are leaving the area for the winter, this is your chance to clear your shelves of unopened, nonperishable food items, toiletry items, and pet food, and donate it to our local food bank for Huerfano citizens in need. Or consider purchasing an extra item or two for our table if you are shopping. Do- nations are also welcome and will be used to purchase more food from Charlie’s. Depend- ing on the weather, this may be our last food drive until next May. Thank you for your past support, and as always, a big thank you to the staff at Charlie’s!


Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee will be Thursday, September 20, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority office 220 Russell Avenue, across from the Outreach Clinic. The Midterm election is less than 60 days away. Support our local county office candidates and find out how you can help spread the word for all Democratic candidates by canvassing and/or phone banking. All Democrats and independent voters welcome to attend.


“Taste of Things to Come”in Gardner

GARDNER — The annual Celtic Festival opening concert is tonight, Thursday, September 20, 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Raymond Aguirre Community Center. Tickets are $25. If you’re local and can bring a finger food for the dessert table, it would be much appreciated! Questions? Contact Kim Seng, 719 989 0466. Hope you can make it!


14th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival Sep 20 – 23

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 14th year will run from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23. The Celtic Music Festival features renowned Irish harpers Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra; three members from Lunasa: Kevin Crawford, Patrick Doocey, and Colin Farrell; up and coming Scottish band Heron Valley; Colorado bands Take Down the Door and One for the Foxes; 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Dylan Foley; Irish guitarist Patsy O’Brien, and our Festival regulars, Máirtín de Cógáin, Ed Miller, Robbie O’Connell, and Tanya Perkins. We hope to open the Festival as we usually do with free events at Uptop, our Thursday Taste of Things to Come in Gardner, two major con- certs in Walsenburg, and a host of classes, workshops, and demo-performances during the daytime. Check out our website performer and program information.


WU limited hours this week

WALSENBURG — Washington Underground hours for the week of September 17-22 ONLY will be: Mon-Tues-Thurs 8:30-6: 30 pm; Wed 8:30-8:30; Fri 8:30-6; Sat 10-1.


JMHS marching band practice open to the public on Friday

WALSENBURG — Friday marching band practice is open to the public this Friday, September 21 from 11 to noon at the JMHS sports complex. Come see how hard the students are working.


Fiber and clay artists wanted

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites artists working with fabric/fiber and also artists working with clay, to enter the upcoming Fiber & Clay show. Art- work will be accepted Friday, Sept. 21, 11 – 3 pm and Saturday, Sept. 22 10 – 3 pm. Entry fees are $5 per entry with a limit of 4 per artist. Ask about groupings of small items that would be displayed and sold as one item. The show will be on display Sept. 25 – Nov. 3, with an opening reception Sept. 29. Visit the SPACe website for complete information. or call 719 742-3074.


Yoga Fridays at WU

WALSENBURG — Yoga is now offered at Washington Underground on Fridays from 5:15-6:15 pm. What a great way to end the work week…relax and get more flexible! The class fee is $5.


Walker Stapleton to visit Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Come meet Walker Stapleton, who hopes to be the next governor of Colorado, Saturday, September 22, 8:30 am, 611 Main Street. He has been our Colorado Treasurer and says this has proven his ability to keep Colorado fiscally sound.

From his website: “To Walker, running for Governor is a deeply personal matter. Walker and his wife Jenna live in Arapahoe County with their three children: Craig, Colette, and Olivia. He is running for Governor for them, and for the next generation of Coloradans. Walker believes that this election will have a massive effect on the future fiscal health of the state, and that in order for Col- orado to remain the greatest state in the nation, strong and proven economic stewardship is not just preferable, but vital.”

To learn more, be there on Saturday at 8:30 am. Refreshments will be served.


Open house at Navajo Estates

WALSENBURG — Come out Saturday, September 22, noon to 4 pm for a very special open house event at 91 Bear Trail at Navajo Estates. There will be door prizes, appetizers, and margaritas! For more information call Nicole Sudderth, 303-944-7319.


Cuchara Chapel year-round service

CUCHARA — Join us at Cuchara Chapel, located off Hwy 12 just south of Cuchara village every Sunday, 10 am for Rev. Eileen Ramsey. Come as you are; all are welcome!


Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — This is a reminder for the upcoming free legal clinic hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, Southern Colorado Legal Services, and the Spanish Peaks Library District. The event will take place from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (times subject to change) on Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. CLS will provide free 15-20 minute consultations (depending on turnout), via Skype, for eligible parties based on CLS income and asset criteria. For more information regarding eligibility, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, C.J. Montoya, at (719) 497-8209.


Fall fitness and food at WU

WALSENBURG — An after-school nutrition and fitness class at Washington Underground starts Monday, September 24, 4:30 to 5:30 pm. 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.

There is a Friday night yoga class this fall at Washington Underground. Join Helen for a class open to all abilities from 5-6 pm. Class cost is $5.

Don’t forget the farm stand at SPRHC! Double Up your Savings every week at the Spanish Peaks Farm Stand. Open 11-2pm every Friday at the main entrance of the hospital. Use your SNAP card and get two for one on fruits and veggies!


Water Conservancy District Board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Board of Directors of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 pm on Monday, September 24, in the activities room of the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Avenue. Please note this will be the location of future meetings until further notice. Agenda items will include Sheep Mountain Augmentation Facility Phase 2 construction update; CWCB loan extension discussion; director committee reports; presentation of draft budget to the board. The meeting is open to the public.


AA meetings in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Huerfano County on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 pm in the basement of Church of Christ, 400 Walsen Avenue. Meetings are also held on Sundays and Thursdays at 5 pm in the La Clinica Building located at 2485 N. High- way 69, in Gardner. Newcomers welcome.


Booster Club still has calendars for sale

LA VETA — Good news! The La Veta Booster Club still has some of this year’s community calendars left. The calendars are a great way to stay on top of community events and sup- port our school. The calendars are $7 a piece. The club also has La Veta Redskins apparel for those who haven’t kitted themselves out yet. Call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 or Jessica Andreatta 719-989-8253 to buy today!


Eagles Bingo returns to Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Eagles Bingo is back every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. Come to Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street for Bingo packs, pull tabs and raffles, plus a snack bar! Everyone is welcome.


Francisco Fort’s fall hours

LA VETA — Francisco Fort’s fall hours are now in effect. The museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm through Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 6. After that time tours of the museum are available by advance appointment only. For more information call 719-742-5501 or email the museum at

The museum is located at 306 S. Main St. in La Veta.


Voter registration at LVPL

LA VETA — It’s National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, September 25. La Veta Public Library is happy to be a location where you can register to vote! Just stop by that day to get set up!


La Veta Homecoming parade & games

LA VETA — The La Veta High School Home- coming Parade is Friday, September 28, 10:30 am. La Veta Main Street will be closed for the “Road Trippin’” themed event. Please support La Veta Schools students as we celebrate Homecoming Week. Volleyball game begins same day at 4 pm against Primero in the Roger Brunelli Gymnasium and the Football game begins at 7 pm at the La Veta Football Field.


Crafty Canary Brewery Grand Opening Sep 28

WALSENBURG — The first Walsenburg microbrewery will open in September 2018. The grand opening will be held Friday, September 28. The Crafty Canary, 107 E. 5th Street, will be open 7 days a week, Sun. -Thurs. 11 am to 9 pm, Fri-Sat. 11 am to 10 pm.

Find out more by visiting


Youth Mental Health First Aid class

WALSENBURG — Friday, September 28, 8 am to 4:30 pm at Peakview School, there will be a special class “Mental Health First Aid Training” Lunch and snacks will be provided. As a Mental Health First Aider, you will be prepared to recognize the signs of distress and how to support an adolescent experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.n Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach you to be a therapist, but it does teach you how you can provide initial help until appropriate professional resources are available. You must pre-register. Contact Debbie Barry at 719-846- 2213. Class size is limited.


Free music entertainment at Miners Plaza

WALSENBURG — Pick up your ears and walk to the Miners stage! The harps and pipes are calling, and all can go! Come down to the Miners Stage in Walsenburg across from La Plaza Inn on Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm for a free concert.


“Across the Divide” harp concert at the Fox Sep 29

WALSENBURG — Come out for an evening of beautiful music! “Across the Divide” is a concert featuring the music of King David, Ireland, and Scotland, played by harpists Sunita Staneslow and Áine Minogue. The concert will be held Saturday, September 29, starting at 7 pm at the Fox Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Go to


Penitente Brotherhood presentation at HCHS annual meeting and dinner

WALSENBURG — The Penitente Brotherhood is the subject of a talk by Rick Manzanares, former director of Fort Garland Museum in the San Luis Valley, for the Huerfano Historical Society.

The Brotherhood, a layman’s group for religious rituals especially centered around Holy Week, was active in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, including Huerfano County, which had at least 17 moradas – meeting houses.

Manzanares’s talk will be given at the Huerfano County Historical Society’s annual meeting and dinner Wednesday, Oct. 3. The public is invited for the 5:30 pm reception at the Wal- senburg Golf Clubhouse and for the 6 pm dinner. The talk will follow the dinner, which will be catered by Vialpando Catering.

For anyone to make a reservation (cost is $13 including the dinner), please leave your name and number at 719-738-2346, which is the Huerfano County Heritage Center. Or to make a reservation in person, stop in at the Heritage Center, 114 W. Sixth Street, Walsenburg, next to La Plaza Inn. The Center is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.


Health Fair blood draw time

HUERFANO COUNTY — 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 blood draws will be held in Gardner, Monday, October 1, 7 to 10 am at Gardner School; at La Veta Community Center, Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, 7 to 10 am and in Walsenburg at the Huerfano County Community Center Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, 7 to 10 am.

Testing 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.


Affordable health screenings

WALSENBURG — Residents living in and around Walsenburg can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave will host this community event on Monday, October 1. The site is located in Walsenburg.

Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke, and overall vascular health, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis, kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Also, ask about our Wellness Gold Member- ship Program with allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our web- site at Pre-registration is required.


Call for singers

LA VETA — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble invites any and all singers to join us as we prepare for an all-new, uplifting and inspiring Christmas Cantata, much of which is based on Celtic and Appalachian music. We rehearse on Tuesdays at 6 pm at La United Methodist Church (LVUMC). If you would like to sing with us, please come to LVUMC on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm to pick up sheet music and rehearsal CDs, and to enjoy a piece of cherry pie, as the Summer Singers celebrate the end of their first summer concert season. Our first actual rehearsal will be Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 pm, at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 South Main Street. Please do join us! Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 for more information.


La Veta Gallery on Main holiday card making class

LA VETA — Wednesday, October 3 La Veta Gallery on Main will offer a Christmas greet- ing card-making class (Handmade Holiday Cards). The class will be taught by Karen Austin and Sarah Hoffman and take place at the Gallery. We will provide three designs, all supplies and tools, and personalized instruction for producing each design. Students will make a total of 6 cards. The class will be offered twice: once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The morning class will run from 9 am to noon and the afternoon class from 1 to 4 pm. The class price is $30 (which covers all supplies).

The designs include the following tech- niques: stamping, die-cutting, heat embossing, embellishing, and dry embossing. Class size is limited to 6 students per session. Class reservations can be made at the Gallery (210 S. Main, La Veta), which is open Mon, Tues, and Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, as well as Sundays noon to 4 pm. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Please email with any questions.


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 unearthed 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


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.


Sock Puppet Costume fundraiser at the Funky Monkey

LA VETA — Saturday, October 6, 10 am -6 pm, the Funky Monkey is hosting a great event. This is a really fun activity for kids and adults alike. Design a sock puppet which we will display in the window for the month of October. These puppets will be auctioned off to help raise money for our community art center.


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.


Vendors needed for the Quilt and Craft fair

WALSENBURG — Vendors are wanted for the Inaugural St. Mary Quilt and Craft Fair, Saturday, November 3, 9 am – 3 pm at Msgr. Howard Delaney Memorial Hall, in Walsenburg. A $25 booth includes 6′ table, chairs, and one meal ticket. Call Natalie at 719-738-1204 or email to register by Monday, October 29. There’s limited space, so register early.


Arts and Craft event seeks local authors

LA VETA — In conjunction with the arts and craft event to be held at the Mercantile on Saturday, December 8, La Veta Public Library will host local authors with their books to round out holiday gift giving. Meet the authors and get signed editions. 10 am-3 pm. Contact Mitzi at the library (742-3572) to reserve free space for authors. For more information regarding the arts and craft fair, contact Sandy Dolak (719-251-1271).


Francisco Fort Museum fall school programs

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum fall school programs are now available. Our museum campus consists of an original 1862 adobe settlement fort along with six other structures including an 1876 one room school house, two blacksmith shops, and much more. Our programs include blacksmith demonstrations, site tours, Native American culture, coal mining, and other historical subjects. Pro- grams can be customized for specific age groups (K through 12) and subject matter. Professional docents, local historians, and guest presenters lead the programs, many of which include hands-on activities. These free museum programs/tours are available for area schools Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm now through October 5.

Contact museum director, Bob Kennemer at 719-742-5501, or 719-248-4543, or via email at



Work on Interstate 25 South in Las Animas County to re-start Wednesday

TRINIDAD — Work on the Colorado Department of Transportation project to improve sections of Interstate 25 will restart on September 19. The additional work was contracted to APC Southern Construction as part of their $5.3 million contract to improve South Inter- state 25 at Raton Pass. The Project was ex- tended to include removal and installation of concrete pavement on I-25 in Las Animas County at Milepost 10.5 in the northbound lanes on Interstate 25 at Raton Pass.

Motorists will experience the following Travel Impacts:

A 12-foot width restriction will affect the northbound lanes of I-25 at milepost 10.5, this restriction will be in place from 9/19/18 to October 1. Concrete barriers will be in place and the speed limit will be reduced to 45MPH

Reduced speeds could result in delays of up to 15 minutes

There will be 24-hour lane closures in place from October 1 through October 5 to allow concrete to cure

Project work hours are from 7 am to 7 pm (daylight hours), Monday through Friday and as result motorists traveling on Interstate 25 south of Trinidad will find the speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH while approaching and in the construction zone during these hours, so motorists should allow for travel delays up to 15 minutes, as traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the work zone.

For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 719- 600-1345, or email the team at, or visit the project website and sign up for updates at For information on travel conditions visit, sign up for alerts, or call 511. Updates are also avail- able via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at


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


Youth Mental Health First Aid class

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 21, 8 am to 4:30 pm at TSJC, there will be a special class “Mental Health First Aid Training” Lunch and snacks will be provided. As a Mental Health First Aider, you will be prepared to recognize the signs of distress and how to sup- port an adolescent experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.n Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach you to be a therapist, but it does teach you how you can pro- vide initial help until appropriate professional resources are available. You must pre-register. Contact Debbie Barry at 719-846-2213. Class size is limited.


New Human Services education program at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Human Services trains caring people to support others. This training may qualify you for jobs like intake worker, case manager, community outreach worker, and more. Eventual; career paths (with additional training) may include social work, counselor, and juvenile probation officer. Earn a certificate in as little as two semesters or an Associates’ Degree in two years. There will be an information meeting, Monday, September 24, 3:30 to 5:30 pm in room 310 of the library.


Better Conversations at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — A discussion group aimed at improving conversation between humans, will be meeting Monday, September 24, 5 to 6 pm at Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas St. All are welcome.


2018 TCF fundraising raffle

TRINIDAD —It’s time to buy Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) raffle tickets on sale now until November 23. The proceeds are used to assist local non-profit organizations that provide services to the Trinidad/Las Animas County communities. The annual raffle is one of several ways that TCF raises funding for the community.

Generous donors are: 1953 Hudson – Phil Long Family of Dealerships; $500 in Shell Gas Gift Cards – Duran Oil; Samsung Tablet – Mt. Carmel Health & Wellness Center

To purchase tickets contact 2018-2019 Trinity Community Foundation Board Members: Presence is not required to win. Must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket.


Peacock Ball 2018 this weekend!

TRINIDAD — The Peacock Ball is fast approaching on Saturday, September 22 at Sebastiani Gym. Doors open at 5:30 pm, formal attire, must be 18 years old to attend. Join us for an evening of fine dining, music, live & si- lent auctions, & fun…all in support of the animals at Noah’s Ark! Only a limited number of tickets & tables remain- tickets are NOT available at the door -Get your tickets at our Noah’s Ark Thrift Store before they are all sold out!

For more info, or to get tickets by credit card call 719-846-8578. For more information call 680-2385 or 846-3953.


Fun at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Saturday, September 22, 6 to 10 pm it’s all request night at Spanish Peaks Inn. Play what you like, stop by dance, eat and have fun! 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.


Old Primero, a documentary

TRINIDAD — Come out to the premiere of a new documentary film, Old Primero, which will be shown Saturday, September 22, 7 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.

This new documentary film explores life and work in Primero, Colorado, a company town in the early 20th century west. The production examines the impact of company pol- icy on families and their lives in the isolated and hostile rural canyons of the southern front range. For many immigrant families, Primero brought into focus the chance to grasp the American Dream for their families. This film reveals their story as they help settle the American West.


Moonlight Hike at Trinidad Trails

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad Outdoor Club for a moonlight hike on the new Sand- stone Loop trail, Saturday, September 22, 8:30 pm. Meet at the trailhead parking lot behind the Masonic Cemetery. Bring water, appropriate footwear and clothing, and headlamps or flashlights.


United Presbyterian Church invites you

AGUILAR — Come visit the United Presbyterian Church, now located in the little white 1906 country church on Romero Street, just south of Main Street. Sunday service is at 10:30 am. Everybody is welcome!


Tai Chi classes at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Tai Chi Classes begin at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center Monday, September 24, advanced classes begin at 9:30 am, Novice classes at 10:30 am. Tai Chi is a terrific exercise for everyone — as long as they choose the best approach. Tai Chi is gentle, and can quickly improve balance, core strength, circulation and flexibility, and at the same time decrease stress levels and increase life vibrancy and joy.

Six-Week Class Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 31 – Advanced Classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
– Novice Classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration Fees

– $40 Fee, 60+ years, $40 registration fee paid by COG AAA


Oratory night

TRINIDAD — The next Oratory Night at the Carnegie will be Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Oratory Night is for any spoken-word presentation, eight minutes or less, no censorship (that’s up to the speaker), sign up at the library to speak. Come and listen, we need an enthusiastic audience.


Bar NI grant applications available now

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Bar NI Ranch Community Fund is accepting grant proposals. Grants may be awarded in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards must be made to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley. For a proposal packet, contact Tom Perry at to- The deadline is Friday, September 28.


Glow Ball Golf at Trinidad Golf Course

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 28, 4:30 to ??? bring a flashlight to Trinidad Municipal Golf Course and enjoy a night of fun! Sign up now as space is limited. The cost is $260 per four- person scramble. Green fees and carts are included. This tournament is a benefit for Trinidad for Children Campaign.


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 begins Friday, September 28. 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, September 28 7:00 pm Saturday, September 29 7:00 pm Sunday, September 30 2:00 pm 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.


Canvas and Conversation

TRINIDAD — What could be more fun for a date night or girls’ night out than Canvas and Conversation? This unique activity lets you release the hidden Picasso in you while enjoy- ing friendly conversation, wine, and snacks. Join us on Monday, October 1, 6 to 8 pm for fun and comraderey and, who knows? You may discover a hidden talent.

Canvas and Conversation is held at Mt. Carmel Garden Room, 911 Robinson Avenue. The cost for the evening is $25, which includes all painting materials, a glass of wine and snacks. Additional glasses of wine may be purchased.

Places are limited; reservations required. For reservations, please call Patricia Duran at (719) 845-4875.


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. Every year this event is bigger and better, we don’t expect it to change this year! This event will happen rain or shine so buy your tickets now: Pre-sale $10, at the gate – $15 age 5 and under FREE

Entry fee is $50 which includes driver and car. Pit Passes are $20. Purse Amounts: Trucks/Regular Full-Size Cars ~Out- laws/”Run what you brung!” 1st $1000/ 2nd $500 / 3rd $250. Minis~ 1st $500 /2nd $250 /3rd $100. PowderPuff Derby will be held if we have at least 5 female drivers

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



Evening reception to be held for Luna presidential finalist tonight

LAS VEGAS, NM — Luna Community College, 366 Luna Dr, will host an evening reception for presidential finalist Dr. Jeremy Moreland from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Rough Rider Grill (Luna cafeteria). Everyone is invited to at- tend. For more information, call Jesse Gallegos at 454-5367.


Senior Center food distribution

RATON — Senior boxes distributed from 10 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm Friday, Sept. 21, at Colfax County Senior Center, 444 S 1st Street.


FY5 at Cimarron Mercantile

CIMARRON — The Short Grass Festival continues Friday, September 21, 7 pm at Cimarron Mercantile. Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs well informed with country and bluegrass traditions but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong vocals, and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas.

Tickets sold at the door, $15. Buy tickets in advance $10. Purchase tickets via email: or by phone with a credit card: 575-376-2417 or 888376-2417. Age 18 and under are free.


Annual Cowboy Trade Show in Folsom

FOLSOM — Come join the fun at Folsom Village, Junction of HWY 325 & HWY 456 Saturday, September 22. The trade show goes on all day. Vendors wanted! The show helps benefit Fol-som Museum. Contact Barbara Schoonover for more information by calling 575-278-3696. The show specializes in “Cowboy”: gear, crafts, antiques, etc. Spaces for vendors is $30.


Colfax County Democrats meetings

ANGEL FIRE/ RATON —Saturday, September 22 the Colfax County Democrats invite you to know what the Democratic Party platform is! The New Mexico Democratic State Platform and Resolution Committee (SPARC) chair, Sharla Parsons will provide information about the issues that Democrats support, answer your questions, and provide suggestions about how to use the democratic platform for Get Out the Vote efforts marching up to the Nov 6, 2018 election. Sharla will be in Angel Fire on September 22 at the First National Bank community room from 9 – 12. Later that day, she will be in Raton to meet with people from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at the Center for Sustainable Community, 130 Park Ave.

See the platform here:

Also on Saturday, September 22, there will be the opening of the Colfax County Democratic Headquarters on 113 South 2nd (Next to Solano’s). Colfax County Democrats along with Mark McDonald will be hosting the meeting from 5 to 8 pm. Come to say hello, get questions answered, volunteer to help with the headquarters office, claim a neighborhood to help canvass or make a contribution. Learn about local candidate Mark McDonald and help us get out the vote. Elections are less than 50 days away.


Artist-author reception

RATON — Saturday, September 22, 1 to 4 pm Patchwork Phoenix, 228 S. 1st Street will have an artist-author reception. Guest speaker, artist Milbie Benge, will present “The Creative Process” Participating authors are: Rick Trice, Sandra Bolton, Sharon Niederman, Dee Burks, Pat Walsh, Pat Veltri, and Isis Grayling. Authors will be on hand to sell, sign, and discuss their books.


Back to school with essential oils

RATON — Saturday, September 22, 10 am at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library learn how to support your children in a different way with essential oils! Oils can help with a more restful night sleep, healthy immune function, support focus and concentration, calm emotions, and provide the help they need if they do catch that classroom bug! This class is free and open to all! Leave with a FREE “rise and shine” OR “calm kiddo” rollerball blend.


Park after Dark

CAPULIN — Appreciate the end of summer with a free sunset viewing at Capulin Volcano Saturday, September 22, 5:30 pm.


Raton Homecoming

RATON — Homecoming Week is September 24 – September 29. The theme this year is PIXAR-TIGERS “To Infinity and Beyond”.

Homecoming Dress Up Days:

Monday: Inside Out Day-wear your clothes inside out Tuesday: Monsters University College Day-wear college attire Wednesday: Rowdeo 1:00 pm – Class Color Day
Thursday: Pixar Character Day
Friday: Black and Gold Day
Other homecoming activities:
September 24th RowDeo Grades 9-12 1:00 pm
September 26th Powderpuff Tiger Stadium 6:00 pm September 27th Volleyball Game
September 28th Assembly 10:00 AM and Parade 1:00 pm September 28th Mum Presentation 5:00 pm
Royalty Presentation-Kings 5:45 pm
Football Game 7:00 pm
Royalty Presentation-Queens Halftime
September 29th Athletics Golf Tourney
September 29th 7th and 8th Grade Dance 6:30-8:30 pm
9th – 12th Grade Dance 9-Midnight


Regenerative ranching & farming workshop

CIMARRON — Mark your calendar and come to this special event featuring three pioneers in the regenerative ranching and farming movement Monday, September 24, 9 am – 5 pm. Learn from their years of experience and how they restore de- grading landscapes — principles that can be applied in any environment. The cost for the workshop is $70 per person or $50/person – for Colfax residences and surrounding counties – includes lunch. This workshop is limited to 100 attendees.


National Voter Registration Day

SPRINGER — Tuesday September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Springer Electric will be hosting this event and registering voters at 408 Maxwell Ave in Springer. Their office hours are 7 AM to 5:30 PM open through the lunch hour.

Make sure to get out and vote! It is your right, privilege, and responsibility as a US citizen.


Classic Night at El Raton

RATON — This month’s Classic movie, War Horse will be shown Wednesday September 26, 7 pm at El Raton Theater, 113 N. 2nd. This classic movie night will benefit the Christian Motorcycle Association.

War Horse, set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, begins with the re- markable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. The film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets- British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse-an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.


Confirmation preparation program

RATON — Are you a baptized Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Saint Patrick & Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Raton will be offering a preparation pro- gram every Thursday evening from 6-7:30 pm at the Parish Hall starting on September 13. Join us Sept 12th for kick-off festivities and registration. Please bring a copy of your Baptismal and First Communion certificate to register. The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Questions? (575) 445-9763


Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution is Friday, September 28, 10 am at the City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street. Food will be distributed until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome.


Stock up on books for winter!

RATON — Book lovers, the long cold days of winter are com- ing quickly, are you stocked up? Come and buy your fill at the bi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library – 244 Cook Avenue. This fantastic sale will be Saturday, September 29,10 am to 2 pm. Call Lonny Parsons at 575-445-9323 for more information. Would you like to become a friend of the library? Email Thayla Wright at and talk to her about it! Volunteers, drop by the library on Friday the 28, 4 pm and help us organize for the sale.


Life in the coal camp

RATON — A special presentation at the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street, by George (Judo) Yaksich will be held Saturday, September 29, at 4 pm.


Raton High School Team Golf Tournament

RATON — The Three Person Scramble fundraiser is Saturday, September 29. There is a 9 am shotgun start. Entry fee is $60 per person; Mulligans are $5/each with a limit of two. A lunch will be served after the tournament concludes. Mail entry check payable to Raton Country Club to RHS Athletics Golf Tournament, P.O. Box 83, Raton, NM 87740 Or by phone to enter and reserve your carts call 575 445 8113. Thank you for supporting Raton High School Athletics!


The Magic Piano of John Walker

RATON — The Schuler Theatre proudly presents the magic piano of John Walker and the legendary piano style of Floyd Cramer on Saturday, September 29, 7 pm. Tickets are $10.


Worship at the Mandala

DES MOINES — Sunday, September 30, 3 – 5 pm you are invited to the monthly worship service lead by the Rev. Tim Sex- ton, followed by a potluck dinner.


Important dates/places for New 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!


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 hel, 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


Pet photos sought for calendar

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 pho- tographer’s name, address, phone number, email and photo title. Submissions can be of either a domestic pet or livestock. Deadline is October 26th. Submit your photo to or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575 445 3912



Art for the Sangres

WESTCLIFFE – Celebrate art and nature at the 22nd annual Art for the Sangres, a fine art sale that supports vital land protection efforts in southern Colorado Saturday, September 29. Art for the Sangres takes place in a refurbished barn at beautiful A Painted View Ranch just outside Westcliffe at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offering a stunning fall backdrop for this special event.

The 2018 edition of the show features 11 returning favorites and 10 new artists. The sale and reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

Art for the Sangres is San Isabel Land Protection Trust’s largest fundraiser. Forty percent of every purchase supports San Isabel’s efforts to protect land, water, wildlife and the region’s scenic beauty.

Tickets for the sale and reception are $50 before Sept. 21 and $60 at the door. They can be purchased online at or by sending a check to San Isabel Land Protection Trust, P.O. Box 124, Westcliffe, CO 81252.

The public is invited to preview the art during open ad- mission from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at A Painted View Ranch, 3115 County Road 160, Westcliffe. There is no charge for the pre- view. You can also learn more about the artists and view their work at


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, Che- ryl 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: Call 719-583-6566 for more information.


GOCA features Huerfano artists in two new exhibitions

COLORADO SPRINGS — The show, “Confluence: Linda Fleming” is opened Thursday, September 6, at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery: Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Avenue. The exhibition will be on view through December 9,

Linda Fleming is an artist whose work makes physical such impermanent elements as wind, air, light and shadow. This major solo exhibition will feature works in steel, wood, rubber, felt, and paper, and includes two monumental scale public works at the Ent Center for the Arts. Fleming is best known for her large-scale outdoor sculptures that draw from the desert and mountain environments surrounding her three studios in the Bay Area, Nevada’s desert and Southern Colorado’s Huerfano Valley. She is a founding member of the artists’ community Libre in Gardner, Colorado, where she maintains a studio that she hand-built.

A second show opened, Friday, September 7, at GOCA Downtown: Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S Tejon Ste 100 is entitled “Radical: 50 Years of Libre, Intentional Artist Community (1968-2018)” Artists: Dean Fleming, Linda Fleming, Luz Fleming, Michael Moore, Bill Haynes, Christine Howard Sandoval, Roberta Price, Jim Fowler, Scott Johnson, Electra Fowler Johnson + additional artists connected to the history of Libre are in the exhibit.

Join us at GOCA Downtown for the September showing of Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community (1968-2018). This group exhibition highlights artists living, working, and connected to Libre, one of the longest running intentional communities from the 1960s era. As part of the countercultural art movement, Libre and the artists working there were involved in the beginnings of conceptual art and the dematerialization of art. Contemporary art practices such as relational aesthetics, social practice, performance art, and conceptual experiments which merge art and life and politics owe a great debt to Libre and the artists who manifested this intentional community in a spirit of boundless experimentation.



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. Deadline: All entries must be submitted by October 31, 2018. Format: Format must be JPEG, PNG, OR TIF. No watermarks or private logos will be accepted, however the winning entry will credited.

Content: Artwork or photos must be of Capulin Volcano National Monument. Entries will be judged on their ability to promote a sense of wonder as well as demonstrate the beauty of Capulin Volcano. Examples include, photos or art portraying hikers, wildlife, flora, or scenic views of the volcano and surrounding landscape.

Release Form: Rangers will review entries and select a winner by consensus. The winner will be contacted prior to the announcement. The winner will be required to complete a release form. In the case that the winner is under the age of 18 a parent or legal guardian complete the release form on their behalf. Resource Protection: Any entry portraying visitors engaged in illegal activities, including removing plants, rocks, harassing wildlife, or photos taken from drones will be disqualified.

The Winner of the 2018 Capulin Art Contest will receive an Interagency Annual Pass, which grants FREE admission to all national parks and federal public lands for one year!

Capulin Volcano National Monument, a unit of the National Park System, preserves “…a striking example of a recent extinct volcano.” The park is located on Highway 325, 3 miles north of the town of Capulin, NM, 30 miles east of Raton, NM, and 56 miles west of Clayton, NM. For more about Capulin Volcano and the National Park Service, check out our website or find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Insta- gram @CapulinVolcanoNPS.


Tom Vail Art Show In Pueblo

PUEBLO — Huerfano County visual artist, Tom Vail, will have a retrospective show of his work at The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo from Saturday, September 15 through November 11, with and opening reception on Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m., all are welcome. The show is entitled “Going Out of Business”.

Roughly 90 pieces of Vail’s art will be on display including films that he produced dating back to the late 1960’s. Fine photography, collage, animated GIF collage and some unexpected interactive components comprise the show. Humor with an edge that is rich with provocative narrative is front and center in the work of this highly intelligent and talented artist. Tom Vail confronts and twists popular themes, always with a comedic and sometimes sardonic point of view. This is a rare opportunity to see this collection of fine art in your own back yard rather than having to travel to a major urban art center to behold this extraordinarily unique body of work.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center is lo- cated at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo, Colorado. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Vail’s show can be found on the first floor in the Regional and Hoag Galleries.

Contact: Elizabeth Szabo at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 719-295-7200; for further information.