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Activities & Events for week of September 6, 2018


Newspaper reading club at Daily Perks

WALSENBURG — Who’s interested in a newspaper reading club? Come hang out every Thursday morning and read our local paper! 8:30 am at Daily Perks On 5th.


HCCC meetings resume for 2018-19

WALSENBURG — The monthly luncheon of the Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will be held today, Thursday, September 6, 12 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 10th St. and Russell Avenue. The luncheon is free. If you would like to be on the agenda, please call Debbie Channel, 719-250-9367 or email her, This is a new year and dues are due; only $10 for the 18-19 year.


Meet and Greet Brian Watson at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Brian Watson, candidate for Colorado Treasurer, would like to meet with you and answer any questions at La Plaza Inn on Thursday, September 6, 4:30 pm. Watson is running on these four points: Colorado business leader running against two career politicians; The most financial experience in the race; Only candidate to pledge not to take a salary from government; Stalwart fiscal conservative with the most support statewide.


Food drive at First Choice

WALSENBURG — Fall is in the air and the cooler nights will soon usher in the need for heating and to some it will mean the difference of staying warm or having food to eat. You can help to alleviate this problem by tak- ing part in the food drive on Friday, September 7, 1 to 5 pm at First Choice Market. This monthly food drive is sponsored by Volunteers for Community and Dorcas Circle Food Bank. Please bring non-perishable food items, buy them at the market and/or monetary gifts are much appreciated. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Your help is urgently needed. Thanking you in advance, Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community.


Celebrate the new trail, putt putt golf, and enjoy the movie “Peter Rabbit” at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG — Summer will still be going at Lathrop State Park and the Walsenburg Golf Course in September! The public is welcome to celebrate at the following events on Friday, September 7.

The park, golf course, Livewell Huerfano County, and the Huerfano County Parks and Recreation District are partnering to celebrate the grand opening of two new attractions- a newly re-surfaced trail around Martin Lake and miniature golf at the course’s clubhouse.

Special events for the day are: Walk or ride along the trail all day. Visitors can check out a free bike from the bike library at the visitor center. At 4 pm take a nature walk with park interpreter Tom Macedo (meet at the park visitor center). At 5 pm get in line for free hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats for the public at the golf course. 5:30 pm there is a ribbon cutting ceremony. Noon to close- Free miniature golf. At 7 pm there will be movie night at the golf course with seating on the grass featuring the movie Peter Rabbit on the 25 foot screen and sound system. It is BYO blanket or chair, and dress for cooler weather. In the event of rain, the movie will be held inside at the Visitors Center. A park pass is required for the nature walk and movie night. Please come join the fun!


Healthcare Foundation golf tournament at HollyDot

WALSENBURG —Spanish Peaks Healthcare Foundation will hold their annual golf tournament on Friday, Sept 7 at the HollyDot Golf Course in Colorado City. For more information, contact Lynette Omer at 719-738-4540 or email her at See ad page 20.


15th Annual La Veta Mudfest

LA VETA — The Mudfest was postponed be- cause of the Spring Fire but it is back this Sat- urday, September 8 at Huerfano County Fairgrounds, 400 Moore Avenue. Registration takes place from 8-10 am. Drivers meeting at 11 am. The race begins at 12 pm. The entry fee is $50 for racers; spectator admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 5-13; children under 5 get in free. Spectator gates open at 8 am. For more information contact Jerry, 719-989-7257


Mountain Mining Days

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Down- town Revitalization Committee presents the 5th annual Walsenburg end of summer celebration, Saturday, September 8, 11 am to 5 pm at 6th and Main Street. The parade in down- town Walsenburg will feature marching bands, equestrian riders, floats, collectable cars and so much more! 6th Street will be full of food and artisan vendors, a kids zone with face painting and bounce house, music by Silver Eagle and Dynamix will be on stage at Miners Plaza. In addition, the hot rods and vintage car show will be happening on 5th street. Come out and celebrate with us! See ad page 21


Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble summer concerts

LA VETA/WALSENBURG — Please join us for “An Evening (and afternoon) of Spirituals, Gospels, and Grace,” compliments of the Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble. You will enjoy a concert full of finger-snapping, hand- clapping, foot-stomping, heart-bursting, and soul-uplifting spirituals and gospels, accented by guest soloists and guest instrumentalists. Our summer season concerts will be Saturday, September 8, 6 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 420 S. Main Street, in La Veta, and Sunday, September 9, 3 pm at St. Mary’s Church, 121 E. 7th Street, in Walsenburg. Call Kalima at 742-5333 for more information.


Dinner and dance fundraiser for the Warriors

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Warriors will be hosting a spaghetti dinner and dance to help raise money for their team Saturday, September 8 at Eagles Hall, 612 Main Street. The dinner will be served from 6 to 8 pm and the dance is 8 to 11:30 pm. Tickets are $5 per person, and to go orders are welcome. There will be a silent auction and raffles available (must be present to win). The Warriors are a non-profit organization so all monies received are donated or raised. Please come out and support our local youth, enjoy some great food and music!


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! See ad p. 20


Celebrate Sandy Hackbarth

LA VETA — Please join us in celebrating La Veta Public Library Director Sandy Hackbarth’s retirement. A party in her honor will be held at the DeerPrint Wine and Bistro on

Sunday, September 9 from 3-5 pm. All are invited to come and give Sandy a great send-off. You may leave a wish for her at the library (see front desk for details)! We hope you will come celebrate with us! In lieu of gifts, Sandy has requested that donations be made in her name to the “La Veta Library”.


Tri-City Trio with Ken Saydak

LA VETA — Tri-City Trio, featuring Ken Saydak, will be on stage Sunday, September 9, 5 pm at La Veta Mercantile. This trio is comprised of veteran blues artists Al Chesis, Bob Pellegrino, and local Ken Saydak. Their exceptional talent is reflective of many years in the industry. Join us for an evening reminiscent of big city blues clubs featuring outstanding musicianship and humor coupled with insightful and engaging songwriting. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Ad p 4


New artists at La Veta Gallery on Main

LA VETA — The La Veta Gallery on Main, 210 S. Main is pleased to announce a successful opening reception as part of last week’s 4 th Friday Art Walk. The current show, which runs until September 25, features Nard Claar (Colorado Springs) and Gil Mosko (Pueblo). Potter Gil Mosko has been studying and working in clay for 53 years. Although he had an additional career as an Emmy Award win- ning makeup artist in LA for a few decades, he is now back in Colorado where he built a home and studio near Pueblo and works full time as a potter. “My first influences were the Chinese potters of the Sung Dynasty. Their ideals of simplicity and purity became my chief focus. I hope that the Sung principles are apparent in my work today, and I always work toward that excellence.”

Mixed media artist Nard Claar brings the experiences of an array of other livelihoods to his painting. From government employee to business owner, Nard has played a variety of roles. He has been a wilderness guide, ski in- structor, carpenter, commercial photographer, and published poet. He works with several non-profits to promote the environment, arts, and community. “Simplification of shapes to their essential elements is a core component of my style, connecting the viewer emotionally with the delicate web of life.”

The La Veta Gallery on Main is open six days a week (closed Wednesdays). Regular browsing is encouraged.


1 on 1 tech help is back!

LA VETA — Coming in September at La Veta Library, Ashley can help you with your tech troubles! Come visit her Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and Fridays from 10:30 am -12:30 pm beginning September 4! Walk-ins welcome.


Fall Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, featuring photography by Gary and Hulda Benson. Twenty-two area artists make up the show, with artwork focusing on the autumn season. The Bensons have filled the Fuller Gallery with outstanding photographs of many aspects of Colorado, The SPACe Gallery is open Tues. – Friday 11 – 4; Sat. 10 – 4; Sun. 12 – 4 and is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus. Call 719 742-3074 or visit for information.


Care n Share food distribution

WALSENBURG — The next Huerfano County Care n Share Food Distribution will be Tuesday, September 11, 10 to 11:30 am at Delaney Hall or Mazzone Hall on E 7th. Please look for Care n Share sign. Food is distributed on a first come first serve basis. PROPER ID required! Please bring your own bags or box for groceries.


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 September 11.


Huerfano County Republican meeting

WALSENBURG — Please join the Huerfano County Republican Committee on Tuesday, September 11, 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th St.. We will be discussing final Lincoln Day Dinner plans.

We will also have two guest speakers: Gaye Davis with La Veta schools talking about the bond issue on the ballots this November and a spokesperson for the Let’s Go, Colorado initiative. It is a sales tax initiative to address longstanding problems with funding transportation projects in the state.

After our meeting, we will be eating dinner at La Plaza. You are welcome to join us for that no-host dinner. Be there at 5:30 pm for a meet and greet and we will see you all there. And thank you for joining in to make your voice heard.


Chamber meeting set

LA VETA — The next monthly meeting of the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday, September 12, 8 am at Rare West Properties, 5633 Highway 12.


Celtic Festival “early bird ticket” deadline extended

HUERFANO COUNTY — Festival goers who have considered the Full Festival pass will be pleased to know that we have extended the deadline for “Early Bird” enrollment. Although the registration form still states August 31, we have extended the deadline until Wednesday, September 12. That means completing an online registration by September 12, or submitting a mail-in registration post- marked by September 12. Note that the Full Festival pass does not include: Saturday even- ing’s buffet dinner at Washington School, the Piping Retreat class fees, or the Specialty Sing- ing Course (SSC). The regular price for a Full Festival pass is $385. With the Early Bird discount the cost is $350. If you have any questions please use the website Contact form, or call us at 719-742-3722. See ad page 3


Dan Lavoie at Deerprint Wine & Bistro

LA VETA — After touring the west, Dan is turning his van back east and will be making another stop in La Veta Friday, September 14, 6 to 8 pm. Don’t miss this truly talented trou- badour as he passes through with riveting story telling and mesmerizing picking. Tickets, $12, available on line at See ad page 3


Ryus Bakery grand re-opening

LA VETA — Come out to the Ryus Bakery, 129 W. Ryus Ave., grand reopening Saturday, September 15, 7 am to 2 pm. Ryus Bakery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 am to 2 pm offering up cakes, pies, artisan bread, pastries, sandwiches and delicious cof- fee! For more information call 719-890-4770 or visit


Huerfano County Lincoln Day Dinner

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Republican Committee is hosting their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, September 15 at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. Doors open at 5 pm with a meet and greet and happy hour, then a catered dinner by La Plaza Inn starts at 6pm.

Keynote speakers are Secretary of State Wayne Williams who has been praised by the Washington Post, Colorado Public Radio, The Gazette, and the Denver Post for making Col- orado the safest state to cast a vote, and Laura Carno, author of “Government Ruins Nearly Everything” and is founder of Colorado FASTER, a program to train school administrators and teachers how to take action and prevent mass shootings in our schools.

$45 tickets available online at, by stopping by the HCRC head- quarters at 611 Main Street in Walsenburg or at the meeting on Tuesday, Sept 11 at 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street, Walsenburg.


Film Appreciation Class

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts presents a film appreciation class by film maker Kenny Schneider Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16. Kenny will show

at least two full length “great films” on Saturday and Sunday mornings with in depth discussions in the afternoons. This class will offer an overview of how film making began, touching on historical breakthroughs, and the development of editing, lighting and direct- ing: the basic tools for analyzing the art of cinema. This short survey will cover narrative, documentary and experimental forms of film making. The class will be at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, 127 W. Fran- cisco St., La Veta, CO, from 9am to 4pm with an hour for lunch $150 for the weekend.


San Isabel Electric’s annual membership meeting

WALSENBURG — Saturday, September 15, 10 am at John Mall High School come help us celebrate 80 years of keeping the lights on in Southern Colorado at our annual members meeting. See ad page 11


Tom Vail art show In Pueblo

HUERFANO/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 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”. See full article page 18


Close n’ Counter at LVM

LA VETA — Saturday, September 15, 7:30 pm at La Veta Mercantile Close n’ Counter will perform. Gordon Close and Richard Blanchard form this unique duo with the exciting sounds of a nylon string classical guitar with a steel string jazz guitar making “music with a melody.” Tickets are $15 at the door.


Christmas Cantata Rehearsals beginning Sept. 18.

LA VETA — Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble community choir is making a call for singers. Folks, again we find ourselves with only 115 days until Christmas! Any and all lovers of singing, from anywhere in our fabulous county, please join us for Tuesday even- ing rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas Cantata, starting Tuesday, September 18. We are looking at two December performance dates. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 6 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 420 S. Main Street. Be part of the best little community choir in southern Colorado – the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble. Come on the 18th to pick up your part dominant rehearsal cd and sheet music. Join us in making a joyful noise! Call Kalima at 742-5333 for more info.


Open house at courthouse

WALSENBURG — There will be informal meetings/presentations regarding the new Judicial Center and penny sales tax on Wed. September 19, 4-5pm at the current courthouse. The open house will allow visitors to see parts of the concerns and issues with the current facility. Refreshments will be served at all meetings and Judge Appel and key staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to view the final plans of your new Judicial Center and 3rd branch of your government! Come on out! See you there!

Other meetings will be held: Sun. 10/7 at Gardner Community Center time TBA; Mon. 10/22 5-6pm Spanish Peaks Library, Wed. 10/24 6-7 La Veta Library.


14th Celtic Music Festival

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 14th year will run from Thursday, Sep- tember 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. See ad page 3


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. Artwork will be accepted Sept. 21, 11 – 3 pm and Sept. 22 10 – 3 pm. Entry fees are $5 per entry with a limit of 4 per artist. Ask about group- ings of small items that would be displayed and sold as one item. The show will be on dis- play Sept. 25 – Nov. 3, with an opening reception Sept. 29. Visit the SPACe website for complete information. or call 719 742-3074.


Fall fitness and food at WU

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

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



TLAC Ribbon cuttings

TRINIDAD — We have 2 Ribbon Cuttings coming up. The first is today, Thursday, Sep- tember 6, 12 pm for Home Smart Preferred Realty, 136 W. Main #101 (Bell Block). The sec- ond is Friday, September 14, 5 pm for Dodge- ton Creek Brewing Company, 36730 Democracy Drive (Industrial Park).


Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 7 is Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours 11 am to 4:30 pm.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel birthday celebration

AGUILAR — You are invited to celebrate with us at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Friday, Sep- tember 7. Mass at 5:30 pm with a potluck to follow in the parish hall. There will be a silent auction, door prizes, and games for all ages.


Classic Country at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Saturday, September 8, 8 pm to 12 pm enjoy the music of Classic Country Band for a $5 cover charge. 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 mi- nutes, (719) 941-4288. See ad page 5


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!


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 501c3, non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley. For a proposal packet, contact Tom Perry at  The deadline is Friday September 28.


Christmas Cantata Rehearsals

TRINIDAD — It’s that time of year! Everyone is invited to sing with the All Faiths Choir. Have fun singing praise for the Christmas Cantata, Tuesdays starting September 4, at 5:15. Trinidad United Methodist Church, 216 Broom, Trinidad. See ad below


Photographer A.T. Willett reception

TRINIDAD — An opening reception for A. T. Willett is set for Friday, September 7, 5 to 8 pm at Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W Main Street. Willett is a photographer from Ari- zona who is showing his work for the month of September and will be at the gallery for the opening. There is no admission charge to attend. All are welcome.


Fabulous 50’s fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Support the Southern Colorado Coal Miners’ Museum and have a Fabulous 50’s Saturday, September 8, 11 am to 10 pm at Coal Miners’ Memorial Park. There will be contests for adults and children beginning at 2 pm. Contests will include: Elvis Presley, the Fonz look-a-like, Marilyn Monroe, best costume, and best 50’s dancer. Food and adult beverages for sale, DJ music of the 50’s all day. Entertaining games for the kids.


Artocade 2018!

TRINIDAD — The premiere Art Car Festival and Huge Parade in the Southwest will be Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9. There are over 100 entries, arts and crafts booths, performers, music, and good grub. Cardango Saturday night dance party, circus and revue 6:30 to midnight at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Advance tickets for Cardango, $20 (21 and over) available at DETOUR Gallery, 121 E. Main. For more information check out


Goree scholarship public meeting

TRINIDAD — Are you a Las Animas County high school senior interested in earning a full tuition scholarship? Attend the Mary John Goree Scholarship public meeting to learn more Sunday, September 9, 6:30 pm at Ziccardi Hall in the Mt. Carmel Community Center. The meeting will cover both the Las Animas Goree and Princeton Goree scholarships. The scholarships are available exclusively to residents of Las Animas County to attend four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarship offers recipients a guaranteed minimum award that will meet or exceed full tuition and fees.

Visit and see What’s new for 2018-19 for more information.


Rosh Hashanah services at Trinidad’s Temple Aaron

TRINIDAD — Temple Aaron invites everyone to Rosh Hashanah 2018. Rabbi Lewis (Buz) Bogage will officiate at the beautiful and meaningful service that begins the Jewish High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year and begins a ten day period of introspection and repentance that will culminate with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. When? Sunday, September 9 at 7 pm for evening service and Monday, September 10, 10 am for morning service. Light refreshments will be served after each service. Come and experience part of the rich heritage of the area and of the world. All those who wish to continue the tradition of celebrating the Jewish High Holidays are welcome. Please register so that we know how much food to prepare. NO ONE will be turned away but we do ask for a $36 contribution to cover expenses. Temple Aaron is located at 407 S. Maple, Trinidad, CO 81082. Please call 303-905-2161 or email of find us on the web at:


Soaring Eaglets to host ABA meeting

TRINIDAD — The Soaring Eaglets, formerly the Trinidad Autism Awareness group in Trinidad, will be hosting a speaker from the Behavioral Services of the Rockies who will be making a presentation of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to help family members and teachers better understand and help those with autism.

The ABA meeting will be Monday, Sept.10, starting at 5:30 pm at the Trinidad community center. A 20-minute video presentation will be followed with a question and answer session. Teachers parents, para’s, family members, and anyone interested is welcome. It’s free

Tami McDowell with the Behavioral Services of the Rockies will make the presentation.


Meet and greet Amanda Palmer

TRINIDAD — Come meet the THM Sept-Nov Resident, Amanda Palmer Tuesday, September 11, 5 pm at Trinidad History Museum.

“I enjoy working with young and old to create artwork and inspire new artists. In the past 20 years I have shared my knowledge of art creation and relief printing with hundreds of children and adults. Over the last few years in particular I have done demonstrations of woodblock printing or simple workshops in relief printing. If I can inspire just one new artist to continue pushing their limits I feel renewed in my energy and determination to create. These days I am privileged to share my deep love of relief printing with hundreds of people a year. I interpret my impressions and love of the natural world through my art, demonstrations and workshops.” – Amanda Palmer.


Watch battery replacement day

TRINIDAD — Join the Mt. San Rafael Gift Shop, 410 Benedicta Ave., for this one day only event Wednesday, September 12, 10 am to 4 pm. Bring your watches, hearing aids, and car remotes in for new batteries. Need a link taken out of or added to a watch band? They can do that too! Services provided while you wait or drop them off and pick them up at your conven- ience. Need a new watch? Fashion watches for the whole family will also be available for sale!


Free legal clinic at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 3 to 4 pm on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas Street. The next clinic will be held Tuesday, September 11, 3 to 4 pm.


Meet & Greet at International Bank

TRINIDAD — We’ll be holding an Open House and Customer Appreciation Event and would be honored if you would join us. The new management team at International Bank is excited to meet the bank’s neighbors and thank our current customers. We’ve made a strong commitment to support the local community and provide superior customer service and this event is an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other. Stop by and say hello, have a cup of coffee or soda and meet your new neighbors. The celebration will be Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 to 8 pm at 320 N. Convent. We’re looking forward to it!


Hunter Education Class

TRINIDAD — Saturday Sept. 15, 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Sept. 19 2 pm until finished (must attend all sessions) at Prator Shooting Range, 42013 CR 24.6. Participants can sign-up for class on-line at: Call 719-846-9285 for more info.

If you make a reservation and find you cannot attend, please cancel with us within 24 hours of the event so you will not be billed.


Archery Clinic at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — The Friends of Trinidad Lake State Park will be hosting an archery clinic Sunday, September 16. Those who successfully complete the clinic will be able to rent equipment to use at the archery range after the course. Cost for the clinic is free; those parking at the lake must have a valid annual or day pass. Clinic size is limited to twelve participants; to register, contact Amy Harmes at 719-422-3089.


Surviving the Unexpected: A workshop for caregivers

TRINIDAD — Come be encouraged by Debbie Giem as she shares her personal journey as a caregiver Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 pm in the Ziccardi Room of Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness, 911 Robinson Avenue. Giem became a caregiver at the age of nine taking care of her mom, and then her four siblings. Debbie fought depression, fear, loneliness, and frustration with no one to help her. She now supports caregivers with the tools it takes to be a healthy caregiver.


TLAC luncheon

TRINIDAD — This month’s TLAC Chamber of Commerce luncheon is Wednesday, September 19, 12 pm in TSJC’s Pioneer Room. Our Sponsor/speaker is the Sangre de Cristo Hospice. The cost for the lunch is $12. Please RSVP as soon as possible by email,, or by phone 719-846-9285.

If you make a reservation and find you cannot attend, please cancel with us within 24 hours of the event so you will not be billed.


Peacock Ball 2018

TRINIDAD — Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association’s Peacock Ball will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the inception of the organization on the night of Friday, September 22, at the Sebastiani Gym. The Peacock Ball has been the signature fund- raiser for Noah’s Ark and, once again, is hoping to exceed expectations with:

• Dessert Auction
• Silent Auction
• Music by DJae Spacely
• New Shelter Wish-Board
• Dinner by Ringo’s Catering • Puppy Parade

Proceeds of this formal event will benefit NAAWA and the construction of a new animal shelter. Action items include artwork, antiques, services from local businesses, and handcrafted jewelry. A “Shabby-to-Fabby” section will feature one-of-a-kind re-purposed items made by local artisans.

Doors open at 5:30 pm | Dinner served at 6:30 pm. Formal Attire, Must be 18 years to attend, All tickets will be pre-sold. For those wishing to support Noah’s Ark by attending the Pea- cock Ball, tickets may be purchased at the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store, 147 E Main St, or by calling 719-846-8578. Supporters may also purchase tables of 8, or make a monetary donation. (Tickets are $50 each and available only in advance. Corporate tables are available for $600)

For more information call 680-2385 or 846-3953.



PEO Garage Sale

RATON — Raton’s PEO Sisterhood will be holding a garage sale at the Frank Ferri ‘Garage’ on 2nd Street in Raton Saturday, September 8, 8 am until noon. Proceeds go to fund local scholarships for young women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is an international women’s organization of about 230,000 members, with a primary focus on providing educational op- portunities for female students worldwide.


Walk with a Dog!

RATON — The next Parks and Trails-a prescription for better health walk will be Saturday, September 8, 9 am at Roundhouse Memorial Park. Walkers will meet at the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. This walk is rated as “easiest”. Bring you own dog, or walk one from the Animal Shelter. As always bring water, a hat, good walking shoes, and sunscreen. For more information call: Nichole at 575-445-3601 or Pat at 575-445-5607 or online



RATON — The Anthem Music festival, an all ages event is September 8, 2 pm-Midnight at Harrelson Pavilion. Live music begins at 2PM and goes until MIDNIGHT! Featuring: Embelisk, Doom Blade, Subzenith, Blood Wolf, Horrid Demise, Warlike Wolves, Rise as Legends, Sons of Icarus, Cryptic Writings, Distant Warning, JUST LIZZY

Tickets are $18 at the door. For more in- formation: 575-447-1630


Cimarron Community Roundtable Meeting

CIMARRON — The next Community Roundtable meeting is Monday, September 10, 5 pm at the First Baptist Church of Cimarron, 5 Lambert Hills Blvd. We encourage all to attend, who are interested in seeing our Frontier Communities Grant project move forward.


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 program 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


42nd Annual International Exhibition & Sale

RATON — The drop off date for artists for the 2018 International Exhibition and Sale is Friday, September 14, 9 am to 12 pm at International Bank, International Room, 200 S. 2nd Street. Purchase Award Patrons Day is Tuesday, Sept. 18, (Interested in becoming a Patron? Please come by..8:00am – 6:00pm.)

The show opens to the public Wed., Sept. 19, through Fri., Sept. 21, 9 am to 5 pm. The Awards Presentation and Reception will be Friday, September 21, 6 pm.

For additional information or questions contact: or call (575) 445-2052


National Scouting Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch grand opening

CIMARRON — The National Scouting Museum of the Boy Scouts of America has moved to Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road to serve a larger audience. Everyone is invited to the exciting grand opening on Saturday, September 15, 8 am – 5:30 pm.

Philmont’s museum department is a very busy place. There are three historic sites to visit in addition to the new building mentioned above.

For more information please visit our website: or call 575-376-1136.


Meet & Greet at International Bank

RATON — We’ll be holding an Open House and Customer Appreciation Event and would be honored if you would join us. The new management team at International Bank is excited to meet the bank’s neighbors and thank our current customers. We’ve made a strong commitment to support the local community and provide superior customer service and this event is an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other. Stop by and say hello, have a cup of coffee or soda and meet your new neighbors. The celebration will be Thursday, September 13, 5:30 to 8 pm at 200 S. 2nd Street. We’re looking forward to it!


Holy Rocka Rollaz

RATON — Take an authentic trip back to the fantastic 50’s, Wednesday, September 19, 7 pm at the Shuler Theater. If it’s early rock n roll and rock a billy of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash (and many more), you want you have found your dream band. Holy Rocka Rollaz bring back the sound, the look the memories, the nostalgia of one of America’s most treasured eras.


FY5 at Cimarron Mercantile

CIMARRON — The Short Grass Festival continues Friday, September 21, 7pm 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 credit card: 575-376-2417 or 888376-2417. Age 18 and under are free.


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 Veltir, and Isis Grayling. Au- thors will be on hand to sell, sign, and discuss their books.


Park after Dark

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


Worship at the Mandala

DES MOINES — Sunday, September 23, 3 – 5 pm you are invited to the monthly worship service lead by the Rev. Tim Sexton, followed by potluck dinner.


Regenerative Ranching & Farming Workshop

CIMARRON — Mark your calendar and come to this special event featuring 3 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 degrading landscapes — principles that can be applied in any environ- ment. Request a detailed biography page about Ray, Gabe and Alejandro by contacting Kim Barmann, 505-217-6657. (Call or text) Hosted by Cimarron Mercantile, LLC & Col- fax County Extension Service. Reserve your seat! nCall or text Kim Barmann @ 505-217- 6657 or email

Topics include: *Principles of a Healthy Soil Ecosystem, *Increase organic matter, regenerate soil health for greater profit/acre, *Decrease impact of drought and flooding by improving soil water infiltration rates, ** Plus much more!!

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.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

RATON — The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library is hosting the Friends of the Library Book Sale from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 29. This sale allows the Friends of the Library to assist with the purchase of items out- side the library’s regular budget.

This time around, there are over 70 large boxes of donated used books in adult fiction,  non-fiction, self-help, cooking, reference and more along with many children and young adult books. Many of these books have been donated to the library while others have recently come out of the library’s circulation. The sale takes donations only—choose as many book as you would like and give as much as you can!

For decades, the Friends of the Library has raised funds for library books, computers, shelves, artwork and even the night book drops located just outside the library. Over the years, the Friend’s of the Library has donated all the patron computers around the library dating back to the first computer for public use in 1993. During the renovation in the mid-1990s, the Friends of the Library provided new book shelves and carpeting for the building. Every summer, they are responsible for the free books for children attending story hour. During the 100th anniversary of the library, the Friends of the Library purchased a local artist’s painting which is on display as part of the library’s permanent collection which began when the first librarian, Evelyn Shuler, hosted fundraising teas to purchase artwork.

The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library is a program of the City of Raton and is located at 244 Cook Avenue in Raton. They are open Monday through Saturday with varying hours. Visit for details.



GOCA features Huerfano artists in two new exhibitions

COLORADO SPRINGS — The show, “Confluence: Linda Fleming” is opening Thursday, September 6, at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery: Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Avenue. There is an Artist Talk, 5 – 6pm at the Chapman Recital Hall next to gallery followed by the opening reception, 6 to 9 pm in the gallery. 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 mon- umental 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 sur- rounding 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.

The second show opening, 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)” A Gallery Talk begins at 5 pm with a reception until 9 pm. 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 First Friday opening 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 #Ca- pulinArt. 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 sce- nic 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 Instagram @CapulinVolcanoNPS.



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