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Briefs for August 28, 2008

Grand Finale:Wolves and Zebra (mussels) at Lathrop Park

LATHROP- We are excited to announce the return of Mission:Wolf.  Come to the park on Friday August 29 at 7:30 pm and to see this amazing group share how they take in and care for the fascinating wolves.  Please join us at the amphitheater to find out the intricate details of how they assist with the survival of these amazing animals. There will be products available for sale to support this mission and a donation box to help defray traveling costs.

    Mission:Wolf is a wolf sanctuary located high above Gardner on Greenhorn Mountain. Go to for more information on how to visit the sanctuary or become involved.  Mission:Wolf  discourages the keeping of wolves as pets.

    On Saturday, August 30, come on back at 7 pm for a talk by Ranger Shannon Gregory, Lathrop’s newest addition.  She will share information about a major threat to the ecology of Colorado’s lakes, the dreaded Zebra Mussel. This will be valuable information to anybody that cares about our environment. Please join us at the amphitheater to learn how you can help protect our environment from this invasive species.

    The summer program concludes on Sunday, August 31, at 7 pm.   Terry Lakes, is packing his harmonica to entertain campers and park visitors. Terry demonstrates how the harmonica evolves from the German origins into American folk tunes and foot stomping Celtic.  Then, he demonstrates the feel of blues and rock & roll rhythms.  Terry will have his CDs and low cost student harmonicas for sale. Please join us at the amphitheater for a rockin’ finale!

    Please note: All events are free, but a valid parks pass is required on all vehicles entering the park.  In the event of inclement weather, programs will be held at the Visitor’s Center.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reminder!  Bingo Manager Training This Weekend!

WALSENBURG- The church is hosting bingo/raffle manager training for local non-profits or church organizations this Saturday August 30, from 10 am to 4 pm at Mazzone Hall, which is located on East Seventh Street, across from St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg.   Chuck Greene of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office will be here as trainer and will also be able to answer all of your questions concerning games licensing and management.    

    A games manager, once certified, may manage raffles for up to three organizations.    The cost of the class is $20 per person, and licensing of a non-profit is $100 per year.   Call Mary Jo Tesitor at 719-738-1331 to get your name placed on the training list. 

Celebrate Fall with SPACe

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) announces the opening of the annual fall art show, “Fall Celebration” Saturday, Aug. 30 from 5 – 7 pm. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. The show is on display until Sept. 20. In addition to 18 area artists showing their work, the show features watercolors by artist and architect Alan Petersen of Trinidad. Works in the show include watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, and photography.

     The SPACe Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus. For additional information visit or call 719 742-3074. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm and Sundays, Noon – 3 pm. The Gallery will also be open on Labor Day.


Democratic Party Meeting

WALSENBURG- The next regular meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held on September 3rd at 6:30 pm  the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg.  You should come to this meeting if you care about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You should come if you care if  government "of the people, by the people and for the people" will survive.  Labor Day will have come and gone   Working for months, core Huerfano County volunteers have  put together the program which will win the next election.  Come to this meeting if you think it′s important for your children and grand children to get a good, free education.  Join us if you think that you′d like to have a retirement free from the fear of catastrophic medical bills. There are so many things wrong. Give us just one hour of your time if you think this country has to change directions. Now is the time.  There will only be 63 days left to save the world.

Community Youth Chorus

WALSENBURG- Friday, September 5, from 1 – 2pm, at the United Church, 108 Kansas Avenue (side door) is the first rehearsal for the Community Youth Chorus. All of you who are from 7 (ish) or 13 (ish) are welcome to join us as we learn music, how to sing it and prepare for our Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 13 at 4:30 pm. Please join in the fun (because we do laugh), song (because we have some neat music) and fellowship (because we are friendly).  If you have questions, please call Carol at 989-0826.

ThanksLiving Celebration

WALSENBURG-  The Sixth Annual Community “ThanksLiving” Celebration will have their first planning meeting on Sunday, September 7, 2:00 pm, at the United Church, 108 Kansas Avenue (side entrance).  The churches of the area are invited to send people to help plan the time and program.  The Celebration will be at St. Mary’s Church this year. In the planning of the program we need those who would like to share their music or other talents.  Please call Carol at 989-0826 if you have questions or you have someone who would like to share their talent with the community.           

Sierra Club Film Screening

PUEBLO- There will be a meeting of the Sierra Club from 6:30 to 8 pm on Thursday September 11 at the Rawlings Library (100 E. Abriendo) in Pueblo. As a special treat, before the meeting, there will be a screening of an environmental movie  "Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Qwest for Prosperity."   This screening will begin at 5:30 pm and go until 6:30 pm, again at the Rawlings Library.

    The Sierra Club meets every second Thursday from  6:30 pm – 8pm at the Rawlings Library in Pueblo. 

    Sierra Club meetings are open to the public. Environmental topics for Southeastern Colorado are discussed including water quality issues, mining, and air pollution.

    For more information, contact: Jenny Kedward at  719-582-0249, or by email


Flex Your Muscles:  Stone Carving and Art Welding at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA- Jim Fowler will be leading 2 classes in September. He studied art at the Sir John Class School in London, the American University in Paris and the University of Texas.  Since 1969 he has worked as a sculptor, painter, stone carver and metal fabricator.  His public work can be seen in Frisco and Grand Junction, Colorado.

     The stone carving class will be held September 13 & 14.  You will learn basic techniques of carving stone and create a small Yule sculpture.  You will learn about different types of carving stones and their techniques.  Tools will be provided.  Bring your own stones or purchase one from the instructor.  A lab fee of  $75 will include a grinder and a mask.  The class fee is $150.

     Jim will also lead a second class September 21 &22 in art welding.  This class will give you a hands on introduction to gas and arc welding techiniques for creating found object and mild steel sculpture.  You will learn common methods for cutting steel.  Various other commonly implemented arts metal techniqes and safety will be discussed.  You will create a sculpture from found objects you have brought to class.  Class size very limited.  The class is $150 and the lab fee is $75.

     For more information, call 719-742-3421 or e-mail   

Toolkit for Reducing Energy Costs Offered

PUEBLO- The Sangre de Cristo Resource Conservation & Development Council, in partnership with Southeast Colorado RC&D Council and Colorado State University Extension, is hosting “Conservation and Renewable Energy: A Toolkit for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and Energy Costs” on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Fortino Ballroom at Pueblo Community College.  The seminar is designed to show people how to reduce their use of carbon-based energy and reduce their energy costs.

    Seminar topics include : 1) the role of conservation and renewable energy in meeting future energy demands, 2) a toolkit of conservation measures to put into practice, 3) an introduction to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass, and 4) available financial and technical resources.  Featured speakers are experts from the Governor’s Energy Office, Pueblo Housing Services Weatherization Program, Upper Arkansas Recycling, and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.

    The cost of the seminar is $10 per person if registration is received by Monday, September 8.  Registration after Sept. 8 or at the door is $15.  Reservations and checks may be sent to Sangre de Cristo RC&D Council, 200 S. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003.  Include your name and address with your check, made payable to Sangre de Cristo RC&D Council.  For more information contact Jane at 719-543-8386 x4.

South Central Council of Governments Expands Services

HUERFANO- The South Central Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and Transit programs are expanding services in Huerfano County effective in September.  Included in the expansion are the Meals on Wheel home delivered meal program to seniors aged 60 years and older who qualify as homebound due to health, disability or lack of family support.   SCCOG has partnered with local La Veta church volunteers acting as  delivery personnel to provide hot meals Monday through Friday.  Suggested meal contribution will be $3.00 per meal with clients being invoiced monthly by the agency representing an attractive alternative for seniors. 

    Transportation increases will initially focus on limited service to La Veta offering clientele access to medical and shopping services in the Walsenburg area.  General public  including those individuals eligible to receive Medicaid medical or non-medical transportation benefits, seniors eligible for reduced rates thru the Area Agency on Aging senior discount program, and all individuals entitled to receive Department of Human Services TANF assistance are welcome to utilize this service.  Client demand will determine scheduling; however initial service will have buses running Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   Future plans include limited service to Gardner area if requested.

    Expanded senior activities at the Huerfano Community Center include a twice weekly exercise class taught by Vince Koutnik from Cuchara Valley Physical Therapy.  This class  focuses on strengthening, balance, and endurance.  A fun line dancing class meets every Friday afternoon and offers aerobic exercise for seniors, instructed by Jane Garnett.  Lige Harris teaches computer literacy enabling seniors to keep up to date with technology and keep in touch with extended family.

    To enroll in these programs or any other SCCOG programs, interested individuals need to contact the South Central Council of Governments staff at 928 Russell in Walsenburg or call 738-2205 to apply.

Help With Hope Repairs Now Available

HUERFANO- Huerfano/ Las Animas Housing Resources has announced the award of funds from a USDA Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant to initiate a Small Repairs program in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties.  The program is designed to assist low to moderate income senior citizens, disabled persons, and single female heads of household with small repairs up to approximately $1,500.

    The goal of this program is to address small problems before they become much larger and more expensive to fix.  Items related to health, safety, and energy efficiency will be given priority.  Depending on the applicant’s income, the assistance may be given as a grant, a loan, or a combination of grant and loan. 

Huerfano/Las Animas Housing Resources is a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) serving Huerfano and Las Animas Counties.  The  mission of Housing Resources is to provide decent, affordable housing for the residents of the two counties.  Housing Resources is an equal opportunity housing organization and equal opportunity lender. 

    For further information contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-7882 or visit our website at       

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