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Briefs for December 03, 2009

A Dickens of a Christmas train

LA VETA- From now until Dec. 23, call for tickets at 1-877-726-RAIL.

Bank calendars today

WALSENBURG- Come to the Huerfano County Branch of the First National Bank in Trinidad for their 17th Annual Open House and 2010 Calendar Distribution today Thurs. Dec. 3 from 9 to 3 pm. at 135 W. 6th in Walsenburg.

US Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff visits

WALSENBURG- Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff will visit Huerfano County on Thurs. Dec. 3 from 2-4 pm.  Meet and greet at Spanish Peaks Library, 323 North Main Street.  He will be in Walsenburg as part of his Main Street Tours.

    "I look forward to returning to Huerfano County, one of the most historic and beautiful areas of the state.  While there I will be able to listen to the concerns of the citizens of southern Colorado," Romanoff said.

    Elected to four terms in the Colorado State Legislature, Romanoff was the Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009.  He led the Democrats to their first back-to-back majorities in the Colorado Legislature in more than 40 years.  Romanoff has spent the last 16 years traveling throughout Colorado.

Toy and Food Drive

WALSENBURG- Vigil Family Chiropractic is holding a toy and food drive for Christmas.  Folks who bring a toy for a child or food for families in need, can receive free chiropractic services from Dec. 3 through 18. The items will be donated to Dorcas Circle.  See ad on page 12 for details.  


SPRHC Bazaar

WALSENBURG- The SPRHC Hospital Auxiliary is holding a bazaar and bake sale at the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center from 9-noon on Fri., Dec. 4.

Jane Norton for Senate tour stop

WALSENBURG- U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton is appearing Dec. 5 at the Alpine Rose in Walsenburg at 12:30 as part of her campaign tour.

Photos with Saint Nick TRINIDAD- For a special Christmas photograph with Saint Nicholas, bring your camera to History Colorado’s Bloom Mansion on Sat. Dec. 5, from 11-1 pm.  Use the Walnut Street driveway and come to the front door at 330 E. Main Street.

     St. Nick will greet children in the parlor by the hearth.  Souvenir gift bags will be available at affordable prices too.  For information, call 846-7217.

La Veta Tree Lighting

LA VETA- The La Veta tree lighting and caroling will start at 4:30 pm Sat. Dec. 5 at Charlie’s Park.

Sat. Dec. 5: a festive arts and music evening

LA VETA and WALSENBURG- – Dec. 5th will be a great day in the county for merrymaking and the arts.   There are only 3 more days to get tickets for the Holiday ART Feast, the progressive dinner that takes diners to three La Veta art galleries on Dec. 5, between 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets for the fundraising event are $20 per person, a pretty good deal for a three course meal, but they have to be purchased in advance. Top it off with a live concert at Walsenburg’s FOX on the Rocks theatre for a fabulous evening of acoustic music by three top Nashville songwriters, the legendary  Tommy Tutone, along with Fred James and Mary-Ann Brandon.  The concert  starts at 7:45 to accomodate people doing both activities. 

     "This is a delightful, fun way to support the arts in Huerfano County, " explains Kathy Hill, President of the Spanish Peaks Arts Council. "Community support is critical to obtaining grants for capital improvements. SPACe is raising funds to expand its building and the Spanish Peaks Alliance is raising money to renovate the FOX theatre for better bathrooms and stage facilities.  Buying tickets to these fundraisers demonstrates support for the projects, plus everyone has a great time!"

    Tickets for the Holiday ART Feast are available at Charlie′s Market, True Value, Pinon Hill Pottery, La Veta Fine Art Gallery, and the SPACe Gallery–all in La Veta.  Call 742-5756 for information about tickets for the dinner.  For tickets to the Tommy Tutone show in Walsenburg call 742-3069 or visit .

Annual holiday gift shop   

LA VETA- From Tues. Dec. 8 through Sun. Dec. 13, the La Veta Boosters will be hosting their annual holiday gift shop from 9 to 5 each day at the La Veta Community Center.  Refreshments will be served.

    Catalog orders placed previously will be available for pick up at this time. We are using a new Colorado-based company with items ranging from $1 to $5. These are definitely not junk items. Forty percent of all profits go to Boosters which means more money going to our school. 

    Sat. Dec. 12, Santa will be there all day.  Have your picture taken with Santa!  A silent auction drawing will be at 4 pm, followed by a hayride and Christmas caroling.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Come join us!

McKinley and Kester to lead issues forum

LA  JUNTA–  On Tues. Dec. 8 from 7-8:30 pm, State Representative Wes McKinley (D-Walsh) and State Senator Ken Kester (R-Las Animas) will hold an Issue Forum at Otero Junior College on matters facing southeastern Colorado and what proposals may be introduced into the upcoming legislative session to address those concerns. The next session convenes at the capitol in Denver on Wed., Jan. 13.

    Citizens of coutheastern Colorado are invited to join the discussion at the Student Center banquet Room, 2001 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO.

Commissioners vote

WALSENBURG- On Wed. Dec 9 at 10 am, the County Commissioners will vote on the permit for Silver Mountain Wind Farm.

Huerfano H1N1 Clinic

WALSENBURG- The H1N1 vaccine will be available for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated on Wed. Dec. 9 from 4-8 pm at the Walsenburg Health Department, 19 E. 5th St.

    Children 9 and younger who had their first dose of H1N1 vaccine on or before Nov. 9 should get their 2nd dose at this clinic. (Please remember to bring the small beige card with you.)  For information, call (719)-738-2650.

Kids art workshop

WALSENBURG- An Art Workshop for children in grades K -7 will be held at Spanish Peaks Library, Wed. Dec. 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Wear clothes that can get messed up and make a snowflake mobile with Dianne Hanisch.  Materials will be provided.  Please sign up for the event at the library. There will not be a charge for the session.  For further information please call 738-2774.

UHCD Supervisors meet

WALSENBURG- The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 12 pm on Thurs. Dec. 10 at 1399 County Rd. 502, Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public.

La Veta Library Screens “A Christmas Memory”

LA VETA- On Fri. Dec. 11, the La Veta Public Library Films From Books Series will feature Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.”  The film will begin at 6:30 pm followed by discussion of the film and book at 8:00 pm. 

    Truman Capote was abandoned by his parents at a very early age and left in the care of his elderly cousins.  This poignant story tells of his Christmas memories with the cousins, baking fruitcakes, cutting a Christmas tree, and getting ready for Christmas.  The bond that forms between the boy and his cousins is remarkable, and this film is suitable for the entire family. 

    Copies of the book (a short story of about 35 pages) are available for checkout now at the La Veta Library.  Admission is free, and the program is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the La Veta Library.

Santa visits

LA VETA- Santa will visit the La Veta Community Center on Sat. Dec 12 from 1-3 pm.

Festival Of Lights

HUERFANO- The Community Singers of Huerfano County will give a gift to the area by performing the family Christmas Celebration  Festival of Lights by Tom Fettke. The work is a combination of familiar carols and carefully created music and readings and solos.  There will be two performances: Sat. Dec. 12, 7 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 420 S. Main St. and Sun. Dec. 13, 7 pm at the United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Ave.  Peggy Arnold-Hooper is directing and Eileen Bankson will be accompanying. The narrator is Robert W. Johnson.  There will be a reception after each performance.  A free will offering will be accepted for the expense of the music books.  The public is invited!

Navajo Christmas Party

NAVAJO- The Navajo Homeowners have planned their annual Christmas Party for Sat. Dec. 12 at 5:30 pm to be held at the La Plaza Inn located at 118 W. 6th Street.  Reservations are $16 per person and will include a meal of roast beef or chicken with vegetable, salad, dessert and drink. The price includes tip.

    As always each person attending is asked to bring a wrapped white elephant gift.  The party is limited to 50 people and reservations must be paid for by December 4.  Call Mary Copeland, 738-1058 or Bill Boeck 738-2820.

Veteran History Project

LA VETA- La Veta High School National Honor Society (NHS) needs your help in updating information in the Veteran History Project notebook collected and compiled by Evelyn Heikes in 2004.  Also, please email by Dec. 15 with the names of veterans who are new to the county and would like to be included in the new Veteran History notebook.

Community Carol Sing

LA VETA- All are invited — you and your friends, your friend′s friends and all your relations to participate in joyous singing for the upcoming holiday season on Wed. Dec. 16 at 7 pm at St. Benedict, 113 W. Field. Guitars, flutes, drums, etc. are most welcome.  Two rehearsals will be held at St. Benedict:

on Tues. Dec. 8 at 6 pm and Tues. Dec. 15 at 6 pm.

Christmas in a small town

LA VETA- Join Ricky Tims at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Dec 17-19 at 5 pm and 7:30 pm for his 2009 production of Christmas in a Small Town.  Tickets are on sale at the Tims Art Quilt Studio for $20: 742-3755.

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