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Briefs for December 23, 2010

Christmas story time at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD- A special just-before-Christmas story time will be held at the Carnegie Public Library on Thurs. Dec. 23 at 10:30 am.

    The Library will close at noon on Thurs. and remain closed until Mon. Dec. 27.

Andy Hackbarth′s 3rd annual holiday show 

LA VETA- Andy says, “I′ve got lots of great music planned — from new originals to a few fun cover tunes and holiday songs to help get you in the holiday spirit!  If you′re around, please come join us!  And tell your friends who might enjoy it.  Thanks again for all of your support this year, and Happy 2011!  Cheers!”

    The show is Thurs. Dec. 23 at 7 pm at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts 127 W. Francisco Street.  Tickets are $10 at the door — doors open at 6:30.

Christmas Eve service

LA VETA- The community is invited to join St. Benedict Episcopal and United Methodist members in a Christmas Eve celebration on Fri. Dec. 24 at 5 pm at the United Methodist Church, 420 Main St.

Candlelight Christmas Eve service

WALSENBURG- A candlelight Christmas eve service will be held at 6 pm Fri. Dec. 24 in the Walsenburg United Church at the corner of Main and Kansas Streets.  Special music will be by John Stroh.  Pastor Bobby Barnhill will talk about Joy To The World.

Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count

SPANISH PEAKS COUNTRY– Arkansas Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring the annual Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count in La Veta and surrounding area.  Sun. Dec. 26 at 8 am.   Meet at  the La Veta Town Park at 8;  bring binoculars if you have them.  Stay with the group as long as you wish — you may be out until lunch or even afterwards depending on the viewing.  A BYO bag lunch may be consumed with others at a local home.  This event is part of the national Audubon Society′s Christmas Bird Count.  The event is free.  Call 742-3776 for more information. (see related article page 4 for more info on bird counts)

SPACe Gallery hours

LA VETA- The SPACe Gallery will be open Fri. Dec. 24 from Noon-3 pm and closed Sat. Christmas Day. The Gallery will also be closed Sat. New Year′s Day. Regular hours Tues. and Thurs. are 10 am – 3 pm. Come and see the Gift of Art show, but expect a bit of a mess, as the building construction continues.  SPACe members are invited to enter the upcoming Members Show in January. Visit the SPACe website for more information.

New Year’s Eve Party in La Veta

LA VETA- Southern Colorado’s Funk, Reggae, Soul Band, Planet O,  will perform at the La Veta Inn on December 31 at 10 pm.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Generous donation to SPACe received

LA VETA- The Trinchera and Tercio Foundation has given an additional contribution to the Building Expansion fundraising campaign for the Spanish Peaks Arts Council. The generous donation will move SPACe to within $5,000 of reaching the goal of $205,000. "SPACe is gratified that the Trinchera Foundation is enthusiastic about supporting nonprofit organizations in our community." said Kathy Hill, SPACe president.

    The first phase of construction at the back of the gallery will be completed by the end of the year. Plans are underway to continue with the two story addition on the east end of the facility after the first of the year. Fundraising continues. Original ink landscapes by Margie Bradley are available at the SPACe Gallery for a suggested donation of $50. The SPACe Gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm through Jan. 8. Visit to learn more about SPACe activities and the building construction.

First Choice Market hiring soon

WALSENBURG- Thank you for such a huge response, but due to construction delays, First Choice Market has yet to hire anyone for the new grocery store.  Hiring will take place soon.  We appreciate your patience.  Opening date not yet finalized.       ~Hugh and Denise Brown.

Girl Scout cookie time coming soon

HUERFANO- There’s less than a month until this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Sale, which runs Jan. 7 to March 13. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important ingredient for leadership development and helps girls develop five key skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. When Girl Scouts participate in the annual cookie sale, they are part of the largest girl-led business in the country amd one that generates more than $700 million for girls in communities nationwide.  Contact Elisha Meadows at 738-1507 for more information.

Free community enrichment program

WALSENBURG-  The Free Community Enrichment Program is opening.  Some classes will take place at Spanish Peaks Library.  

    Below are suggested classes, but classes are not limited to these.  Let us know what you want to learn from the Arts to the Trades.  We provide teachers and a place for classes if necessary.

1} Bilingual language skills with emphasis on English, Spanish & Yiddish

2) Citizen block (door to door) journalism: Be a good neighbor

3) Wildlife safety onsite photograghy

4) Standard Traditional Tutoring for high school core classes and undergraguate brushing up.

5) Herbal enrichment for daily diet

6) Folk/blues acoustic guitar technique

7) Creative prolife kitchen technique

8)  NY Sunday Times Coffee Klatch

9)  Craft class in beer/wine brewing distilling and incense/candle manufacture

10) Craft class in lead/foil stained glass; specializing in chandeliers

11) The craft of games of chance

12)  The appreciation of poetry, art, &/or music

13) The history of poetry, art, &/or music

    Please let us know your fancies or interests.

Please call to let us know your interest, the subject and your contact number.  Call Barry Kalish at 738-1154 or email

    The enrichment program’s mission statement is as follows.

    The program endeavors to facilitate the exchange of skills and knowledge among the citizens of Huerfano County.  Realizing the inherent costs and obstacles that often hinder individuals in their quests for self-enrichment and growth, the  program will strive to create an accessible, low cost and informal means through which those with special talents and experience may share their specialties with others yearning to learn and grow.

    If you could take any class or course of study in the world for free, what would it be?  We will get you a teacher and a place to collaborate. 

    These are the classes forming next year:

1) recycled art "raw"

 2) wood working; fix it, make it. 

3)  Catholic theology; faith & dogma 

4) wild animal photography; up close & personal 

5) citizen journalism; be a "good" neighbor 

6) folk music acoustic guitar technique

    Time & place set by learners and guiders