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Briefs for February 18, 2010

UHCD Supervisors meet

WALSENBURG- The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm on Thurs. Feb. 18 at 711 Walsen Avenue, Suite A, Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public.

Hometown Heroes meet

WALSENBURG- The next meeting of Huerfano Hometown Heroes will be Feb. 20 at 1 pm, at Adventure Trails.  Clifford Boxley with Freedom Team Salute will talk to us about that organization & how they recognize our heroes in uniform. 

Volunteers for Change to meet

WALSENBURG- Volunteers for Change will meet at the community center in Walsenburg at 3:30 pm on Saturday, Feb. 20th.   Susan Kalman organizes this energetic group of people who have undertaken a wide variety of projects in our area (community garden in Walsenburg, recycling projects in Westcliffe and Canon City, Knit Wits who get together to create stuff, some of which is donated (your choice) and way more.

    Want to be part of the solution?  Attend the meeting; join: dues are $5 a year and are tax-deductible.  Checks should be made out to Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change and sent to

    P.O. Box 19705,

    Colorado City, CO 81019.

Or contact Susan to be added to the group’s email notices: Susan Kalman susantheo@ghvalley.net.

SDS screening date set

WALSENBURG-  A film showing SDS: in action, in Newark, NJ in 1964 will be shown at Spanish Peaks Library on Sat. Feb. 20 at 4 pm.  Topics are community organizing, live and in the ditches alongside Tom Hayden, Barry Kalish & friends.  Power to the people, the real stuff, door to door, tears and shouting allowed, free popcorn.  Ranting, raving, discussion to follow.   719-738-1154 or email bkalish39@yahoo.com.

The Fab Four’s “Help!” in La Veta

LA VETA- SPACe is hosting a fundraising party for the gallery building expansion on Feb. 20 at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 5:30.  There will be homemade pizza, appetizers, drinks, and door prizes.  At 6:30, there will be a showing of the Beatle′s movie, "Help!"  In addition, there will be a display of 24 original "Lobby Card" posters for the movie.  The posters are part of a generous donation of movie posters that will be used in the fundraising campaign.  The cost per ticket is $20 at Charlie′s and the SPACe gallery.  The theater only seats 80 people so tickets are limited.  Visit the SPACe website, www.SpanishPeaksArts.org, or call 719 742-3074 for more information.

Valentine’s Teen Dance this Sat.

WALSENBURG- The La Plaza de Los Leones Youth Auxiliary will be hosting a Valentine′s Teen Dance on Saturday, February 20.  Dance will be from 7 pm – midnight at the Huerfano County Community Center.  Open to students 7th – 12th grades.  Admission is $3 at the door.  Concession stand available.  Music by DJ Cardo.  No in & outs. All proceeds will go towards scholarship funds for Huerfano County students.

FFA week: lead out loud

LA VETA- The student body of La Veta High School is encouraged to wear blue and gold to school on Mon. Feb 22!  Members of the Community can also wear blue to show their support for the National FFA Organization.

    On Tues. Feb. 23, students will be encouraged to dress like  farmers and  drive a tractor to school. The tractor parade starts at 8 am. The line-up will go around the school lot. Line-up begins at 7:45 am and members of the community are welcome to drive tractors in the parade.

    Wed. Feb. 24 is Western Dress Day. The petting zoo will start at 12 pm.

    Thurs. Feb. 25 is Teach Ag Day. The La Veta FFA Chapter Officer Team will go around to elementary and tell about agriculture. Later that night at 5 pm, there will be an open house and chili cook off at La Veta High School’s Ag Shop. The Chapter will sell bowls of chili for $2. Then at 6 pm, the Chapter Officer Team will tell the community the things they have learned in Ag.

Root beer float night

WALSENBURG- John Mall Booster Club  and Accountablilty Committee will be hosting a Root Beer Float Night at their next combined meeting Mon. Feb. 22  at 5:30 pm in the JMHS cafeteria.  The focus of the meeting will be on Drive Safe Huerfano County, a student group which advocates the wearing of seat belts and safe driving.

JMHS Parent-Teacher Student Conferences

WALSENBURG- JMHS Parent teacher student conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 2:30-7:00 PM.  We encourage everyone to attend this very important event!

H1N1 flu clinic

WALSENBURG-  There will be a H1N1 flu clinic on Wed. Feb 24th from 4-7 pm at the Health Department, 119 E Fifth Street in Walsenburg.  THe clinic is for anyone that has not received an H1N1 vaccine or children 9 and younger who need a second dose.  Please bring the tan card you received for the first dose.

Gardner kids to present a show

GARDNER- 1st and 2nd graders will present their show on Wed. Feb. 24, at 6:30 pm in the Gardner School video room Come and hear their rendition of Maurice Sendak’s “Chicken Soup with Rice” and The Three Nanny Goats Gruff.

Youth sports benefit

WALSENBURG- There will be a Youth Sports Benefit on March 6 at Eagles Hall, 612 Main St.  Dinner will be served from 5-7 pm; from 7-8 pm  there will be guest speakers and a raffle drawing.  Then, from 8-midnight music will be provided by Johnny’s DJ service and an open bar will be available.

Tickets are $7 or $10 at the door.

    This benefit will raise money for our Youth Sports Programs. Let’sbuild a strong foundation for our children and help keep their sports programs active.  Come one, come all and support our children.

Sponsorships available:

Level 1-$30- sponsors receive  2 dinner tickets, 1 entry drawing to JMHS girls half beef (equal to 300 lbs beef) and recognition during dinner (an extra $5.00 will get 3 entries instead of 1).

Level 2- $50- sponsors receive  2 dinner tickets, 3 tickets for the JMHS Girls half beef (equal to 300 lbs beef), recognition during dinner, advertisement in local paper, advertisement on KSPK .

Weed management class

PUEBLO- Discover how to control those nuisance weeds in your yard and garden by attending the Weed Management class on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 6-9 p.m. offered by CSU Extension/Pueblo County.  Mechanical, biological and chemical control options will be covered.  Cost is $15 and pre-registration with payment must be received no later than Tuesday, March 16th. 

    For more information contact the CSU Extension office at 583-6566. 

Annual Health Fair blood draws starting soon

HUERFANO- The 9th annual Spanish Peaks Regional Health Fair is coming up on Sat. April 17 at the community center in Walsenburg.   Health Panel Testing (Blood Work) draws will be taken from 7 am -10am at the locations below; with results to be picked up at the Health Fair.

As always, there will be no blood draws at the Fair!

• La Veta Community Center:  Mar. 29 through Mar. 30

• Gardner School:  Tues. April 13 

• Outreach Clinic, 129 Kansas Ave. Walsenburg: Mon. April 5 and Wed. April 7

Classic cinema live in the Huerfano

Walsenburg- Interested in bimonthly or weekly free screenings of classic and/or contemporary films featuring film noir, political (Mike Moore), Shakespeare, film festival selections snacks and riotious conversation at our beautiful new library in Walsenburg?  Poetry or music before & after?  Reply if interested and list one or two films you would drive to the ‘burg to see.  Also indicate day and time that would be best for you.  719-738-1154 or email bkalish39@yahoo.com.

Yiddish club proposed

HUERFANO- There is interest in forming a collaborative language acquisition club to further Yiddish   communicating.  Meetings would be bimonthly for those seeking fluency, and a desire to encourage the use and appreciation of our street language.  If interested call 719-738-1154 or email bkalish30@yahoo.com.

Order seedling trees now

    “There are two great times to plant trees.  One was twenty years ago and the other is now, “ stated District Forester C.K. Morey.  Over 45 species of trees and shrubs are offered at cost for windbreak, shelterbelts, erosion control, reforestation and Living Snow Fence by the Colorado State Forest Service.  Morey is urging landowners to order seedling trees now for spring planting when trees are delivered in April.

    Landowners with two or more acres are eligible for the program.  Contact C. K. Morey if there are questions of planting needs.  The La Veta District Office will stock full line of seedling survival supplies such as slow release fertilizer tablets, rabbit guards, sun shades, weed barrier, drip irrigation and polymer. 

    In addition, a booklet, “The Farmstead Windbreak” is available from NRCS, Extension, and CSFS Offices.  The publication provides information on windbreak planning, planting and care. “Properly designed tree planting can play a major role in land management”, Morey stated.

    Order blanks can be picked up in Walsenburg at Extension Office at the Community Center or Natural Resource Conservation Service Office at 711 Walsen Ave.  Or application can be emailed to you.  For more information call 719-742-3588 or write to the Colorado State Forest Service Office, P. O. Box 81, La Veta, Colorado 81055. Email is ckmorey@lamar.colostate.edu