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Briefs for May 14, 2009

Tims and Shults on Machu Picchu

LA VETA– Remember! Please head to the La Veta Public Library tonight to hear Ricky Tims and Justin Shults presenting slides and commentary on their recently completed trip to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon River, and the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru.  The event will be in the Library meeting room at 7 pm on Thurs. May 14.  Ricky Tims, internationally known quilter, led 30 intrepid travelers from the group "Sew Many Places" on this dream trip of a lifetime. For more information, please contact the Library at 742-3572.

Bonfils Blood Drive

WALSENBURG-  It is a myth that Bonfils has plenty of blood donors.  In fact, Bonfils needs 4,000 donations each week.    Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, Friday May 15 from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.  Please eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood.

Ruben Archuleta on Penitentes

LA VETA- Residents and guests are in for a special treat on Saturday, May 16, with a joint presentation of the La Veta Public Library and Francisco Fort Museum.  Ruben Archuleta, retired Chief of Police, Pueblo, Colorado, will present a fascinating look into the secretive world of the Penitente Brotherhood.  Archuleta has spent years researching the Brotherhood, which came into existence in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.  The myths surrounding the Brotherhood′s secret rites and mortification of the flesh of believers during Holy Week, grew to the point where it was difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction.  From Penitente journals discovered in his grandmother′s trunk, and extensive personal research and photographs, Archuleta gives a factual portrayal of the Penitente life.  He will show his photographs at the La Veta Public Library at 4:30 pm and will follow with a book signing at the Francisco Fort Museum Gift Shop at 5:30 pm.  Archuleta′s books Land of the Penitentes, Land of Tradition and Penitente Renaissance, Manifesting Hope, will be available for purchase and autographing.  For further information please call the Library at 742-3572.

Food as Art

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) announces the opening of a new show “Food As Art”.  21 area artists have used food as the subject of their artwork.  Photography, watercolors, oil paintings, colored pencil, stoneware, ceramics, wood, fiber, and acrylic are some of the media represented in this show.  The opening reception is from 5 to 7 pm on Sat. May 16.  Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. The show is on display until June 13.

    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, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm until Memorial Day. Then it will be closed only on Mondays.

Huerfano Cat Coalition

WALSENBURG– Huerfano Cat Coalition (HCC), a nonprofit association, will meet Sun. May 17, 2009, 3 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave.  HCC is dedicated to the humane control of Huerfano County′s feral cat population through spaying and neutering of ALL cats, both feral or owned.   Please come to the meeting to learn about and help with our programs: trap/neuter/release of feral cats, fund raising, humane education in the schools and in the community, informational web site, foster care for kittens, adoption of cats/kittens, and conflict resolution between cat caretakers and adversely affected neighbors.  For more information, call Dr. Margaret Hecht 746-2023 or Carla Dolce 738-2540.

Summer softball

WALSENBURG- Walsenburg Adult Recreation slow-pitch softball program for women’s, co-ed and men’s leagues will meet at 7:30 pm on Mon. May 18 at Fiesta Park Softball Field.  For team sign-ups and more information, call Dave Manzanares at 738-2001.

Noteworthy news from the band room of Re-1

WALSENBURG- The 4th grade “BRONZE” band, the 5th through 7th grade “SILVER” band, and the John Mall “GOLD” band will be featured in concert Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 7 pm in the high school cafeteria.  Awards will be given and a reception will follow the concert.  This program has shown the determination of the band members to keep music in their lives, even with the loss of Mr. Clinton, their beloved music teacher. He had been planning a musical theme called “Animal Adventures,” so this will be the title of the concert, featuring songs tied together with student written stories.  The public is invited to join the instrumentalists and Ms. Levy, interim music teacher, perform music with a caravan of animals- chickens, an old goose, kangaroos, a pink panther, and a kingly lion- OH MY!

4H Board

LA VETA- The Huerfano County 4-H Board, sponsor of the annual 4th of July rodeos in La Veta, has announced the dates for this year’s rodeos:  Fri. July 3 and Sat. July 4.  The rodeos are sanctioned by the New Mexico Rodeo Association, and are open for anyone to participate.  The Board will also sponsor the Mud Bog race on Sunday.  The rodeos are an annual fun event anticipated by many in the county and it is a wonderful weekend for reunions.

    The Huerfano County Fair Board is a non-profit organization which mainly sponsors the annual 4-H fair in August.  In order to help fund these activities this year, we would like to make a cover for the entry sheet for the rodeos which will have brands and/or business cards of local people and businesses.  If you would like to have your brand or a copy of your business card on the cover sheet, please contact any member of the Huerfano County Fair Board.  You can also write out your brand or send your business card to Terri Smart, 4263 CR 510, Walsenburg, CO 81089 by June 15th.  For questions, please call Butch or Terri Smart at 738-1969.