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Briefs for May 28, 2009

Open mic poetry and song at the Rooster tonite

WALSENBURG-  Read your poetry, sing your songs, listen and enjoy at open mic events at the Blue Rooster, 512 Main, in Walsenburg.  The first night will be tonight, May 28 from 6 to 9 pm.  It will be a rotating artists format, with 3 to 5 minute turns for poetry slams, readings and songs.  Original material only.

    Future events will be held on the last Thursday of each month through November.   Call 738-1154 or email for more information. 

Summer baseball signup

WALSENBURG- Come to the community center and get involved with the Southern Baseball League Summer Baseball program.      Five to eight year olds who are interested in T-ball/Rookies-pitching machine should come on Thurs. May 28 at 5:30.  

    Practice and sign up for Minors/Majors/Babe Ruth (ages nine and up) will be held on Friday May 29th at 5:30 pm. 

    There will be a parent meeting on Friday, May 29 at 6 pm. 

    All practices and meetings are held at the Huerfano County Community Center’s Fiesta Park baseball field at 10th and Russell in Walsenburg. 

    If you are unable to attend or if you have any questions, please contact Michael Vigil, League President at 719-250-6741 or Sandra Vigil, League Secretary at 719-250-8524.

Brown Bag it!

LA VETA- Brown Bag Book club members hold their regular monthly meeting on the last Friday of each month.  This month, that means  May 29,  at noon at the La Veta Library.  You do not have to have read a book to come.

Get freebies at CHP+ Childrens Health Fair on Saturday!

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is holding a kids’ health fair at the Huerfano County Community Center on Saturday May 30 from 10 am to 2 pm. There is a state wide promotion to ensure that every child in Colorado that is eligible for the Child Health Plan Plus insurance program (CHP+) is given an easy opportunity to enroll. Accordingly, Spanish PEaks Regional Health Center Outreach Services were awarded a generous grant to hold a kids’ enrollment fair. 

    As part of the fair, the Outreach office will be giving away many things that contribute to children’s health and safety.  Those attending the fair will be able to get free car seats from infant to young child booster seats.  Additionally, the Colorado State Patrol will do free safety checks of your own child car seats to ensure that they are safe.  If your child seat does not meet safety standards, it will be replaced at no charge.  If you need a car seat please come to the fair and take advantage of this opportunity.

    There will be free sports helmets at a bike safety event put on by the Sheriff’s department.    Be ready for Walsenburg Wild Waters and the swim beach at Lathrop! Water safety will also be covered, and there will be a limited number of free childrens flotation devices available.

    The first 50 families that are assessed for CHP+ eligibility will receive a free $10 Safeway gift card.  A name will then be drawn from new enrollees and three lucky families will receive $100 Safeway cards.

    There will be may other events for a fun Saturday, including health evaluations for children, a performance by the El Fandango dancers, Native American drumming and dancing, and face painting.  There will also be the opportunity to sign up for free well child checkups with local participating physicians.

Daffodil Days Bears for sale

HUERFANO-   The Boyds Collection Ltd., in partnership with the American Cancer Society, offers exclusive, limited-edition plush teddy bears each year for the annual Daffodil Days fundraiser to fight cancer.  Daffodils are considered to be not only a sign of spring, but also a bright symbol of hope that cancer can and will be conquered.  The sale of the bears, along with the cheerful, bright yellow blooms, raises funds for cancer research, education, and programs for cancer patients and their families.      The Huerfano County Cancer Relay For Life is happy to announce that it now has 40 Boyd′s Daffodil Days Stuffed Bears for sale for $10 each.  Funds will be used to purchase food for the walkers on relay night.  It is first come, first served for anyone is interested in buying the bears- contact Anne or Juan at 738-3361.          The Relay for Life Committee will also participate in the Children′s Health Fair on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 10 am to 2 pm.

    Please contact Anne or Juan if you would like to get involved and work this event.



WALSENBURG- Full Gospel Church, 205 W. 10th, is having a Women′s Fellowship Meeting on Saturday, May 30 at 10 am. Everyone welcome to attend.

On Sat. plant the

community garden with help from JMHS Panthers

WALSENBURG- The Walsenburg Community Garden will hold a planting day on Sat. May 30, at 10 am at the garden site near the playground in Fiesta Park.  Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change has received a grant from Panther Community Service at the John Mall High School to support our gardening efforts.  There are now three raised beds.  We have water and soil, with cauliflower, broccoli, fava beans, herbs, tomatoes, beans, and Jerusalem artichokes planted.   This is a great way to introduce kids to gardening, and help them understand where their food comes from.  The public is invited to participate.

Sangre de Cristo Volunteers to meet

WESTCLIFFE- Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change will  hold its May meeting on Sunday, May 31, at 3:30 pm at the Library, 209 Main Street, in Westcliffe.  The board meeting will be held at 2:30 pm, before the general meeting.  We′ll review ongoing projects and our summer plans for Huerfano County, Custer County, and Colorado City/Beulah/Rye.  Light refreshments.  This meeting is open to the public.  Please join us to hear about our community efforts in which include road cleanup, a fundraising yard sale in Colorado City June 19-21, knitting for the needy, the Walsenburg community garden, an art show at the Museum of Friends, reading to elementary students, and visiting veterans.  We welcome your ideas for new projects.  Call Susan Kalman at 676-4493 or 250-6097 for more information.  Carpooling is available.

Walsenburg Adult Recreation

WALSENBURG- The Walsenburg Adult recreation slow-pitch softball program will be having meetings Mon. June 1 at 7:30 pm for the Men’s League and Tues. June 2 at 7:30 pm for the Women’s League.  Topics covered will be rules and discussion of the upcoming season.  Exhibition games prior to league play will begin at 6 pm on the same dates at the Fiesta Softball Field.  For more information, call Dave Manzanares at 738-2001.



NAVAJO- The Navajo Ranch Homeowners Association will hold its next meeting on Tues. June 2, at 7 pm at the Navajo Western Water District office, 705 Navajo Road.  All members and potential members are welcome to attend.  The agenda will include the latest information on the lease of mineral rights by oil & gas companies within Navajo, new officers will be sworn in, plans for the summer picnic, spring clean-up and an area wide yard sale in September.



WALSENBURG- The last meeting for this grant cycle will be Wed. June 3rd, at the Iron Horse at noon.

Gardner Meeting

GARDNER- There will be a community meeting to discuss the future of La Clinica, and to hear announcements regarding Malachite Spring.  Be at the Gardner Community Center on Wed. June 3 at 7 pm.

HJ Auction Shop

HUERFANO- The Huerfano Journal Auction Shop is coming!  Beginning June 4th, it will be a weekly feature in the paper.  Readers will have an opportunity to bid for products and services from area businesses at less than the retail cost.  Look for more details on the Journal Auction Shop page next week and begin saving money and having fun!

Selecting and Growing Roses

PUEBLO ZOO- Would you like to grow roses in your yard?  CSU Extension/ Pueblo County will present information that can help you choose and maintain roses in your landscape.  Topics will include the many types of roses available, planting techniques and maintenance needs such as pruning, irrigation and fertilization.  Managing common insects and diseases and potential environmental challenges will also be discussed.   This class will be held at the Pueblo Zoo on Thurs. June 16 from 6 to 9 pm and the cost is $15.  Pre-registration is required.  Call 583-6566 to sign up today!  

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