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Briefs for November 19, 2009

22nd annual Gardner One Room Schoolhouse:  Public invited!

GARDNER- Each year, Gardner School celebrates our local history of one-room schoolhouses by dividing students into mixed-age groups and having them experience something of what school was like back then. This year, with a “Before Electricity” theme, students will be participating in some old-time activities:  sewing samplers, quilting, making model log cabins, churning butter, making biscuits and homemade ice-cream, hearing stories about life back then, and finishing with a square dance led by Jan Cisneros and Ray Garcia.

    On Thurs. Nov 19 from 8:30 to 4, the public is invited to come visit, look at the map of the old one-room schoolhouses which were scattered throughout the Gardner area, and visit the hospitality room.  If you’d like to stay for the turkey & fixin’s lunch, please call 746-2446.  Lunch will be $3.

Dems Meet

LA VETA- Huerfano County Democratic Party meets on Thurs. Nov. 19 at 6 pm in La Veta in the La Veta Community Center.  Upcoming elections and possible candidates will be discussed. 

Charlie Park’s Eagle

LA VETA- Join the schools in welcoming the eagle to Charlie Park with a celebration of song, art, cheers and thanksgiving.   The sculpture was done by Joan Hanley and donated by the Hermosa Club in memory of Emery Ashby.

Discover Venice

LA VETA- On Thurs. Nov. 19 at 7 pm at the La Veta Public Library, Bert Rosen and Jessica Newton will be showing slides of their 10-day trip to Venice, Italy.  Join Bert and Jessica for some wonderful pictures of Venice, and discussion of canals, cathedrals, gondolas, food, and much more.  Did you ever wonder where fresh drinking water comes from in Venice?  Find out from Bert & Jessica!  This free public event is sponsored by The Friends of the La Veta Library.  For more information call 742-3572.

Holiday Craft Fair

LA VETA- Sat. Nov. 21, 8 am to 4 pm at the La Veta Community Center.  Call 742-3083 for information.


WALSENBURG-  Join the seventh ThanksLiving service Sunday, Nov. 22, 7 pm. at the Calvary Church, 801 Pennsylvania, Walsenburg.   The speaker will be Tim English of Pueblo and the leader will be Pam Brietweiser.  The offering is to go  to Dorcas Circle, the Main Street store front open two days week for clothing and food assistance and for shoppers to find low cost items from books to dishes.

    Local talent providing music are Soloist Rita Cordova, the St. Mary men′s choir, St. Mary women′s choir, the Community Youth Chorus plus Nadine Julch doing readings. After the service will be a time of fellowship around the reception area.  Each year representatives from Walsenburg churches gather to plan this gathering to give the county residents an opportunity to express thanks for the blessings in their lives.

Conservative citizens meet

LA VETA– The next Conservative Citizens Coalition meeting will be held Mon. Nov. 23 at 7 pm at the La Veta Community Center

Water Board meets

WALSENBURG- The Board of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 pm on Mon. Nov. 23 at City Hall, 525 S Albert Avenue, Walsenburg. The meeting is open to the public.

Enterprise meets

WALSENBURG- The Water Enterprise of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet immediately after the HCWCD regular meeting, approximately 6:45 pm on Mon. Nov. 23 at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

Identify photos with the Historical Society   

WALSENBURG– On horseback or in a parade, people in photographs need to be identified for the Historical Society.  Most photos were taken in the past 20 years but some are much older than that.  The Gardner and La Veta photos especially need identification.  Every Monday 10 to noon, a group meets at the Tirey Local History Center in Washington School (top floor of the school on East Fifth Street, Walsenburg) to inventory books as well as to check photos.  All volunteers are welcome especially those with laptop computers.  Or you are welcome to wander in to see all the records and photos the Society has stored there.

    To learn how to best preserve documents and photos,  come to a half-day workshop scheduled for Sat. Jan. 23, conducted by Tim Hawkins, archivist for the Steelworks Museum of the Bessemer Historical Society in Pueblo.  For information call Carolyn Newman 738-2840.

Parade of Lights

WALSENBURG- The 2009 Parade of lights will be held on November 27th at 6:00 pm. The theme this year is Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

    Line up will be at 5 pm on Spruce and Walsen (next to the Library).  Following the parade Santa will be at the Chamber Office (depot).  For more information a please contact Bill at 738-6335.

Chamber’s Holiday Bazaar

 WALSENBURG- The third annual Holiday Bazaar will be this weekend at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg.   It is sponsored by the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce in Walsenburg  Times for the bazaar are from 9 to 5 on Fri. Nov. 27 and from 10 to 4 on Sat. Nov. 28.

    Contact Nancy Lave at 738-2005 for more information and vendor booths.

Eagles Craft Sale

WALSENBURG– Eagles Auxiliary #1187 will be holding a craft sale and raffle at Eagles Hall in Walsenburg Nov. 27 after the Parade of Lights. All craft items and food items will be allowed.  Tables are $10 each. For table reservations or for information please call 738-2713 or 738-1263.

Rocky Mountain Nature Assoc. book and gift sale

at Lathrop State Park‘s Open House and Christmas Bazaar

LATHROP- Head to the park and get a start on your shopping  on Sat. Dec 5 from 10 to 3.    The Park’s annual gift and bake sale starts the weekend off with many hand-crafted items and refreshments.  You can also save 15% at the annual Rocky Mountain Nature Association book and gift sale on Sat. the 5th and Sun. the 6th.

Buy, Sell, Trade and Eat!

GARDNER- Gardner’s annual Buy, Sell, Trade & Eat Crafts Fair is being held this year on Sat. Dec. 5 from 10 until 3 pm at the Gardner Community Center.  If people would like more information or would like to reserve a table they may call Julene at 719-746-2047.

Holiday Boutique atMazzone Hall

WALSENBURG-  There will be a food and craft sale at Mazzone Hall, 118 E. 7th in Walsenburg on Sat. Dec. 5 from 9 to 4.  Free coffee and cider.

Progressive art feast- Italian style!

LA VETA- For the second year in a row, kick off the holiday season with a festive progressive dinner that takes you to three outstanding galleries in La Veta. From 5:30-7:30 on Dec. 5, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council again sponsors the “Holiday ART Feast”, this year with an Italian theme. Tickets are limited and are $20 each.     Take in the annual tree lighting and carols then, beginning at 5:30, guests may embark on their feast at Pinon Hill Pottery, 221 N. Main, with scrumptious appetizers plus a drawing for locally handcrafted ceramics.

    After 6 pm they can move on to the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus (in the Town Park) for the main course—a fabulous selection of Italian style cuisine, and more drawings for locally created artwork.

    Beginning at 6:30, delightful desserts and confections will be served at the La Veta Fine Art Gallery, 210 S. Main, where more artwork will be awarded to winners of a drawing there. Tickets may be purchased in advance at each of the 3 galleries, as well as at Charlie’s Market and La Veta True Value.

    Proceeds raised by the dinner will go to the SPACe Building Expansion Fund and will be matched by the Gates Challenge grant. This is an opportunity to donate to the building project and to enjoy an artful evening in La Veta.  Contact Kathy Hill, 742-5756 for information.

Music at Fox on the Rocks Theatre

WALSENBURG- Help support the FOX Theatre and enjoy a great concert too!  Acoustic music by three of the top songwriters in their field:  Tommy Tutone, Fred James, and Mary-Ann Brandon, will be appear in concert at 7:30 pm at the Fox Theatre on Sat. Dec. 5. Tickets are $20.  Ticket purchases can be made in advance at or by calling 719-742-3069.

JMHS Honor Society to do Empty Bowls

WALSENBURG- John Mall High School, National Honor Society′s annual fundraiser for local charities will be held on Thurs. evening, Dec. 10 at the John Mall Cafe, from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm.  Please join us for this fantastic event.  Enjoy some yummy soup for a ten dollar donation, and take home a beautiful hand-made bowl.

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.

Films From Books

LA VETA- On Fri. Dec. 11, 6:30 pm., La Veta Library will feature the film & book "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote. The book is actually a short story, only about 35 pages long.  You can check out a copy at the library now.

Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District Needs You!

GARDNER- Firefighters, as well as drivers/engineers are needed.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and be available 2-3 evenings a month for training.  For an application or additional information, contact Buzz Deardorff at 746-2026 or Steve Hodges at (719) 680-6931.

La Clinica update

GARDNER- The Board is still investigating insurance and legal issues.  We could use some free or low cost legal advice on non-profit charters.

Free computer classes

WALSENBURG– LoboSavvy Technologies is offering a series of free basic computer classes.  These classes are being held in conjunction with the Spanish Peaks Library.  Each class will be two hours long.  Seating is limited, so sign up now.  Classes available are these: General Computer 101, word processing, spreed sheets, entertainment, and the Internet.

    Want to demystify your word processer?  Keep track of that budget?  Play a movie, shop or listen to your favorite tunes?  Call  Dan Harper at 404-3502 to sign up.