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Briefs for November 20, 2008

Free Cooking Class Tonight!

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Outreach Office is sponsoring a free Holiday Cooking Class on Nov. 20 at 6 pm at the Housing Authority Conference room at 220 Russell Avenue in Walsenburg.  Everyone is invited.  There will be yummy food, demonstrations and recipes to take home.  The class will be presented by Sjani Boggs, Nutrition Educator.  A door prize of most everything you will need for your holiday dinner will be given to one lucky participant.  Please make this your happiest and healthiest holiday season ever.  Call 738-2718 to sign up or stop by on your home from work. 

    Funding for this event is sponsored by the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

21st Annual



GARDNER- For the twenty-first year, Gardner School, in the spirit of American Education Week, has set aside a day to celebrate the combination of new ideas in education with the traditional ones, by setting up the entire school population in “one room schoolhouses”. The project has been scheduled for Fri. Nov. 21, 2008.

The theme this year is “Tall Tales”.


Giving to


WALSENBURG- A reception in Mazzone Hall will follow the community ThanksLiving service 7 pm this Sunday Nov. 23 at St. Mary′s Church, Walsenburg.  Donations of canned goods brought to the service will to donated to Dorcas Circle, the local food and clothing pantry.  The offering will go the Open Arms Pregnancy Center and Morning Star Ministry.  Music is a highlight of the service with vocal and instrumental music and the Ecumenical Choir  will perform the "Thanksgiving Calypso."   Pastor James Kim, the Korean pastor of the United Church, will give the message.

Utilities Due Days for November Bill

Following are City of Walsenburg Utilities office “late” days for November:    • Mon. Nov. 24, payments are due, open until 5:30.

• Tues. Nov. 25, late fees are assessed and red-tags are issued for gas and water services.  Late fees are not due until the following month (Dec. 23) but can be paid when paying delinquent balance.

• City offices will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving.  The drop box will be open.

•  Mon. Dec. 1, last business day before shutoffs, open until 5:30.  Payments can be left in the drop box until 8 a.m. on Dec. 2.

• Tues. Dec. 2, shutoff day. Drop box will be taped shut at 8:00 a.m. for the entire day.  The office will be open until 5:30 to turn services back on after payment.  A $50.00 turn-on fee will be due in addition to payment in full.  The late fee can also be paid at this time if customer so chooses.  The drop box will be re-opened at 5:30 to accept payment for new bills.  Delinquent payments put in drop box must also include the $50 turn-on fee for a reconnect order to be issued.  Reconnect orders for drop box payments WILL NOT be issued until after the payments have been retrieved at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3rd and we have confirmation that someone will be home.

Water Board Meets Monday

WALSENBURG- The Board of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 pm on Mon. Nov. 24 at 525 South Albert in Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public.

Community Thanksgiving Feast

WALSENBURG- The community Thanksgiving feast will be held on Nov. 27, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center.  It′s all about Community and Fellowship.  For more info, or transportation needs please call Peggy @ 738-3251 or Shelley @ 738-3251.

La Plaza Meeting

WALSENBURG- A meeting for La Plaza de los Leones will be Nov. 27 at 6 pm at the Sheltered Work Shop at 330 West Ninth St.

Eagles Craft Sale

WALSENBURG- Eagles Auxiliary #1187 will be holding their annual craft sale at Eagle hall on Nov. 28, 2008.  Kitchen opens at 5 pm, and will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, etc.  Raffle and bake sale. Tables are $10 each.  For table reservations call Josephine 738-2713, or Bernice 738-1197.


Holiday Bazaar

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 28 and 29 at the Walsenburg Community Center. The bazaar is open on Friday from 9am till 5pm, and on Saturday from 9am till 6pm.  The bazaar is open to the public. If you would like to have a booth, please contact Nancy Lave at 738-2005 or Marianne Smithey at 738-2393.

County Chamber


WALSENBURG- The Huerfano Chamber of Commerce is holding its Christmas Party on Dec. 5, 2008.  It will be held at La Plaza Inn at 6 pm. Tickets for this event are available at the Chamber of Commerce office starting Nov. 20.  The tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. A silent auction will be held after the dinner. Please bring a gift and join in the fun.

Holiday ART Feast

LA VETA- Kick off the holiday season with a progressive dinner that takes you to three outstanding galleries in La Veta.   On Dec. 6 from 5:30 – 7:30, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council is sponsoring the “Holiday ART Feast”.  Tickets are limited and are $20 each. Guests will get going at Pinon Hill Pottery, 221 N. Main, with appetizers and a drawing for locally handcrafted ceramics beginning at 5:30.  Beginning at 6 pm they can move on to the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus (in the Town Park) for the main course, and more drawings for locally created artwork.  Desserts will be served beginning at 6:30 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 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. This is an opportunity to donate to the building project and to enjoy an artful evening in La Veta.  The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is a nonprofit, volunteer 501(c)(3) organization supporting the arts and art education in the Spanish Peaks region.  The original gallery building was built by community volunteers on land generously leased to the organization (Friends of the Arts Guild) by the Town of La Veta in 1981. Since then the organization has grown and needs more room.  The expansion will retain the original building, adding two stories to the east of the existing building and a storage area to the north, retaining the southwest appearance.  There will be room for workshops, meetings, studio work, more gallery space, a better restroom, an entrance directly into the Town Park, and other upgrades. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and will help to sustain the arts in the community.  Contact Kathy Hill, 742-5756 for information.

Tinsley Farewell Open House

WALSENBURG- On Sunday, December 7, 2008, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, Calvalry Baptist Church will host an open house in honor of outgoing Pastor Alan Tinsley and his wife, Pam. Many in the community as a whole, in addition to those to whom Alan has ministered as a Pastor since June 1989, have been touched by this couple’s devotion to ministry and service. 

    The Tinsleys are leaving the Walsenburg community in order to move closer to family.  All who wish to say farewell and offer best wishes are invited to drop by. Calvary Baptist Church is located at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue.