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Upcoming Events for June 16, 2022

HUERFANO

Enroll your kids in Headstart

WALSENBURG— Enrollment is open for South Central Colorado Head Start in Walsenburg.  Pre-school children aged 3-5 years old are eligible.  The program offers education services, parent education and activities, nutritious meals, serves for children with disabilities, and health and dental services.  Call now to apply: 719-420-0125 or apply online at http://bit.ly/SCCOHSApplication

Call for Singers

HUERFANO— It’s not too late!  We’re still making a call for singers!  The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, southern Colorado’s premier community choir, is calling all singers, young and old, experienced, or willing to become experienced; sopranos, altos, tenors and basses –We’ll take all comers!  Did I mention tenors?  We love to make music and we’d love to have you join us.  Did I mention sopranos? We’re preparing for our end of summer concert on Tuesdays,  6:15 pm sharp, at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta.  Did I mention altos? We’ll have the sheet music for you and a cd if you don’t read music.  Did I mention basses? No matter what your range – come sing with us.  Be ready to  have fun making a joyful noise!  Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 with any questions you might have or email me at amuse@rmi.net (please put “Call for Singers!” in the subject line).

Weekend movie

WALSENBURG—The historic Fox Theatre’s  weekend movie is “Jurassic World Dominion,” rated PG 13 with a run time of two hours twenty-six minutes. Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures. Our weekend schedule is: Friday 7:30 p.m.,  Saturday 7:30 &  and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Expressionist Pastels at LVSA

LA VETA—The La Veta School of the Arts(LVSA) is proud to host artist and professor, Tony Ortega of Regis University, Denver on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 when he will teach Expressionist Pastels. He will help you open new ways of thinking about your art as he introduces students to his expressionist subjects and drawing techniques. The two-day workshop will explore composition, color theory, organizing a pastel palette, mark making, and understanding value through application of vivid and dynamic color. Learn to merge abstraction, simplification, and realism into your drawings. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent upon registration. All classes take place at LVSA across from Town Park on Ryus Ave in La Veta. For more information and to register, please visit www.the LVSA.org or call class administrator Lana Thomas at 719.746.2252. See Tony’s work and extensive bio at www.tonyortega.net

Sonic Bloom Festival

HUERFANO— The Hummingbird Ranch in northern Huerfano County, is home to the Sonic Bloom Festival, one of the longest-running music festivals in Colorado and a mecca for electronic and jam band fans alike. Each June, Spanish Peaks Country lights up with high-profile musical acts and much more! This fun weekend will be held Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19 at 732 Co Rd 653 Hummingbird Ranch. For more information please visit www.SonicBloomFestival.com

Little Shop of Horrors Musical

LA VETA— FCPA theater in La Veta invites you to their production of Little Shop of Horrors. Show times are as followed; June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7 p.m. and
June 19, 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets available online at Www.LaVetaTheaterweb.org Or at 127 West Francisco Street 10:00am to 4:00pm June 13,14,15! Tickets are $20.00 each.

SPLD Summer programs

WALSENBURG—This Friday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. we will be celebrating Dads.  Come join us for some stories about Dads and make a card to share.
We are also starting a new program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and it is for children 0- 5.  The goal is to read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten.  We’ll help you reach that goal by providing milestones and rewards along the way.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 719-695-1105 or sherry@spld.org.    We are open M – W from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Th – F from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm.  We hope to see you soon.

Small acreage workshop

HUERFANO—The Huerfano County Assessor’s Office will be holding a small acreage workshop to answer any questions you might have on agricultural status in a subdivision. Please join us on Friday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Center Conference room at 928 Russell Street.

Fridays for fun at LVSA

LA VETA—All children from ages 6- 13 are invited to participate in La Veta School of the Arts’ summer art program.  Friday, June 17, 1 – 3 p.m. we will design and create sand paintings just like the Native Americans created.  Sharona Nova-Whitley will explain the unique process and teach about how native Americans approached their art. Classes are $10 if you register early by calling:  719-742-3421 or $15 if you just come.  Scholarships are available.

Spanish Peaks Country Fest 2022

LA VETA— Spanish Peaks Country Fest 2022, Colorado’s premier country music festival, will be held on Friday, June 17 and Saturday June 18, at the La Veta airport at base of the gorgeous Spanish Peaks. Providing the biggest names in country music, with a one of a kind backdrop.
The 2022 lineup: includes Koe Wetzel, Tracy Byrd, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Charlie Jenkins, Cappton Reid, and Cody Cozz.  More info and tickets available at www.spanishpeakscf.com.  Tickets range from $60 general admission to $500 for VIPs.

Traditional Celtic music on the Bowed Psaltery

WALSENBURG—Join us Friday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Lathrop State Park’s amphitheater for a dash of history and a pinch of psaltery, bowed psaltery that is! Favorite local musicians Carol Queener and Larry Berg will be sharing songs, stories and a history of bowed psaltery instruments. The program is free and will last approximately 45 minutes. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Guided Walk on Edible, Medicinal, Dangerous and Useful Wild Plants

WALSENBURG—Join local naturalist and environmental interpreter, Bob Kennemer, this Saturday, June 18 at 10  a.m. for a two-hour guided walk along Horseshoe Lake to learn all about edible, medicinal, dangerous, and useful wild plants found in Lathrop State Park and the southern Rockies. There will also be a presentation by Bob Kennemer at the ampitheater at 7 p.m. The park is home to some of the most traditionally used edible and medicinal plants but also one of the most deadly poisonous plants, water hemlock. Learn how to: ID plants, the dos and don’ts of harvesting wild plants, along with a strong emphasis on safety, and the environmental ethics of foraging. This program is oriented towards adults, although children can attend with an adult. Pets are discouraged but allowed if on a leash. Bring sun protection, water, a notebook, and sturdy shoes. We will be meeting at the SE corner of Horseshoe Lake. Nearest parking is on the south end of Horseshoe Lake near the handicapped-accessible boat ramp. Walk up the gated, gravel service road toward the lake. The hike is free. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376.

Junior Rangers Program on Outdoor Awareness & Camping Awareness

WALSENBURG—Youth are invited to join us Saturday, June 18 afternoon at 1 p.m. near Lathrop’s State Park’s Swim Beach Playground. We’ll adventure with our natural awareness, and how to strengthen our outdoor awareness and camping skills. This program is free and Junior Rangers will earn their Junior Ranger badge. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Bruce Hayes

LA VETA—Sunday, June 19, 4-6 p.m. at Deerprint Wine Bar in La Veta. Bruce Hayes is a Colorado original. Singer/songwriter,  multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer, and instrument collector/historian. His music combines bluegrass, celtic, blues, rock and R&B into a unique potpourri of original and interpretative songs.  $15 for  advance tickets and  $18 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/bruce-hayes-tickets-106281

Experimental  Drawing & Painting at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA— La Veta School of the Arts presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO from Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 1, 2022.  Draw with charcoal and then use the images you created spontaneously to unfold abstract paintings. You’ll learn to make your work personal and original.  You’ll also learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Cost is $375.00 a week.  For more info or to register, call 719-742-3421, or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or register online at www.theLVSA.org.

Rena Kaplowitz celebration of life

LA VETA— A Celebration of Life for Rena Kaplowitz will be held at Town of La Veta Park a on Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m. There will be music, dancing, singing and sharing of stories about our beloved Rena. This is a potluck; please bring something to share. No alcohol is allowed in the park; dogs must be leashed. Should weather be a factor, we will move to La Veta Mercantile.

Screenwriting Fundamentals & Workshop

LA  VETA—Please join writer/director Stacy Arnold-Strider for fun and inciteful discussion about writing for film and developing your own screenplay. Arnold-Strider will break-down the screenwriting process, offer thoughtful critique of projects, and share helpful industry tips on writing for Hollywood and independent cinema. This workshop will be held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. starting this Tuesday, June 21 at the La Vet Public Library, 310 S. Main St.

Clay Play Class
 
LA VETA—The clay play class will be conducted by Ethan Myeler, an Eagle Scout and future art teacher. Over the past eight years, Ethan has attended multiple child, teen and adult SPACe art workshops to include the La Veta School of the Arts Fridays for Fun series and Peggy Zehrings Drawing & Painting workshop. The clay being used is Plastilina, non hardening modeling clay. Students will be taught techniques of using clay utensils. This is a free class for kids 9-14. The class date is Tuesday, June 21 1 -3 p.m. It will be held in the Capps room at Francisco Fort Museum. To enroll students call (719) 989-8438 before June 20th. Thank you, Sandy Dolak and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, and Arts in Society.

Pride Walk

LA VETA—Pride Walk in La Veta on Tuesday, June 21 at 5 p.m. We will meet at the La Veta Library and then walk proudly along Main Street to the Town Park. Wear your festive LGBTQ+ attire, bring your flags, and help us celebrate Pride Month. Dogs must be on leashes.

LVPL Summer Kids Program

LA VETA—Wednesday, June, 22 at 10 a.m. we will have our kids summer program. Our theme will be gardens and growing. We will be growing our own
hungry caterpillar plus other fun garden activities. Storytime starts at 10:00, activities afterward. Meet outside on the La Veta Public Library lawn. For more info visit our website www.lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Cuchara Hermosa Welcome Back Potluck

CUCHARA—Come out for the first event of the year at the Cuchara Community Center. Bring a dish to share as we welcome everyone back for the summer. Also, be sure to purchase one of our beautiful calendars! Join us Wednesday, June 22nd 5:30 p.m.

Junior Golf Camp

WALSENBURG—Two Peaks Fitness is bringing LPGA golf coaches to teach youth golf lessons at the Walsenburg Golf Course on Thursday, June 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For only $20 enjoy lessons with all equipment, snacks, and lunch provided! For ages 7-12, please visit twopeaksfitness.org or call Billy Sill at 512-844-6900 for more information.

Landscapes in Fabric art workshop

LA VETA— Learn how to use fabric and adhesive to create colorful landscapes under the guidance of textile artist Marika Guthrie. Marika will share her techniques and help students discover their own personal style. $35 includes all materials. The workshop is Friday June 24, 1 – 3 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta.
Register by contacting SPACe, 719 742-3074, email–spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com, or online at www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Deadline to register is Sat. June 18″
First Chair Festival and Fundraiser at Cuchara Mountain Park

Movie On the Mountain

CUCHARA— Friday, June 24, at sunset, Bachman & Associates is hosting a family movie night at the Cuchara Mountain Park to watch The Princess Bride! This event is free to the public, however, donations are encouraged to the La Veta Fire Protection District who will be on site! Concessions and production will be provided by the Fox Theatre. Please bring your own blankets or chairs for seating, the show will begin around sunset!

La Veta Independence Day Parade

LA VETA — Join us Saturday, July 2nd for the annual La Veta Independence Day Parade! We welcome any and all to participate including decorated floats or vehicles, businesses, non-profit groups, sports teams, political or religious entities, families, and friends of the community. Please join us in congratulating the Grand Marshall, Eleanor Foley! The theme this year is “Music of America” so let your creativity shine. The line-up will start at 9:30 a.m. at the old La Veta School parking lot located on Garland Street and Main. The parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m.. We look forward to another fantastic La Veta Independence Day Parade! For more information please call Stephanie Thomsen at (719) 742-5551 or LaRissa Morris at (808) 936-0663.

First Chair Festival

CUCHARA— Panadero Ski Corporation is hosting First Chair Festival and Fundraiser on Saturday, July 2. Come join us for a day of fun at Cuchara Mountain Park and Cuchara Mountain Mercantile as we raise money to return skiing to Cuchara Mountain Park. The Festival kicks off at 12 p.m. with a disc golf tournament, presented by Bachman and Associates Real Estate. Following the tournament we will have park volunteers offering nature hikes, talks, and kids activities. Music by Ponder the Albatross, food & drinks, and silent auction starts at 4 p.m. – doors open at 3pm. Food by Fat Weller’s BBQ, cold drinks, and a silent auction with great items provided by local to national businesses. All proceeds go to returning skiing to Cuchara and Huerfano County. Thanks to our event sponsors: Capture Colorado, Cuchara Mountain Mercantile, and Bud Hut Inc. & Urban Smoken. Entry to the festival is $20 with kids under 16 free. More information and to buy tickets and register for the disc golf tournament go to skiingcuchara.org. Have questions, email info@skiingcuchara.org

Vendors needed

LA VETA— LaVeta’s premiere summer event “Art in the Park” sponsored by the SPAcE Gallery is coming up this July 2nd and 3rd. It is a wonderful festival with food, music and fun and this year should be bigger and better than ever!  Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your wares and have some fun!  If you are interested in a booth it is not too late.  Contact Peggy Hoobler (719-742-5496) or Mitzi Keairns (719-742-5278) and we would be delighted to get you registered.  It is going to be a great event.We hope that you can join us!

LAS ANIMAS  

Pickup Roller Hockey

TRINIDAD— Join us at Skateland on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. for the next round of adult  pickup roller hockey. We’re gonna make it a monthly thing and then see if we can’t make a league out of it. Please invite your buddies. Bring whatever gear you’ve got plus a donation ($10 or so is awesome) to help cover the rental fee.

Mountaineers outdoor adventure

WESTON— The Mountaineers in an outdoor adventure program for youth that offers fun and creative hands-on skill building activities to keep kid’s minds, bodies and spirit inspired and stimulated. Kids ages 5-8 can join us on Fridays 10 a.m. and kids 9-14 can join us on Saturdays 10 a.m. Program materials fee is $10 per child and will be required for each field day. Please email us at earthmountainfarm@gmail.comor call 719-680-0215 to register.

Children’s Youth Theater

TRINIDAD— Main Street Live in Trinidad is wrapping up their two week youth theater camp with a series of performances this weekend. Children aged six to ten are performing “Flipped Fables” and children aged eleven and up are performing “Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Edition”.  Show times are Friday June 17, 2022 at 7 p.m., Saturday June 18, 2022 at 7 p.m,. and a Sunday June 19, 2022 matinée at 2 p.m.  Main Street Live is located at 131 W. Main in Trinidad.

Friday Night Live

TRINIDAD—This Friday night, June 17  and every Friday night throughout the summer join us at the at 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater for Friday Night Live @ Trinidad Lake State Park . Our Park Rangers inform and entertain with everything going on in around the Park. For information please call 719-846-6951.

Pride dance party

TRINIDAD—Celebrate love and diversity with us at ‘Dad Lounge on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Come shake it with DJ Wax Dattie for this 21+ event, no cover. Trinidad Lounge is located at 421 N. Commercial st. For more information please visit www.dadlounge.com

Colexico Experience Train Excursion

TRINIDAD/ RATON— On Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., join us for the Colexico experience train excursion over the Historic Raton Pass, through the “Rocky Mountain Land of Enchantment” for a day of curated activities.
The train will be departing 110 West Pine St in Trinidad and heading to Raton at 9 a.m. This Colexico excursion is free to ride and all ages are welcome.
For ticketsn go to www.eventbrite.com/e/colexico-experience-train-excursion-trinidad-to-raton-tickets-315586647157

Farmer’s market season kickoff

TRINIDAD—Join us for the kickoff of the Farmers Market season on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Vendors of all varieties will be at Cimino Park every Saturday morning. The Trinidad Triggers will be meeting and greeting fans, and live music will be preformed starting at 10am. We hope to see you there!

Santa Fe Trail Days

TRINIDAD— Once again, the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival is returning to Trinidad and will be held at the Los Niño’s field (soccer field). There will be food, crafts, music, plus much more and fun for all ages. Cappton Reid will be playing Friday at 6 p.m. and Turning point will be playing Saturday at 6 p.m. Join the fun on Friday, June 17, from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Presentation by Fishers Peak Outfitters

TRINIDAD—Please join Trinidad Lake State Park staff in welcoming Leigh and Carlos Lopez, owner operators of Fisher Peak Outfitters, Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.  They will  share their passion for hiking the great outdoors in southern Colorado and around the world. Their experience includes having hiked most of the trails in the region. Through their use of camping and hiking equipment in the back country trails in the area, they have developed an understanding of what works and what doesn’t.  There will be something for everyone in this practical hands-on presentation. The beginner and expert alike will gain insight from this interesting and fun program. Topics covered will include planning your hike, what to buy and what not to buy, what you should take and what to leave behind. Join us at the amphitheater for this informative program.

Archaeology Museum Open House

TRINIDAD—While the museum is open during regular hours throughout the year Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. we want to share it in the evening as well! Join us Friday, June 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. at its location on the ground floor, east entrance of the Freudenthal Memorial Library on the campus of Trinidad State College. It has been a tradition to hold an annual evening Open House so those people who can’t visit during daytime hours can come to see the museum. If you would like additional information, call Museum Director Loretta Martin at 719-846-5508. It’s hard to miss the museum entrance there’s a large Tyrannosaurus Rex outside to greet you! You can also visit us at https://trinidadstate.edu/archaeology-museum/

Youth Explorers Camp

TRINIDAD— Join Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center for the Youth Explorers Camp. Starting Monday, June 27 at 9 a.m. and ending July 1st, kids grades 3-8 can enjoy the fun summer activities including crafts, art archery and a field trip. Hosted by Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community center at 911 Robinson Ave, Trinidad. Please call 719-845-4894 for more information and to register.

COLFAX

Sugarite’s bodacious butterfly festival

RATON— Be bodacious and boogie over to Sugarite Canyon State Park this coming weekend, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19 for four different butterfly walks.
On Saturday, from 9 – 11 a.m., the walk will strt at the Soda Pocket Trailhead.  From 1-3 p.m., you can go butterfly gazing starting at the Lake Maloya Trailhead.
On Sunday from 9 – 11 a.m., the walk starts at Lake Dorothey, and from 1 – 3 p.m., the walk will begin at the visitor center.
Sugarite Canyon Park is located 6 and a half miles northeast of Raton.  take I-25 exit 452 at raton, and follow  NM-72 east for 3.5 miles, then go north on  NM-526.
Space is limited, sign up now!
For more information, call 575-445-5607.

Art Fair

SPRINGER— Springer summer arts and crafts fair will be on Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Santa Fe Trail Museum park. 34 vendors are registered offering original art, art prints, jewelry, Native American flutes, textiles, food and much more! Live music with singer-songwriter Riley Ross Walker and also JD’s DJ entertainment. Sponsored by Laughing Crow Artisans & Springer Chamber of Commerce.

Little Rock summer worship services

RATON— Our first service will be Sunday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m, with Ned Ortiz, Ret.Salvation Army chaplain, and a lay speaker with the Methodist Church in Raton, bringing the message. All are welcome to attend. The regular services will be held every Sunday at 2:30, from June 26th through August 7th. The Annual Picnic will be on August 14th, beginning with a potluck meal at noon, and a worship service immediately after.

Upcoming Events for June 9, 2022

HUERFANO

Enroll your kids in Headstart

WALSENBURG— Enrollment is open for South Central Colorado Head Start in Walsenburg.  Pre-school children aged 3-5 years old are eligible.  The program offers education services, parent education and activities, nutritious meals, serves for children with disabilities, and health and dental services.  Call now to apply: 719-420-0125 or apply online at http://bit.ly/SCCOHSApplication

Bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA — Thursday, June 9, 2-5 p.m. Spanish Peaks Cycling Association fixes your bikes and trikes – for free! Donations are always welcome. The clinic will be in front of the La Veta Public Library. For questions or more information, email info@spcycling.org.

First time homebuyers class

WALSENBURG— Why rent when you can buy? Join Code of the West and Spanish Peaks Library for this CHFA approved and HUD certified information class on Thursday, June 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join and all materials and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register please go to WWW.NWSOCO.ORG.

Weekend movie

WALSENBURG—The historic Fox Theatre’s  weekend movie is “Top Gun: Maverick,” rated PG-13 with a run time of 2 hours and 11 minutes. After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it. Our weekend schedule is: Friday · 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. There will not be a Saturday showing this week.

Bingo for FBLA

WALSENBURG—FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) at JMHS is putting on another Bingo Night fundraiser at the Eagles Hall Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Help JMHS and the Walsenburg Eagles get the hard working FBLA to the national championship in Chicago. Shout out to Samuel Romero, Malachi Aguirre, Mario La Rocca, and Mariah Vigil for working so hard and putting Walsenburg on the map!

Colorado native bees talk

WALSENBURG—Join us Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Lathrop State Park for Ryan Bartlett, founder of Colorado Native Bee. Ryan will give a solid, basic background on the almost 1000 species of Colorado native bees. We’ll learn how to differentiate between different types of bees and bumblebees and how to encourage bees to inhabit gardens and other outdoor spaces. As a naturalist, Ryan works to educate adults and youth about the importance of native plants and native pollinator conservation. For more info, contact Lathrop Park at 719-738-2376. The program is free. Park passes are required on vehicles.

Hike on native bee identification

WALSENBURG— Join us Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. at the amphitheater at Lathrop State Park to meet up with hike leader Ryan Bartlett, founder of Colorado Native Bee. Ryan will talk about bees and critical habitat for bees and their native flower associations. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. The program is free. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park.

Final free colcha embroidery class for

LA VETA— Many of you had wished for a Saturday class, so in honoring those needs Sandy Dolak will be offering a Colcha Embroidery Class on Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Francisco Fort Museum Capps Building (115 W.Francisco). We will break from noon to 1 for lunch and/or enjoying a free tour of our wonderful museum. In the morning, it will be mostly a repeat of our introduction to Colcha Embroidery Class and beginning stitchery. In the afternoon, we will have show and tell and explore the many options for your ongoing work. We will be joined by one of my favorite Colcheras from San Luis, Donna Hernandez. She is inspirational! Contact Sandy Dolak at sdolak@hhfoundation.org or text 719-251- 1271. This is made possible through collaboration with Think Art 360, Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and Francisco Fort Museum.

Junior Rangers- safety program

WALSENBURG—Junior Rangers (youth of all ages) come on over to the swim beach at Lathrop State Park this Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. for State Trooper Brandon Kuretich’s Bicycle, Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety program. Earn your Junior Ranger badge while becoming even wiser walkers, passengers in cars and bike riders in natural, outdoor settings like state parks and in areas where you live. This program is free. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Firebreak Community Kickoff

CUCHARA— Join us on Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for the SPAWP Highway 12 Firebreak Community Kickoff. Join us at the Cuchara Community Event Center as the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection joins forces with the Colorado State Forest Service to inform the community and invite everyone to participate in the mitigation projection along Highway 12. The goal is to mitigate 150 feet on either side of the highway to create a shaded fuel brake. There is a grant associated and funds are available to help.

Gardner Development Project

GARDNER—There are so many things developing in Gardner these days!  This Saturday, June 11 from 12 – 5 p.m., there will be an event featuring Architect Electra Johnson at the Raymond Aguirre Community Center in Gardner.  The Gardner Main St. Board hosts the event and they need our help getting the word out to friends and family, neighbors, and all our cousins.

Eagles celebrating 38th anniversary

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Fraternal Order of Eagles #1187 will be celebrating their 38th anniversary on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg.  The meeting starts at 2 p.m, with a dinner and dance to follow.  The dinner will be an old fashioned barbeque, prepared by the aerie’s men.

Jon Shain  

LA VETA- Singer-songwriter Jon Shain will be playing Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m., at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St, La Veta. Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words and his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. For more information on his music please visit www.jonshain.com
Tickets are $18 advance. $20 day of show  and can be found at https://www.simpletix.com/e/jon-shain-tickets-102252

Snakes! A fun and educational program

WALSENBURG—Come learn about Snakes, especially rattlesnakes and bull snakes, at Lathrop State Park. Join us Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater. Colorado is home to a variety of snakes, and two of them look a lot alike. Bull snakes are often confused with rattlesnakes, but bull snakes can’t hurt you as they are non venomous. Both play an important part in nature. Join local naturalist, Bob Kennemer, as he teaches you how to tell the difference between these two reptiles. Bob will also share precautions you take to avoid getting bit by a rattler and what to do if you get bit. More importantly, he will teach you what not to do, should you or someone you know gets bitten. Snake legends, lore, and plain old “bull” will also be covered. This program ranges from wildly funny to seriously educational, with an opportunity to handle live non venomous snakes. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. The program is free. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park.

Outdoor movie: A League of Their Own

WALSENBURG— The outdoor movie on Saturday, June 11, is hosted by our historic Fox Theatre Walsenburg at the Walsenburg Golf Course. Admission is free and popcorn, snacks, or a drink from the bar will also be available for purchase. Please arrive at 7 p.m. to pick a seat. The movie start time is roughly 8 p.m.. You access the golf course via Lathrop State Park entrance but no park pass is required. Stay to the right and follow the signs to the golf course. Or take Second Street out from Walsenburg and follow the dirt road to the clubhouse.
This weekend’s movie is “ A League of Their Own” As America’s stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell co-star as two of the sisters’ teammates.

Susan Gibson

LA VETA—Singer-songwriter Susan Gibson will take the stage at Deerprint Wine bar in La Veta on Sunday, June 12, 4-6 p.m. Susan Gibson was born in Fridley, Minnesota, and is a Wimberley, Texas-based singer and songwriter who has released six solo albums and tours the nation. Gibson was the lead singer for the alternative country band, The Groobees, and is the writer of the Dixie Chicks hit “Wide Open Spaces”. Gibson continues to affirm her place on the list of troubadour songwriters who have an innate need to affect the lives of their fellow humans through song. Tickets are $18 advance tickets, $20 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/susan-gibson-tickets-102533

Arte de Nuestras Abuelos — Art of our Grandparents

WALSENBURG— Please come to our second painting event of spring on Monday, June 13 from 1 -3 p.m. We supply canvas, paints, refreshments, fun and free to participate. This months requested subject can be simple or more in advanced in detail if desired. Instruction by Jenn Dunn at the Walsenburg Housing Authority in the Activities room, 220 Russell St. Please call 719-989-8438 to RSVP or for more information.

Francisco Fort Closed Week of June 13th    

LA VETA— The Plaza at Francisco Fort Museum, 306 South Main Street, La Veta, CO 81055 will be graded this week and dry wells will be placed so that the adobe walls and structure of the Fort will continue to be preserved. This was to be done last fall but with Covid and supply chain issues the work could not be scheduled until this summer. The Fort will open as soon as possible after the work is completed. Check our website   https://www.franciscofort.org/events-calendar and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FranciscoFortMuseum for more information.

Western Rendezvous Art Show

LA VETA— Artists working in all media are invited to enter the Western Rendezvous Art Exhibit sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta. This is a juried and judged show with cash awards for winners in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places. Entries must be hand delivered to SPACe the week of June 14. Complete details are available on the SPACe website, https://spanishpeaksarts.org as well as at the
SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta. Call 719 742-3074 or email spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com to have an entry form sent to you.

Community blood drive

WALSENBURG—Tuesday, June 14, from 9 a.m. – 2  p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell St in Walsenburg. This blood drive is hosted by the American Legion Post 16.

Call for singers!

LA VETA—The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, southern Colorado’s premier community choir is calling all singers, young and old. Experienced, or willing to become experienced; Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses – will take all-comers! Did I mention Tenors? We love to make music and we’d love to have you join us. Did I mention Sopranos? We will start preparing for our end of summer concert on Tuesday June 14, at 6:15 p.m. sharp at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta, and we’ll meet every Tuesday evening henceforth, same time, same place. Did I mention Altos? Will have sheet music for you and a CD if you don’t read music. Did I mention Basses? No matter what you range, come sing with us. Be ready to have fun making a joyful noise. Call Kalima @ 719-742-5333 with any questions you might have. Email me at amuse@RMI.net. Please put “Call to Singers” in the subject line.

LVPL Summer kids program

LA VETA—Wednesday, June, 15, 10 a.m. , our theme will be Dr Seuss fun and we will be doing fun fiber projects, sewing fish toys, making yarn turtles, and creating fabric collages. Storytime starts at 10 a.m., activities afterward. Meet outside on the La Veta Public Library lawn. For more info visit our website www.lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Expressionist Pastels at LVSA

LA VETA—The La Veta School of the Arts(LVSA) is proud to host artist and professor, Tony Ortega of Regis University, Denver on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 when he will teach EXPRESSIONIST PASTELS. He will help you open new ways of thinking about your art as he introduces students to his expressionist subjects and drawing techniques. The two-day workshop will explore composition, color theory, organizing a pastel palette, mark making, and understanding value through application of vivid and dynamic color. Learn to merge abstraction, simplification, and realism into your drawings. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent upon registration. All classes take place at LVSA across from Town Park on Ryus Ave in La Veta. For more information and to register, please visit www.the LVSA.org or call class administrator Lana Thomas at 719.746.2252. See Tony’s work and extensive bio at www.tonyortega.net

Sonic Bloom Festival

HUERFANO— The Hummingbird Ranch in northern Huerfano County, is home to the Sonic Bloom Festival, one of the longest-running music festivals in Colorado and a mecca for electronic and jam band fans alike. Each June, Spanish Peaks Country lights up with high-profile musical acts and much more! This fun weekend will be held Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19 at 732 Co Rd 653 Hummingbird Ranch. For more information please visit www.SonicBloomFestival.com

Small acreage workshop

HUERFANO—The Huerfano County Assessor’s Office will be holding a small acreage workshop to answer any questions you might have on agricultural status in a subdivision. Please join us on Friday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Center Conference room at 928 Russell Street.

Fridays for fun at LVSA

LA VETA—All children from ages 6- 13 are invited to participate in La Veta School of the Arts’ summer art program.  Friday, June 17, 1 – 3 p.m. we will design and create sand paintings just like the Native Americans created.  Sharona Nova-Whitley will explain the unique process and teach about how native Americans approached their art. Classes are $10 if you register early by calling:  719-742-3421 or $15 if you just come.  Scholarships are available.

Spanish Peaks Country Fest 2022

LA VETA— Spanish Peaks Country Fest 2022, Colorado’s premier country music festival, will be held on Friday, June 17 and Saturday June 18, at the La Veta airport at base of the gorgeous Spanish Peaks. Providing the biggest names in country music, with a one of a kind backdrop.
The 2022 lineup: includes Koe Wetzel, Tracy Byrd, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Charlie Jenkins, Cappton Reid, and Cody Cozz.  More info and tickets available at www.spanishpeakscf.com.  Tickets range from $60 general admission to to $500 for VIPs.

Experimental  Drawing & Painting at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA— La Veta School of the Arts presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO from Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 1, 2022.  Draw with charcoal and then use the images you created spontaneously to unfold abstract paintings. You’ll learn to make your work personal and original.  You’ll also learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Cost is $375.00 a week.  For more information or to register call 719-742-3421, or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or register online at www.theLVSA.org.

Landscapes in Fabric art workshop

LA VETA— Learn how to use fabric and adhesive to create colorful landscapes under the guidance of textile artist Marika Guthrie. Marika will share her techniques and help students discover their own personal style. $35 includes all materials. The workshop is June 24, 1 – 3 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta.
Register by contacting SPACe, 719 742-3074, email–spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com, or online at www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

Vendors needed

LA VETA— LaVeta’s premiere summer event “Art in the Park” sponsored by the SPAcE Gallery is coming up this July 2nd and 3rd. It is a wonderful festival with food, music and fun and this year should be bigger and better than ever!  Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your wares and have some fun!  If you are interested in a booth it is not too late.  Contact Peggy Hoobler (719-742-5496) or Mitzi Keairns (719-742-5278) and we would be delighted to get you registered.  It is going to be a great event.We hope that you can join us!

LAS ANIMAS  

Hometown Holidays Dance

TRINIDAD—Hometown Holidays presents the annual Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance- a Summer Luau at Flo-Jo’s at 125 N. Chestnut, from 6 – 9 p.m. Mother-Son Dance is Friday, June 10 and Father-Daughter Dance is Saturday, June 11. Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is $10 in Advance, $12 at the Door. For tickets please call 719-846-0562. Www.HometownHolidaysTrinidad.Com and on Facebook. Sponsored By Bar NI.

Friday night live

TRINIDAD— This Friday, June 10 and every Friday night throughout the summer join us at the at 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater for Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park . Our Park Rangers inform and entertain with everything going on in around the Park. For information call 719-846-6951.

Life Along the Santa Fe Trail

TRINIDAD— This Saturday, June 11 at 7 p. m. Join us at the Ampitheater in Trinidad Lake State Park for the presentation on Life Along the Santa Fe Trail. Trinidad was founded on the Santa Fe Trail, a wagon road used by merchants traveling between New Mexico and Missouri in 1821-1880.  Al Melton, the Museum Director of History Colorado’s Trinidad History Museum, will talk about the Trail and Trinidad using a trunk filled with touchable objects for a hands-on experience. During this program, we will learn about the challenges of traveling the trail, what daily life was like on the trail, who used the trail, and why they risked so much to do so.

Trail Work Saturdays

TRINIDAD— Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., join Trinidad Trails Alliance to help maintain and expand our favorite local trails at the Wormhole! We’re meeting every Second Saturday throughout the summer.  If you have a favorite tool, bring it along. We will also supply additional tools. Bring your own water, sunscreen, and work gloves. This Saturday is also Bob Holder Day! Come celebrate local hero District Wildlife Manager Bob Holder’s birthday! Cake and beverages provided. For questions and more info, contact (719) 859-0379.

Hot yoga in the park

TRINIDAD— Hot yoga in the park will be held from 9-10 a.m., in the Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, 225 N. Commercial St., Join Lisa Camarillo for an hour of Hot Yoga, starting Saturday, June 11 and running til Aug 27. Please call 719-845-4894 for more information.

Flea market

BONCARBO— Join us at the Boncarbo Fire Station at
14589 CR 57.7 on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
for a multi vendor flea market. Sponsored by BonCarbo VFD Auxiliary, vendors $10.00 per table. Please call 719-846-8538 for more information.

Purgatory River Car and Bike show

TRINIDAD—Get ready for the Annual Purgatory River Car & Bike Show on June 11th, located on Main Street in Trinidad, Co! Come on down & check out the cool rides! Pre registration is $25, day of show registration is $30. Registration is from 8 – 11 a.m. Show time is at 11 a.m., awards to be announced at 4 p.m.
All trophies are custom made again this year, with new designs! Proceeds to be donated to TSC Automotive Department & War Dog Memorial Colorado. The War Dogs organization will also be present again this year, just as they were last! Make sure to come by & meet them. Show up & let’s have a good time! For more information, please email purgatoryrivercarbikeshow@outlook.com

Tarantula Cycles Grand Opening & Pack the Patio Party

TRINIDAD— Join us at the old Elm St train depot on Saturday, June 11 from 2 – 5 p.m. as we pack the patio with your favorite local businesses popping up, an Art Car appearance (of course), and great deals from Sexy Grandma’s.  At 5  p.m. we’ll gather for a relaxed gravel ride, 15 miles or less, no-drop, party pace. We’ll share the route ahead of time, but likely cruising out to South Shore at the Lake Park or maybe heading up to Engleville. After the ride, we’ll return to the depot for an outdoor concert from Trinidad’s own Robbie & the
Reckless!

Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its upcoming event; the Second Saturday Series will continue this Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. An open mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at Mutiny Information Café, 135 East Main St. The evening begins with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. the featured poet is Michele Battiste, of Lafayette, Colorado.

Guided hike

TRINIDAD—Join Volunteer Park Interpreter, Sydnee Waller on the Levsa Trail on Sunday, June 12 at 9 a.m .This leisurely hike will explore the wonders of the pinion-juniper woodland ecosystem, some local history, and the beginnings of Trinidad Lake. All ages are welcome, but children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Wear properly fitting hiking shoes. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Philosophy Café

TRINIDAD— Philosophy Café will meet again on Monday evening, June 13th, at 5 p.m.. The topic is Fear, or The Philosophy of Fear. This will be a remote Zoom Meeting and you must register to join at https://bit.ly/39ELYRK . I hope you can join us. If you have any questions, feel free to reply or call the library at 719-846-6841 and ask for Tom.

Engaging Nature

TRINIDAD— De-stress, improve mood, relieve anxiety  and reconnect with this free class at the Trinidad Community Garden, corner of Linden Ave and White St. This class is hosted by Desiree Moreno of Health Solutions every Tuesday this summer. Ages 7-15 are from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and ages 16+ from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Chalk the walk

TRINIDAD— Join us at the Trinidad Carnegie Public  library on Tuesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. for Chalk the Walk. Learn different art techniques while creating a sidewalk mural in front of the library. The theme will be based on Oceans of Possibilities and is for grades K-5. This program will be taught by Julie McDaniel. Space is limited so please call the library at 719-846-6841 to reserve your spot. Please come prepared to our outdoor events with sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a towel, chair, or blanket to sit on.

Finding your chill zone

TRINIDAD— Kids ages 8-12 join us at the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad in building skills of emotional intelligence, anger management, calming techniques and anti- bullying concepts. Health Solutions is hosting this free group with curriculum following “Seeing Red” by Jennifer Simmonds. Beginning Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and held every Wednesday over the summer. A virtual group will be held for ages 13-17 on Tuesdays from 3 – 4 p.m. via Zoom. For more information please contact Michael Vecellio at 719-846-4416 ext 409 or Desiree Moreno 719-846-4416 ext 441.

Father’s Day basket fundraiser

TRINIDAD—Get the special father in your life  one of these amazing gift baskets for Father’s day. We have done the hard work getting the goodies gathered for you, all you have to do is get your name in for a chance to win it. Each ticket is $ 5 for $20 for 5 tickets. The drawing will be held on Friday, June 15. You can see the baskets and purchase tickets at Corradino in Trinidad. In Walsenburg you can get tickets at Farm  Bureau. For more information please call Kendra at  (719) 946-5510 or (719) 680-0693. All proceeds go to Roar for Relay for Life.

Business Showcase

TRINIDAD—On the third Wednesday of each month, The Trinidad – Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce gathers for a monthly Business Showcase. Join us on Wednesday, June 15 at 12 p.m. for this months showcase with guest speaker, Department of Human Resources.  Our Business Showcases are hosted at the Trinidad State College, Pioneer Room and a tasty meal is prepared by a local caterer that is a TLAC Member.  A Business Showcase features a special speaker and/or presentation, important community announcements, and great opportunities to forge valuable connections in the Trinidad – Las Animas County business community.

Pickup Roller Hockey

TRINIDAD— Join us at Skateland on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. for the next round of adult  pickup roller hockey. We’re gonna make it a monthly thing and then see if we can’t make a league out of it. Please invite your buddies. Bring whatever gear you’ve got plus a donation ($10 or so is awesome) to help cover the rental fee.

Santa Fe Trail Days

TRINIDAD— Once again, the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival is returning to Trinidad and will be held at the Los Niño’s field (soccer field). There will be food, crafts, music, plus much more and fun for all ages. Vendors with food and non-food items are welcome to apply at the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber office at 127 N. Commercial Street, Suite 204 Trinidad CO 81082, or call Amy Navarette @ 719-846-9285, or email chamber@tlacchamber.org for an application or information. Spaces are limited. Application deadline is June 3, 2022, there is a fee for non-members of the TLAC Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are needed, if you are interested contact the Chamber office. Join the fun on Friday, June 17, 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

COLFAX

Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous

COLFAX— The annual Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous is being held Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 19  at the Whittington Center in Coal Canyon. Hundreds of re-enactors participate in a living-history rendezvous of pre-1840’s clad mountain men with a black-powder shoot, hatchet throw, and teepee village. A Santa Fe Trail reenactment with Native Americans, Spaniards and mountain men is held on Saturday. It’s the largest gathering of its kind in New Mexico.
The eight-day event stretches from the 2nd to 3rd Sunday every June, since 1975. There is also a one day-tour of the Santa Fe Trail ruts on NRA property leading to the Clifton House.
For more information please contact Thomas Lewis at theshootist44@yahoo.com or call 719-204-6464.

Faces of the moon

RATON— Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. join Sugarite Canyon State Park for this fun Faces of the Moon program. From the rabbit on the moon tp the maiden of rainbow, discover our moons many incredible faces. Dress warmly and meet us at the Soda Pocket Amphitheater. Deep-sky telescope viewing to follow the presentation.

Moonlight Hike

CAPULIN— Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full, or nearly full, moon on Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations required; call 575-278-2201 to reserve a spot.

Colfax County Health Council

COLFAX— The Colfax County Health Council’s June Zoom Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 12 p.m. Meeting ID: 893 3108 5811
Passcode: 483932

Upcoming Events for June 2, 2022

HUERFANO

Huerfano Historical Society meeting

HUERFANO— The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 4 p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center at 114 W. 6th St. in Walsenburg. All people interested in history are encouraged to attend.
For more information,  please call 719-738-2346 or email huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com.

First Friday Art Walk

LA VETA—Meet us in the La Veta Creative District for First Friday Art Walk festivities on Friday, June 3 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Explore shops and galleries; meet local, national, and international artists; and dine at breweries and restaurants! All activities associated with the First Friday Art Walk are free! For more information about the event, visit http://fb.me/e/29U24tRZU or contact Kate McCabe at 303.746.8323 or info@lavetacreativedistrict.org. This event is sponsored by the La Veta Creative District, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the Town of La Veta, and the Huerfano County Government.

First Fridays in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG—El Loco Fandango will perform on June 3 at Miners Plaza at 5 p.m. There will be free children’s crafts.  Face Painting and more.  Music at 7pm.   Sponsored by Fox Theatre of Walsenburg

Bowed Saltry-Celtic music

WALSENBURG—Celtic Music in the Amphitheater at Lathrop State Park. Please join us Friday, June 3 at 6:30  p.m. for an evening of celtic music with Bowed Saltry. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The Park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park, as well as for bikers and walk-ins.

Erinn Peet Lukes

LA VETA—Appearing Friday, June 3, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile, is Erinn Peet Lukes, a singer, guitarist, songwriter and music educator originally from Redondo Beach, California. Her passion for songwriting and singing grew as she played open mics and small shows as a young solo act in big music cities like Seattle and New York City. $15 advance tickets, $18 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/erin-peet-lukes-tickets-102247

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “Top Gun: Maverick”. After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it.  Movie Showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

Water and Land Safety Program

WALSENBURG— There will be a water and land safety program in the Amphitheater in Lathrop State Park on Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m. Join Ranger Spencer and Trooper Brandon to learn more about water and land safety here at Lathrop Park and for all your summertime activities. Lathrop State Park has two lakes for visitors to enjoy for a variety of activities, including swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, boating and fishing. Each lake has its own regulations. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719-738-2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park, as well as for bikers and walk-ins.

Lawn Concert with The Flores

CUCHARA— There will be a lawn concert in Cuchara, Saturday, June 4, 6 p.m. featuring, back by popular demand, The Flores, a 1950’s Rock ‘N Roll duo. Some Patsy Cline, some rockabilly, and a whole lot of classic rock ‘n roll. Bring your lawn chairs and friends and enjoy your evening. $20 at the door. Please call us at 719-989-1530 for more information. Location has been moved to the Cuchara Yacht Club.

Fun family walk/run/bike event

WALSENBURG—Lathrop State Park and La Veta Trails are hosting a Fun Family Walk/Run/Bike on the Cuerno Verde Trail to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, 9 -11 a.m.. This fun walk/run/bike is a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and Lathrop State Park. The Cuerno Verde Trail is a 3-mile concrete trail that is wide, and easy with no incline, so it is stroller- and wheel-chair friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. There will be a scavenger hunt checklist so children and Junior Rangers can find things on the trail.
To make this event even better, CPW is inviting resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 4th and 5th. The free fishing weekend is a great way to get outside with family and friends. CPW reminds you that although a license or Habitat Stamp is not required on Free Fishing Weekend, all other rules and regulations will apply.  Contact La Veta Trails with your questions 719-890-4071.

Gardner Valley School’s Open Garden

GARDNER — Beginning Saturday, June 4 and continuing throughout July, the vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner Valley School will be open to the public two mornings a week; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-noon
We invite you to join us to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, feed the birds and have fun. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down, everyone is welcome. For more info, call Suzanne at (710)746-2423 or Denise at (970)690-5208. Follow us on Facebook at: Friends of Gardner Valley School.

La Veta Boosters corn hole tournament

CUCHARA—Join us for a corn hole tournament for the La Veta Boosters at the Cuchara Yacht Club! $25 per person, 40 teams max. First come first serve, register by 10:30 a.m Saturday, June 4, tournament starts at 11 a.m. To pre-register, email lavetaboosters@gmail.com.
Enjoy prizes, music, food and drinks! A custom cornhole board will be auctioned! Thanks to our sponsors the following prizes will be given away: First Place – $300 (Donated by Bachman & Associates), Second Place – $200 (Donated by Noordik Construction Inc), Third Place – $100 (Donated by La Veta Liquors).

Pint and a Half

LA VETA—Sunday, June 5, 4 – 6 p.m., at Deerprint Wine in La Veta. Pint and a Half rooted in Salida, CO and Truth or Consequences, NM, and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Tami Sheppard (vocals, percussion), Pint & A Half’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound. Pint & A Half’s sizzling chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmers during their energetic performances.
$15 advance tickets, $18 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/pint-and-a-half-tickets-102251

Life and death series

WALSENBURG— Letting Go and Moving Through Grief – Letting go of someone we have loved who has passed is a difficult time in life. We could also be grieving the loss of a pet, spouse through divorce, a job we cherished. Grief affects all of us. Come learn productive ways to handle this emotion at Spanish Peaks Library Community Room, on Wednesday, June 8 at 11 a.m. Refreshments served. Presented by Elisa Ingoldby C.S.A Sponsored by Boies-Ortega Funeral Home

SBDC meet and greet

WALSENBURG-Join the Southern Colorado SBDC on Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. for a meet and greet with Executive Director Brian Estrada. Learn more about how the SBDC can help your business thrive. The meet and greet will be at the Huerfano Community Center on 928 Russel Ave, Walsenburg. Lunch will be provided. For more information go to www.southerncoloradoSBDC.org or call 719-549-3245

Bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA — Thursday, June 9, 2-5 p.m. Spanish Peaks Cycling Association fixes your bikes and trikes – for free! Donations are always welcome. The clinic will be in front of the La Veta Public Library. For questions or more information, email info@spcycling.org.

First time homebuyers class

WALSENBURG— Why rent when you can buy? Join Code of the West and Spanish Peaks Library for this CHFA approved and HUD certified information class on Thursday, June 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join and all materials and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register please go to WWW.NWSOCO.ORG.

Painting workshop with Kim Mackey

LA VETA— Develop your imagination and painting techniques in oil or acrylic, focusing on the principles of color, design, and value with acclaimed artist Kim Mackey. The one day class is Saturday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta. The deadline to register is this Saturday, June 4. The fee is $75. A list of suggested materials is available. Call or email SPACe for information. 719 742-3074 /spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com.

Firebreak Community Kickoff

CUCHARA— Join us on Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for the SPAWP Highway 12 Firebreak Community Kickoff. Join us at the Cuchara Community Event Center as the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection joins forces with the Colorado State Forest Service to inform the community and invite everyone to participate in the mitigation projection along Highway 12. The goal is to mitigate 150 feet on either side of the highway to create a shaded fuel brake. There is a grant associated and funds are available to help the community.

Final free colcha embroidery class for the season

LA VETA— Many of you had wished for a Saturday class, so in honoring those needs Sandy Dolak will be offering a Colcha Embroidery Class on Saturday June 11, 10 a.m.- 3p.m. at the Francisco Fort Museum Capps Building (115 W.Francisco). We will break from noon to 1 for lunch and/or enjoying a free tour of our wonderful museum. In the morning, it will be mostly a repeat of our introduction to Colcha Embroidery Class and beginning stitchery. In the afternoon, we will have show and tell and explore the many options for your ongoing work. We will be joined by one of my favorite Colcheras from San Luis, Donna Hernandez. She is inspirational! Contact Sandy Dolak at sdolak@hhfoundation.org or text 719-251- 1271. This is made possible through collaboration with Think Art 360, Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and Francisco Fort Museum.

Eagles celebrating their 38th anniversary

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Fraternal Order of Eagles #1187 will be celebrating their 38th anniversary on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg.  The meeting starts at 2 p.m, with a dinner and dance to follow.  The dinner will be an old fashioned barbeque, prepared by the aerie’s men.

Outdoor movie: A League of Their Own

WALSENBURG— The outdoor movie on Saturday, June 11, is hosted by our historic Fox Theatre Walsenburg at the Walsenburg Golf Course. Admission is free and popcorn, snacks, or a drink from the bar will also be available for purchase. Please arrive at 7 p.m. to pick a seat. The movie start time is roughly 8 p.m.. You access the golf course via Lathrop State Park entrance but no park pass is required. Stay to the right and follow the signs to the golf course. Or take Second Street out from Walsenburg and follow the dirt road to the clubhouse.
This weekend’s movie is “ A League of Their Own” As America’s stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell co-star as two of the sisters’ teammates.

Arte de Nuestras Abuelos- Art of our Grandparents

WALSENBURG— Please come to our second painting event of spring on Monday, June 13 from 1 -3 p.m. We supply canvas, paints, refreshments, fun and free to participate. This months requested subject can be simple or more in advanced in detail if desired. Instruction by Jenn Dunn at the Walsenburg Housing Authority in the Activities room, 220 Russle Ave. Please call 719-989-8438 to RSVP or for more information.

Western Rendezvous Art Show

LA VETA— Artists working in all media are invited to enter the Western Rendezvous Art Exhibit sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta. This is a juried and judged show with cash awards for winners in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places. Entries must be hand delivered to SPACe the week of June 14. Complete details are available on the SPACe website, https://spanishpeaksarts.org as well as at the
SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta. Call 719 742-3074 or email spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com to have an entry form sent to you.

Sonic Bloom Festival

HUERFANO— The Hummingbird Ranch in northern Huerfano County, is home to the Sonic Bloom Festival, one of the longest-running music festivals in Colorado and a mecca for electronic and jam band fans alike. Each June, Spanish Peaks Country lights up with high-profile musical acts and much more! This fun weekend will be held Thursday, June 16-Sunday, June 19 at 732 Co Rd 653 Hummingbird Ranch. For more information please visit www.SonicBloomFestival.com

Vendors needed

LA VETA—LaVeta’s premiere summer event “Art in the Park” sponsored by the SPAcE Gallery is coming up this July 2nd and 3rd. It is a wonderful festival with food, music and fun and this year should be bigger and better than ever!  Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your wares and have some fun!  If you are interested in a booth it is not too late.  Contact Peggy Hoobler (719-742-5496) or Mitzi Keairns (719-742-5278) and we would be delighted to get you registered.  It is going to be a great event.We hope that you can join us!

LAS ANIMAS  

Senior Days

TRINIDAD—Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, CO, are Friday, June 3 from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Saturday June 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Most items 50% off. For more information please call us at 846-8522.

First Friday- Saving Trinidad

TRINIDAD— The Trinidad Art Council will have its first “First Friday Art Walk” Friday, June 3 in downtown Trinidad from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries, restaurants, and other businesses will be open late.  Live music will help provide the entertainment.
Other activities are also scheduled including the grand opening of the Kuehl Fine Art Fine Gallery at the A. R. Mitchell Museum. The opening reception for Jim Alford, at the Marketplace Gallery, will also happen at the same time, and the Mutiny Cafe will also be having Open Mic Night.  Performers must present original work. Music, poetry, and spoken word are all welcome.
A play, “Echoes of History; Saving Trinidad’s Past” will show at the Trinidad History Museum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. And an audio-visual presentation of the exciting, newly adapted historic walking tour, will also be shown.
For more information, contact the individual venues or Jody Alford at 719-859-1103.

“Fools” Opening night

TRINIDAD— “Fools” by Neil Simon is a comedy that opens at Main Street LIVE, Trinidad, on Friday, June 3 and runs two weekends. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees.  Tickets $18 online or at the door.  www.mainstreetlive.org  719 846 4765.

Friday Night Live

TRINIDAD—This Friday Night, June 3 and every Friday night throughout the summer, join us at the at 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater for Friday Night Live @ Trinidad Lake State Park . Our park rangers inform and entertain with everything going on in around the park. For information call 719-859-1142

Colorado’s Free Fishing Weekend

TRINIDAD—Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m. join us in celebrating Colorado’s Free Fishing Weekend. Master angler, Mark Hanson, will be presenting a program on the basics of fishing. He will demonstrate different types of tackle, bait and some techniques to begin trying your hand in going after the fish in our region. This program will be of interest for anglers of all ability levels. Join us at the amphitheater for this informative program.

23rd Annual Fishing Tournament

WESTON—Stonewall Fire Auxiliary is hosting the 23rd Annual Fishing Tournament at Monument Lake Resort west of Trinidad on scenic HWY 12. The fun will begin on Saturday, June 4 with registration at 7 a.m. and orientation at 8 a.m., fishing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. with awards at 4 p.m. Boats and live bait will not be permitted, and there will be fishing for trout and salmon only.
There’s $3,000 in cash prizes, and  winners will be judged by weight of fish and the earliest time of weigh in.

Free Wellness Expo at Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens

TRINIDAD—Over 20 health and wellness providers will be onsite at the Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, 225 N. Commercial St. in Trinidad on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Included will be body and hoilistic presenetations, Qi Gong, toga and Buddhist meditation demonstrations, free hemoglobin A1C reading, and a Gung Fu tea ceremony.  Three prizes will also be raffled off during the event.
The full list of scheduled events may be found at MtCarmelCenter.org.

Hometown Holidays Dance

TRINIDAD—Hometown Holidays presents the annual Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance- a Summer Luau at Flo-Jo’s at 125 N. Chestnut, from 6 – 9 p.m. Mother-Son Dance is Friday, June 10 and Father-Daughter Dance is Saturday, June 11. Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is $10 in Advance, $12 at the Door. For tickets please call 719-846-0562. Www.HometownHolidaysTrinidad.Com and on Facebook. Sponsored By Bar NI.

Purgatory River Car and Bike show

TRINIDAD—Get ready for the Annual Purgatory River Car & Bike Show on June 11th, located on Main Street in Trinidad, Co! Come on down & check out the cool rides! Pre registration is $25, day of show registration is $30. Registration is from 8 – 11 a.m. Show time is at 11 a.m., awards to be announced at 4 p.m.
All trophies are custom made again this year, with new designs! Proceeds to be donated to TSC Automotive Department & War Dog Memorial Colorado. The War Dogs organization will also be present again this year, just as they were last! Make sure to come by & meet them. Show up & let’s have a good time! For more information, please email purgatoryrivercarbikeshow@outlook.com

Philosophy Café

TRINIDAD— Philosophy Café will meet again on Monday evening, June 13th, at 5 p.m.. The topic is Fear, or The Philosophy of Fear. This will be a remote Zoom Meeting and you must register to join at https://bit.ly/39ELYRK . I hope you can join us. If you have any questions, feel free to reply or call the library at 719-846-6841 and ask for Tom.

Chalk the walk

TRINIDAD—Join us at the Trinidad Carnegie Public  library on Tuesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. for Chalk the Walk. Learn different art techniques while creating a sidewalk mural in front of the library. The theme will be based on Oceans of Possibilities and is for grades K-5. This program will be taught by Julie McDaniel. Space is limited so please call the library at 719-846-6841 to reserve your spot. Please come prepared to our outdoor events with sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a towel, chair, or blanket to sit on.

Pickup Roller Hockey

TRINIDAD— Join us at Skateland on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. for the next round of adult  pickup roller hockey. We’re gonna make it a monthly thing and then see if we can’t make a league out of it. Please invite your buddies. Bring whatever gear you’ve got plus a donation ($10 or so is awesome) to help cover the rental fee.

Santa Fe Trail Days

TRINIDAD— Once again, the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival is returning to Trinidad and will be held at the Los Niño’s field (soccer field). There will be food, crafts, music, plus much more and fun for all ages. Vendors with food and non-food items are welcome to apply at the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber office at 127 N. Commercial Street, Suite 204 Trinidad CO 81082, or call Amy Navarette @ 719-846-9285, or email chamber@tlacchamber.org for an application or information. Spaces are limited. Application deadline is June 3, 2022, there is a fee for non-members of the TLAC Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are needed, if you are interested contact the Chamber office. Join the fun on Friday, June 17, 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

COLFAX

Springer Electric Cooperative annual meeting

SPRINGER— Wednesday, June 8 will be the 75th annual Springer Electric Cooperative at the Sim Brown Gymnasium, 1401 8th St. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 10 a.m. There will be cash prizes for attendees and free BBQ for coop members. Our offices will be closed this day for the annual meeting.

Santa Fe Trail rendezvous

COLFAX— The annual Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous is being held Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 19  at the Whittington Center in Coal Canyon. Hundreds of re-enactors participate in a living-history rendezvous of pre-1840’s clad mountain men with a black-powder shoot, hatchet throw, and teepee village. A Santa Fe Trail reenactment with Native Americans, Spaniards and mountain men is held on Saturday. It’s the largest gathering of its kind in New Mexico.
The eight-day event stretches from the 2nd to 3rd Sunday every June, since 1975. There is also a one day-tour of the Santa Fe Trail ruts on NRA property leading to the Clifton House.
For more information please contact Thomas Lewis at theshootist44@yahoo.com or call 719-204-6464.

Moonlight Hike

CAPULIN— Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full, or nearly full, moon on Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot.

Colfax County Health Council

COLFAX— The Colfax County Health Council’s June Zoom Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 12 p.m. Meeting ID: 893 3108 5811
Passcode: 483932

Upcoming Events for May 26, 2022

HUERFANO

Huerfano County Community Coalition meeting

Huerfano—Our monthly HCCC meeting will be on Thursday, May 26 at 12 p.m. Please plan on paying your dues of $10 so you can be a member and vote on some more issues regarding business and officers for the coalition. The American Legion/Auxiliary will be providing our lunch of Lasagna, salad, rolls and cupcakes.  Please join us! Meeting ID: 876 1771 6964 Passcode: 096388

Volunteer Oppurtunity

LA VETA— The Town of La Veta’s Park and Tree Board seeks volunteers to help maintain our community’s “urban” forest. Our last scheduled spring work session is this coming Friday, May 27, 9 a.m. Join the Town Tree Board Arborist, and other “tree people” to learn about our urban forest: planting, mulching, deer protection, tree selection, safe pruning methods, and more! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! We will meet in the parking area just west of the depot, on the northside of Town Park. If you have any further questions please contact Keith Hauber @ 816-277-4833.

La Veta Arbor Day tree planting May 27

LA VETA— Mayor Doug Brgoch has declared this Friday, May 27 as Arbor Day for the Town of La Veta.  Please join members of La Veta’s Park & Tree Board this Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. in front of La Veta Village at 109 E. Francisco St in La Veta for the planting of the Town’s Arbor Day tree.  Keith Hauber, retired arborist, will be conducting a short educational session about proper tree planting and maintenance during and after the tree planting.  Please join us as we continue our 36 year heritage as a Tree City USA town with this Arbor Day tree planting.
If you are interested in volunteering with La Veta’s Park & Tree Board to do tree planting and maintenance including pruning, please contact Keith Hauber at khauber@sbcglobal.net or 816-277-4833 for more information.

 Yacht Club opening

CUCHARA— The Cuchara Yacht Club will be opening for the season on Friday, May 27 from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Stop by to see our new deck, merchandise display, and enjoy new menu  and cocktail items! We look forward to a wonderful summer in Cuchara!

Ribbon cutting for Highway of Legends

WALSENBURG/ TRINIDAD— Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Country Welcome Center, 400 Main Street in Walsenburg, to join your fellow citizens at an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the designation of the Scenic Highway of Legends (SHOL) as an official America’s Scenic Byway. A similar event will take place the same day at the Trinidad Welcome Center at 11 a.m. refreshments will be served.
This federal designation was awarded last year but due to concerns related to Covid, we have waited until 2022 to celebrate. The designation will bring SHOL broader recognition and esteem, along with increased visitation.”

Amphitheater talk in honor of Veterans and public servants

WALSENBURG— We would love to have you join us to hear Colorado’s longest serving game warden Bob Holder sharing his experiences. Topics may include how helping protect the natural world and spending time in nature supports healing from the stressors of serving in war zones and working in public safety. Bob’s talk is Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The Park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park, as well as for bikers and walk-ins.

FAROUT Murals live performance

WALSENBURG—We are so excited to announce that Los Mocochetes will be playing a live performance for FAROUT Murals! Friday, May 27, 6-8 p.m. at Miners Plaza, Walsenburg. Free Admission, with arts and crafts for all ages. Thanks to IRLart for the donation covering live music, video production, and management assistance of FAROUT Murals.

La Veta Trails Mini Yard Sale

LA VETA—Mark your calendar for the 2022 La Veta Trails Yard Sale Fundraiser. Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m. -2 p.m. at 309 S Oak Street, La Veta.  If you have items to donate, we will start collecting them on May 23rd. There will be lots of bargains. Yard sale proceeds benefit you because we use them to build trails. For information, call (719) 890-4071

LVFPD Auxiliary pancake breakfast

LA VETA—Stop by the La Veta Fire Department located at 100 South Birch on Saturday, May 28 from 8-11 a.m. To meet your volunteer fire fighters and enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast!

Pumpkin patch relocation

WALSENBURG— Bring your shovels, gloves, hats and muscles, were making room for a greenhouse and more pumpkins! Join us on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. and help move the pumpkin patch at the Walsenburg Community Garden on 928 Russell St. Last year the garden provided 30 pumpkins for local kids and this year we’re hoping for more to provide all the kids with pumpkins. Help us move things around and turn the soil for another successful year.

Honoring our cultures: Internationally acclaimed performers

HUERFANO—Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle from Zuni New Mexico are returning for performance events Memorial Day Weekend. Shelley won the prestigious Native American Music Industries’ Artist of the Year award in 2019. Fabian recently won the men’s northern traditional, golden age category at the 2022 Denver March Pow Wow. They will greet their many friends and present mini performances at the Francisco Fort Museum Opening Day Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 29, they will do a full performance concert at the Fox Theatre in Walsenburg at 1 p.m. The Honoring our Cultures concert will also include folkloric dancing by the beautiful and talented Tiana Camacho.
Tickets for that event are available by contacting tickets@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org $15 for adults; kids
under ten are free. Tickets ($20) will also be available at the door the day of the concert. The event is a
fundraising collaboration between the Fox Theatre and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation. You can contact
zfreeman@hhfoundation for more information.

Artist’s Choice Show at SPACe Gallery

Reception for Artists Choice Show. Everyone is invited to the opening reception for the Artists’ Choice show at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus in La Veta, this Saturday, May 28, between 5 – 7 p.m. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee, although donations are gratefully accepted. In addition to 13 area artists showing a variety of styles, media, and subjects, photographer Ted Shafer is sharing a collection of photographs of historic religious structures from throughout the Southwest. Becky Myers is sharing a collection of energetic, colorful paintings. All artwork is for sale. Sales from Shafer’s works will benefit both the Food Coop and the Spanish Peaks Arts Council.

Wildflower hikes on the hogback

WALSENBURG —The World of Nature with Edie Flanagin. Please join Edie Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Lathrop State Park amphitheater to learn about nature, including wildflowers. If you love identifying what you find with your Android or iPhone, Edie will be teaching us how to use the free iNaturalist app. iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Be sure to bring your smartphone with the free iNaturalist app downloaded. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The Park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park, as well as for bikers and walk-ins.

Outdoor movie

WALSENBURG—Join Fox Theatre and Walsenburg Golf Course for their summer Outdoor Movie series on Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. This months featured movie is ‘Hook’ starring Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts   and the late Robin Williams, directed by Steven Spielberg. Located at the Walsenburg Golf Course at 1399 Co Rd 502, Walsenburg. Enter at Lathrop State Park (no pass required) or take Second Street out from Walsenburg. The movie start time is roughly 8 p.m. and food and snacks will be available for purchase. **Weather permitting

A fun nature and wildflower hike

WALSENBURG — Join naturalist Edie Flanagin Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. for a fun nature and wildflower hike. If you love identifying what you find with your smartphone, Edie will also be teaching us how to use the iNaturalist app (free for both iPhones and Androids). Closest parking is the Horseshoe Lake Dam Parking Area. Hop on the cement trail between Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake and head south on foot to the bird viewing area. It is suggested to wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and your smartphone with the iNaturalist app downloaded. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The Park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. Park passes are required on all vehicles in the park, as well as for bikers and walk-ins.

Memorial Day service

CUCHARA—Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services invites all to our annual Memorial Day service.  Please come and honor all veterans of the United States of America, by attending this meaningful Memorial Day service to be held at the La Veta Cemetery  on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Immediately following this service there will be a luncheon at the La Veta Community Center.  Free for all veterans and children; $8 a plate for all non-veterans.

LVPL Oceans of Possibilities Summer Kids Program

LA VETA—Wednesday, June, 1 at 10 a.m. , we are starting off our summer programs learning about plastics and the ocean. Activities include: making edible water bottles, creating a mini coral reef, and a pudding
cup challenge. Storytime starts at 10 a.m., activities afterward. Meet outside on the La Veta Public Library lawn. For more info visit our website www.lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

What is Pentecost?

WALSENBURG—Father Isaac Kariuki of St. Mary, OLS Church in Walsenburg will present a talk explaining the meaning of Pentecost in Delaney Hall after the 5 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, June 1.  We’ll have a potluck dinner before the talk, so bring a covered dish to share.  Drinks, paper goods, and cutlery will be provided.  Come and join us for another opportunity to grow in faith and fellowship with each other!   Dinner organizer is Mary Jo at 719-989-0969.

Huerfano County Historical Society meeting

HUERFANO—The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 4 p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center at 114W. 6th St. in Walsenburg. All people interested in history are encouraged to attend. For further information call 719-738-2346 or e-mail huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com.

First Friday Art Walk

LA VETA—Meet us in the La Veta Creative District for First Friday Art Walk festivities on Friday, June 3 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Explore shops and galleries; meet local, national, and international artists; and dine at breweries and restaurants! All activities associated with the First Friday Art Walk are free! For more information about the event, visit http://fb.me/e/29U24tRZU or contact Kate McCabe at 303.746.8323 or info@lavetacreativedistrict.org. This event is sponsored by the La Veta Creative District, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the Town of La Veta, and the Huerfano County Government

Erinn Peet Lukes

LA VETA—Friday, June 3, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile
Erinn Peet Lukes is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and music educator originally from Redondo Beach, California. Her passion for songwriting and singing grew as she played open mics and small shows as a young solo act in big music cities like Seattle and New York City. $15 advance tickets, $18 Day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/erin-peet-lukes-tickets-102247

Lawn Concert with The Flores

LA VETA—Lawn Concert at Hooblers Outdoor Concert Stage, Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m. Back by popular demand, The Flores, a 1950’s Rock ‘N Roll duo. Some Patsy Cline, some Rockabilly, and a whole lot of classic rock ‘n roll. Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and friends and enjoy your evening. 707 East Virginia St., La Veta. $20.00 at the door. Please call us at 719-989-1530 for more information.

Fun family walk/run/bike event

WALSENBURG—Lathrop State Park and La Veta Trails are hosting a Fun Family Walk/Run/Bike on the Cuerno Verde Trail to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th. This fun walk/run/bike is a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and Lathrop State Park. The Cuerno Verde Trail is a 3-mile concrete trail that is wide, and easy with no incline, so it is stroller- and wheel-chair friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. There will be a scavenger hunt checklist so children and Junior Rangers can find things on the trail.

La Veta Boosters Corn Hole Tournament

CUCHARA—Join us for a Corn Hole Tournament for the La Veta Boosters at the Cuchara Yacht Club! $25 per person, 40 teams max. First come first serve, register by 10:30 a.m Saturday, June 4, tournament starts at 11 a.m. to pre-register please email lavetaboosters@gmail.com. Enjoy prizes, music, food and drinks! A custom cornhole board will be auctioned! Thanks to our sponsors the following prizes will be given away: First Place – $300 (Donated by Bachman & Associates), Second Place – $200 (Donated by Noordik Construction Inc), Third Place – $100 (Donated by La Veta Liquors).

Pint and a Half

LA VETA—Sunday, June 5, 4-6 p.m., at Deerprint Wine in La Veta. Pint and a Half rooted in Salida, CO and Truth or Consequences, NM, and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Tami Sheppard (vocals, percussion), Pint & a Half’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound. Pint & A Half’s sizzling chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmers during their energetic performances.
$15 advance tickets, $18 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/pint-and-a-half-tickets-102251

Vendors needed

LA VETA—LaVeta’s premiere summer event “Art in the Park” sponsored by the SPAcE Gallery is coming up this July 2nd and 3rd. It is a wonderful festival with food, music and fun and this year should be bigger and better than ever!  Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your wares and have some fun!  If you are interested in a booth it is not too late.  Contact Peggy Hoobler (719-742-5496) or Mitzi Keairns (719-742-5278) and we would be delighted to get you registered.  It is going to be a great event.We hope that you can join us!

LAS ANIMAS  

Amanda Armstrong exhibit

Trinidad—During the month of May, local artist Amanda Armstrong has been exhibiting her paintings on the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library’s Art Wall. Come see these striking images in person. The library is open from 9 to 5 on weekdays and 10 to 4 on Saturdays.

Summer Reading program opens at Trinidad Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD— Please join us this summer for outdoor programs, indoor programs, and crafts for kids from 0-18 years old. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register for the Summer Reading Program, complete missions, track reading, and have access to some fun games. Please go to trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting May 23 through June 12.  Program theme is ‘Oceans of Possibilities’, and runs June 11-July 28.
Visit Trinidad Carnegie Public Library at 202 N Animas St. to pick up a brochure with age-specific information and a calendar of events.

Scenic Highway of Legends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TRINIDAD — The Bi-County Scenic Highway of Legends (Colorado Hwy 12) has been awarded National Scenic Byway status and is now officially one of America’s Sceinic Byways!
To celebrate this, there is a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Colorado Welcome Center, 309 Nevada Ave in Trinidad.  Please join us for exciting announcements and refreshments.

Dogone Safe!

TRINIDAD—On Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m., the Trinidad Carnegie library will host a workshop on how to act safely around dogs. This training is especially adapted for children and their families, but anyone interested can come. You will learn how to read a dog’s body language, and how to be safe around your own dog and also strange dogs.

Heritage Center and Museum opening

AGUILAR— The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center & Museum located at 132 E Main St in Aguilar will open this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to stop by as we venture into the “museum” classification.  We have new photo prints of early Aguilar and much more history, old newspapers, and old ledgers with lots of info. A “Grand Opening” for the 2022 summer is planned for Saturday June 4th.
The Spanish Peaks Fire District will have a pancake breakfast on Main Street from 7 to 11 a.m. on that morning.  After supporting them, be sure to stop by the Museum after enjoying breakfast!  For more info call 719 406 5203

All aboard the city of Trinidad Trolley

TRINIDAD—Take a guided tour of the city’s attractions and architectural gems! The trolley is operational Monday-Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. It departs from the Colorado Welcome Center at 309 Nevada Ave at the top of each hour throughout the day. Stops include: City Hall, Trinidad History Museum in downtown Trinidad, Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Art Cartopia Museum and Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum at Trinidad State College. For more info or for group tour reservations, call 719-846-9512

Friday night live

TRINIDAD—This Friday, May 27 and every Friday Night throughout the summer join us  at 8 p.m. for Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park . Our Park Rangers inform and entertain with everything going on in around the Park.

Sights and Sounds of Colorado Wildlife  

TRINIDAD—District Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bob Holder, will share his wealth of knowledge gained over four decades of serving the people and wildlife of Colorado. Join us on Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater in Trinidad State Park for this always-popular and exciting, hands-on presentation.

Guided Hike

TRINIDAD—Join Volunteer Park Interpreter, Sydnee Waller on the Carpios Cove Trail at Trinidad State Park on Sunday, May 29, 9 a.m. This leisurely hike will explore the wonders of the pinion-juniper woodland ecosystem, some local history, and the beginnings of Trinidad Lake. All ages are welcome, but children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Wear properly fitting hiking shoes. Meet at the amphitheater

Snakes Alive!

TRINIDAD—Join local naturalist, Bob Kennemer, Sunday, May 29, 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater. Kennemer will have live non-venomous snakes on hand as he discusses snake safety, how to avoid dangerous confrontations with snakes, snake lore, and how to treat a rattle snake bite in the back country. This program is designed for all ages so bring the kids to this program, which is as entertaining as it is educational.

First Friday- Saving Trinidad

TRINIDAD— Friday, June 3, 3-5 p.m., Echos of History- Saving Trinidad, at Trinidad History Museum- 312 E. Main. Presented by Trinidad Historic Preservation and is free for the public to attend. From 3-4 p.m.- meet at the Chapell House for a guided tour (formally Murphy’s Funeral home). 4-5 p.m.- gather at the Baca-Bloom heritage gardens for music, informational tables and introduction of the new walking tour. 5-7 p.m.,
First Friday Art Nights, Bloom House at Trinidad History Museum- 312 E. Main. These events are free to attend and we look forward to sharing this will everyone. For more information  please email Al.Melton@state.co.us or call 719-846-2361 or Kris Hall 719-846-9843 x 120.

23rd Annual Fishing Tournament

WESTON—Stonewall Fire Auxiliary is hosting the 23rd Annual Fishing Tournament at Monument Lake Resort west of Trinidad on scenic HWY 12. The fun will begin on Saturday, June 4 with registration at 7 a.m. and orientation at 8 a.m., fishing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. with awards at 4 p.m. Boats and live bait will not be permitted and will be fishing for trout and salmon only. Discounted early registration must be received by Sunday, May 22 and forms are available online at www.stonewallfireauxiliary.com $3000 is cash prizes, winners to be judged by weight of fish and the earliest time of weigh in.

COLFAX

Sugarite Canyon State Park

COLFAX— Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. we’re hosting Coffee with a Ranger. Come talk wildlife with a ranger while enjoying coffee and donuts. At 7 p.m. join us at the Soda Pocket Amphitheater for “Sugarite Rocks”. We’ll be discussing the areas rich history in coal, dinosaurs, volcanos, killer space rocks and more.

Bosque Redondo exhibit opening

New Mexico Historic Sites commemorates the grand opening of “Bosque Redondo: A Place of Suffering…A Place of Survival,” on Saturday, May 28. The grand opening will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; the site will remain open until 5 p.m. A permanent exhibition designed in collaboration with tribal partners that grapples with the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, the U.S. army’s forced removal of Diné (Navajo) and Ndé (Mescalero Apache) people from their homes, and the brutality and perseverance of their life on the reservation.  There will be a variety of speakers, catered lunch for the first 500 visitors, a Native American art and rug auction hosted by R.B. Burnham & Company, and Native dancers.
For this event, we have waived admission and will be open until 5 p.m. The grand opening itself is also free and includes a catered lunch for the first 500 visitors. Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site: 3647 Billy the Kid Road, Fort Sumner.

Springer Electric Cooperative annual meeting

Springer—Wednesday, June 8 will be the 75th annual Springer Electric Cooperative at the Sim Brown Gymnasium, 1401 8th St. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 10 a.m. There will be cash prizes for attendees and free BBQ for coop members. Our offices will be closed this day for the annual meeting.

Santa Fe Trail rendezvous

COLFAX—Saturday, June 11-19 at Whitting Center in Coal Canyon is the annual Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous. Hundreds of re-enactors participate in a living-history rendezvous of pre-1840’s clad mountain men with a black-powder shoot, hatchet throw, and teepee village. A Santa Fe Trail reenactment with Indians, Spaniards and mountain men is held on Saturday. It’s the largest gathering of its kind in New Mexico. The eight-day event stretches from the 2nd to 3rd Sunday every June, since 1975. One day-tour of SFT ruts on NRA property leading to Clifton House. For more information please contact Thomas Lewis at theshootist44@yahoo.com or call 719-204-6464.

Moonlight Hike

CAPULIN—Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot.

Colfax County Health Council

COLFAX— Colfax County Health Council June Zoom Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15 12 p.m. Meeting ID: 893 3108 5811
Passcode: 483932

Upcoming Events for May 19, 2022

Throughout Our World

2nd annual Memorial Day baking fundraiser

TRINIDAD/ WALSENBURG— Call today & before Monday, May 23 to reserve your delicious homemade yummy for delivery on Friday, May 27th. First come first serve as some have limited quantities. Payment can be taken at time of delivery or you can pay beforehand at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple St, in Trinidad or Farm Bureau, 713 Walsen Ave in Walsenburg. A ROAR for Relay for Life fundraiser!

Relay for Life luminaria bag decorating

TRINIDAD/ WALSENBURG—Join us at one of our decorating nights to decorate a luminaria bag(s). Enjoy pizza, pop and water on us. You can bring your own things or pictures to decorate them or some things will be provided for you. Our big event is Saturday, August 6th and we want to line the walking track with lots of luminaria bags honoring loved ones. Each bag is $5. If you can’t come to one of our decorating nights and would still like a bag you can stop by Corradino’s in Trinidad or Farm Bureau in Walsenburg to decorate them at your leisure. Decorating nights in Trinidad are Thursday, June from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at  Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple St. Please contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510.

HUERFANO

Summer hours for Walsenburg Mining Museum at the Old Jail House

WALSENBURG— Summer hours are Mon-Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  When you arrive don’t forget to greet our Mr. Miner statue and pay your respects to our miners list engraved on the base.

Farmers Market season May-October

HUERFANO— La Veta Farmers Market Starting May 19 through Oct 13, Thursday’s 3-5 p.m. next to the Library on Main St.  Cuchara Farmers Market May 27 through Oct 13, Friday’s 4-6 p.m. at Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.  Gardner Farmers Market May 21 through Oct 13 – Saturday’s 10 a.m.-12 p.m. under the Pavilion Next To Methodist Church.  Walsenburg Farmers Market May 29 through Oct 13,  Saturday’s 12-3 p.m. at Heritage Park on Main Street.

Do you enjoy crocheting?

LA VETA— Help La Veta Public Library create a crochet coral reef display to decorate the library for our
“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program. Pick up a ‘take and make’ kit at the La Veta Public Library, or use the patterns available on our website, or create your own design. Bring your creations into the La Veta Public Library anytime between now and Friday, May 20 and we will arrange them into a coral reef display. For more information call 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Beginning T’ai Chi classes

LA VETA— Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus, across from the town park  every Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. during the month of May.  The cost is a donation of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail  PeggyZehring@msn.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “The Northman,” rated R with a run time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow — save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.  Movie showtimes are Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

“The Bad Old Days in Colorado”

LA VETA— Ever wondered what it was like in the bad old days in Colorado?  Randi Samuelson-Brown wondered too and after extensive research into the little known stories and whispers of the past, she came up with her book “The Bad Old Days In Colorado…. Untold Stories of the Wild West.’ Join us at the LaVeta Library on Thursday, May 19th at 2 p.m. as Randi discusses this fascinating look at the old west which was a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards and featured on C-Span. It is sure to be an exciting look at our history that you won’t want to miss. Free with refreshments.

Huerfano County Business Meet & Greet at Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA— Thursday, May 19, 2 to 6 p.m. All Huerfano County business owners and employees are welcome at the business meet and greet at the Francisco Fort Museum located at 306 South Main Street in La Veta. Enjoy tours of the fort, refreshments, and information about upcoming events. For more info, please visit franciscofort.org/events-calendar or call 719-742-3776.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187  in search of vice president

WALSENBURG— The Ladies Auxiliary #1187 held a meeting on Friday April 22, 2022 to nominate officers positions.  There is still a position open for a qualified person to run for vice-president.  If interested, please attend our next meeting on Friday May 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. at 614 Main St in Walsenburg.

Geology Hike

WALSENBURG— Join us for a Geology Hike at Lathrop State Park, Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. on the Hogback Trail, starting from the Amphitheater. Experience the rocks of Lathrop State Park. Walk through 50 million plus years of history with geologist/geophysicist Heloise Lynn. A CPW Park Pass is required for vehicles. It is suggested to bring water, and wear a hat and sunscreen. The Park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg. For more information, please call Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376..

Movie and book discussion

LA VETA— On Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m., the LaVeta Library will present the classic Kevin Costner  film “Field of Dreams” for our matinee movie. In conjunction with that event, the library is offering the book “Shoeless Joe’ by W.P. Kinsella via Hoopla and movie buff, Bob Hettenhausen, will host a lively book and movie discussion on Thursday, June 2, 2 p.m. Hoopla is a FREE library service with hundreds of titles available.  Set up your account by clicking on Hoopla at www.lvpl.org or stop by the library for assistance.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon and free refreshments.

Ribbon cutting for Spanish Peaks Highway of Legends

WALSENBURG/ TRINIDAD— Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Country Welcome Center, 400 Main Street in Walsenburg, to join your fellow citizens at an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the designation of the Scenic Highway of Legends (SHOL) as an official America’s Scenic Byway. A similar event will take place the same day at the Trinidad Welcome Center at 11 a.m. refreshments will be served.
This federal designation was awarded last year but due to concerns related to Covid, we have waited until 2022 to celebrate. The designation will bring SHOL broader recognition and esteem, along with increased visitation.”

Wildflower hikes on the hogback

WALSENBURG — Please join us on Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. for wildflower hikes on the hogback trail at Lathrop State Park with the incomparable Edie Flanagan!  Bring your smartphone for a tutorial on using the iNaturalist app. Also bring water and weather appropriate attire.

Community Garden pumpkin patch relocation

WALSENBURG— Bring your shovels, gloves, hats and muscles, were making room for a greenhouse and more pumpkins! Join us on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. and help move the pumpkin patch at the Walsenburg Community Garden on 928 Russell St. Last year the garden provided 30 pumpkins for local kids and this year we’re hoping for more to provide all the kids with pumpkins. Help us move things around and turn the soil for another succesful year.

Honoring our cultures: Internationally acclaimed performers

HUERFANO—Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle from Zuni New Mexico are returning for performance events Memorial Day Weekend. Shelley won the prestigious Native American Music Industries’ Artist of the Year award in 2019. Fabian recently won the men’s northern traditional, golden age category at the 2022 Denver March Pow Wow. They will greet their many friends and present mini performances at the Francisco Fort Museum Opening Day Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 29, they will do a full performance concert at the Fox Theatre in Walsenburg at 1 p.m. The Honoring our Cultures concert will also include folkloric dancing by the beautiful and talented Tiana Camacho.
Tickets for that event are available by contacting tickets@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org $15 for adults; kids
under ten are free. Tickets ($20) will also be available at the door the day of the concert. The event is a
fundraising collaboration between the Fox Theatre and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation. You can contact
zfreeman@hhfoundation for more information.

Artist’s Choice Show at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA—The Artist’s Choice Show at SPACe Gallery in the Main Gallery plus photography by Ted Shafer, native masks by Becky Myers, and Native American art curated by Janice Benham in the Fuller Gallery. Opening reception at SPACe Gallery on Saturday, May 28 from 5-7 p.m. – Free Admission. Come by to meet the artists who have entered this exciting show and enjoy their artwork. Refreshments available.

La Veta Trails Mini Yard Sale

LA VETA—Mark your calendar for the 2022 La Veta Trails Yard Sale Fundraiser. Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m. -2 p.m. at 309 S Oak Street, La Veta.  If you have items to donate, we will start collecting them on May 23rd. There will be lots of bargains. Yard sale proceeds benefit you because we use them to build trails. For information, call (719) 890-4071

La Veta Fire Protection District Auxiliary pancake breakfast

LA VETA—Stop by the La Veta Fire Department located at 100 South Birch on Saturday, May 28 from 8-11 a.m. To meet your volunteer fire fighters and enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast!

Outdoor movie

WALSENBURG—Join Fox Theatre and Walsenburg Golf Course for their summer Outdoor Movie series on Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. This months featured movie is ‘Hook’ starring Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts   and the late Robin Williams, directed by Steven Spielberg. Located at the Walsenburg Golf Course at 1399 Co Rd 502, Walsenburg. Enter at Lathrop State Park (no pass required) or take Second Street out from Walsenburg. The movie start time is roughly 8 p.m. and food and snacks will be available for purchase. **Weather permitting

Lawn Concert with The Flores

LA VETA—Lawn Concert at Hooblers Outdoor Concert Stage, Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m. Back by popular demand, The Flores, a 1950’s Rock ‘N Roll duo. Some Patsy Cline, some Rockabilly, and a whole lot of classic rock ‘n roll. Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and friends and enjoy your evening. 707 East Virginia St., La Veta. $20.00 at the door. Please call us at 719-989-1530 for more information.

Fun family walk/run/bike event

WALSENBURG—Lathrop State Park and La Veta Trails are hosting a Fun Family Walk/Run/Bike on the Cuerno Verde Trail to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th. This fun walk/run/bike is a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and Lathrop State Park. The Cuerno Verde Trail is a 3-mile concrete trail that is wide, and easy with no incline, so it is stroller- and wheel-chair friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. There will be a scavenger hunt checklist so children and Junior Rangers can find things on the trail.
We are looking for 1-2 Business Sponsors to provide $250 to pay for prizes and snacks. We will hang a banner with the logos of the business sponsors. The business sponsors will be able to display business cards and literature, and staff at the event. The event will start and end at the Group Shelter.  Are you interested in sponsoring this family-friendly event? Let us know by May 22nd. Email russellm999@gmail.com for more information.

LAS ANIMAS  

Youth outdoors job opportunity

TRINIDAD — Applications are open for Mile High Youth Corps’ (MHYC) Land Conservation Summer of Service program. MHYC is searching for positive, hardworking individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend 12-14 weeks this summer working on environmental stewardship projects near Trinidad.
Corpsmembers earn a bi-weekly stipend, and are enrolled in AmeriCorps, earning a scholarship to be used towards advancing their learning after the program. They also receive up to four free mental health counseling sessions.
Corpsmembers will also receive training in one or more stewardship skillsets, including chainsaw operation, trail building and maintenance and pesticide application. No experience is necessary.
Corpsmembers receive industry-recognized certifications that lead to effective service and highly-desirable qualifications and experience that support opportunities for future employment in natural resource management.
Applications now being accepted online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org/apply-now   .

Trail Song art show opening

TRINIDAD—Friday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. Trail Song art show opening at A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art in Trinidad.  Wonderful group show featuring works from Colorado and New Mexico based artists Jaime Molina, Johnny DeFeo, Alexander Richard Wilson, Johanna Mueller, Mike Strescino, and Anthony Garcia, Sr. Curaged by Max Kauffman.

Armed Forces Day parade

TRINIDAD—Come out on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. for a parade celebrating Armed Forces Day down Trinidad’s Main St.  A ceremony at 11 am at Memorial Park (across from Cimino Park) follows.  Sponsored by Las Animas County Veterans Memorial Committee, Featuring the Ft. Carson Marching Band and Color Guard, Line up at 9 on Elm St, Picnic served at Cimino Park following the parade and ceremony with a live KCRT remote, for Information contact Linda Barron at 719-846-8223.

Indigenous Workshop- Porcupine and Bead Earrings

TRINIDAD— There will be an Indigenous workshop on making porcupine and bead earrings on Saturday, May 21, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bloom House/Trinidad History Museum, 312 E. Main in Trinidad.  The workshop is open for ages 12+, cost is $15/person, and there is a 20 person limit.  Please call 719-846-2361 or Laura at 541-227-3362 for reservations.

Summer Reading program opens at Trinidad Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD— Please join us this summer for outdoor programs, indoor programs, and crafts for kids from 0-18 years old. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register for the Summer Reading Program, complete missions, track reading, and have access to some fun games. Please go to trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting May 23 through June 12.  Program theme is ‘Oceans of Possibilities’, and runs June 11-July 28.
Visit Trinidad Carnegie Public Library at 202 N Animas St. to pick up a brochure with age-specific information and a calendar of events.

Scenic Highway of Legends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TRINIDAD — The Bi-County Scenic Highway of Legends (Colorado Hwy 12) has been awarded National Scenic Byway status and is now officially one of America’s Sceinic Byways!
To celebrate this, there is a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Colorado Welcome Center, 309 Nevada Ave in Trinidad.  Please join us for exciting announcements and refreshments.

All aboard the city of Trinidad Trolley

TRINIDAD—Take a guided tour of the city’s attractions and architectural gems! The trolley is operational Monday-Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. It departs from the Colorado Welcome Center at 309 Nevada Ave at the top of each hour throughout the day. Stops include: City Hall, Trinidad History Museum in downtown Trinidad, Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Art Cartopia Museum and Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum at Trinidad State College. For additional information or for group tour reservations, call 719-846-9512

First Friday- Saving Trinidad

TRINIDAD— Friday, June 3, 3-5 p.m., Echos of History- Saving Trinidad, at Trinidad History Museum- 312 E. Main. Presented by Trinidad Historic Preservation and is free for the public to attend. From 3-4 p.m.- meet at the Chapell House for a guided tour (formally Murphy’s Funeral home). 4-5 p.m.- gather at the Baca-Bloom heritage gardens for music, informational tables and introduction of the new walking tour. 5-7 p.m.,
First Friday Art Nights, Bloom House at Trinidad History Museum- 312 E. Main. These events are free to attend and we look forward to sharing this will everyone. For more information  please email Al.Melton@state.co.us or call 719-846-2361 or Kris Hall 719-846-9843 x 120.

23rd Annual Fishing Tournament

WESTON—Stonewall Fire Auxiliary is hosting the 23rd Annual Fishing Tournament at Monument Lake Resort west of Trinidad on scenic HWY 12. The fun will begin on Saturday, June 4 with registration at 7 a.m. and orientation at 8 a.m., fishing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. with awards at 4 p.m. Boats and live bait will not be permitted and will be fishing for trout and salmon only. Discounted early registration must be received by Sunday, May 22 and forms are available online at www.stonewallfireauxiliary.com $3000 is cash prizes, winners to be judged by weight of fish and the earliest time of weigh in.

COLFAX

Folsom site tour  

COLFAX—  The Folsom Museum will open weekends in May until Memorial then daily through Labor Day and weekends in September.  We look forward to you visiting the Folsom Museum this summer.
A Folsom Site tour will be held Saturday, May 21,  from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Folsom Museum appreciates reservations for the tours.  There are no set fees for the tours, although we would appreciate all donations. (575) 278-2122

Sugarite Canyon State Park

COLFAX—Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. is the Coal Camp walking tour starting at the visitor center. Join a ranger and explore on this 2.5 hour walk. Bring water and dress for te weather. At 8 p.m. join us at the Soda Pocket Amphitheater and discover how to live and let live with bears and cougars. Following at 9 p.m.is our Reach for the Stars presentation. Meet the Lion, the Strong Man and the Big Bear in the night sky.
Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. we’re hosting Coffee with a Ranger. Come talk wildlife with a ranger while enjoying coffee and donuts. At 7 p.m. join us at the Soda Pocket Amphitheater for “Sugarite Rocks”. We’ll be discussing the areas rich history in coal, dinosaurs, volcanos, killer space rocks and more.

Classic night at the  movies

RATON— Join us at the Shuler Theater on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. for some great programming!
Classic Night at the Movies in May is sponsored by the Raton Police Officers Association (RPOA).  Turner and Hooch… Starring Tom Hanks and Beasley!  Free Admission and all donations go to RPOA for youth outreach programs throughout the year.

Upcoming Events for May 12, 2022

Throughout Our World

Relay for Life luminaria bag decorating

OUR WORLD—Join us at one of our decorating nights to decorate a luminaria bag(s). Enjoy pizza, pop and water on us. You can bring your own things or pictures to decorate them or some things will be provided for you. Our big event is Saturday, August 6th and we want to line the walking track with lots of luminaria bags honoring loved ones. Each bag is $5. If you can’t come to one of our decorating nights and would still like a bag you can stop by Corradino’s in Trinidad or Farm Bureau in Walsenburg to decorate them at your leisure. Decorating nights in Trinidad are Thursday, May 12 and June from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at  Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple St. Walsenburg’s decorating night will be Monday,  May 16, 5:30 p.m. at Farm Bureau, 713 Walsen Ave. Please contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510.

HUERFANO

Summer hours for Walsenburg Mining Museum at the Old Jail House

WALSENBURG— Summer hours are Mon-Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  When you arrive don’t forget to greet our Mr. Miner statue and pay your respects to our miners list engraved on the base.

Farmers Market season May-October
HUERFANO—La Veta Farmers Market Starting May 29th – October 13th – Thursday’s 3-5pm Next to the Library on Main.  Cuchara Farmers Market May 27th – October 13th – Friday’s 4-6PM At Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.  Gardner Farmers Market May 21st – October 13th – Saturday’s 10AM-12PM Under the Pavilion Next To Methodist Church.  Walsenburg Farmers Market May 29th – October 13th – Saturday’s 12-3PM at Heritage Park on Main Street

Do you enjoy crocheting?

LA VETA—Help La Veta Public Library create a crochet coral reef display to decorate the library for our
“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program. Pick up a ‘take and make’ kit at the La Veta Public Library, or use the patterns available on our website, or create your own design. Bring your creations into the La Veta Public Library anytime between now and Friday, May 20 and we will arrange them into a coral reef display. For more information call 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Beginning T’ai Chi classes

LA VETA—Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus, across from the town park  every Saturday morning from 9-10am during the month of May.  The cost is a donation of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail  PeggyZehring@msn.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “The Bad Guys,” After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet — becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good. Rated PG with a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Movie showtimes are Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

Voices of the Past and graduation

GARDNER—The annual Voices of the Past competition will be held at 5:30 pm on May 12 at Gardner Valley School.  Graduation will be May 18 at 5pm.

La Veta cheer camp

LA VETA—The La Veta High School cheerleaders are hosting a cheer camp Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th. Registration begins at 8am on Friday the 13th. The camp will be held from 9:00am-12:00pm both days at the Roger Brunelli Gym. Grades Pre K – 5th Grade are welcome! Participants will learn a performance routine including dance, cheers, chants, stunts, tumbling, jumps, and kicks. At the conclusion of the camp participants will perform their routine to friends and family starting at 12:10PM on Saturday. The registration form and payment of $30 will be due upon arrival to camp. Please contact Brittany Geiser at brittany.geiser@lvk12.org with any questions.

End of life decisions and Hospice
 
WALSENBURG—Sangre de Cristo Hospice joins Elisa in reviewing the options of what to plan for regarding end-of-life decisions. You don’t have to be in hospice care to plan what to do or how someone will honor your decisions when you can’t make them for yourself any longer. You will walk away with hand outs and tools to prepare you for difficult decisions to come. End of Life, Hospice and Palliative Care on Thursday, May 12th, 11 a.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg and is free to attend. Hospice staff will be there to educate people on what to prepare for and do before end of life occurs.

Notre Dame three years later

LA VETA—Tony Masinton will talk about what has happened so far to restore the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris three years after the devastating fire. Find out how bad the damage was and the steps an army of craftspeople and scientists are taking now to return the world heritage site to its former glory. Tony holds a PhD in medieval church architecture and spent over a decade working on ancient churches and cathedrals in Europe. This discussion will be held at La Veta Public Library on Thursday, May 12, 2-4 p.m.

Clean up day at Fort Francisco Museum

LA VETA—Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. In preparation for our opening Memorial Day Weekend, there is spring cleaning and chinking to do at Francisco Fort! Come give us a hand. Saturday, May 14th from 9 am to 2:00 pm. Rain or shine. All are welcome. Lots of opportunities for light yard work and cleaning.  We’ll be having a chinking party for the pioneer cabin and the schoolhouse.  Great activity for kids. Wear gloves and bring a rake etc…Snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided. Questions? director@franciscofort.org 719-742-5501

Two Peaks Fitness 10 Year anniversary

LA VETA – Help us celebrate our 10-year anniversary. Stop in Saturday May 14, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. for free refreshments and membership specials! Two Peaks Fitness is located at 216 S Main St in La Veta, 719-742-3555. A non-profit organization serving Huerfano County. 719-742-3555.

Chimayo Presentation-UPDATED

WALSENBURG—The Chimayo Presentation at the Walsenburg Library that was cancelled by the weather last month has been rescheduled for Monday, May 16 at the Walsenburg Library. During Holy Week, tens of thousands of pilgrims make the annual journey to Chimayo, New Mexico, and to its famous sacred site, the Santuario de Chimayo. Chimayo is one of the spiritual centers of the region and the destination of the most popular pilgrimage in North America. The roads to Chimayo course through mountain villages where Hispanic Catholicism has been cradled for more than two centuries, but Chimayo, as well, is a special place for all who quest to find divinity and to encounter the sacred within themselves. Come learn more about this special place.

Spanish Peaks Chamber mixer

HUERFANO—The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will host its first mixer of 2022 on May 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Alys’ Restaurant, 604 S. Oak St. in La Veta. Appetizers and cash bar will be available along with guest speakers Lola Spradley with Huerfano County Economic Development and Lauren Roberts with Watercourse Foods and the new owner of the former La Veta school buildings. We hope to see you there.

“The Bad Old Days in Colorado”

LA VETA—Ever wondered what it was like in the bad old days in Colorado?  Randi Samuelson-Brown wondered too and after extensive research into the little known stories and whispers of the past, she came up with her book “The Bad Old Days In Colorado…. Untold Stories of the Wild West.’ Join us at the LaVeta Library on Thursday May 19th  at 2:00 pm as Randi discusses this fascinating look at the old west which was a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards and featured on C-Span. It is sure to be an exciting look at our history that you won’t want to miss. Free with refreshments.

Huerfano County Business Meet & Greet at Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA—Thursday, May 19th 2-6pm. All Huerfano County business owners and employees are welcome at the business meet and greet at the Francisco Fort Museum located at 306 South Main Street in La Veta. Enjoy tours of the fort, refreshments, and information about upcoming events. For more information please call 719-742-3776 or visit franciscofort.org/events-calendar

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187  in search of vice president

WALSENBURG—The Ladies Auxiliary #1187 held a meeting on Friday April 22, 2022 to nominate officers positions.  There is still a position open for a qualified person to run for vice-president.  If interested, please attend our next meeting on Friday May 20, 2022 at 7pm at 614 Main St in Walsenburg.

Wildflower hikes on the hogback

WALSENBURG – Please join us on May 28 at 7 p.m. and May 29 at 10 a.m. for wildflower hikes on the hogback trail at Lathrop State Park with the incomparable Edie Flanagan!  Bring your smartphone for a tutorial on using the iNaturalist app.

Artist’s Choice Show at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA—The Artist’s Choice Show at SPACe Gallery in the Main Gallery plus photography by Ted Shafer, native masks by Becky Myers, and Native American art curated by Janice Benham in the Fuller Gallery. Opening reception at SPACe Gallery on Saturday, 28 May from 5-7pm – Free Admission. Come by to meet the artists who have entered this exciting show and enjoy their artwork. Refreshments will be available.

La Veta Trails Mini Yard Sale

LA VETA—Mark your calendar for the 2022 La Veta Trails Yard Sale Fundraiser. May 28 8 a.m. -2 p.m. at 309 S Oak Street, La Veta.  If you have items to donate, we will start collecting them on May 23rd. There will be lots of bargains. Yard sale proceeds benefit you because we use them to build trails. For information, call (719) 890-4071

La Veta Fire Protection District Auxiliary pancake breakfast

LA VETA—Stop by the La Veta Fire Department located at 100 South Birch on Sat. May 28 from 8-11 am. To meet your volunteer fire fighters and enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast!

LAS ANIMAS  

Youth outdoors job opportunity

TRINIDAD — Applications are open for Mile High Youth Corps’ (MHYC) Land Conservation Summer of Service program. MHYC is searching for positive, hardworking individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend 12-14 weeks this summer working on environmental stewardship projects near Trinidad.
Corpsmembers earn a bi-weekly stipend, and are enrolled in AmeriCorps, earning a scholarship to be used towards advancing their learning after the program. They also receive up to four free mental health counseling sessions.
Corpsmembers will also receive training in one or more stewardship skillsets, including chainsaw operation, trail building and maintenance and pesticide application. No experience is necessary.
Corpsmembers receive industry-recognized certifications that lead to effective service and highly-desirable qualifications and experience that support opportunities for future employment in natural resource management.
Applications now being accepted online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org/apply-now

Trinidad State Commencement

TRINIDAD — Trinidad State College will host its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 11 am.  The ceremony will be held in “The Pit” between the Berg Building and the Library at the Trinidad Campus.

Hike to the Dinosaur tracks

TRINIDAD — Join the Fishers Peak Outfitters on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 a.m. for this free guided hike to the dinosaur tracks. This will be an 11 mile hike, 5.5 miles to the tracks then back out of the canyon. We ask that you please leave your pets at home as it is rattle snake season. We will meet at Fishers Peak Outfitters in Trinidad then carpool to the trail head approx 1.5 hours away. Please bring plenty of water and appropriate attire. Expect to see amazing scenery, wildlife, First nations people’s petroglyphs, hispanic settler’s church site and of course the largest deposit of dinosaur tracks in North America. Please sign up at Fishers Peaks Outfitters or email fisherspeakoutfitters@gmail.com

Boncarbo roadside cleanup

BONCARBO — Meet up at the Boncarbo Fire Department at 9am on Saturday, May 14, to help clean up the roads around Boncarbo.

Second Saturdays –  Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its fourth event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.  An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening begins at 7 pm with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Our featured poet is David A. Martin a resident of Beulah, Colorado

LifeLine open house

TRINIDAD — Join LifeLine and UChealth on Tuesday, May 17 from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. at the Perry Stokes Airport to check out their newest aircraft and helicopter. Please RSVP to Kim Lucero, Director of Development and Ancillary Operations at 719-846-8053 or via email at klucero@msrhc.org by May 13th.

Beginning table loom weaving

TRINIDAD — Beginning Table Loom Weaving, Heritage School at TSC- Berg 401, 4 week class- May 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th. Cost $105 includes materials, instructor is Sabine MacWaters, info Donna Haddow 719-846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Business Showcase (Luncheon)

TRINIDAD — 12-1 p.m., May 18 at the Trinidad State College Pioneer Room. register at www.tlacchamber.org  under events. The guest speaker this monthwill be  New Elk Mine. Fox 21 will also be attending in effort to promote Trinidad.  Info- 719-846-9285 or email chamber@tlacchamber.org

Painting with a Purpose- Art Expression in Recovery

TRINIDAD — May 18, from 12:30 to 4 pm at the Trinidad Community Center- 1309 Beshoar Ave, Sponsored by Crossroads/Turning Point, Facilitated by Jen and Travis, Info or reserve a spot- 719-621-8323 or 410-562-1390, 15 person capacity, Creating a pro-social environment for individuals in recovery or anyone else who would like to join. Includes all materials and supplies, pre and post self-evaluation by participants, painting time, art material instruction, and optional engagement in group discussion. EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY

Armed Forces Day parade

TRINIDAD—Come out on Saturday, May 21 at 10 am for a parade celebrating Armed Forces Day down Trinidad’s Main St.  A ceremony at 11 am at Memorial Park (across from Cimino Park) follows.  Sponsored by Las Animas County Veterans Memorial Committee, Featuring the Ft. Carson Marching Band and Color Guard, Line up at 9 on Elm St, Picnic served at Cimino Park following the parade and ceremony with a live KCRT remote, for Information contact Linda Barron at 719-846-8223.

Indigenous Workshop- Porcupine and Bead Earrings

TRINIDAD— There will be an Indigenous workshop on making porcupine and bead earrings on Saturday, May 21 , from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Bloom House/Trinidad History Museum, 312 E. Main in Trinidad.  The workshop is open for ages 12+, cost is $15/person, and there is a 20 person limit.  Please call 719-846-2361 or Laura at 541-227-3362 for reservations.

Summer Reading program opens at Trinidad Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD— Please join us this summer for outdoor programs, indoor programs, and crafts for kids from 0-18 years old. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register for the Summer Reading Program, complete missions, track reading, and have access to some fun games. Please go to trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting May 23 and running through June 12.  Program theme is ‘Oceans of Possibilities’, and runs June 11-July 28.
Visit Trinidad Carnegie Public Library at 202 N Animas St. to pick up a brochure with age-specific information and a calendar of events.

Scenic Highway of Legends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TRINIDAD — The Bi-County Scenic Highway of Legends (Colorado Hwy 12) has been awarded National Scenic Byway status and is now officially one of America’s Sceinic Byways!
To celebrate this, there is a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for May 27 at 11 am at the Colorado Welcome Center, 309 Nevada Ave in Trinidad.  Please join us for exciting announcements and refreshments.

COLFAX

Pop-up vaccination event at the libary  

RATON—  The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library will be hosting medical professionals from Premier Medical Group USA – New Mexico for a second Pop Up Vaccination Event on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. in the meeting room.  Those who wish can receive a first, second, first booster or second booster Covid vaccination free of charge.  Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations will be available. Those receiving vaccinations need only provide their name, date of birth, and phone number if available. A registrar will ask a few basic questions. Vaccination cards identifying the vaccination received will be provided.  NO SCHEDULING IS NECESSARY, making this a simple and free way to begin or continue the Covid vaccination process.

World Migratory Bird Day  

COLFAX— Sugarite Canyon State Park is hosting a full day of events on Saturday May 14, celebrating World Migratory Bird Day.
• 6:55 a.m.  Early Bird Special! Visitor Center. Coffee, treats & birds at the feeders!
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Beaver Wetland Guided Bird Walk. Lake Alice Campground.  We’ll look for Dusky Flycatchers, Vireos, Warblers, and Western Tanagers.
• 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger. Lake Alice Campground. Coffee, doughnuts & camp chair birding! Find out why we should dim our lights for birds who “fly by night”!
• 2 p.m. The Big Guys! Soda Pocket Campground. Come meet live birds of prey,  including some who migrate to our area.
• 4 p.m. The Big Guys! (Repeated) Lake Alice Campground.
• 5-7 p.m. Lake Maloya Guided Bird Walk. Lake Maloya Trailhead. We’ll look  xfor ducks, geese, woodpeckers, Western Wood-Pewees, and Violet-green Swallows.
• 8-10 p.m. Full Moon Walk. Lake Maloya Trailhead. Take a walk in the park after  dark! Learn about Sugarite’s nighttime environment and how birds migrate at night.

Bird walk at Capulin Volcano

CAPULIN— Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by coming to an early morning bird walk with a ranger! Saturday May 14 from 7-8:30 a.m. Meet at the visitor center for a peek at the birds that call the lower areas of the volcano home and then head to the top of the volcano to see what birds you can spot from a higher elevation. Bring your own binoculars and water; bird lists and viewing books will be provided.

Moonlight Hike

CAPULIN— Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot!

Lunar eclipse viewing

CAPULIN— Come and enjoy the amazing night sky at Capulin Volcano and experience a total lunar eclipse! Also known as a blood moon, total lunar eclipses occur when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon. Join Capulin Rangers to experience this amazing event! We’ll have the telescopes out to get a closer look. Sunday May 15 from 8:30 -11:30 p.m.. Partial Eclipse starts at 8:27pm. Full Eclipse starts at 9:29pm with a Maximum Eclipse at 10:11pm. Bring layered warm clothing and your curiosity for an out of this world experience. No reservations needed; meet at the visitor center and follow red lights to the viewing area

Folsom site tour  

COLFAX—  The Folsom Museum will open weekends in May until Memorial then daily through Labor Day and weekends in September.  We look forward to you visiting the Folsom Museum this summer.
A Folsom Site tour will be held Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 8 am to 5 pm. The Folsom Museum appreciates reservations for the tours.  There are no set fees for the tours, although we would appreciate all donations. (575) 278-2122

Classic night at the  movies

RATON— Join us at the Shuler Theater on May 25 at 7pm for some great programming!  Classic Night at the Movies in May is sponsored by the Raton Police Officers Association (RPOA).  Turner and Hooch… Starring Tom Hanks and Beasley!  Free Admission and all donations go to RPOA for youth outreach programs throughout the year.

Upcoming Events for May 5, 2022

Throughout Our World

The Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival

OUR WORLD — Presented by Bigtop Studios, the Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival returns for its third year, and in 2022 we’re taking this festival across the border with shows in Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico. Performances will take place in Trinidad from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, and in Raton during the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th. This year’s festival will feature headliners: Emma Arnold on Friday, May 6th, Eddie Pepitone on Saturday, May 7th, hosted by Sam Tallent and Nathan Lund.
For a list of all additional performances and more information please visit: thechieffestival.com.

Relay for Life luminaria bag decorating

OUR WORLD—Join us at one of our decorating nights to decorate a luminaria bag(s). Enjoy pizza, pop and water on us. You can bring your own things or pictures to decorate them or some things will be provided for you. Our big event is Saturday, August 6th and we want to line the walking track with lots of luminaria bags honoring loved ones. Each bag is $5. If you can’t come to one of our decorating nights and would still like a bag you can stop by Corradino’s in Trinidad or Farm Bureau in Walsenburg to decorate them at your leisure. Decorating nights in Trinidad are Thursday, May 12 and June from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at  Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple St. Walsenburg’s decorating night will be Monday,  May 16, 5:30 p.m. at Farm Bureau, 713 Walsen Ave. Please contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510.

Pueblo Levee Artist Panel Discussion

OUR WORLD—Meet with Cynthia Ramu and a distinguished group of Pueblo Levee Mural artists, including Kara Wiley, Shannon Palmer, Tia Monson and Huerfano County’s own Valrie Eisemann on Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rawlings Library (main branch).

HUERFANO

Summer hours for Walsenburg Mining Museum at the Old Jail House

WALSENBURG—If the dog-days of summer begin to weigh you down and the kids are more than you care to handle, you might consider taking them to jail. We’re recommending the old county jail, home of the Walsenburg Mining Museum of course.  The museum located behind the courthouse at 112 W. 5th Street A is opening for summer hours starting May 2nd.
Summer hours are Mon-Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  When you arrive don’t forget to greet our Mr. Miner statue and pay your respects to our miners list engraved on the base.

Do you enjoy crocheting?

LA VETA—Help La Veta Public Library create a crochet coral reef display to decorate the library for our
“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program. Pick up a ‘take and make’ kit at the La Veta Public Library, or use the patterns available on our website, or create your own design. Bring your creations into the La Veta Public Library anytime between now and Friday, May 20 and we will arrange them into a coral reef display. For more information call 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Spanish Peaks Chamber meeting

HUERFANO—The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the La Veta Fire Protection District Main Conference Room, 100 Birch Street, La Veta or online via Zoom.
More details can be found at https://spanishpeakschamber.com/events/.
In addition, this month the Chamber is excited to host its first mixer of 2022 on May 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Alys’ Restaurant, 604 S. Oak St. in La Veta. Appetizers and cash bar will be available along with guest speakers Lola Spradley with Huerfano County Economic Development and Lauren Roberts with Watercourse Foods and the new owner of the former La Veta school buildings. We hope to see you there.

Acrylic Paint Night

WALSENBURG— Join us at John Mall High School for another Acrylic Paint Night on Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. We will be painting “boho owls” this time and it is $5 per person, supplies and snacks are included. You must be over 10+ years old to participate for this beginner level class. Seats are limited, please RSVP to kwitt@huerfano.k12.co.us

King Solomon’s Mines?

LA VETA—The LaVeta Library is delighted to welcome David Steffan on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. as he presents a fascinating recount of his experiences on the 2020 Tel Aviv University archeological dig at Timma Valley in  Jerusalem. Exciting information about evidence of  copper mines dating back to the time of King David and King Solomon (10th century BC)  prompted the Smithsonian to feature this on the cover of their magazine and chose it as #1 on their list of top 10 science articles in 2021. Free, as always, with tasty refreshments!

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG—On Friday, May 6 we will be celebrating Mother’s Day.  Come join us for some stories about moms  and related activities.  We will be making a very cute dinosaur card.  Storytime is every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 719-695-1105 or sherry@spld.org.  We have again revised our hours at the library.   We are now open M – W from 10:00 am to 6 p.m., Th – F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  We hope to see you soon.

Friday Art Lab

WALSENBURG—STEAM class will be held at Museum of Friends on Friday, May 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join us every Friday starting this friday at MoF and continueing all summer. STEAM is the focus   Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math   Projects explore how science, art and math intersect with technology.  Students are encouraged to bring their lap tops or I Pads as we create 2 and 3 dimensional art projects while we look at the art of Leonardo da Vinci up to present day artists who were both scientists and artists.  Projects include: “birds make flight;” “murals and math”; “the art of seeing – learning perspective and how the use of perspective changed paintings forever.”  Call for details: 719-738-2858

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Rated R with a run time of 2 hours and 19 minutes. Movie showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m., *Saturday 12 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

Beginning T’ai Chi classes

LA VETA—Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held beginning Saturday, May 7,  at 9 a.m. at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus, across from the town park.  Beginning classes will continue every Saturday morning from 9-10am during the month of May.  The cost is a donation of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail  <PeggyZehring@msn.com> or <LVArtSchool@yahoo.com>

Quisgard’s Patterns and Spaces

WALSENBURG— Join Maria Cocchiarelli on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at Museum of Friends to gain an insight into the work of artist Liz Whitney Quisgard. Quisgard’s exhibit, Patterns and Spaces, will be on view through July 30th. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 719-738-2858 for more info. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Eliza Gilkyson with the Rifters

LA VETA — Twice Grammy nominated folk singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will be joined by special guests, The Rifters, for a celebration of Eliza’s new album From the River Wind. Join us at the La Veta Mercantile on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Eliza calls this her love letter to the Old West. It is composed of snapshots of the people and places, lives and loves lost or found over the years of wandering the west as a musical minstrel, searching for her hearts home.

School Nature Trail Work Session

LA VETA—Our work session on Friday, April 29th got blown away by gusty winds. This message lets you know that we rescheduled the work at the School Nature Trail for Monday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The wooden sign frames, kiosks, and bridge need to be sanded and a new coat of stain applied.
All volunteers should pack a water bottle,  wear old sturdy clothes, and note long pants, and work boots, are required. Eye protection is recommended, as are sunscreen, and work gloves.
The minimum age requirement for this workday is age 16. Younger children must be accompanied by a parent.
If we have to cancel for hazardous weather or any other reason, we will email you or call no later than 9 a.m. on the morning of the workday.
We will also post the cancellation on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lavetatrails.org.
For more info contact Marilyn Russell at 719-890-4071 or by email at russellm9999@gmail.com.

Conversation about tourism

LA VETA—The Tourism Board invites you to an informative community conversation about tourism in our county on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. We will be hosting a series of community meetings to provide an overview of the work the tourism board is engaged in to bring visitors and tourism dollars to the county. We will discuss the ways we work to promote all the activities, attractions, and events that Spanish Peaks Country offers visitors. A light dinner will be provided. Huerfano County Tourism Board conversation will be held at the community center in La Veta. A zoom link will be available for this meeting.

Great Coral Reef crochet project

LA VETA— Have you heard about the great coral reef that is growing in La Veta? Stephine Masinton, the Children’s Librarian at the La Veta Public Library has this great summer program that will also be an art installation of a coral reef created by local crocheters. Sandy Dolak offered to help with this project by facilitating a group on Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at the library dubbed (NOT) Crocheting like a Granny. We will work together on the basic crochet skills to contribute to the reef (or to make hats and afghans for all the world). A kit will be provided with yarn and a crochet hook, and we will work together on creating pieces for the reef. If you are already working on pieces, please consider joining us and share what you have done.

Life & Death Round Table Discussions

WALSENBURG—Boies Ortega Funeral Home is sponsoring a free monthly educational series for 2022 on various topics including grief, end of life decisions, pre planned funerals and later in the year topics such as Medicare vs. Medicaid and Life or Death Insurance.
The next workshop is May 11, 11:00 a.m. on “End of Life Decisions and Hospice” Sangre de Cristo Hospice joins Elisa in reviewing the options of what to plan for regarding end-of-life decisions. You don’t have to be in hospice care to plan what to do or how someone will honor your decisions when you can’t make them for yourself any longer. You will walk away with hand outs and tools to prepare you for difficult decisions to come in the future.
All workshops are held in the community room at Spanish Peaks Library on Walsen Avenue.
Light refreshments will be served.
Call Elisa at 719-738-2152 if you have questions.

Bless Me, Ultima in La Veta

LA VETA—Once again, from new perspectives, Bless Me, Ultima by Rodolfo Anaya will be explored at the La Veta Library. A second offering in the series will be Wednesday,  May 11 at 2 p.m. with the showing of the movie hosted by Bob Hettenhausen. He will lead an interesting discussion comparing the book to the movie. There are a limited number of free books available at the library for those interested in attending the programs. The program and books are made available by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation F.

Veteran counseling services
 
WALSENBURG—Veteran counseling services is coming to Huerfano County on May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. at the Spanish Peaks Veteran Community Living Center east parking lot.
Mobile Vet Center is a large mobile vehicle with space for confidential counseling and are used to provide outreach to eligible military veteran individuals in communities that are distant from existing services. Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psycho social services offered to eligible Veterans and their families. They include:
•      Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, and their families
•      Family counseling for military related issues
•      Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
•      Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
•      Substance abuse assessment and referral
•      VBA benefits explanation and referral
•      Screening & referral for medical issues including TBI, depression, etc.
If you, or a family member, served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon (Korea, Vietnam, Southwest Asia, OEF, OIF, etc.) then both you and your family are eligible for Vet Center services.
If you or your family qualifies for this service, this is FREE to the attendees! Vet Centers are a subsidiary of the VA and keep separate records from the main VA database for your security and will not be shared unless given permission under HIPAA regulations.
No appointment necessary. For an Intake Packet ahead of visit, please contact the County Veteran Service Officer at ddewolf@Huerfano.us

End of life decisions and Hospice
 
WALSENBURG—Sangre de Cristo Hospice joins Elisa in reviewing the options of what to plan for regarding end-of-life decisions. You don’t have to be in hospice care to plan what to do or how someone will honor your decisions when you can’t make them for yourself any longer. You will walk away with hand outs and tools to prepare you for difficult decisions to come. End of Life, Hospice and Palliative Care on Thursday, May 12th, 11 a.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg and is free to attend. Hospice staff will be there to educate people on what to prepare for and do before end of life occurs.

Notre Dame three years later

LA VETA—Tony Masinton will talk about what has happened so far to restore the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris three years after the devastating fire. Find out how bad the damage was and the steps an army of craftspeople and scientists are taking now to return the world heritage site to its former glory. Tony holds a PhD in medieval church architecture and spent over a decade working on ancient churches and cathedrals in Europe. This discussion will be held at La Veta Public Library on Thursday, May 12, 2-4 p.m.

Clean up day at Fort Francisco Museum

LA VETA—Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. we will be putting up the Tipi, doing yardwork, having a chinking party, and uncovering the exhibits in anticipation of opening day, May 27th. All are welcome. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For more info, go to our website franciscofort.org/events-calendar

Two Peaks Fitness 10 Year anniversary

LA VETA – Help us celebrate our 10-year anniversary. Stop in Saturday May 14, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. for free refreshments and membership specials! Two Peaks Fitness is located at 216 S Main St in La Veta, 719-742-3555. A non-profit organization serving Huerfano County. 719-742-3555.

Chimayo Presentation-UPDATED

WALSENBURG—The Chimayo Presentation at the Walsenburg Library that was cancelled by the weather last month has been rescheduled for Monday, May 16 at the Walsenburg Library. During Holy Week, tens of thousands of pilgrims make the annual journey to Chimayo, New Mexico, and to its famous sacred site, the Santuario de Chimayo. Chimayo is one of the spiritual centers of the region and the destination of the most popular pilgrimage in North America. The roads to Chimayo course through mountain villages where Hispanic Catholicism has been cradled for more than two centuries, but Chimayo, as well, is a special place for all who quest to find divinity and to encounter the sacred within themselves. Come learn more about this special place.

LAS ANIMAS  

Youth outdoors job opportunity

TRINIDAD — Applications are open for Mile High Youth Corps’ (MHYC) Land Conservation Summer of Service program. MHYC is searching for positive, hardworking individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend 12-14 weeks this summer working on environmental stewardship projects near Trinidad.
Corpsmembers earn a bi-weekly stipend, and are enrolled in AmeriCorps, earning a scholarship to be used towards advancing their learning after the program. They also receive up to four free mental health counseling sessions.
Corpsmembers will also receive training in one or more stewardship skillsets, including chainsaw operation, trail building and maintenance and pesticide application. No experience is necessary.
Corpsmembers receive industry-recognized certifications that lead to effective service and highly-desirable qualifications and experience that support opportunities for future employment in natural resource management.
Applications now being accepted online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org/apply-now

East Street School Open House

TRINIDAD—Urban Neighborhoods Inc. and RedLine Art Center of Denver, announce their open house event at East Street School at 210 East Street Trinidad, on Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The rehabilitation of East Street School will offer a live/work community of simple living spaces where shared resources and experiences create a supportive environment for artists of all disciplines. The re-imagined East Street School is designed to foster a network of creative excellence where artists can continue to grow personally and professionally.

Job Fair at Trinidad State College

TRINIDAD—There will be a job fair on Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pioneer Room at Trinidad State College, 600 Prospect Street.  To register call 719-846-9285 or 719-846-9221.  Sponsored by the Trinidad Workforce & TLAC Chamber of Commerce.

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Sept. Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street,  Friday, May 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday May 7 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Most items 50% off. For more information please call 719- 846-8522.

Market in May

TRINIDAD—Mt. Caramel Wellness Community Center is hosting a market on Saturday, May 7 from 2  p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, 127 N. Commercial Street, Trinidad. Join the fun while shopping for arts & crafts from local vendors. Vendors are still able to apply for this event until May 2. Call 719-845-4875 for more information or to rent a space.

Cinco de Mayo

LAS ANIMAS—Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 7 from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Miner’s Memorial 219 W. Main St. next to the Southern Colorado Miner’s Museum. We are celebrating our culture with dance, food, music (we will have a DJ & Band), plus we are having a car show! Entry for the car show is $25 for your first car and take $5 off the next entry. Lowrider bike entries are $10. Call Yolanda or Desiree with any questions 719-846-8234 or 719-845-7839.

Hoehne FFA May Fair

HOEHNE— Join Hoehne High School’s FFA annual May fair on Sunday, May 8. The livestock show will start at 8 a.m.   Brisket lunch will be start at approximately 11:30 a.m. and the auction will begin at 12:30 p.m. For more information please visit www.hoehnesd.org or call 719-846-4457.

Hike to the Dinosaur tracks

TRINIDAD — Join the Fishers Peak Outfitters on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 a.m. for this free guided hike to the dinosaur tracks. This will be an 11 mile hike, 5.5 miles to the tracks then back out of the canyon. We ask that you please leave your pets at home as it is rattle snake season. We will meet at Fishers Peak Outfitters in Trinidad then carpool to the trail head approx 1.5 hours away. Please bring plenty of water and appropriate attire. Expect to see amazing scenery, wildlife, First nations people’s petroglyphs, hispanic settler’s church site and of course the largest deposit of dinosaur tracks in North America. Please sign up at Fishers Peaks Outfitters or email fisherspeakoutfitters@gmail.com

Second Saturdays –  Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its fourth event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.  An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening begins at 7 pm with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Our featured poet is David A. Martin a resident of Beulah, Colorado

LifeLine open house

TRINIDAD — Join LifeLine and UChealth on Tuesday, May 17 from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. at the Perry Stokes Airport to check out their newest aircraft and helicopter. Please RSVP to Kim Lucero, Director of Development and Ancillary Operations at 719-846-8053 or via email at klucero@msrhc.org by May 13th.

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NM Rural Summit

SANTA FE — Join rural, frontier and tribal leaders, community champions, and federal and state partners for two days of in-depth discussions on infrastructure, education, transportation, economic development, healthcare, public safety, agriculture/acequia, and natural resources. The New Mexico Rural Summit Round House will be held on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12 at the NM State Capitol. For more information on this event or to register please call 505-927-0108 or 505-803-1071 or Email Roger.Montoya@nmlegis.gov

Folsom Museum’s Dry Cimarron Tour

FOLSOM — Join us for this year’s tour on Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m.   The tour will begin at the Folsom Museum with a tour of the town and its history. It will proceed from there down the Dry Cimarron with stops at local ranches and other historical places of interest. Lunch will be at the Burchard ranch where Mr. Burchard will give a presentation of artifacts and geological, and paleontological history. Participants can bring a lunch or order a sack lunch through the museum at the time of registration. Fruit, snacks, and water will be provided by the museum. (Donations greatly appreciated.) After lunch the tour will return by way of Toll Gate Canyon with stops for ecological and botanical presentations. For more information or to register call the museum at 575-278-2122.

World Migratory Bird Day  

COLFAX— Sugarite Canyon State Park is hosting a full day of events on Saturday May 14, celebrating World Migratory Bird Day.
• 6:55 a.m.  Early Bird Special! Visitor Center. Coffee, treats & birds at the feeders!
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Beaver Wetland Guided Bird Walk. Lake Alice Campground.  We’ll look for Dusky Flycatchers, Vireos, Warblers, and Western Tanagers.
• 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger. Lake Alice Campground. Coffee, doughnuts & camp chair birding! Find out why we should dim our lights for birds who “fly by night”!
• 2 p.m. The Big Guys! Soda Pocket Campground. Come meet live birds of prey,  including some who migrate to our area.
• 4 p.m. The Big Guys! (Repeated) Lake Alice Campground.
• 5-7 p.m. Lake Maloya Guided Bird Walk. Lake Maloya Trailhead. We’ll look  xfor ducks, geese, woodpeckers, Western Wood-Pewees, and Violet-green Swallows.
• 8-10 p.m. Full Moon Walk. Lake Maloya Trailhead. Take a walk in the park after  dark! Learn about Sugarite’s nighttime environment and how birds migrate at night.

Moonlight Hike

Colfax— Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot!

Upcoming events for April 28, 2022

Throughout Our World

Temple Emanuel Restoration Benefit Concert

OUR WORLD— Join Temple Emanuel on Sunday, May 1,  2 p.m. – 4 p.m. for a multi-cultural performances by The Pueblo Six Shooters and  The Shalom Klezmorim Ensemble with special guest, Ofer Ben Amots. Temple Emanuel is located at 1325 N. Grand Ave. Pueblo.
For more information please call 719-544-6448 or email: shalomaa@templeemanuelpueblo.net .
This concert is free to attend but donations appreciated. Complementary light refreshments will be served at the concert’s conclusion.

HUERFANO

Do you enjoy crocheting?
LA VETA—Help La Veta Public Library create a crochet coral reef display to decorate the library for our
“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program. Pick up a ‘take and make’ kit at the La Veta Public Library, or use the patterns available on our website, or create your own design. Bring your creations into the La Veta Public Library anytime between now and Friday, May 20 and we will arrange them into a coral reef display. For more information call 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore. Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards and witches. They soon encounter an array of old and new beasts as they clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers  Movie Showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

Folding Into Peace

LA VETA — On Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m. upstairs at La Veta Library, Veronica Marino will lead a group activity of learning the origami art of folding cranes. The art of origami has been around since the 6th century. To make this program complete, Laura Bedford will guide the group in a Peace Meditation. For fun, Fortune Cookies will be served as our refreshment. Program brought to you by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation in collaboration with Colorado Humanities.

Introduction to Colcha Embroidery

HUERFANO—Colcha Embroidery is a style of needlework created by women in colonial settlements in northern New Mexico as early as the 1700’s. By the 1800’s it was also utilized in southern Colorado.  Colcha embroidery has a wonderful history and a revival that will be explored through a series of classes.  Please join Sandy Dolak for an introduction to Colcha  on Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Walsenburg Library.  Come learn and get some hands-on experience with this historically significant art form.

Gardner Valley School Carnival

GARDNER— Come and have sone fun and support Gardner Valley School on Friday, April 29 from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. There will be games, Bingo, silent auctions and GVS greenhouse plant sale. Hotdogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase as well.

La Veta Flea at the La Veta Pines Park

LA VETA—New stuff, old stuff, antique treasures, household junk and everything in-between. Come to buy or come to sell on Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission for buyers. Vendor spaces are $10 , free to non-profits. Includes an 8’x20′ space and one table. Advance reservations required. Call (719) 742-3252 to reserve your spot.

Spring rummage sale

LA VETA—Join Christ the King Catholic Church in La Veta on Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This rummage sale is a fundraiser hosted by St. Ann’s Guild. For more information please contact Jane Jacquart at 719-469-2713.

A Spring Art Show in La Veta

LA VETA—The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to see the new Spring Show now on display at its Gallery in the Town Park between now and May 21. Come to the opening reception Saturday, April 30, 5 – 7 p.m. and enjoy refreshments, conversation and view  original art created by 8 area artists, as well as a special display of photography by John Manos and oil paintings by Catharine Friend. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully accepted. Located at 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta, SPACe is a nonprofit organization, supporting education in the arts and artists in the Spanish Peaks region of Colorado.

Summer hours for Walsenburg Mining Museum at the Old Jail House

WALSENBURG—If the dog-days of summer begin to weigh you down and the kids are more than you care to handle, you might consider taking them to jail. We’re recommending the old county jail, home of the Walsenburg Mining Museum of course.  The museum located behind the courthouse at 112 W. 5th Street A is opening for summer hours starting May 2nd.
The old jail built in 1896 served the county well for many years before it was repurposed as the new home of the Walsenburg Mining Museum in 1994.  WMM is operated entirely by dedicated volunteers, who will be waiting to share a local historical experience.  Summer hours are Mon-Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  When you arrive don’t forget to greet our Mr. Miner statue and pay your respects to our miners list engraved on the base.

Kickoff to summer career fair

HUERFANO— The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance is hosting a summer career fair on Monday, May 2 from 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. Participating employers include: Huerfano County, Health Solutions, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, Legends on Main, Dog Bar & Grill, San Isabel Electric Association, World Journal, Trinidad State College.
Additional resources attending include Small Business Development Center, Colorado Workforce, Southern Colorado Economic Development District and more!

Arte de Nuestras Abuelos-Art of our Grandparents

WALSENBURG— Inviting the olders of Huerfano County to enjoy a fun and unique experience, “Birds of Spring” Join Jenn Dunn and Mt Rose Health Center on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. and discover your inner artist. Previous painting knowledge is not required for this guided afternoon of painting. The class is free to attend and refreshments will be served. Make reservations by April 25th by calling 719-989-8438

Bless Me, Ultima in La Veta

LA VETA—Once again, from new perspectives, Bless Me, Ultima by Rodolfo Anaya will be explored at the La Veta Library. The first session will be Wednesday, May 4  at 2 p.m. and be facilitated by Ava Archuleta Clark, a local woman with an amazing understanding of herbs and “earth medicine”.  Ava will present a program that not only explores the many herbal references in the book, but how we recognize them in our own “backyard”. A second offering in the series will be Wednesday,  May 11 at 2 p.m. with the showing of the movie hosted by Bob Hettenhausen. He will lead an interesting discussion comparing the book to the movie. There are a limited number of free books available at the library for those interested in attending the programs. The program and books are made available by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation F.

Huerfano County Historical Society meeting

HUERFANO—The Huerfano County Historical Society is having a meeting on Wednesday, May 4 at 4 p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th St. The meeting is open to all members and the public. For further information e-mail huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com or call 719-738-2346.

King Solomon’s Mines?

LA VETA—The LaVeta Library is delighted to welcome David Steffan on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. as he presents a fascinating recount of his experiences on the 2020 Tel Aviv University archeological dig at Timma Valley in  Jerusalem. Exciting information about evidence of  copper mines dating back to the time of King David and King Solomon (10th century BC)  prompted the Smithsonian to feature this on the cover of their magazine and chose it as #1 on their list of top 10 science articles in 2021. You won’t want to miss Dave’s account of his experiences and insights as he shares his wealth of information,  Free, as always, with tasty refreshments!

Eliza Gilkyson with the Rifters

LA VETA — Twice Grammy nominated folk singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will be joined by special guests, The Rifters, for a celebration of Eliza’s new album From the River Wind. Join us at the La Veta Mercantile on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Eliza calls this her love letter to the Old West. It is composed of snapshots of the people and places, lives and loves lost or found over the years of wandering the west as a musical minstrel, searching for her hearts home.

Community conversation about tourism

LA VETA—The Tourism Board invites you to an informative community conversation about tourism in our county on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. We will be hosting a series of community meetings to provide an overview of the work the tourism board is engaged in to bring visitors and tourism dollars to the county. We will discuss the ways we work to promote all the activities, attractions, and events that Spanish Peaks Country offers visitors. A light dinner will be provided. Huerfano County Tourism Board conversation will be held at the community center in La Veta. A zoom link will be available for this meeting!

Great Coral Reef crochet project

LA VETA— Have you heard about the great coral reef that is growing in La Veta? Stephine Masinton, the Children’s Librarian at the La Veta Public Library has this great summer program that will also be an art installation of a coral reef created by local crocheters. Sandy Dolak offered to help with this project by facilitating a group on Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at the library dubbed (NOT) Crocheting like a Granny. We will work together on the basic crochet skills to contribute to the reef (or to make hats and afghans for all the world). A kit will be provided with yarn and a crochet hook, and we will work together on creating pieces for the reef. If you are already working on pieces, please consider joining us and share what you have done. This is a great project to benefit our kiddos and our community.

LAS ANIMAS  

Youth outdoors job opportunity

TRINIDAD — Applications are open for Mile High Youth Corps’ (MHYC) Land Conservation Summer of Service program. MHYC is searching for positive, hardworking individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend 12-14 weeks this summer working on environmental stewardship projects near Trinidad.
During their summer of service, crews will complete more than 30 conservation projects spanning 23 counties and make profound impact on the community, the environment, and themselves.
Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program is rooted in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and is devoted to the improvement and sustainable development of our two most important resources – youth and the environment. Youth participants, called Corpsmembers, are assigned to a crew that works on a variety projects. These include construction and maintenance of recreational and safety access trails, habitat restoration, fire fuel mitigation, historical preservation and park development projects. Corpsmembers earn a bi-weekly stipend, and are enrolled in AmeriCorps, earning a scholarship to be used towards advancing their learning after the program. They also receive up to four free mental health counseling sessions.
Corpsmembers have opportunities to network with federal, state and local natural source professionals and access to a vast alumni network. Corpsmembers will also receive training in one or more stewardship skillsets, including chainsaw operation, trail building and maintenance and pesticide application. No experience is necessary, MHYC provides hands-on training related to all projects.
Corpsmembers receive industry-recognized certifications that lead to effective service and highly-desirable qualifications and experience that support opportunities for future employment in natural resource management.
Applications now being accepted online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org/apply-now

Spring Art Festival

TRINIDAD— Come Celebrate the arts at Trinidad State College’s Spring Art’s Festival starting on Wednesday, April 27 and goes through Friday, April 29. Enjoy a plethora of activities including art workshops, artist lectures, a film festival, a talent show, open mic, performances and a student art show. There will also be the Las Animas County Creative Writing contest award ceremony. All events are free and open to the public. For more info go to www.trinidadstate.edu/springfest/

Trinidad youth art show

TRINIDAD— Join us for the first annual Youth Art Show for Trinidad on Friday, April 29 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at A.R. Mitchell Museum in Trinidad. The art show is open to anyone between the ages of 5-18 and is free to enter. There will be prizes for each age group for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Entries are due by Monday, April 25 between 3p.m.-7 p.m. please have artwork ready to hang. For more information please call Jody Alford at 719-859-1103

Free dump day

LAS ANIMAS- All Las Animas county residents will have rates waived for all household, green and construction waste on Saturday, April 30 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tires and E waste are not included in this free event. Any load that isn’t tarped and/or tied down will not be free and will be subject to normal landfill rates.

A Walk In Her Shoes

TRINIDAD— Fellas get ready to strut and walk with us to put an end to sexual violence. Join Advocates Against Domestic Assault in this awareness and fundraising event on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Central Park. Registration fees are $20 per person, $15 for First Responders and $10 for students.

East Street School Open House

LA VETA—Urban Neighborhoods Inc. and RedLine Art Center of Denver, announce their open house event at East Street School at 210 East Street Trinidad, on Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The rehabilitation of East Street School will offer a live/work community of simple living spaces where shared resources and experiences create a supportive environment for artists of all disciplines. The re-imagined East Street School is designed to foster a network of creative excellence where artists can continue to grow personally and professionally.

Mother’s Day basket fundraiser

TRINIDAD—Get your mom, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt, girlfriend, a special lady in your life or even yourself one of two amazing gift baskets for Mother’s Day. We have done the hard work getting all the goodies gathered for you and all you have to do is get your name in for the chance to win.  Each ticket is $5 for one or five tickets for $20. The drawing will be Wednesday, May 4th and you can pick up the basket on May 6 from Corradino Auto Body in Trinidad where you can also enter the drawing. To get your name in the hat or for more information please call Kendra at  719 946-5510 or 719 680-0693. All proceeds go to ROAR for Relay for Life

Market in May

TRINIDAD—Mt. Caramel Wellness Community Center is hosting a market on Saturday, May 7 from 2  p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, 127 N. Commercial Street, Trinidad. Join the fun while shopping for arts & crafts from local vendors. Vendors are still able to apply for this event until May 2. Please call 719-845-4875 for more information or to rent a space.

Cinco de Mayo

LAS ANIMAS—Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 7 from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Miner’s Memorial 219 W. Main St. next to the Southern Colorado Miner’s Museum. We are celebrating our culture with dance, food, music (we will have a DJ & Band), plus we are having a car show! Entry for the car show is $25 for your first car and take $5 off the next entry. Lowrider bike entries are $10. Call Yolanda or Desiree with any questions 719-846-8234 or 719-845-7839. We are still accepting applications for sponsors and vendors!
All  proceeds go towards scholarships for youth in our community.

Hoehne FFA May Fair

HOEHNE— Join Hoehne High School’s FFA annual May fair on Sunday, May 8. The livestock show will start at 8 a.m.   brisket lunch will be start at approximately 11:30 a.m. and the auction will begin at 12:30 p.m. For more information please visit www.hoehnesd.org or call 719-846-4457.

Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its fourth event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.  An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening begins at 7 pm with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Our featured poet is David A. Martin a resident of Beulah, Colorado

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Free feral (wild) cat spay/neuter clinic
 
RATON—We will be hosting our 2nd FREE event of the year on Wednesday, May 4th. All trapped cats will be getting sterilized, a rabies vaccine, and an ear notch to identify them as being fixed. Please drop off cats between 8-8:30AM. We have traps available and are happy to show you how to use them. Please call us to register at 575-445-2691.

NM Rural Summit

Join rural, frontier and tribal leaders, community champions, and federal and state partners for two days of in-depth discussions on untrastructure, education, transportation, economic development, healthcare, public safety, agriculture/acequia, and natural resources. The New Mexico Rural Summit the Round House will be held on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12 at the NM state Capitol. For more information on this event or to register please call 505-927-0108 or 505-803-1071 or Email Roger.Montoya@nmlegis.gov

Folsom Museum’s Dry Cimarron Tour

FOLSOM — Join us for this year’s tour on Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m.   The tour will begin at the Folsom Museum with a tour of the town and its history. It will proceed from there down the Dry Cimarron with stops at local ranches and other historical places of interest. There will be a break for lunch at the Burchard ranch where Mr. Burchard will give a presentation of artifacts and geological, and paleontological history. Participants can bring a lunch or order a sack lunch through the Museum at the time of registration. Fruit, snacks, and water will be provided by the Museum. (Donations are greatly appreciated.) After lunch the tour will return by way of Toll Gate Canyon with stops for ecological and botanical presentations. For more information or to register call the museum at 575-278-2122.

Throughout Our World

Temple Emanuel Restoration Benefit Concert

OUR WORLD— Join Temple Emanuel on Sunday, May 1,  2 p.m. – 4 p.m. for a multi-cultural performances by The Pueblo Six Shooters and  The Shalom Klezmorim Ensemble with special guest, Ofer Ben Amots. Temple Emanuel is located at 1325 N. Grand Ave. Pueblo.
For more information please call 719-544-6448 or email: shalomaa@templeemanuelpueblo.net .
This concert is free to attend but donations appreciated. Complementary light refreshments will be served at the concert’s conclusion.

HUERFANO

Do you enjoy crocheting?

LA VETA—Help La Veta Public Library create a crochet coral reef display to decorate the library for our
“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program. Pick up a ‘take and make’ kit at the La Veta Public Library, or use the patterns available on our website, or create your own design. Bring your creations into the La Veta Public Library anytime between now and Friday, May 20 and we will arrange them into a coral reef display. For more information call 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Esteemed Tai Chi teacher from Taiwan at LVSA for classes

LA VETA—DerWei Huang, esteemedT’ai Chi teacher from Taiwan – will be teaching at La Veta School of the Arts this week April 20-24.  Everyone is welcome.  His schedule is below with all classes limited to 10:
Morning classes will be from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon classes will be from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m.  for a donation of $25 per class.
Thurs. April 21 – morning and afternoon Fengshui
Friday, April 22 – morning and afternoon classes  Chinese Calligraphy
Saturday, April 23 – morning and afternoon classes  T’ai Chi
Sunday – April 24- morning and afternoon classes  T’ai Chi
Call La Veta School of the Arts to reserve a space,  719-742-3421 or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com.

Earth Day clean up

LA VETA—Thursday, April 21st, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. La Veta Earth Day Spring clean-up. Get started at the recycling bins on E. Ryus Ave. to pick up a trash bag and bucket for recyclables. All ages welcome! Wear gloves, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes or boots. Choose a street to spring clean. Return your bag and bucket to the recycling bins. For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.

Earth Day clean up

WALSENBURG— Thursday, April 21st, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Walsenburg Earth Day Spring Clean-Up. Get started at Heritage Park on Main St. to pick up a trash bag and bucket for recyclables. All ages are welcome! Wear gloves, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes or boots. Choose your street to spring clean. Return your bag and bucket to Heritage Park. For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.

Get ready for spring!

HUERFANO—Artists! The Spring Show at SPACe is coming up soon. Artwork will be accepted between April 21-23, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. A nominal fee of $5 per entry, with a limit of 4 entries per artist, will be collected to help with gallery overhead. Artwork over 30″ wide is considered as two entries. In addition, a commission of 30% of the selling price will be collected on sold artwork (35% for nonmembers of SPACe) SPACe membership is only $30 annually for individuals. For detailed information on how to enter, visit the SPACe website: www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Or call 719 742-3074. Text & voice messages accepted at 719 890-0573.

La Veta Library movie matinee

LA VETA—Join us at the LaVeta Library on Thursday, April 21 at 2 p.m. for our monthly movie matinee in the meeting room.  We will be showing “The Way” starring Martin Sheen.  It is a moving and inspirational story of one man’s pilgrimage on “The Way of St James” and the life changing events that he encountered.  For those of you that were able to hear Greg and Leesa’s description of their similar trip, this will be a great follow-up.  Free refreshments, as always.

Bingo!

WALSENBURG—Come join us for St. Mary Catholic Church Bingo Night starting Thursday, April 21at 6 p.m. in Delaney Hall in Walsenburg.  We will have a door prize on opening night.  Doors open at 5p.m. and bingo starts at 6p.m.  We will have raffles for prizes, a concession stand hosted by local vendors, and live entertainment.  Early bird specials will start selling at 5 p.m. and will start when pull-tabs sell out! Each Bingo session will have eight games with a $500 progressive jackpot.  Bring a friend and come have fun! All proceeds will go to St. Mary Church.

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG—On Friday, April 22 we will be celebrating Earth Day.  Come join us for some Earth Day stories and activities.   On Friday, April 29 there will be a guest presenter.  Sharona Whitley will be doing a Cinco de Mayo storytime.  Storytime is every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.  We have revised our hours at the library.   We are now open M – W from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Th – F from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We hope to see you soon.

HeARTworks Health and Wellness

HUERFANO—Mt. Rose HeARTworks Outreach and Next 50 Initiative announces that the April Health and Wellness Programs in Huerfano County will be  at the Walsenburg Library on Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m. and in Gardner at La Clinica on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m.  Let us help you keep tabs on your basic vital signs and share important health information.  Once again, this month, we will assist you with everything you need to create your own “Vial of Life” information to have available if the need should arise for Emergency Medical People to come to your home.

Earth Day Bingo

LA VETA— Join us for our 4th Annual La Veta Trails Earth Day Bingo on Friday, April 22nd, 5 p.m. at La Veta Community Center, 131 E. Ryus Ave. BINGO IS BACK, BABY! Heather Curtis of H’s Place will be our fabulous bingo caller. Bingo Cards $5.00 per card and the final round of Blackout Bingo for $1.00 per card. Earth day Bingo is a family friendly event. Local artists and businesses have donated fabulous prizes, plus we will have two cash prize games. This event is a fundraiser for La Veta Trails. Help us build and maintain more parks, trails, and recreational amenities in Huerfano County for you to enjoy. For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.

Eagles Auxilliary officer nominations

WALSENBURG — Eagles #1187 Ladies Auxilliary will be holding nominations for officers on Friday, April 22.  Please attend this important meeting, at 7 p.m. at 614 Main St. in Walsenburg.

Spring Clean Up at Lathrop State Park

HUERFANO— We will meet at the Visitor Center, 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg on Saturday, April 23rd, 10 a.m. Observe Earth Day by helping clean up the paths and shoreline around the lakes and campgrounds. Wear appropriate outdoor shoes and gloves. All ages welcome! For more information, call the Visitor Center at 719-738-2376.

Let’s paint the town! Painting bluebird birdhouses with Amber Huff

LA VETA— Join us to celebrate the official designation of the La Veta Creative District and kick off our first Paint the Town event on Saturday, April 23 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the La Veta School of the Arts (LVSA)! For the first “sip and paint” event, Amber Huff will lead participants to paint bluebird birdhouses. Tickets are $40 and include all art supplies, wine, and light refreshments! No painting experience required. Proceeds will benefit the La Veta Playground Initiative.
For more info and tickets, go to: www.lavetacreativedistrict.org/events

Bill Hearne with Don Richmond

LA VETA—Join us at La Veta Mercantile for an evening of music with Bill Hearne and Don Richmond on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Bill along with his late-wife Bonnie are legends of the early Austin music scene collaborating, recording, and performing with many well-known artists. Bill will be performing with Don Richmond, instrumentalist/vocalist for the Rifters.
Tickets aavailable at www.simpletix.com/e/bill-hearne-with-don-richmond-tickets-102305

Water Conservancy District Board meet

HUERFANO — The monthly board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, Walsenburg,  on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. The draft agenda for the meeting can be found on the district’s website: www.hcwcd.net .

The Puentes Project

HUERFANO—Kick off the Puentes Project with evenings of live music, dance, history, and art in Walsenburg and La Veta. The Puentes Project is building bridges between Huerfano County communities
through arts and culture. The kickoff features dance by Tiana Camacho Mercier, music by David Enke, art by Yul Jorgensen and Arthur Short Bull, and heritage by David Steffan. These interactive events also feature YOU! You get to decide how to spend the Project’s funds to create more Puentes events throughout the year. Come, build some bridges! Join us on Tuesday, April 26 , 6 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in Walsenburg and Wednesday, April 27,  7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile.  These events are free to attend. “Puentes: Two Peaks One Community” is sponsored by the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, Spanish Peaks Public Library, La Veta Public Library, and Warm Cookies of the Revolution.

Introduction to Colcha Embroidery

HUERFANO—Colcha Embroidery is a style of needlework created by women in colonial settlements in northern New Mexico as early as the 1700’s. By the 1800’s it was also utilized in southern Colorado.  Colcha embroidery has a wonderful history and a revival that will be explored through a series of classes.  Please join Sandy Dolak for an introduction to Colcha on Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Capps Building at Francisco Fort in La Veta or on Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Walsenburg Library.  Come learn and get some hands-on experience with this historically significant art form.

Folding Into Peace

LA VETA — On Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m. upstairs at La Veta Library, Veronica Marino will lead a group activity of learning the origami art of folding cranes. The art of origami has been around since the 6th century. To make this program complete, Laura Bedford will guide the group in a Peace Meditation. For fun, Fortune Cookies will be served as our refreshment. Program brought to you by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation in collaboration with Colorado Humanities.

Gardner Valley School Carnival

GARDNER— Come and have sone fun and support Gardner Valley School on Friday, April 29 from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. There will be games, Bingo, silent auctions and GVS greenhouse plant sale. Hotdogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase as well.

La Veta Flea at the La Veta Pines Park

LA VETA—New stuff, old stuff, antique treasures, household junk and everything in-between. Come to buy or come to sell on Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission for buyers. Vendor spaces are $10 , free to non-profits. Includes an 8’x20′ space and one table. Advance reservations required. Call (719) 742-3252 to reserve your spot.

Arte de Nuestras Abuelos-Art of our Grandparents

WALSENBURG— Inviting the olders of Huerfano County to enjoy a fun and unique experience, “Birds of Spring” Join Jenn Dunn and Mt Rose Health Center on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. and discover your inner artist. Previous painting knowledge is not required for this guided afternoon of painting. The class is free to attend and refreshments will be served. Make reservations by April 25th by calling 719-989-8438

LAS ANIMAS  

9 Health Fair

TRINIDAD — Mark your Calendars for the 9Health Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Mt San Rafeal Hospital. Several low cost screenings will be available as well as free blood pressure, body & balance, height/weight, skin screenings and stress management. Register in the Lobby the morning of or online at 9healthfair.org. Masks are required. For more info, contact Lynda Pachelli at (719) 846-8051.

Fur Ball fundraiser

TRINIDAD—This elegant evening of dining, dancing, auctions and more is Noah’s Ark biggest annual fundraiser. Held on Saturday, April 23 from 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art in Trinidad. Dinner is provided by Ringo’s Catering of Aguilar, Live music by Jorica, a cash bar and even a puppy parade. Tickets are available exclusively at Noah’s Ark Thrift Store, 147 E. Main St in Trinidad. For more information please call us at 719-846-8578.

Spring art show entries needed
 
TRINIDAD—The Corazon Gallery will be accepting art for entry in The Spring Show 2022 on Sunday and  April 24 and Monday, April 25 from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. Prospectus is available at The Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main Street, Trinidad, Colorado for more information please call 719-846-0207.

4-on-4 Volley ball tournament

TRINIDAD—Advocates Against Domestic Assault is hosting a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament to help raise awareness and help raise funds. Join in on the fun on Sunday, April 24th at the Trinidad Community Center. There is a $100 entry fee per team with 1st place prizes and can have up to 6 players on your roster. Please call Shelby Gonzales or AADA at 719-846-9159 for more information or to register your tea. The deadline for registration is on Wednesday, April 20

HeARTworks Health and Wellness

LAS ANIMAS—Mt. Rose HeARTworks Outreach and Next 50 Initiative announces that the April Health and Wellness Programs in Las Animas County will be offered twice. On Wednesday, April 27, we will be at the Sayer Senior Center at 10 a.m. and then at the Community Center at 2 p.m. Let us help you keep tabs on your basic vital signs and share important health information.  Once again, this month, we will assist you with everything you need to create your own “Vial of Life” information to have available if the need should arise for Emergency Medical People to come to your home

Special Olympics town Q&A

TRINIDAD—A.B.C. Disability Support Group is hosting a town Q&A about starting up a Special Olympic team in our area. Join the live, in person event on Wednesday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the events room at the Tri-Peak Theater in Trinidad. Representatives from Speial Olympics Colorado will be in attendance to talk about getting a team started  and answer any questions. Parents and professionals are welcome and food will be provided.

Spring Art Festival

TRINIDAD— Come Celebrate the arts at Trinidad State College’s Spring Art’s Festival starting on Wednesday, April 27 and goes through Friday, April 29. Enjoy a plethora of activities including art workshops, artist lectures, a film festival, a talent show, open mic, performances and a student art show. There will also be the Las Animas County Creative Writing contest award ceremony. All events are free and open to the public. For more info go tot www.trinidadstate.edu/springfest/

Trinidad youth art show

TRINIDAD— Join us for the first annual Youth Art Show for Trinidad on Friday, April 29 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at A.R. Mitchell Museum in Trinidad. The art show is open to anyone between the ages of 5-18 and is free to enter. There will be prizes for each age group for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Entries are due by Monday, April 25 between 3p.m.-7 p.m. please have artwork ready to hang. For more information please call Jody Alford at 719-859-1103

A Walk In Her Shoes

TRINIDAD— Fellas get ready to strut and walk with us to put an end to sexual violence. Join Advocates Against Domestic Assault in this awareness and fundraising event on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Central Park. Registration fees are $20 per person, $15 for First Responders and $10 for students.

Cinco de Mayo

LAS ANIMAS—Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 7 from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Miner’s Memorial 219 W. Main St. next to the Southern Colorado Miner’s Museum. We are celebrating our culture with dance, food, music (we will have a DJ & Band), plus we are having a car show! Entry for the car show is $25 for your first car and take $5 off the next entry. Lowrider bike entries are $10. Call Yolanda or Desiree with any questions 719-846-8234 or 719-845-7839. We are still accepting applications for sponsors and vendors!
All  proceeds go towards scholarships for youth in our community.

COLFAX

High Country Meats Grand Opening

RATON— Welcome new business High Country Meats on 340 Colfax Ave, Raton with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. They will have meats to sample plus a wide variety of local goodies for purchase.

Free feral (wild) cat spay/neuter clinic
 
RATON—We will be hosting our 2nd FREE event of the year on Wednesday, May 4th. All trapped cats will be getting sterilized, a rabies vaccine, and an ear notch to identify them as being fixed. Please drop off cats between 8-8:30AM. We have traps available and are happy to show you how to use them. Please call us to register at 575-445-2691.

Folsom Museum’s Dry Cimarron Tour

FOLSOM — Join us for this year’s tour on Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m.   The tour will begin at the Folsom Museum with a tour of the town and its history. It will proceed from there down the Dry Cimarron with stops at local ranches and other historical places of interest. There will be a break for lunch at the Burchard ranch where Mr. Burchard will give a presentation of artifacts and geological, and paleontological history. Participants can bring a lunch or order a sack lunch through the Museum at the time of registration. Fruit, snacks, and water will be provided by the Museum. (Donations are greatly appreciated.) After lunch the tour will return by way of Toll Gate Canyon with stops for ecological and botanical presentations. For more infon or to register call the museum at 575-278-2122.