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USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day

OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.
The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

CPW seeks public feedback on big game hunting license distribution

OUR WORLD  —  Colorado Parks and Wildlife is considering changes to policies and regulations that could potentially impact how big game hunting licenses are distributed in the state. CPW is currently seeking public input from resident and nonresident big game hunters and stakeholders through an online comment form, followed by a survey and public meetings next year. The feedback will help the Parks and Wildlife Commission and the agency determine if the current policies need to be revised.
Public interested in big game hunting can provide feedback now via an online 10-question Big Game Hunting License Distribution Public Comment Form at the following web address.
https://cdnr.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_becxx8XP8pgrf1k
Your feedback will help identify the highest priority topics for review by CPW over the next year. Feedback must be submitted by Nov. 22, 2021.

HUERFANO

This Weekend’s Movie at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –This weekend’s movie is “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” rated PG with a run time of 1 hour 37  minutes.
When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30p.m., Saturday at 7:30p.m., and Sunday at 3:00p.m.
Movie ticket prices are $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Students and Teachers, $5.00 for Children (ages 5 to 12).

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG –Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 – 11:30 am.  It is open to children ages 0 -12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at  (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
November 12 we will talk about Veteran’s Day.
November 19 we will do a Thanksgiving story time.
November 26 we will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Accessing Affordable Healthcare Options

WALSENBURG –On Thursday, November 11th at 5p.m. join Small Business Majority and Connect for Health Colorado for a free webinar to learn about accessing health insurance through the state’s marketplace/exchange, and to ask questions about what this means for your small business. David Tesitor of DATCO Insurance is a local partner.
In this session, we’ll also discuss how healthcare costs impact self-employed entrepreneurs and small businesses in Colorado. Learn about how the ARPA funding and new policies affect your healthcare costs and how you can become a small business advocate for healthcare.
Here is a link to the event registration site:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/accessing-affordable-healthcare-options-registration-191257475257

El Fandango Annual Dia de Los Muertos Performance

WALSENBURG –You’re invited to the annual Dia de los Muertos performance of El Fandango!  The performance will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at the Washington Auditorium, 201 E 5th St in Walsenburg.  Doors open at 6:30p.m., the performance begins at 7p.m.  Come out and support our youth, and help keep tradition alive!

Colorado Springs EV Club visiting Walsenburg for EVOverload21

WALSENBURG -After the recent launch of four new publicly accessible electric vehicle charge ports at the EV Trail charging station at George’s Drive Inn, the Colorado Springs EV Club has scheduled a club drive to the station on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
The event is being dubbed EVOverload21 because one goal is to demonstrate that overloading the available charge ports will not negatively impact any other San Isabel Electric Association customers. There are six total public charge ports in Walsenburg, including two at the South Central Council of Governments office. All available ports will be in use starting at around 11:30a.m.
“It’s likely that the population of electric vehicles in Walsenburg will double or triple for a couple hours,” said Curtis Claar, founder of EV Trail. “We needed to test the new chargers for maximum load and with the CSEVC participating, local residents will have a chance to see multiple electric vehicles and meet with their owners.”
The new charging station at George’s Drive Inn features a CHAdeMO plug, a CCS plug, and two J1772 plugs, allowing all electric cars sold in the US to be charged. EV Trail is offering free charging all day on Saturday, November 13.

Mother Jones Online Auction Benefit

HUERFANO — The Huerfano County Democrats are holding a Mother Jones online auction now through the 12th to benefit efforts in upcoming elections. Up for auction are nearly 100 items including art, jewelry, new toys, pottery, gift cards, t-shirts, BBQ grill, exercise bike and so much more. There are many great gifts for Christmas shopping. It’s online auction bidding from the comfort of your home.
Bid on great items and help preserve Democracy.
www.huerfanodems.com/mother-jones-auction.

Annual Gift of Art Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) invites everyone to see the 24th Annual Gift of Art show now on display in the Main Gallery through Jan. 8. The opening reception is this Saturday, Nov. 13, 5 – 6:30p.m. with refreshments. In addition to the 18 area artists offering their art for sale in the Gift of Art Show, La Veta artists Nicole Copel, Val Smith, and Beth & Jonathan Evans are offering many affordable pieces including jewelry, ceramics, and batiks in the Fuller Gallery.
Don’t miss this opportunity to shop locally for holiday gift giving. SPACe is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. There is no admission fee and face masks are encouraged. Call 719 742-3074 for information or visit the SPACe website at spanishpeaksarts.org.

Monday Up Club Rescheduled

LA VETA — Due to La Veta Elementary switching to remote learning for the remainder of October, we have rescheduled the second half of Monday Up Club.
November 15th: Happy Healthy Kids BLOOD! Fun learning about our bodies and grooving!
Both take place at La Veta Public Library from 4:00-5:30. Open to children grades K-6.

Join La Veta’s Park & Tree Board for pruning work sessions

LA VETA — Do you want to learn how to properly prune trees?  Do you want to help improve and maintain La Veta’s “urban” forest at the park and along the streets?  Please join the Parks & Tree Board (P&TB)  members for an upcoming pruning work session on   Nov 16. We will meet at the Town’s Maintenance Building just west of the Post Office at 8a.m.  If you plan to join us, please contact Keith Hauber at 816-277-4833 to let us know.  Pruning work sessions may be cancelled due to high winds, rain or snow.

Downtown Revitalization Meeting

WALSENBURG –The Walsenburg Downtown Revitalization Committee is hosting a public meeting and appointing new board members on Nov. 16th at  6p.m. at the Crafty Canary Brewery! Please attend if you have any interest in helping our mission to restore pride in our city’s natural beauty, revitalize the city’s look and visual culture, and create a vital and attractive downtown for us all to enjoy! Or come just to see what we’ve been up to. You may attend virtually by going to our website downtownwalsenburg.org and clicking the link on the front page.

Creativity and Alzheimer’s Disease Presentation at La Veta Library

LA VETA — November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time to heighten awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and show support for the more than 6.2 million Americans living with this devastating diagnosis. Even more staggering is the number of caregivers, loved ones and friends that are also affected. And we all have nagging questions wondering is misplacing our keys is the beginning of that slippery slope!
Sandy Dolak, RN is partnering with Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice, the Walsenburg Library and the La Veta Library to present a most informative program about the understanding of the disease as well as most effective methods of interacting with those affected. She will be using materials presented by nationally recognized educator Amy Mathews. Amy has worked exclusively in the field of Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders for the past 30 years. Sandy will also share her insight of many years of interest and a brief sharing of the role of creativity in working with this special
population.
The program will be 2p.m., Thursday November 18th upstairs at the La Veta Library and then repeated at 2p.m., Monday November 22nd at the Walsenburg Library. Please join us for this learning experience.

Rio Cucharas Phase 3 HOA Meeting

LA VETA — A meeting of the Rio Cucharas Phase 3 HOA will be held No. 20, 2021 at 1p.m. in the La Veta Library.  Contact Lee Cesario at rc3hoa@aol.com for further information.

SCCY Thanksgiving Dinner

WALSENBURG –The Sangre De Cristo Center for Youth will be giving away Thanksgiving dinners, all boxed up, from 4 – 6p.m. on November 25. Just drive in behind Delaney Hall and pick up your free meal there.  This is a Thank You from SCCY to the community for all the support they’re had over the past year.

32nd Annual Parade of Lights

WALSENBURG – Come on out on Friday, November 26th at 6:30p.m. for the 32nd Annual  Parade of Lights! The theme this year is Christmas Past and Present.
Line up for entries on East Spruce Street at 6p.m.
Parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior at 726 Main St. in Walsenburg. If you have any questions, call 719-738-2033.

Celebrate the Season with the Eagles

WALSENBURG – The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 invites the community to join us for the annual Parade of Lights at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg, on Friday, Nov. 26 2021.  The Eagles Hall will be open before and after the Parade of Lights. We will be serving food and drinks. Tables may be rented for $15 each, call Margaret Maldonado at 738-2861 or Sharon Moore at 738-3116 for reservations. A grab bag table will also be available.

SCCY Tamale sale

HUERFANO — It’s another SCCY tamale sale! One dozen red, with pork are just $20. One dozen green with cheese are just $20 (these are vegetarian and gluten-free.) One pint of Myra’s chile is only $8.  Order by phone at 719-738-1573, or on our Facebook page- Sangre De Cristo Center for Youth.  Orders due by Dec. 1. Pickup on Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 513 Main St. in Walsenburg.

Huerfano Memorial Auxiliary needs volunteers

WALSENBURG –The Huerfano Memorial Auxiliary meets at the Hospital Auxiliary on the second Wednesday of every month at 2p.m. In addition, they run the hospital gift shop, from which all proceeds go to benefit the hospital. The gift  shop is open 5 days a week from 10a.m.-3p.m., but right now it is held down only by four or five women. They need some volunteers to take on some shifts and benefit the hospital community.
If you’re interested, come to the next meeting on Dec. 8th  or call the hospital gift shop at (719) 738 -5100 ext. 317

LAS ANIMAS  

Public Purgatoire River Visioning Plan

TRINIDAD  — You are cordially invited to a public meeting regarding the Purgatoire River Visioning Plan to be held Thursday, Nov. 11th at 5:30p.m. at the AR Mitchell. Concept drawings will be on display and community input will be appreciated.  We are encouraging as much participation and community feedback as possible.

Veterans Day Luncheon

TRINIDAD  — The Las Animas County Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 11th at 11a.m. in the Sebastiani Gym at 206 N. Animas St. in Trinidad.
Please contact Linda Barron with any questions at (719) 680-4498 or (719) 846-8223

Fishers Peak Plan and Trinidad Traffic Study Open House and Discussion

TRINIDAD  — On Thursday, November 18th from 5-7p.m., there will be two simultaneous meetings at the Trinidad Community Center of members of the project teams for both the Fishers Peak State Park Master Plan and the City of Trinidad Traffic Study. For the public’s convenience, the two meetings will be held in adjacent rooms at the Community Center, and participants will have an opportunity to visit both meetings during the duration of the time. Light refreshments will be provided. Masks will be required to attend.
Learn about the Trinidad Traffic Study seeking to identify improvements that can be a catalyst for improved traffic flow, including a long-term investment
plan for highway and road safety, bicycle /multi-use trail, and transit. The study, in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation, will support the future conceptual design, funding, scheduling, and overall recommendations.
The Fishers Peak State Park Master Plan team is excited to present the data collected and draft concepts for the Park. The Master Plan project
information will:
• Describe draft recreation and conservation concepts for the Park
• Answer questions from the public related to draft concepts
• Gather public feedback as it relates to draft concepts
• Provide information on next steps and finalization of Master Plan

Thanksgiving Food Drive

TRINIDAD  — The First National Bank in Trinidad is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Share your Thanksgiving with others!
This year, we are requesting cash donations to be used to give gift cards to those in need. Please make checks payable to the First National Bank in Trinidad and bring your donations to any FNB branch by Friday, November 19th. Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving from First National!

“better angels: the firefighters of 9/11” show in Trinidad

TRINIDAD  — It’s not too late to see the  “better angels: the firefighters of 9/11” display in Trinidad.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the show is on display at the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District commons at 210 W. Main until November 20th.
The show consists of 343 individual oil paintings of the New York City firefighters who died on 9/11. Each firefighter’s portrait is painted intimately onto a small burned block of wood. Assembled, this large multi-part work is 4’ high by 21’ long.
The artist and creator, Dawn Siebel, lived in Manhattan for 22 years before moving to Colorado. Siebel was living in Boulder on September 11th, 2001, and twelve days later when The New York Times printed a two-page spread with all 343 firefighter photographs, the better angels project was born. Siebel spent more than 3000 hours over the next six years to create the paintings, beginning with cutting and then burning the blocks of baltic birch on which the portraits are painted.
The show is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information, go to corazondetrinidad.org or go to betterangels911.com, or contact the district directly at creative.trinidad@gmail.com.

Mandala Rock Dotting Class

TRINIDAD  — Christmas is just around the corner and what’s better than making and giving a gift! Aguilar Public Library will be having a Mandala Rock Dotting class for adults on Sat, Nov 20th @ 10:30 – 11:30a.m. All supplies will be provided! Come and learn this beautiful art! Keep your eyes open to an Open House in December! Questions? Call 719-941-0196

Annual Tree Lighting at City Hall

TRINIDAD  — This year, the annual City Hall Tree lighting will take place on November 26th at 5:15p.m.
There will be musical entertainment, Santa’s Elves, and Cider and Cocoa served by the Rotary.

Annual Parade of Lights

TRINIDAD  — This year’s Annual Parade of Lights will take place on Main Street on November 27th at 6p.m.
This year’s parade is going to be a Colorfest, so wear your bright colors and lighted bling.

Packages for the Overseas Troops

TRINIDAD  — The TLAC Veterans Memorial Committee will be sending boxes to our local troops for Christmas.  If you have a local service member serving overseas, please contact Linda Barron at (719) 846-8223  to see about getting their mailing address. We need the information soon to mail the packages early to enable their delivery by Christmas!.

COLFAX

Springer Share the Warmth Drive

SPRINGER  —  From November 1st through December 15th the Springer Fire Department will be holding the first annual Share the Warmth Drive. Help the kids in our town stay warm all winter long!
We are asking for hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and mittens. Thank you for your generosity.
You can drop off items from Monday through Friday, 8a.m. – 5p.m. at the Springer City Hall and Springer Fire Department at 606 Colbert Ave. in Springer, or contact any Springer firefighter.
For any questions, contact Craig Eppler at (575) 707-0265 or springerfire@gmail.com

William Lee Martin at the Shuler Theatre

RATON  —  On Thursday, November 18th at 11a.m., William Lee Martin will be performing at the Shuler Theatre in Raton!
You’ve seen William Lee Martin’s comedy specials on Amazon Prime and AppleTV, heard him on Sirius/XM, laughed with him on Carnival Cruise Lines, plus followed him on TikTok, YouTube, and on Facebook LIVE during his “4 pm Daily Talk Y’all”. Now come see him LIVE!
This father of five, Native Texan is a self-proclaimed All American Mutt – a mixed breed who doesn’t fit neatly into any single box physically, politically, or philosophically. With fresh material and hilarious new stories, he’s not afraid to step on toes but still connects with folks who share his everyday problems in always changing America. His friends still call him by his nickname “Cowboy Bill”, but nevertheless, this comedian will have you laughing till your sides split and you’re wiping away tears.
Tickets are available at different price points at https://buy.ticketstothecity.com/purchase.php?date_id=41180&fbclid=IwAR3sv_BtTC_iMb5ifPX6rkBManm7O4IyodlkGLmWSV3jUjG4rk4aZ9N0iMY

Upcoming Events for November 4, 2021

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Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD  —  Join us for the next meeting of the Philosophy Café on Monday evening, November 8th at 5:00. The topic is: The Soul of Money
Greg Sund suggested this topic as he was reading The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, by Lynne Twist. Through The Soul of Money Institute, Lynne Twist offers online courses, speaking engagements, consulting and workshops.
This will be a remote meeting by Zoom Meeting, and you must register to join. In order to get the link for registration, email Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.go

USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day

OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.
The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

CPW seeks public feedback on big game hunting license distribution

OUR WORLD  —  Colorado Parks and Wildlife is considering changes to policies and regulations that could potentially impact how big game hunting licenses are distributed in the state. CPW is currently seeking public input from resident and nonresident big game hunters and stakeholders through an online comment form, followed by a survey and public meetings next year. The feedback will help the Parks and Wildlife Commission and the agency determine if the current policies need to be revised.
Public interested in big game hunting can provide feedback now via an online 10-question Big Game Hunting License Distribution Public Comment Form. Your feedback will help identify the highest priority topics for review by CPW over the next year. Feedback must be submitted by Nov. 22, 2021.

HUERFANO

Huerfano area AA and NA

HUERFANO — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

Mother Jones Online Auction Benefit

HUERFANO — The Huerfano County Democrats are holding a Mother Jones online auction Nov. 2nd through the 12th to benefit efforts in upcoming elections. Up for auction are nearly 100 items including art, jewelry, new toys, pottery, gift cards, t-shirts, BBQ grill, exercise bike and so much more. There are many great gifts for Christmas shopping. It’s online auction bidding from the comfort of your home.
Bid on great items and help preserve Democracy.
www.huerfanodems.com/mother-jones-auction.

SCCY Tamale sale

HUERFANO — It’s another SCCY tamale sale! One dozen red, with pork are just $20. One dozen green with cheese are just $20 (these are vegetarian and gluten-free.) One pint of Myra’s chile is only $8.  Order by phone at 719-738-1573, or on our Facebook page- Sangre De Cristo Center for Youth.  Orders due by Dec. 1. Pickup on Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 513 Main St. in Walsenburg.

LVPL’s Life Stories Program

LA VETA — Coming Soon to La Veta Public Library!
LVPL’s Life Stories Program is an event that hosts a group of volunteer panelists with personal experience regarding a designated topic. A panel of community members will share their unique stories and satisfy your curiosity. The Life Stories program was created as a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Programs are based on community members’ experiences relevant to the designated topic and facilitated in a question and answer format.
Our first Life Stories program will be on November 4th at 2:00 pm. The topic focus is “National Adoption Month: sharing a variety of experiences with adoption”. For more information, please contact Mitzi at 719-742-3572 or mitzilvpl@gmail.com

Artists Invited to Enter Gift of Art Show

LA VETA — Artists and Fine Crafters are invited to enter the upcoming annual Gift of Art show at the Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta. Bring original art on Thursday November 4th or Saturday November 6th from 11a.m. – 2p.m.
There is a small fee of $5 per item with a limit of 4 pieces per artist to help with expenses. Small items, all priced the same, may be entered in an attractive basket or other container with a maximum diameter of 16″ for a fee of $10. Call 719 742-3074 for more information or visit the SPACe website–spanishpeaksarts.org.

Two New Art Shows in La Veta

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to see two new art exhibits, now on display until November 6th. The Fall Show includes original artwork by 15 area artists in a variety of media and styles. The Inner Idea Arts, a group of artists influenced by Peggy Zehring’s classes at La Veta School of the Arts are showing in the SPACe Fuller Gallery. Two of Rena Kaplowitz’s new pieces will be included in the show, with proceeds from the sale of her pieces going directly into her recovery fund.
The SPACe Gallery in the Park is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11a.m. and 3p.m. and on Saturdays from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Located at 132 W. Ryus. Phone 719 742-3074. www.spanishpeaksarts.org

Old Country Bazaar

WALSENBURG –The United Church of Walsenburg is having  Craft sale Nov 6 at the Huerfano Community Center in Walsenburg. Table space is $20.  You may bring your own table or there are a limited number of 8 foot tables available. Hours are 9a.m. to 3p.m.! Craft and homemade food items only. No manufactured items for resale permitted. Any groups or singers that would like a chance to sing or perform kid appropriate songs please call and reserve a time. To reserve a table or a performance please call Marilyn at 719-989-8006

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast

WALSENBURG –  The Walsenburg Ladies Auxiliary 1187 will host another community brunch on Sunday Nov 7 from 11a.m. to 1p.m.  Come join us again for a delicious brunch.  The last one went so well, we had such a great turnout!  Cost is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child.  We again will be serving a yummy golden biscuit covered in creamy sausage gravy, eggs, and a sausage patty.  Cost includes coffee or juice.  We hope to see you there, but remember to change your clocks! We will continue to strive to support our community from the proceeds we receive from these brunch events.

Join La Veta’s Park & Tree Board for Pruning Work Sessions

LA VETA — Do you want to learn how to properly prune trees?  Do you want to help improve and maintain La Veta’s “urban” forest at the park and along the streets?  Please join the Parks & Tree Board (P&TB)  members for upcoming pruning work sessions on  Nov 9 and Nov 16. We will meet at the Town’s Maintenance Building just west of the Post Office at 8a.m.  If you plan to join us, please contact Keith Hauber at 816-277-4833 to let us know.  Pruning work sessions may be cancelled due to high winds, rain or snow.

Huerfano Memorial Auxiliary needs Volunteers

WALSENBURG –The Huerfano Memorial Auxiliary meets at the Hospital Auxiliary on the second Wednesday of every month at 2p.m. In addition, they run the hospital gift shop, from which all proceeds go to benefit the hospital. The gift  shop is open 5 days a week from 10a.m.-3p.m., but right now it is held down only by four or five women. They need some volunteers to take on some shifts and benefit the hospital community.
If you’re interested, come to the next meeting on November 10th  or call the hospital gift shop at (719) 738 -5100 ext. 317

American Legion Post 16

WALSENBURG –American Legion Post 16 will be holding their next meeting at the Huerfano County  Community Center, 928 Russell St. in Walsenburg, November 10th starting at 6p.m.
As this is the day before Veterans Day the Post would like to remember and thank those of you who have served and especially those in Huerfano County also say a prayer for those who have gone before.

FCPA Show Choir Meeting

LA VETA — It’s not too late to join the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir. Join us on Wednesday, November 10 from 5:00-6:30p.m. at the theater (127 West Francisco). Questions? Call Peggy Arnold-Hoobler at 719 742 5496 or visit our website at fcpa@lavetatheater.org.

Monday Up Club Rescheduled

LA VETA — Due to La Veta Elementary switching to remote learning for the remainder of October, we have rescheduled the second half of Monday Up Club.
November 15th: Happy Healthy Kids BLOOD! Fun learning about our bodies and grooving!
Both take place at La Veta Public Library from 4:00-5:30
Open to children grades K-6.

Downtown Revitalization Committee Meeting

WALSENBURG -The Walsenburg Downtown Revitalization Committee is hosting a public meeting and appointing new board members on November 16th at  6p.m. at the Crafty Canary Brewery! Please attend if you have any interest in helping our mission to restore pride in our city’s natural beauty, revitalize the city’s look and visual culture, and create a vital and attractive downtown for us all to enjoy! Or come just to see what we’ve been up to. You may attend virtually by going to our website downtownwalsenburg.org and clicking the link on the front page.

Rio Cucharas Phase 3 HOA Meeting

LA VETA — A meeting of the Rio Cucharas Phase 3 HOA will be held November 20, 2021 at 1p.m. in the La Veta Library.
Please contact Lee Cesario at rc3hoa@aol.com for further information.

LAS ANIMAS  

“better angels: the firefighters of 9/11” show in Trinidad

TRINIDAD  — It’s not too late to see the  “better angels: the firefighters of 9/11” display in Trinidad.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the show is on display at the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District commons at 210 W. Main until November 20th.
The show consists of 343 individual oil paintings of the New York City firefighters who died on 9/11. Each firefighter’s portrait is painted intimately onto a small burned block of wood. Assembled, this large multi-part work is 4’ high by 21’ long.
The artist and creator, Dawn Siebel, lived in Manhattan for 22 years before moving to Colorado. Siebel was living in Boulder on September 11th, 2001, and twelve days later when The New York Times printed a two-page spread with all 343 firefighter photographs, the better angels project was born. Siebel spent more than 3000 hours over the next six years to create the paintings, beginning with cutting and then burning the blocks of baltic birch on which the portraits are painted.
The show is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information, go to corazondetrinidad.org or go to betterangels911.com, or contact the district directly at creative.trinidad@gmail.com.

Packages for the Overseas Troops

TRINIDAD  — The TLAC Veterans Memorial Committee will be sending boxes to our local troops for Christmas.  If you have a local service member serving overseas, please contact Linda Barron at (719) 846-8223  to see about getting their mailing address. We need the information soon to mail the packages early to enable their delivery by Christmas!

Trinidad Historical Society Fall Banquet Dinner

TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad Historical Society will be hosting a fall banquet November 5th at 6p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State college.  A meal will be served consisting of Chicken Piccata, roasted potatoes, green beans, dessert and a beverage for $20 per person.
This year’s program, entitled “Pieces From the Past – Letters From Former POWs”, is interesting and unique.  Presenter Melva Nolan will speak about a recently published book she has written featuring letters from former German Prisoners of War who had been held at Camp Trinidad during WWI
Reservations can be made through October 28 by contacting Carol Schleich at (719) 846-3456 or Judy Mangino at (719) 846-4323.

ROAR for Relay of Life Bowling Tournament Fundraiser

TRINIDAD  — On Saturday, November 6th from 1p.m. til whenever the games are over, ROAR for Relay for Life is having out 2nd Annual 9 Pin No Tap Tournament at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren St. in Trinidad. The cost is $20 per person for 3 games, shoes are free. Participants must pay and register ahead of time. Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time!
There will also be a dress-up contest, so dress up in your favorite 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s themes or as your favorite rock star.
For more information, contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510 or contact Matt at Trinidad Lanes at 719-846-7201

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD  — Senior Days at Books & More bookstore in Trinidad are Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6.  Most items are 50% off.  Store hours are 11a.m. – 4p.m. (note change of closing time winter hours) on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday.  Phone number is 719-846-8522.

Annual Stockman’s Banquet & Ball

TRINIDAD  — On Saturday, November 6th, the Annual Stockman’s Banquet & Ball will take place at El Rancho Restaurant & Bar in Trinidad.
Social hour will start at 5p.m., dinner at 6p.m., and dancing will follow with music by Country Gold from La Junta.
In addition, there will be a live and silent auction. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. 100% of the proceeds will be donated.
To buy tickets, contact Johnnie Mayhan at 719-642-5294.

Public Purgatoire River Visioning Plan

TRINIDAD  — You are cordially invited to a public meeting regarding the Purgatoire River Visioning Plan to be held Thursday, November 11th at 5:30p.m. at the AR Mitchell. Concept drawings will be on display and community input will be appreciated.  We are encouraging as much participation and community feedback as possible.  Please forward/post this invitation to your network(s).

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Springer Share the Warmth Drive

SPRINGER  —  From November 1st through December 15th the Springer Fire Department will be holding the first annual Share the Warmth Drive. Help the kids in our town stay warm all winter long!
We are asking for hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and mittens. Thank you for your generosity.
You can drop off items from Monday through Friday, 8a.m. – 5p.m. at the Springer City Hall and Springer Fire Department at 606 Colbert Ave. in Springer, or contact any Springer firefighter.
For any questions, contact Craig Eppler at (575) 707-0265 or springerfire@gmail.com

Upcoming Events for October 21st

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

Free Ask-a-Lawyer Event
HUERFANO — On October 25th, from 1-6p.m., residents of Huerfano and Las Animas counties will have the opportunity to receive free 25-minute consultations from local volunteer attorneys and Colorado Legal Services about topics such as family law, housing matters, small claims, guardianship and conservatorship, and sealing criminal records.

You need to register in advance no later than October 20 by calling the Self-Help Center at 719-793-7113 or visit the 3rd Judicial District website at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

Collecting Judgements Presentation
HUERFANO — On October 25th, from 12-1:30p.m., there will be a free virtual presentation by Matthew Berumen, the Chief Compliance Officer/Corporate Counsel at Credit Service Company, Inc.

Attend this free session via Webex or by phone regarding collecting civil money judgements, for example judgement debtors, creditors, and Garnishees, placing liens on property and bank accounts, garnishing paychecks, and exempt earnings.

 

USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day
OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.

The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

 

HUERFANO

Huerfano Farmers Markets
HUERFANO — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.

The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.

The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.

The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.

The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA
HUERFANO — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.

In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.

NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

Fox Walsenburg Weekend Movie
WALSENBURG – This weekend the Fox is showing Dear Evan Hansen, a film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety Disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.
The film is rated PG-13 and has a run-time of 2 hours and 17 minutes.

New 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, Oct. 16 at 9 am at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park.  Classes will be held Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m.
The cost is $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes as a donation.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, e-mail PegZehring@gmail.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

Huerfano Water Conservancy District Board Meeting
HUERFANO — The October board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Ave, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6 pm.

LVPL Milagro Beanfield War Trifecta
LA VETA — The third segment of our ” Milagro Beanfield War” series will be held at the La Veta Public Library on Oct. 21 at 2 pm in the meeting room.  For this segment, we will feature Eugene Jacques from San Luis.  Eugene is the “mayordomono” (steward) for the ditches and historical water rights and he will shed some light on this complicated process as well as tell us about his journey as a bean farmer raising his great-grandmother’s heritage beans.  His story is modern and ancient and not to be missed.  Next week on Oct. 28, as part of the Dia de Los Muertos program we will be showing the movie Coco, a stunning and colorful story of a young boy’s quest in the Land of the Dead. So mark your calendars for that as well!

La Veta RE-2 School Board Candidate Forum
LA VETA — Come meet this year’s candidates for the La Veta RE-2 School District Board of Education on Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7 pm at the La Veta Community Center.
Candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions in this event which will be moderated by Sam Law.  There are four open seats on the School Board and 12 community members have put themselves forward to take this opportunity to serve.  The forum will happen immediately following the Town of La Veta meeting with the candidates which begins at 5:30 p.m. and will also be held at the Community Center.”

Open Mic at La Veta Mercantile
LA VETA — Open Mic hosted by Ken Saydak
Thursday Oct 21. 7p.m.  Join us for community and music.  Call to sign up. 742-3387

John Mall Homecoming
WALSENBURG — The John Mall High School Homecoming parade will take place on Friday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., starting at the library and ending at the Walsenburg community center. Please come out and support the Panthers! After the parade, the John Mall football team will be taking on Simla at the football field.  Please wear black to support the home team!   Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at these homecoming activities!

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime
WALSENBURG – Storytime is every Friday morning from 10:30 – 11:30a.m.  It is open to children ages 0 -12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at  (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.  October 22 we will be reading about spiders.  Of course on October 29 we will be reading Halloween stories and doing a spooky craft.

St. Mary Fall Festival
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg invites you to a Fall Festival, Sunday, October 24, noon to 3p.m. in Msgr. Delaney Hall, 121 East 7th St.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar for just $10 (kids 10 and under just $5), and lots of fun activities to celebrate the season. Win a cake at the cake walk (or a pie in the cow-pie stroll), bid on a one-of-a-kind surprise in the purse/man-bag auction, and take a fun pic in the dress-up photo booth. And kids in costume win a bag of candy! Raffle tickets are on sale now for $2 for prizes of $300, $150, and $50. Call Jeanette at 719-738-1204 to purchase. All proceeds go to replace the church’s ancient boiler with a modern HVAC system.

Youth Meeting at New Hope Community Church
WALSENBURG – A Bible study for teenagers begins this Sunday, October 24th from 6p.m. to 7p.m. at New Hope Community Church located at 801 Pennsylvania in Walsenburg (not to be confused with our friends at New Hope Ministries on Kansas Avenue). The first 3 week series will be on how to study the Bible. No church affiliation is needed for attendance. The study is aimed at High School and Middle School aged young people to help them live a life of faith, but all are invited to attend. The sessions will be led by Dr. Joel Shults, pastor of New Hope. The format does not require a long-term commitment and the areas of study will renew after each 3-week series.

Salapich Agency Farm Bureau presents a Fall Celebration
WALSENBURG – Join us on Sunday, October 24 from 11a.m. – 2p.m. to celebrate our favorite time of the year. Wear your best costume and enjoy an afternoon filled with games, crafts, face painting, snacks, and a FREE pumpkin patch! Bring your appetite because Fox Theatre will be selling their delicious hot dogs.

The party will take place at the Farm Bureau at 713 Walsen Avenue in Walsenburg.

Mindful Aging at SPLD
WALSENBURG – The HeARTworks outreach program of Mt. Rose Health Center and the Spanish Peaks Library District are partnering to offer a new Mindful Aging Program on the 4th Monday of every month at 2p.m. in the conference room at the Walsenburg Library at 415 Walsen Avenue.
On October 25, Sandy Dolak will lead a discussion on Social Isolation.  Barbara Streisand was spot on when she sang “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world”. Social Isolation is not only a killer, but our struggles with the pandemic have only made it worse.  Come to the library in Walsenburg on Monday October 25th and learn about the devastating costs of social isolation both in terms of decreased life span as well as a measurable financial cost to society.

We can start to change the tides of social isolation by gathering safely with covid precautions and start to change the trajectory of isolation. Bring your ideas for how we can create meaningful gatherings.   The program will conclude with a fun, non-competitive card game that will gently take you to a new level of understanding of the people around you.

Join La Veta’s Park & Tree Board for Pruning Work Sessions
LA VETA — Do you want to learn how to properly prune trees?  Do you want to help improve and maintain La Veta’s “urban” forest at the park and along the streets?  Please join the Parks & Tree Board (P&TB)  members for upcoming pruning work sessions on Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9 and Nov 16. We will meet at the Town’s Maintenance Building just west of the Post Office at 8a.m.  If you plan to join us, please contact Keith Hauber at 816-277-4833 to let us know.  Pruning work sessions may be cancelled due to high winds, rain or snow.

Representative Lauren Boebert’s Mobile Office Hours
WALSENBURG – On Tuesday, October 26th from 1:30-2:30p.m., staff from Rep. Boebert’s office will be available to allow constituents to request assistance with a federal agency, like veterans having trouble with the VA, travelers having difficulties applying for a passport, taxpayers being harassed by the IRS, and senior citizens having issues with Social Security or Medicare. Additionally, constituents are invited to come to the office to express their viewpoints on legislative issues and have their voice heard.

Chris Koza at Deerprint Wine Bar
LA VETA — Chris Koza is a composer and performer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, he has supported and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, The Jayhawks, Neko Case, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Wilson, Stephen Kellogg, This is the Kit, and Tift Merrit, among others. His music appears regularly on ABC’s General Hospital and 60 Minutes, and his song Be Wild will be featured as the soundtrack to an upcoming State of Minnesota tourism campaign. His song (Rogue Valley) The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Check out his show at Deerprint Wine on Friday, October 29th at 7p.m. Tickets are $15

Día de Los Muertos program at SPLD
WALSENBURG – Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and the Spanish Peaks Library District are offering a special program exploring the concept of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at 2p.m. on Friday October 29th at the Walsenburg Library. Sandy Dolak has been interested for many years in this important cultural celebration that honors “those that have gone on before”. Come learn more about a truly joyous celebration. We will also share the haunting legend of La Llarona which many residents feel is often present along our riverbanks.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox Theater!
WALSENBURG – In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

Come on out Saturday, October 30th at 7:30p.m. to experience an experience you won’t forget. Folks, if you’ve been to one of these shows before, you know the drill and are going to need to bring the energy to make this tradition a part of Walsenburg’s culture too.

Admission covers the cost of a prop bag as well.

Halloween Party at the Crafty Canary
WALSENBURG – Party it up on Hallow’s Eve Eve at the Crafty Canary on October 30th starting at 5:30p.m.
Wear your finest ghoulish or gorgeous costume and join us for music with Bo Jingles at 6p.m. Show off your costume to win votes on the Costume Catwalk at 8p.m. and stay for a dance party at 8:30! Costume winners will be announced at 8:15.

Eagles Halloween Costume Party
WALSENBURG – All are welcome at the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s Halloween Costume Party, Saturday October 30th. Doors open at 7p.m., the live band Planet O starts at 8p.m. for your dancing or listening pleasure! There are costume prizes, lots of snacks and a lot of fun! Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Eagle’s hall at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Hope to see you there!

Trick or Treating with the Eagles
WALSENBURG – Missing the kids on Halloween? No one rings the doorbell anymore in your neighborhood? The Eagle’s Hall is opening their doors to anyone who wants to bring some candy to pass out.  See all of the cute costumes once again! Sunday, October 31st from 4p.m.-7p.m. at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Parents, bring your kids for a SAFE Halloween Trick or Treating at the eagle’s Hall.

Trunk or Treat
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church invites all good little boys and ghouls to a Trunk or Treat in the St. Mary parking lot on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, from 5 – 7p.m. Please walk, don’t drive, through the lot. Fun-loving adults are invited to dress up a car, sign up for a space in the lot, and be in the lot by 4:15p.m. to join in the treat-ing. Call the parish center at 719-738-1204 to sign up for a space.

LVPL’s Life Stories Program
LA VETA — Coming Soon to La Veta Public Library!
LVPL’s Life Stories Program is an event that hosts a group of volunteer panelists with personal experience regarding a designated topic. A panel of community members will share their unique stories and satisfy your curiosity. The Life Stories program was created as a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Programs are based on community members’ experiences relevant to the designated topic and facilitated in a question and answer format.

Our first Life Stories program will be on November 4th at 2:00 pm. The topic focus is “National Adoption Month: sharing a variety of experiences with adoption”. For more information, please contact Mitzi at 719-742-3572 or mitzilvpl@gmail.com

Two New Art Shows in La Veta
LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to see two new art exhibits, now on display until November 6th. The Fall Show includes original artwork by 15 area artists in a variety of media and styles. The Inner Idea Arts, a group of artists influenced by Peggy Zehring’s classes at La Veta School of the Arts are showing in the SPACe Fuller Gallery. Two of Rena Kaplowitz’s new pieces will be included in the show, with proceeds from the sale of her pieces going directly into her recovery fund.

The SPACe Gallery in the Park is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11a.m. and 3p.m. and on Saturdays from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Located at 132 W. Ryus. Phone 719 742-3074. WWW.SPANISHPEAKSARTS.ORG

Old Country Bazaar
WALSENBURG -The United Church of Walsenburg is having  Craft sale Nov 6 at the Huerfano Community Center in Walsenburg. Table space is $20.  You may bring your own table or there are a limited number of 8 foot tables available. Hours are 9a.m. to 3p.m.! Craft and homemade food items only. No manufactured items for resale permitted. Any groups or singers that would like a chance to sing or perform kid appropriate songs please call and reserve a time. To reserve a table or a performance please call Marilyn at 719-989-8006

LAS ANIMAS

Packages for the Overseas Troops
TRINIDAD  — The TLAC Veterans Memorial Committee will be sending boxes to our local troops for Christmas.  If you have a local service member serving overseas, please contact Linda Barron at (719) 846-8223  to see about getting their mailing address. We need the information soon to mail the packages early to enable their delivery by Christmas!

Halloween at the Aguilar Public Library
AGUILAR  — Come join the fun of Halloween! On Friday, October 29th at the Aguilar Public Library  at 146 West Main Street from 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m., there will be several fun themed activities including small pumpkin decorating and a reading of Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Halloween cookies & apple cider will also be served.
If you have any questions, call the library at 719-941-4426

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra Spooky Symphony
TRINIDAD  — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra will be putting on a Spooky Symphony event this Halloween, October 31st from 4p.m.-5p.m. Join us for music and Halloween fun! Costumes are encouraged!
Please RSVP at the following link:
https://forms.gle/KcgWiBacX4WaLmmGA
Call 575-420-7747 for more information.

Trinidad Historical Society Fall Banquet Dinner
TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad Historical Society will be hosting a fall banquet November 5th at 6p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State college.  A meal will be served consisting of Chicken Piccata, roasted potatoes, green beans, dessert and a beverage for $20 per person.

This year’s program, entitled “Pieces From the Past – Letters From Former POWs”, is interesting and unique.  Presenter Melva Nolan will speak about a recently published book she has written featuring letters from former German Prisoners of War who had been held at Camp Trinidad during WWI
Reservations can be made through October 28 by contacting Carol Schleich at (719) 846-3456 or Judy Mangino at (719) 846-4323.

ROAR for Relay of Life Bowling Tournament Fundraiser
TRINIDAD  — On Saturday, November 6th from 1p.m. til whenever the games are over, ROAR for Relay for Life is having out 2nd Annual 9 Pin No Tap Tournament at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren St. in Trinidad. The cost is $20 per person for 3 games, shoes are free. Participants jmmust pay and register ahead of time. Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time!

There will also be a dress-up contest, so dress up in your favorite 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s themes or as your favorite rock star.

For more information, contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510 or contact Matt at Trinidad Lanes at 719-846-7201

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The Haunted Dungeon
RATON  —  On October 22 and 23, and again on October 29 and 30, there will be a haunted dungeon located at Doggie Stylz, 201 2nd Street, sponsored by the Raton Lions Club and Raton Police Officer’s Association  The event will start each night from 8p.m.-11p.m. Tickets are $5 apiece.
On October 31, there will be a Kids Halloween Hay Maze from 2-6p.m. on Historic First Street near the Art Gallery.

Costume Contest and Trick or Treating
RATON  —  On Friday, October 29th at 3:30p.m. in Ripley  Park, there will be a costume contest sponsored by Raton MainStreet, the Raton Police Officer association, and the Raton Elks Lodge #865. The RPOA will be donating cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in both the boys’ and girls’ costume contest divisions.  After the contest, there will be safe trick or treating at participating downtown businesses. Finally, the whole event will wrap up at the Elks Lodge for hot dogs and punch!

Un-Live Music at Gate City Craft Bar
RATON  —  Come on out to the Gate City Craft Bar in Raton on Friday, October 29 at 7p.m. and bring your best costume for some Halloween-season fun with live music from 2 local bands. Goat Hill Rebels and Bob’s Not Dead will both be playing in this event sponsored by Harry Alcorn Jr., the Lightning Collector!

Witch Walk
RATON  —  On Saturday, October 30th from 6p.m. – midnight, witches will take to the streets of Raton…
Well, they’ll take to the streets, but spend most of their time in the bars! That’s right, the Raton Witch Walk Bar Crawl is taking place this year as a fundraiser for Raton Elks Lodge charities. Drinks, dancing, raffles, games – it will be a fun night by any measure.
Tickets are $30 per participant and include drinks & appetizers at five stops, plus one ticket to a private dance party with CappTon Reid.  Register at the Old Pass Gallery by October 27. (Additional private party dance tickets can be purchased for $5 with registration.)

Friends of the Library Book Sale
RATON  — On Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10a.m. – 2p.m. the Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale outside of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library. There will be selections available of fiction, non-fiction, and childrens books.
In case of inclement weather, the sale will be held inside the library on the  second floor. Masks are required and are available if requested.

Calling all Anglicans for Worship
RATON  —  Reaching out to all Anglicans wishing to gather for conservative worship services in Raton, NM contact Father Price at 575-303-3906 or email jprice.mdiv@gmail.com.  More information can be found at www.sangredecristo-af.org

Upcoming Events for October 14th, 2021

Throughout our World

Free Ask-a-Lawyer Event
HUERFANO — On October 25th, from 1-6p.m., residents of Huerfano and Las Animas counties will have the opportunity to receive free 25-minute consultations from local volunteer attorneys and Colorado Legal Services about topics such as family law, housing matters, small claims, guardianship and conservatorship, and sealing criminal records.

You need to register in advance no later than October 20 by calling the Self-Help Center at 719-793-7113 or visit the 3rd Judicial District website at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

Collecting Judgements Presentation
HUERFANO — On October 25th, from 12-1:30p.m., there will be a free virtual presentation by Matthew Berumen, the Chief Compliance Officer/Corporate Counsel at Credit Service Company, Inc.

Attend this free session via Webex or by phone regarding collecting civil money judgements, for example judgement debtors, creditors, and Garnishees, placing liens on property and bank accounts, garnishing paychecks, and exempt earnings.

USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day
OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.

The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
OUR WORLD — Celebrated between September 15 and October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and histories of people in the US who came from, or whose ancestors came from, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spain. This years theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” is a story well-known in the Hispanic community. It highlights how steep challenges emulate how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto resilience and hope.

Take time to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, consider how many more contributions will continue to be made in the future, and remember that we are stronger when we work together.

Change of Venue for Grief Circle
OUR WORLD — The Grief Circle Support Group sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice will still be on the second Wednesday of the month but will have a new time and location. A move to the Harry Sayer Senior Center at 1222 San Pedro Ave in Trinidad will make the program more accessible.  We will start the group at 1p.m. on October 13th.  Zoom sign in:  https://zoom.us/j/95686445697
Death Café will continue at 2p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This month it will be offered on October 27th by Zoom only.

HUERFANO

Huerfano Farmers Markets
HUERFANO — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.

The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.

The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.

The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.

The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA
HUERFANO — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St. NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

Fox Walsenburg Weekend Movie
WALSENBURG – This weekend’s movie is “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” rated PG-13 with a run time of 1 hour 37 minutes.

Eddie Brock is still struggling to coexist with the shape-shifting extraterrestrial Venom. When deranged serial killer Cletus Kasady also becomes host to an alien symbiote, Brock and Venom must put aside their differences to stop his reign of terror.

Movie showtimes are Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Movie ticket prices are $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Students and Teachers, $5.00 for Children (ages 5 to 12)

Fun Fridays continue!
HUERFANO — Fun Fridays Continue with the following line-up of Fall/Winter Activities.
November 5: Bowling
December 3: Hooper Pool
January 21: Sledding
February 25: Pueblo Altitude Trampoline Park
March 25: Pueblo Zoo
April 29: Fishing & Archery
Sponsored by Two Peaks Fitness. $10/child if parent is gym member; $15 for non-members. For children of all ages. Guardian must be present for children under the age of 5.

Limited scholarships available.

Background checks performed for all adult chaperones.

Signup forms available at www.twopeaksfitness.org/fun-fridays or can be filled out at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta. We must receive your paperwork and payment no later than the Wednesday prior to that activity for logistics planning. Each activity has a different time – details available when registering.
For questions or more information call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555.

Two New Art Shows in La Veta
LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to see two new art exhibits, now on display until November 6th. The Fall Show includes original artwork by 15 area artists in a variety of media and styles. The Inner Idea Arts, a group of artists influenced by Peggy Zehring’s classes at La Veta School of the Arts are showing in the SPACe Fuller Gallery. Two of Rena Kaplowitz’s new pieces will be included in the show, with proceeds from the sale of her pieces going directly into her recovery fund.

The SPACe Gallery in the Park is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11a.m. and 3p.m. and on Saturdays from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Located at 132 W. Ryus. Phone 719 742-3074. WWW.SPANISHPEAKSARTS.ORG

Walsenburg Pool League Begins
WALSENBURG – Walsenburg pool league starting this Thursday, October 14th. All captains, we are going to be meeting Thursday at Paco’s  at 5p.m. to get your schedules and score sheets any questions call 719-248-7814.

New Qi Gong Classes Beginning
WALSENBURG – Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong)  is an ancient Chinese practice with a series of flowing movements and slow breaths that give us power. Qi is the life force that circulates through the body, bringing vitality to every organ and structure in the body.

Join us Mondays and Thursdays at 12p.m. and 5p.m. each day beginning October 14th at Healing Arts Therapeutics, 527 Main St. Each session will focus on body movements emphasizing varying subjects from Mindfulness, High Blood Pressure, Headaches/Migraines, Energy and Vitality, and Stress and Anxiety. For more information call Beckie 719.989.8747 or email kalicay@hotmail.com.

Bring your yoga mat if you have one or just kick off your shoes and enjoy the true art of well-being through movement. Grab a friend or just come meet some new ones!

Huerfano Re-1 Band/Choir Concert
WALSENBURG – On Thursday, October 14th at 6:30p.m., the John Mall High School Band and Choir will have a concert at the Washington Auditorium.

New 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, Oct. 16 at 9am at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park.  Classes will be held Saturday mornings from 9-10a.m.

The cost is $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes as a donation.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, e-mail PegZehring@gmail.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

Rosary Rally
WALSENBURG – What the world needs now is love, unity, and prayer. Join others in prayer at a Rosary Rally at noon on Saturday, October 16 in Miners’ Plaza. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t own a rosary or know how to use it.

LVPL Milagro Beanfield War Trifecta
LA VETA — A 3-part series exploring the Milagro Beanfield War is currently being presented at the La Veta Library. The first part took place on October 7th, and the next two will take place on the 14th, and 21st.  Those are all Thursdays and the programs will begin at 2pm in the upstairs meeting room.

In 1974 John Nichol published a novel titled the Milagro Beanfield War, a comical yet heartfelt tale of one town’s resistance against a big business with political backing.  Now almost 50 years, the story still has relevance with the gentrification and scarcity of water being topics that have yet to be resolved.14 years later, Director Robert Redford turned the novel into a movie. Filmed in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional town of Milagro population 426 and tells one man’s struggle as he defends his small beanfield against big business and pressure from the state.

October 14 – we will have a discussion guided by Bob Heffenhauser comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.

October 21 – Eugene Jacques from San Luis will be our guest speaker. Eugene is the  ” mayordomono” (steward) for the ditches with historical  water rights as well as bean farmer raising his great grandmother’s heritage beans. His story is both modern and ancient and not to be missed! Join us for any or all of the components for discussion and education.

Friends of the Library
WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library District is pleased to host the annual Friends of the Library meeting on October 18th. A meet and greet session will take place from 4:30-5:00p.m and the annual meeting is scheduled to follow from 5:00-6:00p.m.

Little Shop of Horrors Audition at FCPA
LA VETA — Tuesday, October 19; 5:00-8:00 pm; at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts at 127 W. Francisco Street, La Veta. Open to ages 14 and up, male and female. Come join the most exciting and talented community theatre around! If auditioning for the musical, please come with a prepared acappella vocal solo (max 2 minutes).

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring written information of past experiences in theatre, dance and/or voice. Sign-up for an audition time slot by texting only 719-989-1531 or 719-298-8701. Due to space limitations, please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your time slot.

Tourism, Hospitality, & Retail Sector Partnership Season Wrap-up
HUERFANO — Join members of this Sector Partnership on  October 19th, at 6p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in at 928 Russel St, in Walsenburg for a conversation on steering our region’s growth. Join us for conversation and food!

Spanish Peaks Library Trivia
WALSENBURG – Don’t miss our final Trivia Night (for awhile!) at Second Street Bar & Grill at the Walsenburg Golf Course on Wednesday October 20th at 6pm with Host Ann Caffey of the Spanish Peaks Library.

The theme this time around is…Ann Caffey!  All her favorite things!  Categories are Books, Food, Movies, Flowers (visual) and Songs (audio).  Don’t worry, you needn’t know her all that well.  But you might after!

La Veta RE-2 School Board Candidate Forum
LA VETA — Come meet this year’s candidates for the La Veta RE-2 School District Board of Education on Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7pm at the La Veta Community Center.

Candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions in this event which will be moderated by Sam Law.  There are 4 open seats on the School Board and 12 community members have put themselves forward to take this opportunity to serve.  The forum will happen immediately following the Town of La Veta meeting with the candidates which begins at 5:30p.m.    and will also be held at the Community Center.”

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime
WALSENBURG – Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 – 11:30a.m.  It is open to children ages 0 -12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at  (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.  On October 15 we will be reading stories about the moon and including a touch and feel book about craters.  October 22 we will be reading about spiders.  Of course on October 29 we will be reading Halloween stories and doing a spooky craft.

St. Mary Fall Festival
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg invites you to a Fall Festival, Sunday, October 24, noon to 3p.m. in Msgr. Delaney Hall, 121 East 7th St.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar for just $10 (kids 10 and under just $5), and lots of fun activities to celebrate the season. Win a cake at the cake walk (or a pie in the cow-pie stroll), bid on a one-of-a-kind surprise in the purse/man-bag  auction, and take a fun pic in the dress-up photo booth. And kids in costume win a bag of candy! Raffle tickets are on sale now for $2 for prizes of $300, $150, and $50. Call Jeanette at 719-738-1204 to purchase. All proceeds go to replace the church’s ancient boiler with a modern HVAC system.

La Veta Library Scary Story Contest
LA VETA — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students and adults can enter in any or all of three categories with original entries: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! Submissions are due October 25. For more information, contact the library or email Stephanie at stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox Theater!
WALSENBURG – In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

Come on out Saturday, October 30th at 7:30p.m. to experience an experience you won’t forget. Folks, if you’ve been to one of these shows before, you know the drill and are going to need to bring the energy to make this tradition a part of Walsenburg’s culture too.

Admission covers the cost of a prop bag as well.

Halloween Costume Party
WALSENBURG – All are welcome at the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s Halloween Costume Party, Saturday October 30th. Doors open at 7p.m., the live band Planet O starts at 8p.m. for your dancing or listening pleasure! There are costume prizes, lots of snacks and a lot of fun! Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Eagle’s hall at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Hope to see you there!

Trick or Treating with the Eagles
WALSENBURG – Missing the kids on Halloween? No one rings the doorbell anymore in your neighborhood? The Eagle’s Hall is opening their doors to anyone who wants to bring some candy to pass out see all of the cute costumes once again! Sunday, October 31st from 4p.m.-7p.m. at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Parents, bring your kids for a SAFE Halloween Trick or Treating at the Eagle’s Hall.

Trunk or Treat
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church invites all good little boys and ghouls to a Trunk or Treat in the St. Mary parking lot on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, from 5 – 7p.m. Please walk, don’t drive, through the lot. Fun-loving adults are invited to dress up a car, sign up for a space in the lot, and be in the lot by 4:15p.m. to join in the treat-ing. Call the parish center at 719-738-1204 to sign up for a space.

LAS ANIMAS  

Methodist Blessing of the Animals
TRINIDAD  — The First United Methodist Church of Trinidad, corner of Broom and State Streets, is having a blessing of the animals October 17th between 4 and 5p.m.

Undefeated Trinidad Middle School Football Team Upcoming Games
TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad Middle School Football team is undefeated this season! Come on out and see these athletes do the thing they do so well next on Friday, October 15th in Lamar, and then on Monday, October 18th for a home game against Hoehne.

Circus Monster Mash
TRINIDAD  — On Wednesday, October 20th at 4:30p.m. and 7:30p.m., there will be a combination  circus/Halloween event at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.
Witness all the fun of a traditional circus with our talented acrobats, magic, jugglers, clowns, transformers and more, but with a special Halloween twist! Come see te creepy costumes and spooky makeup, chilling music and thrilling performance! We hope you’ll join us for a spook-tacular fun time! (Appropriate for all ages.)

Halloween at the Aguilar Public Library
AGUILAR  — Come join the fun of Halloween! On Friday, October 29th at the Aguilar Public Library  at 146 West Main Street from 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m., there will be several fun themed activities including small pumpkin decorating and a reading of Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Halloween cookies & apple cider will also be served.

If you have any questions, call the library at 719-941-4426

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra Spooky Symphony
TRINIDAD  — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra will be putting on a Spooky Symphony event this Halloween, October 31st from 4p.m.-5p.m. Join us for music and Halloween fun! Costumes are encouraged!
Please RSVP at the following link:
https://forms.gle/KcgWiBacX4WaLmmGA
Call 575-420-7747 for more information.

Trinidad Historical Society Fall Banquet Dinner
TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad Historical Society will be hosting a fall banquet November 5th at 6p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State college.  A meal will be served consisting of Chicken Piccata, roasted potatoes, green beans, dessert and a beverage for $20 per person.

This year’s program, entitled “Pieces From the Past – Letters From Former POWs, is interesting and unique.  Presenter Melva Nolan will speak about a recently published book she has written featuring letters from former German Prisoners of War who had been held at Camp Trinidad during WWI.

Reservations can be made through October 28 by contacting Carol Schleich at (719) 846-3456 or Judy Mangino at (719) 846-4323.

Packages for the Overseas Troops
TRINIDAD  — The TLAC Veterans Memorial Committee will be sending boxes to our local troops for Christmas.  If you have a local service member serving overseas, please contact Linda Barron at (719) 846-8223  to see about getting their mailing address. We need the information soon to mail the packages early to enable their delivery by Christmas!

COLFAX

Colexico Experience: 
Spaghetti & Western Film Festival
RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.

You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.

No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.

Colexico Experience Passes are no longer for sale,  but there are still spaces open for the Raton and Trinidad Experiences. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at spaghettiandwesterns.nightout.com

The Haunted Dungeon
RATON  —  On October 22nd and 23rd, and on October 29th and 30th, there will be a haunted dungeon sponsored by the Raton Lions Club and Raton Police Officer’s Association at Doggie Stylz at 201 2nd Street. The event will start each night from 8p.m.-11p.m. Tickets are $5 apiece.

On October 31st, there will be a Kids Halloween Hay Maze from 2-6p.m. on Historic First Street near the Art Gallery.

Costume Contest and Trick or Treating
RATON  —  On Friday, October 29th at 3:30p.m. in Ripley  Park, there will be a costume contest sponsored by Raton MainStreet, the Raton Police Officer association, and the Raton Elks Lodge #865. The RPOA will be donating cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in both the boys’ and girls’ costume contest divisions.
After the contest, there will be safe trick or treating at participating downtown businesses. Finally, the whole even will wrap up at the Elks Lodge for hot dogs and punch!

Witch Walk
RATON  —  On Saturday, October 30th from 6p.m. – midnight, witches will take to the streets of Raton…
Well, they’ll take to the streets, but spend most of their time in the bars! That’s right, the Raton Witch Walk Bar Crawl is taking place this year as a fundraiser for Raton Elks Lodge charities. Drinks, dancing, raffles, games – it will be a fun night by any measure.
Tickets are $30 per participant and include drinks & appetizers at 5 stops plus one ticket to a private dance party with CappTon Reid. Register at the Old Pass Gallery by October 27th. (Additional private party dance tickets can be purchased for $5 with registration.)

Calling all Anglicans for Worship
RATON  —  Reaching out to all Anglicans wishing to gather for conservative worship services in Raton, NM contact Father Price at 575-303-3906 or email jprice.mdiv@gmail.com
The Sangre de Cristo Anglican Fellowship is affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest. More information can be found at www.sangredecristo-af.org

Classifieds for October 7, 2021

HOW THIS WORKS

We charge $10 for the first 35 words, plus 30 cents per word after that.  Then it’s just ­$8 per week thereafter.  All classifieds ad copy and payments are due by noon Tuesday.  Call us at 719-738-1415 OR 303-419-0694! Email your classified to classifieds.hwj@gmail.com. Right now, every classified ad in the World Journal is listed for free on our website www.worldjournalnewspaper.com!

BUSINESS

DIY OIL CHANGE SPECIALS, 5 qts. Fram Oil & CQ Red filter $24.99. 5 qts. Fram Synthetic oil & Prem. Filter, $29.99. Mobil 1 special, 5 qts. & prem. Filter, $37.99 2.5gl. Blue DEF, 2 for $26.00. Die Hard lawn &  garden batteries. We custom build hydraulic hoses. City Auto Parts, “CARQUEST”, 600 W. 7th. St., Walsenburg 719-738-2525. Order online and pick-up at the store, www.carquest.com, www.advance.com. “We support our local 4H kids.” Locally Owned & Operated, Serving the Huerfano County area since 1972! 32-TFN

PROFESSIONAL  local painter.  Interior-exterior, residential or commercial. 20 years experience. References provided, free estimates from one room to whole buildings. SBJ Painting, Walsenburg. 719-369-1927 27-TFN/EOW

REPAIRS & REMODEL Exterior & interior drywall;  plaster and paint; repairs welcome. Remodel specialist; bath & kitchen; electrical; upgraded tile.  Just call High Plains General Contractors LLC / Jim Sharpe, Walsenburg at 719-989-7853. 41-TFN

AFFORDABLE CARPET cleaning and upholstry. Southern Colorado from Pueblo to Trinidad.  Residential/ commercial.  30 years experience. Now sanitizing for COVID. Free quotes. Call Sam or Sylvia at (719) 890-1079 or (719) 989-7824. 25-TFN

HAVE YOU BEEN EXPERIENCING BACKACHES, HEADACHES OR NUMEROUS OTHER CHRONIC PAIN? CranioSacral Therapy might be the answer. CranioSacral is a light-touch approach that can make dramatic improvements in your life. Or call for just a relaxing deep tissue massage. Gift Certificates available. For more information call Healing Arts Therapeutics 719-989-8747 today for an appointment. 38-TFN

PIANO TUNING: Keep your piano in tune and in tip-top shape. Request an appointment online at www.SpanishPeaksPiano.com or call 720-363-0052. Located in Huerfano County. 19-TFN

HELP WANTED

Chaé Organics Cosmetics Manufacturing, currently has the following Full-Time position available: Sanitation Technician. Must have high degree of integrity, solid basic mathematical skills, good written and verbal communication skills, leadership skills, and have a high attention to detail. Experience is not necessary but must have a willingness to learn and solve problems. Must be able to lift 40lbs. Background check required. Pay varies by position and experience. Pick up application at front desk, 23300 US HWY 160 or apply online at www.chaemanufacturing.com . For more details call (719)695-5554. 40-2XU

Chaé Organics Cosmetics Manufacturing, Full-Time Production Technician I. Responsibilities include: assisting in production of goods according to Good Manufacturing Practice compliance. Must have high degree of integrity, solid basic mathematical skills, good written and verbal communication skills, and have a high attention to detail. Experience is not necessary but must have a willingness to learn and solve problems. Must be able to lift 40lbs. 4 DAY WORK WEEK & BENEFITS INCLUDING: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life. Pay range is $12.40-$12.90 depending on experience. Background check required. Pick up application at front desk, 23300 US HWY 160 or apply online at www.chaemanufacturing.com . For more details call (719)695-5554.40-2XU

Trinidad State College has multiple position openings including;  Admissions Office, Dean of Student Retention and Completion, Financial Aid, TRiO Advisors, and Nursing Faculty. For all position openings and complete job descriptions, go to: https: //trinidadstate.edu/employment/listings.html 40-2XU

CS Woods Woodshop and Lumber Yard Jobs. 8055 County Rd. 570 Gardner, CO 81040.
• Full time and part time available
• $18 + an hour based on experience
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must have references
• Familiarity with tools, woodworking and/or construction a plus!
• Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Looking for committed long term employees to train!Email info@cswoods.com or call 720-301-3840 37-4XP

Cleaning position available in Walsenburg. Part-time afternoons, M-T-F. Bonuses upon performance.  Call to apply; 719-587-2222. 39-2XP

Notice is hereby given that Huerfano County Sheriff Department is accepting applications for the position of Detention Officer for the Huerfano County Jail. This is a full-time position eligible for County benefit plans. The starting salary is $30,000. Qualified candidates must be 21 years of age, have a High School Diploma or GED.  A mandatory background check and pre-employment drug screen will be required. Shift work, holidays and weekends may be part of your regular schedule. A copy of the Job Description and Application are available by contacting Human Resources at 719-738-3000 Ext. 205 or email jobs@huerfano.us Application will be accepted until position is filled.  Huerfano County is an equal opportunity employer. 14-TFN

CDL Class A or B Driver. Job Description: We are seeking a CDL Class A Or B Driver to join our team! You will be responsible for safely operating a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).
Responsibilities:
•. Safely operate a mixer truck or tractor-trailer truck
•. Load and unload cargo
•. Properly track and document activity log
•. Report any issues or incidents to dispatch
•. Inspect truck before and after trip. Qualifications:
•. Previous experience in truck driving or other related fields
•.  Commercial driver’s license
•  Ability to handle physical workload
•  Strong work ethic
•  The rate of pay for the position of being $25.00 per hour.
Company Description: Headquartered in Canon City, CO Ary Corporation and its affiliated companies provide general contractor services specializing in heavy highway construction, aggregate processing, and trucking. We are a leading supplier of construction aggregates and materials serving Colorado and the surrounding states. Check out our website www.arycorp. com. Address: 3610 Freedom Road Trinidad CO 81082, Pueblo, CO, 81007 USA 37-12XU

Notice is hereby given that Huerfano County Sheriff Department is accepting applications for the position of Deputy. Qualified candidates must be P.O.S.T. certified within 30 days of hire; 21 years of age or older; have a High School Diploma or GED; must adhere to policy, procedures and post orders. Drug testing, criminal background and mental evaluation will be required. Shift work is mandatory and may include weekends and holidays. This is a full time position, eligible for County Benefits with a starting base wage of $34,928.80. A copy of the Job Description and Application are available by contacting Human Resources at 719-738-3000 Ext. 205 or email jobs@huerfano.us. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Huerfano County is an equal opportunity employer. 37-TFN­

Accounts Payable Specialist. Will train right person. Three day work week, wage based on experience. Send resume to:
Legendswest1018@gmail.com 36-TFN

CHIROPRACTIC office help- Chiropractic office needs a part-time professional, energetic, dependable assistant/ receptionist.  Position involves organizing workload and handling a busy reception area. Must be able to multitask, exceptional customer service and phone skills a must. Computer and data entry experience needed. Email resume to jtvigildc @yahoo.com or mail to 110 E 6 Th Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089. 24-TFN

Las Animas County Rehabilitation Center/ Southern Colorado Developmental Disabilities Services Now Hiring.  Positions open in Trinidad and Walsenburg for Supported Living Services Providers. Flexible Hours..  Must be 18 years or older, high school graduate or equivalent; possess a valid driver license, vehicle with proof of insurance and ability to pass a background check. On the job training will be provided. This position consists of providing in-home as well as in community homemaker and personal care services and transportation to individuals enrolled in Supported Living Services. Mileage for transporting is reimbursed on a monthly basis. For in person please come in and complete a job application at 1205 Congress Drive Trinidad, CO. Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm. If you would like to apply online http://scdds.com /employment_application.htm 17-TFN

Las Animas County Rehabilitation Center currently hiring Residential Direct Care Providers for our Group Homes in Walsenburg and Trinidad. Full Time, Part Time as well as PRN (As needed) positions now open for the Trinidad and Walsenburg. Full Time positions provide great insurance benefits and vacation accrual from day one. Please be at least 18 years old and a High school grad or have completed your GED. Must have valid Colorado driver license and be able to pass a CBI background check. No experience necessary! Just a desire to care for people and willingness to learn. We pay you to train!! $12.41 per hour. Come by 1205 Congress Drive Trinidad Colorado to apply in person. Our hours of business Monday through Thursday 8am to 4:30pm. You may also  or click this link to submit your application online. http:// scdds.com/employment_application.htm 17-TFN

We have a position open in Walsenburg for a Personal Care Giver. This position is full time with flexible hours dependent on the needs of the individuals. This position entails providing in home care and community services for a husband and wife living in Walsenburg. Must be 18 years or older, high school graduate or equivalent; possess a valid driver license, vehicle with proof of insurance and ability to pass a background check. On the job training will be provided. Health Insurance and vacation accruals provided. $12.41 per hour.  Mileage for transporting is reimbursed on a monthly basis. For more information or if you would like to email a resume, send to [Email hidden] or apply online scdds.com/employment_application.htm 20-TFN

COLFAX HELP WANTED

Colfax County Youth Empowerment Services. Colfax County Youth Empowerment Services has two positions open for full-time Family Support Practitioner/Pre-Natal and Early Childhood Home Visitor(s) to provide family support services for both Colfax and Union Counties. Position Specifications:Education: Bachelor’s or AA degree, from an accredited College or University, in human services or education field preferred.  Will consider non-degreed with years of experience equaling college accreditation.  A degree outside human services may substitute with an additional 1½ years of direct home-based services such as Family Preservation, MST, FFT, etc. working with children and families. Experience: Child welfare experience working with families in complex situations preferred. Knowledge of child welfare policies and programs and strategies of home-based services. Field experience working with children and families and overall ability to relate to and engage with these families. Skills: Requires working knowledge of child welfare in-home services. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; effective interpersonal skills, ability to relate to wide diversity of people and situations, both internal and external, demonstrated good judgment.  Demonstrated skills in family engagement strategies, facilitating science-based curriculum, conducting assessments on both adults and children, recruitment and community outreach, organizational and time management skills. Willingness and ability to participate in initial and ongoing training, including overnight, provided through our funding sources. Other: Must meet state criminal background check requirements and pass a drug test.  Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule. Travel: Must have a reliable vehicle, appropriate and valid state driver’s license and registration. Must have liability auto insurance and be able to transport clients if needed. Must be capable of travel and driving within coverage area, often multiple hours per day. Download application form at www.co.colfax.nm.us, send completed application along with resume to dortiz@co.colfax.nm.us. Job posting will be open until position is filled. For more information call Debbie at (575) 707-0483 38-TFN

JOB TITLE: Road and Bridge Maintenance Operator – Raton, NM. Pay Status: Non-Exempt. Reports to Road Department Superintendent. Salary: 13.84 Hrly. Open until filled. Position Summary:  Under supervision of the County Road Superintendent, performs maintenance on County roads and bridges and other County property and other duties as assigned. Work involves performing semi-skilled tasks to maintain roads and bridges, culverts and cattle guards. Please visit our website for a full job description. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• A high school diploma or GED.
• Must have Class A CDL.
• Must have three (3) years of road experience or relevant.
• Must pass road equipment test at time of interview.
• Knowledge of the methods, materials and road equipment operation, as well as care and basic maintenance. Please submit application and resume to Colfax County Manager’s office if you are intersted in applying for the POSITON, open until filled.   Mail to Colfax County HR Depatment, RE: Road Dept. Job Posting, PO BoX 1498, Raton, NM  87740 or email to SVALDEZ@CO.COLFAX.NM.US or visit our website www.co.colfax.nm.us . Colfax County is an Equal Opportunity employer. 32-TFN

COLFAX COUNTY Job Posting. Job title-COLFAX DWI COMPLIANCE OFFICER. Pay Status-Contract, exempt. Reports to DWi Coordinators Salary: $30,000-$33,000  D.O.E. Open until filled. Position Summary: Under general direction of the DWi Coordinator, the prevention specialist will organize and particpate in DWI public relations. Please see website for fill job description. Please submit resume or application to county human resources dept., if you are interested applying for the position. PO Box 1498, Raton, NM  87740, or email svaldez@co.colfax. nm.us or  you may drop off a resume to the DWI office at South 3rd St in Raton.  Colfax County is an equal opportunity employer 27-TFN ­

COLFAX COUNTY Job Posting. Job title-Information Technology Support Specialist- Full Time. Pay Status-Non- Exempt. Reports to IT Director  Salary: Depends on experience. Open until filled. Position Summary: Under general supervision of the IT Director, provides a wide range of support line-of-business applications, systems, and software. Employee must comply with policies and guidelines of the County.   Please submit resume or application to county manager’s office, if you are interested applying for the position. PO Box 1498, Raton, NM  87740, or email svaldez@co.colfax.nm.us or  visit www.co.colfax.nm.us and find detailed job description and benefits package.  Colfax County is an equal opportunity employer 27-TFN

PETS

Free to caring, responsible homes.  Adult Cats and Kittens. Affectionate, Social, Healthy, House trained, neutered.  If interested, call: 719-766-6184.  Please leave a message.12-TFN

La Veta pass Kennels. Has spacious outdoor kennels covered. Includes out side play area. Including inside kennels for small dogs. Day boarding available.  Call 719-470-9079. 8156 US Hwy 160. 19-TFN

DOG & CAT GROOMING – 49 years of dog grooming experience.  Call or text Lisa at 719-989-3300 for an appointment.  La Veta.  36-TFN

FOR RENT

OFFICE SPACE for rent. Private office space for rent (112 square feet). Includes use of break room and conference table in public area.  $300 monthly with yearly lease. Semi-private co-share space also available, one to three days a week for part-time working space. Both spaces include high speed internet and utilities. Private space is one block off Main Street; co-share space is available in two locations.  Co-share space cost varies by location, from $6 hour to $50 per day.  Call 719-738-6830 or 719 989-0969.  34-TFN

Residential properties for rent starting at $600 per month. Studio apartments, 1-bedroom apartments, 2-bedroom apartments, 1- and 2-bedroom houses. Some pets accepted at some locations. Please call and let us know what you need. 719-738-3827 – Bill 5-TFN

SEEKING

MISSING RING-  I am desperately looking for a 3-ring set; emerald, ruby, and a black or dark blue sapphire, set in white gold.  Lost in the Raton NM area, missing for over a year now. If you see it, please call 575-363-3838. 39-3XP

FOR SALE

3/4” Road base 1/2” and 1 1/2” rock, pea gravel and river rock. Call 719-214-6982 or 719-948-7927 33-EOW/TFN

FOR SALE: 2013 KUBOTA L3800 Tractor w/scraper. $17,500. 225 hours. 719-890-4727 39-2XP

FLEA MARKET

Fall Flea Market: Saturday, October 9 – 14589 CR 57.7 – BonCarbo Fire Department. 8am – 2pm. – Sponsored by: BCVFD Auxiliary – Vendor table $10.00. – Call 846-8538. 40-2XP

TUTOR

technology tutor. Apple, PC, Android. Tutoring. Troubleshooting. Hardware and Software, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Got a tech problem? Call Mike, (719) 890-0787 Mountain IT, LLC, 40-1XP

Upcoming Events for October 7, 2021

throughout our world

USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day

OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.
The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

OUR WORLD — Celebrated between September 15 and October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and histories of people in the US who came from, or whose ancestors came from, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spain. This years theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” is a story well-known in the Hispanic community. It highlights how steep challenges emulate how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto resilience and hope.
Take time to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, consider how many more contributions will continue to be made in the future, and remember that we are stronger when we work together.

Human Rights at the Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD — Human Rights – we hear about them almost every day in a variety of contexts. “Human right violations of prisoners, of people with disabilities, of immigrants/refugees, of women etc.”
But we rarely pause to think about what Human Rights actually are and what the foundation is for the concept of Human Rights. It’s not just a legal theme, or political theme, but also a philosophical theme.
Modern philosophy, starting with Kant, views a human right as a special sort of inherent right, that humans have because they are special beings, namely human beings. Some view human rights as ‘made up’ concepts, political fabrications. Others say they are (God-given) morally significant natural rights, standards independent from political or cultural context. Some don’t tie it to a moral foundation, but to a more existentialist perspective: humans as beings with special capacities such as autonomy, critical thinking abilities, aspirations, decision making. Some associate human rights strongly with legal frameworks, such as international conventions.
So let’s explore this together during our next Philosophy Cafe on Monday evening, October 11th at 5p.m. This discussion will take place on Zoom, so in order to RSVP for the event and receive a link to the discussion as well as associated readings, email Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

Change of Venue for Grief Circle

OUR WORLD — The Grief Circle Support Group sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice will still be on the second Wednesday of the month but will have a new time and location. A move to the Harry Sayer Senior Center at 1222 San Pedro Ave in Trinidad will make the program more accessible.  We will start the group at 1p.m. on October 13th.  Zoom sign in:  https://zoom.us/j/95686445697
Death Café will continue at 2p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This month it will be offered on October 27th by Zoom only.

HUERFANO

Huerfano Farmers Markets

HUERFANO — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.
The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.
The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA

HUERFANO — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

James Bond at the Fox Theater
SHOWING ON NATIONAL OPENING NIGHT!

WALSENBURG – This weekend’s movie is “No Time To Die,” rated PG-13 with a run time of 2 hours 43 minutes.
James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with dangerous new technology.
Movie showtimes are OPENING NIGHT Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Movie ticket prices are $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Students and Teachers, $5.00 for Children (ages 5 to 12).
We are very excited to be hosting this movie on OPENING NIGHT! It’s been a while since studios have given us a movie on OPENING NIGHT! More info at foxwalsenburg.com!

Fun Fridays continue!

HUERFANO — Fun Fridays Continue with the following line-up of Fall/Winter Activities.
Oct 8: Roller Skating
November 5: Bowling
December 3: Hooper Pool
January 21: Sledding
February 25: Pueblo Altitude Trampoline Park
March 25: Pueblo Zoo
April 29: Fishing & Archery
Sponsored by Two Peaks Fitness. $10/child if parent is gym member; $15 for non-members. For children of all ages. Guardian must be present for children under the age of 5.
Limited scholarships available.
Background checks performed for all adult chaperones.
Signup forms available at www.twopeaksfitness.org/fun-fridays or can be filled out at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta. We must receive your paperwork and payment no later than the Wednesday prior to that activity for logistics planning. Each activity has a different time – details available when registering.
For questions or more information call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555.

Two New Art Shows in La Veta

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to see two new art exhibits, now on display until November 6th. The Fall Show includes original artwork by 15 area artists in a variety of media and styles. The Inner Idea Arts, a group of artists influenced by Peggy Zehring’s classes at La Veta School of the Arts are showing in the SPACe Fuller Gallery. Two of Rena Kaplowitz’s new pieces will be included in the show, with proceeds from the sale of her pieces going directly into her recovery fund. There will be a reception for both shows Saturday, Oct 9th, 5 – 7p.m., with refreshments and no admission fee. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11a.m. and 3p.m. and on Saturdays from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Located at 132 W. Ryus. Phone 719 742-3074. WWW.SPANISHPEAKSARTS.ORG

John Mall Homecoming Weekend
UPDATE

WALSENBURG – John Mall High School’s homecoming festivities, slated for this week, have been postponed as a result of several recent challenges the school has faced.
The school just returned to in-person learning last Friday, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced two weeks of remote classes. On Monday, some 20 students, mainly freshmen and a few sophomores, were sent home to quarantine because  they had come in contact with a staff member who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to Huerfano School District RE-1 Superintendent Mike Moore.
In addition, he said inclement weather predicted for Friday put the parade in doubt and Friday night’s homecoming football game cannot be played because opponent Sargent High School had to postpone because they are also in quarantine.
“The principal wants to ensure that all students and grade levels are able to participate,” Moore said.
He said the school will hold a homecoming, but the date has not yet been determined.

Friends of the Library sale

WALSENBURG – The Friends of the Library are hosting a Book Sale on Thursday and Friday Oct. 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FOL could use your help in setting up books and sorting and closing up on Friday.  Hope to see you there!

Poetry at La Veta Library

LA VETA —  An Afternoon of Poetry in honor of The Unknown will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 3- 5p.m. at The La Veta Public Library. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information: Tom (743-3776) Robin(742-3398). Mask required.

New Qi Gong Classes Beginning

WALSENBURG – Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong)  is an ancient Chinese practice with a series of flowing movements and slow breaths that give us power. Qi is the life force that circulates through the body, bringing vitality to every organ and structure in the body.
Join us Mondays and Thursdays at 12p.m. and 5p.m. each day beginning October 14th at Healing Arts Therapeutics, 527 Main St. Each session will focus on body movements emphasizing varying subjects from Mindfulness, High Blood Pressure, Headaches/Migraines, Energy and Vitality, and Stress and Anxiety. For more information call Beckie 719.989.8747 or email kalicay@hotmail.com.
Bring your yoga mat if you have one or just kick off your shoes and enjoy the true art of well-being
through movement. Grab a friend or just come meet some new ones!

Huerfano Re-1 Band/Choir Concert

WALSENBURG – On Thursday, October 14th at 6:30p.m., the John Mall High School Band and Choir will have a concert at the Washington Auditorium.

Rosary Rally

WALSENBURG – What the world needs now is love, unity, and prayer. Join others in prayer at a Rosary Rally at noon on Saturday, October 16 in Miners’ Plaza. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t own a rosary or know how to use it.

New Hope Community Church Young People Rally

LA VETA —  A rally for young people of faith ages 12-18 will be celebrated Sunday, Oct. 17th at New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania from 5 to 7 p.m.
Peer support is vital for young people living out their faith in an increasingly faithless world. This event is designed to encourage young people to persist in fellowship with other like-minded teenagers. The Encourager Rally will begin  with food and fun activities. Music will be provided by the Majestic Praise Band of Pueblo, with a brief program to follow. Local attendees will be joined by youth from area churches. Adults are welcome to attend as well. For more information call Pastor Shults at 719-937-1989 or at pastor@hopeofwalsenburg.com.

LVPL Milagro Beanfield War Trifecta

LA VETA — A 3-part series exploring the Milagro Beanfield War will be presented at the La Veta Library on October 7th, 14th, and 21st.  Those are all Thursdays and the programs will begin at 2pm in the upstairs meeting room.
In 1974 John Nichol published a novel titled the Milagro Beanfield War, a comical yet heartfelt tale of one town’s resistance against a big business with political backing.  Now almost 50 years, the story still has relevance with the gentrification and scarcity of water being topics that have yet to be resolved.14 years later, Director Robert Redford turned the novel into a movie. Filmed in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional town of Milagro population 426 and tells one man’s struggle as he defends his small beanfield against big business and pressure from the state.
October 7- we will show the Milagro Beanfield War movie directed by Robert Redford.
October 14 – we will have a discussion guided by Bob Heffenhauser comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.
October 21 – Eugene Jacques from San Luis will be our guest speaker. Eugene is the  ” mayordomono” (steward) for the ditches with historical  water rights as well as bean farmer raising his great grandmother’s heritage beans. His story is both modern and ancient and not to be missed! Join us for any or all of the components for discussion and education.

Little Shop of Horrors Audition at FCPA

LA VETA — Tuesday, October 19; 5:00-8:00 pm; at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts at 127 W. Francisco Street, La Veta. Open to ages 14 and up, male and female. Come join the most exciting and talented community theatre around! If auditioning for the musical, please come with a prepared acappella vocal solo (max 2 minutes).
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring written information of past experiences in theatre, dance and/or voice. Sign-up for an audition time slot by texting only 719-989-1531 or 719-298-8701. Due to space limitations, please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your time slot.

Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir

LA VETA — Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is excited to once again offer a community singing experience.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. to talk about what our 2021-2022 season and rehearsal schedule will look like and determine what our “voicing” will be. THIS IS A NON-AUDITIONED CHOIR. Rehearsals will start in November. We are excited to see you all!

St. Mary Fall Festival
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg invites you to a Fall Festival, Sunday, October 24, noon to 3p.m. in Msgr. Delaney Hall, 121 East 7th St.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar for just $10 (kids 10 and under just $5), and lots of fun activities to celebrate the season. Win a cake at the cake walk (or a pie in the cow-pie stroll), bid on a one-of-a-kind surprise in the purse/man-bag  auction, and take a fun pic in the dress-up photo booth. And kids in costume win a bag of candy! Raffle tickets are on sale now for prizes of $300, $150, and $50. Call Jeanette at 719-738-1204 to purchase. All proceeds go to replace the church’s ancient boiler with a modern HVAC system.

La Veta Library Scary Story Contest

LA VETA — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students and adults can enter in any or all of three categories with original entries: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! Submissions are due October 25. For more information, contact the library or email Stephanie at stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

Halloween Costume Party

WALSENBURG – All are welcome at the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s Halloween Costume Party, Saturday October 30th. Doors open at 7p.m., the live band Planet O starts at 8p.m. for your dancing or listening pleasure! There are costume prizes, lots of snacks and a lot of fun! Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Eagle’s hall at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Hope to see you there!

Trick or Treating with the Eagles

WALSENBURG – Missing the kids on Halloween? No one rings the doorbell anymore in your neighborhood? The Eagle’s Hall is opening their doors to anyone who wants to bring some candy to pass out see all of the cute costumes once again! Sunday, October 31st from 4p.m.-7p.m. at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Parents, bring your kids for a SAFE Halloween Trick or Treating at the eagle’s Hall.

Trunk or Treat
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church invites all good little boys and ghouls to a Trunk or Treat in the St. Mary parking lot on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, from 5 – 7p.m. Please walk, don’t drive, through the lot. Fun-loving adults are invited to dress up a car, sign up for a space in the lot, and be in the lot by 4:15p.m. to join in the treat-ing. Call the parish center at 719-738-1204 to sign up for a space.

LAS ANIMAS  

Nordista Freeze and Future Crib at the Trinidad Lounge

TRINIDAD  — On Thursday, October 7th, Nordista Freeze and Future Crib will be performing at the Trinidad Lounge.
NPR described Nordista Freeze as “the most beautiful and perfect example of the Nashville music scene” and the Nashville Scene declared “the cosmic Tom Petty” as most likely to “rule” in 2019 with his modern, timeless sound. Freezes distinct fusion of 60s pop and modern psychedelia has infatuated audiences across the US & Canada. Infamous for tireless DIY touring (400 shows since 2016) and prolific composition (20+ albums since 2012), his monstrous stage presence & Beach Boys harmonies convert lifelong fans at every show.
Future Crib is a five-piece band of creatives based in Nashville, TN, that deliver dynamic performances that bounce between poppy make-you-wanna-dance tunes and experimental yet engaging tracks that prod at lifes shared realities. Theres a clear preference for good songs and exciting sounds over genre bounds and expectations, and this is evident on their newalbum, Full Time Smile, which released in
September. Over all, Future Crib creates music for everyone, inviting all to a fun,
Catch all these great artists on October 7th at the Trinidad Lounge! Doors open at 7p.m. and the show will start at 8ish. Tickets are $10 apiece and you must be 21 or older to attend the show.

Blue Water Highway at the ‘Dad Lounge

TRINIDAD  — On Friday, October 8th, Blue Water Highway will be playing at the Trinidad Lounge. Blue Water Highway comes from the working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many classic American musicians. They take their name from the roadway that links their hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas to Galveston, where the cops, the teachers, and the chemical plant workers travel to work hard and to play hard, blowing off steam, dancing to their favorite bands. Blue Water Highway’s music is the soundtrack for their lives.
Doors open at 7p.m. with an 8p.m.ish show start. Tickets are $10, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Riley Downing and Kassi Valazza at the ‘Dad Lounge

TRINIDAD  — On Monday, October 11th, Riley Downing and his band with Kassi Valazza will be performing at the Trinidad Lounge.
You may know Downing from his work with acclaimed New Orleans combo the Deslondes, or perhaps from his similarly rootsy and wide-ranging catalog of songs with the Tumbleweeds. Indeed, the Missouri-based singer/songwriter’s ability to set gripping, evocative narratives within soundscapes that weave together country, blues, folk, R&B, bluegrass, rock, soul, and  whatever else catches his ear is something that, once you hear it, is hard to shake free from.
Doors open at 7p.m. with an 8p.m.ish show start. Tickets are $12, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Trinidad Housing Survey

TRINIDAD  — As Trinidad grows, we are faced with the challenge of creating new housing and facilitating the increase in economic activity that comes along with growth. Where that growth will take place and how will it change the character of existing neighborhoods is a question of great importance and one that is shaped by how the city regulates land use.
Now we are trying to allow for new growth that allows for aging in place and promotes economic
development and vibrancy, so we have launched a survey to guide our actions and align that growth with the community’s current values. Some changes may be popular city-wide, while others may only be popular and appropriate in certain neighborhoods or parts of town. The goal is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but to ensure that new development is attractive and serves the community’s current and future needs.
Please follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Trinidad

Halloween at the Aguilar Public Library

AGUILAR  — Come join the fun of Halloween! On Friday, October 29th at the Aguilar Public Library  at 146 West Main Street from 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m., there will be several fun themed activities including small pumpkin decorating and a reading of Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Halloween cookies & apple cider will also be served.
If you have any questions, call the library at 719-941-4426

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra Spooky Symphony

TRINIDAD  — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra will be putting on a Spooky Symphony event this Halloween, October 31st from 4p.m.-5p.m. Join us for music and Halloween fun! Costumes are encouraged!
Please RSVP at the following link:
https://forms.gle/KcgWiBacX4WaLmmGA
Call 575-420-7747 for more information.

Trinidad Historical Society Fall Banquet Dinner

TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad Historical Society will be hosting a fall banquet November 5th at 6p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State college.  A meal will be served consisting of Chicken Piccata, roasted potatoes, green beans, dessert and a beverage for $20 per person.
This year’s program, entitled “Pieces From the Past – Letters From Former POWs, is interesting and unique.  Presenter Melva Nolan will speak about a recently published book she has written featuring letters from former German Prisoners of War who had been held at Camp Trinidad during WWI
Reservations can be made through October 28 by contacting Carol Schleich at (719) 846-3456 or Judy Mangino at (719) 846-4323.

COLFAX

Colexico Experience:  Spaghetti & Western Film Festival

RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.
You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.
No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.
Colexico Experience Passes are no longer for sale,  but there are still spaces open for the Raton and Trinidad Experiences. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at spaghettiandwesterns.nightout.com

Costume Contest and Trick or Treating

RATON  —  On Friday, October 29th at 3:30p.m. in Ripley  Park, there will be a costume contest sponsored by Raton MainStreet, the Raton Police Officer association, and the Raton Elks Lodge #865. The RPOA will be donating cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in both the boys’ and girls’ costume contest divisions.
After the contest, there will be safe trick or treating at participating downtown businesses. Finally, the whole even will wrap up at the Elks Lodge for hot dogs and punch!

Witch Walk
RATON  —  On Saturday, October 30th from 6p.m. – midnight, witches will take to the streets of Raton…
Well, they’ll take to the streets, but spend most of their time in the bars! That’s right, the Raton Witch Walk Bar Crawl is taking place this year as a fundraiser for Raton Elks Lodge charities. Drinks, dancing, raffles, games – it will be a fun night by any measure.
Tickets are $30 per participant and include drinks & appetizers at 5 stops plus one ticket to a private dance party with CappTon Reid. Register at the Old Pass Gallery by October 27th. (Additional private party dance tickets can be purchased for $5 with registration.)

Upcoming Events for September 30th, 2021

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day
OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.
The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

HUERFANO

El Fandango performing Oct 2 in Trinidad
HUERFANO — Walsenburg’s El Fandango dancers, the oldest folklorico group in Colorado, have an upcoming competition and performance.
They will be competing at the 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Folkloric Dance Competition.
The Level 2 competition is Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at CSU-Pueblo Hoag Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Level 3 competition is Saturday, Sept. 25,  starting at 8 a.m. Tickets are $10 which includes both days.
If you miss the chance to see them this weekend, the young ladies will be performing at Santa Fe Trail Days in Trinidad, on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1:30 pm .

Huerfano Farmers Markets
HUERFANO COUNTY — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.
The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.
The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA
HUERFANO — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

Fun Fridays continue!
HUERFANO — Fun Fridays Continue with the following line-up of Fall/Winter Activities.
Oct 8: Roller Skating
November 5: Bowling
December 3: Hooper Pool
January 21: Sledding
February 25: Pueblo Altitude Trampoline Park
March 25: Pueblo Zoo
April 29: Fishing & Archery
Sponsored by Two Peaks Fitness. $10/child if parent is gym member; $15 for non-members. For children of all ages. Guardian must be present for children under the age of 5.
Limited scholarships available.
Background checks performed for all adult chaperones.
Signup forms available at www.twopeaksfitness.org/fun-fridays or can be filled out at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta. We must receive your paperwork and payment no later than the Wednesday prior to that activity for logistics planning. Each activity has a different time – details available when registering.
For questions or more information call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555.

Story Time at SPLD
WALSENBURG – Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  It is open to children ages 0 – 12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Friday, Oct. 1, Fall.

Artists call for SPACe Fall Show
LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) invites artists working in all media to participate in the upcoming Fall Show. Artists are encouraged but not required to enter artwork that reflects the Fall season. Artwork may be brought to SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct.1 between 11 am and 2 pm. There is a nominal entry fee of $5 for each piece entered, with a limit of 4 per person. Oversized pieces are considered 2 entries. For complete details on show requirements, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org, call 719 742-3074 or visit in person.
The Clay, Glass and Fiber Show, along with exhibits of new works by Albert Anderson Clymer and Ted Shafer ends soon–Sat. Oct. 2. Don’t miss this great show!

SCCY Tamale Fundraiser
HUERFANO COUNTY — Who’s ready for some Tamales? SCCY is taking order for tamales by the dozen.
1 dozen pork and red chile – $20; 1 dozen green chile and cheese vegetarian and gluten free – $20;  1 pint of Myra’s yummy Chile – $8
Order on Facebook at Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth or call us at 738-1573. Pick up on Friday, Oct. 1 between 2 . and 6 p.m. at 513 Main St in Walsenburg.

John Mall Homecoming Weekend UPDATE
WALSENBURG – John Mall High School’s homecoming festivities, slated for this week, have been postponed as a result of several recent challenges the school has faced.
The school just returned to in-person learning last Friday, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced two weeks of remote classes. On Monday, some 20 students, mainly freshmen and a few sophomores, were sent home to quarantine because  they had come in contact with a staff member who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to Huerfano School District RE-1 Superintendent Mike Moore.
In addition, he said inclement weather predicted for Friday put the parade in doubt and Friday night’s homecoming football game cannot be played because opponent Sargent High School had to postpone because they are also in quarantine.
“The principal wants to ensure that all students and grade levels are able to participate,” Moore said.
He said the school will hold a homecoming, but the date has not yet been determined.

Oktoberfest schedule
LA VETA — Come on out and celebrate Autumn at the La Veta Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 2nd on La Veta Main Street.
9:45 a.m.    Color Guard. Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem
10 a.m.   Veteran’s Tribute
10:15 a.m. – 6 p.m. Bier Garten
10:15 a.m.   Music by the Alan Polivka Band begins
Noon.   First Prize Drawing
1 p.m.     Prize Drawing, Oktoberfest Royalty announced
1:45 p.m.     Twin Peaks Car Show Awards, 50/50 drawing
1:55 p.m.      Prize Drawing
2 p.m.      Music by the Rifters begins
3 p.m.      Prize Drawing
4 p.m.      Grand Prize Drawing
6 p.m.       Bier Garten Closes

JW Ranch Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo
LA VETA — The JW Ranch will be hosting a Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo the weekend of Oktoberfest in La Veta. Come and join us for a cup of hot apple cider and fall festivities!
The patch will be open between September 30th and October 4th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The ranch is located just south of La Veta off HWY 12 at 1769 Co Rd 430, La Veta, CO 81055.

Francisco Fort’s last weekend of the season
LA VETA — The Fort will be open for its last weekend of the season during Octoberfest.   A free T-shirt or hat for as long as supplies last on Saturday, October 2nd for all paid guests!   Thanks, La Veta and Huerfano County for a great season!
The La Veta Mercantile will be carrying select items from the Fort through the Fall and Winter seasons. Support the Fort! And see you all next year.

Eagles Breakfast/Brunch
WALSENBURG – Lady’s auxiliary 1187 will host community brunch on Sunday Oct. 3rd, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come join us for a delicious brunch! The cost is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child.  We will be serving something different this month. A yummy golden biscuit covered with creamy sausage gravy, eggs, and a sausage patty. Includes coffee or juice. Hope to see you there. We will continue to strive to support our community with the proceeds we receive from these brunch events.

Friends of the Library sale
WALSENBURG – The Friends of the Library are hosting a Book Sale on Thursday and Friday Oct. 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FOL could use your help in setting up books and sorting and closing up on Friday.  Hope to see you there!

Poetry at La Veta Library
LA VETA —  An Afternoon of Poetry in honor of The Unknown will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 3- 5p.m. at The La Veta Public Library. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information: Tom (743-3776) Robin(742-3398). Mask required.

New, beginning T’ai Chi classes at LVSA
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, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park.  Classes will be held Saturday mornings from 9-10    The cost is $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes as a donation.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail Peggy.Zehring@gmail.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

SPACe October show
LA VETA — Innder Idea Artists are dedicating their Oct show at SPACe to Rena Kaplowitz and to her speedy recovery. Opening celebration will be on Saturday, Oct. 9th  from 5-7p.m. everyone is invited.

New Hope Community Church Young People Rally
LA VETA —  A rally for young people of faith ages 12-18 will be celebrated Sunday, Oct. 17th at New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania from 5 to 7 p.m.
Peer support is vital for young people living out their faith in an increasingly faithless world. This event is designed to encourage young people to persist in fellowship with other like-minded teenagers. The Encourager Rally will begin  with food and fun activities. Music will be provided by the Majestic Praise Band of Pueblo, with a brief program to follow. Local attendees will be joined by youth from area churches. Adults are welcome to attend as well. For more information call Pastor Shults at 719-937-1989 or at pastor@hopeofwalsenburg.com.

LVPL Milagro Beanfield War Trifecta
LA VETA — A 3-part series exploring the Milagro Beanfield War will be presented at the La Veta Library on October 7th, 14th, and 21st.  Those are all Thursdays and the programs will begin at 2pm in the upstairs meeting room.
In 1974 John Nichol published a novel titled the Milagro Beanfield War, a comical yet heartfelt tale of one town’s resistance against a big business with political backing.  Now almost 50 years, the story still has relevance with the gentrification and scarcity of water being topics that have yet to be resolved.14 years later, Director Robert Redford turned the novel into a movie. Filmed in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional town of Milagro population 426 and tells one man’s struggle as he defends his small beanfield against big business and pressure from the state.
October 7- we will show the Milagro Beanfield War movie directed by Robert Redford.
October 14 – we will have a discussion guided by Bob Heffenhauser comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.
October 21 – Eugene Jacques from San Luis will be our guest speaker. Eugene is the  ” mayordomono” (steward) for the ditches with historical  water rights as well as bean farmer raising his great grandmother’s heritage beans. His story is both modern and ancient and not to be missed! Join us for any or all of the components for discussion and education.

Little Shop of Horrors Audition at FCPA
LA VETA — Tuesday, October 19; 5:00-8:00 pm; at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts at 127 W. Francisco Street, La Veta. Open to ages 14 and up, male and female. Come join the most exciting and talented community theatre around! If auditioning for the musical, please come with a prepared acapella vocal solo (max 2 minutes).
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring written information of past experiences in theatre, dance and/or voice. Sign-up for an audition time slot by texting only 719-989-1531 or 719-298-8701. Due to space limitations, please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your time slot.

Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir
LA VETA — Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is excited to once again offer a community singing experience.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. to talk about what our 2021-2022 season and rehearsal schedule will look like and determine what our “voicing” will be. THIS IS A NON-AUDITIONED CHOIR. Rehearsals will start in November. We are excited to see you all!

La Veta Library Scary Story Contest
LA VETA — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students and adults can enter in any or all of three categories with original entries: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! Submissions are due October 25. For more information, contact the library or email Stephanie at stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

LAS ANIMAS

Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Celebration Weekend Schedule
TRINIDAD  — This weekend between Friday October 1st and Sunday October 3rd, there will be a ton of events taking place in and around Trinidad in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Below is  a schedule of some of those activities.

Friday, October 1st
Period Dress and Window Decorating ~ weeklong ~ Participating Area Businesses
Daughters of the American Revolution Presentation ~ 11a.m. to 12p.m. ~ Kit Carson Park
Event Kickoff, Welcome, and Santa Fe Trail History ~ 4:30p.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Rex Rideout / Mark Gardner ~ 5p.m. to 5:45 p.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Trinidad First Friday Art Walk ~ 5p.m. to 8p.m. ~ Downtown Trinidad
Sponsor Recognition and Thank you to volunteers/supporting staff/community members ~ 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Rex Rideout / Mark Gardner ~ 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Main Street Stage
Main Street Live Performance ~ 7p.m. to 9 p.m. ~ Main Street Live!
Street Strollers (Bill Williamson as Bat Masterson and David Lamb as Kit Carson) ~ 5p.m. to 7p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field to Main Street
Marketplace Gallery Art Opening ~ 5p.m. to 7p.m. ~ Marketplace Gallery on Main Street

Saturday, October 2nd
Lifetime Fitness RAD Ride START ~ 7a.m. ~ Main Street
Rotary Club Flapjack Breakfast ~ 8a.m. ~ Miner’s Memorial Parking Lot
Chamber Lunch and Beer Garden ~ 11a.m. – 6p.m. ~ Miner’s Memorial Parking Lot
Buffalo Soldiers ~ 10a.m. – 11a.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
Blacksmithing (Mike Kerner) ~ 11a.m. to 4p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
Santa Fe Trail Stick Horse Race (ages 5-9) ~  11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
NPS Traders Trunk Youth Program ~ 11a.m. to 3p.m. ~ Bloom House Gardens
Gold Canyon Gunfighters and downtown mingle ~ 11a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ~ Main Street
Adobe Maker (Bents Fort) ~ 11a.m. to 5p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
Flintknapping (Levi Montoya) ~ 11a.m. to 5p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
Mariachis Performance ~11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ~ Main Street
Sweetwater Plains Indians Dancers ~ 12p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
El Grupo Baile Folklorico de El Fandango ~ 1:30 p.m. ~ Main Street
Aztlan Native American Performance ~ 2:30 p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
Benny Tahmahkera – Quanah Parker descendent ~ 4p.m – 4:30 p.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Colorado Springs Conservatory ~ 5p.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Main Street LIVE Performance ~ 7p.m. ~ 131 W. Main Street
Non-profit/Sponsor booths ~ 9a.m. to 7p.m. ~ Miner’s Memorial Park and Main Street
Street Strollers (Wild Bill Williamson as Bat Masterson and David Lamb as Kit Carson) ~ 5p.m. to 7p.m. ~ Main Street and Los Ninos Field

Sunday, October 3rd
Lifetime Fitness Run START ~ 7a.m. ~ Main and Commercial Streets
Rotary Club Flapjack Breakfast ~ 8a.m. ~ Miner’s Memorial Parking Lot
Talk by local Historian Levi Montoya ~ 9a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Sister Blandina Gardens ~ 10a.m. ~ 225 N. Commercial Street
Chamber Lunch ~ 11a.m. to 3p.m. ~ Miner’s Memorial Parking Lot
Buffalo Soldiers ~ 12 p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field
Gold Canyon Gunfighters and downtown mingle ~ 11a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ~ Main Street
Street Strollers ~ 10a.m. to 2p.m. ~ Main Street and Los Ninos Field
Colorado Springs Conservatory ~ 1p.m. ~ Main Street Stage
Santa Fe Trail Water Race (Youth Activity) ~ 3p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ~ Los Ninos Field

The RAD Dirt Fest
TRINIDAD  — The Rad Dirt Fest is taking place this weekend, October 2-3 in and around Trinidad. Keep your eyes peeled for additional bikers and runners, and give ‘em your support!
The ‘Rad Dirt Fest is a new off-road cycle and trail run event based in Trinidad, Colo. The ‘Rad marks the newest event conceptualized by the Life Time Events team, which owns and produces the famed UNBOUND Gravel, the storied Leadville Race Series and the new to-the-lineup Bentonville-based Big Sugar NWA Gravel. The ‘Rad Dirt Fest features impressive views of the Spanish Peaks, small town charm and miles of smooth gravel and trails.
The inaugural event, which will take place Oct. 2-3, 2021 will offer three distance options for athletes on fast, fun and clean gravel: a short 38-mile loop with 2,720 feet of elevation gain, a 90-mile course with 5,000 feet of climbing and a 162-mile grind with 10,800 feet of elevation gain. In its inaugural year, the trail run will take athletes on two scenic routes on the outskirts of Trinidad: an approachable half marathon option with 1,000 feet of elevation gain and a 50k route with 3,200 feet of climbing. As the town evolves and grows its trail network, the running courses will also evolve, allowing The ‘Rad to grow alongside the town of Trinidad.

Trinidad Housing Survey
TRINIDAD  — As Trinidad grows, we are faced with the challenge of creating new housing and facilitating the increase in economic activity that comes along with growth. Where that growth will take place and how will it change the character of existing neighborhoods is a question of great importance and one that is shaped by how the city regulates land use.
Now we are trying to allow for new growth that allows for aging in place and promotes economic
development and vibrancy, so we have launched a survey to guide our actions and align that growth with the community’s current values. Some changes may be popular city-wide, while others may only be popular and appropriate in certain neighborhoods or parts of town. The goal is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but to ensure that new development is attractive and serves the community’s current and future needs.
Please follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Trinidad

Bar NI Ranch Community Fund grant applications due soon
TRINIDAD  — This is a reminder that the Bar NI Ranch Community Fund grant applications are due September 30th.
Established in 2004 by the Cabot Family and the Bar NI Ranch, the Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund (BNI CSF) makes grant awards in the Purgatoire Valley area to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or organizations partnering with a 501(c)(3) organizations in education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and civic and public benefit. The BNI CSF Local Advisory Committee recommends grant awards to the fund trustees in areas that represent the most fitting community needs and best match the focus of our mission statement. Grants to programs sponsored by religious organizations may be funded if the program or activity is clearly distinguished from religious activities and if the program or activity is available to all denominations.
For more information and to receive an application, email tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

Senior Day at Books & More
TRINIDAD  — Friday and Saturday, October 1-2, 2021, are Senior Days at Books & More bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, CO.  Most items 50% off.  Store hours 11-4:30 Friday and 10-4 Saturday.  Phone 846-8522.

COLFAX

Colexico Experience:  Spaghetti & Western Film Festival
RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.
You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.

No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.

Colexico Experience Passes are going fast and all train seats must be reserved by October 1, 2021. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at spaghettiandwesterns.nightout.com

Upcoming Events for September 23, 2021

throughout our world

USDA Forest Service waives fees for National Public Lands Day & Veterans Day

OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming for two more days this year. Fees will be waived on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 25th.  Fees will also be waived in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.
The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

Donate to help build Animal Shelter

OUR WORLD  —  Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association has been collaborating with the City of Trinidad in opening a brand new, modern animal shelter. In order to get this done, they are running a $25,000 matching challenge until September 24th, so you can double your impact and help finish the new shelter.
To see a video about the shelter and to donate, visit www.coloradogives.org/25k35daysmatch.

Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Symposium – Volunteers Needed!

OUR WORLD  —  The Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial is a commemoration of a living part of the American Experience.  The Trail remains crucial to American history in all its many forms:  connecting people in commerce, conflict, and culture.  The Bicentennial creates opportunities for education, awareness, and exploration of the countless facets of the American Experience past, present, and future.
There will be numerous events relating to the Santa Fe Trail taking place in La Junta, Colorado from Wednesday Sept. 22nd – Sunday Sept. 26th.
Find out more at 2021sfts.com

HUERFANO

El Fandango performing Friday and Saturday in Pueblo, Oct 2 in Trinidad

HUERFANO — Walsenburg’s El Fandango dancers, the oldest folklorico group in Colorado, have an upcoming competition and performance.
They will be competing at the 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Folkloric Dance Competition.
The Level 2 competition is Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at CSU-Pueblo Hoag Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Level 3 competition is Saturday, Sept. 25,  starting at 8 a.m. Tickets are $10 which includes both days.
If you miss the chance to see them this weekend, the young ladies will be performing at Santa Fe Trail Days in Trinidad, on Saturday, October 2 at 1:30 pm .
Please come and show your support.

Huerfano Farmers Markets

HUERFANO COUNTY — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.
The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.
The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

New Library Director at SPLD

WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library board of trustees is excited and pleased to announce the appointment of  Andrew Schroeder to the position of library director.  Schroeder comes to us with both a bachelors and masters degree, experience in both the private sector and academia.  He brings a wealth of experience, contacts in many fields, and enthusiasm for his community.  Please help us welcome Schroeder to his new position.  The library is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 4 p.m. if you would like to stop by and meet him.

Story Time at SPLD

WALSENBURG – Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  It is open to children ages 0 – 12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Friday, September 24, Animal yoga
Friday, October 1, Fall

Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — On Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7p.m., Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore will be performing at La Veta Mercantile. At home in nearly any genre of music, Mollie O’Brien moves effortlessly between folk, blues and R&B. She has released a number of Americana albums with her brother, Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien. She is currently based in Denver, and regularly tours and performs with her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, as a duo. Together they have released one studio album, Saints and Sinners and a live CD, 900 Baseline. She has regularly appeared on shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and contributed vocals to the Grammy-winning album True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. Tickets are $18 advance or  $22 day of show.

Water Day & Water Conservancy District 50th Anniversary

HUERFANO COUNTY — In July, Lake Powell reached its lowest point in 50 years; Lake Mead is holding only about 30% of capacity. The West has been water challenged for a long time, and people in the big cities that rely on that water are starting to notice. What is the water situation and outlook locally for Huerfano County? Find out during Huerfano Water Day, which will be combined with the observance of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District 50 th Anniversary.
The free, all-day event will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Gardner Community Center, Gardner, CO. A ribbon cutting and tour of the new Sheep Mountain Augmentation Facility will be included. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts, will include lunch, and will feature speakers on water issues and updates for Huerfano County. See www.hcwcd.net for the full program. To reserve your spot and help with an accurate meal count, please RSVP by email with number of people attending to: hcwcdistrict@gmail.com. As an alternative, you may leave a message at (719) 742-5581.

Ribbon Cutting for Angie’s Express Liquor

WALSENBURG – Spanish Peaks Business Alliance and Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce are happy to announce a ribbon cutting for Angie’s Express Liquor (700 Walsen Ave. Walsenburg CO, 81089) to celebrate their grand opening, on September 25th at 2:30 p.m.
Angie’s Express Liquor is the only liquor store drive-in in the greater southwestern part of Colorado offering convenience, social distancing and fast, and friendly service. We have a great selection of wines with over 200 varieties to choose from. All your favorite beers are kept ice cold and the price of our spirits can’t be beat.
Angie’s Liquor Express Grand opening celebration will be from 2-6pm and offer live music, free BBQ and drinks, giveaways and prizes as well as some great sales on beer and wine. Join us at 2:30 for the ribbon cutting and stay for the party!

Kinetic Sculpture Class  at LVSA

LA VETA — On Saturday and Sunday Sept. 25 – 26, learn how natural forces such as wind, gravity, and hand movement are used in the creation of art.   You will create your own kinetic sculptures by identifying and capitalizing on these natural forces.  Must have some familiarity with hand and power tools.  This class is taught by Kenny Schneider  who created the wonderful locomotive engine wind sculpture on Main St. in La Veta.
Class costs $150 with a lab fee of $40.  Call 719-742-3421 or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com for more information or to register.

Ridgway Old West Fest

LA VETA — Ridgway’s Old West Fest closes out the summer September 24th-26th with a weekend jam-packed with fun and educational events for all ages. This year, Ridgway Old West features Colorado’s Carin Mari in concert.
Singer-songwriter Carin Mari will perform at 7p.m. Saturday September 25th.  Her concert has been recently moved to the Ouray County 4-H Events Center barn for an outdoor atmosphere.
Carin has toured for nine years with her brothers’ band as well as played lead guitar for Michael Martin Murphey’s Rio Grande Band.  She has released five albums and has won eight Colorado country music awards.
Admittance to her concert is included in the cost of the Festival Pass to the Ridgway Old West Fest.
A complete listing of all West Fest events can be found on the festival website, www.ridgwayoldwestfest.org.  Tickets are available on line at a discount when ordered in advance.  You can preview Carin at her website, carinmarimusic.com.

Gardening 101 at SPLD

WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library will be holding it’s monthly program, Gardening 101, on Sunday. Sept 26 at 1p.m. in the library meeting room.
This month’s topic is seed saving, preserving, canning, freezing and pickling.  It’s that time of year to harvest the fruits of your labor and keep them to enjoy through the winter, and seed saving can give you a head start on next year’s gardens as well as saving you money.
So, please be sure to join us!  There will be no class for October or November, so you won’t want to miss this one!

Call for singers!

LA VETA — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Southern Colorado’s premier Community Choir, will begin rehearsal for this year’s Christmas Cantata Concert on Tuesday, September 28, and if you love to sing, we would LOVE for you to join us.  Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 6:15p.m., at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street, in La Veta.  We’ll have sheet music and part-dominant cd’s for your ease of learning. In times like these, we all need to fill our cups to the brim with something happy-making.  We invite you to come fill your cup with us as we sing for joy! Please call 719-742-5333 with any questions or to let us know you’ll be there on the 28th!

Spanish Peaks Business Alliance Annual Membership Meeting and Board Elections

LA VETA — Join us at Second Street Bar & Grill (1399 CR 502 Walsenburg) September 29th at 5:30p.m. for the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance annual meeting and board elections! Food provided by Second Street and drinks available for purchase. We will network, present on the year’s accomplishments, and talk about how we can all grow together!

Artists Invited to Enter the Fall Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) invites artists working in all media to participate in the upcoming Fall Show. Artists are encouraged but not required to enter artwork that reflects the Fall season. Artwork may be brought to SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct.1 between 11 am and 2 pm. There is a nominal entry fee of $5 for each piece entered, with a limit of 4 per person. Oversized pieces are considered 2 entries. For complete details on show requirements, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org, call 719 742-3074 or visit in person.
The Clay, Glass and Fiber Show, along with exhibits of new works by Albert Anderson Clymer and Ted Shafer ends soon–Sat. Oct. 2. Don’t miss this great show!

SCCY Tamale Fundraiser

HUERFANO COUNTY — Who’s ready for some Tamales? SCCY is taking order for tamales by the dozen.
1 dozen pork and red chile – $20
1 dozen green chile and cheese vegetarian and gluten free – $20
1 pint of Myra’s yummy Chile – $8
Order on our Facebook Page: Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth or call us at 738-1573. Pick up on Friday, October 1st between 2p.m. and 6p.m. at 513 Main St in Walsenburg.

John Mall Homecoming Weekend

WALSENBURG – This year, Homecoming in Walsenburg is scheduled for the first weekend in October. The festivities will kick off on Friday, October 1st at 3p.m. with the Homecoming Parade, followed by the football game against the Sargent Farmers at the John Mall Sports Complex at 7p.m. The Homecoming Dance will take place on Saturday October 2nd at 7p.m.

La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA —Save the date Oct. 2 from 10 to 6, for La Veta’s most beloved celebration, Oktoberfest. The music  will be provided by the The Allen Polivka Band and the fabulous Rifters.  As always the event will be held on Main Street in La Veta and is free to the public.  There will be a Biergarten, vendors, food, a special tribute to our veterans and La Veta Royalty plus the Two Peaks Rodder’s car show and a jeep expo. Fun times for the entire family!

Eagles Breakfast/Brunch

WALSENBURG – Lady’s auxiliary 1187 will host community brunch on Sunday October 3rd, 2021 from 11a.m. – 1p.m. Come join us for a delicious brunch! The cost is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child.  We will be serving something different this month. A yummy golden biscuit covered with creamy sausage gravy, eggs, and a sausage patty. Includes coffee or juice. Hope to see you there. We will continue to strive to support our community with the proceeds we receive from these brunch events.

La Veta Library Programs

LA VETA — Time to start reading!!  The La Veta Public Library is coll  Collaborating with the Mt.Rose Health Center’s Mindful Aging Program and will be presenting a 3 part program exploring the movie, the book and the issues presented in John Nichols story about the “Milagro Beanfield War”. The issues around water rights and gentrification are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago when the book was published. The book has been called funny, irreverent and wondrously fresh and alive.  The La Veta Library has copies available for you to check out and partake in this fun community read. Upcoming events at 2pm in the LVPL meeting room are:
October 7- we will show the Milagro Beanfield War movie directed by Robert Redford.
October 14 – we will have a guided discussion comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.
October 21 – we will have a guest speaker form San Luis who is a modern day bean farmer committed to farming in the old ways.

La Veta Library Scary Story Contest

LA VETA — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students and adults can enter in any or all of three categories with original entries: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! Submissions are due October 25. For more information, contact the library or email Stephanie at stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

LAS ANIMAS  

It’s this Sunday: Open House at Temple Aaron of Trinidad

TRINIDAD  — All are welcome to come visit Temple Aaron at our Open House Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 am – 1 pm.  This is an informal, casual gathering to welcome the community and share the beauty of the Temple with anyone interested in visiting or learning more about its rich history and current evolution. This event is held in conjunction with Club 190’s weekend of events, Trails to Trinidad, but is open to the entire community.
Please stop by between 10 am – 1 pm for bagels & lox, a tour with Rabbi Lennick, conversation with board members, and the opportunity to take in the beauty and history that makes Temple Aaron so special.
Location: 407 S. Maple St, Trinidad CO.

Trinidad Housing Survey

TRINIDAD  — As Trinidad grows, we are faced with the challenge of creating new housing and facilitating the increase in economic activity that comes along with growth. Where that growth will take place and how will it change the character of existing neighborhoods is a question of great importance and one that is shaped by how the city regulates land use.
Now we are trying to allow for new growth that allows for aging in place and promotes economic
development and vibrancy, so we have launched a survey to guide our actions and align that growth with the community’s current values. Some changes may be popular city-wide, while others may only be popular and appropriate in certain neighborhoods or parts of town. The goal is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but to ensure that new development is attractive and serves the community’s current and future needs.
Please follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Trinidad

Chamber seeks Board Members

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Board of Directors of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce is calling for board members for 2022.
If you want to play a bigger role in improving the business climate in our region and in helping our local business succeed, please get connected with us.
For more information, contact the chamber at chamber@tlacchamber.org, or call (719) 846-9285.

“Murder on Main Street” opens at Main Street Live

TRINIDAD  — “Murder on Main Street” opened Friday Sept 17 at 7p.m. and runs two weekends on Fridays & Saturdays only at 7.p.m.
It’s a cold case murder mystery from 1947 that you will solve with clues, autopsy reports, interviews, and testimony.  You’ll have a blast! $10 admission  Tickets online at mainstreetlive.org   General seating.

National Book Festival Events

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Library of Congress is hosting the annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., from September 17th through 26th. This year, they are taking special pains to reach out to local libraries to help them present programming from the festival. Trinidad Public Library is excited to present six interviews with featured authors recorded at the festival. We’ve chosen authors from a variety of genres, including children’s, young adult and adult literature. Here’s a brief schedule:
On Friday, Sept. 24th at 3p.m. at the Freudenthal Library, room 312, there will be a viewing of the interview with Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas, authors of the Wow in the World series.
On Saturday, Sept. 25th at 1p.m., there will be a remote Zoom viewing of the interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, author of adult fiction books like The Remains of the Day.
If you have any questions, contact Tom Potter by emailing tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov or call 719-846-6841

“Trails to Trinidad” Benefit

TRINIDAD  — Help support Trinidad’s historic 1908 Fox West Theatre and Fishers Peak State Park by taking part in Trails to Trinidad, a day long festival that takes place virtually and in-person on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
You can start the day with a tour of a historic synagogue built in 1889 from 10a.m. – 1p.m. Bagels, lox and conversation can be enjoyed for just $10 at Temple Aaron which is located at 407 S. Maple Street and is known as the most historic synagogue in the Mountain West.
A free public gathering will launch Trails to Trinidad at the Miner’s Museum Courtyard from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy food carts, merchandise from local vendors, live music, Trinidad’s own Art Cars and activities for the kids.
From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., a Telethon will be broadcast from the Fox West Theatre and Upswing Gallery that will feature musical acts and entertainment. Jay Gillespie, host of Trinidad’s Cougar Nights, will emcee the event which will be live streamed across multiple media platforms including the Fox West Theatre’s Facebook page and YouTube channel bringing together audiences from across the country.
Watch parties are planned at the TriniDAD Lounge and in private homes up and down the Front Range and across the country. Participants are encouraged to post photos and use the hashtag #TrailsToTrinidad.
Learn more at www.foxwesttheatre.com

Bar NI Ranch Community Fund grant applications due soon

TRINIDAD  — This is a reminder that the Bar NI Ranch Community Fund grant applications are due September 30th.
Established in 2004 by the Cabot Family and the Bar NI Ranch, the Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund (BNI CSF) makes grant awards in the Purgatoire Valley area to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or organizations partnering with a 501(c)(3) organizations in education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and civic and public benefit. The BNI CSF Local Advisory Committee recommends grant awards to the fund trustees in areas that represent the most fitting community needs and best match the focus of our mission statement. Grants to programs sponsored by religious organizations may be funded if the program or activity is clearly distinguished from religious activities and if the program or activity is available to all denominations.
For more information and to receive an application, email tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

COLFAX

Colexico Experience: Spaghetti & Western Film Festival

RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.
You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.
No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.
Colexico Experience Passes are going fast and all train seats must be reserved by October 1, 2021. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at spaghettiandwesterns.nightout.com

Events for September 16, 2021

throughout our world

Donate to help build Animal Shelter

OUR WORLD  —  Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association has been collaborating with the City of Trinidad in opening a brand new, modern animal shelter. In order to get this done, they are running a $25,000 matching challenge until September 24th, so you can double your impact and help finish the new shelter.
To see a video about the shelter and to donate, visit www.coloradogives.org/25k35daysmatch.

Construction Technology at Trinidad State

OUR WORLD  — Students will earn five college credit-hours over the four weeks based on a construction curriculum designed by the National Council for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students will learn safety, construction math, reading blue prints, operating hand tools and power tools and more during morning classes.  Then in the afternoon they will apply what they’ve learned in a supervised real-world setting, earning three more college credit-hours. Depending on the condition of the house, students can expect to learn about demolition, framing, sheetrock, painting and flooring. (total 8 credit hours)
The program consists of eight credit hours: five credit hours in NCCER Core Curriculum (CON157) and three credit hours of carpentry clinical (CAR170). Students who have previously completed the NCCER Core Curriculum will take the three-credit-hour clinical construction lab only (CAR270) in the place of
CON157 and CAR170.
Upcoming four-week classes are scheduled to start on Sept. 20, 2021, Oct. 25, 2021, and Jan. 17, 2022. Those 16 years of age and older are eligible to apply.

Free construction skills course at PCC’s Pueblo  Corporate College

OUR WORLD  — If you or someone you know is looking to expand their skill set and work in the construction trades, this training is for you! Usually this training is $2,000, but we secured funds to offer this training at NO COST to participants!
Learn about construction career skills, construction math and measurement, intro to hand and power tools, material handling, forklift safety, and more!
Contact Alejandra at alejandra.deanda@pueblocc.edu

HUERFANO

Encore showing of Candyman at Fox

WALSENBURG – This Friday at 3pm the Fox Theatre will show Candyman,  a horror film that is rated R with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes.
In present day Chicago, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman.
The regular showtimes for this weekend will be Shang-Chi and the ten Rings

Huerfano Farmers Markets

HUERFANO COUNTY — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.
The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.
The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

Free Bicycle Repair Clinic
LA VETA — need a new tube? Lube? Bring your bikes and trikes to the Spanish Peaks Cycling bicycle repair clinic, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2-6 p.m., to get them fixed for free!  In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St in La Veta.
Donations always appreciated to help us purchase more bike parts. For questions, email info@spcycling.org

Learn about Medicinal Plants at SPL

WALSENBURG – On Thursday, Sept. 16th at 1p.m. at the Walsenburg Library, Teresa de Jesus Vigil from San Luis will be sharing her immense knowledge about the natural pharmacy of healing plants in our area. Teresa is nationally recognized for her not only her work with the plants, but she also is a storyteller and poet. Teresa is known for her healing work as a curandero throughout the San Luis Valley. Although there is no charge for this program, a $10 donation is suggested. This special program is brought to you by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation that are partnering in a Mindful Aging Program. Contact Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271 for more information.

Listening Session: Rural Colorado Small Business

WALSENBURG – Please join Small Business Majority and My One Hour Office on Thursday, September 16th at 5:30p.m. at 523 Main Street in Walsenburg as we host a listening session to hear directly from small business owners in rural areas about what matters most, what’s working well, what challenges they are facing, what could make things better, and what are the highest priority solutions that should be pursued.
We are looking for small business owners, solo entrepreneurs, or freelancers to join us to share their stories and perspectives. As businesses begin to reopen, we want to hear from you about:
What challenges did you face during the pandemic? What challenges are you currently facing? How your business is faring today? What policies are most important to you as a small business owner?
During the session we will also share resources for navigating safely reopening your small business and innovative ways to build consumer confidence. This feedback will inform our organizations on preparation for outreach strategies, programmatic needs, technical assistance, and accessible program delivery for rural small business owners.

Old Fashioned Camp Meeting Encore

LA VETA — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble is giving an encore presentation of their Old Fashioned Camp Meeting concert, including an Elvis Presley gospel tune, “On the Jericho Road” on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at 6 p.m., at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street, La Veta, Colorado.

Story Time at SPLD

WALSENBURG – Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  It is open to children ages 0 – 12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Friday, September 17, NO STORY TIME Ms. Sherry will be out of town.
Friday, September 24, Animal yoga
Friday, October 1, Fall

Co-ed Kickball Season Beginning

HUERFANO COUNTY — Coed Kickball will begin Sunday, Sept. 19 and go for six weeks, weather permitting. Kickball will take place every Sunday starting at 3p.m. on the Fiesta Park Softball Field at 928 Russell in Walsenburg.
For details contact Josh at jhouse@huerfano.us or at 719 738 3000 ext 114.

Concerts at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — On Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Patsy O’Brien will be performing at Deerprint Wine. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey (The Irish Examiner) once declared guitarist Patsy O’Brien to be “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret.”  He is an award-winning songwriter with five critically acclaimed CDs to his credit. He has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and is one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists. Born in Co. Cork, Ireland, Patsy began performing his genre-hopping, blues and jazz influenced originals in clubs throughout Ireland. He then took his extraordinary talents to the United States.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Sandpainting at LVSA

LA VETA — On Saturday, Sept. 18th and Sunday, Sept. 19th there will be a sand painting workshop held at the La Veta School of the Arts.
This class is an exploration of the symbolism, balance, harmony and symmetry used to create the traditional sand paintings of many cultures.  The first day will be spent learning about the sand painting in many cultures in the world.
The second day will be spent creating original sand paintings.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the cultural values portrayed and how sand paintings have helped sand artists find balance in their own lives.  Class fee is $150.  Lab fee  of $15 will pay for all supplies.  This class is taught by Sharona Nova who is an avid student of world cultures that use sand painting to express their values and traditions. For more info or to register call 719-742-3421 or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com.

Concerts at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA —The Spanish PeakOn Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. acoustic trio hONEyhoUSe will be performing at La Veta Mercantile. hONEyhoUSe combines the talents of award-winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, “hONEyhoUSe” seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with their original creations embracing blues, soul, folk and Americana into one sweet Honeyhouse of music. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of the show.
On Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7p.m., Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore will be performing at La Veta Mercantile. At home in nearly any genre of music, Mollie O’Brien moves effortlessly between folk, blues and R&B. She has released a number of Americana albums with her brother, Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien. She is currently based in Denver, and regularly tours and performs with her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, as a duo. Together they have released one studio album, Saints and Sinners and a live CD, 900 Baseline. She has regularly appeared on shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and contributed vocals to the Grammy-winning album True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. Tickets are $18 advance or  $22 day of show.

Register: Spanish Peaks Half Marathon

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks 3rd Annual Half Marathon will be  Sunday, Sept. 19, with the half marathon and relay at 8:30 a.m., and the fun run at 9 a.m.
Information at www.twopeaksfitness.org/running-events. Registration at www.active.com.
Scholarships for the half marathon and relay available for teens; contact info@twopeaksfitness.org to register.

Friends of the Library Meeting

WALSENBURG – Friends of the Library, there will be a meeting on Sept. 20 at 1p.m. in the conference room of the Spanish Peaks Library at 415 Walsen Ave in Walsenburg. The meeting itself will be fairly short, and then there will be painting and making of signs to use for book sales.
Anyone who wants to come and help, you are welcomed. Please remember to bring any left-over paint, brushes and old rags you have on hand. Anyone who wants to be a part of Friends of the Library, join us every month. We could use your ideas to make a better program. Thank you.

Water Day & Water Conservancy District 50th Anniversary

HUERFANO COUNTY — In July, Lake Powell reached its lowest point in 50 years; Lake
Mead is holding only about 30% of capacity. The West has been water challenged for a long time, and people in the big cities that rely on that water are starting to notice. What is the water situation and outlook locally for Huerfano County? Find out during Huerfano Water Day, which will be combined with the observance of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District 50 th Anniversary.
The free, all-day event will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Gardner Community Center, Gardner, CO. A ribbon cutting and tour of the new Sheep Mountain Augmentation Facility will be included. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts, will include lunch, and will feature speakers on water issues and updates for Huerfano County. See www.hcwcd.net for the full program. To reserve your spot and help with an accurate meal count, please RSVP by email with number of people attending to: hcwcdistrict@gmail.com. As an alternative, you may leave a message at (719) 742-5581.

Kinetic Sculpture Class  at LVSA

LA VETA — On Saturday and Sunday Sept. 25 – 26, learn how natural forces such as wind, gravity, and hand movement are used in the creation of art.   You will create your own kinetic sculptures by identifying and capitalizing on these natural forces.  Must have some familiarity with hand and power tools.  This class is taught by Kenny Schneider  who created the wonderful locomotive engine wind sculpture on Main St. in La Veta.
Class costs $150 with a lab fee of $40.  Call 719-742-3421 or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com for more information or to register.

Ridgway Old West Fest

LA VETA — Ridgway’s Old West Fest closes out the summer September 24th-26th with a weekend jam-packed with fun and educational events for all ages. This year, Ridgway Old West features Colorado’s Carin Mari in concert.
Singer-songwriter Carin Mari will perform at 7p.m. Saturday September 25th.  Her concert has been recently moved to the Ouray County 4-H Events Center barn for an outdoor atmosphere.
Carin has toured for nine years with her brothers’ band as well as played lead guitar for Michael Martin Murphey’s Rio Grande Band.  She has released five albums and has won eight Colorado country music awards.
Admittance to her concert is included in the cost of the Festival Pass to the Ridgway Old West Fest.
A complete listing of all West Fest events can be found on the festival website, www.ridgwayoldwestfest.org.  Tickets are available on line at a discount when ordered in advance.  You can preview Carin at her website, carinmarimusic.com.

Gardening 101 at SPLD

WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library will be holding it’s monthly program, Gardening 101, on Sunday. Sept 26 at 1p.m. in the library Meeting Room.
This month’s topic is seed saving, preserving, canning, freezing and pickling.  It’s that time of year to harvest the fruits of your labor and keep them to enjoy through the winter, and seed saving can give you a head start on next year’s gardens as well as saving you money.
So, please be sure to join us!  There will be no class for October or November, so you won’t want to miss this one!

SCCY Tamale Fundraiser

HUERFANO COUNTY — Who’s ready for some Tamales? SCCY is taking order for tamales by the dozen.
1 dozen pork and red chile – $20
1 dozen green chile and cheese vegetarian and gluten free – $20
1 pint of Myra’s yummy Chile – $8
Order on our Facebook Page: Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth or call us at 738-1573. Pick up on Friday, October 1st between 2p.m. and 6p.m. at 513 Main St in Walsenburg.

John Mall Homecoming Weekend

WALSENBURG – This year, Homecoming in Walsenburg is scheduled for the first weekend in October. The festivities will kick off on Friday, October 1st at 3p.m. with the Homecoming Parade, followed by the football game against the Sargent Farmers at the John Mall Sports Complex at 7p.m. The Homecoming Dance will take place on Saturday October 2nd at 7p.m.

La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA —Save the date Oct. 2 from 10 to 6, for La Veta’s most beloved celebration, Oktoberfest. The music  will be provided by the The Allen Polivka Band and the fabulous Rifters.  As always the event will be held on Main Street in La Veta and is free to the public.  There will be a Biergarten, vendors, food, a special tribute to our veterans and La Veta Royalty plus the Two Peaks Rodder’s car show and a jeep expo. Fun times for the entire family!

La Veta Library Programs

LA VETA — Time to start reading!!  The La Veta Public Library is coll  Collaborating with the Mt.Rose Health Center’s Mindful Aging Program and will be presenting a 3 part program exploring the movie, the book and the issues presented in John Nichols story about the “Milagro Beanfield War”. The issues around water rights and gentrification are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago when the book was published. The book has been called funny, irreverent and wondrously fresh and alive.  The La Veta Library has copies available for you to check out and partake in this fun community read. Upcoming events at 2pm in the LVPL meeting room are:
October 7- we will show the Milagro Beanfield War movie directed by Robert Redford.
October 14 – we will have a guided discussion comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.
October 21 – we will have a guest speaker form San Luis who is a modern day bean farmer committed to farming in the old ways.

LAS ANIMAS  

Chamber seeks Board Members

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Board of Directors of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce is calling for board members for 2022.
If you want to play a bigger role in improving the business climate in our region and in helping our local business succeed, please get connected with us.
For more information, contact the chamber at chamber@tlacchamber.org, or call (719) 846-9285.

“Murder on Main Street” opens at Main Street Live

TRINIDAD  — “Murder on Main Street” opens Friday Sept 17 at 7p.m. and runs two weekends on Fridays & Saturdays only.
It’s a cold case murder mystery from 1947 that you will solve with clues, autopsy reports, interviews, and testimony.  You’ll have a blast! $10 admission  Tickets online at mainstreetlive.org   General seating.

National Book Festival Events

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Library of Congress is hosting the annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., from September 17th through 26th. This year, they are taking special pains to reach out to local libraries to help them present programming from the festival. Trinidad Public Library is excited to present six interviews with featured authors recorded at the festival. We’ve chosen authors from a variety of genres, including children’s, young adult and adult literature. Here’s a brief schedule:
On Friday, Sept. 17th, at 3p.m. at TSC’s Freudenthal Library, room 312, there will be a viewing of the interview with YA graphic novelist Trung Le Nguyen, author of the Magic Fish.
On Saturday, Sept. 18th, at 1p.m. there will be a remote Zoom viewing of the interview with Tana French, author of adult mystery books such as The Searcher and The Likeness.
On Monday, Sept. 20th at 6p.m., there will be a viewing of the interview in the main toom of the Carnegie Public Library with Michael J Fox, actor and author of adult non-fiction books such as No Time Like the Future.
On Wednesday, Sept. 22nd at 10a.m. at the Freudenthal Library, Seminar room A, there will be a viewing of the interview with Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School series.
On Friday, Sept. 24th at 3p.m. at the Freudenthal Library, room 312, there will be a viewing of the interview with Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas, authors of the Wow in the World series.
On Saturday, Sept. 25th at 1p.m., there will be a remote Zoom viewing of the interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, author of adult fiction books like The Remains of the Day.
If you have any questions, contact Tom Potter by emailing tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov or call 719-846-6841
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts Diez y Seis de Septiembre Event

TRINIDAD  — Save the date for Las Animas County
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre event!   There will be food, music, and fun Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Park. For more info call Yolanda at 719-846-8234.

“Trails to Trinidad” Benefit

TRINIDAD  — Help support Trinidad’s historic 1908 Fox West Theatre and Fishers Peak State Park by taking part in Trails to Trinidad, a day long festival that takes place virtually and in-person on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
You can start the day with a tour of a historic synagogue built in 1889 from 10a.m. – 1p.m. Bagels, lox and conversation can be enjoyed for just $10 at Temple Aaron which is located at 407 S. Maple Street and is known as the most historic synagogue in the Mountain West.
A free public gathering will launch Trails to Trinidad at the Miner’s Museum Courtyard from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy food carts, merchandise from local vendors, live music, Trinidad’s own Art Cars and activities for the kids.
From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., a Telethon will be broadcast from the Fox West Theatre and Upswing Gallery that will feature musical acts and entertainment. Jay Gillespie, host of Trinidad’s Cougar Nights, will emcee the event which will be live streamed across multiple media platforms including the Fox West Theatre’s Facebook page and YouTube channel bringing together audiences from across the country.
Watch parties are planned at the TriniDAD Lounge and in private homes up and down the Front Range and across the country. Participants are encouraged to post photos and use the hashtag #TrailsToTrinidad.
Learn more at www.foxwesttheatre.com

COLFAX

Colexico Experience: Spaghetti & Westtern Film Festival

RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.
You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.

No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.
Colexico Experience Passes are going fast and all train seats must be reserved by October 1, 2021. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at spaghettiandwesterns.nightout.com