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Trinidad Kiwanis get ready to smash some cars

by David J. Santivestan Jr.

TRINIDAD — The Kiwanis Club of Trinidad’s once crazy and unique idea has become one of the fall season’s marquee events in Trinidad & Las Animas County. The event will once again come to a loud and crashing reality this Saturday afternoon, so get ready for some loud engines’ roars and some cars and trucks bang’n and smash’n as the Kiwanis Club of Trinidad get set to host its Annual Demolition Derby Kiwanis fundraiser in Trinidad, at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. The day of fun starts at 2 pm this Saturday October 6.

“I really thought something like this might work in Trinidad, after I went to a demolition derby in Pueblo,” Brian Blasi of the Kiwanis Club of Trinidad and event organizer said. “The event was cool and I thought it would be a great way to raise money for our Trinidad Kiwanis Club. It gives our community a family event to go see.”

Blasi pitched the crazy idea at the local Kiwanis Club about two years ago, hoping to use a fun event like a demo day to raise money for Kiwanis Kids sponsored and run programs. He first wanted to do a 4th of July fundraiser fireworks event, but that was already in works, so he thought about the next best thing.

“I was talking to my cousins out in Kansas and found out their uncle put on demolition derby so I contacted him, and he gave me all the info on how to run a derby. Our Kiwanis Club has been so supportive; the members, both years, have done a great job in organizing, getting sponsors, and promoting the event. They all have worked hard to put this on for the community and I thank them for their dedication and hard work.”

This year the Kiwanis have hired a contractor to put the demolition derby on. All vehicles that participate in the derby are inspected and judged to make sure they’re safe for all competitors and spectators.

There are four divisions: the mini-car division, the regular car division, the truck, and SUV division, and the Powder Puff division, a women’s race. ”Last year there were 44 cars. Blasi expects a lot more to participate in this year’s event.

Kiwanis Club organizers will also partner with local fire departments and the Trinidad Ambulance District to make sure they’re on site for the whole event. About 1,000 people watched last year’s derby. This year there will be around 30 Kiwanis Club member volunteers, community volunteers, and a good number of sponsors helping out, along with those helping to remove cars from the arena.

Tickets are on pre-sale for $10. Check out the Trinidad Event Facebook page, e-mail Blasi at blasi.brian@mail.com, or call him at 719-253-2163. You can also buy your tickets the day of the event for $15 each. There will also be a $2 parking fee.

Activities & Events for week of October 4, 2018

HUERFANO

Huerfano Coalition meeting today

WALSENBURG — The monthly luncheon of the Huerfano County Communication Coalition is today, Thursday, October 4 at noon at the Huerfano County Community Center, 10th and Russell. The luncheon is free. If you would like to be on the agenda, please call Debbie Channel at 719-250-9367 or email her at dchannel@sprhc.org. This is a new year and dues are due, $10 for the 2018-2019 year.

 

Pet blessing at Cuchara Chapel

CUCHARA — There will be a Pet Blessing at the Cuchara Chapel today, Thursday, October 4 at Noon, which is the Feast Day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals.

 

VFC and Dorcas Circle food drive at First Choice

WALSENBURG — Friday, October 5 is October’s food pantry collection at First Choice Market. The drive will be held from 1 to 5 pm and is sponsored by Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community. Please bring non-perishable food items, pet food, and personal hygiene items to help those who are in need of a little help. Drop items at First Choice, buy them at the market and/or monetary gifts are also much appreciated. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Your help is needed as the cooler weather is upon us. Thanking you in advance, Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community.

 

The Home Fires at Deerprint

LA VETA — The Home Fires will perform at Deerprint Wine and Bistro Friday, October 5, 6 pm. This Americana duo is based in Minneapolis and is comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they un- earthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah’s clear, melodic voice and Vicky’s warm, weathered harmony. Tickets are $12 available at the Deerprint website.

 

Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

LA VETA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is again holding a 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, October 6, beginning at 8:30 am. Entry fee is $20 per individual; proceeds fund scholarships for graduating La Veta High School seniors. The event begins and ends at La Veta Town Park. Register at http://tinyurl.com/oktoberfest5K.

 

Oktoberfest Blood Drive

LA VETA — The La Veta Fire Protection District will host the Oktoberfest Bonfils Mobile Blood Drive on Saturday, October 6 from 10 am to 2 pm, 100 Block of East Ryus Ave. by the A.T.M. Interested donors wishing to donate a unit of life-saving blood are invited to call Sue Pezze at 719-742-3239 (cell 719- 989-7931) or 1-800-365-0006 Opt. 2 to schedule an appointment. ‘Walk-ins’ are also welcomed but appointments are recommended.

 

La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA — If you haven’t been to La Veta’s Oktoberfest, you’re missing a great event! This year, Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, beginning at 10 am. The 32nd Oktoberfest includes a car show, German band, dancing in the street all day long, over 60 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a Veteran’s tribute, and a German Biergarten.

 

After Oktoberfest concert at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us after the Oktoberfest festivities for live

music and German beer Saturday, October 6, 6 pm featuring Ken Saydak and Friends at La Veta Mercantile.

 

CappTon Reid at The Dog Bar

CUCHARA — CappTon Reid will play The Dog Bar Saturday, October 6, beginning at 8:30 pm. The night following La Veta’s Oktoberfest has been described as “insane.” Come out and enjoy the evening. Food & drinks available for purchase.

 

River: A local La Veta musician at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us at LVM for an intimate Sunday afternoon, Sunday, October 7, 2 pm with La Veta local and singer/songwriter River as she makes her La Veta Mercantile debut. Enchanting and inspiring, her lyrics are imbued with deep emotion for global awareness and an intense desire to bring about change. Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

Care n’ Share food distribution

WALSENBURG — The next Huerfano County Care n Share food distribution will be Tues Oct 9 at Delaney Hall (new hall behind St Mary’s Church on E 7th St) 10 to about 11:30 am. Food distributed on first come first serve basis. Picture ID required. Please bring own box or bags.

 

Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4 to 5 pm on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at the Spanish Peaks Library at 415 Walsen Avenue in Walsenburg. The next date for the clinic is October 9. Please note the new times for 2018.

By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming dates in 2018 are: November 13; December 11, 2018.

 

Tuesday Boot Camp at WU

WALSENBURG — Boot Camp with Michael Reynolds every Tuesday night from 5:30-6:30 pm. No experience needed, just the desire to get fit!

 

Huerfano County Republican monthly meeting

WALSENBURG — This month is a very important time to come to the meeting! Lola Spradley, former Speaker of the House for Colorado, will be going over the 85 pages of amendments and propositions on the ballot this November. It is critical you know what you are voting for or against. Join us, Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street in Walsenburg. We gather at 5:30 pm for a meet and greet. Then, after the meeting, join us for dinner at La Plaza Inn. Be there and be prepared.

 

Health Fair blood draw time

WALSENBURG — SPRHC and the Health Foundation bring you the annual Huerfano County Health Fair, Saturday, October 20. Low-cost blood tests are available before the fair so folks can get consultations from health professionals about their blood tests at the fair. The final blood draws for this year’s fair will be held next week, Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, 7 to 10 am at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue.

Tests offered are: Hemoglobin A1C, $10; Chemistry panel, $25; CBC $10; PSA, $25; and Vitamin D, $20. Remember to fast 10 to 12 hours prior to testing and drink plenty of water! For more information please call 719-738-5200.

 

WOW Wednesday

LA VETA — Join us on Wednesday, October 10 for Walk or Wheel Wednesday in La Veta to celebrate National Walk to School Day! Volunteers on foot or bike are needed to escort students to school. Everyone has a blast and the students look forward to their rewards. Please let Marilyn Russell know if you are able to volunteer.

 

‘YES on 4A’ information social

LA VETA — Wondering about La Veta School’s future? The Committee to Support La Veta Schools invites you to get the facts on Wednesday, October 10, 6 to 8 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Cash bar and information! Join us to ask, hear, and dis- cuss our facilities. The Yes on 4A committee hopes you will join us.

 

Adult Co-ed Basketball at WU

WALSENBURG — Adult Co-ed Basketball every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 pm at Washington Underground gym. Get off the couch and join the fun!

 

La Veta Library seeks input for adult programs

LA VETA — It takes a community to make a great library! As we once again start our adult programing series in October, LVPL would love to have your input. If there is a program that you would like to see or present, a topic that you would like to explore or any ideas that you think might be helpful, Mitzi Kearns would be delighted to hear your thoughts. You may contact her at mitzilvpl@gmail.com or call 719-742-3572. “I think that, it is going to be a great season and I look forward to hearing from you.”

 

La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA — La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, October 11, 8 am at the La Veta School library, 126 E. Garland.

 

After school nutrition and fitness

WALSENBURG — Join the fun at the after School Nutrition and Fitness program at Washington Underground. It is held Monday-Friday 4:30 to 5:30pm. Have fun working out with Michael and eating a nutritious snack! Classes are limited to 10 students so call to reserve your spot today! Sign up by calling (719) 738-9890

 

Call for submissions for Ancestors Exhibition at MOF

WALSENBURG — Dear artist and friends please consider submitting your work for an exhibition scheduled to open October 27 from 3 until 7 pm entitled “Ancestors at Museum of Friends. This show is the Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration with dance, music and food. This exhibition has been planned to acknowledge those who have passed and the people left behind who cope with loss. Loss is part of all of our shared experience. However this past summer in Huerfano County brought the Spring Creek Fire and its aftermath. This was more than most of us were prepared to comprehend. Work must be submitted by Saturday, October 13.

In respect to those who were affected by the fire and being evacuated and many who lost their homes, the Museum of Friends is inviting artists to create a new installation that explores mourning, loss or any aspect of the memory of ancestors.

Each participant will be given an approximate 10’ space to fill with photographs, xeroxes, giclee prints, original art, sculpture, fabric works and material ephemera or objects that reference the ancestor who has passed.

Please see artist submission form for relevant dates and information or give us a call to discuss your idea and how it may fit in with the show: 719-738-2858 or visit www.museumoffriends.org or email: info@museumoffriends.org

IMPORTANT DATES for the show: October 13-Deadline for receipt of completed entry form, entry fee, and images; October 16 through 23- artists hang their installation except (MoF closed on 21 & 22); October 27-Ancestor Exhibition opens to the public from 3 to 7 pm., music, dance and refreshments; January 26-Exhibition Closes.

 

Art welding at LVSA

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts is pleased to offer a two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14. This intensive two-day class will give students a hands-on introduction to gas and mig welding techniques for creating found-object and mild-steel sculpture. Learn common methods for cutting steel. Welding safety will be emphasized. Commonly implemented arts metal techniques will be discussed/demonstrated in detail. On day two, the instructor will assist you in creating a sculpture from found objects that you have brought for that purpose. In- structor Doug Anderson teaches this popular and long-running workshop. He started studying art and illustration through high school and college. He was drafted and trained as a welder/metal fabricator, where he graduated at the top of his ship fitter class, before being sent to Vietnam. In 1985, he established an art welding/fabrication shop called the Iron Horse where he created art pieces designed around Indian artifacts, as well as ornamental railings using flat bar steel. In 2001, he brought his business to Walsenburg, CO. Doug collaborated with artist Laura Audrey on a large outdoor sculpture in front of the music building at UC Boulder called “Stop & Rest.” All classes take place at LVSA, on Ryus Ave. across from town park. Tuition is $150, plus $60 lab/supplies fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. For more information call 719-746-2252, write LVArtSchool@yahoo.com, or visit the website at www.LVSA.org

 

LiveWell Huerfano County Fiesta Park Clean Up

WALSENBURG — Join us Saturday, October 13, 10 am-12 pm at Fiesta Park (behind Community Center at end of Russell Street) for a litter pick up. Please help us keep our Adopt- a-Park looking good and being a safe place for our children to play in. Let’s take pride in our community and be part of the solution! Come help us make Fiesta park shine and meet other community spirited folks!! Thank you!!

 

American Legion benefit

WALSENBURG — The Millicent Dubois Trio and The Barony of Aarquelle (Society of Creative Anachronisms) will be sponsoring a benefit event tor The American Legion Post 16 on Saturday, October 13 at Washington School from 9:30 am to 1 pm. There will be a free concert at 10 am followed by refreshments and a chance to view the various arts and crafts done by the Barony and the SCA. Do- nations will be accepted for the American Legion to help them in their work to aid the veterans in our community.

 

Public Square Rosary in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Please join the 2018 Public Square Rosary Crusade Saturday, October 13, 12 pm at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion. We ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

 

David Starr at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — David Starr owns a thriving guitar store in the heart of Cedaredge, Colorado, yet he believes his most compelling instrument is his voice – a strong, beautiful baritone that is the cornerstone of his EP, The Head and Heart. He will perform at La Veta Mercantile Saturday, October 13, 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

 

Friends of the Library fall board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Friends of the Library (FOL) is having their yearly annual fall board meeting on Monday, October 15, 4:30 to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served. This is a chance for all members to see what FOL has accomplished and for members to nominate & vote for your new officers. Hope to see you all there.

 

SPRHC “Pink Ladies” seeks new volunteers

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Women’s Hospital Auxillary (Pink Ladies) are in the need of new members to work the hospital gift shop. Please consider this rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity. The auxillary meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. For more information please call Edna Crosson, 738-2132 or Rosalie Amidei 738-1504.

 

Cooking Matters for adults class at WU

WALSENBURG — There will be a free Cook- ing Matters for Adults Class at Washington Underground (201 E 5th Street) this fall. Learn how to prepare and shop for healthy, low cost meals. Every week you’ll help make a meal and take home a free bag of groceries to create the meal at home! Take charge of your health and enroll in this fun and informative class. To reserve your spot call Diabetic Educator – Yvonne Romero at (719) 845-3117

 

Edward Jones presentation on charitable gifting

LA VETA — Are You Looking for Ways to Im- prove Your Community and Services? Senior Assisted Living Residence & Gathering Place, will be hosting a talk by Lori Hall, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Wednesday October 17, 2 to 4 pm at the La Veta Library. Lori will help us explore how through gifting stocks you can avoid paying capital gains taxes. Also, how a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows you to give directly from your IRA to a qualified charity without any tax ramifications. These are just a couple of ways to help local organizations advance the much needed services in Huerfano County. Please join us at the La Veta Library to explore options and meet with qualified financial advisors. Light refreshments will be served. Call Beckie 303-419-0694 for any further questions. See you there.

 

Free junior gardener program

WALSENBURG — Starting Wednesday, October 17, 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Community Garden (Russell and 10th Street) a new pro- gram for kids 8 to 10 years old will begin. We will meet every Wednesday to learn about water, air, butterflies, bees, wildlife, plants and recycling! This free program is presented by Americorps Member Keri Powers. For more information contact Keri Powers at: 719-242- 7607 or skttlong@yahoo.com

 

Open house at First National Bank of Trinidad

WALSENBURG — Come celebrate our 25 years in Walsenburg at an open house Friday, October19, 9am to 3pm in the lobby of the bank, 135 W. 6th Street.

 

What does the future hold?

WALSENBURG — A full week of seminars will be held at Walsenburg Free Seventh-day Adventist Church, 214 Pine Street Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 28. Each day a new topic will be discussed. “What does the future hold?” Come out to the prophecy seminars and find out!

 

FCPA Show Choir second season begins soon

LA VETA — We’re baaaack!!! Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to start our second season of entertainment. This is a non-auditioned choir and offers a community singing experience starting on Thursday, October 25, 5-6:30 pm at the theater (127 West Francisco)—so take your fabulous voices out of the shower and join the in preparing a show for mid-February. The FCPA Show Choir, is under the primary direction of Sam Sortore, but also includes the con- ducting experience of Peggy Arnold-Hoobler and Joanne Vargo. Let’s get together and see what happens. Questions? Call Di Sortore at 303-882-7764.

 

Scary Story Contest

HUERFANO cOUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frighten- ing? La Veta Library is holding its 10th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! For more information, contact the library or email Ashley at ashley@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

eARTh at La Veta Gallery

LA VETA — All are invited to attend the La Veta Gallery, 210 S Main, eARTh show – featuring gallery artists – on display September 29 through October 30. Artist Kathy Hill will premiere a new painting.

 

Clay & Fiber Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The new Clay & Fiber Show at SPACe is now on display until Nov. 3. In addition to the remarkable and amazing clay and fiber artwork, three guest artists are also showing their work. Outstanding photographer Cathy Mullens is showing a collection of her amazing photos. Becky Myers is showing a collection of unique masks made with clay and fiber. LaClaire Skaggs is offering a collection of her timeless etchings and prints.

The SPACe Gallery and Gift Shop is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus. The Gift Shop is loaded with original jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, cards, and more, all created by SPACe members. Call 719 742-3074 for information or email spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com. SPACe is open Tues.- Friday, 11 – 4; Sat. 10 – 4; Sunday Noon- 4. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is a member-owned nonprofit organization supporting education in the arts in southern Colorado. Donations are tax deductible.

 

Parade of Lights 2018

WALSENBURG — This year’s Parade of Lights will be held Friday, November 22 in downtown Walsenburg. Start planning your floats! The theme for the parade is “Christmas American Style!”

 

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

TRiNidAd — Friday, Oct. 5, is Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11am to 4:30 pm.

 

Author to tell of Old Boston, wild boomtown of eastern Colorado

TRiNidAd — Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 pm, the Trinidad Public Library is pleased to present a book-signing with Kent Brooks, author of a new book titled Old Boston: As Wild As They Come. Join us as the author presents a slide show and discussion, followed by book sales and signing. This event is free and open to the public.

Brooks gives us the following description of the book: “On November 16, 1886, four members of the Boston Town Company stopped on the southeast Colorado plains to stake out and establish Boston, Colorado in what was then eastern Las Animas County. Frontier newspaperman Sam Konkel joined the town company and promoted Boston as ‘The Utopian City of the Plains’. Built to catch the railroad and become the county seat of a new Colorado county, Boston became one of the rowdiest towns on the American frontier. Homesteaders and outlaws made Boston home during its brief, wild existence. Included among the inhabitants of Boston were the Jennings clan, before they gained fame as train robbers in Oklahoma. The story chronicles the life of the town leading up to the April 1889 siege which was the end of the Colorado Boomtown era and this old west town which was…As Wild As They Come.”

 

Meet the Candidates at TSJC

TRiNidAd — The Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor “Meet the Candidates” in preparation for the November 6th General Election. The event will be held Thursday, October 4, at the Massari Performing Art Center on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. The event will begin promptly at 6 pm. Candidates that are running for the offices of County Commissioner, County Clerk & Recorder, Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Assessor, County Coroner and County Surveyor have been invited to participate. Representatives from School District #1 have been invited to discuss Ballot Issues 4A & 4B which also appear on the November ballot. The format for the even- ing allows for candidates to make opening & closing statements, answer questions from the panel, audience, and telephone call-ins. Trinidad Times TV will also be present for possible live broadcast and recording for future view- ing. The Trinidad-LAC Chamber of Com- merce will provide refreshments. Additional information can be obtained from the Trini- dad-LAC Chamber of Commerce, Linda Barron (846-8223) or Ed Griego (846-9871).

 

TSJC Gun Club Thursday Trap Shoot

TRiNidAd — The TSJC Gun Club is hosting an evening Trap/Skeet Shoot every Thursday night at the Prator gun range, 2013 CR 24.6. The public is encouraged to come out and have some fun and meet other shotgun shooters.

The TSJC Gun Club greatly appreciates the support of all of the Trinidad Community. For more information contact: Kyle Smith, Club President, 1-317-600-9388 or mrkylecsmith@gmail.com.

 

Trinidad Community Theatre presents Dinner with the Boys

TRiNidAd — Dinner with the Boys by Dan Lauria is the next production at Trinidad Community Theatre which continues this weekend. This show is directed by Kris Miller. The goombah cliches come fast and furious in the award-winning comedy which revolves around two old-world hitmen holed up in a house in “the wilds of 1970’s New Jersey” after incurring the displeasure of their mob boss.

This Mafia-themed comedy plays like a gangster variation on Arsenic and Old Lace with a touch of Sweeny Todd flavoring. This play is appropriate for adults and teens.

Showtimes are:
Friday, October 5 7:00 pm Saturday, October 6 7:00 pm Sunday, October 7 2:00 pm

Tickets for this event are available at scrtheatre.com or the SCRT box office, 131 W Main Street.

 

Dano Weston and Pork chop dinner at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Friday, October 5 enjoy a delicious Pork Chop dinner then come back Saturday, October 6 to enjoy Dano Weston band, 7:30 to 11:30 pm for a $5 cover. Don’t forget Spanish Peaks Inn has Taco Tuesday and specials on Thursday and Friday nights! Dine in or call in and carry out! Spanish Peaks Inn is located in scenic Gulnare at 22590 County Rd 41.6 #10. Order to go and pick up in less than 30 minutes, (719) 941-4288.

 

John Box Exhibition opening

TRiNidAd — John Box, photographer based in Colorado Springs, will have his work on display at the Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W Main Street this October. The opening reception will take place on Friday, October 5, 5-8pm. All are welcome.

 

Purgatoire River Clean Up Day

TRiNidAd — Meet at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, 224 N Chestnut Street, Saturday, October 6, to learn more about the Purgatoire River, help clean up, and get a free lunch! The schedule of events is:

9:30 am: Registration, snacks, goodies & pick- up clean-up gear
10 am: Educational Speakers Begin

History/Establishment of the Purgatoire River Walk with Karl Gabrielson, Trinidad Development

Russian olive & Tamarisk removal along Purgatoire River and why it’s important with Shelly Simmons, Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District

Fish Habitat Restoration Work in the Purgatoire River with Howard Lackey, Trout Un- limited

Development and Additional Enhancements Along the Purgatoire River with Karl Gabrielson, Trinidad Development
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: River Clean Up
12:30 pM: Free Lunch for all Registered Volunteers

 

Kiwanis Demolition Derby

TRiNidAd — The 4th Annual Trinidad Kiwanis Demolition Derby will be held Saturday, October 6, 2 – 5 pm at Las Animas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 2200 N. Linden Avenue. Tickets : Pre-sale $10, at the gate – $15 age 5 and under free.

Tickets and rules available at Inter- national Bank, Mariposa Rehabilitation Center, Farmers Insurance, 1st National Bank Walmart Branch, SCCOG Early Learning Center. For more information please contact Brian Blasi, 719-253-2163.

 

Relief! Printing Workshop

TRiNidAd — Saturday, October 6, 9 am at the Trinidad History Museum there will be a Relief Printing Workshop with Amanda Palmer. The class is open to students 16 years and older. Tuition is $35 (Minimum of 3 students). Bring your own lunch, art supplies provided!

Amanda Palmer said, “This relief printing workshop will offer an introduction to the wonderful tools and techniques of the age-old art of block printing. I propose to present a two week-long session in relief (linoleum) printing. The workshop will teach basic relief printing techniques including creating an image, cutting that image into a block and creating prints with a hand printing technique. Students will work together and receive one- on-one input from the instructor throughout the workshop. Their appreciation and under- standing of the value of creating artwork will be deepened, and they will come away with prints of their own, and also perhaps, of each others’ work.” –

 

Elite athlete, Zoila Gomez Lunch & Lecture at TSJC

TRiNidAd — Join us Tuesday, October 9, 12 to 1 pm in the Pioneer Room on the Trinidad Campus to hear about Zoila’s journey. She will share the obstacles she has encountered, opportunities and the network of support that has helped her reach the unreachable. Born and raised in Mexico, one of 16 children, Zoila is well-known as a professional athlete, youth mentor and community advocate. As an elite athlete Zoila was the 2008 USA women marathon Olympic alternate and represented the United States of America in three world championship events in the marathon: Osaka, Japan 2007, Berlin, Germany 2009 and Daegu Korea in 2011. While at Adams State, Zoila was named the women’s collegiate athlete of the year, won six national titles in Track and Field and was an 11 time All American. Zoila’s passion for life and the sport is second to none. Zoila’s motto in life is: “Be, Dream, Believe- Se, Sueña y Cree”. Her journey is one to be heard.

 

Presentation on Princeton at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center

TRiNidAd — Makenna Lauren May, admis- sions officer at Princeton University, will dis- cuss Princeton’s academic programs and admissions process Wednesday, October 10, beginning 4 pm at Zicardi Hall, Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.

 

Freddy “Freak” Trujillo at Trinidad History Museum

TRiNidAd — Join Freddy Trujillo, a son of Trinidad, as he showcases his protest button display and talks about his time in the Chicano movement Friday, October 12, 3 to 4 pm at Trinidad History Museum, 120 S. Chestnut Street.

 

Octoberfest at Mt. Carmel

TRiNidAd — Welcome to the season of pumpkins, stews and cold brews! Mt. Carmel will be hosting its first annual Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 10 pm. We will have a variety of activities for the whole family. Come enjoy a festive afternoon and evening with us!

Be on the lookout for Octoberfest information at facebook.com/MtCarmelCenter.

 

Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Southeast Colorado’s finest Gravel Event will be held Saturday, October 13, 9 am. The race begins and ends at Branson School, 101 Saddlerock Drive. The race includes 100K, 72 K, and 45 K loops.

The Grinder is a fully supported ride. The registration fee is $40 with prizes for top finishers. Sign up on www.bikereg.com/branson-hi-lo-country-100k-gravel- grinder. Follow us on Facebook at “Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder.” For more information contact christine@aspenint.com.

 

Listen, talk, work it out: Conflict Resolution Month

TRiNidAd — October is Conflict Resolution Month which brings Coloradans an opportunity to learn, practice and pro- mote respectful and constructive ways of dealing with conflict, dispute, and disagreement. Conflict Resolution is a canopy under which many practices, both old and new, are found. They include arbitration, mediation, restorative justice, and non-violent communication. A growing number of cities have joined the state in recognizing Conflict Resolution Month, and this includes the City of Trinidad, since 2017.

Conflictresolutionmonth.org and the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library will celebrate Conflict Resolution Month with two public events in October. First, Monday, October 15, 5 to 6 pm, the library will host a facilitated group discussion of the book, Why Won’t You Apologize? by Harriet Lerner. This sanity-saving book shows us how a meaningful apology can transform a relationship, and, on the other hand, the many ways that apologies can fall short of opening the door to reconciliation. The library will have a limited number of copies of the book available to check out.

The second event is Monday, October 22, 5 to 6:30 pm. The library is excited to present a free, public screening of two TED Talks. “Is the World Getting Better or Worse?” is a look at the real numbers, by Steven Pinker. In “Finding Confidence in Conflict,” Kwame Christian talks about using conflict as a tool to improve communication. The event will include a facilitated discussion. Both October events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit: http://conflictresolution-month.org, and Facebook.com/trinidadcarnegiepubliclibrary, or call the library at 719-846-6841.

 

3rd Thursday Heritage Nights at THM

TRiNidAd — Each month on the Third Thursday, the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut Street, will be hosting a heritage night focusing on different aspects of Colorado life. Come out Thursday, October 18, 5 to 7 pm to enjoy sweets, treats, and hands-on activities! October’s topic will be Victorian Superstitions. These programs are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.

 

Creedence Revived: A tribute to CCR

TRiNidAd — Saturday, October 27, Creedence Revived “A tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival” plays a one-night concert event for Trinidad! Creedence Revived has rapidly be- come one of the most highly sought after tribute bands in the world. Playing all over the globe for crowds upwards of 30,000, and with a track-record of selling out shows everywhere they go, this group is the real deal.

The group is made up of four of Chicago’s & LA’s most talented and eclectic musicians – consisting of an award winning vocalist nicknamed “the chameleon” in the industry for his unique ability to shift his vocal to match the style of any vocalist, a world-renowned blues guitarist who attracts blues fans from around the world, a studio bassist who has a appeared on many top charting albums, and a drummer who sells out theaters on his own based solely on his unique playing style.

This SCRT concert event will be showcased at the Trinidad Middle School auditorium (614 Park Street, Trinidad, CO). The concert will kick off at 7pm sharp, and run until 9pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Contact the SCRT Box Office (719-846-4765) or Linda Velasquez (719-680-8887) for assistance securing tickets Join us for an evening of timeless music, appealing to all ages. Experience the Americana rock that defined an era.

 

Calling all chili chefs

AGUiLAR — The Apishapa Valley Historical Society in Aguilar will hold their annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser on Sunday, October 28 at the Community Center. A $50 prize will be given to best red and best green chili each plus door prizes and crowd favorite. To enter your chili or for more details call Pat at 680-1393 or Charlie at 859-0918. Watch for more details in the coming weeks!

 

Trinidad Community Foundation announces 2018 Grant Cycle

TRiNidAd — The Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) will begin soliciting grant proposals from designated non-profit organizations in Trinidad and Las Animas County on October 1. Completed grant application packets are due in the TCF office no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, October 31.

The Trinidad Community Foundation mission is to enhance and develop the quality of life in Trinidad and Las Animas County by building a culture of giving, and by providing grants in the areas of education, health and wellness, recreation, historic preservation, and communication.

Through its grant program, TCF supports activities and programs that benefit the people and community of Trinidad and Las Animas County, and that further the TCF mission. Since its beginning in 2006, TCF has provided over $285,000 in grant funding to the community.

Beginning October 1, visit www.trinidadcf.org for additional information about the TCF Grant Program and to download a grant application packet. The completed grant applications will accepted via e-mail at info@trinidadcf.org until October 31.

 

COLFAX

24th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run

RATON — Join with the Raton Professional Business Women & Raton Kiwanis Club for the 2018 Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness, Saturday, October 6. All proceeds go to Alter- natives to Violence here in Raton and go a long way to helping cover costs that grants do not specifically address. With your help, this community support helps ATV to carry out the work that they do. Registration begins at 8:30 am and Walk/Run starts at 9 am. 1, 3, and 5 mile courses are available and cash prizes can be won for individuals and teams!

Contact any PBW member to make a donation, to sign up to become a walker or to find out how you can help, 575-445- 9551

 

Raton Humane Society’s 4th Annual Petfest

RATON — Saturday, October 6, 10 am – 4 pm at Ripley Park come out for music, food vendors, auction, blessing of the animals, arts and crafts, pet show, petting zoo and more! Persons interested in having a booth please contact Jeannie, 575-445-3837

 

Overcoming challenges and understanding community workshop

RATON — Ever wanted a new way to navigate through relationships, understand and resolve conflict and feel empowered and enriched by your interactions with those around you? Come to Infinite Potential’s workshop – Overcoming Challenges and Understanding Community, Sunday, October 7, 8:30 to 11:30 am at Infinite Potential Raton Yoga, 115, S. 2nd Street. This workshop is perfect for those with families, with jobs, those who volunteer, business owners, church and community group leaders. Contact Colette to book your spot today at 575-707-2725 or email infinitepotential2015@gmail.com

 

Community roundtable

CiMARRON — The next community roundtable meeting will be Monday, October 8, 5:15 pm at the Baptist Church. We encourage all to attend, who are interested in seeing our Frontier Communities Grant project move forward.

 

Important dates/places forNew Mexico voters!

NORTHERN NEW MEXicO — Now to Oct 8 is voter registration. Tuesday, Oct 9 – Absentee Voting Begins; Oct 9 to Nov 3 Early Voting at these locations:

Raton – Oct 9-Nov 3 at the County Clerk’s Office Springer – Oct 20 from 9-4 at the Springer High School Maxwell – Oct 22 from 10-2 at Maxwell School Auditorium
Cimarron – Oct 25 from 9-4 at the Village Hall

Eagle Nest – Oct 26 from 9 – 4 at the Community Center

Angel Fire- Oct 27 from 12-5 at the Community Center Nov 6 is the last day to vote in the General Election – VOTE!

 

Autumn star party at Capulin

CAPULiN — Capulin Volcano National Monument will be hosting an out-of-this-world interstellar event this month. Join us on the night of Friday, October 12, for an autumn star party! Capulin staff will be holding a night sky viewing event located at the base of the volcano next to the visitor center.

Over time, observing the night sky has unlocked a plethora of scientific discoveries, helping people of all generations to better understand our own planet and those beyond. Due to minimal light pollution, Capulin Volcano has one of the best, and most well preserved night skies in the nation. Come and explore the “park after dark” at Capulin Volcano National Monument as we discuss some of the many mysteries the dark sky holds. Visitors are invited to attend this event from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (MDT) to use telescopes and deep-sky viewing bin- oculars and observe all the wonders this beautiful resource holds. Park staff encourage visitors to bring blankets, warm clothes, and folding chairs.

This is a FREE event, though we do ask for guests to RSVP so Capulin may better prepare for your visit. To RSVP, please call the park at (575) 278-2201, or email us at cavo_interpreta- tion@nps.gov.

 

Mextoberfest in Raton

RATON — Our fall car and bike show will be the kick off for a brand new event, Mextoberfest, which is a Mexican/German fusion excuse to have a good time! The fest will be held at Raton Pass Motor Inn, 308 Canyon Drive, Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 2 pm.

We don’t know what we are doing, so that means we can all celebrate with our own interpretation of the theme. No entry fee, bring your favorite ride and show it off…participants show up by 9 am to get parked. We’ll have food and music and fun.

 

Fiesta Otoño & Roadrunner Car Show

SpRiNGER — Fiesta Otoño is presented by the Springer Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Town of Springer, and will be Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 10 pm. The Master of ceremony is Timm Trujillo, President of the Springer Chamber.

The fiesta features: face painting, crafts, baked goods, odds and ends, vendors, kids pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving contest, Fort Union demonstration and kids participation skit, beer garden, Springer High School fundraiser games, bounce houses and lots of fun for the entire family! Come eat, dance, socialize and enjoy our community. Door prizes every hour, find Timm for a ticket!

Come out to the free event and enjoy the Los Diablos Car Show, 10 am to 3 pm, Horse Shoe Tournament (contact Keith Tabor 575-643-6887 or Leo Laumback 575-447-7046), and Chili Cookoff 10 am to 3 pm.

Live music by Jonathan Castillo y Profundo, Tequila Rain and the Purple Sage Band. There will be a dance featuring Matthew Martinez y Perfeccion from 6:30 to 10 pm.

For vendor information contact Timm Trujillo 719-924- 2303.

 

Elks National Hoop Shoot

RATON — The Elks National Hoop Shoot-Free Throw Contest, sponsored by the Raton Elks Lodge #865, will be held Saturday, October 13, 10:30 am to 12 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S. 3rd Street. Contact Danette Silva for more information: 575-303- 3529.

 

Operation Save a Rack- 5K & 10K Fun Run or Walk

RATON — Don’t put away your running shoes just yet!

A benefit fun run/walk hosted by NRA Whittington Center will be held Saturday, October 13. Registration will be at the Shotgun Center starting at 7:30am.

Bring the family out and enjoy a good walk in the beautiful fall weather! All proceeds will go to benefit The Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center.

 

Christian mindfulness: a labyrinth walk at the Mandala Center

DES MOiNES — A special Labyrinth Walk will be held at the Mandala Center, Sunday, October 14, 2 pm. Join us for a centuries old practice to reflect…renew…rejoice! In case of inclement weather, the Labyrinth Walk will be moved inside. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 575-278-3002.

 

RPB Oktoberfest Membership Social

RATON — Enjoy some great sounds during the Oktoberfest Raton Professional Business- women Membership Social Thursday, October 18, beginning 6 pm at Colfax Ale Cellar, 215 S. 2nd Street. Come out and enjoy the great musical entertainment for the evening.

 

PBW political forum

RATON — The Raton Professional Business Women will hold a political forum on Monday, October 22, at the Shuler Theater. All candidates appearing on the ballots for Colfax County will be invited to this forum. Community involvement is crucial to a healthy government and the public is encouraged to attend. The forum will also be broadcast live on KRTN.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the forum will begin at 7 pm with introduction of candidates. Written questions from the audience will be accepted, screened and read to the candidates by the moderator. Questions may also be emailed in advance to ratonforum@gmail.com

Attend the forum, submit your questions and make an informed decision when you vote on November 6th. For further information, contact Michael Anne Antonuci at 575-447-3723.

 

Calendar pet photos sought

RATON — Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital in Raton is seeking photos of pets to use in a calendar. Photos must be 300 or 600 dpi in JPEG format, in landscape mode and must include photographer’s name, address, phone number, email and photo title. Submissions can be of either a domestic pet or livestock. Deadline is October 26. Submit your photo to mvvh@bacavalley.com or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575 445 3912

 

Poll watchers wanted for November 6

RATON — Every election year the nonpartisan organization, Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM), works to help voters cast their vote freely by fielding a team of volunteer “poll watchers” to help answer voter questions, locate their poll and make sure their votes are counted. CCNM is now recruiting volunteers from all over New Mexico.

Poll watchers are an integral part of CCNM Election Protection project. CCNM recruits lawyers, students and ordinary citizens from across the state organizing them to take part in our democracy and make sure it works for everyone.

After reviewing an informational packet and attending an online training, Poll Watchers will have answers to voters’ frequently asked questions and have the web- sites and toll free numbers to direct voters for additional assistance. Contact Diane Wood dianewood.ccnm@gmail.com to volunteer.

Additional questions about Election Protection NM please call or email Diane Wood, Voting Rights Director for Common Cause New Mexico 505-379-9470 dianewood.ccnm@gmail.com or go to www.commoncause.org/states/new-mexico/Contact

Election Protection New Mexico is a non- partisan project for the state of New Mexico. This program seeks to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote can and that every vote is counted accurately. Election Protection NM is not affiliated with any party or candidate.

 

Second Annual Toy Land Character Contest

RATON — The Raton Lions Club is having their second annual Toy Land Character Contest. We invite contestants to use their talent to create new characters that will be displayed on Apache Avenue on the way to City of Bethlehem.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this contest, individuals, groups, businesses, clubs, etc.

First place – $150

Second Place – $100

Third Place – $75

Fourth Place – $50

Judging of the characters will be on November 17 at 1pm at Climax Canyon. All characters made and donated will be accepted and displayed every year during the Christmas holiday. We ask that you put your name and date on the back of the character.

Please call 575-447-1242 if you have any questions and to register your name and character. During registration, we will advise if the character you have chosen to make is available. This will eliminate duplication of characters.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Second Annual Kickin’ Good Barn Dance

HATcHET RANcH — The Volunteers for Community Barn Dance fundraiser will be held Friday, October 5, 6:30 to 11 pm at the Hatchet Ranch Event Barn. This year, back by popular demand, Cappton Reid will play the night away. Don’t miss the line-up, besides the great live band we will also have a BBQ buffet, more than 25 silent auction items, and maybe a mechanical bull! This will be a fun event for a great cause $40 at the door.

 

Forbes Park Woodfest

FORBES pARk — Forbes Park will conduct another “Woodfest Weekend” Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, weather permitting. Several times each year Forbes Park residents help our friends across the valley by providing free firewood from the Park. If you’d like to participate bring your own saw, tools, rope or tie-downs, and safety equipment. Many trees have been cut down and may require additional cutting into lengths to fit your trailer, pickup, or other vehicle.

Convoys of participants will be escorted into the Park at 9:15 am and 12:15 pm. Please arrive at the gate 15 minutes early to sign in. If no one there, please wait for an escort.

Our goal as Forbes Park residents is to provide a simple process to share FREE firewood to our friends outside the Park,to reduce the chances of another forest fire by removing good firewood (fuel)…and help you to inexpensively heat your homes this winter. Visitors coming to get firewood are asked to spend 30 minutes or so stacking the slash from the firewood they are picking up, so we can pick it up with machines and haul it to the disposal area to be burned in the winter.

Contact: Rick Nulton – Publicity Chair – 719-379-4934 for more information.

 

El Pueblo History Museum: Borderlands of Southern Colorado lectures

pUEBLO — El Pueblo History Museum will host scholars, artists, writers, and activists from around the United States for a Border- lands of Southern Colorado lecture series this fall. The series will run each week from October 4 to November 14. Each lecture will expand the understanding of the topics in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit that opened at the museum in May.

Topics for the series will include borderlands foods, indigenous slavery in the Southwest, indigenous and borderlands art, land rights and dispossession, and more. Speakers, including author Gustavo Arellano, professor Nick Saenz, activist Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, poet Emmy Pérez, and others will come from around Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and California.
The talks will be at the following times:

Thursday, October 4, 6 pm: Nick Saenz, from Adams State University, will present “From Vision to Reality: Making Borderlands of Southern Colorado.” Hosted with the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society.

Wednesday, October 10, 6 pm: Independent scholar Virginia Sanchez will present “Survivors of Captivity: Agent Lafayette Head’s 1865 Indian Census.”

Thursday, October 18, 6 pm: Journalist and author Gustavo Arellano will present “Mexican Food Along the Borderlands (That Even Extend to Colorado).”

Wednesday, October 24, 6 pm: Border- lands poet Emmy Pérez, of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will present “With the River on Our Face: Poems from the Borderlands.”

Thursday, October 25, 10 am: Emmy Pérez will present a creative writing work- shop open to all levels of writers, “Writing from Family Stories, Our Lives, and Our Communities.”

Tuesday, October 30, 6 pm: Leland Chapin of the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area, will present “Art in the Border- lands: A Conversation with a Curator.”

Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm: Maira Álvarez & Sylvia Fernández, of Borderlands Archives Cartography, will present “Under- standing U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: News- papers Mapping Geographical Borders.”

Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm: Andrea Mérida Cuéllar will present “Dispossession in the Borderlands.”

Each talk is free and open to the public, and coffee and biscochitos will be provided. The series will continue in January with more speakers to be announced in late 2018.

El Pueblo History Museum, located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo, marks the site of the international border between Mexico and the United States prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors (65+). Current exhibits include Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Without Border: Art Sín Fronteras, Children of Ludlow and the Museum of Memory.

El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city’s history and the region’s many cultural and ethnic groups. The property includes a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, and the archeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post. El Pueblo History Museum is a Community Museum of History Colorado. For more information, visit www.ElPuebloHistoryMuseum.org.

 

Cottonwood Show features Huerfano County’s Inner Idea Artists

cOLORAdO SpRiNGS — Mark your calendar for our upcoming exhibition, October 2 through 31 at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts. A gala opening is scheduled on Friday, Oct 5, from 5pm to 8pm with 21 IIA artists participating. Cottonwood Center for the Arts is located at 427 E Colorado Avenue. Visit their web site http://cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. Artists in the show are: Marta Moore, David Zehring, Peggy Zehring, Mary Sewell Cooper, Fred Bender, Maggie MacIndoe, Rena Kaplowitz, Charlotte Slade Decker, Raquel Dimond, Cheryl A. Richey, Margo Spellman, Linda Hart, Nancy Judson, Max Fain, Lavone Newell-Reim, Georgia Quick, Mary Jane Rivers, Anna Rodgers, Cheryl Telford, and Lana Thomas.

 

Learn to grow at home using hydroponics and aquaponics!

pUEBLO — Master Gardener volunteer Deb Hibbert will be teaching a class on controlled environment agriculture Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the CSU Extension office. The class is $5 and includes refreshments and handouts. Register with cash or check in the office at 701 Court St. Suite C or register online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-controlled-environmentagriculture-2018- tickets-50094643427 Call 719-583-6566 for more information.

 

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

A day for small businesses in southern Colorado

pUEBLO –— The Latino Chamber of Commerce will be welcoming agencies and re- sources from around southern Colorado to participate in the 2nd Annual Small Business Summit – Growing Your Business in the 21st Century! The Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Pueblo Community College.

Small Businesses, Non-profits, and others

will have access to resources and information, networking opportunities, and much more on that day. Thanks to the support from the City of Pueblo, a daylong of resources have been laid out for small businesses from around Southern Colorado to help in their development!

All small businesses throughout southern Colorado are encouraged to attend. Interested businesses wishing to take advantage of such a day are eligible to receive two complementary seats to the daylong session. Interested businesses can reserve their seats by October 20 by calling 719-542-5513 or visiting the Latino Chamber website at www.pueblolatino-chamber.com.

See schedule below: Event Details:

Location: Pueblo Community College- Fortino Ballroom
Time: 7:30 AM – Registration
8:15 AM – Welcome & Hispanic Business Re- port

9:00 AM – Breakout Sessions 1
10:30 AM – Breakout Sessions 2
12:00 PM – Lunch and Presentation (lunch provided)
1:25 PM – Breakout Session 3
3:00 PM – Women in Business and Leadership Panel
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception and Business Resource Fair

 

Capulin Volcano Art Contest!

cApULiN — Have great pictures or artwork of Capulin Volcano? Park staff invite all visitors to participate in the first annual Capulin Volcano Art Contest! The winning artwork will be featured on Capulin Volcano’s Annual Park Pass.

Rules for entry: All entries must be digital, and may be submitted through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #CapulinArt. Please ensure your post’s privacy setting allow public view, so that staff may be able to view your submission. Applicants may also email submissions to cavo_interpreta-tion@nps.gov with the subject line titled #CapulinArt.

 

Primero celebrates homecoming

by Ruth Stodghill

WESTON — The Primero School District will hold Homecoming 2018 festivities on this week. A pep rally for students will be held for students and staff at 2:15 on Thursday, October 4. The homecoming volleyball game will feature a match between Primero and Centennial at 5 pm on Thursday, October 4. On October 6, Primero will host the Branson/Kim football team at home, kicking off at 1pm.

The theme for homecoming dance is Glow with the Flow. The event for students will be held from 8-11 pm, with coronation at 8:15 in the Primero cafeteria. The nominees for homecoming royalty, pictured above, include, from left to right, freshmen Makayla Nash and Lincon Woodruff; sophomores Paige Rino and Antonio Cordova; juniors Kirsten Martinez and Connor Lutz; and seniors Cierra Vialpando and Takota Fehey. Picture courtesy of Primero Yearbook Staff.

 

Activities & Events for week of September 27, 2018

HUERFANO

John Mall Homecoming events

WALSENBURG — John Mall Homecoming events continue today, Thursday, September 27 with Purple and White day. Show your Panther Pride! The HOCO Volleyball games versus Hoehne are: C team – 4:30; JV – 5:30; and Varsity – 6:30.

Friday, September 28 is the Parade and pep rally. The parade lineup begins at 12:30 pm, the parade begins at 1 pm. The pep rally will be held at Fiesta Park from 1:30 to 3 pm. Participate in a great afternoon of games, fun and SMASHING A CAR! (donated by J.M. Tire), a Panther Photo Booth, and hot dogs for $1! There will be many outdoor games available, including: tug-o-war, kickball, sand volleyball, and capture the flag! Come join us for a fun afternoon! The whole family is welcome!

Saturday, September 29 festivities start with a PJ’s and Pancakes relay race 9 am at the John Mall Football field. This is a homecoming event for the whole family which includes a one-mile relay for teams of four people and breakfast sponsored by the JMHS Student Council. Pancakes supplied by Tina’s Cafe and coffee and Latte’s by Daily Perks on Fifth. To register and get more information email: johnmallstuco@gmail.com

Saturday afternoon is the Homecoming game versus the Trinidad Miners at 1 pm. The homecoming dance is 8 to 11 pm. Tickets are $3 per person or $5 per couple.

 

La Veta Homecoming parade & games

LA VETA — The La Veta High School Homecoming Parade is Friday, September 28, at 10:30 am. La Veta Main Street will be closed for the “Road Trippin’” themed event. Please support La Veta Schools students as we celebrate Homecoming Week. The volleyball game begins same day at 4 pm against Primero in the Roger Brunelli Gymnasium and the Football game begins at 7 pm at the La Veta Football Field.

 

Crafty Canary Brewery Grand Opening Friday, Sep 28

WALSENBURG — The first Walsenburg microbrewery will open in September 2018. The grand opening will be held Friday, September 28. The Crafty Canary, 107 E. 5th Street, will be open 7 days a week, Sun. -Thurs. 11 am to 9 pm, Fri-Sat. 11 am to 10 pm.

Find out more by visiting craftycanarybrewery.com

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid class

WALSENBURG — Friday, September 28, 8 am to 4:30 pm at Peakview School, there will be a special class “Mental Health First Aid Training” Lunch and snacks will be provided. As a Mental Health First Aider, you will be prepared to recognize the signs of distress and how to support an adolescent experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach you to be a therapist, but it does teach you how you can provide initial help until appropriate professional resources are available. You must pre-register. Contact Debbie Barry at 719-846-2213. Class size is limited.

 

Yoga Workshop La Veta Yoga Studio

LA VETA — The next yoga workshop at La Veta Yoga Studio is “Opening and Releasing the Hips and Shoulders” with Craig Kurtz, Intermediate Jr. 3 Iyengar Teacher. Will be held Saturday, September 29, beginning at 8 am. All levels of yoga experience are invited to attend.

The cost and schedule of the workshop is: 8 to 9 am: Intro to Pranayama, $10; 9:30 am to 12 pm: all levels hips, $35; 2 to 4:30 pm all levels shoulders, $35. Or pay just $60 for all ses- sions, If you wish to participate, contact Judy at 719-742-6014 or judysimsbarlow@gmail.com.

 

Free music entertainment at Miners Plaza on Saturday

WALSENBURG — Pick up your ears and walk to the Miners stage! The harps and pipes are calling, and all can go! Come down to the Miners Stage in Walsenburg across from La Plaza Inn on Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm for a free concert.

 

Clay & Fiber Show opens at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to the opening reception Sat. Sept. 29 for the new Clay & Fiber Show, now on display. In addition to the remarkable and amazing clay and fiber art- work, three guest artists are also showing their work. Out- standing photographer Cathy Mullens is showing a collection of her amazing photos. Becky Myers is showing a collection of unique masks made with clay and fiber. LaClaire Skaggs is offering a collection of her timeless etchings and prints. The show will be on display until Nov. 3.

The reception is from 5 – 7 pm with music provided by Russel Austin between 5 – 6 pm. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. The SPACe Gallery and Gift Shop is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus. The Gift Shop is loaded with original jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, cards, and more, all created by SPACe members. Call 719 742-3074 for information or email spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com. SPACe is open Tues.- Friday, 11 – 4; Sat. 10 – 4; Sunday Noon-4. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is a member-owned nonprofit organization supporting education in the arts in southern Colorado. Donations are tax deductible.

 

eARTh reception and opening at LaVeta Gallery

LA VETA — All are invited to attend the La Veta Gallery, 210 S Main, eARTh show – featuring gallery artists – on display September 29 through October 30. Artist Kathy Hill will premiere a new painting. An opening reception will occur this Saturday, September 29, from 5-7pm. Refreshments will be served.

 

“Across the Divide” harp concert at the Fox Saturday, Sep 29

WALSENBURG — Come out for an evening of beautiful music! “Across the Divide” is a concert featuring the music of King David, Ireland, and Scotland, played by harpists Sunita Staneslow and Áine Minogue. The concert will be held Saturday, September 29, starting at 7 pm at the Fox Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Go to www.foxwalsenburg.com.

 

Health Fair blood draw time

HUERFANO COUNTY — SPRHC and the Health Foundation bring you the annual Huerfano County Health Fair, Saturday, October 20. Low-cost blood tests are available before the fair so folks can get consultations from health professionals about their blood tests at the fair. The blood draws will be held in Gardner, Monday, October 1, 7 to 10 am at Gardner School; at

La Veta Community Center, Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, 7 to 10 am and in Walsenburg at the Huerfano County Community Center Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, 7 to 10 am.

Testing offered are: Hemoglobin A1C, $10; Chemistry panel, $25; CBC $10; PSA, $25; and Vitamin D, $20. Remember to fast 10 to 12 hours prior to testing and drink plenty of water! For more information please call 719-738-5200.

 

Affordable health screenings

WALSENBURG — Residents living in and around Walsenburg can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave will host this community event on Monday, October 1. The site is located in Walsenburg.

Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke, and over-all vascular health, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis, kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Also, ask about our Wellness Gold Membership Program with allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

 

SCCY monthly dinner: Green chili smothered burritos

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth (SCCY) is having its monthly dinner on Monday, October 1. We will be serving Green Chili Smothered Burritos, rice and a dessert. The cost of the dinner will be $7. Dinners will be available for pick up between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the youth center. Call 719-738-1573 to pre-order dinners. Orders can also be made on our Facebook page. Thank you for your continued support of the youth of Huerfano County.

 

After school nutrition and fitness

WALSENBURG — Join the fun at the after School Nutrition and Fitness program at Washington Underground. It is held Monday-Friday 4:30 to 5:30pm. Have fun working out with Michael and eating a nutritious snack! Classes are limited to 10 students so call to reserve your spot today! Sign up by calling (719) 738-9890

 

Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble rehearsals begin

LA VETA — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble invites any and all singers to join us as we prepare for an all-new, uplifting and inspiring Christmas Cantata, much of which is based on Celtic and Appalachian music. We rehearse on Tuesdays at 6 pm at La United Methodist Church (LVUMC). Our first actual rehearsal will be Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm, at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 South Main Street. Please do join us! Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 for more information.

 

AA meetings in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Huerfano County on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 pm in the basement of Church of Christ, 400 Walsen Avenue. Meetings are also held on Sundays and Thursdays at 5 pm in the La Clinica Building located at 2485 N. Highway 69, in Gardner. Newcomers welcome.

 

La Veta Gallery on Main holiday card making class

LA VETA — Wednesday, October 3 La Veta Gallery on Main will offer a Christmas greeting card-making class (Handmade Holiday Cards). The class will be taught by Karen Austin and Sarah Hoffman and take place at the Gallery. We will provide three designs, all supplies and tools, and personalized instruction for producing each design. Students will make a total of 6 cards. The class will be offered twice: once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The morning class will run from 9 am to noon and the afternoon class from 1 to 4 pm. The class price is $30 (which covers all supplies).

The designs include the following techniques: stamping, die-cutting, heat embossing, embellishing, and dry embossing. Class size is limited to 6 students per session. Class reservations can be made at the Gallery (210 S. Main, La Veta), which is open Mon, Tues, and Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, as well as Sundays noon to 4 pm. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Please email lavetagalleryonmain@outlook.com with any questions.

 

HCHS annual meeting and Penitente Brotherhood presentation

WALSENBURG — The annual meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held Wednesday, October 3 at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. This year we will have a lecture about the Penitentes given by Rick Manzanares, former director of the Fort Garland Museum. The reception will start at 5:30 and dinner at 6 pm. The talk will follow the dinner, which will be catered by Viapando Catering. The cost for the lecture and dinner is $13. To make a reservation, please leave your name and number at 719-738-2346 or e-mail huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com or stop by the Huerfano Heritage Center at 114 W. 6th by the La Plaza Hotel. Our hours are Wed. 2 to 5 pm, Thurs. 11 am to 3 pm and Fri. 2 to 5 pm. A business meeting will follow the lecture. All members are encouraged to at- tend and the public is also invited.

 

Pet blessing at Cuchara Chapel

CUCHARA — There will be a Pet Blessing at the Cuchara Chapel on Thursday, October 4 at Noon, which is the Feast Day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals.

 

VFC and Dorcas Circle food drive at First Choice

WALSENBURG — Friday, October 5 is October’s food pantry collection at First Choice Market. The drive will be held from 1 to 5 pm and is sponsored by Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community. Please bring non-perishable food items, pet food, and personal hygiene items to help those who are in need of a little help. Drop items at First Choice, buy them at the market and/or monetary gifts are also much appreciated. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Your help is needed as the cooler weather is upon us. Thanking you in advance, Dorcas Circle and the Volunteers for Community.

 

Booster Club still has calendars for sale

LA VETA — Good news! The La Veta Booster Club still has some of this year’s community calendars left. The calendars are a great way to stay on top of community events and sup- port our school. The calendars are $7 a piece. The club also has La Veta Redskins apparel for those who haven’t kitted themselves out yet. Call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 or Jessica Andreatta 719-989-8253 to buy today!

 

The Home Fires at Deerprint

LA VETA — The Home Fires will perform at Deerprint Wine and Bistro Friday, October 5, 6 pm. This Americana duo is based in Minneapolis and is comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah’s clear, melodic voice and Vicky’s warm, weathered harmony. Tickets are $12 available at the Deerprint website.

 

Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

LA VETA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is again holding a 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, October 6, beginning at 8:30 am. Entry fee is $20 per individual; proceeds fund scholarships for graduating La Veta High School seniors. The event begins and ends at La Veta Town Park. Register at http://tinyurl.com/oktoberfest5K.

 

La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA — If you haven’t been to La Veta’s Oktoberfest, you’re missing a great event! This year, Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, beginning at 10 am. The 32nd Oktoberfest includes a car show, German band, dancing in the street all day long, over 60 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a Veteran’s tribute, and a German Biergarten.

 

After Oktoberfest concert at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us after the Oktoberfest festivities for live music and German beer Saturday, October 6, 6 pm featuring Ken Saydak and Friends at La Veta Mercantile.

 

Care n’ Share food distribution

WALSENBURG — The next Huerfano County Care n Share food distribution will be Tues Oct 9 at Delaney Hall (new hall behind St Mary’s Church on E 7th St) 10 to about 11:30 am. Food distributed on first come first serve basis. Picture ID required. Please bring own box or bags.

 

WOW Wednesday

LA VETA — Join us on Wednesday, October 10 for Walk or Wheel Wednesday in La Veta to celebrate National Walk to School Day! Volunteers on foot or bike are needed to escort students to school. Everyone has a blast and the students look forward to their rewards. Please let Marilyn Russell know if you are able to volunteer.

 

Call for submissions for Ancestors Exhibition at MOF

WALSENBURG — Dear artist and friends please consider submitting your work for an exhibition scheduled to open October 27 from 3 until 7 pm entitled “Ancestors at Museum of Friends. This show is the Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration with dance, music and food. This exhibition has been planned to acknowledge those who have passed and the people left behind who cope with loss. Loss is part of all of our shared experience. However this past summer in Huerfano County brought the Spring Creek Fire and its aftermath. This was more than most of us were prepared to comprehend.

In respect to those who were effected by the fire and being evacuated and many who lost their homes, the Museum of Friends is inviting artists to create a new installation that explores mourning, loss or any aspect of the memory of ancestors.

Each participant will be given an approximate 10’ space to fill with photographs, xeroxes, giclee prints, original art, sculpture, fabric works and material ephemera or objects that reference the ancestor who has passed.

Please see artist submission form for relevant dates and information or give us a call to discuss your idea and how it may fit in with the show: 719-738-2858 or visit www.museumoffriends.org or email: info@museumoffriends.org.

IMPORTANT DATES for the show: October 13-Deadline for receipt of completed entry form, entry fee, and images; October 16 through 23- artists hang their installation except (MoF closed on 21 & 22); October 27-Ancestor Exhibition opens to the public from 3 to 7 pm., music, dance and refreshments; January 26-Exhibition Closes.

 

Art welding at LVSA

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts is pleased to offer a two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14. This in- tensive two-day class will give students a hands-on introduction to gas and mig welding techniques for creating found-object and mild-steel sculpture. Learn common methods for cutting steel. Welding safety will be emphasized. Commonly implemented arts metal techniques will be discussed/demonstrated in detail. On day two, the instructor will assist you in creating a sculpture from found objects that you have brought for that purpose. In- structor Doug Anderson teaches this popular and long-running workshop. He started studying art and illustration through high school and college. He was drafted and trained as a welder/metal fabricator, where he graduated at the top of his ship fitter class, before being sent to Vietnam. In 1985, he established an art welding/fabrication shop called the Iron Horse where he created art pieces designed around Indian artifacts, as well as ornamental railings using flat bar steel. In 2001, he brought his business to Walsenburg, CO.

Doug collaborated with artist Laura Audrey on a large outdoor sculpture in front of the music building at UC Boulder called “Stop & Rest.” All classes take place at LVSA, on Ryus Ave. across from town park. Tuition is $150, plus $60 lab/supplies fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. For more information call 719-746-2252, write LVArtSchool@yahoo.com, or visit the website at www.LVSA.org

 

David Starr at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — David Starr owns a thriving guitar store in the heart of Cedaredge, Colorado, yet he believes his most compelling instrument is his voice – a strong, beautiful baritone that is the cornerstone of his EP, The Head and Heart. He will perform at La Veta Mercantile Saturday, October 13, 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

 

Friends of the Library fall board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Friends of the Library (FOL) is having their yearly annual fall board meeting on Monday, October 15, 4:30 to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served. This is a chance for all members to see what FOL has accomplished and for members to nominate & vote for your new officers. Hope to see you all there.

 

SPRHC “Pink Ladies” seeks new volunteers

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Women’s Hospital Auxillary (Pink Ladies) are in the need of new members to work the hospital gift shop. Please consider this rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity. The auxillary meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. For more information please call Edna Crosson, 738-2132 or Rosalie Amidei 738-1504.

 

Parade of Lights 2018

WALSENBURG — This year’s Parade of Lights will be held Friday, November 22 in downtown Walsenburg. Start planning your floats! The theme for the parade is “Christmas American Style!”

 

LAS ANIMAS

Work on Interstate 25 South in Las Animas County

TRINIDAD — Work on the Colorado Department of Transportation project to improve sections of Interstate 25 began last week and will continue through October 1. The additional work was contracted to APC Southern Construction as part of their $5.3 million contract to improve South Interstate 25 at Raton Pass. The Project was extended to include removal and installation of concrete pavement on I-25 in Las Animas County at Milepost 10.5 in the northbound lanes on Interstate 25 at Raton Pass.

 

Motorists will experience the following Travel Impacts:

A 12-foot width restriction will affect the northbound lanes of I-25 at milepost 10.5, this restriction will be in place from 9/19/18 to October 1. Concrete barriers will be in place and the speed limit will be reduced to 45MPH

Reduced speeds could result in delays of up to 15 minutes

There will be 24-hour lane closures in place from October 1 through October 5 to allow concrete to cure

Project work hours are from 7 am to 7 pm (daylight hours), Monday through Friday and as result motorists traveling on Interstate 25 south of Trinidad will find the speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH while approaching and in the construction zone during these hours, so motorists should allow for travel delays up to 15 minutes, as traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the work zone.

For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 719- 600-1345, or email the team at jlopez@apc.us.com, or visit the project website and sign up for updates at www.codot.gov/projects/. For information on travel conditions visit COTrip.org, sign up for alerts, or call 511. Updates are also avail- able via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.

 

TSJC Gun Club Thursday Trap Shoot

TRINIDAD — The TSJC Gun Club is hosting an evening Trap/Skeet Shoot every Thursday night at the Prator gun range, 2013 CR 24.6. The public is encouraged to come out and have some fun and meet other shotgun shooters.

The TSJC Gun Club greatly appreciates the support of all of the Trinidad Community. For more information contact: Kyle Smith, Club President, 1-317-600-9388 or mrkylecsmith@gmail.com.

 

Monthly volunteers meeting at THM

TRINIDAD — The monthly volunteers meet- ing will be held Friday, September 28, 10 am. Join us in the Santa Fe Trail Museum as we discuss the upcoming month and volunteer opportunities. This is a great time to get to know your THM staff and the other volunteers. Even if you don’t volunteer that month we would still love to have you at the meeting. Beignets and Coffee provided!

 

Trinidad Community Theatre presents Dinner with the Boys

TRINIDAD — Dinner with the Boys by Dan Lauria is the next production at Trinidad Community Theatre which begins Friday, September 28. This show is directed by Kris Miller. The goombah cliches come fast and furious in the award-winning comedy which revolves around two old-world hitmen holed up in a house in “the wilds of 1970’s New Jersey” after incurring the displeasure of their mob boss.

This Mafia-themed comedy plays like a gangster variation on Arsenic and Old Lace with a touch of Sweeny Todd flavoring. This play is appropriate for adults and teens.

Showtimes are:
Friday, September 28 7:00 pm Saturday, September 29 7:00 pm Sunday, September 30 2:00 pm Friday, October 5 7:00 pm Saturday, October 6 7:00 pm Sunday, October 7 2:00 pm

Tickets for this event are available at scrtheatre.com or the SCRT box office, 131 W Main Street.

 

Volunteer Training at Sangre de Cristo Hospice

TRINIDAD — Volunteer training takes place on Saturday, September 29, from 9 am to 5 pm at our office, 1502 E. Main Street. The Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care needs volunteers. Volunteers play a key role for Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care. As a non-profit organization, volunteer hours allow more time and resources to be used for patients in need, or for those who are unable to pay. You can work to help SCHPC toward their mission of enhancing the lives of patients and families by becoming a volunteer. Please contact SCHPC for more information: 719-846- 3060

 

Wind River Band at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Saturday, September 29, 8 pm to 12 am Wind River Band will entertain at Spanish Peaks Inn for a $5 cover. Don’t forget Spanish Peaks Inn has Taco Tuesday and specials on Thursday and Friday nights! Dine in or call in and carry out! Spanish Peaks Inn is located in scenic Gulnare at 22590 County Rd 41.6 #10. Order to go and pick up in less than 30 minutes, (719) 941-4288.

 

Canvas and Conversation

TRINIDAD — What could be more fun for a date night or girls’ night out than Canvas and Conversation? This unique activity lets you release the hidden Picasso in you while enjoy- ing friendly conversation, wine, and snacks. Join us on Monday, October 1, 6 to 8 pm for fun and comradery and, who knows? You may discover a hidden talent.

Canvas and Conversation is held at Mt. Carmel Garden Room, 911 Robinson Avenue. The cost for the evening is $25, which includes all painting materials, a glass of wine and snacks. Additional glasses of wine may be purchased.

Places are limited; reservations required. Call Patricia Duran at (719) 845-4875.

 

Trinidad Community Foundation announces 2018 Grant Cycle

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) will begin soliciting grant proposals from designated non-profit organi- zations in Trinidad and Las Animas County on October 1. Completed grant application packets are due in the TCF office no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, October 31.

The Trinidad Community Foundation mission is to enhance and develop the quality of life in Trinidad and Las Animas County by building a culture of giving, and by providing grants in the areas of education, health and wellness, recreation, historic preservation, and communication.

Through its grant program, TCF supports activities and programs that benefit the people and community of Trinidad and Las Animas County, and that further the TCF mission. Since its beginning in 2006, TCF has provided over $285,000 in grant funding to the community.

Beginning October 1, visit www.trinidadcf.org for additional information about the TCF Grant Program and to download a grant application packet. The completed grant applications will accepted via e-mail at info@trinidadcf.org until October 31.

 

Author to tell of Old Boston, wild boomtown of eastern Colorado

TRINIDAD — Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 pm, the Trinidad Public Library is pleased to present a book-signing with Kent Brooks, author of a new book titled Old Boston: As Wild As They Come. Join us as the author presents a slide show and discus- sion, followed by book sales and signing. This event is free and open to the public.

Brooks gives us the following description of the book: “On November 16, 1886, four members of the Boston Town Company stopped on the southeast Colorado plains to stake out and establish Boston, Colorado in what was then eastern Las Animas County. Frontier newspaperman Sam Konkel joined the town company and promoted Boston as ‘The Utopian City of the Plains’. Built to catch the railroad and become the county seat of a new Colorado county, Boston became one of the rowdiest towns on the American frontier. Homesteaders and outlaws made Boston home during its brief, wild existence. Included among the inhabitants of Boston were the Jennings clan, before they gained fame as train robbers in Oklahoma. The story chronicles the life of the town leading up to the April 1889 siege which was the end of the Colorado Boomtown era and this old west town which was…As Wild As They Come.”

 

Meet the Candidates at TSJC

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor “Meet the Candidates” in preparation for the November 6th General Election. The event will be held Thursday, October 4, at the Massari Performing Art Center on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. The event will begin promptly at 6 pm. Candidates that are running for the offices of County Commissioner, County Clerk & Recorder, Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Assessor, County Coroner and County Surveyor have been invited to participate. Representatives from School District #1 have been invited to discuss Ballot Issues 4A & 4B which also appear on the November ballot. The format for the evening allows for candidates to make opening & closing statements, answer questions from the panel, audience, and telephone call-ins. Trinidad Times TV will also be present for possible live broad- cast and recording for future viewing. The Trinidad-LAC Chamber of Commerce will provide refreshments. Additional information can be obtained from the Trinidad-LAC Chamber of Commerce, Linda Barron (846-8223) or Ed Griego (846- 9871).

 

Kiwanis Demolition Derby

TRINIDAD — The 4th Annual Trinidad Kiwanis Demolition Derby will be held Saturday, October 6, 2 – 5 pm at Las Animas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 2200 N. Linden Avenue. Tickets : Pre-sale $10, at the gate – $15 age 5 and under free.

Tickets and rules available at International Bank, Mariposa Rehabilitation Center, Farmers Insurance, 1st National Bank Walmart Branch, SCCOG Early Learning Center. For more information please contact Brian Blasi, 719-253-2163.

 

Relief! Printing Workshop

TRINIDAD — Saturday, October 6, 9 am at the Trinidad His- tory Museum there will be a Relief Printing Workshop with Amanda Palmer. The class is open to students 16 years and older. Tuition is $35 (Minimum of 3 students). Bring your own lunch, art supplies provided!

Amanda Palmer said, “This relief printing workshop will offer an introduction to the wonderful tools and techniques of the age-old art of block printing. I propose to present a two week-long session in relief (linoleum) printing. The workshop will teach basic relief printing techniques including creating an image, cutting that image into a block and creating prints with a hand printing technique. Students will work together and receive one-on-one input from the instructor throughout the workshop. Their appreciation and understanding of the value of creating artwork will be deepened, and they will come away with prints of their own, and also perhaps, of each others’ work.” –

 

Elite athlete, Zoila to speak at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Join us Tuesday, October 9, 12 to 1 pm in the Pioneer Room on the Trinidad Campus to hear about Zoila’s journey. She will share the obstacles she has encountered, opportunities and the network of support that has helped her reach the unreachable. Born and raised in Mexico, one of 16 children, Zoila is well-known as a professional athlete, youth mentor and community advocate. As an elite athlete Zoila was

the 2008 USA women marathon Olympic alternate and represented the United States of America in three world champion- ship events in the marathon: Osaka, Japan 2007, Berlin, Germany 2009 and Daegu Korea in 2011. While at Adams State, Zoila was named the women’s collegiate athlete of the year, won six national titles in Track and Field and was an 11 time All American. Zoila’s passion for life and the sport is second to none. Zoila’s motto in life is: “Be, Dream, Believe- Se, Sueña y Cree”. Her journey is one to be heard.

 

Octoberfest at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Welcome to the season of pumpkins, stews and cold brews! Mt. Carmel will be hosting its first annual Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 10 pm. We will have a variety of activities for the whole family. Come enjoy a festive afternoon and evening with us!

Be on the lookout for Octoberfest information at face- book.com/MtCarmelCenter.

 

Calling all Chili chefs

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Historical Society in Aguilar will hold their annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser on Sunday, October 28 at the Community Center. A $50 prize will be given to best red and best green chili each plus door prizes and crowd favorite. To enter your chili or for more details call Pat at 680-1393 or Charlie at 859-0918. Watch for more details in the coming weeks!

 

COLFAX

Raton Homecoming

RATON — Homecoming Week continues through the weekend! The theme this year is PIXAR-TIGERS “To Infinity and Beyond”.
Homecoming Dress Up Days:

Thursday: Pixar Character Day
Friday: Black and Gold Day
Other homecoming activities:
September 27th Volleyball Game
September 28th Assembly 10 am and Parade 1 pm September 28th Mum Presentation 5 pm

Royalty Presentation-Kings 5:45 pm
Football Game 7 pm
Royalty Presentation-Queens Halftime
September 29th Athletics Golf Tourney
September 29th 7th and 8th Grade Dance 6:30-8:30 pm 9th – 12th Grade Dance 9-Midnight

 

Stock up on books for winter!

RATON — Book lovers, the long cold days of winter are com- ing quickly, are you stocked up? Come and buy your fill at the bi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library – 244 Cook Avenue. This fantastic sale will be Saturday, September 29,10 am to 2 pm. Call Lonny Parsons at 575-445-9323 for more information. Would you like to become a friend of the library? Email Thayla Wright at twright@cityofraton.com and talk to her about it! Volunteers, drop by the library on Friday the 28, 4 pm and help us organize for the sale.

 

Bad Shot Gun Show & Outdoor Expo

RATON — The 2018 Bad Shot Gun show will be held Saturday, and Sunday September 29 and 30, 9 am to 4 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd St. General Admission is $7, Vets/LEO/Firefighters $6, Children under 12 free. If you Bring a gun to trade or sell you will get a $1 off general admission as well. Only One Discount per person.

 

Life in the coal camp

RATON — A special presentation at the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street, by George (Judo) Yaksich will be held Saturday, September 29, at 4 pm.

 

Raton High School Team Golf Tournament

RATON — The Three Person Scramble fundraiser is Saturday, September 29. There is a 9 am shotgun start. Entry fee is $60 per person; Mulligans are $5/each with a limit of two. A lunch will be served after the tournament concludes. Mail entry check payable to Raton Country Club to RHS Athletics Golf Tournament, P.O. Box 83, Raton, NM 87740 Or by phone to enter and reserve your carts call 575 445 8113. Thank you for supporting Raton High School Athletics!

 

The Magic Piano of John Walker

RATON — The Schuler Theatre proudly presents the magic piano of John Walker and the legendary piano style of Floyd Cramer on Saturday, September 29, 7 pm. Tickets are $10.

 

Important dates/places for New Mexico voters!

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO — Now to Oct 8 is voter registration. Tuesday, Oct 9 – Absentee Voting Begins; Oct 9 to Nov 3 Early Voting at these locations:

Raton – Oct 9-Nov 3 at the County Clerk’s Office Springer – Oct 20 from 9-4 at the Springer High School Maxwell – Oct 22 from 10-2 at Maxwell School Auditorium
Cimarron – Oct 25 from 9-4 at the Village Hall
Eagle Nest – Oct 26 from 9 – 4 at the Community Center Angel Fire- Oct 27 from 12-5 at the Community Center

Nov 6 is the last day to vote in the General Election – VOTE!

 

24th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run

RATON — Join with the Raton Professional Business Women & Raton Kiwanis Club for the 2018 Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness, Saturday, October 6. All proceeds go to Alternatives to Violence here in Raton and go a long way to helping cover costs that grants do not specifically address. With your help, this community support helps ATV to carry out the work that they do. Registration begins at 8:30 am and Walk/Run starts at 9 am. 1, 3, and 5 mile courses are available and cash prizes can be won for individuals and teams!

Contact any PBW member to make a donation, to sign up to become a walker or to find out how you can hel, 575-445- 9551

 

Raton Humane Society ’s 4th Annual Petfest

RATON — Saturday, October 6, 10 am – 4 pm at Ripley Park come out for music, food vendors, auction, blessing of the animals, arts and crafts, pet show, petting zoo and more! Persons interested in having a booth please contact Jeannie, 575-445-3837

 

Events

Overcoming Challenges and Understanding Community workshop

RATON — Ever wanted a new way to navigate through relationships, understand and resolve conflict and feel empowered and enriched by your interactions with those around you? Come to Infinite Potential’s workshop – Overcoming Challenges and Understanding Community, Sunday, October 7, 8:30 to 11:30 am at Infinite Potential Raton Yoga, 115, S. 2nd Street. This workshop is perfect for those with families, with jobs, those who volunteer, business owners, church and community group leaders. Contact Colette to book your spot today at 575-707-2725 or email infinitepotential2015@gmail.com

 

Community Roundtable

CIMARRON — The next Community roundtable meeting will be Monday, October 8, 5:15 pm at the Baptist Church. We encourage all to attend, who are interested in seeing our Frontier Communities Grant project move forward.

 

Autumn star party at Capulin

CAPULIN — Capulin Volcano National Monument will be hosting an out-of-this-world interstellar event this month. Join us on the night of Friday, October 12, for an autumn star party! Capulin staff will be holding a night sky viewing event located at the base of the volcano next to the visitor center.

Over time, observing the night sky has unlocked a plethora of scientific discoveries, helping people of all generations to better understand our own planet and those beyond. Due to minimal light pollution, Capulin Volcano has one of the best, and most well pre- served night skies in the nation. Come and explore the “park after dark” at Capulin Volcano National Monument as we discuss some of the many mysteries the dark sky holds. Visitors are invited to attend this event from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (MDT) to use telescopes and deep-sky viewing binoculars and observe all the wonders this beautiful resource holds. Park staff encourage visitors to bring blankets, warm clothes, and folding chairs.

This is a FREE event, though we do ask for guests to RSVP so Capulin may better pre- pare for your visit. To RSVP, please call the park at (575) 278-2201, or email us at cavo_interpretation@nps.gov.

 

Mextoberfest in Raton

RATON — Our fall car and bike show will be the kick off for a brand new event, Mextoberfest, which is a Mexican/German fusion excuse to have a good time! The fest will be held at Raton Pass Motor Inn, 308 Canyon Drive,

Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 2 pm.
We don’t know what we are doing, so that means we can all celebrate with our own interpretation of the theme. No entry fee, bring your favorite ride and show it off…participants show up by 9 am to get parked. We’ll have food and music and fun.

 

Christian Mindfulness: A Labyrinth Walk at the Mandala Center

DES MOINES — A special Labyrinth Walk will be held at the Mandala Center, Sunday, October 14, 2 pm. Join us for a centuries old practice to reflect…renew…rejoice! In case of inclement weather, the Labyrinth Walk will be moved inside. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 575-278-3002.

 

Calendar pet photos sought

RATON — Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital in Raton is seeking photos of pets to use in a calendar. Photos must be 300 or 600 dpi in JPEG format, in landscape mode and must include photographer’s name, address, phone number, email and photo title. Submissions can be of either a domestic pet or livestock. Deadline is October 26th. Submit your photo to mvvh@bacavalley.com or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575 445 3912

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Forbes Park Woodfest

FORBES PARK — Forbes Park will conduct another “Woodfest Weekend” Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, weather permitting. Several times each year Forbes Park residents help our friends across the valley by providing free firewood from the Park. If you’d like to participate bring your own saw, tools, rope or tie-downs, and safety equipment. Many trees have been cut down and may require additional cutting into lengths to fit your trailer, pickup, or other vehicle.

Convoys of participants will be escorted into the Park at 9:15 am and 12:15 pm. Please arrive at the gate 15 minutes early to sign in. If no one there, please wait for an escort.

Our goal as Forbes Park residents is to provide a simple process to share FREE fire- wood to our friends outside the Park, to reduce the chances of another forest fire by removing good firewood (fuel)…and help you to inexpensively heat your homes this winter. Visitors coming to get firewood are asked to spend 30 minutes or so stacking the slash from the firewood they are picking up, so we can pick it up with machines and haul it to the disposal area to be burned in the winter.

Contact: Rick Nulton – Publicity Chair – 719-379-4934 for more information.

Homecoming week events

John Mall Panther Homecoming

Thursday, September 27

Purple and White Day

Vball vs Hoehne (C 4:30, JV 5:30; V 6:30)

 

September 28

Parade line up 12:30pm

Parade viewing 1- 1:30pm

Pep rally, Fiesta Park (Walsenburg Ball fields; Games, fun, and SMASH A-CAR!!

 

September 29

PJ’s and Pancakes Relay Run, teams of 4

9am at John Mall Football Field

Panthers v Miners football Kick-off, 1 pm

Homecoming Dance ($3 singles/ $5 couples) 8-11 pm

 

  Raton Tigers Homecoming

September 27

Pixar Character Day

Volleyball Game

 

Friday, September 28

Black and Gold Day

Assembly 10:00 AM and parade 1pm

Mum presentation 5 pm

Royalty presentation-Kings 5:45 pm

Football pame 7pm

Royalty presentation-Queens Halftime

 

Saturday, September 29th

Athletics Golf Tourney

7th and 8th Grade Dance 6:30-8:30 pm

9th – 12th Grade Dance 9-Midnight

 

   La Veta Redskins Homecoming

Thursday, September 27

Red and White Day

Tailgate and Pep Fest @ Football Field 5 pm Friday, September 28

10:30 am Homecoming Parade

3 pm Jr High Volleyball against Primero (A Team)

4 pm High School Volleyball v Primero (Varsity)

7 pm High School Football against Primero (Royalty will be crowned during the half time of the High School Football game.)

 

Saturday, September 29

8 am Jr High VB Tournament, Hoehne ( A & B) Bus leaves at 6:15 am

10 am Varsity VB at Antonito, bus leaves at 7am

No dance is scheduled for Homecoming

 

Activities & Events for week of September 20, 2018

HUERFANO

Food collection at Charlie’s Market

LA VETA — Volunteers for Change will be collecting food for Dorcas Circle today, Thursday, Sept. 20 in front of Charlie’s Market from 1 to 4:30 pm. If you are leaving the area for the winter, this is your chance to clear your shelves of unopened, nonperishable food items, toiletry items, and pet food, and donate it to our local food bank for Huerfano citizens in need. Or consider purchasing an extra item or two for our table if you are shopping. Do- nations are also welcome and will be used to purchase more food from Charlie’s. Depend- ing on the weather, this may be our last food drive until next May. Thank you for your past support, and as always, a big thank you to the staff at Charlie’s!

 

Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee will be Thursday, September 20, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority office 220 Russell Avenue, across from the Outreach Clinic. The Midterm election is less than 60 days away. Support our local county office candidates and find out how you can help spread the word for all Democratic candidates by canvassing and/or phone banking. All Democrats and independent voters welcome to attend.

 

“Taste of Things to Come”in Gardner

GARDNER — The annual Celtic Festival opening concert is tonight, Thursday, September 20, 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Raymond Aguirre Community Center. Tickets are $25. If you’re local and can bring a finger food for the dessert table, it would be much appreciated! Questions? Contact Kim Seng, 719 989 0466. Hope you can make it!

 

14th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival Sep 20 – 23

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 14th year will run from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23. The Celtic Music Festival features renowned Irish harpers Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra; three members from Lunasa: Kevin Crawford, Patrick Doocey, and Colin Farrell; up and coming Scottish band Heron Valley; Colorado bands Take Down the Door and One for the Foxes; 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Dylan Foley; Irish guitarist Patsy O’Brien, and our Festival regulars, Máirtín de Cógáin, Ed Miller, Robbie O’Connell, and Tanya Perkins. We hope to open the Festival as we usually do with free events at Uptop, our Thursday Taste of Things to Come in Gardner, two major con- certs in Walsenburg, and a host of classes, workshops, and demo-performances during the daytime. Check out our website http://celticmusicfest.com/for performer and program information.

 

WU limited hours this week

WALSENBURG — Washington Underground hours for the week of September 17-22 ONLY will be: Mon-Tues-Thurs 8:30-6: 30 pm; Wed 8:30-8:30; Fri 8:30-6; Sat 10-1.

 

JMHS marching band practice open to the public on Friday

WALSENBURG — Friday marching band practice is open to the public this Friday, September 21 from 11 to noon at the JMHS sports complex. Come see how hard the students are working.

 

Fiber and clay artists wanted

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites artists working with fabric/fiber and also artists working with clay, to enter the upcoming Fiber & Clay show. Art- work will be accepted Friday, Sept. 21, 11 – 3 pm and Saturday, Sept. 22 10 – 3 pm. Entry fees are $5 per entry with a limit of 4 per artist. Ask about groupings of small items that would be displayed and sold as one item. The show will be on display Sept. 25 – Nov. 3, with an opening reception Sept. 29. Visit the SPACe website for complete information. www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719 742-3074.

 

Yoga Fridays at WU

WALSENBURG — Yoga is now offered at Washington Underground on Fridays from 5:15-6:15 pm. What a great way to end the work week…relax and get more flexible! The class fee is $5.

 

Walker Stapleton to visit Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Come meet Walker Stapleton, who hopes to be the next governor of Colorado, Saturday, September 22, 8:30 am, 611 Main Street. He has been our Colorado Treasurer and says this has proven his ability to keep Colorado fiscally sound.

From his website: “To Walker, running for Governor is a deeply personal matter. Walker and his wife Jenna live in Arapahoe County with their three children: Craig, Colette, and Olivia. He is running for Governor for them, and for the next generation of Coloradans. Walker believes that this election will have a massive effect on the future fiscal health of the state, and that in order for Col- orado to remain the greatest state in the nation, strong and proven economic stewardship is not just preferable, but vital.”

To learn more, be there on Saturday at 8:30 am. Refreshments will be served.

 

Open house at Navajo Estates

WALSENBURG — Come out Saturday, September 22, noon to 4 pm for a very special open house event at 91 Bear Trail at Navajo Estates. There will be door prizes, appetizers, and margaritas! For more information call Nicole Sudderth, 303-944-7319.

 

Cuchara Chapel year-round service

CUCHARA — Join us at Cuchara Chapel, located off Hwy 12 just south of Cuchara village every Sunday, 10 am for Rev. Eileen Ramsey. Come as you are; all are welcome!

 

Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — This is a reminder for the upcoming free legal clinic hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, Southern Colorado Legal Services, and the Spanish Peaks Library District. The event will take place from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (times subject to change) on Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. CLS will provide free 15-20 minute consultations (depending on turnout), via Skype, for eligible parties based on CLS income and asset criteria. For more information regarding eligibility, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, C.J. Montoya, at (719) 497-8209.

 

Fall fitness and food at WU

WALSENBURG — An after-school nutrition and fitness class at Washington Underground starts Monday, September 24, 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Have fun working out with Michael and eating a nutritious snack. Classes are limited to 10 students so call to reserve your spot today! Sign up by calling (719) 738-9890.

There is a Friday night yoga class this fall at Washington Underground. Join Helen for a class open to all abilities from 5-6 pm. Class cost is $5.

Don’t forget the farm stand at SPRHC! Double Up your Savings every week at the Spanish Peaks Farm Stand. Open 11-2pm every Friday at the main entrance of the hospital. Use your SNAP card and get two for one on fruits and veggies!

 

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Board of Directors of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 pm on Monday, September 24, in the activities room of the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Avenue. Please note this will be the location of future meetings until further notice. Agenda items will include Sheep Mountain Augmentation Facility Phase 2 construction update; CWCB loan extension discussion; director committee reports; presentation of draft budget to the board. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AA meetings in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Huerfano County on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 pm in the basement of Church of Christ, 400 Walsen Avenue. Meetings are also held on Sundays and Thursdays at 5 pm in the La Clinica Building located at 2485 N. High- way 69, in Gardner. Newcomers welcome.

 

Booster Club still has calendars for sale

LA VETA — Good news! The La Veta Booster Club still has some of this year’s community calendars left. The calendars are a great way to stay on top of community events and sup- port our school. The calendars are $7 a piece. The club also has La Veta Redskins apparel for those who haven’t kitted themselves out yet. Call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 or Jessica Andreatta 719-989-8253 to buy today!

 

Eagles Bingo returns to Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Eagles Bingo is back every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. Come to Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street for Bingo packs, pull tabs and raffles, plus a snack bar! Everyone is welcome.

 

Francisco Fort’s fall hours

LA VETA — Francisco Fort’s fall hours are now in effect. The museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm through Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 6. After that time tours of the museum are available by advance appointment only. For more information call 719-742-5501 or email the museum at director@franciscofort.org.

The museum is located at 306 S. Main St. in La Veta. Website:wwwfranciscofort.org.

 

Voter registration at LVPL

LA VETA — It’s National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, September 25. La Veta Public Library is happy to be a location where you can register to vote! Just stop by that day to get set up!

 

La Veta Homecoming parade & games

LA VETA — The La Veta High School Home- coming Parade is Friday, September 28, 10:30 am. La Veta Main Street will be closed for the “Road Trippin’” themed event. Please support La Veta Schools students as we celebrate Homecoming Week. Volleyball game begins same day at 4 pm against Primero in the Roger Brunelli Gymnasium and the Football game begins at 7 pm at the La Veta Football Field.

 

Crafty Canary Brewery Grand Opening Sep 28

WALSENBURG — The first Walsenburg microbrewery will open in September 2018. The grand opening will be held Friday, September 28. The Crafty Canary, 107 E. 5th Street, will be open 7 days a week, Sun. -Thurs. 11 am to 9 pm, Fri-Sat. 11 am to 10 pm.

Find out more by visiting craftycanarybrewery.com

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid class

WALSENBURG — Friday, September 28, 8 am to 4:30 pm at Peakview School, there will be a special class “Mental Health First Aid Training” Lunch and snacks will be provided. As a Mental Health First Aider, you will be prepared to recognize the signs of distress and how to support an adolescent experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.n Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach you to be a therapist, but it does teach you how you can provide initial help until appropriate professional resources are available. You must pre-register. Contact Debbie Barry at 719-846- 2213. Class size is limited.

 

Free music entertainment at Miners Plaza

WALSENBURG — Pick up your ears and walk to the Miners stage! The harps and pipes are calling, and all can go! Come down to the Miners Stage in Walsenburg across from La Plaza Inn on Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm for a free concert.

 

“Across the Divide” harp concert at the Fox Sep 29

WALSENBURG — Come out for an evening of beautiful music! “Across the Divide” is a concert featuring the music of King David, Ireland, and Scotland, played by harpists Sunita Staneslow and Áine Minogue. The concert will be held Saturday, September 29, starting at 7 pm at the Fox Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Go to www.foxwalsenburg.com.

 

Penitente Brotherhood presentation at HCHS annual meeting and dinner

WALSENBURG — The Penitente Brotherhood is the subject of a talk by Rick Manzanares, former director of Fort Garland Museum in the San Luis Valley, for the Huerfano Historical Society.

The Brotherhood, a layman’s group for religious rituals especially centered around Holy Week, was active in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, including Huerfano County, which had at least 17 moradas – meeting houses.

Manzanares’s talk will be given at the Huerfano County Historical Society’s annual meeting and dinner Wednesday, Oct. 3. The public is invited for the 5:30 pm reception at the Wal- senburg Golf Clubhouse and for the 6 pm dinner. The talk will follow the dinner, which will be catered by Vialpando Catering.

For anyone to make a reservation (cost is $13 including the dinner), please leave your name and number at 719-738-2346, which is the Huerfano County Heritage Center. Or to make a reservation in person, stop in at the Heritage Center, 114 W. Sixth Street, Walsenburg, next to La Plaza Inn. The Center is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

 

Health Fair blood draw time

HUERFANO COUNTY — SPRHC and the Health Foundation bring you the annual Huerfano County Health Fair, Saturday, October 20. Low-cost blood tests are available before the fair so folks can get consultations from health professionals about their blood tests at the fair. The blood draws will be held in Gardner, Monday, October 1, 7 to 10 am at Gardner School; at La Veta Community Center, Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, 7 to 10 am and in Walsenburg at the Huerfano County Community Center Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, 7 to 10 am.

Testing offered are: Hemoglobin A1C, $10; Chemistry panel, $25; CBC $10; PSA, $25; and Vitamin D, $20. Remember to fast 10 to 12 hours prior to testing and drink plenty of water! For more information please call 719- 738-5200.

 

Affordable health screenings

WALSENBURG — Residents living in and around Walsenburg can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave will host this community event on Monday, October 1. The site is located in Walsenburg.

Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke, and overall vascular health, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis, kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Also, ask about our Wellness Gold Member- ship Program with allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our web- site at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

 

Call for singers

LA VETA — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble invites any and all singers to join us as we prepare for an all-new, uplifting and inspiring Christmas Cantata, much of which is based on Celtic and Appalachian music. We rehearse on Tuesdays at 6 pm at La United Methodist Church (LVUMC). If you would like to sing with us, please come to LVUMC on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm to pick up sheet music and rehearsal CDs, and to enjoy a piece of cherry pie, as the Summer Singers celebrate the end of their first summer concert season. Our first actual rehearsal will be Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 pm, at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 South Main Street. Please do join us! Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 for more information.

 

La Veta Gallery on Main holiday card making class

LA VETA — Wednesday, October 3 La Veta Gallery on Main will offer a Christmas greet- ing card-making class (Handmade Holiday Cards). The class will be taught by Karen Austin and Sarah Hoffman and take place at the Gallery. We will provide three designs, all supplies and tools, and personalized instruction for producing each design. Students will make a total of 6 cards. The class will be offered twice: once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The morning class will run from 9 am to noon and the afternoon class from 1 to 4 pm. The class price is $30 (which covers all supplies).

The designs include the following tech- niques: stamping, die-cutting, heat embossing, embellishing, and dry embossing. Class size is limited to 6 students per session. Class reservations can be made at the Gallery (210 S. Main, La Veta), which is open Mon, Tues, and Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, as well as Sundays noon to 4 pm. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Please email lavetagalleryonmain@outlook.com with any questions.

 

The Home Fires at Deerprint

LA VETA — The Home Fires will perform at Deerprint Wine and Bistro Friday, October 5, 6 pm. This Americana duo is based in Minneapolis and is comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah’s clear, melodic voice and Vicky’s warm, weathered harmony. Tickets are $12 available at the Deerprint website.

 

Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

LA VETA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is again holding a 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, October 6, beginning at 8:30 am. Entry fee is $20 per individual; proceeds fund scholarships for graduating La Veta High School seniors. The event begins and ends at La Veta Town Park. Register at http://tinyurl.com/oktoberfest5K.

 

La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA — If you haven’t been to La Veta’s Oktoberfest, you’re missing a great event! This year, Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, beginning at 10 am. The 32nd Oktoberfest includes a car show, German band, dancing in the street all day long, over 60 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a Veteran’s tribute, and a German Biergarten.

 

Sock Puppet Costume fundraiser at the Funky Monkey

LA VETA — Saturday, October 6, 10 am -6 pm, the Funky Monkey is hosting a great event. This is a really fun activity for kids and adults alike. Design a sock puppet which we will display in the window for the month of October. These puppets will be auctioned off to help raise money for our community art center.

 

After Oktoberfest concert at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us after the Oktoberfest festivities for live music and German beer Saturday, October 6, 6 pm featuring Ken Saydak and Friends at La Veta Mercantile.

 

Vendors needed for the Quilt and Craft fair

WALSENBURG — Vendors are wanted for the Inaugural St. Mary Quilt and Craft Fair, Saturday, November 3, 9 am – 3 pm at Msgr. Howard Delaney Memorial Hall, in Walsenburg. A $25 booth includes 6′ table, chairs, and one meal ticket. Call Natalie at 719-738-1204 or email beckyandgary42@gmail.com to register by Monday, October 29. There’s limited space, so register early.

 

Arts and Craft event seeks local authors

LA VETA — In conjunction with the arts and craft event to be held at the Mercantile on Saturday, December 8, La Veta Public Library will host local authors with their books to round out holiday gift giving. Meet the authors and get signed editions. 10 am-3 pm. Contact Mitzi at the library (742-3572) to reserve free space for authors. For more information regarding the arts and craft fair, contact Sandy Dolak (719-251-1271).

 

Francisco Fort Museum fall school programs

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum fall school programs are now available. Our museum campus consists of an original 1862 adobe settlement fort along with six other structures including an 1876 one room school house, two blacksmith shops, and much more. Our programs include blacksmith demonstrations, site tours, Native American culture, coal mining, and other historical subjects. Pro- grams can be customized for specific age groups (K through 12) and subject matter. Professional docents, local historians, and guest presenters lead the programs, many of which include hands-on activities. These free museum programs/tours are available for area schools Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm now through October 5.

Contact museum director, Bob Kennemer at 719-742-5501, or 719-248-4543, or via email at director@franciscofort.org.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Work on Interstate 25 South in Las Animas County to re-start Wednesday

TRINIDAD — Work on the Colorado Department of Transportation project to improve sections of Interstate 25 will restart on September 19. The additional work was contracted to APC Southern Construction as part of their $5.3 million contract to improve South Inter- state 25 at Raton Pass. The Project was ex- tended to include removal and installation of concrete pavement on I-25 in Las Animas County at Milepost 10.5 in the northbound lanes on Interstate 25 at Raton Pass.

Motorists will experience the following Travel Impacts:

A 12-foot width restriction will affect the northbound lanes of I-25 at milepost 10.5, this restriction will be in place from 9/19/18 to October 1. Concrete barriers will be in place and the speed limit will be reduced to 45MPH

Reduced speeds could result in delays of up to 15 minutes

There will be 24-hour lane closures in place from October 1 through October 5 to allow concrete to cure

Project work hours are from 7 am to 7 pm (daylight hours), Monday through Friday and as result motorists traveling on Interstate 25 south of Trinidad will find the speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH while approaching and in the construction zone during these hours, so motorists should allow for travel delays up to 15 minutes, as traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the work zone.

For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 719- 600-1345, or email the team at jlopez@apc.us.com, or visit the project website and sign up for updates at www.codot.gov/projects/. For information on travel conditions visit COTrip.org, sign up for alerts, or call 511. Updates are also avail- able via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.

 

TSJC Gun Club Thursday Trap Shoot

TRINIDAD — The TSJC Gun Club is hosting an evening Trap/Skeet Shoot every Thursday night at the Prator gun range, 2013 CR 24.6. The public is encouraged to come out and have some fun and meet other shotgun shooters.

The TSJC Gun Club greatly appreciates the support of all of the Trinidad Community. For more information contact: Kyle Smith, Club President, 1-317-600-9388 or mrkylecsmith@gmail.com.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid class

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 21, 8 am to 4:30 pm at TSJC, there will be a special class “Mental Health First Aid Training” Lunch and snacks will be provided. As a Mental Health First Aider, you will be prepared to recognize the signs of distress and how to sup- port an adolescent experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.n Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach you to be a therapist, but it does teach you how you can pro- vide initial help until appropriate professional resources are available. You must pre-register. Contact Debbie Barry at 719-846-2213. Class size is limited.

 

New Human Services education program at TSJC

TRINIDAD — Human Services trains caring people to support others. This training may qualify you for jobs like intake worker, case manager, community outreach worker, and more. Eventual; career paths (with additional training) may include social work, counselor, and juvenile probation officer. Earn a certificate in as little as two semesters or an Associates’ Degree in two years. There will be an information meeting, Monday, September 24, 3:30 to 5:30 pm in room 310 of the library.

 

Better Conversations at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — A discussion group aimed at improving conversation between humans, will be meeting Monday, September 24, 5 to 6 pm at Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas St. All are welcome.

 

2018 TCF fundraising raffle

TRINIDAD —It’s time to buy Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) raffle tickets on sale now until November 23. The proceeds are used to assist local non-profit organizations that provide services to the Trinidad/Las Animas County communities. The annual raffle is one of several ways that TCF raises funding for the community.

Generous donors are: 1953 Hudson – Phil Long Family of Dealerships; $500 in Shell Gas Gift Cards – Duran Oil; Samsung Tablet – Mt. Carmel Health & Wellness Center

To purchase tickets contact 2018-2019 Trinity Community Foundation Board Members: Presence is not required to win. Must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket.

 

Peacock Ball 2018 this weekend!

TRINIDAD — The Peacock Ball is fast approaching on Saturday, September 22 at Sebastiani Gym. Doors open at 5:30 pm, formal attire, must be 18 years old to attend. Join us for an evening of fine dining, music, live & si- lent auctions, & fun…all in support of the animals at Noah’s Ark! Only a limited number of tickets & tables remain- tickets are NOT available at the door -Get your tickets at our Noah’s Ark Thrift Store before they are all sold out!

For more info, or to get tickets by credit card call 719-846-8578. For more information call 680-2385 or 846-3953.

 

Fun at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Saturday, September 22, 6 to 10 pm it’s all request night at Spanish Peaks Inn. Play what you like, stop by dance, eat and have fun! Don’t forget Spanish Peaks Inn has Taco Tuesday and specials on Thursday and Friday nights! Dine in or call in and carry out! Spanish Peaks Inn is located in scenic Gulnare at 22590 County Rd 41.6 #10. Order to go and pick up in less than 30 minutes, (719) 941-4288.

 

Old Primero, a documentary

TRINIDAD — Come out to the premiere of a new documentary film, Old Primero, which will be shown Saturday, September 22, 7 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.

This new documentary film explores life and work in Primero, Colorado, a company town in the early 20th century west. The production examines the impact of company pol- icy on families and their lives in the isolated and hostile rural canyons of the southern front range. For many immigrant families, Primero brought into focus the chance to grasp the American Dream for their families. This film reveals their story as they help settle the American West.

 

Moonlight Hike at Trinidad Trails

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad Outdoor Club for a moonlight hike on the new Sand- stone Loop trail, Saturday, September 22, 8:30 pm. Meet at the trailhead parking lot behind the Masonic Cemetery. Bring water, appropriate footwear and clothing, and headlamps or flashlights.

 

United Presbyterian Church invites you

AGUILAR — Come visit the United Presbyterian Church, now located in the little white 1906 country church on Romero Street, just south of Main Street. Sunday service is at 10:30 am. Everybody is welcome!

 

Tai Chi classes at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Tai Chi Classes begin at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center Monday, September 24, advanced classes begin at 9:30 am, Novice classes at 10:30 am. Tai Chi is a terrific exercise for everyone — as long as they choose the best approach. Tai Chi is gentle, and can quickly improve balance, core strength, circulation and flexibility, and at the same time decrease stress levels and increase life vibrancy and joy.

Six-Week Class Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 31 – Advanced Classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
– Novice Classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration Fees

– $40 Fee, 60+ years, $40 registration fee paid by COG AAA

 

Oratory night

TRINIDAD — The next Oratory Night at the Carnegie will be Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Oratory Night is for any spoken-word presentation, eight minutes or less, no censorship (that’s up to the speaker), sign up at the library to speak. Come and listen, we need an enthusiastic audience.

 

Bar NI grant applications available now

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Bar NI Ranch Community Fund is accepting grant proposals. Grants may be awarded in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards must be made to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley. For a proposal packet, contact Tom Perry at to- mandlindaperry@gmail.com. The deadline is Friday, September 28.

 

Glow Ball Golf at Trinidad Golf Course

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 28, 4:30 to ??? bring a flashlight to Trinidad Municipal Golf Course and enjoy a night of fun! Sign up now as space is limited. The cost is $260 per four- person scramble. Green fees and carts are included. This tournament is a benefit for Trinidad for Children Campaign.

 

Trinidad Community Theatre presents Dinner with the Boys

TRINIDAD — Dinner with the Boys by Dan Lauria is the next production at Trinidad Community Theatre which begins Friday, September 28. This show is directed by Kris Miller. The goombah cliches come fast and furious in the award-winning comedy which revolves around two old-world hitmen holed up in a house in “the wilds of 1970’s New Jersey” after incurring the displeasure of their mob boss.

This Mafia-themed comedy plays like a gangster variation on Arsenic and Old Lace with a touch of Sweeny Todd flavoring. This play is appropriate for adults and teens.

Showtimes are:
Friday, September 28 7:00 pm Saturday, September 29 7:00 pm Sunday, September 30 2:00 pm Friday, October 5 7:00 pm Saturday, October 6 7:00 pm Sunday, October 7 2:00 pm

Tickets for this event are available at scrtheatre.com or the SCRT box office, 131 W Main Street.

 

Canvas and Conversation

TRINIDAD — What could be more fun for a date night or girls’ night out than Canvas and Conversation? This unique activity lets you release the hidden Picasso in you while enjoy- ing friendly conversation, wine, and snacks. Join us on Monday, October 1, 6 to 8 pm for fun and comraderey and, who knows? You may discover a hidden talent.

Canvas and Conversation is held at Mt. Carmel Garden Room, 911 Robinson Avenue. The cost for the evening is $25, which includes all painting materials, a glass of wine and snacks. Additional glasses of wine may be purchased.

Places are limited; reservations required. For reservations, please call Patricia Duran at (719) 845-4875.

 

Kiwanis Demolition Derby

TRINIDAD — The 4th Annual Trinidad Kiwanis Demolition Derby will be held Saturday, October 6, 2 – 5 pm at Las Animas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 2200 N. Linden Avenue. Every year this event is bigger and better, we don’t expect it to change this year! This event will happen rain or shine so buy your tickets now: Pre-sale $10, at the gate – $15 age 5 and under FREE

Entry fee is $50 which includes driver and car. Pit Passes are $20. Purse Amounts: Trucks/Regular Full-Size Cars ~Out- laws/”Run what you brung!” 1st $1000/ 2nd $500 / 3rd $250. Minis~ 1st $500 /2nd $250 /3rd $100. PowderPuff Derby will be held if we have at least 5 female drivers

Tickets and rules available at International Bank, Mari- posa Rehabilitation Center, Farmers Insurance, 1st National Bank Walmart Branch, SCCOG Early Learning Center. For more information please contact Brian Blasi, 719-253-2163.

 

COLFAX

Evening reception to be held for Luna presidential finalist tonight

LAS VEGAS, NM — Luna Community College, 366 Luna Dr, will host an evening reception for presidential finalist Dr. Jeremy Moreland from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Rough Rider Grill (Luna cafeteria). Everyone is invited to at- tend. For more information, call Jesse Gallegos at 454-5367.

 

Senior Center food distribution

RATON — Senior boxes distributed from 10 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm Friday, Sept. 21, at Colfax County Senior Center, 444 S 1st Street.

 

FY5 at Cimarron Mercantile

CIMARRON — The Short Grass Festival continues Friday, September 21, 7 pm at Cimarron Mercantile. Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs well informed with country and bluegrass traditions but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong vocals, and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. www.fy5band.com

Tickets sold at the door, $15. Buy tickets in advance $10. Purchase tickets via email: www.shortgrassfestival.com or by phone with a credit card: 575-376-2417 or 888376-2417. Age 18 and under are free.

 

Annual Cowboy Trade Show in Folsom

FOLSOM — Come join the fun at Folsom Village, Junction of HWY 325 & HWY 456 Saturday, September 22. The trade show goes on all day. Vendors wanted! The show helps benefit Fol-som Museum. Contact Barbara Schoonover for more information by calling 575-278-3696. The show specializes in “Cowboy”: gear, crafts, antiques, etc. Spaces for vendors is $30.

 

Colfax County Democrats meetings

ANGEL FIRE/ RATON —Saturday, September 22 the Colfax County Democrats invite you to know what the Democratic Party platform is! The New Mexico Democratic State Platform and Resolution Committee (SPARC) chair, Sharla Parsons will provide information about the issues that Democrats support, answer your questions, and provide suggestions about how to use the democratic platform for Get Out the Vote efforts marching up to the Nov 6, 2018 election. Sharla will be in Angel Fire on September 22 at the First National Bank community room from 9 – 12. Later that day, she will be in Raton to meet with people from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at the Center for Sustainable Community, 130 Park Ave.

See the platform here: http://www.dpnm-sparc.org/nm-platform.html

Also on Saturday, September 22, there will be the opening of the Colfax County Democratic Headquarters on 113 South 2nd (Next to Solano’s). Colfax County Democrats along with Mark McDonald will be hosting the meeting from 5 to 8 pm. Come to say hello, get questions answered, volunteer to help with the headquarters office, claim a neighborhood to help canvass or make a contribution. Learn about local candidate Mark McDonald and help us get out the vote. Elections are less than 50 days away.

 

Artist-author reception

RATON — Saturday, September 22, 1 to 4 pm Patchwork Phoenix, 228 S. 1st Street will have an artist-author reception. Guest speaker, artist Milbie Benge, will present “The Creative Process” Participating authors are: Rick Trice, Sandra Bolton, Sharon Niederman, Dee Burks, Pat Walsh, Pat Veltri, and Isis Grayling. Authors will be on hand to sell, sign, and discuss their books.

 

Back to school with essential oils

RATON — Saturday, September 22, 10 am at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library learn how to support your children in a different way with essential oils! Oils can help with a more restful night sleep, healthy immune function, support focus and concentration, calm emotions, and provide the help they need if they do catch that classroom bug! This class is free and open to all! Leave with a FREE “rise and shine” OR “calm kiddo” rollerball blend.

 

Park after Dark

CAPULIN — Appreciate the end of summer with a free sunset viewing at Capulin Volcano Saturday, September 22, 5:30 pm.

 

Raton Homecoming

RATON — Homecoming Week is September 24 – September 29. The theme this year is PIXAR-TIGERS “To Infinity and Beyond”.

Homecoming Dress Up Days:

Monday: Inside Out Day-wear your clothes inside out Tuesday: Monsters University College Day-wear college attire Wednesday: Rowdeo 1:00 pm – Class Color Day
Thursday: Pixar Character Day
Friday: Black and Gold Day
Other homecoming activities:
September 24th RowDeo Grades 9-12 1:00 pm
September 26th Powderpuff Tiger Stadium 6:00 pm September 27th Volleyball Game
September 28th Assembly 10:00 AM and Parade 1:00 pm September 28th Mum Presentation 5:00 pm
Royalty Presentation-Kings 5:45 pm
Football Game 7:00 pm
Royalty Presentation-Queens Halftime
September 29th Athletics Golf Tourney
September 29th 7th and 8th Grade Dance 6:30-8:30 pm
9th – 12th Grade Dance 9-Midnight

 

Regenerative ranching & farming workshop

CIMARRON — Mark your calendar and come to this special event featuring three pioneers in the regenerative ranching and farming movement Monday, September 24, 9 am – 5 pm. Learn from their years of experience and how they restore de- grading landscapes — principles that can be applied in any environment. The cost for the workshop is $70 per person or $50/person – for Colfax residences and surrounding counties – includes lunch. This workshop is limited to 100 attendees.

 

National Voter Registration Day

SPRINGER — Tuesday September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Springer Electric will be hosting this event and registering voters at 408 Maxwell Ave in Springer. Their office hours are 7 AM to 5:30 PM open through the lunch hour.

Make sure to get out and vote! It is your right, privilege, and responsibility as a US citizen.

 

Classic Night at El Raton

RATON — This month’s Classic movie, War Horse will be shown Wednesday September 26, 7 pm at El Raton Theater, 113 N. 2nd. This classic movie night will benefit the Christian Motorcycle Association.

War Horse, set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, begins with the re- markable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. The film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets- British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse-an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.

 

Confirmation preparation program

RATON — Are you a baptized Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Saint Patrick & Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Raton will be offering a preparation pro- gram every Thursday evening from 6-7:30 pm at the Parish Hall starting on September 13. Join us Sept 12th for kick-off festivities and registration. Please bring a copy of your Baptismal and First Communion certificate to register. The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Questions? (575) 445-9763

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution is Friday, September 28, 10 am at the City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street. Food will be distributed until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome.

 

Stock up on books for winter!

RATON — Book lovers, the long cold days of winter are com- ing quickly, are you stocked up? Come and buy your fill at the bi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library – 244 Cook Avenue. This fantastic sale will be Saturday, September 29,10 am to 2 pm. Call Lonny Parsons at 575-445-9323 for more information. Would you like to become a friend of the library? Email Thayla Wright at twright@cityofraton.com and talk to her about it! Volunteers, drop by the library on Friday the 28, 4 pm and help us organize for the sale.

 

Life in the coal camp

RATON — A special presentation at the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street, by George (Judo) Yaksich will be held Saturday, September 29, at 4 pm.

 

Raton High School Team Golf Tournament

RATON — The Three Person Scramble fundraiser is Saturday, September 29. There is a 9 am shotgun start. Entry fee is $60 per person; Mulligans are $5/each with a limit of two. A lunch will be served after the tournament concludes. Mail entry check payable to Raton Country Club to RHS Athletics Golf Tournament, P.O. Box 83, Raton, NM 87740 Or by phone to enter and reserve your carts call 575 445 8113. Thank you for supporting Raton High School Athletics!

 

The Magic Piano of John Walker

RATON — The Schuler Theatre proudly presents the magic piano of John Walker and the legendary piano style of Floyd Cramer on Saturday, September 29, 7 pm. Tickets are $10.

 

Worship at the Mandala

DES MOINES — Sunday, September 30, 3 – 5 pm you are invited to the monthly worship service lead by the Rev. Tim Sex- ton, followed by a potluck dinner.

 

Important dates/places for New Mexico voters!

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO — Now to Oct 8 is voter registration. Tuesday, Oct 9 – Absentee Voting Begins; Oct 9 to Nov 3 Early Voting at these locations:

Raton – Oct 9-Nov 3 at the County Clerk’s Office Springer – Oct 20 from 9-4 at the Springer High School Maxwell – Oct 22 from 10-2 at Maxwell School Auditorium Cimarron – Oct 25 from 9-4 at the Village Hall Eagle Nest – Oct 26 from 9 – 4 at the Community Center Angel Fire- Oct 27 from 12-5 at the Community Center

Nov 6 is the last day to vote in the General Election – VOTE!

 

24th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run

RATON — Join with the Raton Professional Business Women & Raton Kiwanis Club for the 2018 Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness, Saturday, October 6. All proceeds go to Alter- natives to Violence here in Raton and go a long way to helping cover costs that grants do not specifically address. With your help, this community support helps ATV to carry out the work that they do. Registration begins at 8:30 am and Walk/Run starts at 9 am. 1, 3, and 5 mile courses are available and cash prizes can be won for individuals and teams!

Contact any PBW member to make a donation, to sign up to become a walker or to find out how you can hel, 575-445- 9551

 

Raton Humane Society’s 4th Annual Petfest

RATON — Saturday, October 6, 10 am – 4 pm at Ripley Park come out for music, food vendors, auction, blessing of the animals, arts and crafts, pet show, petting zoo and more! Persons interested in having a booth please contact Jeannie, 575-445- 3837

 

Pet photos sought for calendar

RATON — Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital in Raton is seeking photos of pets to use in a calendar. Photos must be 300 or 600 dpi in JPEG format, in landscape mode and must include pho- tographer’s name, address, phone number, email and photo title. Submissions can be of either a domestic pet or livestock. Deadline is October 26th. Submit your photo to mvvh@bacavalley.com or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575 445 3912

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Art for the Sangres

WESTCLIFFE – Celebrate art and nature at the 22nd annual Art for the Sangres, a fine art sale that supports vital land protection efforts in southern Colorado Saturday, September 29. Art for the Sangres takes place in a refurbished barn at beautiful A Painted View Ranch just outside Westcliffe at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offering a stunning fall backdrop for this special event.

The 2018 edition of the show features 11 returning favorites and 10 new artists. The sale and reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

Art for the Sangres is San Isabel Land Protection Trust’s largest fundraiser. Forty percent of every purchase supports San Isabel’s efforts to protect land, water, wildlife and the region’s scenic beauty.

Tickets for the sale and reception are $50 before Sept. 21 and $60 at the door. They can be purchased online at ArtfortheSangres.com or by sending a check to San Isabel Land Protection Trust, P.O. Box 124, Westcliffe, CO 81252.

The public is invited to preview the art during open ad- mission from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at A Painted View Ranch, 3115 County Road 160, Westcliffe. There is no charge for the pre- view. You can also learn more about the artists and view their work at ArtfortheSangres.com.

 

Cottonwood Show features Huerfano County’s Inner Idea Artists

COLORADO SPRINGS — Mark your calendar for our upcoming exhibition, October 2 through 31 at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts. A gala opening is scheduled on Friday, Oct 5, from 5pm to 8pm with 21 IIA artists participating. Cottonwood Center for the Arts is located at 427 E Colorado Avenue. Visit their web site http://cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.

Artists in the show are: Marta Moore, David Zehring, Peggy Zehring, Mary Sewell Cooper, Fred Bender, Maggie MacIndoe, Rena Kaplowitz, Charlotte Slade Decker, Raquel Dimond, Che- ryl A. Richey, Margo Spellman, Linda Hart, Nancy Judson, Max Fain, Lavone Newell-Reim, Georgia Quick, Mary Jane Rivers, Anna Rodgers, Cheryl Telford, and Lana Thomas.

 

Learn to grow at home using hydroponics and aquaponics!

PUEBLO — Master Gardener volunteer Deb Hibbert will be teaching a class on controlled environment agriculture Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the CSU Extension office.

The class is $5 and includes refreshments and handouts. Register with cash or check in the office at 701 Court St. Suite C or register online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-controlled-environmentagriculture-2018-tickets-50094643427 Call 719-583-6566 for more information.

 

GOCA features Huerfano artists in two new exhibitions

COLORADO SPRINGS — The show, “Confluence: Linda Fleming” is opened Thursday, September 6, at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery: Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Avenue. The exhibition will be on view through December 9,

Linda Fleming is an artist whose work makes physical such impermanent elements as wind, air, light and shadow. This major solo exhibition will feature works in steel, wood, rubber, felt, and paper, and includes two monumental scale public works at the Ent Center for the Arts. Fleming is best known for her large-scale outdoor sculptures that draw from the desert and mountain environments surrounding her three studios in the Bay Area, Nevada’s desert and Southern Colorado’s Huerfano Valley. She is a founding member of the artists’ community Libre in Gardner, Colorado, where she maintains a studio that she hand-built.

A second show opened, Friday, September 7, at GOCA Downtown: Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S Tejon Ste 100 is entitled “Radical: 50 Years of Libre, Intentional Artist Community (1968-2018)” Artists: Dean Fleming, Linda Fleming, Luz Fleming, Michael Moore, Bill Haynes, Christine Howard Sandoval, Roberta Price, Jim Fowler, Scott Johnson, Electra Fowler Johnson + additional artists connected to the history of Libre are in the exhibit.

Join us at GOCA Downtown for the September showing of Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community (1968-2018). This group exhibition highlights artists living, working, and connected to Libre, one of the longest running intentional communities from the 1960s era. As part of the countercultural art movement, Libre and the artists working there were involved in the beginnings of conceptual art and the dematerialization of art. Contemporary art practices such as relational aesthetics, social practice, performance art, and conceptual experiments which merge art and life and politics owe a great debt to Libre and the artists who manifested this intentional community in a spirit of boundless experimentation.

 

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

Capulin Volcano Art Contest!

CAPULIN — Have great pictures or artwork of Capulin Volcano? Park staff invite all visitors to participate in the first annual Capulin Volcano Art Contest! The winning artwork will be featured on Capulin Volcano’s Annual Park Pass.

Rules for entry: All entries must be digital, and may be submitted through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #CapulinArt. Please ensure your post’s privacy setting allow public view, so that staff may be able to view your submission. Applicants may also email submissions to cavointerpretation@nps.gov with the subject line titled #CapulinArt. Deadline: All entries must be submitted by October 31, 2018. Format: Format must be JPEG, PNG, OR TIF. No watermarks or private logos will be accepted, however the winning entry will credited.

Content: Artwork or photos must be of Capulin Volcano National Monument. Entries will be judged on their ability to promote a sense of wonder as well as demonstrate the beauty of Capulin Volcano. Examples include, photos or art portraying hikers, wildlife, flora, or scenic views of the volcano and surrounding landscape.

Release Form: Rangers will review entries and select a winner by consensus. The winner will be contacted prior to the announcement. The winner will be required to complete a release form. In the case that the winner is under the age of 18 a parent or legal guardian complete the release form on their behalf. Resource Protection: Any entry portraying visitors engaged in illegal activities, including removing plants, rocks, harassing wildlife, or photos taken from drones will be disqualified.

The Winner of the 2018 Capulin Art Contest will receive an Interagency Annual Pass, which grants FREE admission to all national parks and federal public lands for one year!

Capulin Volcano National Monument, a unit of the National Park System, preserves “…a striking example of a recent extinct volcano.” The park is located on Highway 325, 3 miles north of the town of Capulin, NM, 30 miles east of Raton, NM, and 56 miles west of Clayton, NM. For more about Capulin Volcano and the National Park Service, check out our website www.nps.gov/cavo or find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Insta- gram @CapulinVolcanoNPS.

 

Tom Vail Art Show In Pueblo

PUEBLO — Huerfano County visual artist, Tom Vail, will have a retrospective show of his work at The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo from Saturday, September 15 through November 11, with and opening reception on Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m., all are welcome. The show is entitled “Going Out of Business”.

Roughly 90 pieces of Vail’s art will be on display including films that he produced dating back to the late 1960’s. Fine photography, collage, animated GIF collage and some unexpected interactive components comprise the show. Humor with an edge that is rich with provocative narrative is front and center in the work of this highly intelligent and talented artist. Tom Vail confronts and twists popular themes, always with a comedic and sometimes sardonic point of view. This is a rare opportunity to see this collection of fine art in your own back yard rather than having to travel to a major urban art center to behold this extraordinarily unique body of work.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center is lo- cated at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo, Colorado. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Vail’s show can be found on the first floor in the Regional and Hoag Galleries.

Contact: Elizabeth Szabo at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 719-295-7200; liz@sdc-arts.org for further information.

 

 

 

 

The enchanting artwork of Tom Vail is coming to The Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo

by Mary-Ann Brandon

PUEBLO — Many people set out in life to study art and dream of making a career at it, with only a very tiny percentage actually being able to do so. Often early in adult life reality rears its ugly head and the decision about how to feed oneself will often redirect the trajectory. The true artist never gives up, never stops creating. Such is the story of Tom Vail.

As a very young man, Vail had serious gymnastic aspirations. When the rope-climbing event for which he trained was dropped from the Olympics, he abandoned that goal.

During college he dipped his toe in the pond of short filmmaking. After graduation he moved to the bay area where his film “Luna” (the fly movie) won an honorable mention at the Monterey Film Festival. The short movies that he produced show the depth of Vail’s comedic intellect. His is a dark humor that while critical at times of the human condition, never crosses the line into patronizing condemnation. Rather, it tends to point out the absurdity of societal norms in a very clever and original fashion.

Art school led him in the direction of fine photography and collage much of which will be on display during his upcoming exhibition.

His family relocated from California to Huerfano County in the 1960’s and it was here that he met and married his wife Jann who is also an accomplished artist in her own right. This became the point at which the stark reality of life stepped into the story.

Jann and Tom knew that they wanted a family. As is the case with most artists who don’t have vast family resources or a generous benefactor, money became an issue. Successful shows in important galleries, while soul feeding, were not providing an adequate living so the Vails put their art on the back burner while working to make a life for their children. Interestingly, during these decades of work, Tom used his artistic talent to continue to create, most notably as a fine homebuilder, constructing some very distinctive structures including his own homes. Though he couldn’t devote his full attention to his art, he never ceased to continue his artistic endeavors even when toiling at laborious jobs.

Today, the Vails live contentedly in the downsized home that Tom built for them from the ground up. A piece of woodworking sculpture in itself, every corner of their home is filled with art including the handcrafted furniture and cabinetry that Tom has fabricated for them. With their children grown and successfully on their own, they are finally able to pursue the dream that had to be placed on the back burner while they tended to their family.

Tom Vail takes on the enthusiasm of a man decades younger when he talks with excitement about his upcoming retrospective show that will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo. This will be a very rare opportunity for people in the area to get to experience this collection of more than 90 pieces of Vail’s work before it moves on to a major urban art center. A not to miss event, Tom wants the public to know that everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception on Oct. 5 from 5-7 pm.

Roughly 90 pieces of Vail’s art will be on display including the short films that he produced in the 1960s. Fine photography, collage and animated GIF collage will comprise the rest of the exhibition.

The show is entitled “Going Out of Business” and will run from September 15 through November 11 at The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center located at 210 N. Santa Fe Avenue in Pueblo, Colorado. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Vail’s show can be found on the first floor in the Regional and Hoag Galleries.

      The Origin of Baseball, a collage by Tom Vail.

Activities & Events for week of September 13, 2018

HUERFANO

Yoga Fridays at WU

WALSENBURG — Yoga is now offered at Washington Underground on Fridays from 5:15-6:15 pm. What a great way to end the work week…relax and get more flexible! The class fee is $5.

 

Ryus Bakery grand re-opening

LA VeTA — Come out to the Ryus Bakery, 129 W. Ryus Ave., grand reopening Saturday, September 15, 7 am to 2 pm. Ryus Bakery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 am to 2 pm offering up cakes, pies, artisan bread, pastries, sandwiches and delicious coffee! For more information call 719-890-4770 or visit ryusavenuebakery.com

 

Dan Lavoie at Deerprint Wine & Bistro

LA VeTA — After touring the west, Dan is turning his van back east and will be making another stop in La Veta Friday, September 14, 6 to 8 pm. Don’t miss this truly talented troubadour as he passes through with riveting story telling and mesmerizing picking. Tickets, $12, available on line at www.deerprintwine.com.

 

San Isabel Electric’s annual membership meeting

WALSENBURG — Saturday, September 15, 10 am at John Mall High School come help us celebrate 80 years of keeping the lights on in southern Colorado at our annual members meeting.

 

Huerfano Lincoln Day Dinner

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Republican Committee is hosting their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, September 15 at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. Doors open at 5 pm with a meet and greet and happy hour, then a catered dinner by La Plaza Inn starts at 6pm.

Keynote speakers are Secretary of State Wayne Williams who has been praised by the Washington Post, Colorado Public Radio, The Gazette, and the Denver Post for making Colorado the safest state to cast a vote, and Laura Carno, author of “Government Ruins Nearly Everything” and is founder of Colorado FASTER, a program to train school administrators and teachers how to take action and prevent mass shootings in our schools.

$45 tickets available online at www.huerfanogop.org, or by stopping by HCRC headquarters at 611 Main Street in Walsenburg.

 

Film Appreciation Class

LA VeTA — Reminder: the La Veta School of the Arts presents a film appreciation class by film maker Kenny Schneider Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16 at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, 127 W. Francisco St., La Veta, CO, from 9 am to 4 pm with an hour for lunch. $150 for the weekend.

 

Close n’ Counter at LVM

LA VeTA — Saturday, September 15, 7:30 pm at La Veta Mercantile Close n’ Counter will perform. Gordon Close and Richard Blanchard form this unique duo with the exciting sounds of a nylon string classical guitar with a steel string jazz guitar making “music with a melody.” Tickets are $15 at the door.

 

AA meetings in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Huerfano County on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 pm in the basement of Church of Christ, 400 Walsen Avenue. Meetings are also held on Sundays and Thursdays at 5 pm in the La Clinica Building located at 2485 N. Highway 69, in Gardner. Newcomers welcome.

 

Booster Club still has calendars for sale

LA VeTA — Good news! The La Veta Booster Club still has some of this year’s community calendars left. The calendars are a great way to stay on top of community events and sup- port our school. The calendars are $7 a piece. The club also has La Veta Redskins apparel for those who haven’t kitted themselves out yet. Call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 or Jessica Andreatta 719-989-8253 to buy today!

 

1 on 1 tech help is back!

LA VeTA — Coming in September at La Veta Library, Ashley can help you with your tech troubles! Come visit her Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and Fridays from 10:30 am -12:30 pm beginning September 4! Walk-ins welcome.

 

Fall Show at SPACe

LA VeTA — Reminder, check out the Fall Show, featuring photography by Gary and Hulda Benson. Twenty-two area artists make up the show, with artwork focusing on the autumn season. The SPACe Gallery is open Tues. -Friday 11-4; Sat.10-4 ; Sun.12-4 and is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus. Call 719 742-3074 or visit www.spanishpeaksarts.org for information.

 

Francisco Fort’s fall hours

LA VeTA — Francisco Fort’s fall hours are now in effect. The museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm through Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 6. After that time tours of the museum are available by advance appointment only. For more information call 719-742-5501 or email the museum at: director@franciscofort.org. The museum is located at 306 S. Main St. in La Veta. Website: wwwfranciscofort.org

 

Cuchara Chapel year round service

CUCHARA — Join us at Cuchara Chapel, located off Hwy 12 just south of Cuchara village every Sunday, 10 am for Rev. Eileen Ramsey. Come as you are; all are welcome!

 

WU limited hours this week

WALSENBURG — Washington Underground hours for the week of September 17-22 ONLY will be: Mon-Tues-Thurs 8:30-6:30pm; Wed 8:30-8:30; Fri 8:30-6; Sat 10-1.

 

Navajo Ranch HOA meeting

WALSENBURG — The next Navajo Ranch Homeowners Association membership meeting is Monday, September 17, at 6 pm. The meeting will be held at the Navajo Western Water District building.

 

Call for singers

LA VeTA — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble invites any and all singers to join us as we prepare for an all-new, uplifting and inspiring Christmas Cantata, much of which is based on Celtic and Appalachian music. We rehearse on Tuesdays at 6 pm at La United Methodist Church (LVUMC). If you would like to sing with us, please come to LVUMC on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm to pick up sheet music and rehearsal cds, and to enjoy a piece of cherry pie, as the Summer Singers celebrate the end of their first summer concert season. Our first actual rehearsal will be October 2, 2018, 6:00 pm, at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 South Main Street. Please do join us! Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 for more information.

 

Open house at courthouse

WALseNBURg — There will be informal meetings/presentations regarding the new Judicial Center and penny sales tax on Wed. September 19, 4-5pm at the current courthouse. The open house will allow visitors to see parts of the concerns and issues with the current facility. Refreshments will be served at all meetings and Judge Appel and key staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to view the final plans of your new Judicial Center and 3rd branch of your government! Come on out! See you there!

Other meetings will be held: Sun. 10/7 at Gardner Community Center time TBA; Mon. 10/22 5-6pm Spanish Peaks Library, Wed. 10/24 6-7 La Veta Library.

 

Eagles Bingo returns to Walsenburg

WALseNBURg — Eagles Bingo is back every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. Come to Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street for Bingo packs, pull tabs and raffles, plus a snack bar! Everyone is welcome.

 

Food collection at Charlie’s Market

LA VeTA — Volunteers for Change will be collecting food for Dorcas Circle on Thursday, Sept. 20 in front of Charlie’s Market from 1 to 4:30 pm. If you are leaving the area for the winter, this is your chance to clear your shelves of unopened, non perishable food items, toiletry items and pet food, and donate it to our local food bank for Huerfano citizens in need. Or consider purchasing an extra item or two for our table if you are shopping. Donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase more food from Charlie’s. Depending on the weather, this may be our last food drive until next May. Thank you for your past support, and as always, a big thank you to the staff at Charlie’s!

 

Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting

WALseNBURg — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee will be Thursday, September 20, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority office on Russell Avenue, across from the Out- reach Clinic. Support our local county office candidates and find out how you can help spread the word for all Democratic candi- dates. All democrats and independent voters welcome to attend.

 

14th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival Sep 20 – 23

Huerfano County — The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 14th year will run from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23. The Celtic Music Festival features renowned Irish harpers Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra; three members from Lunasa: Kevin Crawford, Patrick Doocey, and Colin Farrell; up and coming Scottish band Heron Valley; Colorado bands Take Down the Door and One for the Foxes; 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Dylan Foley; Irish guitarist Patsy O’Brien, and our Festival regulars, Máirtín de Cógáin, Ed Miller, Robbie O’Connell, and Tanya Perkins. We hope to open the Festival as we usually do with free events at Uptop, our Thursday Taste of Things to Come in Gardner, two major concerts in Walsenburg, and a host of classes, workshops, and demo-performances during the daytime. Check out our website http://celticmusicfest.com/for performer and program information.

 

Fiber and clay artists wanted

LA VeTA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites artists working with fabric/fiber and also artists working with clay, to enter the upcoming Fiber & Clay show. Art- work will be accepted Sept. 21, 11 – 3 pm and Sept. 22 10 – 3 pm. Entry fees are $5 per entry with a limit of 4 per artist. Ask about groupings of small items that would be displayed and sold as one item. The show will be on dis- play Sept. 25 – Nov. 3, with an opening reception Sept. 29. Visit the SPACe website for complete information. www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719 742-3074.

 

Open house at Navajo Estates

WALseNBURg — Come out Saturday, September 22, noon to 4 pm for a very special open house event at 91 Bear Trail at Navajo Estates. There will be door prizes, appetizers and Margaritas! For more information call Nicole Sudderth, 303-944-7319.

 

Fall fitness and food at WU

WALseNBURg — An after school nutrition and fitness class at Washington Underground starts Monday, September 24, 4:30 to 5:30pm. Have fun working out with Michael and eating a nutritious snack. Classes are limited to 10 students so call to reserve your spot today! Sign up by calling (719) 738-9890.

There is a Friday night yoga class this fall at Washington Underground. Join Helen for a class open to all abilities from 5-6 pm. Class cost is $5.

Don’t forget the farm stand at SPRHC! Double Up your Savings every week at the Spanish Peaks Farm Stand. Open 11-2pm every Friday at the main entrance of the hospital. Use your SNAP card and get two for one on fruits and veggies!

 

La Veta Homecoming parade & games

LA VeTA — The La Veta High School Homecoming Parade is Friday, September 28, 10:30 am. La Veta Main Street will be closed for the “Road Trippin’” themed event. Please support La Veta Schools students as we celebrate

Homecoming Week. Volleyball game begins same day at 4 pm against Primero in the Roger Brunelli Gymnasium and the Football game begins at 7 pm at the La Veta Football Field.

 

Crafty Canary Brewery Grand Opening Sep 28

WALseNBURg — The first Walsenburg microbrewery will open in September 2018. The grand opening will be held Friday, September 28. The Crafty Canary, 107 E. 5th Street, will be open 7 days a week, Sun. -Thurs. 11 am to 9 pm, Fri-Sat. 11 am to 10 pm. Find out more by visiting craftycanarybrewery.com

 

Free music entertainment at Miners Plaza

WALseNBURg — Pick up your ears and walk to the Miners stage! The harps and pipes are calling, and all can go! Come down to the Miners Stage in Walsenburg across from La Plaza Inn on Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm for a free concert.

 

“Across the Divide” harp concert at the Fox Sep 29

WALseNBURg — Come out for an evening of beautiful music! “Across the Divide” is a concert featuring the music of King David, Ireland, and Scotland, played by harpists Suanita Staneslow and Áine Minogue. The concert will be held Saturday, September 29, starting at 7 pm at the Fox Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Go to www.foxwalsenburg.com.

 

Craig Kurtz workshop at La Veta Yoga Studio

LA VeTA — La Veta Yoga Studio is privileged to once again be able to host Craig Kurtz for a workshop on Saturday, September 29. The am and pm all levels sessions will focus on open- ing and releasing the hips and shoulders. Ev- eryone regardless of their yoga experience is invited to attend. Craig is owner of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver, has trained with B.K.S. Iyengar in many trips to India, and is a Certified Intermediate Jr. 3 Iyengar Teacher. He is also one of our favorite instructors. Further details will be announced as we refine plans for the workshop. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from a highly skilled in- structor. In addition, Craig will be available for private lessons on Friday, September 28.

 

Vendors needed for the Quilt and Craft fair

WALseNBURg — Vendors are needed for the inaugural St. Mary Quilt and Craft Fair, Saturday, November 3, 9am – 3pm at Msgr. Howard Delaney Memorial Hall. $25 booth includes 6′ table, chairs, and one meal ticket. Call Natalie at 719-738-1204 or email beckyandgary42@gmail.com to register by Monday, October 29. Limited space, register early!

 

Arts and Craft event seeks local authors

LA VeTA — In conjunction with the arts and craft event to be held at the Mercantile on Saturday, December 8, La Veta Public Library will host local authors with their books to round out holiday gift giving. Meet the authors and get signed editions. 10 am-3 pm. Contact Mitzi at the library (742-3572) to reserve free space for authors. For more information regarding the arts and craft fair, contact Sandy Dolak (719-251-1271)

 

Francisco Fort Museum fall school programs

LA VeTA — Francisco Fort Museum fall school programs are now available. Our museum campus consists of an original 1862 adobe settlement fort along with six other structures including an 1876 one room school house, two blacksmith shops, and much more. Our programs include blacksmith demonstrations, site tours, Native American culture, coal mining, and other historical subjects. Pro- grams can be customized for specific age groups (K through 12) and subject matter. Professional docents, local historians, and guest presenters lead the programs, many of which include hands on activities. These free museum programs/tours are available for area schools Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm now through October 5. Contact museum director, Bob Kennemer at 719-742- 5501, or 719-248-4543, or via email at: director@franciscofort.org.

 

LAS ANIMAS

2018 TCF fundraising raffle

TRINIDAD — It’s time to buy Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) raffle tickets on sale now until November 23. The proceeds are used to assist local non-profit organizations that provide services to the Trinidad/Las Animas County communities. The annual raffle is one of several ways that TCF raises funding for the community.

Generous donors are: 1953 Hudson – Phil Long Family of Dealerships; $500 in Shell Gas Gift Cards – Duran Oil; Samsung Tablet – Mt. Carmel Health & Wellness Center

To purchase tickets contact 2018-2019 Trinity Community Foundation Board Members: Presence is not required to win. Must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket.

 

Housing construction and revitalization seminar

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad and Senator Cory Gardner’s office are proud to bring an educational seminar around housing opportunities and resources. The event will be held at City Hall in the council chambers, 135 N. Animas Street, from 1 to 3 pm on Friday, September 14.

This seminar brings together representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Federal Housing Authority, and Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to discuss and educate the community about funding opportunities for both housing development and redevelopment.

The first hour of the seminar will focus on the housing issues the community is facing as well as an overview of what each agency has to offer. The second hour will be an open ses- sion where community members and busi- nesses will have the chance to go to each agencies resource table to have one on one conversation about specific issues or topics.

We hope to see you all at the educational seminar and if you have any questions please contact Georgi Clark at georgi.clark@trinidad.co.gov or call at (719)846-9843.

 

Book Readers Rock!

TRINIDAD — The book club for middle school students (6 through 8 grade) will meet Friday, September 14, 1:30-3 pm at the Carnegie Library, This month receive a free book, How to Capture an Invisible Cat, by Paul Tobin.

 

TLAC ribbon cutting

TRINIDAD — We have a Ribbon Cutting coming up, Friday, September 14, 5 pm for Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company, 36730 Democracy Drive (Industrial Park).

 

Green Chile Festival at TCFM

TRINIDAD — The fourth annual Green Chile Festival happens Saturday morning, September 15 at the Trinidad Community Farmers Market! Chile roasting all day! Register to win a free bushel from Musso Farms, enjoy great food from Redneck Grill and others! Plus all of your favorite produce, hand pies, bread, and cheese from local vendors!

SNAP (EBT) is happily honored at the Farmers Market! See the Trinidad Com- munity Farmers Market booth at the market for details.

 

Turning Point at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Saturday, September 15, 8 pm to 12 pm enjoy the music of Turning Point Band for a $5 cover charge. Don’t forget Spanish Peaks Inn has Taco Tuesday and specials on Thursday and Friday nights! Dine in or call in and carry out! Spanish Peaks Inn is located in scenic Gulnare at 22590 County Rd 41.6 #10. Order to go and pick up in less than 30 minutes, (719) 941-4288. See ad page 5

 

United Presbyterian Church invites you

AgUILAR — Come visit the United Presbyterian Church, now located in the little white 1906 country church on Romero Street, just south of Main Street. Sunday service is at 10:30 am. Everybody is welcome!

 

Bar NI grant applications available now

LAs ANImAs CoUNTy — The Bar NI Ranch Community Fund is accepting grant proposals. Grants may be awarded in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards must be made to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley. For a proposal packet, contact Tom Perry at

tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.The deadline is Friday September 28.

 

Christmas Cantata rehearsals

TRINIDAD — It’s that time of year! Everyone is invited to sing with the All Faiths Choir. Have fun singing praise for the Christmas Cantata, Tuesdays starting September 4, at 5:15. Trinidad United Methodist Church, 216 Broom, Trinidad.

 

Hunter education class

TRINIDAD — Saturday Sept. 15, 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Sept. 19 2 pm until finished (must attend all sessions) at Prator Shooting Range, 42013 CR 24.6. Participants can sign- up for class on-line at: register-ed.com Call 846-7403 for more info or contact Jim Hamilton: jham4h@reagan.com.

 

Archery clinic at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — The Friends of Trinidad Lake State Park will be hosting an archery clinic Sunday, September 16. Those who successfully complete the clinic will be able to rent equipment to use at the archery range after the course. Cost for the clinic is free; those park- ing at the lake must have a valid annual or day pass. Clinic size is limited to twelve participants; to register, contact Amy Harmes at 719-422-3089.

 

Trinidad Chamber Singers auditions Monday Sep 17

TRINIDAD — Auditions for the Trinidad Chamber Singers sponsored by the Trinidad Music Association will take place Monday, September 17, 5 to 6:15 pm at the Massari Music Room. The Chamber Singers is an audition group ideally made up of individuals who are fairly comfortable with reading music and able/willing to commit to weekly rehear- sals. The goal is to select 3 individuals per part (SATB).

For the fall season, the chamber singers’ only commitment thus far is a lessons and carols concert at the beginning of December (date TBD). One prepared song is recommended.

For more info, email trinidad.community.chorale@gmail.com.

 

Learn how to become an elementary teacher

TRINIDAD — Attend an informational meeting on the Teacher Preparation for Rural Edu- cation Partnership (TPREP) Tue., September 18, 4:30 to 6 pm in the Pioneer Room at TSJC. Learn how to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education without leaving Trinidad.

 

Surviving the Unexpected: A workshop for caregivers

TRINIDAD — Come be encouraged by Debbie Giem as she shares her personal journey as a caregiver Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 pm in the Ziccardi Room of Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness, 911 Robinson Avenue. Giem became a caregiver at the age of nine taking care of her mom, and then her four siblings. Debbie fought depression, fear, loneliness, and frustration with no one to help her. She now supports caregivers with the tools it takes to be a healthy caregiver.

 

Let’s Talk: Advanced Directives

TRINIDAD — Take the first step to ensure your values and wishes are honored when it comes to end-of-life care. Join us for a dedicated class to make your wishes known by complecting a basic set of advanced directives. The one hour class will be held Wednesday, September 19, 10 am at the Carnegie Li- brary 202 N. Animas Street. For more information please call: 719-846-3060. The class is sponsored by Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care.

 

TLAC luncheon

TRINIDAD — This month’s TLAC Chamber of Commerce luncheon is Wednesday, September 19, 12 pm in TSJC’s Pioneer Room. Our sponsor/speaker is the Sangre de Cristo Hospice. The cost for the lunch is $12. RSVP by email, tlacchamber@outlook.com, or by phone 719-846-9285.

 

Nostalgic Movie Night

TRINIDAD — The next nostalgic movie, The Dresser (a wonderful film from Great Britain) is showing Wed. September 19, 6:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library of Trinidad, 202 N. Animas.

 

Peacock Ball 2018

TRINIDAD — Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association’s Peacock Ball will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the inception of the organization on the night of Saturday, September 22, at the Sebastiani Gym.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, and dinner’s served at 6:30 pm. Formal attire, must be 18 years to attend, all tickets will be pre-sold. Tickets available at the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store, 147 E Main St, or by calling 719-846-8578. Supporters may also purchase tables of 8, or make a monetary donation. (Tickets are $50 each and available only in advance. Corporate tables are available for $600)

For more information call 680-2385 or 846-3953.

 

Old Primero, a documentary

TRINIDAD — Come out to the premiere of a new documentary film, Old Primero, which will be shown Saturday, September 22, 7 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.

This new documentary film explores life and work in Primero, Colorado, a company town in the early 20th century west. The production examines the impact of company policy on families and their lives in the isolated and hostile rural canyons of the southern front range. For many immigrant families, Primero brought into focus the chance to grasp the American Dream for their families. This film reveals their story as they help settle the American West.

 

Moonlight Hike at Trinidad Trails

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad Outdoor Club for a moonlight hike on the new Sandstone Loop trail, Saturday, September 22, 8:30 pm. Meet at the trailhead parking lot behind the Masonic Cemetery. Bring water, appropriate footwear and clothing and headlamps or flashlights.

 

Tai Chi classes at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Tai Chi Classes begin at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center Monday, September 24, advanced classes begin at 9:30 am, Novice classes at 10:30 am. Tai Chi is a terrific exercise for everyone — as long as they choose the best approach. Tai Chi is gentle, and can quickly improve balance, core strength, circulation and flexibility, and at the same time decrease stress levels and increase life vibrancy and joy.

six-Week Class schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 31 – Advanced Classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
– Novice Classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration Fees

– $40 Fee, 60+ years, $40 registration fee paid by COG AAA

 

Oratory night

TRINIDAD — The next Oratory Night at the Carnegie will be Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Oratory Night is for any spoken-word presentation, eight minutes or less, no censorship (that’s up to the speaker), sign up at the library to speak. Come and listen, we need an enthusiastic audience

 

Glow Ball Golf at Trinidad Golf Course

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 28, 4:30 to ??? bring a flashlight to Trinidad Municipal Golf Course and enjoy a night of fun! Sign up now as space is limited. The cost is $260 per four person scramble. Green fees and carts are included. This tournament is a benefit for Trinidad for Children Campaign.

 

COLFAX

Northeastern New Mexico job fair

LAs VegAs — Looking for a job? Looking to hire? The 1st Annual Northeastern New Mexico Workforce Summit will be held Thursday, September 13 and Friday, Sept. 14 at the Luna Community College Auditorium in Las Vegas (366 Luna Drive). This fair will be featuring jobs and employers from Mora, San Miguel, Las Vegas and Colfax Counties. Employers are invited to host a table and recruit employees.N For more information call Andrea Martinez 505 429 1293 or Sophia Ortiz, Career Development Specialist, SER Jobs For Progress, Raton 575 445 5445.

 

Confirmation preparation program

RAToN — Are you a baptized Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Saint Patrick & Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Raton will be offering a preparation pro- gram every Thursday evening from 6-7:30 pm at the Parish Hall starting on September 13. Join us Sept 12th for kick-off festivities and registration. Please bring a copy of your Baptismal and First Communion certificate to register. The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Questions? (575) 445-9763

 

42nd Annual International Exhibition & Sale

RAToN — Reminder: the drop off date for artists for the 2018 International Exhibition and Sale is Friday, September 14, 9 am to 12 pm at International Bank, International Room, 200 S. 2nd Street. The show opens to the public Wed., Sept. 19, through Fri., Sept. 21, 9 am to 5 pm. The Awards Presentation and Reception will be Friday, September 21, 6 pm.

Contact: director@ratonarts.org or call (575) 445-2052.

 

National Scouting Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch grand opening

CImARRoN — The National Scouting Museum of the Boy Scouts of America has moved to Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road to serve a larger audience. Everyone is invited to the exciting grand opening on Saturday, September 15, 8 am – 5:30 pm.

For info, www.philmontscoutranch.org, or 575-376-1136.

 

Cub Scouts meeting

RAToN — Cub Scouts will meet Monday, September 17, 5:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1501 S 4th Street. Cub Scouts is for boys and girls enrolled in the 3rd – 5th grade, doesn’t matter on age, just what grade. Open to all adventurous types looking for something fun and exciting to do after school. Learn citizenship, character development, join the pine wood derby races, and participate in fundraising activities.

 

Holy Rocka Rollaz

RAToN — Take an authentic trip back to the fantastic 50’s, Wednesday, September 19, 7 pm at the Shuler Theater. If it’s early rock n roll and rock a billy of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash (and many more), you want you have found your dream band. Holy Rocka Rollaz bring back the sound, the look the memories, the nostalgia of one of America’s most treasured eras.

 

Senior Center Food Distribution

RAToN — Senior boxes distributed from 10 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm Sept. 21, at Colfax County Senior Center, 444 S 1st Street.

 

Annual Cowboy Trade Show in Folsom

FoLsom — Come join the fun at Folsom Village, Junction of HWY 325 & HWY 456 Saturday, September 22. The trade show goes on all day. Vendors wanted! The show helps benefit Folsom Museum. Contact Barbara Schoonover for more information by calling 575-278-3696. The show specializes in “Cowboy”: gear, crafts, antiques, etc. Spaces for vendors is $30.

 

Artist-author reception

RAToN — Saturday, September 22, 1 to 4 pm Patchwork Phoenix, 228 S. 1st Street will have an artist-author reception. Guest speaker, artist Milbie Benge, will present “The Creative Process” Participating authors are: Rick Trice, Sandra Bolton, Sharon Niederman, Dee Burks, Pat Walsh, Pat Veltir, and Isis Grayling. Authors will be on hand to sell, sign, and discuss their books.

 

Back to school with essential oils

RAToN — Sat. September 22, 10 am at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library learn how to support your children in a different way with essential oils! Oils can help with a more rest- ful night sleep, healthy immune function, support focus and concentration, calm emotions, and provide the help they need if they do catch that classroom bug! This class is free and open to all! Leave with a FREE “rise and shine” OR “calm kiddo” rollerball blend.

 

Park after Dark

CAPULIN — Appreciate the end of summer with a FREE sunset viewing at Capulin Volcano Saturday, September 22, 5:30 pm.

 

Worship at the Mandala

Des moINes — Sunday, September 23, 3 – 5 pm you are invited to the monthly worship service lead by the Rev. Tim Sexton, followed by potluck dinner.

 

Regenerative ranching & farming workshop

CImARRoN — Mark your calendar and come to this special event featuring three pioneers in the regenerative ranching and farming movement Monday, September 24, 9 am – 5 pm. Learn from their years of experience and how they restore de- grading landscapes — principles that can be applied in any environment. The cost for the workshop is $70 per person or $50/person – for Colfax residences and surrounding counties – includes lunch. This workshop is limited to 100 attendees.

 

National Voter Registration Day

sPRINgeR — Tuesday September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Springer Electric will be hosting this event and registering voters at 408 Maxwell Ave in Springer. Their office hours are 7 AM to 5:30 PM open through the lunch hour.

Make sure to get out and vote! It is your right, privilege, and responsibility as a US Citizen.

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RAToN — The next food distribution is September 28, 10 am at the City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street. Food will be distributed until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome.

 

Raton golf tournament fundraiser for Raton schools

RAToN — Like so many schools in our state, Raton High School struggles with financial issues so we are sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit them Saturday, September 29. Call the Raton Golf Course or RHS for more information. All checks or money orders may be made out to RHS Athletes and mailed to me at 1181 Lincoln Ave., Raton, N.M. 87740 to de- liver to Jose Archuleta! Thank you all for all you do in our community.

 

Friends of the Library book sale

RAToN — The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library is hosting the Friends of the Library Book Sale from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 29. This sale allows the Friends of the Library to assist with the purchase of items outside the library’s regular budget.

This time around, there are over 70 large boxes of donated used books in adult fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cooking, ref- erence and more along with many children and young adult books. Many of these books have been donated to the library while others have recently come out of the library’s circulation. The sale takes donations only—choose as many book as you would like and give as much as you can!

The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library is a program of the City of Raton and is located at 244 Cook Avenue in Raton. They are open Monday through Saturday with varying hours. Visit www.arthurjohnsonmemoriallibrary.blogspot.com for details.

 

Life in the coal camp

RAToN — A special presentation at the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street, by George (Judo) Yaksich will be held Saturday, September 29, 4 pm

 

Pet photos sought for calendar

RAToN — Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital in Raton is seeking photos of pets to use in a calendar. Photos must be 300 or 600 dpi in Jpg format, in landscape mode and must include photographer’s name, address, phone number, email and photo title. Submissions can be of either a domestic pet or livestock. Deadline is October 26th. Submit your photo to mvvh@bacavalley.com or bring it to the office on a flashdrive. Questions? 575 445 3912