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Throughout Our World

Grief support group

OUR WORLD—Val Stepien, long time hospice worker will continue to share her wisdom regarding ‘LOVING YOURSELF IN TIMES OF GRIEF’  Join us on zoom Wednesday, April 13 at 2p.m. Although we recognize that Zoom is not optimal for personal interaction, we are grateful for this venue. Feel free to email me, Val Stepien, at vonstep@ecentral.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the group.

HUERFANO

Book Nook hours changing

LA VETA— The Book Nook is changing from winter to summer hours starting April 1st.  Our summer hours at Book Nook in La Veta  will be Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We are also in need of volunteers to staff our summer Hours. Please contact Ginny Carlson at ginnyleighc@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce meeting

HUERFANO—The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday, April 7 at 6p.m. in the La Veta Fire Protection District Main Conference Room 100 Birch Street La Veta. There is also an  online option to attend via Zoom. More details at https://spanishpeakschamber.com/events/

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG— The Friends of the Spanish Peak Library will be having a book sale this Thursday and Friday, April 7 & 8 in the community room.  We will still have our regular storytime, it will just be in the archive room and we will be reading some yoga books and doing some spring time yoga.  Please come join us for some yoga fun.  Storytime is every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.  We have revised our hours at the library.   We are now open M – W from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Th – F from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We hope to see you soon.

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “The Lost City”, Rated PG13. Reclusive author Loretta Sage writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan. While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city’s lost treasure from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her..    Movie Showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

Huerfano County Historical Society meeting

HUERFANO—The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 4 p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th St. The meeting will be in person and open to the public. We are currently seeking persons who would like to join our board. If you are interested please come to our meeting or contact us at 719-738-2346 or e-mail to huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com.

Our Lady of Guadalupe lecture

LA VETA—The La veta Library welcomes educator, lecturer, artist and longtime friend, Becky Myers, on Thursday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in the meeting room.  For this presentation, Becky will share her extensive knowledge, stories and myths about Our Lady of Guadalupe. She will also provide color images and share her retablo collection.  Refreshments will be provided!

Friends of the Library book sale

WALSENBURG—Join us at Spanish Peaks Library, 401 Walsen, Walsenburg for our Friends of the Library book and bake sale. Thursday and Friday, April 7&8 from 10a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday is set up, from 8:30 a.m. to 10a.m.. Anyone who can help, we would really appreciate it. See you all there.

Outside the Box

LA VETA—The amazing Outside the Box art show continues at SPACe until April 9. The show is a collection of original art by 17 area artists that embraces the unexpected in a variety of media and styles, “thinking outside the box”. Located at the west end of the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus, the SPACe Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11 am – 2 pm. To see examples of the artists’ works, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.

Village Super Powers: Strategies for Expressing Strongly-Held Opinions

LA VETA— On Saturday, April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. join us for a village gathering to apply healthy communication skills and explore strategies for expressing strongly-held opinions in ways that result in positive change – even if that change represents compromise.
This is the second part of this two part series, hosted by La Veta Public Library at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street.  Refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the American Library Association for their support through the Library Transforming Communities grants.

Paul Robison Band

WALSENBURG—The 2nd Street Bar and Grill would like to invite you to an evening of music with the Paul Robinson Band on Saturday, April 9 at 6p.m. Gritty electric blues and deep grooves will have you dancing this Saturday evening. Located at the Walsenburg Golf course you can get there by taking 2nd Street from Walsenburg or enter at Lathrop State Park, no pass required. Drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Easter Cantata

LA VETA—You are invited to the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble’s presentation of their 2022 Easter Cantata, A JOURNEY TO HOPE, Sunday, April 10, at 2p.m. at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street, La Veta, CO.  Experience Holy Week through scripture and song based on traditional and familiar spirituals.  Admission is free.  This will be our only presentation this Easter season, so come early to be sure to get a good seat!

Spaghetti dinner

HUERFANO — You are invited to a 4H spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Join us on Sunday, April 10 from 11a.m.-2p.m. in the 4H barn at the Huerfano County Fair Grounds in La Veta. Along with the delisious spaghetti there will aslo be a silent auction to raise funds for the 4H camps. Adult dinners are $10 and kids over 5 years old are $7, under 5 is free.

Community conversation about tourism

LA VETA—The Tourism Board invites you to an informative community conversation about tourism in our county on Monday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30  p.m. We will be hosting a series of community meetings to provide an overview of the work the tourism board is engaged in to bring visitors and tourism dollars to the county. We will discuss the ways we work to promote all the activities, attractions, and events that Spanish Peaks Country offers visitors. A light dinner will be provided. Huerfano County Tourism Board conversation will be held at the community center in La Veta. A zoom link will be available for this meeting!

Program on Pilgrimage to Chimayo

HUERFANO—Join us on a virtual tour to the famous sacred site, the Santuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico. The programs will be held at the Walsenburg library on Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. or the La Veta Library on Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m.  Hosted by Albert Galvan and Sandy Dolak with generous funding from
Colorado Humanities and Colorado Creative Industries.

Blood Drive and Post 16 monthly meeting

HUERFANO—American Legion Post 16 is again sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, April 12th. You may preregister online at Vitalant.org or 1-877-258-4825.
There is a medical questionnaire to be completed before donating. We look forward to seeing you there!
The American Legion Post 16 will also be holding our monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at the Huerfano Community Center, 928 Russell St. Walsenburg. The Huerfano County Extension Agent will be our speaker.

Life & Death Round Table Discussions

WALSENBURG—Boies Ortega Funeral Home is  sponsoring a free monthly educational series for 2022 on various topics including grief, end of life decisions, pre planned funerals and later in the year topics such as Medicare vs. Medicaid and Life or Death Insurance.
The next workshop is April 13, 11:00 a.m. on “Pre-Need Funerals.” No one really wants to talk about their own funeral. However, pre-planning your own funeral saves money, family grief and lets you control your legacy and how you want people to remember you when you’re gone.
All workshops are held in the community room at Spanish Peaks Library on Walsen Avenue.
Light refreshments will be served.
Call Elisa at 719-738-2152 if you have questions.

Drafting an Elevator Pitch

WALSENBURG–    Wednesday, Apr 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., at the southern Colorado SBDC. Webinar Via WebEx-Topic: Business Basics. Many professionals develop an elevator pitch, which is a concise and persuasive summary of your skills, background and qualifications and the products that your small business provides. An elevator pitch is a very useful tool in professional setting like networking events, speaking in front of customers, when asking for funding, or looking for investors.
This class will review the basic components of the elevator pitch and help you to create a successful pitch to promote yourself, your business, or your product.
Fee: No Cost.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 meeting and membership drive

HUERFANO—The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 16 will meet on Wednesday, April 13th at 11:30 a.m.. If your grandfather, father, husband, brother or sister is/was a Veteran at any time past Pearl Harbor (December 7th, 1941) you are eligible to join the Legion Auxiliary. This applies to Men also! We are doing activities at the Veterans Community Living Center and other details to support the Veterans of Huerfano County. Come to a meeting and see if you like the activities and learn what the Auxiliary is all about. If interested, please call Cheryl Rogers, President for the location and directions (719) 738-9965.

La Veta Schools Student Art Show

LA VETA—The annual Student Art Show, produced by La Veta Schools art teacher, Amber Huff will be on display at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, beginning with a reception on Wednesday,  April 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m., with refreshments provided by the Boosters. The show will be on display until April 23. The Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 – 2. There is no admission fee, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Patterns and Spaces and Mined Resonance exhibits

WALSENBURG—Please join us to view two new exhibits opening at the Museum of Friends, 600 Main
Street on Friday April 1 We will showcase the work of noted New York Artist Liz Whitney Quisgard Patterns and Spaces on the first floor. On the second floor is the work of local artist Max Kauffman Mined Resonance.  Max will present a new public program on Friday, April 15 at 2 p.m.,  Artist Talk on Art. On Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Maria Cocchiarelli will present a gallery tour and discussion of Liz Whitney Quisgard’s exhibit.
The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please call for more information or visit www.museumoffriends.org or to schedule a group or school program tour.

Easter egg hunt
LA VETA—Snow Range 4H is hosting an Easter egg hunt and bake sale on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at  the La Veta Town Park. The hunt begins prmoptly at 10a.m. so come early. There will be different age groups to make sure everyone can particpate and come out a winner.

Decorate your own Ukrainian style egg

Just in time for Easter! On Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the gifted local artist Judy Passow, will provide a hands-on learning experience for you to create your own keepsake treasure honoring the art of Ukrainian Egg Design that has been passed down for more than 1,000 years. The class will be held in the Capps Building at Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta. All supplies will be included in the $25 fee. Space is limited and advance registration is necessary. Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271. Art in Society funding is making this program possible!

Easter egg hunt

WALSENBURG— An exciting Easter Egg Hunt for friends and family will be held at Fiesta Park at 928 Russell St, Walsenburg on Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m.  Children under the age of five will begin their egg hunt at noon and six through 11 year olds at 12:30.

Get ready for spring!

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

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

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

Bill Hearne with Don Richmond

LA VETA—Join us at La Veta Mercantile for an evening of music with Bill Hearne and Don Richmond on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Bill along with his late-wife Bonnie are legends of the early Austin music scene collaborating, recording, and performing with many well-known artists. Bill has won numerous music-industry awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from New Mexico Music Commission and is an inductee to the Kerrville Folk Festival Hall of Fame. Bill will be performing with Don Richmond, instrumentalist/vocalist for the Rifters.
Tickets are for purchase at www.simpletix.com/e/bill-hearne-with-don-richmond-tickets-102305

3on3 Basketball tournament

WALSENBURG— Join us for a 3on3 baskeyball tournament benfiting JMHS mens basketball. The fun begins on Saturday, April 30, with registration at 9 a.m. and continues on through out the weekend at John Mall High School. The divisions are
– Junior High (Coed)
– HS & Adult Women
– HS & Adult Men
The cost is $20 per person with no roster limit and t-shirts will be awarded to the Champs! For more information please contact Lester Berry at 719-242-8376.

LAS ANIMAS  

Writer’s workshop

TRINIDAD—Join us on Saturday afternoons starting this Saturday, April 2 from 1p.m.-2:30p.m. for a facilitated workshop of stimulating writing prompts and exercises, with optional opportunities to read your work aloud. The sole requirements are: a notebook, a writing implement, and your imagination. This is a free event for adults (age 18+) and will run for 12 weeks beginning April 2 and ending July 9. There will be no workshops on April 16, May 28, and July 2 due to holiday closures. To sign up email tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov, call 719-846-6841, or let us know when visiting the library.

Free acupuncture by Health Solutions

TRINIDAD— Join facilitator Amy Montoya, LPC and Health Solutions for free acupuncture every Tuesday starting Tuesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. We use the Nada Protocol which is a non-verbal approach to healing. It is standardized ear acupuncture and acupressure treatment with a lot of great benefits. For more information and to register please call 719-680-1392. Located at Mount San Rafael Hospital in the conference room.

Brush and sip

TRINIDAD— Putting a little twist on our next Brush & Sip event on Friday, April 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join us at Mt Carmel Wellness and Community Center where you’ll paint and take home your own beautiful floral wooden cross! You will get to choose your own colors.  Limited spots available, please RSVP 719-859-3123. $45 per person

Small Acreage Landowner Workshop

TRINIDAD—Join us on Friday, April 9th at  9 a.m. for the upcoming Small Acreage Landowner Workshop. This is a free workshop and all are welcome to attend. This will be held the Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State College! This a full day event with lunch provided by Almack’s, and treats from Colie’s Bakery and a field trip to Earth Mountain Educational Farm.
YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND. CSU Extension is the primary host for this event and is spearheading/hosting registration. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/las-animas-county-2022…
If you have any questions or need help registering, please contact Kim Peters at CSU Extension 806-392-3262 or Julie Knudson at Purgatoire Watershed Partnership 970-420-1915.

Spring craft fair & egg hunt

TRINIDAD—Come out to Faith Christian Fellowship Church at 2608 Santa Fe Trail and join us in a Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 9th 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids hunt at 11 a.m. with a chance at a $25.00 prize and the adult hunt is at 12p.m. with prizes from vendor tables. Shop for Easter gifts or just to shop to spoil yourself as the warm weather approaches. Vendors are still needed, please call Crystal Zamora at 719-845-7077.

Second Saturday Poetry & Prose Open Mic – With Rachel Kellum

TRINIDAD— Join the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District at 210 W. Main St on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. for the Second Saturday Open Mic for poets and all literary souls. Featuring writer Rachel Kellum, a poet, artist, and former gallery director. Kellum’s passion is to share the joy of poetry, art, and art-making with people of all ages. Her Pushcart-nominated poetry has been featured in several online journals and print collections and has received awards from NFSPS. She leads writing workshops, performs her poetry around Colorado and blogs at wordweeds.com. Her first book, ah, published by Liquid Light Press, was released in 2012. Following Kellum’s reading, the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: https://fb.me/e/1xXa4r37Y

Hike to the Dinosaur tracks

TRINIDAD — Join the Fishers Peak Outfitters on Sunday, April 10th at 7:30a.m. and again on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30a.m. for this free guided hike to the dinosaur tracks. This will be an 11 mile hike, 5.5 miles to the tracks then back out of the canyon. We ask that you please leave your pets at home as it is rattle snake season. We will meet at Fishers Peak Outfitters in Trinidad then carpool to the trail head approx 1.5 hours away. Please bring plenty of water and apporpriate attire. Expect to see amazing scenery, wildlife, First nations people’s petroglyphs, hispanic settler’s church site and of course the largest deposit of dinosaur tracks in North America. Please sign up at Fishers Peaks Outfitters or email fisherspeakoutfitters@gmail.com

Philosophy Café

TRINIDAD—April’s topic for Philosophy Café is Surrealism. We’ll meet remotely by Zoom Meeting on Monday, April 11th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You must register to join at  https://bit.ly/3wY2CFB for more information please contact Tom Potter of Trinidad Carnegie Public Library at 719-846-6841 or tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

The Fishers Peak State Park Master Plan public meeting

TRINIDAD—Celebrate the final phase of the master plan, see design concepts for the park, and share your thoughts on Monday, April 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation of design concepts for park facilities and infrastructure maps and data depicting proposed recreation and conservation areas. Question and answer period in an open house format for the public to provide feedback and explore the materials. Information on next steps and finalization of master plan. The project team presentation begins at 5:30, and an open house will follow from 6 to 7. This meeting will be held at the Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Student Center | Park Street.

Trail building workshop

TRINIDAD—Join Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado for a two-day trail building/maintenance workshop on Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m. and Thursday, April 14 at 8 a.m. at Carpios Cove located in the Trinidad State Park. Lunch will be provided and State Park fees will be waved for participants. To register please contact Jenn Green via email at trinidadtrailsalliance@gmail.com or by phone at 719-859-0379.

Easter egg hunt and bake sale

AGUILAR—The American Legion Post 42 in Aguilar  will host  the annual Easter egg hunt at the Aguilar Town Park at on Saturday, April 16 starting at 10 a.m and the hunt begins at noon. Join the Easter bunny for fun finding eggs with candy, prize baskets, $$ eggs and a pinata challenge. The Ladies Auxiliary will also hold a bake sale in the Community Center and then serve free hotdogs and drinks to kids assisted by the Friends of Aguilar group.  All funds raised or donated are used to assist or honor Veterans & their families.

420 vendor fair at The Brickyard

TRINIDAD— Celebrate with us at Freedom Road at our Brickyard location- 2600 Freedom Road, on Saturday, April 16 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. There will be live musc for Local Extract and free pizza from Sexy Pizza. Enjoy games, prizes, discounts & raffles plus make sure to enter our chalk art contest. We look forward to seeing you all at this free event.

9Health Fair

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

Fur Ball fundraiser

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

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

Vendors needed for Santa Fe Trail Days

LAS ANIMAS— Once again, the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival is returning to downtown Trinidad. There will be food, crafts, music, plus much more and fun for all ages. Vendors with food and non-food items are welcome to apply at the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber office at 127 N. Commercial Street, Suite 204 Trinidad CO 81082, or call Amy Navarette
@ 719-846-9285, or email chamber@tlacchamber.org for an application or information. Spaces are limited. Application deadline is June 3, 2022. Sponsors are needed, if you are interested contact the Chamber office.

COLFAX

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Aquatic Easter egg hunt

RATON—Come dunk, dive, swim and splash for over 1000 eggs in the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. This fun Easter event will be on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $5 per child and parents are free.

Book signing

RATON— Join us in celebrating the publication of “Pride & Glory: The Cimarron & Northwestern Railway Company”. This discussion will be help on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 S. 2nd Street, Raton. This is a new opportunity for those interested in local and regional history to chat with the authors and learn about a little known logging railroad that bore its roots and fueled industry in the northern New Mexico and southern Colorado in the early 20th century. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events for March 31, 2022

Throughout Our World

Grief support group

OUR WORLD—Val Stepien, long time hospice worker will continue to share her wisdom regarding ‘LOVING YOURSELF IN TIMES OF GRIEF’  Join us on zoom Wednesday, April 13 at 2p.m. Although we recognize that Zoom is not optimal for personal interaction, we are grateful for this venue. Feel free to email me, Val Stepien, at vonstep@ecentral.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the group.

HUERFANO

Bless Me, Ultima’ -today

WALSENBURG— On Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m. (note the time change), the Bless Me, Ultima movie will be shown followed by a lively discussion led by Bob Hettenhausen exploring the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.  Please join us the Spanish Peaks Library for these special events.

Roger Greene’s “4,284 Miles” today

LA VETA—The author of this year’s  “Two Peaks/One Book” selection, Roger Greene, will join us at the La Veta Library on Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m.   Mr. Greene will discuss his process and motivation in creating his latest novel chronicling the amazing 1916 bicycle journey of  Joe Bruce and Lester Atkinson, two young boys from Colorado. We will then have a spirited round table discussion of the book.  Be sure and bring your copy to be signed by the author. Refreshments provided.

Our Lady of Guadalupe lecture

LA VETA—The La veta Library welcomes educator, lecturer, artist and longtime friend, Becky Myers, on Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m. in the meeting room.  For this presentation, Becky will share her extensive knowledge, stories and myths about Our Lady of Guadalupe. She will also provide color images and share her retablo collection.  Refreshments will be provided!

Communication Coalition meeting

HUERFANO—Join us on Thursday, March 31 at 12p.m. at the Huerfano County Community center 928 Russell Street, Walsenburg. This meeting is to give the opportunity to talk about your business, non-profit or government organization. A light lunch will be provided by Huerfano County Economic Development. This is an inperson meeting but a Zoom option is available.     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84099002790?pwd=cDVKeFFTNTZCMjk4QklPTm95UTc1UT09

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG— It’s no April Fools, we are having some April Foolishness at the library on Friday.  Please come join us for some fun April Fools stories and activities.  Storytime is every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the library and every week we explore new books and activities.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Hours aren M – W from 10  to  pm, Th – F from 10  to  pm.  We hope to see you soon.

Mobile vaccine clinic: Walsenburg

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Thursday March 31 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at  the  Safeway parking lot. For more info visit www.comassvax.org.

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “The Lost City”, Rated PG-13.  Movie Showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.

Book Nook hours changing

LA VETA— The Book Nook is changing from winter to summer hours starting April 1st.  Our summer hours at Book Nook in La Veta  will be Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We are also in need of volunteers to staff our summer Hours. Please contact Ginny Carlson at ginnyleighc@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Patterns and Spaces and Mined Resonance exhibits

WALSENBURG—Please join us to view two new exhibits opening at the Museum of Friends, 600 Main
Street on Friday April 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will celebrate the work of noted New York Artist Liz Whitney Quisgard Patterns and Spaces on the first floor. On the second floor is the work of local artist Max Kauffman Mined Resonance.  Max will be available during the opening to discuss his exhibit and will present a new public program on April 15 th at 2 pm, Artist Talk on Art. On May 7 at 2 p.m. Maria Cocchiarelli will present a gallery tour and discussion of Liz Whitney Quisgard’s exhibit.
The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please call for more information or visit www.museumoffriends.org or to schedule a group or school program tour.

Drafting an Elevator Pitch

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2022 from 10 am to 11:30 pm, at the southern Colorado SBDC. Webinar Via WebEx-Topic: Business Basics. Many professionals develop an elevator pitch, which is a concise and persuasive summary of your skills, background and qualifications and the products that your small business provides. An elevator pitch is a very useful tool in professional setting like networking events, speaking in front of customers, when asking for funding, or looking for investors.
This class will review the basic components of the elevator pitch and help you to create a successful pitch to promote yourself, your business, or your product.
Fee: No Cost

Municipal election meet and greet

LA VETA—The La Veta Mercantile at 300 South Main Street in La Veta is hosting a meet and greet for La Veta Town Board and Mayoral candidates on Friday, April 1, 5p.m.  This a remarkable opportunity to speak to the candidates one on one. Come with your questions and concerns so that you can be an informed voter on Tuesday April 5th.  Everyone is welcome.

Martin Gilmore Trio

WALSENBURG— Join us for a night of music at the La Veta Mercantile with the Martin Gilmore Trio on Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver, Colorado. Comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic bluegrass and folk music, but they stray into jazz, swing, country and blues. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland.
More information about the release can be found at www.martingilmore.com and for tickets please visit https://www.simpletix.com/e/martin-gilmore-trio-tickets-100031

An “Afternoon of Poetry”

LA VETA— In honor of National Poetry Month, “An Afternoon of Poetry’ will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 3-5p.m. at La Veta Public Library (please bring a mask). Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!).  For more information: Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).

Ladies Auxillary breakfast

WALSENBURG—The Walsenburg, Ladies Auxillary # 1187 will be hosting their community breakfast on Sunday, April 3rd from 11a.m.- 1p.m. Please come join us again for breakfast. For our menu this month, we will be serving sausage, egg and cheese on a fluffy biscuit, with potatoes O’Brien. Includes coffee or juice. Hope to see you there. As always, all proceeds we receive goes back into the community.

The Heart of Life

WALSENBURG—Growing older, though mostly blessed and beautiful, often lacks stability when changes, challenges and losses interrupt our journey through the natural aging process. We are taught how to prepare financially for retirement, but rarely how to prepare emotionally. This presentation is great for those who are retired, soon to be retired, or those who want to understand a family member or friend who is struggling with their aging process. Join us on Tuesday, April 5 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. Bonnie JW Riley uses over 30 years of experience working with older adults to provide an insightful presentation.
Please email bjwriley@gmail.com or text (719)290-7074 to register. Please provide your name, address, phone number and email address. This information is solely for the purpose of registration and will not be shared. Attendance is limited.

John McEuen at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA—On Tuesday, April 5 at 7p.m. founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (summer of 1966) – John McEuen brings banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle to the La Veta Mercantile with special guest – previous NGDB, John Cable. Playing a broad spectrum of roots, bluegrass and music now called Americana has made John McEuen an established name in acoustic music. You don’t want to miss this event!
Tickets – $30 advance, $35 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/john-mceuen-with-john-cable-tickets-102145

Huerfano County Historical Society meeting

HUERFANO—The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 4:00p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th St. The meeting will be in person and open to the public. We are currently seeking persons who would like to join our board. If you are interested please come to our meeting or contact us at 719-738-2346 or e-mail to huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com.

Friends of the Library book sale

WALSENBURG—Join us at Spanish Peaks Library, 401 Walsen, Walsenburg for our Friends of the Library book and bake sale. Thursday and Friday, April 7&8 from 10a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday is set up, from 8:30 a.m. to 10a.m.. Anyone who can help, we would really appreciate it. See you all there.

Outside the Box

LA VETA—The amazing Outside the Box art show continues at SPACe until April 9. The show is a collection of original art by 17 area artists that embraces the unexpected in a variety of media and styles, “thinking outside the box”. Located at the west end of the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus, the SPACe Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11 am – 2 pm. To see examples of the artists’ works, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.

Village Super Powers: Strategies for Expressing Strongly-Held Opinions

LA VETA— On Saturday, April 9, from  2-4 p.m. join us for a village gathering to apply healthy communication skills and explore strategies for expressing strongly-held opinions in ways that result in positive change – even if that change represents compromise.
This is the second part of this two part series, hosted by La Veta Public Library at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street.  Refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the American Library Association for their support through the Library Transforming Communities grants.

Easter Cantata

LA VETA—You are invited to the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble’s presentation of their 2022 Easter Cantata, A JOURNEY TO HOPE, Sunday, April 10, at 2p.m. at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street, La Veta, CO.  Experience Holy Week through scripture and song based on traditional and familiar spirituals.  Admission is free.  This will be our only presentation this Easter season, so come early to be sure to get a good seat!

Community conversation about tourism

LA VETA—The Tourism Board invites you to an informative community conversation about tourism in our county on Monday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30  p.m. We will be hosting a series of community meetings to provide an overview of the work the tourism board is engaged in to bring visitors and tourism dollars to the county. We will discuss the ways we work to promote all the activities, attractions, and events that Spanish Peaks Country offers visitors. A light dinner will be provided. Huerfano County Tourism Board conversation will be held at the community center in La Veta. A zoom link will be available for this meeting!

Program on Pilgrimage to Chimayo

HUERFANO—Join us on a virtual tour to the famous sacred site, the Santuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico. The programs will be held at the Walsenburg library on Tuesday, April 12 at 2p.m. or the La Veta Library on Thursday, April 14 at 2p.m.  Hosted by Albert Galvan and Sandy Dolak with generous funding from
Colorado Humanities and Colorado Creative Industries.

Blood Drive and Post 16 monthly meeting

HUERFANO—American Legion Post 16 is again sponsoring a Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 12th. You may preregister online at Vitalant.org or 1-877-258-4825.
There is a medical questionnaire to be completed before donating. We look forward to seeing you there!
The American Legion Post 16 will also be holding our monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 6p.m. at the Huerfano Community Center, 928 Russell St. Walsenburg. The Huerfano County Extension Agent will be our speaker.

La Veta Schools Student Art Show

LA VETA—The annual Student Art Show, produced by La Veta Schools art teacher, Amber Huff will be on display at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, beginning with a reception on Wednesday,  April 13, 4:30 – 6 p.m., with refreshments provided by the Boosters. The show will be on display until April 23. The Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 – 2. There is no admission fee, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Easter egg hunt

WALSENBURG— An exciting Easter Egg Hunt for friends and family will be held at Fiesta Park at 928 Russell St, Walsenburg on Saturday, April 16 at 12p.m.  Children under the age of five will begin their egg hunt at noon and six through 11 year olds at 12:30.

Decorate your own Ukrainian style egg

Just in time for Easter! On Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the gifted local artist Judy Passow, will provide a hands-on learning experience for you to create your own keepsake treasure honoring the art of Ukrainian Egg Design that has been passed down for more than 1,000 years. The class will be held in the Capps Building at Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta. All supplies will be included in the $25 fee. Space is limited and advance registration is necessary. Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271. Art in Society funding is making this program possible!

Get ready for spring!

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

LAS ANIMAS  

Senior Days book sale

TRINIDAD—Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial St. Trinidad, will be this Friday, April 1 from 11a.m.-4p.m. and Saturday, April 2 from 10a.m.-4p.m.  Most items will be 50% off. For more information please call us at 719-846-8522.

April Fool’s Bingo Night

TRINIDAD—Help us raise money for Branson Senior class of ‘22 by playing bingo! This fundraising event will be held on Friday, April 1, 6 p.m. at Fort Wooten in Trinidad. Along with Bingo there will be a pasta dinner, desert, one drink and one bingo card for $10. Each additional Bingo card will be $2 and there are a lot of great prizes to win. For more information please call 719-680-7059

Spring fling fundraiser for Holy Trinity Academy

TRINIDAD—Join the Holy Trinity Academy on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for our Spring Fling. We will have a silent auction as well as a bake & rummage sale and arts & crafts vendors. This is to benefit the Holy Trinity Academy and will be held at Sebastiani Gym at 206 N. Animas st, Trinidad. For more information please call 719 846-4522

Easter wreath workshop

TRINIDAD— Join us for a fun wreath making morning at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. Learn how to make a wreath on Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. We will be working with 12″ wreath frames and Easter florals. $40 a person includes all wreath supplies, coffee, water and donuts/pastries.
Limited spots available, please pre-register and prepay with Darci at The Art Cottage 719-859-3123

Writer’s workshop

TRINIDAD—Join us on Saturday afternoons starting this Saturday, April 2 from 1p.m.-2:30p.m. for a facilitated workshop of stimulating writing prompts and exercises, with optional opportunities to read your work aloud. The sole requirements are: a notebook, a writing implement, and your imagination. This is a free events for adults (age 18+) and will run for 12 weeks beginning April 2 and ending July 9. There will be no workshops on April 16, May 28, and July 2 due to holiday closures. To sign up email tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov, call 719-846-6841, or let us know when visiting the library.

Art Cartopia re-opening Saturday!

TRINIDAD— Come enjoy the fun at our re-opening party. Join us at 2702 Freedom Rd, Trinidad on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be able to get a tintype photo done, have a Three Sisters Fry Bread taco, listen to music by Robbie and the Reckless, enjoy art cars and maybe win prizes. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all.

Free acupuncture by Health Solutions

TRINIDAD— Join facilitator Amy Montoya, LPC and Health Solutions for free acupuncture every Tuesday starting Tuesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. We use the Nada Protocol which is a non-verbal approach to healing. It is standardized ear acupuncture and acupressure treatment with a lot of great benefits. For more information and to register please call 719-680-1392. Located at Mount San Rafael Hospital in the conference room.

Brush and sip

TRINIDAD— Putting a little twist on our next Brush & Sip event on Friday, April 9 from 5:30-7:30p.m. Join us at Mt Carmel Wellness and Community Center where you’ll paint and take home your own beautiful floral wooden cross! You will get to choose your own colors.  Limited spots available, please RSVP 719-859-3123. $45 per person

Small Acreage Landowner Workshop

TRINIDAD—Join us on Friday, April 9th at  9a.m. for the upcoming Small Acreage Landowner Workshop. This is a free workshop and all are welcome to attend. This will be held the Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State College! This a full day event with lunch provided by Almack’s, and treats from Colie’s Bakery and a field trip to Earth Mountain Educational Farm.
YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND. CSU Extension is the primary host for this event and is spearheading/hosting registration. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/las-animas-county-2022…
If you have any questions or need help registering, please contact Kim Peters at CSU Extension 806-392-3262 or Julie Knudson at Purgatoire Watershed Partnership 970-420-1915.

 Open mic for all literary souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its third event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening begins  with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Our featured poet is Rachel Kellum, a resident of Crestone, Colorado

The Fishers Peak State Park Master Plan public meeting

TRINIDAD—Celebrate the final phase of the master plan, see design concepts for the park, and share your thoughts on Monday, April 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation of design concepts for park facilities and infrastructure maps and data depicting proposed recreation and conservation areas. Question and answer period in an open house format for the public to provide feedback and explore the materials. Information on next steps and finalization of master plan. The project team presentation begins at 5:30, and an open house will follow from 6 to  7. This meeting will be held at the Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Student Center | Park Street, Trinidad, CO 81082

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

Vendors needed for Santa Fe Trail Days

LAS ANIMAS— Once again, the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival is returning to downtown Trinidad. There will be food, crafts, music, plus much more and fun for all ages. Vendors with food and non-food items are welcome to apply at the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber office at 127 N. Commercial Street, Suite 204 Trinidad CO 81082, or call Amy Navarette
@ 719-846-9285, or email chamber@tlacchamber.org for an application or information. Spaces are limited. Application deadline is June 3, 2022. Sponsors are needed, if you are interested contact the Chamber office.

COLFAX

Ben Palomino is turning 90!   Come help celebrate!

RATON — Ben Palomino is celebrating living 90 years in New Mexico on Thursday, March 31.  He was born in Dawson mining camp in 1932, and the family moved into Raton in 1950.   Friends and family members are holding a birthday reception at K-Bob’s in Raton on Thursday, March 31st from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.   Casual dress please, no gifts, your attendance will be gift enough.  Stop by if you are able

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Book signing

RATON— Join us in celebrating the publication of “Pride & Glory: The Cimarron & Northwestern Railway Company”. This discussion will be help on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 S. 2nd Street, Raton. This is a new opportunity for those interested in local and regional history to chat with the authors and learn about a little known logging railroad that bore its roots and fueled industry in the northern New Mexico and southern Colorado in the early 20th century. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events for March 24, 2022

HUERFANO

Youth Baseball Signups

HUERFANO—Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Baseball! Ages 4-15. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Sign up Monday through Friday, now through March 24 from 3-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. Scholarships are available! Or signup online through March 27 at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Practice starts in April; games May-June. All funds collected are used for youth sports in Huerfano County.
Questions regarding youth sports? Call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555. Let’s play ball!

Ward 2 meeting with council member Lara at 5:30 p.m. today

WALSENBURG — Council member Carmen J. Lara will be hosting a Ward meeting with her constituents. Join her on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.  at the Walsenburg Housing Authority meeting room, 220 Russell St. in Walsenburg.

‘The Bless Me, Ultima’ book and movie discussion -UPDATED

WALSENBURG—The Bless Me, Ultima event at the Spanish Peaks library in Walsenburg has had some changes brought about by the recent storms.  Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. we will begin our exploration of the book by Rudolfo Anaya. Ava Archuleta Clark, local herbalist will lead a discussion about the herbs and experiences that Ultima shares in the book. She will share her understanding of the work and gifts of a Curandera.  On Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m. (note the time change), the Bless Me, Ultima movie will be shown followed by a lively discussion led by Bob Hettenhausen exploring the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.  Please join us the Spanish Peaks Library for these special events.

Two Spirits movie at LVPL

LA VETA—On Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. the La Veta Library patron Alex Lukens will share the movie “Two Spirits” and then facilitate a discussion of this moving and heart wrenching true story that interweaves the tragic tale of a mother’s loss with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Adult themes but guaranteed to be thought provoking and enlightening.

2022 Municipal Election Candidate Night

HUERFANO—Get to know your 2022 municipal election candidates! The 2022 Municipal Election Candidates will come together at the La Veta Community Center on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
The community center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the public to turn in questions for the candidates. Questions can be for all candidates or for specific candidates. No questions will be accepted after 6:55 p.m. The forum will begin at 7p.m. with candidate intros. Questions from the public will follow immediately after and will be run by a moderator. Please call Town Hall at 719-742-3631 if you have any questions about the event.

Two Peaks-One Book – Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a community book read, Two Peaks-One Book Walsenburg. The mission of this program is to foster community dialog & interaction by the reading & discussion of a common book. Our selection is “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, which is a coming-of-age novel centering on Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship under his curandera and protector, Ultima. It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in 1972
We will have free copies available of this novel for you to pick up at SPLD (Walsenburg). A Colorado Humanities grant to Huajatolla Heritage Foundation has made this program possible. The dates for our discussion sessions are Thursdays, March 24 & 31 at 2 p.m. Stop in and get your copy and let’s make this a great community event!

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG— Join us at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg for story time this Friday, March 25 from 10:30a.m.-11.30a.m. Lois Ehlert is one of Ms. Sherry’s  favorite author/illustrators.  Our next storytime will feature 3 of her books about planting.  Our activity will be planting seeds, like we will hear about in her books.  Storytime is every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the library and every week we explore new books and activities.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
We have revised our hours at the library.   We are now open M – W from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Th – F from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We hope to see you soon.

MT. Rose heartworks health and wellness programs

HUERFANO—Come get everything you need to create “Vial of Life” concept materials to have available for family members or Emergency Services Personnel. We will have stickers for your door as well as a great
magnet for your refrigerator to attach information.
Join MT. ROSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS at the first of the monthly programs that will also include basic health screening of blood pressures, pulse and oxygen level screening. In addition, each month an
additional health related topic will be explored. Always free. Everyone is welcome to join.
Friday, March 25, 1p.m.-3p.m. Lisa Wagner, at Walsenburg Library
Saturday, March 26, 11a.m.-1p.m.  Charlene Velarde, at La Clinica in Gardner
Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice has received generous funding from the Next Fifty
Initiative to present these programs.

Pleas and Petitions’ Author discussion

WALSENBURG—On Saturday, March 26 at 2p.m. the Museum of Friends, 600 Main Street, in Walsenburg will introduce Virginia Sánchez to discuss her most recent book Pleas and Petitions Hispano  Culture and Legislative Conflict in Territorial Colorado that sheds  new light on the political obstacles, cultural conflicts, and  institutional racism experienced by Hispano legislators in the wake of the legal establishment of the Territory of Colorado.  The book reexamines the transformation of some 7,000  Hispano settlers from citizens of New Mexico territory to  citizens of the newly formed Colorado territory, as well as the  effects of territorial legislation on the lives of those residing  in the region as a whole.

Mobile vaccine clinic: Walsenburg

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on  March 26 and 31 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at  the  Safeway parking lot. For more info visit www.comassvax.org.

Gardening 101 – Cold frames, greenhouses and root cellars

WALSENBURG—The Spanish Peaks Library will again be having their monthly introduction to gardening class on Sunday, March 27 at 1p.m. at the Library, 415 Walsen Ave.  This month’s topics will be Cold Frames, Greenhouses and Root Cellars.  We’ll discuss how and where to build these structures, the benefits and the problems.  Please join us for a fun and educational discussion!

Walsenburg 55th anniversary class reunion
WALSENBURG—The Walsenburg High School Class of 1966-67 will be getting together this summer, with invitations being sent out in May.  If you have questions about this event, please contact Jeanette, Sandra, Theresa or Valerina

Fox Theatre weekend movie

WALSENBURG— Join us at the historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg for our weekend movie “Dog”, rated PG-13. With a dog named Lulu by his side, Army Ranger Briggs races down the Pacific Coast to make it to a soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, Briggs and Lulu drive each other completely crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards to have a fighting chance of finding happiness. Movie Showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday 7:30 p.m. & Sunday 3 p.m.

Community conversation about tourism

WALSENBURG— The Tourism Board invites you to an informative community conversation about tourism in our county on Monday, March 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We will be hosting a series of community meetings to provide an overview of the work the tourism board is engaged in to bring visitors and tourism dollars to the county. We will discuss the ways we work to promote all the activities, attractions, and events that Spanish Peaks Country offers visitors. A light dinner will be provided. Huerfano County Tourism Board Conversation will be held at the community center in Walsenburg. A zoom link will be available for this meeting!

Water Conservancy board meeting

HUERFANO—The monthly board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, Walsenburg, on Monday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The draft agenda for the meeting can be found on the district’s website: www.hcwcd.net .

Roger Greene’s “4,284 Miles” UPDATED

LA VETA—The author of this year’s  “Two Peaks/One Book” selection, Roger Greene, will join us at the LaVeta Library on Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m. (Please note the new date!). Mr. Greene will discuss his process and motivation in creating his latest novel chronicling the amazing 1916 bicycle journey of  Joe Bruce and Lester Atkinson, two young boys from Colorado. We will then have a spirited round table discussion of the book.  Be sure and bring your copy to be signed by the author. Refreshments provided.

Book Nook hours changing

LA VETA— The Book Nook is changing from winter to summer hours starting April 1st.  Our summer hours at Book Nook in La Veta  will be Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We are also in need of volunteers to staff our summer Hours. Please contact Ginny Carlson at ginnyleighc@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Patterns and Spaces and Mined Resonance exhibits

WALSENBURG—Please join us to view two new exhibits opening at the Museum of Friends, 600 Main
Street on Friday April 1, 5p.m. to 7 p.m. We will celebrate the work of noted New York Artist Liz Whitney Quisgard Patterns and Spaces on the first floor. On the second floor is the work of local artist Max Kauffman Mined Resonance.  Max will be available during the opening to discuss his exhibit and will present a new public program on April 15 th at 2 pm, Artist Talk on Art. On May 7 at 2 p.m. Maria Cocchiarelli will present a gallery tour and discussion of Liz Whitney Quisgard’s exhibit.
The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please call for more information or visit www.museumoffriends.org or to schedule a group or school program tour.

Martin Gilmore Trio

WALSENBURG— Join us for a night of music at the La Veta Mercantile with the Martin Gilmore Trio on Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver, Colorado. Comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic bluegrass and folk music, but they stray into jazz, swing, country and blues. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland. More information about the release can be found at www.martingilmore.com and for tickets please visit https://www.simpletix.com/e/martin-gilmore-trio-tickets-100031

An “Afternoon of Poetry,”

LA VETA— In honor of National Poetry Month, “An Afternoon of Poetry’ will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 3-5p.m. at La Veta Public Library (please bring a mask). Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!).  For more information: Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).

The Heart of Life

WALSENBURG—Growing older, though mostly blessed and beautiful, often lacks stability when changes, challenges and losses interrupt our journey through the natural aging process. We are taught how to prepare financially for retirement, but rarely how to prepare emotionally. This presentation is great for those who are retired, soon to be retired, or those who want to understand a family member or friend who is struggling with their aging process. Join us on Tuesday, April 5 from 1p.m.-4p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. Bonnie JW Riley uses over 30 years of experience working with older adults to provide an insightful presentation.
Please email bjwriley@gmail.com or text (719)290-7074 to register. Please provide your name, address, phone number and email address. This information is solely for the purpose of registration and will not be shared. Attendance is limited, so if you are interested, please respond quickly to register.

Village Super Powers: Strategies for Expressing Strongly-Held Opinions

LA VETA— On Saturday, April 9th 2-4 p.m. join us for a village gathering to apply healthy communication skills and explore strategies for expressing strongly-held opinions in ways that result in positive change – even if that change represents compromise.
This is the second part of this two part series.
Using the action plans and information from part one, we will identify common complications that could arise through collaborative efforts. Through exploring our differences, our community can better implement best practices to work through conflicts for the sustainability of our community.
Hosted by La Veta Public Library at he La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street.  Refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the American Library Association for their support through the Library Transforming Communities grants.

Roar for Relay for Life

WALSENBURG—Join in the fight against cancer with Relay for Life. Meetings will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Farm Bureau, 713 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 20th at 5:30p.m. For more information please contact Kendra Doherty at 719-946-5510 or 719-680-0693

LAS ANIMAS  

Art with Heart

TRINIDAD— This months Art with Heart is hosted by Alexandra Stefanec in the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel. This class will be on Friday, March 25 from 5:30p.m.-7p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.
Please call (719)845-4894 for more information. No registration required.

4th Annual Crawfish Boil Fundraiser

TRINIDAD—Once again it is time for Authentic Cajun Cooking for a good cause. Join us at Bomb Pizza on Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. All proceeds from the crawfish boil will go to supporting the intellectually and developmentally disabled in our community. Please come on out and enjoy good food, and community! Special to this year’s boil is the popular smoked and fried gator. We will also have whole live oysters as well!

April Fool’s Bingo Night

TRINIDAD—Help us raise money for Branson Senior class of ‘22 by playing bingo! This fundraising event will be held on Friday, April 1, 6p.m. at Fort Wooten in Trinidad. Along with Bingo there will be a pasta dinner, desert, one drink and one bingo card for $10. Each additional Bingo card will be $2 and there are a lot of great prizes to win. For more information please call 719-680-7059

Spring fling fundraiser for Holy Trinity Academy

TRINIDAD—Join the Holy Trinity Academy on Saturday, April 2 from 9a.m.-3p.m. for our Spring Fling. We will have a silent auction as well as a bake & rummage sale and arts & crafts vendors. This is to benefit the Holy Trinity Academy and will be held at Sebastiani Gym at 206 N. Animas St, Trinidad. For more information please call 719 846-4522

Easter wreath workshop

TRINIDAD— Join us for a fun wreath making morning at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. Learn how to make a wreath on Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. We will be working with 12″ wreath frames and Easter florals. $40 a person includes all wreath supplies, coffee, water and donuts/pastries.
Limited spots available, please pre-register and prepay with Darci at The Art Cottage 719-859-3123

Art Cartopia Museum re-opening

TRINIDAD— Come enjoy the fun at our re-opening party. Join us at 2702 Freedom Rd, Trinidad on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be able to get a tintype photo done, have a Three Sisters Fry Bread taco, listen to music by Robbie and the Reckless, enjoy art cars and maybe win prizes. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all.

Free acupuncture by Health Solutions

TRINIDAD— Join facilitator Amy Montoya, LPC and Health Solutions for free acupuncture every Tuesday starting Tuesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. We use the Nada Protocol which is a non-verbal approach to healing. It is standardized ear acupuncture and acupressure treatment with a lot of great benefits. For more information and to register please call 719-680-1392. Located at Mount San Rafael Hospital in the conference room.

The Fishers Peak State Park Master Plan  public meeting

TRINIDAD—Celebrate the final phase of the master plan, see design concepts for the park, and share your thoughts on Monday, April 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation of design concepts for Park facilities and infrastructure maps and data depicting proposed recreation and conservation areas. Question and answer period in an open house format for the public to provide feedback and explore the materials. Information on next steps and finalization of master plan. The project team presentation begins at 5:30, and an open house will follow from 6 to  7. This meeting will be held at the Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Student Center | Park Street, Trinidad, CO 81082

COLFAX

Spring youth football camp

RATON — Bring your 2nd through 7th graders for some football and fun. Football camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. We ask that you be at Tiger Stadium by 8:30a.m. for check-in and camp will cost $20 per athlete. This camp will be non-padded and will focus on individual and position specific drills. Any question, please contact Dustin Walton at (505) 918-3878.

Democrats’ March meeting

RATON — The March Meeting of the Democratic Party of Colfax County will be on Tuesday, March 29 at 5:15 p.m. at Casa Lemus Restaurant at 350 Clayton Road in Raton NM. This month’s topic is Women’s History Month -How to support and follow the lead of women and minority led organizations.
We will learn about our regional crisis of property valuation and learn how to confront the challenges of achieving housing and resources for those who have been left out of the economy.
Speakers will be from the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity, the Environmental Justice Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Veterans and Military Families Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
We are marking National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Muslim Women’s Day, and the Transgender Day of Visibility, all happening within a few days of our meeting, and all very important to our thinking when we seriously consider our beautiful and hard-fought American ideals.
Zackary Quintero, who is a candidate for New Mexico State Auditor (https://www.zqfornm.com/), and New Mexico State Representative Roger Montoya (who represents Raton: https://www.rogerfornm.com/), are among our confirmed guests.
For more information email colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Upcoming Events for March 17, 2022

OUR WORLD

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team Training

OUR WORLD — Your American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado is hosting a series of Disaster Action Team Training Academies throughout the area. We are looking to build our teams throughout the Southeastern portion of the state, specifically in and around Pueblo. This training is designed to help build volunteer capacity to respond to local individual disasters like home fires, providing Comfort Kits and Financial Assistance to displaced families in every community.
The 1st Academy will be held Tuesday, March 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Pueblo – Location TBD
The 3rd Academy will be held Thursday, March 24,   10 a.m.-4 p.m. This academy will be a virtual session for anyone interested and who could not attend one of the in-person sessions.
New Volunteers please RSVP to Joshua.Stewart@Redcross.org. Current volunteers RSVP to Beatriz.Portillo@Redcross.org.

HUERFANO

Mobile vaccine clinic

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on  March 26, 31 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at  the  Safeway parking lot. For more info visit www.comassvax.org.

Youth Baseball Signups

HUERFANO—Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Baseball! Ages 4-15. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Sign up Monday through Friday, now through hrough March 24 from 3-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. Scholarships are available! Or signup online through March 27 at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Practice starts in April; games May-June. All funds collected are used for youth sports in Huerfano County.
Questions regarding youth sports? Call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555. Let’s play ball!

Two Peaks-One Book – Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a community book read, Two Peaks-One Book Walsenburg. The mission of this program is to foster community dialog & interaction by the reading & discussion of a common book. Our selection is “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, which is a coming-of-age novel centering on Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship under his curandera and protector, Ultima. It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in 1972
We will have free copies available of this novel for you to pick up at SPLD (Walsenburg). A Colorado Humanities grant to Huajatolla Heritage Foundation has made this program possible. The dates for our discussion sessions are Thursdays, March 17, 24 & 31 at 2 p.m. Stop in and get your copy and let’s make this a great community event!

Roger Greene’s “4,284 Miles”

LA VETA—The author of this year’s  “Two Peaks/One Book” selection, Roger Greene, will join us at the LaVeta Library on Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m. (Please note the new date!). Mr. Greene will discuss his process and motivation in creating his latest novel chronicling the amazing 1916 bicycle journey of  Joe Bruce and Lester Atkinson, two young boys from Colorado. We will then have a spirited round table discussion of the book.  Be sure and bring your copy to be signed by the author. Refreshments provided.

Open Mic, St Patrick’s Day at the Merc

LA VETA— Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and show off your talents, whether music, poems or short stories on Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St, La Veta.  Free!

The Vile Veterinarian Melodrama

LA VETA— Enjoy the return of the sing-along melodrama at the Francisco Center of the Performing arts Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 17-19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday March 20 at 2 p.m.! Tickets are $15 at the door and $16 online. Visit www.lavetatheatreweb.org for more details. Also available at the La Veta Mercantile. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show.

Mobile vaccine clinic

LA VETA — The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Friday, March 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the La Veta School on 126 E. Garland St. La Veta. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org

Mobile vaccine clinic

GARDNER —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Friday, March 18, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the community center in Gardner, 28 Co Rd 632, Gardner. For more info visit www.comassvax.org

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG— Yes, we are still having storytime every Friday!  This Friday, March 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. we will be reading about caterpillars and butterflies.  Then we will make a cute craft with a pom pom caterpillar and a flying butterfly.  The fun will be at 415 Walsen Ave. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Also, I am happy to report that our library has expanded its hours!  We are now open M – W from 10 am to 6 pm, Th – F from 10  a.m. to 4 p.m. and  Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  We hope to see you soon.

United Church final service and dinner

WALSENBURG — With numerous persons interested in the final service and final dinner at the United Church Sunday, March 20, the caterer is asking for a dinner count.  Those expecting to attend the dinner following the 1 pm service are asked to make a reservation with Faye Stroh jfstroh@msn or 719-989-8151.  Last minute attendees will not be turned away if the food holds out.  Special touches from the past at the final service and at the dinner – such as old-time hymns, attendance of previous pastors and members – perhaps even opening a 1904 cornerstone from the First Presbyterian Church, will be included.

JMHS meet and greet

WALSENBURG — The JMHS administration wants to meet with the upcoming 7th and 8th grade parents and/or community members ( this will be current 6th and 7th grade)  on Tuesday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the JMHS cafeteria. Any parent or community member  having any questions about the possible transition for next year is encouraged to attend .

Two Spirits movie at LVPL

LA VETA—On Thursday, March 24th at 2 p.m. the La Veta Library patron Alex Lukens will share the movie “Two Spirits” and then facilitate a discussion of this moving and heart wrenching true story that interweaves the tragic tale of a mother’s loss with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Adult themes but guaranteed to be thought provoking and enlightening.

Gardening 101 – Cold frames, greenhouses and root cellars

WALSENBURG—The Spanish Peaks Library will again be having their monthly introduction to gardening class on Sunday, March 27 at 1p.m. at the Library, 415 Walsen Ave.  This month’s topics will be Cold Frames, Greenhouses and Root Cellars.  We’ll discuss how and where to build these structures, the benefits and the problems.  Please join us for a fun and educational discussion!

Pleas and Petitions’ Author discussion

WALSENBURG—On Saturday, March 26 at 2p.m. the Museum of Friends, 600 Main Street, in Walsenburg will introduce Virginia Sánchez to discuss her most recent book Pleas and Petitions Hispano  Culture and Legislative Conflict in Territorial Colorado that sheds  new light on the political obstacles, cultural conflicts, and  institutional racism experienced by Hispano legislators in the wake of the legal establishment of the Territory of Colorado.  The book reexamines the transformation of some 7,000  Hispano settlers from citizens of New Mexico territory to  citizens of the newly formed Colorado territory, as well as the  effects of territorial legislation on the lives of those residing  in the region as a whole.

Community conversation about tourism

WALSENBURG— The Tourism Board invites you to an informative community conversation about tourism in our county on Monday, March 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We will be hosting a series of community meetings to provide an overview of the work the tourism board is engaged in to bring visitors and tourism dollars to the county. We will discuss the ways we work to promote all the activities, attractions, and events that Spanish Peaks Country offers visitors. A light dinner will be provided. Huerfano County Tourism Board Conversation will be held at the community center in Walsenburg. A zoom link will be available for this meeting!

An “Afternoon of Poetry,”

LA VETA— In honor of National Poetry Month, “An Afternoon of Poetry’ will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 3-5p.m. at La Veta Public Library (please bring a mask). Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!).  For more information: Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).

Village Super Powers: Strategies for Expressing Strongly-Held Opinions

LA VETA— On Saturday, April 9th 2-4 p.m. join us for a village gathering to apply healthy communication skills and explore strategies for expressing strongly-held opinions in ways that result in positive change – even if that change represents compromise.
This is the second part of this two part series.
Using the action plans and information from part one, we will identify common complications that could arise through collaborative efforts. Through exploring our differences, our community can better implement best practices to work through conflicts for the sustainability of our community.
Hosted by La Veta Public Library at he La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street.  Refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the American Library Association for their support through the Library Transforming Communities grants.

LAS ANIMAS  

Mobile vaccine clinic

AGUILAR —  On Thursday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at Aguilar School 420 Balsam Ave, Aguilar. For more info visit www.comassvax.org

Little Artist Pain Session

TRINIDAD—Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center presents St. Paddy’s Day themed paint session for the kiddos! Join us on Thursday, March 17 from 5p.m.-6p.m. all ages are welcome! $25 per painter and adults are welcome to register with their children! Fun for the whole family! Water and wil be cookies included.
Please pre-register and prepay with Darci at The Art Cottage. For more info, please call 719-859-3123.

Mobile vaccine clinic

TRINIDAD —  March 19,24,30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at City Hall in Trinidad. For more info visit www.comassvax.org

Spring break youth club

TRINIDAD—The Trinidad Youth Club will be offering an opportunity for Trinidad and local area youth age 5 and under 17 during the spring break time period when local schools are on break.
Starting Monday, March 21, the students will learn how to start an indoor garden and grow the food they can eat within a week with information education from Fungi Family Farm LLC.
They will also learn about indoor and outdoor greenhouse lighting, worms, composting, watering, seed preparation, spouting, harvesting and eating.
Tuesday it’s off to the Raton Regional Aquatic Center for some fun indoor swimming.
Wednesday we are off to Longs Canyon for a walk along the stream among the trees and discover some interesting information about our local pinyon-juniper forest, to learn about the value of trees.
Thursday we travel to Capulin National Volcano Monument and walk on top of a volcano.
Finally, Friday we end the week at Art-o-Cade and discover just how fun it can be to decorate a car and transform it into an art piece!
If you you are not a club member, you can fill out a membership packet and still attend.  Forms and more information can be found at www.youthcluboftrinidad.com or you can pick up a membership packet at the club at 204 E. Kansas Street in Trinidad.

Art with Heart

TRINIDAD— This months Art with Heart is hosted by Alexandra Stefanec in the Garden Room at  Mt. Carmel. This class will be on Friday, March 25 from 5:30p.m.-7p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.
Please call (719)845-4894 for more information. No registration required.

4th Annual Crawfish Boil Fundraiser

TRINIDAD—Once again it is time for Authentic Cajun Cooking for a good cause. Join us at Bomb Pizza on Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. All proceeds from the crawfish boil will go to supporting the intellectually and developmentally disabled in our community. Please come on out and enjoy good food, and community! Special to this year’s boil is the popular smoked and fried gator. We will also have whole live oysters as well!

Art Cartopia Museum re-opening

TRINIDAD— Come enjoy the fun at our re-opening party. Joing us at 2702 Freedom Rd, Trinidad on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be able to get a tintype photo done, have a Three Sisters Fry Bread taco, listen to music by Robbie and the Reckless, enjoy art cars and maybe win prizes. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all.

COLFAX

Colfax County Assessor’s Office veterans outreach

COLFAX — The veterans outreach will be held on Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Join us at the Colfax County Assesor’s office at 230 N. 3rd St Ratonfor assistance. For more information please contact Joseph Dorn at Josephm.dorn@state.nm.us or call 505-861-9117.

Spring youth football camp

RATON — Bring your 2nd through 7th graders for some football and fun. Football camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. We ask that you be at Tiger Stadium by 8:30a.m. for check-in and camp will cost $20 per athlete. This camp will be non-padded and will focus on individual and position specific drills. Any question, please contact Dustin Walton at (505) 918-3878.

Democrats’ March meeting

RATON — The March Meeting of the Democratic Party of Colfax County will be on Tuesday, March 29 at 5:15 p.m. at Casa Lemus Restaurant at 350 Clayton Road in Raton NM. This month’s topic is Women’s History Month -How to support and follow the lead of women and minority led organizations.
We will learn about our regional crisis of property valuation and learn how to confront the challenges of achieving housing and resources for those who have been left out of the economy.
Speakers will be from the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity, the Environmental Justice Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Veterans and Military Families Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
We are marking National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Muslim Women’s Day, and the Transgender Day of Visibility, all happening within a few days of our meeting, and all very important to our thinking when we seriously consider our beautiful and hard-fought American ideals.
Zackary Quintero, who is a candidate for New Mexico State Auditor (https://www.zqfornm.com/), and New Mexico State Representative Roger Montoya (who represents Raton: https://www.rogerfornm.com/), are among our confirmed guests.
For more information email colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Upcoming Events for March 10, 2022

OUR WORLD

Phone-in Legal Help

OUR WORLD —Colorado Legal Service is offering free legal help to the low-income community of southeast Colorado on Wednesday, March 16 from 5-7:30p.m.Volunteer attorneys are here to help answer civil legal questions, help with court forms, and explain law and procedure for; family law, landlord/tenant law, protection orders,  consumer protection, collections, probate and small claims. To speak with an attorney about civil matters, call 844-404-7400 during clinic hours.

HUERFANO

Mobile vaccine clinic

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on  March 12, 16, 26, 31 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at  the  Safeway parking lot. . For more info visit www.comassvax.org.

Youth Baseball Signups

HUERFANO—Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Baseball! Ages 4-15. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Sign up Monday-Friday, March 7-24  from 3-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. Scholarships are available! Or signup online through March 27 at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Practice starts in April; games May-June. All funds collected are used for youth sports in Huerfano County.
Questions regarding youth sports? Call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555. Let’s play ball!

Two Peaks-One Book” events – La Veta

LA VETA — La Veta Library is proud to announce that our Two Peaks/ One Book  Community Book Read Series  featuring local author Roger Green will present it’s his first program on Thursday, March 10, 2 p.m. in the meeting room at LVPL.  Mr Green will talk about his process and motivation in writing the book and then  you are invited to discuss the many themes explored and get your copy of the novel signed.  Free as always with refreshments provided.
Then Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 pm Dr. Ed Crowthers, history professor Emeritus from Adams State University will be on hand at the La Veta Library as guest speaker.. His topic will be “Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Great War” which will compliment one of the themes off this year’s selection “4283 Miles” by local author Roger Greene. You won’t want to miss dynamic speaker. Free as always, with refreshments .

Movie at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA— Join us for the showing of  “Motorcycle Diaries” on Thursday, March 10,  2 p.m. the La Veta Library will kick off their “Two Peaks/One Book series with the showing of the classic movie biopic “Motorcycle Diaries”. Similar in our theme of coming of age and adventure, the movie details  the life changing  motorcycle journey of young Che Guervara and Alberto Granado from Brazil to Peru.  You won’t want to miss this inspiring and inspirational film.

Outside the Box art show

LA VETA—The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to the opening reception of the new “Outside the Box” show this Saturday, March 12, from 5-7 p.m. The new show is a collection of original art by 17 area artists that embraces the unexpected in a variety of media and styles, “thinking outside the box”. There will be refreshments with no admission fee. (Donations are gratefully accepted). Located at the west end of the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus, the SPACe Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11 am – 2 pm. To see examples of the artists’ works, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Call 719 742-3074 for more information. The show ends April 9.
Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe)

Village Powers: Identifying realistic community goals

HUERFANO — Please join La Veta Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2-4 p.m. to investigate healthy collaborations by reviewing community strengths and discussing best practices.  This community conversation will provide a safe space to review community needs and action plans to ensure sustainability. This is part one of a two part conversation series. Part two will include efforts to deal with adverse viewpoints and explore strategies for expressing strongly-held opinions in ways that result in positive change – even if that change represents compromise. Refreshments provided.

“Coming of age in America in the shadow of the Great War.” discussion

LA VETA — Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 13,  2 p.m. when Dr Ed Crowther, Professor for many years at Adams State,  will join us at La Veta Library for a fascinating lecture entitled “Coming of age in America in the shadow of the Great War.” You won’t want to miss this dynamic discussion!.  Free as always with refreshments provided.

Calling all chili chefs!

LA VETA — The LaVeta Oktoberfest is preparing for our annual Chili Cookoff Competition to be -held on Saturday, March 12, 5 p.m. at the Mission Deli Restaurant in La Veta.

Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxilliary community brunch

WALSENBURG —  The Walsenburg Ladies Auxilliary #1187 will host our community brunch on Sunday, March 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg.  The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.  We will be serving a new menu: french toast, ham, and scrambled eggs.  The meal will include coffee or juice.  We hope to see you there!

Life & Death Round Table Discussions

WALSENBURG —  Boies Ortega Funeral Home is proud to sponsor a free monthly educational series for 2022 on various topics including grief, end of life decisions, pre planned funerals and later in the year topics such as Medicare vs. Medicaid and Life or Death Insurance. All workshops will be held in the community room at Spanish Peaks Library on Walsen Avenue.
Light refreshments will be served. The first workshop is March 16th, 11:00 a.m. on “Helping Seniors Transition.”
Call Elisa at 719-738-2152 if you have questions.

Trivia hosted by SPLD

WALSENBURG—Spanish Peaks Library District will once again be hosting Trivia at the Second Street Bar & Grill at the golf course on Wednesday, March 16 at  6 p.m.  Gather up your teams and test your wits with this month’s categories; Young Adult Fiction, Famous George’s, March Madness, Cars From the 60’s (visual) and St Patrick’s Day.  Remember, if your category suggestion is used, you receive $5 off your table tab and the winning team receives $20 off their table tab!  Don’t miss out on the fun and we hope you’ll join us!

Two Peaks-One Book – Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a community book read, Two Peaks-One Book Walsenburg. The mission of this program is to foster community dialog & interaction by the reading & discussion of a common book. Our selection is “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, which is a coming-of-age novel centering on Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship under his curandera and protector, Ultima. It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in 1972
We will have free copies available of this novel for you to pick up at SPLD (Walsenburg). A Colorado Humanities grant to Huajatolla Heritage Foundation has made this program possible. The dates for our discussion sessions are Thursdays, March 17, 24 & 31 at 2 p.m. Stop in and get your copy and let’s make this a great community event!

New Date: Roger Greene’s “4,284 Miles”

LA VETA—The author of this year’s  “Two Peaks/One Book” selection, Roger Greene, will join us at the LaVeta Library on Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m. (Please note the new date!). Mr. Greene will discuss his process and motivation in creating his latest novel chronicling the amazing 1916 bicycle journey of  Joe Bruce and Lester Atkinson, two young boys from Colorado. We will then have a spirited round table discussion of the book.  Be sure and bring your copy to be signed by the author. Refreshments provided.

Open Mic, St Patrick’s Day at the Merc

LA VETA— Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and show off your talents, whether music, poems or short stories on Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St, La Veta.  Free!

The Vile Veterinarian Melodrama

LA VETA— Enjoy the return of the sing-along melodrama at the Francisco Center of the Performing arts Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 17-19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday March 20 at 2 p.m.! Tickets are $15 at the door and $16 online. Visit www.lavetatheatreweb.org for more details. Also available at the La Veta Mercantile. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show.

Mobile vaccine clinic

LA VETA — The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Friday, March 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the La Veta School on 126 E. Garland St. La Veta. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org

Mobile vaccine clinic

GARDNER —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Friday, March 18, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.  at  the Gardner Community Center 28 Co Rd 632, Gardner. For more info visit www.comassvax.org

United Church final service and dinner

WALSENBURG — With numerous persons interested in the final service and final dinner at the United Church Sunday, March 20, the caterer is asking for a dinner count.  Those expecting to attend the dinner following the 1 pm service are asked to make a reservation with Faye Stroh jfstroh@msn or 719-989-8151.  Last minute attendees will not be turned away if the food holds out.  Special touches from the past at the final service and at the dinner – such as old-time hymns, attendance of previous pastors and members – perhaps even opening a 1904 cornerstone from the First Presbyterian Church, will be included.

LAS ANIMAS  

Meet Aguilar’s superintendent finalists

AGUILAR— The Aguilar school board has announced three finalists in their search for a new superintendent: Olivia Bachicha, Justin Cowan, and Victoria Santistevan. The school board will host a Meet & Greet event on Thursday, March 10 from 5 – 7 p.m.  in the Aguilar High School Library for the community, school students, and staff to meet and visit with the three candidates.

St. Patricks Day parade

TRINIDAD- The annual Trinidad St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 12 at 12p.m.   Come be in the parade or come to watch it, it will be fun!  There is a Parade contest of the most outrages person, group, car or float (think GREEN) in the parade.  $25.00 entry fee   Top prize of $100, Judges are local kids from Trinidad. The parade will start at Walnut and Main and end at City Hall.  For more information please call or text 214-336-4229.

Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its third event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening will begin with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public.

Philosophy Café:  Autonomy

TRINIDAD—Do you enjoy philosophizing with others about timeless questions? Join us Monday, March 14th at 5p.m. for a facilitated conversation, normally on the second Monday of each month. After a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy, the discussion takes on a life of its own. During the pandemic, we’ve been hosting this  using Zoom Meeting. If you want to join us, go to our website (Carnegiepubliclibrary.org) and click the Virtual Programs button. Scroll down until you find the article on Philosophy Café.

Trinidad Coalition Brownfield Initiative

TRINIDAD – The Trinidad Brownfield Coalition consisting of Trinidad, Aguilar, and Las Animas County, is hosting a public meeting to share news on the use of a Brownfield Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This Coalition was first awarded an EPA Brownfield Grant in 2015, and this new round of funding will allow the Coalition to continue revitalizing vacant and underused properties, or brownfields in Trinidad, Aguilar, and throughout Las Animas County. Funding will be used to identify brownfield sites for revitalization, assess existing site conditions, and plan for future cleanup and reuse of priority sites. Interested property owners, community members, and other stakeholders can attend this informational meeting in person or virtually. Information will include an overview of the grant
and how interested individuals and property owners can nominate sites for consideration for grant-funded assistance. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, 150 East Main Street, Trinidad and online at  https://meet.goto.com/363148061 Dial in: +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 363-148-061

Mobile vaccine clinic

AGUILAR —  Thursday, March 17, 10 a.m. to  6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at Aguilar School 420 Balsam Ave, Aguilar. For more info visit www.comassvax.org

Mobile vaccine clinic

TRINIDAD —  March 19,24,30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at City Hall in Trinidad. For more info visit www.comassvax.org

COLFAX

Spring youth football camp

RATON— Bring your 2nd through 7th graders for some football and fun. Football camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Match 26 and 27th from 9a.m.-4p.m. We ask that you be at Tiger Stadium by 8:30a.m. for check-in and camp will cost $20 per athlete. This camp will be non-padded and will focus on individual and position specific drills. Any question, please contact Dustin Walton at (505) 918-3878.

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Upcoming Events for March 3, 2022

OUR WORLD

Grief support group

OUR WORLD—The Grief Support Group sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center Pallative Care and Hospice for March will be the usual 2nd Wednesday of the month, March 9 from 2-3:30p.m. Val Stepien, long time hospice worker will continue to share her wisdom regarding Loving Yourself in Times of Grief. This group is free and all are welcome.  Feel free to email Val Stepien, at vonstep@ecentral.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the group. The zoom  meeting link is https://zoom.us/j/95686445697

Phone-in Legal Help

Colorado Legal Service is offering free legal help to the low-income community of Southeast Colorado on Wednesday, March 16 from 5-7:30p.m.Volunteer attorneys are here to help answer civil legal questions, help with court forms, and explain law and procedure for; family law, landlord/tenant law, protection orders,  consumer protection, collections, probate and small claims. To speak with an attorney about civil matters, call 844-404-7400 during clinic hours.

HUERFANO

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on  March 3,5,12,16,26,31 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  at  the  Safeway parking lot. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/2634854109

Ukrainian Egg Design
 
LA VETA — Judy Passow, a Huerfano County resident will be sharing her interest and expertise regarding the art of Ukrainian Egg Design that has been passed down for more than 1,000 years.  Judy has taught throughout the United States (including at the Smithsonian Museum) and in Europe. Her beautiful eggs are on display in many cities, and she enjoys sharing this craft with others.   Judy will share the process and her artful eggs on Thursday, March 3rd at 2p.m. at the La Veta Library. Later in the spring an actual class will be offered! Judy has been so gracious in offering her knowledge to keep this beautiful tradition alive! Come learn and see her stunning eggs on display.  Art in Society grant money is making this program possible!

eSports & VR Demo Day

WALSENBURG — Join us on Friday, March 4, 2 p.m. for  free eSports and VR demos! We have six PCs and a Nintendo Switch. We also have two Valve Index’s for VR. eSports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers: Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Madden NFL, to name a few.

All That Jazz

LA VETA — Time to get your “jazz” on– the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to offer its winter concert: “All That Jazz”—featuring a compilation of songs celebrating just the fun of music. Tickets will be $10.00 available at the door or online at https://www.lavetatheaterweb.org. Please join us on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7p .m. (doors open at 6:30); Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.  (doors open at 1:30). All performances are at the theater located at 127 West Francisco in La Veta. Seating is limited, no reservations required (seating on a first come, first serve basis). Any donations to help support the choir will be gleefully accepted.

Walsenburg Fox weekend movie

WALSENBURG — Join us at the Historic Fox Theatre for our weekend Movie “UNCHARTED” Street-smart Nathan Drake is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada.
Rated PG-13 Showtimes are Friday and Saturday,  7:30 p.m., Sunday at  3 p.m.  Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, and $5 for children (age five to twelve) and seniors.

Huerfano Democrats Caucus & Assembly

HUERFANO — Come together for caucus! The Huerfano County Democrats will hold their caucus at 10a.m. on Saturday, March 5th with the assembly following  at 2 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell St. We will hear from local candidates, nominate, conduct unofficial, unrecorded, informational straw polls, we will elect delegates to represent at assembly, select precinct organizers for our newly drawn 5 precincts, and discuss and vote on the party platform.  Sign-ups for election judges will also be accepted. Your attendance and participation are necessary to our democracy.  Masks will be mandatory at both events.  Together we are stronger! www.huerfanodems.com/getinvolved

Nuevo Americana comes to La Veta

LA VETA — On Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m. enjoy Nuevo Americana music with Chris Arellano at La Veta Mercantile. Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteño music of his northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences, for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer.  $18 advance. $20 day of show. https://lavetamercantile.simpletix.com/

Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxilliary community brunch

WALSENBURG —  The Walsenburg Ladies Auxilliary #1187 will host our community brunch on Sunday, March 6,  from 11a.m.-1p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg.  The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.  We will be serving a new menu: french toast, ham, and scrambled eggs.  The meal will include coffee or juice.  We hope to see you there!

Farmers Market meeting

LA VETA-The first meeting of the La Veta Farmers Market vendors for 2022 will be Tuesday, March 8, 10a.m.-12p.m., on the second floor of the La Veta library on Main St. This will be our 11th year and should be a great one. The meeting is open to returning and new vendors and anyone who might be thinking about being a vendor or is just curious. There is no vendor fee and the market usually runs mid-May through mid-Oct in the area next to the La Veta library.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact John at 7192810100 or costeawood1@gmail.com

Free legal help

HUERFANO—The Spanish Peaks Public Library is partnering with Colorado attorneys and Colorado Legal Services to offer free legal assistanceon Tuesday, March 8, from 2p.m.-5p.m. If you have any questions about these programs and to get on the list, call the library at 719-738-2774 You can also visit checkerboard.co These services are proved on the second Tuesday of every month.

American Legion meeting

HUERFANO-American Legion Post 16 will be meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 6p.m. at the Huerfano Community Center at 928 Russell St. Walsenburg. Our guest speaker will be Carlton Croft from the Huerfano County Economic Development and Tourism Board. Also, on our agenda there will be a Post Everlasting in the honor of Bill Shepard a previous member that has passed away recently. A sympathy card will be available to sign.

Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event

LA VETA — La Veta Library is proud to announce that our Two Peaks/ One Book  Community Book Read Series  featuring local author Roger Green will present it’s his first program on Thursday, March 10, 2p.m. in the meeting room at LVPL.  Mr Green will talk about his process and motivation in writing the book and then  you are invited to discuss the many themes explored and get your copy of the novel signed.  Free as always with refreshments provided.

Village Powers: Identifying realistic community goals

HUERFANO—  Please join La Veta Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2-4p.m. for a village gathering to investigate healthy collaborations by reviewing community strengths and discussing best practices. Our goal is to build ties between community organizations and individuals while organically creating realistic goals for change. This community conversation will provide a safe space to review community needs and action plans to ensure sustainability. Join the La Veta Regional Library District as we work together to provide the community with practical tools to bridge community efforts. This is part one of a two part conversation series. Part two will include efforts to deal with adverse viewpoints and explore strategies for expressing strongly-held opinions in ways that result in positive change – even if that change represents compromise. Refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the American Library Association for their support through the Library Transforming Communities grants.

“Coming of age in America in the shadow of the Great War.” discussion

LA VETA-Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 13,  2p.m. when Dr Ed Crowther, Professor for many years at Adams State,  will join us at La Veta Libraryfor a fascinating lecture entitled “Coming of age in America in the shadow of the Great War.” You won’t want to miss this dynamic discussion!.  Free as always with refreshments provided.

Calling all chili chefs!—UPDATED2/28

LA VETA — Good news!!  The LaVeta Oktoberfest is preparing for our annual Chili Cookoff Competition to be -held on Saturday, March 13, 5 p.m. at the Mission Deli Restaurant in Laveta and we have a few spots left for aspiring chili chefs! We have some really great prizes this year that you won’t want to miss out on and a fun evening planned.  Please stop by the LaVeta Library to pick up the entry form or call Mitzi at 719-742-5278 and she will assist you.  We are also looking for a few more quality items for our silent auction table.  Let us know if you can help out and mark your calendars for some great food and fun!

Two Peaks-One Book Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a community book read, Two Peaks-One Book Walsenburg. The mission of this program is to foster community dialog & interaction by the reading & discussion of a common book. Our selection is “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, which is a coming-of-age novel centering on Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship under his curandera and protector, Ultima. It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in 1972
We will have free copies available of this novel for you to pick up at SPLD (Walsenburg). A Colorado Humanities grant to Huajatolla Heritage Foundation has made this program possible. The dates for our discussion sessions are Thursdays, March 17, 24 & 31 at 2p.m. Stop in & get your copy & let’s make this a great community event!

Mobile vaccine clinic

LA VETA — The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Friday, March 18, 9a.m.-12p.m. at the La Veta School on 126 E. Garland St. La Veta. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org

Mobile vaccine clinic

GARDNER —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Friday, March 18, 1p.m.-6p.m.  at  the Gardner Community Center 28 Co Rd 632, Gardner. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org

Blood drive rescheduled

WALSENBURG —The Blood Drives are sponsored by American Legion Post 16 and will be held at Huerfano Community Center on April 12, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants can register online and there is a medical questionnaire to be answered before
you can donate blood. Walk ins are welcome and the questionnaire can be filled out in person as well. To register online please visit www.vitalant.org
The American Legion Blood Drive that was scheduled for the 8th of February had to be cancelled  We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation may have caused.

LAS ANIMAS  

Cooking for Families

TRINIDAD —Join AmeriCorps Members Brie and Cassondra to learn fun family recipes and helpful cooking tips. Thursdays starting Feb. 17 through March 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spots are limited, so register today at  www.mtcarmelcenter.org.   The class will be held in person at the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Ave, Trinidad. Masks required.

Support for parents in recovery

TRINIDAD — Circle of Parents groups offer a safe, friendly, confidential, non-judgemental, supportive enviroment to share with and learn from other parents. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can open celebrate success, address challenges, find information and resources to support raising children. Meetings are every Thursday, beginning Feb. 24th, 6 p.m. at the Youth Club of Trinidad, 204 E. Kansas ave. Kids activities will be available. For more information please contact HuLA Early Childhood Council 719-845-0463

HUGE “CARage Sale” Fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Friday, March 4 & Saturday March 5 from 9a.m.- 2p.m. at Art Cartopia Museum 2702 Freedom Road in Trinidad. We’ll have a little (or big) something for everyone. So, don’t miss out on this spectacular sale. Please  no early birds.  Proceeds of the sale to benefit ArtoCade and Art Cartopia Museum. For more infamation please contact us at (719) 846-3473

Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore

TRINIDAD—Join us Friday, March 4, 11am-4pm and Saturday March 5, 10am-4pm for our Senior Days event.  It;s a great time to stock up on some spring goodies as most items will be 50% off. For more information please call us at 719-846-8522 or visit us at 132 N. Commercial St.

Las Animas County Democratic caucus and assembly

LAS ANIMAS — The democratic caucus for precincts 1-7 will be held on Saturday, March 5th at 1 p.m. Assembly follows the Same Day at 2 pm and will be held at Trinidad State College 600 Prospect Street Sullivan Center, Pioneer Room. There is also the option to participate via Zoom. Please contact LACDems@gmail.com for Zoom link

Basic pistol shooting

TRINIDAD — Introductions to the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely own and use a pistol. Bring your own handgun, semiautos or double action revolvers preferred. This class will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 8a.m.-5p.m. at Prator Gun Range. This is a “for credit” class that is a part of Trinidad State’s Junior College NRA Firearm Safety Instructor Certification Program. The regular tuition and fees apply. Class fees do not include NRA membership. This course is eligible for VA benefits and financial aid. If you wish to attend this course, please apply either online at https://www.Trinidadstate.edu or in person on the Trinidad Campus, in the Berg Building. You must be 21 years or older to take this class.

Free legal help

TRINIDAD—The Trinidad Carnegie Public Library is partnering with Colorado attorneys and Colorado Legal Services to offer free legal assistanceon Tuesday, March 8th from 2p.m.-5p.m. If you have any questions about these programs, call the library at 719-846-6841 You can also visit checkerboard.com These services are proved on the second Tuesday of every month.

Mobile vaccine clinic

WESTON—Wednesday, March 9, 10a.m.-6p.m. the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at Primero School 20200 State Highway 12, Weston For more info or to make an appointment, please visit – https://www.comassvax.org//appointment

Meet Aguilar’s superintendent finalists

AGUILAR— The Aguilar school board has announced three finalists in their search for a new superintendent: Olivia Bachicha, Justin Cowan, and Victoria Santistevan. The school board will host a Meet & Greet event on Thursday, March 10 from 5 – 7p.m.  in the Aguilar High School Library for the community, school students, and staff to meet and visit with the three candidates.

St. Patricks Day parade

TRINIDAD- The annual Trinidad St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 12 at 12p.m.   Come be in the parade or come to watch it, it will be fun!  There is a Parade contest of the most outrages person, group, car or float (think GREEN) in the parade.  $25.00 enter fee   Top prize of $100.00, Judges are local kids from Trinidad. The parade will start at Walnut and Main and end at City Hall.  For more information please call or text 214-336-4229.

Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its third event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on Saturday, March 12 at 7p.m. An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening will begin with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public.

Philosophy Café:  Autonomy

TRINIDAD—Do you enjoy philosophizing with others about timeless questions? Join us Monday, March 14th at 5p.m. for a facilitated conversation, normally on the second Monday of each month. After a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy, the discussion takes on a life of its own. During the pandemic, we’ve been hosting this  using Zoom Meeting. If you want to join us, go to our website (Carnegiepubliclibrary.org) and click the Virtual Programs button. Scroll down until you find the article on Philosophy Café. Just click the Register button to get detailed information on how to join.

Mobile vaccine clinic

AGUILAR —  Thursday, March 17, 10 a.m. to  6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at Aguilar School 420 Balsam Ave, Aguilar. For more info or to make an appointment, please visit – https://www.comassvax.org//appointment

Mobile vaccine clinic

TRINIDAD —  March 19,24,30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at City Hall in Trinidad. For more info or to make an appointment, please visit – https://www.comassvax.org//appointment

COLFAX

March Subgroup Health Council Zoom Meeting

COLFAX— Please join us on Thursday, March 3rd at 11:30a.m. to be a part of our *Subgroup Zoom Meeting*. We will be discussing our three subgroups and the tasks each group will be working on to reach our goals in completing our FY22 deliverables.
Group 1 – Will be working on updating our Colfax County Health Council Bi-Laws (see attached) with
Group 2 -Will be working on Prom and Graduation Sticker Shock around Colfax County. (Need Volunteers)
Group 3 – Will be working on our continued 3 part presentation on Suicide Awareness that will be shared out virtually.
If you have time and are interested in participating in one of these subgroups, please attend the meeting or let me know if you are unable to attend and would like to participate. Below is the Zoom Link for the meeting! Hope to see you all there.
Meeting ID: 825 6408 2050
Passcode: 804776

2022 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally art work competition

COLFAX—Attention youth artists (7th through 12th grades) in Colfax, Union and Los Alamos counties. We want you to compete by designing this year’s Balloon Rally Logo.  You could win a Hot Air Balloon Ride and see your artwork printed on pins and t-shirts!!!  Deadline to submit is March 10, 2022. Submit your design to Raton Main St office at 145 S. First St. Enteries must include “2022 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon  Rally, Raton NM”. Design must be 5 in. by 5 in., can have up to three colors and must include the student’s name, grade and school. For more information please call Brenda Ferri at 445-2052 or Christine Valentini at 445-2457.

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Upcoming Events for February 24, 2022

HUERFANO

Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event — pick up your book now

LA VETA — LaVeta Public Library is pleased to announce that we will once again be able to offer our” Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event.The mission of this program is to foster community dialog and interaction by the reading and discussion of a common book.  The 2022 selection is “4,284 miles” by Roger L. Greene.  It is a fascinating work of historical  fiction about two young boys who, in 1916,  set out from Colorado Springs on their bicycles for a trip across the country to see the Statue of Liberty.  “4284 Miles” is a wonderful coming of age novel filled with historic information about America in 1916, unforgettable characters, and thought provoking themes of equality, freedom and the cost of liberty. We will have copies available of this novel for you to pick up at LVPL and the full list of the dates and times of the programs we will be offering in conjunction with the book will be announced soon.  Stop in and get your copy and let’s make this a great community event!

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Thursday, Feb. 24th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at  the  Safeway parking lot. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/2634854109

Communications Coalition meeting

WALSENBURG —  Thursday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center 928 Russle Street
This is an in person meeting but a zoom option is available. Come let everyone know what is going on with your business, non-profit or government organization.
Lunch will be provided by Huerfano County Economic Development. The Zoom link is:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84373619074?pwd=NkhUY2lGdXA2UXR4MzNJRUhLTzhrZz09

Walsenburg Fox weekend movie

WALSENBURG — Death on the Nile will be playing at the historic Fox Theatre. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. RUNTIME: 2 hours 7 minutes Showtimes are Friday and Saturday,  7:30 p.m.,
Sunday at  3 p.m.  Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, and $5 for children (age five to twelve) and seniors.

Catch health problems before they get too far

HUERFANO —  Friday, Feb. 25  Life Line Screening offers 5 Preventive Health Screenings for Carotid Artery Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), Osteoporosis Risk. This 5 Screening package is to offer peace of mind or early detection for risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease. The combination of these tests helps detects problems before you have symptoms and while you and your doctor can still take action while still doing the things you love. This health screening event will be held at the Huerfano County Community Center at 928 Russell.
To register please call 888-814-0416 or go to www.llsa.social/hsc

eSports & VR Demo Day

WALSENBURG — Join us Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 pm for  free eSports and VR demos! We have six PCs and a Nintendo Switch. We also have two Valve Index’s for VR.
eSports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers: Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Madden NFL, to name a few.

Ukrainian Egg Design
 
HUERFANO — Judy Passow, a Huerfano County resident will be sharing her interest and expertise regarding the art of Ukrainian Egg Design that has been passed down for more than 1,000 years.  Judy has taught throughout the United States (including at the Smithsonian Museum) and in Europe. Her beautiful eggs are on display in many cities, and she enjoys sharing this craft with others.   Judy will share the process and her artful eggs on Friday Feb. 25th at 2 PM at the Walsenburg Library; then the program will be repeated on Thursday, March 3rd at 2PM at the La Veta Library. Later in the spring an actual class will be offered! Judy has been so gracious in offering her knowledge to keep this beautiful tradition alive! Come learn and see her stunning eggs on display.  Art in Society grant money is making this program possible!

Meet the Candidate- Karl Sporleder, County Commissioner, District 3

LA VETA — Karl Sporleder is having a Meet and Greet on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Fatt Weller’s BBQ, 124 N. Main St, La Veta.

SPLD Gardening 101

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Library will again have their Gardening 101 program this month on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 1 to  3 p.m. at the library, 415 Walsen Ave. We will be discussing how to read seed catalogs, touching on the meaning of number of days and zone requirements, as well what all that strange terminology means.  We will also be exploring tips and practices on starting seeds indoors.
Please join us for this fun and informative monthly program on the 4th Sunday of every month.  Hope to see you there!

Water Conservancy District meeting

HUERFANO — The monthly board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6pm. The draft agenda for the meeting can be found on the  district’s website: www.hcwcd.net

Huerfano Republicans Caucus

HUERFANO — Join the Republicans at our precinct caucus Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm.  Odd numbered precincts will meet at the Huerfano Community Church at 601 Leon Ave in Walsenburg.  Even precincts will meet at the Methodist Church on South main in La Veta.  The caucus is the birthplace of both ideas and candidates; a true grassroots start to every election season.  Get in on the ground floor! If you’re a Republican but not sure which precinct you live in, visit the Republican Facebook page to see the maps!  https://www.facebook.com/Huerfanogop

Huerfano Democrats Caucus & Assembly

HUERFANO — Come together for caucus! The Huerfano County Democrats will hold their caucus at 10  a.m. on Saturday, March 5th with the assembly following  at 2 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell St. We will hear from local candidates, nominate, conduct unofficial, unrecorded, informational straw polls, we will elect delegates to represent at assembly, select precinct organizers for our newly drawn 5 precincts, and discuss and vote on the party platform.  Sign-ups for election judges will also be accepted. Your attendance and participation are necessary to our democracy.  Masks will be mandatory at both events.  Together we are stronger! www.huerfanodems.com/getinvolved

All That Jazz

LA VETA — Time to get your “jazz” on– the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to offer its winter concert: “All That Jazz”—featuring a compilation of songs celebrating just the fun of music. Tickets will be $10.00 available at the door or online at https://www.lavetatheaterweb.org. Please join us on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.  (doors open at 1:30). All performances are at the theater located at 127 West Francisco in La Veta. Seating is limited, no reservations required (seating on a first come, first serve basis). Any donations to help support the choir will be gleefully accepted.

Nuevo Americana comes to La Veta

LA VETA — On Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m. enjoy Nuevo Americana music with Chris Arellano at La Veta Mercantile. Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteño music of his northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences, for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer.  $18 advance. $20 day of show. https://lavetamercantile.simpletix.com/

Farmers Market meeting

LA VETA-The first meeting of the La Veta Farmers Market vendors for 2022 will be Tuesday, March 8th 10am-12, on the second floor of the La Veta library on Main St. This will be our 11th year and should be a great one. The meeting is open to returning and new vendors and anyone who might be thinking about being a vendor or is just curious. There is no vendor fee and the market usually runs mid-May through mid-Oct in the area next to the La Veta library.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact John at 7192810100 or costeawood1@gmail.com

LAS ANIMAS  

Cooking for Families

TRINIDAD —Join AmeriCorps Members Brie and Cassondra to learn fun family recipes and helpful cooking tips. Thursdays starting Feb. 17 through March 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spots are limited, so register today at  www.mtcarmelcenter.org.   The class will be held in person at the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Ave, Trinidad. Masks required.

Support for parents in recovery

TRINIDAD — Circle of Parents groups offer a safe, friendly, confidential, non-judgemental, supportive enviroment to share with and learn from other parents. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can open celebrate success, address challenges, find information and resources to support raising children. Meetings are every Thursday, beginning Feb. 24th, 6 p.m. at the Youth Club of Trinidad, 204 E. Kansas ave. Kids activities will be available. For more information please contact HuLA Early Childhood Council 719-845-0463
Art with Heart

TRINIDAD — A free painting event for veterans and their families hosted by Alexandra Stefanec on Friday Feb. 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel. Refreshments will be provided. Please call (719)845-4894 for more info. No registration required.

Wreath making workshop

TRINIDAD — Join us for a fun night of learning how to make your own Spring wreath on Friday, Feb. 25th at 5:30 p.m! We will be working with 12″ wreath frames with spring florals. Assistance will be given to create your own custom wreath. $40 per person-includes all wreath supplies, water & cookies. Please feel free to bring your own snacks. Drinks will be sold separately cash/card accepted. Please contact Darci 719-859-3123 to register and prepay for your spots. Workshop will be held in the upstairs of the Champions building on N. Commercial St.

Mobile vaccine clinic

TRINIDAD — On Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at City Hall in Trinidad. For more info or to make an appointment, please visit – https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/3616629084

Annual Polar Plunge
TRINIDAD — Join us Saturday, Feb. 26 for the annual Westerra Credit Union Trinidad Polar Plunge presented by Ford and raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado athletes! The Polar Plunge will be held at Trinidad State Park. Check in is at 10AM and the plunge is between 10:30 AM– 11:30. $75 fundraising minimum for all adults and $50 for students and Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Hosting an in-person Polar Plunge is a responsibility we do not take lightly. County and local COVID regulations will be followed if in place the week of the plunge.
Please visit: specialolympicsco.org/event/trinidadplunge/ for more information.

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald w/ Kate Strobel at Main Street LIVE

TRINIDAD —  Freedom Road presents another hilarious comedy show in Trinidad, Colorado featuring legendary comic Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald with Kate Strobel. Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald with Kate Strobel hosted by Nathan Lund at Main Street LIVE on Saturday Feb. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.  and the show starts at 8 p.m. Prices for ages 21+ $10 online / $15 at the door ($5 at the door with Freedom Road receipt). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.mainstreetlive.org/tickets

Wine and Chocolate pairing- reservations due by Feb. 28

TRINIDAD  —  Join us and bring your friends for evening featuring a selection of wines, chocolates, snacks, games, live music and a silent auction.  The event is being held on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at 131 W. Main Street This event is a fundraiser for Main Street LIVE’s efforts to restore the building facade. Cost is $40 per person and reservations are required by Feb 28th. To make reservations or for more informations please contact our office at 719-846-4765 or info.mainstreetlive@gmail.com

HUGE “CARage Sale” Fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Friday, March 4th & Saturday March 5th
9 am- 2pm at Art Cartopia Museum 2702 Freedom Road in Trinidad. We’ll have a little (or big) something for everyone. So, don’t miss out on this spectacular sale. Please  no early birds.  Proceeds of the sale to benefit ArtoCade and Art Cartopia Museum. For more infamation please contact us at (719) 846-3473.

Las Animas County Democratic caucus and assembly

LAS ANIMAS — The democratic caucus for precincts 1-7 will be held on Saturday March 5th at 1 pm. Assembly follows the Same Day at 2 pm and will be held at Trinidad State College 600 Prospect Street Sullivan Center, Pioneer Room. There is also the option to participate via Zoom. Please contact LACDems@gmail.com for Zoom link

Basic pistol shooting

TRINIDAD — Introductions to the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely own and use a pistol. Bring your own handgun, semiautos or double action revolvers preferred. This class will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 8AM-5PM at Prator Gun Range. This is a “for credit” class that is a part of Trinidad State’s Junior College NRA Firearm Safety Instructor Certification Program. The regular tuition and fees apply. Class fees do not include NRA membership. This course is eligible for VA benefits and financial aid. If you wish to attend this course, please apply either online at https://www.Trinidadstate.edu or in person on the Trinidad Campus, in the Berg Building. You must be 21 years or older to take this class.

COLFAX

Virtual finance fair

COLFAX —  In an effort to assist businesses in obtaining the financial resources they need, and to help lenders and financial assistance providers find projects they wish to finance, the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) is hosting their quarterly finance fair – completely online – geared toward businesses and lenders located in the northeastern part of the state, EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today. The event will take place online Thursday, Feb. 24 from 12–1:30 p.m. Participation for both businesses and lenders is free.
This year boasts a new opportunity for lenders to pre-record their pitch if they are unable to attend the event. Please contact Jennifer Myers at Jennifer.Myers@state.nm.us to set up a video recording.
Businesses and lenders can learn more about the Business Finance Finder and register for the Northeastern New Mexico Business Finance Fair online at edd.newmexico.gov/financefinder.

Night sky viewing

COLFAX — Come and enjoy the amazing night sky at Capulin Volcano on Saturday, Feb.26 from 6pm-9! Join Capulin Rangers as we break out the telescopes and explore the different planets and distant deep space objects viewable from the park. Follow red lights from the visitor center to the observing area. Bring warm clothes, a face covering/mask, and your curiosity for an out of this world experience! No reservation needed. If you would like more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/cavo/planyourvisit/astronomy.htm.

2022 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally art work competition

COLFAX—Attention youth artists (7th through 12th grades) in Colfax, Union and Los Alamos counties. We want you to compete by designing this year’s Balloon Rally Logo.  You could win a Hot Air Balloon Ride and see your artwork printed on pins and t-shirts!!!  Deadline to submit is March 10, 2022. Submit your design to Raton Main St office at 145 S. First St. Enteries must include “2022 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon  Rally, Raton NM”. Design must be 5 in. by 5 in., can have up to three colors and must include the student’s name, grade and school. For more information please call Brenda Ferri at 445-2052 or Christine Valentini at 445-2457.

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Upcoming Events for February 17, 2022

throughout our world

Culebra Range Community Coalition Environmental Scholarship Program

OUR WORLD — The Culebra Range Community Coalition, CRCC, is a local nonprofit whose work focuses mainly on youth, education, and the environment.  The CRCC Environmental Scholarship Program combines all three; youth, education, and the environment. We feel investing in youth and environmental education is an effective strategy for protecting and enhancing the health and beauty of our natural environment. Accordingly, the CRCC Environmental Scholarship Program was started in 2012, awarding two $4,000 college scholarships. Each year since, 3 to 5 more scholarships have been awarded. Through the first nine years of the program we have awarded four-year scholarship to 34 local students.
Students interested in applying can either contact us directly at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com or contact their local high school counselor. Donors willing to contribute to this program for youth and the local environment can contact us at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

Virtual small business accelerator

OUR WORLD — This 12-week series is designed to aid Small Business Owners in starting, diversifying, or improving their business. Utilizing critically acclaimed and SBDC endorsed curriculum “6-Week Start-Up” by Rhonda Abrams, alongside Harvard Business School-style Roundtable discussions, the Small Business Accelerator Program is an intensive curriculum meant to prepare small business owners to overcome any challenges they may encounter, from developing your basic business concept to opening day. Every Thursday, Feb. 10 – April 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration fees: $50 due at time of registration
Full scholarships available to women, veterans, minorities, and disabled individuals. Register online at www.coloradosbdc.org

Legal service available for seniors from SCCOG Area Agency on Aging

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Colorado Legal Services is able to provide legal assistance to older residents of Huerfano and Las Animas counties (age 60 and over) on a limited basis in civil legal matters including public benefits,  long term care eligibility, Medicaid, senior abuse and neglect, defense of guardianships, protective proceedings, tenant’s rights, simple wills, medical and financial powers of attorney, consumer rights, collections defense, Medicare issues and family law.
Priority will be given to those with the greatest social and economic need.
To obtain assistance, please call the Pueblo office of Colorado Legal Services at (719) 545-6708 Ext. 331.   The address of the Pueblo office of Colorado Legal Services is 1000 West 6th Street, Suite I, Pueblo, CO 81003.

ROAR For Relay for Life quilt fundraiser

OUR WORLD — A beautiful handmade quilt could be yours by entering the fundraiser raffle for ROAR for Relay for Life. $3 for one chance ticket and $5 for two chances. Get your tickets by Saturday, Feb. 26. The drawing will be held Monday, Feb. 28.
To purchase your tickets, please call Carrie at 719-890-0015 or Kendra at 719-680-0693.

HUERFANO

Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event — pick up your book now

LA VETA — LaVeta Public Library is pleased to announce that we will once again be able to offer our” Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event.The mission of this program is to foster community dialog and interaction by the reading and discussion of a common book.  The 2022 selection is “4,284 miles” by Roger L. Greene.  It is a fascinating work of historical  fiction about two young boys who, in 1916,  set out from Colorado Springs on their bicycles for a trip across the country to see the Statue of Liberty.  “4284 Miles” is a wonderful coming of age novel filled with historic information about America in 1916, unforgettable characters, and thought provoking themes of equality, freedom and the cost of liberty. We will have copies available of this novel for you to pick up at LVPL and the full list of the dates and times of the programs we will be offering in conjunction with the book will be announced soon.  Stop in and get your copy and let’s make this a great community event!

Parks and Trails volunteer opportunities

WALSENBURG — Dustin Stambaugh, Walsenburg City Administrator, and Brad Rice, Walsenburg Parks Manager, have asked La Veta Trails to co-host two clean-up opportunities in Walsenburg this spring. La Veta Trails is thrilled to support these clean-up events.
We will host a Walsenburg Volunteer Sign-up Event in the next two to three weeks. Volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer form and sign a liability waiver.  If you would like to get onto the list of Walsenburg volunteers to receive emails from La Veta Trails, or if you would like your place of business to help host a volunteer sign-up event, email Marilyn Russell at russellm9999@gmail.com .

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

WALSENBURG —  The mobile vaccine bus will be in town on Feb 17th, 24th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at  the  Safeway parking lot. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and the flu vaccine will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit  https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/2634854109

Our Lady of Guadalupe origins, meanings and stories

LA VETA — Join us at LaVeta Library on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. as we welcome back artist, educator and amazing lecturer, Rebecca Myers. She will impart her extensive knowledge about “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and New Mexican Folk Art. Origins, meanings and stories will be shared along with color images and retablos.  Don’t miss this exciting presentation.  Free with refreshments served.

Walsenburg Fox weekend movie

WALSENBURG — Our Feb. 18 through 20th weekend movie is “Jackass Forever,” rated R with a run time of one hour forty-four minutes.  Celebrate the joy of a perfectly executed shot to the groin as Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and the rest of the gang return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and often dangerous displays of stunts and comedy. Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England.
Showtimes are Friday and Saturday,  7:30 p.m.,
Sunday at  3 p.m.  Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, and $5 for children (age five to twelve) and seniors.

Gardening for Huerfano County

HUERFANO — Native landscapes gardening classes are being taught in Huerfano County by Patty Merryman, Master Gardener, on Saturday Feb. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m., at New Hope Community Church in Walsenburg.  Then, from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a class on vegetables held in Navajo Ranch at 26 Seneca Place.  The classes are free, but a tip jar is available.  Call 719-989-7361 for more info.

Communications Coalition meeting

WALSENBURG —  Thursday, Feb. 24 at 12pm at the Huerfano County Community Center 928 Russle Street
This is an inperson meeting but a zoom option is available. Come let everyone know what is going on with your business, non-profit or government organization.
Lunch will be provided by Huerfano County Economic Development. The Zoom link is:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84373619074?pwd=NkhUY2lGdXA2UXR4MzNJRUhLTzhrZz09

Catch health problems before they get too far

HUERFANO —  Friday, Feb. 25  Life Line Screening offers 5 Preventive Health Screenings for Carotid Artery Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), Osteoporosis Risk. This 5 Screening package is to offer peace of mind or early detection for risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease. The combination of these tests helps detects problems before you have symptoms and while you and your doctor can still take action while still doing the things you love. This health screening event will be held at the Huerfano County Community Center at 928 Russell.
To register please call 888-814-0416 or go to www.llsa.social/hsc

Meet the Candidate- Karl Sporleder, County Commissioner, District 3

LA VETA — Hello Huerfano County! I am running for commissioner in November and would like to get to know you and your concerns. I am having a Meet and Greet on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Fatt Weller’s BBQ, 124 N. Main St, La Veta. Be sure to support local businesses and eat some great food, too!
I want to hear from you.  Visit my website at www.karlsporlederforcommissioner.com or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KarlSporlederforCommissioner

SPLD Gardening 101

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Library will again have their Gardening 101 program this month on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 1 to  3 p.m. at the library, 415 Walsen Ave. We will be discussing how to read seed catalogs, touching on the meaning of number of days and zone requirements, as well what all that strange terminology means.  We will also be exploring tips and practices on starting seeds indoors.
Please join us for this fun and informative monthly program on the 4th Sunday of every month.  Hope to see you there!
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Huerfano Democrats Caucus & Assembly

HUERFANO — Come together for caucus! The Huerfano County Democrats will hold their caucus at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 5th with the assembly following  at 2:00 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center 928 Russell St. We will hear from local candidates, nominate, conduct unofficial, unrecorded, informational straw polls, we will elect delegates to represent at assembly, select precinct organizers for our newly drawn 5 precincts, and discuss and vote on the party platform.  Sign-ups for election judges will also be accepted. Your attendance and participation are necessary to our democracy.  Masks will be mandatory at both events.  Together we are stronger! www.huerfanodems.com/getinvolved

All That Jazz

LA VETA—Time to get your “jazz” on– the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to offer its winter concert: “All That Jazz”—featuring a compilation of songs celebrating just the fun of music. Please join us on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30).
All performances are at the theater located at 127 West Francisco in La Veta. Tickets are $11 online or $10 cash (available at the door). Online tickets are available at https://www.lavetatheaterweb.org.  Any donations to help support the choir will be gleefully accepted.

Nuevo Americana comes to La Veta

LA VETA — On Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m. enjoy Nuevo Americana music with Chris Arellano at La Veta Mercantile. Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteño music of his northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences, for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer.  $18 advance. $20 day of show. https://lavetamercantile.simpletix.com/

Calling all chili chefs!

LA VETA — Get ready for our annual chili cook-off competition coming your way on Saturday, March 12 at Mission Deli in La Veta.  We are looking for  the best red, green and “mystery” chilis and prizes will be awarded!  This exciting fundraiser is brought to you by the Oktoberfest committee  and we need your help to make it the best ever!  Contact Mitzi at 719-742-5278 or stop by the La Veta Library for entry forms. We are also accepting quality items for our silent auction. As always, thanks for your support!

Blood drive rescheduled

WALSENBURG —The Blood Drives are sponsored by American Legion Post 16 and will be held at Huerfano Community Center on April 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants can register online and there is a medical questionnaire to be answered before
you can donate blood. Walk ins are welcome and the questionnaire can be filled out in person as well. To register online please visit www.vitalant.org
The American Legion Blood Drive that was scheduled for the 8th of February had to be cancelled  We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation may have caused.

LAS ANIMAS  

Free COVID-19 testing on Sundays

TRINIDAD  — Due to high demand, the Huerfano-Las Animas District Health Department has added another day of FREE COVID-19 community testing in Trinidad. The additional testing day will be on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the community center.

Call for artists: Carnegie Library Art Wall

TRINIDAD — The Art Wall at the library has been a bit dormant since the pandemic hit, but with more and more visitors coming to the library, it’s time to remind everyone about this free resource. We have about fifteen linear feet of wall space with a very high ceiling. It’s equipped with a great hanging system. We will provide a custom-designed poster and description cards for the individual pieces. We will also help with promotion via our social media, website and email, and we will notify the local newspapers of your exhibit. Sales are by direct communication between the artist and the buyer. Exhibits are one month long, starting on the first of every month.
If you are interested, contact Tom Potter at 719-846-6841 or  tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov, or just come on into the library and ask to speak with him.

Cooking for Families

TRINIDAD —Join AmeriCorps Members Brie and Cassondra to learn fun family recipes and helpful cooking tips. Thursdays starting Feb. 17 through March 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spots are limited, so register today at  www.mtcarmelcenter.org.   The class will be held in person at the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Ave, Trinidad. Masks required.

State of the City Address Thurs., Feb. 17

TRINIDAD — Phil Rico, Mayor of the City of Trinidad will be giving the annual State of the City address next Thursday, Feb. 17 at Trinidad State Junior College in the Pioneer Room at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to the event. The mayor will be addressing the city’s 2022 agenda. City council members and the mayor will be taking questions from those in the audience. The event will be aired on YouTube.com at Trinidad Times TV 71 on Friday, February 18. For more information contact Victor Gutierrez at victor.gutierrez@trinidad.co.gov.
Masks are mandatory at Trinidad State College.

Hands On History

 TRINIDAD —  Join the fun at the Trinidad History Meausamat at 120 S. Chestnut ST, Friday, Feb. 18th 1-4pm. This week we will be learning about the history of space exploration and making our very own rubber-band rockets! For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/TrinidadHistoryMuseum/

“Talk About It” Skate Party

TRINIDAD — On Friday, Feb. 18,  5 to 9 p.m. the Advocates Against Domestic Assault and Skateland are hosting a “talk about it” skate party. This free event is open to all ages to promote awareness of Teen Dating Awareness Month. For more information please contact AADA at 719-846-6665.

Mobile vaccine clinic

TRINDAD— On Saturday, Feb. 19, 26 from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m., the mobile vaccine clinic will be offering all Covid vaccines and the flu vaccine at City Hall in Trinidad. For more info or to make an appointment, please visit – https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/3616629084

Main Street Live auditions

TRINIDAD — Monday, Feb 21 and Tuesday, Feb 22
5:30 p.m. till 7:00pm Main Street LIVE, 131 W Main Street Goodbye Charlie by George Axelrod Performances April 15-17, 22-24. This award winning comedy is about best friends George and Charlie. Both are successful writers and enjoy a playboy lifestyle. Life for the two longtime friends is about to make an ironic and interesting change.

Oscar Meyer Weinermobile is coming to town!

TRINIDAD — Here’s your chance to see one of the six real weiner mobiles in person! Hotdogger, Nickeroni, a Trinidad native and the Weinermobile will be here Monday, Feb. 21st at 2 p.m. at Ed Bell Texaco, 766 N Commercial St. Come say “Hi” and get a picture with the Weinermobile.

Support for parents in recovery

TRINIDAD — Circle of Parents groups offer a safe, friendly, confidential, non-judgemental, supportive enviroment to share with and learn from other parents. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can open celebrate success, address challenges, find infomation and resouces to support raising childern. Meetings are every Thursday, begining Feb. 24th, 6 p.m. at the Youth Club of Trinidad, 204 E. Kansas ave. Kids activities will be available. For more information please contact HuLA Early Childhood Council 719-845-0463

Art with Heart

TRINIDAD — A free painting event for veterans and their families hosted by Alexandra Stefanec on Friday Feb. 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel. Refreshments will be provided. Please call (719)845-4894 for more info. No registration required.

Wreath making workshop

TRINIDAD —Join us for a fun night of learning how to make your own Spring wreath on Friday, Feb. 25th at 5:30 p.m! We will be working with 12″ wreath frames with spring florals. Assistance will be given to create your own custom wreath. $40 per person-includes all wreath supplies, water & cookies. Please feel free to bring your own snacks. Drinks will be sold separately cash/card accepted. Please contact Darci 719-859-3123 to register and prepay for your spots. Workshop will be held in the upstairs of the Champions building on N. Commercial St.

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald w/ Kate Strobel at Main Street LIVE

TRINIDAD —  Freedom Road presents another hilarious comedy show in Trinidad, Colorado featuring legendary comic Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald with Kate Strobel. Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald with Kate Strobel hosted by Nathan Lund at Main Street LIVE on Saturday Feb. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.  and the show starts at 8 p.m. Prices for ages 21+ $10 online / $15 at the door ($5 at the door with Freedom Road receipt). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.mainstreetlive.org/tickets

Wine and Chocolate pairing

TRINDAD  —  Saturday, March 5 at 7pm Join us and bring your friends for evening featuring a selection of wines, chocolates, snacks, games, live music and a silent auction. This event is a fundraiser for Main Street LIVE restore the building facade. $40 per person and reservations are required by Feb 28th. To make reservations or for more informations please contact our office at 719-846-4765 or info.mainstreetlive@gmail.com

COLFAX

Free spay and neuter clinic

RATON —  On Tuesday, Feb. 22 the Raton Veterinary Clinic is offering a free spay and neuter clinic for feral cats. Drop off is between 8-8:30 am and traps are availabe to borrow if needed. Please call to reserve your spot, or for more information 575-445-2691.

Virtual Finance Fair

COLFAX —  In an effort to assist businesses in obtaining the financial resources they need, and to help lenders and financial assistance providers find projects they wish to finance, the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) is hosting their quarterly finance fair – completely online – geared toward businesses and lenders located in the northeastern part of our state, EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today. The event will take place online Thursday, Feb. 24 from 12–1:30 p.m. Participation for both businesses and lenders is free.
This year boasts a new opportunity for lenders to pre-record their pitch if they are unable to attend the event. Please contact Jennifer Myers at Jennifer.Myers@state.nm.us to set up a video recording.
Businesses and lenders can learn more about the Business Finance Finder and register for the Northeastern New Mexico Business Finance Fair online at edd.newmexico.gov/financefinder.

Special Feb. 22 session for Colfax Commission
RATON, NM – The Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Special Session on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 9 A.M.. in Commission Chambers, 3rd floor at the Colfax County Building, Raton, NM for both an executive and public session regarding limited personnel matters regarding the county manager.

2022 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally art work competition

COLFAX—Attention youth artists (7th through 12th grades) in Colfax, Union and Los Alamos counties. We want you to compete by designing this year’s Balloon Rally Logo.  You could win a Hot Air Balloon Ride and see your artwork printed on pins and t-shirts!!!  Deadline to submit is March 10, 2022. Submit your design to Raton Main St office at 145 S. First St. Enteries must include “2022 International Santa Fe Trail Baloon  Rally, Raton NM”. Design must be 5 in. by 5 in., can have up to three colorsn and must include the student’s name, grade and school. For more information please call Brenda Ferri at 445-2052 or Christine Valentini at 445-2457.

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX— The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday,  March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4       to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.

Upcoming Events for February 10, 2022

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Culebra Range Community Coalition Environmental Scholarship Program

OUR WORLD — The Culebra Range Community Coalition, CRCC, is a local nonprofit whose work focuses mainly on youth, education, and the environment.  The CRCC Environmental Scholarship Program combines all three; youth, education, and the environment. We feel investing in youth and environmental education is an effective strategy for protecting and enhancing the health and beauty of our natural environment. Accordingly, the CRCC Environmental Scholarship Program was started in 2012, awarding two $4,000 college scholarships. Each year since, 3 to 5 more scholarships have been awarded. Through the first nine years of the program we have awarded four-year scholarship to 34 local students.
Students interested in applying can either contact us directly at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com or contact their local high school counselor. Donors willing to contribute to this program for youth and the local environment can contact us at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

Virtual small business accelerator

OUR WORLD — This 12-week series is designed to aid Small Business Owners in starting, diversifying, or improving their business. Utilizing critically acclaimed and SBDC endorsed curriculum “6-Week Start-Up” by Rhonda Abrams, alongside Harvard Business School-style Roundtable discussions, the Small Business Accelerator Program is an intensive curriculum meant to prepare small business owners to overcome any challenges they may encounter, from developing your basic business concept to opening day. Every Thursday, Feb. 10 – April 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration fees: $50 due at time of registration
Full scholarships available to women, veterans, minorities, and disabled individuals. Register online at www.coloradosbdc.org

Legal service available for seniors from SCCOG Area Agency on Aging

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Colorado Legal Services is able to provide legal assistance to older residents of Huerfano and Las Animas counties (age 60 and over) on a limited basis in civil legal matters including public benefits,  long term care eligibility, Medicaid, senior abuse and neglect, defense of guardianships, protective proceedings, tenant’s rights, simple wills, medical and financial powers of attorney, consumer rights, collections defense, Medicare issues and family law.
Priority will be given to those with the greatest social and economic need.
To obtain assistance, please call the Pueblo office of Colorado Legal Services at (719) 545-6708 Ext. 331.   The address of the Pueblo office of Colorado Legal Services is 1000 West 6th Street, Suite I, Pueblo, CO 81003.

ROAR For Relay for Life Quilt Fundraiser

OUR WORLD — A beautiful handmade quilt could be yours by entering the fundraiser raffle for ROAR for Relay for Life. $3 for one chance ticket and $5 for two chances. Get your tickets by Saturday, Feb. 26. The drawing will be held Monday, Feb. 28.
To purchase your tickets, please call Carrie at 719-890-0015 or Kendra at 719-680-0693.

Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD — In February, Philosophy Café is meeting via Zoom on Monday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m..
This month’s topic was suggested by Philosophy Café regular, Sararose: The Philosophy of Change. She offers the following link, and writes:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-philosophy-change-why-happens-how-embrace-ivan-teong
“Taking for granted the constancy of change, here is an article titled, My Philosophy of Change.  The author states: ‘My philosophy of change refers to the fundamental concept of one’s internal and external environments, and how they collide to create change.’  His ideas are timely, and I think this will be a good article to read to support our conversation.”
This a good chance to throw in some existentialist thought with Paul Tillich’s, The Courage to Be. According to Tillich, one major source of existential anxiety is change, especially that big change we all go through—death. Tillich believed the antidote to such anxiety is the courage to allow life to change us.
You must register to join by emailing Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

HUERFANO

Eagle Nest get-together for planning, inspiration, and Valentine cards!
Gardner- Calling everyone in the Gardner area interested in promoting  a multi-purpose events center, informal town meet-ups, job creation, and more!  Come to the Eagle Nest, 25588 Hwy 69 in Gardner, on Saturday, Feb 12th, or Sunday Feb 13th, beginning at Noon. In addition to all the brainstorming, we’ll be making handmade Valentine’s cards!

Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event — pick up your book now

LA VETA — LaVeta Public Library is pleased to announce that we will once again be able to offer our” Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event.The mission of this program is to foster community dialog and interaction by the reading and discussion of a common book.  The 2022 selection is “4,284 miles” by Roger L. Greene.  It is a fascinating work of historical  fiction about two young boys who, in 1916,  set out from Colorado Springs on their bicycles for a trip across the country to see the Statue of Liberty.  “4284 Miles” is a wonderful coming of age novel filled with historic information about America in 1916, unforgettable characters, and thought provoking themes of equality, freedom and the cost of liberty. We will have copies available of this novel for you to pick up at LVPL and the full list of the dates and times of the programs we will be offering in conjunction with the book will be announced soon.  Stop in and get your copy and let’s make this a great community event!

Parks and Trails volunteer opportunities

WALSENBURG — Dustin Stambaugh, Walsenburg City Administrator, and Brad Rice, Walsenburg Parks Manager, have asked La Veta Trails to co-host two clean-up opportunities in Walsenburg this spring. La Veta Trails is thrilled to support these clean-up events.
We will host a Walsenburg Volunteer Sign-up Event in the next two to three weeks. Volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer form and sign a liability waiver.  If you would like to get onto the list of Walsenburg volunteers to receive emails from La Veta Trails, or if you would like your place of business to help host a volunteer sign-up event, email Marilyn Russell at russellm9999@gmail.com .

Walsenburg Fox Weekend free movies

WALSENBURG — Thanks to the generous support from Code of the West Real Estate and Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance we are screening THREE FREE MOVIES this weekend.
• Friday, Feb. 11 @ 7:30 p.m. “Love & Basketball (PG-13)” Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players.
• Saturday, Feb. 12 @ 7:30 p.m. “Isn’t It Romantic (PG-13)” “Natalie is a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to deliver coffee and bagels than design the city’s next skyscraper.
• Sunday, Feb. 13 @ 3 p.m. “The Notebook (PG-13)” In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But he
r parents don’t approve.

Valentine’s date night and Comedy Club

WALSENBURG — Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a date night and comedy club event on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at 2nd Street Bar and Grill and the Walsenburg Golf Course
Rick Bryan is a stand-up comedian from Denver. On Sept. 11, 2006, Rick was diagnosed with testicular cancer. This life-altering event led Rick to start thinking about change. He started stand-up comedy and pursued a life dedicated to making people laugh; after all, laughter is the best medicine – he found that doing stand-up comedy helped relieve the stress and pain in his life! Rick loves performing for audiences, enjoys being happy, and is delighted when making others laugh!
Ricky Ramos is a Colorado native who was born in Denver. Ricky talks about his endeavor’s growing up with gangs, drug addiction, and incarceration, along with the growing pains of becoming a family man.
Tables seat four and include dinner and the show for $140. Dinner includes soup, salad, choice of entree and one drink. Entree choices are lasagna, stuffed shells, chicken alfredo, or chicken marsala. Bar seats are individual seats (including dinner) for $35. For reservations and more information visit:  https://foxwalsenburg.square.site/comedy-club

2022 Members’ Show at Space Gallery

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta invites everyone to see the 2022 Members’ Show now on display. Fifteen area artists are sharing their work in this annual exhibit.  The opening reception will be Saturday, Feb. 12, 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy the company of your friends and the artists. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee.

Fox Walsenburg chili competition and big Super Bowl game watch party

WALSENBURG — On Sunday, Feb. 13 from 3 to 10 p.m., there will be a combination Gameday Viewing  Party and Chili Cook-off at the 2nd Street Bar and Grill located at the Walsenburg Golf Course! The chili competition is a fundraiser for Fox, a 501(c)(3) organization. One $10 donation will allow you to sample the competition chili and cast your vote for best red, green, and dip/side dish as a People’s Choice Judge.
Winners receive a prize package that includes goodies and awards!

Our Lady of Guadalupe origins, meanings and stories

LA VETA — Join us at LaVeta Library on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. as we welcome back artist, educator and amazing lecturer, Rebecca Myers. She will impart her extensive knowledge about “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and New Mexican Folk Art. Origins, meanings and stories will be shared along with color images and retablos.  Don’t miss this exciting presentation.  Free with refreshments served.

Catch health problems before they get too far

HUERFANO —  Friday, Feb. 25  Life Line Screening offers 5 Preventive Health Screenings for Carotid Artery Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), Osteoporosis Risk. This 5 Screening package is to offer peace of mind or early detection for risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease. The combination of these tests helps detects problems before you have symptoms and while you and your doctor can still take action while still doing the things you love. This health screening event will be held at the Huerfano County Community Center at 928 Russell.
To register please call 888-814-0416 or go to www.llsa.social/hsc

Meet the Candidate- Karl Sporleder, County Commissioner, District 3

LA VETA — Hello Huerfano County! I am running for commissioner in November and would like to get to know you and your concerns. I am having a Meet and Greet on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Fatt Weller’s BBQ, 124 N. Main St, La Veta. Be sure to support local businesses and eat some great food, too!
I want to hear from you.  Visit my website at www.karlsporlederforcommissioner.com or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KarlSporlederforCommissioner.

Huerfano Democrats Caucus & Assembly

HUERFANO — The Huerfano Democrats will hold their caucus on Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m.  and the assembly at 2 p.m. We will be conducting straw polls on candidates. All straw polls are unofficial, unrecorded informational polls on contested races. We will also be electing delegates to the county assembly as well as elect two precinct organizers for our newly drawn five precincts. Sign-ups for volunteer election judges and motions to amend the state platform will be voted on. Join us at the Huerfano County Community Center at 928 Russel Ave.

Nuevo Americana comes to La Veta

LA VETA — On Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m. enjoy Nuevo Americana music with Chris Arellano at La Veta Mercantile. Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteño music of his northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences, for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer.  $18 advance. $20 day of show. https://lavetamercantile.simpletix.com/

Calling all chili chefs!

LA VETA — Get ready for our annual chili cook-off competition coming your way on Saturday, March 12th at Mission Deli in La Veta.  We are looking for  the best red, green and “mystery” chilis and prizes will be awarded!  This exciting fundraiser is brought to you by the Oktoberfest committee  and we need your help to make it the best ever!  Contact Mitzi at 719-742-5278 or stop by the La Veta Library for entry forms. We are also accepting quality items for our silent auction. As always, thanks for your support!

LAS ANIMAS  

Maybe Baby, It’s You at Main Street LIVE

TRINIDAD — Romance & comedy just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Main Street LIVE presents “Maybe Baby, It’s You”. There will  be two weekends to catch this production, Feb. 11-13 and 18-20.  Fridays & Saturday’s showtimes are at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2 p.m.   General seating.  131 W Main, Trinidad   719 846 4765.

US Army 4th ID Rock Band

TRINDAD — There will be a free Valentines Day concert on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Halloway Hall in Fort Wooten, 204 South Chestnut St. featuring Rock and roll from the US Army 4th ID Rock Band. This is a 21+ event with a beer and wine cash bar. All donations go to help Las Animas County Veterans Council and the restoration of Fort Wooten.

Open Mic Night on Second Saturdays

TRINIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is sponsoring a 7 p.m.  open mic night on Second Saturdays at the District Office Gallery, 210 West Main.  On Feb. 12 the featured reader will be Michele McDannold, a poet and editor. She will be reading from her book Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days and from her latest chapbook from Gutter Snob Books titled SpaceTime Continuum for Dummies. This event is also supported by the TCF and the City of Trinidad Community Grant Program.

James Webb Telescope Discussion

TRINIDAD — On Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., we will be discussing the James Webb Telescope and this amazingly complex project. It is now orbiting the sun in tandem with the earth where it will stay during the rest of it’s working life. This discussion will be held in the main room at Trinidad Carnegie Public Library.  Tom Potter is hosting the event and moderating the discussion, and is hoping for a lively give-and-take that will give atttendees a solid introduction to this historic mission, and spark everyone’s curiosity enough to follow it during the next 20 years.
This event is open to anyone from age 12 years and older. In particular, organizers are hoping middle and high school students can be there, so please pass the word to young people you know. It will be a live event and masks are highly encouraged.

State of the City Address Thurs., Feb. 17

TRINIDAD — Phil Rico, Mayor of the City of Trinidad will be giving the annual State of the City address next Thursday, Feb. 17 at Trinidad State Junior College in the Pioneer Room at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to the event. The mayor will be addressing the city’s 2022 agenda. City council members and the mayor will be taking questions from those in the audience. The event will be aired on YouTube.com at Trinidad Times TV 71 on Friday, February 18. For more information contact Victor Gutierrez at victor.gutierrez@trinidad.co.gov.
Masks are mandatory at Trinidad State College.

“Talk About It” Skate Party

TRINIDAD — On Friday, Feb 18 from  5 to 9 p.m. the Advocates Against Domestic Assault and Skateland are hosting a “talk about it” skate party. This free event is open to all ages to promote awareness of Teen Dating Awareness Month. For more information please contact AADA at 719-846-6665.

Free COVID-19 testing on Sundays

TRINIDAD  — Due to high demand, the Huerfano-Las Animas District Health Department has added another day of FREE COVID-19 community testing in Trinidad. The additional testing day will be on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the community center.

Call for artists: Carnegie Library Art Wall

TRINIDAD — The Art Wall at the library has been a bit dormant since the pandemic hit, but with more and more visitors coming to the library, it’s time to remind everyone about this free resource. We have about fifteen linear feet of wall space with a very high ceiling. It’s equipped with a great hanging system. We will provide a custom-designed poster and description cards for the individual pieces. We will also help with promotion via our social media, website and email, and we will notify the local newspapers of your exhibit. Sales are by direct communication between the artist and the buyer. Exhibits are one month long, starting on the first of every month.
If you are interested, contact Tom Potter at 719-846-6841 or  tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov, or just come on into the library and ask to speak with him.

COLFAX

The New Odyssey Guy, Live in Raton!

RATON-  Join us for an evening at the Shuler with Gary Todd on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. one of the founding members of New Odyssey.  This high energy single act will showcase the mastery of 10 instruments, music, comedy, and more! Tickets / reserved seating: adults $20, seniors $15, students $10. The historic Shuler Theater is located at 145 South 1st St, in Raton. Event sponsored by the Raton Arts & Humanities Council.

2022 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally art work competition

COLFAX- Attention youth artists (7th through 12th grades) in Colfax, Union and Los Alamos counties. We want you to compete by designing this year’s Balloon Rally Logo.  You could win a Hot Air Balloon Ride and see your artwork printed on pins and t-shirts!!!  Deadline to submit is March 10, 2022. Submit your design to Raton Main St office at 145 S. First St. Enteries must include “2022 International Santa Fe Trail Baloon  Rally, Raton NM”. Design must be 5 in. by 5 in., can have up to three colorsn and must include the student’s name, grade and school. For more information please call Brenda Ferri at 445-2052 or Christine Valentini at 445-2457.

Family Literacy Academy

COLFAX- The PED is offering a three-part series of workshops called the Family Literacy Academy to equip pre-K through fifth grade families and caretakers with knowledge and strategies to support their children’s literacy development at home. The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish once a month in February, March and April. These workshops will help families bring to life many of the strategies in PED’s Early Literacy Guide. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Tuesday, March 29 and Tuesday, April 26 from 4       to 5:30 p.m. To register for English workshops  visit          https://bit.ly/NMFLA22 Register for Spanish workshops at https://bit.ly/NMAcademia.